Occupy Wall Street....We're Back!

Hundreds of demonstrators returned to Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan on Saturday to celebrate the six-month anniversary of the movement. But as the sun went down, the peaceful crowd was once again broken up by NYPD officers. In all – 74 people were arrested, and there were widespread allegations of police brutality against peaceful demonstrators. One woman was taken to the hospital after appearing to suffer a seizure.

So it looks like the grassroots activism that swept the nation last fall is set to bloom again in the spring. Unfortunately – so is the violent suppression of free speech, as the oligarchs and banksters desperately cling to power and to their enormous wealth, amid economic instability and social unrest.

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donhudgins's picture
donhudgins 10 years 45 weeks ago
#1

Thom, This is info you should have at hand the next time someone criticizes libraries or the arts.

http://www.artsusa.org/pdf/information_services/research/services/economic_impact/aepiii/national_report.pdf

Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates

$166.2 billion in economic activity every year—$63.1 billion in spending by organizations and an additional $103.1 billion in event-related spending by their audiences. The impact of this activity is significant, supporting 5.7 million U.S. jobs and generating $29.6 billion in government revenue.

Ecosutra's picture
Ecosutra 10 years 45 weeks ago
#2

You all realize that the pattern is repeating. We took the bio diversity from the land, we took the indigenous culture out for an industrial revolution that has brought us a new corporate citizen, and now the new land owners are rewarded for redesigning the Corporate Citizens new landscape of mono cropping and suburban sprawl. This has now set forth a new trail of tears. The American people and their walk into death from being completely dissolved of a natural food web, completely dissolved of a pattern that has any cycle to earth. You are a a cargo culture; a huge tanker on a collision course that has no preparations to halt its course into extinction. Driven by a false light of technology. Driven by their IPADand GMO's. You don't even think Earth can sustain life without it. Learn Permaculture design.

twaggoner's picture
twaggoner 10 years 45 weeks ago
#3

When the chasm between the wealthy and the poor continues to widen, more and more people will fall in, this is why the Occupy Movement will continue and grow as more of these people look for a way to have their voice heard. Unfortunately some of these people have it in their head that it will never happen to them, and yet there are wealthy people above them contemplating the next dollar, and eventually the rich will drop the axe on everyone below them just to get their next pile of cash. Occupy will continue to grow and evolve and I think this coming year will show a more organized, cohesive plan that will have to be paid attention to. I wish them all well.

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delster 10 years 45 weeks ago
#4

I wonder sometimes if anyone reads these comments, but it would appear to me with the struggle and unrest everywhere a great many citizens could really benefit from jpining the occupy movement. There is not enough participancts to make a difference. Shall we all wait until it's too late ? I'm of the opinion that if we simply do nothing we will arrive at a point where open conflict looting and chaos will be the only option. We need to shut down the nation. Paralyze it. National strike. Those of us who are employed right now are being extorted by the promise of better times ahead. Those who are unemployed, under educated, disenfranchised are simply ignored. If there is no class warfare then why do bankers where a uniform of a suite ? Why are some suites off the shelf and some are Armani ?

Lets all where dungarees of the working class. See where this all leads. Any society with unregulated

ethics for profit and income cannot avoid socialism at it's most minimal incarnation. Capitalism literally creates a requirement for socialism. The elite hate socialism because it infringes on there own private form of socialism. The "good ol' boy system" of eliminating unwanted competition, avoiding social responsibility, and selective screening of who will be successful and who will not.

Is there a shadow of a doubt in anyones mind an individual such as George Bush JR or SR could possibly enjoy the success they have had without selection and priviladge ?

This reality should make every citizen, not on a golf course, ready to fight. We need to take back our government.

JC Miller's picture
JC Miller 10 years 45 weeks ago
#5

First; Seton Motley is what I call a Social and Economic Darwinist. This means that he wants to let nature separate the weak from the strong. He thus masks his own heartlessness with a dishonest appeal to "...let God sort 'em out." That way Seton's off the hook for having to give a damn. "Why should I have to share MY money?" they cry. And let's not forget, "Let 'em DIE!"

Second; on OWS an older activist lady told me, "It's out of our hands now. It's organic. It will take it's own direction." I wish it wasn't so. But it's anarchic in both a good way and a bad way. It won't have a leader. Why I wonder, do Occupiers feel they have to camp out on the streets every night? Is it because their model is the Arab Spring in Egypt? If I was leading the thing I'd have ten thousand people walk past the stock exchange with guitars singing, "Money Honey", or "Money" ("That's What I Want"), then just keep walking. Do it every day. A sense of humor (and shame), know what I mean?. It's not going to help just expressing rage. Might even hurt. Then there are the infiltrating provaceteurs from certain so called "intelligence agencies". Your rage plays right into their hands.

Palindromedary's picture
Palindromedary 10 years 45 weeks ago
#6

The NSA is building the biggest spy center in the world for spying on us. It is located in Bluffdale, Utah. They will have the capacity of yottabytes which is a million-billion-gigabytes of information of the world's communications (phone, emails, text, and internet searches). And even your toaster or refrigerator or your dish washer may be spying on you.

Will they be using the digital wireless power meters that they are installing everywhere to tap into our homes..even if you don't have internet?

If appliance manufacturers install microchip processors with the right software and a network chip and modem designed to communicate over the house power grid (your AC outlets) to the power meters on the side of your house which then broadcast their signals wirelessly to the internet...then it is quite possible. After all, DSL works at a higher frequency than voice frequencies on the telephone simultaneously. Or, perhaps, they will just have the capacity to just broadcast wirelessly, themselves, like your lap tops.

Sounds really paranoid but it's only paranoid if it is not reality. We are not really very far away from science fiction...like Fahrenheit 451.

http://presstv.com/detail/232475.html

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jaocourtney 10 years 45 weeks ago
#7

I think that the Occupy movement, here in NY and around the world, has already raised the level of discourse on many issues, especially surrounding the creators/devastators of our economic plummeting. I'm hopeful that this small but potent beginning will emerge to become another civil rights/anti-Vietman/sufferage/early union/UFW movement that started out with a few folks giving it their all then spreading to encompass all sorts of people of many different persuasions.

Just think, all of the movements I mentioned above blossomed without the internet and the results had deep and lasting impact on our country and in the world. Think of what we can do with this tool.

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2950-10K 10 years 45 weeks ago
#8

The cops still don't get it. If the occupy movement fails to restore our democracy, ultimately their jobs will be farmed out to security franchise companies, ones that pay a fraction of the current compensation as well as scant benefits. Wake up, billionaire Bloomberg is already trying to cut your pensions. In addition Cuomo has caught the republican anti-union, balance the budget on the backs of public workers, austerity, privatization, fever. It's about the 1% grabbing all the money and power and the cops need to realize they're not part of that elite frat...... they're part of the 99%, they need to join in and help carry the signs....it's their kids future at stake too!

Hopefully the change will be the attitudes of law enforcement!

Palindromedary's picture
Palindromedary 10 years 45 weeks ago
#9

Big Brother at the end of Beef Hollow Road.

"...the NSA made an enormous breakthrough several years ago in its ability to cryptanalyze, or break, unfathomably complex encryption systems employed by not only governments around the world but also many average computer users in the US. The upshot, according to this official: “Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication is a target.”...smash those cell phones and computers, and go really, really dark.

But this spy center will have the capability to go really, really dark...into the "dark web"...the places where you think your data bases are protected by elaborate random passwords but are easily searched (crawled) by NSA. All of the searches you normally do are only accessible by say Google's, or other search provider's, web spiders crawling the web collecting data that wants to be found...or data that can be found and not protected. The "dark web" dwarfs the "visible web" and there is an incredible lot of data in the dark web....private data..business data..investment data...embarassing or "criminal" data. And the NSA wants it before Homeland Security can get it.

Construction is to be completed in September 2013 and cost about $2billion and encompass a million square feet...5 times larger than the US Capitol. It is being built at the end of Beef Hollow Road on Ft. Williams about 3 miles south of Bluffdale, Ut. It will be called "Utah Data Center".

This is the most likely spot I've found on Google Earth 40deg24'17.54N 112deg03'02.00W elev 5450ft. This salellite photo was taken on 12/31/2005 and you can see an area that is about 1000' by 1000' that looks like the ground has been broken and some foundation, of sorts, laid. It looks ready to build something huge (1 million square feet) at this site.

If you are big into cryptoanalysis and computers, and want more than one wife, you may be interested in a job here. The new site is about a mile from a polygamous reservation. Bon Appetite and My sympathies... but despite your gift for handling complicated riddles and algorythms you will realize that even one wife is complicated enough!

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/

leighmf's picture
leighmf 10 years 45 weeks ago
#10

The word is spelled algorithm.

Plus, this NSA breakthrough was a long needed gap in post-War II intelligence gathering which has connected families of war profiteers to the present state of things.

I'm glad they were finally able to unscramble certain code blocks, with the help of Mr. Magwire.

Palindromedary's picture
Palindromedary 10 years 45 weeks ago
#11

Yes, I knew I had misspelled that word but forgot to change it. Thanks for noticing, though. Didn't think anyone was really reading my, admittedly, long posts...except maybe NSA's computers. I figure they probably don't have a problem with storage and most certainly won't have after they complete that Utah Spy Center. Did you mean Maguire?...Andrew? John?

Here's interesting info on Andrew. A story that main stream media doesn't want to touch.
Media Blackout – Wall Street Journal Hiding Andrew Maguire Revelation Of JP Morgan Chase Gold/Silver Manipulation
2nd April 2010
http://www.antifascistencyclopedia.com/?p=33419

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