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From Moon Landings to the F-22: How War Profiteering Dulled American's Technical Edge

Today’s Republican leaders think that all the optimistic, forward looking hopefulness of Eisenhower and Kennedy was communistic socialism.  They believe in innovation, only if it leads to the development of new ways for hedge funds to derive profits out of other people’s work.

Tom Hall, Dick & Sharon's LA Progressive

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller

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(July 19, 2012) Humankind first set foot on the moon on Sunday, July 20, 1969.  Generally, President John F. Kennedy is given credit for pushing exploration off this planet.  And Kennedy did push for scientific research.  He did inspire us to believe that we were capable of great things and that we had both the ability and the resources to achieve them.

But the space program had actually been started by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  The Mercury program launched eight test flights before the 1960 elections, and one more immediately following election day.  President Eisenhower wasn’t a supporter of space exploration.  But he was a general who had fought a long, tough war against a technically advanced enemy.  He believed in science, technology, and efficiency.

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Climate Change and the Next U.S. Revolution

  • The U.S. heat wave is slowly shaking the foundations of American politics. It may take years for the deep rumble to evolve into an above ground, institution-shattering earthquake, but U.S. society has changed for good.
  • Report: Amount of US mired in drought  worsens in Plains
  • The Earth Cannot Be Saved By Hope And Billionaires

Shamus Cooke, Workers Action

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg

This article is made possible with the generous contributions of Evergreene Digest readers like you. Thank you!

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/2011/04/04/2014681395.gif The U.S. heat wave is slowly shaking the foundations of American politics. It may take years for the deep rumble to evolve into an above ground, institution-shattering earthquake, but U.S. society has changed for good.

The heat wave has helped convince tens of millions of Americans that climate change is real, overpowering the fake science and right-wing media – funded by corporate cash – to convince Americans otherwise.

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Report: Amount of US mired in drought  worsens in Plains, Jim Suther,  Associated Press / Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune
On Wednesday (August 1, 2012) , the U.S. Agriculture Department added 218 counties from 12 drought-stricken states to its list of natural disaster areas, bringing the overall total to 1,584 counties in 32 states. That's more than half of all U.S. counties, and the vast majority of them received the designation because of drought.

The Earth Cannot Be Saved By Hope And Billionaires, George Monbiot, Monbiot.com

  • World leaders at Earth summits seem more interested in protecting the interests of plutocratic elites than our environment
  • Global CO2 Emissions Hit New Record in 2011
  • ALEC slips Exxon fracking loopholes into new Ohio law
     

The Best Reporting on the VP Candidate

  • Want help going beyond the horse race? We’re gathering the best stories out there on Congressman Paul Ryan, his positions, and his background. Have other stories to share? Add them in comments.
  • Paul Ryan Reading Guide

ProPublica

(Credit: Benjamin Myers)
(Aug. 11, 2012) Fussbudget, the New Yorker This sweeping profile is a great introduction to Paul Ryan and his politics. Starting in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin, it lays out the evolution of Ryan’s economic beliefs, and his rise through the G.O.P – from his early affinity to Ayn Rand to failed attempts at privatizing Social Security, to his Path to Prosperity budget plan, which would make radical changes in Medicaid and other social programs. The article also looks at the ways that federal-funded projects have helped Ryan’s hometown--and notes that Ryan’s plan “would drastically reduce the parts of the budget” that are funding exactly these kinds of projects.

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Florida Ex-GOP Chair: Voter suppression strategies go beyond voter ID laws

  • In a series of stunning public confirmations regarding the Florida Republican Party, minorities and new voter ID laws, former GOP party Chairman Jim Greer confirmed that party strategists met on voter registration strategies with the intent to suppress Blacks and Latinos.
  • "Republican strategy is to keep Blacks & Latinos from voting"
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  • Voter ID laws aim to disenfranchise
  • 7 Ways to Beat the Ballot Bandits

Amanda Lang, OpEdNews

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

Al Sharpton's PoliticsNation featured shocking public confirmations regarding the Florida Republican Party and its new voter ID laws push. Former GOP party Chairman Jim Greer (in sworn testimony) confirmed that party strategists met on voter registration strategies with the full intent to suppress Blacks, Latinos, and other minorities from voting in Florida come Nov. Former Florida GOP Chairman Greer said -- live on air -- 'There's no doubt that what the Republican led legislature in Florida and Governor Scott are trying to do is make sure the Republican party has an advantage in this upcoming election by reducing early voting and putting roadblocks up for potential voters, Latinos, African Americans to register and then to exercise their right to vote. There's no doubt. I was in the room. It's part of the strategy.' [

DoJ and Holder must act now, not after November.

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Voter ID laws aim to disenfranchise, Betsey Piette, Workers World

  • It is being called the new “poll tax” levied as a requirement for voting in parts of the United States.
  • Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Voter ID Laws

7 Ways to Beat the Ballot Bandits, Greg Palast, OpEdNews

  • Don’t wait until Election Day to find out you have the wrong ID, your registration’s “inactive,” (9.9 million of you) or you’re on some creep’s challenge list.
  • Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Voter ID Laws
  • Voter ID laws aim to disenfranchise


 

WikiLeaks shut down by American hackers

  • An administrator behind the official WikiLeaks account responded to the attacks on Thursday, writing, “No one is directly frightened of WikiLeaks. What they're frightened of is you seeing a successful example of independence.”
  • Wikileaks Founder Seeking Asylum

RT

The logo of the Wikileaks website is pictured on a smartphone.(Reuters  / Toru Hanai)

(August 9, 2012) WikiLeaks remains offline after days of distributed denial-of-service attacks rendered the website inaccessible. Now a group calling themselves AntiLeaks is taking credit and says their actions are in protest to the whistleblower site's founder.

Through Twitter on Wednesday, the self-proclaimed leader of a group going by the name AntiLeaks says that their organization is responsible for a barrage of DDoS attacks on WikiLeaks.org and other affiliated sites that has temporarily wiped one of the most controversial outlets for whistleblowing off the Web.

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Wikileaks Founder Seeking Asylum, China Radio International
Ecuador said it would wait until the end of the London Olympic Games to announce a decision on Assange's asylum request.

 

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Target Election Fraud, Not "Voter Fraud"

  • Fact: There are two things that occur more often than the right-wing myth of 'voter fraud': UFO sightings, and election-rigging.
  • How Republicans are rigging the next election
  • Policy Brief on the Truth About “Voter Fraud” Analysis

Carl Gibson, Reader Supported News

More than 1,000 union members and supporters re-enact the famous 1965 Selma to Montgomery march to protest voter ID laws. Larry Cohen, president of CWA, is at center. (photo: Newspaper Guild)

(August 9, 2012) Fact: There are two things that occur more often than the right-wing myth of "voter fraud": UFO sightings, and election-rigging. Statistically, you're 3,615 times more likely to report seeing an alien than you are of seeing voter fraud. And we watched the right wing nakedly steal three elections in recent memory.

The entire reason we invaded Iraq, lost thousands of American troops and massacred hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens, was because machines in Volusia County, Florida  tallied negative 16,022 votes for Al Gore when his name was checked at the ballot box in 2000. Despite the clear controversy, Bush won Florida, where his brother was governor and a presidential election was ultimately decided with a 5-4 vote in the Supreme Court.

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How Republicans are rigging the next election, Harold Meyerson, Washington (DC) Post

  • GOP governments have been curtailing early voting (in Ohio and Florida), requiring voters to produce official photo-identification cards (in Wisconsin), and reviving the Poll Tax (South Carolina).
  • What If The Tea Party Wins?

Policy Brief on the Truth About “Voter Fraud” Analysis, Brennan Center for Justice

  • Claims of voter fraud should be carefully tested before they become the basis for action.
  • Suppress the Vote!
     

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