Just experienced something that shook me to the core and I can’t explain why but it did as I’m known to the people that know me for being a semi life hardened kind of guy . I’ve seen homeless people before…
why you should be protesting, if you aren’t already.
Goldman Sachs, the most notorious investment bank on Wall Street, has two things in common with the legislators with significant investments in the company: wealth and power.
According to research by the Center for Responsive Politics, 19 current members of Congress reported holdings in Goldman Sachs during 2010. Whether by coincidence or not, most of these 19 Goldman Sachs investors in Congress are more powerful or more wealthy than their peers, or both.
Nine of them sit on either the most powerful committee in their chamber or committees charged with regulating the Wall Street giant. Moreover, seven of them are among the 25 wealthiest members of their respective chambers, according to the Center’s research.
And of the six lawmakers who fall into neither category, two are the most influential Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives: House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).
Altogether, the 19 had at least $480,000 and as much as $1.1 million invested in Goldman Sachs in 2010, the most recent year personal finance data are available. That’s an average of about $812,900 for these 19 lawmakers’ holdings combined….
The Senate voted Tuesday to keep a controversial provision to let the military detain terrorism suspects on U.S. soil and hold them indefinitely without trial — prompting White House officials to reissue a veto threat.
The measure, part of the massive National Defense Authorization Act, was also opposed by civil libertarians on the left and right. But 16 Democrats and an independent joined with Republicans to defeat an amendment by Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) that would have killed the provision, voting it down with 61 against, and 37 for it.
Democrats who were also concerned about liberties compared the military policing of Americans to the detention of Americans in internment camps during World War II.
“Congress is essentially authorizing the indefinite imprisonment of American citizens, without charge,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who offered another amendment — which has not yet gotten a vote — that she said would correct the problem. “We are not a nation that locks up its citizens without charge.”
Backers of military detention of Americans — a measure crafted by Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) — came out swinging against Udall’s amendment on the Senate floor earlier Tuesday.
“The enemy is all over the world. Here at home. And when people take up arms against the United States and [are] captured within the United States, why should we not be able to use our military and intelligence community to question that person as to what they know about enemy activity?” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said.
“They should not be read their Miranda Rights. They should not be given a lawyer,” Graham said. “They should be held humanely in military custody and interrogated about why they joined al Qaeda and what they were going to do to all of us.” [OMG…these people are running our government…so frightening!!]
The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act would authorize defense spending on military personnel, weapons and war. The first draft of the bill won support from both parties in Congress in October, passing out of the Senate Armed Services Committee with just Udall dissenting. A similar House bill allocating $690 billion for the Pentagon passed in May, without the controversial measure. It could be changed when the differing versions are merged, if Congress desires.
“Those who are going to be over 21 on November 12th, I ask for your support.”— GOP presidential contender Rick Perry, misstating the U.S. voting age, which is 18, and 2012 election day, which is Tuesday November 6th. (via girlgoesgrrr)
I said fight your own battles on your own terms right?
The numbers next to the links are called ip addresses, if you’re not familiar with what they are, I recommend giving it a quick lookup. If you find that you cannot access any of the linked domains, try punching the ip…
“Instead of cutting off the arm that offended us, we should ask, ‘Who has weaponized that arm?’” she [English professor Celeste Langan, brutalized by UCPD on Nov 9], said. “I want to state firmly that I can have no confidence in a chancellor who asserts that linking arms is not nonviolent civil disobedience.”
tl;dr: Academic Senate (comprised of UCB faculty) passed resolutions criticizing use of police violence, but not the “no confidence” clause against Birgeneau due to confusion among what the phrase really meant. Birgeneau and admin embarrassed that they;ve been called out for calling linking arms “not non-violent” and in retrospect wish they had decided to evict protesters at night, when there would have been fewer of us (gee, thanks) and are still trying to talk themselves out of the corner by claiming “confusion” as to what happened on Nov 9th.
Read the whole thing:
After walking through a silent protest of about 50 students holding signs expressing “no confidence” in senior administrators Monday, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau gave his account of the administration’s response to the Nov. 9 Occupy Cal protests in front of about 300 faculty members.
“I apologize again, and as chancellor take full responsibility for what occurred,” he said. “I do have to say that there’s a level of confusion even among ourselves about what actually happened on Wednesday, Nov. 9.”
About an hour later, attendees of the special meeting of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate — which was called to discuss a resolution that originally called for a vote of “no confidence” in senior administrators’ ability to handle police response to protests — voted to endorse four resolutions criticizing the administration’s handling of the Occupy Cal protest.
The senate voted 336 to 34 in favor of passing all four resolutions, which suggested ways the administration could minimize police use of force against student protesters.
The proposal that triggered the meeting — authored by professor of political science Wendy Brown, professor of rhetoric and comparative literature Judith Butler and professor of gender and women’s studies Barrie Thorne — was altered prior to the meeting to exclude the “no confidence” clause.
According to Brown, the “no confidence” clause was originally included to express a lack of confidence in administrators’ ability to handle protests but was misconstrued by faculty.
“The no confidence clause was being misread as an across-the-board vote of no confidence that would have called for the resignation and deflected attention from the issue of police violence,” she said.
Birgeneau, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Harry Le Grande addressed the audience at the beginning of the meeting, along with Graduate Assembly President Bahar Navab and Julia Joung, academic affairs vice president of the ASUC.
Birgeneau said the administration had “limited communications back and forth” while he was traveling in Asia during the protests, and he regretted the first message he sent out to the campus community immediately after the protests that called linking arms “not non-violent.”
The campus administration planned to enforce the no encampment policy in order to prevent a situation similar to People’s Park, according to Breslauer. He said in retrospect it would have been better to wait until night to remove the tents because fewer protesters would have been present.
Campus English professor Celeste Langan, who was arrested Nov. 9, said that the administration was chiefly responsible for the police use of force.
“Instead of cutting off the arm that offended us, we should ask, ‘Who has weaponized that arm?’” she said. “I want to state firmly that I can have no confidence in a chancellor who asserts that linking arms is not nonviolent civil disobedience.”
After a period of public comment and a vote to endorse the proposals, campus Academic Senate Chair Bob Jacobsen asked the assembly to vote on whether to send out the proposals in a mail ballot to other faculty members not present at the meeting, but the vote was defeated.
Jacobsen said the meeting’s turnout was one of the largest he had seen in 18 years.
“Women who are too sexual aren’t taken seriously, and women who aren’t sexual enough aren’t taken seriously. Women who are conventionally attractive get valued solely for their sexual appeal; women who aren’t conventionally attractive get dismissed for their lack of it. Women who are conventionally attractive are assumed to be dumb bimbos; women who aren’t conventionally attractive are assumed to be either bitter or desperate. Women who are conventionally attractive get trivialized; women who aren’t conventionally attractive get treated with pity and contempt. We can’t win.”—
“I will not have kids” does not equal “YES I AM GOING TO HAVE KIDS I AM JUST DENYING IT BECAUSE I DON’T UNDERSTAND THE MAGIC OF MOTHERHOOD” ok I am sure there is a lot of magic but I will just not have kids, alright?
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Deadlines for Wall Street protesters to leave their encampments came and went in two cities with no arrests in Philadelphia and a festive, party-like atmosphere as protesters in Los Angeles defied the order clear out early Monday.
Protesters defied the mayor’s deadline to vacate their encampment near City Hall in Los Angeles, with about 1,000 flooding into the area as hundreds of tents remained standing as they have for nearly two months.
A celebratory atmosphere filled the night with protesters milling about the park and streets by City Hall in seeming good spirits. A group on bicycles circled the block, one of them in a cow suit. Organizers led chants with a bull horn.
“The best way to keep a non-violent movement non-violent is to throw a party, and keep it festive and atmospheric,” said Brian Masterson.
Police presence was slight right after the 12:01 a.m. PST Monday deadline, but it began increasing as the morning wore on. At the same time, the number of protesters dwindled.
“People have been pretty cooperative tonight. We want to keep it peaceful,” police Cmdr. Andrew Smith told The Associated Press.
He refused to discuss how or when police will move to clear the park, but he said: “We’re going to do this as gently as we possibly can. Our goal is not to have anybody arrested. Our goal is not to have to use force.”
A deadline set by the city for Occupy Philadelphia to leave the site where it has camped for nearly two months passed Sunday without any arrests.
The reactions to the expired deadlines in Los Angeles and Philadelphia were far different from those in other cities in recent weeks, where pepper spray, tear gas and police action have been used in the removal of long-situated demonstrators since the movement against economic disparity and perceived corporate greed began with Occupy Wall Street in Manhattan two months ago.
Dozens of tents remained at the encampment outside Philadelphia’s City Hall Monday morning, twelve hours after a city-imposed deadline passed for the protesters to move to make way for a construction project.
The most fascinating thing about Occupy Wall Street is the way that the protests have spread from Zuccotti Park to real and virtual spaces across the globe. Metastatic, the protests have an organizational coherence that’s surprising for a movement with few actual leaders and almost no official institutions. Much of that can be traced to how Occupy Wall Street has functioned in catalyzing other protests. Local organizers can choose from the menu of options modeled in Zuccotti, and adapt them for local use. Occupy Wall Street was designed to be mined and recombined, not simply copied.
This idea crystallized for me yesterday when Jonathan Glick, a long-time digital journalist, tweeted, “I think #OWS was working better as an API than a destination site anyway.” If you get the idea, go ahead and skip ahead to the documentation below. If you don’t get, let me explain why it might be the most useful way of thinking about #Occupy.
API is an acronym for Application Programming Interface. APIs allow data to be pulled from an online source in a structured way. So, Twitter has an API that lets app developers create software that can display your Twitter feed in ways that the company itself did not develop. Developers make a call to that API to “GET statuses/home timeline” and Twitter sends back “the 20 most recent statuses” for a user.
What an API does, in essence, is make it easy for the information a service contains to be integrated with the wider Internet. So, to make the metaphor here clear, Occupy Wall Street today can be seen like the early days of Twitter.com. Nearly everyone accessed Twitter information through clients developed by people outside the Twitter HQ. These co-developers made Twitter vastly more useful by adding their own ideas to the basic functionality of the social network. These developers don’t have to take in all of OWS data or use all of the strategies developed at OWS. Instead, they can choose the most useful information streams for their own individual applications (i.e. occupations, memes, websites, essays, policy papers).
A key feature of APIs is that they require structure on both sides of a request. You can’t just ask Twitter’s API for some tweets. You must ask in a specific way and you will receive a discrete package of 20 statuses. We decided that breaking down the inputs and outputs of Occupy Wall Street in this way might actually be useful. The metaphor turns out to reveal a useful way of thinking about the components that have gone into the protest. Obviously, many of these tactics owe a debt of gratitude both to traditional organizing training (e.g. consensus decision-making processes) as well as more recent protest movements in North Africa and Europe (e.g. taking the square, distributed leadership). Nonetheless, it is Occupy Wall Street that pushed many of these ideas out across this country.
So, here’s your guide to the Occupy Wall Street API. I realize that this is not a realistic API, just a useful frame, but we employ, for verisimilitude, the REST architecture, just like Twitter. That means we only have a few actions: Get (retrieve info), Post (create or update info), Delete.