Angry New Yorkers organized an initiative called "Occupy Wall Street." Beginning September 17, they called for "tak(ing) the bull by the horns," referring to the familiar New York financial district symbol.
Its web site statement said:
"The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%."
Saying "I am sick and tired of being sick and tired," civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer's epitaph said it her way.
Today, we're all sick and tired of corrupted officials letting Wall Street crooks steal public wealth at the expense of millions ripped off to enrich them lavishly.
Occupy Wall Street activists are angry about "profit over and above all else." Because of political Washington collusion, it dominates public policy in America.
Comparing their initiative to Arab Spring uprisings, they said:
"On the 17th of September, we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up beds, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months."
"Like our brothers and sisters in Egypt, Greece, Spain, and Iceland, we plan to use the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic of mass occupation to restore democracy in America. We also encourage the use of nonviolence to achieve our ends and maximize the safety of all participants."
One of many protester signs read:
"The corrupt fear us. The honest support us. The heroic join us."
Adbusters organized the protests. On September 16, ahead of its September 17 inaugural, it published an "Orientation Guide," saying:
"Saturday's occupation begins at noon in Bowling Green Park....See you at the bull....The first people's assembly will start at 3pm at One Chase Manhattan Plaza and continue until our one demand is agreed by all."
Suggested ideas include:
-- revoking corporate personhood;
-- reinstating Glass-Steagall, decoupling commercial from investment banks and insurers, among other provisions to curb speculation;
-- imposing a Tobin tax on large financial transactions;
-- making corporations and rich Americans pay their fair share;
-- demanding Obama establish an "American Democracy Reform Commission" to end "monied corruption in Washington;" in other words, get money out of politics;
-- creating a similar commission for banking to assure for starters too-big-to-fail banks don't exist;
-- perhaps an "END THE MONIED CORRUPTION OF AMERICA MANIFESTO;" or
-- all of the above and more to create a level playing field.
Most important is returning money power to Congress as the Constitution's Article 1, Section 8 demands, saying:
"The Congress shall have Power....(t)o coin Money, (and) regulate the Value thereof...."
It didn't say bankers have a divine right to control the most important of all powers. More on that below.
"Agree to be bold (and) decisive against the financial corruption of America," say Occupy Wall Street organizers.
Kick it off there, then spread it nationally. Tough tasks take time, impossible ones a little longer. Anything is possible with enough sustained commitment. Survival depends on generating it.
On September 17, "our Tahrir moment beg(an)....strength, courage, nonviolence!"
Web sites, social networks, and one-on-one contacts spread the word to fight corrupt politics, corporate power, and Wall Street crooks.
Adbusters editor-in-chief Kalle Lasn said:
"We need to shake up the corporate-driven capitalist system were in. To do that, we need something radical."
Major media scoundrels first said nothing, then dismissively gave it short shrift. As America's lead wealth and power voice, The New York Times barely noticed. Then it did offensively in Ginia Bellafante's September 23 article headlined, "Gunning for Wall Street, With Faulty Aim," saying:
Occupy Wall Street is "a noble but fractured and airy movement of rightly frustrated young people...."
"(A) default ambassador (is) a half-naked woman who called herself Zuni Tikka....Ms. Tikka had taken off all but her cotton underwear and was dancing on the north side of Zuccotti Park, facing Liberty Street, just west of Broadway."
Bellafante arrogantly called real grievances "street theater." She mocked social injustice, calling protesters "a diffuse and leaderless convocation of activists...."
She scorned their "lack of cohesion and....apparent wish to pantomime progressivism rather than practice it knowledgeably...."
She downplayed crowd size, grit, anger and nonviolence. She mentioned scores of arrests but ignored police brutality.
Cops always do it, especially defending social injustice. Trends analyst Gerald Celente calls them "enforcers for crime bosses." They serve and protect America's super-rich, not ordinary Americans they attack for demanding their rights.
Since September 17, they've been out in force in New York, practicing their stock and trade (no pun intended), beating up on nonviolent protesters instead of supporting them.
They were pepper sprayed, maced, thrown to the ground, beaten, handcuffed, dragged off, and locked up. Even though hundreds, not thousands, turned out, they were committed, spreading the word, and urging others to join them.
Nonetheless, on September 26, Wall Street Journal writer Gordon Crovitz called last week's protests "a bust," saying "over-educated and under-employed" participants "learned a lesson: Just because it's on social media doesn't make it true."
Mocking social grievances, he added:
Most in Zuccotti Park "were typical left-wing critics of markets, Zionism and people who wear fur...."
"A tabloid headline, 'Violence Erupts at Wall St. Protest,' proved overstated."
Billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg said nothing about arrests and gratuitous abuse.
"Scores of protesters were arrested in Manhattan Saturday as a march against social inequality turned violent."
"Witnesses said they saw three stunned women collapse on the ground screaming after they were sprayed in the face."
"I saw a girl get slammed on the ground. I turned around and started screaming," said a young Brooklyn woman who said she was sprayed.
Another woman said:
"I was shocked because it seemed like one person after another was being brutally tackled, and it wasn't clear why. I was deeply disturbed to see (police) throw a man (down) and immediately they were pounding on him. Their arms were going back in the air. I couldn't believe how violent five people needed to be against one unarmed man."
Video images showed NYPD commander Anthony Bologna using pepper spray. In fact, he and other New York cops were sued for police violence during the 2004 Republican National Convention.
At the time, 1,800 were arrested. Many were held incommunicado under appalling conditions. The case will go to trial next year. Abused nonviolent protesters want justice.
Crovitz mocked Wall Street demonstrators, saying:
"Wall Street has survived much worse than some ragged protesters trying to occupy it....(S)ome ideas deserve to be sold short."
So do media scoundrels, making pimps, prostitutes and dope peddlers look good by comparison.
Wall Street Protest Spirit Going Viral
On September 27, Occupy Wall Street began going national. In Chicago, protesters camped out in front of the Federal Reserve. Others rallied outside the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.
On September 26, Michael Moore and Susan Sarandon joined New York protesters. They and others stressed that change never comes top down, only bottom up.
In early October, rallies are planned across America in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, San Diego, Washington, Lexington, KY, Seattle, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Dallas, Boston, Tampa, New Orleans, and dozens more communities including Canadian ones, hoping they'll show up everywhere committed for long denied social justice.
America's First Amendment guarantees free expression and assembly rights. Thuggish police across America attack them. Peaceful protesters are treated like criminals.
Police indeed are "enforcers for crime bosses," and not just in New York.
Money Power: The Root of All Evil in Private Hands
It discusses how Wall Street crooks transformed America into an unprecedented money making racket, facilitated by government collusion at the highest federal, state and local levels.
As a result, working Americans got scammed. For years, they've lost their savings, jobs, homes and futures to let privileged elites get richer and more powerful. The book explains, pulling no punches in exposing their criminality and duplicity.
At issue is powerful bankers having control over money, credit and debt for private enrichment. They've used it illegitimately to bankroll and collude with political Washington to implement laws favoring them and turn a blind eye to their criminal fraud and abuse.
As a result, decades of deregulation, outsourcing, economic financialization, and casino capitalism followed, producing asset bubbles, record budget and national debt levels, as well as depression-sized unemployment, depravation and anger.
Today's contagion is global. Billions suffer. Economies are wrecked to save banks. Washington is Wall Street occupied territory. They've gotten trillions of dollars to socialize losses, private profits, and run their printing press overtime for as much more as they want.
Whatever Wall Street wants, it gets. Powerful banks run America. Speculative fraud is their stock and trade. In their hands, corruption became an art form. Markets are manipulated to serve them. Politicians are used like handmaidens.
For decades, war on working Americans raged, transferring wealth to Wall Street, other corporate favorites, and super-rich elites already with too much.
Moreover, high-paying/good benefit jobs went overseas to cheap labor markets. Fewer low-pay/low or no benefit temporary or part-time ones replaced them. Essential social services eroded en route to eliminating them altogether, including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and public pensions.
Worse still, corporate/government collusion conspires to end all worker rights, return America to 19th century harshness, and enforce it by police state brutality.
America's well along toward the worst of all possible worlds, a hellish dystopia no one should tolerate.
Occupy Wall Street protesters know it. So do others across America. Everyone needs to!
Join the struggle for what's possible no other way!
It's high time to fight back, putting bodies on the line for long denied social justice!
There's no other way to get it!
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at email@example.com.
Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.
( I know I've posted this before; this is what's happening.)
Yuri Bezmenov is a former KGB agent and an expert on ideological subversion. He discusses the slow process of demoralization that transformed America from a conservative and mostly homogeneous country into a socially-marxist and egalitarian one.
Interview conducted by Edward Griffin in 1984.
Global Resources Needed To Combat Radiation Levels
Sep. 24, 2011
This month marked the half-year anniversary of the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami, and TEPCO and the Japanese government remain unable to control the nuclear emergency that continues to unfold.
Radiation levels exceed the Chernobyl disaster and now reach a level that is unknown to humans or machines. Radiation leakage from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was so high in August it exceeded the monitoring equipment's maximum measuring capacity.
Radiation experts estimate that more than 1 million people will die from Fukushima's radiation. According to Dr. Tatsuhiko Kodama, the director of Radioisotope Center at the University of Tokyo, the amount of radiation released thus far is equivalent to more than 29 "Hiroshima-type atomic bombs."
Despite these life-threatening levels of radiation contamination, the majority of pregnant women and children in Fukushima have not been evacuated and they occupy facilities that are unsafe. Their exposure to unhealthy levels of radiation places them at higher risks of cancer and other medical conditions, including death. It is time for the international community to become more involved.
U.S. secretly asked Japan to help dump nuclear reactors
The United States secretly sought Japan's support in 1972 to enable it to dump decommissioned nuclear reactors into the world's oceans under the London Convention, an international treaty being drawn up at the time.
Countries working on the wording of the pact wanted to specifically prohibit the dumping of radioactive waste at sea.
But Washington wanted to incorporate an exceptional clause in the case of decommissioned nuclear reactors.
These facts came to light in diplomatic records held by the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo and released at the request of The Asahi Shimbun.
Japan did not offer a clear answer when it was approached by the United States on the issue. Eventually, however, Washington succeeded in incorporating the clause into the treaty.
As the U.S. continues to stand by Israel, Washington's now coming under fire for new revelations of its dealings with the country. It's claimed the White House sold dozens of bunker-buster bombs to Tel Aviv - weapons best suited for destroying underground nuclear facilities in Iran. A deal to buy the bombs during the Bush administration in 2005 foundered over concerns Israel could pass the technology on to China. But claims have now emerged that the weapons were secretly released shortly after Obama took office in 2009. Observers fear the move could lead to a new war.
Pakistan and "The Haqqani Network" : The Latest Orchestrated Threat to America and The End of History
By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
September 27, 2011
Have you ever before heard of the Haqqanis? I didn’t think so. Like Al Qaeda, about which no one had ever heard prior to 9/11, the “Haqqani Network” has popped up in time of need to justify America’s next war--Pakistan.
President Obama’s claim that he had Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden exterminated deflated the threat from that long-serving bogyman. A terror organization that left its leader, unarmed and undefended, a sitting duck for assassination no longer seemed formidable. Time for a new, more threatening, bogyman, the pursuit of which will keep the “war on terror” going.
Now America’s “worst enemy” is the Haqqanis. Moreover, unlike Al Qaeda, which was never tied to a country, the Haqqani Network, according to Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, is a “veritable arm” of the Pakistani government’s intelligence service, ISI. Washington claims that the ISI ordered its Haggani Network to attack the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 13 along with the US military base in Wadak province.
Senator Lindsey Graham, a member of the Armed Services committee and one of the main Republican warmongers, declared that “all options are on the table” and gave the Pentagon his assurance that in Congress there was broad bipartisan support for a US military attack on Pakistan.
As Washington has been killing large numbers of Pakistani civilians with drones and has forced the Pakistani army to hunt for Al Qaeda throughout most of Pakistan, producing tens of thousands or more of dislocated Pakistanis in the process, Sen. Graham must have something larger in mind.
The Pakistani government thinks so, too. The Pakistani prime minister,Yousuf Raza Gilani, called his foreign minister home from talks in Washington and ordered an emergency meeting of the government to assess the prospect of an American invasion.
Meanwhile, Washington is rounding up additional reasons to add to the new threat from the Haqqanis to justify making war on Pakistan: Pakistan has nuclear weapons and is unstable and the nukes could fall into the wrong hands; the US can’t win in Afghanistan until it has eliminated sanctuaries in Pakistan; blah-blah.
Washington has been trying to bully Pakistan into launching a military operation against its own people in North Waziristan. Pakistan has good reasons for resisting this demand. Washington’s use of the new “Haqqani threat” as an invasion excuse could be Washington’s way of overcoming Pakistan’s resistance to attacking its North Waziristan provence, or it could be, as some Pakistani political leaders say, and the Pakistani government fears, a “drama” created by Washington to justify a military assault on yet another Muslim country.
Over the years of its servitude as an American puppet, the Pakistan government has brought this on itself. Pakistanis let the US purchase the Pakistan government, train and equip its military, and establish CIA interface with Pakistani intelligence. A government so dependent on Washington could say little when Washington began violating its sovereignty, sending in drones and special forces teams to kill alleged Al Qaeda, but usually women, children, and farmers. Unable to subdue after a decade a small number of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, Washington has placed the blame for its military failure on Pakistan, just as Washington blamed the long drawn-out war on the Iraqi people on Iran’s alleged support for the Iraqi resistance to American occupation.
Some knowledgeable analysts’ about whom you will never hear in the “mainstream media,” say that the US military/security complex and their neoconservative whores are orchestrating World War III before Russia and China can get prepared. As a result of the communist oppression, a signifiant percentage of the Russian population is in the American orbit. These Russians trust Washington more than they trust Putin. The Chinese are too occupied dealing with the perils of rapid economic growth to prepare for war and are far behind the threat.
War, however, is the lifeblood of the profits of the military/security complex, and war is the chosen method of the neoconservatives for achieving their goal of American hegemony.
Pakistan borders China and former constituent parts of the Soviet Union in which the US now has military bases on Russia’s borders. US war upon and occupation of Pakistan is likely to awaken the somnolent Russians and Chinese. As both possess nuclear ICBMs, the outcome of the military/security complex’s greed for profits and the neoconservatives’ greed for empire could be the extinction of life on earth.
The patriots and super-patriots who fall in with the agendas of the military-security complex and the flag-waving neoconservatives are furthering the “end-times” outcome so fervently desired by the rapture evangelicals, who will waft up to heaven while the rest of us die on earth.
This is not President Reagan’s hoped for outcome from ending the cold war.
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan’s first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Mitterrand.
BEIRUT (AP) — Angry supporters of President Bashar Assad's regime hurled tomatoes and eggs at the U.S. ambassador to Syria on Thursday as he entered the office of a leading opposition figure and then tried to break into the building, trapping him inside for three hours.
The Obama administration blamed the Syrian government for the attack in Damascus, saying it was part of an ongoing, orchestrated campaign to intimidate American diplomats in the country. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton condemned the attack as "wholly unjustified."
Ambassador Robert Ford, an outspoken critic of Assad's crackdown on the 6-month-old revolt against the regime, has angered Syrian authorities before by showing support for the uprising. The latest incident promises to raise tensions even further.
Ford came under attack by about 100 Assad supporters as he arrived for the meeting with Hassan Abdul-Azim, who heads the outlawed Arab Socialist Democratic Union party. Abdul-Azim is a strong critic of Assad's regime and was briefly detained by authorities earlier this year.
Such incidents are usually not spontaneous in Syria, and Thursday's attack came amid high tension between the two nations, as well as accusations by Damascus that Washington is inciting violence in the country.
The protesters were ready with eggs and tomatoes when the delegation arrived and threw them at the Americans as they entered the building.
Adrian Salbuchi makes an appeal to the Alternate Media to not just tell the Truth and inform the public of everything that is wrong, but to make the necessary Quantum Leap by proposing SOLUTIONS to all our problems...
Gays in the military can wed their partners on base with a military chaplains -- if the ceremony is in a state where gay marriage is legal and the chaplain's religious affiliation permits clergy to officiate at same-sex marriages, according to Religion News Service.
ChemTrail Pilot Admits to "Domestic Terrorism"! Illegal Spraying of Humans
THIS IS ONLY "ONE EXPERIMENT" on Humans.
USA Today: Meet Weather Modification Inc.
Source: USA Today - Maria Sudekum Fisher, Associated Press Writer
LAKIN, Kan. — Water is prized in western Kansas, where aquifers are suffering and farms are miles wide and generations deep; a scant half inch of rain can mean the difference between a successful season and a failed one.
But when it comes in the form of fist-sized balls of ice known as hail, water's more than a menace. It can damage and even destroy crops.
That's where the Western Kansas Weather Modification Program and other cloud-seeding operations across the western U.S. come in. The WKWMP is among about 10 programs that tinker with the weather — either by trying to cut the size of hail or boost rainfall and snowpack. They do it largely by shooting up storm clouds with silver iodide or dry ice mixtures.
Other countries also have used or considered using weather modification. The United Arab Emirates has investigated cloud seeding to help increase rainfall. China has announced plans to use cloud seeding to manage rainfall during the 2008 Olympics, and Indonesia has used it to try to fight fires.
Cloud seeding has a host of critics, from those who say there is no good science to support claims that it works to others who raise concerns about the possibility that it actually may cause less rain and harm the environment.
But as water supplies show signs of stress around the globe and insurance companies add up hail damage payouts, weather modification programs persist.
"What's beginning to happen is that worldwide, people are realizing that water, especially fresh water, is a very precious resource, and we need to do what we can to increase the availability of that resource," said Bruce Boe, director of meteorology for Weather Modification Inc., a Fargo, N.D.,-based company that has been seeding clouds since the 1960s. Weather Modification Inc. has contracts in the U.S., Africa, southeast Asia and Canada, where Weather Modification Inc. does business with insurance companies.
"They'll say, 'We paid out $500, $600 million in claims on hail damage, and the forecast is for more hail storms, so we want you to come in for a couple million dollars and take care of the hail,"' Boe said.
Cloud seeding was developed after World War II to try to increase rainfall. The theory is that the silver iodide, which has a structure that resembles ice, creates raindrops in the clouds, increasing precipitation and reducing moisture for hail formation.
In the U.S., weather modification programs are largely run by individual states and counties. But a measure before the U.S. Senate would allocate $10 million a year to establish the Weather Mitigation Advisory and Research Board, which would develop policy and research weather modification programs.
Kansas started its program in 1975. The Western Kansas Weather Modification Program now covers about 8,000 miles and is used about 85% of the time for hail reduction. The program, which receives state and local funding, was briefly extended into northwest Kansas in the late 1990s. But residents became concerned that cloud seeding may have been reducing their rainfall amounts and voted the program out.
The WKWMP operates from April through September with four planes. Program manager Walt Geiger monitors the weather from a radar station at the tiny Kearny County airport in Lakin. When he sees a storm developing, one with "lots of strong vertical action" that could be a hail producer, Geiger notifies the pilots, who then head into the storms in their single-engine planes, armed with nerves and bayonet-sized canisters of silver iodide.
A 1998-1999 study of the WKWMP found that while there was a statistically significant reduction in hail that year, there was no evidence to support the program's attempts to increase rainfall.
The science behind cloud seeding, while "excellent at the microscopic level," doesn't translate too well outside the lab, says Terry Kastens, professor of agriculture economy at Kansas State University, which conducted the study.