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How Facebook Screwed Us All

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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.

Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones

Mother Jones Editor's Note: This essay is the cover story for our March/April issue.  Portions of it appeared earlier here and here.

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March/April 2019 Issue | A country riven by ethnic tension. Spontaneous protests driven by viral memes. Violence and riots fueled by hateful fake-news posts, often about “terrorism” by marginalized groups.

It’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 machete attacks 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.

Monika Bauerlein is CEO of Mother Jones
and Clara Jeffery is Editor-in-Chief of Mother Jones and recipient of a PEN America award for editing.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, February 9, 2019

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Feature Article | Peace & Non-violence

The ‘War on Terror’ Has Utterly Failed – Global Terrorism Has Dramatically Increased Since 9/11. Jon Queally,  Common Dreams / Alternet


https://www.alternet.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/george_w_bush_on_the_deck_of_the_uss_abraham_lincoln.jpgSince 9/11, the regions where the U.S. military has been most active - countries in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia - have seen a five-fold increase in violent attacks.
 

Publisher's Choice | Government & Politics

Biggest Threat to Single-Payer? Democrat Support for a Public Option, Michael Corcoran, Truthout


http://www.greanvillepost.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/obamacare-healthcare-profits.jpgThe next big fight for single-payer may not be with Big Pharma or the GOP, but rather, Democrats who insist on putting their energy behind weaker policies.
 

Of Special Interest | Race & Ethnicity

Don't get what's wrong with blackface? Here's why it's so offensive. Jenée Desmond-Harris, Vox

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  • Blackface is much more than just dark makeup used to enhance a costume.
  • Related: Kamala Harris Destroyed Black Lives.
     

Bloggers & Columnists | Charles P. Pierce



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Arts, Culture, & Entertainment

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Superbowl%20LIII%20logo_0.jpgThe Super Bowl Can No Longer Entertain an Overstimulated Nation. Dave Holmes, Esquire
 
Let the record show: Football is dead, and ’
twas boredom that killed the beast.

Books, Literature, & Ideas

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Sen.%20Amy%20Klobuchar%20%28D-MN%29.jpgCaution: Moderate Democrats Ahead. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Beware the Moderate Democrat
  • Why the centrist extremists are an incredibly dangerous political animal
  • Part 2: ‘Socialism surging in Iowa’ gives cold feet to centrist Democrats contemplating 2020 run: report
  • It might be the centrists who are getting cold feet.
  • Part 3: The Last Thing America Needs Right Now is a 'Centrist Independent'
  • Howard Schultz is contemplating a run for president, while Kamala Harris leans into Obama-style rhetoric. God Help Us All.

Health, Science, & Environment

What’s the ‘Green New Deal’? The surprising origins behind a progressive rallying cry, Alexander C. Kaufman, Grist

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“The Green New Deal we are proposing will be similar in scale to the mobilization efforts seen in World War II or the Marshall Plan,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic Socialists of America US representative of a working-class Bronx and Queens district in New York City said by email. “It will require the investment of trillions of dollars and the creation of millions of high-wage jobs. We must again invest in the development, manufacturing, deployment, and distribution of energy but this time green energy.”

Media & Technology

Your Complete Guide to the N.Y. Times’ Support of U.S.-Backed Coups in Latin America, Adam H. Johnson, Truthdig / Rise Up Times 

 https://www.truthdig.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/maduronyt.jpg/ Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro flashes victory signs, declaring he will prevail amid a "coup," during a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, on Friday. (Ariana Cubillos / AP)

  • Do the U.S. and its allies have a moral or ethical right to determine the political future of Venezuela?
  • Related: Special Report | US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela

The Military-Media Complex, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Militarism in the Media, World Beyond War
  • Discussing the role of the media in promoting violence and warfare.
  • Part 2: Highlights of #NoWar2018
  • This video reduces a day and a half to 1 hour.
  • Related: From the Archives | Special Report: The Media and War: Week of June 29, 2014
  • Related: Your Complete Guidetothe N.Y. Times’ Support of U.S.-Backed Coups in Latin America

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The Military-Media Complex

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  • Part 1: Militarism in the Media, World Beyond War
  • Discussing the role of the media in promoting violence and warfare.
  • Part 2: Highlights of #NoWar2018
  • This video reduces a day and a half to 1 hour.
  • Related: From the Archives | Special Report: The Media and War: Week of June 29, 2014
  • Related: Your Complete Guidetothe N.Y. Times’ Support of U.S.-Backed Coups in Latin America

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Militarism in the Media, World Beyond War

/ Militarism in the Media: On January 15, 2019, 100 participants joined our webinar featuring experts Rose Dyson and Jeff Cohen discussing the role of the media in promoting violence and warfare.

Rise Up Times

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February 4, 2019 | Militarism is the “elephant in the room,” says FAIR founder Jeff Cohen. Former TV pundit for MSNBC, CNN, and Fox, Jeff was fired for shedding light on the perils of U.S. interventionism and in particular, for opposing the invasion of Iraq on the air. Rose Dyson, President of Canadians Concerned About Violence in Entertainment, expresses concern about the culture of war that is perpetuated by TV, music, video games, and social media.

Rise Up Times: Media for Justice and Peace

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Part 2: Highlights of #NoWar2018

World Beyond War

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World Beyond War: a global movement to end all wars

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From the Archives | Special Report: The Media and War: Week of June 29, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance

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8 New items including:

  • The Media and War, June 27, 2014
  • Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight
  • Propaganda and nonsense: Even more New York Times hypocrisy
  • What the US Media Won't Tell You About Ukraine
  • Syria | Shameful Performance of Western Media
  • How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance
  • Nygaard Notes #511 | "The New American Way of War" in the Media
  • "Progressive" Journalism's Legacy of Deceit,

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Your Complete Guide to the N.Y. Times’ Support of U.S.-Backed Coups in Latin America, Adam H. Johnson, Truthdig  / Rise Up Times 

https://www.truthdig.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/maduronyt.jpg / Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro flashes victory signs, declaring he will prevail amid a "coup," during a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, on Friday. (Ariana Cubillos / AP)

  • Do the U.S. and its allies have a moral or ethical right to determine the political future of Venezuela?
  • Related: Special Report | US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, February 2, 2019.

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Feature Article | Government & Politics

https://i2.wp.com/ghionjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/f7piUqV.png?w=900&ssl=1The Russia Interference Narrative is McCarthyism Reborn in the 21st Century. Rainer Shea, Ghion Journal

 

  • At least within the limits of its influence over public opinion, Russiagate has been very effective at propagating militaristic and authoritarian views.
  • Related: Special Project | Russiagate: The American Boogeyman

Publisher's Choice | Business

How America Can Free Itself From Wall Street, Ellen Brown, Truthdig.com

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  • Wall Street owns the country.
  • Related: Central Banks Have Gone Rogue; The Contagion Has Spread To Democracy Itself.

Of Special Interest | Activism & Organizing

Stop Betsy DeVos' attack on student sexual assault survivors. Credo Action / Ultraviolet

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  • Tell Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos:   "Do not eviscerate protections for student survivors of sexual harassment and assault."
  • Related: These are the obscure Trump staffers who are systematically dismantling the federal government.

Bloggers & Columnists | Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky, Ellen Brown, Matt Taibbi



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Foreign Affairs

A March to Disaster: Noam Chomsky Condemns Trump for Pulling Out of Landmark Nuclear Arms Treaty. Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

Excerpt: "In order to fill a couple of overstuffed pockets with more dollars, they're willing to threaten the existence of organized human life." 


A N.Y. Times Story Just Accidentally Shredded the Russiagate Hysteria, by Lee Camp, Lee Camp, Truthdig / Rise Up Times
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  • It made our mass media pundits look like hardened fools. But they have kept spouting their nonsense anyway, hoping no one notices the soup dripping down their faces.
  • Related: The Russia Interference Narrative is McCarthyism Reborn in the 21st Century.

Government & Politics

These are the obscure Trump staffers who are systematically dismantling the federal government. Josh Israel, Danielle McLean, Think Progress
Yvette Cabrera, Joshua Eaton, and Kira Lerner contributed reporting to this story.

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  • Back in October a leaked Office of Management and Budget document revealed that eight staffers are quietly poised to take an axe to domestic policy. After examining these eight members, we found they're deeply conservative and uniquely suited to dismantle or outsource major parts of the federal government.
  • Related: Republicans’ lack of alarm over the shutdown reveals a disturbing truth.
  • Related: Stop Betsy DeVos' attack on student sexual assault survivors.

Matt Taibbi | Why Aren't We Talking More About Trump's Nihilism? Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone / Reader Supported News

  • https://readersupportednews.org/images/stories/article_imgs24/024738-coal-climate-change-030817.jpg"The White House now says we might as well pollute because global catastrophe is inevitable." 
  • Related: The Truth About These Climate Change Numbers


Health, Science, & Environment

The Truth About These Climate Change Numbers, Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone

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  • A new report shows carbon emissions are moving in the wrong direction, and we’re running out of time.
  • Related: A Green New Deal Is Not possible Until We Let ALL Our Delusions About Climate Change Die.

Labor

The Problem Isn’t Robots Taking Our Jobs: It’s Oligarchs Taking Our Power. Adam Simpson, the Next System  / Portside
https://portside.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/robots2.jpgUltimately, the better advice for workers seeking to avoid “disruption” is to become the agents of disruption themselves.
 

 

 

Race & Ethnicity

Kamala Harris Destroyed Black Lives. Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report


https://blackagendareport.com/sites/default/files/2019-01/FR__845x400%20%281%29_0.jpgHarris has spent her career locking up Black and brown people. She should not be allowed to shake hands, kiss babies or walk into black churches without being taken to task.
 

Youth, Education, & Children

Court Rules School Can Use Electric Shock as Punishment For Special Needs Students, John Vibes, Activist Post

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The use of shock therapy has been proven to be ineffective, and it is not used very often because other treatments work much better.

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Your Complete Guide to the N.Y. Times’ Support of U.S.-Backed Coups in Latin America

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 / Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro flashes victory signs, declaring he will prevail amid a "coup," during a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, on Friday. (Ariana Cubillos / AP)

  • Do the U.S. and its allies have a moral or ethical right to determine the political future of Venezuela?
  • Related: Special Report | US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela

Adam H. Johnson, Truthdig / Rise Up Times 

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January 29,
2019 | On Friday, the New York Times continued its long, predictable tradition of backing U.S. coups in Latin America by publishing an editorial praising Donald Trump’s attempt to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. This will be the 10th such coup the paper has backed since the creation of the CIA over 70 years ago.

A survey of the New York Times archives shows the Times editorial board has supported 10 out of 12 American-backed coups in Latin America, with two editorials—those involving the 1983 Grenada invasion and the 2009 Honduras coup—ranging from ambiguous to reluctant opposition. The survey can be viewed here.

Adam H. Johnson is a media analyst for Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting and is co-host of the Citations Needed podcast.

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Special Report | US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • https://c3.staticflickr.com/1/18/23816010_d1c7a8b608_z.jpgPart 1: Open Letter by Over 70 Scholars and Experts Condemns US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela
  • "… these international actors should instead support negotiations between the Venezuelan government and its opponents."
  • Part 2: Fears of US-Backed 'Coup' in Motion as Trump Recognizes Venezuela Opposition Lawmaker as 'Interim President'
  • In response to Trump declaration, President Nicolas Maduro gives diplomats from 'imperialist' U.S. 72 hours to leave the country.

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