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Bonhoeffer on the ‘Stupidity’ That Led to Hitler’s Rise

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  • As both major US political parties continue to centralize power, Americans today might do well to heed Bonhoeffer’s warning.
  • Related: Debunking Trump’s - and Others' - Despicable Lies On Abortion

Annie Holmquist, Intellectual Takeout

April 8, 2016 | Although he was in power for only a handful of years, Hitler and his Nazi government slaughtered millions. One of the more well-known victims of that slaughter was Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was executed on April 8th, 1945, a few short weeks before Hitler’s own death.

Unlike many of Hitler’s victims, Bonhoeffer was not a Jew, but a Lutheran minister, scholar, and theologian who boldly spoke against Hitler’s policies. Bonhoeffer landed a position in the German government during WWII and subsequently used that position as cover for assassination attempts against Hitler.
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Debunking Trump’s - and Others' - Despicable Lies On Abortion, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • A neonatal nurse sets the record straight.
  • Part 2: The Anti-Abortion Movie ‘Unplanned’ Is Loaded With Dangerous Lies
  • So HuffPost talked to an OB-GYN to debunk them.


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Debunking Trump’s - and Others' - Despicable Lies On Abortion

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  • Part 1: Debunking Trump’s Despicable Lies On Abortion
  • A neonatal nurse sets the record straight.
  • Part 2: The Anti-Abortion Movie ‘Unplanned’ Is Loaded With Dangerous Lies
  • So HuffPost talked to an OB-GYN to debunk them.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Debunking Trump’s Despicable Lies On Abortion

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A neonatal nurse sets the record straight.

Melissa Jeltsen, Huffington Post

04/30/2019 |Listening to President Donald Trump, one might think that some American women are actually carrying babies to term, going through labor and then conspiring with medical professionals to kill their newborns.

That’s infanticide, and as medical professionals have pointed out since Trump made his frightening remarks at a Saturday rally, this is not what real women and real doctors do.

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Part 2: The Anti-Abortion Movie ‘Unplanned’ Is Loaded With Dangerous Lies

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So HuffPost talked to an OB-GYN to debunk them.

Melissa Jeltsen, Huffington Post

04/17/2019 | “Unplanned,” a new movie in limited release, charts the unusual conversion story of Abby Johnson, a real-life Planned Parenthood clinic director in Bryan, Texas, who became an anti-abortion advocate after a crisis of conscience. The R-rated film, which Vice President Mike Pence plugged on Twitter earlier this month, has grossed $15.7 million since its debut on March 29, more than double its original budget.

The film follows Johnson, played in the movie by Ashley Bratcher, on her journey from Planned Parenthood employee of the year to disillusioned opponent of abortion. Along the way, it perpetuates distortions and potentially dangerous myths about the procedure.

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From the Archives: Teacher Explains Why Schools Can’t Produce Well-Educated Minds

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  • It's quite simple really.
  • Related: The Age of the Imbecile

 


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Annie Holmquist, Intellectual Takeout

January 5, 2017 | In recent years, a number of Americans have been awaking to the realization that today’s children are not receiving a high-quality education. The nation’s test scores in everything from reading to science are evidence of that.

But while many Americans now recognize what a good education is not, many are unsure exactly what it is.

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The Age of the Imbecile, ‪umair haque, Eudaimonia and Co / Medium

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  • The World is Turning Catastrophically Stupid.
  • Here’s How Not to Join It.
     

 

 

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The World is Turning Catastrophically Stupid. Here’s How Not to Join It.

umair haqueEudaimonia and Co / Medium
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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Paul%20Combs%20%7C%20Americans-%20Serious%20Thinkers%3F.jpg / Mar13,2018 | I’d bet, these days, shortly after reading the headlines, you’ve thought, shaking your head and muttering, something like: “Jesus. We live in an age of impossibly catastrophic stupid.”

You’re not wrong. About a decade or so ago, hot on the heels of the financial crisis, something happened — an old story began to be rewritten, as the world found itself poorer once again. There was an explosion, somewhere deep in the human heart, and a tsunami rippled across the globe — one boiling and bubbling with every imaginable variety of stupid: human folly, gleeful ignorance, self-destructive greed, reckless spite, dim-witted cruelty parading itself as enlightenment.

 

umair haque‬, vampire

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How corporate America invented ‘Christian America’ to fight the New Deal

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/ President Richard Nixon and the evangelist Billy Graham, 1970. (Photo: Bettmann / Corbis)

Ministers cooperated with big business to formulate an ideology that the New Deal was a threat to traditional American Christian values of free enterprise and individualism while promoting the false pagan deity of statism.

Ron Briley, History News Network / Church and State

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http://churchandstate.org.uk/wordpressRM/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/in-god-we-trust.jpg 23 March 2016 | The 2016 annual meeting for the Organization of American Historians (OAH) will feature a session focusing upon the provocative book One Nation Under God by Princeton history professor Keven M. Kruse. In One Nation Under God, Kruse argues that the idea of the United States as a Christian nation does not find its origins with the founding of the United States or the writing of the Constitution. Rather, the notion of America as specifically consecrated by God to be a beacon for liberty was the work of corporate and religious figures opposed to New Deal statism and interference with free enterprise. The political conflict found in this concept of Christian libertarianism was modified by President Dwight Eisenhower who advocated a more civic religion of “one nation under God” to which both liberals and conservatives might subscribe.

Kruse concludes that with the polarization of America in the 1960s over such issues such as school prayer and the war in Vietnam, politicians such as Richard Nixon abandoned the more inclusive civic religion of the Eisenhower era. Kruse writes that by the 1970s “the rhetoric of ‘one nation under God’ no longer brought Americans together; it only reminded them how divided they had become” (274). Arguing that public religion is a modern invention that has little to do with America’s origins, Kruse maintains that contemporary political discourse needs to better recognize the political ideology being perpetuated by the advocates of America as a Christian nation. Needless to say, Kruse’s arguments will antagonize many on the Christian right, as well as many on the left who have employed Christianity as the means through which to implement principles of equality and opportunity as extolled by Jesus of Nazareth, the working-class carpenter.

Ron Briley is a film historian who retired from teaching history after 37 years at Sandia Prep School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also taught history for 20 years as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico Valencia campus.

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“Moderate” Democrats Are Really Conservatives — and They Are Dangerous

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/ The Democratic Blue Dog Coalition released this photo with their latest inductees on November 27, 2018. Blue Dog Coalition via Twitter

  • It is time for the Blue Dogs and their media pals to get with the program and stop hiding behind meaningless labels and discredited tropes. If they want to be on the right, they can try being on the right side of history, if there is anyone left to write it.
  • Related: Caution: Moderate Democrats.

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout
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March 5, 2019 | If I hear the word “moderate” used one more time to describe Blue Dog House Democrats who keep voting with Republicans, or any other non-Republican who actively supports today’s Republican Party, it is entirely possible I will eat my teeth. The term “Blue Dog” is a metaphor for a dog straining so hard on its leash that it has turned blue from lack of oxygen; the dog is a right-leaning Democrat, and the leash represents its tenuous party affiliation. These people are conservatives — period, end of file — who hide behind the “moderate” label even as they undermine policies Democrats have hewed to for half a century.

They are able to do this, thanks in no small part to the committed care and feeding of big-paper/big-network reporters, editorialists and producers, many of whom haven’t entertained a new idea since Windows 3.1 was the hot new thing. A recent spirited meeting of House Democrats gave these media types yet another chance to strut their fogbound stuff even as they gave cover to their “moderate” friends who, if you believe the mainstream stenographers out there, have it all figured out.

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Caution: Moderate Democrats. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Beware the Moderate Democrat
  • Why the centrist extremists are an incredibly dangerous political animal
  • Part 2: ‘Socialism surging in Iowa’ gives cold feet to centrist Democrats contemplating 2020 run: report
  • it might be the centrists who are getting cold feet.
  • Part 3: The Last Thing America Needs Right Now is a 'Centrist Independent'
  • Howard Schultz is contemplating a run for president, while Kamala Harris leans into Obama-style rhetoric. God Help Us All.

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A New Narrative Control Firm Works To Destroy Alternative Media ~ Caitlin Johnstone

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Fortunately, a new firm with shadowy links to the government and neoconservatives is going to protect us from "wrong" information.

Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

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January 12, 2019 | The frenzied, hysterical Russia narrative being promoted day in and day out by western mass media has had two of its major stories ripped to shreds in the last three days.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Fake%20Media_0.jpgA report seeded throughout the mainstream media by anonymous intelligence officials back in September claimed that US government workers in Cuba had suffered concussion-like brain damage after hearing strange noises in homes and hotels with the most likely culprit being “sophisticated microwaves or another type of electromagnetic weapon” from Russia. A recording of one such highly sophisticated attack was analyzed by scientists and turned out to be the mating call of the male indies short-tailed cricket. Neurologists and other brain specialists have challenged the claim that any US government workers suffered any neurological damage of any kind, saying test results on the alleged victims were misinterpreted. The actual story, when stripped of hyperventilating Russia panic, is that some government workers heard some crickets in Cuba.

Caitlin Johnstone: rogue journalist. Bogan socialist. Anarcho-psychonaut. Guerrilla poet. Utopia prepper.

Robert Gore is a writer, investor, attorney, and former bond trader. His website is straightlinelogic, and his most recent novel is The Golden Pinnacle. He is also a regular columnist for thesavvystreet.com.

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Fact-Checking Trump’s Misleading And Outright False Claims From His Border Address

 

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  • Take a look at some of the biggest lies from the president’s speech below.
  • Again, Mexico is not paying for the wall.

Nick Visser, Carla Herreria, and Saba Hamedy, Huffington Post

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01/09/2019 | President Donald Trump addressed the nation live from the Oval Office on Tuesday night in an attempt to drum up support for his border wall. But the 10-minute address, carried on every major television network in America, was rife with double-speak, cherry-picked statistics, and outright falsehoods. (Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: Read 'lies'.)

Take a look at some of the biggest lies from the president’s speech below.

Nick Visser: Senior Reporter; Carla Herreria: Hawaii-based reporter; and Saba Hamedy: news editor; Huffington Post

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Harvard law prof: Trump is a 'national emergency'. Jon Street, Campus Reform

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  • Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig says President Donald Trump is a "national emergency."
  • Lessig made the comment on MSNBC on Sunday, just after Trump entertained the idea of declaring a national emergency to secure border wall funds.
  • Related: Trump's border wall demand is constitutionally illegitimate.

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