There is no danger that the protesters who have occupied squares, parks and plazas across the nation in defiance of the corporate state will be co-opted by the Democratic Party or groups like MoveOn. The faux liberal reformers, whose abject failure to stand up for the rights of the poor and the working class, have signed on to this movement because they fear becoming irrelevant. Union leaders, who pull down salaries five times that of the rank and file as they bargain away rights and benefits, know the foundations are shaking. So do Democratic politicians from Barack Obama to Nancy Pelosi. So do the array of “liberal” groups and institutions, including the press, that have worked to funnel discontented voters back into the swamp of electoral politics and mocked those who called for profound structural reform.
Look, a crazy anti-capitalist anarchist carrying a bizarre sign incompatible with the basic tenents of liberals:
In the lead-up to next Friday's News Corp. stockholders' meeting, several major investors have begun voicing the once-unthinkable: Let's take control of the company away from Rupert Murdoch and his clan. Today, the California State Teachers' Retirement System, which apparently owns between 4 and 6 million non-voting News Corp. shares, joined in. While unclear whether this group has the collective power to actually oust Murdoch or his representatives from the board — consider that CalSTRS owns just two-tenths of one percent of News Corp.'s total shares — few could have imagined a few months ago the media mogul looking this vulnerable.
Around 250 protesters have set up camp in central London, promising to occupy the site indefinitely, while 175 demonstrators in the US city of Chicago have been arrested as "Occupy" protests continue across the globe.
The events came after Saturday's Global Day of Protests - inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement - drew crowds of supporters in cities as far apart as Toronto, Rome, Seoul and Sydney.
The London group camped outside St Paul's Cathedral in the heart of the British capital began their protest on Saturday, when several thousand tried to take over the area in front of the London Stock Exchange (LSE).
After being thwarted by lines of police, the group moved to the cathedral, located next to the privately-owned square housing the LSE, where they erected about 70 tents and camped out overnight.
Bank of America's infamous $5 monthly debit card fee hasn't quite caused enough backlash to make the bank Qwikster it away. But customers can cling to hope of the bank one day eliminating the fee, because at least an executive has spoken publicly about the hypothetical notion of getting rid of it.
Absolutely... Nuff Said...
Demonstrations for Global Change are taking place today, October 15.
The demonstrations are against financial mismanagement and government cut-backs, and it is expected that 951 demonstrations will take place in 82 countries world-wide.
At the biggest rally In Rome, tens of thousands marched on the street and were involved in skirmishes with the police.
In Belgium, 7,000 marchers brought Brussels to a standstill. Smaller protests took place in Paris.
5,000 demonstrators also gathered outside the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany.
It's become clear that besides pepper-spray wielding police there is another threat to the "Occupy" movement-- agents provocateur.
The people who planned the protest against killer drones at the National Air and Space museum wanted to make a statement and send a message. They did not want to scare families and children or shut down the museum.
David DeGraw – one of the primary Wall Street protest organizers – just sent me the following email:
Top MoveOn leaders / executives are all over national television speaking for the movement. fully appreciate the help and support of MoveOn, but the MSM is clearly using them as the spokespeople for OWS. This is an blatant attempt to fracture the 99% into a Democratic Party organization. The leadership of MoveON are Democratic Party operatives. they are divide and conquer pawns. For years they ignored Wall Street protests to keep complete focus on the Republicans, in favor of Goldman’s Obama and Wall Street’s Democratic leadership.
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