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A group of protesters and purported militiamen remained in a federal building at an Oregon wildlife refuge Sunday night, a day after they occupied it and vowed to stay indefinitely to highlight ranchers’ rights.

The standoff came after so-called “militia members” converged on the small town of Burns to show support for a pair of ranchers jailed on an arson conviction, according to NBC station KTVZ of Bend.

After a march and rally there, a small group then took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters about 60 miles away.

MORE HERE: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/ammon-bundy-ranchers-rights-protesters-occupy-malheur-national-wildlife-refuge-n489311

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Illinois lawmaker introduces ‘recall Rahm’ bill as protests continue in Chicago

| 10 Dec 2015 | Amid ongoing protests in the city of Chicago, an Illinois state legislator who introduced a bill that would allow Rahm Emanuel to be removed from office by a recall vote says city residents feel abandoned by the embattled mayor. “We have not seen the tip of the iceberg yet,” Rep. La Shawn Ford said on Thursday, saying voters had lost “trust and confidence” in the mayor. Legislation drafted by Ford would revise a 1941 law and create a ballot procedure for voters in the city to petition for Emanuel’s ouster. He said he hadn’t wanted to introduce his recall measure but constituents were demanding it.

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In this video Luke Rudkowski talks about the latest erosion of personal liberty all around the world and how this is done by the very few people who are creating the problem. We go over the latest protests in France, the U.S response to the Paris attacks and how this security theater is a way to shut everyone up.

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‘Minneapolis police said they deployed chemical irritants to disperse activists protesting the death of Jamar Clark, killed by officers who have now been named. As details emerge, officials say Clark provoked the shooting when he tried to disarm a cop.
The death of Clark, who was shot in the head by a white police officer, triggered mass protests that lasted through Wednesday afternoon, when police broke up the activists’ makeshift camp outside the department’s Fourth Precinct, citing safety reasons.’
Read more: Police use chemicals on protesters as officers who shot Jamar Clark in head named

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Many are under the delusion that if it weren’t for Government we’d all be poorly educated derelicts living in tents and eating each other like common animals, as bands of marauders roam free, burning our roadless, bridgeless villages.

What if it is the Government that leads a band of marauders? What if their policies hinder growth, influence crime, empower criminals and rob individuals?

This video encapsulates what Government really is and what it does.

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“This heinous bill…has now come to the attention of the black community.” Epic speech the mainstream wouldn’t cover!

During the months of December 2014 through April 2015, the media, with the backing of Big Pharma through every possible means, changed the entire paradigm surrounding vaccination. It was a forceful push to embrace injections like no other that even spread abroad in several countries like Australia. A gullible public has now been asked to do a corporation’s dirty work and point dehumanizing fingers and shame and suspicion at their neighbors and their neighbors’ children.

Big Pharma used every psy-weapon available to demonize opponents of forced vaccination bills like SB277 which would remove virtually all vaccine exemptions from California children. This psy-op is evidenced by the four top signs of astroturfing and media manipulation. They not only used typical witch hunt lingo and painted quite the narrative to demonize opponents of vaccination, forming a “debate” where there was none – debates usually include two willing parties and are not driven by one forceful entity – but also twisted it up by politicizing it into a left-right Punch and Judy show which created more confusing division.

Basically, the media tried to shame liberals and blame the middle-class educated crowd for causing disease outbreaks, even though California’s children are over 97% vaccinated. They magically drove the choice over one’s body into a Right issue and painted it as uneducated, stodgy and outdated. Then they pulled out the conservatives’ only known black idols – Drs. Ben Carson and Thomas Sowell (educated by the Pharma/Rockefeller-funded Hoover Institute) who both suddenly came out in glowing support of vaccines.

But others that are beloved in the black community had something to say about vaccines…

No!

http://www.activistpost.com/2015/06/blacks-and-whites-unite-against-sb277.html

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The number one error, engaged in by the majority of people, is failing to be an activist. The world’s going to hell, countless situations can be easily improved, lives can be saved, and most people just sit there and do nothing. Others actively work to make matters worse. So, if you’re working for peace and justice, you’re among the tiny minority that’s pretty much got the big stuff right. If constructive criticism drives you into despair, please stop reading this article right now and just continue what you’re doing with your life. You have my gratitude.

If you’re open to hearing some suggestions, for whatever they may be worth (and yes, of course, this list of errors will exclude those that I am myself guilty and unaware of), read on:

1. ELECTIONISM. We need elections but do not now have them in the United States, not at the federal level. Working for election reforms is one of the most important things anyone can do. But taking time off from activism to focus on elections is the biggest waste of resources we engage in. Election reform will come through creative nonviolent activism, education, organizing, media, disruption, resistance, and protest. It won’t come through elections. Registering voters is not activism. Creating automatic registration, as just done in Oregon, is activism. Please stifle your compulsion to ask me who I’m voting for. You don’t ask me if I want to win the lottery. (I do, but I will not buy a ticket or devote my life to staring at one.)

2. OBAMANISM. As bad as taking a break from activism every election cycle, is thinking and acting like a voter and a campaigner rather than an activist every day of every year, cheerleading for a team of corrupt officials rather than for policies, reforms, and actions that you support. “The nationalist,” said Orwell, “not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.” Nationalism is a huge problem, and its language, which has peace activists using the word “we” in saying “We are bombing Afghanistan,” may contribute to identification with crimes. But the problem of managing not to even hear about them applies to partisanship as well. If a Republican were picking men, women, and children to murder on Tuesdays, you’d see protests.

3. TOKENISM. “Black people are dumb.” “Muslims are violent.” These are understood to be ignorant hate speech. But “Women make better presidents” is not frowned on quite so much, despite its exactly equal idiocy. The problem is not the demographic characteristics of the president. The problem is having a single individual with the powers of a god, in debt to sociopathic billionaires, in a system dominated by militarism and corruption. We won’t change it with a female or gay or Latina corporatist warmonger.

4. STRATEGISM. Winning a first and a second and a third step down a path to peace or justice is not best achieved through the means that many activists think of as “strategic.” If you tell someone that they should halt one war so that the military can be better prepared for other wars, you weaken your argument against the one war, and you provide an argument for future wars. If you oppose the weapons that don’t work, you give legitimacy to the far worse weapons that do work. If you object to a gimmick that boosts weapons spending over a mandated limit by transferring funds from a war budget, you shouldn’t do so in a way that suggests either budget is acceptable at all, or in a way that suggests war spending is preferable to non-war-spending or budget trickery. Pre-compromising doesn’t get you a compromise result; it gets you incoherence and lack of believability. A young woman pointing out to Jeb Bush that his brother (and Hillary and a few hundred others) created ISIS does a lot more to move people against war than do the strategies coming out of DC peace groups. War is counterproductive on its own terms, immoral, illegal, and catastrophic. Its funding should be eliminated. Our job is to demand that. A small reduction is a first step toward our goal.

5. IMPOTENTISM. The most pervasive and powerful propaganda is that of powerlessness. Telling yourself and each other that you are powerless is no different than Judith Miller repeating CIA lies about WMDs. It’s exactly as ridiculous and exactly as damaging. We are not powerless. We quite easily have an impact frequently and could quite easily have a much bigger one. Expecting fairness won’t help. We have to work uphill, but it’s perfectly doable. Being impatient won’t help. We have to keep working however long it takes and however few help out. Self-flagellation won’t help. The money is against you and money is powerful. It’s not your fault you haven’t saved the world, but it might be thanks to you that your grandchildren save it.

6. PAROCHIALISM. We have to form uncomfortably large coalitions, and we really don’t want to. I’m not advocating what I critiqued above as strategism. Don’t sell your soul. Don’t promote destructive ideologies for short-term gain. But don’t be scared of guilt-by-association. Be willing to stand with people on an issue whose views and actions you deeply oppose on other issues.

7. LOCALISM. It’s far more satisfying to find peace in your heart or sustainability in your backyard than to take on the military industrial complex. But if the earth dies, so will you. There are local and hyper-local angles that contribute to the greater cause. Cities and states can change nations. But individual action alone is not enough. Even small group action aimed too near is not enough. If everybody with solar panels on their roofs had put half the money into a movement to create public solar arrays, we’d have them.

8. FREUDISM. In a popular, simplistic notion of nonviolent communication, one never persuades anyone through rational argument. This is a claim, by the way, that comes out of an ideology supposedly dedicated to respecting people and their “needs.” Apparently among those needs is not the need for a good reason to believe something. It would of course be equally simplistic to assert that all one ever needs are facts, or to ignore the age-old wisdom that it is hard to get someone to believe something they are paid not to. But when I tell people that college is free in other countries, their jaws drop, and it’s not 30 seconds before they’re saying it should be that way in the U.S. When I talk to non-self-selected groups about ending war, the majority say at the end that they have been moved toward believing that war can and should be ended. Facts are not enough, but they are one of the main things the corporate media deprives us of, and one of the key components of activism. They do nothing to help us see another’s point of view if we’re unwilling to look. They do nothing to alleviate high levels of fear. But it would be a mistake for us to become inversions of Edward Bernays working to manipulate people in a kinder, gentler manner.

9. FETISHISM. Here’s a little secret. The people who speak the viewpoints that serve big money are not smarter, wittier, pithier, or better at framing a topic. They’re on the air because they speak the viewpoints that serve big money. They may be more eloquent than you. They may be less so. But trying to think and sound like them in general is a quite risky proposition and completely unnecessary. There is nothing we need more than better media and better use of existing media by its readers, listeners, and viewers. There is no smarter place to invest as activists. But what we lack is not spokespeople. What we lack is microphones.

10. PINKERISM. “But haven’t you heard? War is going away on its own? I heard it from someone who read a review of a book by Steven Pinker.” War is not going to go away on its own. It is not even going away with our help. But it could go away if we really get our act together.

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In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the winter of our discontent as neoliberal policies and relentless fraud by banks results in never-ending Baltimores. In the second half, Max interviews Satyajit Das, author of Extreme Money, about how this debt addicted world could go the way of the Mayans.

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‘A couple of dozen protesters rallied outside City Hall on Monday to call on officials to reverse a decision to begin turning off service for water customers who are behind on their bills.

Sharon Black, a Waverly woman who helped organize the protest, called on the city to delay any water shut-offs. The protesters want the City Council to investigate the reasons why the delinquent water customers are late in paying.

“We’re in a state of shock and outrage,” said Black, an activist with the People’s Power Assembly. “People aren’t paying their water bills, because they can’t afford to.”‘

Read more: Baltimore Residents protest city’s planned water shut-offs

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Venezuelans March against Obama Threats

–The march coincided with a vote in the Venezuelan Parliament on dealing with Obama’s claims that the South American nation posed a security threat.

| 15 March 2015 | Venezuelans took the streets of Caracas Sunday to reject U.S. threats and to support a new law passed to enable President Nicolas Maduro to respond to the latest aggression. Thousands attended the march, which was addressed by President Maduro, who described it as highlighting the unity of the Venezuelan people in the face of such external threats.

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This RANT (loosely modeled on one of my compatriots blog rants)is a feature that I hope to make a regular addition to my blog.  Sometimes you hear crows cawing in the neighbourhood, and they sound quite angry.  Nobody knows what they’re telling each other.  In the case of my rants…you will know.

My first rant will be about the main$tream media coverage of the Nemtsov assassination…and particularly the parade this morning (Sunday, March 1 2015).  I went to my default media liar network the BBC (Biggest and Best Calumny) and it didn’t let me down. The first thing I noted on the main web page was the longshot photo of the crowd.

Nemtsov Crowd

One thing I learned years ago is that unless the cabal is behind a public demonstration, you will rarely see a longshot or aerial photograph of the crowd in the M$M.  All you will see are random photos of weirdos selected from the crowd.  The media manipulators will try to make the gathering as fringe and weird as possible.  In this case, there was a nice overhead shot…with lots of Russian flags. I would take the presence of Russian flags as a sign that ordinary Russians are trying to show the world:  a) Russians support the Russian government; and b) that ordinary Russians are trying to control the parade…so the standard cabalist provocateurs cannot mass together and cause their usual problems–vandalism, attacking police, setting fires to police cars—as happened in Vancouver during the “Stanley Cup Riots” a few years ago–when provocateurs (many came up from the US) took over the gathering.

When I clicked on the actual story on the BBC, the photos were different.  There were no overhead shots of the crowd.  There were just selected photos of the pro Nemtsov element.  Gone were the Russian flags.  This represents the true message of the cabal.  The CBC (Canada’s Best Calumny) is showing a huge banner with Nemtsov’s face leading the parade.

Nemtsov Face Banner
 

I put a comment on the thread “Did Soros pay for that banner?” Billionaire cabalist George Soros is great at providing “appropriate” signage and banners all over the world for “colour revolution” parades and other phony demonstrations. How long in advance did they have that banner made up I wonder. It looks like a lot of work and VERY expensive. Now, I actually have a “Soros demonstration sign” in my closet.  I picked it up from a big pile of similar signs at a peace demonstration against the War on Iraq over a decade ago now.  I keep it in my closet as a reminder of how most public demonstrations are now “controlled” by the cabal. My sign is quite slick (literally and figuratively)  It is made of plasticized paper and is stapled to a piece of wood obviously manufactured for that purpose.  It’s a brightly coloured graphic of a clenched fist.  At the top it says “No Justice,”  and at the bottom it says “no Peace!”.  When I cottoned on to Soro’s technique…I mentally changed the punctuation to “No Justice. No Peace”.

more @ http://greencrowasthecrowflies.blogspot.com/2015/03/crow-caw-rant-1.html

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One week ago, when previewing what may be the first lockout of the West Coast Ports since 2002, we cited the Retail Industry Leaders Association who, realizing that failure to reach an agreement between the dockworker union and their bosses, the Pacific Maritime Association representing port management would lead to devastating consequences for the US retail industry, had several very damning soundbites:

  • “a work slowdown during contract negotiations over the past seven months has already created logistic nightmares for American exporters, manufacturers and retailers dependent on an efficient supply chain. A complete shutdown would be catastrophic, with hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk if America’s supply chain grinds to a halt.
  • “A west coast port shutdown would be an economic disaster.”
  • “A shutdown would not only impact the hundreds of thousands of jobs working directly in America’s transportation supply chain, but the reality is the entire economy would be impacted as exports sit on docks and imports sit in the harbor waiting for manufacturers to build products and retailers to stock shelves.”

And the punchline: “The slowdown is already making life difficult, but a shutdown could derail the economy completely.

 

I’ve never seen ANYTHING like this, even rush hour at the 405 doesn’t look so bad.

 

Colorful and massive, this ship is over 1000 feet from end to end.

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‘Folks, most of the mainstream news on Haiti protestors is deliberately reducing the Haiti protests against dictatorship and occupation to a mere protest about high gas prices.

At the same time, they’re ignoring the popular movement’s refusal to accept any agreement cooked-up by the illegitimate Michel Martelly and his Washington handlers (“Core Group”) to unconstitutionally rule by decree with the complicity of US-bought, so-called political parties who do not represent Haiti masses but foreign interests.

The media is reporting that Martelly reached in agreement to form a new government to hold elections. They fail to report with context or to emphasize that all who deal with Martelly are rejected by the masses on the streets. The true representatives of Haiti are the voices that speak for the masses and for local Haiti interests, not the US-bought so-called political parties with no constituency, sell-out ex-Parliamentarians or Washington’s greedy Haiti opportunists.’

Read more: Haiti: Mainstream Media Reduces Protests Against Dictatorship and Occupation to Mere Protest About Gas Prices

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Never in the history of this sad planet have so many bitched about so much. And it all amounts to nothing. It isn’t changing a damned thing. I have yet to hear “Storm the Castle”. “Lynch the bastards!”

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Well, it’s one, two, three, look at that amputee,
At least it’s below the knee,
Could have been worse, you see.
Well, it’s true your kids look at you differently,
But you came in an ambulance instead of a hearse,
That’s the phrase of the trade,
It could have been worse.

— First verse of a Vietnam-era song written by U.S. Air Force medic Bob Boardman off Country Joe McDonald’s “I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag”

There was the old American lefty paper, the Guardian, and the Village Voice, which beat the Sixties into the world, and its later imitators like the Boston Phoenix. There was Liberation News Service, the Rat in New York, the Great Speckled Bird in Atlanta, the Old Mole in Boston, the distinctly psychedelic Chicago SeedLeviathanViet-Report, and the L.A. Free Press, as well as that Texas paper whose name I long ago forgot that was partial to armadillo cartoons. And they existed, in the 1960s and early 1970s, amid a jostling crowd of hundreds of “underground” newspapers — all quite aboveground but the word sounded so romantic in that political moment.  There were G.I. antiwar papers by the score and high school rags by the hundreds in an “alternate” universe of opposition that somehow made the rounds by mail or got passed on hand-to-hand in a now almost unimaginable world of interpersonal social networking that preceded the Internet by decades. And then, of course, there was I.F. Stone’s Weekly (1953-1971): one dedicated journalist, 19 years, every word his own (except, of course, for the endless foolishness he mined from the reams of official documentation produced in Washington, Vietnam, and elsewhere).

I can remember the arrival of that newsletter, though I no longer know whether I subscribed myself or simply shared someone else’s copy. In a time when being young was supposed to be glorious, Stone was old — my parents’ age — but still we waited on his words. It helped to have someone from a previous generation confirm in nuts and bolts ways that the issue that swept so many of us away, the Vietnam War, was indeed an American atrocity.

The Call to Service: @ http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175951/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_i.f._stone_and_the_urge_to_serve/#more

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