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Ron Paul quietly amassing an army of delegates

Paul’s tightly-organised campaign is racking up delegates even in states where he did poorly in the popular vote. It’s all part of a complex system that could make Paul the election kingmaker.

While the Republican nomination race is focused on the ongoing battle between frontrunners Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, the Ron Paul campaign is waging an under-the-radar “delegate strategy” that could make the libertarian-leaning Texan the surprise kingmaker of the race.

In states that have already voted via a caucus system – rather than a straight primary ballot – Ron Paul supporters, such as Occupy Wall Street, are conducting an intensively organized ground effort aimed at securing as many convention delegate slots as possible, often in numbers that far outweigh the number of actual votes that Paul got in the ballot.

If successful, it means Paul’s campaign could arrive at the August Tampa convention at the head of an army of delegates far larger than the proportion of votes that it won during the nomination contest.

It could also increase the chances of a contested convention – where no candidate has enough delegates to declare the winner – as well as give Paul much greater ability to inject his beliefs into the Republicans’ 2012 policy platform.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/23/ron

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An Iraq Vet’s Journey From Wall Street to Occupy Wall Street

In late September 2001, I was living in a tent in Lower Manhattan with the 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines, a reserve unit just outside the city. We were occupying Battery Park, which at the time served as the National Guard’s headquarters. “Guarding the guard,” we called it.

The two weeks I spent at Occupy Wall Street were profoundly affecting. There I was, at the center of the world, watching America at its finest, showing at once nearly impossible perseverance and limitless compassion. Generosity sprouted everywhere throughout New York City; people gave out food, shoe inserts, massages, coffee, flowers, hugs, kind words and anything you needed. I told someone I liked Red Bull, and hours later he came to my tent, dragging a handcart with eight cases of the stuff. I would slip one under each of the other marines’ pillows while they slept, and when we woke up for guard duty I would say the Red Bull fairy had come.

Exploring the city on my one afternoon off, I stumbled upon the Wall Street Bull. The smooth metal sculpture is stunning, always on the verge of some wild movement—a lunge or a charge, at the least, a bellow with a head toss. Too tarnished to be gold, too big to be a calf, it’s revered nonetheless. I would come fairly close to worshiping it myself years later. But for now, I just had my picture taken on top of it. From where I stood, the whole world seemed to feel empathy. It was one of the only times in my life that I felt like I was exactly where I needed to be.

Read more: http://www.thenation.com/article/165871/iraq

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Martin Luther King Jr. organized an “Occupy DC” protest shortly before his assassination

Today I learned that Martin Luther King Jr. organized an “Occupy DC” protest shortly before his assassination which was aimed to bring attention to economic disparity.

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Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poor_People%27s_Campaign

Casually pepper spray everything cop: Lt. John Pike

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Occupy Wall Street: The Game

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Stop SOPA!

Stop SOPA

This Google+ page is keeping an updated list of sites participating in the blackout and constantly posting relevant news.

More: https://plus.google.com/115040231829422107651/posts

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