A bad week for OWS


It’s been a bad week for OWS – reports of rape, sexual harassment, “no-snitching” policies for sexual assault, rats, thieves, a runaway mom, internal strife, masked men threatening reporters, bar disruptions, firings, a foot-sniffer and a guy who climbed up on a statue and refused to come down. Their only “victory” this week was causing Eric Cantor to cancel a speech, which prevented a bigger victory because they didn’t get the chance to disrupt the speech.

There wasn’t anything cool, edgy and exciting. The media beast must be fed and OWS is starting to become boring. In the news business there is an old adage that goes “If it bleeds, it leads.” Drum circles and up/down twinkles don’t grab headlines. If the Occupiers want to extend their fifteen minutes of fame they better think of something quick.

An Occupation without reporters is just a camp-out.


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16 Responses to A bad week for OWS

  1. DeniseVB says:

    Yet we must wait “for it” . “It’s” coming. We must believe!

    I just can’t wrap my mind around what “it” is and if they succeed, would their lives be any better? I’d like to see their business plan for this new world order 😀

  2. 1539days says:

    A 4 hour Tea Party rally has more organization than one of these things.

  3. catarina says:

    The shame is that after the circus and the useful idiots leave town Wall St. will go back to business as usual.

    OWS probably helped the bankers more than it hurt them.

  4. DeniseVB says:

    Trouble in Utopia….

    http://www.nypost.com/f/print/news/local/manhattan/they_want_lice_of_the_occu_pie_9xKCxcI4aectFYkafMb8UJ

    Even in Zuccotti Park, greed is good.

    Occupy Wall Street’s Finance Committee has nearly $500,000 in the bank, and donations continue to pour in — but its reluctance to share the wealth with other protestErs is fraying tempers.

    Some drummers — incensed they got no money to replace or safeguard their drums after a midnight vandal destroyed their instruments Wednesday — are threatening to splinter off.

    “F–k Finance. I hope Mayor Bloomberg gets an injunction and demands to see the movement’s books. We need to know how much money we really have and where it’s going,” said a frustrated Bryan Smith, 45, who joined OWS in Lower Manhattan nearly three weeks ago from Los Angeles, where he works in TV production.

    Smith is a member of the Comfort Working Group — one of about 30 small collectives that have sprung up within OWS. The Comfort group is charged with finding out what basic necessities campers need, like thermal underwear, and then raising money by soliciting donations on the street.

    “The other day, I took in $2,000. I kept $650 for my group, and gave the rest to Finance. Then I went to them with a request — so many people need things, and they should not be going without basic comfort items — and I was told to fill out paperwork. Paperwork! Are they the government now?” Smith fumed, even as he cajoled the passing crowd for more cash.

    The Finance Committee dives on whatever dollars are raised by all the OWS working groups, said Smith, and doesn’t give it back.

    • yttik says:

      “— and I was told to fill out paperwork. Paperwork!”

      LOL, nothing sucks more than paperwork!. If these people would set an agenda of ridding the world of bureaucracy, I’d pitch my tent with them.

    • 1539days says:

      Um, isn’t the Finance group the “bank?”

      Wall Street strikes again, writ small.

      • Karma says:

        Speaking of writ small. Everyone who goes tells that it is smaller than they thought.

        Gee….what else has the media helped to distort and shouldn’t that be the first clue? Dubya, the Iraq war, Hillary can’t win, Obama is an outsider, smart, and should be pres, etc

  5. catarina says:

    Goldman Sachs had to pull out of a fundraiser after learning the group was honoring Occupy Wall Street.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/10/22/2011-10-22_awkward_goldman_sachs_pulls_out_of_fundraiser_after_learning_its_honoring__occup.html#ixzz1bcFI5mp9

  6. soupcity says:

    Foot sniffer? How did I miss the foot sniffer?

  7. DeniseVB says:

    More trouble……

    http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/occupy_wall_street/2011/10/23/2011-10-23_where_vagrants_excons__takers_find_a_home.html

    Zuccotti Park has become a haven for the homeless.

    Enticed by the allure of free food and a community of open-minded people, increasing numbers are leaving New York’s shelters to join the Occupy Wall Street protesters.

    “I think this is a better situation to be involved with,” said Matthew Maloney, 49, who was released from prison on Sept. 30 after serving time for a probation violation.

    Maloney moved into a shelter in Staten Island and learned about Occupy Wall Street while watching television. Then the ex-con headed to Zuccotti Park on Oct. 13 and never left.

    “I am around a good cause and around positive people, rather than in that other environment,” he said.

    Maloney has drifted in and out of the state prison system for more than three decades for a variety of crimes, including robbery and possession of stolen property.

    “Everybody is being real with each other here,” he said. “This is like a ‘Twilight Zone.'”

    • yttik says:

      I was wondering when this would happen. Believe it or not, the Occupiers are not “the poor.” For all their noble talk and consensus, the 99% are in for a rude awakening once they encounter the bottom two percent. That 2% was also there first. Trying to survive on the streets is what they do. The occupiers are actually occupying their space.

      I’ve spent some time working with the homeless. Contrary to what many people think, they aren’t just deprived of funds or victims of others greed. Many of them have other challenges, mental illness, drug and alcohol problems, broken spirits.

      I keep saying this, but before you try to create a utopia for “the people” make sure you’re familiar with the nature of “the people.” There’s a reason why we have laws and don’t operate society with a consensus.

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