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Special Report | How the White Problem Got Made

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  • Part 1: The White Problem
  • I don’t think I was born white. I think white children are manufactured.
  • Part 2: How White People Got Made
  • Whiteness is one of the biggest and most long-running scams ever perpetrated.

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Part 1: The White Problem

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I don’t think I was born white. I think white children are manufactured.

Quinn Norton, the Message / Medium

Oct 3, 2014 | Contained in the struggle between black liberation and white supremacy is almost every issue that concerns us currently — Surveillance, government control, privacy, security, maintenance of infrastructure — even pollution, environmentalism, and what has become climate change, they’re all there.

Add to that tolerance of religion and non-religion, access to healthcare, dominion over one’s own body, the right of self-defense, the right of free expression, the desire for justice and equality. Each one of these issues is there in black liberation, and often explored at length long before this current generation was born.

This is no accident, no coincidence, because the making of black and white was the making of the world we know now.

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Part 2: How White People Got Made

Whiteness is one of the biggest and most long-running scams ever perpetrated.

Quinn Norton, the Message / Medium

Oct 17, 2014 | It started in the late 1600s in America, but like so many scams, it spiraled out of control until it had a life of its own.

Not long after Europeans started arriving on the east coast of North America and the Caribbean Islands they found themselves rich in land but desperate for labor to work the land. The answer they struck upon was importation of bond labor, initially mostly Irish. The Irish had not been considered fully human under English law for centuries, and they ended up in plantations and working sugar under the Caribbean sun. The easy part of importing Irish (and Scottish) slave labor was that they were right next to England. The downside is there wasn’t enough of them for the amazing amounts of land laid before the eager English settlers, and thus the Atlantic slave trade with Africa was born. This is the story we hear in school, but the abridged version we get, intentionally or not, hides the scam of it. Initially the bond terms of convict, Scotch-Irish, and African labor was a set period of time, at the end of which they received bond money and their freedom in this new land. In fact, not that many bondsmen and women lived to be free, but some did, and established themselves as a mixed-race, free peasantry of the new world. If you’ve ever wondered where the free blacks of so many stories of early America came from, a large number were the families of freed African bond laborers.

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  • Part 1: The Age of the Imbecile
  • The World is Turning Catastrophically Stupid. Here’s How Not to Join It.
  • Part 2: Why Humans Increasingly Are Unaware of Their Ignorance (And Why it's a Big Problem)
  • At what point does collective ignorance parade as truth?

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

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March 16, 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.

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Part 2: Why Humans Increasingly Are Unaware of Their Ignorance (And Why it's a Big Problem)

  • http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/field/image/humans_unaware_of_own_ignorance.jpgResearch out of Yale University suggests the internet is making humans believe they are smarter than they actually are.
  • At what point does collective ignorance parade as truth?

Barry Brownstein, Intellectual Takeout

April 27, 2018 | “Has there ever been a time in the world’s history when people were more sure of their opinions?” asks Jim Ferrell of the Arbinger Insitute.

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We don’t know how to have civil disagreements anymore. We fail to recognize that having a thought doesn’t make our thinking the truth. Ferrell writes, “We tend to have convictions about many things and to have opinions about almost everything else. We blind ourselves to the enormity of our ignorance.”

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    Feature Article | We're shining a light on those beholden to the gun lobby. Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund

    • After a mass shooting — like clockwork — our elected officials offer thoughts and prayers, but do little to nothing to enact common sense gun policies that protect us from gun violence. This needs to stop.
    • Related: Exposing the Gun Industry Profiteers

    Publisher's Choice | Minnesotans - Stop the Proposed PolyMet Mine, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

    Part 1: Minnesotans: Stop the proposed PolyMet mine

  • We can do better than endangering our ground water, rivers, and Lake Superior. Do the right thing!

  • Part 2: Duty to Warn - A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures
  • Not mentioning the hundreds of leaky tailings dams or the potential catastrophic breaches that will likely occur

 

Of Special Interest | Amid #DeleteFacebook Fervor, Uproar After Congress Sneaks Attack on Digital Privacy Rights Into Omnibus Spending Bill, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: Amid #DeleteFacebook Fervor, Experts Say Time to Tackle Big Data Profiteers
  • A social media platform like this "is the ultimate surveillance tool: an addictive product that's optimized to collect and analyze the intimate details of our lives."
  • Part 2: Uproar After Congress Sneaks Attack on Digital Privacy Rights Into Omnibus Spending Bill
  • Attaching it to massive spending deal, lawmakers rush through controversial bill that allows law enforcement to hand over personal data without a warrant.
  • Related: Can We Be Saved From Facebook?

Bloggers & Columnists | EJ Dionne, Jr., Matt Taibbi, Gary G. Kohls



 

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Series | A Nation Under Trump, Conclusion: Book offers way to restore real American democracy: a review of 'One Nation After Trump'Lewis Wolfson, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)

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  • The Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
  • Conclusion: Our democracy, the authors argue, provides the tools to counter Trumpism and reform government. What the country needs is a sweeping re-energizing of American democracy like the New Deal or Great Society. It would start with reforming elections. 

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Dear Liberal America: The FBI Is Not Your Friend -- And It Never Has Been

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The love and kisses tour of J. Edgar Comey has put a smiling face on an agency known for hardball and duplicity.

Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon / AlterNet

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April 21, 2018 | Have you been watching the roundelay of appearances former FBI Director James Comey has made this week on his tour to promote his book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership”? On Tuesday, he was on the "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on CBS, the same day his book was released. Colbert did everything but ruffle his hair, sharing a paper cup of red wine with him, seeming to commemorate the beverage Comey poured for himself aboard a private government jet returning to Washington on the day he was fired on May 9, 2017. Colbert teased him. Comey demurred. Hilarity ensued.

Thursday night he was on the "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC, an appearance that was promoted in advance like she had scored a visit from Beyonce. Maddow’s interview with Comey was subdued and actually appeared to reveal a few nuggets of news, but Comey spent a lot of time answering questions with a frown and a painfully reluctant, “That’s another one I can’t answer.” 

Lucian K. Truscott IV has had a 50-year career as a journalist, novelist and screenwriter, covering stories such as Watergate, the Stonewall riots and wars in Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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At the Fed, the Scene Is Being Set for Financial Disaster

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  • When politicians and regulators are asleep at the wheel, sooner or later it’s the rest of us who will suffer. Because of the collusion that’s gone on and continues to go on among the world’s main central banks, that problem is now an international one.
  • Related: I’m a Depression historian. The GOP tax bill is straight out of 1929.

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April 26, 2018 | Warning: What you are about to read is not about Russia, the 2016 election, or the latest person to depart from the White House in a storm of tweets. It’s the Beltway story with trillions of dollars in play and an economy to commandeer, hiding in plain sight.

While we’ve been bombarded with a litany of scandals from the Oval Office and the Trump family, there’s a crucial institution in Washington that few in the media seem to be paying attention to, even as President Trump quietly makes it his own. More obscure than the chambers of the Supreme Court, it’s a place where he has already made substantial changes. I’m talking about the Federal Reserve. 

Nomi Prins is the author of Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World, forthcoming from Nation Books May 1. She is also the author of All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power.

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I’m a Depression historian. The GOP tax bill is straight out of 1929. Robert S. McElvaine, Washington (DC) Post

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Republicans are again sprinting toward an economic cliff.
The plain fact that the trickle-down approach has never worked leaves Republicans unfazed.
Related: Revolution Ahead for U.S. if GOP Tax Plan Rigged for the Rich Is Not Defeated.

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Feature Article | An Empire Built on the Power of Hate and Fear at Home and Abroad, Compiled by David CulverEvergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/War%20Planning%20Graphic.jpgPart 1: An Empire Built on Fear at Home and Abroad
  • By the time the masses finally discover that the greatest menace stalking the country is the fear-mongering propaganda, they will have read an epitaph for their untimely nuclear death.
  • Part 2: The Power of Hate and Fear
  • God is love, the Christian religion says.  Why then are we so open to hate and fear?
  • Related: Russia Madness on the Eve of Destruction: Hegemony Trumps Survival

Publisher's Choice | Demand Change: The Grave Danger of Information Monopolies, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Google, Twitter & Facebook: The Grave Danger of Information Monopolies
  • If you control the flow of information, you can control everything. You can control most of what anyone sees and knows.
  • Part 2: In the wake of the Facebook scandal
  • Demand real change

Of Special Interest | Exposing the Gun Industry Profiteers, Derek, LittleSis.org via ActionNetwork.org

http://www.dailypublic.com/sites/default/files/styles/full_width/public/2018/Mar/blankfein-1.jpg?itok=NfGHD2MKLloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs, which is a big investor in the gun retailer Bass Pro.

(Here's) a series that surveys the main gun profiteers, takes a closer look at gun retailer Bass Pro-Cabela’s and its backing from Goldman Sachs, and examines Wells Fargo’s major ties to the NRA and firearms industry.

Bloggers & Columnists | Andrew J. Bacevich, Nick Turse, Paul Street

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Russia Madness on the Eve of Destruction: Hegemony Trumps Survival, Paul Street, Truthdig

  • There are good reasons to wonder if human civilization will exist a century from today. (Pixabay)
  • What will historians say a century from now, if they still exist? That the most intelligent known species in the universe lost its mind.

Economics

Special Project | Capitalism Unmasked, Week Ending April 20, 2018, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Is Capitalism in Crisis? Latest Trends of a System Run Amok * Does Capitalism Work? (2002) * Yanis Varoufakis: Marx predicted our present crisis – and points the way out.
Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs

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  • Part 1: The North Korean Crisis: On the Brink of a Breakthrough or a Bust?
  • Part 2: A series of one-pagers that help explain what a strategy should look like
  • Related: A Murderous History of Korea

Peace & Non-violence

The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War II ~ John Dower, Reviewed in TomDispatch

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  • Related: Tomgram: Nick Turse, Killing People, Breaking Things, and America's Winless Wars

Youth, Education, & Children

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Former Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson, himself a passionate sports fan, has been one of many who have spoken out against the city’s choice to commit so much in financial resources to the stadium.
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Series | A Nation Under Trump, Conclusion: Book offers way to restore real American democracy: a review of 'One Nation After Trump'

 

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  • The Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
  • Conclusion: Our democracy, the authors argue, provides the tools to counter Trumpism and reform government. What the country needs is a sweeping re-energizing of American democracy like the New Deal or Great Society. It would start with reforming elections. 

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Nov 8, 2017 | The day after the election, I warned a Washington psychotherapist friend to get ready for a tidal wave of newly-anxious patients, mostly Democrats whose lives revolve around whoever runs the government in this one-industry town. 

The shrinks have been deluged. I have even tried political therapy to help people nervous about having one of the great square pegs of all time in the White House.

President Donald Trump has had devastating psychological and political effects on America.

Lewis Wolfson is American University emeritus professor of communication, a former Washington news bureau chief and longtime analyst of the president, Congress and the media.

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Previously in this Series:

Part 10: Women's March inspires women to amplify their political voices post-inauguration.
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Part 9: How do we create a high-value health care system?
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Part 8: Trump's environmental rollbacks lack 'moral compass'.
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Part 7: Trump threatens norms that make the Constitution work
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Part 6: In foreign relations, Trump shifts rhetoric but policy largely unchanged.
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Part 5 - What have the Democrats learned since Trump's election?
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Part 4 - Poverty issues gain traction in first year of Trump presidency
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Part 2 - The Trump presidency and Europe's dilemma, <http://evergreenedigest.org/content/series-nation-under-trump-part-2-tru...

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An Empire Built on the Power of Hate and Fear at Home and Abroad

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  • Part 1: An Empire Built on Fear at Home and Abroad
  • By the time the masses finally discover that the greatest menace stalking the country is the fear-mongering propaganda, they will have read an epitaph for their untimely nuclear death.
  • Part 2: The Power of Hate and Fear
  • God is love, the Christian religion says.  Why then are we so open to hate and fear?
  • Related: Russia Madness on the Eve of Destruction: Hegemony Trumps Survival

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By the time the masses finally discover that the greatest menace stalking the country is the fear-mongering propaganda, they will have read an epitaph for their untimely nuclear death.

James Petras, Information Clearinghouse

April 17, 2018 | Political leaders and the mass media deluge the public with a constant stream of frightening incidents caused by the enemy-of-the-week:  nerve gas killing dozens of little babies in Syria, Russian-directed poison assassination attempts in England and terror incidents throughout Europe, requiring an increase in domestic police state surveillance and spying.  Extensively monitored bank records, intrusive workplace controls, and all personal and, especially, political communications, are in the hands of state security officials or corporate security contractors.

Hundreds of prosecuting attorneys look forward to career-enhancing investigations in perpetuity, tracking the complex networks of extended personal and family links, including long forgotten acquaintances and the contents of casual conversations.  Everyone may be subject to interrogations without warrant or explanation.  And the ‘media’ cheers on the process.

James Petras is a Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York.

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  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Yoda%20from%20Star%20Wars.jpgAnger, fear, aggression: that way leads to the dark side, as Yoda, that Jedi master, warned us.  Hate too, Yoda says, must be resisted, lest one be consumed by it.  Sure, he’s just an imaginary character in the “Star Wars” universe, but that doesn’t negate the truth of his message.
  • God is love, the Christian religion says.  Why then are we so open to hate and fear?

WJ Astore, LA Progressive

April 8, 2018 | Who are we supposed to hate today?  The Russians for allegedly throwing the presidential election?  The Chinese for allegedly stealing our jobs?  The North Koreans for allegedly planning our nuclear destruction?  The Iranians for allegedly working to acquire nuclear weapons?  The “axis of evil” for being, well, evil?

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously told Americans that the only thing they had to fear is fear itself.  However, recent American presidents have encouraged us to fear everything.  Let’s not forget the stoking of fear by people like Condoleezza Rice and her image of a smoking gun morphing into a nuclear mushroom cloud.  That image helped to propel America into a disastrous war in Iraq in 2003 that festers still.

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Russia Madness on the Eve of Destruction: Hegemony Trumps Survival, Paul Street, Truthdig

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What will historians say a century from now, if they still exist? That the most intelligent known species in the universe lost its mind.
 

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