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ESCONDIDO - rally for student loan forgiveness
EDITORIAL - ProgressivePost - We demand forgiveness for student loans, the most dangerous economic bubble soon to explode in the United States. Join the 99% OCCUPY RALLY in Escondido for our students. ESCONDIDO, Saturday, Nov. 5th, corner of Escondido Ave. and Valley Parkway at 9:00 Am. Bring your homemade signs. "Thanks to the horrific 2005 bankruptcy bill, one of the most nakedly venal modern examples of Congress serving the interests of the rentiers and creditors over the vast majority, debtors cannot discharge student loans through bankruptcy." wrote Alex Pareene in Salon (see article elsewhere in the ProgressivePost). "The government is shielded from the risk, and creditors are licensed to collect by almost any means they deem necessary, giving no one in charge any real incentive (beyond basic human decency) to fix the situation." This is the demand of the ProgressivePost: The Federal Reserve pay off all student loans for the first $25,000 debt and 50% forgiveness on all debt over that. This time the Fed injects liquidity into the banks and loan institutions, but the American people get something extremely valuable in return - the freedom of our youth. We demand their freedom from the shackles of student debt!


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Event Reminders:

99% OCCUPY Rally in Escondido --- Nov. 5
Saturday, 11/05/2011
The ProgressivePost and ENOUGH of Vista are co-sponsoring a 99% Occupy Rally in Escondido, to give voice to the demand that the Federal Reserve forgive the intolerable and criminal trap of student debt, which now exceed $1 Trillion, more than the total credit card debt of the United States. Make your own homemade signs. Nov. 5th, Saturday, 9:00 AM, downtown Escondido Ave and Valley Parkway.

Demcco Speaks to Climate Change
Saturday, 10/29/2011
The Democratic Club of Carlsbad-Oceanside meets Sat. Oct. 29th at 10 a.m. DEMCCO’s illustrious member Mike Bullock will be the speaker. More than most of us, Mike knows that stabilizing the climate is the ultimate challenge of our time. This is a huge, complicated topic that brainy people like Mike can guide us through.

Bats in the Belfry
Saturday, 10/29/2011
View a live bat presentation, play Halloween games, and dare to enter the Hall of Horrors!

NC Film Club wraps season with In Bruges
Sunday, 10/30/2011
The North County Film Club wraps its Summer-Fall Season with In Bruges. Roger Ebert called In Bruges "an endlessly surprising, very dark, human comedy with a plot that cannot be foreseen but only relished."

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Tuesday, 11/01/2011
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Dem Party Cruise: Set Sail for Victory
Thursday, 11/03/2011
Pre-Holiday Dem Cruise to Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta. Departs: San Diego: Saturday, December 3, 2011. Returns: San Diego: Saturday, December 10, 2011. Deadline to RSVP is November 3, 2011. All proceeds from the cruise will help elect Democrats in California.

A non-profit banking system, dump your big bank
Saturday, 11/05/2011
The Occupy Together movement has designated Nov. 5 as Bank Transfer Day. We have several good, strong, reputable credit unions in San Diego County, including Mission Federal Credit Union which just announced that it does not plan to charge monthly debit card fees.

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Tuesday, 11/15/2011
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Nov. 5 is 'Bank Transfer Day' to Credit Unions
Saturday, 11/05/2011
The Occupy Together movement has designated Nov. 5 as Bank Transfer Day, for depositors to close their accounts at the "Big Bad Banks" and bank instead with credit unions, which are depositor owner and have no shareholders. "You own the bank". From Credit Union Times

This 'N That

Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.
- Albert Einstein

The belief that we some day shall be able to prevent war is to me one with the belief in the possibility of making humanity really human.
- Ellen Key, 1916

Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God.
- Leon Bloy

I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
- Elie Weisel

The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.
- Baha'ullah

A merely fallen enemy may rise again, but the reconciled one is truly vanquished.
- Johann Christoph Schiller

If peace . . . only had the music and pageantry of war, there'd be no wars.
- Sophie Kerr

A solid rock is not disturbed by the wind; even so, a wise person is not agitated by praise or blame.
- Dhammapada

The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.
- Steve Biko

I am part and parcel of the whole and cannot find God apart from the rest of humanity.
- Mohandas Gandhi

Fondly do we hope, ferverently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away.
- Abraham Lincoln

The story of the human race is characterized by efforts to get along much more than by violent disputes, although it's the latter that make the history books. Violence is actually exceptional. The human race has survived because of cooperation, not aggression.
- Gerard Vanderhaar

Let us plant dates even though those who plant them will never eat them. We must live by the love of what we will never see. This is the secret discipline. It is a refusal to let the creative act be dissolved away in immediate sense experience, and a stubborn commitment to the future of our grandchildren. Such disciplined love is what has given prophets, revolutionaries, and saints the courage to die for the future they envisaged. They make their own bodies the seed of their highest hope.
- Ruben Alves, Tomorrow’s Child

The problems of this world are so gigantic that some are paralysed by their own uncertainty. Courage and wisdom are needed to reach out above this sense of helplessness. Desire for vengeance against deeds of hatred offers no solution. An eye for an eye makes the world blind. If we wish to choose the other path, we will have to search for ways to break the spiral of animosity. To fight evil one must also recognize one's own responsibility. The values for which we stand must be expressed in the way we think of, and how we deal with, our fellow humans.
- - From the Christmas Message 2001 of HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands

War is as outmoded as cannibalism, chattel slavery, blood-feuds, and dueling, an insult to God and humanity...a daily crucifixion of Christ.
- Muriel Lester

They make a desert and call it peace.
- Tactitus

Very few people chose war. They chose selfishness and the result was war. Each of us, individually and nationally, must choose: total love or total war.
- Dave Dellinger

In 1989, thirteen nations comprising 1,695,000 people experienced nonviolent revolutions that succeeded beyond anyone's wildest expectations . . . If we add all the countries touched by major nonviolent actions in our century (the Philippines, South Africa . . . the independence movement in India . . .) the figure reaches 3,337,400,000, a staggering 65% of humanity! All this in the teeth of the assertion, endlessly repeated, that nonviolence doesn't work in the 'real' world.
- Walter Wink

The longer we listen to one another - with real attention - the more commonality we will find in all our lives. That is, if we are careful to exchange with one another life stories and not simply opinions.
- Barbara Deming

I believe we are on the edge of a quantum leap into a whole new way of organizing and living as a human family.
- Mairead Corrigan Maguire

The cause of violence is not ignorance. It is self-interest. ... Only reverence can restrain violence - reverence for human life and the environment .
- Rev. William Sloan Coffin, Jr.

In every child who is born, no matter what circumstances, and of no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again: and in him, too, once more, and of each of us, our terrific responsibility toward human life; toward the utmost idea of goodness, of the horror of terror, and of God.
- James Agee

If we could raise one generation with unconditional love, there would be no Hitlers. We need to teach the next generation of children from Day One that they are responsible for their lives. Mankind's greatest gift, also its greatest curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear..
- Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Let all bear in mind that a society is judged not so much by the standards attained by its more affluent and privileged members as by the quality of life which it is able to assure for its weakest members.
- H.E. Javier Perez de Cuellar, Secretary General of the United Nations

To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
- Sun Tzu

Some things you must always be unable to bear. Some things you must never stop refusing to bear. Injustice and outrage and dishonor and shame. No matter how young you are or how old you have got. Not for kudos and not for cash, your picture in the paper nor money in the bank, neither. Just refuse to bear them.
- William Faulkner

If it were proved to me that in making war, my ideal had a chance of being realized, I would still say "No" to war. For one does not create human society on mounds of corpses.
- Louis Lecoin, French pacifist leader

You save your soul by saving someone else's body.
- Arthur Hertzberg

The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways: the point is to change it.
- Karl Marx

Abba Poeman said about Abba Prior that every single day he made a fresh beginning.
- Desert Fathers and Mothers

The dark night is over and dawn has begun. Rise, hope of the ages, arise like the sun! All speech, flow to music; all hearts, beat as one.
- John Greenleaf Whittier

The first thing to be disrupted by our committment to nonviolence will be not the system but our own lives.
- James Douglass

The pioneers of a warless world are the young men (and women) who refuse military service.
- Albert Einstein

It is clear that the way to heal society of its violence . . . and lack of love is to replace the pyramid of domination with the circle of equality and respect.
- Manitonquat

If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are, if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.
- Joseph Campbell

There are three truths: my truth, your truth and the truth.
- Chinese Proverb

The pursuit of peace and progress cannot end in a few years in either victory or defeat. The pursuit of peace and progress, with its trials and errors, its successes and setbacks, can never be relaxed and never abandoned.
- Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961)Former UN General Secretary

Whenever you are in doubt or when the self becomes too much with you, try the following experiment: Recall the face of the poorest and most helpless person you have ever seen and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be for any use to him or to her . . . Then you will find your doubts and your self melting away.
- Mohandas Gandhi

In India when we meet and part we often say, "Namaste," which means: I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides; I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides; I honor the place in you of love, of light, of truth, of peace. I honor the place within you where if you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us….. "Namaste."
- Ram Dass

Articles & News:

Student loan debt is the next economic time bomb
Student loan debt now exceeds $1 trillion: "It's going to create a generation of wage slavery," says Nick Pardini, a Villanova University graduate student in finance who has warned on a blog for investors that student loans are the next credit bubble..." -- these kids accepted a home mortgage worth of debt before they ever even had a regular income, based on phony promises, and that the debt is inescapable, regardless of life circumstances or ability to pay. From Alternet.org

B of A profit $6.2 Billion tax free, 3rd quarter
Bank of America reported $6.2 billion in third quarter gains this year, nearly recouping a $7.3 billion loss from the same time last year. Customers have been roiled by new and incoming fee requirements for basic banking services and in some cases have started migrating to banks that are not implementing them, or to credit unions which are not for-profit organizations.

Videos of rogue cops made Occupy movement explode
Cameras have become an integral part of activists' legal strategy. "We just encourage everyone to get out there with their cameras," says Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights. "Let the cops push you around, let them slap you, let them arrest you, but it's absolutely crucial to get your cameras out there. Because all the lawsuits we can bring, which we should resolve five years from now, won't make the same difference as putting that stuff on YouTube and the evening news will do."

The 1 % using the Police to tyrannize the 99 %
In a few cities, such as Los Angeles, officials understand the message of the 99%, but in most places, the mean spirited 1% have control of the Police and are using them to intimidate, harass and brutalize the OCCUPY patriots. Denver and New York City have been two of the worst for oppression. America faced the choice: "Democracy or Autocracy". By David Sirota

Op-ed: Privatized Profit and Socialized Loss
"... justice has been compromised as the commonwealth has been increasingly 'privatized' for the corporate profit of 1%... even as the cost has been 'socialized' for the inordinate burden of the 99%... Obama campaigned for President by criticizing 'fat cats' on Wall Street', and then surrounded his cabinet with them, bailed them out with 700 billion dollars, and we now find that a large part of that money went to lobbyists to insure that the same corrupt insider-trading that caused the economic meltdown would continue."

SD Vets for Peace launch 2nd year of Compassion
The San Diego Veterans For Peace "Compassion Campaign," an outreach effort to give sleeping bag sets to the homeless in San Diego, marks its first birthday in November 2011. - With a 6 percent increase in the county’s homeless population (now 9000) in 2011, the SDVFP campaign enters its second year of accepting donations and financial contributions to enable providing sleeping bags, rain ponchos, and waterproof stuff sacks to the thousands of people now homeless in downtown San Diego. Often with little or no protection from the cold and elements, an estimated 40% of the homeless are military veterans.

OCCUPY: A Movement Too Big to Fail
By Chris Hedges - Tinkering with the corporate state will not work. We will either be plunged into neo-feudalism and environmental catastrophe or we will wrest power from corporate hands. This radical message, one that demands a reversal of the corporate coup, is one the power elite, including the liberal class, is desperately trying to thwart. - What kind of nation is it that spends far more to kill enemy combatants and Afghan and Iraqi civilians than it does to help its own citizens who live below the poverty line? What kind of nation is it that permits corporations to hold sick children hostage while their parents frantically bankrupt themselves to save their sons and daughters?

Marine goes toe to toe with brutal NY Police

United States Marine Corps. Sgt. Shamar from Roosevelt, NY went toe to toe with the New York Police Department. An activist in the Occupy Wall Street movement, Thomas voiced his opinions of the NYPD police brutality that had and has been plaguing the #OWS movement. - Thomas is a 24-year-old Marine Veteran (2 tours in Iraq), he currently plays amateur football and is in college. - Thomas comes from a long line of people who sacrifice for their country:

UN expert condemns solitary confinement

We can now add the UN to the growing list of people complaining about the treatment of US Army Private Bradley Manning. US military officials blocked UN official, Juan Mendez from meeting with Bradley Manning at Quantico where he was held in solitary confinement for eight months. Can one vote for a commander in chief who tolerates such abuse of a U.S. soldier by our government?

We don't want war jobs - hire teachers

Leon Panetta says we can't cut military spending or it will cost a huge number of jobs. Watch this important video.

The Dirty Fu...king Hippies Were Right.

Short ballad of the story of America since Vietnam

Herman Cain: Gays are born heterosexual

Republican presidential frontrunner Herman Cain says he believes being gay is a choice, suggesting he’s seen no science that says otherwise. In an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan that aired last night, he reiterated this faulty belief, and when Morgan pushed him that race and sexual orientation were comparable, Cain explained that race is different because it "doesn’t wash off":

Cartoons of the Week

Evidence Wall St. protests escalating

Trickle down economics stops where?

Wall Street Halloween mask

And the winner of the GOP debates is ...

Why I'm protesting Wall Street -

Wall Street just doesn't get it!

What's in Herman Cain's pizza box?

A Tea Party candidate's top qualification ...

Palin's motives

Congress: "Trickle down economics works!"

Latinos' love for Arizona!

Obama, the negotiator

GOP's Unplanned Parenthood

Evolution began with Limbaugh

Unions & the Middle Class

Obama plays poker with GOP

Late-breaking news: This just in ...

News that did not make our deadline:

Alan Grayson Explains Occupy Wall Street to the 1%

This is one of the best, most succinct explanations of what Occupy Wall ... it comes to us from a former Congressman and economist from FL, Alan Grayson: "Let me tell what they’re talking about. They're complaining about the fact the Wall Street wrecked the economy three years ago and nobody's held responsible for that. Not a single person has been indicted or convicted for destroying twenty percent of our national net worth accumulated over two centuries."

The Collapse Is Coming - Goldman Rules The World

BBC Speechless As Trader Tells Truth. - Goldman Sachs rules the world! Goldman Sachs advised the Greek Government on how to commit fraud by cooking the books and fooling banks to lend money it could never repay. Goldman Sachs is a criminal organisation that needs to be closed down. Employees included Robert Rubin and Henry Paulson. Who was responsible for the abolition of Glass-Steagall under Clinton? Rubin! Who bailed out the banksters with trillions of US taxpayer money? Paulson. Who paid for Obama to be elected? Get the picture!

Manning Video:American troops slaughter civilians

Army intel analyst Bradley Manning faces decades in prison for allegedly leaking this video of a U.S. helicopter attack killing 11 civilians and wounding two children in Baghdad, Iraq. The Army covered up the evidence and declared the war crime "justified". Now they say that exposing the massacre is criminal.


World Economy Collapse explained in 3 minutes

Witty dialogue, profound explanation of today's economic conundrum, a spiral that could collapse the world economy.

Ted Olson Interview With Fox News Chris Wallace

Wallace, insinuating that Gay Marriage is judicial activism, asks where is it in the Constitution that permits gay mariage. "Where is the right to interracial marriage in the Constitution" asked Ted Olsen of Wallace. Brilliant arguments by Olson. When Wallace insists the voters have the right to outlaw gay marriage, Olson asks if it would be constitutional for the voters to force blacks to drink at separate water fountains.

Dwight D. Eisenhower -

President Dwight D. Eisenhower speaks on the insanity of war. Will humanity ever learn?

Late-breaking news: This just in ...

News that did not make our deadline:

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