Occupy Wall Street – a first hand assessment
Thank you for this. Just reposted it to Transition Colorado. … dons
Nickbert: "Keep them all modest, and maintain some semblance of balance. The ‘how’ of making that happen while still respecting civil and property rights is not something I have a good answer for yet, but I grow more and more convinced that ‘size’ plays a leading role (or the lead role) in the existence or degree of corruption experienced in our lives."
or reworking Lord Acton..
"Size, corrupts, massive size corrupts massively.." – eg TBTF. contrast with – "the bigger they are the harder they fall".
If I were a philosopher king.. which I ain’t.. I’d design a set of honeypot’s.. irresistable magnets for the corrupt, unprincipled and pyschopathic…
When I’m in an optimistic frame of mind, I fantasize that this is already the case… hope springs eternal..
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clarifying my earlier reference to Heisenberg. – The act of observation affects the thing observed..
for example if the media informs you that OWS is "about" ending capitalism – it will encourage marxist/zeitgesity utopians to turn up.. and become a self-fulfilling description..
If it’s described as "stop the looting, start prosecuting" – a moral crusade.. a different set of people will be attracted..
but also.. it’s fluid.. you don’t have to passively observe.. by turning up, you can influence the trajectory…
– "do I dare disturb the universe.. ?"
enough Eliot.. some Dylan..
Come writers and critics
Who prophesy with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.
One of the reasons I’m glad Chris went to see for himself.. rather than relying on the MSM lens..
" Oh, do not ask what is it…
let us go and make our visit."
Still, a man hears what he wants to hear
And disregards the rest. – Paul Simon.
Here’s a quote from Chis’ Weekly Newsletter(October 12, 2011) that hits the nail right on about why there is so much frustration and rebellion in the World right now!
For now, the banks are trying desperately to convince the world that the losses should be shared by everyone through the miracle of inflation (with central banks printing money, a.k.a. "quantitative easing" or QE, to buy the bad debts off the banks) while the people of various countries are increasingly protesting this regrettable practice of socializing banks’ losses, yet allowing privatized profits.
If the World’s governments are so ready anad willing to socialize banks to bail them out they should have the same energy to socialize their profits also!
Vets for Peace placed themselves in front of the protestors in Boston to defend their right to peaceably assemble.
They were arrested.
Protestors in a Chase Bank were warned they had to leave or be arrested. There is clear video of one woman OUTSIDE the bank being shoved back into the bank with force and arrested. It is not clear if she was part of the protest group at all, but if she had been she was forcibly prevented from leaving.
What’s really going on? When Obama and Clinton told other countries’ leaders they need to affirm the rights of the protestors and hear the voices of the people they did not know how it would feel when the shoe was on their own feet. It is time for them to heed their own advice.
It appears that the NYPD—or at least some of their officers—are using strobing flashlights to purposefully interfere with cameras recording them during Occupy Wall Street protests. Here are two examples that Lucy Kafanov tweeted earlier this evening:
This is really disappointing. I’d go so far as to say it’s reprehensible. It joins the list of bad things we’ve seen the police do in New York—such as beating up protesters, beating them up some more, and running them over. It doesn’t really matter if you are aligned with the Occupy Wall Street protesters or not, you need to be aware of how our public servants are acting and what that says about our nominally free and open society.
Peter Joseph Speaking at Occupy Wall St. (L.A.)
Dylan Ratigan interviews David DeGraw about the political impact of Occupy Wall Street, and Bill Black joins to discuss legal strategies.
Zerohedge – is calling the Ratigan clip a "Must-watch interview:"
Military Speaking out and Smacking FOX news and that punk Hannity