27 Dec 2012
A Eulogy for #Occupy | Wired Opinion | Wired.com http://www.wired.com/opinion/2012/12/a-eulogy-for-occupy/all/&src=longreads This has to be one of the most comprehensive articles and historical records ever written about the movement.
Kudos, many thanks, and much gratitude to Quinn Norton for writing such a thorough piece.0 Comments Continue reading
The “People’s Bailout” Was Just the Beginning: What’s Next for Strike Debt?
Thomas Gokey is one of the creators of Occupy’s Rolling Jubilee, which is preparing to purchase and cancel $9 million of ordinary people’s medical debt. Here, he speaks about the project’s origins, methods, and future.
by Fabien Tepper, Yes Magazine
12 Dec 2012
So this past Sunday, I was honored by America’s outspoken Domestic Goddess turned medical marijuana activist, and Presidential candidate, Roseanne Barr. by having been invited to be a guest on her talk radio show.
I have been blessed to have become online friends with her over Twitter, and have met her in person on two occasions. First at the Green Party Presidential Debate in SF, and in Oakland where she spoke at Oaksterdam University.
(Ustream video of her Oaksterdam speech CLICK HERE).
She has been an inspiration in my life, having watched her show, and been deeply moved by it (see below for a few of my favorite scenes). I am humbled and (to be honest) a little, not really star-struck, but have been taken aback at this universe that weaves a web of tangled relationships, of everyone to everything at some point or another.
So I say here, thank you to both the Earth’s Goddess and our Domestic Goddess, Roseanne, for not only having me on your show, but for everything you are, have been, and will be, to this Earth, and the lives you have touched along the way. I know we are all better for having you in it. Even as you piss off, curse at, and love unconditionally, the lovers, the haters, and the freedom fighters.
Much Respect, J’Tao @punkboyinsf
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(full show is 1 hour Jonny Argent show, 1 hour Roseanne show)
Some of my favorite scenes from Roseanne’s sitcom
Everyone wonders where creative people get their inspiration.Actually, I’ve found it’s all around you.
Take Leon for instance… Leon is not really as cool as I made him. He’s the only gay guy I know who belongs to the Elk’s Club… Then there’s Scott. He really is a probate lawyer I met about a year ago and introduced to Leon. I guess I didn’t get too creative there…
A lot of kids have called my son a nerd but, as I told him, they called Steven Spielberg a nerd too. A lot of times nerds are really artists who just listen to the beat of a different drum…
My mom came from a generation where women were supposed to be submissive about everything. I never bought into that, and I wish mom hadn’t either. I wish she had made different choices. So I think that’s why I made her gay. I wanted her to have some sense of herself as a woman… Oh yeah, and she’s nuts…
My sister, in real life, unlike my mother, is gay. She always told me she was gay, but for some reason, I always pictured her with a man. She’s been my rock, and I would not have made it this far without her.
I guess Nancy’s kind of my hero too… Cause she got out of a terrible marriage and found a great spiritual strength. I don’t know what happened to that husband of hers but in my book I sent him into outer space…
When Becky brought David home a few years ago I thought, “This is wrong!” He was much more Darlene’s type… When Darlene met Mark, I thought he went better with Becky… I guess I was wrong. But I still think they’d be more compatible the other way around. So in my writing, I did what any good mother would do. I fixed it…
I lost Dan last year when he had his heart attack. He’s still the first thing I think about when I wake up and the last thing I think about before I go to sleep. I miss him…
Dan and I always felt that it was our responsibility as parents to improve the lives of our children by 50% over our own. And we did. We didn’t hit our children as we were hit, we didn’t demand their unquestioning silence, and we didn’t teach our daughters to sacrifice more than our sons.
As a modern wife, I walked a tight rope between tradition and progress, and usually, I failed, by one outsider’s standards or another’s. But I figured out that neither winning nor losing count for women like they do for men. We women are the one’s who transform everything we touch. And nothing on earth is higher than that.
My writing’s really what got me through the last year after Dan died. I mean at first I felt so betrayed as if he had left me for another women. When you’re a blue-collar woman and your husband dies it takes away your whole sense of security. So I began writing about having all the money in the world and I imagined myself going to spas and swanky New York parties just like the people on TV, where nobody has any real problems and everything’s solved within 30 minutes. I tried to imagine myself as Mary Richards, Jeannie, That Girl. But I was so angry I was more like a female Steven Segal wanting to fight the whole world.
For a while I lost myself in food and a depression so deep that I couldn’t even get out of bed till I saw that my family needed me to pull through so that they could pull through. One day, I actually imagined being with another man. But then I felt so guilty I had to pretend it was for some altruistic reason.
And then Darlene had the baby, and it almost died. I snapped out of the mourning immediately, and all of my life energy turned into choosing life. In choosing life, I realized that my dreams of being a writer wouldn’t just come true; I had to do the work.
And as I wrote about my life, I relived it, and whatever I didn’t like, I rearranged. I made a commitment to finish my story even if I had to write in the basement in the middle of the night while everyone else was asleep.
But the more I wrote, the more I understood myself and why I had made the choices I made, and that was the real jackpot. I learned that dreams don’t work without action; I learned that no one could stop me but me. I learned that love is stronger than hate. And most important, I learned that God does exist. He and/or She is right inside you, underneath the pain, the sorrow, and the shame.
I think I’ll be a lot better now that this book is done.
Keith Faber: Roseanne, I told you not to walk away from me!
Roseanne Conner: I’m walking away from you, Faber, and I’m walking away from this stinkin’ factory, and I’m walking away from this lousy job.
[Roseanne punches out, quits]
Keith Faber: [after Roseanne quits by dramatically punching out, and tossing her time-card on the floor] Well, that was a wonderful performance, Roseanne, but if any of you are considering joining her, may I point out there are two doors to this room; one that pays, and one that doesn’t.
Roseanne Conner: [following Roseanne's lead, Jackie punches out, quits. Vonda punches out, quits. Sylvia punches out, quits. Crystal punches out, quits] I guess we’re not going to make our quota today, hunny-bunch.
Jackie: Look at me, I’ve got nothin’. No boyfriend, no meaningful job, no husband, no family. It’s just me. It’s just me and my ganja.
Jackie: [Jackie is stoned and laying the bathtub] Is this the sink? Am I shrinking?
Roseanne: Well, we ought to be able to handle this okay. I mean, ya know, it’s just masturbation.
Quote from T. E. Lawrence displayed at the end of the series
”Those who dream by night, in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that all was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, and make it possible.”2 Comments Continue reading
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