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December 01 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: International AIDS Day - 30 Years Of The Pharma Industry's 1% Making Bank On A New Disease
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December 01 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: International AIDS Day - 30 Years Of The Pharma Industry's 1% Making Bank On A Brand New Disease
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«o» He should just rent a condo - Vice President Joe Biden is in Iraq saying goodbye to the 500 troops a day leaving the country, but most won't be going far, as they'll mostly be garrisoned in Kuwait awaiting renewal of, or movement to continuing hostilities with... ? Biden is also in the country to brief Iraq's illegitimate 'president' al-Maliki on the upcoming conference in Washington on America's future 'relationship' with the Iraq.
«o» It's now easier for European banks to loan US currency by the pallet load between their financial institutions to prop up the failing economies of a number of countries but there are problems...
A> All the banks have pallets of US hundred dollar bills to sell, but there don't seem to be too many buyers, leading to...
B> The utterly worthless state of US currency, which to a great extent is 'greasing the rails' of the 'slow motion train wreck' that is Western Industrial-Consumer Capitalism.
«o» The Republicans will vote for the continuance of the payroll withholding tax cut and an extension of the bailout for state unemployment benefits IF there are 10% cuts in federal spending which they expect to accomplish by eliminating government employees over two years (cynically spoken, perhaps cutting the people needed to oversee the tax cuts and unemployment extensions) and it's not yet clear if they'll vote Aye for anything other than a one year extension of those benefits.
«o» Same guys, same government, different 'shirts' - Secretary of State Clinton is in Burma to discuss the future of US relations with our newest Sweatshop Nation. Most of the MSM has glowing reports of all the ostensible changes that have happened in the last year or so in the country, but what they know about it could really be written on the head of a pin and the reports are mostly think tank and government press releases, no less what they're willing to tell us about the government of a nation that runs it's economy on Blood Gems, Oil, and Meth labs (where the indigenous people USED TO live before they were wiped out)
«o» Santa Cruz in the news: If you're going to #Occupy you may a well take the next logical step and occupy enemy territory.
That enemy territory is an abandoned bank in the downtown area, vacant three years, whose perimeter has been home to a number of local homeless and displaced workers. A phalanx of police in full riot gear attempted to break up the crowd outside and remove the barricaded occupiers but were rebuffed and nearly surrounded by the protesters. The police retreated.
The action also caused the closure of a Wells Fargo bank across the street, most likely due to concerns that they might have 'visitors' too.
Overheard, a middle aged man speaking with a fireman attending to a lighting array illuminating the protest area:
"Why are you consorting with these people (the police)? I'm a thirty five year resident of this town jobless for five years now and I've never been inside this building until tonight... I SLEEP OUTSIDE IT....And you know... They have a nice feed going on inside right now.FWIW, the fireman said nothing, but his SMILE said it all.
(Vamping on Emma Goldman's quip about 'dancing' and 'revolution')
If they feed me I'll come to their revolution!"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:More here: Vacant Bank Occupied at River and Water Streets in Santa Cruz, Here, and here.
The Repurposing of 75 River St
Santa Cruz, CA, U.S.A.- November 30, 2011
The formerly vacant building at 75 River St. is being repurposed by an autonomous group, in solidarity with Occupy Santa Cruz. Formerly a big bank, it was bought out by Wells Fargo. Subsequently, the building closed, and has remained vacant for nearly three years. Today this group has, without breaking & entering, taken the building with intentions of using the space in a productive way that benefits the community of Santa Cruz . The property will no longer be left open by big development companies as a sign of the economic despair in this county, but will rather be used to enrich and teach the local community.
While the middle class quickly falls toward the poverty line, the big banks and the extremely wealthy continue to get rich at the expense of all. Across the United States 1.05 million properties were seized by banks in the year 2010. In Santa Cruz County alone 1,594 homes were auctioned off between November 2010 and October 2011. The foreclosed and vacant buildings in this country serve as a reminder of the ever-growing gap between the 'rich' and the 'poor'. As people are left without shelter and social space due to foreclosures and a declining economy; big banks and developing companies buy out space to simply leave empty.
An existing time-honored U.S. and California law allows for the transfer of a property title when a property is occupied and taken care of by an alternative party for an extended period of time. This law is called adverse possession. The law was born out of the belief that society's best interests are met when land and property are utilized productively rather than sitting vacant. Today, the building at 75 River St. has been adversely possessed. No longer will the property exist only as an empty parking lot and a vacant building with a sign re-directing people to Wells Fargo across the street. It will be repurposed and used to benefit the community instead of Cassidy Turley, the large-scale commercial real estate company currently leasing the building, and Wells Fargo bank.
Instead of an empty space, there will be a space for community teach-ins, an open library, and discussion forums. The space will be offered to Occupy Santa Cruz as an opportunity to have a roof over its head and allow for more organization to take place. The space will be safe, non-violent, non-destructive and welcoming. The building will be a forum for individuals in the community to learn from one another, and help the Occupy movement grow.
There is a hope to see community support for the reclamation of property and space from the very wealthy, the 1%, back into the hands and benefit of the community.
This action was not decided on by the General Assembly of Occupy Santa Cruz. This press release is not from the Occupy Santa Cruz media team. [Source]
From the local Yellow Rag the Santa Cruz Senile, who apparently can't read, or research a story, or distinguish between the #OccupySantaCruz General Assembly and other protesters:
Occupy Santa Cruz takes over vacant building on River StreetYours truly HOPES he IS seeing something that IS "...representative of a new aggressive movement," that will shake the corrupt power structure of a town that has re-created itself in the wake of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake into a culture-less city 'cleansed' of working class jobs, with transient college students and office workers from across the nation used to control the housing and job market. In order to live in Santa Cruz California like a normal human being, you work elsewhere... Typically 'over-the-hill' (San Jose), or commute even farther to the bay area.
By Jessica M. Pasko and Stephen Baxter - Santa Cruz Sentinel
11/30/2011 04:26:20 PM PST
SANTA CRUZ - Santa Cruz police, clad in riot gear, moved to clear demonstrators from a vacant building taken over by Occupy Santa Cruz demonstrators late Wednesday afternoon.
Occupy Santa Cruz members and other demonstrators made entry into the former Coast Commercial Bank building at 75 River St. late Wednesday afternoon and hung an "Oocupy (sic) Everything" banner from the roof.
Just after 6 p.m., about 30 officers attempted to secure the entrance to the former Coast Commercial Bank building as demonstrators barricaded themselves from the inside using office furniture.
According to Zach Friend, spokesman for the police department, the officers were trying to secure the entrance so no additional people would go in and they were hoping to have a dialogue with the people inside.
Shouting "pigs get out" and "we are the 99 percent" demonstrators outside the building linked arms and moved toward the police. Police eventually backed up and moved away as demonstrators cheered and chanted.
Police left the scene because they didn't think it was safe, said Friend.
"We will evaluate new ways to open communication and hopefully this group isn't representative of a new aggressive movement," Friend said. [More]
«o» Insatiable Greed with that order? In San Francisco, the Fast Food chains have already begun evading the 'No Free Toys With Crappy Meals' rule created in an attempt to deal with a youth obesity epidemic by charging a dime for the toy.
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