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STORY: Montreal Students Occupy CEGEP with a Call to Occupy Everything CLICK HERE FOR STORY

MANIFESTO: Posted on April 20, 2015 by 99media

TEXT originally French, via google translate

Spring 2015 has not said its last word and the Occupy movement is reborn from its ashes. A “self-directed” camp was installed on the grounds of CEGEP Saint-Laurent on the morning of 20 April. We publish here the full “Chapter 1″ of the “Manifesto for a global occupation” that accompanies the installation of this space that

“advocates the importance of community, citizen participation, community life and solidarity”

in to illustrate “the possibility to exist otherwise” and calls to “stay the course”. A document to read and share.

We walk on the ruins of a society. Dilapidated buildings overlook the streets jostle in indifference and conformity amount of individuals brutalized by tyranny advertising. The images are lying. Our consciences are cracked by the idea that progress is observed only in the “technologization” of our infrastructure, the completion of their aesthetics as well as the optimal realization of economic activities which base their existence. Large buildings that dominate the financial centers subject us to their requirements and impressed by the systematic, elaborate and mysterious neoliberal methodology that exists inside their walls. Think again. We fracassons us on the ruins of a society. The spirits are stranded on the reef of capitalism, break, erode and deteriorate into a bottomless pit. The bond that unites us all is increasingly tenuous. The Common breadcrumb runs out and fades slowly. A minotaur approaches, step by step. His warm breath caressing our skin and we grunt collide as a painful and honeyed rumor, trickling energy we have left, but with which we continue to move forward, forward, head held high.

Photo: Andra Florea

We stumble on the ruins of a society. However, a portion of the rubble remains untouched and defended beyond all odds by a powerful economic elite that opposes social movements a corrupt army and a brutal police force. Behind its columns, fences and towers, capital protects its wealth ruthless, greedy. Those who hold based on a fortune that we can not even conceive so it boggles the mind and reason. Like a dragon who watches and challenge anyone who would attempt to seize the treasure, the rich hide in their ivory tower, untouchable and insensitive to the clamor that rises and destabilizes. A revolution is on. A revolution that tramples the ruins and pounds ebony this dungeon doors. A revolution that equips stones that dot the floor and dust contamination, air to fight a system that is trying somehow to inhibit and suppress the tensions that assail it.

Photo: Andra Florea

We walk on the ruins of a society and it is one minute to midnight. Nature slowly takes over on the remains of our humanity. War, death, poverty and misery torment of existence while others shy away if Wall up, if emmurent in their illuminated screens in this unreal world, the cyber space. The community spirit is leaving us, escapes. This spirit, this hope is oppressed by a fragmented and separate body of the community and trying by all means to escape the prison that encloses in values such as individualism and selfishness. Although we like to pretend to channel this common sense in social networks or in the cloud, even if we are consolidating with certain allegedly altruistic practices, we isolated es and our communications are summed up in a series of symbols and indifferent impersonal. This context of radical separation between individuals gives the power impunity in governance. How to resist if we conceive ourselves as individuals operating in full of other individuals and society where social interaction is seen as marginal, bizarre, abnormal? We live in a community crisis. While governments still account for more powers and rights, our self-centeredness always recognize them more authority. In the militant movements, resistance bites itself. Rather than to unite and to act in solidarity, everyone trying to give an image to the fight which will be that they will, and they desired. Basically, promoting the ideas of everyone remains an advantageous tactic, it allows the inclusion broadest and most universal. But in the context of individualism decried earlier – one in which our actions are justified by the primacy of individual rights over the rest, not one who seeks to exalt the human ability to realize the creative potential that lives and us transforms us – the difference of opinion appears to be a personal ideological confrontation provoking an emotional commitment. Reclaiming the spirit of community is urgently needed. The unit will be the only way to build a relationship of sufficient strength.
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Photo: Andra Florea

It is in this perspective that we have decided to launch this occupation project. We want to give us the means to reclaim the spirit of community. Aside from the all-out attack that the government is waging against public services, the project we start, we do it to free us from the yoke of individualism and capitalism, to free us from alienating daily. The project we start, we do it to protest against a system based on domination, exploitation, violence and murder.

The bubbling effervescence and colorful past few weeks, forms of opposition to neoliberal government that rules with an iron fist his Quebec have resulted in embrasante synchronization revolutionary frenzy. Building Momentum for a prolonged struggle. Maintain the pace. Enchaînons actions. Multiply the attacks.

Staying the course.

The accounting suites, the litany of numbers and economic theories stripped all of humanity that justify the charges of neoliberalism confront us with a void with which we can communicate. The system is vague and elusive. And the more we try to understand it, the more it loses us in a maze of procedures. So we stopped at the important existence.

Facing this sprawling attack, we will organize a sprawling response.

Hence the need to oppose the power in place a form of resistance that will denounce and condemn what we have shown earlier. By creating a self-space advocates the importance of community, citizen participation, community life and solidarity, we illustrate the possibility to exist otherwise. We wish to express that we do not exist only as individuals but also as an active-ve a community member.

It is time to take our future and stop guffawing and alienating at the spectacle of capitalism.

Reclaim us space.
Invest the scene.
Humanize the actors and actresses. Redraw the scene.
Burn scenarios.

By uniting, we will take what is ours, we will create what we create, we will destroy what is to be destroyed and we will love what is love.

This occupation is itself a step in that direction. We invite all those and all those who seek to revolutionize the order of things, time and the future, to trigger from the dawn of the occupation movements orchestrate a protest momentum.

At screaming, hitting, laughing or crying. To act.

Shakespearean sayings you might use without knowing it — The UK Independent

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Or oughtta use? Why not ***EXPAND YOUR VOCABULARY*** from the tsunami of stupid shopworn, overused cliches we are deluged in from advertising, politicians, corporate and governmental bureaucrats, CEOs, marketers, sit-coms and sports?

William Shakespeare birthday: 50 popular phrases that came from the famous playwright

From ‘too much of a good thing’ to ‘good riddance’ and being ‘in a pickle’

This St George’s Day also marks what would have been the 451th birthday of England’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare.

His plays are still hailed as the pinnacle of literature and hundreds of his coined phrases are still in wide usage in modern Britain.

The Bard’s influence on our language and culture is still impossible to escape (sorry, GCSE students) and even those who “don’t do Shakespeare” unwittingly channel his words in their daily lives.

Ever found yourself muttering ‘for goodness sake’ as someone queue-jumps? Or perhaps having “too much of a good thing” has left you “puking” and a “sorry sight”?

These are just a handful of popular sayings that came via Shakespeare.

“As good luck would have it” – The Merry Wives of Windsor
“Green-eyed monster” – The Merchant of Venice
“The be-all and end-all” – MacBeth
“A sorry sight” – MacBeth
“Fair play” – The Tempest
“Good riddance” – The Merchant of Venice
“In a pickle” – The Tempest
“Love is blind” – The Merchant of Venice (phrase first used by Chaucer, 1405)

[Ole English teacher suggest that if you didn’t read/act in or watch the following plays in high school or university that, based on the above, it might be a useful exercise to view:

1. The Merchant of Venice (cited 3 times above)
2. MacBeth (cited 2 times above) and
3. The Tempest (cited 2 times above).

Viewing these films might also provide something of a window into understanding US capitalist empire civilization.]


– “Fancy-free” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

– “Lie low” – Much Ado About Nothing

– “Send packing” – Henry IV

– “Foregone conclusion” – Othello

– “A sorry sight” – Macbeth

– “For goodness sake” – Henry VIII

– “Good riddance” – The Merchant of Venice

– “Neither here not there” – Othello

– “Mum’s the word” – Henry VI, Part II

– “What’s done is done” – Macbeth

– “Eaten out of house and home” – Henry IV, Part II

– “Rant” – Hamlet

– “Knock knock! Who’s there?” – Macbeth

– “With bated breath” – The Merchant of Venice

– “A wild goose chase” – Romeo and Juliet

– “Assassination” – Macbeth

– “Too much of a good thing” – As You Like It

– “A heart of gold” – Henry V

– “Such stuff as dreams are made on” – The Tempest

– “Fashionable” – Troilus and Cressida

– “Puking” – As You Like It

– “Dead as a doornail” – Henry VI, Part II

– “Not slept one wink” – Cymbeline

– “The world’s mine oyster” – The Merry Wives of Windsor

– “Obscene” – Love’s Labour’s Lost

– “Bedazzled” – The Taming of the Shrew

– “In stitches” – Twelfth Night

– “Addiction” – Othello

– “Faint-hearted” – Henry VI, Part I

– “One fell swoop” – Macbeth

– “Vanish into thin air” – Othello

– “Swagger” – Henry V

– “Own flesh and blood” – Hamlet

– “Zany” – Love’s Labour’s Lost

– “Give the devil his due” – Henry IV, Part I

– “There’s method in my madness” – Hamlet

– “Salad days” – Antony and Cleopatra

– “Spotless reputation” – Richard II

– “Full circle” – King Lear

– “All of a sudden” – The Taming of the Shrew

– “Come what, come may” – Macbeth

Iceland tells the IMF to SHOVE IT. ‘Good Health’ from the late Eduardo Galeano’s ‘Children of the Days’

Eduardo Galeano

Eduardo Galeano

The late Eduardo Galeano: America’s greatest writer, South, Central and North.


In the year 2011, on 9 April, the population of Iceland said no to the International Monetary Fund.

The fund and the European Union had decided that Iceland’s three hundred twenty thousand inhabitants should be liable for the bankruptcy of its bankers, for which each and every Iceland owed a foreign debt of twelve thousand euros.

Socialism SOCIALISM IN REVERSE was rejected in two plebiscites. “The debt is not our debt. Why should we pay it?”

In a world unhinged by the [ongoing and worsening] financial crisis, the small island lost in the waters of the North Atlantic offered us all a healthy lesson in common sense.

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URUGUAYAN AUTHOR EDUARDO GALEANO, poetic literary giant of America and author of the impresionante “Mirrors: Stories about almost Everyone” and “Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History” died of lung cancer 13 April 2015ce.

Galeano’s “The Open Veins of Latin America” contained powerful, acerbic, descriptions of the continent’s exploitation by US capitalist and imperialist forces and propelled the author to fame.

The writer was famous for his defined self as someone who helped rescue “the kidnapped memory” of Latin America, a “despised and beloved land.”

No work reflected that more than “Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent” published in 1971. In it, Galeano wrote that Chile with its vast nitrate deposits, Brazil with its abundant rain forests and small Venezuelan towns with oil reserves “had painful reasons to believe in the mortality of fortunes that nature bestows and imperialism usurps.”

Galeano’s other passion was soccer, and the lifelong fan also wrote of sport also in his poetic, lyrical style, capturing aspects of games no one else ever captured quite as well. Galeano published “Soccer In Sun And Shadow” in 1995, and it remains one of the sport’s seminal books.

“The world and Latin America have lost a maestro of the liberation of the people,” said Bolivian President Evo Morales, the first AmerIndian elected to lead a Central or South American nation. “His messages and works have always been oriented toward defending the sovergnty and dignity of our peoples.”

In its obit of Galeano, Socialist Worker wrote that he “could articulate both the beauty and the horror of this world like no one else.”

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HEY GREECE: word to ya muthah 😉
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WHAT COMMIE PINKO SAID THIS? (there WILL be a test) — thom prentice

“People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment or diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or some contrivance to raise prices.”

Cited by John Michael Greer, THE WEALTH OF NATURE, 2011, p 26 and author of the weekly “Archdruid Report”

1. Karl Marx
2. Milton Friedman
3. John Maynard Keynes
4. Vladimir Lenin
5. Adam Smith
6. Leon Trostsky
7. Friedrich Engles
8. Robert Reich
9. Paul Krugman
10. Rosa Luxemburg
11. F. A. Hayek

ANSWER: 5. Adam Smith.

YEP. The Scottish Saint of neoclassical, free market, neoliberal, austerity, NO government regulation, the market is all wise, Washington Consensus/IMF/World Bank Goldman-Sachs, fossil fuels, government stay out of the market except for subsidies and bailouts and tax breaks and tax cuts for the rich elites and the Navy to-keep-the-sea-lanes-open-to-China and permanent- wars-to-enrich-the-arms-merchants-by-killing-other-humans American/UK/Germany Wall Street capitalism.

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Next Time Ask More Questions | Naomi Shihab Nye – poets.org

Before jumping, remember
the span of time is long and gracious.

No one perches dangerously on any cliff
till you reply. Is there a pouch of rain

desperately thirsty people wait to drink from
when you say yes or no? I don’t think so.

Hold that thought. Hold everything.
When they say “crucial”—well, maybe for them?

Hold your horses and your minutes and
your Hong Kong dollar coins in your pocket,

you are not a corner or a critical turning page.
Wait. I’ll think about it.

This pressure you share is a misplaced hinge, a fantasy.
I am exactly where I wanted to be.

About This Poem

“We all find ourselves involved in projects or activities that confound us—when or why did I say I would do this? What was I thinking? I needed a poem for myself that said—pause longer. Think again.” —Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye is the author of Transfer (BOA Editions, 2011). She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and lives in San Antonio, Texas.

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‘If you’ve done nothing wrong, you’ve got nothing to fear … ?” PetShopBoys

big brother war is peace

[Daddy, are we there yet?]


If you’ve done nothing wrong
You’ve got nothing to fear
If you’ve something to hide
You shouldn’t even be here

Long live us
The persuaded we

To the whole project
It’s brand new
Conceived solely
To protect you

One world
One reason
One season

If you’ve done nothing wrong
You’ve got nothing to fear
If you’ve something to hide
You shouldn’t even be here

You’ve had your chance
Now we’ve got the mandate
If you’ve changed your mind
I’m afraid it’s too late

We’re concerned
You’re a threat
You’re not integral
To the project


Everyone has
Their own number
In the system that
We operate under

We’re moving to
A situation
Where your lives exist
As information

One world
One life
One chance
One reason

All under
One sky
One season

If you’ve done nothing wrong
You’ve got nothing to fear
If you’ve something to hide
You shouldn’t even be here

You’ve had your chance
Now we’ve got the mandate
If you’ve changed your mind
I’m afraid it’s too late

We’re concerned
You’re a threat
You’re not integral
To the project

One world
One life
One chance
One reason

All under
One sky
One season

If you’ve done nothing wrong
You’ve got nothing to fear
If you’ve something to hide
You shouldn’t even be here

You’ve had your chance
Now we’ve got the mandate
If you’ve changed your mind
I’m afraid it’s too late

We’re concerned
You’re a threat

If you’ve done nothing wrong
You’ve got nothing to fear
If you’ve something to hide
You shouldn’t even be here

We’re concerned
You’re a threat
You’re not integral
To the project



Published by
Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

— MetroLyrics

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The Zong Massacre and a civil insurance claim, NOT criminal charges [sound familiar?] — truthdig

An African girl is tortured aboard a slave ship in this Isaac Cruikshank print from 1792 Library of Congress
An African girl is tortured aboard a slave ship in this Isaac Cruikshank print from 1792. (Library of Congress)

Each seasick night aboard the Zong, the crewmen must have dreamed of being back in England at last, with their purses full of gold. The ship’s two-month voyage had been an arduous one. The supply of drinking water was running dangerously low, and many on board were gravely ill, including Capt. Luke Collingwood.

In fact, Collingwood was so deliriously sick that he could not navigate properly, and the sailors—who had believed they were bound for Black River, Jamaica—ended up overshooting their destination by some 300 miles.

Panic set in when they realized their error. Survivors would later testify that they had feared there would not be enough water to sustain them and their valuable cargo for the entire way back. This is how, they claimed, they came to the damnable decision—in late November and early December of 1781—to unload a sizable portion of their cargo, tossing overboard more than 130 West African prisoners and leaving them to drown in the blue depths of the Caribbean Sea.

The murderers eventually landed in a London court—in a case known as Gregson v. Gilbert—not to face charges for the massacre but in a dispute over an insurance policy taken out on that human cargo.

When the 200 or so remaining Africans had been sold and the crew had returned to England, the expedition’s leaders filed an insurance claim to recoup some of the money they had lost on the people they had killed. Understandably, the insurers refused to honor the claim, but at trial a jury found that they were in fact legally bound to do so—just as they would have been if the cargo had consisted of horses. (The plaintiffs later appealed, and the court agreed that a new trial should take place, yet for some reason none ever did.)

Today, almost no one in the United States has heard of the Zong massacre, though among academics it is known as one of the most notorious incidents in the history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Even in Black River, Jamaica, just a single, lonely plaque stands in memory of the nameless Africans who lost their lives before reaching shore.

Neither the slave traders nor the insurers who profited from the Zong expedition were ever held accountable. [WhiteGuys ALWAYS get away with murder — except for the occasional South Carolina cop they throw under the bus to create the ILLUSION of accountability while murderous badged thugs elsewhere literally get away with murder. More than 100 LYNCHED young black men in 2014.]

It is now more than two centuries later, but not everyone has forgotten.

Jamaica and at least 13 other members of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) have issued a renewed call for reparations for the descendants of slaves, like those who survived the Zong massacre.

In 2013, Caricom leaders voted to establish a regional reparations commission. Its mandate is to make the case that European governments—the United States government is not mentioned—owe the descendants of black and indigenous peoples, not only because their ancestors were victims of torture, enslavement and even genocide

but because the consequences of those atrocities can still be seen and felt in the prevailing social and economic inequalities of 2015. After all, those governments condoned and encouraged the slave trade, which enriched their economies for centuries.

Significantly, the Caricom nations are not seeking payments to individuals at all. Instead, their short list of 10 demands includes things like an apology from Europe’s former colonial powers, economic and technological development initiatives, debt cancellation, public health assistance, and settlement in Africa for any blacks who want to move there.

Perhaps most important, the list includes a demand for education and psychological rehabilitation. It reads:

For over 400 years Africans and their descendants were classified in law as non-human, chattel, property, and real estate. They were denied recognition as members of the human family by laws derived from the parliaments and palaces of Europe. This history has inflicted massive psychological trauma upon African descendant populations. This much is evident daily in the Caribbean. Only a reparatory justice approach to truth and educational exposure can begin the process of healing and repair.

The Caribbean’s call appears to have reached the shores of the U.S., where interest in reparations waned after 9/11 and the subsequent election of a black president:

Last December, Sir Hilary Beckles, the vice chancellor of the University of West Indies, spoke on reparations before the United Nations General Assembly. And this year, the entertainment world saw the premiere of the science-fiction film “No Boni,” about an experiment to administer reparations in the form of a mind-altering drug.

In New York City, a three-day reparations summit began on April 9, exactly 150 years after the end of the U.S. Civil War and the birth of the nation’s broken promise to provide

“40 acres and a mule,”

a kind of reparations, to its former slaves. (That promise—first voiced by Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman and later echoed by Reconstruction officials like Clinton B. Fisk and Republicans eager to capture black votes—was one that the historian Walter Fleming said some older blacks were still waiting and hoping to see fulfilled in 1906, four decades after the war’s end.)