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The Bank

And in case you have been stuck in the stone age or hiding out underneath one of those rocks, you may have heard by now that on this day finds itself as Occupy Wall Street Day 183. And Occupy Wall Street and those global revolutions of a movement Occupy Together are still moving fast. And if I must web 2.0 social media user generated content say, that “we’re just renting this place out” YouTube video that finds itself posted above with all of its furniture being camped out in a bank is just funny, I think. And the mortgage meltdown continues. And somehow I came across this Fight BAC: Foreclose on Bank of America Facebook event invite the other day throughout my travels in internetland that reads something like:
“Bank of America (BAC) gambled with Americans’ homes and lost, but America has been the one to pay the price. Now BAC is trying to stave off the bankruptcy it deserves by kicking millions of Americans out of our homes.
We’re not going to let them. On March 15, Americans will move into BAC branches across the country and take back what’s rightfully ours: HOME. Bring a chair, a bed, a potted plant. Get ready to move in.
BAC has been foreclosing on America for years. But SPRING IS COMING, and America is ready to FIGHT BAC!
And that other US police arrest occupy protesters YouTube Video that also finds itself posted above with a description that reads something like:
“An estimated six to ten demonstrators including photographers were pushed shoved and arrested on Thursday in front of a downtown Manhattan Bank of America branch.”,
well it’s just not so funny, though that furniture on the street to illustrate that mortgage meltdown idea is kind of funny and ingenious, I think. And the mortgage meltdown continues. And what if anything, does this have to do with a No Police State. Occupy Wall Street Worldwide.

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An Occupy Wall Street Quote

And on this day finds itself another one of those Sundays that has rolled around. The day of the sun, the day of rest. Or is that Saturday, the Sabbath. And yet I find myself blah blogging away for some reason or another. The only thing constant is change and some stories do not end as you expect. And unless you have been stuck in the stone age or under one of those rocks the past few months, one must have heard of Occupy Wall Street by now, that global revolution of a movement. And Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Together are still moving fast. And in my travels throughout internetland on this day I came across one of those George Orwell quotes for this movement, and 2011, 12 = 1984, and also a Martin Niemoller quote that finds itself quoted for this Occupy Wall Street movement on this Occupy Wall Street day whose Martin Niemoller sermons quote title that seems to be called “First They Came”, reads something like as follows:

First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak out because I was Protestant.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Als die Nazis die Kommunisten holten,
habe ich geschwiegen;
ich war ja kein Kommunist.

Als sie die Sozialdemokraten einsperrten,
habe ich geschwiegen;
ich war ja kein Sozialdemokrat.

Als sie die Gewerkschafter holten,
habe ich nicht protestiert;
ich war ja kein Gewerkschafter.

Als sie die Juden holten,
habe ich geschwiegen;
ich war ja kein Jude.

Als sie mich holten,
gab es keinen mehr, der protestierte.
When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.

and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me –
and by that time no one was left to speak up.

Other translations or variants:

In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up.
Twenty-five years later Niemöller indicated that this was the version he preferred, in a 1971 interview.
When the Nazis came for the communists,
I did not speak out;
As I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I did not speak out;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
As I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I did not speak out;
As I was not a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.
When the Nazis arrested the Communists,
I said nothing; after all, I was not a Communist.
When they locked up the Social Democrats,
I said nothing; after all, I was not a Social Democrat.
When they arrested the trade unionists,
I said nothing; after all, I was not a trade unionist.
When they arrested me, there was no longer anyone who could protest.
First the Nazis came…
First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out —
because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out —
because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out —
because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out —
because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me —
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

And what, if anything, does this have to do with a No Police State.
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Time Magazine Person of the Year 2011: The Protester


And Time Magazine has their recent issue with their Time Magazine Person of the Year 2011: The Protester article as its cover story that has appeared on this day. And I know Time Magazine has that recent Time Magazine Person of the Year 2011: The Protester issue that has appeared on this day because all of these news articles announcing that Time Magazine person of the year says so. And that description for that Time Magazine Person of the Year 2011 article at their website reads something like as follows.

“Person Of The Year. TIME. The Protester. From The Arab Spring To Athens, From Occupy Wall Street To Moscow.”

“A year after a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself ablaze, dissent has spread across the Middle East, reaching Europe and the U.S., reshaping global politics and redefining people power.”

And what, if anything does this have to do with a No Police State?
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An Occupy Wall Street GA Spokescouncil



And on this web 2.0 social media user generated content day finds itself as Occupy Wall Street Day 80. And Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Together are still moving fast. Or is it? Are they? And it is not so often every so often that I find myself blah blaghing someones facebook post, though this is one of those blaghing times that I find myself reposting that Facebook post, as that post and thread just seems Occupy Wall Street general assembly spokes council interesting to me in bloggerland. And if you happen to be in the neighborhood of that city of New York, as one can read from the text below, there is an occupy wall street general assembly spokes council meeting tonight. And that facebook excerpt of a post that wants to speak for itself reads something like as follows:

seen on facebook, an excerpt… – John Penley – I am going to say what I have been saying for awhile people need to go to Zuccotti especially tonight. If you care about OWSNYC GO and let your voice be heard. This is serious.
…the GA at 7pm? i can be there the last few times have been a mix of frustrating sad and somehow still inspiring because i still support and believe what is happening and being done but it’s such a difficult road we have all embarked on…
…Earlier if possible. I believe the Occupiers are going to confront the Spokes Council….
…at zucotti or 60 wall street?…
Confront the Spokes Council? What do you mean confront the Spokes Council?…
…true those GAs can be irritating and overly bureaucratic but we need to be there…if it’s money that is dividing people i’m almost of the spirit to say f, blip, blip, k the money let those hoarders have it but let’s keep on track, although sadly the people deciding how to spend it are also the ones shaping the direction this movement takes, so we have to stand and keep it in line with original intention…
…Erek you have no idea what has been going on. When was the last time you were at Zuccotti ? The people who have been occupying are tired of decisions being made at a spokescouncil made up of people who never go to Zuccotti anymore….
…The spokescouncil people are going home to warm apartments and then meeting and making decisions for those on the street who have no contact with them. As anyone who has been following me knows I have been begging people to go back to Zuccotti for a long time….
…please if you have not been to Zuccotti or a spokes council in the last two weeks do no comment unless you are going tonight you don’t have enough info to make a legitimate comment///
…since the spokes/ga peoole aren’t connected to the people on the street any more, only each other from internet discussions and planned meeting indoors, a lot of people are left out of their considerations who are on the street and either can’t get back into zucotti because they have large bags / sleeping bags etc, or aren’t kept in the loop regarding when and where meetings are going to be held…they tried to get the angry homeless occupiers off their backs when i was there last time by telling them they could get food but only right then (in the middle of the GA) since it was being served a block away from the GA…it really seemed like a dirty trick, since they weren’t hungry at all and had probably eaten but the people on the street were angry enough to say “fuck the food, we want to talk about this now”…
…Ok then you should know what is the problem sorry a lot of people are jumping in without having any facts….
…John: Spokescouncils and GAs have NEVER EVER been legitimate organizations. I have never submitted myself to their dictates or their wills. Just as I don’t need to stand in the same fu blip, blip, ing park all the time to make a difference. It’s all Spectacle, it’s not real….

and so on and so on and so on…

And also…

John Penley
At this point there is a total disconnect between the Occupiers, the people going to Zuccotti Park every day and the Spokescouncil which is having meetings in warm spaces but not going to the GA in the park. The Spokescouncil must return to Zuccotti Park or everything will stop.
…Dude no money is going to help people until this is resolved and you have been out of town.
….I need to believe it’s possible to reclaim the unity we saw in Sept…
….so sad to hear that ..in Los Angeles they are a bit disconected ..but it is just the fact they have no secure place to gather …as far as i know , but they are not giving up by any means ..
…The spokescouncil must go all to Zuccotti and have a big GA…
….ll money is shut down until this is resolved…
….No if money is not spent people are getting thrown out of Churches and metro cards stop etc etc if you don’t know what is going on you should wait til you get back to comment…
….i agree that if they do not begin to work with the occupiers then we should go to every GA and block their proposals to spend money at every turn…it is a sad solution but it will get their attention and force them to begin to work with the people again who put their asses on the line and in the cold every night…the last GA we went to people wanted to hire trainers for the Medical team to learn urban street survival tactics, which would have been fine and dandy to help the occupiers, except as I brought up, I have not seen any Medics on the street helping for the last couple weeks, so spending nearly 1600 dollars on that seemed kind of silly, why learn how to survive and help people on the streets, when you and your team are all living indoors?…
….at that same GA the people in the park who had been sleeping there for months, and were still hanging out there at night diidn’t even recognize the people running the GA so began chanting “who are you? who are you?”…they had not even been sleeping there (or no one recognized them) and somehow still were managing things…
….I hesitate to suggest this but as an absolutely last possible resort, start a new donation line for the park Occupiers?….
….the spokescouncil is composed of representatives from the different working groups who represent their interests at the GA…
….I still do not understand why there has to be a Spokescouncil and when they are representatives they should be on the camp and then they see each other the whole day and you do not need representatives. By the way where are the actions against the 1%?….
….
and so on and so on and so on….

Occupy Wall Street Worldwide?
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Taken For A Metrocard Ride

The light of the body is the eye. And it is not so often, every so often that I find myself blah blaghing about that seemingly faceless beast of a monster system of the MTA to be found in that city of New York, though this is one of those times where I find myself blah blogging about the NYCMTA. And is Mercury in retrograde or something? Now I’m not trying to be metrocard funny, though I found myself being taken for a New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority subway ride, literally, or something like that, sometime a recent while ago as I was attempting to go my way on that New York City subway ride day, by one of those MTA take your money for those metrocards and not really put that money on your metro card especially if you’re not paying attention to it being refilled and buzz you through the gate instead to where you find yourself returning to that metrocard token booth to complain to that pocketed your fare agent an hour and a half later after you see that that money is not on your metro card only to find that pocketed your fare agent attempting to give you your money back that you may or may not want back to where you may find yourself complaining on one of those NYCMTA MTA agent pocketed my fare complaint forms only never to be responded to again, ever, or something like that. Now this is a new one to me in that faceless beast of a Metropolitan Transportation Agency of a going your way system. And could this be one of those reasons why Wall Street is Occupied? And what, if anything, does this have to do with a No Police State?
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A Black Friday Buy Nothing Day

It’s that time of year again and the holiday season seems to be upon us. And the shop, shop until you drop season seems to also be upon us also. And it’s also Occupy Wall Street Day 69 on this Thanksgiving Day of a holiday here in North America according to that Gregorian calendar on the wall. And remember the Indians and eat more tofurky, or something like that. And according to Occupy Wall Street’s website tomorrow is also Buy Nothing Day. And their website reads something like as follows:

You’ve been sleeping on the streets for two months pleading peacefully for a new spirit in economics. And just as your camps are raided, your eyes pepper sprayed and your head’s knocked in, another group of people are preparing to camp-out. Only these people aren’t here to support occupy Wall Street, they’re here to secure their spot in line for a Black Friday bargain at Super Target and Macy’s.

Occupy gave the world a new way of thinking about the fat cats and financial pirates on Wall Street. Now lets give them a new way of thinking about the holidays, about our own consumption habits. Lets’ use the coming 20th annual Buy Nothing Day to launch an all-out offensive to unseat the corporate kings on the holiday throne.

This year’s Black Friday will be the first campaign of the holiday season where we set the tone for a new type of holiday culminating with #OCCUPYXMAS. As the global protests of the 99% against corporate greed and casino capitalism continues, lets take the opportunity to hit the empire where it really hurts…the wallet.

On Nov 25/26th we escape the mayhem and unease of the biggest shopping day in North America and put the breaks on rabid consumerism for 24 hours. Flash mobs, consumer fasts, mall sit-ins, community events, credit card-ups, whirly-marts and jams, jams, jams! We don’t camp on the sidewalk for a reduced price tag on a flat screen TV or psycho-killer video game. Instead, we occupy the very paradigm that is fueling our eco, social and political decline.

Historically, Buy Nothing Day has been about fasting from hyper consumerism – a break from the cash register and reflecting on how dependent we really are on conspicuous consumption. On this 20th anniversary of Buy Nothing Day, we take it to the next level, marrying it with the message of #occupy…

We #OCCUPYXMAS.

Shenanigans begin November 25!

Adbusters Buy Nothing Day / #OCCUPYXMAS Page

And that recycle this blog post for Black Friday that found itself posted on this blog some time a while ago, also reads something like as follows:

It’s that time of year again, the holiday season is upon us, according to the calendar and advertisements, and it’s the most joyous festival time of the year, or is it. And Thanksgiving Day in America is later this week, that nationalistic day to be thankful for something. And remember the Indians, their beads and trinkets, that twenty four dollars and the land of Manna-hatin, and eat more tofurky. No one is free when others are oppressed. And isn’t the day after Thanksgiving day Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, or is that the day after Christmas. Well this year the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 23rd, is also Buy Nothing Day and isn’t this day celebrated around the world. I am not exactly sure what the story behind this concept is, but I think it has something to do with buying nothing. And Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping will be out there in the streets with shopping events all over New York City all day long. And I imagine there will be a ton of other events in observation of this day. Adbusters will be hitting the streets for a 24 hour consumer fast and there will be a Buy Nothing Day Freegan Feast on this day also. Maybe one can help save the environment and planet earth on this day by consuming less. Peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind.
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Occupy Wall Street Worldwide






Hey again bloggers or whoever could be reading this blog. And so today finds itself as Occupy Wall Street Day 60. And Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Together are still moving fast. And so on this day finds itself with headlines reading with titles like Police arrest 70 Wall Street protesters, New York police evict anti-Wall Street protesters, The NYPD is currently evicting #Occupy from Zuccotti Park, and the list of headlines goes on and on in headline news land. And this is what democracy looks like on this day. And this is what a police state looks like on this day when one turns on the computer, radio, television or walks by the newsstands to read the headline news on this day. 2012, a time for change. And for what reason does this we are the ninety nine percent of a global revolution movement seem as if it wants to all come down to property, who owns the land. Who’s right is it to say that the land is for sale anyway. Parens Patraie, father of our country, father of the people. And for what reason does that word patriot have the word riot in it, and what does parens patraie, father of our country mean, as I think this word is what involuntary slavery and servitude is based on, maybe, the idea that the state owns an individual. A man is born free but he is in chains, I read somewhere. And does that internet bible dictionary Wikipedia have an entry for this phrase. And that NYPD raid video: OWS protesters arrested at Zuccotti Park YouTube video that finds itself posted above, well it just seems to NYPD, New York department of polizei raid video: OWS protesters arrested at Zuccotti Park speak for itself. And that other Occupy Wall Street Protesters Cleared From Zuccotti Park YouTube video that finds itself posted above also, well it just seems to Occupy Wall Street Protesters Cleared From Zuccotti Park speak for itself also. You can’t evict an idea whose time has come. When justice ends, tyranny begins. No one is free when others are oppressed. We are the 99%. We are the legions. Is another world possible. Peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind. And what does this have to do with a No Police State? Occupy Wall Street Worldwide.
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