See why Anonymous is right? We need to shut down the Fed:
New York Federal Reserve President William Dudley on Friday tried to calm people’s nerves about rising food prices by reminding them that other products — like iPads — are getting cheaper.
“Today you can buy an iPad 2 that costs the same as an iPad 1 that is twice as powerful,” Dudley said in Queens, Reuters reports. “You have to look at the price of all things.”
But better iPads don’t put food on the table, audience members reminded him. “When was the last time, sir, that you went grocery shopping?” one person asked. And, perhaps most succinctly, another told him, “I can’t eat an iPad.”
When Alito and Roberts were nominated, I was on a series of conference calls about how we should attack them for being anti-abortion. I said (not unreasonably, I thought) that that issue was divisive, and we could get a lot more people on our side by pointing out that these two invariable sided with corporations, no matter what. I was ignored.
Iowa woman arrested for thinking about an abortion.
Why are so many Christians sick, twisted little fucks?
Labor protests are continuing across the country. In South Carolina, thousands of teachers, religious leaders and state workers gathered at the capitol building on Sunday in opposition to cuts targeted at education, healthcare and other state services. In Austin, Texas more than 10,000 protesters swarmed the grounds of the capitol Saturday to denounce Gov. Rick Perry’s proposal to fire educators, increase class sizes and cut programs. On Friday, protesters in Maine filled the capitol building to take a stand against Gov. Paul LePage’s plan to strip $18 million from the state’s Fund for a Healthy Maine.
Also on Friday, concerned parents and citizens in Maryland’s Prince George’s County gathered at a local school to protest budget cuts that could leave hundreds of low-income, magnet high school students without school buses. Meanwhile, protests in response Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to tax the public and private pensions of senior citizens are scheduled for Tuesday in Lansing.
In case you were wondering where Anonymous got the speech you hear at the end of the video they just released, it’s the famous one given Dec. 2, 1964 by Mario Savio, leader of the Berkeley Free Speech movement:
There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop.
And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.
This is the time, really. Each of us has to look inside our hearts and decide. Are we passive victims of the oligarchy, or are we fighters against the machine? I don’t know about you, but I don’t have much faith that electoral politics can solve much of anything now.
I mean, think about this: The Republican governor of Michigan just gave himself the ability to suspend local governments at his whim. What does that tell you?
Where is our country headed? What are we going to do about it? How do we get the power back?
Maybe you’re not ready to be an activist just yet. Probably you still have something left to lose. But we’re getting dangerously close to the point where most of us don’t.
We’ve been living in a dream. Hear that alarm clock? Time to wake up.
This is in Forbes, the single most reactionary capitalist publication in the country: “How the wealthy plan to finance the American aristocracy with middle-class dollars.”