October 11, 2011

As the movement across the US takes an even more wide-spreading appeal, the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon has snagged a big endorsement from a popular source.
Via Raw Story:

“We know the media will either ignore you or frame the issue as to who may be getting pepper sprayed rather than addressing the despair and hardships borne by so many, or accurately conveying what this movement is about,” Ben & Jerry’s Board of Directors said in a statement published on the company’s website.
“All this goes on while corporate profits continue to soar and millionaires whine about paying a bit more in taxes.
And we have not even mentioned the environment.”

Yes indeed, the rich are whining.

(Illustration found here).

And hopefully, with Ben & Jerry’s move, other types will stand also.
This could be a mighty leverage to move this movement further down the road to action in getting some of the bullshit that’s ripped apart the planet to change, to bring people’s lives more in line with actual living.

Already a big chunk of truth has come out.
Geraldo Rivera of Fox News waltzed down to the New York gathering and tried to impress with his journalism creds, but way missed the mark: Protesters immediately surrounded Rivera and his network’s cameras and began shouting “Fox News Lies!” After a few minutes, Rivera decided to leave. His departure was cheered by protesters, who sang “Hey, hey, hey, goodbye!”
These 99 percenters know the sight/smell of 100 percent bullshit.
And we can expect even more ugly, nasty words from Fox & Friends.

Already it’s ugly in Boston as cops loose their cool and create a horrible slap-back to the 1960s.
From Think Progress:

Before the arrests and clearing of the park, the police surrounded it, lining up over a dozen paddy wagons along one side.
They told members of the media to leave and not to film proceedings.
After a five-minute warning to disperse, police moved in, first arresting the peacefully protesting veterans — who included a female veteran of the Iraq War, according to the Boston Phoenix — and then other Occupy Boston activists.
According to Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, about 100 arrests were made.
The police then tore down the protesters’ encampment.
Live feeds from onlookers showed Boston Police dumping dismantled tents, signs, and chairs into waiting garbage trucks, destroying the protesters’ property.

The whining rich strike back.

Environmental activist Bill McKibben spoke at Occupy Wall Street on Saturday and this money quote:

The reason that it’s so great that we’re occupying Wall Street is because Wall Street has been occupying the atmosphere.
That’s why we can never do anything about global warming.
Exxon gets in the way.
Goldman Sachs gets in the way.
The whole fossil fuel industry gets in the way.
The sky does not belong to Exxon.
They cannot keep using it as a sewer into which to dump their carbon.
If they do, we’ve got no future and nobody else on this planet has a future.

The biggest disaster awaiting the entire planet is climate change, and in order to get something done towards this quickly-approaching calamity, the business-as-usual must change, and change near-about overnight.

James Howard Kunstler, at his must-read blog, Clusterfuck Nation, praised the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement in a post yesterday, yet the whole scene has a terrible ticking noise to it:

Praise has been coming in from all quarters for the peacefulness of the OWSers.
Don’t expect that to last.
In the natural course of things, revolutionary actions meet resistance, generate friction, and then heat. Anyway, history is playing one of its little tricks by simultaneously ramping up the OWS movement in the same moment that the banking system is actually imploding, with the fabric showing the most stress right now in Europe.
I shudder to imagine what happens when OWS moves into the streets of France, Germany, Holland, Italy, and Spain.
All of the action right now has the weird aura of being an overture to the year 2012, fast approaching as we slouch into the potentially demoralizing holidays of the current year.
I don’t subscribe to Mayan apocalypse notions, but there’s something creepy about the wendings and tendings of our affairs these days.
OWS is nature’s way of telling us to get our shit together, or else.
This means a whole lot more than bogus “jobs” bills and Federal Reserve interest rate legerdemain.
It means coming to grips with the limits of complexity and purging the system of the idea that anything is too big to fail.
What happens when Occupy Wall Street becomes Occupy Everything, Everywhere?

Just suck down more ice cream.

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