14/11/2011

This Beat Down is for Your Health – the Money Party Must Stop Occupy Movements

from OpEdNews

The fascists financiers of The Money Party are now paying attention. They’re using the normal tactics they employ against domestic assemblies of citizens who present grievances: lies, misinformation, police bullying, police attacks, claims of “safety and public health” concerns. They’ll ramp up soon to massive police actions and claim that citizens caused the coming police riots.

We must remain non-violent, even passive, & dignified in the face of the 1%’s savagery.  But we also must record, broadcast & publicize their brutality as widely as possible, & publicly commend our injured, & publicly mourn our martyrs.  This is how we will mobilize the 99%.

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14/11/2011

Occupy America for Change

from OpEdNews

People must be saved, not banks. Too-big-to-fail ones must be shut, broken up or nationalized. Central bank authority must also shift to public hands. Sustained general city, state and national strikes must be used strategically.

America’s system is too broken and corrupted to fix. Tearing it down and starting over is vital, including a new Constitution put to a national referendum for an up or down vote.

Egalitarian America must replace it’s wealth and power system, benefitting few at the expense of most others. The biggest of all battles lie ahead. Dark forces lurk to co-opt and subvert them.

Staying the course is key. Obstacles exist to be overcome. So is knowing IF Stone’s advice that:

“The only kinds of fights worth fighting are those you are going to lose, because somebody has to fight them and lose and lose and lose until someday, somebody who believes as you do wins….”

Gandhi said it his way, saying:

“First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. Then they fight you. Then you win.”

We’re in the ridiculing/fighting stage. It’ll continue years longer, maybe decades. Nothing’s guaranteed, of course, especially in the mother of all struggles.

If activists and those after them don’t quit, winning’s indeed possible, but not without great pain, sacrifice, and struggles often looking futile.

It’s how all great battles are won, none easily, quickly or without great cost.

No matter. Liberate your minds. Join the 99%. Stay the course, and find out! We’re all in this together!

The reality is that the 1% live in a different world, a different ethos, an Apartheid world, designed to exclude, exploit & oppress the rest of us.  To the 1%, the 99% are subhuman serfs, even slaves.  This is how they justify to themselves their greed for power & wealth – they believe themselves to be a “Master Race”, uniquely fitted – chosen, even – to rule.  With an iron fist, if they feel necessary!

14/11/2011

The Tactic of Occupation & the Movement of the 99%

from AlterNet

In the past week and a half, we’ve seen more and more news stories focusing on the physical logistics of occupation, including the problems and challenges. News outlets are presenting the tactic of occupation as if the tactic were the message and the movement itself. And our opponents are making some headway in negatively branding occupation and occupiers.

To navigate this challenge, it is important that we recognize a few things about our relationship to the tactic of physical occupation:

  • It has already accomplished more than any of us imagined.
  • It is incredibly resource-intensive to maintain.
  • It will not serve us forever (indeed, it’s utility may already be waning).
  • We will have to come up with other popular expressions of the values of this movement.

We have to distinguish conceptually between our tactics, our message, and our movement. Of these three, our tactics should be the thing we are least attached to. In oppositional struggle, it is critical to maintain the initiative; to keep one’s opponents in a reactive state. This is not accomplished by growing overly attached to any particular tactic—no matter how well it worked the first time—and thereby doing exactly what our opponents expect us to do.

We need to move from “We Occupy” as a defining characteristic of the movement, to “We Demand Social Justice!”

13/11/2011

Oligarchy Is the Politics of Wealth Defense by the Richest

from Firedoglake

Oligarchic wealth today is not created by tangible personal property, although the richest among us have plenty of that. It is defined by ownership of paper rights, stock in companies, bonds issued by the government and corporations, oil wells, patents, deeds to real estate and so on. The only substantial protector of both forms of wealth is the State, meaning both local and national government.

The threat to oligarchic wealth isn’t thieves or banks trying to foreclose on mortgages unlawfully; those are the concerns of the 99%. The big threat to Oligarchs is taxation, especially progressive income taxation and the Estate Tax, which are the only ways we have to bring about redistribution of wealth. Rich people don’t want to pay taxes; so they get low capital gains rates. Hedge fundies don’t want to pay taxes; so they get carried interests. Traders don’t want to pay taxes on their bonuses; so they set up off-shore trusts. Billionaires hate the Estate Tax, which they won’t even pay. The goal of the Oligarchs, according to Winters, is to shove those taxes off onto other people. They want to shift the cost of government to other people, even though they are by far the biggest beneficiaries of government.

Here is how it’s done. An ant warren of lawyers, accountants, brokers and bankers exists for the sole purpose of hiding assets from taxation. A murder of crows in the PR/Media business shriek that taxation is theft, class war, and job-destroying, and blithers on about how those few job creators will just do a Galt, pack up their money and leave. The carrion eaters in academic economics scrawl screeds on chalkboards showing that taxing the rich is irresponsible and bad, priming another generation to go forth and protect the interests of the rich at the expense of their parents, families and friends (well if they have any friends). Professional pundits bellow and whine in polyphonic cacophony about the death tax, as if it what happens to Mr. Sam’s money matters to the creepy Walton heirs after they go down into the dust.

The richer the 1% get, the greedier they get, & the more they are able to rig the system in their favour – like a snake constricting the very life out of the 99%.

13/11/2011

As ultra-Orthodox flex muscle, Israel feminists see a backsliding

from LosAngelesTimes

Israeli women say that recently some of their most basic rights have come under attack, including singing and dancing in public, vying for student government positions at a religious college, appearing on billboards in Jerusalem, speaking on a religious radio station and even using the sidewalk during religious celebrations.

Feminists who once thought Israel’s battle for gender equality had been mostly won are warning of a new assault from Israel’s fast-growing ultra-Orthodox community, which is seeking to expand religious-based segregation into the public realm.

“We are going backward and losing all our achievements,” said Rachel Liel, executive director of the New Israel Fund, which advocates for civil rights and equality. “A 21st century democracy is not a place where women sit in the back of the bus.”

The “liberal” West has nurtured – & armed to the teeth with Nuclear warheads & other WMDs – an extremist-Zionist, religio-nationalist, entity, that’s rapidly morphing into something resembling the West’s worst nightmare.  Who says Americans don’t do irony?!

13/11/2011

European Ponzi Goes Full Retard As EFSF Found To Monetize… Itself

from ZeroHedge

Despite the marionette rotation at the top, the math of Europe is still not only absolutely hopeless, not to mention meaningless, but somehow just got even worse, because take away the magical powers of modern finance to be one with the ponzi, and Europe would have already imploded.

It also means that our earlier observation that the EFSF is an AA+ equivalent credit instrument has to be revised: pro formaing out the ponzi, means it is at best AA if not A, and most likely D if one takes away all the magic bells and Keynesian whistles, unicorns and other end of the western financial world loopholes that modern finance is forced to resort to every single day to mask the fact that every country in the developed world is now 100% bankrupt.

The Euro is leading the charge of the West’s currencies – from fiat money to fantasy money!

13/11/2011

Dragons of Greed slain by common man; Think what he could do to the Dragons of War

from MediaMonitorsNetwork

The house of war comes crumbling down when the people get a belly full of being raped, plundered and having their sons, daughters sacrificed and their grandchildren being covered with debt before they are born? The elite of government, like the elite of the business world, have long considered the small account holders as expendable pawns and they are to be used as carelessly as clay pigeons.

The attitudes of those in power are universal having been around since the advent of the first empire. Throughout history the common man, i.e., the slaves, the glorious workers, the King’s men and their wives, the brood-mares for the legions, have paid a heavy price for the flag.

When the flag falls, the dictators and their sycophants usually have a nice place on some friendly foreign shores to wait out eternity and enjoy the interlude with countless millions of absconded loot in the form of gold, silver, dollars, francs, or pesos.

Now, in the United States the limits of complacency must certainly be stretched to the breaking point. When the inevitable happens the wrath of the people will be fearsome in the halls of congress and above. Hordes of politicians will be voted out of office and sent packing. Like empire, revolt against empire is universal as well. And sometimes, empire shoots itself in the foot.

As was shown in the last few weeks, change can be made when the force of the people is applied. Nobody had to tell us when and how to move on the money barons; we knew instinctively that we were being taken for granted and and abused in the wallet with a $5 charge, for nothing.

Pray tell, if we got upset over a $5 fee, why would we want to pay some greedy defense contractor $800 a gallon for diesel fuel to facilitate our sons and daughters being shot at in some foreign country that never attacked us in the first place.

All that is necessary for the 1% to triumph, is for the 99% to do nothing – all that is necessary for the 1% to fail, is for the 99% to Occupy the Moral High Ground!

12/11/2011

Perfect Storm of Internet Censorship

from TheCorbettReport

Governments around the world are using fears over cyber attacks as an excuse to crack down on the internet freedoms of their own populations.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that it’s considering using social media to track and surveil its own population. DHS Undersecretary Caryn Wagner said that the government fears social unrest like that seen in Tunisia last December and wants to use social media services like Twitter to monitor its own population. Last January, Senators Lieberman and Collins renewed calls to give the president a kill switch over the internet to protect the government in times of emergency, a call echoed by Senator McCain last July.

Last week, British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke of the need to strike a balance between cybersecurity and freedom of speech. Speaking at a London cyberspace conference, he renewed British calls for an international framework for cybersecurity. Internet security expert Eugene Kaspersky, speaking at the same conference, defended his own idea for internet passports as a requirement for logging on to the internet and an internet police force for cracking down on unwanted behaviour, adding that countries that did not agree to such a framework should simply be cut off from the internet.

The 1% fear & hate Freedom – except for themselves – almost as much as they fear & hate Truth!

12/11/2011

‘Occupy’ movement in bid to save German democracy

from RT

“We have a worldwide problem in the financial sector, which is absolutely deregulated, and we need further regulation in order to make the sector compatible with democratic societies,” he told RT. “Otherwise, we will always see such measures as the enlargement of the EFSF that we saw a couple of weeks ago, [when] the German parliament pushed through within days.”

Max Bank referred to the events of 2008 and 2009, when many banks were bailed out without any conditions at the time of the global financial crunch.

“We need clear conditions for those banks [which] were bailed out,” he said. “That hasn’t happened in Germany, and that’s what we criticize, in order to make a clear sign that democratic societies can no longer tolerate … banks that can suppress our societies.”

It’s Democracy or Banksterocracy; Social Justice or Kleptonomy; Human Rights or Totalitarianism; Us or the Banks.  We must not lose!

12/11/2011

Europe’s Disaster Is Headed Our Way. Can America withstand the death spiral of Debt?

from TheDailyBeast

Just a few months ago, almost nobody was worried about Italy’s vast debt, which amounts to 121 percent of GDP. Then suddenly panic set in, and Italy’s borrowing costs exploded from 3.5 percent to 7.5 percent.

Today the U.S. gross federal debt stands at around 100 percent of GDP. Four years ago it was 62 percent. By 2016 the International Monetary Fund forecasts it will be 115 percent. Economists who should know better insist that this is not a problem because, unlike Italy, the United States can print its own money at will. All that means is that the U.S. reserves the right to inflate or depreciate away its debt. If I were a foreign investor—and half the debt in public hands is held by foreigners—I would not find that terribly reassuring. At some point I might demand some compensation for that risk in the form of … higher rates.

Athens, Rome, Washington … The shortest route from imperial capital to tourist destination is precisely this death spiral of debt.

The US Government will learn, too late, that the multi-Trillion-Dollar Bailouts, TARPs, etc. bought no gratitude or loyalty from the Sociopath Bankers – just as feeding Great White Sharks yesterday won’t save you if you swim with them tomorrow!