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Ear to the Ground

A Message From Scott Olsen

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Posted on Nov 13, 2011
Scott Olsen

The young Iraq War veteran who was hospitalized after Oakland police attacked Occupy protesters in the city is still working to get his speech back, but he is able to write and he posted on Google+: “I’m feeling a lot better, with a long road in front of me. … You’ll be hearing more from me in the near future and soon enough we’ll see you in our streets!”

Olsen’s brain was injured after police began a prolonged campaign using tear gas and other projectiles to clear the city center of Occupy Oakland protesters. Demonstrators, who refused to abandon their encampment, said the object that fractured Olsen’s skull was fired by police. He became an overnight inspiration to the Occupy movement.

Olsen’s full statement from Google’s social network is posted below. (Hat tip to Glenn Greenwald.) —PZS

I’m feeling a lot better, with a long road in front of me. After my freedom of speech was quite literally taken from me, my speech is coming back but I’ve got a lot of work to do with rehab. Thank you for all your support, it has meant the world to me. You’ll be hearing more from me in the near future and soon enough we’ll see you in our streets!

 

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By IMax, November 14, 2011 at 10:26 pm Link to this comment

Cliff Carson,

Nice dodge. You changed the subject, along with your original premise, and called yourself a successful prognosticator.

I’m impressed. That takes balls.

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By gerard, November 14, 2011 at 9:09 pm Link to this comment

“When, in the course of human events ...” 1% of the population owns and manipulates all of the properties and resources of the remaining 99%, the economic and social situation is so out of balance that in itself it becomes untenable.
  The 1% must know this, but are deliberately refraining from compromises in order to “see what will happen”, knowing that they will suffer least from the “deluge.”  It is difficult to explain otherwise their lack of effort to suggest ways to regain a more functional (though not necessarily just) balance. As it is, they are willing to risk the experiment, which is a measure of their callous amorality and lack of common sense.
  As to government intervention, the evidence is clear that most politicians are bought into silence and inaction. They ally themselves with their masters and c;early exhibit the same civic negligence.
  It is up to us, the 99% of ordinary people, to come up with the calm, non-violent force of numbers to support changes that can make all the difference between disaster and survival.  The Occupiers have succeeded in pointing the way ahead, Scott Olson among the best of them.  They will continue to vitalize the rest of us who are sluggish and uninspired, but increasingly aware of the dire need to esbtablish a liveable society.

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By Cliff Carson, November 14, 2011 at 7:56 pm Link to this comment

By IMax, November 14 at 7:19 pm

Imax said:  “Question: In what ways do you imagine the wealthiest 1% suffered profit from these Occupy protests? I don’t see that at all. Can you cite any examples?”

IMAX, Cliff answers you as follows:

The 1% are never impacted by any short term action by the people, i.e., the 99%.  It is the long term protests that stop the likes of the 1% ( the richest and most powerful.)  This long term action is one that would not end until the injustice of an incestuous relationship between the 1% and the ones they buy ( the corrupt government) is crushed.

I am saying that the OWS movement is going to become permanent if not stopped by the power before it becomes permanent.

That is what the 1% and their hirelings fear.  They thought it would end in a couple of weeks.  Now they, the 1%, know that if it is allowed to continue and grow, it ultimately will end in victory by the people.  So they have decided that it must be stopped by force. 

It is just beginning to become ugly.  I think it has the probability of getting real bad before one side capitulates. 

I am proud of the OWS people.  They will either be the salvation of our Democratic Government or we Americans will become economic slaves to the Corporatocracy.

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By IMax, November 14, 2011 at 7:19 pm Link to this comment

Cliff Carson,

A few weeks ago on Truthdig, you predicted that the time would come when the MONEY would sweep the streets of those protesters who were causing a diminishing of their profits.

Question: In what ways do you imagine the wealthiest 1% suffered profit from these Occupy protests? I don’t see that at all. Can you cite any examples?

I think if you closely follow local news accounts and Letters to Editors in each of the cities and municipalities in which ‘Occupy has occupied, you’ll see overwhelming support for ending these spectacles. - I believe we must face facts. Occupying the streets only creates hardships for the 99. Hardships with body lice. Hardships that tend to defecate in 99’s doorways, sidewalks, and private and public parks.

I think there’s another reality at play here that should be kept in mind. These “Occupations”, while loud and boisterous, have been very small (in relative terms) and never actually embraced by the ‘99’.

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By Cliff Carson, November 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm Link to this comment

By Joseph Couture, November 14 at 1:38 pm

....other 99% are their own worst enemy….

Joseph, you are absolutely right.  And I wish the best and success for Scott Olsen.

A few weeks ago on Truthdig, I predicted that the time would come when the MONEY would sweep the streets of those protesters who were causing a diminishing of their profits.

I opined then that the real Americans would have to face brutality from the fake American Patriots.  The 99% that are on the street are the real hero’s of this American Nation.

Unfortunately I have to continue agreement with Joseph, the vast majority of the 99%, those not on the streets, are their own worst enemy.  They won’t leave their comfort zone and get out in the streets with those people who are fighting for themselves and the others who say “let Scott do it”.

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By Joseph Couture, November 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm Link to this comment

The widespread crackdown of the Occupy movement is well underway.  The authorities did not begin this action without careful consideration. Part of that equation has been their measure of public support.

London, Ontario, was the first city in Canada to use force to evict the protesters from public spaces after city council voted in secret to send in the police.  The reaction of the public was shockingly in support of the decision to be “rid” of this
“problem.”  It soon became clear the worst enemy of the 99 percent here sometimes is the 99 percent themselves.

Read about it at:  http://www.josephcouture.com  “Get Rosa!”

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By gerard, November 14, 2011 at 11:35 am Link to this comment

Scott, you have strengthened us all.  There is no way to thank you enough for that gift.  Love, and best wishes to you!

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By SharonMI, November 14, 2011 at 11:34 am Link to this comment
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What a treat to see your face, Scott, first thing coming to truthdig. I’m happy you are recovering. Best wishes!!!

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By Soulx, November 14, 2011 at 10:40 am Link to this comment

Scott -
Many thoughts and hopes towards your recovery. Can’t wait to hear your voice
again amongst the many issues present today.

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By faith, November 14, 2011 at 9:53 am Link to this comment

Scott, good thoughts and prayers for your quick recovery.  You have given real
meaning and a face to OWS.  No one can take that away from you and the world
has taken notice.  Best wishes to you.

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By holmrule, November 14, 2011 at 8:52 am Link to this comment
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Thanks Scott for being so damn strong! Get yourself healed up, we are inspired by your courage and look forward to the day we can all march together for freedom and justice in this world.
“A People United Shall Never Be Defeated!”

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By GradyLeeHoward, November 14, 2011 at 8:36 am Link to this comment

How ironic that just when a war veteran achieves
political consciousness and finds his voice that it
is, literally, taken away in a violent military act
by those charged with protecting us. So, when it
comes to free speech, authorities must silence it in
particular in order to preserve it in principle?
Such is the nonsense of concentrated power. I hope
Scott Olsen is mulling over what he will say about
this later.

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By IMax, November 14, 2011 at 7:56 am Link to this comment

Hoping we see a speedy recovery Scott!

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By Lori Zambito, November 14, 2011 at 3:56 am Link to this comment
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I’m very happy that you made it through okay. You have become the face of OWS. I
wish you a speedy recovery and many future endeavors!

Thank you for your service to our country. What a shame that you had to come
home to this.

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By RayLan, November 14, 2011 at 1:54 am Link to this comment

Your courage is inspiring - I don’t know why you decided to go to Iraq - but you did - ‘We’ the American people sent you there - and we the American people owe you a debt of gratitude - the ‘support-our-troops’ hypocrites from the right would now look the other way while you are brutalized.
The ugly irony that you escaped Iraq only to be victimized by our ‘peace-keeping’ forces strikes at the corrupt heart of our anti-democratic nation- the one you risked your life for - I am very sorry.

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By munky, November 14, 2011 at 1:34 am Link to this comment

Well done, Scott!! Keep speaking out. We need you, bro!!!!

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By Shaister Lawyer, November 14, 2011 at 1:18 am Link to this comment
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Glad to hear he’s on the mend, though it sounds slow and expensive.  Anyone know who’s on the hook to pay his doctors?  Should be city of Oakland, but they won’t volunteer it, because that would seem like an admission of guilt.  ...so he’ll probably HAVE to sue their pants off, or he’ll get stuck with a million-dollar medical bill.  (Just sayin’.)

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By do over, November 13, 2011 at 10:58 pm Link to this comment

Scott you are an inspiration.  My sincerest hopes for a complete recovery.  Thank you and yes, I’ll see you in the streets.

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