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Special Project | The War on Children: Week Ending January 17, 2015

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  • The United States is one of the few countries in the world that puts children in supermax prisons, tries them as adults, incarcerates them for exceptionally long periods of time, defines them as super predators, pepper sprays them for engaging in peaceful protests, and, in an echo of the discourse of the war on terror, describes them as 'teenage time bombs.' 
  • 9 New Items including:
    • Five ways to counter military recruitment in your school district
    • The War on Children, January 11, 2015
    • The Science Of Spanking: What Happens To Spanked Kids When They Grow Up?
    • Bill Nye: Creationism Is 'Raising A Generation Of Young People Who Can't Think'
    • Seriously, people. This armed teacher thing really might not work out
    • Students Protesting Conservative Rewrite Of History Get Their Most Important Endorsement Yet
    • Pentagon Supplies School Districts with Assault Rifles and Grenade Launchers
    • Salon Q&A: William Deresiewicz on millennials, the meritocracy, student loans and what's wrong with the Ivy League,
    • How to Murder the Minds of the Masses

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Five ways to counter military recruitment in your school district, American Friends Service Committee (The Quakers)

  • Here are five ways you can take action to stop the intrusion of the military into people’s lives.
  • Forced Military Testing in America's Schools

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The War on Children, January 11, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The United States is one of the few countries in the world that puts children in supermax prisons, tries them as adults, incarcerates them for exceptionally long periods of time, defines them as super predators, pepper sprays them for engaging in peaceful protests, and, in an echo of the discourse of the war on terror, describes them as 'teenage time bombs.' 
  • Part 1: Part 1: Do Americans Hate Children?
  • Part 2: Madness at the Gates of the City

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The Science Of Spanking: What Happens To Spanked Kids When They Grow Up? Adam Mordecai, Upworthy

Here's an infographic explaining what 36,000 people and 88 studies found: Even if you spank with control, discipline, and good intent, your kids are more likely to have depression and engage in aggressive behavior in adulthood.

Bill Nye: Creationism Is 'Raising A Generation Of Young People Who Can't Think'

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Bill Nye: Creationism Is 'Raising A Generation Of Young People Who Can't Think', Antonia Blumberg, Huffington Post

  • Scientific literacy (this fundamental idea that you can question things, that you can think critically, that you can use skeptical thought to learn about nature) is crucial for society to function effectively, which means that we can’t afford to be messing around with the way that it’s taught in the classroom (denying children academic opportunities by teaching creationism.)
  • How to Murder the Minds of the Masses

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Seriously, people. This armed teacher thing really might not work out, David Waldman, Daily Kos

  • Six weeks of school (counting from the week of August 25), and three teachers have already accidentally fired their handy little safety tools in school. 
  • Looking sharp, people. Looking sharp.
  • The Hidden Cost of Gun Violence: Meet a Mother and Her 7-Year-Old With PTSD

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Students Protesting Conservative Rewrite Of History Get Their Most Important Endorsement Yet, Matt Ferner, Huffington Post

"These students recognize that the social order can -- and sometimes must -- be disrupted in the pursuit of liberty and justice. Civil disorder and social strife are at the patriotic heart of American history -- from the Boston Tea Party to the American Revolution to the Civil Rights Movement. And these events and ideas are essential within the study of a college-level, AP U.S. History course." --The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program.

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Pentagon Supplies School Districts with Assault Rifles and Grenade Launchers, Andrew Emett, Nation of Change

  • Federal records confirm that schools throughout the U.S. have received surplus military-grade weapons and vehicles. But is there really a need for military-grade weapons on campus?
  • When law enforcement is law and order’s biggest threat

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

  • “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

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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.

Cyprus-style Bail-ins to Take Deposits and Pensions

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  • Perhaps it is time to pull our money out of Wall Street and set up our own banks – banks that will serve the people because they are owned by the people.
  • New G20 Rules

Ellen Brown, CounterPunch

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brownchart-379x600.jpgDecember 02, 2014 | On the weekend of November 16th, the G20 leaders whisked into Brisbane, posed for their photo ops, approved some proposals, made a show of roundly disapproving of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and whisked out again. It was all so fast, they may not have known what they were endorsing when they rubber-stamped the Financial Stability Board’s “Adequacy of Loss-Absorbing Capacity of Global Systemically Important Banks in Resolution,” which completely changes the rules of banking.

Russell Napier, writing in ZeroHedge, called it “the day money died.” In any case, it may have been the day deposits died as money. Unlike coins and paper bills, which cannot be written down or given a “haircut,” says Napier, deposits are now “just part of commercial banks’ capital structure.” That means they can be “bailed in” or confiscated to save the megabanks from derivative bets gone wrong.

Ellen Brown is an attorney, founder of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books including the best-selling Web of Debt. Her latest book, The Public Bank Solution, explores successful public banking models historically and globally. 

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Is the U.S. Crazy?

Inquiring minds from around the world want to know. 

Ann JonesTomDispatch

 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller

 

goposaur_upsidedown.jpeg?1345564410 January 11, 2015 | Americans who live abroad -- more than six million of us worldwide (not counting those who work for the U.S. government) -- often face hard questions about our country from people we live among. Europeans, Asians, and Africans ask us to explain everything that baffles them about the increasingly odd and troubling conduct of the United States.  Polite people, normally reluctant to risk offending a guest, complain that America’s trigger-happiness, cutthroat free-marketeering, and “exceptionality” have gone on for too long to be considered just an adolescent phase. Which means that we Americans abroad are regularly asked to account for the behavior of our rebranded “homeland,” now conspicuously in decline and increasingly out of step with the rest of the world.

In my long nomadic life, I’ve had the good fortune to live, work, or travel in all but a handful of countries on this planet.  I’ve been to both poles and a great many places in between, and nosy as I am, I’ve talked with people all along the way. I still remember a time when to be an American was to be envied. The country where I grew up after World War II seemed to be respected and admired around the world for way too many reasons to go into here.

Ann Jones, a TomDispatch regular, is the author of Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan, among other books, and most recently They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return From America’s Wars -- The Untold Story, a Dispatch Books project.

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Obama’s Narrative of Deceits

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  • Though President Obama promised “transparency” and “openness,” he has slipped so far from those goals that some wonder how many sides of his mouth he can speak through. He has surely not broken from the longstanding pattern of presidential deceits that have eroded the Republic.
  • Our National Security State: A Self-Perpetuating Machine for American Insecurity
  • The Democrats Have Lost Their Nerve and Direction.

Jason Hirthler, Consortiumnews.com

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Ho-bamaJanuary 9, 2015 | If the American public knew what was being perpetrated in its name, it might put an end to the slow-motion coup d’état of the United States by corporate wealth. But it is kept in the shadows, pinioned by a harness of half-truths that underwrite its ignorance and enable its indifference.

The public will likely remain in this state until it hears the whole truth, and not the abridged version peddled by an unscrupulous administration, its Pavlovian Cabinet, our obsequious Congress, and the sycophant media (those dutiful court stenographers of state power). Until this confederacy of knaves is exposed at scale, the Janus-faced narrative streaming from the lips of the Commander-in-Chief — whomever he or she may be — will neither change nor falter. Ringing in a New Year will not matter.

Jason Hirthler is a veteran of the communications industry. He is a regular contributor to CounterPunch, Dissident Voice and other progressive communities. 

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Our National Security State: A Self-Perpetuating Machine for American Insecurity, Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

Welcome to the new world of American insecurity and to the nightmarish inheritance we are preparing for our children and grandchildren.

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The Democrats Have Lost Their Nerve and Direction, December 31, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • If you're a leftie, the Democratic establishment doesn't care about your opinion. They certainly don't want your input. What they want is your vote -- in exchange for exactly nothing in return. They're political parasites, draining the enthusiasm and idealism of progressives, simultaneously neutering and exploiting mainline libs.
  • Part 1: The Democratic Party Keeps Screwing Up
  • Part 2: The Democratic Party Lost Its Way Chasing After Wall St. Cash

 

Our National Security State: A Self-Perpetuating Machine for American Insecurity

Welcome to the new world of American insecurity and to the nightmarish inheritance we are preparing for our children and grandchildren.

Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015 | As 2015 begins, let’s take a trip down memory lane.  Imagine that it’s January 1963.  For the last three years, the United States has unsuccessfully faced off against a small island in the Caribbean, where a revolutionary named Fidel Castro seized power from a corrupt but U.S.-friendly regime run by Fulgensio Batista.  In the global power struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union in which much of the planet has chosen sides, Cuba, only 90 miles from the American mainland, finds itself in the eye of the storm.  Having lost Washington’s backing, it has, however, gained the support of distant Moscow, the other nuclear-armed superpower on the planet.

shadowgovengelhardt.jpgIn October 1960, President Dwight D. Eisenhower instituted an embargo on U.S. trade with the island that would, two years later, be strengthened and made permanent by John F. Kennedy.  On entering the Oval Office, Kennedy also inherited a cockamamie CIA scheme to use Cuban exiles to overthrow Castro.  That led, in April 1961, to the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion in which, despite major Agency support, the exiles were crushed (after which the CIA would hatch various mad plots to assassinate the new Cuban leader).  What followed in October 1962 was “the most dangerous moment in human history” -- the Cuban missile crisis -- a brief period when many Americans, my 18-year-old self included, genuinely thought we might soon be nuclear toast. 

Tom Engelhardt, co-founder of the American Empire Project, runs the Nation Institute's TomDispatch.com. His latest book is, Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World (with an introduction by Glenn Greenwald).

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Pilger | The Silent Military Coup That Took Over Washington, John Pilger, Guardian (UK)

  • This time it's Syria, last time it was Iraq. Obama chose to accept the entire Pentagon of the Bush era: its wars and war crimes.
  • The Emergency State: America's Pursuit of Absolute Security at All Costs
  • The 5 Most Ludicrous War Claims in Obama's Syria Speech

 

Raising Hopes, FCC Chairman Signals Stronger Stance on Net Neutrality Protections

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  • Speaking at tech conference, Tom Wheeler appears to be following progressive call for reclassification.
  • Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines

Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Amelia Kroger 

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler indicated that he would support the most progressive net neutrality protections on Wednesday. (Photo: The Cable Show/flickr/cc) 

Thursday, January 08, 2015 | Federal Communications Committee chairman Tom Wheeler indicated on Wednesday that he would support some of the strongest net neutrality reforms when the committee meets again next month—including, it seems, the reclassification of the internet as a public utility under Title II of the Federal Communications Act.

Speaking at the CES technology conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Wednesday, Wheeler dismissed the most common industry arguments that reclassification would discourage service providers from upgrading their network systems or stifle business and innovation. ISPs and cable companies like Comcast and Verizon have strongly objected to reforms pushed by net neutrality supporters.

Nadia Prupis, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines, January 6, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • To ensure an Internet that's open, fast, secure, and affordable, contact the FCC, call your members of Congress, and support efforts to build a network that works for everyone, and not just the few. 
  • Part 1: Four Pivotal Internet Issues as the Year Turns 2015
  • Part 2: FCC Will Vote On Net Neutrality In February

 

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The Absurdist Theatre of the NYPD

  • When NYPD officers turned their backs on de Blasio, they also turned their backs on us.
  • Being a cop showed me just how racist and violent the police are.

Kasai Rex, Daily Good

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Dec 31, 2014 | By now, you’ve likely heard the story of how Ismaaiyl Brinsley—who once testified in a Georgia court that he suffered from mental illness—began the morning of December 20th. He entered his ex-girlfriend Shaneka Thompson’s apartment in Baltimore County using a key he wasn’t supposed to have, then shot and critically wounded her. A trip on a Bolt Bus and several chilling posts to Instagram later, Brinsley ambushed two NYPD officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, killing the men as they sat in their squad car eating lunch, before turning his weapon on himself.

Though similar threats have streamed into the NYPD—mostly from idiotic trolls outside the N.Y.C area—the general public tends to agree that this tragedy was detrimental to the cause for an end to out-of-control police tactics. (That a few might share the wrong-headed sentiment that murdering any officer is acceptable—or even some sort of victory for “the movement”—is a testament to the deep-seated pain caused by police overreach and violence.) Most have rightly disavowed the actions of Brinsley, casting him as a lone actor with a troubled mind. 

Kasai Rex is a contributor to Daily Good 

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The NYPD's Work Stoppage Is Surreal, Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

  • In an alternate universe, the New York Police might have just solved the national community-policing controversy.
  • The Absurdist Theatre of the NYPD

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Being a cop showed me just how racist and violent the police are, Redditt Hudson, Washington (DC) Post  

There’s only one fix.

Chris Hedges | Greatest Speech Ever Made

Chris Hedges speaks about dismantling corporate empire, free speech, and more ….

Rise Up Times

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Gary G. Kohls

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December 31, 2015 | Chris Hedges on: Democratic party, dismantling corporate empire, fall of the empire, financial regulation, the liberal class, the Middle East, moral paralysis, Orwell's 1984, radicalism, working classes.

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society. 

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The End of the Beginning of the End, William Rivers Pitt, Truthout 

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. -- Frederick Douglass

Rise Up or Die, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

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