Censorship: The Death Knell of Democracy

Democracy

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 21, 2017

Censorship is the foe of freedom. It comes in many forms. The choking grip of control silences dissent. The bullhorns of propaganda blare out lies and fictions of consent. The maddened clench of greed stifles outlets for a diversity of expression, creativity, opportunity, and invention. The lurking spies of mass surveillance send chills down once-fearless spines. The data collectors of corporations mine our lives for ways to shrink-wrap our worldviews into commoditized sales pitches.

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Fling Back Despair!

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 16, 2017

Despair rides in front of our opposition, an invisible wind that blows like plague through our hearts. Here, our stand begins. Moment-by-moment, day-by-day, we must keep despair at bay in the siege waged by the forces of destruction and greed.

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What Would Happen If We All Refused To Go Quietly To The Slaughterhouse? + The Roots of Resistance

Resistance is Fertile

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published December 14, 2016
November 14, 2017

We are serving ourselves up on silver platters to the oligarchs and giant corporations. We have apples of misinformation in our mouths and sprigs of patriotic parsley tucked behind our ears. Must we complacently acquiesce to being pot-roasted pigs? Rise up!

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Dogman by Gaither Stewart

Stray dog

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
October 17, 2017

At first, people of the town didn’t notice that every day there were fewer stray dogs creeping sociably under their feet while they took the sun on the benches at el Jardín. The growing absence of the rangy brown dogs – short- haired mongrels, their ribs leaping from their undersides, habitually scratching for nourishment at the food stalls around the square or wandering single file up and down the steep back streets – didn’t register on anyone.

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Lily Pad Roll: The Last Chapter–Persian Paradigm by Gaither Stewart

by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
June 25, 2017

Lily Pads is a name given to a new and more flexible type of US military base abroad, among the some 1000 US foreign military bases, covering the Earth, but for the most part surrounding Russia and China. Many are near Iran. I gave this title to Lily Pad Roll, the second volume of the Europe Trilogy (The Trojan Spy, Lily Pad Roll, Time of Exile), political novels published by Punto Press, New York. This novel was published in 2012 and is available on Amazon both in print format and Kindle book. The story develops around a young American soldier and communications genius, Elmer Redway, a forerunner of Manning, stationed at an American military base in Bulgaria who finds such astounding secrets of US military crimes that he divulges them to WikiLeaks and elsewhere. When he is discovered he deserts and begins an underground existence in Europe. He is aided by Karl Heinz, a wealthy German journalist (the book’s second major character). The two are together in Berlin when the invasion of Iran gets underway. Though my invasion of Iran is invented, it is quite plausible and could happen this way. Were I to give a title to this chapter, I would most likely call it, Persian Paradigm.

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Fragments, Chapter 17: Between Scilla and Cariddi by Gaither Stewart

another late night

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
June 14, 2017

Here is a chapter from my novel in the works, Fragments. This long chapter is set in south Italy, shows preparations for an invented color revolution, Gladio, etc.

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Where Is Your Loyalty?

I Will Stand With The Most Vulnerable

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 1, 2017

For all the avowed patriots who demand my Pledge of Allegiance and salutes on Loyalty Day, Fourth of July, and other patriotic, militarized holidays, I fling this question to your hearts: how deep and far does your loyalty to your country run?

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Poverty Will Kill More Of Us Than Terrorism

Fight The Power, Occupy Oakland (17 of 20)

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 13, 2017

Curse the war culture! It leaves us at a loss for words, bereft of metaphors to describe our situation. Our minds become blank slates, unable to recognize dangers at the door unless they carry assault weapons or drop bombs on our heads.

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Polite and Apolitical? Repression By Another Name

Dissent is patriotic

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 5, 2017

There are those who would have us fold up our banners and take down our protest signs. They urge us to be reasonable and polite. They expect us to cram our dissent into narrow boxes of occasional grumbling comments and take our frustration out at the election box once every few years. These people write letters to the editor of small town newspapers claiming that the visible signs of dissatisfaction – pickets, protesters, political signs – are bad for business and distasteful.

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Schoolyard Bullies on Capitol Hill

Nonviolence

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 5, 2017

Politicians have devolved into nothing more than schoolyard bullies stealing lunch money from small children, harassing the defenseless, and expecting to receive rewards and gold stars of approval.

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We Are Facing Dangers On All Sides

I Will Stand With The Most Vulnerable

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 22, 2017

The challenges that confront us loom imminent, yet still unknown. Like dangers in the dark, we can sense but not clearly see them. Our government is preparing new assaults upon our rights and maneuvering more regressive unjust legislation through the machine of the political apparatus. The wealthy scheme up new ways to rob and impoverish us. Corporations craft increasing ways to profit, even if it means destroying our water, air, land, and health. We are facing dangers on all sides, in shapes and sizes we can barely imagine.

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Not One Penny More to the Rich!

Enough is Enough!

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 15, 2017

When times are bleak and darkness deepens, ancient yearnings of humanity stir in our hearts. We long for the simple things that our ancestors always sought: safety for our families, roofs over our heads, food in our bellies, rest for our weary bodies. In other words, we yearn for the basic human rights have been denied to far too many generations over the course of human history.

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Pieces of Truth Forged Into Daggers of Deception + ‘Fake News’ Covers Up Domestic Propaganda Law

Question Everything

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 19, 2016

When truth and reality are shattered into a thousand shards of deception, skewed and slanted into vicious weapons for power and control, how can we in the Dandelion Insurrection move forward?

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What Would Happen If We All Refused To Go Quietly To The Slaughterhouse?

Power to the People, SF Commune (5 of 22)

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 14, 2016

We are serving ourselves up on silver platters to the oligarchs and giant corporations. We have apples of misinformation in our mouths and sprigs of patriotic parsley tucked behind our ears. Must we complacently acquiesce to being pot-roasted pigs? Rise up!

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Corporate Demons Possess Our Nation’s Soul

Corporations Are Not People

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 4, 2016

Corporate demons possess our nation’s soul. They crept in stealthily, full of trickery and deception, but now they’re lodged in place, as surely as if they had stormed our homes and halls of power with guns and tanks. Perhaps we’d recognize their coup if they had assassinated a flesh-and-blood president instead of merely stealing the souls of all our elected leaders.

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