Is the US headed for martial law?

  Quite a few weapons from the US military are going to police departments throughout the US.  Benjamin Carlson at The Daily reports on a little known endeavor called the “1033 Program” that gave more than $500 million of military gear to U.S. police forces in 2011.  This upswing coincides with an increasingly military-like style […]

Bikeswarm: Modern urban guerilla tactic

I had no idea what the Bikeswarm was until I was suddenly, unexpectedly part of it. After having been rousted from their initial occupation site on Nov. 13, Occupy Portland announced their intention to take over an entirely different park. The location of the planned new encampment was not announced, but people were told to […]

Why the Occpy Movement is Winning!

  Listen to Fox News and the screaming right-wing, and you might think the screaming left-wing were a bunch of lazy, unemployed drumbeating freeloaders that are pitching tents in public spaces and defecating on the streets. However, you don’t need to go to Fox News for such ridiculous notions. After the Huffington Post headlined video […]

The Situationists and the Occupation Movements (1968/2011)

One of the most notable characteristics of the “Occupy” movement is that it is just what it claims to be: leaderless and antihierarchical. Certain people have of course played significant roles in laying the groundwork for Occupy Wall Street and the other occupations, and others may have ended up playing significant roles in dealing with […]

To Be or Not to Be – Reform or Revolution – Fear or Love?

There are many paths to the mountain top. Ninety-nine percent of the people would agree that our goal is a just, peaceful, equitable, world, liberated from the shackles of violent, deceptive, corporate rule, with a future where human needs and the planet are honored and respected over profits. The strategy of how to get from […]

Occupy Wall Street: Day 11 – Susan Sarandon Joins the Protest

Originally posted on OpEdNews.com at this link. More big news from Day 11 of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) Protest in NYC! Susan Sarandon joined the protesters and discussed the issues on the live feed. Liberty Square is still filled with protesters. I’m picking up coverage for Chaz Valenza. He joined the protest and covered […]

Laughable It Is…

NPR spent about 15 minutes on whether there is spill over of violence from Mexico in the drug wars.  22 murders, 5 kidnappings among others, you tell me.  So what?  The “what” means that the “War on Drugs” is not working.  Given the appetite for drugs in this country, the ideas that someone is bringing […]

Living in a 'Weimar Germany' moment: confront Governor Walker of Wisconsin with an 'Egyptian' moment

Protest the Assault on Working People of Wisconsin “Fascism ought to more properly be called corporatism since it is the merger of the state and corporate power.”                                   — Benito Mussolini Wall Street Greed created the depression, why should working people and the middle class be forced to bail the bankers out while their bonuses […]

The New York Stock Exchange up for sale in 'stealth deal' with a German company set to aquire 60% of the exchange

Almost stealth like, but slowly and surely, foreign conglomerates are buying the assets of the United States.  It was not until the Soviet Union finally fell that the assets of that country were finally stripped and sold to oligarchs and privatized.  In America, the asset stripping is being done in broad daylight under the noses […]

A pre-election conversation

Walking into a San Francisco bar, I saw Chico, a guy I knew in the 1960s. We had run into each other at anti-war marches, sit-ins for equal hiring practices and other popular political activities of the times. Over beer, we overheard a nearby couple discussing the November 2 elections. “Man,” I told him, assuming […]