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Summary | Intolerance, Hate, Intimidation, Fear-mongering, Violence, Incivility, and Ignorance Move Mainstream: Week of February 27

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  • 11 Women Found Murdered in Albuquerque Desert -- Why Was This Not Treated As a National Tragedy?
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  • ‘Use live ammunition’ against Wisconsin protesters, Indiana official says
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Pat Bagley

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‘Use live ammunition’ against Wisconsin protesters, Indiana official saysDavid Edwards, Raw Story
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

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  • Indiana deputy attorney general loses job
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  • The Indiana Attorney General's office announced Wednesday (Feb 23) that the deputy attorney general who called for Wisconsin riot police to use deadly force on protesters is no longer employed by the agency, according to WISH.
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Proposed MS license plate to honor KKK leader, Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press/Sacramento Bee | CA
"Seriously?" state NAACP president Derrick Johnson said when he was told about the Forrest plate. "Wow."

11 Women Found Murdered in Albuquerque Desert -- Why Was This Not Treated As a National Tragedy? Adriann BarboaYoung Women United/AlterNet

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  • I often found myself wondering if the lack of police enthusiasm in pursuing the case would fly if these were 11 white college students found buried under a football field.
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  • 9 New Laws in the GOP's War Against Women
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Steve King: Let's Kill The Government If Obama Won't Kill Health Care Reform, Jed Lewison, Daily Kos
In a presentation at CPAC recently, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) called on Republicans to hold the government hostage until President Obama abandons his dream of reforming the nation's health care system.

Glenn Beck Falsely Links Planned Parenthood to Sex Trafficking, Media Matters for America/Reader Supported News
Intro: "Glenn Beck devoted the February 18 edition of his Fox News show to promoting the false claim that Live Action's undercover videos showed Planned Parenthood abetting the sex trafficking of underage girls. Beck did not mention once during his hour-long show that, before any of the hoax videos were released, Planned Parenthood contacted the FBI to report the possibility that sex trafficking was occurring."

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'Next to Normal' tries to paint authentic picture of mental illness

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"Next to Normal," the musical that originated locally and turned into an award-winning Broadway hit, is making a tour stop at 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. The show's portrayal of a woman with bipolar disease shows how far movies and plays have come in the treatment of such characters.

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Misha Berson, Seattle Times | WA

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Louis Hobson, left, Alice Ripley and J. Robert Spencer on Broadway in 2009 in "Next to Normal." Ripley will reprise her Tony Award-winning performance as a woman struggling with bipolar disorder in Seattle at the 5th Avenue Theatre. (Joan Marcus)

Psycho killers. Homicidal maniacs. Raving lunatics. Artists touched by madness and genius. Such images have fueled many a compelling drama — and much shlock-pulp entertainment.

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But while such embodiments of destructive and creative derangement are plentiful, more varied and authentic visions of mental illness are starting to emerge — in compelling TV shows like HBO's "In Treatment," about psychotherapy, and such movies as "The Soloist," which starred Jamie Foxx as a mentally ill homeless man.

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For the millions of Americans who experience a serious degree of mental illness (about 1 in 17 adults, says the National Institute for Mental Health), and their loved ones and advocates, it's about time.

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What Makes NFL Football So Great: Socialism

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  • New Rule: Americans must realize what makes NFL Football so great: Socialism
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  • The Humbug Express
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Bill Maher, Reader Supported News

Bill Maher, 10/15/09. (photo: HBO)

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New Rule: With the Super Bowl only a week away, Americans must realize what makes NFL football so great: socialism. That's right, for all the F-15 flyovers and flag waving, football is our most successful sport because the NFL takes money from the rich teams and gives it to the poor teams ... just like President Obama wants to do with his secret army of ACORN volunteers. Green Bay, Wisconsin has a population of 100,000. Yet this sleepy little town on the banks of the Fuck-if-I-know River has just as much of a chance of making it to the Super Bowl as the New York Jets - who next year need to just shut the hell up and play.

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Now, me personally, I haven't watched a Super Bowl since 2004, when Janet Jackson's nipple popped out during half time, and that split-second glimpse of an unrestrained black titty burned my eyes and offended me as a Christian. But I get it - who doesn't love the spectacle of juiced-up millionaires giving each other brain damage on a giant flat-screen TV with a picture so realistic it feels like Ben Roethlisberger is in your living room, grabbing your sister?

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The Humbug Express, Paul Krugman, New York Times | NY
Hey, has anyone noticed that “A Christmas Carol” is a dangerous leftist tract?

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Can Indy Web TV Survive the Comcast/NBC Merger?

If the the Comcast/NBCU merger does indeed lead to unprecedented consolidation and a tiered Internet, then there are still several ways an independent content company can stay competitive.

Maxine Goldenson, Huffington Post

In the eyes of many independent Internet TV companies, the Comcast and NBC/Universal merger can be viewed as one of two things; a misguided business decision in the vein of the unfortunate AOL/Time Warner merger, or at worst, a tipping point that ignites an era of large-scale consolidation at the expense of competition.

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The latter could create an environment in which ISP providers like Verizon and AT&T feel compelled to merge with content companies like ABC/Disney and CBS/Viacom to control how the majority of content, even those of its competitors, is delivered.

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Revolution at Sundance

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  • Here at Sundance I had expected starlets in ski boots and parties in which people said 'Darling' and perhaps many worthy little films with artistic merit, but I had not expected subversion, analysis or, even, revolutionary ideas.
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  • The two main themes in the festival -- to my amazement, given that the mainstream pop-culture world seems to have dismissed feminism and closed its eyes to threats to freedom -- seem to be gender rebellion -- and civil liberties.
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Naomi Wolf, Huffington Post

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I am here in Park City, Utah, for my first encounter with the Sundance Festival; I had expected starlets in ski boots and parties in which people said 'Darling' and perhaps many worthy little films with artistic merit, but -- my mistake, probably due to the grudging reluctance on the part of print journalists like myself to yield respect to a medium that seems to get all the glamor and sometimes go an inch deep -- I had not expected subversion, analysis or, even, revolutionary ideas.

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But thirty-six hours into Sundance at the time of this writing, I have to say: we seem at one of the few nexuses left in the US for brave journalistic critical thinking. Sundance this year is packed with substance, and documentarians especially are tacking head-on issue that US print journalists, especially those who work for corporate-owned media, have abashedly refused to tackle. The two main themes in the festival -- to my amazement, given that the mainstream pop-culture world seems to have dismissed feminism and closed its eyes to threats to freedom -- seem to be gender rebellion -- and civil liberties.

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Can Indy Web TV Survive the Comcast/NBC Merger? Maxine Goldenson, Huffington Post
If the the Comcast/NBCU merger does indeed lead to unprecedented consolidation and a tiered Internet, then there are still several ways an independent content company can stay competitive.

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Summary | Intolerance, Hate, Intimidation, Fear-mongering, Violence, Incivility, and Ignorance Move Mainstream: Week of January 30

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  • Arkansas Birds killed by Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal!
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  • Reagan Was No Friend of Blacks
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Don Wright

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Arkansas Birds killed by Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal!, Kyle, People for the American Way

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Have you been wondering about those thousands of birds that fell from the sky in Arkansas on New Years Eve? According to "respected prophet" and Religious Right rising star Cindy Jacobs, the event which some have playfully dubbed the "aflockalypse" was the result of ... wait for it ... the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy getting repealed. I wish I was kidding. You really have to see this.

Glenn Beck Targets Frances Fox Piven, Editors, The Nation
Frances Fox Piven Is Way Tougher Than Glenn Beck

Reagan Was No Friend of Blacks, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Huffington Post

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  • Michael Reagan can absurdly twist history to make his father a paragon of civil rights. But Reagan was hardly the "best friend" of blacks.
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  • CBS almost reported Reagan was mentally unfit in 1986
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Are Disney Princesses Evil?

Author Peggy Orenstein on raising daughters in an age of gender-branded diapers, tiara-toting toddlers, and sexed-up preteens.

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Michael Mechanic, Mother Jones

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Where do Disney princesses fall on a 1-to-10 scale of harm to a girl's identity? How about Bratz, pink mania, Facebook? "All of this stuff seems 1, but might be 10, and you don't really know," says author and New York Times Magazine essayist Peggy Orenstein as we chat about her new book. "It's not any one thing. It's the whole onslaught." Cinderella Ate My Daughter is a highly entertaining (and disconcerting) romp. Orenstein hangs out with teachers, teenyboppers, marketing execs, social scientists, tots in tiaras, and her own seven-year-old to probe the beguiling contradictions of our growing girly-girl culture. Referring to the nearly half of six- to nine-year-old girls who wear lipstick or gloss, Orenstein tells me, "I don't know why the percentage is not zero."

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Read on for her lowdown on gender-branded diapers, Facebook's dark side, and how the parents of preschool beauty queens are more like us than we'd care to admit.

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Summary | Intolerance, Hate, Intimidation, Fear-mongering, Violence, Incivility, and Ignorance Move Mainstream: Week of January 23

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  • The trolls and bullies must not stifle community engagement
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  • Extremist Killing Is as American as Apple Pie
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Mike Luckovich

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The trolls and bullies must not stifle community engagement, Ryan Blethen, Seattle Times | WA

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  • Constructive and engaging public dialogue is the antidote to the nasty rhetoric polluting America.
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  • Words Have Consequences
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Extremist Killing Is as American as Apple Pie, Stephan Salisbury, TomDispatch

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  • Murders Grow on the Far Right Four Decades After Martin Luther King
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  • More guns does not equal less crime
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Steve King: Democrats Driven By 'Irrational Leftist Lust For Socialized Medicine', Nick Wing, Huffington Post
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) continued his bluster against health care repeal in a recent interview with Human Events, saying that the entire package was driven by Democrats' "irrational Leftist lust for socialized medicine."

Rick Santorum on Obama: I Find It Remarkable For A Black Man To Decide Who Are People, Grassy Knoll, Democratic Underground
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski
Which is why he lost his bid for re-election.

‘You’re going to have to shoot them in the head,’ Beck said of Democratic leaders, Stephen C. Webster, Raw Story
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski
Discussing Democratic leaders during a June (2010) broadcast for the Republican Fox News Channel, conspiracy host Glenn Beck told his followers they would have to "shoot them in the head" in order to bring an end to an alleged "communist" agenda.

Slight Uptick In Pedestrian Deaths Is Apparently Michelle Obama's Fault, Jason LinkinsHuffington Post
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski
The Daily Caller is pretty sure they have this all figured out, anyway: Pedestrian deaths increased sharply during the first half of 2010, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). The reason may be First Lady Michelle Obama and her "Let's Move" campaign.

Anti-Immigrant Group’s Comments Following Arizona Tragedy Are Shockingly Insensitive, Jill Garvey, Imagine 2050

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  • Anti-immigrant groups, no matter how extreme or divisive their agenda, continue to position themselves as mainstream voices.
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  • Republicans Hope to Trample Constitution With Racist New Proposals
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