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Michael
- 927 days ago - opednews.com
For months now, I've floated the idea of holding rock & roll festivals to raise public awareness of our rampant government corruption at practically every level. Millions could be raised to beat the elitist at their own game.(Old but not to late)



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ellen m. (233)
Monday February 13, 2012, 2:12 am
First off, I think Charlie Sheen was a poor choice for the "poster", He's a decadent little shit that could probably care less even when he isn't high or "winning". But that doesn't reflect badly on the article so i can live with it.

The idea of concerts has been talked about before, infact that is one way many Occupy groups raise money, although admittedly on a much smaller scale than what you are talking about,I'm sure Occupy Music would fly, but the logistics of the allocation of the monies raised may prove the harder part of the plan.

And Kudos to Larry F...he's come a long way from back in the day, but i can't say i'm fully convinced altruism is his only motivation. But i sure wouldn't mind being proved wrong on that one....Thanks Michael
 

Betsy Bee (1047)
Monday February 13, 2012, 2:16 am
Definitely a bad poster, Ellen. Such a strike would be inappropriate with so much unemployment. No one with dependents would risk his/her jobs. Larry King is always interesting. Original takes on every issue.
 

Michael Dewey (1034)
Monday February 13, 2012, 3:21 am
Oh well about the poster. Its just a reality that I see all the time, caused from what I call THE-MEDIA-RIGHT-STORM, that has everybody throwing stones, at everything. That same stuff has been happening to Rock and Rollers since forever. I'm more concerned with that than that bs word.
 

lee e. (114)
Monday February 13, 2012, 4:18 am
Larry's come a long way! Interesting take. I agree with Ellen - Sheen has some growing up to do! As for concerts - rock or not - revolutions have always inspired artistic expression - I'm saddened that this period of time has not created more - I'm all for it - as history is made, art is it's mirror. Thanks Michael
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday February 13, 2012, 5:07 am
noted, thank you Michael!
 

Jim Jaston (203)
Monday February 13, 2012, 5:43 am
I think that what Michael wanted to point out using that poster is the meaning of what Charlie Sheen said. We all agree that he has some growing up to do and that he's not a role model, but, hey, not only saints can speak their minds. Obviously he's not an example to follow but what he said is right. Too often people choose to care more about celebrities and their crap than the reality that sorround themselves.

Anyway the article was very interesting. Thank you Michael
 

Michael Dewey (1034)
Monday February 13, 2012, 6:04 am
Well said Jim.
 

tasunka m. (334)
Monday February 13, 2012, 7:32 am
I think they used Charlie as a shock factor, he's been getting so much publicity, the bad kind,makes him more popular....It's a good contrast to what's really important,and what "makes news".and the obsession this country has with the lives of the "celebs"....a world we wouldn't be happy in, believe me,I know some
and they lead a miserable chase for fame,( wealth is only a perk)
 

Donna Hamilton (136)
Monday February 13, 2012, 7:47 am
Interesting idea - thanks for posting.
 

Lydia w. (172)
Monday February 13, 2012, 7:51 am
Concerts . Sounds good , Pun intended !
Thanks.
 

Surunatik WTF (38)
Monday February 13, 2012, 8:10 am
I love Charlie Sheen! Raw, naked, willing to do a full exposure. He went through a complete breakdown, on stage. He seems willing to honestly embrace who he is, I admire that.
 

Monica Rega (96)
Monday February 13, 2012, 8:31 am
I personally think the poster of Charlie Sheen is perfect. Yes he needs to get his act together and grow up. But the point is made clear, we need to stop watching/caring about BS and start paying attention to what is important at this time, which is our economy, our lives here. We (i say we as a general term) follow him and other celebs too much. We need to grow the F up and do what needs to be done and shake our gov't to its core. As the ones able go for it. I'm in full support. It'll be hard but hey it needs to be done. We need to also send a message to the Media, stop filling the NEWS with "NON-NEWS" feed us the TRUTH that's suppose to be your (media's) damn job. and well you are doing nothing but shoveling out BS to the public bc you (the media) do not serve the public anymore but has joined with the Gov't and their currupt ways. Stop being mindless minions and start being News for the PEOPLE AGAIN!
 

Brian M. (145)
Monday February 13, 2012, 8:55 am
Nonviolent noncooperation, the strategy by which Gandhi succeeded in liberating India from the British Empire, could be most useful. After all, evil governments don't just do what they do because evil people run them; they do what they do because of all the different ways that good people sheepishly cooperate with them. Imagine a government confronted with 20 million or more people who suddenly quit paying their taxes? Imagine a government confronted with 6.5% of the population i.e. 20 million people in the case of the U.S. marching in the streets and demanding a government by the people, for the people, etc. etc.? Imagine a government confronted with 20 million people boycotting work and boycotting shopping and boycotting all the other things that we have been indoctrinated as our "way of life?" What wars can a government sustain if the majority of its soldiers lay down their weapons and refuse to cooperate with an exploitative system that imperiously enforces its will at home and abroad?
 

SANDRA R. (146)
Monday February 13, 2012, 9:25 am
Noted. Thank you Michael.
 

Dave C. (214)
Monday February 13, 2012, 9:49 am
the good thing about internet, etc is that we can get news from reliable sources rather than biased corporations....of course, we still have to use our common sense to know who to trust and who not, but at least much of it is not purposefully presented as news when it is propaganda....
 

Elizabeth P. (102)
Monday February 13, 2012, 10:10 am
Noted and understand wording on poster.
 

Calle J. (70)
Monday February 13, 2012, 10:14 am

It is so curious - you people look TV!
Go out on the streets and eventually protest the Rothschild agenda.
THIS is our global one and only real enemy.

Nothing else is important.
Free yourself and do not become the victim of the brain washer (enemy) (BWE) in your living room.
 

Calle J. (70)
Monday February 13, 2012, 10:16 am

Yep Brian M.
Peaceful protest.
Non compliance.
be creative.
This will bring down the entire system based on the BIG LIE.
But we need to be more.
Occupy - WHAT has it brought since it was made by the Rothschild agent Soros and started in SEPTEMBRER 17 2011?????????????????????
 

Holly Lawrence (473)
Monday February 13, 2012, 10:44 am
Thank YOU, Michael..so much food for thought! Whether you like Charlie Sheen or not what he has said is so true!
 

Carmen S. (611)
Monday February 13, 2012, 11:16 am
thanks Michael
 

Yvonne White (231)
Monday February 13, 2012, 12:25 pm
I think Charlie Sheen is a perfect example of media corruption & the purposeful diverting of society's attention to the Totally UnImportant Trivia of Celebrities! Whole Networks are created to showcase the Idiocy of our glorious nation ..gimme an E!;) But I confess I sometimes watch Fashion Police & Chelsea Lately..;)
 

Katii L. (124)
Monday February 13, 2012, 1:09 pm
I think Sheen was the PERFECT subject for this video - it makes the point PERFECTLY!!!

Thank you, Micheal.
 

Jane H. (133)
Monday February 13, 2012, 2:22 pm
noted--love the Charlie Sheen poster!!
 

Eternal Gardener (734)
Monday February 13, 2012, 2:52 pm
Everything is on, with overthrowing the status quo!
 

Roger Garin-michaud (61)
Monday February 13, 2012, 3:14 pm
noted, thanks !
 

Robert S. (115)
Monday February 13, 2012, 4:24 pm
Charlie's message as it pertains to his own relevance is correct, and so he has proven the truth of the blind hogs ability to find a acorn, which in this case is represented by his pointing out what a waste it is listening to him. It has a nice circular feel to it.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Monday February 13, 2012, 5:40 pm
Great article. Thanks for posting.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Monday February 13, 2012, 6:41 pm
Larry Flynt? Seriously? I find it difficult to take him seriously when he made his fortune by exploiting and degrading women. I agree with Ellen. I find it hard to believe that altruism is his only motivation. It's more likely that sales are down.
 

Diane F. (31)
Monday February 13, 2012, 9:53 pm
Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, & many of the folk rock singer/songwriter/poets, musicians & other artists they hung out with did many concerts for free just as they were beginning to gain their fame due to the 60's uproar. They really helped & boosted our cause. Michael, I've been right there with you on this idea for a long time, wondering where the protest singers are. Great idea. I must agree with Susanne about Larry Flynt though.
 

Michael Carney (209)
Monday February 13, 2012, 11:40 pm
Noted, and thanks as always for the interesting read, Michael...
 

Lika S. (130)
Monday February 13, 2012, 11:56 pm
Ironic that Charlie Sheen was making sense at the time, and now is "winning" at losing...

Also ironic that here is Flynt, the master of enslaving women to make the extra buck, is talking about a much needed labor strike that is ill afforded in this economy.

Just a quick glance at the stats -
http://www1.umn.edu/aurora/pdf/SexIndustry.pdf - this is in strip clubs.
http://www.ricestandard.org/authors-sp-authorspornography-creating-rapists-and-abusers/

Don't get me wrong. I celebrate sex. If the abuse was mostly out of the adult industry, I would fully endorse it, but the more I read to try to argue against these stats, the more I learn that the sex industry enslaves people, particularly women, more than it liberates people.

Now, what if all of Flynt's girls had done a labor strike not to be used as USDA labels for him to make the big bucks? That would have been most ironic...
 

Mariette G. (150)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 2:15 am
Great article! Thanks for sharing Michael!
 

Quanta Kiran (65)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 3:01 am
Thanks.
 

Peace Monger (185)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 4:07 am
Kudos Michael for another excellent article!
 

Monica Rega (96)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 6:00 am
Why is Larry Flynts porno pics a degrating to women? Susanne R.?
 

Michael Dewey (1034)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 8:20 am
From all the doom and gloom in cyberspace about the worlds economy, we may not end up with many other options other than to strike.
 

Abdessalam Diab (153)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 10:45 am
Noted. Thanks Michael
 

Mario A. (52)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 2:00 pm
thanks
 

monka blanke (74)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 2:51 pm
Noted. Thanks Michael.
 

Tamie R. (2)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 5:58 pm
I love Charlie ... he is as human as we get. Why do our celebs get more attention than our politics?
 

Mary T. (186)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 8:09 pm
Thanks Michael, Noted and agree.
 

Candace C. (0)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 10:37 pm
I don't know how I feel about this. Possibly agree
 

Cindy Black (61)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 10:41 pm
Well, Summer's coming and then it's gonna be a whole new ballgame. Much harder to organize or protest when you're wet and cold.

PS: For the record, I hope nobody places ME in the category of people who are "into" Charlie Sheen's BS. SO tacky, stupid and boring. SO many more interesting things to know about... and SO little time! I've never even seen his TV show.
 

Kathy Javens (104)
Wednesday February 15, 2012, 7:45 am
Noted. I think this is a good Idea. Whether it can become a reality is another story. Sometimes I feel as though we will all drown in this mess. But, it is sooo much better to focus on this and the other oh so imporant issues that are in front of us, rather then what the celebrity of the week is doing.
 

. (0)
Wednesday February 15, 2012, 1:41 pm
noted. I don't care for Charlie either...but I get the message. People spend so much time worrying over celebrity bullshit, while our world is falling to pieces. Doesn't look good to see where many people's priorities lie. All the people have to take our issues to the street and make our government realize that they work for US and not the other way around. I'm not quite sure about Larry King's motives.......????? thanks Michael
 

Wayne W. (12)
Wednesday February 15, 2012, 4:59 pm
Bad, bad idea. Plays directly into the hands of the reactionaries. Better to shed light on the source of the corruption, corporate America. We need to pick two large corporations. For one, work to put its top level management in jail for crimes committed. Then we need to revoke the corporate charter of the other.
 

Lyn Z. (294)
Wednesday February 15, 2012, 6:18 pm
Thanks Michael
 

Olivia C. (53)
Thursday February 16, 2012, 9:39 pm
Good for our citizens to learn about politics.
 

Karen Marion (29)
Monday February 20, 2012, 9:27 pm
ok....
 
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