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Today’s statement on Occupy Wall Street:

We are announcing Operation Orwell Rewind. This is both a support operation to assist and encourage protesters involved with #OccupyWallStreet and also an offensive against those we see as the true villains.

We will associate every incident of brutality and infringement of rights not with the police officers but the bankers and military contractors who radicalized police against the people.

One of these clubs is the financiers’ club and the other hitman. Imagine if you will how much easier it is to poison those who are trusted with safety by training them with brutal techniques against the people than to carry out individual attacks against communities. We are on to the real threat to freedom… and they know it.
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A friend just gifted me with a hypnosis session for stress relief. (He said it really helped him.) It was interesting — time will tell if it worked!


Al Jazeera’s executive director. Did he jump or was he pushed? And how will this affect their coverage?

they’re on day four of the Occupy Wall Street protests, and the police are beginning to use violence. Not surprising, although the cognitive dissonance the boys and blue have to shoulder is astounding, as they protect the very wrongdoers who have put their livelihood and retirement in jeopardy.

And still, nothing in the the print edition of the New York Times, nor in any of the main sections online. Just a cheap entry in their blog, read by no one.


The always-interesting Ted Rall – writer, author, blogger, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and political activist – will be on my show tonight to talk about the Oct. 5th sit-in at Freedom Square in D.C. and other topics.

Call 646-200-3440 with questions or comments, and tune in here.

Elizabeth Warren

Is already outpolling Scott Brown. Woo hoo!

Do re mi

John Mellencamp sings Woody:

China trade


Washington, D.C. September 20, 2011. A staggering 2.8 million jobs, largely in manufacturing, have been lost as a result of the growing U.S. trade deficit with China since that country’s entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, according to a study released today by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).

The growing U.S. trade deficit with China has cost jobs in every one of the nation’s congressional districts, the study reported, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Between 2001 and 2010, the computer and electronic parts industry was hit the hardest, as more than 909,400 jobs were displaced. The rapidly growing number of imports of computer and electronic parts, including semiconductors and audio-video equipment, accounted for more than 44 percent of the $194 billion increase in the U.S. trade deficit with China during that time.

The report, written by EPI’s Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Research Robert E. Scott, cites illegal currency manipulation as a major cause of the rapidly growing U.S. trade deficit with China. Unlike other currencies, the Chinese yuan does not fluctuate freely against the dollar, but is artificially pegged in order to boost China’s exports.

Unions to Occupy Wall Street: We’re in

What great news. I’m feeling more hopeful about our country these days:

Some of the biggest players in organized labor are actively involved in planning for Wednesday’s demonstration, either directly or through coalitions that they are a part of. The United Federation of Teachers, 32BJ SEIU, 1199 SEIU, Workers United and Transport Workers Union Local 100 are all expected to participate. The Working Families Party is helping to organize the protest and MoveOn.org is expected to mobilize its extensive online regional networks to drum up support for the effort.

“We’re getting involved because the crisis was caused by the excesses of Wall Street and the consequences have fallen hardest on workers,” a spokesman for TWU Local 100 said.

Community groups like Make the Road New York, the Coalition for the Homeless, the Alliance for Quality Education and Community Voices Heard are also organizing for Wednesday’s action, and the labor/community coalitions United New York and Strong Economy For All are pitching in as well.

Signs and chants will likely call for an extension of the so-called millionaires’ tax and a roll-back of state budget cuts. They will also likely show support for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s position that a proposed settlement between banks and attorneys general over troubled mortgage pools is too lenient.
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This story about their Allentown PA warehouse is really upsetting, and I’m going to have to find a live person to complain to:

Over the past two months, The Morning Call interviewed 20 current and former warehouse workers who showed pay stubs, tax forms or other proof of employment. They offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it’s like to work in the Amazon warehouse, where temperatures soar on hot summer days, production rates are difficult to achieve and the permanent jobs sought by many temporary workers hired by an outside agency are tough to get.

Only one of the employees interviewed described it as a good place to work.

Workers said they were forced to endure brutal heat inside the sprawling warehouse and were pushed to work at a pace many could not sustain. Employees were frequently reprimanded regarding their productivity and threatened with termination, workers said. The consequences of not meeting work expectations were regularly on display, as employees lost their jobs and got escorted out of the warehouse. Such sights encouraged some workers to conceal pain and push through injury lest they get fired as well, workers said.

During summer heat waves, Amazon arranged to have paramedics parked in ambulances outside, ready to treat any workers who dehydrated or suffered other forms of heat stress. Those who couldn’t quickly cool off and return to work were sent home or taken out in stretchers and wheelchairs and transported to area hospitals. And new applicants were ready to begin work at any time.

An emergency room doctor in June called federal regulators to report an “unsafe environment” after he treated several Amazon warehouse workers for heat-related problems. The doctor’s report was echoed by warehouse workers who also complained to regulators, including a security guard who reported seeing pregnant employees suffering in the heat.
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