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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, January 12, 2019.

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https://s3.amazonaws.com/campusreform/11713/Screenshot_(410).jpgHarvard law prof: Trump is a 'national emergency'. Jon Street, Campus Reform

  • Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig says President Donald Trump is a "national emergency."
  • Lessig made the comment on MSNBC on Sunday, just after Trump entertained the idea of declaring a national emergency to secure border wall funds.
  • Related: Trump's border wall demand is constitutionally illegitimate.

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The Return of the Strike, Steven Greenhouse, the American Prospect / Portside <https://portside.org>

This year, thousands of teachers, hotel workers, Google employees, and others walked off the job and won major gains. Which raises two questions: Why now? And will this continue?

Of Special Interest | The Trump Tax Cut: Even Worse Than You’ve Heard, Paul Krugman, New York (NY) Times

https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/01/01/opinion/01krugman/merlin_136753431_7eb65adf-799f-4adb-bb7d-b0bcea3f48e6-jumbo.jpg?quality=90&auto=webp / President Trump in a meeting with governors and members of Congress about tax cuts in April 2018.Credit Doug Mills/the New York Times
 

Skeptical reporting has still been too favorable.
 

Bloggers & Columnists | George Monbiot



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Books, Literature, & Ideas

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Young%20Woman%20Staring%20Out%20Window.jpgTherapists Advise The Best Resolutions You Can Make - and Keep. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

  • Part 1: These Are The Best Resolutions You Can Make, According To Therapists
  • If you've been slow to choose or implement a New Year's resolution this year, this will help you get on track.
  • Part 2: Six secrets of people who keep their New Year's resolutions.
  • “People who are successful realize that resolutions are not a one-time change.”

Critical Thinking

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Bruce%20Plante%20%7C%20Trump%20Temper%20Tantrum%20copy.jpgFact-Checking Trump’s Misleading And Outright False Claims From His Border Address, Nick Visser, Carla Herreria, and Saba Hamedy, Huffington Post

  • Take a look at some of the biggest lies from the president’s speech below.
  • Nick Visser, Carla Herreria, and Saba Hamedy, Huffington Post
  • Again, Mexico is not paying for the wall.

Government & Politics

Neoliberalism And The Rationalization Of Corporate Tyranny, ‪Rainer Shea‬, Medium
 

  • https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1600/1*vCpvw26daVD5cgM6ZyAK-w@2x.jpegThe lesson is that if we want to make things better, we need to spread compassion and generosity throughout our daily lives. Even more important is the creation of a mass movement that seeks to overthrow corporate capitalism, and then create a society which protects the planet while ensuring that every person has a safe and comfortable life.
  • Related: Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems
     

 

 

Trump's border wall demand is constitutionally illegitimate. Lawrence Lessig, the Guardian

https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/12c74a76288ebea5ac9bc4130cfc86a9c995db5f/0_112_3500_2100/master/3500.jpg?width=620&quality=85&auto=format&fit=max&s=c3d5d67d502c9ed9443fbe43f296b75d / ‘The president ran on a promise to build a wall paid for by Mexico.’ Photograph: UPI/Barcroft Images

No reading of our constitution would ever uphold the view that a president can stop the functioning of government, to insist upon a program unsupported by the public.
 

Health, Science, & Environment

Psycological Analysis of Trump's Support, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: The Dunning-Kruger Effect May Help Explain Trump's Support
  • A new study suggests some people grossly overestimate their political knowledge.
  • Part 2: A Complete Psychological Analysis of Trump's Support
  • Science can help us make sense of the president's political invincibility.

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A New Narrative Control Firm Works To Destroy Alternative Media ~ Caitlin Johnstone

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Fortunately, a new firm with shadowy links to the government and neoconservatives is going to protect us from "wrong" information.

Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

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January 12, 2019 | The frenzied, hysterical Russia narrative being promoted day in and day out by western mass media has had two of its major stories ripped to shreds in the last three days.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Fake%20Media_0.jpgA report seeded throughout the mainstream media by anonymous intelligence officials back in September claimed that US government workers in Cuba had suffered concussion-like brain damage after hearing strange noises in homes and hotels with the most likely culprit being “sophisticated microwaves or another type of electromagnetic weapon” from Russia. A recording of one such highly sophisticated attack was analyzed by scientists and turned out to be the mating call of the male indies short-tailed cricket. Neurologists and other brain specialists have challenged the claim that any US government workers suffered any neurological damage of any kind, saying test results on the alleged victims were misinterpreted. The actual story, when stripped of hyperventilating Russia panic, is that some government workers heard some crickets in Cuba.

Caitlin Johnstone: rogue journalist. Bogan socialist. Anarcho-psychonaut. Guerrilla poet. Utopia prepper.

Robert Gore is a writer, investor, attorney, and former bond trader. His website is straightlinelogic, and his most recent novel is The Golden Pinnacle. He is also a regular columnist for thesavvystreet.com.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, January 5, 2019.

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Matt Taibbi and the Truths He Spoke Against the Industries of Death, Teodrose Fikre, Ghion Journal

“Political power in this country is not divided between right and left, and not even between rich and poor. The real line is between a war party, and everyone else.” --Matt Taibb

Publisher's Choice

https://portside.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/flagsteth121.jpgIn-Depth Analysis by Team of UMass Amherst Economists Shows Viability of Medicare For All. Robert Pollin, Jeannette Wicks-Lim, Jared Sharpe, Common Dreams / Portside

Comprehensive plan is estimated to reduce U.S. health consumption expenditures by nearly 10 percent, while providing decent health care coverage to all Americans

Of Special Interest

How to Be a Better Thinker, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Politics-%20Truth%20vs.%20Propaganda_0.jpgPart 1: How Rational Are We?
  • Is Logic Lost?
  • How to Think Better
  • there already is a cognitive enhancing tool
  • Related: Helpful Guides to How to Read a Book
  • Part 3: The Last Curious Man
  • The enormous life of Anthony Bourdain, according to those who knew him best.

 

Bloggers & Columnists | Matt Taibbi



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Economics

The market will not fix Twin Cities' affordable housing crisis. Carol Becker, Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune

https://stmedia.stimg.co/ows_153981805233851.jpg?auto=compress&crop=faces&dpr=1&w=525 / The Seattle skyline. / iStock

  • Developers are building new luxury units in the metro, but they are out of reach for most. Without subsidies, that math won't change. 
  • Related: More Housing, Not Shelters

Religion & Spirituality

https://wp-media.patheos.com/subdomain/sites/8/2018/11/shutterstock_703003783.jpgAccepting the Truth About Climate Change is a Matter of State/Church Separation, Hemant Mehta , Friendly Atheist
 

  • We get one shot at life and we get it on this one planet. Let's not ruin it.
  • Related: Preaching on Climate Change: Why it Matters

Let the church die, so that the church might live, Mark Piper, National Catholic Reporter

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  • Young Voices: Catholic ritual and liturgies counter our culture's death-denial. But what of a church that refuses to look upon itself and denies that it is in its own season of death?
  • Related: Open letter to the US Catholic bishops: It's over.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, December 22, 2018, and December 29, 2018.

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https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/gettyimages-452666462-1544803501.jpg?crop=1xw:1xh;center,top&resize=768:*Special Report: Our Grotesque Immigration Policy Demonstrates Our Nation's Moral Decay, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Two Grotesque Immigration Stories Demonstrate Our Nation's Moral Decay
  • A vicious operation by ICE, and the death of a seven-year-old girlinBorderPatrolcustody, are searing reminders.
  • Part 2: The Troops Don't Deserve This
  • You support the troops? Don't let the president* use them as political props.
  • Related: Here’s why every child at the border belongs to all of us. 

Publisher's Choice

The Donald and the Fake News Media: The Biggest Threat to Free Speech No One Is Talking About, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: The Biggest Threat to Free Speech No One Is Talking About ~ Robert Reich
  • Imagine if … the mainstream corporate media … talked about important things
  • Part 2: The Donald and the Fake News Media
  • There’s one place where it’s (fake news) barely talked about at all,and  that couldn’t be stranger.
  • Related: Time is Running Out. Tell Congress: Restore Net Neutrality Now!

Of Special Interest

God made the world for all, not for a few. Thomas Gumbleton <https://www.ncronline.org/authors/thomas-gumbleton>, National Catholic Reporter

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  • The Peace Pulpit: We in the church today are suffering, as everyone knows, a severe crisis. Part of the problem is the wealth of the church and the wealth of religious leaders.
  • Related: Jesus exposed the delusion of wealth.
     

Bloggers & Columnists | Chris Hedges, Charles P. Pierce, Tom Ehrich, Thomas Gumbleton, Robert Reich, Tom Englehardt

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Critical Thinking

https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1310993739l/567610.jpgHelpful Guides to How to Read a Book, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: A Helpful Guide to Reading Better
  • The frameworks that I’ve found tobemosthelpfulto improving my reading.
  • Part 2: How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading
  • The Art of Getting a Liberal Education
  • Related: How To Read A Book [PDF]

 

Labor

Homeless America ~ Chris Hedges, Chris Hedges, Truthdig / Rise Up Times

  • https://www.truthdig.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Fish-Card-Bored-Hedges-850x600.jpg"I am the voice you never hear. If I spoke would you listen?"
  • Related: A Few Good Men // Portraits of Homelessness

Religion & Spirituality

Special Project | Dealing with Addictions at the Holidays, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Guide // 5 Helpful Tips for Staying Sober During the Holidays
  • Follow these basic tips and you can have a wonderful and happy sober holiday season.
  • Part 2: Advent//Deepening Our Commitment to Recovery
  • Having struggled through the dark in our addictions, why not spend these weeks of light … renewing our commitment to recovery?

Jesus exposed the delusion of wealth. Tom Ehrich, Morning Walk Media

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They were greatly astounded and said to one another, "Then who can be saved?" Jesus looked at them and said, "For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible." (Mark 10.26-27)

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The Donald and the Fake News Media: The Biggest Threat to Free Speech No One Is Talking About

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Part 1: The Biggest Threat to Free Speech No One Is Talking About ~ Robert Reich
Imagine if … the mainstream corporate media … talked about important things
Part 2: The Donald and the Fake News Media
There’s one place where it’s (fake news) barely talked about at all
,and  that couldn’t be stranger.
Related: Time is Running Out. Tell Congress: Restore Net Neutrality Now!

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: The Biggest Threat to Free Speech No One Is Talking About ~ Robert Reich

  • “The biggest freedom-of-the-press issue is that Trump is working with Comcast and AT&T and Verizon to end net neutrality. … Ownership of the media and the ownership of the internet, the fact that these big internet providers are [a] few giant companies that also produce content—it’s very, very dangerous.”
  • Imagine if they [the mainstream corporate media] talked about important things, like all the corporate corruption of Donald Trump. How that would have resonated with voters. He’s violating the Constitution.

sueannm, Truthdig / Rise Up Times

https://www.truthdig.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/AP_17348715653928-850x567.jpg / Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai. (Jacquelyn Martin / AP)

November 16, 2018 | If you clicked this story, or have any desire to listen to the interview embedded within, odds are you’re a consumer of independent media. Yet even as you’re reading these words, your ability to do so in a timely manner is in grave jeopardy.

Since the repeal in June of Obama-era rules guaranteeing net neutrality, websites like Truthdig, Democracy Now!, Common Dreams and more risk being pushed into an internet slow lane that could severely hamper their readership, if not drive them out of business entirely. For Jeff Cohen, editorand co-founder of the media watchdog Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting(FAIR), it may be the most urgent threat to the First Amendment no one is talking about.

Robert Reich is an American political economist, professor, author, and political commentator. He's the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies.

Sue Ann Martinson: editor at Rise Up Times

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Part 2: The Donald and the Fake News Media ~ Tom Engelhardt

Oh wait! Oddly enough, in case you hadn’t noticed, there’s one place where it’s barely talked about at all, where silence largely reigns, and to my mind that couldn’t be stranger.

sueannmCommon Dreams / Rise Up Times

https://d2omw6a1nm6pnh.cloudfront.net/images/net-neutrality-now-180.pngNovember 15, 2018 | Face it: it’s been an abusive time, to use a word he likes to wield. In his telling, of course, it’s he or his people who are always the abused ones and they — the “fake news media” — are the abusers. But let’s be honest. You’ve been abused, too, and so have I. All of us have and by that same fake news media.

It isn’t complicated, really. Thanks to them, to those cable news talking heads who never stop yammering about him, to the reporters who clamor over his every word or twitch, he’s always there, 24/7. I know that it’s still called covering the news, but it’s a phrase that no longer faintly fits the situation. Yes, a near majority of Americans voted for him as president, but no one voted to make him a living (and living-room) icon, a never-ending presence not just in our world, but in all our private worlds, too.

https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/tom_engelhardt.jpg?itok=jkM6xaRITom Engelhardt, co-founder of the American Empire Project, runs the Nation Institute's TomDispatch.com. His sixth and latest book, just published, is A Nation Unmade by War (Dispatch Books).

Sue Ann Martinson: editor at Rise Up Times

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Time is Running Out. Tell Congress: Restore Net Neutrality Now! Craig Brown, Common Dreams

http://www.popularresistance.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Net-neutrality-meme-e1398433124309.jpgThe window on our best chance to restore net neutrality is closing very soon.

 

 

 

 


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