Noam Chomsky: The Decline of the U.S. Empire

Nuclear Extinction

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with Noam Chomsky

teleSUR English on Feb 17, 2018

Noam Chomsky on the decline of the U.S. empire in an interview with teleSUR.

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The Environmental Christmas Hangover by Graham Peebles

Santa's Last Stand

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
February 11, 2018

Christmas may seem like a distant memory but the environmental effect of the annual consumer frenzy, over-indulgence and extravagance is lasting damage. And year on year the cost to the planet grows.

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Chris Hedges: The Earth, The City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race

Chris Hedges: The Earth, The City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race

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A note to Dandelion Salad readers: I updated Henry Wallace + Undoing the New Deal with Part 8 of the series.

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Feb 4, 2018

Carl Anthony, Author of The Earth, The City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race, discusses architecture as a form of oppression in the United States.

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Plastic Oceans, Poisoned Air, Criminal Neglect by Graham Peebles

the GREEN

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
January 29, 2018

Pollution has become an everyday affair; a murderous way of life which, according to a report published in The Lancet, is responsible for the deaths of at least nine million people every year. The air we breathe is poisoned, the streams, rivers, lakes and oceans are filthy, — some more, some less — the land littered with waste, the soil toxic. Neglect, complacency and exploitation characterize the attitude of governments, corporations and far too many individuals towards the life of the planet, and its rich interwoven ecological systems.

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Corporations Are A Mixture Of Humanity’s Greatest Nightmares

Toxic Vision

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 24, 2018

In ancient times, the unknown edges of maps held the words, Here be dragons. We’ve journeyed into those unexplored territories, and found not dragons, but monsters of our own creation, behemoths of the corporate state, which, like golems, rise to strength and power, undead and yet, not living.

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Trashing the Planet For Profit by William Bowles

Make Capitalism Extinct

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
January 8, 2018

Introduction

Before I began this essay I read through some of my past forays that mentioned climate change and capitalism, the first I think, being in 2006 where I opined in a piece on the ‘War on Terror’:
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Socialism: Creating a World to Change Our Lives by Sam Friedman (must-read)

Capitalism isn't working

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Republished with permission from Solidarity and Against The Current

by Sam Friedman
Solidarity and Against The Current, January-February 2017, #186
Originally posted Jan. 10, 2017
December 26, 2017

THERE IS A growing suspicion among many people involved in movements against war, for social justice, and for an ecologically sustainable society that capitalism can only create a world of war, injustice and environmental destruction. There is widespread and growing understanding that the current social order cannot continue without catastrophe occurring —yet we lack a vision of what might replace it.

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Vijay Prashad: The U.S. Celebrates The Culture of Death

World War 3 - III

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TheRealNews on Nov 8, 2017

President Trump’s presidency is so “annihilatonist” that it may very well be the last presidency of the United States says Professor Vijay Prashad at the CODEPINK Summit.

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Abby Martin: Decentralized Disaster Relief Fills Void, Part 3

Abby Martin: Decentralized Disaster Relief Fills Void, Part 3

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Nov 6, 2017

After uncovering total failure by the U.S. government to meet the needs of communities suffering in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Abby Martin meets the people who filled the void.

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William K. Black: Pollution Kills 9 Million People a Year

Pollution Kills 9 Million People a Year

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TheRealNews on Oct 25, 2017

Pollution causes far more deaths than tobacco, infectious disease or war, and causes 4.6 trillion dollars of economic damage per year, according to a major new study published in the British medical journal The Lancet.

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Chris Hedges: Radically Reconfiguring Our Relationship With the Planet

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Oct 22, 2017

Dr. James Hansen, former director of NASA’s Goddard Institute and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, discusses the urgent need to radically change our relationship with the planet. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the accelerating pace of climate change.

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Abby Martin: The Sacrifice Zones of Houston Before and After Hurricane Harvey, Part 2

Abby Martin: The Sacrifice Zones of Houston Before and After Hurricane Harvey

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Oct 18, 2017

In this second installment of special coverage Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath, Abby Martin explores how the petrochemical industry dominates the city and why its low-income, Black and Latino areas are in the highest-risk areas for flooding and pollution, earning them the name “sacrifice zones.”

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Abby Martin: After Hurricane Harvey, Abandoned Community Takes Charge, Part 1

Abby Martin: After Hurricane Harvey, Abandoned Community Takes Charge

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Oct 14, 2017

After a flurry of media attention, the devastation in Houston, Texas from Hurricane Harvey faded from public view. But after unprecedented floods and widespread destruction, the story is far from over.

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Gar Smith: Stones to Drones: A Short History of War on Earth (Transcript + Video)

World War 3 - XXXIII

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Republished with permission from David Swanson at World Beyond War

by Gar Smith
World Beyond War, Sept. 24, 2017
October 11, 2017

Gar Smith / World Beyond War #NoWar2017 Conference,
September 22-24 at American University in Washington, DC.

War is humanity’s deadliest activity. From 500 BC to AD 2000 history records more than 1000 [1,022] major documented wars. In the 20th Century, an estimated 165 wars killed as many as 258 million people — more than 6 percent of all the people born during the entire 20th century. WWII claimed the lives of 17 million soldiers and 34 million civilians. In today’s wars, 75 percent of those killed are civilians — mostly women, children, the elderly, and the poor.

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Big Institutions—Immunities, Impunities and Insanities by Ralph Nader

Solidarity (2 of 25)

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, Sept. 26, 2017
September 28, 2017

One of the first times I used the phrase “institutional insanity” was in 1973 to describe the behavior of scientist Dixy Lee Ray, chairperson of the presumed regulatory agency, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). I pointed out that her personal and academic roles were quite normal. But her running of the AEC—pressing for 1,000 nuclear plants in the U.S. by the year 2000 (there are 99 reactors left in operation now), and going easy on a deadly, taxpayer subsidized technology that was privately uninsurable, lacked a place to put its lethal radioactive wastes, a national security risk, replete with vast cost over-runs, immunities and impunities shielding culpable officials and executives, should a meltdown occur and take out a city or region (all to boil water to produce steam to make electricity)—was a case study in “institutional insanity.”

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