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Chris Hedges’ Commencement Address: Integrity Forged in Cages — Dandelion Salad

Chris Hedges’ Commencement Address: Integrity Forged in Cages

 

On May 10, 2019, Chris Hedges gave this talk to 27 graduating students who were formerly incarcerated—several of whom he taught in prison—and their families at Rutgers University on Friday. The ceremony was held by the Mountainview Program at Rutgers, which helps students complete their degrees at Rutgers after they take college courses inside prisons through the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons Consortium (NJ-STEP) program.

“Is it not criminal to allow more than 12 million children in the United States to go to bed hungry every night while Amazon, which earned $11 billion in profits last year, paid no federal taxes? In fact, in our system of corporate welfare, Amazon received a $129 million tax rebate from the federal government. Is it not criminal that half of all Americans live in poverty, or near-poverty, while the three richest men in America, including the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, have combined fortunes worth more than the total wealth of the poorest half of Americans? Is it not criminal that millions of factory jobs, which once allowed families to earn a living wage with health and retirement benefits, have been shipped to places like Monterrey, Mexico, where Mexican workers in GM plants earn $3 an hour without benefits? Is it not criminal that our families have been sacrificed to feed the mania for corporate profit, left to rot in violent and post-industrial wastelands such as Newark or Camden? Is it not criminal to harass and terrorize the poor on the streets of our cities for petty activities, such as selling loose cigarettes or “obstructing pedestrian traffic,” which means standing too long on a sidewalk, while Bank of America, Citibank and Goldman Sachs have never been held accountable for trashing the global economy, wiping out 40 percent of the world’s wealth through fraud? Is [it] not criminal that, as poverty has gone up and crime has actually gone down, our prison population has more than doubled?”

Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges Nigrotime on May 21, 2019 On May 10, 2019, Chris Hedges gave this talk to 27 graduating students who were formerly incarcerated—several of whom he taught in prison—and their families at Rutgers University on Friday. The ceremony was held by the Mountainview Program at Rutgers, which helps students complete their […]

via Chris Hedges’ Commencement Address: Integrity Forged in Cages — Dandelion Salad

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Censorship Is the Last Tool of Tyrants – Dr Mercola

Censorship Is the Last Tool of Tyrants – Dr Mercola

“Censorship Is the Last Tool of Tyrants – Dr Mercola

Pfizer’s Prevnar 133 vaccine (which protects against common strains of pneumonia) actually made more money than Lipitor or Viagra in 2015, both Pfizer top-selling drugs,4,5 and the 2018 revenues for Gardasil 9 was $3 billion according to CNBC.6

As noted by Financial Times,7 profits from Prevnar 13 shot up in 2015, reaching $6.25 billion, nearly three times more than Viagra that year, thanks to the U.S. government recommendation to start using it in seniors over 65 and not just children. “The success of Prevnar shows [vaccines] can be as lucrative as any drug,” the article states.8

Censorship Aimed at Blocking First-Hand Testimony of Vaccine Harms
When you have a profitable business, you want to nurture and protect it, and promote its sustained growth…”  via The Most Revolutionary Act

from Censorship Is the Last Tool of Tyrants – Dr Mercola

Homeless man jailed for 20 weeks for sitting on the ground ‘without reasonable excuse’

Homeless man jailed for 20 weeks for sitting on the ground ‘without reasonable excuse’

It’s getting Dickensian isn’t it? Back in the day they got deported to places like the Australian penal colony (cheap/free labour) … the nation that boasted ‘righteousness exalts a nation’ … “our Union Jack tells the world that in us they should find a Christian Nation. Let us be what we should be’. Pretty damning really. I hear many of NZ’s homeless are in deep deep debt to the leeches that currently are meeting in Switzerland.

Somerset County Gazette — Defending Sanity in the Uppity Down World

https://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/news/17635664.homeless-man-jailed-for-20-weeks-for-sitting-on-the-ground-without-reasonable-excuse/

via Homeless man jailed for 20 weeks for sitting on the ground ‘without reasonable excuse’ | Somerset County Gazette — Defending Sanity in the Uppity Down World

Photo credit: Pixabay.com (not the actual person in the article)

Chris Hedges: The Issue Before Us is Death

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“The corporate forces that have commodified the natural world for profit have also commodified human beings. We are as expendable to global corporations as the Barrier Reef or the great sequoias. These corporations and ruling elites, which have orchestrated the largest transference of wealth upward in human history, with globe’s richest 1 percent owning half the world’s wealth, kneel, and force us to kneel, before the dictates of the global marketplace. They have seized control of our governments, extinguishing democracy, corrupting law and building alliances with neofascists and authoritarians as the ruling ideology of neoliberalism is exposed as a con. They have constructed pervasive and sophisticated systems of internal security, wholesale surveillance and militarized police, along with criminalizing poverty, to crush dissent.” — Chris Hedges, Confronting the Culture of Death

via Chris Hedges: The Issue Before Us is Death

Anzac Day tricks: from Bill Massey to Jacinda Ardern

End of wars? … nah … “Ardern told Patrick Gower on Three’s The Nation that North Korea is “absolutely a genuine and real threat” and New Zealand is ready to play a role if requested.””


As some of us choose to remember today our own forbears who went & died in the Rothschild wars … I recall my own late Papa saying “Wars will never end … wars make money” … yes he was one of those who were required to defend the ‘King & Country’ lie. So, not to disrespect these ones who did what they knew to be right for their day (who had no choice really) … who later, like my Papa did, found out for whose cause their mates really gave their lives away.  My dear Papa is there in the header image, visiting Cassino in his 82nd year, viewing the graves of his lost mates…. and he was right …

… the war mongering continues …. all of those glitzy weapons are making even more money today … ask the Royals, they know all about that. It’s getting harder now though to gloss it all over in nationalist type rhetoric, so the corporates have been busy repackaging their morbid trade into a nicer looking ‘defense’ package.

Watch, they are now busy manufacturing new enemies. 

 

From rdln.wordpress.com

Anzac Day tricks: from Bill Massey to Jacinda Ardern

“This year, prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s conciliatory message tops everything. It probably has William Massey turning in his grave.

“Today our thoughts turn to all veterans, their spouses and families. We particularly pay tribute to those who served in the Second World War, a generation which sadly has almost left us. As we acknowledge their service and honour their contribution to our country, we think too of our current service personnel and their wider support community.

“As we gather together this Anzac Day we recognise that there is still much division to overcome in the world today. Through our expressions of love, compassion and unity, we reaffirm our commitment to peace and freedom of faith and we move forward together in hope.”

If the ghost of Massey worries, it is needless. Jacinda Ardern’s soothing pacifist words have less substance than mist.

In the wake of US President Trump’s 2017 threat to incinerate North Korea Ardern told Patrick Gower on Three’s The Nation that North Korea is “absolutely a genuine and real threat” and New Zealand is ready to play a role if requested.”

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