Friday, December 30, 2011
Hey again bloggers, or whoever could be reading this blagh. And a 2012 new year is here. And if you ask a Mayan, it's 2012AD or 18.104.22.168.0, a doomsday end of the world long countdown for the Maya 2012 calendar that started on Winter Solstice December 21st. A time for change, the end of the world as we know it, or something like that. And 2012 is also here because all of those Jeff Stark New Years Eve nonsense nyc events says so. And 2012 is also here because that Nublu flyer that finds itself posted above and Malik Work's New Year's Eve @ The Lucky Basement facebook event invite also says so, as well as a host of other New Years Eve events and parties that find themselves in that city of New York and other places around the world. And if you happen to be in the neighborhood of that city of New York, some of those nonsense nyc events are as follows. And keep in mind, In 2013 I will watch 2012 and laugh. Have a great new year and beyond.
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
Rubulad Presents A Cheap and Dirty New Year's Masquerade
In which you will wear a costume or mask and we will charge you only 20 beans no matter when you arrive. Some costuming items will be provided for the challenged.
Starring the Drunkard's Wife, Friend Roulette, Hungry March Band, and Eye-Popping Puppet Burlesque by Laura McMillian. With your host Pierre Pressure, DJ dancing all night provided by $mall Â¢hange, DJ Shakey, Tropic C, and Soundman Cody.
Plus free non-disgusting champagne bunny toast at midnight, Putrid Puppet Show by Pierre Pressure, greasy truck fun from the Night Market, Scuzzy Old Modern Dance Awareness Society, G. Scopitronic's Sleazy Non-Stop Film Fest, Hot F***ing Tamales, gorgeous dancing girls, lowlife light circus extraordinaire by Norm Francoeur.
This is a party for scallywags and rapscallions only so leave your hi-falutin' attitudes at home and bring your dancing shoes. We have a lot to be thankful for this year, so let's celebrate. Door prizes for early birds.
117 11th Street between 2nd and 3rd avenues, Brooklyn
9p doors, 10p show; $20
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
Occupy 2012: Wall Street New Years Eve Celebration
What is your New Year's Revolution? 2011 was an amazing awakening. Lets start 2012 off right. Come celebrate with thousands of other members of the 99 percent. At our park and in the streets as we make our special New Years Revolution together. Bring a drum. Bring your instrument.
In the two hours before, we will reclaim our park and the area around it. At the New Year, we will raise the 99 percent, and then after midnight the party goes mobile.
Bring: Noisemakers, air horns, drums, anything that is loud!
We come together in protest and celebration. For those locked up, we bring that celebration. May this simple night of noise-bringing carry momentum into a new year of open conflict with the state and capital.
Liberty Plaza Park
Broadway and Liberty, Manhattan
9p-9a Sunday; $free
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
New Year's Eve Bike Ride and Outdoor Afterparty
Start the year off right: on your bike or skates. Come celebrate New Year's Eve in the great outdoors. We'll be riding up to Belvedere Castle in the middle of Central Park for the best (and free) New Year's Eve dance party in town with fireworks. Dress festive: Don't forget your noisemakers and party favors. Bring food and drink to share.
Meet at Washington Square Park, under the arch
5th Avenue and 8th Street, Manhattan
10p at Washington Square, or 11:45p at Belvedere Castle in Central Park; $free
***** Also on NEW YEAR'S EVE *****
Figment of Your Imaginations
This NYE, the great Electric Circus is coming to Brooklyn. Unicorn Meat, after a string of Manhattan club events, is fed up and running away to join the forbidden world of underground circus production.
Deeply hidden among Brooklyn's corridors and alleyways, we bring you a sanctuary of art, light, performance, magic, music, and fire. Greet unicorns, behold trapeze performers, contemplate installation art, admire aerialists, witness three-eyed freaks, and have tea with oompa loompas and space aliens.
We need you to transform this 11,000 square foot warehouse into the greeeeatest show in Brooklyn. Music: Nigel Richards, Hobotech, Arrow Chrome, Joro Boro, Mun (featuring Adam Wein's Flamingo Processing Center Experience), Skytree, Smoke, Max Mayfeild, Friar Tuck, Joy, Ajax, Pjoe, Mikey Likes It, Smilky Smooth, and Narkatta. Live Indian cultural music and down tempo in our comfy digital genie pillow lounge.
Circus performance set times: Rope Solo, Styramid Trio, Quetzalcoatl Ceremony, Cloud Solo, Silks Duo, Triangle Solo, Lyra Solo, Acro-Dance Trio, Contortion en Cloud, Trapeze Solo, Ballet Des Etoiles, Silks Solo, and Company Finale.
1428 Fulton Street, Brooklyn
Dreamtime is the moment we have been waiting for. It is when the past and the future converge in the now; the split second when we remember that all things are connected and anything is possible.
Two floors, 12 hours, in a 10,000 square foot antique wonderland. Featuring the hottest NYC and Touring DJs, live music acoustic and drumming, film screenings, interactive art, tribe fashion boutique, healers, art gallery, living art, organic food, yoga, workshops, installations, and community.
Future Antiquity (Meeker Flea Market)
75 Frost Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Hey again bloggers, or whoever could be reading this blog. And so on this blogging day I find myself blogging about the Pimp My Cube Contest as in that pimp my office cubicle contest video that finds itself posted above. And if you may have found yourself working in one of those offices throughout planet earth, you may be very, very familiar with those square boxes and cubes that find themselves partitioning and dividing office spaces with all kinds of furniture, photos and decorations in them that can become peoples homes away from homes. And so Pimp My Cube is looking for the worst, messiest, funniest design of a cubicle space ever to work in, in their pimp my cube contest from 12/5/11 at 12:00PM to 1/31/12 at 12:00PM. And that video of that super cramped, super efficient cube with its computer, clock, papers, photos and the like that finds itself posted above, well that's just really funny to look at to me. And so if you, your co workers, family or friends have a video of your work cubicle that you want to upload to the pimp my cube website, you could enter their contest for a chance to win one of their many prizes and sweepstake prizes such as a computer system, desk, chair, expresso machine, gift card and more. As now, having one of those messy and even funny work cubicles to pimp can be just a website visit away.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Why does the word "Diabetes" sound like the word "Diablo", which means Devil in Spanish? Is there some sort of link between the two words. For what reason does diabetes top the list of diseases in poor neighborhoods? Is diabetes a poor people disease and for what reason. I was walking through a poor neighborhood the other day, and every other sign on health facilities had the word diabetes in it. Is diabetes an evil disease of the Devil designed to kill off the poor or is it a disease affecting the population as a whole and knows no class boundary. And who are the poor, for the poor we will have always with us. And who is the Devil in this case, the food industry or someone or something else. Is diabetes a fight against the devil and a battle between good and evil. I can only think poor people are more susceptible to diabetes simply because they are more likely to eat junk food, mainly soda pops which are laced with sugar, white processed sugar and other sugary unhealthy foods, or maybe poor people are less aware or concerned with diet and nutrition or simply just cannot afford to eat healthy. And what's up with all of those buy and use our diabetes products that we advertise and market for your sugar insulin type 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,800 and 9000 diabetes that we create so that we can have money, money and more money for the war on the poor industry products that are on the prick yourself, shoot yourself up with diabetes needles and use this cool trendy latest diabetes gadget market these days. What is the meaning of this probably recent phenomenon and what if anything, does this have to do with a No Police State?
We recently relocated to Grand Rapids. My husband got a job promotion that was pretty big and we decided that it would be best for our family to make the movie. We ended up buying a cute house that was built in the 1940s. It had been updated, so there was not too much too much that we needed to do. Of course, I had the house painted to our taste and have also been working with a decorator to get some curtains made for the house. The house has some really unique windows that require custom made treatments. We already found a great lawn service and the yard is looking top notch. I have never had a green thumb and definitely rely on others to take care of the yard. The only thing that is left for me to do is to look into Grand Rapids wireless internet providers. Not having the internet for the last three weeks has been killing me! I guess that I am getting all of the unpacking done that I wouldn’t be doing if I had the internet at the house.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Occupy the Hood: Communities of color and the Occupy movement
by Denise Oliver Velez
Many people in black, brown, red and yellow communities across the U.S. know the feeling of being occupied.
Some have compared it to a state of siege. We know what it is to be beleaguered. We experience our land being occupied; we view police as an occupying force; we live daily with the experience of being stopped and frisked, of our cars being pulled over, of the War on Drugs essentially being a war on us; and we are certainly the majority occupants of jail and prison cells.
As such, it is important to examine the current status of the Occupy Movement in relationship to the participation of people of color and its ability to address our issues. Depending on the location, there has been limited success, racial tension, and/or open criticism as well as concerted efforts to be inclusive.
I would like to raise some of the issues here, cite those raised by others, and look at some of the evolving solutions.
Black cultural theorist and writer Greg Tate recently wrote Top 10 Reasons Why So Few Black Folk Appear Down To Occupy Wall Street in the Village Voice in his inimitable style and evoked a twitterstorm of responses. Though he writes with snark and sharp black humor, his last four points on the list are worth considering:
8. THE NIGGAS ARE SCARED OR BORED OF REVOLUTION THEORY Say whut? Since when? When it comes to showing radical heart, we damn sure got nothing to prove. Protest history shows our folk couldn't be turned around by deputized terrorists armed with dynamite, firebombs, C4, tanks, AKs, machine guns, fixed bayonets, billy clubs, K-9 corps, truncheons, or water hoses. Stop-and-frisk has prepped most brothers to anticipate a cell block visit just for being Slewfoot While Black. We ain't never been skeered of fighting the good fight. We love a good dust-up on pay-per-view or in the street just on GP! Out there on the street, though, all we need is to feel like you got our backs like we got yours. Herein might lie the rub. People fresh to daily struggle may need to earn our trust more. Clearly we're in no hurry to make loads of new friends spanking new to police brutality. 7. THE OWS BEST GO GET A LATE-PASS THEORY The sudden realization by OWS-ers that American elites never signed the social contract and will sell the people out for a fat cat's dime—hey, no news flash over here. Black folk got wise to the game back in 1865 when we realized neither 40 acres nor a mule would be forthcoming. Also, as one sharp strapping ready for whatever you got youngblood recently put it, "I ain't about to go get arrested with some muhfuhkuhs who just figured out yesterday that this shit ain't right."All humor aside, the crisis of the stop-and-frisk occupation in New York is not funny if you are one of the daily victims. Look at these data from the New York Civil Liberties Union:
REASONS WHY WE SHOULD RECONSIDER BEFRIENDING NU PEOPLE VIRGIN TO DAILY NYPD ASSWHUPPINGS Repeatedly finding oneself on the business end of a NYPD nightstick and expecting the same result is either a sign of madness or a sign of virtual blacknuss. Either way, even your most hardened Pan-Afrikanist should now be open to giving the OWS-ers a hug of solidarity. Maybe if organized, this form of outreach could function as the larger community's first olive branch. (Air kisses and arms length for some snooty African noses still, I know).
6. THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX CRICKETS THEORY The predominant age range of OWS's paler male participants is roughly 18-29. This age group among African American cats accounts for 40 percent of the country's prison population—a national crisis which predates the bailout by several decades. This disgraceful disparity could likely continue after every OWS-er has been gainfully reabsorbed into the American workforce. Although Wall Street profits from our brothers' massive enslavement by incarceration, so does Main Street. Perhaps OWS should ponder putting prison abolition on their unformulated list of demands. Until then, some black progressives, though duly sympathetic, might not hear a roar coming from Zuccotti but simply crickets.
Stop and Frisk Practices The NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices raise serious concerns over racial profiling, illegal stops and privacy rights. The Department’s own reports on its stop-and-frisk activity confirm what many people in communities of color across the city have long known: The police are stopping hundreds of thousands of law abiding New Yorkers every year, and the vast majority are black and Latino.The prison industrial complex is also one of the key issues undermining the stability of communities of color, and we are more likely to be focused on Attica or San Quentin than Wall Street, unless the linkages are made. Occupiers must pay attention to occupants.
An analysis by the NYCLU revealed that about 3 million innocent New Yorkers were subjected to police stops and street interrogations from 2004 through 2010, and that black and Latino communities continue to be the overwhelming target of these tactics. Nearly nine out of 10 stopped-and-frisked New Yorkers have been completely innocent, according to the NYPD’s own reports:
In 2004, 315,483 New Yorkers were stopped by the police.
279,754 were totally innocent (89 percent)
156,056 were black (50 percent)
90,468 were Latino (29 percent)
29,000 were white (9 percent)
In 2005, 399,043 New Yorkers were stopped by the police.
351, 842 were totally innocent (88 percent)
196,977 were black (49 percent)
115, 395 were Latino (29 percent)
40,837 were white (10 percent)
In 2006, 508,540 New Yorkers were stopped by the police.
458,104 were totally innocent (90 percent)
268,610 were black (53 percent)
148,364 were Latino (29 percent)
53,793 were white (11 percent)
In 2007, 468,732 New Yorkers were stopped by the police.
407,923 were totally innocent (87 percent)
242,373 were black (52 percent)
142,903 were Latino (31 percent)
52,715 were white (11 percent)
In 2008, 531,159 New Yorkers were stopped by the police.
465,413 were totally innocent (88 percent)
271,602 were black (51 percent)
167,111 were Latino (32 percent)
57,407 were white (11 percent)
In 2009, 575,304 New Yorkers were stopped by the police.
504,594 were totally innocent (88 percent)
308,941 were black (54 percent)
179,576 were Latino (31 percent)
53,466 were white (9 percent)
In 2010, 601,055 New Yorkers were stopped by the police.
517,458 were totally innocent (86 percent)
317,642 were black (53 percent)
190,491 were Latino (32 percent)
55,083 were white (9 percent)
During the first six months of 2011, 362,150 New Yorkers were stopped by the police.
317,376 were totally innocent (88 percent)
184,186 were black (51 percent)
119,853 were Latino (33 percent)
33,805 were white (9 percent)
The Sentencing Project details the status of this segment of the 99 percent:
Nationally, an estimated 5.3 million Americans are denied the right to vote because of laws that prohibit voting by people with felony convictions. Felony disenfranchisement is an obstacle to participation in democratic life which is exacerbated by racial disparities in the criminal justice system, resulting in an estimated 13% of Black men unable to vote. More than 60% of the people in prison are now racial and ethnic minorities. For Black males in their twenties, 1 in every 8 is in prison or jail on any given day. These trends have been intensified by the disproportionate impact of the "war on drugs," in which three-fourths of all persons in prison for drug offenses are people of color.Rarely noted is the disproportionate incarceration of Native Americans:
There are approximately 26,000 Native Americans in US jails and prisons who have been sent there at a rate 38 percent higher than the general population. However, if Blacks, who constitute about half of all prisoners are excluded from the calculation, it is clear that this disproportion is far more egregious, when compared to non-Black ethnicities. In Alaska, for instance, if Natives do not already form a plurality in prison, they soon will, as Native incarceration rates are rising rapidly while white and Hispanic rates have remained relatively flat, and the incarceration of Black people has actually dropped in recent years. Natives are only 16 percent of the general population in that state, though they make up 40 percent of adult inmates. Between 1996 and 2000 in Alaska, the total of incarcerated white males rose just 6 percent, while the total number of Native males rose 23 percent. White female totals went up by 26 percent, but Native female inmates skyrocketed by 41 percent in just those four years. An examination of state-by-state totals shows remarkable disproportion in ethnic representation. In Arizona, where many reservations are policed by tribal authorities and hearings held in tribal courts, the rate of Indian incarceration appears not significantly higher than non-Natives. In other states, however, such is clearly not the case. In South Dakota, where 10 percent of the state population is Indian, male and female Natives make up 23 percent and 35 percent respectively, of all inmates. In Wyoming, Indians make up 2 percent of the state population but 7 percent of prisoners. In Montana, though only 6.8 percent of residents are Native, they are 18.8 percent of men and 29.6 percent of women prisoners. Still more worrisome is the fact that in the last decade, the general prison population there less than doubled, but total numbers of Indian women went up from 17 to 81, an increase of 376 percent.Many of us who come from assorted "hoods" are in lock-up, and will never make it down to an Occupy protest location. Or we may be stopped, frisked asked for papers and incarcerated on the way.
These crucial civil and human rights issues were raised at the Occupy Wall Street General Assembly in New York, and out of that, Occupy Harlem protests were born. It is not a coincidence that those protests targeted "stop and frisk" and police brutality.
Occupy Harlem: 'Occupy Wall Street Is Not A White Thing' The Occupy Wall Street movement went Uptown on Friday night, as more than 100 people filled the second-floor sanctuary at St. Philip's Church in Harlem for the first general meeting of Occupy Harlem. Unlike their downtown comrades, those in attendance were mostly black and Latino, save for a handful of whites who sat and listened intently, a few lifting their fists to shouts of "Power to the People."
This was a group of veteran activists and young turks alike, inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement. And it was a moment decades in the making for veteran Harlem activists, like Nellie Hester Bailey, who have fought and protested and rallied for fair wages, tenants' rights and against police brutality here for years.
"Occupy Wall Street is not a quote-unquote white thing. It is a white thing that the 1 percent and the bankers are representing white oligarchy and white plutocrats for the most part," Bailey said. "But this is an organic movement from the bottom up. Now we have to take advantage, seize the time and the moment ... and it is time that we become part of this landscape so we can begin to highlight our issues."
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
And the headlines are there again. Another person loses their life to gun violence for whatever reason for no reason at all except that guns and gunpowder have been invented. The story has been told in the headlines before and the story will be told again in tomorrows headlines with no end in sight. Gun violence is a global epidemic these days. Is it possible to have a world free of guns. Again, I could cut and paste my other blog entries over and over in my appeal to banish guns from every human being on the face of planet earth, and to banish the images of guns in every form of advertisement and media campaign on planet earth. Guns are the worst invention of an industry ever. If only it was possible to go back in time before guns existed. What was life like before the invention of guns. Were there only sticks and stones. Is this an invention of the beast, whoever or whatever the beast may be. How is it that every other film and movie advertisement in the newspapers and on posters plastered around town has an image of a gun in it. It almost seems as if this type of advertising is required and mandatory these days. How has the morals and values of society declined so far as to where it is now acceptable to use violent imagery and references to violence as a means of promotion. Is this programming programming society. Does this not reflect on and influence society and culture. It seems as if the standards of social behavior are declining everywhere. Is there a worldwide moral breakdown? In the past blatant immorality and decadence has been pointed to as a contributing factor in the fall of civilizations. Where is this social decline pattern coming from? Are the slaughters of wars debasing the value of human life? If politicians and generals can treat millions under their care like animals dispatched to the slaughter, then what canons of religion or ethics can inhibit men from treating each other with the ferocity of jungle beasts. Will the beast, whoever or whatever it may be ever release its grip on mankind. It is not the year 1800 anymore. Will the war ever end. Where can one turn. Where is the world headed. Is another world possible. And what does this have to do with a No Police State. Peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Hey again bloggers. And unless you have been hiding out underneath one of those rocks or stuck in the stone age or something, you may notice that practically everyone around you on the plane, train, bus, subway, car, truck, boat, street, sidewalk, ocean, desert and practically anywhere on planet earth these days has one of those cell phones they may be looking at or fidgeting with as if in a trance of something. And if you want to find one of those mobile handheld devices to look at, fidget with or talk on, LG DoublePlay™ can help you. You can find yourself in internet and social network land in no time with one of their T mobile dual touch screen QWERTY keyboard phones in no time with just a website visit away. Their phones can change the way you socialize with people on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube and other social networking websites. One can send text messages and chat in the middle of just about anywhere on their phones. And I have seen these double screen phones in action and they seem like some really high tech fancy devices when it comes to phones with those video screens and more. And would you find yourself as one of those textaholics and socialmediaaholics if you had one of these cell phones? Leave you answers in the comments section below.
"Introducing the People’s Amp: a guerilla sound system that gives voice and rhythm to a people’s movement. A lineup of artists, musicians and speakers will be performing at 99.5 FM/WBAI broadcasted live on-site through a chorus of boom boxes, headphones, guitar amps and car radios. So bring a boom box, or a radio, or an iPod. Or bring your car by real slow and crank the stereo. If you're listening off-site tune in and turn up. From the airwaves to the subterranean let us assemble once again to say we're here to liberate space and we're not going away." And so that's the description that finds itself on that Facebook photos of D17 Re-Occupy Facebook page on this day. And on this day finds itself as Occupy Wall Street Day 92. And Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Together are still moving fast. And as stated in that photo above, D17 Re-Occupy is happening on this day. And that event describes itself as follows:
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17th at 12PM
DUARTE SQ. PARK, 6th AVE & CANAL
PROTECT & CELEBRATE THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT
FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE
Join artists, musicians, and local community members for an
all-day performance event in support of Occupy Wall Street’s
re-occupation of space in downtown Manhattan."
And according to that Occupy Wall Street website, a Charas Community Center for the 99% Celebration is happening tomorrow. And this event to be found in that city of New York in that neighborhood of the Lower East Side now called the East Village for real estate marketing purposes maybe, describes itself as "Please join us to mark the Ten Year Anniversary of the Eviction of Charas Community Center with music, food, friends and a community speak out!
CHARAS/ El Bohio Holiday Party and Community Potluck!
Sunday, December 18
12pm - Rally at Tompkins Square Park
12:30pm - Process to CHARAS
605 East 9th Street (bet. aves. B & C)
Dance, speak out, and help us to create a community center in the street. One day the developer's blue wall will come down, and that community center will be back inside where it belongs.
With a General Assembly and performances by Great Small Works, Hungry March Band, Rev. Billy & the Church of Stop Stopping, the Peoples Mic and kid friendly activities including face painting, dance, and art making!
Potluck! Bring a dish to share!"
Occupy Wall Street Worldwide.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Did someone say cell phone? You know those space age like device mobile phones that practically every person on planet earth is walking around with these days. And are you the last person on earth without one of those cell phones? Do your friends give you strange looks when you say I do not have a cell phone? Well if you are looking for one of those cell phones to bring yourself into the twenty first century, LG DoublePlay™ has one from T Mobile. And those are some really cool looking phones indeed with their two double touch screens and slideout QWERTY keyboard they have, as just looking at that cool sleek design in the photo on their websites has me wanting to social network, socialize, email, surf the internet, watch videos, take photos, type, text, multi task, chat and call someone myself, as that phone can do some really fancy things when it comes to communicating and socializing. And if you had one of these phones would you find your self as one of those socialmediaaholics also? How would this phone change the way you socialize with all of those features this phone has? Leave your answers in the comments section below.
Does 2011 equal 1984 as in the title of this blog post above? Well someone in politics just passed some bill named with a bunch of numbers and letters behind it that has something to do with taking away ones liberty in the name of security, or freedom, or something like that. And so what's that Benjamin Franklin "Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither" quote all about anyway. And so on this day finds itself as Occupy Wall Street Day 90. And Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Together are still moving fast. And Occupy Wall Street is having a press conference today in that City of New York in response to this National Defense Authorization Act, Sections 1031 and 1032, which will allow the United States government to imprison any person who commits any act they disagree with indefinitly and without trial thing as follows. And what, if anything does this have to do with a No Police State.
Defend the Bill of Rights for All of Us.
On Bill of Rights Day, Thursday, Dec 15 there will be a Press Conference on Federal Court Steps, 40 Centre St., Manhattan, 11am. A coffin of the Bill of Rights will be brought to Federal Court Foley Square, NY, NY
The Bill of rights was ratified 220 years ago, on December 15, 1791. It is shameful that today, in the United States, we are forced to come together in defense of the Bill of Rights and our civil liberties, as the representatives of the 1% who rule this country continue to take our rights away.
Congress is attempting to bury the Bill of Rights. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA) includes language proposed by Democratic Sen. Carl Levin and Republican Sen. John McCain that allows for the arrest and indefinite detention of U.S. citizens by the military, on U.S. soil and without the right of trial. This is an egregious violation of our first amendment rights and comes at a time when we are witnessing unprecedented attacks on our civil liberties.
Some of these attacks include:
Massive spying on the Muslim community, including the recent revelations of the spying by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and the CIA on mosques, Muslim businesses, and Muslim student groups;
The continuation of the policy of sending agents into mosques with phony plots designed to entrap Muslims for so called “preemptive prosecution”;
The recent raids on homes of antiwar activists by federal agents, who have carted away personal computers, cell phones, books, and other possessions and handed the activists subpoenas to appear before federal grand juries;
The recent, often violent evictions of anti-Wall Street occupations around the country; The refusal of the Chicago city government and the federal government to allow for peaceful protests when NATO and the G8 countries come to Chicago in May, 2012 to hold summit meetings.
The potential impact of the NDAA's provisions to expand military detention without trial could render the other issues we all address seemingly trivial; any activist stands at risk of designation as a potential terrorist, especially if their interests include either foreign policy or enterprises that impact the environment.
On December 15, Bill of Rights Day actions and press conferences are planned in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco and other areas of the country. Several national coalitions -- including the Muslim Peace Coalition, United National Antiwar Coalition, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, the Center for Constitutional Rights, Committee to Stop FBI Repression and others are co-promoting this call to action.
In New York, representatives from civil liberties, religious, social justice, and peace organizations will come together to voice opposition to the National Defense Authorization Act and other recent attacks on our civil liberties. We will discuss our plans to fight for the rights of all people and to defeat this repressive legislation.
For information on actions around the country, go to: http://bordc.org/.
Initial list of participants in NYC (List in formation)
The Muslim Peace Coalition
Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Center for Constitutional Rights - CCR,
Islamic Leadership Council of Metro NY
Islamic Circle of North America – ICNA
United National Antiwar Coalition - UNAC,
Council on American Islamic Relations - CAIR-NY
International Action Center - IAC
BAYAN USA Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines,
National Alliance for Philippine Concerns,
Pakistan USA Freedom Forum
Activists of Occupy Wall Street – OWS
Committee to Stop FBI Repression
Muslim Ummah of North America –MUNA
Islamic Center of Long Island
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
And Time Magazine has their recent issue with their Time Magazine Person of the Year 2011: The Protester article as its cover story that has appeared on this day. And I know Time Magazine has that recent Time Magazine Person of the Year 2011: The Protester issue that has appeared on this day because all of these news articles announcing that Time Magazine person of the year says so. And that description for that Time Magazine Person of the Year 2011 article at their website reads something like as follows.
"Person Of The Year. TIME. The Protester. From The Arab Spring To Athens, From Occupy Wall Street To Moscow."
"A year after a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself ablaze, dissent has spread across the Middle East, reaching Europe and the U.S., reshaping global politics and redefining people power."
And what, if anything does this have to do with a No Police State?
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
And on this day finds itself as Occupy Wall Street Day 88. And Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Together are still moving fast. And according to that Occupy Wall Street website, Occupy Wall Street plans to re occupy Wall Street in New York City or to at least re occupy Duarte Square Park in New York City. And their their D17 Re-Occupy Facebook event invite reads something like as follows. Occupy Wall Street Worldwide.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17th at 12PM
DUARTE SQ. PARK, 6th AVE & CANAL
PROTECT & CELEBRATE THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT
FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE
Join artists, musicians, and local community members for an
all-day performance event in support of Occupy Wall Street’s
re-occupation of space in downtown Manhattan.
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION and right to assemble are sacred human freedoms. Occupy Wall Street has renewed a sense of hope, revived a belief in community and awakened a revolutionary spirit too long silenced. To Occupy is to embody the spirit of liberation that we wish to manifest in our society.
On Saturday, December 17th – the 3 month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, the birthday of Bradley Manning, and the 1 year anniversary of the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi – the act that sparked the Arab Spring – Occupy Wall Street will liberate another space.
Occupations create space for community, values, ideas and a level of meaningful dialogue absent in the present political and social system. They have allowed us to realize that we cannot fix our crises isolated from one another. We need collective action, and we need civic space. We are creating that civic space.
Outdoor public space plays a crucial role in this civic process and encourages open, transparent organizing in our movement, unbeholden to a broken political system. As we saw in Liberty Square, outdoor space invites people to listen, speak, share, learn, and act. It is a source of inspiration and empowerment.
Over the last month we have seen a series of coordinated attacks on occupations across the nation in an attempt to stop the growth of a movement for social and economic justice. Outdoor space is a threat
because it is a visible form of dissent– a visible challenge to the system, visibility that screams liberation.
We occupy to liberate. We move forward in the grand tradition of the transformative social movements that have defined American history. We stand on the shoulders of those who have struggled before us, and we pick up where others have left off. We are seeking a better society for us all.
Join us as we liberate space and deepen this moment into an enduring movement.
Monday, December 12, 2011
And so I guess it seems to be recycle this blog day again today, as this is yet another one of those posts that found itself on this blog a while ago in an attempt to maintain content for this blog and my other blog whenever web 2.0 social media user generated content blaghers block possible. Oh, and by the way, these days and times finds itself as Occupy Wall Street Day 87 of another Occupy Wall Street day.
And I am not sure what this all may mean, but these headlines keep repeating themselves, time after time, day after day. And though the names may change, the story remains the same. Another person takes another ones life because they were on psychiatric drugs. And the latest headlines being "NYPD Rips Taser Cops", an article that is to be found in last weeks NY Daily News. And this article seems as if the polizei are now using taser guns as a license to subdue someone, and the mentally ill to where that person loses their life. And this person was called an emotionally disturbed person, an EDP, or every day people. And I do not believe in mental illness. I think of mental illness as problems in living. Psychiatry is an art and not a science. And I do know that psychiatry kills and that psychiatrists are mass murders in white coats, as psychiatry and the mental health death system were born during Nazi Germany where the mentally ill were the first group killed by the nazis and were required to wear a yellow star badge. And I oppose involuntary psychiatric intervention because it is a violation of an individuals right to control his or her own soul, mind and body. And I oppose forced psychiatric procedures such as drugging, electroshock, psychosurgery, restraints, solitary confinement, and "aversive behaviour modification". And I oppose the psychiatric system because it is inherently tyrannical. And I oppose the psychiatric system because it is an extralegal parallel police force which suppresses cultural dissent. And I oppose that psych trickery for a whole lot of other reasons. And it is my hope that forced psychiatric treatment could be abolished. No one is free while others are oppressed. And I know that common neuroleptic psychiatric drugs such as Thorazine, Haldol, Prolixin, Navane, Mellaril, Stelazine, Compazine, Dartal, Daxolin, Lidone, Loxitane, Moban, Orap, Permitil, Prozac, Proketazine, Quide, Repoise, Serentil, Sparine, Taractan, Tindal, Trilafon, Vesprin and others cause brain damage and tardive dyskinesia. And it is these tranquilizers which cause homicidal and suicidal thoughts in individuals, creating more and more of these "A mental person takes another persons life" headlines. And so I thought to post this blog entry again that I posted from some time a while ago:
And there it is in the headlines in the news again today. The AM New York says it was the fourth shooting at a U.S. school in a week. Another person has lost their life to the latest rampage of the day. It is in the news on a daily basis so much that I am just going to repost a blog entry I posted just a few days ago:
There is was in the headlines again yesterday. A rampage occurred in a different state of America everyday this past week and another person has lost their life to gun violence with no end in sight. And it seems as if I could almost devote this blog to reposting and repeating this blog entry over and over on a daily basis with no end in sight. The following is a blog entry that was posted a few days ago:
There it is in the news again today. Again, I could cut and paste my blog entries over and over in my appeal to banish guns from every human being on the face of planet earth and to end the use of the images of guns in all forms of advertising, marketing, film and television as I have written in blog posts of the past. Does not advertising influence society. Guns are the worst invention of an industry ever. The am New York had an interesting statistic in an article titled "Guns and people"; there are nine guns for every ten people in the United States, a scary statistic. And there is another interesting article in their paper titled "Mayors band together to combat gun violence", some sort of acknowledgement that there is a problem. And The Villager has interesting statistics in an article titled ""Lower East Siders blast back against gun violence", New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, told a forum that 30,000 people a year are killed in gun violence nationally. And yet another person has lost their life to gun violence, and everyday someone loses their lives to acts of gun violence for whatever reason and no reason at all except for the fact that guns have been invented. It is a story that has been told in yesterdays headlines and will be told in tomorrows headlines with no end in sight. It is an industry that feeds on itself, advertisement and sensational nationalism breeds crime which breeds news, which breeds crime, which breeds more advertisement which breeds more crime. Will the cycle of the beast that has it's grip on humanity ever end. Should not guns be abolished from humanity as a whole, from everyone on the face of planet earth. And then there is that constitutional 4th amendment, the right to bear arms that should be abolished or rewritten to abolish guns and replace them with sticks and stones or something. The idea that property, material goods are worth more than life. It seems as if it is that story "The Emperor Wears No Clothes" and the whole world is paying with the loss of human life which seems to be a disposal commodity in the war industry of people against humanity. Are the slaughters of wars debasing the value of human life? Will the beast, who or whatever it is, ever release it's grip on mankind? Are the standards of social behavior declining? Is there a worldwide moral breakdown? Is society collapsing? Where is the world headed, is there hope? And one could turn the page of the newspaper and forget about these stories and daily atrocities of the world, yet they still exist. And I watched that film Bowling For Columbine by Michael Moore the other day. It is an amazing documentary to me never seen before in the history of time. And the on the back cover jacket for this film it says: "Acclaimmed filmaker Michael Moore (Roger & Me) takes aim at America's love affair with guns and violence in this Oscar winning film that "demands attention" (People)! Mixing riveting footage, hilarious animation and candid interviews with everyone from the NRA's Charlton Heston to shock rocker Marilyn Manson, Bowling for Columbine is a "brilliant" (The Hollywood Reporter) tour de force of filmaking." I am one voice, one blogger. If only it were possible to go back in time before guns existed. Is another world possible. Peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind. And what does this have to do with a No Police State?
And this latest massacre of the day story, as well as another loss of life story of the day earlier this week are also a psychiatric state. So much that I just find myself reposting the same blog entry I posted just a few weeks ago it seems: And what doe these stories have to do with a No Police State?
And my friend gave me a flyer as we were discussing the latest atrocity of the day in relation to gun violence. It is a flyer she received back in April at Union Square Park of New York City. And it is a flyer about gun violence and psychiatry. The Pharmaceutical industry is bigger than the war industry. Psychiatry Kills. Abolished forced psychiatric treatment. And what's that "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" film by Ken Kesey all about anyway. That's a whole another blog posting. For all things human rights and psych cia trickery and alternatives to the mental death system, Mind Freedom is a great website to visit to support human rights in the mental health system. I am one voice, one blogger. Is another world possible. Peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind. And what does this have to do with a No Police State?
And the flyer went on to read:
What caused the tragedy in "this state"?
It was reported in the Times and the Post Wednesday:
The killer had been taking anti-depressants.
All too often in the present age, we hear the tragic news of a senseless massacre somewhere in the country. Experience has shown, that the killer has almost always, if not absolutely always, been someone who had been prescribed anti-depressants.
The killers with names were kids who had been prescribed the anti-depressant ritalin.
The man who shot someone at this place had been prescribed an anti-depressant whose classic symptom is extreme rage directed at one specific person. The killers in the recent massacres in three different states, also one in another state, had been taking various prescription anti depressants.
Pharmaceutical drugs are prescribed, not as a last resort but as a first thought, not hesitantly but hastily and with excess. They are not properly used, but abused, with no thought of the side effects of taking chemicals which nature did not produce and evolution did not plan for us to be subjected to, like bug spray or insecticide. And this is not a small and isolated phenomenon, but rather a deliberate and systematic poisoning of the bodies and minds of the American people, on an epidemic scale.
The concentration of power, Mr. Moneybags, the State, which controls the American military-industrial complex and the pharmaceutical chemical companies that are an integral part of that system, the State, which, as Eisenhower warned, would one day gain undue influence and endanger our Liberties, has an interest in promoting this epidemic scourge of prescription drug use. Hundreds of billions of dollars a year, are made by the corporations that sell these drugs. It is big business. In addition, the State which experience has shown, for thousands of years all over the globe, tends to want to empower itself and dis-empower the People, gets exactly that benefit from this epidemic of drug use. Power and authority, competency and incompetency breeds corruption. It dis-empowers individuals by making them unhealthy. And it dis-empowers the community and the nation, by making people distrustful of each other; by making people think that their neighbor is a crazy person who they must be protected from; by persuading the People to accept, even to demand, increased police power of the State to protect them. Under such conditions even the will to independence vanishes.
The innovations of scientists and engineers are stolen and subverted by the concentrations of power; a virtue has become a vice, and chemical technology, which can and of right ought to be a liberating force in society, becomes enslaving.
Doctors are encouraged, by the drug industry, to prescribe artificial drugs to their patients. It is a regular practice, for the drug companies to pay a doctor a fee every time that doctor prescribes one of their drugs. It is no secret. In this way, the basic essential character of the American medical profession becomes one of conflict of interest.
The companies that make these drugs exert a great deal of pressure upon the mass media. There are huge advertising contracts, and there is an overlap of ownership between the drug companies and the media companies. The fact that a mass murderer was taking prescription drugs, is one of those things that will show up once in the newspapers, but is immediately and finally buried, and mum becomes the word.
There have been a thousand analyses of the killer in papers, of his history, his personality, his psychological problems; there have been a thousand demands for increased police powers; there have been a thousand calls for the outlawing of guns, and a general de-clawing of the People. But has anyone asked, how is it that society produces so many sick people?
Prescription anti-depressants are known to be a common cause of suicide; they are known to be a constant presence in senseless massacres. Surely the number of individual murders caused by these drugs must be many times greater than the number of massacres. And if there are so many suicides and murders, how many people taking pharmaceuticals must be gravely suffering, but have not quite yet arrived at the point of suicide or murder?
This epidemic of drug use, this deliberate poisoning of the bodies and minds of the American people, this deliberate, and thus far largely successful, did-empowerment of the American people, must stop. It is our purpose to reveal this truth to the American people, so that we may once again live in a sane and healthy society and the tragic deaths of so many good people in this State shall not have been in vain.
Hey Bloggers, what's a poker face? I just came across something on the internet about the game of poker which has me to wondering what's a poker face, among many other thoughts. Is that a face of poker. And what is poker? Does Wikipedia, that internet bible dictionary have an entry for that? And from what I remember, does it have something to do with that The Emperor Wears No Clothes story where one puts on a sort of pretend face and does not show their true feelings, and it is a child who sees clearly, or what is the moral of that story. And is this some sort of strategy of life, some sort of defense of life, some sort of game that is played with a deck of cards or something. And what about that deck of cards, what kind of cards are in that deck of cards. What does this phrase mean. And I think I may have seen people wearing this face sometimes throughout my travels, and I think I wear it sometimes, but how and when and for what reason. And what if ones does not wear this face, and does this face really exist at all? What does this all mean. And in other blah blog thoughts, I've been Twittering a lot lately in my blogaholicness as npsgirl, and boy are some of those profile names on Twitter funny, with names like "Father Time", "EvilPRGuy", "Dr. Blogstein" "Dr of Love", "paperchasr", "grantsrant", "RSS Vanity Spy", and "Philosopher X". And in other thoughts, have a great blogging day.
Friday, December 9, 2011
And according to their Facebook page, it's Nublu Jazz Festival time again. And that third annual New York 2011 Nublu Jazz Fest seems to be somewhere between Nublu In Outer Place and Nublu itself this year in that neighborhood of the Lower East Side now called the East Village for real estate marketing purposes maybe, on those dates of December 7th - 18th according to that photo that finds itself posted above. And some of those performers for this years festival include Criolo, DJ Greg Caz, Mobius Collective, Wax Poetic, Clark Gayton, Love Trio, Malik Work, Forro In The Dark, On Ka Davis And The Original Djuke Players, Nublu Orchestra Conducted By Butch Morris, Underground Horns, Dizzy Ventilators, Kenny Wollesen, Dalius Naujo, Jonathon Haffner, DJ Hardedge and a host of others. And a 2011 Nublu Jazz Fest Rocks. Have a great Nublu Jazz Festival and more day.
And so here goes another one of those posts that was posted on this blog some time a while ago on this recycle this blog day. And even though the date, times and places may have changed, the story remains the same....
And there is unrest in the world. And I know because there are headlines in the news and sitting in my email inbox seemingly piling up upon each other with no end in sight with titles that read, "Defiant Hamas hits Israel with dozens of rockets, Taliban burning, beheading its way through Pakistani valley, Man shoots talker at movies, 'Santa' opens fire at Calif. party , Clashes hit Athens ahead of boy's funeral, shots fired in SoCal Toys 'R' Us". And these headlines seem as if they want to be endless. And even though the mantra of the day seems to be "Happy Holidays", it sometimes does not seem so happy. As a bleak grim photo of the world seems as if it is being painted between the economy, people who are losing their lives on a daily basis due to gun violence, that subject that seems to be nowhere found in those presidential election campaigns, an endless amount of seemingly never ending wars that seem as if they have been around since the beginning of time, and a seemingly endless amount of other atrocious and incomprehensible headlines that are too innumerable for me to mention in one blog posting. And are these merry happy holy dayze in this seasons greetings, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year time of year. Are they to be found somewhere here on planet earth. And I wonder if this world that seems as if it is spinning out of control is all part of that 2012 on track thing, or that Kali Yuga iron age descending thing, or some other magical explanation that could be written the stars somewhere in prophecy. And is there a reason to celebrate the holidays this year, these days and times. And it is an observance. Where is the world headed. No one is free when others are oppressed. Is another world possible. Peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind.
Okay, it's not exactly that holiday of Halloween as I look at that Gregorian calendar on wall. It's just that this is yet another one of those recycle this blog posts in an attempt to maintain content for this blog and my other blog whenever blaghers block possible.
Abracadabra! Open sesame! Fire, Earth, Air, Water, Metal, Wood. It is still Halloween today. And this day could be a blessing or a curse, as that is what the word abracadabra means according to that Internet dictionary Wikipedia. "Avracadabra" is derived from the Hebrew, ha-brachah, meaning "the blessing" and dabra, an Aramaic form of the Hebrew word dever, meaning "pestilence". And it is also the origin of the name of that fat bellied demon Abraxas, a Gnostic word for God which was thought to be a spell of great power. His name adds up to exactly 365, whatever that could mean. And it is magic and occult. And for what reason does that triangle photo placed in this blog entry look like half of a pentagram, I am not sure. And today is that scary, supernatural and mystical time of year when the devil, Satan, Christ and the spirits of the dead come to town. When Pan and the Grim Reaper awakes and witchcraft, witches, gargoyles and Gothics come out to play and when one gets to masquerade and play dress up for whoever they want to be. And in a change of topic that comes to mind, I am thinking of that great beast in Revelations, as those California wildfires are still burning and they are reminding me of Armageddon or the apocalypse or something enough to make me think it is the beginning of the end. Or maybe it is just global warming or mother nature. And I also seem to be running out of things to blah blog about these days again. And so those religious thoughts come to mind again as I ask myself, who or what is that beast that is to be found in the Book of Revelations. Who or what is this beast that seems to have its grip on mankind and the world and will not let go in the seemingly endless amount of atrocities that happen on a daily basis in the world these days that are too innumerable to mention with no end in sight. Who or what does the beast represent? Is it that beast that Babylon sits on that I posted about a few postings ago. And when I think of the beast, more thoughts come to mind; Babylon, confusion, the anti Christ, technology, the microprocessor, a cashless society, the Middle East, the European Union, globalism, security, terrorism, nuclear energy, national I.D's, the collapse of morality, trials and tribulations, wars and rumors of wars and Satan ruling the world etc;. Are these some of the top ten prophecy signs of the beginning of the end. And again when I think of the beast I think of gun violence and glory, the worst invention of an industry ever, and all of the things that kill man, man made or nature; wars, famine, disease, plagues, wild beasts, and save no man that he may buy or sell except that he has the mark of the beast upon his forehead, or is that his right hand, for it is the number of a man, 666. Whatever that means. And who are those beasts full of eyes, and those horses that are to be found in Revelations. That could be a whole another blog posting. And much like the verse of Babylon, there is a wealth of information to be interpreted. And so to make this blog posting an even longer posting to read and possibly the longest posting I have posted yet.., I am posting that all to familiar verse to be found in the book of Revelations. If you believe. Watch and be ready. Happy Halloween.
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
And it's recycle this blog again in an attempt to maintain content for this blog and my other blog whenever blaghers block possible, as this is yet another one of those posts that found itself on this blog some time a while ago.
Hey Bloggers, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and those other holy days this time of year are here and according to that Gregorian calendar New Years Eve and New Years Day is just around the corner. I know because the calendar, the date on this computers clock, and all of those advertisings and listings in all of those newspapers says so. And with that New Years days usually comes what seems like a ton of New Years Day parties and celebrations to celebrate the ringing in and coming of the new year. And from what I recall, according to that Chinese New Year zodiac 12 year cycle calendar, it is also the year of the ox, I think. And its New Years Eve party time for another calendar year. And the admission prices of some of those New Years Eve events are usually priced well beyond my go to a party or an event budget sometimes to me and can be enough to have me just hiding out under a rock and going nowhere that day. And some of those New Years Events that are to be found in that City of New York are as follows:
Okay, there aren't any events listed in this post as follows, as this is another one of those recycle this blog posts and those events that were of last year may or may not be this year also, though I am sure there are many holiday events to be found in holidayland this impending 2012 of a year. Happy Holidays.
Cell Phones. And unless you have been hiding out under one of those rocks or stuck in the stone age or something, it seems that just about everyone on planet earth must have heard about cell phones by now, as it seems as if everyone is walking around with one of those hand held communication seemingly space age like devices attached to their hands or ears these days and times. And so with the invention of all things cell phones do you find yourself as one of those internetaholics? Do you find yourself as one of those socialmediaaholics? Well, if you happen to be looking to Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Twitter or any other of those social network websites, LG DoublePlay™ can help you. You can use those social networking websites with their DoublePlay and can be texting, talking, taking photos, making videos, interneting, emailing and multi tasking in no time with one of their touch screen and QWERTY keyboard cell phones from T Mobile. With LG DoublePlay you can social network on that cell phone in the middle of nowhere and anywhere at any given hour. And how would that DoublePlay phone change the way you interact with Social Networks? Leave your answers in the comment section below.
And somehow I came across this 30 Signs That The United States Of America Is Being Turned Into A Giant Prison article throughout my travels in internetland the other day. And this seems to be an interesting 30 Signs That The United States Of America Is Being Turned Into A Giant Prison article indeed. And that website describes itself as "Waking People Up And Getting Them To Realize That The American Dream Is Quickly Becoming The American Nightmare". And that photo that appears with their article links to an Amazon Big Brother: The Orwellian Nightmare Come True paperback book. And 2011 = 1984. 2012. An awakening. A time for change. And if I could add a couple of Big Brother Checkpoint Charlie things to this list throughout my travels here on planet earth they would be something like: So what's up with all of those New York City subway terrorize and program you with if you see a suspicious package, if you see something say something horrorize you terror messages one has to listen to as they attempt to go their subway way each subway day messages. And who are the terror horrorists these days and times. And can I even blah blagh that phrase on this blagh these web 2.0 social media user generated content look for a keyword microtechnology everything surveillance state days and times. And what's up with that Port Authority of New York and New Jersey check your bags checkpoint as you attempt to get on the escalators just to come and go your subway, train or bus day. And what, if anything, does this have to do with a No Police State. And so that internet article reads something like as follows:
If you live in the United States of America, you live in a giant prison where liberty and freedom are slowly being strangled to death. In this country, the control freaks that run things are obsessed with watching, tracking, monitoring and recording virtually everything that we do. Nothing is private anymore. Everything that you do on the Internet is being monitored. All of your phone calls are being monitored. In fact, if law enforcement authorities suspect that you have done something wrong, they will use your cell phone microphone to listen to you even when you think your cell phone is turned off. In many areas of the country, when you get into your car automated license plate readers track you wherever you go, and in many major cities when you are walking on the streets a vast network of security cameras and "smart street lights" are constantly watching you and listening to whatever you say. The TSA is setting up "internal checkpoints" all over the nation, Homeland Security is encouraging all of us to report any "suspicious activity" that our neighbors are involved in and the federal government is rapidly developing "pre-crime" technology that will flag us as "potential terrorists" if we display any signs of nervousness. If you are flagged as a "potential terrorist", the U.S. military can arrest you and detain you for the rest of your life without ever having to charge you with anything. Yes, the United States of America is rapidly being turned into a "Big Brother" prison grid, and most Americans are happily going along with it.
The sad thing is that this used to be "the land of the free and the home of the brave".
So what in the world happened?
A fundamental shift in our culture has taken place. The American people have eagerly given up huge chunks of liberty and freedom in exchange for vague promises of increased security.
Our country is now run by total control freaks and paranoia has become standard operating procedure.
We were told that the terrorists hate our liberties and our freedoms, and that we needed to fight the terrorists so that we could keep our liberties and our freedoms.
But instead, the government keeps taking away all of our liberties and our freedoms.
How in the world does that make any sense?
Have the terrorists won?
As a country, we have moved so far in the direction of communist China, the USSR and Nazi Germany that it is almost impossible to believe.
Yes, turning the United States of America into a giant prison may make us all slightly safer, but what kind of life is this?
Do we want to be dead while we are still alive?
Is this the price that we want to pay in order to feel slightly safer?
Where are the millions of Americans that still yearn to breathe free air?
America is supposed to be a land teeming with people thirsting for independence. For example, "Live Free or Die" is supposedly the official motto of the state of New Hampshire.
But instead, the motto of most Americans seems to be "live scared and die cowering".
We don't have to live like this.
Yes, bad things are always going to happen. No amount of security is ever going to be able to keep us 100% safe.
We need to remember that a very high price was paid for our liberty and we should not give it up so easily.
As one very famous American once said, when we give up liberty for security we deserve neither.
The following are 30 signs that the United States of America is being turned into a giant prison....
#1 A new bill that is going through the U.S. Senate would allow the U.S. military to arrest American citizens and hold them indefinitely without trial. This new law was recently discussed in an article posted on the website of the New American....
In what may be a tale too bizarre to be believed by millions of Americans, the U.S. Senate appears ready to pass a bill that will designate the entire earth, including the United States and its territories, one all-encompassing “battlefield” in the global “war on terror” and authorize the detention of Americans suspected of terrorist ties indefinitely and without trial or even charges being filed that would necessitate a trial.
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham is a big supporter of the bill, and he says that it would "basically say in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield".
According to the PPJ Gazette, the following are three things that this new law would do....
1) Explicitly authorize the federal government to indefinitely imprison without charge or trial American citizens and others picked up inside and outside the United States;
(2) Mandate military detention of some civilians who would otherwise be outside of military control, including civilians picked up within the United States itself; and
(3) Transfer to the Department of Defense core prosecutorial, investigative, law enforcement, penal, and custodial authority and responsibility now held by the Department of Justice.
#2 U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman is asking Google to install a "terrorist button" on all Blogger.com blogs so that readers can easily flag "terrorist content" for authorities.
#3 Most Americans have no idea how sophisticated the "Big Brother" prison grid has become. For example, in Washington D.C. the movements of every single car are tracked using automated license plate readers (ALPRs). The following comes from a recent Washington Post article....
More than 250 cameras in the District and its suburbs scan license plates in real time, helping police pinpoint stolen cars and fleeing killers. But the program quietly has expanded beyond what anyone had imagined even a few years ago.
With virtually no public debate, police agencies have begun storing the information from the cameras, building databases that document the travels of millions of vehicles.
Nowhere is that more prevalent than in the District, which has more than one plate-reader per square mile, the highest concentration in the nation. Police in the Washington suburbs have dozens of them as well, and local agencies plan to add many more in coming months, creating a comprehensive dragnet that will include all the approaches into the District.
#4 In some American schools, RFID chips are now being used to monitor the attendance and movements of children while they are at school. The following is how one article recently described a program that has just been instituted at a preschool in California....
Upon arriving in the morning, according to the Associated Press, each student at the CCC-George Miller preschool will don a jersey with a stitched in RFID chip. As the kids go about the business of learning, sensors in the school will record their movements, collecting attendance for both classes and meals. Officials from the school have claimed they're only recording information they're required to provide while receiving federal funds for their Headstart program.
#5 Increasingly, incidents of misbehavior at many U.S. schools are being treated as very serious crimes. For example, when a little girl kissed a little boy at one Florida elementary school recently, it was considered to be a "possible sex crime" and the police were called out.
#6 But what happened to one very young student in Stockton, California earlier this year was even worse....
Earlier this year, a Stockton student was handcuffed with zip ties on his hands and feet, forced to go to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and was charged with battery on a police officer. That student was 5 years old.
#7 In the United States today, police are trained to respond to even the smallest crimes with extreme physical force. For example, one grandfather in Arizona was recently filmed laying unconscious in a pool of his own blood after police rammed his head into the flood inside a Wal-Mart on Black Friday night. It was thought that he was shoplifting, but it turns out that he says that he was just trying to tuck a video game away so other crazed shoppers would not grab it out of his hands.
#8 Did you know that the government actually sets up fake cell phone towers that can intercept your cell phone calls? The following is how a recent Wired article described these "stingrays"....
You make a call on your cellphone thinking the only thing standing between you and the recipient of your call is your carrier’s cellphone tower. In fact, that tower your phone is connecting to just might be a boobytrap set up by law enforcement to ensnare your phone signals and maybe even the content of your calls.
So-called stingrays are one of the new high-tech tools that authorities are using to track and identify you. The devices, about the size of a suitcase, spoof a legitimate cellphone tower in order to trick nearby cellphones and other wireless communication devices into connecting to the tower, as they would to a real cellphone tower.
The government maintains that the stingrays don’t violate Fourth Amendment rights, since Americans don’t have a legitimate expectation of privacy for data sent from their mobile phones and other wireless devices to a cell tower.
#9 U.S. border agents are allowed by law to search any laptop being brought into the United States without even needing any reason to do so.
#10 In the United States of America, everyone is a "potential terrorist". According to FBI Director Robert Mueller, "homegrown terrorists" represent as big a threat to American national security as al-Qaeda does.
#11 Most Americans are not that concerned about the Patriot Act, but that might change if they understood that the federal government has a "secret interpretation" of what the Patriot Act really means. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden says that the U.S. government interprets the Patriot Act much more "broadly" than the general public does....
"We’re getting to a gap between what the public thinks the law says and what the American government secretly thinks the law says."
#12 The FBI is now admittedly recording Internet talk radio programs all over the United States. The following comes from a recent article by Mark Weaver of WMAL.com....
If you call a radio talk show and get on the air, you might be recorded by the FBI.
The FBI has awarded a $524,927 contract to a Virginia company to record as much radio news and talk programming as it can find on the Internet.
The FBI says it is not playing big brother by policing the airwaves, but rather seeking access to what airs as potential evidence.
#13 The federal government has decided that what you and I share with one another on Facebook and on Twitter could be a threat to national security. According to a recent Associated Press article, the Department of Homeland Security will soon be "gleaning information from sites such as Twitter and Facebook for law enforcement purposes".
#14 What you say on your cell phone is never private. The truth is that that the FBI can demand to see your cell phone data whenever it wants. In addition, according to CNET News the FBI can remotely activate the microphone on your cell phone and listen to whatever you are saying....
The FBI appears to have begun using a novel form of electronic surveillance in criminal investigations: remotely activating a mobile phone's microphone and using it to eavesdrop on nearby conversations.
The technique is called a "roving bug," and was approved by top U.S. Department of Justice officials for use against members of a New York organized crime family who were wary of conventional surveillance techniques such as tailing a suspect or wiretapping him.
#15 In some areas of the country, law enforcement authorities are pulling data out of cell phones for no reason whatsoever. According to the ACLU, state police in Michigan are now using "extraction devices" to download data from the cell phones of motorists that they pull over. This is taking place even if the motorists that are pulled over are not accused of doing anything wrong.
The following is how a recent article on CNET News described the capabilities of these "extraction devices"....
The devices, sold by a company called Cellebrite, can download text messages, photos, video, and even GPS data from most brands of cell phones. The handheld machines have various interfaces to work with different models and can even bypass security passwords and access some information.
#16 The federal government has become so paranoid that they have been putting GPS tracking devices on the vehicles of thousands of people that have not even been charged with committing any crimes. The following is a short excerpt from a recent Wired magazine article about this issue....
The 25-year-old resident of San Jose, California, says he found the first one about three weeks ago on his Volvo SUV while visiting his mother in Modesto, about 80 miles northeast of San Jose. After contacting Wired and allowing a photographer to snap pictures of the device, it was swapped out and replaced with a second tracking device. A witness also reported seeing a strange man looking beneath the vehicle of the young man’s girlfriend while her car was parked at work, suggesting that a tracking device may have been retrieved from her car.
Then things got really weird when police showed up during a Wired interview with the man.
The young man, who asked to be identified only as Greg, is one among an increasing number of U.S. citizens who are finding themselves tracked with the high-tech devices.
The Justice Department has said that law enforcement agents employ GPS as a crime-fighting tool with “great frequency,” and GPS retailers have told Wired that they’ve sold thousands of the devices to the feds.
#17 New high-tech street lights that are being funded by the federal government and that are being installed all over the nation can also be used as surveillance cameras, can be used by the DHS to make "security announcements" and can even be used to record personal conversations. The following is from a recent article by Paul Joseph Watson for Infowars.com....
Federally-funded high-tech street lights now being installed in American cities are not only set to aid the DHS in making “security announcements” and acting as talking surveillance cameras, they are also capable of “recording conversations,” bringing the potential privacy threat posed by ‘Intellistreets’ to a whole new level.
#18 If you choose to protest in the streets of America today, there is a good chance that you will be brutalized. All over the United States law enforcement authorities have been spraying pepper spray directly into the faces of unarmed protesters in recent weeks.
#19 In many areas of the United States today, you will be arrested if you do not produce proper identification for the police. In the old days, "your papers please" was a phrase that was used to use to mock the tyranny of Nazi Germany. But now all of us are being required to be able to produce "our papers" for law enforcement authorities at any time. For example, a 21-year-old college student named Samantha Zucker was recently arrested and put in a New York City jail for 36 hours just because she could not produce any identification for police.
#20 According to blogger Alexander Higgins, students in kindergarten and the 1st grade in the state of New Jersey are now required by law to participate "in monthly anti-terrorism drills". The following is an excerpt from a letter that he recently received from the school where his child attends....
Each month a school must conduct one fire drill and one security drill which may be a lockdown, bomb threat, evacuation, active shooter, or shelter-in place drill. All schools are now required by law to implement this procedure.
So who in the world ever decided that it would be a good idea for 1st grade students to endure "lockdown" and "active shooter" drills?
To get an idea of what these kinds of drills are like, just check out this video.
#21 With all of the other problems that we are having all over the nation, you would think that authorities would not be too concerned about little kids that are trying to sell cups of lemonade. But sadly, over the past year police have been sent in to shut down lemonade stands run by children all over the United States.
#22 The federal government has decided to invest a significant amount of time, money and energy raiding organic farms. The following example comes from Natural News....
It is the latest case of extreme government food tyranny, and one that is sure to have you reeling in anger and disgust. Health department officials recently conducted a raid of Quail Hollow Farm, an organic community supported agriculture (CSA) farm in southern Nevada, during its special "farm to fork" picnic dinner put on for guests -- and the agent who arrived on the scene ordered that all the fresh, local produce and pasture-based meat that was intended for the meal be destroyed with bleach.
#23 It is an absolute disgrace that all of us (including grandmothers and young children) must either go through body scanners that reveal the intimate details of our naked bodies or endure "enhanced pat-downs" during which our genitals will be touched before we are allowed to get on an airplane.
It is also an absolute disgrace that the American people are putting up with this.
#24 Invasive TSA security techniques are not just for airports anymore. Now, TSA "VIPR teams" are actively conducting random inspections at bus stations and on interstate highways all over the United States. For example, the following comes from a local news report down in Tennessee....
You're probably used to seeing TSA's signature blue uniforms at the airport, but now agents are hitting the interstates to fight terrorism with Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR).
"Where is a terrorist more apt to be found? Not these days on an airplane more likely on the interstate," said Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons.
Tuesday Tennessee was first to deploy VIPR simultaneously at five weigh stations and two bus stations across the state.
TSA "VIPR teams" now conduct approximately 8,000 "unannounced security screenings" a year at subway stations, bus terminals, ports and highway rest stops.
#25 More than a million hotel television sets all over America are now broadcasting propaganda messages from the Department of Homeland Security promoting the "See Something, Say Something" campaign. In essence, the federal government wants all of us to become "informants" and to start spying on one another constantly. The following comes from an article posted by USA Today....
Starting today, the welcome screens on 1.2 million hotel television sets in Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton, Holiday Inn and other hotels in the USA will show a short public service announcement from DHS. The 15-second spot encourages viewers to be vigilant and call law enforcement if they witness something suspicious during their travels.
#26 Certain "types" of American citizens are being labeled as potential threats in official U.S. government documents. An unclassified Department of Homeland Security report published a couple years ago entitled "Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment" claims that a belief in Bible prophecy "could motivate extremist individuals and groups to stockpile food, ammunition and weapons." The report goes on to state that such people are potentially dangerous.
#27 Back on February 20, 2009, the State of Missouri issued a report entitled "MIAC Strategic Report: The Modern Militia Movement". That report warned that the following types of people may be potential terrorists....
*those that are against illegal immigration
*those that consider "the New World Order" to be a threat
*those that have a negative view of the United Nations
#28 As I have written about previously, a very disturbing document that Oath Keepers has obtained shows that the FBI is now instructing store owners to report many new forms of "suspicious activity" to them. According to the document, "suspicious activity" now includes the following....
*paying with cash
*missing a hand or fingers
*making "extreme religious statements"
*purchasing weatherproofed ammunition or match containers
*purchasing meals ready to eat
*purchasing night vision devices, night flashlights or gas masks
Do any of those "signs of suspicious activity" apply to you?
#29 Soon you may get labeled as a "potential terrorist" if you are just feeling a little nervous. A new "pre-crime" technology system that is currently being tested by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will soon be in use all over the nation. It is called "Future Attribute Screening Technology" (FAST), and it is very frightening. The following description of this new program comes from an article in the London Telegraph....
Using cameras and sensors the "pre-crime" system measures and tracks changes in a person's body movements, the pitch of their voice and the rhythm of their speech.
It also monitors breathing patterns, eye movements, blink rate and alterations in body heat, which are used to assess an individual's likelihood to commit a crime.
The Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST) programme is already being tested on a group of government employees who volunteered to act as guinea pigs.
#30 The truth is that nobody puts more people into prison than America does. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world and the largest total prison population on the entire globe.
To read about some of the crazy things that the control freaks running things have planned for the future, just check out this article by Natural News: "10 outlandish things the 'scientific' controllers have in mind for you in the near future".
Once again, despite all of this outrageous "security", it is inevitable that a lot of really bad things are going to happen in the United States in the years ahead.
When there are incidents of violence, it is also inevitable that there will be calls for even more "Big Brother" security measures.
We are going to be caught in a never ending spiral of tyranny where the "solution" is always even tighter security.
Eventually, we will have lost all of our liberties and freedoms, and we will probably be even less safe than we are today.
Do not be deceived. We could put a soldier on every corner, a video camera in every room of every home and an RFID chip in every citizen but that would not make us "safe".
Every single lawmaker that is backing these laws which strip our liberties and freedoms away deserves to be voted out of office.
If you love the United States of America, please stand up and say something while you still can.
Please use this article and other articles like it as tools. Share them with your friends and your family. If we can get enough people to wake up, perhaps there is still enough time to turn the direction of this country around.
Will the final chapters of the history of the United States of America be mentioned in the same breath as communist China, the USSR and Nazi Germany, or will the final chapters of the history of the United States of America be the greatest chapters of all?
The choice, America, is up to you.