Same planet, different worlds (my emphasis):
A horde of Wall Street demonstrators shut down the Brooklyn Bridge for 2 1/2 hours this afternoon, halting traffic and clashing as cops arrested as many as 700 on the famed span’s roadway.
About 100 cars were left stranded as the loud, angry crowd covered the crossing from end to end in an inflamed day of demonstrations against high unemployment, bank bailouts and financial pain for the masses.
One irate driver, a Ground Zero construction worker, blasted the pedestrians.
“I work my ass off all day, and these goddamned hippies close down the Brooklyn Bridge so I can’t get home?” he said. “This ain’t right!”
MsExPat at Corrente:
I’m wet, it’s late, but I wanted to at least get the photos up tonight. As you’ve read already, Occupy Wall Street walked across the Brooklyn Bridge this afternoon. I didn’t know where we would be going when I showed up with my friends for the march at 3pm–the destination was “secret”. But when 3000 of us passed City Hall and kept going, it became obvious–we were going to Brooklyn!
Marches are all about optics. I know this from all the demonstrations I join in Hong Kong. You march for PR–to get your profile out there. So the choice of the Brooklyn Bridge, on a busy Saturday afternoon, with plenty of bike riders, casual strollers, tourists, and motorists on the way was a genius move.
As I said before, “Goals determine strategy, Strategy determines tactics.”
What was the goal here?
Who made the decision to march across the bridge? Was blocking the bridge the plan or an accident? If they weren’t planning to block the bridge, then what was the plan?
I don’t live anywhere near New York and I don’t know any of the people involved. I haven’t watched any television coverage of the protests. Everything I know about these events I have learned online.
But I don’t confine myself to the left side of the blogosphere in my search for news and information.
What I am seeing is a group of clueless people who are overly impressed with themselves.