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Posted on Oct 14, 2011 ENLARGE


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Occupy Wall Street 24/7

We have a new Dig where you can find all of our Occupy movement coverage from Truthdig editors, contributors and commenters, as well as the latest from Twitter and around the Web. Check it out here.

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Daisey Rips Into Apple in ‘Agony and Ecstasy’

Writer and performer Mike Daisey isn’t dropping his current act, “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” in light of his titular character’s recent exit from the world stage, but he has been obliged to make some formatting tweaks.

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Which Side Are You On!

I am all for Occupy Wall Street—and a lot of other places—but I wish I understood where this is going. And why it took so long to get going.

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There’s Something Happening Here

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: It’s all about Occupy Wall Street, which Pulitzer Prize winner and guest David Cay Johnston says is unlike any movement he’s covered. Also: voices from Occupy L.A., Nomi Prins, Scott Tucker and the NYPD arrests journalists.

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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There’s Something Happening Here

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: It’s all about Occupy Wall Street, which Pulitzer Prize winner and guest David Cay Johnston says is unlike any movement he’s covered. Also: voices from Occupy L.A., Nomi Prins, Scott Tucker and the NYPD arrests journalists.

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Herman Cain’s Tax Plan Is Shared With ‘SimCity’

With presidential hopeful Herman Cain’s ascension to the top of the GOP field, everyone is talking about his 9-9-9 tax plan—or should we say “SimCity’s” 9-9-9 tax plan? (more)

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE



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DSK Off the Hook in (Another) Rape Case

It’s been a few months since former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn made news for all the wrong reasons, and on Thursday yet another headline about DSK’s sexual past cropped up.

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Inside Trader Gets Record Prison Sentence of … 11 Years

The Wall Street Journal got our attention with Thursday’s breathless report about Raj Rajaratnam, whom the Murdochian concern dubbed “the face of the biggest trading scandal in a generation,” and his newly dispensed prison sentence, “the longest-ever term handed down for an insider case.” So how long will Rajaratnam be locked up, if he’s unlucky?

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Bloomberg’s Zuccotti Park Cleanup Plan Sparks Skepticism

Making noises about sanitation, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has given notice to the Occupy Wall Street protesters camped at Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park that they’re going to have to give way to some cleaning machines on Friday. Might there be another, not-so-squeaky-clean agenda at play here? Updated

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Clinton Denies Designs on Biden’s Throne

What’s a secretary of state to do in the face of international terrorism and domestic unrest? Why, she should set the record straight on the “Today” show, which is just what Hillary Clinton did Thursday to tackle cloak-and-dagger rumors that she might replace Vice President Joe Biden in 2012 ... (more)

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The Rise of the Reverse Houdinis

Senate Republicans sent a signal in voting as a bloc against President Obama’s jobs bill: Don’t just do something, stand there. But doing nothing is at least preferable to the ideas coming out of their party’s presidential candidates.

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AP / Mike Carlson

If a Republican Were President

If a Republican were president, there would be millions of properly coiffed middle-class Democrats and independents at those Occupy Wall Street marches, and no questions asked as to what they really want.

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Oct. 15 Is the Big Day

If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, your friends at Occupy Wall Street and the Indignados in Madrid would like for you to jump into a global day of action scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 15.

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Proof That L.A. Is Better Than New York

Whereas protesters occupying Wall Street depend on a McDonald’s to relieve themselves, their counterparts in Los Angeles have port-a-potties. Whereas New York’s billionaire mayor and pepper-spraying police appear to have sided with the 1 percent, the L.A. City Council voted unanimously ... (more)

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N.Y. Laborers Local Takes a Stand at Liberty Plaza

Mike Hellstrom, a construction and private sanitation worker for more than two decades, has been involved in union work for 27 years, and he’s tired of watching his friends and colleagues lose their benefits and earnings after laboring for their entire adult lives. (more)

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Abdulmutallab Pleads Guilty, Sounds Warning Note in Detroit Court

It’s a busy week in homeland security here in the U.S., what with the news of an alleged Iranian attempt on the life of a key Saudi diplomat (a case that wasn’t exactly news to select members of the Obama administration), and now a new chapter to an even older story with a prepackaged, media-generated catchphrase you may recall: “underwear bomber.”

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The Power of Protest Music Contest

Here at the Truthdig office, we’ve been listening a lot to Ry Cooder’s new album, “Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down.” With songs like “No Banker Left Behind,” which was inspired by a column by our own Robert Scheer, the album is refreshingly political, with roots in the tradition of protest music. Here’s your chance to win a copy. (more)

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Alexander Reed Kelly

This Physician Supports Occupy Wall Street

Wall Street protesters joined progressive and community groups Tuesday on a march to the homes of several New York City billionaires to demand that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers extend a surcharge tax on the state’s wealthiest residents, and New York City physician Bertha Bauer stands with them. (more)

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Alleged Murder Plot Fans U.S.-Iran Tensions

Figuring in among the lineup of top stories on Wednesday’s broadcast of “Democracy Now!” is the alleged assassination plot against Saudi Arabia Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir, for which the U.S. has charged two Iranian agents. Meanwhile, government officials in Tehran are accusing the Obama administration of ... (more)

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Michael Moore ‘Giddy’ About Occupy Wall Street

Nobody can say he didn’t call it, or at least call for it, as provocateur filmmaker Michael Moore explicitly declared at the end of his last documentary, “Capitalism: A Love Story,” that he would come out from behind the camera and wait for others to join in his cause of opposing Wall Street greed before making another play for the big screen. (more)

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Schumer Sees Democrats Hanging On to Senate

Is Sen. Charles Schumer still a member of the reality-based community? The top Democrat confidently predicted on Wednesday that his party would retain control of the Senate in the 2012 election, despite having to defend way more seats than the Republicans. (more)

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AP / Khalil Hamra

Dispatches From Cairo: Egypt’s Black Sunday

How can the people who made this revolution of unity have been so betrayed?

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 READ MORE



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China Fears Are Misplaced

The preoccupation of American think tanks and policymakers with China’s growing military and economic power is unrealistic.

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 READ MORE



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A New Bush Era or a Push Era?

Back when Barack Obama was still just a U.S. senator running for president, he told a group of donors in a New Jersey suburb, “Make me do it.”

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What a 6-Year-Old Iraqi Girl Would Ask the American Who Shot Her in the Head

The organization No More Victims works with local communities to bring children injured in America’s wars to the U.S. for medical treatment—children like this inspirational little Iraqi girl who simply beams despite everything she has been through.

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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U.S. Names Iranians in Alleged Assassination Plot

As if relations between Tehran and Washington weren’t troubled enough, Tuesday brought news of a purported plan by Iranian government operatives to kill one Adel al-Jubeir (above), Saudi ambassador to the United States. The alleged bomb plot was shut down by American authorities after two agents apparently recruited the wrong … (more)

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Nominate Our Next Truthdigger of the Week

Who made your week by speaking truth to power, blowing the whistle or standing up to injustice? Let us know here.

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Anonymous Wants You to Move Your Money

Camping out by Wall Street and peacefully protesting are but two ways of signaling collective displeasure about America’s compromised economic system, but here comes Anonymous with another handy tip for would-be opponents of our nation’s banking behemoths: Let the currency of their realm do the talking.

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Occupy Boston Protesters Hauled Off in Greenway Standoff

Some 100 people—around 65 men and 35 women—taking part in an Occupy Boston protest were arrested in the wee hours of Tuesday morning after they refused to leave a newly groomed section of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway near Dewey Square. (more)

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Feingold: ‘This Is Not a Time for Cautious Politics’

Here we see former Sen. Russ Feingold taking stock of the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon on Monday’s “Countdown With Keith Olbermann,” declaring that the “unholy alliance” between big business and certain political operatives on the right (although not exclusively from that side of the aisle) is being challenged. (more)

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Prude Power Hits Britain

British Prime Minister David Cameron and four of the country’s Internet service providers are bending over backwards to accommodate parents concerned with the allegedly corrosive influence of titillating adverts and porn sites on youth, because teenagers never thought about sex before billboards were invented. (more)

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Preoccupied









Posted on Oct 11, 2011 ENLARGE



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Elizabeth Warren Bags $3 Million

The consumer advocate is off to a great start in her bid to defeat the other Democratic primary challengers and Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown to retake Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat. Warren raised $3 million in the last quarter—double Brown’s haul.

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Missing From ‘March’

George Clooney is the nominal star (and director) of “The Ides of March,” a not particularly thrilling, but sort of agreeable, political thriller, in which he is largely AWOL.

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David Shankbone (CC-BY)

Occupy the Moment

Occupy Wall Street and its kindred protests around the country are inept, incoherent and hopelessly quixotic. God, I love them.

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Rick Perry’s Texans Are Searching for Herman Cain

According to Google’s data, “4 of the top 10 cities with the most searches for [Herman Cain] are major cities right in Texas.” Those would be Austin, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio. (more)

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 READ MORE


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This Just In, Kind Of: NYT Catches Up to Wall St. Protests

The New York Times let fly over the weekend with a trio of Op-Eds about the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations happening around the country, most notably (and most forcefully) Paul Krugman’s rumbling salvo, “Panic of the Plutocrats,” in which Krugman flames the nascent movement’s “remarkably hysterical” critics for their … (more)

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Ron Kovic Rallies at Occupy L.A.: ‘This Is the Beginning of a Revolution’

On Oct. 1, Vietnam veteran, author and activist Ron Kovic gave a throng of Occupy L.A. protesters gathered near Los Angeles’ City Hall an enthused boost with this speech, in which he invokes the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. and serves notice to President Obama by co-opting the president’s campaign slogan … (more)

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Evan Agostini

Not Much ‘Sunshine’ in Kaufman’s Next Act

Screenwriter and director Charlie Kaufman made his name in lights with his Academy Award-winning script for “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” but six more years in showbiz have apparently dimmed his Oscar afterglow, given the details on his latest project that The Wrap served up.

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Bloody Sunday Shakes an Egypt in Transition

What started as a peaceful demonstration in downtown Cairo took a violent turn later Sunday when Coptic Christians protesting last week’s attack on one of their churches clashed with military forces and other civilians. (more)

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Flickr / Mel R

U.S. Income Levels Plunged as Recession Lifted

More interesting, perhaps, than this New York Times article’s proffered data on falling household incomes and the reasons for same is its official timeline for our nation’s most recent recession: “ … From December 2007 to June 2009.” (more)

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A Warning on Wall Street

Slovenian madman and intellectual hero Slavoj Zizek treated protesters encamped at New York City’s Liberty Plaza to a rousing pep talk Sunday in which he confessed his fear that the Occupy Wall Street movement could devolve into a mere opportunity for youthful memory-making. (more)

Posted on Oct 9, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


No More Bull









Posted on Oct 9, 2011 ENLARGE    



Illustration by Mr. Fish

Why the Elites Are in Trouble

The occupation movement is an effort to take our country back. This is a goal the power elite cannot comprehend. That is why they keep asking what the demands are. They don’t understand what is happening. They are deaf, dumb and blind.

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Refuting Straw Liberals

It’s not often that a sound bite from a Democratic candidate gets so under the skin of my distinguished colleague George F. Will that he feels moved to quote it in full and then devote an entire column to refuting it.

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Hank’s Fumble









Posted on Oct 9, 2011 ENLARGE



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Does Occupy Wall Street Need a Logo?

Some graphic designers have come up with various proposals, but one wonders whether the motley crew of anti-corporate urban campers would welcome such a commercial device.

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The Bill O’Reilly of Canada Ambushes Chris Hedges

The Truthdig columnist defends the Occupy Wall Street movement against an irksome personality on Canadian television who makes friendly with comments like: “Listen, don’t take this the wrong way, but you sound like a left-wing nutbar.”

Posted on Oct 9, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


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