(VeteransToday) – OCW Primer: Uniformed Thugs Are Not Legally Police – Why Wall Street Is Not Enough, This is War – Gordon Duff
Writers and editors at Veterans Today are going to be writing on OCCUPY WALL STREET (OCW), offering their expertise. Our staff has over a thousand years of experience, much of it commanding, not only armies, but heads of state security forces, intelligence agencies and as police trainers. Read the rest of this entry »
REPOST – (WashingtonsBlog) – Did Oakland Police Intentionally Shoot Marine Vet Scott Olsen In the Head?
The following photograph on videos show that Marine veteran Scott Olsen was peacefully standing at the Oakland protest when police fired a projectile at him: Read More Here
(Statesman) – Nearly 40 arrested at Occupy Austin
officers attempted to shut down a table that was used to distribute food. When the demonstrators refused, they were taken into custody. The names of those arrested were not immediately available early Sunday morning. Officers originally warned the demonstrators around 9:45 p.m. that a city ordinance prevented food from being distributed at City Hall after 10 p.m., – Source: Statesman
(MSNBC) – Ore. police arrest 30 Wall Street protesters – Incidents come amid a week of police crackdowns around the country – Read More Here
FLASHBACK – (LibertyOnline) – Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death – Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775. – View Here
(WashingtonsBlog) – Active National Guardsman Supports Protesters … In His Uniform
First of Many Active Service Members to Support Protesters
An active-duty black National Guardsmen in uniform showed up in Liberty Plaza less than two days after Oakland police brutalizeda U.S. marine Iraq war veteran in the crackdown on Occupy Oakland. He allowed people to take his photo and quite a few people made it a point to personally thank him and shake his hand.
“I support this movement 100%,” he told me. He would have come down before today if he hadn’t been busy with National Guard training.
A thinking soldier, a soldier with a conscience, is the 1%’s worst nightmare. If the rank and file of the U.S. military become aware of the fact that they too are the 99%, they won’t have enough cops in the country to stop us
I predict that the National Guardsman will be the first of many active service members to to support the protests. – Source: Washingtons Blog
(HotAir) – Flier at Occupy Phoenix asks, “When should you shoot a cop?”
(HigginsBlog) – ACLU – Occupy the First Amendment By Exercising It #OWS – Read More Here
(HigginsBlog) – ACLU Sues NJ for Violating 4 Constitutional Rights Of Occupy Trenton #OWS – Read More Here
(HigginsBlog) – Occupy Trenton To Hold Seminar On How To Set Up An Occupation And Protest – Read More Here
(HigginsBlog) – Occupy Wall Street Announces National Occupy Your State Capitol Day October 29th – Read More Here
(HigginsBlog) – Police Grenade Occupy Oakland Protestors Trying To Help Unconscious Vet Bleeding on Ground #OWS
3 Separate Reports and Many Brutal Videos of Police Purposely Firing Grenades At Occupy Wall Street Protestors Ib Oakland, One Which Is In Critical Condition With A Fractured Skull Read More Here
(KurtNimmo) – Communists Occupy Pontiac
The video below shows a set for the new version of the movie Red Dawn. It was recorded on a street in Pontiac, Michigan.
It’s interesting to note the posters shown in the video. One is reminiscent of the Occupy Wall Street crowd, while another looks like something the Department of Homeland Security might put out. Read More Here
(ClevelandLeader) – Occupy Movement Scores Huge Victory in Cleveland After Seeking a Federal Injunction Eliminating Curfew – Read More Here
Image: John Lennon’s Message To Occupy Wall Street
Short and to the point, and important to remember as we witness police riots in Oakland. Non-violent protest is a right for every citizen, and there is a reason the founders listed it first among the Bill of Rights. Freedom of speech and the right to peaceful assembly, people.
(WashingtonsBlog) – Denver Police Use Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets, Batons and Pepper Spray On Protesters
Police pointing “non-lethal weapons” at protesters and media:
Rubber bullet wounds:
There are reports – just as in Oakland – of police attacking people while they were trying to help the injured:
Man being SHOT w/ riotgun while assisting injured persons
(Metro.us) – Ben & Jerry’s backs the “Occupy” movement
It seems like the whole world is watching and reacting to what the “Occupy” people have to say.
Even the well-known black and white cows that plaster the sides of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream products are holding “Occupy” signs. Read More Here
(TruthDig) – There’s a New Newspaper on Wall Street
Some say the media has done a less-than-stellar job of reporting on the Occupy Wall Street protests these last few weeks, but the 99 percent found a way to circumvent that: They published and distributed their own newspaper Saturday, aptly named The Occupied Wall Street Journal. Read More Here
(WashingtonsBlog) – Conservatives Support Protests, Michael Moore Does Not Represent OWS – Read More Here
(MoralLowGrounds) – U.S. Federal Reserve Secretly Loaned $1,200,000,000,000 in Public Money to Wall Street Firms – Read More Here
(NationalPost) – Occupy Wall Street finds sympathy in the Fed
Dallas Federal Reserve President Richard Fisher surprised a business group in Fort Worth, Texas, on Thursday when he said, “I am somewhat sympathetic — that will shock you.” Read More Here
(HuffPost) – Allen West And Steve King To Occupy Wall Street Protesters: Clean Up, Find A Message – Read More Here
(AJC) – Video: Occupy The Fed Hits Austin: Nightly News on The Street Report – Video Link Here
Occupy San Francisco Oct 7th, 2011 – ^
(DallasObserver) – Dallas Observer Reports On Occupy the Fed Rally – Read More Here
(AsianCorrespondent) – Chinese pensioners join Occupy Wall Street protests – Read More Here
(Examiner) – Why Keith Olbermann read Occupy Wall Street General Assembly Declaration (video) – Read More Here
(ABCNews) – Herman Cain Tells Occupy Wall Street Protesters to ‘Blame Yourself’ – Read More Here
See Also: (WSJ) – Video: Herman Cain on Occupy Wall Street – Extended – Video Link Here
(FinancialTimes) – White House feeds off protest anger
Weeks after taking to the streets in Manhattan, Occupy Wall St demonstrators are camped a block from the White House. Many of them are wondering: do they have a friend inside? Read More Here
As David Gordon supporter Julie Borowski says [in video below], if they really want to fight the cause of our economic problems, they should be fighting the “Federal” Reserve. But they are too economically-ignorant to ever realize that. – Source: LRCBlog
(ReaderSupportedNews) – 11 Facts About Biggest Banks
The Occupy Wall Street protests that began in New York City more than three weeks ago have now spread across the country. The choice of Wall Street as the focal point for the protests – as even Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said– makes sense due to the big bank malfeasance that led to the Great Recession.
While the Dodd-Frank financial reform law did a lot to ensure that a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis won’t occur – through regulation of derivatives, a new consumer protection agency, and new powers for the government to dismantle failing banks – the biggest banks still have a firm grip on the financial system, even more so than before the 2008 financial crisis. Here are eleven facts that you need to know about the nation’s biggest banks:
Bank profits are highest since before the recession …: According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., bank profits in the first quarter of this year were “the best for the industry since the $36.8 billion earned in the second quarter of 2007.” JP Morgan Chase is currently pulling in record profits.
Banks make nearly one-third of total corporate profits: The financial sector accounts for about 30 percent of total corporate profits, which is actually down from before the financial crisis, when they made closer to 40 percent.
Since 2008, the biggest banks have gotten bigger: Due to the failure of small competitors and mergers facilitated during the 2008 crisis, the nation’s biggest banks – including Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, and Wells Fargo – are now biggerthan they were pre-recession. Pre-crisis, the four biggest banks held 32 percent of total deposits; now they hold nearly 40 percent.
The four biggest banks issue 50 percent of mortgages and 66 percent of credit cards: Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Citigroup issue one out of every two mortgages and nearly two out of every three credit cards in America.
The 10 biggest banks hold 60 percent of bank assets: In the 1980s, the 10 biggest banks controlled 22 percent of total bank assets. Today, they control 60 percent.
The six biggest banks hold assets equal to 63 percent of the country’s GDP: In 1995, the six biggest banks in the country held assets equal to about 17 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product. Now their assets equal 63 percent of GDP.
The five biggest banks hold 95 percent of derivatives: Nearly the entire market in derivatives – the credit instruments that helped blow up some of the nation’s biggest banks as well as mega-insurer AIG – is dominated by just five firms: JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Citibank, and Wells Fargo.
Banks cost households nearly $20 trillion in wealth: Almost $20 trillion in wealth was destroyed by the Great Recession, and total family wealth is still down “$12.8 trillion (in 2011 dollars) from June 2007 – its last peak.”
Big banks don’t lend to small businesses: The New Rules Project notes that the country’s 20 biggest banks “devote only 18 percent of their commercial loan portfolios to small business.”
Big banks paid 5,000 bonuses of at least $1 million in 2008: According to the New York Attorney General’s office, “nine of the financial firms that were among the largest recipients of federal bailout money paid about 5,000 of their traders and bankers bonuses of more than $1 million apiece for 2008.”
In the last few decades, regulations on the biggest banks have been systematically eliminated, while those banks engineered more and more ways to both rip off customers and turn ever-more complex trading instruments into ever-higher profits. It makes perfect sense, then, that a movement calling for an economy that works for everyone would center its efforts on an industry that exemplifies the opposite. – Source: Reader Supported News
(AJC) – Alex Jones urges supporters to take to the streets outside branches of the private Federal Reserve bank at locations across the country– not just to protest, but to “occupy” the source of real monetary tyranny in the U.S. The intent is to focus media attention not just on vague calls to ‘reform’ capitalism but to attempt to reign in the shadow banking cartel itself. The corruption of Wall Street is but a symptom of this unaccountable entity that holds a grip over finance, politics and freedom everywhere.