2013’s protests and demonstrations
From the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil, the capital of the Ukraine and Egypt following the furor over the removal of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, the demand to be heard, and unrest over political injustices was far from quiet over the past year.
Photos: Sedat Suna, Abed Al Hashlamoun / EPA, Felipe Dana / Associated Press, Sergei Supinsky / AFP/Getty Images
One year after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, protests around the world
Not that you’d know that from US news.
No more Fukushimas; Anti-nuclear power peace walkers rest in Weehawken on 250-mile journey
Anti-nuclear human chain to link 200 kms between Lyon and Avignon
Thousands rally against nuclear power in Taiwan
Prayer, protest at Japan anti-nuclear rally
Fukushima demo at Hinkley Point nuclear power station
Thousands protest against nuclear energy in Germany
Bulgarians Protest Nuclear Power Ahead of Fukushima Anniversary
Protest march to Jaitapur to mark n-disaster
Nuclear foes to rally at 2 events near San Onofre
Stories to Watch: 10/16/11
Pancake brinner tonight. Life is good. Now here’s the news…
99-percenters go global.
Be prepare for a political shitstorm of biblical proportions; a far-left wing activist obtains emails from the Tea Party, then shares them with the FBI so the government can keep tabs on the movement. Oh wait, I read that wrong — a far-right wing activist got leaked documents about Occupy Wall Street to the feds. Well, then that’s just fine. Move along. Nothing to see here.
Police arrest protesters in an NYC Citibank for “trespassing.” Protesters say they were trying to close their accounts and were arrested for it. Citibank says “Only one person asked to close an account and was accommodated.” Neither the trespassing charge nor Citibank’s statement account for video of a bank customer being arrested outside Citibank — apparently her crime was in talking to protesters holding cameras.
Herman Cain, Koch addict.
Unsurprisingly, Mittens “Pink Slip" Romney is Wall Street’s candidate of choice — which explains why Obama’s targeting Romney as a Wall Street shill.
Things do not look good on the climate front.
Fox & Friends continues to be the most ridiculous, brainless morning news circus out there.
Finally, mass arrests in Occupy Chicago protests.
Stories to Watch: 10/14/11
Got some stuff I need to do later and I’m running out of time right now, so tonight’s going to be a shorty. Now here’s the news…
Another day, another violent police action against the Occupy Wall Street protesters. Police and city governments should probably be aware that every incident like this is a PR coup for the movement. In other words, if you want them to go away, you’re doing it wrong.
On the anti-Wall Street front; something’s up. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner promises “dramatic enforcement actions" against financial criminals.
Josh Marshall detects a distinct shift away from deficits and toward jobs.
An appeals court blocks parts of Alabama’s insane anti-immigration law.
Do regulations kill jobs? The answer is no.
Finally, the rapture preacher is back with a new date for the end of the world.
The Argument that 99-Percenters Offer No Solutions is a Really Stupid Argument
Imagine you’re driving along and you hear a sound somewhere under your car. “Ka-chung, ka-chung, ka-chung…” You’re going to take that to a mechanic, right?
Now imagine that the mechanic asks you what you want to do about the sound. “I want you to fix it,” you tell him.
"Sorry," he’s says. "That’s not specific enough. I need you to tell me exactly what needs to be done. What component I need to replace. What tools I need to do it. I need step-by-step instructions on exactly what repairs you want done.”
"I’m not the mechanic," you answer, "you are! I just want you to fix the noise. I don’t know how to do it."
"Come back when you have real solutions," the mechanic says.
That’s the problem facing the American people and, specifically, the protesters in the streets of New York and other cities right now. The problem is obvious — unemployment, a tax structure that’s way to lopsided toward those at the top, corporate crime and runaway greed, out-of-control higher education costs, etc. Our entire economic system is going “Ka-chung, ka-chung, ka-chung.” Yet, when the protesters point out there’s obviously something wrong here, they’re dismissed by politicians and the media for having no solutions
But here’s the thing; it’s not their job to have solutions. That’s what we hire politicians for. In our metaphor, they’re the customer, not the mechanic. Yet the media is constantly asking what the customer plans to do about the noise, then snicker behind their hands when the customer shrugs.
Even Paul Krugman comes close to falling into this trap — before sidestepping it expertly. In an excellent piece on the protests, he praises protesters for correctly identifying the problem and addresses the “no solutions” argument.
A better critique of the protests is the absence of specific policy demands. It would probably be helpful if protesters could agree on at least a few main policy changes they would like to see enacted. But we shouldn’t make too much of the lack of specifics. It’s clear what kinds of things the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators want, and it’s really the job of policy intellectuals and politicians to fill in the details.
Yes. It probably would be better if they came out with wonky policy proposals, but that’s what policy wonks are for. As critiques go, “they don’t have solutions!” is just plain dumb. Thankfully, he pulls out of the media argument with the last sentence of the paragraph. But this is perilously close to calling the criticism valid.
I’ve been pushing this a lot lately, but that’s because I think it’s important; go to We Are the 99%, scroll through a few pages of posts, and see if you don’t notice something. That’s right, a lot of the stories are extremely similar. There’s a big, big problem out there, all of these people are pointing right at it, but the media are pretending — completely illogically — that if you don’t know how to fix it, the problem must not exist.
The Washington crowd should not be looking at average Americans for solutions. That’s not what we pay them to do. The American people need to tell them what they’d tell that mechanic; we’ve told you what the problem is, now quit being a dick about it and fix the damned thing.
Or we’ll find someone else who will.
"My name is Kelly Schomburg. I was protesting at the Occupy Wall Street march yesterday.."
My name is Kelly Schomburg, I’m the girl with the red hair in these pictures. I was protesting at the Occupy Wall Street march yesterday when I and several other women were sprayed with mace and subsequently arrested. Many have already seen the video, which has been spreading like wildfire over twitter, Facebook, tumblr, and other video feeds, along with hundreds of other photos and videos. This is my recount of what happened.
Handy tip: pepper spray is oil-based, so water helps, but not a lot.
If you’re going to get into a big civil disobedience action, take a bottle of water and a little Johnson’s ‘No More Tears’ Baby Shampoo mixed. It’ll cut the oil a lot better.