Will Griffin: Dismantling General Dynamics With The Mapping Project

Will Griffin: Dismantling General Dynamics With The Mapping Project

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 5, 2022

“General Dynamics develops biometric technologies which have collected data on over 230 million individuals as well as to develop surveillance systems to legally and illegally monitor their targets.” — Will Griffin

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Chris Hedges: Dystopia, Octopus Intelligence, and What Makes Us Human

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Oct 7, 2022

In Ray Nayler’s novel The Mountain in the Sea he explores the marine habitat of a hyperintelligent species of octopus, endowed with its own language and culture, is seized by a global tech corporation determined to harness this non-human intelligence for profit in new systems of artificial intelligence.

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What Would We Do Without Police, Prisons, Surveillance, Borders, Wars, Nukes, and Capitalism? by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Sept. 27, 2022
October 1, 2022

What would we do in a world lacking police, prisons, surveillance, borders, wars, nuclear weapons, and capitalism? Well, we might survive. We might sustain life on this little blue dot a little longer. That — in contrast to the status quo — ought to be sufficient. We might, in addition, do a lot more than sustain life. We might transform the lives of billions of people including each person reading these words. We might have lives with less fear and worry, more joy and accomplishment, more control and cooperation.

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William I. Robinson: Capitalism’s Structural Crisis and the Global Revolt

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theAnalysis-news on Aug 22, 2022

According to William I. Robinson, the COVID pandemic has further intensified the structural crisis of global capitalism and has caused numerous uprisings and revolts around the world, which global elites are trying to suppress via militarization, police repression, and surveillance.

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Will Griffin: The Crown Family, General Dynamics, and the US War Machine

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 27, 2022

The Chicago-based Crown Family might be known for their philanthropic efforts around the country, donating millions of dollars to universities, art institutions and a variety of other causes. Where did all that wealth come from? James Crown is the current director of General Dynamics (GD), the 5th largest weapons producer in the country and has their hands dirty in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, in Palestine and even at the Mexico border. His father, Lester Crown, was a previous president and chair of GD. His grandfather, Henry Crown, created the Material Service Corporation which eventually merged with GD, and gained controlling interest in GD in 1959, also becoming its director and chair.

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Will Griffin: Origins of the Modern Surveillance State

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 7, 2022

“Since the dawn of capitalism, the capitalist class has had to keep an eye on the working class in order to keep them in check. This surveillance has been around for a long time but the story of the modern surveillance state begins about a century ago.”

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Chris Hedges and Todd Miller: Build Bridges Not Walls: A Journey to a World Without Borders

U.S.-Mexico Border — Nogales, Arizona, February 6, 2019

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jan 8, 2022

On the show, Chris Hedges discusses the building of climate fortresses with the author and journalist, Todd Miller.

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Chris Hedges: Islamophobia, Race and Global Politics

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jan 6, 2022

On the show, Chris Hedges discusses the nature of Islamophobia with the author and professor, Nazia Kazi.

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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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Kristinn Hrafnsson: The US Govt Contemplated Killing Julian Assange With UK Complicity

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goingundergroundRT on Sep 29, 2021

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to Wikileaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson about the shocking revelations that the Trump Administration and CIA considered assassinating or kidnapping Julian Assange, with planned shootouts with Russian agents on Britain’s streets, a car crash kidnapping and an assault on a passenger jet should Julian Assange decide to leave for Russia.

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Chris Hedges: The Fight to Free Knowledge

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with Chris Hedges

Originally on RT America on Aug 5, 2021

The Chris Hedges YouTube Channel on Jul 1, 2022

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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Colonialism’s Final Form: Mercenaries and Weaponized Surveillance, by Rainer Shea

The Tactics of Terror, by Kenn Orphan

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist
August 4, 2021

The world that late-stage capitalism is creating is one where the only stable states—or things that resemble states—will be the fortified high-tech enclaves that the super-rich create in the wake of a collapsed civilization. In the scenarios that some futurists have been anticipating, by the end of this century the only places with reliable electricity are going to be the walled off communities of these elites, guarded by those seeking to be rewarded with food and housing and sustained by a neo-feudal network of farming.

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Kristinn Hrafnsson: Pegasus Spyware Leaks Show Nobody is Safe From Surveillance!

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goingundergroundRT on Jul 21, 2021

We speak to Wikileaks Editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson. He discusses the leaks showing up to 50,000 people were potential targets of the Pegasus spyware that has been sold to governments around the world by NSO, an Israeli company and the inescapable global surveillance apparatus, that has also now become privatised. He also discusses the Julian Assange US extradition case, where he slams the ongoing detention of Julian Assange despite a key witness in the case against Julian Assange admitting to lying.

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The Climate Crisis and the Intensification of the Class War, by Rainer Shea

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, July 6, 2021
July 8, 2021

Covid-19’s unparalleled U.S. death number, this last year’s irreversible unemployment of tens of millions of U.S. residents, the proliferation of fires throughout the last decade, the extreme heat within much of the country that’s forced many to evacuate, and the other destabilizing factors in the core of global imperialism come in the context of an intensifying class war. A class war that the CIA, the corporate media, the police state, and the other instruments of counterrevolutionary warfare in U.S. borders are intent to keep their pulse on as the conditions of the masses slip ever deeper into chaos.

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