Monday, December 19, 2011

Holiday Carols for Netizens & OWS

Deck the Halls with Dox of Folly

Deck the halls with dox of folly!
tralalalala lala la la!
Lulzy Xmas should be jolly
falalalala, lala la la!

Don we now our Guy Fawkes gas masks
lalala, lalala, la la la!
Poke the plutarchs in their asses
lalalalala, lala la la!

O Google +

O Google+ O Google+
How tricky are thy branches
You promised us some neato stuff
To get us in your clutches

You signed me up, and led me in
then killed my posts when I used a nym

O Google+, you suckered us
Now do I post my ranting cuss.

O Google+ O Google+
Your motto, "don't be evil"
Was just the words of market turds
The slogan of some weasels

You want to rule identity
So you can then cash in on me

O Google+ O Google+
We see now how
You've betrayed us

Occupy Ride

I hear those cop belts jinglin'
Ring-ting-tinglin' too
Oh ho, it's lovely weather to go
Occupy Together with you!

Outside there's tear gas flying
and friends are crying, boohoo
Come on, it's lovely weather
to go Occupy Together with you!

     Giddyup, giddyup, giddyup, let's go
     We're streaming the show
     Protesting in a wonderland of snow
     Giddyup, giddyup, giddyup, it's grand
     they're cuffing our hands
     We're tweeting it all with a call
     To our Occupy bre-ther-en!

Our tents are nice and rosy
And comfy cozy are we
We're rounded up together
Like free birds of a feather would be

Outside the sirens calling
And pepper spray's falling now too
Oh ho, it's lovely weather to go
Occupy Together with you!

     There's an Occupation at the home of Mayor Grey
     It'll be the perfect ending to a perfect day
     We'll be chanting the songs we love to sing without a single stop
     As we run from the Casually Pepper Spraying Cop!

     There's a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy
     As we see how many people come to Occupy
     It'll nearly be like a picture print from Revolution times
     These wonderful things are the things
     Our democracy gives our lives

Outside there's tear gas flying
and friends are crying, boohoo
Come on, it's lovely weather
to go Occupy Together with you!

I hear those cop belts jinglin'
Ring-ting-tinglin' too
Oh ho, it's lovely weather to go
Occupy Together with you!

Lulz Xmas

I'm dreaming of a Lulz Xmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where Anon masks glisten
And children listen
To hear pastebins in the snow

I'm dreaming of a Lulz Xmas
With every oligarch I dox
May your days be lulzy and bright
And may all your nfo-grabs be right

God Rest Ye Merry, Netizens

God rest ye merry, netizens
Let nothing you dismay
Remember that the Congressmen
Are noobies and are lame
They threaten us with SOPA's power
But do not know our ways
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy.

In DNS and TCP they do not understand
They think that they can block us out
And use their iron hand
To keep us all from pirate sites
And pages that they ban
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy

For we are ones who built the net
Who live it every day
We let the men of commerce run
For 10 years with their way
But now it's time we claim our power
And show them it's our game
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Operation Blackout & protect the Internet



This is the most important operation in the history of Anonymous. No operation will be executed until we make sure this operation is successful. Any videos uploaded will be updates on this operation.


Citizens of the United States, We are Anonymous.

This is an urgent emergency alert to all people of the United States. The day we've all been waiting for has unfortunately arrived. The United States is censoring the internet. Our blatant response is that we will not sit while our rights are taken away by the government we trusted them to preserve. This is not a call to arms, but a call to recognition and action!

The United States government has mastered this corrupt way of giving us a false sense of freedom. We think we are free and can do what we want, but in reality we are very limited and restricted as to what we can do, how we can think, and even how our education is obtained. We have been so distracted by this mirage of freedom, that we have just become what we were trying to escape from.

For too long, we have been idle as our brothers and sisters were arrested. During this time, the government has been scheming, plotting ways to increase censorship through means of I S P block aides, D N S blockings, search engine censorship, website censorship, and a variety of other methods that directly oppose the values and ideas of both Anonymous as well as the founding fathers of this country, who believed in free speech and press!

The United States has often been used as an example of the ideal free country. When the one nation that is known for its freedom and rights start to abuse its own people, this is when you must fight back, because others are soon to follow. Do not think that just because you are not a United States citizen, that this does not apply to you. You cannot wait for your country to decide to do the same. You must stop it before it grows, before it becomes acceptable. You must destroy its foundation before it becomes too powerful.

Has the U.S. government not learned from the past? Has it not seen the 2011 revolutions? Has it not seen that we oppose this wherever we find it and that we will continue to oppose it? Obviously the United States Government thinks they are exempt. This is not only an Anonymous collective call to action. What will a Distributed Denial of Service attack do? What's a website defacement against the corrupted powers of the government? No. This is a call for a worldwide internet and physical protest against the powers that be. Spread this message everywhere. We will not stand for this! Tell your parents, your neighbors, your fellow workers, your school teachers, and anyone else you come in contact with. This affects anyone that desires the freedom to browse anonymously, speak freely without fear of retribution, or protest without fear of arrest.

Go to every I R C network, every social network, every online community, and tell them of the atrocity that is about to be committed. If protest is not enough, the United States government shall see that we are truly legion and we shall come together as one force opposing this attempt to censor the internet once again, and in the process discourage any other government from continuing or trying.

We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive censorship.
We do not forget the denial of our free rights as human beings.
To the United States government, you should've expected us.

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Anonymous on Protect IP Bill

404 FREEDOM NOT FOUND - Message From Anonymous On The IP Act

Message From Anonymous: Protect IP Act

Kill the "Protect IP" Bill!

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Please see the Legal and Resource Material sections of the sidebar here for other legislation designed to break fundamental functions of the Internet. Get active if you love your nets.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Implacable Iron Fist of Google

Yesterday, after a nice walk in the autumn woods, I came home and found several emails and Twitter notices from friends that my blogs were gone. I checked the addresses and this is what I received:

"This blog is no longer accessible. The name is unavailable for new accounts."


After following the breadcrumb trail left for me by Blogger, I got to a page that informed me:

"There has been suspicious activity related to this account. To confirm you are the account holder, Google must send you either a text message or a voice message with a code you must enter..."

After I entered a phone number and got the Confirm Code, my blogs were immediately accessible again.


Google pretends to be helpful

For the past two weeks, every time I logged in to post on my blogs I've had an interrupt page from Google, stating that "for my convenience should I lose my passwords" it would be handy to have a phone number to use as another confirmation. There's also been a link in that page that said "skip this step" so of course I did; my password is very strong, nonverbal and would be pretty hard to break unless under a sustained and targeted attack. No robo-sniffer or password dictionary cracker is going to get it.

With Google suggesting it would be a good idea and also offering me a link to skip this step, it's implied that this is not a required condition of using Google products (in this case my blogs on Blogger, unfortunately snapped up by Google recently).

The real deal

This morning's research session was dedicated to what Google calls "Two-step Verification Process" which was launched in mid-February and is just getting around to all your Google accounts.

"Over the next few days you should see a link on your Google Account Settings page that allows you to enabled 2-step verification. This new feature adds an extra layer of security to your Google account by requiring a special passcode in addition to your normal password."

Google Adds 2-Factor Security to Gmail, Apps [Krebs]

Here's a big blah-blah page from Google about "two-step verification"

"2-step verification helps protect a user’s account from unauthorized access should someone manage to obtain their password. Even if a password is cracked, guessed, or otherwise stolen, an attacker can’t sign in without access to the user’s verification codes, which only the user can obtain via their own mobile phone. Requirements: a mobile phone that can receive the verification code via text message or phone call, or an Android, BlackBerry, or iPhone. These devices use the Google Authenticator mobile app to generate the verification code. "

"You enable 2-step verification for your domain in your Google Apps control panel. The user enrolls in 2-step verification... Note: You can’t force your users to use 2-step verification, they must opt-in themselves."


Real security

I've talked before about secure passwords: 16-character non-word, alphanumeric+special characters passwords kept on a single password-protected file on your computer/usb key and using copy/paste for logins, or using something like Passkey to hold your passwords.

I've also spoken about the "security measure" of "secret questions" - giving an associated (in your mind) answer to such questions as "What was your childhood pet's name?" in light of social networking and the fact that once something is posted to the net, it's out there forever (using tools like the Wayback Machine). So I recommend choosing your question (if this alternative is offered) or using an answer that is completely unrelated to the questions but associated in your mind with the question:

Q. What was your childhood pet's name? A. Squanomish
Q. Where were you born? A. inmymotherswomb
Q. What was your favorite sport? A. escapingbullies

Combine those with the ASCII and spelling variants: Squ@nomiish, inmeyem0therzw0mb, ezkapeingbullieyes and you have a second layer of security, not easily guessed.

And the final simple rule: never use the same password for more than one service.

So the password:
6D9F1$%&3[invisible space/ascii character Alt + 255]15~>#b+

is going to be pretty hard to crack by an automated dictionary-cracker. Combined with the type of answer to the above typical "security questions" and the best-practice of never using the same password for more than one service, your account is going to be much more secure than someone using the password "Fluffy" for all their accounts.

The fact is that, like a house, you can never be completely secure, but you can make it very difficult for a burglar to break in. Given that option most burglars, especially the random, doorknob-turning kind, will go elsewhere to much easier targets. Like a house, if you are the specific target of a dedicated cracker, nothing is going to stop them, but such cases are a lot rarer than you think. I mean, unless you're a multi-billion-dollar CEO, an attorney in a messy divorce case or a bank, who is going to specifically target you?


The Google Two-Step

It's obvious by now that all this blah-blah about "enrolling" and "allowing" and "opt-in" is plain bullshit. So is the supposed "security" offered.

The 30-day browser cookie set by users that click the "Remember verification for this computer" checkbox means that if your computer is stolen, the thief can still access your account without having to provide the second step of verification, and likely not even the password if your computer was just sleeping and browser already open.

You'll have to repeat this process every 30 days, meaning Google's going to require a constant correlation between your username and your phone number. Change numbers? You're going to have to go through hoops to restore access to your accounts. Change computers between laptop, desktop, netbook or tablet? Delete all cookies on browser close to get rid of trackers, spies and supercookies? Same deal. Google wants to know where you are and what phone number you are using every 30 days.

Go ahead; try to opt-out, sucker

From more than a dozen posts explaining how to "turn off two-step verification" from both Google and many bloggers, you get this information:

Q.16) How can I turn off 2-step verification on my Google Account
A.16) You can turnoff 2-step verification, by going to Google Accounts –> Using 2-step verification –> click on Turn off 2-step verification…

Here's the separate section on "how to turn off two-step verification"

Another article telling you how to turn off two-step verification

"In order to turn off two-step verification, visit this page or log in to your Google account and go to Settings >> Account Recovery Options >> Recovering your password. That page will tell you you can "add more information to your account to increase your account-recovery options."

Both ways will take you to this:

click the picture for the Big Picture

Notice that if you have not "opted-in" or "enrolled" or "allowed" this process previously, you will still have to fork over a phone number, receive a verification code and enroll in the program in order to reach the settings page where you can turn off the process, which will happen every 30 days.

Remind you of Facebook much? It should. There's no way to opt-out currently without first opting-in, and all Google's fanboy press and mealy-mouthing about "opting-in" or "enrolling" or "allowing" are straight-out lies. The interrupt-page I was receiving for the previous two weeks whenever I logged in offering to be "helpful" and offering me a link to "skip this step" was a smokescreen.


FSCK Google

Am I alarmed by this? I certainly am. I am alarmed by Google pretending this is an opt-in service, repeating that idea in various words and meaning absolutely the opposite.

fsck: a Unix-based system utility for checking the consistency of a file system. Generally, fsck is run automatically at boot time when the operating system detects that a file system is in an inconsistent state. [fsck is analogous to the Windows utility chkdsk]

I am alarmed by Google's persistent and consistent efforts to delete anonymity from the net; to consolidate its holdings and bring them into line with its stated mission of becoming an "Identity Provider"; Google's connection to OpenID and the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace [PDF link to whitehouse paper], which Google calls the Kantara Initiative (shades of the D.H.A.R.M.A. Initiative!).

I'm not the only one.

Identity Crisis: The Delusion of NSTIC

Real Names: Google+, Government & The Identity Ecosystem

Google & NSTIC Leading the March to Digital Totalitarianism?

Botgirl's curated “Nymwars News and Commentary” site


After yesterday's little adventure and today's research, I am accelerating my efforts to completely remove myself from the Google ecosystem by using viable alternatives to every single product Google offers. I do not like liars and Google has proven to be no better than Facebook in regarding me as a slab of meat to be bought and sold for their profit, telling press about "optional" services that are in fact compulsory now.

Google has now proven to me that they are in fact dead-set on "doing evil."

Google must have forgotten everything it knew about the net; I can think of a dozen ways to get around this type of forced identification and access off the top of my head and during the coming weeks I will be researching even more ways to keep my electronic privacy protected. What you do is up to you.


[double-posted at My So-called Virtual Life]


Friday, November 4, 2011

Internet Under Fire

Top news for netizens: The Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011, aka P.R.O.T.E.C.T. IP Act,[S.968] now known as the "Enforcing and Protecting American Rights Against Sites Intent on Theft and Exploitation Act" ie E-Parasites Act [HR 3261] and Stop Online Piracy Act [SOPA] and unofficially known as the Blacklist Bill [watch the name-shifting; confusing eh? It's supposed to be] which also lumps in a House version of the felony streaming bill [S 978] that will make huge swaths of Americans felons for streaming content online is scheduled to be heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Nov. 16.

You can sign the petition on We The People, the White House's "outreach" petition program, here. In order to warrant a response from the White House, it has to reach 25,000 signatures by November 30th.

Also under threat from Google

If you need reasons, you might want to read this Professors’ Letter in Opposition to 'Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011' from July, 2011 by 108 law professors.

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Meanwhile, Net Neutrality, the First Amendment of the digital age, is under fire in the Senate; a vote scheduled next week on a “resolution of disapproval”; a measure in Congress that would strip the FCC of the authority to enforce Net Neutrality rules or any other safeguards for the open Internet.

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The elephant in the room

These measures are no joke, seeing as how the Net has become the Free Press of the digital age. Given the interaction between social networking and popular uprisings, these measures would go far towards suppressing free speech under the cloak of "preventing piracy" and are sponsored by the huge media companies, whose revenues are plummeting not because of "piracy" but because of garbage product, broken DCMA software and trying to dictate "culture" and "popular taste."

The dirty little elephant in the room is not college students using P2P software to trade cool music because of the destruction of real radio at the hands of those who would dictate what you should listen to regardless of your own preferences but Chinese and Taiwanese factories that pump out 10,000 factory-sealed discs daily, complete with top-of-the-line graphics and cd/dvd pressings. This counterfeiting far surpasses any losses from casual tune-swapping or ripping to hard drives for convenience.

Because of our "trade agreements" with these countries, even Microsoft will not go after them despite huge shipments of counterfeit discs from these countries being seized repeatedly both at Customs and already inside country borders.

The facts remain: many studies and factual reports indicate that not only are musicians making more money than ever, dvd movie and cd music sales are actually up. It's the middlemen, the parasites, that are losing what they consider their rightful, obscene profit margins.

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The RIAA and MPAA lie

I personally remember making "mix tapes" off the radio when I was younger; I'd listen to them, decide if I really liked a song enough to buy the album or if I only wanted the 45 single. I'd still buy as much music as I did before; in fact, radio helped me find out about artists I didn't know about and encourage me to buy more product (as cassette tapes didn't have nearly the fidelity of vinyl).

Well, the Industry killed the 45/single format, went to CDs that they told us would cost far less "once we retooled our vinyl factories to produce CDs" and never reduced the selling prices although the cost for producing digital goods has plummeted to a fraction of the cost of vinyl production and shipping, and made back catalog (classic tunes, movies and albums many people would willingly buy) unavailable.

Why did they do this? Because older material has better contracts, balanced between profit for the artist and for the company; new contracts all but impoverish artists while the Company rakes in profit, plays dirty accounting tricks and fraud to show "losses" on multi-platinum releases and makes a mockery of "supporting artists."

For the same reason, they squeezed radio stations with piratical "performing rights" legislation, dictated playlists and ended up reducing radio to a handful of songs endlessly ground into your ears in the attempt to tell you what's cool and what you should buy, because they geared a whole advertising and backscratching tie-in campaign in order to drive culture, not to celebrate or distribute it.

In fact, the RIAA and MPAA statistics have been repeatedly debunked.

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Breaking the internet - c
olluding interests

This collusion between lawmakers and the entertainment industry is being used to not only limit our selections of what and where we want to see or hear something we've paid for [like ripping a cd or dvd to a hard drive] but to set dangerous precedent in law, allowing commercial interests to trump consumer rights. These subversions and twistings of law are then taken up by government interests, who use these precedents to further attack the open and free flow of information and discussion on the Net.

The entertainment industry is funneling enormous amounts of money into lobbying Congress to pass these bills. In many cases, motions and bills are presented in last-minute "midnight sessions" with little or no public notice or debate. The semantic shift from "copyright violation" and "counterfeiting" to "piracy" is being used to equate digital copying with terrorism, stifling debate and questions as to the figures being presented by the RIAA and MPAA as to their "loss of profits."

The exposes of the entertainment industry's shady and misleading accounting practices are manifold. The reports of the underhanded tactics of their lobbyists and bribed Congresscritters are also legion.

Lawmakers are being bought by the entertainment and communications companies, which are playing into the interests of a government that would like to see free speech curtailed and the Internets "brought to heel," incidentally breaking fundamental functions of the nets:

Security and Other Technical Concerns Raised by the DNS Filtering Requirements in the PROTECT IP Bill [PDF]

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Protect your Internets

The Internets are the democratic free press of our age. Cost-of-entry is within reach for a majority of people. No media has been this accessible to the common man since the invention of the printing press and the distribution of books (which the Church tried vainly to suppress).

Given the recent global dialogues/uprisings started with the 'los indignados' movement in Spain earlier this Spring and the continuing communications sweeping the globe, the free Internet is crucial to the future of this planet. The distribution of information regarding corporate collusion with lawmakers, bribery through lobbyists, facts and data now accessible and distributable can go a long way to untangling and uncovering some of the mechanisms that have resulted in this current global meltdown.

Please take a few moments to learn what you can do to protect the Internets that you love. Follow the links at the top of this page; look over the links in the right sidebar under 'Legal' and 'Resource Material' and get involved; it's your home.

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Clouting Klout (and etc)

Finally, just a little post I liked about Klout, social metrics and why the hell I'd follow someone just because "they have a huge Klout score" instead of what they have to say:

Stop the Social Puppetry for Klout and Other Influence Metrics!
[Social Media Today]

I've been aware of this since the early days of ICQ, AIM, MSN Messenger and hit counters, "badges" and other early web cruft. I read a lot of heavy science, networking and other esoteric posts I consider interesting, informative and backed with skill and insight; I don't need a scorecard or number to tell me they are important or have something viable and useful to say. I'm sure a lot of what I seek out and read would have a low "Klout" or "social metric" score.

On the same issue, I resent some company trying to tell me how to use my friendships and networks to cash in. My friends are not for sale. I Follow someone because of what they have to say, not because they have a big "score." That kind of thing went out for me sometime in my freshman/sophomore high school years.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Empire Strikes Back... In Oakland

8th and Washington, Oakland CA, USA

punkboyinsf's livestream from Oakland
the chat channel is excellent

email Oakland officials:,,,,,,,,,,,, ""

CA Governor Jerry Brown: Phone: (916) 445-2841 Fax: (916) 558-3160

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan: (510) 238-3141


I guess you know what's happening... or do you? Perhaps if you lived in Norway you would:

85 arrestert i «Occupy»-demonstrasjon
Camper utendørs for å vise sin avsky mot kapitalismen

Or from AlJazeera:
Police clash with Oakland protesters

More probably you'd have to rely on blogs, Twitter, You Tube and Flickr, except for a few articles in a few mainstream papers... or this beautiful post from of all places, The Weather Space:

ABC 7 News shuts cameras off on Occupy Oakland as police attack with gas
"not something we usually report on but no one else will." - much respect.

Atlanta police have declared media reporting at #OccupyAtlanta to be unlawful. Demand freedom of the press.

US cops tried to erase online evidence of brutality
Google asked by US law enforcement agency to sanitize videos exposing police brutality from You Tube, claiming they "defame law officers."

Occupy Wall Street's Battle Against American-Style Authoritarianism

This is why


How OWS Has Exposed the Militarization of US Law Enforcement

My livestream filming guy got gassed. He's not doing too good right now. Poor dude.

The arms firm behind the suppression of #OccupyOakland and Palestine's popular struggle [Akhbar]

this is USA democracy? you were a light in the dark. what a shame!

Flash-bangs are a type of hand grenade, being used on non-violent US citizens for "illegal assembly." Not rioting; not criminal acts.

journalism died today at #occupyoakland Cops told media 'don't shoot video' & media went home

Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters in Oakland, Calif. [NYTimes]

Police used teargas and smoke grenades and rubber bullets on a camp with children in it.

Police tear gas Occupy Oakland protesters [SF Chronicle]

funny how no1 has been charged with anything and the cops had to call it an "unlawful assembly" not vandalism, assault or other

Oakland Police Turn on #OWS With Tear Gas, Flash-Bang Grenades [Mother Jones]

I don't recall gun-totin Tea Partiers being tear gassed for their peaceful protests.

Oakland police chief announces resignation as teargass and rubber bullets fly

OAKland Police Chief resigns in wake of #OccupyOkland police brutality claims

Occupy Oakland Protest: Police Fire Tear Gas And Beanbag Rounds, Clear Out Encampment [HuffPost]

#OccupyOakland is singing Star Wars Imperial March

Police State: Occupy Oakland Turns Dramatically Violent [All Education Matters]

Banks got bailed out, we got tear gassed.

Police Terrorize the Streets of Oakland to Force out #occupy Demonstrators

I wonder what officers say to cops to make them feel it's OK to act like animals. Audio will surface, bet on it.

Mayor ignores clergy to raid Occupy Atlanta
State Sen. Vincent Fort (D-GA) arrested.

why are police arresting and using military-grade weapons on peaceful protestors across the country?

Police brutality charges sweep across the US

When Injustice Becomes Law, Rebellion Becomes Duty.

How To make a Tear Gas Mask | HOWTO Protection at Protest


The War You Don't See - John Pilger [video]
award-winning video report from CNN on propaganda
thx to LexingtonBilly for this link


Videos - watch and weep
You really shouldn't download these videos; it's against TOS.

Occupy Oakland - Flashbangs USED on protesters
Grenade deliberately thrown into crowd of people, not street trying to aid Scott Olsen, a Marine veteran of two tours of Iraq, already down and bleeding, who gets it right next to his head. Sickening. UPDATE: as of Wednesday he is in Critical condition.

OWS Cops Tear Gas Occupy Oakland (10/25/11)
Tear gas and flash-bang grenades used on peacful US Citizens

Protesters Clash With Police After ‘Occupy Oakland’ Camp Raided
Good CBS video report on Oakland police violence

RAW VIDEO: Ground footage of Occupy Oakland march and crowd dispersal
No violence; marching, standing; "unlawful assembly"
Woman in wheelchair gassed; fallen man bombed with grenade

Marine Vet wounded, tear gas & flash-bang grenades thrown in downtown Oakland

Protesters Clash With Police After ‘Occupy Oakland’ Camp Raided

Raw Video: Protesters Clash With Oakland Police

Police crackdown on Occupy Oakland [RT]
Tearing down the camp



Rubber bullet to the head

Beanbag round to the leg

Woman in wheelchair gassed, rescued
This woman's batteries ran out in her wheelchair, stranding her in clouds of tear gas. Three protesters braved the gas to rescure her; lifting her chair and running with it.

Navy man Holds Fast, carrying copy of Constitution
He's joined by an Iraq vet - two men of great honor; I salute you.

CS grenade and two shotgun shells used to fire beanbag rounds

CS grenade #2 and remains of flash-bang?

Photography of Police dismantling Occupy Oakland

Guess they forgot
2003 news clipping regarding lawsuit and Oakland police banning the use of the weapons ther are using now.

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Occupy The URL

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World Council of Credit Unions
move your money

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L.I. Couple Seeks Trademark For "Occupy Wall St."
Let these people know how you feel about this

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tweets from #ows channels are always shown in italic

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Good People Rising - Occupy Souls

"This is not a war zone! This is not justice!"

USMC Sgt. Shamar Thomas, a 24-year-old Marine Veteran who comes from a long line of people who sacrifice for their country - Mother, Army Veteran (Iraq), Step father, Army, active duty (Afghanistan), Grand father, Air Force veteran (Vietnam), Great Grand Father Navy veteran (World War II) - takes on police at Occupy Wall Street. Here is the full video: USMC Sgt. Thomas at Occupy Wall Street. And here is the interview with Keith Obermann on Countdown.

"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

Thank you, Sgt, for defending your country in two places: (2) tours in Iraq, and at Occupy Wall Street. Your courage is exemplary; your honesty is heart-breaking; your upholding of the Constitution which you fought for is heroic. You are one of the "few good men." You gave me hope today.

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Global revolution: protests in 1,000+ cities — in videos [Roar]

From a single hashtag, a protest circled the world [Reuters]

Occupy Wall Street Marks One Month [OccupyWallStreet statement]

10,000 people Occupy San Francisco... and then camp raided, torn down; police brutality continues.

Dr Cornel West, Princeton University professor, is arrested at the Supreme Court along with 16 other protesters from Occupy.

Peaceful revolution rises on 5 pillars: persistence, courage, visibility, numbers, and calm.

Rev. Bernice King, Dr. Martin Luther King's daughter, says that her father would have been heartened by the Occupy and 99% movements.

Today the Reverend Jesse Jackson stood up the NYPD when they came to destroy the Medical Tent.

RT @OccupyWallSt: #nypd is trying to bust down our medical tent, but @revjjackson is in the way

Meanwhile, in my own Cincinnati, a lawsuit was filed today in federal court by Occupy Cincinnati, alleging that the City of Cincinnati’s Parks Rule has kept Cincinnatians from exercising their constitutionally-protected rights to free speech and assembly.

This series of photos from the Berlin Occupation could come right out of a history book.

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OccupyGeorge: campaign to send messages to the banksters on their own "letterhead"

Occupy The Banks - listserv

Cyberactivism From Egypt to Occupy Wall Street [Nation]

This Cell Phone Guide for Occupy Wall Street Protesters (and Everyone Else) from the Electronic Frontier Foundation is a must-read.

More hand signals from Occupy Wall Street
Non-verbal semantic arts in play

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Hijacking the Movement

Hamsher: Dems Co-opting Occupy Wall St.

Democrats want to hijack Occupy Wall Street? [RT]

A good synopsis of MoveOn.Org's moves from Alex Jones

A Letter From Goldman Sachs [Borowitz Report]
Monetize the Occupation! [HUMOR]

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An Inarticulate Articulation of Why Occupy Wall Street Doesn't Need to Articulate a Damn Thing
Beautiful, articulate bullshit-calling.

The Contrasting Psychologies of 'Occupy Wall Street' and the 'Tea Party' [Forbes]
Written by a 20-yr clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst

This article from Frank Pasquale titled "The Moral Authority of Occupy Wall Street" is a concise refutation of all the "talking points" of the OWS deniers/astroturfers/vituperative trolls.

Why Occupy Wall Street is Bigger Than Left vs. Right [Rolling Stone]
Matt Tabibi

You can't fix today's problems with yesterday's thinking. So move over, the millennials are here, #ows; bring ideas, leave party at home

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"It's the economy, stupid"

Financial crisis protests: the world versus the bankers [Guardian]

The Quiet Coup: the finance industry has effectively captured our government [Atlantic]

Wall Street Buys Washington: Here's How Much Banks Gave To The 2012 Presidential Candidates [Business Insider]

Rabbit-Hole Economics: Paul Krugman examines Tuesday’s Republican debate on the economy [NYT/Opinion]

Royal Dutch Shell: The World's Dirtiest Oil Company
More news the news didn't tell you

Have you noticed that throughout all this no one has said I'M SORRY. Not ONE apology or semblance of responsibility from #the1%

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Top CIA clandestine operative is working with the NYPD.
Questions abound as to why

CNN badgers protesters
Just as good as Faux News for pretending to be "news"

Honolulu Police Load Up on Taser Ammo, Pepper Spray, Bean Bags for APEC
My friends know that in the early 90s I traveled to Hawai'i 5 yrs in a row; helped out in the Mau'i Hawai'ian Language Reclaimation Project; helped wire the first cybercafe there; collected legends from the Aunties and Oncles, walked the volcanos for Pelé and studied the politics of Hawai'i, Matson Shipping Lines and C&H Sugar. Real Kanaka are mostly SO POOR outside the one-mile "tourist Hawai'i" strip... this is disgusting.

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Race-Baiting Bigoted Smear Job

Occupy protest critics exploit anti-Semitism --- must-read

Charges Of Occupy Wall Street Anti-Semitism Find Audience On The Right

I want to comment on the ugly assertions surfacing of "Anti-Jewish" propaganda being currently spewed. This is one of the lowest, insanest, ugliest political smear campaigns I have ever witnessed; it is something I'd expect from Karl Rove. It also goes back hundreds of years and is currently used to stifle debate about Israel's policies.

I question these assertions; I question this entire line of propaganda. I question whether these few people are representative of the movement; I question israel today Magazine's pushing of this issue; according to their own article, they quote the American Nazi Party's website, which has "come out in support of OWS."

First of all, israel today, you're going to quote Nazis?!?!? Your argument is invalid; Godwin'd right there. You ignore the reports that these people have been shown to be local crazies with a history of showing up at every large gathering for many years, or even wandering the streets randomly. You push this racism using three examples (besides your Nazi Party one). These are the same people that sniff and dig and triumphantly post anti-Muslim diatribes. They are professional agitators and propagandists who whine when someone uses their own tactics against them. I'd like to see them DOX'd and find out exactly who is behind them.

I have nothing against Jews; only the Israeli government; like all governments lately, it show signs of rabid insanity and paranoia. And so does israel today Magazine. I can certainly criticise the government for their actions and policies without being anti-Semitic.

ADL Slams Rush Limbaugh Calling His Remarks 'Borderline Anti-Semitic' [2010]
from the Yiddish News - and here's a transcript of the phone call session

Maybe they don't read the Yiddish News? Maybe israel today thinks the Yiddish News is anti-Semitic? Maybe this is a way to shut off debate about the policies of the Israeli government? Or is it just an ugly piece of psywar/propaganda warfare to destroy a movement that is shaking the world's governments?

10 Craziest Things Said About Occupy Wall Street

[And don't start flooding my Comments with racist bigoted bullshit from either side of this. If you are exclusionist, you're wasting your wind on me; I've seen what you do for the last 25 years. You aren't part of any change or justice to me, and if you start out bigoted, that is your message and I hear nothing more]

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Occupation: World - Oct. 15

Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy' is played to thousands in Madrid
by the Solfonica Orchestra live, making me cry.

"spirit fingers"

History erupts today. Twitter is the new News [as always, tweets in italics]. Do not count on complete accuracy; all is in motion and churn.

I'm Getting Arrested app for Android: lets you quickly notify your family, friends, and legal team (if you have one) of your situation with a single tap of your finger.

National Lawyers Guild Occupy protest support and hotlines

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I went to OccupyCincinnati today as long as I could; illness forced me to go home. I do what I can from here for my beloved Internet, which is justifying the faith I have placed in it for 25 years. My heart is bursting with pride for the people of my neighborhood and my home. Finally, I live in the America (and world) of my 7-yr-old heart again. I wish I had someone to share this moment with tonight... but I am with all of you, so... it's ok ^_^

How To Occupy An Abstraction
The digital domain of the Occupy movement

Thank you, world. TY Internet. TY #OccupyWallStreet #ows #O15

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Today Is The Day

Perhaps these moments are what all those 2012 predictions were about: an apocalypse is a change-state; nothing says it cannot go positive as easy as negative.

Goosebumps all day long. It's been amazing, and it's just the beginning

Israelis launch world protest day with solidarity demo on Syrian border

60,000 plus protested in Chile today!

It's going on all over the world; in Canada, Spain, Melbourne, Barcelona, Rome, Brussels, Paris, Toronto, Oakland, London, Syntagma, Warsaw, Hong Kong, Madrid, Venezuela, Orlando, Regina, Berlin, New York, Bucharest, Dublin, Los Angeles, Finland, Reno, Zurich, Columbus, Santa Rosa, Cibeles Square, Santiago, Amsterdam, China, Tel Aviv...

Flags of #Palestine, #Mohawk Nation flying on Bay Street!

Julian Assange gets taken into custody in London for wearing mask to the demo; "detained" of course, not arrested... he is freed about 25 minutes later and says, "I can't wear masks and be anonymous but swiss bank accounts can be" while speaking to the OccupyLSX folks. He also says, "This movement is not about the destruction of law, but the construction of law." Unfortunately, he then gets stuck in #OccupyLSX kettle and needs to be back in Norfolk by 5pm to avoid breaching bail ...

Lech Wałęsa to visit at Occupy Wall Street
Former President of Poland, Nobel Peace Prize winner and pivotal in ending the Soviet era in Poland. This is tremendous news.

RT @OccupyWallStNYC: At NYU building at corner of BWay and Waverly streetfront window monitor is playing our livestream!

This lonely, brave woman Occupies the Tundra while this small crowd Occupies the Bering Sea... and at the other end of the world is OccupyAntarctica. In Rome an estimated 200,000 people clog the streets. This video from OccupyPerth has the Perth Clock Tower in it.

Madrid: Must be at least 15,000 here now- from a few hundred half an hour ago. Sudden explosion of noise and chanting

Photos from Times Square say it all, as does t : Occupy is not "a small, rag-tag bunch of hippies."

You can only push decent hard working people so far before they inevitably force change. Check your history books.

#OccupyKorea #OccupySeoul #OccupyYeouido [video]

Over 10 blocks of San Francisco have been taken over. #Occupy your streets! Thousands upon thousands are pouring into Civic Center

A look into the "HOW" of the Occupy Wall Street movement: The consensus process [video]

SF:10,000 NY:60,000 Denver:3,000 Chicago:2,000 Seattle:2,000 L.A:15,000 The 1% has probably crapped their pants.

Young boy's sign: Occupy My Future [photo]

I don't have words to say how inspiring peaceful beautiful cooperative #OWS NYC. Maybe America IS going to be able to save itself.

A Spanish tweet... mentioning French politics. Truly global!
¿Dónde están los señores que decían que este movimiento no tenía comparación con "El gran Mayo francés"? ['Where are the gentlemen who said that this movement was not opposed to "The great French May"?']

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The New Media

Social Media continues to prove itself, particularly Twitter; indicating just how corrupted and beholden to political interests Lamestream Media is. New Media is also about transparency: "we are the eyes of the world." Police, corporations, stores watch us constantly. We can watch back now, but soon we might be unable to:

"The Federal Reserve is planning on monitoring social networking sites because they want to see what the public's response will be to economic policy" Yeah, sure. Now you know.

Please see the Legal Section on the right sidebar here for information on protecting your Internet.

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Media blackout... 70% uninstalled.

An Intense Moment of Truth on MSNBC

[Leading coverage in many foreign media]

Congratulations, everyone.

Wall to wall coverage of Arab Spring in the US cable nooooz media. #OWS? Maybe 3 mins/day, tops. Oh well, there's still Al Jazeera and RT [Russia Today]

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The Banksters

Citibank locks protesters (all Citibank customers) inside and starts arresting them for attempting to close thier bank accounts. Watch the video - a woman in a business suit, entirely calm, a customer, is manhandled and shoved into the locked bank with the rest of the protesters. Police are claiming the act was announced as a sit-in so that is why they decided to make arrests, but this video blows that excuse to smithereens. Let Citibank know this was shameless. BTW, Citigroup paid no taxes and received a $2.5trillion bailout.

And they weren't the only ones: Santa Cruz BofA refuses to close woman's account. Manager: "You cannot be a customer and a protester at the same time - corporate orders." And this was on Oct. 7th.

Seeing as how banks are refusing customers service, and will even lie to you, during the next week, open an account at a local, small bank or credit union then phone transfer your account balance, or get a bank check for your balance and get it right to your new account. Be sane; be careful with large amounts of cash or checks until they are safe in your new account.

Long ties to Koch brothers
key to Herman Cain's campaign

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I am praying tonight to all Goddesses/Gods and the thousands of men and women who have fought for freedom for hundreds of years. Please help us.

500 lock arms in Chicago as police move in [2:33amEDT]

100+ police + horses attack peaceful #OccupySYDNEY protest tearing down tents & putting everything in rubbish trucks – arrests.

They use horses to charge the crowd
I knew they would; been there DNC 2000 LA

Occupy London reporting police using shields and batons on demonstrators who are sitting peacefully. The demonstrators set up a camp that the police are in the process of trying to disperse [8 pm London time].

Police entrapment: given permission to walk, then arrested in 15 seconds

Riot police surrounded fountain. I was one of last to leave. Kicked legal green hats [Observers] out [Washington Square Park, Midnight]

Cops For Sale
The new Praetorian Guard

@BreakingNews: Police in New York, Chicago,Seattle warning Occupy protesters to clear out

How To Escape From Zip-Ties
in case some thug or kidnapper breaks in and uses them on you or your family...

500 arrested including ANSWER Coalition organizers! #OccupyCHI

What We Know About 'Hipster Cop'
You've seen him... now see him.

St Paul's deacon happy for assemblies to happen during mass. The word used was "co-existence" - tells police "we are in support of the protest" #occupylsx

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Buy Nothing Day is your special day to unshop, unspend and unwind. Relax and do nothing for the economy and for yourself - at least for a single day.

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Why I Went to Occupy L.A. Instead of Synagogue
A 14-yr-old girl explains

How the Wall Street Protesters Win
loving advice and encouragement

Why Occupy Wall Street Has Already Won [Slate]

America’s ‘Primal Scream’ [NYT]

Twenty reasons why it's kicking off everywhere
Prescient article from BBC's Paul Mason

Who is Your Leader?
The Entrenched are frustrated in not having a target to attack.

A Billionaire's advice to OccupyWallStreet
very interesting read by Mark Cuban

Meet the Guy Who Snitched on Occupy Wall Street to the FBI and NYPD
Isn't this hacking and assorted computer crimes? See how the double standard works now?

Police Infiltrate Peaceful Protests, Videotape Shows [NYT]

Propaganda Bust: Deconstructing "One of the 53%"
Brilliant expose of propaganda photoshopping & crowdsourced busting

On the front lines in Times Square, NYPD in full fight mode
blow-by-blow account of horrific police action in Times Square

Beyond the Corporate Veil The Good The Bad The Ugly (hidden revealed)
Please read this post

The Guys in the 1% Brought This On
Barbara Ehrenreich

Which 10 Giant Corporations Don't Pay Taxes?
Exxon Mobil, Bank of America, General Electric , Chevron, Boeing, Valero Energy, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Carnival Cruise Lines

Wall Street's Long Occupation of the Middle Class
David Rohde

Turkish media report

Greece's fiscal mess, all thanks to Goldman Sachs

What’s Going On? Protests, Riots, the Internet and a Changing Civilisation

The Truth About Occupy Wall Street: It’s Much Smaller Than It Seems
Walter Shapiro writes a bit too hastily


International photo set from The Guardian

Huge photoset from NYC

Huge global photoset at Cryptome

BigFatWhale Comic: BofA's future plans
brill, as my Brit friends say

Teach Your Children Well
Reading to kids at #OccupyWallStreet

We Deserve Better [Ottowa]
Yes, we do.

"Someone left a flower outside our tent last night"
more like a bouquet... in Taipei

Hundreds sit at 2am in front of ABC Studios on Broadway
Hard to ignore the news when it's outside your door...


Hand Signals of the General Assembly [video]

Occupy Dame Street [Ireland]

Police use scooters to ram crowds; mass arrests 10.14

Sean Penn speaks about Occupy Wall Street

Glenn Beck primes people for The Apocalypse; accuses "The Left" of being killers, rapists
Now you see who the real anarchists and terrorists are - people like this, urging their followers to violence and murder.

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I'm not a big name; my blog is small. I haven't been really promoting it that much and I am a Tweet babbler. The media blackout has at least been breached; there are finer and more experienced writers out there. But every once in awhile, some kind soul tweets something like this:

This is an #epic face & twitter *^_^*!<3 @misosusanowa

... and makes me cry even more. TY RazorBladeDoll.

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And this series of tweets from Hollywood Boulevard helped me wash off some of my bitterness from living under this Iron Empire for almost all my adult life:

Don't hate the conservatives who mock u & argue w u. Don't respond to their anger in kind. Love them. They can't help it.

They've been duped by the machine into fighting for the very interests intent upon using them up & spitting them out.

They can't understand that what we want is what they need & that in most cases we're doing it 4 them more than 4 ourselves.

We're trying 2 help & if they'll just let us, we can help get that paw fixed, but they don't know, they can't think straight.

Eventually, even the conservatives in middle class will come around. They'll begin to get it, & we can be friends again.

Fight & keep fighting, but do it w/ love in your heart. #OWS #OLA #O15 #Occupywallstreet #OccupyLa #Occupyeverywhere

... and made me cry and lose my place typing again. Thx Hollywood.

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