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Romney Jumps the Shark: Libya, Egypt and the Butterfly Effect

This is a non-film and a non-story, a fraud, promoted by the worst people in each culture.

Juan Cole, Informed Comment

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(Sep 9, 2012) The late science fiction writer Ray Bradbury authored a short story about time travelers. They were careful, when they went back to the Jurassic, not to change anything, but one of them stepped on a butterfly. When they got back to the present, the world was slightly different.

When scientists studying complexity put forward the idea that small initial events could have large effects in non-linear, dynamic systems like the weather, they chose the term ‘butterfly effect.” One of the images students of weather instanced was that a butterfly flapping its wings might set off minor turbulence that ultimately turned into a hurricane. (In the older model of Newtonian physics, small events have small effects and large events have large effects, so you wouldn’t expect a minor action to produce big changes).

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Live Coverage: Occupy Worldwide, September 16

  • The seed planted on September 17th in New York City has grown into a national and international movement. Occupy Wall Street has branched out with hundreds of groups organizing Occupy protests in their own communities. Reader Supported News highlights some of the more significant actions from around the country here. Share this page with your friends and associates and check back often for the latest developments.
  • 11 new items including:
    • New Tactics in Creative Resistance
    • Nine Arrested During 'Occupy Monsanto' Protest in Oxnard
    • Occupate il Teatro
    • Judge: Twitter Must Produce Occupy Protester's Tweets
    • 99% To Wall Street: We're Coming For You! - Actions Set for Sept. 15, 16 and 17 As Year Two Begins
    • Seeing Red: Chicago Teachers Elevate Anti-Privatization Fight to National Level
    • Stand Against Rahm!
    • Year One: Occupy Wall Street Plans Anniversary Protest of Wall Street
    • Occupy Protesters Face Eviction With End of DNC
    • Occupy is Back!
    • A Minnesota Miracle

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Week of September 16

New Tactics in Creative Resistance, Nadine Bloch, Waging Nonviolence

  • (September 12, 2012) Slowly, I am learning to embrace the electronic world in an effort to harness ever more tools for revolution. Though I still don't tweet, I have had the chance to be involved in several online webinars, have used Facebook as a tool for outreach and event organizing, have almost drowned in Google Docs to cowrite books in a cloud, and, now, this week, am co-hosting a virtual dialogue that spans seven days and as many continents in a keystroke.
  • So, here's your invitation to "Cultural Resistance: The Arts of Protest." It's part of a monthly online dialogue series for the website New Tactics in Human Rights, a project of the Center for Victims of Torture, this time in collaboration with Waging Nonviolence. It runs from today until September 18 and will be open to anyone in the 4,000-plus New Tactics online community, representing more than 120 countries. Anyone can join.

Nine Arrested During 'Occupy Monsanto' Protest in Oxnard, Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles (CA) Times

  • (September 12, 2012) Nine protesters were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of trespassing after blocking access to a Monsanto seed distribution center in Oxnard, group organizers said.
  • Those arrested were part of a decentralized network of food activists and Occupy protesters, said Adam Eidenger, a spokesman for the Occupy Monsanto group.
  • Their aim is to protest Monsanto's sales of genetically modified seeds, he said. They also sought to bring attention to Proposition 37, a ballot initiative set to come before California voters this fall.

Clockwise from top left: a packed house at the artist occupied Teatro Valle in Rome; a May performance of Sleeping Beauty; a June ballet by choreographer Enzo Celli. (Photos courtesy of Valeria Tomasulo/Valle)

Occupate il Teatro, Alberto Mucci, In These Times
(September 12, 2012) When a group of artists took over the Teatro Valle, Rome's oldest theater, in June 2011, nobody thought they would last long. Yet the artists, actors and crew members who first barricaded themselves in Valle soon grew into a crowd of fierce Occupiers who under the national media spotlight became the country's foremost anti-austerity crusaders.

Judge: Twitter Must Produce Occupy Protester's Tweets,  Joseph Ax, Reuters
(September 12, 2012) Twitter must hand over the tweets of an Occupy Wall Street protester to Manhattan prosecutors by Friday or face civil contempt and a hefty fine, a New York City judge said on Tuesday.
Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Matthew Sciarrino told a lawyer for Twitter that the San Francisco-based social media company had had 73 days to comply with his June 30 ruling ordering it to produce nearly three months' worth of tweets from Malcolm Harris. The Occupy member was arrested during a mass march across the Brooklyn Bridge last October.

 
99% To Wall Street: We're Coming For You! - Actions Set for Sept. 15, 16 and 17 As Year Two Begins, Occupy Wall Street

  • (September 12, 2012) Occupy Wall Street Continues Pushback Against 1% Greed -  "All Roads Lead to Wall Street"
  • The 99%? "Of course, they're fighting back after 30 years of being shot at." - Bill Gross, manager of the world's largest mutual fund
  • September 17, 2012 marks the beginning of year two of Occupy Wall Street (OWS). Under the banner All Roads Lead to Wall Street three days of education, celebration and resistance to economic injustice are planned for September 15-17, with convergences and assemblies, concerts, and some of OWS’s famous direct action planned for 7 AM, September 17th at the New York Stock Exchange. Solidarity actions are being planned in dozens of cities across the country.

Seeing Red: Chicago Teachers Elevate Anti-Privatization Fight to National Level, OccupyWallSt.org
(September 12, 2012) When a teachers' strike started to look like a realistic possibility earlier this spring, CPS Chief Communications Officer Becky Carroll warned the readers of Catalyst, "Any talk of a strike is the wrong message to send our schools, students and taxpayers." For her, and the rest of the privatization evangelists at CPS, the "right" message is simple - shut up and do what you're told.

Stand Against Rahm! Rick Perlstein, Salon
(September 12, 2012) First Wisconsin. Then Occupy. Now Chicago. The teachers' strike is the next chapter in the fight against plutocracy.

Year One: Occupy Wall Street Plans Anniversary Protest of Wall Street, Allison Kilkenny, the Nation

  • (September 10, 2012) Occupy Wall Street, one of the largest grassroots mass movements in U.S. history, celebrates its one year anniversary next week on September 17, and the group has planned not only a day of protest and direct action, but also weekend workshops in which protesters will bring awareness to ongoing projects, and lay out Occupy's vision for what will happen Sept 18 and beyond. The week leading up to Occupy's anniversary will include training in direct action, reflection on the past year of popular resistance, and ultimately the Sept. 17 action on Wall Street.
  • Washington Square Park on Sept. 15 will be a site of convergence, for gathering and information sharing under the banner of "Education for Liberation," according to Nina Mehta, an Occupy organizer who has been working the convergence spaces around S17.

Occupy Protesters Face Eviction With End of DNC, WHIO-TV
(September 17, 2012) The protesters who are camped out at Marshall Park in uptown Charlotte only have a few hours before police said they will make them leave.

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Occupy is Back!  Rabbi Michael LernerBeyt Tikkun Synagogue
Religious and secular humanist groups to demonstrate on Rosh Hashanah against the Large Banks.

A Minnesota Miracle, Ryan Greenwood, MN United
info@mnunited.org

  • With your help, ...we (will) make history in November by becoming the very first state to say 'no' to limiting the freedom to marry.
  • The One-Two Punch
  • The Thoughtful Voter’s Guide to Same-Sex Marriage
     

Make Your Vote Count for Socialism

 

  • Ever since the First World War, the Socialist Party has taken the position that a class conscious movement of workers must by necessity also be a movement working against militarism in culture and in the economy.
  • Martin Luther King’s 1967 Riverside Church Speech

Scott Tucker, Truthdig

Stewart Alexander, Socialist Party presidential candidate in 2012. Lillian Thurston

(February 28, 2012) Stewart Alexander believes fair elections are worth a fair fight and he’s asking for your vote. The Occupy Wall Street movement encouraged a more honest discussion of class and capitalism in this country, but Alexander is not simply a critic of big banks and high finance. He is a democratic socialist, an African-American community activist and the presidential candidate of the Socialist Party in 2012.

Alexander believes the candidate of “hope and change” is a defender of the status quo and of corporate rule.

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Martin Luther King’s 1967 Riverside Church Speech, Frank Paynter, Listics.com

  • Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence
  • Declaration of Independence from the War in Vietnam
  • Delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, April 1967, At Manhattan’s Riverside Church
     

Poll: Bachmann in danger

  • A new survey provided exclusively to Salon shows the Minnesota congresswoman's lead down to just 2 points
  • Graves has the best shot at beating Bachmann of any Democrat since the congresswoman was first elected in 2006, thanks in large part to the absence of a third-party candidate.
  • Jim Graves, Democratic challenger to Rep. Michele Bachmann

Alex Seitz-Wald, Salon

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Despite her national fan base and a massive war chest, Rep. Michele Bachmann may be in more danger than most suspect, with a new poll showing her lead diminished to just 2 points. Independent voters have swung against her by nearly 20 points in just two months, from a 4 percent advantage to a 15 point disadvantage. The internal poll, conducted by Democratic pollsters Greenberg Quinlan Rosner at the behest of Democrat Jim Graves’ campaign and shared with Salon, shows that Bachmann’s favorability rating has tumbled since their last survey in mid-June, and finds Graves gaining ground with independents as his name recognition grows.

Overall, the poll shows Bachmann leading Graves 48-46 percent, within the margin of error. The race has moved significantly among independents, with a 20-point net shift toward Graves, from a 41-45 percent disadvantage in June to a 52-37 percent lead now. Among independents, Bachmann’s favorability rating has slipped 4 points while her unfavorability rating has jumped 7 points. Overall, she’s viewed mostly negatively. Among all voters, 40 percent give her a positive job rating, while a sizable 57 percent give her a negative one, with a plurality of 35 percent giving the most negative answer possible — “poor.”

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Jim Graves, Democratic challenger to Rep. Michele Bachmann: The City Pages interview, Aaron Rupar, City Pages
During an interview with City Pages, Graves -- a wildly successful businessman who created the AmericInn motel chain before founding his luxury-focused Graves Hospitality company -- suggested he probably wouldn't have launched a political career if his native 6th Congressional District were represented by somebody other than Bachmann.

 

Perpetual War

For those who belong to the military-industrial complex, perpetual war is a blessing, but for the majority of the people of the world it is a curse. Since we who oppose war are the vast majority, can we not make our wills felt?

John Scales Avery, Countercurrents.org

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(September 7, 2012) Because the world spends roughly a trillion dollars each year on armaments, it follows that very many people make their living from war. This is the reason why it is correct to speak of war as a social, political and economic institution, and also one of the main reasons why war persists, although everyone realizes that it is the cause of much of the suffering of humanity.

We know that war is madness, but it persists. We know that it threatens the survival of our species, but it persists, entrenched in the attitudes of historians, newspaper editors and television producers, entrenched in the methods by which politicians finance their campaigns, and entrenched in the financial power of arms manufacturers - entrenched also in the ponderous and costly hardware of war, the fleets of warships, bombers, tanks, nuclear missiles and so on.

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Nygaard Notes #511 | "The New American Way of War" in the Media, Jeff Nygaard, Nygaard Notes

  • "The new American way of war" is but a new strategy in service to a very old goal, which is the maintenance of the global U.S. military hegemony that began after World War II and took on new life with the demise of its only perceived rival, the Soviet Union, 20 years ago.
  • Special Project | The Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, & Iran: Week of July 29

 


'Unprecedented,' 'Amazing,' 'Goliath': Scientists Describe Arctic Sea Ice Melt

  • Arctic Sea ice levels continue to drop below record set on August 26
  • Top Ten Things Climate Change Is Making Worse Right Now
  • Climate Change and the Next U.S. Revolution

Common Dreams

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(September 7, 2012) The rate of Arctic Sea ice melt has caught scientists by surprise, leaving them to describe the current record low levels as "amazing," "a Goliath" and "unprecedented."  While a record low was recorded on Aug. 26, the ice level continues to fall, and the National Snow and Ice Data Center reports that there is still a week left in the melting season.

The speed of the Arctic ice melt is astounding, scientists say. "It is a greater change than we could even imagine 20 years ago, even 10 years ago," Dr. Kim Holmen, international director of the Norwegian Polar Institute told the BBC. "And it has taken us by surprise and we must adjust our understanding of the system and we must adjust our science and we must adjust our feelings for the nature around us."

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Top Ten Things Climate Change Is Making Worse Right Now, Rebecca Leber and Ellie Sandmeyer, Think Progress

  • Rising food prices; disappearing glaciers, sea ice; landslides; massive dust storms; toxic algae pollute drinking supply, lakes; $1.5 hail damage; $450 million wildfire damage in Colorado; greater terrors for mountain climbers; more Arctic drilling, taxpayers pay for risks; blackouts.
  • More severe droughts on way, study predicts

Climate Change and the Next U.S. Revolution, Shamus Cooke, Workers Action

  • The U.S. heat wave is slowly shaking the foundations of American politics. It may take years for the deep rumble to evolve into an above ground, institution-shattering earthquake, but U.S. society has changed for good.
  • Report: Amount of US mired in drought  worsens in Plains
  • The Earth Cannot Be Saved By Hope And Billionaires


 

A Chicago Teacher Speaks Out: This Is Why We Fight

  • It's not just about pay or benefits.
  • What Teachers Want

Dave Stieber, AlterNet

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(September 10, 2012)  You have undoubtedly heard the news reports, radio attack ads, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) representatives, the “CEO” of CPS, and Mayor Rahm Emannuel saying how teachers are walking out on the students if we strike. Parents, students, residents of this city: as a teacher let me tell you, comments like that rip teachers to our core. As clichéd as it sounds, teaching is a calling. It’s not as if one day we just said, “I guess I’ll be a teacher.” It takes skill and dedication to stand in front of 30 (and sometimes more) young people in a classroom and truly care and be able to teach every one of them. It is not possible to just be mediocre when it comes to teaching students. A young person is the first to let you know if you aren’t doing a good job at teaching the lesson, not getting graded work passed back quickly enough, heck, they will even let you know if you look bad that day.

Teachers just can’t punch in, start thinking about kids then punch out and stop. We are always trying to improve our lesson plans, grade, figure out ways to reach the students who are withdrawn, quiet, confrontational or disrupting class. We just can’t shut our students out of our lives when the bell rings.

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What Teachers Want, Dana Goldstein, the Nation
Budget cuts, layoffs, increased class sizes and high stakes testing have left one-third of public school teachers considering a job change. That's bad news for all of us.

 

You Are Not Allowed to Vote

  • Voter disenfranchisement is a very real issue that could affect more than 20 million voters this year.
  • The One-Two Punch
  • Going Undercover at the GOP's Voter Vigilante Project to Disrupt the Nov. Election
  • Amendment would Restrict Voting – for Seniors, the Military, our Neighbors

Robert Greenwald, Brave New Films

Are you as furious as we are about the efforts to roll back the clock and take away people’s right to vote? It has us mad, but sometimes satire and humor is the best way to reach people.  So take a look, have a laugh, and then use video to spread the word.

Voter disenfranchisement is a very real issue that could affect more than 20 million voters this year. We have partnered with our friends at NAACP to create a video that will help people understand how absurd the claims of those who want to limit voting rights are. Take a look at “A Dangerous World” and pass it on to your friends to stop the limiting of citizens’ rights.

In 2011 there were 24 new laws and 2 executive actions restricting the right to vote in 19 states.(The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law) There is proposed legislation in 33 states right now that will further limit minorities, youth and senior citizens from voting.  We have a chance to change people’s thinking on this issue. Watch the video then send it to your friends, family, and co-workers. Let’s make sure everyone realizes how ridiculous the claims are and how devastating laws around voter ID and voter disenfranchisement will be to our country.

Thanks for your support.

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The One-Two Punch, Ricardo Levins Morales, rlmarts.com

  • The blueprint for eliminating fifty years of LGBT advances in all areas of life and law is to be found in their voter suppression strategy, not the Marriage Amendment.
  • The Marriage Amendment As Decoy and How to Fight The Real Danger

Going Undercover at the GOP's Voter Vigilante Project to Disrupt the Nov. Election, Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

  • The Republican True the Vote project is a well-funded scheme with training sessions for activists across the country. Will it work?
  • Includes news about Minnesota Majority (organization pushing voter ID referendum) and the Wisconsin recall election shenanigans.

Amendment would Restrict Voting – for Seniors, the Military, our Neighbors, MN Senator John Marty, Apple Pie Alliance

  • Taking away the vote from our neighbors under the pretext of preventing "fraud" is a radical step backwards for that democracy. The constitution is supposed to guarantee human rights, not take them away from others who Republican politicians apparently don't want to vote.
  • Going Undercover at the GOP's Voter Vigilante Project to Disrupt the Nov. Election
  • Voter Suppression: The "Schurick Doctrine" and the Unravelling of American Democracy
     

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