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Very Bad Lip Reading: Michele Bachmann
10.04.2011
01:33 pm

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Apparently Michele Bachmann really needs to find her Stooges tape. And I totally agree with one YouTuber, “I think you forgot to dub this video.” Not all that much different from the Jabberwocky she normally spews…

 
(via The Daily What )

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Will Occupy Wall Street reach the tipping point with union support?


 
The Occupy Wall Street protests seem set to get much bigger in the coming days. Yesterday, 1199SEIU, the health-care workers’ union with over 200,000 members in New York/Long Island, volunteered to help feed the protesters in Zuccotti Park and to send nurses for first aid needs. The Transport Workers Union Local 100, representing the 38,000 MTA workers have also pledged their support, including marching with the protesters on Wednesday.

With union support comes $$$, some ancillary organizational structure the leaderless movement may come to really need, and perhaps most importantly, more bodies.

My sense of it is that the movement is now past the tipping point and will rapidly start to gain critical mass. One of the main reasons, as we all know, that the mainstream media was so slow to cover the OWS protests is because it was “just a bunch of hippies.” There could have been half a million of them and it would have merited the same response: dismissal. With the union support, the nascent movement is starting to look much more ready for prime time, as the Wall Street Journal reports:

“The premise of the protest, we’re in complete agreement with,” said TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen. “It’s about fair share and it’s about the claim that everybody needs to share a bit of the burden of this terrible economy.”

The transport workers, 1199 and other labor groups plan to join the protesters for a Wednesday march from City Hall to Zuccotti Park, where the protesters have camped since Sept. 17.

Also Monday, lawyers for TWU Local 100 sought a temporary restraining order in federal court to prevent the police from commandeering buses operated by its members to ferry protesters who had been arrested.

Police took over at least three buses Saturday to transport some of the 700 people who were arrested after a march veered onto the roadway of the Brooklyn Bridge, according to the union and the MTA.

“Our bus operators are working-class people who are raising children in New York City and by and large they support the protest,” said Mr. Samuelsen, the TWU president. “They’re not going to press our members into service and thrust them onto the wrong side of this protest without a fight from our union.”

Read that last paragraph again and ponder the implications.

The genius of this particular movement, I think, more than any other element was the “we’re not leaving, come and join us if you feel the same way we do” factor. Had the Occupy Wall Street protests been set for a single day and if attendance was underwhelming, that would have been that. When the union members begin to noticeably show up, the composition of the movement is going to change, and the media coverage will inevitably change also, sending a primarily visual message that will show more people of color, the participation of Americans who are past the age of 30, and more sorts of “regular” people in the images they transmit. When the pilots union members showed up in their uniforms, that was such a powerful message I thought. (I mean no disrespect for “hippies” btw. The young people in Zuccotti Park are heroes to me).

From that same article from the Wall Street Journal, we’re introduced to Tom Dematteis, a 39-year-old Watertown, CT-based pizzeria owner, a Navy veteran and a single father of three children, who visited the protest on Monday morning.

“America has been silenced for too long,” he said. “This is becoming a melting pot for all issues. I don’t protest very often, this is big enough.”

Joining Mr. Dematteis on Monday was a Connecticut teacher named Jim who said he wouldn’t give his last name because he was skipping work to be there. He, too, didn’t plan to camp out because he had to be back at school on Tuesday.

But he said he has watched several family members lose their homes to foreclosure and felt a need to show up in person after following the protest movement in the media.

“These are real-life things that happen to people I know,” he said. “We have to do something. I think the whole country is feeling helpless right now. You don’t have to necessarily stay in the park to show your solidarity.”

Now, that’s true, but if you CAN show up, you should show up. If a single dad with three kids and a business to run can drive a couple of hours to be there, if you work in Manhattan, at the very least go to Zucotti Park to eat your lunch! And maybe take some food for the troops if you can afford to.

And to all of the assholes on Facebook whining about how the streets in lower Manhattan are all clogged up with “hippies,”—go fuck yourselves. That is some of the lamest nonsense I’ve ever heard and yes I am talking to YOU, Mr. and Mrs. Old Skool Punk Rockers turned griping, bitter Tribeca loft-dwelling jerk-offs…

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Anthony Weiner costume kit for Halloween
10.04.2011
12:08 pm

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Ricky’s Costume Superstore is selling “Just Hanging Around” boxers with something that looks like Truck Nutz™ hanging out of them for $19.99 and a creepy latex “Weinergate Mask” for $24.99. There are only 27 more days left ‘til Halloween, so you may want to jump on this…


 
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NY Post headline calls protesters ‘shit’
10.04.2011
03:18 am

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Are the right wing propagandists at the New York Post actually calling the Occupy Wall Street protesters “shit?” It certainly looks that way.

While some may think it’s just an amusing pun, I think there’s a little more to it than that. The Post, along with many well-off and privileged New Yorkers (I know a few), see the protesters as nothing more than a massive nuisance, human traffic obstacles, clogging up the pipelines of commerce like giant turds. And the cops are just human roto-rooters trying their best to keep the drain clean and the sewage flowing. A day of business lost in New York City comes at a huge price and we can’t have that. No shit! 

 

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Austin Wall Street protest October 6
10.04.2011
02:06 am

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Occupy Wall Street continues to spread across the nation.

There will a be show of solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement in Austin this coming Thursday starting at 3 P.M. at Austin City Hall.

Visit the Occupy Austin website for updates.

There will also be gatherings in Dallas and Houston on the 6th.

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New crazy headline ‘Jacko Chimp Fingers Killer Doc’
10.03.2011
10:35 pm

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The UK’s Daily Sport tabloid is on a roll - only a few weeks after delivering the now legendary leader “Gordon Ramsay Sex Dwarf Eaten By Badger” comes this beauty. But what I want to know is - did it hurt?

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‘We Are The 99 Percent’: Stories from America’s economically oppressed
10.03.2011
07:29 pm

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My father is 64. He was a public school teacher for 20 years before being let go. He was unemployed for 2 years off and on between night jobs and private school gigs. He is currently a security guard at a cigar factory. At 62 he had to borrow early from his retirement pension and may not have enough for 5 years from now. He makes $8/hr with a degree.

My mother is 60. She has worked in the insurance industry since she graduated high school. She lost her job in February and has applied for 700 jobs and has started losing hope at ever finding one at her age. The first line of unemployment ran out and she is uninsured. She has type 2 diabetes and hypertension. She recently was hospitalized because she bought food instead of medication.

Now they are having their home of 36 years foreclosed on. They are filing for bankruptcy next year. Their credit limit was lowered to $400 between two cards.

I am 23 years old and working toward my BA. I lost my Bright Futures scholarship (75% of my tuition paid) because I fell below half time status my third semester (I had to work full time instead to pay rent and eat). I am 20K in debt and am paying out of pocket for my current tuition while I start paying back loans with two part time jobs.

WE HAVE DONE EVERYTHING WE CAN. WE WORK HARD. WE ARE THE 99% AND WE WANT J U S T I C E!

“We Are The 99 Percent” is a website put together by the Occupy Wall Street coalition where people share the struggles they are enduring trying to survive in the current depression. Their stories (hundreds of them) and photographs are heartbreaking. You can visit the site here.
 

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Arthur Lee and Love performing ‘Signed D.C.’ live in 1970
10.03.2011
07:29 pm

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The immortal Arthur Lee and Love performing “Signed D.C.” on Danish TV special A Group By The Name Of Love that aired in July of 1970.

The concert footage is from a Love gig at Tivoli Koncertsal, Copenhagen, March 12, 1970.
 

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YouTube debut of Sly and The Family Stone promo video 1968
10.03.2011
07:07 pm

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Sly before in 1968 B.F. (before the ‘fro).

Our buddy Mitch Stadium claims this is the first time this video has ever been on YouTube and I have no reason to doubt him. Stadium, the nom de plume of one of the premier rock archivists on the planet, has done it again with this choice piece of rock history.

Sly Stone: vocals, organ, guitar, piano, harmonica, and more
Freddie Stone: vocals, guitar
Larry Graham: vocals, bass guitar
Greg Errico: drums
 

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Tracey Emin chooses her favorite ‘Desert Island Discs’
10.03.2011
06:59 pm

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The long-running BBC radio series, Desert Island Discs is well-known for the quality of its celebrity interviews, where a guest chooses 8 tracks that best described key moments in their life. Each guest also gets to pick a book, and one luxury item.

When Tracey Emin guested on the show in November 2004, her luxury item was a pen that would never run out. Her book was a copy of Spinoza’s Ethics. Tracey also gave a revealing interview to host, Sue Lawley, in which she discussed her difficult and traumatic childhood and youth, and her ambitions, the importance of art and her controversial career as an artist.

Tracey’s favorite discs were:

1. John Holt “Riding For a Fall”
2.  The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations”
3.  Donna Summer “I Feel Love”
4. The Clash “Should I Stay or Should I Go?”
5.  Middle of the Road “Chirpie Chirpie Cheep Cheep”
6.  Elvis Presley “Burning Love”
7.  Third World “Now That I’ve Found Love”
8.  David Bowie “Young Americans”
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds

Tracey Emin: Sex, Success and Celebrity


 

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