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

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Feature Article | Economics

Shrinking the Military-Industrial Complex by Putting It to Work at Home, Peter-Christian Aigner and Michael Brenes, the Nation

https://www.thenation.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/USNavy-PacificOcean-rtr-img.jpg?scale=896&compress=80 / Ships 
travel in formation in the Pacific Ocean during the Rim of the Pacific multinational naval exercise, July 25, 2014. (Reuters / US Navy / Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Shannon E. Renfroe / Handout)

It’s not a pipe dream.
 

Publisher's Choice | Law & Justice


Don’t Let Mueller Restore Your Faith in the FBI. Aaron J. Leonard, Truthout

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Let's not lose perspective on Mueller's role in some of the FBI's most repressive and egregious undertakings.
 

 

Of Special Interest | Health, Science, & Environment

The Mental Health Crisis of This Unhinged Presidency, John Pavlovitz, johnpavlovitz.com


https://johnpavlovitz.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/lightstock_130961_small_john.jpgWe are not well, America.
Our leaders are really not well.
We need to vote for our health and for our lives.
We need to get well together.
 

Bloggers & Columnists | Michael Winship, Ellen Brown, Jim Hightower
 

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Activism & Organizing

Tell Congress: Support the Save The Internet Act, Free Press
 

  • https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.freepress.net/images/support-nn-save-internet-act.jpgHuge 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.


Business

Series | Part 2: The Secret to Funding a Green New Deal, Ellen Brown, Truthdig

https://www.truthdig.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/AP_18344670204945-850x567.jpg / Environmental activists occupy the office of then incoming Democratic majority leader Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

  • A network of public banks, including a central bank operated as a public utility, could similarly fund a U.S. Green New Deal—without raising taxes, driving up the federal debt or inflating prices.
  • Related: Series | Part 1: This Radical Plan to Fund the ‘Green New Deal’ Just Might Work.

Trump has sold out the farmers that voted for him — and now they’re racing toward calamity. Jim Hightower, Creators.com / Alternet

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As a farmer told me, “You can still make a small fortune in agriculture, but the problem is you have to start with a large fortune.” Farmers tend to be…

Economics

The Whole Economic System is Rigged for the Rich. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Of Course College Admissions Rigged for the Rich. The Whole Economic System Is.
  • The college admissions scandal is just the tip of the inequality iceberg.
  • Part 2: School Daze: Use That Bribe Scandal to Fight for Debt-Free College.
  • Since 2006, student loan debt has grown 170 percent.

Government & Politics

America's Destruction, Anonymous

America will not be destroyed by asylum seekers, universal healthcare, ...

Media & Technology

That Facebook Will Turn to Censoring the Left Isn’t a Worry—It’s a Reality. Alan MacLeod, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

  • https://fair.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/facebook-e1534794530281-1.jpgProgressives should not necessarily shed tears for (Alex) Jones, but they should be aware that their media is next in line, and that Jones’deplatforming sets a dangerous precedent that is already being used against them.
  • Related: How Facebook Screwed Us All
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That Facebook Will Turn to Censoring the Left Isn’t a Worry—It’s a Reality

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  • Progressives should not necessarily shed tears for (Alex) Jones, but they should be aware that their media is next in line, and that Jones’ deplatforming sets a dangerous precedent that is already being used against them.
  • Related: How Facebook Screwed Us All

Alan MacLeod, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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August 22, 2018 | On August 6, a number of giant online media companies, including Facebook, YouTube, Apple, Spotify and Pinterest, took the seemingly coordinated decision to remove all content from Alex Jones and his media outlet Infowars from their platforms.

Jones, perhaps the internet’s most notorious far-right conspiracy theorist, has claimed that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax, the Democratic Party is running a child sex ring inside a DC pizzeria and that the Las Vegas shooting was perpetrated by Antifa. Despite or perhaps because of such claims, his website Infowars has built up an enormous following: 3 million Americans, almost 1 percent of the population, visited the site in July 2018, according to Alexa.

https://fair.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Alan-MacLeod.jpg Alan MacLeod is a member of the Glasgow University Media Group. His latest book, Bad News From Venezuela: 20 Years of Fake News and Misreporting, was published by RoutledgeinApril, 2018.

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

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.
 

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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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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.

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  • 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
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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. 

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

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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.

Full story …

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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.

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