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Thursday, December 15, 2011

UPD. #Eugenics and Todays #Politics - Defined - Wikipedia

Is Wisconsin any different?

Florida Charter Schools Failing Disabled Students

From the story, one should listen to the link, unfortunately it was not embeddable ...

Tres Whitlock is stuck in a public school where he feels ignored. He wants out.
The 17-year-old would-be video game designer researched his options online and found his perfect match: Pivot Charter School.
"It's computer-based, and I think I will do better," he says.
But when Whitlock tried to enroll in the school, he found a series of barriers in his way. The reason? He has cerebral palsy, and school officials say they don't have anyone to take Whitlock to the bathroom.
Whitlock and his parents are convinced their story isn't unique — and enrollment data backs them.
A StateImpact Florida/Miami Herald investigation shows most charter schools in Florida are failing to serve students with severe disabilities.
Statewide, 86 percent of charter schools do not have any students classified as severely disabled. That's despite state and federal laws that require charter schools to give equal access to these students.

Which political party or political entity supports policies/laws, directly or indirectly, that foster EUGENICS?

  • Do you think denying educational opportunity to physically challenged children is a good public policy or bad public policy?  
  • Do you see a connection between using state laws to control how local school districts operate as a good idea or bad idea?  
  • Do you see using state law as a way to shift tax dollars from public schools to private schools (aka, charter schools) without local control as good policy.  
  • Do you see allowing private schools to avoid providing the same educational opportunities as public schools as a good idea, especially without community input or control.
Although these ideas are proposed in the guise of economy and efficiency, while increasing the quality of educational opportunity, they seek efficiency while denying some families and children the opportunity to fully participate in society.  In another era, while not as brutal today, this is not a great deal different than deciding who may have children, who will be sterilized,  who will be taken from their family, who will be institutionalized, who will be sent to camps.  The justification by prominent men at the time, and even state governments in the U.S. until recently was EUGENICS.

From theWikipedia lead in ...
Eugenics is the "applied science or the bio-social movement which advocates the use of practices aimed at improving the genetic composition of a population", usually referring to human populations.[2] The origins of the concept of eugenics began with certain interpretations of Mendelian inheritance, and the theories of August Weismann.[3] Historically, many of the practitioners of eugenics viewed eugenics as a science, not necessarily restricted to human populations; this embraced the views of Darwin and Social Darwinism.
Eugenics was widely popular in the early decades of the 20th century.[4] The First International Congress of Eugenics in 1912 was supported by many prominent persons, including: its president Leonard Darwin, the son of Charles Darwin; honorary vice-president Winston Churchill, then First Lord of the Admiralty and future Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; Auguste Forel, famous Swiss pathologist; Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone; among other prominent people.[5] The National Socialists' (NSDAP) approach to genetics and eugenics became focused on Eugen Fischer's concept of phenogenetics[6] and the Nazi twin study methods of Fischer and Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Oakland Port Blockade - LiveStream ... multiple locations??

8:10am in Madison WI ...  Port of Oakland in CA ... good visual ...
Global Revolution site

about 8:25 audio is back

Watch live streaming video from globalrevolution at

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Friends of Scott Walker, Kate Lind, Tres. ... did I get it right .. bologna

Just running ads ... channel 9, CBS  ... 9:35 pm 12/11 ... Jeff thinks he has a job because of Walker .. who is Jeff!?

(From Russia w/love): Srdja Popovic: How to topple a dictator -TED

2012.03.03 - Russian style toppling ... Ever since I put this TED talk up (12/11/11) by  Srđa Popović I noticed I was getting a lot of traffic from Russia ... now Foreign Policy (FP) may have provided at least part of the answer ...

Moscow's Merry Pranksters
Kto may do most of his work alone, but he isn’t exactly working in a vacuum. An extraordinary upswell of public protest in recent months has flooded the Russian streets, shaking assumptions about the stability of a political culture dominated for the past 12 years by Vladimir Putin, the former president and current prime minister. The overwhelming majority of these protestors -- young, educated, and self-aware -- are newcomers to politics, recently galvanized into action. But while their appearance on the scene may have caught political analysts off guard, the style and symbols of their protest have been many years in the making -- forged by street artists like Kto and his ilk, often operating in plain sight of the authorities.
Srđa Popović was one of the founders and key organizers with the Serbian student nonviolent resistance group Otpor! Their nonviolent campaign to unseat Serbian president Slobodan Milošević met with success in October 2000, when hundreds of thousands of protestors converged upon and took over the Serbian Parliament, effectively ending Milošević's rule. Srđa says that 2011 is already "A Very Bad Year For Very Bad Guys" and it is worth understanding how people power, or the real power behind the on-going dramatic events in the Arab Spring and beyond actually works. This can help us predict events and scenarios not only in the on-going Arab struggles, but also in places like Burma and Belarus.
... from the description of this video  TEDxKrakow - Srdja Popovic - A bad year for bad guys 

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How to topple a #dictator WI 1848 Forward: (From #Russia w/love):Srdja #Popovic #TED : #NonViolence #Sharp #Stephan

Waging NonViolence - Maria J Stephan

When I read a an article like this I begin to really appreciate what a privilege it is to vote and what a difference it makes about who gets elected and how that may determine how "free we really are" to express ourselves.

From the introduction about the author ... and what she was writing about last August

Maria J. Stephan is a strategic planner with the U.S. Department of State and co-author, with Erica Chenoweth, of Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict. Formerly she served as director of policy and research at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) and as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and American University. She has also been a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Libya’s Revolution: A Model for the Region?

The final paragraph ... worry about Syria
A turn to armed struggle, which might seem like a good idea given all of the positive media coverage of Libya’s armed revolt, would decrease the likelihood of an opposition victory in Syria while increasing the chances of prolonged post-transition violence. I can only hope that the international community, including the U.S. government, will continue to do whatever possible—diplomatically, politically, and through sanctions—to support the gutsy nonviolent protestors in Syria and incentivize defections amongst erstwhile regime supporters. In short, while the U.S. government and our allies in the international community will strongly back the Libyan people’s quest for a democratic future, I hope that Libya’s revolution-in-progress does not become a model for the region.
 WI 1848 Forward: Waging - Maria J : : Gene #99% #47%

WI 1848 Forward: Waging #NonViolence - Maria J #Stephan : #Chenoweth : Gene #Sharp #99% #47% #Honduras #Latino vs #1%

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Upd #occupydc Squeeze 12/4

Refresh around 3pm

~5:30 Madison ... Cherry Picker and Armored Vehicle on scene ... Protestors still on roof ???

Another channel ...

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

#OccupyLA expecting Raid after 10:30pm their time -Mike check - live

FP: Winning Back the Revolution (My ? or Revolution Lost?)

I don't know what to think about this ...credible data? Revolution Lost? Jobs, Jobs, Jobs?

Survey data after a few pictures ...

From the lead in ... Foreign Policy ...

Most Egyptians want economic recovery, not more protests, according to national Gallup surveys conducted over the past eight months. Do activists have any chance of winning back the street?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Court says public has right to video police in public places: UniversalHub

Now that (since August 2011) "the court" has ruled it is legal to take pictures and videos in public places of police working and acting with or without decorum someone should pass it along to our Wisconsin Legislature.

Court says public has right to video police in public places: UniversalHub

 The complete ruling is available in a link at the bottom of summary as above ...
United States Court of Appeals
For the First Circuit
No. 10-1764  ....
LIPEZ, Circuit Judge.  Simon Glik was arrested for using
his  cell  phone's  digital  video  camera  to  film  several  police
officers arresting a young man on the Boston Common.  The charges
against Glik, which included violation of Massachusetts's wiretap
statute and two other state-law offenses, were subsequently judged
baseless and were dismissed.  Glik then brought this suit under 42
U.S.C. § 1983, claiming that his arrest for filming the officers
constituted a violation of his rights under the First and Fourth

In  this  interlocutory  appeal,  the  defendant  police
officers  challenge  an  order  of  the  district  court  denying  them
qualified immunity on Glik's constitutional claims.  We conclude,
based  on  the  facts  alleged,  that  Glik  was  exercising  clearly-
established First Amendment rights in filming the officers in a
public  space,  and  that  his  clearly-established  Fourth  Amendment
rights  were  violated  by  his  arrest  without  probable  cause.    We
therefore affirm.  ...

Real Enemy's of the State : WI & GOP ... camera shy

WI 1848 Forward: #Court says #public has right to #video #police in public places: #UniversalHub #47% #99% vs #1% 

#Reuters - #NYT - Judge Blocks #Citigroup Settlement With S.E.C. = #mortgage

From the article ... click title

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A judge on Monday rejected a proposed $285 million settlement between Citigroup Inc and the top U.S. market regulator over the sale of toxic mortgage debt and ordered a trial.

In a written opinion, Manhattan federal court judge Jed Rakoff said the proposed settlement was "neither reasonable, nor fair, nor adequate, nor in the public interest." ....
 The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission accused Citigroup of selling a $1 billion mortgage-linked collateralized debt obligation, Class V Funding III, in 2007 as the housing market was beginning to collapse, and then betting against the transaction.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Update - How desperate is Walker!

This has got to be phony ... fake ... fake!

Walker Recall a success, all neccesary signatures already collected.

Looking at some of the supposed responses from people like "Sarah Manski" tells you it must be fake!

Sarah Manski says:

This is true, I have also been told to just throw away any of my existing signatures.


  As on Monday 11/28/2011 from ... and site content now says 
The following is from a Domain Name search.
Registrar: GODADDY.COM, INC.
Whois Server:
Referral URL:
Status: clientDeleteProhibited
Status: clientRenewProhibited
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Updated Date: 04-nov-2011
Creation Date: 04-nov-2011
Expiration Date: 04-nov-2012

>>> Last update of whois database: Mon, 28 Nov 2011 15:17:33 UTC <<<

Someone can try and look deeper but what this tells us that this domain name was secured 11/04/2011 and thus the planning to perpetrate the fraud started well before that.  Wish I had captured the source code ... hope someone else did.

Debate: Would The World Be Better Off Without Religion? NPR

From the NPR script introduction - Click Title for complete NPR page

Before the Oxford-style debate, moderated by ABC News' John Donvan, the audience at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts voted 52 percent in favor of the motion and 26 percent against, with 22 percent undecided. Afterward, 59 percent of the audience agreed the world would be better off without religion, while 31 percent disagreed — making the side arguing for the motion the winners of the debate. Ten percent of the audience remained undecided.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

#CNN : Story about #LiveStream - (not to) Inside #OWS 's #media room

Sorry you have to go to CNN to see their story (and try to ignore an ad) ... I liked the ending "we can occupy the hearts and minds of people" as said by FluxRostrum ! Click the title!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Funny, Ironic Vid - Scott #Walker 's Ad to #Recall Himself

From the description ... for context ... if you cannot believe it ...
In a Walker campaign ad for his 2010 race for Governor Walker explains the grassroots groundswell that pushed a recall against the former County Executive.

#PBS : Women, War & Peace ... pls add #Occupy

The PBS link has an interactive map that provides a synopsis of each part of the series ... that which has been seen and that which will unfold ... Mexico, Liberia, Bosnia, Pakistan, Philippines are just a few.  Looks like must watching.

...  from the web page


Pray the Devil Back to Hell had its U.S broadcast premiere on Oct 18th as Episode 2 of the groundbreaking special series Women, War & Peace on PBS!

Women, War & Peace is a bold new series produced to challenge the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain and to place women at the center of an urgent dialogue about conflict and security.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Upd 11/23 #OccupyToronto being Squeezed? 5:51am Madison

Occupy Toronto Media

Retweeted by
about 5:51am Madison  about 1100 viewers ...

about 6:10 - ~audio .. police are labeling tents ... speculation the tents will be removed in about an hour  

About 6:17 ~audio ... NOW Magazine reporter/independent  

Sunday, November 20, 2011

#NYTimes - Poet Bashing #Police - #Berkeley - Now and Then - #occupy

... from the NYTimes opinion page 11/19

... It is also the place where students almost 50 years ago touched off the Free Speech Movement, which transformed the life of American universities by guaranteeing students freedom of speech and self-governance. The steps are named for Mario Savio, the eloquent undergraduate student who was the symbolic face of the movement. There is even a Free Speech Movement Cafe on campus where some of Mr. Savio’s words are prominently displayed: “There is a time ... when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part.” 
Earlier that day a colleague had written to say that the campus police had moved in to take down the Occupy tents and that students had been “beaten viciously.” I didn’t believe it. In broad daylight? And without provocation? So when we heard that the police had returned, my wife, Brenda Hillman, and I hurried to the campus. I wanted to see what was going to happen and how the police behaved, and how the students behaved. If there was trouble, we wanted to be there to do what we could to protect the students....

#ows #oo #occupyBerkeley - Mario Savio on the operation of the machine - 1964

Looking for an answer or a purpose or a demand ...

WI 1848 Forward: #ows #oo #occupyBerkeley - Mario Savio on the operation of the machine - 1964 : #47% #99% #Dems

Friday, November 18, 2011

Upd #OWS - Connects #TheAwl -ful Dots ... #NYPD and #Press Credentials - Not Funny

Sometimes you pick up a story thread, and another and another, and finally another before you can finally make sense of it.  This thread started with : Bloomberg’s office admits to arresting journalists for covering OWS and led to TheAwl : The Banks and New York City and the Media and finally to TheAwl : 25 26 Arrested Reporters and What They Do.

When I Googled for TheAwl I got started on a page titled "TheAwl -Be Less Stupid" ... very appealing.  I was looking for their list of journalists arrested for supporting the Occupy events.  This story was related and identified how the Bloomberg Mayoral office had used TheAwl list of journalists and found only 5 journalists with NYPD credentials had been arrested.  What does that seem to imply? had pointed out this seemed to leave things a bit confused ... hence this quote ...

Given his statement, Bloomberg’s office has indeed confirmed that at least five members of the media that were accredited by the City’s own police force were arrested while doing their job, a job that the Police Department has acknowledged and authorized. Secondly, Loeser attempts to discredit the media while at the same time exposing that he didn’t do his homework himself.
Maybe the reason that only five of the 26 reporters had NYPD-issued credentials was because not all of those 26 arrests occurred in New York.
Loeser says he checked the list of arrested reporters, but in examining the roster of names published by the Awl, it would be hard to make sense of why someone like photojournalist Kristyna Wentz-Graff would have NYPD-issued credentials — given that her arrest occurred while covering an Occupy protest near the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, roughly 900 miles from Manhattan. The same could be said about reporter Jonathan Meador, who was apprehended by cops in Nashville, Tennessee for reporting from a Music City occupation back in October.

From TheAwl lead in and the list of arrested journalists - 26 Arrested Reporters and What They Do. go to the original article!
 Put together by Josh Stearns, this document has been a great resource to track journalists working on Occupy Wall Street stories around the country who've been arrested. So who are they? Only seven of the 25 arrested are full-time employed traditional news-gathering employees. A number were student reporters; a few were interns; a larger number were freelancers. Some work for traditional "objective" news organizations; others work for "non-objective" news organizations, like Alternet and Indypendent Reader. This means something—mostly about the media and what it is now, possibly also who the police perceive as media and relation of reporter to demonstration. But with the exception of a Journal-Sentinel photographer, two AP folks and one Daily News reporter, no major traditional news outlets have (yet!) had staff reporters or photographers arrested. As Erika Fry pointed out last month in CJR, this also has to do with who police departments consider a journalist, and why they decide that. (Turns out, wearing a shirt that says "reporter" doesn't always help in the eyes of the police, as one Rochester student discovered.) A minimum of 40% of people news-gathering who were arrested are women.
________________ ______
Became aware of this video right after original posting  ... a story worth following ...

November 17: Historic Day of Action for the 99% from #ows

This is the intro material from Occupy Wall Street and is followed by a screen shot of CNN report with a headline "Occupy Wall Street" Grows Larger..  Yesterday as I watched UStream "TheOther99" the number of people watching worldwide kept growing.  There were 26,000 online connections while the Ustream narrator said the crowd size was 3000 to 5000.  As time went by the crowd size grew to over 30,000 ... a number repeated in this story.  Our Ustream narrator reported a similar number in early evening as picked up "from a scanner of  NYPD channels".  One way or the other considering the nation and worldwide attention to this and other events ... pretty significant.

November 17: Historic Day of Action for the 99%

Posted 7 hours ago on Nov. 18, 2011, 1:11 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
November 17 Day of Action:
  • Over 30,000 People Rally in New York City (NYPD estimated 32,500), including organized contingents of workers, students, and other members of “the 99%”
  • Actions in at least 30 cities across the country and around the world
  • Commemoration of 2-Months Since Birth of the 99% Movement, Festival of Lights on Brooklyn Bridge
  • Blockade of all Entry-Points to NYSE; hundreds participate in nonviolence civil disobedience
  • Sense that a powerful and diverse civic movement for social justice is on the ascent
WI 1848 Forward: November 17: Historic Day of Action for the #99% from #ows #47% vs #1% #Elites

Thursday, November 17, 2011

#Dane101 : Employer provided family #health insurance premiums increased by 52% over 7 years in WI

... over seven years in Wisconsin ! from Dane 101.  The article includes link to full study!

Post by Jesse Russell on 11/17/2011 2:51pm

A new report by the Commonwealth Fund looks at state-by-state employer provided health care between the years 2003 and 2010 and finds employee annual share of premiums increased by 63 percent nationally. On average, the cost of employer based health care premiums increased by 50 percent overall.
When it comes to Wisconsin the report finds that Wisconsin has the 15th highest single person deductible and the 11th highest family deductible. The average Wisconsin family health insurance premium was $9,562 in 2003 jumping by 52 percent to $14,542 in 2010....

Upd UStream NYC Union Sq - The Other 99 - Occupy

NYC UStream  ... live for now ...22000+ viewers  wearetheother99 - 2:45 Madison time ... restarting broadcast

"the machine will be prevented"
3:10pm Madison - "3000 to 5000 in the street marching along 5th Ave" 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Upd #AP - #Mayors, #police chiefs talk strategy on #Occupy #protests - coincidence!?

11/17 Overnight :OccupySJ (OSJ) and OccupySF (BoF), others?

11/16: Perhaps it is a coincidence that when I awake every morning I look at Twitter to see what the latest reports are about which OCCUPY efforts were raided or shut down overnight ... is it Seattle, Portland, New York, San Francisco, etc.  Who will it be and what will the pretext be ... sanitation, health, bad for business, public safety, murder, drugs, sex ... almost better than cable news which always has one or two bus or train crashes at 9:30 am every morning.  Where else could a junkie get a democracy fix every morning!

From the story ....

While riot police sweeping through tent cities in Portland, Ore., Oakland, Calif. and New York City over the last several days may suggest a coordinated effort, authorities and a group that organized the calls say they were a coincidence.
"It was completely spontaneous," said Chuck Wexler, director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a national police group that organized calls on Oct. 11 and Nov. 4. Among the issues discussed: safety, traffic and the fierceness of demonstrations in each city. ...
Some of the information shared among law enforcement officials included how many people are involved in the protests, if there have been any arrests and if demonstrators are planning any events. Smith said he was unaware of other agencies' plans to evict protesters.
In New York, where police cleared out a tent camp in a park near Wall Street that had become the center of the movement when it sprang up several months ago, authorities declined to discuss details of their talks with other agencies.
New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the department had been in touch with police departments elsewhere, but that what works in one city may not necessarily work in another.
"We're sort of unique. I don't think you can look at one city . We have the ability to mass a large number of police officers," he said. "Some of these other cities quite frankly don't."

Upd - WPR Radio 11/16 - 7am - #WPR /St. Norbert Survey - Should Walker Be Recall -ed?

View the PDF of Survey (~6pages) ... it will download or open ... depends on settings

Discussion this morning ... WPR - Joy Cardin - Ideas Network ... in Madison Tune 970 AM
For Wednesday, November 16, 2011  at  7:00 AM
With the recall underway, and new WPR/St. Norbert Survey results released, Joy Cardin and her guests ask this week's Big Question: should the Governor be recalled? 
- Wendy Scattergood, Assistant Professor of Political Science, St. Norbert College Survey Center.
- Scot Ross, Executive Director of One Wisconsin Now. 
- Brian Huffman, Professor of Management at UW-River Falls and faculty advisor for the UW-River Falls College Republicans.

Ideas Network 11/16 7am
This link will take you to the program ... look for the buttons and you can replay/listen to it NOW!

You can vote your opinion there!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

BBC: OWS cleared by Police ... and more

Will this end it or just cause a tactical change ... check this weekend ... bet they are back???  The bottom of the article has photos that are click-able and take you to news (you can't get here) from BBC about global Occupy.

Occupy Wall Street: New York police clear protest camp

There were chaotic scenes as protesters resisted police
New York police have dismantled the Occupy Wall Street camp in Zuccotti Park and arrested more than 70 people following a raid in the early hours.
Protesters were ordered to leave at about 01:00 (06:00 GMT), before police began removing tents and property.

Occupy NYC Livestream disconnected

Monday, November 14, 2011

Century Foundation: Americans Favor Action on Inequality

Recently, we seem to be seeing "inequality" discussed over and over from national and international perspectives and now survey data as well.  Interestingly credit for this discussion is given to #OWS.   Surely there are more stories ...

From the lead in ... click title to see full article...

Occupy Wall Street has put inequality back in the national conversation. Reflecting this change, pollsters have started to ask more questions about this issue. And they are finding—surprise!—the public doesn’t like current levels of inequality and wants action to correct the situation.
In the most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, 76 percent agreed and 60 percent strongly agreed that “The current economic structure of the country is out of balance and favors a very small proportion of the rich over the rest of the country. America needs to reduce the power of major banks and corporations and demand greater accountability and transparency. The government should not provide financial aid to corporations and should not provide tax breaks to the rich.”
That’s impressively high support for such a strong statement.
WI 1848 Forward: Century Foundation: Americans Favor Action on #Inequality : #47% #99%

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Teaparty defines itself ... wwJD ?

From the story ...
More than a week after presidential candidate Herman Cain was confronted with sexual harassment accusations, he appears to be holding on to his base of support. Most polls show him still leading the other Republican candidates.
Much of Cain's support comes from conservative Tea Party members who like his straight talk and his 9-9-9 tax plan. To see what impact the sexual harassment allegations may be having, NPR's Greg Allen checked in last night with some of Cain's Tea Party supporters in Florida.

Allegations Don't Hinder Cain's Tea Party Support by Greg Allen - NPR

Adbusters Culturejammer ... OWS Vogue ... Narcissism ... Pogo

The origins of just about anything is interesting ... what do we learn here ...

Upd. Of All Places - Forbes - #OWS Genealogy and now NPR 

Narcissism ... from the 9/5/2011 issue

It features a cover of vogue with an image inserted ...

Instead of falling in love with his own image in a pond, today's narcissist gazes adoringly at his own Facebook page.
 Certainly made me think for a while.  What does an echo chamber sound like to a narcissist?

WI 1848 Forward: #Adbusters #Culturejammer ... #OWS #Vogue ... #Narcissism : #Pogo us #47% #99% #Teaparty

Upd. #occupyPortland Global R #livestream etc Squeeze? ... More Afternoon

8:17am Madison ... another feed ...

Watch live streaming video from globalrevolution at

all Madison WI times approximate
from 6:45am

The Oregonian
@Oregonian The Oregonian
RT @LynnePDX: Crowd chanting "we're peaceful" Standoff at 3rd and madison. #occupyPortland


Cops on 1 corner, 35 cops in riot gear, , also used horses, people we need you downtown now.

Screen Shot 7:20am Madison time ... click to enlarge see

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

Bill Moyers: Our Politicians Are Money Launderers in the Trafficking of Power and Policy

The link gives the transcript ... TruthOut

WI 1848 Forward: Bill #Moyers: Our #Politicians Are #Money Launderers in the #Trafficking of Power and #Policy : #47%

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Meaning? Capitol's new debate: Guns vs. Cameras - Rickert - WIS State Journal - Upd New Follower

This is the Police ... put down your camera!  Chris Rickert has a column in this Sunday's Wisconsin State Journal paper that at best I consider incomplete and narrowly focused but mostly confusing.  I get that guns and cameras are not interchangeable.  I get that locking down the Capitol for months to prevent people from bringing in guns was simply a pretext for crowd control and "political intimidation".  I get that signs were posted outside the Capitol doors saying it was illegal to bring guns/firearms into the Capitol only showed up when the TeaParty/Palin crowd organized a protest during the Farmer's Market one Saturday.  I get that most of the places of business around the square have put up signs prohibiting "guns/firearms" on their premises ... do you think they will ban cameras ... have not seen those signs yet!

He suggests, I guess, that rules are rules and if they have been around for a long time or some time they make sense and are reasonable.  That requires a suspension of belief.  Maybe I am just confused by the writing.  Now people are being arrested for quietly sitting and pointing a noise free, flash free camera at their legislature doing its work.  Besides those quiet people might start making noise and being as disruptive as the police arresting them (if they did not have cameras) ... maybe they should bring their guns ... no the protestors are more sensible than that.  As the "press" continues to get decimated (laid off/fired) by their newspapers, etc., we need the people reporting ... no one else is doing the job.

Let there be light and sound recording just not flash!  Click title to see Rickert's piece!

The link provided (at start of piece ...Put Down Your Camera) above brings a broader question to this issue ... that of self-defense w/o a weapon when faced with overwhelming authority and sanctioned forced.

After the above post I have new Twitter Follower ... lucky me!

Gun Feed

Gun Feed

@247guns Everywhere
Lovin me the guns -

Meaning? Capitol's new debate: #Guns vs. #Cameras - #Rickert - WIS State Journal - Upd New Follower #Walker #Vos

14,000 Coloradans move $100M into credit unions -11/4 Colorado Independent

Now that 11/5 "Bank Transfer" has come and gone an update to this story is in order ... watch for it! From the lead (click title above) in the The Colorado Independent -
As the social media-sparked Bank Transfer Day approaches, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) reports that over 650,000 people have joined credit unions in the last four weeks. In Colorado, the group reports 14,000 new accounts and $100 million in new deposits.

Credit unions nationally have added $4.5 billion in new accounts since the end of September, CUNA says, reporting that four out of every five credit unions affiliated with the group report that the increase is due to attempts by big banks to raise fees on customers or Bank Transfer Day, a movement birthed by social media that will take place tomorrow.

I suspect the sentiments are fairly universal but local such as in Madsion WI -

Saturday, November 5, 2011

MoveYourMoney - Creative Video - Madison 11/05/11

Just a brief overview of sentiments at Move Your Money Rally on the Square in Madison WI 11/05/2011

Pics/Titles - Move Your Money In Madison WI - Rally at Chase on Square 11/5

Move Your Money Sentiment

kelda helen roys

Move To Amend : We Voted First

Seems to be a familiar idea!

This is about banks and TOO BIG TO FAIL

Banks should worry about this demographic spread ... youth & youth+

You can click pic to read the fine print!

Jamie Dimon is not too popular?!

Our House!!!!

Upd - Wisconsin's Nazi Resistance - WPT

Andy Rooney's death was reported this morning!  In an interview some time ago with Tom Brokaw, and I paraphrase about WW II, "I was a pacifist ... I was wrong ... some wars are necessary ..." 

Each in our own way must discover what we know is right ...
Discover Mildred Fish-Harnack, a Wisconsin native who was the only American woman executed on the direct orders of Adolf Hitler. Actress Jane Kaczmarek narrates the documentary which follows Fish-Harnack from birth in Milwaukee to 1930s Germany and to her eventual arrest and execution in 1943. ... from the Website click title.

Air Times
8:00 pm Monday, November 7 on WPT
8:00 pm Monday, November 7 on The Wisconsin Channel
2:00 pm Tuesday, November 8 on The Wisconsin Channel
3:00 am Wednesday, November 9 on The Wisconsin Channel

Friday, November 4, 2011

Is this censorship??? What's going on?

Is this censorship ...?

Mariah Selene Clark
New York cops defy order to arrest hundreds of protesters

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v2 Real Enemies of the State : WI & GOP ... camera shy

WPR 1/9/2013 : Vos wants Assembly to dress up, wear jackets, ties?  Implicitly sexist - I wonder if Vos has binders full of qualified women - I really don't mind if they wear suits, but make the ties optional, please!
From ... Emily Mills ... 11/2011

As the Wisconsin Assembly met again Thursday evening in open session, still more citizens sitting in the public viewing gallery engaged in a silent protest of rules prohibiting signs or cameras but now allowing weapons to be carried in that space. Several arrests were made, and one 12-year-old girl was told to put down her sketch pad.
According to a post on Rep. Mark Pocan's (D-Madison) Facebook page, "Tonight alone people have been arrested for holding pictures of an apple pie, Ronald Reagan, Jesus, the American flag, Mother Theresa, and a 12-year-old little girl had her notebook taken away with flower doodles. Now I know those are all highly revolutionary, and they could cause problems, but that's what's happened so far tonight."
WI 1848 Forward: Real Enemies of the State: #WI & #GOP ... #camera shy : #Walker #Guns in the Galleries but NOT Cameras 

WI 1848 Forward: Real Enemies of State: #WI & #GOP ... #camera shy : #Vos suits #Guns in the Galleries but NOT Cameras 

WI 1848 Forward: Real Enemies of #WI - #Vos #GOP - #camera shy : #Vos #sexist ties #Guns in the Galleries - NO Cameras 

WI JFC Medicaid Efficiency ... what's up? Darling & Vos

This is how government works ... no matter what your politics ... serious stuff gets buried behind seemingly benign language .... and there is no public scrutiny or awareness ...

Walker's False Choice on Cutting 65,000 from Health Care, Including 29,000 Children from OneWisconsinNow

... Gov. Walker’s newest attack on health care comes when more people need to access the state service because Walker has failed to create jobs. The unemployment rate increased nearly half a percent and 14,000 more have filed for unemployment benefits since he took office in January 2011.

WI #JFC #Medicaid Efficiency ... what's up? Darling & #Vos #timeCapsule  

PBS deserves critical review .. always

This story  FAIR
Activism Update

NewsHour Responds on Inequality

'Who would disagree' with fake Lincoln quote?

After FAIR's recent action alert (10/27/11) concerning the PBS NewsHour's reports minimizing--and even celebrating--economic inequality, NewsHour correspondent Paul Solman posted a long response on the PBS website (10/31/11) that attempted to answer the criticism.

Solman began by expressing his appreciation for the "avalanche" of feedback, "hostile though most of it has been." He admits that guest Richard Epstein (10/26/11)--who made the case in favor of inequality--was incorrect to attribute this quote to Abraham Lincoln: "You do not make the poor rich by making the rich poor." ....

11/2? RAW VIDEO: NewsChopper 2 footage of huge crowd marching to Port of Oakland

Oakland footage for KTYU ... #oo #occupyoakland ... dated only by this comment!  No Audio ... click title!

Thank you for posting this magnificent historical footage, for all of the world to see!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Wisconsin Protesters Close Pro-Walker Bank - Remember 3/11/11 6/6/11

The thread about banks and withdrawing your money has a long history ... certainly back to 2010.  The article above takes you back to 3/11/11.  The video below is about action in Madison WI in early June of 2011.  It seems appropriate to be reminded about it now!

UStream - OccupyOakland 11/02 - 11/03 ... get an impression ... squeeze

It's hard to call something an archive when it is less than 24 hours old.  The last time I checked they were not live but there are a stack of videos from yesterday into the night and early morning. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

#Walker As Ruler or Rule Maker #50 Exec. Order

Some bits and pieces ... this is not the way the English Parliament reacted to their King.  I don't think we need a legislature any more?!  Our Legislature did the abdicating?!

The Wheeler Report

Gov. Walker: Issues Executive Order #50. (Relating to Guidelines for the Promulgation of Administrative Rules). (this link will download for reading)



Relating to Guidelines for the Promulgation of Administrative Rules

WHEREAS, 2011 Wisconsin Act 21 reformed the administrative rulemaking process in
Wisconsin in order to increase accountability, clarify agency regulatory authority, and
evaluate the economic impact of all new and amended state administrative rules; and

WHEREAS, Wis. Stat. §§ 227.135(2), 227.24(1)(e)1d. requires the Governor to approve a
statement of scope before an agency may proceed with rulemaking, Wis. Stat. § 227.185
requires the Governor to approve a final draft rule before it is submitted to the Legislature
for review, and Wis. Stat. § 227.24(1)(e)1g. requires the Governor to approve an emergency
rule before it is filed with the Legislative Reference Bureau and published in the official state
newspaper; and 
NOW THEREFORE, I, Scott Walker, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, by virtue of
the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of Wisconsin, specifically Wis.
Stat. § 227.10(2m), do hereby direct that state agencies shall comply with the requirements of
Subchapter II of Chapter 227 and this Executive Order when promulgating administrative


5.  Pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 227.135(2), no state employee may begin work on a
proposed rule or emergency rule until the statement of scope has been approved by
the Governor, published in the Administrative Register, and approved by the agency
head or body with policy making powers for the agency. 

WI 1848 Forward: #Walker As Ruler or Rule Maker #50 Exec. Order : #WiUnion #WiVote #47% vs #1% #elites #Koch Power

TED: Trust, Trustworthiness, Think about Politics

Recently, TED and NPR have both put out stories about Trust.  I put them in blog entries because I felt they offered insights into understanding human behavior and our current politics.  Maybe more understanding of trust (equivalenced to Morality in the story - or is it - you decide) might lead people to change their political minds ... without being judgmental we seem to need a little more trust in our politics.  I added links to the other blog entries and thus the content.

This is the latest TED video ... you should watch it all the way ... well worth getting eight hugs a day!

Paul Zak: Trust, morality -- and oxytocin

We are, as human beings, obsessed with morality ... Oxytocin is the moral molecule ... 3 minute half-life, base level in blood and brain is near zero ... how do you measure morality!  Men and women both produce it ... when and how and can you make it happen!

 5% of people do not release oxytocin on stimulus ... immorality ... stress ... more nurturing ... high testosterone men are more likely to use their money to punish "immoral" behavior in others ...

Trust In America: Recovering What's Lost - NPR


Upd: Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies - TED

WI 1848 Forward: #TED : #Trust, Trustworthiness, Think about #Politics :Paul #Zak #Ethics #Morality #wwJd #47% vs #1% 

9amUpd. -WI Assembly still debating? Racism, Non-Traditional Student, Minority, Education Grants

AP seems to be covering this story the best ... but the most complete assembly of details and quotes is in the Chippewa Hearld ( ).  It could all be over by now but the Chippewa Herald has included previous stories so you have some idea as to how this unfolded.

9am update from AP ...

Here is their lead from AP .. 5:24am dateline 11/2

The Wisconsin state Assembly continues to debate a Democratic-backed proposal that would eliminate preferential treatment for minorities applying for a grant program to attend college in Wisconsin.
Republicans support the change brought by Democratic state Rep. Peggy Krusick of Milwaukee.
But other Democrats have been fighting against the measure since it was introduced around 11 p.m. Tuesday. Democrats spent about three hours in closed-door caucus overnight and debate resumed shortly after 4 a.m. Wednesday with no end in sight.
Republican Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald says he is committed to voting on the bill and proceeding with the rest of what remains from their Tuesday agenda.
Republicans say the change isn't significant since poor students can still get the grants regardless of race.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

11/1 WI Link -Nxt Wk: Ohio Voters to Decide Fate of Pro-Union Referendum reports that next week voters in Ohio will vote on a most important issue ...

Voters are to decide next week on a referendum on Ohio’s Senate Bill 5, which could overturn the state’s collective-bargaining reform law, designed to curb public-employee unions. The referendum is being closely watched in the months before the 2012 presidential election.
“Senate Bill 5 is the No. 1 referendum we are following,” Larry Sabato, of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, told the Dayton Daily Times. “It has the most significant national implications because, well, this is Ohio, the super-duper swing state.”

...The bill seems to be heading toward repeal, with only donors and Republicans seemingly supporting the law. A Quinnipiac University poll last week said Republicans oppose repeal 59 percent to 32 percent, but just about every other demographic want the bill repealed, including both union and non-union households.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Trust In America: Recovering What's Lost - NPR

Research on "Trust" ... from NPR staff

Wolfers researches trust in institutions, in public figures and in government. He analyzed data from polls on people and trust collected by the Gallup Organization since the early 1970s. Not surprisingly, people trust the government, the courts, the media and big business far less in times of economic distress. But over the course of the past 60 years, overall trust in those institutions has been in steady decline — even in good times. In the 1950s, Wolfers says 4 out of 5 Americans trusted government. Today, that number is down to 1 in 5.

Message to the Wisconsin Legislature ... open the Caucuses and let the cameras in ... you want trust and your own ability to act for Wisconsin citizens  ... I think the sausage making is still hidden ...

TED: Trust, Trustworthiness, Think about Politics

WI 1848 Forward: Trust In America: Recovering What's Lost - #NPR #Gov #Sequester #Debt - Maybe it is the #Demographic

#Trump #Morality - what is it? WI 1848 Forward: #Trust In America: Recovering What's Lost - #NPR #Gov #Sequester #Debt - Maybe it is the #Demographic

Sunday, October 30, 2011

It's NOT Working - MacIver Institute - Americans For Prosperity Foundation

The reality is that we, especially in Wisconsin, are going to be bombarded by slick ads in the next 6 months. These slick ads frequently mislead by juxtaposing numbers that seem shocking and draw conclusions from those numbers as if they are facts but truly never substantiated or explained in context.  Another technique is to cite an example, call it a success story, imply that it is true everywhere, every time and again not explain the context or provide any details.

All I can say is please THINK before you just believe.  Everyone seems to have their own echo chamber and you really need to know that the bubbles being blown float for more than a few people.

I really don't want to promote this site or these people but "You Need To Know" -
We heard the sky would fall and that there would be massive layoffs of state and local government workers and teachers. Some asserted that Wisconsin’s budget reform would mark the end of the state as we know it. But the sky’s still there. And Wisconsin is stronger than ever. Thanks to Wisconsin’s budget reform This website is committed to providing the facts to Wisconsin taxpayers. Every week there are more examples of how It’s Working. Together, the Americans for Prosperity Foundation and the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy have chronicled success stories...

Evidently the MacIver Institute put this video up on YouTube ItsWorking

It has had 18000+ hits as of 10/30/2011 (uploaded 10/25) with 15 dislikes and 120 likes.  It begins with a number claiming that it was the budget deficit of $3.6 billion that was the reason Walker proposed his special session in which "collective bargaining" was to be tanked.  I think I recall the number was something like $137 million and as I recall the $3.6 billion had more to do with Medicaid costs.  I know I am being just as fuzzy as them.  My grant request of the Koch Brothers was rejected ... so I don't have the resources to debunk this completely ... that's a joke!

In my gut I suspect that the number of hits has been ginned up by a PR campaign ... could I be wrong?  I congratulate the 15 people who are really paying attention ...

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Lede - NYT - Occupy Update ...Much on Oakland videos

 The Lede ... NYTimes ...

October 26, 2011, 12:01 pm

Updates on Occupy Protests Nationwide

After a night of violence in Oakland, Calif. where police officers fired tear gas at protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement, The Lede is following the response of demonstrators in cities across the country on Wednesday.
To share links to eyewitness accounts, video or photographs of the protests, post a comment in the thread below or send a message on Twitter to @thelede.

... click the title to see the full article with several videos ...

A twist - Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies - TED

4/4/12 ScienceDaily ... Free Term Paper? Income Inequality and Distrust Foster Academic Dishonesty

           A new study published in Psychological Science ... Lukas Neville
...the data showed that people who live in states with more income inequality were less trusting in general, and those states had more evidence of academic dishonesty. The next step, Neville says, will be to duplicate this finding using laboratory experiments, using pay structure to alter income inequality, then observing the effects on students' trust and dishonest behavior.

"The respected ... the disrespected."  "Stress" "Income Equality  vs Income Inequality."

"If Americans want to live the American Dream they should go to Denmark."

"We can improve the quality of human life by reducing income inequality."

Static Screen Capture of Trust in the 50 U.S. States

WI 1848 Forward:A twist -Richard #Wilkinson :How economic #inequality harms societies- #TED : #AARP #47% #Obama #99% 

#Trump WI 1848 Forward:A twist -Richard #Wilkinson :How economic #inequality harms societies- #TED : #AARP #47% #99%