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While this blog was initially about my adventures in growing my own food, it has morphed into a window into my search for the truth and justice I was raised to revere. Also, be warned that while I strive to be open-minded and open-hearted, I can have some very strong opinions on certain subjects.

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  1. #occupywallstreet: thecommunes: There are those who said early on that one of...

    thecommunes:

    There are those who said early on that one of #OCCUPYWALLSTREET’s weaknesses was it’s decentralized structure. The idea of #OWS was initially to bring large groups of people from all over the country to New York, to Wall Street, as the largest possible singular demonstration would logically have the largest possible impact. Centralization was thought to be necessary if the media was to take the movement seriously and to get their message out. While this was the initial focus, eventually people began to create Occupations in their own home cities across the country. And this decentralized model proved to be a great success: once there was an occupation in almost every town in the country, a resurgence of political awareness and meaningful communication began. We, the people, had truly found our voice.

    Occupy started as a political movement, an expression of dissatisfaction with the status quo imposed constantly in the bourgeois political sphere. In the days following the initial push to reclaim public space, however, the movement transformed into a very fight for survival. Occupy had the attention of the people in whatever city it was gathering in, but this means nothing if the movement cannot sustain itself. Soon, kitchens opened up, bringing food and drink to Occupiers in the public squares. Libraries were started with donated books, bringing literacy, entertainment, and the spark of new ideas to the embryonic communes. Media centres, art production, and other forms of community sustenance began to take root in these reborn public spaces. In this, people began to rediscover - on a personal level - their connection to themselves, the work of their hands, and their fellow citizens. No longer were they alienated through the structures of capitalist society.

    Though this light of hope burned brightly in most Occupations for several weeks, the time soon came for the institutional reaction. Occupations across the country were raided, pepper-sprayed, and generally harassed into oblivion. Due to a combination of severe repression and the onset of winter, #OWS has entered the twilight of its first phase. Only a handful of camps remain, and their numbers are light. However, the aims of the new Occupiers have shifted in an important way: from creating a media spectacle to capture the public interest, to concrete and meaningful direct actions. An example lies in the “Occupy Our Homes” movement, helping homeowners stay in their homes when facing foreclosure by a faceless financial institution. Another great case is in the reclamation of private space to serve the needs of the community in cities like London, Oakland, and Chapel Hill, NC. Along with the cold air of winter descending across North America and Europe, the passion of direct action is slowly reappearing in our communities. With the burst of awareness and the excitement therein now passed, the focus of our new-found consciousness will develop itself.

    A popular meme in the early days of the protests was “They don’t even know why they are protesting. What are their demands?” It is time to provide solid alternatives and to lead by the example of direct action in our own communities. The resounding message of Occupy is clear: we cannot afford to rely on the will of others in order to make the society we want. We must “take the bull by the horns” and propose our own alternative to the sterile capitalist vision. We can build our new societies on the praxis we are currently developing in these new communities.

    This blog is aimed at providing local alternatives to the globally-connected capitalist exploitative system. With a focus on individual actions, community projects, and creating local, sustainable systems of self-reliance, we will try to share items that inspire people to look forward. What is the best vision for society? There will not be a spectacular revolution as long as the masses are alienated from their fellow citizen, so how can we begin to achieve this vision of a more compassionate, more equitable, more ecological society? How can we break this alienation on a personal level, without needing to rely on the very systems that alienate us? We will try to answer those questions here, all the while focusing on providing concrete actions and ideas people can take on to enrich their own communities.

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  3. Enthusiasms: Things That I Believe

    dailymeh:

    While I’m up on my soapbox, I might as well tell you what I believe.

    I believe that economic inequality is fair, but only up to a point. I believe that everyone makes their fortune on the shoulders of everyone else, and that, while some wealth is deserved, there is no way the richest are morally entitled to all that they own. I believe that my father, who takes home a comfortable middle-to-upper-middle-class salary deserves it, because he has a lot of responsibility in his job, he got there through skill, and baked into that salary is a hell of a lot of overtime for which he reserves zero additional compensation. I also believe that my mother, who is educated in, and has tried working in three unrelated careers, but who must still depend on government welfare because of a physical illness that renders her unable to work anywhere near full-time, deserves all that she gets. In fact, I think she deserves more. I am under no delusions that one person’s good luck, be it genetic luck or economic luck, morally entitles them to be ten, a hundred, a thousand times wealthier than everyone else.

    I do not believe the slob who doesn’t work deserves as much as the hard worker. I have yet to meet an actual slob who doesn’t work by choice and sits around collecting government subsidies all day while throwing darts at pictures of hard-working businessmen and laughing.

    I believe that what is morally fair and what is practically viable will not always line up. I believe that there is a necessary disconnect between a morally fair wealth distribution and a wealth distribution that can actually exist in a free society and an efficient economy. I believe that this balance leans more towards the rich having more than what is fair rather than the other way around. I do not believe the wealthy, who are very concerned about getting their fair and proper share of the pie, would like it if they actually got their fair and proper share and nothing more.

    I believe in social safety nets. I believe that people who only risked falling into the safety net should not be too satisfied about being rewarded for their risk-taking behavior and should absolutely not deride those who dare not take risks because they are a thousand feet in the air and there is no safety net anywhere to be seen.

    I believe in freedom. I believe that “freedom” is not one thing, but many things hopelessly tangled together. I believe it is social suicide to declare oneself opposed to freedom, but that consequently, everyone’s “freedom” differs from everyone else’s.

    I believe in social liberalism, which is like classical liberalism modified to add in some social responsibility. Neoliberalism, or libertarianism, is the modification of classical liberalism to remove what little social responsibility there was in it.

    I believe that freedom is not a zero-sum game. I believe that it is a mistake to see freedom as something that only involves how much the government meddles with your shit. I believe that things like poverty and social oppression can meddle as much, or more than the government, and that such restrictions on free will make people less free. I believe that “hands off” capitalism is not freedom, because when the government keeps its hands off the economy, the economy’s invisible hands are going to do a whole lot of groping ordinary people, making them less free. I believe that social liberal economic policies, as a compromise between unchecked capitalism and totalitarian control, actually maximizes freedom. I believe that taking away a little freedom from the freest people there are, the super-wealthy, will make everyone else so much freer that it’s totally worth it.

    I believe the individual exists for the individual, and not for the collective. I believe the collective exists only as the aggregate of individuals. I believe states are useful fictions that people get together and agree to believe in, because doing so gives them certain advantages. I believe said people are entitled to stop believing in the fiction the moment it stops upholding its end of the deal.

    I do not believe that the world will descend into brutish unculture if the cultural model that dominated all of human history until roughly two hundred years ago, where people freely copied other people’s ideas, were to once again prevail. In fact I think anything that saves all the knowledge of antiquity from extinction and then triggers the renaissance, the age of enlightenment and all that came with it, must be a good thing. I feel that there is a significant moral difference between sharing and selling for profit, and I believe that our legal system should be based on this difference. You will not be surprised to learn that I believe copyright is broken. I believe these things as a person aspiring to live off creative works, fully knowing how hard it is to make a living off creative works.

    I do not believe in discrimination based on nationality, ethnicity, skin color, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. Consequently, I do not believe in affirmative action.

    I do not believe I live in a patriarchy or a rape culture. I reserve judgment on the existence or non-existence of patriarchies or rape cultures in societies I don’t live in. I do believe that women still face many challenges that men don’t, and that the same is also true for gays, muslims, and other minorities.

    I believe that identity politics is the most contentious thing there is. I rarely discuss identity politics because I do not know how to discuss identity politics without getting angry, or getting other people angry, or else saying nothing at all so as to not anger or be angered. I have no solution for this.

    I believe there are way too many I’s in this text.

    These are some things that I believe. I’ll step off the soapbox now.

    I agree with every … single … word! 

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  5. Fox "News": Do 'Occupy Wall Street' Protests Represent Your Views of the Economy?

    realcleverscience:

    wespeakfortheearth:

    fearandwar:

    ryking:

    Freep this Faux News poll. (Via Activate the Machine.)

    I think we all know what to do.

    Fire away

    Tumblr-ers, do your thing! =D

    Also, please reblog to help spread the word and poll-bomb the crap out of this. Can’t wait till Fox reports on this! haha =D

    P.s. Love the “clean coal” advertisement at the top of the page. As if..

    (Source: diadoumenos)

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  7. Why Am I a Part of the “Occupy Tulsa Movement?”

    Because of The Revolving Door, where one person is allowed to go from a key position in industry to a key position in the government department responsible for overseeing that industry AND BACK AND FORTH AGAIN.
    Because of the civil liberties taken from us by the Patriot Act, and the abuses of that Act that have since taken place.
    Because of the militarization of American Law Enforcement.
    Because financiers and CEOs that commit fraud resulting in the destruction of hundreds or thousands (or exponentially more than that) of livelihoods get rewarded with bailout money or face fines which amount to less than hour’s income, while  Americans turning to small criminal acts out of desperation that result in little to no harm to anyone get sent to prison.
    Because families with two incomes struggle to make ends meet in a world where things once considered luxuries are now necessary for survival (cars, computers, internet, college degrees, etc).
    Because we, as a species, are making the only planet we know of that we can live on uninhabitable by mining and burning fossil fuels, killing our soil, and creating a monoculture system of genetically modified staple plants that potentially threaten entire ecosystems on which our species (and many others) depend.
    In other words, because corporations are committing crimes against humanity with impunity, and I want my granddaughter to have a chance at a future much brighter than the very bleak one facing us today.

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  9. $3,000,000,000 = 3 years$100 (returned!!) = 15 years

    $3,000,000,000 = 3 years
    $100 (returned!!) = 15 years

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  11. This site says it’s a fraudulent threat, that Anonymous is not involved.
itsthemusicpeople:

Oh dear, I don’t feel too good about this…
manicchill:

Anonymous Announces Next Target: The New York Stock Exchange
This past weekend, as #OccupyWallSt entered its third week in existence, the “hack-tivist” group Anonymous declared war on the New York Stock Exchange, threatening to “erase NYSE from the Internet.”
In a video, posted to the TheAnonMessage Youtube channel, the an electronic voice warns that, “On Oct. 10, NYSE shall be erased from the Internet. On Oct. 10, expect a day that will never, ever be forgotten.”
The threats come on the heels of another Anonymous declaration, although the earlier release was directed at the NYPD in retaliation for their mass arrests and reports of brutality against #OccupyWallSt protesters.
The new Anonymous video, and a transcript, are below


Greetings, institutions of the media.
We are Anonymous.
The events transpiring within Wall Street have caught our eye.
It seems that the government and federal agencies enjoy enforcing the law a little bit too much. They instate unjust laws as mindless automatons, blindly following orders with soulless precision.
We witness the government enforcing the laws that punish the 99 percent while allowing the 1 percent to escape justice, unharmed, for their crimes against the people.
We have observed this same government failing to enforce even the minimal legal restraints of Wall Street’s abuses. This government who has willingly ignored the greed at Wall Street has even bailed out the perpetrators that have caused our crisis.
We will not stand by and watch the system take over our way of life.
We the people shall stand against the government’s inaction.
We the people will not be witnesses to your corruption and ill-gotten profits.
We will not labor for your leisure.
We will not assist you in any way.
This is why we choose to declare our war against the New York Stock Exchange. We can no longer stay silent as the population is being exploited and forced to make sacrifices in the name of profit.
We will show the world that we are true to our word. On Oct. 10, NYSE shall be erased from the Internet. On Oct. 10, expect a day that will never, ever be forgotten.
Vox Populi, Vox Anon.
The Voice of The People is The Voice of Anonymous.
We are Legion. We are the 99 percent.
We do not forgive. We do not forget.
Wall Street: Expect us

(transcript courtesy of PCMag)


This might be interesting….

    This site says it’s a fraudulent threat, that Anonymous is not involved.

    itsthemusicpeople:

    Oh dear, I don’t feel too good about this…

    manicchill:

    Anonymous Announces Next Target: The New York Stock Exchange

    This past weekend, as #OccupyWallSt entered its third week in existence, the “hack-tivist” group Anonymous declared war on the New York Stock Exchange, threatening to “erase NYSE from the Internet.”

    In a video, posted to the TheAnonMessage Youtube channel, the an electronic voice warns that, “On Oct. 10, NYSE shall be erased from the Internet. On Oct. 10, expect a day that will never, ever be forgotten.”

    The threats come on the heels of another Anonymous declaration, although the earlier release was directed at the NYPD in retaliation for their mass arrests and reports of brutality against #OccupyWallSt protesters.

    The new Anonymous video, and a transcript, are below

    Greetings, institutions of the media.

    We are Anonymous.

    The events transpiring within Wall Street have caught our eye.

    It seems that the government and federal agencies enjoy enforcing the law a little bit too much. They instate unjust laws as mindless automatons, blindly following orders with soulless precision.

    We witness the government enforcing the laws that punish the 99 percent while allowing the 1 percent to escape justice, unharmed, for their crimes against the people.

    We have observed this same government failing to enforce even the minimal legal restraints of Wall Street’s abuses. This government who has willingly ignored the greed at Wall Street has even bailed out the perpetrators that have caused our crisis.

    We will not stand by and watch the system take over our way of life.

    We the people shall stand against the government’s inaction.

    We the people will not be witnesses to your corruption and ill-gotten profits.

    We will not labor for your leisure.

    We will not assist you in any way.

    This is why we choose to declare our war against the New York Stock Exchange. We can no longer stay silent as the population is being exploited and forced to make sacrifices in the name of profit.

    We will show the world that we are true to our word. On Oct. 10, NYSE shall be erased from the Internet. On Oct. 10, expect a day that will never, ever be forgotten.

    Vox Populi, Vox Anon.

    The Voice of The People is The Voice of Anonymous.

    We are Legion. We are the 99 percent.

    We do not forgive. We do not forget.

    Wall Street: Expect us

    (transcript courtesy of PCMag)

    This might be interesting….

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  13. "

    The original Occupy Wall Street protests originated with several groups such as AdBusters from Canada (an anti-consumerist magazine and group designed to wake people up to the lies corporations are feeding people through their Ad campaigns), and Anonymous, a group (if one could call them that) of individuals with common goals of bringing down exploitative corporations and institutions - such as the “church” of Scientology, Mastercard and other major credit card companies, etc who have been exploiting people - through denial of service attacks and site redirection. Their involvement in the Occupy movement has been to spread the word about the protests when the major news media refused to cover them, protect Occupy group sites from attacks and being pulled down by service providers, and helping arrange logistics and support to the men and women who have been camping out day and night outside wall street for 3 weeks. The majority of the other protesters have just been individuals who, inspired by the Arab Spring revolutions and the initial success of the peaceful revolution at Tahrir Square in Egypt, have risen up to demand that their voices be heard. The NYPD have responded in some cases with brutality, unlawfully arresting peaceful protesters, spraying them with mace, and beating them down as they cry out that they have done nothing wrong. But their brutality cannot stop us. In many cases, the police are individuals, scared, and trained to react with force when they are afraid. We are committed to reaching out to them as people exploited by the system - unwitting pawns who are also the 99% - being used to protect the corporations that exploit them.

    Since then, people have been tuning in to the protests, watching feed from Livestream.com, tweeting and texting, facebooking and youtubing, spreading the news person to person that change is coming. People are finally waking up from their apathy and determined to do something, to fight for their rights which have been trampled by the wealthiest 1%, and go out in nonviolent exercise of their first amendment rights. But it extends far beyond just the US. All over the world, Occupy groups are springing up. Worldwide we are saying enough to corporate greed and exploitation which has ruined lives and polluted the planet. Throughout the world, people are demanding true democracy, direct rule by the people. On October 15th, we will all stand together as people of earth in solidarity to say in one unified voice, we will not be silenced.

    This is what scares the pants off of those that pander to corporate greed. They see The People are waking up from their consumerist induced comas and are making their voices heard. Nationalism, Globalism, all of those things are just artificial constructs designed to blind us to our true potential. Either we all pull together and work for the common good, or we will destroy ourselves with war, famine, greed, exploitation, and pollution. Our Corporate overlords only care about profits and expanding markets, nothing else. they have bought their way into the highest places of power, but they cannot buy us off when we stand together.

    We are committed to peaceful nonviolent revolution. The institutions which have controlled society and exploited the people must hear our voices or be brought down. Gandhi achieved independence for India from the one of the world’s most powerful countries which had occupied it for centuries. If he did it, so can we.

    "

    - Daniel Lee of OccupyTulsa, regarding the Occupy Movement.
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  15. "

    On February 15th, 2010, AmpedStatus.com published the first-part of an extensive six-part series that I wrote detailing the financial destruction of the US economy. The report is entitled, “The Economic Elite Vs. The People of the United States.” The first sentence reads:

    “It’s time for 99% of Americans to mobilize and aggressively move on common sense political reforms.”

    The introduction goes on to say:

    “It has now become evident to a critical mass that the Republican and Democratic parties, along with all three branches of our government, have been bought off by a well-organized Economic Elite who are tactically destroying our way of life. The harsh truth is that 99% of the US population no longer has political representation. The US economy, government and tax system are now blatantly rigged against us.

    Current statistical societal indicators clearly demonstrate that a strategic attack has been launched and an analysis of current governmental policies prove that conditions for 99% of Americans will continue to deteriorate. The Economic Elite have engineered a financial coup and have brought war to our doorstep… and make no mistake, they have launched a war to eliminate the US middle class.”

    "

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  17. In Midst Of The #OccupyWallStreet Protests J.P. Morgan Chase recently Donates $4.6 Million to NYPD

    cwnl:

    wespeakfortheearth:

    “New York City Police Foundation — New York JPMorgan Chase recently donated an unprecedented $4.6 million to the New York City Police Foundation. The gift was the largest in the history of the foundation and will enable the New York City Police Department to strengthen security in the Big Apple. The money will pay for 1,000 new patrol car laptops, as well as security monitoring software in the NYPD’s main data center.

    New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly sent CEO and Chairman Jamie Dimon a note expressing “profound gratitude” for the company’s donation.

    “These officers put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe,” Dimon said. “We’re incredibly proud to help them build this program and let them know how much we value their hard work.”

    Oh how the pieces fall together :) like a symphony.

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  19. I am in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protestors.

    (Source: ocelott)

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