Censorship, the Myth of Free Data, and the False Solutions on the Table, by Kenn Orphan

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
December 5, 2021

There is a line I keep seeing repeated on social media. It goes something like this: “They are allowed to decide what is acceptable to post and what is not. It’s free, after all.” Things like that may make snappy and snarky comebacks to people complaining about internet censorship. Only it isn’t true. Not by a long shot.

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U.S. Doesn’t Fear “Foreign Meddling,” It Fears Internal Revolt, Part I, by Rainer Shea

_____ Revolt

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Nov. 20, 2021
December 2, 2021

This article is Part One in a series I’m doing on American collapse, and on how this has the potential to lead to a civil war within U.S. borders.

The “imperial boomerang” effect—where the types of violence an empire commits abroad inevitably become directed at that empire’s own people—is caused by the fact that actions have consequences. When a country subjugates other peoples, this has repercussions for those within that country. A society built on exploitation and violence can’t last. Whether that society wants to face it or not, its greed comes at a cost.

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Teach Youngsters About Corporatism’s Harms, by Ralph Nader

Corporations are NOT People

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, Sept. 24, 2021
September 26, 2021

If you think elementary, middle, and high school students know too little history, geography, and government, try asking them about the corporations that command so many hours of their day, their attention, what they consume, and their personal horizons.

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Chris Hedges and David Harvey: The Anti-Capitalist Chronicles, Part 2

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sep 25, 2021

On the show, the second in a two-part interview, Chris Hedges discusses with Professor David Harvey, the social, political, and economic consequences of Neo-liberalism and globalization, exploring alienation, the rise of authoritarianism, the significance of China in the world economy, the geopolitics of capitalism, carbon dioxide emissions and climate change and our collective response.

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Chris Hedges and David Harvey: The Anti-Capitalist Chronicles, Part 1

Death to Capitalism

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sep 23, 2021

On the show, the first in a two-part interview, Chris Hedges discusses with Professor David Harvey the reconfiguration of global capitalism, the contradictions of neoliberalism, the financialization of power, the commodification of spectacle, Rate Versus Mass of Surplus Value, and other issues fundamental to economic literacy.

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Chris Hedges: The Corporatization and Corruption of American Science

Till Dead Batteries Us Do Part

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sep 4, 2021

On the show, Chris Hedges discuss the corporatization and corruption of American science with the author Clifford D. Conner.

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Chris Hedges: Mainstream Environmental Movement Lies

No planet B | Climate emergency - Melbourne #MarchforScience on #Earthday April 22, 2017

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Aug 28, 2021

On the show today, Chris Hedges discusses the lies and fantasies told by the mainstream environmental movement about how to solve the climate crisis with authors and activists Derrick Jensen and Lierre Keith.

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Chris Hedges: The Fight to Free Knowledge

DC Rally Against Mass Surveillance

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Aug 5, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses censorship and new digital media with Peter B. Kaufman, author and Program Manager at MIT Learning Center.

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Navigating the Digital Commons on Our Own Terms, by Kenn Orphan

267/365. Addicted.

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
June 18, 2021

The other day I made a Facebook post that referred to the arbitrary and, yet, purposefully designed algorithms of social media and how they are effectively silencing and censoring people, especially those on the left. I have noticed it myself. I get far less traffic to my page than in prior years. This makes the social media “experience” less desirable (I will go into the reason why a bit later), and so I said I would likely be spending less time here as a result.

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Kenn Orphan: No Going Back to Normal

Post-Chevron 2011 AGM Press Conference

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
February 3, 2021

Radio Free Sunroot on Jan 31, 2021

…and why would we want “normal” anyway?

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Compensating For Capitalism’s Crises By Leaning Onto Big Tech, by Rainer Shea

One Nation Under CCTV

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist
January 24, 2021

There are two different versions of the great-power competition that Washington is waging against Russia and China. One is the version portrayed by the U.S. political and media establishment, which acts like Washington’s modern rival superpowers are eventually going to be subdued like the Soviet Union was. The other is the reality of the conflict, where Russia and China are strengthening their military alliance unlike was the case after the Sino-Soviet split, Russia is assured to win the proxy war with Washington’s puppet state Ukraine, and China has already arguably ended U.S. military primacy in the Indo-Pacific while making the Belt and Road Initiative’s success assured.

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Debate: Chris Hedges VS Ramesh Srinivasan: Is Big Tech Too Powerful?

"FREE SPEECH*"

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with Chris Hedges

Democracy Now! on Jan 11, 2021

Twitter, Facebook and other social media companies have removed President Trump from their platforms, after years of debate about the disinformation he shared to millions of followers from his accounts.

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Luxury Eco-Communism: A Wonderful World is Possible

Luxury Eco-Communism: A Wonderful World is Possible

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Socialist Project – Left Streamed
August 23, 2020

This film is very much not a utopian vision of the future. In fact, the very different strategies of utopian and materialist thinking for imagining the future are discussed in the first part of the film. Instead of a utopia, the film presents a wide variety of issues, suffering and problems experienced by people, whose common source is the capitalist system itself. It then presents a vision of how things could be very different in each case, without the systemic priorities of the world capitalist system. This gives us a very different viewpoint upon ecology, technology and human flourishing.

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Will Griffin: Pine Gap: Australia’s Most Secret Site + Menwith Hill: NSA’s Largest Overseas Spying Base

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 17, 2020

“Then there’s that secret room on the base in which even Australians aren’t allowed to enter. For decades Australian government officials have claimed that they know everything that is going on at Pine Gap mainly in response to the public demanding answers to what the CIA and other US military agencies are doing there. So much has been and still is in secret.” — Will Griffin

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