“Um …” is right. From the comments section on a post about Occupy poster art (and other protest art from history) at Daily Kos.

Brilliant, satirical social commentary:

BEST #OWS picture/comment/anything yet. By Mike McGinn.  on Twitpic

“The whole political class is just getting the memo that Ozzie and Harriet don’t live here anymore.” — Edward Hill, dean of the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University

That’s from a New York Times article reporting that poverty in US suburbs went up by 53 percent from 2000 to 2010, with a full two-thirds of that increase occurring since 2007.

Awesome … Occupy NOLA rocks:

In Texas, reality is apparently “inconsistent with current agency policy.”

It would be hysterically funny if it weren’t so darned sad, pathetic and dangerous: upon being questioned about the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s near-complete elimination of any scientific references to climate change and rising sea levels in a 200-page report on the state of Galveston Bay, a spokesperson essentially said that peer-reviewed science is “inconsistent with current agency policy.” A s a result, every one of the scientists who contributed to the report has asked that his or her name be removed from the publication.

Fantastic. As Common Dreams said, “Watch it, post it.”

If you already despised Koch Industries because of its support for the Tea Party, climate science denial and all things regressive, just wait till you get a load of this Bloomberg article: Koch Brothers Flout Law Getting Richer With Secret Iran Sales. (Hat tip to the always insightful Digby at the blog Hullabaloo.) It reveals a laundry list of beyond-bad behavior from the firm: bribery, firing of whistleblowers, sales through foreign subsidiaries of petrochemical equipment to Iran (in violation of a US trade ban), “mismeasurements” of crude oil produced from wells on federal land, deadly negligence and more.

This is exactly the kind of sunlight that needs to be aimed at a far-too-influential private company run by a pair of billionaire brothers who back the idea of killing Social Security and believe President Barack Obama is the next Saddam Hussein. But every little bit the rest of us do can also help, and that means being aware of the many consumer brands that fall under the Koch Industries umbrella.

One Koch company, for example, is Georgia-Pacific, which produces several brands of toilet paper (Angel Soft, Quilted Northern and Soft n’ Gentle); paper napkins (Dixie, Mardi Gras, Vanity Fair); Dixie cups, plates, bowls and dispensers; paper towels (Brawny, Mardi Gras, Sparkle); and home and office paper (Georgia-Pacific, Spectrum). Then there’s Invista, the Koch business behind Antron carpet fiber, Comforel fiber, Coolmax fabric, Cordura fabric, Dacron fiberfill, Lycra, SolarMax fabric, Stainmaster carpets, Supplex fabric, Supriva fiber, Tactel fiber and Thermolite fabric.

So forget all the snarky media comments about the 99 Percenters in New York and other cities using iPhones to communicate … who cares? The late Steve Jobs didn’t do sneaky deals with Iran or oppose regulations on derivatives trading. But it’d be good to not see any Dixie cups or Mardi Gras napkins during mealtimes in Liberty Park.

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