Early this morning police cleared Occupy LA, making around 300 arrests, as well as Occupy Philadelphia. At Occupy Pheonix, which had recently moved, police lines battled the black bloc with pepper spray.
Today Britain saw the largest coordinated strike actions it had witnessed in a generation. Thousands of rallies were held as public sector workers walked out, with tens of thousands of people turning out in cities like London and Birmingham
A broke Chinese student wanted to give his girlfriend a Windows-7 tablet, so he built one with old parts from the internet for less money than a Kindle Fire (the “cheap” tablet). Further proof that DIY innovation can conquer even the mightiest high-tech giants.
Coalition air raids just struck two border posts maintained by Pakistan’s miilitary to watch the Afghan border for Taliban insurgents. There is still no explanation as to why they were bombed, but in light of persistent American operations inside their country, Pakistan is unimpressed and closing border crossings as a result.
Canada’s most notorious conservative news mogul has just released a book reflecting on his experiences in the American justice system. Besides “clearing up” the business side of his story, he goes into quite a bit of depth on the “evil” and racist nature of American prisons.
Americans rioted across the nation today, not against the establishment, or even for sports, but for Black Friday bargain deals. People were pepper sprayed and even shot as crowds stampeded into Wal Marts and other stores, attacked and robbed each other. Happy Buy Nothing Day.
That’s the actual title, by the way, in the business press. Gingrich has been exposed for taking a million and a half dollars in campaign donations from Freddie Mac (the infamous semi-Federal institution which underwrites American mortgages) after spending years “opposing” them. “He is the classic rental politician”.
There’s an infrastructure crisis brewing with countless remote communities dumping raw sewage, yet not having the tax base to support treatment facilities in the long term. So who’s going to foot the bill?
MSNBC got its hands on a memo from prominent Washington lobbying firm Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford for a project on behalf of clients such as the American Bankers Association on how to create “negative narratives” about Occupy Wall Street, target sympathetic politicians and ensure Republican victories.
As students sat peacefully guarding their tents from the riot police, they were hosed with pepper spray in front of cameras. An angry horde of students then chased the protesters from chanting “this is a moment of peace, take your weapons and go”.
In the 1960s the American government predicted that increases in production efficiency and technological improvements would now have us all working an average of 20 hours a week. Yet, we actually work more now than we did back then…
A glimpse into those taking to the streets in Egypt…
"…over time their leaderless online network and others that sprung up around it — like the networks that helped propel the Tunisian revolution — were uniquely difficult for the Egyptian security police to pinpoint or wipe out. It was an online rallying cry for a show of opposition to tyranny, corruption and torture that brought so many to the streets on Tuesday and Wednesday, unexpectedly vaulting the online youth movement to the forefront as the most effective independent political force in Egypt."
“In our own time we have seen domination spread over the social landscape to a point where it is beyond all human control. Compared to this stupendous mobilization of materials, of wealth, of human intellect, of human labor for the single goal of domination, all other recent human achievements pale to almost trivial significance. Our art, science, medicine, literature, music and “charitable” acts seem like mere droppings from a table on which gory feasts on the spoils of conquest have engaged the attention of a system whose appetite for rule is utterly unrestrained.”—Murray Bookchin
A bill which would privatize the Forestry Commission and put nearly a fifth of Britian’s forests up for sale is going before the House of Lords next week. But early polling and consultation shows a overwhelming opposition to the idea from the public.
"Apple is more secretive about its supply chain in China than almost all of its rivals, according to a new report by anti-pollution activists who accuse the company’s products of degrading the environment and poisoning workers."
“Cities need old buildings so badly it is probably impossible for vigorous streets and districts to grow without them…. for really new ideas of any kind—no matter how ultimately profitable or otherwise successful some of them might prove to be—there is no leeway for such chancy trial, error and experimentation in the high-overhead economy of new construction. Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings.”—Jane Jacobs (Death and Life of Great American Cities)