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.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.
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."
Sunday, October 30, 2011
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
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.)
Monday, October 24, 2011
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."
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).The Feds Will Cut Off TV and Radio on November 9th | TheBlaze.com
This isn’t a wild conspiracy theory. The upcoming test is posted on the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau website.
From the EAS site:
Why do we need a nationwide test of the EAS?If you've been paying attention, you wont' be surprised. But if you haven't, you might be. Maybe. They're not sure:
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.
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
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
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.
Law Bans Cash for Second Hand Transactions - Acadiana's News Leader
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.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
NPR host’s involvement in Occupy D.C. leads to her firing from another show | The Cutline - Yahoo! News
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."
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Your ascent to the 1% doesn’t mean the system is fair – Boing Boing
Saturday, October 15, 2011
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
Friday, October 14, 2011
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 - seattlepi.com: 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
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: 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
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
Witnesses describe a chaotic scene on the Brooklyn Bridge as demonstrators block lanes during an unauthorized march.
It all has the feel of a classic street protest with one exception: It's unclear exactly what the demonstrators want.Then quotes a young man, Jesse Wilson:
When all the bailout money was spent on bonuses and stuff everyone was outraged, but no one did anything because no one feels like they can," protester Jesse Wilson, 22, said this week when asked to take articulate the cause. "It's time for us to come together to realize we are the masses, and we can make things happen."Oh but that's so confusing! Because other people were holding signs saying "Less is more," and there weren't concrete solutions offered by such as Mr. Wilson. Therefore, where, or what, is the message? Ms. Long is bewildered as to what "they" want. In fact, writes Ms. Long, all this "hardly make it [s] clearer." So she seeks the counsel of academics, who seem primed to trivialize the whole thing. Like Professor Gabriella Coleman of New York University, who adds to the spin:
We are in a cultural moment where people think the dictator will topple tomorrow, after four days of protests, and also the media is going to jump to pay attention," Coleman said.Oh you silly, silly protesters, expecting the media to "jump" (read: do their job and report) and that change can happen.
"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.
"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.