Occupy L.A. Eviction: Is LAPD Restricting Coverage With Last-Minute 'Pool Media'?
Freedom of the Press is not a right granted to Americans, we are not allowed to know the tactics employed by police to clear a park. What? Tactics for clearing a park, of a peaceful protest, do not sound like super-sensitive government secrets. It sounds more like an attempt to prevent anything damning to the LAPD from being released. If LA fears its police force may break the law, attack innocent bystanders or protesters, or any other criminal offence, then they should be more concerned with policing their own force. What is more dangerous - an unpredictable and armed police force attacking its own citizens or people camping in a park?
From the wonderful blog Parents Beyond Belief comes Ten Books for Secular and Progressive Families. If there is a youngster in your life, then these books are worth investing into. I have a few, but did not know about them all. Sharing knowledge and provoking curiosity are the best gifts we can give our children.
Much chatter has been written considering the obligation of local governments to protect the occupiers from, well - themselves. A big ‘concern’ seems to be the weather. Many cities are saying they will not allow the occupiers to endanger themselves by letting them camp overnight. Gee, could this just be a ruse to dislodge those actively defending the rights of all.
Oddly enough, protesters in Fairbanks have already survived a month of camping in weather extremes that most can not fathom. We can all learn from their resolve and techniques at winter-camping survival. (Sadly, they too are fighting for their rights to camp and protest.)
We are not mentally deficient, we can decide if we are able to survive the winter. Of course, we can not if you continue to take away our tents, sleeping bags and tarps.
For years I have diligently struggled to check my compound privileges. It’s never ends the way it sounds like it should. It’s always already a failed endeavor. I do it in spite of that, just as I use language in spite of my certainty that language fails. I must.
Pay Attention: How Big Pharma Contrived the Great American Adderall Drought
During the Great Ritalin Scare of 1993, shortages prompted thousands to switch to Adderall. Now, Shire is contriving an Adderall drought to convert patients to a new ADD drug.
This is having concrete, material, substantive effects in secondary schools. The dread in the eyes of the students in need to succeed by any standard, including their own, is cutting. Devastatingly cutting.
Which reminds me of “Amphetamine Logic” by the Sisters of Mercy:
Nothing but the knife to live for One life all I need Give me one good reason Give me more s…..
Additional students have been charged in an SAT cheating scandal on Long Island, New York. Thirteen students were charged Tuesday with being part of a scheme in which students paid other teens to take college entrance exams on their behalf. So far, 20 current and former students at…
I know it is quite predictable for there to be a ‘we’re too cool’ for the occupations backlash, but saying people deserve to be assaulted by the police transcends wrong. No one, no matter where they live or what they are peacefully doing, deserves to be assaulted. Protesting is not an active of violence, it is an act of peaceful non-compliance. Stop trying to be more cool than the next guy. Think about what you are saying. If people deserve to be assaulted, or at least should have known better, than what type of society do we live in? If we can not voice our opinions, confront our government, join together in peaceful solidarity, then we have nothing. No freedom, no voice, no humanity.
A decision by the Maryland and DC AFL-CIO not only gives support to occupiers in DC and Baltimore, but also give their support to others supporting the occupiers. This is an enormous step. The AFL-CIO said they will support any “unionized or non-unionized worker who refuses to break up, raid or confiscate the belongings of protesters.” We are not alone. The overwhelming feelings of fear an alienation, that many supporters of the occupiers experience, should be a little lighter today. We are not alone, we are a growing force.
At this point, what analogies to which despotic regimes are absurd? This consipiracy requires no theorizing, so those in search of an all-inclusive master narrative needn’t look here. This clearly is not what “democracy looks like.” And the answer is “our streets.”
“If he got a “C” in a course, nobody cared, but if he went to school three minutes late he was sent to the principal’s office — and that generalized. He realized that what it meant is, what’s valued here is the ability to work on an assembly line… The important thing is to be able to obey orders, and to do what you’re told, and to be where you’re supposed to be.”—Noam Chomsky (via r-i-o-t)