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Forum Post: "Break the grip of corporate power to secure our future", by George Monbiot [The Guardian]

Posted 1 year ago on Dec. 8, 2012, 6:03 a.m. EST by shadz66 (17824)
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"BREAK THE GRIP OF CORPORATE POWER TO SECURE OUR FUTURE",

Neoliberal dogma forbids the intervention required to stop climate change. To save the planet we must articulate a new politics.

We cannot restrain climate change without a political fight against plutocracy.

by George Monbiot {The Guardian}

Humankind's greatest crisis coincides with the rise of an ideology that makes it impossible to address. By the late 1980s, when it became clear that man-made climate change endangered the living planet and its people, the world was in the grip of an extreme political doctrine whose tenets forbid the kind of intervention required to arrest it.

Neoliberalism, also known as market fundamentalism or laissez-faire economics, purports to liberate the market from political interference. The state, it asserts, should do little but defend the realm, protect private property and remove barriers to business. In practice it looks nothing like this. What neoliberal theorists call shrinking the state looks more like shrinking democracy: reducing the means by which citizens can restrain the power of the elite. What they call "the market" looks more like the interests of corporations and the ultra-rich. Neoliberalism appears to be little more than a justification for plutocracy.

The doctrine was first applied in Chile in 1973, as former students of the University of Chicago, schooled in Milton Friedman's extreme prescriptions and funded by the CIA, worked alongside General Pinochet to impose a programme that would have been impossible in a democratic state. The result was an economic catastrophe, but one in which the rich – who took over Chile's privatised industries and unprotected natural resources – prospered exceedingly.

The creed was taken up by Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan. It was forced upon the poor world by the IMF and the World Bank. By the time James Hansen presented the first detailed attempt to model future temperature rises to the US Senate in 1988, the doctrine was being implanted everywhere.

As we saw in 2007 and 2008 (when neoliberal governments were forced to abandon their principles to bail out the banks), there could scarcely be a worse set of circumstances for addressing a crisis of any kind. Until it has no choice, the self-hating state will not intervene, however acute the crisis or grave the consequences. Neoliberalism protects the interests of the elite against all-comers.

Preventing climate breakdown – the four, five or six degrees of warming now predicted for this century by green extremists like, er, the World Bank, the International Energy Agency and the accountancy firm, PriceWaterhouseCoopers – means confronting the oil, gas and coal industries. It means forcing those industries to abandon the four-fifths or more of fossil fuel reserves that we cannot afford to burn. It means cancelling the prospecting and development of new reserves – what's the point if we can't use current stocks? – and reversing the expansion of any infrastructure (such as airports) that cannot be run without them.

But the self-hating state cannot act. Captured by interests that democracy is supposed to restrain, it can only sit on the road, ears pricked and whiskers twitching, as the truck thunders towards it. Confrontation is forbidden, action is a mortal sin. You may, perhaps, disperse some money for new energy; you may not legislate against the old.

So Barack Obama pursues what he calls an "all of the above" policy: promoting wind, solar, oil and gas. Ed Davey, the British 'Climate Change' secretary, launched an energy bill in the House of Commons last week whose purpose was to decarbonise the energy supply. In the same debate he also promised that he would "maximise the potential" of oil and gas production in the North Sea and other offshore fields.

Lord Stern described climate change as "the greatest and widest-ranging market failure ever seen". The useless Earth summit in June; the feeble measures now being debated in Doha; the energy bill and electricity-demand-reduction paper launched in Britain last week (better than they might have been, but unmatched to the scale of the problem) – all expose the greatest and widest-ranging failure of market fundamentalism: its incapacity to address our existential crisis.

The 1,000-year legacy of current carbon emissions is long enough to smash anything resembling human civilisation into splinters. Complex societies have sometimes survived the rise and fall of empires, plagues, wars and famines. They won't survive six degrees of climate change, sustained for a millennium. In return for 150 years of explosive consumption, much of which does nothing to advance human welfare, we are atomising the natural world and the human systems that depend on it.

The climate summit (or foothill) in Doha and the sound and fury of the British government's new measures probe the current limits of political action. Go further and you break your covenant with power, a covenant both disguised and validated by the neoliberal creed.

Neoliberalism is not the root of the problem: it is the ideology used, often retrospectively, to justify a global grab of power, public assets and natural resources by an unrestrained elite. But the problem cannot be addressed until the doctrine is challenged by effective political alternatives.

In other words, the struggle against climate change – and all the crises that now beset both human beings and the natural world – cannot be won without a wider political fight: a democratic mobilisation against plutocracy. This should start with an effort to reform campaign finance – the means by which corporations and the very rich buy policies and politicians. Some of us will be launching a petition in the UK in the next few weeks and I hope people will sign it.

But this is scarcely a beginning. We must start to articulate a new politics, one that sees intervention as legitimate, that contains a higher purpose than corporate emancipation disguised as market freedom, that puts the survival of people and the living world above the survival of a few favoured industries. In other words, a politics that belongs to us, not just the super-rich.

~

dum vita est, spes est ...

~

[Article copied verbatim, under 'Fair Use' from : http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/03/break-grip-corporate-power-secure-future? and a fully referenced version of this article can be found at ; http://www.monbiot.com/2012/12/03/forbidden-planet/ & please access this for all corroborating links].

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[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (20419) 1 year ago

"The 1,000-year legacy of current carbon emissions is long enough to smash anything resembling human civilisation into splinters. Complex societies have sometimes survived the rise and fall of empires, plagues, wars and famines. They won't survive six degrees of climate change..."

"...We must start to articulate a new politics, one that sees intervention as legitimate, that contains a higher purpose than corporate emancipation disguised as market freedom, that puts the survival of people and the living world above the survival of a few favoured industries. In other words, a politics that belongs to us, not just the super-rich."

Do millions of people have to die before we wake up, and then, will it be too late?

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

Sadly and unconscionably, The Dark Scenario of a desired mass human cull is well within 'Their' modus operandi. As evidence, I'd submit :

"The Military Industrial Complex has solidified its ties and deeply inserted his long horns into the arteries of the American taxpayers."

fiat lux ; fiat pax ; fiat justitia ...

[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (20419) 1 year ago

Hmmm. This is very interesting information. "The CREW report found that 70 percent (or 76) of the 108 three-and-four star generals and Admirals who retired between 2009 and 2011 took jobs with defense contractors or consultants."

I recently saw an episode of House Hunters International and this couple, of whom the husband was a retired army officer, were purchasing a $1 million plus home! I was kind of shocked, to be honest, but it's making more sense now.

This is all sad for us and sad for the world.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

But any and all light shed on this matter is still a step towards ... something new, something better and something more just. From the article :

  • "Creating wars to feed the blood-thirsty and greedy beast of the military industry complex has been a common practice in an allegedly democratic nation. Taxpayers’ have flipped this bill for decades under the guise of self-preservation and protection. As always government has used fear to fashion people’s consent and obedience. Meanwhile, corruption is prevalent, our national debt is skyrocketing, and our parasitic superpower is broke. Parasitic it is, because you can’t become super-rich or super-powerful unless you suck the blood and the life out of someone else. In this case, it is the taxpayers (the proles)."

dum spiro, spero ...

[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (20419) 1 year ago

I like that last sentence "You can't become super-rich or super-powerful unless you suck the blood and life out of someone else." Sadly this is almost always true.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

Yes, such is the nature of 'Parasitism' !! Almost as an aside but not quite when seen in the round, I append for you perusal in due course :

multum in parvo ...

[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (20419) 1 year ago

Wow. What a powerful piece by Hedges as he outlines the thoughts of a revolutionary figure. The truest statement in that piece that exposes almost all of our problems was this:

"...But they don’t know their own history. They don’t understand how they got here. They don’t know what is being done to them. I tell them they have to read and they say, ‘Man, I don’t do books.’ And that is just how the empire wants it. You can’t fight power if you don’t understand it. And you can’t understand it if you don’t experience it and then dissect it.”

Another truth: "It is only by stepping outside the system, by carrying out acts of civil disobedience, by defying both of the major political parties, that we have any hope of resisting the rise of an oligarchic and totalitarian corporate system that will finally enslave us all."

Thanks for that. :)

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

Chris Hedges is on the frontline of the 99% struggle and his ability to succinctly encapsulate the nature of the struggle, is as refreshing as it it is insightful. As the article states : "we must recover our past. We must connect ourselves to the revolutionaries, radicals and prophets who fought injustice before us. We must defy the historical amnesia the corporate state seeks to cement into our consciousness.". As such and also fyi, I append :

e tenebris, lux ...

[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (20419) 1 year ago

"The memo became a rallying cry among corporate executives for how to reassert corporate dominance over the American economy and its government, which it had lost during the era of the New Deal. The memo openly stated that corporations should punish their political enemies and should seek political power through both the law and politics. It encouraged challenges to what it saw as left-wing activities..."

Geesh, we know this all to be true but when you read the steps that were actually taken it really is mind blowing. Thanks for the link and I'll have to catch that documentary.

[-] 5 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

That we live in a Plutocratic, Kleptocratic, Oligarchic Corpotocracy & that demoCRAZY deMOCKERYcy prevails is clear for all with the rudimentary eyes needed to see, but the cold hard evidence of a decades old coup d'etat is, as you say - still "mind blowing" ! But nothing is inevitable and 'resistance is fertile' !! Finally, I append a link to a pointer towards real and effective solutions for a better tomorrow for all of us:

per aspera ad astra ...

[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (20419) 1 year ago

I agree with Chomsky that we need more organization, education and activism, because we can speed these changes up by doing so. The changes are inevitable because no society marches on with so much failure. People eventually take heed, and systems, both political and economic, adjust to work with the changing times, but we can make it happen sooner so that less people are harmed along the way. The technological change and globalization of the past few decades requires it.

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

"The changes are inevitable because no society marches on with so much failure." & as evidence of what you so succinctly said :

"Please share this article with as many people as you can. Time is running out, and we need to wake up as many people as possible." Thanx for all your doings bw and your heart-centred efforts. Peace & contentment for solstice, yule, new year and beyond to you and yours ... and indeed, us all on this 'bw', our shared and only hommme ~*~

pax, amor et lux ...

[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (20419) 1 year ago

It is urgent that everyone read that article. The statistics there are just unbearable to read and absorb but if Americans don't start doing it, the change that is inevitable will take too long and too much suffering will occur in the meantime.

To effectuate quicker change we must take heed of these truly deleterious facts. Our economic system is an abject failure. The proof is there in those statistics. The good news is, there is enough wealth to go around and their are better ways to do things. It is not too late....yet....

A joyous solstice, yule and new year to you and yours too, and thanks for all you do here.

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

On this, our shared and only hommme, there is enough on this "bw", for the sustainable needs of 10+ billion of us - at least, but not enough alas for the unsustainable greed of 10 million !!!

Only the hard facts, clearly exposed and properly digested can give rise to the theory and praxis of the 'loverevolution' which we all need. Thanx for your kind words and solidarity here and I also append :

fiat justitia ruat caelum et per aspera ad astra ...

[Edit : Thanx for the excellent, succinct & distilled true comment, link and point below. Iceland shows the way, which is why the MSM is persistently schtumm on the matter. 'Educate ; Agitate ; Organise' & cooly consider : http://occupywallst.org/forum/just-say-no-to-corporate-greed-the-case-of-iceland/ ..~i~..]

[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (20419) 1 year ago

Can Americans cope with the fact that they should be looking to Iceland for the inspiration and courage to deal with the individuals responsible for the economic crisis of 2008? I think so.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/02/24/1067831/-Iceland-Solves-Banking-Crisis-by-Indicting-Bankers-Forcing-Mortgage-Relief

They even threw their Prime Minister in jail.

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

Thanks for posting this.

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

You're welcome & also :

An important & interesting historical perspective.

multum in parvo ...

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

"Why Food Riots are Likely to Become the New Normal", by Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed :

"The link between intensifying inequality, debt, climate change, fossil fuel dependency and the global food crisis is undeniable".

Excuse my very blatant self-bump - but this article is by someone whose writings on these matters, I respect enormously [ http://nafeez.blogspot.co.uk/ & http://crisisofcivilization.com/ ] and so these links sit very well here + solidarity @ you and yours.

pax vobis ...

[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (20419) 1 year ago

"The US Department of Agriculture predicts a 3-4% food price rise this year – a warning that is seconded in the UK. Make no mistake: on a business-as-usual scenario, this is the new normal."

Right, while wages do nothing. What a joke. And, think, at least in America people can use their credit cards to buy food. If you watch in the supermarket, many do. In other countries, the crisis is more imminent as people need real money to buy food. Which is why "This year, even with prices stabilising, the food price index remains at 210 – which some experts believe is the threshold beyond which civil unrest becomes probable."

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

"Senate Unanimously Votes Against Cuts to Social Security : Media Don’t Notice", by Dean Baker :

Also see ; "Incomes of bottom 90 percent grew $59 in 40 years - During the same period, average income for the top 10 percent of Americans rose by $116,071", by Natasha Lennard :

Finally, consider : "Capitalism in Crisis : Richard Wolff Urges End to Austerity, New Jobs Program, Democratizing Work" :

The assault on the 99% by The 0.01% is ultimately in the long term - untenable, self-defeating and doomed to failure but it does need The 99% to WTFU !!

dum spiro, spero ...

[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (20419) 1 year ago

And, no revolution? What's up with that?

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

LOL !!! Frankly there's A LOT "up with that" !! Mass MSM Manipulation & The Manufacture of Consent & Engineering of Faux Dissent, for starters !

  • “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.” by Edward Bernays (Sigmund Freud's nephew) from his seminal booklet, "Propaganda" {here in its entirety} : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26193.htm .

multum in parvo ...

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

To think - at one time long long ago ( wait a sec it wasn't that long ago ) - that people used a credit card for an instant response to an emergency - if they did not have the cash on hand ( liquid in a checking or savings acct. ) - to then be transfered to a regular loan or paid off from savings when accessible on a Monday morning.

[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (20419) 1 year ago

Now, people buy groceries and clothing on credit cards because wages are inhumanely low.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

DAMN STRAIGHT. We went to school - we did our best - and when we got out of school - we were met by an abusive employer coalition.


[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (12588) 5 minutes ago

The thing that we really need to do is show people how this isn't their fault. A lot of Americans feel like major failures for not being the next millionaire, meanwhile, of course the economy could never support everyone being a millionaire. Americans are not to blame for their poor economic condition, the economic system is to blame and the greedy grubbers who are allowing it to operate the way it is. ↥twinkle ↧stinkle permalink

[-] 1 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

ITs a blend. The people MUST accept their role. Black Friday and all this consumerism MUST be brought into the mold if we are to truely understand how this all came about.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

The "new day" emergency - the staples of living - and it does not matter the day of the week - weekend holiday or regular business day - the money just ain't there. Can You Say Twisted?

[-] 7 points by beautifulworld (20419) 1 year ago

The thing that we really need to do is show people how this isn't their fault. A lot of Americans feel like major failures for not being the next millionaire, meanwhile, of course the economy could never support everyone being a millionaire. Americans are not to blame for their poor economic condition, the economic system is to blame and the greedy grubbers who are allowing it to operate the way it is.

[-] -2 points by UnFriendlyObserverA (-2) 1 year ago

Occupy say it will take ten years for them to accomplish anything ..

Do we have that kind of time ?

[-] 2 points by Ache4Change (3025) 1 year ago

Ten years is nothing! What OWS is all about is ... The Future! For our kids, our country and yes, The World! Here, please read a little and see if you can get a clue - http://www.nationofchange.org/youth-call-change-course-solve-climate-crisis-1355325406 . Never Give Up Trying To Occupy Your Own Mind!

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

Ten years IS nothing !!! The struggle is hard & the struggle is long !! Never Give Up Occupying !

"People in Nicosia, Cyprus give their reactions to news the government is imposing a tax on bank savings as part of its bailout deal. Aside from the long-term financial implications, the levy announcement sparked a rush on cash machines, meaning many are unable to withdraw money. The levy – 9.9% on savings over €100,000 and 6.75% on savings below €100,000 - is expected to raise €6bn (£5.2bn) as a condition for the bailout." WTF ?!!!

Solidarity @ you and yours.

pax, amor et lux ...

[-] 2 points by Ache4Change (3025) 1 year ago

'Financial Terrorists' need constant exposure - http://www.nationofchange.org/where-s-cop-wall-street-beat-1365599175 . Finance Crime is strangling society. Never Give Up! Occupy Wall Street! Solidarity.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

Bankers gone wild ! Let's tally some of their crimes :

"JPMorgan Chase engaged in massive, systematic fraud to foreclose without cause or due process on innocent homeowners, tossing thousands of families into the streets.

"Goldman Sachs profited by marketing an investment package that was designed to fail, collecting fat fees on each sale to unsuspecting investors who lost millions, while the bank also collected millions more from a side bet it made that, sure enough, its package would be a loser.

"For years, HSBC has been butt deep in a swamp of despicable, illegal money-laundering schemes, willingly processing billions of dirty dollars for vicious drug cartels and peddlers of arms to terrorist forces at war with America.

"Many more examples abound. These are not poor saps desperately robbing a branch bank for a few hundred dollars, but criminal enterprises run by multimillionaire Wall Streeters who run in the finest social circles, are celebrated by the media and hobnob with the nation's political elite.

"Their corruption is complete; their crimes are documented. Yet, unlike sad-sack bank robbers, none of these Robbing Bankers have even been prosecuted, much less jailed. In fact, as revealed on PBS's "Frontline" program earlier this year, frustrated prosecutors who served in the Justice Department's criminal division two years ago report that "when it came to Wall Street, there were no investigations going on. There were no subpoenas, no document reviews, no wiretaps."

Excerpted from your excellent link. Pitchforks Anyone ?!! Never Give Up Occupying !

radix omnium malorum est cupiditas ...

[-] 2 points by Ache4Change (3025) 1 year ago

Yes, love of money is the root of all evil & for some further important evidence of this, also please see - http://www.nationofchange.org/winner-takes-all-super-priority-status-derivatives-1365860752 Never Give Up! Occupy Wall Street! Solidarity.

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

Public Banking is a no brainer, imo !!! Great link from Ellen Brown !! Thanx A4C & Solidarity ! Consider :

We Must Never Give Up Occupying Wall Street !!!

fiat lux et fiat justitia ...

[-] 4 points by Ache4Change (3025) 12 months ago

I listened to that NPR audio link. It was magnificent and well worth the less than half hour or so spent listening. I have forwarded it extensively as it was very educational and I really recommend your link to everyone on this forum and to anyone who believes that - de omnibus dubitandum - 'Everything Must Be Questioned'!

In compliment, I submit - http://www.nationofchange.org/another-government-possible-green-shadow-cabinet-begin-operations-week-1366724862 and http://www.nationofchange.org/viral-video-shows-extent-us-wealth-inequality-1366729910 .

Never Give Up Educating, Exposing & Explaining! Occupy The Debate! Solidarity.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (17824) 11 months ago

"Bail-out Is Out, Bail-in Is In : Another Argument for Publicly-Owned Banks", by Ellen Brown :

Solidarity A4C & thanx for your solid links, which I recommend to all readers. Also please note :

de omnibus dubitandum ...

[-] 2 points by Ache4Change (3025) 11 months ago

'A New Direction For Occupy in 2013'? - http://www.nationofchange.org/new-direction-occupy-2013-1357400222 'Everything Must Be Questioned'! Never Give Up On The 99%! Go Occupy! Solidarity :)

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (17824) 11 months ago

''The Occupy Movement was formed largely in response to the same event as the Tea Party: the federal government’s bailout of Wall Street. The Occupy Movement understands that a government that is responsive to the people is the best security against unchecked corporate power and corporate greed. The Occupy Movement is properly concerned with the corporate corruption of democracy.

''However, Occupy is equally opposed to both major parties, and has been hesitant to directly influence the legislative process. The Tea Party elects people to Congress, while the Occupy Movement embraces non-violent direct action. The question that must be asked is whether or not the Occupy Movement will begin to apply more direct pressure on the political process itself, on promoting specific pieces of legislation.

''Occupy has been motivated by two fundamental principles: 1) corporations are not people, and 2) money is not speech. Occupy must decide whether or not it wants to see those principles materialized in legislation. Doing so would be one of the most profound, constructive, and promising changes in our political system.''

I excerpt the above from your excellent link and encourage all readers to engage with your link :

I compliment and solidarity, I append :

veritas vos liberabit ...

[-] 3 points by Ache4Change (3025) 10 months ago

Thank you for the excellent excerpts and links & see - http://www.nationofchange.org/congress-still-puts-out-wall-street-1369922584 - from which I excerpt -

'What does it take to make a Wall Street banker squirm with shame? Not content with having swindled tens of millions of Americans out of their homes and life savings, the very bankers who caused the biggest economic catastrophe since the Great Depression are now subverting government regulations designed to prevent comparable disasters in the future.'

'Top of the list of those responsible are the hustlers at Citigroup, once the world’s largest financial conglomerate, and a leading practitioner of the sordid behavior that caused the housing meltdown. Indeed, Citigroup was allowed to form as a merger of the investment banking of Travelers and the federal insured commercial banking of Citicorp only because lobbyists for those institutions successfully engineered the reversal of the Depression-era Glass-Steagall law that had banned such combinations.'

Never Give Up! Re-Occupy Wall Street http://occupywallst.org/forum/reoccupy-2013/ and Solidarity.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (17824) 10 months ago

"How Elite Economic Hucksters Drive America’s Biggest Fraud Epidemics'', by Wm. K. Black :

''Alan Greenspan had no excuse for assuming fraud out of existence, and his exceptionally immoral position on fraud and regulation proved catastrophic to America and much of the world. We cannot afford the price, measured in many trillions of dollars, over 10 million jobs, and endless suffering, of unethical economists.''

Thanx for the excellent link and excerpt 'A4C' & Never Give Up Occupying Solidarity !!!

radix omnium malorum est cupiditas ...

[-] 2 points by Ache4Change (3025) 10 months ago

Note 'the mortgage meltdown of 2008, when the entire housing industry went into freefall. Central to this crisis is the story of the liar's loan -- mortgage-industry slang for a mortgage that a lender gives without checking tax returns, employment history, or anything else that might reliably indicate that the borrower can make the payments.

'The Fed, and only the Fed, had authority under the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act (HOEPA) to ban liar’s loans by all lenders. At a series of hearings mandated by Congress, dozens of witnesses representing home mortgage borrowers and state and local criminal investigators urged the Fed to do this. The testimony included a study that found a 90 percent incidence of fraud in liar’s loans.

'What did Greenspan and Bernanke do? Exactly nothing. They consistently refused to act.' - from your excellent link and in compliment - http://www.nationofchange.org/let-us-commence-toward-common-good-1371132380 . Never Give Up Exposing Fraudulent Economics! Occupy 'The Common Good'. Solidarity.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 10 months ago

In compliment - From Avaaz:

In days, governments will discuss whether to plug a gigantic $1 trillion per year corporate tax loophole - enough money to end poverty, put every child in school, and double green investment! Most governments want powerful multinationals to pay these taxes, but the US and Canada are on the fence. To get a deal, we need them to feel the pressure.

$1 trillion is more than every country combined spends on their military. It's bigger than the budgets of 176 nations. It's $1000 each for every family on the planet. And believe it or not, it's the amount that our largest corporations and wealthiest individuals evade each year in taxes.

This should be a no-brainer. To massively boost our public finances in a time of painful cuts and debt, all we need to do is ensure that everyone pays the taxes they're supposed to. But big US corporations are fiercely lobbying to protect their dodgy practices. A massive public campaign will help identify and hold accountable the two leaders - President Obama and Prime Minister Harper, who are considering siding with corruption over this gigantic step forward for the planet. Let's get to one million voices and then Avaaz will deliver our call to leaders and the media in the middle of the negotiations:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/g8_tax_havens_p/?bGfGZcb&v=25597

Apple, one of the world's wealthiest companies, paid basically $0 in tax on $78 billion they made in recent years by setting up shell corporations in low-tax countries and posting profits abroad. This kind of global tax evasion gives multinational firms a huge advantage over smaller domestic companies. It's as bad for a healthy market economy as it is for democracy and economic stability.

But in days, governments will consider a plan that would make it harder for companies and individuals to evade taxes by hiding their money offshore and in tax shelters. The plan would require countries to share information to expose where the money is hidden and require "fake" companies to reveal who's really behind them. If talks go well this week, the G8 could agree to the whole thing later this month.

In hard times, when governments everywhere are cutting spending on vital social priorities, it's particularly galling that the wealthiest get a free pass from paying their fair share. (Even more so when the hard times were caused by massive government handouts to bailout banks owned by the same people). Governments are finally getting serious about plugging these holes in our finances, but the US and Canada are falling sway to powerful business lobbies.

A large public petition that's well covered by the media will help highlight which countries are blocking the agreement, and make this a political issue for Obama and Harper to deal with. A powerful call from the world's people to choose to give a massive boost to our planet instead of preserving corrupt loopholes will also help these leaders to find their consciences and good sense. We can't let the lobbyists win this one in the shadows, let's bring the spotlight of public attention to this massive decision for our planet:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/g8_tax_havens_p/?bGfGZcb&v=25597

Every week, our community strives in and often wins fights for human rights, democracy, conservation and more. But some decisions have the power to affect thousands of causes at once, often preventing many problems from ever happening. $1 trillion per year in public funding would make a massive difference in the lives of children who could go to school, lives that could be saved, peace that could be built, habitats that could be protected, and so much more. For the sake of all these future struggles that we might not need to fight, let's win this one.

With hope,

Alex, Jeremy, Christoph, Marie, Ian, David, Paul, Ricken and the whole Avaaz team

PS - Many Avaaz campaigns are started by members of our community! Start yours now and win on any issue - local, national or global: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/?bgMYedb&v=25325

MORE INFORMATION:

Europe's push against tax fraud gains momentum (BBC) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22627330

The Corrosive Effect of Apple’s Tax Avoidance (New York Times) http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/24/business/making-companies-pay-taxes-the-mccain-way.html

Factbox: Apple, Amazon, Google and tax avoidance schemes (Reuters) http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/05/22/eu-tax-avoidance-idINDEE94L07Z20130522

Tax havens are entrenching poverty in developing countries (The Guardian) http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/may/14/tax-havens-entrenching-poverty-developing-countries

The missing $20 trillion (The Economist) http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21571873-how-stop-companies-and-people-dodging-tax-delaware-well-grand-cayman-missing-20

Europe's lost trillion in taxes (CNN) http://money.cnn.com/2013/05/21/news/economy/europe-taxes/index.html

Military spending by country (The Economist) http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2013/04/daily-chart-9

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (17824) 10 months ago

Thanx for this excellent and exhaustive post and links, which I'll come back to again however, in the meantime and in compliment :

multum in parvo ...

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 10 months ago

Thx - makes a gr8 tweet.

DKAtoday ‏@DKAtoday

The Growing Global Challenge to Monsanto's Monopolistic Greed http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/16516-the-growing-global-challenge-to-monsantos-monopolistic-greed … It is so good to see wide spread anti Monsatan actions Expand

[-] 3 points by rayolite (461) 1 year ago

Wow, true in 2 realms of discussion. "Humankind's greatest crisis coincides with the rise of an ideology that makes it impossible to address."

If we do not really know exactly why this crisis is occurring, the notion that it is perpetuated unconsciously should logically be entertained. However, science, despite their unconscious mind :-), 86% of their mental existence at the very least, refuses to look at the possibility.

Consider the unconscious performance of dissociation.

People are forgetting each day that they are participating in the destruction of their atmosphere.

The APA will not discuss this phenomena or any method to counter it. Making it impossible to address.

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

'Mother Nature' has locked away VAST amounts of Ancient Carbon in the form of peat, coal, oil and gas. We know that there is a Carbon Cycle just as there is a Water Cycle, but that the time scale of the Carbon Cycle (which includes Geological processes) is much, much longer than in the case of water (simplified here to : evaporation, condensation, precipitation & run off).

Therefore, how can we as a sentient species, consider that we can bypass the Carbon Cycle and extract huge amounts of carbon based fuels, burn them and almost instantly (in geological time) return this carbon to the atmosphere Without There Being Any Repercussions ?! What is our individual and collective intuition on this matter ?!! That Carbon Dioxide even tho' it is essential to life via photo-synthesis, is also a 'Greenhouse Gas' is undeniable. The Greenhouse Effect is well understood and without it life on this planet would not exist. We owe our previously relatively stable climate to this and the level of CO2 has been pretty stable at ~ 300ppm (0.03%) for a very, very long time (verifiable from ice and lake sediment cores). However, that proportion has risen in the last 40 years to ~390ppm (0.039%) which is a 30% increase in CO2 levels.

Further, both water vapour and methane are also greenhouse gases and the level of both will also rise with rising global temperatures. This is termed 'positive feedback'. A Human Influenced and possible 'run away' Greenhouse Effect is empirically, scientifically and mathematically possible, so the question is do we accept or 'believe' that it is happening ?

Thus, please consider : "Schizophrenics, Psychopaths Holding America Hostage", by Dr Brian Moench : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33262.htm .

respice, adspice, prospice ...

[-] 3 points by rayolite (461) 1 year ago

"Schizophrenics, Psychopaths Holding America Hostage", Excellent!

Here is post about our side of the story, that could be IF,

http://occupywallst.org/forum/nuclear-energy/#comment-886470

We weren't afraid of what divided the mind and creates schizophrenics and psychopaths.

Then there is the banned college lecture by Jim Marrs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-SyKuOpIAI&feature=em-share_video_user

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

As Dr. Moench says in the article :"Our nation's responses to the climate crisis, the federal deficit, our economic stagnation and many of our other serious challenges are still being held hostage by people who manifest a detachment from reality as profound as that of schizophrenics. We are still allowing a powerful elite, who behave like psychopaths, to steer our government towards protecting their interests at the expense of everyone else. The greatest threat to the United States will never be Al Qaeda, Russia, China or Iran. It will be our failure to wrest control of public policy from the inmates of our own insane asylum." Thanx for your links and also please consider :

e tenebris, lux ...

[-] 3 points by rayolite (461) 1 year ago

Parenti has a quality perspective. I left a comment there with some links to what media corporations do to peoples efforts to share the facts about HOW Americans can cease to be used in this environmental destruction.

A Native American friend said that he thought, "the leaders of corporate America were aliens". I agreed and gave my reasoning.

"They know they have somewhere else to go"

Which fits with the "disposable planet" concept.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

Here's the Corporate/MIC nexus in a nut shell :

Thanx for your comment, which sets me thinking at a tangent. I'll let you know if anything came of it !

fiat lux ...

[-] 2 points by Ache4Change (3025) 1 year ago

Killer article and excellent info. Thanks and also fyi - http://www.nationofchange.org/youth-call-change-course-solve-climate-crisis-1355325406 . Never Give Up Educating & Explaining! Occupy The Future!

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

"Economists and the One-Percent - Reality Economics", by Dr. Michael Hudson : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33292.htm ;

"46 Trillion Reasons To Evolve Society Right Now", by David DeGraw : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33274.htm ;

"Why Socialism ?" by Albert Einstein : http://monthlyreview.org/2009/05/01/why-socialism .

"Howard Zinn on Class in America" (Video Interview) : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article22395.htm &

"A People's History of The United States, 1492 - Present", by Howard Zinn : http://www.lifeaftercapitalism.info/downloads/read/History/Howard-Zinn/Howard_Zinn-A%20Peoples-History-Of-The-United%20States.pdf (of the whole book !!)

I recommend the above and of course the last link, for obvious reasons. Thanx A4C for that interesting link, which starts with : "While world leaders were wrapping up the United Nations conference on climate change (COP 18) in Doha, Qatar this past weekend with the annual vague promise to tackle the enormous crises brought on by extreme weather and global warming, a delegation of youth gathered far from the high-level conference halls to say “no” to advocacy without action."

I know you have kids A4C so realise better than most what we struggle for & just what is at stake here.

veritas vos liberabit ...

[-] 2 points by Ache4Change (3025) 1 year ago

Simply fantastic links :) Thank you for the great articles and book and in the spirit of sharing, I offer - http://www.nationofchange.org/right-s-sham-religion-rugged-individualism-1355328952 - That is such an excellent last link you provide. Everyone should read 'A People's History Of The United States' and with your excellent link, they can, lol. Never Give Up Learning From History! (so we can) Occupy The Future!

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

"Rugged Individualism" ?! WTF ?!! Here's a corollary : http://truth-out.org/news/item/13352-multiple-fatalities-reported-in-shooting-at-connecticut-elementary-school !!! Thanx for the link & sorry for mine :(

pax, amor et lux ...

[-] 2 points by Ache4Change (3025) 1 year ago

'The People's Bailout' - http://www.nationofchange.org/people-s-bailout-was-just-beginning-what-s-next-strike-debt-1355501046 & 'no man is an island'! Never Give Up! Go Occupy! I get the reason for the link.

[-] 4 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

"No man is an island" - true that, all day and every day & thanx for your very interesting link. On the forum-post matter of The Corporations Killing America, I further append :

e tenebris, lux ...

[-] 3 points by Ache4Change (3025) 1 year ago

'NRA - Enabler Of Death' by Bill Moyers - http://www.nationofchange.org/nra-enabler-death-1355760591 & thanks for the truth-out article. Never Give Up Exposing The Truth! Occupy The Issues! Solidarity.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

NRA = "No Rational Answer" : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33358.htm .

pax et lux ...

[-] 2 points by Ache4Change (3025) 1 year ago

'No Rational Answer' to armed teachers either - http://www.nationofchange.org/oklahoma-will-consider-law-allowing-teachers-bring-guns-school-1355847480 . Never Give Up On Love & Reason. Occupy The Light! Solidarity.

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

Kurt Vonnegut in last book "A Man Without A Country". -- book has a whole section on psychopaths running the country --

This link has a great short quote from that in the middle of the page: http://readersupportednews.org/off-site-opinion-section/72-72/6203-are-we-ruled-by-

[-] 4 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

Thanx for the strong link & I also append :

"Remember All the Children, Mr. President", by Bill Quigley :

Remember the 20 children who died in Newtown, Connecticut.

Remember the 35 children who died in Gaza this month from Israeli bombardments.

Remember the 168 children who have been killed by US drone attacks in Pakistan since 2006.

Remember the 231 children killed in Afghanistan in the first 6 months of this year.

Remember the 400 other children in the US under the age of 15 who die from gunshot wounds each year.

Remember the 921 children killed by US air strikes against insurgents in Iraq.

Remember the 1,770 US children who die each year from child abuse and maltreatment.

Remember the 16,000 children who die each day around the world from hunger.

These tragedies must end.

~

veritas vos liberabit ...

~

{Bill Quigley is Associate Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans. He volunteers with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau de Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Port au Prince. Contact Bill at quigley77@gmail.com}

[Item copied verbatim under 'Fair Use' from : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33346.htm ]

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

Very moving info. Wow. It's amazing how invisible those other deaths are to Americans. How can that be???

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

"Shooting Is Business, and Business Is Good", by Williamm Rivers Pitt ;

Thanx 'tr'. When facts are ignored and heads are buried in the sand, then asses are left high 'n' dry, so administering a stout boot to said backsides becomes almost a duty.

veritas vos liberabit ...

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

Beautiful image! And spot on comment. :)

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

Here's 'the kicker' and why that said boot needs to be resolutely administered :

multum in parvo ...

[-] 2 points by factsrfun (10721) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago
[-] 1 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

No, I hadn't tho' I have now but have gorra go 'cause I'm in a xmas rush now & for you as I scoot off :

e tenebris, lux ...

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 10 months ago

In compliment - From The Food & Water Watch:

The Tide is Turning Against Genetically Engineered Foods With your help, we can fight back against Monsanto

From power grabs like the Monsanto Protection Act, to people fighting back in Connecticut by passing the first genetically engineered foods labeling law, the news has been full of stories about GE (or GMO) foods. Last night, even the Colbert Report talked about GE wheat! While not all of the news is good, the fact that it's being shared is a very good thing, because it means people are listening.

First, there was the farmer in Oregon who discovered GE wheat growing in his field, where it never should have been, because GE wheat has never been approved for use! We still don't know how it got there, or how widespread it might be.

Then, there's GE salmon. We've known for a long time that GE salmon could breed with wild salmon if it ever escaped, spreading its engineered genes and decimating native populations. Now, a Canadian study has found that GE salmon can also breed with brown trout, an entirely different species of fish, and that their hybrid offspring can out-compete native species. With GE salmon on the verge of potential approval by the FDA, this news is alarming: if approved, GE salmon could wreak havoc on our environment.

New GE products are being considered for approval every day. Soon, a GE potato could find its way into McDonalds fries (more news on that soon). To make matters worse, Congress's last budget bill included the so-called "Monsanto Protection Act" which lets biotech companies keep selling GE seeds even while lawsuits are challenging the approval of those products.

But it's not all bad news. Across the country, Food & Water Watch is fighting alongside our partners and concerned citizens like you to require labels on GE foods, so we can all know what's in the food we're eating. Just this week, we celebrated as Connecticut became the first state to pass a GE labeling law! But the law won't go into effect unless other states pass GE labeling laws. So now we're redoubling our efforts in other states, from Maine to Illinois and beyond, and at the same time we're pushing for a federal law to require GE labeling nationwide.

We can't stop GE foods without your help. We need more field organizers on the ground educating the public about the risks of GE foods. We need more independent research like our recent corporate profile on Monsanto. We need more citizens urging their lawmakers to do the right thing and stand up to Monsanto. And we're counting on your support.

Can you donate today to help fight GE foods?

Thanks for all you do,

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[-] 2 points by shadz66 (17824) 11 months ago

Thanx for a sad & funny link ! Is this what things have come to in The U$A ?!! I'm glad for Franken's efforts - he should have been a comedian !!! Here's someone else who tries to speak truth to power ... so The DemoCrap Party made sure it ousted him :

pax, amor et lux ...

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 months ago

Whats up ( gr8 song btw ) ? Thanks for sharing.

People it is called Democide ( among other things ) and it is going on all over the world.

Whats Up - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yujdssDwEB0

Twenty - five years and my life is still Trying to get up that great big hill of hope For a destination And I realized quickly when I knew I should That the world was made up of this brotherhood of man For whatever that means And so I cry sometimes When I'm lying in bed Just to get it all out What's in my head And I am feeling a little peculiar And so I wake in the morning And I step outside And I take a deep breath and I get real high And I scream at the top of my lungs What's going on? And I say, hey hey hey hey I said hey, what's going on? Ooh, ooh ooh And I try, oh my god do I try I try all the time, in this institution And I pray, oh my god do I pray I pray every single day For a revolution And so I cry sometimes When I'm lying in bed Just to get it all out What's in my head And I am feeling a little peculiar And so I wake in the morning And I step outside And I take a deep breath and I get real high And I scream at the top of my lungs What's going on? And I say, hey hey hey hey I said hey, what's going on? Twenty - five years and my life is still Trying to get up that great big hill of hope For a destination

Immortal Heart - 'Marvyn Gaye' : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rD78i6eoGkM .

Mother, mother There's too many of you crying Brother, brother, brother There's far too many of you dying You know we've got to find a way To bring some lovin' here today - Ya

Father, father We don't need to escalate You see, war is not the answer For only love can conquer hate You know we've got to find a way To bring some lovin' here today

Picket lines(sister) and picket signs(sister) Don't punish (Sister)me with brutality(sister) Talk to me, so you can see(sister) Oooh, what's going on(what's going on) What's going on(what's going on) Ya, what's going on(what's going on) Ah, what's going on

In the mean time Right on, baby Right on Right on

Mother,mother everybody thinks we're wrong Oh, but who are they to judge us Simply because our hair is long Oh, you know we've got to find a way To bring some understanding here today Oh

Picket lines and picket signs Don't punish me with brutality Talk to me So you can see What's going on Ya, what's going on Tell me what's going on I'll tell you what's going on - Uh Right on baby Right on baby

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (17824) 11 months ago

''And I pray, oh my god do I pray I pray every single day For A Revolution'' ... yep, mos def & thanx :-)

Both would make great tweets me thinx ;-)

per ardua ad astra ...

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 months ago

Did make a sweet tweet. Easy too - button provided.

Why Socialism? http://monthlyreview.org/2009/05/01/why-socialism#.UYQMBK3aZuE.twitter GR8 food 4 Thought. Albert Einstein - huh who knew?


Why Socialism ?" by Albert Einstein : http://monthlyreview.org/2009/05/01/why-socialism &

Short excerpt : nowhere have we really overcome what Thorstein Veblen called “the predatory phase” of human development.


Book Marked :

"A People's History of The United States, 1492 - Present", by Howard Zinn : http://www.lifeaftercapitalism.info/downloads/read/History/Howard-Zinn/Howard_Zinn-A%20Peoples-History-Of-The-United%20States.pdf (of the whole book !!)

Looks to be an interesting read.

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (17824) 11 months ago

Re. Howard Zinn's book - I can't recommend it to you highly enough as it is The Definitive read on the matter & should be a set text for all US youth, imo. Thanx for the links and lyrics below. Solidarity :-)

dum spiro, spero ...

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 months ago

We are ALL in this Together (discounting the shills of course ). Thank You for all of Your Efforts.

Solidarity

And So In Compliment -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUnvjYH9wK4

This land is your land, this land is my land, From California, to the New York Island, From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf Stream Waters, This land was made for you and me. I roamed and rambled, and I followed my footsteps To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts And all around me a voice was singing This land was made for you and me! This land is your land, this land is my land, From California, to the New York Island, From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf Stream Waters, This land was made for you and me. As I went walking that ribbon of highway I saw above me that endless skyway I saw below me those golden valleys This land was made for you and me! This land is your land, this land is my land, From California, to the New York Island, From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf Stream Waters, This land was made for you and me. As the sun was shining, and I was strolling, And the wheat fields waving, and the dust clouds rolling, As the fog was lifting, a voice was saying "This land was made for you and me!" This land is your land, this land is my land, From California, to the New York Island, From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf Stream Waters, This land was made for you and me.


Take it further - This World is....................................

[-] 5 points by shadz66 (17824) 11 months ago

Forgotten Full Lyrics of ''This Land Is Your Land''

(Words and Music by Woody Guthrie) :

Chorus :

This land is your land, this land is my land

From California, to the New York Island

From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters

This land was made for you and me

~

As I was walking a ribbon of highway

I saw above me an endless skyway

I saw below me a golden valley

This land was made for you and me

Chorus

I've roamed and rambled and I've followed my footsteps

To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts

And all around me a voice was sounding

This land was made for you and me

Chorus

The sun comes shining as I was strolling

The wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling

The fog was lifting a voice come chanting

This land was made for you and me

Chorus

There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me ;

Sign was painted, it said private property;

But on the back side it didn't say nothing;

That side was made for you and me.

Chorus

In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people,

By the relief office I seen my people;

As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking

Is this land made for you and me ?

Chorus

Nobody living can ever stop me,

As I go walking that freedom highway;

Nobody living can ever make me turn back

This land was made for you and me.

Chorus x 2

It's no accident that the full, original version is not very well known !!!

pax, amor et lux ...

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 months ago

So True = "It's no accident that the full, original version is not very well known !!!"

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (17824) 11 months ago

'Subvertsive' Pete Seeger managed to sing the full original version though, in front of thousands in DC and tried his best to school a nation ... AND 'The Boss' too, lolol :

Made me smile and cry a li'l at the same time, lol. Please 'tweet' it mate :-)

fiat lux ...

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 months ago

Tweet

This Land Is Your Land - complete version

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HE4H0k8TDgw

As I was walking a ribbon of highway

I saw above me an endless skyway

I saw below me a golden valley

This land was made for you and me

Chorus

I've roamed and rambled and I've followed my footsteps

To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts

And all around me a voice was sounding

This land was made for you and me

Chorus

The sun comes shining as I was strolling

The wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling

The fog was lifting a voice come chanting

This land was made for you and me

Chorus

There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me ;

Sign was painted, it said private property;

But on the back side it didn't say nothing;

That side was made for you and me.

Chorus

In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people,

By the relief office I seen my people;

As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking

Is this land made for you and me ?

Chorus

Nobody living can ever stop me,

As I go walking that freedom highway;

Nobody living can ever make me turn back

This land was made for you and me.

Chorus x 2


You all may also enjoy this rendition - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1ImQ7Ylvdo


http://occupywallst.org/forum/break-the-grip-of-corporate-power-to-secure-our-fu/#comment-967059 This Land Is Your Land - complete version - pls Share/Circulate

[-] 4 points by shadz66 (17824) 11 months ago

Tom Morello @ OccupyLA singing a fuller ''T.L.I.Y.L'' :

"Tom Morello, Troubadour for Justice", with Bill Moyers :

I recommend both links but especially the Morello-Moyers chat. It's brilliant !!

fiat lux ...

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 months ago

Excellent rendition - included in the tweet now.

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (17824) 11 months ago

TM @ O.W.S., singing ''T.L.I.Y.L'' : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADmgLM6LYTM :-)

pax ..

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 months ago

A good moment - glad he was there.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 months ago

''And I pray, oh my god do I pray I pray every single day For A Revolution''

Every Day and Every Night.

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (17824) 11 months ago

Time to ''March Across This Land'' : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3cYl9Tc1_E !!

vox populi vox dei ...

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 months ago

Timeless question - Peter Paul and Mary, Where Have All The Flowers Gone

Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing? Where have all the flowers gone, long time ago? Where have all the flowers gone? Young girls have picked them everyone. Oh, when will they ever learn? Oh, when will they ever learn? Where have all the young girls gone, long time passing? Where have all the young girls gone, long time ago? Where have all the young girls gone? Gone for husbands everyone. Oh, when will they ever learn? Oh, when will they ever learn? Where have all the husbands gone, long time passing? Where have all the husbands gone, long time ago? Where have all the husbands gone? Gone for soldiers everyone Oh, when will they ever learn? Oh, when will they ever learn? Where have all the soldiers gone, long time passing? Where have all the soldiers gone, long time ago? Where have all the soldiers gone? Gone to graveyards, everyone. Oh, when will they ever learn? Oh, when will they ever learn? Where have all the graveyards gone, long time passing? Where have all the graveyards gone, long time ago? Where have all the graveyards gone? Gone to flowers, everyone. Oh, when will they ever learn? Oh, when will they ever learn? Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing? Where have all the flowers gone, long time ago? Where have all the flowers gone? Young girls have picked them everyone. Oh, when will they ever learn? Oh, when will they ever learn?

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 months ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSfNZ21n0qA

Master told me one day I'd find peace in every way But in search for the clue Wrong things I was bound to do

Keep my head to the sky For the clouds to tell me why As I grew, and with strength Master kept me as I repent And he said

Keep your head to the sky Keep your head to the sky

He gave me the will to be free Purpose to live His reality Hey, and I found myself never alone Chances came to make me strong

To step right up and be a man 'Cause you need faith to understand So we're saying for you to hear Keep your head in faith's atmosphere

Keep your head to the sky So the clouds Keep your head to the sky So they can tell you why, Lord Keep your head to the sky Surely, the clouds are gonna tell you why

Gave me the will to be free Purpose to live His reality Ooo, And I found myself never alone 'Cause chances came, they came to make me strong

Hey, to step right up and be a man Ooo, you need faith to understand So we're just saying for you to hear Keep your head in faith's atmosphere

Keep your head to the sky Keep your head to the sky Don't walk around with your head hung down Keep your head to the sky Keep your head to the sky Surely, surely the coulds are gonna tell you why

Keep your head to the sky Keep your head to the sky Keep your head to the sky

[-] 1 points by LeoYo (4849) 11 months ago

Ef you man, I was just about to reply that to you. Okay then,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvzdysnbaFw

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 months ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTXufk4ig4Q

This tired city was somebody's dream A billboard horizon as black as they seem A four level highway across the land We're building a home for the family of man

Prices are rising The devil to pay, Moving the mountain that got in the way, Prayer books and meetings define the plan, deciding the fate of the family of man,

And it's so hard whatever are we coming to, Yes it's so hard with so little time, And so much to do

Memories replacing the loves that are lost Burning our bridges as soon as they're crossed Factories built where the rivers ran And time running out for the family of man

So hard,,,

So hard, so hard, so hard, family of man, so hard, family of man, so hard, family of man,so hard, family of man,so hard family of man,,,

[-] 2 points by LeoYo (4849) 11 months ago

"Are You Man Enough?"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9W0tGIXBfA

There's not a street that you can walk

You got to watch just who you're talkin' to

They're out to get ya,

Can't turn your back on a smilin' face

Next thing ya know, there ain't no trace of you

And this I betcha,

Some people lose and some folks win

It's a matter of what they do

.

Are you man enough, big and bad enough?

Are you gonna let 'em shoot ya down?

When the evil flies and your brother cries

Are you gonna be around?

Someone needs a friend, just around the bend

Don't ya think you should be there?

Are you man enough when the goin's rough?

Is it in your heart to care?

.

There's no pretending it goes away

With every step that you take you pay your dues

And I ain't lyin'

You got to struggle to see the light

How someone's lookin' to steal your right to choose

And they don't stop tryin'

It's like a jungle outside the door and it's keepin' you so confused

.

Are you man enough, big and bad enough?

Are you gonna let 'em shoot ya down?

When the evil flies and your brother cries

Are you gonna be around?

.

Gotta keep your eye on the passers-by, better watch your step

'Cause ya never know where the knife would go And they ain't missed yet

The strong survive, they stay alive, they always do

But nothin' they ever teach you is true

.

Are you man enough, big and bad enough?

Are you gonna let 'em shoot ya down?

When the evil flies, and your brother cries

Are you gonna be around?

Someone needs a friend, just around the bend

Don't ya think you should be there?

Are you man enough when the goin' get's rough?

Is it in your heart to care?

Are you man enough, big and bad enough?

(Are you big and bad enough?)

Are you gonna let 'em shoot ya down?

When the evil flies, brother cries

(And your brother sighs)

Are you gonna be around?

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 months ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgA2Sn3b6OM

Smiling faces sometimes pretend to be your friend Smiling faces show no traces of the evil that lurks within Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes They don't tell the truth uh Smiling faces, smiling faces Tell lies and I got proof The truth is in the eyes Cause the eyes don't lie, amen

Remember a smile is just A frown turned upside down My friend let me tell you Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes They don't tell the truth, uh Smiling faces, smiling faces Tell lies and I got proof

Beware, beware of the handshake That hides the snake I'm telling you beware Beware of the pat on the back It just might hold you back Jealousy (jealousy) Misery (misery) Envy I tell you, you can't see behind smiling faces Smiling faces sometimes they don't tell the truth Smiling faces, smiling faces Tell lies and I got proof Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes They don't tell the truth Smiling faces, smiling faces Tell lies and I got proof (Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes) (Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes)

I'm telling you beware, beware of the handshake That hides the snake Listen to me now, beware Beware of that pat on the back It just might hold you back Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes They don't tell the truth Smiling faces, smiling faces Tell lies and I got proof Your enemy won't do you no harm Cause you'll know where he's coming from Don't let the handshake and the smile fool ya Take my advice I'm only try' to school ya


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDDlxW6kMkg

Hello darkness my old friend, I've come to talk with you again Because a vision softly creeping left it's seeds while I was sleeping And the vision that was planted in my brain still remains, within the sounds of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone, narrow streets of cobblestone 'neath the halo of a streetlamp I turned my collar to the cold and damp when my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light split the night... and touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw ten thousand people maybe more people talking without speaking people hearing without listening people writing songs that voices never share noone dare, disturb the sound of silence

Fools said I you do not know, silence like a cancer grows, hear my words that I might teach you take my arms that I might reach you but my words, like silent raindrops fell... and echoed the will of silence

And the people bowed and prayed, to the neon god they made And the sign flashed out its warning in the words that it was forming And the sign said, "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls, and tenement halls and whisper the sounds of silence.

[-] 2 points by LeoYo (4849) 11 months ago

Backstabbers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqaFQBsDs6c

(What they do!)

(They smile in your face)

All the time they want to take your place

The back stabbers (back stabbers)

(They smile in your face)

All the time they want to take your place

The back stabbers (back stabbers)

All you fellows who have someone and you really care, yeah, yeah

Then it's all of you fellows who better beware, yeah yeah

Somebody's out to get your lady

A few of your buddies they sure look shady

Blades are long, clenched tight in their fist

Aimin' straight at your back

And I don't think they'll miss

(What they do!)

(They smile in your face)

All the time they want to take your place

The back stabbers (back stabbers)

I keep gettin' all these visits from my friends, yeah, what they doin to me

They come to my house again and again and again and again, yeah

So are they there to see my woman

I don't even be home but they just keep on comin'

What can I do to get on the right track

I wish they'd take some of these knives off my back

(They smile in your face)

All the time they want to take your place

The back stabbers (back stabbers)

Low down... dirty...

(What they do!)

(They smile in your face)

Smiling faces... smiling faces sometimes tell lies (Back stabbers) (They smile in your face)

I don't need... low down, dirty bastards (Back stabbers)


See The Light

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buhybFWzDcQ

Lookin' through the clouds, what do you see?

Sky of gases, child in need

Troubles everywhere, more than I can bear

So I'm searchin' from within

.

Help them see the light

The light

.

I'm a blossom in the sun, sunshine of love

Singing loud to the one I love above

Shine on sun, let your light guide a way

For so long there's been such darkness

Got to be a better way, yeah

Keep me Lord and help me to grow bold

So I may reap the fruits of a free and happy soul

.

Help them see the light

Help them see the light

.

Give me strength when temptation calls

Lift me up when life's battles make me fall

Shelter me from the evils and wrongs

So when you call dear Lord, I said, "I'll be strong"

Walk with me, when the stormy nights are cold

In your hand lies all control on it

Master then hey,when my final song is sung

With Your mercy, I pray that You'll say, "Well done"

.

Help them see the light Help them see the light

Help them see the light Help them see the light

Help them see the light Help them see the light

(Help them see the light) Help them see the light

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 months ago

Backstabbers

So appropriate to describe many politicians as well as many corpoRAT officers and board members.

Also appropriate as to what we need to do: "See The Light" & Help them see the light.


Shine The Light - Sugarland (Lyrics)

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 months ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vIIZydXDqg

Hearts of fire creates love desire Take you high and higher to the world you belong Hearts of fire creates love desire High and higher to your place on the throne

We've come together on this special day To sing our message loud and clear Looking back we've touched on sorrowful days Future pass, they disappear

You will find peace of mind If you look way down in your heart and soul Don't hesitate 'cause the world seems cold Stay young at heart 'cause you're never (never, never, ..) old at heart

That's the way of the world Plant your flower and you grow a pearl A child is born with a heart of gold The way of the world makes his heart grow cold

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 months ago

In furtherance and compliment:

If I had a hammer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaWl2lA7968

If I had a hammer, I'd hammer in the morning I'd hammer in the evening, All over this land I'd hammer out danger, I'd hammer out a warning, I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters, All over this land. If I had a bell, I'd ring it in the morning, I'd ring it in the evening, All over this land I'd ring out danger, I'd ring out a warning I'd ring out love between my brothers and my sisters, All over this land. If I had a song, I'd sing it in the morning, I'd sing it in the evening, All over this land I'd sing out danger, I'd sing out a warning I'd sing out love between my brothers and my sisters, All over this land. Well I got a hammer, And I got a bell, And I got a song to sing, all over this land. It's the hammer of Justice, It's the bell of Freedom, It's the song about Love between my brothers and my sisters, All over this land. It's the hammer of Justice, It's the bell of Freedom, It's the song about Love between my brothers and my sisters, All over this land.

[-] 2 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

I've been reading some of what Chris Hedges has to say about climate change. Scary shit.

Days of Destruction Days of Revolt - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMhRv5QnWLk

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

Very good video and Xmas gift Trev. Thanx mate & some links for you, in due course & happy hols too :

pax, amor et lux ...

[-] 2 points by Kavatz (464) from Edmonton, AB 1 year ago

Please give this a chance and boost its popularity by replying there: http://occupywallst.org/forum/beat-them-at-their-own-game-the-99er-conglomerate/

Unity is the great challenge of the day. There needs to be something extraordinary and revolutionary to bind them... something pervasive with a clear focus and vision.

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

"Climate Change, Economic Crisis and the Violence of War", by Wm. Blum : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33290.htm .

Thanx 'K' & relevant to the forum-post, I append the above for your and others' attention.

fiat lux, fiat pax, fiat justitia ...

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

Brother & Sisters - please 'join the dots' and consider this short 'forum-post' article. Furthermore, please also reflect upon : http://www.ijis.iarc.uaf.edu/en/home/seaice_extent.htm [courtesy of 'factsrfun'].

minima maxima sunt ...

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

Further to the article, please see : http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/weather/story/2012/09/20/arctic-sea-ice-melts-to-all-time-record-low/57808216/1 [courtesy of 'beautifulworld'].

multum in parvo ...

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 10 months ago

From the Environmental Defense Fund - break corp(se)oRATion control of the air we breathe:

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Our goal is to send the EPA 100,000 messages strongly supporting these standards—and we're well over a third of the way there! Help us cross the finish line.

Stand with the 34,824. Take action for cleaner fuel and cleaner air.

These standards will create cleaner, healthier air for all Americans, preventing thousands of deaths every year. At the same time, they will provide billions of dollars in public health benefits annually.

It's a common-sense, win-win solution that will slash smog-forming pollution at a level comparable to taking 33 million of today's cars off the roads.

We have 34,824 Americans standing with us in support of these standards—but we still need you. Become #34,825, and help us reach our goal.

Please, take action today! Help protect Americans from dangerous smog pollution.

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[-] 1 points by mideast (506) 1 year ago

The answer is the bill House Resolution 29
It is the first step
call your congressman & senator to support it ending corporate person hood & scotus citizens united

[-] 1 points by bensdad (8977) 1 year ago

The solution is simple to state - but hard to achieve:


Bill HR 29 Constitutional Amendment XXVIII Introduced in Congress
by Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN) & Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI)


Section 1.
Artificial Entities Such as Corporations Do Not Have Constitutional Rights
The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only. Artificial entities established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state shall have no rights under this Constitution and are subject to regulation by the People, through Federal, State, or local law. The privileges of artificial entities shall be determined by the People, through Federal, State, or local law, and shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable.

Section 2.
Money is Not Free Speech
Federal, State, and local government shall regulate, limit, or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate's own contributions and expenditures, to ensure that all citizens, regardless of their economic status, have access to the political process, and that no person gains, as a result of their money, substantially more access or ability to influence in any way the election of any candidate for public office or any ballot measure. Federal, State, and local government shall require that any permissible contributions and expenditures be publicly disclosed. The judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment.


Consider your key project – jobs, military, elections, education, tax reform –
ANYTHING
Now imagine that the 1% opposition cannot spend to get their way against you

*** .

This responds to hundreds of local & state resolutions and Move To Amend for a “We the People” Amendment - The movement for constitutional reforms that would end “corporate rule”. The Amendment clearly and unequivocally states that: Rights recognized under the Constitution belong to human beings only, and not to government-created artificial legal entities – including corporations, unions, and parties. and that Political campaign spending is not a form of speech protected under the First Amendment. Government belongs to the people & must not be for sale to the corporations and the wealthy and the 1% special interests. The Move To Amend coalition of nearly 260,000 people and hundreds of organizations has helped to pass nearly 500 resolutions in municipalities and local governments across the country calling on the state and federal governments to adopt this amendment. This bill is specifically different from the other proposals that have come forward in response to Citizens United because it also specifically addresses corporate personhhod. In every single community where Americans have had the opportunity to call for a Constitutional amendment to outlaw corporate personhood, they have voted to end “CP”. The Citizens United decision is not the cause, it is a symptom. We must remove big money and special interests from the legal and political process entirely with this amendment.

If you want to understand

Citizens United &
Corporate Personhood &
the Amendment Process

Please visit our OWS CU / CP / Amendment site:
http://corporationsarenotpeople.webuda.com

70+ videos & 40+ documents on this issue from Sanders, Chomsky, Maher, Hedges, Lessig, Warren, Grayson, Hartmann, Hightower, etc

►►Support this bill HR29◄◄
Write & email your congresspeople house:
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
senate:
http://www.senate.gov/reference/common/faq/How_to_contact_senators.htm

call Rep Rick Nolan to show support 202 225 6211

[-] 1 points by bensdad (8977) 1 year ago

there is only one way to do this-
disconnect capitalism from democracy
http://corporationsarenotpeople.webuda.com

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (17824) 1 year ago

Capitalism is antithetical to Democracy, especially 'Modern High-Finance Crapitalism' !!! See -

Despite our differences, happy hols to you and yours :-)

pax et lux ...

[-] 1 points by Ache4Change (3025) 1 year ago

Thanks for posting this really very good article, which I enjoyed reading and also for attention - http://www.nationofchange.org/why-climate-deniers-have-no-scientific-credibility-one-pie-chart-1354370613 & http://www.nationofchange.org/greenhouse-gas-concentrations-reach-new-record-1353509096 . Never Give Up! Occupy The Issues! Solidarity.

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[-] 3 points by Ache4Change (3025) 1 year ago

'Scientists do not disagree about human-caused global warming. It is the ruling paradigm of climate science, in the same way that plate tectonics is the ruling paradigm of geology. We know that continents move. We know that the earth is warming and that human emissions of greenhouse gases are the primary cause. These are known facts about which virtually all publishing scientists agree.' from - http://www.nationofchange.org/why-climate-deniers-have-no-scientific-credibility-one-pie-chart-1354370613 & thanks for the link. Occupy The Future For The Sake Of Our Kids! Never Give Up!

[-] 2 points by rayolite (461) 1 year ago

Clearly all of this represents a human behavioral problem. Curiously, in the midst of that, you could find an American teenager with a smart phone that thinks human beings are really advanced.

Really, the hand wringing is using lots of human calories. I suggest that we use the mind instead, since that is where behavior originates, and choose the most effective possible action that we can lawfully join together in doing.

BTW, my clicking on a + twinkle makes a greater - number. I new this voting thing was going to be abused, but this is downright babylonian.