"Many entities acting out of very different, self-interested motives but the end result is a conspiracy. Multiple actors working together, with tight coordination even if not strict command and control, towards a common goal." (<a href="http://www.correntewire.com/emergent_properties_and_criminal_conspiracie...)
Thursday kick-off was awesome, with around 2000 at City Hall during the busy hour. Austin police not the NYPD, at this point anyway. This afternoon they offered to give us a traffic lane to march to BOA if we had at least 200 people involved. An hour later 600 people marched and the APD facilitated. Something like $60K removed from BOA before they shut their doors. I'm pretty sure we'll be back later.
Some unfortunate, ugly behavior at the GA tonight when things got temporarily off track, but the parties initially in conflict ended up in dialog and understanding each to be aligned on goals and beliefs, but not necessarily timing. Not only peace, but much understanding prevailed. Mistakes were made but owned up to and grieved. Read more about Report, #OccupyAustin: Start-up and General Assembly
Disgraced Democratic Politicians Who Have Permanently Discredited Themselves Because they Advocate the Dismantling of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, or Other Programs that Benefit 98 Percent of Their Constituents.
Part I of a Running Series: Emanuel Cleaver Edition
Why on earth should anyone in Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District who is under the age of fifty-five ever vote for this man, ever again?
It is not enough that it was under his administration that Osama Bin Laden, King of the Republican boogeymen, was killed.
It is not enough that he appointed Alan Simpson, that old rude Republican Social Security hater, as co-chairman of his deficit commission.
Maybe it's just me, but something seems hinky at NYTimes.com. Well, not just them; I haven't caught a single mention of Sean Hoare's conveniently timed death in the American media.
Anyway, a picture is worth a thousand words:
Re-he-heally? Okay, how about today?
When other nations' governments go off track, their people do something about it. In Tunisia and Egypt people have nonviolently claimed power in a way that has inspired Americans in Wisconsin and other states, as well as the people of Spain and the rest of the world.
Washington, D.C., is the weakest point in our democracy, without which state-level reform cannot succeed. Most Americans want our wars ended, our corporations and billionaires taxed, and our rights expanded rather than curtailed. We want our money invested in jobs and green energy, not a global military that can't stop itself. Our government in Washington goes in the opposite direction, opposing popular will on these major issues, regardless of personality or party. Read more about Our Tahrir Square: DC's Freedom Plaza on October 6th
After the killing of Bin Laden, there have been a lot of questions about how much the Pakistani government knew about the situation. One thing to keep in mind is that Pakistan's political environment is riven with factions, each with its own agenda and armed supporters. Read more about It's All About Factions
I don't really mean to single out Gallup here. Well, I guess I do; but they're certainly not the only guilty party in the polling industry of doing what I'm about to rail against. Let's begin by stipulating that public polls cannot escape ideological and selection biases in how they frame questions and alternative closed end response choices. Nevertheless, if poll results are to be considered even minimally descriptive of public opinion, they must make a concerted effort to include multiple frames and not exclude response choices that go beyond the dominant ideology. After all what good are polls that channel opinion in pre-determined directions compared to those that allow respondents to express their own tendencies? Read more about Gallup Scores Another for the Plutocracy
As the United States Government approaches “running of money” to pay its bills, news articles and pronouncements by politicians about the debt ceiling dispute focus on several things. First, they talk about the dire consequences of defaulting on our obligations. Second, they talk about the need for spending cuts that will put us on a long-term path to balancing the budget, getting a Government surplus, and improving the debt-to-GDP ratio. Third, they talk about the debt ceiling preventing the Government from issuing further debt instruments to “fund” paying for its obligations. Read more about Brinksmanship On the Debt Ceiling
[Welcome Confluence readers! -- Lambert]
Sorry folks, there is no activism today. I'm still processing my feelings about the shocking developments of last Sunday evening.
What I've ultimately settled upon, after my initial excitement has faded, is a feeling of despair. Read more about A Feeling of Despair
(Author's Note: In December I posted a piece on Moody's threat to downgrade the US's Rating in International Bond markets. I argued that Moody's action was foolish. Today, Standard and Poor's actually revised the US ratings outlook from stable to negative, but continued its sovereign credit rating at ‘AAA/A-1+’. Read more about Standard and Poor's: Bring It On!
I seem to recall that someone, late last month, posted an entry arguing that it is immoral for Democrats not to run a primary challenge against Barry Obama in 2012, in light of the things he's done to institutionalize Bush-Cheney crimes. (Glenn Greenwald chronicled the latest violation of the Constitution by Obama on his own blog, which you can read here). Read more about It is Immoral Not to Challenge Obama and the Democrats in 2012
From comments at a story at Naked Capitalism on the most recent legal breakthrough in the battle against foreclosure fraud:
The SEC Acts of 1933-34 specifically deal with conspiracy to commit securities fraud. Salaries of SEC employees are trivial with respect to the amounts of money involved by conspirators. Small wonder that the SEC looks the other way to the extent it does.
If you look at the banking/economic history of the last 30 years as an insurgency, there are striking similarities:
1. cell-networks that maintain secrecy => individual frauds linked by key individuals (Lewis Raineri, Robert Rubin, Madoff?)
A little more than a week ago, I proposed a Fiscal Sustainability Teach-In and Counter-Conference to be held in Washington, DC as a response to the First Meeting of the Administration's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, sardonically called by some the “steal Read more about Progress on The Fiscal Sustainability Teach-In and Counter-Conference