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textBehavior and body in the sights of capital by Roland Rottenfuss
The proclamation of states of emergency in the spring of 2020, even if not in all countries, helped to consolidate a state crisis management system that overturned constitutions and now completely bypassed democratic decision-making processes. In the name of public health... the measures were presented as without alternative and divergent expert opinions were ignored or defamed....
Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:53AM
textBig Telecom + Berkelely Cops vs Neighbors + Activsts = fascism? by Phoebe Sorgen & WiRED members
In the dark of night Oct 5, police backed AT&T in clash with Berkeley, Ca neighborhood over 4/5G antennas. Local cops do AT&T’s bidding, forcefully removing Berkeley residents who were protecting the public commons from illegal wireless “small” cell installations....
Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 4:35PM
textA Plea for Help from the County's Benchland Containment Camp by Greg Bengston (posted by Norse)
I received the following letter earlier this week immediately before our Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom (Greg's a member). I'm forwarding it for community info and in response to his wishes....
Posted: Fri Oct 2, 2020 11:11AM
textTrump's strategy of tension by Paul Simon
"No one will be safe in Biden's America!" This was Donald Trump's message. The theme, for three days: Danger. Danger through crime, through China, through the supposedly radical agenda of the Democrats - and through "riots, looting, arson and violence" in the country's cities....
Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:01AM
textSecurity State 4.0 by Joachim Hirsch
The future of humanity and the earth require a break from the rule of capital and the security state.... The political public is now at least beginning to discuss again how to deal with the constitution and fundamental rights. It remains to be seen what will become of them....
Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:05AM
textAbbi Samuels Letter to City Attorney Condotti Re: Police Harassment of Cooper D'Angelo by Abbi Samuels (posted by Norse)
Activist and ACLU Board member Abbi Samuels posted the following letter asking telling questions about the harassment of Cooper D'Angelo and her partner Russell on the sidewalk outside the Main Post Office last week....
Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2020 4:48AM
textYet Another Tightening of the Noose: City Council "Meets" Again Tuesday by Robert Norse
City Council is slated to rubberstamp more power in City Mangler Martin Bernal's hands, a slamdown of Beach St vendors, a rise in fines for "being in a park after dark", the ability to hire more enforcement personnel, no discussion of the police (or any other part of the) budget, gentrification of Front St., and authorization of the Mayor to "respond to" the Grand Jury's critical report on homelessness....
Posted: Sun Aug 23, 2020 9:10AM
textEmbodied Inequality: The Intersections Between COVID, Racial Justice, and the Environment by Brianna Cunliffe
The consequences of our fossil fuel economy and a global pandemic fall heaviest on America's most vulnerable communities. Elected Officials are saying enough....
Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:08AM
textAnother Toxic S.C. City Council Meeting Today by Robert Norse
I wrote a letter to Justin Cummings last week about the upcoming "public" City Council meeting. On the agenda are the usual rubberstamping of City Manager Bernal's diktats, new police funding, denying claims against the police, the zombie resurrection of an anti-Vending law, inadequate "controls" on facial technology use, and a sell-out CACH homeless report....
Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2020 12:09PM
textWill “Defunding-the-Police” Bring Prosecutorial Reform? by Imran Khaliq
"Defunding the Police" needs to include prosecutorial reform as prosecutors have even more power and impact on oppressing minorities than the police....
Posted: Wed Aug 5, 2020 1:42PM
textSecret police in Portland violated human rights of peaceful protesters by DLi
Videos showing U.S. Federal secret police(with no badges and riding in unmarked vehicles)inflicting massive violence on mostly peaceful protesters are running viral across the Globe. Yet the Federal governing regime brazenly avows that this will be the "new normal" in major cities from now on......
Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:40PM
textMilitary-garbed agents in unmarked vehicles at Martinez protest by Pika-Nonymous
During the July 12th protest in Martinez there were military-garbed agents, who arrived and left in unmarked civilian-looking vehicles.It is unclear what agency they are part of....
Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 7:16PM
textThe 9 coffin nails of democracy by Roland Rottenfuss
Democracy is an achievement and must be won anew, expanded and defended against attacks in every era... The political conformity of the mainstream press is a sad chapter. "Representative democracy" is a fine word, but who do the representatives actually represent today? Citizens want "representatives of the people."...
Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:41AM
textQuestions Still Unanswered by Robert Norse
In late May, I wrote SCPD boss Andy Mills a lengthy letter reiterating questions asked him around three years ago that have largely been unanswered with any specificity. He responded ("An Updated Letter to SCPD Police Chief Mills in the Wake of the George Floyd Murder" at This is my follow-up to his response written in mid-June. I received no answer to any of the follow-up questions...
Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:33PM
textFinancial Markets and National Socialism by Stephan Kaufmann and Susanne Hahn
Joseph Goebbels was appointed "Reich Minister for National Enlightenment and Propaganda " on March 15, 1933. "The people should begin to think and react in a unified way [...]" He wanted them to stand behind the actions of the government with full sympathy and support....
Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:18AM
textEnd of a Career. Obituary The "Swabian housewife" by Pepe Eggers
The "Swabian housewife" dominated politics. Now she is buried by her inventors, of all people. The state is not a business or a housewife but can borrow and become indebted to help present and future generations. Systemic change, not climate change! Fight ignorance, not immigrants!...
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:54AM
textEscalation of State Power by Lukas Hermsmeier
Uprising in America. The time has come to tear down the system and create a "different America." "The moderate white man for whom order is more important than justice is the greatest obstacle to freedom," said Martin Luther King in his Letter from the Birmingham Jail....
Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 4:58AM
textChatting with a Conscience-Lacking Council by Robert Norse
The 'No Public, Please" City Council meeting today again has call-in access only, and likely Oral Communications limited to one minute and cut off at the whim of Mayor "I Kneel with the Police Chief" Cummings. I pass on suggested talking points. However, deaf politicians and staffers need large numbers showing up at workplace and home to be convinced. Obediently following do-nothing guidelines nothing....
Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:12AM
textThe Questions Grow More Pressing by Robert Norse
I've been persistently raising issues of police abuse with the SCPD. Most recently, I sent a letter to Chief Andy Mills with a variety of questions, following up on issues raised months (and often years) ago. He roplied. I responded to his reply a few days ago. So far no reply....
Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 1:14PM
textDefying the Oakland Curfew by Daniel Borgström
A first person story...
Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:58AM