Time to stop the bully.


This week marks a new geopolitical direction for the Occupy movement. As the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference unfolds until March 6, AIPACers will be greeted by the ongoing scores of occupiers who have descended on Capitol Hill. AIPAC is the 1% of American foreign policy; they’re the eyes, ears, nose and mouth of America’s generals, politicians and economic elite. At #OccupyAIPAC they come face to face with the 99%. Read about it here:

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has contributed to a disastrous American course in the Middle East and will be back at it this week in Washington, D.C. Self-described as a “pro-Israel lobby” whose goal is to “enact public policy that enhances the U.S.-Israel relationship,” the organization has enhanced this relationship while simultaneously making the region far more dangerous. More than ever in this election year with Republicans calling for the bombing of Iran and candidate Newt Gingrich claiming Palestinians are an “invented” people, AIPAC has the US Congress and presidential candidates in its thrall. Yet this year’s AIPAC policy conference in Washington, D.C. is more controversial than ever as Occupy activists seek to highlight the role of big-money lobbyists in elections while standing in solidarity with the global 99% opposed to Israel’s violations of human rights and international law.

Each year at AIPAC’s policy conference in Washington, D.C., the president, powerful senators and members of Congress parade across the stage in order to prove their loyalty to the Israeli government. AIPAC’s outsized influence on U.S. foreign policy can be linked to the disastrous war in Iraq, as well as to the current push for an attack on Iran. AIPAC is also known for drafting extreme anti-Palestinian, anti-human rights legislation that it then funnels into Congress. AIPAC Director Howard Kohr will likely appear on stage this March at the 2012 AIPAC conference to make the annual roll call, rattling off the names of congressional representatives, diplomats and dignitaries present in the room as if he is the auctioneer at an estate sale. And in a way, he is.


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Oscar Ratti

Thinking in dualities is like placing your mind into a 2 dimensional axis. A mental grid with which to place imagined or abstracted real objects, notions, or ideas on one side or another, then forcing a choice between the 2 false dichotomies which have been artificially placed in categories are decided subjectively in ones mind due to personal bias or disposition, or via objective observations held to a standard of measurement and combination via tested methodologies which have produced standard and referential results in the past. Reliable but incomplete, the mind sets its own trap.

Nonduality is 3 dimensional, 3 meaning many. One object is many objects, many objects are no objects. How their borders and distinctions are made; the discernment of the particular is the beginning of duality.

You see the difference between duality and non duality? All wrong!! scrub the floor with your back again until you see the moon reflecting on the water!

The ability to anchor the thinking mind back to the place of original cognition, is the sum skill of the pining lotus; for it longs for its unmanifest form from which it springs and where to which it must return. From a place of original cognition, the particulars flow into the mind and it is unnecessary to strain in search of them, they reveal themselves like the moon reflecting on the water when one stops thrashing about in it.


But aren't you thinking in dualities already by categorizing people into those that think in dualities and those that don't?

Or by qualifying the difference between thinking in dualities and not?
One as being better/worse than the other?


The ultimate duality!? Hardly. It's funny. But it isn't a problem. There are two such categories in reality, but beyond the basic belief in duality you can take it to an extreme in any subject. It would be better to say that the duality does not exist unless you believe in the concept. Take an example: You lose 20 bucks and think it is bad, but someone else find it and suddenly your bad becomes another's good; therefore, was the event good or bad? The plain answer is neither, the duality never existed in the first place. It was never a choice between a good thing or a bad thing. It just happened. Now we can criticize the pessimist and the optimist for their relative ignorance of the larger picture: BOTH ARE PRACTITIONERS IN DUALITY! =) Fun, but not necessary.


But here's the difference.

The person who has lost the $20 feels that it is bad but retains the ability to empathize with the good fortune of the person who find it.
This usually manifests itself as a "Well I hope somebody finds it and gets some use out of it."

A Bad for me Good frame is possible, where Good becomes the extension of the Bad. The outcome.

However the person who finds the $20 does not have the ability to say "Good for me and Good also for the person who lost it".

The person who finds the $20 must co-miserate with the prior person's loss.

So there is definitely an asymmetry going on.

The person who lost can see the rainbow through the clouds.

The person who finds must live in the moment the concentration death camp is freed.


Peddle your drivel somewhere else, please. You don't sound deep, you sound like you have no idea what the heck you're talking about.


Damn just say that it went way over your head! You didn't understand his explanation! Own it! You brave, stupid person, who attacks those intellectual elites! Be proud of not understanding what someone else is saying to you! Bask in your inability to comprehend simple concepts beyond lily pads and other foliage. You don't have to insult him to prove you didn't understand what he said. Just straight up admit you didn't get it. It was beyond your abilities. Your education did not prepare you for it, you were not prepared to argue against it, and you completely failed to disprove his thesis. Proving someone wrong on your planet is as simple as saying "you sound like you have no idea what the heck you're talking about." TEMPTING! If there was only something else offered to back up what you said. Some professional idea. Or a mathematical algorithm. Like duality.

Don Carlos

Someone tell me what is the specific agenda of the Occupy ppl? And please no vague, broad strokes economic justice and calls for fair treatment. Do they have anything specific that they want besides sleeping bags?


Hahaha , you are kidding ... right?
Occupy is a gathering of PPL to figure out all the problems with this system of top down rule and how to counter/fix them peacefully. To list "specific" things would take 100's if not 1000's of pages. Each person has their own looong list of what's wrong.
Occupy is a tool to get at core problems locally and world wide, then find the best remedies. It is also a show of what can be as horizontal rule.
So, whatever beefs you have with present system ... bring them and we can resolve them by making them public and giving everyone a chance to work on them, as there are people at occupy from many if not all walks of life.
There's only simple rule to visitors .. thou shall Do No Harm and come with good intentions
At occupy everyone has a say ... in present system you don't.
Now it's your choice which system you choose.


Putting aside your dismissive tone, I would say no, there is not a succinct list of goals for the movement, and that is its major problem. It is a banner under which people who are unhappy about various aspects of our political/cultural/economic system have gathered. Lasn tried to make it about getting corporate money out of politics, but that didn't appear to get much traction.

That being said, I think Occupy AIPAC is pretty consistent with the overall tone of the movement. Much of our foreign policy in the Middle East - and the repression fears of "terrorism" creates at home - are related to our uncritical support of Israel. It is difficult to even discuss these issues because of how effective supporters of Israel have been in setting the acceptable bounds of opinion. AIPAC - the largest and most influential Israel lobby - is the symbol of that, and I am glad people are beginning to give it a closer look.


If you're interested in Occupy Stockholm, you should watch this documentary covering the first 90 days of their existence.

The 29th of february they were evicted and have now come to occupy another place in Stockholm.

Here is a clip from the eviction.

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