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Saying some prayers and holding my breath to see what happens in Zuccotti Park tomorrow morning.

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So here's what happened:

http://front.moveon.org/breaking-occupy-wins-bloomberg-backs-down?id=31994-17553354-iPAI5Ox
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http://wallstreetoccupennial.tumblr.com/calltoartists

The Wall Street Occupennial:

An Open Call to Artists in Alliance with Occupy Wall Street and Beyond

http://www.occupennial.org/


http://afh2011.tumblr.com/
POETRY READING SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16
THE BROOKLYN RAIL PRESENTS RANTRHAPSODY REDUX
MISSIVES FROM THE AMERICAN FALL!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16TH, BOWERY POETRY CLUB, 3:00PM
PROCEEDS GO TO #OCCUPYWALLST

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In Denver this morning, Friday.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/police-move-into-wall-street-protest-area-take-down-tents/2011/10/14/gIQArUnTjL_story.html

Tere

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For anyone following and alligned to the Occcupy Wall Street movement this link is worth the full read. Never ever, ever forget history. Year was 1932. Deepest year of the Great Depression. But the article tells the rest of the story, implicating two great American war heroes revelling in their assault on veterans asking for their bonuses.

http://www.historynet.com/the-bonus-army-war-in-washington.htm

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http://blogs.plos.org/neuroanthropology/2011/10/15/david-graeber-anthropologist-anarchist-financial-analyst/
David Graeber: anthropologist, anarchist, financial analyst*
By gregdowney
Posted: October 15, 2011
Wall Street is in the grips of an ‘occupation,’ and activist and anthropologist,David Graeber, now at Goldsmiths, University of London, is in the centre of the action. Graeber has been doing a few television and radio interviews of late (check here for his interview on ABC Radio National, Australia), talking about the organization of the Wall Street occupation as well as his new book,Debt: The First 5,000 Years (Melville House).

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Occupy movement goes global:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/15/occupy-wall-street-protests-europe-asia_n_1012336.html?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%7C104695

Movement on Wall St was no more than 8 days. With a degree of excitement I mentioned it to a PhD type. A smart, informed man. His response was to down play the occupation, saying he had heard next to nothing about it, just a passing mention. It is true. Even NPR was slow to respond. I rarely argue with PhD types and intellectuals. They tend to have problems with my passions and they will, what?, try to discredit my enagement(s) first. But once again in that quiet intuitive way I get to be right. The stand against captains of money and industry has begun. I predict it will keep, even in inclement weather.

Also, today, in my mid-size city, a protest was organized for noon on the steps of the state capitol. Damn it to hell but I had to work today, a Saturday, which rather underscores the point of the protest.

Tere

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http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/13/occupy-wall-streets-political-disobedience/
 
October 13, 2011, 4:15 PM
Occupy Wall Street’s ‘Political Disobedience’
By BERNARD E. HARCOURT



"Our language has not yet caught up with the political phenomenon that is emerging in Zuccotti Park and spreading across the nation, though it is clear that a political paradigm shift is taking place before our very eyes. It’s time to begin to name and in naming, to better understand this moment. So let me propose some words: “political disobedience.”'

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Thanks for the article, Libra. What do you make of this?

"What is required is constant vigilance of all the micro and macro rules that permeate our markets, our contracts, our tax codes, our banking regulations, our property laws — in sum, all the ordinary, often mundane, but frequently invisible forms of laws and regulations that are required to organize and maintain a colossal economy in the 21st-century and that constantly distribute wealth and resources."

How does a movement manage to underpin such a mission?

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/15/occupy-times-square-wall-street_n_1012942.html?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl3%7Csec1_lnk2%7C104762

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Remember the 5th of November - Bank Transfer Day!

http://news.firedoglake.com/2011/10/14/move-your-money-movement-having-a-revival/
 
ringleader of “Bank Transfer Day” Kristen Christian, a 27-year-old Los Angeles art gallery owner who said she is not affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street protest, but that demonstration organizers had reached out to her to express support, reportedly chose Nov. 5 because of its association with 17th century British folk hero Guy Fawkes, who tried to blow up the British House of Lords but was captured on that day. A Facebook page for the event states that “”together we can ensure that these banking institutions will ALWAYS remember the 5th of November!!"
 
http://www.cutimes.com/author/jim-rubenstein
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Found on FB

http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=10150349848333073&set=a.10150335976593073.360189.595848072&type=1&theater

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The protests are of course not the solution, they are part of the process toward bringing possible solutions to light.
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From America's 'Primal Scream'
by Nicholas Kristof in yesterday's NY Times:

"[M]y interviews with protesters in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park seemed to rhyme with my interviews in Tahrir earlier this year. There’s a parallel sense that the political/economic system is tilted against the 99 percent. Al Gore, who supports the Wall Street protests, described them perfectly as a “primal scream of democracy.”

The frustration in America isn’t so much with inequality in the political and legal worlds, as it was in Arab countries, although those are concerns too. Here the critical issue is economic inequity. According to the C.I.A.’s own ranking of countries by income inequality, the United States is more unequal a society than either Tunisia or Egypt.

Three factoids underscore that inequality:

¶The 400 wealthiest Americans have a greater combined net worth than the bottom 150 million Americans.

¶The top 1 percent of Americans possess more wealth than the entire bottom 90 percent.

¶In the Bush expansion from 2002 to 2007, 65 percent of economic gains went to the richest 1 percent.

As my Times colleague Catherine Rampell noted a few days ago, in 1981, the average salary in the securities industry in New York City was twice the average in other private sector jobs. At last count, in 2010, it was 5.5 times as much. (In case you want to gnash your teeth, the average is now $361,330.)

More broadly, there’s a growing sense that lopsided outcomes are a result of tycoons’ manipulating the system, lobbying for loopholes and getting away with murder. Of the 100 highest-paid chief executives in the United States in 2010, 25 took home more pay than their company paid in federal corporate income taxes, according to the Institute for Policy Studies."

And:

"Some critics think that Occupy Wall Street is simply tapping into the public’s resentment and covetousness, nurturing class warfare. Sure, there’s a dollop of envy. But inequality is also a cancer on our national well-being.

I don’t know whether the Occupy Wall Street movement will survive once Zuccotti Park fills with snow and the novelty wears off. But I do hope that the protesters have lofted the issue of inequality onto our national agenda to stay — and to grapple with in the 2012 election year."


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Must see video of Iraqi veteran Sargeant Shamar Thomas standing up to NYC police:

"There is no honor in this."
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"What nobody is comfortable with is a movement in which virtually the entire spectrum of middle class and poor Americans is on the same page, railing against incestuous political and financial corruption on Wall Street and in Washington. The reality is that Occupy Wall Street and the millions of middle Americans who make up the Tea Party are natural allies and should be on the same page about most of the key issues, and that's a story our media won't want to or know how to handle."

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/why-occupy-wall-street-is-bigger-than-left-vs-right-20111017?link=mostpopular4



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Of course, you are right, Libra. And thanks, all, for the links. One hell of a video. I've put it on my FB wall.

I for one am flumoxed by NYC's reaction to #OWS and I have been since the beginning. It makes no sense. Makes for bad press. But then I remember the city's mayor is a million or billionare. Only sense I can make of it.

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Follow the money

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBOrx3p5Sl8

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"A Look at the Shoes That Didn't Drop"

http://techpresident.com/blog-entry/ows-other-98-us-uncut-rebuild-dream-look-shoes-didnt-drop

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http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/38901/how-occupy-wall-streets-protest-is-taking-art-back-from-the-richest-1-percent/
How Occupy Wall Street's Protest Is Taking Art Back From the Richest 1 Percent
By Paul McLean

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Great article, Libra! Thanks.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/george-lakoff/occupy-wall-street_b_1019448.html

How to Frame Yourself: A Framing Memo for Occupy Wall Street

George Lakoff

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Thanks, Libra. Lakoff's article is excellent, goes to the heart of the movement, gives the right perspective. Very good summary and warning too.

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Found this by chance. Seems relevant. Charlie Chaplin as Hinkel the barber mistaken as the great dictator. 70 years ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WibmcsEGLKo

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I call this a social revolution. America's last good nerve just got pinched.

http://occupymarines.org/

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The creeps crawl out of the woodwork:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/10/24/1029427/-Chemical-Bomb-Thrown-into-Occupy-Maine-Encampment?via=siderec

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Good video. Hooverville. That is the other Depression era impromtu I was trying to remember. Thanks, Chris.

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http://peopleslibrary.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/all-languages-are-needed-for-the-poetry-anthology/

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Elizabeth Warren called "a socialist whore" by Tea Party audience member.

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Yes, the socialist selling of the body for financial gain, or the non sequitor when there is nothing rational you have formed the thoughts to say?
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