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Counter Class and Protest in NYC

Posted 10 months ago on Sept. 25, 2013, 10:25 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt (1) from Plainfield, NJ

Join the Free University for the second in a biweekly series of “Counter-Classes” to immediately follow General David Petraeus's course, “Are We on the Threshold of the North American Decade?” We intend to counter his course with critical education of our own.

On Monday, September 30, we will have class outside Baruch College's Vertical Campus, after the CUNY Board of Trustees meeting. There we will host a 6pm dialogue on the connections between the decision-making process to hire David Petraeus, the implementation of CUNY Pathways, and disregard for student and faculty input in these and many other decisions. How can students, faculty, and staff unite to make our voices heard?

Immediately preceding our event will be a 3:30pm demonstration outside Baruch College to protest the Board of Trustees meeting.

More details TBA!




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[-] 3 points by Ache4Change (3280) 10 months ago

'Petraeus has also taught the shale gas industry some important things, as well.

Namely, Petraeus was one of the co-authors of the "Counterinsurgency (COIN) Field Manual" that Anadarko Petroleum PR hand Matt Carmichael said he has employees read at the “Media & Stakeholder Relations: Hydraulic Fracturing Initiative 2011” conference in Houston, TX in 2011.

"Download the U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Manual because we are dealing with an insurgency," said Carmichael at the conference. "There’s a lot of good lessons in there, and coming from a military background, I found the insight in that extremely remarkable."

One of the key COIN tactics covered in the Field Manual is psychological operations (PSYOPs), also discussed at the Houston conference by Range Resources spokesman Matt Pitzarella.' from -


So solidarity at the excellent CUNY staff and students' response to the attempted rehabilitation of this warmonger and corporate enabler.

Never Give Up Exposing The Corporate Imperial Nexus! Occupy The Issues! Solidarity.

[-] 0 points by ZenDog (13083) from South Burlington, VT 10 months ago

maybe we should read that book ourselves - what do you think?

[-] 3 points by Ache4Change (3280) 10 months ago

'Petraeus also has a teaching gig at University of Southern California (USC) and a day job working at the Wall Street firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR).' from my link above.

With reference to the USMC 'Counter Intelligence Manual' why would we need to read it? So we can normalise the security state? Or so we can withstand it? Whatever floats your boat I suppose and re-replying because I'm advised that my previous reply was removed - probably because I included a link to 'COIN' via amazon so you'll have to find it yourself, embedded in my previous 'NoC' link.

'Never Give Up Exposing The Corporate, Military, Banker Nexus! Occupy Transparency!

[-] 0 points by ZenDog (13083) from South Burlington, VT 10 months ago

simply exposing them will not suffice, not when they will use the principles within that book to a) directly interdict our efforts, b) enhance their own ability to sell their version to the general public

Are you going to go into the boxing ring without training? I would hope not.

This is no different. Understand the rules, and learn to use the tools that are available. Your greatest weapon is your own mind, their greatest potential weakness is their own mind. If you think that we are not at war then you have not been paying attention.

[-] 2 points by Ache4Change (3280) 10 months ago

Simply exposing will not suffice, I agree but it still has to be done as American people are being royally ripped off at every turn, so do see - http://www.nationofchange.org/five-ways-capitalism-ripping-american-people-1380551003 - and also - http://www.nationofchange.org/trans-pacific-partnership-corporate-coup-disguise-1380720577 . I am very wary of their ''rules'' so rest assured that I have 'been paying attention'. Never Give Up Resisting The Corporatocracy! Occupy Your Heart! Solidarity.

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (8689) from Phoenix, AZ 10 months ago

When one considers that it is the collective effort of all the staff that creates the conditions that allow this $200,000 to be paid, one might become upset. However consider that in part because of the nature of this business it is only $200,000, in many other areas a comparable person would get ten or a hundred times as much from his or her fellow co-workers, consider Dick Cheney, (sorry for the profanity), he took $30,000,000/yr from his co-workers.

[-] 0 points by ZenDog (13083) from South Burlington, VT 10 months ago

actually I don't see it as taking from fellow workers - it generally comes from tuition, or in Cheney's case, where it may be said Haliburton had government contracts, it came from public taxes. Surely a clear and undeniable indication the public was grossly overcharged . . .

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (8689) from Phoenix, AZ 10 months ago

That would be the next step out all revenue comes from customers, but value comes from the employees, I think it can be seen either way, looking at it this way removes the "well you don't have to buy it" bullshit from the right when talking about what the CEO at Coke makes.

[-] 0 points by ZenDog (13083) from South Burlington, VT 10 months ago

Value comes from far more than just the employees - it comes from policy, which itself comes from belief and ideology - which then pushes them one way or the other.

They are a very important component of the equation, no doubt, especially since in some ways they are the final filter of that policy, which in the end results in a significant contributor to customer satisfaction.

but yes, I see your point. Don't buy coke. I don't do coke myself.

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (8689) from Phoenix, AZ 10 months ago

Some believe people, (ie employees) write policy some think it was handed down from on high long ago, I tend to lean with those that say employees write it.

I still hold that in the end the value comes from the work of people. I actually expand that to include dogs in the "advance course".

[-] 0 points by ZenDog (13083) from South Burlington, VT 10 months ago

I tend to lean with those that say employees write it.

I take it you've never worked under management that rules with an iron fist.

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (8689) from Phoenix, AZ 10 months ago

That speaks to one of the main problems management (and employees thinking management is not) thinking they are not employees, all are employees.