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Feature Article | Critical Thinking

Bonhoeffer on the ‘Stupidity’ That Led to Hitler’s Rise, Annie Holmquist, Intellectual Takeout

  • http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/hitler_0.jpgAs both major US political parties continue to centralize power, Americans today might do well to heed Bonhoeffer’s warning.
  • Related: Debunking Trump’s - and Others' - Despicable Lies On Abortion
     

Publisher's Choice | Peace & Non-violence

U.S. War Drums Beat Louder and Louder! Socialist Organizer

  • https://socialistorganizerblog.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/fin-stop-war-march.jpg?w=620&h=264&crop=1U.S. Hands Off Iran and Venezuela!
  • Related: The War On Venezuela Is Built On Lies.
     

Of Special Interest | Government & Politics

Special Report | It should be easy for every citizen to vote. Republicans have made it way, way harder. Jim Hightower, the Hightower Lowdown / OpEdNews

  • https://hightowerlowdown.org/wp-content/uploads/2018-10_featured-750x400.jpgOutright voter suppression has quickly become the core component of the GOP's electoral strategy. Many of their repressive tactics have been in play for decades, but recently, their expansive plan has grown more urgent (i.e., desperate) as their man Trump has grown more obviously unhinged and unpopular.
  • Read on for what you need to know this election-- and what you can do to save the vote.
  • Related: Overcoming Voter Suppression

Bloggers & Columnists | Chris Hedges, Jim Hightower, Bill McKibben

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  • In Government & Politics and Labor | the Socialist Organizer persistently advocates for a Labor Party based on the trade unions and rooted in struggles of the working class and all the oppressed sectors of society; a Labor Party that charts a clean and decisive break with the twin parties of the bosses, the Democrats and Republicans.
  • In Race & Ethnicity | Minnesota Spokesman Recorder: More than just a newspaper, this includes creating content that not just informs, but also inspires, educates and encourages conversations that go beyond today’s news headlines.

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Notre Dame Burns. As Does Our Civilization? Devin Foley, Intellectual Takeout

http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/field/image/notre_dame_burns_1.jpg / Nine-hundred years of heritage and beauty were left in smoldering ashes today after a fire consumed the once-great Cathedral of Notre Dame.

How eerily the burning of Notre Dame could symbolize the demise of Western Civilization.
What a horrible way for the West and France to begin Holy Week.

Chris Hedges and Vandana Shiva: The Fight for Life VS Monsanto/Bayer AG, Chris Hedges, RT America / Dandelion Salad

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  • In this conversation with Chris Hedges, environmental activist and author, Vandana Shiva, talks about Monsanto/Bayer AG and other big AG players interests in India and her fight to protect life forms, seed varieties and farmers.
  • Related: It’s Time to Try Fossil-Fuel Executives for Crimes Against Humanity.

Special Report | US Banks Still Foster Fossil Fuel Projects, Renege on Renewable Energy. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: US Banks Pledged to Fund Renewable Energy, But They Still Spend Way More on Fossil Fuels.
  • In the years since the Paris climate agreement, banks have paid $1.9 trillion to finance fossil fuels.
  • Part 2: 'Radical Agents of Physical and Social Chaos': Campaigners Target Big Banks Over Destructive Fossil Fuel Projects
  • "It is simply nuts for banks to keep financing the ongoing destruction of the planet's climate."

Peace & Non-violence

Mother's Day and Peace, Norman Stockwell, the Progressive

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Mothers%20Day%20and%20Peace.jpg“Why do not the mothers of mankind interfere in these matters to prevent the waste of that human life of which they alone bear and know the cost?” --Julia Ward Howe
  • Related: Whither the Anti-war Movement?

 

Youth, Education, & Children

The Value of a Self-Directed Summer for Kids, Kerry McDonald, Intellectual Takeout

  • http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/field/image/sidewalkchalk.jpgKids are feeling more pressure to achieve, more pressure in school, and are more worried about making a living than in previous years.
  • Related: The ADHD Overdiagnosis Epidemic Is a Schooling Problem, Not a Child One.
  • Related: What America Has Done To its Young People is Appalling ~ James Ostrowski

 

The ADHD Overdiagnosis Epidemic Is a Schooling Problem, Not a Child One. Kerry McDonald, Intellectual Takeout

  • http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/field/image/childadhd.pngFreeing young people from restrictive schooling and allowing them to learn and grow through their own self-directed curiosity can lead to happier and healthier families and children.
  • Related: How America Outlawed Adolescence
  • Related: The Value of a Self-Directed Summer for Kids

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  • The question to be asked: Who among the contented classes will unfurl the flag of rebellion against the plutocrats and the autocrats? It can be launched almost anywhere they please. A revolution can start the moment they decide to prioritize the most marginalized people in this country over their comfort.
  • Related: Forget Mueller. Forget Impeachment. A Million People Should Surround the White House and Demand Trump's Resignation.

Ralph Nader, nader.org
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May 9, 2019 | For all the rhetoric and all the charities regarding America’s children, the U.S. stands at the very bottom of western nations and some other countries as well, in terms of youth well-being. The U.S.’s exceptionalism is clearest in its cruelty to children. The U.S. has the highest infant mortality rate of comparable OECD countries. Not only that, but 2.5 million American children are homeless and 16.2 million children “lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis.”

The shamelessness continues as the youngsters increase in age. The Trump regime is cutting the SNAP food program for poor kids. In 2018, fewer children were enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP than in 2017. To see just how bad Trump’s war on poor American children is getting, go to the web sites of the Children’s Defense Fund and the Children’s Advocacy Center.

Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer, and author. His latest book is The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future. Other recent books include, The Seventeen Traditions: Lessons from an American Childhood, Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism: Build It Together to Win, and "Only The Super-Rich Can Save Us" (a novel).

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Forget Mueller. Forget Impeachment. A Million People Should Surround the White House and Demand Trump's Resignation. Ralph Nader, Common Dreams

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  • Even the master distractor himself could not have distracted the mass dittohead media any better from his true crimes.
  • Related: Stop waiting for Mueller’s report to save us.

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The Obvious Misogyny of Abortion Rights Opponents

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Opponents of abortion rights are all about misogyny, first, last, and only.

William B. Turner‬, Medium

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May 18, 2019 | Opponents of abortion rights hate women.

They like to claim that prohibiting abortion is good for women. In Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstadt, 579 U.S. __ (2016), the Supreme Court struck down Texas statutes regulating abortion clinics, advertedly, according to the State of Texas, to help ensure the safety of women undergoing the procedure. The Court found that the purported safety regulations imposed an undue burden on women seeking an abortion, to no real medical benefit.

That is, the claim to advance the safety of women getting abortions was pretextual, made up, bullshit, to use a term that judges do not use.

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U.S. War Drums Beat Louder and Louder!

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  • U.S. Hands Off Iran and Venezuela!
  • Related: The War On Venezuela Is Built On Lies.

Socialist Organizer

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/ May 16, 2019 | As we go to press the U.S. war drums are beating louder and louder.

As part of a mounting series of U.S. provocations against Iran, the U.S. State Department has ordered all "non-critical government employees" to leave Iraq on the grounds that, "U.S. intelligence has learned that Iran is planning strikes on U.S. forces in Iraq." U.S. Central Command in the region reported in a statement on May 13 that, "U.S. troops are now at a high level of alert as we continue to monitor credible and possibly imminent threats to U.S. forces in Iraq."

These statements come shortly after the U.S. government deployed the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier-strike group, plus four B-52 bombers, to the Persian Gulf amid "indications that Iran was transporting short-range ballistic missiles to the region," according to a State Department official.

Socialist Organizer persistently advocates for a Labor Party based on the trade unions and rooted in struggles of the working class and all the oppressed sectors of society; a Labor Party that charts a clean and decisive break with the twin parties of the bosses, the Democrats and Republicans.

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The War On Venezuela Is Built On Lies. John Pilger, johnpilger.com

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag_1.jpgShould the CIA stooge Guaido and his white supremacists grab power, it will be the 68th overthrow of a sovereign government by the United States, most of them democracies. A fire sale of Venezuela's utilities and mineral wealth will surely follow, along with the theft of the country's oil, as outlined by John Bolton.
  • Related: Special Report | US Media Ignoring and Applauding War on Venezuela.

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Bonhoeffer on the ‘Stupidity’ That Led to Hitler’s Rise

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  • As both major US political parties continue to centralize power, Americans today might do well to heed Bonhoeffer’s warning.
  • Related: Debunking Trump’s - and Others' - Despicable Lies On Abortion

Annie Holmquist, Intellectual Takeout

April 8, 2016 | Although he was in power for only a handful of years, Hitler and his Nazi government slaughtered millions. One of the more well-known victims of that slaughter was Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was executed on April 8th, 1945, a few short weeks before Hitler’s own death.

Unlike many of Hitler’s victims, Bonhoeffer was not a Jew, but a Lutheran minister, scholar, and theologian who boldly spoke against Hitler’s policies. Bonhoeffer landed a position in the German government during WWII and subsequently used that position as cover for assassination attempts against Hitler.
http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/styles/medium/public/annie.jpg?itok=gDEYHE_RAnnie Holmquist is Editor of Intellectual Takeout. In her role, she assists with website content production and social media messaging.  

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Debunking Trump’s - and Others' - Despicable Lies On Abortion, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Reproductive%20Justice%20%26%20Gender%20Banner_0.jpgPart 1: Debunking Trump’s Despicable Lies On Abortion
  • A neonatal nurse sets the record straight.
  • Part 2: The Anti-Abortion Movie ‘Unplanned’ Is Loaded With Dangerous Lies
  • So HuffPost talked to an OB-GYN to debunk them.


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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, May 11, 2019.

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Feature Article | Activism & Organizing

Forget Mueller. Forget Impeachment. A Million People Should Surround the White House and Demand Trump's Resignation. Ralph Nader, Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/views-article/trump_should_resign.jpg?itok=Qkpqpwst / U.S. President Donald Trump stands in the colonnade as he is introduced to speak to March for Life participants and pro-life leaders in the Rose Garden at the White House on January 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • Even the master distractor himself could not have distracted the mass dittohead media any better from his true crimes.
  • Related: Stop waiting for Mueller’s report to save us.

Publisher's Choice | Government & Politics

https://images.slideplayer.com/39/10868350/slides/slide_10.jpgSpecial Report | Congress Is Failing. Igor Bobic and Matt Fuller, Huffington Post

  • So much for checks and balances.
  • Related: Pelosi- “I Don’t See Anything Inappropriate” In Rigging Primaries.
     

 

Of Special Interest | Peace & Non-violence

The War On Venezuela Is Built On Lies. John Pilger, johnpilger.com

  • http://johnpilger.com/photo/470x357-C6u.jpgShould the CIA stooge Guaido and his white supremacists grab power, it will be the 68th overthrow of a sovereign government by the United States, most of them democracies. A fire sale of Venezuela's utilities and mineral wealth will surely follow, along with the theft of the country's oil, as outlined by John Bolton.
  • Related: Special Report | US Media Ignoring and Applauding War on Venezuela.

Bloggers & Columnists | Caitlin Johnstone, Ralph Nader, Norman Solomon, John Pilger



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Cinco de Mayo, Editors, History.com

  • https://images.vexels.com/media/users/3/150327/raw/a2ffd9ef3bc60b4d157eb49db47f2449-cinco-de-mayo-illustrated-poster.jpgIn the United States, Cinco de Mayo is widely interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with substantial Mexican-American populations.
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From the Archives | The Many Meanings of May Day, David Clark, Mental Floss
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  • May Day means many things to many people, from pagans to factory workers to troubled boaters. David Clark is here to explain it all.
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Critical Thinking

Debunking Trump’s - and Others' - Despicable Lies On Abortion, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Reproductive%20Justice%20%26%20Gender%20Banner_0.jpgPart 1: Debunking Trump’s Despicable Lies On Abortion
  • A neonatal nurse sets the record straight.
  • Part 2: The Anti-Abortion Movie ‘Unplanned’ Is Loaded With Dangerous Lies
  • So HuffPost talked to an OB-GYN to debunk them.

Government & Politics

Joe Biden Is A Republican, Plain and Simple. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Joe Biden Is a Fraud, Plain and Simple.
  • Biden has a media image that exudes down-to-earth caring and advocacy for regular folks. But his actual record is a very different story.
  • Part 2: Joe Biden Likes Republicans So Much Because He’s So Much Like Them
  • It’s preposterous yet fitting for Joe Biden to claim that Republicans like Dick Cheney and Mike Pence are “decent.” He’s not only defending them. He’s also defending himself.

Health, Science, & Environment

Soil has a story to tell us, and we are all a part of it. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: “The Story of Soil Is the Story of All of Us.”
Soil as a solution to one of our biggest environmental problems
Part 2: The Gift of Soil: How Composting Builds Community
The perfect soil mixture can do more than grow food.

How women and minorities are claiming their right to rage. Soraya Chemaly, the Guardian <>

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Why do many think it acceptable for the white judge Brett Kavanaugh to lose his cool in public, but not the black tennis champion Serena Williams?

Law & Justice


Noor verdict reinforces need for justice system overhaul. Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder

http://spokesman-recorder.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/rsz_photo_jun_16_8_47_22_pm_1-e1497919391228-771x540.jpg / Protesters on University Ave. temporarily shut down the Green Line following the not guilty verdict in the police killing of Philando Castile / Paige Elliott/MSR News

Minnesotans who live in the heart of the “Jim Crow North” are familiar with the methods used to enforce racist segregation and economic disparities between Black Indigenous People of Color and their White counterparts.

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