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As a general point of information:
To all those who think the Occupy movement is “dead.” My response, the movement is only dead if YOU say it is. The Occupiers who have been with the movement from the start have not rested a day since it began. Even though the numbers have dwindled since our Times Square march, or our walk over the Brooklyn Bridge; I can assure you there are far more than the original 20 members who decided to sleep in the park in the beginning. Whether or not it can resurface as a force to be reckoned with is up to just one thing. How much YOU want to come out and support. Occupiers can, and do, work tirelessly to feed one another and organize events every day, and build community. The only thing that will allow us to grow is whether or not YOU support it and work with what you have.
True there are problems with it. True we have issues with organization. However, considering the fact that there was NOTHING there when it started on September 17th, I’d say it’s come a long way. To put it into another perspective, the idea of “self-governance” has never actually been attempted in modern civilization (this eliminates Ancient Greece btw). We usually do not even pay attention to our lawmakers until an election year comes around. When the election year does come around the attitude is pretty much this: “Okay, this guy seems nice. Okay I’ll vote for you, just don’t fuck up.” Then we barely even think about the laws which are being passed for the next 2 years. Then we have a “choice” between Democrats and Republicans… again.
One obstacle for organization which Occupy has had to deal with is that we have NEVER self-governed before. So yeah this shit is not going to be easy… especially since it started as a bunch of really really really idealistic 20-year-olds. This is not to say government should be encouraged on us, but rather NO ONE should be afraid of the idea of self-governance and discussing the issues in a public forum. I understand that a smooth transition to “self-governance” in the grand scheme of things may be necessary to carry out. However, there’s no reason to hold our difficulties against us, at least we’re trying.
Allow me now to address quickly the issues of “leaderlessness” in the movement. It still is a leaderless movement, yes. True we don’t have a Martin Luther King Jr., or a Malcolm X, or anyone else to rally behind. However, if you think about it this way, I HARDLY think that MLK or Malcolm X were at every civil rights protest back in the 50’s and 60’s. No. Those courageous individuals marched on their own and stood proud on their own. There may have been a household name whom everyone could reference, but it’s not like those figureheads were in every state at once, and it’s certainly not like in-fighting didn’t occur.
One more thing, it’s a little hypocritical for everyone to keep voting for candidates who consistently disappoint us after being elected, meanwhile everyone seems to expect a group of protesters to have EVERY possible answer and for that reason maybe dismiss the movement if no answers are given. We cut slack to those whose “job” it is to know what they are doing but don’t cut any slack to those who are learning as they go along; but have some damned good ideas which might just need a little tweaking.
Now back to the original thought. Occupy is far from dead. Whether or not it becomes a MOVEMENT is up to YOU. We do not go out and impose our beliefs on others. We march a lot. We hold demonstrations a lot. We have discussions a lot. We do not however go out telling you what to think, that’s the Mass Media’s job :) All Occupy has ever wanted to do was expose the truth (which is evidence based) and work together to find solutions, and if you have different perspectives we’d LOVE your input.
Sure you would be welcome to knock the movement all you want for being “leaderless,” or “disorganized,” or having too much in-fighting, or lacking demands, but tell me this “do you have another option?” Sure you can start another protest organization and try to build it, but at the moment is there ANYTHING else out there with as notorious or formidable a name as Occupy Wall Street? Please let me know about it if you can think of it.
When I first went to the park back in September I was confused and after a week I didn’t know what the hell they were doing. It was disorganized, it was leaderless, it had no demands, and there was in-fighting. What made me stay was I had NEVER seen the discussions they were having in a before in my life IN A PUBLIC FORUM. This was not school, or amongst a bunch of friends in a park, or watching a debate on TV. This was a bunch of people from around the country, who’d never met one another before, trying to figure stuff out. Please if you can think of another place where that has happened recently I implore you to bring it to my attention. The only reason I stayed at Occupy after that first week was because my thinking was this: “Well shit, there are so many problems, but you know what? This country is starved for these kinds of discussions and I’ll take what I can get.”
So one more time I’ll tell you straight away the Occupiers are not stopping. They never will stop. You don’t go and sleep in a park on concrete only because you are pissed, and stop working when things get difficult. The question is: will you join us? The movement can only grow with public support. The only way the movement will “die” is if you ALLOW it to. The ball is in your court, do what you will, but we aren’t leaving anytime soon. Get used to it.
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I’m listening to a war documentary on history channel and I notice how it’s all narrated by a man and is very to the point and historical. I had the thought, “what if it were narrated by a woman and was presented with the stereotypical female perspective in one of those jokes comparing how men describe things, as opposed to women?”
“It was such a beautiful day when she woke up that morning. Her sheets we still tucked in under the mattress even though she had slept restlessly. It made her a little more proud as she was going to carry out her duties. At the same time, how could she be proud of the decision she was about to make. She had children too, and she was about to make a decision which would hurt people. How could she ever forgive herself?!! It was something that she thought long and hard about as she walked down the stairs to eat breakfast. It was such a beautiful day, and the windows were open so she could feel the warm summer’s breeze. It reminded her of a day back when she was 13 when she was playing on the swing and three men walked across the street to go to the store. One was wearing a hat, the other a suit, the other… a green coat. Oh, the fondness of her childhood swept across her face as she thought of how terrible that man with the green coat looked. Just like how terrible her own country’s uniforms looked but there was nothing she could do, despite her constant grief over the fact that the enemy would actually see an army get come off the boats wearing such a ghastly outfit. UGH!!
Could she ever forgive herself for what she was about to do. It seemed so wrong, but at the same time she felt like there she had no choice.
At this point she needed to go back to bed because she had a migraine.
Things they’ve said on the news:
After the hurricane if you see a stray wire laying around don’t touch it (regular fucking Einsteins over there, why the hell would you touch it?)
Instead of saying 50 mph winds or 60 mph winds. They should say:
“This wind could blow over a garbage can.”
“This wind could knock down a fence.”
“This wind could make a wooden house shake.”
“This wind could blow you off your feet.”
“This wind could lift a car.”
“This wind could move a mack truck.”
“This wind could stall a Boeing 747.”
It gives a sense of perspective much more helpful since no one can really conceptualize a 50 mph wind besides a meteorologist.
So I was stung by a bee a few weeks ago and that shit really hurt like hell. It even brought back a fear of bees that had taken me some 15 years to get over (I was stung in the ear when I was like 10). After the initial screaming, pain and figuring out how to deal with it (which was easy) I got to thinking about what the bee’s perspective was.
You know they die when they sting you, and most people I’m guessing have been stung by a bee at some point in their lives. That’s a lot of bees that have committed suicide through sting. Obviously they don’t have as much common sense as people would but at the same time you have to wonder, what makes them sting you?
Are they trying to protect their colony? Protect their honey? Yes, that’s it!!! It’s a Jihad for honey, and you know what, I don’t blame them. That shit tastes good. God knows I already pour myself spoonfuls of honey and eat it, with nothing to complement. I’d punch someone if they tried to take my honey, just ask a friend, and that’s just because I like the TASTE of it. Imagine, these bees actually MAKE the honey. For one, that’s just talented. For a two, any mother in the world would destroy the man that tried to take their CHILD, and that’s for a child, you can’t eat them, honey you CAN eat, and it tastes GREAT. NO WONDER BEES KILL YOU FOR IT? They’ve been onto something this entire time. Millions of years of stinging you and dying in the process. All to protect a their precious nectar… can’t say I blame them.
A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down? Well you know what, a spoonful of honey makes EVERYTHING turn around!!!!
Also, you have to think about it in terms of proportion, bees are a lot smaller than humans are. Imagine they were larger, they probably wouldn’t die. It’s all just a matter of size and the means at your disposal. All to protect their beloved creation, or is it secretion, eh who knows, but I certainly wouldn’t sympathize if they were dying to protect their fecal matter. I mean that’s just gross. It’d be like a human reaching into the toilet bowl after he/she took a shit and storing it in the freezer, then getting gun license, purchasing a gun, and threatening to shoot themselves if anyone came close to the frozen shit in the freezer.
Well I hope it’s their creation, though we create our own shit… Regardless, all this talk about a Jihad for honey has put me in the mood… I’m getting some God Damned honey. Be just like when I was a baby and my mom would pretend the spoon was an airplane flying into my mouth… Good times.