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Monday, September 26, 2011

Wallstreet cheerleader CNBC Julia La Roche says 'Occupy Wallstreet' people smell

Well what do you know, the entire world capitalist system is being questioned, a mass of people are marching against Wallstreet and CNBC's Julia La Roche says they smell bad.

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  • Poor hygiene: While wandering through the camp site, I asked several people how long they've been there and if they've taken a shower.  Some people said they would go to friends' apartments to clean up. However a bunch of the protestors confessed to me that they have not showered since the start of the movement.  In my opinion, the smell is extremely pungent. And the camp site is littered with trash, cardboard and garbage bags piled up. 
  • Nudity: At least two women had their naked breasts exposed. Apparently, it is legal. (I asked a police officer nearby.) But there's no question it's inconsiderate. The site is surrounded by popular tourist destinations in the Financial District and there are tons of families with young children that frequent those locations.
  • Drugs:  Another thing that caught me by surprise was the use of marijuana. I walked right by a protestor smoking weed in broad daylight.  The police must have been just 20 feet away too.  If you're at a protest site surrounded by hundreds of police officers and trying to get out your important message out, then it's probably not the best idea to light one up!

1:  Are you seriously going to take on hygiene...

2:  You should welcome this, the people I've seen over the livestream aren't great to look at.  It's probably the motivating factor that's deterring hordes young males from joining the protest.

3:  Ahem, the L Magazine:  

The NYPD seems finally to be getting "with it"—"it" being the Marijuana Reform Act of 1977 that decriminalized the possession of up to 25 grams of pot in New York City as long as it wasn't "burning" or "open to public view."
On Friday, WNYC published an internal memo issued by police commissioner Ray Kelly calling for an end to a loophole that has resulted in record high pot busts, costing taxpayers $75 million annually. Kelly wrote: "A crime will not be charged to an individual who is requested or compelled to engage in the behavior that results in the public display of marihuana." (That's the Anglicized spelling adopted during the Mexican-ization of the substance in the first half of the last century, which Kelly probably picked up as a wee lad watching irresistible exploitation films in the 1930s).
This past April we ran a story investigating the record high number of pot busts in NYC under Mayor Bloomberg and the racial imbalance—86% of those arrested for misdemeanor pot possession were black or Latino—that goes with it. One source, going by ''B." was victim of the loophole in question:

B. rides his bike over to Bed-Stuy like he usually does every week or so. He locks it up on a corner post and goes up to his "guy's" house. Five minutes later, he's out of there, hops back on and rides off. Except he doesn't get very far. An NYPD cruiser pulls him over for no apparent reason. "We know what you're doing, empty your fucking pockets," they yell, "you won't get in trouble if you cooperate." He hasn't done anything wrong at this point, and they never tell him why he was pulled over, but he complies. "I did what they told me thinking I'd get off easy," B. says, pulling out two $20 bags in the process. "Nope! They booked me for having it 'open to public view'.
Call it coercion, call it extortion, call it trampling the Fifth Amendment, but Commissioner Kelly now calls it simply "improper." In B's case, had this memo gone out sooner, he would have been issued a violation, a ticket, instead of arrested and fingerprinted for a misdemeanor.
Last week the Voice reported that Mayor Bloomberg, over the hump on his third and presumably last term, was making desperate attempts to salvage his legacy by throwing money at the "black and brown men" he's been locking up in record numbers over the last decade. Could it be that the NYPD is extending the olive branch to potheads as a way to placate outcry over some of the egregious (and just plain zanybullshit they been up to over the past few months?"

Oh and yeah btw, according to some this system is falling apart:

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