I’m at Layfayette Park in Washington, where we’ll be livestreaming #Surround the White House.
Scarecrow said he saw a Polar Bear holding a sign (I wondered if he shouldn’t be looking for black smoke)
Hey Elliot, can you explain the white smoke /black smoke thing? Someone asked on the thread below, and I must admit that unless they plan to elect the Pope while surrounding the WH, I don’t get it either
NobelWomen Nobel Women
The action should be starting just about now.. Follow @tarsandsaction for coverage of 4000 activists protesting #KeystoneXL at Whitehouse!
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216 viewers at http://www.livestream.com/tarsandsaction .
white smoke of surrender? new pope maybe?
the black smoke was a reference to the TV show LOST
Here’s mzchief’s traffic cam link
Dang, guess I need to get off-line and watch more TV ; )
From http://www.livestream.com/tarsandsaction :
Mic check in front of the White House …
uneverte: Ring around the white house, a pocketful of lobby money, tar sands tar sands we all fall down. #noKXL #tarsandsaction
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OK…it was snark, then? I thought there may be an action involving smoke.
Signing off for now – returning later it seems.
Naomi Klein speaking now … watch on livestream
Listening to the livestream. Thanks FDL team for bringing this to us!
I hope y’all brought a Kardashian with you. ;-) Circle of life.
Naomi Klein speaking at the podium. Canadians of all backgrounds including the First Nations have the Tarsands surrounded too!
We need to #Surround courthouses. Bring attention to the prison industrial complex that’s destroying the country’s youth.
Gotta say I strongly prefer the format of #occupy with the concentric circles and the human mic to the sound system and stage. Nevertheless, the crowd looks huge and vibrant!
#surround foreclosure courts. I’m surprised there hasn’t been more direct action specifically aimed at foreclosure fraud.
Deny the tarsands permit!
Sadly, tarsands has a vastly better chance getting a permit than many #occupy events. ‘Tis fucked up.
From https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%40tarsandsaction :
inthewaves Carra Beth
Nobel Laureates just took the stage proclaiming their continual commitment to standing with the @TarSandsAction movement. #noKXL
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JustandStable Just and Stable
a sign I love at @Tarsandsaction: “obama: more audacity, less hope” #NOKXL
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OK, I’m ready for the surround part, now… I see why the kids flock to #occupy rather than the old style speeches with a march. I love a good speech, but I want the action!
Me, too. People get bored and the interest wanes.
They might be waiting for Obama to get back to the WH from his golf outing:
@TarSandsAction @c_hight #KeystoneXL #surroundthewhitehouse #tarsandsaction While we surround the WH Obama goes golfing blogs.canada.com/2011/11/06/whe…
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The linked article:
“When the going gets tough on Keystone XL, Obama goes … golfing” | Canada.Com | November 6, 2011. 1:22 pm
Maybe he’ll stay out all day. Does it really matter if Obama is there or not? Obama doesn’t care, anyway. Maybe it’s more inconvenient for him to be barred from entry than from exit?
Leaving access gaps for emergency vehicles…
Scarecrow said there are people from absolutely everywhere
Divided into color teams who will follow leader with colored flag. Text message will go out to phones when surround is completed. Orange arm bands are facilitators. Arms will be linked when destination is reached.
Overlapping with yellowsnapdragon @ 27 …
Hip Hop Congress representative speaking …
Bill McKibben is giving instructions. Shortly the marshals will assist the assembly to circle the White House in color-coded sections (each section has a flag). They will get a text message when the action is completed then return back to Lafayette Park.
His kids are prolly there. It’s gonna be their world. Hopefully they’re smart enough to ask questions of dear ol’ dad.
Each color team will go to a different location around WH and spread out apparantly until the building is surrounded.
I’d love to hear what he’s telling his kids about #occupy.
Scarecrow reports there is a huge huge pipeline, must be 250 feet long, being carried by hundreds of people – followed by thousands – making it’s way around the White House
This is very exciting and I can’t wait to see it done. Should be a beautiful sight.
Two speakers from the Lakota Nation already. Far out.
Lakota elder speaks to the assembly as demonstrators move into their color-coded sections.
Someday they are going to know what a sellout he was. Sad for everyone, but it will be particularly hard on them.
I still say, every time someone mentions OWS, O sez: What’s OWS.
Orange team arranging to walk toward E Street. Will chant as they go. Offices on that side, so chanting must be heard by other team and offices.
what was that guy yelling?
“Politicians aren’t heros; quit deluding yourselves.”
Folks apparently #Occupy-ing Barbara Boxer’s office according to McKibben.
chicky chicky bawk bawk
I couldn’t hear. He sounded like a heckler, didn’t he?
Wish there were aerial cameras.
Yay! Wish I could be there!
How many folks are at this gathering?
Don’t know where I saw the number was 10K, but that’s the number I saw that was expected.
And to think that back in the 50s I used to sit on the little wall the fence around the WH is embedded in and feed the squirrels. Squirrels without the slightest fear of humans. Fat little guys. Crawl all over ya. Right across the street from Layfayette Park. Until Eisenhower had them poisoned for digging holes in the putting greens on the other side of the building. My grampa hated Eisenhower for what he did to the Bonus Marchers. He’s on my shit list for poisoning the squirrels.
sickjew sick jew
Too many people to circle White House – “wrapping around corner onto Pennsylvania” #noKXL #ows http://www.livestream.com/tarsandsaction
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This POV is thrilling anyway.
I love Jane (for one) for not watching football today!
I saw a number on the chat of 7000.
Picture from Jon Walker.
Video: Paraglider meets vulture mid-air (cursing in Russian beeped out)
you can see the big pipeline
Exciting to see … thanks for the livestream, pics and for being there!
Great Moments in Bitter Irony:
The Keystone XL pipeline is going to be traversing land directly over the Ogallala Aquifer, the water used to make the Great Plains into the nation’s main breadbasket and food producer.
Along with all the known problems of Keystone XL, we can add another: Earthquakes. The Oklahoma quakes of the past few days happen to be right in the path of the Keystone pipeline — and have already been linked, by the USGS, no less, to fracking.
And for those who doubt that fracking can cause earthquakes, a firm doing it in the UK has already admitted it can.
What’s that pipeline made of? It looks too heavy to carry.
IKE is an acronym: I Kill Everything.
Scarecrow’s with the red group (fellow travelers? :), walking down past Cheney’s office, the big pipeine circled back around, the Washington Monument’s in the distance, winged victory statue right there – very symbolic, very moving.
WOW! That’s a bigger version of the one they used in Lincoln NE that was in OMBs post.
And BTW the NE Legislature WILL have a special session about it. Dave (OMB)and Tim are scheming on how to get called as expert witnesses.
Fellow workers. Working for Mother Earth, peace, social and economic justice.
Scarecrow just said they are so many people they may surround it twice
Kelly, pass this on to Dave, et al.
You were kind hearted right from the start.
AitchD had it right at 59.
Dave and Tim are actually out of internet coverage right now, at the measuring station in the Sandhills.
Mrs. OMB is here watching with me though. :)
This is great.
JonWalkerDC Jon Walker
Circle around WH several layers deep
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Good for them and you!
By the way, sounds like the AFL-CIO got snookered by the American Petroleum Institute on the Big Plenty Jobs lie.
As per the live stream audio here (young woman just speaking)… Canadians are dying from this industry and this needs to stop NOW.
1,186 viewers at http://www.livestream.com/tarsandsaction .
AFL-CIO snookered? Imagine that.
Like Dire Straits said, “Heap big trouble in the land of plenty.”
“Twice, maybe three times” around ‘This Thing’ — !!!
Scarecrow’s amazed how many people there are, and they are still coming from the staging area, layers thick – Bill McKibben just went by, he’s circling to see everyone. Each group of people are chanting something different – “real coo” You can tel he’s stoked!
Global Revolution just picked up the live stream. Add another 874 viewers right now.
… and none of them are smoking! Eat your heart out, Barry!
Remember, like, 6 weeks ago when we *didn’t* all gather around the computer to watch marches and actions? Yeah, a lot has changed in a few weeks.
And a few really angry young people made the difference. Viva!
He’s playing ball alright with his Bankster/Gangster pals.
I thought he was at G20.
I bet — Scarecrow was one of the 65 arrested, imagine how it must feel today to be one of ten thousand or more : ) I’d be stoked, too ; )
STFU you retard!
The original plans were for a text message to go out telling everyone they got the White House surrounded but instead Bill McKibben is going around congratulating everyone and spreading the word, Bill said they are three deep but Scarecrow says they are ten deep in places. ‘The energy is terrific.”
Make that several months… some of us got hooked by WI and Egypt : )
Took less than 45 minutes to surround the WH. Well done!
Just from watching this I would say that Obama has a BIG problem. Which way will he go if he wants to be re-elected?
It’s like the dawn of radio and everyone gathered around for the broadcasts …
The pipeline thing is a great protest prop.
Hey, I saw a Segway ride by.
Supposedly he got home late Friday night. Joe Biden gave the weekly address yesterday (Saturday) in which he harangued the Repubs for inaction on the Jobs Bill.
Yeah, ok…I loved me some Tahrir Square actions too.
any coverage on any of the networks?
C-SPAN would be here if there were Teabaggers
Dude, I hope that was directed at the tweet, not me.
Scarecrow said Bazillions!
I can’t believe the vulture flew off!
It’s just a Twitter handle. Check his profile and comments– I think that he might be literally ill and in need of health care only presently possibly accessible if he has a job.
Still, watching all of the Occupies in our own backyard is extra special. I’m not knocking how important nor how much fun the last 6 weeks have been. Just sayin’ ; )
These masses of people are much better behaved than students or shoppers.
Vultures are crafty, tough and stinky. I think Obama and the bankstas fill that bill and we can’t let them just fly off.
What will really be interesting is if any of this makes the local news broadcasts at 6 and 10 here in the midwest and for how many seconds it takes to show the protest.
Rahm! Welcome back!
Agreed. But I’m not sure if the energy and passion is equal to that of #occupy events. I’m not there, obviously, but it feels very different to me.
I continue to be impressed at how well the Tar Sands Action and the Occupy movement were designed. They are both influencing the national conversation and have members from all walks of life, all castes and creeds.
Jane’s livestreaming again, refresh
Incredibly well organized. I’m really impressed.
I agree, so inspiring too
Nobody got trampled rushing into the stores the day after Tgiving.
10 second video of @tarsandsaction surrounding the White House: youtu.be/3La7WVjxA6M #noKXL
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Yep and that is the key to their success. It isn’t Dems haranguing Reps or vice versa, it isn’t one ideological camp trying to trump others. These issues get to the heart of what is best for all of us. And that is why they will succeed in the end, I think.
I’d rather have my tax dollar$ go to rock ‘n roll than #drones. How about ya’ll?
LT Dan Choi: “It’s always worth getting arrested.”
The PTB can’t figure out whether to let it alone & instruct media to ignore it, or call attention to it by inserting provocateurs. Those executive decisions are such a bitch.
A mere fraction of what’s in store when the lilacs and cherries bloom…
Heh, heh. True. These are the aging, loafer-wearing Keystone XL has-been hippies. Should we gas the old folks and drag them off in paddywagons, or should we chuckle a little bit and offer them some geritol?
Got that right. I remember the city being packed every year at cherry blossom time.
Is tat Bill at the podium?
sounds like him
Shout Out to Choi!
i.e. Bill McKibben
yes it is, I see him now on the other stream
There will be no lilacs and cherries blossoms blooming nor any living thing to enjoy them if the planet is dead. I celebrate every conscious thought, word and action that the humans can muster. Just one conscious, awake human being is worth barn loads of sleepers. We’re letting the sunshine in right here, right now.
Photo, NYC: “Firing lightening bolts of awakening” (Oct. 31, 2011)
I use CREDO Mobile (the name on McKibben’s tee), they’ve been on top of the XL pipeline issue.
Hey, Barry: Lookie, no teleprompters!
Ensure – hip up and get with the program ;)
ain’t that the truth
Dick Gregory — my All-Time most favorite Presidential candidate…
We may still not know how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, but now we do know how many people it takes to surround the WH.
((eCAHN)) That was priceless.
Wow – three times around!? amazing
“There goes the President’s motorcade!”
“Yes we can! Stop the pipeline!”
Scarecrow was soo psyched, you should have heard the joy in his voice!
A little background … the 1%ers got young techie types to help develop what has been repurposed as #drones by saying they needed the robots just to look for breaks in gas pipelines. Decades later don’t you know we are pissed now that we’ve realized what they decided to do with our work?
Any more updates from him?
not lately, guess he’s groovin’ to the music ;) – or making his way back.
Either way, good for him ; )
Obama prolly jumped right on the phone to TransCanada to ask them what they wanted him to do. Asshole.
Doubtful, he already knows he wants the pipeline. He would have gotten on the horn to Plouffe and Axe to ask how to sell his sellout in his campaign speeches.
Jon Walker just posted a picture gallery – check it out.
Huge Crowd Circles White House to Protest XL Pipeline
There’s another kind of 1:99 division. In Sleeping With The Enemy, Elizabeth Kolbert suggests that the modern human species has been hunting killing, and exterminating everything it can find, including its own.
That is, 99% of humanity have destructive and self-destructive dominant DNA. One percent of us are the mutants.
Strange symmetry, fascinating.
It is almost like yin and yang.
Of course, I have had wine on an empty stomach AND I have no idea what I am talking about.
You might like this clever presentation in the enhanced voices of the scientists themselves (Goodall’s portion is quite compelling):
‘The Unbroken Thread‘ (ft. Attenborough, Goodall, Sagan)
Thanks for that. Attenborough’s Life On Earth was breakthrough TV with those extreme close-up views and super slomo visions, at long last spreading ecology everywhere. Goodall’s In The Shadow Of Man will be viewed as the first breakthrough since Darwin’s insights (I have a first edition). Sagan’s The Dragons Of Eden is superior popular science about the so-called left/right brain hypotheses. Everyone knows his Cosmos.
Those are major thinkers and artists who gave us masterpieces, all prefiguring the recent applications of DNA and the Human Genome.
Jane, when the Big O invites you to the White House, please ask him how his golf game is coming along.
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