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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, February 3, 2018


Including links to over 750 websites and over 45 highlighted items 

Feature Article | Fed Up With Democrats, Progressives Forge Own Path, Jim Hightower, AlterNet  / Truthdig

  • Since the 2016 election, local progressive activists are organizing, strategizing, mobilizing and starting to win.
  • Related: Special Report | What Killed the Democratic Party's Choice | The Useful Idiocy of Donald Trump, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

The oligarchic and military elites have a handmaiden in the Oval Office, and he won’t be ousted as long as he serves their interests.

Of Special Interest | This Is What Pseudo-Democracy Looks Like, Norman Solomon, Truthdig

  • The oligarchy has the power that comes with vast quantities of money. We have the capacity to organize and mobilize people. Democracy is at stake.
  • In 2018 and beyond, the last thing we need is cynicism that devolves into passivity. What’s vital is renewal of energized idealism—with realism about the obstacles to actual democracy and determination to help overcome them.
  • Related: From the Archives | “The system is rigged against regular people”: Big money has completely warped American democracy

Special Project | While Trump Was Tweeting,  Week Ending February 3, 2018, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

As coverage of Trump’s Twitter feed crowds out stories of what he and his regime are doing -- rolling back a number of regulations and initiatives, as well as cutting offices, budgets and staff — here’s a look at some of what the Trump administration has been up to lately.

Special Project | What We Discovered During a Year of Documenting Hate, Rachel Glickhouse, ProPublica crimes often fall through the cracks in our justice system, and we've only just scratched the surface of understanding why.

Series | A Nation Under Trump: Part 1 - What has the GOP learned since Trump's election? Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)

  • 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 1: This is what the Republicans have learned: Their winks at racism helped keep alive some of the ugliest impulses in American culture, and all it took was someone like Donald Trump to throw a match onto the kindling. If they do not find a way to distance themselves from this man, and drive a different message to their core supporters, the fire will consume them too.

From the Archives | “The system is rigged against regular people”: Big money has completely warped American democracy, Michael Winship, Moyers & Company 

  • have a stranglehold on both parties. Here's how it happened -- and how we take our government back.
  • Hillary Clinton Is Exposing the Dark Underbelly of the Democrats’ Money Machine

From the Archives | The Business Side of the NFL, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • As the most popular of the four major American sports leagues, the NFL is an industry unto itself.
  • Part 1: The Real NFL Scandal
  • Part 2: Graphic: The Business of the NFL
  • From the Archives | The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners

From the Archives | The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners, Week Ending March 28, 2015

  • The Twin Cities and the siren song of the positive economic impact of professional sports facilities, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
  • The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners
  • “Sports fans eat shit.” ― George Carlin, Brain Droppings
  • 8 New Items including:
    • Bill Moyers | Stadium Funding Deals Only Enrich the Plutocrats
    • The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners
    • Minneapolis and the siren song of economic impact
    • Stop the stadium lease signings now!
    • Vikings stadium funding plan should be formally reviewed
    • Vikings Stadium: It’s a question of priorities
    • Special Project | The Business of Sport: Week Ending September 28, 2014
    • Triple Play: Sports, Politics & Greed

Bloggers & Columnists | Michael Winship, Amanda Terkel, Normon Solomon, Gary Kohls, Jim Hightower, Chris Hedges

All this and more in:

Activism & Organizing Neutrality Fight Shifts To The States, Jenni Bergal, HuffPost

  • Lindsay Chestnut protests near the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., last month. The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality rules, prompting officials in a growing number of states to fight back with lawsuits and proposed legislation. Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press (AP)
  • Some state officials want to take action to protect their residents against the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality.
  • The Internet Association, a trade group that represents tech companies such as Amazon, Facebook and Google, has announced that it too will join the upcoming legal fight.

Arts, Culture, & Entertainment

The Super Bowl Is Taking Over Minneapolis and Residents Are Mad as Hell, Sarah Lahm, In These Times

  • If the Host Committee really wants to leave a long lasting positive legacy in our communities, they must invest in local policy that supports children and their families.
  • Related: From the Archives | The Business Side of the NFL

Government & Politics

The Hidden Extremism Of Trump’s State Of The Union, Nick Baumann, Amanda Terkel, and Jessica Schulberg, HuffPost

  • The most important part of Trump’s State of the Union address is what he didn’t say.
  • Related: We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change

Human Rights Meeropol on Illegal Detentions, Rachel Meeropol, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

It seems to me incredibly relevant that the communities likely to be subjected to discriminatory and arbitrary national security policies are black and brown communities … . That it seems that the rights of those individuals maybe don’t weigh quite as heavily as the rights of others, and that’s something we have to confront.


Democrats Paid a Huge Price for Letting Unions Die, Eric Levitz, New York Magazine There is power in a union. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

  • If right-to-work laws alone cost Democrats roughly 3.5 percent of a given state’s vote share, how many votes has the party lost since 1978 by refusing to prioritize progressive labor reforms? What kind of country would we live in today, if they hadn’t?
  • Related: #MeToo In the Fields and Factory: Farm and Auto Workers Show Us How To Organize Against Sexual Violence

Media & Technology

Robert Parry: The Reporter Who Broke the Iran-Contra Story - Independent Journalism at Its Best, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Bob Parry RIP - The Reporter Who Broke the Iran-Contra Story
    • An independent journalist who never got the credit he deserved.
  • Part 2: A Tribute to Robert Parry: Independent Journalism at Its Best
    • To one extent or another, nearly all major US news outlets had bought into the imperial neoconservative vision of an all-powerful United States that operates outside of international law.

Peace & Non-violence

F-35 Problems: Late IOTE, F-35A Gun Inaccurate, F-35B Tires, Threat Data, Cyber…, Colin Clark, Breaking Defense F-35 production line

Perhaps the most damning thing a director of Operational Test and Evaluation can say about a weapon is that it is not “operationally suitable.”

Religion & Spirituality

“You're F*cked': How Pouncing on Mistakes Helps the Right Escape Moral Responsibility, Jonathan Malesic, Religion Dispatches

  • I’ve argued before that the right wants to muddy up moral distinctions when it’s their actions that are under scrutiny. They say, in effect, “nobody’s perfect” in order to minimize their sins and even to excuse treasonous actions.
  • Related: When Feeding the Homeless Becomes a Crime