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"The historian Crane Brinton in his book 'Anatomy of a Revolution' laid out the common route to revolution. The preconditions for successful revolution, Brinton argued, are discontent that affects nearly all social classes, widespread feelings of entrapment and despair, unfulfilled expectations, a unified solidarity in opposition to a tiny power elite, a refusal by scholars and thinkers to continue to defend the actions of the ruling class, an inability of government to respond to the basic needs of citizens, a steady loss of will within the power elite itself and defections from the inner circle, a crippling isolation that leaves the power elite without any allies or outside support and, finally, a financial crisis."
Reassuring words as the effort to crush OWS increases. If you're in a hurry, skip down to the paragraph that begins, "The historian Crane Brinton in his book “Anatomy of a Revolution” laid out the common route to revolution."

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Then & now . . . The Berlin Wall pose recreation is powerful.
Absolutely stunning - it looks nearly photoshopped.
"Back to the future": Pictures taken X years ago and the same pose these days.

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I actually think it's a good article. But this quote is... beyond priceless -->


Sam Meek, 27, who was laid off in September when his Connecticut hedge fund decided to downsize, used to spend $500 on charity dinners and lavish golf outings. Now, it’s home-cooked meals and beer on the sofa. Recently, Mr. Meek and his roommate, another unemployed banker who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he did not want to jeopardize his job search, sat together in the kitchen filing for unemployment and drinking a bottle of Champagne.

“I’m scraping by right now,” he said.

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Chuck Wendig (Terrible Minds) is worth reading if you write. Or edit. Or read.

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Libraries are knowledge. An informed citizenry is crucial to a democracy.

These words gave me shivers. Hadn't I heard something like them before? Oh, that's right: in the stories of the life and teachings of Jesus.

Interview with Ryan Hoffman, an Occupy Wall Street protester and co-author of the group’s declaration, on "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" Tuesday, 1 November 2011:

DAVID SHUSTER (sitting in for Keith Olbermann): What do you make of The New York Daily News, with the NYPD saying that officers have not — according to the NYPD, they deny the allegation — that the police has been sending homeless people to Zuccotti Park. You’re down there. What’s your impression?

RYAN HOFFMAN: It’s irrelevant. Whether they are or they’re not, it’s irrelevant. Because we’re part of a movement that is against a violent system that has disenfranchised many people and felt that a lot of people don’t have a voice. And — you know — whether or not they are sending people down there — we’ll take them, because if they have been wounded by the system that we’re in — that creates a systemic, sort of, foreclosure mill, kicking people out of their houses and, sort of, oppressing them and taking away their voices, taking away their enfranchisement to speak — well, guess what? That’s what our movement is about. And we’re not going to turn those people away.

So, whether or not they’re sending them down there, whether or not they’re, sort of, trying to subvert us by putting their disenfranchised and their undesirables into our movement — it’s not going to make a difference in how we operate. And that’s giving people a voice. People who have not had a voice, people who have been feeling too apathetic to get involved in their local government, people who have been feeling too hopeless that there isn’t a solution for them. This movement is so that everybody can have a voice. And we lift each other up, and we’re not about to start a class war about who’s being sent to our park, who’s being sent to stir up trouble. These people are vagrants, these people are undesirables — that’s not what we’re about. We’re about lifting everybody up and giving everybody a voice. So, whether or not they’re doing it doesn’t make a difference to us.

Where can I find a map of the world that shows all the US territories? I can find lists of them, but I want to see a single map. Among other uses, I want to compare it to a map of where US troops and facilities are posted.

Ever had one of those months when lots of bad things happen all at once? The event most relevant here: my computer died a month ago. I am now trying to get a new one operational and all of my old data fully restored - which appears to have a slight chance of occurring before the world ends in 2012.
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