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