Chris Hedges: Bernie Sanders Is Not a Socialist + The Stimulator: #BernedOut

Bernie Sanders - Painting

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Feb 11, 2016

TRNN’s Paul Jay and journalist Chris Hedges debate the significance of Bernie Sanders’ campaign in the 2016 presidential race.

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What Obama Did While You Were Watching Elections by David Swanson

War is Peace. Obama and his Nobel "Peace" Prize

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 11, 2016

Pass the popcorn! Wait till I tweet this! Did you see the look on his face?

Ain’t elections exciting? We just can’t get enough of them, which could be why we’ve stretched them out to a couple of years each, even though a small crowd of Super Delegates and a couple of state officials with computer skills could quite conceivably decide the whole thing anyway.

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The Battle Over the Term “Progressive” by Rob Hager

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton - Caricatures

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by Rob Hager
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 10, 2016

The battle between Sanders and Clinton over the term “progressive” presents an opportunity to discuss some history relevant to the campaign. The meaning of the term gains importance from new thinking that “people of color and progressive whites add up to a new majority” comprising 23% and 28% of the electorate respectively. See Steve Phillips, Brown is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority (2016). These Americans are those most strongly committed to America’s republican traditions. Today’s progressives represent the same fraction who fought to establish the republic envisaged by the two Toms, Paine and Jefferson.

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Chris Hedges: The Company Town

Worker cutting lettuce

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

teleSUR English on Feb 8, 2016

In this episode of Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges sits down with two residents of agribusiness capital Salinas, California: civil rights attorney Anthony Prince and radical councilman José Castañeda. Together, the two have been fighting against the corporatization of Salinas’ political system, and its impact on agricultural workers and other residents. Hedges and his guests discuss the city’s growing homeless population, and the ways in which Prince and Castañeda have been able to make a difference.

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America in Milton’s Paradise Lost by Rocket Kirchner

DORÉ, Gustave Illustration for John Milton's Paradise Lost 1866

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by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
February 8, 2016

From time to time it is a wake up call to just go back and read the writings of the Founding Fathers of the United States Constitution. In regards to things like goodness and liberty, ”We seek our own good for ourselves, and from our own live for ourselves, though in this vast recess, free and to none accountable, preferring hard liberty before the easy yoke of servile pomp”. Yes indeed, it is a wake up call to go back and read their writings.

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Saudi Invasion of Syria: The Bluff That Could Ignite World War III by Finian Cunningham

World War 3 - XVIII

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from RT
February 7, 2016

The Saudi plan to send ground troops into Syria appears to be just a ruse. But this is precisely the kind of reckless saber-rattling that could ignite an all-out war, one that could embroil the United States and Russia.

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Wolf Country by William T. Hathaway

Wolf in Lamar Valley

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by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Germany
February 6, 2016

This year marks the 20th anniversary of wolf reintroduction in Yellowstone National Park. From 66 released originally they’ve increased to over 300 and are no longer endangered. That they thrive here is not surprising, for they are creatures of this raw land in a way that we aren’t. Wolves are fitted to this environment, and so to understand them, we have to know the country that nurtures them.

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Abby Martin: The Empire’s Border: A Hidden War, Part 2

A National Guard Soldier from the 29th Brigade Combat Team, assisting the U.S. Border Patrol

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Feb 5, 2016

In the second installment of this two-part episode, Abby Martin continues her investigation of the hidden war on the U.S.-Mexico border, looking at the root causes of the epidemic of migrant deaths. The Empire Files documents an inflated, paramilitary Border Patrol, the devastating impacts of NAFTA, how the U.S. Empire benefits from immigrant labor and what can change the equation.

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Is Bernie Sanders a Socialist? by William Blum

Bernie Sanders - Caricature

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
February 5, 2015

“Self-described socialist” … How many times have we all read that term in regard to Vermont senator Bernie Sanders? But is he really a socialist? Or is he a “social democrat”, which is what he’d be called in Europe? Or is he a “democratic socialist”, which is the American party he has been a member of (DSA – Democratic Socialists of America)? And does it really matter which one he is? They’re all socialists, are they not?

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Will Julian Assange of WikiLeaks Go Free After U.N. Finds He Is Being Arbitrarily Detained?

"Don't Shoot the Messenger" - Julian Assange, Embassy of Ecuador, Knightsbridge, London

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Dandelion Salad

Updated: February 5, 2016

US, other nations targeted Assange & WikiLeaks – whistleblower

RT America on Feb 4, 2016

Whistleblower and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may be freed from his four-year refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Will he still face charges from foreign or American governments even if he’s cleared by a UN council? RT’s Lindsay France is joined by whistleblower and privacy advocate Jesselyn Radack to get a full view of what Assange still has to face.

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The Intimately Oppressed by Howard Zinn (repost)

Ageless Beauty by Kaleb A Woman from the 1800s 'The Works' - Kids in the Hall Bistro

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Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at www.greanvillepost.com, July 20, 2011
Originally posted August 14, 2011
February 3, 2016

Chapter 6 from A People’s History of the United States.

It is possible, reading standard histories, to forget half the population of the country. The explorers were men, the landholders and merchants men, the political leaders men, the military figures men. The very invisibility of women, the overlooking of women, is a sign of their submerged status.

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Chris Hedges: The Suicide of the Liberal Church

Feeding the hungry in San Francisco

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

teleSUR English on Feb 1, 2016

In this episode of Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges sits down with two student activists from Union Theological Seminary, Michael Vanacore and Edward Escalon. The two are engaged in a battle to stop Union from selling property to developers of luxury condos and gentrifying the Harlem neighborhood. Hedges and his guests discuss this topic in the context of the false progressivism of the liberal church, and the long physical and moral decay of such institutions.

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Stein VS Sanders by David Swanson

Green Party Presidential Candidate & Massachusetts resident Jill Stein

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
American Herald Tribune, January 29 ,2016
February 1, 2016

I asked Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein about her platform this week and came away believing it had a better chance of winning than Bernie Sanders’. I know that platforms don’t run, people do, and they do so within a two-party dominated system. But this already crazy presidential election could turn into a crazier five-way race. And, even if it doesn’t, or if it does but still nobody ever learns that Jill Stein exists, there is nonetheless much for us and for the other candidates to learn from her platform.

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Emerson and the Arrogance of Self-Reliance by Rocket Kirchner

Fall at Gans Creek

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by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
January 31, 2016

The entire American Transcendentalist movement of the 19th century was built on the foundation of recycled Pantheism. Here in lies its lure and its danger. It is conformity disguised as non-conformity. Assent cloaked in dissent. Ugliness parading as beauty.

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Abby Martin: The Empire’s Border: A Policy of Death, Part 1

No more deaths

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Jan 31, 2016

Along the southern border of the United States is a graveyard, where hundreds upon hundreds of human remains are waiting to be found in the sand. They are teenagers, mothers and spouses walking the only path available to them—away from poverty and violence: towards their families, the only place safer and easier to eat. In Part 1 of this two-part series, Abby Martin reveals a catastrophe at the Empire’s gates; not only a shockingly high body count, but a humanitarian crisis manufactured by the U.S. government. Sinister tactics, a for-profit prison pipeline, and a court system that looks more like a slave auction than a trial await those who survive.

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