Music for Occupy

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“Mass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact of our country today-perhaps the fundamental fact, as slavery was the fundamental fact of 1850. In truth, there are more black men in the grip of the criminal-justice system-in prison, on probation, or on parole-than were in slavery then. Over all, there are now more people under ‘correctional supervision’ in America-more than six million-than were in the Gulag Archipelago under Stalin at its height.” (-Adam Gopnik, “The Caging of America”)

“The FBI. About 12 of them … I was taking a shower, so my son answered the door. And they of course pushed him out of the way at gunpoint and came running upstairs and found me in the shower, and came in and pointed the gun at me .” (- whistleblower and former top NSA technical specialist William Binney on Democracy Now! special on the domestic surveillance state)

“The key to the government’s case is this simple claim: that posting intelligence information to the internet aids Al Qaeda because Al Qaeda has access to the internet. The implications of the government’s argument are breathtaking.” (- Ben Wizner, ACLU)

“I recently inadvertently and fortuitously ended up at a meeting with a U.S. State Department-sponsored group of young professionals from the Middle East . I mentioned that I was attending the hearings for the alleged Wikileaks whistleblower Bradley Manning. The reaction of the group was stunning.” ( – Ann Wright )

“People who don’t travel outside the country are so completely fooled about things. America is a giant ghetto compared to other places. We are the WORST in public transportation, roads & highways, food quality, medical care, schools, you name it, we are no better than that crap hole India. It’s no different here than there, a few privileged super rich at the top, a giant mass of people under served in just about everything filling up everything else, a middle class taxed to death and ripped off beyond belief by the MOST corrupt bunch of criminals to ever serve in Congress, the most inept phony figure head cartoon “leaders”. Bah, America the dead raped beaten to death horse. “(-Sal Canzonieri)

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are.” (― H. L. Mencken )

“When the PCJF and Michael Moore issued this FOIA request we wanted to uncover and expose whether local government and local law enforcement agencies were working in a coordinated way with the federal government to suppress and shut down the Occupy Movement. What these documents
are beginning to reveal is also the coordination between law enforcement agencies and private corporate entities representing the 1%.” (- Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Executive Director, Partnership for Civil Justice Fund)

“Maybe one of the most important questions is: How many ways are you willing to help people without them paying you federal reserve notes and how many ways can people around you help ensure your basic needs are met in return. Because this is what the real revolution looks like. When we stop using their money and still find ways to survive and thrive without it, they will no longer have any power over us. At all.” (-Martin Truther)

“Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state becomes lawless or corrupt.” (-Mahatma Gandhi)

“We all love having music to listen to and books to read and art to admire, but there’s something really fucked up with the way our culture/society/world has moved. as if someone’s worth as a person has anything at all to do with their income! For fuck’s sake, what did Gandhi bring in annually, his personal income? I dunno, it’s a sign of being delusional, buying into this madness. Where’s the tipping point? We gotta eat, gotta have shoes, and it’s too easy to declare money to be unimportant when you have more than you need, but where do people cross that line? Where does this greed thing start? When you desire lobster tails every day instead of bread and water? Or is it way back when you want butter on your toast and ice in your water? I still got residual traces of being raised to believe that if you played by the rules and trusted in those above you, you’d do well and go far. maybe it used to? I dunno, any time I’ve seen someone in my adult life who tried to play along and not color outside the lines, they’ve ended up used and spat out with the rewards going to some piece of shit, and yet, we don’t wanna end up ruthless predators. Isn’t this shit supposed to start making more sense as we get ‘older and wiser’?” (-Brian Morgan)

“[How do I do it?] Well, it’s always a mystery, because you don’t know why you get depleted or recharged. But this much I know. I do not allow myself to be overcome by hopelessness, no matter how tough the situation. I believe that if you just do your little bit without thinking of t…he bigness of what you stand against, if you turn to the enlargement of your own capacities, just that itself creates new potential. And I’ve learned from the Bhagavad-Gita and other teachings of our culture to detach myself from the results of what I do, because those are not in my hands. The context is not in your control, but your commitment is yours to make, and you can make the deepest commitment with a total detachment about where it will take you. You want it to lead to a better world, and you shape your actions and take full responsibility for them, but then you have detachment. And that combination of deep passion and deep detachment allows me to take on the next challenge, because I don’t cripple myself, I don’t tie myself in knots. I function like a free being. I think getting that freedom is a social duty because I think we owe it to each not to burden each other with prescription and demands. I think what we owe each other is a celebration of life and to replace fear and hopelessness with fearlessness and joy.” (-Vandana Shiva)

“Look at the tyranny of party — at what is called party allegiance, party loyalty — a snare invented by designing men for selfish purposes — and which turns voters into chattles, slaves, rabbits, and all the while their masters, and they themselves are shouting rubbish about liberty, independence, freedom of opinion, freedom of speech, honestly unconscious of the fantastic contradiction; and for…getting or ignoring that their fathers and the churches shouted the same blasphemies a generation earlier when they were closing their doors against the hunted slave, beating his handful of humane defenders with Bible texts and billies, and pocketing the insults and licking the shoes of his Southern master.” (- “The Character of Man,” Mark Twain’s Autobiography)

“That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is. Most people love you for who you pretend to be. To keep their love, you keep pretending – performing. You get to love your pretence. It’s true, we’re locked in an image, an act – and the sad thing is, people get so used to their image, they grow attached to their masks. They love their chains. They forget all about who they really are. And if you try to remind them, they hate you for it, they feel like you’re trying to steal their most precious possession.” (― Jim Morrison)

“The CIA is laughing at you guys. You’re worried about international law, and the CIA is laughing.” ( – John Radsan, former CIA attorney, to human rights lawyers)

“The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.” (-Karl Marx)


Well, only poor people will probably relate to this, but during a midnight-move, ya know-when you gotta break a lease, because you can’t make rent, and don’t wanna stick around for the physical eviction, I injured my back moving a hideaway bed, that my similarly adrift old cronies used to crash on. Since then, about every year and a half, I sleep funny, or make that one false move, the injury erupts all over again, my back is out, I’m in shattering pain. Last year, I went to the doctor for it, he took one look at my longhair and bad, bible school tattoos, and would not give me meds. Nothing. Sorry, chump. “We elites are waging a war on drugs”. Now all my middle-class friends and relatives with hot-shit insurance plans are over-loaded with prescriptions for every reason you can imagine. “Ask your Doctor. Side Effects May Include…” commercials are on the brainwash-box, every six minutes. But if you’re poor, you can not have pain pills, because the establishment wants to bust you for some petty drug-law offense and incarcerate you in their for-profit, forced-labor, corporate prisons. It’s so fucked. We constanty hear Dr. Drew’s drug scare reefer madness hysteria, non-stop on TV, but I live in poor neighborhoods, and almost never even see faint evidence of actual drugs. Now, I’m not actively lookin’ of course, but aside from the rare smell of that evil outlaw reefer-devil madness weed, all the drug-traffic must be taking place in the bourgeois ‘burbs, ’cause it sure ain’t happenin’ in my part of town. Everybody’s on the cigarettes and alcohol. I used to see dope-boys slingin’ rock, in bubble-coats, around the clock, but even the lucrative crack-trade seems to have died-down, in recent years, since every other guy in a Raiders jersey was locked-up, and the consolidated media quit playing rebellious hip-hop, on the mainstream airwaves. You have to go loitering around the seedy downtown bus-station, if you wanna encounter men with gold teeth and gun tattoos, or their wanna-be Slim Shady whiteboy clingers-on. Ecstasy? LSD? I mean, it was the rave era, Oasis, early nineties, last time anybody I knew claimed to have any psychedelics. Meantime, Obama is busting medical marijuana clinics, hassling organic farmers, healthfood stores, dorks file-sharing bad music on-line, peacefully protesting college students, the Amish, and spying on Occupy activists, all while helping to whitewash Goldman-Sachs, Monsanto, and B.P.’s actual crimes. Parents of Autistic kids cannot sue vaccine makers, by decree of the corporate Supreme Court. If you moan about any of it, in the presence of your assimilated Agent Smith associates, you just get the standard “you should’ve gone to college” responses. What a goddamned racket-you know-big pharma, insurance, prison labor, dickhead doctors gleefully making you sit in their germ-y waiting rooms for hours and hours.

Until Americans start educating each other and voting third parties, none of this is going to change. It’s going to get worse, as the one percent oligarchs and plutocrats create more petty laws criminalizing everyday people going about their everyday people business, who they only see as “useless eater” cannon-fodder for their endless wars. Everyday, cops kill civillians. Taser-deaths, gropings, SWAT-raids. Consider who wants to be a cop. Sensitive, literate, compassionate folks? Or sickos and sadists into “enforcing orders”, and “pain compliance”? The U.S. houses 25% of the world’s inmates, costing taxpayers more than $63 Billion dollars a year. These are pot busts and other non-violent offenses, mind you. I was memorably partying with some neighbor girls about a decade ago, one lonely Christmas night, I had stopped-in to use the phone, and they had graciously welcomed me to share their bountiful table of top-shelf bottles and various other party favours. One of their boyfriends showed up, became visibly jealous I was in attendance, because he clearly harbored delusional designs of seducing them, simultaneously. When I accidentally tipped his coke tray, he became irrationally violent and enraged. I was laying down on the floor, inebriated, he was all tweaked out on bad coke, he pulled about a foot of my hair out of my head, kicked me repeatedly, stomped me, dragged me by the hair, bruised my ribs, broke my glasses. He was of course, an off-duty cop. Obama’s drug-squad don’t want us taking Sudafed without a prescription. Total prison state…Unlike the Nuge, and all the Koch-funded tea part racists, I’m not mad at the figurehead. I’ve known he was just a charming spokes-model, ever since he refused to hold the prior administration responsible for stealing elections, torturing, and lying a nation into war for Halliburton profits. War President/Bankster-Puppet, Obama is no hippie socialist. He’s been less transparent than all prior administrations, authorized more drone attacks, signed the indefinite detention of peace activists bill, NDAA into law, and has accelerated attacks on organic farmers, medical marijuana, Occupy protesters, and whistle-blowers. It’s no wonder-the FEMA Camp black-bag manual has been leaked, it’s atrociously disturbing stuff. Gitmo has come to the “homeland”. God knows what kind of sick mutant drugs they’ve got all those cops and soldiers strung-out on. The U.S. drug wars have always been bogus wars on human rights and civil liberties. Americans should have fought back when they first started insisting you piss in a cup for a minimum wage job, with no benefits.

Additionally, other ex-government whistle-blowers devulged to Democracy Now that the NSA is recording our every phone call, keeping copies of “trillions” of our personal E-Mails. This, under an administration that promised us transparency, to close Gitmo, and a return to the rule of law. I remember hearing candidate Obama insisting that he would defend Muslim American families from police harrassment, because a threat to their civil liberties would be “a threat to mine”. Now, we know the FBI and NYC cops have been routinely spying on and even entrapping Muslim Americans all throughout Obama’s time as president. Everybody’s going to jail under Bush/Cheney/Obama. They say you can’t sue the government for torturing, or kidnapping, or killing you without trial, now. Military helicopters fly overhead. In Minneapolis, protesters challenging the corrupt status-quo of Wall St. and the military-industrial complex, were bussed to warehouses, and given compliance drugs as a government experiment. NDAA says civilians can be relocated to reconditioning camps. It’s well-documented that the KBR/Dick Cheney built 800 Fema camps are now staffed and running, and that the former director of FEMA is taking over the Amtrak railway system. DMS is obviously preparing for battle with the people of America. TSA are expanding their vile molestations and radiations beyond our air-ports.

It’s grisly, inhumane, terrifyingly evil stuff-which is why so many people, who still have jobs, prefer to stay numb on big pharma insurance company pills, watching American Idol, instead of calling for an end to the wars of imperial aggression, and that big food pesticide-makers be forced to label their frankenfood gmo toxic poison products.


Cackling suburban women on park playdates are absolutely vicious. Pros of suburbia? No longer under hyper-scrutiny of downtown gentrification police. Cons? No hope of community-these are the horrible, Bed, Bath & Beyond shopping, Fox-watching, white SUV driving, former sorority sisters who married marines and other ex jocks they met at state college, while earning their prestigious degrees in fashion merchandising. Now they grasp for McMansions and murmur insults. One was clever enough to utter, “Marilyn Manson”. I responded, “Ann Coulter”, but they dinnit get it. The only Joneses I ever gave a shit about trying to keep up with were Jeff Drake’s Hollywood glam band, and I gave up on that in my mid-twenties. ‘Kept waking-up in emergency rooms. Jackbooted cops following orders are beating kids in the streets while these cable brainwashed suburbanites loudly narrate their Target shopping sprees to fat sisters on cell-phones and compete for the biggest dummy slave with the biggest white truck.


Noam Chomsky endorses Jill Stein for President; Ralph Nader is behind Rocky Anderson. I’ll probably vote for Roseanne. I can’t vote for war hawks, torturers, or people who sign laws allowing military detentions of U.S. tax-payers, without trials. I wouldn’t tell you who you should vote for, you wouldn’t be reading this here, if you weren’t already capable of critical thinking, but I will implore you to buy the Occupy Album, if only, as a gift for your more zombiefied, TV baffled, drowsy relatives who are still under the spell of manufactured culture-wars divisions, and competition drunk consumption. Michael Moore’s song is just precious to me. Get a load of all the stellar musicians who appear on this essential LP!

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