Sunday, November 13, 2011

Who Can Resist The Live Feed of Occupy Portland?


Watch live streaming video from occupyptown at livestream.com

It's 5:50pm Pacific Time and I just tuned in to Occupy Portland while perusing Occupy Wall Street on Wiki.

Here's a few bits and pieces from that informative article.


Disparity? What Disparity?

"During the economic expansion between 2002 and 2007, the income of the top 1% grew 10 times faster than the income of the bottom 90%.

In this period 66% of total income gains went to the 1%, who in 2007 had a larger share of total income than at any time since 1928.[15]"


Who are these Occupiers Representing the 99%?

"According to a survey of Zucotti Park protesters by the Baruch College School of Public Affairs published on October 19, of 1,619 web respondents, 1/3 were older than 35, half were employed full-time, 13% were unemployed and 13% earned over $75,000. 27.3% of the respondents called themselves Democrats, 2.4% called themselves Republicans, while the rest, 70%, called themselves independents."[36]



On The Interests of the 99%

"When asked, "What frustrates you the most about the political process in the United States?," 30% said, "Influence of corporate/moneyed/special interests." Only 6% said "Income inequality" and 3% said, "Our democratic/capitalist system."

When asked, "What would you like to see the Occupy Wall Street movement achieve?,"

35% said "Influence the Democratic Party the way the Tea Party has influenced the GOP" and 11% said, "Break the two-party duopoly." Only 4% said "Radical redistribution of wealth.""[38]HYPERLINK \l "cite_note-WSJNEWS-38"[39]


On Teamwork


"New York City requires a permit to use "amplified sound," including electric bullhorns. Since Occupy Wall Street does not have a permit, the protesters have created the "human microphone" in which a speaker pauses while the nearby members of the audience repeats the phrase in unison. The effect has been called "comic or exhilarating—often all at once." Some feel this has provided a further unifying effect for the crowd."[60]HYPERLINK \l "cite_note-google-60"[61]



What Do They Want?

"According to Bloomberg Businessweek, protesters want more and better jobs, more equal distribution of income, bank reform, and a reduction of the influence of corporations on politics.[52] Adbusters co-founder Kalle Lasn has compared the protests to the Situationists and the Protests of 1968 movements."[53]HYPERLINK \l "cite_note-53"[54]



A PROTEST A LA FRANCAISE (NOT DIRECTLY OCCUPY-RELATED, EARLIER THIS YEAR) REUTERS(source)

Mai 68, Le Back-To-The-Future

Sandra LONDON

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