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We let the idiots take the wheel: Donald Trump, Fox News and how we let our democracy rot.

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  • Disgraceful state of politics is tied to collapse of education. Philistines are marching, swarming Trump rallies.
  • Related: Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics

David Masciotra, Salon / AlterNet 

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Apr 12, 2016 | It is easy in a country dedicated to a megalomaniacal style of self-praise to grow tired of all the parades, hymns, and maudlin speeches about the wisdom of the “founding fathers.” Compounding the frustration is that many of their most valuable insights are now forbidden from entry into public school curriculums and cultural discourse. As the word “elitist” continues to undergo unfair demonization, no one dare utter that the framers of the United States Constitution were, themselves, elitists. They were terrified of what damage the public might inflict upon their invention. Benjamin Franklin even went so far as to predict that “the people shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other.”

Thomas Jefferson, a more democratic thinker, called information the “currency of democracy.” It would appear that large parts of America are all but bankrupt, suffering the consequences of a long liquidation at the hands of a sensationalistic media, but most of all, a broken education system. 

David Masciotra is the author of Mellencamp: American Troubadour (University Press of Kentucky). He has also written for Salon, the Atlantic and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

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  • Karl Rove, the architect of Bush's career, privately said 'Fuck the truth; all that matters is the reality that we make people swallow.'
  • 8 New Items including:
  • Paul Krugman | Moment of Truthiness
  • Welcome to This Generation's Joseph McCarthy
  • Life Lessons in Fighting the Culture of Bullshit
  • 10 ‘Chained CPI’ Facts the White House Doesn’t Want You to Know
  • The Death of Truth
  • Ralph Nader explains how voting for the ‘least worst’ candidate corrupts democracy
  • Human Stupidity Is Destroying the World
  • Further Thoughts on Japan ... and America

A Program to End Your “Addiction” of Voting for Candidates in the Two Party Duopoly!

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We MUST break this incredibly destructive “habit” which many people feel they are “forced” to continue and, therefore, begin the process of destroying the Duopoly. 

 

doctom2010, Progressive Activists Voice

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https://proactvoice.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/einstein-image-on-insanity.jpg?w=530September 22, 2015 | 

1. Admit to yourself and others that the political system today is totally corrupted by Corporate Control which dominates the two political parties.

2.      Admit to yourself and others that those same corporations and the wealthy elite control the electoral process and the elected officials whom they elect. (Over 90% of incumbents are re-elected and the same percentage number win who have the most money.)

Thomas Baldwin (doctom2010], Biloxi, MS, is the author of the blog Progressive Activists Voice <https://proactvoice.wordpress.com>

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Disqualifications, Not Qualifications

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  • It is up to us, whether we waive this conflict of interest in the way we vote.  Before we vote, a vigorous review of these conflicts of interest is in order and it is proper for the Sanders campaign to call our attention to them.
  • Related: Robert Parry | Is Hillary Clinton ‘Qualified’?

Hank Edson, Common Dreams

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader/contributor Gerald Gannan for this contribution. 

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Saturday, April 09, 2016 | The dust up over whether either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton is qualified to be president of the United States is overblown by the corporate media, which is looking for any chance it can get to censor the anti-establishment movement.  But more importantly, this dust up is framed entirely incorrectly.

Both candidates have respectable resumes; neither disputes the credentials of the other.  Thus, it’s not who is qualified based on their experience, but rather who ought to be disqualified based on their conflicts of interest.

Hank Edson is an author, activist and attorney based in San Francisco. He is the author of The Declaration of the Democratic Worldview (Democracy Press, 2008).

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Robert Parry | Is Hillary Clinton ‘Qualified’?, Robert Parry, Consortium News

  • The question of “qualifications” is suddenly at the center of the Democratic race with Hillary Clinton’s backers touting her résumé but ignoring her many failures in job after job.
  • Related: Disqualifications, Not Qualifications

Poverty Is a Business

  • The poor pay more for everything, and such transactions are highly profitable for those selling goods and services to the poor. 
  • Related: Noam Chomsky | America Hates Its Poor
  • Related: Black America is getting screwed

Films For Action 

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Films For Action is a community-powered learning library for people who want to change the world.

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Noam Chomsky | America Hates Its Poor, Chris Steele, AlterNet  / Zuccotti Park Press 

December 1, 2013  |  An article that recently came out in Rolling Stone, titled “Gangster Bankers: Too Big to Jail,” by Matt Taibbi, asserts that the government is afraid to prosecute powerful bankers, such as those running HSBC. Taibbi says that there’s “an arrestable class and an unarrestable class.”  What is your view on the current state of class war in the U.S.?

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Black America is getting screwed, David Dayen, Salon 

  • Shocking new study highlights the depths of economic disparities
  • Black retail workers are twice as likely to live below the poverty line, and twice as likely to be unemployed. Why?
  • 40 Reasons US Jails And Prisons Are Full Of Black And Poor People

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Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 4: Neocolonialism And Resource Wars

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Our present economic system produces an endless series of resource-motivated wars. In addition to the enormous suffering, waste, injustice and ecological destruction produced by modern wars, we must recognize that in an era of thermonuclear weapons, war has become prohibitively dangerous. Therefore we need a new economic system.

John Scales Avery, Countercurrents.org

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The Industrial Revolution opened up an enormous gap in military strength between the industrialized nations and the rest of the world. Taking advantage of their superior weaponry, Europe, the United States and Japan rapidly carved up the remainder of the world into colonies, which acted as sources of raw materials and food, and as markets for manufactured goods. Between 1800 and 1914, the percentage of the earth under the domination of colonial powers increased to 85 percent, if former colonies are included.

The English economist and Fabian, John Atkinson Hobson (1858-1940), offered a famous explanation of the colonial era in his book "Imperialism: A Study" (1902). According to Hobson, the basic problem that led to colonial expansion was an excessively unequal distribution of incomes in the industrialized countries. The result of this unequal distribution was that neither the rich nor the poor could buy back the total output of their society. The incomes of the poor were insufficient, and rich were too few in number. The rich had finite needs, and tended to reinvest their money. As Hobson pointed out, reinvestment in new factories only made the situation worse by increasing output.

John Scales Avery is a theoretical chemist noted for his research publications in quantum chemistry, thermodynamics, evolution, and history of science. Since the early 1990s, Avery has been an active World peace activist. 

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Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 3: Climate Change and the Urgent Need for Renewable Energy 

One of the greatest threats to the survival of the human species and the biosphere is catastrophic climate change. 

Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 2: Entropy and Economics 

We urgently need to shift quickly from fossil fuels to renewable energy if we are to avoid a tipping point after which human efforts to avoid catastrophic climate change will be futile because feedback loops will have taken over. 

Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 1: Limits to Economic Growth

It is obvious that on a finite Earth, neither population growth nor economic growth can continue indefinitely.

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Special Report | Panama Papers: Problems, Propaganda, Media Corruption

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  • Now the facts are in the open but the way in which the revelations are reported is questionable and taints an important story.
  • Mainstream U.S. journalism and propaganda are getting hard to tell apart, as with the flurry of “corruption” stories aimed at Russia’s Putin and other demonized foreign leaders
  • Part 1: Freedom Rider: The Panama Papers Problem
  • Part 2: 'Corruption' as a Propaganda Weapon
  • Related: Special Report | The Panama Papers Scandal, Week Ending  April 9, 2016

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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Part 1: Freedom Rider: The Panama Papers Problem, Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report 

  • The Panama tax haven leaks reveal a lot about the lawlessness of the rich, as well as the ideological bias of the western press. “Vladimir Putin’s name appears nowhere, but the corporate media used his image repeatedly to drum up interest in what is an otherwise newsworthy story.” Americans are conspicuous by their absence from the story. That’s because rich people in the U.S. can avoid taxes “legally in Wyoming, Delaware or Nevada.”
  • “The goal of revealing secrets instead turns into a plan to keep more secrets and to tarnish certain reputations based on bias and mysterious criteria.”

http://blackagendareport.com/sites/default/files/styles/image-400x300/public/FR_rich2.jpg?itok=lOzrFWOM Tue, 04/05/2016 | The worst criminals on earth are not the poor who sit behind bars in jails and prisons. The biggest thieves are found among the rich. The 1% can buy legislation, politicians and the media to carry out and hide their dirty work. If they can’t change the laws to benefit themselves in their homelands they simply send their money elsewhere through shell holding companies. This transfer of wealth, much of it diverted from what ought to be tax payments, is an open secret. Panama, the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Luxembourg and Switzerland are known for securing the money and secrets of the rich and the well connected.

The leak of 11.5 million documents from the Panama based Mossack Fonseca law firm brings into the light of day what was long known but passively accepted. Now the facts are in the open but the way in which the revelations are reported is questionable and taints an important story.

Margaret Kimberley is editor and senior columnist at Black Agenda Report. Her column, Freedom Rider, appears weekly in Black Agenda Report, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog.

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Part 2: 'Corruption' as a Propaganda Weapon, Robert Parry, Consortium News 

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Mainstream U.S. journalism and propaganda are getting hard to tell apart, as with the flurry of “corruption” stories aimed at Russia’s Putin and other demonized foreign leaders

Related: Special Report | The Panama Papers Scandal, Week Ending  April 9, 2016

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05 April 16 | Sadly, some important duties of journalism, such as applying evenhanded standards on human rights abuses and financial corruption, have been so corrupted by the demands of government propaganda – and the careerism of too many writers – that I now become suspicious whenever the mainstream media trumpets some sensational story aimed at some “designated villain.”

Far too often, this sort of “journalism” is just a forerunner to the next “regime change” scheme, dirtying up or delegitimizing a foreign leader before the inevitable advent of a “color revolution” organized by “democracy-promoting” NGOs often with money from the U.S. government’s National Endowment for Democracy or some neoliberal financier like George Soros.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. His latest book is America’s Stolen Narrative.

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Special Report | The Panama Papers Scandal, Week Ending  April 9, 2016, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest.

  • A huge leak of documents has lifted the lid on how the rich and powerful use tax havens to hide their wealth. The files were leaked from one of the world's most secretive companies, a Panamanian law firm called Mossack Fonseca.
  • 5 New items including:
    • Panama Papers Q&A: What is the scandal about?
    • Five key figures implicated in the 'Panama Papers' scandal
    • Americans Included in ‘Panama Papers’ Leak
    • The Names in the Panama Papers
    • Massive Leak of Secret Documents from Panamanian Firm Reveal Movement of Billions of Dollars in Suspect Transactions

 
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Jamar Clark case: Freeman played dog-whistle politics in communicating the narrative

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  • Whether intentional or unintentional, the county attorney's presentation was peppered with gratuitous coded language designed or defaulted to dehumanize Clark. 
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  • Related: American Crossroads: Reagan, Trump and the Devil Down South

Steven L. Belton, Miinneapolis (MN) Star-Tribune

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I was reminded of that experience this past week when Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman explained his rationale for not prosecuting the two Minneapolis police officers responsible for shooting and killing Jamar Clark. That announcement has divided and polarized the community like no other legal argument in recent memory. Radio and television reports, newspaper editorials, commentary and letters to the editor, social media, and old-fashioned water-cooler conversations have figuratively blown up with contention over the merits or lack of merits of Freeman’s decision.

Steven Belton is president and chief executive officer of the Minneapolis Urban League.

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The Talk, Devin C. Hughes, Upworthy

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For black families, this tough conversation can be the difference between life or death.

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American Crossroads: Reagan, Trump and the Devil Down South, Ben Fountain, Guardian <>

How the Republican party’s dog-whistle appeal to racism, refined by Richard Nixon and perfected by Ronald Reagan, led inexorably to Donald Trump.

The media’s indefensible Trump cowardice: How CNN & NPR shirked their obligation to the truth

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  • CNN's chief scoffs at the idea of calling Trump out, while NPR scolds one of its journalists for telling the truth.
  • Related: We all enabled Donald Trump: Our deeply unserious media and reality-TV culture made this horror inevitable.
  • Related: World Class Journalist Spills the Beans, Admits Mainstream Media is Completely Fake

Jack Mirkinson, Salon

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http://media.salon.com/2010/04/white_house_reporters_afraid_to_criticize_the_white_house-460x307.jpg Friday, Mar 18, 2016 | More than anything, our elite media is devoted to the idea that the political system as it is presently constructed is a legitimate, respectable one. Politics means Democrats and Republicans facing off against each other. No matter how noxious one or the other party becomes, no matter how morally suspect, the two-party-debate framework has to be adhered to and it is not the role of the media to take sides in the matter. This is how, to name just one example, the New York Times spent over a decade tiptoeing around the fact that the United States had tortured people. The paper surely knew that what was happening in American black sites and prisons was torture, but politicians kept insisting that it wasn’t, so the Times had to back off. The system had to be respected.

Obviously, it would have been nice if some of our big media outlets had abandoned this framework a long time ago. Nevertheless, the rise of Donald Trump represents the most blindingly obvious threat to this state of existence in a while. Not only is Trump a bully, a racist and a congenital liar, he’s also a quasi-fascist tyrant-in-waiting leading an increasingly brutal movement of followers. By any stretch of the imagination, he should be seen as beyond the pale, a uniquely dangerous man worthy of revulsion — and he is very likely going to be the Republican presidential nominee.

Jack Mirkinson is a writer living in New York. 

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We all enabled Donald Trump: Our deeply unserious media and reality-TV culture made this horror inevitable, Neal Gabler, Salon

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  • Trump isn't the destruction of the GOP. He is its fulfillment. We'd all know this if the press would do its job. 
  • Trump could only make a mockery of our politics because the media already had.
  • The media is NOT doing its job! 

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World Class Journalist Spills the Beans, Admits Mainstream Media is Completely Fake, Arjun Walia, Prepare for Change / Global Research 

  • 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.

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