A CheekyRose... by any other name would be just as cheeky.

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“I wanna be an anarchist with you…i mean i want to plant stuff”

-ELI

I’ll admit that sometimes I’d like to plant my foot up someones rear lol

…but most times I just want to plant stuff„, which will, of course, eventually exit someone’s rear. lol

Rears sure seam to have a lot to do with gardening. lol

Reblogged 1 year ago from finefading

Dylan Ratigan's GMO Merges With United Republic

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Getting Money Out With United Republic

If you missed the big news this week, our Get Money Out campaign has joined forces with  United Republic, whose aim is to fight the corrupting influence of well-financed special interests over American politics and government.  Not only is it the new home of the Get Money Out supporters, but also Lawrence Lessig’s Rootstrikers — together, they’ll be a powerful force.

“I think that this issue is one that’s been marked for 30 years by incremental approaches to fixing the problem, all of which have gotten wiped out the moment after they were passed, like McCain-Feingold,” says Nick Penniman, President of United Republic.  “We’ve reached a point in this issue in which I think many Americans similar to us realize that the entire system has to be overhauled and that nothing short of a complete overhaul is going to work.”

Dylan got a chance to sit down with Nick Penniman, Josh Silver and Jimmy Williams to talk about what the merger means, and what their plans are for United Republic, including investigative reporting, grant giving, and grassroots organizing around the country.

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Happy Feast Day everyone.  I hope you all have peace, love and a long nap today.

Make it #1 and “Make it so”

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So, who didn’t gasp and shudder at seeing the image of 84 year old Dorli Rainey after she was pepper sprayed last week?  Perhaps some cold hearted, blame the victim sorta fuckers didn’t, but I think most were shocked and appalled.  She was not attacking anyone, so what was the point?  Perhaps to delay and derail focus?

In her Democracy Now interview, just days after the incident, that seemed to be what she was thinking.

DORLI RAINEY: Well, first of all, it’s very painful. And when they say there are no after effects, I still have a pain in my lungs, and my voice is kind of raspy. I don’t know how long that will last. But the thing really is not about me getting pepper-sprayed. It is a much bigger issue than that, and I would like everybody to keep that in mind, that while we’re getting pepper-sprayed, other issues are not being heard. And that’s my problem. I feel issues become a major focus to the detriment of the real issues that cause this whole problem.

So, yep, police brutality must be addressed and practices reformed, but the fact is that it will undoubtedly continue to greater and lesser degrees into the foreseeable future and challenge protestors to stay focused and purposed.

Just yesterday, Michael Moore posted a proposed "Ten Things We Want" list and submitted it for the OWS General Assembly consideration.

Here is what I will propose to the General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street:

                                  10 Things We Want
                         A Proposal for Occupy Wall Street
                            Submitted by Michael Moore

    1. Eradicate the Bush tax cuts for the rich and institute new taxes on the wealthiest Americans and on corporations, including a tax on all trading on Wall Street (where they currently pay 0%).

    2. Assess a penalty tax on any corporation that moves American jobs to other countries when that company is already making profits in America. Our jobs are the most important national treasure and they cannot be removed from the country simply because someone wants to make more money.

    3. Require that all Americans pay the same Social Security tax on all of their earnings (normally, the middle class pays about 6% of their income to Social Security; someone making $1 million a year pays about 0.6% (or 90% less than the average person). This law would simply make the rich pay what everyone else pays.

    4. Reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act, placing serious regulations on how business is conducted by Wall Street and the banks.

    5. Investigate the Crash of 2008, and bring to justice those who committed any crimes.

    6. Reorder our nation’s spending priorities (including the ending of all foreign wars and their cost of over $2 billion a week). This will re-open libraries, reinstate band and art and civics classes in our schools, fix our roads and bridges and infrastructure, wire the entire country for 21st century internet, and support scientific research that improves our lives.

7. Join the rest of the free world and create a single-payer, free and universal health care system that covers all Americans all of the time.

8. Immediately reduce carbon emissions that are destroying the planet and discover ways to live without the oil that will be depleted and gone by the end of this century.

9. Require corporations with more than 10,000 employees to restructure their board of directors so that 50% of its members are elected by the company’s workers. We can never have a real democracy as long as most people have no say in what happens at the place they spend most of their time: their job. (For any U.S. businesspeople freaking out at this idea because you think workers can’t run a successful company: Germany has a law like this and it has helped to make Germany the world’s leading manufacturing exporter.)

10. We, the people, must pass three constitutional amendments that will go a long way toward fixing the core problems we now have. These include:

    a) A constitutional amendment that fixes our broken electoral system by 1) completely removing campaign contributions from the political process; 2) requiring all elections to be publicly financed; 3) moving election day to the weekend to increase voter turnout; 4) making all Americans registered voters at the moment of their birth; 5) banning computerized voting and requiring that all elections take place on paper ballots.

    b) A constitutional amendment declaring that corporations are not people and do not have the constitutional rights of citizens. This amendment should also state that the interests of the general public and society must always come before the interests of corporations.

    c) A constitutional amendment that will act as a “second bill of rights” as proposed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt: that every American has a human right to employment, to health care, to a free and full education, to breathe clean air, drink clean water and eat safe food, and to be cared for with dignity and respect in their old age.

That’s a great list, no doubt, but let’s consider 10a our collective can of pepper spray to bring about the “compliance” of our government for the rest of the list.  So, getting the money out of politics needs to be #1, in my not so humble opinion, otherwise the whole list is just a steaming pile of #2.

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Take a bath and get a job #OWS #Occupyinsanity

Reblogged 2 years ago from comicistic

Digby's 3 P's

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…nope, they don’t stand for puppies, purrs and petunias


Police, pain and peppers

by digby

Quite a few professional police officers and criminal justice academics are weighing in on this notion of “pain compliance” in the wake of that pepper spray assault at UC Davis.

As awful as these incidents have been, I can’t tell you heartened I am by the fact that people are finally speaking up on this subject. Indiscriminate tasering has been going on for years now, it’s clearly documented and rarely has anyone questioned the right of the police to inflict pain for mere non-compliance. (The tasering of the mentally ill is a separate subject.) YouTubes have gone viral and the comments to them suggest that many, many people find such violence hilarious and support it fully. I won’t even go into the way Hollywood uses it for cheap laughs.

Indeed, the most common arguments I hear on this topic is “if an officer tells you to do something, you don’t ask questions, you do it” and “the cops first obligation is to protect his own safety and the safety of other cops.” This means that a police officer essentially has the right to immediately taser/pepper spray anyone who doesn’t immediately respond in order to preserve his or her own safety. And the definition of “safety” is pretty malleable, as we saw this week-end:

Pepper-spray cop works his way through art history - Arts Post - The Washington Post

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Word on the Street

Reblogged 2 years ago from nevver

Texas College Republicans calls for resignation of statewide officer who called Obama assassination ‘tempting’

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cognitivedissonance:

The state board of Texas College Republicans have called for the resignation of their state secretary after she posted a tweet calling the assassination of Obama “tempting.”

The tweet comes after a 21-year-old Idaho man allegedly fired a semi-automatic weapon at the White House today. Two bullets hit the White House, and one cracked Obama’s bedroom window.

At 2:29 this afternoon, Lauren Pierce – a UT student that has served as secretary of statewide TCR since March, and as president of UT’s CR organization since May – tweeted, “Y’all as tempting as it may be, don’t shoot Obama. We need him to go down in history as the WORST president we’ve EVER had! #2012.”

A press release sent out by Texas College Republicans Communications Director John Chapman, reported the call for her resignation – from both secretary of TCR and president of UT CR.

“CR respects the sanctity of human life, and although we may disagree politically with President Obama, our organization respects President Obama and the position he holds as our Chief Executive and Commander-in-Chief. Our organization also realizes that calls for violence are the never the solution for any disagreement, political or otherwise,” the release said.

Good. I hope she takes the hint. More background here and here.

Reblogged 2 years ago from motherjones

The Metamovement | Umair Haque. Eudaimonics. Redesigning Global Prosperity.

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And make no mistake—this is revolt; insurrection against a monstrous, barbaric status quo that’s failed too many, too deserving, for too long—while serving too few, too undeserving, far too well. It is not in the nature of man or beast to stay yoked to the gleaming machines of their own economic, social, and moral annihilation. Better—as perhaps Bouazizi thought—to commit the ultimate act; to choose. To choose to let loose a brutally human cry; one whose echoes might come to define a defining decade.

So well said, but then Umair tends towards well said. :)

Testing

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Just a test of the non emergency #diditwork system.   This is only a test. There is no need to adjust your screen resolution, nor should there be any concern that poltergeists have taken over.  Well, unless they actually have, otherwise this is just a test.

 

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It’s Time To - “End This War” (by tradgedyandhope)

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