Someone awesome donated this humongous cake yesterday (Nov 5th, 2011) to Occupy Seattle, arguing that a revolution does deserve cake.
I think I can speak on behalf of everyone there in saying that it was among the most delicious and appreciated cakes I’ve ever had in my life. I wish I had my camera to photograph everyone’s reactions (this photo was taken, just barely, with my phone). It created such a great mood, everyone cheered, and smiles all around. Just pure awesomeness.
I don’t know the name of the guy who donated it - it was a man in his 50s with a handle-bar mustache - but my salute to him. You sir, are a gentleman and a culinary hero.
A Communist America and How Impossible It Would Be
Communism is normally a horrendous failure, with the leading regimes collapsing before a full century completes itself (see USSR, late 1910s to mid 1980s).
However, some countries can survive when they meet these conditions:
-No human rights
-Population below 500 million
-Second world or lower
And this is why.
Most Authoritarian nations usually are extremely strict (see North Korea, 1960s to present day) and will not stand for breaking the law. Authoritarian governments also usually have no human rights (see People’s Republic of China, [I forgot the beginning date] to present day). With human rights absent, and extremely strict and merciful authorities, this proves to be an atmosphere where intimidation prevents any sort of uprising. Although the USSR was toppled by its last leader, who restored it back to the original Russia (with the exception of Kazhakstan, which is now a separate country), it is noted that the majority of the population was not happy with Communism, but were unable to fully protest openly due to the extremely Authoritarian atmosphere.
With the exception of the People’s Republic, most Communist nations also have a small population. This way, when the process of eliminating the high class is underway, it is easier.
Also, all Communist countries (China, Cuba, Vietnam, North Korea) that I am aware of are second world nations. Therefore, there are not as much rich class when the distribution begins.
With a first-world nation like America, where a centuries-old document and affiliation with the UN prevents the abolishment of human rights, there are many high-class citizens, the population is very high, the land lacks an Authoritarian atmosphere, and the population was taught to hate Communism during the Cold War, a Communist America would not be easy to make, and before the century ends, the entire nation would fall face-first in the dirt.
“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered… The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”
In preparation for my visit to Occupy Seattle on Saturday, I thought a good classic song from Crosby, Still, Nash, & Young would be perfect for my Throwback Thursday post. Here’s Crosby, Still, Nash, & Young - Teach Your Children off their album Déjà Vu. Great song with a great message.
Please take the time to watch this lady speak, I havent been this inspired in a long long time… #ows #DorliRainey
Eighty-four-year-old activist Dorli Rainey tells Keith about her experience getting pepper-sprayed by the police during an Occupy Seattle demonstration and the need to take action and spread the word of the Occupy movement. She cites the advice of the late Catholic nun and activist Jackie Hudson to “take one more step out of your comfort zone” as an inspiration, saying, “It would be so easy to say, ‘Well I’m going to retire, I’m going to sit around, watch television or eat bonbons,’ but somebody’s got to keep ’em awake and let ’em know what is really going on in this world.”
Picture Black Friday was begun as, and is still mainly an outlet for artists to create photographs that relate to the event named in the project, Black Friday.
PBF for short, has been a way for photographers from around the U.S. to highlight what consumerism turns us into, to visualise in terms we can understand the turbulent economic times we live in and the mass hysteria that retailers and large corporations feed us in search of the all mighty dollar, whether it be paper or plastic.
So in the wake of what has been happening near Wall street here in NY and around the country and now around the world, there is an obvious connection to PBF and a louder beating of the drum that change needs to happen. I think we the 99% can all do our part to beat the drum, keep the movement going and growing and make it louder.
I find it important that while there may be many voices to this protest, I feel its urgent to create a place to share what many talented photographers are doing to visualize these events.
What i’m asking is for photographers who are living in areas where occupy protests are happening go out and make photographs, get creative, do what you do best to express yourself in the cause. Then share them here and I will do my best to spread them to my network and beyond.
Everyone can help; everyone of us has a voice that can contribute rather than standing by and saying its someone else’s fight. It’s someone else’s cause.