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How the Corporate Media Enslave Us to a World of Illusions by Jonathan Cook

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Palestinians protest inside the open-air prison that is Gaza during long day demonstration against the Israeli occupation on June 8, 2018 in near Nahal Oz, Israel. (Photo: Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)

  • The Great Western Narrative is there to perpetuate power by legitimizing it, by making its unbalanced and unjust distribution seem natural and immutable.
  • Our planet and our children’s futures depend on us liberating ourselves, seeing the ghosts in the machine for what they truly are.

Jonathan CookCommon Dreams / Rise Up Times

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Raised%20Fist%20with%20Peace%20Sign%20Background%20copy.jpgJune 13, 2018 | For several years now, I have been writing regular posts on my blog with one end in mind: to help open a door for readers and encourage them to step through. I select issues, usually those that dominate western media coverage and represent a consensus that we might term the Great Western Narrative, and try to show how this narrative has been constructed not to inform and enlighten but to conceal and deceive.

It is not that I and the many other bloggers doing this are cleverer than everyone else. We have simply had a chance – an earlier one – to step through that door ourselves, because of a jarring life experience that the Great Western Narrative could not explain, or because someone held the door open for us, or more usually because of a combination of the two.

https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/jonathan_cook.jpg?itok=EQqAZ8wm Jonathan Cook won the 2011 Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. His latest books are Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East (Pluto Press) and Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair (Zed Books).

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, June 9, 2018.

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Feature Article | Here’s how higher education was destroyed in 5 basic steps. Alternet / Raw Story

  •  https://www.rawstory.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Female-professor-educator-teacher-Shutterstock-800x430.jpgSo: here is the recipe for killing universities, and you tell me if what I’m describing isn’t exactly what is at the root of all the problems of our country’s system of higher education. (Because what I’m saying has more recently been applied to K-12 public education as well.)
  • Related: What's Wrong With the American University System
  • Related: The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff


Publisher's Choice | Rejecting Values and Responsibility Was a Big Mistake. We Have Lost Our Minds. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://apps.startribune.com/blogs/user_images/wbgleason_1386978852_Screenshot%202013-12-13%20at%205.42.43%20PM.pngPart 1: Psychologist: Rejecting Values and Responsibility Was a Big Mistake
  • Rejecting values and responsibility leads to a life devoid of purpose.
  • Part 2: It’s no joke that we have lost our minds.
  • The Founding Fathers just ordered another round.

 



 

Of Special Interest | Scholar Reza Aslan Explains Why It's Time to Treat Trump As An Enemy of the State -- Before It's Too Late. Chauncey DeVegaSalon / AlterNet

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Bloggers & Columnists | Seymour Hersh, Chris Hedges, Chauncey DeVega



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Critical Thinking

Trump, critics trade angry immigration charges, falsehoods. Jill Colvin, Associated Press / Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune

http://stmedia.stimg.co/1527527223_10003361+Trump+Memorial+Day.JPG?w=525President Donald Trump speaks at the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018 in Arlington, Va. / Alex Brandon, Associated Press <http://ap.org>

  • Misleading tweets by liberal activists fuel Trump.
  • Related: How Liberals and Their Talking Points Are Fueling the Alt-Right and Trump


Foreign Affairs

Seymour Hersh: Hillary Clinton Sold Nerve Gas To Syrian Terrorists To Use Them As an Excuse to Invade Syria. AWDNews

  • http://www.awdnews.com/index/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/hillary-clinton-syria-nervegas.jpgRespected investigative journalist, Seymour Hersh, has claimed that Hillary Clinton sold nerve gas to Syrian terrorists whilst she was acting as secretary of state.
  • Related: Syria – a Case Study in Propaganda

 



Labor

Special Project | Sign-up to attend the 2018 Poor People's March on Washington, D.C. June 2-12, The Angry Response To Inequality America Needs. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: Sign-up to attend the 2018 Poor People's March on Washington, D.C. June 2-12
  • For more information on the March and see who has endorsed
  • Part 2: Poor People’s Campaign Is The Angry Response To Inequality America Needs
  • The campaign is dedicated to the idea that “people should not live in or die from poverty in the richest nation ever to exist.”


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Here is the letter I will be delivering to The Wall this Memorial Day, Doug Rawlings, Special to Evergreene Digest

To Those Who Did Not Make It Home

 



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Net Neutrality Repeal Is Official. Here’s How That Could Affect You.

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As of late May, 29 state legislatures had introduced bills meant to ensure net neutrality, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Keith Collins, New York (NY) Times

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June 11, 2018 | It’s official. The Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules, which had required internet service providers to offer equal access to all web content, took effect on Monday.

The rules, enacted by the administration of President Barack Obama in 2015, prohibited internet providers from charging more for certain content or from giving preferential treatment to certain websites.

Keith Collins is a story editor on the Business desk at the New York Times, specializing in visual storytelling.


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Roll Out Those Hazy, Lazy, Crazy Days of Summer, 2018

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Dear Readers,

Please accept our best wishes for a happy and relaxing Summer season!

Like most of you, we will be on a much more relaxed (read irregular, informal) work schedule from now through Labor Day, Monday, the 3rd of September. What that means is we'll be hard at work publishing Evergreene Digest as usual. But if any of the crew have a better idea for enjoying a particular Summer day than working, like an traveling, outdoor concert, picnic, barbecue, fishing, swimming, camping, hiking, biking, loafing, etc., we'll all probably go along!

However, there are plenty of new to you articles because you couldn't possibly have read all of the nearly 24, 450 of them archived on our site. Also, RSS feeds automatically update things while we're off relaxing.

Our regular operations resume on Tuesday, September 4th.

Thanx for reading Evergreene Digest!

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, May 26, 2018.

Including links to over 760 websites and over 20 highlighted items featuring:

Feature Article | 131 House Dems Help GOP Pass Massive Pentagon Budget That Includes Billions for Expanded Nuclear Arsenal. Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/headlines/pentagon_0_1.jpg?itok=JogLpwqGMore than 100 House Democrats joined with Republicans to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019. (Photo: David B. Gleason/flickr/cc)

  • "Instead of a blueprint for peace and security, this NDAA continues the practice of endless war with no input or oversight from our congressional leaders," lamented Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)
  • Related: Rewind: The complete acTVism Video Series on the Military Industrial Complex


Publisher's Choice | Rewind: The complete acTVism Video Series on the Military Industrial Complex, Zain Raza, AcTVism

Here you will find all videos that acTVism Munich produced on the military industrial complex in 2017.



Of Special Interest | Social Security Works: List of Shame [g] / scontent.ffcm1-1.fna.fbcdn.net

  • The terrible "balanced budget amendment" didn't pass but we can not ignore the fact that 233 Representatives in the House voted to steal $2.9 trillion from Social Security's surplus.
  • That's our money and we need to vote them out in November.


NEW Permanent Links

• In Critical Thinking | Civics Nation strives to fulfill the mandate of an informed and enlightened public. We address the need for educated voters and endeavor to defeat the many myths and lies driving the public policy debate in the US.

In Peace & Non-Violence | Peace Voice, a program of the Oregon Peace Institute, (is) devoted to changing U.S. national conversation about the possibilities of peace and justice and the inadvisability of war and injustice.



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Activism & Organizing

Special Project | All Out for the Poor Peoples Campaign! elnwebmaster, Labor Fightback Network 

  • https://www.truthdig.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/IMG_5442-850x638.jpgWe believe the PPC’s approach is consistent with our own views on what is necessary to build a mass movement. A movement, though, is only as effective as the people who build it. Sign up now.
  • Related: The Wars Abroad and the Wars at Home—and the Work of Putting an End to Them




Labor

The GOP is destroying social security so stealthily, we're missing it. Being Liberal, the Maven

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Ryan%2C%20McConnell%2C%20Cruz.jpgAfter a trillion dollar giveaway to corporations in the Trump TaxScam, the GOP is targeting social security as promised.
  • Related: Special Project | All Out for the Poor Peoples Campaign!

 

 



Law & Justice


Series | No link between homeless villages and crime rates, Guardian review suggests. Thacher Schmid, the Guardian

https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/cf66dcd0dfa0e489cc619374bce14a4b72ba6194/0_35_1200_720/master/1200.jpg?w=300&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=69d4be741ee7f55eeaf703b1a6566e82D’Arion Daniel plays with ZyCorey in Othello Village, a village of tiny homes for homeless people in Seattle. Photograph: Jenny Riffle for the Guardian

  • Guardian study of two US cities finds crime is likelier to go down than up in neighborhoods that host city-sanctioned encampments.
  • Related: Dear Liberal America: The FBI Is Not Your Friend -- And It Never Has Been.


Religion & Spirituality


‘Dying because of hypocrisy’: Ex-megachurch pastor says Trump-loving evangelicals are digging their own graves. Brad Reed, Raw Story

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  • The bad news is that you are dying, Church.
  • And it’s the very good news, too.
  • Related: Special Report | Barry Goldwater Warned Us - The Danger of Evangelicals.


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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, May 19, 2018.

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Feature Article | David Swanson Discusses “Curing American Exceptionalism.” David Swanson, Opednews Rise Up Times

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  • U.S. exceptionalism, the idea that the United States of America is superior to other nations, is no more fact-based and no less harmful than racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry.
  • Curing Exceptionalism: What’s wrong with how we think about the United States? What can we do about it? 


Publisher's Choice | How Liberals and Their Talking Points Are Fueling the Alt-Right and Trump, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: How Liberals Are Fueling the Alt-Right
  • As the old adage goes, “You can’t fight fire with fire.”
  • Part 2: How Liberal Talking Points Help President Trump
  • The name-calling and the policing of others’ words will only repel voters


Of Special Interest | What's Next for Net Neutrality in Congress? Eric Revell, Countable <>


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Bloggers & Columnists | David Swanson, Amy Goodman & Juan Gonzalez



NEW Permanent Links

In Activism & Organizing | Countable helps you make your voice heard by contacting your reps about issues that matter. Check out your reps!

In Government & Politics | the American Conservative: We keep faith with the best of what the generations before us learned and teach us. We apply those lessons to the dislocations, temptations, and crises of the present day.





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Activism & Organizing

The Wars Abroad and the Wars at Home—and the Work of Putting an End to Them, elnwebmaster, Labor Fightback Network

  • https://smhttp-ssl-62992.nexcesscdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Statue-of-Liberty-and-Mushroom-Cloud-1024-850x567.jpgTo bring the issue of war into the Poor People’s Campaign would be natural and non-controversial. Any call for moral revival must demand peace. The destruction—indeed sheer waste—of young lives is unconscionable, and the amount of money wasted on that destruction is money which could be addressing the human needs to which the Poor People’s Campaign is drawing attention.
  • Related: Whither the Anti-war Movement?


Critical Thinking

Syria – a Case Study in Propaganda, Chris Kanthan, NationofChange
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  • The most important thing is that people are gullible and malleable, since that allows us to keep the war going and eventually achieve our goals.
  • Related: Fabricating a War on Iran
  • Related: The Age of the Imbecile (And Why it's a Big Problem)


Gender & Sexuality

How Punishment Sustains Patriarchy, Robert Koehler, LA Progressive 

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Al%20Franken%20Listening%20Thoughtfully.jpgWe live in a deeply problematic and unfair world, but suddenly social awareness has solidified around the wrongness of sexual abuse, so much so that powerful men are feeling the sting of accountability for stupid and cruel behavior that until recently seemed consequence-free.



 

Government & Politics

Republican Insider Explains How Religion Destroyed the GOP, Mike Lofgren, Viking Press / AlterNet

  • In the book, "The Party Is Over," veteran Republican Mike Lofgren writes about the rise of politicized religious fundamentalism and how the GOP devolved into anti-intellectual nuts.
  • Related: Special Report | Barry Goldwater Warned Us - The Danger of Evangelicals.

Here's Why Self-Indulgent Libertarian Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds, Jeremy Sherman, AlterNet

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/David%20Horsey%20%7C%20The%20Spirit%20of%20Libertarianism%20copy.jpgA window into a tempting tendency in human nature.
  • Related: The Myopic Selfishness of Libertarians


Media & Technology

In America's news headlines, Israel Mysteriously Kills 61 Palestinians and Injures 2700 Protesters in Gaza, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: In America's news headlines, Palestinians die mysterious deaths.
  • Judging by some stories, it’s almost as if bullets just hang in the air, waiting for Palestinians to walk deliberately into them.
  • Part 2: Palestinians Mark 70th Anniversary of Nakba After Israel Kills 61 & Wounds 2,700 Protesters in Gaza
  • The Israeli military killed at least 61 Palestinians in Gaza and wounded 2,700 more for protesting Monday’s opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and the Israeli occupation.


Peace & Non-violence

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Mothers%20Day%20and%20Peace.jpgMother's Day and Peace, Norman Stockwell, the Progressive 

  • “Why do not the mothers of mankind interfere in these matters to prevent the waste of that human life of which they alone bear and know the cost?” --Julia Ward Howe
  • Related: Whither the Anti-war Movement?


Religion & Spirituality


Special Report | Message to Trump devotees: The dangerous cult of Donald Trump, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: The dangerous cult of Donald Trump
  • If Trump's presidency deteriorates further, expect the religious fervor of many of his followers to reach a fever pitch.
  • Part 2: Message to Trump devotees: Cult members don't often fare well
  • I fear that Trump and his cult will encounter a day of reckoning. Let's pray it doesn't come too late to save our cherished democracy.
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In America's news headlines, Israel Mysteriously Kills 61 Palestinians and Injures 2700 Protesters in Gaza (1)/2

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  • Part 1: In America's news headlines, Palestinians die mysterious deaths.
  • Judging by some stories, it’s almost as if bullets just hang in the air, waiting for Palestinians to walk deliberately into them.
  • Part 2: Palestinians Mark 70th Anniversary of Nakba After Israel Kills 61 & Wounds 2,700 Protesters in Gaza
  • The Israeli military killed at least 61 Palestinians in Gaza and wounded 2,700 more for protesting Monday’s opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and the Israeli occupation.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: In America's news headlines, Palestinians die mysterious deaths.

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Judging by some stories, it’s almost as if bullets just hang in the air, waiting for Palestinians to walk deliberately into them.

Moustafa Bayoumi, the Guardian

Wednesday, 16 May, 2018 | It is the peculiar fate of oppressed people everywhere that when they are killed, they are killed twice: first by bullet or bomb, and next by the language used to describe their deaths. A common condition of oppression, after all, is to be blamed for being the victim, and that blame gets meted out in language designed to rob the oppressed of their very struggle.

Such a situation has for decades been the tragic destiny of the Palestinians, who are themselves so routinely assigned the blame when they are killed by Israel – and not just by the Israeli government but by the American media and political establishment – that we have now basically come to expect it.

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Part 2: Palestinians Mark 70th Anniversary of Nakba After Israel Kills 61 & Wounds 2,700 Protesters in Gaza

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The Israeli military killed at least 61 Palestinians in Gaza and wounded 2,700 more for protesting Monday’s opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and the Israeli occupation. It was the deadliest day for Palestinian protesters since they launched the nonviolent Great March of Return on March 30. Palestinian leaders are accusing the Israeli military of carrying out war crimes during Monday’s crackdown. More protests and a general strike across the Palestinian territories are planned for today. We get an update from Gaza with Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous.

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Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Democracy Now!

May 15, 2018 | Juan Gonzalez: Funerals are being held across Gaza today, after Israeli forces killed at least 61 unarmed protesters Monday in the deadliest day since residents of Gaza began a series of nonviolent protests six weeks ago at the Gaza border. Twenty-seven hundred Palestinian protesters were also injured. Monday’s massacre came on the same day as the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Today, Palestinians across the Occupied Territories have launched a general strike to mark 70 years since the Nakba, or Catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes after the state of Israel was formed.

Amy Goodman: On Monday, the Palestinian permanent observer to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, condemned Israel’s actions.

Sharif Abdel Kouddous is a Puffin fellow at the Nation Institute and Democracy Now! correspondent reporting from Gaza.

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What's Next for Net Neutrality in Congress?

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Eric Revell, Countable

5.16.18 | On Wednesday, the Senate passed a resolution to reinstate Obama era net neutrality rules that are in the process of being rolled back by the Trump administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The bill, which uses the obscure Congressional Review Act to overturn recently finalized rules now goes to the House, where it faces an uncertain fate.

It’s highly unlikely that House Republican leaders will schedule a vote on the Senate-passed net neutrality resolution, as the House’s passage of the bill would in all likelihood lead to a presidential veto which Congress would lack the votes to override.

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