The Mainstream Spin on OWS: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

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    Dec 16, 2011 4:52 AM GMT
    Criticism of Occupy Wall Street protests is so anecdotal and insubstantial that you have to wonder if Ronald Reagan is speaking from the grave. This is a brief guide to the realities behind the mainstream spin.

    LIES

    Many of the "so-called protesters" are actually attending ritzy universities.
    So what? A Harvard degree doesn't come anywhere near guaranteeing a $400,000/year income, the approximate amount needed to join the one percenters. Most of these students are future 99 percenters. So they're right where they belong -- at the protests.

    As for the "dressing down," all college students -- as well as the fully employed people who come to the protests after work -- tell me the same thing, "Of course I wear my old clothes. I should wear my best clothes to sleep in a tent and maybe get tear-gassed?"

    Not showering, and using public restrooms to wash.
    As complaints go, this comes under the heading of "Pick one." You can hardly complain because people are washing and not washing.

    If it's not washing -- then cross the street, or hold your nose and walk on by. And if the complaint is washing in public restrooms, note the word "public." That's who the restrooms are there for: the public. I've seen signs in parking lots warning "No skateboarding," but I've yet to see one in a restroom that says "No washing."

    DAMN LIES

    The protestors don't know what they want.
    Deluded observers can cure their ignorance by looking at the placards seen in photographs in mainstream media:

    Restore the Glass-Steagall Act [and then some]

    Major new controls on lobbying.

    Executive compensation caps [including bonuses]

    Stronger consumer protections.

    A return to controls on credit card and other loan interest rates (credit card interest was capped at 9 percent in all states until 197icon_cool.gif.


    Notice only the last demand is reactionary; on other issues the protestors want advances. (And a few honest government financial appointees like Elizabeth Warren wouldn't offend them, either.)

    Two things most protestors are not demanding: single-payer health care and jobs. They're perfectly aware that universal health care is years away, and they don't expect the government to create jobs.

    The homeless are joining the protests for free food.
    Some are. Yet as I was photographing an Occupy San Francisco camp, a tourist from Ohio commented to me, "That's kind of an indictment in itself, that Americans should have to come to a protest to eat."

    And Then There Are STATISTICS

    OWS has cost cities $13 million dollars in expenses.
    Are we impressed by this? Impressed when that sum is compared to the 4th of July, where fireworks alone cost several hundred million for a one-day celebration of a mightily important event, but one that occurred over two centuries ago.

    In this context $13 million is chump change. In the 1960s U.S. Senator Everett Dirksen commented that "A million here, and a million there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money." I haven't heard that phrase in over 15 years without it being changed to "... a billion here, and a billion there... "

    If police had been less confrontational, the entire cost of OWS protests to date might have been a quarter of that.

    Cleaning up "200 pounds of excrement."
    As I recall from the summer I spent on a farm, a 200 pound pile of cow manure is about 30 minutes' shoveling for a 7-year-old boy. I'm guessing the weight, based on the pile being a lot bigger than I was. (Unlike the anti-OWS scatology fans, I felt no urge to shovel it onto a scale and weigh it. Or were city sanitation workers ordered to take it somewhere and weigh it?)

    Which raises the question of why the cities did not provide portable toilets, as they do for most any civic event -- as they supply tens of thousands of toilets across America on the 4th of July? A few hundred toilets does not seem too much to ask, when Americans are assembling to demand a redress of their grievances under their First Amendment rights.

    (The reactionary answer to the lack of toilets is "because they didn't have a permit!" A few government health departments will simply order a city to put toilets in place, but most health departments lack that authority, so politicians are free to deny permits and deny toilets.)

    A decreasing percentage of Americans support OWS.
    Pollsters have been on a roll with this statistic, but the fact is that these are micro-snapshots. People's opinions are based on how much mainstream media coverage there has been in a given week, and whether protestors or police have been more outrageous that week. Pollsters are dancing around the issue of whether Americans feel the economy is deeply corrupt and flawed.

    Clearly, protesters won support the day Lt. John Pike pepper-sprayed sit-in students at the University of California Davis. But next week the protesters may feed homeless people again, further annoying the mainstream, or at least annoying the fringe right wing. So we will see who botches public relations the most. From personal observation, I'd guess it will be the police.

    Either way, escalation from either side means mainstream media will be forced to cover OWS, especially if there are good photo-opportunities. Now that protesters are starting to occupy foreclosed buildings, there should be plenty more photo-ops. And then the public will make up their minds.
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    Dec 16, 2011 5:13 AM GMT
    But the people are waking up, and they're not going back.

    This is very good for gay rights. Not good for fear mongering, republican propaganda machines.




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    Dec 16, 2011 6:27 AM GMT
    Let's face it: the fact there is any reporting at all on OWS is a huge improvement over the complete silence there was before OWS became an Internet sensation.

    My roomie used to go to Occupy San Diego before it was shut down. He was energized and impressed every day he came back, and strangely it was the clarity of the demands he brought home that impressed me the most.
  • GQjock

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    Dec 16, 2011 10:48 AM GMT
    The OWS IS having a huge effect ...

    Just look at the political lexicon we have now
    Before the movement we had no Idea what or who the 1% and the 99% were

    The republicans were free to block any taxation of the Bush beneficiaries without anyone knowing what they were doing
    The middleclass or what was left of them were blindly following the falsity that a no taxation policy was a good taxation policy
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    Dec 16, 2011 4:34 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidCould you please differentiate which part of the OP is your own writings and which have been copied and pasted from some other source? Oh, and identify that other source?

    Thanks.


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    Dec 16, 2011 5:41 PM GMT
    Christian73 said
    southbeach1500 saidCould you please differentiate which part of the OP is your own writings and which have been copied and pasted from some other source? Oh, and identify that other source?

    Thanks.


    You have again confused me for someone who gives a flying fuck about anything you say... icon_cool.gif


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  • KissTheSky

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    Dec 16, 2011 11:13 PM GMT
    Excellent post and excellent developments.
    OWS has had a bigger effect in a shorter time on our national discourse than any political movement in my memory.
    The fact that they are able to do this starting from almost nothing in a matter of weeks is evidence that the people are on their side.
    This is just beginning.

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    Dec 17, 2011 1:43 AM GMT
    KissTheSky saidExcellent post and excellent developments.
    OWS has had a bigger effect in a shorter time on our national discourse than any political movement in my memory.
    The fact that they are able to do this starting from almost nothing in a matter of weeks is evidence that the people are on their side.
    This is just beginning.

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    Absolutely. And though the media is refusing to cover it, Occupy Our Homes is taking off all across the country.
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    Dec 17, 2011 1:44 AM GMT
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    Christian73 said
    southbeach1500 saidCould you please differentiate which part of the OP is your own writings and which have been copied and pasted from some other source? Oh, and identify that other source?

    Thanks.


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    Such "mean spirited" and "extreme" reply to a reasonable request.

    Did you write ALL of that stuff in the OP? Or did you copy/paste it from somewhere else? I'm just curious and would like to know the source.


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    Dec 17, 2011 2:24 AM GMT
    Christian73 said
    KissTheSky saidExcellent post and excellent developments.
    OWS has had a bigger effect in a shorter time on our national discourse than any political movement in my memory.
    The fact that they are able to do this starting from almost nothing in a matter of weeks is evidence that the people are on their side.
    This is just beginning.

    111004103034-rushkoff-occupy-wall-street


    Absolutely. And though the media is refusing to cover it, Occupy Our Homes is taking off all across the country.


    HAHAHAHA, their going into peoples homes now. Could you imagine having this trash in your house? Lysol wouldn't even take care of the smell. You would have to bleach everything when they left.
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    Dec 17, 2011 2:53 AM GMT
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    Christian73 said
    KissTheSky saidExcellent post and excellent developments.
    OWS has had a bigger effect in a shorter time on our national discourse than any political movement in my memory.
    The fact that they are able to do this starting from almost nothing in a matter of weeks is evidence that the people are on their side.
    This is just beginning.

    111004103034-rushkoff-occupy-wall-street


    Absolutely. And though the media is refusing to cover it, Occupy Our Homes is taking off all across the country.


    HAHAHAHA, their going into peoples homes now. Could you imagine having this trash in your house? Lysol wouldn't even take care of the smell. You would have to bleach everything when they left.


    No, dumbass. They're occupying homes that the banks are trying to foreclose on to keep families in their houses and force the douche bag bankers to renegotiate.

    It's call civic responsibility. Perhaps you or your alter could look into it.