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

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

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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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What Would Socialism Be Like? by Leela Yellesetty (must-read)

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by Leela Yellesetty
SocialistWorker.org
Originally posted July 23, 2010
December 30, 2017

Part 1: A crying need for change

At the Socialism 2010 conference in Oakland, Calif., SocialistWorker.org contributor Leela Yellesetty spoke on “What Would Socialism Be Like?” This three-part article is based on her talk. In the first part, she answers the time-worn charge that socialism wouldn’t work with this question–who can say that capitalism is working?

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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
December 11, 2017

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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Can UBI Be Funded Without Raising Taxes or Triggering Hyperinflation? by Ellen Brown

Money, Money, Money, Money (Day 22 of 50)

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
October 4, 2017

The policy of guaranteeing every citizen a universal basic income is gaining support around the world, as automation increasingly makes jobs obsolete. But can it be funded without raising taxes or triggering hyperinflation? In a panel I was on at the NexusEarth cryptocurrency conference in Aspen September 21-23rd, most participants said no. This is my rebuttal.

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Can the World Defend Itself from Omnicide? by Ralph Nader + How Big Pharma Created the Heroin Epidemic

Artificial Intelligence

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
July 27, 2017

Notice how more frequently we hear scientists tell us that we’re “wholly unprepared” for this peril or for that rising fatality toll? Turning away from such warnings may reduce immediate tension or anxiety, but only weakens the public awareness and distracts us from addressing the great challenges of our time, such as calamitous climate change, pandemics, and the rise of a host of other self-inflicted disasters.

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The Omnipresent Pressure to Conform by Graham Peebles

Mobile Phones And Abercrombie

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
April 26, 2017

It was the school holidays and there were lots of teenagers in my local park. I sometimes spot them meandering home, but I rarely see them en masse as it were. Blind to the bluebells, peacocks and glories of nature all around us, they were glued to their palm-sized screens. What were they so engrossed in – some kind of game or trivial video, a map of the park perhaps, unnecessary given the proliferation of signs? Are they texting, e-mailing, or trawling through the Internet, or all of the above? If one did not know what these shiny seductive objects were, one might think that they controlled the person, rather than the other way round. And to a large degree they do.

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Julian Assange Press Conference and Q&A on Vault 7, Year Zero and the CIA

FISA - illegal domestic spying - feb 2001, BEFORE 9/11

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Listen to this also on Mar 9, 2017

WikiLeaks Press Conference on Vault 7, Year Zero and the CIA. The press conference was streamed earlier on Persiscope, this is a direct rip of that stream.

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