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Wall Street Directly Ordered FBI To Crush Occupy

Due to a FOIA release, we know that Wall Street didn't even bother to pretend that the government puppets it spends billions electing were in charge, and met directly with the FBI to plan the suppression of Occupy. After Wall Street coordinated the DHS violence against Occupy, Occupy responded by helping to get out the vote for the Wall Street owned government.

Added by Mark E. Smith on January 3, 2013 at 5:54pm — 10 Comments

"Tis the Season

When everyone who voted for a war criminal starts wishing me peace on earth.

And accusing me of negativity when I say in return, "Bah, humbug!"

Added by Mark E. Smith on December 12, 2012 at 9:49am — No Comments

Legislative Reform School

Many voters believe that voting can bring about social progress through legislation, but I've been unable to find any concrete examples of this happening in the United States. There has often been legislation that appeared to have the intent of reform, but such reforms have proven useless or merely temporary at best. That's because legislation is subject to interpretation by the Supreme Court and to selective enforcement by the state. We're told that the reason…


Added by Mark E. Smith on December 10, 2012 at 12:12am — No Comments

Giving Thanks for Nothing!

This is the message I sent out to the Election Boycott community for Thanksgiving:

This Thanksgiving, in addition to all the many things I have to be thankful

for, like having a roof over my head, food to eat, not being in the middle of

a war or natural (these days often more properly described as man-made)

catastrophe, and having a computer where I can connect with wonderful friends

and colleagues like you, I cannot help but also be thankful for nothing.… Continue

Added by Mark E. Smith on November 22, 2012 at 9:54pm — No Comments

The 2016 Election Is Going to Be a B*tch

Women got out the vote for Obama's second term, on the basis that he was more likely than Romney to appoint Supreme Court justices who might protect women's rights.

Apparently feminists had forgotten the Clarence Thomas hearings. Supreme Court appointees have to be adults with enough credentials to appear suitable for the job, like a district judge, a successful attorney, or a professor. But if they have ever openly supported women's rights, even so much as making a public…


Added by Mark E. Smith on November 14, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

My Latest Conspiracy Theory

After Abolition, whites in the south devised a clever way to keep many Blacks enslaved. They enacted new laws, like the vagrancy law. Since white plantation owners were not going to pay wages to Blacks whose labor they had previously exploited for free, many "freed" Blacks found themselves unemployed. The vagrancy laws made unemployment a crime, so Blacks who didn't have jobs could be arrested for vagrancy, brought to trial, convicted, and sentenced to hard labor on the very same plantations…


Added by Mark E. Smith on November 5, 2012 at 7:34pm — No Comments

Why Nonviolence is Not an Effective Response to the Police in the US

The article I'm reposting below was written by S. Brian Willson, author of Blood on the Tracks, an internationally respected peace activist who is totally committed to nonviolence. I agree with Brian's conclusions. Rather than making demands on the system or trying to work within it, we need to develop nonviolent revolutionary strategies of the sort he suggests and that many here on Occupy Cafe are dedicated to.

Link to source:…


Added by Mark E. Smith on August 4, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Do you vote absentee? If so, you need to know about this.

Elections officials in Cudahy, California have agreed to plead guilty to tampering with city elections:

They simply opened the mail-in ballots and discarded the ones they didn't like.

I believe this practice is widespread, as it is difficult to prove. Elections offices are only open to the public part of the…


Added by Mark E. Smith on July 17, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments

Bringing the outdoors indoors.

Living in a city apartment, I don't have much contact with nature. I tried growing organic veggies in pots on my little balcony, but except for the potatoes, they didn't do very well. I think the air is just too polluted, so the potatoes have some protection because they grow underneath the soil.

But recently a friend sent me a link to an article about air-cleansing indoor plants:…


Added by Mark E. Smith on July 11, 2012 at 4:20am — No Comments

Hope is for the Lazy: The Challenge of Our Dead World - by Robert Jensen

This is an excerpt. The full article is here:

An audio version is here:

The truth is too much to bear, but we have no choice but to bear it: The world in which we live is…


Added by Mark E. Smith on July 9, 2012 at 2:26pm — No Comments

Weekly Cafe Calls

Regular Calls are no longer being held.  Below is the schedule that was maintained from the Fall of 2011 through Jan 10, 2013.

"Vital Conversations" 

8-10a PDT | 11a-1p EDT | 3-5p GMT 

Tuesdays (except 10/16)
"Connect 2012"

1-3p PDT | 4-6p EDT | 8-10p GMT

"Occupy Heart" 

3-5p PDT | 6-8p EDT | 10p-12a GMT

Latest Activity

Clay Forsberg posted a blog post

"Happy Birthday Occupy Wall Street ... thoughts on Year One"

Fifteen years ago, I ran across a book, "100 Most Influential People in History," during one of my dalliances to my local Marin County bookstore. "Influential People" was one man's assessment on exactly that. But how he determined his rankings was the interesting part. They weren't always the reasons you would think. But after thinking about it, they made complete sense. For example:George Washington was ranked in the top 40 of all time. Understandable. But the reason why ... not so much. You…See More
Sep 20, 2012
Clay Forsberg is now a member of Occupy Cafe
Sep 20, 2012
Vic Desotelle posted a group

Leadership Ecology

When a Leadership Ecology occurs, a web of relationships emerges revealing each person’s authentic leadership qualities through the transfer of their power to others. When done in a conscious way – a shared collaborative awakening happens.See More
Feb 6, 2012
Vic Desotelle posted a blog post
Feb 3, 2012


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