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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, June 8, 2019.

Including permanent links to over 780 websites and over 30 highlighted items featuring:

Feature Article | Government & Politics

D Is for a Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy ~ John W. Whitehead. Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Politics%20as%2018th%20Century%20Farce_0.jpgPlayed out on the national stage and eagerly broadcast to a captive audience by media sponsors, this farcical exercise in political theater can, at times, seem riveting, life-changing and suspenseful, even for those who know better.
  • Related: Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy

Publisher's Choice | Critical Thinking

32 Tips For Navigating a Society Full of Propaganda and Manipulation, Caitlin Johnstone, Waking Times

  • Humans are great at manipulating one another.
  • Related: The Age of the Imbecile
     

Of Special Interest | Gender & Sexuality

A Man’s Guide to Abortion, Katha Pollitt, the Nation

https://www.thenation.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/pro-life-men-ap-img.jpg?scale=896&compress=80 / Thousands of abortion opponents march in the 15th annual Walk for Life across downtown San Francisco on January 26, 2019. (AP / Juliet Williams)

  •  You don’t have to be a woman to stand up for reproductive rights.
  • Related: Debunking Trump’s - and Others' - Despicable Lies On Abortion

Bloggers & Columnists | Chris Hedges, Matt Taibbi, Caitlin Johnstone, ‪umair haque‬, George Lakey



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Business

Amazon and McDonald’s top ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of dangerous firms. Mark Gruenberg, People's World

https://www.peoplesworld.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/notlovinit960.gif / AP

  • Besides Amazon and McDonald’s, the rest of the Dirty Dozen were:
  • Related: The Problem Isn’t Robots Taking Our Jobs: It’s Oligarchs Taking Our Power.
     

Critical Thinking

Don't Be Fooled by the April, 2019, Jobs Report. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
 

  • https://www.peoplesworld.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/cashier970.jpgPart 1: Don’t be fooled by the unemployment figures that came out today.
  • Millions of workers who have low paid and part time retail jobs want, need and are qualified for better paid full time jobs. The government's monthly job figures ignore these people.
  • Part 2: About that April 2019 Jobs Report
  • "Not having a job as a teenager makes it harder to land one as a young adult," Jack Wuest, the executive director of the Alternative Schools Network said.

Health, Science, & Environment

The Green New Deal’s Five Freedoms, Kate Aronoff, Alyssa Battistoni, Daniel Aldana Cohen, Thea Riofrancos, Jacobin

https://images.jacobinmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/06124945/28541696747_da5b64c6e7_h.jpg / Several Seconds/ Flickr

  • A radical Green New Deal would open up enormous possibilities for human flourishing — and allow us to reclaim the language of freedom from the Right.
  • Related: George Lakey | The world’s happiest people already have a Green New Deal, and they love it.
     

Media & Technology

Chris Hedges and Matt Taibbi: The Deep Rot That Infects American Journalism. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2013/09/04/blogs/dotCJR/dotCJR-blog480.jpgPart 1: Chris Hedges and Matt Taibbi: The Deep Rot That Infects American Journalism
  • Chris Hedges discusses the deep rot that infects American journalism with reporter Matt Taibbi. First of two parts.
  • Part 2: Chris Hedges and Matt Taibbi: The Deep Rot That Infects American Journalism
  • Chris Hedges continues his discussion with reporter, Matt Taibbi, about the deep rot in American journalism.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, June 1, 2019.

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Feature Article | Peace & Non-violence

Climate Change Action and Imperialism, Manuel Garcia, Jr., Counterpunch

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  • Manuel Garcia, Jr. explains how climate change action would kill imperialism.
  • Related: Monbiot | Only rebellion will prevent an ecological apocalypse.

Publisher's Choice | Government & Politics

Land of the Free? Harvard Study Ranks America Worst in the West for Fair Elections. Claire Bernish, the Free Thought Project
https://thefreethoughtproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/us-voting-failure.jpgThough reasons why the United States has reached this new low in fair elections are complex, critics often point to the tidal wave of corporate cash after the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United. But this may be somewhat misguided.
 

Of Special Interest | Human Rights

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Immigrants%20Stand%20at%20US%20-%20Mexico%20Border%20Fence.jpgTrump is lying about immigrant crime – and the research proves it. Mary Bauer, Southern Poverty Law Center

  • Since he began campaigning, President Trump has demonized Latino immigrants as “criminals.” He has called them “rapists,” drug dealers, “animals” and “bad hombres” who “infest our country.”
  • Related: 12 Ways to Make Sense of the Complex Humanitarian Crisis Happening on the US-Mexico Border.
  • Related: To Defeat ICE, We Need to Target Its Backers -- Microsoft and Amazon

Bloggers & Columnists | Jim Hightower, George Monbiot, ‪umair haque‬

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Books, Literature, & Ideas

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/31qL8zGhAoL._SX279_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgRosario: Book about a ‘lost’ combat veteran now found is a grim but moving read. Rubén Rosario, St. Paul (MN) Pioneer Press

Lost Man Found, Crime, Punishment & Growing a Soul is a story of internal anarchy, external evils, and a hard-won peace.
Related: Honoring All Those Scarred by War

 

Special Project | American History for Truthdiggers: Nixon’s Dark Legacy, Danny Sjursen, Truthdig

The president who arguably was the most corrupt in U.S. history lost the Watergate battle but won in his bid to lock U.S. politics on a rightward course.
 

Critical Thinking

Zuckerberg’s New Privacy Scam: Savvy Marketing But No Real Progress, Lizzie O’Shea, the Baffler / Portside

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/How%20Facebook%20Screwed%20Us%20All.jpgFacebook has been facing a storm of criticism, including threats of greater regulation and even a break-up. So Mark Zuckerberg, who once claimed privacy is no longer a “social norm,” has now declared, “the future is private.” But buyers beware.
  • Related: That Facebook Will Turn to Censoring the Left Isn’t a Worry—It’s a Reality.

https://www.wakingtimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/world-getting-dumber.jpgThe World is Getting Increasingly Dumber, Study Finds. Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge / Waking Times

  • Does this even surprise you at all?
  • Related: The Age of the Imbecile

Peace & Non-violence

Special Project | A Memorial Day Remembrance Reader, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Veterans%27%20concerns%20%26%20stories_0.jpgPart 1: Honoring All Those Scarred by War
  • Cynthia Orange ponders Memorial Day and its far-reaching meaning.
  • Part 2: Memorial Day 2019
  • These are just samples of some of those I remember today.
     

Youth, Education, & Children

This mom's tweet thread about playground racism went viral because parents need to hear it. Leah Groth, the Upworthiest
http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Mom%27s%20tweet%20thread%20about%20playground%20racism.jpgWriter slash mom Mathangi Subramanian recently witnessed some playground discrimination. Even more disturbing than the words that were thrown around by the children is the fact that their parents turned a blind eye to it.
 

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Chris Hedges and Matt Taibbi: The Deep Rot That Infects American Journalism

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  • Part 1: Chris Hedges and Matt Taibbi: The Deep Rot That Infects American Journalism
  • Chris Hedges discusses the deep rot that infects American journalism with reporter Matt Taibbi. First of two parts.
  • Part 2: Chris Hedges and Matt Taibbi: The Deep Rot That Infects American Journalism
  • Chris Hedges continues his discussion with reporter, Matt Taibbi, about the deep rot in American journalism.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Chris Hedges and Matt Taibbi: The Deep Rot That Infects American Journalism
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Chris Hedges discusses the deep rot that infects American journalism with reporter Matt Taibbi. First of two parts.

Chris Hedges, RT America / Dandelion Salad

04 May 2019 | Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges RT America on May 4, 2019 Chris Hedges discusses the deep rot that infects American journalism with reporter Matt Taibbi. First of two parts.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Chris%20Hedges_0.jpg Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Matt%20Taibbi.pngMatt Taibbi is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone. He’s the author of five books and a winner of the National Magazine Award for commentary.

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Part 2: Chris Hedges and Matt Taibbi: The Deep Rot That Infects American Journalism
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Chris Hedges continues his discussion with reporter, Matt Taibbi, about the deep rot in American journalism.

Chris Hedges, RT America / Dandelion Salad

1 May 2019 | Chris Hedges continues his discussion with reporter, Matt Taibbi, about the deep rot in American journalism. Second of two parts.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Chris%20Hedges_0.jpg Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Matt%20Taibbi.pngMatt Taibbi is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone. He’s the author of five books and a winner of the National Magazine Award for commentary.

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Zuckerberg’s New Privacy Scam: Savvy Marketing But No Real Progress

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/ Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressing last month’s F8 2019 developers conference at the San Jose Convention Center. Engadget RSS Feed

  • Facebook has been facing a storm of criticism, including threats of greater regulation and even a break-up. So Mark Zuckerberg, who once claimed privacy is no longer a “social norm,” has now declared, “the future is private.” But buyers beware.
  • Related: That Facebook Will Turn to Censoring the Left Isn’t a Worry—It’s a Reality.

Lizzie O’Shea, the Baffler  / Portside

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May 21, 2019 | The rhetoric at Facebook—the largest social media platform in the world—is changing. In 2010, Mark Zuckerberg claimed that privacy was no longer a “social norm.” Today, the same man is asserting that “the future is private.” This was the buzz phrase at the company’s developer conference last month, F8, as the platform reoriented away from the newsfeed toward private chats, groups, and stories. Has Mark Zuckerberg been occupied by a parasitic fungus and become a zombie?



Privacy is too often framed in these discussions in highly superficial terms.



There is something stunning about this cultural shift in a corporation that holds such significant global power. It shows that when people speak up and agitate around privacy and data mining it can have a material effect. The idea that people don’t care about privacy, that they are willing to give it all away for the convenience of free services, has been debunked. Facebook specifically has been unable to ignore the waves of criticism it has experienced of late. The capitalist behemoths of the digital age often seem untouchable, and it is easy to forget that they operate in a social context. Like any powerful actor in society, Facebook is subject to the influence of organized people who will not shut up.

Lizzie O’Shea is a practicing lawyer, writer, and broadcaster. She is the author of Future Histories, a guide to how historical social movements and thinkers are relevant to debates about technology today. Her commentary is featured regularly on television and radio, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, and Sydney Morning Herald, among others.

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That Facebook Will Turn to Censoring the Left Isn’t a Worry—It’s a Reality. Alan MacLeod, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

  • https://fair.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/facebook-e1534794530281-1.jpgProgressives should not necessarily shed tears for (Alex) Jones, but they should be aware that their media is next in line, and that Jones’ deplatforming sets a dangerous precedent that is already being used against them.
  • Related: How Facebook Screwed Us All


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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, May 25, 2019.

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Feature Article | Activism & Organizing

The Contented Classes – When Will They Rebel? Ralph Nader, nader.org

  • https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5d/Eug%C3%A8ne_Delacroix_-_Le_28_Juillet._La_Libert%C3%A9_guidant_le_peuple.jpg/250px-Eug%C3%A8ne_Delacroix_-_Le_28_Juillet._La_Libert%C3%A9_guidant_le_peuple.jpgThe question to be asked: Who among the contented classes will unfurl the flag of rebellion against the plutocrats and the autocrats? It can be launched almost anywhere they please. A revolution can start the moment they decide to prioritize the most marginalized people in this country over their comfort.
  • Related: Forget Mueller. Forget Impeachment. A Million People Should Surround the White House and Demand Trump's Resignation.

Publisher's Choice | Foreign Affairs

US Foreign Policy is Nothing But Greedy Bullies Conducting Warfare Against the Whole Planet. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag_1.jpgPart 1: The United States of Greed and Bullies
  • We will never be great, strong, or even human until we have left the ways of greed and bullies behind.
  • Part 2: US Foreign Policy is Nothing Short of Low-Intensity Warfare Against the Whole Planet.
  • In order to get away with that audacious malignancy, US foreign policy has had to become, by necessity, one giant relentless psy-ops of lies and distortions.

Of Special Interest | Gender & Sexuality

The Obvious Misogyny of Abortion Rights Opponents, ‪William B. Turner‬, Medium

 / A Pregnant Womanhttps://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1600/1*iDkCeC2fT8g2BXVRGZDkYg.jpeg

Opponents of abortion rights are all about misogyny, first, last, and only.
 

 



Bloggers & Columnists | Ralph Nader, Jim Hightower, Ellen Brown, George Monbiot, George Lakey

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Activism & Organizing

Monbiot | Only rebellion will prevent an ecological apocalypse. George Monbiot, the Guardian

  • https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/6e13733cf7b23b23c9bf6ca4c3ceeac236bd948f/0_107_3665_2199/master/3665.jpg?width=620&quality=85&auto=format&fit=max&s=172f46dd72e8c7e8f3dfd822058893e7No one is coming to save us. Mass civil disobedience is essential to force a political response.
  • Related: It’s Time to Try Fossil-Fuel Executives for Crimes Against Humanity.
  • Related: The Contented Classes – When Will They Rebel?

Government & Politics

Most Senate Democrats are War-Mongers.  Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • https://otherwords.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/shutterstock_1049591042-1080x627.jpgPart 1: Senate Democrats, with Few Exceptions, are a Gang of War-Mongers
  • Those calling themselves democratic socialists are perpetrating a fraud on the voters.
  • Part 2: When It Comes to U.S. Militarism, Elizabeth Warren Is No Progressive.
  • There’s one important issue on which Warren has not veered far from the Democratic establishment.
  • Related: U.S. War Drums Beat Louder and Louder!

Endgame at the Minnesota Legislature has many unhappy with closed process. Jessie Van Berkel and Torey Van Oot, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune
 

https://media.licdn.com/media-proxy/ext?w=1200&h=630&f=pj&hash=PEK1JBuRsHFij5JRMvYF9KMtq28%3D&ora=1%2CaFBCTXdkRmpGL2lvQUFBPQ%2CxAVta9Er0UK-nh4eyx1v87qIoEj-50gISpXPPTGkXi2u8tCCYHDocMXdcaz75AoZICEHkwQkOOKpQjDhBMXlb4e8P4MxncWyKZntP0EFexMm2G9O79Qo&shareType=articleOn the day after, left-out legislators, interest groups and the public say lack of transparency in late-session deals must end. 
 

 



Health, Science, & Environment
 

George Lakey | The world’s happiest people already have a Green New Deal, and they love it. George Lakey, Waging Nonviolence

https://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/people-riding-bikes-denmark.jpg?w=640&h=427/ People riding bikes in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Flickr/Kristoffer Trolle)

  • The Nordics [are] in the top tier of nations for equality because they adopted a radically different economic model.
  • Related: Series | Part 2: The Secret to Funding a Green New Deal

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