lundi 31 octobre 2011
Anonymous from Veracruz, Mexico, and the world, we want you to know that a member has been kidnapped when he was doing Paperstorm in our city.We demand his release. We want the army and the navy to know that we are fed up with the criminal group Zetas, who have concentrated on kidnapping, stealing and blackmailing in different ways. One of them is charging every honest and hardworking citizen of Veracruz who busts their rears working day after day to feed their families.We are fed up with taxi drivers, commanders and "police-zetas" officers of Xalapa, Córdoba, Orizaba, Nogales, Río Blanco and Camerinos... who are chickens and have made themselves the most loyal servants of these assholes.For the time being, we will not post photos or the names ... of the taxi drivers, the journalists or the newspapers nor of the police officers, but if needed, we will publish them including their addresses, to see if by doing so the government will arrest them.We cannot defend ourselves with a weapon, but if we can do this with their cars, houses, bars, brothels and everything else in their possession. It will not be difficult. We all know who they are and where they are.You made a huge mistake by taking one of us. Release him. And if anything happens to him, you will always remember this upcoming November 5th . Knowledge is free.We are Anonymous.
We are legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Continue reading on Examiner.com Anonymous targets deadly Mexican drug cartel Los Zetas - National Anonymous | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/anonymous-in-national/anonymous-targets-deadly-mexican-drug-cartel-los-zetas-1?CID=examiner_alerts_article#ixzz1cOFDzzxQ
In the following century this became The Guion, a chess club for gentlemen, which turned into a focus for Royalists - Les Amis de la Religion et du Roi - during the French Revolution and was the scene of violent clashes with the insurgents in December 1790.
In 1840, the establishment was purchased by two waiters who gave the current brasserie its name, and it became a haunt for the beau monde of Aix. Paul Cézanne - as he wrote in a letter to his son in 1906 - came here on occasion to enjoy a very leisurely three-hour apéritif between 4pm and 7pm, some times with his friend, the novelist Emile Zola, at others with local businessmen.
Very many other famous names have downed a glass here too, including Picasso, Churchill, Mistangett, Edith Piaf, André Malraux, Jean-Paul Sartre, Raimu, Alain Delon, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Cocteau.
More recently, Sophie Marceau, Jean Reno, Hugh Grant and Georges Clooney have all dropped by. Sketches of some of these clients decorate the walls on the staircase up to the toilets.
Today the classy ambiance remains, though the clientele is just as likely to consist of tourists and students, described thus by Peter Mayle in A Year in Provence: "Aix is a university town, and there is clearly something in the curriculum that attracts pretty students.
"The terrace of the Deux Garçons is always full of them, and they are taking a degree course in café deportment..." It is, Mayle continues, a tough discipline that involves perfecting the art of the subtly ostentatious entrance, the skilled deployment of sunglasses and the multiple kiss on the cheek, and it is always amusing to watch.
On the ground floor is a large and very ornate mirrored dining room all decked out in green and gilt. Waiters in long black aprons zip to and fro here, and along the wide terrace, where you can watch the world in the generous shade of a plane tree in summer or - in the glassed-in part of it - the comforting glow of an outdoor heater in winter.
On the first floor is a L-shaped piano bar with high windows looking on to the Cours, for when the Mistral blows too bitterly. The food is traditional bistro fare (snacks only are served outside the traditional mealtimes) although you can always linger over a rosé, a pastis or a coffee.
Where: 53 bis cours Mirabeau, 13100 Aix-en-Provence Tel: (+33) 4 42 52 58 74. Website for Les Deux Garçons
Congratulations atheists… you are more well-behaved than the rest of society. No, this isn’t a “pat you on the back” piece. But, I think it’s important for us to remember that we ARE moral people that know how to be good citizens without a divine babysitter telling us what’s right and wrong. And, there is evidence to show that this is correct.
In 2005, the Kripke Center released a detailed study called, “Cross-National Correlations of Quantifiable Societal Health with Popular Religiosity and Secularism in the Prosperous Democracies.” Long title, I know. But, what it said was very important and gets overlooked by many atheists. Keep in mind, the Kripke Center ISN’T secular and has no reason to promote a secular view. According to their own website, “The Kripke Center is dedicated to facilitating scholarly activity in the areas of religion and society. Special attention is given to promoting understanding between and among faith communities, including especially Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The Kripke Center’s primary audience is the academic community, but its scholarship and services are available to all who seek them. The Center is named in honor of Rabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke.” The study had some amazing discoveries. They concluded:
Indeed, the data examined in this study demonstrates that only the more secular, pro-evolution democracies have, for the first time in history, come closest to achieving practical “cultures of life” that feature low rates of lethal crime, juvenile-adult mortality, sex related dysfunction, and even abortion. The least theistic secular developed democracies such as Japan, France, and Scandinavia have been most successful in these regards. The non-religious, pro-evolution democracies contradict the dictum that a society cannot enjoy good conditions unless most citizens ardently believe in a moral creator. The widely held fear that a Godless citizenry must experience societal disaster is therefore refuted. Contradicting these conclusions requires demonstrating a positive link between theism and societal conditions in the first world with a similarly large body of data – a doubtful possibility in view of the observable trends.
It also stated (check out the graphs at the bottom of the report to see for yourself) that the United States, while still one of the most religious countries on earth, also has the highest rates of teen pregnancy, STDs, and abortions. So much for god looking out for his flock, right? They note:
There is evidence that within the U.S. strong disparities in religious belief versus acceptance of evolution are correlated with similarly varying rates of societal dysfunction, the strongly theistic, anti-evolution south and mid-west having markedly worse homicide, mortality, STD, youth pregnancy, marital and related problems than the northeast where societal conditions, secularization, and acceptance of evolution approach European norms
But, I digress… This post was supposed to be about crime. But, it all ties together, which is why I felt it was important to start with the above information. Ask anyone with a masters in criminology and they’ll tell you that crime is caused by so many social issues: poverty, parenting, religion, economics, demographics, geography, etc. It’s a deep issue with a lot of sides. But, I want to look at just one… religious affiliation of those in prison. Denise Golumbaski, Research Analyst for the Federal Bureau of Prisons released the following numbers in 1997 under the Freedom of Information Act. take a look:
Response Number % ---------------------------- -------- Catholic 29267 39.164% Protestant 26162 35.008% Muslim 5435 7.273% American Indian 2408 3.222% Nation 1734 2.320% Rasta 1485 1.987% Jewish 1325 1.773% Church of Christ 1303 1.744% Pentecostal 1093 1.463% Moorish 1066 1.426% Buddhist 882 1.180% Jehovah Witness 665 0.890% Adventist 621 0.831% Orthodox 375 0.502% Mormon 298 0.399% Scientology 190 0.254% Atheist 156 0.209% Hindu 119 0.159% Santeria 117 0.157% Sikh 14 0.019% Bahai 9 0.012% Krishna 7 0.009% ---------------------------- -------- Total Known Responses 74731 100.001% (rounding to 3 digits does this) Unknown/No Answer 18381 ---------------------------- Total Convicted 93112 80.259% (74731) prisoners' religion is known. Held in Custody 3856 (not surveyed due to temporary custody) ---------------------------- Total In Prisons 96968
If you look at just the Judeo-Christian totals, they account for 83.761% of the total survey.
Catholic 29267 39.164%
Protestant 26162 35.008%
Rasta 1485 1.987%
Jewish 1325 1.773%
Church of Christ 1303 1.744%
Pentecostal 1093 1.463%
Jehovah Witness 665 0.890%
Adventist 621 0.831%
Orthodox 375 0.502%
Mormon 298 0.399%
So, what can we conclude from this? Either Atheists are really good at getting away with crime, or we commit less of it. I think the latter is more plausible. Yes, the total population of ”admitted atheists” in the country at that time was only about 8-15%. You would then expect the total prison population to be about the same… but it wasn’t. Atheists accounted for 0.209% of the total incarcerated – 1/5th of 1%. That’s at least 40 times lower than would be expected from random distribution based on the population. Hmmm…
Now, let me address the “naysayers” who will attack this (and there are many). There are obviously some difficulties in establishing the “validity” of the numbers. Yes, they DO come from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, but people have made claims like “some atheists in prison say they are religious to get better parole”. While this may be true, it couldn’t be the majority, and most states don’t require religious affiliation to be listed in files available to parole boards. The results shown above was a random sampling of about 5% of the total US prison population (which anyone that has taken a basic statistics class knows is statistically significant and a big enough sample size to extrapolate results across the board). If religious affiliation was on EVERY prisoner file, this chart would have had more than 74,000+ prisoners… it didn’t.
Also, some people claim that the “8-15%” number of atheists in America at the time is highly suspect and must be exaggerated since it’s assumed that it includes “non-theists” that aren’t really “atheists”. My answer…. BIG FUCKING DEAL! Even if the study only counted 10% of the total of atheists in prison and the numbers for the whole U.S. population were as small as 4%, that’s still less in prison than in the overall citizenry. I don’t mean to use the numbers to say that being religious MAKES you commit crime… but i think it’s fair to conclude that being religiousDOESN’T PREVENT YOU FROM BECOMING A CRIMINAL! If god (or gods – depending on the religion) is “looking out for” believers or giving them some form of moral compass not available to the heathens amongst us, then how do so many of them wind up in prison.
Myth: Religious people are better people and make for a better society! Result: Well… BUSTED!
EXTRA NOTE: As someone pointed out to me on Reddit, there is most likely a correlation here to intelligence. I had thought about it but didn’t think it was worth mentioning. There is a correlation between education level and belief in god. Smarter people tend to be atheists and smarter (better educated) people also tend to commit less crime (or hire better lawyers – LOL). So, I can see how it is possible that the less educated you are, the more likely you are to commit crime AND be a believer in a fantastical myth! I don’t presume to state that the evidence above is proof that being a believer MAKES you commit crime, but I think it’s fair to say that being an atheist means that you might be better educated than your religious peers and therefore less likely to commit crime. The belief or non-belief IS NOT the deciding factor to crime… just a correlation. I am only speaking to “moral authority” here, just showing that believers are no more “moral” or “good” due to their belief in a supernatural babysitter.
ONE MORE NOTE: Several people have asked what the overall religious population of the United States looked like in 1997 when these numbers on criminals were released. The following is the best I can find if from http://www.religioustolerance.org/us_rel1.htm:
|In 1997, the US Society and Values magazine published an overview of religion in the U.S., using data from the Pluralism Project at Harvard University. 3,4 They reported:|
The Weather has gone nuts. A record number of Tornadoes. Record drought
Record volcanoes As many in one year as what used to take a decade.Record earthquakes. Record crop devastation. Floods. Tides are rising, and the moons orbit is off.solar flares. Power Transformers exploding everywhere. Brightest Northern Lights ever. Magnetic poles are shifting faster and faster
The Solar activity of the sun is at an all time high.
Bees are vanishing. New fault lines awakened in Virginia, & Nevada to name a few. Giant sink holes opening up all around the world.
dimanche 30 octobre 2011
Here are a few chants if your stuck:
-"We. Are. The 99%."
-"The People, United, will never be defeated!"
-"(ORDER)Tell/Show Me What Democracy Looks Like.(RESPONSE)This is What Democracy Looks Like!"
-"Banks got bailed out, we got sold out!"
-"Who's streets, Our streets!"
-"Money for jobs and education, not for war and occupation!"
-"Occupy [INSERT PLACE/CITY]!"
-"End The Fed!"
-"Down with the system."
-"We, the people, want the fall of the Fed." (Taken from a variation of the Arab slogan, We, the people, want the fall of the regime.)
Again, the imagination is always best.
If you don't want to go on the streets or not able to, practice The Cacerolazo tactic, which is playing loud chants off speakers or making noise from your own house. This tactic was proved successful in other countries; it's time to put it to good use, here, and everywhere else.
Let us become United as One. We are the 99%.
Citizens of the world,
We are Anonymous.
It seems that in this dark hour, many of us are lost and unguided as to how or what they can contribute towards the movement. As we stand together in solidarity with our fellow brothers and sisters, we also witness these very people being assaulted and detained by the very entities that were procured to protect us. As such, we intend to extend an informing arm to those of you who feel this way. There are viable alternatives as to how you may help and we intend to provide you with the necessary information as such.
Gather your friends, your family, your co-workers and even your pets. Get the word out to them. Band together and make signs. Stand your ground and peacefully protest against the atrocities that the government has inflicted upon you. You could be on the street, at work or even at your local mall. Various slogans, such as those used in the Occupy marches as well as others stated in the description, have been provided for you to use. However, your imagination is a great place to start. You must never doubt the power of your voice because when you stand together with everyone in solidarity, the world will hear you.
You also have the opportunity to protest from your own home. A tactic that has been used by many protesters around the world. The Cacerolazo tactic, is a form of protest that you can carry out in the comfort of your own home. Using speakers and creating other noise, you can spread the message of unity with the protesters.
However, we must stress that in no way do we invite violence or the use of aggressive force against the police or their assorted authoritarian counterparts. If our voices are to be heard, they deserve to be given fair criticism. As such, violence will only eradicate the essence of our intentions as a whole. Do not forget that every single one of us share in your grieviances.
We all have a voice.
You too, have a voice.
It is time for you to use it.
Let us unite.
Operation Vocalize, engaged.
We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We are the 99%.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.