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The Assault On RT America

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  • RT America Torched in Witch Hunt ’17
  • Put the censorship campaigns together and the message is clear: Left-wing critics, already marginalized by the state, must be silenced.
  • Related: Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines, Week Ending October 28, 2017

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November 12, 2017 | In one of the most horrendous blows to press freedom since the anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s, the U.S. Department of Justice has forced the news broadcaster RT America to file under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

The assault on RT America, on which I host the show “On Contact,” has nothing to do with the dissemination of Russian propaganda. It is driven by RT America’s decision to provide a platform to critics of American capitalism and imperialism, critics who lambast a system of government that can no longer be called democratic. And it is accompanied by the installation of algorithms by Google, Facebook and Twitter that divert readers away from left-wing, progressive and anti-war websites, including Truthdig. The World Socialist Web Site has seen its search traffic from Google fall by 74 percent since April. Google, in a further blow, this month removed RT from its list of “preferred” channels on YouTube. Twitter has blocked all advertising by the channel.

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Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines, Week Ending October 28, 2017, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Google intensifies censorship of left-wing websites
    • Google’s actions against left and progressive sites are making clear the real targets of Internet censorship: news outlets and political organizations opposing war, social inequality and the domination of society by the financial oligarchy.
  • Part 2: Part 2: The conspiracy to censor the Internet
    • The same arguments now being employed to crack down on social media could just as well have been used to suppress books and mass circulation newspapers that emerged with the development of the printing press.
  • Part 3: What We Do and Don’t Know About Facebook’s New Political Ad Transparency Initiative
    • The short answer: It leaves the company some wiggle room.

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Including links to over 745 websites and over 25 highlighted items featuring:

Feature Article | How the Military-Industrial Complex Preys on the Troops, William HartungTom Dispatch 

  • The Scandal of Pentagon Spending 
  • Your Tax Dollars Support Troops of Defense Contractor CEOs 

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Publisher's Choice | How Millions of White Americans Have Bought Into a Racist Myth About Black America, Ebony Slaughter-Johnson, AlterNet
Black-on-black crime is a myth that was decades in the making.

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Of Special Interest | How Big Medicine can ruin Medicare for all, Phillip Longman, the Guardian

  • ‘Health care delivery in the United States a generation ago was still in many ways a cottage industry.’ Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA
  • The pursuit of a ‘single-payer’ healthcare system in the United States will degenerate into corporate welfare unless America takes on healthcare monopolies.

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Special Report | Trump’s Dangerously Burdensome, Costly, Deregulatory, Coherent Agenda, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
Part 1: Trump’s Burdensome and Costly Deregulatory Agenda
Trump’s willful blindness to the benefits of commonsense safeguards will lead to tremendous costs for the American people.
Part 2: Donald Trump’s Dangerously Coherent Agenda
President Trump’s disturbingly coherent agenda is based around militarism, austerity, social division, voter suppression, and right-wing authoritarianism.
Part 3: In Trump’s Budget, America Comes Last
Throwing money at the Pentagon, while cutting everywhere else, betrays the president’s promise to rebuild our country.

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Bloggers & Columnists | Henry Giroux, Katrina vanden Heuvel

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How to Wipe Out Puerto Rico's Debt Without Hurting Bondholders

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Hurricane Irma hits Puerto Rico

Shifting the debt burden of bankrupt institutions onto the books of the central bank is not a new or radical idea. UK Prof. Richard Werner, who invented the term "quantitative easing" when he was advising the Japanese in the 1990s, says there is ample precedent for it. In 2012, he proposed a similar solution to the European banking crisis, citing three successful historical examples.

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10/15/2017 | During his visit to hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump shocked the bond market when he told Geraldo Rivera of Fox News that he was going to wipe out the island's bond debt. He said on October 3rd:

"You know they owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street. We're gonna have to wipe that out. That's gonna have to be -- you know, you can say goodbye to that. I don't know if it's Goldman Sachs but whoever it is, you can wave good-bye to that."

Ellen Brown is an attorney, founder of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books including the best-selling Web of Debt.

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Special Project | An Armistice Day Reader (2)

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  • Part 1: A New Armistice Day
  • Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans’ Day is not.
  • Part 2: Veterans need opportunity to catch up with those who had ‘bone spurs’
  • To provide adequate care for the veterans who go to war to defend us, we need to … begin increasing the capacity of the (VA) as soon as we go to war.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: A New Armistice Day

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davidswanson, Let's Try Democracy

November 8, 2017 | Exactly at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 99 years ago, people across Europe suddenly stopped shooting guns at each other. Up until that moment, they were killing and taking bullets, falling and screaming, moaning and dying. Then they stopped, on schedule. It wasn’t that they’d gotten tired or come to their senses. Both before and after 11 o’clock they were simply following orders. The Armistice agreement that ended World War I had set 11 o’clock as quitting time.

And then the world had a party, the likes of which we have not seen or dreamed of — a party now in bad need of a sequel.

davidswanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie and When the World Outlawed War. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015, 2016, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

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Part 2: Veterans need opportunity to catch up with those who had ‘bone spurs’

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To provide adequate care for the veterans who go to war to defend us, we need to raise taxes on the rest of the public and begin increasing the capacity of the Department of Veterans Affairs as soon as we go to war, rather than play catch-up, as we did after the attacks of 9/11.

November 9, 2017 | In deciding what this country owes its veterans, it is important to keep in mind that for the last 50 years, the burden of defending this nation has not been shared equitably among the American population, as it was in World War II.

Beginning in the mid 1960s — when this nation still had a selective service system, or draft — and as the American involvement in the bloody war in Vietnam increased, many of the upper class were able to use a variety of technically legal measures to avoid going to Vietnam. (For example, only one of the past five Americans who served as president and vice president and were of draft age during the war in Vietnam actually served there: Vice President Al Gore. Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Donald Trump, and Vice Presidents Richard Cheney and Joe Biden all had other priorities.)

Lawrence J. Korb is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and a senior adviser to the Center for Defense Information. He served as an assistant secretary of the Department of Defense from 1981 to 1985.

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Special Report | Trump’s Dangerously Burdensome, Costly, Deregulatory, Coherent Agenda (3)

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  • Part 1: Trump’s Burdensome and Costly Deregulatory Agenda
    • Trump’s willful blindness to the benefits of commonsense safeguards will lead to tremendous costs for the American people.
  • Part 2: Donald Trump’s Dangerously Coherent Agenda
    • President Trump’s disturbingly coherent agenda is based around militarism, austerity, social division, voter suppression, and right-wing authoritarianism.
  • Part 3: In Trump’s Budget, America Comes Last
    • Throwing money at the Pentagon, while cutting everywhere else, betrays the president’s promise to rebuild our country.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: Trump’s Burdensome and Costly Deregulatory Agenda

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Even this narrow analysis makes clear: Trump’s willful blindness to the benefits of commonsense safeguards will lead to tremendous costs for the American people.
 

Sam Berger, Center for American Progress 

October 2, 2017 | Yesterday, the White House held an event discussing the steps the Trump administration has taken to eliminate commonsense protections for consumers, workers, and the environment, as well as Trump’s plans to continue these efforts in the coming year. The Trump administration has touted lower regulatory costs, but it has ignored the effects of its policies on regulatory benefits. Discussing regulatory costs without benefits is like a business making decisions about what to produce without considering the profit from each sale: It makes no sense and leads to bad outcomes.

The administration has claimed that its deregulatory actions will save businesses $18 billion a year. But it has ignored the lost benefits from stripping away these protections. Eliminating just three regulations Trump is targeting—Waters of the United States rule, the Clean Power Plan, and the fiduciary rule—would result in $28.3 billion in lost benefits, significantly more than the supposed savings from all of Trump’s deregulatory actions. Repealing these three regulations would have an annual cost of $22.1 billion. Trump’s willful blindness to the benefits of commonsense safeguards will lead to tremendous costs for the American people's health, their financial well-being, and the environment.

Sam Berger is the senior policy adviser at American Progress. His areas of expertise include health care policy, government reform, regulatory policy, appropriations, and administrative law.

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Part 2: Donald Trump’s Dangerously Coherent Agenda

  • President Trump’s agenda is disturbingly coherent, and it is based around militarism, austerity, social division, voter suppression, and right-wing authoritarianism.
  • While Trump tweets, rights and protections are being eroded.

Tampa Bay (FL) Times Editorial
 
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | President Donald Trump was at it again Tuesday, battling the NFL over players standing for the national anthem and continuing his Twitter war with an influential Republican senator. That diverts attention from his administration's steady dismantling of protections for women, equal rights for the LGBT community and efforts to combat climate change. The president who as a candidate criticized President Barack Obama for changing policy by executive authority has adopted the same approach. The difference is Trump is turning back the clock to an era that was more discriminatory and less enlightened.

Within the last week, the damage has been significant. The administration issued new rules that immediately made it harder for women to get birth control by making it easier for employers to refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives. One of the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act required most employers to provide workers with birth control coverage without co-payments. Unable to repeal the health care law, Trump simultaneously chips away at its benefits and tries to starve it to death.

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Part 3: In Trump’s Budget, America Comes Last

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Throwing money at the Pentagon, while cutting everywhere else, betrays the president’s promise to rebuild our country.

Katrina vanden Heuvel, the Nation 

March 21, 2017 | President Trump’s “America First” budget is headlined by its big hike in military spending, which Trump touts as “one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.” The buildup is “paid for” by cuts in civilian programs, including savage cuts to the State Department, UN programs, foreign aid and the Environmental Protection Agency and anything related to climate change. In fulfilling his campaign pledge to throw money at the Pentagon, Trump is undermining his oft-promised America First foreign policy.

Trump’s budget document misleadingly claims that the “military’s depletion under President Obama is our foremost challenge.” In fact, the United States already spends nearly 40 percent of all the money spent globally on defense and more than the next 12 highest military spenders combined. (The hawkish GOP Senator John McCain of Arizona complained that Trump’s budget calls for only a 3 percent increase over Barack Obama’s last budget.) Yet on top of the billions already being poured into the military, Trump wants to add 60,000 active-duty soldiers to the Army, 78 ships and submarines to the Navy, 12,000 Marines, 1,200 active Air Force fighter planes, plus enhanced missile defense, cyber-capabilities and more.

Katrina vanden Heuvel is editor and publisher of the Nation.

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How the Military-Industrial Complex Preys on the Troops

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  • The Scandal of Pentagon Spending 
  • Your Tax Dollars Support Troops of Defense Contractor CEOs 

William Hartung, Tom Dispatch

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Well, as Megan Rose reported at ProPublica, with its “electro-optical infra-red video capacity,” that counternarcotics plane was supposed to lend a significant hand in surveilling and disrupting the Afghan heroin trade. Only one small problem. That single plane never made it out of a warehouse in Delaware or flew a mission in Afghanistan, whatever its cost (which the Pentagon was typically incapable of tracking), and when it was recently offered for sale at auction, no one wanted to put down a red cent for it.  And lest you think of that as a bizarre anomaly, consider, as Rose points out, the $3 million patrol boats for Afghanistan the Navy purchased that never made it out of Virginia or the 20 planes for the Afghan air force that the Pentagon spent a mere $486 million on, even though they never flew and finally brought in just $32,000 as scrap metal.  Or think for a moment about the more than $65 billion (yep, billion!) that went into the woefulAfghan military, an inept force long mentored by the U.S. military that remains filled with “ghost soldiers” and plagued by soaring casualties and staggering desertion rates.  Or since America’s war zones have, in these years, been sinkholes of corruption, just recall the $43 million gas station built by the Pentagon in the middle of an Afghan nowhere, or the similarly infamous “highway to nowhere,” or the state-of-the-art U.S. military headquarters in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, that doubled in cost to $25 million while under construction and was never used, or the $1.2 billion to $1.6 billion in cash that was somehow stolen from the U.S. in Iraq, which itself was just a drop in the bucket, given the $60 billion lost to waste and fraud in that particular morass of a war zone.  And mind you, that’s just to start down a list of catastrophic “investments” in this country's wars.

William Hartung, a TomDispatch regular, is the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy.  His most recent book is Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex.

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How Big Medicine can ruin Medicare for all

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The pursuit of a ‘single-payer’ healthcare system in the United States will degenerate into corporate welfare unless America takes on healthcare monopolies.

Phillip Longman, the Guardian

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Saturday 20 October 2017 | In 2013, Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-described “democratic socialist,” couldn’t find a single co-sponsor for his healthcare plan, which would replace private insurance with Medicare-like coverage for all Americans regardless of age or income.

Today, the roll call of supporters for his latest version includes the leading lights of the Democratic party, including many with plausible presidential aspirations. It’s enough to make an exasperated Dana Milbank publish a column in the Washington Post under the headline ‘The Democrats have become socialists’.

But have they? Actually, no.

Phillip Longman is a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, and the policy director at the Open Markets Institute. He is also a senior editor at the Washington Monthly.

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Sanders’ phony “Medicare for all” proposal: A cover for Democratic Party deals with Trump, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: Sanders' health care bill: A cover for Democratic Party deals with Trump
    • The Sanders “Medicare for all” legislation is an attempt to disguise reactionary maneuvers, each of them aimed at subordinating the health care of millions of people to the profit interests of big business, behind pie-in-the-sky promises that neither Sanders nor any of his co-sponsors take seriously.
  • Part 2: Sanders’ phony “Medicare for all” proposal
    • The working class must organize politically to take the drug companies, hospitals, insurance companies, and medical technology firms away from the current owners and place the industry under the control of a workers' government, establishing truly socialized medicine in America.

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Including links to over 745 websites and over 40 highlighted items featuring:

Feature Article | Donald Trump and America’s Moral Crises, Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn

  • Will Scientific and Theological Ignorance, Moral Blindness and Historical Illiteracy Triumph?
  • Related: Chris Hedges | We Are All Deplorables

Publisher's Choice | How America Spreads Global Chaos, Nicolas J. S. Davies 

Americans had better hope that we are not so exceptional, and that the world will find a diplomatic rather than a military “solution” to its American problem. Our chances of survival would improve a great deal if American officials and politicians would finally start to act like something other than putty in the hands of the CIA.

Of Special Interest | John Kelly’s Historical Amnesia About the History of the Civil War  and Slavery Is a Tool of White Supremacy, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: John Kelly’s Civil War history fail speaks to a much bigger problem
  • Kelly only said what many white Americans believe: Slavery wasn’t that important and the Southern cause was “noble.”
  • Part 2: Historical Amnesia About Slavery Is a Tool of White Supremacy
  • Where we have (mostly) condemned slavery, we as a country have refused to condemn its defenders.

 

Series | The Facts on Tax Reform, Part 3, Alexandra Thornton and Seth Hanlon, Center for American Progress

Read these user-friendly columns on the major issues surrounding the tax system.

From the Archives | How the NRA Enables Massacres, Cliff Schecter, Daily Beast



As a shooting spree leaves seven dead in California, the gun lobby is trying to thwart attempts to study gun deaths and officials who see gun violence as a public health crisis.

From the Archives | World Class Journalist Spills the Beans, Admits Mainstream Media is Completely Fake, Arjun Walia, Prepare for Change / Global Research <http://www.globalresearch.ca>

  • Recently, Udo Ulfkotte went on public television stating that he was forced to publish the works of intelligence agents under his own name, also adding that noncompliance with these orders would result in him losing his job.
  • We all enabled Donald Trump: Our deeply unserious media and reality-TV culture made this horror inevitable.

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