Saturday, December 17, 2011

#D17 - 2011: Daily Blog (#OWS)

Occupy Wall Street Sign of the Day

12:05: It's D17! Occupy Wall Street started 3 months ago; it's Bradley Manning's birthday and Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire one year ago today. So, it's a very meaningful day for this movement. Plan is for global day of re-occupation. So, there will likely be reoccupation efforts from New York, Oakland and other evictees - details aren't available, for obvious reasons (except in NYC where location has been announced). More throughout the day.

12:08 AM: Barbara Ehrenreich: The Truth Exposed by Occupy Shows That the Real Elites Are the Thieves of the 1%, Not The Liberals of Conservative Myth:

As Harper’s Magazine columnist Tom Frank has brilliantly explained, the right earned its spurious claim to populism by targeting that “liberal elite,” which supposedly favors reckless government spending that requires oppressive levels of taxes, supports “redistributive” social policies and programs that reduce opportunity for the white middle class, creates ever more regulations (to, for instance, protect the environment) that reduce jobs for the working class, and promotes kinky countercultural innovations like gay marriage. The liberal elite, insisted conservative intellectuals, looked down on “ordinary” middle- and working-class Americans, finding them tasteless and politically incorrect. The “elite” was the enemy, while the super-rich were just like everyone else, only more “focused” and perhaps a bit better connected.

When I interview Corey Robin (still in editing) he made a similar point: Namely, the right has laid claim to populism by proclaiming "every man a speculator." The genius of OWS, according to Robin, is to recognize that the 99% are not aligned with Wall Street, which undercuts the right's populist facade.

12:13 AM: Occupy Wall Street: The First Quarter.

12:25 AM: A few days behind on this, but great title - To Serve and Protect the Great Vampire Squid.

12:32 AM: Amanda Marcotte and Samhita Mukhopadhyay first two episodes of Opinionated:

Episode 1

Episode 2

12:45 AM: Glenn Greenwald on detention bill (a/k/a the end of habeas corpus).

12:52 AM: They're feeding people! They must be stopped!

OakFoSho Spencer: For Hire
OPD raided #OccupyOakland vigil & took the kitchen. 3 pointless arrests. Guess what? #OO is already feeding people again at OGP! #OWS #p21

1:10 AM: Random Boots Riley clips....

January of 2011....

March of 2011....

Occupy Wall Street was just over one week old...

Calling for a general strike....

1:22: Sam Seder on NDAA:

1:28 AM: A couple days old, but a Salon piece on the port shut down.

1:35 AM: Richard Dawkins on Christopher Hitchens.

10:50 AM: Here's the reoccupation schedule - it's a party, with several artist performing to be followed by reoccupation at Duarte Square.

12:48 PM: Bouazizi's Big Bang. And I thought I'd re-post this since it's the one-year anniversary of Bouazizi's self-immolation: Letter to a Dead Man About the Occupation of Hope.

4:19 PM: Check my twitter feed for updates.

10:22 PM: Quote of the Day - Shelley:

"Stand ye calm and resolute,
Like a forest close and mute,
With folded arms and looks which are
Weapons of unvanquished war.
And if then the tyrants dare,
Let them ride among you there,
Slash, and stab, and maim and hew,
What they like, that let them do.
With folded arms and steady eyes,
And little fear, and less surprise
Look upon them as they slay
Till their rage has died away
Then they will return with shame
To the place from which they came,
And the blood thus shed will speak
In hot blushes on their cheek.
Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number,
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you-
Ye are many — they are few



  1. Occupy has changed so much that I'm thinking we need a new system of dating--BO (before Occupy) and AO (after Occupy)--to clarify the context within which news or statements were made.