Monday, May 28, 2012

Julian Assange Program Episode 7 Discusses The Occupy Movement With Early Organizers - Activists

Episode 7 of Julian Assange's program on RT Television is scheduled to air on Tuesday May 29th at 4:30am PDT. You can watch episode 7 online on RT's website.
"Although it is economic and social inequality that are named as the main causes behind Occupy, Alexa O'Brien from Occupy in New York and US Day of Rage says it is not just about the global financial crisis but also about a global political crisis - because", “institutions are no longer functional.”
The program features a discussion of the Occupy Movement and features a panel of some of the key early organizers and activists including writer David Graeber, Aaron Peters and Naomi Colvin from Occupy London and Alexa O'Brien from Occupy Wall Street NewYork and US Day of Rage.



Note: Alexa O'Brien is also one of  7 plaintiffs in the 'Freedom 7' lawsuit brought to stop implementation  of certain provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) dealing with arrest, due process and detention of US citizens. The plaintiffs won a preliminary injunction in Federal Court on May 16th that effectively blocks authorities from unlawfully using the law to arrest and detain US Citizens. The US government has appealed the ruling. 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

With God On Our Side? US 8 Syria 90


it's okay to kill children, if you're the United States that is, but not so much if your Syria.

8 civilians killed in NATO airstrike in Afghanistan 

About 30 children among more than 90 killed in Houla, Syria


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Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/05/27/150285/8-civilians-killed-in-nato-airstrike.html#storylink=cpy

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Throw Another Walmart Steak On The Bar-B-Q In The Name Of Glorious Patriotic Jesus Approved War Profiteering

Memorial Day 2012

Der Bahnhof Amberg, Germany 1968

"Once and for all the idea of glorious victories won by the glorious army must be wiped out. Neither side is glorious. On either side they're just frightened men messing their pants and they all want the same thing - not to lie under the earth, but to walk upon it - without crutches." Peter Weiss
In 1965 I joined the Army. I had perceived that I wanted to fight in Vietnam for my country just like my Marine older brother had done before me. It later turned out to be an indication of how naive and ignorant an eighteen year old can actually be. Providentially, I was spared from becoming cannon-fodder by an apparent glitch in the Pentagon computer and other unforeseen forces in the universe. I realized by the time the above picture was taken that most of what we had been told by our leaders about the justification for the war in Vietnam was a lie. Sound familiar?

I don't blame the front line soldiers, for many of them are impressionable young men and women who don't know any better. They end up being a pawn to be used in some jingoistic politician's speech or war profiteering corporation's commercial each Memorial Day.

They are not of course born for this purpose. They are flesh and bone, sons and daughters whose potential as human beings has been suddenly snuffed out by evil or misguided political leaders.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Crack In The Wall - Police Join Protest Marches



There seems to be some cracks in the wall protecting the corporate controlled state.

The reports of police in Britain and elsewhere protesting is evidence that the police perhaps do put their pants on one leg at a time like other human beings. They have mortgages, kids, bills, and most want to  protect and serve the public, whether you want to believe it or not. What I have seen, especially here in Seattle, is the occupy movement being co-opted by individuals who's main focus is their hate of the police. Or individuals who throw rocks through the Mayor's picture window because of his perceived opposition to protesters or support of the police. I think this focus is misguided and juvenile because the occupy movement is about the 99% versus the 1%. 'Beat officers' are definitely not economically speaking part of the 1%, but they are the pawns of the corporate state. Our focus should be to break this bond not reinforce it.

I am not saying that individual police officers have not perpetrated some horrendous crimes in the name of law enforcement, abused their power, or even murdered. This criminal activity should be prosecuted. But that aspect of police activities should not become the main focus of the occupy movement. Our purpose is the dismantling of a corporate oligarchy that corrupts our economic and political institutions and is at war with nature. 
"Our efforts must be directed toward acts of civil disobedience, to chipping away, through nonviolent protest, at the pillars of established, corporate power. The corporate state is so unfair, so corrupt and so rotten that the institutions tasked with holding it up—the police, the press, the banking system, the civil service and the judiciary—have become vulnerable. It is becoming harder and harder for the corporations to convince its foot soldiers to hold the system in place." Chris Hedges November 2011

Note: I early posted a photo supposedly of Frankfurt police who had removed their helmets and join in the protest on May 19th. This photo has apparently been debunked as a photoshop. But whether the photo was doctored or not, we will have to find out,  I don't think it changes the point of my post.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The More Things Supposedly Change The More They Remain The Same

Mark Karlin , Editor of Buzzflash at Truthout gives us something to thing about.
"there is a significant segment of the US population that is so full of a self-eviscerating hate -- due to the need for feeling affirmation and empowerment from an Anglo Saxon ruling class -- that their bilious loathing may fatally wound a nation founded upon the resilience of an evolving democracy."

Saturday, May 19, 2012

I'm Running For Democratic National Convention Delegate In WA 7th CD - Here Is A list Of The Experience That Should Qualify Or Perhaps Not Qualify Me For The Position

'Experience is the teacher of all things,' Julius Caesar c. 52 BC

By: Daniel O'Brien 

Here is the list of my experience, and other random observations formatted in a flow of consciousness style.   
  • Glenn Beck recently called me a 'Communist' on his internet based show, which is probably enough of a reason to vote for me already.
  • I'm not a communist even if Glenn Beck says I am.
  • If you ask me what my main occupation is now, I'd answer, I'm an 'artist and theater producer'.
  • I'm 65 years of age.
  • I have a good sense of humor.
  • I don't agree with everything President Obama has done during his first term, but whole-heartedly support his reelection.
  • I've been the elected Democratic Party PCO for Carpenter Precinct on Vashon Island for over three years. 
  • I worked as a local union business agent and organizer for the Office Workers Union Local 8 and later was the shop steward for the Teamsters Union while employed by the City Of Seattle. I was elected a delegate to the Teamster International Union Convention during the time I was a shop steward for the union.

Catholic Church Now Thinks Girls Scouts Are Unknowingly Being Turned Into Little Sluts

US Bishops apparently now investigating Girl Scouts of America for what they believe is 'slutty' behavior, or whenever Bill Donahue of the Catholic League opens his month you know some crazy ass idiotic wing-nut dogma is about to come out. This guy makes all US Catholics (that are left) and people of Irish desent want to slit their wrists.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Drudge Report Once Again Proven To Be 'Lying Bowl Of Lukewarm Shit'


The 'Drudge Report' once again proves to be a reliable tool of the oligarchs and their misinformation campaign. If you want to see GOP talking points in advance just check Drudge each morning for the latest list of lies and fabrications.

The story has a intro above it that indicated. "OBAMA LIT AGENT, 1991: 'Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii'... Used bio until 2007..."

The 'sack of lying shit story' is based on Breitbart News reports on a promotional booklet produced in 1991 by Barack Obama's then-literary agency which describes the author as "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii."

Then this happened:

Miriam Goderich issued the following statement to Political Wire:
"You're undoubtedly aware of the brouhaha stirred up by Breitbart about the erroneous statement in a client list Acton & Dystel published in 1991 (for circulation within the publishing industry only) that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. This was nothing more than a fact checking error by me -- an agency assistant at the time. There was never any information given to us by Obama in any of his correspondence or other communications suggesting in any way that he was born in Kenya and not Hawaii. I hope you can communicate to your readers that this was a simple mistake and nothing more."
Full disclosure: I am a client of the same literary agency.

Via The Dish

Video: Plaintiff Chris Hedges Hails "Monumental" Ruling Blocking NDAA Indefinite Detention

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Freedom 7 Win Preliminary injunction Blocking Indefinite Detention Provisions Of NDAA

MANHATTAN (CN)

Via the Courthouse News Service

'A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction late Wednesday to block provisions of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that would allow the military to indefinitely detain anyone it accuses of knowingly or unknowingly supporting terrorism.

Signed by President Barack Obama on New Year's Eve, the 565-page NDAA contains a short paragraph, in statute 1021, letting the military detain anyone it suspects "substantially supported" al-Qaida, the Taliban or "associated forces." The indefinite detention would supposedly last until "the end of hostilities."

Freedom 7 Plaintiff Alexa O'Brien
In a 68-page ruling blocking this statute, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest agreed that the statute failed to "pass constitutional muster" because its broad language could be used to quash political dissent.

"There is a strong public interest in protecting rights guaranteed by the First Amendment," Forrest wrote. "There is also a strong public interest in ensuring that due process rights guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment are protected by ensuring that ordinary citizens are able to understand the scope of conduct that could subject them to indefinite military detention."

Weeks after Obama signed the law, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges filed a lawsuit against its so-called "Homeland Battlefield" provisions.

Several prominent activists, scholars and politicians subsequently joined the suit, including Pentagon Papers whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg; Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Noam Chomsky; Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jonsdottir; Kai Wargalla, an organizer from Occupy London; and Alexa O'Brien, an organizer for the New York-based activist group U.S. Day of Rage. They call themselves the Freedom Seven.

In a signing statement, Obama contended that the language in Section 1021 "breaks no new ground" and merely restates the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF).

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Why We Need Some Stimulus - Unemployment Rate Without Government Job Cuts: 7.1%


Republican efforts to cut debt and ignore authorizing more stimulus for state and local government to use to hire workers keep unemployment higher then it needs to be. The massive layoff of government workers also weakens public employee unions and their political power.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Monday, May 07, 2012

French And Greek Elections Touch Off Debt Reduction Bean Counter Freakout


Vive La France!.

The wrong headed and destructive use of austerity measures has banksters, bond traders, supply-siders and rightwing government bean counters in a quandary after elections in Europe. The way forward and the effects of the election of the socialist Hollande in France and the rejection of austerity in other European elections will not be fully understood quickly. But it has been clear from the beginning of the financial crisis to Keynesians that austerity, fear of piling up sovereign debt and inflation are not as dangerous as they have been made out to be.

Of course these bean counters seem to have little problem with justifying the waste of trillions on needless wars or corporate and financial industry swindling or the reduction of civil liberties or having the 1% pay their fair share in taxes.

A major part of the call for debt reduction in the United States is actually a veiled attempt by the right to destroy public sector unions along with their political power. It also is aimed at cutting the social safety net for the middle class. Keynesians argue that in times like these government spending is the only effective real engine of the economy large enough to create the number of jobs necessary to return to fuller employment and prosperity. When 70% of our economy is based on consumer spending it's not hard to see that creating jobs that put money in the pockets of the middle class that they will spend is paramount to bringing about real recovery. Cutting payrolls and government jobs has the opposite effect and has significantly driven up the unemployment rate which is something that election year Republicans seem happy about.

Austerity policies have obviously failed to stimulate global economies. Europe is already entering a double dip recession and the United States may not be far behind. The European elections may signal the beginning of a global change of course. How this shift in one of Europe's largest economies will effect the forces behind rightwing debt reduction ideology versus the forces calling for more government stimulus in the United States will be interesting to see in this election year. Can Obama make an effective case for more spending instead of less, or will he continue to triangulate his position on the subject out of fear of moderate voters and economic illiterates turning on him.  It would appear that working class people in Europe understand the argument for more spending. Not so much in the USA I'm afraid. 

Simple minded Americans see debt reduction akin to 'balancing their checkbook at the kitchen table'. The right loves to use this stupid metaphor to argue for balanced budgets and 'living within your means'. Unfortunately, balancing your checkbook at the kitchen table and living within you means has little or no relation to reality when your talking about manipulating complicated global economies. 

Thursday, May 03, 2012

'Mic Check' - Occupy's Muddled Message



"Welcome to May Day in New York 2012. Chaotic, creative, inchoate, diffuse. Was it a glimpse of what post-industrial solidarity just might look like in the century ahead? Or another display of what remains, when organized worker power has been wiped out?" Laura Flanders in The Nation