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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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Xcel Energy–the most abusive special interest in Minnesota?

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  • Action Alert:  Oppose Xcel Energy ripoff legislation
  • Related: Update on Xcel ripoff nuclear bills

Alan Muller, Airheads

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March 22, 2018 | Is Xcel really the worst?  It’s hard to say–there are so many candidates.  The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce?  3M?  The shadowy interests behind PolyMet and Twin Metals?

From where I write, in Red Wing, which is some sort of ultimate Xcel “company town,” there’s just no contest.  And for someone with a history of working on waste and energy issues, living in a community (nice as it is in many other ways) rendered so bereft of dignity and integrity by it’s servile relationship with Xcel can be painful.  (Of course, the locals don’t seen it that way–they are so used to being told what to do and what to think that they don’t notice.)

Info on Xcel’s latest foray is below, Senate File 3504 / House File 3708 (they are identical).

To see the abuses of Xcel on a larger playing field, one needs to visit the MN Public Utilities Commission and/or the state Legislature.  A puppet show on a different scale entirely.

https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/6d57702fd8973cb88610af7707ffa036?s=100&r=pg&d=mm Alan Muller, blogger

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Update on Xcel ripoff nuclear billsAlan Muller, Airheads

  • What to do: Testify at the hearing if your schedule and the stability of your stomach allows.
  • March 27, 2018 | This is a follow-up to the March 22. 2018 post entitled  “Xcel Energy–the most abusive special interest in Minnesota?” (above) and subtitled “Action Alert:  Oppose Xcel Energy ripoff legislation.”
  • A hearing on Senate File 3504 , was rescheduled for March 27th at 1:00, in Room 1150 Minnesota Senate Bldg.  Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy Committee
  • If you would like to speak, contact Committee Administrator Darrin Lee at 651-293-2962 or darrin.lee@senate.mn.

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The Parkland Students' '60 Minutes' Interview Reveals The Powerful Reason They Refuse To Endorse Politicians

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  • The students' interview highlighted both the challenges and courage associated with their movement. It is very clear that the Parkland teens are not letting anyone take ownership of their campaign — and that they are highly committed to ensuring that rapid and effective action is taken to help end gun violence.
  • Related: March for Our Lives: Everything you need to know about the #NeverAgain event,

Sarah Friedmann, Bustle

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/American%20Culture%20of%20Violence_2.jpgSunday, March 18, 2018 | On Sunday, students who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — and are now actively involved in gun control advocacy — sat down for an interview. During the interview, the Parkland students told CBS' 60 Minutes how they're walking the fine line of accepting some help from politicians, but never enough to let them co-opt the movement.

Correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi interviewed Alex Wind, Jaclyn Corin, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, and Emma Gonzalez, the founders of the Never Again movement. Alfonsi described how, in the hours after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, which left 17 dead, the teens came together to create a gun control advocacy campaign. As Alfonsi explained, the Parkland teens conducted interviews and used social media to gain support for their cause, ultimately organizing a national school walkout day and convincing Florida's governor to raise the age for buying a rifle to 21 — among other endeavors.

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March for Our Lives: Everything you need to know about the #NeverAgain event, Morgan Winsor, ABC News 

Slideshow: Photos: National School Walkout 

"Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students," the organizers say in their online mission statement.

 


 

 

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March for Our Lives: Everything you need to know about the #NeverAgain event

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Slideshow: Photos: National School Walkout

  • "Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students," the organizers say in their online mission statement.
  • Related: The Parkland Students' '60 Minutes' Interview Reveals The Powerful Reason They Refuse To Endorse Politicians.

Morgan Winsor, ABC News

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Mar 18, 2018 | What is the 'March of Our Lives'?

Students, teachers, parents and their allies will converge on the nation's capital next weekend to rally for gun control and school safety measures in the wake of last month's shooting in a Florida high school.

Thousands of people from across the country are expected to participate in the "March for Our Lives," organized by students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman killed 17 people and injured others on Valentine's Day. The accused shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was a former student at the school and was armed with an AR-15-style rifle he had legally purchased a year ago, authorities said.

Morgan Winsor, Breaking News Reporter, ABC News 

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The Parkland Students' '60 Minutes' Interview Reveals The Powerful Reason They Refuse To Endorse Politicians. Sarah Friedmann, Bustle

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  • The students' interview highlighted both the challenges and courage associated with their movement. It is very clear that the Parkland teens are not letting anyone take ownership of their campaign — and that they are highly committed to ensuring that rapid and effective action is taken to help end gun violence.
  • Related: March for Our Lives: Everything you need to know about the #NeverAgain event

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Disability activists are at the forefront of direct action against Trump.

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  • Despite Republican Claims, Medicaid Work Requirements Would Hurt People With Disabilities * For parents of disabled kids, one of life's biggest struggles comes from outside the home * ‘If We Lose Our Health Care, We Will Begin to Die’
  • Related: House votes to gut the Americans with Disabilities Act

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Week Ending March 17, 2018 | 

Despite Republican Claims, Medicaid Work Requirements Would Hurt People With Disabilities, Robyn Powell, Rewire / Portside

https://rewire.news/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/GettyImages-125758443-740x525.jpgJanuary 12, 2018 | Although he has not yet imposed any explicit cuts, on January 11, the Trump administration took another step toward undercutting these essential social programs: It issued guidance allowing states to impose work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries. This staggering and unprecedented change in health-care policy is expected to adversely affect millions of people in the United States, particularly those with disabilities.

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For parents of disabled kids, one of life's biggest struggles comes from outside the home. Katie Paulson, Upworthy

January 3, 2018 | Everyone knows being a parent is hard. But parenting a disabled child carries challenges you don't expect.

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‘If We Lose Our Health Care, We Will Begin to Die’, Zoë Carpenter, the Nation

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House votes to gut the Americans with Disabilities Act; Justice Department Scraps ADA Guidance, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: House votes to gut the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • A House bill would make it harder for people with disabilities to hold businesses accountable for inaccessibility.
  • Part 2: Justice Department Scraps ADA Guidance
  • Attorney General Sessions is rescinding several guidance documents clarifying the implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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'Anti-Trump Rhetoric Not Enough': Bold, Progressive Agenda Demanded for 2018

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"Empty platitudes and anti-Trump rhetoric is not enough to win seats in Congress," said Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.). (Photo: Molly Adams/Flickr/cc)

  • "We must act together. And we must act strategically. 2018 is the year the people fight back like never before."
  • Related: We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Trump%20Fatigue.jpgMonday, January 01, 2018 | As Republicans and President Donald Trump turn toward the new year with destruction on their minds, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joined a chorus of voices in expressing the urgent need to reach beyond merely resisting the right's agenda and articulate an inspiring alternative that will sweep progressives into positions of power.

"Here is a New Year's resolution I hope you will share with me," Sanders wrote on Twitter just before midnight on Sunday. "In 2018, we will not only intensify the struggle against Trumpism, we will increase our efforts to spread the progressive vision in every corner of the land."

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We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change, Paul Street, Truthdig

From the cover of "US Politics in an Age of Uncertainty: Essays on a New Reality." (Haymarket Books)

A new book of essays by leading political analysts delves into the social and historical forces that produced our 45th presidency.
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Net Neutrality Update

 

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  • On (February 27), internet users, small businesses, online communities, public-interest groups, and popular websites will mobilize to flood lawmakers with calls, emails and tweets. Our goal: to secure the final vote in the Senate needed to pass a resolution of disapproval that would overturn the FCC’s Net Neutrality repeal.
  • We need your help to make this happen: RSVP to join us online on Feb. 27.
  • Related: Net Neutrality Fight Shifts To The States

Lucia, FreePress.net

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February 21, 2018 | Breaking: The Net Neutrality repeal (has) become official. The FCC (published) its Net Neutrality rollback in the Federal Register (Thursday, February 22), which means that Congress will be able to examine the rules and move forward with a vote to reverse them.This also means that we have a limited amount of time to get all of our elected officials on board to save the open internet — but we have a plan to get there.

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Millions of people have spoken out against the FCC’s Net Neutrality repeal because they recognize how important the open internet is for racial justice, free expression, innovation and economic opportunity. The momentum we’ve seen has been grassroots and creative, and gives us hope for the future.

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Net Neutrality Fight Shifts To The States, Jenni Bergal, Huff Post 

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Pro-Net%20Neutrality%20Rall.jpgLindsay Chestnut protests near the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., last month. The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality rules, prompting officials in a growing number of states to fight back with lawsuits and proposed legislation. Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press (AP)

  • Some state officials want to take action to protect their residents against the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality.
  • The Internet Association, a trade group that represents tech companies such as Amazon, Facebook and Google, has announced that it too will join the upcoming legal fight.

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