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Wrong-Way Democrats: Will a 'Blue Dog' Blue Wave Pave the Way for Future Disaster?

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  • Democrats will win big this fall (probably). But are they just repeating the mistakes of the Clinton-Obama era?
  • Related: Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 5 - What have the Democrats learned since Trump's election?

 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Dead%20Red%2C%20White%2C%20%26%20Blue%20Donkey_0.jpgMay 6, 2018 | Congressional primaries in California are less than a month away, with at least seven Republican-held seats seriously in play this November (according to Cook Political Report, and targeted by Swing Left), the most of any state. Four of those seats are in or adjacent to Orange County, once the home of Richard Nixon and the epicenter of conservative power, where Democrats now hold a numerical advantage.

But there's a perverse twist. Thanks to California's nonpartisan "jungle primary" -- in which the top two candidates advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation -- Democrats could conceivably be shut out in as many as three of those races. Two Republican incumbents are retiring -- Rep. Darrell Issa and Rep. Ed Royce -- while a third, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, faces a serious GOP challenger. With an overcrowded field of Democrats, it's possible that Republicans could finish first and second in those primaries. For those reasons and others, these Orange County races provide a miniature study in the struggles inside the Democratic Party today.

Paul Rosenberg is senior editor at Random Lengths News, a biweekly serving the Los Angeles harbor area.

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Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 5 - What have the Democrats learned since Trump's election? Michael Sean Winters, 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.
  • Part 5: Unless the Democrats get their act together, there is no reason to think that Trump, with a strong economy at his back, will not be the odds-on favorite for re-election. You would think that grim prospect alone would be enough to galvanize Democrats toward change. And you would be wrong.

 

Hopeless But Not Broken: From George Carlin to Adderall Protest Music

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George Carlin expressed hopelessness about humanity in general—which he saw as “circling the drain”—but he had great admiration for artists with courage.

Bruce E. Levine, Counterpunch

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May 2, 2018 | George Carlin, in his book Brain Droppings, told us that his motto had come to be: “Fuck Hope.” In his autobiography Last Words, Carlin recalled, “The election of Ronald Reagan might’ve been the beginning of my giving up on my species. Because it was absurd.”

We can only imagine how Carlin, who died in 2008, would have described the 2016 presidential election, in which Americans were given a choice between two of the most disliked people in the entire nation. If Carlin thought that the election of Reagan was absurd, what would he have called the election of Trump?

Bruce E. Levine, a practicing clinical psychologist, writes and speaks about how society, culture, politics and psychology intersect.  He is the author of Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2011). 

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Feature Article | The Age of the Imbecile (And Why it's a Big Problem). Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 
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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?

Publisher's Choice | Whither the Anti-war Movement? Daniel Martin, the American Conservative / Rise Up Times

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  • Focusing on the money and influence that giant defense contractors like Lockheed Martin and Boeing have on Capitol Hill—essentially making war a business—makes the anti-war point by raising the issue of crony capitalism
and the cozy relationship between politicians and big business, which increasingly leaves the American public out of the equation.
  • “Imagine there’s no heaven…and no religion too.” 
  • Related: Special Report | America’s Progressives Pay Lip Service to Imperialism, Anti-War Movement is Dead.  

Of Special Interest | Special Report: How the White Problem Got Made, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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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.

Bloggers & Columnists | Ellen Brown, Nomi Prins, umair hague



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This Is It! Net Neutrality Vote in Mid-May, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • This is it. The Senate showdown to save Net Neutrality is upon us.
  • Part 2: Red Alert! Net Neutrality vote
  • The Senate will move on May 9th to force a vote to block the FCC's repeal of net neutrality.

Critical Thinking

Selected Articles | How the US Engineers the "Truth", Week Ending April 28, 2018. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • https://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/newsmedia-400x239.jpg“Lying” in mainstream journalism has become the “new normal”: mainstream journalists are pressured to comply. Some journalists refuse. Lies, distortions and omissions are part of a multibillion dollar propaganda operation which sustains the “war narrative”.bWhile “Truth” is a powerful instrument, “the Lie” is generously funded by the lobby groups and corporate charities.
  • When the Lie becomes the Truth, there is no turning backwards. 

Fabricating a War on Iran, Serge Halimi, Counterpunch

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  • Once again, fear is being manufactured to justify war: 14 years after destroying Iraq, the US government has Iran in its sights.
  • Related: Selected Articles | How the US Engineers the "Truth", Week Ending April 28, 2018

Economics

At the Fed, the Scene Is Being Set for Financial Disaster. Nomi Prins, TomDispatch.com / the Nation

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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.

Law & Justice


Dear Liberal America: The FBI Is Not Your Friend -- And It Never Has Been. Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon

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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.


Media & Technology

NPR Runs IDF Playbook, Spinning Killing of 17 Palestinians. Adam Johnson, Fairness In Accuracy & Reporting (FAIR)

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/NPR%20Screen%20Grab%20of%20Israeli-Palestinian%20Violence.jpgNPR‘s headline (3/30/18) employs the passive voice: 16 Palestinians killed by whom?
  • It’s a brief report, but a highly revealing one: Hamas is at fault, the Palestinians threw “firebombs” first, then the Israeli army “assembled.” The illegitimate Hamas astroturfed the protest, the people are being exploited. Israel just killed those 17 protesters in self-defense.
  • Related: Massacre in Gaza: Israeli Citizens Watch As Their Military Attacks Unarmed Palestinians

Peace & Non-violence

‘Who the hell is this person?’ Trump’s Mar-a-Lago pal stymies VA project. Arthur Allen, Politico 

The intercession of a well-connected Florida doctor infuriated those overseeing the $16B contract.

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VA Officials Continue to Discuss Proposed Health-Care Changes Out of Public View. Suzanne GordonAmerican Prospect / Portside

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  • As Louis Celli, a top staffer for the American Legion, told the Associate Press, a merger would siphon off funds from VHA hospitals and clinics and eventually shift costs directly to veterans, through co-pay and other possible fee increases.
  • Related: ‘Who the hell is this person?’ Trump’s Mar-a-Lago pal stymies VA project.

Religion & Spirituality


Special Report | Barry Goldwater Warned Us - The Danger of Evangelicals. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • I see very little of compassion in our President and less of it in my sister and brother evangelicals who claim to share a faith tradition with me.
  • Part 2: Barry Goldwater vs. the Religious Right
  • It's "the Godfather of Conservatism" who said: "Every good Christian should line up and kick Jerry Falwell's ass."


Youth, Education, & Children

The Only Way To ‘Fix’ Frats Is To End Frats As We Know Them, Michael Kaufman, HuffPost

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Too many fraternities are a virtual pantheon of racism, hazing, homophobia, fatal accidents, truly dangerous levels of drinking, misogyny and violence against women.
 


 

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Privatization is Killing Us: Dispatches from the Capitalist War on Society

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http://www.yourdictionary.com/images/articles/lg/2852.EconomicRecession.jpgMay 2, 2018 | As the capitalist elite continues to pour ever more resources into its crusade to dismantle society, it’s important to keep a tally of the damage done—if only to direct popular attention to where it’s needed most, and to where the Left’s own resources are needed most. High on the list of capitalist priorities, and thus of priorities for left-wing resistance, is the goal to privatize everything from education to nature to policing and soldiering. With that in mind, here’s a list of some recent “negative externalities” of privatization that I’ve culled from news sources.

Children, teachers, and rat feces

Let’s start with Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago, jewel of neoliberalism. In February 2014, the Chicago Public Schools decided to outsource management of custodians to Aramark and SodexoMAGIC. The rationale for privatization is supposed to be that it cuts costs and improves “efficiency” or effectiveness. Left unsaid is the means by which costs are cut: primarily from the fact that private companies have a freer hand than government in treating employees viciously. It’s easier for corporations to lay off employees, reduce wages and benefits, degrade working conditions, and destroy unions than it is for governments to do so, since corporations are totalitarian institutions. Whether the overall deal is a net financial gain for government is a difficult question, to which studies have given conflicting answers. Some have found that it actually ends up costing more money in the long run, while others have concluded privatization may in some cases yield savings of about 10 percent. But these reports don’t factor in all the extra costs, such as the time and money it takes to review proposals by companies, negotiate contracts, review contract terms, deal with the inevitable lawsuits, etc.
And then there are the costs to the public, which, of course, don’t count.

Chris Wright has a Ph.D. in U.S. history from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is the author of Notes of an Underground Humanist, Worker Cooperatives and Revolution: History and Possibilities in the United States, and Finding Our Compass: Reflections on a World in Crisis.

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VA Officials Continue to Discuss Proposed Health-Care Changes Out of Public View. Suzanne Gordon <> American Prospect / Portside

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  • As Louis Celli, a top staffer for the American Legion, told the Associate Press, a merger would siphon off funds from VHA hospitals and clinics and eventually shift costs directly to veterans, through co-pay and other possible fee increases.
  • Related: ‘Who the hell is this person?’ Trump’s Mar-a-Lago pal stymies VA project.

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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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  • 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)

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  • 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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Government & Politics

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.

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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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