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Occupy LA

-by Nerdface-

I support the Occupy movement.

Sure, it’s messy; sure, some of the people involved are loopy and/or misguided and/or Choose-Your-Favorite-Conspiracy-Theorists and/or fill in the blank with someone you don’t 100% agree with. That’s the thing about it. 99% is a big tent.

We (people directly involved, people indirectly involved, and people who support the movement or support some aspect of the movement or aren’t sure what we support although we agree something is wrong with our country) CANNOT allow ourselves to be divided any longer. Right, left, center, and everything or nothing at once: we are all the losers when corporate money can buy policy and perpetuate war, when risk is foisted upon the general public while profit (gained fraudulently and illegally, no less) is kept by the few.

Below are photos I took of Occupy LA today. Occupy LA is located at Temple and Spring in Downtown LA, in front of and around City Hall.

For more information on the Occupy LA movement click here; for more information on Occupy Wall Street, click here. One photo below shows a list of items that the Occupy LA movement very much needs—tents and bottled water are most critical. If you can’t be at the protests, consider donating, spreading the word, or helping in another way that works for you.

 

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London vs LA: Arrest Those Photographers!

-by Nerdface-

I’ve always had an idea that London was, well, a bit fascist.  Cameras everywhere, cops everywhere, checkpoints—or did I just watch V for Vendetta a few too many times?  Or maybe it was reading about kettling.  Who knows.

Regardless, I recently saw this video.  If it’s too long for you, skip through it a bit—you’ll get the gist.

And I thought, pssh, London.

And then I saw this.  After a recent incident, the Long Beach chief of police confirmed it is their policy to detain photographers taking photos with ‘no apparent aesthetic value’.  Which, of course, the police are well-trained and able to determine.  Oh wait.

And then I cried.

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