Trouble #23: Prelude to a Disaster

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sub.Media on Nov 29, 2019

Every day the news gets worse. Millions of people are displaced by record-breaking heatwaves and droughts, violent mega-storms and flash floods. Unprecedented wildfires burn out of control, scorching massive tracts of forest and brush, and plunging nearby urban metropolises into surreal scenes of mid-afternoon darkness. Meanwhile, scientists solemnly inform us that marine life could be wiped out by mid-century, as the oceans continue to be gradually transformed from vibrant areas of rich biodiversity into the plastic-filled graveyards of industrial civilization. Try as we might… the consequences of our consequence-free lifestyles are becoming harder and harder to ignore.

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Chris Hedges: Why the Deep State Is Trying To Take Trump Out + Why School Shootings Are No Longer News

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with Chris Hedges

“In particular, the Empire’s endless wars, and I think that that really is what is driving this impeachment. If it was about the rule of law, this would have been instituted by the Democratic Party in the first few months of the Trump presidency.” — Chris Hedges

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Chris Hedges: The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 — Putting the Nuclear Arsenal on Trial

Chris Hedges: The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 -- Putting the Nuclear Arsenal on Trial

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Oct 26, 2019

Chris Hedges talks to New York Catholic Workers Martha Hennessy and Carmen Trotta about breaking into the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base to charge the US government with crimes against peace on April 4, 2018. The peace activists, known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, were arrested and went on trial this week in Georgia, following allegations of trespass and damage to government property, among others.

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Veritable Uprising or The (Faux) Real Thing™: Greta and Climate Activism in a Wilderness of Projections by Phil Rockstroh and Kenn Orphan

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by Phil Rockstroh and Kenn Orphan
Writers, Dandelion Salad
October 13, 2019

PR: Kenn, recently, this observation of mine provoked a measure of ire: Street demonstrations, even large ones, are apropos of nothing as long as they are manifested as de facto state sanctioned protests. A march proceeds, chants are cast into indifferent air, speechifying comes to pass by the usual gasbags then the assembled head home and carry on as usual. Conversely, a strike means job walk-offs — until the strikers demands are met — not walking out and walking back in the next day.

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Chris Hedges, Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese: The Mechanics of Rebellion

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with Chris Hedges, Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese

RT America on Oct 12, 2019

Host Chris Hedges talks to activists Dr. Margaret Flowers and attorney Kevin Zeese, who run Popular Resistance, about power and the effect of organized, sustained civil disobedience and forms of no-cooperation when it comes to issues of war, internal security and corporate domination.

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John Pilger at The Don’t Extradite Julian Assange Rally + Roger Waters: Wish You Were Here

Julian Assange US Extradition Hearing: It Raises Massive Concerns About Free Speech

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with John Pilger

WSWS on Sep 2, 2019

Journalist John Pilger speaks at London rally called by musician Roger Waters on Sept. 2, 2019.

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Labor History: The Pullman Strike of 1894

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September 2, 2019

The Pullman Strike of 1894 Explained: US History Review

Keith Hughes on Jun 3, 2014

Join me as we take a look at a pivot strike in US History, the Pullman Strike of 1894. Perfect for inquisitive learners, students of the social studies and the cray cray on the internets.

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David Swanson: Nukes–What Are They Good For? + Flash Mob Blocks Nuclear Submarine Base!

David Swanson: Nukes--What Are They Good For? + Flash Mob Blocks Nuclear Submarine Base!

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by David Swanson
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Let’s Try Democracy
August 15, 2019

Ed Mays on Aug 12, 2019

David Swanson gave this keynote address to a gathering of peace activists at the annual Ground Zero Hiroshima/Nagasaki Weekend marking the 74th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombing. The Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo WA was established in 1977, just as the Bangor Trident Submarine Base was being built, and sits on land directly adjacent to the base. The actual keynote title was: “The Myths, the Silence, and the Propaganda That Keep Nuclear Weapons in Existence.”

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Chris Hedges: Extinction Rebellion Has Called For A Global Strike By Workers Around The World

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Aug 10, 2019

On Contact host Chris Hedges talks to Roger Hallam, co-founder of the British-based group Extinction Rebellion. The global grassroots movement uses nonviolent acts of civil disobedience by occupying areas of capitals of major industrial countries in protest, to reverse what they argue is a one-way track to global extinction. Activists are demanding the ruling elites state the truth about the climate emergency and implement radical measures to halve carbon emissions by 2025 and terminate the 150-year binge on fossil fuels.

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Puerto Rico Rises Up by Jason Cohen + Corruption, Mismanagement, and Disrespect Fuel Puerto Rico Protests

Puerto Rico Rises Up by Jason Cohen + Corruption, Mismanagement, and Disrespect Fuel Puerto Rico Protests

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Updated: July 25, 2019

by Jason Cohen
Workers World
July 24, 2019

The souls of Puerto Ricans everywhere should burn with indignation as they read through the text messages by Gov. Ricardo Rossello and members of his administration written in a group chat. On July 13, the Center for Investigative Journalism in Puerto Rico published 900 pages of the messages.

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Showdown At The Venezuelan Embassy: Federal Authorities Back Down After Threatening To Evict Peace Activists Inside By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers + Activists Arrested! (updated)

Showdown At The Venezuelan Embassy: Federal Authorities Back Down After Threatening To Evict Peace Activists Inside By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, From Inside the Venezuelan Embassy

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Updated: May 15-17, 2019

by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, from inside the Venezuelan embassy
Popular Resistance
May 15, 2019

Writing on Day 36 of the campaign to prevent a US-sponsored coup by protecting the Venezuelan Embassy from illegal takeover.

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Embassy Protection Collective Activists Face Eviction From Venezuela Embassy (updated)

Embassy Protection Collective Activists Face Eviction From Venezuela Embassy

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Updated: May 13-14, 2019

RT America on May 13, 2019

Rick Sanchez breaks the news of the departure of the pro-Maduro Embassy Protection Collective from Venezuela’s embassy in Washington, DC following a trespassing notice from authorities stating that opposition leader Guaido’s “ambassadors” have legal right to the building and ordering its occupants to evacuate. Pro-Guaido protestors chant and cheer as the US Secret Service seems poised to evict the handful of activists who remain inside.

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Humanitarian Aid Blocked from Entering Venezuelan Embassy in Washington D.C. by David Swanson + Medea Benjamin: Venezuelan Embassy’s Power Cut

Embassy Protection Collective Activists Occupying the Venezuela Embassy in Washington, DC

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by David Swanson
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Let’s Try Democracy
May 10, 2019

Two months ago, I heard a story. You heard it too, if you went anywhere near a television or a newspaper in the United States. The government of Venezuela needed to be overthrown because it wouldn’t allow in humanitarian aid.

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A Military Psy-Ops Campaign in the Heart of Washington is Directed at U.S. Citizens by Pat Elder + Abby Martin on Failed April 30th Coup in Venezuela (Updated)

A Military Psy-Ops Campaign in the Heart of Washington is Directed at U.S. Citizens by Pat Elder + Abby Martin on Failed April 30th Coup in Venezuela

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Updated: May 9, 2019

Republished with permission from David Swanson at World Beyond War

by Pat Elder
World Beyond War
May 7, 2019

I’ve been studying the Pentagon’s use of psychological tactics in the way it recruits youth into the armed forces for 20 years, so I have a sense of the lack of boundaries practiced by the US government through its military. Now I can report on the psychological tactics employed by the State Department through the Secret Service Police. I spent a week in the besieged Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, and I was exposed to a relentless psychological operations campaign (psy-ops) orchestrated by my government to drive peace activists like myself from the embassy.

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Embassy Protection Collective Activists Occupying the Venezuela Embassy in Washington, DC

Embassy Protection Collective Activists Occupying the Venezuela Embassy in Washington, DC

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Venezuela’s Embassy: Activists vs. US Government

TheRealNews on Apr 25, 2019

Activists defending the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are ready for a long battle, laying the groundwork for legal challenges as the Trump administration’s Elliot Abrams issues warnings against them.

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