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Posted: Oct 13, 2012 - 10:45pm

The Self-Destruction of the 1 Percent - NYTimes.com

IN the early 14th century, Venice was one of the richest cities in Europe. At the heart of its economy was the colleganza, a basic form of joint-stock company created to finance a single trade expedition. The brilliance of the colleganza was that it opened the economy to new entrants, allowing risk-taking entrepreneurs to share in the financial upside with the established businessmen who financed their merchant voyages.

Venice’s elites were the chief beneficiaries. Like all open economies, theirs was turbulent. Today, we think of social mobility as a good thing. But if you are on top, mobility also means competition. In 1315, when the Venetian city-state was at the height of its economic powers, the upper class acted to lock in its privileges, putting a formal stop to social mobility with the publication of the Libro d’Oro, or Book of Gold, an official register of the nobility. If you weren’t on it, you couldn’t join the ruling oligarchy.

The political shift, which had begun nearly two decades earlier, was so striking a change that the Venetians gave it a name: La Serrata, or the closure. It wasn’t long before the political Serrata became an economic one, too. Under the control of the oligarchs, Venice gradually cut off commercial opportunities for new entrants. Eventually, the colleganza was banned. The reigning elites were acting in their immediate self-interest, but in the longer term, La Serrata was the beginning of the end for them, and for Venetian prosperity more generally. By 1500, Venice’s population was smaller than it had been in 1330. In the 17th and 18th centuries, as the rest of Europe grew, the city continued to shrink. (...)


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Posted: Sep 16, 2012 - 7:41am

Happy First Anniversary Occupy Movement! Thank you for all you do!
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Posted: Sep 2, 2012 - 3:54pm

We really didn't need privacy anyway. Hence, YouTube.


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Posted: Sep 2, 2012 - 3:42pm

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of course there's that whole trapwire pre-crime nastiness too 

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Posted: Aug 31, 2012 - 8:28pm

of course there's that whole trapwire pre-crime nastiness too


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Posted: Aug 31, 2012 - 6:41pm

Police admit to infiltrating Occupy Austin, may have acted as provocateurs | The Raw Story
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Posted: Aug 14, 2012 - 5:25pm

Revealed: Emails show Obama administration told police to 'stand down' and not arrest Occupy protesters

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2185502/Revealed-Obama-administration-told-police-stand-Occupy-protesters-Portland.html#ixzz23ZOfDzi8

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Posted: Aug 1, 2012 - 11:37am

From FB:
The UC Davis police officer, Pike, who is infamous for pepper spraying students who were simply sitting in non-violent protest IS NO LONGER EMPLOYED AT UC DAVIS!!
Yes! That's 1 for the good guys! :)



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Posted: Jul 15, 2012 - 2:28pm


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Posted: Jul 11, 2012 - 10:24pm




SWAT Raid on Organizers of Occupy Seattle & E4E

via Kasama, who will continue to cover events and statements as they emerge
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July 10, 2012

Door beaten in by SWAT police raid—


Door beaten in by SWAT police raid. 


Early morning, July 10, SWAT police forced their way into the Seattle apartment of organizers from the Occupy movement. The sleeping residents scrambled to put on clothes as they were confronted with automatic weapons.

The neighbor Natalio Perez heard the attack from downstairs: “Suddenly we heard the bang of their grenade, and the crashing as police entered the apartment. The crashing and stomping continued for a long time as they tore the place apart.”

After the raid, the residents pored over the papers handed them by a detective. One explained: “This warrant says that they were specifically looking for ‘anarchist materials’ — which lays out the political police state nature of this right there. In addition they were looking for specific pieces of clothing supposedly connected with a May First incident.

When the police finally left, they did not arrest anyone...




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Posted: Jun 30, 2012 - 10:04am



Fragmented unity at Philly’s upcoming Occupy National Gathering
by Jake Blumgart
Waging Nonviolence
June 26, 2012

Since the end of 2011, when police shut down most encampments, the Occupy movement’s future has been uncertain. Without the long-term occupations that gave the movement its name, where would participants meet and make their presence felt? Would the movement be able to sustain itself without these rallying points? Would it release policy demands or try to bring down a big bank?

The upcoming five-day Occupy National Gathering in Philadelphia will address some of these questions, but without attempting to speak for Occupy Wall Street, the Occupy movement as a whole, or anyone beyond those in attendance.

“I think this could be a turning point for the movement,” says Dustin Slaughter, an Occupy Philly activist who is handling media relations for the National Gathering. “Refocusing the movement, prioritizing things. It won’t be about a list of demands, but starting to work together on a national scale.”

The National Gathering will last from June 30 through July 4, and representatives from 92 occupations are expected to be present. Caravans from the south, west and north will converge on the city on Saturday, June 30. The Gathering will be packed with actions, workshops and speakers, including Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi, influential New York Occupier Alexis Goldstein, organizer Alexa O’Brien and David Gespass, president of the National Lawyers Guild. Activists from the massive demonstrations in Quebec will be in attendance...

 


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Posted: Jun 21, 2012 - 4:16am

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Occupy failed.  

That is the collective judgement - even from the left.

http://tinyurl.com/7yyr9gh

Note the date of many of these stories: November and December 2011.  Yet another reason why I didn't feel the effort of writing my own brief essay opposing their views and predicting their demise was worth the electrons.

Not a case of 20/20 hindsight.  If Occupy were a stock, I would have shorted it massively. 

Get over it, bitter clingers.  Even BDB has moved on to more worthy topics of discussion via her on-air gig. 

 

My former show was a political talk show, plain and simple.  Topics were chosen by the host, based on what was big in the news in the moment.  That's how talk radio works.  What got play on that show has no bearing on my personal positions.

I would prefer you not use me as fodder for your position without knowing where I stand.  I haven't posted here in ages and we are not in communication in any way.  So I'm not sure why you would think it would be okay to speak as to my position on anything, especially something as weighty as my political beliefs.


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Posted: Jun 18, 2012 - 1:40pm

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Posted: Jun 12, 2012 - 9:24pm




Reports of Occupy’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

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June 10, 2012

People can’t seem to stop eulogizing the Occupy Movement.

Since the eviction of the protestors at Freedom Plaza last November, it’s become a media cliché to report on the “Death of Occupy.” Articles pop up all over the web, blithely reporting on the failed second wind of Occupy, this lackluster “American Spring,” and the May Day general strike that didn’t quite shut the system down.

It should be no surprise that the mainstream media is eager to report on Occupy’s supposed demise. Even ignoring the fact that the corporate-owned media has a strong desire to never see social movements such as Occupy succeed, the media, as a rule, generally needs to put a dramatic narrative to everything it reports. To them, every story ought to have a captivating story arch with a beginning, middle, and an end.

In the media’s eyes, the story that was Occupy began when the magazine Adbusters put out a call to Occupy Wall Street on September 17. Many people heeded the call, yet, according to the media’s story, the movement only received its dramatic momentum when cops were photographed attacking and pepper-spraying the nonviolent protestors. It reached its early demise when the police violently cleared out the various encampments. Now, except for a few curmudgeons who can’t seem to understand that Occupy is over, all that remains of Occupy is its populist rhetoric of the 99%—which has been dutifully hawked up by Democratic front-groups such as MoveOn.org to help refuel the Obama election machine...

It needs to be remembered that the word “occupy” is a verb. It’s a call to action, not the action itself. The word “occupy” was useful for getting individuals and organizations previously isolated or focused on one-issue grievances out into the streets. Whether the individuals involved wanted to merely overturn Citizens United or overthrow the entire capitalist system itself, Occupy was the first all-encompassing protest movement to occur within many of our lifetimes. Whether or not the word “Occupy” continues to be the word to describe this movement is not important. What is important is that there’s wide community of opposition being formed across many social barriers, and those who hold power are very afraid.

 


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Posted: Jun 4, 2012 - 9:48am

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That's just cold!

 
Cool observation.
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Posted: Jun 4, 2012 - 6:05am

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It is just the tip of the iceberg.

 
That's just cold!
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Posted: Jun 4, 2012 - 6:04am

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It is just the tip of the iceberg.

 
Frederick Fleet said the same thing...{#Wink}
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So does that of a waiter or waitress. 

Not seeing this as a tipping situation.

 

It is just the tip of the iceberg.
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