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At what point did we all decide that you had to have a permit that designated where you could and could not protest? “We” never made such a decision, of course. More here.

First amendment

Vital, or merely decorative?

My friend Cos’s stepson was arrested at Occupy Orlando yesterday. Crimes against the state like camping are a threat and should be stomped out!

Lies are truth, etc.

No comment.

Dangerous legislation

I know how tired everyone gets of being told to call their Congress critters, but this one is really important to stop. It will be the eventual death of the blogosphere if it passes, so please call.

Last night

So I talked to Will Bunch about his new Kindle book on #OWS last night : October 1, 2011: The Battle of Brooklyn Bridge.” It’s only $.99 and you don’t need a Kindle to read it.

Listen here

Teargassed again in Oakland

Watch live streaming video from occupyoakland at livestream.com

“Heighten the contradictions” is what activists used to say back in the Sixties. And tonight, while President Obama was in San Francisco hosting a $7,500-a-plate fundraiser, people are getting teargassed in Oakland, just a few miles away – for alleged health and safety violations. You can’t get much more of a contradiction than that.

It’s being reported that Occupy Atlanta, Occupy Baltimore, Occupy Clarksville, Occupy San Diego have all been served by police with eviction notices for midnight tonight.

Hurt so bad

Susan Tedeschi:

‘Envy’

Go read Taibbi.

Hmm

When you have nothing to hide, you hide nothing:

Established by Congress to investigate and expose government waste, the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan has decided to not reveal its volumes of materials to the public for another two decades.

After three years of work, the commission officially shut down last week, having concluded that the U.S. misspent between $31 billion and $60 billion in contracting for services in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But it won’t allow its records to be opened for public review at the National Archives until 2031, because some of the documents contain “sensitive information,” according to one official.

Steven Aftergood, an expert on government secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists, told The Wall Street Journal that the 20-year term “seems like a long period of time, particularly for a commission whose whole purpose is to improve accountability and expose waste.”

Good job by David Carr in nailing Gannett and reminding us that reporters and editors who work for the corporate media, whether they realize it or not, are in the same predicament as the unemployed and underpaid who have taken to the streets. More here.

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