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2:35 PM, November 17th, 2011
'I work at 48 Wall Street,' he said. 'How do I get in?' The cop shrugged. 'You can’t,' he said.
Our Michelle Goldberg on a hectic, pivotal day on Wall Street and in Zuccotti Park
3:00 PM, November 16th, 2011

thepoliticalnotebook:

The saga of the OWS library books continues…

There are only about 25 boxes of books; many of the books are destroyed. Laptops here but destroyed. Can’t find tent or shelves….Many books destroyed. Most equipment -and structures missing… most of library is missing (ALL of the reference section btw), damaged or destroyed. 

Mandy Henk, one of OWS People’s Library’s volunteer librarians, on what she found when she arrived at the 57th St. Garage to reclaim the books and electronics confiscated.

The mayor’s office tweeted a photo yesterday in response to outcry over reports that the books had been destroyed, saying they were safe and sound. According the Maddow Blog, their pants are kind of on fire. The librarians, who went with a full list of what had been taken, were told to come back later to see if anything turned up from the garbage.

They probably didn’t realize all the books were cataloged.  

Reblogged from The Political Notebook
5:23 PM, November 15th, 2011
Evicting protests from Zuccoti [sic] Park a/k/a Liberty Park…
Fun quotes from Hon. Michael Stallman’s decision: At least he spelled one of the names right. 
4:53 PM, November 15th, 2011

Breaking: Judge rules rules against Occupy protests in bid to gain a preliminary injunction to re-enter Zuccotti Park with “tents and other gear previously utilized.” Read the decision

3:58 PM, November 15th, 2011
thepoliticalnotebook:

FYI… update on the fate of the Occupy Library’s 5000 plus books. The mayor’s office just tweeted a photograph of piles of undamaged books that they say are currently at the 57th Street Sanitation Garage. This doesn’t mean books and possessions of OWS protesters were not thrown away, but it certainly means that some have been saved! (Whew.)

Whew is right. 

thepoliticalnotebook:

FYI… update on the fate of the Occupy Library’s 5000 plus books. The mayor’s office just tweeted a photograph of piles of undamaged books that they say are currently at the 57th Street Sanitation Garage. This doesn’t mean books and possessions of OWS protesters were not thrown away, but it certainly means that some have been saved! (Whew.)

Whew is right. 

Reblogged from The Political Notebook
12:05 PM, November 15th, 2011
Mr. Bloomberg met daily with several deputies and commissioners, and as more business owners complained and editorials lampooned him as gutless, his patience wore thin.

Police Oust Occupy Wall Street Protesters at Zuccotti Park - NYTimes.com

theawl:

This meme, of journalists describing elected officials (or, nonsensically, municipalities) as moving to dismantle these protests because their “patience wore thin” is particularly irksome. Because, and any competent editor/reporter should know this, the right to peaceably assemble isn’t subject to the “patience” of an elected official. To describe it this way is to accept that citizens are allowed in any public space only at the sufferance of their government, and at least for now in the U.S., that simply isn’t true.

Reblogged from The Awl
10:54 AM, November 15th, 2011

Collateral Damage: During an overnight raid of the Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park, police threw 5,000+ books from the OWS Library in the trash. (via boingboing, Buzzfeed).

Update: The NYPD apparently did not destroy at least some of the books. As per a tweet from the Mayor’s Office, the books are safely residing at the 57th Street Sanitation Garage. Phew. 

11:00 AM, October 31st, 2011

ryanbrown:

john:

Halloween meets Occupy Wall Street

(Not) Fox News covers Unemployment Man

I need to see more of these!

Coming right up.

(Source: john)

12:00 PM, October 28th, 2011

Which Bank Is the Worst? Redux.

Gary Rivlin reacts to readers’ votes yesterday asking which is the worst bank of all.

Five big banks to choose from, a raft of odious acts by each as laid out in this piece I wrote for The Daily Beast – and yet Bank of America wins our #TheWorstBank contest on Facebook running away, taking 3 in every 4 votes cast. After researching the bad acts of each of the five biggest banks (BofA, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citi, and Goldman Sachs), I was ready to declare Wells Fargo my “worst,” with JPMorgan Chase and Goldman in a close tie for second. But then I was basing my opinion on factors like bid rigging and abusive race-based lending and illegally foreclosing on military personnel — and not on a bank’s checking and debit card policies, like many people were apparently doing on Facebook and Twitter given their comments.

A moot point, though.  My apologies for not including an ‘all of the above’ button. As a Twitter voter named Gary Griffith wrote,  “picking the worst bank is like trying to choose between which terminal illness you want.”

News this morning is that big banks JP Morgan, U.S. Bancorp, Citigroup, PNC Financial Services, and KeyCorp are all backtracking on their proposed debit fees. Not Bank of America, though.

11:33 AM, October 27th, 2011
1:00 PM, October 26th, 2011

life:

Protesters, Police Clash in Oakland — Several scuffles broke out between protesters, one of whom is seen above, and tear-gas-wielding riot police near City Hall in Oakland, California, on Tuesday night after authorities dismantled the “Occupy Oakland” tent city.

see more Occupy Wall Street: The Photos

Also be sure to check out goldengateexpress’s Flickr page for more stunning photos from scuffles with police at Occupy Oakland last night

Reblogged from LIFE
2:00 PM, October 25th, 2011
The air smelled distinctively like marijuana. The first man I tried to talk to couldn’t remember his last name and he looked like he was under the influence of something. I asked him why he was there. This is what he said: ‘I was chilling in, f—-ing, where the f—- was I—I was somewhere in Manhattan, Starbucks, a mother f—-er comes up and says let’s drink beer.’
1:00 PM, October 25th, 2011

think-progress:

Police use gas to evict Occupy Oakland protesters in the middle of the night.

Oakland mayor Jean Quan in a statement: “Over the last week it was apparent that neither the demonstrators nor the City could maintain safe and sanitary conditions.”

Plus more photos on BuzzFeed.

Reblogged from Utne Reader
3:00 PM, October 24th, 2011

nationalpost:

Graphic: Follow the tweets of the Occupy movement
The Occupy movement began with a single tweet from Adbusters and has grown to more than 550,000 Twitter posts from around the world. Take a look to see where the hotspots are.

Reblogged from NPR
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