The Conservative government is out of control. The Guardian UK newspaper confirms what environmentalists have already suspected (since the Conservatives have openly accused them previously): This Conservative government regards environmentalists as a threat to national security. It’s offensive, absurd, and an extreme step into authoritarian police-state behaviour.
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“We’re aware of this” said Greenpeace Canada’s executive director Bruce Cox, who met the head of the RCMP last year. “We’re an outspoken voice for non-violence and this was made clear to the RCMP,” Cox said.
He said there was real anger
. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: NOT a “threat to national security”
The FBI hatched a “plot to identify and assassinate Occupy leaders”? It’d seem so, according to the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund and civil liberties activists. Information obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund via a Freedom of Information Act request reveal that the FBI: a) “collaborated with other federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland READ MORE
…They just need connections.
“Deep law and order background.” [link added] Oh, is that what you have when convicted of an election crime? Maybe Martin is referring to Toews deep psychosis, referring to Canadians standing against him as “child pornographers“. Sounds like a perfectly fair judge, eh?
Chaulkupy is getting arrested for free speech. Cities are claiming they have to clean up water soluble chalk. Hello, the rain washes it off?
Authoritarian, baby-sitter impregnaters like Toews are making a world where hopscotch is literally illegal.
Megan Boler has a new article on the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement and the current state of feminism and it’s a good read. She looks at the relationships between the feminist movement and the concerns of the people involved in OWS activities.
But the tide seems to have turned. Feminism’s re-emergence was spotted on the horizon by numerous long-term feminist organizers months ago. Kathy Miriam, a professor and feminist organizer who lives in Brooklyn, recognizes this as a, “fluid, dynamic moment” in which anything is possible. As Miriam wrote in a blog post this fall:
“Can feminist solidarity reap
. . . → Read More: Things Are Good: A New Wave of Feminism in Concert with OWS?
Actually, the clowns are in public office. First they make it so police can claim a group that is assembled peacefully is illegal (which is a clear violation of Charter rights). Now Loi 78 and the City of Montreal is going after mask wearers at public gatherings celebrating political events. Au revoir, Bonhomme! I always knew he was a shifty character out to cause mischief.
Will ballgames where a couple fans out of tens of thousands throw something at authorities, be declared illegal assemblies? The other night a fan threw something at an ump. Was tear gas fired back,
. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: The Clowns in Quebec are Crying
Michael Hudson asks: “In light of the enormous productivity gains since the end of World War II – and especially since 1980 – why isn’t everyone rich and enjoying the leisure economy that was promised?”
The answer (per Hudson) is painfully obvious, but bears repeating (ad infinitum):
What was applauded as a post-industrial economy has turned into a financialized economy. The reason you have to work so much harder than before, even when wages rise, is to carry your debt overhead. You’re unable to buy the goods you produce because you need to pay your bankers.
. . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Breaking it Down: Industrial Capitalism vs. Financial Capitalism (or, Why We’re F*cked)
This chart shows how the editors ‘understand how each writer's article functionalizes distrust/trust of institutionality in relationship to how much mediation they understand is useful in reflecting on the complexity of culture.’
The eighth issue of the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest has just been released in print. While the contents have been available online for a while, it’s definitely worth your while to drop a few bucks on the paper portrayal of this political periodical.
As Occupy Wall Street enters a new phase, this issue of JOAAP reflects the utility of a multiplicity of approaches to political issues.
. . . → Read More: Art Threat: Advocating for a diversity of tactics – Journal of Aesthetics and Protest #8 now available in print
Holy crap! Rolling Stone tears limbs from the zombie Bank of America. You probably won’t read a more blistering, or researched condemnation of the 1% “Royalty” that literally has the state paying billions for the crimes of a few men it refuses to send to jail. BoA is one big reason why Occupy Wall Street exists, and must succeed in bringing about charges against the criminals who’ve absolutely imperiled the global economy with their greed and incompetence.
It’s an absolute tragedy that the WikiLeaks files on BoA are presumed stolen and lost by DDB who betrayed the journalistic organization to
. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Bank of America Takes Rolling Stone Pounding
Amid all the poo flung at both sides of the Occupy vs. Police lines, it turns out a little benefit came from the Oakland occupation. The crime rate went down. The City was saying crime was unmanageable during the Occupation, but the opposite was true.
When Jordan received an update that crime was actually down 19 percent in the last week of October, he wrote an email to one of Mayor Jean Quan’s advisers.
“Not sure how you want to share this good news,” he wrote. “It may be counter to our statement that the Occupy movement is negatively impacting
. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Occupy Oakland Lowered Crime Rate
A few weeks ago, my friend Seong (he’s from Korea), told me about the effects of Globalization on South Korean farmers. With cheap beef flooding into the country, farmers have been unable to sell their cattle, and unable to pay for feed. Cattle could be heard crying as they starved to death. This naturally destroyed a lot of farmers’ spirits as well.
Here is a section of an academic essay he’s written, as a proposal to study the textbooks of Korea for bias toward Globalization and its underlying political ideology. I’m going to highlight some passages I found particularly
. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Cattle Starved for Globalization & to Preserve Self
In light of the Occupy movements, younger people will find this vintage video from Vancouver, very vivid. You have to wait until the very end too for a killer video joke. The mayor, pictured in 1968, passed away yesterday at age 85. His vision lives on in the 1%.
TD Bank made record profits again recently (they almost always do manage that), and here’s a part of why/how. I didn’t use my line of credit very much, always paying it off entirely very quickly when I did use it. Last year though I decided to borrow a little from
. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Lazy Loitering Louts
Julian Assange isn’t the only person concerned that Facebook is the greatest spy machine ever created. There are lesser known surveillance nets and data mining underway. Did you know that most text messages sent on 9/11 were captured by a secret system, and later leaked to WikiLeaks?
NSA employee: “A vicious campaign against whistle blowers started under Bush, and has come to full fruition under Obama”.
He sees America turning into East Germany, which he used to observe at the end of the Cold War. The sort of free Republic thought of by most Americans, and the pervasive spy-state, are
. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Dark Orwellian Future: Top Secret America
Valuable insight from Barbara and John Ehrenreich about the OWS movement, class and popular misconceptions propagated by the Right.
The “other men” (and of course women) in the current American class alignment are those in the top 1 per cent of the wealth distribution – the bankers, hedge-fund managers and CEOs targeted by the Occupy Wall Street movement. They have been around for a long time in one form or another, but they only began to emerge as a distinct and visible group, informally called the “super-rich”, in recent years.
Extravagant levels of consumption helped draw attention to them: private
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Making of the American 99% – Barbara Ehrenreich and John Ehrenreich Barbara Ehrenreich and John Ehrenreich
Need some inspiration? Check out this video: A powerful group of images of the brave people throughout our lifetime (and before) who took the front lines to sow the seeds of social change with peaceful demonstrations and were forcefully dealt with by the preservers of the status quo.
Like many of you, my focus these days is on Christmas preparations – cooking, traveling, feasting, and spending time with friends and family. 350orbust will be getting less attention than usual for a while. But I have a collection of videos and photos that I’m going to share during the holiday season, so don’t forget [...]
The other day I saw a video of Dennis Kucinich, an American Congressman, reviewing a scandal which I thought was years old. It was actually breaking news with important new information. Just when you thought Wall Street’s scandals couldn’t get much worse, details have come to light this week thanks to persistent investigative journalists who’ve revealed that the Federal Reserve gave $7.7 T R I L L I O N (Trillion, with a ‘t’) dollars to banks since 2008, interest free, to bail them out, on top of the TARP money of $800 Billion. If your mind, and sense
. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Canadian Banks Made Millions from Illegal Secret Fed Loan
Pepper Spray Cop infiltrates Georges Seurat’s Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.
Harry Shearer — yes, that Harry Shearer of Simpsons and Spinal Tap fame — has immortalized UC Davis’ infamous police officer in song. Entitled Ballad of the Pepper Spray Cop, the ditty debuted on Shearer’s radio program, Le Show. I only wish it was sung in the voice of Mr. Burns, but that would be decidedly out of character now, woudln’t it?
OCCUPY CHRISTMAS! (Santa photo originally from from Tumbleweed:-) and released under Creative Commons license)
Santa’s been abusing the 99% elves at his North Pole cold-shop. Lt. Pike comes to the elves’ rescue with his peppermint candy cane spray.
Cleaning out the digital mailbag this morning, I found a few gems pertaining to the Occupy movement, economic collapse, and intentionally bad, prizewinning art:
Salon asks how the appalling image of U.C. Davis’ infamous pepper spray cop became a hilarious internet meme that parades through art history. “When I was writing V for Vendetta I would in my secret heart of hearts have thought: wouldn’t it be great if these ideas actually made an impact?” Alan Moore discusses the Occupy movement’s adoption of his Guy Fawkes mask. The economic collapse has killed art as we know it, argues . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Handpicked from the Internets
It’s total bullshit (not to mention batshit).
AlterNet’s Josh Holland for teh Fisk:
Wolf …offers a classic example of trying to shoe-horn reality into a theory with no factual basis. She set out to write a column indicting Congress for a nationwide crack-down that hasn’t actually been unearthed and, in order to do so, she needs to hopelessly muddle the chain of command…
For the terrible insight to take away from news that the Department of Homeland Security coordinated a violent crackdown is that the DHS does not freelance. The DHS cannot say, on its own
. . . → Read More: bastard.logic: The Troubling Truth About Naomi Wolf’s DHS/OWS Hype
Liberal Viewer is taking a fine tooth comb to the action of the police during the OWS protests. More importantly he is speaking directly to what the character of the US is about. It the US a constitutional democracy or is it a autocratic oligarchy that will defend the interests of the rich before the rights of the poor (yes, yes I know false dichotomy but we are being dramatic here). The protests and coverage are writing a new chapter in the rights that people are allowed to express in the US. You can sit on
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Liberal Viewer – Pepper Spray the best condiment.
I’ve never had a tweet of mine be ReTweeted so much.
It was an excerpt from a Facebook post that got liked and shared by about 15 people by this point, but the Tweet is at 83 ReTweets, and that doesn’t count the dozen or more who’ve rephrased it and tweeted it under their own accounts either crediting me or not.
Ask yourself why people camped out to buy crap are glorified, but people camped out in protest of economic injustice & greed are raided.
Later in the day I saw someone had used the same idea, probably arrived at
. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Blog Navel Gazing – Tweet Heard ‘Round The World
“It’s time to rock the nation, rock this occupation! Our communities need us. We are all leaders. How could we ask for anything less than the future?“ A powerful video of the Occupy poem by acclaimed spoken word artist Drew Dellinger, by award winning filmmaker Velcrow Ripper, set to the beats of Jef Stott . [...]