Archive for October, 2011

October 30, 2011

Weekly Links: Oct 22-29

The world outside my window this afternoon.

Only October and already snow is falling across the northeast, as evidenced by the photograph above of the scene outside my window unfolding as I type this. Hope the power stays on. Anyway below are your weekly links. 

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October 28, 2011

Khazei calls it quits in Democratic primary race.

Former Democratic Senate hopeful Alan Khazei (pic courtesy of

Social entrepreneur turned  Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Alan Khazei  said Thursday that he will be ending his campaign for the U.S Senate. He made the announcement during  a press conference at his Boston campaign headquarters, a day after a spokesperson with the campaign told the Boston Globe that he would be dropping out.

Though he did not endorse any of the remaining four candidates in the race, including  front-runner and fellow candidate consumer financial advocate  Elizabeth Warren, the City Year co-founder acknowledged that her entry into the then crowded but largely unknown field  ‘ struck a chord with citizens across our state and across our country at all levels of the political process.’

He also slammed Brown, who he said ‘ has failed to lead when our country is crying out for Game changing leadership’ and said he is pulling out of the race to avoid the risk of creating inner party divisions that could produce a weakened candidate and thereby boost Brown’s re-election chances. 

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October 22, 2011

Weekly Links- Oct 14-21, 2011

I am going to start a new feature here. Each week, usually on a Saturday; I will post several links from the week recounting some of the most prominent and sometimes strangest stories of the week. We will see how this feature takes shape.
October 18, 2011

Occupy Wall Street becomes Occupy Northampton

'Occupy Northampton ' demonstrators out in front of the Bank of America on Oct 6.

The ‘ Occupy Wall Street’ movement’s message against corporate power and Wall Street greed touched down in Northampton just a little over a week ago on Thursday Oct 6, when demonstrators assembled outside the Bank of America branch on Main Street, for what its organizers dubbed ‘Occupy Northampton’.

   Standing behind barricades erected by Northampton Police in the parking area in front of the bank, protesters wielded homemade signs, chanted slogans, and sang along to the music of a burly college age acoustic guitar player backed up on occasion by the slap of a tribal drum or the shaking of a percussion instrument.
    Collectively, those in attendance  referred to themselves as ‘the 99%’, a term common in the vernacular of the ‘Occupy movement’ rallies across the country.
October 10, 2011

Round up of ‘Occupy Wall Street’ over the past eight days. Video of Northampton Occupy Protest and more coverage to come.


                                                                                               Video posted at the bottom!

Occupy Wall Street poster from adbusters. Pic courtesy of


The past week has no doubt been a monumental one for the Occupy Wall Street movement. The movement that started with a small collection of protesters at New York’s Zuccotti Park on September 17 to speak out against what it sees as the greed of Wall Street at the expense of the middle and working classes, has since mushroomed in numbers. The seed of this movement was allegedly planted by the Canadian alternative magazine Adbusters, suggested people take to the streets to express their dissatisfaction.

Though ignored by much of the press for its first couple weeks, it found its way into the national conversation more and more, aided by social media. Last week around 700 protesters were said to     arrested trying to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday Oct 2 .

Over the course of  the week the protest branched out to gatherings in seventy cities according to at least one estimate throughout the country, where crowds of predominantly young people with a smattering of causes, grievances, and stories of hardship have assembled to voice their frustration with an economy and political system that many of them say is leveled against them.

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October 8, 2011

Bob Massie steps out of Democratic primary contest

U.S Senate candidate Bob Massie Jr, dropped out of the race to be the Democratic nominee on Friday. (Pic courtesy of

One week following the exit of Newton Mayor Setti Warren from the race for the Democratic nomination to take on Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) in next November’s much watched election, another candidate has decided to end his campaign.

A statement posted on the website of Democrat Bob Massie Jr  Friday morning, announced that he will be exiting the primary field.

“Today I am withdrawing from the race for the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate. I am doing so because the momentum of the race has shifted so profoundly that I can no longer see a path for me to win the primary and defeat Scott Brown.

As someone who loves our history and our commonwealth, it has been a privilege to run for this office over the last nine months.   One cannot retrace the steps of great senators like John and Edward Kennedy without coming to understand the importance of this role.”

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October 2, 2011

James Dean’s prescient words and a sad anniversary

I’ve been a little busy the last couple of days, so Friday I didn’t have time to mention that it was fifty-six years ago Friday that screen legend James Dean died at the age of 24 in a car crash in California.

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