Bulletin N°500


6 October 2011
Grenoble, France

Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,

We offer you this, our 500th CEIMSA Bulletin, in memory of all those before us who have struggled to eliminate the violence of capitalism and to create an egalitarian society where justice will be achieved through cooperation, creative relationships, and mutual assistance; and where greed and competition will be confined to exhibits in museums which depict life in old societies, for the past 500 years and more.

Occupy Wall St.

September 23rd, 2011 · Sam ·

Occupy Wall St. Poster


In the 10 items below CEIMSA readers will find perhaps an answer to the question: "Will there be life after Capitalism?" Within the shell of the old we discover the new struggling for life.

Item A. is an interview with Chris Hedges, discussing "The Best Among Us."

Item B. is an article by George Galloway, in which he attempts to outline "basic economic truths."

Item C. is an interview with 26-year old Jason McGauhey, who traveled to Wall Street to participate in "the birth of the 99 Percent Movement".

Item D. is a report by Dave Johnson from Day 12 in the occupation of Wall Street: "Poised To Take Off: Campaign for America's Future".

Item E. is a Reader Supported News Special Coverage: "Occupy Wall Street: Take the Bull by the Horns".

Item F. is an interview with Cornel West, on "A US Autumn Responding to Arab Spring".

Item G. is an aricle by Laura Clawson, on organized labor's support of the 99 Percent Movement protesting on Wall Street.

Item H. is an essay by Richard Charnin: "To believe that Bush won in 2004 you must also believe that . . . ."

Item I. is an article by Noam Chomsky, discussing world politics, "as long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, [and] the powerful can do as they please . . . ."

Item J. is an article by economist Robert Reich, answering the question: is another giant bailout of Wall Street coming down the street and why?

And finally, on the cultural front, we close this CEIMSA bulletin with a reminder of ruling class arrogance and the deflating reality that they face :

Channelling Marie Antoinette, Wall Street's finest sip champagne & chuckle at the protests

BBC Speechless As Trader Tells Truth:
"The Collapse Is Coming...And Goldman Rules The World"

We Are the 99 Percent

Live Coverage: Occupy Wall Street
Reader Supported News Special Coverage

Francis McCollum Feeley
Professor of American Studies
Director of Research
Université Stendhal Grenoble 3

from Truth Out :
Date: 30 September 2011
Subject: The best among us . . . .

There are no excuses left. Either you join the revolt taking place on Wall Street and in the financial districts of other cities across the country or you stand on the wrong side of history. Either you obstruct, in the only form left to us, which is civil disobedience, the plundering by the criminal class on Wall Street and accelerated destruction of the ecosystem that sustains the human species, or become the passive enabler of a monstrous evil. Either you taste, feel and smell the intoxication of freedom and revolt or sink into the miasma of despair and apathy. Either you are a rebel or a slave.

The Best Among Us
Chris Hedges

from ZNet :
Date: 5 October 2011
Subject: Basic Truths.

Basic Truths
George Galloway

from Mark Crispin Miller :
Date: 1 October 2011
Subject: An interview on Wall Street with 26-year old Jason McGauhey: Reporting from the Streets.

James McGauhey, a 26-year-old from Carthage, works with individuals with developmental disabilities. Or at least he did. McGauhey quit his job to come organize and camp out at the-now-occupied-and-renamed Liberty Plaza, located approximately a thousand yards from Wall Street.

As trading came to a close on Sept. 28, Day 12 of the Occupy Wall Street movement, hundreds of protesters took part in what has become a now-regular march on the U.S.’s leading financial institutions.

As the demonstrators filed by Wall Street’s iconic statue, calls to “castrate the bull” erupted. While passing One Chase Manhattan Plaza they chanted, “The banks got bailed out, we got sold out.”

From the bank bailouts to the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the protesters say the government is acting on behalf of an elite few, while serious needs continue to go unmet.

Reporting From the Streets: “Wall Street is War Street” – A sign at the Occupy Wall Street protest

from Truth Out :
Date: 1 October 2011
Subject: Occupy Wall Street, Day 12.

Dave Johnson, Campaign for America's Future: "This is what happens when people have had it. The 'Occupy Wall Street' crowd has been there for almost 2 weeks, camping out, saying they're fed up and are going to stay until American democracy is restored."

Occupy Wall Street Day 12 - Poised To Take Off
Dave Johnson

from Reader Supported News :
Date: 29 September 2011
Subject: "Take the Bull by the Horns".

The aim of OCCUPYWALLSTREET is to draw protesters to New York's financial district in a non-violent protest to spark a mass movement against corporate dominance. While the corporate media ignores the protest, Reader Supported News will continue to report on the latest developments.

Live Coverage: Occupy Wall Street

from Democracy Now! :
Date: 25 September 2011
Subject: A US Autumn Responding to Arab Spring.

It's impossible to translate the issue of the greed of Wall Street into one demand, or two demands. We're talking about a democratic awakening.... you're talking about raising political consciousness so it spills over all parts of the country, so people can begin to see what's going on through a set of different lens.

A US Autumn Responding to Arab Spring
Cornel West

from Reader Supported News :
Date: 25 September 2011
Subject: Organized Laber backs .

Trumka explains, "I think it's a tactic and a valid tactic to call attention to a problem. Wall Street is out of control. We have three imbalances in this country - the imbalance between imports and exports, the imbalance between employer power and working power, and the imbalance between the real economy and the financial economy. We need to bring back balance to the financial economy, and calling attention to it and peacefully protesting is a very legitimate way of doing it."

AFL-CIO's Trumka Backs Occupy Wall Street
Laura Clawson

from Richard Charnin :
Date: 22 June 2011
Subject: On believing that Bush won the 2004 elections....

To believe that Bush won in 2004 you must also believe that…
by Richard Charnin


Do you believe the Final 2004 National Exit Poll? If so, you must also believe that there were 6 million more returning Bush 2000 voters than were still living in 2004.
Based on the Final National Exit Poll vote shares, in order for Bush to win by his 3.0 million recorded vote margin, he needed a 90% turnout of living Bush 2000 voters and just 62% of returning Gore voters. If you believe that, there is a great Chinese restaurant in lower Manhattan near a famous old bridge that’s for sale. 
  Assuming 90% Bush 2000 voter turnout, Kerry needed just 71% Gore  turnout to win by 360,000 votes. Consider the following 36 myths and anomalies about the 2004 election.
1- Myth: The media exhaustively analyzed state and national pre-election /exit poll data and documented evidence of vote suppression and miscounts.
Fact: Raw exit poll precinct data has never been made public.
2- Myth:
There are many explanations as to why the exit polls were wrong: Kerry voters were more approachable to be interviewed; Bush voters were reluctant to be interviewed; interviewers sought out Kerry voters; returning Gore voters told exit pollsters that they voted for Bush in 2000;  exit polls are not random samples; exit polls in the U.S. are not designed to catch election fraud; early polling overstated the Kerry vote; women voted early;  Republicans voted late; Gore voters defected to Bush at twice the rate that Bush voters defected to Kerry, etc.
Fact: None of these claims are supported by the evidence.
3- Myth: The votes were fairly counted.

Fact: 2004 U.S. Census vote data indicates that 125.7 million votes were cast. Only  122.3m were recorded. Investigative reporter Greg Palast provided government data which documented 3 million uncounted votes.
from Reader Supported News :
Date 30 September 2011
Subject: Is the World Too Big to Fail?

Elections have become a charade, run by the public relations industry. After his 2008 victory, Obama won an award from the industry for the best marketing campaign of the year. Executives were euphoric. In the business press they explained that they had been marketing candidates like other commodities since Ronald Reagan, but 2008 was their greatest achievement and would change the style in corporate boardrooms. The 2012 election is expected to cost $2bn, mostly in corporate funding. Small wonder that Obama is selecting business leaders for top positions.

Is the World Too Big to Fail?
Noam Chomsky

from Reader Supported News :
Date 4 October 2011
Subject: Another Giant Bailout of Wall Street?

 Make no mistake. Lurking here is another giant bailout of the Street. The United States wants Europe to bail out its deeply indebted nations so European banks don't implode. And they don't want European banks to implode because they don't want the Street to crash again like it did three years ago. Full circle. In other words, Greece isn't the real problem. Nor is Ireland, Italy, Portugal, or Spain. The real problem is the financial system - centered on Wall Street.

Another Giant Bailout of Wall Street?

Robert Reich