Climate Change is not just an "inconvenience" to be resolved by plugging into some other currency of extraction ("sustainable, green and renewable" energy). It is the defining context of our lives and of this time in the history of life on earth.
On the third anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, don't be so sure that that the ranting and raving about income inequality, fracking and student debt is dead.
As the result of an unprecedented "search and destroy" campaign by Occupy's Strike Debt Working Group and their Rolling Jubilee team, 2,761 individuals have been unburdened of their student debt to the tune of $3,856,866.11.
At least, social and alternative media folks clearly have that intention in mind, if you are to believe the message that they are delivering at Zuccotti Park on Occupy's Birthday #3 this coming Wednesday, Sept. 17.
After having raised over $700,000 in "People Bailing Out People" funds and then using a majority of these dollars to purchase -- and abolish -- upwards of $15,000,000 in personal medical debt, Occupy Wall Street's Strike Debt is now stalking a more formidable quarry -- student debt.
An expert on how Wall Street and the banking industry are destroying the middle class, Senator Warren has put that knowledge to powerful use on Capitol Hill, rapidly becoming the most authoritative and articulate voice of the Democratic Party's progressive wing. Many are urging her to run for president.
It is time we recognize the impact that Generation Xers across the globe have had on the Millennials' outlook on life, work, politics, civic engagement, entrepreneurship, activism or culture. Let's not sell our Millennials short. Let's add nuance and perspective to the conversation. Let's burst that bubble, shall we?
It has been more than half a century since Death of a Salesman, and I wonder if it was written today what Willy would be like? How would he respond to Muslims, homosexuals, or President Obama?
At first blush, the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street appear as bookends: opposing grass-roots movements on the political right and left, respectively. But a look under the hood of each is instructive.
Unless there is blood, smoke or threatened police arrests, Occupy consistently complains that mainstream media reporters ignore or shy away from social protests and activism -- their movement, in particular.
They're baaaaaaaack. Actually, they never left, and to prove it Occupy Wall Street stalwarts are launching the movement's third national gathering this coming July 31 through August 3 in Sacramento, California.
There needs to be simple way to "turn-off" auto-pay to a company the same way you turned it on, without having to feel like you're playing Whack-A-Mole.
People are more empowered now than they've ever been. And they're having their say in ways they've never had before, heard by wider audiences and taken ever more seriously.
For many artists, the ability to see what others don't -- or can't see -- is what adds an element of humanity or depth to their work. For most people, 2 + 2 may equal 4. But for an artist, the result may be 4 plus a pink rhinoceros. Or a cupcake with day-glo icing.
Wouldn't it be better -- this time 0- to be able to look back and say "I'm glad that I was there," rather than, "I wish..."
Bong Joon-ho's sci-fi allegory Snowpiercer is one weird and hilarious trip. At turns campy and amateurish (with issues of ADR synching and logical con...