For all the claims that Zuccotti Park had to be cleared early Tuesday morning due to "intolerable" health and safety conditions, Zuccotti Park did include a First Aid tent, staffed with nurses, offering free flu shots to willing participants this past Sunday.Just over a day later, we received an e-mail from Carl Ginsburg, spokesman for National Nurses United:First Aid tent shredded. Supplies...destroyed.Wednesday, Ginsburg wrote again, this time with better news:We are back today after a harrowing and long day yesterday, providing first aid on a mobile basis best we can. read more
Xeni Jardin of Boing Boing has been reporting this morning that police in New York appear to be using sonic weapons against Occupy Wall Street protesters involved in direct action today. Long Range Acoustic Devices are basically giant noise machines designed to make it impossible for humans to stay anywhere near them. As you can see in the commercial above, LRADS were developed to ward off terrorists. More from Xeni about the origins of LRADS in U.S. police tactics here.(About that headline) read more
Georgia Republicans are focused 110% on jobs, jobs, jobs. But first...Republican Sen. Bill Heath filed a proposal mandating that all Georgia license plates manufactured after July 1 display the motto "In God We Trust." All of them. Nice to know the Republicans still have their passion for small, unobtrusive government.Good news, atheists! read more
After being evicted once again from Zuccotti Park, The People's Library has gone mobile. According to a post this morning on their blog, the library (or what remains of it) is now in those ubiquitous New York rolley carts (Is there a name for those? Ask your local reference librarian). So if John Hodgman wants to get down there and donate his book, he might have to do a little hunting on the streets around lower Manhattan.
Tuesday was the day he pledged to "uproot and overhaul" every branch of federal government if elected president. It appears that is just what Rick Perry does to get warmed up.First, there was the new Iowa ad in which he dusted off the "Obama-as-Socialist" meme. read more
A roundup of today's National Day of Action planned events.New details about the man who allegedly shot at the White House.Now, why wouldn't Herman Cain want this interview to be on camera?A sighting of actual Herman Cain campaign staff!Don't forget about Ron Paul.More fake candidates to use elections to get anti-abortion ads on television.Marcus Bachmann wants his money.No harm done, but this is so telling.Books matter. read more
As OccupyWriters help the Occupy Wall Street librarians pick up the pieces of the People's Library destroyed in Monday's overnight raid of the Liberty Park encampment, we can look forward to another another creative collective rising in support of the movement: OccupyMusicians
Yesterday morning, with displaced protesters returning to the freshly washed and police-occupied park, I ran into Daphne Clark, who told me that she is working on a new web project along with last night's guest, Jeff Sharlet. No launch yet, but keep an eye on the Twitter account for developments. read more