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Charles Pierce | I'm Not Sure We're Ready for the Chaos That Will Follow the Midterms 
 


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  • "Over the weekend, Pierce writes, "there were a couple of ominous, if overlooked, statements from Republican officials touching on the upcoming midterm elections."
  • Prepare for recount hell and the delegitimizing of the Blue Wave.
  • Related: Overcoming Voter Suppression

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

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Oct 15, 2018 | Over the weekend, there were a couple of ominous, if overlooked, statements from Republican officials touching on the upcoming midterm elections. In a radio interview, National Security Adviser John Bolton sang the new administration* tune of how what we really should be watching as regards outside interference in our elections is what China is doing. From the Washington Free Beacon:

On Chinese election meddling, Bolton said the problem is serious. "We are very worried about the question of Chinese interference not just in individual elections, but more broadly trying to influence the American political discussion with an influence campaign that I think could well be unprecedented," he said.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Charles%20P.%20Pierce_1.jpg Charles P. Pierce is a staff writer for Grantland and the author of Idiot America. He writes regularly for Esquire, is the lead writer for Esquire.com’s Politics blog, and is a frequent guest on NPR.



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Overcoming Voter Suppression, The Progress Report, Center for American Progress

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Millian%20Fists%20%7C%20Illusion_0.jpgWith midterm elections 20 days away, it’s never been more important to expose voter suppression efforts—and to overcome them.
  • Check out this page from the ACLU for resources around knowing your rights and responding to voter intimidation.
  • Related: Five Truths About Voter Suppression

 



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Special Project | Russiagate: The American Boogeyman

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Story 1: Why I’m Sick and Tired of Hearing About Russiagate * Story 2: How Pro-War Democrats Use Russiagate To Bloat the Military—And Why That’s Dangerous * Story 3: What Russiagate Skeptics Get Wrong * Related: Five Things That Would Reduce Out of Control Russophobia * Related: How Russia Became “Our Adversary” Again

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest <http://evergreenedigest.org>

 


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Week Ending October 27, 2018 |

http://inthesetimes.com/images/made/images/Trump_Putin_Helsinki_850_575.jpegStory 1: Why I’m Sick and Tired of Hearing About Russiagate, Jessica Stites, In These Times, October 17, 2018 | Mueller won’t save us from the deep flaws in our democracy that brought us Trump.

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Story 2: How Pro-War Democrats Use Russiagate To Bloat the Military—And Why That’s Dangerous, Sarah Lazare, In These Times, October 18, 2018
Russia became the bipartisan
justificationforan $716 billion defense budget and nuclear build-up.
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Story 3: What Russiagate Skeptics Get Wrong, John Feffer, In These Times, October 19, 2018 | The Left can call for military deescalation while still holding Putin accountable for electoral meddling.

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Five Things That Would Reduce Out of Control Russophobia, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • I do not believe the establishment Russia narrative.
  • Part 2: Russiaphobia Is Out of Control
  • Mueller’s “indictment” of 13 Russians and 3 companies is just another hoax.

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The Only People Who Still Believe In Russia-gate Are Those Who Desperately Need To. Caitlin Johnstone, Medium

  • https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1600/1*JaxqDAshc6fIR3DYvONNUQ.pngThe ruling elites still need their war with Russia, necessitating even more fear-mongering propaganda to manufacture support for new cold war escalations.
  • Related: How Russia Became “Our Adversary” Again


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Progressives Need a Clear Strategy for 2020 and Beyond. Here Are 5 Guidelines.

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  • We have significant numbers. But we need to continue to buildourranks, and mobilize behind a winning political strategy.
  • Related: Did Democrats do enough to stop Kavanaugh? Not even close, and don’t expect more from a “blue wave.”

Max Elbaum and Calvin Cheung-Miaw, In These Times

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September 19, 2018 | The unending stream of horrors coming from the White House, combined with the looming 2018 elections, is keeping social justice activists working around the clock. The past few weeks have brought us Brett Kavanaugh's nomination hearing, John Bolton's all-out attack on the International Criminal Court, the Environmental Protection Agency's http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Only%20a%20progressive%20bloc.jpgrollback of methane emission regulations, the Department of Education's renewed intimidation of pro-Palestinian student activists at Rutgers, and Homeland Security's proposal to indefinitely detain migrant children. The demands of fending off one attack after another can be overwhelming—and there is no relief in sight.

Before things get even busier, and home-stretch electioneering accelerates to warp speed, it’s useful to take a step back to gain some perspective on what we are doing. We need to assess the terrain on which wearefighting, and to figure out how our day-to-day efforts can contribute to an effective strategy for beating back the racist authoritarians now running the country.

Max Elbaum and Calvin Cheung-Miaw : Max Elbaum is author of Revolution in the Air, recently reissued by Verso Books, and an editor of OrganizingUpgrade.com
Calvin Cheung-Miaw is with the Left Inside/Outside
Project, and an editor of OrganizingUpgrade.com.

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Did Democrats do enough to stop Kavanaugh? Not even close, and don’t expect more from a “blue wave.” Jim Sleeper, Tikkun

  • Yes, Democrats are preferable. But they'restillspineless, and melted before Kavanaugh's white rage. 
  • Related: This Sort of Spineless Corporate Pandering Is Why Democrats Keep Losing.

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A Successful Economy Isn’t Just Capitalists Increasing Their Capital. (It’s Your Life, Improving.)

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  • Why Americans Put the Success of Capitalism Above Their Own Lives Falling Apart
  • Related: America's Real Economy: It Isn't Booming.

umair haque, Eudaimonia and Co / Medium Daily Digest

October 12, 2018 | If I ask the average American, “how do you think the economy is doing?” they will probably talk to me about unemployment rates, GDP growth, stock markets, and so on. They might even refer, if they’ve got graduate or undergraduate degrees in related subjects, to notions like interest rates, zero lower bounds, budget constraints, and so forth. And I’ll also hear about “deficits” and “spending” and “profits.”

Now, all this is funny, sad, and a little tragic. Because what my average American won’t talk about are things which are the most necessary essential that impact the quality of his or her own life. The price of food. The cost of healthcare. The impossibility of retirement. The staggering burden of paying for an education. How are these things doing? Do you see the irony here? Let me make it more precise.

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America's Real Economy: It Isn't Booming. Peter Georgescu, Forbes

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  • If every employer in America came up with even just one modest step—higher wages, regular profit sharing, tuition reimbursement—to help workers spend and save more, the nation would begin to right itself economically. It needs to happen now. We’re running out of time.
  • Related: From the Archives | Socialism: Our Alternative To The Madness Of The Market
     

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Becoming Serfs

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  • The global rich have demolished institutions that once protected the working class and dismantled our democracy to orchestrate the largest transfer of wealth upward in over a century.
  • Related: The Path Back to Equality Leads Through Unions

Chris Hedges, Truthdig

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August 26, 2018 | You know the statistics. Income inequality in the United States has not been this pronounced in over a century. The top 10 percent has 50 percent of the country’s income, and the upper 1 percent has 20 percent of the country’s income. A quarter of American workers struggle on wages of less than $10 an hour, putting them below the poverty line, while the income of the average CEO of a major corporation is more than 300 times the pay of his or her average worker, a massive increase given that in the 1950s the average CEO made 20 times what his or her worker made. This income inequality is global. The richest 1 percent of the world’s population controls 40 percent of the world’s wealth. And it is getting worse.

What will the consequences of this inequality be economically and politically? How much worse will it get with the imposition of austerity programs and a new tax code that slashes rates for corporations, allowing companies to hoard money or buy back their own stock rather than invest in the economy? How will we endure as health care insurance premiums steadily rise and social and public welfare programs such as Medicaid, Pell Grants and food stamps are cut? And under the tax code revision signed by President Trump in December, rates will increase over the long term for the working class. Over the next decade, the revision will cost the nation roughly $1.5 trillion. Where will this end?


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The Path Back to Equality Leads Through Unions, Nathan Pippenger, Democracy

  • https://3yaxqw1hoybz1qcak31ysc9f-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/FemaleTradeUnion-704x481.jpgThe Nation summarizes an important new finding: Americans of the mid-twentieth century had unions to thank for their booming, egalitarian economy.
  • Related: New Study Confirms That American Workers Are Getting Ripped Off.
     

 

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Dying of Consumption While Guzzling Snake Oil: a Realist’s Perspective on the Environmental Crisis

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Mexican environmentalists staged protests to denounce BP’s oil spill in the Gulf.

  • We’re an egoistical, delusional lot, us humans. We’re the only species on the planet who despoils its own life support system and who does not live within biological limits. Does that make us the most intelligent or least intelligent species?
  • Related: The Plastic Bag: An American History

Kristine Mattis, Greanville Post

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2018-08-11 | Preservation of our environment remains well toward the bottom of our priorities. Personally and collectively, in our daily lives and in the media, we fixate on career, financial accumulation, economic growth, political performance, consumerism, entertainment, social media, and external validation. None of these aspects of our lives mean anything without a livable planet full of basic resources, and every one of these fixations contribute directly or indirectly to our planetary degradation.

Noam Chomsky has even begun to recognize that our precarious environmental predicament – primarily envisioned as the issue of climate change, though it encompasses so much more – is the most crucial existential threat to human life on the planet. Of late, whenever you see Chomsky interviewed or hear him speak, he tends to emphasize that of many injustices and dire risks to the people of the United States, the people oppressed by U.S. empire, and humanity as a whole, all pale in comparison to the our environmental crisis.

As an interdisciplinary environmental scholar with a background in biology, earth system science, and policy, Kristine Mattis' research focuses on environmental risk information and science communication. Before returning to graduate school, Kristine worked as a medical researcher, as a science reporter for the U.S. Congressional Record, and as a science and health teacher. 

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The Plastic Bag: An American History, Nechama Brodie, piqd

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The story of the plastic bag—the kind that is so ubiquitous in grocery stores, in gutters, in the branches of trees—is a story of persuasion, one that began with a battle between paper and plastic in the hearts of the American people.
 

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Special Report | The Franklin Hiawatha Encampment, Week Ending September 22, 2018

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Story 1: Franklin/Hiawatha Encampment * Story 2: Frequently Asked Questions * Story 3: How To Help * Story 4: ‘Wall Of Forgotten Natives’ Lays Bare Mpls. Housing Crisis * Story 5: ‘A blessing,’ ‘a family,’ and ‘a shame on Minneapolis’: Voices from the Hiawatha Avenue homeless encampment * Story 6: Minneapolis officials pledge action to help residents of homeless encampment

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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Week Ending September 22, 2018 |

Story 1 Franklin/Hiawatha Encampment, Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors
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6,2018 | Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors (MUID) stands in solidarity with our community and partners and we are committed to dedicating our organization’s resources to support this effort. To read MUID's full statement on this issue, please click on MUID Statement above.
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Story 2: Frequently Asked Questions, Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors
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6,2018 | Below are the answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the camp. Note that this is an ever-changing situation.
This page will be updated regularly.
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6,2018 | Here are some ways you can directly contribute financially and materially to the organizations that are working both on the ground at the camp or volunteer and otherwise participate on mid and long term solutions.
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Story 4: ‘Wall Of Forgotten Natives’ Lays Bare Mpls. Housing Crisis, Angela Davis, WCCO-TV (Minneapolis, MN)
September
12,2018 | A housing crisis has turned into a very visible problem for the city of Minneapolis.
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Story 5: ‘A blessing,’ ‘a family,’ and ‘a shame on Minneapolis’: Voices from the Hiawatha Avenue homeless encampment, Jim Walsh, MinnPost
09/12/2018 | The Monday afternoon sun beat down hard on the intersection of Hiawatha and Cedar Avenues, as the estimated 300 citizens of the largest homeless encampment in state history began another week of living in the shade of the Little Earth housing complex.
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Story 6: Minneapolis officials pledge action to help residents of homeless encampment, Nina Moini, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR)
Aug
23,2018 | Minneapolis officials said Thursday that the number of people at a homeless encampment on the city's south side has doubled in a week — and the city outlined steps it plans to take to help the camp's residents.
Earlier: Groups work together to help Minneapolis homeless encampment
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