Comments are still open on this weekend's Off Times Square.
Here's the declaration of the 99 Percent, with info re: the formation of a national general assembly in Philadelphia beginning July 4, 2012, in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania. ...
... Now here are some really good ideas -- I just got some junk mail from Chase today, which I circular-filed. I'll be retrieving it in the morning:
... ** Frank Rich of New York Magazine: "Elections are supposed to resolve conflicts in a great democracy, but our next one will not. The elites will face off against the elites to a standoff, and the issues animating the class war in both parties won’t even be on the table. The structural crises in our economy, our government, and our culture defy any of the glib solutions proposed by current Democrats or Republicans; the quixotic third-party movements being hatched by well-heeled do-gooders are vanity productions." CW: sorry I'm so late with this. ...
... Rich talks about his essay with Rachel Maddow in the second segment of this video (begins 6 min. in); the first segment, featuring Robert Reich talking with Keith Olbermann about the positive effects of OWS, is pretty good, too:
... This history of the Bonus Army, produced for Disabled American Veterans, is a three-parter. Click through at the ends of Parts 1 & 2 by clicking on the thumbnail in the upper left-hand corner:
... Digby: Meanwhile, Democrats on the deficit reduction supercommittee roll blithely on, sparing & appealing for the fat cats at the expense of the 99 Percent. ...
... "Inequality in America Is even Worse than You Thought." Justin Elliott of Salon: "The German think tank [Bertelsmann Foundation] used a set of policy analyses to create a Social Justice Index of 31 developed nations in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The United States came in a dismal 27th in the rankings." ...
... BUT Never Mind. Neiman's 2011 Christmas catalogue is out! Here's the video edition for our many loyal One Percent readers:
... OR, take your time, and peruse the entire catalogue here.
Your Psychology Lesson for the Day, from Prof. Drew Westen, writing in the New York Times: "Just as the two parties differ in their attitudes toward authority, they diverge in the value they place on intellect. In both cases, the two parties might have something to learn from each other."
With Liberty and Justice for Some: Rachel Maddow & Glenn Greenwald discuss his new book:
In a New York Times essay, Christina Romer tells Ben Bernanke to get off the dime. She has a list of things the Fed Chair could & should do to facilitate economic recovery.
"Elizabeth Warren, Rock Star." Dana Milbank: "Part Pat Moynihan, part Erin Brockovich, she has revived the energy of the left in a way no other Democrat has, including President Obama."
Prof. Bruce Schulman in Salon, on presidential primaries: "Sadly, the current mess hardly realizes [Wisconson Progressive reformer] Robert LaFollette’s dream of open, democratic selection. If anything, the 'interests' that Progressive reformers feared hold even greater sway now than when party officials hashed out the ballot lines: At least they needed to find candidates who would appeal to a broad swath of the rank-and-file.
Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post: "... there are signs that Republicans are giving [former Speaker & GOP presidential candidate Newt] Gingrich another look. Fundraising has picked up after his strong debate performances and amid the continued frostiness that many activist Republicans feel toward presumed front-runner Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor." CW: Now all we need is a Santorum surge (ha ha), and the Delusional Season will be complete.
Right Wing World
Dahlia Lithwick of Slate on the Republican War on Trick-or-Treating. (All links that follow are to sourced material.) "This week, Republicans in Congress have decided to take some time off from taking time off to announce a bold new jobs initiative: As part of the effort to reward the nation’s hardest working job creators, and punish the 'growing mobs' of whining, entitled, spoiled youngsters who have taken to the streets with their irrational, socialist demands, House GOP Leader Eric Cantor this afternoon announced that America’s problems will be solved by a forward-thinking congressional initiative. Quoting himself in a speech that he almost gave last week, Rep. Cantor explained that 'Republicans believe that what is fair is a hand up, not a hand out.' And that’s why Republicans today declared war on trick-or-treaters."
New York Times: "... more than 1.8 million customers from Pennsylvania reaching up into New England found themselves without electricity as the region was lashed by surprisingly high winds, snowdrifts and surging seas."
Austin American-Statesman: "After a crackdown led to dozens of arrests early Sunday morning, city leaders have asked Occupy Austin protesters to appoint leaders to meet this morning and work out new rules for the group's occupation of City Hall.... Sunday's arrests of 30 men and seven women was the largest group arrest since protesters began the 24/7 rally at City Hall on Oct. 6. Three more protesters had been charged with disorderly conduct and three others with criminal trespass as of Sunday night."
AP: About 50 "Occupy Wall Street protesters chanted slogans, danced to stay warm and defiantly protested into the early hours Sunday near Tennessee's Capitol building, squaring off for the third consecutive night against state authorities.... Capitol police sporadically made their rounds and a state trooper occasionally walked past the protest in the pre-dawn hours, but authorities signaled no immediate attempt to make arrests as law enforcement agents had done on the two previous nights." ...
... The Tennessean: "The American Civil Liberties Union is working on a legal strategy to stop nightly arrests of Occupy Nashville protesters on the grounds that the state is violating their First Amendment rights. The Tennessee chapter of the ACLU will ask the courts to bar enforcement of a newly imposed curfew on Legislative Plaza, where Occupy Nashville protesters have gathered for more than three weeks. A request for an injunction could be filed as soon as Monday." ...
... Oakland Tribune: "It appeared protesters and gas mask-wearing police officers would clash again Saturday night on Oakland streets, four days after a violent police crackdown shoved the Occupy Oakland movement into the international spotlight, but, just as emotions peaked, organizers held up peace signs. Marchers turned around, patted themselves on the back and returned to their adopted home, Frank H. Ogawa Plaza." ...
... Fox "News": "Police arrested about 30 anti-Wall Street protesters in Portland early Sunday, dragging and carrying them to waiting vans, after they refused to leave a park in an affluent district.The arrests came after protesters from the Occupy Portland movement marched to the Pearl District, with some saying they viewed its residents as part of the wealthy demographic they're protesting." ... Here's The Oregonian liveblog.
New York Times: "The Obama administration plans to bolster the American military presence in the Persian Gulf after it withdraws the remaining troops from this year, according to officials and diplomats. That repositioning could include new combat forces in able to respond to a collapse of security in Iraq or a military confrontation with Iran."
AP: "Western military intervention in Syria will lead to an 'earthquake' that 'would burn the whole region,' Syrian President Bashar Assad warned in remarks published Sunday, following growing calls from anti-regime protesters for a no-fly zone over the country." Here's the interview, published in the Sunday Telegraph. ...
... Guardian Update: "Nato has all but ruled out the possibility of establishing a no-fly zone in Syria after the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, warned that any western intervention would cause an 'earthquake' that would 'burn the whole region'."
AP "Tens of thousands of stranded Qantas Airways passengers scrambled to reach their destinations Sunday as the airline, its unions and the Australian government argued in a lengthy arbitration hearing over the abrupt grounding of its entire fleet. The government wants the panel to order Qantas to fly in Australia's economic interests. The airline is arguing for a permanent ruling to end the unions' strikes that it says risk the airline's viability, while the unions say the employee lockout imposed Saturday was an extreme action and argue for a temporary suspension instead." ...
... Guardian Update: "Qantas has called off the dramatic grounding of its entire fleet after a tribunal ordered the Australian airline and trade unions to end a dispute that has stranded thousands of passengers. Fair Work Australia, an independent arbiter, ordered that rolling industrial action be halted in a ruling that forces Qantas and three unions to return to the negotiating table."