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Tuesday, September 18

18.Sept.2012: Occupy Wall Street One-Year Anniversary Special; plus More Political Parties, Robin Hood Tax, Curses of Privatization, Arab Spring, Problems of Belief and Doctrine, Climate Change Diseases, Debt Collector Prosecutors, U.S. and Israeli Lies About Iran, Win Against NDAA, Striking Chicago Teachers, Tea Party Failure, NSA Whistleblower, Jailed Women, Food Companies Mislead and Cheat, Mindlessly Complying with Authority, Occudoc

#OWS has officially entered its 2nd year. 
Whether you are for or against what the 99% stand for, you must (as an American) support the freedom of assembly and speech. At Reddit's Occupy 2.0, THE DISSENTING HERETIC is documenting this new phase of #OccupyWallSt. Join us.

Let's Have More Political Parties

With well over 200 years of experience using our first-past-the-goal-post system of elections we surely can now judge whether it works as we would hope. There is a wide body of opinion that is dissatisfied with our system, though that opinion is is far from universal. In particular, the small but powerful class of Republican and Democratic office holders support the current system but then again they know what to expect with it and it works well for them, electing them to well-paid powerful positions again and again.

Occupy/Black Bloc Tactics Debated

In the immediacy of mass protest and non-violent civil disobedience, how can one differentiate between the disruptive violence of Black Bloc anarchists and the disruptive violence of undercover police agent provocateurs

How To Tell If Occupy's Anniversary Push Is Succeeding

Occupy Your Victories: OWS' First Anniversary

Occupy is now a year old.  A year is an almost ridiculous measure of time for much of what matters: at one year old, Georgia O’Keeffe was not a great painter, and Bessie Smith wasn’t much of a singer. One year into the Civil Rights Movement, the Montgomery Bus Boycott was still in progress, catalyzed by the unknown secretary of the local NAACP chapter and a preacher from Atlanta -- by, that is, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. Occupy, our bouncing baby, was born with such struggle and joy a year ago, and here we are, 12 long months later.

#S17 Commemorates First Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street Movement

Taking advantage of the one year anniversary of the birth of the Occupy Wall Street movement in lower Manhattan, economic justice advocates take to the streets today under the banner of #S17.

Occupy's Protest Is Not Over. It Has Barely Begun

A good many observers wonder, is Occupy over? After all, the encampments that announced the movement a year ago have largely disappeared, and no obviously similar protestdemonstrations of young people have taken their place, at least not in the United States.

Progressives Must Move Beyond Occupy

Average citizens evaluate political organizations based on how those organizations actually function. They know a political organization is a microcosm of the society it wishes to create. So after ten months of heavy involvement in Occupy, I have this question for Occupiers: would you honestly want to live in a society that is organized like Occupy and functions like Occupy? Do you want a society that claims to be "leaderless" while its true leaders remain hidden and unelected? Do you want a society with no written rules? Do you really expect the general public to support an organization that would extend this model to the rest of society?

Arrests Near Stock Exchange Top 150 on Occupy Wall St. Anniversary

More than 150 people were arrested on Monday as protesters tried to block access to the New York Stock Exchange on the first anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Celebrating the campaign of the National Nurses United union to win support for a “Robin Hood Tax” on every trade to fund social services and rebuild communities, the platform argued that: “Democrats should make this common-sense levy central to their agenda, part of a long-term vision for moving America from a Wall Street–driven casino capitalism to a Main Street–focused caring, clean and green economics.”

Robin Hood Tax Bill Introduced In Congress

The U.S. Robin Hood Tax Campaign today applauded the introduction in Congress of a bill that would impose a tax on Wall Street speculation. Introduced by Rep. Keith Ellison, HR 6411, the Inclusive Prosperity Act, would raise up to $350 billion in annual revenues that would be used to breathe new life into Main Street communities across America, as well as international health, sustainable prosperity and environmental programs.

Five Looming Curses of Privatization

The futility of diverting public funds into the hands of profitseekers has been well-documented. Here are a few of the gathering curses of privatization.

How Arab Spring turned into protests and 'Death to America!'

An outbreak of violence in Afghanistan this weekend was testament to a clear trend: In Muslim countries now enjoying more political freedom, anti-American anger is coming to the surface.

The Many Problems Of Belief, Doctrine and Atheism

Religious belief systems are one of the most powerful emotional drivers in humanity today. Depending on specific belief system, which book is taken as holy, which god or gods are worshiped, and the seriousness with which the believer takes their faith, the beliefs of the religious are held as a very personal thing; on par with the perceived identity of the believer in terms of the way it is treated.

Today marks the one year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protests, and activists intend to mark the milestone by holding a new round of demonstrations. Dozens have already been arrested, even before the main protests began.

According to a new report by the Congressional Research Service, cutting taxes for the wealthiest does not cause economic growth, despite constant conservative claims that it will. 

5 Diseases On the Move: Climate Change

'As of Aug. 21, 2012, a total of 1,118 West Nile virus cases have been reported in the U.S.' (photo: Tennessee Department of Health)
hen we consider the future effects of climate change in the United States, we sometimes think super-hurricanes, intense wildfires and a cinematic dystopia featuring robotic Haley Joel Osment racing around flooded Manhattan. However, we may want to put the scuba-lessons aside and consider a lesser-known threat from rising temperatures and erratic weather. Experts note that climate change may also be impacting certain environmentally sensitive diseases, and not in a way that will have us breathing easier.

In Prosecutors, Debt Collectors Find a Partner

he letters are sent by the thousands to people across the country who have written bad checks, threatening them with jail if they do not pay up.

The US Election and the Men who Rule the World
The gleaming poster girl smile to go with the gleaming poster girl products and the whitewashed perfect teeth to match the whitewashed perfect lies. In a world of broken-tooth smiles and deadbeat reality, the advertising industry knows that selling a half-baked dream of ‘happiness through hedonism’ to the masses is not too hard to achieve. And that dream-world comprises products designed for obsolescence in a use and throw culture in a use and throw world of expendable countries with expendable populations that sit on top of oil and the various other mineral resources required to swell corporate coffers and keep consumerism afloat.

3 Reasons the US and Israel are Lying About Iran

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls "for the US to establish a firm "red line" that Iran's nuclear program can't cross without risking a military response," and the West is marched ever closer to war with the Islamic Republic based on tired and repeated lies, three important points must be kept in mind. 

Occupy Infiltrates Financial District with Creative, Decentralized Actions for First Anniversary

What started as a couple hundred people in a park with no plan has turned into a decentralized, distributed network of activists.

Overzealous NYPD: Man Arrested at Zuccotti for Yelling; Code Pink Codirector Arrested for Throwing a Bra

Recently, it appears the NYPD is getting even more voracious in their policing, with increasing examples of arrests over absurd and unclear violations. Today at Zuccotti Park, where protesters are commemorating the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, there's already been at least one arrest under confused pretenses, when a man was hauled in, apparently, for yelling. 

We Won—for Now

In January I sued President Barack Obama over Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorized the military to detain U.S. citizens indefinitely, strip them of due process and hold them in military facilities, including offshore penal colonies. Last week, round one in the battle to strike down the onerous provision, one that saw me joined by six other plaintiffs including Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg, ended in an unqualified victory for the public. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest, who accepted every one of our challenges to the law, made her temporary injunction of the section permanent. In short, she declared the law unconstitutional.

Judge Declines to Hear Rahm's "Vindictive" Restraining Order Against Striking Teachers

Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago School Board attempted to halt the teacher's strike via a restraining order, but the judge on the case refused to hear their argument today, saying a hearing date may be set for Wednesday. 

Financial District In Chaos On 'Occupy Wall Street' Anniversary

rotesters and cops swarmed the Financial District Monday morning during events marking the one-year anniversary of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement.

Occupy Your Victories: OWS' First Anniversary

ccupy is now a year old. A year is an almost ridiculous measure of time for much of what matters: at one year old, Georgia O'Keeffe was not a great painter, and Bessie Smith wasn't much of a singer. One year into the Civil Rights Movement, the Montgomery Bus Boycott was still in progress, catalyzed by the unknown secretary of the local NAACP chapter and a preacher from Atlanta -- by, that is, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. Occupy, our bouncing baby, was born with such struggle and joy a year ago, and here we are, 12 long months later.

NSA Whistleblower

George Knapp was joined by former senior executive of the NSA, Thomas Drake (relatedarticle), who discussed his decision to blow the whistle on the agency's Trailblazer Project and illegal spying operations, which led to his being charged under the Espionage Act.

The failure of the Tea Party Republicans

The most unpopular and least productive congress in recent history is the 112th. And what makes it different from others is the fact that it is the first Congress that won its Republican majority in 2010, with more than 80 members of the Tea Party.

Congress set to leave a pile of problems behind

Photo - US Capitol Building in Washington DCThe House and Senate will work just a few days this week then leave town until after the November election, abandoning work on legislation that's needed to avert looming tax hikes and more than $1 trillion in mandatory federal spending cuts so they can spend their days campaigning for re-election.

The hidden victims of a lock 'em up culture

There are two groups who suffer most from this lack of interest. One is women. Over the past 15 years, the number of female prisoners has more than doubled, and more than 10,000 women are now sent to jail every year. The five-part investigation which begins in The Independent today explains why, and also offers some ideas of what might be done to improve the situation.

Children in peril as women are jailed in record numbers [U.K.]

The number of women in prisons has more than doubled in 15 years, with 17,240 children separated from mothers who are in jail, an investigation by The Independent shows today.

Media Not Concerned About the Very Poor

The mainstream media rarely covers poverty unless politicians mention it--and politicians don't mention it unless they're forced to.

A Totally Different Way to Think About Economics — with Visionary Charles Eisenstein

What would the world look like if money embodied our values?

5 Surprising Ways Food Companies Cheat and Mislead Consumers

Even the most savvy shopper could be persuaded by some of these false claims.
At least 1 out of 3 comply with authority mindlessly

Our Pro-Corporate Supreme Court

AlterNet Radio: Poverty, Not Teachers' Unions, Is What's Plaguing Our Schools; Right-Wingers Setting the Middle East on Fire


Arrests Near Stock Exchange Top 150 on Occupy Wall St. Anniversary

LEAKED Romney Video: Doesn't Care About 47% of Americans

Occupy Sunset Park: 99% Solidarity Takes Root in Brooklyn Community Where Tenants Stage Rent Strike

After Weekend Protests See 50 Arrests, Protesters Detained in Early-Morning Action on Wall Street

American Autumn: An Occudoc

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