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Monday, October 31, 2011

"Permiticization" And "Fake Activism" - Day 45 #OWS

Naomi Wolf in 2009

[Update below after the fold, video - what not to do.]

[Update: Kevin Gosztola, Live from #OccupyStLouis, MO]
Professor David Harvey (CUNY):

And, finally, they use the monopoly of violence that all sovereign states claim, to exclude the public from much of what passes for public space and to harass, put under surveillance and, if necessary, criminalize and incarcerate all those who do not broadly accede to its dictates.
- (Updated)
In the video above, Naomi Wolf makes an important point about the "Disney-ication" of contemporary American (non)protesting. The ubiquity of permits that regulate the terms of public access to public property have psychologically "kettled" attempts at effective protest, progressively since the outbursts of the 1960's. "Free speech zones," introduced during the Bush administration, are only the latest examples. Park curfews and camping restrictions on public lands, primarily aimed at the homeless (first they came for the homeless...), have been growing steadily for decades in an irreversible ratcheting fashion. But it is restrictions against impedance of traffic that should the most troubling.

Hermain Cain Moves Outside GOP Comfort Zone, Charged With Sexual Harrassment

Tinfoil Hat
Tinfoil hat courtesy of

New York Daily News: Republican White House hopeful Herman Cain says sexual harassment claims against him were baseless.
“Yes, I was falsely accused while I was at the National Restaurant Association. I say falsely because it turned out after the investigation to be baseless."

Asked if there was a settlement, regardless of the truth of the accusation: "If the restaurant association did a settlement I wasn't even aware of it and I hope it wasn't for much because nothing happened," Cain said.

Cain was responding to an explosive report by Sunday claiming that two women had accused him of improper sexual behavior in the 1990s.
In the 1990s?

Here's the play, as I see it.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The FOX And The Troll: Arrests In Portland - Day 44 #OWS, #OccupyPortland

Troll at home provides classy color commentary during arrest of Portland heroes

[Update: More humor after the fold, of a more positive variety.]

As I commented:
Wow. Thanks for posting this. It's a double-gift - both the ignorant bias of the media, and classy commentary from a low-information individual who clearly gets his daily education from the boob-tube. Got to give it to you, dude. *I'd* be embarrassed, but then again I'd say you show promising potential as a foil on a "reality" teevee program. High five!!
If any of you readers feel like moseying on over there to, er, boost this clown's "morale", well... I can't stop you.

Coverage and links for the Portland action can be found in this thread.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Chemical Warfare In Denver "Breaking News" - Day 43 #OWS, #OccupyDenver

#OccupyDenver - Pepper-spraying in HD

Update: Video: More police violence:

"Sold out for a check for that uniform!"

Denver Police Aggression, Mike Ruppert - Day 43 #OWS, #OccupyDenver

Saturday's #OccupyDenver clash from inside the crowd

More video from #OccupyDenver clash. Pepper spray and rubber bullets

Update: Video of a very serious Denver stand-off ("This is crazy."):

Occupy Denver In Dangerous Standoff With Police

Mike Ruppert has a powerful message for law enforcement:

A Message to All Police Officers From Occupy Wall Street

Friday, October 28, 2011

Song Of The Revolution - Day 42 #OWS

Sneef - Song of the Revolution

A protest / love song. I wrote the words, and Sneef provides the musical performance.
Song of the Revolution

Don't mean to be so charmin', darlin'
Didn't mean to be so goddammed harsh,
But if the truth be told, my darlin'
'Twas your dancin' eyes that made me march.

There're a million reasons to change the world,
There's a million reasons to set it right,
But nothin' will ever move a man, girl,
Like a woman like you, sighin' yes! to the fight.

Oh, I sing a song of revolution,
I sing a song of a world brand new,
Oh, I sing a song of fine solutions,
I sing a song of charmin' you.

So let's get this straight, let's cut to the chase,
Let's put the credit where the credit is due,
This world would be even more of a disgrace,
Without the fire that I will blame on you.

Oh, I sing a song of revolution,
I sing a song of a world brand new,
Oh, I sing a song of fine solutions,
I sing a song of charmin' you.

Curse You, Anonymous!

My website provider (where I host my images for this blog) has apparently been struggling with a DDoS attack over the last 24+ hours, so my images are blinking in and out.

(Just kidding, Anonymous, honest. I know it's not you, right? Seriously, it's all good... please don't hurt me!)

NY Post Snack Attack - Day 42 #OWS

#OWS Kitchen

The Atlantic Wire (h/t Phoenix Woman):
"I can definitely tell you that none of us are concerned about 'freeloaders,' " said Chris O'Donnell, another organizer. "All of us have concerns about general camp security, but it wouldn’t be fair to say this is an attempt to get freeloaders or homeless people or anybody like that out of the park..."

[OWS Food Committee member Megan] Hayes was clearly frustrated with the narrative. "The Post first says we eat like kings, then their restaurant critic says our food's horrible. They need to make up their mind about us."
They'll keep trying, so stay strong, and...

Stay Occupied
Stay occupied, my friends

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Mayor Of Oakland Walking It Back - Day 41 #OWS, #OccupyOakland

Quan Oakland

The Bay Citizen:
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, under attack from inside and outside her administration, announced late Wednesday that Occupy Oakland can return to the plaza in front of City Hall, an abrupt reversal that followed a night of street violence Tuesday and widespread criticism over her handling of the crisis.
Police remain unrepentant so far, though:
“I think we’re in trouble. We’ve been placating these people so long that they don’t take us seriously,” one officer said. “If you run this red light 10 times and I’m sitting there and on the 11th time I give you a ticket, you’re going to say, you’ve been watching me this whole time and today you’ve decided to do something about it?”
Oakland solidarity march in NYC attacked:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Offered, With No Further Comment

How I be feelin', sometimes

Oakland, Meet Albany... SHAME! - Day 40 #OWS, #OccupyOakland, #OccupyAlbany, #OccupyAtlanta

Police in Oakland smokin' it up last night

[Update II: athena1's state-of-the-occupation roundup seems to serving as today's liveblog at FDL, at least for the time being. Will update. Head on over to the comment thread for lots of great information on the arrests. As wayoutwest notes in the thread:
I want to thank Kevin and everyone else here for the excellent reporting on this Movement. It appears that FDL and a few other sources are the only places that we can get a true account of the repression that is beginning. All of the MSM reporting has been biased but i believe most people will see through this filter and see the truth.
Link: State of the Occupation (Tuesday Roundup)]

[Update: Video of Atlanta arrests this morning added below, after the fold (h/t TarheelDem).]

Police tear gas Occupy Oakland protesters.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Whiteness And The 99% - Joel Olson - #OWS Day 38

Revolution of the Mind
Image from American Damn

[Update: Chris Hedges, Occupiers Have to Convince the Other 99 Percent:
The occupation movement’s greatest challenge will be overcoming the deep distrust of white liberals by the poor and the working class, especially people of color.

Yesterday's FDL liveblog continues, update coming: Live Blog for #OWS: The Struggle Over Park Space in America

Joel Olson (emphases in the original):
No one is opposed to good schools, safe neighborhoods, healthy communities, and economic security for whites. The problem is that in the white democracy, whites often enjoy these at the expense of communities of color. This creates a distorted mindset among many whites: they praise freedom yet support a system that clearly favors the rich, even at the expense of poor whites...

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Counter-Insurgency Of The Elites - Day 37 #OWS, #15O

Counter-insurgency shows its ass in Chicago

[Update II: The new liveblog has begun: Live Blog for #OWS: The Struggle Over Park Space in America]

[Update: Another Chicago video, posted after the fold.]

(Cross-posted at My FireDogLake.)

Liveblog from yesterday continues, will post new one as it appears: Live Blog for #OWS: Day 36, Pete Seeger & Occupiers March to Columbus Circle

It is with felicitous irony that the #Occupy movement adopted an inappropriate metaphor.

For it is the People of the world who have been under occupation by an unwelcome foreign force that has used unconscionable brutality to deny them the right to properly care for each other in their own sovereign Country, the planet Earth.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Best - Day 36 #OWS, #OccupyCleveland, #OccupyAtlanta

The Best American Music

(Cross-posted at My FireDogLake.)

Live Blog for #OWS: Day 36, Pete Seeger & Occupiers March to Columbus Circle

Pete Seeger is 92 years old. He joined a march to Columbus Circle and performed for #OccupyWallStreet, only the latest gesture in his lifetime of putting himself at the forefront of revolution and justice. He is the Best. He was joined by his grandson Tao, Arlo son of Woodie, and others.

At #OccupyAtlanta, folks there are pushing on with a planned hip-hop show in spite of being denied the use of their own power generator. I look forward to videos from this (forcefully) unplugged event.

Last night, at least 11 10? courageous people were arrested in Cleveland.

"Eviction day... and the city is doing they do best, or what the country does best, is evict people"

Friday, October 21, 2011

This Is Day 35 Of The #Occupation

Revolution of the Mind
Phoenix, AZ on 10/14/2011 (AP Photo/The Arizona Repubiic, Dave Seibert)

For the fullsize image of the Phoenix event, plus loads of other photos of #Occupy events around the world, click through to The Atlantic.

[Update II: Video added below the fold.]

[Update: Kevin's joint: Live Blog for #OWS: Day 35, Bloomberg Says City Will Enforce Laws Requiring Permits
The New York Post reported there will be more arrests of Occupy Wall Street participants, who do not abide by New York City laws for demonstrations. Bloomberg also warned that a crackdown was coming.]

Thursday, October 20, 2011

This Is A (R)Evolution Of The Mind - #OWS Day 34

Revolution of the Mind

Live Blog for #OWS: Day 34, Touring the Other Occupations.

Lots of folks have lots of things to say about the #OccupyWallStreet phenomenon. Even to peel away the obvious slander attempts, and the patronizing and clueless advice being given to the movement, there still remains a great deal of sincere commentary variously aimed at well-intentioned buttressing or even prognostication on "how it will all turn out." It is very difficult for the majority of us to think outside of the very large box of our paradigm of "how the world is." In that spirit, I'd like to say something, and to all of my 99% brethren out there, most of whom are not Americans, I welcome any grains of salt necessary to mitigate my lingering myopia.

This is a (r)evolution of the mind.

Quick Hit: Shut The Fuck Up Edition - #OWS Day 34


Excerpted email I received from DFA (no link) this morning:
One of the most powerful things about the Occupy Wall Street movement is that it's leaderless. No one person or organization controls it, drives it or can take credit for the movement that's continuing to build everyday...

...So, sign up to get your free sticker right now, or get a pack of 10 for $10...
This is typical of the emails I've received from other "professional" leftie organizations, organizations that have been around for years and haven't done a goddamned thing other than raise money and assist in the election of our corporate/political class. Hitching your star to #OWS is despicable.

There's a tired old saying which I'm not particularly fond of, but considering the target I don't feel the need to get too clever here: "Lead, follow, or get out of the way." DFA, (the "reprehensible organization," according to Chris Hedges), the rest of you, you're in get out of the way territory. Even better, shut the fuck up!

I plan on putting up a more substantive post a little later, but here is the link for Live Blog for #OWS: Day 34, Touring the Other Occupations.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

"Greece Is Closed For 48 Hours" - #OWS Day 33

RT News

[Update II, video below: Police clash with Greek protesters outside Parliament.]

[Update: New liveblog up at FDL Dissenter: Live Blog for #OWS: Occupiers March Against NYPD Violence, Attempt to Confront Gov. Cuomo]

Yesterday's liveblog continues: Live Blog of #OWS: Day 32, Human Chain Protects Medical Tent from NYPD Confiscation

Dame Street, Ireland, 10/08:

Update: Police clash with Greek protesters outside Parliament:

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Yorker Mocks 1% Mocking 99% - #OWS Day 32


Live Blog of #OWS: Day 32, Human Chain Protects Medical Tent from NYPD Confiscation

Bloomberg providing more "incidents" for the cause. Jesse & the Medical Tent Incident:

The Reverend Gets Some #Occupy Cred

Sunday, October 16, 2011

How To Get Arrested For #OWS - You Know You Want To! (Day 30)

Fight for your right to be... naughty

[Update: Live Blog for #OWS: Day 30, Aftermath of the Day of Global Action – Evening Edition]

[Update: Read Kevin's excellent roundup: Taking Times Square: Occupy Wall Street Movement is Becoming Very Powerful]

Simple. Pay your bank a visit tomorrow. Then find a local credit union and make their day.

After a fine Saturday of GLOBAL #Occupation, what will Sunday bring? Yesterday's Gosztola liveblog continues, will update when a new one starts: Live Blog for #OWS: Day 29, A Day of Global Action.

While my hot-blooded kindred in Rome stomped around for attention, Madrid was off the hook, yo:

Friday, October 14, 2011

"Denver Police Break Up Peaceful Protest, Give Park Back To The Drug Dealers" - Day 28, #OccupyDenver #OccupyWallStreet

#OWS Collage

[Update 12:30 EST: Small but hardy #OccupyTrenton just had all possessions confiscated. Livestream.]

(Humorous title courtesy John, aka PopMusicNotes, h/t Cahokia.) From Occupy Denver:
Ground Update: Central camp has been evacuated and the final structures have come down. There were a few arrests of those defending our kitchen. Occupiers have been pushed out to the perimeters of Lincoln park and yet... Occupy Denver lives on. This is NOT over. Make signs. Come down. Fear Not. OCCUPY!
As for Bloomberg's cleanup party:

Thursday, October 13, 2011

"Emergency Call To Action" - Day 27 #OccupyWallStreet (day count corrected)

#OWS Collage

[Update: athena1 reports:
kgosztola Kevin Gosztola
Emergency change of plans: headed back to @OccupyWallSt to show solidarity & report on possible eviction of #ows ]

Today's FDL liveblog: Live Blog for #OWS: Day 27, Sanitation as Pretext to Clear Out Liberty Park.

Apparently, despite the fact the Zucotti ("Liberty") Park is being kept surprisingly clean and orderly, hizzoner Bloomberg is asking the #Occupiers to "temporarily" vacate the park so that the city can give it a buff.

For some reason, the protesters suspect that they will not be allowed back in. I can't imagine why they would think such a thing.

From, EMERGENCY CALL TO ACTION: Keep Bloomberg and Kelly From Evicting #OWS:

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

About That Cyberwarfare... #OccupyBoston, #OccupyWallstreet

U.S. Cyber Command
Image grifted from cyber arms

[Update: New Gosztola liveblog up: Live Blog for #OWS: Day 26, Overwhelming Majority of Americans Know of “Occupy” Protests. (Note day # adjustment. And I thought it was just me.)]
OccupyChicago Occupy Chicago
Live Feeds (LiveStream, UStream, are all being being JAMMED here in Chicago – We wish we could provide video! #OccupyChi
44 seconds ago
This tweet came out of #OccupyChicago a couple of days ago during the Boston raids. It caused some tinfoil-hattery about the Federal government employing cyber-warfare against the social media that is so obviously assisting the #Occupy movements. (Tinfoil-hattery is not a derogation, coming from me.)

It's an interesting thought but I, for one, suspect that such a tactic might backfire, badly.

"More Tents, More Tarps, More People" - Day 27 #OccupyDC, #OccupyWallStreet

@johnRquinn: "More tents, more tarps, more people"

[Update: Looks like some police action in #OccupyHouston. Livestream.]

[Update: #OccupyWallStreet crossing the pond this weekend: Occupy Wall Street protests come to London]

FDL's #OWS liveblog from yesterday continues, will add new link when today's appears: Live Blog for #OWS: Day 26, Occupy Boston Raided by Police.

Day 27 of #OccupyWallStreet - #OccupyEverywhere - brings more growth, strength and solidarity. #OccupyPortlander carpenterpoetzz reports:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Krugman: Panic of the Plutocrats - Day 26 #OccupyWallStreet

Paul Krugman

[Update: #OccupyBoston: We Are Rebuilding]

Paul Krugman this morning:
What’s going on here? The answer, surely, is that Wall Street’s Masters of the Universe realize, deep down, how morally indefensible their position is. They’re not John Galt; they’re not even Steve Jobs. They’re people who got rich by peddling complex financial schemes that, far from delivering clear benefits to the American people, helped push us into a crisis whose aftereffects continue to blight the lives of tens of millions of their fellow citizens.

Yet they have paid no price....
Liveblog for the #Occupyin' at FDL: Live Blog for #OWS: Day 26, Occupy Boston Raided by Police.

Bank of America
"Close Your Account" - Bank of America on Hawthorne in PDX, today

Monday, October 10, 2011

Boston Assaulted By Police - Day 25 #OccupyBoston #OccupyWallStreet

[Update 10/11: Arrests at the Senate: DC Livestream Note: This is the Stop The Machine Oct 11 protest, not directly affiliated with #OccupyDC.]

[Update: Up to 100 arrests reported, medical supplies destroyed and/or confiscated, tents, etc. thrown in dumpsters. Injuries reported. Camp site 2 eliminated, Camp 1 still intact.]

Liveblog: Boston Police & Massachusetts State Police Raid #OccupyBoston Camp.

Day 24 - See How They Run - #OccupyWallStreet

"FOX News Lies! FOX News Lies" - Awesome

Today is the day we celebrate the discovery of the North American continent by the rapacious warrior class. And here we are, on Day 24 of an #Occupation committed to topple the inevitable conclusion of their philosophy.

In the RT News YouTube above is the shadenfreudelicous sight of Geraldo & FOX News being escorted away from their little media event. The gentleman at the end of the video says it all:

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Beautiful Video Deserves A Post Of Its Own - #OccupyAustin, #OccupyWallStreet, #OccupyEverywhere

Banks Reduced To Begging The People To Accept Austerity

IMF Advisor Warns Of Meltdown (h/t cmaukonen at MyFDL)

Watching these gentlemen insist, complete with trembling voices, that banks must be propped up, and quickly, by government - hence by taxpayers, by the people, by further and deeper austerities - puts a further dramatic weight on the #OccupyWallStreet movements. Existing tension between the U.S. Government and its citizens will only be exacerbated by further cuts in social and public services, and it is quite clear that no one is particularly in the mood for this.

Day 23 #OccupyWallStreet - London, Media Exploits


[Update: Congressman Lewis, this morning:
Speaking to CNN on Sunday morning, Lewis said he had visited a rally in Atlanta near his office "to lend my support and to encourage the people because I support their efforts all across America." He was unable to speak to the crowd, he said, but not because he was refused. Lewis said the group told him he could speak after they finished their business, but that he had to leave.

[Update: Rep. John Lewis Speaks Spoke Out in Solidarity With Occupy Wall Street Movement. (Updated to reflect that this occurred before the GA meeting.)]

American Spectator Editor Admits to Being Agent Provocateur at D.C. Museum.

The "John Lewis in #OccupyAtlanta" issue looks like it isn't easily going away. Follow tweets on #OccupyAtlanta. I suggest a very strong reach-out to the Congressman to help set this right.

The Gostzola liveblog at FDL: Live Blog for #OWS: Day 23, London Activists Block Westminster Bridge.

The Gulag Americana

Super Max

I haven't read Solzenitchen for, oh, fifteen or twenty years, but these things stick in the mind.

Here in the United States of America, as it is now constituted - as it is now effectively divorced from the writ of the Constitution of the United States of America - you or I can be whisked away into the "justice" system upon the thinnest veneer of offense, as long as the warrant can be constructed as an offense against the "national security," to whit, as being some sort of terrorist offense.

What is a terrorist offense? This question will, I have no doubt, be further clarified if, and as when, the burgeoning popular protests compel the interested parties embedded in our government to do something, anything, to quell this unseemly unrest. Aside from this fresh provocation, however, there is a cornucopia of terrors to which a party can be currently accused: If you deal drugs, you are undermining the national security; if you impede the orderly mining of tar sands or coal by chaining yourself to a bulldozer, you are undermining the national security; if you break-and-enter an inhumane animal testing facility to free the innocent victims therein, you are undermining national security; if you place a faux bid in a public auction to monkey-wrench the exploitation of public lands, you are undermining the national security; if you block the foot-traffic on the sacred ground of our national golden calf, Wall Street, you are undermining national security; if you do anything against the machine - you are a terrorist.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

It's Saturday, So It Must Be Pepper-Spray - #OccupyWallStreet

NYPD Exercising Their Constitutional Right To Torture

[Update: New liveblog up: Live Blog for #OWS: Day 22, Will There Be a Showdown in Washington Square?]

Liveblog continues: Live Blog for #OWS: Day 22, Wall Street Occupation to Launch Second Assembly in Washington Square.

[Update: Peter King does his part in rallying the troops. Whose troops? Our Troops!

The Accidental General
Peter King is the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee


"It Will Work Out" - Day 22 Of #OccupyWallStreet

[Update, below: Video of Lewis decision at #OccupyAtlanta.]

"It will work out. It will grow, will mature. It will work out." That's Congressman John Lewis reacting to the consensus process that last night in Atlanta failed to provide him a timely opportunity to speak.

A consensus was eventually reached, but it came a little to late to accommodate the busy Georgia Congressman's schedule.

On the one hand, it's too bad the veteran activist did not have a chance to participate in the dialogue yesterday. On the other, this demonstrates the independence of the #OccupyWallStreet, the #OccupyAtlanta, phenomenon. A sitting U.S. Congressman must suffer the egalitarian nature of the people's process.

Rep. Lewis' grace in the matter (video above), both adds to the legitimacy of the movement and to his own stature as a people's process. I'm certain that he will return.

Today, Kevin Gosztola's and participating commentors continue coverage of the swelling movement: Live Blog for #OWS: Day 22, Wall Street Occupation to Launch Second Assembly in Washington Square. (Over $11,000 has been raised to date at FDL to help keep Kevin rolling with his excellent work.)

[Update: Video of Lewis decision at #OccupyAtlanta:


99 %

Friday, October 7, 2011

As #OccupyWallStreet Turns 21, The Story is #OccupyPortland!

Image from Teddy Partridge at My FireDogLake

[Update III: Kevin's liveblog evening edition: Live Blog of #OccupyWallStreet: Day 21, An Evening in Freedom Plaza]


[Update, a brilliant new meme: Bank Transfer Day: Remember, Remember the 5th of November!]

(Live Blog for #OccupyWallStreet: Day 21, Planned DC Occupation Now Underway.)

(Livestream for #OccupyPortland turnout is here.)

Teddy: "News media continue to talk about 4,000 to 5,000 but it seemed like lots more people to me."

A boots on the ground account here from cocktailhag.

Systems Alert: The Only Thing That Is Sustainable Is To Be Fair (a late-nite rant)


look at how the game is played, whether by overt totalitarian muscle-heads, the mafia model that putin embraces from the ashes of the union soviet, the bullying model of ideological "communism" or glorious homeland fascism (all seeking to diminish the individual in the face of some "greater good") or the friendly propaganda of the corporate/consumerist state that uses the veneer of liberal democracy to excuse a "first amendment" right (corporations are people too) to convince all, from kindergarden to college, that the true expression of human fulfillment is to work for ducats so you can have enough ducats to buy enough stuff to show everybody you know that you are successful and happy (thus also same thing as it diminishes the individual in the face of a "greater good" that would be impossible without their glorious products).

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Proud To Be A Problem - Day 20 Of #OccupyWallStreet

Proud 2 Be A Problem

[Update: #OccupyPortland turnout is huge:Livestream. /local pride]

[Update: Liveblog, 'tis up:Live Blog for #OccupyWallStreet: Day Twenty, Aftermath of the Movement’s Biggest March Yet.]

[Update: Not sure if this is the actual liveblog, but it seems to be standing in. In any case, Kevin's morning-after essay is worth reading: Occupy Wall Street & What Liberals Now Aim to Do with the Movement’s Energy.]

(Will post today's FDL liveblog of the revolution when it begins, meanwhile, yesterday's conversation continues: Live Blog for #OccupyWallStreet: Day Nineteen, Late Afternoon/Evening Edition)

The collective intelligence demonstrated by the #OccupyWallStreet malcontents must be eerily unsettling to the 1% targeted by this movement. Last night this mass of humanity collectively surged towards the barricaded Wall Street and, after spying Mayor Bloomberg's obvious preparations for all-out war against their peaceful march, they somehow collectively decided to fall back, dissipating with astonishing speed. Various General Assemblies were spotted, with the "people's mics" relaying rapid discussions on tactics, but, from Twitter accounts, these ad hoc groups (one at the blockaded entrance of Wall Street itself - "The Gates of Mordor") couldn't account for the speed and grace of the transformation from a very hot near-confrontation back into the be-in at Liberty Plaza.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

NYPD Defied? March On Wall Street Commences

Helicopter view

[Update: It seems that the #occupiers have wisely stood down... keep the movement growing.]

Things are getting rough, livestream here.


The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - #OccupyWallStreet, Hey Nineteen!

The revolution will not be televised - Gil Scott-Heron

[Update: Comment overflow! Liveblog moved to Live Blog for #OccupyWallStreet: Day Nineteen, Late Afternoon/Evening Edition.]

Liveblogging today's #Occupation is again provided to you by the inimitable Kevin Gosztola: Live Blog for #OccupyWallStreet: Day Nineteen, Community Groups, Unions & Occupiers March on Wall Street.

Riffing off the Gil Scott-Heron poem, I received an email from Ms. Jane Hamsher this morning entitled "The occupation will be livestreamed." is raising money to subsidize Kevin Gosztola's trip to the DC #Occupation, where he will be continuing his excellent reporting. Donations here. (And, while we're at it, there's a little orange PayPal button to your right, that this unemployed blogger would appreciate to be occasionally punched.)

Hey Nineteen!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Media Awakening To #OccupyWallstreet - The Spin I'm In (Day 18)

Doctored News
Image from CBS

[Update II: From the Great Orange Satan: Occupy Wall Street: List and map of over 200 U.S. solidarity events and Facebook pages (h/t, again, Tarheel Dem)]

[Update: An excellent analysis from an #Occupier who has been there from day one its seminal planning: A Brief Analysis from a Wall Street Occupier, by Yotam Marom. It captures the nuance of the evolving state of this revolutionary movement. Highly recommended. (h/t Tarheel Dem)]

(For today's #OccupyWallStreet real coverage, Gosztola's joint: Live Blog for #OccupyWallStreet: Day Eighteen, ‘A Beautiful Democracy in All This’.)

USA Today lede:
NEW YORK – Protests against Wall Street entered their 18th day Tuesday as demonstrators across the country show their anger over the wobbly economy and what they see as corporate greed by marching on Federal Reserve banks and camping out in parks from Los Angeles to Portland, Maine.
Took 18 days, but here we go...

Anyway, "anger over the wobbly economy:" Is that a subconscious dog whistle of some sort? I kid.

Monday, October 3, 2011

#OccupyWallStreet, Day 17 - They Can't Take That Away From Me Edition

[Update: Great article: These Cops Were On Our Side, by Kristen Gwynne.]

[Update, here it is: Live Blog of #OccupyWallStreet: Day Seventeen, The Occupation is the Message]

(Liveblogging continues from yesterday's Live Blog of #OccupyWallStreet: Day Sixteen, Aftermath of 700 Arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge. Will post new thread when it appears. In the meantime...)

I don't know if you realize what you have done. Let me try to explain.

(An awkward poem from a scarred old heart, reluctantly beating.)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

New York Times - Doctor, Doctor, Bring Me The "News"

Doctored News

Click here for higher resolution.

[Update: First person account from arrestee: Occupy Jail Cells.]

[Update: Police clearly warning protesters of arrest:

NYT should have posted a correction, however, not a complete re-write, IMO.]

(For #OccupyWallStreet action today, visit Gosztola: Live Blog of #OccupyWallStreet: Day Sixteen, Aftermath of 700 Arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge.)

Happy Sunday, #OccupyWallStreet Heroes

Ballerina 'n' Bull

(For #OccupyWallStreet action today, visit Gosztola: Live Blog of #OccupyWallStreet: Day Sixteen, Aftermath of 700 Arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge.)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Mass Arrests On Brooklyn Bridge - #OccupyWallStreet

NYPD Arresting Child

[Update 10/02:Police clearly warned marchers. See this post.]

[Update: From one of the marchers: "From my vantage point towards the front of the march, you got it right."]

From following the livestream, liveblogging, and Twitter, I gather that somewhere between 75-100 more than 700 people were arrested today.

They may have been coerced into inadvertent civil-disobedience (illegally blocking bridge traffic.) Here's how it appears how it went down (these are my own speculation and conclusions based on what I've been following).

Approximately 500 people were somehow diverted from a larger march originating from Liberty Park onto the Brooklyn Bridge roadway. It is unclear who initiated this. However, the NYPD appeared all too ready to respond to this act, in that a large contingent of officers were there to greet them from the other side of the bridge, effectively trapping this group.

The Marines Are Coming - #OccupyWallStreet

USMC logo

(For #OccupyWallStreet action today, visit Gosztola: Live Blog for #OccupyWallStreet: Day Fifteen, Huge Demonstration Held at NYPD Headquarters.)

Ward Reilly:
The Marines are coming to Wall St...(to PROTECT the protestors)

"I'm heading up there tonight in my dress blues. So far, 15 of my fellow marine buddies are meeting me there, also in Uniform.

I want to send the following message to Wall St and Congress:

I didn't fight for Wall St. I fought for America. Now it's Congress' turn.

My true hope, though, is that we Veterans can act as first line of defense between the police and the protester. If they want to get to some protesters so they can mace them, they will have to get through the Fucking Marine Corps first. Let's see a cop mace a bunch of decorated war vets.

I apologize now for typos and errors. Typing this on iPhone whilst heading to NYC. We can organize once we're there. That's what we do best. If you see someone in uniform, gather together.

A formation will be held tonight at 10PM.

We all took an oath to uphold, protect and defend the constitution of this country. That's what we will be doing.

Hope to see you there!!"

#OccupyPortland First GA - #OccupyWallStreet

Part two here.

Occupy Portland In Peaceful Solidarity with #OccupyWallStreet.

(For #OccupyWallStreet action today, visit Gosztola: Live Blog for #OccupyWallStreet: Day Fifteen, Huge Demonstration Held at NYPD Headquarters.)

Do You Blog? Tweet? The Fed Wants To "Reach Out" To You

The Federal Reserve

(Breaking from #OccupyWallStreet boosterism to bring you this tidbit about the Fed. For #OccupyWallStreet action today, visit Gosztola: Live Blog for #OccupyWallStreet: Day Fifteen, Huge Demonstration Held at NYPD Headquarters.)

From the Los Angeles Times, New York Fed to monitor Facebook and Twitter:
In a move that illustrates its sensitivity to public perception, the Fed bank is seeking bids from companies to help monitor what's being said about it on social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

The bank said in its bid request that it wants to "continuously monitor conversations" and "identify and reach out to key bloggers and influencers."