Ecological and Economic Reality by Chris Clugston

by Chris Clugston
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
August 23, 2011

The relationship between ecology and economics

Our persistent global economic malaise is rooted in ecology. As a consequence of our ever-increasing exploitation since the inception of our industrial revolution, the vast majority of earth’s finite and non-replenishing nonrenewable natural resources (NNRs)—fossil fuels, metals, and non-metallic minerals—are becoming increasingly scarce globally.

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Joe Lauria: The evolving corporate coup d’etat, interviewed by Peter B. Collins and Sibel Edmonds

by Peter B. Collins and Sibel Edmonds
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Originally published by Boiling Frogs Post
August 26, 2011

Power of the people

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Joe Lauria is back from his three month long trip to the Middle East, which included, among others, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, and Israel, and shares with us his impressions and analyses on the uprisings in some of these countries, especially in Egypt, where he spent the most time. He discusses the upcoming vote on Palestinian UN membership next month, and the possible implications of planned demonstrations by Palestinians and sympathetic Israelis inspired by the recent nonviolent protests in the region. Continue reading

Dark Horizon for Verizon by Ralph Nader

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Aug. 23, 2011

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It was only a matter of time before the “pull down” NAFTA and WTO trade agreements on U.S. wages and jobs would be followed by “pull down” contract demands by U.S. corporations on their unionized workers toward levels of non-unionized laborers.

The most recent illustration of this three-decade reversal of nearly a century of American economic advances for employees is the numerous demands by Verizon.

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Toxic Lead to Cover Iowa Killing Fields by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
August 26, 2011

Mourning Dove on her nest

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Iowa, which gave us the carnival known as the Iowa Straw Poll and artery-clogging Deep Fried butter, will unleash another health problem, beginning Sept. 1.

The Iowa legislature last year approved a dove hunting season, the first in more than nine decades. However, the state’s Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Commission (DNR) banned the use of lead shot and bullets.

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Twisted up by a super coup d’etat by Bruce Gagnon

by Bruce Gagnon
featured writer
Dandelion Salad
Organizing Notes
August 27, 2011

Protest against US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.

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The Boston Globe had a blaring headline on August 14: ‘Doomsday’ defense cuts directly affect panel members – Large military contractors are in their states.

Put your ear to the railroad tracks and you can hear the train coming. Now that the new 12-member Congressional “Super Committee” has essentially been given the power of God (and the Devil) the military industrial complex, and their appendage called the corporate media, are swinging into action. Continue reading

Vittorio Arrigoni: Murderers to be tried in September by Michele Giorgio, translation by Daniela Loffreda

We are all Vittorio Arrigoni

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by Michele Giorgio
translation by Daniela Loffreda
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
August 27, 2011

The trial for the two Palestinians implicated in the 15 April kidnapping and murder of the Italian journalist and activist should begin on 8 September 2011.

In recent days we have truly felt the loss of Vittorio Arrigoni. The man we loved to call “Vik” spoiled us with accurate real time information on what was happening in Gaza, without neglecting the smallest of details. Continue reading

“The 15% Solution,” Serialization, 19th Installment: Chapter Eighteen: 2020: The Second Final Solution

Note: The Preface and Chapters One through Seventeen can be found here: The 15% Solution

by Jonathan Westminster, Ph.D. aka Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
crossposted on
August 28, 2011

This is the nineteenth installment of the serialization of a book entitled The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022.  Continue reading

Killing the Truth: Western Mainstream Media Complicit in NATO War Crimes in Libya by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
25 August 2011

US Out of Libya

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Libya represents a new low in Western government war crimes – which is something of a disturbing record given the decades of war criminality by these governments.

In Libya, not only is there the criminal military assault on a sovereign country, the destruction of civilian infrastructure, the murder of women and children, and all the violation of international law that that entails – we now have the complete lobotomisation of language and normal meaning of words.

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Michel Chossudovsky: The West Wants to take Control of Libya’s Oil Wealth + Pepe Escobar: Al-Qaeda asset leading rebels in Tripoli

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by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, August 27, 2011
Press TV, Aug 25, 2011

Interview with Michel Chossudovsky, Director of Centre for Research on Globalization.

While Libyan revolutionaries have not yet won the war in the oil-rich country, Western powers are already discussing the post-Gaddafi period on such issues as how the interim government there needs to honor its oil contracts.

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Riotgate: Dispatch from East London by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
London, England
25 August 2011

Bruce Grove

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“Stuff happens and it’s untidy, and freedom’s untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things.” Donald Rumsfeld on Iraq looting (April 11, 2003.)

From afar we have heard the politicians, the social scientists, the psychologists. It is “feral youth”, “black youth”, “low  life scum living off the State” (say the millionaire politicians in charge of the State, living off it courtesy the tax payer.) The “lazy”, the “feckless”, “people from sink estates”, are responsible – and so it goes on.

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Deaths as Hurricane Irene batters U.S. East Coast

East Village Hurricane Irene 2011 Shankbone

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on Aug 27, 2011

Millions of people are taking shelter along the American east coast.

Hurricane Irene is not the most powerful storm on record, but still large enough to cause damage.

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Chris Hedges: Obama: Brand for the Corporate State

with Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
August 25, 2011


on Aug 24, 2011

Chris Hedges is on the show to discuss Libya, the imperial presidency as he calls it, and our already-bought supposedly bipartisan super committee that’s about to unleash drastic cuts on the American people.

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Hamptons Hurricane: A Bankers’ Katrina by Greg Palast + Katrina Victims Still Seek Justice

Updated: Aug. 29, 2011 added video

by Greg Palast
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
August 26, 2011

Eastern New Orleans half a year after Hurrican...

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Don’t worry:  the bankers are safe.  The sub-prime sharks, derivatives divas, media mavens and their hairdressers, their trophy wives and their trophies’ personal trainers, the movers and shakers and money-makers, are all out of danger. Despite the warning that in a couple of days Hurricane Irene could well hit The Hamptons, the beach of the best of the ruling class will not lose a tan line.

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American Decline: Causes and Consequences by Noam Chomsky

by Noam Chomsky
Al Akhbar English
August 24, 2011

ha ha capitalism, you suck

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In the 2011 summer issue of the journal of the American Academy of Political Science, we read that it is “a common theme” that the United States, which “only a few years ago was hailed to stride the world as a colossus with unparalleled power and unmatched appeal – is in decline, ominously facing the prospect of its final decay.” Continue reading