The right to assembly is being crushed; the Internet is on the verge of censorship; the legislative body of the most powerful nation in human history has declared pizza a vegetable. We are no longer citizens, we’re the sane inmates in an asylum run by psychopaths and sociopaths.
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.
Occupy London protest
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
Watching the livestream from Occupy Portland…
…interested that they’re asking why some of the protesters have their faces covered, when all of the riot police have their faces covered, with no badge numbers or any other way to identify them displayed.
If the state sends anonymous forces in face masks against the people, it’s only natural that the people will want to conceal their identity too.
The livestream is here - http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/livenow?id=8430357 At the moment it seems to be a stand off, but things are getting increasingly tense.
People in, Corporate Sponsors Out
It’s unbelievable. The G20 — the most powerful summit of world governments — meets tomorrow to discuss the global economic crisis, and who is sponsoring the meeting? Banks and corporations!
No wonder the site of the meeting — the French city of Cannes — is completely locked down to any ordinary citizens, while banks and large corporate CEOs have all access passes to tell our governments what to do.
Corporations have captured our governments, winning vast corporate bailouts despite destroying our economy. Now they are buying their way into the very meeting that could decide the financial future for much of the globe. Together we can persuade summit host Nicolas Sarkozy to cancel the sponsorship — let’s build a massive public outcry that causes a media firestorm and forces Sarkozy to kick out the corporate sponsors and clean up the G20. Sign the petition and forward widely:
The line between corporate power and responsible government has steadily blurred. Politicians take money from corporations for their campaigns, make policies that reward them when in office, and then take high-paid jobs with them after they leave. It’s corruption, plain and simple.
Now Société Générale, a French bank that received a US$12 billion bailout three years ago and has a massive vested interest in Europe’s response to the Euro crisis — this summit’s main topic — has paid to have its logo prominent as an official sponsor. The US Chamber of Commerce and its equivalents from other countries are invited for a cosy ‘B20 summit’ to tell our leaders what they think.
The only way to get policies that protect jobs, tackle speculators and guarantee a fair future for us all is to kick back against the lobbies and prise our leaders away from corporate interests. Let’s tell Nicolas Sarkozy and the other leaders that their future depends on ditching the sponsors now and agreeing to no more corporate capture of our governments. Sign the petition and send to everyone:
The global economic crisis resulted from greed and narrow self-interest. But when people are most under pressure they can come together in amazing ways, as we have seen repeatedly this year. From Wall Street, through London, to Melbourne, tens thousands of people are today occupying their cities — we can join them in their call for responsible government and kick the corporations out!
With hope and determination,
Alex, Maria Paz, Emma, Ricken, Morgan, Wissam and the rest of the Avaaz team
Business leaders press G20 (Financial Times)
Business 20 summit parallel to the G20
Ottawa Steered Clear of Corporate Sponsorships for G20 (Globe and Mail)
List of G20 Cannes Sponsors
Société Générale gets $12 billion in AIG bailout (New York Times)
Model: SAMSUNG ES17 / VLUU ES17 / SAMSUNG SL40 / SAMSUNG ES19
Wow, yeah, this is the slimiest thing. It’s an entire blog dismissing and minimizing everyone’s suffering on the justification that they have digital cameras and possibly computers!
From their summary:
We aren’t the real 99 percent. The real 99 percent exist in famines in East Africa, in the slums of India, without food, water, or sanitation - we live a life of luxury compared to them.
I love a good ol’ fashioned “don’t you have more important things to think about” derail.
Typical. “You aren’t starving and shitting in a bucket, so why are you complaining? Sure, you have no job, can’t afford to provide for yourself and your family, but at least you’re not living in a slum in Africa!”
Because, you know, in the developed world in the 21st Century that’s, ultimately, what we should all be happy with, what we should aspire to - not crapping in the street.
No. Everyone should have a decent standard of living. Everyone should have access to healthcare based upon their needs and not their means. Everyone should have the opportunity to gain education up to the level of their ability and, again, not based on their means. Be they in America, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Germany, Thailand. Anywhere.
It is unacceptable to tell people they should be happy with being treated like shit because it could be worse. It should be better for everyone. Everywhere.