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Friday, September 30, 2011

Day 2 of #OccupyLexKY

A teaser, more to come as I get them uploaded. I'm heading back down there tonight once I finish getting some of this video up:


Video of day 2:


Here's some video of that night around 11pm. The temperature dropped on us and bottomed out to the low 40's this morning. I'd like to thank Natasha's for being so kind and generous.

Thought I'd drop the pics I have so far as well.

 Day 1:

 Day 2:

This little gem was given to us by a woman passing by, heartwarming!  :-)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Footage from #OccupyLexKy

Hillbillie's coverage, mine to come soon:

 My footage from the first day of #OccupyLexKy

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

NYC to launch investigation to pepper sprayer

And there's new video of him randomly assaulting people too:



The senior New York police officer at the centre of the Occupy Wall Street pepper spray controversy fired the gas at protesters a second time just moments later.
After new video emerged on Wednesday showing the second incident, New York police commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters that the Civilian Complaint Review Board would investigate the officer, deputy inspector Anthony Bologna.
The New York Police Department's own internal affairs bureau also plans to open an investigation, the New York Times reports.
The investigations were announced after bloggers and activists drew attention to video posted online which showed that Bologna fired pepper spray on two occasions last Saturday as officers broke up a protestmarch through Greenwich Village.
The first footage shows him targeting a group of female protesters who were being penned in by officers on East 12th Street. The latest video shows another incident on the same street, shortly after the first, when he fired more pepper spray towards at least one of the same women, after they were recovering from the first incident.
On both occasions, the officer appears to have violated New York Police Department guidance on how the gas should be used.
In response to the Guardian's appeal to readers to help us reconstruct Saturday's events on East 12th Street, one protester wrote to say that she was sprayed with gas by the officer both times.
The protester, Ashley Drzymala, also sent us a link to this raw footage, which shows - at about the 3:56 mark - the officer spraying protesters as they retreated from the area of West 12th Street where he had used the gas on another group about a minute earlier.
Drzymala, 21, a student at a state university outside New York, told the Guardian that she had also been sprayed in the first incident.

We saw police throw a guy who had a video camera into a car. I remembered a police officer pushed the kid and he was trying to get away he was just videotaping, he was not inciting anything. I was saying "What are you doing? Stop it, we're peaceful" I kept saying "what are you doing" They shoved him into a car, they just attacked him, it was uncalled for." Then the girl next to me was pulled through the net by police. She had a black-t-short and black curly hair. Then she was dragged across the ground.

Drzymala, who was also shooting video, said she captured an image the woman in the black t-shirt before the attack, when she was calling police fascists and she was uninjured, and afterwards, when they were trying to leave the pavement, her mouth was bloody.

"I was watching her and then I looked up and I saw the police officer, the one in the white shirt coming up with his hand up and he had a vial in his hand."

Her own video shows the first use of pepper spray quite clearly, although her camera was pointing away from inspector Bologna when he sprayed her the second time.

Drzymala added that since she was in Cairo as an exchange student in January and took part in the Tahrir Square protests, she managed to escape the worst of the pepper spray. Being teargassed in Egypt had taught her to turn her head away, she said.

Asked about the first, more highly-publicized use of pepper spray by Bologna, the NYPD commissioner said on Wednesday, "I don't know what precipitated that specific incident." Chelsea Elliott, who was among the first group to be sprayed, drew our attention to this raw footage, which shows more of what the women were doing moments before the gas was fired at them - arguing with police officers.
The section of the NYPD patrol guide that outlines how pepper sprayshould, and should not, be used, was posted online in a 2000 report on the matter by the Civilian Complaint Review Board, an independent agency that examines allegations of police misconduct.
According to the guidance, officers are permitted to use pepper spray when "necessary to effect an arrest of a resisting suspect, for self-defense or defense of another from unlawful force, or to take a resisting emotionally disturbed person into custody." The patrol guide also specifies that officers should "not use pepper spray on subjects who passively resist." Officers with special training, however, do have latitude "in the use of pepper spray for disorder control."
Donna Lieberman, director of New York Civil Liberties Union, said: "There's no excuse for using pepper spray in the faces of peaceful demonstrators whether or not they are engaging in minor disorderly conduct. The use of pepper spray appears to be gratuitous and in violation of police department rules. What the video demonstrates how harmful it is for the police to engage in excessive force against protesters because it causes fear and how harmful it is for the police department itself."
The NYPD were forced to change some of their policing practices during demonstrations, specifically their use of pens, after a lawsuit brought by NYCLU which accused them of excessive restrictions in movements of protesters during the February 2003 anti-war protests in New York.
According to recent statistics, 1722 people complained of being wrongfully pepper-sprayed by New York police officers between 2006 and 2010. Of that number, the civilian review board substantiated just 22 complaints.

Wallstreet criminals take a break to drink some champaign as the protest roars on

All the Occupy Wallstreet Videos I can find with police brutality

Newest footage of Anthony Bologna second indiscriminate pepper spray assault moments after he attacked the four women.


Slow motion of the pepper spray assault:


Separate angle of the pepper spray assault:


Both cameras at the same time:


Girl drug across the street:


Arrested for talking to a cop:


Mass arrests:


More arrests:




Random Mighty Python video about Democracy:

Wallstreet writers need to put the crackpipe down...

You know you're getting under their skin when they can't ignore you anymore and instead go negative with their reporting:

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” -Mahatma Gandhi

Occupy Wall Street: An Utterly Pointless, Meaningless, Futile Exercise

By Palash R. Ghosh | September 28, 2011 10:45 AM EDT

For the past week or so, hundreds of protesters have descended on the Wall Street area in lower Manhattan to express their anger at corporate greed and the behavior of corporate executives whom (they believe) have grounded the global economy to a halt with their parasitic ways.

The whole affair is called "Occupy Wall Street" (although, in reality, they are actually concentrated a few blocks away at Zuccotti Park).
Meanwhile, police have blocked off Broad Street (the road in front of the New York Stock Exchange) as well as various other streets in the vicinity. As a result, this has inconvenienced thousands of Wall Street-area workers (traders, brokers, statisticians, secretaries, construction workers, retail workers, administrative assistants, shopkeepers, etc.), the overwhelming majority of whom have no say whatsoever in the policies of the corporations they toil for, nor can they be remotely held culpable for the 2008 global economic meltdown that has thrown millions of people out of work and into poverty.
The police I have seen on duty typically are either bored or bemused by the protesters. Most police officers (especially in New York City) are themselves of working-class backgrounds -- that is, they are hardly the "corporate elite" that the protesters are targeting. Thus, the cops are caught in the middle of a socioeconomic, ideological battle in which they have no stake and no real authority to resolve.
I have heard that the obligatory "celebrities" – namely Susan Sarandon and Michael Moore – have made their appearances at this protest demonstration. I know who Moore is very well since he seems to always be in the news for one thing or another and I have even seen a few of his films. As for Sarandon, all I know is that she is an aging actress who was married to actor Tim Robbins and has done TV commercials for hair shampoo or something.
I’m not really sure what “qualifies” to make any statements about the economy or bankers or the stock market or much of anything else. Come to think of it, I’m not sure what qualifies Moore, either.
I also read in the paper that right after her appearance at the rally, Sarandon jetted off to Italy. (I am fairly certain she will fly first-class and likely will stay in a four-star hotel in Rome or wherever). So much for the proletariat.
According to CNBC, Sarandon said: "I came down here to educate myself. It's been really informative and I'll be back. There's a huge void between the rich and the poor in this country."
(I think we can easily guess what side of the wealth gap she is on).
She also said: "Greed is widespread all over the world. We have to start making human decisions and put people at the top of the line."
I’m not quite sure what she means by “human decisions,” but I’m going to assume her heart is in the right place.
I don’t know much about Sarandon, so I will refrain from further criticizing her, but I will say that this multi-day protest seems to have no focus, no direction and no point.
If they are protesting the nebulous, ambiguous concept of “corporate greed,” then they may as well protest such other human foibles as lust, gluttony, jealousy, anger and mendacity, as well.
But if the protesters are proposing specific reforms – like, say, cuts on bankers’ bonuses or concrete tax breaks for companies that hire American employees, then I would support them wholeheartedly and not be annoyed by the modest disruptions they are causing.
However I don’t believe the protesters have thought about it that deeply. I saw one protester carrying a homemade sign that simply said “no peace, no justice, no rights” (perhaps not in that exact order), and wondered what his objectives really are.
Another thing that annoys me about these types of protests is that in the United States such demonstrations carry almost no risk whatsoever (as long protesters behave peacefully). Try protesting in Syria or pre-revolution Egypt and see what happens – the security forces there use much deadlier tactics than pepper spray.

Occupy Wall Street protesters are behaving like a bunch of spoiled brats

And for sleet and torrential rains - anything that might convince the precious insufferables who have taken over Wall Street that they have had enough of exercising their First Amendment rights to the inconvenience of tens of thousands of people who actually have to work for a living.
This bunch ought to get down on their knees in thanks that America's capitalist Founding Fathers saw fit to protect the privileges of the dumb and obnoxious along with everyone else.
They should also salute the NYPD and all its officers for paying diligent attention to ensuring that peace and harmony reign in their daze of rage. But no.
Instead, in a disgraceful attempt at intimidation, partisans of Occupy Wall Street, as the micromovement calls itself, posted on the Internet the name, address and telephone number of a ranking cop who dosed a couple of upstarts with pepper spray - along with the same information about the officer's family members.
If the NYPD has made any tactical error in this episode, it was in being too tolerant.
Rather than require protesters to secure a permit to demonstrate - as the NYPD asked of the 10,000 people who massed peacefully outside the United Nations - the department arranged for campout accommodations in Zuccotti Park, which happens to be privately owned, although open to the public.
Police also closed major intersections to traffic, forcing pedestrians to take the long way around. Further, the cops cordoned off the statue of the Wall Street bull, depriving tourists of upclose-and-personal inspections.
On Saturday, these guests of the municipality decided to march north to Union Square. Again, they did so without a permit. Had they asked for one, the NYPD would have secured a parade route that upheld both the right to protest and the public's ability to move.
As it was, the NYPD went with the flow, allowing the parade so long as the walkers did not interfere with sidewalk or street passage. Soon enough, a couple hundred marchers took too much of the real estate and became unruly.
People dodged in and out of traffic, sometimes surrounding cars to halt them. Officers began to break the throng into smaller groups, occasionally using plastic nets. Chaos ensued as the crowd now wailed about being victims of oppression.
Amid arrests, that senior officer was photographed applying pepper spray in a video that is being held up as evidence of a human rights violation worthy of trial in the International Criminal Court. It is conceivable that he could have kept his spray holstered - then again, he was surrounded by chaos. He made a judgment call. The rest is second-guessing.
The right to free speech comes with responsibilities. It does not encompass a right to do just what you want wherever you want, as these juveniles may one day learn.

WWAAAAAAHHHH!!!  Do this in despotic countries and see what happens, cops should be able to do whatever they want if people are protesting and they have to make a judgement call!

Occupy Wallstreet picks up steam! In Lexington?!

                              Steal this and make it your profile pic, immediately!


Occupy Wall Street spreads across America

Cops might be cracking down on Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York City, but activists are now bringing their big-bank bashing across the country with demonstrations springing up from coast-to-coast.

More than a week after protests began in Lower Manhattan, the Occupy Wall Street movement is moving, well, off of Wall Street. Both Los Angeles, California and Chicago, Illinois have both hosted demonstrators in the days since the first protest kicked off in New York, and now dozens of more locales across America are expected to be swarmed upon by citizens sick and tired of corrupt corporations and financial institutions run amuck by mismanagement and greed.

Within the next few days, occupation-style protests like the one happening in Liberty Plaza Park, Manhattan are expected to occur in Washington DC, Lexington, Kentucky and San Francisco, California. Elsewhere organizers are laying down the groundwork to soon wage demonstrations in cities like Omaha, Birmingham and Philadelphia, as well. has started up as an online hub so that like-minded individuals that have had enough of the corrupt ties between K Street and Wall Street can launch protests across America.

“We will only grow stronger in our solidarity and we will be heard, not just in New York, but in echoes across this nation,” writes a post on the homepage of Occupy Together.

This past weekend, Occupy Los Angeles demonstrators led a march through the streets of LA to show their solidarity for their East Coast brethren. On Saturday, Californians will come together again and march to City Hall, hoping to pull in the support of thousands. Occupations in New York are expected to continue as well.

Even if the number of protesters in Los Angeles pale in comparison to the thousands that have gathered in New York for the same cause, that isn’t to say that the message is any different.

"Corporate interests seem to be controlling both parties," one protester out west says to "The 'little man,' the 'American every man,' just isn't getting their voice heard. When you need $35,000 to donate to a campaign to get your voice heard, to have a meeting, that's not democracy."
In Chicago, what began as a small group of only four demonstrators grew to 20 over the weekend. Some of them have stayed camped out in front of Willis Tower. On Friday, they marched to the Federal Reserve Bank to rally there. Occupy Together shows that demonstrations are expected to continue in conjunction with the NYC rallies throughout the Windy City.
Dozens have been arrested for participating in peaceful protests since the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations began earlier this month.

It's also worth knowing that interest for this hasn't fallen off, quite the opposite:

                                                       Search: "occupy wallstreet"

Take a bow Lexington, Kentucky!  You're one of a hand full of cities this spread to, and while one might expect this to be copied in cities such as San Francisco it speaks volumes in terms of how committed your citizenry is !  Now do your best to make sure you tell as many people about this as possible!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Great news for Kentucky air

Natural gas isn't perfect, but it's way cleaner than coal.


One of Louisville’s two coal-fired power plants will be taken offline in the next five years. By 2016, Cane Run Power Station will be replaced by natural gas—a fuel that’s cleaner than conventional coal.
Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities will retire the Cane Run plant in southwest Louisville, as well as two other coal-fired plants in Kentucky. The company plans to build one natural gas-fired plant on the Cane Run site and purchase an existing gas plant in Oldham County.
“This was based on the new EPA regulations,” LG&E spokeswoman Chris Whelan said. “We looked at what we were going to have to do to be in compliance with those new regulations.”
The company decided it would be cheaper to replace the coal plants with natural gas than to install advanced pollution controls on the aging units. Whelan says if the deal is approved by the Public Service Commission, it won’t affect the rate increase that’s pending or future LG&E rates.
“Based on the allocation of energy, the new plant is not expected to increase LG&E’s rates,” she said. “This particular filing is just for the application to get approval to actually build something, but even then we’ve estimated that LG&E will not see an increase.”
But KU customers could see a four percent increase in their rates.
The switch to natural gas could be a harbinger of things to come for the state’s coal industry. Bill Bissett of the Kentucky Coal Association says the new pollution rules should be coming from Congress, and not the Environmental Protection Agency.
“This is an economic issue that goes way beyond just the ratepayers within the footprint of this power plant but could affect the commonwealth’s economy,” he said. “As we see this movement from D.C. to move us away from coal, the question I think both the PSC as well as Congressional leaders outside of Louisville need to ask themselves, what is this going to do to the economy of Kentucky overall, not just our kilowatt per hour?”
LG&E used primarily Kentucky coal in the Cane Run plant, according to Whelan. The natural gas to run the new units will come from Texas Gas Transmission, whose pipelines start in the Gulf. Some employees might lose their jobs during the transition, too.
But for those who live in the shadow of the Cane Run plant, the news was well-received.
“I think I’m optimistic,” said Kathy Little. Little lives next door to the Cane Run plant and hasraised concerns about the plant’s storage of coal ash. At Cane Run, the ash is stored in a pond and open landfill, and Little has documented ash blowing off the property and into their neighborhood.
“The news that there won’t be any more particulates after awhile, obviously is good news,” she said.
The Louisville Air Pollution Control District has issued one notice of violation for the Cane Run Plant, and is investigating other issues. The coal ash landfill and pond at Cane Run will stay on the site—once they’re no longer in use, they’ll be capped. Little says she looks forward to cleaner air when she’s living next to a natural gas-fired power plant, but there are still lingering concerns of water contamination from the coal waste.

Occupy Wallstreet, Lexington KY

Rick Perry will let your borrow his Kwanzaa CD's?!?

Who owns CD's these days? lol, this was pretty funny...

Lawrence O'Donnell and Matt Taibbi on Occupy Wallstreet

Lawrence O'Donnell fires a shot straight across the bow of police brutality:

Matt Taibbi:

'Occupy Wall Street': Drawing the Battle Lines

I was speaking at a conference in Boston yesterday when one of the attendees asked me, "How come the media isn't covering the protests on Wall Street?"
I was about to give a pithy answer about how the press doesn't cover marches unless someone sets a car on fire or someone throws a rock through the window of a Starbucks, when I realized that I myself hadn't even written anything about it.
I don't know a whole lot about Occupy Wall Street, although I'm going to check it out when I return to New York. There are times when one wonders how effective marches are – one of the lessons that the other side learned from the Vietnam era is that you can often ignore even really big protests without consequence – but in this case demonstrations could be very important just in terms of educating people about the fact that there is, in fact, a well-defined conflict out there with two sides to it.
There is a huge number of Americans who simply don't realize that they've been victimized by Wall Street –  that they've paid inflated commodity prices due to irresponsible speculation and manipulation, seen their home values depressed thanks to corruption in the mortgage markets, subsidized banker bonuses with their tax dollars and/or been forced to pay usurious interest rates for consumer credit, among other things.
I would imagine the end game of any movement against Wall Street corruption is going to involve some very elaborate organization. There are going to have to be consumer and investor boycotts, shareholder revolts, criminal prosecutions, new laws passed, and other moves. But a good first step is making people aware of the battle lines. It sounds like these demonstrations have that potential. Anyway, I'm going to check them out tomorrow. In the meantime, I encourage people to check out their site, and investigate for yourselves.

Monday, September 26, 2011

More perspectives on the woman who was maced

davids camera craft:

Jeanne Mansfield's personal account here:

Anonymous strikes again

From action against Syria to street protests in New York Anonymous unites the digital space with the real one.

The Guardian:

Defying harsh critiques from Stephen Colbert and slews of bloggers who scoffed last week at the "leaderless", "directionless", Frisbee-throwing hipsters camping out on cardboard at a random New York City park in the financial district, Occupy Wall Street appears to be gaining ground. From the modest 200 occupiers last week, numbers of protesters rose to an estimated peak of approximately 3,000 to 5,000 at the weekend's march. Media attention has grown exponentially.
After taking their inspiration from the Egyptian "one demand" model, Occupy Wall Street have now released their list of "one" demands, bringing much-needed clarity to their objectives. The movement has moved to reach out to a broader base, including labor unions. Last week's execution of Troy Davis also contributed to the growth of Occupy Wall Street as crowds of protesters in Zucotti Park, renamed Liberty Plaza, swelled to approximately 1,500 last Thursday night demanding an end to capital punishment.
Violence caught on camera over the weekend of police arresting approximately 80 protesters and, in one now-notorious case, apparently spraying mace into the faces of female protesters has generated an outcry over the NYPD's "cowardly" use of force on peaceful protesters. Thanks to these two incidents, says one protester, Danny Garza, "Occupy Wall Street has gotten bigger than we ever thought it could be."
But the protest's profile cannot be measured purely in numbers of street protesters: on the periphery of Liberty Plaza is a parallel internet-basedactivism buttressing the movement. Under the banner of the virtual collective Anonymous, these "hacktivists" are now engaged in the physical action of street protest. "Groundfags" in Liberty Park communicate back and forth with online activists. The new dynamics of combined street and online activism have significantly underpinned Occupy Wall Street as a distinctive new movement.
"We can physically be at a protest one day and the next day show up online," according to an Anonymous activist who goes by the name of "MotorMouth". The most concrete example of this symbiotic relationship is the rapid online identification by Anonymous activists of an NYPD officer they claim to have been the perpetrator in the pepper-spray incident.
Naming an individual police officer may be a controversial tactic, but Occupy Wall Street has used social networking media as a positive organisational tool. When it emerged that a handful of activists were prepared to incite rioting and provoke the police days before Occupy Wall Street was to begin, Anonymous developed a Twitter application called URGE, launching an online campaign designed to quell potential violence. Anonymous "culture-jammed" Twitter with messages to keep protests peaceful, using top Twitter trends from around the world.
The involvement of Anonymous activists has also helped the movement make new connections. When activists expressed outrage at Troy Davis's execution on Wednesday night, Anonymous linked the death penalty with the protests. One Anonymous figure, by the name of "Jackal", says:
"This is a new way to protest. Many of us have done our fair share of street protesting. But they drag us into the streets, and they mace us. Now we have brought our protests into the online social media space. We do it all at once – the street protesting along with our distributed denial of service [DDoS] attacks. We are a bit of an online flash mob."
What will become of Occupy Wall Street is uncertain: protesters now face eviction from Zucotti Park; yet the movement has sparked similar activism in Chicago, Boston, Denver and other cities throughout the United States. Much has been written about the "Twitter revolution" dimension of the Arab Spring; now it looks as though, in this emerging alliance between street protest and online activism, the Arab Spring is turning to American Fall.