Christmas In Hell by Rocket Kirchner

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.

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by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
Originally published December 18, 2012
December 20, 2015

It is a known fact that there are more suicides and more people depressed during the holidays than in any other time of the year. Many of these people are just alone in society. Others are so overwhelmed with the sing-songy giddiness around them that it is just pure torture for them. The real irony is is that this is the exact opposite of what the holidays should be. This quandary reminds me of the famous quote by Hugo Von Hofmannsthal, “The weariness of long forgotten peoples hangs heavy on my eyelids”.

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Abby Martin and Ralph Nader: The Rigged Corporate Two-Party Dictatorship

Corporate Threat to Liberty (Painting)

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin and Ralph Nader

teleSUR English on Dec 19, 2015

On this week’s episode of The Empire Files, Abby Martin interviews American political figure Ralph Nader about the 2016 presidential race—from the “Brown Shirt” Trump movement to “corporate criminal” Hillary Clinton—and the reality of who has power in America.

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Why the US Pushes an Illusory Syrian Peace Process by Gareth Porter

No war on Syria protest in San Francisco - August 29

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by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye
Washington
Dec. 18, 2015

The anti-Assad coalition led by the United States continues to stagger toward the supposed objective of beginning peace negotiations between the Syrian government and what has now been blessed as the politically acceptable “opposition”. The first such meeting was scheduled for 1 January, but no one on either side believes for a moment that any such negotiations are going to happen any time in the foreseeable future.

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Back To The Future: The Legacy Of Abraham Lincoln by Arthur D. Robbins

Chicago Protest Against Guantanamo Jan 11, 2012 - Photo by FJJ

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by Arthur D. Robbins
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Sept. 30, 2015
December 17, 2015

A President of the United States would never operate outside the law, ignore the U.S. Constitution and the courts, shut down the presses, imprison his domestic adversaries or turn his guns on his own people. Well, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president did of all of that and, curiously, has been turned into a national hero for his troubles. Lincoln ignored his closest advisors and the temper of the times to engage in the bloodiest war in American history, a war that could easily have been avoided. Single handedly Lincoln terrorized the entire nation. So let us take notice. What happened once could happen again.

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The Jewish Roots of Christianity

Gottlieb - Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur

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Dandelion Salad
December 16, 2015

Day of Discovery

Judaism and Christianity: Two spiritual points of view, seemingly worlds apart, yet sharing a common city, story, and Messianic hope. Discover the rich heritage of the Christian faith, which is grounded in the same Old Testament Scriptures as Judaism, and deepen your own understanding of the Scriptures. Join us as we venture into the Jewish roots of Christianity.

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Chris Hedges and Vijay Prashad: The Militarism of US Diplomacy

Smash US Empire

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

teleSUR English on Dec 15, 2015

In this episode of Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges and author Vijay Prashad trace the acceleration of U.S. militarism since the collapse of the Soviet Union. They also discuss the nature of U.S. domination over global affairs, and the resulting consequences for not only the world, but also the U.S. itself.

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Socrates Meets Donald Trump by Rocket Kirchner

Donald Trump's Gaudy White-House

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by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
December 13, 2015

Socrates: Excuse me, Mr. Trump, but could you spare a moment?

Trump: Sure.

Socrates: Allow me to introduce myself. I am Socrates.

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Chris Hedges: Intolerance Is A Result Of A Political And Cultural Crisis In The U.S.

Donald Trump - Caricature

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Dec 11, 2015

Investigative journalist Chris Hedges joins RT’s Simone Del Rosario to talk about his recent column, The Age of Demagogues. “What we’re seeing with the rise of figures like Donald Trump,” says Hedges, “is the consequence of the breakdown of the traditional liberal class.” A largely enraged and disenfranchised white underclass is turning against the liberal establishment that betrayed their interests for corporatism. This backlash has taken the form of racism, bigotry, intolerance, and homophobia, says Hedges.

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Abby Martin and Lawrence Wilkerson: The US Empire Is Ready To Collapse

State of the Union

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Dec 11, 2015

Abby Martin interviews retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former national security advisor to the Reagan administration, who spent years as an assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell during both Bush administrations. Today, he is honest about the unfixable corruption inside the establishment and the corporate interests driving foreign policy.

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The Shaping of American Character by Arthur D. Robbins

Ambrogio Lorenzetti. Allegory of Good Government. Detail. 1338-40. Fresco. Palazzo Publico, Siena, Italy

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by Arthur D. Robbins
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained
December 10, 2015

Have you ever thought that who you are as a person is determined in part by the government you live under? Political philosophers have been considering such a possibility going all the way back to the early Greeks. Government shapes us either by engaging and empowering us through participation or by assuming all power unto itself and leaving us to go our separate ways alone and isolated.

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Chris Hedges: The Revolution Will Be Local

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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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Socrates Meets Bernie Sanders by Rocket Kirchner

NYC - Metropolitan Museum of Art - Death of Socrates

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by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
December 7, 2015

Socrates: Very good speech, Senator.

Sanders: Thank you, sir.

Socrates: Would you mind if I ask a few questions?

Sanders: Not in the least. Please do.

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Pres. Obama, Which is Most Important to You: Destroying ISIS, Overthrowing Assad, or Scoring Points Against Russia? by William Blum

Parliament Square sit-in against Syria airstrikes.

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
December 6, 2015

Questions to ask President Obama the next time (also the last time) you’re invited to one of his press conferences:

Which is most important to you – destroying ISIS, overthrowing Syrian president Assad, or scoring points against Russia?

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Abby Martin: The U.S. School That Trains Dictators and Death Squads

Shut Down the School of the Assassins 1

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Warning

This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Dec 4, 2015

On November 22, thousands gathered at the gates of Fort Benning, GA at the 25th annual protest of the School of the Americas to memorialize the tens of thousands of people who lost their lives at the hands of the U.S. Empire’s brutally repressive juntas it used to rule Latin America by force.

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20 People Now Richer Than Half Of America by Dariel Garner

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by Dariel Garner
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 4, 2015

The 20 richest Americans will sit down to breakfast this morning to lovely dishes carefully prepared by their chefs and served them in the most elegant of dining rooms that can be imagined. How will they greet the news that they now have more wealth than half of America combined? Twenty people, all white and mostly male, nine of them from just three families, are now richer than the poorest 152,000,000 Americans combined.

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