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  • The media is being trolled on a massive scale and we look naïve and silly to have fallen for it, even if he draws readers and viewers. When people refer to the press as the fourth estate, it shouldn’t be confused with a Trump property.
  • Propaganda’s Triumph over Journalism

Charles M. Blow, New York (NY) Times

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Fake%20Media.jpgAug. 27, 2015 | When Donald Trump’s security escorted the Univision anchor Jorge Ramos out of a news conference on Tuesday, I decided that I was officially done.

Maybe I should have been long before that.

Maybe I should have been done the one and only time I ever met Trump and his first words to me were a soliloquy about how black people loved him, and he was the most popular white man among black people.

Maybe I should have been done when Trump demanded to see the president’s birth certificate.

Charles M. Blow: Op-Ed Columnist (Politics, public opinion and social justice), New York (NY) Times

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Propaganda’s Triumph over Journalism, John Pilger, Consortiumnews.com

  • As the world hurtles toward a new Cold War and possibly a nuclear confrontation over Ukraine, the West’s “free press” is again serving the role of an obedient propaganda service — demonizing Russia, presenting a one-sided narrative and feeding a dangerous belligerence.
  • Propaganda? What Propaganda? Western Media Monopoly vs Alternative and Non-Western Media

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Guilty of Being Black in a White World

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  • The necessary work to be done involves as many of us as possible having the audacity to have real and honest conversations about race, about racism, about skin privileges and skin preferences in our America, still here in the 21st century.
  • Part 1: The Ludicrous Reason These Women Were Thrown Off of a Train
  • Part 2: 10 Black Women Kicked Off Of Train, Met By Police, After White Woman Complains They Were Laughing

 

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: The Ludicrous Reason These Women Were Thrown Off of a Train

  • The Napa Valley Wine Train left a 10-woman book club on the side of the train tracks ... and for what?
  • The Ludicrous Reason These Women Were Thrown Off of a Train

Brittney Cooper, AlterNet

2015/08/23213444/winetour.jpgAugust 26, 2015 | Over the weekend, the Sistahs on the Reading Edge Book Club, composed of 10 Black women and one white woman, were kicked off the Napa Valley Wine Train for laughing and talking too loudly on their way to a vineyard tour. These women were enjoying themselves and participating in a wine tasting when several passengers began to complain about them being too loud. They admitted to talking loudly, but indicated that they were just having a good time, and were not being disrespectful.

It would be exceedingly hard for a group of 11 friends of any race or gender to travel together to a social event and remain quiet and inconspicuous. However, according to Lisa Johnson, one of the organizers and attendees of the event, after passengers began complaining about the group, they were forced to take their belongings, march through the length of the train, and disembark, where they were met by the police. Later, the Napa Valley Wine Train posted on Facebook that the women were verbally and physically abusive toward staff and other guests.

Brittney Cooper is Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. She is a scholar of Black women's intellectual history, Black feminist thought, and race and gender in popular culture. 

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Part 2: 10 Black Women Kicked Off Of Train, Met By Police, After White Woman Complains They Were Laughing

When Black women get together in a context of joy, magic happens. Sometimes that magic is loud, boisterous, and uncontained. Sometimes it skirts the rules. Joy isn’t joy if it does not at least some of the time exceed attempts to contain it.

Judd Legum, ThinkProgress

All-American face of racism in Northern California: red neck, white sheet, blue blood. This women said their laughter annoyed her because this is "not a bar."

Aug 24, 2015 | A group of black women were escorted off of a train taking them on a wine tour after a white woman complained they were laughing loudly. After the women, who are all members of a book club, exited the train they were met by a group of police officers.

No charges were filed.

According to a Facebook posting by Lisa Renee Johnson, one of the women in the group, the trouble started when this woman approached them and said she was annoyed by their laughter.

Judd Legum is Editor-in-Chief of ThinkProgress. Previously, he worked at American Progress from 2003 to 2007, when he founded and edited ThinkProgress.

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Chris Hedges | Bernie Sanders 'Cut A Faustian Bargain' with Democrats

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  • Journalist Chris Hedges weighs in on Bernie Sanders and his support from the Democrats.
  • America's Electoral Farce

Alyona Minkovski, Huff Post Live / MSN

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader/contributor Michael Cavlan for this contribution.

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Alyona Minkovski is one of the founding hosts of HuffPost Live. Before joining HuffPost Live, she was host of "The Alyona Show" on the international news network RT (formerly Russia Today). In 2011, Alyona was named one of the Forbes Top 30 Under 30 media personalities. 

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America'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

 

Special Report | Empowered by Debt

  • “Don’t Owe. Won’t Pay.” Everything You’ve Been Told About Debt Is Wrong
  • With the nation’s household debt burden at $11.85 trillion, even the most modest challenges to its legitimacy have revolutionary implications.

Charles Eisenstein, Yes! Magazine

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don-t-owe-won-t-pay-charles-eisenstein-debt-20150820/eisensteinwebsketch.jpg/imageAug 20, 2015 | The legitimacy of a given social order rests on the legitimacy of its debts. Even in ancient times this was so. In traditional cultures, debt in a broad sense—gifts to be reciprocated, memories of help rendered, obligations not yet fulfilled—was a glue that held society together. Everybody at one time or another owed something to someone else. Repayment of debt was inseparable from the meeting of social obligations; it resonated with the principles of fairness and gratitude.

If one debt can be nullified, maybe all of them can.

The moral associations of making good on one’s debts are still with us today, informing the logic of austerity as well as the legal code. A good country, or a good person, is supposed to make every effort to repay debts. Accordingly, if a country like Jamaica or Greece, or a municipality like Baltimore or Detroit, has insufficient revenue to make its debt payments, it is morally compelled to privatize public assets, slash pensions and salaries, liquidate natural resources, and cut public services so it can use the savings to pay creditors. Such a prescription takes for granted the legitimacy of its debts.

Charles Eisenstein wrote this article for The Debt Issue, the Fall 2015 issue of Yes! 

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Magazine. Charles is the author of Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible.

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Introducing The Debt Issue, Christa Hillstrom, editor, yesmagazine.org

Our Fall 2015 issue (of Yes! Magazine) shipped this week (Aug 20, 2015), and it's all about debt: bad debt, good debt, how to rethink debt. In our first big article from The Debt Issue, best-selling author Charles Eisenstein goes right to the foundation of the debt system and asks, "Is it legitimate?" I hope you find his article as fascinating and inspiring as we do. Also, watch for online-only debt content, like the essay below by a student-debt strike leader, and the story about former debt collectors who changed their tune. 

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Special Project | US Wars and Covert Actions Around the World: Week Ending August 22, 2015

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(Ismael Mohamad / United Press International)

  • For decades beginning during the Cold War, US policy in the Islamic world has been aimed at suppressing secular reformist and leftist movements. Beginning with the CIA-engineered coup against a secular democratic reform government in Iran in 1953 (it was about oil), Washington has propped up dictators, coaching these regimes in the black arts of torture and mayhem against secular liberals and the left. 
  • 8 New Items including:
    • Bernie Sanders, Speak Up: Militarism and Corporate Power Are Fueling Each Other
    • David Swanson | Hiroshima-Nagasaki: 70-Year Nuclear Explosions Not Done Yet
    • 10 Steps to Wean US Foreign Policy off Militarism
    • Benghazi & Hillary: missing the story
    • Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq
    • America’s Virulent, Extremist Counterterrorism Ideology
    • The Obama administration has approved more arms sales than any U.S. administration since World War II
    • The GOP’s destructive Vietnam mythology

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Bernie Sanders, Speak Up: Militarism and Corporate Power Are Fueling Each Other, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Overcoming militarism is just as vital as overcoming oligarchy. We won’t be able to do one without the other.
  • Part 1: Why Won't Bernie Talk About War?
  • Part 2: Bernie Sanders, Speak Up: Militarism and Corporate Power Are Fueling Each Other
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  • 10 Steps to Wean US Foreign Policy off Militarism

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David Swanson | Hiroshima-Nagasaki: 70-Year Nuclear Explosions Not Done Yet, David Swanson, Dandelion Salad

  • In re-militarizing Japan, rather than demilitarizing itself, the United States is playing with fire.
  • The War Was Won Before Hiroshima—And the Generals Who Dropped the Bomb Knew It.
  • 10 Steps to Wean US Foreign Policy off Militarism

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10 Steps to Wean US Foreign Policy off Militarism, Medea Benjamin, teleSUR

US progressives are delighted to see the US administration making some progress on the diplomatic front with Cuba and Iran. We should now clearly define what a progressive foreign policy looks like, and push presidential candidates and other officials to move US foreign policy towards one based on respect, cooperation and diplomacy. 

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Benghazi & Hillary: missing the story, Conn Hallinan, Peoples World 

  • The collapse of Libya was a particularly catastrophic event, which - as the African Union accurately predicted - sent a flood of arms and unrest into two continents.
  • Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq

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Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq, Seumas Milne, Guardian

The sectarian terror group won’t be defeated by the western states that incubated it in the first place.

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America’s Virulent, Extremist Counterterrorism Ideology, Micah Zenko, Foreign Policy

  • Forget the long war; we’re now in the thick of perpetual war.
  • Special Project | US Wars and Covert Actions Around the World: Week Ending  April 25, 2015

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The Obama administration has approved more arms sales than any U.S. administration since World War II, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • You can’t have it both ways. You can’t claim you want democracy, and then you’re the number one seller of arms … .
  • Part 1: Are Obama’s Record Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt and Iraq Fueling Unrest in Middle East?
  • Part 2: "From Bad to Worse": Hundreds Dead & 100,000 Displaced as Saudi-Led Strikes Push Yemen to the Brink

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The GOP’s destructive Vietnam mythology, Peter Birkenhead, Salon 

  • How the right’s self-glorifying delusions led to decades of avoidable war
  • In 1980, Reagan turned the Vietnam disaster into a faux-patriotic rallying cry. We've paid the price ever since
  • Tomgram | Christian Appy: "Honor" the Vietnam Veteran, Forget the War

 

Charles Pierce | The Overlooked History of Jimmy Carter, Who Fights for His Life

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  • Pierce writes: "This is a man who has lived a good, long, rich and decent life, and who has been slandered in history by people not morally fit to tie his shoes." 
  • The man, the life, the legacy.
  • Jimmy Carter: The US Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery" 

Charles Pierce, Esquire 

017670-carter-081315.jpg Jimmy Carter during the 1980 Democratic National Convention in New York, N.Y. (photo: Reuters)

Aug 12, 2015 | Aw, goddammit to hell.

"Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body," the former president, 90, said in a statement today. "I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare…A more complete public statement will be made when facts are known, possibly next week."

This is a man who has lived a good, long, rich and decent life, and who has been slandered in history by people not morally fit to tie his shoes. I admit, my first exposure to him was in the frustrating stern chase in the 1976 Democratic primaries on behalf of Mo Udall. (Don't ever mention the 1976 Wisconsin primary to me. I will nail your head to the floor.) But watching what was done to him during the 1980 campaign – including what I believe was the international ratfucking involving the Reagan campaign and the Iranian hostages – and subsequently during the following eight-year national amyloid cascade got me on his side. I don't believe he was a good president, and it can be argued that the stick up his ass was the size of a Louisville slugger and that his talking about "ethnic purity" in our neighborhoods presaged what was coming with DLC politics. Nevertheless, this was a tough man, despite what you may have heard. He was tough enough to win a very hard primary season and then whip a sitting president in the general election. He was tough enough to hand a Kennedy the worst electoral drubbing anybody in that family ever suffered. And, more relevant to our current situation, he was a lot tougher on Iran than Ronald Reagan ever was.

Charles Pierce is a staff writer for Grantland and the author of Idiot America. He writes regularly for Esquire, is the lead writer for Esquire.com’s Politics blog, and is a frequent guest on NPR.

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Jimmy Carter: The US Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery" Jon Schwarz, The Intercept

  • Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program that the United States is now an 'oligarchy' in which 'unlimited political bribery' has created 'a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.'
  • Both Major U.S. Parties are Plagues on Humanity

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