Is Occupy Leftist? Huffington Post Thinks So

That’s what this article and book are saying on AOL-owned HuffPo Radio piece called: Both Sides: Are We All Pre-wired Left or Right? Do Beliefs Precede Facts?

Left and Right then self-segregate into their own enclaves where they only hear their own side ratified — think a Tea Party rally and Occupy Wall Street protest.

Do you agree? Is it left to recognize facts that a growth-based, unchecked plutocracy is using up our resources? Are you a socialist to understand how Bank of America and Goldman Sachs profited from deceit at the expense of 99% of us?

Is this Ron Paul supporter a left-wing freak for understanding that the monetary supply is based on debt — nothing?

Should we let this go unchecked, or skip the fallacy of left/right?

Port Shutdowns on West Coast, Oakland & Beyond – Reports

Books have the advantage of hindsight, filtered information from journalists and broader historical context, so as far as most useful information goes, it’s most efficient to go with the book medium. At the same time, what’s exciting about Occupy is that our history is now, and there’s something about the power of now that’s hard to resist. Here’s why many Occupiers feel that today the ports are at the heart of why we must occupy.

Check out a few of the Ustream and LiveStream videos of the port shutdowns around the country.

UPDATE: Here’s a SlideShow of Oakland Port Shutdown submitted by @GlennRecon(thanks!)

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

If you find more streams where you can follow shutting down ports in Occupy San Francisco, Occupy Oakland, Occupy Long Beach, Occupy Portland, Occupy Seattle, Occupy Tacoma, Occupy Vancouver, Occupy Anchorage, Occupy Denver or more, please put the link in the comment section below. If you want all the streams, click here.

Occupy Oakland – HOT NOW!

Occupy Portland

OccupySF Magicmint @doditwo

We Are the 99!
Tim at Long Beach this morning; may be live soon

Occupy Denver – Wal-Mart Action – Intro Video on Wal-Mart Action Here

Further links:
VIDEO: Police Make Arrests at Port of LA Occupy Protest – Eric Spillman reports

Westcoast Port Blockade Monday Dec 12!

Woah! Remember when we said that it was time to move this from Zuccotti Park and out to the world? Looks like the Westcoast Port Blockade is taking this to heart!

At first they may seem scary to people — to shut down goods that keep our economy running — but it does more than that; it gets the conversation going.

Why block a port? What are they blocking? Cheap “goods” made by slave labor, to replace American working class labor? Made of plastic, a non-renewable resource, designed to break just as soon as they want to sell us a new one? Or are they just freedom haters?

What do you think? Is this temporary inconvenience worth the message? Or not?

Discuss it in the forums…

Local Torture: Roots of Policy Violence at #Occupy

"Battlefield Main Street"

Forced poses that cut off circulation and cause long-lasting nerve damage.
Forced defecation in front of female officers.
Denying food, water, sleep.

Why? Military industrial complex? Shock-doctrine policy making?

We focus on systemic issues on this site, not so much the symptoms.  We believe police brutality – turning good people into unrelenting tools – is a symptom.  What do you think is the cause?

Here are a few items to ponder, then discuss.

from The Pentagon Is Offering Free Military Hardware To Every Police Department In The US

…the “1033 Program”… gave more than $500 million of military gear to U.S. police forces in 2011 alone.

1033 was passed by Congress in 1997 to help law-enforcement fight terrorism and drugs, but despite a 40-year low in violent crime, police are snapping up hardware like never before. While this year’s staggering take topped the charts, next year’s orders are up 400 percent over the same period.

This upswing coincides with an increasingly military-like style of law enforcement most recently seen in the Occupy Wall Street crackdowns.

And now LA Occupy prisoners are getting treatment with shades of Abu Ghraib.
From first-hand account:” target=”_blank”>LA Raid Treatment – First Hand Account

The 100 protesters in my detainee group were kept handcuffed with their hands behind their backs for 7 hours, denied food and water and forced to sit/sleep on a concrete floor. Some were so tired they passed out face down on the cold and dirty concrete, hands tied behind their back. As a result of the tight cuffs, I wound up losing sensation in my left palm/thumb and still haven’t recovered it now, a day and a half after they finally took them off.

Where do the dots connect?

UPDATE: 12/7: SF Camp was raided last night-

VIDEO: Occupy Your Foreclosure

It was hard for many Occupy Wall Street participants to justify our insistence on staying in one specific location — Zuccotti Park. In truth, we weren’t stopping Wall Street from expanding their destruction, we weren’t shutting down the NY Stock Exchange, we weren’t cutting off the oxygen to Bank of America boardrooms, we weren’t delivering CEOs of Goldman Sachs to prison. We were just causing a scene, and oh, what a scene we’ve caused!

The scene has now exploded beyond the park and on to a place where physically occupying a space has a direct role in stopping the thieves — occupying foreclosed homes. What was perceived by some to be a public nuisance has now inspired a direct public service; a private sector nightmare.

It’ll be pretty bad PR when you see cops bashing in the faces of Occupiers as they dive in front of a homeowner about to be cracked open with a night stick. Get ready to see shots of of senior citizens crawling out of their McMansions, vomiting up tear gas. Get ready to google “boy pepper sprayed and beaten for not leaving mobile home fast enough.”

Get ready to see FOX News addicts who once complained about the homeless occupying Zuccotti Park, now begging those same Occupiers to save them from the being thrown out into the streets.

Get ready to see some serious Tea Party and Occupier bonding, when sane Tea Partiers see that the heart of their fury – corrupt government gutting the American public for private gain – is one in the same.

Here’s a preview of what it might look like when Occupiers come to defend your home… hope it doesn’t end this way — cop on cop eviction.