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  • Part 1: There’s So Much You Don’t Know About Brett Kavanaugh.
  • And you probably won’t until it’s too late.
  • Part 2: U.S. Supreme Court nomination: Senators, ask these questions — and demand answers.
  • No more softball. Political handlers have taken the wrong message from past confirmation hearings. 
  • Related: Anthony Kennedy, You Are a Total Disgrace to America.

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Part 1: There’s So Much You Don’t Know About Brett Kavanaugh

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And you probably won’t until it’s too late.

The Editorial Board, New York (NY) Times

July 9, 2018 | So what can the American people hope to know in the days ahead about Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s latest candidate for the Supreme Court, who will very shortly hold one of the most powerful unelected jobs in government and wield profound influence over their daily lives? An awful lot, and yet, at the same time, so alarmingly little.

First, the awful lot: Judge Kavanaugh would shift the balance of constitutional jurisprudence to the right, creating a solid right-wing majority on the court possibly until the second half of the 21st century. While the somewhat unpredictable Justice Anthony Kennedy once served as the fulcrum for the court, that role will now go to Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., a far more ideological conservative.

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Part 2: U.S. Supreme Court nomination: Senators, ask these questions — and demand answers

http://stmedia.stimg.co/ows_153117634683146.jpg?w=525News crews set up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building Monday morning, preparing for President Donald Trump’s announcement of his nominee to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. J. David Ake • Associated Press

  • Americans who care about the court’s future and its role in the American system of government need to turn to the political process to restore the protections the new majority will take away, and to create an environment where radical judges can’t be nominated or confirmed.
  • No more softball. Political handlers have taken the wrong message from past confirmation hearings.

Jeffrey Peck, Washington (DC) Post / Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune

July 10, 2018 |  ‘My job is to apply and enforce the law.” “I will approach any case with an open mind.” I will give “no hints, no forecasts, no previews.” These nice-sounding bromides from nominees — those selected by both Republican and Democratic presidents — tell us next to nothing. Maxims and slogans leave senators entirely in the dark.

To make an informed decision, senators must understand the nominee’s judicial philosophy and views on basic constitutional principles. Otherwise, they would be mere rubber stamps and violate their constitutional duty.

Jeffrey Peck was general counsel and staff director of the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1987 to 1992. He worked for then-Chairman Joseph R. Biden on the Bork, Kennedy, Souter and Clarence Thomas nominations to the Supreme Court.

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  • No one expected Kennedy to allow Donald Trump to pick his successor. But he has. And it should forever taint his legacy as a jurist.
  • Related: Anthony Kennedy Did Not Swing!
     

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Our challenge really is against the stupidity and cognitive dissonance that rules us today.

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  • Part 1: Vandana Shiva, physicist and thinker: our challenge really is against the stupidity that rules us today
  • "We are not atomized producers and consumers, we are part of an earth community, we are part of a human community…"
  • Part 2: The Entire Western World Lives In Cognitive Dissonance
  • The Western mind … (is) so full of propagandistic nonsense that there is no connection to reality.

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Part 1: Vandana Shiva, physicist and thinker: our challenge really is against the stupidity that rules us today

In this period of the end of the world, how do we sow the seeds of a possible world?

Vandana Shiva, Rise Up Times

June 9, 2018 | "We are not atomized producers and consumers, we are part of an earth community, we are part of a human community…"

Vandana Shiva discusses the state of the planet and what we can do about it.

Vandana Shiva, physicist and thinker

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Part 2: The Entire Western World Lives In Cognitive Dissonance

  • The Western mind … (is) so full of propagandistic nonsense that there is no connection to reality.
  • There is the real world and there is the propagandistic made-upworldthatcoversover the real world and serves special interests.

Paul Craig Roberts, paulcraigroberts.org

https://www.strategic-culture.org/images/news/2018/06/22/or-40956.jpg22.06.2018 In this column I am going to use three of the current top news stories to illustrate the disconnect that is everywhere in the Western mind.

Let us begin with the family separation issue. The separation of children from immigrant/refugee/asylum parents has caused such public outcry that President Trump has backed off his policy and signed an executive order terminating family separation.

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Anthony Kennedy, You Are a Total Disgrace to America

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  • No one expected Kennedy to allow Donald Trump to pick his successor. But he has. And it should forever taint his legacy as a jurist.
  • Related: Anthony Kennedy Did Not Swing!

Michael Tomasky, Daily Beast / Reader Supported News

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02 July 2018 | It’s been a few days now, but the shock of Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement hasn’t abated a bit. This is partly because of the ghastly coming ramifications, more on which later. But it’s also because I honestly didn’t think Kennedy would allow Donald Trump to name his successor.

I thought he had more respect for the United States of America than to allow this corrupt gangster who’s almost certainly never read a Supreme Court opinion in his life to name his successor. Yes, Kennedy is conservative, so to that extent it makes sense that he’d want a Republican president to make the call, and maybe it’s just that simple. But whatever his motivation, Kennedy has altered and destroyed his legacy.
The Daily Beast special correspondent Michael Tomasky <https://www.thedailybeast.com/author/michael-tomasky>is also editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas.

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Anthony Kennedy Did Not Swing! Tom Hall, LA Progressive

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Special Project | A 4th of July Holiday Reader, Week Ending July 7, 2018

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  • Part 1: What Are You Actually Celebrating This Fourth of July?
  • What if the entire system — elections, protections, legislation, adjudication, militarization, all of it — were rigged beyond the people’s ability to reform it?
  • Part 2: Put Away The Flags by Howard Zinn
  • These ways of thinking — cultivated, nurtured, indoctrinated from childhood on — have been useful to those in power, and deadly for those out of power.
  • Part 3: America Celebrates Lateral Transition From Monarchy To Corporatist Oligarchy
  • Today America is celebrating your lateral promotion from housekeeping to laundry staff. 

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Part 1: What Are You Actually Celebrating This Fourth of July?

What if the entire system — elections, protections, legislation, adjudication, militarization, all of it — were rigged beyond the people’s ability to reform it?

Claire Bernish, Mint Press News

July 4, 2018 |What if people, sickened by tyrannical control, threw off the shackles of bloated governance in favor of leading themselves? What if the erosion of fundamental freedoms — guaranteed not by a document, but by being human — were actually intolerable as so much grumbling intimated? What if government intrusion into people’s bedrooms, communications, sovereign corporeal decisions — of vice, health, and more — means of subsistence, financial choices, business, education, and innumerable other aspects, were utterly unacceptable?

What if even the revolutionary roots, the foundation, of the nation were soaked in the blood of countless individuals and peoples — a likely sign no tangible freedom would last beyond lip service?

Claire Bernish is an activist and journalist who focuses on government and corporate corruption, freedom of speech, censorship, law enforcement accountability, and human rights. Her work can be seen on TheFreeThoughtProject.com, theAntiMedia.org, and multiple other outlets.



Part 2: Put Away The Flags by Howard Zinn

These ways of thinking — cultivated, nurtured, indoctrinated from childhood on — have been useful to those in power, and deadly for those out of power.

Howard Zinn, Dandelion Salad

https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6235/6327281448_3ecaaffef7.jpgJuly 4, 2017 | On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

Is not nationalism — that devotion to a flag, an anthem, a boundary so fierce it engenders mass murder — one of the great evils of our time, along with racism, along with religious hatred?

Howard Zinn: historian, activist, writer and speaker

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Part 3: America Celebrates Lateral Transition From Monarchy To Corporatist Oligarchy

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‪Caitlin Johnstone‬, Medium

July 4, 2017 | Today America celebrates its liberation from the shackles of the British Crown and the beginning of its transition into corporatist oligarchy, which is a lot like celebrating your lateral promotion from housekeeping to laundry staff. Fireworks will be set off, hot dogs will be consumed, and a strange yellow concoction known as Mountain Dew will be imbibed by patriotic high-fiving Yankees eager to celebrate their hard-fought freedom to funnel their taxes into corporate welfare instead of to the King.

Spark up a bottle rocket for me, America! In trouncing King George’s red-coated goon squad, you made it possible for the donor class to slowly buy up more and more control of your shiny new government, allowing for a system of rule determined not by royal bloodlines, but by wealth bloodlines. Now instead of your national affairs being determined by some gilded schmuck across the pond, they are determined by the billionaire owners of multinational corporations and banks. These oligarchs have shored up their rule to such an extent that congressional candidates who outspend their opponents are almost certain to win, and a 2014 Princeton study found that ordinary Americans have no influence whatsoever over the behavior of their government while the will of the wealthy has a direct influence on US policy and legislation.‪

https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/fit/c/60/60/1*ZVXYCWfCPhsF5l-4EFhAIQ.jpegCaitlin Johnstone‬: Rogue journalist. Bogan socialist. Anarcho-psychonaut. Guerilla poet. Utopia prepper.

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Feature Article | This Nation Is Politically Deranged. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

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The Justice Department Inspector General's report proves the nation became addicted to unreality.

 

Publisher's Choice | A Brief History of U.S. Intervention in the Countries of Origin of Central American Asylum Seekers, ‪Mark Tseng-Putterman‬, Medium

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Of Special Interest | Outraged By Kids In Cages? Look At Our Entire Juvenile Justice System. Cara H. Drinan, HuffPost

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  • How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way
  • Related: America's Mass Incarceration Crisis Begins in Its Schools

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The Civility Debate Has Reached Peak StupidityCompiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: So, Now You Want Civility?
  • You don’t really want civility, anyway.
  • Part 2: The Civility Debate Has Reached Peak Stupidity
  • You don’t really want civility, anyway.
  • Related: Rejecting Values and Responsibility Was a Big Mistake. We Have Lost Our Minds.

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If you try to make the Democrats what they are not …

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Sen. Smith’s PolyMet amendment: Corporate welfare? Pandering? Or just a reasonable deal? Compiled by David Culver <evergreenedigest@earthlink.net>, Ed., Evergreene Digest <http://evergreenedigest.org>

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  • Part 1: Sen. Tina Smith gets behind PolyMet land exchange
  • Democratic U.S. senatorsponsorsamendment to codify Iron Range deal. 
  • Part 2: Sen. Smith’s PolyMet amendment: Corporate welfare? Pandering? Or just a reasonable deal?
  • The heated debate over the role of mining in northern Minnesota has become full of political landmines for Democratic politicians.
     

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From the Archives | Socialism: Our Alternative To The Madness Of The Market

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Workers must take control of the economy’s productive resources, and this will require a massive struggle, animated by a vision of a different kind of society.

Eric RuderSocialist Worker / Dandelion Salad

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June 3,2018 | The World economy is still suffering from the worst crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Around the world, the consequences have been devastating–jobs wiped out, exploitation intensified for those who remain employed, social services eliminated or privatized.

Welcome to 21st-century capitalism, a topsy-turvy world in which poverty for many and unimaginable wealth for a tiny few stand side by side. But unlike in earlier times, when slave and feudal societies weren’t efficient enough to adequately feed, clothe and house everyone in society, today’s crisis is the result of an overabundance of material goods, not the lack of them.

Eric Ruder, a writer and socialist living in Chicago, is regular contributor to the International Socialist Review (ISR).

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  • A liberal commentator offers his scathing take on contemporary American politics and culture.
  • Essays by Thomas Frank
  • Special Report | The Coming Collapse of the US Empire

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Thomas%20Frank%20%7C%20Rendezvous%20with%20Oblivion.jpgOne of the results of the shocking election of Donald Trump has been the political commentariat’s reassessment of the state of the nation. In that vein, Frank (Listen, Liberal, 2016, etc.), a former columnist for the Wall Street Journal and Harper’s and founding editor of the Baffler, assembles a series of essays that originally appeared in various publications from 2011 to 2018. The essays, asserts the author in his introduction, “all aim to tell one essential story”: the dissolution of the common bonds of American society as the rich and powerful accumulate more power and the rest of the citizenry is forgotten.

Frank proceeds to paint a dystopian picture of struggling fast-food workers, greedycollegesand universities, and politicians’ disregard for the common folk, all culminating in the election of Trump, “the very personification of this low, dishonest age.” To his credit, the liberal author (he supported Bernie Sanders in 2016) acknowledges Trump’s appeal to the working-class and rural voters whom Democratic Party elites have all but abandoned. Moreover, several of his arguments should resonate with Americans of all political stripes. Is there any doubt, for example, that a factor in the skyrocketing cost of a college education is “the insane proliferation of university administrators”?

Thomas Frank is an American political analyst, historian, and journalist. He co-founded and edited The Baffler magazine. Frank has written several books, most notably What's the Matter with Kansas? and Listen, Liberal.

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Special Report | The Coming Collapse of the US Empire, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Noam Chomsky: The Decline of the U.S. Empire
  • Noam Chomsky on the decline of the U.S. empire in an interview with teleSUR.
  • Part 2: The Coming Collapse by Chris Hedges
  • It is impossible for any doomed population to grasp how fragile the decayed financial, social and political system is on the eve of implosion.



 

The Civility Debate Has Reached Peak Stupidity

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  • Part 1: So, Now You Want Civility?
  • You don’t really want civility, anyway.
  • Part 2: The Civility Debate Has Reached Peak Stupidity
  • You don’t really want civility, anyway.
  • Related: Rejecting Values and Responsibility Was a Big Mistake. We Have Lost Our Minds.

 

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: So, Now You Want Civility?

https://johnpavlovitz.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/TrumpDisabled2.jpgYou don’t really want civility, anyway. That’s not what you’re asking for. If you were simply asking for that, we wouldn’t have an issue.

John Pavlowitz, JohnPavlowitz.com

June 26, 2018 | Civility.

That’s the card you’re pulling now, Trump supporters?


That’s where you’ve landed?


That’s your go-to play at this stage of the game?


It’s a little late for you to roll that out now, isn’t it?

https://johnpavlovitz.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/johnMosaicHeadshot.jpg John Pavlowitz is a writer, pastor, and activist from Wake Forest, North Carolina. In the past four years his blog Stuff That Needs To Be Said has reached a diverse worldwide audience. A 20-year veteran in the trenches of local church ministry, John is committed to equality, diversity, and justice—both inside and outside faith communities. In 2017 he released his first book, A Bigger Table. His new book, Hope and Other Superpowers, arrives on November 6th.

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Part 2: The Civility Debate Has Reached Peak Stupidity

We got here around the time Newt Gingrich called for more civil discourse.

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire 

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She did not use an official government Twitter account to discuss the episode, as Sanders did later. She did not use the power of the Oval Office to try and destroy someone’s business, as the president* found time to do later. She asked the staff what they wanted to do. She took a vote. She abided by their wishes. If there’s a more civil way of saying “no” to someone, I don’t know what it would be.

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Rejecting Values and Responsibility Was a Big Mistake. We Have Lost Our Minds. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: Psychologist: Rejecting Values and Responsibility Was a Big Mistake
  • Rejecting values and responsibility leads to a life devoid of purpose.
  • Part 2: It’s no joke that we have lost our minds.
  • The Founding Fathers just ordered another round.
  • Related: This Nation Is Politically Deranged.

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