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Mark Fiore | Death and Destruction / www.markfiore.com

  • Now that the defense industry in the United States has taken a bit of a budgeting hit at home, they’re getting more aggressive overseas.  Defense contractors are opening satellite offices and selling arms as fast as they can into the chaos of the Middle East.
  • Obama’s Wars and the Liberals Who Love Them.  

Mark Fiore | Death and Destruction / www.markfiore.comApril 22, 2015 | Now that the defense industry in the United States has taken a bit of a budgeting hit at home, they’re getting more aggressive overseasDefense contractors are opening satellite offices and selling arms as fast as they can into the chaos of the Middle East.  

Between the fight against ISIS and the war in Yemen, more Arab countries are getting into the act and using their arsenals.  US companies are supplying the planes, bombs, missiles and other weapons everywhere from Libya and Iraq to Yemen and Pakistan.  We’ve got a very busy little military in-

dustrial complex these days.

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Obama’s Wars and the Liberals Who Love Them, Adam Marletta, West End News

  • “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?

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From the Archives | Let's Not Be Fooled By Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren

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  • Let’s not be fooled by “progressives” who can’t find their spines when the colonial regime in Israel bombs the crowded ghetto of Gaza.
  • Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week Ending August 17, 2014

Thomas Scott Tucker, Popular Resistance

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August 17th, 2014 | Bernie Sanders ends his recent column “Let’s Stand Together” with this piece of advice: “Let’s not be fooled.”

Quite right. Let’s not be fooled by any politician appealing to high ideals when they are in the business of war and empire.

Sanders not only defends military contracts that benefit his constituents in Vermont, he also joined the 100 to 0 vote in the Senate to give unalloyed moral and political support to the state of Israel during its most recent bombing campaign against Gaza.

Thomas Scott Tucker is a writer and a democratic socialist. His book of essays, “The Queer Question: Essays on Desire and Democracy,” was published by South End Press (July 1, 1999).

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Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week Ending August 17, 2014, Compiled by David Culver<>, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Fighting the Culture of Political Bullshit OR Karl Rove, the architect of Bush's career, privately said 'Fuck the truth; all that matters is the reality that we make people swallow.'
  • 8 New Items including:
    • Right-wing “populism” is a joke!
    • Henry A. Giroux | Thinking Dangerously in An Age of Political Betrayal
    • At Some Point, Progressives Need to Break Up With the Democratic Party
    • The lawless religious right: Time to stop caving to their ridiculous tantrums
    • Trying to Feel Patriotic on the Fourth of July
    • Feature Article | GOP Descent into Mindless Meanness,
    • The Dumbing Down of American Politics, June 19, 2014
    • Totally Nuts

The GOP’s destructive Vietnam mythology.

  • How the right’s self-glorifying delusions led to decades of avoidable war
  • In 1980, Reagan turned the Vietnam disaster into a faux-patriotic rallying cry. We've paid the price ever since
  • Tomgram | Christian Appy: "Honor" the Vietnam Veteran, Forget the War

Peter Birkenhead, Salon

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Saturday, May 2, 2015 | It only took about five years from the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, for the American right to succeed in burying the moment under mounds of revisionist horse shit. Ronald Reagan, speaking at a campaign appearance in the summer of 1980, said,

"It is time that we recognized that [the American War in Vietnam] was, in truth, a noble cause … . We dishonor the memory of 50 thousand young Americans who died in that cause when we give way to feelings of guilt as if we were doing something shameful."

Peter Birkenhead is a writer living in Washington, DC. 

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Tomgram | Christian Appy: "Honor" the Vietnam Veteran, Forget the War, Christian Appy, tomdispatch.com

  • Burying Vietnam, Launching Perpetual War
  • How Thanking the Veteran Meant Ignoring What Happened 
  • The Long Reach of Vietnam War Deceptions

Obama’s “No Growth, No Jobs, No Recovery” Economy Gives Up The Ghost

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  • GDP Downer
  • Translation: The economy is in the shitter.

Mike Whitney, Counterpunch

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Upward%20Mobility%20Works.jpgApril 30, 2015 | The world’s biggest economy ground to a standstill in the first quarter of 2015 wracked by massive job losses in the oil sector, falling personal consumption, weak exports and droopy fixed investment. Real gross domestic product (GDP), the value of the production of goods and services in the US, increased at an abysmal annual rate of just 0.2 percent in Q1 ’15 according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis demonstrating conclusively that 6 years of zero rates and Large-Scale Asset Purchases (LSAP)– which have enriched stock speculators, inflated the largest asset-price bubble in history, and exacerbated inequality to levels not seen since the Gilded Age– have done nothing to improve the real economy, boost demand or reduce unemployment. As the BEA data illustrates, the US economy is basically DOA, a victim of criminal congressional negligence and Central Bank chicanery.

From the BEA release: “The deceleration in real GDP growth in the first quarter reflected a deceleration in PCE, downturns in exports, in nonresidential fixed investment, and in state and local government spending, and a deceleration in residential fixed investment that were partly offset by a deceleration in imports and upturns in private inventory investment and in federal government spending.”

Translation: The economy is in the shitter.

Mike Whitney lives in Washington state. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press). 

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'Saving Passengers of the Good Ship "Titan… Earth"'

  • There is still just enough time to save most of the passengers on the Good Ship 'Earth' but we must be courageous and resolute. If we let the cowardice and delusion of elites and their agents guide us, we will join the dead passengers of the 'Titanic'.
  • Austerity, Debt & Environmental Degradation
  • George Carlin | “The Planet Is Fine”

Robert J. Burrowes, Special to Evergreene Digest

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Earth%20Floating%20on%20the%20Sea.jpgApril 6, 2015 | On 15 April 1912, the 'Titanic', the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service, sank in the North Atlantic Ocean after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage. The large and unnecessary death toll – more than 1,500 passengers and crew – was the result of many factors.

Understanding the psychology that underpins these factors teaches us why so many people died in the 'Titanic' disaster. This, in turn, gives us insight into how we might be able to improve our chances of averting the sinking of the Good Ship 'Earth' and losing most of its passengers in the years now immediately ahead.

Robert J. Burrowes has a lifetime commitment to understanding and ending human violence. He has done extensive research since 1966 in an effort to understand why human beings are violent and has been a nonviolent activist since 1981. He is the author of 'Why Violence?' 

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Austerity, Debt & Environmental Degradation, Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance

  • Our individual struggles are against system-wide problems and when the people are united, we can win. Let’s keep building solidarity and unity of action so the muscle of people power grows.
  • The fracking struggle: a distorted reflection of America’s decomposing democracy

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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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Go home, David Simon. Without justice in Baltimore, there can be no peace.

  • It doesn’t get much more out of touch or tone deaf than a successful, white, middle-aged man telling disenfranchised young black people who are routinely victimised by the police to stop being angry and selfish after another young man was killed in police custody and his spine was almost severed.
  • David Simon’s judgmental post about the Freddie Gray protests were the wrong message, at the wrong time, coming from the wrong person
  • Baltimore: Media Behaving Badly, April 29, 2015

Lanre Bakare, Guardian

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Tuesday 28 April 2015 No riot in the human history has ever been about just one person. What happened in London in 2011 wasn’t just about Mark Duggan; LA in 1991 wasn’t just about Rodney King; Paris in 2005 wasn’t just about Bouna Traoré or Zyed Benna. The events in Baltimore, clearly, aren’t just about Freddie Gray. They definitely don’t have anything to do with David Simon – or, at least they shouldn’t.

On Monday, Simon – the acclaimed creator of The Wire – posted on his blog a short response to the riots and unrest in Baltimore in which he told those causing the trouble to “go home”, that they were derailing the progress made after Gray’s death and that they were “an affront to that man’s memory”. (Those were sentiments shared by Gray’s family.)

Simon then added that “the anger and the selfishness and the brutality” needed to cease.

Lanre Bakare is commissioning editor at Guardian, based in New York.

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Baltimore: Media Behaving Badly, April 29, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • "The biases the media has are much bigger than conservative or liberal. They're about getting ratings, about making money, about doing stories that are easy to cover." --Al Franken
  • Part 1: The media’s stunning Baltimore betrayal: Demonizing protesters & giving police brutality a pass
  • Part 2: Part 2: What we talk about when we talk about black protesters: A history of right-wing dogwhistles

 

US Uncut | Wells Fargo Subprime Riots / www.facebook.com

  • Wells Fargo Bank first pushed sub-prime mortgages on thousands of black families in Baltimore (referred to as "Mud People" by loan officers), then foreclosed on their homes. But unlike Baltimore's black youth who threw rocks, not one single banker was arrested for destroying the community.
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US Uncut | Wells Fargo Subprime Riots / www.facebook.com

Nonviolence as Compliance

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  • Officials calling for calm can offer no rational justification for Gray's death, and so they appeal for order.
  • When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse.
  • Police body cameras will not change the culture of racism in America.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Atlantic 

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Apr 27, 2015 | Rioting broke out on Monday in Baltimore—an angry response to the death of Freddie Gray, a death my native city seems powerless to explain. Gray did not die mysteriously in some back alley but in the custody of the city's publicly appointed guardians of order. And yet the mayor of that city and the commissioner of that city's police still have no idea what happened. I suspect this is not because the mayor and police commissioner are bad people, but because the state of Maryland prioritizes the protection of police officers charged with abuse over the citizens who fall under its purview.

The citizens who live in West Baltimore, where the rioting began, intuitively understand this. I grew up across the street from Mondawmin Mall, where today's riots began. My mother was raised in the same housing project, Gilmor Homes, where Freddie Gray was killed. Everyone I knew who lived in that world regarded the police not with admiration and respect but with fear and caution. People write these feelings off as wholly irrational at their own peril, or their own leisure. The case against the Baltimore police, and the society that superintends them, is easily made."

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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man-and-cops1.jpg?w=1600Police body cameras will not change the culture of racism in America, Agatha Beins, Quartz

  • April 17, 2015 | Ultimately, we must push our thinking beyond the individual. If our goal is justice, then we need to imagine a legal system that encompasses more than individual accountability and individual punishment. Unfortunately, body cameras don’t result from the kind of critical and imaginative thinking we need to challenge racism at a systemic scale.
  • Angry Grandpa Cannot Contain His Fury After Watching a Cop in His Town Kill An Innocent Man

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