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The San Bernadino Shooting Victims: “Just another day in the United States of America, another day of gunfire, panic and fear.” --BBC

  • So far in the year 2015, there have been more than 350 shootings in the US in which four or more people are harmed or killed, according to shootingtracker.com, a website that tallies gun violence in the US. And in what may be considered an insensitive yet also accurate opening, BBC began its coverage of the San Bernadino shootings Wednesday with the tagline: “Just another day in the United States of America, another day of gunfire, panic and fear.”
  • Part 1: These Are The Victims Of The San Bernardino Shooting
  • Part 2: The other victims of San Bernardino shooting: families left waiting in terror
  • Special Report | The US Gun Culture: Week Ending December 5, 2015

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 



Part 1: These Are The Victims Of The San Bernardino Shooting

On Thursday afternoon, officials began identifying the 14 people killed.

Michael McLaughlin, Willa Frej, and Jade Walker, the Huffington Post

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December 3, 2015 | Late Wednesday morning, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik stormed a holiday party at a San Bernardino, California, social services facility, slaughtering 14 people and wounding another 21. As authorities work to determine the shooters' motives, the San Bernardino County Coroner's office released the names of all the victims on Thursday afternoon. 

Here's what we know so far about those who lost their lives at the Inland Regional Center. 

Michael McLaughlin, Reporter, the Huffington Post
Willa Frej, Reporter, the Huffington Post
Jade Walker, Overnight Editor, the 
Huffington Post

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Part 2: The other victims of San Bernardino shooting: families left waiting in terror

While media outlets and law enforcement have developed a routine response to mass shootings in the US, families and friends of the victims in San Bernardino are still battling their own confusion and grief.

Story Hinckley, Christian Science Monitor

http://dingo.care2.com/pictures/causes/2964/2963532.large.jpgDecember 3, 2015 | After the mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, Wednesday that killed 14 and wounded 17 others, families and friends of the victims suffered an antagonizing wait before learning the fate of their loved ones.

Sherry Esquerra desperately tried to reach her daughter after learning of an active shooter in the same social services office as where her daughter works for children with disabilities. “Nothing, I just get her message,” Ms. Esquerra tells the Associated Press. “Straight to voicemail.”

Story Hinckley joined the Christian Science Monitor staff in 2015 as a Rapid Response Intern.

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Special Report | The US Gun Culture: Week Ending December 5, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • America is living under the gun. America has lost its mind.
  • 7 New Items including:
    • The Colorado Shooting Comes Amid an ‘Alarming’ Escalation of Anti-Abortion Violence
    • The Second Amendment Was Never Meant to Protect an Individual’s Right to a Gun
    • Take Action: Condemn Act of Terror and Stop Empowering White Supremacists
    • The terrifying consequences of open carry: Neighbor’s pleas for help go unheeded before gunman kills three
    • The Myth of the Good Guy With a Gun
    • Wrong, NRA! Right-to-Carry Laws Actually Increase Gun Violence
    • Gun extremists’ ghastly new low: A fight over “open carry” turns vulgar and scary

 

The Second Amendment Was Never Meant to Protect an Individual’s Right to a Gun

  • “The idea that the founders wanted to protect a right to have a Glock loaded and stored in your nightstand so you could blow away an intruder is just crazy,” says Saul Cornell, a leading Second Amendment scholar.
  • How the Supreme Court upended the well-established meaning of the Second Amendment.

Dorothy Samuels, the Nation

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September 23, 2015 | In common with the other big rightward swerves by the Roberts Court, the 2008 ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller was an aggressive exercise in mendacity. By upending the well-established meaning of the Second Amendment, the Court made the country less safe and less free. It did this under the guise of a neutral and principled “originalism” that looks to the text as it was first understood back in 1791 by the amendment’s drafters and their contemporaries.

Heller’s 5–4 majority decision, written by Justice Antonin Scalia and joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito, was less in sync with the founding generation than with the top priority of a powerful interest group closely aligned with the Republican right. The National Rifle Association had been waging an intense 30-year campaign to secure an individual’s constitutional right to keep and bear arms by winning over members of the public, high-level politicians, and, ultimately, the Supreme Court. Mission, to an alarming degree, accomplished.

Dorothy Samuels, a senior fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, served as a member of the New York Times editorial board from 1984 to 2015.

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Mein Trumpf

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  • The seeds Trump is sowing are poisonous indeed. Violent white nationalism has not been so effectively mainstreamed since the 1920s. It's time to start taking this seriously.
  • Part 1: Donald Trump's alarming skid toward outright fascism
  • Part 2: Trump, the New Hitler

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: Donald Trump's alarming skid toward outright fascism

The seeds Trump is sowing are poisonous indeed. Violent white nationalism has not been so effectively mainstreamed since the 1920s. It's time to start taking this seriously.

Ryan Cooper, TheWeek

I made the case just a couple months back that Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is a sort of fledgling Mussolini, nurturing an incipient fascist movement. As the first primaries approach, and Trump's lead in the polls is actually widening, his development toward outright fascism is progressing faster than I feared.

As of August, Trump had most of the ingredients for a fascist movement: the victim complex, the fervent nationalism, the obsession with national purity and cleansing purges, and the cult of personality. He was missing the organized violence, a left-wing challenge strong enough to push traditional conservative elites into his camp, support for wars of aggression, and a full-bore attack on democracy itself. He's made much progress on all but the last one.

Ryan Cooper is a national correspondent at TheWeek.com. His work has appeared in the Washington Monthly, the New Republic, and the Washington Post.

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Part 2: Trump, the New Hitler 

Seriously, this nation is scaring the shit out of me with the support of this guy. I keep thinking I'll wake up and it will all be a joke played on us.

Michele, Political Hotwire

November 25, 2015 | As of August, Trump had most of the ingredients for a fascist movement: the victim complex, the fervent nationalism, the obsession with national purity and cleansing purges, and the cult of personality. He was missing the organized violence, a left-wing challenge strong enough to push traditional conservative elites into his camp, support for wars of aggression, and a full-bore attack on democracy itself. He's made much progress on all but the last one.

It's clear now that the Paris attacks enormously energized the Trumpist movement. He's now speculating openly about invading Syria. Trump's proposals have gone from overt prejudice to things literally taken out of late Weimar history — closure of mosques and a national Muslim database. The rank-and-file have both fed off and stoked this behavior. When a lone protester started chanting "black lives matter" at a Trump rally, Trumpists jumped him (he was luckily not badly injured). Trump later said, "Maybe he should have been roughed up." Hours later he lied about witnessing Muslim crowds celebrating 9/11, and retweeted nonsense racist garbage from a literal neo-Nazi.

Michele is a contributor to Political Hotwire

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The Descent Into Madness, Part II

  • As the rhetoric of Trump and Carson and Cruz becomes harsher, with naked appeals to intolerance and even violence, it is time to wake up. Because they speak to an entire group's existential crisis, tap into their deep reservoir of resentment, and elicit violent emotions, these themes and their proponents must be addressed.
  • "Shut Up, Bigot!": The Intolerance of Tolerance

James Zogby, Huffington Post

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http://i.huffpost.com/gen/3399786/images/n-DONALD-TRUMP-large570.jpg11/28/2015 | The roots of our nation's current descent into madness can be traced back to a series of unresolved catastrophic traumas Americans experienced during the Bush Administration. In the short span of 8 years, we suffered a collective loss of confidence in American leadership, in the ability of government to perform its most basic functions, and in the very essence of the American Dream.

Recall that when George W. Bush was elected in 2000, the electoral process itself had been confidence-shattering. Having been brought up to believe in the inviolability of our democratic process, exposure to "how the sausage was made", caused great discomfort. Nevertheless, we moved on because the country was doing well both economically and politically. We had emerged victorious from the Cold War and in the decade that followed demonstrated our uncontested leadership, winning two relatively quick wars: liberating Kuwait and bringing peace to Bosnia.

James Zogby, President, Arab American Institute; author, 'Arab Voices'

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"Shut Up, Bigot!": The Intolerance of Tolerance, Ben Crenshaw, Intellectual Takeout

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So what will the future of American society and culture be? Will it be a place for true tolerance, where competing ideas and visions of human flourishing are openly and respectfully debated in the public square? Or will the new tolerance create a totalitarian regime that controls both private thought and public engagement through accusations of bigotry while masquerading as enlightenment and progress?

 

 

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Donald Sutherland Explains the Real Meaning of Hunger Games and Why its Message Must be Understood

  • Please share this article and video so that others, who may have missed the point of this movie series, may see its true purpose – calling out the elite for the criminals that they are.
  • There are some inside Hollywood, who are trying to wake up the world - Donald Sutherland is one of them.
  • Is War Still a Racket?

Matt Agorist, Free Thought Project

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Hollywood actor Donald Sutherland just dropped a bombshell on the military industrial complex. Sutherland, who plays President Coriolanus Snow in the blockbuster movie series Hunger Games, was recently asked what the movie was really about – he held no punches in his answer.

“If there’s any question as to what it’s an allegory for I will tell you.

It is the powers that be in the United States of America.

Matt Agorist is a contributor to Free Thought Project

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Is War Still a Racket? Chris White, Counterpunch

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  • Is War Still a Racket? An Ex-Marine Compares Gen. Smedley Butler's 1933 with 2003
  • War Is a Racket ~ Major General Smedley Butler

 

The Crux of the Matter: Living together in Dignity or Perishing Alone

  • Aristotle stated the issue: "... what is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it. Everyone thinks chiefly of his own, hardly at all of the common interest."
  • "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Part 1: Forget Islamic State: Humanity Itself Is at Stake
  • Part 2: Will the Commons Become Tragic?

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: Forget Islamic State: Humanity Itself Is at Stake

The crux of the matter: we either live in dignity together or continue to perish alone, warring tribes and grief-stricken nations. This is not just about indiscriminate bombing - our humanity, in fact, the future of the human race is at stake.

Ramzy BaroudCommon Dreams

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Nov 27, 2015 | I still remember that smug look on his face, followed by the matter-of-fact remarks that had western journalists laugh out loud.

“I’m now going to show you a picture of the luckiest man in Iraq,” General Norman Schwarzkopf, known as ‘Stormin’ Norman, said at a press conference sometime in 1991, as he showed a video of US bombs blasting an Iraqi bridge, seconds after the Iraqi driver managed to cross it.

But then, a far more unjust invasion and war followed in 2003, following a decade-long siege that cost Iraq a million of its children and its entire economy.

Ramzy Baroud is an author and editor of PalestineChronicle.com. His work has been published in many newspapers, journals and anthologies around the world. His is the author of The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People's Struggle (Pluto Press, London). His latest book is My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza's Untold Story (Pluto Press, London).

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Part 2: Will the Commons Become Tragic?

Gary Hart, Matters of Principle 

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27 December 2010 | It is quite possible that the greatest human challenge in this century will be how or whether we humans can fairly share what belongs to all. Aristotle stated the issue: "... what is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it. Everyone thinks chiefly of his own, hardly at all of the common interest." Garrett Hardin summarized this issue for the present age: "Ruin is the destination toward which all men rush, each pursuing his own best interest in a society that believes in the freedom of the commons."

Our economic system is built on the proposition that markets allocate resources best. But what is true of private resources may not also be true of public resources, those we hold in common. The conservative response to this is, of course, privatize all public resources. 20 years ago this was accomplished in Russia, and about a dozen and a half oligarchs ended up with most of the public assets.

Gary Hart: Scholar in Residence and Wirth Chair Professor University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs 

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