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The 1 percent plays us for suckers: There is no meritocracy and they’ve strangled the American dream

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  • Something's rotten: America has little income mobility, lots of inequality and our hard work makes the rich richer.
  • Debunking the lies about free enterprise, trickle-down, capitalism and celebrity entrepreneurs


Jay Baron Nicorvo, Salon

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Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 | The American way of life—more simply, the American way—is charged with affirming our American ideals of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” In that trio of nouns—life, liberty, happiness—the last, happiness, activated by pursuit, makes itself curiously conspicuous, like a zany uncle at a bris.

Who in his right mind on this fraught planet would claim that the Creator endowed us with the unalienable right to be happy? You can imagine the assertion coming on the floor of the House, made by the congressmouse of the 9th District of Florida, representing the Disney-engineered town of Celebratio.http://www.salon.com

Jay Baron Nicorvo's poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and criticism have appeared in Ploughshares, Poets & Writers, Salon, and The Believer. His writing has been featured on NPR and PBS NewsHour. Four Way Books published his debut poetry collection, Deadbeat.

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Debunking the lies about free enterprise, trickle-down, capitalism and celebrity entrepreneurs, Andrew Sayer,
Salon

  • The rich don't generate jobs. Rising tides do not lift all boats. And they probably built that with government help
  • The 1 percent are parasites.
  • Excerpted from "Why We Can't Afford The Rich"
  • 10 Government Handouts That Prove Who The Biggest ‘Takers’ Actually Are

Mark Fiore | Touching Backstory! / www.markfiore.com

Mark Fiore | Touching Backstory! / www.markfiore.comIt’s that time again, when people delve into a presidential candidate’s eating habits, transportation habits and hair styles. Never mind the policies, now is the time to talk about the nothingness of the very early stages of the campaign.

Time to watch for gaffes and try out those gotcha questions, all while running frantically to the next sad little roadside cafe in Iowa.  If a candidate talks about substantive issues too much or doesn’t spit out a sound bite soon enough, they are “boring.”  We want to see saxophone-playing and baby kissing!

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A triumphant voice: Eduardo Galeano (1940-2015)

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  • The award-winning journalist and author died on Monday in Montevideo, El Pais reported. He was 74.
  • Part 1: Eduardo Galeano on Haiti
  • Part 2: 10 Eduardo Galeano Quotes In Honor of His Memory

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: Eduardo Galeano on Haiti

The history of the abuse of Haiti, which in our lifetime has become a tragedy, is also the story of Western civilization’s racism

Kim IvesHaïti Liberté / Global Research

galeano--400x299.jpgInfluential Uruguayan writer and journalist Eduardo Galeano

April 16, 2015 | On Apr. 13, 2015, the influential Uruguayan writer and journalist Eduardo Galeano, 74, died of lung cancer in Montevideo. He wrote over 30 books, including the seminal “Open Veins of Latin America” (1971) and the“Memory of Fire” trilogy, composed of “Genesis” (1982), “Faces and Masks” (1984), and “Century of the Wind” (1986).

Haiti was a regular theme in Galeano’s work, and he wrote an exceptional speech, “Haiti, Occupied Country,” which he delivered at Uruguay’s National Library in Montevideo on Sep. 27, 2011.

This week, we present a few excerpts of Galeano’s writings on Haiti.

Kim Ives is an editor with Haïti Liberté newsweekly, the host of a weekly Haiti show on WBAI-FM, and a filmmaker who has helped produce several documentaries about Haiti.

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Part 2: 10 Eduardo Galeano Quotations In Honor of His Memory

In honor of the author’s memory, Huffington Post gathered 10 quotations that will inspire you to view human history and the written word in a different light.

Carolina Moreno, Huffington Post

o-EDUARDO-GALEANO-HISTORY-570.jpg?6April 13, 2015 | Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano will be best remembered for his 1971 cri de coeur “Open Veins Of Latin America,” in which he analyzed the effects of colonialism and imperialism in the region during the last 500 years.

The award-winning journalist and author died on Monday in Montevideo, El Pais reported. He was 74.

Galeano’s anti-imperialist work was published just two years before separate right-wing military dictatorships took hold of Uruguay and Chile, later followed by Argentina. “Open Veins” was banned in all three countries for over a decade, and its author was arrested and exiled from his native Uruguay.

Carolina Moreno: Editor, Latino Voices at Huffington Post.

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The Crazy World of Tom Cotton

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  • Wherein the bobble-throated slapdick junior senator from Arkansas is making the rounds of the echo chamber again, where he is allowed to say almost anything without any pushback whatsoever.
  • Part 1: Tom Cotton Says Discrimination Is All Relative As Long As Hanging Is Not Involved
  • Part 2: Tom Cotton Says Something Dumb 
  • The 2015 GOP Clown Car: Bigger, Meaner, and More Dangerous Than Ever

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Tom Cotton Says Discrimination Is All Relative As Long As Hanging Is Not Involved

The Crazy World of Tom Cotton (In which we learn that there is no discrimination without strangulation.)

Charles Pierce, Esquire

Randall Enos

Apr 2, 2015 | Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, pen-pal to the mullahs and unrequited love object of Jen Rubin, has an interesting Hot Politix Take on the outbreak of Fabulous Crow laws aimed at codifying discrimination against our fellow citizens who happen to be L, G, B, or T. He shared it with the nation via CNN.

"I think it's important we have a sense of perspective," Cotton said. "In Iran, they hang you for the crime of being gay."

Charles 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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Part 2: Tom Cotton Says Something Dumb 

A Continuing Series

Charles Pierce, Esquire

Bobble-throated slapdick Tom Cotton, the junior senator from Arkansas, is making the rounds of the echo chamber again, where he is allowed to say almost anything without any pushback whatsoever, even from Hugh Hewitt who, thanks to my man Chuck Todd, is now a member of the club to which you and I are not invited.

Hewitt: The President got very mad at John McCain for saying John Kerry was delusional on my show on Thursday. And he said this down in Panama on Saturday. What do you think of Senator McCain's characterization of Senator Kerry and the President's reaction to it?

Charles Pierce is a staff writer for Grantland and the author of Idiot AmericaHe 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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The 2015 GOP Clown Car: Bigger, Meaner, and More Dangerous Than Ever, Richard Zombeck, Huffington Post

  • A (clown) car full of gun loving, poor hating, veteran screwing, climate change denying, Wall Street deregulating, health care repealing, and wealthy old white man loving clowns.  
  • They have the numbers to do what they want and by this time next year we could be having a completely different conversation in a completely different country.
  • Who Let the Dog Turds In?

The 2015 GOP Clown Car: Bigger, Meaner, and More Dangerous Than Ever

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  • A (clown) car full of gun loving, poor hating, veteran screwing, climate change denying, Wall Street deregulating, health care repealing, and wealthy old white man loving clowns.  
  • They have the numbers to do what they want and by this time next year we could be having a completely different conversation in a completely different country.
  • Who Let the Dog Turds In?
  • The Crazy World of Tom Cotton

Richard Zombeck, Huffington Post

John Cole 

01/01/2015 | Another year gone and another string of long-winded, factually inaccurate, and manufactured comments from the clowns in the Republican Party are behind us. With every passing year that the little clown car pulls up it seems to get a little bigger and every year more and more clowns pour out and step up to the podium to obfuscate and pontificate. Nearly everything they say would lead one to believe that they are impervious to reality and yet their statements are made in such a way and with such confidence that it's as if they had received the message from God Himself.

When you pay attention to the news and politics as much as I do, you get to a point where a facepalm is a frequent occurrence. Eventually eye rolls are more common. And hopefully, if you've managed to maintain a shred of your sanity, you get the occasional chuckle out of hearing someone in politics bloviate about something they apparently know nothing about. Having any faith in humanity makes it hard to believe or accept that some of these folks actually believe what they're saying. Common sense would dictate otherwise, but not everyone is blessed with common sense. After all, people vote for morons, usually against their own best interest, and people watch FOX News despite evidence that the channel gets its facts wrong more than 50 percent of the time.

Richard Zombeck is a freelance writer for hire and a contributor to Now It Counts.

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Who Let the Dog Turds In? David Culver, Telling It Like It Is!

The Peter Principle states that in any hierarchal organization, leaders tend to reach their level of incompetence. In other words, cream sours when it gets to the top. That’s our country: a creamery that stinks!

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The Crazy World of Tom Cotton, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest <>

  • Wherein the bobble-throated slapdick junior senator from Arkansas is making the rounds of the echo chamber again, where he is allowed to say almost anything without any pushback whatsoever.
  • Part 1: Tom Cotton Says Discrimination Is All Relative As Long As Hanging Is Not Involved
  • Part 2: Tom Cotton Says Something Dumb 
  • The 2015 GOP Clown Car: Bigger, Meaner, and More Dangerous Than Ever

10 Government Handouts That Prove Who The Biggest ‘Takers’ Actually Are

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  • So, don’t tell me policy isn’t written to make the rich richer and the poor poorer… because that’s exactly how it’s written. And please stop blaming poor people for trying to survive.
  • Debunking the lies about free enterprise, trickle-down, capitalism and celebrity entrepreneurs
  • Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Deal

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263fe7d0f0e40c0321b799a4dbd97ae1.portrait.jpgApril 10, 2015 | So many people love to throw financially struggling citizens under the bus when it comes to taking government money. Goodness forbid a struggling mom need food to feed her kids, or a person who can’t afford healthcare, because we have a nation that thinks health should be for profit, needs to sign up for Medicaid.

What so many fail to recognize, because so many live in the fantasy world that maybe one day they’ll be part of the top one percent, is that the wealthy take and take and take our tax payer dollars… and no one blinks an eye. No one gets their Underoos in a bunch over all the money the wealthy take from hard-working citizens… money they don’t need to even remotely take from the government.

Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at some of the government handouts the wealthy take.

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Debunking the lies about free enterprise, trickle-down, capitalism and celebrity entrepreneurs, Andrew Sayer, Salon

  • The rich don't generate jobs. Rising tides do not lift all boats. And they probably built that with government help
  • The 1 percent are parasites. 
  • Excerpted from "Why We Can't Afford The Rich"

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Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Deal, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest.

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  • Stop the Fast-Tracking of TPP!
  • Repeal NAFTA, CAFTA and all other “Free Trade” Deals!
  • Part 1: Key Labor Voices Say: New Strategy Needed To Stop TPP and TTIP!
  • Part 2: Stop the TPP in Its Tracks! Repeal NAFTA!

Series | Race and Civil Rights in ‘The Nation’: Part IV: A multimedia timeline presenting the history of the struggle for racial justice, from the Ban on Segregation in Housing to Freedom for Nelson Mandela (1968 - 1990)

  • In this installment: A multimedia timeline presenting the history of the struggle for racial justice, from 1968 - 1990.
  • Previously in this series
  • The Problem of Race in America, March 10, 2015

Research by Richard Kreitner, Design by Stacie Williams, The Nation

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February 27, 2015 |  The pursuit of racial justice and civil rights by Americans of color has been central to The Nation since the magazine’s founding just after the Civil War. Started by abolitionists as a successor to William Lloyd Garrison’s militant anti-slavery paper, The Liberator—it inherited his subscription list—the publication later turned against Reconstruction before being rescued by a founder of the NAACP and pointed in the right direction. Ever since, it has covered and promoted the civil-rights movement and published dazzling essays by some of the most important figures of the 20th century—from James Baldwin’s first-ever article to Martin Luther King’s annual reports in the 1960s. Today, it continues to discover new writers and expand the terms of the debate. To mark The Nation’s 150th anniversary, this interactive timeline will include 150 important events in the history of the movement for racial justice as seen in the pages of The Nation. The fourth installment, 1968 - 1990, is here. 

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Part III: A multimedia timeline presenting the history of the struggle for racial justice, from 1957 to 1968.

Part II: A multimedia timeline presenting the history of the struggle for racial justice, from 1919 to 1956.

Part I: From the Memphis riots of 1866 to the first anti-lynching conference, in New York City, in 1919.

The Problem of Race in America, March 10, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The belief that whites are inherently superior to other races and therefore should dominate society is as American as apple pie. It is an idea that has caused much pain and suffering in the world, is an artifact of “white culture,” but still plays a role in American society.
  • Part 1: The New Racism - This is How the Civil Rights Movement Ends.
  • Part 2: Selma’s white supremacy legacy: What America must reckon with today

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