It was never really about "the terrorists". It was not even about civil unrest. It was always about this moment, when vast crimes might be uncovered by citizens – it was always, that is to say, meant to be about you.
Naomi Wolf, Revealed: how the FBI coordinated the crackdown on Occupy - New documents prove what was once dismissed as paranoid fantasy: totally integrated corporate-state repression of dissent, for the Guardian, December 29, 2012.
WikiLeaks published an assessment report from the Homeland Security Department (DHS) on the Occupy movement that was put together in October 2011. The assessment was attached to a Stratfor email, one of five million or so emails the organization obtained and has been releasing since February 27, 2012. Via.
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh this is scary. This is really fucking bad.
"Have you ever heard of anybody great that’s come out of the 99 percent?"
“That means that every single time a bank kicked someone out of his home, a local police department got a cut. Local sheriff’s offices also get cuts of almost all credit card judgments, and other bank settlements. If you’re wondering how it is that so many regional police departments have the money for fancy new vehicles and SWAT teams and other accoutrements, this is one of your answers.
What this amounts to is the banks having, as allies, a massive armed police force who are always on call, ready to help them evict homeowners and safeguard the repossession of property. But just see what happens when you try to call the police to prevent an improper foreclosure. Then, suddenly, the police will not get involved. It will be a “civil matter” and they won’t intervene.”
Mark Millar Defends ‘Favorite Writer’ Frank Miller from Fan Backlash [Op-Ed]
By Laura Hudson
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and 300 creator Frank Miller has faced a great deal of criticism lately for his controversial behavior and commentary, from the anti-Muslim sentiment of his self-described “propaganda” graphic novel Holy Terror, his admitted ignorance about the faith of the people he wants to “burn in hell,” and his comments labeling the Occupy Wall Street protestors “pond scum” and “louts, thieves and rapists” for distracting America from what he believes is an Islamic threat.
Miller’s screeds have shocked many comic book fans and even professionals, not just because his ideas are ideologically different than their own, but because his “analysis,” as Wanted and Kick-Ass writer Mark Millar called it, amounts to little more than ugly, emotional tantrums comprised almost entirely of name-calling. Millar has nonetheless stepped up to defend Miller, berating his “favorite writer’s” critics for… well, being so mean to him.
Politically, I disagree with [Miller’s] analysis, but that’s besides the point. I wasn’t shocked by his comments because they’re no different from a lot of commentators I’ve seen discussing the subject. What shocked me was the vitriol against him, the big bucket of sh*t poured over the head by even fellow comic-book creators for saying what was on his mind.
Apologism is a common reaction, or tactic, by the supporters of great men and women whose profound personal flaws or misdeeds have been exposed, and an understandable one. It’s difficult to watch your heroes fall, especially by their own hand. But let’s get real: the problem here is Miller and the things he has said and done, not the fact that other people have failed to protect him from the consequences of his very public and deliberate actions.
Read more at ComicsAlliance.
The Streets Are Ours - The King Blues
As the livestream I’ve been watching finally went down, as the guy’s laptop battery was about to die, I heard people marching on the streets of New York City, chanting, “Whose streets? Our streets!”
Judge Says Protesters Can Return to Park for Now
A New York judge on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order allowing protesters to return to Zuccotti Park only hours after police forcibly removed them, arresting dozens.
The order by Justice Lucy Billings set a hearing date for Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. and said that until the matter was considered at that hearing, the city and Brookfield Properties, the owners of Zuccotti Park, would be prohibited from evicting protesters or “enforcing ‘rules’ published after the occupation began or otherwise preventing protesters from re-entering the park with tents and other property previously utilized.”
It was not immediately clear what effect the order would have on the protesters meeting in nearby Foley Square. Some had advocated returning to the park.
Source: The New York Times
A debt based economy is unsustainable.
A debt based economy siphons money out of the economy into the hands of the super rich (ie. the banks) in the form of interest payments. This happens on the level of the individual, in the form of personal debt, and at a government level…as we’ve seen with the current crisis in Greece and throughout Europe. If Greece were to default on all of it’s loans then next year it would be running a budget surplus. The only reason that Greece is in such a mess is because money is being siphoned out of the Greek economy to service huge interest payments.
Republicans say “Don’t blame Mordor for being evil, it was the Elves that created the rings of power. The Dark Lord is a job creator for millions of orcs and trolls, so it’s time to defund the regulatory agencies like Gondor and Rohan that are strangling evil from growing.” (Source)