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Bordering on Fascism: Scholars Reflect on Dangerous Times

 / Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair

As Hedges reminded us last year: “Donald Trump is the result of a long process of political, cultural and social decay. He is a product of our failed democracy. The problem is not Trump. It is a political system. If we do not stand up, we will enter a new dark age.”
Related: From the Archives | Corporate Media Counting Cadence to Fascism

Paul Street, Counterpunch

January 11, 2019 | My fellow U.S.-Americans, we stand at a moment of no small peril.

Contrary to much of what one hears from liberals, Donald Trump’s “insane” border-wall gambit may be something of a winning play for him.

Yes, the whole stunt is built on a fetid pile of falsehoods. The level of bullshit emanating from Trump’s mouth and Twitter feed on this matter is remarkable even by his standards.

Paul Street is an independent radical-democratic policy researcher, journalist, historian, author and speaker based in Iowa City, IA.

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From the Archives | Corporate Media Counting Cadence to Fascism, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

Mar 22, 2017 | In an illustrated clip for Al-Jazeera English, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman explains renowned linguist Noam Chomsky’s theory on the five filters of the mass media machine that manufacture Americans’ consent.

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Therapists Advise The Best Resolutions You Can Make - and Keep.

  • Part 1: These Are The Best Resolutions You Can Make, According To Therapists
  • If you've been slow to choose or implement a New Year's resolution this year, this will help you get on track.
  • Part 2: Six secrets of people who keep their New Year's resolutions.
  • “People who are successful realize that resolutions are not a one-time change.”

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  • Experts recommend creating resolutions that serve your mental or emotional health in order to make goals stick.
  • If you've been slow to choose or implement a New Year's resolution this year, this will help you get on track.

Paige Smith, Huffington Post

12/28/2018 | When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, people are either staunch defenders of the practice or vocal critics. On one hand, resolutions provide purpose and structure for those interested in self-improvement; on the other hand, they tend not to work.

"The trick is to create resolutions that are focused more on holistic improvement and progress, rather than on achieving a specific result. Think of your resolution as an intention, or a conscious daily,weekly or monthly choice that will help you improve an area of your life."

Most people quit their resolutions after a couple of months, said Melissa Coats, a licensed professional counselor, psychotherapist and owner of Coats Counseling in Georgia. If you struggle with anxiety or feelings of inadequacy, she explained, the pressure to succeed can be particularly damaging. / Paige Smith, on assignment for HuffPost, is a freelance health and lifestyle writer,editor , and perpetual optimist from Southern California. When she’s not crafting stories, she loves to read, travel , and get sandy.

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Part 2: Six secrets of people who keep their New Year's resolutions.“People who are successful realize that resolutions are not a one-time change.”

Fast Company, For the Interested

December31,2017 | It’s one thing to make a New Year’s resolution, it’s another to stick with it for more than one year.

Fast Company interviewed six people who have kept their resolutions for multiple years to find out how to stick with your resolutions.

Their tips include to base your resolution on small changes, write down your resolution every day, and make failure difficult for yourself.

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Let the church die, so that the church might live

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  • Young Voices: Catholic ritual and liturgies counter our culture's death-denial. But what of a church that refuses to look upon itself and denies that it is in its own season of death?
  • Related: Open letter to the US Catholic bishops: It's over.

Mark Piper, National Catholic Reporter Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter.


January 3, 2019 |

Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life (John 12:24-25).

Here in the dead of winter, I offer a metaphor, a request, built upon my observations and yearnings for meaning in a church that mirrors the world inasmuch as both are experiencing seasons of suffering. The request is this: Let thechurchdie, so that the church might live.

Having come of age during the wafer wars, Boston, Rome's investigation of LCWR and continuously increased polarization and scandal, let the obviously sick and dying die. / Mark Piper, a Packers fan in an unholy land, works in the nonprofit sector. He resides in Chicago with his family and holds a master's in public policy from DePaul University and a bachelor's from St. Xavier University; he isanalumus of Amate House, an AmeriCorps-approved year of service organization sponsored by the Chicago Archdiocese.

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Open letter to the US Catholic bishops: It's over. Editorial Staff, National Catholic Reporter (NCR) / (Dreamstime/Kts)

This time, it has to be different. Bishops, the prolonged abuse scandal would suggest that you've not done very well taking stock of yourselves. This Story to a Friend

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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]

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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]