Rainforest Diversity: Who Wants To See These Species Go Extinct?

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?

FOX News’ First Lie Came Before FOX Existed – Richard Nixon’s Infomercial in 1968


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To understand the subtleties of the FOX News propaganda machine, which is so good that even some of its “journalists” think they’re working at a real news agency, you have to understand the history of FOX News creator Roger Ailes. FOX News’ sappling was rooted not its 1996 debut, but in the fertile ground of RIchard Nixon’s 1968 presidential campaign, when Ailes used the comfy talk-show/town-hall format to create an infomercial designed to redefine Nixon, from perpetual loser to predestined leader.

Ailes’ brilliant idea for this fake town hall is indistinguishable from the real deal, to the untrained eye. Put yourself in the shoes of the 1968 everyman/woman/child, without FactCheck.org, without the diverse view of a hundred pundits and a million bloggers to hear after the airing, and consider whether you would have been able to tell the difference. With this propaganda machine blurring the line between fact and fiction TV, there is no doubt it helped convince voters to anoint one of the more disturbed persons to ever hold the office (though admittedly, there are many candidates in that race).

Here’s the full broadcast. Fittingly, Mitt Romney’s dad makes an appearance at 2:15.

Relying on this program and a barrage of TV ads, Nixon was able to stay in the public eye, even while his campaign kept him away from the press; the only reporters to whom he gave two-minute interviews were already drunk on unlimited food and alcohol provided by the campaign, assuring they “fell into a state of what one can only call astounded torpor.” In modern times, many pundits would questions whether this would assure the public received fair and balanced reporting, so instead, the Republican Party media wing that is FOX News simply provides millions of dollars in salary and perks a year to the only reporters Republican candidates will grant access.*

Get deeper into the technique of psychological manipulation by reading – but for democracy’s sake, not buying – Ailes’s book, You Are The Message: Secrets of Master Communicators

To know more about the policies Nixon was able to pass, and how he did so, see The Shock Doctrine on our Primer List of essential information on understanding the root problems of our system.

*OccupyEducated.org was unable to confirm reports that FOX News green rooms contain abundant Twinkies and other Monsanto-based products.

Can Occupy Continue Beyond Occupation?

Occupying The Sidewalk

Occupy The Streets or The Stream?

Sami Grover, frequent sustainability blogger on TreeHugger.com, wrote an article arguing Occupy tactics should far beyond just physical occupationof public spaces.

Certainly it seems unlikely that the movement would have grown with such ferocity had it not quickly and successfully created a physical presence in cities around the world. But as the weeks turn into months, many communities are asking how long the protests will continue, and what happens next. In Bristol, for example, protesters are planning a public meeting to discuss their tactics, and appear to be willing to move on from their city center camp ground if an alternative space can be found. Meanwhile talks between Occupy LA and the mayor’s office seem to have broken down, despite early signs that the city might offer cheap office space and a community garden in exchange for protesters dismantling their tents.

OccupyEducated seeks to help bring the physical occupations to reach the virtual world everyone shares — facebook, twitter, forums — and then use their new, shared knowledge to spark real-world action.

Where do you see occupy going from here – physically or virtually — as of today?

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.

#OccupyEducated

 

Books: How We Got Here

Here’s a video on some well-rated books about the 2008 financial meltdown, and how we got here. We haven’t read them all, but we’re really curious as to what you think of these… comments, please!

Griftopia

The Big Short

Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future

All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis

Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You with the Bill)

The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street

The Two Trillion Dollar Meltdown: Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Credit Crash

Winner-Take-All-Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer — and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class

Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free

The Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America – and Spawned a Global Crisis

Know Any Great Books, Films, Videos, or Resources You Think Should Be Promoted?

Please post them in The Recommended Books & Films section of The Discussion Forums.

We are currently cataloging all recommendations posted in The Discussion Forums and in a few weeks we will present them all on the site so The Public can vote on, discuss, sort, and view by topic to easily find the highest ranked educational resources available! We will also be synthesizing these resources and working with various authors to create definitive, original, free educational material in the form of Articles, Videos, and Online Classes. See you in The Forums!

Official Launch Coming Soon!

You may have noticed we’ve been dark for a few days.  Black-Friday dark!

 
Seriously, we’ve been working out ways to make the site a truly awesome tool for educating and uniting occupiers everywhere.  It will include

• Book clubs that start online and move into real life

• Forums for in-depth discussions on books, articles and more

• Author interviews

• Article reviews and best sites with pertinent info

• Lists for top books on various topics, created by your input

Please stay tuned, as we roll these out.  Thanks and happy weekend!

Suggestions for Minority-repression Books for OccupyEducated Primer List

Thanks for speaking out!

In true Occupy fashion, there has a been a united push in the comment section for a “person of color” to be added to the primer list. We are grateful for the two main points of the feedback.

1. The primer list does not cover what many occupiers feel is an important issue: institutional racism.
2. The primer list does not include an author who has been recognized by commentators as a person of color.

Regarding Issue #1
The consensus by the creators of OccupyEducated is that Occupy is about the demand for systemic justice in a broken system. Most of this frustration is focused on economic injustice, but, as you have provoked to our attention, many occupiers are more frustrated with other systemic issues — racial injustice, sexism, endless imperial war, LGBT civil rights, among many other vital issues.

We discussed this, and recognize that this issue of racism and minority repression is systemic and often discussed at occupations.  Thus, we are adding one book to the primer list, to round it out at six.

And you will decide what that book should be.
Here are a few on our consideration list, just to jump start the conversation about what should go into the virtual library.
Democracy Matters, by Cornell West (an avid supporter of #ows)
Uprooting Racism, by Paul Kivel
Unpacking The Invisible, edited by Karen Weekes
Colorblind, by Tim Wise

As we understand Occupy to be a matter of addressing systemic injustices, we ask you to find a book that focuses on systemic issues. We hope to be able to choose which book we’ll add by having a swell of comments that support one particular book – online consensus. If not possible… we’ll wing it.

Regarding Issue #2
There are many factors to consider when selecting books. We have chosen content of the books to be above all else, for this particular list — the primer list. We respectfully decline to change that policy for the primer list, and will leave our end of the conversation there.

The rest of the lists will be crowd sourced, so it will be the users who choose whatever criteria they wish, to decide which books OccupyEducated will highly-recommend to occupiers. We’re not sure how that will work, yet, but we are committed to have this site reflect the true voice of the Occupy movement.

Thanks so much for your feedback; it was heard, and changes were made. Please engage and encourage your friends to join in the discussion!

Know Any Great Books, Films, Videos, or Resources You Think Should Be Promoted?

Please post them in The Recommended Books & Films section of The Discussion Forums.

We are currently cataloging all recommendations posted in The Discussion Forums and in a few weeks we will present them all on the site so The Public can vote on, discuss, sort, and view by topic to easily find the highest ranked educational resources available! We will also be synthesizing these resources and working with various authors to create definitive, original, free educational material in the form of Articles, Videos, and Online Classes. See you in The Forums!

Quick Answers and a Thank You

OccupyEducated.org is already seeing lots of hits and comments and shares of new ideas and books. Quick answers to a few quick questions:

Answers
Why no authors of color on the Primer List?
• No reason whatsoever. We wanted to put the content of the books as the highest priority over any other factor, including factors such as the “color”, religion, gender, culture, socio-economic status, etc. of the author.  Many authors of all creeds will be included in the future, surely; that is up to you.  Hopefully is will still no be because of the color of their skin, but the content of their writings.

Do you endorse every word, perspective and idea of the media you recommend?
• No.

Where is the forum?
• Coming

Where is this and that?
• Coming

While we’re working on the site, We’re still trying to figure out on-the-ground stuff… where to have meetings, where the NYC movement will go from there, huge demonstrations tomorrow…

This state of the site is a result of having to throw this together so quickly — as an emergency response to the raid in NYC. OccupyEducated.org will get fancier soon enough, including a new film starring this old guy, saying why we’re doing this, and how important your participation is to educating yourself, and the movement.

Thanks
…for all the suggestions for essential readings. Many, many fine books, many of which were debated and almost included in the Primer List, and many of which will soon be compiled onto lists to come.

Keep spreading and absorbing the knowledge, and occupy educated!

Know Any Great Books, Films, Videos, or Resources You Think Should Be Promoted?

Please post them in The Recommended Books & Films section of The Discussion Forums.

We are currently cataloging all recommendations posted in The Discussion Forums and in a few weeks we will present them all on the site so The Public can vote on, discuss, sort, and view by topic to easily find the highest ranked educational resources available! We will also be synthesizing these resources and working with various authors to create definitive, original, free educational material in the form of Articles, Videos, and Online Classes. See you in The Forums!