correctiveshoes621: (anonCat)
This is amazing. In this scary, horrible, on-its-last-legs world - things like this give me hope. Not so much that it will change things, not so much that it will help me, personally - just that there are still good people, out there.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/12/occupy-wall-street-activists-15m-personal-debt

A group of Occupy Wall Street activists has bought almost $15m of Americans' personal debt over the last year as part of the Rolling Jubilee project to help people pay off their outstanding credit.

Rolling Jubilee, set up by Occupy's Strike Debt group following the street protests that swept the world in 2011, launched on 15 November 2012. The group purchases personal debt cheaply from banks before "abolishing" it, freeing individuals from their bills.

By purchasing the debt at knockdown prices the group has managed to free $14,734,569.87 of personal debt, mainly medical debt, spending only $400,000.


It still doesn't counterbalance the ever-growing horror that is Fukushima, and what is going on on the west coast and in our dearly departed Pacific ocean, but. It's something, right? Right?

http://enenews.com/scientists-alarmed-hundreds-sea-turtles-discovered-dead-pacific-coast-dogs-stopped-breathing-died-almost-instantly-when-eating-biologists-looking-possible-females-having-reproductive-problems

http://enenews.com/scientists-especially-worried-we-dont-know-how-the-pathogen-is-doing-this-to-sea-stars-i-watched-one-tear-in-half-walk-away-and-turn-to-goo-caused-by-environmental-factors-h
correctiveshoes621: (fire)
Join me and about 1100 others to bear witness:

http://www.ustream.tv/schannel/occupyanniversary

Police mobilizing on the park, setting up huge floodlights NOW. Occupiers hemmed in. Be safe, people.
correctiveshoes621: (Make It Stop)
http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/michigan-gop-pass-bullying-bill-giving-license-to-bully/politics/2011/11/03/29580

"The particularly objectionable section of the Bill states: "(8) This section does not abridge the rights under the First Amendment of the constitution of the United States or under article I of the state constitution of 1963 of a school employee, school volunteer, pupil, or a pupil's parent or guardian. This section does not prohibit a statement of a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction of a school employee, school volunteer, pupil, or a pupil's parent or guardian." This exception is wide enough to drive a mobile home through."

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/billengrossed/Senate/htm/2011-SEBS-0137.htm

Wise comment, re: "This is going to be awesome when Muslim students in Dearborn are allowed to call girls filthy, disease ridden whores for not wearing burkas."

BUT, WAIT! There's also this:



Not exactly related, but it amazes me. How did I miss this?
correctiveshoes621: (i got something for you)
What the fuck, blizzard. Wtf.

And it's some heavy-assed nasty, wet stuff, to boot. About six inches, right now - and still falling. [livejournal.com profile] quixotic_elixir, I think this icon - as you saw it - is finally appropriate, no?

I'm just glad that my kids are both safe and inside, right now, at their various locations. Wish I could say the same for the Occupiers - God bless them. Don't think it didn't occur to me - ever-glorious, in my paranoia - that this is a HAARP-doing, to roust them out.

All I can do, now, is wait for the noise* be stuck inside with limited supplies and very few cigarettes - and write nonsense, I guess. I do have a lone bag of Skittles, thanks to my coworker :D

*eleventy billion points to whomever gets THAT reference
correctiveshoes621: (hay king)
The Christian Left, via the dreaded FB:

Another take on the convenient nighttime police raids on Occupy camps, offered by member Don Ritchey:

Always the police raids against Occupy camps seem to come at night, under cover of darkness when most others are asleep.

"Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, 'Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour—when darkness reigns'" (Lk 22.52-53).
correctiveshoes621: (live long and prosper)
This lists cities with live streams from the various Occupy sites, worldwide:

http://occupystreams.org/

Still amazing, people.

November 5th.
correctiveshoes621: (Peace)
40 police cars, two paddy wagons, two csi vehicles, and officers in full riot gear with nightsticks and pellet rifles
- surrounding 17 peaceful protestors in Sacramento.

Followed it from eight protestors, remaining, on down - God, what heart these people have - from Karen, who was doing this to show her daughter that she has a voice - to Cindy, who lost her husband in combat - down to Russell. The last. A 'student with cerebral palsy - one of the 99%' - who they escorted out, the very last, in his wheelchair.

http://www.livestream.com/globalrevolution

Chicago, you also rock! All'a ya'll do, really - WORLD-WIDE. Man.
correctiveshoes621: (musthavebeenyears)
Revisited Tubeway Army's early stuff, last night - or, rather, this morning - with all the live bonus tracks, and wow. It absolutely hit me in just the right way. I never had the much-coveted Blue Album, being a poor and uninformed American teenager, of course - yet still, I mourn the vinyl lp I gave away to a once-dear friend. It's been ages since I've heard this stuff - hearing, My Shadow In Vain spurred me on to it. Ages. 1978 was a hella-good year.

Baby!Gary has That Voice ™, but it's much less controlled, much less self-conscious - with, 'that edge of panic'- thing he has going, sometimes, turned up to damn near a scream, in parts. Jess Lidyard's drums are pretty damned noteworthy, as well, all but carrying a couple of the songs. The live stuff sounds genuinely, affably live - and hearing Gary introduce the songs is a treat, as well.

Standouts, for me: The Life Machine, My Love Is A Liquid, Zero Bars (Mr. Smith), Me My Head (live), and freakin' Do Your Best (live)' AKA, 'Friends', which he sings so fast, LOL - all of it, really, GOOD STUFF.

Do Your Best, now: http://www.puredef.com/do-your-best/the-plan/tubeway-army/3192807/

*~*~*

My friend at work, Robin, surprised me with a small bulk container of swedish fish, on Thursday night. Mmmmm.

*~*~*

Spent a good portion of my evening off fussing with iPod playlists - one apiece for pg, the Cure, DEVO, Kraftwerk, New Blood Orchestra, Seeking Major Tom, Gary Numan and the Tubeway Army.
I've renamed Gary's playlist, 'Numan', five/six times, now - but it stubbornly remains, 'On-The-Go 27/12', for some reason. Even my iPod turns its nose up at Gary Numan.

Also had to do a MAJOR pruning of songs, to make room.
Sorry, Siouxsie - maybe if you'd been a bit nicer to Robert Smith, you'd have warranted more space..

*~*~*

Wish I was on Wall Street.

Five pm, EST, for those of us on the East Coast of the US.

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