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America Is Not a Normal Country

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  • But the madness will end, eventually. The bad dream that is post-9/11 America must at last give way to something else. If the people don’t get sick of it and demand that it end, or military defeat doesn’t do it, the U.S. empire will simply run out of money. Its days are numbered. It's just tragic and sickening that many more will die before that happens."
  • “No civilization would tolerate what America has done.”

Anthony Gregory, Reality Zone / Market Oracle

emDbm5dNEuw/s400/insanityWednesday, September 15, 2010 | "The United States is not a normal country. If it ever was one, it certainly isn't now. Its imperial foreign policy has long made it special, and now that it’s the world’s lone superpower – with an effective monopoly on aerial warfare, calling the shots as to who can have nukes, claiming the unilateral right to start wars against anyone – the U.S. government has become so belligerent, and especially in remote lands, that American wars have become routine, its casualties relegated to the back page.

This decade has obviously been especially bad. Nine years ago, the Twin Towers fell, the Pentagon was hit, and the United States, its government and political culture, fell under a spell of mass delusion that still shows no signs of abating. It has been nine whole years since 9/11, and it is starting to look like the "post-9/11" insanity that marked America under Bush has become a permanent feature of the American landscape.

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Anthony Gregory is a research analyst at the Independent Institute. He lives in Oakland, California. See his webpage for more articles and personal information. 

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“No civilization would tolerate what America has done” David Masciotra, AlterNet  / Salon

  • (We) have … been programmed into cruelty and apathy by (our) schools, churches, families, politics, and pop culture(.)
  • Institutional racism. Rampant income inequality. A broken justice system. America may never be a great society.
  • Torture Is Who We Are

 

Minnesota Nuclear Plant Cost Overruns Show Shortcomings of Large Scale Power Generation

 

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  • Nuclear energy had its heyday when advocates believed it would be “too cheap to meter,” but the cost and operational parameters of large-scale power plants do not align with the needs of a modern electricity grid. Maybe the future will look more like the miniaturization of nuclear power in Isaac Asimov’s sci-fi novel Foundation, but until then, using already-available and cost-effective distributed renewable energy makes more sense.
  • Don't buy PolyMet's assurances on environmental outcomes of sulfide mining.

John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-reliance

trojan-nuclear-power-plant-flickr-tobin-320x240.jpgSep 11, 2014 | With the rich history of cost overruns in the nuclear industry, Xcel Energy and Minnesota regulators probably shouldn’t have been surprised when the retrofit cost to the Monticello nuclear power plant ballooned to more than twice the original estimate late last year. Regulators are asking tough questions about whether the cost overruns are the responsibility of poor management.

But this recent Minnesota example only reinforces why nuclear power (similar to other large-scale power generation) isn’t cost-effective or compatible with a clean energy future.

John Farrell directs the Energy Self-Reliant States and Communities program at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and he focuses on energy policy developments that best expand the benefits of local ownership and dispersed generation of renewable energy.

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Don't buy PolyMet's assurances on environmental outcomes of sulfide mining, David A. Lien, MinnPost

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The prospective sulfide miners have grown fond of telling us that new technology will cure all ills associated with the inevitable acid-mine drainage (AMD) that ends up poisoning regional watersheds and waterways. But the sportsmen and women of northern Minnesota aren’t buying it, and neither should you.

Series | Black History Month: Part 3, The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree, Brutality’s Never Far Away

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  • American Exceptionalism blinds those who share its gaze to uncomfortable facts and truths about their own country.
  • Part 1: The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree: Brutality’s Never Far Away
  • Part 2: Part 2: Yes, ISIS Burned a Man Alive: White Americans Did the Same Thing to Thousands of Black People

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree, Brutality’s Never Far Away

As the world reacts to ISIS brutality, Bill Moyers reminds us of homegrown barbarism in our not-so-distant past.

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

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February 5, 2015 | They burned him alive in an iron cage, and as he screamed and writhed in the agony of hell they made a sport of his death.

After listening to one newscast after another rightly condemn the barbaric killing of that Jordanian air force pilot at the bloody hands of ISIS, I couldn’t sleep. My mind kept roaming the past trying to retrieve a vaguely remembered photograph that I had seen long ago in the archives of a college library in Texas.

Bill Moyers is an American journalist and liberal public commentator. He served as White House Press Secretary in the Johnson administration from 1965 to 1967. He also worked as a network TV news commentator for ten years.

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Part 2: Yes, ISIS Burned a Man Alive: White Americans Did the Same Thing to Thousands of Black People

The United States practiced a unique cultural ritual that was as least as gruesome as the "medieval" punishments meted out by ISIS against its foes.

Chauncey DeVega, Daily Kos / AlterNet

jesse-washington-LOT13093-no.38.jpgLarge crowd looking at the burned body of Jesse Washington, 18 year-old African-American, lynched in Waco, Texas, May 15, 1916. (Library of Congress) 

February 5, 2015 | ISIS burned Muadh al Kasasbeh, a captured Jordian fighter pilot, to death. They doused him with an accelerant. His captors set him on fire. Muadh al Kasasbeh desperately tried to put out the flames. ISIS recorded Muadh al Kasasbeh's immolation, produced a video designed to intimidate their enemies, and then circulated it online.

ISIS's burning alive of Muadh al Kasasbeh has been denounced as an act of savagery, barbarism, and wanton cruelty--one from the "dark ages" and not of the modern world.

Chauncey DeVega, a pseudonym, is editor and founder of the blog We Are Respectable Negroes. His essays on race, popular culture and politics have been published in various books and Web sites.

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Part 2, Malcolm X Was Right About America 

Part 1, Martin Luther King Was a Radical, Not a Saint

 

When science yields to freedom of expression

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  • Journalists must honor concrete evidence, especially when reporting on climate change.
  • Top Scientists To Media: Stop Using ‘Skeptic’ To Describe Climate Science Deniers

Douglas Allchin, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

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ows_142326856725814.jpgFebruary 8, 2015 | Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are bulwarks of American society. Science, however, does not accept any opinion or ideology.

Science honors another pri

nciple: respect for evidence. That additional criterion can provide a challenge to newspapers hoping to serve their community on scientific issues, as reflected in a recent editorial notice on publishing claims about climate change (Readers Write, editor’s note, Jan. 31).

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Douglas Allchin is a fellow at the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Minnesota.

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Top Scientists To Media: Stop Using ‘Skeptic’ To Describe Climate Science Deniers, Joe Romm, Climate Progress  

“Proper skepticism promotes scientific inquiry, critical investigation, and the use of reaso

n in examining controversial and extraordinary claims,” the letter reads. “It is foundational to the scientific method. Denial, on the other hand, is the a priori rejection of ideas without objective consideration.”

How Obama is Making the World More Dangerous

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  • No Peace
  • Robert Parry: ‘Group-Thinking’ the World into a New War

Shamus Cooke, Counterpunch

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Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag.jpgFebruary 6-8, 2015 | You’re not paranoid if you think the world feels more unstable — it is.  There’s a dangerous confluence of political, economic, and military phenomena that is producing a very hazardous international situation.   Heightened national tensions that lead to regional confrontations have become normal as economic and political winds constantly shift in the direction of instability and conflict.

At the center of each maelstrom is the U.S. Government, and instead of acting as a promoter of peace and stability the Obama administration has been a catalyst of confrontation and war.

Shamus Cooke is a social service worker, trade unionist, and writer for Workers Action.

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Robert Parry: ‘Group-Thinking’ the World into a New War, Robert Parry, ConsortiumNews.org  / Rise Up Times

  • The armchair warriors of Official Washington are eager for a new war, this time with Russia over Ukraine, and they are operating from the same sort of mindless “group think” and hostility to dissent that proved so disastrous in Iraq.
  • Paul Craig Roberts: Russia In The Cross Hairs

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