What Happens to #Ferguson Affects Ferguson: — The Message — Medium

    • Ferguson is about many things
    • It’s a clear example why net neutrality is a human rights issue; a free speech issue; and an issue of the voiceless being heard, on their own terms.
    • Yesterday, national journalists were harassed, assaulted, arrested — without paperwork — while sitting quietly, recharging their phones at McDonald’s — captured on video.
    • Egyptians and Turks were tweeting tear gas advice.
    • And this is what happened to “Ferguson” on Twitter:
    • And then I switched to non net-neutral Internet to see what was up. I mostly have a similar a composition of friends on Facebook as I do on Twitter.

      Nada, zip, nada.

    • But I wonder: what if Ferguson had started to bubble, but there was no Twitter to catch on nationally?
    • Would it ever make it through the algorithmic filtering on Facebook?
    • Maybe, but with no transparency to the decisions, I cannot be sure.
    • This isn’t about Facebook per se—maybe it will do a good job, maybe not—but the fact that algorithmic filtering, as a layer, controls what you see on the Internet. Net neutrality (or lack thereof) will be yet another layer determining this.
    • Chris Hayes says that police ordered satellite trucks off the area so that they could not go live from the area.

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JPMorgan Chase’s $13 Billion Shadow | Perspectives | BillMoyers.com

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How America’s Largest Worker Owned Co-Op Lifts People Out of Poverty | Blog | BillMoyers.com

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All Eyes Are on Ferguson After the Police Shooting of an Unarmed Teen — Here’s Our Essential Reader | Blog | BillMoyers.com

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Amazon users whose bank accounts were wiped clean as a direct result of the hack would not be able to take the company to court.

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Full Show: Grass Roots Grow Against Greed | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

    • BILL MOYERS: Do you know about the NewDEAL?

      JIM HIGHTOWER: Yes.

      BILL MOYERS: I’m not talking about Franklin Roosevelt’s political platform. I’m talking about a new organization in Washington, led by Wall Street Democrats like Cory Booker of New Jersey, they formed recently a group that can raise campaign cash secretly from anonymous donors. And so far, they’ve raised it from some of the same big corporations that are also contributing to Republicans: Wal-Mart, Pfizer, big pharma, Comcast and others, friendly corporate lobbyists help run this. One of its board members is a lobbyist for the US Chamber of Commerce and they call themselves the NewDEAL.

    • BREANNA CHAMPION: It’s not that my state is broken, that we can’t afford the things that we so desperately need. It’s just that the people that are making the most money aren’t contributing to our state, and to our country. This is happening all over the country.

      Two-thirds of corporations in Illinois pay no income taxes. If they were to pay taxes, that is money that could go to students like me who can’t afford school. And not just my education, this affects everything in my community

    • BILL MOYERS: You’re not saying to people, take up your guns and–

      JIM HIGHTOWER: No, no, no, no. But take up yourself and get on the front lines, get in the face of power, and that power will have guns, and will have clubs and dogs, and they will unleash that on us. But we’ve got to be brave enough to do that.

    • I don’t even think they’re scared anymore of not pleasing the people. They’re more scared of not pleasing their donors.

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When does a boy become a man? Pt 12

12. Character maturity sufficient to demonstrate courage under fire.

The literature of manhood is replete with stories of courage, bravery, and audacity. At least, that’s the way it used to be. Now, with manhood both minimalized and marginalized by cultural elites, ideological subversion, and media confusion, we must recapture a commitment to courage that is translated into the real-life challenges faced by the Christian man. At times, this quality of courage is demonstrated when a man risks his own life in defense of others, especially his wife and children, but also anyone who is in need of rescue. More often, this courage is demonstrated in taking a stand under hostile fire, refusing to succumb to the temptation of silence and standing as a model and example to others, who will then be encouraged to stand their own ground. In these days, biblical manhood requires great courage. The prevailing ideologies and worldviews of this age are inherently hostile to Christian truth and are corrosive to Christian faithfulness. It takes great courage for a boy to commit himself to sexual purity and for a man to devote himself unreservedly to his wife. It takes great courage to say no to what this culture insists are the rightful pleasures and delights of the flesh. It takes courage to serve as a godly husband and father, to raise children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. It takes courage to maintain personal integrity in a world that devalues the truth, disparages God’s word, and promises self-fulfillment and happiness only through the assertion of undiluted personal autonomy. A man’s true confidence is rooted in the wells of courage, and courage is evidence of character. In the end, a man’s character is revealed in the crucible of everyday challenges. For most men, life will also bring moments when extraordinary courage will be required, if he is to remain faithful and true. Parents should give close attention to their sons’ character, for if character is corrupt, nothing else will really matter.

 

Source: http://www.albertmohler.com/2005/04/21/from-boy-to-man-the-marks-of-manhood-part-one/

                                               

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