In regards to the linked article, let me argue this:
Our city’s police establishment have argued since the Guiliani Administration that vigorous prosecution of minor offences somehow stops major crimes from occurring. While I disagree with this philosophy, just for purposes of this argument, lets pretend it’s valid. Wouldn’t it then follow logically that vigorous prosecution of minor police infractions would likewise prevent major infractions? You can’t have it both ways. It either does or it doesn’t, in both contexts.
I just spent the day at Zephyr Teachout’s campaign HQ in Herald Square sorting nominating petitions into their respective congressional districts. Did about 500 pages today, have about 1000 left to do tomorrow. NY state puts you through hell getting your name on the ballot, even in the primaries. A lot of tedious, painstaking human-eyeball work.
Zephyr Teachout, in case you don’t know, is a former organizer for the Working Families Party here in NY, and she was the most vocal spokesperson for the Dump Cuomo faction at the WFP’s nominating convention. Her faction lost the fight, roughly 60/40, with the union faction backing Cuomo, and just about everyone else supporting Zephyr.
There’s a whole bunch of reasons why I’m supporting her long-shot bid for the Democratic nomination for Governor this season. Number one is that Andrew Cuomo rules like a Republican, so he should have to run as one if he wants to run at all. Another reason is that I expect Bernie Sanders to run as a Democrat for POTUS in 2016, and if not Bernie, then Liz Warren, or whoever challenges Hillary Clinton’s annointment as Democratic candidate for POTUS. The campaign organization we build for Zephyr will serve us well in 2016, and again in 2017.
We don’t expect to win, at leas,t right now we don’t. What we do expect is deny Andrew Cuomo a mandate, and force him to answer some very unpleasant questions. Questions he really doesn’t want to answer about his alliance with state senate republicans and his deep, deep, ties to NY’s vampiric real estate industry.
Another reason, the biggest reason, honestly, is that I’m friends with a lot of Zephyr’s friends, and I like them and I don’t like Cuomo. That last reason was good enough for Humphrey Bogart in “To Have and Have Not”, and it’s good enough for me now.
Some of the best people from OWS are working on this. We may not win, but the Clintonian faction of the NY Democrats are going to know they were in a fight.
Right now, we’re just trying to get Zephyr on the primary ballot. We don’t even have a website yet. If you know anyone who’d like to build a website that will get OODLES of publicity once the campaign really gets going, contact me here.
More as it develops. Expect me to be blogging the hell out of this.
Paul Mason: Populations with access to technology and a sense of their human rights will not accept inequality
Well, we kind of already knew this……nice to have it confirmed, though….
Nafeez Ahmed: The man who trained more than 66 countries in open source methods calls for re-invention of intelligence to re-engineer Earth
I’m not quite done reading this article myself, but it’s very encouraging.
Several years ago, I said of the movement that sprang up in Zuccotti Park and that inspired the name of this blog, that I had never before felt that a political movement in America had true revolutionary legs, that is, that it was the opening round in a grand transformation of our society, but this one DID have legs.
That may seem silly now, with all that occurred with the aftermath of Zuccotti Park, a lot of people, myself included felt we broke our legs early on, in retrospect that was just the necessary transition from the moment of inspiration to the reality of perspiration, and as we all know, it’s 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration, right? We are the 99% ;-)
Anyway, it’s good to see the idea being advocated by people like one of the world’s foremost intelligence officers. I’m glad to see it being taken seriously by someone who by definition is an expert on what sparks revolutionary movements and what differentiates disastrous revolutions from successful ones. rad the whole thing. I’m going to buy his book.
…meanwhile, in other news, record low temperatures and heavy snowfalls are reported in Hell.
Bill Watterson is the Bigfoot of cartooning. He is legendary. He is reclusive. And like Bigfoot, there is really only one photo of him in existence. Few in the cartooning world have ever spoken to…
I have been a HUGE Calvin and Hobbes fan forever. Of all the strips I miss, I miss that one the most. Calvin is such a precocious little monster (like someone else I used to know quite well!) and, well, I mean, snow goons, and spaceman spiff, and the transmogrifier, and well, of course Hobbes! Oh, I miss Calvin. A kid even more twisted than I was.
Well, this isn’t the the long-awaited and never fulfilled return of Calvin, but it’s the next best thing. I loved this, so I hope you will too. Enjoy!
Farmers in Central and South America are finding that coffee—the world’s second-favorite beverage—is increasingly difficult to grow.
NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! IT MUST NOT HAPPEN!!!! NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
About time someone made a good meme about that.
Marine Le Pen’s party tops vote with President Hollande’s Socialists in third place behind the centre-right UMP, exit polls claim
This is very, very, very bad news, folks. If you are any kind of minority, or have any friends who are, take notice! The Nazi’s just swept the EU elections in France. VERY, VERY, BAD.
There is a trend of these far-right nationalist parties seizing power all over Europe right now. We’ve seen this before, and we know where it leads.
Worse still, in Ukraine, at least, we are financing the neo-azis (the faction i Ukraine the US and….uhhhhhh….Germany are allied with are basically the Ukrainian Nazi party. We made this same mistake before, remember? Our banks then, our banks now, are financing the rise of people who put people like me and most of the people I associate with into gas chambers and made lampshades, candles, and soap out of our dead bodies.
You don’t have to be Jewish to be their target - any difference at all will do Socialists, Anarchists, Arabs, Africans, LGBT, Gypsies (which I’ll assume icludes hippies, punks, and ravers nowadays) outspoken liberals and progressives, anything that doesn’t swing to the goosestep twostep dance. That could mean you, it could mean your friends, it could mean your family, your kids.
I have no idea what to do to stop this, but if you ever needed a reason to pull out of a commercial bank and into a credit union or something like Amalgamated, this should be it. It was the bankers then, it’s the bankers now. None of that has changed. Whether we’ve learned anything since then is about to be tested. If we don’t pass with 100% on the test, we fail completely, and that failure is probably going to be fatal.
Don’t kid yourself that this can’t happen here. It can, and it will if you blow off politics, and by politics I don’t just mean voting. I mean organizing, I mean protesting, I mean boycotting (everything french made just fell of my can-buy list) and spending a couple hours a day keeping up to date on the latest actions,
Look, I know politics stinks, I hate it myself. I was a political activist full time in the 1980’s, and when I quit and went back to having a life I never missed it, until the Occupy movement dragged me back in.
The the thing is, this isn’t about petty issues any more. It’s not simply about income inequality, it’s life and death. Your life, your death. If that’s not worth a couple hours a day, what is?
- Right Wing to Lobbyists: "Don’t Support Grayson"
This is so weird that I can barely believe it...