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reagan-was-a-horrible-president:

This legislation could kill off credit unions for good.

bspolitics:

sustainableprosperity:

Signal boosting. This is a big deal.

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mrgif:

It’s going down in Istanbul 
#occupygezi

mrgif:

It’s going down in Istanbul 

#occupygezi

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scousewemboy:

real talk

accurate

scousewemboy:

real talk

accurate

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Attempting to erase history: Tienanmen Square’s ‘Tank Man’

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Tiananmen Square protests of 1989

Producer Antony Thomas showed the iconic ‘Tank Man’ photo to a group of undergraduates at Beijing University - in 1989 the university had been the nerve center of the student movement that inspired the nationwide uprising. None of the students knew what the photo was. Here, journalists and China specialists discuss the government’s efforts to keep certain ideas and history from the Chinese people, including the picture and story of ‘tank man.’

Timothy Brook Professor of Chinese history, University of British Columbia:

"The media silence imposed on Tienanmen was huge. Chinese in China don’t know this image. They don’t see this image. This is not part of their visual repertoire. [The government] made a couple of propaganda videos in the summer of 1989, to sell [the Tienanmen] events in a certain way to the Chinese people, and those videos have clips showing very carefully selected events. But the visual record that we have living outside China is a very different one than Chinese people have.”

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Jan Wong Author and former Toronto Globe and Mail Beijing correspondent:

"It is stunning that university students at Beida [Beijing University] would not know this picture [of the tank man]. On the other hand, China has so many secrets, and people understand that it’s dangerous to share information. I went back to Beijing University, where I had studied, to talk to my old teachers … and we didn’t talk about Tienanmen either at first. Of course I wanted to talk about Tienanmen, so I sort of waited and then eventually I slid in sideways to the subject, but that’s the only reason they talked about it. It’s not something that people would readily talk about because you just get into trouble. There is no upside to talking about it at this point.

I don’t know what it tells you about a country when you could have such a cataclysmic event as Tiananmen Square and then suddenly you lop off the reality for all the people coming after. … But the great thing about China is that history is valued so that it will come out one day. People will keep records, people will eventually write about this. It’s not that it’s disappeared forever. You know, in Chinese history, each dynasty has secrets that it suppresses, and then it’s up to the next dynasty to write the true history of the previous dynasty. Each dynasty writes its own propaganda, the next dynasty writes the true history, so I assume this will happen in China, too.”

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“For the past few days, peaceful Turkish citizens have been protesting the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park, one of the few green areas left in the center of Istanbul. The plan by the Erdogan-run AKP government is to build a large shopping center instead, benefitting his own interests and filling his own pockets.

What started with a mere 100 protestors turned into tens of thousands over the course of a few days. People camped out in the park, sang songs, read books, danced. I was there yesterday and it was heartwarming.

Prime Minister Erdogan made a public announcement two days ago stating, ‘We have made up our minds’, and that nothing will stop his plans to destroy the park.

He subsequently ordered his police forces to attack protestors in the park using water cannons and tear gas without warning in the early hours of the morning. This has been happening for the past two days, and continues as I write these words. Tents were burned as people slept in them, innocent citizens were dragged away and had tear gas sprayed directly into their faces, kicked and punched where they were on the ground. Bystanders on their way to work also got sprayed. The center of Istanbul is now a war-zone. 

Innocent people are being attacked, injured and hospitalised  There are unofficial reports of one person being dead with his ID confiscated by officials (an eerie replay of the May 1 attacks when an innocent young girl was put into a coma due to tear gas attacks. This girl was later labeled by the government as a terrorist)

This has become a matter about more than just saving trees. This has always been about more than that. This is an ‘I can do whatever I damn well want’, fascist mentality that not only heavily suppresses but openly attacks its own people.

To make matters worse, media channels are being censored so as not to display the news.

#direngeziparki is now the 2nd worldwide trending topic on Twitter.

As our friends overseas, we need your help. Send this message to everyone you know. Amnesty International has already announced it condemns the use of excessive force against the protestors, and has called on the Turkish police to stop the use of violence, and to respect the protestors’ rights of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. But it hasn’t helped. 

The protests have and will continue despite the abuse but it needs all the attention it can get, especially considering Turkish news channels heavily alter and misrepresent the nature of what is actually occurring in the heart of Istanbul. 

Please create awareness internationally about our plight, or matters are going to get much, much worse. We want all international media channels - soclal and mass - to report this news.


Please help us to share this message and stop Erdogan’s ruthless, inhumane acts. In a never-ending series of human rights abuses that have occurred under his leadership, this is the last straw.” 

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ditamcevil:

@huffingtonpost #occupyistanbul #direngeziparki

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oldenough2burmom:

octavekitten:

Let the Games Begin.

Is anyone angry that her professor can’t fund cancer research? Or that her neighbor just lost her food stamps? How about the person whose brother can’t get into a publicly-subsidized drug rehab because those programs have been cut? Or the school district that will cut music lessons because of ‘austerity’? Shouldn’t we DO SOMETHING?

Please click the link. It’s non-violent.

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One hell of a year later. OWS. 


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thepeoplesrecord:

We’re close to raising our Kickstarter goal, but we only have 40 more hours to raise the last $800.

Please give what you can. We’ll only get the money that has been pledged if we raise the full amount of $2600. Right now we’ve raised about $1900.

Your card will only be charged if we raise the full amount. Everything from $1+ helps! Thank you so much to those who have generously given so far & I genuinely hope we can get this done & pull out a successful campaign.

Also, we’ve made some big changes to our plans that we’ve been waiting to announce. We’re actually reversing our direction, starting on the east coast in D.C. at the beginning of September and moving up the coast to New York for the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. So, if you’re in D.C. or NY or Montreal or Philadelphia or Baltimore or Boston, hit us up, let’s do a tumblr meet up in the next few months.

Here’s our Kickstarter in case you are interested in helping us make this happen! Thanks again!

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whatdididrink:

Libor Investigation Close To Making Arrests: Report

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U.S. prosecutors and European regulators are close to arresting individual traders and charging them with colluding to manipulate global benchmark interest rates, according to people familiar with a sweeping investigation into the rate-rigging scandal.

Federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C., have recently contacted lawyers representing some of the individuals under suspicion to notify them that criminal charges and arrests could be imminent, said two of those sources who asked not to be identified because the investigation is ongoing.

Defense lawyers, some of whom represent individuals under suspicion, said prosecutors have indicated they plan to begin making arrests and filing criminal charges in the next few weeks. In long-running financial investigations it is not uncommon for prosecutors to contact defense lawyers for individuals before filing charges to offer them a chance to cooperate or take a plea, these lawyer said.

The prospect of charges and arrests of individuals means that prosecutors are getting a fuller picture of how traders at major banks allegedly sought to influence the London Interbank Offered Rate, or Libor, and other global rates that underpin hundreds of trillions of dollars in assets. The criminal charges would come alongside efforts by regulators to punish major banks with fines, and could show that the alleged activity was not rampant in the banks.

“The individual criminal charges have no impact on the regulatory moves against the banks,” said a European source familiar with the matter. “But banks are hoping that at least regulators will see that the scandal was mainly due to individual misbehavior of a gang of traders.”

The source, who did not want to be identified because the investigation is ongoing, said regulators are checking through emails among a group of traders and believe they are now close to piecing together a picture of how they allegedly conspired to make money by manipulating the rates. The rates are set daily based on an average of estimates supplied by a panel of banks.

“More than a handful of traders at different banks are involved,” said the source familiar with the investigation by European regulators.

That’s good and all, but the traders (who do need to be held accountable) are small fish. Hopefully the arrests go upstream & land some CEOs. Oh, and they need to perp walk the hell out of anyone arrested.

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