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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, April 21, 2018.

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Feature Article | An Empire Built on the Power of Hate and Fear at Home and Abroad, Compiled by David CulverEvergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/War%20Planning%20Graphic.jpgPart 1: An Empire Built on Fear at Home and Abroad
  • By the time the masses finally discover that the greatest menace stalking the country is the fear-mongering propaganda, they will have read an epitaph for their untimely nuclear death.
  • Part 2: The Power of Hate and Fear
  • God is love, the Christian religion says.  Why then are we so open to hate and fear?
  • Related: Russia Madness on the Eve of Destruction: Hegemony Trumps Survival

Publisher's Choice | Demand Change: The Grave Danger of Information Monopolies, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Google, Twitter & Facebook: The Grave Danger of Information Monopolies
  • If you control the flow of information, you can control everything. You can control most of what anyone sees and knows.
  • Part 2: In the wake of the Facebook scandal
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Of Special Interest | Exposing the Gun Industry Profiteers, Derek, LittleSis.org via ActionNetwork.org

http://www.dailypublic.com/sites/default/files/styles/full_width/public/2018/Mar/blankfein-1.jpg?itok=NfGHD2MKLloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs, which is a big investor in the gun retailer Bass Pro.

(Here's) a series that surveys the main gun profiteers, takes a closer look at gun retailer Bass Pro-Cabela’s and its backing from Goldman Sachs, and examines Wells Fargo’s major ties to the NRA and firearms industry.

Bloggers & Columnists | Andrew J. Bacevich, Nick Turse, Paul Street

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Books, Literature, & Ideas

Russia Madness on the Eve of Destruction: Hegemony Trumps Survival, Paul Street, Truthdig

  • There are good reasons to wonder if human civilization will exist a century from today. (Pixabay)
  • What will historians say a century from now, if they still exist? That the most intelligent known species in the universe lost its mind.

Economics

Special Project | Capitalism Unmasked, Week Ending April 20, 2018, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Is Capitalism in Crisis? Latest Trends of a System Run Amok * Does Capitalism Work? (2002) * Yanis Varoufakis: Marx predicted our present crisis – and points the way out.
Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs

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  • Part 1: The North Korean Crisis: On the Brink of a Breakthrough or a Bust?
  • Part 2: A series of one-pagers that help explain what a strategy should look like
  • Related: A Murderous History of Korea

Peace & Non-violence

The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War II ~ John Dower, Reviewed in TomDispatch

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  • Related: Tomgram: Nick Turse, Killing People, Breaking Things, and America's Winless Wars

Youth, Education, & Children

https://gritpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/usbank-560x416.jpgMinneapolis Schools Face $33M Deficit After City, State Spent $500M on NFL Stadium. Nathan Wellman, Grit Post

Former Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson, himself a passionate sports fan, has been one of many who have spoken out against the city’s choice to commit so much in financial resources to the stadium.
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Amid #DeleteFacebook Fervor, Uproar After Congress Sneaks Attack on Digital Privacy Rights Into Omnibus Spending Bill

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  • Part 1: Amid #DeleteFacebook Fervor, Experts Say Time to Tackle Big Data Profiteers
  • A social media platform like this "is the ultimate surveillance tool: an addictive product that's optimized to collect and analyze the intimate details of our lives."
  • Part 2: Uproar After Congress Sneaks Attack on Digital Privacy Rights Into Omnibus Spending Bill
  • Attaching it to massive spending deal, lawmakers rush through controversial bill that allows law enforcement to hand over personal data without a warrant.
  • Related: Can We Be Saved From Facebook?

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Part 1: Amid #DeleteFacebook Fervor, Experts Say Time to Tackle Big Data Profiteers

 

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A social media platform like this "is the ultimate surveillance tool: an addictive product that's optimized to collect and analyze the intimate details of our lives."

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

Thursday, March 22, 2018 | While the pro-Trump data firm Cambridge Analytica has received a flood of media attention in recent days following reports that it harvested the personal information of over 50 million Facebook users, advocacy groups and experts are warning against allowing focus on this scandal alone to obscure the fact that major tech companies have been allowed to build an entire industry by exploiting the personal data of everyone who uses their platforms.



"The fact is that companies like Facebook and Google are the real malicious actors here—they are vital public communications systems that run on profiling and manipulation for private profit." 
—Yasha Levine



Judging by the popularity of the hashtag #DeleteFacebook—which went viral on Wednesday night, much to the dismay of CEO Mark Zuckerberg—many users of the social media giant agree that Facebook should bear the brunt of the criticism for a data breach that it did nothing to stop and that its "data-fueled" business practices made possible.

Jake Johnson, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Part 2: Uproar After Congress Sneaks Attack on Digital Privacy Rights Into Omnibus Spending Bill

https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/headlines/cloud-leaky.jpg?itok=JdtQyk2fCritics of the CLOUD Act "are rightfully pointing out that it jettisons current human rights protections in favor of vague standards that could gut individual rights." (Photo: Electoric Frontier Foundation)

Attaching it to massive spending deal, lawmakers rush through controversial bill that allows law enforcement to hand over personal data without a warrant.

Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams

Thursday, March 22, 2018 | Buried in a 2,232-page government spending bill that the Houe passed Thursday is a piece of legislation that digital privacy advocates warn "expands American and foreign law enforcement's ability to target and access people's data across international borders."

The Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data or CLOUD Act (S. 2383 and H.R. 4943) would add an official provision for U.S. law enforcement to access "the contents of a wire or electronic communication and any record or other information" for people all across the globe, regardless of where they live and what that nation's privacy laws dictate. It would also create a "backdoor" into Americans' data, enabling the U.S. government to bypass its citizens' Fourth Amendment rights to access and even use their data.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Can We Be Saved From Facebook? Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

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The social media giant has swallowed up the free press, become an unstoppable private spying operation and undermined democracy. Is it too late to stop it?
 

 

 

 


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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, April 14, 2018.

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Feature Article | Why America is the World’s Most Uniquely Cruel Society, umair haqueEudaimonia and Co 

  • Or, How Punching Down Became a Way of Life
  • Related: “No civilization would tolerate what America has done.”
  • Related: "Morally Obscene" Trump Budget Proposal Stands to Make America Cruel Again. 

Publisher's Choice War Pay: The Pentagon Wants to Spend $716 Billion Next Year. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • And they’re justifying it by playing on fear.
  • Part 2: War Pay
  • 
Another Good Year for Weapons Makers Is Guaranteed

 

Of Special Interest | The Religious Roots of America’s Gun Culture and the Gospel of American Nationalistic Christianity, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • http://images.alternet.org/images/managed/storyimages_picture2.jpg_310x220Part 1: Billy Graham and the Gospel of American Nationalistic Christianity
  • Billy Graham is finally at rest, but we still wrestle with his complicated legacy.
  • Part 2: A Locked and Loaded Covenant: The Religious Roots of America’s Gun Culture
  • Tracing the historical and religious roots attaching to the sanctity of the Second Amendment.

 

Bloggers & Columnists | Amy Goodman & Juan Gonzalez, Caitlin Johnstone, Tom Englehardt



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Books, Literature, & Ideas

When A Government Declares A Verdict Before An Investigation, It’s Because There’s A Preexisting Agenda. Caitlin Johnstone, Medium 

  • Isn’t it interesting how just as its data begins warning that the western empire is approaching post-primacy and will likely lose its dominant position in the world if it doesn’t take drastic action, all this information begins pouring out about a longtime rival of that very empire? It’s almost as if there is a preexisting vendetta to cripple oppositional governments, and then crimes are being discovered which just so happen to advance that preexisting agenda.
  • Related: The Normalization of War

 

Critical Thinking

Michael Jacobson | Knowledge / Timeline Photos

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Foreign Affairs

Massacre in Gaza: Israeli Citizens Watch As Their Military Attacks Unarmed Palestinians. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: Israeli Citizens Watch As Their Military Attacks Unarmed Palestinians
  • At least 18 Palestinians have died in Gaza after Israeli forces opened fire Friday on a protest near the Gaza Strip’s eastern border with Israel.
  • Part 2: Israeli Citizens Watch As Their Military Attacks Unarmed Palestinians
  • In an outrageous display of inhumanity, Israeli citizens reportedly gathered on Gaza border to watch their military kill Palestinian civilians.
  • Related: Israel Kills Palestinians and Western Liberals Shrug. Gaza -  An Inquest into Its Martyrdom.

Gender & Sexuality

What #MeToo Can Teach the Labor Movement, Jane McAlevey, In These Times

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Chicago%20Teacher%27s%20Union%20Strike%20Rally.jpgAll of it comes down to a disrespect and disregard for women, especially women of color. If we focus on the power analysis, the answer is staring us in the face. There is no time to waste. Everyone has to be all-in for rebuilding unions.
  • Related: How did we let modern slavery become part of our everyday lives?

Government & Politics

Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 10: Women's March inspires women to amplify their political voices post-inauguration. Dawn Araujo-Hawkins, National Catholic Reporter (NCR) 

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Women%27s%20March%20on%20Washington%20Jan.%2021.jpgParticipants walk toward the U.S. Capitol during the Women's March on Washington Jan. 21. (CNS/Bob Roller)

  • The Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
  • Part 10: In the last year, women in the U.S. have, en masse, become more politically active.

Human Rights

http://assets.pewresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2016/09/PH_2016.09.20_Unauthorized-01.pngWhat we know about illegal immigration from Mexico, Ana Gonzalez-Barrera and Jens Manuel Krogstad, Pew Research Center 


Here’s what we know about illegal immigration from Mexico.

Peace & Non-violence

Special Report | Syria: Military Escalation? Towards a US-Russia Confrontation? Week Ending April 14, 2018, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Triggering War. A Manufactured “Catalytic Event” Which Will Initiate An All Out War?
  • Are We Going to Let this Happen Again?
  • Part 2: The Geopolitics of Targeting Russia
  • The aim … is to compel Moscow to submit to the hegemonic power of the Washington elite.

Donald Trump Is Proof That America’s Wars Come Home. Tom Engelhardt, the Nation 

https://www.thenation.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/trump-military-bomber-ap-img.jpg?scale=896&compress=80President Donald Trump in Virginia in 2017. (AP Photo / Steve Helber)

… And other lessons from 17 years of American defeat abroad.

Youth, Education, & Children

Marquette's Pride Prom to go on as planned despite backlash, petition. Caroline White, National Catholic Reporter (NCR) 

"You wear a fancy ball gown. You wear a suit. You get all dressed up. There's going to be music and dancing," Bunczak said. "Prom is something that is so important, and it's really important for some LGBT individuals who couldn't go to prom in their high schools dressed the way that they feel most expresses themselves." --Maria Bunczak, president of Empowerment, an intersectional feminism club which is co-sponsoring Pride Prom.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, April 7, 2018.

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Feature Article | How did we let modern slavery become part of our everyday lives? Felicity Lawrence, the Guardian

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  • Society abhors exploitation but we are complicit. The cheap goods and services consumers expect makes exploitation inevitable.
  • Related: Amazon’s Wal-Mart problem: Why low wages, working conditions,  and disdain for culture will hurt us all

Publisher's Choice | Publisher's Choice | Goodman: Has our democracy become a reality show? Adam Goodman, special to the Tampa Bay (FL) Times

http://www.tampabay.com/storyimage/HI/20180405/ARTICLE/304059615/AR/0/AR-304059615.jpg?MaxW=950&cachebuster=557585Sgt. Phil Esterhaus (Michael Conrad) calls the roll on Hill Street Blues.

Government has become a 24-hour reality show, and its leader is creating reality by the second, tweet after tweet, post after post, firing after firing. In its wake we’ve seen less heroism and more hedonism, less truth and more fiction, as the nation lurches from nuclear showdowns to tariff-spawned meltdowns.
 

Of Special Interest | Xcel Energy–the most abusive special interest in Minnesota? Alan Muller, Airheads

  • Action Alert:  Oppose Xcel Energy ripoff legislation
  • Related: Update on Xcel ripoff nuclear bills

Bloggers & Columnists | Matt Taibbi, John Pilger,



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Israel Kills Palestinians and Western Liberals Shrug. Gaza -  An Inquest into Its Martyrdom, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Israel Kills Palestinians and Western Liberals Shrug. Their Humanitarianism Is a Sham.
  • (Silence of Western Liberals in the face of Israeli) state-sponsored violence (in Gaza) is a reminder of just how morally bankrupt and cynically hypocritical the whole “liberal intervention” shtick is.
  • Part 2: Gaza An Inquest into Its Martyrdom
  • What has befallen Gaza is a man-made humanitarian disaster.

Government & Politics

Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 9: How do we create a high-value health care system? Michael Panicola, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Pediatrician%20Talks%20with%20Mother%20of%20New%20Born.jpgMercy Sr. Karen Schneider, a pediatrician, left, talks with the mother of a child in the emergency room at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore in 2014. (CNS/Bob Roller)

  • The Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
  • Part 9: Admittedly, we need to do more than what's been proposed above to rectify the current problems and impending crisis in U.S. health care. However, without accepting the moral and practical urgency of universal health coverage and the equally critical need to overhaul health care financing and delivery, all reform efforts are doomed to fail.

Human Rights

Special Report | Killing Him While He's Dead; This Didn't Have to Happen. Compiled by David Culver <>, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Killing Him While He’s Dead
  • The problem isn’t that so many people are hurt and angry; the problem is that more aren’t.
  • Part 2: Sacramento Police Said They Were Making Changes. Then They Killed Stephon Clark.
  • This Didn't Have to Happen.

The Isolation Of Julian Assange Is The Silencing Of Us All. John Pilger, Dissident Voice
 

  • https://dissidentvoice.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/unnamed-e1522776129817.jpgIf there is no freedom of speech for Julian Assange, there is no freedom of speech for any of us — regardless of the disparate opinions we hold.
  • Related: Rachel Meeropol on Illegal Detentions

Law & Justice

From the Archives | Envisioning An America Free From Police Violence and Control, Rashmee Kumar, the Intercept 

  • https://cdn01.theintercept.com/wp-uploads/sites/1/2017/10/alex-vitale-end-of-policing-book-1507910214-article-header.jpgIn “The End of Policing,” Alex S. Vitale argues that police reforms implemented in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri — from diversity initiatives to community policing to body cameras — fail to acknowledge that policing as an institution reinforces race and class inequalities by design.
  • Related: 4 Disabled People Dead in Another Week of Police Brutality
  • Related: Special Report | Killing Him While He's Dead; This Didn't Have to Happen.

Media & Technology

Can We Be Saved From Facebook? Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

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The social media giant has swallowed up the free press, become an unstoppable private spying operation and undermined democracy. Is it too late to stop it?

Race & Ethnicity

From the Archives | Close Encounters of the Racist Kind: A Guide to the Modern Far-Right, Alexander Zaitchik, Alternet / Southern Poverty Law Center / Portside

  • Pseudo-scientific research, lost Aryan super-civilizations and biblical giants.
  • Related: Trump and the GOP Fuel Fantasies of White Victimhood, Disregard Black Lives

Selected Articles | It’s past time for white supremacy to die, Week Ending April 7, 2018, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • The belief that whites are inherently superior to other races and therefore should dominate society is as American as apple pie. It is an idea that has caused much pain and suffering in the world, is an artifact of “white culture,” but still plays a role in American society.
  • We must dismantle the white supremacy that's embedded so deeply in American society.
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The social media giant has swallowed up the free press, become an unstoppable private spying operation and undermined democracy. Is it too late to stop it?

Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

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April 3, 2018 | We shouldn't be asking Facebook to fix the problem. We should be fixing Facebook. It's our collective misfortune that this perhaps silliest-in-history supercorporation – a tossed-off hookup site turned international cat-video vault turned Orwellian surveillance megavillain – has dragged us all to the very cliff edge of modern technological capitalism.

We've reached a moment in history where many companies are more powerful than even major industrialized nations, and in some cases have essentially replaced governments as de facto regulators and overseers. But some of those companies suck just a little too badly at the governing part, leaving us staring into a paradox.

Matt 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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