October 11, 2011: #OccupyWallStreet Behind the Scenes

by 1389 on October 11, 2011

in "Occupy" movement, 1389 (blog admin), Chicago, crime, NYC, Spain, the left

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…The WFP is seeking immediate hires.

You must be an energetic communicator, with a passion for social and economic justice.

Only outgoing, articulate dedicated, determined candidates will be considered for the positions…

Big Government: Convicted Bank Fraudster Robert Creamer Leads Democrats, #OccupyWallStreet Against Bank of America
The Illinois connection

Convicted bank fraudster Robert Creamer, who recently set up a nationwide political consultancy to boost Democrats’ 2012 campaigns, and who wrote the Democrats’ political strategy on health care from federal prison, is promoting efforts by Democrats and the #OccuptWallStreet protestors to single out Bank of America.

Bank of America has been a focus of the #Occupy demonstrations across the country. Last Thursday, in downtown Los Angeles, eleven #OccupyLA protestors were arrested after illegally occupying a Bank of America branch.
Creamer, who is married to Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), went to prison in 2006 for bank fraud and tax evasion. That has not stopped him from demanding that Americans pay higher taxes and attacking Bank of America for introducing–as other banks have done–a monthy fee for debit card usage.

It is unknown how closely Creamer is involved in the #OccupyWallStreet movement, but he has visited lower Manhattan as the protests have unfolded, and has been promoting the demonstrations at his Huffington Post blog. (Schakowsky has described visiting the #OccupyWallStreet protest at the same time that Creamer was in Manhattan, and has claimed ignorance about “who’s organizing it or how.”)…

New York Post: Sex, drugs and hiding from the law at Wall Street protests
Living in a pigsty

The criminals are crashing the party.

Lured by cheap drugs and free food, creepy thugs have infiltrated the crowd of protesters camped out in Zuccotti Park for Occupy Wall Street, The Post has learned.

“I got warrants. I’m running from the law,” boasted Dave, 24, a scrawny, unshaven miscreant in filthy clothes from Stamford, Conn. “I’m not even supposed to be here, but it’s as good a spot as any to hide.”

Wanted for burglary, the drug-addled fugitive said some of his hard-partying pals clued him in that the protest was a good place to be fed, get wasted and crash.

“I’ve been smoking and drinking in here for eight days now,” said Dave, booze on his breath and his eyes bloodshot as he lay sprawled on a tattered sheet of cardboard. “I need to get some methadone. Every day, I wake up, and I’m f–ked up.”

Drugs can be easy to score — a Post reporter was offered pot for $15 and heroin for $10.

They’ve already fueled at least one violent incident, when a wasted nut job socked a medical volunteer in the face before others hauled the attacker away.
Zuccotti Park smelled like an open sewer — with people urinating and defecating in public.

And some couples have taken advantage of the free condoms distributed by organizers to do the nasty in full view of other protesters.

“It kinda makes me think of what Woodstock must have been like,” said one protester, Sarah, 19 from the Upper West Side.

“I haven’t hooked up with any guys … but one of my friends did have sex in a tarp with a guy last night.”

The free chow offered to protesters was boosting the crowd.

“People say they are here for the cause, but the real reason is the free food,” quipped Cameron, 26, of Jersey City.

“On my third day, they had smoked salmon with cream cheese. You know how much smoked salmon is a pound? Sixteen dollars. I eat better here than I do with my parents!”…

Fast Company: The Inside Story Of Occupy Wall Street
The Eurotrash connection

…During a lull, I spoke with a student named Isham Christie (one of the first to provide his full name). “Democracy is a long meeting,” he said.

He also gave me the backstory. Some people there had been in the anti-austerity occupation in Madrid. And several had experienced a very mini version of #occupywallstreet, a camp-out protest against city budget cuts called Bloombergville. It got by on as little as 12 people overnight, and sometimes hit 200 for rallies…

This is the origin of the robotic “call and response” behavior

…The General Assembly simply assumed that the occupation would work, so it did. When they couldn’t get to Wall Street, they settled in Zucotti Park, renamed Liberty Plaza. And they slept there–just about 200 the first night (and ongoing).

Because the police wouldn’t allow amplified sound, the GA deployed “The People’s Mic”–repeating what the speaker says outward until everyone hears…

techPresident: #OccupyWallStreet Communications Technology: ‘If You Cannot Hear, Point Upwards’
This is the origin of the crowd hand-waving

…The protesters on Wall Street came up with some new technology for communicating to a big crowd without a microphone: Their own set of hand signals…

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