Category Archives: Culture

Mind Control and the Liberating Counter-Language of William S. Burroughs by Rocket Kirchner

William S. Burroughs

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by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
January 19, 2016

From the beginning of time, the human race has been buried under an avalanche of a graveyard of definitions, immersed from birth till death.

Language is the number one form of mind control, framing issues barraging us day and night with government propaganda, corporate agendas, images, simulations, you name it. What is one to do?

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The Downsides of Cheap Abundance by Ralph Nader

Never Let Me Go

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Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
October 22, 2015

In college, Economics 101 is often described as the social science discipline that deals with the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. MIT Economist Paul Samuelson liked to focus on scarcity, or more specifically, the allocation of scarce resources. “Abundance” was always a pretty word with an idyllic connotation for Professor Samuelson. I often wonder why there weren’t a few classes about the real-life consequences of abundance, along with scarcity and people’s material welfare.

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Biosocial and Epigenetic Relativity of Human Nature: Relative to Political Economy, Technology, and Culture by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.

Pepetela - "O quase fim do mundo" ("Almost the world's end")

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by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on imperialismandthethirdworld, Sept. 7, 2015; written 1982
September 9, 2015, revised September 11, 2015

“It is a question of the Third World starting a new history of Man, a history which will have regard to the sometimes prodigious theses which Europe has put forward, but which will also not forget Europe’s crimes, of which the most horrible was committed in the heart of man, and consisted of the pathological tearing apart of his functions and the crumbling away of his unity.”
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth, (Fanon, 1963, p. 315).

“We all live under the constant threat of our own annihilation. Only by the most outrageous violation of ourselves have we achieved our capacity to live in relative adjustment to a civilization apparently driven to its own destruction.”
R. D. Laing, The Politics of Experience/The Bird of Paradise (R.D. Laing, 1967)

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Setting the Record Straight About the Apostle Paul by Rocket Kirchner

English: Saint paul arrested

Saint Paul arrested (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
June 26, 2015

The quest for the historic Jesus is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. It is tough. However, Paul the Apostle is a different matter entirely because Paul was just as much of a known quantity in the Ancient world first century A.D. as the Stoic philosopher Seneca, and the Jewish historian Philo.

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What’s a Slum? by Michael Parenti

by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Parenti Blog
www.michaelparenti.org
January 5, 2014

Claudio's Barber Shop

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When I was about thirteen-years-old I chanced upon an article in  Henry Luce’s Life magazine that described East Harlem (a Manhattan working class neighborhood)  as “a slum inhabited by beggar‑poor Italians, Negroes, and Puerto Ricans,” words that stung me and wedged in my memory.

“We live in a slum,” I mournfully reported to my father.

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Socialism: Change Has to Begin at the Roots by William T. Hathaway

Build a Peace Economy!

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by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Germany
August 3, 2013

Terrorists, serial killers, domestic murderers — their ghoulish deeds fill our news and popular entertainment, interspersed with wars, riots, and brutal repressions. Violence surrounds us.

Where does it come from?

The answer propagated by the mass media is that violence is human nature. It’s just the way people are.

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Taste Gaza: Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt Prepare a Dagga Salad

Dandelion Salad

Olive Oil Production in the West Bank

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lauraflanders·Mar 30, 2013

Co-Authors, Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt prepare a Dagga Salad and talk about the making of Gaza Kitchen. Go to GRITtv.org to see the full story.

“Under blockade from Israel and blocked off by Egypt, the sliver of land that is the Strip is most often seen in the West (when it’s seen at all), as a war zone or a humanitarian disaster, but the place is more than its pain. As Schmitt and El-Haddad show us, Gaza is also its food, it’s culture; not only what’s been lost, but also what is deliciously surviving.”

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Eating Horses in Paris by Michael Parenti

How do you like your horse?

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by Michael Parenti
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Michael Parenti Blog
www.michaelparenti.org
February 28, 2013

In 1951, only five years after World War II ended, I managed to make my way to Paris where I landed a job as a courier diplomatique (messenger boy) for the United Nations Sixth General Assembly. Despite the years of war and deprivation, Paris still was a special place with its history, its cafes, galleries, bridges, ornate edifices, and narrow winding cobblestone streets, some seemingly as old as the city itself.

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Our Strange TV Food World by Joseph Natoli

by Joseph Natoli
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
February 21, 2013

Day Sixty Five

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Gulliver’s Travels in Food & Farming: Chronicle Two

“[O]ur culture’s food madness tips into food psychosis, at least among those with keen appetites and the means to indulge them.” — Frank Bruni, “Dinner and Derangement,” NYTimes October 18, 2011

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When the War Comes Home by Jill Dalton

by Jill Dalton
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
recoveringarmybrat, Jan. 12, 2013
January 19, 2013

Walmart gun control ("hunting for low prices")

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YET ANOTHER MASS SHOOTING

Our country’s rocked by yet another mass shooting this time in Newtown, Connecticut.  This time a 20-year-old kid, Adam Lanza shot and killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, in their home then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School where he killed six adults including the principal and 20 children before killing himself.

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Chris Hedges: American Culture is Deeply Violent

Liquor Guns & Ammo

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with Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
January 19, 2013

canawareness·Jan 16, 2013

McMaster university, Hamilton, Ontario January 15 2012.
Chris Hedges speaks to a full room of people at the Gandhi lecture on non violence. He clearly states that American gun culture is rooted in white supremacy and a fear of black people. Then states that the American founding fathers where enthusiastic about committing genocide.

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First Pioneers by William T. Hathaway

by William T. Hathaway
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
December 2, 2012

Not sure what's more awesome, the history of Jewish pioneers in NM or the "role" of Noah Wyle

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Amazing but true: The first European settlers in what is now the USA weren’t English Puritans or French fur trappers but Sephardic Jews. Before the Mayflower sailed to America, Jews had fled the Spanish Inquisition and settled in what is now Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Although they were eventually absorbed into the mainstream culture, they built a real Jewish life here.

Who were these first pioneers? What happened that forced them to flee? What did they encounter in this far land? These questions fascinate me, and as I read what little we know about them and imagine their lives, a story emerges:

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A Thanksgiving Day Fast For Peace By Gary Corseri (2005; repost)

First published on Dandelion Salad in 2008. Originally published in 2005.

Beautiful Fall Day

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By Gary Corseri
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
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Ralph Nader: The Corporatization of Your Dreams

Dandelion Salad

Corporate States of America Day 12 Occupy Wall Street September 28 2011 Shankbone 54

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with Ralph Nader

Oct 25, 2012 by

[Presented by Speakers Committee and the Political Student Assembly, a part of USC Program Board.

Ralph Nader, Consumer Advocate & Former Green Party Candidate for President, will be at USC to discuss “The Corporatization of America” and what it means for your dreams, as well as his new book.] Continue reading

The Perversion of Scholarship by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Truthdig
July 30, 2012

Fraternities, sororities and football, along with other outsized athletic programs, have decimated most major American universities. Scholarship, inquiry, self-criticism, moral autonomy and a search for artistic and esoteric forms of expression—in short, the world of ethics, creativity and ideas—are shouted down by the drunken chants of fans in huge stadiums, the pathetic demands of rich alumni for national championships, and the elitism, racism and rigid definition of gender roles of Greek organizations. These hypermasculine systems perpetuate a culture of conformity and intolerance.  They have inverted the traditional values of scholarship to turn four years of college into a mindless quest for collective euphoria and athletic dominance.

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