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It starts with 1. The Great Lie of Wall Street ("We are acting in the best interests of shareholders."):
...When a CEO utters this lie, everyone automatically forgives whatever they do. Add 10k jobless to the unemployment rolls ? Sorry, we did it in the BEST INTEREST OF SHAREHOLDERS. Merge or buy a company and cut back across the board ? We did it in the Best Interest of Shareholders.
The problem is that unless the company is losing money and it is the only way to keep the company alive, in this era of 9.1pct unemployment it NEVER is in the BEST INTEREST OF SHAREHOLDERS.
Shareholders , whether they own shares directly or through mutual funds or pensions do not live in a corporate vacuum. Their lives are impacted by far more than the share price of a stock. Every layoff in the name of more earnings per share puts a stress on the economy, on the federal, state and local governments which is in turn paid for through taxes or assumption of government debt by....wait for it.. the same shareholders CEOs say they want to benefit.
If OWS really wants to change corporate structure and impact the economy, talk to shareholders...
By number 4, he's pointing in very big type to a blog entry he wrote in 2008 titled Tax the Hell Out of Wall Street; Give it to Main Street.
Jack Scott anchored the soundtrack of many a first fluttery hormone surge and he'll be headlining the Legends of Rock'N'Roll & Doo Wop show at the Park Theatre in Cranston Saturday night. Singer-songwriter, label owner and producer Gerry Granahan of East Greenwich will be inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Rhode Island Popular Music Archive. (You Were Mine by the Fireflies may strike a chord.)
Musician Rick Bellaire emails,
This ceremony will be the last order of business by the original group under our name "The Rhode Island Popular Music Archive". Last year, we hooked up with the remaining members of a team who were pursuing the same goals and they threw in their lot with us and gave us the name we wanted all along, but which they had tied up: "The Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame". This year, the group hooked up with yet another group of folks looking to get something going but unaware of what we've been doing. Now, we've become an official non-profit and will soon have an actual location for a museum and library.
A group of musicians who recorded under various names (The Vibrations (My Girl Sloopy, The Watusi), The Jayhawks (Stranded In The Jungle), and The Marathons (Peanut Butter).), will also perform.
Houston Chronicle blogger Geoff Berg reports the event (Christopher Hitchens makes first public appearance in months), including Hitchens' recommended books in response to 8-year-old Mason Crumpacker asking what she should read. And,
An unapologetic supporter of the Iraq war, Hitchens urged Western foes of violent jihad to make common cause with moderate Muslims to combat Saudi influence, which he condemned as extremist, backward and violent.
Charles McGrath of the New York Times caught up with him (Christopher Hitchens on Writing, Mortality and Cancer), and saved "but how is he?" and the best for last.
Mr. Hitchens has an extensive support network that includes his wife, Carol Blue, and his great friends James Fenton and Martin Amis. Mr. Amis is known for being cool and acerbic, but as he kissed and embraced Mr. Hitchens last week, visiting on the way to a literary festival in Mexico, his affection for his friend was unmistakable. "Hitch's buoyancy is amazing," he said later. "He has this great love of life, which I rather envy, because I think I may be deficient in that respect. It's an odd thing to say, but he's almost like a Tibetan monk. It's as if he'd become religious."
That focus is perhaps his highest human quality, embodying Hitchenness at every moment.
Occupy Wall Street is a major movement both on the streets and on the web, but it isn't getting the media attention it deserves. Why? Because it doesn't resonate with kids. Kids drive the market and therefore the media, but they have absolutely no interest in seeing politically-charged 20-somethings sprayed in the face with mace (probably).
Now you don't have to "like" something to share it. A new breed of apps will tell your friends what you read, listen to and watch -- because when you sign up for them, that's what you give them permission to do.
Creepy. The Ticker and Timeline affect even those who don't spring for such apps. The "how to opt out" tips here make this a keeper.
Steve Jobs, February 24, 1955 - October 5, 2011
But what is the idea? The most consistent criticism laid against the occupiers is their lack of a central organising system or core message. Who are these people, and what do they want? The fact that the mainstream media is even asking this question can be considered a victory for the Occupy Wall Street.
To those of us who came up in the '60s, this really is a deja vu. Young people I know are discussing going to New York this coming weekend to join them.
(Peter Thiel co-founded PayPal.)
The same story, updated again, with the lead changed slightly and yet another author added to the byline:
@OccupyWallSt points to this 14-second clip above as "proof of entrapment." It's part of a nearly 9-minute video, NYPD Arrests 700 #OccupyWallStreet Protesters On The Brooklyn Bridge, that ends with arrests, and cries of "Shame!" and "The whole world is watching."
Update: 2:07 p.m. Dueling videos: Police Gave Warnings at Bridge, Videos Show. NYT's City Room blog:
Updated 12:33 p.m. | With the Internet bursting with videos showing various interactions between the police and protesters from Occupy Wall Street, the New York Police Department decided to add two more.
See them at the link above. Without much context, it's hard to know if this is a contradiction -- there's no doubt that at some point police formed a line and announced people would be arrested. If these same police had led the protesters onto the bridge, how were they to disperse from the cul de sac?
Sources: #OccupyWallStreet, aggregating everyone's tweets on the topic, including Salman Rushdie, Alyssa Milano, Yoko One and Bianca Jagger.
Occupy Wall Street | NYC Protest for American Revolution. Official site of the protest.
Live stream: "Global Revolution brings you live stream video coverage from independent journalists on the ground at nonviolent protests around the world."
Tweets from jail:
Wikipedia attempts to corral it all: Occupy Wall Street.
Interesting detail: Alexander Eichler at HuffPost describes the human Twitter that evolved in the park earlier in the week, passing the messages back through the rows.
NEW YORK -- The members of Occupy Wall Street are not allowed to use megaphones, so they've adopted a low-tech workaround.
One more: Every Action Produces Overreaction. Gina Bellafante in the Times.
Philip Scott Johnson's 500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art elegantly morphs selected portraits to the elegant strains of Bach's Sarabande from Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 performed by Yo-Yo Ma. Outstanding. The last 30 seconds of the video, the modern period, get especially interesting. It's all done in under 3 minutes.
If you like this, Johnson has done more of them with different themes.
The 30 foot by 15 foot (9 meter by 4.5 meter) inflatable porker soared Monday over the derelict Battersea Power station - an image famous from the cover of Pink Floyd's 1977 album "Animals." (Photo below)
The scene was recreated to mark the release of remastered versions of Pink Floyd's 14 studio albums.
Organizers had hoped to use the original vinyl pig, which has been in storage for 35 years. But it was found to be leaky, and a replica was created instead.
There was no replay of the moment during the 1976 photo shoot when the original pig broke free of its moorings and floated into the flight path for Heathrow Airport. It was later found in a farmer's field.