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50 years ago, the unspeakable happened with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
In keeping with its historical importance and interest, there has been a predictable wave of media accounts filling airspace and newspaper columns. There have been commemorative books, both new and freshly republished, dissertations, personal remembrances, print, video and radio clips of the day, and on and on.
If one man is correct, what has been missing to this point has been a rendering of a major book of this time in graphic novel form. That person is Seth Reuben Jacobson, co-author of“JFK and the Unspeakable” along with the print book’s original author, Jim Douglass.
“When I first read the book Seth declared, “I knew that I had to see it released as a graphic novel. In this way it could reach a modern audience that may never have – or will – pick it up as a hard-bound copy.”
Graphic Novel? This could never have happened in Kennedy’s day, as this media had not as yet elevated itself into the sophisticated artistic and social instrument we are familiar with today. Back then, it was known only as the lowly “comic book.”
Which leads me to ask if portraying the JFK story through this medium is either respectful or appropriate. That may take some convincing. In this interview with Seth Jacobson you will learn the motivation behind this work and why you and I, his potential audience, may want to pay attention.
For those who want to learn more about this work, or to contact Seth, this can be done on the Internet through Facebook here: www.facebook.com/jfkunspeakablegraphic?ref=hl. The first chapter is now available on Amazon.com.
I encourage my fans to help keep stories like this in front of an audience which is sick of Main Stream Media and their sanitized stories. Please follow me at the HuffingtonPost as Jerry Ashton, on Twitter as @WrittenOffUSA, and at my website, www.WrittenOffAmerica.com.
What might it mean for Americans to have access to films and footage of the violent, physical crackdown of the Occupy Wall Street Protestors at Zuccotti Park that infamous morning on November 15, 2011? http://nyti.ms/15xJY4q
I am talking about visuals that never should have been available, as the police forbid the media to be present at this “cleanup.” I am talking about the jackbooted thugs passing themselves off as New York City’s finest, of course, and their violent crackdown that day.
What might it mean to Americans to see and hear a 92-year-old Grandmother tell us about how important “these young people” in the Occupy Movement are to elderly Americans?
What might it mean for Americans to hear from a retired Police Captain who chose to wear his uniform and stand in support of the Occupiers – bringing about his arrest by his brothers in blue? Or a marine veteran as he re-thinks “Semper Fi?”
They speak with intelligence and passion, through their personal, emotional stories about critical issues of our time including vast income inequality, jobs, debt, affordable health care and education, war, the environment and gun safety. Economist Jeffrey Sachs connects the dots and offer solutions for a fairer and more sustainable future.
Spend a few minutes with us in this interview with filmmaker Michael Perlman about the making of this film, its reception within the activist community, and then we’ll let you know how important YOU are to getting out these stories about a “Yes-You-Must-See-This Documentary” – The 99%: Occupy Everywhere. (http://bit.ly/1einIQM).
What better contribution to remembering and honoring the Occupy Wall Street movement on its second birthday. Long live Occupy! Long live this documentary.
We’ve got another stellar show for you 15 Minutes of Fact listeners – a show that would have been inconceivable earlier in the Occupy Wall Street days.
Could you have imagined a self-described “Conservative Republican” looking to find supporters at Occupy? Someone slightly to the right of Genghis Khan? On the other hand, could you have imagined Occupy’s Alternative Banking Group showing up with hand-painted signs to celebrate this person’s birthday – on the very same steps of the bank which is an admitted money launderer for drug dealers and terrorists?
You won’t have to imagine it – in this 15MOF interview you will hear it directly from Everett Stern.
What further captured peoples’ interest was the way in which he celebrated his recent birthday: held on the steps of his former employer, HSBC bank, and surrounded by protest-sign-carrying Occupiers. This OWS working group was not only pleased to support Everett that they even sent out a press release to ensure that the media would be on hand. And, they were – even The American Banker. Why this unusual BFF relationship?
For starters, Occupy’s Alternative Banking has not been a great fan of HSBC. Early on they had discovered the money laundering and protested it vehemently. But, until Everett Stern, not one HSBC employee was encouraged to step forward to corroborate how truly bad – and ongoing – this scheme was.
Secondly, Alt.Banking is producing its first-ever publication, “Occupy Finance,” which will be distributed free on Occupy’s Birthday on September 17. Everett will return Occupy’s friendship by aggressively promoting it as well as appearing at their press conference at 3:00 p.m. that day in Zuccotti Park. “OccupyFinance” – Major Book 2 B Released in Zuccotti Park on #OWS Birthday. (You Can Help.)
Once you hear this interview through, I rather suspect that you just might want to put politics aside and follow his adventures. Will they end well, or sadly? If he doesn’t find additional supporters in the Activist community, it will likely be the latter. Let’s not let HSBC win on default.
In what is becoming almost a Series needing to be called, “I can’t believe we are still discussing this,” we are brought back to a storyline that just won’t go away – the narrative of the Homeowner as Victim and Banks as the Villain.
Few of these stories end up happy. Today’s 15 Minutes of Fact interview features a man who successfully reversed the roles with the banks. They became the Victim, and he is – in their eyes – the Villain. If he is a Villain, we need more such bad folk like him.
They shouldn’t have picked on California resident Martin Walden, a former US Army 1st Lieutenant, platoon leader with VietNam experience, a Revenue Agent with the IRS, and currently a major FB page manager for Mortgage Resistance of America, Student Loan Resistance Movement, and Big Pharma Resistance.
Like many people mesmerized by the false prosperity snares engineered by the banks, he got into hot water and has found himself to be foreclosed on. Again, and again, and again. How he has successfully stayed in this home for the past five years and fought off the bank may provide some hope for those of you who are still early-on in such circumstances.
For those of you who wish to know more about Martin and his work, you can reach him via email and on his Facebook Mortgage Resistance Page or on his Facebook Student Loan Resistance page.
And, on Occupy Wall Street’s Second Birthday, at that!
Two guests on 15MOF, Elliot Crown, a professional film and stage actor, puppeteer and writer in New York, and Virginia Simson, a veteran of SDS days who spent many years on Wall Street as a banking paralegal, are here to explain this unique action.
Money Warz, a Star Wars parody, will take place on Tuesday, September 17 in NYC’s famous Times Square. Elliot and Virginia with be there with other Occupier/Activist performers to take on the infamous Trans-Pacific Partnership. The latter will show up as the “TPP Death Star” – a 15-foot-tall replica of a toilet paper roll.
International corporations and their bought-and-paid-for governmental cronies will be there to protect the TPP Death Star against some 200 costumed activists, videographers, livestreamers, citizen journalists and an untold number of Occupiers.
As Elliot describes it:“The one percent have a dream – a global corporate coup called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – a secret trade deal to be fast tracked into law in October, no debate or amendment. And neither the public nor the media have been permitted to see this NAFTA on steroids – just the 600 corporations that are quietly writing it behind closed doors!”
This interview, and the campaign, is designed to kick those doors open. Get acquainted with the “Money Warz” people and learn about their methods and purpose. Not a lot of people are versed in making “political theater.” What is the process involved, and what is to be gained?
And, at the end of the day, who will prevail?
You will get answers to these questions, and many more, in this compelling interview with Occupy veterans who have devoted themselves to being the artistic voices which – both symbolically and visually -need to be seen and heard by the American public.
Just as a picture is worth a thousand words, a puppet is worth a thousand blogs.
Speaking of blogs, read my earlier interview with Virginia and Elliot here:http://bit.ly/19bjCZs.
Bring your smiling fact to Times Square on September 17 to help celebrate Occupy’s Second Birthday.If you cannot be there physically, be sure that you can be there via livestreaming. Follow the puppets on Twitter for details and updates @MONEYWARZ and @MoneyTroopers.
A friendly request.The puppets cannot put this show on without backers. Here is a Kickstarter link (http://kck.st/16unkYq) to send you to a page with more detailed explanation, a great video, and more great visuals.
Oh, and who’s that guy with the light saber? None other than Chomsky-Won Kenobe.
In this second of a two-part series on NSA and other such governmental agencies spying on its own citizens (that’s you and me, if you need clarification), tech expert Rich Garboski not only educates us on the sources of these evils that exist in spite of the 4th amendment, but provides us a number of tips as to how to combat them.
You will need to listen to it all the way through and be prepared to take notes… lots of notes. The experience is something like that of drinking from a fire hose, as Rich moves briskly from point to point as he goes over challenges and solutions. But, this 20-plus minute immersion will position you as a much more savvy citizen of the Internet.
Don’t get spooked by spooks
This follow-up show covers the basic forms of communication media along with “How-To” tips for self-protection. Listeners are counseled as to a sensible program of self-protection from governmental or private industry incursions.
Rich, CEO of eTechHelp, flexes his technology credentials and experience to help us make sense of all this. If it is true that we generally fear what we do not understand, you will come away being less vulnerable after this education. Not only by using the remedies provided in these two interviews (first interview is here ), but also through his in-depth educational series called“Under the Radar” which will be launched shortly.
If your desire is not to allow Big Brother to walk through your front door, a number of possible locks are here. You will also learn ways to secure the back door, close the windows, and stuff the chimney. Enjoy.
If you would like to learn more about Rich Garboski and his company, you can visit eTechHelp on the Internet. He can also be followed or reached on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or via his email, Rich@eTechHelp.com
Listeners are invited to register for an introductory FREE “Under the Radar” class which will be held at several days and times over the next two weeks.“Register” to reserve a seat at the conference. The rights you save, might just be your own.
Possibly one of the largest and most successful protests ever against a single corporate entity came about on May 25, 2013, when protestors worldwide hit the streets in 52 countries and 436 cities to rail against the Monsanto corporation.
Although the number are argued, depending on the source (“over 2 million” at the and “cartoonish” at Discover Magazine), there is no dispute as to the consciousness-raising caused by this event. Just how did that success come about? Some mastermind group? A bunch of spontaneous FB pages? Enrollment by Twitter?
This is the topic of discussion in today’s 15MOF interview with Vlad Teichberg who worked with other Occupy and affiliated activists to create the “electronic infrastructure” necessary to announce and monitor MAM.
I recorded this piece in mid-May while I was visiting Spain. It was in Madrid where I met with Vlad. The focus of the interview was on the upcoming – at that time – March against Monsanto.
This interview will give you an extraordinary peek – no, really a tutorial – on the behind-the-scenes role of Occupiers and Activists in their decentralized approach and use of technology to make possible protests ranging in size from a few dozen to as many – as proven with Monsanto – hundreds of thousands (millions?) of people.
This interview may appear to be located in the past; but it is very much “future.” The ongoing role of electronics and social media as the central nervous system of revolutionary acts of all kinds will populate headlines for years to come.
The “take-away” here is that the home-grown techniques and methods honed at Zuccotti Park are green and growing and now in good use throughout the world. Vlad? One of the gardeners. You will find 100’s of thousands more like him on Facebook.
First, that our government has been monitoring U.S. journalists to find the source of “serious national security leaks” which resulted in the seizure of Associated Press telephone records. A bit later, government agents out Fox News Reporter James Rosen as a co-conspirator in a leak of classified information.
This was followed by the stunning discovery that the NSA is scooping up all of our phone call metadata, and has been for years. Then came allegations that the NSA and FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of our leading Internet companies to spy on us: Microsoft (“Your Privacy is our Policy”), Yahoo, Google (“Do No Evil”), Facebook, YouTube, Skype, AOL and Apple.
Facebook tracks our every social move (along with its friends at shadow agencies), and even Google seems to be drifting over to the dark side. To what extent are they aiding and abetting this “protection” of the security of this country and its citizens?
Steadily, since 9/11 and the passage of the Patriot Act there have been a series of laws passed and upheld that threaten our Civil Liberties and are in violation of our constitutional rights. Think of the mechanisms:
The Patriot Act, FISA, SOPA,PIPA CISPA, Drones, Warrantless wiretapping, Location Tracking, camera surveillance, RFID….the insults go on and on.
Set a Techie to Catch a Techie
The subject’s complexity calls for our dividing the show into two parts. This first, today’s show, deals with the background and history. The follow-up show covers the “How-To’s” of self-protection and will serve to counsel us as to a sensible program of self-protection from governmental or private industry incursions.
We will employ today’s “15 Minutes of Fact” guest, Richard Garboski as President of eTechHelp, to flex his technology credentials and experience to help us make sense of all this.
Whatever happened to that Endangered Species, the Fourth Amendment, with such old-fashioned phrasing such as “…and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause…” preceded by “…the rights of the people shall not be violated…?”
What is currently being done through our courts to ensure that our constitutional rights are protected?
More importantly, is it possible to fight fire with fire – using technology to become our own guardians and protectors in this day of Internet, phone and even public surveillance?
In response to this need to know, Rich is creating an educational series called “Under the Radar” that proposes to teach people the latest tools for operating anonymously and securely on the Internet and even out in public spaces.
If you would like to learn more about Rich Garboski and his company, you can visit eTechHelp on the Internet. He can also be followed or reached on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or via his email, Rich@eTechHelp.com.
I suggest that you “star” both interviews as well as forward them to people, like yourself, who want to take back their privacy and security. If we have no interest in allowing Big Brother to walk through our front door, we certainly need to know how to lock the back door.
We have had some interesting guests on 15 Minutes of Fact over time, and explored some compelling topics. When it comes to the intricacies of economic theory and abstract financial systems, however, I get a bit nervous. Even with the promise of requiring no more than 15 Minutes of attention on any subject, my listeners do tend to become a bit skittish and ready to “turn that dial” when it comes to the “dismal science.”
This likely won’t happen in this interview, and here’s why. Our guest today, Zeus Yiamouyiannis, makes it easy to be smarter.
Somehow, he is able to bypass the economic jargon generally used to describe our submerged economy and to reduce all this to simple accounting and common-sense equations.
Which is all the more impressive considering that he has a Ph.D, is an economics blogger, a futurist, and author of the newly published book Transforming Economy: From Corrupted Capitalism to Connected Communities.
When it comes to describing solutions to the economic disaster we are calling the Great Recession, Zeus is of a mind that “either change will happen TO us, or BY us” and provides some excellent reasons for taking the latter path. “We can’t avoid “a reality that is already upon us.”
Although romanticized notions of change and “New Age Fantastic Thinking” are debunked, consciousness is absolutely necessary to effect change. And, as a good (great?) teacher, he describes the consciousness required and then chunks information down to straightforward, manageable action items.
Much of this can be found in his “Five Courageous Steps to Transform Your Economy” (which impacts our personal practices), or his “10 Shocking Practices” (which highlight the truly-criminal acts that have been employed to strip us of our wealth). Both are companion pieces to his book. The first is free at his www.TransformingEconomy.com website, and the second available at no additional cost for those deciding to purchase one or more copies of his book).
What will catch the ear of the Occupier is his recommendation – requirement even – for debt forgiveness. “When you have something built on fraud…debt forgiveness is the last and only remedy,” Zeus claims with authority, describing an approach which he calls “Democratic Capitalism.”
One of the key requirements to make changes happen? “We need voice,” Zeus says. “Voice is the start of action,” and applauds the Occupy movement for being exactly that: the spearhead. No other group has so successfully identified toxic practices and demanded socially-responsible alternatives.
Occupy seems to embody Zeus’ coined phrase: “I am a more fulfilled me by a more effective we.”
It’s not easy being a student today. It’s even less easy being a current or former student coming face-to-face with a ton of debt from different lenders and trying to figure out how to manage paying different amounts at different times to different entities.
Way back when you took those loans out (can you remember being 17 or 18?), no one told you that you that you would also need a minor in math and economics just to deal with their complexity. Studies tell us that some 65% of all students seriously misunderstand their loan obligations…and that’s on over $1 TRILLION in student debt!
It would appear almost…predatory…if it all weren’t so legal. Lenders, at least up to the present, have no problem saddling students (few of them qualified to make an educated decision) with tens of thousands of dollars of obligations.
And, why shouldn’t you sign those papers placed in front of you when you are the most vulnerable? You are young, you have a great future before you, and that degree is a ticket to a better life. That is, if you don’t default. That is, if you keep your payments up to date. That is, if you can determine the best survival financial strategy when things do get tight. And there’s that job thingee.
Our guest today, Andrew Josuweit, CEO and Founder of Student Loan Hero, was motivated by his own painful experience with student debt to develope an online technology which will go a long way towards making your life easier.
To remind my listeners of my own background in the credit and collections industry, I cannot stress enough the very real dangers involved in getting over one’s head in debt. Be particularly aware that certain student debts – regardless of your financial situation in the future – cannot be discharged in a personal bankruptcy. This is a distinction that defaulted students share with one other social class: convicted felons.
Let’s see if this interview – and the tools discussed – can make this an unlikely future for my student and ex-student listeners.
You can find Andrew Josuweit by way of email at Andrew@studentloanhero.com, on LinkedIn as Andrew Josuweit, on Twitter as @StudentLoanHero, and at his website, www.StudentLoanHero.com.
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