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Romnesia: The Ability of the Very Rich to Forget the Context in Which They Made Their Money

  • To forget their education, inheritance, family networks, contacts and introductions. To forget the workers whose labour enriched them. To forget the infrastructure and security, the educated workforce, the contracts, subsidies and bail-outs the government provided.
  • A potent myth is being used to justify economic capture by a parasitic class.
  • Mitt Romney on "Freeloaders," Mideast, and Why He's Scared of the Women on 'the View"

George Monbiot, Monbiot.com

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September 25, 2012 | We could call it Romnesia: the ability of the very rich to forget the context in which they made their money. To forget their education, inheritance, family networks, contacts and introductions. To forget the workers whose labour enriched them. To forget the infrastructure and security, the educated workforce, the contracts, subsidies and bail-outs the government provided.

Every political system requires a justifying myth. The Soviet Union had Alexey Stakhanov, the miner reputed to have extracted 100 tonnes of coal in six hours. The United States had Richard Hunter, the hero of Horatio Alger’s rags-to-riches tales(1).

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Mitt Romney on "Freeloaders," Mideast, and Why He's Scared of the Women on 'the View" AlterNet

  • Candidate expresses belief that there's not much he can do about peace in the Middle East, so as POTUS he'll hope to pass it on to the next guy.
  • Full Secret Video Released
  • 8 Falsehoods, Lies and Misstatements From Romney Fundraising Video
  • Romney Says Typical Middle-Class Homes Earn $250,000 A Year
  • Romney's 47%: What Other Rights Would The GOP Deny Them?
     

Fifteen Issues this Election is NOT About

  • Neither candidate is interested in stopping the use of the death penalty for federal or state crimes.
  • How Do You Take Your Poison?
  • Obama’s Vision versus Economic Reality
  • Mitt Romney on "Freeloaders," Mideast, and Why He's Scared of the Women on 'the View"

Bill Quigley, Common Dreams

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller

 

  1. Neither candidate is interested in eliminating or reducing the 5,113 US nuclear warheads.
  2. Neither candidate is campaigning to close Guantanamo prison.
  3. Neither candidate has called for arresting and prosecuting high ranking people on Wall Street for the subprime mortgage catastrophe.
  4. Neither candidate is interested in holding anyone in the Bush administration accountable for the torture committed by US personnel against prisoners in Guantanamo or in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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How Do You Take Your Poison? Chris Hedges, Truthdig
You can dismiss those of us who will in protest vote for a third-party candidate and invest our time and energy in acts of civil disobedience. You can pride yourself on being practical. You can swallow the false argument of the lesser of two evils. But ask yourself, once this nightmare starts kicking in, who the real sucker is.

Obama’s Vision versus Economic Reality, Shamus Cooke, Workers Action

  • Workers must fight back in massive demonstrations to demand a federal jobs program and a consequent strengthening of the public sector, lest their issues be completely ignored in a national election that is promising them nothing.
  • Tracking the Recovery after the Great Recession
  • What Obama Has Wrought
  • Betrayal and the Insidious Dumbing Down of Black America

Mitt Romney on "Freeloaders," Mideast, and Why He's Scared of the Women on 'the View" AlterNet
Candidate expresses belief that there's not much he can do about peace in the Middle East, so as POTUS he'll hope to pass it on to the next guy.
Full Secret Video Released
8 Falsehoods, Lies and Misstatements From Romney Fundraising Video
Romney Says Typical Middle-Class Homes Earn $250,000 A Year
Romney's 47%: What Other Rights Would The GOP Deny Them?

 

Register to Vote — Today!

 

  • It’s National Voter Registration Day
  • Special Project | Voter Suppression  2012: Week of  September 30

Progress Report, ThinkProgress

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Sep 25, 2012 | Republicans are doing everything they can to make sure as few people as possible vote in this November’s elections. We’re progressives and we want every eligible voter to vote and every ballot cast to be counted. But you can’t vote if you’re not registered, so the first step to accomplishing that goal is to make sure as many people as possible register to vote – and do so before it’s too late to be able to vote in November.

To that end, our friends at Campus Progress and hundreds of other organizations have declared today National Voter Registration Day. So, get involved, get registered, tell your friends and family to get registered, and help make sure that as many people as possible register and vote. We don’t want a repeat of 2008 when 6 MILLION people didn’t vote because they missed the deadline or didn’t know how to register.

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Special Project | Voter Suppression  2012: Week of  September 30, David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Taking away the vote from our neighbors under the pretext of preventing "fraud" is a radical step backwards for that democracy. The constitution is supposed to guarantee human rights, not take them away from others who Republican politicians apparently don't want to vote.
  • 8 New Items including:
    • Romney's 47%: What Other Rights Would The GOP Deny Them?
    • Truth to Tell | Voter ID: Who Shouldn't Vote?
    • Catholics, Lutherans and voter ID
    • Interfaith Event on Voting Rights
    • Amendment would Restrict Voting – for Seniors, the Military, our Neighbors
    • Voter Suppression: The "Schurick Doctrine" and the Unravelling of American Democracy
    • Going Undercover at the GOP's Voter Vigilante Project to Disrupt the Nov. Election
    • The One-Two Punch
       

Video: How the drought turned crops to crisp

 

  • The time-lapse photos show clouds pass(ing) over Braesch's farmland day after day, at times teasing the grower with the look of storms but offering little relief other than a rare shower and, more often, meaningless spits of water.
  • Top Ten Things Climate Change Is Making Worse Right Now

Associated Press / Seattle (WA) Times

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September 26, 2012 | Duane Braesch's cornfields are prime evidence of how unforgiving the elements have been for him and so many others across the Midwest this summer. To demonstrate the hardship, the 79-year-old Nebraska farmer let the Associated Press show the world what he's weathered during the worst U.S. drought in decades.

Using a camera powered by solar panels and mounted on a pole on a mound overlooking Braesch's cornfield near Omaha, AP photographer Nati Harnik chronicled the wilting effects of extreme heat over August and much of September that turned Braesch's crop from a vibrant emerald to a sickly yellow.

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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
     

How Do You Take Your Poison?

You can dismiss those of us who will in protest vote for a third-party candidate and invest our time and energy in acts of civil disobedience. You can pride yourself on being practical. You can swallow the false argument of the lesser of two evils. But ask yourself, once this nightmare starts kicking in, who the real sucker is.

Chris Hedges, Truthdig

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller

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Illustration by Mr. Fish

Sep 24, 2012 | We will all swallow our cup of corporate poison. We can take it from nurse Romney, who will tell us not to whine and play the victim, or we can take it from nurse Obama, who will assure us that this hurts him even more than it hurts us, but one way or another the corporate hemlock will be shoved down our throats. The choice before us is how it will be administered. Corporate power, no matter who is running the ward after January 2013, is poised to carry out U.S. history’s most savage assault against the poor and the working class, not to mention the Earth’s ecosystem. And no one in power, no matter what the bedside manner, has any intention or ability to stop it.

If you insist on participating in the cash-drenched charade of a two-party democratic election at least be clear about what you are doing. You are, by playing your assigned role as the Democratic or Republican voter in this political theater, giving legitimacy to a corporate agenda that means your own impoverishment and disempowerment. All the things that stand between us and utter destitution—Medicaid, food stamps, Pell grants, Head Start, Social Security, public education, federal grants-in-aid to America’s states and cities, the Women, Infants, and Children nutrition program (WIC), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and home-delivered meals for seniors—are about to be shredded by the corporate state. Our corporate oligarchs are harvesting the nation, grabbing as much as they can, as fast as they can, in the inevitable descent.

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What's Going On?

  • What we need - and we aren't seeing - is a firm stand by moderates against religious extremism.
  • Bill Nye warns: Creation views threaten US science
  • The Fracking of Rachel Carson

Paul Krugman, New York (NY) Times <>

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Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

March 29, 2005 Democratic societies have a hard time dealing with extremists in their midst. The desire to show respect for other people's beliefs all too easily turns into denial: nobody wants to talk about the threat posed by those whose beliefs include contempt for democracy itself.

We can see this failing clearly in other countries. In the Netherlands, for example, a culture of tolerance led the nation to ignore the growing influence of Islamic extremists until they turned murderous.

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Bill Nye warns: Creation views threaten US science, Dylan Lovan, Associated Press / Seattle (WA) Times

  • The man known to a generation of Americans as "The Science Guy" is condemning efforts by some Christian groups to cast doubts on evolution and lawmakers who want to bring the Bible into science classrooms.
  • The 'Christian' Dogma Pushed by Religious Schools That Are Supported by Your Tax Dollars

The Fracking of Rachel Carson, Sandra Steingraber, Orion

  • Orion contributor and columnist Sandra Steingraber reflects on Rachel Carson's seminal book on the fiftieth anniversary of its publication. Silent Spring was one of the most influential books ever written--it led to the ban of DDT in the U.S. and gave birth to the Environmental Protection Agency. But today, Carson's homeground and legacy are under attack.
  • View our special audio slide show.
  • The Story of Silent Spring
  • She Was Right
     

Yes, I’m Voting Third Party. No I’m Not Wasting My Vote.

  • Voting for Obama or Romney and knowing that both of them don’t care about average Americans will only continue pushing the pendulum that is American politics, to either the Republicans or the Democrats, with there being no substantial change in how the system itself works and who is benefits and oppresses.
  • 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils"
  • The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction
  • The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can?

Devon DB, Global Research

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September 22, 2012 | Yes, I would like to admit that this November, I will be voting third party. However, contrary to what many do or would like to believe, I am notwasting my vote.

When stating that you are going to vote third party, one is usually met with the typical dismissals that “you’re wasting your vote” and “there’s no chance in hell that they will win.” While my party of choice may not win, I realize that there is little difference between either candidate and that both will only make this country worse.Obama has made a number of policy decisions during his first term that have strengthened the police state, expanded US militarism abroad, and aided the very bankers that have pillaged the country.Concerning the police state, during his presidency, Obama has created a legal precedent that allows him (and future presidents) to assassinate US citizens as can be seen in the case of Anwar al-Awlaki.

While Obama supporters will argue that al-Awlaki was a terrorist, the fact of the matter is that he had never actually committed a terrorist act. ABC News reported that “al-Awlaki was not the trigger-man in any of the 19 terror operations to which he is linked even though he did “[push] the attackers over the violent edge or [personally guided] them through operations.” Even if one may argue that pushing attackers over the edge or guiding them is being an accomplice, it still does not erase the fact that he was, legally speaking, still a US citizen at the time he was killed and that he his Sixth Amendment right was violated as he was not given a fair trial in a court of law.

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12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils" Debra Sweet, OpEdNews

  • If somebody you love is addicted to the "lesser" of two evils, please refer them to the following 12 step program.
  • Step 12: As a result of these steps, you can now carry the message to those who still suffer from an addiction to the Democratic Party. Nothing is as liberating as resisting an evil when you know it's wrong.
  • The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction
  • The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can?

The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction, Chris Hedges, Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer
Clearly the left has lost its nerve and its direction. If the left wants to regain influence in (this nation’s) political life, it must be willing to walk away from the Democratic Party … and back progressive, third-party (officials) until the Democrats feel enough heat to adopt our agenda. We must be willing to say no. If not, we (continue to be) slaves.

The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can?  Jack A. Smith, Countercurrents.org

  • In today's society — based on gross economic inequality facilitated by a two-party political system spanning center right to far right and where big money is the decisive factor in the electoral process — an ostensibly democratic election can hardly mitigate the worst of abuses afflicting working people and their families much less bring about substantial reform.
  • The Only Winner in November Will Be The Status Quo
  • Special Project | Campaign 2012: Week of  August 19, 2012
     

Regulations, Jobs, and Quality of Life

 

  • While there are no doubt many useless regulations on the books, and some that deserve to be gotten rid of, it does not follow that regulations are necessarily a drag on the economy, that they are invariably "onerous," nor that they are without exception "job-killers." And the constant assertion of—and resulting widespread belief in—the idea that regulations are always and everywhere a social evil is not simply a curious misunderstanding of the facts.
  • Bill Moyers | Chris Hedges on Capitalism's 'Sacrifice Zones'

Jeff Nygaard, Nygaard Notes

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August 22, 2012 | On the Think Progress website this past April appeared an article that began with these words: "Between 2007 and 2011, use of the phrase 'job-killing regulations' in U.S. newspapers increased by 17,550%." This prompted the article's author, Michael A. Livermore, to add, "Claims that regulations have a significant impact on American employment call for careful scrutiny." Ya think?

Just looking at some news articles over the past few months, here are some quotations on this subject from various people in positions of power and influence:

Full story...Go to NygaardNotes.org, then scroll down to Nygaard Notes #512, August 22, 2012.

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Bill Moyers | Chris Hedges on Capitalism's 'Sacrifice Zones' Bill Moyers, Moyers and Company

  • There are forgotten corners of this country where Americans are trapped in endless cycles of poverty, powerlessness, and despair as a direct result of capitalistic greed.
  • Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco: drawing America's invisible poor
  • Mitt Romney on "Freeloaders," Mideast, and Why He's Scared of the Women on 'the View"
  • Obama’s Vision versus Economic Reality
     

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