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My Occupy LA Arrest, by Patrick Meighan
Family Guy writer writes great article about his experience being arrested.
"I watched as the LAPD destroyed a pop-up canopy tent that, until that moment, had been serving as Occupy LA’s First Aid and Wellness tent, in which volunteer health professionals gave free medical care to absolutely anyone who requested it.

Citigroup spent years intentionally buying up every bad mortgage loan it could find, creating bad securities out of those bad loans and then selling shares in those bad securities to duped investors. And then they sometimes secretly bet *against* their *own* bad securities to make even more money. For one such bad Citigroup security, Citigroup executives were internally calling it, quote, “a collection of dogshit”. To investors, however, they called it, quote, “an attractive investment rigorously selected by an independent investment adviser”.

This is fraud, and it’s a felony, and the Charles Princes of the world spent several years doing it again and again..."
absurd  ows  violence  protest  politics  fraud  favorite  writing  read  article  activism  family_guy  police  occupy  occupyla  police_brutality  occupywallstreet 
december 2011 by evanharmon
Peace on Earth - TierneyLab Blog - NYTimes.com
The world is becoming less violent: Steven Pinker, a psychologist at Harvard and the author of “The Blank Slate.” He explains: . . . as far as I know, every systematic attempt to document the prevalence of violence over centuries and millennia (and, for that matter, the past fifty years), particularly in the West, has shown that the overall trend is downward (though of course with many zigzags). The most thorough is James Payne’s “The History of Force”; other studies include Lawrence Keeley’s “War Before Civilization,” Martin Daly & Margo Wilson’s “Homicide,” Donald Horowitz’s “The Deadly Ethnic Riot,” Robert Wright’s “Nonzero,” Peter Singer’s “The Expanding Circle,” Stephen Leblanc’s “Constant Battles,” and surveys of the ethnographic and archeological record by Bruce Knauft and Philip Walker.
world  peace  history  violence  nonviolence  Steven_Pinker  Peter_Singer  culture  read  *** 
april 2010 by evanharmon

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