Monthly Archives: October 2011

Oct 29 Some Twits

‘When he first heard a reporter ask him, not for the details, but “What do you think?” he knew that was the end of journalism’ James Keegan @NiemanLab @MSNBC

JBryllars
BryllarsJBryllars
I guess you better see this – Michael Moore at height of expression of aims of OWS @JohnWDean bit.ly/t5FTok

@michaelmoore195 @OWS Tonight w AndersonCooper bit.ly/t5FTok Beautiful statement of aims of OWS @Maddow @ariannahuff #MichaelMoore

Christopher Hayes
chrislhayesChristopher Hayes A fascinating look, in real time, at the challenges of balancing small-d democracy, faithful representation and scale: nycga.net/spokes-council/
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Nieman Lab
NiemanLabNieman Lab
Good morning! Survey says – no surprise – what readers want most in news & magazine apps is quality nie.mn/vh3m6V
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a lot of wisdom; no cure. Mommy, do we have to drive to the abyss?
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StephDloniakStephanie Dloniak
It just might be all about the hormones….Study Shows Why It’s Hard to Keep Weight Off: nyti.ms/uVpOXF
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So a wall street type goes down to #OWS and can’t listen and tries to drown everybody out and then gets himself on TV and does the same.
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@Slate Yes-but the reason Google search suggests “Did you mean ‘Romney CAN’T win’  is CLEAR. Searching ‘Romney CAN win’ one finds the first two pages of Google results bring NOT ONE entry for ‘Romney can win’.
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JeffreyFeldmanJeffreyFeldman

Let’s NOT Mine Uranium in the Grand Canyon: bit.ly/rzhxlO (aww…no fun)

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Meet the 0.01 Percent: The War Profiteers bit.ly/vcOSG8
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Longreads

longreadsLongreads
“David Graeber, the Anti-Leader of Occupy Wall Street.” Drake Bennett, @BW lgrd.co/w0tGXz #longreads
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JBryllars

re #Phares Why would @MittRomney-or anyone-chose a RADICAL CHRISTIAN militia leader as an advisor on MiddleEast affairs? #pol @octavianasr

Phares=”high ranking political official in a ..militia responsible for massacres” bit.ly/w4FNQB Ah Romney-behind the mask, cruelty.
from
David Corn
DavidCornDCDavid Corn
.@MotherJones Exclusive: Top Romney Adviser was Senior Official for Lebanese Militia that Massacred motherjones.com/politics/2011/…
“Phares,they say,advocated.Lebanon’s Christians should work toward creating a separate, independent Christian enclave.” bit.ly/w4FNQB
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Nieman Lab
NiemanLabNieman Lab
Google: We did not comply with law enforcement requests to remove YouTube videos of police brutality nie.mn/rtATom
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BryllarsJBryllars

Has public lying gotten out of hand? Has media technology changed the effect of lies?
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Arianna Huffington

ariannahuffArianna Huffington
Obama has written 5% fewer rules than Bush at this point in presidency: bloom.bg/rpTKCY #mythbuster
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BryllarsJBryllars

Food and you – the whole basic story of the economy in a 7 minute animation – Amazing. youtu.be/QWE2rC8eM_w OIYPActionPartners
Oxfam
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JBryllars
BryllarsJBryllars

 @RNC @RepPaulRyan I knew Ayn Rand before you were born. She was wrong about Corporations then & is wrong now. Corporations are NOT PEOPLE. We are the people

Oct 23 11 my tweets and retweets

Gratitude as an antidote to aggression http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/236347.php
Say a prayer of Thanksgiving.
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When We’re Shown Trust, Our Brains Motivate Us To Be Trustworthy @PaulZak bigthink.com/ideas/24884

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Walking on Sunshine

moontartanWalking on Sunshine
Prez Obama’s new pick is opponent of big banks and friend of small banks. money.cnn.com/2011/10/21/new… #OWS               ———————–
Right wing loudmouths/ They yell louder. They take more time. They interrupt more. They dominate issues, And they lie @chrislhayes
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UCBERCBERC
Gov @jengranholm: our foreign competitors are eating us for lunch and we can be at the table or on the table! #BERC2011
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Fareed Zakaria
FareedZakariaFareed Zakaria
The talk in Tehran is abt the Ahmadinejad-Ayatollah split, where Ahmadinejad is the moderate one. More here: facebook.com/fareedzakaria
JohnWDeanJohn Dean
End times coming for the #Murdoch heirs at News Corp via @mediaguardian: gu.com/p/32nqj/tf
#BillMaher Blog – Nein-Nein-Nein @TheHermanCain
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the conviction that the economy must be autonomous has led to systems that trample upon personal and social freedom. @PopeBenedictXIV
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Paul Krugman

NYTimeskrugmanPaul Krugman
But, And, Why nyti.ms/oCVkHj
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Lessig
lessigLessig
It is the weird fact of America today that success with a political book depends upon getting on a comedy show.
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Pope Benedict’s encyclical calls for an economics guided not simply by profits but by “an ethics which is people-centered.” @OWS
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JohnWDeanJohn Dean                                                                    WOW RT                     @raypride: RT @stevensantos:                    B of A Trying 2 Stick Taxpyrs w/$74 TRILLION By Moving Derivatives 2 FDIC Accts is.gd/Xwdjhz #p2
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.@Maddow: “The 9/11 era is over.”
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It was a Monday morning in October in Switzerland. Birds sang to keep warm, and the leaves were turning to rust on dry and brittle branches.
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In my fairly long life I have seen corruption, but never congress acting in such a way as to encourage RADICAL change. But these guys have.
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chrislhayesChristopher Hayes
I think it’s strange to characterize Iraqis desire for a full US withdrawal as an “unpleasant truth.” nationaljournal.com/u-s-troop-with…
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Get the GOP gone
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“Molly’s petition (against debit card fee) reaches 291,000, as Bank of America reports a $6 billion profit. The outrage continues to grow.”

@JohnWDean “Republican Obstructionism and Abuse of the Senate’s Rules” j.st/pz2 @USSenate
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Steve Weinstein
steveweinsteinSteve Weinstein
Dear President Obama, thank you for ending yet another George W. Bush catastrophe. #p2 #iraq
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MT @carlzimmer What can go wrong with DNA evidence bit.ly/njmhl5

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@MacNeva_Eva What constitutes meaningful conversation?
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“So the indicated policy is lend now, inflate later. If you don’t like that, say goodbye to the euro” @NYTimeskrugman nyti.ms/q0xzj1

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Nowadays everything is in 60 seconds. So – Get rid of the filibuster in 60 seconds. @SenatorReid @USSenate
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Longreads
longreadsLongreads
“In the New Gangland of El Salvador.” Alma Guillermoprieto, new @NYBooks lgrd.co/oynhAA #longreads
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CST
TurtleofzenCSTThe President’s wise and steady leadership in Libya. thehill.com/homenews/admin… Too bad he has to deal with the infantile congress and MSM
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That’s it. The goal of the next election. No GOP No GOP anywhere.@DNC
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The #GOP must go! The #Gop must go! The #Gop must go! The #Gop must go! The #Gop must go! The #Gop must go! The #Gop must go! #OWS #4jobs
from Denise Bush
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Jon Stewart:on Republicans after Gaddafi’s death “What the ____ is wrong with you people? ” @TheDailyShow

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I call it slavery. You call it liberty. Who decides?
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Republican idea that you can win an election by acting like a baby is a lose lose proposition. If Repubs win, US loses…
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On being Gay in Utah bit.ly/o1UHSu The American Scholar Jennifer Sinor @MittRomney @Maddow
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Let’s call them the Repubs, It’s shorter and expresses the contemot I feel.Spoiled babies.
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professorkckKaren Costanza
@masg66 @AddThis Now would be good time to remind everyone that Paul Ryan paid for college w/ Soc Security he collected after father died.
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JohnWDeanJohn Dean

by Bryllars
I’m not a cynic, but GOP has figured out you CAN fool most of the people most of the time. Unfortunately, they are right.
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Markos Moulitsas
markosMarkos Moulitsas
Marco Rubio has a great family story! Too bad it’s all lies. is.gd/Cg4Kh2

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Jon Henke
JonHenkeJon Henke

by Bryllars
Important –> RT @bradplumer Koch-funded team of skeptics pores through the climate data and…confirms global warming wapo.st/nRk5uU
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Janice Washington
JaniceGWJanice Washington
A sharp reminder: ”What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them.” — Pres. Obama (1/20/2009)

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Ana Marie Cox
anamariecoxAna Marie Cox
Parody, meet reality; reality, say ‘OMG.’ RT @defamer: Meghan McCain Is Occupying Wall Street
gawker.com
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Ezra Klein

ezrakleinEzra Klein
Ron Wyden, Senator from the planet where congress works: bloom.bg/qOXzCd
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Greg Sargent

ThePlumLineGSGreg Sargent

by Bryllars
Memo to Olympia Snowe & Susan Collins: Only 375 Mainers would pay millionaires surtax for state aid package: wapo.st/rdhQgv
JBryllars
BryllarsJBryllars
“Those who are creditors, and those who are debtors have ever formed distinct interests in society.” @JamesMadison @OWS
James Madison
JamesMadisonJames Madison

by Bryllars
“The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.”
JBryllars
BryllarsJBryllars

@
@robotwisdom best balanced. Isn’t that for you to work out from the evidence. Who could judge or be considered neutral?
JBryllars
BryllarsJBryllars

@
@BryllarsSo much “information” – just shows we need a new way to measure information. Shannon move over.

@
@EllenBarkin What does Herman know about non-Aryans? He thinks he’s so clever that he’s crossed.
John Dean
JohnWDeanJohn Dean

by Bryllars
Nothing is more remarkable about #OccupyWallStreet than its non-authoritarian nature. Tea Party is top down… (cont) deck.ly/~6QVEB
JBryllars
BryllarsJBryllars
“Eric Schmidt shared that every two days we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003.”
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@markos @wonkette O how good intentions lead to book burning.
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@JohnFugelsang “8 devout Christians” O Love thy neighbor. Do Do unto others.
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Daniel Gross

grossdmDaniel Gross
Romney on housing: foreclose faster on everyone. Beyond that, not sure. bit.ly/oQYcRy

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These tweets are getting angrier. So am I. Turn off their robot answering.
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@DavidGraeber on Assembly Consensus democracy, forgiving debts, and Occupy Wall St. bit.ly/o9wzjh @OWS YouTube

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Romey has an imitation boarding school conscience. Good Boy!

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Romney: Green Snake in green grass.
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ChrisHedges“ Once movements like this start & articulate a fundamental truth about the.. society.you never know where they’re going.”

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The Daily Show
TheDailyShowThe Daily Show
As one of the 99%, John Oliver heads to Wall Street to see the movement firsthand. on.cc.com/pjvFPw
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Calvin Trillin recites his poem about @MittRomney and reveals his recurring political nightmare. on.cc.com/qqM5G0 #dailyshow

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@markos Romney – Man of ice. Green snake in green grass. Poisonous.
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Markos Moulitsas
markosMarkos Moulitsas
The only reason Romney didn’t want undocumented workers working on his lawn was because he is running for office. shar.es/b7fOp

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@markos Reply re who has zoos. –  I knew a guy whose father owned a quarter of Iowa and had a private army – and that was BEFORE the rich got rich.
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Melissa Harris-Perry
MHarrisPerryMelissa Harris-Perry

Of course @TimWise is the fabulous antiracist author, activist & Tulane alum who wrote all these great books. timwise.org/books-and-dvds/

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Reply to idea that Capitalism cannot support coffee shops.
Why could Europe run these kind of Coffee shops & inns for 300 years. Wasn’t that capitalism? American bad taste – costs?   Why?

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“the corporate systems of death” Chris Hedges.
You cannot BOOKKEEP or MARKET a HUMAN world or a natural one. It will go WRONG. Think People

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“The deep despair I feel over our collective inability to acknowledge, much less confront, the catastrophic dislocations ahead of us”    Chris Hedges

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All our @POLITICS “This is all just a matter of feel” And we’ll get the result of that. @Hardball Sometimes the US anti-mind heartbreaks
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@markos @daveweigelRep. Steve Pearce: “We’ve got kooks running Washington… people claiming we’ve descended from apes.”

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The next world war – India Pakistan AND the U.S. @future @KeithOlbermann @wariscoming

Oct 19 2011

Ezra Klein
ezrakleinEzra Klein
“I opened a charming neighborhood coffeeshop. Then it destroyed my life.” slate.me/n6shM1
Question
@ezraklein Why could Europe run these kind of Coffee shops & inns for 300 years. Wasn’t that capitalism? American bad taste – costs Why?
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Melissa Harris-Perry
MHarrisPerryMelissa Harris-Perry
Today in class we will be discussing Gloria Anzaldua’s Borderlands/LaFrontera amzn.to/aweO9K
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“the corporate systems of death” Chris Hedges. You cannot BOOKKEEP or MARKET a HUMAN world or a natural one. It will go WRONG. Thimk
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“The deep despair I feel over our collective inability to acknowledge, much less confront, the catastrophic dislocations ahead of us” Chris Hedges
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All our POLITICS   “This is all just a matter of feel” said
a complacent commentator today.
And we’ll get the result of that.
Sometimes the US anti-mind attitude breaks the heart
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Local governments slash funding for domestic violence survivors
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@daveweigel    Rep. Steve Pearce: “We’ve got kooks running Washington… people claiming we’ve descended from apes.”
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NYTimeskrugmanPaul Krugman
Statistics Have A Well-Known Keynesian Bias  nyti.ms/opCk48
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The next world war – India Pakistan AND the U.S
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MHarrisPerryMelissa Harris-Perry
Of course @TimWise is the fabulous antiracist author, activist & Tulane alum who wrote all these great books. timwise.org/books-and-dvds/
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Computer beaurocracy and the failure of corporations and govt to SELF correct are worse than the pits of the 19th century.
It is individual stories of fear and horror as computer beaurocracy and terror run rampant that is so horrible.Not reform-IMMEDIATE CORRECTION
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How is some dude allowed to have tigers, lions, bears, and other dangerous animals?

 ——reply:  I knew a guy whose father owned a quarter of Iowa and who had a private army – and that was before the rich got rich.
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ONE horrific case of mistreatment of people in privately owned jails and holding pens is ONE CASE TOO MANY!!!
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TheDailyShowThe Daily Show
Calvin Trillin recites his poem about @MittRomney and reveals his recurring political nightmare. on.cc.com/qqM5G0 #dailyshow
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octavianasr   The Albert #Einstein archives online – what an amazing gift http://www.alberteinstein.info/
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Rick Perry really outdid himself tonight – he’s not just dumb for an American, he’s dumb for a Texan!
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Video: The good old days of Enron?: Ezra Klein, columnist for the Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow   http://on.msnbc.com/ponJtU

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FareedZakariaFareed Zakaria
The mining sector — which includes oil, gas, and coal production — makes up only 1.9% of US GDP. globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2011/10/19/new…
FareedZakariaFareed Zakaria
While 70% of people in the developing world now have mobile phones, only one in four have bank accounts. #ow.ly/6ZAJj
FareedZakariaFareed Zakaria                                                                  More than 1 billion people around the world are employed in agriculture. Of those, 60% are small-scale workers.

Meaningful Twits Oct 17 2011

Oh keep that Cain curve rising and give me a Joke! Perry joke. Bachman joke. Romney Green snake in green grass – snake with poison.  Oh the Koch Bros Minstrel show is among us.
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More from Pew Study that finds harsh media coverage for Obama zite.to/rrZshT #politics #p2
TPMTalking Points Memo    by LiberalPhenom
CHART: Only 9% of Obama’s news coverage is positive, the lowest of any major candidate tpm.ly/qg9ECs
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Awesome Marine Takes On 30 Cops In Wallstreet Faceoff 2011 A major document. Watch him. Truth. bit.ly/nsZ5AF
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Markos Moulitsas
markosMarkos Moulitsas
Look at that Perry trendline… shar.es/bqUhF
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to @EricCantor Pass the AJA and put 2mil Americans to work before it gets worse. In fact double it – put 4 million back to work.
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about Epicurus
What blessings that book creates for its readers and what peace, tranquility, and freedom it engenders in them, liberating them as it does from terrors and apparitions and portents, from vain hopes and extravagant cravings, developing in them intelligence and truth, and truly purifying their understanding, not with torches and squills and that sort of foolery, but with straight thinking, truthfulness and frankness.    adapted from Lucian
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JohnWDeanJohn Dean                                                                    Cloud computing strikes me (a tech-lite) as scary for the reasons outlined in this rpt: Technology Review zite.to/nh2v5w via #FYI

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houseofthuanThuan Nguyen                                                                      Herman Cain 2012! A pizza in every oven!

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TheEconomistThe Economist
When policy error results in low demand, it’s as likely that the error will be compounded as it is to be rectified econ.st/pr6ICQ
ezrakleinEzra Klein
The wonkiest signs from Occupy Wall Street wapo.st/p4sGsU

FareedZakariaFareed Zakaria
While 70% of people in the developing world now have mobile phones, only one in four have bank accounts. #food. ow.ly/6ZAJj
FareedZakariaFareed Zakaria
More than 1 billion people around the world are employed in agriculture. Of those, 60% are small-scale workers. #food. ow.ly/6ZAFn

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BryllarsJBryllars                                                                             Nothing taxes like the centralized computerized distribution of food. Price of Peanuts doubled last week. @FareedZakaria
later:
FareedZakariaFareed Zakaria
Your daily peanut butter and jelly sandwich is going to cost a lot more – peanut prices have doubled this year. #food. ow.ly/6ZAWU
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FareedZakariaFareed Zakaria
The world’s population will rise to 9 billion by 2050. We’ll need to produce 70% more food to meet increased demand. globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2011/10/17/how…
[But I doubt if we will – Bryllars]
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Email from @MicheleBachmann (“‘privileged and confidential”!): “Donald Trump and I want to call you tonight.”

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Michael Hiltzik: “What the New Deal Accomplished”                 http://t.co/cA0FUAGy

CHANGING the LAWS that Create Corporations

Occupy Wall Street has shown us the source of the corrupt power at this time – the CORPORATION.                                                                That is the FIRST great contribution.
But you don’t FIGHT the corporations – You must CHANGE them and MAKE THEM USEFUL.
HOW? By CHANGING the LAWS that Create them.
Corporations are creatures of STATUTE.
There is no Common Law of corporations,
they are instruments licensed by the state!
Some parts of OWS are VERY idealistic – they want to eliminate all the corruption caused by POWER
But where there is POWER there is always corruption&lies;.
But WE CAN CHANGE THE CORPORATION’S LAWS,
change its NATURE –
It must serve MORE than SHAREHOLDERS
It must NOT be a PERSON.
The Laws that make Corporations MUST
have built in OBLIGATIONS
to the PUBLIC,
to CUSTOMERS,
to the ENVIRONMENTAL and SOCIAL COSTS they create.

In their present form Corporations no longer contribute positively to the world. They are murderous. They need to be changed.

And in spite of their power they can be,

When the goals of Corporations are no longer inherently corrupt then they can begin to serve society.

Krugman’s Summary of Where We Have Been and Are

October 9, 2011, 3:36 pm

Was Failure Inevitable?

Ezra Klein has a generally reasonable analysis of the Obama administration’s failure to respond with sufficient force to the economic crisis. Broadly speaking, he’s saying that the eurovenn applied: an economically adequate response lay beyond the bounds of the politically feasible.

In general, I’m trying not to do too much looking back; the question is what to do now. Still, I guess this needs addressing.

There’s certainly a lot to Ezra’s thesis. Yet I think he lets Obama and company off the hook too much. A few specific points:

1. I think too much is being made of the fact that subsequent revisions have shown that the economy was in even worse shape in early 2009 than we knew at the time. There was already plenty of evidence that it was in terrible shape and needed a much bigger boost than the administration proposed. And as regular readers know, this isn’t 20-20 hindsight: I was frantic about this at the time.

2. The forecast that assumed rapid recovery even without stimulus has been a deep source of embarrassment, and remains inexplicable to me. We had lots of reason to believe that this was going to be a prolonged slump — not just Reinhart Rogoff, but also the evidence of the last two US business cycles. Again, I was warning about this at the time.

3. This in turn means that the focus on fast-acting policies was misplaced. Shovel-ready wasn’t as important as it was made out to be. And the stimulus would have been a lot closer to adequate if more of it had consisted of infrastructure spending rather than tax cuts.

4. Politically, the administration was wildly naive in believing that it could easily come back for more if the initial stimulus proved inadequate. Again, this isn’t hindsight; I was frantic about this too, right from the beginning. If they thought this likely — as they should have — they should have laid the legislative groundwork for a second round, through reconciliation if necessary, right at the start.

5. Even without that groundwork, my sense is that there was a window for additional action in the fall of 2009, and that the administration sheered off from even trying.

6. Relatedly, the insistence of the administration that the stimulus was just right, long after it was obvious that it had been too small, did a lot of political damage. Remember the “summer of recovery”?

7. The political response to the new jobs bill has been pretty good — which in turn strongly suggests that the “pivot” from jobs to deficit reduction in early 2010 was a big mistake. Maybe — probably — nothing could have passed; but the White House might have been able to make a better case by accusing Republicans of blocking job creation rather than adopting their rhetoric.

Now, Ezra may be right that none of this would have made much difference. But the White House was weak and confused in the face of a political and economic debacle, when it should have gone all out.

And you know what? It should still go all out. The chances of success are lower than they would have been if it had taken a strong position two years ago, but it ain’t over until it’s over.

DECLARATION

  • At the Occupy SF noon rally/march/thing.
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  • Alvin Orloff was tagged in Waiyde Palmer‘s photo. — with Van Spragins and 7 others in San Francisco, CA.

    The ranks swell as we move down Market St. chanting, “Banks Got Bailed Out-We Got Sold Out!”

    Karl Reisman

    The STATEMENT from #OccupyWallStreet read by #KeithOlberman
    http://on.fb.me/rbMPbL
  • The TEXT of the Statement from Occupy Wall Street – at #DailyKos
  • http://bit.ly/ppCCoK

    www.dailykos.com

    What follows is the first official statement released by Occupy Wall Street. It was voted on and approved on Thursday night:
  • Declaration of the Occupation of New York CityAs we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

    As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

    They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.

    They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.

    They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

    They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.

    They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless nonhuman animals, and actively hide these practices.

    They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.

    They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.

    They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.

    They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.

    They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.

    They have sold our privacy as a commodity.

    They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.

    They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.

    They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.

    They have donated large sums of money to politicians supposed to be regulating them.

    They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.

    They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantive profit.

    They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.

    They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.

    They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.

    They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.

    They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.

    They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.*

    To the people of the world,

    We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.

    Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

    To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

    Join us and make your voices heard!

    *These grievances are not all-inclusive.