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Deaths Have Cities Calling for OWS Shutdown

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Three deaths in or near Occupy Wall Street encampments in different cities late last week have given authorities reason to insist that shutting the protests down is in the public’s best interest.

City leaders in Oakland cited the fatal shooting of a man Thursday just outside the Occupy site as proof that the camp itself bred crime, though the homicide was the city’s 101st this year. “Why is the media even here?” one protester shouted after the event, according to The New York Times. “This happens every day in Oakland.” Protesters say the killing was connected to the movement only insofar as the poverty generated by the activities of U.S. financial institutions breeds violence.

In Burlington, Vt., also on Thursday, police said a 35-year-old military veteran died in a tent at the OWS site in City Hall Park from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. And on Friday, the body of a middle-aged man who reportedly died from a combination of drugs and carbon monoxide poisoning was removed from a tent at the movement’s Salt Lake City encampment. —ARK

AP via The Huffington Post:

For the second time in as many days, Oakland city officials warned protesters Saturday morning that they do not have the right to camp in the plaza overnight and face immediate arrest and the removal of their tents, stoves, sleeping bags and other belongings. The eviction notices come as officials across the country urged an end to similar gatherings in the wake of three deaths in different cities, including two by gunfire.

“Your activities are injurious to health, obstruct the free use of property, interfering with the comfortable enjoyment of (Frank Ogawa Plaza), and unlawfully obstruct the free passage or use of a public park or square,” the notice read.

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By steven badgley, November 18, 2011 at 8:39 pm Link to this comment
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The Mainstream Media is rarely pointed to, and is the main reason for all our distress, and the mess, for they have not done there jobs by providing the truth to most anything of importance, and are the mouth piece for these criminals.
They are NEXT!

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By ardee, November 16, 2011 at 3:41 am Link to this comment

You accused me of shutting down debate. I ask you to prove it. But you merely change the subject, and throw a new accusation at me.

Oh Michael, you are become as a joke. You say I throw a “new” accusation at you after I blatantly note the citing as a cut and paste of an earlier statement.

Even in the smallest of things you cannot seem to be truthful. Tea Party disease I guess.

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By OzarkMichael, November 15, 2011 at 8:31 pm Link to this comment

ardee, you are deceptive.

You accused me of shutting down debate. I ask you to prove it. But you merely change the subject, and throw a new accusation at me.

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By ardee, November 15, 2011 at 6:33 pm Link to this comment

Oh Michael, you ask for proof of my claim of your deceptiveness and your shunning of honest debate. I show as proof your words from the very same post:

But OWS rhetoric seems to bring it on anyway. Instead of accepting some responsibility, OWS supporters push the blame on to ‘infiltrators’ which means conservatives.

There is a word to describe this sort of baseless crap, several actually. Honesty , however, is not one of them. To you then, an appeal to nonviolence, coupled by actual efforts, as shown on the links supplied by your alter ego himself, IMax, of OWS people attempting to stop the violence as it is occuring is actually abetting violence. What a sad person you appear to be.

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By OzarkMichael, November 15, 2011 at 11:37 am Link to this comment

What I have seen ( heard actually) is a steady decrying of the violent actions of the few from OWS spokespersons.

But OWS rhetoric seems to bring it on anyway. Instead of accepting some responsibility, OWS supporters push the blame on to ‘infiltrators’ which means conservatives. It happens on a daily basis. That is my point, and there are dozens of examples here on Truthdig. You didnt like the ones i listed? Especially that first one? Why not? You begged for an example. Dont you listen when I answer you? Apparently not.

Your continual, off the mark, and pretty silly defense of conservatism is a tactic, a way of shutting off debate not furthering it.

You are accusing me of a serious fault by accusing me of shutting off debate. But its a baseless lie, and you ought to prove that ‘little gem’. How about some examples?

My “silly” remarks cause more thought and more debate than your serious accusations, ardee. Dissent against your opinion might be uncomfortable for you to endure, but hopefully at some point you will calm down enough to learn from it.

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By IMax, November 15, 2011 at 6:20 am Link to this comment

OzarkMichael,

Have you ever gotten the sense that Karl Rove has sent ardee-full-of-hate to this site in order to paint all on the Left as small, hateful, and ignorant of current events?

Seriously, is it possible for any one individual be such an a$$?

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By ardee, November 15, 2011 at 4:53 am Link to this comment

OzarkMichael, November 14 at 9:02 pm

I would love to continue the conversation. As soon as you post something of substance I would certainly do so.

As a veteran of the protests against the Vietnam War I can personally attest to the presence of infiltrators and agitators tasked with advocating violence in order to discredit the movement and the message.

If this is now the case in this new OWS movement I cannot state. That others assume such is important how? That you cry crocodile tears when some defame the Tea Party yet use the same tactics in your own cause is weak, very,very weak.

I distinctly remember Tea Party gatherings wherein some carried assault weapons. I have yet to see that in the current demonstrations and gathering that grow steadily around this nation.

What I have seen ( heard actually) is a steady decrying of the violent actions of the few from OWS spokespersons. Your continual, off the mark, and pretty silly defense of conservatism is a tactic, a way of shutting off debate not furthering it.

I despair of the decline of real conservatism, those current spokespersons claiming that mantle have, in reality replaced it with political, economic and social extremism and called it what it is not. This is not a valid way to debate, OM, and you know it full well. I cannot remember, even one time, when you came to grips with the goals of the OWS movement, instead attempting to make this a war on conservative politics instead of the war on fascism that it is in reality.

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By OzarkMichael, November 14, 2011 at 9:02 pm Link to this comment

I said: “First, every bad event at Occupy will be blamed on conservatives.”

ardee asks: “..and where does this little gem come from. Care to cite an example?”

How about three examples? All from this thread.
One from Bonnie Breckenridge, November 13 at 6:14 pm:

The OWS movement is constantly infiltrated by people who want to discredit and kill the movement,

who else would that be but conservatives? Thats a perfect little gem for you. Then we have from Steven B, November 13 at 3:34 pm:

Do not underestimate these unscrupulous Dark controllers when it comes to dastardly tactics, they hold daily meetings on how to dismantle any attempts from all how appose them!
Including planting criminal elements into the OWS mix to bring there controlled Media to bear, including false flag’s, to blame the protesters for anything that will benefit there agenda.
We wont be fooled again!


The Dark Controllers certainly are not Leftists! Finally one last example from joegod, November 14 at 5:09 am:

I fear the msm is doing a good job in recent days of discrediting the entire OWSt movement

Ah so its Fox News causing the trouble? ardee, you make noisome challenges, but you disappear when i answer you. Why dont we discuss this some more?

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By IMax, November 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm Link to this comment

This is so very easy to understand. So easy, in fact, that a small few here predicted precisely this reaction. - Simple, basic, root human-nature.

Regardless of the sensational headlines closing down Occupy camps is not about recent deaths. Reports of recent deaths is just the tipping point. These camps are being closed down for reasons of health, safety and sanity.

Feces, urine, blood, body lice, fights, rampant theft, rampant vandalism, assaults on hundreds of the 99%, assaults on small and large area businesses, on the police and on each other.

Such are the reasons EVERY LOCAL POPULATION near these camps in the U.S. and Canada want them swept away. Occupy’s inability or refusal to control idiotic petulant children has ruined the original message. Not only did Occupy create a spectacle, it created a danger laden spectacle. A spectacle that all but a small few care to see or encourage.

99% of the American public understand all too well. Petulant children should not be given what they seek. - Simple, basic, root human-nature.

For all of you who refused to see: Excuse my outpouring but, you suck! You suck at reasoning and you suck at being reasonable! You have only yourselves to blame.

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By ardee, November 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm Link to this comment

objective observer, November 14 at 11:31 am

You need a name change far more desperately than I a diaper change.

Of course I express my contempt for liars and frauds, they makes debate a joke and a lost art. Of course you rally to your fellow radical right wing ally, yet call yourself objective. No, you HAVE an objective, as your ridiculous and rather pointless diatribe against the entirety of the left proves so effectively.

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By ardee, November 14, 2011 at 4:35 pm Link to this comment

OzarkMichael, November 14 at 11:58 am Link to this comment

Reading the comments here proves two things:

First, every bad event at Occupy will be blamed on conservatives.

..and where does this little gem come from. Care to cite an example?

Second, there is no longer any sense comparing Occupy to the Tea Party. At one time i would have welcomed it, but not any more. Occupy is flailing in a self-created quagmire.

Because you say it is, thus it must be so. You have become an unfunny joke.

You guys sound like a bunch of bitter clingers.

...and you sound like a fellow with a penchant for hyperbole and outright lies.

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By gerard, November 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm Link to this comment

If we had any kind of justice in this country these days, every time there was a “killing” or a “death from natural causes” in the slums and shadows of our cities, large and small, the municipalities or county governments would hasten to “shut down” or “clean up” the downtown sidewalks, the slum areas, the shielded spots under bridges or beside freeway turn-offs, and dump their tarps and crates into the nearest incinerator.
  Then the indigent, hopeless, unemployed, half-starved, rejected, hidden, nameless people by the thousands would suddenly have a chance to get back into “civilized” life and scratch with the rest of us poor saps who are thankful we are just one jump ahead of them. Life is wonderful—if you don’t ask too many questions.

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By OzarkMichael, November 14, 2011 at 11:58 am Link to this comment

Reading the comments here proves two things:

First, every bad event at Occupy will be blamed on conservatives.

Second, there is no longer any sense comparing Occupy to the Tea Party. At one time i would have welcomed it, but not any more. Occupy is flailing in a self-created quagmire.

You guys sound like a bunch of bitter clingers.

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By gerard, November 14, 2011 at 11:44 am Link to this comment

Lovebargaining (11/14) stole my lines.  I would be happier if he had used quotes and not attached a sales pitch to it!  Oh, well ...  ...  happens.

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By objective observer, November 14, 2011 at 11:31 am Link to this comment
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Imax:

disregard Ardee’s rant, he/she needs a diaper change.  the ususl prattle of the far left is summed up with “rid ourselves of vermin…”.  no constructive dialog, just anger and frustration of watching the slow death of the OWS movement. 

thay had such potential, some good ideas, but allowed themselves to be corrupted and infiltrated.  without any direction, what else could’ve been expected?

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By mackTN, November 14, 2011 at 10:39 am Link to this comment

There are thousands of deaths and murders committed in neighborhoods all
across the U.S.  Does govt suggest evacuating this neighborhoods because a
murder took place there?  In fact, there are probably fewer incidents of crime in
Occupations than on, say, South 61st St in chicago! 

Whatcha’ talkin bout, Willis?

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By ardee, November 14, 2011 at 8:57 am Link to this comment

An Oakland California murder is, sad to note, an almost every day occurrence and this particular one took place outside the encampment. Was the victim a protestor, a homeless man, a drug dealer? Vermin doesn’t know and vermin doesn’t care as he serves his fascist cause.

The suicide is really unfortunate but the facts are that far too many veterans are seriously scarred by war. It is much more than a stretch to link this poor man’s taking of his own life to OWS.

As to a death from carbon monoxide poisoning and drugs, another statistic in a lengthy list of drug related deaths, and a case could certainly be made that drugs kill as does stupidity.

Speaking of stupidity, I got my references to IMax from reading the posts of others who spoke about what he poison pens. I haven’t the stomach to read his shite and wonder why anyone else does. Again, the best way to rid ourselves of vermin like him is to ignore everything he says and turn away from everything he stands for.

Now Imax, talk to the hand as I’m not listening.

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By Marian Griffith, November 14, 2011 at 7:19 am Link to this comment
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@MeHere
—-How can anyone imagine that ongoing protests taking place in public areas can completely avoid situations of anti-social behavior and other nfortunate occurrences?—-

Simple. This never was about the facts but about trying to cook up a plausible sounding excuse to turn to violence in removing these protesters.
As long as public opinion is supporting them any turn to violence will have the reaction shown in Oakland, namely that their support will grow and that of the government will decline.
So the next step (actually, they tried that from day one) is to discredit the movement in the eyes of the huge part of the population that is vaguely sympathetic to OWS but is more interested in the next episode of reality tv or sports on television.
And of course ‘we are doing it for their own good’ is always a good way to sound magnamonious while you drive a car over somebody. repeatedly.

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By IMax, November 14, 2011 at 6:19 am Link to this comment

ardee-full-of-hate,

What is it that prevents you from simply making your point without being a complete ass?

In America we celebrate diversity of opinion. We don’t squash free speech. In America we invite people of different views to voice those views openly - without threat of being harassed by people who simply hate all who look and sound different.

I wholeheartedly support your right to be an A**hole. I do still wish you would try to add something of substance to the conversations that go on here. I’ve yet to see that.

I’m beginning to believe you’ve been sent here by Karl Rove to make liberals appear foolish, small, and filled with hate. I would prefer that explanation over the alternative.

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By balkas, November 14, 2011 at 6:05 am Link to this comment

historical lesson is clear: protests in u.s [or egypt, tunis,
bahrain] do not change the structures of governance and
society.

the only protest that ever mattered or wld ever matter is the
one in a parliaments, congresses, legislatures, etc.

and u.s is governed solely by ‘laws’ and never from streets.

u can wave u.s constitution all u want; u can protest to
generals, judges, politicians, millionaires, billionaires all u
want, ?none of them wld change their basic thinking and
doing.
all wld say [as always before]: We are a nation of laws, America
is great, and God bless america.

is OWS aware of the facts i just posited? is it vastly
underestimating that power and what it can and will do to
preserve the ‘greatness of america’ and the rule of ‘law’? tnx

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By GW=MCHammered, November 14, 2011 at 5:19 am Link to this comment
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Corporate media project their, K and Wall Street’s crimes onto Occupy: Minimize their crimes but magnify any Occupy woe they can. Now…

Why is OUR government NOT listening to We The People?

Why has no ‘Wage and Home Theft By Easy Credit’ orchestrator been tried in court?

Why are mortgage and credit card rates skyrocketing yet savings rates oppressed?

Why are hospitals and schools closing?

Why are our soldiers in Africa?

Again, where is OUR government?

Occupy - Learn from the French national strikes.

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By joegod, November 14, 2011 at 5:09 am Link to this comment
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I fear the msm is doing a good job in recent days of discrediting the entire
OWSt movement, but it will never be able to discredit the ideas and
motivations behind it….though the actual occupations may fade over the
winter, the movement itself will not die,and by spring 2012 ,after a winter
metamorphosis, it will come back in a finer,hopefully more focused form.
That’s the plan and I’m getting behind it. We cannot allow the things that the
movement has made people think about to fade from the public conciousness,
for raising awareness was only the beginning…we’ve a long way to go….

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By IMax, November 14, 2011 at 5:07 am Link to this comment

larrypsy, November 13 at 7:24 pm

Excellent post. Real actionable working groups for real and lasting change.

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grokker, I deflect from nothing. I support the Occupy message. I may support that message, and wish is it grow, far more than yourself. I simply cannot support the destruction and violence that has clearly come from “occupying” the streets.

It’s time to do the real work with the goal of “occupying” School Boards, City Councils, State Houses and the Congress!

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By Outraged, November 14, 2011 at 12:59 am Link to this comment

The best rebuttal of these all encompassing accusations I’ve heard so
far was this report from Rawstory:

“A sarcastic tweet from @occupyoakland commenting on
the reports of shots being fired near the White House
on Friday evening suggested, “Sounds like the Exec
branch is fomenting violence. Lets evict them too.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/11/11/police-distribute-eviction-notices-to-occupy-oakland/

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By do over, November 13, 2011 at 11:27 pm Link to this comment

Respect for others is critical.  Doing unto others as you would have them do unto you (reciprocity) is also important.  As long as those values are present in the majority of participants, Occupy will continue.

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By sallysense, November 13, 2011 at 9:54 pm Link to this comment

it’s corporate greed that we need to stop!...
to keep it from killing more millions of people!...
whether profit through war or hurting earth’s resources!...
or the jobless or sick or poor left from its deals!...

http://occupywallst.org

(and if it’s illegal to place encumbrances on the public’s right of way…
then the obstructions that block representativeness and rights of the 99%...
which corporate greed unfairly bought up and erected for its own sake…
must first be removed now to allow for common good’s re-entrance!)...

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By grokker, November 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm Link to this comment

Seems IMax prefers to deflect the massive criminality of Wall Street and its yes men, the U.S. government, by harping on a relatively few instances of crime sensationalized by the MSM. What drug are you on, IMax, that your sense of proportion has been completely obliterated.

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By larrypsy, November 13, 2011 at 7:24 pm Link to this comment

I urge OWS to form smaller, more focused, and controlled groups within neighboring communities
where they can hopefully inspire people to get off
their butts and vote for candidates who can actually
legislate improvement in America.  We don’t reside in the Middle East and I would dread seeing protestors
Occupying Prison.

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By MeHere, November 13, 2011 at 7:19 pm Link to this comment

The streets of our cities have been plagued by criminal and undesirable acts on
a daily basis for the longest time without the OWS presence. How can anyone
imagine that ongoing protests taking place in public areas can
completely avoid situations of anti-social behavior and other unfortunate
occurrences?  The overwhelming majority of the thousands who are protesting
are dedicated people who are compliant with the rules. They’ve been operating
with severe limitations of all kinds in their attempt to express discontent with
the crimes resulting from our economic/political system. One should also
add that they are engaged in a learning process.

It is understandable that a large percentage of our population feels very
uncomfortable with something not previously seen like the Occupy protests. It
is very different from the more familiar, highly organized crime being perpetrated by experienced characters inside sparkling corporate board rooms and lawmakers’
offices far away from public view. Tolerance for this type of unlawful behavior has become part of our culture.

That’s the scenario we have at the moment. In the meantime, thanks OWS.

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By mrfreeze, November 13, 2011 at 7:12 pm Link to this comment

So the next time there’s a “road-rage” killing in Oakland (there were 2 recently), does that meant the para-military battalions will be closing down the freeways?

This whole discussion between you all and IMAX is really pointless. IMAX is nothing but a punk-troll. Probably gets paid to post here.

OWS is only a beginning…flawed…but a good beginning.

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By ardee, November 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm Link to this comment

It must be noted that the way this jackal of ours rises to shout and bluster, distort and prattle gives us a clear message as to how important this OWS movement is and how threatened the extreme right is by it.

An Oakland California murder is, sad to note, an almost every day occurrence and this particular one took place outside the encampment. Was the victim a protestor, a homeless man, a drug dealer? Vermin doesn’t know and vermin doesn’t care as he serves his fascist cause.

The suicide is really unfortunate but the facts are that far too many veterans are seriously scarred by war. It is much more than a stretch to link this poor man’s taking of his own life to OWS.

As to a death from carbon monoxide poisoning and drugs, another statistic in a lengthy list of drug related deaths, and a case could certainly be made that drugs kill as does stupidity.

Speaking of stupidity, I got my references to IMax from reading the posts of others who spoke about what he poison pens. I haven’t the stomach to read his shite and wonder why anyone else does. Again, the best way to rid ourselves of vermin like him is to ignore everything he says and turn away from everything he stands for.

Now Imax, talk to the hand as I’m not listening.

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By IMax, November 13, 2011 at 6:59 pm Link to this comment

gerard, “as in police jabbing students in the gut with billy-clubs.”

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I understand completely. Not unlike the rocks, chunks of cement, explosives, blood and urine thrown at the police, food venders, restauranteurs and their employees, and children intentionally put in harms way by a few in the Occupy crowd. This doesn’t even speak to the dozens of fires, hundreds of assaults, and the destruction of other people’s property in nearly every city and town ‘Occupy’ has occupied.

The ‘99%’ are getting fed-up. Cities and municipalities are now closing Occupy down in dozens of places. All largely supported by local residence surrounding these camps. - Not to put too fine a point on it: I predicted these problems and this outcome weeks ago.  You failed to see past the moment.

By Christmas Occupy will be mentioned only in the context of violence. What a waste.

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By Blueokie, November 13, 2011 at 6:45 pm Link to this comment

IMax,

From your statement I can only assume that you are in favor of closing down Penn State, or any other location a rape occurs, excuse me, alleged to have happened. Faux News to the rescue!

Pick your reason, the sun came up in the east, the day ended in a y, the 1%‘ers feelings are hurt, they are yelling the Emperor has no clothes and people are beginning to pay attention.  This is just an inevitable consequence of the movement gaining traction with the GenPop.  At least Obamanation hasn’t started calling in drone strikes yet.

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By gerard, November 13, 2011 at 6:26 pm Link to this comment

IMaz: regarding your self-righteous statement:  “We cannot afford to ignore these events in their entirety in hopes that no one will notice ...” Nobody in his/her right mind is “ignoring” them—least of all those of us who heartily support the #OW movement.  What I am objecting to is people who EXPLOIT those (quite predictable under the circumstances) tragedies to cast dark shadows and imply blame on the Occupiers.  I regard that as “hitting below the belt”—as in police jabbing students in the gut with billy-clubs.

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By Bonnie Breckenridge, November 13, 2011 at 6:14 pm Link to this comment
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The OWS movement is constantly infiltrated by people
who want to discredit and kill the movement,
sometimes by inciting or committing violence and
destruction of property. The OWS also attracts the
homeless, often suffering from mental illness or drug
addiction (so a death by drug overdose is not
surprising.) For the homeless, the OWS gatherings
hold free food (because they share) some protection
and some entertainment. Living on the street is
dangerous…just ask the homeless, and the police are
not there to protect the peaceful (until the police
in full riot gear and armed attack them, and even
then only resistance is used) protesters exercising
their 1st Amendment rights or the homeless among
them, they are there, under orders from mayors, to
protect the interests of the corporate masters of
those mayors.

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By Steven B, November 13, 2011 at 3:34 pm Link to this comment
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Do not underestimate these unscrupulous Dark controllers when it comes to dastardly tactics, they hold daily meetings on how to dismantle any attempts from all how appose them!
Including planting criminal elements into the OWS mix to bring there controlled Media to bear, including false flag’s, to blame the protesters for anything that will benefit there agenda.
We wont be fooled again!

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By IMax, November 13, 2011 at 3:14 pm Link to this comment

Duh correction LOL

gerard, You choose carefully those things you want to take from current events. I’m saddened to see how you just as carefully disregard what you cannot use.

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By IMax, November 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm Link to this comment

gerard,

You choose carefully those things you want to take from current events. I’m saddened to see you just as carefully disregardful what you cannot use.

I support the original Occupy messages of income inequality and accountability. There are plenty, not unlike yourself, carrying that water on this site. There is no need for me to duplicate that effort.

We cannot afford to ignore these events in their entirety in hopes that no one will notice. Occupy is quickly turning into a spectacle. Just as I had feared and warned weeks ago.

These camps have not at all breed “successful” living conditions. Not for the many well intentioned protesters and not for anyone living or working nearby these camps. Nothing could be more clear.

I believe you risk far too much, of other people, in order to make your point.

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By gerard, November 13, 2011 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment

It is obvious from IMax that very little “gives” and as much as possible, whenever possible, “taketh away”. Objection, detraction, distraction—anything is grist for the counteraction. 
  From an opposite point of view, it is rather remarkable that so many thousands could live so closely together with such frail facilities for so long, so successfilly. 
  And where, may I ask, are the “positive” forces for civility, offering indoor facilities, hospitality, protective resources of a humane society?  Why are the camps, which are necessarily fragile and least able to shelter and feed the homeless, doing just that anyway?  Why are they willing to takt the risk of being open-hearted and charitable toward homeless, hopeless people whom we, the 99% of “ordinary” citizens have turned our backs for years?  Don’t get me started!

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By IMax, November 13, 2011 at 1:44 pm Link to this comment

Action Denied: Blacklisted Item Found

I attempted to post URLs to six separate accounts of sexual assaults inside ‘Occupy’ sites across the country. TruthDig found reports in the Baltimore Sun, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, The New York Post, CBS and Pittsburgh Post all to be “Blacklisted Items”.

What gives?

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Here are a few of the Headlines found objectionable.

Alleged rape reported at camp

Fiend attacks ‘Occupy’ protester in her tent
‘We Handle it Internally’

Handicapped Student (19) Raped in Tent.

Teen 14 Allegedly Raped in ‘Occupy’ camp.

‘Occupy’ memo could discourage victims from reporting assaults
Protest group says it wants to be self-contained community

The pamphlet says that members of the protest group who believe they are victims or who suspect sexual abuse “are encouraged to immediately report the incident to the Security Committee,” which will investigate and “supply the abuser with counseling resources.”

The directive also says, in part, “Though we do not encourage the involvement of the police in our community, the survivor has every right, and the support of Occupy Baltimore, to report the abuse to the appropriate authorities.”

The directive also says, in part, “Though we do not encourage the involvement of the police in our community, the survivor has every right, and the support of Occupy Baltimore, to report the abuse to the appropriate authorities.”

Despite this caveat, the heads of three rape crisis centers and a nurse who runs the forensic division at Mercy Medical Center called the message about not involving police dangerous. They said it contains erroneous information that could undermine efforts to convince victims to properly report crimes and get the counseling they need.

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By crazycatlady, November 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm Link to this comment
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There is obviously little connection between the protests and these deaths. As for someone taking his life while camped out amidst an OWS gathering, well, the reason for OWS is because we are in very troubled times, and military vets are plagued with psychological scars when they return home, on top of the mere struggle to survive in this country.

There’s no doubt local officials are grasping at any excuse possible to dismantle the Occupation.

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