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October 7, 2011

Occupy Pittsburgh Update

For your viewing pleasure:

Best part when Stewart in comparing the right wing media's reaction to the teaparty (which it overwhelmingly favors) to it's reaction to the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators (which it overwhelmingly doesn't) says :
So, rage against duly elected government is patriotic -- quintessentially American -- whereas rage against multi-national shareholder-accountable corporations is anti-American. OK, gotcha.
Or when he applauds Sean Hannity for saying:
The average American taxpayer knows at the end of the day they're going to be on the hook for the trillions and trillions of dollars that we're using to bail out these companies, some of whom have been irresponsible, and they are expessing their frustration, which I think is quintessentially American.
Only to be corrected by the voice in his ear bud with the information that that was Hannity in 2009 praising the Tea Party protesters. On October 3, Hannity said the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators hated freedom.

That's what the near future is going to look like.

Some local (and not so local) coverage.

Pittsburgh Business Times:
Occupy Pittsburgh, the grassroots effort inspired by but separate from the massive Wall Street demonstrations, are planning their first big event Downtown on Saturday, Oct. 15.

The Occupy Pittsburgh event is timed to a worldwide event called for that day and could include a large-scale march and rally, said Occupy Pittsburgh organizer Nathaniel Glosser. An estimated 300 people attended Wednesday night's first organizing event at a Pittsburgh Unitarian Universalist church.

Glosser said that what's happening in Pittsburgh isn't formally connected with Occupy Wall Street and the other events around the United States and the world.
Wall Street Journal:
As anti-Wall Street protests spread from New York to other U.S. cities, the activists beginning their third week inside a Lower Manhattan park urged participants to dress up as "corporate zombies" on Monday.

Organizers told the Associated Press that they would hold an anti-police brutality protest on the steps of City Hall, as well as a rally in support of union workers outside Sotheby's auction house on the Upper East Side. New York police arrested hundreds of demonstrators Saturday after a group blocked traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Over the weekend, budding copycat movements spread across the country, with smaller-scale protests planned via online social-networking sites. Protesters held sizable gatherings in Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles. In other cities, like San Francisco and Pittsburgh, protests were smaller or existed only in a planning stage.
The P-G:
They don't know precisely how they'll protest or what their exact mission is, but nearly 300 people who gathered in a stuffy Shadyside church Wednesday night agreed to protest Downtown on Oct. 15 against what they view as corporate greed.

The group, a collection of 20-somethings and gray-haired adults, hopes to become the latest branch of a Wall Street protest that began in New York City and has since spread across the nation to Los Angeles, Chicago and other cities.
When you get mentioned by the Wall Street frickin Journal, you know you've arrived.

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Winding down said...

How many of the 20 somethings are unemployed and holding a liberal arts degree...phil, history or the social (sciences?)... How many engineers and hard science people are in the occupy cabal? Are they saying... I want and I want now...
And I want it from you if you have more than I do.
They shud be demonstrating where they paid money for a degree that does not lead to a "living wage"... Look in the mirror for the one responsible for your state of affairs...

spork_incident said...

Are they saying... I want and I want now...
And I want it from you if you have more than I do.

Of course, that's not what they're saying. You must be an engineer considering what a fine strawman you designed and built there (not to mention your incoherent writing style).


Winding down said...

What are they saying ? be incoherent ..that is my native language. Tks ..have great day...!!

Winding down said...

I’ve spent a perfectly delightful Friday working on a writing project that has required me to nose around a lot of old material on Franklin Roosevelt, and at some point it was inevitable that I would re-read for the hundredth time Winston Churchill’s fine essay on FDR in Great Contemporaries.  Churchill was an admirer of FDR’s (meeting FDR was like taking your first sip of champagne, Churchill wrote), and generally a fan of the New Deal.  There’s one passage, though, that seems freshly salient in the time of Obama and Occupy Wall Street:

A second danger to President Roosevelt’s valiant and heroic experiments seems to arise from the disposition to hunt down rich men as if they were noxious beasts.  It is a very attractive sport, and once it gets started quite a lot of people everywhere are found ready to join in the chase.  Moreover, the quarry is at once swift and crafty, and therefore elusive.  The pursuit is long and exciting, and everyone’s blood is infected with its ardour.  The question arises whether the general well-being of the masses of the community will be advanced by an excessive indulgence in this amusement.  The millionaire or multi-millionaire is a highly economic animal.  He sucks up with sponge-like efficiency money from all quarters.  In this process, far from depriving ordinary people of their earnings, he launches enterprise and carries it through, raises values, and he expands that credit without which on a vast scale no fuller economic life can be opened to the millions.  To hunt wealth is not to capture commonwealth.

No wonder Obama sent the Churchill bust back from the Oval Office.

Dayvoe said...

The Churchill Bust story AGAIN?

I guess we have another zombie lie.

For the record, the bust was lent for the duration of the Bush administration - the British Embassy spokesman said so.

Not even a good try, sorry.

Winding down said...

From the UK Telegraph..
Churchill has less happy connotations for Mr Obama than those American politicians who celebrate his wartime leadership. It was during Churchill's second premiership that Britain suppressed Kenya's Mau Mau rebellion. Among Kenyans allegedly tortured by the colonial regime included one Hussein Onyango Obama, the President's grandfather.
The rejection of the bust has left some British officials nervously reading the runes to see how much influence the UK can wield with the new regime in Washington.
Now it is likely that Gordon Brown will offer a alternative symbol of Anglo-American fealty when he visits Washington to meet Mr Obama for the first time since he became President. Diplomats are still working to finalise a date for the visit which is expected in the final week of this month or early in March.
One suggestion, given Mr Obama's interest in the Lincoln era, is that Mr Brown should offer an artefact relating to the career of John Bright, the 19th Century MP and political reformer who became the most prominent British supporter of Lincoln's Union forces during the American Civil War.
A British Embassy spokesman said: "The bust of Sir Winston Churchill by Sir Jacob Epstein was uniquely lent to a foreign head of state, President George W Bush, from the Government Art Collection in the wake of 9/11 as a signal of the strong transatlantic relationship.
"It was lent for the first term of office of President Bush. When the President was elected for his second and final term, the loan was extended until January 2009.
"The new President has decided not to continue this loan and the bust has now been returned. It is on display at the Ambassador's Residence."

Winding down said...

Forget about the bust....comment on the Churchill remarks vis a vis FDR and pursuing the rich...the bust comment by the writer was a throwaway..