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Tom Tomorrow | It Ate Our Brains /



Why the 99 Percent Keeps Losing


  • Without a potent movement on the ground, mainstream electoral politics is likely to remain stuck with remedies too weak either to rouse public imagination and participation, or to provide more than token relief for today's extreme inequality.
  • I'm not Ready for Bernie Sanders, May 6, 2015
  • America's Economic Crisis: Week Ending April 11, 2015

Robert Kuttner, Huffington Post / Common Dreams 

99_percent.jpg?itok=uNrMcv2T The remedies that would restore economic opportunity and security to ordinary Americans are far outside mainstream political conversation, and will not become mainstream until forced onto the agenda by a genuine mass movement.' (Image: file/public domain)

Monday, March 23, 2015| Our current political situation is unprecedented. The vast majority of Americans keep falling behind economically because of changes in society's ground rules, while the rich get even richer -- yet this situation doesn't translate into a winning politics.

If anything, the right keeps gaining and the wealthy keep pulling away. How can this possibly be?

Let me suggest seven reasons.

Robert Kuttner is co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect magazine, as well as a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the think tank Demos. He was a longtime columnist for Business Week, and continues to write columns in the Boston Globe and Huffington Post. He is the author of A Presidency in Peril: The Inside Story of Obama's Promise, Wall Street's Power, and the Struggle to Control our Economic FutureObama's Challenge, and other books.

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America's Economic Crisis: Week Ending April 11, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest


  • “…it seems that our remedies are instinctively those which aggravate the sickness: the remedies are expressions of the sickness itself“. --Thomas Merton
  • Part 1: Two Great Depressions: Roosevelt’s “New Deal” vs. Obama’s “Secular Stagnation”
  • Part 2: The Alternative To Long-Term Austerity: Less Work, Higher Wages, No Mere Utopian Dream


Californians Against Fracking | Facts. /

Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: This is criminally irresponsible behavior on the part of everyone involved: petroleum industry managers, employees, distributors, customers;  public and elected officials; the voters who supported them;  anyone tolerating this situation.

Californians Against Fracking | Facts. /

Obama’s Wars and the Liberals Who Love Them


  • “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,” Albert Einstein wrote, “but because of those who look on and do nothing.”
  • Uri Avnery | Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Bomb?

Adam Marletta, West End News

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April 20, 2015 | Political bumper stickers are funny things.

Drivers who adorn their vehicles with numerous stickers sometimes end up conveying contradictory messages. For instance, I often see cars in Portland with peace symbol stickers or phrases like “War is not the answer,” alongside one for “Obama/Biden, ’12.”

The irony, of course, is that President Barack Obama–a Nobel Peace Prize winner–has proven to be a greater warmonger than George W. Bush.

Adam Marletta: Rebel without a pause. Reporter/Freelance Writer, activist and coffee fiend.

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Uri Avnery | Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Bomb? Uri Avnery, Network of Spiritual Progressives


  • Let's assume that (Iran) did develop nuclear weapons, (Avnery) says, so what? It's an important thought experiment. --Rabbi Michael Lerner
  • America's 30-year Cold War with Iran: Manufacturing A Good Adversary

Angry Grandpa Cannot Contain His Fury After Watching a Cop in His Town Kill An Innocent Man


“He was shot five times in the back, and he’d have gotten away with it. He would have completely gotten away with it if that gentleman hadn’t had his camera on his phone and he actually filmed what happened, that man would have gone free! He would have been called a hero! 'I feared for my life.' No,  you bastard you shot and killed an innocent man, over a tail light? Over a brake light being out?! First of all you tased him, and when the man got scared and ran, you shot him! You murdered him!” Green screams.

Cassandra Fairbanks, Free Thought Project

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April 15, 2015 | In July of last year, Charles Green, YouTube’s beloved “Angry Grandpa,” went mega viral with his extreme reaction to the Eric Garner killing.  This week, the normally comical grandfather, who often expresses his anger over candy or various television shows, had a message for North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager.

In the video, Green, a South Carolina resident himself, explains that this shooting took place 15 minutes away from his home.

When asked by his relative if he believed giving the police body cameras would help to stop police brutality, Green responded saying, “Body cams??? Big f**king deal! They can turn those off and on, Michael! ‘Oh, there’s a man, let me turn it off first, I’m going to kill the bastard.'”

Soon after, the Angry Grandpa grabbed a hammer from inside a nearby cabinet and began smashing his table using the hammer to represent a gavel as he repeatedly deemed the officer guilty.

The video was uploaded to YouTube on Sunday, and by Wednesday evening it had nearly 400,000 views.  Perhaps this extreme physical reaction is resonating with how many are feeling, but cannot express.

Cassandra Fairbanks: Writer at Sputnik and the Free Thought Project. Also, a big trouble maker.

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The 1 percent plays us for suckers: There is no meritocracy and they’ve strangled the American dream


  • Something's rotten: America has little income mobility, lots of inequality and our hard work makes the rich richer.
  • Debunking the lies about free enterprise, trickle-down, capitalism and celebrity entrepreneurs

Jay Baron Nicorvo, Salon

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Antonin Scalia, Karl Rove, Bill O'Reilly, David Koch (Credit: AP/Reuters/Kevin Lamarque/Rich Pedroncelli/Charles Sykes/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 | The American way of life—more simply, the American way—is charged with affirming our American ideals of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” In that trio of nouns—life, liberty, happiness—the last, happiness, activated by pursuit, makes itself curiously conspicuous, like a zany uncle at a bris.

Who in his right mind on this fraught planet would claim that the Creator endowed us with the unalienable right to be happy? You can imagine the assertion coming on the floor of the House, made by the congressmouse of the 9th District of Florida, representing the Disney-engineered town of Celebratio.

Jay Baron Nicorvo's poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and criticism have appeared in Ploughshares, Poets & Writers, Salon, and The Believer. His writing has been featured on NPR and PBS NewsHour. Four Way Books published his debut poetry collection, Deadbeat.

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Debunking the lies about free enterprise, trickle-down, capitalism and celebrity entrepreneurs, Andrew Sayer,

  • The rich don't generate jobs. Rising tides do not lift all boats. And they probably built that with government help
  • The 1 percent are parasites.
  • Excerpted from "Why We Can't Afford The Rich"
  • 10 Government Handouts That Prove Who The Biggest ‘Takers’ Actually Are

Special Report | Healing Mother Earth, April 20, 2015


A New Story for a New Economy
Deep in the Amazon, a Tiny Tribe Is Beating Big Oil
Replace the Gospel of Money: An Interview With David Korten
Bigger Than Science, Bigger Than Religion
George Carlin | “The Planet Is Fine”

David Karten; David Goodman; Dean Paton Richard Schiffman; George Carlin

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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together-with-earth/deep-in-the-amazon-a-tiny-tribe-is-beating-big-oil/issue73_amazonwoman_cbennett.jpg/imageApril 20, 2015 | So-called modern progress has depended on exploiting the Earth’s resources as if they had no end. We’ve lost touch with the ancient wisdom that we are partners with Earth and all life on it. Now is the time to reclaim our sacred connection with Earth, and to think deeply, radically, and personally about the best ways to keep this planet—and its millions of species—alive.

A New Story for a New Economy, David Karten, Yes!
We humans are living beings birthed and nurtured by a living Earth in a living universe. To survive and thrive, we must learn to live as responsible contributing members of the whole of Earth’s community of life.


Deep in the Amazon, a Tiny Tribe Is Beating Big Oil, David Goodman, Yes!  
Feb 12, 2015 | The people of Sarayaku are a leading force in 21st century indigenous resistance, engaging the western world politically, legally, and philosophically.

Replace the Gospel of Money: An Interview With David Korten, Dean Paton, Yes!  
Feb 20, 2015 | What if we measured wealth in terms of life, and how well we serve it?


Bigger Than Science, Bigger Than Religion, Richard Schiffman, Yes! 
Feb 18, 2015 | We’re closer to environmental disaster than ever before. We need a new story for our relationship with the Earth, one that goes beyond science and religion.

George Carlin | “The Planet Is Fine”, George Carlin, Gospel of Reason
There is nothing wrong with the planet. Nothing wrong with the planet. The planet is fine. The people are fucked. Difference. Difference. The planet is fine. Compared to the people, the planet is doing great. Been here four and a half billion years. Did you ever think about the arithmetic? The planet has been here four and a half billion years. We’ve been here, what, a hundred thousand? Maybe two hundred thousand? And we’ve only been engaged in heavy industry for a little over two hundred years. Two hundred years versus four and a half billion. And we have the conceit to think that somehow we’re a threat? That somehow we’re gonna put in jeopardy this beautiful little blue-green ball that’s just a-floatin’ around the sun?


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