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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, March 16, 2019.

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Feature Article | Government & Politics

Effort to Abandon Electoral College Gains Steam. Here’s What It Would Ruin for America. Jarrett Stepman, the Daily Signal / Intellectual Takeout

  • https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/field/image/8202951245_5012303a7c_k.jpgThis misguided attempt to subvert the Constitution (is) partisan and historically ignorant. It overlooks … that the Electoral College has produced … a stable political system that forces politicians to reckon with our nation’s diverse needs.
  • Related: The Controversial Conundrum That Is the Electoral College
     

Publisher's Choice | Government & Politics

From the Archives | It was the Democrats' embrace of neoliberalism that won it for Trump. Naomi Klein, the Guardian

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  • ‘Elite neoliberalism unleashed the Davos class. People such as Hillary and Bill Clinton are the toast of the Davos party. In truth, they threw the party.’ Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters
  • People have lost their sense of security, status and even identity. This result is the scream of an America desperate for radical change.
  • Related: Neoliberalism: Free Market Fundamentalism or Corporate Power?

Of Special Interest | Government & Politics

America’s Russia Hysteria Is What Happens When A Collapsing Empire Descends Into Paranoia.Rainer Shea‬, Medium

  • https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1600/1*U2JaoyPZGkXddFupIVufkg@2x.jpegThis is what makes America so dangerous in its current state of imperial collapse. As American global influence rapidly shrinks amid an increasingly multipolar world, America is following the historical pattern where declining empires lash out to try to regain their lost influence. And when the U.S. empire’s leaders live in such a false reality, they make increasingly irrational and dangerous decisions.
  • Related: The Russia Interference Narrative is McCarthyism Reborn in the 21st Century.

Bloggers & Columnists | Naomi Klein, Howard Zinn, David Swanson



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Activism & Organizing

What Else You Can Do Beyond Voting, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Politics%20Banner_2.jpgPart 1: Beyond Voting by Howard Zinn
  • The future of this country doesn’t depend, mainly, on who is our next President.
  • Part 2: What Else You Can Do
  • There are thousands of … organizations that (are) as important as any electoral candidate.

Government & Politics

Timeline Photos | Zen Bias

We haven't had one peaceful day since he took office.  His chaos consumes everything good.

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Tell Congress: Support the Save The Internet Act

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  • Huge news: Democrats in Congress have introduced new legislation that would restore the FCC’s strong Net Neutrality rules.
  • And — surprise surprise — the big internet service providers are already trying to stop this bill in its tracks.

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/FreePress%20Presents%20Save%20the%20Internet.jpg/ March, 2019 | It’s an old story: Gatekeepers want to hoard their power. The open internet has been a transformative force for people of color and other marginalized communities looking to tell their own stories, organize for justice and launch and grow businesses on their own terms. And that’s a threat to the media and tech companies that wield massive economic power in our society.



Tell members of Congress to support the Save The Internet Act today.


But the internet — built on and powered by Net Neutrality — has always been different. Without it, we risk a future online experience that looks nothing like what we have today — one where companies like Comcast and Verizon can block or slow down whatever websites or content they feel like. And this isn’t just hyperbole. They’ve done it before and — without strong rules to stop them — will do it again.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, March 9, 2019.

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Feature Article | Books, Literature, & Ideas

The Mindless Menace of Compliance, Teodrose Fikre, Ghion Journal

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It is easy to be mad at politicians and rage against their malpractice; however, maybe it is time for us to look in the mirror.

Publisher's Choice | Race & Ethnicity

Wake Up, American Jews: You’ve Enabled Israel’s Racism For Years. Joshua Leifer, the Forward / Portside

https://portside.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/Netanyahuandextremists.jpg / Prime Minister and head of the Likud party Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the media in Kfar Maccabiah, Ramat Gan, February 21, 2019. Tomer Neuberg/Flash90

  • Israeli politics during the successive Netanyahu governments has become a parade of hate speech, with right-wing politicians competing over who will do the worst to “the Arabs.”
  • Related: Special Report | The House Democrats’ “Rebuke” of Rep. Ilhan Omar Is Fraud, Hate.

Of Special Interest | Books, Literature, & Ideas

UN Report Says US is a “Shithole Country”. John M. Repp, Common Dreams
https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/views-article/gettyimages-913775474.jpg?itok=Bu-UHxD9"The symptoms of the devastating inequality here include Americans now living shorter and sicker lives than citizens of other rich democracies." (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Instead of corporate media basically ignoring the UN report, there should be screaming headlines.

Bloggers & Columnists | Katrina vanden Heuvel, Glen Greenwald



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Activism & Organizing

'No War on Venezuela' actions take place in over 100 cities — next up March 16th! ANSWER Coalition
https://assets.nationbuilder.com/answercoalition/pages/4782/attachments/original/1550252593/VENEFB.png?1550252593Make your plans — get on the bus!

 

Gender & Sexuality

How Women Get Trapped In The Cycle Of Being Underpaid — And How They Get Equal Pay, Monica Torres, Huffington Post
https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5c589b8c360000f90a6811e9.jpeg?ops=scalefit_720_noupscaleThe pay gap has trapped generations of women. But there’s another way.

 

 

Government & Politics

When Chimamanda Met Hillary: A Tale of How Liberals Cosy Up to Power, Fatima Bhutto, the Guardian / Portside

https://portside.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/Clinton_Adichie_atPEN_0.jpg/ Hillary Clinton and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at PEN America’s World Voices Festival. Adichie will be interviewing Michelle Obama in December. Karsten Moran/New York Times / Redux / eyevine

Nigerian American novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s interview of Hillary Clinton is another example of writers embraced by the establishment who not only fail to confront the colossal violence inflicted bytheWest; but often hail and endorse it.
 

Special Report | The House Democrats’ “Rebuke” of Rep. Ilhan Omar Is Fraud, Hate. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/users/user1368/stand_with_d017nn7ucaazm1r.jpgPart 1: The House Democrats’ “Rebuke” of Rep. Ilhan Omar Is a Fraud for Many Reasons, Including Its Wild Distortion of Her Comments ~ Glenn Greenwald.
Look at what … Omar has actually said … and there's not much with which to argue.
Part 2: We Know What Hate Looks Like: Standing With Ilhan.
What people are afraid of is that there are two Muslims in Congress … that are fearless.
Related: Wake Up, American Jews: You’ve Enabled Israel’s Racism For Years.

Media & Technology

Special Report | US Media Ignoring and Applauding War on Venezuela. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/under-newspaper.jpgPart 1: Venezuela in the US Press
  • Interviews with Chesa Boudin, Dan Beeton, Laura Carlsen, Mark Weisbrot, Miguel TinkerSalasand Alfredo Lopez
  • Part 2: US Media Ignore—and Applaud—Economic War on Venezuela
  • The US media chorus (is) whitewashing the ways in which the US has strangled the Venezuelan economy.
  • Related: Special Report |Venezuala: Violence, Propaganda, Ravenous Wolves Invading in Sheep's Clothing

Youth, Education, & Children

Let’s Fight for Universal Childcare. Katrina vanden Heuvel, the Nation
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Saryah Mitchell sits with her mother, Teisa Gay, at a rally calling for increased childcare subsidies, in Sacramento, California, on May 6, 2015. (AP Photo / Rich Pedroncelli)

  • It’s good for the economy and consistent with our values.
  • Related: What America Has Done To its Young People is Appalling ~ James Ostrowski

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Special Report | US Media Ignoring and Applauding War on Venezuela

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  • Part 1: Venezuela in the US Press
  • Interviews with Chesa Boudin, Dan Beeton, Laura Carlsen, Mark Weisbrot, Miguel TinkerSalas, and Alfredo Lopez
  • Part 2: US Media Ignore—and Applaud—Economic War on Venezuela
  • The US media chorus (is) whitewashing the ways in which the US has strangled the Venezuelan economy.
  • Related: Special Report |Venezuala: Violence, Propaganda, Ravenous Wolves Invading in Sheep's Clothing

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest


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Part 1: Venezuela in the US Press

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/ Mural, Maracaibo. Venezuela (detail) (cc photo: RJCastillo/Wikimedia)

Interviews with Chesa Boudin, Dan Beeton, Laura Carlsen, Mark Weisbrot, Miguel Tinker Salas and Alfredo Lopez

CounterSpin, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

March 8, 2019 | This week on CounterSpin: International opinion largely opposes Donald Trump’s current and threatened intervention in Venezuela, but that’s not the impression you get US corporate news media, who appear to be all-in with Trump’s push for the ouster of democratically elected President Nicolás Maduro. (As far as we know, these media still firmly oppose any election meddling in this country, especially by Donald Trump.) In reality, 75 percent of the world’s countries reject the US anointing of Juan Guaidó—whom most Venezuelans hadn’t heard of when Trump declared him their leader. And the UN has formally condemned US sanctions on Venezuela, which a special rapporteur compared to a “medieval siege.”

Corporate media’s fealty to the idea that the United States has the right if not the duty to overthrow other countries’ leadership to suit our—some of our—interests doesn’t begin and end with Venezuela. But the history of coverage of the country is especially illustrative of what it looks like when elite media work strenuously to maintain the storyline on an “official enemy.”

CounterSpin is a production of Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), the national progressive media watchdog group, challenging corporate media bias, spin and misinformation.

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Part 2: US Media Ignore—and Applaud—Economic War on Venezuela

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  • The US media chorus supporting a US overthrow of the Venezuelan government has for years pointed to the country’s economic crisis as a justification forregimechange, while whitewashing the ways in which the US has strangled the Venezuelan economy.
  • Call this elision what it is: war propaganda.

/ Gregory Shupak, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

February 6,2019 | The US media chorus supporting a US overthrow of the Venezuelan government has for years pointed to the country’s economic crisis as a justification for regime change, while whitewashing the ways in which the US has strangled the Venezuelan economy  (FAIR.org, 3/22/18).




A UN rapporteur declares that “sanctions kill” (Independent, 1/26/19)—but few in Western media are listening to his message.



Sister Eugenia Russian, president of Fundalatin, a Venezuelan human rights NGO that was established in 1978 and has special consultative status at the UN, told the Independent (1/26/19):

"In contact with the popular communities, we consider that one of the fundamental causes of the economic crisis in the country is the effect [of] the unilateral coercive sanctions that are applied in the economy, especially by the government of the United States."

https://fair.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Gregory-Shupak.jpgGregory Shupak teaches media studies at the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto. His book, The Wrong Story: Palestine,Israeland the Media, is published by OR Books.

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Special Report |Venezuala: Violence, Propaganda, Ravenous Wolves Invading in Sheep's Clothing, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Venezuela Coup Attempt Proves that Capitalism is a Cancer that Survives Through Violence and Propaganda
As we hope for these factors to restrain the American empire, let’s work to end the capitalist system that let this empire come into existence in the first place.
Part 2: Venezuela
,USAIDand European Charity: Ravenous Wolves Invading in Sheep’s Clothing
Our government should spend less time lecturing other countries and take care of the army of homeless veterans who are stacking up in cities across America.
Related: 'No War on Venezuela' actions take place in over 100 cities — next up March 16th!


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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, March 2, 2019.

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Feature Article | Government & Politics

The Price of Empire ~ Umair Haque, Robert Gore, Eudaimonia / Straight Line Logic

  • https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/2600/1*Nu0RaDq1QceANFf7oU_QDQ.jpegBut violence and greed and cruelty cannot lead anyone anymore to prosperity in the 21st century. There is nobody left to colonize and exploit left but yourself, your very own society, in a world which is out of easy frontiers and helpless peoples.
  • The price of empire is a nation's soul.

Publisher's Choice | Foreign Affairs

Special Report | Venezuala: Violence, Propaganda, Ravenous Wolves Invading in Sheep's Clothing, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Foreign%20Policy%20Banner_1.jpgPart 1: Venezuela Coup Attempt Proves that Capitalism is a Cancer that Survives Through Violence and Propaganda
  • As we hope for these factors to restrain the American empire, let’s work to end the capitalist system that let this empire come into existence in the first place.
  • Part 2: Venezuela,USAIDand European Charity: Ravenous Wolves Invading in Sheep’s Clothing
  • Our government should spend less time lecturing other countries and take care of the army of homeless veterans who are stacking up in cities across America.
     

Of Special Interest | Race & Ethnicity

Bonfires of Bigotry: The Sources of Our Present Anger, Jeff Minick, Intellectual Takeout

https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/field/image/fire-2593636_1920.jpgSome journalists and commentators, anxious to prove American bigotry and blind to their own, throw gasoline onto the pyres of hatred.
Related: The Real Roots of American Rage

 

Bloggers & Columnists | umair hague, Ellen Brown
 



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Books, Literature, & Ideas

Hope and Love in the Time of Trump, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest  

  • http://uziiw38pmyg1ai60732c4011.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/dropzone/2016/08/shutterstock_768877.jpgPart 1: Hope in the Time of Trump
  • Three excellent speakers--sponsored by Yorkshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
  • Part 2: To Love This Broken-Hearted Country
  • I want to love this broken-hearted country, this land of shattered dreams and dashed hopes.


Business

Series | Part 1: This Radical Plan to Fund the ‘Green New Deal’ Just Might Work. Ellen Brown, Truthdig

https://www.truthdig.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/AP_18341002959374-850x523.jpg / Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is part of a group of Congress members pushing for a "Green New Deal." (Charles Krupa / AP)

  • The Public Bank Option: The Precedent of Roosevelt’s New Deal
  • Related: What’s the ‘Green New Deal’? The surprising origins behind a progressive rallying cry.

Government & Politics

Fiction in the Face of Facism, Arundhati Roy, Truthout.org
"People spend so much time mocking Trump …

Health, Science & Environment

Brace for Impact, as the Climate "End Game" Has Arrived. Dahr Jamail,  Truthout
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/ Smoke from wildfires in British Columbia, Eastern Washington and Montana enshrouds the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. In the Pacific Northwest, experiencing weeks on end of wildfire smoke during the summer months has become the “new normal.” / Dahr Jamail

  • The human race is too stupid to survive, as amply proven by the people it chooses to lead (into oblivion).  We'll just all go on our merry way, uninvolved... .
  • Related: A Green New Deal Is Not possible Until We Let ALL Our Delusions About Climate Change Die.
     

Media & Technology

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2013/09/04/blogs/dotCJR/dotCJR-blog480.jpgIt's Time for Journalism to Stand Up to Trump. Compiled by David Culver , Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Trump Is Running Against The Media. Why Does The Media Keep Helping Him?
  • The press should know the name of this game by now.
  • Part 2: It’s Time for Journalism to Stand for Something.
  • Because journalism couldn’t afford to make enemies, it gave up its moral compass. 

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, February 23, 2019.

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Feature Article | Government & Politics

Series | Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Duped Middle Class — Part 1, Will Voters Fight Back?  Martin Lobel, Who.What.Why.

https://whowhatwhy.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/IRS_Storm_1088x725-700x470.jpg / Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Adam Fagen / Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0), Tim Evanson / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0), and Vincent Parsons / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

  • Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) gave massive tax cuts to the very rich, massively increased budget deficits, increased incentives to move jobs and profits offshore — and minimally increased investment in productivity.
  • In Part 2, Martin Lobel discusses how to prevent a taxpayer revolt.
  • Related: Why millions of people are getting hit with a surprise tax bill this year.

Publisher's Choice | Government & Politics

The Controversial Conundrum That Is the Electoral College, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
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  • Part 1: From the Archives | The Electoral College Was Meant to Stop Men Like Trump From Being President
  • The founders envisioned electors as people who could prevent an irresponsible demagogue from taking office.
  • Part 2: The Electoral College Conundrum
  • There’s no consensus on abolishing the Electoral College, which has countered the popular vote in two of the past five presidential elections.

Of Special Interest | Law & Justice


Special Report | SPLC - The Year in Hate and Extremism, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/SPLC%20%7C%20Record%20Number%20Hate%20Groups%202018.jpgPart 1: Hate groups at record high
A fourth straight year of growth that coincides with President Trump's
campaignandpresidency
Part 2: The year in hate and extremism
We reported an all-time high of 1,020 hate groups operating in the United States in 2018.

 



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Activism & Organizing

Don't Let Mercury Back in Our Air and Water. Heather Shelby, Environmental Defense Fund
 

  • https://membership.onlineaction.org/images/content/pagebuilder/MomChildPollution300.jpgDon't let this attack stand.
  • Related: The Anger Is Real. Let’s Do Something With It.
     

 

 

Foreign Affairs

Growing risk of U.S war on Venezuela, Sean Orr, Fight Back! News

http://www.fightbacknews.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/article-lead-photo/Puente-de-Angostura.jpg / Supporters of President Nicolás Maduro rally.

  • The peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean - "Our America" as the Cuban and Venezuelan revolutionaries refer to it - are fed up with living under the imperialist boot. To them, Venezuela does not represent a brutal dictatorship, but a glorious future where they can live in freedom. It is worth fighting for.
  • Related: Special Report | US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela

Government & Politics

Special Report | US Immigration Policy: Cruel, Racist, In Decay, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Immigration%20Banner_2.jpgPart 1: A “Smart” Border Wall Is Just as Racist as a Physical Barrier
  • Democrats’ “smart wall” would draw upon the same tech tools that have been long criticized by civil rights activists.
  • Part 2: Incarcerated Immigrants Are Being Tortured
  • Hunger strikers in a Texas immigration jail are risking their lives to draw attention to the conditions.
  • Part 3: Trump’s Cruel Immigration Policy Is About Power, Not Solutions
  • Trump’s immigration policy affects far more people than the migrants at the center of the wall debate.
  • Related: Democrats Totally Cave on Border: Give Trump All He Wants, Get Nothing In Return.

Peace & Non-violence

NATO is a Danger to, Not a Guarantor of, Peace ~ Robert W. Merry. Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic
https://www.theamericanconservative.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/trump-NATO-bye-554x350.jpg / Donald Trump at NATO Summit, Brussels, in 2018
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NATO lost its reason to exist when the Soviet Union folded. In searching for new missions, it's making the world a more dangerous place.
Related: Your Complete
Guidetothe N.Y. Times’ Support of U.S.-Backed Coups in Latin America
 

Religion & Spirituality


Clerical cronyism and secrecy shielded McCarrick and others. Peter Daly, National Catholic Reporter

https://www.ncronline.org/sites/default/files/styles/article_full_width/public/20130304cnsbr14287%20crop.jpg?itok=hKllqtfi / Cardinal Theodore McCarrick arrives at a meeting of cardinals in advance of the conclave to elect a new pope at the Vatican in March 2013. (CNS/Reuters/Max Rossi)

Then-Cardinal McCarrick was apparently used to living a double life and thought no one would reveal the truth. And one thing is for sure. His case is not unique.

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It's Time for Journalism to Stand Up to Trump

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  • Part 1: Trump Is Running Against The Media. Why Does The Media Keep Helping Him?
  • The press should know the name of this game by now.
  • Part 2: It’s Time for Journalism to Stand for Something.
  • Because journalism couldn’t afford to make enemies, it gave up its moral compass. 

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Trump Is Running Against The Media. Why Does The Media Keep Helping Him?

https://www.motherjones.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/20181105_trumppress-2000px.jpg?resize=990,556 / Donald J. Trump talks to reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on November 4, 2018 in Washington, DC.Oliver Contreras/CNP/ZUMA


The press should know the name of this game by now.

Monika Bauerlein, Mother Jones

November 6, 2018 | The “magazine” was mostly laughable with its bad cartoons and red accent fonts that wouldn’t have looked out of place in a fifth-grade Halloween party flyer. But it was also a perfect metaphor for the 2018 election, and the fight that we’re in for the next two years.

The 40-page hunk of glossy paper was campaign literature for Devin Nunes, the Republican congressman now best known for using the House probe of Russian election interference to peddle conspiracy theories about an FBI plot against Donald Trump. Thanks to that notoriety, Nunes—who in 2016 was reelected with 68 percent of the vote—has faced an unusually strong challenge this year. But the campaign he chose to run was not really against the Democrat, Andrew Janz. It was against the hometown newspaper.

Monika Bauerlein is CEO of Mother Jones.

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Part 2: It’s Time for Journalism to Stand for Something.

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Because journalism couldn’t afford to make enemies, it gave up its moral compass. 

Monika Bauerlein, Mother Jones

September 19, 2018 | There are moments when you can tell what they will feel like in retrospect: hitting bottom, a dam cracking. Between Michael Cohen’s guilty plea, Paul Manafort’s conviction, a cascade of semi-mutinous signals from inside the White House, and a slew of polls and election results showing the extraordinary civic energy building for the midterms, the last month had that quality.





Fairness and accuracy are not served by pretending to have no point of view. They are served by acknowledging where you’re coming from and then being rigorous about following the facts where they lead.



It felt like truth breaking, if briefly, through the miasma of lies. Like confirmation that the institutions of democracy cannot be bent at will by an authoritarian impulse, or fully paralyzed by its enablers.

Monika Bauerlein is CEO of Mother Jones.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, February 16, 2019.

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Feature Article | Activism & Organizing

The Anger Is Real. Let’s Do Something With It. Monika Bauerlein, Mother Jones

 https://www.motherjones.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/anger-ap-kav.jpg?resize=990,556/ J. Scott Applewhite/AP

  • Don’t let the purveyors of rage drag you down to their level.
  • Related: The Return of the Strike
     

 

Publisher's Choice | Government & Politics

Democrats Totally Cave on Border: Give Trump All He Wants, Get Nothing In Return, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: The Democrats' total capitulation on the border
  • The Democrats got absolutely nothing. Zilch. Nada.
  • Part 2: Democrats Are Capitulating to Trump by Approving Border, DHS Funding
  • We have Democrats actually playing his (Trump's) game.

Of Special Interest | Economics

A US Tax on Wealth Is Long Overdue. Thomas Piketty, the Boston Globe / Common Dreams / Portside

https://portside.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/warren_tax_the_rich_piketty.jpgCarefully calculated by economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, the proposal by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), now running for president, sets a rate of 2 percent on fortunes valued between $50 million and $1 billion, and 3 percent above $1 billion, Getty Images

Between 1930 and 1980, the rateappliedon the highest incomes was on average 81 percent, and the rate applied to the highest inherited estates was 74 percent. Clearly this did not destroy American capitalism.

Bloggers & Columnists | Ralph Nader, Chris Hedges, Amy Goodman, Thomas Piketty




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Activism & Organizing

Demand Critical Congressional Hearings – Long Overdue, Avoided or Blocked. Ralph Nader, Nader.org
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Here are my suggestions for a dozen long-overdue hearings in the House of Representatives, now run by the Democrats:

Gender & Sexuality

Sexual Abuse: A "Serious and Pervasive" Issue, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
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  • Part 1: Child sex abuse called 'a serious and pervasive' issue in US society
  • Child sexual abuse in the United States is at epidemic levels.
  • Part 2: Southern Baptist Convention report on sex abuse shines a light on evangelical culture.
  • We need to take a long look at the theological and structural conditions that enable abuse
  • Part 3: Driving Change in States to Combat Sexual Harassment
  • All workers deserve a work environment free of any type of gender discrimination, including sexual harassment.
  • Related: Stop Betsy DeVos' attack on student sexual assault survivors.

Government & Politics

Why millions of people are getting hit with a surprise tax bill this year,  Matthew Yglesias, Vox
https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/K5B1541tKIQWSwRyUK77e06XiJg=/0x0:1024x683/920x613/filters:focal(729x344:891x506)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63009239/paul-ryan-wisc.0.jpg/ Paul Ryan in 2016, then the House speaker and an architect of the tax bill. Darren Hauck/Getty Images

An effort to make the tax bill look better ended up making it look worse.
 

Labor

Push puts Minnesota near goal of ending veteran homelessness. Chris SerresMinneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Former%20Homeless%20Vet%20Moves%20Into%20Dwtn%20Mpls%20Studio%20Apt.jpg/ Gallery: With the help of Housing Coordinator Genevieve Pelrine of Start Today Hennepin, Robert Kleen was able to get an affordable lease on a studio in downtown Minneapolis. Richard Tsong-Taataril - Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

  • A goal that once seemed unattainable — securing safe and stable housing for every veteran known to be homeless — is now within reach. 
  • State getting all vets off the street
  • Related: Homeless America ~ Chris Hedges
  • Related: The market will not fixTwin Cities' affordable housing crisis.
     

Media & Technology

How Facebook Screwed Us All, Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/How%20Facebook%20Screwed%20Us%20All.jpgRight-wing sites and clickbait dominate the platform that dominates American news consumption. And that same platform, despite its stated commitment to supporting “quality news,” keeps making it harder for people to find genuine journalism.
 

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Right-wing sites and clickbait dominate the platform that dominates American news consumption. And that same platform, despite its stated commitment to supporting “quality news,” keeps making it harder for people to find genuine journalism.

Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones

Mother Jones Editor's Note: This essay is the cover story for our March/April issue.  Portions of it appeared earlier here and here.

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March/April 2019 Issue | A country riven by ethnic tension. Spontaneous protests driven by viral memes. Violence and riots fueled by hateful fake-news posts, often about “terrorism” by marginalized groups.

It’s a story we’ve seen play out around the world recently, from France and Germany to Burma, Sri Lanka, and Nigeria. The particulars are different—gas prices were the trigger in France, lies about machete attacks in Nigeria—but one element has been present every time: Facebook. In each of these countries, the platform’s power to accelerate hate and disinformation has translated into real-world violence.

Monika Bauerlein is CEO of Mother Jones
and Clara Jeffery is Editor-in-Chief of Mother Jones and recipient of a PEN America award for editing.

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Feature Article | Peace & Non-violence

The ‘War on Terror’ Has Utterly Failed – Global Terrorism Has Dramatically Increased Since 9/11. Jon Queally,  Common Dreams / Alternet


https://www.alternet.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/george_w_bush_on_the_deck_of_the_uss_abraham_lincoln.jpgSince 9/11, the regions where the U.S. military has been most active - countries in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia - have seen a five-fold increase in violent attacks.
 

Publisher's Choice | Government & Politics

Biggest Threat to Single-Payer? Democrat Support for a Public Option, Michael Corcoran, Truthout


http://www.greanvillepost.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/obamacare-healthcare-profits.jpgThe next big fight for single-payer may not be with Big Pharma or the GOP, but rather, Democrats who insist on putting their energy behind weaker policies.
 

Of Special Interest | Race & Ethnicity

Don't get what's wrong with blackface? Here's why it's so offensive. Jenée Desmond-Harris, Vox

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  • Blackface is much more than just dark makeup used to enhance a costume.
  • Related: Kamala Harris Destroyed Black Lives.
     

Bloggers & Columnists | Charles P. Pierce



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Arts, Culture, & Entertainment

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Superbowl%20LIII%20logo_0.jpgThe Super Bowl Can No Longer Entertain an Overstimulated Nation. Dave Holmes, Esquire
 
Let the record show: Football is dead, and ’
twas boredom that killed the beast.

Books, Literature, & Ideas

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Sen.%20Amy%20Klobuchar%20%28D-MN%29.jpgCaution: Moderate Democrats Ahead. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Beware the Moderate Democrat
  • Why the centrist extremists are an incredibly dangerous political animal
  • Part 2: ‘Socialism surging in Iowa’ gives cold feet to centrist Democrats contemplating 2020 run: report
  • It might be the centrists who are getting cold feet.
  • Part 3: The Last Thing America Needs Right Now is a 'Centrist Independent'
  • Howard Schultz is contemplating a run for president, while Kamala Harris leans into Obama-style rhetoric. God Help Us All.

Health, Science, & Environment

What’s the ‘Green New Deal’? The surprising origins behind a progressive rallying cry, Alexander C. Kaufman, Grist

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“The Green New Deal we are proposing will be similar in scale to the mobilization efforts seen in World War II or the Marshall Plan,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic Socialists of America US representative of a working-class Bronx and Queens district in New York City said by email. “It will require the investment of trillions of dollars and the creation of millions of high-wage jobs. We must again invest in the development, manufacturing, deployment, and distribution of energy but this time green energy.”

Media & Technology

Your Complete Guide to the N.Y. Times’ Support of U.S.-Backed Coups in Latin America, Adam H. Johnson, Truthdig / Rise Up Times 

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  • Do the U.S. and its allies have a moral or ethical right to determine the political future of Venezuela?
  • Related: Special Report | US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela

The Military-Media Complex, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Militarism in the Media, World Beyond War
  • Discussing the role of the media in promoting violence and warfare.
  • Part 2: Highlights of #NoWar2018
  • This video reduces a day and a half to 1 hour.
  • Related: From the Archives | Special Report: The Media and War: Week of June 29, 2014
  • Related: Your Complete Guidetothe N.Y. Times’ Support of U.S.-Backed Coups in Latin America

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