Salt River Project

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As I write this, at 12:21 PM, on December 2, 2011, #Occupy activists are performing an action at the Salt River Project Offices in Tempe, Arizona. My information is provided by live stream and twitter. Phoenix Police, as usual, are maintaining a strong ‘police presence’, and arrests have been made. Reports are that eight people are in police custody. SRP is an ALEC member corporation, as is Arizona Public Service. A citizen of Arizona is left with no choice, if he wishes to not participate with ALEC, for these are the main, and in many cases, only options an Arizonan has for water and power. Phoenix Police maintain that they are ‘maintaining public safety’, but consistently guard ALEC from the People. It is clear who city government represents. ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, is a means whereby Charles and David Koch may control local and state government by creating law in their think tanks, and disseminating it through super lobbyists, legislators they have bought. Russell Pearce was a member of ALEC. He did the bidding of his corporate masters. SB 1070 was not about border control, rather about providing raw material, people, prisoners, for Corrections Corporation of America, an ALEC member. In conjunction with ALEC, SB1070 was crafted with assistance from FAIR, an organization heavily biased by the white supremecist eugenics influence of the Pioneer fund. Governor Jan Brewer continues Pearce’s tradition.

Member corporations participate in composing law, which profits them. Fascism, per Mussolini, is a melding of business interests with government. His approach was direct. The Koch brothers are merely using a backdoor approach, with the same end in mind. Legislation will be composed by corporations, circumventing government, thereby replacing it. Contrary to Fox News reports, that #Occupy has no message, spokespersons are succinctly expressing the dangers of mining and water table damage being done to the land of the Navajo people. Peabody coal is strongly implicated. Louise Benally, from Black Mesa, is a very articulate spokesperson, being interviewed by Channel Fifteen. An excerpt from the complaint she is trying to deliver reads: “The coal ash that they’re trying to dump on our lands now—it’s really no different than the uranium that we have suffered from for so many years. It’s toxic and poisonous, and there’s no safe place to store the coal ash.” So, are we repeating the same genocide committed in the middle of the twentieth century, then, in the name of war effort and national security, now, in the name of filthy lucre?

Channel twelve news has arrived. The action, which had briefly died down, has picked up momentum. So far, no chemical weapons have been deployed. Protestors are approaching live stream personnel at the scene, decrying their presence. Ironically, certain persons do not want the message getting out. Are they ignorant, or agent provocateurs? The Kochs and their minions have many insidious ways to destroy the effort. Advice is given to expand the mind from the small stream perspective. This is good advice.

It is now 1:03 PM, and the live stream has terminated.

It is 1:28 in the afternoon, and riot gear is beginning to be deployed. Protestors have been loud, but non-violent. It is time for the police to meet citizens expressing their rights to freedom of speech and assembly with violence. Welcome, Police State!

2:00 PM and riot cops are advancing. Scottsdale PD is kettling. Three police agencies are deployed, Phoenix, Tempe, and Scottsdale. What can the People do, if they are prevented from addressing their grievances? As the man said, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

Now, at 2:29 PM, riot cops encircle people being cut out of lockdown. Fortunately, we have no reports of an LRAD, yet. Expect chemical weapons assault at any minute. We can’t have people speaking out, now, can we? We must preserve public safety; sheep being governed by wolves.

Five more arrests have effectively ended #Occupy’s action at SRP, in Tempe. Those able to provide jail support must proceed in that endeavor. Godspeed, everyone!

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About Stefan Jacke

MagicRobert presented me with a vellum document, composed in an insane script. We were in a well secured vault in the Michener Library. His face exploded into a broad smile, as he saw me recognize the words, "That government governs best which governs least." It was a copy of "On Civil Disobedience" in the author's own hand. The experience called to mind a conversation Henry David Thoreau had with Ralph Waldo Emerson, as Thoreau sat in a jail cell, incarcerated for protesting the Mexican War. Emerson asked, "David, what are you doing in there?" Thoreau responded, "The point is, Ralph, what are you doing out there?" Once, long ago, I jumped off of big red trucks, lifted weights, and cleaned toilets for a living. Then I wrestled drunks, ran around in circles, and got splattered with blood and all manner of body fluids for a living. Now I enjoy the stillness of early morning in my rocking chair on the porch, with a hot cup of coffee, trying in vain to forget the past. Thank you, Robert!
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