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What We Have Here Is An Opportunity to Communicate, Part 5: When you support Evergreene Digest you support the progressive movement.

Assuming we have failed to clearly communicate  to you why we need to raise $4,500* quarterly and request you help now with a very small fair share contribution, we're going to continue to take the opportunity to do just that, continuing into the 1st Quarter of 2014. 

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Dear readers of Evergreene Digest,

PineTreeLogo%20%28Green%29.JPG January 23, 2014 | As we promised, we are going to continue to take the opportunity to clearly communicate to you why we need to raise $4,500* quarterly and request you help now with a very small fair share contribution.

Reason #5: When you support Evergreene Digest you support the progressive movement. We don’t just talk the talk at Evergreene Digest. We take action. The Evergreene Digest crew takes a leadership role in activism on vital issues. For example, some of our editorial contributors are: 

  • Andy Driscoll and Lydia Howel, community leaders and broadcast personalities on community radio (KFAI);
  • Ellen Brown, an attorney, president of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books including the best-selling Web of Debt;
  • Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, participants in PopularResistance.org. They also co-direct It’s Our Economy and are co-hosts of Clearing the FOG, shown on UStream TV and heard on radio;
  • Dr. Gary G. Kohls, retired physician who writes Duty to Warn, about issues of war, peace, justice, mental health and nonviolence and feels it is important to mix religion and non-partisan politics; 
  • William Annett,  chronicler of the genocide of thousands of indigenous peoples in Canada;
  • Coleen Rowley, former FBI agent and whistleblower, and was a Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party candidate for Congress in Minnesota's 2nd congressional district.
  • Jeff Nygaard, writer of an independent newsletter called Nygaard Notes, intended to educate, inform, and entertain readers about the values of solidarity, justice, compassion, and democracy. 
  • Billy Wharton, an American democratic socialist politician and co-chair of the Socialist Party USA. He is also the former editor of The Socialist and the current editor of the Socialist WebZine.

Supporting Evergreene Digest enables us to publish the works of progressive luminaries such as Chris Hedges, Robert Scheer, Normon Solomon, Paul Krugman, Joseph Stiglitz, John Avery, Paul Bucheit, Noam Chomsky, David DeGraw, Henry A. Giroux, William Rivers Pitt, Glen Greenwald, Jim Hightower, Ralph Nader, Nick Turse, Joan Walsh, Glenn Greenwood, Bill Moyers, Amy Goodman, Greg Palast, David Swanson, and dozens more.

Supporting Evergreene Digest helps us maintain links to over 635 progressive websites, blogs, and publications such as truthout, Truthdig, AlterNet, Common Dreams, Salon, Democracy Now!, Daily Kos, Axis of Logic, In These Times, The Nation, Harpers, Progressive, New Yorker, Consortium News, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Think Progress, Liberation, and hundreds more.

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We can't do it without you. With a big thanks to small contributors,

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The global plutocracy

  • There is no parallel in human history to the immense concentration of wealth that exists today, nor to the extremes of parasitism and decadence that constitute the “new normal.” Contemporary capitalism—what the ruling class and its political and media flunkies call the “free enterprise system”—has created a world in which every policy decision is dictated by the need to protect and increase the wealth of an infinitesimal portion of the world’s population.
  • American Inequality in Six Charts

World Socialist Website 

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This chart shows that since 2008, the United States has had the largest increase in social inequality of any developed country.

21 January 2014 | On the eve of the annual spectacle of parasitic wealth and power that is the World Economic Forum in the Alpine resort town of Davos, Switzerland, the Oxfam charity has issued a report warning of the unprecedented growth of social inequality throughout the world.

Describing a planet in the malevolent grip of a handful of plutocrats, the report states that the richest 85 people in the world control as much wealth as the bottom 50 percent of the world's population—3.5 billion people! It notes that the richest 1 percent today controls 46 percent of the world’s wealth. Oxfam writes: “The wealth of the one percent richest people in the world amounts to $110 trillion… 65 times the total wealth of the bottom half of the world’s population.”

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American Inequality in Six Charts, John Cassidy, New Yorker 

  • M.I.T.’s Robert Solow suggested that, at U.S. levels of inequality, inequality (might be) retarding growth. Columbia’s Joseph Stiglitz and others have also made (the same argument).
  • Ask a Keynesian: With Borrowing Capped, Won't More Pentagon Spending Destroy Jobs?
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What We Have Here Is An Opportunity to Communicate, Part 4: We provide our publication free.

Assuming we have failed to clearly communicate  to you why we need to raise $4,500* quarterly and request you help now with a very small fair share contribution, we're going to continue to take the opportunity to do just that, continuing into the 1st Quarter of 2014. 

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Dear readers of Evergreene Digest,

PineTreeLogo%20%28Green%29.JPG January 22, 2014 | As we promised, we are going to continue to take the opportunity to clearly communicate to you why we need to raise $4,500* quarterly and request you help now with a very small fair share contribution.

We understand that there are many worthy organizations out there that deserve your support. Here's the 4th of 8 points about Evergreene Digest that you should know when you consider joining the Evergreene Digest crew as a sustaining member.

Reason #4: We provide our publication to the world community free 365 days a year. We sustain ourselves entirely on the work of our all-volunteer staff and unpaid editorial contributors,  and small financial contributions from our sustaining members/readers. Those who cannot afford to sustain us financially have an opportunity to participate in our efforts by spreading the word about Evergreene Digest, building our community of readers, extending our reach.

In that sense we are a co-op. Everyone has an opportunity to become a sustaining member of Evergreene Digest. Everyone profits from their collective effort. 

Starbuck's Cafe LatteBecome a sustaining member of the Evergreene Digest crew with a regular (monthly, quarterly, semiannual, annual) contribution of the equivalent of a cafe latte a month. That way we can keep telling you and our readers the truth. Is it a deal?

PayPal_DonateTo make a secure, online donation** click on this "Donate" button <> and follow the instructions.  Or, send a check through the mail, payable to “Evergreene Digest” c/o  David Culver, 460 5th Avenue North, Suite 428, Hopkins, MN, 55343-7260.

We can't do it without you. With a big thanks to small contributors,

Sincerely,

Dave & Crew

References:

*Our all-volunteer staff and unpaid editorial contributors have already pledged the equivalent of over $25,000 for 1st Qtr, 2014, operating expenses. 13 people have contributed $540. We need to raise an additional $3,960 (or 8.5%) by 1st Quarter's end from our readers to cover the remaining expenses. 

**If you can't help financially, help by spreading the word about Evergreene Digest and/or contributing material for publication.

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The More Effective Evil

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  • For some time now, Black Agenda Report has been calling the Obama administration not the lesser of two but the more effective evil, able to enact measures that white Democrats or Republicans could not without massive public opposition. 
  • Your World News Films, directed by Solomon Comissiong, presents the documentary "The More Effective Evil: The Impact of President Obama on the Black Community and Humanity."
  • Chris Hedges | What Obama Really Meant Was…
  • No Place to Hide

Black Agenda Report 

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More_Effective_EvilMay 11, 2013 | (Documentary) This important documentary features some of the progressive and fearless voices of African/Black people who have insisted on speaking out against the destructive polices (foreign and domestic) of US President, Barack Obama. This documentary details Obama's record as a war mongering president whose policies have cost the lives of countless civilians in places like Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Please watch this documentary with your full attention and share it in places of worship, community centers and with your loved ones and friends. Lets the film be a force for ending imperialism and starting peace., justice and equality.

 

Black Agenda Report: News, commentary & analysis from the black left

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Chris Hedges | What Obama Really Meant Was…, Chris Hedges, TruthDig

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  • Remarks by the President on Review of Signals Intelligence (if he had told the truth)
  • No Place to Hide

Pat Bagley | Freedom Industries & Job Creation / www.truthdig.com

Pat Bagley | Freedom Industries & Job Creation / www.truthdig.com

 

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Fear is Why Workers in Red States Vote Against Their Economic Self-interest, Robert Reich

  • People are so desperate for jobs they don’t want to rock the boat. They don’t want rules and regulations enforced that might cost them their livelihoods.
  • The Plight of the Employed
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Chris Hedges | What Obama Really Meant Was…

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  • Remarks by the President on Review of Signals Intelligence (if he had told the truth)
  • No Place to Hide

Chris Hedges, TruthDig

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images/content/one-nation-under-surveillance.jpgJanuary 19, 2014 | The President: A small, secret surveillance committee of goons and thugs hiding behind the mask of patriotism was established in 1908 in Washington, D.C. The group was led from 1924 until 1972 by J. Edgar Hoover, and during his reign it became known as the Federal Bureau of Investigation. FBI agents spied upon and infiltrated labor unions, political parties, radical groups—especially those led by African-Americans—anti-war groups and the civil rights movement in order to discredit anyone, including politicians such as Henry Wallace, who questioned the power of the state and big business. Agents burglarized homes and offices, illegally opened mail and planted unlawful wiretaps. Bureau leaders created blacklists. They destroyed careers and sometimes lives. They demanded loyalty oaths. By the time they were done, our progressive and radical movements, which had given us the middle class and opened up our political system, were dead. And while the FBI was targeting internal dissidents, our foreign intelligence operatives were overthrowing regimes, bankrolling some of the most vicious dictators on the planet and carrying out assassinations in numerous countries, such as Cuba and the Philippines and later Iran, Guatemala, Vietnam, Chile, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for TruthDig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society. 

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No Place to Hide, Robert Scheer, TruthDig

  • Barack Obama’s speech Friday on surveillance was his worst performance, not as a matter of theatrical skill, though he clearly did not embrace his lines, but in its stark betrayal of his oft proclaimed respect for constitutional safeguards and civil liberty.
  • We’re All Suspects in Barack Obama’s America
  • Robert Scheer is the editor of TruthDig. A journalist with over 30 years experience, Scheer has built his reputation on the strength of his social and political writing. His columns have appeared in newspapers across the country, and his in-depth interviews have made headlines. 

What We Have Here Is An Opportunity to Communicate, Part 3: We are 100% reader supported

Assuming we have failed to clearly communicate  to you why we need to raise $4,500* quarterly and request you help now with a very small fair share contribution, we're going to continue to take the opportunity to do just that, continuing into the 1st Quarter of 2014. 

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Dear readers of Evergreene Digest,

PineTreeLogo%20%28Green%29.JPG January 20, 2014 | As we promised, we are going to continue to take the opportunity to clearly communicate to you why we need to raise $4,500* quarterly and request you help now with a very small fair share contribution.

We understand that there are many worthy organizations out there that deserve your support. Here's the 3rd of 8 points about Evergreene Digest that you should know when you consider joining the Evergreene Digest crew as a sustaining member.

Reason #3: We are 100% reader supported. Believing small is beautiful, we seek many small sustaining members, provide them with a high-quality product, and trust that the progressive community has our back as we move forward. 

This means that we are accountable to only you. There’s no corporate agenda and there’s no one to whom we need to unfairly cater. We don’t take any corporate or foundation money. Period. That includes special affiliations, donations, arrangements, or any other euphemism. We don’t run any kinds of ads or promotions for third parties. The only way to keep the news honest is to free it from the the influence of outside parties.

  • No catering to advertisers because we don't have any. 
  • No need to avoid controversial issues that could upset a few wealthy donors because we don't have any. 
  • No steering of our agenda to fit a big foundation's or wealthy patron's funding priority because we don't have any.
  • No invading your privacy by renting our e-mail list to the highest bidder.

And it's working! We've managed to build a small but very dedicated group of readers/sustaining members who have pitched in over the years in many ways to keep us afloat and support our work. Relying on small contributions from our readers not only guarantees us the independence to speak truth to power - but it helps keep us in touch - and on our toes - with our growing community of supporters.

Starbuck's Cafe LatteBecome a sustaining member of the Evergreene Digest crew with a regular (monthly, quarterly, semiannual, annual) contribution of the equivalent of a cafe latte a month. That way we can keep telling you and our readers the truth. Is it a deal?

PayPal DonateTo make a secure, online donation** click on this "Donate" button  and follow the instructions.  Or, send a check through the mail, payable to “Evergreene Digest” c/o  David Culver, 460 5th Avenue North, Suite 428, Hopkins, MN, 55343-7260.

We can't do it without you. With a big thanks to small contributors,

Sincerely,

Dave & Crew

References:

*Our all-volunteer staff and unpaid editorial contributors have already pledged the equivalent of over $25,000 for 1st Qtr, 2014, operating expenses. 13 people have contributed $540. We need to raise an additional $3,960 (or 8.5%) by 1st Quarter's end from our readers to cover the remaining expenses. 

**If you can't help financially, help by spreading the word about Evergreene Digest and/or contributing material for publication.

Fight internet censership. Keep the internet neutral! A federal appeals court just sided with Verizon and against you, against us, against the Internet. If this ruling stands, the Internet as we know it will die.

Full disclosure: Evergreene Digest is not a 501 (c )(3) organization (quite yet). Your donation is gratefully appreciated (now!) but not tax deductible (quite yet).

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Net neutrality isn’t dead just yet

Rights & Liberties

  • A new ruling could put Web users at the mercy of the cable companies. Now's the time for us to stand up and fight.
  • You can start by contacting the FCC chairman’s office and demanding that he and his colleagues stand resolute and forthright in favor of net neutrality, an Internet open to all.
  • Court Backs Internet Censorship: Open The Internet Now!
  • One Frightening Chart Shows What You Might Pay For Internet Once Net Neutrality Is Gone

Michael Winship, BillMoyers.com 

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network_neutralitys_corporate_adversaries-460x307.jpgSaturday, Jan 18, 2014 | In the words of Howard Beale, the Mad Prophet of the Airwaves in the movie Network, “Woe is us! We’re in a lot of trouble!” And, as Beale would shout, we should be mad as hell.

Issuing a decision that triggered dismay and anger among supporters of an Internet open and free to all, a federal appeals court on Tuesday overruled the Federal Communications Commission and set the stage for a near future in which such service providers as Verizon and AT&T could give preferential treatment to websites willing to pay a higher price for access and speed.

Michael Winship is senior writing fellow at Demos and a senior writer of the new series, Moyers & Company, airing on public television.

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Court Backs Internet Censorship: Open The Internet Now! Roots Action

  • A federal appeals court just sided with Verizon and against you, against us, against the Internet.
  • If this ruling stands, the Internet as we know it will die.

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One Frightening Chart Shows What You Might Pay For Internet Once Net Neutrality Is Gone, Betsy Isaacson, Huffington Post

  • Will the end of net neutrality see ISPs imitating cable companies? It seems likely, given that many ISPs already are cable companies.
  • As for smaller sites (like Evergreene Digest)? In quink's hypothetical world without net neutrality, they're out of luck. Any sites outside the bundles might count towards a data cap, while sites in the bundles wouldn't, or small sites might just load really, really slowly.
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What We Have Here Is An Opportunity to Communicate, Part 2: We function on a shoestring budget

Assuming we have failed to clearly communicate  to you why we need to raise $4,500* quarterly and request you help now with a very small fair share contribution, we're going to continue to take the opportunity to do just that, continuing into the 1st Quarter of 2014. 

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Dear readers of Evergreene Digest,

PineTreeLogo%20%28Green%29.JPGJanuary 18, 2014 | As we promised, we are going to continue to take the opportunity to clearly communicate to you why we need to raise $4,500* quarterly and request you help now with a very small fair share contribution.

We understand that there are many worthy organizations out there that deserve your support. Here's the 2nd of 8 points about Evergreene Digest that you should know when you consider joining the Evergreene Digest crew as a sustaining member.

Reason #2: We function on a shoestring budget. Our crew is entirely all volunteer! We don't have an office to maintain. We function out of our homes and connect with each other by phone and internet. We don’t have any paid executives or management like some other organizations. Our editor and webmaster receive no salary and neither do any of the 40+ members of our passionate editorial and web publishing team. 

Publishing Evergreene Digest is a labor of love for our entire crew. They and our unpaid editorial contributors have already contributed the equivalent of over $25,000 toward 1st Quarter, 2014, expenses. We are asking our readers to pick up the tab only for expenses that can't be given in kind (i.e., promotions and advertising, server rental, hardware and software updates, etc.). 

Starbuck'd cafe latteBecome a sustaining member of the Evergreene Digest crew with a regular (monthly, quarterly, semiannual, annual) contribution of the equivalent of a cafe latte a month. That way we can keep telling you and our readers the truth. Is it a deal?

PayPal DonateTo make a secure, online donation** click on this "Donate" button here and follow the instructions.  Or, send a check through the mail, payable to “Evergreene Digest” c/o  David Culver, 460 5th Avenue North, Suite 428, Hopkins, MN, 55343-7260.

We can't do it without you. With a big thanks to small contributors,

Sincerely,

Dave & Crew

References:

*Our all-volunteer staff and unpaid editorial contributors have already pledged the equivalent of over $25,000 for 1st Qtr, 2014, operating expenses. 13 people have contributed $540. We need to raise an additional $3,960 (or 8.5%) by 1st Quarter's end from our readers to cover the remaining expenses. 

**If you can't help financially, help by spreading the word about Evergreene Digest  and/or contributing material for publication.

**Full disclosure: Evergreene Digest  is not a 501 (c )(3) organization (quite yet). Your donation is gratefully appreciated (now!) but not tax deductible (quite yet).

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