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The Stuff: Burzynski the Fraudulent, Arpaio the Negligent, General Strike the Excellent

Wild Things on the Subway

Celebrating 10,000 views in 112 days since I started.

  • The Burzynski Clinic has spent much of 2011 threatening high schoolers, denigrating outspoken bloggers, and threatening bloggers and their families, and will likely do so to anyone else who points out that after over 20 years of charging vulnerable families hundreds of thousands of dollars each, the Burzynski Clinic still has not provided scientists with enough evidence to accept their claim that “antineoplastons”—peptides which originally were derived from urine—are effective in fighting cancer. This is the behavior of a science fraud: whereas a professional scientist will respond to scientific criticism by presenting their arguments and debating them openly, a professional quack will attempt to silence detractors and throw up smokescreens.
  • Found something hilarious in the testimonials at Women for Herman Cain: “I’m ‘reassessing’ my Christmas List… instead of buying misc $10 gifts for people I barely know anyway, I’m sending all that money to you.[Herman Cain]” Asshole much?
  • “America’s toughest Sheriff” Joe Arpaio has refused or otherwise failed to investigate 400 sexual crimes; including 32 child molestations. Many of the victims were, unsurprisingly, undocumented immigrants. Tough on immigration, soft on rape. Priorities, folks, priorities.
  • Read the Oakland General Assembly statement on the Dec. 12 General Strike; Michael Novick adds excellent commentary.
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Message to Occupy Movements from a White Male Writing on No One’s Behalf

Resistance is something the pacifist left hates.I have a piece of self-criticism about the subject of my writing on Occupy and my inexperience in organizing which can be found here. As I wrote in that piece, in relation to speaking about Occupy movements:

…since I have white male privilege on my side, chances are that more people will listen [to me] than if I were a woman, trans- or cis-gender, if I were a person of color, and many other things in our society that disempower others and thus [result] in empowering me. This is a huge part of what we are fighting.

So, as a reminder to myself as much as to anyone, I am a single person, with white male privilege, writing from a location of and perspective of relative isolation. In other words, these views and words are not intended to represent anyone except myself.
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A couple days ago I wrote a piece of alarmist propaganda raising the issue of infiltration by Ron Paul and Ayn Rand types into the Occupy movement.

While I stand by saying that these free-market capitalists should be given no quarter within the Occupy movements, it has come to my attention that the true enemy of the Occupy movements is an age-old enemy of uprising and revolution: liberal reformists, authoritarian self-appointed organizers, their “Peacekeeper” bullies/snitches, and anyone else trying to stifle opposition to the police and the use of civil disobedience in the movements. (It is absolutely amazing to me that most civil disobedience tactics are being disallowed in the Occupations of many cities because the particular tactics, such as taking the street, marching unpermitted, linking arms in the street and so on, are illegal.)

Due to my ignorance on the past roles of official Left/anti-war organizers/student leaders and similar groups in squashing uprising and revolution, I was unaware of what was in store for Occupy. Continue reading

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