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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, April 14, 2018.

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Feature Article | Why America is the World’s Most Uniquely Cruel Society, umair haqueEudaimonia and Co 

  • Or, How Punching Down Became a Way of Life
  • Related: “No civilization would tolerate what America has done.”
  • Related: "Morally Obscene" Trump Budget Proposal Stands to Make America Cruel Again. 

Publisher's Choice War Pay: The Pentagon Wants to Spend $716 Billion Next Year. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Gaza%20Up%20in%20US%20%26%20Israeli%20Smoke_0.jpgPart 1: The Pentagon Wants to Spend $716 Billion Next Year
  • And they’re justifying it by playing on fear.
  • Part 2: War Pay
  • 
Another Good Year for Weapons Makers Is Guaranteed

 

Of Special Interest | The Religious Roots of America’s Gun Culture and the Gospel of American Nationalistic Christianity, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • http://images.alternet.org/images/managed/storyimages_picture2.jpg_310x220Part 1: Billy Graham and the Gospel of American Nationalistic Christianity
  • Billy Graham is finally at rest, but we still wrestle with his complicated legacy.
  • Part 2: A Locked and Loaded Covenant: The Religious Roots of America’s Gun Culture
  • Tracing the historical and religious roots attaching to the sanctity of the Second Amendment.

 

Bloggers & Columnists | Amy Goodman & Juan Gonzalez, Caitlin Johnstone, Tom Englehardt



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Books, Literature, & Ideas

When A Government Declares A Verdict Before An Investigation, It’s Because There’s A Preexisting Agenda. Caitlin Johnstone, Medium 

  • Isn’t it interesting how just as its data begins warning that the western empire is approaching post-primacy and will likely lose its dominant position in the world if it doesn’t take drastic action, all this information begins pouring out about a longtime rival of that very empire? It’s almost as if there is a preexisting vendetta to cripple oppositional governments, and then crimes are being discovered which just so happen to advance that preexisting agenda.
  • Related: The Normalization of War

 

Critical Thinking

Michael Jacobson | Knowledge / Timeline Photos

The greatest enemy of knowledge isn't ignorance …


Foreign Affairs

Massacre in Gaza: Israeli Citizens Watch As Their Military Attacks Unarmed Palestinians. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: Israeli Citizens Watch As Their Military Attacks Unarmed Palestinians
  • At least 18 Palestinians have died in Gaza after Israeli forces opened fire Friday on a protest near the Gaza Strip’s eastern border with Israel.
  • Part 2: Israeli Citizens Watch As Their Military Attacks Unarmed Palestinians
  • In an outrageous display of inhumanity, Israeli citizens reportedly gathered on Gaza border to watch their military kill Palestinian civilians.
  • Related: Israel Kills Palestinians and Western Liberals Shrug. Gaza -  An Inquest into Its Martyrdom.

Gender & Sexuality

What #MeToo Can Teach the Labor Movement, Jane McAlevey, In These Times

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Chicago%20Teacher%27s%20Union%20Strike%20Rally.jpgAll of it comes down to a disrespect and disregard for women, especially women of color. If we focus on the power analysis, the answer is staring us in the face. There is no time to waste. Everyone has to be all-in for rebuilding unions.
  • Related: How did we let modern slavery become part of our everyday lives?

Government & Politics

Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 10: Women's March inspires women to amplify their political voices post-inauguration. Dawn Araujo-Hawkins, National Catholic Reporter (NCR) 

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Women%27s%20March%20on%20Washington%20Jan.%2021.jpgParticipants walk toward the U.S. Capitol during the Women's March on Washington Jan. 21. (CNS/Bob Roller)

  • The Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
  • Part 10: In the last year, women in the U.S. have, en masse, become more politically active.

Human Rights

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Here’s what we know about illegal immigration from Mexico.

Peace & Non-violence

Special Report | Syria: Military Escalation? Towards a US-Russia Confrontation? Week Ending April 14, 2018, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Triggering War. A Manufactured “Catalytic Event” Which Will Initiate An All Out War?
  • Are We Going to Let this Happen Again?
  • Part 2: The Geopolitics of Targeting Russia
  • The aim … is to compel Moscow to submit to the hegemonic power of the Washington elite.

Donald Trump Is Proof That America’s Wars Come Home. Tom Engelhardt, the Nation 

https://www.thenation.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/trump-military-bomber-ap-img.jpg?scale=896&compress=80President Donald Trump in Virginia in 2017. (AP Photo / Steve Helber)

… And other lessons from 17 years of American defeat abroad.

Youth, Education, & Children

Marquette's Pride Prom to go on as planned despite backlash, petition. Caroline White, National Catholic Reporter (NCR) 

"You wear a fancy ball gown. You wear a suit. You get all dressed up. There's going to be music and dancing," Bunczak said. "Prom is something that is so important, and it's really important for some LGBT individuals who couldn't go to prom in their high schools dressed the way that they feel most expresses themselves." --Maria Bunczak, president of Empowerment, an intersectional feminism club which is co-sponsoring Pride Prom.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, April 7, 2018.

Including links to over 755 websites and over 35 highlighted items featuring:

Feature Article | How did we let modern slavery become part of our everyday lives? Felicity Lawrence, the Guardian

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  • Society abhors exploitation but we are complicit. The cheap goods and services consumers expect makes exploitation inevitable.
  • Related: Amazon’s Wal-Mart problem: Why low wages, working conditions,  and disdain for culture will hurt us all

Publisher's Choice | Publisher's Choice | Goodman: Has our democracy become a reality show? Adam Goodman, special to the Tampa Bay (FL) Times

http://www.tampabay.com/storyimage/HI/20180405/ARTICLE/304059615/AR/0/AR-304059615.jpg?MaxW=950&cachebuster=557585Sgt. Phil Esterhaus (Michael Conrad) calls the roll on Hill Street Blues.

Government has become a 24-hour reality show, and its leader is creating reality by the second, tweet after tweet, post after post, firing after firing. In its wake we’ve seen less heroism and more hedonism, less truth and more fiction, as the nation lurches from nuclear showdowns to tariff-spawned meltdowns.
 

Of Special Interest | Xcel Energy–the most abusive special interest in Minnesota? Alan Muller, Airheads

  • Action Alert:  Oppose Xcel Energy ripoff legislation
  • Related: Update on Xcel ripoff nuclear bills

Bloggers & Columnists | Matt Taibbi, John Pilger,



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Foreign Affairs

Israel Kills Palestinians and Western Liberals Shrug. Gaza -  An Inquest into Its Martyrdom, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Israel Kills Palestinians and Western Liberals Shrug. Their Humanitarianism Is a Sham.
  • (Silence of Western Liberals in the face of Israeli) state-sponsored violence (in Gaza) is a reminder of just how morally bankrupt and cynically hypocritical the whole “liberal intervention” shtick is.
  • Part 2: Gaza An Inquest into Its Martyrdom
  • What has befallen Gaza is a man-made humanitarian disaster.

Government & Politics

Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 9: How do we create a high-value health care system? Michael Panicola, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Pediatrician%20Talks%20with%20Mother%20of%20New%20Born.jpgMercy Sr. Karen Schneider, a pediatrician, left, talks with the mother of a child in the emergency room at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore in 2014. (CNS/Bob Roller)

  • The Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
  • Part 9: Admittedly, we need to do more than what's been proposed above to rectify the current problems and impending crisis in U.S. health care. However, without accepting the moral and practical urgency of universal health coverage and the equally critical need to overhaul health care financing and delivery, all reform efforts are doomed to fail.

Human Rights

Special Report | Killing Him While He's Dead; This Didn't Have to Happen. Compiled by David Culver <>, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Killing Him While He’s Dead
  • The problem isn’t that so many people are hurt and angry; the problem is that more aren’t.
  • Part 2: Sacramento Police Said They Were Making Changes. Then They Killed Stephon Clark.
  • This Didn't Have to Happen.

The Isolation Of Julian Assange Is The Silencing Of Us All. John Pilger, Dissident Voice
 

  • https://dissidentvoice.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/unnamed-e1522776129817.jpgIf there is no freedom of speech for Julian Assange, there is no freedom of speech for any of us — regardless of the disparate opinions we hold.
  • Related: Rachel Meeropol on Illegal Detentions

Law & Justice

From the Archives | Envisioning An America Free From Police Violence and Control, Rashmee Kumar, the Intercept 

  • https://cdn01.theintercept.com/wp-uploads/sites/1/2017/10/alex-vitale-end-of-policing-book-1507910214-article-header.jpgIn “The End of Policing,” Alex S. Vitale argues that police reforms implemented in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri — from diversity initiatives to community policing to body cameras — fail to acknowledge that policing as an institution reinforces race and class inequalities by design.
  • Related: 4 Disabled People Dead in Another Week of Police Brutality
  • Related: Special Report | Killing Him While He's Dead; This Didn't Have to Happen.

Media & Technology

Can We Be Saved From Facebook? Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

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The social media giant has swallowed up the free press, become an unstoppable private spying operation and undermined democracy. Is it too late to stop it?

Race & Ethnicity

From the Archives | Close Encounters of the Racist Kind: A Guide to the Modern Far-Right, Alexander Zaitchik, Alternet / Southern Poverty Law Center / Portside

  • Pseudo-scientific research, lost Aryan super-civilizations and biblical giants.
  • Related: Trump and the GOP Fuel Fantasies of White Victimhood, Disregard Black Lives

Selected Articles | It’s past time for white supremacy to die, Week Ending April 7, 2018, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • The belief that whites are inherently superior to other races and therefore should dominate society is as American as apple pie. It is an idea that has caused much pain and suffering in the world, is an artifact of “white culture,” but still plays a role in American society.
  • We must dismantle the white supremacy that's embedded so deeply in American society.
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Can We Be Saved From Facebook?

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The social media giant has swallowed up the free press, become an unstoppable private spying operation and undermined democracy. Is it too late to stop it?

Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

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April 3, 2018 | We shouldn't be asking Facebook to fix the problem. We should be fixing Facebook. It's our collective misfortune that this perhaps silliest-in-history supercorporation – a tossed-off hookup site turned international cat-video vault turned Orwellian surveillance megavillain – has dragged us all to the very cliff edge of modern technological capitalism.

We've reached a moment in history where many companies are more powerful than even major industrialized nations, and in some cases have essentially replaced governments as de facto regulators and overseers. But some of those companies suck just a little too badly at the governing part, leaving us staring into a paradox.

Matt Taibbi is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone. He’s the author of five books and a winner of the National Magazine Award for commentary.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, March 31, 2018.

Including links to over 755 websites and over 20 highlighted items featuring:

Feature Article | Russian Meddling: Gagging on the Irony, by Charles Hugh Smith, Charles Hugh Smith, Of Two Minds / Straight Line Logic

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Stars%20%26%20Stripes%20Briefs_1.jpgWhen it comes to meddling in elections and the domestic affairs of other nations, the US may be the world champion, and it's also the world champion hypocrite about it. From Charles Hugh Smith at oftwominds.com: The irony that is most gagging is that America's power elite is destroying the nation's social order by its concentration of wealth and abuse of power.
  • Related: Their Meddlers and Ours

Publisher's Choice | The Normalization of War, Andrew J. Bacevich, TomDispatch / Truthdig

  • https://smhttp-ssl-62992.nexcesscdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/6163882040_f5126228cd_b-850x520.jpgA memo to the publisher of the New York (NY) Times
  • Crudely put, the central question that goes not only unanswered but unasked is this: What the hell is going on? Allow me to deconstruct that in ways that might resonate with Times correspondents.
  • Related: Media Owned By Warlords, Gov’t Owned By Big Money, Shock Doctrine
  • Related: How the Media Conditions, Controls, and Programs Society

Of Special Interest | Exposing the Whitewashed 'Fable' of the Civil Rights Movement, Randall Kennedy, Truthdig

  • https://smhttp-ssl-62992.nexcesscdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/BeautifulTerribleHistory-850x608.jpgReview of “A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History” ~ Jeanne Theoharis
  • A new book argues that the memorialization of the movement becomes "a veil to obscure enduring racial inequality, a tool to chastise contemporary protest, and a shield to charges of indifference and inaction."
  • Click here to read long excerpts from “A More Beautiful and Terrible History” at Google Books.
  • Related: Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 5 of 5

Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 8: Trump's environmental rollbacks lack 'moral compass. Brian Roewe, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)

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  • The Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
  • Part 8: Since routinely stating on the campaign trail the false belief that climate change is a hoax devised by China, Trump has not elaborated on those opinions. But the bevy of actions undertaken in his administration's first nine months has sent a clear signal of little intent to prioritize climate or other environmental concerns.
  • Planet, people take back seat to business since election.

From the Archives | Misunderstanding Jesus’s ExecutionHoward Bess, Consortium News

http://consortiumnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/jesusmoneychangers-300x244.jpg From the Archives (Originally published April 23, 2011): Over the centuries as Christianity bent to the interests of the rich and powerful, the story of Jesus’s fateful week in Jerusalem was reshaped to minimize its pivotal event, overturning the Temple’s money tables, a challenge to religious and political power.

April 13, 2014 Christians have special celebrations for the key events of Holy Week, but they often overlook one of the most important.

Palm Sunday celebrates the entry of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem. Maunday Thursday is a solemn replay of his last meal with his disciples. Good Friday takes us through his mock trial and his death of horror on a Roman Cross. Easter is the Christians’ triumphant celebration of Jesus’s resurrection from the dead.

Bloggers & Columnists | Andrew J. Bacevich





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Peace & Non-violence

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Steve%20Sack%20%7C%20Bolton%20Warmong.jpgDecrypting the Appointment of John Bolton, Charles Hugh Smith, Of Two Minds

So perhaps the dominant wing of the Deep State is finally willing to cut a deal with Trump.
Fired VA Secretary Shulkin Issues Dire Warning: Vets should not have to wait years for benefits, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Fired VA Head David Shulkin Issues a Dire Warning on His Way Out the Door
  • The former Obama appointee fears privatization could harm veterans for years to come.
  • Part 2: Vets should not have to wait years for benefits
  • The Trump administration and Congress need to follow through on … reforms, give the VA the resources it needs, and hold the agency accountable.

Religion & Spirituality


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  • Jesus was killed because he was a speaker of God’s truth. He was an unrelenting advocate of justice. The resurrection stories make a profound declaration: Truth can never be killed and the truth-teller can never be defeated.
  • Part 1:Telling the Truth about Easter
  • Part 2: From the Archives | Misunderstanding Jesus’s Execution
  • Part 3: “I just don’t believe this anymore”: Why I abandoned my faith.



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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, March 24, 2018.

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Feature Article | Their Meddlers and Ours, Andrew Levine, CounterPunch <>

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  • It is surely reasonable to hold that if real democracy is out of the question then better even the machinations of the likes of Vladimir Putin than those of the miscreant plutocrats whose monies make a mockery of what little democracy we have left in our “shining city on the hill.”
  • Related: Hypocrisy of Russia-Did-It Stories Is Hard to Stomach
  • Related: US Election Meddling: Smoke and Mirrors with a Biker Gang Subplot

Publisher's Choice | Capitalism as Obstacle to Equality and Democracy: the US Story, Richard D. Wolff, CounterPunch

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  • Not only the Republican Party, but also the Democratic Party support, serve and reinforce the capitalism that stands as a basic obstacle to economic equality and democracy.
  • Related: 35 soul-crushing facts about American income inequality
  • Related: 'There's an Alternative to the Top-Down Capitalist Corporation.'

Of Special Interest | Millionaires won’t save us — that’s a myth that links Zuckerberg and Trump. Margaret Sullivan, Washington (DC) Post / Tampa Bay (FL) Times

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Tom%20Janssen%20%7C%20Facebook%20and%20Privacy.jpgLike the cartoon of a naked Trump on the cover of this week’s New Yorker, Zuckerberg seems to have lost his protective garb: not a pricey suit with an over-long red tie, but a gray T-shirt that promises, "Trust me, dummies."

Special Project | One Big Thing: Students Protest the Gun Culture, Shootings; Demand Action, Week Ending March 24, 2018, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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March for Our Lives: Everything you need to know about the #NeverAgain event * Teaching Students How to Dissent Is Part of Democracy * Teaching Students How to Dissent Is Part of Democracy * How Political Pessimism Helps Doom Tougher Gun Laws

  • Related: Special Project | One Big Thing: Students Protest the Gun Culture, Shootings; Demand Action, Week Ending March 10, 2018
  • Related: One Big Thing: Students Protest the Gun Culture, Shootings; Demand Action
  • Related: Parkland School Shooting Survivors Announce National ‘March For Our Lives’; Go After Rick Scott, Rubio, Paul Ryan As NRA Enablers.

Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 7: Trump threatens norms that make the Constitution work, Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/US%20Constitution-%20We%20The%20People.jpgThe Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
  • Part 7: The man who took the oath "to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States" is today its greatest threat.

Bloggers & Columnists | Richard D. Wolff, David Swanson, Chris Hedges, Michel Chossudovsky





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Activism & Organizing

March for Our Lives: Everything you need to know about the #NeverAgain event, Morgan Winsor, ABC News

  • "Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students," the organizers say in their online mission statement.
  • Related: The Parkland Students' '60 Minutes' Interview Reveals The Powerful Reason They Refuse To Endorse Politicians

The Parkland Students' '60 Minutes' Interview Reveals The Powerful Reason They Refuse To Endorse Politicians. Sarah Friedmann, Bustle

https://typeset-beta.imgix.net/uploads/image/2018/3/19/39de7c03-82f1-42ea-806d-e1a0a444e31d-screen-shot-2018-03-19-at-60511-am.png?w=740&h=444&fit=crop&crop=faces&auto=format&q=70The students' interview highlighted both the challenges and courage associated with their movement. It is very clear that the Parkland teens are not letting anyone take ownership of their campaign — and that they are highly committed to ensuring that rapid and effective action is taken to help end gun violence.
Related: March for Our Lives: Everything you need to know about the #NeverAgain event.


Government & Politics

As Trump Fights to Save the Deep State, Is America on the Verge of a Constitutional Crisis? Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Politics%20Banner_1.jpgPart 1: Is America on the Verge of a Constitutional Crisis?
    • As the Trump presidency approaches a troubling tipping point, it’s time to find the right term for what’s happening to democracy.
  • Part 2: Trump Is Fighting To Save The Deep State
    • Donald Trump fights to save a controversial law which serves as a powerful tool for The Deep State.

Media & Technology

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  • Part 1: Who is Behind Fake News? The Brussels Terror Attacks: Fake Videos and Images. “The Man in the Hat”
    • Belgian authorities have identified and arrested the alleged (surviving) terror mastermind of the airport bombing.
  • Part 2: The Empty Piety of the American Press by Chris Hedges
    • The empty piety is a mask for self-interest.

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The Normalization of War

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  • A memo to the publisher of the New York (NY) Times
  • Crudely put, the central question that goes not only unanswered but unasked is this: What the hell is going on? Allow me to deconstruct that in ways that might resonate with Times correspondents.
  • Related: Media Owned By Warlords, Gov’t Owned By Big Money, Shock Doctrine
  • Related: How the Media Conditions, Controls, and Programs Society

 

Andrew J. Bacevich, TomDispatch / Truthdig

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Mar 21, 2018 | Dear Mr. A.G. Sulzberger:

Congratulations on assuming the reins of this nation’s — and arguably, the world’s — most influential publication. It’s the family business, of course, so your appointment to succeed your father doesn’t exactly qualify as a surprise.  Even so, the responsibility for guiding the fortunes of a great institution must weigh heavily on you, especially when the media landscape is changing so rapidly and radically.

Undoubtedly, you’re already getting plenty of advice on how to run the paper, probably more than you want or need.  Still, with your indulgence, I’d like to offer an outsider’s perspective on “the news that’s fit to print.”  The famous motto of the Times insists that the paper is committed to publishing “all” such news — an admirable aspiration even if an impossibility.  In practice, what readers like me get on a daily basis is “all the news that Times editors deem worthy of print.”

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Media Owned By Warlords, Gov’t Owned By Big Money, Shock Doctrine, Redacted Tonight / Rise Up Times

War profiteers and the media who hire them. Puerto Rico. Worker wages.

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How the Media Conditions, Controls, and Programs Society (Video), the Arcane Front

Through TV, the power elite have succeeded in creating a distracted, misinformed, divided, and class-driven society suffering historical amnesia and completely oblivious to true realities of their surroundings.


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Who is Behind Fake News? The Empty Piety of the American Press

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  • Part 1: Who is Behind Fake News? The Brussels Terror Attacks: Fake Videos and Images. “The Man in the Hat”
    • Belgian authorities have identified and arrested the alleged (surviving) terror mastermind of the airport bombing.
  • Part 2: The Empty Piety of the American Press by Chris Hedges
    • The empty piety is a mask for self-interest. 

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: Who is Behind Fake News? The Brussels Terror Attacks: Fake Videos and Images. “The Man in the Hat”

http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Screen-Shot-2016-04-19-at-21.26.30-1024x688.pngAfter a month of exhaustive police investigations, the Belgian authorities have identified and arrested the alleged (surviving) terror mastermind of the airport bombing, the “man in the hat” Mohamed Abrini. The other four alleged terrorists involved in the kamikaze bombing attacks at the airport and the metro station are reported dead. 

Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research News

February 13, 2018 | The mainstream media is currently waging a campaign against the alternative and independent media including Global Research.

Progressive online media is accused of propagating “fake news”. Are these allegations justified?

Read this April 20, 2016 Global Research report on the Mainstream Media (MSM) coverage of the March 2016 Brussels terror attacks. The corporate media routinely use fake images and videos with a view to misleading the public in its coverage of controversial events including the “war on terrorism”.

Who are the protagonists of “fake news”?

Michel Chossudovsky is an award-winning author, Professor of Economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa, Founder and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal, Editor of Global Research

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Part 2: The Empty Piety of the American Press by Chris Hedges
 

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Mr. Fish, Truthdig / Rise Up Times

The empty piety is a mask for self-interest. It is accompanied by the veneration of the establishment politicians, generals, intelligence chiefs, corporate heads and hired apologists who carried out the corporate coup d’état that created our system of “inverted totalitarianism.”

Chris Hedges,  Truthdig / Rise Up Times

March 11,  2018 | The press, giddy with its newfound sense of mission and purpose, is carrying out a moral crusade against Donald Trump. The airwaves and print have shed their traditional claims of “impartiality” and “objectivity.” They fulminate against Trump, charging—falsely—that he was elected because of Russian interference and calling him a liar, ignorant and incompetent. They give airtime to his bitterest critics and bizarre associates, such as Omarosa Manigault-Newman, a onetime star of “The Apprentice” and now a fired White House aide, and Stormy Daniels, the porn actress who says she had a sexual relationship with Trump. It is great entertainment. It is great for ratings. It is great for profits. But it is not moral, and it is not journalism.

The empty piety is a mask for self-interest. It is accompanied by the veneration of the establishment politicians, generals, intelligence chiefs, corporate heads and hired apologists who carried out the corporate coup d’état that created our system of “inverted totalitarianism.” The corporate structures that have a stranglehold on the country and have overseen deindustrialization and the evisceration of democratic institutions, plunging over half the country into chronic poverty and misery, are unassailable. They are portrayed as forces of progress. The criminals on Wall Street, including the heads of financial firms such as Goldman Sachs, are treated with reverence.

Chris Hedges, Columnist, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best selling author, former professor at Princeton University, activist and ordained Presbyterian minister. He has written 11 books.
Mr. Fish, Cartoonist, also known as Dwayne Booth, is a cartoonist who primarily creates for Truthdig.com and Harpers.com. Mr. Fish’s work has also appeared nationally in the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, Vanity Fair, and other media outlets.

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Help enlighten others. Be sure to pass this on to friends and kin. We must break the system's  ability to lie with impunity.

 

Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, March 17, 2018.

Including links to over 755 websites and over 44 highlighted items featuring:

Feature Article | Noam Chomsky, Why National Security Has Nothing to Do With Security, Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch 

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Stars%20%26%20Stripes%20Mushroom%20Cloud.jpgAs General Butler observed, it is a near miracle that we have escaped destruction so far, and the longer we tempt fate, the less likely it is that we can hope for divine intervention to perpetuate the miracle.
  • Related: Cold War Then. Cold War Now.

Publisher's Choice | US Talking About "Winnable" Nuclear War Again, wasting billions on nuclear bombs. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Part 1: US wasting billions on nuclear bombs that serve no purpose and are security liability – experts
  • NTI report says weapons are potentially catastrophic liability
  • US's new nuclear policy 'a blueprint for war', Nobel peace laureate says.
  • Part 2: They're Talking About "Winnable" Nuclear War Again
  • Donald Trump makes Richard Nixon look like Marcus Aurelius. We are all in a great deal of trouble, and no one seems to care.

Of Special Interest | 67 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump, Nadia Popovich, Livia Albeck-Ripka, and Kendra Pierre-Louis, the New York (NY) Times 

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  • Here are the details for each policy targeted by the administration so far — including who lobbied to get the regulations changed. Are there rules we missed? Email climateteam@nytimes.com or tweet @nytclimate.
  • Related: Trashing the Planet For Profit by William Bowles

 

Special Project | The week in patriarchy: International Women's Day was a rare bright spot. Jessica Valenti, the Guardian

Thousands march at International Women Strike. Photograph: E McGregor / Pacific / Barcroft

It was a reminder that, despite all the horror, there really are so many of us ready to do the work necessary to create change

 

Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 5 of 5, John Fisher, Medium 
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  • The Series: As the country approaches the 50th anniversary of one of the most controversial, volatile, and important years in our country’s history, We the People of the United States of America find ourselves facing many of the same issues that led us to the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel, the bloodiest year of the Vietnam War, screams of “the whole world is watching” at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, the floor of the Ambassador Hotel, and Black fists being raised in the air at the Mexico Summer Olympics. So much has changed, true. We’ve come so far, but in a lot of ways, we’re right back where we started and even further behind.
  • Part 5: Death Is Necessary: The Civil Rights Movement and the Provocation Of Violence

Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 6: In foreign relations, Trump shifts rhetoric but policy largely unchanged. James Dearie, National Catholic Reporter (NCR) 

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The Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
Part 6: In the year since Donald Trump was elected, consistency with previous administration remains.
Related: For Obama, an Unexpected Legacy of Two Full Terms at War; Nobel secretary regrets Obama peace prize.

Bloggers & Columnists | Noam Chomskey, William Rivers Pitt



All this and more in:

Activism & Organizing

Disability activists are at the forefront of direct action against Trump. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/People%20with%20Disabilities%20on%20US%20Capitol%20Lawn.jpgDespite Republican Claims, Medicaid Work Requirements Would Hurt People With Disabilities * For parents of disabled kids, one of life's biggest struggles comes from outside the home * ‘If We Lose Our Health Care, We Will Begin to Die’
  • Related: House votes to gut the Americans with Disabilities Act

Arts, Culture, & Entertainment

What Movies Get Right (and Wrong) About Our Current American Moment, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: Television's best (and worst) attempts to capture our current American moment
  • By far the strongest shows to take on America's current moment are … science fiction and fantasy.
  • Part 2: What The Post Gets Right (and Wrong) About Katharine Graham and the Pentagon Papers
  • A Smithsonian historian reminds us how Graham, a Washington socialite-turned-publisher, transformed the paper into what it is today.
  • Related: Audiences Want Diversity In Hollywood. Hollywood’s Been Slow To Get The Message.

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Media Owned By Warlords, Gov’t Owned By Big Money, Shock Doctrine, Redacted Tonight / Rise Up Times

War profiteers and the media who hire them. Puerto Rico. Worker wages.

Economics

'There's an Alternative to the Top-Down Capitalist Corporation' Janine Jackson, Richard David Wolff, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

Janine Jackson interviewed Richard Wolff about questioning economic fundamentals for the February 9, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

Peace & Non-violence

Jackie Albano | We Call BS, Rise Up

We call BS

For Obama, an Unexpected Legacy of Two Full Terms at War; Nobel secretary regrets Obama peace prize. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Part 1: For Obama, an Unexpected Legacy of Two Full Terms at War
  • (Mr. Obama left) behind an improbable legacy as the only president in American history to serve two complete terms with the nation at war.
  • Part 2: Nobel secretary regrets Obama peace prize
  • Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama in 2009 failed to achieve what the committee hoped it would.

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