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Robert Parry: ‘Group-Thinking’ the World into a New War

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  • The armchair warriors of Official Washington are eager for a new war, this time with Russia over Ukraine, and they are operating from the same sort of mindless “group think” and hostility to dissent that proved so disastrous in Iraq.
  • Paul Craig Roberts: Russia In The Cross Hairs
  • The Globalization of War: America’s “Long War” against Humanity ~ Michel Chossudovsky

Robert Parry,  ConsortiumNews.org  / Rise Up Times

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January 31, 2015 | If you wonder how the lethal “group think” on Iraq took shape in 2002, you might want to study what’s happening today with Ukraine. A misguided consensus has grabbed hold of Official Washington and has pulled in everyone who “matters” and tossed out almost anyone who disagrees.

Part of the problem, in both cases, has been that neocon propagandists understand that in the modern American media the personal is the political, that is, you don’t deal with the larger context of a dispute, you make it about some easily demonized figure. So, instead of understanding the complexities of 

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Iraq, you focus on the unsavory Saddam Hussein.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his new book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from barnesandnoble.com).

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Paul Craig Roberts: Russia In The Cross Hairs,Paul Craig Roberts, Institute for Political Economy

Washington’s attack on Russia has moved beyond the boundary of the absurd into the realm of insanity.

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The Globalization of War: America’s “Long War” against Humanity ~ Michel Chossudovsky, Described in Global Research

  • "In his latest masterpiece, Professor Michel Chossudovsky shows how the various conflicts we are witnessing today in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and Palestine are in fact inter-linked and inter-locked through a single-minded agenda in pursuit of global hegemony helmed by the United States and buttressed by its allies in the West and in other regions of the world."  --Dr Chandra Muzaffar, President of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST)
  • Robert Parry: ‘Group-Thinking’ the World into a New War

We Are All Amoral Football Hypocrites: Brain Injuries, Billionaire Tax Breaks and Our Indefensible Super Bowl Parties

  • Some 30% of NFL players suffer chronic brain injuries. Coaches won't let their kids play. Time to rethink football.
  • The Super Bowl Windfall Myth

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January 27, 2015 | For many years, Mike Ditka has served as the embodiment of what you might call America’s unreconstructed football id.

Ditka won an NFL championship as a hard-charging tight end, then coached the 1985 Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl romp. His testosterone-fueled tirades and bomb-proof pompadour earned him iconic status, the sort codified in worshipful “Saturday Night Live” parodies.

As a television commentator, Ditka has always reveled in playing the tough guy. “If God had wanted man to play soccer,” he once growled, “he wouldn’t have given us arms.” Right, coach!

Steve Almond's new book is "Against Football."

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The Super Bowl Windfall Myth, Neil deMause, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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  • Why media fall for sports industry's bogus economic claims
  • Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

The Super Bowl Windfall Myth

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Why media fall for sports industry's bogus economic claims

Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

Neil deMause, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

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SuperBowlEstimate.pngJan 28, 2015 | With Super Bowl Sunday approaching, expect plenty of media reports on the projected economic windfall for host city Glendale, Arizona. Last year, when the NFL announced that its big game would provide a $600 million boost to the New York/New Jersey economy, that figure promptly became a fixture in news coverage of the event (CNN, 1/24/14; Newsday, 1/22/14; FoxNews.com, 5/21/14).

In one typical article, the New York Daily News (1/20/14) reported that city business owners were scurrying to grab a piece of the Super Bowl pie, quoting a local limo-service owner: “Nothing comes close to this. Everyone in New York City that has to do with transportation, bars, hotels — all will be making money.”

Neil deMause is a contributing writer for FAIR, and runs the stadium news website Field of Schemes.

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Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Economists — at least those not associated with host committees — find that economic impact studies overestimate the benefits of events like the All-Star Game or the Super Bowl. 
  • Part 1: 2014 All-Star Game was a hit, but not up to the hype
  • Part 2: Minneapolis' final bid for Final Four goes 'flawlessly'
  • Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

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‘American Sniper’ teaches you to hate the ‘damn savages’ the US murders every day

  • “I hated the damn savages I’d been fighting,” said Kyle. “Savage, despicable, evil — that’s what we were fighting in Iraq. That’s why a lot of people, myself included, called the enemy savages. There was really no other way to describe what we encountered there.”
  • Part 1: Chris Hedges | Killing Ragheads for Jesus
  • Part 2: Noam Chomsky Destroys ‘American Sniper’ As State Propaganda, Calls Out Obama As Terrorist

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Chris Hedges | Killing Ragheads for Jesus

$200 million in box office receipts is a measure of how messed up this country is. 

coopersniper_590.jpgJanuary 25, 2015 | “American Sniper” lionizes the most despicable aspects of U.S. society—the gun culture, the blind adoration of the military, the belief that we have an innate right as a “Christian” nation to exterminate the “lesser breeds” of the earth, a grotesque hypermasculinity that banishes compassion and pity, a denial of inconvenient facts and historical truth, and a belittling of critical thinking and artistic expression. Many Americans, especially white Americans trapped in a stagnant economy and a dysfunctional political system, yearn for the supposed moral renewal and rigid, militarized control the movie venerates. These passions, if realized, will extinguish what is left of our now-anemic open society. 

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“The movie never asks the seminal question as to why the people of Iraq are fighting back against us in the very first place,” said Mikey Weinstein, whom I reached by phone in New Mexico. Weinstein, who worked in the Reagan White House and is a former Air Force officer, is the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which challenges the growing Christian fundamentalism within the U.S. military. “It made me physically ill with its twisted, totally one-sided distortions of wartime combat ethics and justice woven into the fabric of Chris Kyle’s personal and primal justification mantra of ‘God-Country-Family.’ It is nothing less than an odious homage, indeed a literal horrific hagiography to wholesale slaughter.” 

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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Part 2: Noam Chomsky Destroys ‘American Sniper’ As State Propaganda, Calls Out Obama As Terrorist

Chomsky unloaded on the U.S. drone campaign and how the president’s “kill list” is made up, based upon suspicions of who “might” become a terrorist.

Counter Current News

american-sniper-chomsky.jpJanuary 26, 2015 | Noam Chomsky isn’t a fan of the new hit movie American Sniper. In fact, he had some words for those such as the New York Times, who gave the film shining reviews.

During a talk given at a Cambridge, Massachusetts event, Chomsky characterized the most lethal sniper in American history, Chris Kyle, as a cold-blooded killer.

Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator and activist. He is perhaps best known as a critic of all forms of social control and a relentless advocate for community-centered approaches to democracy and freedom. Over the last several decades, Chomsky has championed a wide range of dissident actions, organizations and social movements.

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Special Project | The Problem of Race in America: Week Ending January 31, 2015

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  • We should honor the sacrifices of the heroes of the civil rights movement, the courageous men and women who risked their freedom and even lives in the battle against racial discrimination. 
  • Their vision for a society of genuine social progress and economic opportunity can be achieved only if we recognize the inherent worth of the individual and we follow in their footsteps to enshrine the principle of individual rights. 
  • 9 New Items including:
    • Clip: Ronald Reagan’s Racially Tinged Stump Speeches
    • The Problem of Race in America
    • Series: Considering the Problem of Race in America | Part 1: What ‘White Privilege’ Really Means
    • City's failures on North Side are the overlooked outrage
    • America’s modern political nightmare: Two electorates, separate and unequal,
    • This Is Wrong: On Race and Class and Unassailable Privilege
    • Holder: Subtle Racism Is Greater Threat Than 'Outbursts Of Bigotry' 
    • For Black Men in America, There Is No Break From Racism
    • Mark Twain, His Mother, and Slavery

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Clip: Ronald Reagan’s Racially Tinged Stump Speeches, Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

“We used to understand that the biggest threat in political life was the power of concentrated money… but now, Republicans for fifty years have been telling voters the biggest threat in your life is minorities are going to hijack government.”

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The Problem of Race in AmericaCompiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • In 1964, at the height of the civil rights movement, the great organizer Ella Baker said: “Until the killing of black men, black mothers’ sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother’s sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest.”
  • Part 1: Cold Anger in Restless Times: The Growing Movement for Racial and Social Justice
  • Part 2: These Eight Charts Show Why Racial Equality Is a Myth in America

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Series: Considering the Problem of Race in America | Part 1: What ‘White Privilege’ Really Means, George Yancy and Naomi Zack, The Stone / New York Times

This is the first in a series of interviews with philosophers on race that I am conducting for the Stone. This week’s conversation is with Naomi Zack, a professor of philosophy at the University of Oregon and the author of “The Ethics and Mores of Race: Equality After the History of Philosophy.”  — George Yancy

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City's failures on North Side are the overlooked outrage, Brandon Ferdig, Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune

While it’s good to defend against shoddy journalism, the overall result of the “Pointergate” uproar will simply be to help keep north Minneapolis in the distressed condition that it’s in. This outcome is a product of our political system and ideologies, and it paralyzes urban areas everywhere.

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America’s modern political nightmare: Two electorates, separate and unequal, Joan Walsh, Salon

The glee with which the GOP relies on Obama-hate to turn out its base shows the disturbing racial reality of 2014.

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This Is Wrong: On Race and Class and Unassailable Privilege, Abby Zimet, Common Dreams

  • “Just because he’s black, it doesn’t mean he’s here to rob a house,” bristles Westby. "This is wrong. Now please leave our neighborhood."
  • For Black Men in America, There Is No Break From Racism

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Holder: Subtle Racism Is Greater Threat Than 'Outbursts Of Bigotry' Eyder Perlata, NPR 

  • "We must not 'wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society. ... The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race.' " --Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in an insightful dissent in the Michigan college admissions case
  • For Black Men in America, There Is No Break From Racism

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For Black Men in America, There Is No Break From RacismSonali Kolhatkar, Truthdig

  • The events of this summer in Ferguson, Mo., highlighted an ugly truth to mainstream Americans: Black men in this country are viewed as so suspicious by law enforcement that they are often shot first and questioned later. 
  • Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart
  • 'Dear White Racists' is One of the Best Explanations of White Privilege You Will Likely Ever Read

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Mark Twain, His Mother, and Slavery, Delanceyplace

Today's encore selection -- from Autobiography of Mark Twain: Volume 1 by Mark Twain. Samuel Clemens attempted to write his autobiography over several decades but never finished, and instructed that the draft not be made available for 100 years. In recently-released manuscripts, Clemens wrote of his early schoolboy friendships with black slaves, including characters that appeared later in his most famous fictional works.

 

Why Campaign Finance Reform Is the First Issue That We Must Address

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  • Surely we can agree that our country should no longer be bought and sold by America’s moneyed interests at the expense of everyone else.
  • "It has become clear that meaningful campaign finance reform is a necessary pre-condition for the Congress to be able to do the people's work in Washington." --Russ Feingold

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January 25th 2015 | President Obama punctuated his State of the Union with a repeated refrain: “Surely we can agree.” With that mantra, he reminded us of our basic, universally shared values, foremost among them the inherent worth of every American life and the importance of giving all citizens a chance to succeed.

When the president enumerated what these values mean in practice - calling for child care, sick leave, equal pay, lower mortgage premiums and a higher minimum wage - it was safe to assume the American public was nodding along. Indeed, a new poll released today by the Make It Work campaign, an advocacy group, finds that the vast majority of likely 2016 voters strongly support reforms like the ones Obama outlined.

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Bribery.jpg Special Project | Money In Politics: Week Ending January 3, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • "It has become clear that meaningful campaign finance reform is a necessary pre-condition for the Congress to be able to do the people's work in Washington." --Russ Feingold
  • 8 New items including:
  • Bought-and-Paid Congress Divides the Spoils
  • In Big-Money Move, Corporations Seek to Make Congress a Wholly-Owned Subsidiary
  • Top 20 ‘Dirty Denier$’ Who Accept Big Bucks from Big Polluters
  • Ready for a surprise? Money DOES equal access in Washington
  • ‘Oligarchic tendencies’: Study finds only the wealthy get represented in the Senate,
  • Government = Protection Racket for the 1 Percent
  • Who’s Buying our Midterm Elections?
  • First Citizens United. Now McCutcheon

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