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  • Online rants, anti-government radicals fuel fear of U.S. cop killings

    07/15/2014 2:20:06 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 11 replies
    The celebrating began before the coroner could collect the bodies of Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo, the Las Vegas patrol officers ambushed and executed while eating at a pizzeria last month. “The good news is, there are two less police in the world,” read an entry on the Facebook page for CopBlock.org. The post was visible for less than a day, but it attracted at least 6,300 likes and comments by the time the page’s administrators removed it. Jerad Miller — who along with his wife, Amanda, gunned down the Vegas police officers before dying during a shootout with police...
  • A left-wing Tea Party may be closer than you think

    06/28/2014 9:43:07 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 21 replies
    Salon ^ | 6-28-2014 | AP/Susan Walsh/Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/AP/Jason DeCrow
    After supposed RINO Thad Cochran relied in part on African-American voters to defeat Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel and win the Mississippi GOP’s nomination to the Senate, FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe was very upset. Kibbe was so angry, in fact, that he was moved to petulantly declare, “If the only way the K Street wing of the GOP establishment can win is by courting Democrats to vote in GOP primaries then we’ve already won.” This Black Knight-like declaration of victory following conspicuous defeat was widely mocked as yet another example of the Tea Party’s preference to curate reality.
  • Monsanto Slammed for ‘Fraudulent’ EU Patent on Non-GMO Tomatoes

    06/26/2014 7:00:29 AM PDT · by Renfield · 27 replies
    Representatives of the international coalition No Patents on Seeds! from France, Germany and Spain have filed an opposition against a European patent held by Monsanto on conventionally bred tomatoes (EP1812575). The patent claims tomatoes with a natural resistance to a fungal disease called botrytis. The original tomatoes used for this patent came from the international gene bank in Gatersleben, Germany. It was already known that these plants had the desired resistance and they were simply crossed with other tomato plants. Monsanto then produced a cleverly worded patent in order to create the impression that genetic engineering had been used to...
  • Where are the Occupy protesters now?

    06/26/2014 12:02:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    .theguardian.com ^ | June 17, 2014 | Todd Gitlin
    Social media makes it easier and cheaper to build movements quickly – but bypassing the business of creating decision-making infrastructure means they can disappear just as fast.Where have all the chanters gone; the gospel-minded Christians and the denouncers of ‘banksters’ and tyrants; the homeless and the indebted and unemployed who filled our urban squares in 2011-12, crying out such slogans as "We are the 99 percent" and "The people want the end of the regime"? Where are the leaderless revolutionaries who turned cities around the world upside down? The simple answer is: they were dispersed. When the sometimes public parks...
  • Surprise! The Vegas Cop Killers Weren't So Right-Wing After All

    06/16/2014 6:40:53 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 22 replies
    Every. Damn. Time. Tucked away in their backstory of anti-social behavior, an inconvenient nugget of truth about the couple responsible for killing three people, including two police officers, in Las Vegas:
  • Why Americans Hate Big Business

    06/15/2014 2:09:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 15, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    Big Business does some things that are utterly necessary in modern society. They build airplanes and cars. They run airlines, phone companies, credit card companies and banks. But there is not a person among us, including employees of big businesses, that has not withered with frustration from confronting these businesses with a problem and then receiving little or no results. Even though big businesses get the most attention, the vast majority of people in the U.S. work for small businesses. Small businesses by nature are more reactive and responsive to their customers. They are closer to the customer and more...
  • NY Times: GOP’ers sounding more like Occupy Wall Street, scaring business leaders

    06/15/2014 7:34:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 15, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    As the fallout from Rep. Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) stunning primary loss continues to settle, one of the many entrenched interests feeling suddenly insecure about their position in the American hierarchy is big business. For some, like the aviation giant Boeing, Cantor was a reliable friend. With his loss, that company’s prospects, along with its share price, have crumpled. “Mr. Cantor’s loss is much more than just symbolism,” the Times reported on Saturday. “He has been one of Wall Street’s most reliable benefactors in Congress. And Mr. Brat used that fact to deride the majority leader as someone who has rigged...
  • Bill de Blasio’s Plan to Take Brooklyn Progressivism National

    06/15/2014 6:57:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | June 15, 2014 | Chris Smith
    The world was a beautiful place as Bill de Blasio folded himself into the front passenger seat of a black SUV. The late-afternoon sun was shining on Park Slope, and a grand political breakthrough was within reach. Sure, it had been a complicated few weeks as Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Working Families Party, bitter codependents, tried to agree on a deal that would give Cuomo the WFP’s ballot line this fall in exchange for the governor’s publicly pledging to get behind a progressive policy agenda. Now, though, thanks in part to de Blasio’s mediation, a compromise was falling into...
  • NYC Settles With 14 Occupy Protesters for $583K

    06/10/2014 1:40:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 10, 2014 | By JENNIFER PELTZ
    The city has agreed to pay nearly $600,000 to settle allegations that police wrongfully arrested a group of Occupy Wall Street protesters, marking the largest settlement to date in a single Occupy-related civil rights case, the marchers' lawyers said Tuesday. The city didn't immediately comment. City lawyers had said in court papers this fall that the arrests were lawful and police "acted reasonably, properly, lawfully and in good faith." The individual protesters are receiving $5,000 to $20,000 apiece, and their lawyers $333,000 for fees and costs, the attorneys said. But to protester Jennifer Peat, 36, "the point was never the...
  • Occupy Wall Street? Try Occupy Kiev: Maidan who ousted former leader won't leave Kiev Square

    05/27/2014 10:02:59 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 13 replies
    5/27/2014 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    I was scrolling through the tele yesterday going from Fox News , then to MSNBC, then to FSTV, then AJAM (Aljazeera America), and the words "Occupy Kiev" were on TV. It was followed quickly by a reporter saying that the Maidan protesters won't do what the Kiev gov't told them yo do, and this was soon after Poroskenko was elected. They won't dismantle their large tent city, refuse to, and have drug out an old favorite - DRUMS - and on the TV....they were banging on them... McCain was there Dec. 2013 with them. Why not now, too? Same people,...
  • Occupy Movement in Circles

    05/24/2014 12:50:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Guardian Liberty Voice of Las Vegas ^ | May 20, 2014 | Grace Pollari
    The occupy movement is circling back on itself with the announcement of the final prosecution of protester Cecily McMillian. Sentenced to three months for elbowing a police officer, those within and without the movement are wondering where they go from here and what it all means. The founders of the movement have moved from cities into the country, and are organizing to occupy the polls to rout out corruption. However, there are questions within the confines of the Electoral College as to how much change this focus can produce. One element of the occupy movement from its headquarters in Zuccotti...
  • Pussy Riot Visits NYC Jail to Support Occupy Wall Street Hero

    05/18/2014 6:35:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Mashable ^ | May 9, 2014 | Colin Daileda
    RIKERS ISLAND, New York — Two members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot visited Rikers Island, New York City's main jail complex, to meet with an inmate who is a hero of Occupy Wall Street. The Occupy protestor, 25-year-old Cecily McMillan, was arrested in March 2012 after she elbowed a police officer in the eye. She faces seven years behind bars after a jury found her guilty on May 5, but McMillan and her supporters say she should never have been convicted in the first place. Pussy Riot members Nadezhda "Nadya" Tolokonnikova and Maria "Masha" Alyokhina entered Rikers around...
  • Bill O’Reilly to Cliven Bundy supporter: What makes you different from Occupy Wall Street?

    04/23/2014 7:01:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Salon ^ | April 23, 2014 | Elias Isquith, assistant editor
    The Fox News host grills a member of the militia movement on why it's OK for Bundy to break the law but not OWS.To a significant degree, American politics is a story of insiders vs. outsiders, so it’s inevitable that people among the latter group would be lumped together, even if they’re quite different by any other measure. Still, it’s probably fair to say that when most people think of Nevada renegade rancher Cliven Bundy, the Zuccotti Park protesters of Occupy Wall Street don’t immediately — or eventually — come to mind. Yet on the Tuesday night edition of his...
  • Chris Hayes: Would Fox News Defend Bundy Ranch Supporters if They Were Black?

    04/22/2014 2:26:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 22, 2013 | Matt Wilstein
    Monday night, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes used an essay on Slate about the Bundy Ranch standoff and race as a jumping off point to discuss how this story would be different if rancher Cliven Bundy’s armed supporters were black. “When is it that people take up arms against the federal or state government, point their arms at federal agents and face no consequence for it?” Hayes asked. “The answer is to that is hardly ever.” Hayes went on to imagine how Fox News react to the New Black Panthers if they decided to “greet law enforcement with long guns.” Or what...
  • Is Cattlemen Armed Insurrection the New Form of American Protest? (Amazing!)

    04/17/2014 10:07:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The cattle-ranch protest in Nevada was an armed insurrection by the Tea Party. One thousand Tea Party, so-called “patriots,” came to Bunkerville, NV, brandished weapons and the government backed down. Other mass protests in America have either ended in arrests or violent clashes between authorities and protesters. There is an obvious double standard here because the government relented and turned away. Why did the government do this? The main difference between many other mass protests and the cattle-ranch protest is that the cattle-ranch protesters were armed with handguns and assault rifles. Is American in such a state where the new...
  • Beck Warns Americans Against Falling in With ‘Right’s Version of Occupy Wall Street’ (Bundy)

    04/15/2014 7:20:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 200 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 14, 2014 | Erica Ritz
    The controversy over a Nevada rancher’s decades-long use of public land without paying federal grazing fees has quickly become a national issue — one that Glenn Beck on Monday urged Americans to fully understand before taking a side on. “We did some research online with PsyID today, and found that there’s about 10 or 15 percent of the people who are talking about this online that are truly frightening,” Beck said on his television program. “They don’t care what the facts are. They just want a fight.” Beck said there are many “decent, small-government proponents from groups like the Tea...
  • Trial of Occupy activist struggles to find jurors impartial to protest movement

    04/13/2014 4:32:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | April 10, 2014 | Jon Swaine
    It is the most important question being asked of dozens of New Yorkers lined up as potential jurors for the trial of Cecily McMillan, an Occupy Wall Street activist accused of assaulting a police officer: what do you think of her protest movement? Unfortunately for those keen on the swift procession of justice, a series of Manhattan residents who presented themselves at the criminal courthouse this week declared that they strongly disagreed with it – and could not promise to be impartial about one of its members. “I’m involved in Wall Street things. I’m on the Wall Street side, not...
  • They're back! Occupy plans springtime 'wave of action'

    04/03/2014 8:47:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    WND.com ^ | April 2, 2014 | Aaron Klein
    Springtime is here. The birds are singing, temperatures are on the rise and the Occupy movement is emerging from winter hibernation, calling for a worldwide “wave of action” Friday to re-launch anti-capitalism protests. Occupiers have been instructed by the movement’s official Twitter feed to congregate at Zuccotti Plaza in New York City Friday morning. The plan is to march to nearby Federal Plaza. Zuccotti was the stronghold of Occupy Wall Street the last two years. An associated Facebook page announced a protest against the “regressive 1% agenda of Governor Andrew Cuomo and for a truly progressive one that includes the...
  • Occupy founder calls on Obama to appoint Eric Schmidt "CEO of America"

    03/21/2014 4:34:49 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 21, 2014 | Alex Hern
    One of the co-founders of the Occupy Wall Street movement has called on Barack Obama to resign as president, and “appoint Eric Schmidt CEO of America”.
  • The Tyrant in the Gray Flannel Suit

    03/07/2014 9:43:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The National Review ^ | March 7, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Traditional American distrust of the centralized state is based on some lessons learned the hard way.Russia’s takeover of Crimea is already so complete that commercial flights to Kiev from the region’s main airport, located outside Simferopol, the regional capital 50 miles from Sevastopol, now leave from the international terminal instead of the domestic one as they did until last week. The shift suggests that Kiev and the rest of Ukraine are now classified as foreign territory. New York Times, March 6, 2014 There is no one who can be trusted with political power. Lord Acton’s famous epigram — “Power corrupts,...
  • If milk isn't careful socialist liberals might try to ban it...

    03/07/2014 10:10:59 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 15 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-7-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Hey, makes about as much sense as anything else they've been doing since 2009.
  • Dem Congresswoman on Obama’s Second Term: ‘Just Occupy the Spot…That Would Be an A’

    02/11/2014 1:54:49 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/10/14 | Craig Millward
    (CNSNews.com) - Speaking with reporters from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last month, Democratic Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) said she was “so relieved when [Obama] won,” and would give Obama an ‘A’ in his second term if he would “just occupy the spot.” When asked by a reporter to give a progress report on Obama’s second term and to grade him, Moore declined to at first saying, “I'm not going to give Obama a grade. I’m glad he’s there. A Grade compared to what? Compared to Mitt Romney being there?” She then compared Obama’s second term to what would have happened...
  • Hillary vs. The 99 Percent (The progressive mindset in a nutshell)

    01/23/2014 3:12:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Art Voice ^ | January 23, 2014 | Professor Michael I. Niman, SUNY Buffalo State
    On the looming battle for the soul of the Democratic Party.Just over two years after the inception of Occupy Wall Street, and one year after the corporate media wrote it off as dead, an unabashed progressive, Bill de Blasio, took the movement’s rhetoric and mobilized the 99 percent to give him a landslide victory over four decades of class war against poor and working New Yorkers. Mayor de Blasio’s progressive campaign rhetoric could have come from the Occupy movement’s “human microphone,” and no amount of Koch brothers funded attack ads could derail the zeitgeist that drove de Blasio and a...
  • Right says Republicans must get specific to roll back liberal tide

    01/20/2014 3:15:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 20, 2014 | Niall Stanage
    Get specific. That’s the message conservative intellectuals and strategists have for the Republican Party as it faces an assault from President Obama and Democrats on issues resonant with struggling voters such as the minimum wage and extending unemployment benefits. Obama’s income inequality push comes as the tide appears to be rising for the left on economic and social issues, something evident in everything from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s election to the legal selling of marijuana in Colorado. Some conservatives fear that the party has failed to make its case on how its policies can improve the lives...
  • Is New York’s New Mayor De Blasio Really a Lefty or Just Another Progressive Poseur?

    01/10/2014 10:18:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    This Can't Be Happening! ^ | January 6, 2014 | Dave Lindorff
    Time to invite Occupy back to Wall Street. There is no question but that New York’s new mayor, Bill De Blasio, owes his landslide victory in the November election to the Occupy Movement. It was Occupy Wall Street’s minions, hemmed in by thug-like NYPD officers armed with sidearms, clubs and pepper spray cans, who in 2011 abruptly changed the national conversation about capitalism, introducing the concept of “We are the 99%,” and focusing attention on the enormous enrichment of the top 1% of Americans at the expense of the other 99% over the past several decades, as a direct result...
  • Hacker Network Anonymous Issues Call To Arms (Revolution Calling)

    01/05/2014 8:27:51 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 128 replies
    As more and more human rights of U.S. citizens are violated in the name of safety and security, the group Anonymous stands to fight at the side of Americans. Over the holiday weekend, they have even gone as far to announce a call to arms. The fact that many people are still unaware of the “hacker” group Anonymous is sign of censorship by today’s mainstream media. There is a clear need for groups such as Anonymous as the fact of this direct censorships shows just how clouded the media’s freedom of speech has become. anon5 (See also: Obama Secretly Signs...
  • Rats force closure of Occupy Frankfurt camp (old news but watch for more rats next elections)

    01/02/2014 3:32:29 AM PST · by lavaroise · 4 replies
    MARKET WATCH ^ | 6 august 2012 | WILLIAM L. Watts
    Police estimated there were between 40 and 60 people still at the site before they moved in to evict them, with only around 20 actual protesters, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported — a figure disputed by Occupy organizers
  • Court: Gov. Nikki Haley, SC officials can be sued for Occupy arrests

    12/17/2013 1:31:33 PM PST · by Theoria · 19 replies
    The State ^ | 16 Dec 2013 | ANDREW SHAIN
    Gov. Nikki Haley and state law enforcement agencies can be sued by Occupy Columbia protestors who were arrested in 2011 after living for a month on the S.C. State House grounds, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. Haley and the chiefs of the state Bureau of Public Safety and state Department of Public Safety had asked the court to protect them from civil legal penalties, saying they only were carrying out their duties. While Monday’s ruling centered on whether state officials were immune from the lawsuit, the Fourth Circuit of Appeals in Richmond, Va., said the Occupy protestors have “a...
  • Occupy . . . . (Kitty vanity)

    12/13/2013 2:31:58 AM PST · by Hetty_Fauxvert · 30 replies
    12/13/13 | me
    I've long thought that part of why liberals succeed in villifying conservatives is because they're not afraid to use ridicule (whether deserved or not). In the interests of throwing that ridicule right back where it belongs, I offer this unabashed vanity: Photos of two of our cats in a slightly political pose. Please feel free to "steal" these and "occupy" any Internet space you care to with them!
  • Sarah On Their Minds

    11/14/2013 1:37:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | November 14, 2013 | Ben Crystal
    For someone the Democrats have declared irrelevant, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin seems to be surprisingly relevant. According to the left, Palin hasn’t been a real factor since 2008. Yet every time she so much as makes a run to the grocery store, liberals scrutinize her behavior like disgraced Internal Revenue Service thug Lois Lerner reading Tea Party tax returns. While conservatives, many of whom genuinely like Palin, invite her to break bread with them at various functions, liberals whine about her near omnipresence — all while fawning like groupies in an effort to entice her as an interview subject....
  • Occupy Wall Street buys $15 million of Americans' medical debt

    11/13/2013 7:11:28 AM PST · by Incorrigible · 27 replies
    Al Reuters ^ | 11/13/2013 | Elizabeth Dilts
    Occupy Wall Street buys $15 million of Americans' medical debt Tue, Nov 12 2013By Elizabeth Dilts(Reuters) - An Occupy Wall Street spin-off group has bought up $14.7 million worth of Americans' personal medical debt and forgiven it over the last year as part of its Rolling Jubilee project, the group announced Monday.The Rolling Jubilee project, organized by Occupy Wall Street's Strike Debt group, has so far spent $400,000 to buy the debt, in the process relieving 2,693 people of the money they owed for medical services Occupy thinks should be free."Think of it as a bailout of the 99 percent...
  • Ft. Collins man, Benjamin Gilmore, guilty in $10M arson fire that damaged condo complex, other bldg.

    10/18/2013 5:27:28 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Denver Channel ^ | 10/18/2013
    Colorado - The Gilmore case attracted national attention because he supported demonstrations at an Occupy Wall Street encampment a block away from where the fire was started. Occupy activists were protesting against economic inequality and government policies favoring the wealthy. The early-morning fire caused an estimated $10 million damage to a four-story apartment complex under construction and the occupied Penny Flats condominium and retail building next door.
  • Grilling the Park Service Bullies

    10/18/2013 12:26:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    NRO ^ | October 18, 2013 | John Fund
    The House Oversight Committee wants to find out why the Park Service behaved so bizarrely. ... Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, a former prosecutor, almost drove National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis into incoherence with his relentless questioning. Gowdy wanted to know why Jarvis had allowed “pot-smoking” Occupy Wall Street protesters to camp overnight illegally in Washington’s McPherson Square park for 100 days, yet put up barricades to keep veterans out of war memorials on the first day of the shutdown. By not issuing a single citation to the Occupy campers, Gowdy argued, the Park Service was treating them...
  • Trey Gowdy Goes Off on National Park Service Director

    10/17/2013 7:47:49 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 32 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10-16-13 | Jason Howerton
    During a U.S. House hearing concerning the closure of national parks and monuments during the partial government shutdown, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) scolded the director of the National Park Service for treating “pot-smoking” demonstrators in the Occupy movement with more respect than the nation’s war veterans. Gowdy relentlessly challenged National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis to cite the federal regulation that prompted his department to put up barricades to keep veterans out of war memorials on the first day of the shutdown. He also pointed out that the Park Service failed to issue a single citation when Occupiers camped out...
  • The Occupy Movement and “Tiny Houses” in Madison (98 square foot homes!)

    10/15/2013 4:02:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Non-Profit Quarterly ^ | October 4, 2013 | Rob Meiksins
    To those people paying only casual attention, the Occupy movement has become nothing more than a footnote in history. Their ragtag encampments have been removed for the most part, and there is little to indicate they made much of an impact. In Madison, Wisconsin, however, the Occupy movement has suddenly resurfaced, but with a totally new mission: addressing the basic needs of people who are homeless. As issues around collective bargaining rights for public employees and other significant alterations to the social contract were initiated by Governor Walker and the Republican-dominated legislature, Madison became famous for very loud and angry...
  • Cop Charged in SUV Assault Worked Undercover for Occupy Wall Street, Sources Say

    10/11/2013 10:14:43 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 10 replies
    WABC77 ^ | 10/11/13
    The undercover narcotics cop accused of assaulting the driver of an SUV in the highly publicized incident of road rage last month infiltrated the Occupy Wall Street group for police, according to law enforcement sources. He was even "arrested" at one of their protests, one member of the group says. Police this week charged the cop, Wojciech Braszczok, 32, with gang assault, assault and criminal mischief in connection with the Sept. 29 attack in New York City on SUV driver Alexian Lien. But new details have emerged about Braszczok's apparent double-life as a member of the New York City Police...
  • Why Aren't Those New, Millennial Liberals Protesting the Shutdown?

    10/02/2013 12:09:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The New Republic ^ | September 30, 2013 | Prof. Michael Kazin, Georgetown, co-editor of Dissent magazine
    Is a new, young left really on the rise? A few weeks ago, Peter Beinart wrote a long online essay which argued strongly in the affirmative. It drew a lot of attention—20,000 “Likes” and almost 5,000 tweets, at last count. And it made a lot of the progressives who read it feel better about politics than at any time since Mitt Romney learned 47 percent was actually the percentage of his popular vote. Beinart cobbled together an impressive set of poll results to show that Millennials (Americans under 30) swing left on a broad range of issues—from such obvious ones...
  • Occupy’s Legacy: A MASSIVE BURBLING OF POSSIBILITIES (Know your enemy)

    09/28/2013 6:08:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Indypendent ^ | September 27, 2013 | Ethan Earle
    I’d like to propose a toast to Occupy Wall Street, which celebrated its second birthday this September 17 with protests, marches, puppet shows and ballet lessons atop the Financial District’s iconic Charging Bull. Not quite ready to join me in celebration? You’re not alone. Popular sentiment today largely wavers between ignoring, dismissing, making fun of and lamenting the death of Occupy. Nor has the view from the left been a whole lot cheerier. With an old and familiar penchant for criticism, its many tendencies — from liberal to progressive to socialist to anarchist — have caught Occupy in a veritable...
  • The struggle for power and the cost of conscience

    09/21/2013 9:07:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Daily Inter Lake ^ | September 21, 2013 | Frank Miele
    Nothing about the political battle between conservatives and liberals is new — not the passion, not the beliefs and not the absolute certainty on both sides that the country is doomed. You could go back to the nation’s founding, and you would find similar disputes such as we are engaged in today. Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson waged a fierce fight over the notion of a central bank, for instance, and the same underlying themes were apparent then that are now being discussed regarding the need for federal oversight of health care, education, law enforcement, marriage and virtually every other...
  • Occupy activists in NYC to mark 2nd anniversary

    09/17/2013 4:33:50 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Press TV ^ | 9/17/13
    Occupy Wall Street activists in New York City are to gather in lower Manhattan on Tuesday to mark the second anniversary of their movement against social and economic inequality in the US. The Occupy Wall Street Movement began on September 17, 2011, when protesters began camping in Zuccotti Park near the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Some CEOs Are Still Cashing In at Our Expense

    08/28/2013 4:07:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | 08/28/2013 | By JOSH BOAK
    Many of the highest paid CEOs are profiting at the expense of their stockholders – and at the expense of American taxpayers, according to a study released Wednesday morning by the progressive Institute for Policy Studies.A surprising 38 percent of these corporate titans were either fired involuntary, led companies that were penalized for fraud, or received a taxpayer bailout after the 2008 financial crash.“This report should put an end to any remaining sense that we have ‘pay for performance’ in corporate America,” said Sarah Anderson, a co-author of the report and a director at the Washington-based think tank.Most CEOs defend...
  • Fast Food Strikes Underline Big National Problem

    08/29/2013 9:16:20 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 77 replies
    CBS Money Watch ^ | August 29, 2013 | Erik Sherman
    (MoneyWatch) Employees of fast food restaurants are striking in cities around the country, bolstered by support from labor unions, churches, and other groups, demanding $15 an hour wages and a greater ability to unionize. Many consumers have complained that the expectations are unreasonable, given the type of work and the skills and drive they assume must be lacking in the workers.
  • Fast Food Strikes Ignore Technology

    08/29/2013 8:40:20 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    Employment Policies Institute ^ | Aug 7,2013 | — Michael Saltsman
    Last week, the SEIU helped organize employee walk-outs at fast food restaurants in seven major cities, with the promise that more would follow in the future. The strikers demanded a $15 minimum wage, which represents a greater than 100 percent increase over the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Today, many stores are also turning to robots to do the jobs that employees would otherwise do. This isn’t science fiction: San Francisco-based Momentum Machines recently announced a new robotic burger-flipper that does the work equivalent of three full-time kitchen employees. That’s 360 burgers per hour—and there’s no SEIU to organize a...
  • Fast-food strikes set for cities nationwide

    08/28/2013 5:05:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/28/13 | Candice Choi and Karen Matthews - ap
    NEW YORK (AP) — Fast-food customers in search of burgers and fries on Thursday might run into striking workers instead. Organizers say thousands of fast-food workers are set to stage walkouts in dozens of cities around the country, part of a push to get chains such as McDonald's, Taco Bell and Wendy's to pay workers higher wages. It's expected be the largest nationwide strike by fast-food workers, according to organizers. The biggest effort so far was over the summer when about 2,200 of the nation's millions of fast-food workers staged a one-day strike in seven cities. Thursday's planned walkouts follow...
  • Fast-food strikes scheduled for August 29, day after March on Washington [Nationwide]

    08/28/2013 10:17:22 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    The Grio ^ | 8/27/13 | Carrie Healey
    On August 29th, the day after the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, fast-food workers around the nation are planning to strike for better pay and working conditions. Workers going on strike are demanding $15 an hour wages, mirroring the demand for $2 an hour the organizers of the 1963 march made.
  • Florida Sit-In Against ‘Stand Your Ground’

    08/11/2013 1:40:35 PM PDT · by rdb3 · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11 August 2013 | LIZETTE ALVAREZ
    Florida Sit-In Against ‘Stand Your Ground’ By LIZETTE ALVAREZ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The college and high school students arranged themselves in the colonial-style chairs and on the green carpet, a portrait of the state’s Old Capitol building above them, as they exchanged stories about their lives and the travails of the “black and brown youth” in Florida. One young woman whose parents were both drug addicts spoke about how she had defied the odds; she will graduate from college next year. A young man mentioned that he was one of the few in his family who had not ended up...
  • Jury Finds Police Not Liable for Occupy Protester's Injuries (CAPTION fun - AGAIN!)

    08/09/2013 10:40:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 36 replies
    OPB ^ | 8/09/13
    **SNIP** Jurors heard closing arguments, then deliberated four hours before returning their verdict. Their decision: Officers did not violate Elizabeth Nichols’ free speech rights. Nor did they use excessive force when they shoved her in the throat with a baton, pepper sprayed her open mouth and dragged her by her hair.
  • Myth of the Day: Raising Tax Rates on the Rich will Not Harm the Economy

    07/30/2013 4:03:17 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 7 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 7-30-13 | Will Freeland
    As states consider fundamental tax reform this session, misconceptions about sound tax policy abound. Perhaps one of the most popular misconceptions is the notion that raising tax rates on the rich will not harm the economy. In Tax Myths Debunked, co-authors Dr. Eric Fruits and Dr. Randall Pozdena use extensive evidence to demonstrate that taxing higher-income earners will certainly not generate economic growth and will not close the gaping budgetary gaps that plague many states governments as well as the federal government. Dr. Pozdena, former vice president of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and Dr. Eric...
  • Green Paint Found at National Cathedral, Smithsonian Statue, Luther Place Memorial Church

    07/30/2013 6:11:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Jiamei Tian, 58, was arrested Monday afternoon after allegedly covering the National Cathedral's organ inside the historic Bethlehem Chapel, as well as the Children's Chapel on the main level, with green paint. Tian, of no fixed address, was found in the Children's Chapel Monday. Sources say she was found with paint on her clothing and hands and a container of paint in one of her bags. She got loud during the arrest but did not resist and was charged with defacing property.
  • Dream Defenders in Florida Capitol say: ‘This is not temporary’

    07/29/2013 4:42:27 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies
    workers.org ^ | July 28, 2013 | Imani Henry and Scott Williams
    Tallahassee, Fla., July 28 — In response to the freeing of George Zimmerman, the killer of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was stalked and shot to death simply because he was young, Black and male, the students of color group — the Dream Defenders — have been sitting in and sleeping over in the Florida Statehouse here since July 16. Initially calling this action, #takeovertuesdays, the Dream Defenders seized the outer office of Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s 12 days ago. They are calling on Scott to convene a special session of the Florida Legislature, “to repeal the state Stand Your Ground...