The Hypocrisy of "Occupy Wall Street"

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Submitted by Anonymous Guest on Tue, 2011-10-11 07:48

(H/T "Carpe Diem," Mark Perry's blog on economics)

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More on Elizabeth Warren . . .

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Just caught this on Drudge Report:

Wall Street money for Warren

I thought Elizabeth Warren was all about transparency. We are all still waiting for her to file the required financial disclosure form.

The Oklahoma Professor has been criticizing Scott Brown for being “Wall Street’s favorite Senator.” She has also denounced “Wall Street cash in politics.”

But it turns out she may be indirectly accepting Wall Street money. The Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee, which is helping the Harvard Professor, has taken over $40 million from Wall Street during the last 7 years according to records from In fact, Wall Street is the biggest contributors to them. They beat lawyers and labor union. Just during this election season the DSCC has already received $1.5 million from Wall Street.

If Lizzy Warden is truly opposed to Wall Street money, then shouldn’t she reject the DSCC’s money? Otherwise she is just using the DSCC to funnel in Wall Street money.

This might be the finest news

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This might be the finest news reports produced - OWS

Excellent. Thanks for posting.

I love how the demonstrator with the cool iPad2 distinguished between "personal property" (i.e., his iPad2) and "private property."

Apparently, Marxist countries like the former Soviet Union distinguished between the two concepts in this way: "personal property" was end-user consumer goods (your furniture, your clothing, a bicycle you purchased, etc.), which gave its owner the right to exclude others from using it; "private property", however, was any sort of property capable of being used to generate revenue -- any property that could, in principle, be used as a "means of production" and thus exploit a worker.

Anyway, the occupiers have finally decamped from Zuccotti Park (though a few are still demonstrating on foot) and people can actually get to work without having to walk several blocks out of their way.

This might be the finest news reports produced - OWS

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"The movement was in danger of becoming the very thing it was fighting against"

Occupy London takes over empty UBS bank

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Occupy London takes over empty UBS bank

Protesters escalate demonstration with 'public repossession' a day after ignoring Corporation of London's demand for them to leave St Paul's.

Occupy protesters accuse Boris Johnson of defending the rich

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Occupy protesters accuse Boris Johnson of defending the rich

"Occupy London protesters arrived outside City Hall to accuse the capital's mayor, Boris Johnson, of defending the rich at the expense of ordinary Londoners "through thick and thin".

The Tory mayor incensed Occupy demonstrators at St Paul's cathedral when he described them as "crusties" engaged in a "thoroughly maddening protest against capitalism" and repeated his call for them to be removed.

Organisers hit back, accusing Johnson of spending more time meeting City figures than ordinary Londoners. They pointed out that the mayor – who has called for the 50p top income tax rate to be abolished – has a combined annual income of more than £400,000 a year.

A small group of around 15 protesters left the camp outside St Paul's to stage a peaceful "thankyou party hosted by bankers to show their appreciation for all the support that mayor Boris Johnson has given them over the past year".

Activists checked Johnson's official diary, seizing on the fact that, between May 2008 and March 2011, he held 86 meetings with bankers and the financial services industry. In contrast, he held only 15 public meetings with Londoners and five press conferences, they said...

Twelve days into the protest, the London mayor called for laws to prevent tent cities "erupting like boils" across London. On Monday, he used a speech to call on judges to have the "cojones" to rule that the protesters were "restricting the highway".

Johnson told the Norwood Annual Dinner, at the Grosvenor House hotel, in Park Lane: "The world sees a city where you protesters have the right to make your point, whatever it is, until such time that parliament passes a law … or until a judge frankly has the cojones to decide that they are indeed restricting the highway."

Occupy Wall Street: Zuccotti Park eviction

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Occupy Wall Street: Zuccotti Park eviction

New York police clear Zuccotti Park in 1am swoop on plaza

• More than 200 arrested mayor Bloomberg defends action
• Protesters awarded court order allowing them back
• Standoff developing between police and Occupy protesters

Occupy London faces renewed eviction attempt

City of London Corporation restarts legal proceedings after protesters reject proposal to leave St Paul's Cathedral site by 2012

Screenwriter Frank Miller calls protesters 'thieves and rapists'

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Screenwriter Frank Miller calls Occupy protesters 'thieves and rapists'

["Holy Terror" sounds like a good X-mas present :-)]

"Graphic novelist and screenwriter Frank Miller has posted a excoriating rant on the Occupy movement on his personal blog, accusing it of being an unruly mob of "louts, thieves and rapists" that can "do nothing but harm America".

Miller, best-known for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, 300, and Sin City, introduces his post with the words: "Everybody's been too damned polite about this nonsense" before launching into his tirade.

He writes: "Occupy" is nothing short of a clumsy, poorly-expressed attempt at anarchy, to the extent that the "movement" – HAH! Some "movement", except if the word "bowel" is attached - is anything more than an ugly fashion statement by a bunch of iPhone, iPad wielding spoiled brats who should stop getting in the way of working people and find jobs for themselves" it reads.

He continues: "Wake up, pond scum. America is at war against a ruthless enemy."

"In the name of decency, go home to your parents, you losers. Go back to your mommas' basements and play with your Lords Of Warcraft. Or better yet, enlist for the real thing. Maybe our military could whip some of you into shape.

They might not let you babies keep your iPhones, though. Try to soldier on."

Miller's comments may not come as a surprise to critics who described his most recent graphic novel, "Holy Terror" as anti-Islamic propaganda."

Peter Schiff: "In Defense of the 1%"

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Peter Schiff brings a camera crew to Zuccotti Park and interviews some the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators:

Last week, I spent the afternoon visiting the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in lower Manhattan. I brought a film crew and a sign that said "I Am The 1%, Let's Talk." The purpose was to understand what was motivating these protesters and try to educate them about what caused the financial crisis. I went down there with the feeling that much of their anger was justified, but broadly misdirected.

Indeed, there were plenty of heated discussions. I did little more than ask how much of my earnings I should be allowed to keep. In return, I was called an idiot, a fool, heartless, and selfish. But when we started talking about the issues, it seemed like the protesters fell into two categories: those who generally understood and agreed that Washington caused this mess, and those who could only recite Marxist talking points. It was the latter who usually resorted to calling names once I pointed out the hypocrisy of their positions. They might shout, "the banks have taken over the regulatory agencies, so we need more regulations!" Obviously, this is paradoxical. If they're blaming government for causing this problem, why would they suggest more government as the solution?!

“When should you shoot a cop?” - Flier's found OWS Phoenix

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"Copies of an “informational” letter were left on a table for protestors pick up [sic] and read during the “Occupy Phoenix” event at Cesar Chavez Park. The presence of the letter was reported to the ACTIC by a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Deputy who had responded to an unrelated call and was alerted to it by another deputy working the event.

The letter is blatantly anti-government and anti-law enforcement in nature. It not only condones but even encourages citizens to kill any “government agent” (i.e. law enforcement officers), who in their perception violates their rights. Examples are given in the document, of “illegal” search and seizure, sobriety and border checkpoints, airport security, etc… In essence this document states that citizens have the right and moral obligation to resist any action by law enforcement that is viewed as a violation of the citizen’s rights, and often-times resistance involves killing officers."

Full Story over at Hot Air Media

It would appear that someone or some group is attempting to incite violence. In some cases it is the cops themselves who have been provocatuers of violence and have been caught but not charged. If a citizen were to incite violence, he could be facing terroism charges. But if cops incite violence, they are deemed to be just doing their job and I seriously doubt if a government could under these circumstances, be any more physically and morally corrupt.


St Paul's seeks injunction to evict Occupy London camp

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St Paul's seeks injunction to evict Occupy London camp

City of London joins cathedral in legal action to remove protest claiming tents breach planning and transport bylaws

"The City of London Corporation and St Paul's Cathedral will seek injunctions to evict the anti-capitalist protest camp from the grounds of the historic building, as clergy prepared to celebrate its reopening with a lunchtime service.

A statement from St Paul's, issued moments before it opened its doors to the public after a week's closure on health and safety grounds, said legal action against the Occupy the London Stock Exchange camp had "regrettably become necessary".

"The Chapter has previously asked the encampment to leave the cathedral precinct in peace. This has not yet happened and so, following the advice of our lawyers, legal action has regrettably become necessary. The Chapter only takes this step with the greatest reluctance and remains committed to a peaceful solution.

"At each step of the legal process the Chapter will continue to entreat the protesters to agree to a peaceful solution and, if an injunction is granted, will then be able to discuss with the protesters how to reach this solution."

"Theirs is a message that the Chapter has both heard and shares and looks forward to engaging with the protesters to identify how the message may continue to be debated at St Paul's and acted upon."

The cathedral is still reeling from the departure of its canon chancellor Giles Fraser, who stepped down because he could not sanction the cathedral using force to remove protesters.

Earlier on Friday, the City of London's planning and transportation committee voted overwhelmingly in favour of "the commencement of proceedings to remove the encampment" because it constituted an "unreasonable user of the highway". It could serve notice as early as Monday."

I've posted the following to

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I've posted the below to the following thread about the NZ Occupiers on NBR:

Note this article is headed up with photo of a NZ protestor wearing a Palestinian bandana in front of the US consulate.

Even if the percentages were right, and they're a nonsense, the 99% whose lives have been made much better because they can live off the innovations - computers, iPhones, etc - made by the risk taking 1%, are in reality protesting against the crony capitalist system they voted for:

And now the chump in this picture is wearing the Palestinian symbol of terrorism around his gaping maw. Given that the thing around his evil neck is a declaration of the intent to initiate force, I’d say give the US consulate authority to fire on them in their self defence.

Utter numb nuts. I'd tend to leave the Occupiers where they are as a monument to the monumental stupidity the welfare state breeds, though if the authorities were serious about disbanding them, then all they need to do is cut off the benefits: obviously none of them are actively looking for work while on the protest.

Joeseph Olbermann...

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...makes a statement from the Kremlin.

Howard Stern Interviews OWS Demonstrators

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LOL! Classic!


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Funny Toastmaster's speech, Luke. Nicely done!

Some of the comments that followed were pretty funny, too.

Be careful where you re-post this, though. Warren (or someone like her) might read it and take it seriously as a policy proposal. She's a real piece of work, I have to admit.

No, they do not

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Hogs eating at a trough do not know where the slop comes from.

They just "know" that it is "bad" if the trough dries up and "good" if it doesn't.

It IS a disgrace.

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"But if you smoke in a bar or sell foods with trans-fat, then he'll bring in the NYPD SWAT Team. Unreal."

Nope. Totally real. That's what big government does for you. Every time.

Fundamental Argument

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I stand to benefit from big government so [insert sophistry here], and therefore the rich should [pay more tax/pay their fair share/share the wealth/be set on fire].

No integrity at all. Disgusting.

Warren should ask herself WHY working hard no longer is enough. It has something to do with the size and cost of government, and the fact that government has insinuated itself every sphere of human endeavor, so lobbying/bribery has become a fact of life in our government.

Nothing to do with tax rates being too low or the well to do not paying their "fair share."

Elizabeth Warren and the Americans with No Life Act

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Darren, that was a funny satire. Thanks for posting it. You might appreciate this article from the old SOLO site:

Occupy a Job

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Occupy Wall Street? Why Not Occupy a Job?

The Protesters May Be Speaking Their Mind, but Do They Really Know Why They're Protesting?

he founded Microsoft with

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he founded Microsoft with Steve Allen

Um, let's see, would that be Bill Gates?

And his colleague, I believe, was Paul Allen, not Steve Allen. Steve Allen was an entertainer who hosted the original "Tonight Show", after which it went to Jack Paar, and finally to Johnny Carson. Steve Allen also had an interesting television show called "Meeting of Minds" in which actors would dress up as notable historical figures -- Voltaire, Galileo, Freud, etc. -- and he, playing himself, would moderate discussions on topics such as politics and philosophy.

The Real Elizabeth Warren

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The best argument

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The best argument contra E. Warren is before you have a moral right to engage on such supplications you must first be a producer who de-produces his wealth by giving it away before telling other producers to do the same. There have been such people who actually, sincerely, believed this crap. I'm thinking of an early 19th C. English industrialist, name forgotten. Then, there's Mr. Buffett, afraid of envy like liberals generally. This, BTW, is a man not so good at producing anything so much as accumulating production. A real genius at sucking it in. I'd admire him, but no dividends. No dividends, but he gave it away to another guy, a real producer of the second rank, unlike Steve Jobs, a producer of the first, I forget his name--senior moment--he founded Microsoft with Steve Allen--another producer cum parasite, but he beat cancer--whose job, with his wife, is to give it away on worthy projects like combating malaria, sans DDT--the only damn thing that really works--just to feel good doing faux right, just like the/that un-King of England, Charles, telling us all what's wrong and what's right: ain't it grand we got such grand, uh, people, showing us the way to virtue and glory and recycling?

I forgot global warming

The Warren Parasite Principle

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Collectivist #3: "Nobody is questioning his [Charles Payne's] hard work".

Of course she doesn't, otherwise there would nothing for the parasites to expropriate.

This sludge stems from Elizabeth Warren's argument that because citizens have benefitted from traveling on roads, using public schools, etc. the collective "we" has a right to strip them of their wealth. I am paraphrasing here. Collectivists everywhere seem to be taking up this line.

Nothing but a new twist on the old trope that nobody has an original thought because they rely on the knowledge of those who came before them. Under their theory, a person would have to rediscover every piece of knowledge in order to claim that they think for themselves. Similarly, I guess one would would have to drop out of the womb with a business plan ready to implement in order to claim he shouldn't be raped of his wealth by the all-powerful collective "we". At least the older argument was more honest and more explicit in its attack on man's mind.

Yes, it's a wonderful argument, if you blank out the fact that modern automobiles, roads, or modern anything for that matter would not be possible without the productive and their right to property.

Falsifying monetary value

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"To keep spending, you have to borrow"

Not only in America: Wall Street protests are coming to London

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Not only in America: Wall Street protests are coming to London

"Police will take "any steps necessary" to keep order in the City today as demonstrators planning to occupy London's financial district vowed to hold out for as long as they could in a protest against corporate greed.

More than 13,700 people had last night expressed their support on Facebook for the the protest, called Occupy the London Stock Exchange. It is inspired by similar demonstrations in New York.

The Occupy LSX website claimed that 5,000 people had confirmed they would attend the event. But one leading member said yesterday they could not be sure how many would turn out and were hoping for about 1,000.

The demonstration is supported and partly organised by UK Uncut, which protested against Arcadia boss Philip Green's businesses, the Fortnum & Mason store in Picadilly and health reforms on Westminster Bridge last Sunday. "We are prepared for the police, arrests will not deter us, but rather will galvanise us," one protester said. He said he hoped the numbers could be boosted by spreading the word on social-networking sites. The action was planned "in support of other occupations" going on across the world, he said. Organisers described it as a "global movement for real democracy".

One protester planning to attend said the demonstrators were trying to keep their tactics under wraps but were likely to protest "outside selected corporations' headquarters as well as demonstrating in front of shops; everything is on the table".

Singer Billy Bragg showed his support yesterday, posting a message on Twitter saying: "The time has come... Occupy the London Stock Exchange... I'll be there."

Occupy LSX issued a statement: "After huge bailouts and in the face of unemployment, privatisation and austerity, we still see profits for the rich on the increase." The group called for "equality and justice for all" and added: "We will occupy the Stock Exchange, reclaiming space in the face of the financial system and using it to voice ideas for how we can work towards a better future. A future free from austerity, growing inequality, unemployment, tax injustice and a political élite who ignores its citizens."

A Met police spokesman said there was a "flexible plan in place to police the event" and added that none of its tactics were being ruled out – including the controversial kettling of protesters, when officers encircle and detain groups of people they believe are involved in, or are about to be involved in, violent disorder."

The Bloomberg Disgrace

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Well, Bloomberg decided to back off on the plans to clean Zuccotti park and change the rules that would require these filthy animals to crawl back under their rocks. Yes, apparently it is ok with Bloomberg if you defecate on police cars, damage police scooters and other private property, have sex in public, obstruct traffic, and create a general public health hazard. But if you smoke in a bar or sell foods with trans-fat, then he'll bring in the NYPD SWAT Team. Unreal.

Andrew Breitbart on Fox News re Occupy Wall Street

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Andrew Breitbart on Fox News regarding some of the agitators and organizers behind Occupy Wall Street.

End The Fed - in Dallas

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Isn't it wonderful to see so many young folk there.


A few nighttime shots of "Occupy Wall Street"

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Just FYI, the demonstration -- or occupation, or sit-in, or whatever -- is not actually on Wall Street. It's about 2 blocks uptown (i.e., north) from there on Broadway in a mean little concrete area between two streets called Zuccotti Park, where businessmen, bankers, and lawyers would sometimes eat lunch in fair weather.

The last photo in the series probably represents a minority opinion on things, but since late 2009, one sees it rather often -- sometimes merely as graffiti scribbled on a wall, sometimes as an actual sign.

A lone voice of reason in the New York City subway:

I agree Richard. The music

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I agree Richard. The music is indeed a great reflection of bloated multi-national fascist driven corporations.

Here is another clip of a bunch of liberal democrat protesters (some of whom I strongly suspect were paid to attend).


Herman Cain on the protests

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Multinational Corporations

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Multinational Corporations is the opening track on Scum, the first album by grandfathers of grindcore, Napalm Death.

Multinational corporations
Genocide of the starving nations

The perfect musical accompaniment.

All hail the multinational corporations!

Re: Occupy Wall Street

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I have a few cellphone snapshots I'll try to post later on.

At night -- when I took the photos -- it's even worse. Many of the "occupiers" are sleeping in big plastic garbage bags. As they writhe around in their fever dreams (or smooching with their partners), the whole thing begins to look like some B-movie monster flick about a radioactive garbage dump coming alive with mutated waste. It's truly a very weird scene down there.

And the photo captioned above is completely accurate. There were, indeed, signs posted such as "Down with evil corporate consumerism!" while the participants took photos of one another on their new iPhones, surfed the Web with WiFi on their NetBooks, wandered to and fro in their Timberland hiking boots or New Balance running shoes, and sipped lattes from a nearby Starbucks. Oh, and everyone looked quite well fed.


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I hope this went viral.

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