September 25, 2011 archive

The first time Wall Street was occupied

“They lay there, clinging to one another and trying to shield the more vulnerable parts of their bodies from the blows of the nightsticks, while the police hauled them apart and dragged them bodily into waiting patrol wagons.”

  – NY Times, March 31, 1948

 Every once in a while an underdog defeats a Titan.

This isn’t one of those times.

  It isn’t the victory of an underdog that inspires us so much as it is the incredible courage it takes to even challenge the overwhelming champion.

 Sixty-three years ago the labor movement took the fight literally to capitalism’s door-step in one of the most lopsided battles in history. The name of the underdog that championed the cause was Merritt David Keefe.

Johnathan Amord

In my usual cryptic incoherent style I have presented yet another article about which nobody has a clue nor even cares.  Why.  Well the vast majority thinks not as I do in the live and let live category.  That freedom of choice thing once a US Constitutional certainty now gives way to “Oh my God, you didn’t get your seasonal flu shot?”  “What is wrong with you.”

A modern day Saint.…

Tyranny for certain.…

Johnathan does an excellent job fighting against/researching and illustrating fraudulent big pharma practices and how government “regulatory” agencies, or rather Big pharma’s bitch is made to enforce the profit margins of these multi-nationals who are and have already exported most of this industry outside of the continental US.  Well, OK I have extrapolated that last comment myself but I can reference that long lost industry electronics.

Simple Googles for this.

Foxconn+suicide nets

big pharma litigation

and of course codex alimentarius

Are Purelle dispensers less used today that in the height of the mandatory swine flue shot era?  Are there stats on this?  Do people still pay attention to those workplace posters admonishing “Clean hands SAVE LIVES” or have these things somehow been relegated to that bullshit which corporate promotes and turns into a sour deal, sort of like that dire need of purchasing burial insurance for your three year old.  That prospect of never again having neither conventional nor alternative medical security in this post 911 security obscessed world.

On a more personal note.  Can I buy the horse farm.  Should I buy the horse farm and is the rest of my family willing and able to lend a hand in doing so.  Even my very psychic self and the spirit guides are silent.  Not a good sign.  It is a leap of faith to prosperity or bankruptcy for all involved.

Obama Primary: Letter to Alan Grayson

Cross-posted at

I posted this on Grayson’s website:

Hello Alan-

I am a former supporter and donator to your first campaign, and have generally been very impressed with the positions you have taken.  I heard you on Sam Seder’s show of Wednesday the 21st, though, and must say that I am very disappointed to hear you denigrate the idea of a primary challenge to President Obama.

I have asked a number of high-profile progressives what they would think about a primary challenger, and of the ones who have taken the negative position, the reasoning seems to boil down to the old “lesser-of-two-evils” argument-that no matter how little difference there appears to be between Obama and Bush on matters of substance, we still must reelect Obama because he’s, I don’t know, not a Republican, or not as illiterate as Bush, or something.  The best argument I’ve heard is the Supreme Court one:  If we don’t put Obama back in, then when the critical 5th vote comes up, we’ll get another evil corporatist.  This fails on a number of levels: Change originates from an organized electorate, not from the top down, for one; and for another, Obama has never done anything to in any way hinder the oligarchy, so where does the idea come from that, at such a critical moment, he would suddenly change?  Not a good reason to support Obama, or to fear a Republican win.

Occupy Wall St. Day 8 with Livestream

Cross posted from The Stars Hollow Gazette


The resistance continues at Liberty Square, with free pizza 😉

A Message From Occupied Wall Street (Day Eight)

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If you wait long enough, they will come but not necessarily to join you.

Glenn Greenwald Tweets the media hypocrisy

The corrupting effects of journalistic “objectivity” and Occupy Wall Street: Paging @jayrosen_nyu

America’s future rallies near Wall Street- Lend them an ear!

t’s hard to walk in lower Manhattan without noticing a dense police presence. At first a passerby is likely to think that the NYPD is there to protect the 9-11 Memorial, but soon they’ll realize that it’s something else. There’s a protest happening nearby.

A few blocks away  there are about 1000 young people assembled- they’re playing instruments, dancing happily and carrying signs that say things like The American Dream is a Pyramid Scheme, Stop Wall Street Greed, Americans Against Bankster Parasites and so on…

“We’re peacefully protesting economic injustice,” says seventeen year old Lucas Vazquez, “We don’t believe that politicians from either party are going to make things better for us.”

The “we” he’s referring to is a movement that goes by names like “General Assembly” and  “Occupy Wall Street”.  Vazquez says its aim is to create a participatory democracy.

Should Blacks Answer Obama’s Call To March By Joining ‘Occupy Wall Street’?

N A ROUSING SPEECH delivered at the 41st Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference, President Obama urged African Americans to keep the faith as African Americans struggle against a 17 percent unemployment rate and 40 percent poverty rate for their children.


Obama said he was “going to press on for the sake of all those families who are struggling right now… [but] I expect all of you to march with me and press on. Take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes. Shake it off. Stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying. We are going to press on.”

As it happens the most potent protest to occur in recent decades is occurring at this moment in New York where ‘Occupy Wall Street’ is calling attention to the U.S.’s “corporate greed and corrupt politics.” Eighty protesters were arrested Saturday.

‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protesters Regroup at Liberty Plaza With Pizza, Tales of Battle

The Observer arrived at Liberty Plaza-the site of the camps, kitchen and “media tent” holding up the backend of the “Occupy Wall Street” protest that has been going for six days-just after 3:30 p.m.

Today’s march, which started on Wall St. and headed up to Washington Square Park and then to Union Square-was winding its way back, having lost a few dozen good men to police custody, a.k.a. an out-of-service MTA bus. A protester, Josh Lewis, is tweeting from zipties on the bus, which he reports made its way eventually to 1 Police Plaza.

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Monday Morning Meta

Our upgrade has left a few artifacts some of which I can correct, like the labels of our ratings system.

I’m firmly convinced of the utility of the Wrong! and Hide ratings and the useless confusion of trying to encapsulate every possible reaction to a comment in snide labels and outlandish numeric gradation.

The question on the table is-

‘Pony’ (for which I have historical affection) or ‘Excellent’.

Vote and talk amongst yourselves.

On This Day In History September 25

Cross posted from The Stars Hollow Gazette

Find the past “On This Day in History” here.

September 25 is the 268th day of the year (269th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 97 days remaining until the end of the year.

On this day in 1789, the Bill of Rights passes Congress.

The first Congress of the United States approves 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and sends them to the states for ratification. The amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, were designed to protect the basic rights of U.S. citizens, guaranteeing the freedom of speech, press, assembly, and exercise of religion; the right to fair legal procedure and to bear arms; and that powers not delegated to the federal government were reserved for the states and the people.

The Bill of Rights is the name by which the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution are known. They were introduced by James Madison to the First United States Congress in 1789 as a series of articles, and came into effect on December 15, 1791, when they had been ratified by three-fourths of the States. An agreement to create the Bill of Rights helped to secure ratification of the Constitution itself. Thomas Jefferson was a supporter of the Bill of Rights.

The Bill of Rights prohibits Congress from making any law respecting any establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, guarantees free speech, free press, free assembly and association and the right to petition government for redress, forbids infringement of “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms…”, and prohibits the federal government from depriving any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law. In federal criminal cases, it requires indictment by a grand jury for any capital or “infamous crime”, guarantees a speedy, public trial with an impartial jury composed of members of the state or judicial district in which the crime occurred, and prohibits double jeopardy. In addition, the Bill of Rights states that “the enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people,” and reserves all powers not specifically granted to the federal government to the people or the States. Most of these restrictions were later applied to the states by a series of decisions applying the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, which was ratified in 1868, after the American Civil War.

The question of including a Bill of Rights in the body of the Constitution was discussed at the Philadelphia Convention on September 12, 1787. George Mason “wished the plan [the Constitution] had been prefaced with a Bill of Rights.” Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts “concurred in the idea & moved for a Committee to prepare a Bill of Rights.” Mr Sherman argued against a Bill of Rights stating that the “State Declarations of Rights are not repealed by this Constitution.” Mason then stated “The Laws of the U. S. are to be paramount to State Bills of Rights.” The motion was defeated with 10-Nays, 1-Absent, and No-Yeas.

Madison proposed the Bill of Rights while ideological conflict between Federalists and anti-Federalists, dating from the 1787 Philadelphia Convention, threatened the final ratification of the new national Constitution. It largely responded to the Constitution’s influential opponents, including prominent Founding Fathers, who argued that the Constitution should not be ratified because it failed to protect the fundamental principles of human liberty. The Bill was influenced by George Mason’s 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights, the 1689 English Bill of Rights, works of the Age of Enlightenment pertaining to natural rights, and earlier English political documents such as Magna Carta (1215).

Two other articles were proposed to the States; only the last ten articles were ratified contemporaneously. They correspond to the First through Tenth Amendments to the Constitution. The proposed first Article, dealing with the number and apportionment of U.S. Representatives, never became part of the Constitution. The second Article, limiting the power of Congress to increase the salaries of its members, was ratified two centuries later as the 27th Amendment. Though they are incorporated into Madison’s document known as the “Bill of Rights”, neither article established protection of a right. For that reason, and also because the term had been applied to the first ten amendments long before the 27th Amendment was ratified, the term “Bill of Rights” in modern U.S. usage means only the ten amendments ratified in 1791.

The Bill of Rights plays a key role in American law and government, and remains a vital symbol of the freedoms and culture of the nation. One of the first fourteen copies of the Bill of Rights is on public display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

Six In The Morning

On Sunday

Americans’ divide over global warming getting deeper

Despite onslaught of science, resistance to the idea seems to be hardening


Tucked between treatises on algae and prehistoric turquoise beads, the study on page 460 of a long-ago issue of the U.S. journal Science drew little attention.

“I don’t think there were any newspaper articles about it or anything like that,” the author recalls.

But the headline on the 1975 report was bold: “Are We on the Brink of a Pronounced Global Warming?” And this article that coined the term may have marked the last time a mention of “global warming” didn’t set off an instant outcry of angry denial.

Sunday’s Headlines:

Meltdown fears for euro as G20 makes plans for Athens to default on debt

Wave of riots over China land grabs

Bitter battle for Gaddafi’s hometown

Israel ponders response to Palestinian U.N. statehood bid

Ry Cooder takes on the bankers


Part 1

Part 2

The Wrath of Canasta Episode 14 Season 1

Late Night Karaoke

Police Arrest 80 in NY

Anti capitalist protesters maced, beaten, arrested in NYC

Short Video Here:…

“I was on the ground sobbing and couldn’t breathe,” she said. The continuing protests, against a financial system that participants say favors the rich and powerful over ordinary citizens, started last Saturday and were coordinated by a New York group called the General Assembly.

Many of those taking part have slept in Zuccotti Park, which is private, using it as a base. In the early afternoon hundreds of people left the park and moved north toward Union Square. Witnesses said that for much of the route, protesters spilled from sidewalks onto streets and added that the police used long orange nets at Fifth Avenue and 14th Street in an apparent attempt to block the march from proceeding.

more here:


The glory of a health care system free from government

   I was visiting one of my project partners today.

She has two daughters, the youngest of them 6 years old. While we were talking the girl from next door, about the same age, came over to play with the daughter.

 I couldn’t help but notice the fresh dime-sized scabs and scars all over her lower legs. It was some sort of skin disease.

 What is it from? No one knows. Has the mother seen a doctor about it? No. Why not? No tiene dinero.

 It’s as simple as that. This is the Dominican Republic. This is a third-world country. There is no real public health care system. It is almost totally private, and thus inaccessible to most of the population.

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