Name 11 Things That You Are Grateful For This Thanksgiving by Rocket Kirchner

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by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
Originally published November 19, 2012
Revised November 26, 2015
November 24, 2016

Sometimes we human beings just have to sit down now and then and take stock. Gratefulness is not only good for reflection, but it is also very healthy for the soul. Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving with Blood and Tears by Michael Parenti

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michaelparenti.org
November 25, 2015

An excerpt from the recent book by Michael Parenti, Profit Pathology and Other Indecencies for your Thanksgiving consideration:

The lives of indigenous peoples in North America (“Indians”)—from quality of diet and medicine to individual freedom—were superior to the pinched, unwashed, dour lives transported from Christianized England. The Europeans were far more practiced than the “Indians” in dealing with syphilis, gonorrhea, small pox, typhoid, and bubonic plague, not to mention hangings, slavery, prostitution, religious wars, witch hunts, and inquisitions. European superiority registered in a few devilishly crucial areas, specifically the technologies of firearms, armor, and oceanic transport. The Native Americans had no desire to embrace the religiously oppressive, mean-spirited, acquisitive life of the colonizers. They lived comfortably free from any ruinous impulse for massive wealth accumulation. Labeled as “savage beasts” by the invaders, they actually behaved in courteous and kindly ways—that is, until they realized what they were up against.

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Name 11 Things That You Are Grateful For This Thanksgiving by Rocket Kirchner

Beautiful Fall Day 2013

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
Originally published November 19, 2012
Revised November 26, 2015

Sometimes we human beings just have to sit down now and then and take stock. Gratefulness is not only good for reflection, but it is also very healthy for the soul. Continue reading

Abby Martin: Native American Genocide + The Unist’ot’en Camp are Blocking Pipelines From Crossing Their Land

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Nov 20, 2015

Each November, Americans celebrate a mythical version of U.S. history. Thanksgiving Day’s portrayal of the experience of Native Americans under the boot of settler-colonialism is one of the Empire’s most cherished falsehoods.

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David Steindl-Rast: Revolutionizing the Concept of Revolution

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Happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating today. To me, every day is Thanksgiving because I am so thankful for each and every day. And yes, I am a very happy and joy-filled person because of this gratefulness. ~ Lo

TED on Nov 27, 2013

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A Thanksgiving Day Fast For Peace By Gary Corseri (2005; repost)

First published on Dandelion Salad in 2008. Originally published in 2005.

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By Gary Corseri
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Nov. 20, 2012 Continue reading

Name 10 things that you are grateful for this Thanksgiving by Rocket Kirchner

Beautiful Fall Day 2013

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by Rocket Kirchner
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
November 19, 2012

Sometimes we human beings just have to sit down now and then and take stock. Gratefulness is not only good for reflection, but it is also very healthy for the soul. Continue reading

Cut to the political heart of a U.S. holiday on the brink by Roxanne Amico

Sent to DS by the author.

by Roxanne Amico
Dandelion Salad
Spiritmorph Studio
Nov. 25, 2010

This is a post I wrote on “Thanksgiving Day.” [Before that is this very important reminder that “natural gas fracking” (DRILLING) has already been proven lethally dangerous to all land, air, water, food, and the communities living nearby.  So, there is a protest about it on Thursday, December 9th. Info about that is below.]

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The Inner Voices by Bruce Gagnon

by Bruce Gagnon
featured writer
Dandelion Salad
Organizing Notes
Nov. 22, 2010

I call it mental colonization. The corporations learned long ago, by hiring the best and brightest from the world of psychology, they can control the population by feeding us images and ideas over and over again. And since the corporations now control most governments around the world we see them doing much the same.

Take the economic crisis here in the U.S. for example. The public has now largely swallowed the line that the best way to deal with the economic collapse is to cut spending which essentially means gutting things like Social Security, education, and programs for the mentally ill. Structural adjustment they call it. The brainwashing has reached the point that large percentages of the public have “internalized their oppression” and have become advocates for the agenda of the oligarchy.

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A Thanksgiving Day Fast For Peace By Gary Corseri (repost)

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By Gary Corseri featured writer Dandelion Salad Nov. 17, 2008

The preposition is apt.  We are not in the season, not even in the spirit of the season, but we feel it upon us, like a nightmare chimera. Many feel oppressed and depressed by it. We struggle for more light.

Perhaps it’s better to call it the shopping season.

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Amy Goodman calls the Afghan Peace Vigil

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Nov. 26, 2009

Amy Goodman calls the Afghan Peace Vigil

Winter & the cold have arrived in Afghanistan

American Thanksgiving and our Afghan winter; Afghan vigilers’ telephone conversation with Amy Goodman

To our American friends, have a meaningful and warm Thanksgiving!

We especially thank Douglas Mackey and Dennis Mills for the tele-conversation we had with students of Olympia High School and Evergreen State College, as well as Amy Goodman for speaking to us in our Afghan silence.

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American Thanksgiving & our Afghan winter

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Freedom & Life: Of Turkeys & Men by Sibel Edmonds + Bagram Prison Exposed

by Sibel Edmonds
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
originally published by Boiling Frogs Post
25 November 2009

Freedom & Life: Of Turkeys & Men

Dear Mr. President:

Today is the official Presidential Turkey Pardon Day for 2009, your very first since taking office.  I understand you are planning to fly your pardoned bird(s) First Class to California, where they will live at Big Thunder Ranch at Disneyland. How lucky are these birds, how kind of you to value their lives and freedom, and how generous of you to release them.

Mr. President, there are many innocent human beings who have been caged for over six years, under deplorable conditions, including torture – despite being innocent and having done nothing wrong. Their last ten months of detainment and torture have taken place under your watch, per your orders, and with your instructions.

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Over the River and through the Woods By David Irving

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By David Irving
bestcyrano.org/THOMASPAINE
11/27/08

(Four Thanksgiving Day Vignettes)

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The Hunter

Among twenty snowy mountains the only thing the hunter saw in the early morning light from behind his blind was a deer moving at the edge of the woods. The young doe lifted her head and sniffed the crisp air just as the 160 grain bullet tore into the flesh of her left hip and shattered the bone there. A whine cut the air as the doe leaped in agony. Adrenalin poured through her system, fear coated her eyes, a gush of red erupted onto the snow at her feet.

“God dammit! Missed the fucking bastard again!” the hunter swore, smacking the side of his 7mm Remington Magnum with his paw. He pressed a gloved thumb against the right side of his nostrils and blew out a wad of snot on the snow at his feet. “Wish the hell Harry would hurry and get back with the God damned coffee!!”

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A Turkey By Any Other Description – Is Still the Governor of Alaska by Walter Brasch + video

by Walter Brasch
featured writer
Dandelion Salad
www.walterbrasch.com
Nov. 21, 2008

President Bush, as has every president since his father began the practice in 1989, annually pardons a Thanksgiving turkey.

Amid hundreds of spectators, most of them members of the media, the president makes a few cute comments, issues a pardon for the turkey and a “runner-up” (in case the Main Bird can’t fulfill all the duties), and then sends the turkeys off to a petting zoo or ranch, where they live about a year. Why they live only a year is because domestic turkeys are bred to become so pleasingly plump so quickly that disease takes over their bodies if not slaughtered. A domestic turkey has a 26 week life span; wild turkeys, if not killed by natural predators, have a 12 year life span. Continue reading

A Thanksgiving Day Fast For Peace By Gary Corseri

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By Gary Corseri
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Dandelion Salad
Nov. 17, 2008 Continue reading