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Glenn Greenwald: The Goal Of The U.S. Government Is To Eliminate ALL Privacy Globally

2013 DC Rally Against Mass Surveillance 12

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MOXNEWSd0tC0M on Nov 27, 2013

November 27, 2013 BBC News Continue reading

21 Ways the Canadian Health Care System is Better than Obamacare by Ralph Nader

Medicare for All

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
November 21, 2013

Dear America:

Costly complexity is baked into Obamacare. No health insurance system is without problems but Canadian style single-payer full Medicare for all is simple, affordable, comprehensive and universal.

In the early 1960s, President Lyndon Johnson enrolled 20 million elderly Americans into Medicare in six months. There were no websites. They did it with index cards!

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Frackdown Day: Worldwide protest to end shale gas extraction + Romania villagers resist US energy giant Chevron

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RT on Oct 19, 2013

Global Frackdown Day is on – Saturday marks a worldwide protest, uniting all activists who want to put an end to shale gas extraction. ‘Fracktivists’, as they’re called, are urging their governments to stand up to the oil and gas lobby. However, in Britain the authorities see things very differently… Prime Minister has become a vigorous advocate of the risky technique, as Laura Smith reports. So why exactly are environmentalists so concerned about this particular form of oil and gas extraction? Continue reading

Greg Palast: The Halliburton Loophole + The Stimulator: Mi’kmaq Blockde

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with Greg Palast
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.gregpalast.com
October 16, 2013

TheRealNews on Oct 15, 2013

Greg Palast: Signs of radioactivity should be no surprise since Halliburton spent $25 Million to be excluded from Clean Water Act regulating fracking.  Continue reading

Chris Hedges: Only Way To Get Rich Is To Be Unethical #OWS

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with Chris Hedges

Jarett Myskiw on Sep 22, 2013

The question and answer session from Chris Hedges’ speaking engagement at the West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on 21 September, 2013. Continue reading

Why Labor Unions Need to Join the Climate Fight by Naomi Klein

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by Naomi Klein
www.commondreams.org
Sept. 4, 2013

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The following remarks were delivered on September 1, 2013 at the founding convention of UNIFOR, a new mega union created by the Canadian Autoworkers and the Canadian Energy and Paper Workers Union, and provided to Common Dreams by the author for publication.

I’m so very happy and honoured to be able to share this historic day with you.

The energy in this room — and the hope the founding of this new union has inspired across the country – is contagious.

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Global Power Project, Part 10: TransCanada Corporation – Kings of the Keystone Pipeline

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by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
http://andrewgavinmarshall.com
Originally published on Occupy.com
September 5, 2013

TransCanada Corporation describes itself as “a leader in the responsible development and reliable and safe operation of North American energy infrastructure.” Beginning in 2005, the company announced plans for the Keystone XL pipeline. In 2010, Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) approved the full pipeline project, stating that it was in the “public interest” to transport Canadian tar sands oil to the Gulf Coast in the United States.

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Ralph Nader: It’s Easy To Be Resilient When the Alternative is Surrender

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with Ralph Nader

The Public on Aug 22, 2013 Continue reading

The Seeds of Hope by Tristan A. Shaw

by Tristan A. Shaw
Writer, Dandelion Salad
British Columbia, Canada
August 11, 2013

Dandelion Puff: Seeds of Hope!

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At no point in Canadian history have we faced such a precarious social and political stability. The profligate consumption that sustains a capitalist order will not last much longer; no matter how much faith we place in markets to rectify other means of renewable energy, transportation, housing, and production.

The popular perception of climate change as a problem projected into the future, a problem (we are told) faced only by our grandchildren, is rapidly being exposed as dangerous folly. Recent studies reveal Arctic sea ice – the so-called canary of climate change – has already collapsed to one fifth of its 1980 level and will likely exist for only one or perhaps two more summers.

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An Anarchistic Understanding of the Social Order: Environmental Degradation, Indigenous Resistance, and a Place for the Sciences by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
http://andrewgavinmarshall.com
Originally published on the Spanda Journal
July 21, 2013

Idle No More

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The following was an original essay published in the Spanda Journal (Vol. 4, No. 1, 2013: Anarchy and Non-Profit: An Emerging Affair), an open-access journal which you can download for free here.

FOR ROUGHLY FIVE HUNDRED YEARS, INDIGENOUS peoples have been struggling against the dominant institutions of society, against imperialism, colonialism, exploitation, impoverishment, segregation, racism, and genocide. Continue reading

Global Heat Emergency by Alex Smith

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Butterfly Bushes

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by Alex Smith
crossposted from ecoshock.info
July 22, 2013

Hello wherever you are, and whenever you hear this heat emergency podcast from Radio Ecoshock.

It takes a lot to get me to make an special message like this. The last time I pulled the trigger was on Friday March 11th, 2011 – the very day the Fukushima nuclear reactors blew up in Japan. I knew those reactors had melted down. I knew it was a historic moment of high risk for the Northern Hemisphere, if not the planet. I made five special podcasts over the next five days, and then covered Fukushima ever since, including the historic conference in New York in the Spring of 2013.

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Perils of the Keystone XL Pipeline Confront Obama by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
February 21, 2013

Forward on Climate/ Idle No More

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Bill McKibben, a prolific writer and organizer on global warming and climate change, has had a busy year teaching environmentalists not to despair and will soon be learning some lessons himself.

In August 2011, he organized an unprecedented demonstration in front of the White House urging President Obama to deny a permit for the giant Keystone XL pipeline that would haul very dirty tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada down to Texas refineries, largely to be exported. Continue reading

Koch Brothers Driving Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada to Cut Out Venezuelan Oil by Greg Palast

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by Greg Palast
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.gregpalast.com
for Vice Magazine and The Other 98%
February 7, 2013

I’ve been tracking a tube of black putrid ooze, a toxic viper slowly slithering 2000 miles across the belly of America, swallowing all water aquifers, politicians and reason in its path.

The XL Keystone Pipeline.

As Nagini, the murderous snake in the Harry Potter tales, had its master Voldemort, I figured the Keystone XL Pipeline much also have its own dark lords.

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The Financialization of Food and the Profitability of Poverty by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
http://andrewgavinmarshall.com
January 29, 2013

Summer 2009: Juliet Tomatoes

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The following is a brief excerpt from a chapter of The People’s Book Project, covering issues related to food, water, land grabs, environmental destruction, hunger and poverty. This excerpt examines the global food crisis.

There are a few things upon which humanity is entirely dependent for survival: food, water, land and the environment. One of the central questions with which humanity currently has to address its part, past and present, is the ways in which we, as a species, interact with our environment. Continue reading

Tar Sands Exposed + Garth Lenz: The True Cost of Oil

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Fort McMurray, Alberta - Operation Arctic Shadow

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MrEnergyCzar·Jan 18, 2013

Website: http://MrEnergyCzar.com

This video is about defining what the Tar Sands are. Tar Sands are also known as the oil sands because it sounds like it’s actually oil but it’s not, it’s Bitumen, underground mixed in with sand. Bitumen is a gooey tar substance that, through massive efforts and refining, can eventually be made into oil. We don’t call corn ethanol gasoline, it’s corn ethanol which can be used later on as if it’s gasoline. The Tar Sands are mostly up in Alberta Canada where the Boreal forest is. Continue reading