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The Age of No Privacy: The Surveillance State Shifts Into High Gear

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  • You have, unless you want to stay locked up in a super-secure room all day, virtually zero privacy. 
  • “We are rapidly entering the age of no privacy, where everyone is open to surveillance at all times; where there are no secrets from government.” ― William O. Douglas, Supreme Court Justice 
  • Related: Fake Human Rights News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You, Week Ending July 29, 2017

John W. Whitehead, Rutherford Institute  / Straight Line Logic

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Indeed, it has mastered the art of stealth maneuvers and end-runs around the Constitution.

It knows all too well how to hide its nefarious, covert, clandestine activities behind the classified language of national security and terrorism. And when that doesn’t suffice, it obfuscates, complicates, stymies or just plain bamboozles the public into remaining in the dark.

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Fake Human Rights News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You, Week Ending July 29, 2017, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Mexicans and Chinese Aren’t “Stealing Our Jobs”
  • Class and Race Are Never an Excuse to Gloat Over State Atrocities.
  • Police hunt and kill black people like Philando Castile.
  • SPLC board member visits America’s ‘huddled masses’ at an immigrant detention center.
  • Islamophobia Is the Glue That Unites Diverse Factions of the Far Right
  • Reporters face 70 years in prison over anti-Trump march.

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Fake Human Rights News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You, Week Ending July 29, 2017

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If you solely rely on the Western media for enlightenment, your acquired knowledge is plain ignorance. You will never learn the truth because they simply manipulate the news. Learn the truth in our selection of articles below. 

  • Mexicans and Chinese Aren’t “Stealing Our Jobs”
  • Class and Race Are Never an Excuse to Gloat Over State Atrocities.
  • Police hunt and kill black people like Philando Castile.
  • SPLC board member visits America’s ‘huddled masses’ at an immigrant detention center.
  • Islamophobia Is the Glue That Unites Diverse Factions of the Far Right
  • Reporters face 70 years in prison over anti-Trump march

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May 30, 2017 | The US government, not the Mexicans and Chinese, are responsible for the drying up of vitality and risk taking, and consequently the job creation, of the economy. 

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June 21, 2017 | If there is anything redeeming to come of this (the death of 22-year-old Otto Warmbier, it should be a wake-up call to all of us to change the way we think about human rights and stop a terrible trajectory of public rhetoric. He still had a right not to be kidnapped and killed by an evil government.

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  • June 2017 | Police harassment and violence, and the ways the system facilitate and enable it, are not exceptional to the US. They are part of what makes the US what it is.
  • “We are being hunted,” Valerie Castile said before the acquittal even came out. And so it makes sense that there was no redress for her son from a “justice” system that works hand in hand with the police who do the hunting.

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June 28, 2017 | Hidden away in the woods of southwest Georgia sits the euphemistically named Stewart Detention Center. The facility, owned and operated by the for-profit corporation CoreCivic, holds men that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is seeking to deport.

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Friday, July 14, 2017 | In order to confront the current wave of Islamophobia, it is crucial to understand how different far-right groups are deploying it as a unifying tool -- and how this affects the growth of the far right as a whole.

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http://www.aljazeera.com/mritems/imagecache/mbdxxlarge/mritems/Images/2017/5/31/0ef70c805f43443cb31059969343a36d_18.jpg Reporters face 70 years in prison over anti-Trump march, Patrick Strickland, Al-Jazeera

Two journalists are among more than 200 people facing felony charges after mass arrests at Inauguration Day rally.

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Death by Cop: Black and White Issues

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  • U.S. police kill more Black women every year than the total of all civilians killed annually by their counterparts in western Europe’s largest countries. These sisters’ male relatives are slaughtered on an epic scale—with the connivance and consent of most of the Congressional Black Caucus, 80 percent of whose members voted to continue the militarization of local police when the issue came up for a vote on the full House floor in June of 2014.
  • Related: After Minneapolis police shooting of Justine Damond, it's time to decide who runs this town

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report / Truthdig

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Front pages of Australian newspapers featuring the story of the fatal shooting of Australian Justine Damond in Minneapolis by a police officer. (Kristen Gelineau / AP)

Jul 20, 2017 | Although little is known about the circumstances of her fatal encounter with Minneapolis police, Justine Damond’s death is worldwide news, a “tragedy” that sparked protests from Minnesota to her native Australia. The 40-year-old yoga and meditation teacher set the process of her demise in motion by calling the cops, at about 11:30 on a Saturday night, when she heard what she believed was a sexual assault in progress outside the home she shared with her fiancé in a “quiet” neighborhood dotted with shops and cafes. Damond was standing in an alley outside her house, wearing pajamas, when a young Somali-born officer shot her in the abdomen, reportedly after hearing a loud noise.

Damond had come to the United States seeking “a new life,” according to friends. She is near-universally presumed to be innocent—which is almost certainly true, although the assumption is based almost entirely on her race and class. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges quickly announced she was “heartsick and deeply disturbed” by the shooting.

Glen Ford has had a long career as a radio host and commentator. In 1977, Ford co-launched, produced and hosted America’s Black Forum, the first nationally syndicated Black news interview program on commercial television. He is the co-founder Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report.

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After Minneapolis police shooting of Justine Damond, it's time to decide who runs this town, Richard G. Carlson, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune 

http://stmedia.stimg.co/ows_150041900567872.jpg?w=525 Justine Damond “was the bright light the world needed today,” cried out friend Denise Houser as she visited the makeshift memorial that was left at the scene where a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Damond on Saturday night. Elizabeth Flores; Star Tribune  

  • I say it's us civilians, and we insist on the reforms the Police Department resists and its political patrons have shrunk from. 
  • Right now, as a lifelong Minneapolitan, I’m ashamed for my community.
  • Related: Sally Yates Rips Jeff Sessions’ Defense For Harsher Criminal Sentences
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By the end of his life, Martin Luther King realized the validity of violence.

 

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking to war protestors at UN Plaza in New York, April 15, 1967. (AP)

  • The riots of 1967 changed how the great man saw the struggle.
  • By 1967 King had resigned himself to the riot as necessary action. 
  • Related: Eugene Debs and the Kingdom of Evil

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, Timeline

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Jun 15, 2017 | the summer of 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. was less than a year away from his death. It’s impossible to say if he knew this, but he must have felt something on the horizon. To be so black and so visible and so dangerous to the status quo for so long meant that the bullet was already on its way toward him. By then he had somewhat resigned himself to the idea of the riot as a necessary form of action.

Just a year earlier, in a tense 60 Minutes interview with Mike Wallace, he insisted that the vast majority of black people in America still honored nonviolent resistance as the best way forward, but acknowledged that a rising group in the black community was now advocating for violent resistance. This interview is where his famous “a riot is the language of the unheard” quote originated, citing the newfound urgency facing black people. Just a few sentences later, often left out of our retelling of the quote, King warned of violence in the coming summers while also holding fast to his hope for nonviolence. “I would say that every summer we’re going to have this kind of vigorous protest,” he told Wallace. “My hope is that it will be nonviolent. I would hope that we can avoid riots because riots are self-defeating and socially destructive. I would hope that we can avoid riots, but that we would be as militant and as determined next summer and through the winter as we have been this summer.”

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib: Poet. Writer. | Poetry editor @MuzzleMagazine | Author of The Crown Ain't Worth Much (@buttonpoetry) | Ohio 'Til I Die.

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“Intellectual and moral growth is no less indispensable than material improvement,” Hugo writes in an appendix to “Les Misérables.” “Knowledge is a viaticum; thought is a prime necessity; truth is nourishment, like wheat. A reasoning faculty, deprived of knowledge and wisdom, pines away. We should feel the same pity for minds that do not eat as for stomachs. If there be anything sadder than a body perishing for want of bread, it is a mind dying of hunger for lack of light.”

Chris HedgesTruthdigis a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a best-selling author, an activist, a Presbyterian minister, a university teacher and a television host. He has written 12 books, including the New York Times best-seller “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” (2012), which he co-authored with the cartoonist Joe Sacco.

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“Intellectual and moral growth is no less indispensable than material improvement,” Hugo writes in an appendix to “Les Misérables.” “Knowledge is a viaticum; thought is a prime necessity; truth is nourishment, like wheat. A reasoning faculty, deprived of knowledge and wisdom, pines away. We should feel the same pity for minds that do not eat as for stomachs. If there be anything sadder than a body perishing for want of bread, it is a mind dying of hunger for lack of light.”

Chris Hedges, Truthdig

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Jul 16, 2017 | Eugene Victor Debs, whose home is an infrequently visited museum on the campus of Indiana State University, was arguably the most important political figure of the 20th century. He built the socialist movement in America and was eventually crucified by the capitalist class when he and hundreds of thousands of followers became a potent political threat.

Debs burst onto the national stage when he organized a railroad strike in 1894 after the Pullman Co. cut wages by up to one-third but did not lower rents in company housing or reduce dividend payments to its stockholders. Over a hundred thousand workers staged what became the biggest strike in U.S. history on trains carrying Pullman cars.

The response was swift and brutal.

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A Definitive Guide to the G.O.P. Insiders Enabling Donald Trump

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Profiles in Cowardice | House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, Vice President Mike Pence, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. Photo Illustration by Matt Chase.

  • From Paul Ryan to John McCain, Sarah Ellison takes a look at the men—and the motives—that are propping up a Donald Trump presidency.
  • Meet the Washington insiders enabling Donald Trump in the video.
  • Related: Fools and hucksters are governing this country based on Ronald Reagan lies

Sarah Ellison, Vanity Fair 

 

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June 29, 2017 | Blame for the ongoing destruction wrought by the Trump administration will always attach to Donald Trump. But Trump cannot help himself. He is a pathogen, doing what pathogens do, and as surprised as anyone to have found himself replicating in the nation’s bloodstream. Equal blame will attach to a small group of experienced and seemingly rational politicians who knew exactly what Trump was like; who had cause to loathe and distrust him; who understood firsthand that he knew nothing about government and did not care to know anything; who could see clearly that he was dangerous, brutal, and corrupt; and who nonetheless decided, after occasional protests, to help him achieve and hold power. These are people who have been repeatedly belittled and mocked by Trump, who have sometimes been forced to voice their disgust at his words and actions, and who—for reasons that range from ambition and fear to denial and moral blindness—not only have declined to stand in his way but continue to prop him up. One or more of them may ultimately decide to defy him, but nothing will absolve them of the damage already done.

Sarah Ellison is an American writer and journalist. She spent ten years as a reporter.

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Fools and hucksters are governing this country based on Ronald Reagan lies, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Fools and hucksters are governing this country.

Their very presence in the White House is a daily debasement of the values and traditions that once made America great.

  • Part 2: Ending the Ronald Reagan lie

A small group of wealthy interests has hijacked the federal government, driving policies that are strongly against public opinion and the public good.

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Fools and hucksters are governing this country based on Ronald Reagan lies.

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  • Part 1: Fools and hucksters are governing this country

Their very presence in the White House is a daily debasement of the values and traditions that once made America great.

  • Part 2: Ending the Ronald Reagan lie

A small group of wealthy interests has hijacked the federal government, driving policies that are strongly against public opinion and the public good.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: Fools and hucksters are governing this country

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Their very presence in the White House is a daily debasement of the values and traditions that once made America great.

Michael A. Cohen, Boston (MA) Globe  

July 12, 2017 | On Tuesday, America entered a new political world — one in which we now possess incontrovertible evidence that those around the president of the United States (and perhaps the president himself) sought to conspire with a foreign government to win a presidential election. The only thing left to figure out is how deep this goes and whether laws were broken.

But no matter the legal fallout, this is an American tragedy. Not for Donald Trump or his son Donald Trump Jr., or his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, all of whom have consistently shown themselves to be contemptuous of the rule of law, America’s political traditions and values, and the American people themselves. They will get what they deserve. The tragedy is that a man of such ill repute could ever have been elected president and will — with the complicity of gutless congressional Republicans — remain there for the foreseeable future.

Michael A. Cohen’s column appears regularly in the Globe.

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Part 2: Ending the Ronald Reagan lie

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The stunning result is this: A small group of wealthy interests has hijacked the federal government, driving policies that are strongly against public opinion and the public good. Legislation is drafted in secret, pushed without deliberation, and if possible, adopted without regard for the voters. This is obviously the case with the Obamacare repeal, but it’s also true regarding climate change, environmental protection, tax cuts for the rich, antitrust enforcement, and foreign policy.

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Boston (MA) Globe   

July 11, 2017 | As they return from the July Fourth break, the Republican leadership is twisting in agony on the Obamacare repeal and it couldn’t happen to a more miserable bunch. President Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell have been trying to jam through a deeply unpopular and cruel piece of legislation, but for once the public is being heard over the lobbyists. And the public is shouting a loud and hopefully decisive “no.” But the problem is deeper than health care, and goes back to Ronald Reagan’s great lie.

Our current political travails can be traced to Reagan. In his jovial way, Reagan would quip, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” With his sneering disrespect for government, Reagan ushered in nearly four decades of tax cuts, deregulation, and rising inequality that now threaten to devour our future. Trump, Ryan, and McConnell are the scheming and vacuous politicians at the end of a long process of decline.

Jeffrey D. Sachs is University Professor and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, and author of “The Age of Sustainable Development.”

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Profiles in Cowardice | House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, Vice President Mike Pence, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. Photo Illustration by Matt Chase.

  • From Paul Ryan to John McCain, Sarah Ellison takes a look at the men—and the motives—that are propping up a Donald Trump presidency.
  • Meet the Washington insiders enabling Donald Trump in the video.
  • Related: Fools and hucksters are governing this country based on Ronald Reagan lies
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