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Chris Hedges Asks Noam Chomsky: What’s The New Paradigm For Resistance? + Transcript

Chomsky!

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with Chris Hedges and Noam Chomsky

TheRealNews Jun 17, 2014

Chris Hedges speaks with Professor Noam Chomsky about working-class resistance during the Industrial Revolution, propaganda, and the historic role played by intellectuals in times of war.

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Where to Find Some of Dandelion Salad’s Writers and Others by Lo

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by Lo
editor, Dandelion Salad
May 12, 2014

Here is a list of the regular contributors to Dandelion Salad. Most writers have their blog/website at the beginning of their articles, and/or email address on their bio at the end of their articles. Here is the Writers Page. If you need to find another writer, let me know. Continue reading

Moyers & Company: Is Net Neutrality Dead? + FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Holds Press Conference After Vote + Preventing Cable Company Fuckery

Net Neutrality is Under Attack!

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Updated: Jun. 2, 2014

Updated: May 16, 2014

 on May 2, 2014

Democracy loses if the Internet is sold to the highest bidder — and that may be what’s about to happen.

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Chris Hedges: There are No Winners When People Don’t Know the Truth

Chris Hedges

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with Chris Hedges

RT on Apr 28, 2014

The crisis in Ukraine and the steadily dropping temperature in relations between Moscow and Washington made many talk about a new Cold War; and many others are worried it may turn ‘hot’. But there’s another war going on right now: the information war. US Secretary of State Kerry has already attacked RT, calling it “Putin’s propaganda machine.” But Washington itself uses dubious evidence and fake facts. What is the information war? What methods is America using? Sophie talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and veteran correspondent Chris Hedges.

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FCC Proposal for a Payola Internet Would End Net Neutrality by Timothy Karr + Stop the Internet for the 1%!

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Updated: May 16, 2014

Freepress
April 25, 2014

Contact Info:
Timothy Karr, 201-533-8838

Net Neutrality

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WASHINGTON — The Wall Street Journal reports that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler will on Thursday propose a new set of rules issued in response to a January federal court decision that tossed out the agency’s prior open Internet rules.

The new rules would allow Internet service providers to charge an extra fee to content companies for preferential treatment, guaranteeing their content reaches end users ahead of those that do not pay. The rules are now circulating among the FCC commissioners and are expected to be be voted on at the next public FCC meeting on May 15. Continue reading

Chris Hedges and Dwayne “Fish” Booth: War Is A Business

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with Chris Hedges

LeighaCohen on Apr 25, 2014

Soldiers die for corporate greed

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Chris Hedges and Dwayne Booth “Mr. Fish” spoke on April 24, 2014 at the University of Connecticut. This was part of a week long event sponsored by The Humanities Institute and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The title for today was “War and Its Meaning”. The first 32 minutes of the video Chris Hedges gives an impassionate talk on his personal experiences and political thoughts on this topic. This is then followed by an amazing 25 minute Q&A period where both Chris Hedges and Dwayne Booth respond to several questions asked by the audience and as always what is said is amazingly thought provoking.

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Robert Parry: Evidence for Russian Involvement in East Ukraine Based on Shoddy Journalism

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NYT retracts proof of “Russian involvement” in Ukraine

RT America on Apr 24, 2014

The New York Times is the center of scrutiny over photos it claimed prove Russian involvement in Ukraine. The photographer of one of the central photos came forward and said the photo the Times’ claimed was taken in Russia, was actually taken in Ukraine and used without his permission. Used by the State Department and news organizations across the world to prove a Russian connection to the unrest in eastern Ukraine, the photo has now called into question the Time’s fact-checking practices. Ameera David speaks to RT’s Anastasia Churkina about the photo and how it has been misused by the mainstream media.

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Washington’s Trans-Pacific Power Play by Ashley Smith + TPP Raises Fears of Global Internet Censoring

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by Ashley Smith
socialistworker.org
April 23, 2014

LA activists greet First Lady Michelle Obama

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The U.S. military wants it, and so does Corporate America–which is why we should beware

BARACK OBAMA is headed to Asia for a four-country tour designed to revive diplomatic and economic attention on the region that Washington’s imperial strategists believe is crucial to the future.

Obama will travel to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, the U.S. government’s main allies in the region. But looming over each stop and every meeting will be a country that definitely isn’t on the presidential itinerary: China. Continue reading

Too Much (dis)Information by Daniel Johnson

by Daniel John Johnson
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
originally published at counterfire.org, Feb. 20, 2014
March 13, 2014

British Legion abandons NOTW

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In Ray Bradbury’s dystopian masterpiece Fahrenheit 451, inquisitive teenage heroine Clarisse McClellan muses:

“I sometimes think drivers don’t know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly. If you showed a driver a green blur, Oh yes! he’d say, that’s grass! A pink blur! That’s a rose garden! White blurs are houses. Brown blurs are cows. My uncle drove slowly on a highway once. He drove forty miles per hour and they jailed him for two days. Isn’t that funny, and sad, too”?

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Western Media is a Propaganda Arm of the State by Finian Cunningham + Pepe Escobar interviewed by Ry Dawson

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
March 9, 2014

I am lying to you.

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Western news media have long functioned as a propaganda arm of the state, concealing elite corruption at the heart of government: the collusion between corporate, financial and ruling power and the deeply anti-democratic nature of that power. Despite the formality of recurring elections and parliamentary style appearance, Western states are in the nuts-and-bolts of working power more accurately described as fascist corporate entities with a patina of popular democracy for window-dressing.

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The US Arrogance Stirs Me by Bruce Gagnon

by Bruce Gagnon
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Organizing Notes
February 27, 2014

I watched the mainstream national news last night at 6:30 pm. I did a lot of raging at the TV. One of the networks led off with the story about Russia holding war games inside their own country, near the Ukrainian border. The White House and Secretary of State John Kerry issued stern warnings to Russia about not trying to “interfere” with the current balkanization of the Ukraine. In Crimea, riots between pro-EU and pro-Russian citizens broke out. The Russian Navy has their Black Sea base in Crimea.

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Corporate Media’s Bias is One of Omission by William Blum

I am lying to you.

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
February 4, 2014

“Bias in favor of the orthodox is frequently mistaken for ‘objectivity’. Departures from this ideological orthodoxy are themselves dismissed as ideological.” – Michael Parenti

An exchange in January with Paul Farhi, Washington Post columnist, about coverage of US foreign policy Continue reading

David Swanson: Media Blackout on US Activists in Court for Protests Against Weaponized Drones

with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
February 4, 2014

RT on Feb 4, 2014

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Tell the FCC: Restore Net Neutrality + Court Backs Internet Censorship: Open The Internet Now!

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Net Neutrality

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Tell the FCC: Restore Net Neutrality

FreePress.net
Jan. 14, 2014

An appeals court just dealt the latest blow to the open Internet. The court struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order because of the questionable legal framework the agency used when it adopted its Net Neutrality rules in 2010.

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Julian Assange: Surveillance is New Strategic Weapon Owned by Single Power + Mediastan: WikiLeaks ‘Road Movie’

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RT on Dec 29, 2013

RT discusses WikiLeaks’ road movie ‘Mediastan’ with a special panel of guests, including film creator Julian Assange, journalist and director Johannes Wahlstrom, and Enayat Najafizada – a young Afghan journalist and one of the heroes of the movie. Continue reading