Key theme of Wall Street protesters: accountability
#OccupyWallStreet – Our One Demand
Key theme of Wall Street protesters: accountability
#OccupyWallStreet – Our One Demand
Activists in London have blockaded Westminster Bridge in front of Britain’s parliament building in protest of a government plan to overhaul the country’s universal healthcare system.
More than 2,000 protesters occupied the iconic bridge on Sunday in a sit-in organised by the group UK Uncut. The demonstration, advertised as “Block the bridge, block the bill”, was described by activists as an attempt to stop the proposed Health and Social Care bill from being passed by parliament on Tuesday.
If the bill is passed, Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) would be changed from its current system that provides free services for all citizens to a market-based system that would allow insurance companies to compete with government healthcare.
Patrick Howley, an assistant editor at the American Spectator, says that he joined the group under the pretense that he was a demonstrator. “As far as anyone knew I was part of this cause — a cause that I had infiltrated the day before in order to mock and undermine in the pages of The American Spectator ,” Howley wrote. (The language in the story has since been changed without explanation.)
In the first act, bankers took advantage of deregulation to run wild, inflating huge bubbles through reckless lending. In the second act, the bubbles burst – but bankers were bailed out by taxpayers, with remarkably few strings attached, even as ordinary workers continued to suffer the consequences of the bankers’ sins. And, in the third act, bankers showed their gratitude by turning on the people who had saved them, throwing their support behind politicians who promised to keep their taxes low and dismantle the mild regulations erected in the aftermath of the crisis.
Given this history, how can you not applaud the protesters for taking a stand?
For Washington, the irony is that the United States, which has long branded itself as a staunch defender of human rights and a force for change across the world, is suddenly confronted by its people defending their own rights from the greedy Wall Street and demanding to change the status quo.
Equally painful to the protesters is the fact that these days politicians in Washington appear more interested in political wrangling for personal and partisan gains rather than working together to solve the fundamental problems facing their country.
The U.S. officials have urged their European counterparts to work together to solve the sovereign debt crisis, but the country itself has chronic fiscal shortfalls and trade deficits that are just as grave.
Why should you listen to us? In short, because we’ve been at this a long time already. We’ve spent decades struggling against capitalism, organizing occupations, and making decisions by consensus. If this new movement doesn’t learn from the mistakes of previous ones, we run the risk of repeating them. We’ve summarized some of our hard-won lessons here.
Johnson said the spectacle of traders taking home large payouts would create a “combustible contrast” with the first wave of public sector job losses, which are expected to follow next month’s government spending review.
David Buik of BGC Partners said: “Boris is living in fantasy land. The banks need to get their profits up to the highest level they can to repay the taxpayer and if one of the ways to do that is to pay bonuses to attract profit-generators, so be it.”
Chunsheng Bai, professor of communication studies at the California State University in Los Angeles, told Xinhua Saturday in an interview that for a long time, the US mainstream media had done very poorly in its role to report the negative things such as government corruptions, greedy practices by the Wall Street, big banks and rich corporations.
The tradition for the mainstream media to dig into the problems of the government and corporations had been gradually changed or forgotten.
As a scholar in communication studies, the professor said he had seen more under-table deals among the mainstream media, the government and big corporations.
The mainstream media became more cooperative than before with the government officials and corporation CEOs, he added.
“You can see more negative reports on world news with other countries, but less negative reports on the US news,” said Professor Bai, who teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, such as Communication Theory, Intercultural Communication, and Communication and Leadership.
He said that could explain why the mainstream media failed to report the Occupy Wall Street protests from the very beginning.
Nearly 2,000 teachers lost their full-time positions but were entitled to stay on as temporary instructors or substitutes. Half of those teachers found new positions or left the school system.
Interview with Julie Lawler and Damien Crisp, who were pepper-sprayed and beaten by the police. Julie explains how she lost her home to foreclosure, how she lost her job and was unable to support her two children who are now being raised by their father in Tennessee. She came to NYC to make some money and get away from the stress of having to take care of her children when she couldn’t, because she had lost everything.
It’s downright disgusting to listen to conservative and Republican lawmakers, presidential candidates, business owners and media commentators use such vitriol to describe the Occupy Wall Street protesters as hell-bent on destroying America.
How in the world can anyone even form their lips to say such a thing when this very country was founded on the basis of dissent?
It’s increasingly clear that some Americans love to talk a good game about protests, yet hate it when someone who opposes their views decides to stand up and be heard.
Remember all of those political voices championing the people of Iran taking to the streets to protest? How about Tunisia? Egypt? Libya? Bahrain? What would this world be without protest?
We would have never seen freedom in Eastern Europe were it not without the people there, in the words of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, being “sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Praise God that the children of South Africa, led by the African National Congress, didn’t ignore the calls of history. If so, Nelson Mandela would be dying in jail and freedom would have never ended apartheid.
This nation would not have been forced to make real the very principles cited in the Declaration of Independence, or treat every human being as an equal, were it not for the civil rights movement. Those brave men, women and children chose not to accept the status quo, and this nation and the world are much better off because they did.
Thousands of anti-greed protesters invaded Washington Square Park today, vowing to fan the flames of dissent and putting them toe-to-toe with cops ready to enforce a curfew.
The estimated 3,000 people flooded the iconic park compared themselves to the “Arab Spring” demonstrations that have toppled totalitarian governments in the Middle East.
Group spokesman Patrick Bruner said there were no plans to force a confrontation with police that appear determined to enforce a curfew and prevent protesters from camping out there as they have done for weeks at Zuccotti Park.
But another organizer, Justine Tunney, 26, was more blunt.
“We plan to stay in Washington Square Park and form a second permanent occupation,” she said.
The NYPD said it hadn’t issued any permits for today’s rally.
Bruner said demonstrators have never applied for a permit — and don’t plan to.
“We dont’ think it’s right that you need permission to peacefully assemble,” he said, quoting the First Amendment. “Permits aren’t necessary.”
Mohammed Ezzeldin, an Egyptian activist, came to speak to the general assembly during Occupy Wall Street’s meeting at Washington Square Park.
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In the years since the Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST) was first first revealed by Homeland Security, the department has honed its ability to “collect, process, or retain information” on members of the public, in this case a subgroup of DHS employees. During this test, FAST program manager Robert Middleton, Jr., said “sensors will non-intrusively collect video images, audio recordings, and psychophysiological measurements from the employees.”
In summary, the four priorities of Teeven’s policy for this government:
1. Increasing confidence in copyright and copyright organizations.
2. Strengthening the contractual position of authors and performers compared to intermediairies through an author’s contract law bill.
3. The promotion and protection of new business models on the internet to combat infringing websites through a bill and facilitating a reconsideration of the private copying exception.
4. Supporting European plans for digitization projects and the preservation of cultural heritage and to facilitate the reduction of territorial limits of copyright licenses. Also to aim for a fair use exception in the Copyright Directive.
Many more received friendly visits from BMI lawyers urging them to pay their copyright dues, or else. This backward situation does not only affect the owners of these establishments, artists are losing gigs as well because of these public performance license shakedowns.
A well-established group of German hackers has accused the German government of releasing a backdoor Trojan into the wild. Security firm F-Secure has confirmed that the program includes a keylogger and code that can take screenshots and record audio.
According to the report, the CCC wrote its own remote control program that wrested control of the Trojan, which consists of a Windows DLL and a kernel driver. That allowed the group to analyze the program’s behavior and determine that it goes well beyond the ability to “observe and intercept internet based telecommunication” (in other words, wiretapping Internet-based telephony), which is allowed by German courts.
CCC analysis of the Trojan can be found here [PDF, German].
Can you trust your antivirus solution to protect you against governmental backdoors and “lawful interception” police Trojans?
Occupy Wall Street Marches On Washington Square Park