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When Your Bank Goes Bust…Run! Or… How Congress Already Stole Your Savings.

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

“It is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a bank clerk.”

                                                                                                            – Bertolt Brecht

Daily, a thus distracted public is told that the financial patsy for the growing worldwide economic disaster is simply a virus. As Americans fearfully watch passively as the US Congress throws the ever-mounting trillions in Bail-out funds so quickly at the feet of their puppet masters, the paltry cash reserves of all American bank depositors have never been more at risk.

“I’m sorry, Sir. We are unable to cash this check,” were the rather ominous words delivered to me by a fresh-faced, none-too-friendly, Wells Fargo Bank assistant manager. He had just kept me waiting ten minutes while in consultation with others about my pending transaction. Returning to his Wells’ colored cubicle he sat down quickly, straightened in his chair and then looked at me intently through narrowed eyes before delivering the bad news.

Four feet away, between us and in front of him, were three forms of my personal identification face up. Looking down, this budding banker particularly glowered at two personal checks, also laying on the desk before him, written to me as payment by a client and drawn on his bank. Not being a “Wells” customer I had expected a shake-down, hence I had brought with me multiple forms of ID including passport.

These two checks totalled the small sum of almost US$8,000.00. Not expecting this much difficulty I insisted on a reason, to which he now looked up from once again carefully considering the two checks and replied, “I’m sorry, but the bank does not have sufficient funds on-hand to cash these checks.”

Oh, dear.

                                                                                

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Trapped! (You, too.)

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

“The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie.”  ― Alexander Solzhenitsyn

To divorce one’s self- finally- from nationalistic illusionary comfort. There is no harder decision any world citizen will ever make. To “up and go” is a decision that pits one’s developed reason against that propaganda; self-preservation against nationalism, fact against friend, and history against ignorance. These conflicts boil together night after night when one’s mind wrangles throughout with this grinding web of conflict thus further inspired by an acute understanding of past deeds and surreptitious capitalist motives perpetrated by an Empire gone mad.

Within another sleepless night, whilst again wrestling with the incredible facts of this new “crisis” being incubated by an acute understanding of the draconian history of “exceptionalism,” in the dead of night one’s own faculties also come into question within the all-enveloping gloom.

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BLIND…Dumb and Stupid!

BLIND…Dumb and Stupid!

Today Scotland. Next stop.. the world!!

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

“… we shall never in any wise consent submit to the rule of the English…” – Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland (1306- 1329 A.D.)

Indeed. Sage advice, past or present. Before him, across the Scottish landscape lay the vanquished English army of King Edward II. Surveying the thousands of dead and dying invaders, Robert the Bruce, new King of Scotland was in a position to gloat. Certainly history, hence, in Scotland and around the world has proved his synopsis correct.

Today, Alex Salmond and his Scottish National Party (SNP) may have keen use for these words of victory once again.

Today is a very important day. Not only for Scotland.

One thousand years before this nationalist Scottish king sent the English empire running home from the battle of Brannockburns, on June 24, 1314,... Read More

Dear Mr. Putin…

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

“A point comes when caution ends and cowardice begins.” -Eldridge Cleaver.

 

Dear Mr. Putin,
Have you suddenly been emasculated? As the fascist flag of Kiev slithered upwards beyond the flames of the House of Trade Unions building, the visible horror of the Odessa massacre ricocheted across the globe, and the stench of burning human flesh hung fresh in the sour air. Modern-day Nazi atrocity, murder, and barbarism have returned to your borders, Mr. Putin, in colorized newsreel fashion.

You merely watch?

Your Russian Foreign Ministry last week issued a “White Book,” a documented government report detailing the atrocities of the unabashedly fascist regime in Kiev. The White Book reveals what is already known to us; that the American backed junta loves and craves the taste of blood.

The only acceptable substitute is... Read More

A Rational Reason For Not Voting For President.

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

Based on observations and interviews at the Democratic National Convention/Charlotte, Sept 1-6, 2012, many Americans in attendance felt neither presidential candidate provided much choice, or difference. Faced with the choice of Romney’s, almost complete 360 degree, hypocrisy from his ’08 platform, and Obama’s multiple treasons in doing the same as current president, many stated their distain at such a poor choice. Indeed, separations in both functional party platforms, i.e. ignoring the will of the voters for the next four years, are now small. The “lesser than two evils” argument, sadly, is the only one remaining in favor of voting at all.

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From the stand point of democracy this may seem depressing, but take heart. Viewed in the light of the essence of democracy, the pure power of the people, voters writing,“ None of the Above,”  in the... Read More

American Democratic Hypocrisy? – New Muslim Nations; Just Say, “NO!”

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

With the “Arab Spring” in full bloom the mandatory pro-democracy cries from American politicians and pundits cheer this as an American democratic success story in a Muslim world. Democracy? Hopefully. American democracy? Not a chance

When it comes to American foreign-policy there is, apparently, only one type of democracy encouraged, or allowed, in the world. American Democracy.   As with most things American, the times have changed, and American brand democracy is not welcome.

The multitude of examples of American imperialism and aggression in the supposed name of Democracy will always be fresh in the minds of the new fledgling Muslim governments. America has never, in recent memory, supported the people of mid-east nations, unless there was an ulterior motive such as in Iraq. Instead the US has propped up most Arab dictators condoning and supporting their... Read More

Anniversary of Occupy Wall St.: A CAUSE For Celebration!

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

One year. Really? It can seem like five years when considering all that Occupy Wall St., and the National Occupy camps, have accomplished in a mere 365 days, or less. When reflecting on the whirlwind that is the Occupy movement, it is almost surreal. As the memories flood in, and the stories of the hundreds of Occupations are recalled with passion, sometimes it seems like this all started just a few months ago.

 

September 17, 2012, S17, is the first anniversary of the first, and original, Occupy camp, at Zuccotti Park, in New York City. Thanks to the inspiration that was then, and still is, Occupy Wall Street, OWS, the largest collective national protest, in 40 years, erupted in damn near every city in America. In the space of just a few weeks the Nation followed the example set by Occupy Wall Street and set up similar camps, with similar political and social... Read More

OCCUPY L.A. : 24 Hours until eviction? (PART ONE)

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

 

An Activist Gets Off the Couch-

I have two conflicting packing lists as I prepare to document and, at the same time, show my support for the OCCUPY movement despite what appears to be the closing of one of the last OCCUPY camps. Los Angeles Major Villaraigosa and his police chief, Charlie Beck, have,  throughout today ( Sunday),  stated on radio and T.V. news that their patience with the OCCUPY LA movement’s experiment with the First Amendment is over in Los Angeles effectively tomorrow ( Monday) at Midnight. This is one of the last remaining, yet largest, OCCUPY protests against the status quo. Conflict is brewing. I will attend.

My journalistic preparations include; three pads of paper, six pens ,my digital recorder, my camera, three throw away cameras( insurance?),select CDs, cold weather gear( sans sleeping bag and tent), four... Read More

OCCUPY L.A. : 24 Hours until eviction? (PART TWO)

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

“…Way bigger that OCCUPY Wall Street”.

Cairo?   Yemen?   Bahrain?   Libya?   No, this is Los Angeles and this crowd is getting bigger, louder and more anxious.   There are nine hours to go and the police are ready.   OCCUPY L.A. is also ready.

I have just finished a tour of the OCCUPY L.A. grounds which take up the entire south and north side of the L.A. City Hall.   Ominously, the police department is just 100 feet away, across the street.

My guide for the tour is Andrew, a proud war veteran, who insists on anonymity and the protestors call him “Chef”.   As a veteran and passionate protester he has been here from the start, which is over 7 weeks.   He is involved with security, protection, the sanitation committee, “the raid committee”, and helping provide free meals to all who need them.

As we walk... Read More

Occupy: The LA Eviction (PART THREE)

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

“They’ll have to carry me out”, says J.R., the proud war veteran who has been here since day one.  Like so many of the nice people I have interviewed today, J.R. echoes a familiar theme.  No one I have met or talked to wants violence or will perpetrate violence.  And no one will voluntarily leave.  They want to be carried out.  Arrested or not, in the last four hours very few have broken camp.

Far from it.  Every night the OCCUPY L.A. numbers hold a general assembly at 7:30 p.m..  Tonight it is packed.  The crowd is well over 2,500 and as I walk towards the camp in preparation for the General Assembly I talk with more protestors who are just now arriving.

This is the 99%.  Everywhere there are veterans (lots of veterans), families, students, teachers, pensioners, out of work stock brokers, white collar workers, blue collar workers, the unemployed,... Read More