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These protests are, by the very friction that they generate, forcing us to rethink the relationship that American citizens have with their government. The disproportionate police violence that is clearly being authorized and condoned is a reflection of how deeply these peaceful protests are threatening the status quo by exposing the systemic culture of corruption.

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On Friday, November 4, 2011, three #OccupyDC protesters were struck by a Lexus driven by Shawn Connolly Valentine, 38, of Clinton, MD. The driver was not cited or charged for what appeared to be deliberately driving into the protesters - however, the protesters were charged by the police. (Yes, you read that correctly).

Several nights later, the police held a press conference to defend their actions and their decisions. However, the police spokesperson arrived 20 minutes late, so the #occupy protesters took the stage and used the opportunity to tell their story to the media before the police arrived. 

This is the video of that impromptu press conference.

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What is up with policemen across the United States using motorcycles and cars as weapons against peaceful protesters? (And, um, didn’t we see condemn that sort of conduct in Tahrir Square and in Tiannenmen Square?)

What is up with policemen across the United States using motorcycles and cars as weapons against peaceful protesters?

(And, um, didn’t we see condemn that sort of conduct in Tahrir Square and in Tiannenmen Square?)

(And notice how all these protests happen in such-and-such Square or Park? The protests need to be public, to be visible, to reach an audience - perhaps not coincidentally, the protesters are being arrested for violations such as “marching without a permit,” or “camping in public after hours,” or … you get the picture. The cities across the United States seem to be doing their best to quietly sweep the #occupy protests under the rug, and the mainstream media is doing their best to be compliant)

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All the latest here.

My love for the Washington Post has been fading more and more lately.

hayleysworldoflights:

motherjones:

All the latest here.

My love for the Washington Post has been fading more and more lately.

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Occupy Oakland protesters carry away a veteran who was hit by a teargas canister
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We’ve posted previously about how the pepper-spraying and beating of the protesters has focused attention on the long history of misconduct by the NYPD. In today’s paper, they complained of “poor morale” as a result of the negative attention, and suggested that rather than address the root cause of these problems, instead, the investigations should stop:

Pat Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said, “Morale is as bad as I’ve ever seen it.”

"And it will not improve until staffing increases and management gets [the Internal Affairs Bureau] off the backs of police officers who are just trying to do their jobs," Lynch added.

A narcotics cop said he was the target of jeers while making arrests last week.

"You planted the drugs! You put it on him!" onlookers hollered at him, the cop recalled.

"You just have to ignore it," Lynch, the 15-year-veteran noted.



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"#OWS is a tributary into a global river of discontent."

Nice take on #OWS from Bryce.vc, one of the co-founders of O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures. This reinforces the theme from a number of people active in emerging technology - Douglass Rushkoff, and Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures - that #OWS is more entrepreneurial and more flexible than the gigantic, corrupt entities which it is confronting.

(Source: bryce.vc)

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So, the Associated Press reports that the protests have become a tourism destination and are drawing people to the city. Not even two weeks earlier, Bloomberg had called for an end to the protests because they were “hurting tourism.”

To put it bluntly, Mayor Bloomberg is a jackass.

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Denver cops turned on sprinklers at 2:30am to bother Occupyers. Temp in Denver? 27 degrees.

Sickening, juvenile conduct on the part of the cities across the United States. I love NYC more than words can ever express but I’m disgusted with Bloomberg and the NYPD.

SOURCE: http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_19148341