Sunday, October 30, 2011

How Occupy Wall Street Cost Me My Job

Another journalist, Caitlin Curran, fired for her participation in OWS. How Occupy Wall Street Cost Me My Job (thanks to Mystic Politics for link.)Interesting what Curran points out about OWS becoming "mainstream":
I attempted to find others, besides myself and Simeone, who have been fired for their involvement with the Occupy movement, but wasn't able to find anyone who wanted to go on the record about it—though I did get a prompt response from Occupy Wall Street's media desk, and an e-mail from someone in Mobile, Alabama saying "Occupy Wall Street folks don't have jobs, if they did they would not be there in the middle of the work week," further proof of the national confusion over who Occupiers are.

These are issues that will become ingrained in the movement as it evolves, and that potential protesters and their employers will need to face as Occupy becomes "mainstreamed," as Katha Pollitt called it in the Nation last week. Pollitt pointed out that, just a few weeks ago the few media outlets acknowledging Occupy mostly saw it as a rag-tag collection of hippies. Now, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is saying he "can't blame" protesters for being angry, and Suze Orman is challenging its detractors, saying "to deride the movement because it has yet to formulate a well-delineated platform says plenty more about the critics than the protesters."
First, it was ridiculous comments from the confused and the disingenuous who referred to OWS as, to paraphrase, "bongo playing hippies." Then the feigned ignorance: "What do they want?" Now it's slowly becoming mainstream, which either means it will become boring and marginalized and news coverage will just go away, or the outrage over Global Corporate Fascist America and our emerging third world status, along with police brutality, will seep into the mainstream, forcing everyone to take a side and make a stand.

Panel endorses anthrax vaccine test on children

Panel endorses anthrax vaccine test on children:
A key panel of government advisers Friday recommended that the federal government sponsor a controversial study to test the anthrax vaccine in children to see whether the inoculation would protect young Americans against a bioterrorist's attack.

The National Biodefense Science Board, which advises the federal government on issues related to bioterrorism, voted 12-1 to recommend that the Health and Human Services Department move forward with a study aimed at determining whether the vaccine is safe and effective in children and identifying the best dose. Patricia Quinlisk of the Iowa Department of Public Health, who chairs the panel, was the only dissenter.

"We need to know more about the safety and immunogenicity of the vaccine as we develop plans to use the vaccine on a large number of children in the event of a bioterrorist's attack," said Ruth Berkelman of Emory University, a panel member.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

What the Costumes Reveal -

The New York law firm of Steven J. Baum, which represents the banks who foreclose on homeowners,has an annual Halloween party. Which included, at one such party, several staff members dresses as homeless people.What the Costumes Reveal -
I can’t tell you how people dressed for this year’s party, but I can tell you about last year’s.

That’s because a former employee of Steven J. Baum recently sent me snapshots of last year’s party. In an e-mail, she said that she wanted me to see them because they showed an appalling lack of compassion toward the homeowners — invariably poor and down on their luck — that the Baum firm had brought foreclosure proceedings against.

When we spoke later, she added that the snapshots are an accurate representation of the firm’s mind-set. “There is this really cavalier attitude,” she said. “It doesn’t matter that people are going to lose their homes.” Nor does the firm try to help people get mortgage modifications; the pressure, always, is to foreclose. I told her I wanted to post the photos on The Times’s Web site so that readers could see them. She agreed, but asked to remain anonymous because she said she fears retaliation.

(The usual hat tip to piglipstick for link.)

Bottom of the Heap -

Thirty countries rated on how they treat their poor, seniors, education, health, and other issues. The U.S. comes in 5th. We are below South Korean, Slovakia. . . welcome to the Third World, because you and I are living in it. Bottom of the Heap - (thanks GK on FB for link.)

In Seattle Weekly: Obama's War on Weed

Excellent article on Obama's turn around on state medical marijuana laws. Obama's War on Weed - Page 1 - News - Seattle - Seattle Weekly

Monday, October 24, 2011

Fake Event in H.S.

Rick Green: Drug-sniffing dogs come to Wolcott High School, with a twist. -

Another story of a fake event at a school. This latest took place in CT. Students were told there was an intruder in the school and they were in lock-down:
an urgent announcement crackled over the intercom: a threatening intruder was in the building and students were told to immediately take refuge in classrooms.
Doors were locked and police, with dogs, moved in. Students stayed huddled in classrooms where they were told to stay away from the windows.
But what sounded like a frightening situation was just a search for narcotics. Drug-sniffing dogs combed the school while students stayed in locked classrooms, believing that an attacker was roaming the halls.

No intruder, lock down was a drill not the real deal, and why? So students -- freaked,locked inside their building and thinking a dangerous individual was on the edge and that anything could happen at any moment -- could be saved from drugs.

The superintendent justified this by saying drills are required. True, they are. But his reasoning was, at best, disingenuous. According to this article, parents weren't notified beforehand, only shortly afterwards, and no mention of the drug search.

What astounds me is the sheer arrogance and lack of "getting it" on many school administrators. Admitting that Wolcott High School doesn't have a drug problem, one school board member said:
Bringing the dogs in "is precautionary," said school board Chairwoman Patricia Najarian, who added that she didn't see a problem with the fake intruder story.
The drug search is "something that is good to do periodically. It says we don't have drugs in the school,'' she said. "Either way it's a win-win. I know people get concerned … there seems to be an overreaction."

The Feds Will Cut Off TV and Radio on November 9th |

(thanks to piglipstick for link)
If you have ever wondered about the government’s ability to control the civilian airwaves, you will have your answer on November 9th.
On that day, federal authorities are going to shut off all television and radio communications simultaneously at 2:00PM EST to complete the first ever test of the national Emergency Alert System (EAS).
This isn’t a wild conspiracy theory. The upcoming test is posted on the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau website.
The Feds Will Cut Off TV and Radio on November 9th |

From the EAS site:

Why do we need a nationwide test of the EAS?
Pursuant to the FCC’s rules, local and state components of the EAS are tested on a weekly and monthly basis, respectively. Although the EAS has been in existence for over 15 years, there has never been an end-to-end, nationwide test of the system, and we need to know that the system will work as intended should public safety officials ever need to send an alert or warning to a large region of the United States. Only a top-down, simultaneous test of all components of the EAS can provide an appropriate diagnosis of system-wide performance.
If you've been paying attention, you wont' be surprised. But if you haven't, you might be. Maybe. They're not sure:
The audio message will be the same for all EAS Participants; however, due to limitations in the EAS, the video test message scroll may not be the same or indicate that “This is a test.” This is due to the use of a “live” national code – the same code that would be used in an actual emergency. In addition, the background image that appears on video screens during an alert may indicate that “This is a test,” but in some instances there might not be an image at all.

Finally, what most Americans want to know first, how long will this test last so I can get on with things? EAS says:
We anticipate that the test will last approximately3 minutes. While state and local EAS messages are limited to 2 minutes, there is no time limit for national EAS alerts.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

OWS: Homeland Security Involved in Naomi Wolf's Arrest

Crackdown on medical marijuana a threat to Oregonian's liberties | Consumer | Eugene News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KVAL CBS 13

Crackdown on medical marijuana a threat to Oregonian's liberties | Consumer | Eugene News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KVAL CBS 13

The U.S. Department of Justice has been cracking down on medical marijuana in a way that threatens the liberties of people in states where medical pot has been legalized. That includes Oregon.

You would think Justice has more important things to do.

Clean house, for instance. This is the agency that concocted "Fast and Furious," a scheme to allow guns to get into the hands of suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels in the hopes of catching somebody. Two of the weapons showed up at the murder of a Border Patrol agent last December.

On medical marijuana, we have a clear conflict between states and the federal government. Congress continues to classify marijuana as illegal.

But states such as Oregon and California have said it's OK for medical uses.

Instead of confronting the states, the government picks on little people.

In California, federal prosecutors have threatened to confiscate the property of people who rent to marijuana outlets.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Louisiana Law: paying with cash

The Daily Reckoning details this new and insidious law: Louisiana Law
Hopefully it will be overturned.

Law Bans Cash for Second Hand Transactions - Acadiana's News Leader

Scary, it's coming faster and faster. Also unbeleiveable, but true. Seems this is the last thing the state of Louisana needs, given Katrina and BP's crimes.

Cold hard cash. It's good everywhere you go, right? You can use it to pay for anything.

But that's not the case here in Louisiana now. It's a law that was passed during this year's busy legislative session.

House bill 195 basically says those who buy and sell second hand goods cannot use cash to make those transactions, and it flew so far under the radar most businesses don't even know about it.

"We're gonna lose a lot of business," says Danny Guidry, who owns the Pioneer Trading Post in Lafayette. He deals in buying and selling unique second hand items.

We don't want this cash transaction to be taken away from us. It's an everyday transaction," Guidry explains.

Guidry says, "I think everyone in this business once they find out about it. They're will definitely be a lot of uproar."

The law states those who buy or sell second hand goods are prohibited from using cash. State representative Rickey Hardy co-authored the bill.

Law Bans Cash for Second Hand Transactions - Acadiana's News Leader

Thursday, October 20, 2011

NPR host’s involvement in Occupy D.C. leads to her firing from another show | The Cutline - Yahoo! News

Free lancer Lisa Simeone,for NPR fired because she's taken part in OWS. NPR host’s involvement in Occupy D.C. leads to her firing from another show | The Cutline - Yahoo! News NPR justifies the firing -- I don't get it. NPR seems full of it. Article ends with a spin that "it's also true" that:
this is not Simeone's first stint as an activist. In 1994, Simeone helped organize demonstrations outside a Baltimore courthouse to protest violence against women.

Insinuating that she's just up to no good.

Simeone confirmed on Thursday that she had been fired from the "Soundprint" show; NPR is "in conversations" about her role as both "World of Opera" host and Occupy D.C. protester.

"We recently learned of World of Opera host Lisa Simeone's participation in an Occupy D.C. group," NPR communications SVP Dana Davis Rehm wrote in a memo to affiliates. "We're in conversations with WDAV about how they intend to handle this. We of course take this issue very seriously.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

DON’T close your Citibank account today. They’re arresting people.

In this video clip, customers inside the bank are locked in and being arrested... a woman in a business suit, outside, tries to explain to the cops that she's a customer and they grab her, push her around, and it looks like they take her into the bank, where she's also arrested!

Question: NOW are you awake?
DON’T close your Citibank account today. They’re arresting people.

Daily Kos: Breaking: 30 Citibank customers arrested for closing their account

Citibank customers in New York arrested for wanting to close out their accounts. How is this legal, and what were the charges? N
Daily Kos: Breaking: 30 Citibank customers arrested for closing their account

Friday, October 14, 2011

Occupy Eugene: SUV Arson a Set-up?

About three blocks from my home; heard the sirens last night: Motives of SUV arson unclear | Someone sprayed a vehicle with “Occupy Eugene” graffiti and then set it on fire in a west neighborhood My first thought while reading this was that it seemed suspicious; a set-up to discredit OWS and the Eugene version. As the article noted:
But at this point, police say they don’t know who set the fire or why they did it — despite the fact that the burned sport utility vehicle was covered with miscellaneous graffiti that included an anarchist symbol and messages consistent with those of the nation­wide “Occupy” movement protesting economic inequities.

Eugene police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin said it would be “unfair to blame any one group” for the arson.

“The graffiti is all over the map,” she said.

The SUV was painted with OWS type slogans, like "Oil is bad" which seems lame and clumsy. There was also an insult painted aimed at Eugene mayor Kitty Piercy, who is a liberal; the repug types don't like her at all. That insult (whatever it was, the paper did not release it) adds to my suspicions. It's illogical an OWS supporter would bash a liberal mayor,one who supports in spirit OWS. There is also the fact that the SUV wasn't recognized by anyone in the area. It just appeared. Someone commented to me after reading the article that they thought it was insurance fraud.

Occupy Eugene responded:
Occupy Eugene spokeswoman Crystal Stanford said the group is part of “a peaceful movement” that does not condone violence or property destruction.

“My first thought (upon hearing of the SUV fire) was that people would think that we were on the fringe,” Stanford said. “We’re a populist movement, and our values are consistent with the values of the everyday, normal person.”

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Police to protest supporters: Honk if you'd like a ticket -

Yet another method of demonizing OWS supporters: giving drivers who honk in support of demonstraters a $144.00 ticket for doing so:

Police to protest supporters: Honk if you'd like a ticket - olice experimented with a new tactic Friday night as they responded to a weeklong Occupy Seattle demonstration at Westlake Park -- ticketing drivers who honked in support of protesters.

Starting at 11 p.m. Friday, police started pulling over and ticketing drivers who honked as they drove past protesters.

Monday, October 10, 2011

PJ O'Rourke Spins OWS, or, Why O'Rourke is a Throw Back Idiot

I stole this from The Daily Grail, who has posted it as their quote for the day. This was the exchange between PJ O'Rourke and Alan Grayson on the Bill Mahr's show last week. It seemed to me Mahr, as well as the guests (except for Grayson) trivialized OWS -- very middle of the road. To be expected of O'Rourke of course. And dude, "bongo drums?" Are we in the 1950s?

Alan Grayson: Now let me tell you what they're talking about. They're complaining about the fact that Wall Street wrecked the economy three years ago and nobody's held responsible for that. Not a single person has been indicted or convicted for destroying twenty percent of our national net worth accumulated over the course of two centuries. They're upset about the fact that Wall Street have iron control over the economic policies of this country, and that one party is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wall Street and the other party caters to them as well. That's the real truth of the matter, as you said before. And…

PJ O'Rourke: Get the man a bongo drum, they've found their spokesman!

Alan Grayson: If I…

PJ O'Rourke: Get your shoes off, get a bongo drum, forget where to go to the bathroom, and it's yours.

Alan Grayson: If I am the spokesman for all the people who think we should not have 24 million people in this country who can't find a full time job, that we should not have 50 million people who can't see a doctor when they're sick, that we shouldn't have 47 million people of this country who need government help in order to feed themselves, and we shouldn't have 15 million families who owe more on their mortgage than the value of their home, okay, I'll be that spokesman.

Video: Alan Grayson schools P.J. O'Rourke on OccupyWallStreet.

Right Wing Media Infiltrates Occupy Wall Street To Discredit It | Care2 Causes

OWS is being spun, from all sides. Even Bill Mahr was oddly middle of the road last week with his comments on OWS. Here's one more example of the MSM and conservatives attempts to control the people's perception of OWS:

Right Wing Media Infiltrates Occupy Wall Street To Discredit It | Care2 Causes: Patrick Howley is an assistant editor and set about disrupting the protest by instigating violence to discredit the movement and to presumably mine material for his column in the Spectator.

His column details how he took part in Saturday’s demonstrations at the Smithsonian Institute’s Air and Space Museum (the Spectator has now removed that column). Approximately 100 to 200 anti-war demonstrators arrived at an exhibit about the drone aircraft the American military uses for spying and even targeted killings.

Howley with others rushed the entrance of the museum despite warnings from the guards causing them to fire pepper spray to the groups. It wasn’t until bloggers at Fire Dog Lake identified Howley and labeled him an “agent provocateur” did he come clean in his column and admit the mission.

Howley’s stunt shows a few telling things about the current state of the conservative movement. One, they are terrified of legitimate political discourse, which we can assume is the natural consequence of successfully manipulating the political narrative for the past decade and more. Two, they have little, if any ethics.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg: "We'll See" If The City Will Let Occupy Wall Street Continue - New York News - Runnin' Scared

Unbelievable, how transparent the nerve. In other words, chutzpah.

"The protesters are protesting against people who make $40-50,000 a year and are struggling to make ends meet. That's the bottom line," Bloomberg said, presumably meaning service workers on Wall Street, adding that "we all" share blame for taking on too much risk, not just the financial industry.

"And people in this day and age need support for their employers. If the banks don't go out and make loans we will not come out of our economic problems, we will not have jobs so anything we can do that's responsible to help the banks do that is what we need."
Mayor Bloomberg: "We'll See" If The City Will Let Occupy Wall Street Continue - New York News - Runnin' Scared

ID Rules in New Jersey

 Papers Please! from Beat the Chip:
My life has been basically destroyed because I don’t have a valid state-issued photo ID.
Thanks to terrorists, it is illegal for any employer in my state to hire me.
I am a natural born citizen of the United States, born and raised in the State of New Jersey. I have lived here most of my life. I have never been convicted of a felony nor even a misdemeanor. I have never been arrested, nor even ever received so much as a parking ticket. I do not receive any funds from Welfare, Social Security, or any other government program. I am not a terrorist.
Yet, in the State of New Jersey, it is illegal for any employer to hire me, and has been for about the last 6 years.
Among this nightmare situation, this woman finds herself the subject of sexism:
Some of these documents will only be accepted for certain cases. For example, a copy of your civil marriage certificate can only be used if you are a female trying to establish the cause of the name on your birth certificate differing from your currently used name. I never changed my name when I got married, therefore I can not use my marriage certificate. 
Like the author of this post, I never changed my name when I got married. You'd think retaining your maiden name in the 21st century wouldn't be an issue in the United States, but it is. (I still get a raised eyebrow or a confused reaction when some people find my last name isn't the same as my husband's.)

As is pointed out in the piece, New Jersey has the toughest, most rigid requirements to get an ID. Ones that are sexist, classist and draconian. Which is the point.

My driver's license is up for renewal this spring. I've lived in the same place for more than 15 years, worked for the same place for 10, not divorced, etc. While I don't have to go through anything close to what this woman is going through, I have to provide a birth certificate, which means I have to shell out $70.00 to get the approved one from L.A.County. Money that is a good chunk and hurts to pay but at least I can do it. What if someone doesn't have the money?

Homeland Security. Making it safer for us all.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Occupy Wall St: Parsing the Spin

The Occupy Wall St. spin begins, or guess I should say, continues...on the Yahoo news page (where mindless celebrity and fashion trends stream as if of the greatest importance) this copy on the latest news from the OWT demonstrations -- which are referred to as "protests."
More than 500 arrested in Wall Street protest
Witnesses describe a chaotic scene on the Brooklyn Bridge as demonstrators block lanes during an unauthorized march.

The media has been criticized for not reporting on the protests. Further propaganda by Ms. Long by framing the criticism this way:
 "There has been a growing swell of coverage in mainstream media, but there has been loud complaining the cause hasn't been championed fast enough — or in the way protesters want." [italics mine]
But that's nothing, for NPR, a station I have never loved as much as many of my liberal kin, justifies their distancing from reporting on the story:

National Public Radio, which hasn't aired stories, has fielded angry communiques demanding coverage.
"The recent protests on Wall Street did not involve large numbers of people, prominent people, a great disruption or an especially clear objective," Dick Meyer, executive editor for news, explained on NPR's website.
I'm not sure how many people constitute a "large number," or what needs to happen to be considered "a great disruption." As if either are requirements for worthiness. Michael Moore arrived on the scene but he apparently  isn't considered "prominent" by NPR.  As to "clear objective" -- the message, said in many ways, but of the same intent: the people are fed up with being fucked by Wall St. Which is obvious to those who feign boredom or ignorance and shamelessly present themselves as confused or mildly baffled by those who active in Occupy Wall St.

One of the main themes in this AP propaganda piece is the refrain that there is no "clear message." Ms. Long continues pushing this idea:
"You should have a clear and convincing message, and know who is going to deliver it," said the Rev. Herbert Daughtry, a longtime civil rights activist who has participated in protests for decades. "One of the reasons to get attention is to deliver the message."
Clever, citing the authority of a civil rights activist, one who's protested himself many times. Message: if the Rev. Daughtry doesn't get it, who can?

The spin is about the message, which isn't there. The message is, the message is unclear and "vague." No focus. In case you're still on the side of the protesters, consider that they are, besides  being muddled, are liars. Maybe not intentionally, but if not intentional lying, then so disorganized they don't have their facts straight:
Misinformation has added to the confusion. For instance, a rumor sprang up on Twitter that the New York Police Department wanted to use tear gas on protesters — a crowd-control tactic the department doesn't use. The organizing group that calls itself Occupy Wall Street retracted the claim, one of several such retractions over the past several days. On Friday, it sent out a message that Radiohead would be performing in solidarity for the cause. (The band's management said it wasn't playing.)
The not so hidden spin: If you're disorganzied (and vague) and lie, whether it's by intent or by laziness, you can't be trusted or taken seriously.

There were "about 100" arrests, and the mace in the face spraying action by NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna is diminished by mentioning Anonymous posted personal information about Mr. Bologna. 

The article winds down by seeming to be balanced, and ending with the throw away line that "even" "celebrities" (further marginalization, for Moore and Saradon are hardly celebrities on the same level as "The Housewives of I Don't Give A Fuck You Shallow Insipid Drama Queens You."

piglipstick: Here Comes The Heavy Ass Video Censorship

From piglipstick: Here Comes The Heavy Ass Video Censorship. A matter of time, and it's going to get worse and more blatant.