Posts Tagged 'From the Blogosphere':

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Homeless: The New Normal (Blogpost)

One day, a young man of about 20 walked up to me on the street and asked me for some change. “I’ve got nothing I can spare,” I told him, “I’m homeless.” The kid was amazed. “Really?” he asked, tilting his head to the side and studying me carefully. “I would never have thought so. You look perfectly normal.” “I am normal,” I assured him. “I have human DNA, just like you. But I am homeless. Looks have nothing to do with it.”

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Why Even Failed Activism Succeeds (Blogpost)

I enjoy reading histories of past activism, including memoirs by long-time activists, such as Lawrence Wittner's new book, Working for Peace and Justice. Almost every such account includes belated discoveries of the extent to which a government has been spying on and infiltrating activist groups. And almost every such account includes belated discoveries of the extent to which government officials were influenced by activist groups even while pretending to ignore popular pressure.

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We’re Not in Kansas Anymore, This is Dark-America (Blogpost)

In 20th century science fiction, there is one particular story format that is often employed and is usually a fan favorite — the alternate or parallel universe, where the characters are the same but the roles are switched. In the alternate universe, the good guys are bad and the bad guys are worse. This idea of entering a darker, more sinister reality with no escape has been explored in television series like Star Trek and The Twilight Zone, and even comedy sitcoms like Seinfeld for years. It’s an idea most of us are familiar with.

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The Undeserving (Blogpost)

December 16, 2013 In this season of good will to all and general cheer let us talk of “The Undeserving.”

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We’re About to Lose Net Neutrality — And the Internet as We Know It (Blogpost)

Net neutrality is a dead man walking. The execution date isn’t set, but it could be days, or months (at best). And since net neutrality is the principle forbidding huge telecommunications companies from treating users, websites, or apps differently — say, by letting some work better than others over their pipes — the dead man walking isn’t some abstract or far-removed principle just for wonks: It affects the internet as we all know it.

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Add It Up: The Average American Family Pays $6,000 a Year in Subsidies to Big Business (Blogpost)

Monday, September 23, 2013 | Common Dreams $6,000. That's over and above our payments to the big companies for energy and food and housing and health care and all our tech devices. It's $6,000 that no family would have to pay if we truly lived in a competitive but well-regulated free-market economy.

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Larry Summers and the Secret "End-Game" Memo (Blogpost)

When a little birdie dropped the End Game memo through my window, its content was so explosive, so sick and plain evil, I just couldn't believe it.

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What Bradley Manning's Sentence Will Tell Us About Our Military Justice System (Blogpost)

July 30th, 2013 Today Bradley Manning was convicted on 20 of 22 counts, including violating the Espionage Act, releasing classified information and disobeying orders. That's the bad news. The good news is he was found not guilty on the charge of "aiding the enemy." That's 'cause who he was aiding was us, the American people. And we're not the enemy. Right?

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The whistleblowers at the frontier of digital liberation (Blogpost)

Incarcerated, persecuted and put on show trials, today’s digital dissenters — from Manning and Assange to Snowden — continue to speak truth to power. August 13, 2013 Image credits: WikiLeaks

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The US terror scare (Blogpost)

5 August 2013 The latest in a long series of US terror scares since the September 11, 2001 attacks has unfolded over the last three days, following a well-worn pattern. Top officials of the executive branch issue vague and ominous alerts. Congressional leaders, after closed-door briefings by the intelligence agencies, echo the warnings. The media amplifies the alarm uncritically, seeking to stampede the public. Not a single voice is raised to question the claims or essential premises of the scare campaign.

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U.S. Standard of Living Has Fallen More Than 50% (Blogpost)

04/03/12 - 06:00 AM EDT NEW YORK (Bullion Bulls Canada) -- In writing about the relentless collapse of Western economies, I frequently point to "40 years of plummeting wages" for Western workers, in real dollars. However, where I have been remiss is in quantifying the magnitude of this collapse in Western wages.

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Gerald Koch Hasn't Been Accused of a Crime, but the Feds Put Him in Jail Anyway (Blogpost)

A New York anarchist has been jailed for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury about his political beliefs, his friends, and the legal support he provided to Occupy Wall Street.

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Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever (Blogpost)

The Illuminati were amateurs. The second huge financial scandal of the year reveals the real international conspiracy: There's no price the big banks can't fix By Matt Taibbi | April 25, 2013 1:00 PM ET

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Let's Reform Copyright. With a Sledgehammer. Into Smithereens. (Blogpost)

There are many ways we could reform the copyright monopoly to solve some of its problems. This is politically doable. But long-term, we really just need to abolish this thing altogether. One of the better attempts at solving the problems with the copyright monopoly has been Creative Commons. Creative Commons does great work in encouraging creative people to think differently about the copyright monopoly, and about what other people are allowed to do with their work. Unfortunately, there’s one big problem. Here’s an infographic to sum it up:

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It Would Be Great if Millionaires Would Not Lecture Us on ‘Living With Less’ (Blogpost)

There is something about achieving great financial success that seduces people into believing that they are life coaches. This problem seems particularly endemic to the tech millionaire set. You are not simply Some Fucking Guy Who Sold Your Internet Company For a Lot of Money; you are a lifestyle guru, with many important and penetrating insight about How to Live that must be shared with the common people. We would humbly request that this stop.

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Scale Implosion (Blogpost)

February 18, 2013 Back in the day when big box retail started to explode upon the American landscape like a raging economic scrofula, I attended many a town planning board meeting where the pro and con factions faced off over the permitting hurdle. The meetings were often raucous and wrathful and almost all the time the pro forces won -- for the excellent reason that they were funded and organized by the chain stores themselves (in an early demonstration of the new axioms that money-is-speech and corporations are people, too!).

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On Aaron Swartz and the Criminalization of Digital Dissent (Blogpost)

NOTE: Statement released Feb 20th by Jeremy Hammond's lawyer. This is Jeremy Hammond in his own words, from solitary confinement. Jeremy Hammond on Aaron Swartz and the Criminalization of Digital Dissent

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ARRRGGGHHH!!! (Blogpost)

Apparently our mainline media has decided that 10,000 people at the Vatican listening to the pope trumps 50,000 people on the Washington Mall demanding leadership on climate change. Do you suppose this shutting out of an issue that the majority of American people want to deal with has anything to do with the fact that the evening news is sponsored by the natural gas industry? Someone must have been paying attention: there were signs against fracking, after all. No wonder the average American doesn't quite believe the gravity of the situation: no one is telling them otherwise. The media seems determined to distract us by fixating on news that we can do nothing about, such as the latest scandals and gossip....i.e. nothing that informs me as a responsive/response-able citizen.

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Let’s Play Taboo When Discussing Politics (Blogpost)

Let’s play a game: get a friend to guess the word “baseball” without saying “game,” “sport,” “pitcher,” “catcher,” or “batter.” That means you have to think pretty creatively about baseball, right? This is how the party game Taboo works. What if we played Taboo when discussing political issues? For example, let’s talk about how to lower unemployment. The taboo words are: Job Economy Company Private Sector Money Unemployment

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Power and the Internet (Blogpost)

January 31, 2013 All disruptive technologies upset traditional power balances, and the Internet is no exception. The standard story is that it empowers the powerless, but that's only half the story. The Internet empowers everyone. Powerful institutions might be slow to make use of that new power, but since they are powerful, they can use it more effectively. Governments and corporations have woken up to the fact that not only can they use the Internet, they can control it for their interests. Unless we start deliberately debating the future we want to live in, and information technology in enabling that world, we will end up with an Internet that benefits existing power structures and not society in general.

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The Untouchables: How the Obama administration protected Wall Street from prosecutions (Blogpost)

A new PBS Frontline report examines a profound failure of justice that should be causing serious social unrest by Glenn Greenwald | guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 23 January 2013

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Aaron Swartz’s Politics (Blogpost)

What I respected about Aaron is that he burned with a desire for justice, but also felt a profound desire to understand the system he was attempting to reorganize. He didn’t throw up his hands lazily and curse at corruption, he spent enormous amounts of time and energy learning about and working the political system. From founding Reddit, to fighting the Fed. That was Aaron.

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It’s not the corporations; it’s the people who run them (Blogpost)

by Gaius Publius | 1/6/2013 I want to make a few points about corporations. The points may be obvious, but it’s useful to keep them in mind. They are: (1) Corporations are not people, and they don’t have ideas or will. They are empty vessels. If you took a neutron bomb to the home office of MegaCorp.com and let it rip, the building, filled to the brim with inventory and IP, would be empty of humans and a dead thing. You could wait for weeks for the offices to act; they wouldn’t. (2) This is especially true today, since the corporation now serves a different function than it was designed for. At first, a corporation served to make its stockholders moderately wealthy — or at least wealthier.

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Lazy Corporate Monopolies Are Why America Can’t Have Nice Things (Blogpost)

by Matt Stoller | Monday, January 7, 2013 What seems to have happened is that American corporate executives are now more focused on financial engineering, which is essentially the extraction of capital from their enterprises and from the public, than they are at selling improved goods and services.

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Gun Control Without Equality Means More Massacres, Not Fewer (Blogpost)

From: Mark Ames TO: The Shootings Desk Date: Dec 21st, 2012 Las Vegas, NV: Although the massacre in Newtown is not the type of rebellion-like rampage massacre that I usually write about — where employee attacks his workplace and his co-workers, or middle-class school kids attack their school and fellow students — a few things about the culture around this crime stand out.

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How about a little personal responsibility? (Blogpost)

Dec 18, 2012 I won’t even touch the subject of gun control and whether I’m against it or for it. I wanna talk about the many other factors that no one seems to address when something like the shooting at Newtown happens. so here’s a list of some things we need to talk about along with gun control: let’s talk about the dangerous weapons that people can be and why they snap like this. let’s talk about a system that would rather drug their kids and stick them in a corner than deal with them and try to figure out what’s going on in their heads. let’s talk about parents who would rather guzzle wine and pop xanex like candy when they get home from work instead of raising their children and teaching them right from wrong.

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We Heard Screaming (Blogpost)

By John Zerzan | Fri, 12/14/2012 Let’s assume there is nothing that hasn’t been done before. Including multiple homicide. But that seems to be a modern phenomenon and one that is now common. 1966 was a banner year for murder sprees, a break-out year ahead of its time. Although Charles Starkweather killed eleven people in Nebraska and Wyoming in 1958, it was ’66 that introduced things to come. In that year Richard Speck stabbed eight student nurses to death in their Chicago apartment; and Charles Whitman left a suicide note, climbed a tower at the University of Texas, and shot fourteen people to death.

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Are Wars Inevitable? (Blogpost)

by William T. Hathaway / December 5th, 2012 “We’ve always had wars. Humans are a warring species. Without an army to defend us, someone will always try to conquer us.” These assumptions have become axioms of our culture. They generate despair but also a certain comfort because they relieve us of the responsibility to change. Some politicians and pundits declare that human nature makes peace impossible, that war is built into our genes. They point to research by evolutionary biologists that indicates our closest genetic relatives, the chimpanzees, make war. Therefore war must be part of our heredity.

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Too Big to Jail: Our Banking System's Latest Disgrace (Blogpost)

You can be forgiven if you watched the Department of Justice’s announcement yesterday of a $1.92 billion settlement with HSBC with a sense of disappointment--and déjà vu. The event checked all the boxes in a theatrical routine that has become all too familiar. Descriptions of breathtaking misconduct involving the facilitation of massive drug trafficking and transactions with rogue terror-sponsoring nations? Check. Broad boasts about the "historic" nature of the settlement that will certainly end the type of criminal misconduct alleged? Check. Mea culpas from the offending institution with promises that it has really learned its lesson this time and will never ever engage in dastardly conduct again? Yep, that too.

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Prosecution of Anonymous activists highlights war for Internet control (Blogpost)

The US and allied governments exploit both law and cyber-attacks as a weapon to punish groups that challenge it by Glenn Greenwald | guardian.co.uk | Friday 23 November 2012 Whatever one thinks of WikiLeaks, it is an indisputable fact that the group has never been charged by any government with any crime, let alone convicted of one. Despite that crucial fact, WikiLeaks has been crippled by a staggering array of extra-judicial punishment imposed either directly by the US and allied governments or with their clear acquiescence.

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2028: The End of the World As We Know It? (Blogpost)

Bill McKibben’s ‘Do the Math’ tour is a call to arms on climate change. By Matthew Fleischer | November 12, 2012 Climate change could reach catastrophic levels by 2028. (Photo: Courtesy of 350.org) “There is nothing radical in what we’re discussing,” journalist and climate change activist Bill McKibben said before a crowd of nearly 1,000 at the University of California Los Angeles last night. “The radicals work for the oil companies.” Taken on its own, a statement like that would likely sound hyperbolic to most Americans—fodder for a sound bite on Fox News. Anyone who saw McKibben’s lecture in full, however, would know he was not exaggerating.

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ALEC behind Voter Photo ID cards (Blogpost)

Attached is a .pdf of an article I found on MINNPOST about ALEC being behind the Voter Photo ID laws that have come under charges of voter suppression by individuals and groups during the current general election period. One of many ways that the vote is being suppressed. Florida looks to play a big roll again in voting problems, thanks to Gov. Rick Scott Voter suppression going on...Florida. Scott's shameless voter suppression effort

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The Self-Destruction of the 1 Percent (Blogpost)

By Kathleen Geier | October 14, 2012 Financial reporter Chystia Freeland has an excellent op-ed in today’s New York Times. It concerns a very important subject, which is the way that, in highly unequal societies like our own, self-dealing elites destroy their economies and themselves by rigging the system to reward their own and closing off opportunities to talented outsiders and new ideas and influences. A calcified social structure and the equivalent of incestuous inbreeding among elites is the result, and it will eventually drain the lifeblood out of the economy.

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The Kids Don't Go Back (Blogpost)

September 28, 2012 Our schools look like prisons and our prisons look like malls. -Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band It’s a bleak landscape, indeed. Like a stone thunderstorm, I think, surveying the damage from my favorite hill.

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Black Bloc Chic: On The Cooptation of Militant Imagery (Blogpost)

By Anita Riot | Iconoclast 32 | Sat, 10/06/2012Under the shimmering diversions of spectacle, banalization dominates modern society and the world over and at every point where developed consumption of commodities has seemingly multiplied the roles and objects to choose from… The smug acceptance of what exists can also merge with purely spectacular rebellion; this reflects the simple fact that dissatisfaction itself became a commodity as soon as economic abundance could extend production to the processing of such raw materials. -Guy Debord

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Territorial Tax System (Blogpost)

I learned something very disheartening while I was going over the 5 point plan of Mitt Romney. His taxation plan included something I wasn't familiar with. Of course I had to go on my learning journey. I found that both the Obama Administration's Jobs Council and Romney are floating this idea as a job creator. There are some nasty things in a territorial tax system. What loomed out at me was the issue of tax havens. Romney gives no details on a territorial tax system, only that he wants to switch to it as part of his Corporate tax plan. That leaves me to assume he has no thought of modifying it. Why should he, since he continues to make extensive use of legal tax avoidance and tax havens worth double digit millions of dollars?

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Myths about industrial agriculture (Blogpost)

23 Sep 2012 Reports trying to create doubts about organic agriculture are suddenly flooding the media. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, people are fed up of the corporate assault of toxics and GMOs. Secondly, people are turning to organic agriculture and organic food as a way to end the toxic war against the earth and our bodies. At a time when industry has set its eyes on the super profits to be harvested from seed monopolies through patented seeds and seeds engineered with toxic genes and genes for making crops resistant to herbicides, people are seeking food freedom through organic, non-industrial food.

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Growth Is the Problem (Blogpost)

Growth Is the Problem by Chris Hedges from truthdig.com

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US austerity: Genocide of 50 million people (Blogpost)

No matter whether the next US president is named Obama or Romney, the Wall Street financier elite that dominates the United States is psychotically planning a series of tax increases for the middle class and working people, cuts in benefits and social services, and a transfer of wealth in favor of the top 1%, all of which will add up to a further cut of about 25% in the depleted US standard of living. The mythical “fiscal cliff”

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Unequal Coverage (Blogpost)

There's a natural disaster imbalance in the country, with us in the Western States lagging far behind.

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The new totalitarianism of surveillance technology (Blogpost)

If you think that 24/7 tracking of citizens by biometric recognition systems is paranoid fantasy, just read the industry newsletters by Naomi Wolf | guardian.co.uk | Wednesday 15 August 2012

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What does a police state look like? (Blogpost)

by Davi Barker | August 4, 2011 In George Orwell's dystopian classic 1984 the protagonist, Winston Smith, indulges in one of the most heinous of clandestine crimes. He keeps a diary. His long repressed hatred for The Party bursts in ink as he scrawls over and over, "Down with Big Brother. Down with Big Brother! DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER!" When his judgment returns fear seizes him, not only because he has committed the crime, but because he has thought the crime. In Smith's world The Party criminalizes thought itself.

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Here's a legal keeper - Psychopaths are mentally ill (Blogpost)

Craig A. Stern (Regent University School of Law) has posted The Heart of Mens Rea and the Insanity of Psychopaths on SSRN: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2118130

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Danger: America Is Losing Its Edge In Innovation (Blogpost)

By Norm Augustine | 1/20/2011 We're falling behind. I’ve visited more than 100 countries in the past several years, meeting people from all walks of life, from impoverished children in India to heads of state. Almost every adult I’ve talked with in these countries shares a belief that the path to success is paved with science and engineering. In fact, scientists and engineers are celebrities in most countries. They’re not seen as geeks or misfits, as they too often are in the U.S., but rather as society’s leaders and innovators. In China, eight of the top nine political posts are held by engineers. In the U.S., almost no engineers or scientists are engaged in high-level politics, and there is a virtual absence of engineers in our public policy debates.

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An Open Letter to Environmentalists (Blogpost)

This open letter was written by a member of Deep Green Resistance Colorado, and was influenced and informed by Deep Green Resistance and the work of Derrick Jensen, Lierre Keith, Aric McBay, and Jack Forbes, among many other sources and experiences. # # # The earth isn’t dying; it is being killed. And “clean energy” will only make things worse. I should probably begin by introducing myself; my name is Alex, and I’m a recovering renewable energy advocate. For years, I was a victim of desperation and hope; I petitioned and parlayed, chanted and canvassed; I brimmed with excitement at the prospect of “green jobs” and a “renewable energy economy.” I still see much of myself in many of you.

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Why We're Screwed (Blogpost)

by L. Randall Wray · July 23rd, 2012 As the Global Financial Crisis rumbles along in its fifth year, we read the latest revelations of bankster fraud, the LIBOR scandal. This follows the muni bond fixing scam detailed a couple of weeks ago, as well as the J.P. Morgan trading fiasco and the Corzine-MF Global collapse and any number of other scandals in recent months. In every case it was traders run amuck, fixing “markets” to make an easy buck at someone’s expense. In times like these, I always recall Robert Sherrill’s 1990 statement about the S&L crisis that “thievery is what unregulated capitalism is all about.”

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The Nauseating Grief of Diseased America (Blogpost)

by Arthur Silber | July 22, 2012 Some years ago, I saw a man in profound emotional distress. The sobs which wracked his body had caused him to collapse to the ground, so weak did they make him. Every few minutes, he emitted a howl of pain, a sound so piercing and unnerving that I hope never to hear its like again. People passed the man in the street. A few of them would pause for a moment, looking awkwardly in his general direction, as if they thought that perhaps they should offer aid in some manner. Then they all walked on. The man remained on the ground, helpless in his immense pain.

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Power Doesn’t Just Attract Mean and Stupid People — It Makes Them That Way (Blogpost)

Posted by Kevin Carson on Jul 2, 2012 In “Empire of the Rising Scum,” Robert Shea observed that, regardless of their ostensible mission, hierarchical institutions tend to be headed by people whose primary skills are careerist climbing and bureaucratic in-fighting. As I’ve said before, you simply cannot become a President of the United States, or a Fortune 500 CEO, unless there’s something fundamentally wrong with you. The same is true of the intellectual capacity of those who manage to advance upward within hierarchies. Being a team player, engaging in groupthink, demonstrating an ability to shut off critical thinking when evaluating the communications of a superior — these are qualities that authoritarian institutions select for.

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Just found this! (Blogpost)

Hello Everyone! We've launched our new website www.interoccupy.net - go ahead and check it out - keep your eyes peeled for more detailed info about all of our new tools that can help you coordinate, collaborate and communicate!

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Bankers and the neuroscience of greed (Blogpost)

The unconstrained power of bankers acts like a drug on their brains' reward systems, creating insatiable appetites by Ian Robertson | guardian.co.uk | Monday 2 July 2012 10.30 EDT

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The American Nightmare That Is Civil Asset Forfeiture (Blogpost)

Wendy McElroy · June 20, 2012 Being innocent does not matter. Not being arrested or convicted of a crime is no protection. With amazing ease, the government can take everything you own. And to recover it, you must prove your innocence through an expensive and difficult court proceeding in which a severely lowered standard of evidence favors the government. This is civil asset forfeiture. Russell and Patricia Caswell of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, know the process well. For the last two years they have battled to keep the motel that Russell’s father built in 1955 and at which Russell has worked since childhood. The couple assumed ownership of Motel Caswell in the 1980s, and viewed the asset, worth approximately $1 million, as their retirement plan.

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Occupy's Sense of Fairness Rooted in Primate Psychology (Blogpost)

Hey, Wait a Minute! Biological roots of today's anger By David P. Barash | July 11, 2010 No fair! No fair! "No fair" must rank among the loudest and most readily evoked complaints. Nor is the din of inequity limited to children. Consider the widespread anger generated by the Wall Street and AIG bailouts: Regardless of whether they were justified as national policy, those and other departures from perceived evenhandedness have a long history of rousing departures from citizen complacency, and even from civility. Ditto for outrage over executives getting outsized bonuses and golden parachutes while the rest of us are left to soldier on as best we can. In evolutionary terms, what's going on here?

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Coal Ash, Why and What. (Blogpost)

NOTE: I do not advocate burning coal, or as long as it remains harmful to do so. Coal ash - the aftermath of coal combustion to produce electricity. Some in Congress say there is no harm in the entire operation, but we know better.

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How Your Facebook "Likes" Could Bring Down NDAA, CISPA, And Other Bad Ideas (Blogpost)

by David Seaman This may sound obvious to my readers, but to me it wasn't an "obvious" realization at the time: social media is extraordinarily powerful. As you can see above, my personal YouTube channel (which has been mostly dedicated to raising awareness of NDAA and dangerous "cybersecurity" bills like CISPA), has attracted more than 415,000 video views - as much as, if not more than, some of the popular evening cable news shows. Is this due to the importance of the subject matter? Is it due to my brilliant ability to title videos well? Nope.

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Ray Bradbury: A warning to future generations (Blogpost)

by Neela Debnath This week science fiction writer Ray Bradbury died at the age of 91. He was most famously known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451. Image credit: Getty Images Written in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 sent out a stark warning to future generations about the importance of reading. The novel follows Guy Montag, a fireman who starts to question his life after a chance encounter with a strange girl. Within this world, books are outlawed because they are considered dangerous and the root cause of society’s problems.

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E-War (Blogpost)

The Pentagon has traditionally presented cyber war as "their hackers" against "our defenders." Out there, especially in China, a faceless horde of anonymous computer users are arrayed against the United States in an updated version of the "yellow peril." In 2010, the Pentagon complained publicly for the first time about the Chinese government deploying civilian hackers to go after U.S. targets. These cyber attacks date back at least to 1999 when, after NATO bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, Chinese hackers launched a slew of "denial of service" attacks that, among other results, shut down the White House website for three days.

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Anonymous: Activist Collective or Hacker Group, Hero or Villain? (Blogpost)

by Sean Kalinich | Tuesday, 05 June 2012 19:04 As someone that has followed the online “hacking” community since its infancy (war dialing anyone) I can say with a fair amount of confidence that the guys what kicked it all off (Like Steve Wozniak) would be proud of where some of the movement has gone. In the early 80’s War Dialing was something of a fun sport, you dialed a range of numbers until a computer answered and then you tried to talk to it. A lot of the activity was aimed at “corrupt businesses and government agencies” right alongside the people looking to just do it because it was something new and exciting.

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Generation Y has a chance to become the Global Generation (Blogpost)

Scram! As it graduates from college, Generation Y has a chance to become the Global Generation. by John Feffer · Institute for Policy Studies · May 22, 2012 Get out of town. Go on, scram! That’s what a graduation ceremony is all about: the big boot. Thanks for those thousands of dollars, here’s a receipt in the form of a diploma, and now hurry up and make room for the next class. Oh, and don’t forget to write: checks that is, once you’ve somehow paid off your mountainous student debt. I wasn’t invited to give a commencement address this year. But here’s what I would say if an institution were foolish enough to give me a microphone and an audience.

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Newly Released FBI “Domestic Terrorism” Training on Anarchists, Environmentalists, Show COINTELPRO Tactics (Blogpost)

by Will Potter on May 29, 2012 Newly released FBI presentations show the flawed and misleading information the government is using to train agents to identify and investigate “domestic terrorist” groups such as “black separatists,” anarchists, animal rights activists, and environmentalists. Among the more troubling portions of the training materials are warnings of activists using the Freedom of Information Act, engaging in non-violent civil disobedience, and gathering in coffee shops.

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Wealth, Reimagined (Blogpost)

By Steve Dubb, Alternet | Friday, May 25, 2012 05:35 AM PDT "Community wealth building" is gaining traction among businesses, cooperatives and non-profits across the country This article originally appeared on AlterNet. It is part of a five-part series, New Economic Visions, in which creative thinkers come together to explore the exciting ideas and projects that could sweep away outmoded economic models.

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Is Cooperative Banking the Wave of the Future? (Blogpost)

Rather than feeding off the community, banking can nourish the community and local economy. Ellen Brown | AlterNet | Thursday, May 24, 2012 As our political system sputters, a wave of innovative thinking and bold experimentation is quietly sweeping away outmoded economic models. In ‘New Economic Visions’, a special five-part AlterNet series edited by Economics Editor Lynn Parramore in partnership with political economist Gar Alperovitz of the Democracy Collaborative, creative thinkers come together to explore the exciting ideas and projects that are shaping the philosophical and political vision of the movement that could take our economy back.

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"You Will Hang" and Other Things you don't want to hear on a Saturday Afternoon (Blogpost)

In 1987, I was at a civil rights march in Cumming, GA (Brotherhood March II). I was grabbed by a coordinator towards the end- I was told to flank the woman next to me who was with a child in a stroller; there were people on the ridge next to us throwing rocks and bottles and screaming obscenities. As I tried to turn my body into a shield I directly faced these people screaming the most hateful and violent words I have ever heard uttered. I thought I had understood racism and prejudice. I understood nothing.

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The New Military Urbanism in NATO-Occupied Chicago (Blogpost)

By Paul Street | ZCommunications | Thursday, May 17, 2012

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ALEPH: The Rise and Fall of a Virtual Community (Blogpost)

The Aleph

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The Radical History of Mother's Day (Blogpost)

http://www.nationofchange.org/radical-history-mother-s-day-1336835841 There’s a good number of us who question holidays like Mother’s Day in which you spend more time feeding money into a system that exploits our love for our mothers than actually celebrating them.  It’s not unlike any other holiday in America in that its complete commercialization has stripped away so much of its genuine meaning, as well its history.  Mother’s Day is unique in its completely radical and totally feminist history, as much as it has been forgotten.

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How Wall Street Killed Financial Reform (Blogpost)

It's bad enough that the banks strangled the Dodd-Frank law. Even worse is the way they did it - with a big assist from Congress and the White House. By Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone | May 10, 2012 8:00 AM ET Two years ago, when he signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, President Barack Obama bragged that he'd dealt a crushing blow to the extravagant financial corruption that had caused the global economic crash in 2008. "These reforms represent the strongest consumer financial protections in history," the president told an adoring crowd in downtown D.C. on July 21st, 2010. "In history."

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A Rebellious World or A New Dark Age? On The History of the US Economy in Decline (Blogpost)

http://www.countercurrents.org/chomsky080512.htm The Occupy movement has been an extremely exciting development. Unprecedented, in fact. There’s never been anything like it that I can think of. If the bonds and associations it has established can be sustained through a long, dark period ahead -- because victory won’t come quickly -- it could prove a significant moment in American history.

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Why all the smashy smashy? A beginners guide to targeted property destruction (Blogpost)

http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2012/05/02/why-all-the-smashy-smashy-a-beginners-guide-to-targeted-property-destruction OCCUPY / CITY Why All the Smashy-Smashy? A Beginner's Guide to Targeted Property Destruction. posted by BRENDAN KILEY on WED, MAY 2, 2012 at 12:18 AM First: I ripped off that headline from the Seattle anarchist gazette Tides of Flame, but it neatly summarizes the big question of the day.

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Those Darn Anarchists (Blogpost)

http://dailyanarchist.com/forum/index.php/topic,1274.0.html Those Darn Anarchists!

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See Revolution (Blogpost)

See Revolution Can you feel the beat of the drum? Can you hear the echo of what is to come? Can you see the truth that has been told? Can you understand the plan that is about to unfold? The time is now, the beginning is here. We must stand together, the message is clear. United, we are strong, divided we fail. They will try to stop us, but we will prevail. Will you take part in the display on the streets? Will you stand face to face and rise to your feet? Will you be a part of what is to come? Will you rise up from beneath the all mighty thumb? You are the answer that you seek. You are the power that shall rise to your feet. You are the one that is needed. You are the one that can not be defeated. Stand with me and have truth at your side.

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Why Strike? A Brief History of May Day (Blogpost)

The following essay was authored by Scott Johnson, publisher of the Occupied Oakland Tribune, and reprinted here with his permission as a lead up to M1GS events taking place on May Day, 2012 in Oakland (and across the world). This essay will also appear in the print edition of the OOT, to be distributed May 1st. For nearly 150 years, May 1st has been an international day to celebrate and defend the rights of the working class. While the immigrant rights movement and the Occupy movement have helped bring it back to the United States in recent years, May Day originated in the American labor movement in the 19th century.

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Catholic women's religious group 'stunned' by Vatican scolding for 'radical feminist' ideas (Blogpost)

"We are the 99% -- The Occupy Movement" See the LCWR Resolutions on Action in support of Occupy. The current Pope Benedict, prior to becoming Pope, was the head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith when he recommended to Pope John Paul II that Liberation Theology should be banned from the Catholic Church. He considered it "Marxist". I would like to point out that Marxist ideology can be recognized in Scripture, Acts 4:32-ff, the first "communist" community. It is the ideal which Communism was unable to realize, neither the early Christian community. The reason? Human greed. Times haven't changed.

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States letting phone companies pull plug on access to landlines (Blogpost)

The states of Florida, North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin have repealed the universal requirement for landlines. This ends the guarantee that residents can have an affordable rate and reception. Alabama, California, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, and Ohio are considering the same legislation, which would let companies like AT&T and Verizon, members of ALEC, off the hook of providing landline service. Rural residents are left in a difficult position. One woman reported she has to drive eight miles in order to make a phone call.

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This Can't Be Happening. Yes the 99% Spring is a Fraud (Blogpost)

http://thiscantbehappening.net/node/1126 Yes, The 99% Spring Is A Fraud by Charles M. Young

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Systems, Spirit & Sociopathy (Blogpost)

I'm a systems geek, and I know how important good systems are, but that doesn't change the fact that fascists and sociopaths also adore systems. Problem is, they adore the system as a tool that can be used to justify their own selfish and anti-social drives, rather than a tool to augment the group's internal synergy.

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Corporations Learn That ALEC Is Bad for Business (Blogpost)

Michael B. Keegan | Huffington Post | 04/ 6/2012 5:49 pm In the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida, the national spotlight has finally been turned on a secretive organization that helped put in place the "shoot first" legislation that has obstructed efforts to arrest and prosecute Martin's killer. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. After years of working behind the scenes, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is being noticed by more and more Americans, and the public doesn't much like what it sees.

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CEOs and the Candle Problem (Blogpost)

by Graham Morehead | A Mad Hemorrhage | Apr 2, 2012 [...]

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No Sexual Discrimination Required (Blogpost)

Axis of Evil vs Ass Cheeks of Evil by Leilla Matsui | April 5, 2012 - 8:29pm -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (This article originally appeared on Ted Rall's Blog. Many thanks to Ted Rall.) The Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a decision that could only be described in three letters starting with W and ending with F, to give police the final authority to authorize strip-searches of people arrested for any offense. Broken tail light? Bend over and spread ‘em. That goes for you too, deadbeat dad,

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Open-Source Economy a Crisis for Capitalism (Blogpost)

by Michel Bauwens [...] Engineering scarcity Facebook is not an isolated phenomenon, but part of a much larger trend in our society: an exponential rise in the creation of use value by productive publics, or "produsers", as Axel Bruns calls them. It is important to understand that this creates a huge problem for a capitalist system, but also for workers as we have traditionally conceived them. Markets are defined as ways to allocate scarce resources, and capitalism is in fact not just a scarcity "allocation" system but also a scarcity engineering system, which can only accumulate capital by constantly reproducing and expanding conditions of scarcity.

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Likely Missed (Blogpost)

Unlikely allies by George Lakey and Max Rennebohm | April 3, 2012, 6:00 am Nearly all successful movements need to attract allies in order to win. The U.S. Occupy movement in its first few months attracted widespread sympathy and support in opinion polls; but the function of allies is to translate favorable opinion into active support. http://wagingnonviolence.org/2012/04/unlikely-allies/

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The 99 Spring (Blogpost)

April 9-15 100,000 Strong Main menu Skip to content ABOUT WHO WE ARE ORGANIZATIONS VIDEOS PRESSROOM About April 9-15, 2012 100,000 Americans will train for non-violent direct action. Our country is at a crossroads. We have a choice to make. Greater wealth for a few or opportunity for many. Tax breaks for the richest or a fair shot for the rest of us. A government that can be bought by the highest bidder, or a democracy that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people. The choice is in our hands. This spring we will act on that choice. In the tradition of our forefathers and foremothers and inspired by today’s brave heroes in Occupy Wall Street and Madison, Wisconsin, we will prepare ourselves for sustained non-violent direct action.

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Confront Corporate Power (Blogpost)

Join us to expose and confront the worst of the worst corporations. Join With the 99% Take action this shareholder season to end the abuse of corporate power. Take Action Today News & Updates JOIN THE MOVEMENT OF THE 99% Imagine workers and retirees, families fighting foreclosure and the unemployed, students, immigrants and environmentalists joining together to confront the corporate interests of the 1%…and winning. Today we invite you to join the Movement of the 99% as we confront corporate power together, bringing communities all across the nation to fight for the long-term health and [...] READ MORE » PUTTING THE CORPORATIONS ON NOTICE

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My personal history of the 1% choosing to kill a million children each month (Blogpost)

by Carl Herman This is my paper for The Center of Process Studies’ conference, Money-Creation in a Finite World (free and open to the public, April 10-12, 2012; Claremont Colleges, CA): Money and credit as public services for full-employment, optimal infrastructure, ending debt slavery: Epic proponents, related history of US government and corporate media, partnership for Occupy victory It’s divided into these 11 parts for articles (links added with each new section): Monetary and credit reform: full-employment, end of debt slavery Thomas Edison, Thomas Jefferson on monetary reform President Andrew Jackson, Peter Cooper on monetary reform NYC Mayor John Hylan, House Banking Committee Chairs on monetary reform

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Air Most Foul (Blogpost)

by william anderson | Writers on the Range | First Published Oct 25 2011 I think it’s fair to say that most of the Washington, D.C., politicians attacking clean-air safeguards don’t have the same view out their front windows as the families in my small community of 300 people. We look out on four polluting smokestacks, a small mountain of coal ash and seeping wastewater ponds. All are part of the Reid Gardner coal-burning power plant that was built in 1965, just a few hundred yards from our homes on the Moapa River Indian Reservation in southeastern Nevada.

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Watch out People, here they come (Blogpost)

The making of a ‘99% Spring’ by Jake Olzen | March 26, 2012, 6:42 am Next month, activists and organizers across the country are planning to train 100,000 people in nonviolent direct action for what they call The 99% Spring. But despite borrowing one or two of the Occupy movement’s favorite slogans, The 99% Spring hasn’t been called for by any general assembly. Rather, this massive and controversial effort is coming from the institutional left — a diverse coalition of labor unions, environmental and economic justice groups, community organizations and trainers’ alliances. While some celebrate what appears to be a mainstreaming of resistance thanks to Occupy, others are crying co-option.

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Guidelines for "Power Down Saturdays" (Blogpost)

POWER DOWN SATURDAYS! SPREAD THE WORD! From March 24th through April 21st, we will be powering down every Saturday to show solidarity with the Moapa Band of Paiutes, and to send a message to NVEnergy. This means turning off all electronic appliances (such as computers), and flipping the main circuit breakers in your house or apartment. If you can't do it all day, then do it for a few hours, preferably at your usual "peak time" for electrical usage.

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Another Hidden Bailout: Helping Wall Street Collect Your Rent (Blogpost)

by Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone | March 19, 10:55 AM ET Here's yet another form of hidden bailout the federal government doles out to our big banks, without the public having much of a clue. This is from the WSJ this morning: Some of the biggest names on Wall Street are lining up to become landlords to cash-strapped Americans by bidding on pools of foreclosed properties being sold by Fannie Mae...

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Masters of finance and war will fall together (Blogpost)

by Imtiaz Muqbil | Bangkok Post | 18/03/2012 at 02:40 AM The executive and the soldier who exploded internally over what they'd' seen inside Goldman Sachs and Afghanistan, respectively are canaries in a toxic coalmine Last Sunday's massacre of 16 Afghan civilians by a US army sergeant and Wednesday's farewell to arms by a departing Goldman Sachs executive may appear to be totally separate events, but perhaps are interconnected in more ways than one might think. It would be tempting to attribute both to the Ides of March, when interplanetary alignments supposedly trigger changes in human behaviour. However, there is little doubt that both will become well-entrenched as pieces of history shaping the new world order.

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EFF Again Reminds Court Forced Warrantless DNA Collection Violates Fourth Amendment (Blogpost)

March 20, 2012 | By Hanni Fakhoury Over the last few years, we've been battling laws that require a person arrested to give a DNA sample as part of the routine booking process. The law makes this DNA collection automatic and mandatory; law enforcement do not need a reason to collect the DNA and they can do so without a search warrant. Given the incredibly sensitive information that DNA can reveal about a person - details like a person's medical history, predisposition to disease and even sexual orientation - government access to this information must be strictly limited. But a recent decision (PDF) by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found no constitutional problems with the government's ability to collect DNA from recent arrestees without a search warrant.

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The People vs The United States (Blogpost)

http://www.filmsforaction.org/News/The_People_vs_the_United_States/ The People vs The United States by the Arctic Circle Collective Something is wrong, and the signs of it are everywhere. Somebody flies a plane into an IRS tax office in Texas, and millions of people around the country cheer, while the media speak of a “senseless attack.” In a black neighborhood in the slums of Hartford, someone opens fire on a SWAT team that has busted down their door, and people in the gathered crowd of neighbors whisper, “If only they had killed one of them pigs.” The media say nothing. Women around the country pass around a book that has gotten terrible reviews, about a wife who kills her abusive husband.

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More from the 99% (Blogpost)

THE DRUG WAR INSIDE by Jason Flores-Williams Not all endings are happy. The storm comes and it tears it all apart. No healing other than scarring. I would visit my father several times in prison and each time it was more and more distant. No great conversation. No connection. It doesn’t work like that in real life. There are twisted hopes that never die, but reality doesn’t deal in miracles and resurrections. Once they nail you up there, you bleed forever. There are nightmares from which we never wake up. Tragedies happen. Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine.

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THE GRAVEST CRIME (Blogpost)

History has seen a reversal of two and a half centuries of progressive advancements. The elites, that since the European Enlightenment had been gradually deprived of the absolute powers they had in favour of democracy, have staged a successful claw back to almost total control of the vast majority of our common wealth. They can blackmail entire nations, preventing them from exercising their sovereign prerogatives in monetary policy and even in the legislative sphere. They can inflict havoc on millions of families and firms through their profit seeking schemes, globally. Citizens are today in a position to vote empty political structures controlled by these financial and corporate elites. Democracy is rendered virtually meaningless.

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The Parable of the Broken Traffic Lights (Blogpost)

by Steven Horwitz | The Calling | March 15, 2012 Bad signals. Suppose on some sunny afternoon in a large city somewhere in the western world, a man discovers on awaking from a two-hour nap that several hundred car accidents had occurred in the city while he slept. He wonders why. First he considers the possibility that the weather was the cause, but the gorgeous afternoon sun pushes that thought aside. The odds of many hundreds of cars having simultaneous mechanical problems seems infinitesimally small, so he rules that out as well. He ponders the question further and eventually asks himself whether the drivers in that fair city just had a bout of group psychosis or mass delusion. The odds of that also seem pretty low.

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The First Amendment Needs a Rape Kit (Blogpost)

by Wendy McElroy | March 13, 2012 The newest attack of vague language is aimed at your 1st Amendment rights of Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Assembly and Freedom to Petition. It is found in the pending legislation of H.R. 347.... As currently worded, it might as well have been called the "Federal We’re Too Important To Be Annoyed By Your Protest Act of 2011."

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from Eco-Occupy/99 for Earth/Disrupt Dirty Power teleconference call March 15 (Blogpost)

From: "Jeremy Brecher" Subject: [DisruptDirtyPower] FYI: The Nation on OCCUPY CLIMATE CHANGE Date: March 16, 2012 8:04:52 AM PDT http://www.thenation.com/article/166759/occupy-climate-change Occupy Climate Change Jeremy Brecher March 14, 2012 | This article appeared in the April 2, 2012 edition of The Nation.

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Lone Protester v Mike Huckabee (Blogpost)

http://occupiedstories.com/lone-protester-v-mike-huckabee.html Lone Protester v. Mike Huckabee 08 February 2012. Tags: direct action, future of occupy, occupy valdosta, police intimidation, protest

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People Power!! (Blogpost)

From: "Bill McKibben - 350.org" <organizers@350.org> Subject: Senate defeats Keystone XL Date: March 8, 2012 5:14:30 PM PST Dear Friends-- Thanks to you, people power once more squeezed out a victory over oil money.

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NV Energy Knocks a Local Mom and Pop Out of Business (Blogpost)

David Hall, March 7, 2012 The NV Energy substation explosion that shook downtown Las Vegas nearly two years ago has forced a downtown clothing store to close its doors for good. NV Energy, Southwest Gas and the Las Vegas Fire Department may all be playing on the same corporate team against the small mom and pop business. On July 11, 2010, about 6:30 a.m., the NV Energy substation at 1004 S. Main St. exploded, causing extensive damage to The Attic, Howie’s Auto Service, Latinos Auto Service and other neighboring small businesses.

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Avoiding Activist Burnout (Blogpost)

http://occupytoolkit.com/power-tools/personal-transformation/avoiding-activist-burnout/ I just listened to a program on CBC Radio about Tooker Gomberg, an activist who, sadly, committed suicide after experiencing depression and burnout in 2004. It was a wake up call. After the long, hard fall and winter for Occupiers, I felt the need to discuss burnout and ways to avoid it.

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AHIMSA (Blogpost)

Even though this has a connection to a religion, the truth contained in Ahimsa (total non-violence) can be related to all humans, religious or not. It expresses a process of growth, the evolution of a human being, and give ways of achieving peace and love in one's lifetime. OLV is a good place to put it into practice. Peace AHIMSA By Sri Swami Sivananda INTRODUCTION In the regeneration and divinisation of man, the first step is to eliminate his beastly nature. The predominant trait in beasts is cruelty. Therefore, wise sages prescribe Ahimsa (non-injury). This is the most effective master-method to counteract and eradicate completely the brutal, cruel Pasu-Svabhava (bestial nature) in man.

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Michael Hudson talks MMF in Rimini (Blogpost)

Our Very Own Oscar Night in Rimini February 27, 2012 | By Michael Hudson 2,181 Italians pack a Sports Arena to learn Modern Monetary Theory: The Economy doesn’t Need to suffer Neoliberal Austerity I have just returned from Rimini, Italy, where I experienced one of the most amazing spectacles of my academic life. Four of us associated with the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) were invited to lecture for three days on Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and explain why Europe is in such monetary trouble today – and to show that there is an alternative, that the enforced austerity for the 99% and vast wealth grab by the 1% is not a force of nature.

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Leap Day in Las Vegas (Blogpost)

Is this an extra day for playing catch-up with our Star, or is this to be a day for setting into motion the quantum leap of consciousness that is needed for a viable planetary future? While we’ve been asleep, corporations and politicians, big banks and Wall Street, have been busy beneath the radar screen. And the mainline media is so obsessed with celebrity scandal (this week is focused on who wore what at the Academy Awards), that for any news we may need to be responsive and responsible American citizens, we must take our Secretary of State’s advice and tune into Al-Jazeera World News. Stewart and Colbert on The Comedy Channel also tell the truth, if only to make light of it, and make it easier to swallow.

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As live streaming expands, challenges intensify (Blogpost)

By Christopher Moessner, Committee to Protect Journalists [...] With live streaming an increasingly popular method of documenting violent events, the number of camera operators being sent to the hospital -- or worse -- is creeping up. Last year Basil al-Sayed, a citizen videographer and cousin of Rami al-Sayed, was killed by Syrian security forces in December. In March 2011, Mohammed al-Nabbous was killed while streaming live audio from a battle in Benghazi, Libya.

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How Occupy Oregon Killed the Twitter-as-Felony Bill SB 1534 (Blogpost)

Our six-strong Occupy group met that morning at the gazebo in our Central Park little dreaming of the success which awaited us at the 2012 Oregon State Legislature. Or that our story would attract the attention of Mother Jones. Earlier that week, we had been alerted by one of our fellow Occupiers who had combed through the proposed 2012 bills and found one which appeared to be directly targeting freedom of assembly and free speech. Senate Bill 1534, which criminalized electronic communication, changed any misdemeanor into a Class C felony if it was arranged via the internet “aggravated solicitation”) and carried a $125,000 fine and up to five years in prison. Sound like anyone you know?

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15M - Neighborhood Assemblies (Blogpost)

http://occutrip.com/15m-neighborhood-assemblies/ Home » Problems & Solutions » Movement Structure » 15M-Neighborhood Assemblies Posted on February 18, 2012 by josh in Movement Structure, Problems & Solutions

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From 99 for Earth (Blogpost)

99% > Dirty Power Call to Action What and When: 99% > Dirty Power Global Call to Disrupt the Business of Pollution {Endorsed by the NYCGA} Launch Action: March 24th - Disrupt Dirty Power Action March 24th through April 22nd - Sustained Action to Disconnect from Dirty Power Where: Globally Coordinated actions by Occupy groups and ally organizations - Connecting the dots between the 1% and the destruction of the planet.

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An action to take NOW as part of Eco-Occupy/99 For Earth (Blogpost)

Stop Keystone XL Pipeline...AGAIN! Senate Republicans Release Amendment to Revive Keystone XL Zombie We just got this news from Politico Pro that Senate Republicans have officially put forward an amendment to the transportation bill to try and reverse President Obama's Keystone XL rejection and revive the pipeline zombie. Here's the report: Senate Republicans officially filed an amendment Monday afternoon to the transportation bill that would authorize the Keystone XL pipeline. The amendment is sponsored by Sens. John Hoeven, Mitch McConnell, Richard Lugar, David Vitter, Mike Johanns and Orrin Hatch.

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Concerning the Violent Peace-Police - An Open Letter to Chris Hedges (Blogpost)

In response to “The Cancer in Occupy,” by Chris Hedges. http://nplusonemag.com/concerning-the-violent-peace-police I am writing this on the premise that you are a well-meaning person who wishes Occupy Wall Street to succeed. I am also writing as someone who was deeply involved in the early stages of planning Occupy in New York. I am also an anarchist who has participated in many Black Blocs. While I have never personally engaged in acts of property destruction, I have on more than one occasion taken part in Blocs where property damage has occurred. (I have taken part in even more Blocs that did not engage in such tactics. It is a common fallacy that this is what Black Blocs are all about. It isn’t.)

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Should You Be Subsidizing Executive Compensation In The Name Of Job Creation? (Blogpost)

Submitted by lizzy36 on 02/07/2012 01:19 -0500

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‘Epic Win’ for Anonymous? Hacktivism and the 99% (Blogpost)

by James Mackay, 2 February 2012 The Anonymous 'V for Vendetta' mask is an icon of the Occupy movement. But how does this band of deviant web pirates fit with the Occupiers' apparent ethics of responsibility, transparency and democracy? Cole Stryker's new book goes some way towards deconstructing this tension.

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Quality Squatters Wanted (or How to Occupy a House) (Blogpost)

Submitted by Darryl Phillips on Wed, 12/28/2011 - 3:47pm There is a real need in our society for Quality Squatters, that is, people and families who need good housing and are willing to invest their time and money and some risk. The possible reward is a lovely home, giving back to the neighborhood, and acting in the best spirit of the Occupy movement. (And sticking it to the money bastards who created the housing disaster in the first place.) What is a quality squatter? “Squatter” is easy, it’sanyone who moves in where he or she doesn’t belong. “Quality” isn’t so easy, it involves ethical motives, understanding the risk/reward relationships, and willingness to put in the physical, mental, and spiritual effort necessary to make it work.

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Reflections on Jim's Presentation on Federal Reserve for Occupy Las Vegas (Blogpost)

After Jim’s informative (if infuriating) presentation about the Federal Reserve, Lee raised the issue of anti-consumerism. There wasn’t time to delve deeply into this important subject then, but it’s been on my ever since, so I’ll ‘go there’ now. First off, how curious that Jim entitled his series “Kill Your T.V. Installment 1” This reminded me of the annual National Turn Off Your T.V. Week that the children in my first congregation participated in back in 1997.

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Confessions of a Communist Taxi Driver in Laos: A Lesson in Free Markets (Blogpost)

Posted by Bohemian on January 28, 2012 While on our family adventure around the world, we had an interesting encounter with a taxi driver in the capital of Laos, Vientiane. This jovial local with excellent English aspired to move to America, and was ultra inquisitive of our first-hand experience as Americans. First, our initial observations about Laos are important to help frame this story. After crossing into Laos from Thailand we noticed a distinct difference between the two countries. The rawness of Laos was evident. Not in a way that reeked of desperation, though, but in a way that is unspoiled by multinational corporations (you can always seem to get a Coca-Cola though).

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12 Ways to Learn to Roll with the Punches (Blogpost)

by Gaye Levy, "SurvivalWoman" | Friday, January 27, 2012 The past four or five years have been difficult on many fronts. The lousy economy and the wonky weather patterns have put most people on edge. And not just a temporary edge, but an edge that seems to get steeper over time with no end in sight.

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Privatizing the War on Terror: America’s Military Contractors (Blogpost)

Monday, January 16, 2012 by John W. Whitehead “Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes… known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.… No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”—James Madison

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Fear and Greed: The Real Political Parties of the State (Blogpost)

January 17, 2012 By michaelsuede

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Sunk! How Hollywood Lost the PR Battle Over SOPA (Blogpost)

By Sharon Waxman | TheWrap | January 18, 2012 @ 3:19 pm In the space of a couple of days, Hollywood and its content creators lost the public relations war over Internet piracy SOPA legislation -- which now appears poised to crumble into a million bits of dust.

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Decentralization Is The Only Plausible Economic Solution Left (Blogpost)

by Brandon Smith | alt-market.com | Tuesday, 17 January 2012 04:11

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The Revolution Begins in 2012 (Blogpost)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cenk-uygur/the-revolution-begins-in-_b_1178201.html Posted: 12/31/11 10:19 PM ET Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party were appetizers for what is to come. I have never seen the American people so disgruntled, and neither has anyone else. Every number is a record. Congressional approval is at a record low of 9%. Can it get lower? Can it go negative? The number of people satisfied with the candidates running for president is at a record low. Dissatisfaction in this category is four times higher than it was even in 2008.

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Democratic process for five year olds? (Blogpost)

Zahra Lightway, Durango Education Reform Examiner | December 31, 2011 In my endeavors to spread new ideas about education, I am often challenged by parents and teachers alike to defend the concept of democracy in schools. Ironically in our democratic country, we have so far elected to teach democracy to our children solely through textbooks. Rarely in their school experience do they get to live the ideals of our culture. These ideals say that the best government is one where the will of the people is represented by voting. For our children though, the idea of democracy remains just that – an idea.

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Inspiring Words to Occupy By (Blogpost)

Several years ago, while attending seminary in Berkeley, I had the privilege of taking a course on the life and work of Howard Thurman, spiritual advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr. The Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman, a deeply spiritual Christian pastor who eventually founded the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco (which I visited), believed that if one goes deep enough into ones own tradition, one comes up through the wisdom inherent in all of the world’s religions.

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Three Complaints About OWS (Blogpost)

What can we say about a movement whose first public action was successfully hijacked by the Workers World Party? A lot of things to be sure. But we can’t accuse ourselves of being well organized. And this lack of organization, championed by so many as a key ingredient of Occupy Wall Street’s success, continues to trip us up. In this (overly long and badly in need of more editing) article, three key problems are identified: The rate at which interested people (veteran activists and newcomers alike) interact with OWS but walk away without finding a place is too high and higher than it should be. Newcomers and participants in a movement need to find their place. Unfortunately, our ladder of engagement offers too few footholds.

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14 signs that the collapse of our modern world has already begun (Blogpost)

by Mike Adams | May 2, 2011 (NaturalNews) A lot of people believe the world as we know it is going to end on December 23, 2012. Nonsense, I say. The far more honest answer is that the end of the world as we know it has already begun. And it doesn't mean the end of the world; it means the closing of one era and the birth of a new one. It is a transition between the ages. This particular transition, however, promises to be the most tumultuous and costly transition humankind has ever seen.

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The Decline of the Public Good (Blogpost)

by Robert Reich, January 4, 2012 Meryl Streep’s eery reincarnation of Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady” brings to mind Thatcher’s most famous quip, “there is no such thing as ‘society.’” None of the dwindling herd of Republican candidates has quoted her yet but they might as well considering their unremitting bashing of everything public. What defines a society is a set of mutual benefits and duties embodied most visibly in public institutions — public schools, public libraries, public transportation, public hospitals, public parks, public museums, public recreation, public universities, and so on.

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Tyrants Beware:2012 Could Be the Year of Unintended Consequences (Blogpost)

Sunday, January 1, 2012 The year 2012 could be the year of liberty rising pushing back against tyranny. When we have people conspiring behind closed doors against our liberty and way of life. What goes around comes around like a boomerang. The very plot they seek to destroy humanity can be the weapon that take them down. The internet has proclaimed on the roof tops what was spoken in secrecy in darkness. We have seen what happened to Russia, China, Germany and Cuba when they implement a dark tyranny. America has been blessed with seeing all this happen a safety from a distance. Now these same forces are trying to take down America the same way.

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Court Enforced Secrecy in @p0isAn0n Case (Blogpost)

WTF? (What the Fawkes?) by Kade Crockford, ACLU of Massachusetts | Dec 29th, 2011 Rosa Luxemburg famously said that those who do not move cannot feel their chains. This morning in Suffolk county court, the ACLU of Massachusetts and our client moved. And we felt our chains.

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75 Years Ago Today, the First Occupy (Blogpost)

A note from Michael Moore - Friday, December 30th, 2011 Friends, On this day, December 30th, in 1936 -- 75 years ago today -- hundreds of workers at the General Motors factories in Flint, Michigan, took over the facilities and occupied them for 44 days. My uncle was one of them. The workers couldn't take the abuse from the corporation any longer. Their working conditions, the slave wages, no vacation, no health care, no overtime -- it was do as you're told or get tossed onto the curb. So on the day before New Year's Eve, emboldened by the recent re-election of Franklin Roosevelt, they sat down on the job and refused to leave.

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8 Reasons Young Americans Don't Fight Back: How the US Crushed Youth Resistance (Blogpost)

by Bruce E. Levine, AlterNet The ruling elite has created social institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance. Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements. So it is a major coup for the ruling elite to have created societal institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance to domination.  

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How to Infiltrate and Destroy a Political Movement (Blogpost)

by Lester MacGurdy, posted in The Portland Occupier

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Occupying Christmas (Blogpost)

Christmas is many things to many people, from the sacred to the secular. For me, this season is one of expectation. It always feels as if we are waiting for something to break through our ordinary awareness, to come to us, as through 'cloven skies' (cloven is the past participle of the Latin for "to cleave...to split...to part") It's as if we are waiting for the sky to split open and the Divine Mystery to be manifest in our midst.

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Bradley Manning didn’t break the secrecy system (Blogpost)

It was already broken but the WikiLeaks suspect is the only person held accountable By Elizabeth Goitein | salon.com | Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011 5:22 PM UTC ...The WikiLeaks documents are filled with information that presents no apparent risk to national security — and many of them are plainly innocuous. For example, one cable recounts a U.S. diplomat’s observations of a wedding in the Russian province of Dagestan. The banal fact that Dagestani weddings typically take place over three days is classified as “confidential,” meaning that its disclosure could reasonably be expected to cause damage to the national security.

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Solstice Salute (Blogpost)

How utterly appropriate and absolutely fitting that December 21 is the date selected to protest Nevada Energy! For this is when the winter solstice begins, a time when the sun seems to stand still on the horizon for three days, and then ‘tip’ back towards the earth, and the days begin to lengthen. Long before this season became about enhancing retailers’ bottom line, or giving a ‘vitamin shot to Wall Street,’ and even before it was about the birth of the Son, the winter solstice celebrated the wonder of the Sun. As its light diminished in the northern hemisphere, our ancestors worried that it would go out all together, and the source of all life would vanish. And thus, over the eons, humans have kindled lights in the cold and darkness: for Diwali, Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanza.

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Are Survivalists Terrorists? (Blogpost)

by Alessandro Machi | OWSnews.blogspot.com | December 15, 2011 - 10:41am There has been a recent internet uproar over what appears to be the government's right to label anyone who keeps more than a weeks worth of food as a possible terrorist threat. I would suggest that the problem is the government is using only one word to describe as many people as possible, and one word is not enough. For instance, I would call people who keep more than a weeks worth of food, responsible. I would also call people who keep more than one week's worth of food, survivalists. I might even call them were there to be a food shortage. Is being responsible, and being a survivalist, grounds for also being called a terrorist?

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The Truth Hurts – And Heals (Blogpost)

by Charles Hugh Smith Posted December 15, 2011 to OWSnews.org Confidence in a systemically corrupt financial system cannot be restored without a complete public exposure of all the lies, fraud, misinformation and complicity. The truth has a unique sting, and an equally unique ability to heal the destruction wrought by dishonesty, fraud and lies. The truth hurts, because the daylight of truth demands changes that the self-serving and those in denial desperately wish to avoid. But there can be no healing or reconciliation without the truth, baldly stated and plainly spoken without artifice or spin.

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Victory in Arizona (Blogpost)

Thursday, December 15, 2011 Dear Supporter, Moments ago, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it is terminating Sheriff Joe Arpaio's 287(g) agreement and “restricting” his access to the "Secure Communities" program. This happened hours after the Department of Justice concluded its three year investigation into civil rights abuses caused by the Sheriff. The report from the DOJ does more than just describe Sheriff Arpaio’s reign of terror. It shows that DHS and ICE programs led to this crisis. Now, the White House needs to apply the lessons learned in Maricopa County and end all programs that entangle local police in the business of immigration enforcement. Today marks a pivotal moment.

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Occupy My Heart (Blogpost)

from the Huffington Post | 12/ 8/11 09:11 AM ET

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The NDAA and US Citizen Detention (Blogpost)

by Robert Chesney | LawfareBlog.com | Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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Corporate fascism (Blogpost)

Dig in, 99p, http://www.blacklistednews.com/Clinton_Turns_to_Naked_Corporate-Fascism/16886/0/38/38/Y/M.html ocean, party-of-one

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The NDAA Travesty (Blogpost)

“We’re talking about the stripping away of our most basic freedoms. We’re talking about a potential state that can call me a terrorist for writing this blog post and then lock me up and throw away the key.” http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2011/12/05/the-national-defense-authorization-act-is-the-greatest-threat-to-civil-liberties-americans-face/ “Ambiguous but alarming new wording, which is tucked into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and was just passed by the Senate, is reminiscent of the 'extraordinary measures' introduced by the Nazis after they took power in 1933.” http://consortiumnews.com/2011/12/03/are-americans-in-line-for-gitmo/ Rand Paul video: http://youtu.be/rghhz_t5POo

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Sean Penn Acts on Behalf of Occupy LA (Blogpost)

by Joan Donovan | OWSnews.org | December 6, 2011

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Update from Occupy Aotearoa, New Zealand (Blogpost)

Received via email: Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2011 03:01:49 +1300 From: bert holmes <bertothegreen@gmail.com> Kia Ora, Hello from Occupy Aotearoa/New Zealand.

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Why the Occupy Movement is Good for Our Health (Blogpost)

Tuesday 15 November 2011; Truthout by Julie Matthaei and Neil Wollman There any many serious societal problems associated with inequality which are not so obvious, and which have received little attention from the Occupy movement or the media. According to researchers Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, more equal societies outperformed less equal ones in fifteen key ways: PHYSICAL HEALTH: People in more equal societies live longer, a smaller proportion of children die in infancy, and self-rated health is better.

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Arundhati Roy: 'The people who created the crisis will not be the ones that come up with a solution' (Blogpost)

The prize-winning author of The God of Small Things talks about why she is drawn to the Occupy movement and the need to reclaim language and meaning By Arun Gupta

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Deirdre's Story of Abuse by the LA County Sheriff's Deputies (Blogpost)

Submitted by AshleyCarey on Sat, 12/03/2011 - 10:17am This is the account of one occupier who was arrested on the night of the Occupy LA raid. Her story is devastating, and no human being deserves to be treated this way. Transcription: “I stayed at the food tent as long as I could. We passed out apple (?) occupy. We tried to keep people happy and safe. I hid the cans to help us remain nonviolent, and then Mud and I walked up the streets after we were told by the police to leave.

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Occupy the Fed (Blogpost)

by nwsonsofliberty, OccupyPhilly.org | December 3, 2011 now try to keep up with me here. I am going to try to quickly run down why we should be occupying the Fed. Tim Geithner and the banksters at The Fed: Let’s not forget to include the crooks at AIG and Goldman Sachs. Over a year ago, Bloomberg posted an article entitled “Geithner’s Fed Told AIG to Limit Swaps Disclosure” – Apparently emails have been leaked that show a criminal conspiracy to commit financial fraud. Today we are feeling the effects of this fraud.

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LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck (Blogpost)

Submitted by Kylene | OccupyLosAngeles.org on Fri, 12/02/2011 - 2:11pm I was doing some research the other night and found out Los Angeles Police Chief Beck was assigned to the C.R.A.S.H. (Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums) unit of the LAPD, which was the elite but highly controversial police unit involved in the rampart scandals of Los Angeles in the 90's.

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A Very Important Worldwide Specific Goal For All Protesters who Represent 99% Of Humanity (Blogpost)

[NOTE: This letter is being sent, individually, day in and day out, to protest groups around the world. Occupylv.org received a copy today.] From: John DeSantis To: info@occupylv.org Dear Occupy Las Vegas folks, I have a very important SPECIFIC GOAL FOR ALL PROTESTERS everywhere around the world who represent the 99% of humanity, so that everyone can add it to all of the many social and economic issues that everyone is already protesting about.

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Meet the Cyber99 (Blogpost)

(Abridged transcript of an address to Occupy Las Vegas | Oct 2011) For those with a little imagination, all the potential of the Cyber99 is summed up in these two clauses: 1. The Occupy Movement is empowered, recorded, presented, spread and augmented by the interconnectivity of the digital age; the cyber99 is very much a part of the 99%. 2. Activists "on the ground" in this movement will depend more than ever before on their online compatriots for information, logistics, fact-checking, source-checking, blogging, tweeting, publicizing, video uploading and in general watching their backs.

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A Thanksgiving Note from a Former Student (Blogpost)

A Thanksgiving Note from a Former Student Black Friday, 2011 originally posted at http://jimduensing.com/a-thanksgiving-note-from-a-former-student.html Dr. Wolfram, A copy of your letter on the OWS movement made its way to my email inbox - a technological convenience inaccessible, if not inconceivable, to Americans like Thomas Jefferson or even John F. Kennedy. But, that does not mean we are more free than those generations.

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The Camp is the World: Connecting the Occupy Movements and The Spanish May 15th Movement (Blogpost)

Posted on http://takethesquare.net | 11/23/2011 We write this letter as participants in the movements, and as an invitation to a conversation. We hope to raise questions about how we continue to deepen and transform the new social relationships and processes we have begun … to open the discussion towards a common horizon.

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The Future Is Gray (Blogpost)

Or, "Why Do You Eat and Drink 8 Pounds of Carcinogenic Titanium Dioxide per Year?" by Bruce Kasting [...] The raw material for TD [Titanium Dioxide] is found in beach sand. The areas where there is currently significant production include South Africa, Australia , Canada and China. There may be a new monster find in Paraguay. The manufacturing process stinks (literally). Is this a big deal? Here's another example of a “scarce” commodity that everyone uses. It’s another one that China is driving the supply and the pricing. I don’t think it will move the needle much on the broader inflation numbers. As the price keeps rising they will just put less TD in things.

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#OWS, The Other 98%, US Uncut & Rebuild the Dream: A Look at the Shoes That Didn't Drop (Blogpost)

Micah L. Sifry | TechPresident.com | October 19, 2011 [...] As the authors of the Cluetrain Manifesto wrote more than a decade ago, we instinctively know the difference between a human voice and a corporate voice. I know it may sound strange to say this, but could it be that the reason that so many progressive social change projects fail to connect with ordinary people and move them to action, is because they seem too corporate in style? Think of all those hand-scrawled signs on scraps of cardboard vs a thousand professionally printed signs from a union shop--which is more authentic?

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Make Your Own Program Don’t Try to Steal Ours (Blogpost)

It is very important for all of us to vigilant of hijackers. They come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. And, they all carry a dagger to finish off Occupy. See "Van Jones and Democratic Party Operatives: You Do Not Represent the Occupy Movement - Make Your Own Program Don’t Try to Steal Ours" by Kevin Zeese

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Life At the Sharp End - In Occupy Gainesville (Blogpost)

Huffington Post | Nov 25 2011 "I watched 500 electricians go out of work. And watched 1,300 welders go out of work. I watched them lose their homes. I watched them lose their cars. I watched them lose their families, their wives, their marriages broke apart, their kids taken away -- everything." GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Ed Speanburgh is nearly inconsolable, sitting on a bench in the middle of Occupy Gainesville's encampment. It's his laptop. A fellow Occupier stepped on the power cord and broke the input. Speanburgh runs Occupy Gainesville's livestream and needs his laptop to work. He is unemployed. He also needs his laptop to look for work.

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Where Does Occupy Wall Street Go From Here? (Blogpost)

...a proposal from Michael Moore Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 Friends, This past weekend I participated in a four-hour meeting of Occupy Wall Street activists whose job it is to come up with the vision and goals of the movement. It was attended by 40+ people and the discussion was both inspiring and invigorating. Here is what we ended up proposing as the movement's "vision statement" to the General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street:

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Trickle-down tyranny - why ordinary people in positions of local power are adopting tactics of tyrants (Blogpost)

by Mike Adams "The Health Ranger", Editor of NaturalNews.com

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A Discussion about Ending the Encampments (Blogpost)

On the interOccupy email list, there has been a lively discussion for the last few days about the concept of Ending the Encampments. The subject was brought up by Gary Horvitz of OccupyCafe.org, in the following email: [...] I think this topic of ending the encampments is relevant, timely, even emergent.

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America Is Not Broke (Blogpost)

By Sarah Anderson and John Cavanagh. Contributors include Phyllis Bennis, Chuck Collins, John Feffer, Miriam Pemberton and Daphne Wysham of the Institute for Policy Studies How to pay for the crisis while making the country more equitable, green, and secure.

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OWS Participants - Your Rights Under Federal Law if You are Pepper Sprayed & Why You Should Sue (Blogpost)

by Steven DFollow UPDATE: May I ask a favor? Please tweet this diary and or email to anyone you know who is actively involved in occupying or marching as part of the OWS movement. Thank-you. ****

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Caught on Camera: 10 Shockingly Violent Police Assaults on Occupy Protesters (Blogpost)

Probably 60% percent of police act professionally toward protesters. But 3 percent are armed and dangerous, and know that they're unlikely to be held accountable. Please follow the link http://www.alternet.org/story/153134/caught_on_camera:_10_shockingly_violent_police_assaults_on_occupy_protesters?akid=7874.20699.GqGtyo&rd=1&t=8

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Occupy Art: Andrew Wyeth’s ‘Christina’ gets pepper-sprayed (Blogpost)

- from dangerousminds.net | 11.20.2011 | 09:22 pm Fat slob (and orgasmically impotent?) Lieutenant John Pike strolls through realms beyond his imagination battling the human spirit with his little red can of pepper-spray and in a miracle of negative Internet transubstantiation is transformed over night from tough guy to Internet LOL meme. Karma’s a bitch.

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Occupy Squads (Blogpost)

by Gary Horvitz | OccupyCafe.org "Occupy Squads" are people willing and committed to respond to the personal examples of injustice the system creates wherever they should arise. How it could work: Basically, if someone is screwed over, by a bank, by an employer, by government red tape, they no longer have to face it all alone they now have all of us to back them. When someone experiences an injustice they could contact their local "occupy squad" who would come in numbers to back them up, occupying the location until that person gets the little bit of justice they need and deserve.

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Preserving the Status Quo with Artifice and Lies Leads to Systemic Collapse (Blogpost)

by Charles Hugh Smith | OfTwoMinds.com | Nov 18 2011 Suppressing dissent, transparency and fact inevitably leads to systemic collapse-- exactly what we're seeing in the European financial system.

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