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(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 17, 2012 Occupy Has Changed the Discussion... and the Song
Two artists from extremely different musical genres--alternative country and heavy metal rap--Soles of Passion and Prozak, respectively, provide examples of a focus on economic inequality coming into the popular discussion; this may be a result of or parallel to what social critics such as Noam Chomsky cite as the influence of the Occupy movement, a change in the national discussion from budget deficits to income inequality.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 8, 2012 Ten Years of Elevated Military Spending, Still Near WW II Levels
When comparing to an average of the highest spending war years, 1942 through 1945, we see that last year's Defense spending level was 86.3% of average World War II spending. We have now seen ten full years of elevated military spending, much of it during a time of national economic hardship. Last year was the third consecutive year that real spending was 85% of WW II levels.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 1, 2012 The Next Drones: Autonomous Robotic Warriors
We Robot 2012, a conference which took place last week at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, billed itself as 'the inaugural conference on legal and policy issues relating to robotics.' The focus of this article is on one particular conference panel regarding the use of robotics in military actions, and the next generation of lethal autonomous robots and how they will relate to International Humanitarian Law.
SHARE Saturday, March 31, 2012 Occupy Movement Supporters Consider Eminent Domain as a Tool to Help Homeowners in Foreclosure
Activists working with the Occupy Wall Street movement have proposed eminent domain as a wide scale solution for keeping owners facing foreclosure in their homes; the proposed mechanism would have localities (or their appointed representatives) seize large batches of mortgage contracts at or below fair market value, allowing the homeowner to refinance at the fair market value.
SHARE Tuesday, March 27, 2012 All People's Day Celebrates Diversity
All People's Day, a 39-year old holiday celebrating diversity, will be held in Delray Beach, Florida Saturday, March 31st; the festival honors the similarities and differences among all the peoples of the world. Family activities, particularly those for kids, expose attendees to an array of arts-oriented cultural experiences.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 18, 2012 Nader Proposes $10 Minimum Wage to Jolt the Left and Advance the Occupy Movement
Ralph Nader, speaking to an interoccupy.org conference call, called for the movement to create nationwide pressure for a $10 minimum wage. He sees this as an achievable goal that will win new support for the movement from the working class. He provided clear steps to achieve the goal, such as calling for the movement to "occupy" 535 local Congressional offices.
SHARE Saturday, March 10, 2012 Citizens Fight to Save Library After Petition Signatures Invalidated
Renton Washington residents will attempt to gather additional signatures to petition for an initiative or referendum to keep the Renton Downtown Library open, rather than close the building and move the library to a yet to be built, less desirable location. Statewide tax breaks for businesses have depleted local revenues, fueling a descent into barbarism.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 28, 2012 Occupy Movement Discussion: Bringing About an Economy That Benefits Society
David Korten has credited the Occupy Wall Street movement for calling attention to the root of the problem, namely, Wall Street. In an InterOccupy Conference call this past week, he called out economists for thinking that the economy is only about measuring money, rather than measuring the benefits that economic activities bring to people in the society. We also discussed the steps towards an economy that benefits society.
SHARE Saturday, February 18, 2012 Back of Envelope Calculations on the Effect of Iran Sanctions on the Price of Gulf Oil
Price elasticity of demand is "a measure of responsiveness of the quantity of a good or service demanded to changes in its price." Using projections of the effect of sanctions on Iranian oil exports, we calculated that the effect would be seemingly small from the simple drop in production, though the psychological effect upon the market, which cannot be calculated through a formula, could be much larger.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 12, 2012 Occupy Movement and Libertarians, Tea Partiers Find Common Cause in Fight Against NDAA
A coalition of three Southern Oregon Occupy Movements is joining forces with a local libertarian/Tea Party goup called Wake Up America Southern Oregon for a protest in Medford against the National Defense Authorization Act. This is one of the first cooperative efforts between such groups. Others have called for cooperation between the two groups in those areas where their interests overlap, such as 1st Amendment rights.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 7, 2012 An American Spring is in the Air
In a conference call held two nights ago, Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, two of the movement's best known organizers, both very active in Occupy Washington DC, answered questions about "Occupy Phase 2," the directions that the movement should take in the Spring. The main point was that "Phase 2" should involve setting up alternate economic structures designed to weaken the "pillars of power."
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, January 30, 2012 Military "Cuts" Cement Expanded Procurement Budget
Much has been made of the so called "defense cuts," though the corporate media has generally failed to note that the cuts are only to projected growth. By reducing personnel to pre-9/11 levels but maintaining the post 9/11 overall spending level, it clearly illustrates U.S. defense priorities are skewed towards weapons programs and production... which are which are highly profitable.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, January 16, 2012 China's Foreign Reserves Decline While the U.S. Believes China Trade is Unfair
China's foreign exchange reserves declined in the fourth quarter of 2011. Recent public opinion polls indicate that nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of Americans believe China practices unfair trade. Of China's top ten trade partners in 2010, only the U.S., Hong Kong, and India had trade deficits. Developed countries, including Japan, Germany, South Korea and Taiwan, enjoyed sizable trade with surpluses.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 22, 2011 Congress Deletes Two Words in the National Security Act of 1947
Congress recently made a small change in the law that established not only the C.I.A. but the Department of Defense. The change to the wording appears to increase in power of the Director of National Intelligence. He appears to now be the next-to-final arbiter of the C.I.A. budget, before the President. The National Security Act of 1947 now provides for "Intelligence," as opposed to "Foreign Intelligence."
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 8, 2011 OWS' Goals, Strategies and Tactics -- in the Movement's Own Words
I've had occasion recently to review several Declarations of Occupation from U.S. cities large and small. Many are straight copies of Occupy Wall Street's Declaration. The ones that differ provide additional explanation and perspective upon the national messaging and plan of action of the movement. I extract the Goals, Strategies, and Tactics, summarize them, and present a bibliography of the Declarations.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 27, 2011 Measuring Corporate Tax Dodgers by Industry
A recent article entitled "Over Half of All U.S. Tax Subsidies Go to Four Industries. Guess Which Ones?" caught my eye. With a little work, I was able to roughly extrapolate data and graph out the specific industries that have dodged the most corporate taxes. Have school and library cutbacks in your town? You probably already know why, but this might help focus a bit more on the "who."
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 20, 2011 Anti-War and Anti-Wall-Street: Ever the Twain Shall Meet
How does the Occupy Wall Street movement fit in with the anti-war movement? Important OWS documents state that war is one of the means by which the government redistributes wealth to the richest 1%. Recent occupy movement events indicate further awareness of the costs of war, paid for by the 99%. The anti-war movement has embraced the popularity of OWS, picking up tactics and terms, and even merging with them in one location.