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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.

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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)
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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

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Jeff%20Darcy%20%7C%20Kavanaugh%20Hearing%20Records%20copy_0.jpgYes, Democrats are preferable. But they'restillspineless, and melted before Kavanaugh's white rage.
  • 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

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  • 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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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, September 13, 2018.

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Feature Article | Will we ever have another fair election? Mike Phelan, Progress America

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Common%20Cause%20%7C%20Polling%20Place%20on%20Election%20Day.jpgWe need a Congress that fights voter suppression, stops the corporate takeover of our democracy and makes sure we all have a voice. Please join us.
  • Related: Planning to Vote in the November Election? Why Most Americans Probably Won’t

Publisher's Choice | A Successful Economy Isn’t Just Capitalists Increasing Their Capital. (It’s Your Life, Improving.) umair haque, Eudaimonia and Co / Medium Daily Digest
 

  • https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/2000/1*n9n_BgcOoyq6z-p0BNZ80Q.jpegWhy Americans Put the Success of Capitalism Above Their Own Lives Falling Apart
  • Related: America's Real Economy: It Isn't Booming.

 

 


Of Special Interest | The Best and the Brightest and Their Debauched Private School Culture Have Led America Off a Cliff. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
 

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Frat%20Beer%20Drinking%20Party.jpgPart 1:  Tales of DC's Beach Week and the Debauched Private School Culture That Created Brett Kavanaugh
  • Beach Week was in the air we breathed.
  • Part 2: From the Archives | The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff
  • These elites, and thecorporatesystemtheyserve, have ruined the country.

Bloggers & Columnists | David Sirota, Chris Hedges

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  • In Activism & Organizing | Progress America - the Action Network: Here to Push Things Forward
  • In Religion & Spirituality | Women's Ordination Conference works for women's ordination as priests and bishops into a renewed priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church.

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Activism & Organizing

Stop Trump's Social Security Administration Commissioner. Michael Phelan, Social Security Works

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Social%20Security%20Works.jpgTell the Senate Finance Committee: "We call on the U.S. Senate to reject Andrew Saul’s appointment as Commissioner of Social Security (SSA). A vote for Andrew Saul is a vote against Social Security."

 


Economics

Welcome the new NAFTA—Same as the old NAFTA? C.J. Atkins, People's World

The new NAFTA is an advance over the old one, but it's still got problems.


Government & Politics

Under Kavanaugh cover, Republicans pass $3 trillion tax cuts for wealthy. Frank Clemente, People's World
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  • Round one of this giveaway cost $2 trillion. Round two is even bigger—$3 trillion.
  • Related: From the Archives | Fools and hucksters are governing this country based on Ronald Reagan lies.
  • Related: America's new aristocracy lives in an accountability-free zone.

Law & Justice

America's new aristocracy lives in an accountability-free zone. David Sirota, the Guardian

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Accountability is for the little people, immunity is for the ruling class. If this ethos seems familiar, that is because it has preceded some of the darkest moments in human history

High Crimes and Misdemeanours of Kavanaugh and the Senate-Trump Faction - We Need to Mobilize Like Never Before. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest.

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Sword%20of%20Injustice.jpgPart 1: If Kavanaugh Is Confirmed, We Need to Mobilize Like Never Before.
  • His record indicates that he would stonewall movements against poverty, militarism, and racism for a generation.
  • Part 2: High Crimes and Misdemeanours of Kavanaugh and the Senate-Trump Faction - Step-by-step Overthrow of the Rule of Law
  • Kavanaugh has been … continuously coached from the highest offices of the land to act above the law.

Religion & Spirituality


Catholic Women Called ~ Bridget Mary Meehan, Kate McElwee, Women's Ordination Conference

The only "serious confusion" among the faithful is just how long the Vatican will continue to parade indefensible arguments that attempt to limit the reaches of God's call.

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Feature Article | 12 Self-Care Tips If You're Struggling To Deal With Everything Today, Nicole Pajer, Huffington Post

  • https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5bb77ead220000bb01dd1417.jpeg?ops=scalefit_720_noupscaleThe news surrounding Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court has been hard for victims of sexual assault and harassment. Gabriella Demczuk-Pool/Getty Images
  • Experts share what you can do for your mental health amid news that Brett Kavanaugh will likely be confirmed.

Publisher's Choice | Planning to Vote in the November Election? Why Most Americans Probably Won’t. Sabrina Tavernise, the New York (NY) Times

  • Lula Hill said she has grown disillusioned with politicians and no longer votes.CreditCreditMaddie McGarvey for The New York Times
  • “I just got to the point, I said, ‘I’m not going do it anymore,’” said Ms. Hill, sitting on a couch in the lobby of the hotel she owns and runs, the Hotel Madison, 30 miles south of Charleston. “I just can’t vote for any of them in good conscience.”

Of Special Interest | Don't thank Bezos for giving Amazon workers a much-needed raise. Matt Stoller, the Guardian

  • https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/84fe0614f1b79fcdd1cb6086b4018d4d070ea531/0_100_3000_1800/master/3000.jpg?width=620&quality=85&auto=format&fit=max&s=64228d7612222aec9c4e7e2d0b4f6a9e‘The harm induced by Amazon is very real.’
  • Jeff Bezos runs a powerful monopoly that causes him to exert huge power and control. We shouldn’t be praising him but tackling his power.
  • Related: Amazon Is Used to Promote White Supremacist Merchandise and Views
     

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Labor

A Few Good Men: Portraits of Homelessness, Daniel Lichtenstein-Boris, LA Progressive

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Homeless%20Vet%20Asleep%20on%20Sidewalk.jpgThe man held a sign on a piece of used cardboard, the word “Hungry” scrawled with a black magic marker. Istopped, and offered him a banana out of my lunch bag.  He said he didn’t eat them.  I dug into the bag.  I had some walnuts and raisins, which I offered.  He ate walnuts, and his partner, well, she ate raisins.
  • Related: Special Report | The Franklin Hiawatha Encampment

Law & Justice


The Nationwide Prison Strike: Beyond Mass Incarceration, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Rights%20%26%20Liberties%20Banner_2.jpgPart 1: The Nationwide Prison Strike: Why It’s Happening and What It Means for Ending Mass Incarceration
  • It was time to launch a national prison strike to raise awareness around the brutality of mass incarceration.
  • Part 2: Beyond Mass Incarceration
  • How the deleterious effects of the drug wars go far beyond just those who end up in prison, from stop-and-frisk to the use of police informants.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, This Week, September 29, 2018.

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Feature Article | Trump Is Not the Problem, Andrew Bacevich, TomDispatch / Truthdig

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Trump%20in%20Red%20%26%20Black_0.jpgTrump is not the problem. Think of him instead as a summons to address the real problem, which … is the collective responsibility of the people themselves. For Americans to shirk that responsibility further will almost surely pave the way for more Trumps — or someone worse — to come.
  • The President as Pimple
  • Related: It's not all about Trump! The secrets of winning the long game.


Publisher's Choice | Men, We Can Do Better, Chris Winters, Yes! Magazine

  • https://www.yesmagazine.org/peace-justice/men-we-can-do-better-20180928/christine-blasey-ford.jpg/imageSurvivors of sexual assault like Christine Blasey Ford deserve our support, not our opposition.
  • Related: Special Report | There Has Been Little Change Historically In How to Handle Sexual Harassment.

 



Of Special Interest | Becoming Serfs, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

https://www.truthdig.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Wealth-hedges-26aug2018-850x534.jpgA 2016 demonstration in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park, where the Occupy Wall Street movement started five years earlier. (Corinne Segal / pbs.org)

  • The global rich have demolished institutions that once protected the working class and dismantled our democracy to orchestrate the largest transfer of wealth upward in over a century.
  • Related: The Path Back to Equality Leads Through Unions


Bloggers & Columnists | Heather Digby Parton, Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky, Caitlin Johnstone, Paul Craig Roberts, Paul Street, Ellen Brown, Andrew Bacevich, Chris Hedges, Amanda Terkel



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Activism & Organizing

It's not all about Trump! The secrets of winning the long game. Jim Hightower, The Hightower Lowdown

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  • Take heart from these tales of regular folks battling the bastards–and beating them back.
  • Related: Democracy Is What We Make of It.


Business

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  • Part 1: Ten Years After The Financial Crisis, The Contagion Has Spread To Democracy Itself.
  • Tim Geithner, BenBernankeand Hank Paulson dealt a catastrophic blow to public faith in American institutions.
  • Part 2: Central Banks Have Gone Rogue, Putting Us All at Risk.
  • It is time to curb central bank independence. Iftheirpowerful tools are going to be put to work, it should be in the service of the public and the economy.



Law & Justice


Kavanaugh battle gets darker and weirder: Will bizarre conspiracy theories save him? Heather Digby Parton, Salon

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Trump%20Announces%20Kavanaugh%20As%20SCOTUS%20Nominee.jpgSupreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh speaks after Donald Trump announced his nomination at the White House on July 9, 2018. (Getty/Mandel Ngan)

  • Sen. Orrin Hatch and GOP operative Ed Whelan want to blame someone else for 1982 assault. Will Trump go along?
  • Related: Brett "Stonewall Justice" Kavanaugh

 





Media & Technology

Noam Chomsky: Media Obsession with Russia and the Stories Not Being Covered in the Trump Era, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! / Rise Up Times

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Amy%20Goodman%2C%20Noam%20Chomsky%2C%20US%20Media%20Russian%20Obsession.jpgThe fate of organized human society, even of the survival of the species, depends on this [US relations with Russia].
  • Related: Five Things That Would Reduce Out of Control Russophobia.

 



Peace & Non-violence

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Vet%20with%20Prosthetic%20Leg.jpgNo Clear Plan to Fill More Than 45,000 Job Vacancies at VA. Richard Sisk, Military.com

The VA stressed that job vacancies should not be equated with performance.
 

 

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, September 22, 2018.

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https://3yaxqw1hoybz1qcak31ysc9f-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/DemocracyProtest-704x575.jpgFeature Article | Democracy Is What We Make of It. Nathan Pippenger, Democracy

  • In other words, institutions won’t save us: We have to save them.
  • Related: Flowers and Zeese | US Democracy Crisis Creates Illegitimate Political System

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Publisher's Choice | The Path Back to Equality Leads Through Unions. Nathan Pippenger, Democracy

  • The Nation summarizes an important new finding: Americans of the mid-twentieth century had unions to thank for their booming, egalitarian economy.
  • Related: New Study Confirms That American Workers Are Getting Ripped Off.

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Of Special Interest | More Signs of How Deep the Poison of Traumatizing People Of Color Is Written Into Our Country's DNA, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: This Was Another Sign of How Deep the Poison of Trumpism Has Sunk In
  • The president spent the night in Minnesota demonizing undocumented immigrants as violent criminals—and lying.
  • Part 2: Traumatizing Children Of Color Is Written Into Our Country's DNA
  • How do I expel the bodily pain of witnessing the caging of children of color in a way that motivates people to action?

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Bloggers & Columnists | Angela Davis, Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers


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Gender & Sexuality

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Anita%20Hill%20Testifies%20at%20Clarence%20Thomas%20Confirmation%20Hearings.jpgSpecial Report | There Has Been Little Change Historically In How to Handle Sexual Harassment. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

  • Part 1: How Little Has Changed Since Anita Hill Spoke Out Against Clarence Thomas.
  • A Supreme Court justice is once again on track to be confirmed despite facing sexual misconduct allegations.
  • Part 2: Anita Hill: The Public’s Attitude On Sexual Harassment Has Definitely Changed
  • Yet women still shoulder too much of the burden when it comes to abuse in the workplace, she says.

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Health, Science, & Environment
Dying of Consumption While Guzzling Snake Oil: a Realist’s Perspective on the Environmental Crisis, Kristine Mattis, Greanville Post

  • We’re an egotistical, delusional lot, us humans. We’re the only species on the planet who despoils its own life support system and who does not live within biological limits. Does that make us the most intelligent or least intelligent species?
  • Related: The Plastic Bag: An American History

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Labor

Special Report | The Franklin Hiawatha Encampment, Week Ending September 22, 2018, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest


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Story 1: Franklin/Hiawatha Encampment * Story 2: Frequently Asked Questions * Story 3: How To Help * Story 4: ‘Wall Of Forgotten Natives’ Lays Bare Mpls. Housing Crisis * Story 5: ‘A blessing,’ ‘a family,’ and ‘a shame on Minneapolis’: Voices from the Hiawatha Avenue homeless encampment * Story 6: Minneapolis officials pledge action to help residents
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