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#11 7 years ago

What I find strange is that every article regarding the protest completely bashes it to hell, yet if you read the comments, people who have actually witnessed it claim the articles are severely misleading. I'll try to find the article I was reading earlier later tonight.




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#12 7 years ago

That figures. For the first week the media completely ignored it. You had to tune in Al Jazeera or BBC to even know it was occurring. Apparently the movement is gaining attendance and support. With upstart protests happening or being planned in many other locations: Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Columbus, Madison, Austin, Charlotte, Houston, Denver, Nashville, Tampa, Sacramento, Cincinnati, Tulsa, Michigan, Portland, Omaha, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Birmingham, Miami, Nebraska, San Francisco, New Orleans, Phoenix.. ect




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#13 7 years ago

I have been watching what is going on. I first heard about when a news site mentioned Anonymous getting involved back before it started. They did not get any coverage until they were 3-4 days in. Even then it has been an article once every 2 days.

I have noticed quite a few "why government is broken" articles on major news sites/papers. CNN is running 1-2 editorials a day on the issue for this week. USA today had a front page story on the issue along with 3 possible solutions to help.

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I am going to have to check this out once it gets started. I just hope the people protesting have a head on their shoulders. I can see protesting EDMC(for-profit colleges), but going after PNC(regional saving/loan bank uninvolved in investment banking) is stupid.




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#14 7 years ago

Apparently pilots are joining in on it.

I read somewhere postal workers were in it as well.




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#15 7 years ago

Sedistix;5565564Apparently pilots are joining in on it.

I read somewhere postal workers were in it as well.

Yeah, I heard about that too. It's good that other people've joined in, even if it's for just a day. More pressure and dialogue needs to be brought back to the corporation and banks honestly.

Unfortunately I think recently they got a swell of some people, who apparently fell for a hoax on the internet Radiohead was going to perform for the protesters. Would've been funny to see the look on their faces.




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#16 7 years ago

Here's a live feed running today.

Breaking: Occupy Wall Street Protesters Blocking Off Brooklyn Bridge, Police Arresting Scores: Gothamist

They're in the park right now. Earlier today a bunch of them (3,000 according to this New York Source) blocked the Brooklyn bridge, joining a group of other protesters against the poverty and other problems in NYC (Rent is too damn high, anyone?)

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This also, unfortunately, allowed the cops to 'kettle' the people on the bridge and make some arrests. I don't get a figure but according to people there they arrested a good number.




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#17 7 years ago

According to the BBC more than 700 people were arrested on that bridge.

It is interesting to see Americans discover something like class awareness. I wonder why it is happening now though. It has been several years since the banks received their bailouts and if you're honest about it - the bailout strategy seems to have worked for the most part. It prevented a total collapse of the system and In Germany, at least, banks are able to repay the government. What remains is insufficient regulation for the financial markets, but I don't think the protests are about that.

The current economic problems seem to have different reasons though. Markets are nervous because of the Euro crisis, especially since the US has a lot of things in common with Greece as far as this problem is concerned. I don't see how protesting about wallstreet is going to change that. They might want to go to the policy makers instead.

This could also be a nice assist for Obama's reelection campaign. If he'd bolsters these protests he might polarize people sufficiently to increase revenue instead of just cutting spending. He probably doesn't have the balls for this though.




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#18 7 years ago

I wish Obama would grow a pair. He has good ideas, but he can't seem to stand up to congress.




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#19 7 years ago

MrFancypants;5566961According to the BBC more than 700 people were arrested on that bridge.

It is interesting to see Americans discover something like class awareness. I wonder why it is happening now though. It has been several years since the banks received their bailouts and if you're honest about it - the bailout strategy seems to have worked for the most part. It prevented a total collapse of the system and In Germany, at least, banks are able to repay the government. What remains is insufficient regulation for the financial markets, but I don't think the protests are about that.

The current economic problems seem to have different reasons though. Markets are nervous because of the Euro crisis, especially since the US has a lot of things in common with Greece as far as this problem is concerned. I don't see how protesting about wallstreet is going to change that. They might want to go to the policy makers instead.

This could also be a nice assist for Obama's reelection campaign. If he'd bolsters these protests he might polarize people sufficiently to increase revenue instead of just cutting spending. He probably doesn't have the balls for this though.

Its happening because nothing is improving for the working man while the companies are not only recovering but making record profits. We bailed these assholes out when they were in trouble of tanking and as a reward, we got payrolls cut in half and the people allowed to work not compensated for the extra labor.

Wages have remained stagnant across the board. Companies are making enough money to increase the salary of shareholder 200% since 2 years ago but for you and I? yeah, still making the same amount we did 30 years ago, except inlfation is making that amount less viable. Add in extra fees for banking, rising cost of housing, food and healthcare. Somethings gotta change.




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#20 7 years ago

If anyone is interested in what the protesters want.

https://occupywallst.org/forum/proposed-list-of-demands-for-occupy-wall-st-moveme/

I like 1, 6, 8, 10, and 13. The rest are varying levels of ridiculous.