“This Is Just the Beginning”: Forest Fires, Deadly Storms, Record Heat Reveal a Changed Climate

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High Park fire

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Jul 3, 2012 by

DemocracyNow.org – The past two weeks have witnessed the worst forest fires in Colorado history, a deadly Mid-Atlantic storm that left 23 dead and four million without power, and a record shattering heatwave across the East Coast and Midwest that has not seen since the Dust Bowl. More than 2,000 heat records have been broken in the past week. Continue reading

A Leftist Guide to the Fourth of July by Billy Wharton (repost)

by Billy Wharton
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
Examiner.com
originally published July 4, 2011
July 4, 2011

Statue of Liberty

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A neighbor illustrated the problem with the Fourth of July. He broke out a new bumper sticker for his car just in time for the annual celebration. The sticker promoted the US Navy with the slogan, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of all those who oppose us.” This twisted take on the spirit of the day is a perfect illustration of the worst American chauvinism that often pushes leftists and other progressives away from the holiday. However, as historians such as Howard Zinn have demonstrated, there are alternatives – there is a counter-narrative to American history that represents ordinary people. The Fourth of July is the perfect opportunity to discover it.

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Fracking in Ireland and Being Dependent on Halliburton’s Mud by Greg Palast

by Greg Palast
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.gregpalast.com
written for No Fracking Ireland
July 3, 2012

Pigs (pipeline inspection gauges) on White Island

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No Fracking Ireland presents Greg Palast in Dublin, Today 3. July
Connolly Books, Temple Bar – 1pm
The Ireland Institute – 7.30pm

Full info here

On the 20th of April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oilrig blew out in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven men instantly, then destroying 600 miles of coastline. On 9 September 2010, a natural gas pipeline exploded in San Bruno, California, burning eight to death, one of several recent pipeline explosions in the USA. In 1992, in Chicago, a gas pipe leaked and 18 houses exploded, incinerating three people.

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When you f*ck around with God’s country, you pay a price! by William Blum

by William Blum
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
July 3, 2012

Free Julian Assange - Free Bradley Manning - Support Wikileaks

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The Anti-Empire Report

Julian Assange

I’m sure most Americans are mighty proud of the fact that Julian Assange is so frightened of falling into the custody of the United States that he had to seek sanctuary in the embassy of Ecuador, a tiny and poor Third World country, without any way of knowing how it would turn out. He might be forced to be there for years. Continue reading