Happy Monday, everybody. From NYMag‘s Daily Intel:
Occupy Wall Street protesters are putting their money where their beliefs are: Demonstrators passed a motion over the weekend to spend $19,200 to buy and erect 20 large tents, despite tents being prohibited by park Zuccotti Park rules, am New York reports. But protesters will be taking to the tents to brave the cold months nonetheless.
The order for large 20-by-20 and 16-by-16 tents have an eye towards safety, too: “We don’t want anything bad or unsavory happening behind closed doors,” protester spokesman Jeff Smith said….
politico continuing its hatchet job on ‘herb’ cain.
This news about the big tents will make my daughter happy. She said they needed bigger tents, to house several people, and include some sort of heating device. I would assume that the tents they are buying are fairly weatherproof. If they cost about a thousand bucks apiece, they probably are.
Yay for them; they are determined.
Not for the first time it has occurred to me that screwing over a bunch of smart people who did well in school is not the best idea in the world. Doing well at academics means organizing, planning, focus, and proritization are honed skills.
And if you don’t know something you know how to find out.
i helped at the cook tent for occupydenver over the weekend.
occupydenver has a single goal.
everyone i asked said that goal was the end of corporate personhood, ie, the citizens united decision.
This is what happens when you have a protest where military guys are involved. Shit gets organized and the GP mediums come out.
Next purchase? Kerosene heaters.
At a certain point, simply showing that they are going to continue to occupy, and to organize sufficiently to make it work, is point enough.
Winter camping (and how does one set up a sturdy, weatherproof tent without being able to stake it to the ground?) is not an easy or inexpensive venture.
@Samara Morgan: And before certain types get involved here, by the end of corporate personhood you are talking about reducing personhood to something Eisenhower or Nixon would have approved of, right? We need not be such radicals as to reduce corporate personhood to something the founding fathers would recognize.
Did anyone watch the Abramoff interview on 60 minutes last night? Enlightening stuff, directly in line with many of the primary complaints emanating from the movement.
Well done, Samara.
At last you do something I can approve of.
And if I could just say what I would be protesting about if I was in America it would be this:
Most American unemployed No longer getting benefits.
The collapse of demand from this is the main thing endangering US recovery, IMHO, and it is outrageous that banks get bailouts, but the unemployed are left to decay into abject poverty.
Screw that, I know how that story ends. First you get a tent, then you get a heat source, then you need a burn kit and skin grafts. Tents are good, heat sources are good, tents and heat sources are bad.
Wish the NYPD weren’t suck dicks (but we’re better than Oakland), because this is one of those situations where it’d be useful to be able to trust them enough to allow them access to roam and stick their heads in the tents during the daylight hours. If wishes were fishes.
October 24-31 TV ratings–
1. World Series, Game 7 14.7
2. NFL, Cowboys vs. Eagles 13.8
3. World Series, Game 6 12.7
Order is restored to the universe.
(NCIS was the most watched nonsports program.)
Today’s google doodle honors Marie Curie, the original Bad Mamma Jamma of Science. Not only did she win a Nobel with her husband (and she did all the work, as usual), she also won a second Nobel for Chemistry by her own bad self.
And her daughter Irene later won a Nobel for Chemistry, too.
And here’s a great cartoon comment on the importance of Marie Curie and other great women of science.
I hate the scandal mongering part of the political scene, no matter who the candidate is or his or her political party.
But Cain may be in big trouble. Gloria Allred saw the Bat Signal, clamped on her Bat Suit, and jumped into her Publicity Seeker mobile. And although there is not a camera or a microphone she can bypass, when she is on the case, she knows her stuff and can get the goods on figures public and private. She definitely helped topple Meg Whitman in the California gubernatorial election.
Word is she has scheduled a news conference at 1:30 Eastern Time today with one of the Cain Accusers.
This may not go well for Sugar Cain.