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(dailymail.co.uk) Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has threatened a ‘strike’ where the entire English-language site would be turned off as a protest against  an anti-piracy bill currently under discussion in the U.S.

The site is used by an estimated 365 million readers worldwide, and is ranked sixth overall on earth.

Writing on his private Wikipedia blog, Wales said, ‘A global strike of at least the English Wikipedia would put the maximum pressure on the US government.

‘At the same time, it’s of course a very very big deal to do something like this, it is unprecedented for English Wikipedia.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2073485/Wikipedia-owner-threatens-turn-site-protest-U-S-anti-piracy-bill.html#ixzz1ggmfPQNY

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(bloomberg)  Citigroup Inc. (C) and Bank of America Corp. (BAC) were the reigning champions of finance in 2006 as home prices peaked, leading the 10 biggest U.S. banks and brokerage firms to their best year ever with $104 billion of profits.

By 2008, the housing market’s collapse forced those companies to take more than six times as much, $669 billion, in emergency loans from the U.S. Federal Reserve. The loans dwarfed the $160 billion in public bailouts the top 10 got from the U.S. Treasury, yet until now the full amounts have remained secret.

Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke’s unprecedented effort to keep the economy from plunging into depression included lending banks and other companies as much as $1.2 trillion of public money, about the same amount U.S. homeowners currently owe on 6.5 million delinquent and foreclosed mortgages. The largest borrower, Morgan Stanley (MS), got as much as $107.3 billion, while Citigroup took $99.5 billion and Bank of America $91.4 billion, according to a Bloomberg News compilation of data obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests, months of litigation and an act of Congress.

“These are all whopping numbers,” said Robert Litan, a former Justice Department official who in the 1990s served on a commission probing the causes of the savings and loan crisis. “You’re talking about the aristocracy of American finance going down the tubes without the federal money.”

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-21/wall-street-aristocracy-got-1-2-trillion-in-fed-s-secret-loans.html

A post on http://divinecoders.wordpress.com states that Anons planned to hack Fed,
In a statement made today on YouTube by ‘hacktivist’ group “Anonymous”, the group claims that they will launch an attack against the Federal Reserve website on June 14th, 2011. The goal of their attack is to deny public access to the site until Ben Bernanke steps down…
it happens to be misinformation, as the official facebook page says:
#OpESR – Operation Empire State Rebellion Amped Lulzin out loud!!!! Fox is doing a great job in spreading propaganda about us “hitting the site”. Im pretty sure the video clearly states to occupy a public space. No where did we say we were going to attack the site.
BTW, while i was searching for more info i’ve found out that anonnews.org is down – mb as a “response”.

A99 Operation Empire State Rebellion – Communication #1

Join Us: http://ampedstatus.org/network/groups/a99/

 

 

A99 OpESR Communication #2: Ctrl+Alt+Bernanke

In this new video release, “as a first step,” Anonymous has called for public protests beginning on June 14th, continuing “until Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke steps down.” To make their case, they have presented a list of recent scandalous Federal Reserve actions.

Important Links

As presented in the video: http://opesr.com & #OpESR:http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=%23OpESR

Google map of actions: http://bit.ly/kajMWv

A99 AmpedStatus Social Network Group:http://ampedstatus.org/network/groups/a99/

June 14th Economic Rebellion Update — This Is What Decentralized Resistance Looks Like:
http://ampedstatus.org/june-14th-economic-rebellion-update-%e2%80%93-this-is-…

Acts of Resistance: What Are You Going To Do On June 14th to Rebel Against Economic Tyranny?
http://ampedstatus.org/acts-of-resistance-what-are-you-going-to-do-on-june-14…

OpESR on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OpESR

Via YouTube

(wsws.org) The Obama administration has seized upon the popular upheavals in Yemen to step up bombings and missile attacks against alleged Al Qaeda militants, effectively opening up yet another war in the region.

Citing unnamed government sources, the New York Times reported Thursday that Washington is “exploiting a growing power vacuum in the country to strike at militant suspects with armed drones and fighter jets.”

Testifying at a Senate confirmation hearing Thursday, CIA Director Leon Panetta, tapped by Obama to take over the Pentagon as defense secretary, acknowledged that the US military has opened up a fourth theater of war with its attacks on Yemen. He said that Washington was working “with elements there to try to develop counterterrorism.” Read More

(anarchistnews.org) Early on the morning of May Day, Boston anarchists smashed the windows on three Upper Crust Pizzerias. This chain was targeted because the owners of the chain have been making millions of dollars while exploiting their immigrant employees. This high end pizza chain has been caught:

-Underpaying workers for overtime,
-Paying Department of Labor ordered compensation for the owed backpay and then deducting it from the workers weekly paychecks,
– Importing and housing immigrants only to illegally exploit them for cheap labor

This action was done on the morning of May Day to both stand in solidarity with Upper Crust workers as well as celebrate the international day of worker and immigrant rights and struggles, which are still going on today.

This struggle is a result of the inherent oppression within the capitalist system and will not end until this system is dismantled and replaced.
We carry with us the memories of our martyrs.

No Borders
No Bosses
No Capitalism

Source: http://www.anarchistnews.org/?q=node/14536

(Huffington Post) Has Wisconsin finally come to Arizona?

In an extraordinary uprising at the Tucson Unified School District board meeting last night, Ethnic Studies/Mexican American Studies (MAS) students chained themselves to the board members chairs and derailed the introduction of a controversial resolutionthat would have terminated their acclaimed program’s core curriculum accreditation.

“Just like the people of Wisconsin took a stand and said ‘enough is enough’, the youth of Tucson are standing up and letting it be known that they are fed up with these attacks on their education and on their future,” said Sal Baldenegro, Jr., a TUSD Ethnic Studies alum and member of the Southern Arizona Unity Coalition. “They have been under relentless assault by Tom Horne, John Huppenthal, and by the Arizona State Legislature, and they have had enough.”

Popular Tucson blogger and activist David Abie Morales called it a “field trip for civics and democracy in action.”

“Nobody was listening to us, especially the board,” said MAS high school student and UNIDOS activist Lisette Cota. “We were fed up. It may have been drastic but the only way was to chain ourselves to the boards’ chairs.”

While hundreds of supporters packed the district meeting room in a celebratory fashion, nine MAS students and UNIDOS activists defied security officers and literally took over the board members’ places minutes before the meeting was scheduled to begin.

“I’m very moved by their passion and commitment to maintain these courses and curriculum,” said MAS teacher Sally Rusk. “They’re brilliant. This is not a one-time event. It looks like they’re not going to stop until they have an impact on this decision.”

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeff-biggers/arizona-ethnic-studies_b_854161.html