This is so weird that I can barely believe it myself, but it’s true. Right-wingers are contacting lobbyists – yes, lobbyists! – and directing them not to support my reelection campaign. Which is why I need your support before our year-end…
I just started reading this, so perhaps I’m in for a rude surprise somewhere before the end of the article, and shouldn’t be posting it just yet, but he’s just making sooooooo much sense. Please read this, and then let’s do something, perhaps?
I think perhaps America needs a Pirate Party, too. Not to run presidents, but to make policy and endorse candidates who support them, and un-elect those who oppose them. Kinda like the Working Families Party or something. We could run congressional candidates in areas with no other good options, support major party progressives when we don’t have the opportunity for a realistic candidate of our own. Be flexible, and thereby, be effective.
I’ve been having a lot of talks with Erik Tinker on FedBook about doing some radical electoral work. I’m not sure whether I’m ready to commit to it, but I’m certainly ready to start expanding the conversation. The SEIU/FDL hegemony that funded much of OWS and which, with DailyKos, dominates the NetRoots movement these days just doesn’t seem to get the issues right with the importance of an open internet and freedom to share. These are sideshows for them (which is why they still send money to Al Franken, who co-sponsored SOPA and CISPA), and we geeks are their useful idiots. It’s time we did something focused on our own needs and agenda, not to the exclusion of the people I mentioned above, but to make sure our concerns are represented.
Just some thoughts. Anyone up to take this on?
I don’t know if it’s common knowledge hereabouts, but while Steve Jobs was alive, he refused repeated requests from the NSA for access to Apple’s data. I’ve often wondered how even he was able to put them off.
I imagine he probably insisted that if they wanted access to Apple’s servers they had to develop their own app at their own expense in-house using only Apple’s frameworks, and complying with every one of Apple’s best practices and guidelines, and then submit it for approval to the app store, which would either approve or deny the app according to criteria known only to Apple.
Finally, they would have to pay for all this themselves.
I think that would have worked, don’t you?
First, my public congratulations and heart-felt sigh of relief at Bill De Blasio’s landslide victory! Hooray! We are free, free, at last!!!
What I’d like to bring to everyone’s attention is an interesting little data scrap. I think it’s worthy of note that De Blasio’s landslide numbers are nearly identical to the numbers for who benefits and does not receive direct economic benefit from wall street, here in NYC, and also the NY populations’ approval/disapproval numbers for OWS in Oct. 2011.
Keep that ratio in mind - 75/25 - it’s going to be a number you’ll be seeing a lot of in NYC in the months and years to come, I thinks.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go sharpen my guillotine. There’s lots of work to do now that the Guiliani-Bloomberg error is over.
I know. It’s labor day. Why protest on labor day? Well, right now as we speak, hundreds of gallons per day or radioactive water is pouring into the pacific ocean, containing radioactive isotopes that will remain deadly for hundreds of years, and it’s not just going to stay in the pacific, either.
There really is just one ocean. It seems separate until you look at the bottom of your world map and see this thing called the southern ocean. It’s a body of water that connects all the world’s oceans and circles around the antarctic. Slowly but surely, the wastes from Fukushima are swirling into it, like cream into iced coffee. From there, it mixes into the atlantic, the indian ocean, etc…. It’s in the south china sea. It’s everywhere, just more in the pacific, for now.
2/3 of the world’s protein supply comes from the sea. Contaminate the ocean, and you contaminate the planet. Birds eat the anchovies and herrings. Then their droppings go into the lakes and streams inland. Fish in the streams and lake eat the droppings. Then bears and other wildlife eat the fish. Then they leave droppings and urine. Plants grow on that. Soon, much sooner than you think, the water coming out your tap will have strontium 90 and cesium 137 dissolved in it. This hasn’t happened yet, but it will, unless we stop the flow of radioactive waste into the pacific now.
In all fairness, Japan is in a difficult situation trying to do just that. No country on earth, truthfully, has the resources to handle something like this alone. Chernobyl completely overwhelmed the Soviet Union, and may have been the straw that broke USSR’s back. It took international resources to bring Chernobyl under control, and it still isn’t really over, even 30+ years later.
TEPCO, the partially state-owned utility company that operates Fukushima, has spent the past two years protecting it’s bottom line, and not protecting the people of Japan, or the pacific ocean. TEPCO has repeatedly misled the public as to the state of the disaster, as to the state of the clean up, and as to their competency in continuing to deal with the reactors and their awful effluents. It’s time for Japan’s government to take control of the disaster away from TEPCO, and move quickly to secure the spent fuel rods in dry cask storage, and to staunch the flow of water into the pacific. No other tasks should have higher priority. While we empathize with Japan’s predicament, the first law of disaster management is to create no additional casualties - this is exactly what TEPCO has failed to do. The spent fuel rods are still precariously balanced above the destroyed reactor cores, poised for even a minor earthquake to send them crashing into the ruined reactor core, igniting an even greater disaster. Japan must act immediately to secure this hazard. They must act immediately to staunch the flow of contaminated water. We will continue to protest at the consulate until they do so. Please join us! It’s your own life and the lives of your children and every living thing on the planet that’s at stake.
I’m throwing a bash! Of course, it’s a byo bash, but it’s going to be a blast!
I’ll be getting there around sundown, and I’ll probably stay till around 1 AM.
Tomorrow night is going to be the biggest full moon you’ve ever seen, and of course there’s no night to party like a night of the full moon!
SO, a bunch of us are going to go out to Floyd Bennet Field/Gateway National Recreation area to watch this phenomenon on the beach front. Here’s google map showing how to get there from Kings Plaza Shopping center:
Anyway, to get there from Manhattan or other parts of Brooklyn:
Take the Flatbush Avenue Bus (B41) to Kings Plaza and change for the q35. Then walk about 1/2 mile to where we’ll be.
If you’re biking, or coming from Manhattan, take the Q train to Parkside Avenue and either change for the B41 bus (at Flatbush and Parkside) or bike it from there.
It will be an awesome evening.
My buddy Memet is in the middle of it once again:
They declared that Gezi would be untouched until tomorrow.
They waited for the Iran elections so the foreign press would be busy covering something else!
They started the gassing from the first aid tents.
They do not allow any members of the press in.
Now, Right NOW, the trees of Gezi Park are providing cover for some of the worst crimes to humanity Istanbul has seen.
In today’s Guardian:
Someone just posted this to me. This is the anthem of the Turkish rebellion, so listen to this when you read Memet’s posts.
- Right Wing to Lobbyists: "Don’t Support Grayson"
This is so weird that I can barely believe it...