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Gaze 18 October 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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1. marisacat - 18 October 2011

Ganjafied posted this to the last thread… so I am moving it forward

(he also posted a Vanity Fair link to an article on Elixzabeth Warren… whcih I will move forward as well… 😉 )

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Here’s a post from naked capitalism that brings up some serious concerns about Elizabeth Warren’s progressiveness:

Elizabeth Warren’s Jobs Plan: War with Iran

As much as your humble blogger still regards Elizabeth Warren as preferable to Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race, the evidence from her campaign is that she is no progressive, unless you define “progressive” to mean “centrist/Hamilton Project Democrat willing to throw a few extra bones to the average Joe.”

sniperzolis

A particularly ugly revelation came in the Boston Herald. On the one hand, the Herald is far from in the Warren camp, so it is possible that her remarks were taken out of context. But on the other, the Herald would see saber rattling as a plus, which perversely means they’d be less likely to exaggerate her views:

“Our number one responsibility is to protect Americans from terrorism, that’s our job, so being tough on terrorism is enormously important,” said Warren yesterday at a campaign stop in Gloucester.

“We should take nothing off the table, but the facts are still emerging,” the Senate candidate said when asked if she would support military action against Iran.

Huh? Protecting Americans against terrorism is number one? That means it ranks ahead of the rule of law, among other things. And this from a law professor. Glad we got that clear.

mas snippado
If her statement about Iran was just one example, it might simply be a personal departure from an otherwise prototypical “progressive” position. All of Warren’s three brothers served in the military, after all. But we’ve seen other tells that she is more centrist than the liberal fundraising apparatus that has latched on to the Warren product would lead you to believe.

For instance, I’ve had a number of readers ping me, concerned and perplexed to Warren’s response to a question in the Democratic primary debates about Occupy Wall Street:

Click through to the video here and watch starting at 49:50. The question is “What do you think of the Occupy protests and would you join them?” (…) video here

Warren, by contrast, pointedly avoids giving a straight response and goes a bit off the rails. Her first statement is about obeying the law, and several readers took it to mean she was accusing OWS of being a bunch of lawbreakers. She gave the impression that she’s more concerned about whether they play by the rules or not than whether they have real concerns (and those concerns are broader than just bad behavior by banks). Then she talks about how the banks broke the country mortgage by bad mortgage. She may have meant that as part of her “obey the law” message, but it comes off like an effort to save a flubbed opener. Then she says that’s why she wants to run for Senate. In other words, her message, at best, is she doesn’t agree with how OWS is seeking to effect change. They should vote for people like her instead.

major snippage

Mind you, if you are in Massachusetts, I am not telling you not to vote for Warren. I am simply warning you that she is not the Great Progressive Hope. She came to a strongly liberal view on a comparatively narrow set of issues, on how banks have looted customers, based on intensive research. She does not have that depth of expertise on many, if any, of the other topics she opines on. She has surrounded herself with mainstream Democratic advisors, the bulk of them with links to Harvard. 😯 😦 👿 She may wrap her views in populist rhetoric, but I strongly suspect, ex banking reform and other consumer protections, she’ll be far more centrist than most of her enthusiasts anticipate.

another one rides the bus…

marisacat - 18 October 2011

This is Ganjafied’s earlier post on EW, the VF link:

The Woman Who Knew Too Much

Millions of Americans hoped President Obama would nominate Elizabeth Warren to head the consumer financial watchdog agency she had created. Instead, she was pushed aside. As Warren kicks off her run for Scott Brown’s Senate seat in Massachusetts, Suzanna Andrews charts the Harvard professor’s emergence as a champion of the beleaguered middle class, and her fight against a powerful alliance of bankers, lobbyists, and politicians.

FWIW It’s a long Vanity Fair background article…

2. Ganjafied Gabcho - 18 October 2011

Getting ready to head to Occupy Tucson to gather for an invasion of the Tucson city council to try angd get them to call off the Po-Po and to stop writing vagrancy tickets to citizens exercising their first amendment rights…Wish us luck! (who can say no to changito?)

FaceCrackscam Event Page

marisacat - 18 October 2011

Occupy SF went to City Hall today to try to talk to our installed mayor…. and it was known they would do this as early as yesterday. He “was not in”.

He is a wretched little hack and I am going to vote in Nov to vote against him… AND, as I have posted, vote in ranked choice voting. Gah we shall see…

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 October 2011

Winter Camping for #Occupy Protesters

complete with pics to illustrate his advice.

marisacat - 18 October 2011

I am actually praying (agnostically speaking!) for a mild winter.

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 October 2011

I’m torn between hoping for that while also knowing that watching a bunch of brave people tough out a hard winter would be much, much more powerful politically/socially.

marisacat - 18 October 2011

some places it will b comp undo-able

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 October 2011

I think lower Manhattan would be brutal, in some ways worse than Madison, with all of that concrete and the winds around the towers.

4. BooHooHooMan - 18 October 2011

Well, from yesterday,…

On that?……Linh DInh’s a sucker.
Tricorne hats everyone –

With the just released 🙄 The 99% Declaration, our ruling class has been issued an ultimatum, 🙄 however.

The anti-Wall Street protesters will convene a National General Assembly in Philadelphia from July 4th, 2012 until October of 2012, resulting in a “PETITION OF GRIEVANCES to be submitted to all members of Congress, The Supreme Court and President and each of the political candidates running in the nationwide Congressional and Presidential election in November 2012.” If these grievances are not redressed within one year, the 99% “will organize a third independent political party to run candidates in the 2014 mid-term elections.”

Whereas! Submitted! {DING!}
We Pettitty! Our Grievies! To Congreffs!
AND SCOTUS 😆 AND the PretzelVENT!
via signup on GoogleDocs! By way of Independence Hall!
Next July!
Leave the Hamptons and the Vineyard ALONE!

Oh just shoot me with a musket.
Yah. A real fait accompli Declaration of Independence there.
Check your calenders, Congress, and get back to us.
No RSVP yet from Antonin Scalia.

FUCKING RIDICULOUS.
Classsic Diversion, wedge play, move to co-opt…etc…
Quite aside from the buck fuckin naked move to PHYSICALLY FLEE to Philadelphia, 😆 the abject meme-seizure is there of course too- from demands to grievances,
from the heavy on the “Occupy” and “Wall Street” head set of OWS in situ to the “99% movement” …

Whatever. People (I hope!) will figure it out sooner rather than later when that weak shit doesn’t work.
Problem is…TIMING.
No sense of it from many Leftishers…No rhythm.

So, ya know….OWS….Politics…CRISIS…Demands…

Hint: Who Else into The Void?
Yep, him –
😆 — > Enter DAVID GERGLEN/index.html I mean GERGEN! WHATEVER!

marisacat - 18 October 2011

My guess is they are not expecting much…. and unless I am mistaken it comes from one working commitee, tho issued at what I guessis the main site.

I def see problems with it… but there has not been any visible embrace of the DP… so I will wait and see.

5. BooHooHooMan - 18 October 2011

In the meantime, anyone wanna call Lloyd Blankenfein tonite?

917 – 743 – 0949, That’s 917 – 743 – 0949…
The number to call Folks, that’s ….
😆

Welp, So much for that number and the Herzliya crypto, eh Lloyd?

marisacat - 18 October 2011

What should people do? ask if his refrigerator is running? If he has Prince Albert in a can?

BooHooHooMan - 18 October 2011

Pitch him on another new cell plan, I think. LOL 😉

Fucker goes through cell phone numbers and assistants with cell phones faster’n he goes through cratering national governments and Central Banks. Which is sayin ALOT. 😆

6. BooHooHooMan - 18 October 2011

Ruh-roh.

Researchers Warn of Impending Cyber Attack

a’ course….they are also worried….
it somehow got JACKed along the way.. 😳

7. BooHooHooMan - 18 October 2011

Bummers all around…
Cancel the party….

Mercedes Fires U.S. Chief and Cancels Dealer Meeting
By JONATHAN SCHULTZ

Daimler, the parent of Mercedes-Benz, has dismissed Ernst Lieb, the president and chief executive of the luxury automaker’s American subsidiary.

Daimler announced the move on Monday. The statement, in an e-mail by Florian Martens, senior manager for corporate communications in Stuttgart, Germany, did not explain Mr. Lieb’s dismissal. Mr. Lieb, 56, had held the position since 2006.

The company said Mr. Lieb was succeeded immediately by Herbert Werner, the chief financial officer of Mercedes-Benz USA, who was expected to hold the position “until further notice.”

Automotive News reported that Mercedes had canceled its national dealer meeting scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday in Chicago.

Mr. Werner was appointed chief financial officer in February 2009…..

“effective immediately” …in the WSJ.

Okay. who was gettin free Merecedes outta this deal?

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 October 2011

Kids are getting shot more often than we thought

A paper being presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in Boston looked at the rate of firearm injuries to youths under 20, and found that it is happening much more often than most people believed.

Some 20,600 firearm injuries happen to 0-19 year olds every year, of which 4.5% are fatal. 63% percent of these injuries were intentional; 37% were not.

The number of non-fatal injuries is actually 30% higher than previous estimates, and African American males older than 11 were at a higher risk of coming to the emergency room due to a gun injury.

Despite what many would think about inner city violence, these injury rates were no more common in metropolitan areas than elsewhere. However, the highest percentage was in the South (47%), then the Midwest (34%), the West (14%) and finally the Northeast (5%).

9. marisacat - 18 October 2011

yup… our local news channel, not affiliated with a network, is covering how you can “own your own drone”.

10. BooHooHooMan - 19 October 2011

Oct. 29 #RobinHood Global March
We take from the rich and give to the poor.
Adbusters, 17 October 2011

ADBUSTERS TACTICAL BRIEFING #15

Alright you redeemers, rebels and radicals out there,

We’re living through a magical moment … #OCCUPYWALLSTREET has catalyzed into an international insurgency for democracy … the mood at our assemblies is electric … people who go there are drawn into a Gandhian spirit of camaraderie and hope for a new kind of future. Across the globe the 99% are marching! You have inspired more than you know. People are digging into Act One of the long Spring.

Its now time to amp up the edgy theatrics … deviant pranks, subversive performances and playful détournements of all kinds. Open your insurrectionary imagination. Anything, from a bottom-up transformation of the global economy to changing the way we eat, the way we get around, the way we live, love and communicate … be the spark that sustains a global revolution of everyday life!

As the movement matures, lets consider a response to our critics. Lets occupy the core of our global system. Lets dethrone the greed that defines this new century. Lets work to define our one great demand.
OCTOBER 29 – #ROBINHOOD GLOBAL MARCH

This is a proposal for the general assemblies of the Occupy movement.

Eight years ago, on February 15, 2003, upwards of 15 million people in sixty countries marched together to stop President Bush from invading Iraq … a huge chunk of humanity lived for one day without dead time and glimpsed the power of a united people’s movement. Now we have an opportunity to repeat that performance on an even larger scale.

On October 29, on the eve of the G20 Leaders Summit in France, let’s the people of the world rise up and demand that our G20 leaders immediately impose a 1% #ROBINHOOD tax on all financial transactions and currency trades. 😯 Let’s send them a clear message: We want you to slow down some of that $1.3-trillion easy money that’s sloshing around the global casino each day – enough cash to fund every social program and environmental initiative in the world.

Take this idea to your local general assembly and join your comrades in the streets on October 29.

for the wild,
Culture Jammers HQ

11. BooHooHooMan - 19 October 2011

Robin Hood needs busted out of medieval spam before Halloween. 😉

A couple things before slipping into tights and a rather svelte felt suit.

The EU (IMO hastened by events last weekend in Roma.) cut a deal on CDS short selling in the last 24…Swinging from the trees opine in a sec…

EU Gets Deal on Naked Sovereign CDS Curbs, Short-Selling Rules

Oct. 19 (Bloomberg) — The European Union reached a deal as part of a short-selling law that will pave the way for an optional ban on naked credit-default swaps on sovereign debt.

Poland, which holds the rotating presidency of the EU, and lawmakers from the European Parliament reached the accord at a meeting in Brussels yesterday.

Under the deal, traders may be prevented from buying CDS on government bonds unless they either own the sovereign debt or other assets whose price moves in tandem with it. Nations will have the right to opt out of the measure if they detect signs that it may affect their borrowing costs.

“These balanced measures will ensure that sovereign CDS are used for the purpose for which they were designed, hedging against the risk of sovereign default, without putting at risk the proper functioning of sovereign-debt markets,” EU Financial Services Commissioner Michel Barnier said in a statement.

Sounds good but it’s not….all that.
I think, too, that it is a sign of retreat.
(which should be immediately exploited by emboldened, hatchet bearing mobs behind battering ram berzerkers accompanied by well nourished newcomers having just selected from a nice selection of torches, rods pitchforks, hammers, ice picks raw vegetables , hummus, salads and what have you available on a table set up next to the Vegan buffet. …IMO.)

Anyways..while certain EU members put this CDS short selling ban in place in August…the push for the deal (hastened by the riot in Rome IMO) has them picking up the pace in the foot race to the vaults.

NTIM, the bankser bands have carried on, which, while benefitting key insiders no doubt has come at a hammering of their own institutional market value. Which has really fucked over middle management types either set to curb or in their own stock options..Ya, bummer. These and other full-assed last gasp measures have been come, ironically at very sub-prime rates and have been of minimal use to prop up the banks. The crackheads wrote their own huge loophole in the country-specific bans from summer as well as this announced-as- EU-wide deal now. Bankster market values have been getting the hammer nonetheless, uhm *primarily* cuz its STILL turned out they ah, just up and HAVE ya now, Defrauded everybody – there’s that – and them with not enough fuckin money to cover each other’s swaps ~let alone everybody else slamming at the door. Ya, bummer

Thing is, the poor bastards, the anarchist cyber-rioting upon traders didn’t help, And now, – God it sucks to be them – they got the whole uhm , GLOBAL STREET RIOTING SPARKING OFF, Ya, triple-bum bummer coupled with actions imminent and likely to continue that are, yaknow, causing capitalist heads to explode.

12. BooHooHooMan - 19 October 2011

Heavy Is the Head That Wears Crown
Wall Street Journal – 9 hours ago
By DAN FITZPATRICK Bank of America Corp. relinquished the crown as biggest bank it spent a quarter of a century chasing,

in the latest sign of shifting priorities in the US banking industry.

And that latest sign of shifting priorities in the US banking industry is to save Goldman Sachs, Citicorp, JP Morgan- Chase, , Morgan Stanley, BNY Mellon…. among standing but staggered Wells Fargo and civil litigants massing at USBancorp hide-hole custodial account Derivative others…(tho USBank sued BoA just in August 🙄 : all 3 years later~ Who knew?~like they are the latest digs dugout crew for all the usual suspects )

A quick snapshot…in the last 6 months ~
Critical as its all tied to the Swaps. –

Goldman Sachs has lost 33.5& of its market value.
CitiCorp has lost 32.4% of its market value.
JP Morgan Chase – 25.3% of its market value.
BNY/Mellon has lost 32.2% of its market value.
BarclaysGroup US has lost 32.3% of its market value
HSBC has lost 22.2% of its market value
Met Life has lost 25.2% of its market value

And all the shlemiels here and abroad holding Their Paper? Their Derivatives? Their CDS?
Any idea the Trillions of conjured Dollars plum fuck illuminatied into thin air in such a manner that they now can’t even bullshit each other into a decent coventured IPO underwriting deal, Facebook’s shelved IPO being a prime poo-puff example?

Point being with the scale and scope of these 2008 DWARFING Losses?: Nobody move, nobody sneeze.
They’re in a Difficult Situation™
Time to move in and just knock these fuckers over.
No Whereas,
No Wherefore.
Just full-blown Bongo Berzerer on Earth just batter-ramming every
door & plate glass window.

marisacat - 19 October 2011

A travelling Guillotine would relieve them of those heavy heavy heads. I think it is a PLAN….

BooHooHooMan - 19 October 2011

Greece gettin their Chopocracy on as we speak..

“War in Athens” some of the headers..

http://www.protothema.gr

zh also has a livestream here

marisacat - 19 October 2011

The Greeks are not stupid, they’ve never left the streets, as I see it.

13. Ganjafied Gabcho - 19 October 2011

The Tucson City Council meeting last night was cheering, quite a few attorneys showed up and threatened the city council for allowing the police to ticket the protesters, and they councilpeople did not look ill disposed toward the request to stop ticketing. Not being on the agenda (though next week we are) all we could do is rant during the “call to the audience” Not sure if anybody got tickets last night, but some wanker stole a bunch of supplies from the Kitchen 👿

Some local NBC affiliate coverage

BTW Here’s a greatTampa Youtube video Chiclago Dyke should take a look at the color of some of the protestors…

marisacat - 19 October 2011

Chiclago Dyke should take a look at the color of some of the protestors…

Above all else, CD probably needs to drop in at an Occupy or two. See for herself. Or, not see!

but some wanker stole a bunch of supplies from the Kitchen

hmm I think the Occupations are about to be beset with a slew of problems, some orchestrated and others just the struggle to maintain… we shall see.

Ganjafied Gabcho - 19 October 2011

Just back from a coffee run down to the occupation (the evolution WILL be caffeinated 😉 ) and orchestrated…seems to be the feeling amongst the campers. I guess there were three separate raids last night 👿 They seem to feel it doesn’t make sense otherwise; all the street folks there (the drinkers, junkies etc.) are part of the scene now and are getting fed, clothed, and some medical attention too so they aren’t likely suspects…things that make you go hmmm.

Anyhoo, the good news is that while the pigs in blue showed up at 10;30pm last night, they didn’t issue any citations. Dig this crazy joke; I guess rate rather than go to tents and around to the folks sitting up, the called out from the corner, “We’re issuing citations. Does anybody need one?” 😆 There weren’t any takers and the cops took off… 😀 After seeing the attorneys rip the city council new sphincters (one, a good friend is why this hippy and many others aren’t locked up 😉 ) I knew the cops weren’t going to bug us again 😈

marisacat - 19 October 2011

all the street folks there (the drinkers, junkies etc.) are part of the scene now and are getting fed, clothed, and some medical attention too so they aren’t likely suspects

That seems to be happening here… and has to… an open encampment on the streets has toincorporate the street scene, and somehow manage it …

We have a pretty rum bunch of Democratic mayors thru Cali so I am expecting more of the San Francisco model, clear them out after dark, and if necessary pick them up and throw them to the ground, hard.

We are so Liberal, Hosanna.

ms_xeno - 19 October 2011

Jay Taber wrote recently on Skookum about having to separate from his partner and their dog, because they can’t qualify for gov’t. assistance there. So they found separate accommodations with friends to avoid homelessness.

Guess it could be worse. I had a “friend of friends” here locally. She lost her coffee shop job and couldn’t find anything else that could pay her bills. The only people who could take her in were her folks, and they were abusers who she’d run away from in the first place. When she had to surrender her pets, she decided it was all over and took sleeping pills. >:

Fuck the people who run this city. Seriously. Just fuck them.

Ganjafied Gabacho - 19 October 2011

Fuck the people who run this city. Seriously. Just fuck them.

Ho mitakwyasin!

My “mentor”, a homeless rainbow drummer, wracked with pain from illness, and heartbroken proselytizing f for the EVOLution that hadn’t come just hung himself a week before the OWS began…

Ganjafied Gabacho - 19 October 2011

I should have added he was a freak from Bezerkly

ms_xeno - 19 October 2011

😦 Very sorry to hear that, GG. 😦

Ganjafied Gabacho - 19 October 2011

Thanks. There’s going to be huge memorial at the end of the month at greyhound rock just north of Santa Cruz, so at least I’ll have that to help process this gaping wound. Bam Bam saved my life three times (not to mention saving me from “banning” when I first showed up at a gathering thinking I was Jim Morrison)

Sorry about your friend, too I’ve lived long and hard enough to have a few friends take this route, and its so difficult for me to get over the anger part, the sadness the comes in afterwards seems a balm in comparison.

I’m sure your grieving process isn’t any easier…

marisacat - 19 October 2011

I think it is happening all over. One finally did quietly make the news here…. mostly it is hidden is my take.

I love how for years they decide what is wrong, wht costs society. Hell. Stress and despair are the killers, they really are.

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 October 2011

so much needless suffering and despair because this country is overpopulated by judgmental puritan fuckers who think people should be “punished” if they’re not a willing profitable cog in the machine.

14. Ganjafied Gabcho - 19 October 2011

…incorporate the street scene, and somehow manage it that’s definitely true but like the Rainbow Gatherings (a essential root of the non-“organizational” structure of the Occupations, IMHO, and demonstrably a part of the “personel”, 😆 , since the inception on 9/17in NY and everywhere after) EVERYONE is welcome and needed, their voice, their experience/pain is part of 99/ the rainbow/human family (as much as a bs come on as that may seem to some, it’s not)…so while there have to be and definetely are strategies to handle those who are hard to handle (how I love our mature sisters! Those chicks ( :mrgreen: ) are SMARTER, that’s right!) the hard are not only welcomed, but actually WANTED…not that you were implying otherwise, I’m just sayin 😉

P.S. for the most part, but there are some fucked egos in T-town , the nameless (though well videoed and visible 😡 ) who talked about “banning” this “nutcase or that one” since before they started 😡 , but they’ve backed away from trying that after a few of us “unloaded both barrels” on them 😈 I and I mosh up any backra bulbucker babylonian bullshit artist! 😆

marisacat - 19 October 2011

not that you were implying otherwise, I’m just sayin

and I was not. The ONLY thing I am saying is there is a dangerous element, in all strata of society. Nothing more. I used to be sent to the local BofA, way way way back 35+ years ago, iwth the cash deposits for the law firm I worked at. 29,999,99, pretty much, for 3 accounts, each just under 10,000 of course. Drug defense firm, among other things. I did pass the most hard core that hang out around Civic Cneter here…. I was not personally afraid, I am a city person, it waws daylight I knew which side of which streets to walk on and so forth… but I would make my mind blank as to what I had in my little brown lunch bag.

Ganjafied Gabacho - 19 October 2011

Yeah, all strata is right…

15. BooHooHooMan - 19 October 2011

U.S. Looks Ready to Re-engage With North Korea

Full-time envoy devoted tonuclear North Korean , talks with Pyongyang likely to resume soon, officials said.

On the one hand.
::
On the other hand, A, hrefheheee — >

In Gesture, Mayor Mike Bloomberg, .Private Donors
Announce “NY Hippy Laser” Tech Development Grants

Vaporizing NextGen Snippy Oxygen Breathers a Focus.

*Editorial: –

Bill Kristol : Author, Big Jew
America: Isn’t it Time to Build The HUGE Glass Dome & Satellite Based Magnifying Lens Network Over Potential Anti-Zionist Opponents To Just Fry Them All Like Little Bugs?

16. marisacat - 19 October 2011

hmm I hunted this up to send someone… and realised I never posted it here…

[A]ccording to one person who has toured the center, there are three rows of computer workstations, with approximately two-thirds operated by non-NYPD personnel. The Chief-Leader, the weekly civil service newspaper, identified some of the outside entities that share the space: Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, the Federal Reserve, the New York Stock Exchange. Others say most of the major Wall Street firms have an on-site representative. Two calls and an email to Paul Browne, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Public Information, seeking the names of the other Wall Street firms at the center were not returned. An email seeking the same information to City Council Member, Peter Vallone, who chairs the Public Safety Committee, was not returned.

In a press release dated October 4, 2009 announcing the expansion of the surveillance territory, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly had this to say:

“The Midtown Manhattan Security Initiative will add additional cameras and license plate readers installed at key locations between 30th and 60th Streets from river to river. It will also identify additional private organizations who will work alongside NYPD personnel in the Lower Manhattan Security Coordination Center, where corporate and other security representatives from Lower Manhattan have been co-located with police since June 2009. The Lower Manhattan Security Coordination Center is the central hub for both initiatives, where all the collected data are analyzed.”

The project has been funded by New York City taxpayers as well as all U.S. taxpayers through grants from the Federal Department of Homeland Security. . . . . .

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 October 2011

that is disgusting

marisacat - 19 October 2011

Calls to mind Wolfen… which had scenes of malevolent cop spy centers watching Manhattan. Think that movie is 30 years old – not that the technology coming was some secret.

marisacat - 19 October 2011

oh yeah 30 years since it was released… 1981

Wolfen

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 October 2011

I remember liking that flick when it came out.

BooHooHooman - 19 October 2011

the Lower Manhattan Security Coordination Center

not to mention it’s status as the current front running location of
the 2012 Anonymous Global Hacking Olympics.

A vulnerability has been identified via script insertion whereby an attacker can jack command center monitors with the line:
“Jellly Donuts and Creme-Filleds outside the door….” 😉

marisacat - 19 October 2011

I think to get the Goldman Sachs crowd out tho you have to sub somthing like Cocaine and Hot Hookers ~ any sex and age ~ waiting for you!

17. marisacat - 19 October 2011

SMBIVA (MJS) has a post up on the whole Jew Hater Baiter stuff… among other things as well.

18. diane - 19 October 2011

Tomgram: Nick Turse, Mapping America’s Shadowy Drone Wars

Posted by Nick Turse at 5:47pm, October 16, 2011

These last weeks, there have been two “occupations” in lower Manhattan, one of which has been getting almost all the coverage — that of the demonstrators camping out in Zuccotti Park. The other, in the shadows, has been hardly less massive, sustained, or in its own way impressive — the police occupation of the Wall Street area.

On a recent visit to the park, I found the streets around the Stock Exchange barricaded and blocked off to traffic, and police everywhere in every form (in and out of uniform) — on foot, on scooters, on motorcycles, in squad cars with lights flashing, on horses, in paddy wagons or minivans, you name it. At the park’s edge, there is a police observation tower capable of being raised and lowered hydraulically and literally hundreds of police are stationed in the vicinity. I counted more than 50 of them on just one of its sides at a moment when next to nothing was going on — and many more can be seen almost anywhere in the Wall Street area, lolling in doorways, idling in the subway, ambling on the plazas of banks, and chatting in the middle of traffic-less streets.

This might be seen as massive overkill. After all, the New York police have already shelled out an extra $1.9 million, largely in overtime pay at a budget-cutting moment in the city. When, as on Thursday, 100 to 150 marchers suddenly headed out from Zuccotti Park to circle Chase Bank several blocks away, close to the same number of police — some with ominous clumps of flexi-cuffs dangling from their belts — calved off with them. It’s as if the Occupy Wall Street movement has an eternal dark shadow that follows it everywhere.

At one level, this is all mystifying. The daily crowds in the park remain remarkably, even startlingly, peaceable. (Any violence has generally been the product of police action.) On an everyday basis, a squad of 10 or 15 friendly police officers could easily handle the situation. There is, of course, another possibility suggested to me by one of the policemen loitering at the Park’s edge doing nothing in particular: “Maybe they’re peaceable because we’re here.” And here’s a second possibility: as my friend Steve Fraser, author of Wall Street: America’s Dream Palace, said to me, “This is the most important piece of real estate on the planet and they’re scared. Look how amazed we are. Imagine how they feel, especially after so many decades of seeing nothing like it.”

And then there’s a third possibility: that two quite separate universes are simply located in the vicinity of each other and of what, since September 12, 2001, we’ve been calling Ground Zero. Think of it as Ground Zero Doubled, or think of it as the militarized recent American past and the unknown, potentially inspiring American future occupying something like the same space. (You can, of course, come up with your own pairings, some far less optimistic.) In their present state, New York’s finest represent a local version of the way this country has been militarized to its bones in these last years and, since 9/11, transformed into a full-scale surveillance-intelligence-homeland-security state.

Their stakeout in Zuccotti Park is geared to extreme acts, suicide bombers, and terrorism, as well as to a conception of protest and opposition as alien and enemy-like. They are trying to herd, lock in, and possibly strangle a phenomenon that bears no relation to any of this. They are, that is, policing the wrong thing, which is why every act of pepper spraying or swing of the truncheon, every aggressive act (as in the recent eviction threat to “clean” the park) blows back on them and only increases the size and coverage of the movement.

Though much of the time they are just a few feet apart, the armed state backing that famed 1%, or Wall Street, and the unarmed protesters claiming the other 99% might as well be in two different times in two different universes connected by a Star-Trekkian wormhole and meeting only where pepper spray hits eyes.

Which means anyone visiting the Occupy Wall Street site is also watching a strange dance of phantoms. Still, we do know one thing. This massive semi-militarized force we continue to call “the police” will, in the coming years, only grow more so. After all, they know but one way to operate.

Right now, for instance, over crowds of protesters the police hover in helicopters with high-tech cameras and sensors, but in the future there can be little question that in the skies of cities like New York, the police will be operating advanced drone aircraft. Already, as TomDispatch regular Nick Turse indicates in his groundbreaking report, the U.S. military and the CIA are filling the global skies with missile-armed drones and the clamor for domestic drones is growing. The first attack on an American neighborhood, not one in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, or Libya, surely lurks somewhere in our future. Empires, after all, have a way of coming home to roost. Tom

America’s Secret Empire of Drone Bases
Its Full Extent Revealed for the First Time

[well, I have a hard time imagining that anyone who cares, has a full grasp, given the overwhelming nanosecond technology of the MIC death cult, .. nonetheless, I do appreciate the concern and effort to track the death cult – diane]

By Nick Turse

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diane - 19 October 2011

continuing my last post (by the way of which, I had meant to include: that
I hadn’t included the ‘hyperlinks,’ there are quite a few (best to go to the source).)

Predators, Reapers, and Sentinels are just part of the story. At Beale Air Force Base in California, Air Force personnel pilot the RQ-4 Global Hawk, an unmanned drone used for long-range, high-altitude surveillance missions, some of them originating from Anderson Air Force Base in Guam (a staging ground for drone flights over Asia). Other Global Hawks are stationed at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota, while the Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio manages the Global Hawk as well as the Predator and Reaper programs for the Air Force.

Other bases have been intimately involved in training drone operators, including Randolph Air Force Base in Texas and New Mexico’s Kirtland Air Force Base, as is the Army’s Fort Huachuca in Arizona, which is home to “the world’s largest UAV training center,” according to a report by National Defense magazine. There, hundreds of employees of defense giant General Dynamics train military personnel to fly smaller tactical drones like the Hunter and the Shadow. The physical testing of drones goes on at adjoining Libby Army Airfield and “two UAV runways located approximately four miles west of Libby,” according to Global Security, an on-line clearinghouse for military information.

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19. BooHooHooMan - 19 October 2011

Heee. Oh the Change Messiah done BEEN to Wall Street.
And stuck out that heelin hand.
No news but atop WaPo now..

Obama flush with cash from financial sector

Oh yes, putting more Dual than ever in the Duopoly now..
I look at it like one of those VERY arm’s length two-prongers that Mcat put up the other day.

The ole Ply Barry and the Donks with enough cash to do nothin but yap aground while they sandbag the whole Lat Down, Fall Down Dem ‘Up With People’ shtick..

So clear as the wrath continues to turn, the Banksters are gomma be all like, Hey,man – ask BARRY. Last we saw him,
HE HAD the money.

20. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 October 2011

Occupy George

Money talks, but not loud enough for the 99%. By circulating dollar bills stamped with fact-based infographics, Occupy George informs the public of America’s daunting economic disparity one bill at a time. Because money knowledge is power.

BooHooHooman - 19 October 2011

Another oldie but goodie floating around is writing whatever dollars ya got….
Occupy Wall Street ! Banks STEAL! Take Your Money Out! Give or Loan Me to a FRIEND! … various FUN exhortions against the Banksters…

Of course on the first try I needed to raise a $150 bucks to get through my first illegible screed…

21. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 October 2011

Obama Solicits Designers to Work – Unpaid – on … Jobs Poster!

The Obama campaign has more than $60 million cash on hand. In an economy this bad, you’d think a presidential campaign that flush would be happy to pay good money for a talented designer to create a campaign poster.

But the folks at Obama campaign have taken a page from the Arianna Huffington book of economic exploitation and called on “artists across the country” to create a poster … for free.

And here’s the kicker. It’s a jobs poster.

Yes, the Obama campaign is soliciting unpaid labor to create a poster “illustrating why we support President Obama’s plan to create jobs now, and why we’ll re-elect him to continue fighting for jobs for the next four years.”

If you win? You get: A framed copy of your own poster, signed by the president (“approximate retail value $195”).

And if you don’t win? Well, that’s too bad. You’ve not only lost the contest, you’ve also surrendered your intellectual property. “All submissions will become the property of Obama for America,” according to the fine print.

marisacat - 19 October 2011

Geesh maybe not having some shit like Fairey as the resident Artiste du Pretzeldent is not such a bad idea tho!

Everything Slob touches turns to dog shit imo.

ms_xeno - 20 October 2011

God, that’s beautiful. It should be a Portlandia sketch.

[wipes tear]

22. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 October 2011
Madman in the Marketplace - 19 October 2011
23. ts - 19 October 2011

Story and pictures from the new Greek protests

Two-day strike. 50,000 in Athens on day 1.

24. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 October 2011

Protesters Get Personal to Embarrass City’s Titans:

It’s been a rough few weeks for the city’s billionaires, bankers and corporate board members.

As the Occupy Wall Street movement has gained steam, the city’s well-heeled have become the target of protests aimed at embarrassing them in their neighborhoods or places of business. Drawing on tactics honed by labor unions, the protesters have visited restaurants, theaters and luxury apartment buildings to deliver pointed messages to some of the city’s most notable power brokers.

Protesters have infiltrated an eatery run by Danny Meyer, who sits on the board of Sotheby’s, the art auction house that has locked out workers for almost three months; and showed up at the home of Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase, which has been targeted for its mortgage practices.

“People who sit in board rooms and only deal with people of a certain social strata don’t necessarily feel or see the impact of their decisions,” said Jason Ide, president of Teamsters Local 814, which represents Sotheby’s workers. “We want to make sure they get the message very clearly, that people are suffering because of what they’re doing.”

Last week, protesters visited the homes of Mr. Dimon, billionaire businessman David Koch, financier Howard Milstein, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch and hedge fund maven John Paulson as part of a so-called Millionaires March to call for an extension of the state income-tax surcharge on high earners, which is set to expire at the end of the year.

On Saturday, the Alliance for a Greater New York and Occupy Wall Street teamed up to launch occupytheboardroom.org, a website that lists the names of 200 top executives and board members from Bank of America Corp., Citigroup, Goldman Sachs Group, JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo. “Just got evicted while your banker gets bonuses?” the site asks. “Share your special story with someone who ought to know.”

Occupy the Boardroom encourages users to click on the bankers’ names and send them personal letters, which are collated on the site. By Tuesday afternoon, the project had already been tweeted nearly 3,000 times and shared on more than 8,000 Facebook pages. More than 88,000 page views from 161 countries had been tallied, and more than 5,000 letters had been submitted.

Even Gawker has gotten into the act in recent days, posting the cell phone numbers of Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein and Citigroup CEO Vikrim Pandit and urging readers to share tales of economic woe.

The protesters have drawn some criticism for singling out individuals and for interrupting New Yorkers’ meals and theater experiences.

“I don’t know what they gain by personal attacks against wealthy individuals,” said George Arzt, a veteran political consultant. “I think their anger has to be put into some positive policy changes rather than into ad hominem attacks at bankers and other wealthy individuals.”

marisacat - 19 October 2011

“I think their anger has to be put into some positive policy changes rather than into ad hominem attacks at bankers and other wealthy individuals.”

😆

Pretty damned funny… the ptb are just shitting oh I mean extruding! full size cows made of bricks. They are!!

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 October 2011

drawing blood, no doubt

BooHooHooMan - 19 October 2011

Don’t be Rude! Extrude!

Oh I think that’s definitely a sign to be hung in any forthcoming Citi kidnapees and Goldman Sachs snatchees powder room ensuite in the safe house.

You know, Cleanliness!

A copy of Bill Bennett’s Book of Virtue’s in the bathroom too.
With Bill Bennett IN THERE duct taped to a chair next to the commode, commanded to read it 24/7 aloud whenever Blankie or Dimon, or Vikram or Larry Summers or any of Rubin’s crew can’t hold out any longer and try in vain to go in for a nice quiet shit before returning to their sparse bunks in the room where the sole, cruel, remnant evidence of human life blares from a large white plastic television, set on loop to the speeches of Joe Biden, spanning his Opus of the last 30 years….

👿
😯
😆

BooHooHooMan - 19 October 2011

Enh, I’m thinkin Opus needs to be changed to “Oeuvre.”
Said the one guard to the other.
“Not that it matters” came the reply..
“When they scream to change the tape, we can THen pop in Biden’s “Oeuvre”, which is actually goin on 40 years now.”

ms_xeno - 20 October 2011

[snerk]

“Positive policy changes.”

Yeah. I can buy soooooooo much political influence with $140 a week in Unemployment funds!

Sign me up!

25. marisacat - 20 October 2011

New

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