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Chris Hedges | The Rules of Revolt

A nonviolent movement that disrupts the machinery of state and speaks a truth a state hopes to suppress has the force to terrify authority and create deep fissures within the power structure.

‘We Are Either Gonna Step Off the Board or They’re Gonna Kill Us’

Chris Hedges, Truthdig

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Jun 9, 2014 | There are some essential lessons we can learn from the student occupation of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, which took place 25 years ago. The 1989 protests began as a demonstration by university students to mourn the death of Hu Yaobang, the reformist Communist Party chief who had been forced out by Deng Xiaoping. The protests swiftly expanded to include demands for an end to corruption, for press freedom and for democracy. At their height, perhaps a million people were in the square. The protests were crushed on the night of June 3-4 when some 200,000 soldiers, backed by tanks and armored personnel carriers, attacked. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of unarmed demonstrators were killed.

Lesson No. 1. A nonviolent movement that disrupts the machinery of state and speaks a truth a state hopes to suppress has the force to terrify authority and create deep fissures within the power structure. The ruling elites in China, we now know from leaked internal documents and the work of a handful of historians, believed the protests had the potential to dislodge them from power. Monolithic power, as we saw in China, is often a mirage. Some of the internal documents that exposed the fears and deep divisions within the ruling elite have been collected by the Princeton University Library.

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society. 

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‘We Are Either Gonna Step Off the Board or They’re Gonna Kill Us’, Alexander Reed KellyTruthdig 

War—on the battlefield, for oil, in our minds. Chris Hedges and Mr. Fish about their dealings with our civilization’s war against itself in all its ugly forms.

 

 

Totally Nuts

  • Let's not try to figure out everything at once / It’s hard to keep track of you falling through the sky --The National, from their song “Fake Empire”
  • America dumbs down

Mankh (Walter E. Harris III), Axis of Logic

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Sunday, Jun 8, 2014 | The 65th anniversary of the first publication of George Orwell’s 1984 – June 8th, 1949 – is a fitting time to address things totalitarian, fascist, nazi, authoritarian, oligarchic, plutocratic, dictatorial, and police state. Each has its distinct significance; yet to simplify, perhaps, they are all engineered, to a large degree, by Supremacist Control Freaks.

According to Orwell: "Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for socialism, as I understand it."

Mankh (Walter E. Harris III) is an essayist and resident poet on Axis of Logic. In addition to his work as a writer, he is a small press publisher.

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America dumbs downJonathon GatehouseMacleans

  • The U.S. is being overrun by a wave of anti-science, anti-intellectual thinking. Has the most powerful nation on Earth lost its mind?
  • #BringBackOurCriticalThinking

 

 

Gun control impotency is another failure of the traditional media

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  • Imagine how different it would be if all news networks covered this story. A country similar to America adopted gun control. Some of its politicians sacrificed themselves for the better good of society by passing substantive gun control laws. After several years the evidence is in. Gun control works. Imagine if we really had a traditional media the nation could actually count on. Our gun control impotency is another failure of the traditional media.
  • The postcard the NRA doesn't want you to send

Egberto Willies, Daily Kos

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white_house_reporters_afraid_to_criticize_the_white_house-460x307.jpg  Jun 01, 2014 |  How bad is the gun violence in America? NPR’s David Schaper covered a story about the impoverished Chicago Englewood neighborhood with a reputation for crime and violence. He was interviewing the co-founder of R.A.G.E (Resident Association of Greater Englewood) Asiaha Butler about community engagement. During the interview gunfire erupted. A bullet struck one man in a vehicle in the head.

Elliot Rodger kills 7 people and terrorizes a neighborhood by indiscriminately shooting as he drives through a neighborhood. At least 80 people were killed by gun violence the week prior to his rampage. The Elliot Rodger massacre made for sensational news and was covered nationally. After all, these were affluent college students. The 80 people killed throughout the nation did not meet that criterion. Shouldn’t killings equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every two weeks be covered nationally?

Egberto Willies is a political activist, author, political blogger, radio show host, business owner, software developer, web designer, and mechanical engineer in Kingwood, TX. Egberto is an ardent Liberal that believes tolerance is essential. His favorite phrase is “political involvement should be a requirement for citizenship”. 

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The postcard the NRA doesn't want you to send, Andy Kelley, Digital Programs Manager, Democracy for America 

  • In the wake of the tragic shooting at UC Santa Barbara this past weekend, Democracy for America is standing with our friends at Everytown for Gun Safety and with all those working to reduce gun violence and make our streets and homes into safer places for our families. 
  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/In that spirit, we wanted to share with you this simple action you can take to let your elected officials know that you will no longer tolerate inaction when it comes to gun safety. Read the message from John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, below.
  • NRA’s constitutional fraud: The truth behind the “right to bear arms”
  • How the NRA Enables Massacres

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Obama was right to bargain with Taliban for Bergdahl

  • The criticisms can be countered. In the big picture, this made sense.
  • Part 1: The Real Villains of the Bergdahl Tale
  • Part 2: Bergdahl critics desert U.S. values

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Part 1: The Real Villains of the Bergdahl Tale

The right-wing media is denouncing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as a “deserter” who wasn’t worth ransoming from the Taliban, but the real villains are the architects of the disastrous Iraq and Afghan wars who frivolously put the many Bergdahls in harm’s way.

Ray McGovern, Consortium News

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June 3, 2014 | For me, the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl affair brings back angry memories of how, in 2009, President Barack Obama caved in to be-medaled and be-ribboned generals like David Petraeus and ordered a modified-limited-hangout-type “surge” of 33,000 troops into Afghanistan. Consequential cowardice at work – trading lives for political advantage – as bad as it gets.

Bergdahl was quick to discern that he and his comrades were pawns of a policy doing far more harm than good in terms of helping the Afghans. Emailing from Afghanistan in late June 2009, Bergdahl pointed out the main problem in these words: “In the US army you are cut down for being honest… but if you are a conceited brown nosing shit-bag you will be allowed to do what ever you want.”

Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. In the Sixties he served as an infantry/intelligence officer and then became a CIA analyst for the next 27 years. He is on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).

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Part 2: Bergdahl critics desert U.S. values

Trading for POWs is nothing new, and honors obligation to troops.

Editorial Board, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

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June 3, 2014 - 5:57 PM | After five years as a prisoner of war, Bowe Bergdahl’s freedom is what matters, not the circumstances of his capture.

It’s to our nation’s disgrace that rather than welcome the young man home from Afghanistan, some have marred this occasion with attacks on Bergdahl’s character because it’s unclear how he fell into enemy hands.

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The postcard the NRA doesn't want you to send

  • In the wake of the tragic shooting at UC Santa Barbara this past weekend, Democracy for America is standing with our friends at Everytown for Gun Safety and with all those working to reduce gun violence and make our streets and homes into safer places for our families. 
  • Take%20Action%20button%20with%20arrows.jpg In that spirit, we wanted to share with you this simple action you can take to let your elected officials know that you will no longer tolerate inaction when it comes to gun safety. Read the message from John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, below.
  • NRA’s constitutional fraud: The truth behind the “right to bear arms”

How the NRA Enables Massacres

Andy Kelley, Digital Programs Manager, Democracy for America

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Postcard%20Not%20One%20More.jpgThu, 29 May 2014 | On Tuesday night, I (John Feinblatt, President, Everytown for Gun Safety ) was on MSNBC following Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher was shot and killed at UC Santa Barbara. Earlier that day, Mr. Martinez inspired Americans with this idea:

"Today, I'm going to ask every person I can find to send a postcard to every politician they can think of with three words on it: Not One More. People are looking for something to do. I'm asking people to stand up for something. Enough is enough."

Everytown for Gun Safety celebrates Mr. Martinez's courage, and we want to make his idea a reality.

Take%20Action%20button%20with%20arrows.jpg Click here to sign a postcard, and we'll mail one in your name to each of your members of Congress and your governor to tell them that Not One More person should die from our broken gun laws.

Here's what the postcards will look like (above).

Mr. Martinez is right. Not one more person should die because of our broken gun laws. Not one more father should lose his child to gun violence. And not one more politician should put the gun lobby ahead of the lives of Americans.

Our elected officers need to know that we will no longer tolerate inaction. Not one more person should die needlessly. Not one more.

Take%20Action%20button%20with%20arrows.jpg Click here and we'll send a postcard to your members of Congress and your governor telling them that not one more person should die because of our broken gun laws.

Thanks for standing with us.

 

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NRA’s constitutional fraud: The truth behind the “right to bear arms” Heather Digby Parton, Salon

  • The notion that the framers meant for every nut to have unlimited guns is a sham. Here's the little-known reality.
  • How the NRA Enables Massacres

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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.

 

NRA’s constitutional fraud: The truth behind the “right to bear arms”

  • The notion that the framers meant for every nut to have unlimited guns is a sham. Here's the little-known reality.
  • How the NRA Enables Massacres

Heather Digby Parton, Salon

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Monday, June 2, 2014 |  In the wake of the horrific Isla Vista, California, mass killing, Americans have once again engaged the debate over gun proliferation. Victims’ families issue primal cries for regulation of these deadly weapons and gun activists respond by waving the Constitution and declaring their “fundamental right” to bear arms is sacrosanct. Indeed, such right-wing luminaries as Joe the plumber, who not long ago shared the stage with the Republican nominees for president and vice president, said explicitly:

“Your dead kids don’t trump my constitutional rights.”

Iowa Republican Senate candidate Jodi Ernst, known for her violent campaign ads in which she is seen shooting guns and promising to “unload” on Obamacare, had this to say when asked about Isla Vista:

“This unfortunate accident happened after the ad, but it does highlight that I want to get rid of, repeal, and replace [opponent] Bruce Braley’s Obamacare. And it also shows that I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. That is a fundamental right.”

Heather Digby Parton, also known as "Digby," is a contributing writer to Salon.

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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.

 

 

Charter Schools Are Cheating Your Kids

  • New Report Reveals Massive Fraud, Mismanagement, Abuse
  • Millions of dollars are being vacuumed out of public schools and into the corporate pockets -- or fraudulent execs.
  • The Dumbing Down of America's Schools

Paul Rosenberg, Salon

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014 | Just in time for National Charter School Week, there’s a new report highlighting the predictable perils of turning education into a poorly regulated business. Titled “Charter School Vulnerabilities to Waste, Fraud and Abuse,” the report focused on 15 states representing large charter markets, out of the 42 states that have charter schools. Drawing on news reports, criminal complaints, regulatory findings, audits and other sources, it “found fraud, waste and abuse cases totaling over $100 million in losses to taxpayers,” but warned that due to inadequate oversight, “the fraud and mismanagement that has been uncovered thus far might be just the tip of the iceberg.”

While there are plenty of other troubling issues surrounding charter schools — from high rates of racial segregation, to their lackluster overall performance records, to questionable admission and expulsion practices — this report sets all those admittedly important issues aside to focus squarely on activity that appears it could be criminal, and arguably totally out of control. It does not even mention questions raised by sky-high salaries paid to some charter CEOs, such as 16 New York City charter school CEOs who earned more than the head of the city’s public school system in 2011-12. Crime, not greed, is the focus here.

Paul Rosenberg is Senior Editor at Random Lengths News, an alternative bi-weekly newspaper in the Los Angeles Harbour Area. Prior to that, he freelanced primarily as a book reviewer, specialising in serious non-fiction - history, science, culture, politics, public policy, etc. 

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The Dumbing Down of America's Schools, Scott Baker, opednews.com

One thing has been glaringly clear for a generation now, whatever the cause, America's children are trailing the world

 

Special Project | America's Economic Crisis: Week Ending June 1, 2014

 

  • “…it seems that our remedies are instinctively those which aggravate the sickness: the remedies are expressions of the sickness itself“. --Thomas Merton
  • 8 New Items including:
    • The Piketty Panic
    • America’s rotting empire
    • The Shocking Numbers Behind Corporate Welfare
    • America is Falling Behind, Way Behind
    • Why the Minimum Wage Should Really Be Raised to $15 an Hour
    • Who Controls our Government? The Psychopathic Corporate Elites of America
    • Welcome to Satan’s Ball
    • Series | Are Polluting Mining Corporations like PolyMet Sociopathic? Part II

David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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The Piketty Panic, Paul Krugman, New York (NY) Times

It has been amazing to watch conservatives, one after another, denounce Mr. Piketty as a Marxist. Even Mr. Pethokoukis, who is more sophisticated than the rest, calls “Capital” a work of “soft Marxism,” which only makes sense if the mere mention of unequal wealth makes you a Marxist.

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America’s rotting empire, CJ Werleman, AlterNet  

  • Billionaires galore and a crumbling infrastructure
  • More proof we're in rapid decline: Not a single U.S. city currently ranks among the world's most livable
  • We're NOT Number 1: Guess Which Country Now Has a More Affluent Middle Class Than America?
  • 5 Ways American Policies and Attitudes Make Us Lonely, Anxious, and Antisocial

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The Shocking Numbers Behind Corporate Welfare, David Cay Johnston, Al-Jazeera America

  • In fact, the numbers significantly understate the true value of taxpayer subsidies made by state and local government agencies to businesses, , including cash giveaways, building and land transfers, tax abatements and steep discounts on electric and water bills, for reasons explained here.
  • 10 Corporate Behemoths Stifling Competition and Delivering Awful Service to You

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America is Falling Behind, Way Behind, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans.
  • Part 1: We're NOT Number 1: Guess Which Country Now Has a More Affluent Middle Class Than America? 
  • Part 2: 5 Ways American Policies and Attitudes Make Us Lonely, Anxious, and Antisocial

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Why the Minimum Wage Should Really Be Raised to $15 an Hour, Robert Reich, TruthDig

  • We should be raising the federal minimum to $15 an hour.
  • Here are seven reasons why.
  • Series | Minimum Wage: Part 1, How taxpayers subsidize low-wage workers

 

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Who Controls our Government? The Psychopathic Corporate Elites of America, Richard Gale and Dr. Gary Null, Global Research

  • Is it only me or is there something fundamentally flawed with the people who are running our government, including the autocrats, technocrats and bureaucrats who number in the hundreds of thousands? Does it bother you that the Wall Street banks and major corporations, many of our academia and religious institutions and our medical, military and intelligence gathering complexes, Big Pharma and Big Insurance have their needs met at the expense of everyone else? They control our government. We don’t. Instead we fear our government.
  • Welcome to Satan’s Ball
  • Series | Are Polluting Mining Corporations like PolyMet Sociopathic?

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Welcome to Satan’s Ball, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

Our elites have established the most efficient system of mass surveillance in history. They have abolished most of our civil liberties. They have trashed our economy for their own personal gain. They have looted state treasuries and thrown working men and women aside. Satan is again holding a great ball. You are not invited. I am not invited. Only the gangsters will be there. Putin will be an honored guest. So will Obama.

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Series | Are Polluting Mining Corporations like PolyMet Sociopathic? Part II, Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn

  • "Slavery is the legal fiction that a person is property. Corporate personhood is the legal fiction that property is a person." -- Anonymous
  • Series | Are Polluting Mining Corporations like PolyMet Sociopathic?, Part I 
  • Duluth doctors: PolyMet study skips health impacts

 

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