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Sunday, October 09, 2011

Photo of the Moment: Neil Young on 2009 Tour

Neil Young on 2009 Tour

During Neil Young's 2009 Chrome Dreams Tour, he sometimes wore a t-shirt that was often misidentified as a "Frank Zappa shirt".

In fact, the t-shirt was of Emilio Zapata, a Mexican revolutionary from the turn of the 19th-20th century.

Zapata -- a revolutionary, guerrilla, and champion of agrarianism -- is one of the most revered national heroes of Mexico. Along with Pancho Villa (a modern-day Robin Hood), Zapata was a freedom fighter for the oppressed peasants (the 99%).

Emiliano Zapata Salazar (August 8, 1879 – April 10, 1919) was a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution, which broke out in 1910, and which was initially directed against the president Porfirio Díaz. He formed and commanded an important revolutionary force, the Liberation Army of the South, during the Mexican Revolution. Followers of Zapata were known as Zapatistas.

Zapata was a practical revolutionary who sought the implementation of liberties and agrarian rights. He was a realist with the goal of achieving political and economic emancipation of the peasants in southern Mexico, and leading them out of severe poverty.

Zapata's trademark saying was, "Es mejor morir de pie, que continuar viviendo de rodillias." or "It's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees."

Zapata and his people lived by their own laws, and governed themselves without bureaucratic intervention, making it one of the most workable societies ever seen in Latin America. Agricultural output was increased, and land was treated as either communal or individual property according to the wishes of each village. Finally, after a decade of violence which cost the lives of roughly one in eight Mexicans, the struggle of the Morelos campesinos had led them to the modest and profound vision of democratic self-governance, as well as a civilized and efficient local economy.

Emiliano Zapata Salazar: 1879 – 1919
"Si Zapata viviera con nosotros anduviera"
"If Zapata lived, he would walk with us."

The movement started by Zapata was a locally based revolt. Its purpose was to restore village rights to lands, forests, and waters. It favored a decentralized, self-ruling, communitarian democracy, inspired by shared traditions, a continuation of the oldest peasant values. Zapata’s army was unique in that he allowed women to join the ranks and serve as combatants.

"Zapata will continue to live as long as people believe that they have a right to their land and a right to govern themselves according to their deeply held beliefs and cultural values.

We must speak truth from our mouths; we must put our heart in our hands. Brothers and sisters, we want you to know who is behind us, who directs us, who walks in our feet, who dominates our heart, who rides in our words, who lives in our dead. "

Zapata vive, la lucha sigue, "Zapata lives; the struggle continues."

(Adapted from Emiliano Zapata - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and Emiliano Zapata -

So, how's that freedom thing working out for you in a new year?

Compassion is Revolution
A 99%'er @ Occupy Wall St.

There’s something happening here.
What it is ain’t exactly clear.


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At 10/09/2011 05:36:00 PM, Blogger punkdavid said...

People thought that was a picture of Frank Zappa?


Viva Zapata!

At 10/09/2011 05:39:00 PM, Blogger igdfpro said...


Loco: Es mejor morir de pie, que continuar viviendo de rodillias
Lege: Es mejor morir de pie, que continuar viviendo de rodillas

Accurate spanish word for knee is RODILLA, not RODILLIA.

Salud y saludos desde México.

At 10/09/2011 10:33:00 PM, Blogger Dan1 said...

Occupy Wall Street ... I think Neil was 18 month early on this one ... "There's a bailout comin but its not for you" ... I'm not surprised to see people upset with the American Dream now feeling like its in jeopardy ... but it seems Europe is the wrong model to follow ... I guess we're still searchin for a leader ...

At 10/10/2011 07:28:00 AM, Anonymous Mother Nature on Wall Street said...

Hey Dan1,

I don't see a lacking of leadership here in the states as the issue for Occupy Wall Street protesters. The President & Congress issued bailouts and for the most part, most of the companies paid back (with interest).

What I see is a protest against the continuation of practices precipitated by GREED that lead to the crash & bailout.

The protesters are saying TAX THE MOTHER FUCKER 1% FOR CRISSAKES to lift the burden off the working class. (Not the middle class, the working class.)

The President has been saying that all along. Unfortunately we have a a House Speaker and Fox News protecting that 1% saying "Oh, we can't have that because that 1% is the bread and butter of this country. We need to lift regulations and let businesses have their way with our environment and finances."

The House Speaker, Fox News, and Tea Party (all bankrolled by the same folks who brought you trickle down economics) are making sure that one percentage is protected. Tea Party is just the street gang diverting attention away from the real agenda which is to continue with the practice of dimishing federal safeguards and protections in housing, health and safety, environment, education, and human rights, & ripping the working class off in general.

At 10/10/2011 08:01:00 AM, Blogger MARIAN M. said...


"You say you want a revolution...."

Marian M.

At 10/10/2011 08:16:00 AM, Blogger Jonathan said...

"Occupy Wall Street" appears to be a collection of suburban malcontents who don't even know what they're protesting against. Throw in some union thugs and you've got Saul Alinsky tactics coming down from the White House to distract from the real disaster which is in the White House. There isn't enough taxation in the world that can overcome the debts run up by previous administrations and of course the current one.

I wouldn't put it past this bunch to try and suspend elections in 2012 - we've already seen the Democrat Governor of North Carolina suggesting it...that's who the left is...authoritarian goons who thrive on government control of everything...

At 10/10/2011 10:09:00 AM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run said...

It's too easy to disregard & stereotype the protesters as "suburban malcontents" rather than seeing them as ordinary people who are tired of flipping the bill for the businesses who get a free ride in tax deferrments, tax breaks, and tax right offs.

The only disaster is the one left behind by an era of Reagan & Bush economics, tax breaks, and a steady fixation on oil, petroleum, and war industries.

Pres. Obama is actually heading in the right direction; unfortunately, the track has been sabatoged by the same political folks and $ponsor$ who brought you the 80s.

At 10/10/2011 10:43:00 AM, Blogger Thrasher said...

@PunkDavid - & Viva Zappa! ;)

@igdfpro - mucho gracias!

@Dan1 - Yes, Neil's bailout song was quite prescient in that regard. Yet, anyone who listened to Greendale in 2003 could see where this was all heading. "There's corruption on the highest floor".

@MNOTR - Greed is not good. It's been some sort of twisted, warped myth perpetuated by trickle down economics. The reality is that we have trickle up economics whereby the wealth of labor goes to the power elite.

@Marian - all we are saying is give peace a chance. And when you talk about destruction, you can count us out.

@Jonathan - sigh. Our dear Jonathan, when will you see the light? Didn't we go thru this earlier this year with WI?

The tired meme of union thugs is truly insulting. Again, you have it backwards. It's is the 1% who are thugs here. We are the 99%. Join us. peace.

At 10/10/2011 01:10:00 PM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run said...

Personally, I think most Americans in general are in denial about the debt incurred from the Iraq War. Isn't that what this all about?

We've incurred this HUGE bill and nobody wants to pay for it. It doesn't matter where you sit on the political aisle.

What matters is how well you are represented. People who have money get to keep their money. So no, it's not going to come out of their pockets.

So we take away what little money the working class has -- free public education, work safety, housing protections, healthcare, bank loans, etc. -- to pay for the war debt.

Worse yet, we've got Americans pointing fingers at each other blaming the other group so they won't get stuck paying the bill!

At 10/10/2011 03:26:00 PM, Blogger MARIAN M. said...



Marian M.

At 10/11/2011 06:32:00 PM, Blogger Matthew Lintzenich said...

@Thrasher: You rule! Thank you for this enlightening post.

@Jonathan: Liberals had the same conspiracy theory about Bush suspending elections. But that never happened, because it didn't need to. Why suspend a good charade that keeps the people distracted? It wouldn't make sense to do so. That said, you couldn't be more wrong about the protesters. Have you been down there? I have, and what you describe them as couldn't be further from reality.

At 10/12/2011 12:34:00 AM, Blogger Dan1 said...

Mother Nature on The Run,

Totally agree the GREED that led to the crash and bailout is despicable ... but the problem is that the GREED was spread all around ... the bankers who spliced and diced the subprime mortgages deserve a large share of the blame ... but so does the government who looked the other way (why didn't we regulate Fanny and Freddie properly - why was Barney Frank protecting them?), how about the mortgage factory assembly line of brokers writing mortgages faster than than could sign em, appraisers valuing homes at obscene levels, underwriters giving people without a pulse (or a job) six figure mortgages, and then the average american who didn't do his homework and bought a house he could never afford under a balloon mortgage ... so ... blame big business but its a systematic problem also ... we as Americans have been living high on the hog for twenty years financed by money borrowed by the Chinese ... today Greece tomorrow the US ... we need to get our house in order by living within our means ... hate to say it but we will all collectively have to downsize our standard of living ... someone told me today that since the 60s or 70s we've spent $7 Trillion on Wars ... that's half of our national debt ... Neil was prescient on that subject too ... And I agree with you -- raise taxes on the super rich and corporations but for crissakes lets invest the money in something that will create jobs because that's what we need ... middle class, working class all are becoming a rare breed and incomes are dropping ... I think that's what they're really protesting against ... the American dream seems to have melted away and therefore 'Its an Angry World" ... in terms of leaders I don't think the lack of jobs is Obama's fault he inherited a mess and he's tried to bring the sides together but Washington is uber disfunctional ... but ya know we're still looking for a leader ... who can end the wars, and as u said bring some relief to the people ... taxing the 1%ers is good political fodder but it just ain't enough to move the needle ... I say tax em but let's not let them fool us into thinking thats anything but 5% of the solution it won't put people to work.

At 10/12/2011 10:21:00 AM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run said...

Ahhh! The American Dream!

It's so different for every person, isn't it? To a broker on Wall Street, it means a townhouse facing Central Park. To a street musician, it might be scoring enough cash to pay the rent. To a environmental engineer, it means getting that one big superfund contract from BP to clean up the mess in the Gulf.

For me, it's to feel a responsibility for every living thing on this planet.

You know, Dan1, I think we found a leader. In fact, there are a few.
The problem I've encountered is that once I get behind a leader, the forces of greed and the power driving it becomes even stronger! And most people are in denial. We've been in denial about the jobs that went extinct, replaced by newer, efficient technologies. There's denial about the abuse of land & water use and climate change. We're in denial about why we went to war. We're in denial about mental illness, addiction, and illiteracy. We're in denial about education and housing rights for children and adults with disabilities. We're even in denial about the change that Obama tried to bring about during his first term!

At 10/12/2011 04:13:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher said...

@Matthew - good to see you. thanks!

@Dan1 - thanks for rundown. It's an angry world. But as they say, don't get angry, do something. Human progress has been marked by positive action. Thus far, Occupy seems to be the best action going. If it's not working for you, do something. We've shown our support for Occupy by Streaming and linking in the sidebar, as well as other steps.

@MNOTR - We know you get it. We're all connected. Whatever happens -- good or bad -- impacts us all. we are one.

At 10/13/2011 04:20:00 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

I do love the free flow of thought here and I always respect others' opinions - even when I believe they are wrong.

Is $500 million in taxpayer money for a failing solar panel company a scandal?

Is selling arms to Mexican drug cartels via the Justice Department and the Attorney General and the ATF a scandal?

Is having Geoffrey Immelt acting as "jobs czar" while GE continues to build all of its factories overseas and pays no corporate taxes crony capitalism?

Is bailing out banks and car companies and unions with taxpayer money a scandal?

George W. Bush was no conservative and he teed this all off right before he was to leave office. His successor has taken the wheel and stepped on the gas with full force.

Both political parties are a mess and are responsible for what is now facing us economically.

What is the intended goal of these protests?

Why aren't they protesting at the White House? Or at GE headquarters? Or at the home of Christopher Cox - the former chair of the SEC when all of the bundling and stealing was going on with phony mortgages, etc.?

Is having open borders a smart thing when millions of undocumented and mysterious people flood into our country and then fail to assimilate while using public services?

I don't know much. But I know our current administration is 100% corrupt and dishonest.I also know that I don't have a lot of suggestions for improvement when human nature is so flawed and so susceptible to corruption. MNOTR had a great point about what defines the American Dream and how it can mean vastly different things to different people.

For me - having a loving family, food to eat, and a roof over my head seems to be enough. I have no interest in pursuing wealth and money; it doesn't interest me at all.

But I do have my personal luxuries - red wine/sushi/good weed/a nice TV/Neil on the stereo

ok I'll stop now.

peace again - 'Spirit Road'

At 10/13/2011 05:05:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher said...

@Jonathan - thanks for the thoughts -- all valid.

"Both political parties are a mess and are responsible for what is now facing us economically."

Yes and no. We the 99% people are responsible for what the 1% parties have wrought.

Having a family, food, and a roof are wonderful to have & we're happy for you. We also are grateful for what we have as well.

But so, so many many have virtually nothing. Something is wrong and we need to recognize that & act.

At the moment, the act of consciousness is to rise & occupy.



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