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May Day open thread

I'm not exactly on strike, but I won't be posting a lot (though I will be working on a site upgrade on my home server so we can do much more capturing of live tweets, for example...). Please post links and thoughts. Go read this for some encouragement. And I'll start:

Here's the Guardian's coverage, live. Readers?

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Submitted by jawbone on

This story led the local NYC ABC 11 PM news broadcast. Envelopes attributed to Occupy Wall Street. Not dangerous, just disruptive.

Attributed to Occupy, but could also be done to give Occupy a bad name.

Occupy guest (or maybe a caller) on The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC said at least three homes were searched by NYPD last night and early this morning. The morning search was conducted by breaking in a door to deliver a warrant for a 7-year-old open carry ticket, but the person named was not at the location (his roommate got the scare of being invaded by Bloomberg's army). Bloomberg and Kelly are very PO'd at the Occupy people and are being somewhat vicious about it. According to another guest on the show, several people have had bones broken by the police since March 17th.

Strong influence of really controlling authoritarian regimes are showing up more and more here in the good ol' US o fA.

Lehrer show discussion also tried to cover whither Occupy, how to they gain traction and support, etc.

Submitted by lambert on

Some young punk in DHS bucking for promotion read a book about 9/11.

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi

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Submitted by Rangoon78 on

McKinley was assassinated by an Anarchist, Leon Czolgosz

But WR Hearst is credited with giving him the idea:

He was a journalistic titan, on the level of Joseph Pulitzer and Robert McCormick. But unlike them, he used the printed word mainly for personal political ends.

Teddy Roosevelt personally held the publisher responsible for the McKinley assassination. 

That explosive charge stemmed from a jingle that Hearst’s New York Journal had published during the 1900 presidential campaign when he was backing William Jennings Bryan against McKinley. It was published a few days after governor-elect William J. Goebel of Kentucky had been gunned down by a political opponent: 

The bullet that pierced Goebel’s breast 

Cannot be found in all the West. 

Good reason: it is speeding here 

To stretch McKinley on his bier. 

When McKinley was actually assassinated by an Anarchist, Leon Czolgosz, a storm of criticism rolled across the land. Hearst was called every name in the book, including traitor and Anarchist. Although he continued to play politics on a national scale, he never completely shook the impression that he was radically irresponsible. 

http://www.telegram.com/article/20110929...

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Submitted by DCblogger on

https://twitter.com/scottanansi/status/197266798121463808

Submitted by lambert on

How does pointing out the stupidity of smashy smashy take anything away from you?

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi

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Submitted by RanDomino on

Occupy is doing something on May Day, therefore Anarchists aren't allowed to do anything on May Day, related to Occupy or not.

Submitted by lambert on

You're perfectly free to fuck up; whoever said you weren't?

I think you've mentally confused about autonomy; you're confusing autonomy with everybody agreeing with and supporting whatever you do. You do something stupid; somebody calls bullshit; you're still 100% autonomous. Solipsistic and the center of the universe, but autonomous!

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi

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Submitted by Rangoon78 on

Rupert Murdoch is in the news today. 

In searching the Internet I'm finding tantalizing tidbits that point to (among other things) a unity of purpose between our Democratic president and the man who owns the network Democrats cite for 
persistent Republican partisan bias

Now former NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein is busy making big bucks at News Corp., but he's apparently not too busy for some extra-curricular activities: Namely, serving as chairman of the board of the advocacy group Education Reform Now. 

Education Reform Now* -- which pushed hard for raising the state cap on charter schools as part of last year's fight for federal Race To The Top school funding

The British education secretary meets Rupert Murdoch frequently and is an enthusiastic backer of the ideas of Joel Klein*, the head of Murdoch's new education division. Within a week of his promotion in 2010, the minister was at dinner with Murdoch, according to officially released details of meetings.

Confidential briefing documents prepared for MPs by one of the main teaching unions reveal concerns that Gove is on a mission to turn hundreds of "underperforming" schools into academies [Charter Schools], run by external sponsors "regardless of the wishes of the school community". The document adds: "The figure could run into thousands of schools if the criteria outlined by the government for forced conversion are carried through in all cases." It says that it sees "forced academy conversions to be all of a piece with the government's efforts to dismantle state comprehensive education, in particular maintained local authority schools".

A leader of a teaching union told the Observer that Gove was clearly preparing the way to "marketise" state education: "It is obvious. The agenda is to remove all schools from local authority control, bring in the market and allow the private sector to make a profit. It is the great untold story of what Gove is up to."

Before the last election he said he had no intention of allowing private companies involved in state education to make profits. Now he says he has no ideological problem with their doing so. 

Ever since he started in the job Gove has set a scorching pace, removing obstacles in his way with a ruthless determination. In the summer of 2010 he faced criticism from both Labour and Tory MPs for using parliamentary procedures normally reserved for emergency counter-terror laws to rush through legislation to create more academy schools. 

The powers he has given himself include rules allowing him to acquire land from local authorities and private companies to help him increase the number of academies… There are 1,529 academies in England now, compared with 200 in May 2010.

*A Surprising Alliance
Though Mr. Klein did not see eye to eye with Mr. Murdoch on many political issues, they agreed on a core set of education principles: that charter schools needed to expand; poor instructors should be weeded out; and the power of the teachers union must be curtailed.

Now former NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein is busy making big bucks at News Corp., but he's apparently not too busy for some extra-curricular activities: Namely, serving as chairman of the board of the advocacy group Education Reform Now. 

Education Reform Now* -- which pushed hard for raising the state cap on charter schools as part of last year's fight for federal Race To The Top school funding -- also plans to "focus its efforts in 2011 on expanding successful school models, like high-performing public charter schools, encouraging states anddistricts to develop and adopt value-added teacher evaluations, and ensuring that proven reform programs remain funded at the federal, state and district levels."

http://www.edwize.org/rupert-murdoch-joe...

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Submitted by DCblogger on

https://twitter.com/PWeiskel08/status/197380319219941376

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Pravda

In the District, Occupy D.C. protesters engaged in street theater — dumping a load of coal at the downtown branch of a bank they say finances mountaintop coal mining — and rallied in Meridian Hill Park for a march to the White House on Tuesday evening. Elsewhere in the District, a protester spray-painted the words “Forclosed” on a Bank of America branch downtown.