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LONDON — When the Irish prime minister visited the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last year, he had a message to deliver. Ireland’s economy was recovering and his country was still open for business. “Call me anytime,” he told business leaders.
But Thomas J. Donohue, the chief executive of the chamber, had his own agenda. During the visit, he tried to persuade the prime minister to reject Irish antismoking legislation that would require tobacco companies to sell cigarettes in plain packages with images of diseased lungs or cancer patients.
October2011.Org: Bloomberg Threatens OWS Again; Warning on Police and Dem Party Infiltrators; the Status Quo is Threatened
Now that Occupys Are Having an Impact Watch Out for Infilitration By Police and Democratic Party Co-Opters
-By Kevin Zeeese
November 5, 2011- LUV News introduces an article by Danny Schecter with a warning about how the status quo powers are no doubt plotting their attack on the Occupy Movement. We should be especially wary right now as we are affecting the debate.
The powers-that-be know that when the super committee recommends austerity for everyone but the wealthy and militarists that there will be large growth in the Occupy Movement. They need to find a way to get rid of us now or see us grow.
In addition to the provocateurs that LUV News mentions, the Occupy Movement needs to be on the watch for Democratic Party front groups which are increasing their efforts to co-opt us. This weekend many occupiers joined in an action against the Koch brothers that was organized by some of the most Democratic Party-affiliated non-profits; tomorrow many will support the Tar Sands protests. Yes, we support these causes but be aware the groups leading these efforts are Democratic Party allies, i.e. allies of the corporate-government. Do not let the Occupy Movement be co-opted!
A bit of an emergency: The rumor all over Capitol Hill is that the House version of the Internet Blacklist Bill will be introduced this week, probably on Wednesday.
Our allies on the Hill say the bill's so bad that it could effectively destroy Youtube, Twitter, and other sites that rely on user-generated content by making the sites' owners legally responsible for everything their users post.
Nobody will want to take that risk, so sites like Youtube and Twitter could be forced to shut down.
Facebook, Myspace, and Google+ would be at risk. The cyberlocker and streaming provisions could affect your iPhone, Android, AmazonCloud, Pandora, Grooveshark and even your email accounts.
It also includes provisions that would make it a felony to stream unlicensed content -- including cover band performances, karaoke videos, video game play-throughs, and more.
And all of this is being driven by a few major corporations who are trying to protect their private profits.
The National Security Agency, in a letter to Velvet Revolution last week, confirmed that HBGary has had multiple contracts with it since at least 2006. It provided several of those contracts to VR, but wants $1200 to search for all of the contracts. HBGary was hired as part of Team Themis by the Chamber to infiltrate and destroy VR and its staff. VR is consulting with attorneys about taking legal action against Team Themis, the Chamber and the Chamber’s attorneys, and is raising funds for that purpose. Donations and legal help are welcome to assist with both of these. http://www.velvetrevolution.us/donate.php