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We can't solve problems using the same kind of thinking that created them.

 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jeanette Eastman

 

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Is the U.S. Crazy?

Inquiring minds from around the world want to know. 

Ann JonesTomDispatch

 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller

 

goposaur_upsidedown.jpeg?1345564410 January 11, 2015 | Americans who live abroad -- more than six million of us worldwide (not counting those who work for the U.S. government) -- often face hard questions about our country from people we live among. Europeans, Asians, and Africans ask us to explain everything that baffles them about the increasingly odd and troubling conduct of the United States.  Polite people, normally reluctant to risk offending a guest, complain that America’s trigger-happiness, cutthroat free-marketeering, and “exceptionality” have gone on for too long to be considered just an adolescent phase. Which means that we Americans abroad are regularly asked to account for the behavior of our rebranded “homeland,” now conspicuously in decline and increasingly out of step with the rest of the world.

In my long nomadic life, I’ve had the good fortune to live, work, or travel in all but a handful of countries on this planet.  I’ve been to both poles and a great many places in between, and nosy as I am, I’ve talked with people all along the way. I still remember a time when to be an American was to be envied. The country where I grew up after World War II seemed to be respected and admired around the world for way too many reasons to go into here.

Ann Jones, a TomDispatch regular, is the author of Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan, among other books, and most recently They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return From America’s Wars -- The Untold Story, a Dispatch Books project.

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Obama’s Narrative of Deceits

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  • Though President Obama promised “transparency” and “openness,” he has slipped so far from those goals that some wonder how many sides of his mouth he can speak through. He has surely not broken from the longstanding pattern of presidential deceits that have eroded the Republic.
  • Our National Security State: A Self-Perpetuating Machine for American Insecurity
  • The Democrats Have Lost Their Nerve and Direction.

Jason Hirthler, Consortiumnews.com

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Ho-bamaJanuary 9, 2015 | If the American public knew what was being perpetrated in its name, it might put an end to the slow-motion coup d’état of the United States by corporate wealth. But it is kept in the shadows, pinioned by a harness of half-truths that underwrite its ignorance and enable its indifference.

The public will likely remain in this state until it hears the whole truth, and not the abridged version peddled by an unscrupulous administration, its Pavlovian Cabinet, our obsequious Congress, and the sycophant media (those dutiful court stenographers of state power). Until this confederacy of knaves is exposed at scale, the Janus-faced narrative streaming from the lips of the Commander-in-Chief — whomever he or she may be — will neither change nor falter. Ringing in a New Year will not matter.

Jason Hirthler is a veteran of the communications industry. He is a regular contributor to CounterPunch, Dissident Voice and other progressive communities. 

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Our National Security State: A Self-Perpetuating Machine for American Insecurity, Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

Welcome to the new world of American insecurity and to the nightmarish inheritance we are preparing for our children and grandchildren.

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The Democrats Have Lost Their Nerve and Direction, December 31, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • If you're a leftie, the Democratic establishment doesn't care about your opinion. They certainly don't want your input. What they want is your vote -- in exchange for exactly nothing in return. They're political parasites, draining the enthusiasm and idealism of progressives, simultaneously neutering and exploiting mainline libs.
  • Part 1: The Democratic Party Keeps Screwing Up
  • Part 2: The Democratic Party Lost Its Way Chasing After Wall St. Cash

 

GOP Begins Assault on Elderly, Poor, Disabled, Math, and Reason

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It's unfortunate, based on the first two days of the new Congress, that the responses to upcoming GOP policies won't be so humorous. This first week back from vacation paints a pretty grim picture of coming attractions and the American people are the ones who will suffer.

Richard Zombeck, Huffington Post 

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01/08/2015 | The 114th Congress was sworn in on Tuesday, opening the flood gates to legislation that will potentially damage the economy, hurt the middle class and the poor, and leave the retired Americans in the worst financial shape they've been in for years. After six years as a sleeper cell, the GOP is gunning for the American people -- the one thing they hate more than facts.

In last week's piece, "The 2015 GOP Clown Car: Bigger, Meaner, and More Dangerous Than Ever," I ended my post with:

"It's a new year though and the clown car about to be sworn in next week is bigger than ever with a majority in both the Senate and the House. A car full of gun loving, poor hating, veteran screwing, climate change denying, Wall Street deregulating, health care repealing, and wealthy old white man loving clowns."

Richard Zombeck is a freelance writer for hire at www.zombeckink.com and contributes to www.nowitcounts.com

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Breaking: House GOP Attacks Social Security on day one! Social Security Works / Thom Hartmann

We need to tell Congress we stand united on the side of our WHOLE Social Security system! We reject the games and forced crises. Social Security works, period.

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