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Series | A Call for a General Strike, Part 2: Time's Up for Deferring MLK's Dream

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  • Ballooning debt, stark income inequality, endless war and rampant racism are all hallmarks of the Trump nightmare.
  • Related: The case for a national general strike protesting Trump's heartless shutdown

Bob Hennelly <>, Salon

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January 20, 2019 | In the nation’s capital and across the country food pantries and soup kitchens are making special efforts to help feed the hundreds of thousands of Federal workers that have not been paid for a month in a shutdown instigated by Donald Trump that he threatened might last “months even years” if he does not get $5.7 billion to build a wall on our border with Mexico. 

On Saturday, for the second time in two weeks, Trump took to the airwaves and cast himself as the spaghetti-western protector-in-chief of a nation whose very existence was imperiled by a massive marauding migration of criminals from the south. He feigned an offer of compromise but he continued to insist that the only way to secure our border was with a  multi-billion dollar “powerful see-through steel barrier.” 

Bob Hennelly has written and reported for the Village Voice, Pacifica Radio, WNYC, CBS MoneyWatch and other outlets. He is now a reporter for the Chief-Leader, covering public unions and the civil service in New York City.

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The case for a national general strike protesting Trump's heartless shutdown, Bob Hennelly, Salon

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 / During a demonstration called by the yellow vests (gilets jaunes) movement in La Rochelle

  • The social cohesion for a general strike supporting federal workers is part of America’s past. How about now?
  • Related: The Return of the Strike

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Republicans’ lack of alarm over the shutdown reveals a disturbing truth.

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 / ‘Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate majority leader, has been content to do Trump’s bidding, twice blocking Democratic bills to reopen the government.’ Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP

The rightwing, anti-government forces which first took root in the Republican party more than 40 years ago are now in full bloom and Trump is their willing avatar.

Ross Barkan, the Guardian

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Fri 18 Jan 2019 | The government shutdown, now in its fourth miserable week, shows few signs of ending. Donald Trump, obsessed with curtailing immigration at all costs, wants money for a border wall House Democrats won’t give to him. Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate majority leader, has been content to do Trump’s bidding, twice blocking Democratic bills to reopen the government.

This is now the longest shutdown ever and it’s striking how little Trump and the Republican Senate majority care. McConnell has turned into a political phantom. Trump gloats about ordering fast food for football players because the cooks in the White House have been furloughed.

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Bordering on Fascism: Scholars Reflect on Dangerous Times

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 / 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

 

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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.”

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part !: These Are The Best Resolutions You Can Make, According To Therapists

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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.

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Part 2: Six secrets of people who keep their New Year's resolutions.

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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.

Fast Company: inspiring readers to think beyond traditional boundaries & create the future of business.

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