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Dave Brubeck Dead at 91

 

Rolling Stone 

 

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December 5, 2012 | Jazz piano great Dave Brubeck died this morning of heart failure in Norwalk, Connecticut, his manager told the Chicago Tribune. He was a day shy of his 92nd birthday.

 

Brubeck spent his lengthy career pushing against the boundaries of jazz, blending classical influences with his own improvisational instincts on compositions that transcended standard notions of swing with unusual time signatures and rhythms. Brubeck's best-known work, the 1959 album Time Out, was an experimental collection accessible enough to reach Number Two on the Billboard Pop Albums chart and sell more than one million copies.

 

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2012 In Memoriam: Musicians We Lost, Rolling Stone

The music world said goodbye to Adam Yauch, Whitney Houston, Etta James and many others this year

 

 

Confronting a global austerity agenda

  • Around the world, a generation of workers is discovering the power of resistance.
  • Iceland Did It Right...and Everyone Else Is Doing It Wrong

SocialistWorker.org

 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg

 

Spanish workers march during the recent multinational strike in Europe (Ana Rey)

 

November 27, 2012 | Revolution and reaction, austerity and resistance. That was the shape of world politics in 2012 as the rulers of governments around the globe attempted to force working people to bear the brunt of an ongoing global economic crisis.

 

The particulars of the crisis and the struggle vary from country to country. The Middle East, where revolutions shook world politics last year, has seen a revolutionary civil war in Syria, resistance to another Israeli military onslaught against the Palestinians of Gaza, and--in the last weeks of November--a renewal of struggle in Egypt against a power grab by the ruling Islamist party that won the country's first post-revolutionary elections.

 

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Iceland Did It Right...and Everyone Else Is Doing It Wrong, Nation of Change

  • Where everyone else bailed out the bankers and made the public pay the price, Iceland let the banks go bust and actually expanded its social safety net.
  • The "BS" Austerity Plan Nobody Wants ... and We May Get Anyway
  • Report Warns "Fix the Debt" a Front for More Corporate Bailouts
  • 'Fix' the Debt: A Trojan Horse for Massive Corporate Tax Breaks.'

 

 

It's Our Economy

 

 

  • The economy becomes OUR economy when people have a say over economic issues and when the economy works for all of us rather than funneling wealth to the top 1%.
  • Five Facts About America's Pathological Wealth Distribution

 

Kevin Zeese, It's Our Economy

 

Tuition is rising, college debt is at an all time high, as well as are defaults on student loans. Some may ask if college is even a worthwhile endeavour in this environment. Certainly the chart on the left raises the question of the value of a bachelor's degree. For the collection agencies, however, the student debt crisis is a windfall. Danny Weil takes an in-depth look at how we got into this situation through privatization of higher education and predatory lending practices.

 

It is Wall Street greed that is at the root of our many financial crises. The affordable housing crisis is largely due to investors buying distressed property to use as rentals and financial institutions keeping low-cost houses off the market in order to keep home prices artificially high and give homeowners who want to sell some confidence. Mike Whitney shows the smoke and mirrors behind the 'housing recovery' and why it may tank again.

 

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Five Facts About America's Pathological Wealth Distribution, Paul Buchheit, Common Dreams

  • Americans are beginning to realize that years of preferential tax treatment for the rich, under the guise of "supply-side job creation" nonsense, have bloated the fortunes of the super-rich to a level that would make Rockefeller and Carnegie envious.
  • Iceland Did It Right...and Everyone Else Is Doing It Wrong

 

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Five Facts About America's Pathological Wealth Distribution

  • Americans are beginning to realize that years of preferential tax treatment for the rich, under the guise of "supply-side job creation" nonsense, have bloated the fortunes of the super-rich to a level that would make Rockefeller and Carnegie envious.
  • Iceland Did It Right...and Everyone Else Is Doing It Wrong

Paul Buchheit, Common Dreams

 

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Most people associate inequality with the income gap. As distorted as the distribution of income may be, our wealth distribution is even more extreme. Americans are beginning to realize that years of preferential tax treatment for the rich, under the guise of "supply-side job creation" nonsense, have bloated the fortunes of the super-rich to a level that would make Rockefeller and Carnegie envious.

1. We're close to being the most unequal country in the world.

Among countries with at least a quarter-million adults, only Russia, Ukraine, and Lebanon are more unequal, according to the most recent
figures from Credit Suisse Research.

 

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Iceland Did It Right...and Everyone Else Is Doing It Wrong, Nation of Change

  • Where everyone else bailed out the bankers and made the public pay the price, Iceland let the banks go bust and actually expanded its social safety net.
  • The "BS" Austerity Plan Nobody Wants ... and We May Get Anyway
  • Report Warns "Fix the Debt" a Front for More Corporate Bailouts
  • 'Fix' the Debt: A Trojan Horse for Massive Corporate Tax Breaks.'
 
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Special Report | The Fiscal Cliff: Week of December 9

  • There are a few ways fiscal talks could play out, but the probable result is gridlock and blame.
  • 10 New Items including:
    • The “fiscal cliff” fraud
    • Ralph Nader | The Gift of a Sustainable Economy
    • Iceland Did It Right...and Everyone Else Is Doing It Wrong
    • Crisis and Leviathan ~ Robert Higgs
    • Fiscal cliff deal: both parties plan to throw workers off the cliff
    • Why is the White House Helping the Republicans?
    • Report Warns "Fix the Debt" a Front for More Corporate Bailouts
    • Paul Krugman | Let's Not Make a Deal
    • Republicans’ Leverage Against Tax Hikes for the Rich
    • The "BS" Austerity Plan Nobody Wants ... and We May Get Anyway

David Culver<evergreenedigest@earthlink.net>, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

 

Jack Ohman

 

 

The “fiscal cliff” fraud, Andre Damon, World Socialist Web Site 

The working class must insist that all people have the right to the necessities of life: a secure and decent-paying job, economic security, food, housing, education and medical care. The realization of these rights, however, is not compatible with the continued rule of the corporate and financial elite.

 

Ralph Nader | The Gift of a Sustainable Economy, Ralph Nader, Huffington Post 

  • By supporting local shops, businesses and co-ops that have a tangible investment in the local community -- far more so than the powerbrokers running national retail giants -- and by encouraging new ideas and programs that focus on sustainability, you'll do far more good for your community. What's a better gift than that?
  • Capitalism’s grossest win: The final triumph of Black Friday

Iceland Did It Right...and Everyone Else Is Doing It Wrong, Nation of Change

  • Where everyone else bailed out the bankers and made the public pay the price, Iceland let the banks go bust and actually expanded its social safety net.
  • The "BS" Austerity Plan Nobody Wants ... and We May Get Anyway
  • Report Warns "Fix the Debt" a Front for More Corporate Bailouts
  • 'Fix' the Debt: A Trojan Horse for Massive Corporate Tax Breaks.'

Crisis and Leviathan ~ Robert Higgs, Described in the Independent Institute

  • Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government
  • Report Warns "Fix the Debt" a Front for More Corporate Bailouts
  • Paul Krugman | Let's Not Make a Deal

Fiscal cliff deal: both parties plan to throw workers off the cliff, Liberation News <>

  • Act Two of ‘debt deal’ goes after Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare
  • Report Warns "Fix the Debt" a Front for More Corporate Bailouts

Pat Bagley

 

 

Why is the White House Helping the Republicans? Robert Reich, RobertReich.org 

  • (Monday) the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers issued a report today warning that if Congress allows the Bush tax cuts to expire January 1and the Alternative Minimum Tax to kick in, the middle class will face sharply-rising taxes.
  • Report Warns "Fix the Debt" a Front for More Corporate Bailouts
  • Paul Krugman | Let's Not Make a Deal

Report Warns "Fix the Debt" a Front for More Corporate Bailouts, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! 

We are joined by Sarah Anderson, director of the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies and co-author of the new report, "The CEO Campaign to 'Fix' the Debt: A Trojan Horse for Massive Corporate Tax Breaks.'

 

Paul Krugman | Let's Not Make a Deal, Paul Krugman, New York Times 

  • Right now, the Republicans see themselves as successful blackmailers, holding a clear upper hand. President Obama, they believe, wouldn't dare preside over a broad tax increase while the economy is depressed. And they therefore believe that he will give in to their demands.
  • The "BS" Austerity Plan Nobody Wants ... and We May Get Anyway

Republicans’ Leverage Against Tax Hikes for the Rich, Ramesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg View 

  • There are a few ways fiscal talks could play out, but the probable result is gridlock and blame.
  • A showdown over the fiscal cliff
  • Report Warns "Fix the Debt" a Front for More Corporate Bailouts

The "BS" Austerity Plan Nobody Wants ... and We May Get Anyway, Richard (EJ) Eskow, Nation of Change

  • Seventy percent of voters polled were either "somewhat" or "highly uncomfortable" with the Simpson Bowles plan when it was released.
  • They may get it anyway.
  • Krugman and Stiglitz: Crazy Austerity Policies Inflict Untold Damage on Economy

 

Ralph Nader | The Gift of a Sustainable Economy

  • By supporting local shops, businesses and co-ops that have a tangible investment in the local community -- far more so than the powerbrokers running national retail giants -- and by encouraging new ideas and programs that focus on sustainability, you'll do far more good for your community. What's a better gift than that?
  • Capitalism’s grossest win: The final triumph of Black Friday

Ralph Nader, Huffington Post 

 

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November 30, 2012 | As the end of the year approaches, so does the biggest consumer rush of the year, as millions flock to the stores and online vendors for the latest TVs, gadgets, trendy toys, clothes and more. The Friday after Thanksgiving, now popularly known as "Black Friday" has, in recent years, been hyped beyond the bounds of decency by marketers hoping to motivate thousands of people across the country to line up outside of stores in the wee hours of the morning in hope of securing discounts on big ticket items. One could even make the case that Thanksgiving is now overshadowed by the next-day shopping extravaganza -- in some communities, stores even opened on Thursday night, so intrepid shoppers could leave their holiday festivities and get right to it. And don't forget about "Cyber Monday" just days later, for those inclined to get their deals online.

 

The holidays, once considered a sacred time for family and celebration, have been hijacked by big companies sending out a message to the American people, playing on an endless loop from as early as November 1st all the way to the New Year: "Buy, buy, buy!" Think of all of those products that millions of Americans are purchasing as gifts for their friends and family. Where were they manufactured? Who profits from their sale? What happens to them when they break or become obsolete?

 

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Capitalism’s grossest win: The final triumph of Black Friday, Andrew Leonard, Salon

  • From Plymouth Rock to Thanksgiving at Best Buy: The Puritan ethic went spectacularly astray, all for an iPad mini
  • Genocide and the Thanksgiving Myth
 
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SOA Struggle Continues!


 

This year, we were fortunate to have so many activists from Latin America and the Caribbean who shared their stories with us and walked with us.

SOA Watch Activist Arrested by Military Police

 

Veterans For Peace (VFP)

 

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From November 16-18, over two thousand students, prison abolitionists, teachers, nuns, immigrants, musicians, farmers, activists and workers from across the Americas mobilized to the gates of Fort Benning, to once more express our humanity and solidarity against the school of death and destruction. This year, we were fortunate to have so many activists from Latin America and the Caribbean who shared their stories with us and walked with us. It was a true manifestation of the saying: "Somos Una América! We are One America!"

 

Photos (Courtesy of Tom Bottolene, MnSOAW)

 

Photos [Courtesy of Columbus (GA) Ledger-Enquirer]

 

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SOA Watch Activist Arrested by Military Police, Hendrik Voss, SOA Watch 

  • Thousands Gather at the Gates of Fort Benning, GA, to close the SOA/WHINSEC
  • 3-day mobilization culminates with mass die-in and funeral procession to memorialize the victims of SOA/WHINSEC violence and US miliarization.
  • Nashua Chantalk, 60, of Americus, GA, crosses over the fence to carry the protest onto the military base; faces six months in federal prison.
  • SOA Watch Meets with White House Deputy National Security Adviser: Lessons Learned

 

 

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