The vision for Evergreene Digest is to be the preferred one-stop on-line source for information and perspectives that major news entities exclude from the present day American conversation. The Internet makes it possible to loosen the grip on big media by taking the news into our own hands. We readers-turned-reporters can restore integrity to the nation's single most vital conduit for democratic participation, our media.

Home Page

Brace for Impact, as the Climate "End Game" Has Arrived

https://truthout.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Jamail-dispatch-first-wildfire-smoke-pic-1200x900.jpeg

 

/ Smoke from wildfires in British Columbia, Eastern Washington and Montana enshrouds the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. In the Pacific Northwest, experiencing weeks on end of wildfire smoke during the summer months has become the “new normal.” / Dahr Jamail

  • The human race is too stupid to survive, as amply proven by the people it chooses to lead (into oblivion).  We'll just all go on our merry way, uninvolved ... .
  • Related: A Green New Deal Is Not possible Until We Let ALL Our Delusions About Climate Change Die.

Dahr Jamail,  Truthout


http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Subscribe%20logo%20with%2013%20yr%20banner.jpg To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up here to receive the latest updates  <> from all reader supported Evergreene Digest.

 

 



September 25, 2018 | Over the years, writing these climate disruption dispatches has often weighed heavily on my soul. I’ve struggled to find a delicate balance between tracking this information, which these days means reporting on the demise of the biosphere, and living a meaningful life.

Recently, I again failed to achieve that balance, and needed to take a short respite from work to find my inner footing. I headed into my sanctuary, the mountains, for solace. I backpacked up into the northeastern Cascade Mountains of Washington State, where I live, and pitched a camp on the banks of a clear, turquoise alpine lake at 6,900 feet. I was surrounded by snowfields, high peaks, and mountain larch that will soon be turning from green to yellow as autumn rapidly approaches.

https://truthout.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/dahr_jamail_2019-e1547500555957-400x400.jpeg/ Dahr Jamail, a Truthout staff reporter, has reported from Iraq for more than a year, as well as from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Turkey over the last 10 years, and has won the Izzy Award and the Martha Gellhorn Award for Investigative Journalism.

Full story …

Related:

A Green New Deal Is Not possible Until We Let ALL Our Delusions About Climate Change Die. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  •  https://www.rollingstone.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/climate-catastrophe-math.jpg?crop=900:600&width=1440Part 1: You, Too, Are in Denial of Climate Change
  • Thinking climate change will only hit elsewhere, or only in the future, pummeling others but sparing you — these are delusions, too.
  • Part 2: Is a Green New Deal Possible Without a Revolution?
  • A Green New Deal is the name of our desire.


http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Fake-News-400x255.jpg
 

Help enlighten others. Be sure to pass this on to friends and kin. We must breakthesystem's  ability to lie with impunity.

 

Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, February 23, 2019.

  • Including permanent links to over 770 websites and over 30 highlighted items featuring:

Feature Article | Government & Politics

Series | Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Duped Middle Class — Part 1, Will Voters Fight Back?  Martin Lobel, Who.What.Why.

https://whowhatwhy.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/IRS_Storm_1088x725-700x470.jpg / Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Adam Fagen / Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0), Tim Evanson / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0), and Vincent Parsons / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

  • Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) gave massive tax cuts to the very rich, massively increased budget deficits, increased incentives to move jobs and profits offshore — and minimally increased investment in productivity.
  • In Part 2, Martin Lobel discusses how to prevent a taxpayer revolt.
  • Related: Why millions of people are getting hit with a surprise tax bill this year.

Publisher's Choice | Government & Politics

The Controversial Conundrum That Is the Electoral College, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Politics%20Banner_2.jpg

  • Part 1: From the Archives | The Electoral College Was Meant to Stop Men Like Trump From Being President
  • The founders envisioned electors as people who could prevent an irresponsible demagogue from taking office.
  • Part 2: The Electoral College Conundrum
  • There’s no consensus on abolishing the Electoral College, which has countered the popular vote in two of the past five presidential elections.

Of Special Interest | Law & Justice


Special Report | SPLC - The Year in Hate and Extremism, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/SPLC%20%7C%20Record%20Number%20Hate%20Groups%202018.jpgPart 1: Hate groups at record high
A fourth straight year of growth that coincides with President Trump's
campaignandpresidency
Part 2: The year in hate and extremism
We reported an all-time high of 1,020 hate groups operating in the United States in 2018.

 



All this and more in:

Activism & Organizing

Don't Let Mercury Back in Our Air and Water. Heather Shelby, Environmental Defense Fund
 

  • https://membership.onlineaction.org/images/content/pagebuilder/MomChildPollution300.jpgDon't let this attack stand.
  • Related: The Anger Is Real. Let’s Do Something With It.
     

 

 

Foreign Affairs

Growing risk of U.S war on Venezuela, Sean Orr, Fight Back! News

http://www.fightbacknews.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/article-lead-photo/Puente-de-Angostura.jpg / Supporters of President Nicolás Maduro rally.

  • The peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean - "Our America" as the Cuban and Venezuelan revolutionaries refer to it - are fed up with living under the imperialist boot. To them, Venezuela does not represent a brutal dictatorship, but a glorious future where they can live in freedom. It is worth fighting for.
  • Related: Special Report | US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela

Government & Politics

Special Report | US Immigration Policy: Cruel, Racist, In Decay, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Immigration%20Banner_2.jpgPart 1: A “Smart” Border Wall Is Just as Racist as a Physical Barrier
  • Democrats’ “smart wall” would draw upon the same tech tools that have been long criticized by civil rights activists.
  • Part 2: Incarcerated Immigrants Are Being Tortured
  • Hunger strikers in a Texas immigration jail are risking their lives to draw attention to the conditions.
  • Part 3: Trump’s Cruel Immigration Policy Is About Power, Not Solutions
  • Trump’s immigration policy affects far more people than the migrants at the center of the wall debate.
  • Related: Democrats Totally Cave on Border: Give Trump All He Wants, Get Nothing In Return.

Peace & Non-violence

NATO is a Danger to, Not a Guarantor of, Peace ~ Robert W. Merry. Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic
https://www.theamericanconservative.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/trump-NATO-bye-554x350.jpg / Donald Trump at NATO Summit, Brussels, in 2018
Gints Ivuskans/Shutterstock

 

NATO lost its reason to exist when the Soviet Union folded. In searching for new missions, it's making the world a more dangerous place.
Related: Your Complete
Guidetothe N.Y. Times’ Support of U.S.-Backed Coups in Latin America
 

Religion & Spirituality


Clerical cronyism and secrecy shielded McCarrick and others. Peter Daly, National Catholic Reporter

https://www.ncronline.org/sites/default/files/styles/article_full_width/public/20130304cnsbr14287%20crop.jpg?itok=hKllqtfi / Cardinal Theodore McCarrick arrives at a meeting of cardinals in advance of the conclave to elect a new pope at the Vatican in March 2013. (CNS/Reuters/Max Rossi)

Then-Cardinal McCarrick was apparently used to living a double life and thought no one would reveal the truth. And one thing is for sure. His case is not unique.

and much more. Enjoy!

We’re adding new material daily. Come back and visit us often.

http://everydayfeminism.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/PlsShareArrow5.png

 

 

Section(s): 

Hope and Love in the Time of Trump

http://uziiw38pmyg1ai60732c4011.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/dropzone/2016/08/shutterstock_768877.jpg

  • Part 1: Hope in the Time of Trump
  • Three excellent speakers--sponsored by Yorkshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
  • Part 2: To Love This Broken-Hearted Country
  • I want to love this broken-hearted country, this land of shattered dreams and dashed hopes.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/If%20You%20Use%20it%2C%20Contribute%20To%20It%20banner.jpg

Part 1: Hope in the Time of Trump, Yorkshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND)

From the Hope in the Time of Trump conference three excellent speakers--sponsored by Yorkshire CND.

Matt Fawcett, Yorkshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) / Rise Up Times

https://yorkshirecnd.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/CND-AGM-3428-770x513.jpgJanuary 29, 2019 | These talks at the Hope in the Time of Trump conference organized by the Yorkshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament include three excellent speakers: Paul Rogers, Current threats to peace and how we respond; Janet Fenton, Progress on the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons; and Fabian Hamilton (MP), Labour’s Peace Doctrine. Each talk is less than 15 minutes.

We had some excellent speakers for our Hope in the Age of Trump meeting in Leeds, for those who weren’t able to be there we’ve included audio or video here <https://riseuptimes.org/2019/02/24/hope-in-the-time-of-trump-yorkshire-c....

Matt Fawcett: Author at Yorkshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND)

Full story …

Part 2: To Love This Broken-Hearted Country

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1376/4602805654_db8b6569fb_z.jpg / Image by Chris Devers via Flickr

I want to love this broken-hearted country, this land of shattered dreams and dashed hopes. I want to help us rise, together, and embody our visions of equality and respect, caring and connection, justice and transformation. I want to fall in love again … so that we all might heal and live and change.

Rivera Sun, Dandelion Salad

09 Dec 2018 | I want to love this broken-hearted country, this land of shattered dreams and dashed hopes. I want to place my ear to the drumming cadence of our cities and hear the insistent pulse of life. I want to wander the forgotten highways of stories that run like wrinkles through our body politic.

Our nation is more than just our headlines. We are the collective sum of all our people, past and present, and as far into our uncertain future as we dare to imagine. We are our stories, sordid and sublime, humble and extraordinary. We are our conversations as we sit on our porches, or crouch on concrete stoops. We are our tragedies and horrors. We are every newborn hope.

Rivera Sun: Writer, Dandelion Salad

Full story …

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Editor%20Comment%20icon_0.jpg

Be sure to pass these articles to friends and kin. A lot depends on this. Please do your part.

NATO is a Danger to, Not a Guarantor of, Peace ~ Robert W. Merry

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/trump-NATO-bye-554x350.jpg

 / Donald Trump at NATO Summit, Brussels, in 2018 Gints Ivuskans/Shutterstock

  • NATO lost its reason to exist when the Soviet Union folded. In searching for new missions, it's making the world a more dangerous place.
  • Related: Your Complete Guidetothe N.Y. Times’ Support of U.S.-Backed Coups in Latin America

Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Become%20Part%20of%20Our%20Mission.%20Donate%20Today_1.jpg

January 19, 2019 | The New York Times scored a serious scoop when it revealed on Monday that President Trump had questioned in governmental conversations—on more than one occasion, apparently—America’s membership in NATO. Unfortunately the paper then slipped into its typical mode of nostrum journalism. My Webster’s New World Dictionary defines “nostrum” as “quack medicine” entailing “exaggerated claims.” Here we had quack journalism executed in behalf of quack diplomacy.



Status quo supporters like the New York Times poke fun at Trump for questioning the alliance. But who’s the fool?



The central exaggerated claim is contained in the first sentence, in which it is averred that NATO had “deterred Soviet and Russian aggression for 70 years.” This is wrong, as can be seen through just a spare amount of history.

Robert Gore is a featured writer on The Savvy Street, an online magazine, and has been on websites Zero Hedge, David Stockman’s Contra Corner, Lew Rockwell, The Automatic Earth, The Burning Platform, and Western Rifle Shooters Association. Although he engages in political commentary, he enthusiastically shuns politics.

Robert W. Merry is an American journalist, publishing executive, commentator, and author. He was the editor of the American Conservative.

Full story …

Related:

Your Complete Guide to the N.Y. Times’ Support of U.S.-Backed Coups in Latin America, Adam H. Johnson, Truthdig / Rise Up Times

https://www.truthdig.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/maduronyt.jpg / Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro flashes victory signs, declaring he will prevail amid a "coup," during a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, on Friday. (Ariana Cubillos / AP)

  • Do the U.S. and its allies have a moral or ethical right to determine the political future of Venezuela?
  • Related: Special Report | US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela


http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Fake-News-400x255.jpgHelp enlighten others. Be sure to pass this on to friends and kin. We must break the system's  ability to lie with impunity.

 

Series | Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Duped Middle Class — Part 1, Will Voters Fight Back?

https://whowhatwhy.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/IRS_Storm_1088x725-700x470.jpg

 / Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Adam Fagen / Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0), Tim Evanson / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0), and Vincent Parsons / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

  • Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) gave massive tax cuts to the very rich, massively increased budget deficits, increased incentives to move jobs and profits offshore — and minimally increased investment in productivity.
  • In Part 2, Martin Lobel discusses how to prevent a taxpayer revolt.
  • Related: Why millions of people are getting hit with a surprise tax bill this year.

Martin Lobel, Who.What.Why.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Subscribe%20logo%20with%2013%20yr%20banner.jpgTo stay on top of important articles like these, sign up here to receive the latest updates from all reader supported Evergreene Digest.

 

 



February 21, 2019 | We are in the early stages of a likely revolt against “the Establishment.” Small wonder. Because of government policies for the last 50 years, essentially the entire growth in GDP has gone to the top 1 percent. And primarily to the top 0.01 percent, aka the “plutocrats.”

As middle class voters understand how badly they have been treated economically, they’re likely to demand changes similar in scale to those of the 1890s or the 1930s — unless government policies are changed soon.

Martin Lobel specializes in crisis management and represents many investigative reporters in addition to being an expert on the constitutionality of state taxes. He has written extensively on tax issues.

Full story …

Related:

Why millions of people are getting hit with a surprise tax bill this year. Matthew Yglesias, Vox

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/K5B1541tKIQWSwRyUK77e06XiJg=/0x0:1024x683/920x613/filters:focal(729x344:891x506)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63009239/paul-ryan-wisc.0.jpgPaul Ryan in 2016, then the House speaker and an architect of the tax bill.Darren Hauck/Getty Images

An effort to make the tax bill look better ended up making it look worse.
 

 

 

http://everydayfeminism.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/PlsShareArrow5.png

 

Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, February 16, 2019.

Including permanent links to over 770 websites and over 30 highlighted items featuring:

Feature Article | Activism & Organizing

The Anger Is Real. Let’s Do Something With It. Monika Bauerlein, Mother Jones

 https://www.motherjones.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/anger-ap-kav.jpg?resize=990,556/ J. Scott Applewhite/AP

  • Don’t let the purveyors of rage drag you down to their level.
  • Related: The Return of the Strike
     

 

Publisher's Choice | Government & Politics

Democrats Totally Cave on Border: Give Trump All He Wants, Get Nothing In Return, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Nancy%20Pelosi%20Waves%20White%20Flag.jpg

  • Part 1: The Democrats' total capitulation on the border
  • The Democrats got absolutely nothing. Zilch. Nada.
  • Part 2: Democrats Are Capitulating to Trump by Approving Border, DHS Funding
  • We have Democrats actually playing his (Trump's) game.

Of Special Interest | Economics

A US Tax on Wealth Is Long Overdue. Thomas Piketty, the Boston Globe / Common Dreams / Portside

https://portside.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/warren_tax_the_rich_piketty.jpgCarefully calculated by economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, the proposal by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), now running for president, sets a rate of 2 percent on fortunes valued between $50 million and $1 billion, and 3 percent above $1 billion, Getty Images

Between 1930 and 1980, the rateappliedon the highest incomes was on average 81 percent, and the rate applied to the highest inherited estates was 74 percent. Clearly this did not destroy American capitalism.

Bloggers & Columnists | Ralph Nader, Chris Hedges, Amy Goodman, Thomas Piketty




All this and more in:

Activism & Organizing

Demand Critical Congressional Hearings – Long Overdue, Avoided or Blocked. Ralph Nader, Nader.org
http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/US%20Capitol.jpg/ Phil Roeder (CC BY 2.0)
 

Here are my suggestions for a dozen long-overdue hearings in the House of Representatives, now run by the Democrats:

Gender & Sexuality

Sexual Abuse: A "Serious and Pervasive" Issue, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Sex%20%26%20Relationships%20Banner_0.jpg

  • Part 1: Child sex abuse called 'a serious and pervasive' issue in US society
  • Child sexual abuse in the United States is at epidemic levels.
  • Part 2: Southern Baptist Convention report on sex abuse shines a light on evangelical culture.
  • We need to take a long look at the theological and structural conditions that enable abuse
  • Part 3: Driving Change in States to Combat Sexual Harassment
  • All workers deserve a work environment free of any type of gender discrimination, including sexual harassment.
  • Related: Stop Betsy DeVos' attack on student sexual assault survivors.

Government & Politics

Why millions of people are getting hit with a surprise tax bill this year,  Matthew Yglesias, Vox
https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/K5B1541tKIQWSwRyUK77e06XiJg=/0x0:1024x683/920x613/filters:focal(729x344:891x506)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63009239/paul-ryan-wisc.0.jpg/ Paul Ryan in 2016, then the House speaker and an architect of the tax bill. Darren Hauck/Getty Images

An effort to make the tax bill look better ended up making it look worse.
 

Labor

Push puts Minnesota near goal of ending veteran homelessness. Chris SerresMinneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Former%20Homeless%20Vet%20Moves%20Into%20Dwtn%20Mpls%20Studio%20Apt.jpg/ Gallery: With the help of Housing Coordinator Genevieve Pelrine of Start Today Hennepin, Robert Kleen was able to get an affordable lease on a studio in downtown Minneapolis. Richard Tsong-Taataril - Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

  • A goal that once seemed unattainable — securing safe and stable housing for every veteran known to be homeless — is now within reach. 
  • State getting all vets off the street
  • Related: Homeless America ~ Chris Hedges
  • Related: The market will not fixTwin Cities' affordable housing crisis.
     

Media & Technology

How Facebook Screwed Us All, Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/How%20Facebook%20Screwed%20Us%20All.jpgRight-wing sites and clickbait dominate the platform that dominates American news consumption. And that same platform, despite its stated commitment to supporting “quality news,” keeps making it harder for people to find genuine journalism.
 

 http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/EMail%20This%20Story%20to%20a%20Friend%20banner.jpg

Help expand your impact by forwarding this story to any friends looking to get involved.

Section(s): 

How Facebook Screwed Us All

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/How%20Facebook%20Screwed%20Us%20All.jpg

Right-wing sites and clickbait dominate the platform that dominates American news consumption. And that same platform, despite its stated commitment to supporting “quality news,” keeps making it harder for people to find genuine journalism.

Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones

Mother Jones Editor's Note: This essay is the cover story for our March/April issue.  Portions of it appeared earlier here and here.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/EGD%20Newsletter%20Subscribe.jpg

March/April 2019 Issue | A country riven by ethnic tension. Spontaneous protests driven by viral memes. Violence and riots fueled by hateful fake-news posts, often about “terrorism” by marginalized groups.

It’s a story we’ve seen play out around the world recently, from France and Germany to Burma, Sri Lanka, and Nigeria. The particulars are different—gas prices were the trigger in France, lies about machete attacks in Nigeria—but one element has been present every time: Facebook. In each of these countries, the platform’s power to accelerate hate and disinformation has translated into real-world violence.

Monika Bauerlein is CEO of Mother Jones
and Clara Jeffery is Editor-in-Chief of Mother Jones and recipient of a PEN America award for editing.

Full story …

http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Fake-News-400x255.jpg
Help enlighten others. Be sure to pass this on to friends and kin. We must break the system's  ability to lie with impunity.

 

 

Section(s): 

Pages

Subscribe to Home Page