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It’s officially 2012 in all of the Middle East and North Africa!

charquaouia:

Here’s to an eventful year, with the joyous celebrations of ousted dictators and the mourning of the memories of innocent citizens. 

To be continued and continued. 

Keep up the good work and the general occupation, Middle East and North Africa.

(via victoryormartyrdom)

Apparently change is the new stay the same in Egypt. Pictured is a female youth protester being beaten and having her clothes ripped off by security forces. The image has already become iconic and a rallying cry for the youth movement in that country.
I somewhat naively thought Egypt was moving in a slightly more positive direction after the recent parliamentary elections, but this blatantly contradicts that notion. It seems the youth who courageously started the Jan. 25th movement are being vilified and marginalized as leftist secularists or something (which is ridiculous if you ask me), and women are being treated and regarded the same as always. Coptic Christians are being treated harshly, also. After this, I can’t help but harbor a bleak view of things to come. A lot more time and bloodshed seems to be needed, unfortunately. I wish the Jan. 25th movement all the best and good luck, because, to me, it conforms to the high standards that the future of the planet Earth demands.

Apparently change is the new stay the same in Egypt. Pictured is a female youth protester being beaten and having her clothes ripped off by security forces. The image has already become iconic and a rallying cry for the youth movement in that country.

I somewhat naively thought Egypt was moving in a slightly more positive direction after the recent parliamentary elections, but this blatantly contradicts that notion. It seems the youth who courageously started the Jan. 25th movement are being vilified and marginalized as leftist secularists or something (which is ridiculous if you ask me), and women are being treated and regarded the same as always. Coptic Christians are being treated harshly, also. After this, I can’t help but harbor a bleak view of things to come. A lot more time and bloodshed seems to be needed, unfortunately. I wish the Jan. 25th movement all the best and good luck, because, to me, it conforms to the high standards that the future of the planet Earth demands.

Idiotic State Leaders

acalc:

They’re dropping like flies this year! Italy’s Berlusconi is the latest moron to get the boot of course. I saw some video of some pretty jubilant Italians. At least we, the world, are moving in a more positive direction by getting rid of these guys like Berlusconi, Gaddafi, Ben Ali, and Mubarak.

Who we got next?

Add Kim Jong Il to that list now, even if it appears his departure/death was due to ‘natural’ causes.

Mockupying the 1% →

Life imitating art imitating life imitating art… or something.

Hollywood got a taste of the occupy movement recently when—get this—occupy protesters in New York descended on a fake Zuccotti Park—the former protest haven—that was constructed by the Law and Order: SVU production for filming of a future episode. Sense of humor much? While there, some protesters criticized the terrible production values, like the “drone-ish” protest posters that were to be used during filming, claiming that they were too “fonty” and didn’t reflect the improvisational, guerilla stylings of the real thing. Haha.

Feds Falsely Censor Popular Music Blog For Over A Year, Deny All Due Process, Hide All Details →

The level of secrecy in this case makes it sound like a terrorist investigation, not the censorship of a popular music blog…This was flat out censorship for no reason, for an entire year, by the US government… Everyone should be horrified by this. It also shows what a joke the claims of supporters are that since “a judge reviewed the affidavit,” there’s due process. Without the other party, there is no real due process. Not only that, but the government made sure, at every step of the way, that the other party was not heard. That’s horrifying. It wasn’t just an act of omission in leaving out the party, but actively preventing the party from being heard. 

You know, I was never one for conspiracy theories. But now it seems like in this day and time, what would have sounded conspiratorial some years ago actually sounds quite plausible and scary now. My faith in the system and the government (and of course corporations and their interests like the RIAA) is at an all time low these days, and I would venture to guess (well, not really) that I’m not alone in this sentiment…

BTW, the blog is Dajaz1.com, and the domain was finally given back to its rightful owners recently.

Carrier IQ fails the Occupy Wall Street test →

Carrier IQ’s diagnostic software on phones is freaking people out. It isn’t giving carriers much greater powers than they used to have, but it’s doing so in a different America. In the age of Occupy Wall Street, fear of the powerful has gone viral, and we don’t trust anyone to protect us anymore.

This is a good, insightful article. PC Mag also has a few other articles worth reading regarding this issue:

Researcher: Much of the Carrier IQ chatter is ‘misinformation’

Should you remove Carrier IQ from your phone?

creechure:

What is most dangerous in violence is its rationality. Of course violence itself is terrible. But the deepest root of violence and its permanence come out of the form of the rationality we use. The idea had been that if we live in the world of reason, we can get rid of violence. This is quite wrong. Between violence and rationality there is no incompatibility.”

-Michel Foucault, (1996) [1980]. ‘Truth is in the future’. In Sylvère Lotringer (ed.) Foucault Live (Interviews, 1961-1984).

occupyallstreets:

Activist were peacefully protesting on their campus at University of California, Davis Quad.

Friday afternoon police showed up in riot gear to disperse the protesters by using pepper spray at point-blank range.

The officer who pepper-sprayed UC Davis students is Lt. John Pike. Give his PD a call. 530-752-1727

The video’s worse.


(via oldtobegin)

simply-war:

Libyan revolutionary forces rested Sunday outside a shuttered shop in Sirte spray-painted with the slogan ‘Today Libya, tomorrow Wall Street.’ (Philippe Desmazes/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

simply-war:

Libyan revolutionary forces rested Sunday outside a shuttered shop in Sirte spray-painted with the slogan ‘Today Libya, tomorrow Wall Street.’ (Philippe Desmazes/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

(via victoryormartyrdom)

Idiotic State Leaders

They’re dropping like flies this year! Italy’s Berlusconi is the latest moron to get the boot of course. I saw some video of some pretty jubilant Italians. At least we, the world, are moving in a more positive direction by getting rid of these guys like Berlusconi, Gaddafi, Ben Ali, and Mubarak.

Who we got next?

This fabled ‘Internet’ is a strange place…

This fabled ‘Internet’ is a strange place…