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Details the visioning process at Philly national Occupy gathering.
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People wonder what the future of the Occupy movement is. I left the gathering very optimistic and hopeful. The energy, creativity, dedication and passion manifested by all ages is extraordinary. The encampments are gone. So be it. The future of occupy is in the people already in it and those who discover it and who the current people awaken, who will act as catalysts, moving the people of the world from a top down culture of dinosaurs to a bottom up, horizontal, direct democracy world of little mammals. That's how evolution happened. That's how the metamorphosis of Occupy will shake the world and, from the bottom up, make the biggest changes seen since civilization began.
Researchers at the University of Texas have hijacked a civilian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) by spoofing its GPS signals, warning that UAVs could potentially be turned into missiles.
Professor Todd Humphreys and his team were able to take control of a mini helicopter UAV by sending out a GPS signal more powerful than the ones coming down from satellites. They hijacked the drone on June 25, at the request of the US Department of Homeland Security.
I will be staying at the home of a Global Network friend who lives near the center of the city. Early in the morning the Veterans for Peace Team will meet and from there it should be a busy and exciting time. One reporter wrote that "I don't know that I've ever seen so many different varieties of police at an action-- local park police, USA Park Rangers, US Marshals, Philly Police-- even someone wearing a Department of Justice cap."The Occupy National Gathering kicked off on June 30th, 2012 with a myriad of workshops, speakers, and a peaceful march against corporate personhood, making stops at Wells Fargo [Bank] to protest racist predatory lending, Fox News to confront corporate profit at the expense of the peoples' airwaves, and ended with an attempt to set up a space away from Independence Mall - in a park behind the Second Bank of the United States, located at 4th and Chestnut. This was promptly -- and brutally -- followed by a National Park Service raid, which included the assistance of the Philadelphia police department, on approximately 150--200 people peacefully assembled for a redress of political grievances. The raid resulted in one arrest.