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Why the Democrats Cheer Trump When He Wages War … and Why We Must Not Join Them

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Many people—grassroots Democrats, activists, and people who have generally looked to the top Democrats to stop Trump—were shocked and angry that these same leading Democrats are now cheering Trump’s military action.

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April 10, 2017 All it took was Trump firing off 59 cruise missiles against Syria for most leading Democrats, who had been posing as staunch Trump opponents, to start singing his praises.

Senator Chuck Schumer said it was “the right thing to do.” The “militant” Senator Elizabeth Warren said the “Syrian regime must be held accountable.” The “radical” Bernie Sanders condemned Assad as a “war criminal” while mildly criticizing the war criminal Trump for not consulting Congress first.

Right before the Syria attack, Democratic Party standard-bearer Hillary Clinton called for going further than Trump did and “taking out Syria’s airfields”—something which would require hundreds of major strikes, with the potential for unpredictable escalation.

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Puerto Rico and the Genocidal Maniacs in the Trump Administration

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  • Part 1: Memento Mori: a Requiem for Puerto Rico
  • Maybe, just maybe, we’ll rid Puerto Rico of the American flag’s stagnating shadow over our island
  • Part 2: Puerto Rico supply failure stops food and water reaching desperate residents
  • Vital supplies stuck in ports and warehouses because of logistical breakdown
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Part 1: Memento Mori: a Requiem for Puerto Rico

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As the white imperialist invader revels in his pettiness and apathy it becomes clear that the Puerto Rican people must resist and fight back in the best way possible: by surviving and thriving together. Then maybe, just maybe, we’ll rid Puerto Rico of the American flag’s stagnating shadow over our island and reduce it to a simple funerary shroud wrapped around the corpse of American colonialism, breaking away from that dying empire once and for all.

Miguel A. Cruz-Díaz, Counterpunch 

September 29, 2017 |

Puerto Rico is not large enough to stand alone. We must govern it wisely and well, primarily in the interest of its own people.  -–Theodore Roosevelt

Puerto Rico is dying.

Let those words sink in.

Miguel A. Cruz-Díaz is a fifth-year graduate student and doctoral candidate in British and world history at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he specializes in anarchist history. A native son of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, he currently resides in Bloomington. He has published in CounterPunch and in the Spanish-language publication Revista Cruce.

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Part 2: Puerto Rico supply failure stops food and water reaching desperate residents

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  • Death toll at 16 but researchers suggest it could go much higher

Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian

Friday, 29 September 2017 | Nine days after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, thousands of containers of food, water and medicine are stuck in ports and warehouses on the island, as logistical problems continue to stop desperately needed supplies from reaching millions of Americans.

In many parts of the US territory, food, medicine and drinking water are scarce, and amid a growing humanitarian crisis, local researchers have suggested the death toll could be much higher than the 16 deaths reported so far.

Amanda Holpuch is a reporter at Guardian US in New York.

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Against Trump's Dangerous Ignorance, GOP and Dems Are All Talk and No Action

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  • Part 1: Against Trump, Republicans Are All Talk and No Action

  • As long as Republicans fail to show the moral or political courage to hold Trump accountable, the whole party is complicit.
  • Part 2: Trump’s ‘Dangerous Disability’? It’s the Dunning-Kruger Effect
  • We’re all ignorant, but Trump takes it to a different level.

 

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Part 1: Against Trump, Republicans Are All Talk and No Action

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As long as Republicans fail to show the moral or political courage to hold Trump accountable, the whole party is complicit.

Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation

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August 29, 2017 | The relationship between President Trump and Republicans in Congress is rapidly deteriorating. At least, that is the clear impression one gets from a spate of recent headlines, such as “Trump distances himself from GOP lawmakers to avoid blame if agenda stalls,” “Deepening GOP split, Trump attacks Republican senators” and “Trump sticks it to GOP.” The problem, as those headlines indicate, is that the feud is largely one-sided.

Almost every day, Trump demonstrates that he is utterly unfit for office. In the past few days alone, as a catastrophic hurricane devastated the fourth-largest city in the country, Trump pardoned former Maricopa County, Arizona, sheriff Joe Arpaio—who defied a court order to stop illegally profiling Latinos and committed grotesque abuses of power for years—and tweeted nonsense about Mexico’s paying for “the wall” on the southern border. And yet, despite the president’s intensifying attacks on members of his own party, Republican leaders still have not shown the spine necessary to confront him in any meaningful way. Even the relatively few conservative lawmakers who have spoken out forcefully against Trump, particularly in response to his abominable reaction to the white-supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, have failed to back up their words with concrete actions.

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Part 2: Trump’s ‘Dangerous Disability’? It’s the Dunning-Kruger Effect


We’re all ignorant, but Trump takes it to a different level.

Faye Flam, Bloomberg 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller.

May 12, 2017 | Last week, behavioral researchers at Brown University held a colloquium titled “Analytic thinking, bullshit receptivity, and fake news sensitivity.” At an informal gathering afterwards, the conversation turned to the not-completely-unrelated topic of Donald Trump.

Earlier that week, syndicated columnist George Will offered an amateur diagnosis of sorts. Will’s assessment, based on Trump’s off-base statements about the Civil War and other topics, was that the president suffers from a “dangerous disability” -- not only because he’s ignorant, and ignorant of his ignorance, but because he “does not know what it is to know something.”

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Special Report | What You Never Knew About American Labor Unions

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Anyone who’s been paying attention to the state of union membership in the United States knows that unions have seen a tremendous decline since the 1960s. Whether you’re for or against them, taking a look at the stories below there can be no doubt that unions are rapidly becoming a disappearing facet of American working life.

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Decline in Union Membership Has Matched the Decline in Middle-Class Wages
As union membership has fallen, so too has the ability of the working-class to negotiate competitive wages. The result is that with the dramatic decline of unions we have seen an equally dramatic increase of income inequality, with the richest one-tenth of one-percent of Americans now owning as much wealth as the bottom ninety-percent combined.
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First, Let's Explore the Impact on Our Economy
Economists generally agree that extreme disparities in wealth and income are unsustainable in a capitalist economy. Indeed, America learned this lesson in the 1920s. Without a thriving middle-class that could afford to buy consumer goods which fuel corporate profits, the American economy became unsustainable.
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Extreme disparities in wealth strain a healthy democracy because it inevitably leads to extreme disparities in power. Just as we are living in an age of unprecedented wealth, we are also living in an age of unprecedented power. We can all feel it. The system seems rigged.
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Extreme Disparities In Wealth Strain Our Democracy
There is no doubt that current disparities in wealth and income are wreaking havoc on our Democracy. Take a look around. Middle-class wages have stagnated for years. People are angry. Our country is divided. We are turning on each other.
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Propaganda, Human Consciousness, And The Future Of Civilization

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  • A duck floats past two fish, looks down and says “Morning boys! How’s the water?” The fish swim on for a bit, then one of them turns to the other and says, “What the fuck is water?”
  • Whenever the mass media converge unanimously upon a single narrative, your default assumption should be that you are being propagandized. --Caitlin Johnstone
  • Related: How America Lost Its Mind

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/under-newspaper.jpgAugust 26, 2017 | Corporatist propaganda is to western civilization what water is to fish. Our culture is saturated in it; it informs so many levels of our worldview and most of us never even examine any of them. It informs all aspects of culture, from our beliefs about what’s going on in the world to our understanding of history to what issues we think we’re supposed to care about on a given day to what opinions we think we’re allowed to choose from. People think they know what’s going on in their society, why their country fought this or that war, how their nation’s government and economy operate, when really they don’t know any of those things. All their most basic assumptions about their world, their culture, and even who they are as individuals is fully pervaded by mass media propaganda narratives.

In early tribal cultures, humans depended on campfire stories passed on from one generation to the next to tell them what the world is and how to interpret their experiences in it. Now that role has fallen exclusively to a few highly consolidated corporate media conglomerates whose billionaire owners have a vested interest in maintaining the warmongering plutocratic power establishment that is loosely centralized in the United States, because in that power establishment they get to live as kings.

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How America Lost Its Mind, Kurt Andersen, The Atlantic

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The nation’s current post-truth moment is the ultimate expression of mind-sets that have made America exceptional throughout its history.

This article has been adapted from Kurt Andersen’s book Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire—A 500-Year History, to be published in September by Random House.
Related: America's Embrace of Willful Ignorance

 

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Harvard Business School: The U.S. Political System Has Been 'Hijacked'

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A new case study by Harvard Business School asserts that U.S. politicians have rigged the system to such a degree that the U.S. is on its way to becoming a failed democracy.

Yossarian Johnson, The Intellectualist

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Yossarian Johnson, Author at The Intellectualist

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No Two Sides about It, Mike Pence. Confederate Statues Must Come Down, But Not For the Reason You Think.

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  • Part 1: No Two Sides about It, Confederate Statues Must Come Down.

  • The whitewashed compromise that brought the nation together after the Civil War was based on a deliberate forgetting of the truth

  • Part 2: Mike Pence’s defense of Confederate memorials is actually really scary.
  • Mike Pence says we shouldn't try to erase our history. He's right, but not for the reason that he thinks he is.

 

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Part 1: No Two Sides about It, Confederate Statues Must Come Down.

The whitewashed compromise that brought the nation together after the Civil War was based on a deliberate forgetting of the truth and the forging of an imagined narrative in which both sides took responsibility for fighting bravely and with honor to support their sides. This revision of history echoes in the President's ill-chosen words regarding the violence in Charlottesville.

Yohuru Williams, The Progressive

August 18, 2017 | One of the enduring images of the 2000s was that of American Marines purportedly helping a group of Iraqi civilians tumble the statue of Saddam Hussein at Firdos Square in Baghdad in April 2003. British journalist Robert Fisk famously described the scene as “the most staged photo opportunity since Iwo Jima.” Questions as to why the statue became a target for advancing military forces quickly surfaced. The answer was simple. The statue was a symbol of Hussein’s bloody regime. In advance of toppling the dictator himself, the statue was a stand-in for his ill-gotten power.

That moment has crossed my mind more than a few times since recent tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, when anti-racist counter-protester Heather Heyer was struck and killed by white supremacist James Alex Fields. Fields plowed his vehicle through a line of people protesting a demonstration of neo-Nazis, white supremacy, and white nationalist groups challenging the removal of a statue of Confederate War General Robert E. Lee.

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Part 2: Mike Pence’s defense of Confederate memorials is actually really scary.

http://static.gulfnews.com/polopoly_fs/1.2075419!/image/3735690108.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_460346/3735690108.jpgMike Pence says we shouldn't try to erase our history. He's right, but not for the reason that he thinks he is.

Matthew Rozsa, Salon 

Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017 | Vice President Mike Pence decided to ape the rhetoric of his commander-in-chief during a Tuesday interview with “Fox & Friends” host Ainsley Earhardt. In the process, he helped illustrate precisely how wrongheaded the Confederate monument defenses really are.

“I agree with the president that seeing people destroy public property in the name of any cause is just simply unacceptable,” Pence began. While he probably would have avoided trouble had he stopped his argument there, he moved on to claim that the Confederate memorials are important so “that we remember our past and build on the progress that we’ve made.”

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and his work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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Special Report | Ken Burns / Lynn Novick PBS Documentary Series 'The Vietnam War'

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The series will almost certainly avoid the fundamental moral issues that define the US as an historically imperial, dangerous, and deceitful political/economic nation state and culture.

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1) Ken Burns returns to take on Vietnam – 'a war we have consciously ignored'
2) Minnesota Remembers Vietnam
3) A Ball O’ Confusion Is Comin' to Your TV: Ken Burns' PBS Series on Vietnam Gives Its Corporate Sponsors Little to Worry About
4) Talking Points for Approaching the Burns/Novick PBS Vietnam War Documentary
5) The Vietnam War: A Film Everyone Can Embrace?
6) Burns and Novick, Masters of False Balancing

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6) Burns and Novick, Masters of False Balancing, Jerry Lembcke, Public Books
With The Vietnam War, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick have created a film that rehashes some old, tired tropes. In doing so, they distort what soldiers, veterans, and antiwar activists alike know about the war and its aftermath, especially inside the United States.

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5) The Vietnam War: A Film Everyone Can Embrace? Camillo Mac Bica, Vietnam Full Disclosure
Full Disclosure: The Truth About America's War in Vietnam

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Attached you’ll find PBS’ brief descriptions of the 10 episodes along with concise, documented talking points you can use when participating in local PBS panels, making public statements or doing news interviews. In addition to the brief talking points and discussion questions, we’ve provided excerpts from important publications that provide deeper insight and further documentation.
This paper will help you authoritatively address issues raised in the PBS series and answer fundamental questions about the war.

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3) A Ball O’ Confusion Is Comin' to Your TV: Ken Burns' PBS Series on Vietnam Gives Its Corporate Sponsors Little to Worry About, By Frank Joyce, AlterNet
Don't expect an honest accounting of the atrocities commited by the U.S.

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2) Minnesota Remembers Vietnam, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Part 1: Reserve your seats for "The Vietnam War":  Screening and Discussion: Minnesota Remembers Vietnam
  • There are going to be three events in the Twin Cities of Ken Burns: "The Vietnam War": Screening and Discussion. 
  • Part 2:  Full Disclosure: Re: The Burns-Novick PBS Series, About the US War in Viet Nam
  • The series will almost certainly avoid the fundamental moral issues that define the US as an historically imperial, dangerous, and deceitful political/economic nation state and culture.

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1) Ken Burns returns to take on Vietnam – 'a war we have consciously ignored', David Smith, The Guardian

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In this December 1965 photo shot by Horst Faas, a US 1st division soldier guards Route 7 as Vietnamese women and schoolchildren return home to the village of Xuan Dien from Ben Cat. Photograph: Horst Faas/AP

Burns’s new 10-part, 18-hour epic film covers the conflict from all sides, and hopes to ‘shape more courageous conversations about what took place’

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