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What's Next for Net Neutrality in Congress?

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5.16.18 | On Wednesday, the Senate passed a resolution to reinstate Obama era net neutrality rules that are in the process of being rolled back by the Trump administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The bill, which uses the obscure Congressional Review Act to overturn recently finalized rules now goes to the House, where it faces an uncertain fate.

It’s highly unlikely that House Republican leaders will schedule a vote on the Senate-passed net neutrality resolution, as the House’s passage of the bill would in all likelihood lead to a presidential veto which Congress would lack the votes to override.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, MonthMay 12, 2018.

Including links to over 755 websites and over 20 highlighted items featuring:

Feature Article | Privatization is Killing Us: Dispatches from the Capitalist War on Society, Chris Wright, Counterpunch

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  • All that can be predicted with certainty is that unless the generations now living devote their very existence to the Resistance, humanity won’t have much of a future.
  • Related: VA Officials Continue to Discuss Proposed Health-Care Changes Out of Public View.

 

Publisher's Choice | Wrong-Way Democrats: Will a 'Blue Dog' Blue Wave Pave the Way for Future Disaster? Paul Rosenberg, Salon / AlterNet 

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  • Democrats will win big this fall (probably). But are they just repeating the mistakes of the Clinton-Obama era?
  • Related: Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 5 - What have the Democrats learned since Trump's election?

Of Special Interest | Tash: Democracy depends on telling facts from fake news, Paul Tash, Tampa Bay (FL) Times

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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

Bloggers & Columnists | Ray McGovern, Amy Goodman, Jeremy Scahill, Gary G. Kohls,





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Arts, Culture, & Entertainment

Hopeless But Not Broken: From George Carlin to Adderall Protest Music, Bruce E. Levine, Counterpunch <>

https://uziiw38pmyg1ai60732c4011-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/dropzone/2018/05/Screen-Shot-2018-05-01-at-8.10.55-PM.pngGeorge Carlin expressed hopelessness about humanity in general—which he saw as “circling the drain”—but he had great admiration for artists with courage.

Health, Science, & Environment

What Entities are Behind the Reckless Endangerment of Northern Minnesota and its Water Resources? Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn, Duluth Reader / Rise Up Times
 

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  • There has not been a single [copper mine] that has not permanently polluted the ground water and the downstream watersheds.
  • Related: Minnesotans - Stop the Proposed PolyMet Mine

After Drug Plan Shows Trump 'Will Do Nothing About Their Greed,' Big Pharma Stocks Soar, Jake JohnsonCommon Dreams

  • https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/users/user20/screen_shot_2018-05-11_at_3.33.44_pm.jpg"Don't be fooled: President Trump and his administration are bought and paid for by Big Pharma."  —Brad Woodhouse, Protect Our Care
  • Related: Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 9: How do we create a high-value health care system?

Human Rights

Special Report | Obama Paved the Way for a Torturer to Become CIA Director, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Ray McGovern: Will A Torturer Become CIA Director
  • Gina Haspel faced a confirmation hearing on Wednesday to become CIA director despite her record of supporting torture, which even the Pentagon admitted does not work
  • Part 2: Jeremy Scahill: Obama Paved Way for Haspel to Head CIA by Failing to Hold Torturers Accountable
  • The elephant in the room of all of this is that the CIA and the U.S. military’s darkest elements, they’re in a golden era right now.

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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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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, May 5, 2018.

Including links to over 755 websites and over 40 highlighted items featuring:

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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