Neoteny

I'm an 18-year-old filmmaker and photographer from the Kansas City metro area. I'm majoring in Film and Video at Columbia College Chicago. This blog is going to contain a lot of my photography and things that I'm interested in. Leave me some feedback in the ask box if you enjoy or really hate what I do.

The problem with the discourse situation in America is capitalism. You can make a lot of money by being an assassin. A lot of money. It doesn’t matter if you’re right wing or left wing, alright? If you’re in and you’re a hater: radio, cable, in print, whatever. You get paid.

People do that. They go in, they don’t even believe half the stuff they say. They just rip it up. And they get paid a lot of money. And that has coursed into everything. They’re phonies. Um, and, capitalism drives that.

There are people, Americans, who want to hear hate, and they hear it. That is just blowing it all up. There are no rules on the internet. None. Go listen to these comments - after this program, I’m sure there will be chat rooms about this. Wait till you see the comments, wait till you see them, alright?

And that - it’s not coming back, either. It’s not going to get any better. But we have to live with it. Freedom of speech.

Bill O’Reilly

Video of police brutalizing defenseless, unarmed protestors lying on the ground from yesterday’s NATO summit. 

If You Enjoy The Hunger Games.

I want you to ask yourself why. Does the thought of a justified and unified people rising up against a corrupt and tyrannical government naturally appeal to you? I think that idea appeals to most people, there’s something about the human spirit that relishes in revolution.

In America you live in a country that has killed more than a hundred thousand human beings in the past 10 years overseas. A nation that has continually, violently enforced our beliefs onto older and more successful cultures. A nation that has created multinational corporations that employ children on slave wages and give them cocaine and meth to make them work faster. A nation that is continually suppressing the movements of the people expressing their first amendment rights, most times with extremely excessive violence. A democracy in which the people’s voices have continually been overshadowed by corporate lobbyists and money. 

But there is hope. We are on the cusp of something incredible in America right now. Our very own Mockingjay is about to begin. Occupations all over the nation have lasted through the winter and are planning incredible things for the spring. In May, Chicago will be the apex of a revolution that will be written in history books that our children will read in their fully funded, completely reformed schools. 

If you enjoyed the Hunger Games, if you strive for justice and love and equality and freedom in your every day lives, reach out to your local occupation and make history happen in real life. Occupy is not a political group, you do not have to be a conservative or liberal or even educated at all about any of that. Occupy is a place for people to take America’s democracy back. 

The odds are ever in our favor. They’re 99 to 1. 

http://www.adbusters.org/blogs/adbusters-blog/tactical-briefing-25.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGRXCgMdz9A
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpRan7LdNis 

NYPD calls Peaceful Occupiers Terrorists, Compares Occupy to 9/11 in Press Release

New York Times is Wrong: NYPD Lawfully Thwarts Terror & Suppresses Violence

The New York Times is wrong in claiming in an editorial that the NYPD overstepped constitutional guarantees in protecting New Yorkers from violent crime and terrorism.

The Times continues to ignore the fact that the NYPD operates under a judicial federal accord in protecting New Yorkers against terrorism.

The Police Department also lawfully stops and questions individuals acting suspiciously and, in doing so, has dramatically reduced murders in the city’s most violent-prone neighborhoods.

HANDSCHU DECREE

In intelligence gathering, the NYPD adheres to set of federal guidelines known as the Handschu consent decree, which were approved and promulgated by a federal judge.

The guidelines recognize that the NYPD must be proactive in the investigation of terrorism. They begin with the statement of a general principle which says:

“In its effort to anticipate or prevent unlawful activity, including terrorist acts, the NYPD must, at times, initiate investigations in advance of unlawful conduct.

“The NYPD is authorized to visit any place and attend any event that is open to the public” and “to conduct online search activity and to access online sites and forums on the same terms… as members of the public.”

The Department is further authorized to “prepare general reports and assessments… for purposes of strategic or operational planning.”

Those who intimate that it is unlawful for the Police Department to search online or map neighborhoods have either not read, misunderstood, or intentionally obfuscated the meaning of the Handschu guidelines.

TERRORISTS KEEP TRYING 

Before 9/11, there were terrorist attacks in each of the decades of the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, including the first attack on the World Trade Center. There have been no successful attacks in the past ten years. It’s not as if would-be terrorists aren’t trying. To the contrary, they’ve attempted to kill New Yorkers in 14 different plots, among them, two homegrown plots in 2011.

In May, the NYPD arrested Ahmed Ferhani and Mohammed Mamdouh, after Ferhani purchased firearms, ammunition, and a hand grenade from an undercover officer. Ferhani said he wanted to bomb a synagogue in Manhattan. Ferhani and Mamdouh are now in custody charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism and other crimes.

In November, the NYPD stopped another homegrown plot with the arrest of Jose Pimentel at his home in Washington Heights. Pimentel had spoken openly of his plans to attack post offices, police vehicles, and returning soldiers.

An NYPD undercover officer, working the JTTF in New Jersey was also responsible
For the arrest of two Jersey residents who tried to join terrorist overseas for training with the intent, in the words of one of them, to return to the US to “commit Jihad” here.

STOP, QUESTION, FRISK 

NYPD critics also erroneously assert that the police are racially biased in making stops, ignoring the fact that we focus police resources where spikes in violent crime are the highest, and where last year 96% of shooting victims were minorities, mainly young men of color.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE 

NYPD tactics made a difference. Last year, murders in Brooklyn North fell by 16%. That’s almost four times the citywide rate of decline. Among African-American men between the ages of 16 and 37 in neighborhoods where NYPD/ Church Coalition churches are located the decrease was even more dramatic: 33%.

NYPD DIVERSITY 

The critics also ignore the NYPD’s own diversity. In 2006, for the first time in our history, the rank of police officer became majority minority, with more black, Hispanic, and Asian officers than white. In December we graduated a Police Academy class of almost 1,600 officers. They came from 58 different countries and speak 62 languages. In January, we hired an equally diverse class of 900 recruits.

(Source: occupychi)

Last night over 100 peaceful protestors, including at least 25 journalists and press, were brutalized and beaten by the NYPD last night. This will not be on any news station, this will not be the front page of any magazine. Any kind of political dissent is a criminal offense in this country. 
Solidarity marches have been planned at occupations across the nation today.  In Chicago, the rally and march is planned for 8 tonight at Jackson and LeSalle, please go out and support OWS and show them that we will not back down, we are the people, we are united, and this occupation is not leaving. 

Stop Police Brutality solidarity march for Occupy the Midwest and OWS
Sunday, March 18th, 8PMFederal Reserve at Jackson & LaSalle, ChicagoPolice brutality has been running rampant against peaceful Occupy protesters across the US this week. In response, Occupy Chicago will be holding a rally against police brutality, and in solidarity with all groups in the Occupy movement which this brutality seeks to suppress.On March 17th, the six month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, about 800 protesters held a celebratory party at Zuccotti Park, the birthplace of the American Occupy movement. At 11:30pm, police announced that they were closing the park, in direct violation of laws allowing access to the park 24 hours a day. Scores of police cleared the park with brutal tactics. A large group of protesters refused to leave, citing the accessibility laws, and police created a human chain around the protesters and proceeded with a mass arrest.Protesters did not plan to sleep at the park, but were committed to spending the night there. Police smashed one man’s head into a window so hard that the window was shattered. One woman, while in zip ties, had a seizure as protesters shouted for the zip ties to be removed in order to provide medical attention. The medical status of these protesters is unknown at this time. As of this writing, the Huffington Post reported that police didn’t have a full count of arrests, but some reports indicate between 25-100 arrests were made. Police blocked the park with metal barricades and it is unknown when they will re-open the park.This is not the first incident this week of using police brutality to suppress the Occupy movement. In St. Louis, the four-day regional Occupy the Midwest conference was in full swing, with over 600 Occupy protesters coming from at least 18 states to participate beginning March 15. Occupy protesters participated in rallies, marches, and workshops. Participants in Occupy the Midwest attempted to occupy a city park that night. The park closed at 10pm, and at 10:30pm Eddie Roth, the city’s director of public safety, announced that the protesters were not allowed to use the park due to lack of permit. As protesters were leaving the park and marching in the street, police violently assaulted multiple protesters using batons to their faces and pepper spray. Also, the tires of the Occupy media van were slashed. 15 protesters were arrested, with two sent to the hospital. All have since been released after bail was posted by donations solicited online. “In one move, the St. Louis police, effectively, assaulted at least 18 cities at once,” said Sugar Russell, Occupy Chicago member.Video of police misconduct: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/03/18/police-cops-medic-smash-window-glass-occupy-ows/Press releases from Occupy the Midwest: http://www.facebook.com/OccupytheMidwestPress?sk=notes

Sunday, March 18th, 8PM
Federal Reserve at Jackson & LaSalle, Chicago

Police brutality has been running rampant against peaceful Occupy protesters across the US this week. In response, Occupy Chicago will be holding a rally against police brutality, and in solidarity with all groups in the Occupy movement which this brutality seeks to suppress.

On March 17th, the six month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, about 800 protesters held a celebratory party at Zuccotti Park, the birthplace of the American Occupy movement. At 11:30pm, police announced that they were closing the park, in direct violation of laws allowing access to the park 24 hours a day. Scores of police cleared the park with brutal tactics. A large group of protesters refused to leave, citing the accessibility laws, and police created a human chain around the protesters and proceeded with a mass arrest.

Protesters did not plan to sleep at the park, but were committed to spending the night there. Police smashed one man’s head into a window so hard that the window was shattered. One woman, while in zip ties, had a seizure as protesters shouted for the zip ties to be removed in order to provide medical attention. The medical status of these protesters is unknown at this time. As of this writing, the Huffington Post reported that police didn’t have a full count of arrests, but some reports indicate between 25-100 arrests were made. Police blocked the park with metal barricades and it is unknown when they will re-open the park.

This is not the first incident this week of using police brutality to suppress the Occupy movement. In St. Louis, the four-day regional Occupy the Midwest conference was in full swing, with over 600 Occupy protesters coming from at least 18 states to participate beginning March 15. Occupy protesters participated in rallies, marches, and workshops. 

Participants in Occupy the Midwest attempted to occupy a city park that night. The park closed at 10pm, and at 10:30pm Eddie Roth, the city’s director of public safety, announced that the protesters were not allowed to use the park due to lack of permit. As protesters were leaving the park and marching in the street, police violently assaulted multiple protesters using batons to their faces and pepper spray. Also, the tires of the Occupy media van were slashed. 15 protesters were arrested, with two sent to the hospital. All have since been released after bail was posted by donations solicited online. 

“In one move, the St. Louis police, effectively, assaulted at least 18 cities at once,” said Sugar Russell, Occupy Chicago member.

Video of police misconduct: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/03/18/police-cops-medic-smash-window-glass-occupy-ows/

Press releases from Occupy the Midwest: http://www.facebook.com/OccupytheMidwestPress?sk=notes

occupychi:

Pictures from the student takeover of DePaul university’s administrative offices on March 1st.

Obama just used the terms top 2% and the bottom 98% to avoid using the rhetoric of occupy, yet he pretty much said exactly what occupy wants.

Keep fighting for those ignorant Republican votes I guess…