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Corrupt and Deranged

Truth can awaken minds and rouse people to action, posing an obvious threat to the corrupt and deranged. Should Trump win the election, he will assuredly be presented with the same choice as the child in the story: get with the program or die. Odds are he folds, in which case those of us rooting for meaningful change will be left with the hope that the inevitable collapse occurs before we die.

Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter. September 7, 2016 | Contemporary governance embodies corruption within deranged systems resting on foundations of theft and fraud. Corruption makes reform impossible; derangement assures eventual collapse.

“Defense” spending is a misnomer. The US could defend itself at a small fraction of what it spends on its military and intelligence. The US government’s foreign intervention and maintenance of a confederated empire are actually a welfare and transfer payment program. Spending has become the point: maximizing the payoff to military and intelligence contractors, their think tanks and lobbying arms, captured politicians, and the vast bureaucracies. Winning wars doesn’t serve the interests of those beneficiaries, lengthy and inconclusive engagements do.

Robert Gore's articles on Straight Line Logic have been featured in The Sangre de Cristo Sentinel, a Colorado newspaper. He is also a featured writer on The Savvy Street, an online magazine.

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2016 Minnesota State Fair Poll Results

  • Tax increases for transit, transportation receive positive responses
  • Majority of polltakers also support so-called ‘Death with Dignity’

Mike Cook, House Public Information Services 

September 6, 2016 | Most of those participating in the House of Representatives state fair poll are willing to pay more in taxes to fund metro area transit and additional funding for statewide transportation needs.

Of the 6,550 people participating in the 2016 opinion survey, 60.6 percent expressed support for at least a dime increase in the state’s 28.5 cents-per-gallon gas tax to fund highway and bridge improvements, while 32.2 percent are opposed and 7.2 percent are undecided or have no opinion.

The mission of Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services department is to provide credible and timely nonpartisan services that inform the general public of legislative actions, educate the public about the legislative process, and encourage public participation in the Minnesota Legislature.

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Tom Engelhardt | A 9/11 Retrospective: Washington's 15-Year Air War,h_316,al_c,q_75,usm_0.50_1.20_0.00/25f54d_0b3f03a501c24802b7a7f2a0e3f8eba0.jpg

  • Perhaps this September 11th, it’s finally time for Americans to begin to focus on our endless air war in the Greater Middle East, our very own disastrous Fifteen Years’ War.  Otherwise, the first explosions from the Thirty Years’ version of the same will be on the horizon before we know it in a world possibly more destabilized and terrorizing than we can at present imagine.
  • Bombs Away!
  • Their Precision Weaponry and Ours
  • Related: The endless aftermath: Since 9/11, we’ve had 15 years of bloodshed, terror and a constant fear of what’s next

Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch 8, 2016 | On the morning of September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda launched its four-plane air force against the United States. On board were its precision weapons: 19 suicidal hijackers. One of those planes, thanks to the resistance of its passengers, crashed in a Pennsylvania field.  The other three hit their targets -- the two towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. -- with the kind of “precision” we now associate with the laser-guided weaponry of the U.S. Air Force.

From its opening salvo, in other words, this conflict has been an air war. With its 75% success rate, al-Qaeda's 9/11 mission was a historic triumph, accurately striking three out of what assumedly were its four chosen targets.  (Though no one knows just where that plane in Pennsylvania was heading, undoubtedly it was either the Capitol or the White House to complete the taking out of the icons of American financial, military, and political power.)  In the process, almost 3,000 people who had no idea they were in the bombsights of an obscure movement on the other side of the planet were slaughtered.

Tom Engelhardt is a co-founder of the American Empire Project and the author of The United States of Fear as well as a history of the Cold War, The End of Victory Culture. He is a fellow of the Nation Institute and runs His latest book is Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World.

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The endless aftermath: Since 9/11, we’ve had 15 years of bloodshed, terror and a constant fear of what’s next, Bob Hennelly, Salon

  • New York City was able to recover, but other parts of the world are still grappling with the consequences.
  • Related: Tom Engelhardt | A 9/11 Retrospective: Washington's 15-Year Air War

Chris Hedges: Fascism, Neoliberalism and Third Parties in the US

Related: Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems

Chris Hedges, Dandelion Salad / Rise Up Times Image by Lauren Giaccone via Flickr

September 8, 2016 | Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges Watching the Hawks RT on Sep 8, 2016

Chris Hedges joins us to discuss neoliberal and 3rd party politics in the 2016 Presidential Campaign.

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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Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems, George Monbiot, Guardian

Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump – neoliberalism has played its part in them all. Why has the left failed to come up with an alternative?

From the Archives | 15 Facts About Military Spending That Will Blow Your Mind

  • We Haven't Spent This Much Since We Fought World War II.
  • Related: The One Trillion Dollar War with Absolutely Nothing to Show for it.

Ujala Sehgal and Robert Johnson, Business Insider Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter.
 14, 2011| As the economy has tanked, the banks have been bailed out, and America lost its jobs, the defense budget continues to grow.

For the past 13 years U.S. military spending has increased 114 percent.

That's 8 percent higher than at the height of Reagan's presidency and the Cold War.

The money is used to buying sophisticated weapons that often don't make it into production, and when the do they're expensive to maintain.

The U.S. must spend a full 1 percent of its GDP just to maintain its arsenal.


Ujala Sehgal is a former intern at Business Insider. She was formerly a financial regulatory lawyer. She received her JD from the University of Michigan.

Robert Johnson is formerly Business Insider's Senior Correspondent and the originating Editor of BI Military & Defense.

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The One Trillion Dollar War with Absolutely Nothing to Show for it, Joseph Clifford, OpEdNews

  • could have been done with one trillion dollars? How about infrastructure, how about Single Payer health care for all, how about free college for all? When Democrats, Republicans, and corporate media say such things are not affordable, they are lying. Easily affordable if we stopped our worldwide wars. All other major nations have these things; they can afford them because they don't just do war.
  • What fools we are.

The 2016 elections and the crisis of American democracy

Whatever the outcome of the November election, the crisis of American democracy will intensify. The greatest danger facing working people is that they are not politically organized and they are not conscious of the tasks they confront. The presidential election campaign of the Socialist Equality Party is aimed precisely at developing the independent political organization and consciousness of the working class.

Joseph Kishore, World Socialist Website

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg. If you like reading this article, consider joining the crew of all reader-supported Evergreene Digest by contributing the equivalent of a cafe latte a month--using the donation button above—so we can bring you more just like it. 18 August 2016 | The 2016 US elections mark a new stage in the deep and protracted crisis of American democracy. Political parties that have been in existence for well over a century and a half are breaking apart. New political alignments are emerging, and an extremely dangerous type of politics, in gestation for an extended period of time, is erupting to the surface.

In the aftermath of the Democratic and Republican national conventions, Donald Trump’s standing in the polls has declined significantly, particularly in key battleground states. From prominent sections of the Republican Party and allied media there are complaints that Trump is not running a traditional race capable of winning office. There are mounting demands that he change course.

Joseph Kishore: National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party, writer for the World Socialist Website

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Hillary Clinton: The Anti-Woman ‘Feminist’

  • Hillary’s Relentless Attack on Women and Families
  • Imperial Feminism: Hillary’s Bloody Hands
  • Related: Series | Hillary Clinton, Imperialism and the Lesser of Two Evils,  Two Parts

Eric Draitser, Counterpunch

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell Joseph Sohm |

Although Hillary Clinton selected Tim Kaine as her Vice President in this campaign, her true running mate might very well be her vagina. Indeed, while Clinton’s support continues to be among the lowest for any Democratic nominee in recent memory, she has managed to position her gender as a focal point of her campaign, a move intended to capture the women’s vote among liberals and conservatives alike. And, considering her opponent is Donald Trump, a man seen by millions of women as a misogynistic loudmouth, she has done this quite successfully.

But beyond the political window-dressing and empty rhetoric, Clinton’s record on women and families should not only lose her the support of American women, it should qualify her as one of the most anti-woman candidates in history. For while modest progress has been made toward some semblance of gender equality, it is the actions of Clinton herself that have done more than any other single individual to harm women and families. Slick public relations aside, Hillary Clinton may very well be the most anti-woman candidate in generations.

Eric Draitser is the founder of and host of CounterPunch Radio. He is an independent geopolitical analyst. 

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Related: Donations at a Dead Stop, Need Immediate Assistance

We were gaining a little traction over the weekend, now nothing. We sincerely wish we could do this without basic funding, we can't. We are well below the 1% threshold and that's once again the problem.

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Dave & the Crew

Series | Hillary Clinton, Imperialism and the Lesser of Two Evils Part Two, Nina Illingworth,



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