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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Occupy: From 1970 to 2011

Occupy Everywhere
November 17, 2011
Day of Direct Action

Today was another truly incredible day for the ordinary people.

Announced as a day of "Direct Action", the event took on a far larger significance after the illegal and unconstitutional assaults carried out by tin soldiers & Mayor Bloomberg against peaceful, non-violent Occupy Wall Street citizens where Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Speech & Freedom of Press were suspended.

As reported by Salon‘s Justin Elliott:
A military style raid on peaceful protesters camped out in the shadow of Wall Street, ordered by a cold ruthless billionaire who bought his way into the mayor’s office.

Is it any wonder how we got here? We have all been here before.

Our discussions earlier this week comparing the 1970 Kent State Massacre to the military-police assault in New York provoked a furious reaction in our comments. Here's a typical comment from our friend Anonymous:
The most stupid thing I'v read on this site and have seen many.Lets bring up ohio a few more times this month.Anything Neil stands for he does..anything Neil hates he hates..think for yourself

Twenty-eight Ohio National Guardsmen fired sixty-seven rounds in thirteen seconds, leaving four students dead
Kent State University, Ohio
May 4, 1970

And while tragically four students were left dead at Kent State, fortunately thus far, no one has been killed during Occupy.

But here are the parallels we would like to point out for those who might miss them between events in 1970 and 2011.

  • Student unrest due to unpopular government actions
  • disproportionate use of force on peaceful, non-violent citizens by a para-militarized domestic police force
  • unequal application of the rule of the law between underclass and elite
  • a huge trust gap between electorate and elected officials
  • suspension of key articles in the Bill of Rights: Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Speech & Freedom of Press
  • the use of propaganda and provocateurs to discredit people's movements

Liberty Plaza - New York City
November 15, 2011

Let us just say that we did not come to title our earlier post "Tin Soldiers & Mayor Bloomberg Coming" lightly.

Neil Young -- and his friends Crosby, Stills & Nash -- called out Nixon for crimes & violating the Bill of Rights in "Ohio". Like wise, we're naming names too.

We have chronicled the struggle towards for freedom and justice closely over the past year as truly remarkable as the historic events have unfolded leading to the global occupy revolution.

And we'll say this.

Simply as a mere blogger, we are outraged and will not let this aggression stand.

For example, on Tuesday:

  • An NYPD inspector took a press badge from an NBC4 reporter.
  • police were not letting press through to Occupy Wall Street protesters and reporters were all blocked from viewing the raid.
  • The air space over Zuccotti Park was closed to all news helicopters.
  • Journalists were shoved around for being present.
  • Reporters and photographers were thrown to the ground.
  • AP reporter Karen Matthews and AP photographer Set Wenig were arrested.
  • New York Daily News Matthew Lysiak was arrested.
  • Jared Malsin, a reporter for the Local East Village, was arrested, even though he showed his press credentials.
  • NPR freelancer Julie Walker was arrested.

Crushing what free press we have left is one of the final steps towards fascism.


Neil Young - Rumblin' (Official Music Video)
"I feel a rumblin' in her ground
I feel a rumblin'
I feel a rumblin' in her ground
I feel a rumblin'
When will I learn how to listen?
When will I learn how to feel?"

Either you are a rebel or a slave.

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"First they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Communist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up, because I was a Protestant.

Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me."

~~Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945



At 11/18/2011 11:16:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok im done...too stupid

At 11/19/2011 09:30:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

Kinda profound Anon.

Hope you don't mind us quoting you in the posting.

Apparently, not all of our friends on Facebook(88) | Thrasher's Wheat thought this was "too stupid" judging by the Likes & Comments from the 99% non-Anons.

So what precisely was "too stupid"?

join us.

At 11/19/2011 10:04:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I'll be getting my Neil Young news elsewhere. If I wanted full-on Marxism I'd watch MSNBC.

Essentially Thrasher, you're the kind of Statist that is OK with people taking over private property like this miscreants in Zuccotti Park. Something they don't own, didn't earn, work for, or have any claim too. They just deserve to take it over. Very peaceful movement.

Where we the rape tents at Tea Party rallys? Where were the shootings? Where was the defication in the streets? There was none.

I'm going to start occupying your website - which is privately owned by you. Let's see how fraudulent liberals like yourself like it.

At 11/19/2011 11:24:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

Excellent Unknown!

We see you set up your profile moments ago to harass us. 12 hours ago you said : "ok im done"

Why not your regular TP posting handle?

You're always threatening us that you'll get your Neil news elsewhere. But you keep coming back day after day? why?

Why do you fear? Why do you hate?

You were part of the 4% Neil basher crowd during FITR. But you really, truly you are part of the 99%. You don't know it, but you are.

Don't be a tool of the 1%. Free your mind and think for yourself.

Do you really think you can make an impact by going around to little blogs like this spreading hate, fear & lies? TP propaganda?

Why are you caring the 1%'s water? Doing their dirty work?

Fear is easy. Courage takes strength.

Hate is easy. Love takes courage.

occupy peace & love

"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."
~~Martin L. King Jr

At 11/19/2011 12:18:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

First off, I'm not the same person that made the initial comment in this chain.

There's a lot of courage taking over someone's private property and claiming you have a right to be there. There's a lot of courage urinating and defecating in the streets. There's a lot of courage raping women and forcing the need to set up 'rape tents.' You didn't address a single one of those concerns. Instead, you spout off with a bunch of touchy-feel garbage, interwoven with Neil Young lyrics.

Tell me - what gives any of these losers the right (by law, not some idiotic liberal belief) to take over private property, damage said property and come and go as they please? Please explain that? You can't.

These people are only out for themselves. They are just as greedy as the corporations they assail against because they force these metropolitan areas to spend taxpayer dollars on overtime so that police can keep them from raping and pilaging everywhere.

I'd like to see your reaction if someone showed up at your house and claimed they had a right to sleep in your bed. Go ahead and find a clever Neil lyric for that.

At 11/19/2011 02:18:00 PM, Anonymous Kathy McConaghie said...

I don't usually comment on posts with such obvious right wing trolls but I just want to tell you the "people" commenting above are utterly clueless and it's difficult to believe they know anything about Neil Young's music or much else than the fascist tripe they've been raised on. I appreciate this post as a person who was around when Kent State happened and I suggest you keep on keepin' on. Peace in the face of foolish cowards like those speaking here is commendable. Thank you.

At 11/19/2011 05:41:00 PM, Anonymous Occupy Anonymous said...

Occupy Wall St - The Revolution Is Love - YouTube

At 11/19/2011 05:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am 51, a mom, wife, caretaker to my aging father in law (dementia and cancer), we also have our own business which is an accounting firm (what a surprise, right... but we see the taxes, get it...) and a student... working towards a nursing degree and eventually a natural path (I love natural health)

We currently hike at least 15 miles a week, we don't drink we don't smoke (anything)

we do not take prescription drug nor over the counter nor illegal drugs

we don't eat bad foods

Our minds function well and we can connect the dots quickly, oh and we do not watch MSN nor FOX and we always follow where the money comes from, which tells a person what group or agenda is behind whatever is going on...

and we do not watch much TV, EVER...

It is very concerning when the police have no problem hurting their neighbors and their neighbor's mom, dad, son, daughter, grandparent... RESPECT is what we need.

what concerns me more are the other commoners, who believe the police are within their "right" doing whatever it takes to "protect" property.... REALLY PROPERTY ???

AND they will not care, until it is one of their family members.... then the poo will really hit the fan...

It is interesting, that people do not know, not everyone there is actually a real part of the "Occupy".

There are always people in the "movement" who are subversive to the group .... connect the dots... It isn't something the government wants to succeed...

I am amazed that my "republican" friends are not in favor of the "Occupy" and I am not a democrat (I voted republican all of my life)

Those three labels

just another way to divide and separate the common people. While the government takes what is left...

Just like class war and race ... they just want everyone to fight each other about anything and everything... just keep them busy...

Toni S.G.

At 11/19/2011 07:31:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thanks Toni! Fantastic comment and thanks for submitting.

fyi - we do know Toni and can testify to the validity of this heartfelt, legitimate comment.

Lastly, for those who find the Kent State & Occupy connections a bridge too far, we are not alone in the comparison.

Greg Mitchell over at The Nation agrees @

"12:20 UC-Davis chancellor, who makes over $400,000 a year, getting bombarded with protest mail and calls after the notorious pepper-spraying incident (see TWO videos below). The cop has been IDed also. Now, no one was killed, though some injured, in this case, but it does make me recall what happened after Kent State -- when I helped organize a complete campus shutdown at my college -- just one of hundreds where that happened. Can't say same thing will happen now but UC-Davis incident just latest in string of such. In fact, demonstration there was called to protest brutality at Berkeley!"

At 11/19/2011 08:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was a central Ohio High school student the day of the Kent State shootings. The girl who sat next to me had a father in the National guard at Kent State. This act of atrocity was one of the most evil ever committed on our citizens since WWII. I have NO doubt that there is involvement by the FBI. They have made a habit since the late 60's of infiltration and spreading lies and dis- information against anybody or organization they don't like, particularly when J. Edgar Hoover was at the helm. The fact they lie and cover up facts and evidence like cats in a litter box covering their excrement is an indication of their evil.

At 11/20/2011 05:57:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MSNBC Marxixst?

Are you kidding? MSNBC is owned by GE, one of the largest corps in world.

That would make every 401K plan memeber a Marxist supporter including you.

paranoia strikes deep

At 11/20/2011 02:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this dude explains #ows


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