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Ralph Nader Radio: Good Apps/Bad Apps/Good Contracts/Bad Contracts/Good Seeds/Bad Seeds, and More!

Net Neutrality is Under Attack!

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
April 14, 2014

Ralph pitches a couple of apps, explains how not to get screwed on contracts, and we ask him if the Comcast/Time-Warner merger is good for us. Take a wild guess. Continue reading

The Global Banking Game Is Rigged, and the FDIC Is Suing by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
April 13, 2014

Taxpayers are paying billions of dollars for a swindle pulled off by the world’s biggest banks, using a form of derivative called interest-rate swaps; and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has now joined a chorus of litigants suing over it. According to an SEIU report:

Derivatives… have turned into a windfall for banks and a nightmare for taxpayers…. While banks are still collecting fixed rates of 3 to 6 percent, they are now regularly paying public entities as little as a tenth of one percent on the outstanding bonds, with rates expected to remain low in the future. Over the life of the deals, banks are now projected to collect billions more than they pay state and local governments – an outcome which amounts to a second bailout for banks, this one paid directly out of state and local budgets.

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Chris Hedges: The New Global Neo-feudalism Society (Q&A)

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with Chris Hedges

Capitalism Isn't Working

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LeighaCohen on Apr 10, 2014

The Q&A questions included: The difficulties in US media to gain funding for progressive films and the films present distribution especially in US Prisons, the history of how the US became the leading country in the world in mass incarceration, the US two tier legal system and society, how the US Democratic system is broken, the decrease and destruction of traditional progressive organizations movements in the US, a blistering attack by Chris Hedges of the Clinton Presidency, how the drug war has had severe negative consequences within the US and also in Mexico and South America, the creation of what Chris Hedges calls a new global neo-feudalism society and the need for the re-creation of progressive mass movements for social change.

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Ralph Nader Radio: Sugar, McCutcheon, Climate Change, Oil Spills and Army Food

Anacortes McCutcheon

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
April 8, 2014

Ralph carves up Antonin Scalia and “Corporate Welfare King,” Rush Limbaugh, points out how Exxon actually made money on the Exxon/Valdez oil spill; and we discuss whether Germany actually won World War II, and the one position that Ralph took that he now regrets. Continue reading

Boycott Corporatocracy! Boycott Corrupt Elections! by Rivera Sun

by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Popular Resistance
April 6, 2014

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The recent Supreme Court ruling removing limits to campaign financing should be the final straw on the camel’s back of the American people. Democracy in our country is a standing joke . . . and the trend of politics-for-sale is no longer funny. Wealthy elites and mega-corporations have created a modern day Court of Versailles in which the super-wealthy profit from the abject poverty of the rest of us. The Marie Antoinette’s of our day cut food stamps for impoverished children while crying, “Let them work for their cake!” Continue reading

Supreme Court Abolishes Campaign Contribution Limits

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RT America on Apr 2, 2014

The future of American elections

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down key limits on campaign contributions. The $123,200 overall limit for total contributions to campaigns, parties, and PACs will no longer be in effect, although contributions to individual candidates remain limited to $2,600. Potentially opening the door to a flood of cash from wealthy individuals, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the dissenting opinion, stating that this ruling “perhaps devastates, what remains of campaign finance reform.” RT’s Lindsay France looks into this historic ruling.

Read more: http://rt.com/usa/scotus-mccutcheon-fec-ruling-893/

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Plant Trees Not Bombs in Afghanistan + Billions Being Wasted in Afghanistan Reconstruction

by Hakim
Writer, Dandelion Salad
http://ourjourneytosmile.com
April 2, 2014

ourjourneytosmile·Apr 1, 2014

planting-together-300x194Dear friends,

On the 28th of March, 2014, at about 4 p.m., the Afghan Peace Volunteers heard a loud explosion nearby. For the rest of the evening and night, they anxiously waited for the sound of rocket fire and firing to stop. It was reported that a 10 year old girl, and the four assailants, were killed.

We had been thinking about an appropriate response to the violence perpetrated by the Taliban, other militia, the Afghan government, and the U.S./NATO coalition of 50 countries.

So, on the 31st of March 2014, in building alternatives and saying ‘no’ to all violence and all forms of war-making, a few of us went to an area near the place which was attacked, and there, we planted some trees.

Love and thanks,

The Afghan Peace Volunteers

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Bernie Sanders: Inequality–A Threat to American Democracy

Inequality Hurts Us All

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Bernie Sanders on Mar 27, 2014

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks on the Senate floor about skyrocketing income and wealth inequality and the destruction of the middle class. Continue reading

Greg Palast: BP, Not Exxon, Caused the Exxon Valdez Disaster

with Greg Palast
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.gregpalast.com
March 25, 2014

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill - 0149

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GregPalastOffice on Mar 24, 2014

RT-TV Breaking the Set —- Abby Martin features an exclusive interview with investigative journalist, Greg Palast, discussing his article on TruthDig which exposes the extent of BP’s culpability in the Exxon Valdez oil spill 25 years ago, specifically for not providing adequate safety equipment, a criminal offense which was repeated in the 2010 Deep Water Horizon spill.

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Ralph Nader Radio: Wall Street Criminals, the CIA, Fukushima and March Madness

2013 DC Rally Against Mass Surveillance 38

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
March 24, 2014

This week we ask Ralph if Jamie Dimon is a criminal, whether we really need a CIA, and why should we worry about Fukushima. And Ralph explains the true meaning of one of our most sacred holidays-March Madness.

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Michael Hudson and Jeffrey Sommers: Who In Ukraine Will Benefit From An IMF Bailout? Not the Workers

by Jeffery Sommers and Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
March 21, 2014

TheRealNews on Mar 21, 2014

Economists Michael Hudson and Jeffrey Sommers discuss how provisions in an IMF deal, like cuts to gas subsidies and pensions, will hurt the average Ukrainian citizens and benefit kleptocrats. Continue reading

What A Destructive Wall Street Owes Young Americans by Ralph Nader

Tax the rich, not our future placard

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
March 14, 2014

Wall Street’s big banks and their financial networks that collapsed the U.S. economy in 2008-2009, were saved with huge bailouts by the taxpayers, but these Wall Street Gamblers are still paid huge money and are again creeping toward reckless misbehavior. Their corporate crime wave strip-mined the economy for young workers, threw them on the unemployment rolls and helped make possible a low-wage economy that is draining away their ability to afford basic housing, goods, and services.

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Ralph Nader: It’s Easier Than We Think To Turn Our Country Around

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with Ralph Nader

“A Culture of Timidity”: Ralph Nader on How Regulators Ignored a GM Safety Defect Tied to 13 Deaths

democracynow on Mar 11, 2014

democracynow – After hundreds of complaints and 13 deaths, the Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation into how the nation’s largest automaker, General Motors, may have covered up deadly safety defects in its compact cars. Continue reading

Fukushima: They Knew by Greg Palast + Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Three Years Later, Who is Responsible?

by Greg Palast
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.gregpalast.com
For FreePress.org
March 10, 2014

“Completely and Utterly Fail in an Earthquake”
The Fukushima story you didn’t hear on CNN

I’ve seen a lot of sick stuff in my career, but this was sick on a new level.

Here was the handwritten log kept by a senior engineer at the nuclear power plant:

Wiesel was very upset. He seemed very nervous. Very agitated. . . . In fact, the plant was riddled with problems that, no way on earth, could stand an earth- quake. The team of engineers sent in to inspect found that most of these components could “completely and utterly fail” during an earthquake.

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The Stone that Brings Down Goliath? Richmond and Eminent Domain by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
March 3, 2014

In a nearly $13 billion settlement with the US Justice Department in November 2013, JPMorganChase admitted that it, along with every other large US bank, had engaged in mortgage fraud as a routine business practice, sowing the seeds of the mortgage meltdown. JPMorgan and other megabanks have now been caught in over a dozen major frauds, including LIBOR-rigging and bid-rigging; yet no prominent banker has gone to jail. Meanwhile, nearly a quarter of all mortgages nationally remain underwater (meaning the balance owed exceeds the current value of the home), sapping homeowners’ budgets, the housing market and the economy. Since the banks, the courts and the federal government have failed to give adequate relief to homeowners, some cities are taking matters into their own hands.

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