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Republican plan to take retirees nest eggs

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  • Republicans will attempt to camouflage balance billing in Medicare, a straight-up evil policy, as allowing "free contracts" between patients and doctors or similar nonsense. Don't believe a word of it, seniors. They want your retirement money.
  • Related: While we were distracted by Trump, Republicans advanced these 9 terrifying bills

Ryan Cooper, The Week 

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http://www.kfai.org/files/images/health%20care%20symbol%20screw.jpg Dec.28, 2016 | Perhaps the most monstrous thing about the American medical system — and the bar for that title is high indeed — is predatory billing.

A great many medical providers adjust their prices based on how defenseless the patient is, and bleed the weakest ones for every last red cent, often with preposterously inflated charges for things like aspirin and bandages. A 2015 study looked at the worst price gougers in the country and found 50 hospitals that charged uninsured people roughly 10 times the actual cost of care.

Ryan Cooper is a national correspondent at TheWeek.com. His work has appeared in the Washington Monthly, The New Republic, and the Washington Post.

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While we were distracted by Trump, Republicans advanced these 9 terrifying bills, Tom Cahill, Resistance Report 

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  • The Republican-led Congress is wasting no time forcing through the most horrendous bills seen in decades while America’s eyes are on Russia.
  • Related: Urgent to Progressives: Stop Fueling the Anti-Russia Frenzy

Establishment Democrats Beg for Party Unity, (but) Progressives Aren't Buying It.

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  • If the establishment wanted party unity, they shouldn't have ran Perez in the first place.
  • Related: Progressives Need A New Party, Not A New DNC Chair

Julian Drury, Progressive Spring

https://i1.wp.com/progressivespring.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ellison-and-perez_1488055391125_2807105_ver1.0.jpg?resize=696%2C389&ssl=1February 28, 2017 | Establishment Democrats are trying to talk the narrative of “party unity” now that Tom Perez is Chair of the DNC. Their victory lap comes with talking points of uniting against Donald Trump, and that we must stop attacking Democrats with shaky records. Criticizing or holding a primary against any Democrat (especially centrist establishment ones) is being framed as hurting “unity.” Party unity, however, means something quite different to progressives.

Tom Perez winning the DNC race was not a total surprise. Establishment Democrats seem to have learned nothing from their defeat in 2016. There were warning signs, but many progressives within the party were angered by the DNC vote. Even as DNC representatives were blasted with phone calls and emails to vote in favor of Keith Ellison, they still voted against the will of these constituents.

Julian Drury: Student, writer, resident of New Orleans, and staunch progressive. Helping to advance progressive causes, one post at a time.

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  • The DNC election … should challenge … progressives to ask themselves how long they will continue sailing on the U.S.S. Democrat. That ship is not headed toward the desired destination, nor is it even designed to go there. Moreover, in the wake of the 2016 election, it is a boat that appears to be rotting, drifting, and gradually sinking. Why not jump aboard a different vessel, one that really has the potential to get us where we urgently need to go?
  • Related: Series | 2016 General Election Guide, Part 1: The Left Has Lost Its Nerve and Direction
  • Be Wary Of The Democratic Wing Of The Protest Movement

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Most People Today Want to be Propagandized

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  • Intellectually insecure and socially uprooted, many people are now desperate for some authority to cling to, someone who will give simple expression to the inklings of thoughts and instincts to which they can neither give adequate voice nor adequately live out. 
  • "We would rather be ruined than changed. We would rather die in our dread than climb the cross of the moment and let our illusions die." --WH Auden, English Poet
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    Will Americans Submit to Despotism in an Urge to 'Escape from Freedom'? 

     

     

Daniel Lattier, Intellectual Takeout 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Politics-%20Truth%20vs.%20Propaganda.jpg January 24, 2017 | There’s a principle in hypnotism that goes like this: A person cannot be hypnotized against his will. He must be a willing subject. He must be fully cooperative.

So it goes with propaganda. For propaganda to be effective, it requires submissive subjects. As Professor Nicholas O’Shaughnessy wrote, propaganda is a “co-production in which we are willing participants.”

Propaganda is typically defined as the dissemination of particularly biased information in support of a political or ideological cause. In his 1965 book Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes, philosopher Jacques Ellul provided us with some of the basic characteristics of propaganda: it thwarts dialogue, it is geared toward the masses, it utilizes various media, it is continuous, it is not intended to make one think.

Daniel Lattier is the Vice President of Intellectual Takeout. He received his B.A. in Philosophy and Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas (MN), and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Will Americans Submit to Despotism in an Urge to 'Escape from Freedom'? Conor LynchSalon / AlterNet

  • The pioneering psychologist explained the rise of Hitler with an analysis that seems way too relevant now.
  • Erich Fromm Saw It Coming.
  • Related: Most People Today Want to be Propagandized

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Trump’s Proposed Increase in U.S. Defense Spending Would Be 80 Percent of Russia’s Entire Military Budget

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At a meeting of U.S. governors on Monday, Trump described his forthcoming budget proposal as “a public safety and national security budget.”

Alex Emmons, the Intercept

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https://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/if-war-is-the-answer.jpg?w=540  February 27 2017 | The U.S. Government already spends $600 billion dollars a year on its military — more money than the next seven biggest spenders combined, including China and Russia.

On Monday, the White House said it would request $54 billion more in military spending for next year. That increase alone is roughly the size of the entire annual military budget of the United Kingdom, the fifth-largest spending country, and it’s more than 80 percent of Russia’s entire military budget in 2015.

If Congress were to follow Trump’s blueprint, the U.S. military budget could account for nearly 40 percent of global military spending next year. The U.S. would be outspending Russia by a margin of greater than 9 to 1.

 

 

 

Alex Emmons is a reporter covering national security, foreign affairs, human rights, and politics. Prior to joining The Intercept, he worked for Amnesty International and the ACLU on their campaigns against targeted killing, mass surveillance, and Guantánamo Bay.

 
 

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Urgent to Progressives: Stop Fueling the Anti-Russia Frenzy

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  • Progressives who treat anti-Russia propaganda spin as fact, in order to weaken Trump, are encouraging a kind of McCarthyism. Of all the good reasons to “delegitimate” Trump, alleged Kremlin intervention in the election should rank low. Focus should instead be on his greed, pathological lying, enthusiasm for oligarchy, bigotry, environmental destruction, racism, misogyny, economic injustice, voter suppression and rampant conflicts of interest.
  • Related: The Dangers of Democratic Party's Putin-bashing after German Intel Cleared Russia on Election Interference

Norman Solomon, Common Dreams 

http://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/views-article/anti-russia_fervor.png?itok=HL33l9bs Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech in Moscow, Russia, October 12, 2016. (Photo: Sputnik/Kremlin/Alexei Druzhinin/Reuters)

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 This week began with a mass email from the head of the Democratic National Committee, who declared: “By now, Americans know beyond any reasonable doubt that the Russian government orchestrated a series of cyberattacks on political campaigns and organizations over the past two years and used stolen information to influence the presidential campaign and congressional races.” DNC chair Donna Brazile went on: “The integrity of our elections is too important for Congress to refuse to take these attacks seriously.”

The importance of election integrity had eluded Brazile when she was a regular on CNN, posing as neutral in the Clinton-Sanders battle. “Brazile is not apologizing for leaking CNN debate questions and topics to the Hillary Clinton campaign during the Democratic primary,” the Washington Post reported last month. “Her only regret, it seems, is that she got caught.”

Norman Solomon is co-founder of RootsAction.org and founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. His books include “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death” and "Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America's Warfare State".

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https://consortiumnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Banner21.jpgThe Dangers of Democratic Party's Putin-bashing after German Intel Cleared Russia on Election Interference, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest.

  • Part 1: German Intel Clears Russia on Interference
  • Mainstream U.S. media only wants stories of Russian perfidy, so when German intelligence cleared Moscow of suspected subversion of German democracy, the silence was deafening, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
  • Part 2: Dangers of Democratic Putin-Bashing
  • Exclusive: As national Democratic leaders continue to blame Russian President Putin for their 2016 defeat, they’re leading their party into a realignment with the neocons and other war hawks.

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Liberal War Addiction

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Peter Levelle, RT 

  • 24 Feb, 2017  | For many, we live in a world turned upside down. Traditional political divides are now blurry, and traditional political labels rendered meaningless. Today it’s liberalism that shows itself to be intolerant and decidedly pro-war. CrossTalking with Sara Flounders, John Walsh, and Mohammad Marandi.
  • Related: John Pilger | Obama’s Legacy–One of The Most Violent Presidents

Peter Levelle: American journalist, host of CrossTalk, a current affairs debate television program on RT

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John Pilger | Obama’s Legacy–One of The Most Violent Presidents, John Pilger, Dandelion Salad

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Renowned journalist, film-maker and author John Pilger gives RT his view on the future of US-Russia relations.

January 16, 2017 |  Renowned journalist, film-maker and author John Pilger gives RT his view on the future of US-Russia relations.

John Pilger: Renowned journalist, film-maker and author 

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Progressives Need A New Party, Not A New DNC Chair

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  • The DNC election … should challenge … progressives to ask themselves how long they will continue sailing on the U.S.S. Democrat. That ship is not headed toward the desired destination, nor is it even designed to go there. Moreover, in the wake of the 2016 election, it is a boat that appears to be rotting, drifting, and gradually sinking. Why not jump aboard a different vessel, one that really has the potential to get us where we urgently need to go?
  • Related: Series | 2016 General Election Guide, Part 1: The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction

  • Related: Be Wary Of The Democratic Wing Of The Protest Movement

Jonathan H. Martin, Huffington Post

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Ellison%2C%20Perez%20at%20DNC%20Chair%20Debate.jpgRegardless of who wins the race for DNC chair, the Democratic Party’s deep interests will continue to clash with progressives’ basic goals.

02/23/2017 | A Chair for Progressives?

The next few days could be an important turning point for U.S. progressives. During its winter meeting being held in Atlanta, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is scheduled to elect a new chair. (Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: Tom Perez is the new DNC Chair.) The results could help many left-leaning activists decide whether it really is possible to reform the Democratic Party, or whether it is time to pursue alternatives.

A top contender rightly opposed by most progressives is Tom Perez, former Obama administration labor secretary and Democratic establishment loyalist. If he wins, it could hasten frustrated Berners’ exit from the Democratic Party. It could well be the last straw for many progressive Democrats in general—coming after the party establishment’s suppression of Sanders in the 2016 primary, its strong backing of fatally flawed Hillary Clinton, and then the related victory of Trump and the Republicans.

Jonathan H. Martin, Professor of Sociology, Framingham State University; Contributor, Huffington Post 

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Series | 2016 General Election Guide, Part 1: The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction, Chris Hedges, Truthdig 

If the left wants to regain influence in the nation’s political life, it must be willing to walk away from the Democratic Party … and back progressive, third-party candidates until the Democrats feel enough heat to adopt our agenda. We must be willing to say no. If not, we become slaves.

 

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Be Wary Of The Democratic Wing Of The Protest Movement, John Stauber, CounterPunch / Popular Resistance 

  • The self-labeled "Progressive Movement" that has arisen over the past decade is primarily one big propaganda campaign serving the political interests of the the Democratic Party’s richest one-percent who created it.  The funders and owners of the Progressive Movement get richer and richer off Wall Street and the corporate system.  But they happen to be Democrats, cultural and social liberals who can’t stomach Republican policies, and so after bruising electoral defeats a decade ago they decided to buy a movement, one just like the Republicans, a copy.
  • Related: Progressives Need A New Party, Not A New DNC Chair

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