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Follow the ekos earthship throughout the day to follow the news as thousands of protestors rally outside the Koch Bros. conference in Palm Springs.

Pictures are starting to filter in as thousands join rally and police are out in force ...

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BACKGROUND

Background: Read A. Siegels Koch U diary

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This weekend, a gaggle of America's wealthiest and most powerful individuals are gathered in a luxurious hotel near Rancho Mirage, California.  Under the tutelage of the libertarian multi-billionaire Koch brothers, this secretive conclave gathers yet again to conspire on paths to undermine American liberties and weaken the Union to favor their special interests.  Koch University educates this elite about paths to gain even greater power for themselves at the expense of the vast majority of Americans.
This uber-rich gang has collaborated funding astro-turf activities to provide false veneers of popular support for destructive policies, supported the creation and maintenance of 'think tanks' to drive America's policy discussion ever further to the right, and been a prime player in driving America's political discussion away from substance into distortion.

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Laughing Planet last week distinguished the Koch Bros with #2 status on his list of The Dirty Dozen: Those responsible for destroying the planet

  1. Charles and David Koch, CEO and Executive VP, Koch Industries

These filthy-rich brothers have amassed a mountain of wealth as a result of their efforts. You gotta wonder if they have also bought a planet on which their descendants may live.
With a combined worth of $43 billion, these two aging, archconservative brothers are America's leading funders of the climate-disinformation machine. By perpetuating the use of fossil fuels, they in turn fuel their sprawling empire of oil refineries and pipelines — the second-largest private corporation in the country.

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A view from across the street ..

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The police guard the tyrants fortress

Reports just in that codepink protestors have been arrested but it appears staged..

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peterflom Peter Flom
RT @jasonleopold: MT @Karoli RT @QtheKochs 1000s just took Bob Hope Dr 2 block entrance of Koch mtg! http://ow.ly/... #Koch #uncloakkoch

Joe Francis: "We have had enough of your pollution in our lives and we will not allow your continuing pollution in our politics."

Jim Hightower speaking...

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a diary from boatsie back in April -

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A postcard from a TeaParty Patriots meeting last spring ...

a new liberal tactic? let's try "whistling vivaldi"*

Need some extra cash? Koch Foundation funded RightOnline is hiring! Free training. Group support. Build a community.
The Wake Up Call issued earlier this month by Greenpeace regarding the Koch Brothers funding of Climate Deniers was just the first shoe to fall. A close look into their #2 beneficiary Americans for Prosperity reveals how the slick billionaires driving the American agenda have usurped the Alinsky tactics of community organizing, churned them up and spit them out, like some faux god spewing venomous filth on a disenfranchized, demoralized partially lobotomized serfdom, whose members are mindlessly searching for anything to give some meaning to their vapid existence.

Working in tandem with  FreedomWorks, the Leadership Institute, and the official Tea Party Patriots, Americans For Prosperity (AFP) continues to sink a sizable portion of its $5,176,500 Koch allocation into what just might be called "re-education camps" throughout the country, training and paying graduates in the miracles of social networking tactics to effectively tweet, blog, ning, network, and chalk up some extra cash in the name of reclaiming America!
These 'retraining camps' are happening in community centers just down the street from where you live.

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UPDATE:

The Cunctator just published a diary on today's demonstration: Koch Industries: The 100-Million Ton Carbon Gorilla

climatebrad Brad Johnson
Koch-owned consumer brands: Dixie Cups, Mardi Gras Napkins, Brawny and Sparkle Paper Towels, Lycra, Stainmaster

CommonCause Video: #koch have money AND power on their side. #uncloakkoch

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RT @BrookeErdmann: Cops now asking people to move across the street. Poop. #UncloakKoch


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eKos diaries from Sunday, January 30, 2011
DiaryAuthorTime (Eastern)Tags
earthship koch:  rec this upeKos17:59:36Recommended, ekos, koch, uncloakkochco
Gulf Watchers - Where BP Goes, Disaster Follows - BP Catastrophe AUV #465Yasuragi12:44:01Gulf Watchers, Oilpocalypse, BP, Deepwater Horizon, Macondo
Hike On! a tale of resources past, present, and futureRLMiller01:35:29eKos, Koch, Joshua Tree National Park, Hike On, gold
Proposed wind farm imperils falcons, other threatened speciesBirdpond00:45:10ekos, wind farms, Birds of Prey, marc duchamp, Jim Wiegand
Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday (Egyptian unrest edition)Neon Vincent00:16:11Recommended, Overnight News Digest, OND, science, space, energy

eKos diaries from Saturday, January 29, 2011
DiaryAuthorTime (Eastern)Tags
'Prep Honesdale' for impacts of shale gas drillinggood grief13:35:24gas drilling, shale gas drilling, natural gas, oil and gas task force, fracking
Community gardens can't feed our communitiespkbarbiedoll07:34:03csa, gardening, vegetables, sustainability, inflation

eKos diaries from Friday, January 28, 2011
DiaryAuthorTime (Eastern)Tags
Koch U!A Siegel22:44:59Recommended, ekos, justice clarence thomas, clarence thomas, koch brothers
The Billionaire Brothers Who Make Us SickMichael Brune16:14:05Koch Brothers, ekos
Making a Week’s Worth of Rain Last the Whole YearNourishingthePlanet15:13:36ekos, Groasis, Nourishing the Planet, State of the World, Innovation
Gulf Watchers Friday - Quiet Desperation - BP Catastrophe AUV #464Lorinda Pike08:42:13Gulf Watchers, Oilpocalypse, BP, Deepwater Horizon, Macondo

Originally posted to eKos on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 02:59 PM PST.

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