CORRUPTION is the common enemy, both in government and in the private sector. ELECTORAL REFORM is the singular demand. COALITION CABINET is the method. INTEGRITY is the core value. COMMONWEALTH RESTORED is the outcome.
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A group of business leaders—including Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and former Nirvana manager Danny Goldberg—are planning to pour substantial funds into the Occupy Wall Street movement in hopes of sustaining the protests and fostering political change.
Phi Beta Iota: whether intended or not, this appears more like the marginalization of Occupy, not its revitalization. They never understood the timing or the constellation of forces that favored direct FOCUSED political action (Electoral Reform Act of 2012). Congress has heaved a huge sigh of relief. The show goes on.
21 January 2012
Huge photo essay.
Inside and outside of courthouses in 46 states and 130 cities across the country, members of Occupy Wall Street and thousands of other concerned citizens will meet the two year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC with creative protest.
12 January 2012
31 Dec 2011
25 best Occupy photos of 2011 [not really–above is 1 of the best, and here alongside is the other]
23 Dec 2011
Phi Beta Iota: Our current understanding of Occupy philosophy is that it completely eschews any and all violations of the law. Those violating any law should be considered provocateurs rather than true Occupiers.
Phi Beta Iota: The Atlantic is not a reliable source. It has sold out to the two-party tyranny concept, and is a front for Democratic Party pap. It has no clue what it actually going on within Occupy, to include Occupy’s firm rejection of Van Jones and ACORN and their attempt to co-opt / penetrate Occupy.
Below: Past Updates, US Revolution RECAP
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Is NYC ready for a General strike?Occupy Wall Street: Is It a Good Strategy?Key tipping point nears for ‘Occupy’Occupy Wall Street: Civil society’s awakeningTheir View: Occupy Movement vastly different from the 60sThe Origins and Future of Occupy Wall StreetOccupy Eden: How did that turn out?Occupy Wall Street’s Failure to LaunchOccupy Wall Street: Can Filmmaking Website Unify the Movement?Occupy the Highway: why mobile protest may be the future of Occupy Wall Street
Mon-Fri 21-25 Nov 2011OWS: Too Big to FailAn idea whose time has come resonates globally. November 17 marked two months since beginning in New York. Earlier Middle East and European protests inspired it. Now it’s spreading everywhere across North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania.Occupy Wall Street redefines integrityOWS Epitaph: A Small End To A Small Movement
OWS: Apartheid Wall Comes Full CircleThe difference between OWS and VietnamThe Vietnam protest movement had a clear goal. So far as anyone can tell, the Occupy movement has none. . . . The real problem with the OWS movement is its political naiveté.Occupy LA Shut Down: 72-Hour Warning May Be Given Soon To Pack Up City Hall EncampmentOccupy Montreal protesters detained as camp clearedOccupy movement inspires rise in U.S. campus activism
Sat-Sun 19-20 Nov 2011[UPDATE] 24-Hour OWS Drum Circle At Bloomberg’s House Begins At 2 P.M.Occupy Wall Street: Pepper spray video sparks outrageLeaked Memo Reveals Wall Street Plot To Undermine OWSOWS Continues to Dominate the Zeitgeist: Outcry over Abuse of Students at UC Davis Grows, Right-Wing Plan to Smear Protests Exposed
Want to see a real general strike? Try a Himalayan “bandh”Elements of Style as Occupy Movement EvolvesOWS: From Building Awareness To Maintaining MomentumOWS:The Occupation Movement and Those That Would Love it to DeathNewt Obliterates OWS: ‘Go Get A Job Right After You Take A Bath’Police clear new Occupy Oakland campOccupy SF tents cleared from in front of Federal ReserveOccupy Boston launches newspaper with the help of more than $9,000 in donationsOccupy movement now a global phenomenonSwiss party calls for “Occupy” from igloos at DavosHere’s the risk: Occupy ends up doing the bidding of the global eliteOccupy Wall Street’s Next Step Is to Set a Reform Agenda: View
Fri 18 Nov 2011Bloomberg: OWS Protests “Just An Opportunity For A Bunch Of Unions To Complain”Phi Beta Iota: This is Bloomberg’s second Marie Antoinette moment. Matt Taibbi reported the first.Bloomberg’s big mistake: He should never have uprooted Occupy Wall Street from their Zuccotti Park hub We Are The Future of OccupyPhi Beta Iota: Above is special — read it!Robert Steele: Video 6 Minutes on Occupy and Presidency 2012 via Russia Today TV and YouTubeJosh Kilbourn: Jeannie Dean, Los Angeles ActivistJosh Kilbourn: DHS & Other STATE Bodies vs OWSMini-Me: Civil Disobedience Emerges as Strong ThemeJohn Robb: Occupy as a Global Contagion for GoodOWS’ Eviction Doesn’t Matter, Their Incoherence DoesThank OWS for defeating the GOP super-committeeOccupy Memphis, tea party members meetWhy Occupy Wall Street will keep up the fightOWS Protesters Find Support During March To BrooklynFormer Captain Ray Lewis Charged With Three Violations After OWS Protest; More Photos Of His ArrestOWS video: NYPD arrest Philly police retired captain Raymond LewisThe bizarre history of the OWS counter-protesters
Thu 17 Nov 2011Who Is Occupy Wall Street? Protesters Speak Out on Why They JoinedThe Future of Occupy Wall StreetOccupy Wall Street: The Next Chapter‘OWS lost opportunity to capture presidency 2012’Retired Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis Arrested At OWS, Calls NYPD Rationale ‘A Farce’NYPD blast LRAD sound cannons at OWSMass arrests at Occupy Wall Street protestsHundreds Arrested As Protesters Clash With NYPDOWS Day of Action: Police vs People (PHOTO, VIDEO)Dramatic photos from worldwide ‘Occupy’ protestsYoung Rapper’s Occupy Wall Street Video: It’s About Equality, Kids’ FutureTo demand or not to demand? That is the ‘Occupy’ questionOccupy Wall Street Pre Dawn Raid: A Photojournalist’s AccountOccupy Wall Street Evicted by $174.5 Million Subsidized FirmOccupy Wall Street protesters cross into Md. on way to DCCornel West visits Occupy Oakland to speak about the future of the movementHerman Cain says OWS out to “destroy” America
Wed 16 Nov 2011OWS is Just Getting Started OWS: Simple as You Want It to BeOWS Building More Permanent Home OnlineOWS ‘Day of Action’ to crush NY Stock ExchangeFollowing Camp Closures, ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Prepares For Act IIShould OWS Switch to Online-Enabled Guerrilla Actions?OWS at the CrossroadsOWS hasn’t played itself out yetThe new OWS: Reset button or game over?
Tue 15 Nov 2011The Bust at OWS: “Don’t Mourn For Me, Organize”OWS Protesters Force Cain Iowa CancellationJournalists obstructed from covering OWS protestsCity Reopens Park After Protesters Are Evicted [13 Photos]Entire OWS Library Taken By Dept. Of Sanitation, But NOT Destroyed! (UPDATE:2K-4K missing items)Occupy Wall Street Eviction Highlights NYC’s Privately Owned Public SpacesOccupy Cal protesters declare ‘open university’
Mon 14 Nov 2011Occupy Wall Street Finds Goldman Sachs Guilty In Mock TrialPhi Beta Iota: Reminds us of The Trial of Henry Kissinger. We will see more of this. Truth and Reconciliation starts with Truth made public.Occupy vows to ‘shut down Wall St.’Protesters hope to shut down New York’s Wall StreetUnions and OWS openly together at last: “Day of Action” planned for next weekThe Imaginative Power of 99% Politics: Occupy Wall Street Spreads UptownObama’s “Occupy” Gambit: Another Populist Election Theme Backfires!A Place to Occupy and Get Results (Occupy Congress)The evidence is tough to ignore. Beyond specific examples broadcast on Sunday by “60 Minutes,” studies led by Alan J. Ziobrowski of Georgia State University have found that stock portfolios modeled on those of United States senators and representatives beat the market each year by more than 10 percentage points and six percentage points, respectively.How will Occupy strategize to combat violence, health concerns?The movement is believed to be at a crucial stage right now. Colder weather is setting in. The willingness of public officials to accommodate the movement is at odds with their desire to protect public health and safety. And concerns about violence at the gatherings are reaching new levels.Occupy the future (Jeffrey Sachs)On waking up AmericaThe uncertain future of Occupy Wall StreetOccupy charges ordered dismissed, records expungedInteractive Map: United They Fall? Occupy Canada, one month on
Sun 13 Nov 2011Latest Developments in the Occupy ProtestsOccupy Wall Street Protesters Shifting to College CampusesOccupy Wall Street insists it’s not political, at least for nowTide is turning against OWSOccupy Wall Street and the Scent of RevolutionControlled anger is a sign that the people are serious. . . .The temper of the times seems similar outside the protests themselves. Two weeks ago I posted a Huffington Post article which mentioned “There is a huge sense across America that the rich are increasing their cruelty far beyond the point necessary to live lives of obscene privilege.”Before posting I asked several readers if I was going overboard with the word “cruelty.” All said “No.” The reaction was so uniform I became curious, and showed the article to over 20 people. Every one said “cruelty” was the right word — and every face had the same expression: a cold hard anger. It was faintly eerie.Occupy Oakland Cop Condemns Brutality, Calls OWS ‘Our Birmingham’ [VIDEO]OWS Receives Flu Shots From Doctors And NursesAnarchist Letter to Occupy Oakland (OO)Phi Beta Iota: There is a failure of leadership on all sides. If anyone in the government had integrity, they would recognize that Epoch B is inevitable and the best thing they could do is nurture the transition. Similarly, Occupy so hell bent on kum-ba-ya slow process, it refuses to see the obvious: election integrity as the center of gravity for both fund-raising and efficacy. While this website advocates legal, ethical, non-violent approaches to the present crisis, it merits observation that both Martin Luther King and Gandhi believed that violence was preferable to passivity. The “powers that be” are still arrogant and oblivious. They won the class war, they have lost the culture war, and therein lies the story of history.Zen and the Art of Occupy Wall StreetOccupy Wall Street is many things, but one thing it’s not is partisanLabor’s Choice after Ohio: To Lead or Follow OWSDeaths Have Cities Calling for OWS ShutdownOccupy protesters defy eviction order in OregonOccupy Portland protest sites emptying outNOTICE OF VIOLATIONS AND DEMAND TO CEASE VIOLATIONS (Oakland)Fox Panel Bashes OWS As ‘Toxic,’ ‘Marxist,’ ‘Anti-Democratic And Un-American’VIDEO: Cornel West Chris Hedges at Goldman Sachs Mock Trial Occupy Wall St Nov 3 2011 people’s hearingSat 12 Nov 2011Who Is Occupy Wall Street?Phi Beta Iota: The NYT was corrupted long ago and no longer has journalists, only fillers for their news hole. OWS is us – we are the 99% whether we align ourselves with OWS or not. OWS is our soul struggling to make a comeback. See Matt Taibbi’s piece of Thu 10 Nov 2011 and the extract there.OWS Prepares for Winter HibernationLatest developments in the Occupy protestsCall to occupy Iowa caucuses draws little interestOfficials crack down on Occupy Wall Street camps around the country
Fri 11 Nov 2011OWS and Allies Prepare for Nov 17 National Day of ActionOccupy movement plans spring offensive as momentum stallsOccupy Wall Street’s ‘horizontal hierarchy’ seen through prism of the InternetOccupy Portland: Police remove truckload of broken rocks, stones from camp as tensions mountDeaths at Occupy Camps Cast Dark Light on ProtestsOWS Rap Sheet Growing and GrowingTom Atlee: Drop-Out Economy Meets Twilight of ElitesTom Atlee: Gary Horvitz – OWS as Open Source MovementRalph Nader: Overcoming CorporatismRonnie Reprise: Understanding PlutocracyReference: Two Book Lists on Voting Methods
Thu 10 Nov 2011How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the OWS Protests (Matt Taibbi)This is a visceral, impassioned, deep-seated rejection of the entire direction of our society, a refusal to take even one more step forward into the shallow commercial abyss of phoniness, short-term calculation, withered idealism and intellectual bankruptcy that American mass society has become. If there is such a thing as going on strike from one’s own culture, this is it.Occupy San Diego sues police; Occupy Berekley battles police
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#Occupy Open Space Activities (Tom Atlee)
The Audacity of Occupy Wall Street (Richard Kim)
Phi Beta Iota: Roughly 80% of what is done “in our name” is evil, expensive, and not necessary–that includes the 50% of agruiculture, defense, energy, intelligence, health, justice/prisons et al that is out and out waste, fraud, and abuse.
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ORC International’s Tracking Results Shows Awareness of Movement Continues to Grow
Two new polls offer conflicting answers, but there may be a way to reconcile them that provides a path forward
Phi Beta Iota: This is a remarkably stupid press release. If its sponsor had a brain, he’d be using his software to flag coherence within the Occupy movement. It is not a threat. Anyone that does not get that is part of the problem.
Phi Beta Iota: Occupy needs to do more – it must self-police and make immediate citizens arrests of anyone doing violence or causing property damage. This includes undercover cops who need to be outed to the media as instigators of violence and damage used to justify police represssion.
FRAUD ALERT: Mini-Me: OccupyParty.org Bloomberg Act III?
Wed 2 Nov 2011 PM
Cannes, France: I can sense very clearly here at Cannes that this is the moment “the masses” start shaping the policy response to the global financial crisis.
Wed 2 Nov 2011 AM
Tue 1 Nov 2011 PM
Phi Beta Iota: This will mean another election in which the “winner” garners 30% of the total eligible vote, and is neutered on day one, never mind which side of the two-party tyranny they represent.
Phi Beta Iota: While Congress and the White House lacked the integrity to keep America’s financial house in order, it was 200 pages of lobbyist written deregulation inserted into the bill five minutes before the vote that brought us down. Bloomberg is being disingenious (dishonest) in his depiction.
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Mon 31 Oct 2011 PM
Phi Beta Iota: This is a a preamble to shutting down individual Governors, Senators, and Represenatives if and when Occupy comes together on demanding an Electoral Reform Act of 2012.
Phi Beta Iota: Our troops are coming home – they are angry and they are armed. They are also part of the 99%.
Mon 31 Oct 2011 AM
Phi Beta Iota: Not quite a soccer mom torching herself on the steps of City Hall, but close. The establishment cannot win this one – despite some gross misbehavior by some of the Occupy Wall Street elements, on balance Epoch B is now established.
Phi Beta Iota: There are actually four groups within OWS we have identified: anarchists and undercover provocateurs that are destructive; local only activists; constitutional amendment activists, and single unifying action activists, within which we believe the electoral reform element will shine for the simple reason that it is the only thing all Independents, members of the 63 parties blocked from ballot access, and moderates in the existing two-party fraud can agree upon.
Sun 30 Oct 2011
Today: Electoral Reform Hand-Outs being passed out in NYC, Oakland, Los Angeles, possibly Boston. Tomorrow in Trenton, Baltimore, and DC. The Electoral Reform Act Road Trip has begun. National working group meets on Electoral Reform 3-5 today at 60 Wall Street.
+ VIDEO: “Occupy Wall Street Commercial”
Sat 29 Oct 2011
Electoral Reform Meeting in NYC 3-5 pm Sunday 30 Oct
Phi Beta Iota: He has self-destructed. Myopia and ideological idiocy have destroyed whatever chance he might have had of capturing the Republican nomination. From where we sit, Jon Huntsman now has the lead. Romney and Perry will expose one another’s nakedness. Ron Paul might still win the Republican nomination – whether he or Jon Huntsman wins it, the other should run as an Independent, in our view.
Phi Beta Iota: ACORN and Van Jones could be infiltrators for the Democratic Party – OWS needs a strong counter-intelligence and self-policing element.
Phi Beta Iota: As Brother Chuck shows below, the Tea Party is not serious and no one has any business comparing Occupy Wall Street, which is a movement, with the Tea Party, which is a front.
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Rivera-Pitre said the crowd helped him get away but he was speaking out because there was lots of blood – and he is HIV-positive.
“That cop should get tested,” he said.
‘Red Army’ Behind Occupy Wall Street? [Fox, article used to promote a new book]
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More than 42 percent of Americans do not work. Not even part-time. Tens of millions of people, with free time and nothing better to do, are watching the news about the Occupy movement. They aren’t yet participating. The Occupiers must convince many of these non-participants to join them.
Fri 21 Oct 2011
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Phi Beta Iota: Goldman Sachs pay is an example of both a “fog fact” and a “true cost.” This kind of information will have much greater exposure from now on.
Thu 20 Oct 2011 AM
Phi Beta Iota: This is not a class war. The class war was won by the rich. This is a war for the soul of America, a war between those who ascribe to the concept of democracy with intelligence and integrity and those who do not. There are more of the latter. They have just been asleep for the last 30 years.
Wed 19 Oct 2011 AM
Summary: Individually, middle class Americans are generally powerless. But taken as a cohort, the American middle class is the single most powerful economic entity that has ever existed.
Fucking Zionists never met a movement they could not label as anti-semitic at the first sign of independent intelligence. Israel is a cancer on the US, dual-citizens with Top Secret clearances need to be given a choice: lose the Israeli citizenship or lose the clearances, and Zionist espionage and agent of influence operations across the US and especially on the Hill need to be SHUT DOWN.
Tue 18 Oct 2011 PM
Phi Beta Iota: The author is clueless, accepting the two-party tyranny as a natural state of affairs. Electoral Reform is required before voting can become meaningful again.
So the lessons for both protesters and bank branches are clear: protesters should stick to doing their protests in public places, and consider making their account closings more orderly, and not affiliated with disruptive protests; banks should accommodate their customers as much as they can, even if they are protesters, lest they face a PR nightmare due to NYPD’s aggressive tactics.
Tue 18 Oct 2011 AM
He wants to fold the movement into his reelection campaign. What does he think it is, the Tea Party?
As Occupy Wall Street protesters look to the Supreme Court, they’ll find more to be outraged about than the Citizens United case.
Mon 17 Oct 2011 PM
So, what’s “the thing” about Occupy Wall Street that truly scares the shit out of the political establishment and the MSM? It is that they cannot *control* that which they truly do not understand. And even if the MSM and the political establishment take the time to come to understand Occupy Wall Street, they will never be able to manipulate it for their political gain. And that is a truly scary prospect for them.
Mon 17 Oct 2011 AM
Phi Beta Iota: If Obama is so stupid as to not understand the #OWS revulsion for BOTH parties, one can only hope he receives the disdain he so richly deserves for selling out the “hope” that he inspired in 2008. ELECTION 2008: Lipstick on the Pig, remains one of the best pre-OWS statements on the record.
Sun 16 Oct 2011 PM
Phi Beta Iota: The last defense of corrupt systems is the appeal for civility and acceptance of their rules of the road.
This movement is making a well deserved mockery of all out institutions and that is exactly what is needed.
These institutions from government to media to finance and all the pundits are being told whether they know it or not that things aren’t changing – they have changed. You don’t know it yet but you are now insignificant piss-ants.
Argentines, Chileans and Mexicans joined worldwide protests against the global economic crisis on Saturday as more protesters invade New York’s Times Square. Courtesy of Reuters.
Sun 16 Oct 2011 AM
Occupy The Hood Aims To Draw People Of Color To Occupy Wall StreetDylan Ratigan Constitutional Moments: The People’s Voice
Sat 15 Oct 2011 PM
Note: Russia Today TV did a live interview with Robert David Steele with a 5-10 minute lag for the show below, they shut down the interview and did not air it the minute Steele pointed out that the OWS movement internationally was non-violent, and violence should be scrutinized as being provoked or by provocateurs. [It is now known that the violence was perpetrated by anarchists and perhaps undercover police who infiltrated the non-violent groups that at one point threw bottles at the violent trying to drive them away–evidently this is a story Russia Today TV just does not want to cover, they are trying to hype the violence in Europe and the prospects for violence in the USA that Robert Steele specifically discounted.]
Phi Beta Iota: Included because if government fraud is shown, it could be a precipitant of revolution, demonstrating with immediacy the illegitimacy and lack of integrity of the US Government across the board.
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Just initially enter a custom message and some SMS-ready numbers to contact in the event of your arrest. Then, as you’re about to be corralled into the back of a squad car, fire the app up and long-press the bull’s-eye for 2 seconds. From there, you can rest assured that your message will be sent to the appropriate contacts.
A new survey out from Time Magazine found that 54 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of the protests, while just 23 percent have a negative impression. An NBC/Wall Street Journal survey, meanwhile, found that 37 percent of respondents “tend to support” the movement, while only 18 percent “tend to oppose” it.
In response to OWS, conservative pundits have expended much rhetoric in explaining how the Tea Party is more principled and intelligent. But this seems to miss the larger points that both movements are making: (1) that you cannot run a successful economy that benefits ordinary citizens if up to 40% of corporate profits are funneled into government-backstopped financial entities that do little productive work except manage speculative investments; (2) that America cannot be a beacon of freedom abroad if it cannot afford to create a functional society at home; and (3) that America’s campaign-finance system, 24-hour news cycle, and dysfunctional legislatures have yielded a paralyzed political system in which politicians are incapable of tackling existential national problems such as unsustainable entitlement programs, crumbling infrastructure and 13-figure deficits.
“I think Civil rights, Women’s rights, Gay rights, the Vietnam War…and on the right, the conservatives, the Tea Party groups and the Pro-lifers, all those things, that’s part of being an American, to be able to organize with people that you agree with in trying to make your voice heard. But to make the change, eventually what it is you’re advocating has to be clear enough and focused enough that either there’s a new political movement which embraces it or people in one of the two parties embraces it.”
Thu 13 Oct 2011 AM
Occupy Wall Street is a pluralist protest that’s better at asking questions than offering answers. By cherry-picking messages and images, its critics are missing the bigger picture.
ANTI-OWS: The Revolution is Upon Us
Trained in the fine art of Civil Disobedience by Ruckus Society anarchists; paid for by George Soros and the Tides Foundation, among others, aided and abetted by street fighters like Code Pink and Greenpeace, count on OWS as a permanent part of society until Obama and his masters perfect the fundamental Transformation of America through Marxism.
Wed 12 Oct 2011 PM
CARTOON: Essence of the hit job against OWS by the status quo 1%. The distinction between moral capitalism and predatory capitalism escapes them.
Wed 12 Oct 2011 AM
We all know how little Sabbath we keep, how frequently we let other people tell us our value, our place, our position. We all know how much we have let Wall Street control the conversation, alerting us that the market is “up” today or the market is “down.” We brought the calf to Wall Street to confess our allegiance to false Gods and to announce that something was dying for us. That death is our own belief in the sacred calf of the Wall Street picture of the universe. The “mike check” was just the beginning of a new conversation, between and among people, about what is really important. What is important is people owning our own times, our own tongues, our own labor, our own worth. What is dead is Wall Street’s control of the conversation and us.
“Right Here, All Over Occupy Wall Street,” a new documentary about the Occupy Wall Street Movement, gives an inside view of what is really going on in Lower Manhattan. Watch the seven-minute tour into the lives of the occupiers and make your own decision.
Very pertinent to those who would lead or help. Bottom line: command & control is dead.
Includes five-point immediately actionable plan for legislation to contain predatory immoral banking.
Includes list of nine government against the people actions since 1980. By the author of the now-prescient 1978 book, The Downfall of Capitalism and Communism.
Iran’s supreme leader tells rally America is in full-blown crisis because of its ‘corrupt foundation’
Tue 11 Oct 2011 PM
What Trumka’s endorsement of the occupation means is that unions, with millions of members and a formidable political apparatus, now have the green light to make noise. The responsibility is on their shoulders along with ours to grow this movement nationally.
Allwine: Absolutely. The US Congress has made itself irrelevant – and irrelevant in our lives. I think the fact that over 1,000 occupations has sprung up altogether simultaneously is not an indication of something coordinated, but an indication of some deep, deep discontent that has been simmering and has now erupted into full blown anger.
We are really, really angry about a system that has completely disenfranchised us. And I tell you, the politicians in this country; the corporate and wealthy elites, they ignore us at their peril because we are not going away.
Tue 11 Oct 2011 AM
Tom Atlee: Occupying Wall Street: What Went Right?
J.A. Myerson: “Of all the criticisms being hurled at Occupy Wall Street, the most substantively interesting is the issue of scale. How large can the living-society portion of the occupation grow, dependent as it is on a reasonably small living space and an inspiringly simple if limited amplification system? Questions like this are worth pondering, and I’ll be taking some of them up here at Truthout in the coming weeks, but let us pause for a moment to consider how astonishing it is that this is a concern at all.”
Tom Atlee: Where the 99 Percent Get Their Power
Sarah van Gelder: “Powerful movements build not on a laundry list of policy demands, but on principles and values…. Powerful movements create their own spaces where they can shift the debate, and the culture, to one that better serves. That’s why showing up in person at the occupy sites is so critical to this movement’s success. In hundreds of communities around North America, people are showing up to make a statement and to listen to each other. They are also teaching one another to facilitate meetings, to take nonviolent direct action, to make their own media. They are taking care of each other, gathering food supplies, blankets, and clothes that can allow people to remain outdoors even as the weather gets wetter and colder.”
In a culture obsessed with product, the process of creation is almost unbearable. Nothing is more threatening than the moment, the living breathing ambiguity of now. We have been trained to name things, own things, brand things and in doing so control and consume them. Well, the genius of Occupy Wall Street is that so far it is not brandable and that’s what makes its potential so daunting, so far reaching, so inclusive, and so dangerous. It cannot be defined and so it cannot be sold, as a sound bite or a political party or even a thing. It can’t be summed up and dismissed.
John Steiner: Something in the Air, Something in Our Hearts
Mon 10 Oct 2011
If the Occupied Wall Street Journal is a good source, the answer is contained in this simple sentence: “Rebellion will not stop until the corporate state is extinguished.”
Phi Beta Iota: This is the closest any establishment media has gotten, counting Russia Today TV and my comments as non-establishment. Electoral Reform and ultimately a Constitutional Convention are the only way to redress the long-standing grievances of the public and prevent further and future corruption of the US Government.
Sun 9 Oct 2011
1. Anne Marie Slaughter: OWS as seen from abroad
2. Naomi Klein: The Most Important Thing in the World Right Now
3. Melanie Butler: The other 99% is not 90% men
4. Voices of the protestors
5. Guide to group process
6. Occupy Wall St. not a phase/Whose side are you on: moral clarity
7. On Inequity
8. Nation of Change: Live coverage and DONATE
9. A Tea Party response: stop the looting and start prosecuting
Today’s commentary from Tom Atlee:
The viral story field set free by Occupy Wall Street is morphing and spreading to hundreds of cities. The multifarious conversation of transformation is popping up everywhere like mushrooms in a forest. Both alternative and mainstream media are filling up with it, trying to understand, trying to suppress, trying to spin, trying to ride the wave, trying to contribute to the motion, turning, turning, turning, turning up, turning down, turning toward, turning away, turning, turning…
The tidal wave is turning, turning;
We turn around and find we care.
Kaleidoscopes keeps circling, circling…
and (r)evolution’s in the air…
“Little wheels spin and spin, big wheels turn around and around…” — Buffy Sainte-Marie
The derivation of “converse” is “to turn together.” And the derivation of “evolve” is “to roll out.” It is well we should learn to do both these things elegantly.
Robert Steele occupywallstreet remix + other YouTubes
Phi Beta Iota: This misses the point that most of the action has been legal, and those in Congress that voted to make it legal should be impeached and removed from office.
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Thu 6 Oct 2011
Now, almost three weeks later, the once-haphazard movement is growing larger and more coordinated. Hundreds of people have been arrested. Large labor unions, including the AFL-CIO and SEIU, have joined in. When new arrivals turn out, volunteers swiftly equip them with donated sleeping bags and food. Dozens of cities nationwide have launched their own “occupy” protests in solidarity.
It hasn’t taken long for the socialist-organized “occupation” of Wall Street to jump the shark.
In a surreal news conference at the United Nations, anti-American radical and rogue financier George Soros (net worth: $22 billion) threw in his lot with the thousands of Communists, anarchists, eco-feminists, malingerers, and professional protesters who have been baiting and taunting police in lower Manhattan as part of a mass demonstration that began September 17.
Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) also jumped on the anti-Wall Street bandwagon. In a move that ought to permanently disqualify him as a GOP presidential candidate, Paul gave aid and comfort to the radicals who want to destroy America. “If they were demonstrating peacefully, and making a point, and arguing our case, and drawing attention to the Fed — I would say, good!” Paul said.
Wed 5 Oct 2011
it’s funny but before i read this, i was talking with my friend who’s running the media/livestream thing and was telling him about your GG ROI theory last night, as he was saying how the NYPD have spent darn near close to $1M so far whereas the total investment on the other end was still under $50k.
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Earlier Posts (Recent–Entire Site is About Public Intelligence in Public Interest)
Core References on Revolution at Very End of Full Post
Core References on Revolution
Core Readings on the Power of the Public
Core Proposed Program for Occupy Wall Street (Across the Nation)
CORRUPTION is the common enemy, both in government and in the private sector.
ELECTORAL REFORM is the singular demand.
SUNSHINE CABINET is the method.
INTEGRITY is the core value.
COMMONWEALTH RESTORED is the outcome.