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Old 11-15-2011, 12:32 PM   #361
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Land of the free, indeed...

http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.co...-protest-site/
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Old 11-15-2011, 12:40 PM   #362
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there's plenty of cameras and video of what happened.

compared to what's happened elsewhere, i think the nypd did a pretty damned good job clearing this one out.
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Old 11-15-2011, 12:53 PM   #363
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there's plenty of cameras and video of what happened.
That has no bearing on the freedom of the press.

It is not as if I contemplated joining these protests by any means (and in fact I find the ones in Canada to be rather incomprehensible), but this type of media control is at the very least, troubling. And the police argument that it was for the safety of the media is actually ridiculous - by extension of that logic, the media should be held back from covering any event with a potential for violence.
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Old 11-15-2011, 01:10 PM   #364
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I think the unspoken reason is that people tend to "act up" more when there are cameras around. In any case, it's not like what happened is a state secret.

I just found out the park isn't even a public park, in which case they really have no right to set up shop there anyway.
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I think I am heading towards Headache "I hate hippies" territory with this at this point.

If they had any sense or organization beyond being a bunch of boobs with some leisure hours to flush down the toilet, they would be marching on D.C. and occupying the capital rotunda.

I just think they're going after the wrong target, if any target at all, in Wall Street.
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:05 PM   #366
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That's been my point. What exactly are they going to accomplish by picketing stock brokers? It's not like all of a sudden they'll get an overwhelming guilt trip and start tossing $50s out of their high rises.
To assume that they'd agree (read: allow themselves) to getting taxed more is more or less hoping for flying money.

I will say that I'm enjoying the resourcefulness of some people. Such as the human microphone (as creepy as it sounds on video) and the bikers who are charging electronics.
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I think I am heading towards Headache "I hate hippies" territory with this at this point.

If they had any sense or organization beyond being a bunch of boobs with some leisure hours to flush down the toilet, they would be marching on D.C. and occupying the capital rotunda.

I just think they're going after the wrong target, if any target at all, in Wall Street.


#occupythemall

if you want to have real change, go after the people, from both parties, who allow the corporate greed to go on in the first place.
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:49 PM   #368
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there are many cases to be made for what went wrong with the financial melt down in 2008,

we have not gotten any real over-site reform, banks are even bigger than 'too big to fail' now, etc.

but from day one, this occupy concept has been nothing but a net loss for the cause

who the fuck likes or respects 'occupiers' ? they are nothing but scoff laws, thieves or worse

call for a protest, repeated protests on weekly or bi-weekly basis

legitimate, productive members of the populace could show-up and lend support
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:54 PM   #369
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there are many cases to be made for what went wrong with the financial melt down in 2008,

we have not gotten any real over-site reform, banks are even bigger than 'to big too fail' now, etc.
This has been the biggest failing of the Obama administration, IMO.

In 2008 there was unprecedented public support for far-reaching reforms of the banking system which should have been essentially gutted and rebuilt with strong regulations (they can look to Canada, where we didn't let our banks run amok).

Instead he expended his political capital on a healthcare bill that was not a great bill in the end and which has contributed to political deadlock.

I don't factor in the Republicans at all since they have zero interest in regulating any industry.
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to be fair the health bill we got is not the one he (they) set out to get

also, it was reasonable to assume there would be some cooperation for reform after the 2008 melt down

then again with all the Goldman Sachs people in his administration, not surprised we ended up here


Romney is scarier, I think if he gets in, a real possibility, with the GOP in Congress he would deregulate even more, to stimulate the economy

this could lead to a true world-wide nuclear financial melt-down
or if we are luckier than we deserve to be, because Romney is a flip-flopper, and reasonably bright, he could govern from the center, and enact some decent legislation that will disappoint his base. much, like Clinton did in his second term,
if you have the people you don't need the base.
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The majority of those problems would be solved if the presidential term limit was extended to at least 6 years with no possibility of running for the office again.
Piss off everyone you want and walk away.
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if I was a 'card carrying' liberal or progressive, I would be embarrassed by these occupiers.





Los Angeles



Portland



Portland - I like this one



workers showing up at a protest - legitimate



empty walls = empty minds? - lock this bastard up
it's chalk, a temporary lock up - just for the afternoon




Oakland - Burn! Baby! Burn!
your property could be next



vacant building
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1st amendment rights



still waiting for your new iPhone 4S to arrive?
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still waiting for your new iPhone 4S?
yep, along with the other 99%

those 1% of people who have them should be charged extra.
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Serious question--does anyone know why the (self-professed) 'anarchist' contingent seems so much larger in the Pacific Northwest than elsewhere? Is it an outgrowth of the radical arm of the environmental movement or something?
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yes, it is a pretty fucked up world
that everyone isn't given a free iPhone every two years

not having one should fit under the 'cruel and unusual punishment' clause of the constitution
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