Category Archives: Crime and or Corruption

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
michael-hudson.com
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

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

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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

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with Greg Palast
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.gregpalast.com
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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Dandelion Salad

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

The Global Banking Game Is Rigged, and the FDIC Is Suing by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
April 13, 2014

Taxpayers are paying billions of dollars for a swindle pulled off by the world’s biggest banks, using a form of derivative called interest-rate swaps; and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has now joined a chorus of litigants suing over it. According to an SEIU report:

Derivatives… have turned into a windfall for banks and a nightmare for taxpayers…. While banks are still collecting fixed rates of 3 to 6 percent, they are now regularly paying public entities as little as a tenth of one percent on the outstanding bonds, with rates expected to remain low in the future. Over the life of the deals, banks are now projected to collect billions more than they pay state and local governments – an outcome which amounts to a second bailout for banks, this one paid directly out of state and local budgets.

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Chris Hedges: The New Global Neo-feudalism Society (Q&A)

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with Chris Hedges

Capitalism Isn't Working

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LeighaCohen on Apr 10, 2014

The Q&A questions included: The difficulties in US media to gain funding for progressive films and the films present distribution especially in US Prisons, the history of how the US became the leading country in the world in mass incarceration, the US two tier legal system and society, how the US Democratic system is broken, the decrease and destruction of traditional progressive organizations movements in the US, a blistering attack by Chris Hedges of the Clinton Presidency, how the drug war has had severe negative consequences within the US and also in Mexico and South America, the creation of what Chris Hedges calls a new global neo-feudalism society and the need for the re-creation of progressive mass movements for social change.

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Ralph Nader Radio: Sugar, McCutcheon, Climate Change, Oil Spills and Army Food

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Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
April 8, 2014

Ralph carves up Antonin Scalia and “Corporate Welfare King,” Rush Limbaugh, points out how Exxon actually made money on the Exxon/Valdez oil spill; and we discuss whether Germany actually won World War II, and the one position that Ralph took that he now regrets. Continue reading

Boycott Corporatocracy! Boycott Corrupt Elections! by Rivera Sun

by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Popular Resistance
April 6, 2014

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The recent Supreme Court ruling removing limits to campaign financing should be the final straw on the camel’s back of the American people. Democracy in our country is a standing joke . . . and the trend of politics-for-sale is no longer funny. Wealthy elites and mega-corporations have created a modern day Court of Versailles in which the super-wealthy profit from the abject poverty of the rest of us. The Marie Antoinette’s of our day cut food stamps for impoverished children while crying, “Let them work for their cake!” Continue reading