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Hugo Connery was moved to transcribe the last bit from my ACRL keynote. You can watch that segment of the keynote here, or read it below. Thanks to Hugo for stepping up. The full keynote is here.

We live in the age of polarized culture. We try, and take it for advantage that we are just supposed to identify who we are, and who they are. And we’re supposed to rally us against them.

We do that in politics. You know, the standard way in which Republicans and Democrats deal with each other is to rally their side against the hate of the other side. We do that on the media. You know, the way that you succeed in television is to be FOX or MSNBC, not the kind of ‘lets be balanced in the middle’ CNN. No! You’ve got to rally your base to hate the other side. And this is the way in which we engage in the business model of these organizations. It’s all directed to people to rallying hate.

But the only way we have ever made fundamental change happen, is to find a way to rally across partisan divides. Never in the history of America (USA), except once, have we seen fundamental change without cross partisan movements. And the once, was the civil war, and you see how well that went.

So, the point is we’ve gotta find a way to talk that reaches across and that, I think, in the end, is the hardest challenge. And the truth is, I’m not sure it is possible.

I’m not sure it’s possible.

But what I know is whether its possible or not is not really ultimately the question. The question is “what is our commitment; what is our love?”

It was Aaron, eight years ago, [who] shamed me into giving up copyright and internet, and take up this issue. And eight years ago he and I started a bunch or organizations committed to fighting this issue.

And so, from my perspective, when he left [perished], he left me with one clear task; whether its possible or not. Because I loved him.

And I love this country and I love my children, and I hate the future I know they face. And thats what all of us have to grab [grok]; that love, that love.

You might not have known that boy, but you know your boy, or your girl. You know your nephews and nieces. You know the future, and you need to recognize that if our grandparents were the greatest generation, we are the worst generation. Because whilst they built a world in which we flourished in, we have destroyed the government that our children depend upon. And, unless we step up and find a way to fix it they will look back at us and ask “how could we have been so weak?”

Now, think about the way people fight for things they think about. Fifty years ago people were dying on a bridge because they were walking for a right to vote, for an equal right to vote. They were willing to risk it all. Dogs and fire hoses and the hatred of everyone in their community; for an equal right to vote.

Well, we too need an equal right to vote.

We need an equal right to vote in the money primary as much as the general election. We need that equality.

But what are willing to do? Because there will be no dogs that leap at us if we fight for this issue. There are no fire hoses that are going to knock us down if we fight for this issue.

There is nothing like what they had to fight, for us to fight and win this issue.

So where are we? Why aren’t we out there? Why aren’t there tens of thousands of people recognizing this fight, and stepping up and doing something about it?

While corporate watchdogs hailed the record $2.5 billion settlement paid by Deutsche Bank to U.S. and U.K. authorities for its rate-rigging role in the massive LIBOR scandal, some noted that the fine—while large—suggests that some institutions are still considered “too big to jail.”

Jupiter Ascending: more than just a CGI-laden action film.

I think the message of Jupiter Ascending can be summed up into this one quote from the film’s major villain… “I create life, and I destroy it.  Life is an act of consumption, Jupiter.  To live is to consume.  Now- the human beings on your planet are merely a resource waiting to be converted into capital, and this entire enterprise is just a small part in a vast and beautiful machine; defined by evolution, designed to as single purpose: to create profit.”  What a movie.  Definitely a not-so subtle critique of our current profit “at any cost” driven economy.  In case you did not know, the US Supreme Court ruled in the ironically named “Citizens United” case that corporations are considered equal to people under the law.  Like in the film, people are nothing more than a resource in the eyes of corporations.  We are a factor of production who’s sole purpose is to operate in their consumer society.  We work, we consume, we live, we die.  And the cycle continues to repeat in each succeeding generation.  We create life, and we destroy life all for the sake of sustaining an unsustainable way of life.  If we want mankind to survive long enough to get off this rock we call Earth, then we need to rethink our society, our economy, and our lives.  What are you worth?  To a corporation, you’re worth whatever they can suck out of you before you die.  That means both what you can produce, and what you consume.  The majority of people are obviously worth a lot more alive than dead, but that is not the case for all of us.  Our numerical value varies according to our wealth, education, social status, fame, etc.  By definition, this creates inequality amongst human beings.  Take away that value, and you’re not worth the food and water it would take to keep you alive.  Life in the 21st century is a matter of staying valuable.  If you don’t- you will no longer be protected by society.  You are left on the streets to die from violence, disease, or drugs.  This is the reality we currently live in.  Are you satisfied with that?  Are you okay with the fact that thousands of children die every day simply because they cannot get food?  Yet we produce enough food to feed livestock to feed the world multiple times over.  In what rational basis for society is this okay? It is based in profit, which is the irrational goal of every business and corporate entity on the Earth: to make more money.  Who gets this money?  It certainly isn’t the workers, it definitely isn’t the middle class, and it certainly isn’t the children dying of starvation and disease across the globe this very minute.  It is the same aristocracy that has been governing society since the beginning of civilization.  They do not go by the old titles of Lords, or Barons as in the days of old.  Now they are CEO’s and Elected Officials who fly in private jets to their private islands.  They make money only for the sake of making money for themselves.  It is fact that money is power (just look up incarceration rates compared to income: rich people rarely go to jail) , and now through the Citizens United decision, it is also free speech.  No matter how much we protest or petition for change, they will always have more money to lobby the government.  In the words of the ever poignant Wu-Tang Clan: Cash Rules Everything Around Me.  This is the first year that corporate groups have spent more money lobbying Congress than taxpayers pay to fund Congress.  It is no longer a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.  It is a government of profit for politicians, made by the profit of corporations, and for their continued profit.  Whatever they want to do, they can do.  Even if it means screwing the rest of us.  I don’t want to live on a dead planet.  I don’t want to live in a world where people are only worth money.  We are humanity, we are capable of incredible things even in our darkest hours.  But at the moment the only way we can save our planet from environmental catastrophe is to work together.  This means that the current economic paradigm must be altered.  Everyone must do their part: no one can go hide on a private island while the rest of the Earth slowly dies.  And no one can be left in the street to rot away.  Everyone has a purpose, some people just haven’t found it yet.  I believe that everyone has a heart too.  Even those who would abscond to ivory towers with their not-so-hard earned wealth in hand. They can learn to sacrifice, to live without the absurd luxury their money entitles them to now.  They cling to their money and belongings because they are afraid of what the future holds.  I am not afraid.  Humanity’s capacity for ingenuity and marvelous acts of creation emboldens me to say that anything is possible for us.  We only use a fraction of our mental potential, yet we are able to build skyscrapers and cure diseases.  These people are blinded by their greed, their desire for more.  They must choose to either be part of a new, better world, or they must leave it as they entered it: with nothing.  Greed will not survive in the future, and we will not have a future if greed survives.
I guess that’s all I have to say on the matter, but I hope someone reads this and takes a moment to reflect on it.  It may just sound like crazy talk or the ranting of an uneducated 20 year old.  That’s because it is.  Take it worth a grain of sand and do your own research.  Maybe show a friend and see what they think.  If you feel the need to fact check, I encourage you to.  

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Surprise — Turns Out Nestle Actually WAS Stealing Water In Calif.

Nestle is already in hot water over the continuing pumping of water out of drought-ravaged California to feed its bottled water business. Now, it turns out, they did not actually have the permits needed to do so from at least one of their sources, according to an investigation by The Desert Sun. As reported by the San Jose Mercury News on Sunday, it turns out that their permit for water…

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Once it was Beautiful


But the lies of your lips were nothing but void without melody. You once sang to me, your voice could breeze my hair and make me feel warm, but the ink of your voice painted a mark on my face and not even rain can wash it away. 

I would have loved you, I would dream freedom for you, but you tied my hands and bonded my soul to your own prison.


Tribute for falondiiin and the rest of the elvhen pantheon ouo

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If ever you doubted that our obscene campaign finance regime constitutes a form of legalized bribery, consider this: Reuters reports today that officials at top Wall Street banks recently convened to discuss how they could convince Democrats “to soften their party’s tone” toward the financial industry, and among the options now under consideration is halting campaign donations to Senate Democrats unless they rein in progressive populists like Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

Wall Street is trying to silence Elizabeth Warren

Sign the petition: lakotalaw.org/action

Today marks a huge legal victory for the Native American children of South Dakota. A summary judgement was issued in the case of Oglala Sioux Tribe vs. Van Hunnick in favor of the plaintiffs!

Federal Court Judge Viken has ordered that South Dakota offficials have violated due process as stated by the 14th Amendment and the Indian Child Welfare Act, “The court finds that Judge Davis, States Attorney Vargo, Secretary Valenti and Ms. Van Hunnick developed and implemented policies and procedures for the removal of Indian children from their parents’ custody in violation of the mandates of the Indian Child Welfare Act and in violation of he Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

ACLU Press Release: https://www.aclu.org/…/federal-court-rules-indian-families-…

45-page summary judgement for Oglala Sioux Tribe vs. Van Hunnick: https://www.aclu.org/…/oglala-sioux-tribe-v-van-hunnik-summ…

Please sign our petition to show your support for the return of the Indian children in South Dakota: lakotalaw.org/action

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BREAKING: Raw Video Shows Cops Shoot, Kill Subdued Man, Mock Him While He Lay Dying

Tulsa, Okla. – The final tragic moments of Eric Harris’s life were caught on video, as well as the sociopathic nature of law enforcement. Harris was accidently shot by a reserve deputy, apparently meaning to taser him, while on the ground being subdued by other officers.

Harris can be seen on the video running from police as the officer with the body cam gives chase, catching and taking Harris to the ground. Once on the ground the officer can be heard telling Harris, “Roll on your stomach now.”

Reserve officer Robert Bates, 73, can then be heard yelling “Tazer! Tazer!” as if to inform the other officer that he was about to use his stun gun on Harris, when suddenly a gunshot rings out.

Tragically the next moments reveal the callous nature of law enforcement as the Harris is manhandled on the ground by the cops, after being shot, with an officer pressing his face into the ground with his knee.

An irate officer can then be seen screaming in the face of the bleeding gunshot victim yelling, “You ran! You f—kin ran! Shut the f— up!” as if running was some type of rational explanation for shooting him.

Subsequently, Harris can be heard screaming,

“He shot me! He shot me, man. Oh, my god. I’m losing my breath.”

To which an officer gives a response that can only be described as sociopathic, telling the dying Harris,

“F–k your breath! Shut the f–k up!”

In delhi(india),an activist after being frustrated from fighting corruption, decided to make his own political party, named it “common man party” on agenda of zero corruption tolerance. They won the election by 67 out of 70 seats(which was a record itself). After coming in to force, within 30 days they cut down electricity bill by half rate and giving free water. They started a corruption control helpline, with in 24hrs they got more than 12 thousand calls.

At the local level, the Maryland Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights says that when an officer is under investigation in a matter that could lead to disciplinary action, supervisors are prohibited from interviewing the accused officer for 10 days.
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The six officers involved in the murder of Freddie Gray have had 10 days to get their story straight before having to answer to anyone for what they did.

The whole damn system is guilty as hell

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2014 - Protesters attacked the Office of the Mexican Attorney-General over its’ handling of the disappearance of 43 student teachers in Guerrero. One protester painted “Estado Asesino” or roughly ‘The State are Murderers’, while others threw rocks through the windows. [video]

As Oil Money Flowed, Clinton Turned Back on Rights Abuses in Colombia: Report

‘This much is clear: After millions of dollars were pledged by the oil company to the Clinton Foundation, Secretary Clinton abruptly changed her position on the controversial U.S.-Colombia trade pact.’

Apr. 9 2015

A new investigative look at the ties between big business interests in Colombia, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and her family’s charitable foundation are raising troubling questions about the role that corporate trade deals and big oil may have played in softening the powerful Democrat’s position on human rights in the South American country.

During her time heading the State Department, presumptive 2016 presidential nominee Clinton stayed silent on reports of violence and threats against labor activists in Colombia, even as her family’s “global philanthropic empire” was developing—and benefiting from—private business ties with a major oil corporation accused of worker-intimidation in the country, according to new reporting published Thursday by International Business Times.

In addition, the IBT investigation shows that after millions of dollars were pledged by the oil company to the Clinton Foundation, Clinton reversed her position on a U.S.-Colombia trade pact she had previously opposed on the grounds that it was bad for labor rights.

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