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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, May 19, 2018.

Including links to over 760 websites and over 30 highlighted items featuring:

Feature Article | David Swanson Discusses “Curing American Exceptionalism.” David Swanson, Opednews Rise Up Times

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  • U.S. exceptionalism, the idea that the United States of America is superior to other nations, is no more fact-based and no less harmful than racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry.
  • Curing Exceptionalism: What’s wrong with how we think about the United States? What can we do about it? 


Publisher's Choice | How Liberals and Their Talking Points Are Fueling the Alt-Right and Trump, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: How Liberals Are Fueling the Alt-Right
  • As the old adage goes, “You can’t fight fire with fire.”
  • Part 2: How Liberal Talking Points Help President Trump
  • The name-calling and the policing of others’ words will only repel voters


Of Special Interest | What's Next for Net Neutrality in Congress? Eric Revell, Countable <>


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Bloggers & Columnists | David Swanson, Amy Goodman & Juan Gonzalez



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In Government & Politics | the American Conservative: We keep faith with the best of what the generations before us learned and teach us. We apply those lessons to the dislocations, temptations, and crises of the present day.





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Activism & Organizing

The Wars Abroad and the Wars at Home—and the Work of Putting an End to Them, elnwebmaster, Labor Fightback Network

  • https://smhttp-ssl-62992.nexcesscdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Statue-of-Liberty-and-Mushroom-Cloud-1024-850x567.jpgTo bring the issue of war into the Poor People’s Campaign would be natural and non-controversial. Any call for moral revival must demand peace. The destruction—indeed sheer waste—of young lives is unconscionable, and the amount of money wasted on that destruction is money which could be addressing the human needs to which the Poor People’s Campaign is drawing attention.
  • Related: Whither the Anti-war Movement?


Critical Thinking

Syria – a Case Study in Propaganda, Chris Kanthan, NationofChange
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  • The most important thing is that people are gullible and malleable, since that allows us to keep the war going and eventually achieve our goals.
  • Related: Fabricating a War on Iran
  • Related: The Age of the Imbecile (And Why it's a Big Problem)


Gender & Sexuality

How Punishment Sustains Patriarchy, Robert Koehler, LA Progressive 

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Al%20Franken%20Listening%20Thoughtfully.jpgWe live in a deeply problematic and unfair world, but suddenly social awareness has solidified around the wrongness of sexual abuse, so much so that powerful men are feeling the sting of accountability for stupid and cruel behavior that until recently seemed consequence-free.



 

Government & Politics

Republican Insider Explains How Religion Destroyed the GOP, Mike Lofgren, Viking Press / AlterNet

  • In the book, "The Party Is Over," veteran Republican Mike Lofgren writes about the rise of politicized religious fundamentalism and how the GOP devolved into anti-intellectual nuts.
  • Related: Special Report | Barry Goldwater Warned Us - The Danger of Evangelicals.

Here's Why Self-Indulgent Libertarian Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds, Jeremy Sherman, AlterNet

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/David%20Horsey%20%7C%20The%20Spirit%20of%20Libertarianism%20copy.jpgA window into a tempting tendency in human nature.
  • Related: The Myopic Selfishness of Libertarians


Media & Technology

In America's news headlines, Israel Mysteriously Kills 61 Palestinians and Injures 2700 Protesters in Gaza, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: In America's news headlines, Palestinians die mysterious deaths.
  • Judging by some stories, it’s almost as if bullets just hang in the air, waiting for Palestinians to walk deliberately into them.
  • Part 2: Palestinians Mark 70th Anniversary of Nakba After Israel Kills 61 & Wounds 2,700 Protesters in Gaza
  • The Israeli military killed at least 61 Palestinians in Gaza and wounded 2,700 more for protesting Monday’s opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and the Israeli occupation.


Peace & Non-violence

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  • “Why do not the mothers of mankind interfere in these matters to prevent the waste of that human life of which they alone bear and know the cost?” --Julia Ward Howe
  • Related: Whither the Anti-war Movement?


Religion & Spirituality


Special Report | Message to Trump devotees: The dangerous cult of Donald Trump, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: The dangerous cult of Donald Trump
  • If Trump's presidency deteriorates further, expect the religious fervor of many of his followers to reach a fever pitch.
  • Part 2: Message to Trump devotees: Cult members don't often fare well
  • I fear that Trump and his cult will encounter a day of reckoning. Let's pray it doesn't come too late to save our cherished democracy.
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In America's news headlines, Israel Mysteriously Kills 61 Palestinians and Injures 2700 Protesters in Gaza (1)/2

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  • Part 1: In America's news headlines, Palestinians die mysterious deaths.
  • Judging by some stories, it’s almost as if bullets just hang in the air, waiting for Palestinians to walk deliberately into them.
  • Part 2: Palestinians Mark 70th Anniversary of Nakba After Israel Kills 61 & Wounds 2,700 Protesters in Gaza
  • The Israeli military killed at least 61 Palestinians in Gaza and wounded 2,700 more for protesting Monday’s opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and the Israeli occupation.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: In America's news headlines, Palestinians die mysterious deaths.

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Judging by some stories, it’s almost as if bullets just hang in the air, waiting for Palestinians to walk deliberately into them.

Moustafa Bayoumi, the Guardian

Wednesday, 16 May, 2018 | It is the peculiar fate of oppressed people everywhere that when they are killed, they are killed twice: first by bullet or bomb, and next by the language used to describe their deaths. A common condition of oppression, after all, is to be blamed for being the victim, and that blame gets meted out in language designed to rob the oppressed of their very struggle.

Such a situation has for decades been the tragic destiny of the Palestinians, who are themselves so routinely assigned the blame when they are killed by Israel – and not just by the Israeli government but by the American media and political establishment – that we have now basically come to expect it.

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Part 2: Palestinians Mark 70th Anniversary of Nakba After Israel Kills 61 & Wounds 2,700 Protesters in Gaza

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The Israeli military killed at least 61 Palestinians in Gaza and wounded 2,700 more for protesting Monday’s opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and the Israeli occupation. It was the deadliest day for Palestinian protesters since they launched the nonviolent Great March of Return on March 30. Palestinian leaders are accusing the Israeli military of carrying out war crimes during Monday’s crackdown. More protests and a general strike across the Palestinian territories are planned for today. We get an update from Gaza with Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous.

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Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Democracy Now!

May 15, 2018 | Juan Gonzalez: Funerals are being held across Gaza today, after Israeli forces killed at least 61 unarmed protesters Monday in the deadliest day since residents of Gaza began a series of nonviolent protests six weeks ago at the Gaza border. Twenty-seven hundred Palestinian protesters were also injured. Monday’s massacre came on the same day as the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Today, Palestinians across the Occupied Territories have launched a general strike to mark 70 years since the Nakba, or Catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes after the state of Israel was formed.

Amy Goodman: On Monday, the Palestinian permanent observer to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, condemned Israel’s actions.

Sharif Abdel Kouddous is a Puffin fellow at the Nation Institute and Democracy Now! correspondent reporting from Gaza.

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What's Next for Net Neutrality in Congress?

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Eric Revell, Countable

5.16.18 | On Wednesday, the Senate passed a resolution to reinstate Obama era net neutrality rules that are in the process of being rolled back by the Trump administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The bill, which uses the obscure Congressional Review Act to overturn recently finalized rules now goes to the House, where it faces an uncertain fate.

It’s highly unlikely that House Republican leaders will schedule a vote on the Senate-passed net neutrality resolution, as the House’s passage of the bill would in all likelihood lead to a presidential veto which Congress would lack the votes to override.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, MonthMay 12, 2018.

Including links to over 755 websites and over 20 highlighted items featuring:

Feature Article | Privatization is Killing Us: Dispatches from the Capitalist War on Society, Chris Wright, Counterpunch

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  • All that can be predicted with certainty is that unless the generations now living devote their very existence to the Resistance, humanity won’t have much of a future.
  • Related: VA Officials Continue to Discuss Proposed Health-Care Changes Out of Public View.

 

Publisher's Choice | Wrong-Way Democrats: Will a 'Blue Dog' Blue Wave Pave the Way for Future Disaster? Paul Rosenberg, Salon / AlterNet 

https://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/conor-lamb-800x430.jpg?itok=A90pne0mMarine veteran and former federal prosecutor Conor Lamb speaking at Democrats' nominating convention. Photo Credit: Pennsylvania Democratic Party

  • Democrats will win big this fall (probably). But are they just repeating the mistakes of the Clinton-Obama era?
  • Related: Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 5 - What have the Democrats learned since Trump's election?

Of Special Interest | Tash: Democracy depends on telling facts from fake news, Paul Tash, Tampa Bay (FL) Times

http://www.tampabay.com/storyimage/HI/20180505/ARTICLE/305059996/AR/0/AR-305059996.jpg?MaxW=950&cachebuster=773009A statue of alumnus and World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle typing on his typewriter was installed in front of Franklin Hall [Indiana Daily Student]

  • Fact or fake? Democracy depends on our ability to tell the difference. Journalism can help. It can be a great civic asset. But the final responsibility rests with us as Americans.
  • Related: Who is Behind Fake News? The Empty Piety of the American Press

Bloggers & Columnists | Ray McGovern, Amy Goodman, Jeremy Scahill, Gary G. Kohls,





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Arts, Culture, & Entertainment

Hopeless But Not Broken: From George Carlin to Adderall Protest Music, Bruce E. Levine, Counterpunch <>

https://uziiw38pmyg1ai60732c4011-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/dropzone/2018/05/Screen-Shot-2018-05-01-at-8.10.55-PM.pngGeorge Carlin expressed hopelessness about humanity in general—which he saw as “circling the drain”—but he had great admiration for artists with courage.

Health, Science, & Environment

What Entities are Behind the Reckless Endangerment of Northern Minnesota and its Water Resources? Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn, Duluth Reader / Rise Up Times
 

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  • There has not been a single [copper mine] that has not permanently polluted the ground water and the downstream watersheds.
  • Related: Minnesotans - Stop the Proposed PolyMet Mine

After Drug Plan Shows Trump 'Will Do Nothing About Their Greed,' Big Pharma Stocks Soar, Jake JohnsonCommon Dreams

  • https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/users/user20/screen_shot_2018-05-11_at_3.33.44_pm.jpg"Don't be fooled: President Trump and his administration are bought and paid for by Big Pharma."  —Brad Woodhouse, Protect Our Care
  • Related: Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 9: How do we create a high-value health care system?

Human Rights

Special Report | Obama Paved the Way for a Torturer to Become CIA Director, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Ray McGovern: Will A Torturer Become CIA Director
  • Gina Haspel faced a confirmation hearing on Wednesday to become CIA director despite her record of supporting torture, which even the Pentagon admitted does not work
  • Part 2: Jeremy Scahill: Obama Paved Way for Haspel to Head CIA by Failing to Hold Torturers Accountable
  • The elephant in the room of all of this is that the CIA and the U.S. military’s darkest elements, they’re in a golden era right now.

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Tash: Democracy depends on telling facts from fake news

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A statue of alumnus and World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle typing on his typewriter was installed in front of Franklin Hall [Indiana Daily Student]

  • Fact or fake? Democracy depends on our ability to tell the difference. Journalism can help. It can be a great civic asset. But the final responsibility rests with us as Americans.
  • Related: Who is Behind Fake News? The Empty Piety of the American Press

Paul Tash, Tampa Bay (FL) Times

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May 5, 2018 | While you were students here, the university installed a statue of Ernie Pyle, the World War II correspondent who was killed in combat. That statue sits outside the Media School and Franklin Hall. Its placement there illustrates the higher purpose of journalism: to serve the greater public good. Ernie Pyle belongs to all of us. He wrote for everybody.

Over the course of my career, I’ve had the privilege of editing, sponsoring or recognizing journalism at the highest professional standards. During my nine years on the board of the Pulitzer Prizes, I would marvel at the work that came before us, whether or not it won a prize. And I would leave those meetings struck by all the things the world simply would not know — except for the work of journalists.

Paul Tash, Tampa Bay (FL) Times chairman and CEO

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Who is Behind Fake News? The Empty Piety of the American Press, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

Help enlighten others. Be sure to pass this on to friends and kin. We must break the system's  ability to lie with impunity.

  • Part 1: Who is Behind Fake News? The Brussels Terror Attacks: Fake Videos and Images. “The Man in the Hat”
  • Belgian authorities have identified and arrested the alleged (surviving) terror mastermind of the airport bombing.
  • Part 2: The Empty Piety of the American Press by Chris Hedges
  • The empty piety is a mask for self-interest.

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