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An Online School for you - needs you ...

Michael Albert, Zcommunications

ZComm%20%7C%20For%20Social%20Revolution.jpgJune 15, 2015 | Hello,

In April/May a new online project was initiated, then called ZSchool. Now the project has matured and diversified and is ready to embark on a July/August Session. The school now has 12 partner organizations, with more coming, and the new name is World Institute for Social Change or WISC.

WISC enrollments are open for the July August session, including 20 courses being offered. Each course is segmented into eight weeks including diverse facilities such as print and video lectures of main and optional content, forums, blogs, chat, glossaries, and much else.

 

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nother%20World%20Rainbow.jpgRevolution Manifesto, Compiled by David Culver , Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Every action we take now must be directed at ripping down the structures of the corporate state. This means refusing to co-operate. It means joining or building radical mass movements. It means carrying out sustained acts of civil disobedience
  • Part 1: The Fourth of July and the right of revolution
  • Chris Hedges | America's Electoral Farce
  • Part 2: Book Release & Discussion – Revolution Manifesto

Both Major U.S. Parties are Plagues on Humanity

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  • The two corporate parties have collaborated in knocking off countries targeted for invasion and regime change. They have both nurtured the jihadist international network that was created under presidents Carter and Reagan. And presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama are complicit in the capital crime of genocide in the Congo, where six million people have died since 1996. The presidential nominee of either party must be a ghoul, a fiend, or a banshee.
  • Chris Hedges | America's Electoral Farce

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

Three%20Prez.jpg?itok=8b_143QUWed, 07/01/2015 | There has never been a dime’s worth of difference between the Clintons (Bill and Hillary) and Barack Obama, and less than ten cents separates the worldviews of these Democratic political twins from the Bush wing of the Republican Party.

Each has their individual quirks. Barack destroys international order and the rule of law while dabbling at song; Bill dismantled the U.S. manufacturing base and threw record numbers of Blacks in prison as he toyed with his trumpet; George W. played the fool who would Shock and Awe the world into obedience; and Hillary is the evil crone that curses the dead while screaming “We are Woman” like a banshee. But they are all the same in their corporate soullessness.

Glen Ford is executive editor of Black Agenda Report

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No%20Republicrats.jpgAmerica's Electoral Farce, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

  • Every action we take now must be directed at ripping down the structures of the corporate state. This means refusing to co-operate. It means joining or building radical mass movements. It means carrying out sustained acts of civil disobedience,
  • Only in America? The False Dichotomy Between Movement Building and Electoral Politics
  • The Sanders Trap

 

As Fox News mourns, the rest of us have an Independence Day to celebrate.

 

Marriage equality arrives! The Confederate flag (almost) departs! Toast with some #oreillytears, and enjoy the 4th.

 

Joan Walsh, Salon

 

 

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Friday, Jul 3, 2015  | July 4 has always been a time for aggrieved progressives to remind the world that most Americans weren’t liberated on that first Independence Day. Enslaved Africans; dispossessed native Indians; women of every race; white men without property; LGBT Americans; the rights claimed in the stirring Declaration of Independence didn’t fully belong to most of us for many years.

That’s still a real, historic truth. But maybe, at least this year, we can celebrate the genuinely liberating, animating ideals of a country that came close to living up to them in a dizzying 24 hours last week.

Joan Walsh is Salon's editor at large and the author of "What's the Matter With White People: Finding Our Way in the Next America."

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Media Behaving Badly- Propaganda, Corporate and State-controlled Media, July 1, 2015

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  • "The biases the media has are much bigger than conservative or liberal. They're about getting ratings, about making money, about doing stories that are easy to cover." --Al Franken
  • Part 1: Part 1: Intelligence Services, Lobbies and Advertisers Dictate Mainstream Media Content, Journalists Admit
  • Part 2:  U.S. Propaganda 101: Illegally Invade Countries, Fund the Media, Call it “Independent”

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: Intelligence Services, Lobbies and Advertisers Dictate Mainstream Media Content, Journalists Admit

These few examples show once again the importance of independent media and how the corporate mainstream media is nothing but a mouthpiece for powerful interests who do not want you to be informed but rather want to manufacture consent and keep you in the dark about important issues.

Julie Lévesque, Global Research

Newspaper%20Bundle%20Wrapped%20on%20Chains.jpgMarch 15, 2015 | Former chief political commentator of the Telegraph, Peter Oborne, resigned from the newspaper because it would not publish articles on HSBC for fear of losing advertising revenues. The bank is known for money-laundering for the Mexican drug cartels as well as its involvement in tax evasion schemes.

In an opinion piece called “Why I resigned from the Telegraph” he wrote:

“"The coverage of HSBC in Britain’s Telegraph is a fraud on its readers. If major newspapers allow corporations to influence their content for fear of losing advertising revenue, democracy itself is in peril…From the start of 2013 onwards stories critical of HSBC were discouraged. HSBC suspended its advertising with the Telegraph… HSBC, as one former Telegraph executive told me, is “the advertiser you literally cannot afford to offend”." (Peter Oborne, Why I have resigned from the Telegraph, Open Democracy, February 17, 2015)

Julie Lévesque is a journalist and researcher with the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal. She was among the first independent journalists to visit Haiti in the wake of the January 2010 earthquake. In 2011, she was on board "The Spirit of Rachel Corrie", the only humanitarian vessel which penetrated Gaza territorial waters before being shot at by the Israeli Navy.

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Part 2:  U.S. Propaganda 101: Illegally Invade Countries, Fund the Media, Call it “Independent”

  • How can the U.S. claim to be funding media development to “advance freedom” as claimed in the 2007 report, when the money comes after it has waged illegal wars against countries, killed millions of their citizens, destroyed their infrastructures and militarily occupied them?
  • If that’s not the essence of propaganda and state-controlled media, what is?

Julie Lévesque, Global Research

propaganda-lies.pngApril 08, 2015 | Foreign Policy Magazine recently had a column called Cranks, Trolls, and Useful Idiots, in which the author, Dalibor Rohac, hunts down “Russia’s information warriors” who, he claims, have infested the web with their lies and propaganda on websites potentially paid for by the Russian government.

Rohac writes:

“Throughout the conflict in eastern Ukraine, these sites have systematically regurgitated Russian propaganda, spreading lies, half-truths, and conspiracy theories, often directly translated from Russian sources … "

Julie Lévesque is a journalist and researcher with the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal. She was among the first independent journalists to visit Haiti in the wake of the January 2010 earthquake. In 2011, she was on board "The Spirit of Rachel Corrie", the only humanitarian vessel which penetrated Gaza territorial waters before being shot at by the Israeli Navy.

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“I think America is out of hand”: The shocking numbers that reveal just how burnt out American workers are

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  • Productivity has exploded in the American workforce in recent years, but at a terrible cost
  • To Check Power of Greedy Bosses, Workers Need to Bargain in New Ways

Matt Saccaro, Salon

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Monday, Jun 29, 2015 |  The American worker is overworked, underpaid, and suffering from severe burnout.

This sentiment isn’t populist rhetoric, there are numbers to back it up. A new study from Staples Advantage and WorkPlaceTrends — an HR-focused research firm — polled over 2,500 workers and reached troubling results. According to the data, 53 percent of American workers report feeling burned out at work.

 

With current working conditions, it’s easy to see why. A 2012 study concluded smartphones and tablets enable employers to further colonize a worker’s time to the tune of two extra hours a day since they can be reached at all hours. In 2014, Gallup estimated the typical American workweek was 47 hours, not 40; the American worker was toiling for almost a full extra day. Of the workers this recent study polled, more than half worked a day longer than eight hours.

Matt Saccaro: Assistant Social Media Editor at Salon

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To Check Power of Greedy Bosses, Workers Need to Bargain in New Ways, Sarita Gupta, the American Prospect 

  • When workers' power is diminished and people’s voices are shut out of the workplace, job quality and job standards suffer.
  • Across the board, most bosses are looking out for their own bottom line, not ours.
  • Right-to-work laws are union-hating Republican's weapon of choice

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Democrats Are Selling Out Both People and Planet

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  • If we want different outcomes, we must look to Main Street, not Wall Street. If we want new leaders, we have to look to ourselves.
  • "When it comes to the fight for people and the planet, almost just isn’t good enough."
  • The American pseudo-left and the Democratic Party

Jacob Swenson-Lengyel, Jessica Juarez Scruggs, Common Dreams

people_profits.jpg?itok=h1Qa465tThough progressives fought hard against the advancement of Fast Track in Congress, "almost" defeating it simply isn't good enough. "We cannot rest content to reinforce the barricades," write the authors, "we must climb the walls and mount our own attacks." (Photo: National People's Action/flickr)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 | On Tuesday, the Senate narrowly advanced a bill giving President Barack Obama—and the next president—"Fast Track" or Trade Promotion Authority to ram through the Trans Pacific Partnership with almost no democratic oversight. The vote is a major victory for multinational corporations and the global one percent. While hundreds of unelected, unaccountable corporate big-wigs literally wrote the rules that will shape our global economy in coming years, our democratically-elected leaders will only be allowed an up-or-down vote on the final agreement. Congress, in essence, has just written the corporate elite a giant blank check.

The vote was a big defeat, that much cannot be denied. But the fight over fast track shows the growing power of populist progressives. Millions of Americans raised their voices and demanded Congress put people and planet before corporate profits. Thousands wrote letters, made calls, and marched in the street. Hundreds of organizations, from grassroots community organizers to environmental groups to unions to food safety activists and internet freedom groups, pushed Congressional leaders to stand by their constituents. Barack Obama and the Republicans were expecting a slam dunk but they had to use every play in the book to squeak through the corporate agenda. What seemed like a foregone conclusion a few months ago passed by just one vote in both the House and the Senate.

Jacob Swenson-Lengyel is a writer and organizer living in Chicago. He is the Communications Lead at National People's Action and National People's Action Campaign.

Jessica Juarez Scruggs, is a Seattle-based writer and policy strategist.  She is currently the Policy and Campaigns Associate for National People's Action and National People's Action Campaign. She has spent her career working on issues including immigration reform, citizenship, voting  rights, workers rights and LGBTQ rights.

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The American pseudo-left and the Democratic Party, TGP Staff, The Greanville Post

  • After eight years of endless war and continued attacks on democratic rights and living standards by the Obama administration, the Democratic Party is becoming more widely recognized as a ruthless a force for war and inequality. The upper-middle class “left” is being called in to prevent workers and young people from drawing the necessary conclusion that the Democratic Party is an organ of Wall Street and the Pentagon, and that a revolutionary party of the working class must be built.
  • America's Electoral Farce

 

 

Breaking through Americans’ Dumbed Down Layers of Deception and Denial

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  • All these years later, it’s time for the misinformed, misled American population to finally smarten up once and for all and recognize that all life on planet earth is in very serious and grave danger now. Most of the world’s known this tragic reality for a long time as victims of the US Empire’s brutality. The very future survival of the human species hangs in the balance. It depends on us throwing off the shackles of ignorance that’s enslaved us, and as informed, committed, mindful and empowered citizens of the world to come together in solidarity to advance human evolution rather than allow it to be extinguished by a handful of criminal killer psychopaths.
  • New Study Finds the U.S. Is Not a Democracy

Joachim Hagopian, Global Research

american_oligarchy.jpgMarch 31, 2015 | A decade ago the late great comedian George Carlin saw what America had turned into:

"Politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls. They got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying. Lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want – they want more for themselves and less for everybody else. But I’ll tell you what they don’t want – they don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking… They want obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. And now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your fuckin’ retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it all from you sooner or later ’cause they own this fuckin’ place. It’s a big club and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in the big club…

"The table is tilted folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice … nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners count on. They don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t care about you at all! The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that’s being jammed up their assholes every day, because the owners of this country know the truth … It’s called the American Dream, ’cause you have to be asleep to believe it."

Joachim Hagopian is a West Point graduate and former US Army officer. He has written a manuscript based on his unique military experience entitled “Don’t Let The Bastards Getcha Down.”

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New Study Finds the U.S. Is Not a Democracy, Natasha Hakimi Zapata, Truthdig

  • So What Is It?
  • Bill Moyers Essay: The End Game for Democracy
  • Noam Chomsky | U.S. Politics Are Now 'Pure Savagery'

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