love visiting this #SF Historic Landmark. “When I joined City Lights in 1971, and started working with Lawrence, it was clear that it had been very much a center of protest, for people with revolutionary ideas and people who wanted to change society. And when I first began working at the little editorial office up on Filbert and Grant, people that Lawrence had known through the whole decade of the ’60s were dropping in all the time, like Paul Krassner, Tim Leary, people who were working with underground presses and trying to provide an alternative to mainstream #media. This was a period of persecution, and FBI infiltration of those presses. When I started working here we were in the middle of the Vietnam War, and now it’s Iraq. This place has been a beacon, a place of learning and enlightenment.” ~ Nancy Peters (at City Lights Bookstore)

love visiting this #SF Historic Landmark. “When I joined City Lights in 1971, and started working with Lawrence, it was clear that it had been very much a center of protest, for people with revolutionary ideas and people who wanted to change society. And when I first began working at the little editorial office up on Filbert and Grant, people that Lawrence had known through the whole decade of the ’60s were dropping in all the time, like Paul Krassner, Tim Leary, people who were working with underground presses and trying to provide an alternative to mainstream #media. This was a period of persecution, and FBI infiltration of those presses. When I started working here we were in the middle of the Vietnam War, and now it’s Iraq. This place has been a beacon, a place of learning and enlightenment.” ~ Nancy Peters (at City Lights Bookstore)

The Privatization of America Marginalizes Americans

I read two articles today that gave me a regularly recurring reality check on what is happening to the world we live in on a pretty massive scale: the privatization of America. And the marginalization of our rights and well-being.

The first is about the industries profiting most from the failing war on drugs (including the Corrections Corporation of America - aka a FOR-PROFIT PRISON). If you’ve been paying attention, you won’t be surprised all these groups have benefited from hefty lobbying power and low-level convictions: http://bit.ly/JqBvq7

The second is about the current struggle for the USPS to stay afloat, after the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act was made law. Pushed heavily by lobbyists, this attempt to break the postal union and privatize the industry isn’t exactly in the interest of the average American. Unless this law is rolled back, it’s virtually impossible for USPS to remain in tact, after paying an unprecedented 100% of 75 years worth of future benefits for their employees - within 10 years - and being prohibited from striking up other fund-raising ventures, as is permitted in other countries: http://bit.ly/ILyEDD

It is well known that child labor and many other seemingly humanitarian laws were put into effect, primarily in order to boost the economy. So, it’s not exactly a shock that federal legislation is still being largely dictated by big money.

The difference I see across America is this - a vehement debilitation and dismantling of public services by the profit-driven private sector - an obvious detrimental hazard to the health, happiness, privacy, safety, and souls of its citizens.


The examples above, plus an endless number related to the military, security, education, and health care industries, etc., paint a surrounding realization that our country’s driving motivation is profit - not the good of the American People. Was it ever? Maybe not, but I imagine freedom and equality were an easier sell once upon a time, not the castaways they appear to be today.

The America of today is quite different than the one we pictured pledging allegiance to, with our hands over our hearts, at our grade school desks. Today, it seems, there’s liberty and justice for all…who can pay for it. And even then, especially if a particular private prison is shooting for a quota they promised to shareholders, it could really go either way.


My Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend:
-I saw family and friends for the first time in a while. It felt amazing.
-My 3-month-old nephew is the definition of ‘AWWWWWW!!!! Screw overpopulation and economic collapse - I WANT ONE.’
-At my first Irish Thanksgiving, I heard about a so-called legend that incorporates coyotes, leprechauns, saddles, and weiner dogs.
Does any of that matter in comparison to the list of appropriately deemed Black Friday incidents listed below? Fuck no.
1. Southern CA: Woman pepper sprays competing customers for an XBOX 360. At Walmart. 
2. Mesquite, TX: Woman is almost crushed as people bum rush a discount movie/game bin. Again, Walmart.
3. San Leandro, CA: A man is SHOT after exiting Walmart with his family over his Black Friday purchases.
4. West Virginia: Shoppers step over senior citizen as he collapses, then dies. At Target.
Most posts I publish make Big Brother and Wall Street Douchebags look like assholes. That’s obviously not hard to do.
But, we need to keep events like this in mind when making our own individual everyday decisions. 
We are the choice makers. We are the consumers. We are the ones who decide how important this bullshit is. We are the ones who choose to read a book, create something new, build relationships, raise our children, or sit our asses on the couch and watch that commercial or play that video game. And we are certainly the ones who decide to set up a tent outside Best Buy, then think, “I wouldn’t normally be able to afford 100 xbox 360 games in one day. MUST HAVE NOW…..Wait, is that an old guy unconscious on the ground? Maybe I should get help-WTF, is that 60” LCD for only $500?? If I jump over this guy, I could definitely get there in time!”
Do I love and play the shit out of my new Legend of Zelda game? Sure do. But I’ve never been shopping on Black Friday and pretty sure I never will.
All I’m sayin’ is: 

'If everyone demanded peace, instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.' ~ John Lennon

My Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend:

-I saw family and friends for the first time in a while. It felt amazing.

-My 3-month-old nephew is the definition of ‘AWWWWWW!!!! Screw overpopulation and economic collapse - I WANT ONE.’

-At my first Irish Thanksgiving, I heard about a so-called legend that incorporates coyotes, leprechauns, saddles, and weiner dogs.

Does any of that matter in comparison to the list of appropriately deemed Black Friday incidents listed below? Fuck no.

1. Southern CA: Woman pepper sprays competing customers for an XBOX 360. At Walmart. 

2. Mesquite, TX: Woman is almost crushed as people bum rush a discount movie/game bin. Again, Walmart.

3. San Leandro, CA: A man is SHOT after exiting Walmart with his family over his Black Friday purchases.

4. West Virginia: Shoppers step over senior citizen as he collapses, then dies. At Target.

Most posts I publish make Big Brother and Wall Street Douchebags look like assholes. That’s obviously not hard to do.

But, we need to keep events like this in mind when making our own individual everyday decisions. 

We are the choice makers. We are the consumers. We are the ones who decide how important this bullshit is. We are the ones who choose to read a book, create something new, build relationships, raise our children, or sit our asses on the couch and watch that commercial or play that video game. And we are certainly the ones who decide to set up a tent outside Best Buy, then think, “I wouldn’t normally be able to afford 100 xbox 360 games in one day. MUST HAVE NOW…..Wait, is that an old guy unconscious on the ground? Maybe I should get help-WTF, is that 60” LCD for only $500?? If I jump over this guy, I could definitely get there in time!”

Do I love and play the shit out of my new Legend of Zelda game? Sure do. But I’ve never been shopping on Black Friday and pretty sure I never will.

All I’m sayin’ is: 

'If everyone demanded peace, instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.' ~ John Lennon

"Somehow, elements of the media… are portraying [Occupy Wall Street] as a legitimate movement. 

It’s really important for us not to give any legitimacy to these people in the streets… I remember what happened in the 1960s when the left-wing took to the streets and somehow the media glorified them and it ended up shaping policy. We can’t allow that to happen.” - House Homeland Security Chairman, Peter King

***

I’ve never been happier to read something so ignorant.

This fucked-up half-witted corrupt remark made by King a month ago seems to foreshadow all the OWS raids nationwide, including last night’s Zuccotti Park raid - which resulted in not only the usual violent force, but the destruction of over 5,500 books as well.

It also reminds me of South Park..

Cartman is one of the best characters. He’s that character that personifies the ego, hypocrisy, immaturity, gluttony and greed in all of us. He’s the consistent hilarious example of what NOT to do and be.

Peter King is a real life non-hilarious version of Cartman. Am I horrified that this man is not only a government official, but a government official in charge of something - and that something is The House Committee of Homeland Security? Horrified doesn’t begin to explain it.

But..I am glad to see that Real-Life-Cartman was scared enough of the Occupy Movement to actually address it as a threat to status quo. I’m also happy to at least be able to comprehend how A leads to B (A = Real-Life-Cartman’s bullshit statement. B = repeated Occupy raids, including last night’s Occupy NYC raid, which the media was barred from).

The movement is experiencing governmental resistance - like all Legitimate Movements do.

And, much like previous legitimate movement makers, Occupiers are not a strictly reactionary breed.

Occupy is about more than being out of work. 

We are visionaries. We are Creators. Calling out the Cartmans on Wall Street and Capitol Hill, until they realize they’re not that cool, go home and cry to their stuffed animals* is our Occupation.

*see Fig. 3 above.

Mark Ruffalo (and Common Sense and Humankind) VS. Massive Harmful Energy Extraction and Talking Heads:

'I think that what we're seeing now in the United states and throughout the world is a massive awakening. And an understanding that our politicians are not necessarily looking out for (our) best interests.'

'We are experiencing the biggest drought in the History of the United States. It's direct evidence that climate change is happening. And people know it.'

Re: 10,000 strong Keystone pipeline protest in Washington Sun Nov 6th..

'This is a direct democracy action.

And it’s not just stopping here. It’s continuing to move forward. It’s a movement. Demanding these issues be addressed with some sobriety and sincerity.’

'Obama needs to deliver on what he promised us. We invite the President to make good on his promises. A real renewable energy policy in the United States. If he doesn't do it, he will be left in the dustbin of history.'

How Occupy Withstood Police Action Oct 27 2011


I’ve been visiting Occupy SF every chance I get, over the last couple weeks. Last night was a victory for the fledgling camp. 
Occupy SF remains in Justin Herman Plaza today (http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2011/10/27/how-occupysf-thwarted-police-raid) - after help from Occupy Oakland (which has retaken the plaza they were gassed out of earlier in the week - removing chain-linked fences, and are now occupying again, peacefully), at least a thousand citizens who showed up to defend the camp, public defenders, and SF mayoral candidates, who arrived on the scene at midnight, when the police planned to break up the camp.
The protesters were diligent in spreading the message to remain peaceful and calm. They were prepared with gas masks and medicine, linked arm-in-arm. 
The SFPD were spotted, gearing up in multiple vehicles with SWAT gear and handing out flyers to surrounding businesses, preparing them for ‘increased police action.’However, the media attention and political personas showing up at the plaza made them think twice.Today, the SFPD claim it was simply a ‘training exercise.’From everything I saw myself, and heard about, that is total bullshit. They also closed off BART, coming into SF from Oakland, to try and cutoff Occupy Oakland from joining SF in solidarity. However, the people took to the streets and marched across the Bay Bridge anyway.
Technology like Twitter and other forms of social media help us all bear witness to the reality of the growing movement that’s happening all around us. In accurate fashion. I am thankful to be able to share in this movement, with information filtered through sources other than ‘mainstream’ media.
Last nite was an inarguable example of the ongoing threat to and disregard of our constitutional rights.
It was also a shining demonstration of the power of peace and solidarity. When enough is enough, and we keep it up, the Power of the People can effectively oppose forces of injustice. And, hopefully, as it has in the past, contribute to real world change.
I’m hoping those who complain about the methods or alleged concerns of these groups ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD, will realize how myopic their fear, anger, or anxiety truly are. Whether people agree with the movement or not, we should all know everyone has a place alongside those who are already a part of this. Left and right. Citizens and law enforcement. Men and women. Everyone.
It’s not about fighting for the right of a small group to sleep outside. It’s about fighting for the right of millions to sleep inside. It’s showing the common man cannot be crossed indefinitely by the 1% in blatantly disrespectful, criminal ways. We are demonstrating our limits. And our infinite strength.
'Never doubt a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.' - Margaret Mead

How Occupy Withstood Police Action Oct 27 2011



I’ve been visiting Occupy SF every chance I get, over the last couple weeks. Last night was a victory for the fledgling camp. 


Occupy SF remains in Justin Herman Plaza today (http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2011/10/27/how-occupysf-thwarted-police-raid) - after help from Occupy Oakland (which has retaken the plaza they were gassed out of earlier in the week - removing chain-linked fences, and are now occupying again, peacefully), at least a thousand citizens who showed up to defend the camp, public defenders, and SF mayoral candidates, who arrived on the scene at midnight, when the police planned to break up the camp.


The protesters were diligent in spreading the message to remain peaceful and calm. They were prepared with gas masks and medicine, linked arm-in-arm. 


The SFPD were spotted, gearing up in multiple vehicles with SWAT gear and handing out flyers to surrounding businesses, preparing them for ‘increased police action.’
However, the media attention and political personas showing up at the plaza made them think twice.
Today, the SFPD claim it was simply a ‘training exercise.’
From everything I saw myself, and heard about, that is total bullshit. They also closed off BART, coming into SF from Oakland, to try and cutoff Occupy Oakland from joining SF in solidarity. However, the people took to the streets and marched across the Bay Bridge anyway.


Technology like Twitter and other forms of social media help us all bear witness to the reality of the growing movement that’s happening all around us. In accurate fashion. I am thankful to be able to share in this movement, with information filtered through sources other than ‘mainstream’ media.


Last nite was an inarguable example of the ongoing threat to and disregard of our constitutional rights.

It was also a shining demonstration of the power of peace and solidarity. When enough is enough, and we keep it up, the Power of the People can effectively oppose forces of injustice. And, hopefully, as it has in the past, contribute to real world change.


I’m hoping those who complain about the methods or alleged concerns of these groups ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD, will realize how myopic their fear, anger, or anxiety truly are. Whether people agree with the movement or not, we should all know everyone has a place alongside those who are already a part of this. Left and right. Citizens and law enforcement. Men and women. Everyone.


It’s not about fighting for the right of a small group to sleep outside. It’s about fighting for the right of millions to sleep inside. It’s showing the common man cannot be crossed indefinitely by the 1% in blatantly disrespectful, criminal ways. We are demonstrating our limits. And our infinite strength.



'Never doubt a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.' - Margaret Mead

Karmic retribution or 21st century Gladiator?
Either way, today, Tiger dodged a weiner to the face.

Karmic retribution or 21st century Gladiator?

Either way, today, Tiger dodged a weiner to the face.