We’re already seven days into the New Year and I’ve barely talked about the Occupy Wall Street movement. Perhaps it’s because the whole thing is easy to forget in the face of the hectic holiday season; or maybe it’s because the mainstream media only mentions OWS in passing—even as the revolution grows and continues to spread. I do my best to stay abreast of things, but I still recommend checking in at the link I just provided every day for updates.
Speaking of links, there’s an annual recap of the movement that I urge each and every one of you to read. 2011: A Year in Revolt illustrates for us both in words and pictures just what is happening not only in New York City, but all across the United States and the rest of the globe. When Time magazine names “The Protester” as their person of the year … well … you know there’s something to it.
Many folks—especially those who get their information from Fox News—believe that OWS is over and that it has been for some time. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are major actions planned for the rest of the winter and the spring—and according to a cryptic statement from OWS, “On May 1st, the world will be watching …”
Which means what? Are the wiggy bastards planning to blow something up? So far, the protests have remained deliberately peaceful; but when you see a list of specific events leading up to what seems to be an ominous warning … well … it gives a person pause.
Whatever. Take a few minutes and see what they’ve accomplished—and please note that these are not hippies and crusty jugglers. OWS is comprised of veterans, teachers, pilots, professionals, police officers, clergy, and just about every other kind of person who you wouldn’t expect to see demonstrating in the street.
Right. Follow the link. And if you’re not even sure why millions of people have begun a global revolution, http://www.chrismartenson.com/ is as good a place as any to start. Watch Dr. Martenson’s Crash Course video series, which will amaze, terrify, and even exhilarate you.
In other news, the governor of Washington, Chris Gregoire, has announced that she is introducing a bill that will allow homosexuals to marry. She outlines her position in this eloquent speech:
Yes, it’s about goddamned time that we start behaving as if we’re living in the 21st Century.
Finally, automotive leaders are wringing their hands and arguing about whether or not battery-operated cars, hybrids, and even hydrogen models are worth bothering with. Read the full story on MSNBC here. (And if you watch the Crash Course series, you’ll better understand that these new machines are vital.)
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John T. Schmitz is the editor & publisher of Secret Laboratory; he is the founder of Maple Hills Press and has also freelanced as a writer and photographer, contributing to various local and international publications. Mr. Schmitz lives in Minnesota with his wife, Megan, and their two children; he is the author of four books.
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