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How the Corporate Media Enslave Us to a World of Illusions by Jonathan Cook

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  • The Great Western Narrative is there to perpetuate power by legitimizing it, by making its unbalanced and unjust distribution seem natural and immutable.
  • Our planet and our children’s futures depend on us liberating ourselves, seeing the ghosts in the machine for what they truly are.

Jonathan CookCommon Dreams / Rise Up Times

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Raised%20Fist%20with%20Peace%20Sign%20Background%20copy.jpgJune 13, 2018 | For several years now, I have been writing regular posts on my blog with one end in mind: to help open a door for readers and encourage them to step through. I select issues, usually those that dominate western media coverage and represent a consensus that we might term the Great Western Narrative, and try to show how this narrative has been constructed not to inform and enlighten but to conceal and deceive.

It is not that I and the many other bloggers doing this are cleverer than everyone else. We have simply had a chance – an earlier one – to step through that door ourselves, because of a jarring life experience that the Great Western Narrative could not explain, or because someone held the door open for us, or more usually because of a combination of the two.

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Trump, critics trade angry immigration charges, falsehoods.

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  • Misleading tweets by liberal activists fuel Trump.
  • Related: How Liberals and Their Talking Points Are Fueling the Alt-Right and Trump

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May 29, 2018 | President Donald Trump and Democratic critics traded outraged, sometimes plainly false accusations about immigration Tuesday as the debate over "lost" children and the practice of separating families caught crossing the border illegally reached a new boiling point.

False charges flew on both sides. The White House wrongly blamed Democrats for forcing his administration to separate children from parents. Liberal activists and others, including some from media outlets, tried to highlight the issue by tweeting photos of young people in steel cages that actually were taken during the Obama administration. Others seized on reports the government had "lost" more than 1,000 children, though that wasn't quite the case.

Jill Colvin is a White House reporter for the Associated Press. She previously covered Donald Trump's campaign and the 2016 presidential race.

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How Liberals and Their Talking Points Are Fueling the Alt-Right and Trump, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: How Liberals Are Fueling the Alt-Right
  • As the old adage goes, “You can’t fight fire with fire.”
  • Part 2: How Liberal Talking Points Help President Trump
  • The name-calling and the policing of others’ words will only repel voters

 

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Here’s how higher education was destroyed in 5 basic steps.

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  • So: here is the recipe for killing universities, and you tell me if what I’m describing isn’t exactly what is at the root of all the problems of our country’s system of higher education. (Because what I’m saying has more recently been applied to K-12 public education as well.)
  • Related: What's Wrong With the American University System
  • Related: Chris Hedges - The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Poisoned%20Apple%20on%20Book%20in%20front%20of%20Green%20Chalkboard_1.jpg03 Jun 2018 | few years back, Paul E. Lingenfelter began his report on the defunding of public education by saying,

“In 1920 H.G. Wells wrote, ‘History is becoming more and more a race between education and catastrophe.’ I think he got it right. Nothing is more important to the future of the United States and the world than the breadth and effectiveness of education, especially of higher education. I say especially higher education, but not because pre- school, elementary, and secondary education are less important. Success at every level of education obviously depends on what has gone before. But for better or worse, the quality of postsecondary education and research affects the quality and effectiveness of education at every level."

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What's Wrong With the American University System, Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, TheAtlantic.com

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The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff, Chris Hedges, TruthDig.com

Those who defy the system—people like Ralph Nader—are branded as irrational and irrelevant. These elite universities have banished self-criticism. They refuse to question a self-justifying system. Organization, technology, self-advancement and information systems are the only things that matter.

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How Liberals and Their Talking Points Are Fueling the Alt-Right and Trump

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  • Part 1: How Liberals Are Fueling the Alt-Right
  • As the old adage goes, “You can’t fight fire with fire.”
  • Part 2: How Liberal Talking Points Help President Trump
  • The name-calling and the policing of others’ words will only repel voters

Compiled by David Culver , Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: How Liberals Are Fueling the Alt-Right

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One thing is for sure: the current strategy, which mostly consists of responding with outrage, isn’t working. As the old adage goes, “You can’t fight fire with fire.”

Editor,  Civics Nation

May 16, 2018 | The alt-right has only gotten stronger since the 2016 election. That’s because the engagement tactics that liberals are using, while well intentioned, are ultimately misguided. As a result, liberals have ended up stoking the fire rather than extinguishing it.

As New York Times contributor Michelle Goldberg points out, part of the appeal of the alt-right movement is that it’s unconventional, taboo, and controversial. Those who belong to this movement revel in the attention they get when they express their unpopular views. Anyone who has encountered an online troll knows this to be true.

Civics Nation strives to fulfill the mandate of an informed and enlightened public. We address the need for educated voters and endeavor to defeat the many myths and lies driving the public policy debate in the US.

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Part 2: How Liberal Talking Points Help President Trump

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The name-calling and the policing of others’ words will only repel voters, which is part of what led to Trump’s presidential victory in the first place.

Editor, Civics Nation

May 17, 2018 | Racist. Sexist. Homophobic. Deplorable.

That’s the type of language that the left uses to describe President Trump and his supporters. And while the general intent is to shame Trump and his fan base into abandoning their principles, it’s actually having the opposite effect—it’s angering and emboldening them.

That’s precisely the point that University of Virginia political science professor Gerard Alexander wants liberals to understand. In a recent op-ed published in The New York Times, Alexander argues that stereotyping all Trump supporters as racist, sexist, and homophobic is making the problem worse.

Civics Nation strives to fulfill the mandate of an informed and enlightened public. We address the need for educated voters and endeavor to defeat the many myths and lies driving the public policy debate in the US.

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Syria – a Case Study in Propaganda

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  • The most important thing is that people are gullible and malleable, since that allows us to keep the war going and eventually achieve our goals.
  • Related: Fabricating a War on Iran
  • Related: The Age of the Imbecile (And Why it's a Big Problem)

Chris Kanthan, NationofChange

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May 1, 2018 | Dear diary, many of my colleagues are unhappy about the recent events in Syria. They are unhappy that Assad is still in power. However, I see the metaphorical glass as being half full. In a recent poll, 58% of Americans support the bombing of Syria and 19% have “no opinion.” This is wonderful news, since it shows how the vast majority of people are easily manipulated and are simply apathetic. In a democracy, the most important but least understood tool is propaganda. Let me share with you the fundamentals of a successful propaganda campaign.

Here are the five rules of public relations a.k.a propaganda:

  • Keep the message simple
  • Make it emotional
  • Don’t allow nuances or debates
  • Demonize the opposition
  • Keep repeating the message

Chris Kanthan is the author of a new book, “Deconstructing the Syrian War." Chris lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, has traveled to 35 countries, and writes about world affairs, politics, economy and health. His other book is “Deconstructing Monsanto.”

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Fabricating a War on Iran, Serge Halimi, Counterpunch

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  • Once again, fear is being manufactured to justify war: 14 years after destroying Iraq, the US government has Iran in its sights.
  • Related: Selected Articles | How the US Engineers the "Truth", Week Ending April 28, 2018

 

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The Age of the Imbecile (And Why it's a Big Problem), Compiled by David Culver , Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Part 1: The Age of the Imbecile
  • The World is Turning Catastrophically Stupid. Here’s How Not to Join It.
  • Part 2: Why Humans Increasingly Are Unaware of Their Ignorance (And Why it's a Big Problem)
  • At what point does collective ignorance parade as truth?
     

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Tash: Democracy depends on telling facts from fake news

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  • Fact or fake? Democracy depends on our ability to tell the difference. Journalism can help. It can be a great civic asset. But the final responsibility rests with us as Americans.
  • Related: Who is Behind Fake News? The Empty Piety of the American Press

Paul Tash, Tampa Bay (FL) Times

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May 5, 2018 | While you were students here, the university installed a statue of Ernie Pyle, the World War II correspondent who was killed in combat. That statue sits outside the Media School and Franklin Hall. Its placement there illustrates the higher purpose of journalism: to serve the greater public good. Ernie Pyle belongs to all of us. He wrote for everybody.

Over the course of my career, I’ve had the privilege of editing, sponsoring or recognizing journalism at the highest professional standards. During my nine years on the board of the Pulitzer Prizes, I would marvel at the work that came before us, whether or not it won a prize. And I would leave those meetings struck by all the things the world simply would not know — except for the work of journalists.

Paul Tash, Tampa Bay (FL) Times chairman and CEO

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Who is Behind Fake News? The Empty Piety of the American Press, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

Help enlighten others. Be sure to pass this on to friends and kin. We must break the system's  ability to lie with impunity.

  • Part 1: Who is Behind Fake News? The Brussels Terror Attacks: Fake Videos and Images. “The Man in the Hat”
  • Belgian authorities have identified and arrested the alleged (surviving) terror mastermind of the airport bombing.
  • Part 2: The Empty Piety of the American Press by Chris Hedges
  • The empty piety is a mask for self-interest.

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The Age of the Imbecile (And Why it's a Big Problem)

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  • Part 1: The Age of the Imbecile
  • The World is Turning Catastrophically Stupid. Here’s How Not to Join It.
  • Part 2: Why Humans Increasingly Are Unaware of Their Ignorance (And Why it's a Big Problem)
  • At what point does collective ignorance parade as truth?

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: The Age of the Imbecile

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The World is Turning Catastrophically Stupid. Here’s How Not to Join It.

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March 16, 2018 | I’d bet, these days, shortly after reading the headlines, you’ve thought, shaking your head and muttering, something like: “Jesus. We live in an age of impossibly catastrophic stupid.”

You’re not wrong. About a decade or so ago, hot on the heels of the financial crisis, something happened — an old story began to be rewritten, as the world found itself poorer once again. There was an explosion, somewhere deep in the human heart, and a tsunami rippled across the globe — one boiling and bubbling with every imaginable variety of stupid: human folly, gleeful ignorance, self-destructive greed, reckless spite, dim-witted cruelty parading itself as enlightenment.

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Part 2: Why Humans Increasingly Are Unaware of Their Ignorance (And Why it's a Big Problem)

  • http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/field/image/humans_unaware_of_own_ignorance.jpgResearch out of Yale University suggests the internet is making humans believe they are smarter than they actually are.
  • At what point does collective ignorance parade as truth?

Barry Brownstein, Intellectual Takeout

April 27, 2018 | “Has there ever been a time in the world’s history when people were more sure of their opinions?” asks Jim Ferrell of the Arbinger Insitute.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Sloman%20%26%20Fernbach%20%7C%20The%20Knowledge%20Illusion%2C%20jacket%20cover.jpgFerrell observes, “We become set in our opinions precisely because we have lost sight of the fact that they are merely opinions…our culture is suffering from what one might call ‘opinion creep’—the elevation of unsupported thoughts to the status of opinions and opinions to convictions.”

We don’t know how to have civil disagreements anymore. We fail to recognize that having a thought doesn’t make our thinking the truth. Ferrell writes, “We tend to have convictions about many things and to have opinions about almost everything else. We blind ourselves to the enormity of our ignorance.”

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NPR Runs IDF Playbook, Spinning Killing of 17 Palestinians

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NPR‘s headline (3/30/18) employs the passive voice: 16 Palestinians killed by whom?

  • It’s a brief report, but a highly revealing one: Hamas is at fault, the Palestinians threw “firebombs” first, then the Israeli army “assembled.” The illegitimate Hamas astroturfed the protest, the people are being exploited. Israel just killed those 17 protesters in self-defense.
  • Related: Massacre in Gaza: Israeli Citizens Watch As Their Military Attacks Unarmed Palestinians

Adam Johnson, Fairness In Accuracy & Reporting (FAIR)

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April 2, 2018 | NPR, as FAIR has noted throughout the years (e.g., 8/14/01, 11/01, 2/5/02, 11/15/12, 10/10/14), takes a default pro-Israel line when reporting on the affairs of Israel/Palestine. Its correspondents almost always live in West Jerusalem or in Israel proper, are rarely Palestinian or Arab, and they work consistently to deflect blame for Israeli violence—either shifting blame onto Palestinian victims or dispersing it through false parity.

A segment from Friday (All Things Considered, 3/30/18) on Israel’s killing of  Gaza protesters provides a case study in this process. NPR host Ari Shapiro set up the segment, an interview with reporter David Estrin, by blaming the 17 dead and hundreds of injured Palestinians on “the militant group Hamas,” framing Israel as totally defensive. From the very first line, blame is deflected from the Israeli military.
Adam Johnson <https://fair.org/author/adam-johnson> is a contributing analyst at FAIR <https://fair.org> and contributing writer for AlterNet.

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Massacre in Gaza: Israeli Citizens Watch As Their Military Attacks Unarmed Palestinians. Compiled by David CulverEvergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Israeli Citizens Watch As Their Military Attacks Unarmed Palestinians
  • At least 18 Palestinians have died in Gaza after Israeli forces opened fire Friday on a protest near the Gaza Strip’s eastern border with Israel.
  • Part 2: Israeli Citizens Watch As Their Military Attacks Unarmed Palestinians
  • In an outrageous display of inhumanity, Israeli citizens reportedly gathered on Gaza border to watch their military kill Palestinian civilians.
  • Related: Israel Kills Palestinians and Western Liberals Shrug. Gaza -  An Inquest into Its Martyrdom.

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