SDB Evening News Reads for 100511: Declaration of Occupation, Hungry Muppets and Forget Sex, Pass Me a Stick of Celery!Posted: October 5, 2011
There is an interesting study out that explains quite a lot actually, just think of the title of this post as the tease. Anyway, here are the news items I found for you this evening.
A big H/T to Lambert over at Corrente, for this link to the Declaration of Occupation for New York that was an accepted by the New York General Assembly on September 29th, there have been a few minor updates and changes but it is posted on the Occupy website: Declaration of the Occupation of New York City | NYC General Assembly
Here it is in full:
As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.
As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.
They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.
They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.
They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.
They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.
They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.
They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.
They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.
They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press. They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.
They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.
They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.
They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad. They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts. *
To the people of the world,
We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.
Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.
To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.
Join us and make your voices heard!
*These grievances are not all-inclusive.
From the New York Stock Exchange this morning, CNN’s Alison Kosik reports that Wall Street’s workers “truly empathize and understand” Occupy Wall Street’s frustrations because they too are are feeling the effects of gridlock in Washington and a down economy. ”They’re equally frustrated as the folks out there on the park are right now” Kosik says.
“The traders I talked to, they want the protestors to understand they’re getting hit hard in this economy as well,” she continued. “They’re facing layoffs in the tens of thousands in the financial industry.”
As Kosik describes it, traders understand that they are not Occupy Wall Street’s target, despite being the face of Wall Street. “They understand that the New York Stock Exchange is the symbol of American capitalism,” Kosik reports, adding that, “The traders say they understand the protesters need a place to go to air their grievances.”
According to Herman Cain, these protesters should just get over it and get their asses gainfully employed! Cain on #OccupyWallStreet: Get a Job | Mother Jones
I don’t have facts to back this up, but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration. Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself! It is not someone’s fault if they succeeded.
Cain added that the banks “did have something to do with the crisis in 2008, but we’re not in 2008, we’re in 2011! Okay?”
To put it bluntly: Cain really doesn’t have any facts to back him up. The protests were initially organized by Adbusters, which is hardly an organ of the Obama administration. As my colleague Andy Kroll reported this morning, organized labor has made a push to get behind the movement, but they’re piggybacking on a movement that has already taken off.
More on the Occupy movement: The Origin and Future of the Occupy Wall Street Movement – Truthdig
Salon reporter Justin Elliott sat down with Adbusters co-founder and editor-in-chief Kalle Lasn to talk about the formation of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which began in print with a poster published in Lasn’s “culture-jamming” magazine in mid-July.
The conversation turned to the question posed at the top of the poster: “What is our one demand?” Three weeks into the demonstration, no single order has materialized, for which protesters are suffering harsh criticism from pundits and bloggers.
This I find interesting since the Declaration has stated more than a few things the protesters want to see change…here is the interview in Salon:
Originally we thought that the idea of one demand was very important. There’s been a debate going on between the one-demand vision and this other vision that is playing itself out right now on Wall Street. I think it’s a wonderful debate and there are good pointers on both sides. Currently this leaderless, demandless movement — that is still growing in leaps and bounds — I think it is fine the way it is. After these assemblies have been conducted and debates have been had in cities all around America, demands will emerge. These demands will be specific things like reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act or a 1 percent tax on financial transactions or the banning of high-frequency trading. We will get into specifics, just give us time.
I think this whole thing will stay fairly amorphous through the next big event on Oct. 6 in Washington. Then it will gain global momentum on Oct. 15 when the Europeans have their big moment in the sun. I think the big global catalytic moment may well happen on Nov. 3 or Nov. 4 when the G-20 is meeting in France. In the month following that these demands of ours will emerge and we may well find millions of people marching around the world.
While the Declaration does not specifically make a “demand” I do appreciate Lasn reply to this next question:
Can you speculate about how these demands will emerge? Do you see leaders or spokespeople emerging? How do you see it playing out as a process?
The political left has always had problems with this. All my life I’ve been sitting in meetings where loony guys get up and talk, and eventually very little happens. This is the kind of weight that is dragging the political left down. We don’t seem to have the clarity of vision that for example the Tea Party has. This may be our undoing again. This whole movement may fizzle out in a bunch of loony lefty kind of bullshit.
Then again, at the same time, I’ve been in daily touch with dozens and dozens of people in cities all around the world who are involved in this. And I have a feeling that because of the Internet and a different kind of mentality that young people have, a horizontal way of thinking about things, this movement may not just come up with some really good demands and put incredible people pressure on our politicians, but a more beautiful thing may come out of this movement: a new model of democracy, a new model of how activism can work, of how the people can have a radical democracy and have some of their demands met. This new model may well be a new kind of a horizontal thing that in some strange way works like the Internet works.
We have had discussions about the liberal lack of focus, unlike the batshit crazy right-wing GOP and Tea Party members, who seem to have an abundance of focus that borders on obsession…I am encouraged by the amount of other cities getting involved in the #Occupy movement.
Sesame Street was created to assist children–particularly from low-income families–with basic letter recognition and other cognitive skills before they entered kindergarten. Over the intervening 40 plus years, Sesame Street has modified its initial mission statement to introduce the concepts of tolerance, social diversity, conflict resolution and handled some really big picture ideas like the death of a loved one, coming back after natural disasters, marriages, births, adoptions and even September 11th.
This year, the good people of the Sesame Workshop have decided that they need to address another issue affecting Americans: food insecurity.
The iconic kids show is set to unveil a new impoverished puppet named Lily, whose family faces an ongoing struggle with hunger issues. Lily will be revealed in a one-hour Sesame Street primetime special, Growing Hope Against Hunger, which is being sponsored by Walmart. The special will star country singer Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams Paisley, as well as the Sesame Street Muppets.
“Food insecurity is a growing and difficult issue for adults to discuss, much less children,” said the Paisleys in a statement. “We are honored that Sesame Street, with its long history of tackling difficult issues with sensitivity, caring and warmth asked us to be a part of this important project.” The special will share the stories of real-life families to raise awareness of hunger issues in the United States, as well as strategies that have helped these families find food. The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that 17 million American children — nearly 1 in 4 — have limited or uncertain access to affordable and nutritious food.
Let me repeat this: ONE IN FOUR CHILDREN are hungry. This is not some third-world, banana republic nation. This is not some resource- and agriculturally-poor country dependent upon foreign aid. This is the wealthiest nation in the world. This is unacceptable.
I think it is very telling that there is a homeless and hungry muppet on Sesame Street. This is good for kids to see this reality, for both the poor ones who can relate to little Lily, and those kids who come from a more privileged background.
The American Autumn may be influencing other protest. The latest involves a pumpkin patch, happy gay couples, and a paranoid GOP candidate. Guess who? Scooby Doo And The Paranoid Godsmacked Homohater | TBogg
Soon-to-be-former candidate for President and recreational pharmaceutical consumer Michele Bachmann was in her home state of Iowa Tuesday night to make an appearance at a Satanic Halloween pumpkin patch and maybe scare up some quick cash in an effort to keep her campaign afloat. And she might have slipped into town and gotten away with it too if it weren’t for those meddling college kids:
Representative Michele Bachmann is committed to crisscrossing Iowa to personally impress as many voters as possible, but it is a good bet she won’t be returning to this college town any time soon.
Some 50 students from Grinnell College showed up at Carroll’s Pumpkin Patch on Tuesday evening, where Mrs. Bachmann had scheduled a fund-raising event on behalf of a conservative Christian group, the Family Leader. Soon after, police officers arrived and threw a cordon sanitaire around the students while Mrs. Bachmann toured the baby goat corral and pumpkin-washing station.
A few students, who had been alerted to the visit by an e-mail from the campus Democrats, unfurled signs protesting Mrs. Bachmann’s opposition to gay rights (“Pumpkins are the Gayest”). But there was no chanting and no heckling. Most students said they had come to hear her speak and to ask a question or two.
But Mrs. Bachmann skipped a planned appearance in a hayloft festooned with her campaign banners, where students filled many of the seats. Instead she met privately in the home of the farm’s owners, Joy and Danny Carroll, along with supporters who had contributed to the Family Leader. Earlier this year Mrs. Bachmann was one of only two presidential candidates to sign the Family Leader’s Marriage Pledge opposing gay marriage, abortion and “Sharia Islam.”
Asked why she was avoiding the students, Mrs. Bachmann said, “This was never intended to be a big public event.”
Mr. Carroll, a former state representative, said the event was hastily re-organized so that donors to the Family Leader “had the opportunity to spend some quality time with Congresswoman Bachmann.’’
Quality time, oh what joy…this woman avoids “outed” gays like the plague, but when it comes to “closet” homosexuals, she just marries them. (Oops, did I say that out loud?)
And now we get to the tease I mentioned up top…Women Think About Diets Over Relationships And Sex, Study Says
Women on diets spend more time worrying about what’s on their plate than their relationship, says a new study by Atkins.
After surveying 1,290 women in the U.K., the weight-loss company found 54 percent thought about food more than sex and a quarter felt dieting was more important than their relationship, reports the U.K. Press Association.
The survey even found that women feel more guilty about cheating on their diet, than they do about cheating on their significant other…
But what about the opposite sex? Though men weren’t invited to take part in this survey, another study out of Ohio State University mentioned in Live Science found men thought about food and sleep as much as sex .
Like we need a study to verify that fact…
Well, that is it for me today, fortunately for me I do not have any worries about what is on my plate…just as long as there is plenty of pasta and cheese and hot buttered bread. I know, I know carbohydrates are evil, but they are my weakness.
Anyway, I will check in later…after I stuff that hot bread in my mouth and fiendishly enjoy a thick slice of cheesecake. Catch ya later in the comments.