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  • Thanks for the transcript, Kevin. I was wondering if you used, or know of, any software that makes it easier to transcribe videos, e.g. to pause and restart the video without switching windows.

  • I assume you have already inspected the computer system in his car to make sure no malicious software had been installed.

  • Were the throttling to stop, Penn State Prof. Richard Alley observed at a conference earlier in February, “if Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica were to cease being pinched or grounded its surge would raise sea level by three meters.

    Thanks for the post. Would the surge be a sudden, cataclysmic surge; or a surge in movement of [...]

  • Sixth Estate commented on the blog post Now It Goes to the Voters

    2012-06-29 07:58:36View | Delete

    Well, the growth of income inequality is worse under Obama than under Bush. Also Obama rejected a Bush Administration concession to write down mortgages.

    I would guess that Romney, an empty suit and opportunist, would be more susceptible to pressure (from either than right or the left) than Obama. Obama is no empty suit. He is an ardent neoliberal who is committed to expanding the national security state.

  • She promised to cut funding for the Iraq War in 2006, then once elected passed more funding for the Iraq War – because George Bush made her.

    But once Bush was out of office and Obama was president – more of the same. Not only that, Democrats who had campaigned as anti-war and signed pledges opposing funding the war suddenly switched their votes.

    But for those who campaign as anti-war and signed pledges not to continue funding war and then vote for billions more for wars they claim to oppose, Tuesday should be remembered as a day of shame and cowardice. Here are the Democrats who voted against war funding when it didn’t count and yes (on Tuesday) when it did–and when refusing to do so might have affected them personally: Yvette Clarke, Steve Cohen, Jim Cooper, Jerry Costello, Barney Frank, Luis Gutierrez, Jay Inslee, Steve Kagen, Edward Markey, Doris Matsui, Jim McDermott, George Miller, Grace Napolitano, Richard Neal (MA), James Oberstar, Jan Schakowsky, Mike Thompson, Edolphus Towns, Nydia Velázquez, and Anthony Weiner. These legislators should be called and asked why they voted for war funding they claimed to oppose last month.

    This is from an article by Jeremy Scahill, written back in 2009, explaining how anti-war Democrats became pro-war Democrats once their votes were needed to fund the war.

  • It’s good to keep an eye on your opponents. Although, I no longer really have the stomach for it.

    (Not sure if I just mixed my metaphors or not).

  • Heck, even Ezra Klein admitted that has been the plan all along.

    If Republicans can make their peace with the Affordable Care Act and help figure out how to make the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges work to control costs and improve quality, it’d be natural to eventually migrate Medicaid and Medicare into the system. Liberals would like that because it’d mean better care for Medicaid beneficiaries and less fragmentation in the health-care system. Conservatives would like it because it’d break the two largest single-payer health-care systems in America and turn their beneficiaries into consumers. But the implementation and success of the Affordable Care Act is a necessary precondition to any compromise of this sort.

  • Here’s the audio of the interview with Mayor Quan (via Gregg Levine) where she mentions a recent conference call among “18 cities across the country” to discuss the occupy movement. From the 5:30 mark:

    Quan: I was recently on a conference call of 18 cities across the country who had the same situation, where what had started as a political movement and a political encampment ended up being an encampment that was no longer in control of the people who started them.

    And I think what you’re starting to see is the occupy movement is looking for more stability. I spent a lot of last week talking to peaceful demonstrators… They’re now looking for a private space where they can go to do community organizing around the issues that started the movement.

    There was a recent conference call, and now there’s a bunch of evictions. Never say that our political leaders can’t work together on the really important stuff.

  • I’d like to know the names of the 18:

    Oakland Mayor Quan lets slip in BBC interview that she was on conf. call w/ leaders of 18 #occupy cities discussing how to break up camps. – @GreggJLevine

    Are Democrats and Republicans working together to silence dissent? Bipartisanship!

  • That’s probably true, but I doubt many people at FDL support or vote for Republicans. What’s new, for me, is that I no longer see the advantage of voting for Democrats, even as a lesser evil. The occupations have shown that the Democrats are beyond corrupt – they are hostile opponents to a free speech and economic justice movement that is so temperate, its signature tactic is setting up tents and sleeping outdoors in public parks.

  • The occupations have demonstrated that Democrats will use force to protect the privilege of the economic elites. Your natural right to free speech ends when a Democratic mayor says it ends. They will use force to oppose and shut down anyone who becomes too disruptive (or just an annoyance) to the people who own this country.

  • Sixth Estate commented on the blog post One Year Ago, WikiLeaks Released the Iraq War Logs

    2011-10-22 16:33:25View | Delete

    Wow. Watch the video that Kevin linked to (and recorded) of Ethan McCord, one of the first soldiers on the scene after the air attack shown in “Collateral Murder”. It’s no wonder Iraq refused to give legal immunity to US military forces. And for the US government, soldiers in the military are just as expendable as Iraqi children.

    I grew up very conservative. I grew up thinking, you know, it’s my duty to serve in the military.

    When 9/11 happened, I ran out and joined the military. I have to go serve. I have to go fight the Muslims who attacked us on 9/11. And, what I found strange is, when I got to Iraq is I felt that I had more in common with the people over there than I did with the people who sent me to war to begin with.

  • Sixth Estate commented on the blog post State of the Occupation (Tues Roundup)

    2011-10-18 20:07:59View | Delete

    It’s interesting that even the police are using the people’s mic to communicate with the occupiers. Tonight, Josh tweeted that one police officer twinkled:

    You can guess what the policeman did. He held his hands up in the air and wiggled his fingers!

    Transforming society one person at a time:

    Justin, who helps run @occupywallstnyc, tells me other cops were watching. “I think the next time we ask them to do it, we will get more.”

  • Sixth Estate commented on the blog post State of the Occupation (Tues Roundup)

    2011-10-18 19:48:24View | Delete

    Here’s a video that shows how the consensus process works, including demonstrations of some of the hand signals (via In These Times).

    We amplify each others voices. We amplify each others voices. So we can hear one another. So we can hear one another.

    On Saturday night, I read that two groups of protesters separated by police near Times Square used the people’s mic to communicate across the police lines. It’s a great technique. And it keeps the police from shutting down a protest by simply arresting the person with the bullhorn.

  • Sixth Estate commented on the blog post State of the Occupation (Tues Roundup)

    2011-10-18 19:14:15View | Delete

    Good evening athena1. Kevin Gosztola mentioned that Naomi Wolf was arrested tonight. According to Josh Harkinson, she’s now been issued a summons and released:

    @NYPDNews just jumped on the #PeoplesMic: “Mic check. I’ve just been informed that @NaomiWolf has been issued a summons & released” #ows

    Josh is at a bar right now, next to the police station, talking to some of the occupiers who marched to the police station, and tweeting about what went down at the station.

  • Micah Uetricht, who contributes to In These Times, was one of the people arrested in Chicago. He tweeted a picture of the human chain they formed, and kept tweeting even after he was arrested.

    @MotherJones in the back of paddy wagon with a bunch of awesome protesters. #occupychi

  • The Iraq anti-war protests were much larger in the lead-up to the invasion. According to a BBC report from February 17, 2003, “Between six and 10 million people are thought to have marched in up to 60 countries over the weekend – the largest demonstrations of their kind since the Vietnam War.” The numbers for some of the cities is astounding:

    • Barcelona – 1.3 million according to police

    • London – 750,000 according to police, 2 million according to organizers

    • Rome – 650,000 according to police, 3 million according to organizers

  • Thanks for the link to the gallery. FWIW, the stream is down now, too. But Ustream was back up briefly (now it’s out again).

    I’m turning in for the night. Have a goodnight athena1. Thanks for the roundup and the updates.

  • To push the protesters around and to intimidate them. Also, it elevates the officers, giving them a good view of what’s going on in the crowd.

  • I lost the livestream at Ustream, but there’s a livestream at that’s still running.

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