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In-Depth Analysis by Team of UMass Amherst Economists Shows Viability of Medicare For All

Comprehensive plan is estimated to reduce U.S. health consumption expenditures by nearly 10 percent, while providing decent health care coverage to all Americans.

Robert Pollin, Jeannette Wicks-Lim, Jared Sharpe, Common Dreams / Portside To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up here to receive the latest updates from all reader supported Evergreene Digest.


December 01, 2018 | A team of economists from the University of Massachusetts Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) has found that the Medicare for All Act of 2017, introduced to the United States Senate by Senator Bernie Sanders, is not only economically viable, but could actually reduce health consumption expenditures by about 9.6 percent while also providing decent health care coverage for all Americans. a nearly 200-page report released at the Sanders Institute Gathering, the first major event hosted by the think tank founded by Jane O’Meara Sanders and David Driscoll, the senator’s wife and son, the economists outline seven major aspects of transforming the U.S. health care system, detailing step-by-step the actions needed to be taken to achieve truly universal health care and its potential impacts on individuals, families, businesses and government. The analysis, which was in development for 18 months, has received praise from 11 distinguished experts in the fields of economics and health care studies who have rigorously reviewed the researchers’ findings.

Pollin and Wicks-Lim were joined in crafting the analysis by UMass Amherst colleagues James Heintz, associate director and Andrew Glyn Professor of Economics, Peter Arno, senior fellow and director of health policy research, and Michael Ash, senior research fellow and professor of economics and public policy.

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Helpful Guides to How to Read a Book

  • Part 1: A Helpful Guide to Reading Better
  • The frameworks that I’ve found to be most helpful to improving my reading.
  • Part 2: How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading
  • The Art of Getting a Liberal Education
  • Related: How To Read A Book [PDF]

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

Part 1: A Helpful Guide to Reading Better

“In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time – none, zero.” — Charlie Munger
This article explains the frameworks that I’ve found
tobemosthelpfulto improving my reading.

Farnam Street / One of the best ways to learn is from the experiences of others. And one of the best ways to do that is to make friends with the eminent dead.

Through trial and error, over the years, I’ve come across several frameworks that help us improve how we read.

While there are thousands of hacks and shortcuts on the internet, most of them only offer the illusion of speed, retention, or improvement.

It turns out you don’t need a lot of frameworks anyways. A few, well-tested ones, can vastly improve your comprehension, speed, and ability to connect and apply what you are reading to critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity.

Farnam Street is devoted to helping you develop an understanding of how the world really works, make better decisions, and live a better life. We address such topics as mental models, decision making, learning, reading, and the art of living.

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Part 2: How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading ~ Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren

The Art of Getting a Liberal Education

Reviewed in Goodreads How to Read a Book, originally published in 1940, has become a rare phenomenon, a living classic. It is the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader. And now it has been completely rewritten and updated.

You are told about the various levels of reading and how to achieve them – from elementary reading, through systematic skimming and inspectional reading, to speed reading, you learn how to pigeonhole a book, X-ray it, extract the author's message, criticize. You are taught the different reading techniques for reading practical books, imaginative literature, plays, poetry, history, science and mathematics, philosophy and social science.

Goodreads is a "social cataloging" website that allows individuals to freely search its database of books, annotations, and reviews.

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How To Read A Book [PDF]


Celebrating the Anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre

  • Part 1: Remembering the Big Foot Riders on anniversary of massacre at Wounded Knee
  • This anniversary marks one of the most shameful and dreadful days in the history of America.
  • Part 2: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West ~ Dee Brown
  • The classic bestselling history the New York Times called "Original, remarkable, and finally heartbreaking...Impossible to put down."

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

Part 1: Remembering the Big Foot Riders on anniversary of massacre at Wounded Knee / Chief Bigfoot Band Memorial Ride on Facebook: Arriving in Wounded Knee

Editorial Board Native Sun News Today

Friday, December 7, 2018  | We are fast approaching the 128th Anniversary of the Massacre at Wounded Knee. This anniversary marks one of the most shameful and dreadful days in the history of America.

In 1986 three Lakota men decided they would ride their horses on the same path Chief Big Foot and his 350 followers took when they road from the Cheyenne River Reservation in the bitter winter of December 1890 to seek the protection of Chief Red Cloud on the Pine Ridge Agency.

Native Sun News Today, voted "Best of the Dakotas" by both the North and South Dakota Newspaper Associations, is the largest weekly newspaper on the Northern Plains. The most trusted news source covering Native American issues.

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Part 2: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West ~ Dee Brown

Now a special 30th-anniversary edition in both hardcover and paperback, the classic bestselling history The New York Times called "Original, remarkable, and finally heartbreaking...Impossible to put down."

Reviewed in Good Reads

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is Dee Brown's eloquent, fully documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the nineteenth century. A national bestseller in hardcover for more than a year after its initial publication, it has sold almost four million copies and has been translated into seventeen languages. For this elegant thirtieth-anniversary edition—published in both hardcover and paperback—Brown has contributed an incisive new preface.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Our mission is to help people find and share books they love.

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How a TV Sitcom Triggered the Downfall of Western Civilization

The one where we retain our sanity in a stupid world.

David Hopkins, Medium Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter.


Mar 21, 2016 | I want to discuss a popular TV show my wife and I have been binge-watching on Netflix. It’s the story of a family man, a man of science, a genius who fell in with the wrong crowd. He slowly descends into madness and desperation, led by his own egotism. With one mishap after another, he becomes a monster. I’m talking, of course, about Friends and its tragic hero, Ross Geller.

You may see it as a comedy, but I cannot laugh with you. To me, Friends signals a harsh embrace of anti-intellectualism in America, where a gifted and intelligent man is persecuted by his idiot compatriots. And even if you see it from my point of view, it doesn’t matter. The constant barrage of laughter from the live studio audience will remind us that our own reactions are unnecessary, redundant.*r5NCDvNPOM2xbFQlZz-13w.png David Hopkins: Author of short story collection We Miss All the Great Parties. Work in Chicago Tribune, D Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Smart Pop.

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