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Sunday, May 4, 2014

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Landslide In Remote Part of Afghanistan Kills 2100: "Seven members of my family were here, four or five of them were killed," a survivor tells Reuters. "I am also half alive, what can I do?"

Movement for $15 Min. Wage Spreads to Tacoma: Campaigners plan to put an initiative on the ballot in November. "They feel like they deserve it [as] opposed to they need to earn it," says a local anti-$15 business owner.

Inside Seattle's Minimum Wage Negotiations: Kshama Sawant was "negotiating with herself," Ed Murray yelled at people, and a sub-committee nicknamed "the G-8" hammered out the final deal in meetings by itself, reports the Seattle Times. Democracy!

Al Jazeera Journalists Denied Bail in Egypt: What the fuck happened to you, Egypt? As the three journalists exited the courtroom, they shouted ironically, "Happy Press Freedom Day!" One of the them, Abduallah Elshamy, has spent 262 days in prison and 100 of those on hunger strike.

Fighting Rape—At Elite Universities: The NYT offers an overview of how women are increasingly giving up on campus administrations and taking their cases directly to the federal government. If you really want to understand how horrifying this is and how morally bankrupt the colleges are, read this—it's linked in the article—from Columbia's student newspaper.

Congress Commissions Thousands Of Reports It Never Reads:

“Remember the original movie ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,’ where the ark got put away in that government storeroom?” said Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), who has pushed to cut down on unnecessary reports. “Probably next to the lost ark are all the reports that have never been reviewed.”

Millions in British "Aid": build hotels, gated communities, and shopping malls. Happens with American aid dollars too.

Labor Unions Resist Reforms to Food Aid, Push to Starve Millions Overseas: "The labor movement’s international solidarity with the poor only goes so far, it appears."



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I wish anarchists and teabaggers would move to Somalia and enjoy all the lack of government they can handle.
Posted by jeffinfremont on May 4, 2014 at 9:32 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 2
What have the Romans ever done for us?!?
Posted by Urgutha Forka on May 4, 2014 at 9:51 AM · Report this
"A core group of seven, which staff dubbed `The G-8'"
Posted by Phil M on May 4, 2014 at 9:52 AM · Report this
To be fair, while I think the immigrant rights parade somehow seems more focused, I don't suspect that it accomplishes much, either. It certainly doesn't draw as much attention, since the news media deem it less newsworthy.

Would the anti-capitalists be more effective in their efforts if they planned and disclosed to city government their route ahead of time and added dancers in colorful ethnic costumes?
Posted by Phil M on May 4, 2014 at 10:08 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 5
Considering the Islamic fundamentalists running Egypt, your question about what the f**k happened seems naïve, Ansel.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on May 4, 2014 at 10:29 AM · Report this
jeet cris, the obtuseness is overwhelming. Some write a book called "But What's the Message??? -- Hack Journalist's willful assault on Messages that Oppose Corporate America".

down with capitalism? Hmmm, but what's the message????
Posted by Agrippa on May 4, 2014 at 10:30 AM · Report this
I'm going to be a grammatical pissant and say that the first two clauses in the minimum wage blurb should have their commas replaced by semi-colons.
Posted by LMcGuff on May 4, 2014 at 10:44 AM · Report this
$15? Try $26

California Congresswoman Wants A $26 Minimum Wage In Her State

California Democratic congresswoman Barbara Lee expressed support for a $26 minimum wage in her state — a move Republican congressman Andy Harris encouraged, assuming jobs would rapidly flee California to his state of Maryland.…

My thought? What we really need is a $7/hr Asia.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on May 4, 2014 at 10:48 AM · Report this

The way for immigrants to get rights is to self-deport and bring a spirit of Yankee Independence, learned in the US, back to their home countries. Instead of importing subservience (and votes) to Centralized State, they should return and assert their inalienable rights as free citizens of their respective countries.

The US then becomes a learning institution of revolutionary change exporting its graduates in the ways of the Constitutional Republic.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on May 4, 2014 at 10:52 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 10
@7: I didn't notice, but you're right. I love it when we're alerted to the rightful places of the underused semicolon.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on May 4, 2014 at 10:54 AM · Report this
@ 6 - if it's that simple, the people being interviewed on camera could have said, "the message is that corporate America has captured the reins of government and government is not serving the interests of American citizens," but they didn't.

A sound bite on TV is a pretty good platform for somebody whose goal is to push a specific change in public opinion. The fact that the "protestors" seemingly weren't interested in that platform says to me that they're not really "protesting" at all -- they're not interested in changing public opinion, they just want to wear masks and smash stuff.
Posted by waffle on May 4, 2014 at 11:04 AM · Report this
Knat 12
"Anarchists look, sound, behave exactly how stereotypes portray them. Full story at 11."
Posted by Knat on May 4, 2014 at 11:09 AM · Report this
When will people start calling "Black Bloc" anarchy what it is, a form of white privilege coupled with cultural appropriation.
Posted by j2patter on May 4, 2014 at 11:20 AM · Report this
Just to clarify, I'm not saying smashing stuff is part of anyone's culture. I'm saying that appropriating injustices done to one culture in order to justify your smashing, even though you benefit from the privilege of the culture in power (i.e. white privilege) is a form of culture appropriation and is just as bad as a white dude wearing a native head dress.
Posted by j2patter on May 4, 2014 at 11:23 AM · Report this
guerre 15
@9 and then you go all grampa racist. I've assumed you've never read about the Chicago school and Pinochet? Yup, latin american counties have no spirit of independence, which is why they are all still ruled by the Spanish crown, and why over the 20th century it has a been a model in government stability.|

"The US then becomes a learning institution of revolutionary change exporting its graduates in the ways of the Constitutional Republic."

Hahaha we already are a exporting of revolutionary change- Haiti, Cuba, Panama, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Grenada, Columbia, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Porto Rico, etc. If there is one thing Latin America is well experienced with, it is the Yankee revolutionary spirit.
Posted by guerre on May 4, 2014 at 11:24 AM · Report this
guerre 16
So from that times article- Does anyone get the sense that Labor didn't win a single concession from Business?
Posted by guerre on May 4, 2014 at 11:26 AM · Report this
@16 yeah...Honestly I wasn't pro 15Now (Thought it was too tough on small businesses), but after this whole thing I'm starting to get a lot more pro 15Now. It would be interesting to see how people pool on 15Now after this proposal.
Posted by j2patter on May 4, 2014 at 11:35 AM · Report this
Posted by j2patter on May 4, 2014 at 11:35 AM · Report this
raindrop 19
Kshama Sawant, after a tough city council meeting, walks into an upscale bar. She finds a quiet table and orders a glass of wine. About half way through the wine, she realizes she's short on cash to pay the bill. She doesn't believe in plastic, so she pulls out her cell phone and gets someone on her staff to call the bar owners and pressure them to reduce their prices for the common workers.
A teabagger, overhearing the rather loud cell phone call, offers to pay for two glasses of wine and tip but refuses to pay her tax but Ms. Sawant could use the cash she has to pay for the tax.
An anarchist offers to pay what little he has to cover the bill and tax, but no tip – but also requires that he finish the wine in exchange for his generosity.
The bar manager comes back to say that they cannot lower the prices.
What will Ms. Sawant do?
Posted by raindrop on May 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM · Report this
@16 true. i am curious whether the "labor" reps on the committee represent workers who currently make under $15/hr. if not it seems at least a bit presumptuous for those reps to complain about sawant's outside pressure when 15now is quite clearly well represented by those min wage workers. which is why I take issue with the times, or the stranger for that matter, making statements about what "labor" wants.
Posted by Upchuck on May 4, 2014 at 11:42 AM · Report this
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@2 You mean apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health?

(Excellent question/reference!)
Posted by pg13 on May 4, 2014 at 11:58 AM · Report this
Anarchists are whiny babies with poopy butts. Fuck off to Somalia and leave the civilized world to the rest of us, kthx.
Posted by Hacksaw on May 4, 2014 at 12:00 PM · Report this
@11 you seem to have gotten, at least in part, what the message of the "ANTI-CAPITALIST MARCH" yet you still claim ignorance.

You might just have a career on a local news team.
Posted by Agrippa on May 4, 2014 at 12:05 PM · Report this
What's so funny/sad, Ansel?

That the "I've got a job for life" douchetards at KIRO/KING never, ever report the news, just bullcrap and more bullcrap?

Of course no self-respecting American citizen would pay attention to these jackholes of KIRO just as only pure jackholes stand outside GMA/ABC or NBC or wherever the fuck they are, and wave for the TV cameras like the simpleton sheeple thye are.

And now, for the real news . . . .…
Posted by sgt_doom on May 4, 2014 at 12:19 PM · Report this
America's Assault on Women

Evidently, there are still people out there in La La Land of the American Oz who believe they hear the news, so of course these simple sheeple no doubt are familiar with the stories of Carmen Segarra, Cecily McMillan, Amber Lyon and Dr. Cate Jenkins --- if you're not then you better damn well be?

Dr. Cate Jenkins was one of those whistleblowers, sounding the alarm of dangerous toxic materials to the responders and workers at the WTC Towers' site while at the EPA.

She was targeted first by the Bush administration, and later, even more vociferously, by the Obama administration!

She was fired, the legally reinstated by a federal judge's ruling, but it appears they are still targeting her --- score another resounding victory for the Obushma Administration!

Carmen Segarra, formerly a bank examiner with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, pointed out major discrepancies (what we serfs refer to as financial fraud) at Goldman Sachs, but was ordered to cease and desist. Ms. Segarra, being both honest and professional, continued her honest ways and was fired!

Amber Lyon, one of those extremely rare, and perhaps the only, professional journalists at CNN was fired for attempting to report the truth, the actual news, of what was taking place in Bahrain --- so much for the news, be it either CNN, Fox or KIRO, ever reporting anything of value and truth!

And then there's one of many being targeted by the powers-that-be (this time, the Obama administration) for participating in the Occupy Wall Street movement: Cecily McMillan, who was groped by a dirty and despicable NYC copper, and because she pushed him away, is being pursued by the official criminals of NYC government on the grounds of assaulting a corrupt cop!

Of course, the apologists for Obama, or should we say, Obushma, will continue to ignore these facts, just as they ignore that Obama has granted legal immunity from prosecution to the top banksters and Monsanto. Facts are nasty, uncomfortable things, as all you faux crats and phonies are aware!

Sources and suggested reading:

Amber Lyon……

Carmen Segarra……

Cate Jenkins………

Cecily McMillan……

Posted by sgt_doom on May 4, 2014 at 12:46 PM · Report this
@5, moron who never follows the news: the Egyptian military has been running Egypt, douchebag!
Posted by sgt_doom on May 4, 2014 at 12:50 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 27
@26: And for whom does the military have its allegiance? The Muslim brotherhood, reform factions, others, all of the above? The question always goes to that level.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on May 4, 2014 at 12:56 PM · Report this
Gern Blanston 28
So the anarchists are sponsored by KEXP or did they hijack KEXP's banner and write something stupid on the other side?
Posted by Gern Blanston on May 4, 2014 at 1:17 PM · Report this
NotSean 29
@25 make me fist pump.
Posted by NotSean on May 4, 2014 at 1:36 PM · Report this
Phoebe, the military threw the Muslim Brotherhood out and killed some of them, so I don't think they have "allegiance" to them.
Posted by sarah70 on May 4, 2014 at 1:50 PM · Report this
We don't like anarchists.
Posted by Thom and Bri Bri on May 4, 2014 at 6:53 PM · Report this
Imagine if people at demonstrations who speak with the press instead deferred to on-scene designated public relations staff who were prepared to respond with carefully-crafted messages in representation of the group.
Posted by Phil M on May 4, 2014 at 8:42 PM · Report this

Um, I guess you sort of missed the part of recent history where the Egyptian military ousted the center-right Islamic coalition government, and then declared the Muslim Brotherhood illegal?

To answer Ansel's question: what happened to Egypt is that the West, and Leftists in the West in particular, decided they'd rather see a secular regime backed by the military and installed by coup than suffer the continued existence of a fairly elected Muslim parliamentary government.

What happened to Egypt, in other words, is exactly what people like Ansel fought to achieve in Egypt.
Posted by robotslave on May 4, 2014 at 11:10 PM · Report this

Imagine if people in internet comments threads didn't have to deal with self-appointed spokespersons desperately spinning arduous dogmatic rationales for abhorrently self-absorbed behavior on the part of protesters who presume to represent the majority of the population.
Posted by robotslave on May 4, 2014 at 11:28 PM · Report this
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Somalia is a failed socialist state. Many anarchists like myself want a slow transition to self governance, not a rapid destruction of central government.
Posted by collectivism_sucks on May 5, 2014 at 12:10 PM · Report this
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@13 You nailed it!
Posted by collectivism_sucks on May 5, 2014 at 12:13 PM · Report this
collectivism_sucks 40
This picture sums up perfectly my kind of anarchism vs their kind of anarchism:…
Posted by collectivism_sucks on May 5, 2014 at 12:14 PM · Report this

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