Saturday, November 19, 2011

RT News: OWS Movement just the Beginning?


For many the "national day of action" was a success. Demonstraters all over the country marched in retaliation against Occupy movement crackdowns and to show the power of the massive protest. The movement which is two months old has many wondering how long can the protesters keep it up. Is this just the beginning of the movement? Jesse LaGreca, Occupy Wall Street activist, gives his thoughts and helps us answer the question.

Corporate America Is Using the Police Departments As Hired Thugs - Ret Police Captain Ray Lewis



All of which is reminiscent of:

Document Trove Exposes Surveillance Methods

Documents obtained by The Wall Street Journal open a rare window into a new global market for the off-the-shelf surveillance technology that has arisen in the decade since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The techniques described in the trove of 200-plus marketing documents, spanning 36 companies, include hacking tools that enable governments to break into people's computers and cellphones, and "massive intercept" gear that can gather all Internet communications in a country. The papers were obtained from attendees of a secretive surveillance conference held near Washington, D.C., last month.

Intelligence agencies in the U.S. and abroad have long conducted their own surveillance. But in recent years, a retail market for surveillance tools has sprung up from "nearly zero" in 2001 to about $5 billion a year, said Jerry Lucas, president of TeleStrategies Inc., the show's operator.

Critics say the market represents a new sort of arms trade supplying Western governments and repressive nations alike. "The Arab Spring countries all had more sophisticated surveillance capabilities than I would have guessed," said Andrew McLaughlin, who recently left his post as deputy chief technology officer in the White House, referring to the Middle Eastern and African nations racked by violent crackdowns on dissent.

The Journal this year uncovered an Internet surveillance center installed by a French firm in Libya and reported that software made by Britain's Gamma International UK Ltd., had been used in Egypt to intercept dissidents' Skype conversations. In October, a U.S. company that makes Internet-filtering gear acknowledged to the Journal that its devices were being used in Syria.

Companies making and selling this gear say it is intended to catch criminals and is available only to governments and law enforcement. They say they obey export laws and aren't responsible for how the tools are used.

Trade-show organizer Mr. Lucas added that his event isn't political. "We don't really get into asking, 'Is this in the public interest?'" he said.

The US Security Complex: Too Big To Fail

Think of Iraq as the AIG of wars - the only difference being that the bailout there didn't involve just three payouts. More than eight years after the Bush administration invaded that country, the bailout is, unbelievably enough, still going. Even as the US military withdraws, the State Department is planning to spend billions more in taxpayer dollars to field an army of hired-gun contractors to replace it. Afghanistan? It could have been the Lehman Brothers of conflicts, but when Barack Obama entered the Oval Office he chose the Citigroup model instead, and surged troops in twice in 2009. In other words, he double-TARPed that war, and ever since, the bailout money has been flooding in.

Until now - as the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations make clear - "too big to fail" has meant only one set of institutions: the plundering financial outfits that played such a role in driving the US economy off a cliff in 2008, looked like they might themselves collapse in a heap of bad deals and indebtedness, and were bailed out by Washington. Isn't it finally time to expand the too-big-to-fail category to include the Pentagon, the US Intelligence Community, and more generally the National Security Complex?

There is, of course, one major difference between those bailed-out financial institutions and the Complex: however powerful the banks may be, however much money financial outfits and Wall Street sink into K-Street lobbyists and the election campaigns of politicians, however much influence the US Chamber of Commerce may wield, when too-big-to-fail financial institutions totter, they have to come to the federal government hat (and future bonuses) in hand.

For the Pentagon and the National Security Complex, it's quite another matter. These days it's only a slight exaggeration to claim that they are Washington and that their very size, influence, and power protects them from the consequences of failure.
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Occupiers begin ‘to build a new democracy’

What the movement largely rejects is any proposal that would have us turn our backs on what we have already accomplished, and “return to the fold” of the old, shallow democracy of corporate-controlled politicians. We have seen what we can build together, without the need of politicians and bureaucrats, or their corporate masters behind the scenes: a democracy in the original sense — the self-governance of the people. We see, now, that we can begin finally to take charge directly over our own communities.

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Anonymous - Message to Occupy the World 11-18-11


Greetings citizens of the world. We are Anonymous. Since the occupation of Wall Street began we have been watching closely as countless people in cities around the world have taken to the streets in peaceful support of the movement. A show of support for a humanity free from the benefit of the few at the expense of the many. Free from corruption in our political and financial institutions, and free from the injustices caused by corporate personhood and the oppression of others. This is not the Arab Spring, Egypt, Greece, Tunisia, nor The American Autumn.
This, is mass global awakening.
The lies and corruptions that have attached themselves to our system like a parasite have been exposed.
A way to rid our world of this parasite uncovered.
The cure lies in all of us.
This is only the first wave of our brothers and sisters to awaken to the lies and corruptions taking place around them. You, my brothers and sisters bear the weight of carrying this message to the masses. You must continue to hold your ground and stand up to help educate others to these injustices. The practice of active non participation in the things we deem evil, peaceful protests, and large scale community education efforts are things each one of us can continue and teach others to help aid in the fight. This will assure us victory against tyranny in our world.
We have already seen signs of this process beginning to take hold. With the successful transfer of 4.5 billion dollars on Bank Transfer Day, and 690,000 new accounts created at credit unions in the U.S. alone, we have taken the first strike against the banks.
This will not be the last.
Occupy protests continue to grow despite the puppet media, who is bought and controlled by politicians and corporations continuing to lie about numbers involved in the protests. They have said there is no clear message and otherwise down played and belittled the protests as a whole. Yet our message has still gotten out.
Political and corporate backed entities continue to try to adopt and corrupt the movement. Trying to turn it into a tool for their own purposes, yet they fail.
Worse yet, incidents of police brutality and the revocation of the rights of our citizens are growing more common place. Corrupt elements hidden within police forces around the world have begun to inflict terror and beat the otherwise peaceful protestors into submission. Mayors, and governing officials in cities around the world have begun to send in their dogs in an effort to stamp out the growth of revolution. They have taken notice of our actions and they are scared!
These crimes against our citizens do not go unnoticed, and must not be allowed to quell our efforts in seeking freedom. We must maintain peaceful despite these atrocities and not feed into their efforts to bring us down to their lowly level of existence.
The instigators of these actions are unaware that they are defeating themselves, for we are already at the third act of the famous quote; "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you. then you win."
There has never been a more exciting time to be alive in all our lives.
It is important that we not be bored or let idle time pass, for the seeds of revolution against worldwide injustice have been sewn. Yet without enough nourishment they will not survive and grow to full fruition.
Citizens of the world, the power for change is in our hands. We must continue to expose the truth to the masses.
Know your own power; inform others of the immediate threat of corporations, banking institutions and the growing takeover of world governments. Maintain true to the foundations of the Occupy movement. Fight greed, corruption and corporate control of our democracy.
Continue to denounce the involvement of entities with political and financial affiliations in the movement. Express your free right to assemble via global, large scale peaceful protests.
Our efforts must not simply continue.
Our efforts must grow.

Corrupt governments, police, corporations, banking institutions and those who oppress others. You cannot kill, or buy an idea.
You are the parasite, not our citizens who gather in peaceful protest against injustice in our world.
You are outnumbered, and surrounded.
The revolution has begun, and the end of your reign is near.
We will not stand for your atrocities and injustices any longer.
We are Bradley Manning, we are Scott Olsen. We are your brother, mother, and best friend.
We are people.
We are free.
We are one.
We are Anonymous.
We are legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
You should have expected us!

Operation Ajax

As Stephen Kinzer writes in All The Shah’s Men “With their devotion to radical Islam and their eagerness to embrace even the most horrific kinds of violence, Iran’s revolutionary leaders became heroes to fanatics in many countries. Among those who were inspired by their example were Afghans who founded the Taliban, led it to power in Kabul, and gave Osama bin-Laden the base from which he launched devastating terror attacks. It is not far-fetched to draw a line from Operation Ajax through the Shah’s repressive regime and the Islamic Revolution to the fireballs that engulfed the World Trade Center in New York.”
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The P.O.W. Comminiqué

From P.O.W.

[In September 1970 Timothy Leary escaped from the California Men’s Colony, a state prison in San Luis Obispo, California, with the assistance of the Weather Underground, a clandestine revolutionary organization. He had been incarcerated since February 1970 for a marijuana possession conviction. This communiqué was released to the underground press shortly after his escape.]

The following statement was written in the P.O.W. camp and carried over the wall (in full sight of two gun trucks). I offer loving gratitude to my sisters and brothers in the Weather Underground who designed and executed the liberation. Rosemary and I are now with the Underground and we’ll continue to stay high and wage the revolutionary war.

There is the time for peace and the time for war.
There is the day of laughing Krishna and the day of grim Shiva.
Brothers and sisters, at this time let us have no more talk of peace.
The conflict which we have sought to avoid is upon us. A worldwide ecological religious warfare. Life vs. death.

Listen. It is a comfortable, self-indulgent cop-out to look for conventional economic-political solutions.

Brothers and sisters, this is a war for survival. Ask Huey and Angela. They dig it. Ask the wild free animals. They know it. Ask the turned-on ecologists. They sadly admit it.

I declare that World War III is now being waged by short-haired robots whose deliberate aim is to destroy the complex web of free wild life by the imposition of mechanical order.

Listen. There is no choice left but to defend life by all and every means possible against the genocidal machine.

Listen. There are no neutrals in genetic war. There are no non-combatants at Buchenwald, My Lai or Soledad.

You are part of the death apparatus or you belong to the network of free life.

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Shocking video confirms Indonesia’s brutal suppression of West Papuan rally ahead of US visit

Alarming video of Indonesian forces shooting, beating and kicking civilians at a peaceful rally in West Papua has emerged ahead of a US visit to the region.

Ten people are believed to have died when Indonesian security forces broke up the rally of independence activists last month.

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Masked gunmen attack Brazilian Indian leader in shock execution

Confirmed: Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) coordinating Occupy raids

From Daily Kos:
Many of us have been wondering why the raids on Occupy camps across the country have had such a coordinated feel. If only the official response to real social ills could have been as timely and widespread as the crackdown on peaceful demonstrators expressing their freedom of speech, assembly, and the press covering their protest. An article at Examiner.com was understandably derided as being under-sourced for a charge as serious as a national DHS crackdown on non-violent protests. However, we have now received confirmation via Amy Goodman's interview on the 11/17 episode of Democracy Now! with PERF Executive Director Chuck Wexler that this private NGO coordinated high-level conference calls amongst 40 police chiefs, distinct from the mayoral "therapy session" referred to by Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, in order to broadcast advice and documentation about cracking down on the Occupy social movement. ...

Anonymous - Operation Blackout


EMERGENCY ACTION AUTHORIZED. ORGANIZATION OF LOCAL PROTESTS IS NEEDED. CONVERGE AT FREEWAYS AND HIGHWAYS. LIBRARIES, MALLS, GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS, SCHOOLS...ALL ARE ACCEPTABLE AREAS! STARTING TODAY!

This is the most important operation in the history of Anonymous. No operation will be executed until we make sure this operation is successful. Any videos uploaded will be updates on this operation.

TRANSCRIPT

Citizens of the United States, We are Anonymous.

This is an urgent emergency alert to all people of the United States. The day we've all been waiting for has unfortunately arrived. The United States is censoring the internet. Our blatant response is that we will not sit while our rights are taken away by the government we trusted them to preserve. This is not a call to arms, but a call to recognition and action!

The United States government has mastered this corrupt way of giving us a false sense of freedom. We think we are free and can do what we want, but in reality we are very limited and restricted as to what we can do, how we can think, and even how our education is obtained. We have been so distracted by this mirage of freedom, that we have just become what we were trying to escape from.


For too long, we have been idle as our brothers and sisters were arrested. During this time, the government has been scheming, plotting ways to increase censorship through means of I S P block aides, D N S blockings, search engine censorship, website censorship, and a variety of other methods that directly oppose the values and ideas of both Anonymous as well as the founding fathers of this country, who believed in free speech and press!


The United States has often been used as an example of the ideal free country. When the one nation that is known for its freedom and rights start to abuse its own people, this is when you must fight back, because others are soon to follow. Do not think that just because you are not a United States citizen, that this does not apply to you. You cannot wait for your country to decide to do the same. You must stop it before it grows, before it becomes acceptable. You must destroy its foundation before it becomes too powerful.


Has the U.S. government not learned from the past? Has it not seen the 2011 revolutions? Has it not seen that we oppose this wherever we find it and that we will continue to oppose it? Obviously the United States Government thinks they are exempt. This is not only an Anonymous collective call to action. What will a Distributed Denial of Service attack do? What's a website de face ment against the corrupted powers of the government? No. This is a call for a worldwide internet and physical protest against the powers that be. Spread this message everywhere. We will not stand for this! Tell your parents, your neighbors, your fellow workers, your school teachers, and anyone else you come in contact with. This affects anyone that desires the freedom to browse anonymously, speak freely without fear of retribution, or protest without fear of arrest.


Go to every I R C network, every social network, every online community, and tell them of the atrocity that is about to be committed. If protest is not enough, the United States government shall see that we are truly legion and we shall come together as one force opposing this attempt to censor the internet once again, and in the process discourage any other government from continuing or trying.


We are Anonymous.

We are Legion.
We do not forgive censorship.
We do not forget the denial of our free rights as human beings.
To the United States government, you should've expected us.

Interview with a Yogic Monk Activist


Dada Pranakrsnananda is a yogic monk of Ananda Marga and a social activist. He is a member of the #Occupy Wall Street movement and was one of the first arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge on October 1st.

In this exclusive video, Dada shares his unique experience of being arrested and his concern that the focus has shifted to the conflict between the movement and NYPD, when it should it should remain on the injustice of corporate greed and inequity of wealth in society.

Critical Agitation: A Look At Occupy Wall Street

Like many social critics before them, the Dadaists were anti-crisis and anti-war, but instead of critiquing the conditions of WWI as Homer had critiqued the Trojan War in the Iliad, the Dadaists’ focus was on anti-art and anti-meaning. The dada practice was to abandon intentionality - that very human faculty that allows us to knowingly kill each other – and leave artistic decisions to chance.
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"The Art of Conversation"

Advanced Film and Video Practicum student Kelly Kmiecik was recognized by City ArtWorks recently for her production of this promotional video highlighting the organizations young artists, events and activities.

The video was played at the annual fundraising event that drew some of Houston's most prominent citizens. Kelly was given special recognition by the Board President, Katrina Arnim.

"The Art of Conversation" from Guthrie Center on Vimeo.


The Art of Deliberately Courting Controversy as a Branding Exercise

Benetton created the ‘Unhate’ campaign despite knowing that it would face backlash and would have to be soon taken down? Why and what you can learn about branding from it?

In a cluttered media space where hundreds of brands vie for audience attention with thousands of different types of messages, it is difficult for a brand to stand out and be remembered. In such a scenario that is already bleak, would a brand deliberately go out and launch a campaign that it knows would land it in a big soup and be removed in a matter of days, if not hours? Conventional wisdom says, no. But modern branding thought, gives a vehement thumbs up to this activity. Proof: the recent and deliberately-made-to-rake-up-a-controversy of the ‘Unhate’ advertising campaign of United Colors of Benetton.

The campaign featured leaders on the opposite side of the divide kissing each other on the lip in photoshopped images. You had US President Barack Obama kissing his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao, the Pope Benedict XVI kissing a Muslim Imam and so on. The message: stop hating each other or kiss and make up.

One look at any of the ads and one realizes that there was no way these ads would have survived, at best, beyond a few days. And indeed, it caused such a controversy that they had to be brought down in merely a day. The question is: why do such an advertisement campaign at all? The answer lies in looking at it for what it is: it was not meant to be an advertisement campaign. Aware of the power of social media, the brand hoped that the idea would create enough controversy for it to become a media and social media sensation. Thus, if you can look at it that way, it was actually a very well thought out and executed branding and marketing campaign in the guise of an advertising one.

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Tahrir Square November 18 Beginning of the sermon


The numbers look impressive I would believe a 100 thousand

Miami Police Shot Protester, then laugh about it

The Money Fix - a Documentary for Monetary Reform


"Money is just information, a way we measure what we trade, nothing of value in itself. And we can make it ourselves, to work as a complement to conventional money. It's just a matter of design."

Money is at the intersection of nearly every aspect of modern life. Most of us take the monetary system for granted, but it has a profound and largely misunderstood influence on our lives. 'THE MONEY FIX' is a feature-length documentary exploring our society's relationship with the almighty dollar.
The film documents three types of alternative money systems, all of which help solve economic problems for the communities in which they operate.

'THE MONEY FIX' examines economic patterning in both the human and the natural worlds, and through this lens we learn how we can empower ourselves by redesigning the lifeblood of the economy at the community level.

Please visit http://themoneyfix.org for more information.

Police Pepper Spray Peaceful UC Davis Students

How to convert a washing machine into a water powered generator - enough power to live off the grid


A step by step guide showing how to convert a smartdrive washing machine into a pelton wheel dc generator making 780 watts - enough power to live off the grid.

Comment Democracy and Process: The Real Power of Occupy LSX

Writing from Occupy LSX, Ian Chamberlain argues the real power of the movement is the new world of possibilities it has created, built on consensus, cooperation and a rejection of the corporate-guided, party-political approach that has dominated the country for generations.
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[Via Solidarity Bank]

Are you still being ruled or are you already governing yourself?

Baden-Württemberg, for the first time in its history, will have a state-wide referendum on 27.11.2011. The question, about which the citizens will decide, is, whether Baden-Württemberg stops its financing of the underground station “Stuttgart 21”.
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Occupy Philly: "Forclosure on Wells Fargo Bank" (Uncensored Version)




November 18, 2011 - Occupy Philly Forcloses on Wells Fargo

Meanwhile:
Occupy London "repossesses" mult- million pound bank offices - The Bank of Ideas

Rothschilds Bank of England Business: Global Economic Collapse Won't Be Stopped! Revolt Occupy LSX

Storming Kuwait's Parliament: What's Behind the Latest Arab Revolt

The worldwide spread of protests this year may have started with the Arab spring, but when Kuwaiti demonstrators stormed their parliament on Wednesday, they appeared to be taking a page from the more theatric elements of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The protestors' raid was brief. They called for the fall of the Prime Minister, sang the national anthem, and left after a few moments. Riot police beat several demonstrators as they subsequently attempted a charge on the Prime Minister's residence. If the flash-mob-like action left some parliamentarians stunned, it perplexed many Kuwaitis, who are still parsing the symbolism, and who fear that it may presage a violent evolution in national politics. “Things are taking a dangerous turn,” says Ebthal al-Khateeb, a professor of English Literature at Kuwait University, speaking over the phone. “We have a constitution, and it should have saved us from these kind of clashes. Instead both the government and the opposition are using unconstitutional means to get their way.”
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The Debt Religion:Origins: The Pyschological Drivers II

“the natural mechanism of the undeveloped self to shift the blame to someone else, due to the discomfort of change and responsibility, this natural disposition became a collective psychological impulse.”
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Asian powers spurn German debt on EMU chaos
Asian investors and central banks have begun to sell German bonds and pull out of the eurozone altogether for the first time since the debt crisis began, deeming EU leaders incapable of agreeing on any coherent policy.

Reform group urges ‘holy disobedience’

An organisation of Catholics opposed to the direction of the Church under Pope Benedict XVI has called on other followers to engage in a campaign of "holy disobedience".

The group We Are Church is formally re-launching after 14 years in existence. It expressed deep concern about the intransigence of the Pope in addressing the need for major reform in the Church.


It claimed the forced imposition of the new Roman missal, in the face of strong reservations from groups like the Association of Catholic Priests, was further evidence of such intransigence.


The organisation said the Pope’s views were in direct conflict with the vast majority of Catholics and it was Pope Benedict who was "out of step".


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The Revolution Will Be Live Streamed: Global Revolution TV, the Occupy Movement's Video Hub


For the past two months, a website called Global Revolution TV has become the main video hub for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Featuring live video feeds from New York and dozens of other cities hosting Occupy protests, the site has transformed how protests are covered and observed. When OWS protesters hold a General Assembly in Zuccotti Park, the gathering is usually live streamed across the world. When police raided the park early on Tuesday, it was caught on live stream as well. Democracy Now! spoke to one of the site's co-founders, Vlad Teichberg. He is a former derivatives trader who gave up a life in the financial world to work on video activism. "This project started initially with the beginning of the New York occupation. Other, similar versions of this project had been done in the past for other actions and revolts," Teichberg says. "People think of Occupy Wall Street as an American revolution. It has its roots though, in the Arab Spring, obviously, which inspired a lot of things. And it has very direct roots in the Spanish revolution."
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Why Occupy Wall Street will keep up the fight

Occupy was born because we the people feel that our country and our economy are moving precipitously in the wrong direction; that America has evolved into a kind of corporate oligarchic state, a “corporatocracy”; and yes, that what is needed is a regime change — a Tahrir moment of truth in America.

For several weeks Occupy Wall Street had a rare magic going for it. We held the high ground, stuck doggedly to our Gandhian, nonviolent ways and blindsided the cynical world with our optimism, our camaraderie and our determination to forge a way forward. It was a passionate, hopeful, democratic upsurge. Anyone who walked into Zuccotti Park was immediately captivated by the idealism of youth. Spectators of our direct-democracy process were drawn in and became politically engaged participants in our general assemblies. With nothing more than a commitment to consensus-based transparency, twinkling fingers that signal assent, “mike checks” that amplify our voices, an ethos of mutual respect and hope for the future, Occupy sparked a global democracy moment.

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Occupy Wall Street Draws Massive Turnout Across the Nation to Mark 2-Month Milestone


The Occupy Wall Street movement entered its third month Thursday with protests against the economic system in dozens of cities across the country. Reports estimated some 300 people were arrested nationwide, with the majority of the arrests taking place in New York City when protesters attempted to shut down the New York Stock Exchange. "We effectively shut down Wall Street this morning. We did it with our stories, with our bodies, with our hearts," says one of the organizers of the action. Democracy Now! reporter Ryan Devereaux filed this report.
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Arrests made at Occupy protests in US cities

Paramilitary Policing of Occupy Wall Street: Excessive Use of Force amidst the New Military Urbanism

Civil Disobedience - The History Of The Concept

Dramatic photos from worldwide 'Occupy' protests

Occupy St. Louis joins global protests

Occupy Movement Protest Across US: Photos

A world in protest

It's called civil disobedience for a reason

It's every person's right to break the law on purpose as an act of civil disobedience. It's also the right of the people who enforce the laws to do so. You can't say that they didn't know what the hell they were doing. They were told they were breaking the law by blocking roads without a permit. It's not anyone's right to disrupt the city, and the protesters damn well know that. That's why it's called civil disobedience. They knew exactly what they were doing. The only right they were exercising was that of breaking the law to make a point. They did, and they got the reaction that they set out to get.

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'Occupy Wall Street' - 'Civil disobedience is the only way to go'. - #Occupytogether


From: Russia Today

This calls for music, maestro!

Will We Really See Future Weapons Gutted? (Updated)

Defense Tech waxes optimistic:

Automatic, “salami slice” cuts to Pentagon budgets may be unlikely despite recent predictions of fiscal doom for the Defense Department should the Congressional supercommittee fail to reach an agreement on debt reduction by next week.

First off, supercommittee Chairman, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tx.) has come out and said that Congress will likely find a way to avoid salami slice cuts across the government, and especially the DoD, if no agreement is reached.

Here’s what he told CNBC Tuesday night:

a lot of people don’t realize $1.2 trillion of deficit reduction is going to happen anyway. We’d prefer to do it in a smarter fashion. And the 1.2, frankly, half of that is aimed at national security. Leon Panetta, our secretary of defense, says that will hollow out our defense. So, number one, I would be committed to keeping the 1.2. We’ve got 13 months to find a smarter way to do it. I think the cuts that are aimed at defense, frankly, go too far. But this is one–this is a very important point that you make. You know, if the 1.5 isn’t met, there’s a 1.2 backstop right there.

That year’s worth of wiggle room Hensarling refers to is the fact that the auto cuts, called sequestration, won’t go into effect until 2013. As the Congressman said, this gives lawmakers plenty of time to rework any budget cuts.

(Keep in mind that Hensarling isn’t the only one on the Hill who wants to avoid accross the board cuts to defense coffers.)

(UPDATE:) Todd Harrison, a military budget analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments – a think tank whose ideas often find their way into the highest levels of the Pentagon — predicts that Congress will de-fang the threat posed by sequestration.

Pak bans dirty texting: just say no to monkey crotch

You cannot SMS ullu chod in Pakistan anymore. Nor can you SMS monkey crotch if you had any reason to do so.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has banned 1,795 expletives on SMS, ordering telecom companies to filter out SMS-es containing these offending words with effect from 21 November 2011. The letter includes a list of 1,109 English words, more pornographic terms than expletives, and another 586 Urdu words which are more colourful sexual expletives of the standard South Asian kind rather than the plain garden variety pornography.

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1 Through 30 – The Coming U.S. Financial Crisis By The Numbers

The United States is drowning in a sea of red ink from coast to coast and most Americans have absolutely no idea what is about to happen. Hopefully you have started to prepare for the coming U.S. financial crisis. If not, hopefully this article will be a wake up call for you. Right now, governments all over Europe are on the verge of financial implosion. Most Americans aren't paying much attention to that, but they should be, because what is happening to Greece and Italy right now will eventually be happening here. Just recently, the U.S. national debt passed the 15 trillion dollar mark. State and local government debt is also at record levels. Tens of millions of American families are in debt up to their eyeballs, and millions more Americans fell into poverty last year. Meanwhile, the "too big to fail" banks just keep getting larger and the Federal Reserve continues to inflate the debt bubble. At some point this debt bubble is going to burst, and when it does it is going to unleash financial hell all over America.

Below you will find a list of numbers - 1 through 30. For each number, a statistic has been chosen that demonstrates the financial nightmare that the United States is facing. It is simply not possible to rack up debt at staggering rates forever. At some point the debt spiral is going to stop.

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"99%" Projected Onto Side of Verizon Building

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Bilderbergers taking over Europe?


Demonstrators in Italy and Greece marched in the streets [#17N] to protest the austerity measures that are being brought forth by the new governments of both countries. The European Union has ordered these economic modifications and the people feel their only weapon against the measures are their voices. Charlie McGrath, founder of WideAwakeNews.com, compares the voices in Europe to the voices at the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Greece remembers Polytechnic uprising — in pictures

On Thursday, tens of thousands of Greeks took to the streets to commemorate the 1973 student uprising that eventually toppled the US-backed military junta.

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What price the new democracy? Goldman Sachs conquers Europe

The ascension of Mario Monti to the Italian prime ministership is remarkable for more reasons than it is possible to count. By replacing the scandal-surfing Silvio Berlusconi, Italy has dislodged the undislodgeable. By imposing rule by unelected technocrats, it has suspended the normal rules of democracy, and maybe democracy itself. And by putting a senior adviser at Goldman Sachs in charge of a Western nation, it has taken to new heights the political power of an investment bank that you might have thought was prohibitively politically toxic.

This is the most remarkable thing of all: a giant leap forward for, or perhaps even the successful culmination of, the Goldman Sachs Project.

It is not just Mr Monti. The European Central Bank, another crucial player in the sovereign debt drama, is under ex-Goldman management, and the investment bank's alumni hold sway in the corridors of power in almost every European nation, as they have done in the US throughout the financial crisis. Until Wednesday, the International Monetary Fund's European division was also run by a Goldman man, Antonio Borges, who just resigned for personal reasons.

Even before the upheaval in Italy, there was no sign of Goldman Sachs living down its nickname as "the Vampire Squid", and now that its tentacles reach to the top of the eurozone, sceptical voices are raising questions over its influence. The political decisions taken in the coming weeks will determine if the eurozone can and will pay its debts – and Goldman's interests are intricately tied up with the answer to that question.

Simon Johnson, the former International Monetary Fund economist, in his book 13 Bankers, argued that Goldman Sachs and the other large banks had become so close to government in the run-up to the financial crisis that the US was effectively an oligarchy. At least European politicians aren't "bought and paid for" by corporations, as in the US, he says. "Instead what you have in Europe is a shared world-view among the policy elite and the bankers, a shared set of goals and mutual reinforcement of illusions."

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Chemtrails and HAARP Revealed!


History Channel reveals chemtrail and HAARP weapons.

Occupy Oakland: Iraq war veteran Kayvan Sabehgi beaten by police

Protester and three-tour American veteran Kayvan Sabehgi was beaten by Oakland police during the Occupy protest's general strike on 2 November. Sabehgi, who was 'completely peaceful', according to witnesses, was left with a lacerated spleen.

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Is Al Qaeda Using World Of Warcraft For Recruiting And Training Of Terrorists?

"That terrorists have infiltrated online games is no longer largely questioned. The US National Intelligence director acknowledged the threat in his Data Mining Report in 2008. This is a real phenomenon, a real “threat to national security”, and that blows my mind. When did hard-line killers get together and say, “you know where we can organize our attacks? The same place where nerds go to pretend to be superheroes and kill bad guys.” The irony there is palpable. What remains to be seen, however, is if governments will be able to accurately quantify the size of this threat, and neutralize it."
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