From Jenna Orkin, Rice Farmer and Robin Westenra
Is it an example of: when you're in a hole, stop digging; you can't cure a drunk with a case of whiskey; or don't pee into the wind? - Wes
You mean "Hopium" isn't a resource that we can bank on? Sadly, it's not a strategy either... - Wes
-- After checking around the world it's pretty clear that Occupy has not returned as before, or recaptured the momentum it held for a brief while. I'm certain that Occupy protest were more numerous and effective than mainstream media will acknowledge. But today's events weren't big enough to force the mainstream to see them. In general large demonstrations in NY and Oakland were met with overwhelming intimidation, or as in Cleveland, conveniently placed provocateurs posing as anarchists allegedly planning on blowing up a bridge with explosives conveniently rendered harmless in advance by the FBI. Sound familiar? And the foolish Occupiers in Cleveland cancelled their protest so as not to be linked to the violence... Suckers!
Occupy set many forces in motion, and blades of grass will still find their way through the sidewalk. On the other hand, May Day brought out substantial numbers worldwide. -- MCR
-- You see it doesn't matter whether you call it Occupy or May Day. What matters is hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, maybe hundreds of millions in the streets sharing a common vision and and common objective. You might call it Anonymous, but that name's already taken. -- MCR
-- Pure, naked fascism. -- MCR
"Riot police firing tear gas and stun grenades routed protesters in Bahrain's capital on Tuesday as the government came under mounting international pressure to release jailed leaders of last year's uprising."
The lesson here is what we are preparing for at CollapseNet - we are on our own to deal the effects of climate change, and the dozen other converging crises. When either Mother Nature or man's arrogance causes the disaster, expect no bailouts from government anywhere. - Wes
Yes. And if we have QE III, get ready for more global revolution as more commoners are priced out of eating. - WesC
Even a rain dance has more science behind it than that. - JO
Steve Jobs: slave laborer and American hero. Same as it ever was. - Wes
Inside Story - Did austerity measures worsen unemployment? (al-Jazeera VIDEO)
A new International Labour Organisation (ILO) report paints a miserable picture of the global jobs market, and blames government cutbacks for the big slow-down. Will the situation improve? Guests: Raymond Torres, Raoul Ruparel, Sony Kapoor.
"Israel's move to bring its economic statistics in line with leading Western countries has led to a far bleaker picture of its jobs market, undermining claims that the country is riding through the global crisis with relative ease."
"Steel major in their bid to gain foothold in Eastern European market have taken the plunge with price reduction in Poland by Euro 20 per tonne. Some manufacturers have pruned production significantly to align with the demand and supply from CIS mills (Russia, Ukraine)."
Airline Death Spiral
Fences Up: Israel walls off Lebanon, Egypt (RT VIDEO)
"China and Russia are resisting a Western push for the U.N. Security Council to threaten Sudan and South Sudan with sanctions if the two countries fail to comply with demands to halt their escalating conflict, U.N. envoys said."
Yes, but people offering solutions like this ought to have their heads examined. -- RF
"Three new envelopes containing suspicious white powder were sent to New York City banks and news organizations on Tuesday, along with notes suggesting the sender sympathizes with the Occupy Wall Street's Day of May 1 protests, police said."
-- It's the fucking government stupid! -- MCR
"The public was never in danger from the explosive devices, which were inoperable and controlled by an undercover FBI employee, according to sources close to the investigation."
Ditto. -- MCR
May Day means remergence of OWS (RT VIDEO)
Where it all came from
Well, so much for Dubya's "ownership society." -- RF
Social Security is a Ponzi scheme (Fox News)
Yes, but pension programs are just a subset of the infinite-growth economy, which itself is structurally the same as a Ponzi scheme.
More cuts needed, and banks must follow suit (Australia)