Will Wave Of Action Become Nightmare For The 1%?




Note: We don’t view te #WaveOfAction as a potential last gasp of Occupy.  It is one more series of protests and resistance efforts that will continue no matter how large the #WaveOfAction protests are.  It is up to the people how large the protests are, how creative and how effective.  This is part of the process of building a mass movement — a movement that is much more than the occupy encampments were. 

What will prove to be either the last gasp of the Occupy Movement, or its Renaissance as a social powerhouse, will lie in the success and its embrace of a highly-publicized #WaveOfAction which launches a major 90-day program of protest and resistance on April 4.

The Wave begins, symbolically, on the date of the assassination of Martin Luther King and ends, symbolically, on July the 4th.  It will run from the date of the death of a dream that will not die to the date of the birth of a vision which has yet to be fulfilled.

So, what is the purpose of this ambitious campaign, who is behind it, and what can we expect of it – and of ourselves?  The purpose is stated on its website and is quite clear.

We are a Movement of Movements

“The Worldwide #WaveOfAction begins April 4th and runs through July 4th.

During this three-month cycle, people throughout the world will be protesting corruption, rallying around solutions and taking part in alternative systems. The new paradigm will be on full display.

Studies have proven that it only takes 3.5% of the population taking nonviolent action to create meaningful and positive change. The #WaveOfAction gives all of us who want change a powerful opportunity to #EvolveSociety.

Change-makers all over the world will be engaged at the same time in an unprecedented wave of transformation.”

OK, that sounds acceptable (to most of the 99%, and certainly not the 1%).  Now, who is behind this?

I confess that I can’t say that I have figured that out.  It appears to be nobody.  Or, perhaps everybody.  Or, a coterie of patriots/anarchists/misfits who – such as when Zuccotti Park came to be occupied – are taking it upon themselves to rekindle that Occupy fire.

Word has it that #OWS #Anon and its allies put out a call to action for a World Wide Wave of creative community coordination and collaboration this winter.  There were two organizing conference calls prior to April 4.  One on March 25, and the other on April 2.  (David Degrawis one of the facilitators)

For an organizing call, it attracted verifiable luminaries:  Barbara Max HubbardMarianne WilliamsonRussell BrandKevin ZeesePatricia EllsbergDylan RattiganJohn Perry Barlow, and Lee Camp.  If “you are known by the company you keep,” #WaveOfAction is keeping good company.

Whoever started it, it can be said that occupiers around the world are standing with it, and many called in to declare that support and to announce events they were planning locally.

But, they are coming up against a very familiar foe – themselves.

The Naysayers…and worse

Anyone familiar with Occupy knows that it is rife with the usual suspects:  gripers, snipers and full-blown trolls whose only purpose seems to be that of making sure that “solidarity” will never be had.  “How dare (someone/something) do/be (provide the offense).”  Everything is suspect, and anyone taking a lead roll is to be suspected.

Whether or not this will affect the success of #WaveOfAction will not be known for some time, but the offenders are being put on notice.  Activist and creater of Occu-Evolve,Sumumba Sobukwe, had this to say:

“The Irony of those complaining about this ‘Wave of Action’ is that it will only be a failure if they continue to find fault with EVERYTHING that ‘reeks’ of coordination that might make people move beyond facebook, twitter and other social media ‘activism’ as well as their own silos of causes and interests to actually go out and organize with others in the streets.”

He continues, “When did an ‘occupy’ action ever draw more than a few hundred people that didn’t have unions, grassroots or other groups involved? Who are we fooling here? Occupy has ALWAYS been made up of different groups and individuals, and that’s where the concept of the ’99%’ came closest to being real or at least unifying in theory.”

So, in addition to proving Pogo’s theorem, “We have met the enemy, and they are us,” what other odds militate against the campaign having any major effect?  Let me count the ways:

1. A largely indifferent press.  Activists deride the “MainStream Media” for not paying attention to even the largest of its protests and greatest of its triumphs.  Occupy is hardly alone.  Last year’s March Against Monsanto which attracted a half-million marchers or more worldwide did not find its way into print or broadcast in any meaningful way. (P.S.  Occupy folk helped make that march happen, as well).

  1. A police force dedicated to crushing public dissent.  Naaaah, that can’t be happening here in America, right?  That’s what you find in Russia, or Egypt, or China.  Thank God that “to serve and protect” applies to citizens in the street and peaceful protestors, yes?  Here’s a retired cop who has a word or two on that, Captain Ray Harris. Oh, and not to forget Cecily McMillan’s experience with the Boys in Blue which finds her at risk of jail time for resisting their abuse.
  2. Elected officials.  One would think that people who are elected to represent us willactually represent us, and that they will be at the front of any parade or protest demanding justice and protecting civil liberties.  Think again.  If you ain’t got the money (and few occupiers/activists do), they ain’t got the time. And, if their party can’t co-opt your movement for their betterment, they’ll be the first to applaud authorities who arrest you. Hell, they will demand that force be used.
  3. The 1%.  You can be certain that the #WaveOfAction will be countered by a #FloodOfMoney spent to discredit its work and mission.  Did I mention Fox?  CNN?  Stay tuned and see how money talks.

So, I leave it to you, the reader.  Will this be a “Wave,” or a “Wave Goodbye” on the part of Occupy and its brother and sister causes?  Will you listen to the detractors within and the enemies without and surrender to the impossible forces against you?

Or, will you take comfort in your own, amazing numbers and brilliance and continue to fight the good fight as so many have before you in America’s history. You are the dream that Martin referred to, and the nightmare that the 1% are waking up to.

When you realize that, the others in the 3.5% of the population will as well.  Won’t that be exciting.


Venice Drum Circle, a public gathering in a public space

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No one but the most addled hippie really likes a drum circle, but only the war-like LAPD could possibly see one as any kind of threat. Hundreds of people assemble every Sunday by the Venice boardwalk for the Venice Drum Circle, a public gathering in a public space that rarely if ever results in any reports of bad behavior, except when the LAPD shows up to cause trouble for no real reason. (Even an LAPD officer describes the drum circle as a “peaceful occurrence.”) But for the past three weeks the LAPD has attempted to break up the peaceful gatherings once the sun has set, because them’s the rules, and the drummers have refused, because they’ve got a good groove going or whatever. So the LAPD has gone into full riot response. On a drum circle.

Last night, between 400 and 500 people were again causing no trouble at all when the LAPD came in to shut them down; when most people stayed, “an airship and multiple LAPD units executed a skirmish line [to] the push the crowd north,” according to Venice 311. A few people threw things, so they “called for a specialized unit from the Metro division which includes SWAT and mounted units for assistance,” which they had to cancel eventually because the crowd was like “whatever” after just 25 minutes. Everyone ended up dispersing pretty easily; one person who rushed the police line and another who “refused to move,” according to KTLA, were arrested.

One Venetian tweeted last night“more cops tonight than I’ve seen since the riots,” but apparently no measure is too out of proportion to the horrible scourge of hippies grooving to some jams on our beaches. This recent crackdown probably doesn’t have anything to do with the changing (richer, techier) face of Venice, does it.
· Venice Drum Circle Turns Violent; 2 Arrested . Solidarity with the Venice Drum Circle 1000 Ocean Front Walk ‪#‎WaveOfAction‬

LIVE NOW [4pm Sunday]: Solidarity with the Venice Drum Circle
1000 Ocean Front Walk ‪#‎WaveOfAction‬
Join us to bear witness to the evening dispersal orders issued to the Sunday Venice Beach drum circle. It is our human right to have 24/7 access to life sustaining waterways such as the ocean and drum alongside waves without being forced out by riot police.

‪#‎WorldWideWaveLA‬ ‪#‎www‬

Potential livestream coverage:

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The LAPD is in Riot Mode Over “Peaceful” Venice Drum Circle –http://la.curbed.com/archives/2014/03/the_lapd_is_in_riot_mode_over_peaceful_venice_drum_circle.php

THE LAPD IS ARRESTING VENICE HIPPIES FOR HAVING DRUM CIRCLES –http://www.vice.com/read/venice-beach-is-safe-for-now-thanks-to-eagle-soaring-chief

Photo via Wave Of Action Los Angeles and Occupy Los Angeles OWS


Who is an American Cool. From Madonna to Shakur. The meaning of ‘J’

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Defining who’s ‘cool’ is a slippery enterprise, but that’s never stopped anyone from trying. Bogart? Hendrix? Anita O’Day? Of course. Madonna? Hmmm.

‘Bogart was cool: no one used the word then, but it’s the term everyone reaches for now,’ writes the literary scholar Joel Dinerstein in American Cool, which he co-authored with photographic scholar and curator Frank H. Goodyear

Besides Bogie, the reach of those who make cut in this sleek book of photographs interspersed with essays includes Johnny Depp, civil rights protestors, Miles Davis as he appeared on the cover of Ebony, Elvis, Robert Mitchum, Jack Kerouac, Amiri Baraka, Bob Dylan, Anita O’Day, Madonna, Tupac Shakur, Susan Sontag, Selena, and sundry others.

For years, cool fell into the gray zone of semantics like that on which a Supreme Court justice meditated in consideration of pornography: he admitted that he could not define it, but he knew it when he saw it.

We should hope that the Supremes will attend the American Cool exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. (American Cool is the catalog for that exhibition.) This show is an impressive exercise in semantics and a grand slice of national history; the photographs are thoughtfully orchestrated, the ideas behind the concept argued with intelligence and flash.

We can picture the quickening pulse of political and news celebrities in the pagan city on the Potomac, milling about the gallery, wondering why the photographs show none of them. (The Obamas are only mentioned in the text.) But in a city where politics has degenerated into a tawdry suburb of celebrity, the edgy outsider nature of cool doesn’t sync with democracy as reduced to a muddy floor show on the nightly news.

‘Cool figures are the successful rebels of American culture,’ writes Dinerstein, the James H. Clark Endowed Chair in American Civilization at Tulane University. ‘To be cool is to have an original aesthetic approach or artistic vision—as an actor, musician, athlete, writer, activist or designer—that either becomes a permanent legacy or stands as a singular achievement.’

That explains Brando, Duke Ellington, Greta Garbo, Muhammad Ali and of course James Dean. Obama seems to have edged into the text by virtue of being dubbed ‘Mr. Cool’ in a magazine article. The president’s charisma lands him, at least in passing prose, on the same page with an image of Walt Whitman and the front page of Leaves of Grass.

Men far outnumber women in American Cool. ‘It is rare to find an article, website, or blog post declaring anyone ‘Ms. Cool,’” writes Dinerstein, “despite the plethora of cool women in this book, from Georgia O’Keefe, Bessie Smith, and Dorothy Parker to Patti Smith, Chrissie Hynde, and Missy Elliot.’

Walt Whitman ‘first carved out a space for cool by valuing personal experience and bearing over education and experience.’

The gender tilt lies in “the presumed association between cool and American masculinity,” he notes, and “the persistence of a double standard where independent, sexually confident women are concerned.”

Double standards, of course, are made to be exposed.

American Cool does have curious omissions. Bill Clinton, who played saxophone with sunglasses in 1992 while campaigning on the talk show hosted by Arsenio Hall (who is absolutely cool) and went on to an impeachment drama for his sexual rebellion, did not make the cut. The book does not explain Clinton’s absence, which seems, like, un-cool.

John Wayne had a macho, bravura image that sizzled hot, but he’s in this parade as ‘the stoic tough guy’ who once said, ‘Mine is a rebellion against the monotony of life.’ Cool enough.

But the scandal of this book and exhibition is that Marilyn Monroe is nowhere depicted. One of the sexiest movie stars of all time, the woman who married Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller, is not cool? Says who? And Audrey Hepburn is? And Susan Sarandon, too. No offense to them, but stiff-arming Marilyn Monroe is grounds for—well, not a congressional investigation, we don’t want to get them near this. Let’s settle on a televised debate at NEH.

Hemingway is shown on p. 89, pensive with rifle at a pheasant shoot in Idaho. ‘He wrote in a terse, clipped style that featured stripped-down dialogue and characters unanchored from society. While he portrayed man as essentially alone, he admired ‘grace under pressure,’ a phrase often considered synonymous withcool,’ writes Frank H. Goodyear III, co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, who shows a wise hand and keen eye in arrangement of the images in book and exhibit.

Cool as persona and trait arose in the movies and music of the early and middle decades of the last century; it had a strong African-American stamp. Jazz was outsider music that moved mainstream, and then with bebop moved back on the edges. Musicians such as Charlie Parker, Count Basie, and Lester Young exuded the aura of outsider-as-insider. Zora Neale Hurston occupies a page in a photograph as threshold-breaker, justly so. But Wynton Marsalis is nowhere in American Cool. Maybe he’s too inside to go back outside. He’s still a study in cool.

As sports photographers gave an icon like Ali his heft in the popular culture, the oceanic coverage of rock and roll put stars like Jimi Hendrix on the cover ofRolling Stone, which is always cool.

But there are no pictures here of Scarlett Johansson or Halle Berry. The editors chose ‘a certain triangulation of factors aligned in mysterious balance’ on the selection process, which includes a ten-year period of probation or candidacy consideration for a potential Coolite, a time in which status can crash in scandal or somnolently diminish.

 ‘In the next generation it is likely that women will outnumber men for lasting iconic effect and innovative artistic impact,’ Dinerstein writes. Those who make the potential list include Esperanza Spalding, Janelle Monáe, Pink, Jennifer Lawrence, Tina Fey, Ani DiFranco, Connie Britton—and (drum roll) Michelle Obama and Rachel Maddow. The First Lady will presumably achieve a plateau of cool once she is out of the White House, no longer bound by media expectations of decorum, and free to speak her piece. Michelle and Barack may be the ultimate cool in politics.

But Rachel Maddow is already cool, many times over, by treating political hypocrisy as a form of farce with intellectual agility you don’t find among other anchorpersons. If anyone in the media stands in the front line of cool, it’s Rachel.

Jon Stewart is in American Cool because he is Jon Stewart. But there is no presence for Steven Colbert. Another mystery. Was it something he said?

‘Of the actresses who emerged in the early 1990s with the moxie to walk the line of regular gal and badness,’ continues Dinerstein, ‘there was a cohort including Winona Ryder, Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, Drew Barrymore, Halle Berry, and Uma Thurman. Each of these actresses let the industry shape their careers or cuddled up with the media, became cover girls, or self-destructed.’

There you have it. Media-cuddling can be a kiss-of-anomie for women on the cusp of cool. Men who are cool, or wanna be, can’t be seen as cuddling with the media though they need all the media they can get to stay in the magazines. Goodyear writes learnedly of the role magazines played in capturing those who became cool. Influential photographers who covered jazz, sports, rock, and the movie world were pivotal to this cultural process. Magazine exposure makes a difference, even today as ‘the paparazzi continue to provide largely unscripted images’ that put the cool person in a moment of drama, off-script, in the life s/he enacts.

‘Those who convey this magnetic attraction often feel as though they are living in two bodies—one that belongs to the world and another that is their own and often hides in plain sight,’ writes Goodyear. His analysis also applies to any number of garden-variety celebrities, even Chris Christie, at least the part about two bodies, or let us say “selves,” one hiding in plain sight.

With smaller photographs arranged through the text, more than half of the book is given over to full or half-page pictures of the anointed cool, with short biographical commentary. You might call this the Hot 100 but Top 100 is probably more appropriate. The range of choices is intriguing.

Number 1 is Walt Whitman, ‘who first carved out a space for cool by valuing personal experience and bearing over education and experience.’ The author of the classic Leaves of Grass was also ‘a proto-hippie and sensualist who celebrated the dignity of work, a gay man who wrote lyrically of the male body.’ Cool then, cool now, cool forever, Mighty Walt.

Fredrick Douglass the great abolitionist, heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson, Georgia O’Keefe, H.L. Mencken, Michael Jordan, Joan Didion, Bill Murray, Angela Davis, Hunter Thompson, Johnny Cash, and Billie Holliday, among others in this sweet romp all stood or stand for life, liberty, and the pursuit of rebellion in American Cool.

Jason Berry’s books include a novelLast of the Red Hot Poppas.

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#www #WaveOfAction Worldwide Wave Launch Gatherings – The People REVOLT

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Now that you’ve seen The People REVOLT in Tunisia, Turkey, Spain, Egypt, Brazil and the Ukraine, tell me what will happen on the streets

On April 4th, we will launch the first phase of the Worldwide Wave of Action by gathering at Zuccotti Park and former occupation sites throughout the world to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  At 6:05pm CT, the time of his assassination, we will host vigil ceremonies and resurrect his spirit of nonviolent direct action.

People with opinions across the political spectrum are invited to unite and find common ground against corruption. We will overcome divide and conquer propaganda by forming communities of support and compassion. Together we will fight for freedom and begin engaging in a relentless campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience. People will pledge to take part in whatever tactics they are interested in throughout a sustained three-month cycle.  Here’s a basic list of tactics…

> Mass gatherings, demonstrations;
> Marches, parades;
> Flash mobs, swarms;
> Shutdown harmful corporate and governmental operations;
> Worker Strikes;
> Hunger strikes;
> Sit-ins;
> Strategic defaults, debt strikes;
> Foreclosure prevention;
> Boycotting corrupt corporations;
> Move your money out of the big banks and the stock market;
> Use alternative currencies and economic systems;
> Cancel your cable television and support independent media;
> Use independent online tools that don’t sell your info / protect privacy;
> Online civil disobedience, Anonymous operations;
> Leak information on corruption;
> Use alternative energy;
> Build urban and hydroponic farms, or get your food from them;
> Support local businesses;
> Join local community organizations;
> Take part in food banks and help develop community support systems;
> Start or join intentional and autonomous communities;
> Experiment with new governing systems, Liquid Democracy;
> Host teach-ins;
> Organize socially conscious events;
> Make conscious media;
> Guerrilla postering, messages on money;
> Help inspiring groups and organizations spread their message;
> Random acts of kindness and compassion;
> Mass meditations, prayer sessions and spiritual actions.

You know what you can do to play a part. Do whatever you feel inspired to do. Amplify what you are already doing. Think about what you are willing to do to be the change we urgently need to see in the world, and then do it.

We look forward to seeing you in action!

Organize a Worldwide Wave launch gathering in your hometown and post the details here

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Adidas against sexual tourism: it’s the request of Brazilian Tourism Board for the next Wold Cup 2014

#NotBuyingIt #Cookednews

How very original. Adidas released–and has now pulled–these two new t-shirts to promote the upcoming World Cup in Brazil. Get it? Because Brazilian women are oh-so-sexy and obviously exist for your viewing pleasure. In fact, you can go ahead and think of the entire country as–literally–one big piece of ass.

And it’s not just that these tees play on sexist, racist stereotypes of exotic Latina women. ‘Looking to score?’ is not just a hypothetical play on words here. While there’s little evidence to support the oft-repeated myth that sex trafficking increases around large sporting events, sex tourism is popular in Brazil and there are concerns that the flood of tourist that the World Cup attracts will exacerbate the problem of child sex trafficking in the country. The head of the Brazilian Tourism Board Flávio Dino was not pleased. ‘We don’t accept that the World Cup be used for illegal practices, like so-called sexual tourism,’ he told O Globo. ‘We ask that Adidas put a stop to the sale of these products.’

Thankfully, they promptly did.

(H/t @Kelleyk43Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing.

Adidas said the shirts would not be sold anymore, adding in a statement that they were from a limited edition that was only on sale in the United States.


Bersani: ‘Anche la politica deve guarire’

Pier Luigi Bersani #cookednews

Pier Luigi Bersani sta bene. È dimagrito ma l’ho visto mangiare con appetito, rendendo il giusto onore a quegli straordinari tortelli piacentini fatti in casa. Sulla testa sono ormai pallidi i segni dell’operazione che ha bloccato la sua emorragia cerebrale: bisogna cercarli per riconoscerli. Gli sono pure ricresciuti i capelli (dove possono). Da quella drammatica mattina del 5 gennaio non ha più fumato: «Nessuno me lo ha imposto, ma visto che c’ero…». Il suo volto, le reazioni, lo sguardo sono quelli di sempre. E così la voglia di scherzare, che penso sia diventata per lui una sorta di autodisciplina, un modo per darsi un limite, per non prendersi mai troppo sul serio

I collegamenti con Roma tornano a farsi giorno dopo giorno più intensi, soprattutto attraverso il telefonino che ronza nonostante la moglie Daniela fulmini quell’oggetto con gli occhi. La passione per la politica resta per lui una carica vitale. S’arrabbia nel parlare delle cose che non gli sono piaciute in questi giorni, a partire dai modi con i quali Renzi ha scalzato Letta e imposto, con la forza, il suo governo senza aver dato una spiegazione compiuta.

Ha riletto “La morte di Ivan Il’ic” Ora è alle prese con Machiavelli. Dalla Juve un dono graditissimo: la maglietta firmata dai giocatori «I test dicono che la mia memoria è al 100%. Ma se avessi perso quel 5% che dico io, non mi sarebbe dispiaciuto» «Basta inseguire i pifferai. Il Pd deve tornare a pensare e a discutere. Non è un nastro trasportatore, né un’appendice».

Bersani non si rassegna alla politica ridotta a partita di poker: «Dobbiamo sempre pensare al film di domani. Oggi stiamo preparando il futuro. E mi preoccupa questo distacco tra la società e le istituzioni democratiche. Temo che il distacco continui a crescere e nessuno di noi può illudersi che basti un po’ di populismo e di demagogia, magari in dosi contenute, per risolvere il problema. Bisogna dire la verità al Paese, e non inseguire i pifferai sperando di batterli sul loro terreno. Dire la verità, affrontare i problemi concreti, le questioni che si stanno incancrenendo perché nessuno ha il coraggio di dire dei no quando sono scomodi. Io ho sbagliato in qualche passaggio, ho commesso errori, ma resto convinto che la politica non ritroverà se stessa nei particolari e nelle tattiche. È il senso, la direzione di marcia che le dà forza. O la ritroviamo, o ci perdiamo».

Sono andato a trovare Bersani a Piacenza con Miguel Gotor. Che gli ha portato in regalo la nuova edizione de Il Principe di Machiavelli, edito da Donzelli. Il regalo si prestava a facili ironie. Ma Bersani si è messo a ridere perché aveva sul tavolino e stava finendo di leggere proprio I corrotti e gli inetti. Conversazioni su Machiavelli di Antonio Gnoli e Gennaro Sasso. Più che il 500esimo anniversario de Il Principe, deve essere la crisi della politica a suscitare questa curiosità. O forse è il risorgente «fiorentinismo». Bersani ha ripreso a leggere da quando si è quietato il terribile mal di testa che lo ha perseguitato per tutta la prima fase della convalescenza.

Quando racconta la sua malattia, la sofferenza è legata soprattutto a quel mal di testa insopportabile, vai a capire quanto legato alla vecchia cervicale e quanto all’operazione vera e propria.

Non ho avuto il coraggio di chiedergli se ha avuto paura di morire. Lui però ha detto che quando il chirurgo gli chiese la firma per il consenso informato, prima dell’intervento, non esitò un secondo. Il medico provò a elencare i rischi: «Lei può morire, oppure…». «L’ho interrotto subito ricorda Bersani e ho detto: penso che quello che sta per dirmi sia anche peggio di morire». Certo, entrando in casa Bersani (per me era la prima volta), non ci vuol molto a capire dove trovi quella riserva di energia umana e di serenità: l’affetto, l’amore della signora Daniela e delle figlie è una protezione così attiva e robusta che vale certo più di tante terapie e tecnologie. «Se avessi potuto, ovviamente mi sarei evitato tutto questo. Ma, pur nella sventura, confesso di uscirne con un sentimento di soddisfazione.

La persona vale sempre più di ciò che fa». Nel dolore si ritrova la solidarietà. E il senso della misura. Di manifestazioni di solidarietà, di amicizia, di stima ne ha avute tantissime. E continuano.

Gli ho detto che anche noi, a l’Unità, siamo stati invasi da messaggi di simpatia e di incoraggiamento, che andavano molto oltre il consenso o il dissenso su singole scelte politiche. «Quando sono tornato a casa mi è venuta voglia di rileggere La morte di Ivan ll’ic di Tolstoj. Non me lo ricordavo così. I punti di vista sul senso della vita cambiano con l’esperienza, ma guai a perdere l’umanità più profonda. E guai a non cogliere le occasioni che la vita ti dà per scoprirle».

Un punto di vanto per Pier Luigi Bersani è senza dubbio l’ospedale di Parma, la sanità emiliana. Nel racconto qui prevale la razionalità sul sentimento.

Fu lui, da presidente della Regione, a proporre di concentrare su Parma il servizio di neurochirurgia per tutta l’area tra Reggio e Piacenza.

«La neurochirurgia è un business e giunsero diverse offerte di privati per costruire centri nelle tre province. Qualcuno può pensare che sia più comodo avere la clinica nella propria città. Ma decidemmo di puntare sul pubblico e su un unico grande centro specializzato, a Parma, in modo da attirare professionalità, tecnologie, ricerca. Non fu una scelta facile, ma ho sperimentato che è stata davvero la migliore, che abbiamo costruito un’eccellenza del Paese. Correvo da Piacenza in ambulanza ma intanto i medici di Parma, collegati in rete, leggevano la mia Tac. Sono stato curato al meglio, e sono stato trattato come ogni persona che si trovi nella medesima condizione».

In quei giorni, nel turbine della paura e della solidarietà mentre la signora Daniela negava la benché minima soddisfazione a telecamere o giornalisti perché, in fondo, considerava persino immorale che le si domandasse qualunque cosa finché sussisteva un pericolo di vita diventò un tormentone la partita Juventus-Roma, quella che il 5 gennaio Bersani chiese alla figlia di registrare prima di entrare in sala operatoria. Da romanista fatico a ripassare la materia, comunque ho saputo che il risultato (3-0) è stato comunicato a Bersani al risveglio e che la registrazione è stata la prima cosa vista alla tv di casa, al rientro. L’orgoglio di tifoso è stato poi solennemente premiato qualche giorno fa: a Piacenza è arrivato Giuseppe Marotta, direttore generale della Juventus, portando in dono a Bersani una maglia dei bianconeri, con le firme di tutti i giocatori. «È stato veramente un grande gesto di amicizia», scandisce compiaciuto. Temo per Gotor che il suo regalo resti a un gradino inferiore: ho sempre avuto la sensazione che la passione per il calcio sia molto forte in Bersani e che sia abituato a reprimerla in pubblico.

 Certo, la politica dà più preoccupazioni. Del nuovo governo, Bersani apprezza la scelta di Pier Carlo Padoan all’Economia. Tra i ministri ci sono suoi amici, ci sono giovani sui quali ha puntato. Ma ci sono anche cose che lo convincono poco. Soprattutto non lo convince la sovraesposizione di Renzi, il rischio che sfiora l’azzardo. I giovani e il record di presenze femminili sono una bella scommessa ma tutto, troppo è in capo «alla responsabilità personale di Renzi». Lui ha deciso ogni cosa: i tempi, la forzatura, gli equilibri. E a Bersani continua a non piacere la politica personale: «La modernità esalta la leadership, ma ci deve essere qualcosa di più di una squadra attorno al leader. C’è bisogno di una comunità che condivide, partecipa, collabora, costruisce». Non gli è piaciuto neppure il voto della minoranza in direzione. Quel voto a favore dopo le astensioni nelle precedenti riunioni gli è apparso come un salto logico, anch’esso non ben motivato. Se la responsabilità è di Renzi, «bisogna tenere vivo con lealtà e chiarezza il confronto nel partito. Serve a tutti, non solo al Pd». Con una precisazione: «Questo non vuol dire che ora non si debba collaborare. Si partecipa e si fa di tutto perché l’impresa riesca. Quando sento qualcuno che ipotizza di non votare la fiducia, penso che abbia perso la bussola. La fiducia si vota, altrimenti finisce il Pd. Poi bisogna tornare a pensare e a discutere, senza timore di dire la nostra, su cosa è utile che il governo Renzi faccia per l’Italia e su cosa dovranno fare i democratici da domani».

Le elezioni e la centralità del PD

La chiacchierata con Bersani intreccia passato e futuro. «Le elezioni non sono andate come volevamo, ma hanno confermato la centralità del Pd e la sua preminente responsabilità verso l’Italia. Il Pd è la struttura portante, la spina dorsale di un Paese in affanno. Da qui bisogna partire. Dalle risposte che dobbiamo ai giovani senza lavoro, alle imprese che stanno chiudendo, alla manifattura italiana, alle eccellenze che rischiano di diventare preda di acquirenti stranieri, alle famiglie che non ce la fanno». Bersani vorrebbe scuotere Renzi. Ma anche chi si è battuto contro di lui al congresso e chi si sente più vicino alla delusione di Letta, perché il Pd ha bisogno di tutti per rafforzare il legame con la società. «Il Pd non è un nastro trasportatore di domande indistinte. Non è un ufficio al quale si bussa per sentirsi dare risposte generiche o demagogiche. La centralità del Pd non deve cambiare la nostra idea del governo: guai a pensare che le istituzioni siano spazi da occupare e che per il consenso basti il messaggio. Il governo è coerenza, competenza, rischio. E siccome è anche la responsabilità più impegnativa della politica, da qui deve ripartire il confronto. E il solo modo per aiutare l’Italia e dunque anche il nuovo governo».

Poi, dopo l’avvio del governo, si aprirà il confronto sul rilancio del partito. «Che non è dice Bersani un’appendice insignificante del governo. Bisogna mantenere una capacità propositiva e un profilo di autonomia». Ma non ha vinto l’idea di Renzi della sovrapposizione dei ruoli e delle funzioni? Si può riaprire una battaglia che è stata persa?

Bersani sa bene che sono in tanti a dire che proprio lui ha perso la battaglia sul ruolo del partito. «Il tema tornerà perché è vitale per la democrazia italiana. Non si rompe la tenaglia populista di Berlusconi e Grillo senza ridare al partito una dimensione sociale, ideale, di composizione e selezione degli interessi. So di non essere riuscito a cambiare lo statuto del Pd come avrei voluto. Ma non ho mai avuto una vera maggioranza per farlo. C’era sempre qualcosa che lo impediva. Ho cercato di compensare questo limite proponendo una costituzione materiale del Pd diversa da quella formale. Ho parlato di collettivo, ho respinto l’idea di un partito personale, mi sono battuto perché la modernità democratica non contraddicesse i principi della Costituzione. Ma la battaglia continua».

Prima di tornare a Roma, Bersani dice che dovrà ancora «misurarsi con l’esterno». È già andato agli argini del Po, lontano da occhi indiscreti. Altre passeggiate sono in programma. È stato per me un grande piacere rivederlo e abbracciarlo. Confesso che temevo qualche ferita più profonda. Invece abbiamo parlato, come altre volte, cercando di andare oltre la cronaca incalzante. A proposito di cronache: «Il medico racconta ancora Bersani mi ha fatto i test della memoria e della concentrazione. Ha detto che avendo lavorato in quel punto della testa, voleva avere la certezza che tutte le potenzialità fossero state preservate. Mi ha fatto una certa impressione quando ha detto di aver “lavorato” sulla mia testa, ma poi sono stato rassicurato. Tutto è a posto al 100%. L’ho ringraziato. Dopo però ci ho ripensato: se mi avesse tolto dalla memoria quel 5% che ancora mi fa male, forse sarebbe stato perfetto».

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New video YG – ‘My Nigga’ (Remix) (Explicit) ft. Lil Wayne, Rich Homie Quan…

Videos : YG ft. Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj & Rich Homie Quan : My Nigga Remix #Cookednews

YG, Lil’ Wayne, Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj, and   dropped one hell of a track when they linked up for the remix to the smash single, ‘My N*gga’. Earlier today the crew gave us the brand new visuals for their track. Directed by Motion Family, YG, Meek Mill, Rich Homie Quan, Lil’ Wayne and Nicki Minaj all make cameos in the black-and-white presentation including appearances from Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Durk, DJ Mustard, and Jeezy.

Check the clip out after the jump!

YG performing ‘My Nigga (Remix)’ featuring Lil Wayne, Rich Homie Quan, Meek Mill & Nicki Minaj © 2014 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

WATCH: http://mypinkfriday.com/news/202813
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What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry #RedBullMusic #Cookednews

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, Red Bull Music Academy has teamed up with award-winning director Ralf Schmerberg to create a full-length feature film. What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music includes Brian EnoLee ‘Scratch’ PerryGiorgio MoroderNile RodgersRichie HawtinJames Murphy and many more talking about the ups and downs of a life devoted to music.

Shot at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York and produced by Schmerberg’s Berlin-based artist collective Mindpirates, the film focuses in on the creative process – but ends up asking questions about life itself. Following the young artists attending the Academy as well as featuring talking head interviews with musicians who have seen the twists and turns of the music industry, What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music is full of (direct and indirect) insights.

After premiering on February 17 in more than 60 cities across the globe, we’ve made What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music available for free, in full. Check it out below. You can also grab the free download either here (SD) or here (HD).

To find out more about the movie, check outhttp://www.rbma15.com. To find out more about the Red Bull Music Academy, check out http://redbullmusicacademy.com

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‘Sto morendo’, l’ultimo tweet di Olesya e la protesta in #Venezuela

Olesya Zhukovskaya è l’infermiera di 21 anni, Ukraina, colpita oggi al collo, durante le manifestazioni antigovernative di Kiev. Imprecisato il numero di morti negli scontri con le forze di polizia e i riot polices, gli estremisti che lottano per la caduta del governo Ukraino.

Secondo gli ultimi aggiornamenti, la ragazza, una libera volontaria nella croce rossa, sarebbe in condizioni gravi in un ospedale del centro della capitale Ukraina.

Ieri il consiglio dei ministri europeo si è riunito per discutere sulle possibili sanzioni da attribuire al governo del vicino Est europeo. Intanto dall’altro capo del mondo, si unisce alla protesta anche il popolo Venezuelano. Il leader d’opposizione Leopoldo Lopez, di Volontà popolare, si è consegnato alla polizia.

#Venezuela#euromaidan#ukraine #kiev #ukraineprotest#kiev #ukraine#kiev#CookedNews

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