The Cry For Change

“Eager souls, mystics and revolutionaries, may propose to refashion the world in accordance with their dreams; but evil remains, and so long as it lurks in the secret places of the heart, utopia is only the shadow of a dream.” - Nathaniel Hawthorne

theatlanticvideo:

This is footage of a police officer calmly pepper spraying students during a peaceful protest on November 18 at U.C., Davis. However, not only is it a depiction of the unjustified, unprovoked, and grossly unconstitutional use of force by the Police, it is also a depiction of the power of peaceful protest. The Police were significantly outnumbered and used chemical warfare against innocent U.S. citizens, and we maintained the discipline to stay calm and non-violent, ultimately leading the police to realize their significant tactical disadvantage and exodus from the college campus. To all of you who kept that discipline, I salute you. Now all that is left to do is hold those responsible for their extreme violence against unarmed and non-aggressive protestors accountable for their actions. Power belongs to us, and we WILL take it back.

(via theatlantic)

inothernews:

Remember this fucking pig? Heads have finally rolled, according to the New York Times:

The chancellor of the University of California, Davis,  said Monday that its police chief had been placed on administrative  leave, three days after two campus police officers sprayed seated  protesters with pepper spray during a demonstration aligned with Occupy Wall Street. 
 The university’s chancellor, Linda P.B. Katehi, indicated that she was  trying to calm the campus community amid widespread outrage at the  police tactics. Referring to the temporary removal of the police chief,  Annette Spicuzza, Ms. Katehi said in a statement Monday, “It has become  clear to me that this is a necessary step toward restoring trust on our  campus.” 
 She named Matt Carmichael as interim police chief. Ms. Katehi also sped  up an internal probe into the incident and asked the district attorney’s  office to conduct an investigation into her police department’s use of  force on the protesters. 
 On Sunday, the university said that two police officers had been placed  on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation into Friday’s  incident. In videos that were widely distributed over the Internet, two  police officers in riot gear were seen dousing about a dozen protesters  with pepper spray as they sat on a sidewalk with their arms entwined. 
 The announcement about Ms. Spicuzza came hours before a planned protest  by students affiliated with the Occupy U.C. Davis movement. 
 A Facebook page for the protests  asked attendees to call for Ms. Katehi’s resignation and to “show  solidarity and support to the students who were beaten and sprayed by U.  C. Davis police in riot gear.”

inothernews:

Remember this fucking pig? Heads have finally rolled, according to the New York Times:

The chancellor of the University of California, Davis, said Monday that its police chief had been placed on administrative leave, three days after two campus police officers sprayed seated protesters with pepper spray during a demonstration aligned with Occupy Wall Street.

The university’s chancellor, Linda P.B. Katehi, indicated that she was trying to calm the campus community amid widespread outrage at the police tactics. Referring to the temporary removal of the police chief, Annette Spicuzza, Ms. Katehi said in a statement Monday, “It has become clear to me that this is a necessary step toward restoring trust on our campus.”

She named Matt Carmichael as interim police chief. Ms. Katehi also sped up an internal probe into the incident and asked the district attorney’s office to conduct an investigation into her police department’s use of force on the protesters.

On Sunday, the university said that two police officers had been placed on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation into Friday’s incident. In videos that were widely distributed over the Internet, two police officers in riot gear were seen dousing about a dozen protesters with pepper spray as they sat on a sidewalk with their arms entwined.

The announcement about Ms. Spicuzza came hours before a planned protest by students affiliated with the Occupy U.C. Davis movement.

A Facebook page for the protests asked attendees to call for Ms. Katehi’s resignation and to “show solidarity and support to the students who were beaten and sprayed by U. C. Davis police in riot gear.”

“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

—   This is hilariously true, and yet so sad at the same time. I have personally encountered those that believe themselves to be intelligent, primarily due to age, yet they use circle logic to try and argue every point they want to make. This is the most counter-intuitive method for arguing anything because it usually means their argument is not supported by very many credible sources and facts, which is what ultimately leads back to the same redundant facts being thrown about “will-nilly” in a desperate attempt to be right. These people so full of ignorance also tend to immediately disbelieve empirical evidence, factual evidence, proving the objective realities that run counter to their beliefs. Finally, these are the people who believe that colleges are “brainwashing” the students and that the term social-elite refers to professors and researchers who are “implanting” their ideas into the students heads when in fact what a social-elite is in essence the bourgeoisie, also called the rich. I’m sorry to break it to the ignorant masses, but opinion will never trump fact and the ability to critically think, analyze, and apply concepts will always put those able to engage in “free thought” in a vantage point over those that practice “socialized thought.”

(via philphys-deactivated20120616)

Wise words from a wise man. Just because you turn a blind eye to the events going on around you does not mean that they are not happening, and that the consequences of those things will not effect you. What it means is that while ignorance is bliss, it is better to feel its temporal agony now than the continuous suffering later.

Proof that the regimes of the world are victimizing its citizens completely unprovoked and violating their human rights through excessive force and chemical warfare. If this is happening in the United States of America, what is happening to our brothers and sisters in other, more authoritarian countries. This quasi-militaristic display of what is essentially terrorism is becoming the new trend and more commonplace around the world. Speak out against this inhumane treatment before there is no one left to speak out against this injustice.

(Source: inothernews)

Lol, unfortunately this is the reality we live in. What’s even more unfortunate, is some people actually believe that the current levels of oppression by the government are actually established to protect us.

Lol, unfortunately this is the reality we live in. What’s even more unfortunate, is some people actually believe that the current levels of oppression by the government are actually established to protect us.

(via philphys-deactivated20120616)

"Be The Change You Wish To See In The World"

This message promoting change, revolution, and a shift giving the people the power they rightfully deserve and making their voices heard is not just limited to one state, country, or gographical location; it is a message to the world. We have the power, we have the numbers, we have the ability to create change on a global scale because what can the governments do if those who have been powerless suddenly stand-up together, united on a global scale, and demand that our voices be heard. Beat us? Hurt us? Arrest us? Take away what freedoms we have? They have already begun doing those things worldwide, so ask yourself, what do you really have to lose. Do not let fear control you or dictate what actions you are willing to take for "It is better to die on your feet than it is to live life on your knees." Mankind will ultimately make its final stand in these next few decades that I believe will ultimately determine our continued existance or inevitable demise. We will either set our differences aside and embrace as brothers, or we will rise against one another in combat until everything has been destroyed and there is nothing left to fight for. Stand together and force those in power to heed our call, to promote humanity, and restore the power back to whom it rightfully came. This is what I see in humanities current time of duress, but is it enough?

Freedom of Speech Violations at the G20 Protests

This story illustrates the way we as citizens are losing our rights, having constraints put on our civil liberties, and being bullied and intimidated into conforming with the established norms in society that are primarily constructed by the social elite. The people cry for change and are met with hostilities and intimidation. When did it become a crime to be a pedestrian? When did it become a crime to ask qustions? When did it become a crime to hold people accountable for their actions? When will the distribution of power shift back to those that truly hold it, even though they may not realize they hold it, the People? “Per Dolorum Ad Astra,” to the stars through the suffering, my fellow countrymen and women. Never give up, never surrender, and never admit defeat because “the only easy day, was yesterday.” Spread the good word my fellow free thinkers, and watch as the cry for change grows. “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

 “Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici”, which means, “By the power of truth, I, while living, have conquered the universe.”

Others Before Me (Long But Worth The Read)

This post will be written primarily using others words not to detract from their value, but rather to pay homage to those free thinkers that came before me, stand beside me, and will come once I perish. For this is the greatest gift you can give because “We all die. The goal is not to live forever, but to create something that will.”  In saying this, also remember, "We are told to remember the idea, not the man, because a man can fail. He can be caught, he can be killed and forgotten, but 400 years later, an idea can still change the world. I’ve witnessed first hand the power of ideas, I’ve seen people kill in the name of them, and die defending them… but you cannot kiss an idea, cannot touch it, or hold it… ideas do not bleed, they do not feel pain, they do not love……ideas are bulletproof." An idea represents something; something greater than man. Let us take a step further back and evaluate the history and processes that have led us to the brink for the possibility of change. "Our story begins, as these stories often do, with a young up-and-coming politician. He’s a deeply religious man and a member of the conservative party. He is completely single-minded convictions and has no regard for the political process. Eventually, his party launches a special project in the name of ‘national security’. At first, it is believed to be a search for biological weapons and it is pursued regardless of its cost. However, the true goal of the project is power, complete and total hegemonic domination…But if your ultimate goal is power, how best to use such a weapon? It is at this point in our story that along comes a spider. He is a man seemingly without a conscience; for whom the ends always justify the means and it is he who suggests that their target should not be an enemy of the country but rather the country itself…But the true genius of the plan was the fear. A [few] year[s] later, several extremists are tried, found guilty, and executed while a memorial is built to canonize their victims. Fear became the ultimate tool of this government. And through it our politician was ultimately appointed to [a position of power]." What am I referring to, September 11, 2001. This is not a conspiracy theory, merely an observation of fact that can be verified by fact or circumstantial evidence, the same measure of evidence we use to convict criminals in this country. "I, like God, do not play with dice and do not believe in coincidence."  These are merely the beginnings of the process that has shaped my ideologies and convictions for achieving a true and realized liberation from the social-elite few that maintain power over essentially everything. Please be skeptical of this writing, that is the point it would appear I am trying to make, would it not? If nothing else, at least reflect on these wise words, “…artists use lies to tell the truth, while politicians use them to cover the truth up.”