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Noam Chomsky, Why National Security Has Nothing to Do With Security

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  • As General Butler observed, it is a near miracle that we have escaped destruction so far, and the longer we tempt fate, the less likely it is that we can hope for divine intervention to perpetuate the miracle.
  • Related: Cold War Then. Cold War Now

Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Alfred%20W.%20McCoy%20%7C%20In%20the%20Shadows%20of%20the%20American%20Century.jpgMarch 11, 2018 | If some extraterrestrial species were compiling a history of Homo sapiens, they might well break their calendar into two eras: BNW (before nuclear weapons) and NWE (the nuclear weapons era). The latter era, of course, opened on August 6, 1945, the first day of the countdown to what may be the inglorious end of this strange species, which attained the intelligence to discover the effective means to destroy itself, but -- so the evidence suggests -- not the moral and intellectual capacity to control its worst instincts.

Day one of the NWE was marked by the “success” of Little Boy, a simple atomic bomb.  On day four, Nagasaki experienced the technological triumph of Fat Man, a more sophisticated design. Five days later came what the official Air Force history calls the “grand finale,” a 1,000-plane raid -- no mean logistical achievement -- attacking Japan’s cities and killing many thousands of people, with leaflets falling among the bombs reading “Japan has surrendered.” Truman announced that surrender before the last B-29 returned to its base.

Noam Chomsky, a TomDispatch regular, is the author of numerous bestselling political works, including Hegemony or Survival and Failed States. A laureate professor at the University of Arizona and professor emeritus of linguistics and philosophy at MIT, he is widely credited with having revolutionized modern linguistics. His newest book (with David Barsamian) is Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy (Metropolitan Books, December 2017).

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Cold War Then. Cold War Now, William Blum, Dandelion Salad

  • https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6154/6186943798_22e6015151_z.jpgIn 2015 in Brussels, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) formally voted to accept the District of Columbia as a new member. UNPO is an international democratic organization whose members are indigenous peoples, minorities and unrecognized or occupied territories who have joined together to protect and promote their human and cultural rights, to preserve their environments and to find nonviolent solutions to conflicts which affect them.
  • Related: Bernie Keeps Promoting The New Cold War and the U.S. ‘Forever Wars’, and Yes, We Need To Talk About It


 

For Obama, an Unexpected Legacy of Two Full Terms at War; Nobel secretary regrets Obama peace prize.

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  • Part 1: For Obama, an Unexpected Legacy of Two Full Terms at War
  • (Mr. Obama left) behind an improbable legacy as the only president in American history to serve two complete terms with the nation at war.
  • Part 2: Nobel secretary regrets Obama peace prize
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Part 1: For Obama, an Unexpected Legacy of Two Full Terms at War

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(Mr. Obama left) behind an improbable legacy as the only president in American history to serve two complete terms with the nation at war.

Mark Landler, New York (NY) Times

May 14, 2016 | President Obama came into office seven years ago pledging to end the wars of his predecessor, George W. Bush. On May 6, with eight months left before he vacates the White House, Mr. Obama passed a somber, little-noticed milestone: He has now been at war longer than Mr. Bush, or any other American president.

If the United States remains in combat in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria until the end of Mr. Obama’s term — a near-certainty given the president’s recent announcement that he will send 250 additional Special Operations forces to Syria — he will leave behind an improbable legacy as the only president in American history to serve two complete terms with the nation at war.

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Part 2: Nobel secretary regrets Obama peace prize

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Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama in 2009 failed to achieve what the committee hoped it would, its ex-secretary has said.

News, British Broadcasting Corporation

17 September 2015 | Geir Lundestad told the AP news agency that the committee hoped the award would strengthen Mr Obama.

Instead, the decision was met with criticism in the US. Many argued he had not had any impact worthy of the award.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters are at Broadcasting House in Westminster, London and it is the world's oldest national broadcasting organization.

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Feature Article | The Problem Isn’t Just Trump. It’s Our Ignorant Electorate. Ron Reagan, the Daily Beast

 

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Paul%20Combs%20%7C%20Americans-%20Serious%20Thinkers%3F.jpgIt is not effete snobbery or elitist condescension to note that ill-informed voters contributed to the current mess.
  • Trump is a problem of our own creation. We must become the solution.
  • Related: How America Lost Its Mind

Publisher's Choice | Why American Collapse is Only Just Beginning (Not Ending); How Do You Solve a Problem Like Collapse? Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Why American Collapse is Only Just Beginning (Not Ending)
  • Six Megatrends That Will Shape the Future
  • Part 2: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Collapse?
  • Or, Why A Collapsing Society is Like a Broken Heart, not a Broken Machine

Of Special Interest | Kushner, Conflicts of Interest, and the Culture of Corruption, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • It’s clear that the Trump Administration’s culture of corruption comes at a steep cost to the country.
  • Part 2: Conflicts of Interest
  • Here’s are five of the most recent instances where Trump is likely violating some of the most basic government ethics rules.

Special Project | One Big Thing: Students Protest the Gun Culture, Shootings; Demand Action, Week Ending March 10, 2018, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

https://d15oah1tzzrs2i.cloudfront.net/snack/image/61224/large_61224-1519066162.jpgWhy Students Should Go On Strike Over Gun Violence * How teens want to solve America’s school shooting problem * A letter from a furious teacher * Parkland Survivors: Donald Trump ‘Needs To Listen To The Screams Of The Children.’ * Parkland Students Criticize Betsy DeVos for Limiting Availability During Marjory Stoneman Douglas Visit (Updated) * Are Students Too Young To Discuss Gun Reform? Wisdom Study Says No.



Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 5 - What have the Democrats learned since Trump's election? Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)

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The Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
Part 5: Unless the Democrats get their act together, there is no reason to think that Trump, with a strong economy at his back, will not be the odds-on favorite for re-election. You would think that grim prospect alone would be enough to galvanize Democrats toward change. And you would be wrong.


Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 4 of 5, John Fisher, Medium

  • https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/2000/1*G1KRbHUxZAXiBwoAvoq_fw.jpegThe Series: As the country approaches the 50th anniversary of one of the most controversial, volatile, and important years in our country’s history, We the People of the United States of America find ourselves facing many of the same issues that led us to the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel, the bloodiest year of the Vietnam War, screams of “the whole world is watching” at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, the floor of the Ambassador Hotel, and Black fists being raised in the air at the Mexico Summer Olympics. So much has changed, true. We’ve come so far, but in a lot of ways, we’re right back where we started and even further behind.
  • Part 4: Say Her Name: Betty Shelby. Bad guys/girls matter.

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West Virginia teachers unions ram through sell-out deal to end strike. Will Morrow, World Socialist Website

http://www.wsws.org/asset/31ef5135-5919-49b1-bab3-09558ea7192C/image.jpg?rendition=image480Dale Lee (second from left), Christine Campbell (third from left) and school support staff union president Joe White smile and applaud as governor Justice signs bill.

The agreement, which the unions endorsed and are claiming as a victory, is a betrayal of the courageous struggle by 33,000 school workers.

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America's Mass Incarceration Crisis Begins in Its Schools, Naveen Kumar, Freelance Writer and Editor

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  • Mar 1 2018 | We spoke with Anna Deavere Smith about Parkland, the school-to-prison pipeline, and her new HBO film, 'Notes from the Field.'Related: How America Outlawed Adolescence
  • When Anna Deavere Smith first started using the “documentary theatre” style of performance she pioneered—for which she interviews hundreds of people surrounding a particular subject and acts out excerpts from the transcripts—she trained her focus on riots that erupted from racial tensions in Brooklyn (Fires in the Mirror) and LA (Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992).
  • More than 25 years later, the Pulitzer finalist and Tony nominee is a staple of drama curriculums, and America’s racial divide is as fraught as ever.

'If black shoot them', former Kentucky acting police chief told recruit, Jamiles Lartey, the Guardian 

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  • Court documents described a pattern of ‘racist and threatening’ messages from the assistant chief Todd Shaw, who was fired in November.
  • Related: To Protect and Serve ~ Norm Stamper
  • Related: Weekend Read - It’s past time for white supremacy to die

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The dark side of daylight saving time

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There is one time of year when you are likely to be short on sleep — the annual shift to daylight saving time.

David Wagnerthe Conversation / Salon 

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03.09.2018 | A train hurtled around a corner at 82 mph, eventually coming off the rails and killing four passengers.

Decades earlier, faulty decision-making resulted in the deaths of the seven-person crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

Years before these events, a stuck valve regulating the supply of coolant to a nuclear reactor nearly resulted in the meltdown of a nuclear plant in Pennsylvania. In each of these cases, poor or inadequate sleep was one of the factors that contributed to the failure.

David Wagner is an Associate Professor of Management at the University of Oregon's Lundquist College of Business, and is a graduate of the Management Department at Michigan State University.

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Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 5 - What have the Democrats learned since Trump's election?

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  • The Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
  • Part 5: Unless the Democrats get their act together, there is no reason to think that Trump, with a strong economy at his back, will not be the odds-on favorite for re-election. You would think that grim prospect alone would be enough to galvanize Democrats toward change. And you would be wrong.

Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Dead%20Red%2C%20White%2C%20%26%20Blue%20Donkey.jpgNovember 3, 2018 | We continue our election anniversary series by posing the question: What have the Democrats learned in the past year?

It is tempting to answer in one word: Nothing.

The Democrats lost the presidency last year, and before that they had lost control of Congress, and before that they had lost control of most state legislatures and governor's mansions. You would think it would have dawned on them that they are out of sync with the American electorate, but no. The party remains a congeries of special and particular interests with no compelling political and moral narrative.

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Previously in this Series:

Part 4 - Poverty issues gain traction in first year of Trump presidency

Part 3 - Trump has put anti-immigrant campaign promises into action

Part 2 - The Trump presidency and Europe's dilemma

Part 1 - What has the GOP learned since Trump's election?


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Special Project | One Big Thing: Students Protest the Gun Culture, Shootings; Demand Action, Week Ending March 10, 2018

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Why Students Should Go On Strike Over Gun Violence * How teens want to solve America’s school shooting problem * A letter from a furious teacher * Parkland Survivors: Donald Trump ‘Needs To Listen To The Screams Of The Children.’ * Parkland Students Criticize Betsy DeVos for Limiting Availability During Marjory Stoneman Douglas Visit (Updated) * Are Students Too Young To Discuss Gun Reform? Wisdom Study Says No. 

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Why Students Should Go On Strike Over Gun Violence, Jennifer Berkshire, AlterNet

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March 5, 2018 | Teachers in West Virginia demonstrated the power of a huge strike last week. What if students used the same strategy to force politicians to act on gun control?
Kids could force politicians to act by refusing to go to school.


How teens want to solve America’s school shooting problem, Carly Novell, PBS 

https://d3i6fh83elv35t.cloudfront.net/static/2018/03/RTX4YA8F-1200x800.jpgMar 5, 2018 | Middle and high school students have been sharing their thoughts on gun violence with the NewsHour since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. One thing all students agree on: Change is possible and action must be taken.
We should not have to beg the U.S. to stop letting our friends die



A letter from a furious teacher, ‪Rebecca Berlin Field‬, Medium 

http://cdn-1.incredibleart.org/lessons/middle/images/kiddies.jpgFeb 17, 2018 | Help us prevent this. Take away guns from people who will murder us. Stop taking money from the NRA and proving how soulless you are. Keep us safe so I can do my job. How dare you put me into constant danger so that you can be reelected.

 



Parkland Survivors: Donald Trump ‘Needs To Listen To The Screams Of The Children.’  Lee Moran, Huff Post

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Parkland Students Criticize Betsy DeVos for Limiting Availability During Marjory Stoneman Douglas Visit (Updated), Ben Mathis-Lilley, Slate

March 07, 2018 | Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday morning. While the event was closed to members of the media, DeVos said afterward that she was accompanied by student reporters during her time at the school—an account that was disputed by a senior student reporter named Carly Novell.



Are Students Too Young To Discuss Gun Reform? Wisdom Study Says No. Sarah Sloat, Inverse 

February 22, 2018 | Age is not the only way to earn wisdom.



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The Problem Isn’t Just Trump. It’s Our Ignorant Electorate.

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  • It is not effete snobbery or elitist condescension to note that ill-informed voters contributed to the current mess.
  • Trump is a problem of our own creation. We must become the solution.
  • Related: How America Lost Its Mind

Ron Reagan, the Daily Beast

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The rest of the day is spent in a kind of horrified suspension, holding our breath, waiting for whatever outrage will inevitably belch forth from the White House—once a bastion of seriousness and decorum, now ground zero for the demise of western democracy. How many lies will Trump spew today? Which dictators will he suck up to? Will he smear a Gold Star family? Attack a woman who dares to call out his smarmy predations? Unveil a puerile, racist nickname for a Senator or member of his own cabinet?

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  • The nation’s current post-truth moment is the ultimate expression of mind-sets that have made America exceptional throughout its history.
  • This article has been adapted from Kurt Andersen’s book Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire—A 500-Year History, to be published in September by Random House.
  • Related: America's Embrace of Willful Ignorance
     

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