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The Jehoshua Novels


Occupy Gracie Mansion

Bill De Blasio was sworn in as New York’s mayor yesterday.

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Coming Soon: Occupy Wall St. Debit Card

ABC News, By Alan Farnham, October 2

An offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement plans to issue its own debit card. What’s next? The Occupy-edition Range Rover?

Asked this same snide question, Carne Ross, a board member of the Occupy Money Cooperative, tells ABC News that his group’s intentions could not be more altruistic [...]

One Step Closer to Pitchforks and Torches

A curious little item in Time Magazine this issue:

If you are in any doubt about how little has changed on Wall Street since 2008, check out yesterday’s front page New York Times story about how banks like Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley profited wildly by hoarding and slowing the supply of various commodity metals [...]

Picture This

It’s January in the South. Two teams are gearing up to play a professional football playoff game, the semi-finals. The winner gets bragging rights to be the conference champion. The host city spent billions in taxpayer dollars on a stadium to keep the team local. Worldwide television is covering the game, Tens of thousands of [...]

Attention: American Labour

This is the way you do it:

Beijing (CNN) — Dozens of Chinese workers angry over a pay dispute have held their U.S. boss hostage for five days, the American businessman said.

Chip Starnes, co-founder and president of Specialty Medical Supplies China, has been trapped in the company’s suburban Beijing factory since Friday. He told [...]

The list

I was heartened to learn that Alan Grayson took the correct side on the surveillance issue.

This is a watershed moment.

So far, Dick Cheney, John Kerry, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barak Obama, Lindsey Graham and Nancy Pelosi have publicly placed themselves on the shit list, along with a host of “reporters” and bureaucrats.

Ron [...]

Freedom Is Free. Fascism, However…

So it turns out that Mayor Mike Bloomberg has yet another black eye in his third term: Occupy Wall Street:

After eleven months of talking in the courts, New York City has agreed to pay Occupy Wall Street almost a quarter of a million dollars.

The lawsuit, filed on May 24, 2012, by lawyers representing [...]

Nominee to Lead C.I.A. Clears Hurdle After Release of Drone Data

New York Times, By Scott Shane, March 5

Washington — The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday voted 12 to 3 to confirm John O. Brennan as director of the Central Intelligence Agency after the White House agreed to provide more information on the legal basis for targeted killings of Americans abroad who are believed to [...]

Pride

Early morning, April 4 A shot rings out in the Memphis sky Free at last, they took your life They could not take your pride It is fitting and appropriate that this week sees the re-inauguration of President Barack Obama and the celebration of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [...]

F.B.I. Counterterrorism Agents Monitored Occupy Movement, Records Show

New York Times, By Michael S. Schmidt & Colin Moynihan, December 24

Washington — The Federal Bureau of Investigation used counterterrorism agents to investigate the Occupy Wall Street movement, including its communications and planning, according to newly disclosed agency records.

The F.B.I. records show that as early as September 2011, an agent from a [...]

Occupy activists sue Los Angeles over harsh treatment from police

Agence France-Presse, December 24

Activists with Occupy Los Angeles have filed suit against the city for what they allege was harsh police treatment as they were swept off City Hall grounds over a year ago, court documents show.

An estimated 1,400 officers drove about 300 demonstrators off the grounds on November 30, 2011; the activists [...]

Michael Parenti: The 1% Pathology and the Myth of Capitalism (VIDEO)

Via Seattle Community Media:

Dr. Michael Parenti gave this keynote speech for the 4th Annual People’s Movement Assembly at Evergreen State Collage October 19, 2012. Dr. Parenti is the author of numerous books and is a charismatic and electrifying speaker. He spoke about economics, neoliberalism, globalization and the history of capitalism.

WATCH:

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There Are Somethings Only Government Can Do…

…And even then, there’s no guarantee they will do them well:

“I asked, ‘Why haven’t you been sent out?’” he says. “Then he just lays the story on me, tells me about all the personnel they have out there, more than 100 ambulances, two paramedics per ambulance, everybody waiting for marching orders.”

Horrified, the logistical [...]

Picture of the Day

Members of OccupySandy feed FEMA workers – oh, the irony!

Via @OccupyWallStNYC

OWS is now in the debt forgiveness business

Via Will Wheaton’s Tumblr we learn of the People’s Bailout known as Rolling Jubilee, to be kicked off by a streaming event on November 15th.

Now OWS is launching the ROLLING JUBILEE, a program that has been in development for months. OWS is going to start buying distressed debt (medical bills, student loans, etc.) in [...]