One of Occupy Wall Street's biggest achievements has been proving how brutal and tyrannical the government of the United States has turned against its own people. Local governments like New York City's rule by the tyranny of ordinances and permits; effectively turning every potential exercise of the First Amendment into a nuisance that deserves immediate suppression. In fact, the tearing down of "occupies" all across the nation proves vividly that as individuals we've lost our freedom to assembly and freedom speech while the 1%ers have amassed, through Citizen's United, an unprecedented amount of power without accountability thanks to the "money as free speech" and "corporate personhood" rulings.
Thus this permit. read more »
Here's the text of the message Noam Chomsky sent to #OccupyWallStreet that the reporter refers to: read more »
My son loves hanging out at Barnes and Noble. They used to have a train set up and they have plenty of books that you can read without buying. Of course all that just leads to kids saying "can I have this...can I have that." So it does sell stuff. That said, I have noticed over the months that people leave the place a mess and stuff disappears. So although it inspires kids to demand parents buy stuff, it also is a source of pilfered and damaged stuff. In general I felt sorry for them for the damaged and stolen merchandise.
Today the children's area was empty. That's unusual. Often it's quite crowded. Today it was empty. The train set is gone. No surprise. I hear they lost some 150 trains in the span of three monthsâ€¦so no surprise they discontinued that particular sales technique.
I also noticed that there was a cop there. Fully uniformed, on duty cop. That is definitely NOT usual. But, well this has become such a police saturated society that I barely thought anything of it. Police are now watching us EVERYWHERE it seems, either in person or on camera. read more »