On Patriots, Scoundrels and Spectators by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
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Dandelion Salad
November 28, 2010

We need to define what words actually mean before we should use them in serious discourse. Websters dictionary gives us the following:

Patriot- one who loves, supports and defends his country

Scoundrel- a villain

Villain- one who is wicked or evil

Wicked- harmful or pernicious

Evil- something that causes misfortune, suffering or difficulty

Spectator- one who attends and views an event; an observer

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Latest WikiLeaks release: US cables leak sparks global diplomatic crisis


28 November, 2010

Classified embassy dispatches reveal Saudi king pressed US for military action on Iran and Washington used diplomats to spy on UN

More than 250,000 dispatches reveal US foreign strategies

Diplomats ordered to spy on allies as well as enemies

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KNOW THE FACTS: North Korea lost 30% of its population as a result of US bombings in the 1950s by Michel Chossudovsky


by Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, November 27, 2010

The World is at a dangerous crossroads.

The US is seeking a pretext to wage war on North Korea.

North Korea is said to constitute a threat to Global Security.

From the Truman Doctrine to Obama. The history of the 1950s Korean confirms that extensive war crimes were committed against the Korean people. As confirmed by the statement of General Curtis Lemay:

“Over a period of three years or so we killed off – what – twenty percent of the population.”

North Korea lost thirty percent of its population as a result of US led bombings in the 1950s. US military sources confirm that 20 percent of North Korea’s  population was killed off over a three period of intensive bombings:

“After destroying North Korea’s 78 cities and thousands of her villages, and killing countless numbers of her civilians, [General] LeMay remarked, “Over a period of three years or so we killed off – what – twenty percent of the population.”1 It is now believed that the population north of the imposed 38th Parallel lost nearly a third its population of 8 – 9 million people during the 37-month long “hot” war, 1950 – 1953, perhaps an unprecedented percentage of mortality suffered by one nation due to the belligerence of another.”

During The Second World War the United Kingdom lost 0.94% of its population, France lost 1.35%, China lost 1.89% and the US lost 0.32%. During the Korean war, North Korea lost 30 % of its population.

These figures of civilian deaths in North Korea should also be compared to those compiled for Iraq  by the Lancet Study (John Hopkins School of Public Health). The Lancet study estimates a total of 655,000 Iraqi civilian deaths, following the US led invasion (March 2003- June 2006).

We call upon the people of  the US, Canada and NATO countries to put pressure on their governments.

A war on North Korea would engulf the entire region.




Michel Chossudovsky,  Global Research, 27 November 2010

1. Curtis Lemay quoted in Richard Rhodes, “The General and World War III,” The New Yorker, June 19, 1995, p. 53.
2. See Brian Willson, Korea and the Axis of Evil, Global Research, October 2006
3. The population of North Korea was of the order of 8-9 million in 1950 prior the Korean war.
US sources acknowledge 1.55 million civilian deaths in North Korea, 215,000 combat deaths. MIA/POW 120,000, 300,000 combat troops wounded. (Wikipedia)
South Korean military sources estimate the number of civilian deaths/wounded/missing at 2.5 million, of which some 990,900 are in South Korea.
Another estimate places Korea War total deaths, civilian plus combat at 3.5 million.

Compilation by estimates:


  • North Korea:
    • NoKo Military
      • 130,000 KIA (Pentagon: ¼ “KWM”)
      • 294,151 (Nahm93)
      • 214,899 KIA + 101,680 MIA (Wallechinsky; Clodfelter, citing [“highly suspect”] Defense Dept. est.) [=316,579]
      • 316,579 (COWP)
      • 350,000 (Rummel)
      • 520,000 (Small & Singer, FAS)
      • [MEDIAN: 316,579]
    • NoKo Civilian
      • 406,000 killed + 680,000 missing (Nahm93)
      • Up to 1,000,000 (Wallechinsky; Clodfelter)
      • 1,185,000 (Rummel)
      • [MEDIAN: 1,000,000]
    • NoKo Military + Civilian
      • 500,000 (Britannica)
      • 700,000 (Dictionary of 20C World History)
      • 926,000 (Compton’s)
      • 1,316,579 (Wallechinsky; Clodfelter)
      • 1,380,151 (Nahm93)
      • 1,535,000 (Rummel)
      • [MEDIAN: 1,316,579]



Russia Today interview of Michel Chossudovsky

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Michel Chossudovsky: The US rather than North Korea is a Threat to Global Security – Russia Today, May 28, 2010

North Korea has announced it will sever all ties and communication with the South in retaliation for what it calls a smear campaign over the sinking of a South Korean warship in March.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Seoul for talks on the escalating row.

An international investigation has found that Pyongyang fired the torpedo which sank the warship, killing 46 sailors.

South Korea has called on the UN Security Council to impose new sanctions on its neighbor.

Pyongyang has also threatened military action against the South, claiming Seoul’s navy trespassed into the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea.

An international investigation found that Pyongyang fired the torpedo which sank the warship, killing 46 sailors.

Michel Chossudovsky, the head of the Center for Research on Globalization, an independent Canadian think tank, argues that North Korea is more prey than a predator.

“North Korea is portrayed in the international media as a threat to global security, but there is absolutely no evidence to that effect. On the other hand, North Korea is the only country in the world that has lost up to a quarter of its population in recent history [during the Korean War, when the North Korean population was wiped out by US bombings],” Chossudovsky told RT.

© Copyright Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 2010

The url address of this article is: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=22131


U.S. looking for a fight by Bruce Gagnon

North Korea: A Bastard State By Timothy V. Gatto

The Sinking of the Cheonan, too Weird to Make Up By Timothy V. Gatto

“There was no Explosion. There was No Torpedo.”


Tarpley: US using Korea to make money

U.S. looking for a fight by Bruce Gagnon

by Bruce Gagnon
featured writer
Dandelion Salad
Organizing Notes
Nov. 28, 2010

The Advent vigils (four weeks in a row) began today at Bath Iron Works (BIW) here in Maine. BIW is the place where Navy Aegis destroyers are built that are presently being used as part of the U.S.-South Korea (ROK) war games which are bumping up against the coastline of North Korea. I noticed that the USS Cowpens is a part of this U.S. naval battle group that is being led toward North Korea by the aircraft carrier named the USS George Washington.

I know about the USS Cowpens because it was the ship that fired the first shot (cruise missiles) in the 2003 U.S. shock and awe attack on Iraq. I know this because the woman who was driving the USS Cowpens at that historic moment has become a friend of our family and was at our home for Thanksgiving just two days ago.

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North Korea: A Bastard State By Timothy V. Gatto

By Timothy V. Gatto
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Dandelion Salad
Nov. 28, 2010

Everyone that reads my articles knows that I abhor war in all its forms. Then again, anyone that has kept up with me knows that I have a particular dislike for the nation of North Korea. In my articles I have stressed over and over that it’s not Iran, Afghanistan or Iraq that the U.S. should be worried about, it’s North Korea. This situation that we find ourselves in that part of Asia is our entire fault. We could have helped South Korea become a viable threat to North Korea instead of turning it into a “proxy State” that not only does the bidding of the U.S., but relies on the U.S. Military. We should have made them self-sufficient.

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Does socialism exist in the world today? by Eric Ruder


this shop is controlled by its workers

Image by newrambler via Flickr

by Eric Ruder
Nov. 22, 2010

What most people call “socialism” has very little to do with workers’ control of society–or what a real socialist society would entail. Eric Ruder looks at why.

MORE THAN a third of Americans have a positive image of “socialism,” according to recent Gallup and Rasmussen polls, but I think it’s safe to say that most Americans, even those who feel socialism would make a big improvement in their lives, have only a vague idea of what socialism might look like.

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Obama Needs an Enemy – Or Else, ‘What’s Up, Lame-duck?’ By Robert S. Becker

by Robert S. Becker
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
November 27, 2010

How quickly the meteoric prince has fallen to earth, with a thud.  The splashy campaigner has morphed into a cross between Neville Chamberlain, England’s Nazi appeaser, and George Armstrong Custer, rushing to get ambushed at the Little Big Horn.  Few recall Chamberlain, whose compromises to belligerent Hitler spurred, rather than deflected war – not that I am offering any absurd Nazi parallels.   And yet, appeasing bullies from the get-go is curious strategy for a newcomer once rich with political capital.

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Helen Caldicott on the Nuclear Power Conspiracy + Our Childrens’ Legacy


Chernobyl radiation map 1996

mediasanctuary | November 27, 2010

http://www.mediasanctuary.org http://www.helencaldicott.org Noted anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott speaks about the effect of radiation on children, calling for a revival of anti-nuclear activism. Excerpted from a talk at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY on November 13, 2010.

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Michael Parenti: The Myth of the Founding Fathers (1990)

by Michael Parenti
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Dandelion Salad
Nov. 27, 2010


As the United States government claims to spread democracy around the world and is deeply involved in ghost writing constitutions for other countries, the spotlight falls back on this country. Is the current US system a democracy, – has it ever been one? In The Myth of the Founding Fathers Michael Parenti takes us back to the early days of the republic. Who were the founding fathers, what were their goals in writing the US constitution? Who did they exclude and who did they favor? What was their attitude towards slavery? How many of them actually wanted to create a monarchy? And who, in the end, ratified the constitution after it was written?

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The Harvest: Farming Sustainably in New York


Seed and wither flower of buckwheat

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lauraflanders | November 24, 2010

Eating less meat might be better for the world, but it can definitely be delicious. Buckwheat is actually a fruit, a grain substitute that can be excellent for those with gluten sensitivities, or just a nice alternative to the usual. GRITtv’s Danya Abt and Zac Halberd took a trip up to Ithaca, NY to visit the buckwheat fields, where Erick Smith, Greg Mol and Shane Hardy of Cayuga Organics took her from the field to the flour mill, introducing us to the challenges of sustainable farming and its many rewards.

Thanks to Kevin McHugh and the Andrew Oliver Kora Band for the music! Distributed by Tubemogul.

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Truth About Global Economic Crisis: Book Review by Joel S. Hirschhorn

by Joel S. Hirschhorn
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Nov. 26, 2010

You want to read The Global Economic Crisis The Great Depression of the XXI Century, edited by Michel Chossudovsky and Andrew Gavin Marshall, if you meet these criteria: you welcome information and analysis about critically important issues that come from great thinkers outside the mainstream media and publishing world; you can handle brain pain from detailed and brutally honest revelations; you are willing and able to challenge your own biases and preconceptions to let in new explanations of how the world really functions.

If millions of Americans read this book, we would probably see a far stronger uprising against the political establishment that has refused to severely punish the countless guilty people in the financial, banking and mortgage sectors that brought down the US and global economic system.

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Cut to the political heart of a U.S. holiday on the brink by Roxanne Amico

Sent to DS by the author.

by Roxanne Amico
Dandelion Salad
Spiritmorph Studio
Nov. 25, 2010

This is a post I wrote on “Thanksgiving Day.” [Before that is this very important reminder that “natural gas fracking” (DRILLING) has already been proven lethally dangerous to all land, air, water, food, and the communities living nearby.  So, there is a protest about it on Thursday, December 9th. Info about that is below.]

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Derrick Jensen: It’s Very Important for Us to Start to Build a Culture of Resistance, Part 2


Endgame (Derrick Jensen books)

Endgame (Derrick Jensen books) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Democracy Now!
Nov. 26, 2010

Author and Activist Derrick Jensen: “The Dominant Culture is Killing the Planet…It’s Very Important for Us to Start to Build a Culture of Resistance”

We speak with Derrick Jensen, who has been called the poet-philosopher of the ecological movement. He has written some 15 books critiquing contemporary society and the destruction of the environment. His many books include A Language Older than Words, Endgame, What We Left Behind, Resistance against Empire, and Deep Green Resistance. “I think a lot of us are increasingly recognizing that the dominant culture is killing the planet,” Jensen says. “I think it’s very important for us to start to build a culture of resistance, because what we’re doing isn’t working, clearly.” [includes rush transcript]

via Author and Activist Derrick Jensen: “The Dominant Culture is Killing the Planet…It’s Very Important for Us to Start to Build a Culture of Resistance”

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Raj Patel: Global food justice


Now this is a fresh tomato

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

AlJazeeraEnglish | November 25, 2010

With more than one billion people around the world considered overweight, why are so many others still starving and struggling to fill their plates?

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Michael Parenti: Functions of Fascism (1990)

by Michael Parenti
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Dandelion Salad
Nov. 26, 2010

Date Recorded: 1990-11-30

Parenti says that fascism is a new order and consciousness that served the same old power structure and promised to solve the ills of the many while protecting the interests of the few. He answers in detail who financed the Fascist parties and what services the fascists rendered in return. Many of the measures enacted by fascists were frighteningly similar to those enacted today: They include the privatization of state owned enterprises, reduction of corporate taxes and inheritance taxes, defeat of unions, and the suspension of civil liberties.

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