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Summary | Intolerance, Hate, Intimidation, Fear-mongering, Violence, Incivility, and Ignorance Move Mainstream: Week of November 21

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  • Racism Is Hardly a Thing of the Past
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  • Mythbusters: Beyond the Shadow of Race-Baiting and Partial Truths
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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David Horsey

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Living in the Age of Imposed Amnesia, Henry A. Giroux, Truthout

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  • "We live in an age in which punitive justice and a theater of cruelty have become the defining elements of a mainstream cultural apparatus that trades in historical and social amnesia.
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  • Imposed amnesia is the modus operandi of the current moment.
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  • The Origin of America’s Intellectual Vacuum
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  • Empire of Illusion
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Racism Is Hardly a Thing of the Past, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Huffington Post
Is Jim Crow back? Are African Americans, particularly African American men, once more suffering systematic discrimination on the basis of race -- a discrimination that locks them out of equal rights and basic citizenship?

Church in Arizona protested because it looks like a mosque, David Edwards, Raw Story
"It is unfortunate that people are so intolerant to differences that they aren’t willing to see that the place of worship is not a mosque," said Tayyibah Amatullah of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Arizona chapter.

Indiana parents told drop disabled kids at shelters, Ken Kusmer, Associated Press/MSNBC

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  • Daunna Minnich of Bloomington said Indiana Department of Education funding for residential treatment for her 18-year-old daughter, Sabrina, is due to run out Sunday. She said officials at Damar Services Inc. of Indianapolis told her during a meeting that unless she took Sabrina home with her, the agency would drop the teen off at a homeless shelter.
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  • "It's heart-wrenching as a parent to watch it. We are people and they are people," Becky Holladay said, referring to her son and others with disabilities. "They have lives that are worth something."
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  • Anti-tax fervor undermines the common good
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Mythbusters: Beyond the Shadow of Race-Baiting and Partial Truths, Yvette Schock, God's Politics/Sojourners<http://blog.sojo.net>
The majority of immigrants currently living in the United States are documented. It’s simply untrue that most immigrants are in the U.S. illegally.
http://evergreenedigest.org/content/mythbusters-beyond-shadow-race-baiti...

The Christine O'Donnell phenomenon: Welcome to the United States of Amnesia, Leonard Pitts Jr., Syndicated columnist, Miami Herald | FL/Seattle Times | WA
Somehow we have forgotten the lesson we spent most of the past decade learning at ruinous cost, that faith-based governance, foreign policy by gut instinct, choosing leaders on the basis of which one we'd most like to watch television with, simply does not work.
The Know Nothings and Flat Earthers are ascendant.
Ignorance as Authenticity
http://evergreenedigest.org/content/christine-odonnell-phenomenon-welcom...

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Living in the Age of Imposed Amnesia

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  • "We live in an age in which punitive justice and a theater of cruelty have become the defining elements of a mainstream cultural apparatus that trades in historical and social amnesia.
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  • Imposed amnesia is the modus operandi of the current moment.
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  • The Origin of America’s Intellectual Vacuum
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  • Empire of Illusion
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Henry A. Giroux, Truthout

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"We live in an age in which punitive justice and a theater of cruelty have become the defining elements of a mainstream cultural apparatus that trades in historical and social amnesia. How else to explain the electoral sweep that just put the most egregious Republican Party candidates back in power? These are the people who gave us Katrina, made torture a state policy, promoted racial McCarthyism, celebrated immigrant bashing, pushed the country into two disastrous wars, built more prisons than schools, bankrupted the public treasury, celebrated ignorance over scientific evidence ('half of new Congressmen do not believe in global warming') and promoted the merging of corporate and political power."

For the public to forget so quickly the legacy of the injustices, widespread corruption and moral abyss created by this group (along with a select number of conservative democrats) points to serious issues with the pedagogical conditions and cultural apparatuses that made the return of the living dead possible. The moral, political and memory void that enabled this vengeful and punishing historical moment reached its shameful apogee by allowing the pathetic George W. Bush to reappear with a 44 percent popularity rating and a book tour touting his memoirs - the ultimate purpose of which is to erase any vestige of historical consciousness and make truth yet another casualty of the social amnesia that has come to characterize the American century.

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The Origin of America’s Intellectual Vacuum, Chris Hedges, TruthDig

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  • The silencing of radicals has left academics and intellectuals without the language, vocabulary of class war and analysis to critique the ideology of globalism, the savagery of unfettered capitalism and the ascendancy of the corporate state.
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  • Ignorance as Authenticity
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  • How propaganda is used in the U.S. to control it citizens
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Empire of Illusion, Jeff Dietrich, The Catholic Agitator

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  • It's all about spectacle and debauchery. People are so disconnected from reality that they don't know how to read what is happening--they cannot grasp that the walls are tumbling down--and so they retreat into absurdities. This is the disease gripping American society today.
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  • Building a Nation of Know-Nothings
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  • Lady Gaga: Pop Star for a Country and an Empire in Decline
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Film Reviews: The Tillman Story, Waste Land

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Two documentaries you won't want to miss.

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Courtesy the Weinstein Company

The Tillman Story, The Weinstein Company Pat Tillman's family doesn't mince words. At the memorial service for the fallen NFL-star-turned-soldier, his younger brother Richard responded to Maria Shriver's assurance that "Pat is with God now" by spitting, "Pat would want me to say this: He's not with God, he's fucking dead." A year later, Pat Tillman Sr. signed a blistering letter to the military brass who'd stonewalled the investigation into his son's death: "Fuck you...and yours."

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Waste Land, Arthouse Films Jardim Gramacho, on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, is the largest landfill in the world. There, garbage is the livelihood of hundreds of catadores, recyclers who comb through 7,000 tons of waste a day in search of items worth salvaging. Waste Land follows Brazilian artist Vik Muniz as he collaborates with the catadores on a series of photographic portraits adorned with what the art world likes to call "found objects." The documentary focuses on the evolving relationship between the artist and his subjects—including Tiaõ, who's eager to organize the recyclers, and Isis, a fashionista trapped in an unglamorous life. It also explores art's role as both mirror and escape, and what a society reveals about itself in what it casts away.

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Lennononandonandon

Dan Bull's tribute track to John Lennon made up of oh so many song titles. But how many?

Rabbi Michael Lerner, Tikkun.org

John Lennon--it's cute and uplifting. Have you heard his last few albums (cd's now) when it was just him or him and Yoko--they are really amazing. Anyway, check out this light stuff feel good 3 minute celebration.

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'The Social Network' and 12 More Movies That Defined a Generation

'The Social Network' and 12 More Movies That Defined a Generation

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Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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The Social Network (2010) Can a movie really define a generation? The Social Network comes damn close. It uses the tangled roots of Facebook, created by anti-social Harvard undergrad Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) to show how technology is winning the battle against actual human contact, creating a nation of narcissists shaping their own reality like a Facebook page. If youth can't see itself in this movie, it's just not paying attention. Here are 12 other movies from the past half century that caught a generation in the act of defining itself.

Rebel Without a Cause (1955) A never-better James Dean, in the only one of his three starring roles that ironically did not get him an Oscar nomination, captures teen alienation better than anyone had up till that point. Dean's death at 24 the year of Rebel's release cemented his iconic status. As his character Jim Stark tells a cop: "If I had one day when I didn't have to be all confused, and didn't have to feel that I was ashamed of everything, if I felt that I belonged someplace..."

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Summary: Intolerance, Hate, Intimidation, Fear-mongering, Violence, Incivility, and Ignorance Move Mainstream | Week of October 24

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  • No ‘Christian Compassion’ in Tony Perkins’ Response to Anti-Gay Bullying, Suicides
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  • New Rule: If a Woman Rejects Your First Dozen Advances, Don't Send Her a Picture of Your Penis
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Bob Englehart

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Brian Kilmeade: 'All Terrorists Are Muslims', Danny Shea, Huffington Post

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  • Fox News host Brian Kilmeade claimed Monday (Oct 11) morning that "all terrorists are Muslims."
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  • Keith Olbermann: Brian Kilmeade An 'Unamerican Bastard' For Muslims Comment
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No ‘Christian Compassion’ in Tony Perkins’ Response to Anti-Gay Bullying, Suicides, Andrew Marin, Religion Dispatches

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  • What I am saying is that Tony Perkins is himself a bully because his engagement with this topic consists of getting as many people as he can to support him against someone else’s son, daughter, mother, father, aunt, uncle—all targeted to one specific population of people.
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  • Washington Post Will Doggedly Pursue Both Sides Of 'Should Gay Teenagers Commit Suicide?'
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The Mississippi Pardons, Bob Herbert, New York Times | NY
The Scott sisters have been in prison for 16 years. Jamie, now 38, is seriously ill. Both of her kidneys have failed. Keeping the two of them locked up any longer is unconscionable, grotesquely inhumane.

New Rule: If a Woman Rejects Your First Dozen Advances, Don't Send Her a Picture of Your Penis, Bill Maher, Huffington Post
To me, this story isn't about sports or sex or how necessary caller ID is -- it's about how pathetic and clueless white American males have become.

War is no game, so why is it marketed to children as one? Avril Moore, Sydney Morning Herald | AU<>

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  • In the post-conscription era, parents have subtler enemies to fight.
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  • War as militainment
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  • Kids Learn That Killing Is Fun at the Army's Lethal New Theme Park
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Rand Paul’s Bizarre College Fraternity, Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

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  • Sure, they were idiots. But they aslso liked to make fun of blacks and Hispanics.
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  • Rand Paul's college group mocked Christians
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War is no game, so why is it marketed to children as one?

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  • War as militainment
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  • Kids Learn That Killing Is Fun at the Army's Lethal New Theme Park
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Avril Moore, Sydney Morning Herald | AU

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Chante Wolf

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It's been nearly 40 years since five Melbourne women - Jean McLean, Joan Coxsedge, Irene Miller, Chris Cathie and Jo McLaine Ross - were sent to Fairlea prison for 14 days for their activities in the Save Our Sons (SOS) movement.

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In the 1960s and early '70s, SOS successfully campaigned against conscription and Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War. Times are different now; we no longer have such barbaric laws, our boys simply ''volunteer''.

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Last week (June 6-12), the front pages of most Australian newspapers displayed heartbreaking images of two young men - Jacob Moerland, 21, and Darren Smith, 25 - who died in Afghanistan from an exploding roadside bomb.

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Kids Learn That Killing Is Fun at the Army's Lethal New Theme Park, Penny Coleman, AlterNet
The Army's new recruitment tool lets high-tech video game centers desensitize, condition, train and even enlist America's youth.

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New Rule: If a Woman Rejects Your First Dozen Advances, Don't Send Her a Picture of Your Penis

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To me, this story isn't about sports or sex or how necessary caller ID is -- it's about how pathetic and clueless white American males have become.

Bill Maher, Huffington Post

New Rule: If a woman rejects your first dozen advances, don't up the ante by sending her a picture of your penis. This week, we found out that Vikings quarterback Brett Favre allegedly tried to get with a young woman by sending her MySpace messages, voicemails, and notes through a friend, and when none of that worked, and it was third and long -- though, not as long as most of us would have imagined -- he decided to throw the Hail Mary and sext her pictures of Little Brett to close the deal. Brett, I get it: Your dictionary doesn't include the word "quit" or "retire" or "married" but you've got to at least understand "punt." You know the worst part about having sex with Brett Favre? He keeps saying he's finished, and then he comes back to drag it out for another year.

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To me, this story isn't about sports or sex or how necessary caller ID is -- it's about how pathetic and clueless white American males have become. Because the kind of guy who thinks there are women out there who just, cold, want to see your cock, is the same kind of guy who thinks Sarah Palin is swell and tax cuts pay for themselves. I will explain that connection further, but first let's just dwell for one more moment on how stupid it is to forget that in 2010 when you text someone a picture of your genitals, you're not just sending it to that person, but to every person she has in her contacts... and then everyone on the planet who has access to the Internet. Somewhere right now there's a tribesman in Samoa thinking, "Brett Favre is texting a picture of his dick to a woman? That shit never works."

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