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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, November 10, 2018.

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Including links to over 771 websites and over 39 highlighted items featuring:

Feature Article | Special Report: The Worst Part About Election Day - The Voters Lose. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Story 1: Story 1: The Worst Part About Election Day: Somebody Wins * Story 2: The Midterm Elections Were A Stress Test For Democracy And It Did Not Go Well * Story 3: The Midterms Revealed the Power of Partisanship and Whiteness * How Democrats — And Republicans — Made 2018 A Blue Wave (When It Almost Wasn’t) * Story 5: Halfofwhite women continue to vote Republican. What's wrong with them? * Story 6: Democrats Exit Midterms Facing An Uphill Battle And A Looming Constitutional Crisis


Publisher's Choice | Special Project: US Immigration Policy - Hate Unbound, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Story 1: Robert Reich | Hate Unbound, * Story 2: Trump and the GOP Have Blood on Their Hands for Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting * Story 3: ‘The US Immigration System Is Inherently Abusive and Violent and Racist’ * Story 4: Tell Congress To Protect Immigrant Families * Story 5: Do Family Separation and Detention Deter Immigration? * Story 6: Morality and Immigration: 4 Overlooked Stats Everyone Is Missing in the Border Crisis Debate * Related: Column: Sorting out facts and fears in the immigration debate * Related: Gaza in Arizona: The secret militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border


Of Special Interest | Special Project: An Armistice Day Holiday Reader, Compiled by David Culver , Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • https://progressive.org/downloads/9323/download/5506529072_aaf2da0d8e_b.jpg?cb=f4857e5359576fa7ab58fa97b535c7d0&w=1024&h=Part 1: Celebrate the Kellogg-Briand Pact–Banning All War ~ David Swanson
  • And we need to make tomorrow, August 27th, a war abolition holiday,apeace holiday, Kellogg-Briand Pact of Paris Strangest Dream Another World Is Possible Day. Tear down a war monument. Raise up a peace treaty.
  • Part 2: On Armistice Day, Let’sCelebratePeace .
  • Armistice Day gives us an opportunity to acknowledge the brutal futility of armed conflict, the wastefulness of our military spending, and the responsibility we share to abolish all wars.
  • Related: The Living Reality of Military-Economic Fascism ~ Robert Higgs


    Bloggers & Columnists | Robert Reich, Amy Goodman, Amanda Terkel, Charles Pierce

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Government & Politics

Fear Dominates Final Weeks Of The 2018 Campaign. Amanda Terkel, HuffPost

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  • President Donald Trump is leading a strategy of scaring Republicans into voting.
  • Things are getting dark out there. 
  • Related: Charles Pierce | I'm Not Sure We're Ready for the Chaos That Will Follow the Midterms

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, October 27, 2018 and November 3, 2018

  • Including links to over 771 websites and over 35 highlighted items featuring:

Feature Article | The ‘Resistance’ Supports Trump’s Evil Agendas While Attacking Fake Nonsense ~ Caitlin Johnstone, Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Tech%20Adjusts%20Lapel%20Mic%20on%20Trump.jpgTrump's enemies are seeking his impeachment for whatever they can hang on him, but they won't go after him for travesties like Yemen and the defense budget that they support.
  • Related: Don’t let the Democrats censor the real resistance.

Publisher's Choice | Charles Pierce: I'm Not Sure We're Ready for the Chaos That Will Follow the Midterms. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire   


  • https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/police-officers-with-riot-gears-stand-guard-during-a-news-photo-1311448-1539611602mod-1539616754.jpg?crop=0.699xw:1.00xh;0.272xw,0&resize=768:*"Over the weekend, Pierce writes, "there were a coupleofominous, if overlooked, statements from Republican officials touching on the upcoming midterm elections."
  • Prepare for recount hell and the delegitimizing of the Blue Wave.
  • Related: Overcoming Voter Suppression

Of Special Interest | Unions Can Protect Workers From Deportation. This Coalition of 3.5 Million Is Showing How.

Heather Gies, In These Times
http://inthesetimes.com/images/made/images/working/working_families_united_850_650.jpgTeamsters, Working Families United, National TPS Alliance, LA County Federation of Labor, CARECEN, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) gathered together for a rally in Wilmington on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. This marked the end of a 3-day strike by truckers and warehouse workers. (Photo by Brittany Murray/Digital First Media/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images) 

  • “We don’t ask that the government help take care of us. Just give us residency so we can continue to work hard with our families and move forward.” -- Cesar Rodriguez, the port driver and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holder from Los Angeles
  • Related: The Path Back to Equality Leads Through Unions.



Bloggers & Columnists | Charles Pierce, Paul Krugman, Caitlin Johnstone



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Foreign Affairs

Special Project | Russiagate: The American Boogeyman, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
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Story 1: Why I’m Sick and Tired of Hearing About Russiagate * Story 2: How Pro-War Democrats Use Russiagate To Bloat the Military—And Why That’s Dangerous * Story 3: What Russiagate Skeptics Get Wrong * Related: Five Things That Would Reduce Out of Control Russophobia * Related: How Russia Became “Our Adversary” Again


Health, Science, & Environment
Special Project | Climate Catastrophe Is Just Around the Corner. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest <http://evergreenedigest.org>
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Story 1: We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN * Story 2: New Climate Report Was Too Cautious * Story 3: The Planet Is Doomed—Let's Destroy It Faster! * Related: The Plastic Bag: An American History


Media & Technology

How to Mute Trump’s Boombox, Jack Shafer, Politico
It ain’t news when he says something that’s untrue or uninformed.


Peace & Non-violence

The Living Reality of Military-Economic Fascism ~ Robert Higgs, Robert Higgs, Mises Institute / Straight Line Logic

  • https://mises.org/sites/default/files/styles/max_full/public/pac-military_0.png?itok=FnAZOiCdAn in-depth study of the military-industrial racket by Robert Higgs at Mises Institute <mises.org>:
  • “The business of buying weapons that takes place in the Pentagon is a corrupt business — ethically and morally corrupt from top to bottom. The process is dominated by advocacy, with few, if any, checks and balances. Most people in power like this system of doing business and do not want it changed.” – Colonel James G. Burton (1993, 232)
  • Related: Of A Lot of Arms and Some Very Bad Men



The U.S. and Saudi Arabia Have Been Getting Away With Murder for Years. Roqayah Chamseddine, In These Times

http://inthesetimes.com/images/made/images/mbs_trump_850_578.jpgU.S. President Donald Trump (r) meets with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House on March 20, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia’s alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has forced the kingdom’s brutality into the media spotlight. Meanwhile, the war on Yemen has taken a back seat.


Of A Lot of Arms and Some Very Bad Men, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Grim%20Reaper%20Launching%20Drone%20from%20His%20Hand.jpgPart 1: Trump Snubbed McCain. The Media Snubbed the Rest of Us.
  • The media treated Trump's petty snub of John McCain as a bigger controversy than the $717 billion Pentagon bill named for the Arizona senator.
  • Part 2: Paul Krugman | Arms and the Very Bad Men
  • Trump’s rationale for going easy on Saudi Arabia is a shameful lie.
  • Related: The Living Reality of Military-Economic Fascism ~ Robert Higgs

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How to Mute Trump’s Boombox

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It ain’t news when he says something that’s untrue or uninformed.

Jack Shafer, Politico

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Trump%20Mocks%20Disabled%20NY%20Times%20Reporter_0.jpgOctober 24, 2018 | The press gave primo coverage to Donald Trump’s outrageous utterances during the 2016 Republican presidential primaries because, well, he was a front-runner, and when front-runners speak, it’s news. After Trump secured the Republican nomination, the press gave similar notice to his tongue-wagging because—well, because it believes every trill and chirrup from a major-party nominee contains news value. Later, when Trump became president and the press continued to steer his tweets, White House lawn utterances, and MAGA-rally speeches onto Page 1, the justification for the saturation coverage was that no matter what strange noise flowed out of the president’s boombox, it was newsworthy and deserved ink and airtime.

And here we are, 21 months into his presidency, and Trump still reaps maximum exposure every time he says something cruel, improbable, or daft. Take his weekend promise to bestow a 10 percent tax cut on middle-class Americans before the midterm elections. Congress is out of session and nobody on Capitol Hill or inside the administration knew anything about the proposal—making passage on Trump’s timetable impossible. But that didn’t prevent the press corps from placing all of its oars in the water and rowing hard to take first place in the race to prove the president’s pitch a fantasy.

Jack Shafer is Politico's senior media writer.  Previously,  Jack wrote a column about the press and politics for Reuters and before that worked at Slate as a columnist and as the site's deputy editor. He also edited two alternative weeklies, SF Weekly and Washington City Paper.

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Of A Lot of Arms and Some Very Bad Men


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  • Part 1: Trump Snubbed McCain. The Media Snubbed the Rest of Us.
  • The media treated Trump's petty snub of John McCain as a bigger controversy than the $717 billion Pentagon bill named for the Arizona senator.
  • Part 2: Paul Krugman | Arms and the Very Bad Men
  • Trump’s rationale for going easy on Saudi Arabia is a shameful lie.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Trump Snubbed McCain. The Media Snubbed the Rest of Us.

The media treated Trump's petty snub of John McCain as a bigger controversy than the $717 billion Pentagon bill named for the Arizona senator.

Peter Certo, In Other Words

August 15, 2018 | On an otherwise sleepy August day, President Trump signed the John McCain National Defense Authorization Act. Named for the dying Arizona senator who’s championed military budgets for his entire career, the bill increases U.S. military spending to an astonishing $717 billion.

According to my Institute for Policy Studies colleague Lindsay Koshgarian, that’s about double what American taxpayers were spending at the end of the Cold War, and upwards of $300 billion more than what we spent before the War on Terror.

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Part 2: Paul Krugman | Arms and the Very Bad Men

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Trump’s rationale for going easy on Saudi Arabia is a shameful lie.


Paul Krugman, New York (NY) Times

October 22, 2018 | A few days ago, Pat Robertson, the evangelical leader, urged America not to get too worked up about the torture and murder of Jamal Khashoggi, because we shouldn’t endanger “$100 billion in arms sales.” I guess he was invoking the little-known 11th Commandment, which says, “On the other hand, thou shalt excuse stuff like killing and bearing false witness if weapons deals are at stake.”
O.K., it’s not news that the religious right has prostrated itself at Donald Trump’s feet. But Trump’s attempt to head off retaliation for Saudi crimes by claiming that there are big economic rewards to staying friendly with killers — and the willingness of his political allies to embrace his logic — nonetheless represents a new stage in the debasement of America.

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The Living Reality of Military-Economic Fascism ~ Robert Higgs, Robert Higgs, Mises Institute  / Straight Line Logic

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  • An in-depth study of the military-industrial racket by Robert Higgs at Mises Institute:
  • “The business of buying weapons that takes place in the Pentagon is a corrupt business — ethically and morally corrupt from top to bottom. The process is dominated by advocacy, with few, if any, checks and balances. Most people in power like this system of doing business and do not want it changed.” – Colonel James G. Burton (1993, 232)
  • Related: Of A Lot of Arms and Some Very Bad Men
     

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, October 20, 2018.

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Feature Article | Did Democrats do enough to stop Kavanaugh? Not even close, and don’t expect more from a “blue wave.” Jim Sleeper, Tikkun

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  • Related: Progressives Need a Clear Strategy for 2020 and Beyond. Here Are 5 Guidelines. 
  • Related: This Sort of Spineless Corporate Pandering Is Why Democrats Keep Losing.

Publisher's Choice | Overcoming Voter Suppression, The Progress Report, Center for American Progress


Of Special Interest | Lost in the Face of Militarism. The Necessity of Moral Resistance to the Military-Industrial Complex, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: The Necessity of Moral Resistance in the Face of Militarism ~ William J. Barber, II
  • Confronting head-on America's war economy and militarism, the necessity of non-violent moral dissent, moral resistance and moral vision ...
  • Part 2: From the Archives | Lost in the Military-Industrial Complex
  • Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have ducked any serious discussion of America’s escalating military spending.

Bloggers & Columnists | Chris Hedges




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Arts, Culture, & Entertainment

Don’t Call It a Comeback: Louis C.K. and His #MeToo Bros Don’t Deserve One. Kieran Scarlett, Rewire

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The comedian who masturbated in front of junior women colleagues said he's lost an estimated $35 million. Funny how he didn't mention the pain he inflicted.


Critical Thinking

The Free Thought Project | We Are All Being Played

Government & Politics

Progressives Need a Clear Strategy for 2020 and Beyond. Here Are 5 Guidelines. Max Elbaum and Calvin Cheung-Miaw, In These Times

http://inthesetimes.com/images/made/images/trump_protest_image_1_850_567.jpgHundreds of protestors rallying against Donald Trump gather outside of Trump Tower, November 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

  • We have significant numbers. But we need to continue to buildourranks, and mobilize behind a winning political strategy.
  • Related: Did Democrats do enough to stop Kavanaugh? Not even close, and don’t expect more from a “blue wave.”

Law & Justice


Challenging the institutional racism and violence in our law enforcement culture: A Not Guilty Verdict to celebrate, Roger Cuthbertson, Rise Up Times 

https://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/emmanuel_police_protests_philando_castile_alton_sterling_850_593.jpg?w=705&h=491Protesters in St. Paul, MN march in response to the killing of Philando Castile (Fibonacci Blue / Flickr)

These bits of fractured history are examples to me of the fact that what we accomplish is the result of not just what one or two persons do but rather the result of community action through time.
 


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