Send Back These Clowns + Occupy! by Ed Ciaccio

by Ed Ciaccio
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November 25, 2011

GOP Presidential Debate June 13, 2011 in New H...

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Send Back These Clowns

(With apologies to Stephen Sondheim)

Aren’t they rich, and so sincere,
Making such speeches and promises
In debates this year?
These GOP clowns.

Mitt flips and flops, Newt juggles ideas,
Bachmann and Cain and both Ricks
Inflate our fears.
Send back these clowns,
These horrible clowns.

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Chris Hedges: What’s Next for the Occupy Movement?

with Chris Hedges
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Nov. 27, 2011

The People's Library (35/37)

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Nov. 23, 2011

It has been over two months since Adbusters, a Canadian magazine, sent out a call to protest the inequality of our financial system by physically occupying Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan. With a rallying cry of “We are the 99 Percent,” protestors set up camp on September 17th to articulate the deep frustration felt by those who have been affected by an economic crisis manufactured by financial institutions. The protest has since expanded from that single gathering in New York’s financial district to a global movement which has seen over 1000 encampments. Continue reading

The Futile “Freedom” of American Feudalism by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
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November 21, 2011

A reporter once wrote:

“Almost joyfully, almost masochistically, they have turned to an authoritarianism which releases them form the strain of individual decision and choice and thought- this  allows them the luxury of letting someone else make the decisions and take the risks, in return for which they gladly give their own obedience… Continue reading

Senators Demand the Military Lock Up American Citizens in a “Battlefield” They Define as Being Right Outside Your Window

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Updated: Nov. 29, 2011 added video

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Noam Chomsky – 7th Annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture: Unpeople

Noam Chomsky

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Speech delivered Nov. 5, 2011

on Nov 24, 2011

The ESML is AFOPA’s showpiece event. This year’s guest speaker, Noam Chomsky, is a world renowned linguist, philosopher, and human rights activist.

The Edward Said Memorial Lecutre organisers, the University of Adelaide and the Australian Friends of Palestine Association (AFOPA), celebrate Chomsky’s recognition as a recipient of the 2011 Sydney Peace Prize.

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Michael Parenti: Imperialism and the 99% Solution

with Michael Parenti
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Michael Parenti Blog
Nov. 21, 2011

Nafta SucKs

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by Paul Hamel

The Communist Party of Canada and Lap Cat Productions presents Michael Parenti on 1 November 2011 for a talk entitled “Imperialism & the 99% Solution”.

Filmed at the McLeod Auditorium at the University of Toronto in part to support “The People’s Voice”.

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Law of Value 8: Subject/Object by Brendan M. Cooney

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Capitalism Sucks - Graffiti on Closed Factory

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on Nov 15, 2011

One of the more common objections raised to Marx’s theory of value, at least here in the theoretical void of cyberspace, is the objection posed by subjective value theory. Though these modern objections often take quite a crude, simplistic tone, they are echoes of a rather old debate, one that dates back to debates between Marxists and Austrian economists that took place in the late 1800′s and early 1900′s. Continue reading

Michael Hudson: The Super Committee and the Attack on Labor


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with Michael Hudson
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Nov. 21, 2011

on Nov 21, 2011

Michael Hudson: Austerity and recession used to lower wages

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Letter to Members of the Congressional Super Committee by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Nov. 21, 2011

Tax the Rich

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As the November 23rd deadline approaches for the “super committee” to find $1.2 trillion in deficit cuts over the next 10 years, I am writing to urge the members of the committee to consider options to cut government spending and raise revenue that extend beyond those typically discussed on Capitol Hill and in the media. Members of Congress – both Democrats and Republicans – often appear to be struggling to find deficit-cutting proposals that will either go far enough or attract bipartisan support. I have two proposals that should on the merits – absent the undue influence of special interests in our nation.

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Sir, No Sir! (must-see)

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Corporate Greed

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Note: replaced video Dec. 19, 2012

“In the 1960’s an anti-war movement emerged that altered the course of history. This movement didn’t take place on college campuses, but in barracks and on aircraft carriers. It flourished in army stockades, navy brigs and in the dingy towns that surround military bases. It penetrated elite military colleges like West Point. And it spread throughout the battlefields of Vietnam. It was a movement no one expected, least of all those in it. Hundreds went to prison and thousands into exile. And by 1971 it had, in the words of one colonel, infested the entire armed services. Yet today few people know about the GI movement against the war in Vietnam.”


Produced, Directed and Written by David Zeiger.

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Ex-Inspector Rejects IAEA Iran Bomb Test Chamber Claim by Gareth Porter + Robert Kelley: New Iran report proves nothing

by Gareth Porter
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crossposted at IPS
Nov. 19, 2011

WASHINGTON, Nov 19, 2011 (IPS) – A former inspector for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repudiated its major new claim that Iran built an explosives chamber to test components of a nuclear weapon and carry out a simulated nuclear explosion.

The IAEA claim that a foreign scientist – identified in news reports as Vyacheslav Danilenko – had been involved in building the alleged containment chamber has now been denied firmly by Danilenko himself in an interview with Radio Free Europe published Friday.

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Canadian Government Silence Over Torture Reeks of Hypocrisy by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
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East Africa
20 November 2011

A chronically ill Canadian man who has endured torture at the hands of the Western-backed Bahraini regime is facing a five-year jail sentence that could put his life at risk.

For the past eight months, Naser Al Raas (28), from Ottawa, has been subjected to a nightmarish  ordeal: illegally detained for weeks, tortured, prosecuted by a military court, charged with offences on the basis of forced confession, denied legal counsel, and finally sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for offences he says he did not commit. On Monday, 21 November, he will hear the verdict of his appeal for release.

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First Steps in Reforming the U.S. Financial and Tax System by Michael Hudson

by Michael Hudson
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Nov. 21, 2011

Day 9 Occupy Wall Street September 25 2011 Sha...

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The Occupy Wall Street movement has many similarities with what used to be called the Great Awakening periods in America. Such periods always begin by realizing how serious the problem is. So diagnosis is the most important tactic. Diagnosing the problem mobilizes power for a solution. Otherwise, solutions will seem to come out of thin air and people won’t understand why they are needed, or even the problems that solutions are intended to cure. The basic problem today is that nearly everyone is in debt. This is the problem in Europe too. There are Occupy Berlin meetings, the Greek and Icelandic protests, Spain’s “Indignant” demonstrations and similar ones throughout the world.

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As Deficit Super Committee Fails, “Occupy” Activists in Washington, DC Provide Inspiring Plan for US Economy + The 99%’s Deficit Proposal

by Andy Worthington
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21 November 2011

Occupy Wall Street Day 20

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As was revealed in summer, when Tea Party Republicans were prepared to see America’s credit rating downgraded from AAA for the first time in its history rather than reaching a budget agreement with the administration (an act that ought to have counted as economic treason), the possibility of a bipartisan group reaching an agreement to reduce America’ s deficit has to be regarded as something close to impossible.

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The Stimulator: Occupy the Machine

99% over 1%

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on Nov 21, 2011

This week:

1. Occupy movement under attack
2. Waking up to the role of the police
3. Bloomberg’s real message
4. Anonymous strikes at the 1%

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