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andrew



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 5:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LA camp evicted without incident.

Never thought I'd hear myself say this, but kudos to the LAPD.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry all...posted and then didn't check back in for a week.

I thoroughly disagree that OWS is 'preaching to the choir.' Many working people in this country believe that the banking system as it exists is a triumph of capitalism and proof positive that Their Way Works. Many are just comfortable enough to be willing to ignore the injustice built into the system. Most are not willing to do anything to break that fragile comfort. Breaking it for them may bring more to action.

What action? That's a great question. The bank transfer day was a great idea that was actually felt by the entities subject to the protests. More ideas like that need to come forward, however I am not surprised that the proposals are not coming in a timely manner. Actually I'm happy they aren't coming in quick. A bunch of people showing up with nice permits, a very cohesive set of talking points, and a simple, sound-bite-ready action plan that is picked up by the traditional media can only happen with significant astroturfing. And given the direct consensus methods employed as a hallmark of this movement, the action plan will continue to be a slow roll. That does not mean the actions will be ineffectual.

As for media, I think the movement has some of the best media coverage I've ever seen. They are able to achieve this by completely bypassing traditional media outlets and the associated faux impartiality they bring. If you want to know what is going on in a particular protest, you can ask everyone there using twitter, or a web forum, or facebook. If you want to see and hear what is happening or what happened, you can get live and archived feeds with a click. They don't need to participate in the entertainment industry in order to make a difference; they (we) know how to use the new system. The channel five news helicopter may need to 'refuel' or be ordered out of the airspace by police during raids, but the dozens of people with backpacks full of video equipment and their own camera drones will be able to give anyone willing to look a view that cannot be easily stagemanaged by those in power. At least until SOPA passes.

Back to the question I asked earlier, are you guys (ShadowCell and Monkey) proposing that a leader is needed in order to have any action be effective? In order to decide on a course of action? That seems to be what you're implying, but I'm not sure. Please expand upon the specific needs that can only be addressed by a chosen leader if you have the time. It is a topic that I would really like to discuss further.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well. Since you seem to be pivoting so much on all this "direct consensus" and "alternative method" stuff, I have to ask before I can say anything else: what is the point of Occupy Wall Street, as far as you're concerned? Is it an experiment in alternative methods of governance or discourse? Is it to achieve concrete goals, like student loan reform or tax reform? Is it both? Is it something else?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Horrific, brutal treatment of Occupy Houston protesters by the police.
Cops trap the protesters in a tent and then crank gas into the tent.
This is fucking crazy.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sadly unsuprising in texas. Is it too late to force them to be their own nation yet?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Him wrote:
Horrific, brutal treatment of Occupy Houston protesters by the police.
Cops trap the protesters in a tent and then crank gas into the tent.
This is fucking crazy.


Not that the big red tent isn't absurd (it is!) but that gas canister was used to keep the tent inflated. And it's a bit disingenuous to say the police trapped the protesters when the protesters were laying in the street to block traffic.

A not-crazy-him-description might be something like Houston police go to insane (and possibly insanely expensive) lengths to prevent people from filming them arrest protesters.

Mind you, the Houston PD has an explanation, but I can't say I buy it.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just got that update from the livestream too. But yeah I suppose the point was that there wouldn't be an police abuse filmed on camera.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bunch of officers standing around with no identifying information that fear the camera so much that they hide their actions even AFTER removing or covering their badge numbers is wrong. Don't care much what they did on the inside of that tent, don't care much why those people were lying there in the road.

ShadowCell wrote:
Well. Since you seem to be pivoting so much on all this "direct consensus" and "alternative method" stuff, I have to ask before I can say anything else: what is the point of Occupy Wall Street, as far as you're concerned? Is it an experiment in alternative methods of governance or discourse? Is it to achieve concrete goals, like student loan reform or tax reform? Is it both? Is it something else?


I do think that the movement taken as a whole represents a fundamentally different method and means of governing more than carrying any one issue. The apparent disarray of their positions, the new and unexpected means of communication and decision making, and the issues that have been accepted so far point to that, in my mind. The problems and events which gave rise to this current movement are symptomatic of issues which strike to the very core - indeed perhaps the very intersection of - capitalism, representative democracy, and the right of people to free. No single issue and no single leader is big enough to address such core issues.

I think at this point it is best thought of as experimentation in search of a solution rather than an issue-driven protest, which is easier to comprehend in light of 20th century history. This feels like something different altogether.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well. Then in that case the issue of organization, leadership, or achieving anything is moot.

But I will say that if that's what you're out there for, you'd better do it quicker, because whether you're trying to find a new method of protesting or not, the cops have the same old methods of breaking them--and those still work.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tinkeringIdiot wrote:
I think at this point it is best thought of as experimentation in search of a solution rather than an issue-driven protest, which is easier to comprehend in light of 20th century history. This feels like something different altogether.

As I see it, as long as people are protesting and others are in turn talking about them, OWS is succeeding.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And as long as the cops and their masters continue to use the same old techniques, the same old style of protest will still have an impact.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tinkeringIdiot wrote:
I think at this point it is best thought of as experimentation in search of a solution rather than an issue-driven protest, which is easier to comprehend in light of 20th century history. This feels like something different altogether.


I've heard stuff like this quite a few times now, I just don't buy it. There is nothing experimental here. Nothing new is being tried and nothing new is being learned. Nothing is being accomplished aside from inconveniencing (or outright fucking over) the people OWS is purported to support and making cops look bad (something I usually favor).

If this isn't an issue driven protest then why use the same techniques? What is there to gain? And how?

tinkeringIdiot wrote:
And as long as the cops and their masters continue to use the same old techniques, the same old style of protest will still have an impact.


What impact is that exactly?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any comprehensive list of the port shutdowns? Seemed pretty amazing.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I could put this in four places but I'll leave it here:
TIME Magazine's Person of the Year: The Protestor

http://www.time.com/time/person-of-the-year/2011/
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also FUCK! FUCKITY FUCK FUCK! God fucking damnit this is shitty
http://www.salon.com/2011/09/29/2012_gop_money/
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