Thursday, October 13, 2011

Protests against present policies on our environment health and our economics are going in Rochester, NY and around the world

 

Though, like the teleological argument, where you argue that everything around us looks so well placed and designed (like the exquisite perfection of pigeon feathers) it must have been designed by god, and our absurd tendency to view this world as the best of all possible worlds, things don’t appear to be so wonderfully inevitable as evidenced by a rising activism going on worldwide. In fact, many seem quite unsatisfied with the stare that unfettered Capitalism has led us and quite disinclined to tolerate it. Sure lots of billionaires are doing great, but the majority are losing the middle class life they had and the possibility of having a healthy planet to strive on to regain it. Take note:

Occupy Wall Street | NYC Protest for American Revolution “Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.”

To be quite blunt about it: things suck. And, what I find amazing is that mainstream media covers the GOP candidates running for the US presidency as if Climate Change were nonexistent and the demonstrators demanding a more fair economic system invisible. It’s a version of the big lie, which is if you tell a lie often enough people believe it. In this case if you (the media) ignore critical issues of the day, they too will go away.

The GOP are not talking about jobs, how to address Climate Change, how they are going to extract us from the wars they started, or what they intend to do about the millions upon millions who cannot afford health care—and the media is going to go right along with all that. The GOP candidates running for that office they are now just saying “No!” over and over again are a tempest in a teapot, but the teapot is filled with poison.

Meanwhile, the public is focusing on the fallout from lousy environmental policies that allow corporations to trash our environment and our political system that is so clogged with corporate cash that it’s impossible to come up with sane way to fix things.

Here in Rochester, NY folks are getting fed up and getting tired of being treated like mushrooms—kept in the dark and fed crap.

ACTIVISM: Rochester, meet your Occupiers - News Articles - Rochester City Newspaper The Occupy Together movement is spreading far beyond its initial protests on Wall Street to places as far flung as Oakland and The Hague. There's even an Occupy Puerto Rico. And Rochester is among the cities that now have "occupations" of their own. At 4 p.m. every day, Monday through Friday, individuals and groups gather at the Liberty Pole. They also meet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays at the Flying Squirrel Community Space, 285 Clarissa Street, in their general assembly: essentially an organizing session. (October 12, 2011) Rochester NY News, Events, Restaurants, Music, Entertainment, Nightlife - Rochester City Newspaper

And, another uprising is coming together worldwide to fix our environment and put it on a sane footing. Check it out:

15th october: #United we will re-invent the world “OCTOBER 15TH | UNITED FOR #GLOBALCHANGE |On October 15th people from all over the world will take to the streets and squares. From America to Asia, from Africa to Europe, people are rising up to claim their rights and demand a true democracy. Now it is time for all of us to join in a global non violent protest. The ruling powers work for the benefit of just a few, ignoring the will of the vast majority and the human and environmental price we all have to pay. This intolerable situation must end. United in one voice, we will let politicians, and the financial elites they serve, know it is up to us, the people, to decide our future. We are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers who do not represent us. On October 15th, we will meet on the streets to initiate the global change we want. We will peacefully demonstrate, talk and organize until we make it happen. It’s time for us to unite. It’s time for them to listen. People of the world, rise up on October 15th!”

Read more from 350.org

Peaceful Occupations Planned Worldwide for #GlobalChange | 350.org “In London, there is a bridge the spans out across the Thames River right next to the Houses of Parliament. On the other side of that bridge is a St. Thomas’ hospital. A few days ago thousands from around the UK gathered to block that bridge in protest. We were not afraid, and we were looking ahead towards October 15th.” (October 13, 2011) 350.org

So, lots of folks are thinking: “What does it all mean? All these people going to the streets and demanding a just and verdant world, what will become of that? Corporations, who are now legal individuals because of Citizen United, can do just about anything they want: toss people out of work, stop environmental regulations, and make lots of money so they can do more of the same. It’s the world we live in. It’s the way things are. Just look around it’s all for the best, the way it was meant to be. Someone or something is behind the scenes and will make everything OK.

But just when you think it’s all hopeless and the great unwashed will put up with just about anything and any environment, they go and get out in the streets—and stay there. Is that the way it’s supposed to be also?

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