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Can We Be Saved From Facebook?

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The social media giant has swallowed up the free press, become an unstoppable private spying operation and undermined democracy. Is it too late to stop it?

Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

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April 3, 2018 | We shouldn't be asking Facebook to fix the problem. We should be fixing Facebook. It's our collective misfortune that this perhaps silliest-in-history supercorporation – a tossed-off hookup site turned international cat-video vault turned Orwellian surveillance megavillain – has dragged us all to the very cliff edge of modern technological capitalism.

We've reached a moment in history where many companies are more powerful than even major industrialized nations, and in some cases have essentially replaced governments as de facto regulators and overseers. But some of those companies suck just a little too badly at the governing part, leaving us staring into a paradox.

Matt Taibbi is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone. He’s the author of five books and a winner of the National Magazine Award for commentary.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, March 31, 2018.

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

Feature Article | Russian Meddling: Gagging on the Irony, by Charles Hugh Smith, Charles Hugh Smith, Of Two Minds / Straight Line Logic

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Stars%20%26%20Stripes%20Briefs_1.jpgWhen it comes to meddling in elections and the domestic affairs of other nations, the US may be the world champion, and it's also the world champion hypocrite about it. From Charles Hugh Smith at oftwominds.com: The irony that is most gagging is that America's power elite is destroying the nation's social order by its concentration of wealth and abuse of power.
  • Related: Their Meddlers and Ours

Publisher's Choice | The Normalization of War, Andrew J. Bacevich, TomDispatch / Truthdig

  • https://smhttp-ssl-62992.nexcesscdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/6163882040_f5126228cd_b-850x520.jpgA memo to the publisher of the New York (NY) Times
  • Crudely put, the central question that goes not only unanswered but unasked is this: What the hell is going on? Allow me to deconstruct that in ways that might resonate with Times correspondents.
  • Related: Media Owned By Warlords, Gov’t Owned By Big Money, Shock Doctrine
  • Related: How the Media Conditions, Controls, and Programs Society

Of Special Interest | Exposing the Whitewashed 'Fable' of the Civil Rights Movement, Randall Kennedy, Truthdig

  • https://smhttp-ssl-62992.nexcesscdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/BeautifulTerribleHistory-850x608.jpgReview of “A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History” ~ Jeanne Theoharis
  • A new book argues that the memorialization of the movement becomes "a veil to obscure enduring racial inequality, a tool to chastise contemporary protest, and a shield to charges of indifference and inaction."
  • Click here to read long excerpts from “A More Beautiful and Terrible History” at Google Books.
  • Related: Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 5 of 5

Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 8: Trump's environmental rollbacks lack 'moral compass. Brian Roewe, 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.
  • Part 8: Since routinely stating on the campaign trail the false belief that climate change is a hoax devised by China, Trump has not elaborated on those opinions. But the bevy of actions undertaken in his administration's first nine months has sent a clear signal of little intent to prioritize climate or other environmental concerns.
  • Planet, people take back seat to business since election.

From the Archives | Misunderstanding Jesus’s ExecutionHoward Bess, Consortium News

http://consortiumnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/jesusmoneychangers-300x244.jpg From the Archives (Originally published April 23, 2011): Over the centuries as Christianity bent to the interests of the rich and powerful, the story of Jesus’s fateful week in Jerusalem was reshaped to minimize its pivotal event, overturning the Temple’s money tables, a challenge to religious and political power.

April 13, 2014 Christians have special celebrations for the key events of Holy Week, but they often overlook one of the most important.

Palm Sunday celebrates the entry of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem. Maunday Thursday is a solemn replay of his last meal with his disciples. Good Friday takes us through his mock trial and his death of horror on a Roman Cross. Easter is the Christians’ triumphant celebration of Jesus’s resurrection from the dead.

Bloggers & Columnists | Andrew J. Bacevich





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Peace & Non-violence

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So perhaps the dominant wing of the Deep State is finally willing to cut a deal with Trump.
Fired VA Secretary Shulkin Issues Dire Warning: Vets should not have to wait years for benefits, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Fired VA Head David Shulkin Issues a Dire Warning on His Way Out the Door
  • The former Obama appointee fears privatization could harm veterans for years to come.
  • Part 2: Vets should not have to wait years for benefits
  • The Trump administration and Congress need to follow through on … reforms, give the VA the resources it needs, and hold the agency accountable.

Religion & Spirituality


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  • Jesus was killed because he was a speaker of God’s truth. He was an unrelenting advocate of justice. The resurrection stories make a profound declaration: Truth can never be killed and the truth-teller can never be defeated.
  • Part 1:Telling the Truth about Easter
  • Part 2: From the Archives | Misunderstanding Jesus’s Execution
  • Part 3: “I just don’t believe this anymore”: Why I abandoned my faith.



and much more. Enjoy!

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, March 24, 2018.

Including links to over 755 websites and over 30 highlighted items featuring:

Feature Article | Their Meddlers and Ours, Andrew Levine, CounterPunch <>

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  • It is surely reasonable to hold that if real democracy is out of the question then better even the machinations of the likes of Vladimir Putin than those of the miscreant plutocrats whose monies make a mockery of what little democracy we have left in our “shining city on the hill.”
  • Related: Hypocrisy of Russia-Did-It Stories Is Hard to Stomach
  • Related: US Election Meddling: Smoke and Mirrors with a Biker Gang Subplot

Publisher's Choice | Capitalism as Obstacle to Equality and Democracy: the US Story, Richard D. Wolff, CounterPunch

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  • Not only the Republican Party, but also the Democratic Party support, serve and reinforce the capitalism that stands as a basic obstacle to economic equality and democracy.
  • Related: 35 soul-crushing facts about American income inequality
  • Related: 'There's an Alternative to the Top-Down Capitalist Corporation.'

Of Special Interest | Millionaires won’t save us — that’s a myth that links Zuckerberg and Trump. Margaret Sullivan, Washington (DC) Post / Tampa Bay (FL) Times

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Tom%20Janssen%20%7C%20Facebook%20and%20Privacy.jpgLike the cartoon of a naked Trump on the cover of this week’s New Yorker, Zuckerberg seems to have lost his protective garb: not a pricey suit with an over-long red tie, but a gray T-shirt that promises, "Trust me, dummies."

Special Project | One Big Thing: Students Protest the Gun Culture, Shootings; Demand Action, Week Ending March 24, 2018, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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March for Our Lives: Everything you need to know about the #NeverAgain event * Teaching Students How to Dissent Is Part of Democracy * Teaching Students How to Dissent Is Part of Democracy * How Political Pessimism Helps Doom Tougher Gun Laws

  • Related: Special Project | One Big Thing: Students Protest the Gun Culture, Shootings; Demand Action, Week Ending March 10, 2018
  • Related: One Big Thing: Students Protest the Gun Culture, Shootings; Demand Action
  • Related: Parkland School Shooting Survivors Announce National ‘March For Our Lives’; Go After Rick Scott, Rubio, Paul Ryan As NRA Enablers.

Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 7: Trump threatens norms that make the Constitution work, Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/US%20Constitution-%20We%20The%20People.jpgThe 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.
  • Part 7: The man who took the oath "to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States" is today its greatest threat.

Bloggers & Columnists | Richard D. Wolff, David Swanson, Chris Hedges, Michel Chossudovsky





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Activism & Organizing

March for Our Lives: Everything you need to know about the #NeverAgain event, Morgan Winsor, ABC News

  • "Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students," the organizers say in their online mission statement.
  • Related: The Parkland Students' '60 Minutes' Interview Reveals The Powerful Reason They Refuse To Endorse Politicians

The Parkland Students' '60 Minutes' Interview Reveals The Powerful Reason They Refuse To Endorse Politicians. Sarah Friedmann, Bustle

https://typeset-beta.imgix.net/uploads/image/2018/3/19/39de7c03-82f1-42ea-806d-e1a0a444e31d-screen-shot-2018-03-19-at-60511-am.png?w=740&h=444&fit=crop&crop=faces&auto=format&q=70The students' interview highlighted both the challenges and courage associated with their movement. It is very clear that the Parkland teens are not letting anyone take ownership of their campaign — and that they are highly committed to ensuring that rapid and effective action is taken to help end gun violence.
Related: March for Our Lives: Everything you need to know about the #NeverAgain event.


Government & Politics

As Trump Fights to Save the Deep State, Is America on the Verge of a Constitutional Crisis? Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Politics%20Banner_1.jpgPart 1: Is America on the Verge of a Constitutional Crisis?
    • As the Trump presidency approaches a troubling tipping point, it’s time to find the right term for what’s happening to democracy.
  • Part 2: Trump Is Fighting To Save The Deep State
    • Donald Trump fights to save a controversial law which serves as a powerful tool for The Deep State.

Media & Technology

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  • 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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The Normalization of War

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  • A memo to the publisher of the New York (NY) Times
  • Crudely put, the central question that goes not only unanswered but unasked is this: What the hell is going on? Allow me to deconstruct that in ways that might resonate with Times correspondents.
  • Related: Media Owned By Warlords, Gov’t Owned By Big Money, Shock Doctrine
  • Related: How the Media Conditions, Controls, and Programs Society

 

Andrew J. Bacevich, TomDispatch / Truthdig

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Mar 21, 2018 | Dear Mr. A.G. Sulzberger:

Congratulations on assuming the reins of this nation’s — and arguably, the world’s — most influential publication. It’s the family business, of course, so your appointment to succeed your father doesn’t exactly qualify as a surprise.  Even so, the responsibility for guiding the fortunes of a great institution must weigh heavily on you, especially when the media landscape is changing so rapidly and radically.

Undoubtedly, you’re already getting plenty of advice on how to run the paper, probably more than you want or need.  Still, with your indulgence, I’d like to offer an outsider’s perspective on “the news that’s fit to print.”  The famous motto of the Times insists that the paper is committed to publishing “all” such news — an admirable aspiration even if an impossibility.  In practice, what readers like me get on a daily basis is “all the news that Times editors deem worthy of print.”

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Media Owned By Warlords, Gov’t Owned By Big Money, Shock Doctrine, Redacted Tonight / Rise Up Times

War profiteers and the media who hire them. Puerto Rico. Worker wages.

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How the Media Conditions, Controls, and Programs Society (Video), the Arcane Front

Through TV, the power elite have succeeded in creating a distracted, misinformed, divided, and class-driven society suffering historical amnesia and completely oblivious to true realities of their surroundings.


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Help enlighten others. Be sure to pass this on to friends and kin. We must break the system's  ability to lie with impunity.

 

 

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