Monday, October 31, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Applies for Occupy Wall Street™

Remember when the post reported that a non OWS protester was being all capitalist and shit trying to trademark the name "Occupy Wall Street" so that he can sell t-shirts, bags, and other swag. Well I guess the OWS organizers realized that they can be capitalist too. So they are taking some of that capital they rose to register the name Occupy Wall Street.

Source: Gawker

There have been a number of bad faith attempts to trademark Occupy Wall Street for business purposes. Now the protest organizers themselves are trying to trademark Occupy Wall Street themselves.

According to the filing, the trademark would cover everything from "periodicals and newsletters," to "t-shirts, sweatshirts, headwear, and jackets." Maybe a line of beer cozies as well?

Is NYPD Sending Drunk Homeless People to Occupy Wall Street?

The NYPD has allegedly come up with an ingenious way to sabotage the Occupy Wall Street protest in lower Manhattan: Just send drunks and homeless people down there!
The increased presence of homeless drug addicts and drunks has been causing tension in Zuccotti Park. Apparently the amount of "freeloaders" caused the Occupy Wall Street kitchen to scale back operations for a few days in protest. The Daily News today reportsthat the place has basically become divided between "real" occupy wall street protesters on the east, and the homeless riffraff on the West: There is now a "wrong side of the tracks" at Zuccotti Park.
According to Daily News op-ed contributor Harry Siegel, this shift has been helped along by friendly NYPD officers:
The NYPD seems to have crossed a line in recent days, as the park has taken on a darker tone with unsteady and unstable types suddenly seeming to emerge from the woodwork. Two different drunks I spoke with last week told me they'd been encouraged to "take it to Zuccotti" by officers who'd found them drinking in other parks, and members of the community affairs working group related several similar stories they'd heard while talking with intoxicated or aggressive new arrivals.
An NYPD spokesperson told Salon that the report is false. Regardless, the homeless population has put Occupy Wall Street in the awkward position of calling on the cops for help dealing with troublemakers in their rule-breaking encampment: Fuck the police! Unless we need the police!
It really is a brilliant, if supremely scummy, move by NYPD if true. Much has been made of the protest's embodied nature: They say the micro-community in Zuccotti Park is supposed to represent some ideal version of society where everyone has a say, and the pizza is free. How can they turn away the least-savory of the 99% without basically becoming The Man they've spent the last few weeks protesting? The homelessness issue could be Occupy Wall Street's Animal Farm moment.

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Red October

It began as “peaceful protests” on the 17th day of September – the month of the Autumn Equinox (Sept. 21 – Mabron – a very special  ritual day ordained by WICCA, Kaballa, and Pagan practitioners of Lucifer as the day of atonement and the “releasing of prisoners” – both political and economic.)  The protest began at a specific city which was the financial heart of THE pre-eminent global capitalist “Republic” -  a world-power center of wealth and influence unequalled in the entire world at that specific time. The nation, however, had been in a Great Recession for three years. Factories were closing their doors, and unemployment had reached 36%.  The national debt to the world central bank was crippling in every way.  Inflation had successful eroded the wages of the people by 50%. The future of this once great nation was bleak in every way.

The message of the “protesters” was a simple one – the “working people” were the unwitting slaves of BIG BUSINESS and COPORATE GREED – a mere 1% (the “ruling class) were robbing the “people” (the remaining 99%) of their wealth and property.   It was not just a single day of protests, but was scheduled to last for many months.  Eventually, the “movement” spread to every other major city in the country – as well as other foreign nations.

If you think I am describing the 2011 OWS (Occupy Wall Street) and America the Beautiful, you are wrong.  I am reciting the exact history of the Bolshevik Revolution (Red October) that eventually dismantled the Russian Republic of Czar Nicholas.

According to Wikipedia:  “Nationwide crisis had developed in Russia affecting social, economic, and political relations. Disorder in industry and transport had intensified, and difficulties in obtaining provisions had increased. Gross industrial production in 1917 had decreased by over 36 percent from what it had been in 1916. By September, as much as 50 percent of all enterprises were closed down in the Urals,, the Donbas, and other industrial centers, leading to mass unemployment. At the same time, the cost of living increased sharply. The real wages of the workers fell about 50 percent from what they had been in 1913. Russia’s national debt in October 1917 had risen to 50 billion rubles. Of this, debts to foreign governments constituted more than 11 billion rubles. The country faced the threat of financial bankruptcy.