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FCC Hearing on Net Neutrality Comes to Minneapolis Thursday August 19

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  • Since when is it the place of special interest corporations to determine what public policy should be?
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  • Stop Google And Verizon From Setting Our Public Internet Policy
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  • Tell Google: Don't be evil
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Andy Driscoll and Lynnell Mickelsen, Truth to Tell
, KFAI-FM

“The FCC recently announced that up to 24 million Americans don't have access to broadband. The exclusion of millions of people from the defining technology of our time only widens the existing gulf between those that have and those that don't. Everyday people like you and me must have a voice in shaping the future of the Internet. This hearing will give members of the public the chance to communicate their ideas, experiences and concerns directly to the commissioners.” – Amalia Deloney, grassroots policy director for the Center for Media Justice.

A recent court decision left the FCC’s authority over Internet providers in legal limbo. Without this authority, the agency cannot protect Net Neutrality, the principle that guarantees free speech online, and cannot ensure that every American has access to affordable broadband service.

In a recent speech, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken called Net Neutrality “the free speech issue of our time.”

The FCC will hear from Minnesotans on Future of Internet Thursday, Aug 19 at Minneapolis' South High School (map). TruthToTell's Andy Driscoll and Lynnell Mickelsen explore the issues and testimony Minnesota media justice types will deliver to Federal Communications Commissioners Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn at a hearing on the future of the Internet on August 19 at 6PM at South High School Auditorium in Minneapolis.

Guests: Steve Renderos, Media Justice Coordinator, Main Street Project
Margaret Kaplan, Operations Director, MN Center for Neighborhood Organizing (CURA)
Chaka Mkali, Director of Organizing and Community Building, Hope Community, Minneapolis
Laura Waterman Wittstock, Author, Consultant, Co-Producer/Host - First Person Radio (KFAI)

Broadcast: in Minneapolis/St. Paul KFAI-90.3/106.7/Streamed @ KFAI.org 9-10AM, Monday, August 16

Archived: Click here

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Stop Google And Verizon From Setting Our Public Internet Policy, The Pen

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  • Since when is it the place of special interest corporations to determine what public policy should be?
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  • Tell Google: Don't be evil
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CNN Situation Room Social Security Scaremongering

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  • CNN's Social Security 'crisis'
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  • Ask CNN's Situation Room to bring on Social Security experts who would challenge the alarmist views featured recently on the show.
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  • Top 5 Social Security Myths
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Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

The August 5 reports from the Social Security and Medicare trustees declared Social Security's long-term financial outlook mostly unchanged from the previous year, and the projections for Medicare were greatly improved from previous forecasts. But on CNN's Situation Room, this news amounted to a crisis in Social Security and a threat to the country.

On the August 5 broadcast, host Wolf Blitzer announced: "Social Security reaches the final financial tipping point. The system is now paying out more than it's taking in. Will Washington do anything anytime soon to fix this problem?" Blitzer was referring to the fact that this year Social Security is paying out more in benefits than it receives in tax revenue--a mostly meaningless fact, given the system's $2.5 trillion long-term surplus (CEPR's Social Security Byte, 8/5/10). But Blitzer turned to a single guest, Beltway fixture and former presidential adviser David Gergen, to echo his alarmism.

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Take Action! Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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  • Ask CNN's Situation Room to bring on Social Security experts who would challenge the alarmist views featured recently on the show. Social Security is an important subject that deserves balanced reporting.
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  • Contact: CNN's The Situation Room
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Top 5 Social Security Myths, Nita Chaudhary, MoveOn.org Political Action
We've put together a list of the top five myths about Social Security, along with the real story.

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Media Matters: Of mosques and mendacity

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  • The message coming from Fox News and some of the more determined attention-seekers on the right is that we're in a battle for white America's Jesus-worshiping soul, beset as it is by immigrants and black USDA officials and, perhaps most threateningly, Muslims.
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  • Mayor Bloomberg Delivers Teary-Eyed Defense Of Ground Zero Islamic Center
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Media Matters for America

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

If you've followed the conservative media over the past few weeks, you can be forgiven for thinking that it's a tough time for white Christians in America right now, what with the New Black Panthers denying white people their voting rights and undocumented workers clogging up our civic machinery with "anchor babies." The message coming from Fox News and some of the more determined attention-seekers on the right is that we're in a battle for white America's Jesus-worshiping soul, beset as it is by immigrants and black USDA officials and, perhaps most threateningly, Muslims.

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The New York City landmarks commission decided this week (August 1-7) to act in the interest of New Yorkers rather than out-of-state conservative pundits and voted to clear the way for the construction of an Islamic center in lower Manhattan, a few blocks from the site where the World Trade Center once stood. This was unacceptable to said pundits, who insisted that this site of America's mourning should be exempted from American values. "We're all about religious freedom," explained Sarah Palin, but only "down the road." Newt Gingrich announced, "I favor religious freedom," but not "right at the edge of a place where, let's be clear, thousands of Americans were killed in an attack by radical Islamists."

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Mayor Bloomberg Delivers Teary-Eyed Defense Of Ground Zero Islamic Center, Sara Yin, Huffington Post

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  • "We may not always agree with every one of our neighbors. That's life and it's part of living in such a diverse and dense city. But we also recognize that part of being a New Yorker is living with your neighbors in mutual respect and tolerance. It was exactly that spirit of openness and acceptance that was attacked on 9/11," he said.
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  • Zero Tolerance
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Stop Google And Verizon From Setting Our Public Internet Policy

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  • Since when is it the place of special interest corporations to determine what public policy should be?
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  • Tell Google: Don't be evil
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  • FCC Hearing on Net Neutrality Comes to Minneapolis Thursday August 19
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The Pen

Something stunningly outrageous happened this week (Aug 1-7), when Google and Verizon announced they had reached a "deal" for the future of the internet. Since when is it the place of special interest corporations to determine what public policy should be?

Stop Google & Verizon action page:

Actually it has been going on in back rooms all along, a prime recent example being a health care bill written (the one that passed) substantially by Liz Fowler, a former Wellpoint executive, who is now apparently in line to also administrate the bill she wrote (another outrage).

But never before has it been so brazen that two industry giants should publicly declare they have reached a private agreement, and to expect Congress and the President to just fall in line.

They must not. Congress must reject this public carving up of the public interest and instead establish clear principles in law that industry giants must not be allowed to use their power to discriminate access to the internet of the future.

Stop Google & Verizon action page:

This is just another example of why corporations must be put back in their place. Corporations truly are NOT the people. Let them conduct their business, but under regulations that serve primarily the public interest. And they cannot be allowed to have inappropriate and harmful influence on the election of the very representatives duty bound to keep them so regulated.

That is why we have the long term objective of a constitutional amendment soundly repudiating the Supreme Court's enshrinement of corporate speech rights as superior to all others, by virtue of their financial power.

That is why we need your help now to spread the message movement any other way you can.

And here is the Facebook link for the Stop Google and Verizon action page further above.

And this is the Twitter reply for this same action

Please take action now, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this alert as widely as possible.

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Tell Google: Don't be evil, Credo Action

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  • Google-Verizon Deal: The End of The Internet as We Know It
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  • Hightower: Big biz wants to own the information superhighway while We the People bump along the backroads
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FCC Hearing on Net Neutrality Comes to Minneapolis Thursday August 19, Andy Driscoll and Lynnell Mickelsen, Truth to Tell, KFAI.FM

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  • Since when is it the place of special interest corporations to determine what public policy should be?
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  • Stop Google And Verizon From Setting Our Public Internet Policy
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  • Tell Google: Don't be evil
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How Facebook Betrayed Users and Undermined Online Privacy

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  • Viable alternatives (to Facebook) are already springing up. A new network has been touted in the media that allows users to fully control the information they share by setting up their own personal servers, called “seeds.” Raphael Sofaer, co-founder of Diaspora, says that centralized networks like Facebook are not necessary. “In our real lives, we talk to each other,” he said. “We don’t need to hand our messages to a hub.”
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  • Facebook Further Reduces Your Control Over Personal Information
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Allan Badiner, AlterNet

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Ken Mitchell

In just six years Facebook has crossed the threshold of 500 million users. In the past nine months it has doubled in size and is now the number one most visited Web site in the world, surpassing Google. Facebook’s motto is “Making the world open and connected,” where a lone voice can have a powerful impact, as evidenced this year by one activist’s post on Facebook that sparked a demonstration of 12 million people against the Revolutionary Forces of Columbia (FARC), which had been terrorizing Colombian citizens for years.

But along with its policy of openness and potential for social change, Facebook has repeatedly come under fire for its lax policies toward the privacy of its members.

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Facebook Further Reduces Your Control Over Personal Information, Kurt Opsahl, Electronic Frontier Foundation
The new connections features benefit Facebook and its business partners, with little benefit to you.

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