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Tracking Our Downward Spiral: the Ways in Which America Still 'Leads’ the World

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  • We have set our country back more than 100 years — to the 1800′s — when the Robber Barons ruled and our politics were corrupted to the core.
    Be proud, Americans.   Be very proud.
    We’re Number One!

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Richard Clark, Blue Anchor Project

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg

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Photo by Beverly & Pack

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According to Yes! Magazine, amongst 20 of the world’s wealthiest countries, America now has:
▪    the highest poverty rate, both generally and for children;
▪    the greatest inequality of incomes;
▪    the smallest amount of government spending (as a percentage of GDP) on social programs for the disadvantaged;
▪    the lowest number of paid holidays, annual leave days and maternity leave days;
▪    the lowest score on the UN’s index of material well-being of children;

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We’re Number One! James Gustave Speth, Yes! Magazine
Americans are number one in quite a few areas—but they’re not all accomplishments to be proud of.
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Is this a great country or what?, Jim Fuller

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  • These numbers are bad enough from America's metro areas. But recall that the BLS has deliberately understated unemployment since 1981 when Reagan and his successors decided to game the system. The current U3 is therefore only about 45% of the true unemployment figure. For example, if the stated U3 is 10% for a given region, the true unemployment is 24%.
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  • This is amply confirmed by the BLS itself and is further explained by conservative economist John Williams.
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Special Report | Libyan Uprising II

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For decades beginning during the Cold War, US policy in the Islamic world has been aimed at suppressing secular reformist and leftist movements. Beginning with the CIA-engineered coup against a secular democratic reform government in Iran in 1953 (it was about oil), Washington has propped up dictators, coaching these regimes in the black arts of torture and mayhem against secular liberals and the left.

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  • Kucinich Warns Obama on Libya War
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  • Strange Bedfellows Go To War in North Africa
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Jim Morin

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Kucinich Warns Obama on Libya War, Robert Dreyfuss, Nation Magazine
“While the action is billed as protecting the civilians of Libya, a no-fly-zone begins with an attack on the air defenses of Libya and Qaddafi forces. It is an act of war. The president made statements which attempt to minimize U.S. action, but U.S. planes may drop U.S. bombs and U.S. missiles may be involved in striking another sovereign nation. War from the air is still war." Dennis Kucinich, D-OH

'US drops uranium bombs on Libya', PressTV
The Stop the War Coalition says the bombs and missiles that the US-led military alliance has dropped on several Libyan cities contain depleted uranium (DU).

Strange Bedfellows Go To War in North Africa, John Grant, In the Mind Field

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  • Is the battle for Libya the clash of a brutal dictator against a democratic opposition or is it fundamentally a tribal civil war? - David Kirkpatrick , The New York Times Cairo bureau chief
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  • “The President does not have the power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to our nation.” - Candidate Barack Obama
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  • Video: Joe Biden believes President Obama should be impeached over Libyan war
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A Mission Wrapped in Confusion, Eugene Robinson, TruthDig

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  • After days of bickering, we heard a grand announcement that NATO will take command of the operation. Don’t believe it. The United States will be functionally in charge, and thus on the hook, until this ends.
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  • Libya and the five-second rule
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Video: Joe Biden believes President Obama should be impeached over Libyan war, Pakalert Press

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  • Of course, the tough-talking Biden was only a Senator when this interview took place and he was speaking of President Bush, but one would hope that his argument remains consistent.
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  • Impeach Barack Obama
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'US drops uranium bombs on Libya'

The Stop the War Coalition says the bombs and missiles that the US-led military alliance has dropped on several Libyan cities contain depleted uranium (DU).

PressTV

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US B-2 bomber

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The report recently published on the Coalition's website said that in the first 24 hours of the war on Libya, dozens of bombs and cruise missiles were launched by US, British, and French forces -- all with depleted uranium warheads.

US B-2 aircraft dropped forty-five 2,000-pound bombs on key Libyan cities, it added.

DU munitions are controversial because they raise long-term health concerns like kidney damage, cancer, skin disorders and genetic defects.

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No Other Way Out

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  • We will not stop the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, we will not end this slaughter of innocents, unless we are willing to rise up as have state workers in Wisconsin and citizens on the streets of Arab capitals. Repeated and sustained acts of civil disobedience are the only weapons that remain to us.
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  • We must be willing to accept personal discomfort, to put our bodies in the way of the machine, if we hope to expose the lies of war and blunt the abuse by corporate profiteers. To do nothing, to refuse to act, to be passive, is to be an agent of injustice and to be complicit in murder.
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  • Never Forget The Power of the Strike
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  • Occupy Washington to End the Wars
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Chris Hedges, TruthDig

I have watched mothers and fathers keening in grief over the frail corpses of their children in hospitals in Gaza and rural villages in El Salvador, Bosnia and Kosovo. The faces of these dead children, their bodies ripped apart by iron fragments or bullets tumbling end over end through their small, delicate frames, appear to me almost daily like faint and sadly familiar ghosts. The frailty and innocence of my own children make these images difficult to bear.

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A child a day dies in war-related violence in Afghanistan. Children die in roadside explosions. They die in airstrikes. They die after militants lure them to carry suicide bombs, usually without their knowledge. They die in firefights. They are executed by the Taliban after being accused, sometimes correctly, of spying for the Afghan National Army. They are tiny pawns in a futile and endless war. They are robbed of their childhood. They live in fear and surrounded by the terror of indiscriminate violence. The United Nations, whose most recent report on children in Afghanistan covered a two-year period from Sept. 1, 2008, to Aug. 30, 2010, estimates that in the first half of last year at least 176 children were killed and 389 more wounded. But the real number is probably much, much higher. There are big parts of the country where research can no longer be carried out.

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Never Forget The Power of the Strike, brooklynbadboy, Dailykos.com

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  • Like any act of civil disobedience, the sacrifice of few benefits the many. Those strikers (of the late 19th & early 20th centuries) helped pave the way for the "golden age" of labor in the 1950s and 1960s.
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  • Shut Down Wisconsin!
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  • Occupy Washington to End the Wars
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Occupy Washington to End the Wars, Nicholas Kramer, Anti-War.com

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  • As our troops invade and occupy foreign lands—contrary to our true national security interests, economic well-being, and morality—I see no other option but for the American antiwar community to invade and occupy the United States Congress.
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  • The Immorality of Empire
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How the Rich Soaked the Rest of Us

How the rich soaked the rest of us: The astonishing story of the last few decades is a massive redistribution of wealth, as the rich have shifted the tax burden.

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Richard D. Wolff, t r u t h o u t

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(Image: Aran Chandran)

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Over the last half-century, the richest Americans have shifted the burden of the federal individual income tax off themselves and onto everybody else. The three convenient and accurate Wikipedia graphs below show the details. The first graph compares the official tax rates paid by the top and bottom income earners. Note especially that from the end of the Second World War into the early 1960s, the highest income earners paid a tax rate over 90 percent for many years. Today, the top earners pay a rate of only 35 percent. Note, also, how the gap between the rates paid by the richest and the poorest has narrowed. If we take into account the many loopholes the rich can and do use far more than the poor, the gap narrows even more.

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One conclusion is clear and obvious: the richest Americans have dramatically lowered their income tax burden since 1945, both absolutely and relative to the tax burdens of the middle income groups and the poor.

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Indiana Prosecutor Encouraged 'False Flag' Assault On Walker To Discredit Wisconsin Unions

A deputy prosecutor in Johnson County, Indiana, has resigned his job after it was revealed he e-mailed Walker's office and recommended that they fake an assassination attempt on Walker in order to discredit the unions and protesters.

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Eric Kleefeld, Talking Points Memo

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

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Carlos Lam, a deputy prosecutor in Johnson County, Ind., resigned after sending an email encouraging Gov. Scott Walker to fake an attack against himself. Photo from a video debate posted at 3 Left Turns Make a Right.

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A deputy prosecutor in Johnson County, Indiana, has resigned his job after it was revealed that in February, during the large protests in Wisconsin over Gov. Scott Walker's anti-public employee union bill, he e-mailed Walker's office and recommended that they conduct a "false flag operation" -- to fake an assault or assassination attempt on Walker in order to discredit the unions and protesters.

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As Wisconsin Watch, a project of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism reports, Carlos Lam initially denied that he had sent the e-mail, which was part of the tens of thousands of e-mails released in an open-records settlement the Walker administration reached with the local paper the Isthmus and the Associated Press.

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When contacted by Wisconsin Watch, Lam had initially denied sending the e-mail, claiming that he had been the victim of identity theft, and said he did not support the criminal activities described in the e-mail: "I think he's trying to do what he has to do to get his budget balanced. But jeez, that's taking it a little bit to the extreme."

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Impeach Barack Obama

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  • The time has come for those who claim high regard for the U.S. Constitution to show that they mean what they say.  The time has come to begin impeachment proceedings against President Barack H. Obama for high crimes and misdemeanors.
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  • A Challenge to Tea Partiers and Antiwar Liberals
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  • Impeach Barack Obama Campaign
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John V. Walsh, AntiWar.com

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Coleen Rowley

The time has come for those who claim high regard for the U.S. Constitution to show that they mean what they say.  The time has come to begin impeachment proceedings against President Barack H. Obama for high crimes and misdemeanors.  

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The United States has initiated a war against Libya, as Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has conceded.  When one country bombs another, which has not attacked it nor posed any immediate threat to it, that is an act of war.  No "humanitarian" rationale justifies such an act.  Only an act of Congress suffices according to the United States Constitution.  Barack Obama has violated that provision of the United States Constitution, which he swore, falsely it is now apparent, to defend and protect.  Barack Obama has committed this greatest of impeachable offenses. Other offenses related to torture and violation of the civil liberties of U. S. citizens may emerge as articles of impeachment are drawn up.

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Many Tea Party candidates and paleo-conservative and libertarian Republicans, such as Rep. Ron Paul, won office by declaring their high regard for the Constitution.  Rep. Paul stated in advance of the attack on Libya that a Congressional declaration of war was necessary according to the provisions of the Constitution before an assault could proceed.  If these Republicans do not act now to begin impeachment following the lead of the very principled Dr. Paul, their words meant nothing, and they should be turned out of office.

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Impeach Barack Obama Campaign (Call your Representatives), Igor Prohorov, Trevor Benson, Brent Pierce
President Obama has brazenly violated Article I Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution by seating himself at the head of United Nation’s Security Council, thus becoming the first U.S. President to chair the world body.

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