War And The Health Of The State: What Causes War, Part 1 by Arthur D. Robbins

End the Endless Wars!

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by Arthur D. Robbins
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained
March 24, 2017

War has indeed become perpetual and peace no longer even a fleeting wish nor a distant memory. We have become habituated to the rumblings of war and the steady drum beat of propaganda about war’s necessity and the noble motives that inspire it. We will close hospitals. We will close schools. We will close libraries and museums. We will sell off our park lands and water supply. [1] People will sleep on the streets and go hungry. The war machine will go on.

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The Omission of Facts, by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
March 22, 2017

It is not just Donald Trump whose rhetoric is chronically bereft of reality. Politicians, reporters, commentators and academics are often similarly untethered to hard facts, albeit not for narcissistic enjoyment. There are many patterns of fact, relevant to a subject being discussed, that are off the table—either consciously or because they are deemed inconvenient. Rarely are there omissions due to the facts being hard to get or inaccessible.

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Sheldon Wolin: Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? Parts 1-8, interviewed by Chris Hedges

Fight Racism Fight Imperialism - Anti-Trump protesters start to gather in London's Trafalgar Square.

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Posted previously Oct 22, 2014

Journalist Chris Hedges interviews political philosopher Sheldon Wolin, who says democracy cannot exist without continuous opposition and vigilance on the part of the citizenry.

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Chris Hedges: The Rise of American Imperialism

US Imperialism

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Mar 18, 2017

On this week’s On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the rise of American imperialism with Stephen Kinzer, author of “The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire”. RT Correspondent looks back to the beginning of America’s overseas expansion.

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Abby Martin Exposes Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Mar 14, 2017

Steve Bannon has been propelled over the last year from fringe media outlier to top propagandist of the U.S. Empire as Trump’s Chief Strategist.

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John Pilger: There is Already Nuclear War Because the Threat of Nuclear War is Part of Warfare

armageddon

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with John Pilger

RayHenman on Mar 11, 2017

From the Riverside Theatre Parramatta, Sydney Australia 2017

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White Helmets Video, Macabre Manipulation of Dead Children and Staged Chemical Weapons Attack to Justify a “No-Fly Zone” in Syria by Marcello Ferrada de Noli

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The video below may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

by Marcello Ferrada de Noli
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The Indicter, March 6, 2017
March 10, 2017

An examination of a White Helmets video, conducted by Swedish medical doctors, specialists in various fields, including paediatrics, have revealed that the life-saving procedures seen in the film are incorrect – in fact life-threatening – or simply fake, including simulated emergency resuscitation techniques being used on already lifeless children.

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Ralph Nader: Corporate Crime, Corporate Violence, Corporate Welfare, and Corporate Regulations

Corporate Threat to Liberty (Painting)

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with Ralph Nader

GVFJ on Mar 6, 2017

Ralph Nader, founder of Consumer Protection, gave a talk at University of La Verne on the topic of Empowering People in the Trump Era based on his latest book Breaking Through Power.

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The United States and the Russian Devil: 1917-2017 by William Blum

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
March 7, 2017

The United States and the Russian Devil: 1917-2017

Conservatives have had a very hard time getting over President Trump’s much-repeated response to Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly’s calling Russian president Vladimir Putin “a killer”. Replied Trump: “There are a lot of killers. We have a lot of killers. You think our country is so innocent?”

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SPIN: The Art of Selling War (2004)

Corporate Greed

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Originally posted June 15, 2011

on Jan 29, 2007

Directed by Josh Rushing, a veteran Marine Corps media spokesman, “SPIN: The Art of Selling War” is an investigative documentary that looks at the standard justification for going to war by the American administrations of past and present.

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Ralph Nader: Trump’s Attack on the EPA and Regulatory Agencies Will be a Disaster

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with Ralph Nader

TheRealNews on Mar 1, 2017

Ralph Nader tells Paul Jay that Trump’s attack on the EPA and regulatory agencies will be a disaster.

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The Top Way In Which Military Spending Kills Is Not With Any Weapon by David Swanson + 2 Video Reports

U.S. Out Of Everywhere

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 28, 2017

Trump proposes to increase U.S. military spending by $54 billion, and to take that $54 billion out of the other portions of the above budget, including in particular, he says, foreign aid. If you can’t find foreign aid on the chart above, that’s because it is a portion of that little dark green slice called International Affairs. To take $54 billion out of foreign aid, you would have to cut foreign aid by approximately 200 percent.

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Thirty Seconds To Midnight – The Final Wake Up Call

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Regis Tremblay on Feb 23, 2017

Filmmaker Regis Tremblay states what few others dare to say. Humanity is on the brink of extinction! Nuclear power is not safe. 48 of America’s nuclear power plants are leaking and there is no way to get rid of nuclear waste. America’s reckless provocations of both Russia and China, two nuclear-armed countries, risk a nuclear holocaust from which no one survives. Climate change and global warming, if not mitigated immediately, will end the human experiment on earth sooner rather than later.

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Glenn Greenwald: Flynn-Russia Leaks: Highly Illegal and Wholly Justified + How Israel Is Turning into an Apartheid-Like State

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Democracy Now! on Feb 16, 2017

http://democracynow.org – While congressional Democrats and some Republicans are pushing for probes into President Trump’s ties to Russia, Trump has focused largely on going after those who have leaked information to the press. On Monday, Trump’s national security adviser was forced to resign after The Washington Post reported on leaks of classified intelligence revealing that Flynn had engaged in talks with the Russian ambassador to the United States during the transition period, while Barack Obama was still president. In a tweet this morning, Trump wrote, “The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!” On Wednesday, he wrote, “Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?).Just like Russia.” We speak to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept.

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Which Washington Crimes Matter Most? by David Swanson + Flynn’s Head Rolls. Is Trump’s Next? by Finian Cunningham

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 15, 2017

Michael Flynn participated in mass murder and destruction in Afghanistan and Iraq, advocated for torture, and manufactured false cases for war against Iran. He and anyone who appointed him to office and kept him there should be removed from and disqualified for public service. (Though I still appreciate his blurting out the obvious regarding the counterproductive results of drone murders.)

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