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Save the Internet!

  • Update: Actions every day starting on Wednesday, May 7th, at noon and 5 pm. To Save The Internet, we are building a People’s Firewall against the FCC’s proposed rule that will create a ‘pay to play’ Internet by ending net neutrality. The FCC is located at 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554. 
  • To ensure the Internet is open to all on an equal basis we must act now to prevent mega-corporations from destroying Internet Freedom
  • It is time for escalating actions against the FCC before their vote on May 15th to end net neutrality.
  • The End Of Net Neutrality Means The Death Of Your Internet

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance 

Net-neutrality-meme.jpgMay 4th, 2014 | If we act NOW, we can ensure a free, open and equal Internet for the 21st Century. On Wednesday, May 15 the FCC will vote on a proposal to end net neutrality and impose class-based Internet discrimination, but we have the power to stop them.

To ensure the Internet we want, we must take action today; and people need to plan to come to Washington, DC beginning next Wednesday to join in a series of escalating protests that will undermine the legitimacy of the FCC leadership and force them to pay attention to the public interest rather than the interests of mega-corporations.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers are participants in They also co-direct It’s Our Economy and are co-hosts of Clearing the FOG, shown on UStream TV and heard on radio.

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The End Of Net Neutrality Means The Death Of Your Internet, Inquisitr


By providing a so-called “fast lane” for carriers to hike fees on sites trying to reach customers, it means that we will continuously start paying more to use each of those sites. Imagine paying a fee for your ISP, and then paying a separate tariff for Google, and then Facebook, and so on, and so on, ad nauseum, ad infinitum.

How the US Propaganda System Works

  • Americans are told that other governments practice censorship and propaganda, but not their own. Yet, the reality is quite different with many reasonable viewpoints marginalized and deceptive spin put on much that comes from officialdom, writes Lawrence Davidson.
  • #BringBackOurCriticalThinking

Lawrence Davidson, Consortium News

broadcast-networks.png May 9, 2014 | Many Americans assume the U.S. government speaks “the truth” to its citizens and defends their constitutional right to “free speech” (be it in the form of words or dollars). On the other hand, it is always the alleged enemies of the U.S. who indulge in propaganda and censoring of “the truth.”

In practice it is not quite that way. Washington, and many local American governments as well, can be quite censoring. Take for instance the attempt to censor the boycott of Israeli academic institutions – institutions engaged in government research that facilitates illegal settlement expansion and the use of Palestinian water resources.

Lawrence Davidson is a history professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He is the author of Foreign Policy Inc.: Privatizing America’s National Interest; America’s Palestine: Popular and Official Perceptions from Balfour to Israeli Statehood; and Islamic Fundamentalism.

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#BringBackOurCriticalThinking, Mickey Z, World News Trust

  • For now, please remember: The U.S. government doesn’t give a damn about kidnapped African girls but it cares a whole lot about control, domination, resources, and keeping its own population thoroughly pacified via spin.
  • “The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.” -- Aldous Huxley
  • Age of Ignorance

Don't Let Net Neutrality Become Another One of Obama's Broken Promises

  • The campaign has pushed the door open, now we all have to go through it and raise our voices louder than Comcast’s lobbyists to save the people’s internet.
  • btn-take-action.gif Submit your comment to the FCC here.  At the end of Part 1 is suggested language you can cut and past as your comment to the FCC on their Open Internet Rules (Proceeding Number 14-28)
  • Part 1: What Next In The Campaign To Save The Internet?
  • Part 2: A Primer: Just What Is Net Neutrality — and Why All the Fuss?

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest


Part 1: What Next In The Campaign To Save The Internet? Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers,

FCC-Peoples-Firewall-Occupy-FCC-speaking-at-net-neutrality-rally.jpg Participants in the People’s Firewall that occupied the FCC speak at the net neutrality rally on May 15, 2014 before the Open Meeting of the FCC.

May 16th, 2014 | The next four months are going to determine the future of the Internet. Will it remain free and open with equal access to all? There are powerful corporate interests that want to profit even more than they already do from the Internet at the expense of the public interest.  But as a result of the public’s work this week, we now have an opportunity to create the Internet we want. We intend to make this a major focus of our work because the Internet is an essential tool for people to have access to information and to communicate with each other and it is central to our work. We want your advice and involvement; your creativity and activism. To win the Internet that can’t discriminate is going to require solidarity across issues and unity in our demands. Opening The Door

Two weeks ago, a plan to remake the Internet into a ‘pay to play’ system, more like cable TV than like the Internet of today, was leaked. The reaction in the Internet advocacy community was furious. Hundreds of thousands of calls and emails went in to the FCC to oppose the proposed new rules. That wasn’t working, so we decided to put aside our work and increase the pressure in partnership with Fight for the Future and other Internet advocacy groups. On May 7, we started a “People’s Firewall” encampment outside the FCC doors to protect the Internet from corporate corruption. The camp grew over the next 8 days and as more tents were set up, it became known as Occupy the FCC. During the occupation, many employees stopped by to voice support or gave us thumbs up on their way into the building. Drivers honked their horns as they passed by and even a police bike brigade stopped and chanted support with us. It was an amazing week that moved the FCC towards restoring the Internet to its original status as a utility that serves the public. Although there have been important changes since the proposed new rules were leaked, the leadership in the agency is so deeply influenced by big telecom companies that they are still off track. The media has given our encampment outside the FCC, combined with the online work of many groups, credit for moving the debate. TIME Magazine was the first big outlet to report what was happening: “The Internet has become a new public utility, many Net-neutrality advocates argue, and should be treated as such. The nation’s largest cable and phone companies fiercely oppose that idea — fearing greater regulation — and are mobilizing their lobbyists and allies on Capitol Hill to push back. “The FCC’s eighth-floor executive office has been thrown into chaos amid a mounting backlash that shut down its phone lines as a growing number of open-Internet advocates camp out in front of their office.”


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Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers are participants in They also co-direct It’s Our Economy and are co-hosts of Clearing the FOG, shown on UStream TV and heard on radio.

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Part 2: A Primer: Just What Is Net Neutrality — and Why All the Fuss? Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

May 2, 2014 | Connecting the Dots. The battle over Net neutrality is once again heating up. But not everyone has followed this somewhat complicated issue. Here, then, is a primer for understanding what’s at stake in the fight for an open Internet.

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Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart


Matthew W. Hughey and Gregory S. Parks, Salon

/hannity_coulter_oreilly-620x412.jpg Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly (Credit: Fox News)

Saturday, May 17 | Right-wing political figures have often defended the content of Fox News and other right-leaning media. A common ploy is the insinuation that the “mainstream” news establishment is in fact biased in favor of liberal ideological framings of issues or that it is actually antiwhite. For example, Sarah Palin famously blamed the “leftist lamestream media” for allegedly pressuring Newt Gingrich to soften his critique of Republican congressman Paul Ryan (while in fact the disapproval came from Fox News), and Palin again insinuated charges of political targeting when she decried the media as attacking right-wing figures with their brand of unfair “gotcha journalism.” Rush Limbaugh also compared the mainstream press to a “drive by shooter except the microphones are guns.” Limbaugh further asserted that the anti-right, mainstream media attempts to “destroy people’s careers. Then they get in the convertible, head on down the road and do it all over again, while people like you and me are left to clean up the mess with the truth. So I call them the drive-by media.”

The Fox News audience is distinct. Numerous studies have found Fox viewers to be less informed about political and current events than viewers of most other broadcast news and cable networks. This could mean either that Fox News performs less effectively in educating viewers or that Fox News attracts less knowledgeable audiences. Other studies have found that individuals who like news with in-depth interviews tend to watch network news and CNN more than Fox, and that individuals who prefer news that aligns with their already-formed opinions are much more likely to watch Fox News (while no such relationship exists for the CNN or network audiences). More research indicates that ABC, CBS, and NBC all favored their own polling numbers and reported “positive” polls for Bill Clinton and “negative” polls for George W. Bush, while Fox appeared to favor exactly the reverse. This would seem to indicate 


that Fox is simply on the conservative side of media bias. However, while all media outlets have political leanings, Fox News is exceptional in that Fox was especially willing to cite external polling numbers of Clinton if they were damaging—a practice that other news outlets did not perform.

Matthew W. Hughey is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. Gregory S. Parks is an Assistant Professor of Law at Wake Forest University School of Law

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Ian Haney López on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race, Part One, Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers and Company

  • Author and legal scholar Ian Haney López tells Bill that dog whistle politics is “the dark magic” by which middle-class voters have been seduced to vote against their own economic interests. 
  • The Dog Whistle Politics of Race, Part II


Demand Real Net Neutrality


  • Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet!
  • The Federal Communications Commission is proposing rules that would kill — rather than protect — Net Neutrality and allow rampant discrimination online.
  • Under these rules, telecom giants like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon would be able to pick winners and losers online and discriminate against online content and applications. 
  • We must stop the FCC from moving forward with these rules.
  • Tell FCC Chairman Wheeler: We Demand REAL Net Neutrality.

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Three things you can do right now to save the internet.

Milt Priggee 

  1. Demand real net neutrality
  2. Call the FCC today
  3. Read this before it's too late: Wake Up Internet. Time to Save Yourself. 

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