Abby Martin: All This Shit Doesn’t Matter–Every Issue Must Be Seen Through the Lens of the US Empire

State of the Union

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with Abby Martin

The Jimmy Dore Show on Nov 14, 2017  Continue reading

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Demystifying US and Israeli Power by Susan Cain and Mark Mason (must-read)

Massive DC Rally And March For Gaza 2

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by Susan Cain and Mark Mason
Guest Writers, Dandelion Salad
Mark Mason, PhD
crossposted from The Real News Network, Nov. 13, 2015
previously posted November 24, 2015
November 13, 2017

Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex. ~ Frank Zappa

Introduction

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Mark Mason: The U.S. Is The Biggest Terrorist Organization On Earth

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

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Interview with Mark Mason
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Mark Mason, PhD (his website)
Tasnim, Oct. 28, 2017
November 4, 2017

An American political commentator denounced the US government as the world’s biggest terrorist organization, saying such an empire would never honor treaties or deals because upholding an agreement means the US is not really an empire.

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War by Gaither Stewart

War is Money (Encourage people to consider how our socio-economic-cultural system incentivizes and rewards aggressions and other harmful behaviors/activities.)

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
October 25, 2017

If you have you ever seen a monkey hanging from a tree by its tail and showing its red ass to onlookers, then you have seen the animal kingdom’s representation of war. According to French playwright Jean Giraudoux, the pacifist and Légion d’onore holder in WWI, war looks just like that monkey’s ass. In 1933, on the eve of WWII, Giraudoux in his famous anti-war play, The Trojan War Will Not Take Place, the imminent author penned his memorable words: “When he shows us his red bottom, all scaly and glazed, encircled by a filthy wig, that’s exactly what war looks like. That’s its real face.” (Included in my novel, The Trojan Spy). Giraudoux’s play was first published in English in 1956 as Tiger At the Gates.

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The Strange World of Russian Trolls by William Blum

WannaCry

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Killing Hope
October 23, 2017

Capturing the wisdom and the beauty of Donald J. Trump in just one statement escaping from his charming mouth:

“Our military has never been stronger. Each day, new equipment is delivered; new and beautiful equipment, the best in the world – the best anywhere in the world, by far.”1

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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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Dandelion Salad

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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Four Horsemen

Four Horsemen

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Dandelion Salad

with Michael Hudson, , , and

Renegade Inc. on Sep 13, 2013

RenegadeInc.com brings you FOUR HORSEMEN – an award winning independent feature documentary which lifts the lid on how the world really works.

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David Swanson: Why End War

Protest: No War in Iraq

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Updated: Nov. 4, 2017

with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
October 3, 2017

David Swanson on Oct 2, 2017

On Oct 2, 2017, 20 of us gave 4-minute TED talks in Charlottesville and I won, allowing me to give a TED talk at the upcoming November 3, 2017, event at Charlottesville’s Paramount Theater. This was my 4-minute talk on “Why End War.” #TedXCville

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Big Institutions—Immunities, Impunities and Insanities by Ralph Nader

Solidarity (2 of 25)

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Dandelion Salad

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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Quadriga by Gaither Stewart

The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
September 27, 2017

A five-meter tall resplendent Quadriga sculpture tops the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the Wellington Arch in London, The Bolshoy Theater in Moscow, the Victor Emmanuel Monument in Rome, and other important structures elsewhere. Quadriga  is a Latin word (quad=square plus yoke or iugum), the name of the two-wheel chariot drawn by four horses (not three as the Russian Troika) yet harnessed abreast, one beside the other, projecting an image of unusual power. The four-horse Quadriga was used in chariot races by Greeks, Romans and Byzantines and its drivers, the charioteers, were popular heroes like Formula One race drivers today. Some were even driven by gods and the Quadriga image was used also on coins. So the Quadriga became a symbol of war, victory and also the peace following a military victory.

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David Swanson: Welcome to #NoWar2017: War and the Environment with Tim DeChristopher and Jill Stein

David Swanson: Welcome to No War 2017: War and the Environment with Tim DeChristopher and Jill Stein

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 15, 2017

Remarks at #NoWar2017 conference on September 22, 2017.
[Videos below.]

Welcome to No War 2017: War and the Environment. Thank you all for being here. I’m David Swanson. I’m going to speak briefly and introduce Tim DeChristopher and Jill Stein to also speak briefly. We hope to also have time for some questions as we hope to have in every part of this conference.

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David Swanson: This Criminal Enterprise Is The Number One Destroyer Of The Environment (#NoWar2017)

David Swanson: This Criminal Enterprise Is The Number One Destroyer Of The Environment #NoWar2017

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 19, 2017

RT America on Sept 18, 2017

About 50 protesters kayaked to the Pentagon with a banner saying “No oil for wars, no wars for oil.” David Swanson, author and director of World Beyond War, discusses why his group is raising the issue of pollution by the military.

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Michael Parenti: The Threat of US Imperialism (2013) + Capitalism’s Self-Inflicted Apocalypse by Michael Parenti (2009)

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

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 16, 2017

SNC Political Education on Dec 14, 2014

Here’s the long-awaited video of Michael Parenti’s speech on the threat of US imperialism which he gave at the Revolution Banquet held in Vancouver in November 2013.

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You Can’t Have a Progressive Movement Without Peace by David Swanson + Desmond Tutu on #NoWar

Veterans for Peace Banner Drop: "How is the War Economy Working for You?" (Pittsburgh, PA)

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 9, 2017

Remarks at People’s Convergence Conference, Sept. 8, 2017

Here’s my five-minute case for why you can’t have an effective progressive movement in the United States that doesn’t include working for peace. War and militarism and bases and ships and missiles and sanctions and nuclear threats and hostility make up the filter through which much of the other 96% of humanity experiences this 4%. The U.S. Congress chooses how to spend a great deal of money each year, and chooses to put 54% of it into war and preparations for war. The wars demonstrably increase rather than reduce or eliminate anti-U.S. sentiment and violence. They endanger us rather than protect us. The wars are a top cause of death and injury in the world, and a top cause of famines and disease epidemics and refugee crises that cause massive additional suffering. But war kills most by diverting resources. Small fractions of U.S. military spending could end starvation, provide clean water, end diseases, even end the use of fossil fuels worldwide. Military spending also reduces jobs in comparison to other spending or not taxing working people in the first place.

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We Must End the Empire of Militarism and Bring Our Taxpayer Dollars Home by Ralph Nader + Christian Parenti: We Need to Rip Away the Veil of the “Free Market”

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
August 30, 2017

Hovering Hurricane Harvey, loaded and reloading with trillions of gallons of water raining down on the greater Houston region—ironically the hub of the petroleum refining industry—is an unfolding, off the charts tragedy for millions of people. Many of those most affected are minorities and low-income families with no homes, health care or jobs to look forward to once the waters recede.

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