NYU New School Re-occupation Media Roundup

A steady stream of micro-news has been filtering in today about the reoccupation of 65 Fifth Avenue by students of The New School for Social Research. The best stuff out there at the moment can be found here, via the New York Times CityRoom blog:

[…] students at the scene described a tumultuous situation in which protesters were pepper-sprayed before being placed in handcuffs and loaded by police officers into the back of a white van, around 11:30 a.m. Mr. Browne said it was “untrue that pepper spray or mace were used in effectuating the arrests.”

A video (see above) shot by a freelance journalist, Brandon Jourdan of Brooklyn, showed about a half-dozen police officers standing near the door on 14th Street when it was pushed open from inside. The footage then shows officers shaking cans of pepper spray as they hold the door back, spraying inside the corridor, and then slamming the door shut. The footage showed an officer, a few moments later, lunging toward Mr. Jourdan’s camera, before swerving toward a young man standing on the street shouting. In the footage, the officer pushed the man’s face and knocked him to the ground before arresting him.

NY1.com reports:

Police have arrested 19 New School students who took over a university building in Union Square this morning, demanding the resignation of the university’s president and vice president and asking for more say in school policy. About 60 students from New School in Exile and the Radical Students Union had barricaded themselves inside the graduate faculty building at 65 Fifth Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets. […]

ArthurMag.com contributor and New School student Andy Folk was on scene showing his support:

“Our demand for them to resign is consistent with the faculty’s ‘no confidence’ vote in Bob Kerrey,” said student Andy Folk. “That demand was not met. Other demands were met, such as starting a socially-responsible investment committee, which Bob Kerrey is trying to bury in red tape. So, we need to show him by force and civil disobedience that students have a right over the school that they pay money for. This is just a demonstration of students taking back their space.”

Other sources to check out are Student Activism website. Also worth checking TWITTER SEARCH for the most recent occupation chatter.

UPDATE 7PM: Head down to Union Square South at 10PM tonight to show your support!

Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – JULES DASSIN


Blacklisted, exiled American film noir director.

MARCH 31 holidays and festivals:
* Ancient Babylonia: SACRED DRAMA DAY, in which the King, in the role of Marduk, re-enacts the conquest of Tiamat, the watery chaos. 
* Islamic: MAWLID AN NABI, Muhammad’s birthday.

1492 — Ferdinand and Isabella expel all Jews from Spain.
1809 — Russian fantasist writer Nikoloi Gogol born, Sorochinetz, Ukraine.
1855 — Charlotte Bronte dies, age 38 and pregnant, Haworth, Yorkshire.
1926 — British novelist, essayist John Fowles born, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.
1959 — Tibet’s Dalai Lama, fleeing Chinese repression, seeks asylum in India.
1968 — U. S. Prez Lyndon Johnson announces that he will not seek re-election.
2008 — Blacklisted American film noir director Jules Dassin dies in Athens, aged 96

Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – PAUL VERLAINE


Radical French decadent symbolist poet.

March 30 Holidays and festivities:

On this date:
1842 — Anesthesiac drugs first used successfully in medical operation.
1844 — French symbolist, decadent writer Paul Verlaine born, Metz, France.
1853 — Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh born Groot Zundert, Brabant, Netherlands.
1867 — U.S. buys Alaska from Russia, for two cents per acre.
1870 — Black men win the right to vote, U.S.
1925 — Anthroposophist Rudolph Steiner dies, Dornach, Switzerland.
1981 — U.S. Acting President Ronald Reagan shot in chest by John Hinckley, Jr.
1990 — Radical labor organizer Harry Bridges dies, San Francisco, California.

Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – EMMANUEL SWEDENBORG


Swedish religious mystic, inspirer of utopianists worldwide.

March 29 Holidays/Festivals:
“BORROWED DAYS” begin. In calendar lore March is said to have stolen its last three days from April.

1772 — Swedish mystic Emmanuel Swedenborg dies, London, England.
1790 — Marquis de Sade freed by “demand of the people,” France.
1957 — British novelist Joyce Cary dies, Oxford, England.
1982 — Modernist composer Carl Orff dies, Munich, Germany.

Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — JOHN BERESFORD


Canadian-based psychedelics researcher, drug-law reformer.

March 28 holidays:
EARTH HOUR: Turn off your lights.

Also on this date:
1515 — St. Theresa of Ávila born, Ávila, Spain.
1881 — Barnum and Bailey’s Circus formed.
1924 — Canadian based psychedelics researcher John Beresford born, England.
1939 — Spanish fascists under Generalissimo Francisco Franco take Madrid.
1941 — Virginia Woolf commits suicide, walking into the River Ouse.
1979 — Three Mile Island nuclear “accident,” near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
1985 — Russian born muralist Marc Chagall dies, Saint Paul de Vence, France.

Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint: KARL MANNHEIM


Lukacsian theorist of the sociology of knowledge.

Ancient Rome: LIBERALIA, the Festival of the Vegetation God, Liber Pater, which in the third century B.C. exploded into the wild nocturnal orgies of the Bacchanalia, later suppressed by the state.
Egypt: SMELL THE BREEZES DAY. In the morning, smell a cut onion, get dressed up and head for a picnic in the country.

    30 — Rebel leader Jesus condemned to death by crucifixion, rules Pontius Pilate.
    1513 — Ponce de Leon sights Florida coastline, looking for a fountain of youth.
    1893 — Lukácsian social theorist Karl Mannheim born, Budapest, Hungary.
    1924 — Legendary jazz vocalist Sarah Vaughn born.
    1968 — Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, first man in space, dies.

    Assholes of the Week by Paul Krassner

    *Senator Larry Craig, not only for the opening statement at his press conference–“Thank you all very much for coming out today”–but also for his silly rationalization that when he tap-danced on the shoe of an undercover cop in the adjoining stall, it was only because of his own “wide stance,” thereby breaking Rose Mary Woods’ excuse record. She testified that, while transcribing Richard Nixon’s tape, she answered a phone call, but when reaching for the stop button on the recorder, she mistakenly hit the record button next to it, [unnecessarily] keeping her foot on the pedal, resulting in the infamous 18-1/2-minute gap. When asked to replicate that position, her extremly awkward posture caused political pundits to question the validity of her explanation.

    *Senator John Kerry, for not ridiculing George Bush’s 180-degree turnaround concerning the comparison between the Vietnam and Iraq wars by labeling the president a flip-flopper.

    *Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, for championship pandering. Although he now wants to overturn Roe vs. Wade, when he was running for the Senate in 1994, he came out in favor of choice for women. He admitted to Mormon feminist Judith Dushku that “the Brethren” in Salt Lake City told him that he could take that position, and that in fact he probably had to, in order to win in a liberal state like Massachusetts.

    *Great Assholes of the Past: The Sunday School teacher who advised one of his students to write on his penis, “What would Jesus do?” Presumably, “Jerk off” was not considered to be the correct answer.


    Paul Krassner is the author of “One Hand Jerking: Reports From an Investigative Satirist,” and publisher of the Disneyland Memorial Orgy poster, both available at paulkrassner.com

    "Assholes of the Week" by Paul Krassner

    This is a special edition of these nominations. They all have to do with religion. Not included here, however, is the massacre of 175 civilians in the Yazidi community in Iraq. The victims were mostly Kurds, though neither Muslim nor Christian, and are considered by some to be a demonic cult whose members don’t believe in God. But to label the four suicide bombers as “assholes” would somehow trivialize the unspeakable horror and misery that they have caused. Here, then, are the real Assholes of the Week. Amen.

    *Officials of the High Point Church in Arlington, Texas, for canceling a memorial service for a Navy veteran the day before it was scheduled, because the deceased man was homosexual. They knew he was gay when they offered to host the service, but after his obituary listed his life partner as one of his survivors, it was called off. Although also offended by a video tribute, which showed men “engaging in clear affection, kissing and embracing,” they refused to turn the other cheek.

    *A mob of around 100 Islamic extremists in India, including three elected officials, for breaking into a news conference and assulting exiled novelist Taslima Nasrin, who has enraged many Muslims with writings that are harshly critical of their religion. She has been the target of numerous death threats–some Muslim clerics have offered a $12,000 reward to anyone who kills her–and two policemen sit constantly outside the door of her apartment. Salman Rushdie has revoked his offer to escort her to the prom.

    *The Taliban, for kidnapping several South Korean church volunteers in Afghanistan and killing two of them. The remaining missionaries, who were considered arrogant for trying to convert Muslims, apologized after being freed. The Taliban, incidentally, received $43 million from the U.S. government five months before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The reason, stated Karl Rove–who has resigned in order to spend more time with the Manson family–was because the Taliban is a faith-based organization.

    *Presidential wannabe Tom Tancredo, for asserting that bombing holy Muslim sites would serve as a good “deterrent” to prevent Islamic fundamentalists from attacking the U.S. This notion of a pre-emptive assault made it into a Latino-oriented comic strip, “La Cucaracha” by Lalo Alcaraz: “You’re watching ‘The U.S.’s Greatest Surprise Attacks’ on the Distorted History Channel. Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo issued a top-secret warning: ‘The U.S. should nuke Islam’s holy places!’” The TV viewer responds, “It is wrong to threaten nations with terror–unless Tom Tancredo does it.” In a previous strip, from a car radio: “President Bush has taken to calling himself the inelegant ‘Commander Guy.’ May we suggest the more graceful ‘Dicatator Dude?’”

    *A Mexican priest, Rev. Dagoberto Valle Arriaga, for killing his son. He was afraid that Catholic church officials would remove him from the priesthood if they learned about the child. They suggested that he should’ve used a theologically correct condom with tiny holes in the reservoir tip so that the spermatazoa would have only a fighting chance to impregnate the mother.

    *New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Robert Murray, co-owner of Utah’s Crandall Canyon Mine, and singer Sinead O’Connor, for anthropomorphizing the deity. Bloomberg: “I don’t know that God had rush hour in mind when this storm hit.” Murray, when asked if the trapped miners were dead or alive: “Only the Lord knows that.” O’Connor: “In the end of the day, the person who gets brought into the most disrepute is God. I kind of object to that.”

    *Members of Decatur, Alabama’s Church of Leaning Christ, who complained about Rev. Billy Lee Halpin’s choice of rock music, which has been used in the church’s services for years. “We started out with The Monkees song ‘I’m a Believer,’” he explained, “but then had to cancel that as many members were upset by the Use of The Monkees. They felt it was a slap in the face to God, you know, with evolution and all. So now we just use Pat Boone again.”

    *Norway’s Princess Martha Louise, for claiming not only that she communicates with angels, but also for her involvment in an alternative school that aims to teach people how to get in touch with angels. Sounds like a sitcom in severe need of a laugh track.

    *The individual who successfully bid more than $1500 on eBay for a slab of concrete with a smudge of driveway sealant resembling the face of Jesus.

    *An unidentified Major in Iraq–a fundamentalist Christian pretending to be a “freethinker”–for attending the first meeting of atheist service members under the umbrella of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, then verbally berating the other attendees, accusing them of plotting against Christians and disrespecting soldiers who have died protecting the Constitution. He threatened them with punishment, shut down the meeting and said that he would do whatever it took to shut down future meetings. He forced attendees to stand at attention while he yelled, berated and humiliated them. One attendee had fled when the shouting started, and he found a foxhole to hide in.

    *China’s atheist leaders, for banning Tibet’s living Buddhas from reincarnation without permission. According to the order, issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs, “The so-called reincarnated living Buddha without government approval is illegal and invalid.” The regulation is aimed at limiting the influence of the Dalai Lama, who stated in his defense, “I used to believe in reincarnation, but that was in a previous life.”

    *Those believers and secularists alike who have waged a battle against the teaching of meditation in publicly funded schools, as if slow, deep breathing is necessarily and automatically a violation of separation of church and state.

    *Maritza Tamayo, principal of the Unity Center for Urban Technologies in New York City, for paying a woman to sprinkle chicken blood on the high school in order to cleanse it of negative energy, and to lead several Santeria religious rituals during a vacation break when students weren’t present. Also, the Board of Education, for firing her.


    *The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, for at least urging its bishops to refrain from defrocking gay and lesbian ministers who violate a celibacy rule, even though measures that would have permitted ordaining gays churchwide were rejected.

    *Hooshang Torabi, an Irianian and a Muslim who lives in the San Fernando Valley in Callifornia, for donating one of his kidneys to Gaston Gonzales, a Cuban, a Catholic and a resident of the San Gabriel Valley.

    *Journalist Helen Thomas, for calling attention to the “deafening silence” of the Church in regard to the enormities of the Bush administration.

    *Two Roman Catholic priests–Franciscan Louis Vitale, 74, and Jesuit Steve Kelly, 58–who were arrested as they approached the gatehouse at Fort Huachuca in Arizona, headquarters of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center. They intended to deliver a letter to Major General Barbara Fast, stating, “We are here today as concerned U.S. people, veterans and clergy, to speak with enlisted personnel about the illegality and immorality of torture according to international humanitarian law, including he Geneva Conventions. We condemn torture as a dehumanization of both prisoners and interrogators, resulting in humiliation, disability and even death.”

    *The so-called Laser Monks in Wisconsin–whose online business selling printer cartridges and other products will gross about $7 million this year–for distributing 15% of their profits (the rest covers the costs of running the company and maintaining the abbey) to several dozen charities, including a Vietnamese school for orphans, a Costa Rican group that helps the children of impoverished farmers, a Minnesota summer camp for children with AIDS, and for funding their own Torchlight Foundation, which helps schools pay for courses that teach socially responsible business practices.
    Paul Krassner is the author of “One Hand Jerking: Reports From an Investigative Satirist,” and publisher of the Disneyland Memorial Orgy poster, both available at paulkrassner.com.

    More vintage issues of Krassner's THE REALIST posted online

    Pleased to announce the second update to the
    REALIST ARCHIVE PROJECT, an ongoing Internet archive
    for Paul Krassner’s fantastic counterculture magazine
    “The Realist” (1958-1974; 1985-2001). Four issues a
    month until the archive is complete. Posted with
    Permission. Our thanks and regards to Paul Krassner.

    Main Archive URL: http://www.ep.tc/realist

    For July / FOUR NEW ISSUES / Details:

    1) REALIST Issue #26 – May 1961

    FEATURING: Television as a Cause of Disease, An
    Separation of Church and Sex, and Rumor of the Month.

    Rare early snapshot of Hefner at his cockiest;
    predicts he will still be single and swinging into
    elder age. Quote: “I hope to still be very much a
    young man–psychologically, at least–when I’m sixty.
    Maybe physically, too. Charlie Chaplin fathered a
    child when he was 70. And I’ll have all those
    ‘Playmates of the Month’ around to keep my interest

    Also includes a searing and very funny Adolf Eichmann
    joke on page two. And note the article “Television as
    a Cause of Disease”. A great early 1961 issue.

    2) REALIST Issue #58 – April, 1965

    FEATURING: Dick Gregory in Mississippi, AN IMPOLITE
    INTERVIEW WITH WOODY ALLEN, and Three Authors in
    Search of Obscene Literature.

    If you enjoyed the filthy cartoon character sex from
    the Disneyland Orgy then you’ll get a genuine
    overloading kick out of the Tijuana Bible flavored
    EXHIBIT A. The Woody Allen interview is everything you
    want it to be – and then there’s the Dick Gregory
    article, with cameos from Sammy Davis Jr, Muhammad
    Ali, and Sonny Liston. Of particular note, this might
    be one of the last articles to ever refer to Malcolm X
    in the present tense; as he was assassinated as the
    issue went to press, see Editor’s note on Page 24.

    3) REALIST Issue #69 – September 1966

    FEATURING: The Whitey Survival Manual, The Day the
    Supreme Court Banned Vaseline, AN IMPOLITE INTERVIEW
    WITH TIMOTHY LEARY, The Fag Battalion, and A JUNKIE

    Issue 69, almost a pun in itself, is a delight of
    offensive content. Featuring “Mind Over Martyr” and
    “The Fag Battalion” – both of which prompted letters
    from canceling subscribers in Issue 74’s letters page
    (see http://www.ep.tc/realist/74/02.html) However, the
    absolute treat here is “A Junkie Hex for City
    Dwellers” – immediately my favorite piece of heroin
    artwork from any comic or magazine of the 60s. Very
    cool interview with Timothy Leary, too.

    4) REALIST Issue #84 – November, 1968

    Issue Number 84 – FEATURING: The CASE OF THE COCK-SURE
    GROUPIES (with Cynthia Plastercaster), The Trial of
    Abbie Hoffman’s Shirt (with the US Government),
    REPORTER AT SMALL, and Crime and the Bedside Manner.

    I love this issue. Contains “The Case of the Cock-Sure
    Groupies” – one of the earliest articles on Groupies,
    which is referenced on the back cover of the widely
    sampled and bootlegged 1969 “Groupies” Documentary LP.
    Are you getting the key word here? The other notable
    piece is “The Trial of Abbie Hoffman’s Shirt” – which
    reads like satire but isn’t. Not only was Abbie
    Hoffman charged with a crime for wearing a shirt that
    resembled a US Flag, he was also given hepatitis from
    a filthy needle while under govt custody. A document
    of absurd government harassment from one of the most
    tense times in US history. Proudly posted for July

    "Assholes of the Week" by Paul Krassner

    *Barry Bonds, not for breaking Hank Aaron’s homerun record, but for using Viagra that same night as a performance enhancer.

    *U.S. policy makers, for requiring organizations to take a pledge that explicitly condemns prostitution in order to receive funding for HIV prevention projects. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health have determined that such condemnation isn’t effective in helping to control the global epidemic. They reviewed scientific evidence on strategies that effectively reduce rates of HIV among sex workers, and found substantial evidence suggesting that their empowerment, organization and unionizaton can be an effective HIV prevention. Rappers will be invited to submit pro-ho songs to promote such efforts.

    *Jack McClellan, a self-styled pedophile, for exposing his persona rather than keeping a low profile, and posting on the Internet for his colleagues the locations where children congregate. His motivation: to advance his musical career, beginning with a three-minute video on YouTube featuring his rendition of “Thank Heaven for Little Girls.”

    *Iran’s Press Review Board, for temporarily banning the country’s leading reformist newspaper, Shargh, which published an interview with an exiled poet, Saghi Ghahraman, famous for her explicit exploration of female sexuality. A Ministry of Culture official characterized her as “a counterrevolutionary figure known for promoting immoral issues.” In one of her poems, a girl makes love to her invalid grandmother. More than 100 Iranian newspapers have been shut down over the last several years, and journalists have been sentenced to prison for offenses including “propaganda against the regime” and insulting Iran’s supreme religious leader. Meanwhile, Ms. Ghahraman says she will appear on “The Daily Show” only if Jon Stewart promises not to interrupt her.

    *Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson for saying, “It’s a choice,” when asked whether he believes people are born gay or if it’s a choice, and later weaseling out of his answer, but also the questioner, for perpetuating the notion that it should make any difference in sexual preference. What about bisexuals? Half-born and half-choice? Or transsexuals? Born as one gender physiologically but not psychologically, then choosing surgery to alter it? When it comes to abortion rights, nobody has to defend that position by saying that they were born with pro-choice tendencies.

    *Republican candidate Mitt Romney, for defending his five sons’ decision not to enlist in the military by explaining that they’re showing their support for America by “helping me get elected.” His sons were all busy watching “Big Love” and had no comment; fortunately there was no draft in their living rooms.

    *Loretta Sanchez, Orange County’s only Democratic member of Congress–although she voted against the war in 2002 and recently voted to begin pulling troops out within 90 days–for not supporting protesters, mostly members of Mililtary Families Speak Out, who want her to promise not to approve more funding for the war in Iraq. She said that the $145 billion was in the same bill that would provide money to build the C-17 aircraft, so “I’m not going to vote against $2.1 billion for C-17 production, which is in California. That is just not going to happen.” She was wearing a T-shirt proclaiming, “Constituents Uber Alles.”

    *The government agencies that have allowed, by neglect, greed and corruption, this country’s infrastructure to crumble–exemplified by steam pipes in New York, a bridge in Minneapolis, the water system in New Orleans, a coal mine in Utah–while using American taxpayer money to deliberately destroy the infrastructure in Iraq, then using American taxpayer money to rebuild it. Welcome to the Age of Utter Insanity.

    *Exxon Mobil, the world’s largest publicly traded oil corporations, for, among others, funding research aimed at disputing the scientific consensus on global warming as part of a campaign to mislead the public. “There has been an organized campaign, financed to the tune of $10 million a year from some of the largest carbon polluters,” says Al Gore, “to create the impression that there is disagreement in the scientific community. In actuality, there is very little disagreement.” The energy producers responded with Photoshop images of cavemen taking their pet dinosaurs for a walk.

    *The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, for an 8-2 decision denying those who are dying the right to obtain unapproved drugs that are potentally life-saving, even if their doctors say the treatment offers their best hope for survival. There was one exception, for a mentally ill man who is thoroughly convinced that he’s a fetus.

    *Health insurance companies, for not coverering newly recommended vaccines for children, reportedly putting more than a million kids at risk. Since free shots are available to children who are uninsured or qualify for public insurance, concerned parents are now wondering whether it would be a proactive step to cancel their policies.

    *The two-party system, for carrying out partisanship to this extent: The renewal of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which expires on September 30, is viewed as the most important health coverage decision in Washington this year, but the California delegation split along party lines, with all Democrats in favor and all Republicans opposed. Domestic terrorism in action.

    *William Steiger–who has long ties to Bush and Cheney, and who, since 2001, has run the Office of Global Health Affairs, without any background or expertise in medicine or public health–for blocking a 2006 report describing the link between poverty and poor health, urging the U.S. government to help combat widespread diseases as a key aim of its foreign polilcy, and calling on corporations to help improve health condition in the countries where they operate. Why? Because the report didn’t promote the administration’s policy accomplishments. When asked if he has seen “Sicko,” Steiger assumed it was a documentary about the missing Marx brother, Sicko Marx.

    * * *


    *California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, for decertifying the use of electronic voting machines in the presidential primaries to prevent hackers.

    *U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper, for banning the Navy from using high-powered sonar in training exercises because it could “cause irreparable harm to the environment.” She rejected the Navy’s request to dismiss a lawsuit by the Natural Resources Defense Council arguing for broader safeguards to protect marine mammals from powerful blasts of mid-frequency active sonar that have been linked to panicked behavior and mass die-offs of whales.

    *Sean Penn, for replying, when asked if he wants the United States to win the war in Iraq, “I think we’re past that point in human evolution where there’s such a thing as winning wars.”

    Paul Krassner is the author of “One Hand Jerking: Reports From an Investigative Satirist,” and publisher of the Disneyland Memorial Orgy poster, both available at paulkrassner.com.