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Trump and Social Media- It's the End of News As We Know It

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  • Part 1: Trump and Social Media Could Be An Even More Dangerous Combination in 2019.
  • Facebook and Twitter won’t solve the problems they helped create. So who will?
  • Part 2: It’s the End of News as We Know It (and Facebook Is Feeling Fine)
  • People are getting less news

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Part 1: Trump and Social Media Could Be An Even More Dangerous Combination in 2019.

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Demagogues, haters, and spies know how useful Facebook and the other platforms are for undermining democracy. They are ramping up for 2020, and the platforms will not stop them.
Facebook and Twitter won’t solve the problems they helped create. So who will?

Monika Bauerlein, Mother Jones

December 29, 2018 | A country riven by ethnic tension. Spontaneous organizing fueled by viral memes. Hateful fake-news posts about “terrorism” from marginalized groups inciting violence and riots.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Sidebar%20%7C%20The%20m.o.%20of%20Propaganda.jpgIt’s a story we’ve seen play out around the world recently, from France and Germany to Burma, Sri Lanka, and Nigeria. The particulars are different—gas prices were the trigger in France, lies about cannibalism in Nigeria—but one element has been present every time: Facebook. In each of these countries, the platform’s power to accelerate hate and disinformation has translated into real-world violence, from riots to murder.
 

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Part 2: It’s the End of News as We Know It (and Facebook Is Feeling Fine)

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People are getting less news, right at a time when a clear-eyed accounting of what the powerful are doing is more important than ever.

Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones

December 4, 2018 | You probably saw the commercial, ubiquitous across television earlier this year: “We came here for the friends.” The narrator, sounding just a little like a younger Mark Zuckerberg, skipped us through pictures of kids in braces, awkward bands, birthdays. Facebook was telling us its creation myth, and it almost felt true. Wasn’t it that way when we first made our accounts? Didn’t we marvel at the parade of connections that suddenly poked into our lives, reminding us of who we’d been, who we might become?

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“But then something happened,” the voice in the commercial intoned, and the screen filled up with “CLICKBAIT” and “FAKE NEWS.” Until finally, Young Zuck put a stop to it: “That’s going to change…Because when this place does what it was built for, we all get a little bit closer.”

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Chris Hedges: America, the Land of the Desperate and Doomed, interviewed by Greg Palast

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Neither political party, now captured by corporate power, addresses the systemic problem.

Greg Palast, Dandelion Salad

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Greg Palast, Writer, Dandelion Salad, turned his skills to journalism after two decades as a top investigator of corporate fraud and racketeering.

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society.

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The Measure of the State of the Nation and Our Happiness

  • Part 1: A People’s State of the Nation
  • We now face a daunting, festering array of challenges that were decades in the making.
  • Part 2: The Measure of Our Happiness
  • The highest-ranking countries in the World Happiness Report are those that have “strong social welfare systems and an emphasis on equality.”
  • Related: UN Report Says US is a “Shithole Country.”

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Part 1: A People’s State of the Nation


https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/views-article/add_a_heading.png?itok=I0sFBMKc / In a comparison with nineteen other OECD countries, thought to be our peers, it is clear that it is the United States that has some serious catching up to do. Now, writes Speth, it is time for the nation to decide what it wants to be, where it wants to go, and—importantly—how to get there. (Image: Common Dreams/cc)

We now face a daunting, festering array of challenges that were decades in the making. If we are to save ourselves, we must take an honest look at where we are and then act urgently to get where we want to go.

James Gustave Speth, Common Dreams

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader/contributor Jay Kvale for this contribution.

http://www.filmsforaction.org/img/large-wide/643857a3-654e-4929-99e7-d23028711499.jpg / Friday, March 29, 2019 | With Democratic candidates for president coming forward and progressives nationwide defining the agenda ahead, this is a good time to look hard at where we are as a country.  Abraham Lincoln put it best: “If we could first know where we are … we could better judge what to do and how to do it.”



Surely it is time to think clearly about how we arrived at this place, and what it means when huge problems arise and persist across almost the whole spectrum of national life. Now it is time to decide “what to do and how to do it.”



So where are we? There are many ways to judge, but one important way is to compare ourselves to other advanced democracies and see where we stand in the rankings. Let’s focus on twenty well-to-do countries, all members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In addition to the U.S., the group includes the fifteen major countries of Western Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

James Gustave Speth is former Dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and author of several books on America’s future at Yale University Press.  Hewasco-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council and the World Resources Institute and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Next System Project. During the Carter Administration he served as Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality.

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Part 2: The Measure of Our Happiness

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The highest-ranking countries in the World Happiness Report are those that have “strong social welfare systems and an emphasis on equality.”

H. Patricia Hynes, Common Dreams

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 | For the past seven years ago, the United Nations has issued a report titled the World Happiness Report.  While this report may sound somewhat lightweight, it actually ranks countries by serious measures including income, freedom, trust in government, social support, life expectancy and how happy citizens perceive themselves to be.  The highest-ranking countries are those, we learn, that have “strong social welfare systems and an emphasis on equality.”



A recent study of hundreds of federal government policies found that most policies adopted by our government are those that favor the economic elite and business interests.



I was not surprised to learn that in 2019 our country fell in rank from 18th to 19th in the report.  Despite our high employment, millions of working people hold 2 jobs to pay bills and are an illness away from bankruptcy.  Moreover, we have seen a steady increase in the number of hate groups, the majority being white male supremacist groups, over the past 3 years coinciding with President Trump’s campaign and presidency.  In his recent manifesto, the Australian-born murderer of 50 New Zealand Muslims at worship in mosques attributed Trump as the “symbol of renewed white identity.”

H. Patricia Hynes is a retired Professor of Environmental Health from Boston University School of Public Health and current Chair of the Board of the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice. She has written and edited 7 books, among them The Recurring Silent Spring. She writes and speaks on issues of war and militarism with an emphasis on women, environment, and public health.

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UN Report Says US is a “Shithole Country.” John M. Repp, Common Dreams


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Instead of corporate media basically ignoring the UN report, there should be screaming headlines.
 

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A Titanic Menace: the Malicious Censorship of Independent Media and Non-Corporate Journalists

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  • It’s like observing the book Animal Farm in real life; social media companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google (are) the pigs telling the rest of the livestock that “all animals are equal … except the ones who walk on two legs are more equal than others”.
  • Related: It's Time for Journalism to Stand Up to Trump.

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March 3, 2019 | On April 10th, 1912, the Titanic set sail from Southampton, England on her maiden voyage carrying 2,200 passengers. Dubbed “the unsinkable ship” by Phillip Franklin, the vice-president of White Star Line, fate would go to show that the hubris of mankind cannot tame the random acts of chance. Two days later, the Titanic was at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean along with 1,503 lives who were entombed in a seabed cemetery.



There is not a more apt analogy than to call the ruling class pigs, they feast from the trough of injustice using humanity as assets and liabilities on their balance sheets.



There are many cautionary tales to be drawn from the saga of Titanic. At the very top of the list is the indecency of valuing human life based on their level of wealth. Out of the 1,503 lives that perished when the Titanic sank, only 123 were first class passengers—the other 1,380 were second class and mostly third class passengers along with a few crew members.

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Part 1: Trump Is Running Against The Media. Why Does The Media Keep Helping Him?
The press should know the name of this game by now.
Part 2: It’s Time for Journalism to Stand for Something.
Because journalism couldn’t afford to make enemies, it gave up its moral compass. 


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Feature Article | Government & Politics

Series, Universal Empire | Part 1: American Imperialism Leads the World Into Dante's Vision of Hell. Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould, Truthdig

  • https://www.truthdig.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Gates_of_Hell_798-1.jpgThe truly remarkable thing about this Cold War psychology is the totally illogical transfer of the burden of proof from those who make charges to those who question them.
  • Related: The Price of Empire ~ Umair Haque

Publisher's Choice | Government & Politics 

Whether Impeached or Voted Out or Stays Put, Ocasio-Cortez Says Trump 'Symptom of Much Deeper Problems'. Jon Queally, Common Dreams


 https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/headlines/aoc_deepr_problems_than_trump.jpg?itok=7PPJW46F/ "This is the REAL conversation we need to have as a country," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Sunday. "As horrific as this president is, he is a symptom of much deeper problems." (Photo: 60 Minutes/CBS News)

  • Amid new consternation sparked by Mueller report, Congresswoman from New York says key national conversation must go deeper than what becomes of the Republican president.
  • Related: Trump Is Not the Problem.

Of Special Interest | Human Rights

12 Ways to Make Sense of the Complex Humanitarian Crisis Happening on the US-Mexico Border, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Tomgram: William deBuys, 12 Ways to Make Sense of the Border Mess
  • How to make a difficult situation awful.
  • Part 2: What's happening onU.S.-Mexico border is a complex humanitarian crisis
  • And, no, a 'big, beautiful wall' isn't going to solve the problem. 
  • Related: Special Report | US Immigration Policy: Cruel, Racist, In Decay

Bloggers & Columnists | umair haque, Andrew Bacevich, William Rivers Pitt

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New Analysis Shows Why Democrats Are Wrong to Fear Bold Embrace of Medicare for All. Julia Conley, Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/headlines/medicare_for_all_democrats_0.jpg?itok=ZpJ3p_SD / A new poll finds that seven in 10 Americans believe the U.S. healthcare system is in crisis, while a new analysis argues that promoting Medicare for All is far from the polical suicide that corporate Democrats warn candidates against. (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc)

  • Corresponding with its skyrocketing enthusiasm for Medicare for All, the American public reported extreme dissatisfaction with the current for-profit healthcare system in a new poll—and expressed concern that the model has created a crisis for the nation.
  • Related: Biggest Threat to Single-Payer? Democrat Support for a Public Option

Fearmongering on the Left, Johnny Townsend, LA Progressive

https://2jc18v1irh0441xjkl3blrt4-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/fearmongering-720.jpgMainstream pundits never seem to say, “We’re in serious danger here. Centrist Democrats had better read the writing on the wall and move further to the left so we can stay unified.” No, it’s always the progressives who have to give in. Always.
 

 

“Moderate” Democrats Are Really Conservatives — and They Are Dangerous. William Rivers Pitt, Truthout

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  • It is time for the Blue Dogs and their media pals to get with the program and stop hiding behind meaningless labels and discredited tropes. If they want to be on the right, they can try being on the right side of history, if there is anyone left to write it.
  • Related: Caution: Moderate Democrats.

Health, Science, & Environment

FDA Found Glyphosate in Nearly All Foods Tested and Hid the Results. Jonathan Landsman <>, Humans Are Free / Stillness in the Storm

  • https://stillnessinthestorm.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/FDA-found-glyphosate-in-nearly-all-foods-tested-and-hid-the-results-702x459.jpgIn an alarming revelation, it has come to light that government scientists at U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have found the weed killer ingredient glyphosate in many popular processed foods.
  • Related: Dying of Consumption While Guzzling Snake Oil: a Realist’s Perspective on the Environmental Crisis

Peace & Non-violence

'What Real Action to Stop Gun Violence Looks Like': New Zealand PM Announces Ban on Assault Rifles After Christchurch Massacre. Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/headlines/new_zealand_assault_rifles_christchurch.jpg?itok=kZ-Ux8eW / "On 15 March, our history changed forever. Now, our laws will, too," said New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

  • In addition to taking the lead on bold gun law reforms, Ardern issued a "global call" to fight white nationalism in the aftermath of last week's terrorist attack, which appears to have been motivated by Islamophobic ideas and rhetoric.
  • Related: Nearly 40,000 People Died From Guns inU.S. Last Year, Highest in 50 Years.

Race & Ethnicity

Don’t Just Condemn the New Zealand Attacks — Politicians and Pundits Must Stop Their Anti-Muslim Rhetoric. Mehdi Hasan, the Intercept / Portside

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  • Are we willing and able to stand up to Islamophobia on days when there are not brutal terrorist attacks on Muslims in mosques? Or only when we see it quoted from the online manifesto of a deranged mass murderer?
  • Related: Bonfires of Bigotry: The Sources of Our Present Anger

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Allowing female leadership could be the only way to save the ailing church.

Sady Doyle, Medium

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Feb 12, 2019 | When I was little, I wanted to be a priest. Our family was Catholic, and I was the most fervent. We celebrated every feast day. I crowned Mary with flowers in May and blessed my cat with holy water to honor St. Francis of Assisi. I once nearly scalded myself to death by adding boiling water to the bathtub because I’d heard saints mortified their flesh. Then, one Sunday when my brother and I were too sick to leave the house, I blessed some bread and fed it to him so he could receive Holy Communion.

My CCD teacher screamed at me. I could never do that, never, because it was for priests to do, and girls could not be priests. God chose the clergy to serve Him, and all those clergy— from the pope down to Father Joe, who quoted Monty Python and kept a pack of Marlboros in his cassock — were men, because God was a man. I could be a nun. I could serve priests. But to serve God directly — it was sinful for a girl to even want it, let alone attempt it.

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Whether Impeached or Voted Out or Stays Put, Ocasio-Cortez Says Trump 'Symptom of Much Deeper Problems.'

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/ "This is the REAL conversation we need to have as a country," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Sunday. "As horrific as this president is, he is a symptom of much deeper problems." (Photo: 60 Minutes/CBS News)

  • Amid new consternation sparked by Mueller report, Congresswoman from New York says key national conversation must go deeper than what becomes of the Republican president.
  • Related: Trump Is Not the Problem.

Jon Queally, Common Dreams

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Sunday, March 24, 2019 | Amid widespread speculation over the weekend stirred by the submission of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report to the Department of Justice—and the 4-page summary of it released on Sunday—Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says the most important dialogue at this point should not be about what happens next to President Donald Trump, but one focused on the "root causes" that made it possible for such a person to ascend to the White House in the first place.



Ocasio-Cortez was responding to actor and activist George Takei, who in a tweet on Saturday stated: "Let's say Trump goes down in disgrace from Mueller or the SDNY or Congressional investigations. We're left with a big question: How did a guy like that get elected? Why do so many still support him? We can’t just say 'Fox News' or 'Russians.' We have serious issues to sort out."



"As horrific as this president is, he is a symptom of much deeper problems." —Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)"This is the REAL conversation we need to have as a country," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Sunday. "As horrific as this president is, he is a symptom of much deeper problems."

Jon Queally, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Trump Is Not the Problem. Andrew Bacevic, TomDispatch / Truthdig

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Trump%20in%20Red%20%26%20Black_0.jpg Trump is not the problem. Think of him instead as a summons to address the real problem, which … is the collective responsibility of the people themselves. For Americans to shirk that responsibility further will almost surely pave the way for more Trumps — or someone worse — to come.
  • The President as Pimple
  • Related: It's not all about Trump! The secrets of winning the long game.

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