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Angry, Armed and White: The Typical Profile of America's Most Violent Extremists

  • White men, usually right-wingers, are the dominant threat.
  • Tea Party and the Right 
  • America’s angriest white men: Up close with racism, rage and Southern supremacy

Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

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screen_shot_2015-02-12_at_8.27.25_pm.pngFebruary 12, 2015 Police in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, say they’re investigating the role racial hatred played in the killing of three Muslim students by suspect Craig Stephen Hicks. They’re saying the 46-year-old white man had a history of fights over a parking space with the victims, suggesting the killings could be reduced to road rage.

Meanwhile, Hicks’ social media posts show that he was an ardent atheist who equally mocked Muslims and Christians, an avid defender of the Constitution’s separation of church and state, and a gun nut who posted pictures of his revolver. The Associated Press quoted neighbors who say “he always seemed angry and frequently confronted his neighbors” and “his ex-wife said he was obsessed with the shooting rampage movie Falling Down" and showed “no compassion at all.”

Steven Rosenfeld covers national political issues for AlterNet, including America's retirement crisis, democracy and voting rights, and campaigns and elections. He is the author of "Count My Vote: A Citizen's Guide to Voting."

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America’s angriest white men: Up close with racism, rage and Southern supremacy, Michael Kimmel, Salon 

This Species is Amusing Itself to Death

  • “Apathy and indifference are nurtured in the modern age as most peoples’ free time is frittered away with worthless trivia like ball games, computer games, movies and soaps, and fiddling with their mobile phones. These distractions might be fun, but after most of them you’ve learnt nothing of any value, and remain ignorant, malleable and suggestible, which is just how the elites want you.” -- Clive Maund
  • The Diagnosis for the Future Inhabitants of our Dying Planet

Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn

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p/9780143036531_p0_v1_s260x420.jpg30 years ago (1985) Neil Postman (a professor of communications arts and sciences at New York University - until his death in 2003) wrote the best-selling book “Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business”. The book exposed, among other things, the subtle but profound dangers to the developing mind from the mesmerizing (and addictive) commercial television industry.

The lessons from that book have essentially been ignored by the amoral and corrupted sociopathic capitalist system that says “damn the torpedoes/full steam ahead” and blindly and greedily promotes unlimited growth no matter what the costs and who or what gets hurt long–term in the resource-extractive, exploitive and permanently polluting processes.

Gary G. Kohls is a retired physician who writes about issues of war, peace, justice, mental health and nonviolence and feels it is important to mix religion and non-partisan politics.

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America Is Not a Normal Country

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  • But the madness will end, eventually. The bad dream that is post-9/11 America must at last give way to something else. If the people don’t get sick of it and demand that it end, or military defeat doesn’t do it, the U.S. empire will simply run out of money. Its days are numbered. It's just tragic and sickening that many more will die before that happens."
  • “No civilization would tolerate what America has done.”

Anthony Gregory, Reality Zone / Market Oracle

emDbm5dNEuw/s400/insanityWednesday, September 15, 2010 | "The United States is not a normal country. If it ever was one, it certainly isn't now. Its imperial foreign policy has long made it special, and now that it’s the world’s lone superpower – with an effective monopoly on aerial warfare, calling the shots as to who can have nukes, claiming the unilateral right to start wars against anyone – the U.S. government has become so belligerent, and especially in remote lands, that American wars have become routine, its casualties relegated to the back page.

This decade has obviously been especially bad. Nine years ago, the Twin Towers fell, the Pentagon was hit, and the United States, its government and political culture, fell under a spell of mass delusion that still shows no signs of abating. It has been nine whole years since 9/11, and it is starting to look like the "post-9/11" insanity that marked America under Bush has become a permanent feature of the American landscape.

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Anthony Gregory is a research analyst at the Independent Institute. He lives in Oakland, California. See his webpage for more articles and personal information. 

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“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.
  • Torture Is Who We Are

 

Minnesota Nuclear Plant Cost Overruns Show Shortcomings of Large Scale Power Generation

 

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  • Nuclear energy had its heyday when advocates believed it would be “too cheap to meter,” but the cost and operational parameters of large-scale power plants do not align with the needs of a modern electricity grid. Maybe the future will look more like the miniaturization of nuclear power in Isaac Asimov’s sci-fi novel Foundation, but until then, using already-available and cost-effective distributed renewable energy makes more sense.
  • Don't buy PolyMet's assurances on environmental outcomes of sulfide mining.

John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-reliance

trojan-nuclear-power-plant-flickr-tobin-320x240.jpgSep 11, 2014 | With the rich history of cost overruns in the nuclear industry, Xcel Energy and Minnesota regulators probably shouldn’t have been surprised when the retrofit cost to the Monticello nuclear power plant ballooned to more than twice the original estimate late last year. Regulators are asking tough questions about whether the cost overruns are the responsibility of poor management.

But this recent Minnesota example only reinforces why nuclear power (similar to other large-scale power generation) isn’t cost-effective or compatible with a clean energy future.

John Farrell directs the Energy Self-Reliant States and Communities program at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and he focuses on energy policy developments that best expand the benefits of local ownership and dispersed generation of renewable energy.

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Don't buy PolyMet's assurances on environmental outcomes of sulfide mining, David A. Lien, MinnPost

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The prospective sulfide miners have grown fond of telling us that new technology will cure all ills associated with the inevitable acid-mine drainage (AMD) that ends up poisoning regional watersheds and waterways. But the sportsmen and women of northern Minnesota aren’t buying it, and neither should you.

Series | Black History Month: Part 3, The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree, Brutality’s Never Far Away

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  • American Exceptionalism blinds those who share its gaze to uncomfortable facts and truths about their own country.
  • Part 1: The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree: Brutality’s Never Far Away
  • Part 2: Part 2: Yes, ISIS Burned a Man Alive: White Americans Did the Same Thing to Thousands of Black People

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree, Brutality’s Never Far Away

As the world reacts to ISIS brutality, Bill Moyers reminds us of homegrown barbarism in our not-so-distant past.

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

AP498509453396-cropped.jpgA Palestinian hold a poster with a picture of slain Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh during a protest in front of the Jordanian embassy, in the West Bank City of Ramallah, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

February 5, 2015 | They burned him alive in an iron cage, and as he screamed and writhed in the agony of hell they made a sport of his death.

After listening to one newscast after another rightly condemn the barbaric killing of that Jordanian air force pilot at the bloody hands of ISIS, I couldn’t sleep. My mind kept roaming the past trying to retrieve a vaguely remembered photograph that I had seen long ago in the archives of a college library in Texas.

Bill Moyers is an American journalist and liberal public commentator. He served as White House Press Secretary in the Johnson administration from 1965 to 1967. He also worked as a network TV news commentator for ten years.

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Part 2: Yes, ISIS Burned a Man Alive: White Americans Did the Same Thing to Thousands of Black People

The United States practiced a unique cultural ritual that was as least as gruesome as the "medieval" punishments meted out by ISIS against its foes.

Chauncey DeVega, Daily Kos / AlterNet

jesse-washington-LOT13093-no.38.jpgLarge crowd looking at the burned body of Jesse Washington, 18 year-old African-American, lynched in Waco, Texas, May 15, 1916. (Library of Congress) 

February 5, 2015 | ISIS burned Muadh al Kasasbeh, a captured Jordian fighter pilot, to death. They doused him with an accelerant. His captors set him on fire. Muadh al Kasasbeh desperately tried to put out the flames. ISIS recorded Muadh al Kasasbeh's immolation, produced a video designed to intimidate their enemies, and then circulated it online.

ISIS's burning alive of Muadh al Kasasbeh has been denounced as an act of savagery, barbarism, and wanton cruelty--one from the "dark ages" and not of the modern world.

Chauncey DeVega, a pseudonym, is editor and founder of the blog We Are Respectable Negroes. His essays on race, popular culture and politics have been published in various books and Web sites.

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Part 2, Malcolm X Was Right About America 

Part 1, Martin Luther King Was a Radical, Not a Saint

 

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