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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Social Media Intelligence

I’m so sick of the government reading all of my Facebook status updates, and never liking any of them. (Seen on a graphic going around Facebook)

SOCMINT “It had been used, in one case, to arrest ten people who threatened to protest in front of UK Prime Minister David Cameron after organising a meet-up over Twitter.”

Holy, that’s disturbing. Majority Report, anyone? Protesters arrested for planning to protest? Newsflash: Protesting isn’t illegal in a ‘free’ country like England. I guess that rules England out as being free.

“It almost acts like CCTV on the ground for us really,” he (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: PRISM: Obama Didn’t End Illegal Spying, He Extended It

“There are no checks and balances here, and we’ve got to restore them.” Sensenbrenner, Republican who drafted the Patriot Act II.

Go read 2001/2002 debate over the Patriot Act – NOBODY thought it enabled mass, indiscriminate, bulk collection of all Americans' records.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 11, 2013

Sensenbrenner pointed out the government administration can monitor who journalists are in contact with, in order to avoid criticism. They’ve done the same with protesters, such as those participating in Occupy Wall Street.

.@sharpetorium @dirk_warren Patriot Act author also says #PRISM is outside of the law. (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wealth in the USA Graphed Nicely

You can see what Americans desire as wealth distribution, vs. what they think the unfair situation is vs. reality. It’s off the charts, literally, how much money the 1% makes in comparison to what sort of uneven system Americans accept they experience.

It really displays the absurdity of even well-off Americans making $100,000/year defending the criminal banks on Wall St.

It’s really bad, because everything is rigged to favour the rich. Useful idiots saying the rich are entitled to rig the system, don’t do themselves any favours.

The States are Too Crooked To Fail; meaning that the super-rich have (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Chemical Agents Of The State

Canadians first somewhat accepted RCMP officers dousing peaceful protesters (and the media) with pepper spray, back in the 90s, during the OPEC summit in B.C. It’s regressed to the point where Officer Bubble cries about the possibility of getting soap in his eyes, while his even less scrupulous brothers in arms will charge into a crowd while swinging clubs. Officer Pike at UC Davis strolls along a line of seated protesters, and blasts them in the face with orange, burning spray. NYPD kettle women in Summer dresses, and blast them in the face with chemical agents. Oakland PD fire (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Turkey Arrests CBC Journalist Sasa Petricic

Saša Petricic has been arrested in the midst of covering the Occupy Gezi protest in Istanbul. This is an outrage which the Turkish government will not be able to defend themselves from.

.@evakatrina @DFAIT_MAECI Turkey must #FreeSasa! @sasapetricic— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) June 12, 2013

Short hours before his arrest, this was the scene:

Many protestors’ barriers remain around #Taksim. Police cleared only one end of square #OccupyGezi http://t.co/wS3yMJdzkm— Saša Petricic (@sasapetricic) June 12, 2013

#Taksim right now. Fewer tents after rough night of teargas & rain but still hundreds of people staying #OccupyGezi http://t. (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: NOT a “threat to national security”

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.

-(UofR image, to keep this blog post from appearing boring.)

“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

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The Canadian Progressive: FBI “plot to identify and assassinate Occupy leaders”?

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

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…

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Judges Don’t Need To Be Fair

…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?

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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.

Things Are Good: A New Wave of Feminism in Concert with OWS?

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

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Clowns in Quebec are Crying

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,

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bastard.logic: Breaking it Down: Industrial Capitalism vs. Financial Capitalism (or, Why We’re F*cked)

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.

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Art Threat: Advocating for a diversity of tactics – Journal of Aesthetics and Protest #8 now available in print

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.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Bank of America Takes Rolling Stone Pounding

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

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Occupy Oakland Lowered Crime Rate

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

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Cattle Starved for Globalization & to Preserve Self

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

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Lazy Loitering Louts

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%.

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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

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Dark Orwellian Future: Top Secret America

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

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Dead Wild Roses: The Making of the American 99% – Barbara Ehrenreich and John Ehrenreich Barbara Ehrenreich and John Ehrenreich

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

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350 or bust: Spring is Radical, And It’s Just Begun

Here’s a Solstice message from Reverend Billy, from the Church of Earthalujah, from Zuccotti Square in New York City: What did I learn this year. We are the 99%. I learned that. So we’re not divided into separate causes anymore who pass like ships in the night – we are all in one cause. Got [...]

350 or bust: There’s Something Happening In the Air

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.

350 or bust: Planetize The Movement

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 [...]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Canadian Banks Made Millions from Illegal Secret Fed Loan

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

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Art Threat: Pepper spray cop serenaded by Shearer – Monday Music: Ballad of the Pepper Spray Cop

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?

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Occupy Christmas

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.