counter-culture

what is counter-culture? counter-culture is a think tank and aggregate effort to promote dissenting and/or deviating thought. it is a medium to examine varying perspectives and issues within culture, art, aesthetics, history, philosophy, politics, economics, psychology, and environment. this is an interminable struggle against the forces of ignorance, disillusionment, exploitation, misrepresentation, and propaganda. take whatever parcels knowledge, wisdom, and compassion you can derive, and go forth sharing it with all others; to oblivion, and beyond.

-born in the Bay Area, California,
-living in Edinburgh, Scotland.

"it is easier and less costly to change the way people think about reality than it is to change reality" -Morris Wolfe

"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion" -Albert Camus

Regards,
-Christopher


Owned & Operated [Full Length Movie]

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thepeoplesrecord:

Report: NYPD broke international law with OWS brutality
July 25, 2012

A report by a group of civil and human rights attorneys released Wednesday morning paints the clearest picture yet of the New York City police department’s aggressive tactics and over-policing, all of which resulted in the systemic suppression of the basic rights of Occupy protesters.

The report, which chronicles events from late September 2011 up to July of 2012, extensively documents numerous ways in which the NYPD acted with excessive force, attempted to intimidate and harass members of the press, expelled activists from public space due to the content of their speech, and ultimately concludes that authorities broke international law in their handling of Occupy Wall Street.

The executive summary states, in plain language:

“The abusive practices documented in this report violate international law and suppress and chill protest rights, not only by undermining individual liberty, but also by causing both minor and serious physical injuries, inhibiting collective debate and the capacity to effectively press for social and economic change, and making people afraid to attend otherwise peaceful assemblies.”

The authors of the report make several recommendations. First, they call for the city to enact a new, public protest policy, to be created in coordination with civil rights groups like the ACLU. Second, that Mayor Bloomberg establish an independent review of the policing of Occupy Wall Street since September 2011. Third, that New York State create an independent inspector-general to oversee the NYPD, and, if the state fails to do that, the report calls for the U.S. Department of Justice to step in to investigate the NYPD.

“The report calls for investigations and prosecutions of officials, and for new protest policing guidelines that ensure the NYPD respects core civil liberties and human rights,” said Sarah Knuckey, Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law and Research Director of Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) at New York University School of Law, one of the report’s main authors. “If these things are not done, the U.S. Department of Justice needs to step in and investigate official misconduct, and bring charges where appropriate.”

The authors have filed the report – which focuses primarily on New York City, though subsequent reports will focus on other cities – with the DOJ, as well as with the United Nations as a formal complaint.  They have also submitted it to the mayor’s office, the NYPD, and the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB).

Many involved with Occupy will be familiar with much that’s in the report, but its sheer scope makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts. And for international authorities who may be less well-acquainted with the less covered – though equally important – aspects of police repression, the report will likely prove a valuable tool.

“[This report] should serve as a wake-up call to the sleepwalkers who have not yet realized that the serious problems with the way New York City has been exercising its police powers are a real public health emergency that we have to deal with head-on and collectively, in a comprehensive and sustained way,” Gideon Oliver, president of the New York chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, told AlterNet.

Most shocking is the section titled “use of force”, and the accompanying 36-page table that documents 130 incidents of violence police committed against Occupy activists. The list of incidents by its very nature couldn’t be exhaustive, but is intended to show the wide range of force police used against activists. Some of the incidents are quite serious; punching, over-hand swinging of batons, and “intentionally applying very hard force to the broken clavicle of a handcuffed and compliant individual.” Reading through the table leaves one with a dizzying sense of brutality, as ten months of condensed violence flash before one’s eyes.

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When a government undermines liberty and democracy, it lowers itself to the brutalization of autocratic governments, akin to those who exercise violence and extreme repression rather than respect the rights of human beings. Such examples are countries like Libya, Syria, Egypt and many other undemocratic societies.

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Filed in: OWS america repression corruption government politics NYPD occupy journalism news

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thepeoplesrecord:

Report: NYPD broke international law with OWS brutalityJuly 25, 2012
A report by a group of civil and human rights attorneys released Wednesday morning paints the clearest picture yet of the New York City police department’s aggressive tactics and over-policing, all of which resulted in the systemic suppression of the basic rights of Occupy protesters.
The report, which chronicles events from late September 2011 up to July of 2012, extensively documents numerous ways in which the NYPD acted with excessive force, attempted to intimidate and harass members of the press, expelled activists from public space due to the content of their speech, and ultimately concludes that authorities broke international law in their handling of Occupy Wall Street.
The executive summary states, in plain language:
“The abusive practices documented in this report violate international law and suppress and chill protest rights, not only by undermining individual liberty, but also by causing both minor and serious physical injuries, inhibiting collective debate and the capacity to effectively press for social and economic change, and making people afraid to attend otherwise peaceful assemblies.”
The authors of the report make several recommendations. First, they call for the city to enact a new, public protest policy, to be created in coordination with civil rights groups like the ACLU. Second, that Mayor Bloomberg establish an independent review of the policing of Occupy Wall Street since September 2011. Third, that New York State create an independent inspector-general to oversee the NYPD, and, if the state fails to do that, the report calls for the U.S. Department of Justice to step in to investigate the NYPD.
“The report calls for investigations and prosecutions of officials, and for new protest policing guidelines that ensure the NYPD respects core civil liberties and human rights,” said Sarah Knuckey, Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law and Research Director of Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) at New York University School of Law, one of the report’s main authors. “If these things are not done, the U.S. Department of Justice needs to step in and investigate official misconduct, and bring charges where appropriate.”
The authors have filed the report – which focuses primarily on New York City, though subsequent reports will focus on other cities – with the DOJ, as well as with the United Nations as a formal complaint.  They have also submitted it to the mayor’s office, the NYPD, and the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB).
Many involved with Occupy will be familiar with much that’s in the report, but its sheer scope makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts. And for international authorities who may be less well-acquainted with the less covered – though equally important – aspects of police repression, the report will likely prove a valuable tool.
“[This report] should serve as a wake-up call to the sleepwalkers who have not yet realized that the serious problems with the way New York City has been exercising its police powers are a real public health emergency that we have to deal with head-on and collectively, in a comprehensive and sustained way,” Gideon Oliver, president of the New York chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, told AlterNet.
Most shocking is the section titled “use of force”, and the accompanying 36-page table that documents 130 incidents of violence police committed against Occupy activists. The list of incidents by its very nature couldn’t be exhaustive, but is intended to show the wide range of force police used against activists. Some of the incidents are quite serious; punching, over-hand swinging of batons, and “intentionally applying very hard force to the broken clavicle of a handcuffed and compliant individual.” Reading through the table leaves one with a dizzying sense of brutality, as ten months of condensed violence flash before one’s eyes.
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When a government undermines liberty and democracy, it lowers itself to the brutalization of autocratic governments, akin to those who exercise violence and extreme repression rather than respect the rights of human beings. Such examples are countries like Libya, Syria, Egypt and many other undemocratic societies.

provocatoria:

That awkward moment when people try to explain to me why CEOs should make so much more money than people who work more than they do, but in the same company. This is entirely applicable.

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provocatoria:

That awkward moment when people try to explain to me why CEOs should make so much more money than people who work more than they do, but in the same company. This is entirely applicable.

why can’t this guy run for president?

Saving American Democracy Amendment

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HYPOCRISY. OUR FINEST EXPORT.

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Filed in: Black Friday OWS occupy consumerism materialism capitalism socialism anarchy protest

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HYPOCRISY. OUR FINEST EXPORT.

Sadly, we live under the guise of humans, but in a case like this, there are only animals to be seen, driven mad with the starved and rabid impulses of consumption, as if their lives had no other significance than that thereof.

This needs to end, for not only do we consume menial material goods, but we also consume and practically obliterate all notions of integrity, decency and common sense. Black Friday is a Black Plague upon the mind, body and soul of society.

If sheepish men and women are allowed to camp and occupy a parking lot of Bestbuy or Walmart, then why can’t a good-intentioned protestor peacefully occupy a public area such as a park or public square? Protestors are not in the habit of stampeding and trampling to death the innocent, so why should this madness stand? Obviously the law of the land is no longer in our hands.

Black Friday Stampede

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the momentum of collective power and collaboration for a unitary purpose of progressive change is mesmerizing. it is so powerful that at times i almost come to tears myself.

#Occupy Bat Signal for the 99%

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peppersprayingcop:

“Oi just in me cups a bit, havin’ a sit, takin’ the old load off me shoulders. Who’re these fellers traipsin’ down the walkway? They’re wearin’ all white! It’s well past Labour Day! What in the blue blazes are they thinkin’? I got half a mind to give ol’ Stacy and Clinton a call and sort these lads out right properAUUAHGGAHAGGHHAHAGHAGHGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH”

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peppersprayingcop:

“Oi just in me cups a bit, havin’ a sit, takin’ the old load off me shoulders. Who’re these fellers traipsin’ down the walkway? They’re wearin’ all white! It’s well past Labour Day! What in the blue blazes are they thinkin’? I got half a mind to give ol’ Stacy and Clinton a call and sort these lads out right properAUUAHGGAHAGGHHAHAGHAGHGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH”

booyah

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booyah

THIS IS THE ONE. DEAD.

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THIS IS THE ONE. DEAD.

occupyallthethings:

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occupyallthethings:

peppersprayingcop:

“………………………………………………………………………………………………… AUGH… i mean ……………………………………………..”

oh my god this is so fucking funny.

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peppersprayingcop:

“………………………………………………………………………………………………… AUGH… i mean ……………………………………………..”

oh my god this is so fucking funny.

peppersprayingcop:

“In España, we can sit wherever we want. Unless we get bombed by warplanes. But that hasn’t happened since 1937AUAUAUAAUAAAHAHHHHFGGGHHGHGHHHHHHHHH”

this is the best one.

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peppersprayingcop:

“In España, we can sit wherever we want. Unless we get bombed by warplanes. But that hasn’t happened since 1937AUAUAUAAUAAAHAHHHHFGGGHHGHGHHHHHHHHH”

this is the best one.

peppersprayingcop:

“Ok, we went ahead and brought you our tired, our poor and our huddled masses. I know its April Fools day and everything, but we really kind of yearn to breathe freeAAUAUUAUAGHGAUAAGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH”

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peppersprayingcop:

“Ok, we went ahead and brought you our tired, our poor and our huddled masses. I know its April Fools day and everything, but we really kind of yearn to breathe freeAAUAUUAUAGHGAUAAGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH”