Jim Leyland’s Occupy Baseball Moment

Occupy Toronto 22 October 2012 by Michael Holloway Wrote this in the Youtube page where I created the video edit, reprinted in it’s entirety. First the Video: MLB Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland’s Occupy Baseball Moment (00:31)   What I wrote under it:   Jim Leyland’s Occupy Baseball Moment Published in Youtube, Oct 22, 2012, by Michael Holloway In this edit, Tigers manager Jim Leyland talks about the World Series festivities in Detroit, the focus in the media on big money, and “the spirit of the people”. A nod to the emphasis in this economy on money; Leyland points out – like the older ones are supposed to do – that it is “the spirit of the people” that is the most valuable commodity when a whirl-wind of consumerism and hedonistic excess lands on a place. As soon as the words uttered his mouth I had a sudden image of Zuccotti Park on a rainy fall day last year – the hope we created, the Joie de vivre we enjoyed. Another World is Possible....

TRNN’s “Berlin Tenants’ Movement Occupy Square”

Occupy Toronto 01 August 2012 by Michael Holloway   VIDEO The Real News Network | July 31, 2012 Berlin Tenants’ Movement Occupy Square Social housing tenants occupy central square demand a rent freeze and nationalization of social housing “Berlin Tenants’ Movement Occupy Square” More at The Real News     The Real News Network | July 31, 2012 | Berlin Tenants’ Movement Occupy Square – http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=8637 The Real News Network | Occupy tab – http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=846...

TRNN’s “Quebec Students Continue Resistance”

Occupy Toronto 30 July 2012 by Michael Holloway   VIDEO The Real News Network (TRNN) – latest report from the Quebec movement against neo-liberal austerity. 80,000 participated in the July 22nd version of the monthly marches – the 5th such monthly protest – even though the leadership of the movement had called for a rest period, in preparation for an Bill 78 mandated reopening of the schools the week of August 13 – 17; and a looming Provincial election that could be called in August (if the Liberals have the balls to try that tactic) but for sure sometime this fall.   Quebec Students Continue Resistance More at The Real News   The Real News Network’s multipart “Quebec Student Strike” series link:http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=33&Itemid=74&jumival=872...

‘new economics foundation’ – ‘new economy’ renegade economists propose radical changes in banking

Occupy Toronto 01 August 2012 by Michael Holloway   ‘The Centre and Centre-Left, Social Democrats and Liberal opposition parties could effectively, electorally challenge neo-liberal governments’ economic policy with this model…’   “new economics foundation” is a group of renegade economists who have named themselves as part of a new school called the  ‘new economy’ school. They propose specific changes to banking rules; basically a coarse away from fractional reserve banking – and towards sovereign central banks under democratic control. ‘New Economics’ is a sensible and realistic economic policy alternative to the neo-liberal regime and their austerity approach to solve the crisis they have created. It’s a template that a people’s government could institute right now as an alternative to the neo-liberal economic model. The strategy takes key powers away the banks and financial institutions which presently account for almost all the ‘growth’ in the neo-liberal economys. New Economics proposes a restart the economy with spending by central banks to maintain and expand public infrastructures – education, transportation, housing, energy. Centre and Left-Centre, Social Democratic and Liberals in opposition could effectively, electorally challenge neo-liberal governments with this model – the model becomes a more effective political tool as the crisis deepens. “new economics foundation” (nef) is a group of  ‘radical’ economists who propose specific changes to banking rules that would end the financial crisis. By returning the power to create new money back to the central banks, thus ending the recent era marked by the dominance of the financial sector. Solving the Debt Problem & Financial Crisis: On Monetary Reform with Ben Dyson      About nef  (http://www.neweconomics.org/about) nef (the new economics foundation) is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. We aim to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment and social issues. We work in partnership and put people and the planet first. nef was founded in 1986 by the leaders of The Other Economic Summit (TOES) which forced issues such as international debt onto the agenda of the G7 and G8 summits. We are unique in combining rigorous analysis and policy debate with practical solutions on the ground, often run and designed with the help of local people. We also create new ways of measuring progress towards increased well-being and environmental sustainability. nef works with all sections of society in the UK and internationally – civil society, government, individuals, businesses and academia – to create more understanding and strategies for change.   Renegade Economist with Positive Money    Ben Dyson lecture (24:24) Ben Dyson of Positive Money at the Just Banking conference on 20th April 2012 Dyson fields questions from the audience at 19:16.   Via Critical Mass Film | Critical Press | podcasts | “The Magic Box of Money Creation with Ben Curtis and Ben Dyson of Positive Money “    * * *   [Via Donna Jennison post at Casseroles Canada –https://www.facebook.com/groups/242330792546515/permalink/263875993725328/]   Links: Positive Money – http://www.positivemoney.org.uk/ New Era Network | Ben Dyson profile – http://neweranetwork.info/generationnext/ben-dyson/ Youtube, Event Video Services | playlists | Just Banking Conference –  “Just Banking conference on 19th April 2012” (2 videos) – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDF418BE7D931F75A&feature=plcp “Just Banking conference on 20th April 2012” (13 videos) – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6A55C517496A1DE7&feature=plcp Just Banking – www.justbanking.org.uk/ Critical Mass Film | http://www.criticalmassfilm.com/ The American Monetary Institute – http://www.monetary.org/ The American Monetary Institute 2012 Conference – Chicago, Sept. 20-23, 2012 –http://www.monetary.org/2012-conference Alternet, “The Rise of the New Economy Movement” (Activists, theorists, organizations and ordinary citizens are rebuilding the American political-economic system from the ground up.)– http://www.alternet.org/economy/155452/the_rise_of_the_new_economy_movement   mh...

VIDEO: Tim O’Reilly, ‘Work on stuff that matters’

  Occupy Toronto 18 July 2012 by Michael Holloway   “..a business should create more value than it captures.” One of the most engaging philosophers of our time, combining a leading edge comprehension of technology and ancient understandings in the humanities – O’Reilly Media and Open Source Convention founder, Tim O’Reilly talks about ‘what’s wrong with this economy’ in keynote at OSCON 2012. “The Clothesline Paradox and the Sharing Economy” Watch live streaming video from oreillycode at livestream.com     References: O’Reilly Radar, January 11, 2009 “Work on Stuff that Matters: First Principles” by Tim O’Reilly – http://radar.oreilly.com/2009/01/work-on-stuff-that-matters-fir.html Open Source Convention – OSCON 2012 – http://www.oscon.com/oscon2012...

VIDEO: Tim O’Reilly, ‘Work on stuff that matters’

Occupy Toronto 01 August 2012 by Michael Holloway   “..a business should create more value than it captures.” One of the most engaging philosophers of our time, combining a leading edge comprehension of technology and ancient understandings in the humanities – O’Reilly Media and Open Source Convention founder, Tim O’Reilly talks about ‘what’s wrong with this economy’ in keynote at OSCON 2012. “The Clothesline Paradox and the Sharing Economy” Watch live streaming video from oreillycode at livestream.com     References: O’Reilly Radar, January 11, 2009 “Work on Stuff that Matters: First Principles” by Tim O’Reilly – http://radar.oreilly.com/2009/01/work-on-stuff-that-matters-fir.html Open Source Convention – OSCON 2012 – http://www.oscon.com/oscon2012   Via, Google+ post by Tim O’Reilly –https://plus.google.com/u/0/107033731246200681024/posts/Ga2tWrgtqCr Search: “Lynn Stout,  The Shareholder Value Myth”   mh...

TRNN Commentary: “No Accountability Yet for Toronto G20 Police Crimes”

Occupy Toronto 05 July 2012 by Michael Holloway   In this The Real News Network (TRNN) Commentary, Paul Jay, Executive Producer of TRNN lays out the case for a  full public inquiry on policing at the G-20 Summit (2010);  and warns that if Ontarian’s do not demand accountability on this, we will – in fact – lose our Constitutional Rights to Peaceful  Assembly.   “No Accountability Yet for Toronto G20 Police Crimes”   Canadian Civil Liberties Association:  “Demand a public inquiry now!” (February 28th, 2011) – http://ccla.org/2011/02/28/take-action-g-20/ The Real News Network (TRNN) – “No Accountability Yet for Toronto G20 Police Crimes” – http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=8565    ...

TRNN Commentary: “No Accountability Yet for Toronto G20 Police Crimes”

Occupy Toronto 05 July 2012 by Michael Holloway   In this The Real News Network (TRNN) Commentary, Paul Jay, Executive Producer of TRNN lays out the case for a  full public inquiry on policing at the G-20 Summit (2010);  and warns that if Ontarian’s do not demand accountability on this, we will – in fact – lose our Constitutional Rights to Peaceful  Assembly.   “No Accountability Yet for Toronto G20 Police Crimes”   Canadian Civil Liberties Association:  “Demand a public inquiry now!” (February 28th, 2011) – http://ccla.org/2011/02/28/take-action-g-20/ The Real News Network (TRNN) – “No Accountability Yet for Toronto G20 Police Crimes” – http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=8565   mh...

Chris Hedges with Kevin Zeese: mass movement key to disobedience tactic’s success

Occupy Toronto 05 July 2012 by Michael Holloway   Truthdig:  ”Occupy Will Be Back” 18 June 2012 by Chris Hedges Chris Hedges interviews Kevin Zeese, “..one of the original organizers of the Occupy encampment in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. …”. Zeese says, “..breaking the enforcement structure, which almost always comes through nonviolent civil disobedience, increases your chances of success by 60 percent. …”   These last three paragraphs of the article caught my eye especially, “Our job is to build pockets of resistance so that when the flash point arrives, people will have a place to go,” Zeese said. “Our job is to stand for transformation, shifting power from concentrated wealth to the people. As long as we keep annunciating and fighting for this, whether we are talking about health care, finance, empire, housing, we will succeed. “We will only accomplish this by becoming a mass movement,” he said. “It will not work if we become a fringe movement. Mass movements have to be diverse. If you build a movement around one ethnic group, or one class group, it is easier for the power structure and the police to figure out what we will do next. With diversity you get creativity of tactics. And creativity of tactics is critical to our success. With diversity you bring to the movement different histories, different ideas, different identities, different experiences and different forms of nonviolent tactics. “The object is to shift people from the power structure to our side, whether it is media, business, youth, labor or police,” he went on. “We must break the enforcement structure. In the book ‘Why Civil Resistance Works,’ a review of resistance efforts over the last 100 years, breaking the enforcement structure, which almost always comes through nonviolent civil disobedience, increases your chances of success by 60 percent. We need to divide the police. This is critical. And only a mass movement that is nonviolent and diverse, that draws on all segments of society, has any hope of achieving this. If we can build that, we can win.”     Read the whole article, “Occupy Will Be Back” at Truthdig – http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/occupy_will_be_back_20120618// By Kevin Zeese, at Global Research.ca – http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=listByAuthor&authorFirst=Kevin&authorName=Zeese   mh...

Shelf Life Superhero Action Figures face coup d’état and Occupy problems in Season 3

Occupy Toronto 04 July 2012 by Michael Holloway   The Shelf Life writers and cast tackle the end of the Republic on the Shelf, and later – an old charge from the right, that most activists are just out to get laid is examined as Hero Man joins Occupy in ”Occupy This Space”. Very interesting subject line at any rate.  The writing in Year 1 was was the best so far, I think. As an activist in Occupy, what do you think? Embedded below are the 2 episodes in the Occupy story arch so far: Season 3, Episode 1 – “Sic Semper Tyrannosaur”     Season 3, Episode 3 – “Occupy This Space”   The group is up to episode 4 – in their third season. In year 1 and 2 they released 10 episodes. Looking forward to see if this story arch continues.   Season 3 Titles SHELF LIFE – Season 3, Episode 1 – “Sic Semper Tyrannosaur” (2:44) SHELF LIFE – Season 3, Episode 2 – “Magic: The Blathering” (2:43) SHELF LIFE – Season 3, Episode 3 – “Occupy This Space” (2:12) SHELF LIFE – Season 3, Episode 4 – “Tiny Dancer” (3:40)   *** SHELF LIFE the Series on Youtube – Season 3 playlist:  http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0F09D016C83BB197&feature=plcp SHELF LIFE the Series Web:  http://www.shelflifeseries.com/    ...

Shelf Life Superhero Action Figures face coup d’état and Occupy problems in Season 3

Occupy Toronto 04 July 2012 by Michael Holloway   The Shelf Life writers and cast tackle the end of the Republic on the Shelf, and later – an old charge from the right, that most activists are just out to get laid is examined as Hero Man joins Occupy in ”Occupy This Space”. Very interesting subject line at any rate.  The writing in Year 1 was was the best so far, I think. As an activist in Occupy, what do you think? Embedded below are the 2 episodes in the Occupy story arch so far: Season 3, Episode 1 – “Sic Semper Tyrannosaur”     Season 3, Episode 3 – “Occupy This Space”   The group is up to episode 4 – in their third season. In year 1 and 2 they released 10 episodes. Looking forward to see if this story arch continues.   Season 3 Titles SHELF LIFE – Season 3, Episode 1 – “Sic Semper Tyrannosaur” (2:44) SHELF LIFE – Season 3, Episode 2 – “Magic: The Blathering” (2:43) SHELF LIFE – Season 3, Episode 3 – “Occupy This Space” (2:12) SHELF LIFE – Season 3, Episode 4 – “Tiny Dancer” (3:40)   *** SHELF LIFE the Series on Youtube – Season 3 playlist:  http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0F09D016C83BB197&feature=plcp SHELF LIFE the Series Web:  http://www.shelflifeseries.com/   mh...

What’s the Web Development team up to? – Landing Page Proposal

Occupy Toronto 30 March 2012 by Michael Holloway   Proposed new ‘Landing Page’ for OccupyToronto:   (Open image in new tab to see full screen view) Web Development Team Proposed OccupyToronto Landing Page   This is an image of a proposed new ‘landing page’ or front page – for www.occupyto.org The Committee icon images are Buttons that take you to the various Committee pages.  Not all the Committees are represented in this markup. The idea is to make the site more inviting – and more intuitive, easier to navigate. What do you think?  Any suggestions? If you want to help the Web Development Committee make this site better, we need you! You don’t have to know any coding – right now we need feedback from peolpe who have thought about their ‘user experience’. How the web site makes you ‘feel’. What’s an inviting web site? What makes a site easy to ‘get into’? What’s the best lay out for OccupyToronto’s web site? What do you want – as far as Forms, News Feeds, Blogs?What are you looking for when you come to OccupyTO.org ? We’re thinking about how to best present the unending flow of info, updates, and schedules. How best to represent the point in time that an action is at? Where in the life time of an idea/action, is that idea/action at right now – from formulation – to networking – to action? What problems have you experienced as far as logging in?  Joining forum discussions? Finding what you’re looking for? Please post any thoughts in comments.   In advance of your great ideas, Thank You very much, Occupy Toronto Web Development Committee [email protected]

A time of increasing Intolerance? – On oppression and marginalization

Occupy Toronto 28 March 2012 by Michael Holloway   What Time Is It Now?  Where are we on the path to Equality? My brain maps things.  I like to take stock periodically, measure What Time It Is, in a variety of cultural meme. The progress of the belief in the equality of Women and Men I believe, is reaching a turning point in our culture. Our beliefs about gender equality are foundation stones that underpin a variety of cultural norms – and Law. I think we have made great progress in a generation.  Many boys and men are feminists by nature, rather than as something they have learned, or come to believe through their experience.  I count my self among those who have internalized gender equality.  I have found that I don’t turn to ugly women hating jokes, or make ‘mistakes’ when in the company of only men. The equality of all human beings is a core belief for me. (Unfortunately) the vast majority of men of the so called baby-boomers, the generation of the great cultural transformation, the revolution of the 1960′s – are not that – in my opinion. I come from a very progressive family where gender roles myths were exposed in practice all through my life – a place where the equality of women and men wasn’t a theory, but a day-to-day practice – a fact.  My mother was embarking upon a professional career by the time I was born, my father was self employed and worked from home; he was a house husband.  I and my siblings were helping with household chores from an early age.  I remember having to stand on a chair to assist my sister washing dishes, the stand-up Hoover was hard to push because it was taller than me. As with all things social, the imperative to fit in is very strong.  Many men in the first wave of gender enlightenment understood that women’s equality was a necessary pretense to social acceptance in many of their social circles.  It’s likely the root of where the 1980′s term ‘politically correct’ came from – and from where the idea that you hear even today from conservatives — that young men only join social justice causes and cultural movements (like the counter culture or the hippy lifestyle, self identifiers of the 1960′s) — in order to get ‘laid’ (For those who choose that view, I think the term ‘get laid’, is a euphemism for ‘conquer’, or ‘win’.  The fear of the ‘other’ in them is too strong for them to break the barrier – to allow a sharing, perhaps love.  These generally conservative personalities marry, then explore their sexual-selves outside of a loveless marriage – with-in the safety of a relationship which is a master/slave construct (or to put it more gently, ’free of entanglements’), with a Mistress.) In the late 1990′s a backlash against so called ‘politically correct speak’ began (proliferated with aplomb by the mass media – still full of the boyz), which I believe represented a sexual identity crisis in a significant part of the population – but especially in a large proportion of males. In the 1980′s – in an attempt to find a balance in the law that corrected a gender bias that favoured men in the legal system, specifically in child custody cases – the protections of Habeas Corpus was severely limited for men.  The process and law, had erred so far towards an accommodation of the traditionally oppressed, that men were, in the practice of the law, assumed guilty at the beginning of the process.  To many men that went through the process it seemed that they had to prove they were not men in order to win equal standing. (In a judicial system dominated by men, the imbalance was very quickly corrected.) With the backlash in the late 1980′s, all of a sudden it was OK to talk about the subculture of the male experience again.  But as this was carried forth over the next years – into the next generation – a misunderstanding, a disconnect from the just learned lessons about the inexorable nature of the equality of the sexes with-in this culture was taken on board.  This distrust of the liberal world view from the 80′s and 90′s was championed by personalities in the media such as Rush Limbaugh – and has become an institution populated with reactionaries who’s intolerance is rooted in a wide variety of ignorances.  A subculture of men who were willing to talk honestly and in public about their feelings about women – using barely masked euphemisms to hide their misogyny – began to flourish. With the events of 9/11, and the subsequent militarization of so many aspects of our culture, but especially of the proliferation a ‘boyz club’ view (an ignorant view) of the nature of soldiering aimed at young boys – through especially; the new and improving craft of video gaming; and in the ‘Gangster’ subculture in music propagated by the Black Entertainment Network (BET); and the perponderance of ‘conquer’ based porn avaiable online including, now right up front, rape fantasy videos – this subculture of slightly masked hatred of women has crept into the popular culture.  As this group of conflicted young people (some of whom will become reactionaries) continues to mature into adulthood, this conflict with-in the cultual diorama will intensify. I think we are at a point where sensitive individuals of the gender enlightenment (in all the generations) have begun to feel the sting of this cultural shift – have begun to experience marginalization, oppression. This is not an insignificant portion of the population that is feeling this sting.  It includes enlightened women, men who self identify as feminist, enlightened visable minorities, artists, intellectuals, professionals… . The ninty nine percent if you will. The canary in the coal mine is the oppression of women (and of the verboten feminine-male).  Signals that intolerance has reasserted it’s dominance over tolerance in our culture abound. The more than ever successful attacks on women’s reproductive rights in Red States to the south is especially disconcerting.  The out-and-out murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida last month by the citizen patrol member (with no State sanction, apparently), is a glaring case in point. More generally – and more hopefully – this is a time of rising intolerance, but it is happening in conjunction with a broad, newly formed internalization of acceptance.  A revolution thus beckons.  The Age of Aquarius continues… Interesting times.   To me, That’s What Time It Is.   Related Articles at Occupyto.org: 27 March 2012 – “A New General Assembly Monday at Cloud Gardens” – http://occupyto.org/2012/03/1098/ 27 March 2012 – “No country for old men? – ‘New Form’ GA to meet Mondays” – http://occupyto.org/2012/03/no-country-for-old-men/ 22 March 2012 – “Race Matters” – http://occupyto.org/2012/03/race-matters/   mh...

Rep. Bobby Rush Kicked Off House Floor for Wearing Hoodie in Support of Trayvon Martin

Occupy Toronto 28 March 2012 by Michael Holloway   PBS – “Rep. Rush Kicked Off Floor for Wearing Hoodie in Support of Trayvon Martin” by Linda J. Scott “National protests over the shooting and killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in central Florida last month have swept the nation, and Wednesday, they landed on the House floor. …” Via, Toby Horn at Google+ 9:04 PM 28.03.2012 – https://plus.google.com/u/0/102619949957030382888/posts/JivfkeRY6dZ Originally posted by NPR at Google+ 1:33 PM 28.03.2012 – https://plus.google.com/u/0/106351386231433168228/posts/e55wEHxZqLk   March 22, 2012 – Democracy Now!  – “New Yorkers Call for Justice at Million Hoodie March for Trayvon Martin“.   Via, Democracy Now!  – “New Yorkers Call for Justice at Million Hoodie March for Trayvon Martin” – http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2012/3/22/new_yorkers_call_for_justice_in_million_hoodie_march_for_trayvon_martin PBS – ”Rep. Rush Kicked Off Floor for Wearing Hoodie in Support of Trayvon Martin” – by Linda J. Scott – http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2012/03/bobby-rush-dons-hoodie-on-house-floor-in-support-of-trayvon-martin.html  ...

No country for old men? – ‘New Form’ GA to meet Mondays

Occupy Toronto 27 March 2012 by Michael Holloway   Tonight the OccupyToronto General Assembly had an important session. A ‘Safety’ theme seems to have galvanized a rather large group with-in OccupyToronto – and they proposed a new set of norms for Occupy Toronto General Assembly meetings with an accent on respect for the oppressed and maginalized with in the general culture of OccupyToronto – who when hands were counted – ALL – felt that at one time of another they had felt oppressed or marginalized.  But this group feels that way, even amongst our numbers. I was there to listen.  I didn’t say a word.  I ‘twinkle fingers’ many times – for speakers on both and any side of the discussion when they made points I thought were good ones. At a straw poll at the end of the meeting I voted FOR this different form of GA. I didn’t think I was going to do that before I got to the meeting, I changed my mind during the coarse of the meeting. I had no hard belief either way. I was worried that this might be the beginnings of a split in OccupyToronto.  I couldn’t let myself not attend this meeting and not be a part of this.  If it looked like OccupyToronto was going to split on an issue of process, I would have made a plea for unity. But I was really heartened. I think this new form of GA is an experiment, and at least 2 speakers (that I thought we neutral), used that word. In any case 2 GA’s in Toronto isn’t the end of the world – the idea is after all, to have GA’s meeting in every neighbourhood in every country in the world by the time we win.   I will attend the ‘new form GA’ and the ‘old form’ GA’s – and I encourage everyone interested in a better Occupy to do the same. Still an OccupyToronto GA – the ‘New Form’ GA will be held on Mondays. (see the OTO Calender for place and time).   Monday 26 March 2012 #OTO GA minutes –  by Sakura Saunders – posted at my WordPress blog: http://printmediablog.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/26032012-occupytoronto-ga-minutes/   Update: Tuesday 27 March 2012: ‘lois laine‘ has posted the Proposal in it’s entirety in a related article here at Occupyto.org, “A New General Assembly Monday at Cloud Gardens” – http://occupyto.org/2012/03/1098/     mh...

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