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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

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  • 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
http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/US%20Capitol.jpg/ Phil Roeder (CC BY 2.0)
 

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

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How Facebook Screwed Us All

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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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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, February 9, 2019

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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 

 https://www.truthdig.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/maduronyt.jpg/ Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro flashes victory signs, declaring he will prevail amid a "coup," during a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, on Friday. (Ariana Cubillos / AP)

  • 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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The Military-Media Complex

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  • 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

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Militarism in the Media, World Beyond War

/ Militarism in the Media: On January 15, 2019, 100 participants joined our webinar featuring experts Rose Dyson and Jeff Cohen discussing the role of the media in promoting violence and warfare.

Rise Up Times

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February 4, 2019 | Militarism is the “elephant in the room,” says FAIR founder Jeff Cohen. Former TV pundit for MSNBC, CNN, and Fox, Jeff was fired for shedding light on the perils of U.S. interventionism and in particular, for opposing the invasion of Iraq on the air. Rose Dyson, President of Canadians Concerned About Violence in Entertainment, expresses concern about the culture of war that is perpetuated by TV, music, video games, and social media.

Rise Up Times: Media for Justice and Peace

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Part 2: Highlights of #NoWar2018

World Beyond War

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World Beyond War: a global movement to end all wars

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From the Archives | Special Report: The Media and War: Week of June 29, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance

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8 New items including:

  • The Media and War, June 27, 2014
  • Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight
  • Propaganda and nonsense: Even more New York Times hypocrisy
  • What the US Media Won't Tell You About Ukraine
  • Syria | Shameful Performance of Western Media
  • How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance
  • Nygaard Notes #511 | "The New American Way of War" in the Media
  • "Progressive" Journalism's Legacy of Deceit,

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

https://www.truthdig.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/maduronyt.jpg / Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro flashes victory signs, declaring he will prevail amid a "coup," during a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, on Friday. (Ariana Cubillos / AP)

  • 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

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

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Feature Article | Government & Politics

https://i2.wp.com/ghionjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/f7piUqV.png?w=900&ssl=1The Russia Interference Narrative is McCarthyism Reborn in the 21st Century. Rainer Shea, Ghion Journal

 

  • At least within the limits of its influence over public opinion, Russiagate has been very effective at propagating militaristic and authoritarian views.
  • Related: Special Project | Russiagate: The American Boogeyman

Publisher's Choice | Business

How America Can Free Itself From Wall Street, Ellen Brown, Truthdig.com

https://www.truthdig.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/brownwallstreet-850x562.jpg / The New York Stock Exchange building looms large on Wall Street in New York City. (Max Pixel)

  • Wall Street owns the country.
  • Related: Central Banks Have Gone Rogue; The Contagion Has Spread To Democracy Itself.

Of Special Interest | Activism & Organizing

Stop Betsy DeVos' attack on student sexual assault survivors. Credo Action / Ultraviolet

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  • Tell Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos:   "Do not eviscerate protections for student survivors of sexual harassment and assault."
  • Related: These are the obscure Trump staffers who are systematically dismantling the federal government.

Bloggers & Columnists | Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky, Ellen Brown, Matt Taibbi



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Foreign Affairs

A March to Disaster: Noam Chomsky Condemns Trump for Pulling Out of Landmark Nuclear Arms Treaty. Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

Excerpt: "In order to fill a couple of overstuffed pockets with more dollars, they're willing to threaten the existence of organized human life." 


A N.Y. Times Story Just Accidentally Shredded the Russiagate Hysteria, by Lee Camp, Lee Camp, Truthdig / Rise Up Times
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  • It made our mass media pundits look like hardened fools. But they have kept spouting their nonsense anyway, hoping no one notices the soup dripping down their faces.
  • Related: The Russia Interference Narrative is McCarthyism Reborn in the 21st Century.

Government & Politics

These are the obscure Trump staffers who are systematically dismantling the federal government. Josh Israel, Danielle McLean, Think Progress
Yvette Cabrera, Joshua Eaton, and Kira Lerner contributed reporting to this story.

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  • Back in October a leaked Office of Management and Budget document revealed that eight staffers are quietly poised to take an axe to domestic policy. After examining these eight members, we found they're deeply conservative and uniquely suited to dismantle or outsource major parts of the federal government.
  • Related: Republicans’ lack of alarm over the shutdown reveals a disturbing truth.
  • Related: Stop Betsy DeVos' attack on student sexual assault survivors.

Matt Taibbi | Why Aren't We Talking More About Trump's Nihilism? Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone / Reader Supported News

  • https://readersupportednews.org/images/stories/article_imgs24/024738-coal-climate-change-030817.jpg"The White House now says we might as well pollute because global catastrophe is inevitable." 
  • Related: The Truth About These Climate Change Numbers


Health, Science, & Environment

The Truth About These Climate Change Numbers, Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone

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  • A new report shows carbon emissions are moving in the wrong direction, and we’re running out of time.
  • Related: A Green New Deal Is Not possible Until We Let ALL Our Delusions About Climate Change Die.

Labor

The Problem Isn’t Robots Taking Our Jobs: It’s Oligarchs Taking Our Power. Adam Simpson, the Next System  / Portside
https://portside.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/robots2.jpgUltimately, the better advice for workers seeking to avoid “disruption” is to become the agents of disruption themselves.
 

 

 

Race & Ethnicity

Kamala Harris Destroyed Black Lives. Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report


https://blackagendareport.com/sites/default/files/2019-01/FR__845x400%20%281%29_0.jpgHarris has spent her career locking up Black and brown people. She should not be allowed to shake hands, kiss babies or walk into black churches without being taken to task.
 

Youth, Education, & Children

Court Rules School Can Use Electric Shock as Punishment For Special Needs Students, John Vibes, Activist Post

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The use of shock therapy has been proven to be ineffective, and it is not used very often because other treatments work much better.

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Your Complete Guide to the N.Y. Times’ Support of U.S.-Backed Coups in Latin America

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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

Adam H. Johnson, Truthdig / Rise Up Times 

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2019 | On Friday, the New York Times continued its long, predictable tradition of backing U.S. coups in Latin America by publishing an editorial praising Donald Trump’s attempt to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. This will be the 10th such coup the paper has backed since the creation of the CIA over 70 years ago.

A survey of the New York Times archives shows the Times editorial board has supported 10 out of 12 American-backed coups in Latin America, with two editorials—those involving the 1983 Grenada invasion and the 2009 Honduras coup—ranging from ambiguous to reluctant opposition. The survey can be viewed here.

Adam H. Johnson is a media analyst for Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting and is co-host of the Citations Needed podcast.

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Special Report | US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • https://c3.staticflickr.com/1/18/23816010_d1c7a8b608_z.jpgPart 1: Open Letter by Over 70 Scholars and Experts Condemns US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela
  • "… these international actors should instead support negotiations between the Venezuelan government and its opponents."
  • Part 2: Fears of US-Backed 'Coup' in Motion as Trump Recognizes Venezuela Opposition Lawmaker as 'Interim President'
  • In response to Trump declaration, President Nicolas Maduro gives diplomats from 'imperialist' U.S. 72 hours to leave the country.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, January 26, 2019.

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Feature Article | Activism & Organizing

Series: A Call for a General Strike, Part 2: Time's Up for Deferring MLK's Dream, Bob Hennelly, Salon

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Yellow%20Vest%20protestors%3B%20Mount%20Rushmore.jpgBallooning debt, stark income inequality, endlesswarand rampant racism are all hallmarks of the Trump nightmare.
  • Related: The case for a national general strike protesting Trump's heartless shutdown

Publisher's Choice | Government & Politics

Neoliberalism: Free Market Fundamentalism or Corporate Power? Richard Moser, Counterpunch
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The lack of historical consciousness lies at the heart of American exceptionalism. It hobbles our capacity to think and act. This denial of history is the masters’ mythology, not ours. Corporate power is not eternal but historical. It too shall pass — but only if we make it so.
 

Of Special Interest | Foreign Affairs

Special Report | US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
 

  • https://c3.staticflickr.com/1/18/23816010_d1c7a8b608_z.jpgPart 1: Open Letter by Over 70 Scholars and Experts Condemns US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela
  • "… these international actors should instead support negotiations between the Venezuelan government and its opponents."
  • Part 2: Fears of US-Backed 'Coup' in Motion as Trump Recognizes Venezuela Opposition Lawmaker as 'Interim President'
  • In response to Trump declaration, President Nicolas Maduro gives diplomats from 'imperialist' U.S. 72 hours to leave the country.

Bloggers & Columnists | Gary G. Kohls, Chris Hedges

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Activism & Organizing

Special Project | A Martin Luther King Holiday Reader, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  •   http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Arend%20Van%20Dam%20%7C%20Racism%20in%20America_1.jpgPart 1: Rebranding MLK: How the Establishment Blackened His Dream and Whitewashed His Legacy
  • King died standing against wars and economic inequalities; notice how these themes are rarely mentioned by politicians, pundits and media personalities who cry crocodile tears for him.
  • Part 2: Duty to Warn: April 4th, 1984 and April 4th, 1968
  • Fascism is Alive and Well Despite Orwell’s and MLK’s Warnings
  • Part 3: A Country Without a Heart: thoughts on MLK, Dodge Rams, and the state of the country
  • The true measure ofsuccessispositive action.

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Ex-Labor Secretary Urges Unpaid Federal Workers To Defy Trump By Walking Off Job. Ed Mazza, Huffington Post

  • Robert Reich slammed the president for “callous disregard” of 420,000 government employees working without pay.
  • Related: The case for a national general strike protesting Trump's heartless shutdown

Youth, Education, & Children

The Covington Catholic Boys "Conundrum", Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Covington Catholic Boys Shouldn’t Be Expelled—They Should Be Educated.
  • Haul their asses back to school and teach them better.” Also their parents. And some of their teachers... .
  • Part 2: "Unfortunate and Regrettable"
  • The Cincinnati diocese called the boy's behavior “unfortunate and regrettable,” the language when PR isn't conceding fault

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, January 19, 2019.

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Feature Article

Bordering on Fascism: Scholars Reflect on Dangerous Times, Paul Street, Counterpunch

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  • As Hedges reminded us last year: “Donald Trump is the result of a long process of political, cultural and social decay. He is a product of our failed democracy. The problem is not Trump. It is a political system. If we do not stand up, we will enter a new dark age.”
  • Related: From the Archives | Corporate Media Counting Cadence to Fascism

Publisher's Choice

The case for a national general strike protesting Trump's heartless shutdown, Bob Hennelly, Salon

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During a demonstration called by the yellow vests (gilets jaunes) movement in La Rochelle

  • The social cohesion for a general strike supporting federal workers is part of America’s past. How about now?
  • Related: The Return of the Strike

Of Special Interest

Republicans’ lack of alarm over the shutdown reveals a disturbing truth. Ross Barkan, the Guardian

https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/dd5ccde64c5d307d91d29252c6b9487e7c8866a6/0_199_4230_2538/master/4230.jpg?width=620&quality=85&auto=format&fit=max&s=5b5ce75c0c4ad0bed1639990de732c3b‘Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate majority leader, has been content to do Trump’s bidding, twice blocking Democratic bills to reopen the government.’ Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP

The rightwing, anti-government forces which first took root in the Republican party more than 40 years ago are now in full bloom and Trump is their willing avatar

Bloggers & Columnists | Caitlin Johnstone, Paul Street, Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky. Chris Hedges

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Critical Thinking

https://straightlinelogic.files.wordpress.com/2019/01/3dbfc-1E1WOknqQoOuJ8G0QIOQneQ.png?w=500A New Narrative Control Firm Works To Destroy Alternative Media ~ Caitlin Johnstone. Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

Fortunately, a new firm with shadowy links to the government and neoconservatives is going to protect us from "wrong" information.

Government & Politics

The astonishing effects of the shutdown, in 8 charts, Javier Zarracina and Li Zhou, Vox

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The longest shutdown, by the numbers.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Nancy%20Pelosi%2C%20Jan%2C%202019.jpgPelosi Accused of Shutting Down Progressives and Their Agenda. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: 'So Frustrating': Pelosi Accused of Shutting Bold Progressives Out of Powerful Committees
  • The House Speaker's list of assignments does not include any oftheprogressivelawmakers advocacy groups recommended for key committee slots.
  • Part 2: Pelosi would sabotage progressive agenda with pay-go rules.
  • Pay-go … is really bad politics in a world where the other party has no respect for any rules whatsoever.

Health, Science, & Environment

A Green New Deal Is Not possible Until We Let ALL Our Delusions About Climate Change Die. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest <http://evergreenedigest.org>

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  • Part 1: You, Too, Are in Denial of Climate Change
  • Thinking climate change will only hit elsewhere, or only in the future, pummeling others but sparing you — these are delusions, too.
  • Part 2: Is a Green New Deal Possible Without a Revolution?
  • A Green New Deal is the name of our desire.

Human Rights

From the Archives | How America’s rejection of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany haunts our refugee policy today. Dara Linddara, Vox

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/FBxyUTJzbfdR8Ttn50WZVUr77m0=/1497x448:4744x2069/920x613/filters:focal(2895x864:3695x1664)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/52948163/GettyImages-537569935.0.jpg / A woman cries as the St. Louis pulls away from Havana, 1939. Keystone-France via Getty Images

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, it’s important to remember why America welcomes refugees.

Labor

Timeline Photos/Occupy London | The Homeless

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Timeline%20Photos%3AOccupy%20London%20%7C%20The%20Homeless%2C%20Upper%20Left%20Corner%20%5Bm%5D.jpgThere is no actual, tangible reason why we allow people to starve, to be homeless, to suffer and die needlessly.
 

Law & Justice


Chris Hedges: The Slaves Rebel, Rise Up Times <https://riseuptimes.org>

 

  • https://www.truthdig.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Slave-Fish-Hedges-850x677.jpgThe only way to end slavery is to stop being a slave. Hundreds of men and women in prisons in some 17 states are refusing to carry out prison labor, conducting hunger strikes or boycotting for-profit commissaries in an effort to abolish the last redoubt of legalized slavery in America.
  • Related: 23 Cents an Hour? The Perfectly Legal Slavery Happening in Modern-Day America

 

Peace & Non-violence

Nearly 40,000 People Died From Guns in U.S. Last Year, Highest in 50 Years. Sarah Mervosh, New York (NY) Times

  • https://static01.nyt.com/images/2018/12/19/us/19xp-guns-print/19xp-guns-jumbo.jpg?quality=90&auto=webpLast year was the third consecutive year that the rate of firearm deaths rose in the United States. While public mass shootings like the one in Las Vegas make up a small percentage of firearm deaths, they have changed the national conversation.
  • Related: Hospitals Are Trying To Do What Politicians Haven’t: Stop Gun Violence.

 

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https://s3.amazonaws.com/campusreform/11713/Screenshot_(410).jpgHarvard law prof: Trump is a 'national emergency'. Jon Street, Campus Reform

  • Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig says President Donald Trump is a "national emergency."
  • Lessig made the comment on MSNBC on Sunday, just after Trump entertained the idea of declaring a national emergency to secure border wall funds.
  • Related: Trump's border wall demand is constitutionally illegitimate.

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The Return of the Strike, Steven Greenhouse, the American Prospect / Portside <https://portside.org>

This year, thousands of teachers, hotel workers, Google employees, and others walked off the job and won major gains. Which raises two questions: Why now? And will this continue?

Of Special Interest | The Trump Tax Cut: Even Worse Than You’ve Heard, Paul Krugman, New York (NY) Times

https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/01/01/opinion/01krugman/merlin_136753431_7eb65adf-799f-4adb-bb7d-b0bcea3f48e6-jumbo.jpg?quality=90&auto=webp / President Trump in a meeting with governors and members of Congress about tax cuts in April 2018.Credit Doug Mills/the New York Times
 

Skeptical reporting has still been too favorable.
 

Bloggers & Columnists | George Monbiot



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Books, Literature, & Ideas

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Young%20Woman%20Staring%20Out%20Window.jpgTherapists Advise The Best Resolutions You Can Make - and Keep. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

  • Part 1: These Are The Best Resolutions You Can Make, According To Therapists
  • If you've been slow to choose or implement a New Year's resolution this year, this will help you get on track.
  • Part 2: Six secrets of people who keep their New Year's resolutions.
  • “People who are successful realize that resolutions are not a one-time change.”

Critical Thinking

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Bruce%20Plante%20%7C%20Trump%20Temper%20Tantrum%20copy.jpgFact-Checking Trump’s Misleading And Outright False Claims From His Border Address, Nick Visser, Carla Herreria, and Saba Hamedy, Huffington Post

  • Take a look at some of the biggest lies from the president’s speech below.
  • Nick Visser, Carla Herreria, and Saba Hamedy, Huffington Post
  • Again, Mexico is not paying for the wall.

Government & Politics

Neoliberalism And The Rationalization Of Corporate Tyranny, ‪Rainer Shea‬, Medium
 

  • https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1600/1*vCpvw26daVD5cgM6ZyAK-w@2x.jpegThe lesson is that if we want to make things better, we need to spread compassion and generosity throughout our daily lives. Even more important is the creation of a mass movement that seeks to overthrow corporate capitalism, and then create a society which protects the planet while ensuring that every person has a safe and comfortable life.
  • Related: Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems
     

 

 

Trump's border wall demand is constitutionally illegitimate. Lawrence Lessig, the Guardian

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No reading of our constitution would ever uphold the view that a president can stop the functioning of government, to insist upon a program unsupported by the public.
 

Health, Science, & Environment

Psycological Analysis of Trump's Support, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: The Dunning-Kruger Effect May Help Explain Trump's Support
  • A new study suggests some people grossly overestimate their political knowledge.
  • Part 2: A Complete Psychological Analysis of Trump's Support
  • Science can help us make sense of the president's political invincibility.

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