The Censorious Vortex of the “Flash News” Barons by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
September 20, 2017

For decades, the factors that decided what noteworthy stories would not find their way into print or on the air came down to the media’s ignorance, laziness or from advertising restraints. How else can one explain the many years that passed before the tobacco, auto and junk food industries became the subject of regular consumer reporting? For too long, the explosive material for good journalism in these and other areas had remained hidden in plain sight.

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Hurricane Irma’s Devastation: Nothing “Natural” About It by Deirdre Griswold + Video Reports

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by Deirdre Griswold
Workers World, Sept. 11. 2017
September 12, 2017

Sept. 11 — Scientists know it. The rash of powerful storms to hit the Caribbean and the Southern states of the U.S. in the last month was not “natural.” It was directly related to human-caused climate change and the “new normal” of warmer ocean temperatures and higher seas.

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Chris Hedges: Out of Print

Chris Hedges: Out of Print

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sept 10, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges is joined by former writers for The Village Voice, Tom Robbins and Michael Musto. The New York City alternative weekly newspaper announced recently it is ending its free print edition. Robbins, now an investigative journalist in residence at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and Musto, a columnist at NewNowNext, reminisce about the muckraking journalism and unrestrained commentary that appeared in the pages of the Voice. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the decline of print newspapers.

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The Indispensable Movement Can Cure Fake News: By Becoming the News by Patrick Walker

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by Patrick Walker
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 22, 2017

It’s Party Time on the Titanic–and Screw the Slobs in Steerage

“So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.” — Bob Dylan, “All Along the Watchtower”

Introduction: The Party to (Literally) End All Parties

Without hyperbole, this article will make a case for organizing a political movement—appropriately called “Indispensable”—that could literally save civilization. So, I wish to state my thesis up front, so that crucial thesis doesn’t get lost amid my arguments and documentation supporting it. That would be the worst conceivable case of readers—by a writer’s own fault—not seeing the forest for the trees.

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On The Beach 2017–The Beckoning of Nuclear War by John Pilger

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by John Pilger
John Pilger, August 4, 2017
August 7, 2017

The US submarine captain says,

“We’ve all got to die one day, some sooner and some later. The trouble always has been that you’re never ready, because you don’t know when it’s coming. Well, now we do know and there’s nothing to be done about it.”

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John Pilger: The Truth Game (1983)

John Pilger: The Truth Game (1983)

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

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Originally published July 21, 2007

with John Pilger

by John Pilger
www.johnpilger.com

John Pilger looks at world-wide propaganda surrounding the nuclear arms race.

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Chris Hedges: We Need To Dismantle the Power of the Corporate Oligarchy

Chris Hedges: We Need To Dismantle the Power of the Corporate Oligarchy

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with Chris Hedges

Rising Up With Sonali on Jul 13, 2017

The “i” word, impeachment, has once more become commonplace. But is potential collusion with Russia the worst thing that President Trump done? When we consider the relentless assault on constitutional rights, the cruel attacks on immigrants, the nods to white supremacists, the fueling of Islamophobia, the undermining of climate accords, and the huge number of industry and corporate representatives he has stacked his cabinet with, is the Russia story really the big one?

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Abby Martin: Supermarkets to Black Markets in Venezuela

Abby Martin: Supermarkets to Black Markets in Venezuela

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Jul 11, 2017

Abby Martin talks to Venezuelans on the streets of Caracas and investigates the main claim that there’s no free press, and that there is no food in the supermarkets.

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Nothing is More Important Right Now Than Preserving Net Neutrality

July 12th: Internet-Wide Day Of Action To Save Net Neutrality

July 12th: Internet-Wide Day Of Action To Save Net Neutrality

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Whatever issues you are interested in depend on keeping the Internet free and open. ~ Lo

From: Battle For The Net

July 12th: Internet-Wide Day Of Action To Save Net Neutrality

WHAT IS NET NEUTRALITY?

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U.S. War Justification Is in the Eye of the Beholder by David Swanson

U.S. Out Of Everywhere

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
Originally published in Counterpunch Volume 24 Number 3
June 28, 2017

The idea that the United States has a problem with war propaganda is typically scratched in a bad-apples manner with a story that the U.S. has set up a new propaganda agency, such as the Global Engagement Center, or hired a company, such as the Lincoln Group, to plant articles in foreign media. Or we’ll read a report that former generals are secretly picking up their talking points from the Pentagon and their income from weapons companies while appearing as objective commenters on television. Or occasionally we’ll hear the recognition that some particularly obvious or disproven set of lies (such as those regarding Iraq in 2003) were the result of a well-meaning slip-up.

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Closing the Doors of Democracy, by Ralph Nader

End of Democracy in Detroit

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
June 21, 2017

In 2006 a book was published called Losing Our Democracy by civic leader, Mark Green. His 21st book, it was the usual Mark Green brand of meticulous research with memorable examples. One would have thought such an important subject would have received wide coverage and circulation. In fact, it was almost completely ignored by reviewers and the media interviewers. In 2017, the danger of having the door shut on the practice of democracy by its citizens is more important than at any other time in recent history.

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John Pilger: There Is No Evidence + Vanessa Beeley: Depleted Uranium and White Phosphorus Used in Syria

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with John Pilger

vanessa beeley on Jun 19, 2017

He has been defying the Establishment gatekeepers and telling us the truth about what’s really going on in the world for over 50 years. He has covered wars around the world from Vietnam to Iraq, and is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker. For many, John Pilger is the journalists’ journalist, and he came into the Sputnik studio to give us his thoughts on the state of the press today.

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From Pseudo-Democracy to Real Participation by Graham Peebles

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
June 15, 2017

Imagine a country run along truly democratic lines. In such a mythical land, what would be the role of the politician, and the nature of his or her relationship with that amorphous group paraded under the banner: ‘the people’?

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Trump’s Lawless Presidency? Just Like All the Rest of Them by Finian Cunningham

The Anti-War Protest Presence at the Philadelphia Democratic Convention

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
June 12, 2017

Piling on the invective against Donald Trump, an op-ed in the New York Times this week castigated him as a “lawless president”. The business tycoon-turned politician has already been roundly condemned in the US media as a traitor, stooge, buffoon and much more. Now the Times has marked him down as “lawless”.

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