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Special Report | The US Gun Culture: Week of January 20

  • America is living under the gun
  • 9 New Items including:
  • The Hitler gun control lie
  • Zero Dark Thirty Is a Despicable Movie
  • Watch: Hyper-Pro-Gun Activist's Argument Gets Destroyed By Smart Lady's Calm Decency
  • Tell ALEC's corporate funders to stop sanctioning profit-driven gun violence
  • Benevolent billionaires can buy out gunmaker
  • How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown?
  • U.S. mentally ill and their families face barriers to care
  • All I Want for Christmas...

David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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David Fitzsimmons

Where Congress Stands on Guns, Lena Groeger, ProPublica

Here is our comprehensive look at where lawmakers stand on guns, as well as political spending and voting history. Explore and share what you think Congress should do about guns in this country. 

 

The Hitler gun control lie, Alex Seiz-Wald, Salon

  • Gun rights activists who cite the dictator as a reason against gun control have their history dangerously wrong
  • Tell ALEC's corporate funders to stop sanctioning profit-driven gun violence
  • Watch: Hyper-Pro-Gun Activist's Argument Gets Destroyed By Smart Lady's Calm Decency

Zero Dark Thirty Is a Despicable Movie, Dan Froomkin, Huffington Post <>

  • Do yourself a favor, and don't go see Zero Dark Thirty. Don't encourage film-making that a best offers ambiguity about torture, and at worse endorses it. Spend the two and a half hours on something more valuable and moral.
  • Violence baked into popular culture
  • Watch: Hyper-Pro-Gun Activist's Argument Gets Destroyed By Smart Lady's Calm Decency, Sara Critchfield, Upworthy I LOL'd when he suggests that equipping teachers (who, apparently, are all bestowed with ninja-style reflexes as part of their inherent genetic make-up) with guns is an actual, realistic, rational solution to gun violence. 
  • George Monbiot | Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left
  • Special Report | The US Gun Culture: Week of December 23

Tell ALEC's corporate funders to stop sanctioning profit-driven gun violence, Rashad Robinson, ColorofChange.org

ALEC and the NRA are intent on doing whatever possible to sell more guns. These laws are not about safety, they are about exploiting fears and tragedy to rake in profits for gun manufacturers and sellers. 

 

 

Jimmy Margulies

 

Benevolent billionaires can buy out gunmaker, William D. Cohan, Bloomberg News / Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

They are in the unique position of being able to put their money where their mouths are, and with a single bold move can change the raging gun debate in a way that intransigent politicians cannot.

 

How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown? Chris Kirk & Dan Kois, Slate Magazine

  • Since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, we have been wondering how many people are dying from guns in America. The current answer is 306.
  • Slate partners with @GunDeaths for an interactive, crowdsourced tally of the toll firearms have taken since Dec. 14.

U.S. mentally ill and their families face barriers to care, Sharon Begley, Reuters 

  • Mental Health Services Erode As States Slash Budgets
  • Just in time for another mass shooting!

All I Want for Christmas..., William Rivers Pitt, Truthout

  • I don't want all this rage and sadness in my heart. I want to believe we are better than this. I want my daughter to come into a world where sane conversation on things like assault weapons and aid money for storm victims isn't a complete impossibility. 
  • Getting that wish is entirely up to me.
  • Violence is America's national drug

 

The Five-Step Process to Cheat the Middle Class Worker

  • We're hanging on by the frazzled thread of debt that indentures us to the rich and makes it harder and harder to fight back against the theft of our middle-class wealth. As we struggle to support ourselves, the super-rich remain on the take, driving us ever closer to the status of most wealth-unequal country in the world.
  • Is Our Future Going to Be Keeping Rich People Happy in a Servant Economy? 

Paul Buchheit, Common Dreams

 

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It's so artfully done, and so diabolical, that one can picture secret seminars in subterranean Wall Street meeting rooms, guiding young business recruits in the proven process of taking an extra share of wealth from the middle class. Their presentation might unfold as follows:

 

1. Boost productivity while keeping worker wages flat.

 

The trend is unmistakable, and startling: productivity has continued unabated while wages have simply stopped growing. Improved technologies have reduced the need for workers while globalization has introduced the corporate world to cheap labor. In effect, the workers who built a productive America over a half-century stopped getting paid for their efforts.

 

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Is Our Future Going to Be Keeping Rich People Happy in a Servant Economy? Sam Pizzigati, AlterNet

  • That's where we seem to be headed, as we shed decent American jobs. 
  • The Servant Economy:  Where America’s Elite is  Sending the Middle Class
  • The "BS" Austerity Plan Nobody Wants ... and We May Get Anyway

 

 

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Where Congress Stands on Guns

Here is our comprehensive look at where lawmakers stand on guns, as well as political spending and voting history. Explore and share what you think Congress should do about guns in this country. 

Lena Groeger, ProPublica 

 

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Jan. 16, 2013 | In the aftermath of the Newtown tragedy, President Obama on Wednesday announced new national gun control measures. He has already urged members of Congress to do the same. Here is our comprehensive look at where lawmakers stand on guns, as well as political spending and voting history. Explore and share what you think Congress should do about guns in this country. 

 

The National Rifle Association, with as many as 4 million members, is the nation’s largest organization devoted to defending gun rights and the Second Amendment. Its lobbying wing ranks lawmakers based on their support of the "right to keep and bear arms." The group’s “A” through “F” letter grades are based on how voting records, public statements and responses to a questionnaire line up with the NRA's own positions. Hover over each letter to see the group’s grading criteria.

 

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Excerpts from the Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority."
  • MLK's Badass Speech that Everyone Forgot About
  • Why Obama's 2nd Term Should Be All About Taking on MLK's Anti-Poverty Crusade

Compiled by Gary G. Kohls, MD (for Every Church A Peace Church),  Duty to Warn / Evergreene Digest

 

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Mr. Fish

 

January 14, 2013 | Last week’s (January 11, 2013)Duty to Warn column discussed what appears to many people in the Christian faith-based peace and justice movement to be a conspiracy of silence about the core motivation that inspired Martin Luther King to risk martyrdom for the cause of black liberation.  

 

What gave King the courage to keep on going despite the daily death threats against him and his family was his unshakable faith in the practicality of the non-violent gospel ethics of Jesus of Nazareth, teachings that had also inspired a multitude of similarly silenced courageous and embattled prophets that included the Hindu anti-imperialist, anti-war acivis Mohandas Gandhi and the Russian anti-imperialist, anti-war activist Leo Tolstoy.

 

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MLK's Badass Speech that Everyone Forgot About, Rollie Williams, Upworthy

Freedom and self-respect are never given, but must be unapologetically taken.

 

 

Why Obama's 2nd Term Should Be All About Taking on MLK's Anti-Poverty Crusade, Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now!

  • Tavis Smiley offers a roadmap for Obama... to follow in Martin Luther King's footsteps.
  • Excerpts from the Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

 

 

The Brennan nomination: A government of torturers and assassins

  • 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. 

Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Web Site

 

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January 9, 2013 | “He has worked to embed our efforts in a strong legal framework,” President Barack Obama declared Monday during an appearance in the East Room of the White House. “He understands we are a nation of laws. In moments of debate and decision, he asks the tough question and he insists on high and rigorous standards.”

 

The president was describing his nominee as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, who currently serves as Obama’s homeland security and counterterrorism adviser. He also lauded Brennan’s “integrity” and “commitment to the values that define us as Americans.”

 

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John Brennan vs. a Sixteen-Year-Old Boy, Medea Benjamin, Common Dreams

  • If Obama thinks John Brennan is a good choice to head the CIA and secure America, he should contemplate the tragic deaths of victims like 16-year-old Tariq Aziz, and think again.
  • Drone Warfare ~ Madea Benjamin
  • Jimmy Carter savages US foreign policy over drone strikes

John Brennan and the CIA: a dangerous combination, Code Pink

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 progressive case against Obama

  • Bottom line: The president is complicit in creating an increasingly unequal -- and unjust -- society
  • Spelunker in Chief

Matt Stoller, Salon

 

Ocober 27, 2012 | A few days ago, I participated in a debate with the legendary antiwar dissident Daniel Ellsberg on Huffington Post live on the merits of the Obama administration, and what progressives should do on Election Day. Ellsberg had written a blog post arguing that, though Obama deserves tremendous criticism, voters in swing states ought to vote for him, lest they operate as dupes for a far more malevolent Republican Party. This attitude is relatively pervasive among Democrats, and it deserves a genuine response. As the election is fast approaching, this piece is an attempt at laying out the progressive case for why one should not vote for Barack Obama for reelection, even if you are in a swing state.

 

There are many good arguments against Obama, even if the Republicans cannot seem to muster any. The civil liberties/antiwar case was made eloquently a few weeks ago by libertarian Conor Friedersdorf, who wrote a well-cited blog post on why he could not, in good conscience, vote for Obama. While his arguments have tremendous merit, there is an equally powerful case against Obama on the grounds of economic and social equity. That case needs to be made. For those who don’t know me, here is a brief, relevant background:  I have a long history in Democratic and liberal politics. I have worked for several Democratic candidates and affiliated groups, I have personally raised millions of dollars for Democrats online, I was an early advisor to Actblue (which has processed over $300 million to Democratic candidates). I have worked in Congress (mostly on the Dodd-Frank financial reform package), and I was a producer at MSNBC. Furthermore, I aggressively opposed Nader-style challenges until 2008.

 

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Spelunker in Chief, davidswanson, Let's Try Democracy

  • A caver is, by definition, someone who leaves the cave.  Obama never does.  He lives in the cave, night and day.  He sees his eager-eyed supporters only as shadows flickering behind a light, never comprehending that they are outside the cave or that the cave has an outside.
  • Obama Will Ride to the Rescue... for Republicans
  • The President's Unnecessary and Unwise Concessions

 

9 Greedy CEOs Trying to Shred the Safety Net While Pigging Out on Corporate Welfare

  • Financiers, polluters and other biz honchos team up to strangle the economy.
  • Secrets and Lies of the Wall Street Bailout
  • 6 Reasons Joseph Stiglitz and Other Top Economists Think Means-Testing Medicare & Social Security Is a Destructive Idea

Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

 

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November 26, 2012  |  A gang of brazen CEOs has joined forces to promote economically disastrous and socially irresponsible austerity policies. Many of those same CEOs were bailed out by the American taxpayer after a Wall Street-driven financial crash. Instead of a thank-you, they are showing their appreciation in the form of a coordinated effort to rob Americans of hard-earned retirements, decent medical care and relief for the poorest.

 

Using the excuse of a phony, manufactured crisis known as the “fiscal cliff” – which isn’t a crisis at all, as economist James K. Galbraith has succinctly explained -- they are gearing up to pull the wool over the public's eyes by cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The CEOs are part of the Fix the Debt campaign run by the Peter Peterson-backed Center for a Responsible Federal Budget, which plans to unleash tens of millions pushing for a deficit reduction deal that favors the rich.

 

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Secrets and Lies of the Wall Street Bailout, Matt Taibbi, Common Dreams

  • The federal rescue of Wall Street didn’t fix the economy – it created a permanent bailout state based on a Ponzi-like confidence scheme. And the worst may be yet to come.
  • Frank Rich | America's Real Fiscal Crisis
  • Krugman | Fiscal Cliff Deal Is Bad Omen

6 Reasons Joseph Stiglitz and Other Top Economists Think Means-Testing Medicare & Social Security Is a Destructive Idea, Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Means-testing is a back-door strategy for taking away benefits earned by hard-working Americans.

 

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Govt report: climate change 'affects everything' that Americans do

  • The blunt report takes a global environmental issue and explains what it means for different U.S. regions, for various sectors of the economy and for future generations.
  • The report said climate change effecs more than polar bears; it's more than hotter temperatures.
  • Top Ten Things Climate Change Is Making Worse Right Now
  • US Oil Production Set to Explode
  • Climate Change Is Here and Disaster Costs Will Be Huge

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press / Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

 

January 11, 2013 | Global warming is already changing America from sea to rising sea and is affecting how Americans live, a massive new federally commissioned report says.

 

A special panel of scientists convened by the government issued Friday a 1,146-page draft report that details in dozens of ways how climate change is already disrupting the health, homes and other facets of daily American life. It warns that those disruptions will increase in the future.

 

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Top Ten Things Climate Change Is Making Worse Right Now, Rebecca Leber and Ellie Sandmeyer, Think Progress

  • Rising food prices; disappearing glaciers, sea ice; landslides; massive dust storms; toxic algae pollute drinking supply, lakes; $1.5 hail damage; $450 million wildfire damage in Colorado; greater terrors for mountain climbers; more Arctic drilling, taxpayers pay for risks; blackouts.
  • More severe droughts on way, study predicts

US Oil Production Set to Explode, Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams

  • Flying in face of dire climate figures, US continues to embrace fossil fuels
  • Hurtling Towards Climate Chaos
  • Ending the Silence on Climate Change
  • George Monbiot | There Is No Stopping Climate Change Unless We Can Mobilize Against Plutocracy

Climate Change Is Here and Disaster Costs Will Be Huge, Common Dreams Staff, Common Dreams 

  • Scientists Tell Senate Panel ""There is no doubt that climate has changed. "There is also no doubt that a changing climate changes the risks of extremes, including extremes that can lead to disaster."
  • Video: How the drought turned crops to crisp

 

 

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