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The Occupy Wall Street people are the social equivalent of somebody running through the halls clanging on a lid and yelling that the building is on fire. He doesn’t want everyone else to start clanging lids, he wants them to get out of the building. It’s not a question of how much people ‘support’ him, he’s sounding the alarm. When he says 'we are in danger’ he means not simply the 'we’ who are clanging on lids, but everybody in the building. OWS isn’t a political entity. It doesn’t need your support. It’s sounding an alarm. Whether you heed it is up to you, and you ar the one who will gain or suffer as a result of your actions. Not them. ….The OWS movement recognizes that we aren’t facing problems that can be addressed by political rallies positing simplistic demands. We face much deeper issues created by the widespread intransigence of the business communities on social issues. We need to redefine our priorities as a society.
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via Half an Hour: The Metasociety

An attempt to explain the Occupy Wall Street movement.

GPS & Musical Analysis

MIT OCW is offering 2 new courses:

  1. Principles of GPS: This course introduces the principles of the GPS and demonstrates its application to various aspects of Earth Sciences. Access the lecture notes.
  2. Musical Analysis: This course is an introduction to the analysis of tonal music. Students study rhythm and form, harmony, line and motivic relationships at local and large scale levels of musical structure. Access the readings & study material.

The Fight for "Real Democracy" at the Heart of the OCW

excerpts from the op-ed by Hardt + Negri in Foreign Affairs

The political face of the Occupy Wall Street protests comes into view when we situate it alongside the other “encampments” of the past year. Occupy Wall Street takes inspiration from the encampments of central squares in Spain, which began on May 15 and followed the occupation of Cairo’s Tahrir Square earlier last spring. To this succession of demonstrations, one should add a series of parallel events, such as the extended protests at the Wisconsin statehouse, the occupation of Syntagma Square in Athens, and the Israeli tent encampments for economic justice. The context of these various protests are very different, of course, and they are not simply iterations of what happened elsewhere. Rather each of these movements has managed to translate a few common elements into their own situation.

If together these different protest encampments – from Cairo and Tel Aviv to Athens, Madison, Madrid, and now New York – express a dissatisfaction with the existing structures of political representation, then what do they offer as an alternative? What is the “real democracy” they propose?

The clearest clues lie in the internal organization of the movements themselves – specifically, the way the encampments experiment with new democratic practices. These movements have all developed according to what we call a “multitude form” and are characterized by frequent assemblies and participatory decision-making structures.

Do not wait for the encampments, then, to develop leaders or political representatives. No Martin Luther King, Jr. will emerge from the occupations of Wall Street and beyond. For better or worse – and we are certainly among those who find this a promising development – this emerging cycle of movements will express itself through horizontal participatory structures, without representatives. Such small-scale experiments in democratic organizing would have to be developed much further, of course, before they could articulate effective models for a social alternative, but they are already powerfully expressing the aspiration for a “real democracy." 

If democracy – that is, the democracy we have been given – is staggering under the blows of the economic crisis and is powerless to assert the will and interests of the multitude, then is now perhaps the moment to consider that form of democracy obsolete?

SERIOUSLY, PEOPLE. Seeing people fall for this bullshit makes my fists itch. The photo of Canadian riot police stomping on protestors came from the riots in Toronto during the G20 summit. Riots, by the way, which concluded with massive property damage, police cars set on fire, and many arrests. Instigated BY THE PROTESTORS.

Think about that for a few minutes.

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Occupy Wall Street

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As of early this morning (1:30 AM), November 15th, the police are evicting the Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park.

Brooklyn Bridge and surrounding subways have been shut down.

Massive amounts of Police in Riot Gear surround the park.

Press barred and being arrested for media coverage (!!!

The Occupy Wall Street Live Stream

To support the 99% please utilize one of the following contact informations.

Demand your first Amendment right of Freedom of Speech;

Mayor: 212-639-9675 

Email: Mayor Bloomberg 

Call 311 if you’re in the NYC area.

NYPD 1st Precinct: 212.334.0611 

NYPD Central Booking: 718.875.6303 

NYPD Internal Affairs: 212.487.7350 

City Hall: 212.788.3058

To the "Occupy Wall Street" Goons

What do you not have?

You have

-Clothes

-Cars ( most of you )

-Homes/ Apartments

-Freedom of Speech

-Jobs ( Well I’m sure most of you have either been fired or you just quit due to this protest)

-Money

-Schools

-Govt Grants and loans to pay for schools

-Friends and families

I mean seriously why don’t ANY of you think about what other people in other countries DO NOT HAVE. 99% of them have NONE of the things you are able to have. You idiots need to wake up and realize that if you get up off your lazy ass and do the right thing like Go to work/school and actually try to contribute to society you would be better off. 

AWWWW You don't have millions of dollars boo freaking who you cry babies. How many of Americas millionaires and billionaires spent their lives creating their businesses?????? How many of them spent their lifes savings or took out massive loans to start their small business? 99% of them did. 

You are going to accomplish NOTHING by protesting. The ONLY thing you are going to get accomplished is proving that you are nothing more than a bunch of lazy ass kids who would rather protest because you are not spoon fed money. 

I feel sorry for your parents. 

Stupid things people say about OCW #2

Rick Santorum, former Senator from Pennsylvania, was quoted saying:

“These are the same old folks who have been protesting since the Vietnam war … they really don’t carry much favor in my book.”


Now I can see why he’s the ‘Former senator’. Of course, Santorum was born in 1958, so I can see the moment where he’s a young boy and hears this from his dad:

“Well, Ricky, you see them protesters over there. They’re bad. I mean…really bad. Smokin’ their dope. Wishin’ for an end to the war. And you know what, even after the war’s over, don’t let 'em fool ya. The war ain’t over, Ricky, they’ll be protestin’ the Vietnam war well into the Linolium….no…wait…Millenium…yeah, that…Then, Ricky, that’s your moment to shine.”

We’ll just keep on protesting according to him:

Oh fuck, even the Civil Rights Movement of 1964 is getting in on it. Nooooooooo!

Biomedical Signal & Image Processing

MIT OCW has offered a new course on Biomedical Signal & Image Processing in Spring 2007. It presents the fundamentals of DSP with particular emphasis on problems in biomedical research and clinical medicine. It covers principles and algorithms for processing both deterministic and random signals. Topics include data acquisition, imaging, filtering, coding, feature extraction, and modeling. The focus of the course is a series of labs that provide practical experience in processing physiological data, with examples from cardiology, speech processing, and medical imaging. Lectures cover signal processing topics relevant to the lab exercises, as well as background on the biological signals processed in the labs.

Access the lecture notes, lab notes & other web resources for this course.

Papz (my father) sent mama a new smartphone thru my uncle who came back here in the Philippines last week. My mom asked me to get it since I’m the first to go home this holy week and my uncle and his family will go to their place in Goa first before going to our folks’ land which is in Camarines Norte.

Inside the phone, my father installed lots of applications. Most of them were games. During the first time that I checked the phone, I was really making fun of my papz because why in this world would a man, in the age 50, would actually enjoy such things? I’m younger but I don’t play much in my phone – I don’t even installed any games in it so I was really confused why would my father install a shit tons of games.

I checked it again today. I was sorting the applications from most important to the least. I actually thought of deleting some irrelevant applications because they’re freaking irrelevant but when I was about to hit the uninstall button, the image of my father flashed in my mind. He put too much effort to this. Imagine waiting for these applications to finish installing … that’s a hella lot of patience and I don’t have that kind of patience. If you’ll look at it, it’s just a simple matter. They were just applications and if you happen to delete it, you can always reinstall it. Pero iba pa rin kasi yung value na siya yung naglagay eh. Kapag tinanggal ko yun, parang tinanggal ko rin yung effort niya. It’s not much of a big deal but an effort is an effort, no matter how small or how big it is.

You know what made me cry more? it’s because I remember what my uncle told me the day that I got this phone. 

“Parating malungkot dun si papa mo” 

Remember my question why in this world would a man, in the age 50, would actually enjoy such things? now I know the answer. 

Maybe because these games were the only source of his hapiness there. Maybe because with these games, he can somehow enjoy his stay there and he was able to forget that he’s alone; his homesickness will be lessened … and I am such a hypocrite for underestimating the worth of these irrelevant applications – as I call earlier. He put so much effort to install these applications in assumption that it will bring joy to my mom/ to us, as much as it brought joy to him. And I can’t believe I almost threw my father’s happiness. 

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So this course is unique in that it doesn’t have any syllabus per say; there’s no body of material that I hope students will come away with. I hope they come away with an experience. I want them to some sense of the frustration, and the challenge, and the excitement of doing mathematical research.

MIT course 18.821 is a unique mathematics course that attempts to introduce the way of thinking that comes along with doing research in math. The class splits the students into many small groups, each of which are assigned a mentor. Furthermore, the groups will work on just 3 questions each during the course of the term. The questions are designed to be open ended and accessible in such a way that many different approaches and answers are possible, with the idea that this will help spur creative mathematical thinking.

The video gives a great introduction to the idea and challenges of the course and there is even more information on the MIT Open Courseware page.

“Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety,
prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private
interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone
have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute
government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their
protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it”.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             John Adams 1776

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Police arrest peaceful protesters trying to close their accounts at Citi Bank. One woman is forcibly pulled into the bank and then arrested.