How Bad Are The Owners Of The Sacramento Kings? Bad!!

Get this.  Marcos Breton is NOT the sports writer of the Sacramento Bee.  He just should be.

He understands the game and he certainly understands the Sacramento basketball team the Sacramento Kings.  And most important now he understands how bad the Kings owners, the Maloof family AKA: the MaGoofs, are for Sacramento.

Bretons article today is titled Sacramento stuck with the low-rent Maloofs  and unfortunately Breton is right.  He wrote an article about one of his visits to the Arena to attend a Kings game last season that was just so insightful it blew my mine.

In that article he made point after point showing how little the Maloofs cared for their current arena, while the rest of us were focused on the new arena.  He understood that the new arena would never be built….solely because of the Maloofs.  No one else understood this.

Now Breton show us why the Maloofs keep up ownership of the Kings.  A team they could easily sell.

“Some Bay Area media friends repeatedly ask me: Why don’t the Maloofs just sell the Kings?

My answer: What else would they do with themselves?

They lost the family liquor business. They lost the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. If you follow them on Twitter, you see them hawking super-cool iPhone cases and occasionally promoting little skateboarding events. None of the brothers is married or has children. The Kings are it for them.

So the California capital is stuck with these guys. The happy ending that Sacramento wanted for the Kings – in a downtown arena at the old railyard – is the polar opposite from the happy ending that the Maloofs want.

Their strategy has been clear for years: Wait for an obscene deal to fall into their laps where someone else pays for everything while they control all the profits.

The arena plan Mayor Kevin Johnson had devised, one the NBA fully approved, came with onerous conditions – such as the Maloofs putting money into the building and pledging collateral on their loans.

Oh boy! Those were fighting words for the Maloof boys!”

Again, my friend Breton is NOT a sports guy.  He is a very intelligent man who understands the Kings and the owners in ways the rest of us just don’t.

So why have I been hitting the Maloofs so hard for mismanaging the Kings as they see fit?

Because they are so unbelievably disingenuous. Because they don’t have the guts to simply say that Sacramento doesn’t work for them.

Instead, they carry on the charade of looking for a way to blame Sacramento as a reason for relocating the team.

Don’t listen to their words. Study their actions.”

He points out that the Maloofs continue to say that there was strong “local opposition” to the new arena.  And yet, as Breton explains, the group most strongly opposed could not get enough people to sign their petition to put the issue on the ballot!!
Read Breton here and gain some real insight into sports.  I salute you sir.

Custom Built Motorcycles

This post is a DRAFT until I say so.  Why?  Cuz I said so.

Custom built motorcycles.

Who doesn’t love custom motorcycles.  Choppers, Cafe Racers, Drag Racers, Bobbers, E-VOs, Rats.  I love ‘em all.  I wish I owned one of each!  And I wish I could build my very own custom chopper.

That was my plan when I retired.  Build a bike like I want and save the money that labor costs.  A sweet cafe racer or chopper.

Then I got sick and injured and haven’t gotten back to a healthy spot that would allow me to build my dream.  But I still have the dream.

If you have the $35,000 to $100,000 that custom bikes cost…sweet!

HERE is a great list of custom motorcycle builders across the U.S.  It’s a great list of some really top-tier builders.  You will recognize a lot of the shop names on the Custom Cut List.  The list was posted to Twitter by @TheBarHopper1

If you want to build a motorcycle check out this list of Things to Consider from the good folks at motorcycleinsurance.com and @ToddHalterman.

 

The U. S. General Strike

We have a call for a U. S. General Strike.

When:     Wednesday, November 2nd

On Twitter join @USGeneralStrike

List of Endorsements of the Nov 2 General Strike, constantly updated.

More posters can be found HERE for Occupy, the Global United as well as the General Strike in case that is why you are here.  Share them, print, e-mail, fax, anything you can do to get them in the hands of more people.

Hand them out to Ten people and ask them to give posters to ten more people.

Start a General Strike  WAVE

.As of Halloween, the General Strike is growing by the minute with official Strikes and support groups in cities across the U.S. all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.

This may turn out to be the largest General Strike ever held and we will shut the city of Oakland California DOWN on November 2nd.

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To begin we have:

March Against The Police StateWear All-Black

Where:    Oakland, Oscar Grant Plaza at 14th & Broadway

When:      Saturday, October 29th

8 PM

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The call for a general strike against Oakland, California is in response to the terrible actions of the police and the city against protestors associated with the @OccupyOakland movement which is an off-shoot of the @OccupyWallStreet effort.

On Tuesday, October 25th Oakland police, backed by officers from other jurisdictions, attacked protestors in downtown starting with an effort to remove protestors from their downtown encampment that morning.

In the evening protestors worked to re-establish their camp and the police resisted.

The police actions resulted in injuries to numerous protestors including an Iraq War Marine veteran, Scott Olsen.

Olsen was struck in the head apparently by a tear gas canister.

The crowd scattered as the tear gas dispersed that night.  Olsen lay injured on the ground, unable to get up and run.

Compatriots ran back, grabbed him by the shoulders in an attempt to pull him away from further harm or arrest as they had done so many times before on that night.

This time was different, at least on video it seemed different.  One police office was caught on video throwing a 2nd tear gas grenade directly into the group of people trying to rescue Scott Olsen.

A few people realize what is about to happen and move away just as the tear gas canister explodes!!  BOOM!!! Right next to the injured Marine.

His friends and other protestors come right back to grab Olsen again and pull him away from further harm.

Olsen’s photo (below), and many others,  have been distributed across the country on mainstream & cable news channels and the internet.

 And this disturbing video has been shown across the country.  It is disturbing to watch an officer sworn to uphold the law and keep people safe, purposely try to injure people.

And, more disturbing. he does injure people: including the Marine who was already laying injured on the ground directly in the path of the  grenade this cop launches toward the protesters

Watch and see for yourself:

This video flat-out disturbs me to the core, as it should disturb you.

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October 28th Update:

@OccupyOakland

In Oakland we will have a march at 5 pm PT:

We will shut down the port and liberate Oakland

A Mass Day of Action On November 2nd

Everyone take to the streets:

No work!

No school!!

No play!!!

Mass gatherings at 14th & Broadway at 9:00 am, 12 noon, and 5:00 pm Pacific Time; ET is Noon, 3 pm and 8 pm

A Liberar Oakland

The General Strike is alive and well in YOUR city.

Don’t live in Oakland??

No work!

No school!!

No play!!! 

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A Message To Employers, etc

Who May Discipline Their Workers

For Participation In The General Strike

Agreed upon in Occupy Oakland Strike Assembly 10.29.11

The Occupy Oakland Strike Assembly vows to picket and or occupy any business or school which disciplines employees or students in ANY way for participating in the November 2nd strike and day of action.

• The Occupy Oakland Strike Assembly would like this warning to be known in the general community.
• Any worker who thinks they have been disciplined for participating in the General Strike may come to the Strike Assembly to ask for picket support against their employer.
• The Occupy Oakland Strike Assembly will keep meeting after the strike in case of delayed disciplinary measures by employers and will maintain an email list to mobilize for any measures after that. If workers cannot make the general strike committee they may email OccupyOaklandLaborSolidarity@gmail.com
• If any such disciplined workers are represented  by a union, we will call on that union to join us in picketing.

November 2 Picket support from Occupy Oakland

Any group of workers who want are picket line at their workplace on November 2nd should come to the Occupy Oakland Strike Assembly meeting at 5 in front of Oakland City Hall or email OccupyOaklandLaborSolidarity@gmail.com

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 @OccupyPhoenix just passed a note over to the folks at @OccupyOakland endorsing the General Strike and their work to end police violence in Oakland.

The people united—will never be defeated!!!

October 29th:

Oakland’s Teachers Union has UNANIMOUSLY endorsed the Oakland General Strike on Nov 2!!!

Let’s make history!

@OccupyOregon now endorses the General Strike.

Let’s make history.

And a 2nd General Strike poster:

@OccupyPasadena California supports the General Strike as more and more cities sign on!!

The Carpenters Union Local has joined in the General Strike

@OccupyOrangeCounty  @OccupyOC has joined the Gerneral Strike

@OccupySeattle joins in the November 2nd General Strike and stands in solidarity with @OccupyNashville in the 4th straight night of heavy police action

@OccupyMills College joins the General Strike team!

SEIU 1021 , the biggest union in Oakland has voted to join the General Strike

@OccupyMilwaukee supports the student walkout as part of the General Strike

October 31st:

A Happy Halloween Epic banner drop over I-580  near Oakland—STRIKE!

@OccupyHouston joins the General Strike partnership.

The October 26th General Assembly in Oakland called for the Nov 2 General Strike!!

In Oakland on Nov 2:  at 2:00pm gather together at the Intersection of Broadway and Telegraph for an “Anti-Capitalist March“.

Don’t Miss it!!!

@OccupyOakland and the City of Oakland both prepare for the General Strike.

“Anti-Wall Street demonstrators and Oakland city officials on Monday were preparing for a midweek strike by protesters that would include a possible shutdown of the Port of Oakland, the fifth busiest shipping container port in the U.S….

…According to its website, the local Service Employees International Union is encouraging members to seek time off work to stand in support of Occupy Oakland….

…The Port of Oakland was where more than 40 people were injured after police used less-lethal ammunition on crowds of anti-war protesters in 2003. Oakland officials later adopted new crowd control rules defining when and what types of less than lethal ammunition can be used.

Late Monday, Oakland city officials released a bulletin advising businesses and merchants that police will be on hand Wednesday in case demonstrations become unlawful.”
More at the link above.

Oakland Elementary School has joined in supporting the GeneralStrike.

“The staff at Bridges Academy at Melrose sent a bilingual flier home to families, inviting them to join them in Wednesday’s general strike in support of Occupy Oakland — and informing them that teachers would not be in their classrooms that day.”

I salute the staff and the children at Bridges Academy.  More at the link.

Where will you say you were on November 2nd?  On the sofa…or in the streets?  Fighting for your rights!!!

October 31st:

General Strike newspaper

PCBOAKLAND Pacific Coast Brewing will be closed on November 2nd in solidarity with @OccupyOakland and the @USGeneralStrike   U.S. General Strike

November 2nd:

A lot of action nationwide today and especialy in Oakland.

Police and protestors clash in Oakland.

About 5 pm PT Oakland protestors shut down the Oakland Port, the 5th busiest port in the U.S.A.  There was no ship movement and no materials movement iu or out of the port of Oakland.

“Police and protesters supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement have clashed downtown following a day of peaceful protests throughout Oakland.”

The marches and demonstrations in @OccupyOakland were nonviolent all day including the shutdown of the busy port.

However, after these actions things did turn violent downtown .  And, although police still deny using such devices last week in Oakland, tear gas canisters and “flash-bang” grenades were once again fired in Oakland by either the Oakland PD, Alameda Sheriff’s Department or support staff from other police or Sheriff’s departments called in by the Oakland PD to help protect the Oakland citizens.

1 am in Oakland Pacific Time on Oct. 3rd about @OccupyOakland.  Many photos at the link.

They are shared by @OccupyPhoenix  Thank you!!

The scene is best described as post-apocalyptic dystopia with a drum circle: 

from @JoshuaHol, Joshua Holland.  Thanks!

@USGeneralStrike states “The police in Oakland are shooting the homeless with rubber bullets and tear gas “

If you want to focus on one stream on Twitter about @OccupyOakland that would be my choice tonight folks.

U-Stream on Oakland raid tonight is HERE

Police are using bean bags, tear gas grenades and rubber bullets in this action as seen on the U-Stream.

They have drained their Droid-X battery and arew requesting that anyone that has Droid-X battery(s) to donate or loan—please bring them down to @OccupyOakland.  You would be much appreciated for the assist.

“Oscar Grant Plaza looks like a Warzone. Tear Gas, Flash Bangs, the typical Oakland Cocktail. Watch @OakFoSho

The @GlobalRevolution LiveStream is HERE and taken the place of the U-Stream above.

Announcements being made by police on Broadway and 15th.  Declared an “unlawful assembly”  Chemical agents will be used.

“Fear of camp raid 2nite. Raheim Brown Community Center was reclaimed by occupiers and then retaken by police with tear gas and bullets.”   from @OccupyOakland at 1:50 pm PT

“WE ARE SCOTT OLSEN.  WE ARE SCOTT OLSEN.  WE ARE SCOTT OLSEN.  WE ARE SCOTT OLSEN” 

In case you are wonderingThere are thousands of protestors at the Port of Oakland THIS minute!!

The Port of Oakland has been SHUT DOWN and will continue to be SHUT DOWN.

Police are attacking at 15th & Broadway in Oakland Califrornia RIGHT NOW:  2:05 am PDT on October 3rd.

U-Stream is about to cut out, still need a Droid X battery if you have one.

Another stream is HERE with @anonmedics

November 6th:

@OccupyOakland  Oakland the days b4 and the days after the U.S. General Strike: 

Man, how successful these people were.  The people of Oakland have had their asses kicked for years, but they just keep coming back.  And this time….they showed the world!!!

At the link you find a personal account that the writer gives to us about what he saw and experienced during those days before and after the General Strike.

What an excellent account we are provided with.  Make sure you take a few minutes to read this.

And HERE is an annonymously edited 15 minute video of different portions of the General Strike including the Occupation of the Port of Oakland.  Yes, I will say it again:  this is the Fifth busiest port in the entire U.S.A.

Hip Hop Music Video–An Anthem For The Occupy Wall Street Movement

The Hip-Hop Music Video, An Anthem for The Occupy Wall Street Movement.

Share this video & help it go viral!!!

The Grounded TV Network teamed up with  Hon. George Martinez of Ground Zero and The Global Block Collective to produce this music video.

 

http://www.globalblock.org/

The  Global Block harnesses the spirit of innovation, creativity and  activism at the core of the Hip-Hop movement to empower youth and  transform communities across the globe. Through its leadership,  expertise and financial support it aims to inspire individuals to become  agents of change in their communities.

Posters For The Occupy Wall Street, Decolonize Wall Street, Unite & Act Globally Protests, The General Strike and The March On The Capitol

From Occupy Together, the beginnings of a directory of Occupy locations.  This will be linked and updated by the good folks at Occupy Together.

This post is strictly an opportunity for folks to find, save, use, print etc posters for the Occupy Wall Street , the Decolonize Wall Street, the Unite & Act Globally protests and the November 2nd General Strike.

I have seen a lot of posters over this last month but have not been collecting them so I don’t have too many now.

I will add more, so check back.  If you have other posters please comment here or Twitter me @zenDR.  Thank you.

This post will not contain information about what is going on at any of the protests nationwide

The BEST explanation of the Occupy Wall Street movement and in less than one minute, Former Congressman Alan Grayson (D)     see the video HERE.

If you are looking for information rather than posters, follow the right link(s) below.

You can find my original Occupy Wall Street in New York City post HERE which I continue to update.

I have also started a post covering updates about Occupy protests in other cities (except Sacramento) and you can find that post HERE

And a third post is HERE covering the Occupy events in Sacramento, California (my hometown).

The Decolonize Wall Street post is HERE.

The Unite and Act Globally post isfound HERE.

The original Occupy Wall Street poster:

Downloadable Posters are available in *pdf format HERE  from Occupy Together.  They have seven good posters today that you can use in any manner you see fit to help the causeThey also maintain a great list of all of the “Occupy” cities & towns across the country.  Check them out.

The following posters are from Occupy Together.

San Diego:  An early Occupy San Diego poster can be found HERE

You can purchase the Occupied Wall Street Journal newspaperInformation is at the link.

A great cartoon that was released at the start of the protest:

Decolonize Wall Street poster:

Unite and Act Globally poster:

October 12th:

A new site with Occupy Together Posters   they call it Documenting The American Spring Revolution:

Check it out at the link for more, but you can not download.  Downloads are HERE (strange but true)

here are a few.

Occupy Las Vegas has a Freemont Street protest poster in Spanish at the link.

This site has a lot of October 15th posters (and information).  Check it out!  The 2 posters below come from this site.

@OccupyTucson gives us a great Oct15 poster.

@OccupyToronto:

From  @OccupySacto, @OccupySacramento today we have this one for you:

Posters from the @OccupySacramento folks include:

U.S. General Strike poster:  A call has gone out for a General Strike in response to the police violence in Oakland, California.  The strike will be held oin Wednesday, November 2nd.

From @OccupyNashville we have the Silence poster thaat I have seen on a few other sites as well.

Another General Strike poster:

Thank you to all of the poster contributors!!

From Rich Black:

The March On The Capitol—–Saturday, November 5th

From Rat Report, @GrievanceBOT

November 9th:

The March on Washington started today with a small group of occupiers walking from New York City into Washington DC.  At some 20 miles each day they should arrive about November 23rd in time for the Congressional Super Committee meeting.

Occupy The Sign!!

For the Occupy Hope poster below:

This work has an uncertain copyright status. According to the author, “I’m still trying to work out copyright issues I may face with this image, but feel free to share it and stay tuned.”

December 2nd:

Our problem is HUGE while your problem is…

Revolution in Egypt!!

Occupy May Day, 2012

@OccupyMay1st

Wall Street Traders “Dream Of Another Recession” While We The People Occupy Wall Street

We are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers who do not represent us

I Won’t Back Down“–video here.

“I sincerely believe…that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies” — Thomas Jefferson, 1816

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Information about “Occupy” sites:

Live update “Occupy” info HERE

Includes regions of country, cities and links including any available LiveStream

Twitter them at @OccupyInfo

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The BEST explanation of the Occupy Wall Street movement and in less than one minute, Former Congressman Alan Grayson (D)     see the video HERE.

There are only five other countries in the world that have a higher level of wealth inequality than the United States.

And a list of Occupy sites worldwide can be found HERE

NOTE:  I have split this post.  It has become much too unwieldy to write and, especially, for you my readers.

This post will remain specifically the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City.

The other posts are below with links.

The Occupy Wall Street protest.

Should this surprise me?

Does it surprise me?

We Are The 99%—Allow Us To Introduce Ourselves:  Info at the link

While the people @OccupyWallStreet, the news networks kind of ignore it until a few women get maced by NYPD officers (my heroes) for “something”….the Wall Street traders admit that they “dream of another recession” because the know that they can make even more money.

And say, “I don’t care about them fixing it (the economy)”.

And of course, what I say is Fuck you buddy, you and all of your friends.  YOU are the reason we are having the problems we have.  You are the reason unemployment is high and the dollar is in trouble, and your friends reduced the US rating, and your best friends (the Republican politicians) do everything they can to help you and your corporate cronies while the American working class loses their home and sees their retirement nest egg sink even further.

YOU are the problem and are the reason that WE THE PEOPLE are occupying Wall Street.  your dream that the U.S., that the world, should suffer another recession/depression just so that you can make another dollar off of us.

So I say fuck you.

Video from The Majority Report  Twitter @themajorityfm

Below is the very first @OccupyWallStreet poster.  You can print it or post it on your site, save it and email it to your friends, family & co-workers.  You can check additional posters at the Occupy Wall Street website HERE.

Below are interviews from the “Occupiers” in Freedom Park (or Zucotti Park, but now called Liberty Plaza).

Live in CaliforniaCall Attorney General Kamala Harris and ask for her help in investigating & prosecuting bank crimes and procedural violations.  Click here for phone numbers and even a suggested script?

In another state?  Call your AG, you can use or modify this script.

Be respectful, getting out of hand because of frustration won’t help you.

@ccupy Together is a new group providing “an unofficial hub for all of the events springing up across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall St.”    Check their site at the link for more info, and a good glimpse at all of the actions growing across the country.

Downloadable Posters are available HERE  from Occupy Together.  They have seven good posters today that you can use in any manner you see fit to help the causeThey also maintain a great list of all of the “Occupy” cities & towns across the country.  Check them out.

In the 1970s it was said that “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” by my favorite poet, revolutionary and OG rapper Gil Scott-Heron.

If he was before your time go to Amazon or iTunes and check him out and check out Scott-Heron’s group The Last Poets.    Anyway, that is probably still true as the machine will try their damndest to keep a lid on things.

What is different in 2011 is the internet.

So, the revolution WILL be YouTubed and so many other excellent video providers on the net, plus thumb drives and all manner of storage that can be shared if the websites were to suddenly go blank (???)

September 29th:

The Open Salon has a nice article titled Amerocentric Eccentric, by Lisa Romero, covering the protest plus a bit of history.  Read it at the link.  Romero’s point is that there has been a determined failure of the media to cover the protest.  Twitter @OpenSalonPicks

In the end, though, a large-scale failure to acknowledge and cover this “small” group of protestors – now growing in numbers, thanks to outrage at the rough-housing NYPD, and quickly propagating similar groups in other cities such as @LosAngeles, @Chicago, @WashingtonDC, etc. –  is akin to a media blindness.”  (the ‘bold’ entries are Romero’s, the @s are mine)

October 1st:  Occupy Wall Street’s message couldn’t be any clearer

As Jason Pollock says  “First we organized & they beat us. Then we marched & they arrested us. Now we continue to grow, your move. #OccupyWallSt”.  “Those at #OccupyWallSt aren’t wackos. They are you. They are us. They’re tired of working hard and getting little back.”  Thank you @Jason_Pollock for those encouraging words.

Occupy Wall Street protestors march on the Brooklyn Bridge:

700 people were arrested in today’s protest on New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge.  “Earlier Saturday, thousands who joined two other marches went over the Brooklyn  Bridge without problems. One was from Brooklyn to Manhattan by a group opposed  to genetically modified food. Another in the opposite direction marched against  poverty.” and “On Friday night, more than 1,000 demonstrators in New York took their protest to  police headquarters, where they protested the police response to their downtown  protest.”

There were protests elsewhere in the U.S. supporting the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protest.

This video is from the BBC.

From John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri:

The cover of the October 2011 New Yorker magazine:

3,000 people protest in Boston, walking toward Bank of America.  24 get arrested.

Thank you Coachella Valley Events Twitter @COACHELLAEVENTS for this beautiful Decolonize Wall Street poster.  Please share on every social network and on your blog or website.

People all over our Mother Earth are rebelling against oppressive systems.  In the US we celebrate when people stand up in other countries, well in countries that we do not like, but ignore protests in our own country.

On October 15th we have the opportunity to think and act globally.  Unite for global change.

Only we can re-invent the world.  Stand up so that they may hear our voices.  Unite.

We are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers who do not represent us“.

The United For Global Change website is here.

In the meantime, the people at Wall Street say “We are in it for the long haul”.

Truth Out explains that the Occupation has succeeded in five ways.  Read the article at the link.

Your donations are needed and the folks at Occupy Wall Street are not asking for much, but if you can send 10 bucks, or if you have a penny jar send that, or walk your neighborhood and collect a dollar at each door.

They can buy some food or wash their clothes.  Small things like that.  If you are in or near NYC you can take canned goods or a box of fresh fruit, or used clothes down to Zucotti (Freedom) Park, now called Liberty Square.

This is a chance for those of us that want to be there and support the cause, but cannot go to New York City, to help those who are there.

October 3rd:

The Occupy Wall Street protest enters its third week and it does not appear that the passion of the protestors is diminishing at all.  With the arrests this weekend in the attempt to cross the Brooklyn Bridge and the brother/sister protests in other East coast communities as well as on the West coast, this protest not only continues but it is getting stronger.

The article at the link states that the NYC protest has a U.S. map detailing 21 other locations that have connected protests.

“Alec Baldwin, who posted videos on his Twitter page that had already been widely circulated. One appeared to show police using pepper spray on a group of women, another a young man being tackled to the ground by an officer.”  “This is unsettling,” Baldwin wrote. “I think the NYPD has a PR problem.”

And, although our young people may be most visible in their suffering:  increased student loan debt, student loan defaults increasing steadily and highest unemployment added to the daily problems young people have our seniors are now the fastest growing demographic seeking food assistance.

Whether it is help from the food stamp program or from local food banks and churches, the elderly are suffering in an important area of need:  not enough food to eat.

Read an article here and start to educate yourself, then make sure to share the information with the people you know.

Here on the front page of today’s (October 3, 2011) New York Times there is nothing about the Occupy Wall Street protest.  Nothing.  Deep inside the paper they have one article on this weekends Brooklyn Bridge arrests.  700 people arrested and it is hidden away.

Thankfully the Washington Post (another conservative newspaper) has a number of articles about the protest today, including this article about the “chaos on the Brooklyn Bridge”.

The Post explains that the movement is seeking to attract 20,000 people to help set up beds, kitchens and peaceful barricades so that protestors can continue to occupy the Street.  The page also has a great 31 photo slide show.

Everyone should view these pictures which include the Brooklyn Bridge arrests and show how peaceful this protest has been even during times that tensions surely escalated.

More than 700 Continental and United pilots (in uniform) joined the NYC protest.

Other groups like the NYC Transit Union have joined the protest.

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This is the Declaration of the Occupation of New York City 

The Declaration received a unanimous vote the night of October 1, 2011 by the Occupy Wall Street protestors.

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.

They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.

They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.

They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless nonhuman animals, and actively hide these practices.

They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.

They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.

They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.

They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.

They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.

They have sold our privacy as a commodity.

They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.

They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.

They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.

They have donated large sums of money to politicians supposed to be regulating them.

They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.

They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantive profit.

They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.

They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.

They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.

They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.

They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.

They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.*

To the people of the world,

We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.

Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

Join us and make your voices heard!

*These grievances are not all-inclusive.

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You can find a daily agenda of activities at the Occupy Wall Street website.

October 3rd:

Anti-Wall Street protests spread nationwide.  “In Manhattan, hundreds of protesters dressed as corporate zombies in white face paint lurched past the New York Stock Exchange clutching fistfuls of fake money. In Chicago, demonstrators pounded drums in the city’s financial district. Others pitched tents or waved protest signs at passing cars in Boston, St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo.”

Want to help the people in NYC??  This is a list of New York eateries that you can call and have food delivered to the park that was called Zucotti Park or Freedom Park but is now called Liberty Square.  Check the link for the list of restaurants that will deliver to Liberty Square.

Did you miss Occupy Wall Street on the Today Show this morning?

Occupy Wall Street on track to double in size every three days according to the Personal Democracy Forum.

“This is going to be a very interesting week for the Occupy Wall Street movement, for three reasons. Other more mainstream organizations, like MoveOn.org, Rebuild the Dream, the NY-based Working Families Party, and an array of local unions, are urging their supporters to join in.”

This Facebook page allows people to sign up and support the Community/Labor March To Wall Street, scheduled for Wedmesday, October 5th from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Now we have an Operation Invade Wall Street effortThe hacking group Annonymous threatens to shut the New York Stock Exchange down on October 10th, by “erasing” the exchange.

Personally, I do not support this action as it has the possibility of harming too many everyday folks, retired and already suffering with the economic hits on their 401k and other retirement plans in the market.  Yes, big time traders and corporations will suffer more as far as total dollars, but to a retired couple on Social Security and a little bit of money market or whatever a small dollar loss is even more significant.

Maybe I’m wrong on this (??)  Comment here or mssg me and let me kow what you are thinking.

Check at the link for the full story.

Politicus U.S.A. says the Occupy movement must move from the streets to the ballot box in order to be successful.  Probably true as Americans don’t seem to have the heart to struggle as Egypt and others have.  Check the link for more.

Republic Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney says the Occupy Wall Street protestors are “dangerous”.  Read the article at the link.  “I think it’s dangerous, this class warfare,” said Romney — who has become a favorite of Wall Street donors — when asked about the protest.

New York Times’ Andrew Russ Sorkin “sneers” at the Wall Street protestors and estimates there are really only 80 people in the Occupy Wall Street effort.  Check the link for more.  “The Occupy Wall Street protests have grown every day since they began two weeks ago. In the past 24 hours, they have expanded to Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, and other major cities as thousands have gathered to demand economic justice and an end to big bank dominated politics.”

Speaking on CNBC’s Squawk Box program yesterday, Andrew Ross Sorkin, a financial columnist and editor of the New York Times’ Dealbook blog, a special business section devoted to covering Wall Street, condescendingly dismissed the protests:

October 6th:

Have you seen this Washington Post blogAt the link Ezra Klein asks Who are the 99 percent?  “It was a Tumblr called, “We Are The 99 Percent,” and all it’s doing is posting grainy pictures of people holding handwritten signs telling their stories, one after the other” that convinced the author that Occupy Wall Street was worth covering.  It took more than three straight weeks, but at least Mr Klein figured it out.

And he truly does understand, explaining that “These are not rants against the system. They’re not anarchist manifestos. They’re not calls for a revolution. They’re small stories of people who played by the rules, did what they were told, and now have nothing to show for it. Or, worse, they have tens of thousands in debt to show for it.”

Read Klein’s blog, it contains a lot of simple stories from everyday folks.

Check out Seder’s video blog today“Hey mainstream media” Occupy Wall Street doesn’t need demands.

Republican Presidential candidates are so far out of touchFirst Mitt Romeny, today Herb Cain tells Occupy Wall Street protestors to “blame yourself.”

Nice video of elderly protestors marching in NYC in support of Occupy Wall Street.  The elderly are th fastest growing group in need of food assistance each month (the Food Stamp program and/or churches, non-profit groups and food closets).

So, Herb Cain tells people it is their own fault if they are unemployed and poor.

“Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself!” Cain said. “It is not a person’s fault because they succeeded, it is a person’s fault if they failed. And so this is why I don’t understand these demonstrations and what is it that they’re looking for.”

Mitt Romney tries to make a (very bad) joke of it all saying “I’m just trying to ‘Occupy’ the White House.”

“When ABC’s Emily Friedman asked Romney today about the protests, the GOP front-runner declined to elaborate on his previous comments, saying ‘I’m just trying to get myself to occupy the White House.’”

Providing you with information about Occupy Wall Street activities is getting more challenging for me.

That may be a good thing, because the more “bad-mouthings” we hear from politicians and corporate bankers may hurt my ears, but they make me even more sure that folks are doing the right thing.

So today we actually have a CNN cable news reporter. Alison Kosik who is usually a “business reporter” telling the world that the ‘protestors’ on Wall Street spend their time smoking weed.  Makes sense because she also calls them hippies.

You can read Kosiks views on her Twitter feed at CNN.  Although that particulat Tweet mysteriously disappeared from the CNN site.

However, Kosik also Tweeted this:  from @AlisonKosikCNN to @jonathanwald  “the list of whines is too long already”.

That is the official CNN reporting on three weeks + of protesting during which 700 were arrested during one event this weekend, and supporting actions are spread from coast to coast and actually growing every day?  All of these people are just “whiners”  who “smoke weed”?

What about some real reporting Kosik?  And what is CNN’s view of this reporters Tweeting?

.You can access live streaming video from non-violent protests around the world.  Click HERE

I was not in Chicago for the 1968 Democratic National Convention but I remember watching it on television and arguing with people about who was right or wrong.  Well it took a good 20 years for America to agree the protestors were right.  Let’s hope that this time it doesn’t take that long.

Check the video HERE and ask why your local news is not carrying this and why the national news is not covering the protest..

I Won’t Back Down“–video here.

Keith Olberman’s report of October 6thOlberman reads first collective statement of Occupy Wall Street protestors.

From Occupy Wall StreetPhoto of armless man being arrested by NYPD.

Occupy Wall Street march:  Thousands of people join in “It seems to have gone mainstream”  Watch this video at the link and look at the range of folks that have joined in.

Johnny Digzz LiveLive streaming from San Francisco at the link

October 6th:

The big banks, corporations and Republican politicians are trying to convince you that you are too small to succeed.

Truth?  You are too BIG to fail!

In NYC a local Fox News crew gets hit by mace and batons.  Maybe they were “hippies” “s,oking weed” as CNN purports.  “OccupyWallSt: For the OWSJ loand, the number is 423-650-1398  we’ll arrange the details
asap.”

and, Bill O’Reilly says that young people are poor & unemployed “because they want to be” as he argues on his Fox show with Juan Williams.  Watch The Young Turks video at the link.

Large crowd gathering this morning at Occupy Wall Street.

Today House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) voiced her support for the protesters behind the 99 Percent Movement today. “The message of the protesters is a message to the establishment everyplace,” she said, according to a tweet from Felicia Sonmez. She called the protest “focused”.

Federal Reserve President Bernanke on the Occupy Wall Street protestors:  “I can’t blame them.”   Watch the video at the link.

“Wall Street” protests are now being staged in at least 50 cities.  Read the full story at the link from The World Today.

The Young Turks have a great segment this morning:  The best protest sign EVER, and more…..

Why do the NYPD have Wall Street blocked off?  Why can citizens NOT walk on Wall Street in NYC?  Why is the mainstream media not asking this question?

Twitter The Young Turks @TheYoungTurks

And, of course many of these videos remind one of  Egypt, Libya, et al where the U.S. media cheer on the “young people” who “demonstrate” and “fight for their rights”.  And they complain of how the young people in these other countries are poor and disenfrnanchised.  And yet, they are strangely silent here.

Perhaps it is not so strange.

The same media outlets were silent in the 50s and 60s even as demonstrators and protestors laid dead in our streets.

The same media outlets supported the Chicago police during the ’68 convention and supported the National Guard as they murdered Kent State students.

These protests are much calmer and I suppose that is a good thing.  But watching the faces of a few police officers, it seems the desire to hurt others is not far beneath the surface.  And you can see on the faces of some of the protestors that the calm is just skin deep.

There are now at least 928 local Occupy Wall Street groups covering more than 200 U.S. cities.

Sarah Kessler’s article in Mashable (at the link) explains “The independent events, some simply community discussions, have been loosely tracked with Facebook, Google maps and links lists. Now, group meeting platform Meetup.com is assisting the protesters in their grassroots efforts.”  If you have a local group take a look at Meetup and see if the site may help you organize your efforts.

Twitter Mashable @mashable

Read the article for more information about your possible organizing choices.

The Associate Press noted that unions are beginning to show support for the various Occupy Wall Street and local efforts.

Reuters states that the Anti-Wall Street movement has “real political punch” 

However, “in a speech on Friday, House of Representatives Republican Leader Eric Cantor assailed anti-Wall Street protesters as “growing mobs” that are trying to divide the country.”

Cantor and the Tea Party Republicans first pushed this country to the brink of disaster, causing ordinary Americans to lost billions in their retirement market accounts, now call those same Americans “gangs” when they complaim.

At the same time “the Democratic Obama administration countered that the New York demonstrations that began three weeks ago and include nurses, students and union workers give voice to democracy and people demanding financial fairness.”

This movement is growing and, from the viewpoint of the mainstream media, is beginning to “get legs” and stand on its own.  With the significant unmoveable Replublican force in the House, any legislative relief continues to be not just elusive but impossible.

Sign the petition to protect the protestors rights to peacefully assemble.

New York City:  The Liberty Square website is here with all their articles, faq’s, forum, etc.

Mother Jones contains a great article from the Tom Dispatch on the Flatlining of the Middle ClassRead it at the link.

“Food pantries picked over.  Incomes drying up. Shelters bursting with the homeless. Job seekers  spilling out the doors of employment centers. College grads moving back in with their parents. The angry and disillusioned filling the streets.

Pan your camera from one coast to the other, from city to suburb to farm and back again, and you’ll witness scenes like these. They are the legacy of the Great Recession, the Lesser Depression, or whatever you choose to call it.”

October 8th:

Protests offer Obama opportunities & threatsNew York Times article works thru the Occupy Wall Street protests, including the march in front of the White House, and details both the political opportunities for Obama as well as the pitfalls for providing open support.  Read the article.

A Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg article:  “In its broadest terms, the Occupy Wall Street protest is over the nation’s gaping economic inequality. The protesters, while largely leaderless, have for weeks been braving the elements, mass arrests and pepper-spray-bearing police to represent the “99 percent” of Americans for whom there are no government bailouts.?  The movement continues to strengthen and grow.

October 8th:

Residents from Montefiore Hospital in white coats at Wash Sq Park “Tax Bankers – End Medical Bankruptcy”

Photo of all the folks at Washington Square in NYC.

Many cops are upset that NYPD officer flashed the peace sign in a photo.

photo via photon frequency’s facebook

“The above picture, featured on the Facebook profile of someone named “Photon Frequency”, is presented as an example of how police and protesters really can get along: “Much of the NYPD are really on our side. We need to stay away from negative media influence and stay supportive and respectful of their difficult job. Many of the officers I spoke to are supportive of this movement and gratefully acknowledged the peaceful efforts of the protesters.” However, don’t tell that to any of the cops over at Thee Rant police forum—they’re pretty darn annoyed at the cop for posing with these “miscreants.”

Nice.  Folks are calling it “Wallfare”.

Paul Krugman tells the truth “we may be seeing the rise of a popular movement that, unlike Tea Party, is angry at the right people”.

Ain’t that the fucking truth??  Read more from the New York Times article at the link.

7 pm EST, Occupy Wall Street has returned to Liberty Park from Washington Square without incident!!

On Saturday (October 8, 2011), several hundred protesters marched north to Washington Square Park — the site of protests against the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 1970s — to discuss expanding their encampment to other sites.”

More from Reuters at the link.

NYPD is shutting down the Washington Square protest with force.  It is a city park and the protest lives under a city ordinance against “camping” with a curfew each night.  No video yet

Censorship In America has an article covering the month of “Occupy…” protests.  “The American political left appears to be getting new energy from the protests, which began last month near Wall Street. Trevor Bradford from North Carolina couldn’t wait to join in the occupation of Freedom Plaza a few blocks from the White House.”

“The main thing that we have to do is that we have to keep these protests going no matter how small, even if there is just 10 people here every day of the week, 24-7,” said Bradford.”

Meet the 1% HERE.

October 9th:

The Yom Kippur Services at Occupy Wall Street.

Welcome to the 99% Movement:  “We will not be co-opted”

From the Washington Post (link above)….the article explains it is not an official statement from Occupy Wall Street (OWS) but it certainly speaks the OWS truth.  Make sure to read it.

“There  are many people, organizations and media outlets within both the  Democratic and Republican parties who are trying to label us as the  Democrat’s version of the Tea Party.  In this working groups opinion,  not only is this incorrect, but in labeling us this way, you are,  whether you realize it or not, undermining the very essence of this  movement with your obsolete divide and conquer groupthink propaganda.  Just as the mainstream media and both political parties aided and  abetted the co-option of the Tea Party by the Republican Party, there is  an attempt being made to do the same to us within the Democratic Party.

We the People, We the 99%, are not the pawns of either wing of the two-party oligarchy.”

Newt Gingrich blames the protesting on a “poor education system that teaches them bad ideas”.

The Democratic Party seeks to own Occupy Wall Street.

“The spread of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement was met with initial hesitation in both the Democratic and Republican parties. That might be an appropriate response to any protests that aim themselves squarely at the establishment, particularly those with goals that are diverse and diffuse as the current protesters’ are.”

“I support the message to the establishment,” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said on ABC’s “This Week.” “Change has to happen. We cannot continue in a way that does not — that is not relevant to their lives. People are angry.”

October 10th:

Everyone has a camera (a cell phone), photos & videos bring the protest alive real-time. 

“Everybody’s got a cell phone. Anytime the cops move in any direction, they’re being taped,” O’Donnell said. “[The NYPD is] trying to have a record so they can respond to assertions that there’s been improper handling of the demonstrators.”

More from am new york, Over the weekend:

– On Saturday, protesters marched from Zuccotti Park to Washington Square Park as throngs of cops looked on.

– An 24-hour art exhibit inspired by the protesters opened Saturday night at JP Morgan’s former headquarters on Wall Street — right across from the New York Stock Exchange.

– There were no arrests as of press time Sunday, according to the NYPD.

– As similar protests popped up around the country, Washington’s National Air and Space Museum was shut down Saturday and several people were pepper-sprayed as approximately 200 tried to enter with signs.

– Catholic groups visited the demonstrators Sunday and held religious services, and protesters had new signs reading, “Jesus is with the 99%.”

And Herm Cain continues to attack the movement.  This weekend that the Values Voters conference (who are those people?) he stated that the protestors “just want to take someone else’s Cadillac.”  What?

And Today we have Al Sharpton with Dick Gregory in a Russell Simmons photo at Occupy Wall Street.  Nice…

And CNN now has one of their iReports pages dedicated to Occupy Wall Street.  Check it out, or contribute, HERE.

From the United Kingdom, an article explaining the importance of the European debt  crisis on Wall Street.

Have you seen the “white shirt” NYPD officers?  In some videos they have pepper sprayed and nighsticked protestors on camera.  Newspeople have suggested they are NYPD managers/supervisors.  The article at the link suggests that the large banks controlling Wall Street have hired NYPD officers and they are wearing white shirts (on their time off) and acting as security guards/hired guns.  Read the article.

The Hip-Hop Anthem for Occupy Wall Street.  Share this video & help it go viral!!!

How do we connect people like Christopher Lane in Bed-Stuy to the Occupy Wall Street movement?

Lane is a single parent with a 14 year old son and says “I’m a single parent, it’s just me and him, I can’t afford to get locked up” .  Lane isn’t rich and supports Obama’s desire to spread the wealth around but “he (Lane) maintains that the Wall Street protesters don’t represent his people. “When you’re trying to survive on a day-to-day basis, you ain’t thinking about Wall Street.”

Read the article and consider the position.  There are many folks across the country that SHOULD join in on this movement because it does represent them, but do not necessarily see themselves in the protest.  Folks have to look at the protest and see themselves represented there, believe that they can benefit from the movement, and then they will support what is going on.

Lane (and many others) needs out help to connect to the movement.  Read the article (at the link above), there is some excellent reporting and good stories.

Occupy Wall Street prepares to stay thru the winter.    “We might have fewer people stopping by in the winter months but we’ll plan, mobilize, organize, maybe get some permits during the winter,” said Ed Needham, part of Occupy Wall Street’s press team.”

Celebrities visit Occupy Wall Street this weekend.  Check the link for who/what/when.

NYC weather forecast:  rain beginning after Midnight on Wednesday (October 12th) , thru Friday morning.  Heavy at times and then a shot of cold air on Friday.

October 11th:

This article explains how some corporations rig the government rules so that they can make millions & billions of dollars on the backs of working people.

What is worse during the last 5 years or so is that these actions have beat down our economy so that folks that were middle class are now poor, while many of those who were rich are now super rich.  All because of government policies like being companies deemed “too big to fail”, receiving government subsidies and government bailouts.

In short, we have an economic system that, even when it is working, has been rigged to redistribute income to rich. And we have a political system that at a time of immense economic distress is more focused on undercutting the means of support for working families than fixing the economy. It is hard to understand why everyone is not occupying Wall Street.”

October 11th:

Occupy Wall Street will go on a “Millionaires March” to the homes of some of New York’s wealthiest residents this afternoon.  More at the link plus update on Mayor Bloomberg’s decision, a new Senate report about the “tax holiday”, drug testing for those on welfare, Senate Republicans looking forward to “killing” Obama’s jobs bill today and more.

The movement marched past the homes of New York millionaires today.

“Now it’s personal: Hundreds of anti-Wall Street protesters held a “Millionaires March” on Tuesday  past the homes of some of the wealthiest executives in America, stopping to jeer  “Tax the rich!” and “Where’s my bailout?”

More in the associated Press article at the link.

2/3rds of Americans, including majority of Republicans, believe the wealthy should pay more in taxes.  Read the poll results at the link.

Sign and share the petition and “Send a message straight to Eric Cantor, Speaker Boehner, and the rest of reckless Republican leadership in Congress:

Sign our petition right now standing against Republican economic policies that hurt the middle class and working families while protecting loopholes for multi-millionaires and Big Oil companies.”

The Partnership for Civil Justice is handling Oakland and Brookly Bridge arrests.  Article and photos at the link.

The Partnership had their Twitter account suspended while working on information from their clients who had been arrested in the Brookly Bridge events.  A class-action lawsuit has been filed.  More at the link.

Occupy Wall Street stands in solidarity with the 100 arrested in Boston last night.  More at the link.

Hip Hop video One True Act of Patriotism:

Have you heard the people in the call and repeat refrains on the news, or as you have been in the area of your local protest?  This article explains the “human mic”.  Protestors are not allowed to use a microphone or amplifier of any type, so they use human voices to iucrease the volume of the one voice.  Together we are strong!  More at the link.

Rain is coming in NYC, anything you can donate like bags, tarps, plastic bins etc will help.

Livestream is here.

Learn about the banks giving MILLIONS $$ to the NYPD.  Watch it here on The Young Turks.

Billy Blogg (aka Billy Bragg) supports Occupy Wall Street from the United Kingdom.  Read his article at the link.

Fox News took a poll about Occupy Wall Street.  Bet they did not expect it to turn out like this!!

Hip Hop video One True Act of Patriotism:

Top 5 Facts You Should Know About The 1%:

  • Top 1% own 40% of America’s wealth
  • Top 1% take home 24% of the nations income
  • The Top 1 Percent Of Americans Own Half Of The Country’s Stocks, Bonds, And Mutual Funds
  • The Top 1 Percent Of Americans Have Only 5 Percent Of The Nation’s Personal Debt
  • The Top 1 Percent Are Taking In More Of The Nation’s Income Than At Any Other Time Since The 1920s

This is important information so read the article at the link.  Plus there are great graphs and charts for those of us who do well with pictures!!

A great photo slideshow at Mother Jones.

Harrison Schultz hammers Fox News.  Watch the video as the anchor calls him a “terrorist” who is scaring children.

Seasoned activists critique the Wall Street protests:  “To veterans of past social movements, the Occupy Wall Street protests that began in New York and spread nationwide have been a welcome response  to corporate greed and the enfeebled economy. But whether the energy of  protesters can be tapped to transform the political climate remains to be seen.”

More at the link.

October 12th:

In this video Jesse LaGreca of Occupy Wall Street evicerates Fox News.  Watch this:

NYC Millionaires/Billionaires March:  photos at the link

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Occupy Wall Street today.  Reception was polite but not too friendly.

I am not re-posting pics fro flickr, they are restricted and I honor that (even though I could get around their pathetic attempts to block copying) and I always tell you where photos came from if they are not mine.

There are many great photos out there of important events, but somewhere in the last two days they have gone on extreme lockdown.

Most seem to be using Flickr, which does not allow sharing of photos posted there or copying or downloading.  No problem, folks make that choice.

However, it severely limits the publics ability to see what is going on.  So, that said…

Zombie Lobbyists Occupy Washington

“They come creeping from the K Street salons, money dripping from their lips. They skulk the halls of power, bemoan the pain of regulation on the steps of Capitol Hill. Their shrill howls for the brains of our elected representatives cut the D.C. night.”  They are lobbyists!! And more at the link…..

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ANNOUNCEMENT – @OccupyHarlem info mtg, thurs, 10/13, 6pm, Assata Shakur & Guillermo Morales Community Center @ City College CUNY

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NY Times, Occupy Wall Street Occupies The Headlines:

As the Occupy Wall Street message has spread across the country to cities like this one, media coverage of the movement has spread, too, to the front pages of newspapers and the tops of television newscasts.

Coverage of the movement is now equivalent to the coverage of the nascent Tea Party movement two and a half years ago, according to data released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center.”

Read more at the link as the newspaper covers Occupiers in other areas as well as New York City.

It is said that Mayor Bloomberg will clear protestors out on Friday, October 16th:  Limited verification from Deputy Mayor.  Here are the Tweets:

“According to @WSJNY (Wall Street Journal New York), @MikeBloomberg wants 2 clear us out Friday. Then allow us 2 return according 2 rules laid out after we started camping.”  And,

“NYC Dep. Mayor Holloway: Protesters can return “provided they abide by the rules that Brookfield has established for the park.”

Update:  The 99%s have launched their own effort to clean Liberty Plaza before the Mayor can even declare that it is “unclean” and attempt to evict them.  Amazing!!  If the deal was for the Mayor to declare the park “dirty” and kick everyone out and now it is “clean”…..well, now what Mr. Bloomberg??

“On their Twitter feed, Occupy Wall Street has called the claim that the protesters must leave in order for the park to be cleaned a “pretext” for the removal of the protesters, and then they pointed out that the rules that the property owners want the city to enforce on the campers were put into place after people started camping out in the park.”

And here areThe Rules“:

And, of course, here is the “Help, I’m Getting Arrested” app for one click notice to friends & family.

October 13th:

Non-violent Civil Disobedience training today 2 pm to 4 pm at the Red Cube. Be well prepared! !!

As @JasonPollock says, attempting to remove the protestors now will only make them stronger.

This will backfire in Mr Mayor Bloomberg’s face

I’m Not Moving:  an excellent short movie.

At 7 am Friday, October 14th Mayor Bloomberg will attempt to move everyone out of Liberty Plaza.

In Kentucky, City Commissioner of Covington, Kentucky, Steve Frank (R) had to say about the American citizens occupying Wall Street:

Turn out the lights on the Occupiers, I feel like going Taliban on them!!!”

Republicans want to go “Taliban” on fellow Americans?  Really??

And no one comes out to tell this idiot to shut up?

From cleaning to eviction:  The battle for Liberty Plaza.  More from Politicus USA at the link.

“Politicususa has learned the New York Police Department plans to “evacuate” protesters tomorrow, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. For the background info see our earlier reporting

“The only way to stop the eviction is a roaring outcry to New York’s billionaire mayor, Mike Bloomberg, and to the owners of the protest park. We must show them that their global reputations are on the line.”

Stand with Occupy Wall Street and help protect the protestors righ to peacefully assemble! 

“Tell Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly: Respect the Occupy Wall Street protesters’ constitutional right to peaceful assembly.”

The petition reads:

Not a single banker has gone to jail and yet over 1,000 protesters have been arrested. I stand with the protesters of Occupy Wall Street, and I demand that the NYPD respect their constitutional right to peaceful assembly.”

Sign the petition at the link and share with your friends, family and networks.

More folks are working hard to convince Mayor Bloomberg to back off and not evict the protestors.  More at the link.

7:30 pm ET, Livestream from Wall Street in New York City as NYPD move protestors from an attempt to meet with Mayor Bloomberg at Cipriani restaurant at 55 Wall Street.

Protestors are advised to withdraw to the park “where we will stay until hell freezes over.”

Perhaps the guys telling protestors to leave as if they are connected with the event are not recognized by the protestors (??)  So many people are staying and now the NYPD is videotaping the protestors.

7:40 pm, the street is closed by the NYPD. The cops announced at 7:41 ET  that the protestors must clear the street but if they do not move protestors will be arrested for disorderly conduct.  The crowd begins moving back to Liberty Plaza.

“People have to struggle for their rights.”  “We will overcome.”

Councilmember  Charles Barron says:  “You want to clean up something? Clean up these crooks on Wall Street.”

Councilman Jumaane Williams  “I’m asking the mayor to at least pretend that he cares about the 99%”-

Right on Sirs!!  I salute you.

Emergency Action for Friday to defend Liberty Plaza2,000 people have already replied, make sure you are there.  7 am.  More at the link.

Call Mayor Bloomberg and the Brookfield property folks that manage the park:  More info at the link

  • New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg: +1-212-772-1081 ext 12006
  • Brookfield CEO Richard Clark: +1-212-417-7063
  • Brookfield US headquarters: +1-212-417-7000
  • Brookfield Canada headquarters: +1-416-369-2300
  • Brookfield Australia headquarters: +61-2-9322-2000

CNN has their own camera at Liberty Plaza.

Protestors vow to stay put!  Call to Action!

“Protesters will resist any efforts to remove them from the Lower Manhattan park where they have been camped for nearly a month, despite Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s order that they vacate the park at 7 a.m. Friday so it can be cleaned, an organizer said Thursday” 

A UAW official says the union plans to join protesters Friday morning.  More at the link.

Vice President All Gore supports Occupy Wall Street.

“The message — and the solutions — should be obvious to anyone who has been paying attention since the economy went into a recession that continues to sock the middle class while the rich have recovered and prospered. The problem is that no one in Washington has been listening.”

Wall Street protestors prepare for possible action Friday morning.

“Demonstrators at the half-acre park in lower Manhattan said they won’t go anywhere at the Friday morning deadline when the park’s owners, their patience worn thin, want them to clear out and stop pitching tents or using sleeping bags.

Other protesters said they would wait and see if they are allowed back into the park after the cleanup. If not, they said, they will engage in nonviolent civil disobedience. Some 100 protesters volunteered Thursday to get arrested and protesters went over various scenarios, including what happens if police are confrontational.”

More at the link.

October 14th:

The park “cleaning” has been postponed!  Mayor Bloomberg states that the property owners (Brookfield) decided not to move forward after angry phone calls last night from lawmakers (I guuess politicians OTHER THAN the Mayor???)  Check out the NY Times article at the link.

“The cleanup of the Lower Manhattan park that has been occupied by protesters for nearly a month was postponed Friday shortly before it was supposed to begin, averting a feared showdown between the police and demonstrators who had vowed to resist any efforts to evict them from their encampment.

But sporadic clashes between protesters and the police erupted anyway when demonstrators started marching through the winding streets of Lower Manhattan after learning that the cleanup had been called off. A number of protesters were seen being taken into custody.”

Personally?  I think it was the onsite, overnight media attention that led to the delay.  Even today  ABC 7, NBC 4, CNN, Univision, AP, German ARD, others remain at Zuccotti Park (Liberty Plaza).  The bad part is that many of the media were there only because of the possibility of confrontation.

Somehow we have to convince them that the movement is what is important, not the confrontations with police.

But I fear that this delay is exactly that.  A delay.  When the cameras go away and the attention wanes…..???  Dunno, just dunno.

A Politicus USA article explains how this attempt to evict the protestors has made them stronger.  Once folks see that they can successfully resist and learn how to generate political support they become unstoppable.  At least for awhile.

“Mayor Bloomberg announced his retreat via a statement from Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway, “Late last night, we received notice from the owners of Zuccotti Park – Brookfield Properties – that they are postponing their scheduled cleaning of the park, and for the time being withdrawing their request from earlier in the week for police assistance during their cleaning operation. Our position has been consistent throughout: the City’s role is to protect public health and safety, to enforce the law, and guarantee the rights of all New Yorkers. Brookfield believes they can work out an arrangement with the protesters that will ensure the park remains clean, safe, available for public use and that the situation is respectful of residents and businesses downtown, and we will continue to monitor the situation.”  More at the link.

Some of the 1% stand with the 99%.  Check out all of these great stories at the link.   Sometimes we need to remember that even the 1% are human beings.

This morning, around 9 am ET,  Police amass just one block from Zucotti.

OK.  At the link is an article about a set-up meeting between an occupier and a stock broker.

Not too much is interesting except their personal stories.

The occupier is a PhD student at Columbia, not some poor bloke.

The stockbroker keeps trying to get across that he is not a “fat cat” but when pressed only says he doesn’t :make tens of millions” of dollars.  So what?  Just 5 or 6 million?

Anyway, check out theNY Times  story at the link.

The CEO of Citigroup has given out his cell phone number and is taking calls if you have questions:  Want to Talk to the CEO of Citigroup? Here’s His Cell Phone Number [CEO disclosed it himself] :

So what is the cost of the Bush tax cuts for the richest 5%.??

$11.6 Million EVERY HOUR.

What?  FOX News is coming out FOR Occupy Wall Street?  Read the article at the link.

“Most of the Occupy Wall Street protesters aren’t opposed to free market  capitalism. In fact, what they want is an end to the crony capitalist system now  in place, that makes it easier for the rich and powerful to get even more rich  and powerful while making it increasingly hard for the rest of us to get by. The  protesters are not anti-American radicals. They are the defenders of the  American Dream, the decision from the birth of our nation  that success should be determined by hard work not royal bloodlines.

Sure, bank executives may work a lot harder than you and me or a mother of three  doing checkout at a grocery store. Maybe the bankers work ten times harder.  Maybe even a hundred times harder. But they’re compensated a thousand times  more. “

A great little poll here:  Who do you think is right about the economy?

TODAY—in NYC:  A white shirted police office punches a protestor in the head.  Watch him attempt a 2nd punch after protestor drops to the ground before others stop him!!!  Amazing.  (white shirt officers are apparently off-duty NYPD that are hired as security by Wall Street companies)

A full gallery of pics covering the cleanup of Liberty Plaza/Zucotti Park is HERE.

“Occupy Wall Street Protestors Thwart Eviction”

The showdown in New York came as tensions were rising in several U.S. cities over the spreading protests, with several arrests and scattered clashes between demonstrators and police.”

The article covers demonstrations and police actions in many cities in addition to NYC.

Watch the history of Zucotti Park (Liberty Plaza):

Don’t let them fool you by calling it a “private park”, it is a Public Park open to the public 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.  And the protestors did not just ‘take over’ the park, the police moved them to the park because they were initially occupying Wall Street.

Plus Mayor Bloomberg’s girlfriend is on the Board of Brookfield Properties?  And then the Mayor becomes their mouthpiece saying “oh, they don’t like it.  Brookfield (my girlfriend) thinks it is dirty”.  What???

October 15th:

World protest day:  Unite and Act Globally

Occupy Wall Street is emboldened by the win over the city “cleanup” threat.

“Anti-Wall Street protesters went into Saturday campaigns emboldened by a change of plans among park property owners and police to usher them out of their lower Manhattan encampment for cleanup and impose restrictions that would have essentially shut down their Occupy Wall Street headquarters.

“We are going to piggy-back off the success of today, and it’s going to be bigger than we ever imagined,” said protester Daniel Zetah after Friday’s announcement that protesters could remain in the park.”

“Supporters in Sydney, Australia, on Saturday waved signs such as “you can’t eat money.” About 200 people in Tokyo joined the global protests, and Philippine supporters in Manila marched on the U.S. Embassy to express support for Occupy Wall Street and to denounce “U.S. imperialism” and U.S.-led wars and aggression.”

More at the link!

Confirmed NOW. At least 4 large NYPD buses staged at City Hall. 500 marching north. More to come.
3,000 marchers are on the way to NYCs Washington Square where they will join 2,000 protestors, many students but multi-generational crowd

At least 22 arrested as the @OccupyCitiBank action begins.

Citi Bank protestors are not allowed to close their accounts. The old “you can’t be a customer if you are a protestors” routine. Illegal but banks are getting away with it nearly every day.

You want to close your bank account? Yes I do, thank you. Ooooops, sorry you are under arrest.

CitiBank footage from today:

Mother Jones has reports of arrests of protestors in at least 14 U.S. cities.  They have a great interactive map updated with all of todays arrests HERE.

6,000 New Yorkers are now marching from Washington Square to Times Square. It is 4:30 pm

Downtown NYC protestors today and cops on scooters:

People are no longer free to just walk down Wall Street:

Zucotti Park/Liberty Plaza is packed with thousands of people at 4:30 pm ET:

The crowd at Times Square in Call & Response mode:

At 6:30 pm ET the scene is a bit darker on 7th Ave as police move down the street to get protestors moving out of the area:

And Times Square is OCCUPIED territory!!

As large column of NYPD officers march past, crowd chants: “Police! Are! The 99%!”

Video of mounted NYPD on 7th Ave at 5:00 pm. is HERE.

Things are getting wild in NYC.  Be careful people!!!

Livestream of Times Square HERE

  • 6:45 p.m. Police have trapped people in times square with barricades.
  • 6:35 p.m. A horse just went down. Crowd is going wild. NYPD says anyone near barricade is going to jail. This is is inexcusable. (Source)
  • 6:22 p.m. Police on horseback arrive. Police pulling people out of crowd and attacking them. Protesters are rushing barricades.

NOW:  200 NYPD officers, 7 mounted officers + riot squad down street from 44th & 7th.  8:25 pm ET.

“This may not end well”  Crowd chanting “our street, our street, our street.”

46th Street & 7th Ave in Times Square at 7:45 pm ET

NYPD is threatening peaceful protesters. “Leave now and you won’t get hurt.”

NYPD confiscated press pass of Italian journalist covering #ows, accused of failing to remain on sidewalk .

Amazing aerial shot of Times Square.  Incredible scene.  Go to Flickr photo at link.

71 Times Square arrests up to this evening.  Daily News article at link.

Traffic camera and 3g towers are taken offline at Times Square.

42 more arrests on 47th Street.

AP’s aerial shot of Times Square tonight:

Police vehicles and officers stationing North and South of Washington Square Park, 9:15 pm ET.

More and more people are coming into Washington Square Park.

3,000 people now in Washington Square Park eating dinner and chatting.  Will have a General Assembly.  One question they will consider is should they occupy Washington Square?

Ten protestors arrested at midnight after refusing to leave Washington Square Park.  AP article at the link.

A big crowd crossing Warren Street in NYC.

October 16th:

Zucotti Park is still there and very crowded!  Pic taken at 1:40 am the link.

The 12 Most Absurd Laws used to stifle the Occupy Wall Street movement & protestors across the country:

“As Occupy Wall Street protests spring up in cities across the country, authorities are thinking up creative ways to contain this peaceful and inspiring uprising. Although laws and municipal ordinances vary from city to city, there is a consistency in the tactics being used to stifle the movement. More importantly, as demonstrated by the protesters at Zuccotti Park who kept strong in the face of a looming eviction that never came to fruition, these maneuvers are not working.

Read more at the link above and find out about absurd laws such as:

*  No snoozing in public

*No unbrellas, and

*No private belongings are allowed in a public space

Say what??  Really??

CNN gives an excellent “day after” update on the Occupations nationwide with focus on Wall Street (as it should be):

“Police hauled away protesters in various cities early Sunday as Occupy Wall Street rallies raged on for the 30th day.

New York authorities arrested 14 people for violating a midnight curfew by sitting in a fountain with no water at Washington Square Park. The number was in addition to 70 arrested Saturday in citywide protests.”

The article updates us on arrests in Chicago an Mineapolis.

In New York “The arrests came hours after thousands marched to New York’s iconic Times Square on Saturday night, hoisting signs and chanting.

As police cleared the street, protesters chanted, “We are peaceful” and “The whole world is watching.”

More plus some excellent photos at the link above.

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A National General Assembly shall convene in the city of Philadelphia on July 4, 2012.

Delegates shall be elected by the 99% 2 from each of the 435 Congressional Districts and represent the People.

Read it at the link.

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Police storm Washington Square Park as band plays & sings “This Land Was Made For You and Me.….” (sing along people!!)

(actually this officer is very nice)

The reporter should have stayed and done his job, arrest or not.  Easy for me to say, I know.

Paul Krugman explains how Occupy Wall Street is refocusing America:

“We are just three years after the greatest banking crisis since the 1930s. I think it was brought on by excesses on the part of the financial industry and the financial industry was bailed out at the public’s expense and risk and yet we’re still in an economic crisis.”

This is the nut, the core, the seed of the entire Occupy movement.  Certainly there are a lot of other concerns and complaints but most are related to this unassailable fact.  Krugman, as he often doers, gets it perfectly right.

Read more at the link above.

Thousands of occupiers at Zucotti Park/Liberty Plaza today.

October 17th:

Here we have a protestors view of what happened during the NYC CitiBank arrests on October 15th.

If you remember there was a protest at the bank resulting in quite a few arrests and some folks with Citi accounts tried to close those accounts.   The bank refused to allow them to close their accounts claiming that since they were “protestors” they could not be “customers”.  Reading the story we see that some folks were allowed to close their accounts.

After accounts were closed protestors gave a speech and then cops showed up.

“We walked over to the front doors and were met by many cops. At least 6 were inside with us. “We would like to leave ” we said. “It’s too late” the cops said back. A woman in her 70s (who I later befriended while waiting at central booking) asked to leave again and moved forward. She was pushed back forcefully by one of the cops in the doorway. She did not react. Everyone remained calm. “You are all under arrest,” said a whiteshirt. These cops were mean: laughing under their breath, asking us about what we were “doing,” telling us it was too late to leave, telling us to remain calm, etc.”

Much more at the link and it is a good read plus an important video that seems to have led to CitiBank changing their offricial corporate statement of what occured and why.  Make sure you click on that link and read the statement AFTER watching the video.

New York Times gives us a FACT: “The top 1 percent of Americans possess more wealth than the entire bottom 90 percent.”

“IT’S fascinating that many Americans intuitively understood the outrage and frustration that drove Egyptians to protest at Tahrir Square, but don’t comprehend similar resentments that drive disgruntled fellow citizens to “occupy Wall Street.”

I salute Marine Sargeant Shamar Thomas who stood up for the protestors in NYC:
“Last night at Occupy Wall Street in Times Square, Marine Sergeant  Shamar Thomas boldly defended the occupiers.  Sergeant Thomas calmly  asked the NYPD why they aren’t protecting the peaceful protestors.  The  NYPD ignored his questions and continued telling protestors to leave the  sidewalk otherwise “they’d get hurt.”
Mitt Romney leads all presidential wannabees in campaign contributions from Wall Street, Republican and Democrat.
“There’s something happening here
What it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to bewareI think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down “
The Buffalo Springfield song and lyrics from like 1969 are HERE  plus a great poster and photos.
CitiCorp is trying to hide this document (??)  No wonder as they flat out say that “The rich are going to get richer”  and that “Income disparity” explains all of the problems we have (!!)  Make sure to read this.  The article with the Citicorp document is at the above link.
Do New Yorkers support the Occupation??  Hell YES they do!!
This poll shows that 67% of New Yorkers support the Occupation of Wall Street.  Check it out at the link.
“Sixty-seven percent of New Yorkers said they “generally agree… with the protesters’ views,” while just 23% said they generally disagree. “
Video of the Times Square “Flash Point”:  NYPDs use of barricades, officers on horseback and hoses to push the crowd back.  Is it dangerous??  Remember:  One of the horses went down in a crowd of hundreds or thousands of bystanders and protestors as police pushed seven horses into the crowd.
Horses are very large animals and it must have been very frightening for people as the crowd and the buildings and the barricades really allowed no avenue of escape for those who wished to leave the area.
Lech Walesa will visit Occupy Wall Street in the next few days.  If you live in or visit NYC make sure you join the occupation and give Walesa a big crowd to address.  Walesa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983.  In Poland during August 1980 Walesa “led the Gdansk shipyard  strike which gave rise to a wave of strikes over much of the  country with Walesa seen as the leader. The primary demands were  for workers’ rights. The authorities were forced to capitulate  and to negotiate with Walesa the Gdansk Agreement of August 31,  1980, which gave the workers the right to strike and to organise  their own independent union.”
This was during the period that the USSR (Communist Soviet Republic) ran Poland.  Walesa was jailed several times during the 1970s and 1980s as he helped lead several workers strikes and protests against the government in efforts to obtain workers rights and improve conditions for the Polish working class.
The above link will take you to Walesa’s biography.  Lech Walesa is a people’s hero, mos’ def.
 WATCH THIS—–>A Moment of Truth—–>This Is A Mathematical Fact!!!
Watch it and share it.  Make it go viral.
Cindy Sheehan tells us why she will go to jail for this cause.  In the spirit of MLK Jr, in the spirit of Ceasar
Chavez, in the Spirit of  all of our brothers & sisters.  Watch the video at the link.
Donald Trump says our president should STOP the Occupy Wall Street movement.  I wonder if he wants
nightsticks, fire hoses, pepper spray, maybe a few random shootings??  Really Donald?  And you want to be
President?  Of what you Nazi?

“I do think that government maybe is letting this go a little bit too far,” Trump said on Fox News Monday morning. “People are having a great time. They’re  all going down, they’re having a great time.”Read more at the link.

Mike Taibbi’s Five Demands of Wall Street bankers from the Rolling Stone magazine:

“…the time is rapidly approaching when the movement is going to have to offer concrete solutions to the problems posed by Wall Street. To do that, it will need a short but powerful list of demands. There are thousands one could make, but I’d suggest focusing on five:”

1. Break up the monopolies

2. Pay for your own bailouts

3. No public money for private lobbying

4. Tax hedge-fund gamblers

5. Change the way bankers get paid

Details are at the link and Taibbi’s bio is HERE.

The Reverend Jesse Jackson walked into @OccupyWallStreet this evening.  He said “I’m not visiting.  I’m participating.”  As cops went to pull down a medical tent, Rev. Jackson wrapped his arms around it.  The NYPD officers decided to back off.  For now.

Daysd after his arrest on the Steps of the Supreme Court, Dr Cornel West was arrested during an occupation march fighting poverty in Harlem:

October 18th:

Times Square is Occupied territory!! 

The cost of the Bush era tax cuts for America’s wealthiest 1% are staggering.  At the link you will see the constantly updated actual cost to the US and you will easily understand the unhappiness of the middle-class and poorer Americans.

that has resulted in the Occupy movement.

At 4:04 PM pacific time on Tuesday October 18, 2011 the total exceeds $708 BILLION.  If we take into account the top 5% of taxpayers the cost exceeds $1 TRILLION.

Those numbers make it understandable that 76% of Americans want to see taxes increased for the wealthy.  And, beyond just the unhappiness, our economy needs it for reasons beyond general fairness.  More on the poll at the link.

Another pollster who has done his best to attack Occupy Wall Street now brags about his relationship with CitiBank.

This video helps explain why income inequality is so bad for the American economy:

This year the poor people living on Social Security benefits will see their income increase for the first time since 2009.

“People certainly feel like they are falling behind, and these are modest income  folks to begin with, so every dollar counts,” David Certner of AARP said. “I think sometimes  people forget what seniors’ incomes are.”Read more of the Sacramento Bee story at the link above.

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg says “The Constitution doesn’t protect tents,” he said at a news conference in Queens. “It protects speech and assembly.”        So I guess Bloomberg believes you cant assemble” in or around a tent.  I never understood how he has been re-elected except the Republicans he has run against have been so much worse.

A NYPD Investigator broke the police department’s pepper-spray rule during the Occupy Wall Street protest.  That is among the findings about police actions during a September 24th incident.  Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna lost 10 days of vacation for violating department standards on pepper spray use.

Bologna is the officer shown in a video he blasted women who were contained within an orange mesh fence with pepper-spray.  The video showed that not only were the women contained and corraled but were not commiting any physical activities at the time.

Two of the women crumpled to the ground in the video.

October 19th:

A call for justice in NYCOccupiers, protestors and the general public are demanding from the New York City District Attorney that an investigation begin on the NYPD officer who punched a Occupy Wall Street protestor in the face.  The punch was very publicly caught on video and distributed widely on Youtube, throughout the internet worldwide and reported by news organizations.

The link above is to an article detailing the arrest of feminist author Naomi Wolf and the punch into the face of protestor Felix Rivera-Pitre by Officer Johnny Cardona.  The protestors call for an investigation for assault and charges to be brought against the officer.

Rivera-Pitre is HIV positive.  Although he was violently punched and had his earing knocked out he was not arrested.  He does suggest that Officer Cardona should get HIV tested though.  The video of the punch is at the link.  It is not the only video out there of a white-shirt NYPD officer punching a protestor.

Here is another view of the Rivera-Pitre punch:

And one more for good measure.  It appears to be an obvious assault without any visible provocation.

October 20th:

@OccupyWallStreet will reorganize Liberty Square NOW (10 am ET) to support the Family Sleepover and

Parents for Occupy Wall Street scheduled for Friday October 21 at 4 pm to 11 am.  Parents for Occupy Wall Street

are “creating change now for our children’s futures“.  Excellent!!

Half of American workers made LESS THAN $26,364 per year in 2010.  That works out to $507 a week.

Read the article at the link for more on the look at U.S. pay data, as well as employment figures.

Both are getting worse unless you make $1 Million per year.  Then numbers grew by 20%, thank you very much.

Wait…This is Fox News??  Fox has surprised me during this occupation going both ways on their coverage.

Today we have a tidbit explaining that “In America today, 400 people have more wealth than the bottom 150

million combined.  That’s not because 150 million Americans are pathetically lazy or even unlucky.  In fact,

Americans have been working harder than ever — productivity has risen  in the last several decades. Big business

profits and CEO bonuses have also gone  up. Worker salaries, however, have declined.”

More at the link above.

October 21st:

Today folk-singer Pete Seeger joined the Occupy Wall Street marchers and protestors in NYC.  The Daily Mail (at the link) reminds us that the 92 year old Seeger is a folk singing legend and he was joined by singer Arlo Guthrie who was was famous during the 1960s for the song Alice’s Restaurant and today both joined the crowd singing protest songs including We Shall Not Be Moved.

“Composer David Amran and bluesman Guy Davis were also in the crowd.”

“At the center of the plaza, Seeger and Amram were joined by Guthrie in a round of “We Shall Overcome,” a protest anthem made popular by Seeger.

After more singing, Seeger asked for a mic check to tell the crowd: “The words are simple: I could be happy spending my days on the river that flows both way-ay-ays.”

Debra Sweet, an organizer of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, has been arrested by New York police, just minutes before her interview with Press TV news channel.

On Friday, about 30 anti-corporate protesters, including Debra Sweet, were arrested after they demonstrated in front of a local police precinct house.”

October 22nd:

Contact info for all of the Mayors of the cities that are Occupied can be found in the Excel file/spreadsheet at the above link.

You don’t have Microsoft Excel?  You can get a free product that casn both read and write spreadsheets that are compatible with Excel.  It is a very good product and kept up to date.  and if you cannot afford the price of Microsoft products I recommend it as do many other tech folks.  It is called “Open Office” and developed & distributed by OpenOffice.org

You can download their products HERE and do not have to worry about viruses or anything.  If you are unsure, please do a Google search for Open Office and/or products that are compatible with Microsoft Excel.

Open Office has a full suite of office products that are compatible with the Microsoft Office products such as a word processor, a presentation program,  the spreadsheet and database and graphics programs and more.  The programs are available in many languages.

If you already have Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Office you are good to go!

And thank you to All Education Matters @All_Edu_Matters and  Institute for Policy Studies for putting this together for everyone!!!

A protestor climbs a statue in Liberty Plaza with a few demands.  He was rescued after 3.5 hours and taken to Belleview for some help.  The link takes you to an ABC News video.

Willie Nelson supports the Occupy Wall Street movement and offers a poem with his wife at the link.

Another musical anthem for @OccupyWallStreet and all of our other cities.

The New Chambers Brothers:  Make a Stand.  Watch the video

Today, against the Posted Rules tents have been placed at Liberty Square/Zuccoti Park.  The Posted Rules “are clear: no “camping and/or the erection of tents or other structures.” But the Occupy Wall Street encampment is beginning to resemble a tent city anyway.”

“The tents are part of protesters’ efforts to stay warm. ..”People are cold out here already. There was a frost last night,” said Tamber Hepner, a 32-year-old from Wichita, Kan., who arrived Tuesday. “

Manhattan has had a warm fall to this point but it can certainly get cold.  The weather prediction is for warm weather with highs in the 60s to 70 degrees but lows at night in the 50s/40s and rain coming next Thursday.

October 24th:

At 11 am ET (8 am PT) @MMFlint (Michael Moore) will join with @CNBC live on @TheOther99 and try to get on Wall Street or near the NYSE.

Remember, it has been over one month since ordinary citizens have had any access to either Wall Street or the New York Stock Exchange.  Previous to @OccupyWallStreet the Street was completely open.

Many of the arrests you have heard about in NYC have been for “disorderly conduct”.  The arrest for disorderly conduct have been charges lodged on people who have chosen to walk on Wall Street past the police barricades that have now appeared.

Let’s watch this morning and see if Michael Moore can gain access and if he can’t, then can he shine the media light on the issue?

Watch the Ustream HERE  and below is a pic

It seems CNBC will not interview Moore in front of (or in) the Stock Exchange, as they have done in the past.  This in spite of the fact that the police say they will let the cameras thru without arrest as Moore has pointed out today.

CNBC will only interview Moore on Broadway or some other spot it seems.

So CNBC interviewed Moore like a block away from the NYSE.  Apparently someone at the Stock Exchange advised them to do so.  They said their cameras can’t get past the barricades but Moore pointed out that they do have something called “wireless” and they have interviewed Moore in front of the Exchange in the past.

That was pretty much the official interview as Moore explained the struggle many have had with their life savings in a plummeting stock market as the people on the street made (and continue to make) Millions, including the Billions in bailout money straight out of the taxpayers pockets.  Moore said “Please do your job” to both the network and politicians.

With the Wall Street barricades Federal Hall is barricaded.  Tours and teachers with students have had to stand down the street.  Federal Hall was the site of George Washington’s inaguration and was also the capitol building for the U.S. at one point.  A very famous, very historic, very important building to Americans.

And Chase Plaza has been blocked off since day 1.  This is (usually) a popular spot filled with folks having their outdoor lunch or spending their break.  Not now.  You can see the huge fence that Chase has erected.

Dinner at Liberty Square on October 24th:

Occupiers need to eat after a day of meetings and marches and the day is not over!!

Video:  Community residents work to prevent auctions of foreclosed property NOW!!

9 residents are arrested.

The Next Republican Boogeyman Is—The Occupy Wall Street Thinga-ma-jig!!!

The article at the link above is an excellent historical perspective of the Republican “boogeyman” fear-based politics.

The Republican party is always looking for something or someone they can label as their boogeyman.  They do a great job showing us how Obama has taken the steam out of Republican monsters like “bad dictators” in Arab nations and of course Osama Bin Laden.  And Obama has been knocking down each of these bad guys.

“Without something or someone to be afraid of, the Republicans are truly lost, wandering in the wilderness.  And no matter how hard they try to gin up fear of the “dreaded deficit bomb,” it just doesn’t make Americans jump the way the USSR’s nukes did two generations ago, or 9/11 did a decade ago.  So now they’re trying to whip up fear of the Occupy Wall Street folks…”

Read more at the Truth-Out link.

Last for tonight:  The disruptive force of the “Drum Circle”, how do you kill it?  Do you want to?  Or do you just live with the headaches??

Perhaps we will just Drum Wall Street into Occupied Oblivion.

October 25th:

The Christian Science Monitor, not a progressive reporter says today that “Occupy Wall Street arrests increase. Have mayors reached their tipping point?”.

The Monitor details political and police actions in Oakland California, Atlanta, New York City. Washington State University, San Francisco, San Diego. Cincinnati and Chicago as they state “Such scenes are likely to become more commonplace as mayors and police chiefs attempt to force protesters to go home while avoiding all-out violence.”

Read the Monitor article at the link above.

@OccupyColleges gives us this great idea:  “For two days beginning November 2, Occupy Colleges, a grassroots organization bringing awareness to the Occupy Wall Street movement within the college sphere, will stage a National Solidarity Teach-In for colleges and universities across the country. To date, more than 100 campsues have events planned. The Teach-ins will serve to open and continue dialogue around the Occupy Wall Street movement in an environment where experts in various fields can liberally address questions or concerns.”

Read the article from The Nation at the link.

“Paul Krugman, looking at the strange assortment of attacks the Republicans are directing at the Occupy Wall Street movement, explains it this way (Say Anything10/25/2011):

The key to understanding this, I’d suggest, is that movement conservatism has become a closed, inward-looking universe in which you get points not by sounding reasonable to uncommitted outsiders — although there are a few designated pundits who play that role professionally — but by outdoing your fellow movement members in zeal.

It’s sort of reminiscent of Stalinists going after Trotskyites in the old days: the Trotskyites were left deviationists, and also saboteurs working for the Nazis. Didn’t propagandists feel silly saying all that? Not at all: in their universe, extremism in defense of the larger truth was no vice, and you literally couldn’t go too far.

Many members of the commentariat don’t want to face up to the fact that this is what American politics has become; they cling to the notion that there are gentlemanly elder statesmen on the right who would come to the fore if only Obama said the right words. But the fact is that nobody on that side of the political spectrum wants to or can make deals with the Islamic atheist anti-military warmonger in the White House.”

Strap yourself in; this is not going to be fun.

If you also read my post on @OccupySacramento or track all of the related news you have heard that the Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully has refused to prosecute the protestors in @OccupySacto which is part of the Sacramento occupation.  DA Scully says that she does not believe the Sacramento protestors have done nothing other than express their constitutional right to freely assemble by spending the night in a downtown park.  Her decision explains that the protestors could hve been cited but not arrested and more thn 100 arrests were thrown out.

An article in the Business Insider states:  “Attorneys  from the National Lawyers Guild representing Occupy Wall Street protesters may  turn down an offer from the Manhattan District Attorney to dismiss charges  from their demonstration on the Brooklyn Bridge, according to Bloomberg. “

The decision states that those folks arrested “who were not arrested within 6 months would get their charges  dismissed. It’s called adjournment in contemplation of dismissal.”

Of 780 arrested protestors from the Brooklyn Bridge protest, 5 have already sued.

Read more about this development at the link above.

October 26th:

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Oakland California

Politicians & police do not understand that major actions like last night in Oakland and in Atlanta actually strengthen a movement.  Managers think they are giving directions to line police officers that will result in “crushing” an acvtivity.  But this is not a criminal activity.

It is not a crime wave or even a street gang.

Even military action would only strengthen the movement because folks that sympathize with the protestors now decide to join them or offer other support they otherwise would not have considered.

We only have to look at the most recent activities in countries like Egypt, Tunisia, Iran….someday North Korea, Iraq, African countries and evcentually China.

What is to the politicians and some police a simple attempt to stop a group from doing something like “camping” in the park or on the Plaza becomes something much larger and on television or on the internet it looks like they are stifling freedom.  It looks like ‘the people’ who are asking for just a little bit of freedom are being hammered by a giant fist.

Which is actually exactly what is going on.  Exactly.

And so more people join and more people support…and it becomes emboldened and strengthened.  Day by day.

Below is an empty shell and an actual rubber slug shot from from a 12 gauge shotgun:

And here is the same type of shell with as rubber bullet before firing:

And I definitely recommend that you sign this petition to Mayor Jean Quan and the Oakland Police Chief and let them know that firing tear gas cannisters, rubber bullets and wooden dowels at our citizens is wrong.

The site at the above link allows you to submit your completed form.

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New Report Shows the inequality of income distribution in the U.S.

You have heard the term “We are the 99%” and you have heard the news reporters laugh at the idea that the Top 1% owns most of the money.

Well now there is proof that is true.  This is a  report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

Look how dramatic this is in the graph below.

The Top 1% (really rich people) is the light blue line, this is the THEM

The other colors are US, broken down into three groups.  All together they do not equal the Top 1%.

Live video NOW from Washington Square Park.

Picture from East side of City Hall Park shows police beginning to construct their orange mesh fence to block off protestors.

Livestream above @OccupyWallStreet from the CBS News helicopter.

Lots of “heads up NYC” tweets just minutes ago advising police reinforcements on the way into the city and asking for protest volunteers to head to Zucotti Park/Liberty Square right NOW!  (11:10 pm on October 26th)

COBRA (Chemical, Ordinance, Biological, and Radiological) squad is staging—NYC to expect gas

If you are in NYC head BACK to Liberty Square NOPW (11:30 pm)

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A Google report on transparency states:  “We received a request from a local law enforcement agency to remove YouTube videos of police brutality, which we did not remove. Separately, we received requests from a different local law enforcement agency for removal of videos allegedly defaming law enforcement officials. “

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October 27th:

Manhattan continues to be cold, and snow is on the way for Saturday.  Dress warmly and if you are not occupyinf please think of donating (or buying) some blankets, comforters, jackets/coats etc to help folks out.

Rain with a low of 36 tonight and sbow on Saturday.  The weeks forecast is at the link.

October 28th:

Today is a March to the Big Banks on the street.

The occupiers are carrying letters from customers about their loans, mortgages and accounts.  Banks are not allowing these customers into the banks so customers are making paper irplnes out of the letters and flying the irplanes at the banks.

October 29th:

How to identify an agent in your midst:  Never know when your group may be compromised.

Hidden Victories & Hidden Allies:  Nice article, check it out at the link from Huffington Post.

“The Occupy Wall Street  protesters can take heart in knowing that police and military action is usually the last desperate act of power brokers trying to hold on to control.  “

Hard weather in Manhattan today with snow falling around 9 am.  Snow, ice and wind knocked over umbrellas and knocked down tents in Liberty Square.

Snow and rain continue to fall and are expected throughout the evening.

NYC plans on removing generators from Liberty Square according to the NY Times.  Read the article at the link.

“Just before noon, snow began falling in Zuccotti Park in New York, mixing with rain. Hundreds of protesters inside the Occupy Wall Streetencampment in New York crowded under two long tarps suspended above a kitchen area where food is distributed.

Near the center of the camp, Christopher Guerra sat at the information desk, a plastic table stacked high with pamphlets. Mr. Guerra was covered by a green umbrella and a yellow rain poncho. In addition, he said, he was wearing a leather jacket, a sweatshirt, wool pants, two pairs of long underwear and two pairs of wool gloves. “

Photos at the link  as folks march down Broadway in the rain.

Many cities are leaving protestors alone which is almost hard to believe after I write about so many raids and arrests and injuries.

Unemployed Man is the SuperHero of Occupy Wall Street @OccupyWallStreet:

“Unemployed Man and his costumed colleagues stormed Wall Street on Monday morning, bringing some superhero street theater — and a 16-foot evil robot known as the Slot Bot — to the Occupy protests in New York.

The Superheroes versus Economic Supervillains smackdown was staged by Gan Golan, 37, co-author of the 2010 graphic novel The Adventures of Unemployed Man. Occupy Wall Street is a perfect stage for the book’s characters, a team of superheroes battling economic injustice.

“People at Occupy are fighting incredible forces in our society — that’s a perfect description of what you find in a superhero,” Golan told Wired.com.

Golan donned Unemployed Man’s custom orange-and-blue fetish costume for Monday’s event and joined others dressed as economic warriors from the book: undocumented worker Fantasma, student-debt-burdened Master of Degrees, Captain Generica and Wonder Mother. They waged battle against dark forces of the Just Us League, including such scoundrels as The Outsourcerer, Pink Slip and a the giant Slot Bot — part robot, part casino, with a head shaped like the New York Stock Exchange building and a menacing vacuum arm that hoovered up money.”

Read all about these  heroes at the link above.

November 1st:

Check out this great video from The Young Turks:

November 3rd:

Such a successful General Strike in Oakland yesterday.  But a bad aftermath last night.  The violence toward

demonstrators in the city including the one guy run over by a vehicle who just did not want to stop.  Or

wait.  Or both??

Demonstrators shut down the 5th busiest port in the country!  And the number of protestors in 3 large marches

during the day and early evening.  All of the people watching and listening throughout the country  Sweet!!!  And

all of the folks across the US holding their own marches.  And other local actions.  Plus the untold folks who just

did not go to work or school or both.  And orrices that closed officially across this great country.

And, in Manhattan we had more than 50 very brave Occupy Wall Street protestors who were able to reject the deals

the City of New York offered them called an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal and agreed to go to court

overt their arrests.  “We clearly were very peaceful, and there was no reason for it,” said Tile Wolfe, 19, a nonprofit

organization staffer who turned down the adjournment-and-dismissal offer. “I was arrested on a sidewalk, standing

with peace signs in the air, so it was kind of absurd.”

More about the arrests at the link.

A Canal Street “Stand-in” of about 50 people and a NYPD bus is on strand-by for the stand-in.  :-)

November 5th:

You have had HUGE successes this week:

  • you shut down the 5th busiest port in the United States of America (Oakland, California)
  • you shut down a full six busy city intersections in Washington DC as part of the Occupy the City Center of our nations Capitoil
  • One million people moved their money OUT of the biggest banks in the nation DESPITE the banks attempts to keep you there, charging you ten dollars to close your account, harassing you and arresting you just because you wanted to close your bank account

Congratulations to the American people for having the grit and determination to get the job done!!!

November 9th:

And beware:

Many Credit Unions rival large banks in their size.  And if you are concerned about the pay of CEOs or bonuses for Executives, do some research before you select a CU.  high salaries on their own may not be a no-go for you, but make sure you don’t get surprised later.

In California many Executives of Credit Unions make annual salaries of more than $600,000 per year.  God knows what (or if) the taxes paid by some turn out to be.

Check at the link for California CU CEO salaries.

Occupy The Highway:

The March on Washington started today with a small group of occupiers walking from New York City into Washington DC.  At some 20 miles each day they should arrive about November 23rd in time for the Congressional Super Committee meeting about our nations debt ceiling.

You remember the debt ceiling?  A long long time ago (like in July 2011) the Republicans decided to hold our nation hostage because they did not want the debt ceiling raised.

And so we got right down to the final final last minute.

And then our nations credit worthiness was downgraded.

And then the price of money went up and the price of every goods and service went up, and we may never in our lifetime regain our stellar credit rating.

And because the Republicans so much want to regain the Whitehouse in 2012, they refused to increase the debt ceiling through the end of 2012, which would have  removed it from the discussions that either party has during the Presidential election cycle.

Instead, here we are beginning to talk about it again.

And I know the Occupy groups want to remain apolitical, but this is my blog.

And I say the Republicans and any Democrat who stood with them during the summer on the issue of the debt ceiling are utter assholes.  You sold my great-grandchildren, who are yet to be born, down the fucking proverbial river.

I will keep this up-to-date in a separate post HERE

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@OccupyArrests  A running total of arrests during the Occupy Movement

The @OccupyArrests Project website is HERE

Follow them at Twitter and the website

November 9 arrests:   71

Total arrests:          3,516

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A Federal Judge and former prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s office in New York city has landed square in the lap of perennial “serial fraud offender Citigroup, refusing to let the captured regulatory agency
sweep yet another case of high-level criminal malfeasance under the
rug…

…This case was similar (to the Goldman Sachs ‘Abacus Case’), but worse. Here, Citi similarly told investors a package of mortgages had been chosen independently, when in fact Citi itself had chosen the stuff and was betting against the whole pile.”

Read more in the Rolling Stone link above.

November 11th:

To all of our U.S. Veterans–Happy Veteran’s Day.  I salute you for your service.  And to all of our men & women overseas today, please be safe and return home soon.  We love you.

So, @OccupyWallStreet, can you believe this shit?  That a FDNY came to the camp in plainclothes and confiscated a generator?  I don’t believe any laws allow this to actually happen.  If  the Fire Department walked in with uniforms and paperwork, no problem.  But it sounds more like some renegade poser to me.

However the video below state tonights seizure is the second by fire department staff not in uniform and without anything in writing.  So maybe it’s real shit.

The video does explain that there was a previous time when gnerators were confiscated.

But with the help of the National Lawyers Guild @NLG and others the generators were returned because they did not violate any FDNY code.  Read about the confiscation and return of the generators HERE

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@OccupyYourLawn Someone has a great idea:  put a tent on your front lawn and start seeing hundreds and thousands and tens of thousands of our own front lawns….Occupied!!! 

Thank you Daily Kos, it’s excellent.  What would Mayors and Police Departments and City Councils and Bureaucrats do?  Start raiding my own front lawn?

Hell, in some cities they probably would, but it’s not like they can say there is a curfew.  Or the property ownder did not give you permission?

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November 13th:

I am a Doctor for the 99%

November 13th:

Not to drag you peeps back to my “protest” time:  but we need marches with 150,000 people like in the Student Strike of 1970 (google it) in San Francisco and another 100,000 in New York all in ONE day.  We need dramatic involvement, more people with passion.

I love you guys for stepping forward and getting arrested.  It is hard and some of you step up time after time.  I love those who many the trenches and can’t afford an arrest.  But we need thousands of people arrested in one day, not 50 or 10.

The biggest impact was 700 on the Brooklyn Bridge.  The public screamed when they saw that.  Those brothers & sisters made a statement!!

How do we do that? How do we get a march with so many people you cannot fit the front and the bag of the line into a frame of the camera.  Then the TV asswipes will pay attention.  Then the politicians will begin to back our play.

We have a beautiful march from NYC to Washington DC with what, 50 people??  google the MLK March on Washington.  how many peep, 100,000 or something?  It was fucking HUGE.  It scared the hell out of the politicians to see so many black people all in one place.  Plus there were whites and Natives and now we would have everybody.  How do we get those BIG numbers?

In the 1970s it took major police beatings on TV.  Fire hoses, dogs, church bombings.  ugly stuff.

In 1970 it too the killing of students at Kent State and Jackson State Universities.  Ugly for sure when the National Guard had orders to shoot students to kill.

I hope it doesn’t take that now.  We have issues the public supports.  They know we are right.  How do we mobilize big numbers?

November 15th:

The property owners and the Mayor of NYC decided that tonight was a good night to move on the OWS team.

The East Coast decided that tonight they need to make a move to evict the protestors and “clean” the park

More than 100 people were arrested in this early morning hour raid.

If you remember, since the last big push to clean & sanitize the park, the protestors have done a good job cleaning and then maintaining the Plaza:

At least 14 protestors arrested, placed on NYPD buses in the middle of the night.  Mayor Bloomberg tweeted that the protestors will be “allowed back” into the Park but “no camping:.

*****Tonight “Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez Arrested, Injured at Occupy Wall Street Raid

Zuccotti Park/Liberty Plaza 3 am cleanup:

Sunrise over Foley Square:

Amateur video captures the chaos of the raid.

LiveStream HERE

After the eviction from Zucotti Park/Liberty Square, the NYC Courts make ruling on a case that will allow protestors to return to the Park, rebuild their tent city if they wish and stay past the curfew.

The 1st Ammendment to the U.S. Constitution trumps the citty curfew.

Photo below is of a protestor holding up a copy of the court order  by Justice Lucy Billings.

NYPD has not received new orders and continues to block entrance to the Park even though the protestors won the right to return to the Park this morning.

The protest March this morning has returned and the demon strators are aware of the court order this morning.  However, the police on-site at the Park have not received new orders and are blocking the entrance.

Protestors are not being allowed into the Park.

The yellow/green vests are being worn by private security staff or off-duty NYPD (???) now providing security.

I guess the protestors have to call NYPD and have them enforce the court order and arrest the guys in the security vests!!

Crackdowns reach the epicenter of the Occupy Wall Street encampments nationwide.

Why is it that Occupations across the nation are faced with continuous or episodic crackdowns by local police?

It seems we hear the same words over & over in different parts of our country and then see the same themes play out, resulting in a local encampment get pushed around or even shut down with similar tactics–lare night raids, riot gear, similar weaponry, et???

Now in  New York the Mayor, and I assume the City Council, have made decisions that played out last night asnd today partly in defiance of a court order.  Granted, this is not the final say of the court, but each time the court speaks they seem to express similar thinking.

Politicians and bureaucrats want to redstrict the movement and speech of protestors, while courts continue to say that the protestors have rights to do mmany things as far as staying past curfew, staying overnight, etc

This Associated Press article states “They were tearing everything apart,” Iturralde said. “They were hitting people, spraying people if they didn’t move fast enough.”

Around 200 people were arrested, including a member of the City Council and at least a half-dozen journalists. The arrested journalists included a reporter and photographer from The Associated Press who were held for four hours before being released.

Earlier in the day, another judge had issued a temporary restraining order
that appeared to bar the city from preventing protesters from re-entering the park, but it was unilaterally ignored by the police and city officials.

In contrast to the scene weeks ago in Oakland, where a similar eviction
turned chaotic and violent, the police action was comparatively orderly. But some protesters complained of being hit by police batons and shoved to the ground.

City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who has been supportive of the Occupy movement, was among those arrested outside of the park. Police Commission(er) Ray Kelly said Rodriguez was trying to get through police lines to reach the protesters.

“The law that created Zuccotti Park required that it be open for the public to enjoy for passive recreation 24 hours a day,” Bloomberg said. “Ever since the occupation began, that law has not been complied with, as the park has been taken over by protesters, making it unavailable to anyone else.”

The Wall Street march today in NYC:

From Shen Tong:  Police barricade park now – won’t allow people to leave. un-confirmed report: beating of people in zuccotti park by police

A number of folks have been reporting the same activities this morning.

And not just in NYC as this Day of… has reached nationwide.

And there are an awful lot of cops in NYC:

These officers are watching over the tents???

The NYC Subway system will be occupied today!!!

  • 3:00 pm: OCCUPY THE SUBWAYS RECLAIM our democracy! Throughout the boroughs, we will gather at 7 central subway hubs, to listen to a singular story from one of our hardest-hit and most inspirational neighbors. Bronx: Fordham Rd, and 3rd Ave/138th Brooklyn: Broadway Junction, and Borough Hall Queens: Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave, and Jamaica Center Parsons Archer Manhattan: 125th st, and Union Square Staten Island: St George/Staten Island Ferry
  • Bronx: Fordham Rd, and 3rd Ave/138th
  • Brooklyn: Broadway Junction, and Borough Hall
  • Queens: Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave, and Jamaica Center Parsons Archer
  • Manhattan: 125th st, and Union Square
  • Staten Island: St George/Staten Island Ferry
  • Then we will take our own stories to the trains, using the “People’s Mic”. We will rise up from the underground to join thousands of others gathered in the light of day, at Foley Square.

Then we will take our own stories to the trains, using the “People’s Mic”. We will rise up from the underground to join thousands of others gathered in the light of day, at Foley Square.

From: https://www.facebook.com/events/241419422582978/

Don’t believe the media hype trying to sell you on the idea that the protestors are bad people doing bad things–living in their own feces and crap like that repeated on your TV over & over.

November 17th was an Historic Day of Action Nationwide

check this article out

On November 17th, during this Call to Action, among the arrested are:

Retired Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis

City Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito

City Council Member Jumaane Williams

Workers United International Vice President Wilfredo Larancuent

SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry

SEIU 1199 President George Gresham

CWA Vice President Chris Shelton

CWA Vice President , Fr. Luis Barrios of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization-IFCO

City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who has been supportive of the Occupy movement, was among those arrested outside of the park. Police Commission(er) Ray Kelly said Rodriguez was trying to get through police lines to reach the protesters.

All the cops are just workers for the one percent, and they don’t even realize they’re being exploited,” retired Police Captain Ray Lewis said. “As soon as I’m let out of jail, I’ll be right back here and they’ll have to arrest me again.”

Reporters from the Daily Caller have been beaten by police during actions today.  The Daily Caller is a right-wing news organization and website.

Above is Meichelle Fields, a reporter for the Daily Caller who was beaten by NYC police and helped by the protestors on Nov 17th.

Meichelle states that “Direna had a camera in her hand and I had a microphone, and we were being hit,” she said. “When I fell to the ground I said at one point, ‘I’m just covering this! I’m covering this!’  And the officer just said, ‘Come on, get up, get up,’ before pulling me up by my jacket.’” “The protesters came up to me right away and asked if I needed any medical assistance. They were actually very kind and helpful. It was the police officers who were very aggressive,” Fields added.”

The bold is from the article, and you can read more at the link above the photo.

A group also marched to Union Square in NYC.

Sign this petition and help shame NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who seems to be shameless.

November 18th:

Laptops belonging to Occupiers in the OccupyWallStreet encampment were taken from protestors and from the camp, and have been destroyed.

The computers and technology items like routers, have been confiscated by police and by the Sanitation Department.

The article at the link above tell us that “Matt LiPani, a Sanitation representative, tells us that in the raid’s aftermath 151 Sanitation workers carted away the belongings to 650 W. 57th St. in “our collection trucks.”

And so now, at the unmarked underpass entrance, (Isaac) Wilder’s looking for his backpack, and his Freedom Tower. And $5000 in cash. This is all the money he has.”  Wilder works for a non-profit that had provided the camp with WiFi services.

No one yet can seem to explain why these expensive and important pieces of technology were destroyed, carted away or disposed of.

November 20th:

Here is one take on the whole New School occupation.  Interesting view of how it originally went down.

November 22nd:

President Obama got met with a mic check during his speech today.  The President was also handed a note which read:

Mr. President:

Over 4000 peaceful protesters have been arrested. While banksters continue to destroy the economy with impunity. You must stop the assault on our 1st ammendment rights. Your silence sends a message that police brutality is acceptable. Banks got bailed out. We got sold out

Read more about Day 66 of the Occupation here.

November 24th:

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Get this and share:

The average Bush Tax cut for the 1%ers exceed the average income for the rest of us.  That’s right—their tax cuts are more than our income.

They get more from their tax cut than what I get from working every fucking day?

Read about it HERE

February 23, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg brags that the New York Police Department (NYPD) is his “own private army”.  And he uses the PD just that way.  He should be recalled.

February 24th:

Occupy Wall Street group plans a National Convention in Philadelphia in July.  Read more at the link above.

Zombies Run Amok In Baltimore, Maryland On October 22nd

The voodoo Dr recommends that you join in the 5k Zombie Run & Walk in Darlington, Maryland on October 22, 2011.

” Finally, the 5K race for all the people who say ‘I run only when chased’”.

Do I have to be a zombie to register?

Well, technically, no.  But think about how lonely you will be.

All those zombies…..and then just you.

Avoid the heavy traffic of the last-minute “wannabe’s” and Zombie Up now.

The Dr can help you go undead.  You will be so happy.  Be a good little Zombie.

This is a Run For Your Lives!

It’s a zombie infested 5k Obstacle Course Run.

Follow all the other zombies on Twitter @runfromundead  and you Facebookers can go here.

How do I register then?

Follow this link to the registration particulars.

Where is this place?

Ramblewood
2564 Silver Road
Darlington, MD 21034

1 hour north of Baltimore and 1.5 hours south of Philly.

You can find the map & directions here.

This economy has hurt us Zombies bad.  How much does it cost??

$77 up to October 1st.

Spectators can buy an Apocalypse Pass for $32

Or get your very own Git Bit T-shirt for $19.  There are hats, sports bottles and more at the T-shirt link.

A portion of the funds will be donated to the American Red Cross.

Protect your brain and run for your life. This is one race where your legs giving out are the least of your problems. Run For Your Lives is a first-of-its-kind event, one part 5K, one part obstacle course, one part escaping the clutches of zombies — and all parts awesome.”

You can practice by watching this movie.  Be a good little Zombie.

Visitor Traffic Counters For Your Website or Blog

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Understand I am NOT an expert on visitor traffic counters for your website or blog.  But I know what I know and, fortunately I did find experts and some folks who can help you filter out the forest of crap out there and pick some solid visitor and traffic counters for your site.

I will give you info on some additional sites that can even help you understand what often seem  overly complicated instructions with some simple straight up help and get you up and running in no time no matter how much you know about your computer and/or you blog or website.

I am hosted on wordpress.com and, because their blog hosting is free, I face some restrictions on what counters I can use.

WordPress.org is related to wordpress.com provides you with a very reasonable blogging opportunity if you self-host your blog. In other words, wordpress.org blogs “live” on the site of your blog host and your host is not wordpress when you use wordpress.org.   Most host sites are pretty reasonable tas far as cost unless you have a photography site or something that needs tons of space.  Then you pay a bit more.  For basic blog hosting you can find a provider for under ten bucks per month and some are just a few dollars per month.

It just depends on what you need and what you can afford.  Free is pretty cool and wordpress.com works very well unless you are a pro blogger or you are selling a product or a service.

Can’t complain too much about free.

Because of the restrictions at wordpress.com, we cannot use flash or Java counters as a plug-in, just some straight HTML as a widget.  But that is ok because you can still use some good counters.  If you just must have Java on your site (because it is cool) then use wordpress.org or one of the other blogging sites like Blogger etc, that allow java script to be used.

What Do I use?

Whos Amung Us

Would you like to know how many visitors you have, where they are from and when they visited?

Free counters with tons of information available to you.  If you can handle flash their counters are even better.  It even maps the visitors for you on a world map if you want.

Plus the folks are great.  More helpful than I deserved.  You can find them on Twitter @whosamungus

Feedjit Live

Feedjit shows you were visitors are from, what OS & browser they are using and what page or post they visited on your site.

Nice people, helpful website with forums and product works well.  They have an advanced (non-HTML) version as well as the free version that I use.

You can Twitter them @Feedjit

Flag Counter

Pretty cool.  Visitors like it, it shows as many flags as you like and is pretty customizable, even the free version.

It has a ton of national flags and can support some specialty flags as well.  The pay version has many more features and abilities to customize.

Support is pretty good with online help and forums.  E-mail answers seemed a bit slow, but very helpful

I installed it like 10  days ago and it shows 900 visitors with 52 different countries flags represented.  If you get more visitors than I do (pretty easy) make sure you set the  number of flags higher than the default of 20.  I think I hit 20 flags on my 2nd day, fortunately I went in and reset the HTML to 45 flags.  You can reset it easily on the Flag Counter website if you are unsure about messing with the HTML directly in your site.  I had to up the number of flags four times  and now have it set to 100 now, so set it higher than you expect and check often to see it you need to increase it.

Together the three of these give some immediate & real-time information.

Site Meter

Site Meter is new for me. The product collects a ton of data and presents it to you in many forms, including raw data, statistics and reports.

You can learn how many visitors you have by day/week/month, what your average visitor count was over time, how long visitors stayed on your site, what page they enter and exit on.  Lots of info.

You place the Meter on your site and then access your data and reports on the Site Meter website.  I am still getting used to this product but I do like the variety of reporting they provide.

Site Meter sends you an email report each week showing you visitor counts per hour for each day plus the totals.  Nice report with just the raw data.

As with most of the products Site Meter provides a free HTML version and a premium (pay) Java version.

Google Page Rank Checker (or PR Checker)

Neat little product.  The premise is that this counter checks your site against the hits you get from the Google search engine and gives you a number from 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest in terms of Google hits.  The mathematical formula they use also accounts for links you use out to other websites and links on other sites that point to your site or page.

Some of the websites that explain this product advise that you must expect that when you install PR Checker you need to expect a ranking of zero at first and that it will take quite awhile before you reach a 1 designation.

A great explanation of Page Rank is found here  from Web Workshop.

I have blogged for a bit, don’t care much about my visitor load or Google hits, but I got a score of 1 as soon as I installed it.  I may never get higher than that 1, but it was cool to see something larger than zero!

It’s a nice free product and looks pretty cool when you get up to 8, 9 or 10 for your rating.  The rating shows where you rank against all other websites & blogs.

Note:  You can click on any of these counters on my site and see some limited data that they collect about my visits.  Give you a glimpse anyway before you install one.

Do I use too many counters??

Yes, I think I do.  But I’m still checking them out and decided what to keep and what to toss.  Plus, they do different things and/or present the results to you in different ways.  So, you get one that gives you a flag and a count for each visitor based on their country of origin.  Or one that gives you reports on who visited and when and what OS & browser they used.  What page or post they looked at.  How long they were there, etc.

Plus the Google checker is completely different from the regular visitor counters.

At some point I will settle on just a couple and clean my site up a bit.  For now they are just cool toys.

If you use wordpress.com or wordpress.org for a blog, you can also use their stats counters depending on which version you blog on.

WordPress also has help available with info and reviews on some non-Java counters.

No Twitter??

Who can help me??

Besides on-line and phone help from each vendor I found some blogs written by some very knowledgeable and very helpful people.

Life n Bits

No matter how much you know, make sure you check them out.

The best help I have found.  This blog has a lot more than info on visitor counters, but above is their page with information on stats widgets free & pay.  They can also teach you how to create a blog, all about search engines, how to increase your traffic (if you care or want to) and other related tidbits.

lifenbits has a TON of useful information for you including how to add a contact form to your site, how to submit your site to search engines (Google, Bing & Yahoo) including the links and instructions to do this.  And they have some really great photography!  I like this site a lot and recommend it highly.

I found their writing style is very clear and the information is helpful.  Including how to install your cool new widget(s).  He also provides some excellent suggested sites for information, including:

A couple of sites written by timethief, as suggested by Life N Bits.

The first provides info on real-time stats for wordpress.com blogs

The next provides a comparison of various statistical sites.

Do you use wordpress.org??

Check out Mike Challis’ article “Who’s Been On-Line? with Visitor Maps with location pins, city, and country. Includes a Who’s Online Sidebar. Has an admin dashboard to view visitor details.  It cannot be used with wordpress.com (that ol’ Plug-in/Java thingie).

Later I will write a post about website & blog security and security products available to help you.

I hope this helped some of you.  Good luck & have fun!

Voodoo Choppers and Eric Gorges

No, voodooDr has nothing to do with Voodoo Choppers.  I get asked about that so often that I decided to write a post about Eric Gorges and his Voodoo Choppers.

I fell in love with Eric’s bikes after seeing his Superstition  build on the Biker Build-off series on the Discovery Channel (yes, that thing again).

Gorges did not win that day, but consider this:  He went head-to-head against Corey Ness (yes, Arlen’s son).  Talk about top competition. Cory Ness had bested his dad Arlen and Arlen’s Top Banana had won over the young Roland Sands Glory Stomper.  The top motorcycle building family in the world, no doubt.

I liked Gorges’ bike best, but I can’t argue with the fans voting for the Ness creation.  It was that good.  But it was the first time I did not pick the winning bike from that series.  Damn!!

Besides really liking that bike, I appreciated Eric’s bike building philosophy and bio.

Gorges builds custom cars too.  In fact, that is where he learned to work the metal.

More photos here from the Biker Build-off.

Where is Voodoo Choppers??  Plus a phone number.

586.466.6100
22705 Morelli Dr.
Clinton Township MI 48036

Gorges has a blog.  And he is on Twitter @Voodoo_Choppers and @ericgorges

He has so many KILLER bikes in his albulm it is unreal.  Almost hard to look at all of these bikes at once.

Win a 1936 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead Motorcycle

This raffle is being held by the Wheels Through Time motorcycle museum, and their website is here.   

Aall proceeds go to support the museum.  A truly important cause.

This is the 9th Annual raffle and this time they have a beautiful classic knuckle up for grabs.

The raffle will be held in November, don’t miss out!

You can contact the museum at   (828) 926-6266

This is one of my all time favorite bikes, check it out:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow Wheels Through Time on Twitter and Thanks @wtttimemachine

Here is their acticle about The Chopper Graveyard.

Rust in peace

They have a ton of great videos here.

Are you hoping to visit the museum?

2011 Days,  Hours & Prices

May 1 – October 31, 2011
Open: Thursday-Monday
Hours: 9a.m.-5p.m.

Admission:

Adults: $12
Seniors (65 and up): $10
Children: $6

One of the upcoming events in just a few weeks:

40th Annual AMCA National Meet at Davenport, Iowa

Date:  September 1-3, 2011
Location:  Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds
Davenport, Iowa
Official Site: www.antiquemotorcycle.orgLabor Day weekend, Wheels Through Time will be travelling to the 40th annual AMCA Fall National in Davenport, Iowa.  Hosted by the Chief Blackhawk Chapter of the AMCA, the “Big One” is renowned as the biggest and best of the AMCA nationals.  Gear up for swap meet, banquet, bike judging, and vintage races and a weekend of fun.  Davenport is fun for all ages, and whether your antique motorcycle aficionado or just want to see some great old American iron in its element, Davenport is the place for you.”Matt’s Blog has a great article and video, 30 Bikes in 30 Days.The museum is located in  Maggie Valley in North Carolina  Maggie Valley is pretty much between Knoxville and Chatanooga.  Wikipedia says the population was 607 people in the 2000 census.Go, have fun and WIN that 1936 Knucklehead.
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