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Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review
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“Most journalists in the United States believe the press here is free. That grand illusion only helps obscure the fact that, by and large, the US corporate press does not report what’s really going on, while tuning out, or laughing off, all those who try to do just that. Americans–now more than ever–need those outlets that do labor to report some truth. Project Censored is not just among the bravest, smartest, and most rigorous of those outlets, but the only one that’s wholly focused on those stories that the corporate press ignores, downplays, and/or distorts. This latest book is therefore a must read for anyone who cares about this country, its tottering economy, and–most important– what’s now left of its democracy.” –Mark Crispin Miller, author, professor of media ecology, New York University.
“Project Censored interrogates the present in the same way that Oliver Stone and I tried to interrogate the past in our Untold History of the United States. It not only shines a penetrating light on the American Empire and all its deadly, destructive, and deceitful actions, it does so at a time when the Obama administration is mounting a fierce effort to silence truth-tellers and whistleblowers. Project Censored provides the kind of fearless and honest journalism we so desperately need in these dangerous times.” —Peter Kuznick, professor of history, American University, and coauthor, with Oliver Stone, of The Untold History of the United States
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Fair Share of the Common Heritage

To address human “collaboration and the common good” is to discuss the power of cooperation and community — the social synergy that shows up as people’s movements when citizens come together to resolve collective issues.  This stands in contrast to the dominant commercial culture that markets fear and worships self interest. In the market-based culture the economy is center story, and problems, obligations, law, and individual achievement are key values.

Our Vacuous Resource Policy – An Analogy

THE PERFECT ANALOGY Imagine this: there is a crime wave of homicides in your community. People are being shot all over and bodies litter the streets. The newspapers and talk radio are obsessed with it. But what are they talking about? They are universally lamenting the waste of bullets. How much the bullets cost, how […]

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Solutions Uber Alles (Part one of five)

This is the first of five discussions of political change, centered on the egregious overuse of the planet’s resources as a model for a wider view: The need for solutions thinking.  Recycling is no solution for anything. The Theory of Zero Waste explained. Personal Efforts for Zero Waste.  Epilogue: Applications.  (See Zero Waste Link) ___________________________________________________________ […]

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Recycling in Berkeley? (Part two of five)

Recycling is no solution to anything Now boys and girls we are going to have a sermon. I looked it up, and a sermon doesn’t have to be religious, it can be moral too. And sermons often like to take off from a text. So here is the text for today’s sermon. It is a […]

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Waste, Wealth and Weather (Part three of five)

Zero Waste – the real deal In part two, I offered a lot of hints about what a Zero Waste society would actually look like – or work like – but here I want to be more explicit. The Laws of Zero Waste Zero Waste theory is built around two main laws and a couple […]

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Personal Zero Waste Efforts (Part four of five)

I’ve spent some time trying to convince you that recycling is a waste of time so you may be surprised to read that I will start off my list of things to do for a personal zero waste effort with recycling. Do it! Fill up that green bin! Why? Because it will make you feel […]

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Zero Waste Epilogue – Applications (Part five of five)

In the earlier four articles I explored various aspects of Zero Waste as an actual, workable theory but I really didn’t explain any nuts and bolts. You are probably still wondering what it really all comes down to. After all, you know what recycling means. It means you put paper and glass and etc. into […]

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Water for the Commons!

By T. M. Steiner The war on water privatization tenaciously struggles on.  Corporations advocating water privatization aim only to gain further economic and political power and negate the public advocacy for the right of constituents to retain their community’s water supplies.  Globally, citizens are threatened by the commercial investments in their water supply with respect to cost, […]

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Popular Resistance against India’s War on Commoners

Review of Arundhati Roy’s Walking with the Comrades (Penguin, 2011) by Andy Lee Roth Associate Director, Project Censored The nation of India boasts one of the world’s highest economic growth rates.  At the same time, eight states in India are home to more of the world’s poor than live in all of Africa’s twenty-six sub-Saharan […]

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The Fair Share of the Common Heritage Award

Entries are being accepted for the Fair Share of the Common Heritage Award. Entries should be original contributions focused on the Fair Share of the Common Heritage, also referred to as Fair Share Capitalism. Submissions should develop theory or propose activism to advance the Fair Share of the Common Heritage Wealth and the public’s understanding […]

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#OccupyHemp: Don’t let the truth go up in smoke

Mickey Z.   “The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.” – Carl Sagan   Upon receiving an invite to the NYC Cannabis March on May 5, I found […]

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Occupy for All Abilities: #PissOnPity

Mickey Z.   “While they were saying it couldn’t be done, it was done.” – Helen Keller   One Sunday afternoon last November—in the pre-eviction Liberty Square/Zuccotti Park encampment—my jaded eyes lit up when I saw a sign that read: KRIPS OCCUPY WALL STREET. Mic Check: The sight of dozens of disability rights activists occupying […]

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Corporate Power vs. Animal Rights: #DeOccupyAETA

Mickey Z.   “We know we cannot be kind to animals until we stop exploiting them—exploiting animals in the name of science, exploiting animals in the name of sport, exploiting animals in the name of fashion, and yes, exploiting animals in the name of food.” – César Chávez   If anyone requires proof that dark […]

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Life Outside the Box: #DeOccupyBinaryThinking

Mickey Z.   “Think outside the box, collapse the box, and take a fucking sharp knife to it.” – Banksy   As we bear witness to the current version of America’s presidential election charade, I’ll remind you of something I wrote earlier this year: The most consistent and primary difference between Republicans and Democrats is […]

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Occupy Your Spine: #ActivismRequiresBackbone

Mickey Z. “Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it with our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories.” – Arundhati […]

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Talk to Your Neighbors (& #OccupyLaughter)

Mickey Z.   “The love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply means being able to say, “What are you going through?” – Simone Weil   In this digital age, we’ve all experienced situations in which a text message or e-mail was misconstrued because the person on the receiving end could not discern tone. […]

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Occupy for the Multi-Legged: #EcosystemBeforeEconomics

Mickey Z.   “If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.” – E. O. Wilson   Too often, we humans like to see ourselves as above or perhaps not […]

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Occupy Rivers: #EcosystemBeforeEconomics

Mickey Z.   “May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back…” – Rainer Maria Rilke   The land we currently call “United States of America” is home to more than a quarter-million rivers. Of those 3.5 million miles of water: 235,000 miles have been channelized More than […]

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Occupy Mountains: #SayNo2MountaintopRemoval

Mickey Z.   “What are men to rocks and mountains?” – Jane Austen   While on a flight to Portland, Oregon a few years back, I looked out the window and my jaw dropped at the sight of Mount Hood. Moments like that make it easy to love mountains but—except for climbers and greedy coal […]

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Salt of the Earth: #OccupyMilitantMovies

Mickey Z. Since I’ve already told you how today’s occupants can learn from the labor movement and how essential it is to #occupy filmmaking, how about a union-themed, somewhat forgotten movie classic as a path toward activist inspiration? Name the best-known early 1950s motion picture with a union theme? Easy. That would be On the […]

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Agenda: Hydrate Your Mind, Smash Corporate Power, #Occupy4AllSpecies

Mickey Z.   Walk down most streets on Manhattan’s Upper East Side on a weekday morning and you’ll find yourself dodging the watery spray kicked up by dozens of hose-wielding doormen cleansing the pavement for the daily parade of designer shoes and custom running sneakers. (Stick close, this is gonna be a meandering path) Men […]

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Occupy Disorder: #ForTheFuture

Mickey Z.   “Undermine their pompous authority, reject their moral standards, make anarchy and disorder your trademarks.” – Sid Vicious   Here in New York City, when Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s private army goes on an arrest binge, the ostensible reasons range from trespassing to carrying books or food into Liberty Square (Zuccotti Park) to making […]

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Occupy MLK: #RealityNotWhitewashing

Mickey Z.   “Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.” – MLK   This year, as we mark the 83rd birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I have two revolutionary suggestions: Learn about the real MLK, not the whitewashed product Apply his vision in the name of our shared heritage […]

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Occupy Your Heart: #FeelMoreThinkLess

Mickey Z. Oscar Wilde sez: “The heart was made to be broken.” My mother passed away four years ago on January 12, 2008. She was nearly 72 and had been very ill since mid-2005. On some level, one might think that maybe I had time to “come to terms” with a sense of inevitably. But […]

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Occupy No Demands: #ChooseUtopiaOverReform

Mickey Z. We will ask nothing. We will demand nothing. We will take, occupy. (graffiti: Paris, 1968) For nearly four months, we’ve heard some version of this simplistic gripe about Occupy Wall Street (OWS): But what are their demands? Please allow me to first address this distasteful demand for demands: To ask such a question […]

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Occupy to the Sky: #PickOutTheHayseeds

Mickey Z. “Buy the sky and sell the sky and lift your arms up to the sky…” – Michael Stipe It’s warm for early January. Climate change warm, you might say. I’m checking the mail when I decide to step outside my apartment building for a little air: Astoria, Queens, New York City, USA air…as […]

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De-Occupy the Two-Party Fraud: #Vote4Me?

Mickey Z.   “Spare a thought for the stay-at-home voter/His empty eyes gaze at strange beauty shows/And parades of gray-suited grafters/A choice of cancer or polio.” – “Salt of the Earth,” Mick & Keith Whenever I’d give a talk during 2008, I’d open up by presenting what I called a “public service announcement.” With tongue […]

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Occupy Counter-Recruitment: #NoWarButClassWar

Mickey Z.   “The pioneers of a warless world are the youth that refuse military service.” – Albert Einstein There are so many reasons why we must #Occupy against US foreign policy and far too many of them relate to a wide range of criminal behavior by America’s volunteer soldiers. We must #Occupy against soldiers […]

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DeOccupy the Death Penalty: #Occupy4Mumia

Mickey Z.   “You will find a blacker world on death row than anywhere else.” – Mumia Abu-Jamal Of the roughly 3200 human beings currently languishing on death row all across god’s country, some are guilty, some innocent, some mentally disabled—but all await a grisly, taxpayer-subsidized death. Thankfully, the man quoted above is no longer […]

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More than one way to Occupy: #KeepYerToolboxFull

Mickey Z. “The secret of being miserable is to have the leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure is occupation.” – GB Shaw Scenario #1: Let’s say you’re a handy man/woman/person and you get hired for a job. I’m guessing you’d bring your full toolbox to the worksite. After all, […]

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Occupy to keep “perma” in permafrost: #EcosystemBeforeEconomics

Mickey Z.   “In a world where the dead have returned to life, the word ‘trouble’ loses much of its meaning.” – Dennis Hopper #OccupySciFiScenario The opening lines of a recent New York Times article by Justin Gillis may appear to many readers as if they were part of a big budget film treatment: “A […]

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DeOccupy Hope: #ChooseAction

Mickey Z. “Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torments of man.” – Friedrich Nietzsche Barack Obama promised hope but what we got was more illegal military interventions, the targeted assassinations of US citizens, and laws that allow the US to indefinitely detain suspects anywhere in the world without charge or trial. […]

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De-Occupy Shopping Daze: #SayNo2Fir (& other traditions)

Mickey Z. “We’re all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here.” – Clark Griswold #De-OccupyFir In my neighborhood of Astoria, the most clear-cut (insert rimshot here) sign that Santa season is fully upon us is the sudden appearance of Xmas tree lots hawking pines and firs newly separated from their roots. […]

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De-Occupy Lazy: #Thinking4Yourself/Action4All

Mickey Z. “Unless you’re a sex-mad, anti-social, anti-Semitic exhibitionist with an appreciation for law-breaking, Occupy Wall Street is unlikely to be your cup of tea.” – David A. Ridenour, president of the National Center for Public Policy Research “Early in life, I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.” – […]

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Occupy Sustainability: #MakeMoviesNotMissiles

Mickey Z. “To live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” – Howard Zinn During my many visits to the original Occupy Wall Street (OWS) encampment, I’d often found myself hanging out at the Sustainability table. This will probably come […]

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Occupy Radical Fitness: #MaintainMilitantMuscle

Mickey Z. “Any workout which does not involve a certain minimum of danger or responsibility does not improve the body; it just wears it out.” – Norman Mailer Being radical needn’t require one to eschew sleep, smoke a pack a minute, and sport a rail-thin heroin addict physique. Then again, neither should Michael Moore serve […]

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DeOccupy Cruelty: #SayNo2Fur&Leather

Mickey Z. “I admit to having worn suede and leather myself for a while, but you just never felt clean, and it’s degenerate anyway to use animal skins.” – Andy Warhol So there you are at your local Occupation. You got there on foot, by bicycle, or by public transportation; you’ve packed your vegan lunch; […]

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DeOccupy Extinctions: #WishYouWereHere

Mickey Z. The future will only contain what we put into it now (graffiti, Paris 1968) Thanks to the ever-growing and evolving Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, capitalism itself (and its sinister spin-offs) is finally in the crosshairs. While some protesters talk of reforms and tweaks, many are beginning to recognize the stark reality that […]

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Occupy Thanksgiving: #RadicalizeYerRelatives

Mickey Z. “Pass the gravy.” “How ’bout them Packers?” “I wonder how much of this food is genetically modified.” Hmm…which line doesn’t belong? The table talk at many holiday gatherings often fluctuates between strained and superficial at best—as most folks try to keep the family peace. This reality can leave the radicals in quite a […]

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Occupy Endurance: #Thanks4TheWakeUpCall

Mickey Z. “Thanks for the wild turkey and the passenger pigeons, destined to be shit out through wholesome American guts.” – William S. Burroughs, (from “A Thanksgiving Prayer,” 1986) Make no mistake about it: Occupy Wall Street (OWS) will regroup. It will be stronger than ever, less centralized, and harder for the authorities to track. […]

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Occupy Class War: #Unity&TransparencyLead2Action

Mickey Z. “The more powerful the class, the more it claims not to exist.” – Guy Debord If I were attempting to discern why Occupy Wall Street (OWS) has caught on while so many other protests and fledgling movements did not, I’d have to guess it was this fundamental idea: 99%. A steadfast commitment to […]

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DeOccupy the Oceans: #EcosystemBeforeEconomics

Mickey Z. “If we kill everything in the ocean, and if we pollute the ocean to a point where it can’t sustain life, we’re committing suicide.” – Peter Benchley, author of Jaws When a high-ranking member of the criminal class like NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg speaks, it can be quite instructive for the 99%. For […]

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Occupy Activism: #Action&GlobalSolidarity

Mickey Z. “If you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine.” – Che Guevara Are you or are you not part of the 99%? As long as trees are clear-cut, animals are tortured in labs, child labor is commonplace, women are abused and mutilated, and the Third World is […]

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Occupy Photojournalism: #Aim&Shoot4DirectAction

Mickey Z. “I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.”  – Diane Arbus The most effective weapon in the arsenal of the 1% is the corporate media. Not even the brute force of the police—the army of the affluent—compares with the immense power of programming via propaganda. Consider the […]

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Occupy Participation (part 2): #SomeThingsAreBiggerThanAnyOfUs

Mickey Z. “There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin As the eloquent Ms. Nin explains above, there is such a thing as a pain threshold. In the struggle for social change, this may be the point […]

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DeOccupyHalloween: #WhoNeedsZombiesWhenWeHaveWallStreet?

Mickey Z. Halloween is an odd holiday. The ostensible concept—as it has evolved to become—is to shock, startle, frighten, petrify, horrify, and/or terrify…all while consuming enough high fructose corn syrup to keep the American Dental Association content for another century or two. But as you devour those Twizzlers, Bon Bons, and Almond Joys, you might […]

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OccupyParticipation: #CommonalityNotComplaint

Mickey Z. “The greatest mistake of the movement has been trying to organize sleeping people around specific goals. You have to wake the people up first, then you’ll get action.” – Malcolm X If you identify in any way as part of the proverbial 99%, I’ve got a question for you about Occupy Wall Street: […]

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Occupy4GeneralStrike (#HitEmWhereItHurts)

Mickey Z. “A strike is an incipient revolution. Many large revolutions have grown out of a small strike.” – William “Big Bill” Haywood The whole world is watching (and is way ahead of us) Thanks to the popularity of my recent articles here at Fair Share of the Common Heritage, I found myself recruited to […]

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Occupy4Life: #revolution in the name of all species

Mickey Z. If you really wanna get technical, the land was “occupied” by plants and animals first… Of course, the above statement relies on how one interprets the word “occupied,” but… What’s not open to interpretation is that 80% of the world’s forests have been cut down and raising taxes on the rich won’t bring […]

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Occupy Reality: #context, re: peaceful protests (and more)

Mickey Z. “Democracy don’t rule the world/You’d better get that in your head/This world is ruled by violence/But I guess that’s better left unsaid” — Bob Dylan Just as talk begins of Occupy Wall Street (OWS) seeking to expand beyond Zuccotti Park/Liberty Plaza, comes NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly telling tales of (unarmed) protestors (purportedly) “targeting” […]

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Occupy Imperfection: Choosing process over purity

Mickey Z. “It’s just the beginning. It’s not happening like we thought it would. It’s not happening the way we wanted it to, but it is happening.” – John Reed to Emma Goldman in Reds Occupation is just a word. If we don’t like what that word has meant in the past, well, let’s steal […]

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