Pentagon Recruiting Playbook Revealed, by Pat Elder

Occupy Military Recruiters!

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Republished with permission from David Swanson at World Beyond War

by Pat Elder
World Beyond War, July 16, 2017
July 18, 2017

Ominous developments in three states this summer – Oregon, Texas, New Jersey, and one city – Chicago, provide a glimpse into the Pentagon’s new playbook to recruit soldiers from high schools across the country. In brief, the military has been engaged in a robust lobbying campaign to lower academic standards to make it easier to recruit youth.

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Taxation Without Representation—Déjà Vu by William John Cox + Greg Palast: One Person, One Vote

by William John Cox
Writer, Dandelion Salad
williamjohncox.com
June 7, 2015

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The Supreme Court’s acceptance of a case about the allocation of voting districts will have consequences far beyond the millions of U.S. taxpayers its ruling may deprive of representation. A decision that only counts voters, rather than all persons, will undermine the very foundation of the Republic.

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Rex W. Tillerson–A Frackin’ Hypocrite! by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
walterbrasch.com
March 2, 2014

Fracking Rally 2013

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Rex W. Tillerson, a resident of Bartonville, Texas, like many of his neighbors was upset with his city council. That’s not unusual. Many residents get upset at their local governing boards. And so they went to a city council meeting to express their concerns that the council was about to award a construction permit.

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Texas Supreme Court Poised to Save Planet by William Boardman

by William Boardman
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on readersupportednews.org
February 2, 2014

Chicago Chapter of RAN Sends Canadian Consulate A Clear Message About Tar Sands

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Most of the Keystone XL chatter these days is about the U.S. State Department fantasy that tapping the tar sands of Canada will be a benign blessing for America and the world. But almost no one mentions the Texas Supreme Court case that could shut the pipeline down completely – since a court ruling for the appellant could mean that the pipeline was built on property to which the pipeline owner had no rights.

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TransCanada Seizes Land In Texas By Eminent Domain by Walter Brasch

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by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.walterbrasch.com
May 19, 2013

Julia Trigg Crawford of Direct, Texas, is the manager of a 650-acre farm that her grandfather first bought in 1948. The farm produces mostly corn, wheat, and soy. On its north border is the Red River; to the west is the Bois d’Arc Creek.

TransCanada is an Alberta-based corporation that is building the controversial Keystone Pipeline that will carry bitumen—thicker, more corrosive and toxic, than crude oil—through 36-inch diameter pipes from the Alberta tar sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast, mostly to be exported. The $2.3 billion southern segment, about 485 miles from Cushing, Okla., to the Gulf Coast is nearly complete. Continue reading

The Shock Doctrine in Texas Prisons by Kenneth Foster

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by Kenneth Foster
SocialistWorker.org
March 21, 2013

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Kenneth Foster is a prisoner in Texas. Despite the fact that he wasn’t convicted of being responsible for a murder–only of being present–he was sent to death row in 1996 and came within three hours of execution 11 years later before his sentence was commuted. Both before and after this victory, Kenneth was an outspoken activist and writer, not only on his own behalf, but against the criminal justice system as a whole.

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Greg Palast: Texas judge stops construction of Keystone XL pipeline

with Greg Palast
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.gregpalast.com
December 15, 2012

Tar Sands Blockade N19

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RTAmerica·Dec 12, 2012

The Keystone XL pipeline has received a lot of attention due to the potential environmental impact the project could have on land across America. TransCanada, the company behind the construction is now being accused of lying to land owners. Land owners are claiming the firm said crude oil would be transported through the pipes and not nearly solid product extracted from tar sands and now Michael Bishop, one of the land owners, has filed a lawsuit against the oil giant. A judge has halted construction of the pipeline on Bishops property and Greg Palast an investigative journalist gives us his take on the never ending controversy. Continue reading

Houston janitors take on the 1% — and win! by Gloria Rubac

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by Gloria Rubac
www.workers.org
Aug. 16, 2012

Houston — After a hot summer of mass demonstrations, civil disobedience, rallies, almost 70 arrests, prayer vigils and marches, Houston janitors — who had been without a contract since May 31 and went on strike in July — won double what the contractors had initially offered and kept the benefits that had been threatened. The deal was reached with most of Houston’s major cleaning contractors, but union officials are still negotiating with one final contractor.

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Finally, The Truth About the Alamo by Daniel N. White

by Daniel N. White
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
September 20, 2011

The Alamo Mission in San Antonio located at 29...

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My, My, My.  We now have a  truthful book about the Alamo.

And somehow it seems to have escaped critical attention, particularly, to no great surprise, here in Texas. The book is Exodus from the Alamo: The Anatomy of the Last Stand Myth, by Phillip Thomas Tucker. Published in 2010 by second-tier publishers Casemate, this book has not received any reviews by any major national source, nor any attention by any of the Texas newspapers.* Hell I’d have thought that San Antonio, which although by population numbers is the US’ 9th largest city has always really been Mexico’s northernmost city, and is also where the Alamo, or what little is left of it, resides, Continue reading

Greg Palast: Fukushima Daiichi nuclear situation in Texas?

with Greg Palast
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.gregpalast.com
March 16, 2011

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on Mar 16, 2011

The intensifying nuclear crisis in Japan is raising anxieties on both sides of the Pacific over the potential impacts of radiation exposure, and a relative lack of official information on radiation has many worried. The nuclear radiation threat continues to spread in Japan after numerous explosions. Meanwhile, the Obama Administration wants to offer new projects to Tokyo Electric who engineered the collapsing nuclear plants in Japan.

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The New Secessionists by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
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Truthdig
April 26, 2010

Acts of rebellion which promote moral and political change must be nonviolent. And one of the most potent nonviolent alternatives in the country, which defies the corporate state and calls for an end to imperial wars, is the secessionist movement bubbling up in some two dozen states including Vermont, Texas, Alaska and Hawaii.

These movements do not always embrace liberal values. Most of the groups in the South champion a “neo-Confederacy” and are often exclusively male and white. Secessionists, who call for statewide referendums to secede, do not advocate the use of force. It is unclear, however, if some will turn to force if the federal structure ever denies them independence.

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