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Special Report | The Coming Collapse of the US Empire

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  • Part 1: Noam Chomsky: The Decline of the U.S. Empire
  • Noam Chomsky on the decline of the U.S. empire in an interview with teleSUR.
  • Part 2: The Coming Collapse by Chris Hedges
  • It is impossible for any doomed population to grasp how fragile the decayed financial, social and political system is on the eve of implosion.
  • Related: Rendezvous with Oblivion

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Part 1: Noam Chomsky: The Decline of the U.S. Empire

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  • Noam Chomsky on the decline of the U.S. empire in an interview with teleSUR.
  • Noam Chomsky on humanitarian intervention in an interview with teleSUR.
  • Special Interview: Noam Chomsky

17 Feb 2018 |

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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Part 2: The Coming Collapse by Chris Hedges

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Chris Hedges,  Truthdig  / Rise Up Times 

May 20, 2018 | The Trump administration did not rise, prima facie, like Venus on a half shell from the sea. Donald Trump is the result of a long process of political, cultural and social decay. He is a product of our failed democracy. The longer we perpetuate the fiction that we live in a functioning democracy, that Trump and the political mutations around him are somehow an aberrant deviation that can be vanquished in the next election, the more we will hurtle toward tyranny. The problem is not Trump. It is a political system, dominated by corporate power and the mandarins of the two major political parties, in which we don’t count. We will wrest back political control by dismantling the corporate state, and this means massive and sustained civil disobedience, like that demonstrated by teachers around the country this year. If we do not stand up we will enter a new dark age.

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  • A liberal commentator offers his scathing take on contemporary American politics and culture.
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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, June 9, 2018.

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Feature Article | Here’s how higher education was destroyed in 5 basic steps. Alternet / Raw Story

  •  https://www.rawstory.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Female-professor-educator-teacher-Shutterstock-800x430.jpgSo: here is the recipe for killing universities, and you tell me if what I’m describing isn’t exactly what is at the root of all the problems of our country’s system of higher education. (Because what I’m saying has more recently been applied to K-12 public education as well.)
  • Related: What's Wrong With the American University System
  • Related: The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff


Publisher's Choice | Rejecting Values and Responsibility Was a Big Mistake. We Have Lost Our Minds. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://apps.startribune.com/blogs/user_images/wbgleason_1386978852_Screenshot%202013-12-13%20at%205.42.43%20PM.pngPart 1: Psychologist: Rejecting Values and Responsibility Was a Big Mistake
  • Rejecting values and responsibility leads to a life devoid of purpose.
  • Part 2: It’s no joke that we have lost our minds.
  • The Founding Fathers just ordered another round.

 



 

Of Special Interest | Scholar Reza Aslan Explains Why It's Time to Treat Trump As An Enemy of the State -- Before It's Too Late. Chauncey DeVegaSalon / AlterNet

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Bloggers & Columnists | Seymour Hersh, Chris Hedges, Chauncey DeVega



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Trump, critics trade angry immigration charges, falsehoods. Jill Colvin, Associated Press / Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune

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  • Misleading tweets by liberal activists fuel Trump.
  • Related: How Liberals and Their Talking Points Are Fueling the Alt-Right and Trump


Foreign Affairs

Seymour Hersh: Hillary Clinton Sold Nerve Gas To Syrian Terrorists To Use Them As an Excuse to Invade Syria. AWDNews

  • http://www.awdnews.com/index/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/hillary-clinton-syria-nervegas.jpgRespected investigative journalist, Seymour Hersh, has claimed that Hillary Clinton sold nerve gas to Syrian terrorists whilst she was acting as secretary of state.
  • Related: Syria – a Case Study in Propaganda

 



Labor

Special Project | Sign-up to attend the 2018 Poor People's March on Washington, D.C. June 2-12, The Angry Response To Inequality America Needs. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: Sign-up to attend the 2018 Poor People's March on Washington, D.C. June 2-12
  • For more information on the March and see who has endorsed
  • Part 2: Poor People’s Campaign Is The Angry Response To Inequality America Needs
  • The campaign is dedicated to the idea that “people should not live in or die from poverty in the richest nation ever to exist.”


Peace ands Non-Violence

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Here is the letter I will be delivering to The Wall this Memorial Day, Doug Rawlings, Special to Evergreene Digest

To Those Who Did Not Make It Home

 



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Net Neutrality Repeal Is Official. Here’s How That Could Affect You.

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Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has long opposed net neutrality regulations, saying they impeded innovation. Credit: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA, via Shutterstock

As of late May, 29 state legislatures had introduced bills meant to ensure net neutrality, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Keith Collins, New York (NY) Times

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June 11, 2018 | It’s official. The Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules, which had required internet service providers to offer equal access to all web content, took effect on Monday.

The rules, enacted by the administration of President Barack Obama in 2015, prohibited internet providers from charging more for certain content or from giving preferential treatment to certain websites.

Keith Collins is a story editor on the Business desk at the New York Times, specializing in visual storytelling.


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Seymour Hersh: Hillary Clinton Sold Nerve Gas To Syrian Terrorists To Use Them As an Excuse to Invade Syria

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  • Respected investigative journalist, Seymour Hersh, has claimed that Hillary Clinton sold nerve gas to Syrian terrorists whilst she was acting as secretary of state.
  • Related: Syria – a Case Study in Propaganda

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22 November 2017 | Hersh claimed that the Obama Administration falsely blamed the Government of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad for the sarin gas attack, which they were hoping to use as an excuse to invade Syria. Hersh also claims that the Obama administration assisted in approving the transfer of deadly chemical weapons from Lybia to terrorists who were operational in Syria.According to Zero Hedge: “By the terms of the agreement, funding came from Turkey, as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar; the CIA, with the support of MI6, was responsible for getting arms from Gaddafi’s arsenals into Syria.”However, now, for the first time, Hersh has implicated Hillary Clinton directly in this ‘rat line’.In an interview with Alternet.org, Hersh was asked about the then-US-Secretary-of-State’s role in the Benghazi Libya US consulate’s operation to collect weapons from Libyan stockpiles and send them through Turkey into Syria for a set-up sarin-gas attack, to be blamed on Assad in order to ‘justify’ the US invading Syria, as the US had invaded Libya to eliminate Gaddafi.Hersh said:“That ambassador who was killed, he was known as a guy, from what I understand, as somebody, who would not get in the way of the CIA.As I wrote, on the day of the mission he was meeting with the CIA base chief and the shipping company. He was certainly involved, aware and witting of everything that was going on.And there’s no way somebody in that sensitive of a position is not talking to the boss, by some channel”Hersh responded by saying that the US tradition in that regard has long been to ignore civilian casualties; i.e., collateral damage of US attacks is okay or even desired (so as to terrorize the population into surrender) – not an ‘issue’, except, perhaps, for the PR people.

AWDNews is an independent research and media organization based in Germany. In an era of media disinformation, our focus has essentially been to center on the “unspoken truth”.

Seymour Myron "Sy" Hersh is an American investigative journalist and author based in Washington, D.C. 


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Syria – a Case Study in Propaganda, Chris Kanthan, NationofChange

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  • The most important thing is that people are gullible and malleable, since that allows us to keep the war going and eventually achieve our goals.
  • Related: Fabricating a War on Iran
  • Related: The Age of the Imbecile (And Why it's a Big Problem)

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Feature Article | 131 House Dems Help GOP Pass Massive Pentagon Budget That Includes Billions for Expanded Nuclear Arsenal. Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams

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  • "Instead of a blueprint for peace and security, this NDAA continues the practice of endless war with no input or oversight from our congressional leaders," lamented Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)
  • Related: Rewind: The complete acTVism Video Series on the Military Industrial Complex


Publisher's Choice | Rewind: The complete acTVism Video Series on the Military Industrial Complex, Zain Raza, AcTVism

Here you will find all videos that acTVism Munich produced on the military industrial complex in 2017.



Of Special Interest | Social Security Works: List of Shame [g] / scontent.ffcm1-1.fna.fbcdn.net

  • The terrible "balanced budget amendment" didn't pass but we can not ignore the fact that 233 Representatives in the House voted to steal $2.9 trillion from Social Security's surplus.
  • That's our money and we need to vote them out in November.


NEW Permanent Links

• In Critical Thinking | Civics Nation strives to fulfill the mandate of an informed and enlightened public. We address the need for educated voters and endeavor to defeat the many myths and lies driving the public policy debate in the US.

In Peace & Non-Violence | Peace Voice, a program of the Oregon Peace Institute, (is) devoted to changing U.S. national conversation about the possibilities of peace and justice and the inadvisability of war and injustice.



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Special Project | All Out for the Poor Peoples Campaign! elnwebmaster, Labor Fightback Network 

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  • Related: The Wars Abroad and the Wars at Home—and the Work of Putting an End to Them




Labor

The GOP is destroying social security so stealthily, we're missing it. Being Liberal, the Maven

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  • Related: Special Project | All Out for the Poor Peoples Campaign!

 

 



Law & Justice


Series | No link between homeless villages and crime rates, Guardian review suggests. Thacher Schmid, the Guardian

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  • Guardian study of two US cities finds crime is likelier to go down than up in neighborhoods that host city-sanctioned encampments.
  • Related: Dear Liberal America: The FBI Is Not Your Friend -- And It Never Has Been.


Religion & Spirituality


‘Dying because of hypocrisy’: Ex-megachurch pastor says Trump-loving evangelicals are digging their own graves. Brad Reed, Raw Story

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  • The bad news is that you are dying, Church.
  • And it’s the very good news, too.
  • Related: Special Report | Barry Goldwater Warned Us - The Danger of Evangelicals.


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Here is the letter I will be delivering to The Wall this Memorial Day

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To Those Who Did Not Make It Home

Doug Rawlings, Special to Evergreene Digest

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Many came back and immediately quit. They committed suicide. Many came back and couldn’t fit into the mold of modern America. They had lost hold of something profound and couldn’t figure out how to get it back. Drugs and alcohol helped some but kicked the shit out of others. Others fell victim to Agent Orange and watched their bodies implode. Some of us were fortunate enough to find life-mates that made living a compartmentalized existence possible — we could bury twisted memories most of the time and not let them control our lives. Some of us are here with you on this Memorial Day, 2018.

I try to write at least one poem a year that I will leave at this Wall. So here’s what I wrote this year. I dedicate it to a friend of mine who got wounded in the war, came home and put together a decent life teaching at the local university that I worked at for almost 30 years. He’s a good guy. But he got me to thinking about how we, now over 70 years old, have come to terms with that shattering year we spent in that war that claimed your lives. And left us to survive. In one sense, we never have really come to terms with it. Hence, the idea of trying to figure it out through the use of zen koans — questions that defy “rational” responses … .

Namvet Zen Koans


For Jon Oplinger


I.
 When does a house stop being a tomb and become a home again?
 When does a memory stop riding you and give you hold of the reins?
 When does morning birdsong stop piercing to the quick and begin to soothe?
 What, for that matter, could possibly be the sound and smell of truth?

II.
 When do you get to sing along with the choir? 
When do you get to come back in through the wire?
When do you get to leave your nightmares for the night?
 What, for that matter, is the need of all this light?

III.
 When do the years finally come out of their spin? 
When do you start letting your lovers take a win?
When do you stop lying to all our children’s children?
 What, for that matter, is the good of letting anyone, anyone in?

Doug Rawlings
, 7/15th Artillery, 
II Corps Central Highlands
, July, 1969 — August, 1970

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‘Dying because of hypocrisy’: Ex-megachurch pastor says Trump-loving evangelicals are digging their own graves.

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  • The bad news is that you are dying, Church.

And it’s the very good news, too.

  • Related: Special Report | Barry Goldwater Warned Us - The Danger of Evangelicals.

Brad Reed, Raw Story

 

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https://johnpavlovitz.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/churchroots-1.jpg07 May 2018 | John Pavlovitz, a former megachurch pastor who now serves as pastor of North Raleigh Community Church in North Carolina, took evangelical Christian conservatives to the woodshed over the weekend with a brutal post on his personal website that accused them of digging their own graves by unquestioningly backing President Donald Trump.

At the start of his post, Pavlovitz says that the Christian right in America was slowly killing itself, and he doesn’t shy away from saying why.

 

“You’re dying because of your hypocrisy,” he writes. “People see the ever-widening chasm between who you say you are and what they regularly experience in your presence. They see the great disparity between the expansive hospitality of Jesus and the narrow prejudice you are so often marked by. They see Christ’s deep affection for the poor, hurting, and marginalized—and both your quiet indifference and open hostility toward them.”

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Special Report | Barry Goldwater Warned Us - The Danger of Evangelicals. (1)/2 Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 
 

  • http://lacatholicworker.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/faith-and-politics-sign.jpgPart 1: The Danger of Evangelicals – It’s Not About Hillary Anymore
  • I see very little of compassion in our President and less of it in my sister and brother evangelicals who claim to share a faith tradition with me.Part 2: Barry Goldwater vs. the Religious Right
  • It's "the Godfather of Conservatism" who said: "Every good Christian should line up and kick Jerry Falwell's ass."

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