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Chris Hedges Occupies Princeton

Chris Hedges tells a gathering of smarties, “I feel that I’ve learned as much from the movement as I’ve given to it, if I’ve given even very much to it.”

Posted on Dec 19, 2011 READ MORE



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30 Companies Paid Lobbyists More Than the IRS

An analysis by Public Campaign reveals that between 2008 and 2010, 30 of America’s most profitable companies, including Verizon, Wells Fargo, FedEx, GE and Mattel, spent more money buying influence in Washington than they did paying taxes. (Full list after the jump.)

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 READ MORE



Israeli Segregation à la Rosa Parks

An Israeli woman is relegated to the back of the bus by a group of Orthodox Jews; New York celebs party with the Occupiers; and studying fish may be the key to understanding why uninformed voters are a necessary evil in our democracy. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Occupiers Hit a Blue Wall in Lower Manhattan

OWS protesters tried to set up a new encampment in a vacant lot in lower Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood Saturday, but failed when police entered the area and made arrests. Retired New York Bishop George Packard was first over the fence. He was among those busted.

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 READ MORE



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The Making of the American 99% and the Collapse of the Middle Class

Until a few months ago, the 99% was hardly a group capable of articulating “the identity of their interests.” It contained, and still contains, most “ordinary” rich people, along with middle-class professionals, factory workers, truck drivers, and miners, as well as the much poorer people who clean the houses, manicure the fingernails, and maintain the lawns of the affluent.

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 READ MORE



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Been There, Thought That

Can we please bury the notion that Newt Gingrich is some kind of deep thinker? His intellect may be as broad as the sea, but it’s about as deep as a birdbath.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Time’s Person of the Year: The Protester

For “once again becoming a maker of history” two sleepy decades after political soothsayer Francis Fukuyama declared Western liberalism the end point in the evolution of human society, Time magazine named “The Protester” 2011’s Person of the Year.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Occupy Wall Street’s ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Moment

Whither Occupy Wall Street? That’s the question that’s been on the forefront of the young movement’s agenda since police forced participants out of New York City’s Zuccotti Park last month.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Occupy Movement Invades West Coast Ports

Protesters successfully shut down some operations in three major ports spanning the Western United States on Monday. Coordinated action in Washington, Oregon and California was designed to interfere with commerce, bolster the spirits of the evicted and—why not?—inconvenience Goldman Sachs.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Talks Capitalism With Michael Moore

Let’s review, shall we? In this clip, shot for Michael Moore’s on-the-money documentary, “Capitalism: A Love Story,” Chris Hedges lays it all out for anyone still mystified, as it were, about the devastating human costs of unfettered capitalism. Class is in session.

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 READ MORE


Occupy Our Homes Makes a Move

The Occupy Our Homes campaign kicked off last Tuesday when hundreds of people, including activists, neighborhood residents and a couple of City Council members, marched through a neglected Brooklyn neighborhood to open a foreclosed house to a homeless family.

Posted on Dec 10, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Seth Wenig

Time to Start Preoccupying Wall Street

What would it be like if activists were to spend the next several months developing, articulating and organizing toward a major national mortgage and student loan strike? Such a loan strike would be slated to begin on some specific preannounced date in the intermediate future. Why not, say, on Oct. 1, 2012, right in the middle of the next presidential campaign?

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE


Where Were You When They Crucified My Lord?

Chris Hedges first gave this speech in New York’s Liberty Square calling on Trinity Church to open the property it owns on 6th Avenue and Canal Street to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Here’s a response from within the church, plus an update on OWS’ plans for the space.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE


The Cruelty of Nonlethal Weapons

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Newt Gingrich’s rise and Rod Blagojevich’s fall; why nonlethal weapons are being abused; Nomi Prins’ new novel; and millennial mishigas.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE



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The Cruelty of Nonlethal Weapons

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Newt Gingrich’s rise and Rod Blagojevich’s fall; why nonlethal weapons are being abused; Nomi Prins’ new novel; and millennial mishigas.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE


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Occupy Economics: Experts Speak in Support of the 99 Percent

One of the key concepts that the Occupy Wall Street movement has brought to the fore by drawing attention to economic inequality in the U.S. is the notion that the “free market” doesn’t serve the needs of all citizens equally.

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Lucy Nicholson

My Occupy L.A. Arrest

Patrick Meighan is a husband, a father, and a “Family Guy” sitcom writer who was among the 292 people arrested when the cops raided the Occupy Los Angeles encampment early on Nov. 30. As his powerful testimony makes clear, that was actually not “the LAPD’s finest hour.” (more)

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 READ MORE


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The Occupy Movement’s Next Frontier

Those critics of Occupy Wall Street who claimed the movement lacked direction might look to foreclosed homes around the country, as well as housing auctions at select banks, where activists turned up Tuesday as part of the Occupy Our Homes initiative.

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 READ MORE



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Where Were You When They Crucified My Lord?

The Occupy movement is the force that will revitalize traditional Christianity in the United States or signal its moral, social and political irrelevance.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE



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Alan Moore Comes to the Rescue of Occupy Wall Street

Writer and artist Frank Miller’s harsh, anti-OWS voice does not boom in comic book shops and the halls of the Internet alone. Alan Moore, widely beloved author of the industry classics “Watchmen” and “V for Vendetta,” offers a badly needed antidote to the torrent of sneering contempt Miller published on his blog weeks ago.

Posted on Dec 3, 2011 READ MORE



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Jesus and the 99 Percent

We in the Christian community are asking how the Occupy Wall Street movement’s message coheres with our theological precepts. Should the church be for or against OWS?

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Occupy This and That

In this week’s installment of “Left, Right & Center,” panelists Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley, Matt Miller and Chrystia Freeland take stock of the unemployment crisis in our country, which is a gigantic enough topic as it is. But wait—there’s much more.

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 READ MORE



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Preoccupied by Health and Safety

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer condemns the eviction of Occupy L.A.; the protesters police themselves; the NBA lockout ends and so does Herman Cain’s campaign, and we get a feminist analysis of the Penn State scandal.

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 READ MORE


Preoccupied by Health and Safety

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer condemns the eviction of Occupy L.A.; the protesters police themselves; the NBA lockout ends and so does Herman Cain’s campaign, and we get a feminist analysis of Penn State.

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 READ MORE



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Occupy L.A.: Decamped but Not Deterred

Despite being swarmed and ejected by LAPD officers early Wednesday morning, members of the Occupy movement’s Los Angeles contingent are regrouping and figuring out how to put their collective power to best use in other similar demonstrations in the future.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Nick Ut

Weapon of Choice

Pepper spray is a chemical weapon and its use by police fits the definition of torture.

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AP / Dan Steinberg

You Can Arrest an Idea

Count the liberal mayor of Los Angeles as one of those apologists for suppressing truth in the name of civic order.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Take Our Children, Please! A Modest Proposal for Occupy Wall Street

On Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Day, citizens from around the country should gather at the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street. Let’s call this macabre gathering—with luck and even worse times, it should be mammoth—“We Surrender” or “Restore Debtor’s Prisons” or “De-Fault Is Ours” or “Collateralize Us.” And plan on a mirthful day of mourning.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mark Boster, Pool

Police Clear Occupy Camps in Los Angeles, Philadelphia

In the end, after Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made a show of less force when it came to the city’s approach to its own Occupy movement, a giant squad of more than 1,000 police officers descended on the downtown encampment around City Hall early Wednesday morning, arrested around 200 people ... (more)

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mark Boster, Pool

Occupy 2012

In its two months of existence, Occupy L.A. showed a resiliency and purpose that could make some of its participants leaders in a great confrontation over economic injustice in the 2012 election.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 READ MORE



Let’s Talk About Inequality, Baby

Occupy has opened up the conversation about economic inequality in the U.S.; UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi has had her hand in more than just the UC system; and a woman says she had an affair with Herman Cain for more than a decade. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE



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Dan Rather Says ‘Big Money Owns Everything … Including the News’

In a recent speech, Dan Rather, once one of the few voices trusted to moderate our in-home information supply, called the current state of the news business “upside down and backwards.” Inspired by Occupy Wall Street, Rather issued a call to get back to proper journalism, and he suggested that the job would fall to independent journalists.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: Harvard Feeds the Plutocracy

The Truthdig columnist speaks at Occupy Harvard about the school’s role in the economic collapse. Long before he was a steadfast critic of the 1 percent, Hedges attended Harvard Divinity School.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE



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Secret Fed Loans Gave Banks Big Profits During Bailout

Here we have some news that Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown believes “can unite the tea party and Occupy Wall Street.” Sound implausible? Well, Bloomberg News’ parent company went to court to access 29,000 pages of documents from the Federal Reserve, from which the outlet gleaned ... (more)

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE


Scott Olsen Speaks, Twice

Things are looking up for two-tour Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen, who was injured Oct. 25 during a police raid on the Occupy Oakland encampment, where he was taking part in demonstrations against the corporatization of the American political system. (more)

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE


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Miley Cyrus and OWS Share a Headline for Fun and Profit

It’s bound to happen, when a movement like Occupy Wall Street takes hold on a national scale, that some famous people in the entertainment business will attach themselves to the cause, and that their bids for legitimacy as self-styled political activists will be met with skepticism, if not worse.

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE



Mike Shane

Wolf’s OWS Report Sparks Debate

Did Naomi Wolf get her facts straight in her Guardian report about American mayors acting in cahoots with the Department of Homeland Security in their recent crackdowns on OWS encampments, or did she engage in a little journalistic extrapolation? Those aren’t the only two options here, but at least one noteworthy ... (more)

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE



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LAPD Uses a Lighter Touch While Evicting Occupiers

Hoping to avoid the kind of bad press that other city governments and police forces (ahem, Oakland) recently earned for their ham-fisted mistreatment of Occupy outposts, the Los Angeles Police Department took a slightly different tack early on Monday morning in its attempt to oust Occupy L.A. ... (more)

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE


Livestream: Evicting Occupy L.A.

The deadline for Occupy L.A.’s stay around City Hall has passed. Watch live to see what happens.

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE


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Violent Response to Occupy Is No Surprise

The violent police assaults in response to the Occupy movement are proof that Occupy has hit a political nerve; Britain is preparing for the demise of the euro; meanwhile, the student wing of Occupy tries to encourage higher education. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 READ MORE



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The Fascism Hiding in Hollywood

Comic artist Frank Miller’s recent tirade against the Occupy movement gives us a glimpse into the mind of a man made important by an entertainment culture that pushes death, selfishness, uncritical obedience to authority and simplistic notions of good and evil. Guardian columnist Rick Moody has a word for such fare: cryptofascist. (more)

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Chalk One Up for the 99%

On the evening of November 8th, Occupy Wall Street, the populist uprising built on economic justice and corruption-free politics that’s spread like a lit match hitting a trail of gasoline, notched its first major political victory in the unlikeliest of places: Ohio.

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 READ MORE


Egyptian Military Officers Defecting to Protesters

Ten months after Mubarak’s fall, Egyptians are risking imprisonment and death in Tahrir Square once again to demand an end to military rule and the election of a civilian government. Some members of the military, disgusted by the murder of their fellow citizens, are standing with them. (more)

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Here Comes the Capital Strike

From his seat in Congress, House Speaker John Boehner announced in mid-September that American business owners would continue to hold the nation’s wealth (and thus the public welfare) hostage until government granted them the “low-tax, deregulated world they wanted,” writes journalist and author Thomas Frank in Harper’s online. (more)

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 READ MORE



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L.A. Mayor Gives Occupiers an Eviction Notice

It’s not like Los Angeles’ slickster Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa would have missed out on that multicity conference call that Oakland’s Jean Quan squeaked about to the press. So it’s not surprising that on Friday, as he visited the Occupy L.A. encampment to pay tribute to the spirit of the movement ... (more)

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Laurie Penny

Every social movement needs to guard against the inevitable attempts of mainstream media sources to warp its message, defend its targets and recast its members as lazy, crazy or fringy malcontents. Luckily for the Occupy movement, British journalist Laurie Penny is more than capable of taking on, and taking down ... (more)

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Paul Sakuma

When We Fight Back

Morality in the land of the free is a curious mix of Tinkertoys and torture racks. We have just witnessed a full week of brutal coordinated police assaults upon peaceful protesters. The Occupy movement must therefore rise to a new level of coordinated and class-conscious actions against the corporate state.

Posted on Nov 24, 2011 READ MORE


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