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Obama Called Libya A Sh*t Show, Trump Called Haiti A Sh*thole, But The US Ensured Both Are True


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  • U.S. foreign policy decisions in both Haiti and Libya have been far cruder than the comments made by Presidents Trump and Obama.
  • Related: Trump Isn’t Another Hitler. He’s Another Obama.

Rachael Blevins, Free Thought Project / The Daily Sheeple

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January 12, 2018 | The mainstream media is horrified by the idea that President Trump would refer to Haiti as a “Shithole” country—but they seem to have forgotten that President Obama referred to Libya as a “Shit show,” and that the United States has had a hand in ensuring that both countries continue to be plagued with problems.

The media launched a firestorm after a report from the Washington Post claimed that during a meeting with lawmakers in the Oval Office on Thursday, Trump said, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” 

Rachael Blevins, Contributor, Daily Sheeple

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Trump Isn’t Another Hitler. He’s Another Obama, ‪Caitlin Johnstone‬, Medium

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Rand Paul and the Sleepover Shutdown: A Three-Act Farce

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Sen. Rand Paul, who made a move to block Thursday's budget deal, walks back to his office after a TV interview at the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill February 8, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images)

 

It was quite a morning, yeah? The federal government shut down, the Senate passed the budget bill, the House passed the Senate's bill, the Dreamers were abandoned and the Tea Party movement evaporated like a wholly unnoticed fart. Oh, and Rand Paul is a hypocritical tool. All in a day's work here in the dysfunction capital of the western world. What does all this mean for the future?

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout


Friday, February 09, 2018 | It was quite a morning, yeah? Let's see: The federal government shut down, the Senate passed the budget bill, the House passed the Senate's bill, the Dreamers got screwed and the Tea Party movement evaporated like a wholly unnoticed fart. Be glad you slept: Watching these chowderheads try to govern is a sad, debasing experience in broad daylight. In the dungeons of 3 am, it's an existential crisis.

Why did this spectacle play out the way it did?

http://www.truth-out.org/media/k2/users/44620.jpg William Rivers Pitt  is a senior editor and lead columnist at Truthout. He is also a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of three books: War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You to Know, The Greatest Sedition Is Silence and House of Ill Repute: Reflections on War, Lies, and America's Ravaged Reputation. His fourth book, The Mass Destruction of Iraq: Why It Is Happening, and Who Is Responsible, co-written with Dahr Jamail, is available now.

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Quiz: Name the Logical Fallacy

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, February 3, 2018

Including links to over 750 websites and over 45 highlighted items 

Feature Article | Fed Up With Democrats, Progressives Forge Own Path, Jim Hightower, AlterNet  / Truthdig

  • Since the 2016 election, local progressive activists are organizing, strategizing, mobilizing and starting to win.
  • Related: Special Report | What Killed the Democratic Party

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The oligarchic and military elites have a handmaiden in the Oval Office, and he won’t be ousted as long as he serves their interests.

Of Special Interest | This Is What Pseudo-Democracy Looks Like, Norman Solomon, Truthdig

  • The oligarchy has the power that comes with vast quantities of money. We have the capacity to organize and mobilize people. Democracy is at stake.
  • In 2018 and beyond, the last thing we need is cynicism that devolves into passivity. What’s vital is renewal of energized idealism—with realism about the obstacles to actual democracy and determination to help overcome them.
  • Related: From the Archives | “The system is rigged against regular people”: Big money has completely warped American democracy

Special Project | While Trump Was Tweeting,  Week Ending February 3, 2018, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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As coverage of Trump’s Twitter feed crowds out stories of what he and his regime are doing -- rolling back a number of regulations and initiatives, as well as cutting offices, budgets and staff — here’s a look at some of what the Trump administration has been up to lately.

Special Project | What We Discovered During a Year of Documenting Hate, Rachel Glickhouse, ProPublica 

https://assets.propublica.org/images/series/_threeTwo1200w/20170117-documenting-hate-3x2.jpgHate crimes often fall through the cracks in our justice system, and we've only just scratched the surface of understanding why.

Series | A Nation Under Trump: Part 1 - What has the GOP learned since Trump's election? Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)

  • 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 1: This is what the Republicans have learned: Their winks at racism helped keep alive some of the ugliest impulses in American culture, and all it took was someone like Donald Trump to throw a match onto the kindling. If they do not find a way to distance themselves from this man, and drive a different message to their core supporters, the fire will consume them too.

From the Archives | “The system is rigged against regular people”: Big money has completely warped American democracy, Michael Winship, Moyers & Company 

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/US%20Capitol%20Money%20Flying%20Around.jpgCorporations have a stranglehold on both parties. Here's how it happened -- and how we take our government back.
  • Hillary Clinton Is Exposing the Dark Underbelly of the Democrats’ Money Machine

From the Archives | The Business Side of the NFL, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • As the most popular of the four major American sports leagues, the NFL is an industry unto itself.
  • Part 1: The Real NFL Scandal
  • Part 2: Graphic: The Business of the NFL
  • From the Archives | The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners

From the Archives | The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners, Week Ending March 28, 2015

  • The Twin Cities and the siren song of the positive economic impact of professional sports facilities, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
  • The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners
  • “Sports fans eat shit.” ― George Carlin, Brain Droppings
  • 8 New Items including:
    • Bill Moyers | Stadium Funding Deals Only Enrich the Plutocrats
    • The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners
    • Minneapolis and the siren song of economic impact
    • Stop the stadium lease signings now!
    • Vikings stadium funding plan should be formally reviewed
    • Vikings Stadium: It’s a question of priorities
    • Special Project | The Business of Sport: Week Ending September 28, 2014
    • Triple Play: Sports, Politics & Greed

Bloggers & Columnists | Michael Winship, Amanda Terkel, Normon Solomon, Gary Kohls, Jim Hightower, Chris Hedges





All this and more in:

Activism & Organizing

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  • Lindsay Chestnut protests near the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., last month. The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality rules, prompting officials in a growing number of states to fight back with lawsuits and proposed legislation. Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press (AP)
  • Some state officials want to take action to protect their residents against the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality.
  • The Internet Association, a trade group that represents tech companies such as Amazon, Facebook and Google, has announced that it too will join the upcoming legal fight.

Arts, Culture, & Entertainment

The Super Bowl Is Taking Over Minneapolis and Residents Are Mad as Hell, Sarah Lahm, In These Times

  • If the Host Committee really wants to leave a long lasting positive legacy in our communities, they must invest in local policy that supports children and their families.
  • Related: From the Archives | The Business Side of the NFL

Government & Politics

The Hidden Extremism Of Trump’s State Of The Union, Nick Baumann, Amanda Terkel, and Jessica Schulberg, HuffPost

  • The most important part of Trump’s State of the Union address is what he didn’t say.
  • Related: We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change

Human Rights

  https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/ae9d47833d6fb8dca3a9b8c101a4f9855147d7f8/792_108_2208_1325/master/2208.jpg?w=620&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=03f0d3fdd181abeefa8fbcdba47b39d0Rachel Meeropol on Illegal Detentions, Rachel Meeropol, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

It seems to me incredibly relevant that the communities likely to be subjected to discriminatory and arbitrary national security policies are black and brown communities … . That it seems that the rights of those individuals maybe don’t weigh quite as heavily as the rights of others, and that’s something we have to confront.

Labor

Democrats Paid a Huge Price for Letting Unions Die, Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

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  • If right-to-work laws alone cost Democrats roughly 3.5 percent of a given state’s vote share, how many votes has the party lost since 1978 by refusing to prioritize progressive labor reforms? What kind of country would we live in today, if they hadn’t?
  • Related: #MeToo In the Fields and Factory: Farm and Auto Workers Show Us How To Organize Against Sexual Violence

Media & Technology

Robert Parry: The Reporter Who Broke the Iran-Contra Story - Independent Journalism at Its Best, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Bob Parry RIP - The Reporter Who Broke the Iran-Contra Story
    • An independent journalist who never got the credit he deserved.
  • Part 2: A Tribute to Robert Parry: Independent Journalism at Its Best
    • To one extent or another, nearly all major US news outlets had bought into the imperial neoconservative vision of an all-powerful United States that operates outside of international law.

Peace & Non-violence

F-35 Problems: Late IOTE, F-35A Gun Inaccurate, F-35B Tires, Threat Data, Cyber…, Colin Clark, Breaking Defense

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Perhaps the most damning thing a director of Operational Test and Evaluation can say about a weapon is that it is not “operationally suitable.”

Religion & Spirituality

“You're F*cked': How Pouncing on Mistakes Helps the Right Escape Moral Responsibility, Jonathan Malesic, Religion Dispatches

  • I’ve argued before that the right wants to muddy up moral distinctions when it’s their actions that are under scrutiny. They say, in effect, “nobody’s perfect” in order to minimize their sins and even to excuse treasonous actions.
  • Related: When Feeding the Homeless Becomes a Crime

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Bernie Keeps Promoting The New Cold War and the U.S. ‘Forever Wars’, and Yes, We Need To Talk About It

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  • Part 1: Bernie Keeps Promoting The New Cold War, And Yes, We Need To Talk About It
    • New McCarthyism Could Literally Kill Us All
  • Part 2: Vietnam and the U.S. ‘Forever Wars’
    • Military planners have learned the wrong lessons from the Vietnam War, focusing on war’s “winnability” rather than questioning whether to engage in it all.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Bernie Keeps Promoting The New Cold War, And Yes, We Need To Talk About It

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New McCarthyism Could Literally Kill Us All

Caitlin Johnstone‬, Medium

Jan 31, 2018 | In an otherwise fine video response to the last night’s vapid, flag-waving State of the Union address, Bernie Sanders once again promoted the neocon think tank-generated and unproven claim that Russia interfered in America’s 2016 elections via “cyberwarfare”, and repeated the completely baseless insinuation that they colluded with Trump to do so.

“How can he not talk about the reality that Russia, through cyberwarfare, interfered in our election in 2016, is interfering in democratic elections all over the world, and according to his own CIA director will likely interfere in the 2018 midterm elections that we will be holding?” asked the Vermont Senator. “How do you not talk about that unless you have a very special relationship with Mr. Putin?”

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Part 2: Vietnam and the U.S. ‘Forever Wars’

Military planners have learned the wrong lessons from the Vietnam War, focusing on war’s “winnability” rather than questioning whether to engage in it all.

Alastair Crooke, Consortiumnews.com

https://consortiumnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/helicopter-300x203.jpg A helicopter is jettisoned overboard from the USS Blue Ridge off the coast of Vietnam in April 1975, an iconic image marking the end of U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

February 2, 2018 | Setting aside for the moment President Donald Trump’s animus to Barack Obama and all his works (notably the JCPOA, AKA the Iran nuclear deal), and his close attachment to Benjamin Netanyahu, much of this administration’s foreign policy seems to Beltway outsiders as one that is strategically incoherent: increasing U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan (after 16 years of war); a militarized ‘statelet’ to be constructed in northeastern Syria; a ploy to divide Lebanon; operational collaboration with Saudi’s Yemen war; and ‘taking Jerusalem off the table.’

These policies all seem to be conceived with a puzzling indifference to the likelihood for U.S. failure and humiliation.

Alastair Crooke is a former British diplomat who was a senior figure in British intelligence and in European Union diplomacy. He is the founder and director of the Conflicts Forum.

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Climate Denial Will Kill Us

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  • It’s not too late to avert environmental catastrophe, but we must act fast or risk human extinction.
  • Related: 'All These Changes Do Affect Jobs and Affect People'

Paul Street, Truthdig

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January 10, 2018 | The Trump administration’s recent move to permit oil and gas drilling in 90 percent of the federal government’s offshore land presents an opportunity. With vast protected areas of the Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic under threat, now is a good time to challenge some of the myths working against Americans’ willingness and ability to stem the ruinous warming of the planet that is resulting from humanity’s excessive burning of fossil fuels.

Let’s start with the wild winter weather that has struck the eastern United States. Led by Trump, climate-change deniers clucked as a hurricane-strength blizzard pulverized the Northeast, followed by subzero wind chills. This came after the great winter “bomb cyclone” hit the Southeast, bringing coastal Georgia its first “mix of snow and palm trees” since the late 1980s.

Paul Street 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.

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'All These Changes Do Affect Jobs and Affect People', Janine Jackson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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  • Climate change represents the first time in human history that we’ve had, as all of humanity, one problem that we need to face together, because it affects everyone on Earth.
  • Related: From the Archives | Pope Francis Focuses on the American Environmental Movement

 

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Special Project | While Trump Was Tweeting, Week Ending February 3, 2018

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As coverage of Trump’s Twitter feed crowds out stories of what he and his regime are doing -- rolling back a number of regulations and initiatives, as well as cutting offices, budgets and staff — here’s a look at some of what the Trump administration has been up to lately.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

6 New Items including:

  • Whether or Not Trump Remains in Office, We Must Contend With the Forces That Enabled His Rise
  • The Hidden Extremism Of Trump’s State Of The Union
  • Series | A Nation Under Trump: Part 1 - What has the GOP learned since Trump's election?
  • Trump Is Quietly Making It Even Harder To Report Sexual Harassment And Discrimination
  • Donald Trump and America’s Moral Crises
  • What Trump and His Team Have Wrecked So Far

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Whether or Not Trump Remains in Office, We Must Contend With the Forces That Enabled His Rise, William C. Anderson, Truthout

  • The forces that pushed Donald Trump to the forefront are intrinsic to the US project, and they will not go away with him, should he be cast out.
  • Related: Special Report | Donald Trump’s first anniversary: Democracy on life support; How do we resist Donald Trump’s malignant reality?

The Hidden Extremism Of Trump’s State Of The Union, Nick Baumann, Amanda Terkel, and Jessica Schulberg, HuffPost

  • The most important part of Trump’s State of the Union address is what he didn’t say.
  • Related: We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change

Series | A Nation Under Trump: Part 1 - What has the GOP learned since Trump's election? Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)

This is what the Republicans have learned: Their winks at racism helped keep alive some of the ugliest impulses in American culture, and all it took was someone like Donald Trump to throw a match onto the kindling. If they do not find a way to distance themselves from this man, and drive a different message to their core supporters, the fire will consume them too.

Trump Is Quietly Making It Even Harder To Report Sexual Harassment And Discrimination, Emily Peck <>, Huffington Post

  • The White House has been trying to shut women up this whole time.
  • Related: Actresses—and Millions of Other Workers—Have No Federal Sexual-Harassment Protections

Donald Trump and America’s Moral Crises, Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn

  • Will Scientific and Theological Ignorance, Moral Blindness and Historical Illiteracy Triumph?
  • Related: Chris Hedges | We Are All Deplorables

What Trump and His Team Have Wrecked So Far, Karin Kamp and Kristin Miller, Moyers & Company

Here's a roundup from our "While He Was Tweeting" series.

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The Useful Idiocy of Donald Trump

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Mr. Fish

The oligarchic and military elites have a handmaiden in the Oval Office, and he won’t be ousted as long as he serves their interests.

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Chris Hedges, Truthdig

January 28, 2018 |The problem with Donald Trump is not that he is imbecilic and inept—it is that he has surrendered total power to the oligarchic and military elites. They get what they want. They do what they want. Although the president is a one-man wrecking crew aimed at democratic norms and institutions, although he has turned the United States into a laughingstock around the globe, our national crisis is embodied not in Trump but the corporate state’s now unfettered pillage.

Trump, who has no inclination or ability to govern, has handed the machinery of government over to the bankers, corporate executives, right-wing think tanks, intelligence chiefs and generals. They are eradicating the few regulations and laws that inhibited a naked kleptocracy. They are dynamiting the institutions, including the State Department, that served interests other than corporate profit and are stacking the courts with right-wing, corporate-controlled ideologues. Trump provides the daily entertainment; the elites handle the business of looting, exploiting and destroying.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Chris%20Hedges_1.jpgChris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best selling author, former professor at Princeton University, activist and ordained Presbyterian minister. He has written 11 books, including the New York Times best-seller “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” (2012), which he co-authored with the cartoonist Joe Sacco.

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