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Feature Article | Donald Trump and America’s Moral Crises, Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn

  • Will Scientific and Theological Ignorance, Moral Blindness and Historical Illiteracy Triumph?
  • Related: Chris Hedges | We Are All Deplorables

Publisher's Choice | How America Spreads Global Chaos, Nicolas J. S. Davies 

Americans had better hope that we are not so exceptional, and that the world will find a diplomatic rather than a military “solution” to its American problem. Our chances of survival would improve a great deal if American officials and politicians would finally start to act like something other than putty in the hands of the CIA.

Of Special Interest | John Kelly’s Historical Amnesia About the History of the Civil War  and Slavery Is a Tool of White Supremacy, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: John Kelly’s Civil War history fail speaks to a much bigger problem
  • Kelly only said what many white Americans believe: Slavery wasn’t that important and the Southern cause was “noble.”
  • Part 2: Historical Amnesia About Slavery Is a Tool of White Supremacy
  • Where we have (mostly) condemned slavery, we as a country have refused to condemn its defenders.

 

Series | The Facts on Tax Reform, Part 3, Alexandra Thornton and Seth Hanlon, Center for American Progress

Read these user-friendly columns on the major issues surrounding the tax system.

From the Archives | How the NRA Enables Massacres, Cliff Schecter, Daily Beast



As a shooting spree leaves seven dead in California, the gun lobby is trying to thwart attempts to study gun deaths and officials who see gun violence as a public health crisis.

From the Archives | World Class Journalist Spills the Beans, Admits Mainstream Media is Completely Fake, Arjun Walia, Prepare for Change / Global Research <http://www.globalresearch.ca>

  • Recently, Udo Ulfkotte went on public television stating that he was forced to publish the works of intelligence agents under his own name, also adding that noncompliance with these orders would result in him losing his job.
  • We all enabled Donald Trump: Our deeply unserious media and reality-TV culture made this horror inevitable.

Bloggers & Columnists | Gary Kohls, Chris Hedges, Juan Cole, Chauncey DeVega

 

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How Millions of White Americans Have Bought Into a Racist Myth About Black America

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Black-on-black crime is a myth that was decades in the making.


Ebony Slaughter-Johnson, AlterNet

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October 27, 2017 | Days after President Donald Trump mocked professional athletes taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality inflicted upon communities of color, namely former San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick who first kneeled in 2016, others followed suit. As national media coverage of the athletes’ protests intensified and the president doubled down on his provocations, which soon gave way to threats, the condemnation came. Outlets like the Washington Times implicitly questioned why did the athletes not turn their attention to a more pressing cause: the danger of “black-on-black crime.”

The Washington Times article is only the latest in a long line of attempts to use the racist trope of black-on-black crime to specifically discredit the Black Lives Matter movement and to invalidate very real concerns about police treatment of black communities across the country. Implicit in those attempts is a suggestion of the inherent criminality of black Americans.

This argument is a lie decades in the making.

Ebony Slaughter-Johnson is a freelance writer and a former research assistant at the Institute for Policy Studies. Her work has appeared in AlterNet, U.S. News and World Report, Equal Voice News, and Common Dreams.

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John Kelly’s Historical Amnesia About the History of the Civil War  and Slavery Is a Tool of White Supremacy, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: John Kelly’s Civil War history fail speaks to a much bigger problem
  • Kelly only said what many white Americans believe: Slavery wasn’t that important and the Southern cause was “noble.”
  • Part 2: Historical Amnesia About Slavery Is a Tool of White Supremacy
  • Where we have (mostly) condemned slavery, we as a country have refused to condemn its defenders.

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Help enlighten your fellows. Be sure to pass this on to friends and kin. We must break the system's  ability to lie with impunity.

 

 

How America Spreads Global Chaos

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Americans had better hope that we are not so exceptional, and that the world will find a diplomatic rather than a military “solution” to its American problem. Our chances of survival would improve a great deal if American officials and politicians would finally start to act like something other than putty in the hands of the CIA.

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Nicolas J. S. Davies, Antiwar.com


http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Stars%20%26%20Stripes%20Briefs_1.jpgNovember 01, 2017 | As the recent PBS documentary on the American War in Vietnam acknowledged, few American officials ever believed that the United States could win the war, neither those advising Johnson as he committed hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops, nor those advising Nixon as he escalated a brutal aerial bombardment that had already killed millions of people.

As conversations tape-recorded in the White House reveal, and as other writers have documented, the reasons for wading into the Big Muddy, as Pete Seeger satirized it, and then pushing on regardless, all came down to “credibility”: the domestic political credibility of the politicians involved and America’s international credibility as a military power.

Nicolas J. S. Davies is the author of Blood On Our Hands: the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq. He also wrote the chapters on “Obama at War” in Grading the 44th President: a Report Card on Barack Obama’s First Term as a Progressive Leader.

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North Korea Still Struggles with America’s Lethal Legacy. Some Facts, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: North Korea – As Trump Threatens, the Nation Still Struggles with America’s Lethal Legacy
    • “Throughout the world, on any given day, a man, woman or child is likely to be displaced, tortured, killed or ‘disappeared’ … More often than not, the United States shares the blame.” (Amnesty International, 1996.)
  • Part 2: North Korea: A Threat or A Victim? Some Facts.
    • Here is just a small taste of what North Korea’s southern neighbor, in cahoots with Godfather America, has planned.
  • Related: How America Spreads Global Chaos

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The New York Time’s Assault on Press Freedom

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  • The New York Times, which once postured as the champion of a free press, now is seeking crackdowns on news that the public gets from the Internet under the guise of combatting “Russian propaganda.”
  • Related: Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines, Week Ending October 28, 2017

Daniel Lazare, Consortium News

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/propaganda-lies.png October 25, 2017 | Once upon a time the danger to a free press came from the right. But since Russia-gate, liberals have been busy playing catch-up.The latest example is a front-page article in Tuesday’s New York Times. Entitled “YouTube Gave Russian Outlet Portal Into U.S.,” it offers the usual blah-blah-blah about Kremlin agents engaging in the political black arts. But it goes a step farther by attempting to discredit a perfectly legitimate news organization.

Reporters Daisuke Wakabayashi and Nicholas Confessore begin by noting that RT, the Moscow-funded TV channel formerly known as “Russia Today,” is now an Internet powerhouse and then observes that when it became the first YouTube news channel to surpass one million views, YouTube Vice President Robert Kyncl “joined an RT anchor in a studio, where he praised RT for … providing ‘authentic’ content instead of ‘agendas or propaganda.’”

Daniel Lazare is the author of several books including The Frozen Republic: How the Constitution Is Paralyzing Democracy (Harcourt Brace). 

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Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines, Week Ending October 28, 2017, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest.

http://www.popularresistance.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Net-neutrality-meme-e1398433124309.jpgThe Conspiracy to Censor Left-wing Points of View Continues to Intensify

  • Part 1: Google intensifies censorship of left-wing websites
  • Google’s actions against left and progressive sites are making clear the real targets of Internet censorship: news outlets and political organizations opposing war, social inequality and the domination of society by the financial oligarchy.
  • Part 2: The conspiracy to censor the Internet
  • The same arguments now being employed to crack down on social media could just as well have been used to suppress books and mass circulation newspapers that emerged with the development of the printing press.
  • Part 3: What We Do and Don’t Know About Facebook’s New Political Ad Transparency Initiative
  • The short answer: It leaves the company some wiggle room.

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Dear Readers,

 Welcome to Evergreene Digest, October 28, 2017.

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Feature Article | Sexual harassment, assault: Change the story, Mariam Williams, National Catholic Reporter

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Stop%20the%20War%20on%20Women%20graphic_1.jpgWe're not far from the scary world of "The Handmaid's Tale," but we don't have to keep repeating the story. Men in power can demonstrate that women are equal. They can call other men to examine masculinity. They can accept that women and men both desire sex and can control their urges. We can talk about crimes of power and the crime of silence among those who hold it. We can change.
  • Related: From the Archives | Let’s Stop Referring to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as ‘Women’s Issues’

Publisher's Choice | Envisioning An America Free From Police Violence and Control, Rashmee Kumar, The Intercept

  • In “The End of Policing,” Alex S. Vitale argues that police reforms implemented in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri — from diversity initiatives to community policing to body cameras — fail to acknowledge that policing as an institution reinforces race and class inequalities by design.
  • Related: 4 Disabled People Dead in Another Week of Police Brutality

Of Special Interest | A Blueprint for Child Care Reform, Katie Hamm, Center for American Progress <> / Julie Kashen, Make It Work Campaign 

  • It’s Time to Do Better for Children and Families
  • Related: How to Confront the Military Recruiting Playbook

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The Conspiracy to Censor Left-wing Points of View Continues to Intensify

  • Part 1: Google intensifies censorship of left-wing websites
  • Google’s actions against left and progressive sites are making clear the real targets of Internet censorship: news outlets and political organizations opposing war, social inequality and the domination of society by the financial oligarchy.
  • Part 2: Part 2: The conspiracy to censor the Internet
  • The same arguments now being employed to crack down on social media could just as well have been used to suppress books and mass circulation newspapers that emerged with the development of the printing press.
  • Part 3: What We Do and Don’t Know About Facebook’s New Political Ad Transparency Initiative
  • The short answer: It leaves the company some wiggle room.

From the Archives | The US Carried Out 674 Military Operations in Africa Last Year. Did You Hear About Any of Them? Nick Turse, the Nation

  • For years, the US military has publicly insisted that its efforts in Africa are negligible, intentionally leaving the American people, not to mention most Africans, in the dark about the true size, scale, and scope of its operations there.
  • Is that why they call it an American “battlefield” behind closed doors?
  • Related: Special Project | US Wars and Covert Actions Around the World: Week Ending  April 25, 2015

From the Archives | Let’s Stop Referring to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as ‘Women’s Issues’, Linda A. Seabrook and Quentin Walcott, Huffington Post

  • We all benefit when responsible men stand in their communities as shining examples of healthy and respectful masculinity.
  • Related: “Dear Kim. Please stop using the term ’empowerment’ when you really mean ‘marketing’.” 

Bloggers & Columnists | Nick Turse, John Marty

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If Trump were Really President, He'd Forgive Puerto Rico's Debts, End Austerity, and Rescue It with Massive Emergency Aid Now!

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Part 1: Puerto Rico Needs Massive Emergency Aid Now—and an End to Austerity
The island has become a target not only for rapacious vulture funds but also for exponents of Katrina-style “disaster capitalism.”
Part 2: If Trump were Really President, He'd Forgive Puerto Rico's Debts and Rescue It
Presidential action needed when 3.4 million Americans are living without electricity, 40% of them without potable water, and hundreds of thousands without shelter.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 



Part 1: Puerto Rico Needs Massive Emergency Aid Now—and an End to Austerity

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The island has become a target not only for rapacious vulture funds but also for exponents of Katrina-style “disaster capitalism.”

Ed Morales, the Nation

https://www.thenation.com/wp-content/themes/thenation/images/161x102.jpg September 27, 2017 | Hurricane Maria has created a humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. Much of the capital city of San Juan is flooded; there is contaminated water in the streets, shortages of gasoline and water, and looming crises for senior citizens in fragile health, reports Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. Maria destroyed what Hurricane Irma, which struck earlier in September, did not: Virtually the entire island is without electricity, and cell-phone service and other communications are severely strained. Municipalities like Guayama, Cataño, and Toa Baja have reported massive floods and unthinkable devastation. (My mother and other family members live in a remote mountain town near the rain forest, and while I know they’re safe, their food, water, and medications will only last so long.) A damaged dam at Lake Guajataca, near the northwestern town of Isabela, is threatening thousands of residents in nearby areas. As we go to press, 16 fatalities have been reported, but thousands of citizens have lost their homes, and those figures could increase substantially when the final numbers come in. Representative Nydia Velázquez estimates that Puerto Rico will need $10 billion for a full recovery.

Ed Morales, a freelance writer based in New York, teaches at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. He co-directed a documentary, Whose Barrio?, about the gentrification of East Harlem.

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Part 2: If Trump were Really President, He'd Forgive Puerto Rico's Debts and Rescue It

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Presidential action needed when 3.4 million Americans are living without electricity, 40% of them without potable water, and hundreds of thousands without shelter. When some 80% of its agricultural crops were wiped out. This is an apocalyptic scenario. We can't even know what is going on very much because there is no wifi most places. Some entire towns haven't been heard from! But this President tweets about football players who protest racism.

Juan Cole, Portside

http://portside.org/sites/default/files/images/Trump_Tweets_Puerto_Rico(305x400).jpg September 26, 2017 | I’m not sure what Donald Trump thinks the job of president consists of. One task is to swing into action when 3.4 million Americans are living without electricity, 40% of them without potable water, and hundreds of thousands without shelter. When some 80% of its agricultural crops were wiped out. This is an apocalyptic scenario. We can’t even know what is going on very much because there is no wifi most places. Some entire towns haven’t been heard from! A dam may fail, endangering 70,000 people. It will take decades to rebuild.

As Daniel Gross (@grossdm) wrote on Twitter, “More US citizens live in Puerto Rico than live in the Dakotas, Vermont, Wyoming, and Alaska combined. I don’t see Congress lifting a finger.”

John Ricardo I. "Juan" Cole is an American academic and commentator on the modern Middle East and South Asia. He is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan.

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Trump's Sham Tax Plan

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This week, the GOP and Trump announced the outlines of their tax plan, and it’s a horrible deal for America. The plan would shred revenues by at least $1.5 trillion over the next ten years [1] and result in a massive transfer of wealth to the 1%.

Luisa Galvao, Americans for Financial Reform

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Bribery_0.jpgSeptember 28, 2017 This week, the GOP and Trump announced the outlines of their tax plan, and it’s a horrible deal for America. The plan would shred revenues by at least $1.5 trillion over the next ten years [1] and result in a massive transfer of wealth to the 1%.

Instead of massive additional tax cuts for the Wall Street banks and billionaires that have predatory power over our economy and government, we should be closing loopholes and making sure Wall Street pays its fair share. This would allow us to fund schools, infrastructure, and emergency response. To achieve this, TAKE ON WALL STREET has a few ideas:

The Carried Interest Fairness Act of 2017, sponsored by Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, doesn’t just close loopholes and raise revenue; it also puts a dent in the power of private equity firms to take advantage of  workers and investors.
• Putting in place a small tax on Wall Street trading would raise billions of dollars for the needs of ordinary families while helping to stop predatory high-frequency trading that destabilizes markets.
• The Stop Subsidizing Multimillion Dollar Corporate Bonuses Act (H.R. 399) ends tax advantages for giant CEO pay packages that encourage a short-term focus on manipulating stock prices.

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Now is not the time to slash taxes for the wealthy, reducing revenues by nearly $1.5 trillion over ten years. Instead, we should be working to ensure that Wall Street fat cats are paying their fair share. We call on every member of Congress to co-sponsor and urge passage of the TAKE ON WALL STREET tax agenda.

Sources:
1. https://www.cbpp.org/research/federal-tax/senate-republicans-take-big-first-step-towards-15-trillion-revenue-losing-tax

Americans for Financial Reform brings together more than 200 organizations to work for a safer, simpler and fairer financial system – one that promotes a more equitable and sustainable economy instead of feeding inequality and risk.

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Donald Trump and America’s Moral Crises

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  • Will Scientific and Theological Ignorance, Moral Blindness and Historical Illiteracy Triumph?
  • Related: Chris Hedges | We Are All Deplorables

Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Classical%20Statue%20Head%20in%20Hand_1.jpg August 14, 2017 | On the eve of the anniversary of the United State’s nuclear annihilation of the Christian community of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, Donald Trump threatened the nuclear destruction of North Korea (including the deaths of thousands or millions of innocents) in ways more devastating than even the nuclear annihilation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
 
The multibillionaire Donald J. Trump, being an over-privileged “Golden Boy” son of a multimillionaire, a narcissist, a sexual predator, a serial liar and an exploitive casino mogul with mob connections, was probably destined to become historically, theologically, morally and scientifically illiterate. It would have been very unusual for someone growing up in that trajectory to turn out otherwise.

Gary G. Kohls is a retired physician who writes about issues of war, peace, justice, mental health and nonviolence and feels it is important to mix religion and non-partisan politics. 

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We Are All Deplorables, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

  • Liberals have no moral authority to preach to a dispossessed white working class about racism, multiculturalism, identity politics or diversity. The abject failure by liberals to fight for economic justice triggered the protofascist backlash embodied by Donald Trump’s election victory.
  • Related: Dan Rather Just Released Heartbreaking Statement Against Trump

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