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Mainstream Media as Arbiters of Truth ~ Robert Parry

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  • "Arbiters of truth" sounds bad enough, but when that "truth" is the US government's approved line, uniformly spouted by the press, it's much worse. From Robert Parry at consortiumnews.com: An angry mainstream U.S. media is shaking its fist at anyone who won’t clamber onboard the Russia-gate groupthink bandwagon.
  • Related: NYT Says Congress Has 'Duty' to Make War--Rather Than the Right to Reject It

Robert Gore, Straightline Logic

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Fake%20Media.jpg April 5, 2017 | An angry mainstream U.S. media is shaking its fist at anyone who won’t clamber onboard the Russia-gate groupthink bandwagon, reports Robert Parry.

The mainstream U.S. media is never more unctuous and unprofessional as when it asserts that it alone must be the arbiter of what is true and what is not, regardless of what the evidence shows or doesn’t show.

Robert Gore is a writer, investor, attorney, and former bond trader. His website is Straight Line Logic <http://straightlinelogic.com>. He is also a regular columnist for The Savy Street <http://thesavvystreet.com>.

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Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. His latest book, America’s Stolen Narrative, is available in print here or as an e-book (from barnesandnoble.com).

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NYT Says Congress Has 'Duty' to Make War--Rather Than the Right to Reject It, Adam Johnson, FAIR.org

The whole point of granting war-making powers to Congress, it should be noted, was so that Congress could serve as a barrier to war. Somehow for the paper of record, this task has morphed into a “duty” to approve wars that are already taking place, lest the self-evidently good and noble war effort be undermined.

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Net Neutrality Redux: Why Republicans Shouldn't Mess With the Internet

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  • Republicans are working to gut net neutrality and other consumer protections online, and Democrats are using the issue to drive a wedge between the GOP and voters. Meanwhile, the same activists who turned net neutrality into a household name two years ago have vowed to make Republicans pay.
  • Related: Live at Truthdig: What Is the Future of Net Neutrality Under Trump?

Mike Ludwig, Truthout 

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The internet is quite popular these days, but companies such as AT&T and Comcast that provide internet service are not. That's one reason why Democrats are betting that voters will punish Republicans in the next election for scrapping rules designed to stop internet providers from harvesting personal information without permission and manipulating how easily users can access certain parts of the web.

The threat of voter disapproval was not enough to thwart the legislation repealing online privacy rules that the Republican majority recently rushed through Congress with party-line votes. Democrats hammered their Republican colleagues for selling out their constituents' personal information to big business, a charge that could come back to haunt the GOP now that a looming fight over net neutrality at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) promises to keep the broadband lobby in the media spotlight.

Mike Ludwig is an investigative reporter at Truthout and a contributor to the Truthout anthology, Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?

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An open internet is being threatened by the Trump administration:

According to an article by the media-advocacy organization Free Press, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, “vigorously opposed rules [the FCC] adopted to protect the rights of internet users” when Pai worked at the FCC under Obama.

 

 

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Series | Zinn Education Project: Andrew Jackson Revisited

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Forced Move by Max Standley courtesy R. Michelson Galleries (www.RMichelson.com).

  • “One of the greatest victories for the people of America since Andrew Jackson,” Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, said of Donald Trump’s success in the 2016 election. We agree that Trump and Jackson have a lot in common, but neither election can be accurately described as a victory for anyone other than the wealthy elite.
  • The next installment in an on-going series

Howard Zinn, Zinn Education Project

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https://zinnedproject-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Andrew_jackson_head-247x300.jpg November 13, 2016 | Textbooks often portray Jackson as a “man of the people.” However, as Howard Zinn describes in this excerpt from A People’s History of the United States,

Jackson was a land speculator, merchant, slave trader, and the most aggressive enemy of the Indians in early American history.

The reading below is followed by links to lessons and other resources on the Zinn Education Project website that can be used to introduce students to Andrew Jackson, including “The Cherokee/Seminole Removal Role Play” andAndrew Jackson and the ‘Children of the Forest’.” 

Howard Zinn: historian, activist, writer and speaker

Based on the lens of history highlighted in Howard Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United States, the Zinn Education Project  offers free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and reading level. It is coordinated by two non-profit organizations, Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change.

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Hundreds of Thousands Ready to Strike on May Day

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May Day strikes are planned nationwide, from rural communities to major cities. (Design Action Collective)

Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams / Truthdig

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http://images.dailykos.com/i/user/116919/fist.jpg Apr 30, 2017 | Hundreds of thousands of immigrants and allies are expected to strike and protest on Monday, taking part in what organizers are hoping will be the largest national strike since the May Day demonstrations of 2006.

“I definitely think this is going to be one of the biggest May Day marches,” Kent Wong, executive director of the UCLA Labor Center, told The Nation, which noted that “[t]he turbulent Trump era and draconian attacks on immigrant communities all but guarantee a bigger and more passionate turnout than usual this year.”

Deirdre Fulton is a Common Dream staff writer.

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Special Project | The Resistance Now: Week Ending April 29, 2017

 

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  • Resistance starts with the simple but revolutionary act of refusing to accept what you are told by those with power. Evergreene Digest is extensively covering the people, ideas, and actions driving protest movements globally. Follow along with us.
  • 7 New Items including:
    • So Much for "Draining the Swamp": Wall Street's Power Soars Under Trump
    • Trump's First 100 Days: Workers Get Pummeled, People Fight Back
    • What does it take for activists to get your attention?
    • "We Are Going to Shut It Down on May 1": Caravan Against Fear Mobilizes the Masses
    • 'These issues affect all of us': this is what the resistance movement looks like
    • May Day to have immigrant tilt as workers plan to protest against Trump
    • The Resistance Now: Science Gets Its Own March

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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So Much for "Draining the Swamp": Wall Street's Power Soars Under Trump, Sarah Jaffe, Truthout

Today we bring you a conversation with Renata Pumarol, the deputy director of New York Communities for Change.

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Trump's First 100 Days: Workers Get Pummeled, People Fight Back, Sasha Abramsky , Equal Voice News

"We can't feel fear, can't feel weakness," she argues, despite her illness and the long nights she works at McDonald's to keep her family afloat. "We can overtake anything that comes our way. We have people power. Everything we want, and we need, we have to fight for it." --Organizer

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What does it take for activists to get your attention? Brian Martin, Waging Nonviolence 

Activists are small players in the struggle for attention, which is controlled largely by advertisers. But there are ways to resist and redirect attentions.

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"We Are Going to Shut It Down on May 1": Caravan Against Fear Mobilizes the Masses, Sarah Jaffe, Truthout

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | Today we bring you a conversation with Alejandra Valles, the secretary treasurer for SEIU United Services Workers West. The union represents janitors, security officers and airport workers across California.

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These issues affect all of us': this is what the resistance movement looks like, Ross Maghielse, The Guardian

We asked readers to show us what the resistance movement looks like. What we got back shows it has taken root in many forms

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May Day to have immigrant tilt as workers plan to protest against Trump, Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian

Days after Trump’s 100th day in office, immigration, labor, racial justice, LGBT and gender equality groups will demonstrate against his policies and rhetoric.

 

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The Resistance Now: Science Gets Its Own March, The Guardian

Friday, April 21, 2017 | Expect some hilarious signs and chants at tomorrow’s March for Science, as tens of thousands of proud nerds flood the National Mall in Washington DC in a passionate defense of science. One catchy chant floating on social media: What do we want? Evidence based science/When do we want it?/After peer review.

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So Much for "Draining the Swamp": Wall Street's Power Soars Under Trump

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  • Today we bring you a conversation with Renata Pumarol, the deputy director of New York Communities for Change.
  • Related: Special Project | The Resistance Now: Week Ending April 29, 2017

Sarah Jaffe, Truthout

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Friday, April 21, 2017 | Sarah Jaffe: You guys had an action on Tuesday at Goldman Sachs on official Tax Day. Can you tell us about that and about what the theme of that action was?

Renata Pumarol: On actual Tax Day, April 18, we headed to the headquarters of Goldman Sachs here in New York to call them out for avoiding $10 billion in taxes, or for rather extracting $10 billion from our tax dollars. [They do this] by exploiting loopholes or their roles in company mergers and acquisitions. We really wanted to send a message that it is not only about Trump releasing his taxes, but it is also about the 1% and companies like Goldman Sachs that really continue to exploit tax loopholes and avoid massive amounts of taxes that could be going to pay for basic services.

Sarah Jaffe is a reporting fellow at The Nation Institute and has covered labor, social and economic justice and politics for Truthout, The Atlantic, The Guardian, In These Times and many other publications. She is the cohost of Belabored, a labor podcast hosted by Dissent magazine, and the author of Necessary Trouble: Americans In Revolt (Nation Books, 2016)

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Special Project | The Resistance Now: Week Ending April 29, 2017, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Resistance starts with the simple but revolutionary act of refusing to accept what you are told by those with power. Evergreene Digest is extensively covering the people, ideas, and actions driving protest movements globally. Follow along with us.
  • 7 New Items including:
    • So Much for "Draining the Swamp": Wall Street's Power Soars Under Trump
    • Trump's First 100 Days: Workers Get Pummeled, People Fight Back
    • What does it take for activists to get your attention?
    • "We Are Going to Shut It Down on May 1": Caravan Against Fear Mobilizes the Masses
    • 'These issues affect all of us': this is what the resistance movement looks like
    • May Day to have immigrant tilt as workers plan to protest against Trump
    • The Resistance Now: Science Gets Its Own March

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Russia-Baiting Pushed Trump to Attack Syria—and Increases the Risks of Nuclear Annihilation

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  • The anti-Russia bandwagon has gained so much momentum that a national frenzy is boosting the odds of unfathomable catastrophe.
  • Related: Special Report | Syria debate

Norman Solomon, Common Dreams 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag.jpgMonday, April 10, 2017 | Vast efforts to portray Donald Trump as Vladimir Putin’s flunky have given Trump huge incentives to prove otherwise. Last Thursday, he began the process in a big way by ordering a missile attack on Russia’s close ally Syria. In the aftermath of the attack, the cheerleading from U.S. mass media was close to unanimous, and the assault won lots of praise on Capitol Hill. Finally, the protracted and fervent depictions of Trump as a Kremlin tool were getting some tangible results.

At this point, the anti-Russia bandwagon has gained so much momentum that a national frenzy is boosting the odds of unfathomable catastrophe. The world’s two nuclear superpowers are in confrontation mode.

It’s urgent to tell ourselves and each other: Wake up!

Norman Solomon is co-founder of RootsAction.org and founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. His books include War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death” and "Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America's Warfare State".

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Special Report | Syria debate, Ruth Conniff <>, the Progressive 

On the anniversary of U.S. entry into World War I, we should be wary of arguments for war.

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