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America - We're Number One! Mass incarceration

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Netflix on Apr 17, 2020

Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay’s examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country’s history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America.

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The Corporate Origins of the Anti-Science “Reopen” Demonstrations, by Pete Dolack

Coronavirus graffiti, Leake Street

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, June 10, 2020
June 11, 2020

Many of the same extreme right operatives who created the “Tea Party” are behind the anti-science and anti-intellectual spectacles opposing measures designed to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. And with much the same agenda.

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The Ugly States of America, by Finian Cunningham

2020.06.03 Protesting the Murder of George Floyd, Washington, DC USA 155 50239

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Sputnik, June 8, 2020
June 9, 2020

The United States seems hopelessly riven with division, as the mass protests over the police killing of African-American man George Floyd reveal.

Protesters are calling for police forces accused of systematic racism to be defunded and disbanded. While opponents – many of whom seem to be supporters of President Trump – are calling for a tough law-and-order response to what they view as rioters and subversives.

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Joe or No? by Jim Kavanagh

Joe Biden - Caricature

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by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist, Apr. 22, 2020
April 24, 2020

Here we go again. Now that Bernie Sanders has completed his predictable circuit of loss and capitulation, leftists—those who stand for socialist and anti-imperialist, or even serious social-democratic and antiwar, politics—again confront the quadrennial quandary: Must one vote for the thoroughly neo-liberal and imperialist Democratic presidential nominee?

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Greg Palast: 17 Million Voters Purged from US Voter Rolls in 2 Years! + Suppressed: The Fight To Vote

black-vote

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with Greg Palast
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Greg Palast’s website
March 2, 2020

goingundergroundRT on Feb 29, 2020

We speak to investigative journalist Greg Palast about alleged voter suppression and vote-rigging in the United States. He discusses how millions of voters, primarily of colour have been purged off of voter rolls, the necessity of voter suppression for victory for Trump and the Republicans, partisan control of elections, the obstacles Bernie Sanders faces from the Democratic Party in allowing people to vote and more!

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Defeat or Impeach? The (Il)Logic of Impeachment by Jim Kavanagh + David Swanson: Are Dems Barking Up The Wrong Tree On Impeachment?

IMPEACH

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Updated: Nov. 28, 2019

by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist, Nov. 25, 2019
November 27, 2019

I’ve had the displeasure to watch some hours of the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment inquiry. It’s an excruciating spectacle, alternately boring, confusing, and infuriating.

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The Empire Steps Back: Trump Withdraws From Syria – Impeachment Now Possible by Jim Kavanagh

The Empire Steps Back: Trump Withdraws From Syria – Impeachment Now Possible by Jim Kavanagh

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by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist, Oct.18, 2019
October 22, 2019

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Notes on Inauthenticity in a Creeping Fascist Nuthouse by Paul Street

Donald Trump, Loretto street art

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, Oct. 18, 2019
October 20, 2019

Among the suggestions I would have made to the Yale philosophy professor Jason Stanley had I been an editor of his important book How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them (Random House, 2018), two seem particularly relevant in the present political juncture.

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Starve Out the DNC– Boycott The Democratic Party! by Michael Hudson

Starve Out the DNC-- Boycott The Democratic Party! by Michael Hudson

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 15, 2019

Why we need to abolish the Democratic National Committee, even if that means breaking up the Democratic Party

Thursday’s debate on Walt Disney’s ABC channel is shaping up as yet another shameless charade. The pretense is that we are to select who the Democratic presidential candidate will be. But the limited airing of their personalities reflects the fact that most Americans, as the Irish say, vote with their backsides, belonging to the informal but dominant party of non-voters who choose not to be sucked into legitimizing the bad choices put before them.

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Only Revolution Can Save Us by Paul Street

Sunday London...

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, Sept. 1, 2019
September 9, 2019

Is there no limit to the lethal and authoritarian absurdity of America, land of mass gun massacres like Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Aurora, Orlando, Las Vegas, Parkland, and now El Paso and Dayton among other pockmarked sites?

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Greg Palast: Corporate Interests Use Voter Purges To Disenfranchise Citizens + King Koch is Gone–David Koch Dead at 79

black-vote

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with Greg Palast
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Greg Palast’s website
August 25, 2019

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Fascism: A False Revolution by Michael Parenti

Fuck Fascism!

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Sept. 27, 2007
August 18, 2019

Fascism is a false revolution. It makes a revolutionary appeal without making an actual revolution. It propagates the widely proclaimed New Order while serving the same old moneyed interests.

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Wendell Potter: Medical Insurance Companies Can Decide Who Lives and Dies, Parts 1-7

Single payer healthcare now!

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Dandelion Salad

Trump and Pelosi Both Cater to Private Health Insurance – RAI with Wendell Potter (1/7)

TheRealNews on Apr 4, 2019

Trump’s “great healthcare plan” and opposition to Medicare for All’s “socialism” and Pelosi’s defense of the ACA and opposition to single-payer are both aimed at garnering support from the private insurance industry.

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Jews Stand Against the Smearing of Ilhan Omar + Phyllis Bennis: Ilhan Omar’s Denunciation of Israel Lobby is Not Anti-Semitism

Jews Stand Against the Smearing of Ilhan Omar + Phyllis Bennis: Ilhan Omar’s Denunciation of Israel Lobby is Not Anti-Semitism

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By the Editorial Staff
Socialist Worker
March 6, 2019

Congressional Democrats are attempting to discipline Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar for speaking critically about the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) — and more generally in defense of Palestinian rights — after smearing her as “anti-Semitic.” This comes at the same time that Omar, one of the only Muslim representatives in Congress, has been targeted for death threats and Islamophobic propaganda likening her to those who carried out the 9/11 attacks.

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The Russian Peace Threat by David Swanson + The REAL Reason The U.S. Wants Regime Change in Venezuela + Chris Hedges Slams NBC

The Russian Peace Threat by David Swanson + The REAL Reason The U.S. Wants Regime Change in Venezuela

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Feb. 1, 2019
February 5, 2019

A lot more energy is invested by people in theorizing what respectable and corrupt influences motivate members of the U.S. Congress than at least some members of the U.S. Congress invest in thinking or in having opinions at all. If you’ve ever been the victim of one of those Tonight Show videos in which they ask you and other bumbling idiots on the street in Los Angeles to name a country, any country, or something else that easy, and you couldn’t do it, you may enjoy watching videos of U.S. Congress Members clearly incapable of finding their own asses with a flashlight and a map. Are they opposed on principle to a coup in Venezuela, or in support of one? [Watch video below] Do they flip their position because of the party of the emperor in the White House or because of a “donation” to their campaign fund? Have they been swayed by this or that lobbyist or news report? Nope. None of it. They’re lucky if they can identify Venezuela as a place in South America where something or other happened recently. Some of these people, elected to run this so-called country, openly declare that they like to work in only one issue area, which doesn’t happen to be foreign policy. Some of them clearly oppose Trump only haphazardly and for some reason other than the babbling incoherence of his speech habits. Commentators have surmised that Trump addresses his fourth-grade-level logorrhea to the people with the misspelled signs at the fascist rallies, but it’s possible he’s actually a better communicator to Congress than some of his predecessors have been.

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