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

Single payer healthcare now!

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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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The Nation’s Enduring Apartheid by Paul Street

The Movement

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
January 2, 2019

It’s a little-acknowledged reality that housing markets distribute more than mere dwellings. That’s because people’s place in the social order is intimately related to their geographic location generally, and where they live specifically.

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Creeping Fascism by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
December 30, 2018

The talking heads I saw on cable news last week seemed baffled and disgusted by Donald Trump’s response to a black female reporter’s comment during his angry press conference following the midterm elections.

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Why Should Conservatives Be Socialists? by The Anti-Social Socialist

Dear Capitalism...

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“The worship of the ancient golden calf has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose.” — Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, Nov. 24, 2013

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US, Britain Push Yemen Ceasefire as Tactic to Defeat Houthis by Finian Cunningham + Wilkerson: US & UK Not Truly Committed to Ending Saudi ‘Total War’ on Yemen

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
November 16, 2018

At first glance, it may seem like a positive move. The Trump administration and London are both putting pressure on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to implement a ceasefire in Yemen’s atrocious war. Washington and London are also calling for warring sides to enter into peace negotiations within a month.

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The Openly Plutocratic Domination of U.S. Politics by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
November 14, 2018

So often, underlying structures and institutions of oppression escape serious scrutiny amid our country’s most high-profile political dramas. Take the recent conviction of Jason Van Dyke, the white Chicago police officer caught on tape four years ago firing 16 shots into 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

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MFTN: We Are Standing On The Sinking Titanic

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Dec. 13, 2017
October 23, 2018

Blockade the gangplanks of the Titanic! Shut down the boilers of the ship! Storm the stairs from steerage and seize the wheel!

We have passed the point where token victories, small handouts, and crumbs from banquet tables will help us. We have struck too many icebergs and the hull of our society has been breached. Band-Aids on shredded steel will not hold back the floodwaters of injustice.

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To the US Churches: Be Moved With Compassion Like Christ by Shawn S. Grandstaff

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by Shawn S. Grandstaff
Writer, Dandelion Salad
October 9, 2018

This is me on my soap box to people who want to Christianize government. I’m all about calling down the darkness and rolling over it with the kingdom of God. How did Christ defeat the kingdoms of this world? It’s very powerful and deep when you understand it. He built his kingdom by laying his life down for us instead of taking it up. He was showing us what his kingdom looks like and how it’s different than this world. It was upside down to them but in the Book of Acts the church was starting to turn it right side up. That doesn’t mean we’re sitting idly by just letting the world walk on us. What I believe it means we take a stand for life calling out that which is taking it. Showing people our love for what’s created in God’s image and likeness. We will win their souls in the process.

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“Taxpayer Money” Threatens Medicare-for-All (And Every Other Social Program) by Jim Kavanagh

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by Jim Kavanagh
The Polemicist, Sept. 18, 2018
September 20, 2018

Three assertions:

  • There is no such thing as “taxpayer money.”
  • Taxes do not pay for government spending. (Nor does debt. No revenue is needed.)
  • Leftists who continue to talk as if “taxpayer dollars” must be collected to “pay for” government programs are undermining Medicare-for-all and every other progressive policy initiative.

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Trump’s Sadist-in-Chief: Mick Mulvaney by Ralph Nader + Congress Finds Another Way To Punish Children

Capitalism Kills

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
June 28, 2018

Mr. Mulvaney’s title seems uninterestingly bureaucratic—director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). But as Trump’s chief hatchet man extraordinaire, Mugger Mick Mulvaney is easily one of the cruelest, most vicious presidential henchman in modern American history. From his powerful perch next door to the White House, he is carving a bloody trail against tens of millions of Americans who are poor, disabled, frail, and elderly. He has gone after defenseless children and injured or sick patients with little or no access to health care.

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Cambridge Analytica Ain’t Nuthin: Look Out For i360 and DataTrust by Greg Palast + Cambridge Analytica Uncovered

Cambridge Analytica Ain’t Nuthin: Look Out For i360 and DataTrust by Greg Palast + Cambridge Analytica Uncovered

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Updated: March 29, 2018

by Greg Palast
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Greg Palast’s website, Mar. 19, 2018
March 21, 2018

These companies have thousands of data points on YOU!!!

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Abby Martin: Corporate Lobbyists Use Intimidation, Not Bribery

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Mar 1, 2018

With the US mass shootings epidemic claiming 17 more lives at a school in Florida, there has been a nationwide outcry against multi-million-dollar lobbying by the National Rifle Association. But how the NRA, and other corporate giants, wield power and influence over the US government is mostly concealed by the very laws meant to strengthen democracy.

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Michael Hudson: Privatizing US Infrastructure Will Increase the Cost of Living

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson
February 13, 2018

TheRealNews on Feb 12, 2018

Trump’s infrastructure privatization plan is a hat trick that optimistically turns $200 billion into $1.5 trillion, is designed to eliminate the public sector and to bankrupt cities and states, says economist Michael Hudson.

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