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Scientists Discover Simple Psychological Tools to Battle Fake News

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  • A link between conspiracy theories and childhood fantasies reveals coping strategies.
  • Related: Our challenge really is against the stupidity and cognitive dissonance that rules us today.

Peter Hess, Inverse

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August 13, 2018 | We don’t usually think of fake news and conspiracy theories as children’s problems, but new research suggests that childhood fantasy might pave the way for people to buy into false narratives in adulthood. Knowing this, the researchers tell Inverse, sheds light on the ways we can protect adults from falling prey to these narratives, especially as fake news becomes increasingly hard to avoid.

Fantasy realms and make-believe are thought to make kids feel less vulnerable by giving them a sense of control or order in a chaotic world. Believing in conspiracy theories and fake news later in life has largely the same effect: These ideas give a sense of order to a world in which things don’t often fit with how we think the world should be.

https://fsmedia.imgix.net/assets/user/2x1/216-peter-hess.jpg?auto=format%2Ccompress&w=650 Peter Hess is a writer living in New York. He is preoccupied with Star Wars and memes, but he writes about climate change, chatbots and ants. You may have seen his work in Popular Science, New Scientist and Motherboard.

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Our challenge really is against the stupidity and cognitive dissonance that rules us today. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Vandana Shiva, physicist and thinker: our challenge really is against the stupidity that rules us today
  • "We are not atomized producers and consumers, we are part of an earth community, we are part of a human community…"
  • Part 2: The Entire Western World Lives In Cognitive Dissonance
  • The Western mind … (is) so full of propagandistic nonsense that there is no connection to reality.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, August 8, 2018.

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http://wp.production.patheos.com/blogs/sites/333/2018/08/question-2736480_640.jpgFeature Article | The Unengaged: America's Real Third Party, Erin Wathen, Irreverin

  • Get past the sound bites and getintothe the process.
  • Just get out there. Don’t throw away your vote to the Unengaged ticket.
     

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The Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination is different from its predecessors in many ways.
 

 

Of Special Interest | Americans Live In A World Of Lies. Paul Craig Roberts, OpEdNews

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Lies%20word%20jumble.jpgThe millions of Americans whose jobs were given away to foreigners know full well that they have not benefited. They know the story told by neoliberal economists and financial presstitutes is a lie.
  • Related: American Society Would Collapse If It Weren’t For These 8 Myths.
     

Bloggers & Columnists | Charles P. Pierce, Paul Craig Roberts



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Just Shut Up and Quit, Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

Nobody elected the Anonymous Heroes executing a de facto coup against Donald Trump's presidency*.
 

Health, Science, & Environment

The Plastic Bag: An American History, Nechama Brodie, piqd

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Trump, Corporate Media Are Both Enemies of the People

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CNN's Erin Burnett reports about the Trump presidency during a June 6 broadcast. (CNN)

The mainstream media should be taken to task, but not for the same reasons the president uses in his attacks on the press.

Paul Street, Truthdig


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Aug 23, 2018 | CNN’s liberal and anti-Trump talk show host Erin Burnett was in crisis mode last week. She was rolling her eyes, anxious for the fate of the republic. The cause of her angst? A Gallup poll showing that 57 percent of the nation’s Democrats now respond more favorably to the word “socialism” than they do to “capitalism”—this compared with 47 percent of Democrats who prefer “capitalism” over “socialism.”

Burnett interviewed Jen Psaki, a Democratic commentator and former communications director in the Obama administration, and a gloating Republican political commentator named Scott Jennings. She and her two guests agreed that this dreadful socialism business augured certain defeat for the Democrats in 2018 and 2020.

Paul Street, Truthdig Contributor, holds a doctorate in U.S. history from Binghamton University. He is former vice president for research and planning of the Chicago Urban League. Street is also the author of numerous books
, , including “Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis” (2007), “The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power” (2010), and “They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy” (2014), and a regular contributor to Counterpunch, Z Magazine/ZNet, Black Agenda Report and teleSUR English. He has taught American history at several Chicago-area colleges and universities.

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Mainstream media’s moral cowardice: Time for the (NY) Times (and everyone else) to stand against evil. Chauncey DeVega <>, Salon

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  • In covering Trump, media too often defaults to lazy what-aboutism. History tells us cowardice will be punished.
  • Related: Your rage at Trump is justified.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, September 1, 2018.

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Feature Article | What the McCain Eulogies Tell Us About the Media and the Regime. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
 

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/John%20McCain%20Warmonger.jpgPart 1: The Real John McCain
  • Straight Line Logic recently called John McCain a half-baked warmonger jackass, and there’s no reason his death changes that assessment.
  • Part 2: What the McCain Eulogies Tell Us About the Media and the Regime
  • So many Americans, and the opinion molders who tell themwhattothink, are getting ludicrously carried away.

Publisher's Choice | Political Swamp Mouths: Minnesota's Jason Lewis and Florida's Ron DeSantis, https://www.minnpost.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_detail/images/articles/JasonLewisHeadPointing640.pngCompiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1:There are new recordings from Jason Lewis’ lightning-rod past as a talk radio host.
  • Will it matter this time?
  • Part 2: Ron DeSantis’s ‘monkey’ comment
  • Just the start of his racist dog-whistling
     

Of Special Interest | Priced Out of Health Insurance, Americans Rig Their Own Safety Nets. John Tozzi, Bloomberg

  • https://assets.bwbx.io/images/users/iqjWHBFdfxIU/iZOqRa.aKFw8/v0/1400x-1.jpgConsumers frustrated by high costs are bypassing the bureaucracy with patchwork plans.
  • “It’s not like I’m trying to say, just go without insurance… . “You have to find something that’s going to work for you.”

Related: The GOP’s New Pre-Existing Conditions Promise Is A Fraud.





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Critical Thinking

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American Society Would Collapse If It Weren’t For These 8 Myths, Lee Camp, TruthDig / Popular Resistance

  • Point is, in order to enforce this illogical, immoral system, the corrupt rulers—most of the time—don’t need guns and tear gas to keep the exploitation mechanisms humming along. All they need are some good, solid bullshit myths for us all to buy into, hook,lineand sinker. Some fairy tales for adults.
  • It’s time to wake up.

Government & Politics

The DNC Vote to End Superdelegates: The Danger of Dirty Dems Becoming Woke, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
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  • Part 1: This is what was passed, does this sound like a Democracy to you?
  • "Smoke & mirrors" by the Democratic party.
  • Part 2: The Danger of Dirty Dems Becoming Woke
  • The only way Democrats are going to get elected anymore is to hide their true beliefs.

The GOP’s New Pre-Existing Conditions Promise Is A Fraud, Jeffrey Young, HuffPost
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  • Senate Republicans claim their bill will protect people with pre-existing conditions. It won’t — unlike Obamacare, which does.
  • Related: Priced Out of Health Insurance, Americans Rig Their Own Safety Nets.
     

Peace & Non-violence

America’s Derangement Syndrome a Danger to World Peace. Robert Gore, Strategic Culture / Straight Line Logic

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag_0.jpgInsanity of any kind can lead to insane results, and the insanity being demonstrated by so much of the American governing and chattering classes could lead to a war.
  • Strategic-Culture Editorial
  • Related: From the Archives: US Administration Defends Its Right to Start Wars on a Whim

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, August 25, 2018.

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Feature Article | American Society Would Collapse If It Weren’t For These 8 Myths, Lee Camp, TruthDig / Popular Resistance

Point is, in order to enforce this illogical, immoral system, the corrupt rulers—most of the time—don’t need guns and tear gas to keep the exploitation mechanisms humming along. All they need are some good, solid bullshit myths for us all to buy into, hook,lineand sinker. Some fairy tales for adults.
It’s time to wake up.

Publisher's Choice | The GOP’s New Pre-Existing Conditions Promise Is A Fraud. Jeffrey Young <>, HuffPost

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Of Special Interest | America’s Derangement Syndrome a Danger to World Peace, Robert Gore, Strategic Culture / Straight Line Logic

 

  • Insanity of any kind can lead to insane results, and the insanity being demonstrated by so much of the American governing and chattering classes could lead to a war.
  • Strategic-Culture Editorial
  • Related: From the Archives: US Administration Defends Its RighttoStart Wars on a Whim

Bloggers & Columnists | Ellen Brown, Amanda Marcotte

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Arts, Culture, & Entertainment

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The voice of God is powerful.

Business

What If Banks Were Publicly Owned? In LA, This May Soon Be A Reality. David Dayen, HuffPost

  • https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5b6c897c1900001d0350182e.jpeg?cache=velntvvzmu&ops=scalefit_720_noupscaleVoters will decide in November whether to take city money out of the hands of big banks.
  • Related: From the Archives | Why Public Banks Outperform Private Banks.

 

Economics

America's Real Economy: It Isn't Booming. Peter Georgescu, Forbes

https://thumbor.forbes.com/thumbor/960x0/https%3A%2F%2Fspecials-images.forbesimg.com%2Fdam%2Fimageserve%2F516302216%2F960x0.jpg%3Ffit%3DscaleWalter Holm, age 67, a Vietnam veteran is living at Transitions, a homeless recovery center in Columbia, SC in 2016. There are other aging veterans who are homeless and looking for work, but not finding it.  (Photo by Linda Davidson / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
 

  • If every employer in America came up with even just one modest step—higher wages, regular profit sharing, tuition reimbursement—to help workers spend and save more, the nation would begin to right itself economically. It needs to happen now. We’re running out of time.
  • Related: From the Archives | Socialism: Our Alternative To The Madness Of The Market

Health, Science, & Environment

Football Won’t Turn Boys Into Men. Jessica Luther, Huff Post

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In truth, the same sport that’s supposed to help our boys grow up into “real men” is killing them.

Human Rights

Understanding the Immigrant Experience, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: 12 Excellent Books to Understand the Refugee Experience
  • Twelve books touching on the refugee experience to offer you more insight and understanding.

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  • Part 2: Public holds false views on immigration.
  • Americans and Europeans largely buy into right-wing stereotypes about immigrants. The reality is much less frightening.
  • Part 3: Refuting the Most Common Arguments Against Immigration
  • I … address these stereotypes and expunge … these untrue arguments used against immigration.

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