Inequality, Social Dysfunction and Misery by Graham Peebles

Class war

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
June 10, 2018

Year on year the economic divisions and sub-divisions in the world deepen, the associated social ills increase: The rich, comfortable, and the very extremely rich keep getting richer, and the rest, well, whilst some may be raised up out of crippling poverty into relative poverty, the majority of people continue to live under a blanket of economic insecurity and largely remain where they are.

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Pat Elder: It’s Not A Volunteer Force, Amy. It’s A Recruited Force. + Militarizing Schools, Criminalizing Students

Thoughts and Prayers Don't Save Lives, student lie-in at the White House to protest gun laws

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Dandelion Salad

with Pat Elder
World Beyond War, Feb. 21, 2018
February 26, 2018

Part 1: Inside the U.S. Military Recruitment Program That Trained Nikolas Cruz to be “A Very Good Shot”

Democracy Now! on Feb 21, 2018

https://democracynow.org – Dozens of students who survived last week’s school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida have arrived in Tallahassee to push for new gun control measures. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Florida House of Representatives blocked a bid to bring up a bill to ban sales of assault-style rifles in the state. The Florida gunman, a 19-year-old white former student named Nikolas Cruz, was a member of the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program before he was expelled from the school. Cruz was also part of a four-person JROTC marksmanship team at the school which had received $10,000 in funding from the NRA. For more, we speak with Pat Elder, director of the National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy, an organization that confronts militarism in schools. He’s the author of Military Recruiting in the United States.

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The US Government Is The Largest Launderer Of Marijuana Cash In The Nation by Ellen Brown

Odeigorri II

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
January 24, 2018

In a blatant example of “do as I say, not as I do,” the US government is profiting handsomely by accepting marijuana cash in the payment of taxes while imposing huge penalties on banks for accepting it as deposits. Onerous reporting requirements are driving small local banks to sell out to Wall Street. Congress needs to harmonize federal with state law.

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Abby Martin: The US Opioid Crisis

Fuck Heroin

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Nov 29, 2017

A new phenomenon has emerged in the United States: 64,000 people died in 2016 of a drug overdose—with 80% from opioids—with levels of addiction nearly 500% higher over the last six years.

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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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Dandelion Salad

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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How Houston Was Left To Drown Under Hurricane Harvey by Seth Uzman

Coast Guard aircrews conduct flyovers to assess Texas ports

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Dandelion Salad

by Seth Uzman
Socialist Worker, Aug. 30, 2017
September 1, 2017

STORMS ARE natural, but what happens in response to them is not. Flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which smashed into the Gulf Coast on August 25, has left at least nine people dead, thousands in need of rescue on rooftops or in boats, hundreds of thousands more without power and tens of thousands in need of shelter.

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Dr. Robert Bullard: Houston’s “Unrestrained Capitalism” Made Harvey “Catastrophe Waiting to Happen”

Dr. Robert Bullard

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Democracy Now! on Aug 29, 2017

https://democracynow.org – The death toll continues to rise as massive amounts of rain from Hurricane Harvey flood Houston and other parts of Texas and Louisiana. The Houston police and Coast Guard have rescued over 6,000 people from their homes, but many remain stranded. Meteorologists forecast another foot of rain could fall on the region in the coming days. While the National Hurricane Center is now calling Harvey the biggest rainstorm on record, scientists have been predicting for years that climate change would result in massive storms like Harvey. We speak with Dr. Robert Bullard, known as the “father of environmental justice.” He is currently a distinguished professor at Texas Southern University. Dr. Bullard speaks to us from his home in Houston, which he needs to evacuate later this morning due to the rising Brazos River.

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Can the World Defend Itself from Omnicide? by Ralph Nader + How Big Pharma Created the Heroin Epidemic

Artificial Intelligence

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
July 27, 2017

Notice how more frequently we hear scientists tell us that we’re “wholly unprepared” for this peril or for that rising fatality toll? Turning away from such warnings may reduce immediate tension or anxiety, but only weakens the public awareness and distracts us from addressing the great challenges of our time, such as calamitous climate change, pandemics, and the rise of a host of other self-inflicted disasters.

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Chris Hedges: The Fatal Addiction + How Big Pharma Created the Heroin Epidemic

Fuck Heroin

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jun 10, 2017

Heroin is now the leading cause of death in Americans under 50. In a special edition of On Contact, Chris Hedges travels to Sayerville, New Jersey to share the story of one of those victims, Shannon Miller, who died of an overdose at the age of 23.

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Grotesque Inequality and Anxiety by Graham Peebles

Solidarity (3 of 25)

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
May 5, 2017

Anxiety and depression are at unprecedented levels worldwide and the numbers are growing. The World Health Organization (WHO) describe it as an epidemic, and estimate that 615 million people are suffering from one or other of these debilitating diseases. A staggering number, that in all likelihood is an indication only of the depth of the problem; anxiety as documented by the WHO, is primarily a developed nation’s issue. The 800 million living in extreme poverty in India for example are not polled, and are too overwhelmed by the daily demand for survival to even question if they feel depressed or anxious; so too the 500 million living on the margins of life in sub-Saharan Africa, or rural China.

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Chris Hedges: The Failing Education System

Chris Hedges: The Failing Education System

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 8, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses how to salvage the American education system with Nikhil Goyal, author of “Schools on Trial: How Freedom and Creativity Can Fix Our Educational Malpractice”. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil explores the regimentation of education spurred by the No Child Left Behind Act.

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Self-Censored Questions by Career Questioners by Ralph Nader

Odeigorri II

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Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, April 3, 2017
April 5, 2017

I’ve always been intrigued by the major questions not asked by reporters at press conferences, not asked by legislators at public hearings or even the questions citizens at town meetings don’t ask public officials. It’s not that they do not know about or could not easily become informed enough about a given issue and ask substantive questions. It’s just that so many taboos are packed into these questioners’ ideological mindset, career goals or concern with what other people over them might think. Maybe it is a culturally-rooted fear of challenging entrenched power brokers.

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Universal Basic Income–Not The Answer, Yet But Needs To Be Discussed by Graham Peebles

Christian Aid's Poverty can be eradicated poster

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
March 17, 2017

Poverty blights the lives of billions of people throughout the world: in developing countries, where it is acute, and industrialised nations, where it’s hidden but growing. It rises out of social injustice, makes exploitation and abuse inevitable, brings death and disease, robs people of opportunity and dignity, feeds anger and resentment.

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We Live in a World of Environmental Inequality by Graham Peebles

the GREEN

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
December 11, 2016

S.O.P. Save Our Planet–Worldwide Air Pollution is making us Ill

The man-made environmental catastrophe is the severest issue facing humanity. It should be the number one priority for governments, but despite repeated calls from scientists, environmental groups and concerned citizens for years, short-term policies and economic self-interest are consistently given priority over the integrity of the planet and the health of the population.

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Chris Hedges: Standing Rock Resistance (#NoDAPL)

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT on Nov 26, 2016

On a special edition of On Contact, Chris Hedges travels to the Standing Rock encampment in North Dakota to listen to the frontline voices of those fighting to block the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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