Will Griffin: The North Korea You’ve Never Heard About

Will Griffin: The North Korea You've Never Heard About

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Peace Report
April 8, 2019

“The principle of self-reliance–that one can and should solve one’s problems utilizing one’s own resources and skills and not become dependent on foreign powers–was the guiding philosophy of North Korea’s founding leader Kim Il-sung since the Korean people’s anti-colonial struggle against the Japanese. And it has been the country’s guiding philosophy ever since. North Korea’s experience during the Korean War–when countries that had pledged support didn’t come through with supplies of armaments in its moment of desperate need–reaffirmed its belief that to guarantee its survival, it cannot rely on others and needs to develop its own resources.” — Soobok Kim from ZoominKorea

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Abby Martin and Bill Binney: Mass Surveillance and the Intelligence Industrial Complex

DC Rally Against Mass Surveillance

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with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Apr 1, 2019

Abby Martin interviews former Technical Director of the National Security Agency, Bill Binney, who blew the whistle on warrantless spying years before Edward Snowden released the evidence. They discuss mass surveillance and the Intelligence Industrial Complex.

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Will Griffin: The Treaty to Prevent War in Outer Space: P.A.R.O.S.

Will Griffin: The Treaty to Prevent War in Outer Space: P.A.R.O.S.

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Peace Report
March 28, 2019

“The Outer Space Treaty represents the basic legal framework of international space law. Among its principles, it bars states party to the treaty from placing weapons of mass destruction in Earth orbit, installing them on the Moon or any other celestial body, or otherwise stationing them in outer space. It exclusively limits the use of the Moon and other celestial bodies to peaceful purposes and expressly prohibits their use for testing weapons of any kind, conducting military maneuvers, or establishing military bases, installations, and fortifications (Article IV).” Outer Space Treaty

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Christian Sorensen: War Industry Muster–War Is A Racket

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 Christian Sorensen
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 26, 2019

On Industry Leadership

C.P. Sorensen on Mar 19, 2019

The U.S. war industry is comprised of the corporations that develop, market, and sell goods and services to the Pentagon and allied regimes around the world.

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Capitalism’s Failure of the Flesh: The Rise of the Robots by Phil Rockstroh

Till Dead Batteries Us Do Part

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by Phil Rockstroh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Dec. 11, 2017
November 23, 2018

Humankind, being an inherently tool-making species, has always been in a relationship with technology. Our tools, weapons, machines, and appliances are crucial to forging the cultural criteria of human life. At present, amid the technology created phantomscape of mass media’s lurid — yet somehow sterile — imagery, one can feel as if one’s mind is in danger of being churned to spittle.

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Chris Hedges: The Power of Hope

I Will Stand With The Most Vulnerable

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with Chris Hedges

Renovatio: The Journal of Zaytuna College on Nov 8, 2018

During an event discussing his latest book, America: The Farewell Tour, Chris Hedges was asked about where he finds hope. His answer points to the power of faith, resistance, and the importance of values. This is from an event at Zaytuna College, America’s first Muslim liberal arts college.

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Chris Hedges: The Dark World of Silicon Valley and the New Capitalism

Chris Hedges: The Dark World of Silicon Valley and the New Capitalism

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Nov 3, 2018

Richard Walker, Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley, discusses his new book, Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area with journalist Chris Hedges. The book reveals Silicon Valley’s tech giant elitism, its role as a symbol of new capitalism, and the dark world of underpaid workers who lack security and rising homelessness.

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Chris Hedges: Digital Monitoring Of The Poor

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Oct 6, 2018

Author, Virginia Eubanks, explains to Chris Hedges how the goals of Victorian-era poorhouses have evolved with 21st Century high-tech to exert control and surveillance of needy, poor and homeless people. Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor.

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Max Blumenthal on the Merger of the National Security State and Silicon Valley + Russiagate Frenzy Targets Leftist Sites + US Policy Toward Global Internet Governance Is Misguided

Net Neutrality

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Updated: Aug. 15, 2018

Facebook Taps Militarist Think Tank Atlantic Council to Police its Content (Pt 1/2)

TheRealNews on Aug 11, 2018

From Alex Jones to alleged Russian trolls, major internet companies are increasingly policing content on their platforms. Max Blumenthal of the Grayzone Project says the partnership between Facebook and the Atlantic Council highlights “the merger of the national security state and Silicon Valley.”

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Chris Hedges and Barrett Brown: The War on Journalism, WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and Others

Free Julian Assange!

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RT America on Aug 4, 2018

Barrett Brown, publisher and journalist talks to Chris Hedges about the US government’s war on Wikileaks, Assange and other outlets exposing the inner workings of power.

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Chris Hedges and Adam Frank: The Earth Is Just One Of Ten Billion Trillion Planets In The Universe

the GREEN

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jul 21, 2018

Adam Frank, astrophysicist, describes the shifting state of planet earth and alien planets with journalist Chris Hedges for On Contact.

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Silicon Valley Will Not Save You from the Surveillance State by David Swanson

2013 DC Rally Against Mass Surrveillance 2

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 6, 2018

There was something quite odd about the very welcome news that some Google employees were objecting to a military contract, namely all the other Google military contracts. My sense of the oddness of this was heightened by reading Yasha Levine’s new book, Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet.

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“Google Should Not Be In The Business of War”: Understanding the Weaponization of Artificial Intelligence by Marc Eliot Stein

End War

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Republished with permission from David Swanson at World Beyond War

by Marc Eliot Stein
World Beyond War
June 9, 2018

In early April, more than 3100 Google employees signed a letter that begins with the words “Google should not be in the business of war”. The letter is a response to the company’s participation in a new US Department of Defense artificial intelligence program called Project Maven, which it describes as a “customized AI surveillance engine” designed to interpret visual images from drones, and concludes with a powerful request from Google employees to their management:
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The Two-FacedBook by William Bowles

Don't Spy On Us Snow Footprints

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
January 7, 2018

At the end of the 1970s, when I first started using and investigating digital media, it quickly became apparent to me, that what became the World Wide Web, was very much a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it afforded independent journalists and investigators, a vehicle for reaching a public outside the control of corporate/state media and whose only parallel lay back in the 17th century, with the invention of the printing press and moveable type, broadsheets and later the so-called Penny Dreadfuls. Sold on street corners and in coffee houses, and produced in literally hundreds of small printing shops, they challenged the status quo in ways previously impossible. Often banned and their writers/publishers thrown in jail under the then new sedition laws, they heralded the arrival of modern capitalism.

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