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Vaya con Dios, Hugo Chavez, mi Amigo

  • In the film The Seventh Seal, a medieval knight bets his life on a game of chess with the Grim Reaper. Death cheats, of course, and takes the knight. No mortal can indefinitely outplay Death who, last night, checkmated the new Bolivar of Venezuela.
  • Argentina begins prosecution of military-era human rights abuses

Greg Palast, Vice Magazine

Venezuela's late president Hugo Chavez. (photo: Reuters)

08 March 13 | In 2005, Reverend Pat Robertson - channelling the frustration of George W Bush's State Department, said, "Hugo Chavez thinks we're trying to assassinate him. I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it."

Despite Bush's providing intelligence, funds and even a note of congratulations to the crew who kidnapped Chavez (we'll get there), Hugo remained in office, re-elected and wildly popular.

But why the Bush regime's hate, hate, HATE of the President of Venezuela?

Reverend Pat wasn't coy about the answer: It's the oil.

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Argentina begins prosecution of military-era human rights abuses, Jonathan Gilbert, Christian Science Monitor / MinnPost

  • “This is a huge step to achieve the truth internationally,” says Atilio Borón, an Argentine political scientist who studies social movements and democracy. Human rights have become a cornerstone of Argentine politics since Néstor Kirchner, the predecessor and late husband of current President Cristina Kirchner, overturned impunity laws.
  • Eyes Wide Open (2010)

 

 

Minimum Wage Myths: Poverty Doesn’t Create Jobs

  • Even under the proposals before legislative bodies, the working poor will remain poor, especially since their incomes and household purchasing power has ripped away in recent years. 
  • However, increasing wages will better help them meet basic living needs and ease pressure on strained social safety nets.
  • Who are the Job Creators?

Lee Egerstrom, Minnesoa2020

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February 25, 2013 | Despite Minnesota's reputation as a progressive leader in anti-poverty initiatives, with a strong labor history, we've traditionally lagged behind the nation on minimum wage, according to U.S. Department of Labor data.

Dating back to the late 1960s and early 1970s, when the federal minimum wage was $1.60 (provisions set pay for some workers $1.30) Minnesota carved out exemptions that allowed workers to be paid as little as 70 cents per hour. It's a trend that lasted into the mid-1980s.

For a brief period in the early 1990s, Minnesota's minimum wage was ahead of the national average. Unlike many other progressive states, that positive trend didn't last.   

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Who are the Job Creators?, Jim Weygand, Minnesota 2020

  • It is time to get away from growing the wealth of the rich at the expense of the bottom 90%;  it is bad for the Country, the Country’s economic health, and the vast majority of the population. 
  • If Government "Acted Like a Business" It Would Reject Today's Deficit Madness.

Ralph Nader | $9 an Hour? How About a Living Wage! Ralph Nader, The Nader Page

  • Back in 2008, Obama campaigned to have a $9.50 per hour minimum wage by 2011. Now he's settling for $9.00 by 2015! ... How can leaders of poverty groups and unions accept this back-of-the-hand response to the plight of thirty million workers who make less today than what workers made 45 years ago in 1968, inflation adjusted?
  • Show Up To Catch Up With 1968
  • Exposed: How Whole Foods and the Biggest Organic Foods Distributor Are Screwing Workers

 

 

The 6 Economic Facts of Life in America That Allow the Rich to Run off with Our Wealth

  • It's not enough for the greedy rich to buy politicians. They also need to buy our minds. That's why they pay for all this misleading economic education. But if we master the basic economic facts of life, we won't get conned. And we will have a much better chance at building a more just and healthy economy.
  • Do you ever wonder why it takes the average family 47 years to make as much as a hedge fund honcho makes in one hour?
  • Viral Video Shows the Extent of U.S. Wealth Inequality
  • Matt Taibbi | 'The Bailouts Officially Created A Sucker Class'

Les Leopold, AlterNet

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December 5, 2012 | Do you ever wonder why it takes the average family 47 years to make as much as a hedge fund honcho makes in one hour? Does it bother you that in 2010, after the crash, the top 25 hedge fund chiefs made as much as 685,000 teachers who educate 13 million children? 

Are you worried that cutting government debt means raising your social security eligibility age and cost of living adjustment, so that you have to work longer and receive lower retirement benefits?

Have no fear. The super-rich are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to sell you their economic fabrications. Why so much inequality? They say because the rich have the most important skills and you don't. Why so much unemployment? They say it's because our skimpy unemployment insurance keeps people from looking for work. Why so much government debt? They say it's because you have too many "entitlements." Why the Wall Street crash? They blame poor people for buying homes they couldn't afford.

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Viral Video Shows the Extent of U.S. Wealth Inequality, Charlie White, Mashable

  • The issue of wealth inequality across the United States is well known, but this video shows you the extent of that imbalance in dramatic and graphic fashion.
  • Billions for Banks, Nada for the Poor: Not Exactly a Compromise

Matt Taibbi | 'The Bailouts Officially Created A Sucker Class' Harry Bradford, Huffington Post

  • Here's Who's In It
  • Secrets and Lies of the Wall Street Bailout

 

 

Austerity USA Begins March 1st

  • The current plan for the austerity “sequester” cuts is $100 billion of federal cuts every year for ten years, equaling massive cuts to jobs, Medicare, education, and completely destroying federally funded social programs.
  • Paul Krugman | Global Austerity 'An Unethical Experimentation On Human Beings' 
  • Series | Socialism: Theory & Practice, Part 1

Shamus Cooke, Workers Compass

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg.

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U.S. politicians have cried wolf over austerity long enough for the public to ignore them. A perfect time, then, for politicians to actually unleash the wolves. Barring an unlikely last minute deal, here’s a short list of some of the massive, national bi-partisan-created austerity cuts, according to the New York Times

And this is just for 2013.

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Paul Krugman | Global Austerity 'An Unethical Experimentation On Human Beings' Bonnie KavoussiHuffington Post

Series | Socialism: Theory & Practice, Part 1, Albert Einstein, Socialism Theory and Practice

  • Capitalism is a "dog-eat-dog" system based upon the exploitation of working people. Socialism is a cooperative alternative to capitalism. The corporate media distorts socialism just as it lies about almost everything else in order to keep working people confused and disoriented. Solving our problems requires understanding socialism. Socialists understand the key to creating a better world is through: Education, Organization, Unity, & Action
  • Part 1: Albert Einstein, Why Socialism?
 

Does Eric Holder know the law?

  • The A.G. said today (Mar 6) that Congress can't prohibit killings on U.S. soil. He should re-read that statute.
  • The Brennan nomination: A government of torturers and assassins
  • The Children Killed by America’s Drones

Marcy Wheeler, Salon

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

March 6, 2013 | In a chilling statement about executive power, Attorney General Eric Holder today declared that the president can authorize lethal force against Americans, and that Congress can not constitutionally limit such powers.

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, asked Holder whether Congress could prohibit the targeted killing of Americans in America. “Do you believe Congress can pass a law prohibiting POTUS to use lethal force on U.S. soil?” he asked directly, explaining he meant the prohibition would apply only where a person did not present an imminent threat.

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The Brennan nomination: A government of torturers and assassins, Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Web Site

  • It would be hard to find a better illustration of the political priorities of what passes for liberalism in America today: a fixation on identity politics as it relates to the more privileged layers of the population and an indifference to democratic rights at home and the crimes of US militarism abroad.
  • John Brennan vs. a Sixteen-Year-Old Boy
  • Please sign this petition to urge the Senators of the Intelligence Committee to reject John Brennan’s nomination to be head of the CIA or, at the very least, ask tough questions during his confirmation hearings about both Brennan and the CIA’s profligate use of drones. 

The Children Killed by America’s Drones, Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research

  • “Crimes Against Humanity” committed by Barack H. Obama.
  • List of children killed by drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen
  • Killing the Kids that Don’t Need to Die

 

Legislative Democrats Cave On Gun Bill - Now Useless

  • Fearing that broader restrictions on guns won't pass, top Minnesota lawmakers on Monday tacked toward new legislation that avoids expanding background checks as their best bet to tighten the state's gun laws. 
  • MN lawmakers switch to alternate gun plan.

Dave Mindeman, MN Network for Progressive Action

If you like reading this article, consider contributing a cafe latte to all-reader supported Evergreene Digest--using the donation button in the above right-hand corner—so we can bring you more just like it. March 4, 2013 | Jeez, it's getting worse.

Fearing that broader restrictions on guns won't pass, top Minnesota lawmakers on Monday tacked toward new legislation that avoids expanding background checks as their best bet to tighten the state's gun laws. 

A sad case of flacid spinal sponginess.

There has been this idea that the Democratic majority in the legislature would "overplay" their hand.....nobody realized that they could be bluffed into folding with a full house.

This gun legislation is a joke. And it is especially troubling in the wake of this recent poll....

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MN lawmakers switch to alternate gun plan, Kyle Potter, Associated Press / Minnesoa Public Radio

March 4, 2013 | Fearing that broader restrictions on guns won't pass, top Minnesota lawmakers on Monday tacked toward new legislation that avoids expanding background checks as their best bet to tighten the state's gun laws.

 

Viral Video Shows the Extent of U.S. Wealth Inequality

  • The issue of wealth inequality across the United States is well known, but this video shows you the extent of that imbalance in dramatic and graphic fashion.
  • Billions for Banks, Nada for the Poor: Not Exactly a Compromise

Charlie White, Mashable

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Mike Steigerwald

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March 2, 2013 | The issue of wealth inequality across the United States is well known, but this video shows you the extent of that imbalance in dramatic and graphic fashion.

The video, which started going viral on Friday and whose traffic continues to climb on YouTube — reflects the facts as seen from many different sources. We present it without comment, letting you, our readers, be the judge.

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Billions for Banks, Nada for the Poor: Not Exactly a Compromise, Richard Eskow, Blog for Our Future

  • If you're not 'too big to fail,' you're out of luck, even with Obama's 'sequester.'
  • That’s injustice on a medieval scale, served up with a medieval caste-privilege flavor. The only difference is that nowadays injustices are presented with spreadsheets and PowerPoints, rather than with scrolls and trumpets and kingly proclamations.
  • Sequester Madness: Into The Vast Inane

 

Yes, The Alternative is Democratic Socialism, Scott Tucker, Socialist Webzine

  • Democratic socialists favor the extension of democracy into the realm of the economy. And we do not take the recurrent cycles of capitalist boom and bust for granted, accompanied by erosion of civil liberties at home and by imperial adventures abroad.
  • Viral Video Shows the Extent of U.S. Wealth Inequality
  • Series | Socialism: Theory & Practice, Part 1

 

 
 
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The sequester and possible cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security

  • The White House is poised to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits, but luckily these Democrats are leading the fight to oppose cuts.
  • The petition reads: "Thank you for standing up and not only opposing -- but promising to vote against -- any deal that cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits. You are the true leaders in the fight to save our social safety net."
  • Pastors: It's Time to Speak Out for the Common Good

Matt Lockshin, CREDO Action

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We wanted to give you an update on our fight to protect Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits.

Since the fight to raise the debt ceiling in 2011, our country has been made to suffer through a series of completely artificial fiscal crises engineered to make it easier to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security -- all overwhelmingly popular and extremely successful programs that are vital parts of the social safety net.

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Sign the petition, Matt Lockshin, CREDO Action

The petition reads: "Thank you for standing up and not only opposing -- but promising to vote against -- any deal that cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits. You are the true leaders in the fight to save our social safety net."

Pastors: It's Time to Speak Out for the Common Good, Jim Wallis, Sojourners

  • Pastors are not lobbyists, and they shouldn’t be. But when 11 million children of God are trapped in a broken immigration system — or when special interests are dominating the future of the poor and most vulnerable — there are clear moral issues at stake. 
  • Tell Washington to End the Economic Brinksmanship <>

 

 

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