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100 Years of Homeless Veterans

Armistice Day had to be expanded to include those slaughtered in WW2, Korea, Vietnam, the first Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, and countless other minor U.S. “incursions.”

Jeff Dietrich, Catholic Agitator 

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Front-Cover-Poppy-August-2014.jpgAugust, 2014 | They were street-dirty, with long stringy hair and grease-stained clothes in the way that men are who live on the streets, drink too much cheap wine, and rarely have the opportunity to bathe.

As a small child, they frightened and repulsed me; I held my mother’s hand more tightly whenever I passed one of them resting his legless stumps on a makeshift wooden platform with roller skates nailed underneath, pushing himself along the sidewalk with dirty leather- gloved hands. Mostly they sold the daily newspaper, the Newport News Tribune. However, on Armistice Day, they sold the small red paper poppies, a memorial to the millions of soldiers who died in WW1 and were buried in Flanders Field. They cost only a nickel and my mother always bought one and pinned it on her blouse above her breast. The legless grease-stained veterans of that war were there to frighten small children and remind us all about the senseless slaughter, of barbed wire, open trenches, and the corpses strewn across stretches of “no mans land” in what was supposed to be the “war to end all wars.”

Jeff Dietrich, an editor of the Catholic Agitator,  is the author of Broken and Shared: Food, Dignity and the Poor on Los Angeles' Skid Row. He lives in solidarity with the poor at the Los Angeles Catholic Worker on Skid Row.

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Special Project | The Fight for the American Dream, Week of September 7, 2014

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  • "The top 1-percent have the best houses, the best educations, the best doctors, and the best lifestyles," Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz concludes, "but there is one thing that money doesn't seem to have bought: an understanding that their fate is bound up with how the other 99-percent live. Throughout history, this is something that the top 1-percent eventually do learn. Too late."
  • 10 New Items including:
    • America Keeps People Poor On Purpose
    • McDonald’s workers block streets during nationwide wage protests
    • Unemployment up in 30 states, still no extended unemployment benefits
    • The Carnage of Capitalism
    • Nearly one quarter of US children in poverty
    • Virtual Economy’s Phantom Job Gains Are Based on Statistical Fraud
    • New Analysis Debunks Claim That A Higher Minimum Wage Kills Job Growth
    • Six Signs Your Boss Is a Coward
    • Why the American Worker Is Miserable
    • Harris v Quinn: US supreme court deals blow to unions in fees ruling

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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America Keeps People Poor On Purpose, Yes! Magazine   

  • How four decades of lobbying and legislation gave corporations dominion over our economy—and eroded the American middle class.
  • A Timeline of Choices We've Made to Increase Inequality
  • Special Report | Homelessness and Poverty in America, Week Ending August 31, 2014

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McDonald’s workers block streets during nationwide wage protests, John Wojcik, Peoples World 

  • "I had to raise my kids on $8 an hour," said Cecelia Carella, 47, as she rolled up her left sleeve to show an arm covered with burns and scars she said she got from working with the fryers. "Only recently," she said, "when all the protests started, they raised us up to $9.25."
  • Nearly one quarter of US children in poverty

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Unemployment up in 30 states, still no extended unemployment benefits, Staff, Fight Back! News

  • Extended Unemployment Compensation (EUC) stalled in Congress
  • The Struggle for Survival of the Long-term Unemployed

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The Carnage of Capitalism, Paul Buchheit, Common Dreams

  • Lives are being ravaged by unregulated, free-market capitalism, in the U.S. and around the world. According to the Global Forum for Health Research, less than 10 percent of the global health research budget is spent on the conditions responsible for 90 percent of human disease.
  • Global Greed

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Nearly one quarter of US children in poverty, Andre Damon, World Socialist Web Site

  • The Kids Count survey follows the publication in April of Feeding America’s annual report, which showed that one in five children live in households that do not regularly get enough to eat. 
  • Chris Hedges | Pity the Children

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J.D. Crowe 

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Virtual Economy’s Phantom Job Gains Are Based on Statistical Fraud, Paul Craig Roberts, Institute for Political Economy 

  • And More Fraud Is in the Work
  • America has left us. We now have the tyranny of the Orwellian state that rules, not by the ballot box and Constitution, but by force and propaganda.

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New Analysis Debunks Claim That A Higher Minimum Wage Kills Job Growth, Emily Cohn, Huffington Post

  • Center for Economic Policy Research's (CEPR) study is the latest to debunk the common argument that raising the minimum wage is an economy killer
  • The chart below shows the data, which builds on research first done by Goldman Sachs.
  • 40% Of US Workers Now Earn Less Than 1968 Minimum Wage

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Six Signs Your Boss Is a Coward, Rob Wyse, LinkedIn

  • You can see (the cowards') fear and the way they go about trying to hide their insecurities a mile away.
  • Now, the question is: Do you have the strength to leave that cowardly boss and find a new one who is a true brave leader?
  • Why the American Worker Is Miserable

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Why the American Worker Is Miserable, Jason Notte, TheStreet

  • A survey by Gallup finds that since the economic crisis peaked in 2009, there's been no better time to exploit the U.S. workforce for longer hours and less pay.
  • The Henry Ford Matrix And The Twilight of Disparity

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Harris v Quinn: US supreme court deals blow to unions in fees ruling, Ed Pilkington, Guardian (US)

Court ruled that unions could only extract fees to cover costs of collective bargaining from fully-fledged state employees.

Amy Goodman | Get Ready for the 'Internet Slowdown'

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  • Large Internet service providers, or ISPs, like Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T and Verizon are trying to change the rules that govern your online life.
  • sign-btn.pngSign and send the petition: Demand FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler hold public hearings on net neutrality.

Amy Goodman,  truthdig.com 

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Net-neutrality-meme-e1398433124309.jpg Sep 3, 2014 | (This coming) Wednesday, Sept. 10, if your favorite website seems to load slowly, take a closer look: You might be experiencing the Battle for the Net’s “Internet Slowdown,” a global day of grass-roots action. Protesters won’t actually slow the Internet down, but will place on their websites animated “Loading” graphics (which organizers call “the proverbial ‘spinning wheel of death’”) to symbolize what the Internet might soon look like. As that wheel spins, the rules about how the internet works are being redrawn. Large Internet service providers, or ISPs, like Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T and Verizon are trying to change the rules that govern your online life.

The fight over these rules is being waged now. These corporate ISPs want to create a two-tiered Internet, where some websites or content providers pay to get preferred access to the public. Large content providers like Netflix, the online streaming movie giant, would pay extra to ensure that their content traveled on the fast lane. But let’s say a startup tried to compete with Netflix. If it couldn’t afford to pay the large ISPs their fees for the fast lane, their service would suffer, and people wouldn’t subscribe.

 

Amy Goodman is an American award-winning broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author. Goodman's investigative journalism career includes coverage of the East Timor independence movement and Chevron Corporation's role in Nigeria.

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/sign-btn.pngSign and send the petition: Demand FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler hold public hearings on net neutrality, Daily Kos Campaigns 

  • Join the voices calling for Wheeler to hold large, open public field hearings. Sign and send the petition to the FCC demanding the Chairman come out and face the public support for real net neutrality. 
  • Next Step For Net Neutrality: Join Call For Regional Hearings

 

 

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Victory: First Amendment Rights Triumph Over Columbus Police and Fort Benning Officials!

We have collectively secured not only our historical and sacred space of convergence to remember the martyrs, but have successfully defended and protected our First Amendment rights!

Arturo, Brigitte, Hendrik, Karolina, Kat, María Luisa, Pablo, and Roy, SOA Watch

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images/522.jpgSeptember 4, 2014 | We did it! Fort Benning officials and the Columbus police tried to shut down the November Vigil by attempting to limit the number of participants and by denying SOA Watch a permit to set up a stage and sound system, but justice prevailed. We will return to the gates of Fort Benning from November 21-23. Following a coordinated grassroots pressure campaign, and negotiations with the Columbus Police Department and their team of private and public attorneys, they backed down and ended their efforts to curtail our constitutional rights. 

As we continue to organize our 25th Vigil at the gates of Fort Benning, we humbly remember that this victory is not ours alone. This victory is also for the constitutional rights to free speech and assembly of countless organizations and communities that dare to speak up and mobilize, and are faced with repression and censorship.

SOA Watch, founded by Fr. Roy Bourgeois in 1990,  is an independent organization that seeks to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas, under whatever name it is called, through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work.

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The Magical President doesn’t exist

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  • The myth of a president who can solve our problems alone is inane. The big task right now? Rescue these midterms.
  • What the left must really do to defeat the wingnuts

Joan Walsh, Salon

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Monday, Sep 1, 2014 | Labor Day marks the traditional kickoff to election season, and all Democrats can say for themselves about the coming midterms is: Things look bad, but they could be worse. Republicans will almost certainly gain Senate seats, and could very well take it over, though their chances diminish every time we hear new audio of Mitch McConnell and his GOP cronies sucking up to the Koch brothers at their last retreat. But traditional low midterm Democratic turnout could make McConnell the Senate majority leader in January nonetheless.

This political season opens against a backdrop of profound pessimism, captured in an August Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll that found that 71 percent of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track. The president’s approval rating is at an all-time low, but so is that of congressional Republicans. Even worse, the two big stories dominating the end-of-summer headlines – the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. and the rise of ISIL – only deepen the political gloom, because they reflect two enormous American problems that are coming to seem almost unsolvable: profound and persistent racial injustice, and the shape-shifting chaos that is Iraq.

Logo%20%7C%20Change%20You%20Can%20Believe%20In%3F%20%28Redacted%29.jpgJoan Walsh joined Salon in 1998 to become the first full-time news editor and became editor in chief in February 2005. At the end of 2010, she became editor at large, to write full time. In the last couple of years she's had the privilege of debating conservative zealots on TV, from Bill O' Reilly to Dick Armey to Pat Buchanan.

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Cornel West: “(Obama) posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit, Thomas Frank, Salon

  • Exclusive: Cornel West talks Ferguson, Hillary, MSNBC -- and unloads on the failed promise of Barack Obama
  • We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency”
  • A Strange, Soulless Man And His Utterly Failed Presidency

 

The Dumbing Down of American Politics, September 4, 2014

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  • Fighting the Culture of Political Bullshit OR Karl Rove, the architect of Bush's career, privately said 'Fuck the truth; all that matters is the reality that we make people swallow.'
  • Part 1: The Dumbing Down of America - by Design 
  • Part 2: Osho | No Society Wants You to Become Wise (Video)
  • How to Murder the Minds of the Masses

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: The Dumbing Down of America - by Design 

…the myriad ways in which the powers-that-be in the United States have been systematically dumbing down Americans as a society for a very long time – all by meticulously calculated design.   

Joachim Hagopian, Global Research.ca / Rise Up Times   

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The most obvious example of how Americans have been dumbed down is through this nation’s failed public education system. At one time not that long ago America reigned supreme as a leading model for the rest of the world providing the best quality free public K-12 education system on the planet. But over the last many decades while much of the rest of the world has been passing us by, it seems an insidious federal agenda has been implemented to condition and brainwash a population of mindless, robotic citizenry that simply does what it’s told, and of course the brainwashing commences early in America’s schools.

But prior to delving into the many ways we’ve been duped and dumbed down through the years, a cold hard look at the devastating result seems very much in order here. With doom and gloom warnings of impending collapse, the US economy is floundering still mired in recession, emaciated and cut off from life support, as a consequence of waging too many wars around the world (be they the longest running costly defeats in US history or the fast rising dirty little Special Ops wars secretly raging on every corner of the globe or Obama’s personal favorite, state sponsored terrorism from drone-filled skies). As a pawn to the military industrial complex, the US government has chosen permanent war over its own people. This treasonous decision has decimated the middle class and created a college educated indentured class struggling in heavy debt to find any means to stay afloat. With an outsourced, now vanished manufacturing base, upward mobility and the American dream have become tragic casualties of modern life, now a sad, nostalgic bygone reminder of the once greatness of America.

Wise.jpgJoachim Hagopian is a West Point graduate and former Army officer.After the military Joachim earned a masters degree in psychology and eventually became a licensed therapist working in the mental health field for more than a quarter century.

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Part 2: Osho | No Society Wants You to Become Wise (Video)

The Arcane Front

September 3, 2014 | “No society wants you to become wise, it is against the investment of all societies. If people are wise they cannot be exploited. If they are intelligent they cannot be subjugated, they cannot be forced in a mechanical life, to live like robots…They will have the fragrance of rebellion around them…” ‒Osho

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How to Murder the Minds of the Masses, John Taylor Gotto, The Arcane Front

  • Most of us let our own fears or the impositions of others imprison us in a world of low expectations.
  • Salon Q&A: William Deresiewicz on millennials, the meritocracy, student loans and what's wrong with the Ivy League

 

 

Salon Q&A: William Deresiewicz on millennials, the meritocracy, student loans and what's wrong with the Ivy League

  • “They are intellectually underpowered and full of themselves, because they’ve been told their whole life how wonderful they are.” --William Deresiewicz
  • The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff
  • How to Murder the Minds of the Masses

Michael Schulson, Salon

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Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 | In the spring of 2008, William Deresiewicz taught his last class at Yale. In the summer of 2008, he published an essay explaining how an Ivy League education had messed up his life, and the lives of his students.

Elite schools, Deresiewicz argued, give their students an inflated sense of self-worth. They reward perfectionism and punish rebelliousness. They funnel timid students into a handful of jobs, mostly in consulting and investment banking (and now Teach for America). For a real education, he went on to suggest, you might want to head to one of the wonkier liberal arts colleges, or to a state school.

William Deresiewicz is an American author, essayist, and literary critic. His All Points blog appears each Monday on the American Scholar website.

Michael Schulson is a freelance writer based in Durham, North Carolina. He holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Yale.

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The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

Don’t expect them to save us. They don’t know how. And when it all collapses, when our rotten financial system with its trillions in worthless assets implodes and our imperial wars end in humiliation and defeat, they will be exposed as being as helpless, and as stupid, as the rest of us.

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How to Murder the Minds of the Masses, John Taylor Gotto, The Arcane Front

Most of us let our own fears or the impositions of others imprison us in a world of low expectations.

 

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