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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, November 24, 2018.

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Feature Article

Democrats need to be ruthless on fixing voting. They're paying a steep price for neglect. Jill Lawrence,  USA Today

  • Voting reforms shouldbetop priority for all Democrats, now in states and later in Washington. What good are policy gains if you can't sustain them?
  • Related: Republicans Are Casting Doubt On Normal Election Processes For The Sake Of Winning.
  • Related: Overcoming Voter Suppression

 




Publisher's Choice

Here’s why every child at the border belongs to all of us. Leo J. O'Donovan, America Magazine

https://www.americamagazine.org/sites/default/files/styles/article_image_750_x_503_/public/main_image/20180719T1120-18693-CNS-TEXAS-IMMIGRATION-BISHOPS.jpg.png?itok=L6myt79B / Anita Areli Ramirez Mejia, an asylum seeker from Honduras, hugs her 6-year-old son, Jenri, July 13 at La Posada Providencia shelter in San Benito, Texas. The mother and son were reunited after being separated near the Mexico-U.S. border. (CNS photo/Loren Elliott, Reuters) 
 

Our advocacy was based on the intrinsic dignity and inalienable value of all human beings and their equal and essential rights as members of the human family.


Of Special Interest
Federal Climate Report Predicts At Least 3 Degrees Of Warming By 2100. Alexander C. Kaufman <>and Chris D’Angelo, HuffPost

https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5bf5b7842100009b06ca28c4.jpeg?ops=scalefit_720_noupscale / The scorched remnants of Paradise, California. John Locher/Associated Press
The White House’s decision to release the report over the holiday weekend is likely to bury the sobering new findings.

  • This article has been updated with comments from a climate scientist and a response from a NOAA spokeswoman.
  • Before You Go: What Climate Change Just Might Ruin

Bloggers & Columnists | Normon Solomon


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Books, Literature, & Ideas

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  • Part 1: Giving Thanks
  • Some thoughts before Thanksgiving, 2018
  • Part 2: Thanks, Giving
  • Have a very good Thanksgiving
  • Part 3: From the Archives | Do You Know Where Your Tomatoes Come From?

Government & Politics

The ‘Pelosi Problem’ Runs Deep, Norman Solomon, Truthdig

 
https://www.truthdig.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Nancy-Pelosi-Democrats-1024-850x540.jpg / House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California speaking in Des Moines, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall / AP)

Progressives should recognize the likely House speaker as a symptom of a calcified party hierarchy that is beginning to lose its grip.
 


Peace & Non-violence

Hospitals Are Trying To Do What Politicians Haven’t: Stop Gun Violence. Nick Wing, Huff Post

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Revolver%20Barrel%20and%20Socket%20Wrench.jpg / Not content to simply patch up injuries, hospital-based violence intervention programs around the U.S. are helping to change the lives of survivors.
 


The Yemen Crisis, Khashoggi, and the Deadly Saudi Arms Trade, Elise Thomas, The Interpreter/Australia  / Portside

https://portside.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/Saleh_Yemen.jpg / Nora bringsherfour month-old son Saleh to Al Hudaydah’s main hospital. Close to half a million children and two million mothers in Yemen are at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition due to the ongoing conflict., UN OCHA/Giles Clarke

  • Whatever happened to Jamal Khashoggi … is … a painful reminder of the selective nature of international outrage that the death of a single, well-connected Saudi Arabian journalist was able to spark a conversation which the deaths of thousands of Yemeni civilians could not.
  • The murder of Jamal Khashoggi has forced new scrutiny of the Saudi role in the world’s greatest humanitarian crisis. But, despite calls for a Yemen ceasefireandother posturing, no Western country has pledged to end arms sales to the kingdom.
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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, November 17, 2018.

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Our Fights are Connected; Our Resistance Must Be Intersectional. African American Policy Forum / Portside

But we must do much, much more than vote. We have to think and act differently about the traumas we are all facing.

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Publisher's Choice
The Egregious Lie Americans Tell Themselves, Jacob Bacharach, Truthdig

  • We choose to believe we’re living in the richest country in the world. Yet all available evidence suggests our wealth is largely an abstraction.
  • Related: Americans Live In A World Of Lies

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France fires back at Trump's lack of 'common decency.' Associated Press / Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune 

  • Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said Wednesday: "We were commemorating the assassination of 130 of our compatriots three years ago in Paris and Saint-Denis, and so I will reply in English: 'Common decency' would have been appropriate."
  • Related: Trump Is Not the Problem

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Bloggers & Columnists | Robert Gore, David Swanson, Kathy Kelly, Andrew Bacevich, Paul Craig Roberts

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In Books, Literature, & Ideas | Founded in 1996, The African American Policy Forum (AAPF) is an innovative think tank that connects academics,activistsand policy-makers to promote efforts to dismantle structural inequality.



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Books, Literature, & Ideas

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Tell-Lie-Vision.jpgThe Tyranny of “The Collective” by the Illusions of Narratives ~ Doug “Uncola” Lynn, Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

Doug Lynn offers a compelling insight into how the collectiveestablishmentuses  its narratives to keep its hold on power.
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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, November 10, 2018.

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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

https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5bd0921c240000a6025796fd.jpeg?cache=nsao3t08wv&ops=crop_0_129_5346_3354,scalefit_720_noupscaleLeah Millis/Reuters

  • 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

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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>
https://static.scientificamerican.com/sciam/cache/file/01229363-B807-4E74-8D1257CB3B23FEEA_source.png?w=590&h=800&51841162-C913-4C99-BEB6ED5809088419Downtown area of Panama City, Florida after Hurricane Michael on October 10, 2018.  Credit: Joe Raedle Getty Images

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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