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Christy's Houseful of Chaos » politics: ya, the revolution really isn’t here. Could we keep working on other things?

It is weird how life can change as certain people enter or exit one’s life, even tangentially, because of the ideas those people bring. I can look back over the last half a year and see how certain people’s ideas about revolution instead of reform have entered my social circle. I can see their effect not just on myself, but on some of my friends. It’s interesting to look at.

Some of the people attempting to boycott the Ontario election have expressed a belief that revolution is going to come soon. I remember hearing the same belief during the Occupy (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: The Protest and Popular Assembly (Plenum) Movement in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Get up to speed with this interview with Politics, Re-Spun contributor Jasmin Mujanovic on the protest and popular assembly (plenum) movement in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Bosnia’s protest movement is already receiving less media coverage, with some declaring the end of the ‘Bosnian spring’. But the causes behind the ongoing protests are complex, and neither the causes nor the protests have disappeared. Heather McRobie interviews Jasmin Mujanović.

April 15, 2014 Democracy Blooming at the Margins: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ukraine and Taiwan (1) December 25, 2013 Merry Christmas! (0) January 8, 2014 Come On, Let’s Really Increase Taxes on the Rich (0) April 30, (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: Occupy Vancouver Reboots Tomorrow: A Primer

Some thoughts as we countdown to the reboot of Occupy Vancouver at 615pm tomorrow night at Grandview Park. Come join us with your ideas:

Mine are all about seeking equality and justice: economically, socially, politically and environmentally. Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals is an inspiring classic. Some agree with it, some disagree. Some paint it as the template of Obama tactics [hardly, but still, you should also read this bit below written just after Obama's first inauguration] and some paint it as wholly insufficient. You can read some key excerpts from it here. Then you’ll need to ponder what you (Read more…)

PostArctica: Courage, Neil Young, And The Future

Neil Young doesn’t have to do what he is doing, there are many, many reasons why he shouldn’t, but he is, and he is showing us courage that most of us can only dream of, can barely imagine. He is taking on the whole corporate structure that is oppressing and beating down people everywhere on the planet. He has taken a stand. And he is making things happen. We, as a nation, as a species, need to stand up too and begin to acknowledge the injustice that surrounds us if we believe at all that we are better than what (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: Come On, Let’s Really Increase Taxes on the Rich

Well, here’s something you don’t see [ever] in corporate media: a review of tax measures in the USA since the crash in 2008 that have succeeded in increasing taxes on the rich. And it turns out, tax increases that are regressive [sales taxes, etc.] or include the non-rich, seemed to fail quite a bit.

How did these taxes on the 1% succeed?

One way is mixing “traditional lobbying with the direct action of the Occupy movement.”

And here’s some rationale for why the rich should pay more, with tax revenues going to restore and improve public services:

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Politics, Re-Spun: Merry Christmas!

I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and/or the joy and warmth of the holiday season. Make 2014 a year of more love, more compassion, more sharing and more service.

Three things to mark this day:

Some pictures. Here are 75 amazing pictures from 2013. Some more pictures. Here are 100 of the best street are photos from 2013. A political picture. Some thing about Israel.

Another brick.

October 7, 2011 Occupy the Church, Occupy Together (1) July 29, 2013 The Red Wings Fiddle While Detroit Burns (1) April 18, 2012 Boycott the National Headshot League (#NHL) (3) (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Merry Christmas!

Left Over: The Revolution will Start, With or Without Me….

Russell Brand’s Epic Interview With BBC’s Jeremy Paxman Just Might Start A Revolution (VIDEO) The Huffington Post | By Ryan GrenoblePosted: 10/25/2013 4:11 pm EDT

Many have seen Russel Brand’s remarkable interview with Jeremy Paxman, either on TV or YouTube..if not please go to the HuffPo article cited here and see it..the best ten minutes you’ll have today, or the worst, depending on your point of view… Politicians ‘don’t lay a glove’ on Paxman, or bother trying, because they realize that, as ‘progressive’ as he is, he is entertainment and distraction..like our ‘ 22 Minutes,’ funny, and every (Read more…)

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

Some inspiring thoughts from Woody Harrelson, for your Saturday morning: *

PostArctica: Christo – Big Air Package

Big Air Package, an indoor installation for the Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany, was conceived in 2010 and is on view from March 16 to December 30, 2013. 90 meters high, with a diameter of 50 meters and a volume of 177,000 cubic meters, the work of art is the largest ever inflated envelope without a skeleton.

Below you will find downloadable, high-resolution photographs by Wolfgang Volz, images of preparatory drawings and collages by Christo and HD video footage for non-commercial editorial press usage in conjunction with Big Air Package. By using the images and/or video footage, you agree to be (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: The 1%, Their Cottages, and the Occupy Movement

You aren’t middle class if you own a cottage. Remember that.

If I need to single-handedly reboot the Occupy Movement for this one, I’ll do it, I tell ya [emphasis is mine]:

A month ago, I had a conversation with Deb Hutton, wife of PC leader Tim Hudak, who said the chances of the Conservatives picking up any of the five seats up for grabs on byelection night were pretty remote.

“They’re all Liberal seats,” she said. “It’s summer time when our most loyal supporters are away at the cottage. We’re obviously going to give it our best, but….” (Read more…)

Christy's Houseful of Chaos politics » Christy's Houseful of Chaos: Aaron Sorkin’s Commentary on Occupy Wall Street.

Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom is dealing with the topic of Occupy Wall Street, and while I loved the Occupy Movement, I’m forced to admit that Sorkin makes some pretty good points.

The character Shelly Wexley is a college professor and spokesperson for the Occupy movement. She clearly knows at least some about all the issues, yet she can’t get the conversations away from being about how the leaderless group works to the issues. Sorkin’s protagonist Will McAvoy is incredibly blunt with her. He challenges what OWS hopes will happen. If they want laws to change, do they have people available (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: The Red Wings Fiddle While Detroit Burns

The new iconic photo of post-crash Detroit. Listen, can you hear the footsteps of Robocop?

We can’t really blame just the Red Wings. We have to blame the Tigers and the Lions too, but really the 1% who own them.

Detroit is bankrupt. Services will be privatized to privateer leeches. Human beings will lose pension supports, jobs, wages and benefits. The 2008 crash could have been a catalyst for a manufacturing transition to a post-carbon energy infrastructure, but that was squandered.

But amidst all this, we have: stadia! Glorious stadia!

And who put up hundreds of millions for these glorious (Read more…)

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

One of the most inspirational speeches in recorded history was given by a comedian by the name of Charlie Chaplin in the movie “The Great Dictator”. If you like what you see please share the video any way you can and pass the message on, thanks!

Christy's Houseful of Chaos politics » Christy's Houseful of Chaos: For a Diversity of Tactics

I went last night to a presentation by two women from Deep Green Resistance. It was an interesting presentation focusing on the question of how we make change in our world. The two presenters critiqued the myth that if we just bring enough awareness out there we can create a mass movement that will bring about change through solely nonviolent means. The presenters talked about how historians and story-tellers get to choose from a huge variety of details which ones they present, and so by focusing on Gandhi we ignore Bhagat Singh (and, for that matter, the fact that Gandhi (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Dissent or Terror: New Report Details How Counter Terrorism Apparatus Was Used to Monitor Occupy Movement Nationwide

By: Center for Media and Democracy | Press Release: MADISON, WI – May 20 – DBA Press and the Center for Media and Democracy today released the results of a year-long investigation: “Dissent or Terror: How the Nation’s Counter Terrorism Apparatus, In Partnership With Corporate America, Turned on Occupy Wall Street.” The report, a distillation of thousands [...]

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The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Occupy Love (2013): Official Trailer (Video)

We recommend:Occupy Wall Street 1 Year Later: A Roundtable DiscussionOccupied Ottawa to celebrate one year anniversaryOn Wednesday in Ottawa, Occupy This!Liberal leadership race: Garneau calls on Trudeau to take a stand FBI knew of plot to kill OWS activists, remained silent

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The Canadian Progressive: FBI knew of plot to kill OWS activists, remained silent

  The FBI knew of plot to kill OWS activists, remained silent. Only one month into the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in 2011, plans were formulated to identify key figures in the movement and execute them with a coordinated assault using sniper rifles, documents reveal. MORE The Canadian Progressive recommends: FBI “plot to identify and assassinate READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s richest 1% grabbed 10.6% of all income, rich-poor gap widened: StatsCan

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Jan. 28, 2013: Remember Occupy, Canada? A new Statistics Canada analysis of income trends among Canadian taxfilers from 1982 to 2010, released today, confirms three of the many concerns Occupy protesters expressed in late 2011. Concerns relating to income inequality, poverty, corporate greed, etc. First, members of the exclusive club of the top READ MORE

Another Step to Take: my thoughts on Paved With Good Intentions: Canada’s development NGOs from idealism to imperialism

I’m getting ready to return the book Paved With Good Intentions: Canada’s development NGOs from idealism to imperialism by Kikolas Barry-Shaw and Dru Oja Jay back to the friend who lent it to me, but I want to make a few notes about ideas I found interesting. I know a different friend who blogged about the same book, so I want to include a link to his blog here too, though I’ve been careful not to read his assessment of the book till I finished writing mine.

The book outlines several ways in which development NGOs actually assist imperialistic motives.

. . . → Read More: Another Step to Take: my thoughts on Paved With Good Intentions: Canada’s development NGOs from idealism to imperialism

Boreal Citizen: Occupy the MP Party / A Harper Year in Review

Parliament is winding down, and it’s getting close to Christmas…do you know where your politicians are? Most likely they’re boarding a plane and heading back home to sip egg nog with their constituents. Which has me thinking, why should Conservative MPs enjoy such a festive holiday when we citizens are still reeling from another year with the Harper government? Policy was rammed through without debate. We watched our democracy erode as our leaders bent to the will of industry, removing crucial environmental protections. Scientists were muzzled and dissenters were labeled “radicals”.

My MP’s annual party is scheduled for December 20

. . . → Read More: Boreal Citizen: Occupy the MP Party / A Harper Year in Review

350 or bust: Rolling Jubilee: Occupy Turns Tables On Banks, Frees Debt

A bailout for the people, by the people: Occupy is buying up distressed debt from the banks for pennies on the dollar, and then – instead of extorting it out of the debters, as is the usual practise, it is wiping the slate clean. Brilliant, and v… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Rolling Jubilee: Occupy Turns Tables On Banks, Frees Debt

The Ranting Canadian: I’ve never reblogged something before, but this story…

I’ve never reblogged something before, but this story really impressed me so I had to share. alittlecoconuttart: Occupy Group Buys Consumer Debt And Throws It Away November 10, 2012 By Nathaniel Downes The debt collection industry is one of the l… . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: I’ve never reblogged something before, but this story…

Another Step to Take: A Handful of Ways to Reduce Poverty

As I was becoming involved with my local Coalition Against Poverty, I found myself surfing the webpages of other poverty reduction groups. The Peterborough Poverty Network has a wonderful poster listing 101 Ways to Reduce Poverty. Many of their suggestions are local to Peterborough, but some of them are relevant anywhere. Some of them are not so much reducing poverty as helping to reduce the effects of poverty. I want to share a few of their suggestions, and a few of my own:

A couple of their suggestions: Lobby your sports teams, clubs, etc to provide a few free memberships each year. Carpool. . . . → Read More: Another Step to Take: A Handful of Ways to Reduce Poverty

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Elizabeth May calls for a “Guaranteed Livable Income” in Canada

by Obert Madondo (@Obiemad) Green Party leader Elizabeth May is calling for a “Guaranteed Livable Income” as a strategy to eradicate poverty in Canada. In a press release commemorating October 17, the United Nations Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands said the Green Party of Canada was the only federal party advocating making poverty [...]

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Elizabeth May calls for a “Guaranteed Livable Income” in Canada

Today, October 17, is the United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Elizabeth May, the leader of the Green Party of Canada and MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands, is calling for a “Guaranteed Livable Income” in Canada. “The theme of the 2012 observance is ‘Ending the Violence of Extreme Poverty’. It serves as a reminder [...]