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  • There are three things that are almost always underestimated: the U.S. military budget, altruism, and sadism.
  • Related: From the Archives | “No civilization would tolerate what America has done.”

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Remarks at Peace Resource Center of San Diego, June 23, 2018.

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June 24, 2018 | There are three things that are almost always underestimated: the U.S. military budget, altruism, and sadism.

First, the military budget.

The U.S. military budget, including all things military in various departments, is roughly 60% of federal discretionary spending, meaning the spending that Congress members decide on each year. It is also, by my very rough estimate, the topic of well under 1% of the discussions of government spending engaged in by candidates for Congress. Most Democrats running for Congress this year have websites that don’t even acknowledge the existence of foreign policy, beyond expressing their passionate love for veterans. They’re campaigning for 40% of a job.

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson's books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015, 2016, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

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Series | Make America Kind Again. Sarah Thebarge, Patheos

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  • From the Archives | “No civilization would tolerate what America has done.” David Masciotra, AlterNet / Salon
  • (We) have … been programmed into cruelty and apathy by (our) schools, churches, families, politics, and pop culture.
  • Institutional racism. Rampant income inequality. A broken justice system. America may never be a great society.
  • Related: Torture Is Who We Are
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Special Report | Trump Is in Major Legal and Political Trouble — His Desperate Attempts to Escape Could Lead America to Catastrophe.

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  • While the time for freak-out is hopefully far in the future, imagining and gaming out our response to some of the worst-case and most extreme possibilities is not at all a hysterical reaction. If anything, it’s the essence of prudence.
  • What do you think he could do? And how should we best react?
  • Related: From the Archives | The dangerous cult of Donald Trump

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Thom Hartmann, Independent Media Institute (IMI).

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July 30 2018 | Is it now time to imagine how far Trump and his Republican cronies in Congress might be able to push things?  And how we, as Americans, might respond?

This isn’t the first time such a question has been raised.

Thom Hartmann  is a talk-show host and author of more than 25 books in print. He is a writing fellow at the Independent Media Institute.

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From  the Archives | The dangerous cult of Donald Trump, Chauncey DeVega, Salon / AlterNet
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Scholar Reza Aslan Explains Why It's Time to Treat Trump As An Enemy of the State -- Before It's Too Late

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, July 28, 2018

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Feature Article | Mainstream media’s moral cowardice: Time for the (NY) Times (and everyone else) to stand against evil. Chauncey DeVega, Salo

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  • In covering Trump, media too often defaults to lazy what-aboutism. History tells us cowardice will be punished.
  • Related: Your rage at Trump is justified.

Publisher's Choice | Five Things That Would Reduce Out of Control Russophobia, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Five Things That Would Make The CIA/CNN Russia Narrative More Believable
  • I do not believe the establishment Russia narrative.
  • Part 2: Russiaphobia Is Out of Control
  • Mueller’s “indictment” of 13 Russians and 3 companies is just another hoax.
     

Of Special Interest | New Study Confirms That American Workers Are Getting Ripped Off. Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

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(Trump's) right to claim that Americans are getting the short end. But the primary cause of that fact isn’t bad trade agreements or “job killing” regulations — its the union-busting laws and court rulings that the president has done so much to abet.
 

Bloggers & Columnists | Heather Digby Parton, Chauncey DeVega


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  • Part 1: Trump’s incompetence: Secret weapon?
  • Is this terrifying bumbler the GOP’s secret weapon?
  • Part 2: Your rage at Trump is justified.
  • Your rage at Trump is justified: Don’t let scolds like the New York Times shame you for it.

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Five Things That Would Reduce Out of Control Russophobia

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  • Part 1: Five Things That Would Make The CIA/CNN Russia Narrative More Believable
  • I do not believe the establishment Russia narrative.
  • Part 2: Russiaphobia Is Out of Control
  • Mueller’s “indictment” of 13 Russians and 3 companies is just another hoax.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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Part 1: Five Things That Would Make The CIA/CNN Russia Narrative More Believable


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I do not believe the establishment Russia narrative.

Caitlin Johnstone‬, Medium <>

July 14, 2018 | As we just discussed, some major news stories have recently dropped about what a horrible horrifying menace the Russian Federation is to the world, and as always I have nothing to offer the breathless pundits on CNN and MSNBC but my completely unsatisfied skepticism. My skepticism of the official Russia narrative remains so completely unsatisfied that if mainstream media were my husband I would already be cheating on it with my yoga instructor.

I do not believe the establishment Russia narrative. I do not believe that Donald Trump colluded with the Russian government to rig the 2016 election. I do not believe the Russian government did any election rigging for Trump to collude with. This is not because I believe Vladimir Putin is some kind of blueberry-picking girl scout, and it certainly isn’t because I think the Russian government is unwilling or incapable of meddling in the affairs of other nations to some extent when it suits them. It is simply because I am aware that the US intelligence community lies constantly as a matter of policy, and because I understand how the burden of proof works.

Caitlin Johnstone‬: Rogue journalist. Bogan socialist. Anarcho-psychonaut. Guerilla poet. Utopia prepper.

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Part 2: Russiaphobia Is Out of Control

As Glenn Greenwald reports, three CNN “journalists” had to resign for their fake news “Russia threat” stories. In actual fact, the entirely of the US print and TV media should have to resign.

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February 22, 2018 | As has been made perfectly clear, Mueller’s “indictment” of 13 Russians and 3 companies is just another hoax.

All Mueller has found is a bait-click commercial marketing scheme that had nothing to do with election interference.

Why is Mueller comfortable bringing a transparently false indictment?

The answer is, as Glenn Greenwald makes clear that Mueller knows there are large numbers of warmongering politicians and media whores who will seize on the fake indictment as proof that Russia has “committed an act of war equivalent to Pearl Harbor and 9/11.”

Paul Craig Roberts <> Paul Craig Roberts has had careers in scholarship and academia, journalism, public service, and business. He is chairman of The Institute for Political Economy.

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Mainstream media’s moral cowardice: Time for the (NY) Times (and everyone else) to stand against evil.

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  • In covering Trump, media too often defaults to lazy what-aboutism. History tells us cowardice will be punished.
  • Related: Your rage at Trump is justified.

Chauncey DeVega, Salon

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June 22, 2018 | False equivalency is a form of moral cowardice.

On Wednesday, the New York Times featured another story on the political discord and chaos caused by Donald Tump's presidency. The Times' headline read "In Era of Trump, Incivility Spreads in a Divided Nation."

Chauncey DeVega is a politics staff writer for Salon. His essays can also be found at Chaunceydevega.com. He also hosts a weekly podcast, The Chauncey DeVega Show.

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Your rage at Trump is justified. Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon

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  • Your rage at Trump is justified: Don’t let scolds like the New York Times shame you for it.
  • There’s a myth that goodness exists independent of rage. It’s a lie to keep those being held down from rising up.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, July 21, 2018

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Feature Article | This Political Hell was Created by Rigged Primaries and Horrible Establishment Candidates, Not “Protest Votes.” Ian Berman, MintPress News

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  • The only way I will ever accept my choice being called a protest vote is if establishment Democrats acknowledge the primary was insurmountably rigged on Clinton’s behalf.
  • Buck the Establishment


Publisher's Choice | The Most Incompetent Demagogue In History, Robert Kuttner, Huffpost
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I don’t know why
We may not be perfect
But heaven knows we try
But all around
Even our old friends put us down
Let’s drop the big one
And see what happens…
- Randy Newman, “Political Science,” 1972


Of Special Interest | Collin Daybell | Republicans and Democrats
 

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Bloggers & Columnists | Chris Hedges, David Swanson, Glenn Greenwald

 


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Chris Hedges: Know That If We Resist We Keep Hope Alive. Christopher Smiley with Chris Hedges, Dandelion Salad

  • “Accept sorrow—for who cannot be profoundly sorrowful at the state of our nation, the world and our ecosystem—but know that in resistance there is a balm that leads to wisdom and, if not joy, a strange, transcendent happiness. Know that if we resist we keep hope alive.”
  • Related: Don’t let the Democrats censor the real resistance, Gloria La Riva, Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL)


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  • and Sam Husseini Dragged out of Press Conference
  • and Debate: Glenn Greenwald vs Joe Cirincione
  • Related: David Swanson Discusses “Curing American Exceptionalism”


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  • The Trump administration of separating children from their parents is not a novel idea. It is not a new thing exercised by the federal government.
  • Part 2: Separating Families? It’s What the US has Always Done
  • The solution is … to call upon all Americans to be better humans.
  • Related: Column: Sorting out facts and fears in the immigration debate, Michael Leiber, Lyndsay Boggess, Bryanna Fox and Richard Moule, Jr., Special to the Tampa Bay (FL) Times

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Series | Make America Kind Again. Sarah Thebarge, Patheos


Maybe America needs to become kind for the very first time.
 


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  • The only way I will ever accept my choice being called a protest vote is if establishment Democrats acknowledge the primary was insurmountably rigged on Clinton’s behalf.
  • Buck the Establishment

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July 11th, 2018 | With the outrage over separating families at the border and the prospect of another conservative Supreme Court Justice, Clinton Pallbearers are once again pointing fingers at Sanders and Stein supporters. Never mind that Gary Johnson Voters (4.49 million)  far exceeded the Jill Stein Voters (1.46 million) in the general election and both establishment candidates generated another abysmal voter turnout with 45 percent not voting at all, the Clintonites primarily blame the “Bernie Bros” for her loss. Therefore, I felt the need to respond to the recently resurrected, all-too-simplistic challenge of whether I still feel good about my Stein “Protest Vote.”

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Unequivocally, yes. It wasn’t a protest vote though. That is the establishment’s self-serving diminution of my vote’s meaning. It is my inalienable right to say with my vote who stood for my principles. Who I trusted with the immense power of running government. I refused to endorse either of the two evil candidates, let alone make the choice of the lesser of the two.

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