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Much More Than Trump, Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

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  • If the idiot class and its rabble subvert (Trump), a quote from John F. Kennedy, recently featured on Straight Line Logic, will surely come back to haunt them: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
  • Related: Chris Hedges | We Are All Deplorables

Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic 

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Straight Line Logic (SLL) Editor's Note: This article was first published on SLL March 3. It received more comments than almost any article SLL has posted. Two days before the election, a repost is appropriate.

November 6, 2016 | It started in Vietnam. The men who chose to fight for America on Vietnam’s front lines did so for honorable reasons. While there was no immediate threat to the US, some were concerned about falling dominoes and the march of communism. Some were animated by an idealistic desire to secure democracy and liberty in a land that had never known those blessings. Some went believing that if the leaders of the country said this war was in America’s best interests, it must be so. For those who were drafted, they did, perhaps reluctantly, what they perceived to be their duty.

Whatever their motivations, those who fought found their idealism shattered. Many of the South Vietnamese they thought they were fighting “for” despised the US as the latest in a succession of imperial powers using a corrupt, puppet government as the cat’s paw for its domination. Short of total immolation of both friend and foe—it was often impossible to differentiate the two—there was no effective strategy against guerrilla warfare waged by the enemy fighting on its home turf. The Viet Cong proved as difficult to vanquish as hordes of ants and mosquitos at a picnic. The victory the generals and politicians insisted was just another few months and troop deployments down the road never came, and the soldiers knew it never would, long before reality was acknowledged and the troops brought home.

Robert Gore is a writer, investor, attorney, and former bond trader. 

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We Are All Deplorables, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

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  • Liberals have no moral authority to preach to a dispossessed white working class about racism, multiculturalism, identity politics or diversity. The abject failure by liberals to fight for economic justice triggered the protofascist backlash embodied by Donald Trump’s election victory.
  • Related: Dan Rather Just Released Heartbreaking Statement Against Trump 

 

 

Indigenous Activists at Standing Rock Told a Deep, True Story of How Organizing and Resistance Can Win

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  • Part 1:The Lesson from Standing Rock: Organizing and Resistance Can Win
  • Indigenous water protectors are showing us how to fight back—and how to live again.
  • Part 2:  Indigenous Activists at Standing Rock Told a Deep, True Story
  • And that’s why they won at least a temporary victory.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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Part 1:The Lesson from Standing Rock: Organizing and Resistance Can Win

Indigenous water protectors are showing us how to fight back—and how to live again.

Naomi Klein, the Nation

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December 4, 2016 | “I’ve never been so happy doing dishes,” Ivy Longie says, and then she starts laughing. Then crying. And then there is hugging. Then more hugging.

Less than two hours earlier, news came that the Army Corps of Engineers had turned down the permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline to be built under the Missouri River. The company will have to find an alternate route and undergo a lengthy environmental assessment.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestsellers, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate (2014), The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007) and No Logo (2000). Each book has been translated into over 25 languages worldwide. She is a contributing editor for Harper’s and reporter for Rolling Stone, and writes a regular column for the Nation and the Guardian that is syndicated internationally by the New York Times Syndicate.

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Part 2:  Indigenous Activists at Standing Rock Told a Deep, True Story

And that’s why they won at least a temporary victory.

Bill McKibben, the Nation

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December 5, 2016 | All organizing is story-telling, and the story that got told at Standing Rock was so powerful that ultimately the Obama White House had little choice but to go along.

The decision by the Army Corps of Engineers not to grant the permits necessary for sending the Dakota Access Pipeline beneath the Missouri River is a tribute to truly remarkable efforts by Indigenous organizers, from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe to groups like the Indigenous Environmental Network and Honor the Earth. It’s also a tribute to the incredible power of civil disobedience, a tool I tried to describe in last week’s print edition of the Nation.

But my analysis pales next to the actual story from the Oceti Sakowin encampment. There, the last few months have unfolded with almost eerie grace, and the textbook on nonviolent action has been revised and illustrated in the process.

Bill McKibben is the author of 15 books, most recently Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist. A scholar in residence at Middlebury College, he is the co-founder of 350.org, the largest global grassroots organizing campaign on climate change.

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Michael Parenti | These Countries Are Not Underdeveloped, They Are Overexploited (1986)

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  • “The revolution that feeds the children gets my support.”
  • Related: Haiti's Aftershocks: Rape Gangs, Disaster Profiteers, and AWOL Aid

James Thompson, dandelionsalad

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November 28, 2016 | 

  • Michael Parenti speaks at the University of Colorado, Boulder: “US interventionism, the 3rd world, and the USSR” April 15, 1986
  • “The revolution that feeds the children gets my support.” Comrade Fidel, presente!

Michael Parenti is an award winning, internationally known author. His most recent books are The Face of Imperialism (a critique of the U.S. global empire; 2011) and Waiting for Yesterday: Pages from a Street Kid’s Life (an ethnic memoir about his early life in Italian Harlem; 2013); and Profit Pathology and Other Indecencies. For further information about his work, visit his website: www.michaelparenti.org.

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Haiti's Aftershocks: Rape Gangs, Disaster Profiteers, and AWOL Aid, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • If Mrs. Clinton has become a zombie and the “I” in I-HRC has faded, this could easily be interpreted as a sign of the Haitian gods’ wicked sense of humor.
  • Experience from Haitian People in Zabriko and Elsewhere
  • Part 1: How the Clintons Destroyed and Impoverished Haiti: Hillary’s “Dream Government” and Haiti’s Pay-to-Play “Recovery Commission” (IHRC)
  • Part 2: Rebuilding Haiti, One Commune at a Time: Experience from Haitian People in Zabriko and Elsewhere

We’re heading into dark times. This is how to be your own light in the Age of Trump.

  • Having studied authoritarian states for over a decade, I would never exaggerate the severity of the threat we now face. But an American kleptocracy is exactly where president-elect Trump and his backers are taking us. That’s why I have a favor to ask you, my fellow Americans.
  • A president-elect who wants to strip our country down for parts
  • Related: Dan Rather Just Released Heartbreaking Statement Against Trump 

Sarah Kendzior, The Correspondent

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Today is November 18, 2016. I want you to write about who you are, what you have experienced, and what you have endured.

Write down what you value; what standards you hold for yourself and for others. Write about your dreams for the future and your hopes for your children. Write about the struggle of your ancestors and how the hardship they overcame shaped the person you are today.

Sarah Kendzior: Writer on politics, economy, media. Anthropologist. Researcher on Central Asia and Middle America. Recent work: @GlobeandMail, @qz, @guardian, @decorrespondent

 

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Dan Rather Just Released Heartbreaking Statement Against Trump, Nicole James, Truth Examiner 

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  • History will demand to know which side were you on. This is not a question of politics or party or even policy. This is a question about the very fundamentals of our beautiful experiment in a pluralistic democracy ruled by law.
  • Now is a time when none of us can afford to remain seated or silent. We must all stand up to be counted.
  • Related: Frightened by Donald Trump? You don’t know the half of it.

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Dan Rather Just Released Heartbreaking Statement Against Trump

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  • History will demand to know which side were you on. This is not a question of politics or party or even policy. This is a question about the very fundamentals of our beautiful experiment in a pluralistic democracy ruled by law.
  • Now is a time when none of us can afford to remain seated or silent. We must all stand up to be counted.
  • Related: Frightened by Donald Trump? You don’t know the half of it.

Nicole JamesTruth Examiner

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Dan%20Rather.jpgNovember 26, 2016 | Dan Rather just posted a heartbreaking post to Facebook where he really cut to the chase, saying, “Now is a time when none of us can afford to remain seated or silent.”

He says it is time for Americans to take sides…to decide whether we want to be on the side of neo-Nazi’s, or on the side of democracy.

Rather hits Trump very hard, saying, “This is not about tax policy, health care, or education – even though all those and more are so important. This is about racism, bigotry, intimidation and the specter of corruption.”

Truth Examiner  brings you the latest news in politics, entertainment, local and world events, opinion, viral content and videos.

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Frightened by Donald Trump? You don’t know the half of it, George Monbiot, the Guardian

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  • Many of his staffers are from an opaque corporate misinformation network. We must understand this if we are to have any hope of fighting back against them.
  • Related: Robert Reich | The First 100 Day Resistance Agenda

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Mark Fiore | TrumpLink Jobs Network / markfiore.com

November 23, 2016 | With the Trump transition team trickling out cabinet picks, thousands of Administration jobs are ripe for the picking.  (Ben Carson, if you’re reading this:  Donald Trump is trying to reach you, pick up your phone!)  From “moderate” picks as Trump kinda’ sorta’ tries to reach out to his former opponents and critics, to an alt-right white nationalist (let’s just say it, “neo-Nazi”) sympathizer, the President-Elect is slowly trying to build a team.

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Frightened by Donald Trump? You don’t know the half of it.

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  • Many of his staffers are from an opaque corporate misinformation network. We must understand this if we are to have any hope of fighting back against them.
  • Related: Robert Reich | The First 100 Day Resistance Agenda

George Monbiot, the Guardian

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Wednesday 30 November 2016 | Yes, Donald Trump’s politics are incoherent. But those who surround him know just what they want, and his lack of clarity enhances their power. To understand what is coming, we need to understand who they are. I know all too well, because I have spent the past 15 years fighting them. 

Over this time, I have watched as tobacco, coal, oil, chemicals and biotech companies have poured billions of dollars into an international misinformation machine composed of thinktanks, bloggers and fake citizens’ groups. Its purpose is to portray the interests of billionaires as the interests of the common people, to wage war against trade unions and beat down attempts to regulate business and tax the very rich. Now the people who helped run this machine are shaping the government.

George Monbiot  is an English writer, known for his environmental and political activism. He is the author of the bestselling books The Age of Consent: A Manifesto for a New World Order and Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain.

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Robert Reich | The First 100 Day Resistance Agenda, Robert Reich, robertreich.org

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Trump’s First 100 Day agenda includes repealing environmental regulations, Obamacare, and the Dodd-Frank Act, giving the rich a huge tax cut, and much worse. Here’s the First 100 Day resistance agenda [with thanks to Alan Webber].

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None of This Is Normal. All of It Is Un-American.

  • "The presidential campaign and now the election results have further allowed the pinheads of society to let their racist, misogynistic, anti-Semitic and Islamophobic freak flags fly."
  • Hate crimes after Donald Trump's election and his appointment of Steve Bannon to the White House aren't the way to bring America back together.
  • Related: The Normalization of Evil in American Politics

Michael Winship, Moyers & Company

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November 18, 2016 | A friend of mine who has dual Israeli-American citizenship tells the story of entering an elevator in Jerusalem shortly after a bullying right-wing government had taken over the country.

The other passenger was ostentatiously puffing on a big cigar. My friend pointed to the no smoking sign and politely, in Hebrew, asked the man to douse his smoke.

“Eff you,” the man replied. “We’re in charge now.” Only he didn’t say, “Eff.”

Sound familiar? Well, it’s a tiptoe through the tulips compared to what’s going on in the United States right now.

Michael Winship is the Emmy Award-winning senior writer of Moyers & Company and BillMoyers.com, and a former senior writing fellow at the policy and advocacy group Demos. 

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The Normalization of Evil in American Politics, Adele M. Stan, American Prospect / AlterNet 

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  • The misogynist, racist, nativist, anti-LGBT right wing that took over the GOP in 1980—of which (Family Research Council President Tony) Perkins himself is evidence—has much to answer for, not least of all, the rise of Donald Trump as the party’s standard-bearer. Trump may not have been the first choice of right-wing leaders, but they created the conditions that cleared his path to the nomination, and most have lined up behind him since he won it.
  • Related: Black Lives Don’t Matter to Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton
  • Related: Greasing The Outstretched Palms Of The Candidates

 

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Dear Americans

  • Now you are worried about yourselves, but there are only the dead and their survivors left for whom you didn't speak up.
  • Give me one reason why anybody should worry about you, who seem to believe that only you count because you are Americans.
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S Brian Willson

http://www.greanvillepost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/26063070824_e941dbc3d9_b_trump-clinton-768x768.jpg November, 2016 | This resonates very deeply, and poignantly for me. So I share it (as I found it elsewhere on Facebook)

Dear Americans,

I understand some of you are very worried about the election of Donald Trump. But I want you think about this:

*First they went for Yugoslavia, and you didn't worry: a country died

*Then they went for Afghanistan and you didn't worry: 220,000 Afghans have died.

*Then, they went for Iraq, and you didn't worry: 1 million Iraqis died.

*Then they went for Libya, and you didn't worry: 30,000 to 50,000 people died. Did you worry when Qaddafi was murdered with a bayonet up his rectum? No. And someone even laughed.

*Then they went for Ukraine, and you didn't worry: 10,000 people died and are dying.

*Then they went for Syria, and you didn't worry: 250,000 people died

*Then they went for Yemen: over 6,000 Yemenis have been killed and another 27,000 wounded. According to the UN, most of them are civilians. Ten million Yemenis don't have enough to eat, and 13 million have no access to clean water. Yemen is highly dependent on imported food, but a U.S.-Saudi blockade has choked off most imports. The war is ongoing.

*Then there is Somalia, and you don't worry

*Then there are the countries that reaped the fallout from the collapse of Libya. Weapons looted after the fall of Gaddafi fuel the wars in Mali, Niger, and the Central African Republic.

*Now you are worried about yourselves, but there are only the dead and their survivors left for whom you didn't speak up.

*Give me one reason why anybody should worry about you, who seem to believe that only you count because you are Americans.

My very best wishes for your precious safety and comfort and may you continue to look in the mirror and see no one there.

Trust me, a mirror does not lie.

Sincerely,

One who does not worry about you. (A reader in Belgium)

S Brian Willson: Author / Speaker / Blogger / Activist

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