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Generalized security requires a social net, not lies and trillions to the banks. There has been a 30-year war in which the voice of business became louder. The financial sector must be shriveled. Private losses cammot become public losses. The revenue and war spending crises can be reversed. 14 million jobs can be created as Harry Hopkins and FDR created 4 million jobs.
"Getting comfortable with that reality means getting comfortable with differing views, and with a picture of the path forward that is utterly human — meaning variegated, imperfect, the result of pushing, nudging and pulling, of activism and resistance, invention and inertia, argument and, hopefully occasionally, common purpose."
Newspapers were highly political. Those in favor of secession of the slave states were suppressed. They were put out of business. Lincoln was a Republican. Most of the suppressed editors returned to their profession. In their histories, neither Robert Chandler nor George Turnbull report any imprisonment of Oregon editors; the punishment was limited to suppression from the mails.
Green party politician Malte Spitz sued to have German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom hand over six months of his phone data that he then made available to ZEIT ONLINE. We combined this geolocation data with information relating to his life as a politician, such as Twitter feeds, blog entries and websites, all of which is all freely available on the internet.
By pushing the play button, you will set off on a trip through Malte Spitz's life. The speed controller allows you to adjust how fast you travel, the pause button will let you stop at interesting points.
In addition, a calendar at the bottom shows when he was in a particular location and can be used to jump to a specific time period. Each column corresponds to one day.
I don't think climate change necessitates a social revolution. This idea is coming from the right-wing think tanks and not scientific organizations. They're ideological organizations. Their core reason for being is to defend what they call free-market ideology. They feel that any government intervention leads us to serfdom and brings about a socialist world, so that's what they have to fight off: a socialist world. Increase the power of the private sector and decrease the public sphere is their ideology.
page with lots of 9-11 truth videos on it
Greetings. I write from Niles, Ohio, near Youngstown. I take part in Occupy Youngstown (OY). I was asked to make some "keynote" remarks on the occasion of OY's first public meeting on October 15, 2011. I am a member of the legal team that filed suit after our tent and burn barrel were confiscated on November 10-11. I am helping to create the OY Free University where working groups explore a variety of future projects.
Dr. Heiner Flassbeck, Director, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, UNCTAD: European austerity policies past the point of no return, driving global economy towards deep and lengthy recession
An undercover investigator was able to officially make filming in a showcase "organic slaughterhouse" in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. What his camera revealed are shocking images and sounds from the last hours of the life of millions pigs and cows. It is truly a hell on earth.
To give a cr3edit to a customer, a bank doesn't need to take the savings of another customer from its vaults. It creates the money out of nothing. In a countermove, the bank must deposit money with the central bank for the credit-the so-called minimum reserve. There is a debate in the discipline whether the creation of money can be left to the banks.
This is Part I of a two-part series on infiltration of Occupy and what the movement can do about limiting the damage of those who seek to destroy us from within. This first article describes public reports of infiltration as well as results of a survey and discussions with Occupiers about this important issue. The second article will examine the history of political infiltration and steps we can take to address it.
Analogous to a mechanical system, neoclassicists understood the economy as a perpetual cycle of production and consumption kept in balance by the price mechanism. Neoclassical theory becomes problematic when market laws are declared universally applicable and when mono-cultures are cultivated that narrow the focus to one school.
y the price mechanism. Neoclassical theory becomes problematic
"I do not like violence. I do not think that very much is gained by burning banks and smashing windows. And yet I feel a surge of pleasure when I see the reaction in Athens and the other cities in Greece to the acceptance by the Greek parliament of the measures imposed by the European Union."
The NDAA will take effect on March 3, 2012. This is the gravest threat to the freedom of all Americans since the emergency laws during the U.S. Civil War. The Constitutional right to trial and the end of a century old law banning the use of the military on U.S. soil will come to an end on March 3, 2012. The president has awarded the military extraordinary powers to detain US citizens without trial! This is just one of many new laws, regulations and plans being rushed into being by the Obama administration. Not only did he sign the NDAA giving the military the right to arrest any one even Americans and hold them without trial he opened U.S. air space to police drones in mid- January, allowing New York City, Houston and Los Angeles to watch the pubic in a host of new ways. Obama is offering large grants to all local police departments to buy their own fleet of drones.
Yesterday's arraignment for Bradley Manning lasted a little under an hour, as expected. Replacing the Investigating Officer from the Article 32 hearing is military judge Denise Lind. After members of the prosecution and defense declared their certifications and qualifications, the judge addressed Pfc. Manning directly, asking if he understood that a military counsel is available to him at no cost, or a civilian counsel is available at no cost to the government. "Yes, your honor," Manning replied. She then asked who he wished to represent him, and he replied that he wanted to keep Mr. Coombs and the rest of the defense team with him.
Hank Paulsen had famous examples: Robert Rubin, Treasury secretary under Bill Clinton, also changed from Goldman Sachs into politics. Europe and the US are firmly in the grip of Goldman Sachs. The state has become the errand boy of the banks (cf. Moyers and Company).
Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers Hasn't Changed in More Than 20 Years
While making a living on $7.25 an hour is not easy, it's even tougher when the federal minimum wage for waiters and waitresses is only $2.13—a rate that hasn't changed since 1991.
The past few months have seen a backlash led by professional journalists against diversity of tactics in the Occupy movement. Rebecca Solnit represented our Dear Occupiers pamphlet as "a screed in justification of violence" simply because it endorsed diversity of tactics. Chris Hedges followed up by calling "black bloc anarchists"—an invented category—"The Cancer in Occupy." Both allege that a violent fringe is undermining the movement and must be excluded from it.
The Yes comes before the No. Nonviolence is stronger than violence. The UN was founded in 1945 to outlaw war. Militarism, propaganda and demonizing are false securities where ideological thinking replaces the truth of international interdependence. If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Iran has not started a war in 300 years.
The financial crisis mutated into a global economic crisis and a state debt crisis. The financial crisis was not a "bump in the road" or an industrial accident but a systemic and structural crisis that caused $11 trillion of wealth to vanish while millions lost their jobs, homes or pensions. The financial sector expanded as a source of profits and now must contract.
Contrary to what Peter Gelderloos and others have claimed, it is violence and the stasis of a dysfunctional system of oppression that protects the state, not nonviolence.
Amidst a bombardment of Black Bloc commentary, questions about the militarized nature of tear-gas toting police, and the ever-frustrating all-too-abstract dialogues about the meanings of nonviolence, violence, strategy, tactics, and principles, comes a simple story (and a complicated book) straight out of Occu-politics. First, though, some defining of terms:
Two activists with the animal rights group "Negotiation Is Over" (NIO) have been arrested at a protest in Florida. Group founder Camille Marino was arrested on an out of state warrant, and is awaiting extradition to Michigan.
The US faces a revenue crisis and a war spending crisis. The Congress, a millionaires' club, isn't about upholding the constitution but maintaining plutocracy and crony capitalism. Without the social contract, we become wolves against one another. The social contract and government of the people should ensure that everyone shares in the productivity gains.
Economics' sharpest critics regard it as an auxiliary science of astrology, a sect that sings its same little song. "Exactness is impossible. The coming generations should be protected from the mono-cultural brainwashing pursued at the universities with standard-economic rational- and market models." Classical authors like John Kenneth Galbraith are finally rediscovered.
More than 200 nonprofit groups, from animals rights organizations to political activists, said most of their donated funds appear to have vanished after the organization that watched over the money suddenly ceased operations last month.
Neoclassicism starts from the assumptions that people always act rationally and market processes always lead to optimal results on account of the price mechanism, The market fails. Its view of the person as Homo oeconomicus and the derived models cannot solve the current and future problems of humanity. Sustainable economics proposes the Homo cooperativus.
There is a recipe for breaking popular movements. I watched it play out over five years in the war in El Salvador. I now see these familiar patterns in the assault against the Occupy movement. It goes like this.
Supply-side economists dominate wherever one looks in politics, economics and the media. Demand-side economists only had a brief boom season when politics was forced to act in a demand-oriented way. That wages and salaries are not only costs but also demand doesn't usually interest supply-side economists. Growth cannot be strengthened through one-sided spending cuts.
We'll see if this changes the way the windy city handles protesters coming for G8, given the new mayor, fresh on the scene after leaving the Obama administration to succeed Daly, and his latest regulations restricting rights of protesters in Chicago.
Graeber responds to the condemnation of black bloc participants by Chris Hedges.
US approves 1st reactor project in 34 years
Chris Hedges' syndicated Truthdig column "Black Bloc: The Cancer in Occupy," printed Tuesday at Truthout and elsewhere, created quite a stir among members of Occupy Wall Street (OWS). Some endorsed the sentiment. Among others, including some central organizers who helped plan the action over the summer, the column raised eyebrows and hackles. I compiled what I considered to be the best critiques of the piece that I came across (as well as my own questions) and interviewed Hedges over the phone.
In his February 6 article entitled, "The Cancer of Occupy,"Chris Hedges attempts to analyze the political beliefs and practices of the black bloc, a group he characterizes as the scourge of the Occupy movement. Although Mr. Hedges evidently conducted at least a little to research his article, he does not quote a single proponent or participant of a black bloc, neither within the Occupy movement nor from any of the many other black blocs that have been organized in the United States. Such research would not have been difficult. There are a plethora of anarchist blogs, websites, newspapers, and magazines that discuss Occupy, the black bloc, and even the use of the black bloc within Occupy protests.
Concerning the Violent Peace-Police
An Open Letter to Chris Hedges
Instead of spending energy fighting against the system, be the change you want to see.
The consensus of the past two decades on how the macro-economy functions is shattered. The breakdown of the dominant economy is a consequence of the financial crisis, the "great shock." Reduction of the debts of vulnerable countries, reduction of the balance of payments imbalanes and distribution of the adjustment burdens on all shoulders are necessary to avoid the implosion.
While the Western media act like the Syrian government is wantonly and indiscriminately killing its own people without provocation, an independent investigation has found a different reality on the ground.
Something crucial happened in the US in 2011. The strengtherning of the Occupy movement, first on Wall Street and then in hundreds of American cities, is celebrated as the revival of the revolutionry middle class. As with every movement, taking the next step and not standing still is important. The movement in the US seems two steps ahead.
Often, when describing the inevitable scenes of major protests in the United States, I evoke the image of a person who has lost a brother in Iraq, a person who has also lost a sister to the trumped up drug war, whose father had his job outsourced, whose mother had her pension gambled away by speculators, whose grandmother lost her home of 50 years because she missed a mortgage payment, and whose grandfather died of industrial poisoning and couldn't afford health care. And make no mistake... variants of such individuals readily exist. So when such a person understandably shows up to protest the corporate oligarchy at a G8 meeting (or the national conventions of the corporate parties), they aren't there to sing kumbaya, march along a permitted path, or have their head cracked by the brutal police. And if they get so angry that they throw a brick through a bank window... I will be the last person to condemn them.
The minority of a minority have seriously damaged the public interest for personal enrichment. The community itself is culpable for not resisting its plundering.and choosing representatives that defend its interests. Didn't speculators relieve the community of unimaginable billions? Should our highest representatives wrestle for their trust?
Neoliberal myths and fictions like the self-healing market, trickle-down prosperity and corporate beneficence have accompanied and justified exploding inequality and generalized insecurity, Trillions for the banks is against all market rules of competition, risk and liability and undermines public spirit. Eurozine articles could help us resist Newspeak and double standards.
National economies are now subject to the pressures of this supra-national financial "market" and to the institutions helpful to this market like the IMF and the European Central Bank. "Bailout umbrellas" at the expense of the common taxpayer are opened up.
There is no quantitative way to measure whether Obama's additions to the presidential powers accumulated by Bush and Bush's predecessors equals or exceeds those added by Bush. But measured against the pre-Bush baseline, or against the written rule of law, Obama's power abuses far outstrip Bush's, while in the category of immediate death count Bush retains a significant lead.
Monday, January 30, 2012. Mumia Abu-Jamal is off death row and out of solitary because you called and wrote and faxed and emailed. He is out of the "hole". We did it. This was an international effort, including the delivery of over 5000 petitions, thousands of letters, and the threat of legal action. Because of your solidarity and actions, tonight Mumia called and recorded "Of Idiots and Sages", a new essay on forced sterilization written on a scrap of paper at SCI Mahanoy from lockdown. Mumia gives all of you a shout out and tells it how it is.
The core of all western-individualist ideas of justice is the principle of personal responsibility. Everyone is responsible for the consequences of his/her actions. This motivates as well as disciplines. "We punish the virtuous and reward the squanderers."
Below are five reasons why the false, criminal, illegitimate, monstrous, horrific, evil, nightmarish, stupid, absurd, and insane Global War on Terror is a like a psychedelic experience, but experienced globally and collectively.
The USS Ponce, scheduled for decommisssioning in March of 2012, has been reassigned to the Persian Gulf (along with the USS Enterprise that was scheduled for decommissioning in 2013)- as the US government military congressional industrial complex continues to get their ducks in line for the slaughter of US Navy service men and women and the start of World War III.
The demand for the commons goes far beyond de-privatization and aims at a social infrastructure of goods and services that everyone needs and to which everyone is entitled. The real economy that must be preserved hardly exists.
The rules of engagement became clearer in Eugene's U.S. District Court last week, when a civil jury determined that a city police sergeant violated an environmental activist's constitutional protections against illegal search and seizure during a 2009 leafletting campaign outside a bank.The eight-person panel determined that Sgt. Bill Solesbee arrested environmentalist Josh Schlossberg without probable cause and used excessive force. But it was Solesbee's next act that sent legal minds across Oregon into hyperdrive: He seized the environmentalist's video camera without a warrant.
Of course, no Iranian elite forces will ever operate along the U.S. border. Not in this world...On the other hand, no one here would claim that a U.S. special operations team edging up to the Iranian border was anything out of the ordinary or that it potentially crossed any lines, red or otherwise, or was a step beyond what the international community accepts.
"What Friedman seems to miss in all of this is that saying "average is over" (as in his most recent column) or arguing that those who will succeed in the global economy are those who are willing to "sacrifice more" (as in The Lexus and the Olive Tree) is merely another way of stating that labor conditions are worsening for a distressingly large number of people."
Pentagon is sending USS Enterprise nuclear aircraft carrier to Persian Gulf to create false flag for invasion / attach on Iran.
Vindictive, politicized, conspiratorial, reckless: one need not agree with WikiLeaks' modus operandi to acknowledge its service to democracy. Geert Lovink and Patrice Riemens see in WikiLeaks indications of a new culture of exposure beyond the traditional politics of openness and transparency.
Union dock workers and EGT Development Monday reached a tentative agreement to end their year-long labor dispute at the Port of Longview under a cease-fire negotiated by Gov. Chris Gregoire.
So much crisis was never analyzed with a crisis-conditioned satisfaction guarantee! Instead of seeking culprits, we must seek the systemic causes of the indebtedness dynamic. These gigantic debt mountains were necessary to keep capitalism functioning. Fewer and fewer workers can producer more and more goods in an ever-shorter time.
We call on people to reclaim space in their areas on January 28th in the spirit of the occupy movement, but first and foremost to move past the idea of private property and build communities of resistance.
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