Category: profit and loss

Corporate tax dodgers get a tax bill from OKC members

April 18, 2011

MoveOn members and supporters rallied and listened to Frosty Troy and others set the record straight on the so-called deficit crisis, then presented employees at a local Chase Bank with a “bill” for Morgan Chase’s unpaid taxes. has been giving Oklahoma a bit of attention in the past few months, trying to build up their activist “council” in Oklahoma City (the Tulsa council has been fairly well established for a while. A statewide coordinator has been hired, Ali Canada, and local activists like Pat McCauley in Norman have been holding house parties and planning public events (a pro-labor rally at the Capitol on Feb. 26 was one such event).

To join (or start) your local council, start on the MoveOn Political Action Council Home page.

Peace Arena sells out!

January 31, 2011

I’ve succumbed to placing a web ad on the site. Oh, well, so much for my integrity, right?

Ah, I hope not. But, yeah, I’ve become an affiliate of a domain registrar called Namecheap, which I’ve been using for about a year now. Based on that, I’m pretty sure they don’t suck, at least not relative to certain well known registrars I won’t name but whose initials are GoDaddy. So, what the heck, I thought I would tacitly recommend them and maybe make a few pennies should anyone follow that recommendation.

The problem with the ginormous suckitude of GoDaddy, from political to technical to (non)support, is that there are a number of other registrars you might use to avoid GoDaddy, only to find that they really are GoDaddy, in disguise. If this happens to you, believe me, you have lots of company, including me. I am still getting domains transferred off Wild West Domains after making this sad discovery last year.

Yes, GoDaddy is probably the cheapest registrar going, it is the Walmart of registrars, but c’mon, are you willing to sell your soul AND risk a future technical black hole for $1 – $2 a year per domain? (I know people who would not set foot in a big box store on principle who just don’t get why GoDaddy is evil). Domain registration is fricking cheap, regardless, so use a registrar that is not the shame of the business, okay?

Anyway, should you want to buy a domain, NameCheap’s prices are pretty damn cheap and there is usually a coupon code available if you use The Google like you should with every online purchase (or go to which is my fave source for discounts). There is a special discount code just for transfers (there’s no point giving you a code here, since they change regularly). All their domains (at least all the ones I’ve purchased)) come with free privacy, should you want that. Personally I don’t think you should cloak ownership of a domain except for really good cause, but that’s me; doing so is perfectly legal.

Now, in the interest of honesty, Namecheap also sells hosting. But you should not get your hosting from them, you should get it from me unless you really want to get into the weeds of running a website. I do site admin so cheaply, considering the time and learning curve involved, you would be crazy to go that route. But I won’t stop you if you want to use the link at the top of the page for that either.

If there is great public outcry at this violation of my DFH oath of purity and poverty I may reconsider. ;-) Likewise, if I find that the company is not Rena-rated after all, I will pull the ad and post a retraction.

Oklahoma’s good old days

January 19, 2011

Oklahoma was once a hotbed of radical labor organizing. I say, let’s take our state BACK!

If the image doesn’t display, see 1/20/2011 event here:


I don’t know anything about this organizer or period, so I don’t mean to imply any endorsement of violence that may have been involved.

The angry students of London: Harbingers of things to come?

December 13, 2010

In Britain, the university tuitions have been tripled, due to government austerity budgets and their version of the catfood commission and Obama/McConnell dealmaking deciding who has to pay for the bankers’ crimes (won’t be the bankers, you can bet). Students will be expected to make up the difference, basically introducing the American model of higher education where most opportunities are based on your ability to pay for them.

Last Thursday was the latest huge student action in London. There, as here, it’s the youth, the seniors and the most vulnerable who have to sacrifice so the masters of the universe can have their million dollar bonuses. But the students there don’t plan on taking this without a fight. Here’s a 15 year old who skipped class at the first action (in November) and went down to the demonstration and got himself a real education:

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reminds me a bit of this:

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If the students respond as I hope they will, this coming decade will be very interesting.

Well, I might be in detention a week and the school might not be very happy but we sure showed something much bigger last Wednesday. K, sorry. You know, this was meant to be the first post-ideological generation, right? This was meant to be the generation that never thought of anything bigger than our Facebook profiles and our TV screens. This was meant to be the generation where the only thing that Saturday night meant was X-Factor.

I think now that claim is quite ridiculous. I think now that claim is quite repulsive. Now we’ve shown that we are an ideological as ever before. Now we’ve shown that solidarity and comradeship and all those things that used to be associated with students are as relevant now as they’ve ever been.

You know, the most incredible thing that happened on Wednesday — I went down, I thought I was gonna go down on lunch break and then get back in time for lessons. Perhaps I should have known they’d put the guy in charge of the G20 in charge. Perhaps I should have been more concerned for my life than whether I was gonna get down for lessons, but, ah, but when tried to get out and I was told it was a sterile? area by police officers standing and not letting anyone out, I thought well that’s why we need a university education. If we don’t get one we end up in police uniforms.

You know, when I was kettled in there I was with thousands and thousands of school students who’d come down with their ties around their heads and their school uniforms and yeah they were cold, who’d come down, who’d never been on a protest before, who’d never joined a political party or been involved in a political movement before, Who didn’t have any economic knowledge or political degree. But they were there because they believed in something. They were there because they believed in something bigger and they were there because they knew that either — you know there weren’t a million choices, there were two choices — either they laid down and took whatever the government threw at them or they stood up and fought back.

And so those school students who’d never been involved in anything before stood up and they fought back.

And when they were in that kettle, being kettled in by police, you know, the word went round as we were sitting huddling round fires sharing out what little food we had and the word went round, people said, we know what they’re up to. We know that they don’t think we’re a danger to the public. I’m fifteen-years old, people there were as young as thirteen. We know they don’t think we’re going to run riot though the streets of London. We know what they’re up to. They think that if they kettle us now we’re not going to come in a demonsration ever again.

Well let the word go out from today, people said, let the word go out about next Tuesday. Let the word go out about next Week, and next month and next year that they can’t stop us demonstrating. They can’t stop us fighting back. And however much they try to imprison us on the streets of London, those are our streets and we will always be there to demonstrate. We will always be there to fight.

People who had always thought that the police were just those people at the other end of the telephone line to help if there was a burglary, people who had always thought that the media were just those friendly newspaper men there to give them that unbalanced picture of the facts, people learned a lot last Wednesday. People learned a lot as they huddled round fires and then emerged from that kettle to see headlines like “Vandals” on the Evening Standard that afternoon. People learnt a lot when a police van was left in the middle of the road so that the police could tow it away and show the whole public that, look what vandals these people are. People learned a lot.

So the message that goes out from last Wednesday is very clear. We are no longer that post-ideological generation. We are no longer that generation that doesn’t care. We are no longer that generation that’s prepared to sit back and take whatever they give us. We are now the generation at the heart of the fight back. We are now the generation that will stand with everyone who’s fighting back.

The most inspiring thing, I think, was that just after Wednesday, hundreds of people joined a Facebook group, school students joined a Facebook group in solidarity with RMT members on strike. Those are people who previously thought Tubes [ subway ]strike was something annoying because it stopped them getting into school. Now they think they’ve got to link arms and fight back with everyone.

So we want to show solidarity with everyone who’s fighting back. We hope you’ll show solidarity with us and send a strong message to this government that they can’t throw their cuts at us. We’re gonna stand up and we’re gonna fight back.

Mario Savio:

We have an autocracy which runs this university. It’s managed. We asked the following: if President Kerr actually tried to get something more liberal out of the Regents in his telephone conversation, why didn’t he make some public statement to that effect? And the answer we received — from a well-meaning liberal — was the following: He said, “Would you ever imagine the manager of a firm making a statement publicly in opposition to his board of directors?” That’s the answer! Now, I ask you to consider: if this is a firm, and if the Board of Regents are the board of directors, and if President Kerr in fact is the manager, then I’ll tell you something: the faculty are a bunch of employees, and we’re the raw material! But we’re a bunch of raw material[s] that don’t mean to have any process upon us, don’t mean to be made into any product, don’t mean to end up being bought by some clients of the University, be they the government, be they industry, be they organized labor, be they anyone! We’re human beings!

There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!

Just wondering

December 11, 2010

US Budget deficit chartConsider how our federal legislators voted on starting and sustaining our wars, how they voted for Bush’s tax cuts, and how they voted on recovery measures, then tell me, which of them are are deficit hawks?

Tom Coburn thinks he is Don Quixote

December 5, 2010

Facebook | Oklahomans for Motor Vehicle Safety.

Our fanatical senator (ok, ONE of our fanatical senators, the younger one), is on one of his high horses, not that he ever gets off that horse. This time he’s blocking legislation that got 99 votes from the rest of the Senate. Yes, our hero is single-handedly holding up a live-saving bill that will require future buses to have seat belts and other safety measures like roof reinforcements.

Of course, as my friend Jean said, buses are only used by poor people, so of course Dr. No does not care. Come to think of it, Don Quixote did not hate the poor like Tom Coburn, so my apologies to Cervantes.

Please, PLEASE call Sen. Coburn on Monday or Tuesday. Let him know that Oklahomans do not appreciate his egotism and ridiculous obstruction on this bill. The phone numbers are at the page linked above.

Update: Tom Coburn does not hate the poor. Like all congressional Republicans, hatred for the poor would require more consideration than he is willing to give them. Again like his colleagues, he just loves the rich SOOOOO much that he is willing to let the poor die unnecessarily at their hands if a greater profit is involved.

Peace Arena regrets the error.