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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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David Swanson: The Video is Mightier Than the Missile

End the Endless Wars!

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
February 3, 2014

WorldBeyondWar.org on Feb 3, 2014

The video is mightier than the hellfire missile. Make this one go viral. Learn more at http://worldbeyondwar.org

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Building a Global Movement to End All War by David Swanson

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
January 12, 2014

110/365: End all wars!

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I’ve been involved in starting enough activist campaigns and coalitions to know when one has more potential than any other I’ve seen.  When hundreds of people and organizations are signing up on the website before you’ve announced it anywhere, and nine months before you plan to officially launch, and when a large percentage of the people signing on ask how they can donate funding, and when people from other countries volunteer to translate your declaration into other languages, and when committees form of volunteer women and men to work on a dozen different aspects of the planning — and they actually get to work in a serious way, and when none of this is due to anything in the news or any statement from anyone in government or any contrast between one political party and another, then it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to help build as a movement.

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Barack Obama’s Presidential Policy Directive — United States Conventional Arms Transfer Policy + Fact Sheet

TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON KING OBAMA

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Propaganda Alert!

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
January 15, 2014

PRESIDENTIAL POLICY DIRECTIVE/PPD-27

SUBJECT: United States Conventional Arms Transfer Policy

Conventional weapons have continued to play a decisive role in armed conflict in the early 21st century and will remain legitimate instruments for the defense and security policy of responsible nations for the foreseeable future. Continue reading

Bruce Gagnon: US/NATO Missile Defense Key to First Strike

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with Bruce Gagnon
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Organizing Notes
December 27, 2013

John Robles
Voice of Russia
December 27, 2013

US “missile defense” is the key element in US first-strike attack planning. After the US launches a first-strike attack against a country like Russia or China they want to ensure that there is no retaliation, in effect guaranteeing a successful first-strike attack. This was stated by Bruce Gagnon the Coordinator for the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space in an interview with the Voice of Russia. Continue reading

Letter to Boeing’s Boss: Squeezing Workers for Corporate Welfare by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
December 26, 2013

Uncle Santa

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Jim McNerney, CEO
The Boeing Company
100 North Riverside
Chicago, IL 60606

Dear Mr. McNerney:

The squeeze that you and Boeing are putting on your machinist workers’ pensions, pay scales and your stance on other labor issues regarding the assembling of the new 777X airliners is unseemly for several reasons.

First, consider your pay this year of $21.1 million, a 15 percent increase from the previous year, and much higher than your predecessors. Continue reading

It Has Happened Here – What Now? by Luke Hiken

by Luke Hiken
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 28, 2013

"Stop Bitching - Start a Revolution"

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In 1935, Sinclair Lewis wrote a satirical novel entitled It Can’t Happen Here. In the book, a democratically elected President transforms the country into a totalitarian, ruthless regime, relying upon patriotic rhetoric and fear to dominate and control a docile populace.

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Honoring Mercenaries for the U.S. Corporate State by Ed Ciaccio

by Ed Ciaccio
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 23, 2013

Soldiers die for corporate greed

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Where have all the soldiers gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Gone to graveyards every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?
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Chris Hedges and Andrew Harvey: The Time For Action Is Now Before It’s Too Late

with Chris Hedges
Writer, Dandelion Salad
April 8, 2013

number 1 Fascism

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Progressive Commentary Hour – Conversations With Great Minds
Gary Null
April 8, 2013

[...]

Among Chris’ many noteworthy books are “American Fascists” (about the fundamental Christian Right), “Empire of Illusion”, and “Death of the Liberal Class”. His latest is “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt”  – a  compelling hard look at the most impoverished regions in the US that have become what Chris calls “sacrifice zones” for the benefit of the  powerful and wealthy.

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In the Arms of Dictators: America the Great… Global Arms Dealer by Andrew Gavin Marshall

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by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
http://andrewgavinmarshall.com
March 26, 2013

The following is a first draft sample from a chapter currently being written for The People’s Book Project. Read more about The People’s Book Project here, and please consider donating to help the Project continue.

The American imperial system incorporates much more than supporting the occasional coup or undertaking the occasional war. Coups, wars, assassinations and other forms of overt and covert violence and destabilization, while relatively common and consistent for the United States – compared to other major powers – are secondary to the general maintenance of a system of imperial patronage. Continue reading

The Empire is an Able Servant of Oil Companies and The War Machine by Cindy Sheehan + Tour de Peace by David Swanson

by Cindy Sheehan
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
February 17, 2013

Hello Fox Squirrel

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Long before it was “cool,” our family home in Norwalk, Ca (where my three youngest children were born) had solar space and water heating. We recycled and combined errands to try to use the least amount of fossil fuel as possible. Still, in California, (as in most other places in our nation), it’s almost impossible to live and work without a car: reliable, cheap, and useful public transportation just isn’t here.

However, when my son, Casey, was killed in Iraq in a war waged for the major, international oil companies and other profiteers, my opposition to fossil fuel usage grew along with my guilt for my own oil gluttony.

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Recipe for Endless Profits to War Profiteers and Their Legally-Bribed Politicians by Ed Ciaccio

by Ed Ciaccio
Dandelion Salad
Featured Writer
February 10, 2013

War profiteers not welcome

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Ingredients (or should it be Ingreedients?):

Imperialist ideologues of all political parties

Arms manufacturers (war profiteers)

Politicians with no conscience nor regard for international laws or the Constitution

Corporate media

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Generalissima Clinton Expanding the Empire by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
February 8, 2013

Hillary Clinton has completed her four-year tenure as Secretary of State to the accolades of both Democratic and Republican Congressional champions of the budget-busting “military-industrial complex,” that President Eisenhower warned about in his farewell address. Behind the public relations sheen, the photo-opportunities with groups of poor people in the developing world, an ever more militarized State Department operated under Clinton’s leadership.

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When Did the Coup Take Place? by Luke Hiken

by Luke Hiken
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
January 11, 2013

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When did the coup happen here, and how did we miss it? I always imagined military coups to occur when jack-booted generals marched into the town square in front of columns of heavily armed soldiers. Pinochet, Mussolini, Franco come to mind – we’ve all seen the pictures. But here in the United States, nobody even has a clue as to when the Pentagon, and its secret policing, “anti-terrorist” organizations took control of the U.S. government and its people.

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A Political Odyssey: The Rise of American Militarism reviewed by Milina Jovanović

by Milina Jovanović
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
originally published at www.zcommunications.org
January 2, 2013

ANSWER Coalition Peace March on the Pentagon

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Mike Gravel and Joe Lauria. A Political Odyssey: The Rise of American Militarism and One Man’s Fight to Stop It. 2008. Seven Stories Press.

When I finished reading the last pages of this book, I had to sit still and think about several discoveries. It is difficult for me to truly believe that I can actually like a life story, way of thinking, and actions of a high-level American politician. I come from a country, generation, and professional environment that didn’t encourage any naiveté about politics of any country. And we certainly didn’t grow up embracing any myths about the most significant characteristics of the global empire. Continue reading