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Here’s how late editions of Post and Daily news celebrated the police action (complete with mauling of journalists)

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Here’s how NY Post still celebrates, behind the news that protesters are there.

here’s the Daily News celebrating the changing of the court rule (after substituting judges)

AM-NY – one of the free papers is however reporting

and the other free paper

One can see which is paid by whom.

try to answer this right wingers, old and new

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There is a reason I put as the logo of this blog something Pete Seeger once said: “If you can’t change the world, don’t let the world change you”

I only got aware of social movements, politics in the fall of 2000 as I watched on CNN how chad by chad an election was being stolen right under my eyes. I had had the vague feeling something was wrong during the Clintons witch hunt, but now it was all so painfully clear for me to see, I couldn’t ignore it.

A lot of other people got activated by that outrage. protests, on line movements were born – and I was there for it. I told myself – well, if the political power was stolen away from us, at least we are organizing – people of like mind and we will get the change we seek.

During the Bush reign, organize we did. We mounted an opposition to war, created our own reality based media on line – it seemed like the power was ours to get.

Of course, Wall Street started grooming a tool which they presented to these brothers in arms of mine: look! He has black skin – therefore ignore his record, he must be your way to power.

Most of my brothers in arms fell for it. They took the bait, hook line and sinker and thrown their precious fight behind the corporate man.

I was left with only a few – less easily duped friends who saw through the ruse. Eventually Wall Street maintained and consolidated its power with the new tools, breaking the Democratic party in the process. No longer could the Ds say “Rs steal elections” They had now done it to their own members. For money. So, most of us left the party and for a while we were known as PUMA as we wouldn’t come around to embrace the corporate man.

After the coup was accomplished some of my fewer friends went to the right. I found myself at a PUMA party Β where my kid was asked “So what are they teaching you in that public school?”

That’s when I shed the name – which was obsolete after the elections anyway. But still had many of my friends who thought like me (I thought)

Recently, OWS came as a new reality test. In the beginning we were all cautious – are these people the same ones responsible for Obama shilling for the Wall Street? Turned out, not exactly. The originators were an international group that predate Obama. The objective was not to help campaign 2012 but in fact, beyond politics, about economic justice.

But by then it was too late for my suspicious friends. From “maybe they are Obots” it evolved to “jobless, smelly hippies” and somehow they summoned all the hatred of the right festering since the 60s against those rising for social justice. (“hippies do nothing but make you feel bad about yourself – one wingnut tellingly explained).

From here, it wasn’t much keeping score and cheering every time a police baton cracked a “smelly hippie” skull. All the way to fascism – and once again – right under my eyes.

It hurts even more this time as I watched the transformation even closer than I did in 2008. people I considered my friends are now cheering the police state (Obama’s police state, ironically).

I wrote this to say: THERE IS NO EXCUSE.

I don’t care how disappointed you wee that fellow progressive brought on such a scourge as Obama.

I don’t care how pissed you are that they called you racist, old, uneducated while they were doing so.

I don’t care how angry you are that they stole your voting rights.

I don’t care how enraged you are to see them sitting silent while Obama starts new wars and ends more civil rights.

I don’t ultimately care if these (OWS) are the same people or new, more radical people.

I don’t know where it will end, whether it will succeed or it will be co-opted by some politicians like the Tea party was. It’s about the issues at hand.

What is happening now is big and just and important. You can stand for justice or cheer for the oppressors. No middle road on this.

Back to Pete Seeger’s words: in 2008 I found myself – once again – powerless to change the world. But at least I didn’t let the world change me. I am not giving away my ideals just because some holding them were duped/bought/perverted. Nor am I compromising them to be able to still hang with some old friends – sad Β that the loss makes me.

This is an answer to Denise VB who directed her ode to bankers to me and others.(sorry, my picture is more rudimentary – but it’s complete)

The pretty painting having a chain of debt over everyone misses one important element: the fat banker yanking this chain and asking its subjects to tighten the belt and pay up. Tis whole debt obsession is a meme planted by the 1%. it’s to them the government is indebted (through the the R mantra of borrow and spend).

The government borrowed from Social security too, but the greedy geezers won’t ever get paid back – just punished for it with cuts. But the banks – we absolutely have to. Or do we?

What would it happen if we would starve ourselves and paid it all? What rewards?

I just happen to have a story to tell:

In the 70s, Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu decided to pay off all his country’s debts. All states in the area were in debt and the interests were particularly high. For whatever reason (I think it was to be accepted in the West) he decided his people had to sacrifice all for it. Since it was a state owned economy and he was the state, it all geared up exclusively towards paying the debts.

Drastic cuts were instated – I remember every other street light being off in the city. I remember being cold in winter. Indoors. Β All production of basic goods was exported. Not only wasn’t meat available , the cook books featuring recipees with meat were banned.

Decades later, the debt was paid. The bankers were happy, Ceausescu had his account in Switzerland. As for the people? Still cold and starved. A revolution started motivated solely by the hatred of Ceausescu. He was overthrown, summarily tried and executed. The video of his execution played non-stop on Romanian TV. For weeks.

The story doesn’t stop here. After the other countries in East Europe changed their regimes, the banks forgave their debts – in order to do business with the new governments. They got to start fresh and are now in fairly good shape. Romania, which was traditionally one of the richest countries in the area is now one of the poorest. The Ceausescu blow Β  is still being felt five decades later.

The opposite story: when Clinton was president, he ignored the “pay the debt” calls from the bankers and their fans. He stimulated the economy, grew it and created a surplus in the process.

The moral of the story: when you cry “debt” you advocate for the banks (you know, the ones we bailed out after putting our economy in crisis). Paying your debt at the expense of your life, economy is no virtue. Just a very stupid thing to do. You get no medals for it. Just misery.

P.S. Social security is NOT an entitlement – it’s something we all paid into. We are entitled to it as a consequence of our payments, not some lazy bum notion as your video implies.

So, America is waking up – hopefully the bank memes will be also shed by those of the 99% who are deluded into thinking they are 1%

Not Your Sweetie

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