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Want to give your perspective and opinion on the occupy wall street movement for a University Case Study?

NOW is your chance! Sydney Occupier Rebecca-Anne (AussieActivist (me!), Social Science student at University of Western Sydney (Maj:Peace & Development; SubMaj: Geographies & Urban Studies) is seeking occupiers and non occupiers to interview via Skype or other video calling program/s to discuss their experience with the Occupy Movement (on all levels inclusion or not). (ABOUT: Research from the school of Social Science and Psychology of UWS)

The case study is looking at the level of acceptance of the Occupy Movement within public space. The sense of “Belonging” or “Not Belonging” in the public space for eg: How has the group/activity been constructed as “out of place”, how does the group (occupy) respond; who constructed it as out of place and why.

All information will be kept confidential and no personal information will be used within the case study documentation for privacy of all. This document will only be accessible by the University of Western Sydney Academics and Professors. (This is only an assessment case study with no plans to be published in any journals but may be made “freesource” at the end of University Degree within full privacy as intended).

Questions will range from Basic Details (age, gender, socioeconomic status, occupation) to more indepth questions regarding your personal experience either within occupy or as a sideline citizen following the occupy movement or as a citizen opposed to the occupy movement.

I am available to take interviews from ANY global arena that has/had an occupy movement locally.

This case study will be used by AussieActivist for further research and analysis in the divide between the “haves” and “have nots” within both local Australian Society and Global Socities.

Interviews will commence in April and all questions will be sent before the interview to ensure participants understand the questions before interview.

Please feel free to email 17504283@student.uws.edu.au for more information regarding this case study participation.

For further information or to chat with me in real time. Please visit me on Twitter or feel free to email me.

PS: Would particularly like to hear from NYC, Oakland, Melbourne & London OCCUPIERS for first hand interviews regarding “belonging” in public space.

Dandelion Salad

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
Oct. 24, 2012

The mobilization of Western military involvement in Mali – allegedly to combat “al-Qaeda” and other so-called jihadist groups – is the new pretext for a neo-colonialist “Scramble for Africa”.

France’s President Francois Hollande let it slip when, on a recent a tour, he said, “Africa is the continent of the future” – alluding to the vast natural wealth of the world’s largest landmass and the economic importance that it holds for Western powers.

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P.A.N.D.A. People Against The NDAA
September 18, 2012

Join the movement: http://www.peopleagainstndaa.com/join-us

The 2nd District Court of Appeals has just granted a temporary stay of Judge Katherine Forrest’s injunction against the NDAA. Since May, Judge Forrest had prevented the NDAA from being used anywhere in the world. Now, the NDAA is back in full effect, bringing with it the Law of War.

Military law, as authorized under the NDAA, grants you no Constitutional rights whatsoever.

There is no First Amendment rights in the Law of War There are no 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th Amendment rights in the Law of War. The Law of War is anathema to our Constitution, our Bill of Rights, and everything America stands for.

Thanks to the Appeals Court, we again have military law in America.

Music: Breaking Benjamin – Blow Me Away

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Dandelion Salad

by Michael Hudson
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
http://michael-hudson.com
September 23, 2012

Here is the recording of the presentation I gave at the Modern Money and Public Purpose seminar recently. My delivery begins at the 43 minute mark. I highly recommend Randy’s presentation beforehand.

Sep 22, 2012 by ModMonPubPurpose

Moderator: William V. Harris, William R. Shepherd Professor of History and Director, Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, Columbia University

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As Originally Reported: Orwell’s 1984 Solution to Criminalize War: “If There was Hope, it must Lie in the Proles”.

Orwell’s 1984 Solution to Criminalize War: “If There was Hope, it must Lie in the Proles”

“The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance-it is the illusion of knowledge.”-Daniel Boorstin

In George Orwell’s 1984 the Outer Party comprised a mere thirteen percent of the population and was subject to the ideological filters in play at the Ministry of Truth and the broader bureaucratic structure. A specific language and way of thinking were closely adhered to. Given their political import, Outer Party members were the most heavily indoctrinated and controlled inhabitants of Oceania. The majority Proles who constituted the remainder of the population was of little consequence so long as their political awareness remained underdeveloped.
While its members withstood more austere conditions, 1984‘s Outer Party is roughly tantamount to those who in our society are the well-informed, college-educated professionals; those whose duty it is to adhere to the ready-made opinion available in the major agenda setting journalistic outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and National Public Radio, where news is carefully selected, crafted, and presented. Such information is then disseminated to the masses via actors in summary capsule form on cable and broadcast television platforms.

Mystified by its own credentials, surrounded by peers who conceive of reality along similar lines, and underscored by the corporate media’s overwhelming tide of disinformation, much of today’s professional class is impervious to “rumors” and “conspiracy theories” that all too often captivate the sordid masses—from unreasonable suspicion over mysterious terrorist attacks to the poorly-informed questions surrounding their leader’s hidden background. Much like the expert officials and agenda setting outlets they look to for prepared interpretations of the world, the opinion leading class’ constituents understand themselves as above all well informed, similarly disinterested and unmoved by groundless passion.

In fact, the programming necessary to attain such a degree of self-assuredness often tends to distance one from reality. For example, revulsion towards war in the United States has historically tended to run strongest among those who have escaped the heavy indoctrination of the professional class—those members of the non-or semi-skilled, working class majority. As historian Howard Zinn observes,
“[I]n surveys of public opinion during the [Vietnam War], it was inevitably shown that people with the highest education—college graduates—were the most supportive of the war. People who had not graduated from high school were the ones most against the war. This is a surprising figure because most people thought the anti-war movement consisted of intellectuals and students and college professors. While those people were most visible in the anti-war movement, public opinion against the war was concentrated in the least educated classes.”
Recent public opinion indicators point to the enduring nature of antiwar sentiment. For example, a recent poll by the Pew Research Center for People and the Press shows that on March 19, 2011, one week before President Obama announced the NATO bombing of Libya, 77% of the US public opposed the destruction of the country’s air defenses. Polling one year later revealed a 62% majority against NATO “bombing Syrian military forces to protect anti-government groups in Syria,” even though almost the same percentage (64%) admitted to having heard “little” or “nothing at all” on “recent political violence in Syria.”
May we thus safely conclude that a majority of the population despite ceaseless propaganda still recognizes how war remains the supreme crime and the greatest demarcation between master and slave? “If there was hope, it must lie in the Proles,” Orwell wrote, “because only there, in those swarming disregarded masses, eighty-five percent of the population of Oceania, could the force to destroy the Party ever be generated.”

James Tracy is Associate Professor of Media Studies at Florida Atlantic University. He blogs at memorygap.org

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James F. Tracy is a frequent contributor to Global Research.  Global Research Articles by James F. Tracy