New York Magazine did a somewhat unscientific poll of protestors at Occupy Wall Street in New York and their results show a stunning ignorance of the financial system they are protesting
Check out the full story here: http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/10/occupy_wall_street_quiz.html
Some of my favorites:
In fact, Health Care and Pensions are 2x Military spending.
GReat article in the NYPost by Charlie Gasparino who really gets to the heart of what the OWS protestors are after
I found a unifying and increasingly coherent ideology emerging among the protesters, which at its core has less to do with the evils of the banking business and more about the evils of capitalism — and the need for a socialist revolution.
It’s not an overstatement to describe Zuccotti Park as New York’s Marxist epicenter. Flags with the iconic face of the Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara are everywhere; the only American flag I saw was hanging upside down. The “occupiers” openly refer to each other as “comrade,” and just about every piece of literature on offer (free or for sale) advocated socialism in the Marxist tradition as a cure-all for the inequalities of the American economic system.
Great post from Parenting Magazine: http://www.parenting.com/blogs/pop-culture/shawn-parenting/how-bad-parenting-created-occupy-wall-street
At some point on the parenting evolutionary chart, we went from restrained to indulgent. We went from being parents to being friends. Peewee baseball games stopped keeping score. Everyone got a trophy. If there was a problem, there was always a Boogieman: allergies, ADD, auditory processing, a bad teacher. We stopped saying “no,” and started saying “no because…” We negotiated. We gave them options (Cinnamon Life and Frosted Mini Wheats? Big Time Rush or iCarly?). We told them they could be American Idols and astronauts, all while knowing they were tone deaf and terrible at chemistry.
Those kids went to college, and got useless degrees (full disclosure: film major with a psychology minor). They graduated, and then failed at being American Idols and astronauts. Without a decent set of coping skills, they’ve turned rejection into anger. They’ve lived a life where there were always options, where they never lost, where they thought the moon overhead followed them. They’ve been kicked out of the nest, having never been told their wings don’t run on batteries.
And now somebody owes them $150,000 for their education. No one said your major in horticulture was a coupon good for one free career.
Occupy Wall Street picked up some key supporters for their cause with the endorsements of the American Nazi Party and the American Communist Party.
An early supporter of the OWS movement, Russell Simmons is of course a multimillionaire, who got that way through the largesse of big companies. Specifically, Simmons record company was owned by NBC Universal, which was a subsidiary of General Electric, the 6th largest company in the US.
For a nice visual showing exactly how far removed Simmons is from anything resembling the middle class, check out his house: http://www.mtv.co.uk/shows/cribs/episode/cribs-russell-simmons
In a disgusting display of the hatred the protestors share for an institution that exists for no other reason than to save the lives of Americans, Occupy Boston protestors spit multiple times in the face of a uniformed Coast Guard member walking by the protests.
Judge them not by words, but by actions