Category Archives: Crime and or Corruption

A Long Time For Killing by Michael Parenti

May 2, 2015 Justice For Freddie Gray Baltimore Victory Rally 4

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 22, 2015

Today, across the nation, we witness homicidal violence delivered against unarmed people by law enforcement officers. These beatings and killings are carried out with something close to impunity. The cops almost always get away with murder. Moreover, these crimes are nothing new; they are longstanding in practice.

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Chris Hedges and Leo Panitch: The American Left Needs To Get Its Shit Together, Part 2

Occupy Greek solidarity

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with Chris Hedges and Leo Panitch

teleSUR English on Sep 14, 2015

In this episode of Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges continues his conversation on global neoliberalism with author and professor Leo Panitch. They name its beneficiaries, the global financial elite; as well as its victims ­ particularly, the people of Greece. Together, they examine how to bring about revolutionary change in the face of imposed austerity and political suppression. teleSUR

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Thomas Drake: From 9/11 to Mass Surveillance, The Man Who Knew Too Much (must-see)

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with Thomas Drake

Part 1

TheRealNews on Aug 2, 2015

On Reality Asserts Itself, former NSA senior executive Mr. Drake and host Paul Jay talk about the “dark state” and how 9/11 opens up disturbing questions about power, who we are, who’s in charge and the secret subversion of the U.S. constitution.

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Ukraine Labor Dares Operation Vulture by Michael Hudson

Mineworkers and members of the Independent Trade Union of Miners (NPGU) in Ukraine's Donetsk region. Through Solidarity Center support, union members participate in trainings and regional exchanges. Credit: Solidarity Center. 2014.

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 28, 2015

Ukraine’s collapse since the February 2014 coup has become an umbrella for grabitization. Collateral damage in this free-for-all has been labor. Many workers are simply not getting paid, and what they actually is being paid is often illegally low. Employers are taking whatever money is in their business accounts and squirreling it away – preferably abroad, or at least in foreign currency.

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A Corporate Whore of Congress by Ed Ciaccio

by Ed Ciaccio
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 10, 2015

Criminal, Corporate, Congress

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(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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Michael Hudson: Pensions of Union Workers Cut in Federal Budget


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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 5, 2015

TheRealNews on Jan 5, 2015

UMKC Economics Professor Michael Hudson discusses how Wall Street will profit as workers’ pensions get slashed.

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America’s Surveillance State, Part 1: The Surveillance Machine

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PressTV Documentaries on Oct 22, 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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Ralph Nader and Grover Norquist Agree on Corporate Welfare and Auditing the Pentagon

Dandelion Salad

with Ralph Nader

Corporate welfare corrupts democracy

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The National Press Club on Sep 4, 2014

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader and anti-tax activist Grover Norquist spoke on issues where the left and right can come together at a National Press Club luncheon on Sept. 4, 2014.

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Ralph Nader: The Democracy Gap

Ralph Nader after the speech - Green Lecture

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Dandelion Salad

with Ralph Nader

Commonwealth Club on Aug 26, 2014 Continue reading

Ralph Nader on TPP, GM Recall, Nuclear Power and the “Unstoppable” Left-Right Anti-Corporate Movement

Dandelion Salad

Updated: May 20, 2014

with Ralph Nader


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freespeechtv on Apr 28, 2014

Ralph Nader discusses his latest book, “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.” Nader highlights the common concerns shared by a wide swath of the American public, regardless of political orientation, including mass government surveillance, opposing nebulous free trade agreements, reforming the criminal justice system, and punishing criminal behavior on Wall Street. Nader also discusses the U.S. push for the sweeping Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, General Motors’ new bid to escape liability for its deadly ignition defect, the revived nuclear era under President Obama, and challenging U.S. militarism through the defense budget.

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Why Are We Doing Business With A Corrupt Global Banking Cartel? by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
April 23, 2014

Sixteen of the world’s largest banks have been caught colluding to rig global interest rates. Why are we doing business with a corrupt global banking cartel?

United States Attorney General Eric Holder has declared that the too-big-to-fail Wall Street banks are too big to prosecute. But an outraged California jury might have different ideas. As noted in the California legal newspaper The Daily Journal: Continue reading

Greg Palast: Exclusive Investigation Uncovers How BP Uses Bribes To Do Business

Egret - BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

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with Greg Palast
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Apr. 22, 2014

 on Apr 22, 2014

Four years after 200-million gallon BP oil spill, TRNN speaks with investigative journalist Greg Palast about BP’s collusion with government officials to get dodge safety regulations.

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Ralph Nader Radio: Airline Security, Safety, and Smoke; Tax Day; Electoral College and New Zealand

Tax the Rich

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
April 21, 2014

With Ralph in DC, David in LA and Steve in New Zealand, Ralph tells us how one airline made the mistake of bumping him from a flight, how Paul Ryan lives in a corporate bubble, how he might tweak our system of government, and how one irate gentleman once delighted in blowing smoke in his face. Continue reading

Ralph Nader: The U.S. is Teetering on the Verge of Being a Police State

Dandelion Salad

with Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader after the speech - Green Lecture

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strugglevideomedia on Apr 18, 2014

Ralph Nader speaks at a meeting about whistleblowers in Yale Law School, April 1, 2014.

As Jim Shelton reported in the New Haven Register, “Political firebrand Ralph Nader tore into the Obama administration’s claims of transparency Tuesday at Yale University, saying government spying and unchecked executive authority leaves the U.S. teetering on the verge of being a police state.” Continue reading

Ralph Nader Radio: Good Apps/Bad Apps/Good Contracts/Bad Contracts/Good Seeds/Bad Seeds, and More!

Net Neutrality is Under Attack!

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
April 14, 2014

Ralph pitches a couple of apps, explains how not to get screwed on contracts, and we ask him if the Comcast/Time-Warner merger is good for us. Take a wild guess. Continue reading