The USA Needs Disruptive President Trump by Joel S. Hirschhorn

Donald Trump's Gaudy White-House

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by Joel S. Hirschhorn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.foavc.org
Sept. 2, 2015

I keep imagining the White House with a big, really big neon sign TRUMP across the top of the roof.

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Chris Hedges: The Revolutionary, Caged + In Landmark Ruling, California Prisons Halt Solitary Confinement

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Updated: Sept. 2, 2015

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Aug 31, 2015

In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges continues his conversation with two black revolutionaries and former political prisoners, Eddie Conway and Ojore Lutalo, to discuss their resistance within the prison system.

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The Spiritual Crisis In the Industrial Wine Industry by Shepherd Bliss

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by Shepherd Bliss
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Sebastopol, California
August 31, 2015

I have been contemplating why the growing struggle by rural residents against the expanding, industrial wine industry in Sonoma and Napa counties, Northern California, has touched my heart and soul so deeply.

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Immigrants for Sale

Indianapolis immigration rally

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Dandelion Salad

Brave New Films on Aug 27, 2015

The detention of migrants has become a multi-billion dollar industry in which immigrants are sold to the highest bidder and traded like mere products. The Corrections Corporation of America, The Geo Group, and the Management and Training Corporation run over 200 facilities all over the nation. These facilities offer over 150,000 bed spaces and rake in a total profit of close to five billion dollars per year. The fact that these detention centers get paid for the number of people that are in the center per night offers, therefore, no incentive to speed up the legal processes and let the detainees leave the facility.

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Seven Ways Racism Is Built Into the System by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
August 27, 2015

1. WEALTH GAP: The playing field is not level. The median wealth of a white household in the United States is over 13 times that of a black household, and the gap is widening. Most black households have less than $350 in savings. It takes money not just to make money but to get a start, to live near good schools, to live free of lead paint poisoning, or to address the special needs that every person has.

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Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Not Learned by Walter Brasch

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by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
walterbrasch.com
August 25, 2015

This week is the 10th anniversary of the destruction of the southeastern gulf coast by Hurricane Katrina.

More than 1,800 people died. There is no estimate for the number of pets and wildlife. Damage was estimated at more than $100 billion.

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Michael Hudson: Corporate Buybacks Behind the Market Crash

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Updated: Aug. 25, 2015

with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
August 25, 2015

TheRealNews on Aug 24, 2015

Michael Hudson, the author of Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy Global Economy, says the stock market crash on Monday has very little to do with China and all to do with shortermism and buybacks of corporations inflating their own stocks.

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Chris Hedges: State Violence and Counter Violence

All power to the people

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Aug 24, 2015

In this episode of Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges sits down with former Black Panther Eddie Conway and former member of the Black Liberation Army Ojore Lutalo to discuss their roles in the radical movements in the 1960s and early 1970s, and the state’s use of violence to crush them.

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Welcome to the World of Extreme and Destructive Global Dependencies by Ralph Nader (#TPP)

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, August 21, 2015
August 23, 2015

Do you have your savings in a mutual fund? Does your pension fund invest in stocks, just as mutual funds do? If so, you may want to know this has been a bad week for U.S. stock markets. The Dow and Nasdaq indices have plummeted big time, but not because of the U.S. economy which is showing signs of revival. It is, as the Wall Street Journal reports, mostly because of the woes in China plus the shakiness of the depressed Greek economy and weaknesses of the economies in other larger emerging nations such as Brazil and Turkey.

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Radical Peace: People Refusing War, Ch. 15: Coming Home by William T. Hathaway

Warning: for mature readers only

by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Germany
August 21, 2015

No War Collage

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Coming Home
From the book
Radical Peace: People Refusing War
By William T. Hathaway
Published by Trine Day

RADICAL PEACE is a collection of reports from antiwar activists, the true stories of their efforts to change our warrior culture. In this chapter a mother tells of her son’s return from combat. She wishes to remain anonymous.

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“The Development of Full Artificial Intelligence Could Spell The End of The Human Race” by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, August 17, 2015
August 20, 2015

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When the stunning article “Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us” by Bill Joy, chief scientist for Sun Microsystems, made the cover of Wired Magazine in April 2000, it created quite a rumble in high-tech circles. Its argument was that “our most powerful 21st century technologies—robotics, genetic engineering, and nanotech—are threatening to make humans an endangered species.”

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WikiLeaks: The US Strategy to Create a New Global Legal and Economic System: #TPP, #TTIP, #TISA (John Pilger, Julian Assange)

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with John Pilger, Julian Assange

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Trumping the Federal Debt Without Playing the Default Card by Ellen Brown

For All Debts...

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
August 19, 2015

“The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that. So there is zero probability of default.”

— Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan on Meet the Press, August 2011

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Larry Hamm: The Long Distance Revolutionary, interviewed by Chris Hedges

Don't Shoot

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Aug 18, 2015

In this episode of Days of Revolt, Hedges sits down with founder of the People’s Organization for Progress Larry Hamm to dissect periods of American resistance, and explain how shifts in political climate have and will shape new modes of community organizing.

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“To Leave Error Unrefuted is to Encourage Intellectual Immorality”: A Critique by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.

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by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on imperialismandthethirdworld
August 18, 2015

[Note: this is the revised version]

Brief, partial, and necessary critical reviews of some of the stars of American Left: Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, Richard Wolff, Stephen Resnick, Noam Chomsky, and Chris Hedges

“To leave error unrefuted is to encourage intellectual immorality.” — Karl Marx

“Dug up a mountain, looking for gold. Only found a mouse. Even that was dead.” — A proverb of South Asia.

“…Fuller of words and emptier.” — Holderlin

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