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The Super Bowl Can No Longer Entertain an Overstimulated Nation

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Let the record show: Football is dead, and ’twas boredom that killed the beast.

Dave Holmes, Esquire

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Feb 4, 2019 | The Patriots just won Super Bowl LIII, and I can’t imagine a world in which even they themselves are excited about it. The game itself was a long, languorous, low-scoring snoozer that had America begging for a dilly-dilly, and the pageantry surrounding it was like a dial tone turned all the the way up. I’ll put it this way: when the highlight of the Super Bowl is thirty near-silent seconds of Andy Warhol delicately dipping a plain Whopper into a small puddle of Heinz ketchup, this nation is in turmoil.

The night began pleasantly enough, with a performance of “God Bless America” by Chloe Multiplied By Halle, who are nominated for Best New Artist in next weekend’s Grammy awards. That awards ceremony will be aired by CBS, and hosted by Alicia Keys, who it appears will be doing comedy, because America has truly lost its way. Gladys Knight then sang “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and did not take a knee, because of course she did not take a knee, because clearly NFL snipers were stationed throughout the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. She did however do the “land of the freeEEEE” thing that all singers have been required by federal law to do since 1992.

Dave Holmes, Esquire, gives advice on sex, relationships, career, and life in a weekly column.


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Caution: Moderate Democrats Ahead

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  • Part 1: Beware the Moderate Democrat
  • Why the centrist extremists are an incredibly dangerous political animal
  • Part 2: ‘Socialism surging in Iowa’ gives cold feet to centrist Democrats contemplating 2020 run: report
  • it might be the centrists who are getting cold feet.
  • Part 3: The Last Thing America Needs Right Now is a 'Centrist Independent'
  • Howard Schultz is contemplating a run for president, while Kamala Harris leans into Obama-style rhetoric. God Help Us All.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Beware the Moderate Democrat

  • https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/views-article/the_moderate_armadillo.jpg?itok=oFkR5nAL / "There's nothing in the middle of the road," the progressive populist Jim Hightower of Texas famously quipped, "but yellow stripes and dead Armadillos."
  • Why the centrist extremists are an incredibly dangerous political animal

Les Leopold, Common Dreams

February 02, 2019 | The "moderate."

Such a soothing political word. It conjures up a reasonable, considerate person who seeks the middle ground between ideological extremists: Works well with others, crosses the aisle to make good policy, knows how to win incremental change rather than issuing jarring proclamations that jump too far ahead of the electorate. A moderate is pragmatic, gets things done and doesn't let the perfect become the enemy of the good.

Oh, in these troubled times, aren't such moderates—beloved as they are by right-wingers like Bret Stephens—desperately needed?

https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/les_leopold.jpgLes Leopold, the director of the Labor Institute in New York, is working with unions, worker centers and community organizations to build a national economics educational campaign. His latest book, Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice (Oct 2015), is a text for that effort.

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Part 2: ‘Socialism surging in Iowa’ gives cold feet to centrist Democrats contemplating 2020 run: report

https://www.alternet.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/bernie-2-1170x629.jpgAmid warnings within progressive circles that the “moderate Democrat” remains a serious obstacle to the kind of transformative change many rank-and-file party members and voters in general say they want, new reporting by Axios on Saturday…

Jon Queally, Common Dreams / AlterNet

February 3, 2019 | Amid warnings within progressive circles that the “moderate Democrat” remains a serious obstacle to the kind of transformative change many rank-and-file party members and voters in general say they want, new reporting by Axios on Saturday shows that it might be the centrists who are getting cold feet as they register just how hungry the electorate has become for policy solutions like Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, tuition-free higher education, and taxation that targets the nation’s wealthiest.

Citing informed sources, Axios reports that both “Michael Bloomberg and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, each of whom were virtual locks to run, are having serious second thoughts after watching Democrats embrace “Medicare for All,” big tax increases and the Green New Deal. Joe Biden, who still wants to run, is being advised to delay any plans to see how this lurch to the left plays out. If Biden runs, look for Bloomberg and McAuliffe to bow out.”

Jon Queally: As seen in: Mint Press News, AlterNet, RawStory, Common Dreams, Truthout, Truthdig, In These Times, EcoWatch, BillMoyers.com, Wisconsin Gazette, Green Builder Magazine and more

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Part 3: The Last Thing America Needs Right Now is a 'Centrist Independent'

Howard Schultz is contemplating a run for president, while Kamala Harris leans into Obama-style rhetoric. God Help Us All.

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

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Jan 28, 2019 | There was a lot that was intriguing about the high-end rollout of Senator Kamala Harris's presidential campaign on Sunday. The announcement rally itself seemed to shut down most of Oakland. Harris's speech, which has been slightly overpraised, but which was quite solid and occasionally soaring in its quasi-Obama-ish way, had a lot in it to fascinate the casual observer.

For example, the biggest knock against Harris so far is based in her career as a prosecutor, during which she took some stands and actions that run contrary to the post-Ferguson mood among liberal activists. Hence, she's on a unique tightrope that her primary rivals— with the possible exception of Joe Biden, who has other problems, too—don't have to walk. She gave an extended look at the techniques she will try to use to keep from falling.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Charles%20P.%20Pierce_1.jpg / Charles P. Pierce is a staff writer for Grantland and the author of Idiot America. He writes regularly for Esquire, is the lead writer for Esquire.com’s Politics blog, and is a frequent guest on NPR.

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How America Can Free Itself From Wall Street

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  • Wall Street owns the country.
  • Related: Central Banks Have Gone Rogue; The Contagion Has Spread To Democracy Itself.

Ellen Brown, Truthdig.com

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Wall Street owns the country. That was the opening line of a fiery speech that populist leader Mary Ellen Lease delivered around 1890. Franklin Roosevelt said it again in a letter to Colonel House in 1933, and Sen. Dick Durbin was still saying it in 2009. “The banks—hard to believe in a time when we’re facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created—are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill,” Durbin said in an interview. “And they frankly own the place.”

Wall Street banks triggered a credit crisis in 2008-09 that wiped out over $19 trillion in household wealth, turned some 10 million families out of their homes and cost almost 9 million jobs in the U.S. alone. Yet the banks were bailed out without penalty, while defrauded home buyers were left without recourse or compensation. The banks made a killing on interest rate swaps with citiesandstates across the country, after a compliant and accommodating Federal Reserve dropped interest rates nearly to zero. Attempts to renegotiate these deals have failed.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Ellen%20Brown_0.jpg / Ellen Brown is an attorney, chairman of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books including "Web of Debt" and "The Public Bank Solution."

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Central Banks Have Gone Rogue; The Contagion Has Spread To Democracy Itself. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • https://www.federalreserve.gov/aboutthefed/aroundtheboard/eccles-building.jpgPart 1: Ten Years After The Financial Crisis, The Contagion Has Spread To Democracy Itself.
  • Tim Geithner, BenBernankeand Hank Paulson dealt a catastrophic blow to public faith in American institutions.
  • Part 2: Central Banks Have Gone Rogue, Putting Us All at Risk.
  • It is time to curb central bank independence. Iftheirpowerful tools are going to be put to work, it should be in the service of the public and the economy.

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A N.Y. Times Story Just Accidentally Shredded the Russiagate Hysteria, by Lee Camp

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  • It made our mass media pundits look like hardened fools. But they have kept spouting their nonsense anyway, hoping no one notices the soup dripping down their faces.
  • Related: The Russia Interference Narrative is McCarthyism Reborn in the 21st Century.

Lee Camp, Truthdig / Rise Up Times

January 22, 2019 | Every once in a while, one of those stories comes along that makes the mainstream corporate media look like a bunch of middle-school kids filming their “news show” on an iPhone with their neck ties crooked. Recently, one of those stories splashed down into the middle of our cultural zeitgeist like a small meteor landing in the middle of an elite dinner party

It made our mass media pundits look like hardened fools. But they have kept spouting their nonsense anyway, hoping no one notices the soup dripping down their faces.

Lee Camp <> is an American stand-up comedian, writer,actorand activist. Camp is the host of the weekly comedy news TV show “Redacted Tonight With Lee Camp” on RT America.

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The Russia Interference Narrative is McCarthyism Reborn in the 21st Century. Rainer Shea, Ghion Journal

  • At least within the limits of its influence over public opinion, Russiagate has been very effective at propagating militaristic and authoritarian views.
  • Related: Special Project | Russiagate: The American Boogeyman

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