Occupy Wall Street has been a phenomenal awakening--and I have been proud to be a part of the non-sleepover (wimp...) outer ring of regular marchers. Tomorrow, c'mon out for another important phase in holding the economic Thieves Guild accountable--with a tour of the lairs of a few billionaires who hole up in Manhattan and wreak havoc on the country and the world.
The assault against even the most modest attempt to take the boot off the neck of the American consumer continues. Wall Street leaders like Jamie Dimon whine about regulation. And the banks are hoping to keep their hands in the pockets of consumers--and they have willing hands in the U.S. Senate.
The anger against the president that has been rocketing around many circles of liberal/progressive politics is misplaced.
The crisis we face isn’t about what the president is doing, or failing to do.
We are under siege, fighting the greatest class warfare in perhaps 100 years. And we can expect very little help from a political system that has aided, without regard to party, the looting of the country over the past 30 years.
The crisis we face is about us: the people who count themselves as activists and leaders.
Certainly, it does matter if we have good elected, political leadership—and it is legitimate to point out the lack of leadership, or just really bad leadership.
BUT, leadership in the absence of a mass, focused, coordinated movement is powerless—even if leaders, somewhere deep inside, want to do the right thing.
And we do not have such a movement.
Keep our eye on the ball. I'm sure the Waltons are doing a great dance over in Bentonville, Arkansas in light of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling blocking a class-action suit against the companythat, had it been successful, would have likely cost the company billions of dollars in damages. But, let's be clear: Wal-Mart is a scar on the country.
We still aren't clear enough about what has happened: the corporate media has framed the debate about the phony debt and deficit "crisis" so adroitly that the back-and-forth on this debate is largely about how much to screw the average person in America, not whether to screw the average person in America. Sorry to say but Bernie Sanders seems to be one of the few, and maybe the only, elected person in Congress to get what is going on here.
Yesterday, I wrote about an appalling but typical example of how bi-partisan "debate" is really an argument taking place on one side, in this case King Cuomo's immoral decision to attack workers' pensions by regurgitating Republican talking points that the economic crisis we face is the fault of the middle-class, workers, unions, and a generous way of life--not the fault of a greedy elite.
Today, we get another view of the one-sided nature of the debate, this time courtesy of The New York Times editorial board, which publishes an editorial that is shameful, full of errors and is simply another example of the crisis we all face.
Scott Walker is bringing his anti middle-class, union-busting act to New York City--and we can show him, on behalf of all Wisconsin workers and workers throughout the nation, that he is not welcome in New York City.
Ratings for cable news for the month of May 2011, bring bad news for Fox News. In the key demographic group of 25-54 year-olds, Fox was alone in declining during the primetime hours.
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I don't know if this has been diaried, just got home and saw this and thought it was so awesome that I wanted to share even if it was...
Cross-posted from WillUrquhart.com
You may have seen this video, supposedly of a Fox News ticker in New York getting hacked. Well, many people thought this was faked. Fox denied it. The "acting" in the video sounded like scripted acting. And to me, the hacked lettering seemed to blur less even though it was moving faster. It all seemed suspicious.
So I downloaded the video, imported it to final cut, jacked up the whites and mids, and managed to find the frame where I believe a black box was created to put the fake lettering in. Here is a picture showing two consecutive frames at the moment where I believe the editing begins. With my whites and mids turned up so high, I find it remarkably unlikely that anything but artificially created black space would come out that dark. What do you think? Pics below the fold.
UPDATE: G2geek points out that the news stories on the ticker occurred on May 9th, whereas the video purports to have been made yesterday.
No, that title is not snark.
Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes is big on security. And as he sees it, according a report in Rolling Stone, the two biggest threats to his personal well-being are al-Qaeda terrorists and "those gays."
Barricading himself behind a massive mahogany desk, Ailes insisted on having "bombproof glass" installed in the windows - even going so far as to personally inspect samples of high-tech plexiglass, as though he were picking out new carpet. Looking down on the street below, he expressed his fears to Cooper, the editor he had tasked with up-armoring his office. "They'll be down there protesting," Ailes said. "Those gays."
Those gays. Reminds me of Donald Trump and "The blacks".
Original story came from Rolling Stone
Last Week on Fox News there was a segment featuring two Girl Scouts who had initiated an ambitious campaign to save endangered orangutans. Madison Vorva and Rhiannon Tomtishen were researching the project when they discovered that the palm oil used to make the famous Girl Scout Cookies was a major factor in the depletion of the rainforest that is the orangutan's habitat. Thus began their effort to get the Girl Scouts to find an alternative to the palm oil in the cookies.
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