Right on, Louise and Thom Hartmann!! That's exactly right!
"Renaissance Thinking About the Issues of Our Day"
It was a tumultuous day for Occupy Wall Street yesterday. First came the violent eviction in the early morning hours – then the court ruling allowing the patriots to re-enter Zuccotti Park – then another court ruling forbidding them from bringing any tents, tarps, or camping gear into the park. But in the end – the patriots have resumed their occupation. Without gear – hundreds of Occupy Wall Streets demonstrators streamed back into Zuccotti Park yesterday evening where they remained through the night. However without tents – it’s unclear how long the occupation can last. Meanwhile – Mayor Michael Bloomberg – who led the eviction – may lose his job.
With polls showing wide majorities of New Yorkers supporting the rights of Occupy Wall Street to set up camp in Zuccotti Park – a right the Mayor took away yesterday – an online petition has been started by Change.org calling for Mayor Bloomberg to resign. His raid yesterday was notorious for its suppression of the media and maltreatment of journalists – many of whom were beaten and arrested. Last night – the NYPD released several of those arrested journalists. So, with the more than 200 people arrested in yesterday’s crackdown – the total number of Occupying patriots arrested around the nation in the last two months is now 4,049. At the same time – zero banksters have been arrested for their high crimes on Wall Street that caused the financial meltdown. Not only that – prosecution for financial fraud in general is at 20-year low in America – and that’s not because banksters are suddenly better behaved.
Bloomberg had the wrong target yesterday morning – instead of Zuccotti Park – he should have sent his cops clad in riot gear to evict Goldman Sachs.
Right on, Louise and Thom Hartmann!! That's exactly right!
What are we fighting for? And how can the fight remain relevant?
Tug O’ War: Libertarians and ProgressivesColumn by new Root Striker Brian Anderson.Exclusive to STRNearly one year ago, Ron Paul and Ralph Nader appeared on “Freedom Watch” to announce a “libertarian-progressive alliance.” At first I was extremely skeptical; libertarians and progressives are polar opposites when it comes to the idea of positive... http://www.strike-the-root.com/ To the So Called 53%
"One of the corporate establishment’s favorite tricks for countering dissent is fake populism — dismissing as “class warfare” any critique of genuine privilege while misdirecting the working class’s resentment toward the underclass."
... Here are people with multiple jobs and underwater mortgages, struggling to survive while falling all over themselves trying to outdo each other in absolving the Mr. Moneypennys and Daddy Warbuckses of any responsibility for their plight. It’s like watching a dog that keeps crawling back on its belly to lick the boot of the man who’s kicking it...
The two links above are illustrative of what progressives have in common with the Libertarians (and even tea partiers). We all need to focus on what we have in common. The establishment loves to keep us divided amongst ourselves, least we band together in opposition to against the establishment.
United we stand, divided we fall!
The occupy concept has been a success but there are more ways to skin a cat than sticking it's head in a boot jack and pulling on it's tail.
There is no dumpster large enough or tight enough to contain thought.
A change is as good as a rest and the 1% has no patent on creativity.
The months and weeks that have been allowed in tents and sleeping bags coast to coast turns up as testimony to unification of grievance against corruption across the board, police, protesters, and mayors alike. Celebrate.
I just called Thom this morning and he gave me great feedback. He suggested that what needs to be done to end this money soaked political system is to get Congress to clearly restrict the definition of personhood in the Constitution to refer only to NATURAL persons. That ends corporate personhood and we can then restrict the rights of corporations. Best of all, it's simple and poetic like "We are the 99%". We The "Natural" People are fighting a new revolution to make government for us and by us once again. I know that's why Thom refers to the Occupiers as Patriots.
Thank you, Sir.
For all those who think the occupation is pointless, or achieving nothing, take heart and consider this quote:
"When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all."
The more the power elite resists, the more they drag themselves down.
Thom and Louise, excellent post! Thom Hartmann gave excellent advice also when he suggested the removal of legal personhood from corporations and financial institutions. Once personhood from these institutions is removed, then they will be no longer able to "legally" bulldoze over the rights of individual people, including the 99%, of these United States of America.
When this has been accomplished, not "if" but "when" and as the old system becomes torn down and replaced by the transitional system, then the Peoples of these United States of America, will be well on their way to rebuilding Paradise, and there will then, be not one single citizen who will be left in need for anything. - Cygnus1
Leighmf, you have a very clever idea you have shared in your post. I will highlight your words.
"I think the courts should become clogged with lawsuits entered by anyone injured or unlawfully arrested by the police. A blizzard of cases would be a good way to put this moment in time in the permanent record. Or, there could be Wall Street Walkers who clog up the sidewalks every day and make it a slow tedious journey to navigate anywhere in the business district. They could even dress like executives and no one would know who was whom." end quote
Also remember protests should be directed against the foreign based Federal Reserve, for they are at the seat of most of the trouble of these United States of America. Why? Because they charge interest, which is usury on the nation's debt against the taxpayers of these United States of America.
Your suggestion in clogging the courts would not necessarily "be a good way to put this moment in time in the permanent record" for those who sit over the courts and over the Judges and Lawyers, have a way of either altering the court records or disappearing unwanted records altogether, as they try to do with over 5000 books of American culture, history etc. In addition to this, this idea generates untold wealth for lawyers, most of whom when they graduate from Law School find out very quickly just how difficult it is to get anywhere as a practicing lawyer when they wish to fight for the legal rights of a citizen within the Law of the Constitution. - Cygnus1
OWS needs to go hooverville on somebodies ass! think about...uh...hmmm...great depression and...uh...new president...uh...mutiple terms no less...redefined economy and a now lost but once new hope? Hey didn't i hear that back in 2008? MEY MAN! I'M STILL WAITING TO SEE SOME OF THAT NEW HOPE....UH AND CHANGE COMIN TO AMERICA! UUH...SO MUCH STUFF SWIRLIN 'ROUND IN MY HEAD...(whisper)...i done thought he said labia...lololol
Here is what the 1% and their worker eyes ten years ago had formulated within their agenda upon the Peoples of the World.I know most of you are familiar with these people but a refresher in light of what is transpiring so close to home is good once in awhile. A comment went along with it. Cygnus1
The Bilderberg agenda for Sweden was partially revealed when its brother group, the Trilateral Commission, met in London. After all, they share the same twisted goals!
By J. P. T. J.
LONDON —The Trilateral Commission, meeting here March 9-12, devoted almost its entire closed-door sessions to world government.
Since the Trilaterals have a common agenda and interlocking leadership with its brother group, it is certain that Bilderberg, too, will concentrate on the world government when it meets May 24-28 near Gothenberg, Sweden.
Interlocking leadership includes David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger and Peter Sutherland, head of Goldman Sachs International in London. All are leaders of both Bilderberg and the Trilaterals. Sutherland is European chairman of the Trilaterals.
"Globalization and governance" was the subject of a March 10 luncheon address by Gordon Smith, former Canadian deputy minister of foreign affairs and now director of the Center for Global Studies at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.
"This was followed by an afternoon panel discussion of "globalization and governance II" led by Jusuf Wanandi, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta, Indonesia.
"The world government theme continued the following day. "Globalization III" stressed "improving the trading regime," led by Mike Moore, director-general of the World Trade Organization.
"Also participating were Fritz Bolkestein of the European Commission and Toru Kusukawa, former Japanese delegate to the Asian-Pacific Economic Commission. APEC is to evolve into an "Asian-Pacific Union" after the Western Hemisphere becomes the "American Union" similar to the existing European Union.
"This was followed by a luncheon session on "the international role of the United States," led by retired Gen. Brent Scowcroft, former assistant to President Ronald Reagan for national security affairs and now president of the Forum for International Policy in Washington.
"An afternoon session on "globalization IV" addressed the "democracy deficit in the global economy." It was led by Joseph Nye Jr., dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
"The closing session on March 12 was de voted to "international security challenges," with Richard Holbrooke, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and assistant secretary of state under former President Bill Clinton, himself a Bilderberg member.
"A common theme for all of the three days of closed meetings was "a world without borders" and the "demise of the nation-state." Dealing with "provincial nationalism" was viewed as a major challenge." end quote
"What the Trilaterals and Bilderbergers are trying to impose on the world is:
* the destruction of the nation state,
* the demolition of national sovereignty,
* the universal promotion of democracy by removing autocratic rule,
* the perpetuation of a global economic system under the domination of the U.S. Dollar,
* the expansion of NATO as their military tool to accomplish their goals by force if necessary,
* the erosion of the value of national currencies,
* and the penetration of all nations by large American and European corporations in order to paralyze the effectiveness of national government decision-making. end quote
Any type of government short of the Paradisical system will continue in being controlled by the 1% and their worker eyes whom also consist of puppet governments. In democracy there is a greater fragmentation of minds whom are not prepared nor able to create for the peoples that which is deserved as a right. The transitional government will help to prepare the way for the Paradisical system and will at that time employ no Congress nor Senate, and as seen in other parts of the world, no Parliament, as is found in Britain, for example, and will prepare the way for the end result. - Cygnus1
As Letterman said the other evening: The score right now is Occupiers arrested: 800, Wall Street criminals arrested: Zero!
IF THE MILITARY OF THESE UNITED STATES WORKING IN THE INTEREST OF AN ILLEGAL FOREIGN POWER, DO NOT STAND UP UNDER THE CONSTITUTION AGAINST THAT FOREIGN POWER, AND PROTECT THE PEOPLES OF THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FROM THAT FOREIGN POWER, WHETHER THE SOLDIERS ARE ON DUTY OR OFF DUTY, THEN THOSE SOLDIERS ARE NO LONGER TO BE EVEN REMOTELY CONSIDERED AS HONORABLE SOLDIERS OR CITIZENS AS BELONGING TO THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
SOLDIERS! IF YOU ARE NOT FIGHTING FOR THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE CONSTITUTION, AND ITS PEOPLES THEREIN, THEN WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU DOING IN UNIFORM?! - Cygnus!
Brothers and Sisters of these United States of America, whilst many of you are hero worshipping the rich and wealthy stars of music and sports, you ought to know this:
Quote: source www.whatreallyhappened.com
"Millionaires in the United States receive about $30billion annually in government subsidies according to a report released Monday by Senator Tom Coburn.
The 37-page report, dubbed 'Subsidies of the Rich and Famous,' details government payments provided to individuals with annual gross incomes of at least $1million.
Mr Coburn name-drops celebrity recipients in his report, including big players in media, music, and sports." end quote
Whilst the singers sing of the rights of the people, they are scamming your tax dollars and assisting the 1% in leaving you destitute. Many peoples in these United States of America remind me of the serfs living in England, where (not so much anymore, they are now catching on) the English peoples would swoon every time they saw a member of the Royal Family who happen to live off the money taken from the poor and middle class of the land, whilst until lately, had absolutely no say in England's affairs.
The Queen has her speeches written for her. The foreign backed President of these United States of America has his speeches written for him as well. Both are figureheads.
Imagine, getting excited, for instance, about a wedding of which 60 million was spent, whilst the people of England could not afford much more than a few hundred on their own weddings, if even that.
Imagine, getting excited about the far reaching education of both William and Harry, when the young college men and women cannot even finish their education. As it stands, the People of England cannot even educate their own young, but are to pay 60 million for a one day wedding, to excite the newlyweds of England. If Prince William was any sort of King material, he would certainly have stated: "Thank you! But I decline such extravagance on behalf of myself and my fiance, and instead will take the majority of the money and put it toward education for you, the Peoples of England, to greatly lower the tuition fee."
If the Royals of England are not careful, they are likely to see a repeat of Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI. Though King Louis XVI told the French people of his heart toward them and would not lift a finger against his "enemies", in France, the peoples could no longer hear their king and the French Revolution was the result.
It is never wise to put your brothers and sisters of the nation into an aggrevating situation, thinking yourself better than all who are on their own life's journey, which in some way ties in with your own.
Now the Peoples of England are thinking twice, and it is about time. - Cygnus1
Bloomberg is a BILLIONAIR (19 BILLION!) He's part of the ONE PERCENT - and now he's gone too far:
Bloomberg has violated the constitution by obstructing the freedom of the press from having access to the park! He's even taken their press passes and equipment!!! - We're not a dictatorship like Syria - where protests never show-up on television.
WE'RE GOING TO GET STRONGER BECAUSE OF THIS!
What I suggest we do is EVERYONE in every occupy city start doing their own (99% Reporting) with their cell phones and launch THOUSANDS of FREE YOUTUBE CHANNELS!
WHAT have the ONE PERCENT done? What are they are doing? What do they want? (Hint: they want to eliminate the middle class so we won't be a threat to their power!) - stop reporting on what's goin on in the park!
WE NEED TO REPORT ON WHAT THE ONE PERCENT HAVE DONE TO THE WORLD!
WHO ARE THE ONE PERCENT? (Hint: Multi-Billionairs that control Multi-National Corporations). Why are you being arrested instead of them? Which politicians do they control? What are they doing to trick us into not voting?
What we need to do is report the FACTS! and once everyone knows who is responsible WE NEED TO VOTE ONLY FOR PEOPLE THAT PLEDGE TO LISTEN AND REPRESENT WE-THE-PEOPLE! - And vote the party of the 1% (The Republican Party) OUT OF OFFICE!
Lastly, let's show how patriotic we are! Let's see more US flags, Let's show patriotic signs like:
WE THE PEOPLE - NOT CORPORATIONS!
LISTEN TO WE THE PEOPLE!
YOU TOOK AN OATH!
Promote The General Welfare of WE THE PEOPLE!
ARREST THE BANKSTERS - Not We The People!
The Tea Party Was A Protest Against CORPORATIONS!
Greenscious, you have made some viable points. Let us take a look at some of these and discuss them:
"What I suggest we do is EVERYONE start doing their own reporting with their cell phones and start THOUSANDS of FREE YOUTUBE CHANNELS and start reporting on what THE ONE PERCENT are have done and are doing! - Not on what's goin on in the park!
think the focus of the protest was all going inward - towards what was happening in the park (in NY and every other occupied city around the country) - WE NEED TO FOCUS ON THE ONE PERCENT!"
What have the banksters done? Who are they? Which politicians have they bribed? What are they doing to trick us into not voting?
What we need to do is report the FACTS! and once everyone knows who are responsible WE NEED TO VOTE ONLY FOR PEOPLE THAT PLEDGE TO LISTEN TO WE-THE-PEOPLE! - And vote the party of the 1% (The Republican Party) OUT OF OFFICE! end partial quote
For everybody to report using their cellphones and utilizing the thousands of free utube channels is a smart idea. BUT, the peoples have long heard what the 1% have done and are doing, and although it is good and wise to keep abreast of who is doing what, and who is bribing which politicans, and who the 1% are and their worker eyes, (all those who work for them, watching and reporting), and writing it all down, electronically or otherwise, it is IMPERATIVE that the OCCUPATION BE KEPT TO THE FOREFRONT AND THE REPORTING ON THE ATROCITIES BEING DONE TO THEM IN THE NAME OF CORPORATE POWER, BE KEPT TO THE FOREFRONT OF ALL NEWS OUTLETS.
FOR EVEN THE PRESIDENT HAS NO POWER LEFT UNTO HIM. In actuality President Obama never did have power and that is why Guantanamo Bay Torture camp was never closed down, and Iran is being threatened. Remember just before Obama was elected President he told the peoples that he would treat all world leaders as equals INCLUDING THE IRANIAN PRESIDENT. Now President Obama is touting the lie of Israel against Iran without so much as one single visit to SPEAK FACE TO FACE with the PRESIDENT OF IRAN!
Now, you speak about 'voting." Whom are you going to vote for? Will any of the Congressmen or Congresswomen or Senators or anyone else in the country, show you how to set up "in detail" a Paradisical system? No. Then why do you want to lead people into voting for anyone who cannot deliver to them all they deserve?
Why would you lead anyone into voting for a second or third rate system? Do you wish for less than a Paradisical system for yourself and your friends and family? Where there are votes there is chaos and it will never change and Paradise for the Peoples will never be created. Can the peoples not yet understand this, that such questions and ideas forever continue in arising?
This is something to think about. And the OWS and other Occupying forces are the heros and heroines of the hour for they brave the winds and snow, with scarcely a coat to keep them warm, and THEIR VOICE DESERVES TO BE HEARD AND THEIR PLIGHT DESERVES TO BE RECORDED ON EVERY CELLULAR PHONE AND ON EVERY UTUBE SIGHT, FOR IT SHOWS THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD, THAT EVERY MANDATE OF THE CONSTITUTION GIVING THE PEOPLES THEIR RIGHTS OF PUBLIC ASSEMBLY AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN PUBLIC PLACES ARE BEING UNDERMINED BY A NEW YORK MAYOR, AND OTHER NATIONAL MAYORS THROUGHOUT THE NATION, WHO ARE RUNNING ROUGHSHOD OVER THE CONSTITUTIONAL JUDGES IN FAVOR OF THE 1% AND THEIR DIABOLICAL AGENDA AGAINST THESE THE PEOPLES OF THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THEIR BROTHERS AND SISTERS ACROSS THE GLOBE. - Cygnus1
Bloomberg is doing a fine JOB representing only the 1%......problem is.....that's not his JOB! He needs to resign, go bask in his wealth, and leave the rest of us alone.
Hopefully this Occupy message is pretty clear......The 1% has foreclosed on DEMOCRACY in order to evict..... We The 99% from it!......my cardboard sign for tomorrow.
POWER TO THE PEOPLE...11/17/11!
2950-10K, Mayor Bloomberg needs to be arrested, not be given to resign and bask in his ill gotten gains. If you allow poison in the soup without removing every poisoned pea, carrot and kernel of corn, then these people will find another nitch in which to watch you, the Peoples, and to continue in working against you, the Peoples, and to continue in taking your money and putting you on trial when you try to defend your rights according to the Constitution of these United States of America. Everything must be done properly and according to Universal Law and Principle.
Not all roads lead to Rome. The Peoples must keep to the straight and narrow otherwise they will go in every direction, following this one and that one, and a hundred different ideas. This will cause faltering of the Peoples, and then will dissention arise, and finally unity with the oneness will be lost, and the road to rebuilding Paradise along with it. - Cygnus1
Capt Ray Lewis, You, Sir, are a credit to your United States Police Uniform. Welcome aboard! You and your family deserve all you build together with your brothers and sisters of these United States of America! We hope to see many more! - Cygnus1
Another patriot who is a continued credit to his Country and Uniform. Whether the NYPD has on a uniform with badge or not, he is not by Constitutional Law allowed to touch even the smallest of Protesters. - Cygnus1
Sergeant Thomas Has another Run-in With The NYPD - #OWS "Marine Sergeant Thomas had a run-in with the NYPD at Times Square in a video that went viral and tonight at Zuccotti Park he had words with a non-uniformed officer who had shoved him as occupiers were re-occupying the park as per a State Supreme Court Judges orders." end quote. Source www.whatreallyhappened.com
WHAT A DISGRACE! PUNCHING ANOTHER HUMAN BEING IN THE FACE! A WOMAN WHO BEARS THE MAN CHILDREN! PUNCHED IN THE FACE! WHAT AN UTTER DISGRACE OF THE UNITED STATES POLICE UNIFORM! WE HAVE SEEN WOMEN DRAGGED AWAY TO JAIL, HANDCUFFED! WOMEN WHO BEAR THE MEN CHILDREN, NURTURERS OF CHILDREN, WOMEN WHO STAND BY THEIR MEN IN WANTING JUSTICE FOR ALL THEIR BROTHERS AND SISTERS ALIKE!
WOMEN PUNCHED IN THE FACE, MACED, AND DRAGGED AWAY!
IS THIS WHAT YOU, THE POLICE CHIEFS, POLICEMEN WILL DO TO YOUR OWN MOTHERS, SISTERS, AUNTS, NIECES, DAUGHTERS AND GIRLFRIENDS?! DO YOU DO THESE THINGS TO YOUR BROTHERS OF THESE UNITED STATES AS WELL? IS THIS THE KIND OF MEN YOU ARE? WHAT IS A MAN? YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT IT IS TO BE A MAN! ONLY AN ABUSER!
AND WHAT OF YOU, THE POLICE WOMEN, WILL YOU ALSO TORTURE THE SOULS OF YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS? IS THIS WHAT YOU SIGNED UP FOR? IS THIS ALL YOUR UNIFORM AND CONSTITUTION MEAN TO YOU?
BUT YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE ABUSERS OF YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS, SO COME AND JOIN THE TRUE PATRIOTS OF THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. COME WITH US AND WE WILL BUILD PARADISE TOGETHER. DO NOT CONTINUE IN MAKING A BAD SITUTION WORSE FOR YOUR SOULS PROGRESSION BY DOING THAT WHICH YOU KNOW IS WRONG AND IN LIGHT OF THE INFORMATION WHICH IS OUT THERE FOR EACH AND EVERY HUMAN BEING ON THE FACE OF THIS PLANET. - Cygnus1!
Idiot cops attack any left-of-center protesters as if they were personal enemies. When will those fools learn that the "dirty hippies" they so despise are fighting to protect THEIR jobs, pensions and collective bargaining rights?
Imagine if cops went on "strike" and refused to brutalize peaceful protesters. It would mean the end of ruling class power.
Imagine if those NYC sanitation workers went on "strike" by refusing to take the private property of the protesters.
If corporate American has its way, those storm troopers who pride themselves on beating "hippies" and "commies" will be reduced to the status of mall cops.
If you speak to any of the old timers out here in Oklahoma about this Wall Street mess. You get one comment. Looks like Wall Street finished the job they started in 1934 when they tryed too over throw FDR and the US Government when SSI,CCC and the WPA was formed. They called it the "Business Plot" back then. The NYC police are acting like the Black Shirts of 1930's germany.
Something is going on over the internet...it appears. Just try to do a bandwidth speed check when doing a test on Atlanta....speed way, way down.... while all the others, San Francisco, Dallas, LA, and the others are not so bad at all. Go to Speakeasy.com and check it out. I normally get about 4-5Mbps download speed and most of those nodes are showing 3-4Mbps...about right as people are starting to hit the sack. It usually goes up to about 5Mbps after about 1 or 2 am and is good for most of the business day...until people start getting out of school or out of work. Atlanta was down to about 200kbps download speed.
One comment I read at that YouTube video that Cygnus1 recommended about the retired police Captain joining OWS...the comment said that "the police should wake up and smell their pensions burning." Maybe more OWS protesters should carry signs that says just that. It might make them think twice about who their real friends should be and who their real enemies are.
WITH YOUR MONEY
Hey Thom you should think about using this song as one of your themes: The Revolution Starts Now by Steve Earle - great song, perfect for the times, here are the lyrics:
I was walkin’ down the street
In the town where I was born
I was movin’ to a beat
That I’d never felt before
So I opened up my eyes
And I took a look around
I saw it written ‘cross the sky
The revolution starts now
Yeah, the revolution starts now
The revolution starts now
When you rise above your fear
And tear the walls around you down
The revolution starts here
Where you work and where you play
Where you lay your money down
What you do and what you say
The revolution starts now
Yeah the revolution starts now
Yeah the revolution starts now
In your own backyard
In your own hometown
So what you doin’ standin’ around?
Just follow your heart
The revolution starts now
Last night I had a dream
That the world had turned around
And all our hopes had come to be
And the people gathered ‘round
They all brought what they could bring
And nobody went without
And I learned a song to sing
The revolution starts now
if you need permission, I would bet that Steve Earle would grant permission - he is with us.
Sorry to post this on your blog, but I wanted to recommend this and I have heard you say that your email gets flooded, but your crew is able to read the blog comments.
Keep up the good work - don't know how I would get my daily progressive fix without you. Oh yeah, and I'm finally reading Screwed, amazing you wrote that back in 2006 - wish more people listened to you.