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By Gary Starr for the Neville Awards
Oct. 4, 2011
Poor Colleen Long. She works for the Associated Press. And she just doesn't understand what's going on with that 'Occupy Wall Street' protest. On Sunday, October 3rd, 2011 she described it thusly:
The collection of people in tie-dyed T-shirts and star-spangled underwear have been camped out in a granite plaza in lower Manhattan nearly two weeks - and show no signs of going away.
They sleep on air mattresses, use Mac laptops and play drums. They go to the bathroom at the local McDonald's. A few times a day, they march down to Wall Street, yelling, "This is what democracy looks like!"
It all has the feel of a classic street protest with one exception: It's unclear exactly what the demonstrators want.
She is either:
Well Colleen, we are glad to help you out. Here is the list of thirteen demands as puiblished on the Occupy Wall Street website:
- Willfully ignorant
- Being paid to obfuscate
- Just plain stupid.
- Demand 1: Restoration of the living wage. This demand can only be met by ending "Freetrade" by re-imposing trade tariffs on all imported goods entering the American market to level the playing field for domestic family farming and domestic manufacturing as most nations that are dumping cheap products onto the American market have radical wage and environmental regulation advantages. Another policy that must be instituted is raise the minimum wage to twenty dollars an hr.
- Demand 2: Institute a universal single payer healthcare system. To do this all private insurers must be banned from the healthcare market as their only effect on the health of patients is to take money away from doctors, nurses and hospitals preventing them from doing their jobs and hand that money to wall st. investors.
- Demand 3: Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment.
- Demand 4: Free college education.
- Demand 5: Begin a fast track process to bring the fossil fuel economy to an end while at the same bringing the alternative energy economy up to energy demand.
- Demand 6: One trillion dollars in infrastructure (Water, Sewer, Rail, Roads and Bridges and Electrical Grid) spending now.
- Demand 7: One trillion dollars in ecological restoration planting forests, reestablishing wetlands and the natural flow of river systems and decommissioning of all of America's nuclear power plants.
- Demand 8: Racial and gender equal rights amendment.
- Demand 9: Open borders migration. anyone can travel anywhere to work and live.
- Demand 10: Bring American elections up to international standards of a paper ballot precinct counted and recounted in front of an independent and party observers system.
- Demand 11: Immediate across the board debt forgiveness for all. Debt forgiveness of sovereign debt, commercial loans, home mortgages, home equity loans, credit card debt, student loans and personal loans now! All debt must be stricken from the "Books." World Bank Loans to all Nations, Bank to Bank Debt and all Bonds and Margin Call Debt in the stock market including all Derivatives or Credit Default Swaps, all 65 trillion dollars of them must also be stricken from the "Books." And I don't mean debt that is in default, I mean all debt on the entire planet period.
- Demand 12: Outlaw all credit reporting agencies.
- Demand 13: Allow all workers to sign a ballot at any time during a union organizing campaign or at any time that represents their yeah or nay to having a union represent them in collective bargaining or to form a union.
These demands will create so many jobs it will be completely impossible to fill them without an open borders policy.
There Colleen, wasn't that easy? It took about two minutes to find that info. Do your job or stop pretending to be a reporter.
These demands sound like a latter-day communist manifesto. And the protests are now spreading across the United States to include Seattle, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. As the protests spread the usual suspects, the mega-rich leftist foundations and elitists running these useful idiots have also started to emerge - George Soros, Steven Lerner and SEIU, The Ruckus Society, the Tides Foundation and the Ford Foundation.
They yell the usual time honored slogans like "This is what democracy looks like!", or "What do We Want….When do we want it" or "Hey Hey, Ho Ho, So and So has got to go", or "Jobs Not Cuts" and "Occupy the Streets."
On Sunday, October 3rd, 2011 700 people were arrested for trying to shut down the Brooklyn Bridge. The summer soldier celebrities have also begun to show up. Just before jetting off for a deluxe European vacation in Italy, Susan Sarandon dropped in to lend her support. Millionaire filmmaker Michael Moore and rap mogul Russell Simmons came by to bloviate about how tough it is to make it in America. Crackpot communist professors Cornell West (Princeton) and Frances Fox Pivens (NYU) led call and answer sessions with the kids.
FRANCES FOX PIVEN: "I teach at the Graduate School of the City University of New York. I am here because I am so enthusiastic about the possibilities of this sit-in, over the marches that are occurring over postal worker issues, the sister demonstrations that are starting in Chicago and Los Angeles, and maybe in Boston. I think we desperately need a popular uprising in the United States. None of us know. I study movements. None of us know the exact formula for when those movements erupt, but it could be. And if that is true, then these people who are here are really wonderful. I would do anything to help them." (TV Show: "Democracy Now!")
Indeed, that is what stupidity looks like.
From the Wall Street Journal:
Not All the Rage -- Hard times at class war high..
These are hard times for anticapitalist protestors, as the "Occupy Wall Street" movement is discovering. A few hundred activists, students and unemployed college graduates have been sitting-in for about two weeks at a downtown Manhattan park and no one seems to care very much, save for those in the area whose travel is disrupted.
An occasional millionaire celebrity like Susan Sarandon has stopped by in class solidarity, while Cornel West, the conscience of Princeton, has also lent his moral and political acumen to the cause. "Democratic awakening is taking place. It's the U.S. Fall responding to the Arab Spring," he said on Twitter last week.
But the protestors have had a hard time getting a media quorum, and even National Public Radio and MSNBC haven't detected any larger political significance so far in a collection of ne'er-do-wells raging against Wall Street, or something.
A reporter for the Associated Press put it this way: "It all has the feel of a classic street protest with one exception: It's unclear exactly what the demonstrators want." Handmade signs include the likes of "Less is More" and "Capitalism is evil," which you can see any day of the week at your average college coffee shop.
Frustration over this public indifference may account for the protestors' decision to force a New York police response by occupying the car lanes on the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday, leading to some 700 arrests. Protests also popped up on the weekend with a few dozen folks in Chicago, Denver, Boston and "Occupy Seattle."
Perhaps this new attention will ignite a surge of national protest against CEOs and bankers, but it seems unlikely. In America, in contrast to Greece or Argentina, the great populist uprising of the last three years has been on the political right, and mainly against government.
The seeming aimlessness of the Wall Street protestors may reflect that they are raging against their own machine. Their political favorites ran all of Washington until January, and many of their policies have been passed or implemented via regulation: national health care, turning big banks into public utilities, huge increases in government spending, green energy subsidies and regulations to kill fossil fuels. We sympathize with their frustration at the sad economic results of all this, but if the protestors want something better they might try joining the tea party.
The Wall Street Journal should be careful not to underestimate what is, at this time, a nascent movement. It is growing and the insanity is increasing.
Hollywood has-been Rosanne Barr is calling for the beheading of bankers and the rich:
"Part of my platform is, of course, the guilty must be punished and that we no longer let our children see their guilty leaders getting away with murder. Because it teaches children, you know, that they don't have to have any morals as long as they have guns and are bullies and I don't think that's a good message," Barr told Russia Today (RT).
"I do say that I am in favor of the return of the guillotine and that is for the worst of the worst of the guilty.
"I first would allow the guilty bankers to pay, you know, the ability to pay back anything over $100 million [of] personal wealth because I believe in a maximum wage of $100 million. And if they are unable to live on that amount of that amount then they should, you know, go to the reeducation camps and if that doesn't help, then being beheaded," Barr said with a straight face.
Rosanne Barr is crazy. But she has the ability to ignite sparks among the dim-witted. And the streets are starting to fill up with them.
Neville's prediction: Look for the protests to slow down as the radical-chic parlor-socialist rich-kid poseurs get increasingly uncomfortable and dirty as winter sets in. As the Eurozone and Greece go broke, and our stock market continues to crash....and as unemployment stays above 9% and Obama looks increasingly like a loser, look for riots next summer as the election heats up.