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Tash: Democracy depends on telling facts from fake news

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A statue of alumnus and World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle typing on his typewriter was installed in front of Franklin Hall [Indiana Daily Student]

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

Publisher's Choice | Whither the Anti-war Movement? Daniel Martin, the American Conservative / Rise Up Times

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  • Focusing on the money and influence that giant defense contractors like Lockheed Martin and Boeing have on Capitol Hill—essentially making war a business—makes the anti-war point by raising the issue of crony capitalism
and the cozy relationship between politicians and big business, which increasingly leaves the American public out of the equation.
  • “Imagine there’s no heaven…and no religion too.” 
  • Related: Special Report | America’s Progressives Pay Lip Service to Imperialism, Anti-War Movement is Dead.  

Of Special Interest | Special Report: How the White Problem Got Made, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: The White Problem
  • I don’t think I was born white. I think white children are manufactured.
  • Part 2: How White People Got Made
  • Whiteness is one of the biggest and most long-running scams ever perpetrated.

Bloggers & Columnists | Ellen Brown, Nomi Prins, umair hague



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Activism & Organizing

This Is It! Net Neutrality Vote in Mid-May, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Red%20Alert%20for%20Net%20Neutrality%20banner.jpgPart 1: Saving Net Neutrality on the federal front
  • This is it. The Senate showdown to save Net Neutrality is upon us.
  • Part 2: Red Alert! Net Neutrality vote
  • The Senate will move on May 9th to force a vote to block the FCC's repeal of net neutrality.

Critical Thinking

Selected Articles | How the US Engineers the "Truth", Week Ending April 28, 2018. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • https://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/newsmedia-400x239.jpg“Lying” in mainstream journalism has become the “new normal”: mainstream journalists are pressured to comply. Some journalists refuse. Lies, distortions and omissions are part of a multibillion dollar propaganda operation which sustains the “war narrative”.bWhile “Truth” is a powerful instrument, “the Lie” is generously funded by the lobby groups and corporate charities.
  • When the Lie becomes the Truth, there is no turning backwards. 

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

Economics

At the Fed, the Scene Is Being Set for Financial Disaster. Nomi Prins, TomDispatch.com / the Nation

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  • When politicians and regulators are asleep at the wheel, sooner or later it’s the rest of us who will suffer. Because of the collusion that’s gone on and continues to go on among the world’s main central banks, that problem is now an international one.
  • Related: I’m a Depression historian. The GOP tax bill is straight out of 1929.

Law & Justice


Dear Liberal America: The FBI Is Not Your Friend -- And It Never Has Been. Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon

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The love and kisses tour of J. Edgar Comey has put a smiling face on an agency known for hardball and duplicity.


Media & Technology

NPR Runs IDF Playbook, Spinning Killing of 17 Palestinians. Adam Johnson, Fairness In Accuracy & Reporting (FAIR)

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/NPR%20Screen%20Grab%20of%20Israeli-Palestinian%20Violence.jpgNPR‘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

Peace & Non-violence

‘Who the hell is this person?’ Trump’s Mar-a-Lago pal stymies VA project. Arthur Allen, Politico 

The intercession of a well-connected Florida doctor infuriated those overseeing the $16B contract.

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VA Officials Continue to Discuss Proposed Health-Care Changes Out of Public View. Suzanne GordonAmerican Prospect / Portside

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  • As Louis Celli, a top staffer for the American Legion, told the Associate Press, a merger would siphon off funds from VHA hospitals and clinics and eventually shift costs directly to veterans, through co-pay and other possible fee increases.
  • Related: ‘Who the hell is this person?’ Trump’s Mar-a-Lago pal stymies VA project.

Religion & Spirituality


Special Report | Barry Goldwater Warned Us - The Danger of Evangelicals. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • http://lacatholicworker.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/faith-and-politics-sign.jpgPart 1: The Danger of Evangelicals – It’s Not About Hillary Anymore
  • I see very little of compassion in our President and less of it in my sister and brother evangelicals who claim to share a faith tradition with me.
  • Part 2: Barry Goldwater vs. the Religious Right
  • It's "the Godfather of Conservatism" who said: "Every good Christian should line up and kick Jerry Falwell's ass."


Youth, Education, & Children

The Only Way To ‘Fix’ Frats Is To End Frats As We Know Them, Michael Kaufman, HuffPost

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Too many fraternities are a virtual pantheon of racism, hazing, homophobia, fatal accidents, truly dangerous levels of drinking, misogyny and violence against women.
 


 

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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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This Is It! Net Neutrality Vote in Mid-May

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  • Part 1: Saving Net Neutrality on the federal front
  • This is it. The Senate showdown to save Net Neutrality is upon us.
  • Part 2: Red Alert! Net Neutrality vote
  • The Senate will move on May 9th to force a vote to block the FCC's repeal of net neutrality.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Saving Net Neutrality on the federal front

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This is it. The Senate showdown to save Net Neutrality is upon us. Sign up to host a protest on May 14th.

Free Press Action Fund, Free Press

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributor Amelia Kroeger

May 1, 2018 |  The word is out: The Senate will be voting in mid-May on the CRA resolution to overturn the FCC’s disastrous repeal of Net Neutrality.

The CRA resolution is Congress’ best chance to stop companies like AT&T and Comcast from controlling what you do and see online — including potentially censoring political speech and crushing movements for racial, gender and economic justice.

Right now 50 senators are publicly supporting the CRA — and we need to keep the pressure up in order to win. We’re one vote short of winning in the Senate, and if we can pull this off, it will create huge momentum for our battle in the House.

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There’s no reason any member of Congress should fail to protect Net Neutrality.

The open internet has the power to disrupt gatekeepers. And it’s enabled marginalized communities — especially people of color — to tell our own stories, pursue economic opportunities and fight for justice.

People from across the political spectrum have spoken, and they haven’t minced words: No one wants some of the most hated companies in the United States to control the most important communication and organizing tool of our time.

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Thanks for all you do—
Heather, Candace, Mary Alice and the rest of the Free Press Action Fund team
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P.S. Can’t host or attend a protest but still want to help save Net Neutrality? Join the Team Internet text team.

P.P.S. You may have noticed we've got a brand-new logo and colors. We also have a brand-new website and action pages. And we're changing the way we talk about our work. That means more useful content, more voices and perspectives, and storytelling that reflects our organizational commitment to racial equity.

Free Press Action Fund is a nonpartisan organization fighting for your rights to connect and communicate. Free Press Action Fund does not support or oppose any candidate for public office. Learn more at freepress.net.



 

Part 2: Red Alert! Net Neutrality vote

Breaking news: the Senate just announced it will move on May 9th to force a vote to block the FCC's repeal of net neutrality.

Evan, Fight for the Future (FFTF)

May 1, 2018 This is a red alert for net neutrality! Click here to help save the Internet.

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We’re calling for websites and social media accounts to “go red” starting on May 9th through the day of the vote. Please forward widely to sound the alarm!

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, April 28, 2018.

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    Feature Article | We're shining a light on those beholden to the gun lobby. Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund

    • After a mass shooting — like clockwork — our elected officials offer thoughts and prayers, but do little to nothing to enact common sense gun policies that protect us from gun violence. This needs to stop.
    • Related: Exposing the Gun Industry Profiteers

    Publisher's Choice | Minnesotans - Stop the Proposed PolyMet Mine, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

    Part 1: Minnesotans: Stop the proposed PolyMet mine

  • We can do better than endangering our ground water, rivers, and Lake Superior. Do the right thing!

  • Part 2: Duty to Warn - A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures
  • Not mentioning the hundreds of leaky tailings dams or the potential catastrophic breaches that will likely occur

 

Of Special Interest | Amid #DeleteFacebook Fervor, Uproar After Congress Sneaks Attack on Digital Privacy Rights Into Omnibus Spending Bill, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: Amid #DeleteFacebook Fervor, Experts Say Time to Tackle Big Data Profiteers
  • A social media platform like this "is the ultimate surveillance tool: an addictive product that's optimized to collect and analyze the intimate details of our lives."
  • Part 2: Uproar After Congress Sneaks Attack on Digital Privacy Rights Into Omnibus Spending Bill
  • Attaching it to massive spending deal, lawmakers rush through controversial bill that allows law enforcement to hand over personal data without a warrant.
  • Related: Can We Be Saved From Facebook?

Bloggers & Columnists | EJ Dionne, Jr., Matt Taibbi, Gary G. Kohls



 

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Books, Literature, & Ideas

Judith Peyton Sinclair‎ | A Democrat's Guide to Practical Politics 
As MLK so aptly wrote: "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than ...

Government & Politics

Series | A Nation Under Trump, Conclusion: Book offers way to restore real American democracy: a review of 'One Nation After Trump'Lewis Wolfson, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)

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  • The Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
  • Conclusion: Our democracy, the authors argue, provides the tools to counter Trumpism and reform government. What the country needs is a sweeping re-energizing of American democracy like the New Deal or Great Society. It would start with reforming elections. 

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, April 21, 2018.

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Feature Article | An Empire Built on the Power of Hate and Fear at Home and Abroad, Compiled by David CulverEvergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/War%20Planning%20Graphic.jpgPart 1: An Empire Built on Fear at Home and Abroad
  • By the time the masses finally discover that the greatest menace stalking the country is the fear-mongering propaganda, they will have read an epitaph for their untimely nuclear death.
  • Part 2: The Power of Hate and Fear
  • God is love, the Christian religion says.  Why then are we so open to hate and fear?
  • Related: Russia Madness on the Eve of Destruction: Hegemony Trumps Survival

Publisher's Choice | Demand Change: The Grave Danger of Information Monopolies, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Google, Twitter & Facebook: The Grave Danger of Information Monopolies
  • If you control the flow of information, you can control everything. You can control most of what anyone sees and knows.
  • Part 2: In the wake of the Facebook scandal
  • Demand real change

Of Special Interest | Exposing the Gun Industry Profiteers, Derek, LittleSis.org via ActionNetwork.org

http://www.dailypublic.com/sites/default/files/styles/full_width/public/2018/Mar/blankfein-1.jpg?itok=NfGHD2MKLloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs, which is a big investor in the gun retailer Bass Pro.

(Here's) a series that surveys the main gun profiteers, takes a closer look at gun retailer Bass Pro-Cabela’s and its backing from Goldman Sachs, and examines Wells Fargo’s major ties to the NRA and firearms industry.

Bloggers & Columnists | Andrew J. Bacevich, Nick Turse, Paul Street

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Books, Literature, & Ideas

Russia Madness on the Eve of Destruction: Hegemony Trumps Survival, Paul Street, Truthdig

  • There are good reasons to wonder if human civilization will exist a century from today. (Pixabay)
  • What will historians say a century from now, if they still exist? That the most intelligent known species in the universe lost its mind.

Economics

Special Project | Capitalism Unmasked, Week Ending April 20, 2018, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Is Capitalism in Crisis? Latest Trends of a System Run Amok * Does Capitalism Work? (2002) * Yanis Varoufakis: Marx predicted our present crisis – and points the way out.
Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs

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  • Part 1: The North Korean Crisis: On the Brink of a Breakthrough or a Bust?
  • Part 2: A series of one-pagers that help explain what a strategy should look like
  • Related: A Murderous History of Korea

Peace & Non-violence

The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War II ~ John Dower, Reviewed in TomDispatch

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  • Related: Tomgram: Nick Turse, Killing People, Breaking Things, and America's Winless Wars

Youth, Education, & Children

https://gritpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/usbank-560x416.jpgMinneapolis Schools Face $33M Deficit After City, State Spent $500M on NFL Stadium. Nathan Wellman, Grit Post

Former Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson, himself a passionate sports fan, has been one of many who have spoken out against the city’s choice to commit so much in financial resources to the stadium.
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