Fukushima is Still SNAFU + Fukushima Radiation Leaks Rise Sharply by William Boardman

by William Boardman
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on readersupportednews.org, July 7, 2013
July 13, 2013

Testing Radiation in Fish at Fukushima Agricultural Cooperative Center

Image by U.S.-Japan Council via Flickr

More than two years after the initial meltdowns, Fukushima is still SNAFU

The first thing to know about the danger from the radioactive mass remaining in the three reactors that melted down at Fukushima is that nobody knows how much radioactive material there is, nobody knows how much uranium and plutonium it contains, and nobody knows how to make it safe – so no one knows how great the continuing danger is.

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If You See Something, Say Something by Jill Dalton

by Jill Dalton
Writer, Dandelion Salad
recoveringarmybrat, July 7, 2013
July 13, 2013

Plak surprise

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I’m finding New York City harder and harder to deal with. First, I’m accosted by the “If you see something, say something” signs painted on the steps in the subway stations. And once I’m on the train there’s the disembodied voice straight out of Orwell’s “1984” warning me, “If you see a suspicious package, we have the right to search all bags and backpacks; if you see something, say something;” and on and on it drones.

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Global Power Project, Part 5: Banking on Influence With Goldman Sachs by Andrew Gavin Marshall

Lloyd Blankfein, CEO Goldman Sachs

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by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
http://andrewgavinmarshall.com, July 10, 2013
Originally published on Occupy.com
July 13, 2013

Anyone who has paid even minimal attention to the global economic and financial crises gripping the world since 2007 has heard the name Goldman Sachs.

One of the largest banks in the United States, Goldman Sachs was central to the process of creating the housing bubble that popped in 2007-8, which led to the largest economic crisis since the Great Depression. As Matt Taibbi famously documented in Rolling Stone, Goldman has been involved in “every major market manipulation since the Great Depression,” profiting along the way as “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.”

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Resurrecting Gulliver by Joseph Natoli

Travels of a New Gulliverby Joseph Natoli
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 8, 2013

Why I Created a Millennial Lemuel Gulliver and Wrote Travels of a New Gulliver

“Investments in zero-carbon energy are relatively inexpensive and good for the economy . . . But it’s tough –pointless? — to make these arguments to the energy companies and their Congressional lackeys, who will fight as they have been effectively paid to do.” — Mark Bittman, “Let’s Not Braise The Planet,” NY Times, July 2, 2013

All manner of crises, fierce arguing, unfathomable advocacies, and Yahoo level (Jonathan Swift’s “Yahooes” and not the search engine) absurdities accompanied me as I wrote Travels of a New Gulliver over the past three years.

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Meet the Next Country That Might Explode into Protests Against Corporate Plunder and Slave Labor Working Conditions by Andrew Gavin Marshall

May Day in Indonesia

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by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
http://andrewgavinmarshall.com July 8, 2013
Originally published on AlterNet, July 4, 2013
July 13, 2013

Will the wave of global unrest crash on Indonesia next?

Indonesia – a Southeast Asian archipelago that is home to the largest Muslim population on Earth – is a key global hot spot for corporate plundering, worker exploitation, land grabs and environmental devastation. Continue reading