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The FCC sabotaged its own Net Neutrality public comments process and distorted the facts.

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  • Part 1:  The FCC sabotaged its own public comments process.
    • Congress needs to stop them from voting to kill net neutrality on December 14
  • Part 2: Fight for the Future statement on Ajit Pai’s ridiculous speech
    • Pai’s distortion of the facts here can only be described as Orwellian. He’s citing free speech as his reason for gutting free speech protections.
  • Related: Special Project | How the Grinch Is Stealing the Internet

 

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Part 1:  The FCC sabotaged its own public comments process.

Congress needs to stop them from voting to kill net neutrality on December 14.

Evan Greer, Fight for the Future

https://d2omw6a1nm6pnh.cloudfront.net/images/net-neutrality-now-180.png November 30, 2017 | Yesterday’s Pew Research study led to incorrect reports.

Yesterday, the Pew Research Group released a study that triggered a number of new reports about issues within the FCC’s net neutrality comment docket. The Pew study, unfortunately, contained a number of serious inaccuracies, and lacked needed context in a way that conflated legitimate grassroots advocacy and organic online outrage with malicious attempts to manipulate the FCC docket with fraud.

“The FCC sabotaged its own public comment process for the exact purpose of sowing the type of confusion that we’re seeing now,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, “They knowingly allowed malicious actors to abuse their system and submit enormous numbers of fraudulent comments using real people’s names and addresses without their permission, and they’ve refused to cooperate with investigations or transparency laws.”

Evan Greer, Campaign Director, Fight for the Future. She's been organizing hard-hitting campaigns for more than a decade and is a regular contributor to The Guardian and Huffington Post.

Fight for the Future is a digital rights group known for their role in organizing the largest online protests in history including the SOPA Blackout, the Internet Slowdown, and the July 12 Internet-Wide Day of Action for Net Neutrality.

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Part 2: Fight for the Future statement on Ajit Pai’s ridiculous speech

Pai’s distortion of the facts here can only be described as Orwellian. He’s citing free speech as his reason for gutting free speech protections.

Evan Greer, Fight for the Future

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/FreePress%20Presents%20Save%20the%20Internet.jpgNovember 29, 2017 | Yesterday, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai gave a speech lashing out at net neutrality supporters from web companies to celebrities. The speech comes amid the backdrop of massive and growing public backlash to Pai’s proposal to gut Title II net neutrality protections, with more than half a million phone calls to Congress through BattleForTheNet.com in the last week, and hundreds of protests planned across the country on December 7. Many have noted outrage coming from conservatives, libertarians, and members of Pai’s own party. 

Fight for the Future campaign director Evan Greer issued the following statement in response to Pai’s comments.

Evan Greer, Campaign Director, Fight for the Future. She's been organizing hard-hitting campaigns for more than a decade and is a regular contributor to The Guardian and Huffington Post.

Fight for the Future is a digital rights group known for their role in organizing the largest online protests in history including the SOPA Blackout, the Internet Slowdown, and the July 12 Internet-Wide Day of Action for Net Neutrality.

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How We Learned Not To Care About America's Wars and the Trillion-Dollar National Security Budget

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  • Part 1: Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, How We Learned Not To Care About America's Wars
    • A collective indifference to war has become an emblem of contemporary America.
  • Part 2: The Trillion-Dollar National Security Budget
    • So the next time you hear the president, the secretary of defense, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, or a hawkish lawmaker claim that the U.S. military is practically collapsing from a lack of funding, don’t believe it for a second. 

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Part 1: Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, How We Learned Not To Care About America's Wars

A collective indifference to war has become an emblem of contemporary America.  But don't expect your neighbors down the street or the editors of the New York Times to lose any sleep over that fact.  Even to notice it would require them -- and us -- to care.

Andrew Bacevich, TomDispatch

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Nor can it be said that we don’t care because we don’t know.  True, government authorities withhold certain aspects of ongoing military operations or release only details that they find convenient.  Yet information describing what U.S. forces are doing (and where) is readily available, even if buried in recent months by barrages of presidential tweets.  Here, for anyone interested, are press releases issued by United States Central Command for just one recent week

Andrew Bacevich, a TomDispatch regular, is the author, most recently, of America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History.

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Part 2: The Trillion-Dollar National Security Budget

So the next time you hear the president, the secretary of defense, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, or a hawkish lawmaker claim that the U.S. military is practically collapsing from a lack of funding, don’t believe it for a second. 

William Hartung, TomDispatch

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Strangely, though, in mainstream reportage while you’ll see discussion of what Congress is likely to pony up in any given year for the Pentagon and some associated activities, I doubt you’ll ever find a figure for total national security expenditures.  In fact, I’m ready to make a modest bet that, outside of the technical literature, in the five years since the Hellman-Kramer article, you would have a tough time finding such a cumulative number in the mainstream world for what we (that is, “we the people”) actually spend to support an ever more powerful national security state.  Meanwhile, that state within a state continues its relentless post-9/11 expansion, as it officially girds itself for the eternal fight against a single threat to American “safety,” one that holds only the most modest of actual dangers for Americans: terrorism.

William Hartung, a TomDispatch regular, is the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy.  His most recent book is Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex.

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Revolution Ahead for U.S. if GOP Tax Plan Rigged for the Rich Is Not Defeated.

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  • Part 1: Huge Human Inequality Study Hints Revolution is in Store for U.S.
    • Every society has a tipping point.
  • Part 2: How to Stop a Tax Plan Rigged for the Rich
    • Average Americans today face political elites hellbent on a tax ‘reform’ that funnels new fortunes to the already fortunate.

 

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Part 1: Huge Human Inequality Study Hints Revolution is in Store for U.S.

Every society has a tipping point.

Yasmin Tayag, Inverse Science

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November 15, 2017 | There’s a common thread tying together the most disruptive revolutions of human history, and it has some scientists worried about the United States. In those revolutions, conflict largely boiled down to pervasive economic inequality. On Wednesday, a study in Nature, showing how and when those first divisions between rich and poor began, suggests not only that history has always repeated itself but also that it’s bound to do so again — and perhaps sooner than we think.

In the largest study of its kind, a team of scientists from Washington State University and 13 other institutions examined the factors leading to economic inequality throughout all of human history and noticed some worrying trends. Using a well-established score of inequality called the Gini coefficient, which gives perfect, egalitarian societies a score of 0 and high-inequality societies a 1, they showed that civilization tends to move toward inequality as some people gain the means to make others relatively poor — and employ it. Coupled with what researchers already know about inequality leading to social instability, the study does not bode well for the state of the world today.

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Part 2: How to Stop a Tax Plan Rigged for the Rich

Average Americans today face political elites hellbent on a tax ‘reform’ that funnels new fortunes to the already fortunate. Back in 1932, average Americans faced the same scenario — and dealt their political elites a history-shifting defeat.

Sam Pizzigati, Inequality 

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November 24, 2017 | The Earth doesn’t quite shake when lawmakers in Washington, D.C. take one of their periodic votes on tax “reform.” But sometimes history does turn, and this coming week’s expected vote on the Senate version of the GOP tax plan could be one of those rare times that history actually turns for the better.

Indeed, this year’s situation bears a remarkable resemblance to the epic tax battle of 1932, a largely forgotten struggle that set the stage for an entire generation of increasing equality. Could this history repeat? It certainly is already echoing.

Sam Pizzigati co-edits Inequality.org. Interested in digging deeper into the 20th-century struggles that toppled America’s original Gilded Age? Check his 2012 book, The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class, 1900-1970.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, November 25, 2017.

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Feature Article | Column: Shame has fallen out of fashion, but it can be a force for good, Joseph Burgo, Washington (DC) Post / Tampa Bay (FL) Times

According to this widely accepted view, shame shuts us down and isolates us from other people through the feelings of defect and unworthiness it inspires. But shame may also serve as a force for good when we direct it at behavior damaging to the social fabric.

Publisher's Choice | Al Franken has to go, Ryan Cooper, The Week

(This) is the final reason to ax Franken: to set an example. If we as a people demonstrate that this sort of behavior means an instant end to one's political career, future up-and-coming politicos — and the broader population in general — might just internalize the lesson, and stop abusing people.

Of Special Interest | Actresses—and Millions of Other Workers—Have No Federal Sexual-Harassment Protections, Bryce Covert, the Nation

  • This is another reason Harvey Weinstein’s accusers may have kept quiet until now.
  • Related: Sexual harassment, assault: Change the story 
     

Special Report | Curbing Police Brutality, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: New study finds body cameras do not curb police brutality

Even with eyes watching, some cops continue to cross the line.

  • Part 2: The Fraternal Order of Police Must Go

The nation’s largest police organization pursues policies that have deadly consequences for communities of color.

Special Project | A Thanksgiving Holiday Reader, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
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  • Part 1: This viral tweet about Thanksgiving and Native Americans deserves our attention.
    • A tweet that's gone viral days before Thanksgiving shows exactly why the indigenous communities of South Dakota didn't want oil pipelines on their lands.
  • Part 2: 13 Tips for Dealing with Your Family on Thanksgiving ... Sober
    • Fast forward in time—in a few hours, it will all be over. This evening will be a blip in your memory. You’ll still be sober, and you’ll be back to your normal life.

From the Archives | Do You Know Where Your Tomatoes Come From? Lauren Feeney, Moyers & Company 

  • “Harvesting tomatoes and other produce from the nation’s agricultural fields is arguably the worst job in the country,” journalist Chris Hedges writes in his book Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.
  • Related: Why Women Who Pick and Process Your Food Face Daily Threats of Rape, Harassment and Wage Theft
  • Related: 1960: "Harvest of Shame"

Bloggers & Columnists | Edward R. Murrow

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Say Goodbye to Net Neutrality. Say Hello to the FCC's Trickle-Down Experiment; It's Official: The internet as we know it could die in a little over a month; The Grinch is Stealing the Internet; etc.; Dear FCC: We See Through Your Plan to Roll Back Real Net Neutrality; The FCC's Order Is Out, We've Read It, and Here's What You Need to Know: It Will End Net Neutrality and Break the Internet; Seven Things You Can Do Right Now to Save the Internet

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Monday, November 27, 2017| Say Goodbye to Net Neutrality. Say Hello to the FCC's Trickle-Down Experiment, Mike Ludwig, Truthout

Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission's Trump-appointed chairman, is preparing to gut the agency's net neutrality rules. The move is part of an aggressive agenda based on the idea that slashing regulations and maximizing private profits will provide benefits for everyone else. Opponents say Pai is working for the rich and powerful and leaving the rest of us behind.

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News outlets have started reporting on the official plans to kill Net Neutrality ten days before Christmas Eve. 

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The Grinch is Stealing the Internet, Popular Resistence

Ajit Pai picked November 22—one of the biggest travel days of the year—to release his plan to overturn net neutrality. He is hoping to sneak it past the American people... But we can stop him from stealing our internet!

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We need you to step up once again and tell the FCC that it works for the American people, not Comcast, Verizon, or AT&T.  Go to dearfcc.org and tell the FCC not to undermine real net neutrality protections.

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Internet Defenders Urge Mass Revolt to Fight FCC's "Scorched-Earth" Attack on Net Neutrality, Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

"The FCC under Pai is handing over the internet to a few humongous gatekeepers who see the rest of us as products to be delivered to advertisers, not as citizens needing communications that serve democracy's needs."

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The FCC's Order Is Out, We've Read It, and Here's What You Need to Know: It Will End Net Neutrality and Break the Internet, Matt Wood & Gaurav Laroia, Free Press 

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  • Part 1:  The FCC sabotaged its own public comments process.
    • Congress needs to stop them from voting to kill net neutrality on December 14
  • Part 2: Fight for the Future statement on Ajit Pai’s ridiculous speech
    • Pai’s distortion of the facts here can only be described as Orwellian. He’s citing free speech as his reason for gutting free speech protections.
  • Related: Special Project | How the Grinch Is Stealing the Internet

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From the Archives | Do You Know Where Your Tomatoes Come From?

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  • “Harvesting tomatoes and other produce from the nation’s agricultural fields is arguably the worst job in the country,” journalist Chris Hedges writes in his book Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.
  • Related: Why Women Who Pick and Process Your Food Face Daily Threats of Rape, Harassment and Wage Theft
  • Related: 1960: "Harvest of Shame"

Lauren Feeney, Moyers & Company

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July 20, 2012 | For workers in Immokalee, Florida, where nearly all of America’s winter tomatoes are grown, backbreaking labor under the heat of the Florida sun is only part of the drudgery. There’s often also toxic pesticides, sexual harassment, verbal and physical abuse — all for an average income of  less than $12,000 a year.



Nely Rodriguez is a 46-year-old mother of three who’s been working in the Immokalee fields since she came here from Mexico in 2000. But she’s not suffering silently under these unjust conditions. Nely is a member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a community organization that has taken on the corporate giants at the top of the food chain — with some remarkable victories.

Lauren Feeney is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and multimedia journalist whose work has appeared on air and online at PBS, Al Jazeera English and other outlets. A former producer for Moyers & Company, she was a contributor for PBS' Need to Know and led web teams for Wide Angle and Women, War & Peace. She is a graduate of Bard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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Why Women Who Pick and Process Your Food Face Daily Threats of Rape, Harassment and Wage Theft, Jill Richardson, AlterNet

• We all benefit from a hugely exploitative system, in which our dinner is now directly linked to violence against women.
• Immokalee's (FL) Tomato Pickers Still Reap 'Harvest of Shame'

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1960: "Harvest of Shame", Edward R. Murrow, CBS News


November 24, 2010 | Watch the entire original broadcast of one of the most celebrated documentaries of all time, 1960's "Harvest of Shame," in which Edward R. Murrow exposed the plight of America's farm workers.

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Dear Readers,

 Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, November 18, 2017.

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Feature Article | Dissonance: When Cult of Personalities Gets in the Way of Understanding, Teodrose Fikre, Ghion Journal / Ron Paul Institute

  • “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” ~ Voltaire
  • Required reading  for liberals & conservatives, Democrats & Republicans. Explains how we got here.

Publisher's Choice | AFRICOM and the Self-Investigation Farce, Danny Sjursen, TruthDig

  • Consider economist and political scientist Joseph Schumpeter’s description: the nation “pretends to aspire to peace but unerringly generates war … there was no corner of the known world where some interest was not alleged to be in danger … the whole world was pervaded by a host of enemies.” Sound familiar? He was talking about Ancient Rome. We all know how that turned out.
  • Related: How America Spreads Global Chaos
  • Related: 'Stop US Aggression': Venezuela and the World  Reacts to 'Imperialist' Trump’s Military Threat Against Venezuela

Of Special Interest | Won't Someone Please Think of the Men? Erin Keane, Salon

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Special ReportIgnoring What We Still Haven't Learned from the Vietnam War, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: What We Still Haven't Learned from the Vietnam War
  • What happened to the citizens, community leaders, institutions, and politicians that we would allow this endless warfare to continue?
  • Part 2: Ken Burns’ powerful anti-war film on Vietnam ignores the power of the anti-war movement
  • The Vietnam peace movement provides an inspiring example of the power of ordinary citizens willing to stand up to the world’s most powerful government in a time of war. Its story deserves to be told fairly and fully.

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Special Project | An Armistice Day Reader, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: A New Armistice Day
  • Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans’ Day is not.
  • Part 2: Veterans need opportunity to catch up with those who had ‘bone spurs’
  • To provide adequate care for the veterans who go to war to defend us, we need to … begin increasing the capacity of the (VA) as soon as we go to war.

Bloggers & Columnists | Chris Hedges, David Swanson

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Al Franken has to go

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(This) is the final reason to ax Franken: to set an example. If we as a people demonstrate that this sort of behavior means an instant end to one's political career, future up-and-coming politicos — and the broader population in general — might just internalize the lesson, and stop abusing people.

Ryan Cooper, The Week

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November 16, 2017 | On Thursday morning, Los Angeles-area radio host Leeann Tweeden accused Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) of sexually harassing her on a USO tour in 2006. She alleges that Franken wrote a skit in which she was supposed to kiss him, and then pressured her into "practicing" the routine, during which he forcibly kissed her. Then, while Tweeden was asleep on the flight back home, Franken posed for a horrifying picture where he appears to touch her flak jacket over her breasts.

Franken issued an apology, and when that was widely condemned, issued another one, admitting that the picture was "completely inappropriate," and agreeing to subject himself to an ethics investigation.

Ryan Cooper is a national correspondent at The Week. His work has appeared in the Washington Monthly, The New Republic, and the Washington Post.

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