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גילוי, ארכיבאות, והפצת מידע על התעללות בציבור על ידי ממשלות ותאגידים בימי הביניים הדיגיטליים
In the footsteps of Doris "Granny D" Haddock, activist Lawrence Lessig leads a two-week,185-mile trek through the winter cold in New Hampshire to raise awareness of corruption in American politics. (Photo: Moyers & Company)
This week, we bring you a special report on a two-week, 185-mile trek through the winter cold in New Hampshire, led in January by constitutional scholar and activist Lawrence Lessig to raise awareness of the crippling problem of corruption in American politics.
“If you think about every single important issue America has to address — if you’re on the right and you care about tax reform or addressing the issues of the deficit, or on the left and you care about climate change or real health care reform — whatever the issue is, if you look at the way our system functions right now you have to see that there will be no sensible reform given the way we fund campaigns,” Lessig says.
Inspired by Doris “Granny D” Haddock’s march across America, Lessig says his movement, the New Hampshire Rebellion, is encouraging voters to ask all the presidential candidates who soon will be haunting the Granite State: “How are you going to end the system of corruption in Washington?”
BILL MOYERS: David Simon, it’s time you meet Lawrence Lessig. Like you, he knows that capitalism is no blueprint for democracy and he’s demonstrating the power of his convictions with boots on the ground-- snow boots.
Lessig is a well-known constitutional scholar and activist. He not only talks the talk, he’s walking the walk. Last month, through winter’s ice, sleet and snow, he led a two-week march of patriotic Americans from north to south down 185 miles of streets and roads in New Hampshire, traditionally, the site of the nation’s first presidential primary. The march was to raise awareness of the need for campaign finance reform, including HCR-10. That’s a resolution in the State Legislature to amend the U.S. Constitution and overthrow Citizens United. They're also asking all of the presidential candidates who will soon be haunting New Hampshire a big question: how are you going to end the system of corruption in Washington?
This hike’s just the beginning. More marches are planned in the state between now and 2016. This year’s began symbolically in Dixville Notch, population 12, well-known to fans of American politics as the first town in the United States to cast its presidential ballots.
LAWRENCE LESSIG: People have constantly said to me, "this feels a little crazy, to march across New Hampshire in the middle of January." I kind of feel, well, who is the crazy in this story?
We have a Congress where members spend 30 to 70 percent of their time raising money. They live in an environment, much like an elementary school, where the buzzers go off and they race from their office down to the floor of Congress to vote on issues they don’t even know what they are voting on. They stand at an empty chamber, giving speeches to nobody. It is a system that produces no progress.
So the people inside that system it seems to me are the crazy ones. So if there is crazy here and I'm crazy for this march, then crazy knows crazy.
If you think about every single important issue America has to address -- if you're on the right and you care about tax reform or addressing the issues of the deficit, on the left if you care about climate change or real health care reform -- whatever the issue is, if you look at the way our system functions right now you have to see that there will be no sensible reform given the way we fund campaigns.
GABRIEL GRANT: No one directly cares that much about campaign finance reform or the issue of money in politics because it’s not an issue that directly affects us. It’s an issue that affects us through every other issue we care about.
MALE HIKER: It’s a great day today! Oh yeah, got to wear these. Essential for any walk to save democracy.
LAWRENCE LESSIG: Both sides of the political divide are embarrassed, I think, by the way in which the system functions, but they have no clear resolve or will to do anything about it. So the only way we can do something is to force them to take it seriously.
So we’re at the tip of New Hampshire. We’re going to start at the place that the New Hampshire primary will happen, and we’re about to begin a march. And the march will be two weeks, from Dixville Notch to Nashua.
New Hampshire is an incredibly sophisticated political state, mainly because presidential candidates basically live here for two years of the presidential election cycle as they try to convince New Hampshire to vote for them.
ARCHON FUNG: New Hampshire still is one of the few moments in the process of electing our president in which ordinary people sometimes can get to ask candidates real questions in an authentic and unscripted way.
LAWRENCE LESSIG: We want to create a movement of people who will make this the first issue by asking every single presidential candidate between now and January 2016 this one question: “What will you do to end the system of corruption in Washington?”
We’ve been looking for a long time to the kind of action that people had to pay attention to, they had to look at, they had to see, they had to think about. You know, we’re hopeful that if people see people trudging through the sleet and the rain and the snow in New Hampshire in January, they’ll stop and say “Why? Why would you do that? What’s the purpose? What’s the issue?” And as they think about it they’ll be reminded that they too care about this issue.
The latest poll we’ve done found 96 percent of Americans believe that the influence of money in our political system has got to be changed. There is no issue in American politics that has that unanimity of support. But at the same time 91 percent of Americans believe this issue will never be solved. Ninety one percent believe there is no way to beat this issue because the issue is so tied up with power right now that it can’t be reformed.
MARY REDWAY: Single-file please!
I’m 61 years old. It depresses me. It depresses me to think what I’m leaving my children. I’m past the point of anger. I think we all had a sense of futility until this march came through and somehow for us it seems to be a window of possibility.
NICK PENNIMAN: One of the great challenges for anyone who cares about campaign finance reform is to make it a kitchen table issue. Is to link it directly to people’s lives in a real way. To show them that the foreclosure crisis next door links back to money and politics and the power of the bank lobby. That the cost of prescription drugs links back to the pharmaceutical lobby.
MARY REDWAY: In general people support us whether they know it or not, the sense of frustration and dissatisfaction with the total dysfunction of the government and I think everybody right on agrees yes, money is one of the big problems.
LAWRENCE LESSIG: The simplest thing that money buys you in Washington -- and the thing that absolutely everybody admits it buys you -- is access.
So, you're a congressperson, you've been on the road all day, maybe giving speeches, maybe meeting people. You get home and there is a pile of messages of people you need to call, and among those people are the people who have given you $5,000 in your congressional campaign
Who are you going to call first? So, your priorities get bent in direction of the money.
When you step back and you ask, "Where in the constitution, in the design of our government, did anybody ever envision that money, independent of votes, was going to have this amount of control in our system?"
ARCHON FUNG: The word “democracy” means “people rule” but in this system it’s at least the case that money rules as much as people rule. And if that’s the case, it’s not a democracy.
LAWRENCE LESSIG: Even though the framers were pretty bad about race, and they certainly didn't understand sex equality, the one thing the framers got was class. They understood the biggest risk was to create an aristocracy, and so they insisted, as Madison said, that the people meant not the rich more than the poor. Well, we've completely betrayed that commitment.
GABRIEL GRANT: And this issue fundamentally is about empowerment. It’s about feeling like ideas can move forward based on their merits instead of based on who holds the most power.
LAWRENCE LESSIG: So the incentives inside the fundraising process no longer align with the incentives of an institution that was meant to represent the people as a whole. And the only way to fix that is to change the incentives, to make it so that instead of obsessively worrying about what the tiniest fraction of the one percent care about, they are worrying about what the vast majority of Americans care about.
The solution is to change the way we fund elections by supporting small dollar-funded elections so that instead of the 1/20th of one percent, they raise money from the vast majority of Americans to spread out the funder influence, just like we spread out the vote. That would change the way we fund elections and radically change the way Congress works.
This is not a one-time struggle that we can solve and then just forget. This last election cycle saw a lot of super PAC money, but it was kind of the dry run, just getting its legs and what I fear is 2016 is going to be the year of the super PAC, where they are extremely effective in raising unbelievable amounts of money from a completely tiny, tiny, tiny set of Americans.
MALE HIKER: Hey, stand for a selfie?
LAWRENCE LESSIG: Of course!
MALE HIKER: I think I got one.
LAWRENCE LESSIG: Let’s go!
You know, when we decided to do this, we first didn't expect there would be more than about five or ten at the most, people who would be marching.
But as we've gone through the town or have been going down roads, the number of people who have reacted passionately and really vigorously to what we we’re doing as they see our signs or they have read about us or heard about us on television, people honking horns, putting signs in front of their house, every day there’s new people joining for the rest of the walk.
NICK PENNIMAN: It is raw human suffering to walk from Dixville Notch, New Hampshire to Nashua in January. We’ve seen that over the course of the last two weeks: sleet, snow, blizzards, sub-zero temperatures. The inevitable question-- “So what?” Well, they got picked up by every single media outlet in the state including every paper that counts. Radio, TV, and they’ve also created a dialogue beyond that.
LAWRENCE LESSIG: I see a finish line!
After this march we’re going to begin to organize meet-ups around the state where people get trained about how do you ask the question: “What will you do to end the system of corruption in Washington?”
LAWRENCE LESSIG: C’mon Kevin!
KEVIN: Three way finish! C’mon bud! Woah!
LAWRENCE LESSIG: We made it!
MALE HIKER: Thank you sir!
LAWRENCE LESSIG: This is a much easier problem than some of the really hard problems that the 20th century struggled with and solved. When you think about racism or sexism or homophobia, those are not problems which you can just solve overnight. You don’t just wake up one day no longer a racist. It takes years, generations to rip that pathology out of the DNA of a society
But this is a problem of just changing incentives. If we change the incentives for fundraising, campaigns would change overnight. BILL MOYERS: Sound the alarm, because soon the Supreme Court will rule in McCutcheon v. the Federal Election Commission – a case that, like Citizens United, may open the floodgates to more money in politics even wider. Sad to say, there’s barely a single decision before Congress, the White House, or state and local governments that can’t be swayed by the almighty dollar.
At our website, BillMoyers.com, we’ll show you how cash has bought the vote of elected officials on every issue from the environment and taxes to food stamps and the minimum wage. And on our “Take Action” page, we’ll keep you updated on what to do about it -- how to help spread the New Hampshire rebellion to every village and town, to every precinct in this country.
That’s all at BillMoyers.com. I’ll see you there and I’ll see you here, next time.
Producer/Camera/Editor: Cameron Hickey. Field Associate Producer: John Light.Intro Editor: Rob Kuhns. Intro Producer: Robert Booth. Additional Editing: Lauren Feeney. Audio: Christoph Gelfand.
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===ארה"ב: חופש הדיבור.ההגפנה? מקרה דומה לדפני ליף בשיקאגו - רק יותר אלים!===
בעיתונים היום אומרים שבא כוח המדינה טוען בבג"ץ שבישראל אין "חופש הדיבור כמו בארה"ב".
להלן קישור למאמר על משטפט המתנהל נגד פעילה במאהל שיקאגו על "תקיפת שוטר". היא עלולה להישפט למאסר של עד ל-7 שנים. שיקאגו, תחת חביב התקשורת כאן, עימואל ראם, הפכה לסמל של גזל העניים לטובת העשירים, ומרכז למחאה חברתית.
Apparently written by an American reporter. jz
Cecily McMillan's Occupy Trial Is a Huge Test of US Civil Liberties. Will They Survive?
For years, comparing American freedom to Russian tyranny seemed like an exaggeration. But maybe we're not so different after all.
The US constitution's Bill of Rights is envied by much of the English-speaking world, even by people otherwise not enthralled by The American Way Of Life. Its fundamental liberties – freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, freedom from warrantless search – are a mighty bulwark against overweening state power, to be sure.
But what are these rights actually worth in the United States these days?
My red-head cousin; Asher Grunis, Presiding Justice, must resign! //
גרוניס חייב להתפטר!
View on blog: http://inproperinla.blogspot.co.il/2014/02/14-02-17-my-red-head-cousin.html ___ OccupyTLV, Feb 17 - walking down Shaul HaMelech Ave in Tel Aviv today, I meet my red-head cousin. She must be in her 70s, but when asked, she answers "about 35". I told her a long time ago that she acted like a 16 year old. She said a fortune teller had told her the same, and it had to do with something that had happened in a previous reincarnation. To make a long story short, we entered a coffee shop, she was in a rush to a meeting of some geriatric activists. I started telling her about what I was writing over the past couple of years. While I lectured enthusiastically, she first filed her finger nails a bit, then started showing off the pictures of her latest grandchildren as newborns... Apparently, some basic communication failure... Then I get to the point about signatures on Supreme Court documents by the late Chief Clerk Shmaryahu Cohen, five years after he had died. I told her that there many Israeli attorneys would argue that there is no problem with that, definitely not "forgery". She immediately stopped with the grandchildren's pics, and said: "Cut the BS. In Bet Shemesh [town near Jerusalem] they found out that dead people voted in the recent election, and the election was announced "Forged Election", which must be repeated." I tried to explain to her that according to the same standards, much of what the Israeli Supreme Court has done over the past 10 years is void, not voidable... Following the filing of a criminal fraud complaint against Asher Grunis on October 15, 2013, and the "departure" of impostor "Chief clerk" Sarah Lifscitz on October 31, 2013, Asher Grunis refuses to disclose, who today holds the authorities of Chief Clerk of the Supreme Court. Presiding Justice Asher Grunis cannot be trusted in appointing a new, honest Chief Clerk for the Supreme Court, or launch an effort to restore the authenticity of its records! LINKS:  14-02-11 ISRAEL: War hero Moti Ashkenazi versus the medieval courts - Presiding Justice Grunis must resign!// מוטי אשכנזי נגד שחיתות בתי המשפט – גרוניס חייב להתפטר! http://www.scribd.com/doc/206364209/  13-10-15 Criminal fraud complaint filed with Israel Police against Presiding Justice of the Supreme Court Asher Grunis // תלונה פלילית על הונאה הוגשה למשטרת ישראל נגד נשיא בית המשפט העליון מר אשר גרוניס http://www.scribd.com/doc/176398650/ https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B8Aa2xQGbmk5Q2tqV1Q5dU40ZWc/edit?usp=sharing  14 01 15 ISRAEL: Attorney General confirms receipt of criminal Fraud complaint against Presiding Justice of the Supreme Court Asher Grunis// היועץ המשפטי לממשלה אישר קבלת תןללונה על הונאה נגד נשיא בית המשפט העליון אשר גרוניס http://www.scribd.com/doc/203580585/ ____ Joseph Zernik, PhD Human Rights Alert (NGO) http://www.scribd.com/Human_Rights_Alert Occupy Tel Aviv ____ * The Human Rights Alert (NGO) submission to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations was incorporated into the 2010 Periodic Review Report regarding Human Rights in the United States, with the note: "corruption of the courts and the legal profession and discrimination by law enforcement in California". * The Human Rights Alert (NGO) submission to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations was incorporated into the 2013 Periodic Review Report regarding Human Rights in Israel, with the note: "lack of integrity of the electronic records of the Supreme Court, the district courts and the detainees courts in Israel." +++
===14-02-16 הבת דודה הג'יג'ית!===
הלכתי היום בשדרות שאול המלך, ופתאום פגשתי את הבת דודה הג'ינג'ית שלי. היא צריכה להיות בשנות ה-70 (שתהיה בריאה!), אבל כששואלים אותה, היא אומרת "בערך 35". אני מזמן אמרתי לה שהיא מתנהגת כבת 16. היא אומרת שגם קוראת כף יד פעם אמרה לה אותו הדבר, שזה בגלל משהו שקרה בגלגול קודם היא נתקעה בגיל 16.
בקיצור: נכנסנו לבית קפה, היא היתה כבר באיחור ל"צוותא" - המחלקה הגראטרית. התחלתי לספר לה על מה שכתבתי בשנה שנתיים האחרונות. בעוד אני מרצה לה בהתלהבות, היא פצרה את ציפורני הידיים מעט, ואח"כ התחילה להראות לי תמונות של הנכדים האחרונים כילודים. איזשהו קצר בתקשורת,כביכול. אז הגעתי לקטע של חתימות המזכיר הראשי לשעבר שמריהו כהן ז"ל חמש שנים לאחר מותו. אמרתי לה שיש עורכי דין רבים בישראל שלא יראו בזה כל "זיוף".
היא הפסיקה עם התמונות של התינוקות ואמרה לי "מה אתה מקשקש! בבית שמש מצאו שאנשים מתים הצביעו בבחירות, והכריזו על "בחירות מזוייפות", וחייבו חזרה על הבחירות."
ניסיתי להסביר לה שעל פי אמת מידה זאת, יש לבטל חלק גדול ממה שעשה בג"ץ בעשר השנים האחרונות...
בעקבות הגשת תלונה פלילית על הונאה נגד אשר גרוסניס ב-15 לאובטובר, 2013
ו"פרישתה" של המתחזה ל"מזכירה ראשית" שרה ליפשיץ ב-31 לאוקטובר, 2013, ומאז מסרב אשר גרוניס לגלות,מי מחזיק בסמכויות המזכיר הראשי של בית המשפט העליון.
אשר גרוניס אינו כשיר למנות מזכיר ראשי חדש, ישר לבית המשפט העליון, או לפתוח בצעדים לתיקון יושרת הכתבים של בית המשפט העליון!
דר' יוסף צרניק
מאהל המחאה, ת"א
סייג לזכויות האדם (NGO)
* דוח סייג לזכויות האדם נכלל בדוח התקופתי של האו"ם לגבי זכויות האדם בישראל (2013), עם ההערה: "חוסר יושרה בכתבים האלקטרוניים של בית המשפט העליון, בתי המשפט המחוזיים, ובתי הדין למוחזקי משמורת בישראל".
* דוח סייג לזכויות האדם נכלל בדוח התקופתי של האו"ם לגבי זכויות האדם בארה"ב (2010), עם ההערה: "שחיתות בתי המשפט ומקצוע עריכת הדין בקליפורניה".
===14-02-17 #OccupyTLV: Authorities preparing for lawmakers' visit?// מאהל המחאה ת"א: הרשויות מתכוננות לביקור ח"כים?=== One wonders if media would again be swept away to portray the homeless and social protest people as participants in an amusement park. מעניין אם התקשורת שוב תיסחף עם הצגת חסרי הדיור ואנשי המחאה כיושבי גן שעשועים... [עברית להלן] OccupyTLV, Feb 17 - in recent days, Uriel, police affiliate, has been extremely busy. With help from his brother and in cooperation with Michal, he constructed a kitchen hall in the northern part of the park. Today, he is busy trying to clean and improve a little bit the water trough and toilet area, which I have repeatedly protested as a health hazzard, built by the Tel Aviv Municipality, under the guise of a contractor. In parallel, I hear that towards the end of February, visit by members of knesset is planned. One wonders if media would again be swept away to portray the homeless and social protest people as participants in an amusement park.
===14-02-17 מאהל המחאה ת"א: הרשויות מתכוננות לביקור ח"כים?=== מאהל המחאה, 17 לפברואר - בימים האחרונים נראה אוריאל המשת"פ עסוק ביותר. הוא ואחיו בנו מחסה למטבח בצד הצפוני של הגן, בשיתוף עם מיכל. והיום הוא עסוק בניסיון לנקות ולהכשיר מעט את איזור הברזיה והשירותים, שעליו התרעתי במשך חודשים כמפגע תברואתי חמור ובלתי חוקי בעליל, שנבנה על ידי עיריית ת"א במסווה של קבלן. במקביל נודע לי שמתוכנן ביקור במאהל של חברי כנסת לקראת סוף החודש. מעניין אם התקשורת שוב תיסחף עם הצגת חסרי הדיור ואנשי המחאה כיושבי גן שעשועים...