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Coup Attempt in Turkey

Crisis in a Key U.S. Ally

Revolution Newspaper If you like reading this article, consider joining the crew of all reader-supported Evergreene Digest by contributing the equivalent of a cafe latte a month--using the donation button above—so we can bring you more just like it. 18, 2016 | On July 15 and 16, sections of the Turkish military attempted a coup d'état to depose the Islamist government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (pronounced ERR-owan). The Turkish Parliament and the Presidential Palace were bombed and tanks deployed outside major airports. Turkey is a critical U.S. ally in the Middle East, and for 24 hours, who was in charge of ruling the country was up in the air.

At this writing, Erdoğan’s government claims to be back in control of the country—and is moving to tighten its rule. Thousands have been arrested, and 2,700 judges dismissed, as Erdoğan and his party tighten their grip on power. Both sides in the coup attempt are thoroughly reactionary—representing different approaches and forms of enforcing exploitation and oppression.

Revolution Newspaper: The voice of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA

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What Happens When Facts Don't Matter Anymore

  • What happens to us if facts don’t matter anymore?
  • Facts. Who needs ‘em, right?
  • Part 1: Make Facts Great Again
  • Part 2: Trump Surrogate Dismisses Fact-Checking As ‘Elitist’ And ‘Out Of Touch’ Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter <>.



Part 1: Make Facts Great Again

What happens to us if facts don’t matter anymore?

Daniel Gaynor, Huffington Post by Benjamin Berkowitz, Founder of Not A Billionaire Productions

07/12/2016 | More than picking who to vote for, that’s the most important question of election season. Because, as the battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump intensifies, the election is no longer about who to vote for—but who to believe.

For something so simple, facts are the same thing they’ve always been: the objective, honest bits of information that help us make decisions. Facts underpin our choices every day. If you’re wondering whether to splurge on that milkshake with 450 calories, you’re using a fact to inform your purchase.

Daniel Gaynor, Writer

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Part 2: Trump Surrogate Dismisses Fact-Checking As ‘Elitist’ And ‘Out Of Touch’

Facts. Who needs ‘em, right?

Ryan Grenoble, Huffington Post | We’re not making this up. But even if we were, apparently CNN commentator Jeffrey Lord wouldn’t have a problem with it.

In a baffling segment Saturday, the Donald Trump supporter told CNN’s Brian Stelter he doesn’t think fact-checkers — as in, people who verify whether politicians are using actual facts or just making stuff up — have a place in today’s political campaigns.

Ryan Grenoble, Reporter, Huffington Post

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Are Schools Making Us ‘Intellectually Dependent’?

Is there any way to break free from this intellectual dependency and restore initiative and ingenuity in the next generation?

Annie Holmquist, Intellectual Takeout <> you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter <>. June 30, 2016 | Not long ago, I wrote about a brief essay called A Message to Garcia. The essay, written in 1899 by Elbert Hubbard, explained how President McKinley instructed a gentleman named Rowan to deliver a letter to General Garcia in Cuba during the Spanish American War.

As Hubbard explains, the unique thing about this incident was that Rowan did not stop to ask questions of where he was to find General Garcia and how to get there. Instead, he took initiative and successfully delivered the message, all while relying on his own ingenuity and intellect to accomplish his mission.

Annie Holmquist is a research associate with Intellectual Takeout. In her role, she writes for the blog, conducts a variety of research for the organization's websites and social media pages, and assists with development projects. She particularly loves digging into the historical aspects of America's educational structure.

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'It's Not Us vs. Them'

One police chief's humble solution to violence.

James Hamblin, Atlantic If you like reading this article, consider joining the crew of all reader-supported Evergreene Digest by contributing the equivalent of a cafe latte a month--using the donation button in the above right-hand corner—so we can bring you more just like it. Kenyon, Minnesota, Police Chief Lee Sjolander

Jul 8, 2016 | From the tiny town of Kenyon, Minnesota, Police Chief Lee Sjolander has a message for the 12,000 other police districts across the country.

Writing from his department’s Facebook page this morning, he advocates a humble role of public servitude that is antithetical to the toxic masculinity with which some police departments have been infected. “If I were your chief,” he writes, “and we worked for the same agency, serving the same great community, I would attend roll call, and here is what I would say”:

We have calls for service that we need to respond to. We have a grateful public that needs us, we have responsibilities. Yes, there are those out here who do not like us, or what we represent. It's been that way long before I or you became officers, and it will be that way long after we're gone.

James Hamblin is a senior editor at The Atlantic. He writes the health column for the monthly magazine and hosts the video series If Our Bodies Could Talk.

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From Baton Rouge To Minnesota: Stop Dealing With Police Brutality Episodically And Deal With It Systematically

  • A systemic problem requires systemic reform.
  • Related: This Is How Many People Police Have Killed So Far In 2016.

Al Sharpton, Huffington Post To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up here to receive the latest updates from all reader supported Evergreene Digest. XXXXX / Reuters

07/07/2016 | As I prepare to go to Baton Rouge, Louisiana after receiving requests from local activists and clergy in their legitimate call for justice in the death of Alton Sterling, I am reminded that when I return to New York City, I will be meeting with the family of Eric Garner.

July 17th marks two years since Garner was killed after police in Staten Island placed him in a choke-hold. As we get ready for a memorial march in New York, I am shocked at the parallels between the Garner and Sterling deaths — which are horrific and eerie. Both were selling products in front of a store trying to subsidize an income for their families, and both tragedies were caught on video that if it did not exist, no one would have believed those of us that stand on the side of justice in these cases. While responding to the rallying cry in Baton Rouge, I was shocked to see yet another incident in Minnesota, this time involving the death of Philando Castile by police — whose aftermath was also caught on video. Technology has allowed the marginalized, oppressed and voiceless to have a voice, but now we must harness that ability to deal with police reform systemically, instead of episodically.

Al Sharpton: President, National Action Network

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This Is How Many People Police Have Killed So Far In 2016, Celisa Calacal, ThinkProgress

  • In the first half of 2016, police have killed 532 people (almost 3 per day!) — many of whom were unarmed, mentally ill, and people of color.
  • Related: Feds cover up police killing of Jamar Clark, community renews fight for justice.


Why the Hillary E-mail Scandal Should Matter to You

Is the law now different for the powerful and the weak?

Devin Foley, Intellectual Takeout July 6, 2016 | On the 4th of July, Intellectual Takeout posted a clip of the John Adams HBO series to the Facebook page. In it, during a debate over whether or not the colonies should declare their independence from Great Britain, Adams states,

“…I see hope. I see a new nation ready to take its place in the world. Not an empire, but a republic. And a republic of laws, not men.”

On the 5th of July, FBI Director James B. Comey informed America that we are no longer a nation of laws, but of men.

Devin Foley is co-founder and president of Intellectual Takeout. In his role, he oversees content development and marketing, works with academics and experts to assure quality, and publicly promotes the site.

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War unvarnished is brutality itself

  • 'You cannot qualify war in harsher terms, than I will. War is cruelty and You cannot refine it,' thundered Sherman in King James biblical cadences, which all Ameri­cans understood, 'and those who brought war into our country de­serve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out.' At this Point Sherman the cool deist had become Jeremiah, the Old Testament judge, and an ancient war god emerged from his prophecy, the god of the terrible swift sword.
  • from Citizen Sherman by Michael Fellman

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Stereograph showing skeletal remains and uniforms on the battlefield at Gaines' Mill, Virginia, several months after the battle.

July 5, 2016 | Today's selection -- from Citizen Sherman by Michael Fellman. In his march on Atlanta, and his subsequent march to Savannah and the sea, General William Tecumseh Sherman was the first in the Civil War to engage in "total warfare." In this mode, in addition to battling the Confederate Army, he burned homes, destroyed crops, expelled civilians and sought to destroy the South's will to fight. At a key moment in this campaign, he exchanged letters with his opponent, Confederate General John Bell Hood, thus providing an extraordinary portrait of the mind at war:

"Immediately after Atlanta fell to his army, Sherman initiated a plan to expel all civilians from the city, something he had done on a much smaller scale before but that, at this level, amounted to perhaps the most extreme action yet taken against civilians by any general in the war. Anticipating Southern reactions, Sherman declared to [his fellow General Henry] Halleck, 'If the people raise a howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will an­swer that war is war and not popularity seeking. If they want peace they and their relatives must stop war.' Writing this letter, on September 4, 1864, was the moment in which Sherman attained his most fully conscious and self-acknowledged role as psychological warrior. Though he had a military argument for getting civilians out of the way of his army -- in order to use Atlanta as one big military rail depot -- his greater purpose was to strike terror into Southern hearts. He would not remain a personality with human feelings, but would incorporate war itself. Having chosen transformation into the totalist warrior, he would offer Southerners a big puzzle -- what would this particular gen­eral not do? In purpose and self-conception he would be barbarous and cruel, not from his peacetime person, but from his personal rededi­cation in war, a war into which he had finally and fully entered.

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Flowers and Zeese | US Democracy Crisis Creates Illegitimate Political System

  • The media problem should not be underestimated. As John Stauber points out “We are completely enveloped by the corporate propaganda system from the moment of our birth on, and it allows the oligarchy to control our minds and lives from cradle to grave, in seamless invisible fashion, via marketing, advertising and public relations, reinforced by the news media.  Few are able to admit and see this . . .”
  • Related: Trump Isn't the Campaign Media's First Mistake

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance  /  Rise Up Times From Alamy

June 5, 2016 | Two years ago we wrote that the task of the movement is to build national consensus. We have shown in previous articles that national consensus is being reached on many issues, but the government is not responding to the public consensus. We have also reported on research that shows the US is really an oligarchy operating in the worst democracy in the western world.

The government’s lack of responsiveness to the people and elected officials who fail to represent the people’s views are resulting in a crisis of democracy. This week the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs reported on that crisis. They found the legitimacy of US government has disappeared:

“Nine in 10 Americans lack confidence in the country’s political system, and among a normally polarized electorate, there are few partisan differences in the public’s lack of faith in the political parties, the nominating process, and the branches of government.”

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers are participants in Popular Resistance <>, an online daily news and information service for people who want to play a role in improving the country, creating economic and social justice as well as to protect the environment. They also co-direct It’s Our Economy and are co-hosts of Clearing the FOG, shown on UStream TV and heard on radio.

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Trump Isn't the Campaign Media's First Mistake, Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

  • We've been getting this story wrong for ages, and Trump is the consequence.
  • Related: Amy Goodman on How the Media Is Ruining the 2016 Election by Focusing on ‘Trump-Land’



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