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That Facebook Will Turn to Censoring the Left Isn’t a Worry—It’s a Reality

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  • Progressives should not necessarily shed tears for (Alex) Jones, but they should be aware that their media is next in line, and that Jones’ deplatforming sets a dangerous precedent that is already being used against them.
  • Related: How Facebook Screwed Us All

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August 22, 2018 | On August 6, a number of giant online media companies, including Facebook, YouTube, Apple, Spotify and Pinterest, took the seemingly coordinated decision to remove all content from Alex Jones and his media outlet Infowars from their platforms.

Jones, perhaps the internet’s most notorious far-right conspiracy theorist, has claimed that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax, the Democratic Party is running a child sex ring inside a DC pizzeria and that the Las Vegas shooting was perpetrated by Antifa. Despite or perhaps because of such claims, his website Infowars has built up an enormous following: 3 million Americans, almost 1 percent of the population, visited the site in July 2018, according to Alexa.

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How Facebook Screwed Us All, Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones

Right-wing sites and clickbait dominate the platform that dominates American news consumption. And that same platform, despite its stated commitment to supporting “quality news,” keeps making it harder for people to find genuine journalism.
 

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, March 16, 2019.

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Feature Article | Government & Politics

Effort to Abandon Electoral College Gains Steam. Here’s What It Would Ruin for America. Jarrett Stepman, the Daily Signal / Intellectual Takeout

  • https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/field/image/8202951245_5012303a7c_k.jpgThis misguided attempt to subvert the Constitution (is) partisan and historically ignorant. It overlooks … that the Electoral College has produced … a stable political system that forces politicians to reckon with our nation’s diverse needs.
  • Related: The Controversial Conundrum That Is the Electoral College
     

Publisher's Choice | Government & Politics

From the Archives | It was the Democrats' embrace of neoliberalism that won it for Trump. Naomi Klein, the Guardian

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  • ‘Elite neoliberalism unleashed the Davos class. People such as Hillary and Bill Clinton are the toast of the Davos party. In truth, they threw the party.’ Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters
  • People have lost their sense of security, status and even identity. This result is the scream of an America desperate for radical change.
  • Related: Neoliberalism: Free Market Fundamentalism or Corporate Power?

Of Special Interest | Government & Politics

America’s Russia Hysteria Is What Happens When A Collapsing Empire Descends Into Paranoia.Rainer Shea‬, Medium

  • https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1600/1*U2JaoyPZGkXddFupIVufkg@2x.jpegThis is what makes America so dangerous in its current state of imperial collapse. As American global influence rapidly shrinks amid an increasingly multipolar world, America is following the historical pattern where declining empires lash out to try to regain their lost influence. And when the U.S. empire’s leaders live in such a false reality, they make increasingly irrational and dangerous decisions.
  • Related: The Russia Interference Narrative is McCarthyism Reborn in the 21st Century.

Bloggers & Columnists | Naomi Klein, Howard Zinn, David Swanson



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What Else You Can Do Beyond Voting, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Politics%20Banner_2.jpgPart 1: Beyond Voting by Howard Zinn
  • The future of this country doesn’t depend, mainly, on who is our next President.
  • Part 2: What Else You Can Do
  • There are thousands of … organizations that (are) as important as any electoral candidate.

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We are not well, America.
Our leaders are really not well.
We need to vote for our health and for our lives.
We need to get well together.

John Pavlovitz, johnpavlovitz.com

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July 11, 2018 | “I feel like I’m losing my mind.”

These words are a continual presence these days.
 I hear them a couple hundred times a day, in one form or another. 
I read them in desperate social media outbursts.
 I find them in my inbox from friends and from strangers.
 I hear them in my own head.

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What Else You Can Do Beyond Voting

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  • Part 1: Beyond Voting by Howard Zinn
  • The future of this country doesn’t depend, mainly, on who is our next President.
  • Part 2: What Else You Can Do
  • There are thousands of … organizations that (are) as important as any electoral candidate.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: Beyond Voting by Howard Zinn

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We will go a long way from spectator democracy to real democracy when we understand that the future of this country doesn’t depend, mainly, on who is our next President.

Howard Zinn, Dandelion Salad

November 6, 2018 | Gossip is the opium of the American public. We lie back, close our eyes and happily inhale the stories about Roosevelt’s and Kennedy’s affairs, Lyndon Johnson’s nude swims with unnamed partners and, now, Nixon’s pathetic “final days” in office.

The latest fix is administered by reporters Woodward and Bernstein and the stuff is Nixon’s sex life with Pat, Nixon drunk and weeping, Nixon cradled in the arms of Kissinger (who did it, we presume, for national security).

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Part 2: What Else You Can Do: 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action by David Swanson

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There are thousands of great local, national, and global organizations that you should consider at least as important as any electoral candidate.

David Swanson, Dandelion Salad

November 6, 2018 | You’ve been radically misled to believe that the only thing, or the most important thing, or one of the super important things you can do is vote. Voting in a functioning democracy would be a fairly important thing to do, but wouldn’t somehow eliminate the thousands of important things that would also need doing. Voting in a broken democracy is a mildly important thing to do, for the reasons you know by heart, but also for this reason: Seeing so many people so eager to do something alerts everyone else to the fact that you give a damn.

“I’ve been waiting two years to do something!” This remark, common on Tuesday, must sound joyous to many ears. But if you study history and notice that change comes primarily from organizing, educating, protesting, marching, disrupting, disobeying, and creating things anew, and if you’ve spent the past many years trying to get more people to do those things, then all the “All I can do is vote, oh helpless me” comments may have you pulling your hair out.

David Swanson is the director of World Beyond War and campaign coordinator of RootsAction.org He blogs at davidSwanson.com and WarIsACrime.com. His books include War is a Lie, War is Never Just, When the World Outlawed War. And he hosts Talk Radio Nation. His new book is Curing Exceptionalism; What’s wrong with how we think about the United States What can we do about it?

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, March 9, 2019.

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Feature Article | Books, Literature, & Ideas

The Mindless Menace of Compliance, Teodrose Fikre, Ghion Journal

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It is easy to be mad at politicians and rage against their malpractice; however, maybe it is time for us to look in the mirror.

Publisher's Choice | Race & Ethnicity

Wake Up, American Jews: You’ve Enabled Israel’s Racism For Years. Joshua Leifer, the Forward / Portside

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  • Israeli politics during the successive Netanyahu governments has become a parade of hate speech, with right-wing politicians competing over who will do the worst to “the Arabs.”
  • Related: Special Report | The House Democrats’ “Rebuke” of Rep. Ilhan Omar Is Fraud, Hate.

Of Special Interest | Books, Literature, & Ideas

UN Report Says US is a “Shithole Country”. John M. Repp, Common Dreams
https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/views-article/gettyimages-913775474.jpg?itok=Bu-UHxD9"The symptoms of the devastating inequality here include Americans now living shorter and sicker lives than citizens of other rich democracies." (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Instead of corporate media basically ignoring the UN report, there should be screaming headlines.

Bloggers & Columnists | Katrina vanden Heuvel, Glen Greenwald



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'No War on Venezuela' actions take place in over 100 cities — next up March 16th! ANSWER Coalition
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Gender & Sexuality

How Women Get Trapped In The Cycle Of Being Underpaid — And How They Get Equal Pay, Monica Torres, Huffington Post
https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5c589b8c360000f90a6811e9.jpeg?ops=scalefit_720_noupscaleThe pay gap has trapped generations of women. But there’s another way.

 

 

Government & Politics

When Chimamanda Met Hillary: A Tale of How Liberals Cosy Up to Power, Fatima Bhutto, the Guardian / Portside

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Nigerian American novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s interview of Hillary Clinton is another example of writers embraced by the establishment who not only fail to confront the colossal violence inflicted bytheWest; but often hail and endorse it.
 

Special Report | The House Democrats’ “Rebuke” of Rep. Ilhan Omar Is Fraud, Hate. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Look at what … Omar has actually said … and there's not much with which to argue.
Part 2: We Know What Hate Looks Like: Standing With Ilhan.
What people are afraid of is that there are two Muslims in Congress … that are fearless.
Related: Wake Up, American Jews: You’ve Enabled Israel’s Racism For Years.

Media & Technology

Special Report | US Media Ignoring and Applauding War on Venezuela. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/under-newspaper.jpgPart 1: Venezuela in the US Press
  • Interviews with Chesa Boudin, Dan Beeton, Laura Carlsen, Mark Weisbrot, Miguel TinkerSalasand Alfredo Lopez
  • Part 2: US Media Ignore—and Applaud—Economic War on Venezuela
  • The US media chorus (is) whitewashing the ways in which the US has strangled the Venezuelan economy.
  • Related: Special Report |Venezuala: Violence, Propaganda, Ravenous Wolves Invading in Sheep's Clothing

Youth, Education, & Children

Let’s Fight for Universal Childcare. Katrina vanden Heuvel, the Nation
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  • It’s good for the economy and consistent with our values.
  • Related: What America Has Done To its Young People is Appalling ~ James Ostrowski

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Effort to Abandon Electoral College Gains Steam. Here’s What It Would Ruin for America.

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  • This misguided attempt to subvert the Constitution (is) partisan and historically ignorant. It overlooks … that the Electoral College has produced … a stable political system that forces politicians to reckon with our nation’s diverse needs.
  • Related: The Controversial Conundrum That Is the Electoral College

Jarrett Stepman, the Daily Signal / Intellectual Takeout

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February 28, 2019 | Colorado is joining a list of states attempting to overturn the way Americans have selected their presidents for over two centuries.

The Colorado Legislature recently passed a bill to join an interstate effort called the “interstate compact,” to attempt to sidestep the Electoral College system defined by the Constitution. Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, called the Electoral College an “undemocratic relic” and vowed to sign the bill into law.

Jarrett Stepman is an editor and commentary writer for The Daily Signal and co-host of "The Right Side of History" podcast.

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The Controversial Conundrum That Is the Electoral College, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: From the Archives | The Electoral College Was Meant to Stop Men Like Trump From Being President
  • The founders envisioned electors as people who could prevent an irresponsible demagogue from taking office.
  • Part 2: The Electoral College Conundrum
  • There’s no consensus on abolishing the Electoral College, which has countered the popular vote in two of the past five presidential elections.

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The Mindless Menace of Compliance

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It is easy to be mad at politicians and rage against their malpractice; however, maybe it is time for us to look in the mirror.

Teodrose Fikre, Ghion Journal

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February 7, 2019 | Two days ago, I made a resolution and swore that I would not partake in the absurdity of the State of the Union address. Rather than indulging indignity, I took the occasion to share my story in an attempt to encourage more people to have heartfelt conversations instead of bludgeoning each other with partisan cudgels. After publishing my article, I was determined to not succumb to temptation; I refused to flip on the television and watch the kabuki dance that was poisoning the public airwaves.

I was proud of myself; not only did I not watch the carnival in Congress, I barely talked about it that evening. Alas, my success story ran head first into a wall of speculation and post-game analysis that flooded my social media newsfeed the ensuing morning. One post in general repulsed me to no end, I had a gag reflex induced by a picture of Nancy Pelosi “clapping back and throwing shade” at Trump shared by a friend—my break from fatuous politics lasted less than 12 hours. Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in!

https://i2.wp.com/ghionjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/teogi.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1/ Teodrose Fikre is the co-founder and editor of the Ghion Journal. A published author and prolific writer, a once defense consultant was profoundly changed by a two year journey of hardship and struggle.

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