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WSJ Reports: Bank of North Dakota Outperforms Wall Street

  • While 49 state treasuries were submerged in red ink after the 2008 financial crash, one state's bank outperformed all others and actually launched an economy-shifting new industry. So reports the Wall Street Journal this week, discussing the Bank of North Dakota (BND) and its striking success in the midst of a national financial collapse led by the major banks.
  • John Nichols | Vermont Votes for Public Banking

Ellen Brown, OpEdNews

BND President Eric Hardmeyer by Catalyst House

11/20/2014 | While 49 state treasuries were submerged in red ink after the 2008 financial crash, one state's bank outperformed all others and actually launched an economy-shifting new industry. So reports the Wall Street Journal this week, discussing the Bank of North Dakota (BND) and its striking success in the midst of a national financial collapse led by the major banks. Chester Dawson begins his November 16th article:

It is more profitable than Goldman Sachs Group Inc., has a better credit rating than J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and hasn't seen profit growth drop since 2003. Meet Bank of North Dakota, the U.S.'s lone state-owned bank, which has one branch, no automated teller machines and not a single investment banker.

Ellen Brown is an attorney, founder of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books including the best-selling Web of Debt. In Public Bank Solution, her latest book, she explores successful public banking models historically and globally. Her websites are http://EllenBrown.com, http://PublicBankSolution.com, and http://PublicBankingInstitute.org.

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John Nichols | Vermont Votes for Public Banking, John Nichols, The Nation

  • "When the prairie populists of the North Dakota Non-Partisan League swept to power a century ago, with their promise to take on the plutocrats, one of the first orders of business was the establishment of state-run bank." 
  • The Stone That Brings Down Goliath

 

 

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A Communalised or A Privatised Planet

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To survive we must gradually but quickly change from a growth economy of capitalism to an economy that can manage shrinkage until we reach a sustainable life. This can only be achieved by progressing from the unfairness of a competitive economy to the fairness of a cooperative one. The side effect would be a better physical and mental health.

Lionel Anet, Countercurrents.com

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18 November, 2014| Before the end of the ice age people lived in a communalised state of coexistence with a multitude of living things. Each played a part that maintains the ecosystem by just surviving; no species had overwhelming power, therefore it was self-regulating. It was sustainable, able to withstand the results of a wide ranch of climate and natural celestial or extreme volcanic activities.

At the end of the ice age circumstance changed, forcing some people around the world to eventually be dependent on farming, and this gradually introduced the concept of private property. It, in turn gave the impetus for violent robberies, which has become a major part of civilisation, a highly glorified activity. The violence is an essential civilised part of solving unresolvable disagreement about who should have access to particular resources; our greatest heroes were and are the outcome of those carnages.

Lionel Anet is a member of Sydney U3A University of the Third Age, of 20 years standing and now a life member.

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Approaching the End of Human History? Noam Chomsky, In These Times <>

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  • The likely end of the era of civilization is foreshadowed in a new draft report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the generally conservative monitor of what is happening to the physical world.
  • The short, strange era of human civilization may be drawing to a close. 
  • The UN’s New Report on Global Warming Is the Most Terrifying Yet
  • 5 Crucial Lessons for the Left From Naomi Klein’s New Book

 

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Since When Do We Penalize Feeding the Hungry?

  • While this might be a good tactic to get rid of a mangy cat that won’t stop hanging around your back porch, it seems like a piss-poor, distinctly uncharitable way of dealing with one’s fellow human beings.
  • Rethinking Homelessness: Following Utah's Lead

Jed Oelbaum, Daily Good

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WPTV-Arnold-Abbott-arrested-01_1415141122930_9447535_ver1.0_640_480.jpg=s900x1300Fort Lauderdale Police required four officers to arrest the intimidating nonagenarian good Samaritan Arnold Abbot of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for the apparently egregious crime of feeding hungry homeless people.   

November 13, 2014 | Last week, 90-year-old good Samaritan Arnold Abbot of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was arrested for the apparently egregious crime of feeding hungry homeless people. Since January, the city has passed a series of ordinances that target the transient and needy, including a recent law that makes it illegal to offer them food in public places. While this might be a good tactic to get rid of a mangy cat that won’t stop hanging around your back porch, it seems like a piss-poor, distinctly uncharitable way of dealing with one’s fellow human beings. Fort Lauderdale Police required four officers to arrest the intimidating nonagenarian, a WWII vet and the author of From Aches To Ecstasy: A Sex Primer For Those Over Fifty.

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While many have rallied to Abbot’s defense since the incident, Fort Lauderdale has continued to arrest residents for helping the poor. Surprisingly, there are a large number of municipalities that have also attempted to outlaw basic human kindness with similar statutes. In San Antonio, where asking for money is already banned in many public places, Police Chief William McManus tried to make it illegal to give money to poor people altogether. Authorities in Raleigh, North Carolina, nearly took in a local minister for conducting his community’s regular Saturday breakfast, which includes the homeless. And in May of this year, a Daytona Beach couple, Debbie and Chico Jimenez, had more than $2,000 in fines dismissed that they had accrued for feeding the needy. They were told they would face jail time if caught again.

Jed Oelbaum: I am good at Audio, writing, crossword puzzles, ping pong, cats.

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Rethinking Homelessness: Following Utah's Lead, John Marty, Apple Pie Alliance

We can save money and have compassion for our neighbors, by making Minnesota a place where everyone has safe, affordable housing. 

 
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Special Project | Media Behaving Badly: Week Ending November 16, 2014

"The biases the media has are much bigger than conservative or liberal. They're about getting ratings, about making money, about doing stories that are easy to cover." --Al Franken

  • 8 New items including:
    • Even KSTP's Response To Its Racist 'Gang Signs' Story Is Racist
    • Who Rules Public TV?
    • Shepard Smith: 'Do Not Listen To The Hysterical Voices' In The Media About Ebola
    • The Fourth Estate in Flames: On the US Media's Award-Winning War Propaganda
    • How the Media Conditions, Controls, and Programs Society (Video)
    • Special Project | Media Behaving Badly, October 2, 2014
    • Does the Public Want More War?
    • NPR Serves One Master and it's not the Public

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

This article is made possible with the generous contributions of all reader supported Evergreene Digest readers like you. Thank you!

Dave Granlund

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Even KSTP's Response To Its Racist 'Gang Signs' Story Is Racist, Jason Linkins & Ryan Grim, Huffington Post

The story here is that KSTP blew this story badly, and needs to admit it and take its lumps. Then the people at KSTP need to ask themselves how they'd like to live in the kind of world they have constructed for Gordon.

We called KSTP for comment and here's what its recorded answering service advised us: "If you have a tip and suspect welfare fraud, press 4."

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Who Rules Public TV? Aldo Guerrero, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR)

  • Corporate sector overwhelmingly dominates public TV governing boards
  • Public TV: Where the One Percent Rule
  • PBS Censors  "Citizen Koch" documentary

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Shepard Smith: 'Do Not Listen To The Hysterical Voices' In The Media About Ebola, Adam GoldbergHuffington Post

  • Smith stressed, "I report to you with certainty this afternoon that being afraid at all is the wrong thing to do." He called media-stoked Ebola panic "counterproductive", saying that it "lacks basis in fact or reason."
  • Shepard Smith Blasts Media's 'Irresponsible' Ebola Hysteria.

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The Fourth Estate in Flames: On the US Media's Award-Winning War Propaganda, Medea Benjamin, Common Dreams

  • The credit for selling Obama’s war on ISIS must go to the mainstream American media.
  • The Media and War, June 27, 2014

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Daryl Cagle

 

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How the Media Conditions, Controls, and Programs Society (Video), the Arcane Front 

Through TV, the power elite have succeeded in creating a distracted, misinformed, divided, and class-driven society suffering historical amnesia and completely oblivious to true realities of their surroundings.

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Special Project | Media Behaving Badly, October 2, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Does the Public Want More War? Peter Hart,  Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR)

  • Wait a second. People who want the US to "solve problems" are asking the US to "flex muscle"?
  • The Media and War, June 27, 2014

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NPR Serves One Master and it's not the PublicCompiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: NPR Is Laundering CIA Talking Points to Make You Scared of NSA Reporting
  • Part 2: NPR Serves One Master and it's not the Public
  • Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart

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Ferguson: Justice Is About What Comes After

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Justice has a face. Justice demands it. Illustration: Chloe Cushman for Guardian US Opinion

America is on edge about the Ferguson grand jury decision. But justice is about what comes after that. There will come a day soon when the protests, in whatever shape they take, fall off the front page. No matter what happens, justice will still be possible.

Tony Messenger, St Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch / The Guardian (London) 

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November 12, 2014 | What does justice look like?

That was the question asked recently by the Rev Starsky Wilson at a gathering of local and national philanthropic executives here in St Louis. Wilson, president and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation, directed the inquiry specifically to Patricia Bynes and Tory Russell, two young African-Americans who have been omnipresent at the Ferguson protests since 9 August, when police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Rev Wilson’s audience that night was a group of foundation leaders from St Louis and around the country, who had come to listen to the experts, the protesters and clergy and people from the street. The conversation was about the problems this region has with race, with concentrated poverty, with inequality. The checkbooks weren’t out that night – but they will be, a point made by William Buster of the WK Kellogg Foundation.

Tony Messenger is the editorial page editor of the St Louis Post-Dispatch. 

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Special Project | Sign the Petition: Week Ending November 16, 2014

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  • “A newspaper is not just for reporting the news as it is, but to make people mad enough to do something about it.” --Mark Twain
  • 9 New Items including:
  • Fast Food Business Problem: November 14, 2014
  • New Net Neutrality nightmare
  • President Obama can prevent internet service in Minnesota from getting even crappier
  • Why Cable Customer Service Sucks
  • Signature needed: Cable industry lobbyists swarming Congress after we flooded the FCC with comments
  • Close the SOA! Resist Empire & Militarization
  • Prosecute Netanyahu for genocide and war crimes!
  • Next Step For Net Neutrality: Join Call For Regional HearingsFather Roy Bourgeois | Columbus (GA)
  • Police Chief Ricky Boren Denies Our Right to Peacefully Assemble

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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The Big Box/Fast Food Business Problem: November 14, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The High Cost of Low Prices
  • Part 1: Two dozen arrests after workers protest against Walmart treatment
  • Part 2: Walmart workers begin first in-store sitdown strike in company history

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New Net Neutrality nightmare, Free Press

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President Obama can prevent internet service in Minnesota from getting even crappier, Rachel Colyer, Daily Kos

  • We need President Obama to call on Chairman Wheeler to assert Title II authority—classifying internet access as a public communications service and requiring Internet Service Providers to be common carriers.
  • Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines

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Why Cable Customer Service Sucks, Cole Leystra, Executive Director, Progressives United 

The FCC is now accepting public comments on the Comcast-Time Warner merger, and progressives have to speak up. Use our easy tool to submit a comment to the FCC today.

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Signature needed: Cable industry lobbyists swarming Congress after we flooded the FCC with commentsRachel ColyerDaily Kos

We need you to contact your legislators now. We’ve made it easy to contact all three members of Congress who represent you with one submission—and we’ve tailored the message according to their position on net neutrality. It’s a nice, easy way for you to save the internet by combating corporate power.
 

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John Darkow

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Close the SOA! Resist Empire & Militarization, Katherine Henao, SOA Watch

  • Converge on Ft. Benning, GA
  • November 21-23, 2014
  • Police Deny Street Permit for Annual Vigil at Fort Benning, GA
  • Father Roy Bourgeois | Columbus (GA) Police Chief Ricky Boren Denies Our Right to Peacefully Assemble

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Prosecute Netanyahu for genocide and war crimes! ANSWER Coalition

Send a letter to the International Criminal Court demanding the prosecution of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for international war crimes and other crimes of aggression in the siege of Gaza.

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Next Step For Net Neutrality: Join Call For Regional Hearings, Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, www.PopularResistance.org

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Father Roy Bourgeois | Columbus (GA) Police Chief Ricky Boren Denies Our Right to Peacefully Assemble, Father Roy Bourgeois, SOA Watch

  • Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren is messing with the wrong movement.
  • Police Deny Street Permit for Annual Vigil at Fort Benning, Georgia
  • 2014 Veterans For Peace SOAW Bus Trip
  • Watch: Peaceful Warriors On the road with Vets for Peace

 

The Big Box/Fast Food Business Problem: November 14, 2014

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  • The High Cost of Low Prices
  • Part 1: Two dozen arrests after workers protest against Walmart treatment
  • Part 2: Walmart workers begin first in-store sitdown strike in company history

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Two dozen arrests after workers protest against Walmart treatment

action-1c-2_0.png The sit-in was live-streamed on blackfridayprotests.org. The site urges consumers to take action against Walmart, and sign a petition supporting $15-an-hour pay for Walmart worker and participate in the Black Friday protests that the workers are planning to hold on 28 November.

Jana Kasperkevic, the Guardian

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Friday 14 November 2014 | A protest at a Los Angeles-area Walmart has ended in some two dozen arrests.

Authorities say 23 men and women were arrested Thursday after they blocked traffic at a Pico Rivera intersection during a protest that began with a sit-down strike inside the local Walmart.

Jana Kasperkevic is a reporter for Guardian US.

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Part 2: Walmart workers begin first in-store sitdown strike in company history

"We cannot continue to allow our country's largest private employer to pay workers so little that they can't put food on the table for their families and then punish those who speak up about it. Walmart's actions are immoral, illegal and they are destroying the American values that we all hold dear," said Maria Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary-Treasurer Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.  

Combined Sources, People's World

November 13 2014 | At 12:30 ET today, OUR Walmart members, some of whom were part of the first Walmart strike in October 2012, have just sat down near registers and next to racks of a Walmart store in Crenshaw near here. The group of striking workers, from stores throughout California, has placed tape over their mouths signifying the company's illegal efforts to silence workers who are calling for better jobs. Even as the mega-retailer brings in $16 billion inannual profits and Walmart's owners build on their $150 billion in wealth, the majority of Walmart workers are paid less than $25,000 a year.

"Stand Up, Live Better!  Sit Down, Live Better!" the group chanted before sitting down.

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