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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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What Entities are Behind the Reckless Endangerment of Northern Minnesota and its Water Resources?

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PolyMet NorthMet mine (PolyMet) Public News Service   

  • 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

 

Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn, Duluth Reader  / Rise Up Times

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March 8, 2018 |  Everywhere in the world where copper mines have been dug and the poisonous tailing’s ponds have been installed, there has not been a single one that has not permanently polluted the ground water and the downstream watersheds, often catastrophically.



One must ask: “Are any of you pro-copper/nickel/sulfide mining politicians listening?” This means you, Amy Klobuchar,  Mark Dayton, Rick Nolan, Tom Bakk, Kurt Daude, David Tomassoni, Tom Rukavina, Chris Coleman, Paul Thissen ,Tim Walz, Pete Stauber, to name just a few of the many politicians that may be somehow beholden to non-ferrous mining interests because of campaign "contributions."   



Here is an incomplete list of some of the culprits:

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQOM0p-Rh5iTDYFSeyPCvJYubV5dYdlgN_hNKO9ZJM39uasXry8 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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Minnesotans - Stop the Proposed PolyMet Mine, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest <http://evergreenedigest.org>

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Part 1: Minnesotans: Stop the proposed PolyMet mine
We can do better than endangering our ground water, rivers, and Lake Superior. Do the right thing!
Part 2: Duty to Warn - A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures
Not mentioning the hundreds of leaky tailings dams or the potential catastrophic breaches that will likely occur.
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Whither the Anti-war Movement?

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  • Focusing on the money and influence that giant defense contractors like Lockheed Martin and Boeing have on Capitol Hill—essentially making war a business—makes the anti-war point by raising the issue of crony capitalism
and the cozy relationship between politicians and big business, which increasingly leaves the American public out of the equation.
  • “Imagine there’s no heaven…and no religion too.” 
  • Related: Special Report | America’s Progressives Pay Lip Service to Imperialism, Anti-War Movement is Dead.  

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Daniel Martin, the American Conservative / Rise Up Times

December 15, 2017 | A more useful line when it comes to our current wars may be “Imagine there’s no duopoly.” It’s hard to fault John Lennon for his idealism, of course. In his day, many blamed religion on the wars of history. But a much bigger obstacle right now, at least in the U.S., is partisanship. The two major political parties, in power and out, have been so co-opted by the war machine that any modern anti-war movement has been completely subsumed and marginalized—even as American troops and killer drones continue to operate in or near combat zones all over the world.

Aside from the very early days of the Iraq war, the anti-war movement has been a small, ineffectual pinprick on the post-9/11 landscape. A less generous assessment is that it’s been a bust. After liberals helped elect the “anti-war” Barack Obama, the movement all but disappeared, even though the wars did not. By putting a Nobel Peace Prize-winning Democratic face on his inherited wars, Obama expanded into new conflicts (Libya, Syria, Yemen) with little resistance, ultimately bombing seven different countries during his tenure. By 2013, Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin lamented, “We’ve been protesting Obama’s foreign policy for years now, but we can’t get the same numbers because the people who would’ve been yelling and screaming about this stuff under Bush are quiet under Obama.”

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Related:

Special Report | America’s Progressives Pay Lip Service to Imperialism, Anti-War Movement is Dead, Global Research News

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The Anti-War Movement is Dead

 

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This Is It! Net Neutrality Vote in Mid-May

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  • Part 1: Saving Net Neutrality on the federal front
  • This is it. The Senate showdown to save Net Neutrality is upon us.
  • Part 2: Red Alert! Net Neutrality vote
  • The Senate will move on May 9th to force a vote to block the FCC's repeal of net neutrality.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Saving Net Neutrality on the federal front

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This is it. The Senate showdown to save Net Neutrality is upon us. Sign up to host a protest on May 14th.

Free Press Action Fund, Free Press

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributor Amelia Kroeger

May 1, 2018 |  The word is out: The Senate will be voting in mid-May on the CRA resolution to overturn the FCC’s disastrous repeal of Net Neutrality.

The CRA resolution is Congress’ best chance to stop companies like AT&T and Comcast from controlling what you do and see online — including potentially censoring political speech and crushing movements for racial, gender and economic justice.

Right now 50 senators are publicly supporting the CRA — and we need to keep the pressure up in order to win. We’re one vote short of winning in the Senate, and if we can pull this off, it will create huge momentum for our battle in the House.

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There’s no reason any member of Congress should fail to protect Net Neutrality.

The open internet has the power to disrupt gatekeepers. And it’s enabled marginalized communities — especially people of color — to tell our own stories, pursue economic opportunities and fight for justice.

People from across the political spectrum have spoken, and they haven’t minced words: No one wants some of the most hated companies in the United States to control the most important communication and organizing tool of our time.

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Thanks for all you do—
Heather, Candace, Mary Alice and the rest of the Free Press Action Fund team
freepress.net

P.S. Can’t host or attend a protest but still want to help save Net Neutrality? Join the Team Internet text team.

P.P.S. You may have noticed we've got a brand-new logo and colors. We also have a brand-new website and action pages. And we're changing the way we talk about our work. That means more useful content, more voices and perspectives, and storytelling that reflects our organizational commitment to racial equity.

Free Press Action Fund is a nonpartisan organization fighting for your rights to connect and communicate. Free Press Action Fund does not support or oppose any candidate for public office. Learn more at freepress.net.



 

Part 2: Red Alert! Net Neutrality vote

Breaking news: the Senate just announced it will move on May 9th to force a vote to block the FCC's repeal of net neutrality.

Evan, Fight for the Future (FFTF)

May 1, 2018 This is a red alert for net neutrality! Click here to help save the Internet.

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We’re calling for websites and social media accounts to “go red” starting on May 9th through the day of the vote. Please forward widely to sound the alarm!

More soon.

Fight for the Future works to protect your rights in the digital age. Click here to learn more.

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Minnesotans - Stop the Proposed PolyMet Mine

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  • Part 1: Minnesotans: Stop the proposed PolyMet mine
  • We can do better than endangering our ground water, rivers, and Lake Superior. Do the right thing!
  • Part 2: Duty to Warn - A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures
  • Not mentioning the hundreds of leaky tailings dams or the potential catastrophic breaches that will likely occur

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: Minnesotans: Stop the Proposed PolyMet Mine

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Susan Flygare, MoveOn.org

February 13, 2018 | I'm Susan Flygare, a MoveOn member in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and I started a petition to Governor Mark Dayton, which says:

Water is our most precious resource. Copper sulfide mines have over a 90% failure rate after closing. Minnesota has some of the purest water left in the world. The proposed PolyMet mine endangers the headwaters, the St. Louis River and Lake Superior. PolyMet has a terrible environmental record. Sign now: Do not put the mine in the headwaters.

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Governor Dayton has been misinformed about the high standards of review at the Department of Natural Resources. I respectfully ask him to review the work of the attorneys for The Friends of the Boundary Waters or read the public testimony from the hearing in Duluth on February 8.
Please get the facts and find a better way to bring jobs to our fellow citizens in Northern Minnesota. We can do better than endangering our ground water, rivers, and Lake Superior, which we share with other states and Canada. Do the right thing!

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Thanks!

Susan Flygare



Part 2: Duty to Warn - A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures

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(Not Mentioning the Hundreds of Leaky Tailings Dams or the Potential Catastrophic Breaches that will Likely Occur if Copper/Nickel/Sulfide Mining is Allowed in Northern Minnesota)
 

Gary G. Kohls, Special to Evergreene Digest

April 24, 2018 | The following group of 5 photographs were taken after the catastrophic Teton River (Idaho) Dam failure that occurred on June 5, 1976. The earthen dam was 305 feet high and held back a 17 mile-long reservoir. The dam breach resulted in the worst man-made disaster in Idaho’s history.
 
Two small Idaho towns downstream from the Teton River Dam, Wilford and Sugar City, were wiped from the map in the flood by a 10 foot-high wall of water. Thousands of farm animals were drowned as were several people. The towns of Hibbard, Rexburg and Roberts were also largely flooded, as was Idaho Falls. In some places houses were under as much as 10 feet of water.

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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  • Part A: Duty to Warn - A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures
  • Part B: Duty to Warn - A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures
  • Part C: Duty to Warn - A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures

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We're shining a light on those beholden to the gun lobby.

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  • After a mass shooting — like clockwork — our elected officials offer thoughts and prayers, but do little to nothing to enact common sense gun policies that protect us from gun violence. This needs to stop.
  • Related: Exposing the Gun Industry Profiteers

Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund

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February 24, 2018 | It's time to follow the money. 

After a mass shooting — like clockwork — our elected officials offer thoughts and prayers, but do little to nothing to enact common sense gun policies that protect us from gun violence.

This needs to stop.

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It's been ten days since the tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 students and staff members were shot and killed, and more than a dozen injured. Thoughts and prayers alone are not enough to honor the victims of mass shootings. We need lawmakers who will enact commonsense gun laws.

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Thanks for standing with us in this fight.

Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund:  Everytown is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. Gun violence touches every town in America. For too long, change has been thwarted by the Washington gun lobby and by leaders who refuse to take common-sense steps that will save lives.

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Exposing the Gun Industry Profiteers, Derek, LittleSis.org via ActionNetwork.org 

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(Here's) a series that surveys the main gun profiteers, takes a closer look at gun retailer Bass Pro-Cabela’s and its backing from Goldman Sachs, and examines Wells Fargo’s major ties to the NRA and firearms industry.

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Demand Change: The Grave Danger of Information Monopolies

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  • Part 1: Google, Twitter & Facebook: The Grave Danger of Information Monopolies
  • If you control the flow of information, you can control everything. You can control most of what anyone see and knows.
  • Part 2: In the wake of the Facebook scandal
  • Demand real change

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Google, Twitter & Facebook: The Grave Danger of Information Monopolies

If you control the flow of information, you can control everything. You can control most of what anyone see and knows.

Devin Foley, Intellectual Takeout

http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/field/image/zuckerberg_eyes_.jpgApril 13, 2018 | Increasingly, you will find articles critical of the power of Google, Facebook, and Twitter. Some of these articles argue that between Google and Facebook, the two giants control 85% of all ad revenue. And, of course, anyone who uses the internet knows that Google is the primary portal through which one seeks and finds information while Twitter and Facebook are the means to communicate broadly.

From a free market position, all of that seems fine so long as they’re not using government to smash their competition -- the consumers have spoken, right? 


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Part 2: In the wake of the Facebook scandal

Click here to sign the open letter calling for big tech companies to take these steps to protect our data and our democracy. 

Laila at Fight for the Future (FFTF) 

April 4, 2018 | Forget privacy. The Facebook data harvesting scandal is about manipulation. It illuminates how our data can be used against us, not just to pry into our personal lives, but to change how we think.
Everyone’s asking: what can be done to make sure this never happens again?

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Demand real change: click here to sign the open letter telling Facebook and all other tech companies to take the 5-step Security Pledge and protect our data from abuse. 

Fight for the Future (FFTF) is a nonprofit advocacy group in the area of digital rights founded in 2011. The group aims to promote causes related to copyright legislation, as well as online privacy and censorship through the use of the Internet.

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