Military Violence against civilians in Egypt: 12/17/2011 – Link to live video

Sad news: The military in Egypt has attacked protesters. Nine people are dead.

Live Streaming on a global occupy live stream site:
http://www.livestream.com/globalrevolutio

You can help. Watch the live video. Be a witness.
Comment and follow action alert directions.

Link to a story at Vancouver Sun: here.
Protesters are returning to Tahrir Square.

Does Goldman Sachs rule the world? (And, why was GS Mic-Checked by Occupy Princeton?)

Updates and links about Mon Dec 12th actions: here
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Three pieces about Goldman Sachs:

(excerpt from) Digital Journal/Op-Ed
The Goldman Sachs project — New world government?
November 18, 2011

“By leading the world’s economies into chaos, Goldman Sachs is creating a situation where they can replace key government leaders with their own people.
It’s a cheap con: scare your victim then move in to offer ‘protection.’

That’s the technique that’s now being used on a global scale to oust world leaders and effectively take over world government…”

The piece at Digital Journal points out that two world leaders, in countries where there are financial crises, have connections to Goldman Sachs:

Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos has ties to Goldman Sachs.

The Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Monti, “was an international adviser to Goldman Sachs from 2005 until his nomination to lead the Italian government.”

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(excerpt from) The Atlantic Wire
Occupy Princeton Hijacked a Goldman Sachs Recruiting Event
December 9, 2011
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Please check out “Sonny Meadows Week” at Peace Couple (plus, quiz at bottom of this post)

As many of you know, Sonny Meadows is a local musician and activist, here on Long Island, New York. The Wilders have admired his work — and his many solo performances and band performances — over the years. With the advent of the occupy movement, it seems to us that Sonny’s music about injustice, social justice, war and peace, is even more valuable. Now there are legions of empowered people to enjoy these songs, and learn this music.

At our Peace Couple website, we do a “Peace Song of the Day”, every day of the year. We used this past week to celebrate Sonny Meadows. If you go over there, you can check out which 7 songs we picked from among Sonny’s long list of favorites. (Maybe you want to guess first, or, think which of his songs you would have chosen, before you click over?)

For the real insiders, we could not resist making a game out of this project. So, at the readmore, you can find a quiz. See if you can match the Sonny Meadows song, with a brief quote from the lyrics. (And, if my darling husband is reading this, you have to play, too! And, no cheating!)

Sonny Meadows/Peace Song of the Week Quiz Continue reading

Tragic Shopping: Words found while looking for Black Friday shopping statistics

Kw writes:

I could just sit down and cry after reading these words. Yesterday, I participated in Buy Nothing Day. It is an attempt to boycott hyper-consumerism, and support the idea that people and workers should have one day of relaxation, instead of shopping stress.

I thought “fear shopping” was bad enough, when people are told to believe that they must shop to save the economy, or to fight the terrorists.
Now, a new kind of government pressure to shop. From a Reuters article on Black Friday:
“This is for me,” said Clare [24], who plans to spend more on holiday gifts later on in the season.

“I’m leaving for Afghanistan in March. I’m getting something for everyone, just in case I don’t come back.”

(excerpt from) Reuters
Black Friday draws crowds, but spending in doubt
11/26/2011

(Reuters) – Retailers were hoping for more shoppers like Shawn Elzia as the annual Black Friday bargain stampede marked the unofficial start of what is widely expected to be a middling holiday shopping season.

The Brooklyn, New York teacher, one of hundreds of thousands of shoppers jostling for deals around the country, said he ended up spending about 25 percent more than he planned, even while worrying about the state of the economy…

Leon Clare, 24, and Shawn Sykes, 27, both U.S. Navy Corpsmen, drove about 125 miles from 29 Palms Marine Base to Santa Monica so they each could spend close to $175 on a pair of Air Jordan Retro 3 shoes in “Black Cement,” popular new sneakers from Nike Inc.

“This is for me,” said Clare, who plans to spend more on holiday gifts later on in the season.

“I’m leaving for Afghanistan in March. I’m getting something for everyone, just in case I don’t come back.”…

While eager shoppers emerged from stores around the country lugging big-screen TVs and bags full of video games and toys, it was far from certain that people will pull out their wallets for much more than the best deals this year. Shoppers with limited budgets started using layaway at chains such as Walmart as early as October.

Retail shares fell more than the overall market on Friday.

“Americans are still worried about jobs, still worried about the economy,” said Mike Thielmann, group executive vice president at J.C. Penney, who noted that shoppers were buying gifts and for themselves, and said jewelry was selling well…

Photos from “Occupy Black Friday” on Long Island at Flickr: here

Occupy Long Island: Buy Nothing Day sign

11/25/2011: Black Friday, Buy Nothing Day demo

Veteran’s Day message from a veteran for peace

Statement by Camillo Mac Bica, Ph.D., Coordinator of Veterans For Peace Long Island:

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11/4/2011: PeaceSmiths Gathering with Drivin’ Wheel

A Long Island, NY event. More information,
and lots of good stuff about peace and justice at:

www.peacesmiths.org

PeaceSmiths Gathering

Friday, November 4th at 8pm

Music by:

Drivin’ Wheel

The duo formation with
Bob Westcott and Sonny Meadows

plus…

Lots of
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WikiLeaks suspends publishing to fight financial blockade

Dear Reader: Did you know that Wikileaks was still in trouble? Not sure I realized how badly. I also did not realize that the banks and credit card companies were still wrongly blocking donations. See how to defy their blockade below. – KW

(excerpt from) Guardian UK
WikiLeaks suspends publishing to fight financial blockade
Esther Addley and Jason Deans / Monday, October 24, 2011

Julian Assange, co-founder of WikiLeaks, has announced that the whistleblowing website is suspending publishing operations in order to focus on fighting a financial blockade and raise new funds.

Assange, speaking at a press conference in London on Monday, said a banking blockade had destroyed 95% of WikiLeaks’ revenues.

He added that the blockade posed an existential threat to WikiLeaks and if it was not lifted by the new year the organisation would be “simply not able to continue”. Continue reading

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