Saturday, October 29, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

It's no surprise that Oakland has been the headline of an Occupy incident involving a protestor getting critically injured by a "non lethal" force. Despite receiving several requests from local different law enforcement agencies to remove videos "allegedly defaming law enforcement officials," google has apparently refused to take them down. Taken from the Official Google Enterprise Blog, the Senior Manager of Global Compliance at Google Enterprise articulated the following about their transparency report. The second paragraph has been taken from an actual transparency report.

"More than 4 million businesses and 40 million users trust us with the data they store in Google Apps. We work to be responsible stewards of that data, and transparency is one important aspect of that. Last year, we posted a Transparency Report to provide the Internet community with more insight about how often governments ask for user data. Earlier this week, we published an update to the report. For the first time, we’re not only disclosing the number of requests for user data, but we’re showing the number of users or accounts that are specified in those requests, too."

“We received a request from a local law enforcement agency to remove YouTube videos of police brutality, which we did not remove. Separately, we received requests from a different local law enforcement agency for removal of videos allegedly defaming law enforcement officials. We did not comply with those requests, which we have categorized in this Report as defamation requests.”

The bullshit tactics of law enforcement to make themselves less accountable for outright police negligence and unlawfulness does not stop at attempting to eliminate information after the fact. Other bullshit tactics and popular police go-tos include getting arrested for "disorderly conduct" or "resisting arrest" when you are peacefully assembling and exercising your right to protest. I can't believe the number of citizens who are getting manhandled, assaulted, provoked, and threatened by "non lethal" forms of crowd control and intimidation. The fact that the city of New York is trying to strike deals with protestors to forgive their prior arrests by not getting arrested again shows that they recognize the steadfast dedication of a lot of these activists. I'm not saying that there aren't people possibly shitting next to a car next to their encampment, or aren't playing in annoying drum circles past 3am, but I do think that there are bigger issues these occupy cities need to prioritize. The actual issues that are being protested would be a good start.

I've wondered the effects of these occupy movements and found some articles online that have mentioned hundreds of thousands of dollars
(Philly), if not millions (NYPD), being spent largely on paying police overtime to troll occupy encampments and or throw in the budget: flash grenades and tear gas ( Oakland ). I think it's kind of ironic that some of these articles like to point out that it is the American taxpayer that suffers, but isn't that exactly the point? Aren't the 99% the taxpayers that always end up suffering anyway? The same ones that by default must both inherently support and bail out the 1%? Aren't people protesting to change the way our country is being run from the top down? Let's see- there's financing unjust wars, Wall St. bailouts, big banks, the industry of higher learning and it's ultimate toll on the American economy ( in the global scheme ), profit obsessed corporations that have almost eliminated domestic manufacturing, budget cuts for public education, etc etc.

For the past few decades America has been able to get by on it's complacency fueled by our relative abundance in resources and consumer goods. However, you don't need Bob Dylan to tell you that the times are still changing. Just because many are able to live slightly beyond their means, doesn't mean that as a country we can guarantee our place in the global market. In my mind, this matters because of cost pressures for everything that you need to survive in one day. One day coffee costs you a dollar, next year it costs you two. But nothing about your job or how you spend has significantly changed. Or maybe it does change and you turned a year older and wanted to buy a better car. Despite these natural life progressions, everything else just went up in price and you're still getting paid the same. When you count everything up, it does matter. Not just monetarily but even how the economy may affect your mobility as well. As the world's economies continue to fluctuate, and as we have become largely dependent on other countries to survive, living the way you do now is only going to cost you more; with no relief to this pattern in sight. So is the logic here that as regular taxpayers we all wait for the fabled trickle down to cushion the lumps?

It's like the word communism is "communal" only in name. If you look at some of the most alarming examples of poverty yielded by communism including North Korea, one would wonder why and how the word community got in there. In this way, I think democracy might be democratic in name but largely skewed in application and result. We may live in a democracy, but it is certainly not a true democracy if people in this country can not seek peaceful change without their own government more willing to oppress them than to uphold them. Despite the strides in equality our country has made, it seems that even bigger strides still have yet to be secured. I guess like everything else in life, only time will tell what the future holds.

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Now I just have to go and remember how to skate around a real park.

Wait what?? Surf Jox!


Big fan of Steve Martin's autobiography.

Heard this song on my ipod, got so siked on it! Yes! This song makes me wanna be a drummer from the 80's that wears blazers over tanktops.

43 Magazine interview on SLAP

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Damn, I used to love Count Duckula.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Photos from Guangzhou, just trying to keep my toes on my feet walking through the streets.