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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

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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

Rick Rozoff: We are Living with Information Totalitarianism

Fear Totalitarianism

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by Rick Rozoff
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Stop NATO
December 20, 2013

John Robles
Voice of Russia
December 19, 2013

With the restructuring of the Russian media there are many people worldwide who are hopeful that the changes will produce a balance and a counterweight to the 5 worldwide newswires that are controlled by the West and possess a true and barely transparent bias. Continue reading

Gareth Porter: Mainstream Media Fails To Get Facts Straight on Iran’s Nuclear Fatwa

with Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Washington
December 20, 2013

TheRealNews on Dec 20, 2013

Investigative journalist Gareth Porter highlights the Washington Post’s fact checker’s error about Iran’s nuclear fatwa. Continue reading

Rick Rozoff: Corporate Media Is the Propaganda Arm of the US Government

Stop the lies

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by Rick Rozoff
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Stop NATO
December 16, 2013

John Robles
Voice of Russia
December 16, 2013

Since the days of the Cold War the West has launched illegal wars against Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and attempted to do the same thing in Syria. They have been successful in avoiding blowback and responsibility due to their monopoly on the corporate controlled media and the fact that most of the media in the world passively accepts their interpretation of world events. Continue reading

Chris Hedges: Journalism is Being Pushed To the Fringes of Society

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with Chris Hedges

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West Toxic Lie On Syria Exposed by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
October 16, 2013

Lies

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They say an expert liar needs to have a good memory to succeed in maintaining deceptions. This is because sooner or later the liar is liable to trip himself up with his own previous lies.

Only weeks after the deadly chemical weapons incident near the Syrian capital Damascus on 21 August, the Western narrative is coming apart at the seams from its own lies.

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Seymour Hersh on Osama Bin Laden “Story” — It’s One Big Lie, Not One Word of it is True

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Seymour Hersh speaks against torture at the WRRCAT symposium

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by Lisa O’Carroll
http://www.theguardian.com
September 27, 2013

Seymour Hersh has got some extreme ideas on how to fix journalism – close down the news bureaus of NBC and ABC, sack 90% of editors in publishing and get back to the fundamental job of journalists which, he says, is to be an outsider.

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Spilling the NSA’s Secrets: Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger on the Inside Story of Snowden Leaks

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Thank you, Edward Snowden!

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democracynow on Sep 23, 2013

http://www.democracynow.org – Three-and-a-half months after National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden came public on the the U.S. government’s massive spying operations at home and abroad, we spend the hour with Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of The Guardian, the British newspaper that first reported on Snowden’s leaked documents. Continue reading

The Open Internet Goes to Court + Save the Internet Action Alert

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NewAmericaFoundation on Sep 13, 2013

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In Collaboration with Free Press

On September 9, the D.C. Circuit Court will hear oral arguments in Verizon’s lawsuit challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order. This is a key moment that will shape the future of the open Internet. The outcome of the case is important to preserving the Internet as an open platform for free speech, civic participation, news and information, commerce and everyday communications. The case will also reopen the debate about whether the FCC has the authority to implement other broadband policy reforms.

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