150 computer factory workers had to be talked down from a “suicide jump” in protest of lousy working conditions at the infamous Foxconn. This would not have made the news when Mao Zedong was in charge of China…
The workers were eventually coaxed down after two days on top of their three-floor plant in . . . → Read More: Chairman Mao rolls in his grave
The story, courtesy of the UK Telegraph:
For the first time on record, the Chinese Communist party has lost all control, with the population of 20,000 in this southern fishing village now in open revolt.
The last of Wukan’s dozen party officials fled on Monday after thousands of people blocked armed police from retaking . . . → Read More: China: A village fights back
Bob Powell of Above Top Secret neatly unpacks the Libyan revolution-that-wasn’t. Some interesting shockers I hadn’t heard yet include the presence of al-Qaida, apparently operating with CIA blessing, in the “National Transitional Council”, and the presence of Qatari troops, in their own country’s uniform and speaking with distinctly non-African accents, among the so-called “rebels”. . . . → Read More: What you’re not being told about Libya
“We are not suffering from a secret cabal of evil masterminds who plotted to bring down the world economy. The problem was not secrecy. On the contrary, the ballooning debt of the last 20 years, the massive student levels of student debt, the internet bubble, the real-estate bubble, the rise of speculation, the replacement of […] . . . → Read More: Quotable: Kieran Bonner on the banality of evil
Occupy Wall Street is now one month old, and still going strong. It’s also spreading across the continent and around the world. Virtually all major cities in North America (and quite a few minor ones as well) now have “Occupy” movements. And, if the news is to be believed, the powers-that-be are getting mighty nervous […] . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Happy 1-month birthday, OWS!
Ever see a stand-up comedy routine about oil wars and oil coups? This Brit does a fantastic job of taking horrible reality and making it hilarious. Without, I might add, diverging for one moment from the truth. . . . → Read More: The History of Oil
Okkupy teh Wall Streetz! And why is this happening? Well, That’s why. You can’t haz cheezburger when all da cookiez is in da banksterz. . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Some necessary levity
A whiteshirt (the now infamous Anthony Bologna, police inspector, NYPD) pepper-sprays a group of peaceful women protesters at Occupy Wall Street. You can hear one of the blue-shirted officers say “I can’t believe he just fuckin’ maced her.” This incident took place near Union Square, in Manhattan. Dangerous Minds recently asked how many cops it […] . . . → Read More: Fear of a white shirt