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Intro: "Over a thousand demonstrators began protests as a part of a campaign they are calling 'Occupy Wall Street.' The protesters intend to engage in long-term civil disobedience to draw attention to Wall Street's misdeeds and call for structural economic reforms."

Protesters gather in Lower Manhattan in the organized demonstration OccupyWallStreet. (photo: OccupyWallStreet.org)
Protesters gather in Lower Manhattan in the organized demonstration OccupyWallStreet. (photo: OccupyWallStreet.org)

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+53 # Barbara K 2011-09-18 14:07
What Wall St. did to the American people is beyond criminal, it is evil in its worst form. I noticed many of the younger generation in the crowd and was so glad to see that they are paying attention and getting active. We need to engage them; it is their future at stake, as well as our present. Keep up the occupation and know that you are also representing us too, the ones unable to be there, we have you in our hearts. Let's keep bringing in the younger generation to take over for us. We owe you all our thanks.
 
 
+43 # X Dane 2011-09-18 14:58
Wall street and big corporations DON'T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT THE MIDDLE CLASS.

They can sell their stuff in the rest of the world.

They plain and simply don't need us anymore.

Now what do we do???????????
 
 
+2 # Capn Canard 2011-09-21 07:45
X Dane, so true! Wall Street cares only for their personal bottom line. What do we do? good question, I believe that community based orgs 100-300 people strong are the best way to administer distribution of the necessary societal tasks. It is a tricky question! Revolution certainly, I would like to believe that violence is not necessary but the power structure will not give up control without a posturing and they're quite likely to use violence. Personally I believe we need to start with widespread actions and hopefully massive opting-out of the monetary system, a system that is dependent upon keeping many people economically hanging by a thread in order to keep a minority of the few in power to hold onto their power and the control that goes with it. I look at what has happened across the world and there is no way this sheet happens without rapid communication, cell phones, texting, internet, radio, tv, land lines, etc etc.
 
 
+42 # Virginia 2011-09-18 15:20
It's not just the loss of homes, jobs, equity, investments - it's also about the loss of pension and retirement funds worldwide. Government workers, unions, 401K beneficiaries don't even know how much they've lost - it's gone and the banks will make settlements with investors and then file for bankruptcy protection - too bad for everyone!

See The Sucker Punch on www.deadlyclear.com
 
 
+24 # angelfish 2011-09-18 15:47
WHERE is accountability? WHY have there been NO Special Prosecutors or investigations into their CRIMINAL rape and plunder of our National wealth? NONE of the miscreants involved have been brought to account. They ALL continue to enjoy the SAME income, lifestyle, and "freebies" that they ALWAYS have while REAL Americans are going homeless and hungry! America is awakening to these facts and will soon show them that it will NOT be borne much longer. Justice is coming! The Mitch "Aunt Blabby" McConnells, Eric Cantors, Lindsey Grahams, Jim De Mints and their related ME FIRSTers of this Country, who are the servants of the Mega-Wealthy rather than John Q. Public, WILL soon go the way of the Dinosaur and Mastodon. Humanity will not bear it much longer! Saner, more reasonable people will assume the hard task of returning us to the Caring, Productive, CAN DO Nation we were before the onslaught of the Bush/Cheney Regime's devastatingly Criminal and Destructive years in Washington! Justice WILL be served!
 
 
+24 # jon 2011-09-18 16:24
May the number of protestors increase to 20 times it's current size!
 
 
+20 # jtom 2011-09-18 16:29
Many of us are not left with resources to travel 1300 miles and stay.My IRA's have srunk from $269.000 in 1999 to $35,000 today with the three market crashes! Many more are not physically able to make the trip and sleep on the ground. They talk about how good the loe interest rates are, but thosse of us that have left the stock market are needing interest rates to go on our savings. Banks paying 1/3 of 1% don't make us anything to live on.
 
 
+22 # Glen 2011-09-18 16:46
The rhetoric, in the attempt to denigrate protesters is puzzling, especially the word hippy. I have heard folks in their twenties use that word when insulting any they disagree with. Other adjectives also are misused to the point that the objections to such as these protests are rendered shallow and not worth responding to.

Hippies had a point that is not much different from today's protesters on both sides. However, they were but a small group that were co-opted by society and the media, therefore rendered insignificant. As a result, the counter culture people became the alternate option.

Neither group has anything to do with today's hysteria, however. Protesting real evil deserves more than shallow comments, and the authors of these comments know that. They simply get paid or enjoy stirring the pot with stupidity.
 
 
+8 # Ken Hall 2011-09-19 07:42
As you point out, hippies were idealistic youth who wanted to change the direction of US culture and politics; to rein in the US MIC, to establish sustainable agriculture, increase personal freedoms and civil rights, promote racial equality, and encourage international cooperation and understanding. The movement ran out of gas when the VN war ended, but if people had taken it to heart and continued the struggle (as I have for 3+ decades) the US and the world would be in different circumstances today. Youth is a time of idealism, it is a shame that so many of the young, men in particular, are lured into channeling their lives and energy into propping up the US empire, which benefits the MIC and large corporations, has a retrograde effect on our freedom, safety, and economic security, and is often fatal and harmful to themselves. It is good to see a counter culture once again emerging, but then these are desperate times and desperate measures are necessary. The people assembling to protest Wall St might wear the hippy label proudly.
 
 
+2 # Capn Canard 2011-09-21 08:07
Ken Hall, ABSOLUTELY. I guess I would add that the problem becomes an issue of sustaining attention on the task at hand. Once the immediate problem is addressed then the coalition collapses due to cultural inertia, I guess. People will change, but I suppose that people don't want to change for the sake of their personal convenience. In the superficial view, hippy is pejorative due to ignorance and nothing more than that. It is always easy to kick a man when he is down, especially if he has no allies to come to his aid. Ignorance and self interest rules the immediacy of action. To sustain a revolution will take some constant and serious communication. Wall Street owns the media so this will be a major struggle, the Media will due it's best to ignore all "negative" happening on Wall Street. You can watch the whorish morning moron TV with screaming crowds trying to get caught on camera at Rockefellar plaza or ABC Today show, CNN, CBS's or whatever, people will behave against their best interest to appear on camera while those actually trying to protect their interests are ignored! I am unable to be on location with the protesters, but I am with them in spirit.
 
 
+13 # chick 2011-09-18 20:18
Just keep focused and when the time comes to vote, Vote! This is the only way we can get rid of those rotten pugs and start changing some of their rotten laws they put in place.
 
 
+1 # Capn Canard 2011-09-21 08:12
I used to believe that and in theory it could work but the evidence just isn't there. FDR changed a great deal but FDR was born into wealth, and he got away with a great deal of change despite the attempt at a coup de'tat in 1933! Now if someone like Obama tried this, I believe we'd likely see an assassination of Obama. If we had a parliamentary system we would have a much better chance at democratic reform. Our system of gov't is basically LOW FAT FASCIST-LIGHT.
 
 
+1 # Capn Canard 2011-09-21 08:36
Then we vote and everyone goes home. No resolution necessary. Sorry, but it will take far more effort than mere voting for new leaders who may be potentially corrupted.
 
 
+23 # heraldmage 2011-09-18 20:20
If you really want to know what is happening in the USA and the truth in about world issues you need to go to foreign media but not the BBC. RT.com, PressTV and AlJazeera. They all have discussion program with all sides equally presented and all views given an equal chance.
Lies revisions of history and misrepresentati ons of facts are challenged and not allowed to stand as they are in the USA.
It's to bad the USA is no longer the land of Freedom of the Press. The people have been so dumbed down they don't know when they are being lied to
 
 
+19 # Progressive Patriot 2011-09-19 00:38
HEY TEABAGGERS, I'd rather be a "hippie" fighting for the rights of ALL Americans, than a bought-and-paid -for stooge for the greedy corporations. That's right, your "grassroots organization" was started and is paid for by the Koch Brothers and their super-rich cohorts. They just want you to think that you're independent.
 
 
+9 # DLT888 2011-09-19 14:35
The media can think they can control all they want -- but it will NOT last forever. I've protested and not seen one major media van the entire route of the march. Did all those people plus more show up the next time? YES!!! It's because the media's tactics soon backfire on them and we learn that they will never cover the good fight -- so be assured you are waging the good fight when ABC or NBC doesn't show up!
 
 
0 # Capn Canard 2011-09-21 08:34
yes, the media ignores the burr under their saddle as long as they can with hold their screaming.
 
 
+7 # Angel 2011-09-19 17:43
I don't even watch television news anymore. I listen to BBC,NPR, short wave, anything to hear most everything that's going on in the REAL WORLD. What the hell's wrong with news media? Are they ALLLLL bought and paid by the KOCHTUPUS? I know Murdoch's fascist agenda--but what's with our news guys??? Tell me?
 
 
+5 # X Dane 2011-09-19 21:11
YUP Angel. I think I am loosing my voice from YELLING this: Right wing DOES OWN PRACTICALLY ALL THE MEDIA.
They BOUGHT the majority of TV and radio stations and news papers...Does anybody here know of any liberal radio station?????. There are so few. Unfortunately the right wing was much smarter than liberals. They realized early on, that if you own the media, YOUR MESSAGE GETS OUT, AND YOU BLOCK YOUR OPPONENT.
Unfortunately the liberals were asleep at the switch. and we are paying for it now.
 
 
0 # Capn Canard 2011-09-21 08:32
X Dane, nice... though I don't see ownership changing in our "capitalist" system. At the very least, I believe we need to fully fund non-profit NPR and PBS rather than rely on private funding sources as that for-profit private money will want to control the direction of news, and revise the story to fit their preconceived conclusions. In essence the media is just like the "Think Tanks" that were invented to counter the good quality information that was generated by public(and private!) colleges and universities, these Think Tanks then liter the debate with ideas that benefit the wealthiest at the expense of the middle class! This is one of those "duh, of course" concepts. It is a battle of ideas, and in general he who has the biggest megaphone wins. It is a clear progression: first there is private colleges: U of CHicago(Rockefe llar founded) Vanderbilt U, Carnegie Mellon, etc and then Think Tanks to counter both colleges and to assist in presentation of the "wealth" agenda! wow... we are in a deep cesspool
 
 
+2 # Angel 2011-09-19 17:48
RePIG LaTOADS

Chimp Economics, Politics, Hind brain-dominant, frontal lobe deficient, inhumane and psychopathic GOP. Look up the word psychopath--it defines the GOP agenda.
If we were primitive people, we'd be calling them BEASTS...and chimps are our nearest, 'inhumane' relative, genetically, 98.5% chimp dna. That missing 1.5% gave us the big frontal cortex--which they aren't using, otherwise they'd have what's called 'empathy and compassion', which they don't.
 

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