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Summary: Intolerance, Hate, Intimidation, Fear-mongering, Violence, Incivility, and Ignorance Move Mainstream: Week of Aug 29

5 New Items including:

  • Facebook devolves into dark web of anonymous hate speech
  • International Protests Begin Ahead of Sept. 11 Koran Burning Event in Florida

David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Pursuit of Happiness, Stuart Klawans, The Nation

  • What is the point of having an imagination, I ask you, if the only thing that can be imagined is mayhem, perpetrated without regard for even the appearance of human life?
  • Reviews of Christopher Nolan's Inception; Todd Solondz's Life During Wartime and Samuel Maoz's Lebanon.

Facebook devolves into dark web of anonymous hate speech, Mike Adams, NaturalNews.com

  • Facebook has, for reasons you'll soon see, brought out the worst in many people, devolving into a tangled web of anonymous hate speech directed to anything and everything within reach.
  • How Facebook became a hate engine
  • How Facebook Betrayed Users and Undermined Online Privacy
  • Write Congress Through Facebook!
  • Goodbye, Blog

Online ranters increasingly pay a legal price, David G. Savage,  Seattle Times | WA
The Internet has allowed tens of millions of Americans to be published writers. But it also has led to a surge in lawsuits from those who say they were hurt, defamed or threatened by what they read.

Mama Grizzly (and other setbacks), Ellen Goodman, Boston Globe

  • The Year of the Pink Elephant Women was enough to force our one-woman jury back to its annual task. Once more we celebrate suffrage by giving out the Equal Rites Awards to those who done their best over the past 12 months to set back the cause of women.
  • Before we get trampled, the envelopes please.

International Protests Begin Ahead of Sept. 11 Koran Burning Event in Florida, Democratic Underground
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski
Roughly 100 Indonesian Islamists protested outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta on Friday, Agence France-Press reported, with some threatening holy war if the plan to burn Korans on the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks comes to fruition at the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla.

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Pursuit of Happiness

What is the point of having an imagination, I ask you, if the only thing that can be imagined is mayhem, perpetrated without regard for even the appearance of human life?
Reviews of Christopher Nolan's Inception; Todd Solondz's Life During Wartime and Samuel Maoz's Lebanon.

Stuart Klawans, The Nation

From Leonardo DiCaprio, speaking in the respectable blockbuster of summer 2010, we learn that no virus multiplies more explosively than an idea; in which case, I'd like to know why the Centers for Disease Control allowed all those people to watch Inception. Lax government supervision of Christopher Nolan, whose credit will hereafter be changed in my book from "writer-director" to "primary vector," has allowed a fresh strain of twisted ideational RNA to burrow into the nervous systems of tens of millions of Americans, when they'd already been infected with that characteristic disorder of our time, Wachowski Syndrome.

It was, of course, through the authors of The Matrix that the virus became pandemic: the notion that you, hero, should feel free to use the snazziest conceivable arsenal to kill as many people as you like, because they're not real. Those human-shaped objects are just shades of an illusory world to which you owe not the slightest responsibility. In The Matrix, this dreamland was controlled by monsters from outer space, from whom Earth had to be liberated. In Inception, it is not quite controlled by corporate spies, and the liberation (for DiCaprio) requires the snapping of tentacles that are emotional rather than ickily extraterrestrial. And yet, in either case, the activity within the fantasy realm is exclusively a matter of bang! bang! kaboom!

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Summary: Intolerance, Hate, Intimidation, Fear-mongering, Violence, Incivility, and Ignorance Move Mainstream: Week of Aug 22

5 New Items including:
In today’s world, it’s play or be played
40 Religious Leaders Denounce Sarah Palin and Fox’s Hate Speech

David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest


Clay Jones

In today’s world, it’s play or be played, Syl Jones, Star Tribune | MN
Psychiatrist Eric Byrne, in his seminal 1964 book "Games People Play," defined a game as, "a recurring set of transactions ... with a concealed motivation ... or gimmick." That nails the world in which we live.

40 Religious Leaders Denounce Sarah Palin and Fox’s Hate Speech, Jason Easley, Politicus USA
Top Religious Leaders Challenge Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin To Stop Exploiting Fear

Wing-Nut Rep. Louis Gohmert Goes Nuts on Anderson Cooper Over “Terror Babies” Conspiracy Theory, Joshua Holland, AlterNet
The frightening thing about this clip is that you really get the sense that Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, actually believes this nonsense.

Mexican attacks inflame tensions on Staten Island, Cristian Salazar, Associated Press, in Salon
Olmedo, who was hospitalized for five days and was briefly in a coma, contends he was targeted because of his ethnicity, not because he had been involved in a related incident or because the suspects wanted to steal his belongings.

As Gibbs Attacks Progressive Critics, ACLU Says Obama White House Enshrining Bush-Era Policies, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

  • It’s disappointing that the administration uses this kind of language to respond to thoughtful and considered criticism. I think it debases political discourse in this country. And part of the Press Secretary’s job is to make sure that political discourse is civil and informed.
  • ACLU Report: Obama Continuing Bush-Era Torture Policies


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In today’s world, it’s play or be played

Psychiatrist Eric Byrne, in his seminal 1964 book "Games People Play," defined a game as, "a recurring set of transactions ... with a concealed motivation ... or gimmick." That nails the world in which we live.

Syl Jones, Star Tribune | MN

Has our modern life become a series of entertainments and diversions staged for our viewing pleasure, and to manipulate us? Are we becoming like the ancient Romans, whose bloody games were part of their rites of worship? As an example, consider Haiti. We've all seen the suffering in Haitian eyes; we watched as some heroically survived under rubble for weeks. So why haven't certain governments -- including America's -- forked over the promised funds to aid in Haiti's recovery?

According to CNN, only about 5 percent of the more than $5 billion promised to Haiti has been delivered. Perhaps the donor nations meant well and the money will be arriving later, after thousands more have died. Or perhaps some made noble-sounding pledges that they never intended to keep, hoping to look good in the bright light of constant media coverage. Now that the media is gone, the promises, too, have evaporated.

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Were You Born On the Wrong Continent?: How the European Model Can Help You Get A Life ~ Thomas Geoghegan

  • If you could start over, would you rather live in the free-fall United States, where you can fight to the top against a lot of anxious Ayn Randers, or would you rather be in Europe and putt-putt in neutral in a cozy little social democracy? —from Were You Born on the Wrong Continent?
  • America: The Grim Truth

masaccio, FireDogLake

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

Thomas Geoghegan has written a book that captures the focus of the progressive movement: how does the Middle Class survive the predatory capitalism practiced in the United States and the United Kingdom? His answer is the German version of capitalism, where the interests of the workers are just as important as the voice of the capitalists.
He begins by pointing out all the ways people live better in the European Union. They don’t have to worry about the Big Five: retirement, health care, education, transportation and childcare. The government sees to all of these. Since it buys in bulk, it gets great prices, and people don’t have to spend their time worrying about any of those things.

Just think how great your life would be if you didn’t have to think about where you send your kids to school, or health insurance, or how long your commute is. And think how much better off you would be in this miserable economy if you didn’t have to worry about the losses in your 401(k) plan (if you had one), and how you would pay for health care if you have to pay COBRA on the paltry unemployment benefits you get if you got fired.

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Were You Born on the Wrong Continent?: How the European Model Can Help You Get a Life ~ Thomas Geoghegan, Described in The New Press
In an idiosyncratic, entertaining travelogue that plays on public policy, Thomas Geoghegan asks what our lives would be like if we lived them as Europeans. Sneaking out of his workaholic American life, he takes five trips where he tries to understand so-called European socialism firsthand. After visiting France, he ventures into Germany to see what some call the “boring” Europe. There he finds the true “other”—an economic model with more bottom-up worker control than that of any other country in the world—and argues that, while we have to take Germany’s problems seriously, we also have to look seriously at how much it has achieved. Social democracy may let us live nicer lives; it also may be the only way to be globally competitive.

America: The Grim Truth, Lance Freeman, Axis of Logic

  • I am not writing this to scare you. I write this to you as a friend. If you are able to read and understand what I’ve written here, then you are a member of a small minority in the United States. You are a minority in a country that has no place for you.
  • These Empty Spaces
  • America Goes Dark
  • We Are A Nation Of Sheep Being Led By Wild Dogs


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