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Harvard Beats Yale In Latest Round Of Elitist F*ckery

November 15th, 2011 | 1 comment | Posted by Jen

In the run-up to “The Game”–Harvard and Yale’s annual pre-Thanksgiving pretense at college football–Harvard students have produced this “Occupy Yale/We Are The 6%” shirt, the 6%, as Gawker’s Maureen O’Connor points out, referring to Harvard’s 2011 admission rate, the lowest of the Ivies and a whole 1.15% lower than Yale’s:

Jesus Fuck. This is actually too boring to be offensive. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: you can’t have a school rivalry when your football has become so sub-par. Harvard, Yale (my alma mater)…does anyone really think there’s a difference? We’re all the same kind of asshole. (Except for the person who actually buys the Occupy Yale shirt. S/he is a MUCH bigger asshole.)

When measuring Ivy League dick, I much prefer this shirt, by men’s designer Mark McNairy:

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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Oakland Mayor Jean Quan And The Police Response To #OccupyOakland

October 29th, 2011 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

I don’t know how local politics in Oakland work, but I do know after this week that politics in Oakland ain’t working. On Tuesday before dawn, the police raided the Occupy Oakland encampment in Frank Ogawa plaza, using tear gas and bean bag-rounds to clear out protesters. Later that night, Marine and two-time Iraq War vet Scott Olsen was critically injured during a protest march when a police projectile–most likely a tear gas-canister–hit his head and fractured his skull. Olsen remains in the hospital ICU in “fair” condition.

During the first incident, Mayor Jean Quan, who’s been in office less than a year, was on a plane to D.C. She later said she hadn’t been involved in the planning of the sweep and didn’t “know everything” that had happened. Quan maintains City Manager Deanna Santana and interim Police Chief Howard Jordan were responsible for the sweep and that she didn’t even know when the eviction would take place.

As for the second incident, which was reportedly much more confrontational than Tuesday’s early-morning sweep, the Oakland police, like Quan, have also denied responsibility for their actions. According to the Washington Post, police have denied using rubber bullets and flash-bangs on Tuesday night’s protesters, even though “many” photos and videos have emerged to the contrary. One Occupy Oakland protester who came to Scott Olsen’s aid after his skull was fractured by that police projectile told the SF Chronicle that after Olsen fell, the police threw another tear-gas canister at them and refused to help Olsen, who by then was bleeding from the head.

So if Mayor Quan and the Oakland police aren’t responsible for suppressing the Occupy Oakland protests, then who is exactly? Who is ultimately accountable to the people of Oakland?

The silver lining to all of this: Occupy Oakland has become an “international symbol of resistance,” gaining the support its own city officials have failed to provide from people around the world.

[photos via WaPo and Boing Boing]

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We Are The 99%: Chinese American Youth Edition

October 24th, 2011 | 3 comments | Posted by Jen

The Chinese Progressive Association organizes low income and working class Chinese immigrants in San Francisco. Some of their youth members have come together to tell their stories in solidarity with the Occupy movement, and I keep seeing their photos shared on Facebook. Their stories are heartbreaking, enraging, depressing, and, at the same time, inspiring. These kids should be wallowing in despair but instead they’re still fighting for a better future for themselves and their families.

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