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30 August 2015 @ 10:09 pm
US Navy Base: Saudi Reward for Collusion in Yemen  
Fars News Aug 30, 2015
TEHRAN (FNA)- Nowadays, not just for Iraqis and Syrians, but for Yemeni people, it is what is happening in the dark that counts.
While many critics of the Yemen War are still not willing to cut the Obama administration some slack, something more unsettling appears to be going on - just as the case has been for so long in other parts of the Middle East:
The United States has reportedly invaded and occupied Yemen's strategic Island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean and is now building its biggest naval base there. This is while the colonial scheme has no UN blessing and certainly no consent from the Yemeni government.
Hundreds of workers from Asian countries have already been deployed by the US Navy to construct the illegal base between the continents of Asia and Africa. Socotra is a small archipelago of four islands; the largest island, also called Socotra, is about 95 percent of the landmass of the archipelago.
All of this doesn’t fit with a script promisingly laid out by Barack Obama in his 2008 presidential campaign, when he promised the US would keep no bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, and would withdraw its occupying forces before 2014.
Far from it, tens of thousands of American troops are still stationed there as “advisors” indefinitely, and thousands more will soon be dispatched from the Socotra Naval Base to complete the destruction, destabilization and radicalization of Yemen. It’s a picture that couldn’t be uglier.
There can be no question that Washington’s new dark of night policy is not to reduce what the Pentagon might call the US military ‘footprint’ in the Middle East. Obama's key officials seem to be opting not for blunt-edged, Bush-style militarism, but for what might be thought of as a new colonial scheme: A much more aggressive military program as regards the resistance group of Ansarullah to force them into surrender.
Then, of course, the crucial thing that could be said about the Obama administration's new game of regional domination is this: Ignore the headlines, the fireworks, and the briefly cheering crowds of pro-Saudi Yemenis on TV screens, who might or might not have the faintest idea. Just like in the Arabian Peninsula, the Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, and more recently Turkey (Incirlik), they just don’t know the “Empire of Bases” and its murderous drones are to stay in Yemen for a very long time!
Even a glance at a Mideast world map tells you that, if the US is to carry out ever more drone strikes across the developing world, it will need more bases for its future UAVs.
In the grand scheme of things, then, the illegal naval base is designed to transform Yemen into a main base for America’s current and future undeclared wars and drone assassination campaigns in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. It’s a reward for the military support the Obama administration provide on Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen, and for their continued support of the tyrannical regime in Riyadh.
What is vaguely visible from this new strategy is the outline of an American posture to project power and influence in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. What it doesn't look like is the posture of a bloodthirsty occupying power preparing to end the Saudi-led war on Yemen, close up all military bases and black sites in the Middle East, and head for home.
If Iraq and Afghanistan is any indication, the new colonial scheme won’t go down well with the brave people of Yemen.
FN http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940608001212
clothcapclothcap on August 30th, 2015 09:10 pm (UTC)
EXCLUSIVE: 3 US Military Advisors killed, 2 Others Wounded in Yemeni Attack on Najran
Aug 30, 2015
TEHRAN (FNA)- Several US military advisors of the Riyadh government's army were killed and wounded in heavy clashes with Yemen's revolutionary forces in Saudi Arabia's Najran region.
"The Yemeni revolutionary committee forces killed three US military advisors and wounded two others in the Southern province of Najran," Abu Hessam, a senior Ansarullah commander, told FNA on Sunday.
He noted that seven Saudi military men were also killed in the clashes with Yemeni forces.
Abu Hessam did not disclose the names of the American military advisors.
Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 158 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 5,535 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.
Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.
Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
clothcapclothcap on August 30th, 2015 09:15 pm (UTC)
Arab Analyst: Zabadani Battle Key to Syrian Crisis
Aug 30, 2015
TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Arab political analyst underlined that the battle over the Strategic town of Zabadani is very important for all warring sides.
"Winning back Zabadani can play a crucial role in resolving the Syrian crisis," Nasser Qandil told FNA on Sunday.
He noted that the developments underway in Zabadani is paving the way for the Syrian army's control over all the Zabadani region.
"Zabadani is of highly strategic importance because it links the areas controlled by the militants in the city and countryside of Damascus," Qandil said.
On Saturday, the Syrian army and the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance forces kicked off fresh military operations to seize back Zabadani.
The army and the resistance forces started their operations to take control of al-Mazaya town in the Southern parts of Zabadani as the 48-hour ceasefire with the militants ended on Saturday.
More http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940608001355
clothcapclothcap on August 30th, 2015 09:50 pm (UTC)
Syrian War-Islamic State (ISIS) Creation Timeline
By Kevin Borge. Global Research August 29, 2015
This document is meant for all those interested in the lead up and current events surrounding the war in Syria and the creation of the Islamic State (ISIS).
Below is a timeline ranging from 1992-2015 with related articles to the war in Syria, ISIS and geopolitical events that tie them all together. Purposely the author of this document provides No commentary.
You will notice that each citation is met with origin of the article, date published and key quotations. Also, the author attempted to find sources that many “Westerners” would consider “mainstream”, with the exception of a few. Lastly, at the end of the timeline, one can find longer articles and videos that the reader can dive into if interested.
-Kevin Borge
Here http://www.globalresearch.ca/syrian-war-islamic-state-isis-creation-timeline/5472680
clothcapclothcap on August 30th, 2015 09:54 pm (UTC)
Cameron Ennobles Director of British Israel Lobby
100,000 British Citizens Demand Netanyahu’s Arrest for War Crimes
By Anthony Bellchambers
Global Research, August 30, 2015
The killings of over 2000 unarmed civilians in 2014 by Israeli forces in Gaza under the control of Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, are alleged to have been deliberate policy by a government intent on the illegal settlement of a half a million Israelis on occupied Palestinian land in an effort to abort the establishment of an independent state, in direct opposition to the will of the UN and the EU.
This is a policy apparently condoned by the Conservative Friends of Israel lobby of which David Cameron is a member, as are the majority of his cabinet, notwithstanding the official British government stance that supports a two state solution.
There is currently a petition on the House of Commons website that demands the arrest of Netanyahu should he try to visit the UK in September. This petition is now expected to reach 100,000 signatures within the next few days.
However, notwithstanding the strength of feeling in the UK against Israeli brutality, Cameron has stunned British voters by proposing to ennoble the director of the British Israel lobby that condones the illegal settlements and the brutal killings by the IDF.
This perverse decision would mean, if ratified, that effectively, an agent of the Israeli government in Tel Aviv would be sitting in the House of Lords, in London – in the second chamber of the British Parliament.
That is a position that would be deemed anti-democratic at best and unacceptable to those who require our legislators to hold an unequivocal allegiance exclusively to the democratic institutions of the United Kingdom.
The declared aim of the powerful Israel lobby in London, (CFI), is to influence British government foreign policy in the same way as its sister lobby in Washington, AIPAC, determines US government foreign policy – and that would be a triumph for the Likud Zionist movement of Mr Netanyahu but a disaster for democracy in Britain as it has been, and is, in America.
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/cameron-ennobles-director-of-british-israel-lobby-100000-british-citizens-demand-netanyahus-arrest-for-war-crimes/5472816
clothcapclothcap on August 30th, 2015 10:07 pm (UTC)
Robots Will Cut 25% of US Jobs in 4 years, Transform Workforce
By RT. Global Research, August 29, 2015
RT 27 August 2015
The encroachment of self-help kiosks and grocery store scanners has led doomsayers to suggest automation threatens the workforce of the future. A new report argues it will create new business sectors and new jobs as well.
By studying large companies in various industries, from Delta Airlines Inc. to Whole Foods Market Inc., as well as many startups, analysts have forecast that automation will erase 22.7 million jobs by 2025, or 16 percent of today’s total.
The prediction comes in a report titled “The Future of Jobs, 2025: Working Side-By-Side with Robots,” published by Forrester Research this week. The study’s findings were drawn from government employment data, and interviews with businesses and academics.
Automation in daily life is already prevalent and expanding beyond the grocery store scanner. Robots are now delivering room service to guests in the Aloft hotel in San Francisco, and self-service kiosks filling orders at delis rather than humans.
Lowe’s hardware is testing Oshbot, a robotic sales assistant that can answer questions, and show customers a floorplan of the store or lead them directly to products they seek. It was recently featured in an RT segment.
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/robots-will-cut-25-of-us-jobs-in-4-years-transform-workforce/5472543
Like a slo-mo tsunami. I suspect 25% is very conservative considering the accelerating development of robotics.
Who will be left to consume when extermination by politicians and other psychos that is in progress travels its intended course?

clothcapclothcap on August 30th, 2015 10:43 pm (UTC)
The Refugees are the Victims of US-NATO led Wars: The Migrants’ “Long March” across the Balkan
By Andrew Korybko. Global Research, August 29, 2015
Oriental Review 28 August 2015
ORIENTAL REVIEW publishes exclusive English translation of the interview given by Andrew Korybko to the Macedonian TV presenter Slobodan Tomic, the host of “Гласот на Народот” (Vox Populi) show.
They speak about the current migrant crisis in Europe in the context of Mideast destabilization following the “Arab Spring” and why the Balkans and Greece are chosen as a gateway for the masses of miscellaneous refugees to the EU. Much attention is given to the threat of the radical ISIL-linked elements penetrating Europe and the back-stage role of the US in this process.
How do you evaluate the current situation of Mideast refugees transiting through Macedonia and Serbia en route to the EU?
The crisis is totally out of control, and it’s direct blowback from the US and its allies’ regime change operations in Libya and Syria. Europe gains nothing whatsoever from this and is anxiously trying to mitigate the fallout while giving off the impression of partial compliance with its heavily promoted ‘values’, but conversely, Europe’s pain is the US’ gain. Washington is seeing to it that the continent’s most prominent countries (France and Germany, in particular) are caught up in a demographic nightmare, a time bomb of sorts that can be strategically activated at will in the event that these states ever decide to pursue policies independent of the US’ dictates.
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-refugees-are-the-victims-of-us-nato-led-wars-the-migrants-long-march-across-the-balkans-to-western-europe/5472601
clothcapclothcap on August 30th, 2015 10:47 pm (UTC)
Military Report from Novorossyia. Intense Military Actions by Ukraine Army against Donbass
By Russell "Texas" Bentley. Global Research, August 29, 2015
South Front 28 August 2015
The last day was marked by moderate intensity military actions. Sporadic shellings and firefights were observed at the Donetsk Airport and Spartak.
Then clashes with usage of artillery and mortars started at the Stannica Luganskaya and Schastie. The settlement of Raevka was shelled by Ukrainian battle tanks. An electric power substation was damaged, there is no electricity in the settlement now.
At the evening Ukrainian military started to shell the settlement of Spartak and the DPR capital from the direction of Vodyanoe-Opitnoe.
Ukrainian forces at Granitnoe and Chermalik shelled shelled Telmanovo. An important fact, that pro-Kiev militants used MLRS Grad at Chermalik.
Gorlovka also came under Ukrainian fire. The activity of Kiev military was fixed at Dzerjinsk.
In the night, Lugansk was shelled by artillery based at the Kiev-controlled settlemment of Olhovka. The clash reportedly was going at the Lugansk suburbs.
Yesterday, Ukrainian military confirmed its loses at the fight at the Mariupol sector. According to the report, 19 militants were killed and 30 injured during their attempt to advacne to the DPR territory.

Copyright © Russell "Texas" Bentley, South Front, 2015
clothcapclothcap on August 30th, 2015 11:01 pm (UTC)
The Privatization of Water in India: How Coca-Cola Destroys the Aquifer
Never Mind the Greenwash - Coca Cola Can Never Be 'Water Neutral'
By Amit Srivastava. Global Research, August 29, 2015
The Ecologist 25 August 2015
Following a series of disastrous failures in India, one of Coca-Cola’s most important markets, the company is desperate to rebuild its reputation by claiming ‘water neutrality’. But the idea is absurd, writes Amit Srivastava, and does nothing to benefit the communities that suffer from the depleted aquifers it pumps from.
The Coca-Cola company is planning to announce that it is close to replenishing all the water it uses“back to communities and nature” by the end of 2015, well ahead of schedule.
As campaigners that have closely scrutinized Coca-Cola’s operations in India for over a decade, we find the company’s assertions on balancing water use to be misleading.
The company’s track record of managing water resources in and around its bottling operations is dismal, and the announcement is a public relations exercise designed to manufacture an image of a company that uses water sustainably – far removed from the reality on the ground.
The impetus for Coca-Cola to embark upon its ambitious water conservation programs globally stems from its experience in India, where the company has been the target of communities across the country holding it accountable for creating water shortages and pollution.
The company has faced crisis in India due to their mismanagement of water resources, including
= the forced closure of their bottling plant by government authorities in Kerala in 2005,
= the closure of its 15 year old plant in Varanasi last year,
= the refusal by government authorities to allow a fully-built expansion plant to operate in Varanasi in August 2014,
= a proposed plant in Uttarakhand cancelled in April 2014,
= and the withdrawal of the land allocated for a new bottling plant by the government in Tamil Nadu due to large scale community protests in April 2015.
Coca-Cola’s operations in Jaipur in India are also now used as a case study in colleges and universities on the company’s profound impact on water resources.
The myth of ‘water neutrality’
Continues http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-privatization-of-water-in-india-how-cocacola-destroys-the-aquifer/5472625
clothcapclothcap on August 30th, 2015 11:11 pm (UTC)
Social and Financial Engineering Projects of the New World Order
Global Research, August 28, 2015
Today’s selected articles brought to you by Global Research focus on the impacts of state sponsored social and financial engineering: law enforcement, urban transformation, the control and manipulation of the news chain, the demise of pension funds, the abolition of cash.


By Robert Barsocchini, August 28, 2015
North Dakota has become the first state to approve government use of drones equipped with “less than lethal weapons”, including “rubber bullets, pepper spray, tear gas, sound cannons, and Tasers”.

By Sofia Manukyan, August 28, 2015
Urban transformation…shapes mindset of locals, who as a result of non-participation in decision making related to transformations of their cities become disconnected from the city they live in. More construction projects aim to satisfy the demand of the businesses rather than the needs of the local population and overall aesthetic requirements. Such transformations make the local population a passive receiver of these changes, which eventually makes them inactive in other areas of local governance too.

By Prof. James F. Tracy, August 28, 2015
Since the end of World War Two the Central Intelligence Agency has been a major force in US and foreign news media, exerting considerable influence over what the public sees, hears and reads on a regular basis. CIA publicists and journalists alike will assert they have few, if any, relationships, yet the seldom acknowledged history of their intimate collaboration indicates a far different story–indeed, one that media historians are reluctant to examine.

Looting Made Easy: the $2 Trillion Buyback Binge
By Mike Whitney, August 28, 2015
Corporations are taking the retirement savings of elderly public employees and using them to inflate their stock prices so wealthy CEOs and their shareholders can enrich themselves at the expense of their companies. And it’s all completely legal.

By Paul Joseph Watson, August 28, 2015
The Financial Times has published an anonymous article which calls for the abolition of cash in order to give central banks and governments more power.

Links http://www.globalresearch.ca/social-and-financial-engineering-projects-of-the-new-word-order/5472559
clothcapclothcap on August 31st, 2015 12:25 am (UTC)
How US uses ISIS to engage Iraq and Syria
VT. By George Galloway on August 30, 2015
The US and its allies claim they are fighting against terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria such as Daesh (ISIS).
However, many analysts argue that the US is using Daesh to create constant regional fear, instability and therefore susceptibility to occupation and control. Meanwhile, many reports claim that Western-backed air raids mostly kill Kurdish militants who are fighting Daesh.
In this episode of Comment, we are going to ask our viewers about the alleged US war on Daesh in Iraq and Syria.
Audio http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/08/30/comment-george-galloway-daesh/

Aug 29, 2015
Appearing on Press TV's call-in program "COMMENT" on 27 August 2015 @8:00 minutes in. Standing in for George Galloway was Roshan Muhammed Salih.

Edited at 2015-08-31 05:32 am (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on August 31st, 2015 05:35 am (UTC)
Swiss Give Netanyahu the Bird
By GPD on August 30, 2015

We're sorry too
Jerusalem Post – Giulio Haas, the Swiss envoy to Iran, showed the image during a speech to hundreds of Swiss and Iranian business people at a Zurich hotel on Thursday.
Switzerland expressed regret on Friday after its ambassador to Iran displayed a cartoon depicting two doves defecating on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s head, at an event promoting Iranian business opportunities.
Ambassador Giulio Haas showed the image during a speech to hundreds of Swiss and Iranian business people at a Zurich hotel on Thursday.
The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) said the “questionable cartoon” was used without its knowledge. “The FDFA regrets the use of this cartoon and considers it tasteless,” it said in a statement.
Haas’ address came as Europeans race back to Iran, whose markets and major reserves of oil and gas will be much easier to tap once sanctions are lifted under a global deal struck last month.
In his speech, Haas called Iran the “pole of stability in a very, very unsafe region.” He urged Swiss businesses not to delay their endeavors in Iran, a potentially lucrative market with a population of 80 million.
“Ambassador Haas did not intend to insult anybody with the cartoon,” the FDFA said. “If that is the case, however, he regrets it and seeks the pardon of everyone who could have felt insulted.”
The cartoon, a commentary on responses to the deal Tehran struck on July 14 with world powers to limit its nuclear work in return for sanctions relief, shows a pair of doves with US and Iranian flags on their chests atop Netanyahu’s head.
Guano dome.
clothcapclothcap on August 31st, 2015 05:45 am (UTC)
NEO – The Worth of Gold Growing by the Day
By Jim W. Dean, Managing Editor on August 28, 2015
It will come as news to few in the West that our strategic markets are rigged "when the need arises".
by F. William Engdahl, with New Eastern Outlook, Moscow
[ Editor’s note: Mr. Engdahl has been following the gold markets and the growth of the Eurasian economies for many years, so getting a new gold article from him was an instant pick. [...]
The worth of gold in the world is growing by the day. That might seem like a paradox but it isn’t. The worth of gold is not fixed on the COMEX futures exchange, or the trade in London or Zurich.
True, most of the gold-trading public takes its cue today from the CME’s COMEX gold futures price where it does not at all look like the worth of a bar of gold is growing. Why can we then speak of gold’s worth rising?
On Comex the price of gold futures has gone from a high of $1896 in August 2011 to current lows of $1099, lows last seen six years ago, tendency downward. Here we come to the fallacy of composition where we extrapolate from one particular to the universal, when we assume that something is true of the whole just because it is true of some part of the whole.
The COMEX gold futures market in New York and the Over-the-Counter (OTC) trades cleared through the London Bullion Market Association do set prices which are followed most widely in the world.
They are also markets dominated by a handful of huge players, the six London Bullion Market Association gold clearing banks–the corrupt JP MorganChase bank; the scandal-ridden UBS bank of Zurich; The Bank of Nova Scotia – ScotiaMocatta, the world’s oldest bullion bank which began as banker to the British East India Company, the group that ran the China Opium Wars; the scandal-ridden Deutsche Bank; the scandal-ridden Barclays Bank of London; HSBC of London, the house bank of the Mexican drug cartels; and the scandal and fraud-ridden Société Générale of Paris.
Key central banks, notably the Federal Reserve and Bank of England, have been accused of colluding with the major clearing banks to artificially smash gold prices when, as they did in August 2011, gold threatened to get out of control and endanger the dollar’s role as world reserve currency primus. Organizations representing gold investors such as GATA have documented in detail for years how the manipulations of the gold price was carried out.
In short, the buying and selling of gold in London and New York is in questionable hands. There are even rumors that some of the top names in gold trading are involved in major criminal fraud using gold plating on tungsten bars to circulate fake gold bars. Confirmation is naturally extremely difficult, but a sensible caveat emptor might be to drill a tiny hole through that next gold bar you buy before paying.
Western banks of late have also created gold ETFs or exchange-traded funds, gold derivative funds backed by gold but not paying out in gold. The trading of so-called paper gold — futures and other forms of speculative contracts where no physical gold is delivered — while it at one time had a rough connection to the buying and selling of real gold in the world, today is disconnected from it.
It is a casino on to itself, blissfully free to decide what gold prices we pay. We are left with a gold market where the price is manipulated, as with crude oil, by large banks and Western central banks who decide the ultimate price.

Building a new gold market
clothcapclothcap on August 31st, 2015 07:07 am (UTC)
Perhaps an expert on such matters could write an article on the commodification of water. It started with its bottling, sales driven by regimes poisoning reservoirs with fluoride and nowadays with aluminium, barium, strontium and other toxins. Commodification is now being massively pursued using war to create the conditions where imposed corrupt administrations can privatise aquifers that are public property across countries and states. Shortages are being created by e.g. toxifying the US's biggest aquifer with radioactive waste.
In the UK the fostered belief that water is bought from private agencies is false. The pipework and infrastructure and its maintenance for the provision through taps and disposal of waste is what is charged. Water, like air is free and a most basic human right.
As with the gradual commodification of the air we breathe, (sulphur credits, carbon credits etc.) and the monopolising of food by GMOs, shortage created by toxification of seas how soon before the incurably demented inhuman banksters and black nobility enabled by sad, corrupt civil servants and regimes control food, air and water in their entirety?
Is there scope for prosecuting those that seek to gain profit from deprivation of freedom of access to and use of water?
When the last politician is strangled with the intestines of the last zionist (includes many if not most bishops and royals) the world may know some peace, and freedom to live.

While I'm banging the drum...
All crop pesticides should carry a warning that run-off is polluting our seas so harming our food supply and that glyphosphate is also a deadly hazard in retail food, a godsend to false overpopulation pushing retards.
The full hazards of nuclear created electricity and nuclear (radioactive) weapons, the cause of increasingly radioactive seas and environment, and radioactive waste disposal and end-of-life dismantlement and costs should be fully and completely documented by a non regime, non civil service body and made freely available to the public.
Were the facts to be assembled in one easily understood document then nuclear energy and weapons would be prohibited and their use punished until 100% safe nuke energy plants and safe waste disposal (in the Sun) is achieved.
Consumables should carry a broad stripe of red when they contain chemicals and metals toxins known to be harmful. An amber stripe when they contain chemicals that may be harmful and a green stripe ONLY when they have been proved 100% safe. With current consumables very, very few would earn a green stripe.
The current system of concealing such in E numbers and tiny print is deliberate and criminal.
Corrupt and incompetent regime agencies passing harmful consumables like GMO derivatives (e.g. corn syrup, aspartame, found in coke and other sodas, Kellog's cereals are GM) as safe need to be removed from society. Space in prisons can be provided by freeing herb consumers and non bankster fraudsters and counterfeiters.

Edited at 2015-08-31 08:27 am (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on August 31st, 2015 09:39 am (UTC)
Aborted Fetal Cells in Products and Vaccines
By Catherine J. Frompovich
With all the uproar—and rightfully so—about Planned Parenthood and fetal parts sales and delivery recently, there is something consumers may want to know how aborted fetal cells directly impact everyone’s daily lives! What? You may be asking. The straight up answer is: Consumers are purchasing products from companies that use fetal ‘parts’ in some way, including research, for products you purchase.
There’s a company—Senomyx—that patents food additives to produce certain smells and flavors in foods, which uses HEK239 cells from aborted fetuses, per Wikipedia. [1] HEK stands for human embryonic kidney cells!
More, list of meds http://www.activistpost.com/2015/08/aborted-fetal-cells-in-products-and-vaccines.html
Alex backman • 4 days ago
Not only that, I discovered after doing my research on Senomyx, that they are mixing rat DNA with human DNA from aborted babies in order to enhance the flavor in the products of their multinational clients. I exposed this with veteran journalist and film maker, Anthony J Hilder, in this epic video called CAN A BABY: Family Fetus Food

clothcapclothcap on August 31st, 2015 10:01 am (UTC)
The End Of Protest. A New Playbook For Revolution
Protest Innovation or Protest Irrelevance
Micah White August 10, 2015
Chuck Mertz: Occupy Wall Street was a failure. Okay, it was a constructive failure. But are we looking at the end of protest as we know it? Let’s hope so. Here to tell us what we can learn from Occupy and the potential future of protest: Micah White, who is credited with being the co-creator and the only American creator of the original idea for the Occupy Wall Street protest.
CM: [...] You are the co-creator of Occupy Wall Street. And you argue Occupy failed. but call it a constructive failure, and we’ll get to that in a moment. Let’s start with the beginning of Occupy. Some people may not even know that Occupy was actually created by a couple of people at an anti-consumerist magazine in Vancouver. So how did you and Kalle create Occupy Wall Street? And more to the point, what was your idea in creating it? Did you foresee what it was going to become? Because it’s a leaderless movement, so I would think you wouldn’t know what direction it was going to go in.
MW: Right. I mean, those are all really excellent questions. I think one of the reasons Occupy Wall Street worked so well is because very few people actually even knew where it came from. It kind of just seemed to emerge spontaneously, all of a sudden. But what really happened is that—if you go back into that time, you’ll remember that in 2010-2011, there were these uprisings happening. The Arab Spring was going on; there was an uprising in Tahrir Square in Cairo, where millions of people were gathering in the square and making the demand that Mubarak step down. And then on May 15th of 2011 there was a Spanish uprising where all of these citizens started going into their squares and holding general assemblies where they started using consensual decisionmaking processes.
So what Adbusters did is we wrote a tactical briefing where we suggested to the world, “Hey, everyone, let’s combine the model of the Egyptian uprising (go to a place of symbolic importance) with what’s happening in Spain (the idea of these general assemblies) and then let’s take that to America and do that in Wall Street. Let’s occupy Wall Street and have these general assemblies.
And we made a surrealist poster of a ballerina dancing on the Wall Street bull. And we basically wrote a two-page tactical briefing explaining why this would be the next tactical breakthrough that could trigger a revolution.
CM: So this is the thing that I don’t understand. There are two aspects of this. One is that all of the major TV networks—ABC, NBC, CBS—they’re out there interviewing people at Zuccotti Park, and they are annoyed by two things. One is that it’s a leaderless movement, and the movement needs a celebrity; they want to have the charismatic personality that they can have on GMA the next day. So that was one thing they really hated. And the other thing that they didn’t like was the lack of demands, apparently. Because they couldn’t create a story, they couldn’t create a narrative. They couldn’t create a storyline.
MW: [...] But about the question of demands—if you look at the original tactical briefing that we wrote, it actually does have a demand. It says that we think Occupy Wall Street should demand that Pres. Obama set up a presidential commission to investigate the influence of money on politics. And that didn’t get taken up, because of the activist culture of New York City. So you have to also take into account what the pre-exisiting activist culture of New York City was, which was pre-figurative anarchism. They wanted to reject the use of demands.
But I think it’s very significant that that’s not true. President Obama didn’t even mention Occupy Wall Street until after the Zuccotti camp was evicted. So he didn’t mention the movement until the movement was defeated. And so I think that we’ve learned that it’s so easy to blame other people, but I think we also have to blame ourselves. Occupy was a constructive failure because all contemporary breeds of activism were false, not just because pre-figurative anarchism is false but also because of this idea of mass spectacles in the streets that are somehow supposed to influence elected reps.
Full http://endofprotest.com/news/this-is-hell
clothcapclothcap on August 31st, 2015 10:29 am (UTC)
Re: The End Of Protest. A New Playbook For Revolution
The puppeteers' politicians refuse to act on or even acknowledge protests. Perhaps a million man march,each protester carring a sledge hammer to dismantle the maggots servants' nests would get their attention?
The alternative is to defund the system by withholding all taxes and by setting up a new system of local government and local civil service with officials paid from local revenue, and a system of unpaid temporary national government to administer to needs beyond the scope of local gov.
Media editors and above, freemasons, zionists, banksters, royalty, nobles, common purpose graduates, corporation shareholders, large area land owners, enemies of CO2, gang green activists, current system and regime politicians and civil servants above senior clerk, obscenely wealthy, dual passport holders, non nationals by birth, etc. need not apply.

All banks to be seized by each local gov and administered by a local wholly public owned bank. Except for management (that are part of the currency ponzi fraud problem) staff should retain their jobs.

The justice system has to be closed down. Officials that can prove they are not compromised, paedo, freemason, common purpose or worse should be re-employed. There won't be many so plenty of opportunity for uni grads.


Edited at 2015-08-31 10:38 am (UTC)