Thursday, December 29, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Geeks Building Facebook For 99%

“I don’t want to say we’re making our own Facebook. But, we’re making our own Facebook,” said Ed Knutson, a web and mobile app developer who joined a team of activist-geeks redesigning social networking for the era of global protest
 More on the story here from Wired Magazine.

Occupy Christianity

"Blase Bonpane, Director of the Office of the America & Retired Episcopal Bishop George Packard join Thom Hartmann. Since the Occupy Wall Street movement started more than 3 months again - it's taken on many forms. From physical occupations in cities across America - to occupying individual homes to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure - to occupying corporate media headquarters - to occupying the Iowa Caucuses - to occupying Christmas. The movement has so many different dimensions today. And now - there could be a bond developing between the Occupy Movement and Christianity. So what does that look like? Just what does Occupy Wall Street and Christianity have in common?"

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Case and Defense On Behalf Of Bradley Manning

A must watch video: In defense of Bradley Manning featuring civil rights attorney and writer Chase Madar who outlines the case against--and the defense on behalf of Manning charged with supplying hundreds of thousands of classified government documents to WikiLeaks, as well as the now infamous "Collateral Murder" video.

The truth is that the real terrorists are the administrations, politicians of both American political parties and war profiteering corporations who lead the US into wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the first place.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Mortgage Foreclosures BS Argument About Moral Hazard

Banks often use the "moral hazard" argument to defend not restructuring bad loans facing foreclosure. These are the same banks of course that ran the economy into a ditch in 2008 because they ignored their own moral hazard when they turned the banking industry into a giant ponzi scheme in the name of the quest for obscene profits.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Geeks Continue Work To Build Independent Internet Networks

As SOPA works it way through the Congress the need for more independent, secure and unfettered wireless networks is obvious to protesters and anyone else with half a brain. Given the role the internet plays in organizing protest here and around the world, it's obvious that any restrictions on internet access serve as a direct attack on individual freedom of association and speech. The modern internet in effect has become the public square that needs to be occupied.

One of the projects that sprung up at Zuccotti Park in New York was the Free Network Foundation. Basically they're a group of Occupy Wall Street geeky protesters who built an independent network within the park that provided secure internet access to the protesters camp there. Based on the success of that project the goal now is to create global independent networks everywhere. 
"We are the Free Network Foundation - builders and advocates of distributed and decentralized communication systems. We believe that the Internet should be used to connect people, not to spy on them, oppress them, or turn a profit. We envision technologies that will transform the network into something owned and operated by humanity itself, rather than by governments or profit-driven corporations."

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Go Frack Yourself

Oil and gas companies continue to put profits over protecting the environment and the truth about the real dangers of gas hydro-fracking. 

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Economist Group Supports Occupy Wall Street Message

A group of economists who want to change the conversation about the current crisis have joined together to show support for the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Occupy Economics from Softbox on Vimeo.

Friday, November 18, 2011

An Explanation For Occupy Seattle Inconvenienced Grumpy University Bridge Commuters

                                                   Photo: DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The University Bridge is a gear of the machine that we put our bodies on yesterday. That would be me on the bridge in the yellow poncho in the photo above.

Occupy Seattle and the King County Labor Council's joint protest rally and march yesterday resulted in the direct action of blocking the University Bridge for several hours during rush hour. One of the purposes of the protest was to bring attention to the fact that jobs could be created if government would just approve a plan to repair crumbling infrastructure, like the University Bridge.

If you read any of comment sections of local news reports about the protest and University Bridge blockade you'd find lots of bitching from individual commuters that took this tone, "Who do these people think they are?" Or, "can't you see I'm not getting my needs met here because of the inconvenience of having to be detoured around the protest."

Please excuse us for inconvenience.

But there comes a time when just robo-voting for ineffective and corporate controlled politicians just won't do anymore. As citizens we feel that something dramatic has to take place to shake you from your sleep and day to day routine. When it's all over I'm sure you'll thank us for putting our "bodies on the gears, and the wheels, upon the levers" of the machine, as Mario Savio pointed out in his now famous 1964 speech about free speech and the right to assemble, which is the subject of the two videos below.

The protesters believe that the time has passed for us to continue to rely on the normal channels to bring about the change we feel is needed. The nation is at a crossroads. The destruction of our country's political institutions through corporate corruption, greed and incompetence must be stopped. Or there may not be a commute for you to get stuck in at all.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Live Streaming From #N17 Protest In New York

Live feed of Occupy Wall Street November 17th via WeAreTheOther99 Live

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

#OccupyWallStreet Calls For Nonviolent Solidarity On November 17th

Join Occupy Seattle's rally and march tomorrow at SCCC 2pm (see below) or Our Bridges Need Work - So Do We rally and march organized by the ML King County Labor Council. Looks like Occupy Seattle's rally and march will meet up with the Labor Council march at the Montlake Bridge  (Montlake Blvd NE & NE Pacific St.) around 4pm.

Oil And Gas Industries Should Take A Flying FRACK At A Rolling Donut

The truth about fracking from All Frack Up versus what the oil and gas companies would like you to believe. 

I want to upchuck every time I see one of these oil and gas industry commercials on TV pushing their homey bullshit version of the environmental impacts and need for fracking. 



'Occupy' Crackdowns Coordinated With Federal Law Enforcement Officials - What Does Obama Know And When Did He Know It?

To think I spent and entire year and a half of my life walking across the back-roads of several states in 2007 and 2008 to get Obama elected only to have his administration play a part in stomping on a citizen's right of assembly and free speech sickens me. News reports that the attacks and evictions of Occupy Wall Street encampments across the country by para-military police have been coordinated by the FBI and justice department is one big deal breaker.

So, the question is Mr. President what do you know about this and when did you know it?  Did you approve these coordinated attacks by the Justice Department, FBI and the Homeland Security apparatus on post 9/11 Patriot Act steroids that are in effect a direct attack on citizen's constitutional right of free speech and assembly?  If so, you can kiss my support goodbye.

Eviction of Occupy Wall Street From Liberty Plaza In Perspective

Excellent report by Real News on what effect the eviction of protesters from Liberty Plaza in New York could mean to the overall occupy movement.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Alexa O'Brien Founder Of US Day Of Rage Talks About NYPD Raid Of Occupy Wall Street

Alexa O'Brien of US Day Of Rage, one of the founding organizations of the Occupy Wall Street movement, is interviewed on Russia Today about raid of  Zuccotti Park in New York and the future of the movement. 

Aljezeera First MSM To Report On Raid On Occupy Wall Street NYC

American corporate media to busy talking about pedophile, Britney Spears not wearing panties.

A Day Of Imfamy For Occupy Wall Street

NYC Raid Comes 2 Days Before Planned '#N17' National Day Of Action Against 1%
"The timing of this late-night raid on Zuccotti Park may seem suspicious to many in the Occupy Wall Street movement. They were planning to hold a series of actions on Thursday, the two-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, including an attempt to close off bankers' access to Wall Street:"On the morning of November 17, we will shut down Wall Street. We will ring the People’s Bell, and initiate a street carnival in which we rebuild and celebrate the neighborhoods that the Wall Street economy has destroyed. Unions were also supposed to get in on the action, with a large rally planned for Foley Square. If those #N17 events go forward, they will certainly take on a different tone after tonight's eviction." -- Matt Sledge

Via: Huffington Post

Saturday, November 12, 2011

I'm Not A Pacifist, I'm A Pragmatist - The Occupy Movement Must Adhere To Nonviolence At All Costs

"Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages." Thomas Edison 
It’s human nature for those who are suppressed to look at those who suppress them in a rather self-centered and myopic way. In doing so we become prone to adopt the same justification for violence that we claim defines our suppressors. We must practice higher ethics and awareness of the common good, which, if one considers it closely, rejects the tactics of and use of violence.

You only become like your enemy when you accept the idea that violence is somehow justified as part and parcel of civil disobedience. “In some cases non-violence requires more militancy than violence”, Cesar Chavez said. You also lose in the court of public opinion when you use violence in response to violence. The average American will sympathize with protest if they believe the protesters cause is just and the protester acts in a dignified way in making their point. One of the most powerful statements one can make is to demonstrate compassion and empathy for those who mean you harm.

I'm not a pacifist, I'm a pragmatist. 

Pictures of Martin Luther King or Cesar Chavez and countless others being arrested or enduring brutality yet accepting such treatment stand as timeless examples of how one should act when confronted with force. Their non-combativeness and silence demonstrates their righteousness and speaks volumes about their ideals and ethics. These images have endured because they appeal to the highest ideals of humanity. It appeals to a wider audience of people who maybe sympathetic to the cause and who also desire justice and true democracy.

On the other hand, anonymous Blackblock window breakers who cover their faces and run wild in the street attempting to spread fear with their ideological based brand of unfocused and pointless violence and property destruction are the antithesis of the nonviolent civilized citizen patriots who are exercising their constitutional rights of speech and assembly in the public square. In effect one act of violence by these individuals has the effect of reversing months of hard earned public support and sympathy for the movement.  

If it is really true that “the whole world is watching”, then one must demonstrate discipline in the face of police overreaction. Any thinking demonstrator realizes that being arrested or even brutalized by the authorities is part and parcel of a movement that challenges the power and authority of the entrenched oligarchy and the paramilitary police that protect them. It’s naive to believe you will not be arrested or brutalized by the police state when you question their authority. It you believe reacting violently in the face of this predictable response from the police is acceptable you only lower yourself to the level of those who feel justified in dishing-out such brutality.

In this country and around the world the battle the Occupy Wall Street movement is trying to win is not only in the streets but is also simultaneously taking place in the court of public opinion. As supporters and demonstrators who are involved in the movement we are called upon to demonstrate a higher standard of conduct and responsibility than what maybe required as an individual citizen. What you do and how you act from moment to moment speaks for the entire movement. Remind yourself that the occupy movement is not about you or even your inner-circle of misfits. We are not here to simply stir up trouble or create chaos. We are trying to change the world.

The goals of the movement must transcend our personal selfishness, ideology and politics. We are fighting for the 99% and in the broader sense humanity itself. At the root of this movement is the ideal of nonviolence and the power, eventual effectiveness and success of this movement will be compromised the moment we believe, based on superficial reasoning, that violence is somehow justified to achieve the change we desperately need.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Occupy Comics Kickstarter Campaign Will Raise Funds for Protesters

Adbusters created a really powerful image of a ballerina atop the Wall Street bull with protesters in the background, and that was enough to set this off”. Then Anonymous brought in the Guy Fawkes masks, and U.S. Day of Rage created more art challenging the relationship between Wall Street and Washington. So this is an art-inspired movement, and that’s part of what makes it so viral. It’s not intellectual, it doesn’t need a manifesto. People are banding together around an idea, rather than an ideology.”
"That’s the goal of the Occupy Comics Kickstarter project, launched Wednesday by transmedia studio Halo-8 and explained in the video pitch below. The plan is to graphically document the Occupy movement with the help of a roster of respected comics creators and artists, then funnel the proceeds directly to the protesters taking hits and making history for the 99 percent."
“Comics is at the root of this thing,” Halo-8 founder and Occupy Comics organizer Matt Pizzolo said in an e-mail to “Just look at Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s V for Vendetta masks at every protest. A Guy Fawkes mask is now a more iconic image of street protest than a gas mask.”

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Graphic: Faceoff #OccupyWallStreet Vs The Tea Party

 Like we really care. But interesting never the less.

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Robert Crumb Lives Finds Inspiration In #OccupyWallStreet Movement

From somewhere in France reclusive Robert Crumb, the iconic cartoonist and artist, granted an interview to Mother Jones.

Among other things Crumb talked about his famous album covers and offered his thoughts on the Occupy Wall Street movement.
MJ: I read on your website that one reason for going to France was that you had become disgusted with America. What do you mean by that?
RC: Well, the corporatization of culture. We lived in inland California, the Central Valley, and we witnessed over a period of 20 years of this invasion of shopping malls and corporate businesses and everything, and it lost all of its old character. Any kind of authentic character that it had was rapidly getting lost. The expanding urban development was just horrible to behold.
MJ: Have you been following Occupy Wall Street at all?
RC: Oh yeah, it’s great stuff. I think they should stay there, and persist and persist until they have some effect. I don’t know what effect they can have. I was thinking about it last night, I was laying in bed, thinking, “Can this thing have any effect on the wealthy establishment?” They’re so entrenched, they’re so powerful. I don’t know if they even care that people go there and demonstrate. What will it take, an armed revolution? That’s violent, and I’m kind of against violence. Violence begets violence, and then you get leaders who are violent men. And you don’t want that. You don’t want some Stalin in there as your left-wing leader. But it’s a great thing to see. I kinda thought that the American youth were very complacent and indifferent about all that, or just didn’t know what to do. But somebody got this thing going.
Via: Mother Jones

Friday, November 04, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

One Suggestion to #OccupySeattle's General Assembly


Publicly Owned Park in Central Seattle. Why? Operated by City of Seattle with whom you can probably negotiate successfully. This all depends on whether you can get over the tendency of your central message being dominated by anti-cop or anti Mayor McGinn themes, instead of the more appealing out reaching public message of economic injustice. Or if you continue to be fixated on Westlake Park by letting dogmatic, tedious, chaotic and  buzz killing ideological anarchists influence you, whether they have a big A or small a.

Denny Park has a lot of vehicle traffic passing by, it's near downtown, the financial district and Capitol Hill, public transit and is more vehicle traffic accessible. It has more parking, has trees to shade occupiers from elements, has toilets, it's near MSM outlets, it's in the center of Paul Allenville and it's not Seattle Central Community College. It also has the possibility of better complying with the OWS good neighbor policy. SCCC does not want you and you will be forcing other users of SCCC, like the small community farms that vend there on Sunday as well as other worthwhile community activities, out. Plus SCCC has a daycare facility that would be more or less in the middle of the occupation. That's not outreach or good. In fact it will most likely be considered by the 99% you need to reach as inconsiderate and selfish.

Update: Oakland Police Riot

Via: Nation Of Change and The Ed Show

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Great WADOT Photos Of Viaduct Demolition

Great WADOT photos of Viaduct demolition. And then there is this....

#OWS Co-founder Warns Against ‘Totalitarian Nightmare’ Unless Citizens Take Action

Alexa O'Brien co-founder of the Occupy Wall Street movement is interviewed by RT News 
"It’s not right to say that these are ‘activists’ who are part of the OWS movement – mostly these people are just normal citizens who are concerned about the level of corruption in the government,”

Video: Oakland Policeman Throws Flash Grenade Into Crowd Trying To Help Injured Protester

In spite of claims by Oakland Police that they were attacked by protesters I have yet to see any video or photos that substantiates that. The action by the authorities is a complete overreaction and on its face a police riot not a riot by protesters who are attempting to simply exercise their constitutional right to assemble.

Update:  Iraq war veteran Scott Olsen has been identified as the protester injured. He condition is being described as critical with a fractured skull and brain swelling after being hit by a police projectile.

#OccupyOakland Protesters Injured In Brutal Overnight Police Crackdown

Occupy Oakland Wall Street protesters were again assaulted with rubber bullets, beanbags and tear gas by Oakland police last night. Several protesters were injured by the rubber bullets or other projectiles fired by the police. The video shows the chaos at the height of the police riot. Photos of the police action also give a dramatic account of the crackdown.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

#OccupyWallStreet Musical Interlude

Michael Moore - Dr Cornell West On #OWS Iraq - Progressive Discontent

"Because what Martin (Luther King) was talking about was revolution. And that’s what I’m talking about, but it’s a Kingian revolution. It’s a love-based revolution that says we’ve got warped priorities, that says we need a trans-valuation of our values and a fundamental transformation of our public life and a transfer of power from oligarchs and plutocrats. It is not a matter of hating. It’s a matter of hating injustice. We don’t hate any persons; you hate injustice. And when you have that kind of righteous indignation and holy anger and moral outrage, that I have, that Brother Michael (Moore) has, that the people, part of Occupation movements all around the world, that’s the makings of the kind of change we want." Dr. Cornell West 

Via: Nation Of Change

Monday, October 24, 2011

#OccupyWallStreet Pope Says Jesus Would Be Protesting Too With The Carpenters Union

I was raised in an Irish Catholic family. My father MacAllister O'Brien was an union organizer and Machinist Union Vice President who played a major role in the organizing of Machinists at the Boeing Company in the late forties. My grandfather "Telephone" Jack O'Brien was also an union organizer who participated in the creation of the Communication Workers Of America. I later became an union organizer an business agent myself.

Nowadays I'd say I'm agnostic rather than Catholic because I disagree with most of the church's policies and beliefs. Church policy has often worked at cross purpose, for example, opposing abortion, birth control, gay rights and even supporting war making while at the same time calling for fairness and equity in the area of wealth distribution and social justice. From a historic standpoint the church has been generally supportive of workers, the poor and middle class on strictly economic issues.

The motivation for many Catholics to become early leaders of the American labor movement stems in part from an encyclical issued by Pope Leo XIII in 1891. The encyclical known as Rerum Novarum was interpreted by many Catholics as a divinely guided infallible ruling of the church. With Rerum Novarum Leo XIII in effect became the first pope to speak out against the abuses of capitalism in the midst of the industrial revolution though the encyclical stopped short of supporting outright Socialism. Leo XIII encyclical indicated that workers should join together to address the abuses of their capitalist masters rather than controlling the means of production themselves. The encyclical became a clarion call for Catholic workers to take collective action against the capitalist system that was exploiting them. Pope Leo's encyclical has been reinforced and reinterpreted by a long line of Popes and continues to be an underlying nexus of church dogma related to social justice even today as the video points out.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fake Fox News Guy Gets Interviewed By Sam Seder Of Majority Report

Chris Cobb is the fake Fox News guy at Occupy Wall Street's Zucotti Park in New York.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Artistdogboy's First Blog Post Called For And End To The Iraq War

Six years ago my first post on this blog called for a end to the Iraq War. In many ways this blog was created because of my opposition to the war.  I realize that there is a question about the number of advisors, contractors and other security personnel who will remain in Iraq after combat troops are withdrawn. But I still see this as a significant milestone and victory for the anti-war movement and a fulfillment of a 2008 campaign promise made by Obama.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Audio Interview With Alexa O'Brien Co-Organizer Of Occupy Wall Street And Founder Of US Day Of Rage

Alexa O'Brien talks about co-organizing the Occupy Wall Street protests and what role US Day Of Rage and others played in the birth of the movement.

Via: IndyBay and Felipe Messina

WTF - Old School Rap Video - Scrap The Cap On Social Security

"Right now, everyone pays Social Security taxes on the first $106,800 they earn, which means most people pay Social Security taxes on their whole paycheck. But since $106,800 is the cap (unless Congress acts to change it), a whole lot of wealthy people don’t pay a dime in Social Security taxes on most of what they make.

Not to get all parental - it's your life - but this is important stuff. Because unless you tell Congress to "Just Scrap the Cap," they could cut Social Security benefits -- and we might be movin' in."
Via: a project of the WA based EOI (Economic Opportunity Institute)

Twitter - YouTube - Hashtags #OccupyWallStreet Revolution - Weapons Of Mass Destruction

From the stories comment section:
"Occupy Wall Street is also successful because of the marketing savvy of today's media generation. "Occupy" is in every way a 'cloud coalition'; that is, a loosely affiliated group aligned enough in values to inspire action irrespective of central leadership - and even perhaps opposed to it. I am a marketing and communications consultant and collegiate instructor. I recognized the power in this possibility back in 2008 when I coined the term ‘cloud coalition’ and put the concept to personal and international use. I outline its positive potential in my just-launched book "You And What Army? How to Neutralize Conflict and Negotiate Justice for the totally Outgunned, Inwardly Timid, Burnt Out or Socially Defunct"

"As in noted in a recent interview with Trending Sideways, and outlined in an article for the Negotiator Magazine, The Occupy Wall Street movement heralds the new model of social change in America. Whether it’s Occupy Wall Street, Madison or Main… because it robustly capitalizes on social media, those of us familiar with branding and communication strategies could learn much from its applicability across all channels to build affinity for brand... and cause." Commenter: Lisa Bracken - Corporate Management
Complete story here.
Via: Advertising Age

Will #OWS Be America's First Major Political Revolution Organized Through Social Media?

Tom Hartman visits The Dylan Radigan show and discusses the origins of Citizens United and the phenomenon of the Occupy Wall Street movement with a panel of guests. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

#OccupySeattle Needs To Get Its Occupation Together

Seattle’s occupation seems to be floundering. Several divisions and fractures in the group are evident if one takes the time to read their often rambling facebook group page or the observations and reports in the local media or blogosphere about the occupation or you’ve actually attended one of the disjointed daily Occupy Seattle General Assembly meetings held at Westlake Park.

Don't take me wrong. I think there is broad support in Seattle for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Most of this support has manifested itself on the weekends when people who have jobs or other personal commitments that preclude them from camping have shown up at Westlake Park to protest or when Organized Labor, students or other like minded groups have shown up in force to join in the protest.

In the mean time the actual occupiers seem to be ruled by a group of people who's main concern is to maintaining the occupation and setting up tents at Westlake Park at all cost and being arrested for it. The pattern then seems to be to focus their rage and police overreaction message on Mayor McGinn and the police who’ve come to arrest them. This continuing cat and mouse game of camping being arrested and complaining about the police brutality when protesters are arrested has been for the most part the main story of Occupy Seattle since they began the occupation at Westlake on October 2nd. The problem with this tactic is that the actual message of the broader Occupy Wall Street movement based in economic injustice often gets lost in the personal drama and agendas of the protesters hell bent on maintaining the Westlake occupation. It also works to keep people away who for good reason want to avoid confrontation, trouble or arrest at any cost.

Mayor McGinn actually has visited Westlake Plaza occupation and made it clear he would like the protest to move to City Hall Plaza were camping, portable toilets and other amenities would be available. He has also voiced his open support of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The protesters who seem to be in charge have rejected the Mayor’s proposal and seem to be attempting to vilify him for making it. In their minds McGinn is trying to co-op the protest to his advantage. There is a wider Occupy Seattle group of sympathizers and supporters who wonders if rejecting the Mayor’s offer of the use of City Hall Plaza is the correct tactic.

Because of this insistence by the controlling members of the group to remain at Westlake Occupy Seattle has never been able to establish the open and welcoming public space that’s needed if the occupation has any hope of expanding and growing the number of campers and participants. A space where people can meet and exchange ideas and freely participate in the process and General Assembly decision-making if they chose to do so. It also would be a place where more creative tactical decisions could be made free of the a constant threat of arrest.

Whether it ends up being City Hall Plaza or some other place it must be a space that’s conceived by the general public as a safe place to go. Frankly, the occupation at Westlake appeared unsafe much of the time because of the ongoing threat of arrests,  ongoing atmospheric problems, a lack of solidarity amongst group members, a general lack of enforceable rules of decorum, a sometime ambiguous message about nonviolence or the seeming lack of concern by the group about what it means to be a good neighbor to the downtown community.

Who knows what will happen. Taking into account the organic nature of the Occupy Wall Street movement maybe Seattle can get it act together and some intelligent adults will step forward to rescue the occupation here. The group has shown some signs of doing this over the last few days. There are a great number of people involved who could help the group get to where it needs to go. The problem seems to be that these people cannot spend the time that’s needed at Westlake where they could guide the group’s General Assembly decision-making process.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

First 1,000 Cities Always The Hardest -To Occupy

American main stream media remains clueless about Occupy Wall Street movement. Meanwhile!

Via Aljeezera English

Friday, October 14, 2011

In Solidarity With October 15th Global Revolution Movement - Video Via Spain's Indignados

"On October 15th people from all over the world will take to the streets and squares. From America to Asia, from Africa to Europe, people are rising up to claim their rights and demand a true democracy. Now it is time for all of us to join in a global non violent protest."

Could Canada Arrest Bush For Human Rights Violations?

No Amnesty For Bush

Vesnovskaya Maria Voice Of Russia

The Amnesty International human rights group is urging the government of Canada to arrest former US President George W. Bush on charges of torture, violence against prisoners and kidnapping. The ex-leader’s visit to Ottawa is slated for October 20th.The organization claims to have found all evidence of Bush’s involvement in human rights violations, namely the detention of terror suspects and their containment at the Guantanamo military base in 2002-2009. Indeed, many of those events were approved by the United States’ Central Intelligence agency (CIA), says chairman of the Agora interregional human rights association Pavel Chikov.

Source:  Voice of Russia

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Review Of Herman Cain's 999 Plan Shows It Should Be Renamed The 911 Plan

Lawrence O'Donnell actually read Cain's plan and found some gaping holes. It calls for the axing of Social Security and Medicare and many basic social safety net programs and ends with a massive tax cut for the rich and a massive tax increase for the middle class and poor.

Wise Old Radical Talks About How Occupy Wall Street May Play Out

Tom Hayden if nothing else knows something about protest and civil disobedience. He offered his thoughts on where he sees the Occupy Wall Street Movement going. He also offers some compelling advice for President Obama on what he could do to positively respond to the underlying economic and social issues that are driving the OWS movement.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

US Day Of Rage Calls For Constitutional Amendment To Overturn 'Corporations Are People' Court Decision

US Day Of Rage, one of the founding organizations behind the Occupy Wall Street Movement, continues to focus on their one demand. The organization has been calling for the reversal of the Citizens United vs the FEC Supreme Court decision that degreed that "corporations are people". USDOR believes that overturning Citizens United in conjunction with the reform of our election laws will remove corporate control over our elections, politicians and political system. They are calling for an Article V Constitution Convention to address this issue.
"Free and fair elections remedy the myriad ills and abuses of a corrupt and illegitimate government, which preys on the resources and spirits of citizens."

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Economics Professor Richard Wolff Speaks To Occupy Wall Street Forum

"Speaking in Liberty Square near Wall Street without microphones, Wolff focuses on the economic crisis and the problem of capitalism as a system as they relate to the new social movement being achieved by Occupy Wall Street and all those inspired by it across the country."
Via: Nation of Change

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Rally For Good Jobs Now - October 13th Westlake Park

An Open Letter To #OccupySeattle - Hindsight Is Twenty-Twenty

Like many others I believe that this new movement has touched a chord with the people of this nation who are fed up with corporate and government corruption of our lives and of our election process and all that it means. I’m writing this open letter because I’d like to share with you some of my observations about the occupation of Westlake Plaza here in Seattle. I intend for this to be constructive criticism. I support those who have put themselves out there and facilitated and organized a Seattle Occupation and those of you who have been arrested based on your believe in a principle. It took courage and work to do what you have already accomplished.

Much of what I say here indicates that in hindsight there probably should have been more advanced planning before the occupation actually took place. A better formation of a working Occupy Seattle General Assembly prior to the takeover of Westlake Park would have been helpful. The first occupation in New York took months of tactical planning and work before September 17th. I’m not saying that the same thing is necessary or even possible here in Seattle now, but some sort of concrete advance plan would have certainly helped the occupation.

The truth is occupations may flounder at first or even fail. This does not mean a new or revamped occupation will not be possible. Tactical flexibility is the key. A General Assembly formed prior to an occupation could of worked out policies and rules that govern group conduct as well as a set of principles to govern the occupation. When the public space was actually occupied protesters joining the occupation would have known what was expected of them should they wish to remain welcome participants in the protest. Also the founding General Assembly members would have worked out basic rules on how their General Assembly would be facilitated. Working sub-committees would be in place, which I believe are vital to any occupation’s survival and success, and the process of conducting the GA once the occupation took place would have gone smoother.

It appears to me that the Occupy Seattle’s GA choice of Westlake Plaza may have been done without proper legal help or any real liaison with authorities. Perhaps an alternative site could have been occupied. There are a number of locations I think that would of served the purpose as a base camp of the movement in Seattle. I believe that the location should not get in the way of the overall message. The Mayor's offer of the use of City Hall Park seemed generous. The choice of the Westlake Plaza in the center of Seattle I believe was a tricky decision. Perhaps it was too grandiose a ploy on the part of the Occupy Seattle. Apparently the occupiers believed that the City Of Seattle would allow the use of tents in this location if they chose to be defiant about it.

This presumption was incorrect and lead at times to the protest deteriorating into more or less one of name-calling and insults by some of the protesters aimed at the mayor and the police when the authorities indicated that tents had to be removed. The confrontations that ensued I believe turned into an unproductive exercise of self-will that detracted from the real message of economic injustice and the ideals of compassion and humanism that the OWS movement needs to project in order to grow and survive. In other words during the first week of the occupation in Seattle the main issue became more about whether people can have tents than about the ideals of the OWS movement.

Please remember Zucotti Park (liberty Plaza) in New York has never been allowed to have tents. They worked around it. Yes it was a cat and mouse game at first in New York with the authorities, but common sense won out and the New York General Assembly members never got to the point where being able to stay in a tent was the paramount issue. Nor is the movement about confrontations with the police or blaming police. Many of the front line cops in New York and Seattle are probably supportive of the protests and Mayor McGinn has publicly supported the protests. This is the beauty of it. They too are also members of the 99%.

So far the Occupy Seattle General Assemblies seem incapable of even establishing basic policies and principles that are badly needed for the success of the occupation and protest. I understand that this is to be expected to some extent given that the General Assembly horizontal leaderless model is a new concept for many of the participants to grasp, especially when an occupation in already in place. The Occupy Seattle General Assembly is also hampered by the fact that many of the key facilitators and infinity group members are working people who are not actually on the ground occupying the space. The key facilitators seem to come and go as their schedules allow. This is understandable. But, because of this many of them have not been able to participate in shaping matters in the General Assembly. I suspect they have not had time to be involved in infinity groups either that should have been shaping the principles and rules that govern how the group operates and occupies the public space. It appears the infinity groups have not made much progress on several badly needed basic policies and rules, i.e. how to conduct a coherent General Assembly, how decisions will be made by the group in an assembly, following an agenda and probably most important the occupiers solidarity and security.

One of the main reasons I think misjudgments have been made is that I believe the Occupy Seattle protest in the beginning were hijacked by a small group of individuals or groups of individuals who actually have a different agenda then that of the OWS movement. What is troubling to me is that several of these occupiers involved in the Westlake Plaza occupation believed that violence is acceptable on some level especially against the police. I know for a fact this is not what the Occupy Wall Street movement believes. Violence on some level may be acceptable to some other protest movements, but it is NOT acceptable in the OWS movement. This type of ideology can actually destroy the movement. The early occupiers also appeared to include provocateurs types who have some personal bone to pick with the police or authority in general. The demeanor of these protesters was confrontational and mean spirited. Also several protesters I’ve talked to did not seem to have a grasp of what the Occupy Wall Street protest movement was really about. This has hampers the group cohesiveness and outreach.

There also seemed to be a number of people at the occupation that really had nothing to do with the protest at all, other then being there. There were several people meandering around aimlessly. This would indicate to me that the security and solidarity of the group has not been established. This type of atmosphere makes the protest susceptible to people with a different agendas fouling up the process or presenting the protest as made up of people who can be easily marginalized by those who wish us ill. I’m not saying all are not welcome. I’m saying that the group must maintain the space in such a way that it remains presentable, secure and attractive to a broader base of people interested in joining the protest.

Provocateurs must be eliminated from the group. Provocateurs usually will leave a group when they see that the group is not there to be a vehicle to deal with their personal issues, drama or ideology. A strict adherence to nonviolence must be maintained. Protesters who believe that violence is acceptable must be told by the General Assembly that they are not welcome. Occupy Seattle must be a place that ordinary working people and families with children would consider as a safe place to come and participate in or learn about the OWS movement. These are the people the movement will need to attract if it has any hope for its success and growth.

Occupy Wall Street Protests Need Another Viral Video - This Maybe The One

"The demands are pretty damned easy to summarize:
--Reinstate Glass-Steagall
--Audit the FED
--Reverse Citizens United (via Constitutional Amendment)
--Overhaul the tax code for the mega-rich (1%) and corporations"
 Via: Daily Kos and Brainwrap

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Michael Hudson on #OccupyWallStreet And The Need To Treat Banks As Utilities

Michael Hudson discusses some possible ideas for reforming finance to deal with the concerns raised by the Occupy Wall Street movement.
"I’ve noticed both here and on some news stories I heard in passing on MSNBC on Friday that the OccupyWallStreet movement has already succeeded in expanding the space of what is now being discussed as remedies."
 Via: Naked Capitalism

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Media Ignores Occupy Wall Street But Covers Tea Party Meet at Denny's

Anonymous Occupy Wall Street Call to Action

oh oh....... I do agree that Anonymous should post the names of NYPD officers and others who suppress peaceful occupy walls street protests. But, I do not agree that the addresses of these people and other personal information should be made public. artistdogboy

Occupy Wall Street Video: " S24 Police Riot"

The revolution grows, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day.
"Just heard that the transit workers union just pledged to support the wall street protesters and they're heading over Friday 5pm. That's a union of 200,000 strong, that's right 200,000 strong. Airline, train, automobile, bus drivers and all their branches could be coming, HERE WE GO this is it guys, this is the crowd that we need. Will they deny 200,000 angry workers? This is our Tahrir square, this is our Arab spring, this is our revolution and its about to begin are you ready to take your place in history? Lets make the world proud and take down the corrupt system!"
Comment from YouTube video by Turkiloo:

The Young Turks Occupy Wall Street Protesters 'Awesome'

The tide turns in favor of protesters and further escapades of NYPD pepper spraying rogue Cop.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Breaking: Stock Trader Tells The Truth - Governments Don't Matter Goldman Sachs Rules The World - Don't Really Care About Rescue Plans

Why should we Occupy Wall Street? Because we need to stop this exact type of self-centered callous Wall Street mindset that's says the only goal in life is to make more money. 

Cold and calculated truth from a stockbroker. Crisis, what crisis? "We don't care that much about fixing the economy or how their going to fix the whole situation, we just want to make money". Then this gem, "Governments don't rule the world Goldman Sachs rules the world. Golden Sachs doesn't care about the rescue package and nether do the big funds"

So fuck you middle class your the pawns who will lose your life savings and everything else in the coming economic collapse and Wall Street will relish in it because they'll make money off your misfortune and misery.

"That's The Bank That Took My Parent's Home" - What Wall Street Fears The Most

Robert Stevens, an Occupy Wall Street protester,  has had it. He decided to sit down in the street across from the bank that took his parents home away. There's something poignant about this video because I think he represents thousands of Americans who have also lost their homes because of Wall Street's shenanigans. After the police arrest Stevens for failing to disperse they turn their wrath on the camerawoman recording the incident. 

Occupy Wall Street Day 10 What Democracy Looks Like

From Democracy Now.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Chris Hedges Interview (Full) From Occupy Wall Street Encampment

So you want to know what Occupy Wall Street is all about. Chris Hedges explains in length why the movement is vitally important and takes questions while visiting the #occupywallstreet encampment in New York City's Zucotti Park.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

New York's Not So Finest: Photos Video Capture NYPD Thuggery And Overreaction At Occupy Wall Street Protests

Over 80 protesters associated with the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests were arrested today in New York. Many photos of the NYPD thuggery can be found on flickr. The protesters were taking part in a non-violent march from their Zucotti Park encampment near Wall Street to Union Square Park when the police went on an arresting rampage. Independent news reports and video uploaded to YouTube indicate a number of incidents were it appears excessive force was employed on protesters by police. The grandmother pictured above was charged with disorderly conduct after she happened to be in the wrong place and the wrong time.

Rioting Police Attack Occupy Wall Street Protesters In New York

Police rioted in New York today and took their anger out on Occupy Wall Street protesters after the protest grew in numbers and began a noisy but peaceful march to Union Square Park. More on todays protests in  this report from ABC News. Reports indicate that police have made over 80 arrests today associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Twitter Blocks Occupy Wall Street From Top Trending List

According to the independent news website AmpedStatus Report, twitter on at least two occasions blocked the #OccupyWallStreet hashtag from showing up on its top trending list. The report claims this was done on the first day of the protests on the 17th and again on Thursday September 22.

In a related event Yahoo earlier this week admitted and apologized for blocking emails pertaining to the Occupy Wall Street protests.
"On at least two occasions, Saturday September 17th and again on Thursday night, Twitter blocked #OccupyWallStreet from being featured as a top trending topic on their homepage. On both occasions, #OccupyWallStreet tweets were coming in more frequently than other top trending topics that they were featuring on their homepage. This is blatant political censorship on the part of a company that has recently received a $400 million investment from JP Morgan Chase. We demand a statement from Twitter on this act of politically motivated censorship. Will they block #OccupyWallStreet from trending again tomorrow when actions throughout the country will once again flare up?"

WikiLeaks Truck Adds To Political Theater At Occupy Wall Street

Performance Artist Clark Stoeckley is the man behind the WikiLeaks *mobile information collection unit", part of the political theater that surrounded the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations this week in New York.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Finally Olbermann Chimes In On Occupy Wall Street

Breaking Video: 4 More Arrested Today At Occupy Wall Street Protest

From: #OccupyWallSt on YouTube September 21, 2011 1:28pm EST

"Four people have been arrested so far (as of 1:28 PM EST) on day 5 of the Occupy Wall Street protest. The first arrest took place this morning during Opening Bell March. At 10:10 AM, Isaac Wilder was taken into police custody and is being held at W. 154 St. New York, NY. One firsthand witness has informed us he was at the front of the peaceful march taking place on a public sidewalk when police demanded protesters turned left. When Isaac asserted his right to continue marching forward in public space, he was immediately arrested.

Two other arrests took place at 12:30 PM EST at Liberty Plaza. Two first-hand witnesses have confirmed the following story:

People were peacefully assembling on the sidewalk and the police told the public that they could not stand on public sidewalks. one person, was standing peacefully on the sidewalk and holding up a sign and the police swarmed him and arrested him. he peacefully went with them, without resisting in any way. People then peacefully walked with him and chanted in solidarity. And the police ran into the middle of the crowd and tackled one of the people there, and arrested him.

The following is a first hand account from Adrianna, a demonstrator who was assaulted by the police: I was picketing at Broadway and Liberty St. and heard shouts and swarms of people come down the block, so I knew it must have been an arrest. I stayed up there because I knew that's where they were going to bring the arrested people. So a huge crowd started approaching and getting louder while holding up peace signs. They pulled one guy at random and after they put him in the van, Officer Caradona and other officers rushed the crowd standing on the corner, pulled one guy from random, and started to pull him and shove him to the ground. That's when I started to try to push everyone back when somebody, it might have been Caradona, grabbed and swung me around and punched me in the face and I fell down. Luckily someone was there to pull me back up again and I know they pushed and shoved other people too. They were pushing and shoving everyone, but none of us resisted. We kept backing up, trying to get out of their way and continued holding up our peace signs."