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Naomi Klein on Occupy Wall Street: Compassion is a radical act

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Naomi Klein, a reporter whose work has been featured in Rolling Stone, The Atlantic and The Guardian, among others, as well as in her best-selling books “Shock Doctrine” and “No Logo,” has been reporting on today’s key activist causes: Occupy Wall Street and the Keystone Pipeline.

Klein sat down for an interview with Thom Hartmann to explain her participation in the social justice and environmental movements.

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Klein said that she was moved to join Occupy Wall Street when she saw a photo of a young woman holding a sign at the protest that read, “I care about you.” This, she said, was a radical act because of its subversion of the American cultural norm.

“I found it very moving. There was another sign that was part of the same photo essay that I was looking at of somebody else holding up a sign that said ‘compassion is a radical act’,” Klein said. “I’m increasingly convinced that all of the change that we want…none of this is going to happen unless we really shift the underlying values of our culture. The idea that these young people would be holding up signs that say ‘I care about you’ on Wall Street is such a radical act. If you think about what this culture teaches us to do — it really is to not care about each other, to harden our hearts to each other.”

In addition to her work at Occupy Wall Street, Klein was also arrested during a protest in front of the White House, opposing the Keystone Pipeline from Canada to the U.S.

“I’m very immersed in this, and very aware of the clock ticking and how little time we have to get this right,” Klein said of her social and environmental causes.

Watch the interview in two parts, embedded below via YouTube.

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‘Bedazzled’ bachelorette partygoer coughs on employee and stomps out after restaurant enforces COVID-19 orders

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A Tennessee restaurant owner wants charges filed against a customer who purposefully coughed on an employee who asked her to wear a mask.

A group of 10 women stomped out of the Mockingbird restaurant Saturday after they were not allowed to pull their tables together to celebrate a bachelorette party, and one of the women endangered the assistant manager in a dispute over face coverings required in public spaces, reported WKRN-TV.

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A British TV news program gave airtime to a panel of white women named Karen who say they have been unfairly maligned.

In a segment on Monday, ITV's Morning Show talked to three women about "memes" that use their name as a slur.

"I just noticed a few memes and TikToks going on and it started of being quite funny," Karen Masters told the program. "And when the Black Lives Matter protests started, there was a lot of media putting Karen as racist. It sort of took on a life of its own."

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Boaters with Trump flag accused of ‘endangering’ SpaceX astronauts after splashdown

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Supporters of President Donald Trump on Sunday were accused of jeopardizing astronauts' return to Earth.

After SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule became the first American spacecraft to splashdown in 45 years, a boat flying the Trump flag was spotted within feet of the astronauts.

The boaters were quickly called out on social media for "interfering" with the mission.

Watch the video and read some of the responses below.

Boat with Trump flag drives past #CrewDragon #SpaceXDragon pic.twitter.com/7slm0Vm4Dl

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