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Get Some More!

Here’s a few more links. These are mostly longer-form magazine type formats and provide some very interesting takes on a wide variety of subjects. Enjoy!

The Atlantic Magazine

New Yorker Magazine

Foreign Policy Magazine

The Daily Beast (Newsweek magazine)

Mother Jones Magazine

Al Jazeera
Excellent reporting.

Christian Science Monitor
While neither Christian nor scientific, this site provides some good reads nonetheless.

The Guardian newspaper (UK & US)

Feel free to submit your favorites in the comments!

Live From Bloombergistan!

Things have changed quite a bit since Mayor Bloomberg ordered the military-style raid on Liberty Plaza. The Occupation has been forced to shift gears and adapt to the escalating actions of those who wish to silence our message. Bottom line: we’re still here. Even on Thanksgiving.

Liberty Plaza was an indescribable coming together of disenfranchised citizens from all over the nation. We developed a community that was leaderless and functioned with the sense of community typically associated with rural small towns. Was it perfect? No. No community on the planet is. Was it functional? More than I could ever have hoped for. Did we accomplish what we wanted to? Not yet, but we got a damn good start.

Liberty Plaza was necessary for the birth of the Occupation; symbolically as well as strategically. It necessarily instilled in us all a cooperative spirit in our fight for equality against the 1%. They forced us to stick together. While this fight is still in it’s infancy, we grow stronger the more the rich and powerful wield their power against their fellow Americans.

As essential as Liberty Plaza was to the beginning of the movement, nobody went to live in the park just to take the space. It’s always been about message. We used it to our advantage and now that we don’t physically occupy the space anymore we must shift tactics and continually force the issues, keeping the Occupy movement in the public eye.

So what’s changed? They can hear us now. And they’re scared. They’re afraid they’re losing the messaging war. The right-wing wordsmith-in-chief Frank Luntz just released their new anti-OWS talking points. Things like ‘don’t say middle-class or capitalism’. Well their team is in trouble because the truth hurts. When that truth is that you can’t afford to feed your family despite working two jobs; or that you have to choose between medication and heating oil; or that you’re an un-employed aging worker in a sea of under/un-employed workers, then the propaganda of the 1% starts to undermine itself. The ‘trickle-down’ and  ‘get a job’ meme is getting stale as Americans know that there are no jobs. There is a complete disconnect between how the vast majority of Americans survive live and those at the top of the food chain barely scrape by.

Just today, good ole’ boy Newt Gingrich said children don’t work enough.

“Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works, so they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday,” Gingrich said.

“They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash’ unless it’s illegal.”

He then proceeded to talk up his 12-year-old granddaughter and how she “saved for eight months for an ipad”. Well excuse me dick Newt, Americans are struggling to feed themselves in record numbers, and your complete lack of awareness is mind-boggling coming from someone who is supposedly qualified to lead the nation. Never-mind the fact that your average 12-year-old can’t just ‘save’ $600 plus dollars. Of course it helps when your grandpa made $55 million over 10 years for not lobbying.

Which brings me to the brave, patriotic leader of this great nation, Bloombergistan. I know, some still refer to it as New York City. But make no mistake; Lord Bloomberg is in charge and he’ll deploy his military against his constituents any time he sees fit. Try to take a picture of his army and they’ll throw you in jail too, journalist or citizen. The First Amendment only applies if He says it does.

I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh-biggest army in the world.”

I have my own State Department, to Foggy Bottom’s annoyance. We have the UN in New York, so we have entrée into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have.”

Pompous ass. Us peasants are so fortunate to be ruled by such a sadistic gracious man. Why do you need an ‘army’ to govern an American city? What must we do to not run afoul of your ‘army’?

So the fight continues. We will accept nothing less than fundamental change in the treatment of our fellow citizens; morally as well as economically. We’ve been ignored. We’ve been laughed at. Now we fight. What’s left?

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

Occupy Obama

Makana was invited to the APEC summit of world leaders in Hawaii this past weekend to play instrumental music at the gala dinner. When he got on stage, he opened his jacket to reveal “Occupy With Aloha” on his shirt. He then proceeded to play the following song for 45 minutes in front of Obama, the Chinese Premiere Hu Jintao, and 18-19 other world leaders!

And So Can You!

So a fellow blogger proposed a great event on November 25, the day after Thanksgiving.

1. The idea: on November 25, the day after Thanksgiving, people will gather in designated spots in cities around the country where there are encampments of OWS protesters.

2. They will have warm weather gear to donate to the protesters. This can be blankets, socks, sleeping bags, hand and foot warmers, sweaters, or anything you think can be used to keep the camping protesters warm throughout the winter. The items can be secondhand (and clean, you know). New items can be purchased whenever, preferably not on the exploitative day coined by marketers as “Black Friday.”

Go ahead and click through to read the entire post. Then, collect up some warm clothes, blankets, tarps, gloves, rain gear, or whatever you can. Take it down to your local Occupy the day after Thanksgiving, meet some great people, and show your support!

Occupy Minds

Everyone is asking us. What do we want? What do we think we can possibly accomplish by occupying parks and plazas all over the country. What has to happen for all of us to pack it up and go home? Mayor Bloomberg told us we’re destroying jobs. He said we’re too stupid to understand why we’re pissed off. They’re calling us mobs; totally unlike the tea-party rallies this past summer. Yeah, we don’t have any tri-corner hats, teabags attached to our clothes, or awesome signs. What we do have is the support of millions of Americans that recognize that the deck is stacked against them.

If you walk through Zuccotti Park (yes I still call it Zuccotti instead of Liberty Plaza because I like the fact that we took over a park named after one of the 1%), you can ask 100 people why they’re here and get 100 different answers. You’ll find the exact same thing at any gathering of protesters. The one thing that ties all of us together is the fact that 99% of the American people have been thrown by the wayside and left behind to the benefit of the top 1%. We want the system that has failed us to change. We want a revolution of America’s morals and values.

So how do we accomplish this? The first step is changing the conversation and forcing people to recognize the gross inequality inherent in the current economic situation. In the graph below, you can see how we’ve already increased usage of the term “income inequality” in the news over the past two months.

Acknowledging the problem is the first step in remedying it. Millions of Americans can’t afford to pay for their basic needs. Millions more are literally one missed paycheck away from being forced out onto the streets to live. This cannot stand. We live in the wealthiest nation on earth, yet this is how we treat our fellow citizens? Our neighbors? Our families?

“A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi

On Saturday, a little girl stopped her mother on the sidewalk in front of me and asked “Mom, why are all these people camping out in the park?”. “Well honey, the Government hasn’t been listening to them, so they came down here to make sure the Government can hear them”. So we peaceably assemble in the heart of the world’s foremost financial district, the proverbial scene of the crime, to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. We will not leave until change does occur.

I saw a great sign yesterday that read “If you can’t afford to miss a day of work to come down here, you belong here“. Please support Occupy. If not monetarily or with donations then in raising awareness through conversation with your friends, coworkers, neighbors, church goers, bank tellers, even the checker at the grocery store. Occupy people’s minds and change will happen. Thank you for your support.

We Are Many. We Are One. We Are The 99%.