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Occupy Denver elects dog as leader

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Pressured to name a leader, Occupy Denver elects Shelby the border collie. Protesters have formally requested a meeting between Shelby and the governor of Colorado.


Submitted by lambert on

This is funny, and the world needs more funny. The world also needs more cute pictures of dogs.

It's also a terrific jape. If the governor has any smarts, they'll take the meeting with the dog; but they don't, and they won't.

Also, I like the idea of other occupations electing totem animals, or possibly plants.

Finally, at some deep level, why not? Trivially, CEOs are animals, too; all humans are animals. And why not involve all life in leadership? It would be interesting if Occupation totem animals started to show up in dreams, for example.

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Submitted by coyotecreek on

Seriously - this whole Occupy Movement doesn't fit within the 1% "Playbook", and the more we keep it that way, the better.

I will share this with Occupy Tucson. Just wonderful!

Submitted by MontanaMaven on

I am trying to get a post done after reading the 6 essays of David Graeber called "Revolutions in Reverse" but it's like taking a whole semester from the star professor and cramming it into one week. One of the big ideas behind all of them is that it's time to embrace the creative instead of the destructive; the creating of humans and the "fashioning of people" should be our highest priority and the manufacturing of materials for those people should be secondary. He says,

One of the great gifts of feminism to political thought has been to continually remind us of the people is in fact making and preparing and cleaning those stages, and even more, maintaining the invisible structures that make them possible – people who have, overwhelmingly, been women. The normal process of politics of course is to make such people disappear. Indeed one of the chief functions of women’s work is to make itself disappear.

Another big idea is about the continual "war against imagination" and so movements like Occupy should be "festivals of resistance". These festivals allow us to escape the boxes whether in our minds or literally in cubicles and voting booths. Matt Taibbi reflects on this in his Rolling Stone mea culpa.

"But now, I get it. People want to go someplace for at least five minutes where no one is trying to bleed you or sell you something. It may not be a real model for anything, but it's at least a place where people are free to dream of some other way for human beings to get along, beyond auctioned "democracy," tyrannical commerce and the bottom line."

Submitted by MontanaMaven on

So I would imagine Brian would send Jag to meet with Shelby, if this had happened here. The Guv never misses an opportunity for good theater. I don't agree with a bunch of his ideas, but I do love the theater.