Saturday, November 19, 2011

OWS Round-up

There are so many excellent articles and videos about OWS currently circulating that I thought I'd do a post linking to some of the best. I've included a small blurb below each link. In no particular order:

It not about rich people having more money. It about how they got money. It about how they take opportunity away from rest of us, for sake of having more money. It how they willing to take risks that destroy economy -- knowing full well what could and would happen -- putting millions out of work, while creating nothing of value, and all the while crowing that they John Galt, creating wealth for everyone.
Why Occupy Wall Street has already won:
If the movement stopped tomorrow, shut down and went home, we've still won. We've got kids who never voted interested in the political process. We've woken up apathetic people who are starting to realize the system is broken and perhaps even some politicians have awoken to the fact that we're on to them.
What are those OWS people so angry about?:
Anyone who expressed difficulty seeing or understanding what motivates these protests revealed many things about themselves. None is flattering. The only thing that’s surprising is that these protests didn’t happen sooner and that they’re not more widespread and intense.
Occupy Veterans Movement Growing Across U.S.:
Last week, the world watched as bleeding, dazed 24-year-old Marine Scott Olsen was carried away by fellow protesters after he was struck in the head by an object apparently fired by an Oakland police officer. And before that, Marine Sgt. Shamar Thomas was captured on video confronting a group of New York police officers he said had been too rough with protesters.

 Seven Awful Things Ann Coulter Just Said About Occupy Wall Street:
6. "Remember the lesson from my book: It just took a few shootings at Kent State to shutthat down for good."
Even in Churches, Wall Street Protesters Can't Escape Watch of Police:
“It is disconcerting that they would actually enter the sanctuary,” said the Rev. James Karpen, known as Reverend K, senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, on West 86th Street. “Here we had offered hospitality and safety, which is our business as a church; it just felt invasive.”
Lobbying firm's memo spells out plan to undermine Occupy Wall Street:
CLGC’s memo proposes that the ABA (American Bankers Association) pay CLGC $850,000 to conduct “opposition research” on Occupy Wall Street in order to construct “negative narratives” about the protests and allied politicians. 
Caught on Camera: 10 Shockingly Violent Police Assaults on Occupy Protesters:
Occupations across the country have born the brunt of some violent police tactics, and in a world where everyone has a camera-phone, a lot of their brutish behavior has been caught in photographs and on video.
An Open Letter From the Heart of  OWS: "We ARE the Message":
We who Occupy don’t have a “clear message,” because we are the clear message. We’re the canary in the coal mine. We’re the first responders to the American economy blowing up, to the tragic break in the system. The only difference between us and those who haven’t physically joined us is that we live upstream, nearer to where the dam broke.
Open Letter to Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi:
Police used batons to try to push the students apart. Those they could separate, they arrested, kneeling on their bodies and pushing their heads into the ground. Those they could not separate, they pepper-sprayed directly in the face, holding these students as they did so. When students covered their eyes with their clothing, police forced open their mouths and pepper-sprayed down their throats. Several of these students were hospitalized. Others are seriously injured. One of them, forty-five minutes after being pepper-sprayed down his throat, was still coughing up blood.
I happen to know the brilliant young woman who wrote this one:
Whose Street, Exactly?: Occupy in the Context of Complete Streets:
Chances are you heard about Occupy protestors in Oakland and Washington, D.C. being struck by cars two weeks ago—a Mercedes and a Lexus, respectively. But did you hear about the Hummer in Oakland? Or, breaking with the tableau of luxury automobiles used to aggressively threaten protesters, the Toyota truck that drove through a general assembly at the port? 

A bit of awesomeness:
Occupy protesters return to UC Berkeley (video) 

Followed by one of the most sickening things I've seen in the movement thus far:

I believe we are on the cusp of revolution in America. It remains to be seen how it will all pan out.

And finally, in the words of Captain America:

 “Doesn’t matter what the press says. Doesn’t matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and the tell the whole world—’no, you move’.” 

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