Our Streets Bucket of Junk Mail Challenge!

Guess what, all of my WordPress and Facebook followers have been challenged. You have 24 hours to make a video of yourself dumping a bucket of junk mail on your head. If can’t do it, you have to share something from Our Streets. If you take the challenge, you can challenge three other people yourself.

To highlight the wasteful nature of capitalism, I decided to dump a bucket of junk mail on my head. Over 100 million trees are cut down annually to create junk mail, and over 51 million metric tons of greenhouse gases are created by junk mail production.

Here is a video of me explaining this concept, then dumping some junk mail on myself.

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Swedish Police Trample Protesters With Horses for Being in Road

Taken from RT.com

At least 10 people were injured after mounted police charged into a crowd of anti-fascist protesters in Malmö, Sweden yesterday. 1,500 people gathered in the city’s Limhamn Square to protest, and hopefully block, a hate rally featuring a speech from Stefan Jacobsson. Jacobsson is the leader of a neo-Nazi group known as the Swedes’ Party (Svenskarnas Parti).

Demonstrators are reported to have been using firecrackers and smoke bombs, but video shows protesters simply getting in the middle of a road, prompting the police to charge them and trample them with horses. 10 people were injured, and five suffered serious injuries for simply being in the road.

Jacobsson was booed when he appeared on stage, and the crowd chanted “no Nazis on our streets.”

From Ferguson to Malmö, from Florida to Greece, the police are the stormtroopers of fascism. Their job is not to protect the people, but the property of the rich. Their jobs are not to keep the peace, but to maintain “law and order” by behaving lawlessly against the poor and the working-class. The police and their wealthy state and business masters want racism to divide us regular people so we will fight each other and not them.

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Raoul Vaneigem on Invention

“When the conditions in which time is money have been abolished, occupations will cease being dominated by profit and social representation and will be organized according to the criteria of pleasure. Do-it-yourself activities, though they are now usually rather trivial, contain a kernel of a creativity that only awaits the moment when it can develop without constraint. Once it is able to make full use of the most sophisticated technologies, this creativity will enrich humanity within a few months with more ingenious and enjoyable discoveries and inventions than were produced in centuries of forced labor.” – Raoul Vaneigem, From Wildcat Strike to Total Self Management

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Anarchists Target Chapel Hill Police HQ

Originally published here.

In the early hours of August 14th, three police cruisers were smashed out at the Chapel Hill Police Department Headquarters in Chapel Hill, NC. A message was also painted on one of the cars, reading, “For Luke.”

This was done as a small gesture of solidarity with Luke O’Donovan, of Atlanta, GA, who was recently sentenced to two years in prison for defending himself against five homophobic attackers. We hope this brings a smile to his face.

We also carried out this act in solidarity with the rioters and looters of Ferguson, MO, who, in the face of continued brutality by racist police, have inspired the world with their courageous resistance against the forces of state, capital, and white supremacy. May their insurrection spread.

Both as small groups and entire neighborhoods, it is possible to fight back.

- some anarchists

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What is Marxism? (Karl Marx + Super Mario Bros.) – 8-Bit Philosophy

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Study Shows People Have No Influence on US Policy

A study published in April that came to the conclusion that the United States is an oligarchy is making its rounds on the internet again. Apparently Breitbart is just now receiving this news.

The study published by Princeton University professor Martin Gilens and Northwestern University professor Benjamin Page found that “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”

The study, called Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens, took a statistical approach. It looked at the opinions of the public on 1,800 policy issues and found that the government almost always ignores the opinions of regular people and adopts the recommendations of big businesses.

“The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence,” the study found.

“When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose.”

“If policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened,” professors Gilens and Page said in their study.

To some people, this is news, but to many others this is nothing new. Capitalism and democracy are incompatible systems. A communist council system brings true democracy in the form of the democratic control by the people of their communities, resources, and workplaces.

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Dishonor Roll 8/8/2014

“But I suppose the most revolutionary act one can engage in is to tell the truth.” -Howard Zinn

This week’s liars and scumbags in no particular order.

John Hagee – Liar, Scumbag

Hagee, a right-wing pastor at Cornerstone Church in Texas, has made the news this week for saying that the unemployed are “nasty,” lazy, and live off of welfare. He also suggested that they should be left to starve.

It’s almost hypocritical coming from a man who lives off of the congregation’s money. He avoids taxes by classifying his 8,000 acre ranch and TV station as part of his church. In 2001 he was reported to have made over $1 million in income. And this man claims to care about those poor, poor taxpayers having to enable the “laziness” of welfare recipients!

According to SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (or “welfare”), able-bodied people without children can only receive assistance for three months during a three year period. The majority of SNAP households include a child, an elderly person, or a disabled person. So much for enabling the “nasty” people’s “laziness.”

We must also consider that the unemployment rate is still too high. There are over 3 million people facing long-term unemployment in the US, employers discriminate against the long-term unemployed, the unemployment rate in several states increased last month, most of the jobs created this year are only part-time, and 800,000 people dropped out of the workforce earlier this year because they couldn’t find work! It must be nice to criticize those who are suffering from an ailing economy while not suffering from it yourself. So much for “just get a job.”

He ought to be on the list for fooling people into thinking religion is fact, but I won’t go there.

Service Employees International Union – Liars

SEIU made the Dishonor Roll in May, and now it’s making the list again this week for telling lies on Spanish radio.

Their attack ad stated that Representative Cory Gardner (R-CO) worked to block immigration reform. In reality, it is way more complicated than that. Gardner was one of the few Republicans to applaud Obama’s call for immigration reform during this year’s State of the Union address. On top of that, the House of Representatives is likely to remain inactive on immigration reform until after the fall elections. That means Gardner hasn’t even had a chance to vote on a bill yet. Although he isn’t a fan of the Senate’s legislation, he has been pushing the House to write up their own.

The House recently passed a measure that would end Obama’s delay of deporting “DREAMers” (children brought to the US by undocumented immigrants). Gardner was one of the 11 Republicans to vote against the bill.

SEIU has never received a “true” or “mostly true” rating on PolitiFact. Half of its claims are “half true” and the other half are either “false” or “mostly false.” That should tell you something. For SEIU to pretend to care about any young people, including DREAMers, is just hysterical. From my experience, SEIU views young people as second-class members and third-class staff at best. If you absolutely, positively must join a union, don’t join SEIU.

Cory Gardner – Liar

Coincidentally, Representative Cory Gardner (R-CO) makes the list this week for saying that the Keystone XL pipeline would create “thousands of jobs in Colorado.” PolitiFact looked into this and found it to be a “mostly false” claim.

A study from the State Department shows 30,000 jobs would be created in states outside of the pipeline’s projected route, such as Colorado, but it didn’t say how many jobs would be created in each state. Ian Goodman, who co-authored the Cornell University study of the pipeline, said that it is unlikely to create even a thousand jobs in Colorado.

Maureen McDonnell – Scumbag

The former First Lady of Virginia makes the list this week for her treatment of the governor’s staff. Former Chief of Staff Mary Shea Sutherland testified in court recently, as part of the McDonnells’ federal corruption trial, that the Mrs. McDonnell was always screaming at her staff. Sutherland described her as a “nutbag” in search of a designer handbag and an emotional rescue.

Sutherland testified that Mrs. McDonnell even accused the Executive Mansion chef of trying to ruin her Christmas by serving bad shrimp.

Sutherland described Maureen McDonnell as eager to obtain expensive gifts and suffering from affluenza (our words, not hers). She was  unhinged by her opulent surroundings.

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