Michael Hudson: Why are British Columbians Voting Liberal, Against Their Own Interest?

Rally against Kinder Morgan oil pipeline on Burnaby Mountain

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson
May 11, 2017

TheRealNews on May 11, 2017

British Columbia is giving away lumber at 1/2 cents an acre and the Green Party holds the balance of power at a tipping point on energy policy says Michael Hudson.

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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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John Pilger: War by Other Means (1992)

Capitalism Kills

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Dandelion Salad
Originally posted Aug. 7, 2011

John Pilger on Nov 19, 2013

John Pilger and David Munro examine the policy of First World banks agreeing to loans with Third World countries, who are then unable to meet the crippling interest charges.

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Rapacious Consumerism is the Life-blood of Capitalism by Graham Peebles

End Capitalism Before It Ends Us and the Planet

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
December 18, 2016

Commercialisation has poisoned all areas of contemporary life, and together with its partner in crime, consumerism, is the principle cause of man-made climate change.

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Michael Parenti: These Countries Are Not Underdeveloped, They Are Overexploited (1986)

State of the Union

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michaelparenti.org
November 28, 2016

James Thompson on Oct 23, 2013

Michael Parenti speaks at the University of Colorado, Boulder: “US interventionism, the 3rd world, and the USSR” April 15, 1986

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Resisting Operation Extract and Export

Fort McMurray, Alberta - Operation Arctic Shadow

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 27, 2016

Don’t wait until the perils of extraction are on your doorstep, in your backyard, or poisoning your water. Look around! Pay attention to the stories coming from the north, south, east, west. See the noose of hard truth tightening.

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Abby Martin: The Military Feeds on Congo’s Natural Resources

Congo resource wars

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English  on Apr 11, 2016

Every drone flown by the U.S. military has inside a piece of the Democratic Republic of the Congo–a valuable mineral, of which the DRC has trillions of dollars worth buried underground.

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Chris Hedges: Open-pit Uranium Mining Spreading Nuclear Contaminants in Sacrifice Zones

Video - Navajo Lights on Vimeo by Leo Bar PIX IN MOTION

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Mar 1, 2016

In this episode of Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges and two Native American activists discuss the violation of land and lives of Indigenous peoples, particularly the decades of open-pit uranium mining that is responsible for spreading nuclear contaminants across the continent today.

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Chris Hedges: The Revolution Will Be Local

2015-10-05 STFA Denver, Colorado-706

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Dec 8, 2015

In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges speaks with attorney Thomas Linzey and activist Mark Clatterbuck about the grassroots movements rising up against the fracking industry, and the legislative and direct action necessary to resist corporate power in the absence of a true democratic system.

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Happy Thanksgiving with Blood and Tears by Michael Parenti

Edgewood

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michaelparenti.org
November 25, 2015

An excerpt from the recent book by Michael Parenti, Profit Pathology and Other Indecencies for your Thanksgiving consideration:

The lives of indigenous peoples in North America (“Indians”)—from quality of diet and medicine to individual freedom—were superior to the pinched, unwashed, dour lives transported from Christianized England. The Europeans were far more practiced than the “Indians” in dealing with syphilis, gonorrhea, small pox, typhoid, and bubonic plague, not to mention hangings, slavery, prostitution, religious wars, witch hunts, and inquisitions. European superiority registered in a few devilishly crucial areas, specifically the technologies of firearms, armor, and oceanic transport. The Native Americans had no desire to embrace the religiously oppressive, mean-spirited, acquisitive life of the colonizers. They lived comfortably free from any ruinous impulse for massive wealth accumulation. Labeled as “savage beasts” by the invaders, they actually behaved in courteous and kindly ways—that is, until they realized what they were up against.

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Abby Martin: Native American Genocide + The Unist’ot’en Camp are Blocking Pipelines From Crossing Their Land

ChangeTheMascot

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Nov 20, 2015

Each November, Americans celebrate a mythical version of U.S. history. Thanksgiving Day’s portrayal of the experience of Native Americans under the boot of settler-colonialism is one of the Empire’s most cherished falsehoods.

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The Downsides of Cheap Abundance by Ralph Nader

Never Let Me Go

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
October 22, 2015

In college, Economics 101 is often described as the social science discipline that deals with the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. MIT Economist Paul Samuelson liked to focus on scarcity, or more specifically, the allocation of scarce resources. “Abundance” was always a pretty word with an idyllic connotation for Professor Samuelson. I often wonder why there weren’t a few classes about the real-life consequences of abundance, along with scarcity and people’s material welfare.

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China Key to Africa’s Optimism… and Renewed Western Militarism by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
February 3, 2014

There is a new optimism across Africa that the future is bright for the continent’s development. And in this future China is playing a key role in bringing investment capital, infrastructure, technology and know-how. China is literally helping to build Africa’s future.

Mekonnen, a 19-year-old mechanical engineering undergraduate, from Ethiopia, was travelling back from the capital, Addis Ababa, to his hometown, Shire, in the northern region. “I’m very hopeful that Ethiopia and Africa generally are on the way to promising development,” says Mekonnen.

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Israel: Gas, Oil and Trouble in the Levant by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
December 28, 2013

Israel is set to become a major exporter of gas and some oil, if all goes to plan. The giant Leviathan natural gas field, in the eastern Mediterranean, discovered in December 2010, is widely described as “off the coast of Israel.”

At the time the gas field was:

“…the most prominent field ever found in the sub-explored area of the Levantine Basin, which covers about 83,000 square kilometres of the eastern Mediterranean region.” (i)

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John Perkins: Corporate Assassins Determine World Order

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Chevron & Parker Selfridge "We Agree" Ad

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breakingtheset·Jan 18, 2013

Abby Martin interviews John Perkins, economist and author of ‘Confessions of an Economic Hitman’, about how corporations are determining the world order, and how assassins take out those who challenge the system.

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