Monday, January 30, 2012

Democracy Now on Occupy Oakland (h/t rjs)

Saturday, January 28, 2012


So, I was sick for a full 10 days. I'm over it, but still pretty tired. Should be back to posting today or tomorrow. May still be slow while I get caught up.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Out Sick

I've come down with the flu or something. So, I may post a little, but only if I start feeling significantly better.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Songs From My Mom - 1965

I think people who have paid really close attention have some idea that my Mom was a hippie. Well, she really was (as was my Aunt Darcy). In fact, when people tell me their parents were hippies, I always think "not like my family." Bottom line, like all protest movements and counter-cultures, it was a very small percentage of people who were actually there.

Anyway, since we're in another counter-culture moment, I thought I'd play songs I remember her playing for me when I was little.


Here is punkboyinsf's stream - there are about 45 streamers at #J17:


Monday, January 16, 2012

Martin Luther King, Jr.

(h/t rjs)

Occupied Media Interview With Corey Robin

Our next Occupied Media interview is with political scientist Corey Robin, author of The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism From Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin. Corey really needs no introduction at this point, his book and his award-winning blog are staples of left-wing discourse. I did, however, want to highlight a recent two-part interview posted to Naked Capitalism (part I and part II). Also, if you're not following Corey on twitter, you should (@CoreyRobin).

Corey and I discuss his book, with a particular emphasis of how Corey's theory of conservatism applies to Occupy Wall Street.

London Review of Books piece.

Mike Konczal piece (OWS as peasant's revolt).

Chris Hayes interview (part I, part II, part III).

Special thanks to video editor Paul Shockey for once again handling our chronic sound problems.


SOPA is Sidelined

At least for the time being, the House has shelved SOPA (it could be revived at any time). Good news - kinda - but there's also still SOPA's Senate counterpart, PIPA.

#J17 - We're Not Going Away (#OWS)

If you can't physically Occupy Congress tomorrow, please occupy the phone lines.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

#OWS Upcoming

OK, I've been out of commission, but checking back in. What we have coming up is:

#J17 - Occupy Our Congress (Occupied Media editor Bradon Goff will be attending and will be streaming).

#J20 - Occupy the Courts:

#Feb3 - Anonymous calling for day of action to protest NDAA;

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Community and "Save the Rich"

So, still kinda burned out and got sucked into Community, but definitely will be posting again soon. In the meantime, here's a little Community:

And, something more on topic - Save the Rich:

The Wild Old Women (h/t rjs)

I've always loved the inter-generational nature of this movement - these women are bad asses:
A dozen senior citizens calling themselves “the wild old women” succeeded in closing a Bank of America branch in Bernal Heights Thursday. 
The women, aged 69 to 82, who live at the senior home up Mission street from the Bernal Heights Bank of America branch, decided to hold their own protest by doing what they called a “run on the bank.” 
Tita Caldwell, 80, who led the charge of women with walkers and wheelchairs, said that they’re demanding the bank lower fees, pay higher taxes, and stop foreclosing on, and evicting, homeowners.... 
As they arrived, Bank of America closed and locked its doors, to the surprise and delight of the elderly protestors....
By the way, does Bank of America seem a little jumpy?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Be Back Saturday

Slaving away at the day job, but I have a really great interview coming up so, make sure to check in.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Support the #LicoriceStrike

Occupied Media Interview with Sam Seder

We're really excited to present Occupied Media's most recent interview with Sam Seder. Sam is currently the host of the Majority Report, a member-financed daily podcast and is co-host of the nationally-syndicated Ring of Fire. The first Majority Report, which Sam co-hosted with Janeane Garofalo, was part of the original Air America lineup.

As I mention in the interview, Sam really has done the most consistent Occupy coverage. He began reporting on OWS the Monday after the occupation began and has reported on it almost every day since. This is why independent media is so important and really needs to be supported. Our interview primarily focused on Occupy Wall Street, but there is also a fairly lengthy discussion about Ron Paul (which is certainly everywhere right now).

Thanks to Occupied Media video editor Brandon Goff who, as I mention in the interview, is headed to DC for Occupy Our Congress on January 17th (#J17). If you'd like to donate or just read more about Occupy Our Congress, the info is here:
You can find the facebook page from the website.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Santorum: Why Not Add Blah People to That Google Problem

So instead of toeing the usual welfare-queen, dog-whistle line, Rick "google problem" Santorum slipped and said what that kind of hokey, trickle-down econ really means - we shouldn't give money to black people:


Matt Taibbi - Montana's Supreme Court Decision is More Important Than Iowa

Been meaning to link this piece:

Friday, January 6, 2012


So, I've been making lots of changes to the site including the addition of ads. The donation and subscriptions are set up and, for a short time, subscriptions can be purchased for less than $3 per month (subscriptions will include Plutocracy Files merchandise and will qualify you to win various items donated by Occupied Media guests). For those of you who cannot donate, but wish to support the site, the site will get a small commission for purchases through Amazon and AbeBooks. The other ads are pay-per-click Google Adsense ads (just as an FYI, I have no control over which ads are displayed).

As I've previously mentioned, between now and the 13th I'll be really tied up with lawyering so, posting will be light. However, I have a bunch of great Occupied Media interviews coming up, including Sam Seder, economist Bob Pollin (who has a lot of really interesting things to say about greening the economy) and, hopefully soon, Corey Robin. So, stay tuned for those and hopefully I'll also get a chance to post now and again.

The big event coming up for Occupy is Occupy Our Congress on January 17th. I've heard of people headed down from New York (including Jeff Smith (@dontbeaputz) and Tim Poole (@timcast)), Freedom (@OccupyFreedomLA) is planning to head out East and Occupied Media video editor Brandon Goff will be attending all the way from Montana. Brandon intends to stream so, I will keep everyone updated. In the meantime, if you'd like to donate or just read more about Occupy Our Congress, the info is here: 
You can find the facebook page from the website.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Occupied Media Interview With Tamara Draut

Our most recent Occupied Media virtual teach-in is with Tamara Draut of Demos. Tamara is the author of Strapped: Why America's 20- and 30-Somethings Can't Get Ahead, which she presciently wrote before the financial meltdown. Tamara continues to work on issues relevant to issues effecting 20- and 30-somethings, including contribution to a recent report entitled: The State of Young America: The Databook, The Poll and The Stories. Tamara's recent commentary has focused on the Occupy Movement: Occupy Colleges and Restoring the Dream for the 99 Percent.

Our interview with Tamara focuses primarily on the pressing problem of student debt, but we also discuss the Occupy Movement more generally. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Things on the Internet: Yo Is This Racist?

It's a site where someone answers the internet-at-large's questions about whether various things are racist (hint: they usually are). Here's today's entry, brought to you by google:

Now Do You See That It's Never Been About Life?

So for years, choice advocates have been warning that the pro-life movement has dick all to do with life. This is a war-mongering, death-penalty cheering crowd who could care less about life. In fact, their supposed life campaign is really about turning the clock back on women's rights. Thus, Rick Santorum doesn't just oppose abortion, but also contraception:
One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country. Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that’s okay, contraception is okay. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.
Yep, a Presidential candidate said that. In 2012! Just remember this when you start thinking the pro-lifers are concerned with something other than the fact that women can have sex without consequences. 

Climate Change Causing Mutant Sharks (That's Nothing to Worry About, Right?)

Apparently, climate change is prompting the world's first shark hybrids. One scientist proclaims: "This is evolution in action." So, that kind of makes me happy - at least the anti-science whackjobs who oppose climate change as a communist plot have to deal with the fact that it's providing further proof for evolution:

11 Most Important Philosophical Quotations

I admit I was a little eye roll-y when I first saw this (philosophy shouldn't be boiled down to fortune-cookie sayings!), but by the time I got to Camus, I'd actually dug out a couple Platonic dialogues and The Myth of Sisyphus. So, here you go (excerpted):

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Chris Hedges Interview (h/t rjs)

Ron Paul - Dead Babies in Trash Cans

Amanda Marcotte has a great piece about why Iowa is really all about abortion, which is why Ron Paul has been surging. Apparently, Mr. Paul has been running an ad in Iowa where he claims to have seen abortion providers leave a live baby in a trash can to die. As Marcotte points out, this fantastical urban myth led to a bit of a problem for Paul when a radio host - in complete sincerity - dissed Paul's "life" creds because he failed to swoop in and rescue the trash-can baby:

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Glenn Greenwald on Ron Paul: Why Worldview Matters

I recently sent a tweet to Glenn Greenwald expressing my hope he'd write something on Ron Paul. Coincidentally, he did. I don't think for a moment it had anything to do with me, but I mention it because the reason I specifically hoped Greenwald would write on the topic is because I think he ably - perhaps most ably - expresses a view of Paul popular among many members of the Left (and many supporters of OWS). I disagree with that view, but progressives' support for Ron Paul is clearly highlighting a significant rift on the Left.

Occupied Media Interview With Doug Henwood (repost)

Occupied Media's next installment in its #OWS interview and teach-in series is with journalist and radio host Doug Henwood. Mr. Henwood is the author of Wall Street (now available for free download), a work consistently mentioned on a short list of must-read books for those wishing to understand the financial crisis and, more recently, the issues central to the OWS movement. Mr. Henwood blogs at and hosts the critically-acclaimed radio show, Left Business Observer. His weekly newsletter is a must-read for anyone interested in OWS, as are his recent blog posts (see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here).

For years Mr. Henwood was one of the few voices promoting the very issues OWS has now forced onto the national agenda. I've really appreciated how his ideas about the movement have evolved - one gets the sense that he is sincerely trying to understand OWS on its own terms rather than interpreting it through a fixed ideological lens. In my opinion, he is raising the important and difficult issues facing our movement (many of which were discussed at this recent debate hosted by Jacobin).

We couldn't be happier that he took the time to speak with us and I'm sure everyone will find him to be as engaging and informative as we did.

Happy New Year!

I'm still swamped with trial prep (it has now been moved to the 13th). Anyway, I'll be posting a new interview tomorrow and another new one on the 5th. I'll also be posting when I get a chance so, check in.