The Great Climate Clusterf**k: Good times in Copenhagen had by all & TheUptake is live as well

All you ever wanted to know about Copenhagen but didn't care to ask!

The only good news so far is that the Yes Men pranked Coke for their voracious consumption of limited water around the world.

Soon all of us can live in a utopia of robotic flying machines and carbon-free giant underground factories, as portrayed by Queen in 'Radio Ga Ga.'

Such is the glorious future of Copenhagen and the 'COP15' meeting now getting underway.

In a move that would have impressed Montgomery Burns, somehow one of the four major components of life on this planet, carbon dioxide, recently got ruled both a pollutant and a sweet, delicious, derivative-worthy commodity in the global late capitalist regulatory universe. (The implications for water, sunlight and oxygen are oddly undefined in this extension of the capitalist ontology). It's BAD BAD BAD, but you can definitely make derivatives out of it (and naturally the people behind this also brought you beloved credit default swaps).

Conveniently, while carbon dioxide is apparently now 'tradable,' somehow 'intellectual property' still 'exists' as well, so rich people connected to guns and lawyers will always have the upper hand, restricting access to the energy technologies that would let our civilization actually develop a viable 'carbon-free' existence. Microsoft is going to resume collecting royalties on PROTOCOLS (frickin' elaborate data handshakes) so do you really think Lockheed, Raytheon et al are going to give you a single atom of carbon tech? HAH! Have fun! Faster than Zeus zapped Prometheus, the intellectual property Nazis are gonna take your 'stolen' carbon gadgets away and slap you with Carbon-DMCA fines until birds eat your liver!

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But first in Copenhagen, a UN working group of sorts is having its 15th iteration dubbed 'COP15,' and the word is that they've run out of limousines and had to call in more from Germany and elsewhere. David Corn has plenty of details about the two negotiating tracks (basically one is a leglly binding Kyoto extension).

Bad journalists are to be silenced immediately when they ask for example this greasy professor about those pesky emails...

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Sooo the anarchists and other people 'on the scene' are not happy about various dimensions of the situation, and so big protests have gone off and mass arrests have already ensued. Appropriately enough the Dutch have wheeled out a new "pre-crime" approach, using the magic-8 ball of the paranoid security state to decide who shall be removed from the scene ahead of time. Naturally medics are first in line for pre-crime detainments.

There were some firecrackers which Olivia Zaleski inaccurately described as gunshots:

More from that report here (with apparent liberal hand-wringing &tc). One comrade on the scene posted this viddy as well:

There is a cacophony of different sides to this and I haven't cared enough to dissect the sides of street organizing. It is pretty hard to tell from the opposite side of the world whether the 'alarmist' people (i.e. the Climate Camp type people) are supporting the COP15 agenda or not, though it seems clear the anarchist direct action campaign is attempting to block as much COP15 work as possible.

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So let's cut to the chase and have some links already...The latest lead stuff from Indymedia.Denmark:

Saturday 12th began with the Flood for Climate Justice Demonstration [photo report] feeding into the main 12dec Demo which included a CJA group.  It soon became clear that it was a massive demonstration, with estimates quickly reaching 100,000 protestors; it was a part of a Global Day of Action on climate change.

Police Make Indiscriminate Mass Arrests

At around 3.15pm the police charged into the march near to where the CJA System Change not Climate Change group had joined the march, as well as people from the NTAC called demonstration who had been sent there earlier by the police from their gathering place in central Copenhagen. The police cut off about a thousand people including many who were marching as part of Libertarian Socialist bloc. By 5pm several hundred had been handcuffed and made to sit on the floor, where they remained in the cold for hours. [Pics 1 | 2 | 3 | 4] [report | personal account] [video: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4] The police's press office reported that those arrested are between 700-900 people, later revised to close to one thousand. See CJA Press Release, of these only three were eventually charged with anything.

Following the enormous mass arrests of climate protestors, accounts are emerging of the poor conditions within the specially set up detention facilities, with people handcuffed for up to eight hours following their lengthy detention upon the streets. Despite this obvious repression climate campaigners remain determined to push the message that we need System Change not climate change.

For updates see Indymedia Timeline | icop15 aggregation | cop15live video

More timelines: Modkraft.dk [dk | en] | Motkraft. net [sv | en] | La Haine [es] | nocop Italy imc

See: Don't Buy the Lie Feature report from 10th Dec | Previous Features

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The ICOP15 aggregator is your best bet for news streams and flagged Twitter hashtags. The InCOP15 twitter is handy as well.

For whatever reason somehow TheUptake.org is all over Copenhagen and you'll be able to get video that way.

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MISC FILE: By the way, Greece is still in terrible shape with an out-of-control authoritarian socialist government crushing tons of angry students. And airstrikes in Afghanistan always seem to kill a magic number: thirty. A science fiction writer was thoroughly abused the Canadian border by the federal border troll patrol. That dude's got grist for his next dystopian nightmare eh? This article rambles a bit but notes Americans are vulnerable to fascist political shifts that cannot be perceived by many.

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On an unrelated note via this great Onion writeup on paranoia thrillers, I watched 1979's Winter Kills with Jeff Bridges. If you've already seen Three Days of the Condor and Parallax View, this rather over-the-top presidential assassination tale rawks. I love Onion reviews.

Note: I finally solved some tech problems so posting should pick up a bit -- the new CKeditor is also great for WYSIWYG work.

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