Dec 14, 2011
commented on Occupy Amazon's Empire?
I simply can't afford new books at brick and mortar stores, and I try not to buy new at Amazon - better the library for new stuff. I do love Amazon's used offerings! That being said, I agree with the ham fisted, etc., it makes Amazon look like a sneaky and creepy character lurking in the aisles. Anyway, Amazon investor relations is firstname.lastname@example.org. You could drop them a line even if you don't own stock.
Dec 13, 2011
commented on Occupy Protesters Barricade Klickitat SW & SW Spokane, Police Respond with Stun Grenades, Pepper Spray, and Horses
There seems to be a bloc of commentors (albeit, unorganized) who take the occupy movement as some sort of personal affront, and are going to criticize and denigrate the active occupiers no matter what. I can't pretend to understand these folks. Here's what I do understand: The movers/shakers/decision makers of our country have no intention of reforming what we used to call "the system," but they are going to become even more militant about holding on to their power - witness "indefinite detention." So, as long as they remain intransigent, I say the active occupiers (bless 'em all) should remain a pain in the ass. (But, my shattered crystal ball says it's going to get uglier and uglier out there.)
Dec 9, 2011
commented on Occupy and the Surveillance State
@13: 2.5M to 3M is more like it, those are big enough numbers, no reason to over-inflate.
As to the Miami model vs. any other model: the police almost always over-react, just give them enough time. It's almost scarier when they don't. If you read the Seattle city council review of WTO you come across items like "culture of secrecy," or "pointless police actions," or "officers...motivated by anger or fear." Not much has really changed. Here's the link:
And the powers-that-be all go by the code that speech is free until it's effective, and when its effectiveness threatens the dominance of the elite, all bets are off.