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

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Feature Article | Our challenge really is against the stupidity and cognitive dissonance that rules us today. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Portrait%20Well-to-Do%20Psuedo-Intellectual.jpgPart 1: Vandana Shiva, physicist and thinker: our challenge really is against the stupidity that rules us today
  • "We are not atomized producers and consumers, we are part of an earth community, we are part of a human community…"
  • Part 2: The Entire Western World Lives In Cognitive Dissonance
  • The Western mind … (is) so full of propagandistic nonsense that there is no connection to reality.

Publisher's Choice | Ralph Nader: The Democrats Are Unable to Defend the U.S. from the “Most Vicious” Republican Party in History. Jon Schwarz the Intercept

https://theintercept.imgix.net/wp-uploads/sites/1/2017/06/ralph-nader-1498252482.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&q=90&fit=crop&w=1440&h=720Ralph Nader in Washington, D.C. in 2008. Photo: Stephen Voss/Redux

There are some people who think the Democratic Party can be reformed from within by changing the personnel. I say good luck to that. What’s happened in the last twenty years? They’ve gotten more entrenched. Get rid of Pelosi, you get Steny Hoyer. You get rid of Harry Reid, you get [Charles] Schumer. Good luck.

Of Special Interest | U.S. Supreme Court nomination: Senators, demand answers to these questions — before it’s too late. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: There’s So Much You Don’t Know About Brett Kavanaugh
  • And you probably won’t until it’s too late.
  • Part 2: U.S. Supreme Court nomination: Senators, ask these questions — and demand answers
  • No more softball. Political handlers have taken the wrong message from past confirmation hearings. 
  • Related: Anthony Kennedy, You Are a Total Disgrace to America

Bloggers & Columnists | Amy Goodman, Ralph Nader





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Government & Politics

Obstruction of justice, presidential immunity, impeachment: What you need to know, Louis Jacobson, John Kruzel, PolitiFact

http://static.politifact.com.s3.amazonaws.com/politifact/photos/Nixon_on_phone.jpgRichard Nixon in the Oval Office. (National Archives)

Unlike the judicial system, impeachment is ultimately a political process. A majority of lawmakers, rather than a jury or a judge, is charged with determining what constitutes a high crime or misdemeanor. And given that Republicans control bothchambersfor now, any impeachment of Trump seems unlikely.

Human Rights

Jennifer Harbury: Today’s Refugee Crisis Is Blowback from U.S. Dirty Wars. Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Jennifer%20Harbury.jpgIn our special broadcast from the U.S.-Mexico border, we speak to human rights lawyer Jennifer Harbury, who has lived here in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas for over 40 years and has been active in the response to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. Her husband, Efraín Bámaca Velásquez, was a Mayan comandante and guerrilla who was disappeared after he was captured by the Guatemalan army in the 1980s. After a long campaign, she found there was U.S. involvement in the cover-up of her husband’s murder and torture. Now she continues to work with people fleeing violence in Guatemala, ElSalvadorand Honduras.
  • Related: Column - Sorting out facts and fears in the immigration debate


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

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Feature Article | Rendezvous with Oblivion, Kirkus Review

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/US%20Flag-%20American%20Exceptionalism.jpgA liberal commentator offers his scathing take on contemporary American politics and culture.
  • Essays by Thomas Frank
  • Special Report | The Coming Collapse of the US Empire

Publisher's Choice | Column: Sorting out facts and fears in the immigration debate, Michael Leiber, Lyndsay Boggess, Bryanna Fox and Richard Moule, Jr., Special to the Tampa Bay (FL) Times

http://www.tampabay.com/storyimage/HI/20180706/ARTICLE/307069997/AR/0/AR-307069997.jpg?MaxW=950&cachebuster=68821A young girl grasps her mother's hand as dozens of undocumented immigrant families are released from detention at the bus station in McAllen, Texas, June 26, 2018. Trump administration officials said on Wednesday that it would be difficult to comply with the timetable in a federal court order requiring the reunification of migrant children and parents who were separated at the border. (Callaghan O'Hare/New York Times)

  • The research does not indicate that there is a growing illegal immigration problem, or that immigrants commit more crime.
  • Related: Select Articles | The Challenges and Opportunities of Undocumented Immigrants, Week Ending June 16, 2018

Of Special Interest | Anthony Kennedy, You Are a Total Disgrace to America. Michael Tomasky, Daily Beast / Reader Supported News

  • No one expected Kennedy to allow Donald Trump to pick his successor. But he has. And it should forever taint his legacy as a jurist.
  • Related: Anthony Kennedy Did Not Swing!

 

Bloggers & Columnists | Thomas Frank, Howard Zinn, ‪Caitlin Johnstone‬

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Activism & Organizing

Take Action: Stop the slow strangulation of the Social Security Administration. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d5dce077ca077937100ce9d76/_compresseds/ee05735a-567d-4c64-8fb1-5d0eef72b7f7.jpgPart 1: The slow strangulation of Social Security Administration
  • It’s all part and parcel of the Republican "small government" philosophy.
  • Part 2: Take Action: Stop Trump’s “Tax Scam Round 2” for the rich and powerful
  • Emboldening GOP lawmakers to demand even more cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security

Economics

From the Archives | Socialism: Our Alternative To The Madness Of The Market, Eric RuderSocialist Worker / Dandelion Salad

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Workers must take control of the economy’s productive resources, and this will require a massive struggle, animated by a vision of a different kind of society.

Government & Politics

Special Project | A 4th of July Holiday Reader, Week Ending July 7, 2018, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • https://www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/DgnKl9PUEAAqxXg.jpgPart 1: What Are You Actually Celebrating This Fourth of July?
  • What if the entire system — elections, protections, legislation, adjudication, militarization, all of it — were rigged beyond the people’s ability to reform it?
  • Part 2: Put Away The Flags by Howard Zinn
  • These ways of thinking — cultivated, nurtured, indoctrinated from childhood on — have been useful to those in power, and deadly for those out of power.
  • Part 3: America Celebrates Lateral Transition From Monarchy To Corporatist Oligarchy
  • Today America is celebrating your lateral promotion from housekeeping to laundry staff.

Law & Justice

Anthony Kennedy Did Not Swing! Tom Hall, LA Progressive
He is, in fact, a standard Reagan era, corporatist, racist, misogynist judge, who happened to write a couple of opinions that reflected one small area of decency in his work.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, June 30, 2018.

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Feature Article | This Nation Is Politically Deranged. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

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The Justice Department Inspector General's report proves the nation became addicted to unreality.

 

Publisher's Choice | A Brief History of U.S. Intervention in the Countries of Origin of Central American Asylum Seekers, ‪Mark Tseng-Putterman‬, Medium

https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1600/0*VkUN3PX4v6ozontHDespite the repressed memory of U.S. intervention in Central America, it’s time to insist that accepting Central American refugees is not just a matter of morality or American benevolence (but) … a matter of reparations.

Of Special Interest | Outraged By Kids In Cages? Look At Our Entire Juvenile Justice System. Cara H. Drinan, HuffPost

https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5b2d577a1a0000cd04ce261c.jpeg?ops=scalefit_720_noupscaleOn any given day there are approximately 50,000 juveniles being held in American correctional facilities. / Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images

  • How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way
  • Related: America's Mass Incarceration Crisis Begins in Its Schools

Bloggers & Columnists | Charles P. Pierce, John Pavlowitz



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Arts, Culture, & Entertainment

The Civility Debate Has Reached Peak StupidityCompiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: So, Now You Want Civility?
  • You don’t really want civility, anyway.
  • Part 2: The Civility Debate Has Reached Peak Stupidity
  • You don’t really want civility, anyway.
  • Related: Rejecting Values and Responsibility Was a Big Mistake. We Have Lost Our Minds.

Government & Politics

Bob Avakian | Making Dems What They Are Not [g] / revcom.us

If you try to make the Democrats what they are not …

Health, Science, & Environment

Sen. Smith’s PolyMet amendment: Corporate welfare? Pandering? Or just a reasonable deal? Compiled by David Culver <evergreenedigest@earthlink.net>, Ed., Evergreene Digest <http://evergreenedigest.org>

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  • Part 1: Sen. Tina Smith gets behind PolyMet land exchange
  • Democratic U.S. senatorsponsorsamendment to codify Iron Range deal. 
  • Part 2: Sen. Smith’s PolyMet amendment: Corporate welfare? Pandering? Or just a reasonable deal?
  • The heated debate over the role of mining in northern Minnesota has become full of political landmines for Democratic politicians.
     

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, June 23, 2018.

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Feature Article | The Democrats' "Blue Wave" ... of Accommodation and Collaboration, Revolution Newspaper / OpEdNews

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  • The Democratic Party is part of the problem, not part of the solution. Voting for the Democrats and their so-called "blue wave" is not voting to stop the great crimes the Trump/Pence regime is carrying out. It's a vote to continue these crimes, accommodate to fascism, and legitimize the whole putrid system that carries out monstrous crime after monstrous crime, and gives rise to fascists like Trump and Pence.
  • The "blue wave" isn't the answer. It's a poisonous polluted wave of slime and sh*t that will only leave people drenched in disappointment, accommodation, and complicity.
  • Related: Wrong-Way Democrats: Will a 'Blue Dog' Blue Wave Pave the Way for Future Disaster? 

Publisher's Choice | First They Came for the Migrants. Michelle Goldberg, New York (NY) Times

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What is happening is the sort of moral enormity that once seemed unthinkable in contemporary America, the kind captured in the Martin Niemöller poem that’s repeated so often it’s become a cliché: “First they came …” There is no reason to believe that undocumented immigrants will be the last group of people deemed beyond the law’s protection.

Of Special Interest | How the Corporate Media Enslave Us to a World of Illusions by Jonathan Cook, Jonathan CookCommon Dreams / Rise Up Times

https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/views-article/gettyimages-969782714.jpg?itok=XOof5VXlPalestinians protest inside the open-air prison that is Gaza during long day demonstration against the Israeli occupation on June8,2018 in near Nahal Oz, Israel. (Photo: Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)

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

Bloggers & Columnists | Chrish Hedges, Noam Chomsky



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Books, Literature, & Ideas

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Human%20Skull%20with%20Nuclear%20Blast%20in%20Bckgnd.jpgSpecial Report | The Coming Collapse of the US Empire, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Noam Chomsky: The Decline of the U.S. Empire
  • Noam Chomsky on the decline of the U.S. empire in an interview with teleSUR.
  • Part 2: The Coming Collapse by Chris Hedges
  • It is impossible for any doomed population to grasp how fragile the decayed financial, social and political system is on the eve of implosion.

Peace & Non-violence

Special Project | Veterans Need Your Help to Save the VA! Stop VA Privatization. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Race & Ethnicity

Check Your Knowledge of White Supremacy: Take Our Short Quiz. Sharon Kyle, Justice Not Jails
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  • Check Your Knowledge of White Supremacy: Answers and Additional Resources
  • Related: Special Report | How the White Problem Got Made

Religion & Spirituality


The end of the affair? 'Humanae Vitae' at 50, Michael G. Lawler, Todd A. Salzman, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)
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Document further fueled the post-World War II culture wars over the meaning of sexuality.
 

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, June 16, 2018.

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Bloggers & Columnists | Charles P. Pierce



 

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Government & Politics

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Dear Dems: Progressives and Independents will not vote for …

Human Rights

Select Articles | The Challenges and Opportunities of Undocumented Immigrants, Week Ending June 16, 2018, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Klaus%20Marre%20and%20DonkeyHotey.jpgThe Politics of Marginalizing the ‘Other’ * The delusion of deporting the country’s troubles away by banishing “criminal aliens” * I Don't Need to 'Understand' Anyone Who Still Supports This President * Border Patrol Kicked, Punched Migrant Children, Threatened Some With Sexual Abuse, ACLU Alleges * ‘It’s Horrendous’: The Heartache of a Migrant Boy Taken From His Father.
  • Related: Trump, critics trade angry immigration charges, falsehoods.

Media & Technology

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Net%20Neutrality%20Is%20Non-discrimination%20Law%20banner.jpgNet Neutrality Repeal Is Official. Here’s How That Could Affect You. Keith Collins, New York (NY) Times

As of late May, 29 state legislatures had introduced bills meant to ensure net neutrality, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
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How the Corporate Media Enslave Us to a World of Illusions by Jonathan Cook

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

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

Jonathan CookCommon Dreams / Rise Up Times

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

 



 

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

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Trump%20%26%20Reza%20Aslan%20with%20Digitally%20Distorted%20US%20Flag.jpgScholar fired by CNN for anti-Trump tweets: "The country is one 9/11-style terror attack from the end of the American experiment as we know it. That’s not an exaggeration. That’s the reality that we face under this government."

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



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Critical Thinking

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

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

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


Foreign Affairs

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

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

 



Labor

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

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


Peace ands Non-Violence

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

To Those Who Did Not Make It Home

 



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

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

Keith Collins, New York (NY) Times

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Amelia%20Kroger%20%7C%20Net%20Neutrality%20Cartoon_0.jpgThe F.C.C. voted to dismantle rules that require internet providers to give consumers equal access to all content online.

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

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

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


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