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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, June 15, 2019

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Feature Story | Business

How to Dismantle the Absurd Profitability of Nuclear Weapons, Jon Schwarz, the Intercept

A new report from PAX, a Dutch peace organization, both illuminates how profitable it can be for multinational corporations to manufacture Armageddon and provides a roadmap for taking the money out of mass death.

Publisher's Choice | Human Rights

Trump’s border cruelty is a test of our national character. Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown

  • is not just a matter of Trump’s character, but also of ours. Our government’s immigration policies raise a fundamental question about our people’s moral fortitude: Will we as a society stand up to our own xenophobic, demagogic government pressing us to abandon–no, to betray–America’s historic democratic values?
  • Related: Trump is lying about immigrant crime – and the research proves it.

Of Special Interest | Peace & Non-violence

How the U.S. War Propaganda Machine Gets Us to Forget About the Iraq WMD Hoax, Rainer Shea, Ghion Journal any politician knows, no evidence of any kind is ever required. It is only necessary to make a statement — any statement — forcefully enough to have an audience believe it. No one will check the lie against the facts, and, if they do, they will disbelieve the facts. Do you think the German people in 1939 pretended that the Poles had attacked them and started World War II? No! Since they were told that was so, they believed it as seriously as you and I believe that they attacked the Poles.--Isaac Asimov, Review Of 1984


Bloggers & Columnists | Jim Hightower, Andrew Bacevich, John Nichols, Juan Gonzalez and Amy Goodman, David Swanson, Rainer Shea

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From the Archives | Goldman Sachs Asks ‘Is Curing Patients A Sustainable Business Model?’ CBS Local, New York, NY <> Sciences’ 90 percent cure rate of hepatitis C will reportedly send its sales plunging from $12.5 billion in 2015 to less than $4 billion this year.

Critical Thinking

The Evidence Darwin Had for Evolution, Heather Scoville , ThoughtCo

  • Imagine being the first person to put together the pieces of an idea so big, it would change the entire spectrum of science forever.
  • Related: How to Be a Better Thinker

Foreign Affairs

The Twin Dangers of Exceptionalism and Mindless Bi-Partisanship, Melvin Goodman, Counterpunch / Photograph by Joshua Frank

  • There is no sign of a role for diplomacy in the Trump administration’s national security policy, and no strategist within the administration who is able to reverse the hostile course we are on with both Moscow and Beijing. Pompeo and Bolton are perfect examples of bulls who carry around their own china shops.
  • Related: David Swanson Discusses “Curing American Exceptionalism.”

Health, Science, & Environment

Dammit, Democrats! Organize a Climate Debate! Act Now or Face a Cataclysm! Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Dammit, Democrats! Organize a Climate Debate!
  • The DNC has made a morally and practically wrong choice with its rejection of proposals for a debate on the existential issue of our time.
  • Part 2: “We Are Facing an Existential Crisis”: Gov. Inslee Slams DNC for Refusing to Hold Climate Debate
  • We will not have another chance after the next administration. We will either actnow, or it willbecataclysm.

Human Rights

‘It Feels Like We Are Prisoners’: Migrant Children Describe Trauma At Florida Detention Center. Angelina Chapin, Huffington Post / AP

  • Lawyers say the facility violates child welfare standards, and that no minor should be held at Homestead for more than 20 days.
  • Related: Trump’s border cruelty is a test of our national character.

Law & Justice

Armed Neo-Nazis with Police Escort Crash Detroit Pride. Katelyn Kivel, Grit Post from the event Saturday showed neo-Nazi protestors with police escort marching through downtown Detroit during the Motor City Pride festivities. NSM members from across the country reportedly traveled to Detroit to take part in this anti-Pride demonstration.

Peace & Non-violence

Best of TomDispatch: Andrew Bacevich, The American Military Crisis, Andrew Bacevich, Tom Dispatch

Illusions of Victory 
How the United States Did Not Reinvent War But Thought It Did 

Religion & Spirituality

Piety and Hypocrisy: Setting Franklin Graham, Ah, Straight, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Setting Franklin Graham, Ah, Straight
  • Hogs will fly, and kids will stop shooting hoops in Kentucky before Graham makes common cause with Barber and Theoharis.
  • Part 2: Piety and Hypocrisy: Franklin Graham and the Pulpit Serpents Who Trample on the Pearls of “Jesus”
  • I’m about to reveal the playbook that public and pulpit serpents the world over use to silence truth-tellers and maintain their power.

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