Occupy New Haven is planning for the long haul. Our pols and elites best get their heads out of where the sun doesn’t shine and understand that this is NOT going to go away. The people outside of Wall Street and the Beltway had better stop rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic and do something to improve the general health, morale, and welfare of the majority - the 99%.
But not to worry. We certainly won’t be forsaking the Military-Industrial Complex and continuing to spend money recklessly on something that is ambiguous at best and certainly not contributing to the overall improvement of the continental United States. Yes, we are leaving Iraq (and this was Dubya’s doing, not Obama’s) but we are going to continue to have a military presence/occupation of the Persian Gulf. Of course, this will be “in cooperation” with various Arab states, including Kuwait, Oman, and of course, our “wonderful allies” the Saudis. Lest we forget the majority of the 9-11 “hijacker/terrists” were Saudi nationals, including Osama bin Laden.
Joe and Kerry (names listed alphabetically), I’d like to dedicate this song to each of you. This is one of my “most favorite” songs of all time. This was recorded live at a concert in Central Park, NYC, with 500,000 in attendance. I saw Simon and Garfunkel live under the stars at the former Milwaukee County Stadium and it was awesome. Everything about this song is so ethereal - the music, the words, and Garfunkel’s incredible voice. Enjoy it, and thanks for being such such wonderful friends!
As the events that led to Scott Olsen’s injury continue to unfold and investigations begin, we thought it important to offer some perspective. This comment is from a former Marine with special operations in crowd control.
He points out that shooting canisters such as those that likely hit Scott Olsen is prohibited under rules of engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan. Regardless of any political position on the Occupy protests, these are some Interesting insights
Before gas goes into a crowd shield bearers have to be making no progress moving a crowd or crowd must be assaulting the line. Not with sticks and stones but a no bullshit assault. 3 warnings must be given to the crowd in a manner they can hear that force is about to be used. Shield bearers take a knee and CS gas is released in grenade form first to fog out your lines because you have gas masks. You then kick the canisters along in front of your lines. Projectile gas is not used except for longer ranged engagement or trying to steer the crowd ( by steering a crowd I mean firing gas to block a street off ). You also have shotguns with beanbags and various less than lethal rounds for your launchers. These are the rules for a WARZONE!!
Now, on the lighter side - Toby Keith is a country singer. It needs to saying that Willie Nelson is a pot smoker and apparently smokes on his tour bus. This song is a light-hearted and hilarious “tribute” to that experience:
“I haven’t seen much, but given the nature of that individual’s injuries, I’m wondering if he wasn’t struck by something thrown by a demonstrator," said Chief Dennis Burns, of the Palo Alto Police Department.”—
“Give credit where it’s due: It’s been the genius of the protesters in Zuccotti Park to shift public discourse to whether the distribution of economic burdens and rewards is just and whether the economic system makes us whole or reduces and divides us. It’s hard to imagine how we’ll address our converging ecological crises without first addressing the way accumulating wealth and power has captured the political system. As long as Washington is dominated and intimidated by giant oil companies, Wall Street speculators, and corporations that can buy influence and even write the rules that make buying influence possible, there’s no meaningful way to deal with our economy’s addiction to fossil fuels and its dire consequences.”—From Occupy Wall Street to Occupy Earth | Grist
“Emily Yates, 29, an Iraq veteran who recently became acquainted with Olsen, said the Tuesday incident had pushed her off the fence and into Occupy movement. The police action had stunned her, she said. “The friggin’ police are the 99 percent, too,” she added.”—