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‘American Sniper’ teaches you to hate the ‘damn savages’ the US murders every day

  • “I hated the damn savages I’d been fighting,” said Kyle. “Savage, despicable, evil — that’s what we were fighting in Iraq. That’s why a lot of people, myself included, called the enemy savages. There was really no other way to describe what we encountered there.”
  • Part 1: Chris Hedges | Killing Ragheads for Jesus
  • Part 2: Noam Chomsky Destroys ‘American Sniper’ As State Propaganda, Calls Out Obama As Terrorist

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Part 1: Chris Hedges | Killing Ragheads for Jesus

$200 million in box office receipts is a measure of how messed up this country is. 

coopersniper_590.jpgJanuary 25, 2015 | “American Sniper” lionizes the most despicable aspects of U.S. society—the gun culture, the blind adoration of the military, the belief that we have an innate right as a “Christian” nation to exterminate the “lesser breeds” of the earth, a grotesque hypermasculinity that banishes compassion and pity, a denial of inconvenient facts and historical truth, and a belittling of critical thinking and artistic expression. Many Americans, especially white Americans trapped in a stagnant economy and a dysfunctional political system, yearn for the supposed moral renewal and rigid, militarized control the movie venerates. These passions, if realized, will extinguish what is left of our now-anemic open society. 

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“The movie never asks the seminal question as to why the people of Iraq are fighting back against us in the very first place,” said Mikey Weinstein, whom I reached by phone in New Mexico. Weinstein, who worked in the Reagan White House and is a former Air Force officer, is the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which challenges the growing Christian fundamentalism within the U.S. military. “It made me physically ill with its twisted, totally one-sided distortions of wartime combat ethics and justice woven into the fabric of Chris Kyle’s personal and primal justification mantra of ‘God-Country-Family.’ It is nothing less than an odious homage, indeed a literal horrific hagiography to wholesale slaughter.” 

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society. 

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Part 2: Noam Chomsky Destroys ‘American Sniper’ As State Propaganda, Calls Out Obama As Terrorist

Chomsky unloaded on the U.S. drone campaign and how the president’s “kill list” is made up, based upon suspicions of who “might” become a terrorist.

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american-sniper-chomsky.jpJanuary 26, 2015 | Noam Chomsky isn’t a fan of the new hit movie American Sniper. In fact, he had some words for those such as the New York Times, who gave the film shining reviews.

During a talk given at a Cambridge, Massachusetts event, Chomsky characterized the most lethal sniper in American history, Chris Kyle, as a cold-blooded killer.

Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator and activist. He is perhaps best known as a critic of all forms of social control and a relentless advocate for community-centered approaches to democracy and freedom. Over the last several decades, Chomsky has championed a wide range of dissident actions, organizations and social movements.

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Special Project | The Problem of Race in America: Week Ending January 31, 2015

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  • We should honor the sacrifices of the heroes of the civil rights movement, the courageous men and women who risked their freedom and even lives in the battle against racial discrimination. 
  • Their vision for a society of genuine social progress and economic opportunity can be achieved only if we recognize the inherent worth of the individual and we follow in their footsteps to enshrine the principle of individual rights. 
  • 9 New Items including:
    • Clip: Ronald Reagan’s Racially Tinged Stump Speeches
    • The Problem of Race in America
    • Series: Considering the Problem of Race in America | Part 1: What ‘White Privilege’ Really Means
    • City's failures on North Side are the overlooked outrage
    • America’s modern political nightmare: Two electorates, separate and unequal,
    • This Is Wrong: On Race and Class and Unassailable Privilege
    • Holder: Subtle Racism Is Greater Threat Than 'Outbursts Of Bigotry' 
    • For Black Men in America, There Is No Break From Racism
    • Mark Twain, His Mother, and Slavery

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Clip: Ronald Reagan’s Racially Tinged Stump Speeches, Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

“We used to understand that the biggest threat in political life was the power of concentrated money… but now, Republicans for fifty years have been telling voters the biggest threat in your life is minorities are going to hijack government.”

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The Problem of Race in AmericaCompiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • In 1964, at the height of the civil rights movement, the great organizer Ella Baker said: “Until the killing of black men, black mothers’ sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother’s sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest.”
  • Part 1: Cold Anger in Restless Times: The Growing Movement for Racial and Social Justice
  • Part 2: These Eight Charts Show Why Racial Equality Is a Myth in America

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Series: Considering the Problem of Race in America | Part 1: What ‘White Privilege’ Really Means, George Yancy and Naomi Zack, The Stone / New York Times

This is the first in a series of interviews with philosophers on race that I am conducting for the Stone. This week’s conversation is with Naomi Zack, a professor of philosophy at the University of Oregon and the author of “The Ethics and Mores of Race: Equality After the History of Philosophy.”  — George Yancy

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City's failures on North Side are the overlooked outrage, Brandon Ferdig, Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune

While it’s good to defend against shoddy journalism, the overall result of the “Pointergate” uproar will simply be to help keep north Minneapolis in the distressed condition that it’s in. This outcome is a product of our political system and ideologies, and it paralyzes urban areas everywhere.

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America’s modern political nightmare: Two electorates, separate and unequal, Joan Walsh, Salon

The glee with which the GOP relies on Obama-hate to turn out its base shows the disturbing racial reality of 2014.

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This Is Wrong: On Race and Class and Unassailable Privilege, Abby Zimet, Common Dreams

  • “Just because he’s black, it doesn’t mean he’s here to rob a house,” bristles Westby. "This is wrong. Now please leave our neighborhood."
  • For Black Men in America, There Is No Break From Racism

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Holder: Subtle Racism Is Greater Threat Than 'Outbursts Of Bigotry' Eyder Perlata, NPR 

  • "We must not 'wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society. ... The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race.' " --Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in an insightful dissent in the Michigan college admissions case
  • For Black Men in America, There Is No Break From Racism

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For Black Men in America, There Is No Break From RacismSonali Kolhatkar, Truthdig

  • The events of this summer in Ferguson, Mo., highlighted an ugly truth to mainstream Americans: Black men in this country are viewed as so suspicious by law enforcement that they are often shot first and questioned later. 
  • Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart
  • 'Dear White Racists' is One of the Best Explanations of White Privilege You Will Likely Ever Read

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Mark Twain, His Mother, and Slavery, Delanceyplace

Today's encore selection -- from Autobiography of Mark Twain: Volume 1 by Mark Twain. Samuel Clemens attempted to write his autobiography over several decades but never finished, and instructed that the draft not be made available for 100 years. In recently-released manuscripts, Clemens wrote of his early schoolboy friendships with black slaves, including characters that appeared later in his most famous fictional works.

 

Why Campaign Finance Reform Is the First Issue That We Must Address

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  • Surely we can agree that our country should no longer be bought and sold by America’s moneyed interests at the expense of everyone else.
  • "It has become clear that meaningful campaign finance reform is a necessary pre-condition for the Congress to be able to do the people's work in Washington." --Russ Feingold

Free Speech TV 

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January 25th 2015 | President Obama punctuated his State of the Union with a repeated refrain: “Surely we can agree.” With that mantra, he reminded us of our basic, universally shared values, foremost among them the inherent worth of every American life and the importance of giving all citizens a chance to succeed.

When the president enumerated what these values mean in practice - calling for child care, sick leave, equal pay, lower mortgage premiums and a higher minimum wage - it was safe to assume the American public was nodding along. Indeed, a new poll released today by the Make It Work campaign, an advocacy group, finds that the vast majority of likely 2016 voters strongly support reforms like the ones Obama outlined.

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Bribery.jpg Special Project | Money In Politics: Week Ending January 3, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • "It has become clear that meaningful campaign finance reform is a necessary pre-condition for the Congress to be able to do the people's work in Washington." --Russ Feingold
  • 8 New items including:
  • Bought-and-Paid Congress Divides the Spoils
  • In Big-Money Move, Corporations Seek to Make Congress a Wholly-Owned Subsidiary
  • Top 20 ‘Dirty Denier$’ Who Accept Big Bucks from Big Polluters
  • Ready for a surprise? Money DOES equal access in Washington
  • ‘Oligarchic tendencies’: Study finds only the wealthy get represented in the Senate,
  • Government = Protection Racket for the 1 Percent
  • Who’s Buying our Midterm Elections?
  • First Citizens United. Now McCutcheon

Why The Middle Class Needs Unions

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  • New Data Shows That Union Membership Continues To Decline
  • "Why The Middle Class Needs Unions"

Center for American Progress (CAP)

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Another%20World%20Rainbow.jpgJanuary 23, 2015 | The rate of unionization among wage and salary workers went down in 2014, from 11.3 percent to 11.1 percent, according to annual data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics today. The number of unionized workers, at 14.6 million, was unchanged from 2013.

From the national debate over how to address income inequality, to President Obama talking about “middle class economics” in his State of the Union address, unions are more important than ever. In CAP’s recent report on inclusive prosperity, one of the key recommendations was to expand worker voice by making procedures governing collective bargaining fast and fair and remove the atmosphere of conflict that can surround representation elections and bargaining over initial contracts.

Check out the infographic below to see why the middle class needs unions.

Center for American Progress: A think tank offering policy proposals, talking points, events, news and columns.

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Special Report | Homelessness and Poverty in America, Week Ending January 24, 2015

  • Money%20Pie.jpgThe people are fighting back and the elites recognize it. There is fear in the investor class as they see people organizing and mobilizing. Corporations are now investing more time and money in preparation to protect themselves from investor actions and legal challenges. The actions of corporations and governments against the people are a sign of their fear, and a sign of our unrealized strength.
  • 9 New Items including:
  • Homelessness Isn't Inevitable But Rather A Manifestation of a Society that Is Sorely Lacking in Justice
  • Luxury Hotel Canceled Prepaid Christmas Reservation Because The Guests Were Homeless
  • Since When Do We Penalize Feeding the Hungry?
  • The Big Box/Fast Food Business Problem: November 14, 2014
  • US labor force participation rate hits lowest level since 1978
  • Education and low-wage jobs: Time to change the narrative
  • Video: Real Biz Owners Say Give America a Raise
  • Krugman Demolishes Classic Argument Against Raising Minimum Wage
  • America Keeps People Poor On Purpose

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Homelessness Isn't Inevitable But Rather A Manifestation of a Society that Is Sorely Lacking in Justice, Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

A homelessness advocate reflects on 30 years of "accountable organizing" to build a social justice movement.

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Luxury Hotel Canceled Prepaid Christmas Reservation Because The Guests Were Homeless, Scott Keyes, ThinkProgress

Matthew Senge and Deb Bennett just wanted to do something nice for their homeless neighbors on Christmas.

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Since When Do We Penalize Feeding the Hungry? Jed Oelbaum, Daily Good

  • While this might be a good tactic to get rid of a mangy cat that won’t stop hanging around your back porch, it seems like a piss-poor, distinctly uncharitable way of dealing with one’s fellow human beings.
  • Rethinking Homelessness: Following Utah's Lead

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The Big Box/Fast Food Business Problem: November 14, 2014Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The High Cost of Low Prices
  • Part 1: Two dozen arrests after workers protest against Walmart treatment
  • Part 2: Walmart workers begin first in-store sitdown strike in company history

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US labor force participation rate hits lowest level since 1978, Andre Damon, World Socialist Website 

  • According to The Economic Policy Institute, the number of missing workers—those who are likely to have dropped out of the labor force because no jobs are available--has hit 6.32 million. If they were counted in the unemployment rate, it would be 9.6 percent, instead of the 5.9 percent that is officially reported.
  • Special Report | American Class Warfare: Week Ending November 9, 2014

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Education and low-wage jobs: Time to change the narrative, Tim Libretti, PoliticusUSA

  • Rather than asking individuals to increase their value, we need to transform how we as a society value the work individuals do and how we remunerate the vital contributions of workers, especially those in low-wage jobs, which make our collective lives possible.
  • How to Create Policies to Address Income Inequality? De-Mythologize Upward Mobility

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Video: Real Biz Owners Say Give America a Raise, Business for a Fair Minimum Wage

  • Just Like The Sign Says
  • It's time to Give America a Raise. 
  • Krugman Demolishes Classic Argument Against Raising Minimum Wage

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Krugman Demolishes Classic Argument Against Raising Minimum Wage, Alexander C. Kaufman, Huffington Post

  • “Minimum wage workers are almost all in the United States employed in non-tradable industries -- the production can’t move to China,” Krugman, who won the 2008 Nobel Prize for economic sciences, told Business Insider executive editor Joe Weisenthal in a video posted Monday.
  • America Keeps People Poor On Purpose

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America Keeps People Poor On Purpose, Yes! Magazine 

  • How four decades of lobbying and legislation gave corporations dominion over our economy—and eroded the American middle class.
  • A Timeline of Choices We've Made to Increase Inequality
  • Special Report | Homelessness and Poverty in America, Week Ending August 31, 2014

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Kshama Sawant Gives #socialistresponse to Obama's State of the Union Address

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Kshama Sawant, Seattle Socialist Alternative / Socialist Alternative In Action

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kshama-wordlessly-responds-to-obama-e1421799443368-628x356.jpgJanuary 20, 2015 | Sisters and Brothers,

Six years ago, Obama was elected on the hope that he would represent the millions, not the millionaires.

When Obama delivered his first State of the Union address, Democrats occupied majorities in both the House and Senate.

Today, after massive disappointment and disillusionment for the American people, he faces Republican majorities in both branches of Congress. Six years later, will millions of Americans finally get the president they voted for?

Kshama Sawant: Socialist Alternative member and Seattle City Councilmember 

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Is Complex Systems Collapse in Our Future?

If it is not time to start building your survival bunker, or, if you’re rich, a survival condo, at the rate we are destroying our environment, it is past time for some sober reflection, and time to realize that you cannot learn from history, if, like some among us, you are constantly inventing it.

Review of Eric H. Cline, 1177 BC,  The Year Civilization Collapsed, Princeton University Press, 2014.

Hrafnkell Haraldsson, Politicususa

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Sunday, January, 18th, 2015 | You might be wondering why I am reviewing a book about the collapse of the Late Bronze Age civilizations, what has been called “the first great international era in world history.” It is because of the causes put forward for that collapse, which as you will see, are very relevant in our own time.

The Late Bronze Age was a world very much like our own in the sense that it was an inter-connected group of kingdoms comprising all the various political units of the age, from large to small, and spanning the known world – the Eastern Mediterranean from Greece all the way to the borders of modern Iran.

Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance.

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