Daily Topics - Thursday February 23rd, 2012

Hour One: Occupy Wall Street and the "Black Bloc Anarchists" - Robert Stephens II, Occupy DC

Hour Two: What is the 99% Declaration all about? Michael Pollok, The 99% Declaration / Plus, Geeky Science Rocks - carbon dioxide threat to ocean life

Hour Three: Is the Republican party dying? Steve Malzberg, Conservative Commentator


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loonacy 10 years 25 weeks ago

I just read this article and thought everyone here would like it. It is obviously buy Bloomberg (via Businessweek.com) and is yet another reason to vote Democratic in the comming election.


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Clarissa Smith 10 years 25 weeks ago

Deborah Tannen's book "You Just Don't Understand ... why we find it difficult to talk to the oppositve sex" shows, those very radical young males are basically NOT to trust.

As long as they feel powerless, they are revolutionaries. But as soon as they gain some power in job, market, or politics, they often change to tyrants themselves, claiming total obedience. Their radical revolt as young males is nothing but fight for personal might. If they eventually become mighty persons, they defend their might with the same radicalism.

Revolt is good -- but those extreme radicals are not to trust. It's often an expression of concealed egoism.

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Clarissa Smith 10 years 25 weeks ago

To be fair:

If a male toddler knocks over the whole playboard, after loosing a game, you can't pathologize this behavior, because it's normal at this age.

In a way, the same goes for male adolescents. Today we know, that various parts of their brains nervally aren't well connected yet. This causes the typical adolescent awkwardness, as the very typical anger of young males. Basically, girls are more developed years sooner at the age of the early twenties than boys. This is very important to explain aggressive behavior of protesting male students. Some of those males are pretty mature at that young age, some are not. And those who are not, tend to act extremely radical if they engage in politics.

At the age of 26 a young adult normally should be fully developed and this unreasonably aggressive behavior gone. If not, something went wrong, it is not normal and to consider pathologically indeed.

As I stated above, young anarchists later often become libertarians. This is a typical biography of selfishly minded males: At young age trying to knock over the whole playboard of our society, then suddenly beginning to use and abuse it for very selfish purposes.

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Maxrot 10 years 25 weeks ago

It occurs to me that if Money = Speech, then you would also have to acknowledge that Speech = Money. This being the case the SCOTUS has setup a premise in which if you don't have money you cannot speak. Logically if I can speak in a debate with a Koch brother, I would be allowed to speak about 1 second to Mr Koch speaking one year (maybe more) because that's the difference between my wealth and theirs. However our constitution has guaranteed the freedom of speech, so that premise above is unconstitutional, for we should have an equal amount of time in a debate. Therefore the declaration of the Supreme Court that Money = Speech is already unconstitutional.

As it stands now, by the standard of the Supreme court, I should either be getting money when I speak or I should be paying out money when I speak, it has to be one or the other it can't be both. It seems to me though that just by entering any establishment I can purchase goods and services just by talking. Say I place an order at a restaurant for a dinner, eat it and leave when the bill comes, saying I already paid for the meal when I ordered it. As absurd as that sounds, by equating speech to money I think I would have a rather good chance of being able to bring a case to court, and continue to appeal it all the way to the Supreme Court. Now I know such a case will probably never be filed nor heard if it was filed. But as absurd as it sounds legally I think a such a case could be made. If such a case could be made, then perhaps we already have the tools to have the Citizens United decision declared unconstitutional.


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Eliz77 10 years 24 weeks ago

I am on the media team and thought you'd like to see this press release about action in Nashville, TN today. love, Eliz< FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EVENT AT 5th Ave. N. & Union: Noon to 1 p.m.Occupy Nashville<directaction@occupynashville.org

Occupy Wall Street (NYC)press@occupywallst.org(347) 292-1444 OCCUPY NASHVILLE Occupiers Protest ‘Legislation Laundering’ at ALEC-Affiliated Bank of America as Part of National “Shut Down the Corporations” Day Occupy Nashville protesters on Wednesday participated in a nationwide day of action to “Shut Down the Corporations,” targeting one of the worst offenders in corporate influence over our government, Bank of America. The protesters peacefully protested Bank of America’s downtown branch at 5th Avenue North at Union Street from noon to 1:30 p.m. to call attention to the bank’s participation in the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC is comprised of state and federal legislators and many of America’s largest corporations—including corporations that received federal bail-out money, like Bank of America—with the mission of writing legislation to benefit their own interests. “Shut Down the Corporations Day,” styled #F29 in social media, is the largest nationwide day of action in the Occupy Wall Street movement yet this year. The campaign, timed to coincide with leap-year day, is billed as an extra day to do good in our communities and get money out of politics. Occupy Nashville is targeting Bank of America because of their close ties with ALEC and their role in the 2008 financial meltdown and the millions of foreclosures that have happened since then. The Nashville protesters plan to call attention to ALEC. Organizers believe that the public is largely unaware that the most privileged people in America are drafting the legislation that disempowers the most vulnerable. Tennessee’s controversial voter ID law, which requires a photo ID in order to cast a ballot, is eerily similar to a model bill proposed by ALEC. ALEC has also identified private prisons, such as Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America, as an “emerging market.” ALEC supports legislation that would force seniors to reverse-mortgage their homes in order to receive Medicaid. “Decisions about what is right for Nashvillians should be made by Nashvillians, in something we call democracy,” said Occupy Nashville protester Lindsey Krinks. “ALEC is the antithesis of that. It is an organization that intentionally hides the corporate influence over our government for their benefit. ALEC task forces and lobbyists, which meet behind closed doors in secret meetings, marry corporate interests and elected officials to draft and advance cookie-cutter “model” bills to serve the interests of the corporations rather than the people. ALEC is responsible for some of the most anti-democratic, repressive and discriminatory legislation to grace our legislative halls. “ALEC, a registered nonprofit with a board of trustees that reads like a Fortune 500 list, allows 1 percenters to push legislation representing corporate interests,” said Dana Balicki of Occupy Wall Street. “This is legislation laundering.” Actions are planned in more than 70 cities, including Occupy Wall Street in New York. Occupy Portland first organized the campaign. Actions are planned against corporations tied to ALEC such as ExxonMobil, BP, Bank of America, Monsanto, Pfizer and Wal-Mart. On the Web: http://www.shutdownthecorporations.org/

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