Cognitive Dissonance

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mattbors:

An ad in The Economist, directly appealing to the 1% and how hard they work.

Just about every ad in The Economist is this one. Legit. Andrew and I received a subscription as a wedding present and don’t get me wrong — it’s interesting and we enjoy it. However, the ads feel like fascinating, slightly uncomfortable anthropological research.

mattbors:

An ad in The Economist, directly appealing to the 1% and how hard they work.

Just about every ad in The Economist is this one. Legit. Andrew and I received a subscription as a wedding present and don’t get me wrong — it’s interesting and we enjoy it. However, the ads feel like fascinating, slightly uncomfortable anthropological research.

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Comedian Paula Poundstone mocks the LA media

And it’s spot on. If anyone was watching KCAL’s coverage of the #OccupyLA raid, you’ll know how disgusting it was, particularly when their anchors admitted on-air, “We have to be careful what we say,” and “we’re not showing anything we’re not allowed to show” because the “LAPD is working with us and giving us information. In return, we don’t report their tactical information.”

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Occupy Denver Supporter Ticketed For Honking At Protesters

A well-known attorney said the police in Denver are going too far in their response to the Occupy Denver protests.

David Lane said that includes one man who was cited for honking his car horn in a show of support for the protesters.

Protesters told CBS4 Stan Bush they believe police in Denver are starting to take the protest personally. They claim officers are focusing on minor issues because of a grudge.

Lane is a great attorney and a champion of civil liberties. I should know - he was my attorney in my suit against the University of Wyoming. Here’s details and a copy of the filing on behalf of Occupy Denver. Lane’s taking a broader approach than just the honking: 

​In contrast, he feels he has plenty of options in regard to filing an injunction. Over the weekend, the Denver Post reported that Lane’s actions were spurred by TV station pieces about ticketing for honks in support of Occupy Denver - items that followed Westword staffer Kelsey Whipple’s coverage of that subject and a previous offering about citations for people who pull over to drop off donations. But Lane’s efforts are broader than that.

"We’re going after three, and possibly four, issues in this lawsuit," he reveals. "One is honking. One is ticketing people who stop to give money, food or clothing. The third is going after people who put any items down on the sidewalk in this five-foot swath that the police say has to be completely clear. And we’re looking into whether or not we can go after the curfew in the park. It’s absurd that after 11 p.m., if anyone sets one foot in the park, they get arrested and everyone’s got to stay on the sidewalk at that point."

In addition, Lane has a strong point of view on the question of whether or not the Occupy Denver tents banned by the DPD constitute speech. “If you look back through this country’s history, back to the bonus army that marched on Washington in the Depression era, tents have long been part of protest,” he notes. “A tent is a symbol that ‘we’re in this for the duration. We’re not going away.’ So it is a form of speech.”

I wish Occupy Denver and the attorneys of Killmer, Lane, & Newman the best and thank them for their dedication to free speech. I’ll be following this case closely.

Filed under Occupy Denver Free speech David Lane Denver Denver PD Politics Protest First Amendment Killmer Lane and Newman civil liberties Occupy Wall Street OWS

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University to pay medical bills of pepper spray victims

University of California officials said Tuesday they will pay the medical expenses of students who were pepper sprayed during an Occupy Davis protest last week.

Authorities have also decided to drop charges against 10 people who were arrested during the Friday protest on the campus of UC Davis. The university system has also created an advisory panel to look into the incident, University of California President Mark Yudof said.

Bill Bratton, who has led police departments in Los Angeles, Boston and New York, will head the panel, Yudof said. “My intent,” Yudof said, “is to provide the chancellor and the entire University of California community with an independent, unvarnished report about what happened at Davis.”

Perhaps too little, too late? It’s a good move, but a better one would have been not dousing students in pepper-spray.

Filed under UC Davis politics protest Occupy SoCal Occupy Wall Street Pepper spray police brutality California

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Wherein Megyn Kelly calls pepper spray a “food product” and she and Bill-O wonder what the big deal is with students getting doused at UC Davis. 

I fucking knew someone was going to go there. I called it this week:

So I was a little wrong - Congress didn’t do it, Fox News did. Folks, I’m being sarcastic. I bet I’m not the only one to make that joke, but it was a joke. Kinda like when Michele Bachmann ran with a joke I tagged “new conspiracy theory” exactly one month prior.

If pepper spray is a food product, then so is ethanol fuel. It’s from corn, right? Would you guys drink that? How about little pepper spray on your scrambled eggs with an ethanol chaser? Hmmm?

It’s just a food product, wahhh

(Source: mediamatters.org)

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My friend Charles posted this not too long ago. True story, right here.
This is referencing the pepper-spraying of UC Davis students this week:


"There’s 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. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all." - Mario Savio

My friend Charles posted this not too long ago. True story, right here.

This is referencing the pepper-spraying of UC Davis students this week:

"There’s 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. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all." - Mario Savio

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Is it a radical statement to say the president should have issued this statement long-ago in regards to Occupy Wall Street? Because he hasn’t. I’d like to take this moment to point out how much Wall St. gave Barack Obama in 2008…
Goldman Sachs: $1,013,091
JPMorgan Chase & Co: $808,799
Citigroup Inc: $736,771
UBS AG: $532,674
General Electric: $529,855
Morgan Stanley: $512,232
Latham & Watkins: $503,295
 Total: $4,636,717
Here’s the top two recipients of donations from the financial/securities and investment sector since 2012:

As far as Wall Street, Obama’s already received over a third of what they donated in 2008 for the entire cycle. Though we can see who Wall Street’s favorite is for the GOP side. I don’t think it’s possible to deny the influence of corporate Wall Street dollars in our elections. 
Let’s take Goldman Sachs as an example. Here’s their break down for 2012: They’ve donated a total of $1,858,958 thus far, $508,609 to Democrats and $1,350,349 to Republicans, for a 27%/73% split.
Compare to 2008. By the end of the election cycle, Goldman Sachs donated $6,025,681. Of that, $4,489,893 went to Democrats, and $1,525,448 went to Republicans for a 75%/25% split.
This is why I laugh nearly uncontrollably when I hear Fox News talking about Obama’s occupiers. He’s not on our side, guys.
Essentially, we’re supposed to support democratic movements elsewhere, not here at home. God forbid you actually participate.
Gotcha.

Is it a radical statement to say the president should have issued this statement long-ago in regards to Occupy Wall Street? Because he hasn’t. I’d like to take this moment to point out how much Wall St. gave Barack Obama in 2008…

  • Goldman Sachs: $1,013,091
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co: $808,799
  • Citigroup Inc: $736,771
  • UBS AG: $532,674
  • General Electric: $529,855
  • Morgan Stanley: $512,232
  • Latham & Watkins: $503,295
  • Total: $4,636,717

Here’s the top two recipients of donations from the financial/securities and investment sector since 2012:

As far as Wall Street, Obama’s already received over a third of what they donated in 2008 for the entire cycle. Though we can see who Wall Street’s favorite is for the GOP side. I don’t think it’s possible to deny the influence of corporate Wall Street dollars in our elections. 

Let’s take Goldman Sachs as an example. Here’s their break down for 2012: They’ve donated a total of $1,858,958 thus far, $508,609 to Democrats and $1,350,349 to Republicans, for a 27%/73% split.

Compare to 2008. By the end of the election cycle, Goldman Sachs donated $6,025,681. Of that, $4,489,893 went to Democrats, and $1,525,448 went to Republicans for a 75%/25% split.

This is why I laugh nearly uncontrollably when I hear Fox News talking about Obama’s occupiers. He’s not on our side, guys.

Essentially, we’re supposed to support democratic movements elsewhere, not here at home. God forbid you actually participate.

Gotcha.

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