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The Consolidation of Media and Finance: Why the Media Are Lying to You

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  • Here is the chart on media ownership: note the interlocking companies who own the five big media plus Google and Facebook— and why it matters.
  • Related: The New York Time’s Assault on Press Freedom

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Here is the chart on media ownership: note the interlocking companies who own the five big media plus Google and Facebook— and why it matters.

Sue Ann Martinson, Editor, Rise Up Times: Media for Justice and Peace; News, information, stories, commentary, videos and perceptive views on current events, actions, and media issues and links to calendars of Twin City Peace and Justice events.

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The New York Time’s Assault on Press Freedom, Daniel Lazare, Consortium News 


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  • The New York Times, which once postured as the champion of a free press, now is seeking crackdowns on news that the public gets from the Internet under the guise of combatting “Russian propaganda.”
  • Related: Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines, Week Ending October 28, 2017

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How to Wipe Out Puerto Rico's Debt Without Hurting Bondholders

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Shifting the debt burden of bankrupt institutions onto the books of the central bank is not a new or radical idea. UK Prof. Richard Werner, who invented the term "quantitative easing" when he was advising the Japanese in the 1990s, says there is ample precedent for it. In 2012, he proposed a similar solution to the European banking crisis, citing three successful historical examples.

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Ellen Brown, Public Banking Institute / OpEdNews

10/15/2017 | During his visit to hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump shocked the bond market when he told Geraldo Rivera of Fox News that he was going to wipe out the island's bond debt. He said on October 3rd:

"You know they owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street. We're gonna have to wipe that out. That's gonna have to be -- you know, you can say goodbye to that. I don't know if it's Goldman Sachs but whoever it is, you can wave good-bye to that."

Ellen Brown is an attorney, founder of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books including the best-selling Web of Debt.

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Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines, Week Ending October 28, 2017

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The Conspiracy to Censor Left-wing Points of View Continues to Intensify

Part 1: Google intensifies censorship of left-wing websites

Google’s actions against left and progressive sites are making clear the real targets of Internet censorship: news outlets and political organizations opposing war, social inequality and the domination of society by the financial oligarchy.

Part 2: Part 2: The conspiracy to censor the Internet

The same arguments now being employed to crack down on social media could just as well have been used to suppress books and mass circulation newspapers that emerged with the development of the printing press.

Part 3: What We Do and Don’t Know About Facebook’s New Political Ad Transparency Initiative

The short answer: It leaves the company some wiggle room.

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Part 1: Google intensifies censorship of left-wing websites

Google’s actions against left and progressive sites are making clear the real targets of Internet censorship: news outlets and political organizations opposing war, social inequality and the domination of society by the financial oligarchy.

Andre Damon, World Socialist Web Site 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg 

http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/126808.jpg 19 September 2017 | Google has intensified its censorship of left-wing, progressive and anti-war websites, cutting the search traffic of 13 leading news outlets by 55 percent since April.

On August 2, the World Socialist Web Site reported that changes to Google’s search algorithm had led the search traffic of these sites to drop by 45 percent, according to figures by the search analysis service SEMRush.

Andre Damon is a World Socialist Web Site reporter.

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Part 2: The conspiracy to censor the Internet

  • The Constitution does not give the government or powerful corporations the right to proclaim what is “fake” and what is not, what is a “conspiracy theory” and what is “authoritative.”
  • The same arguments now being employed to crack down on social media could just as well have been used to suppress books and mass circulation newspapers that emerged with the development of the printing press.

Andre Damon and Joseph Kishore, World Socialist Web Site

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg 

18 October 2017 | The political representatives of the American ruling class are engaged in a conspiracy to suppress free speech. Under the guise of combating “trolls” and “fake news” supposedly controlled by Russia, the most basic constitutional rights enumerated in the First Amendment are under direct attack.

The leading political force in this campaign is the Democratic Party, working in collaboration with sections of the Republican Party, the mass media and the military-intelligence establishment.

Andre Damon is a World Socialist Web Site reporter.

Joseph Kishore is an American activist and writer. He is the National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party and a writer for the World Socialist Web Site.

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The short answer: It leaves the company some wiggle room.
 

Julia Angwin, ProPublica

Sept. 22, 2017 | On Thursday, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg announced several steps to make political ads on the world’s largest social network more transparent. The changes follow Facebook’s acknowledgment earlier this month that $100,000 worth of political ads were placed during the 2016 election cycle by “inauthentic accounts” linked to Russia.

The changes also follow ProPublica’s launch of a crowdsourcing effort earlier this month to collect political advertising from Facebook. Our goal was to ensure that political ads on Facebook, which until now have largely avoided scrutiny, receive the same level of fact-checking by journalists, advocacy groups and political opponents as do print, broadcast and radio political ads. We hope to have some results to share soon.

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To the Point: Bid for Amazon HQ Should Reflect Minnesota's Interests

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  • Even if Amazon does come to Minnesota, along with the jobs and economic boost there would also be serious negative impacts from the project.
  • Related: Foxconn Comes to Wisconsin: A Bad Deal for Workers and the Environment

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http://www.apple-pie.org/images/apa3.gif October 13, 2017 | As a consistent critic of corporate subsidies, I had a mixed reaction to Amazon’s request for bids to attract their proposed second headquarters.

The promise of up to 50,000 high paying jobs is incredible; something no state would ignore. But nobody knows whether those jobs will actually materialize. Businesses often promise the moon to gain handouts from taxpayers as is evident in Wisconsin’s massive subsidy to Foxconn.

John Marty is a Minnesota state senator. 

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Foxconn Comes to Wisconsin: A Bad Deal for Workers and the Environment, Willis and Jacob Druker, Socialist Alternative

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  • What’s good for big business is good for the rest of us. Right?

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  • Can Silicon Valley’s anti-labor attitude survive actual contact with a labor union?
  • Related: Report: How Amazon's Tightening Grip on the Economy Is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities


The Poison of Commercialization Where Everything Is Regarded As A Commodity

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“We sleep so deep, it don’t matter how they shake us. If we can’t face it, we can’t escape it. But tonight the storm’s come,” says Kate Tempest in Tunnel Vision. Indeed, we are in the very eye of the storm, “The winter of our discontent’s upon us” and release will not be found within the corrupt ways of the past, but in new forms built on ancient truths of love and unity held within the heart of all mankind.

Graham Peebles, Dandelion Salad

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June 30, 2017 | In cities and towns from New Delhi to New York the socio-political policies that led to the Grenfell Tower disaster in west London are being repeated; redevelopment and gentrification, the influx of corporate money and the expelling of the poor, including families that have lived in an area for generations. To this, add austerity, the privatization of public services and the annihilation of social housing and a cocktail of interconnected causes takes shape. Communities break up, independent businesses gradually close down, diversity disappears and another neighbourhood is absorbed within the expensive homogenized collective.

People living in developed industrialized countries suffer most acutely, but developed nations are also being subjected to the same violent methodology of division and injustice that led to the murder of probably hundreds of innocent people in Grenfell Tower.

Graham Peebles, Writer, Dandelion Salad

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If China Can Fund Infrastructure With Its Own Credit, So Can Trump

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  • Part 1: How Trump could spend $1 trillion to fix America if he knew what he was doing
    • The more we can invest in making cities viable places — places where people want to live, places that can take care of themselves — the more cities will serve the aims of environmentalists.
  • Part 2: If China Can Fund Infrastructure With Its Own Credit, So Can We
    • Ever since 1998, the estimated cost of fixing this nation's infrastructure has gone up from $1.3 trillion to $4.6 trillion.

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Part 1: How Trump could spend $1 trillion to fix America if he knew what he was doing

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The more we can invest in making cities viable places — places where people want to live, places that can take care of themselves — the more cities will serve the aims of environmentalists.

Nathanael Johnson and Matt Craft, Grist 

May 9, 2017 | Infrastructure! We’ve really got your attention now, right? Here’s the thing, though: It’s what makes modern life possible. Showers, cellphones, pizza delivery, toilets — all those fail without infrastructure. Much of what we’ve got now is old, dangerous, and needs replacement, and voters of both political parties agree on the need to do something about it. (That last statement in itself should be shocking enough to keep you reading.)

So President Trump, seeking an issue slightly less divisive that yanking health care away from millions of people, has promised to present a $1 trillion spending proposal to Congress sometime in the next three weeks, claiming it will “completely fix America’s infrastructure.” Never mind that the American Society of Civil Engineers has said we need to spend $3.6 trillion by 2020 — they’ve obviously never seen Trump make deals.

Nathanael Johnson is Grist's senior writer and the author of two books.
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Part 2: If China Can Fund Infrastructure With Its Own Credit, So Can We

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Ever since the American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE began issuing its “National Infrastructure Report Card” in 1998, the nation has gotten a dismal grade of D or D+. In the meantime, the estimated cost of fixing its infrastructure has gone up from $1.3 trillion to $4.6 trillion.

Ellen BrownThe Web of Debt Blog / Dandelion Salad

May 17, 2017 | May 15th-19th has been designated “National Infrastructure Week” by the US Chambers of Commerce, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and over 150 affiliates. Their message: “It’s time to rebuild.” Ever since ASCE began issuing its “National Infrastructure Report Card” in 1998, the nation has gotten a dismal grade of D or D+. In the meantime, the estimated cost of fixing its infrastructure has gone up from $1.3 trillion to $4.6 trillion.

While American politicians debate endlessly over how to finance the needed fixes and which ones to implement, the Chinese have managed to fund massive infrastructure projects all across their country, including 12,000 miles of high-speed rail built just in the last decade. How have they done it, and why can’t we?

Ellen Brown, Writer, Dandelion Salad

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Congress: Hold Equifax Accountable

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  • Equifax failed to protect 143 million of its customers' social security numbers and other personal data from a cyberattack. Now, they’re offering customers “free” identity theft protection if and only if they sign away their right to sue the company! Tell Congress to hold them accountable.
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  • To be delivered to The United States House of Representatives and The United States Senate

MoveOn.org Petitions / Americans for Financial Reform

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Friday, September 8, 2017 | Petition Background

Credit-reporting giant Equifax has just disclosed that in the summer of 2017, hackers gained access to the personal information of 143 million of its consumers. The hackers obtains access to names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, even credit cards.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Tycoon%20Raiding%20Safe.jpgBut the behavior of Equifax in the wake of the cyberattack has been horrifying. Three Equifax Managers sold their stock in the company before the cyber attack was revealed, raising questions about potential insider trading. Worse still, the company offered "free" identity theft protection for those impacted, but only if the consumer waived their right to sue Equifax in a class action lawsuit! Buried in the terms of service for Equifax's TrustedID Premier is a ripoff clause that blocks consumers from joining together in class action lawsuits against the company. It is despicable that Equifax would exploit consumers' need for identity theft protection to avoid accountability for this devastating breach.

But perhaps most despicable of all, at this very moment, U.S. Senators are weighing legislation to take away our right to hold companies like Equifax accountable in court (S.J.Res.47), and the House of Representatives is considering legislation to make life easier for credit-reporting agencies that screw up (H.R. 2359). This cannot stand. Repealing crucial consumer protections as new financial scandals break every week would send a clear signal to bad actors like Equifax that they can continue to plunder consumers for profit. We call on Congress to IMMEDIATELY withdraw both S.J. Res 47 and H.R. 2359, and to hold hearings to investigate Equifax's response to this cyberattack.

Sources:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-07/three-equifax-executives-sold-stock-before-revealing-cyber-hack

http://www.consumeradvocates.org/media/press-release/georgia-congressman-must-withdraw-his-equifax-friendly-bill

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MoveOn.org Civic Action is a 501(c)(4) organization which primarily focuses on nonpartisan education and advocacy on important national issues. MoveOn.org Political Action is a federal political committee which primarily helps members elect candidates who reflect our values through a variety of activities aimed at influencing the outcome of the next election. MoveOn.org Political Action and MoveOn.org Civic Action are separate organizations.

Americans for Financial Reform is a progressive nonprofit organization which advocates for financial reform in the United States, including stricter regulation of Wall Street. AFR is a coalition of approximately 200 consumer, labor and special interest groups.

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