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Moses (1995) + The Ten Commandments (repost)

Moses with the tablets of the Ten Commandments...

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The Ten Commandments (1956) + Moses (1995)

Why Dostoevsky Matters Today by Rocket Kirchner

by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
March 31, 2014

Francisco Goya's The Shootings of May Third 1808

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Those who champion political power as the only way to change the world, no matter who they have to trample on to do it, have one problem: The 19th Century masterpiece literature of Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky.

In Hegel’s Philosophy of history we find one line in a nutshell that laid the foundation for Dostoevsky’s tragic evil characters world view. That line is this, “The history of the world moves on a higher level than that of morality.” In Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment Raskolnikov’s notion of the inferior and superior men, the superior ones give themselves the right to commit breaches of morality, while the inferior ones mind their own business.

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This Is Why Washington Has Sought To Create A Crisis Over In Ukraine by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
March 30, 2014

The US is prepared to plunge Europe into a war with Russia in order for Washington to preserve its hegemony over the transatlantic axis.

The key issues are the prevention of Russia and Europe developing closer trade and political ties – stemming primarily from a vast trade in energy fuels; and, secondly, the survival of the American dollar as the world’s reserve currency.

So vital are these issues for continued American hegemony that Washington is prepared to sacrifice millions of lives in a war between Russia and its so-called transatlantic European “ally”.

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US Sets Europe and Russia at War by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
March 28, 2014

When US President Barack Obama embarked on his European tour this week there was the usual sycophantic Western media image of the American leader as a benefactor. Obama, so the story went, was coming to unite and support Europe in the face of Russian aggression in Ukraine.

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Pete Seeger Should Have Been Given a Presidential Medal of Freedom, Not Put on McCarthy’s Blacklist by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted on truth-out.org/buzzflash, Mar. 21, 2014
March 27, 2014

Pete Seeger & Friends, Sunday Newport 2009

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Pete Seeger, as almost every reader of these pages will know, passed away at the age of 94 on Jan. 27, 2014. Pete was a great folksinger, explorer of US music, and song writer. In his younger days he was also a great banjo picker, and learned how to play the 12-string guitar (a difficult instrument in its own right) from the legendary Afro-American blues singer Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly. He worked with one of the founding US folklorists, Alan Lomax, as well as his with his father, Charles Seeger and his step-mother, Ruth Crawford Seeger (mother of Pete’s step-sister, the folk singer Peggy Seeger). And of course he was a close colleague of the iconic Woody Guthrie.

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The Good Palestinian by Rocket Kirchner

by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
March 16, 2014

Le Jour ni l’Heure 6617 : Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel, 1850-1913, Le Bon Samaritain, 1878, musée des Beaux-Arts d’Orléans, Loiret, région Centre, mardi 7 août 2012, 14:47:49

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In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 Continue reading

Noam Chomsky: From Hiroshima to Fukushima, Vietnam to Fallujah, State Power Ignores Its Massive Harm

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with Noam Chomsky

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democracynow on Mar 11, 2014

democracynow – World-renowned political dissident, linguist, author and MIT Professor Noam Chomsky traveled to Japan last week ahead of the three-year anniversary of the Fukushima crisis. Chomsky, now 85 years old, met with Fukushima survivors, including families who evacuated the area after the meltdown. Continue reading

Thermonuclear Monarchy and Revolution by David Swanson

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
March 6, 2014

So now we (or at least the 0.03% of us who care to hunt for it) discover that U.S. military spending is not actually being cut at all, but increasing. Also going up: U.S. nuclear weapons spending. Some of the new nukes will violate treaties, but the entire program violates the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which requires disarmament, not increased armament. The U.S. policy of first-strike and the U.S. practice of informing other nations that “all options are on the table” also violate the U.N. Charter’s ban on threatening force.

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US Provokes Russia, Acts Surprised to Get a Nasty Reaction by William Boardman

by William Boardman
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on readersupportednews.org, March 4, 2014
March 6, 2014

How crazy will Americans get over Ukraine?

If too many people get sucked in by the current, distorted media coverage of events unfolding now in Ukraine, then there’s a good chance life will get very ugly for a lot of innocent people, since one of the logical end points is the use of nuclear weapons. Everyone in power knows that’s a potential reality, but the urge to demagogue the Russians is presently overwhelming honesty and caution.

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Noam Chomsky on Pope Francis’ Radicalism

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with Noam Chomsky

Robert Malin – Dec 5, 2013

Pope Francis Portrait Painting

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Note from Abel Collins: “I sat down to discuss a wide range of topics with the idol of my high school days, Noam Chomsky, in early October. This was before the release of Evangelii Gaudium, but after a lot of encouraging words about economic justice from Pope Francis. Chomsky’s eyes lit up when I asked him about his thoughts on the new Pope’s new direction for the Catholic Church.

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Prof. Francis Boyle: The Brown (Shirt) Revolution In Ukraine

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by John Robles
Voice of Russia
February 22, 2014

It is a fact that since 9-11-2001, the US Government has been in the business of destroying countries and using NATO as it principle instrument. That was stated more than a decade ago by then US Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and later by General Wesley Clark. The Pentagon drew up a list of 7 states that were to be destroyed: Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Syria and they have systematically proceeded to destroy all of the Countries on the list. The strategy in Ukraine is the same, US/NATO/EU are promoting the destabilization and the breakup of Ukraine in order to achieve the NATO goal of moving into Ukrainian territory closer to Russia. Harvard Professor Francis Boyle, a US based Russian expert who was invited to the Soviet Union to lecture spoke on these issues and more in an interview with the Voice of Russia.

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Thoreau Is Still Relevant by Henry Pelifian

by Henry Pelifian
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published by George Mason University’s History News Network, Sept. 14, 2009
February 20, 2014

Thoreau

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Although the age we live in is often marked by apathy towards the missteps of government by many in our society sometimes when those mistakes, blunders and lapses become great or intolerable people take action. Avoiding violence is paramount and it may be accomplished by a peaceful revolution.

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Michael Hudson: Neoliberalism Is Really Neofeudalism, It’s a Dismantling of Democracy

by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
February 17, 2014

Anti-Austerity Protest In Dublin (Ireland) - 24 November 2012

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TheMeltingPress on Feb 15, 2014

This is the first episode of our new “Alternative Voices” interview series, where we talk to people who give us a different perspective on all manner of topics.

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The Gamble of Politics and Pascal’s Wager by Rocket Kirchner

Dice [149/365]

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by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
February 17, 2014

Stepping into the arena of politics from everything to voting, to becoming an activist, to even running for office has a high risk of chance that that neither you nor I will get out of government what we want. Every pollster worth his salt knows this.

There is an ethical stoicism that goes with seeking to change the world via government that was known in antiquity as arete for the Greeks and virtus for the Romans. This quality of active life seeks to raise itself above the herd. However, it is a very risky gamble, even when putting ones time and money behind even the most noble of candidates. Continue reading

Thy Kingdom Come: The Christian Call to Social Action by Kevin Daugherty

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by Kevin Daugherty
Koinonia Revolution
February 14, 2014

J JAMES TISSOT - soldiers mocked Jesus

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It is no surprise that activism is something that I am passionate about. Usually, I have expressed my activistic impulse by allying with socialist and communist parties and organizations, but recently this has started to change. For a long time, I thought of religion, politics, and economics as largely separate categories. Continue reading