A dovetail joint of news, art, science, politics, philosophy & global affairs

Grasping the currency true to our time

"Πάντα ῥεῖ καὶ οὐδὲν μένει"










November 19th
8:11 PM
Via

Lobbyist with ties to the Financial Industry proposed an $850,000+ plan to take on Occupy Wall Street

occupyallstreets:

CLGC’s memo proposes that the ABA pay CLGC $850,000 to conduct “opposition research” on Occupy Wall Street in order to construct “negative narratives” about the protests and allied politicians. 

The memo also asserts that Democratic victories in 2012 would be detrimental for Wall Street and targets specific races in which it says Wall Street would benefit by electing Republicans instead.

According to the memo, if Democrats embrace OWS, “This would mean more than just short-term political discomfort for Wall Street. … It has the potential to have very long-lasting political, policy and financial impacts on the companies in the center of the bullseye.”

The CLGC memo raises another issue that it says should be of concern to the financial industry — that OWS might find common cause with the Tea Party. >continue<   |   >Leaked Memo<

November 1st
11:12 AM
October 29th
1:32 AM
"

Permit the observation of a drunken Irishman. There he was in Sligo, wound up over the Ryder Cup, asking: “You know why we drink to taking the cup?”. Awaiting an answer, he went off on an imitation - at first unclear - but then unmistakably that of astronauts talking to Houston. “Don’t you see”, he went on, “you Americans are the richest, most powerful people in the world - you can do anything… and you don’t”.

Please imagine the tone, a sneer tinged with disappointment, yet somehow suffused with a hope that we’d become ourselves again.

Watching Apollo 11, the whole world vicariously breathed the American Dream. You remember. Now with the world watching Egypt, they want to remember. Even the kids who can’t, they strain to conjure that America. Suddenly the buzzing welter of the facebook generation vibrates to Tunisia and Egypt. They care. And recoiling at the smell of facts undergirding the Egyptian regime, they aspire to recollect an America they can believe in. They want to pick up the flag and plant it on the frontier of global evolution.

No Secretary Clinton… No Mr. President, there’s not enough room in here any more. Like it or not the space has changed; and a heretofore “non-ideological generation”, caring more than before and stewing in progressive realizations, will ask the same questions Egypt asked in the wake of Tunisia. Please don’t wait to feel its expression. Time to tear down the wall, widen the stage and clean up the act.

"
—  Citizen Zed ~ Thundering Footsteps
October 28th
5:23 PM

Guilded Age 2.0? | Has America become an Oligarchy?

"We are the 99 percent," is the continuing chant of the protestors, who are now in their seventh week of marching through the streets of Manhattan. And, surprisingly, they have hit upon the crux of America’s problems with precisely this sentence. Indeed, they have given shape to a development in the country that has been growing more acute for decades, one that numerous academics and experts have tried to analyze elsewhere in lengthy books and essays. It’s a development so profound and revolutionary that it has shaken the world’s most powerful nation to its core…

Writer Mark Twain coined the phrase “the Gilded Age” to describe that period of rapid growth, a time when the dazzling exterior of American life actually concealed mass unemployment, poverty and a society ripped in two.

Economists and political scientists believe the US has entered a new Gilded Age, a period of systematic inequality dominated by a new class of super-rich. The only difference is that, this time around, the super-rich are hedge fund managers and financial magnates instead of oil and rail barons.  >continue<

8:54 AM

Occupy Nashville Evicted from Legislative Plaza
Charley Bravo, 10/28/2011

Troopers with dogs moved in at 3am to evict Occupiers under orders from Governor Bill Haslam. Hundreds of protesters gathered for a General Assembly earlier amidst a heavy media presence generated by State threats to enforce an ad hoc curfew.

The Assembly came close to authorising legal aid to begin a process of perfunctory compliance in obtaining a permit but the motion ultimately failed. A protester “Michael”, explaining his block, convinced many that signing up and paying for rights of peaceable assembly and speech would be to surrender to the very corruption of democracy and problems driving the protests.

Though fascinating and charged, the discussion may have been moot as the decision to evict the occupiers late at night had apparently already been made.

Nashville Public Radio reports:

Katy Savage says what followed was relatively peaceful.

“At the point where the police surrounded us, those who were prepared to risk arrest sat in the middle and sang ‘We Shall Overcome’ together while the police approached them. Many of them went limp when the police were grabbing them and cuffing them, and it was completely nonviolent.”

Nashville’s Channel 4 reports that a judge has said the protesters should not be charged. Prior to last night’s eviction, the Occupying GA agreed that all free citizens supporting the occupation would arrive again at 7pm on Friday.

update: comments by the Judge

October 27th
6:31 PM

State Threatens to End Occupy Nashville Tonight

The demonstrators say they were given an ultimatum last night by the state government: Leave by 8 p.m. Thursday [Oct 27th] or go to jail…

TV news is loving this story today, with one reporter breathlessly predicting “a showdown with state troopers.” The start of Occupy Nashville drew some 400 people. Only a few dozen regulars have stuck with it, but this publicity is likely to draw a crowd to Legislative Plaza tonight. Protesters in the Occupy Wall Street movement have been pepper-sprayed, beaten and arrested around the country since this all began in Manhattan on Sept. 17. Nashville could become the next ugly scene. >continue<

State Imposes New Curfew  |  Poll strongly favours Occupiers

Unconfirmed word on the street has it that normal law enforcement in the vicinity of Occupy Nashville’s encampment at the Legislative Plaza has been cut back or removed in a "practice of zero enforcement", allowing problems to go unchecked such that “concern” over safety can subsequently be used as a fig leaf.

Intermittent Live Stream at Legislative Plaza

October 25th
4:23 PM
Via

politicalprof:

An #Occupy Manifesto.

h/t: CS

10:19 PM
Via
nickturse:

Margie Levinthal holds a sign during a march from City Hall to the Wharton 	      School of Business at Pennsylvania University Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 in 	      Philadelphia. The demonstration at City Hall is one of many being held across 	      the country in conjunction with the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New 	      York. AP

nickturse:

Margie Levinthal holds a sign during a march from City Hall to the Wharton School of Business at Pennsylvania University Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 in Philadelphia. The demonstration at City Hall is one of many being held across the country in conjunction with the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York. AP

1:16 PM

Vatican condemns "idolatry of the market", calls for a World Central Bank

VATICAN CITY, Oct 24 (Reuters) - - The Vatican called on Monday for sweeping reforms of the world economy and the creation of a ethical, global authority to regulate financial markets as demonstrations against corporate greed continued to spring up in major cities across the globe.

… "The economic and financial crisis which the world is going through calls everyone, individuals and peoples, to examine in depth the principles and the cultural and moral values at the basis of social coexistence," said the Vatican document.

…[world needs a] "minimum shared body of rules to manage the global financial market" and "some form of global monetary management". >continue<

October 18th
5:20 PM
The World from Berlin
In Germany, the main marches took place in Berlin and the country&#8217;s  financial center, Frankfurt. Demonstrators mounted protests in around 50  German cities, with total participation of more than 40,000 people&#8230;

Although Germany has been largely untouched by the crisis &#8212; at least compared to countries like Spain, Greece, Ireland or the United States &#8212; concerns are still growing here that the situation could soon deteriorate in a country that has been admired for so far steering clear of the worst of the global downturn.The German protests didn&#8217;t see any of the violence encountered in Rome over the weekend, where Black Block, autonomist demonstrators delivered some of the worst altercations with security officials seen there in years. Some are nevertheless asking if Germany and Europe are on the verge of experiencing widespread social unrest. &gt;continue&lt;

The World from Berlin

In Germany, the main marches took place in Berlin and the country’s financial center, Frankfurt. Demonstrators mounted protests in around 50 German cities, with total participation of more than 40,000 people…

Although Germany has been largely untouched by the crisis — at least compared to countries like Spain, Greece, Ireland or the United States — concerns are still growing here that the situation could soon deteriorate in a country that has been admired for so far steering clear of the worst of the global downturn.

The German protests didn’t see any of the violence encountered in Rome over the weekend, where Black Block, autonomist demonstrators delivered some of the worst altercations with security officials seen there in years. Some are nevertheless asking if Germany and Europe are on the verge of experiencing widespread social unrest. >continue<

October 14th
4:05 PM
Occupy Germany?

"They will tell you that you are dreaming," Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek said in a speech at the New York protests on Monday. "We are not dreamers, we are the awakening from a dream which is turning into a nightmare." The true dreamers, he said, "are those who think things can go on indefinitely" with the injustices of the global economic system.&#8230;But the situation in Germany is hardly comparable to that in America. Whereas many people in the US who are protesting have lost money or even their jobs in the crisis, few have been directly affected in Germany. &#8220;Unemployment is far lower than in the US,&#8221; said protest researcher Wolfgang Kraushaar. &#8220;The German social system functions considerably better than in the US.&#8221; One other important element is lacking in Germany: disappointment over Barack Obama, the man many Americans had pinned their hopes on to improve their society. Now they are realizing that the president is largely powerless against the lobbyists of the defense and financial industries. &gt;continue&lt;

Occupy Germany?

"They will tell you that you are dreaming," Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek said in a speech at the New York protests on Monday. "We are not dreamers, we are the awakening from a dream which is turning into a nightmare." The true dreamers, he said, "are those who think things can go on indefinitely" with the injustices of the global economic system.

…But the situation in Germany is hardly comparable to that in America. Whereas many people in the US who are protesting have lost money or even their jobs in the crisis, few have been directly affected in Germany. “Unemployment is far lower than in the US,” said protest researcher Wolfgang Kraushaar. “The German social system functions considerably better than in the US.” One other important element is lacking in Germany: disappointment over Barack Obama, the man many Americans had pinned their hopes on to improve their society. Now they are realizing that the president is largely powerless against the lobbyists of the defense and financial industries. >continue<

3:07 PM
"America has always had a critical thinking deficit, in that it has a long tradition of anti-intellectualism. This is particularly perverse, maddening and contradictory, since America’s Founders were the most intellectual group that ever founded any nation we know of, and the desire to foster free and critical thinking, both in government and in the society at large, was one of their notable goals, as a direct consequence of the Enlightenment heritage on which America’s Founders depended."
2:42 PM
Via

Anonymous Calls On Occupy Wall Street To Form A New Political Party

rhetoricalities:

existentialistmumbojumbo:

Anonymous central just posted a notice on its website calling for the Occupy Wall Street Movement to avoid a full blown revolution and put its weight behind forming a new political party.

The statement says a vote for either party is a vote for the status quo and the two party system is entirely insufficient to carry the country through its problems and into the future.

This new party would work in the interests of th 99%.

The full proposal is below.



Woah.