The OB Media Rundown for 2/4/12

Menino responds to Anonymous collective’s hack attack on BPD website: ‘Showboats!’ Casts blame at Occupy Boston

These bold cyber attacks drew anger from onetime Occupy supporter and Boston Mayor, Thomas Menino.

“They’re about showboats. They want to cause trouble, but there’s nothing that results out of those troubles…this hacking, we have to change our whole system now,” said Menino. “It’s a concern…If they can hack that, what else can they hack?”

After the hacking, the Boston Police Department’s website was replaced with a message that read, “Anonymous attacks Boston Police website in retaliation for police brutality at OWS.” OWS refers to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Anonymous Hits BPD, Marine Lawyer: Warns of Day of Mayhem

[There's several dozen stories in news searches right now about the Anonymous attacks from as far away as New Zealand, Australia and Europe that reference Occupy Boston, too many to link here.]

Already today they’ve taken credit for attacking the Boston Police Department’s Website in response to their treatment of Occupy Boston a little while back. Later, they took credit for defacing the Greek Ministry of Justice’s website. Both websites are still unavailable at the time of this writing.

They’ve also been mobilizing against Neil A. Puckett and Haytham Faraj, lawyers who defended SSgt Frank Wuterich, a marine accused of leading his troops in a massacre of unarmed Iraqi civillians in 2005. They took their website down and posted personal information on an ominous-looking black and red website.

They’re still playing their cards close to the chest, but they’ve been teasing more and more action for what they’re calling #F***FBIFriday.

Occupy activists to protest right-to-work at Super Bowl

Anti-Wall Street activists said on Friday they will march to protest Indiana’s new anti-union “right-to-work” law in downtown Indianapolis this weekend, where the New England Patriots and New York Giants will face off in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Organizers of the Occupy Wall Street movement said they expected activists from a number of different unions, including the National Football League Players Association, to participate in the protests.

Greg Lambert with Occupy Indianapolis said the protests would begin each day on the south lawn of the Indiana statehouse, which is located just blocks away from Lucas Oil Stadium, where the NFL championship game will be played Sunday evening.

Here’s Your 2012 Occupy the Super Bowl Preview, or: Mitch Daniels Is a Colossal Asshole

“I would think,” she told me on Friday, “that many of the people that were out there voted for Mitch Daniels, especially the people from the construction industry and the building trades. There were building trades unions that endorsed Mitch Daniels, and I think there must be a lot of people who went to the polls in 2008 and voted for him who were marching out there today.

“He made a lot of promises about the economy, but he made at least two appearances at which he appeared to support them and at which he said that there was no reason for Indiana to become a right-to-work state, that right-to-work is divisive and partisan, and that that wasn’t what we needed in Indiana right now. So a lot of working people voted for Mitch Daniels…. Now, everybody feels betrayed, and not just because of Mitch Daniels, but because of the Republican House and the Republican Senate as well, many of whom these same people supported in past elections. I think a lot of this was driven by out-of-state money – by ALEC [the American Legislative Exchange Council, a kind of one-stop Isengard for the production of wingnut legislation] and by the national right-to-work organizations.”

Occupy the Super Bowl: Indiana’s New Anti-Union Law Sparks Protest at Sport’s Biggest Spectacle

Occupy protesters in Indianapolis are gearing up to use the media spotlight on Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVI to rally for union rights outside the statehouse. Earlier this week, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a so-called “right to work” measure into law that critics say will result in lower wages and diminished collective bargaining rights.

Indiana workers have received the backing of the National Football League Players Association, which has called “right to work” “a political ploy designed to destroy basic workers’ rights.” We’re joined from Indiana by Tithi Bhattacharya, an associate professor of South Asian History at Purdue University and a protester who is taking part in Occupy the Super Bowl. “It is absolutely shameful that the legislature passed a law that condemns unions and is now using the city to showcase Indianapolis while ordinary people in Indiana are completely opposed to this law,” Bhattacharya says.

Occupy plans game day protest

“This isn’t an attack on the Super Bowl or those who plan to attend,” says Greg Lambert from the Occupy Nomads and Occupy Indiana. “…we have to use this opportunity to tell our story while the country has its eyes on our state.”

Saturday’s rally is planned for 5 p.m. on the South Lawn of the Indiana Statehouse. On Sunday, protesters will gather at Noon also on the South Lawn.

Organizers say Sunday’s event will be non-violent and “geared towards all audiences including fans attending the New England Patriots-New York Giants football game.

Self-referential actions, activist goggles, oversocialization and feelings of inferiority: Kaczinsky’s sage analysis of the Left as applied to Occupy Oakland and San Francisco

As the day wore on and the crowd dwindled as the clouds burst open, a labor and housing action converged on a hotel slated to be replaced with a new hospital. The California Nurses Association and SEIU had designs on organizing workers at that hospital made that a campaign point. Homes not Jails saw the abandoned hotel as housing for the homeless. The claim was made that the hospital was for the 1% although SEIU’s city worker health insurance is accepted by that hospital group. The nonprofit corporate activists see the project as a way to extort “community benefits” which means that the money keeps flowing to keep the ineffective activists employed while their constituencies end up worse off. Siege was laid to the building, and it was occupied. A banner was hung that read “Decolonize your mind Occupy your heart.” Yes, we are in California, but most can’t comprehend that without reading through activist goggles.

Lost in the messaging and media coverage was any connection to the 99%/1% dynamic or of the symbolism of Occupy Wall Street. J20 might as well have come with a disclaimer: “No finance capital was hurt or injured by this action.”

Carlos Miller Arrested For Photographing Police Crack-Down on Occupy Miami

Local journalist Carlos Miller has a blog called Photography is Not a Crime. Apparently Miami-Dade police officers are not avid readers.

County cops arrested Miller on Tuesday night as he was filming the Fuzz forcibly evacuating Occupy Miami protesters from Government Center downtown. But he says the police are the ones who messed up.

“They took a routine bullshit arrest and turned it into a huge constitutional violation and a possible federal lawsuit because they deleted my footage,” Miller says. “They messed with the wrong reporter.”

OWS: Tim Pool’s Attacker, Video of Police Releasing an Agent Provocateur, etc.


Occupy Wall Street: ‘Diversity of tactics’, violence vs. nonviolence debate continues

“It’s important for people to understand that these struggles around violence and nonviolence are historic and every movement that’s building its power faces them,” Fithian notes. “We now have a new generation coming in that has to relearn, or learn on their own, a way to be in relationship to people that are different than themselves.”

Occupy Louisville protests NDAA by Occupying Mitch McConnell: ‘The law effectively repeals the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 14th amendments’

Occupy Louisville protested Senator Mitch McConnell’s support of the National Defense Authorization Act [NDAA] today outside the Gene Snyder Federal Courthouse on West Broadway with a demonstration they called “Occupy Mitch McConnell”. Senator McConnell earned Occupy’s undivided attention because both of Louisville’s other two federal representatives, Senator Rand Paul and Congressman John Yarmuth, voted against the bill because of controversial provisions that many believe could lead to egregious civil rights abuses.

The protest was held in response to an Occupy Wall Street call for a national day of action to protest the NDAA, which President Obama signed into law on December 31, 2011. According to Occupy Louisville, many legal experts and law scholars across the country believe that the language of the act will allow for Americans to be indefinitely detained by the military without access to an attorney or a trial by jury on orders of the executive branch. They believe that the language in the law effectively repeals the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Occupy Albany movement celebrates First Friday with businesses

Businesses in Downtown Albany celebrated First Friday and the Occupy Albany movement joined in.

They are holding a grand opening at their new headquarters on Madison Avenue. They will be joined by members of Occupy Wall Street who are traveling around the Northeast to raise awareness about their cause.

In West Baltimore, a funeral for “The American Dream”

Carrying caskets filled with American flags and small houses, activists decrying banks’ predatory lending practices yesterday held a mock funeral in West Baltimore for “the American Dream of home ownership.”

In front of a Wells Fargo Bank branch on a stretch of North Ave. pockmarked with vacant row-homes and signs advertising foreclosure auctions, about 75 people gathered for a ceremony at times solemn and at other moments angry.

“Make Wall Street pay – move your money to a credit union,” said Mary Hill, of, one of the organizers of the protest along with Good Jobs, Better Baltimore, 1199 SEIU, 32BJ SEIU and Occupy Baltimore.

Appalachian Mountains Occupy: Ben Franklin rallies residents at Edneyville Post Office

Chris Berg of Occupy Hendersonville portrayed Benjamin Franklin Friday at the Edneyville Post Office.

Berg and members of the Occupy Hendersonville spoke with Edneyville residents about recent proposals to restrict postal service in Western North Carolina, including the proposed closure of the Edneyville Post Office.

Occupy members asked residents to sign a petition to keep the Post Office and the regional mail processing facility in Asheville open, event officials said.

Inspired by Occupy movement, lawmaker proposes income tax for wealthy

To cap off a busy week at the Capitol, Rep. Marko Liias, D-Edmonds, introduced a bill that would meet one of the top demands of the Occupy movement.

Liias’ bill would require the highest 1 percent of earners in Washington to pay a 2 percent income tax to raise revenue that would be used to shrink class sizes for students between kindergarten and the fourth grade. Right now, there is no state income tax in Washington.

The tax would exclusively apply to those with incomes of $1 million or more.

In Riverside, Evicted Homeowner Refuses to Leave, Supporters Camp Out at Home

A Riverside family remained in a foreclosed home from which they were evicted — with supporters camped outside — amid reports sheriff’s deputies were expected to arrive today to remove them.

Arturo de los Santos, his wife, Magdalena, their two boys and two girls have been together in the single-story residence at 3270 Layton Court since Christmas. De los Santos had moved back into the home alone on Dec. 6.

The 46-year-old was one of 30 people who took part in the December “National Occupy Homes Day,” a spinoff of the Occupy Wall Street movement intended to spotlight alleged abuses in the mortgage industry.

Church of England doubles hedge fund investments

Over the past two years, the Church of England has more than doubled the amount of money its multibillion-pound endowment has put into hedge funds, the Financial Times has learnt.

Against a backdrop of widespread public anger about ‘corporate excess’, the Church’s £5.5bn portfolio, managed by its commissioners, is now one of the largest UK investors in an industry that has gained notoriety for its large pay packages.

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