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Modern Politicians Bewilder Us Into Submission By Treating Reality Like Conceptual Art

From Putin’s Russia to Cameron’s UK, to Obama’s United States, information has become increasingly baffling and contradictory, which helps if you’re an oligarch trying to rob the public blind. 

 

Peter Z. Scheer, Truthdig / Rise Up Times

 

 

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Peter Z. ScheerManaging editor of Truthdig.com and host of Truthdig Radio.

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The absent black father myth—debunked by CDC

Perhaps it's time we stopped flogging the simplistic notion that all that truly plagues the black community is a lack of weddings.

Frank Vyan Walton, Daily Kos

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black-fatherhood.png?1431025883May 10, 2015 | We've been told, quite frequently and repeatedly that the problems in the black community that we've seen in Ferguson and Baltimore recently are not the fault of biased, paramilitary, paranoid and violent policing (even if the Bureau of Justice Statistics indicates that black people are three times more likely to be subject to law enforcement uses of force). They are not the fault of racist red-lining that created these impoverished neighborhoods in the first place. They are not the fault of bigoted lending and hiring practices that create roadblocks for those attempting to escape those neighborhoods. And the fact that black students are disciplined, suspended and expelled far more easily and quickly for the same or lesser offenses, isn't the problem.

None of that is the problem. Nope.  All of that is just too bad. Life is tough all over. Lots of people have got lots of problems. No, instead we've heard that the welfare benefits in Baltimore are "too lucrative," because when you give people nothing they somehow get more, somewhere. That businesses won't invest in these neighborhoods until something is done about those darn teachers unions. That it's because of "too many gay marriages." That ISIS is using Baltimore to recruit blacks. And, of course, when all else fails, blame Obama.

Frank Vyan WaltonNow living in Los Angeles with my own independant web design company where I operate the Truth 2 Power Online Radio Station.

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“I just don’t believe this anymore”: Why I abandoned my faith

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  • Sarah Morehead of the nonprofit group Recovering From Religion reflects on her tortuous path to godlessness.
  • From the Archives | Easter Messages, 2014

Valerie Tarico, AlterNet

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Saturday, May 2, 2015 | Americans are leaving their religions at a faster rate than ever before, and that means more are looking for help with the transition. People who are casually religious may walk away and not look back. But for others religion is at the very heart of their identity, worldview and community, and having a safe place to process doubts can be a metaphorical godsend.

“Reclaimers,” people who are actively working to rebuild their lives after a period of religious immersion, may struggle with harmful ideas and emotions from the beliefs they once held or the behavior of fellow believers. Alternately, they may find that leaving is lonely and disorienting. Marlene Winell, a human development consultant who assists people leaving their religion, coined the term Religious Trauma Syndrome to describe a pattern she saw in some clients, in particular those leaving closed, authoritarian, fear-based communities. But even doubters who don’t experience this level of distress may find themselves feeling confused, afraid, self-doubting or overwhelmed.

Valerie Tarico is a former fundamentalist Christian, psychologist, and writer in Seattle, WA, and the founder of Wisdom Commons. She is the author of "Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light" and "Deas and Other Imaginings."

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From the Archives | Easter Messages, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Jesus was killed because he was a speaker of God’s truth. He was an unrelenting advocate of justice. The resurrection stories make a profound declaration: Truth can never be killed and the truth-teller can never be defeated. 
  • Part 1:Telling the Truth about Easter
  • Part 2: Misunderstanding Jesus’s Execution

The unbearable dumbness of American as*holery

  • Hateful, ignorant and proud of it, what could be more American than that?
  • We need to import some fucking shame from somewhere. Can we get a pipeline for that? We've been way too tolerant.
  • The GOP’s demonic alliance: How the religious right & big business are dumbing down America
  • Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week Ending May 9, 2015

One Pissed Off Liberal, Daily Kos

 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Betty Culver

8745/17372608791_64ac8f0f93_o.gif Wed May 06, 2015 | Sure, it's your right to say whatever you want no matter how stupid or hateful, but is it a good idea? Are you doing yourself or society any favors? It's your perfect right to be an idiot but your idiocy, once loosed upon the general public, is another matter. You don't have the moral right to make other people suffer because you're stupid. Sometimes life is about more than what you have a right to do, but what you should or shouldn't do within the context of civilized society – which I submit, we should be aiming for. Civilization seems a worthy goal at this point.

America should be ashamed of producing so many stupid people. Virtually every one of whom has or had the potential to shine, and it was just never realized because we as a society are neglectful, especially of the poor and working classes. We do not have universal education any more than we have universal health care. In many cases, the poor just have a pipeline to prison.

One Pissed Off Liberal:  known by the nickname OPOL, I am a 60's survivor, Woodstock alumnus, a human rights/anti-death penalty/anti-war/prison reform/anti-drug war activist, an artist/poet/writer, a dharma bum, a freedom-fighter and an original Southern hippie.

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The GOP’s demonic alliance: How the religious right & big business are dumbing down America, Conor Lynch, Salon

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  • The American writer, Issac Asimov, once said, “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’” Unfortunately, this thread has continued to this day, and individuals like Ted Cruz and Scott Walker are here to remind us that ignorance can be quite competitive with knowledge, as long as there’s money behind it.
  • Christian America is an invention: Big business, right-wing politics and the religious lie that still divides us

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Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week Ending May 9, 2015, 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:
    • The GOP’s destructive Vietnam mythology
    • An Award-Winning Cancer Researcher Says U.S. Science Has Never Been More Imperiled
    • The GOP’s demonic alliance: How the religious right & big business are dumbing down America
    • Christian America is an invention: Big business, right-wing politics and the religious lie that still divides us
    • The Crazy World of Tom Cotton
    • The 2015 GOP Clown Car: Bigger, Meaner, and More Dangerous Than Ever
    • Who Let the Dog Turds In? 
    • Paul Krugman Reveals the Outrageous Con Job Behind the Savage GOP Budget

Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week Ending May 9, 2015

Politics%20Banner.jpg

  • 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:
  • The GOP’s destructive Vietnam mythology
  • An Award-Winning Cancer Researcher Says U.S. Science Has Never Been More Imperiled
  • The GOP’s demonic alliance: How the religious right & big business are dumbing down America
  • Christian America is an invention: Big business, right-wing politics and the religious lie that still divides us
  • The Crazy World of Tom Cotton
  • The 2015 GOP Clown Car: Bigger, Meaner, and More Dangerous Than Ever
  • Who Let the Dog Turds In? 
  • Paul Krugman Reveals the Outrageous Con Job Behind the Savage GOP Budget

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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The GOP’s destructive Vietnam mythology, Peter Birkenhead, Salon

  • 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

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An Award-Winning Cancer Researcher Says U.S. Science Has Never Been More Imperiled, Sam Stein, Huffington Post 

  • "Americans just don’t see a future at this point in time in science, and it has happened pretty quickly." --Dr. Frederick Alt
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson Sounds The Alarm Over Science Illiteracy, And For Good Reason
  • When science yields to freedom of expression

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The GOP’s demonic alliance: How the religious right & big business are dumbing down America, Conor LynchSalon

  • The American writer, Issac Asimov, once said, “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’” Unfortunately, this thread has continued to this day, and individuals like Ted Cruz and Scott Walker are here to remind us that ignorance can be quite competitive with knowledge, as long as there’s money behind it.
  • Christian America is an invention: Big business, right-wing politics and the religious lie that still divides us

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Christian America is an invention: Big business, right-wing politics and the religious lie that still divides us, Kevin M. KruseSalon

  • The idea of "one nation under God" is a modern one -- and does not date back to the Founding Fathers
  • Excerpted from "One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America"
  • The GOP’s demonic alliance: How the religious right & big business are dumbing down America
  • Big Bible vs. Big Business

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The Crazy World of Tom Cotton, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Wherein the bobble-throated slapdick junior senator from Arkansas is making the rounds of the echo chamber again, where he is allowed to say almost anything without any pushback whatsoever.
  • Part 1: Tom Cotton Says Discrimination Is All Relative As Long As Hanging Is Not Involved
  • Part 2: Tom Cotton Says Something Dumb 
  • The 2015 GOP Clown Car: Bigger, Meaner, and More Dangerous Than Ever

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John Cole

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The 2015 GOP Clown Car: Bigger, Meaner, and More Dangerous Than Ever, Richard Zombeck, Huffington Post

  • A (clown) car full of gun loving, poor hating, veteran screwing, climate change denying, Wall Street deregulating, health care repealing, and wealthy old white man loving clowns.  
  • They have the numbers to do what they want and by this time next year we could be having a completely different conversation in a completely different country.
  • Who Let the Dog Turds In?

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Who Let the Dog Turds In? David Culver, Telling It Like It Is! <http://tellingitlikeitisblog.org>

The Peter Principle states that in any hierarchal organization, leaders tend to reach their level of incompetence. In other words, cream sours when it gets to the top. That’s our country: a creamery that stinks!

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Paul Krugman Reveals the Outrageous Con Job Behind the Savage GOP Budget, Janet Allon, AlterNet

  • "The modern G.O.P.’s raw fiscal dishonesty is something new in American politics."
  • Richer and Poorer: How much inequality can a democracy stand?

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