Archive for September 25th, 2011

by lizard

If I only derived what I know about current events from CNN, I would probably have no idea a sustained occupation of Wall Street has been ongoing for the better part of a week, with the predictable police state response peaceful protests expect these days.

JC makes a good point in the comments of his post. the comment was in response to some links I provided about Twitter and Yahoo trying to suppress #occupywallstreet related information/momentum (along with a jab at Hillary Clinton, the most popular politician). JC:

If this protest was being held by the t-party, the media would be all over it like flies on sh*t.

The power of the media to amplify (and in Fox’s case with the Tea Party, actually help create) current events is a much easier phenomenon to track than the more insidious power of the media to ignore, or omit. But as the American spectacle gets more and more absurd, the fight to give voice and attention to critical perspectives shunned by corporate media is needed now more than ever.

An area where many fear to tread is America’s “special” relationship with Israel. For good reason. The crosshairs of AIPAC are (just?) politically lethal.

Still, Obama’s speech before the UN was, well, read it yourself. I still haven’t read it in full (my first attempt left me feeling sorta ill) but in skimming it little nuggets of bullshit like this popped out at me:

So this has been a remarkable year. The Qaddafi regime is over. Gbagbo, Ben Ali, Mubarak are no longer in power. Osama bin Laden is gone, and the idea that change could only come through violence has been buried with him. Something is happening in our world. The way things have been is not the way that they will be. The humiliating grip of corruption and tyranny is being pried open. Dictators are on notice. Technology is putting power into the hands of the people. The youth are delivering a powerful rebuke to dictatorship, and rejecting the lie that some races, some peoples, some religions, some ethnicities do not desire democracy. The promise written down on paper — “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights” — is closer at hand.

Fuck the hollow rhetoric.

When it comes to Israel, its behavior as a state is increasingly brutal and paranoid, fascist and racist, and this president, despite the crazies on the right bleating otherwise, has been very subservient to the almighty security of Israel, a security Israel slaughters to achieve, like in Operation Cast Lead, killing right up to Obama’s Inauguration day.

And remember, Israel doesn’t just defy any gesture to peace, it brazenly thumbs its nose. Like timing the rebuilding of controversial settlements to coincide with Biden’s visit.

Like turning down the shockingly generous concessions Abbas was willing to make as leaked by the Palestine Papers.

Like killing peace activists in a gutless assault on international waters, including an American citizen, Furkan Dogan, then lying about it.

With all that, Obama still musters a bit of oratory to cover Israel’s ass on the UN stage, backed by the threat of veto. Too bad what he argues against regarding Palestine was just dandy when it came to Kosovo:

In his September 21 speech to the United Nations, President Obama announced that he would veto U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state, because its independence was not a result of a negotiated settlement with Israel. He said that “peace depends upon compromise among people who must live together long after our…votes have been tallied….That’s the lesson of Sudan, where a negotiated settlement led to an independent state. And that is and will be the path to a Palestinian state — negotiations between the parties.”

But President Obama neglected to mention a recent prominent example of unilateral independence, the State of Kosovo, which was recognized by the United States three years ago–even though its statehood did not come about through a negotiated settlement with Serbia. If an independent state of Palestine should only be recognized with Israel’s approval, then why did the U.S. recognize the independence of Kosovo in 2008, over the objections of Serbia? Why recognize Kosovo but not Palestine?

blah blah blah. Sounds like stuff not many people care to know about. As long as puppet prez keeps gesturing as requested by the uncomfortably inserted fingers of Israel, who are we to criticize?

And we shouldn’t just endlessly criticize. Time for that is coming to an end. The peaceful occupation of space, the Tahrir square bug threatening an Arab spring/summer/fall/winter/spring, is not isolated to just the Middle East. It’s spreading. Has been, and will continue to.

Even in Israel.

These peaceful occupations (one of many tools) won’t be lasting, and they don’t need to be. The idea of Temporary Autonomous Zones, as articulated by (iffy) anarchist author Hakim Bey, describes what some temporary occupations of space may look like. This from wikipedia:

The book describes the socio-political tactic of creating temporary spaces that elude formal structures of control. The essay uses various examples from history and philosophy, all of which suggest that the best way to create a non-hierarchical system of social relationships is to concentrate on the present and on releasing one’s own mind from the controlling mechanisms that have been imposed on it.

In the formation of a TAZ, Bey argues, information becomes a key tool that sneaks into the cracks of formal procedures. A new territory of the moment is created that is on the boundary line of established regions. Any attempt at permanence that goes beyond the moment deteriorates to a structured system that inevitably stifles individual creativity. It is this chance at creativity that is real empowerment.

There is a lot not being said right now, not being shown, not known.

But for those of you more actively trying to figure out what the hell is going on, if there are obvious attempts to suppress or ignore something as it’s happening, that usually means it’s really important.


We got a winner! Yep, another west Texan wannabe steps up to the podium to mangle the anglish linguage.

I was going to post up some clips of Perry’s debate debacle this week, but somehow, this gets the point across just fine. No need for facts when fiction is just as good (or better) — or so the right has taught me.

Rick’ll be just as much fun of a candidate as any we’ve had in a while — at least since Sarah Palin. And if, god forbid, he ever becomes president, he’ll definitely stimulate the stand up comedian and impersonator industry in a way that Obama just never could — and Bushies I&II excelled at.


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