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If there is one thing that I might be considered delinquent in, it would be in reporting on and interviewing the artists who have contributed so much to the birth and evolution of the Occupy Movement. I am going to correct that, in a major way, in this interview with Activist Dan Kinch.
Dan is a playwright, performer, radio producer and a decades-experienced activist. His play, “How to Stop the Empire While Keeping Your Day Job” has been performed continuously in support of the OWS movement since its 2012 debut. Truly, he has been putting his MFA in Theatre Writing from Brooklyn College to good use and for good causes.
I have crossed paths with Dan at a number of Occupy events, the most recent being an Occu-Evolve rally at Zuccotti Park against Citizens United. What (finally) got my full attention was his standing on a bench that morning to announce the ten ways in which we, the common citizen, can “Stop The Empire and still “Keep Our Day Job.”
Stop the Empire and Keep My Day Job, eh? I’m all ears.
And, I got an earful. Dan artfully weaves art, history, activism, performance, puppets, federal prisoners together in explaining each of the ways. A peek at the list:
Point #1 – Stop Working So Hard.
Point #2 – Do Not Buy Crap You Do Not Need.
Point #3 – Send The Money You Save To The People Who Need It.
Point #4 – Stop Dancing With The IRS. (Well, you didn’t say “dancing,” but this is a family show.)
Point #5 – Stop Giving the Government Extra Money.
Point #6 – Turn Off the Internet and Tweeting Your Thoughts and Meet Your Neighbors.
Point #7 – Don’t Make Fun Of Poor People – Or Anybody.
Point #8 – Occupy Juries.
Point #9 – Speak Truth to Power. (Haven’t we already been doing this? Hint: Not quite as powerfully as we might.)
And, his final point – #10 – Come to Demonstrations and March Your Ass Off.
Being a “word and visualization” story telling genius, Dan embroiders this list and provides for the listener a new framing of what is possible and what is not.
Coming from a veteran of activist groups such as ACT UP, the Green Party, the Kairos/Plowshares movement, and now Occupy, the points are not fanciful – they are logical, rational and essential to the success of ANY mission, much less that of Occupy.
Throughout the interview, he populates his talk with references to activists and troublemakers – likely the only awake human beings on our planet.
If you want to get in touch with one of those enlightened beings, Dan’s contact details can be found at the end of the interview. Enjoy.
There are those involved in Fracking, others in stopping the Trans Pacific Partnership, some are carrying signs opposing Monsanto, others are gathering in support of better gun control laws, and so on. At most, those in leadership roles rarely cross picket lines, so to speak – except for one unique Occupy veteran, Sumumba Sobukwe.
In my early days of reporting on Occupy I searched out different groups to ferret out the leadership and attempt to define the movement’s future. It seemed that almost everywhere I turned, I would find Sumumba. Fully involved, fully engaged.
And not in just one thing; seemingly, everything. Now, over two years later, he still hasn’t slowed down and which is why we have him on our show today.
Consider his present over-full plate: he currently coordinate campaigns between Occu-Evolve, the Occupy Movement and New York Communities for Change around the Boycott of Golden Farm as well as campaigning for a raise in the minimum wage, publicly financed elections, workers’ rights, affordable housing, a fair tax on Wall Street, health care for all and also organizing for May Day in New York City.
On top of this, he is also a co-founder of The People’s Progressive Lobby of New York State, which seeks to promote a progressive, people-centered agenda in Albany.
How does he do it? Probably even more important, why does he do it?
As a person of color, how does he confront the themes of racism and privilege? How does he manage to stay above petty, territorial disputes and seem to be accepted as an equal in every group he inhabits? And, at the most essential level – not being funded by the Koch Brothers – how does he survive financially so that he can do his important work?
His answers to all the above are classic Occupy – reflecting both the early optimism of the movement and the wisdom of the battle-tested veteran. Enjoy. The recording isn’t always the best, having taken place in a very, very cold NYC Union Square, but worth the listen
Oh yes – his contact details can be found at the end of the interview. He would love to hear from each and all of you.
Bobby podcasts via Skype with Ronnie Lee Smith aka Roland A. Duby, stand-up comedian, social media personality, and self-proclaimed healer of cancer by way of cannabis oil. Smith learned to cultivate the oil while growing and harvesting marijuana with Jack Herer, American cannabis activist and the author of ”The Emperor Wears No Clothes”. He also made a name for himself in Gallatin County, Kentucky, where he ran for sheriff with the promise of legalizing marijuana to allow farmers to grow the crop for its medicinal uses.
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Bobby, along with maties, Cap’n Coletti, Tobia Spinelli and “Bert”, conduct this podcast, on location, while boating along the gulf and intracoastal waterways of Pinellas County, Florida – spanning Treasure Island to Shell Key. Our guest, Carlos Morales, is a graphic sign man, musician and able seaman, who, along with Bobby, share a common enemy in Robert Taylor, a retched scallywag who hornswoggled the pair for more than their doubloons. Ram shackled and marooned on a deserted island somewhere in the south pacific, Taylor has finally found his sea legs after 20 plus years. Dead men tell no tales, so the crew blethers about piracy, plundering, bleeding their powdered monkey, and spotting dolphins; Thar she blows!Related Websites
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Gurkan gives us his insight as to the dangers to civil liberties to be found in the recent passage of an internet content control bill by the Turkish government. This, by a government with a Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan, under investigation for a number of civil violations and who has also infamous for his attempts to throttle dissent at public protests over the past year.
Among other intrusions on civil liberties, the law permits Turkish agencies to access websites without court authorization if they (the websites) – and these are the key words – “are deemed to violate privacy, or feature content seen as ‘insulting.’”
In a way, the government’s logic cannot be faulted. What could be more “insulting” than to have their misdeeds and offenses to society discussed, made public, and widely circulated on the Internet?
The Turkish government already has a track record of being heavy hand in monitoring and censoring Internet content. Some 40,000 websites are already blocked, ranging from news portals to blogs to gay dating sites. Alternative news website owners have been fined, jailed or given prison sentences.
Naturally, many questions came to be asked, and each was responded to in studied and incisive answers. Was this bill prepared after the corruption scandal that was revealed last month, or did it have roots in earlier governmental misdeeds such as last year’s social movement protests? What recourse does the common citizen have in fighting this legislation?
And, a more euro-centered question: how might this affect Turkey’s candidacy for European Union membership?
As the person responsible for the Pirate Party of Turkey’s International Communications, does Pirate Party consider this new law more or less democratic as compared to the original bill from 2011?
We cannot complete 15 Minutes of Fact without my giving the listeners a bit of information about Gurkan and your credentials: a BA in Western Languages and Literatures, an MA centered around his investigation of the Rise of the Radical Right in European Politics, and a second MA from Istanbul’s Bilgi University at the Faculty of European Union. Not to forget his writings.
For those people listening who would like to contact Gurkan personally or to join his group in their struggle, use these contact links: http://theradicaldemocrat.wordpress.com
http://www.facebook.com/gurkanozturan, and email@example.com
In a few, unique instances, 15 Minutes of Fact has circled back to search out previous interview subjects to check not only on their evolution, but on the evolution of the Occupy Movement as seen by them. And, more importantly, affected by them.
One such person is Andrew Ross, a Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University and an activist in the debt resistance movement.
It was a bit over a year ago that I first interviewed Ross, a professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, for a 15MOF piece called “Today’s Struggle with Debt – Is it Comparable to the Early Days of the Labor Movement?” His answer then was an emphatic YES.”
In this interview, he is just as emphatic – if not more-so. He is not backing down on his criticism of debt; he is escalating it with the publication of his new book called “Creditocracy and the Case for Debt Refusal.”
This work can be described as a polemic that uses moral – and not just economic – historical precedents to educate the reader as to how we got into the personal debt crisis in which we find ourselves and the new thinking that will be required to get us out of it.
In fact, this “new thinking” is firmly grounded in historical moral and legal principles that need to be customized to today’s needs and applied to household debt.
Strike Debt! and Rolling Jubilee
Also delved into in this interview is a discussion of the success of Occupy’s “Rolling Jubilee.” Of all Occupy manifestations, it created the most favorable press and showing OWS at its best.
It accomplished this not only by raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to abolish some $14,000,000 in personal medical debt, but “by being scrupulous” as Professor Ross describes it in the way it dealt with public comments and by creating a 501c(4) corporation that was transparent as to every penny donated to it and how those monies were used.
Does this get your attention?
The Professor’s book can be found here. Those interested in Strike Debt! and its mission can search here. My listeners can always find my podcasts here at WGRNradio.com under “15 Minutes of Fact,” on Twitter as @WrittenOffUSA, and I can also be found at the Huffington Post where I blog on all things Occupy.
Bobby, along with cohorts Wacky and Coletti, conduct this podcast, on location, from “Tesla’s Revenge” (which is the name of Coletti’s boat) docked along the intracoastal waterways of Isle of Capri in Treasure Island, Florida, with Tiffany, a former pro sports dancer, and Colonel Nipples, a cracker ass cracker who has just one (not both) of his floppy man boobs pierced. The five discuss a range of topics, from waxing the vaginal area, volunteering to fight in Vietnam, gun control, electricity…we’re idiots and we were entirely drunk while recording this so don’t take anything we say seriously.Related Website
Bobby, along with cohort Coletti, conduct this podcast, on location, from a boat docked along the intracoastal waterways of Madeira Beach, Florida, with Dave Reynard, a self-proclaimed inventor, theorist and dreamer. The original inventor of the cellular telephone (allegedly) and borosilicate glass sex toys, Dave and his company, Knowmind Enterprises, have been featured on many television programs, including, but not limited to, HBO’s Real Sex 27. The three discuss a range of topics, from what it’s like to participate in reality television, to being the “glass dildo king” of the world.Related Websites http://knowmind.com http://www.sexnology.com http://cyclocharger.com
The Relationship of Time and Gravity:
Understanding cold fusion, the big bang(s), black holes, time travel, particle physics, and the theory of everything, while violating the least laws of physics.
One parallel universe, which contain a matterverse and energyverse (aka Black matter, “nothing”, singularity, matter, etc.) both existing in all places – in space, matter and energy at the same time; unlike string theory there is only one iteration of our human existence in the matterverse.
Before the big bang, all that existed was traveling at or faster than the speed of light as energy or the energyverse or NTE (Non-Thermal Energy). The moment energy came out of light speed; gravity took over, exiting at a white hole (to differentiate between a black hole) and exiting into the matterverse. Friction alone could account for the slow down. This left matter and black holes to populate the matterverse. Black holes are just portals for matter to return to the energyverse as NTE, the most powerful energy in the universe.
The big bang was a large part of the energyverse coming to a halt at or below the speed of light. At that point, gravity starts at that white hole into the matterverse. Gravity can’t exist in the same dimension as NTE but can coexist in the same dimensional space; therefore, matter in the energyverse causes gravity. We don’t see it, just as fish do not see water. This would require a master controller to keep a balance in real sync, which could exist anywhere or everywhere.
Currently, we have clocks, atomic clocks, calendars and iPhones that keep track of “TIMING”, which can be affected by gravity or other physical influences. NTE does not tick at all. It does provide perfect sync (gravity) for both universes, however.
If matter moving at the speed of light or faster cannot exist in the matterverse then it may have all been moving through us as NTE (sub-atomic particles). An object moving faster than the speed of light would leave gravity and exist in the energyverse as NTE. This process is constantly turning inside out all of the time with no loss of information. And the energyverse is at all places at the same “timing”.
Gravity is much like matter floating in water, except that matter is floating or equally suspended and has slightly differing relationships as they get closer in any direction in the matterverse. This could explain black holes as having NO mass as they are simply a portal for the energy part of mass to turn to the energyverse at the point of “singularity”, which may have “white holes” in it where NTE returns to the matterverse: a symbiotic relationship.
In a black hole, matter is drawn in and accelerated to light speed or greater just before crossing the portal, centripetally leaving all gravitational particles in its debris rings outside, kind of like a doormat for removing gravity, as it cannot exist in the energyverse. This energy could add pressure to other areas in the energyverse, transforming back to matter using “white holes”, little big bangs, any big light in the sky, energy emitter, or stars. This could explain why the sun is getting larger as it burns energy unlike gas in our automobiles where the quantity gets smaller as it burns. This may support the fact that energy cannot be destroyed, and that two objects of matter cannot exist in the same space. Energy cannot produce or emit more energy than its makeup, but could receive more energy from the energyverse as needed.
Sub-atomic particles could be explained as NOT rare but NTE particles either slowing or speeding up before crossing the white, black hole singularity or normal transition leakage happening everywhere. This would be a small number since white or black holes do not occur on earth.
99% of our ability to travel thru time is already in front of us, we only need a controller to setup each end and connect it through the energyverse. As you step through the portal, you would be stepping out at the other end simultaneously. And if you were to reach through into the new location, let’s say 100 billion light years away, with your hand, you could pick up someone’s dropped wallet on the other side and hand it back to them without leaving your original location. Furthermore, if our planet was in jeopardy of being hit by any size object, it could be transported around us much more reliably, economically, and safer than attempting to destroy it. Your molecules would never be affected nor changed (nor discombobulated). This process may not require any electronic equipment as it happens now in the universe naturally.
The energyverse is all around us, literally everywhere. Cars will no longer need hydrocarbon fuels. They will just pull NTE from their current locations. There will be no more gas stations. Oil will only be used for lubrication. Homes will never buy electricity again, and all without having to “broadcast” power, NTE is already where we need it: everywhere (even in space). And when you light a match, you release a small amount of the energyverse, if you were to light a torch – a little more, and a nuclear bomb – even more. The energy we release with these methods is small in comparison to the amount of energy in that same area.
Time travel exists but you will not be able to go forwards nor backwards in time. The amount of time required to get somewhere will be dropped to zero. If I am working on a project and I am called away to another planet 100 billion light years away, I could travel there, help that person for 10 minutes and return, and only 10 minutes of “timing” would have occurred at my home planet while I was gone. And communications could be reduced by opening a small portal and just talking directly to the other end, anywhere in real-time.
Spaceships, shipping companies, mail, rescue teams, buses, cars, trains, airplanes, gas stations, long police response time, even taking out the garbage will become obsolete. All garbage could be identified, sorted and go immediately to the correct recycling plant before it even hits the bottom of the portal recycling container. Any money due back could be deposited in real-time into your account
Since time and gravity cannot coexist, this could be the answer to a “unified theory of everything”. “Time” and “Timing” both exist; they are just not the same thing.
I agree with Einstein’s Theory of Relativity (E=mc^2) for one exception, we transition at E=mc. I believe Einstein was predicting the maximum amount of energy or NTE.
David Reynard: Inventor, Theorist, Dreamer
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