As winter begins, the Occupy movement reshapes, renames and refocuses for 2012; mistrusting the media may be detrimental to public policy; meanwhile, Ron Paul evades questions and answers about his alleged racist newsletters. These discoveries and more below.
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Occupations in winter
Local occupations around the country are linking up through frequent, massive conference calls, tightening what is now an extremely loose national network that operates under the Occupy banner into a more focused force.
The id of Newt
To truly understand Gingrich’s mind, read his 1984 book on space exploration.
Anonymous to Wall Street: Happy hacked Christmas
Anonymous hackers claimed Sunday afternoon to be in the beginning stage of hacking into the Wall Street 1%, having already stolen emails and credit card data from U.S.-based security think-tank Stratfor.
Should artists get royalties when their work is re-sold?
Just as droit de suite—the requirement that artists receive royalties on secondary sales of their work—is about to go into effect in the U.K., the U.S. Congress has introduced its own droit de suite bill, which would require payment of a 7% fee on resales above $10,000.
The 99% Versus Wall Street
Earlier this year, long before Occupy Wall Street turned Zuccotti Park into Liberty Plaza, Stephen Lerner, a longtime labor organizer with the SEIU and mastermind of the Justice for Janitors campaign, wrote in New Labor Forum of “large-scale sit-ins, occupations, and other forms of nonviolent civil disobedience that must inevitably overcome court injunctions and political pressures.”
A tale of 30 corporations
When we look back on this period, someone will have to write a novel that begins with the following sentence: It was the best of times (for corporations), it was the worst of times (for the 99 percent).