Dear Pres. Obama: Domestic Catastrophic Risk Demands Action by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
July 22, 2016

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
July 22, 2016

Dear President Obama:

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Vanishing the People’s Wealth to Make the Bosses Richer by Ralph Nader

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Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, July 11, 2016
July 14, 2016

Imagine you are a shareholder in a big company and the top executives are sitting on huge amounts of cash and are not interested in putting it to work through productive capital investments, research and development, reducing company debt or paying employees a higher wage. What would you want done about it? Since you and other shareholders are the owners of the company, you’d likely say “give us back our money in cash dividends.”

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The War on Weed Part II: Monsanto, Bayer, and the Push for Corporate Cannabis by Ellen Brown

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
July 7, 2016

California’s “Adult Use of Marijuana Act” (AUMA) is a voter initiative characterized as legalizing marijuana use. But critics warn that it will actually make access more difficult and expensive, squeeze home growers and small farmers out of the market, heighten criminal sanctions for violations, and open the door to patented, genetically modified (GMO) versions that must be purchased year after year.

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The War on Weed Is Winding Down – But Will Monsanto Be the Winner? by Ellen Brown

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
June 23, 2016

The war on cannabis that began in the 1930s seems to be coming to an end. Research shows that this natural plant, rather than posing a deadly danger to health, has a wide range of therapeutic benefits. But skeptics question the sudden push for legalization, which is largely funded by wealthy investors linked to Big Ag and Big Pharma.

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Abby Martin: Monsanto, America’s Monster

Linoleum Block Print Shows Monsanto No Love

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Jun 10, 2016

Few corporations in the world are as loathed—and as sinister—as Monsanto. But the threat it poses to people and planet could be reaching new heights, as the World Health Organization has recently upgraded Monsanto’s main product as carcinogenic to humans. With protests against the agrochemical giant held in over 40 countries in May, learn why the global movement against Monsanto is of critical importance to our future. In this episode of The Empire Files, Abby Martin issues a scathing expose on the corporate polluter, chronicling it’s rise to power, the collusion of its crimes by the US government, and highlighting the serious danger it puts us in today.

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Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader: History of The Corporate Coup d’etat

Money Corrupts

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with Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader

teleSUR English on Nov. 3, 2015

In this episode of Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges speaks with author, consumer advocate, and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader. Together, they trace the advancement of corporate control in the U.S. political system. teleSUR

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Monsanto and its Promoters vs. Freedom of Information by Ralph Nader

Linoleum Block Print Shows Monsanto No Love

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
October 2, 2015

Next year, the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) will celebrate its 50th anniversary as one of the finest laws our Congress has ever passed. It is a vital investigative tool for exposing government and corporate wrongdoing.

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Labor Day: The Unknown Holiday by Walter Brasch (repost)

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by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.walterbrasch.com
Originally published September 7, 2009
September 7, 2015

It’s Labor Day, and that means millions of Americans are celebrating. Most Americans have no idea what Labor Day is, other than self-serving political speeches, hot dogs, burgers, a pool party, and the last day of a three-day holiday. Few even know that Labor Day exists to allow people to remember and honor the struggles for respect, dignity, and acceptable wages and working conditions for the rank-and-file employees.

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A Corporate Whore of Congress by Ed Ciaccio

by Ed Ciaccio
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 10, 2015

(to the tune of “The Yellow Rose of Texas”)

I’m a corporate whore of Congress,
One of many Wall Street bought.
From voting for their greedy laws
I’m richer than I thought!
My colleagues here in Congress
Can’t help but all agree,
That a corporate whore of Congress
Is the only way to be!

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Goodbye Privacy, Hello Censorship If Secret #TISA Pact Is Approved by Pete Dolack

If you don’t want to live in the world like the TV series, Continuum, please act now. ~ DS

by Pete Dolack
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, Dec. 24, 2014
December 27, 2014

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Internet privacy and net neutrality would become things of the past if the secret Trade In Services Agreement comes to fruition. And on this one, the secrecy exceeds even that shrouding the two better-known corporate giveaways, the Trans-Pacific and Transatlantic partnerships. Continue reading

America’s Surveillance State, Part 4: The Surveillance Industrial Complex

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PressTV Documentaries on Oct 26, 2014

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We live in the United States of Surveillance — with cameras increasingly positioned on street corners and with much more invisible spying online and on the phone. Anyone who is paying attention knows that privacy could be out the window. All of this is not happening by accident -well funded powerful agencies and companies are engaged in the business of keeping tabs on what we do, what we say, and what we think.

To many in the world, today, the face of America also has A BIG NOSE for sniffing and sifting mountains of data—phone calls, emails and texts. And with many mouths silenced by paranoia to keep what they decide is secret, secret. America has become a Surveillance-Industrial State where everyone’s business has become its business, and where one huge US intelligence Agency has been given the sanction and unlimited amounts of money to spy on the whole world.

Mass Surveillance is the focus of this new 6 part investigative documentary series examining who is watching whom and why.

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Corporations Spy on Nonprofits with Impunity by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
August 22, 2014

Here’s a dirty little secret you won’t see in the daily papers: corporations conduct espionage against US nonprofit organizations without fear of being brought to justice.

Yes, that means using a great array of spycraft and snoopery, including planned electronic surveillance, wiretapping, information warfare, infiltration, dumpster diving and so much more.

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Elizabeth Kucinich: Congress Considers Blocking GMO Food Labeling + Action Alert

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RT America on Apr 10, 2014

Congress is considering a bill that would override state laws requiring labeling of genetically modified foods. Called the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014,” the bill would allow the Food and Drug Administration to set the standards for the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms, potentially eliminating more stringent standards set by individual states. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) introduced the legislation, saying there is no evidence foods containing GMOs are unsafe. RT’s Ameera David speaks with Elizabeth Kucinich, executive producer at GMO OMG, who believes the bill “obliterates” the progress made towards proper labeling in recent years.

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California’s Coming Minimum Wage Restoration by Ralph Nader

July 24:

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
March 7, 2014

If you haven’t yet heard of Ron Unz, you may soon. The conservative, successful software developer, theoretical physicist from Harvard and former publisher of the American Conservative magazine is launching a California initiative that asks voters in November to raise the state minimum wage to $12 per hour (it is now $8 an hour and is going to $9 an hour by July, 2014).

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The Cruel and Shameless Ideology of Corporatism by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
February 21, 2014

Like ravenous beasts of prey attacking a weakened antelope, the forces of subsidized capital and their mercenaries sunk their fangs into the United Auto Workers (UAW) and its organizing drive at the Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The UAW narrowly lost – 712 to 626 – and the baying pack of plutocrats exalted, as if they had just saved western civilization in the anti-union, lower-wage South.

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