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Bret Baier reports OWS rants about benefits of Hurricane Sandy, “Anonymous” twitter accounts then threaten him

Yesterday FNC’s Bret Baier on Grapevine reported on the comments by @OccupyWallStreet ‘s official twitter account in response to Hurricane Sandy. See his report here.  This earned him some unfavorable attention from twitter accounts associated with Anonymous (one of the founding parts of  Occupy). They “doxed”  Baier (got his personal information including his home address and phone) and said “anything goes” against him.

On Tuesday, the day after the hurricane started, the OWS account started with a rant against capitalism:

Then followed up immediately thereafter with the specific “benefits” of Sandy:

What obscures “community”? Why, Capitalism, of course.

They then advised people to go outside on Tuesday (while many wires and trees were still down and dangerous, most without power, many still under water ).

In the above tweet, they link to an article on another Occupy site that refers to Sandy as the “People’s Hurricane” and a “Climate Strike”  (arguing Sandy is due to Climate change that evil Wall St loosed on itself).

In response, the OWS account was widely castigated by the Twitterverse.  Jaceyla Jones was perhaps one of the best, reminding them that people had died.

After being roundly criticized, suddenly the OWS account seemed taken over by notices of how one could volunteer to help out Sandy victims, and posting on Occupy “volunteer efforts”. Still, they revealed  it was all about the politics, noting:

They then started praising themselves for their “rapid response” to Sandy, and attacked the Tea Party and government response.

When the FNC report by Baier then dared report some of the above tweets, this Anonymous account first called him a liar, saying that Occupy was helping victims.

Thereafter the following tweets recorded the effort to “dox” Baier and discussed what should be done to him. Click to enlarge:

This was then followed up with a post with his “dox” including phone numbers, home address, age and birthday. Citizen Journalist will not be linking to that dox page.

Here is a copy of the page with relevant info excised.

Anonymous@DBCOOPA has since scrubbed the first tweet about “ruining Baier’s life”.

HT @RichardRSmithJr for screenshot


OWS: “We are the proletariat!”

Here is more video from the #S17 protest on the anniversary of the start of Occupy Wall St a year ago September 17.

This group of marchers was made up of mostly Hispanic self-identified Maoists. One was was wearing a pro-Palestinian scarf with little Che buttons on it. He noted that most of the pro-Palestinian people with whom he was familiar were also pro-communist.

Although it is not always reported on, many in Occupy are pro-Palestinian, anti-US involvement in the Middle East.

As they chanted, they seemed oblivious to the concept that most Americans would have no idea what they were talking about, and would in fact step back from such classist terminology. It is not clear that these people, at best in their twenties, really understood what happened the last time marching groups waved around that little red book, the flags and millions died.

Video by Billy O’Keefe @DefendWallSt



Occupy seizes land from UC Berkeley

According to KGO TV, San Francisco,

A group of activists says it has taken over a tract of University of California at Berkeley-owned land on the Berkeley-Albany border and plans to plant seedlings and convert the land to agricultural use.

The group Occupy the Farm took over the property known as the Gill Tract, at San Pablo Avenue and Marin Avenue, this afternoon, and plans to stay overnight, group members said.

Activists described the property as “the last remaining 10 acres of Class I agricultural soil in the urbanized East Bay,” and noted that the university plans to sell the property for a retail development.

University officials and Albany police have not yet responded to calls seeking comment.

Private property isn’t private if Occupy wants it.  If they want it, it is their right to take it.


Occupy-Update on NYC OWS “Black Bloc” riot action

Alexander Penley                                      Nicholas Thommen                                Eric Marchese

Update: 

More background on  the OWS/”Black Bloc” “FTP” riot this past weekend.

Original story can be found here:  https://citizenjournalistdotorg.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/two-arrested-after-nyc-ows-black-bloc-ftp-march/

Participants:

While receiving broad local coverage, most of the MSM seemed to miss the OWS connection, despite the fact that the OWS involvement of at least two of the arrestees was easily ascertainable.

Alexander Penley and Nicholas Thommen were charged with assault on a police officer, menacing and inciting to riot after allegedly using a metal pipe to push back several cops in the Astor Place coffee clash Saturday night.

As we had noted, both Alexander Penley, 41,  and Nicholas Thommen, 30, had connections with OWS;  in fact, they were described on OWS twitter accounts as “organizers”.  Twitter accounts also noted the “march” was full of OWS members. Additionally, OWS “jail support” was provided, and providing bail for the two men was discussed.

Both Penley and Thommen had prior records, despite Penley being an attorney.  The New York Daily News noted:

Penley, who lives on the upper West Side, was charged 20 years ago with a entering a restricted area at a military facility in Boise, Idaho, the source said.

He also has arrests for marijuana possession with intent to distribute in Utah, for burglary, trespassing and vandalism in California and for failure to show up in court on a resisting arrest charge in Oregon.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/attorney-busted-anarchist-attack-starbucks-frequently-wrong-side-law-source-article-1.1062457#ixzz1scuR3W7f

Despite this prior arrest and charge of assault on a police officer, Penley was released without bail.

Penley can be seen on this “Occupii” page upon which he posted a video on the “Black Bloc tactics-10 Quick points”.    http://occupii.org/profile/AlexanderPenley

Thommen also had prior arrests, in his home state of Oregon for driving with a revoked license, marijuana possession and harassment over the telephone, the source said.  Thommen was held on $1000 bail.

The third man, Eric Marchese, 24, had a prior arrest in New Jersey for “improper behavior”,  a disorderly persons offense.

Anarchist Book Fair and Judson Church:

We noted in our prior article that there were flyers given out for the march at the Anarchist Book Fair at Judson Church, and asked the question why would a church allow that.

Judson Church has housed various Occupy events, as well as Occupiers themselves, after they were evicted from Zuccotti Park.  OWS allocated regular money payments to Judson as well as other churches who were housing Occupiers.

Lee Stranahan notes more on Alexander Penley and on some of the “talks” that one could have attended at the Book Fair at Judson. http://leestranahan.com/page/2

These talks included:

Self-defense and street combat for anarchists… – Sunday, 4:15-5:45pm Judson Assembly Room

J. “G.” J.

will provide a basic overview of offense and defense when dealing with recalcitrant fascists and/or pig police. We will deal with holds, strikes, traps and disarming techniques. No prior martial arts experience is necessary. The techniques are simple and effective, derived from the Yip family Wing Chun lineage (invented by a womyn, for wimmin and slight-bodied people). Anyone with experience, ideas and techniques of their own are welcome and encouraged to share! Come prepared to move, and preferably with someone you trust to work with. I try to make this as fun and non-triggering as possible!  *appropriate for teens.

In all of this anarchist approach,  we can see the nature of an altered reality. It is the view of the imagined police state that somehow will be negated by smashing windows and running through the streets.  Where even children can be brought to the fray.

While we have seen OWS utilize “black bloc” most notably in Oakland prior to this past weekend, it hadn’t been a big part of the action in NYC.

However,  OWS NYC has a “working group” called the “OWS Black Knights” who in their description describe themselves as “black bloc” (as well as Black Panther and Marine).  This group has even requested funding for black clothing and capes, for their “security” role.  Hard to know how much of that is hyperbole; there is no evidence that anyone involved in that working group has been involved in anything illegal.  http://www.nycga.net/groups/ows-black-knights/events/

However, what is clear is as May 1 and the summer approaches, OWS will be trying to ramp up what action they can to get people’s attention. With “black bloc” which is as much an attitude as a tactic, OWS may be in for a rough summer of confrontation and a very unreceptive public.


Occupy: May 1st Blockade Called For New York Bridges, Tunnels, and Ferries — Commuter Delays Expected


Occupy has been trying to ramp up and throw all efforts into their planned May 1 “general strike”.

We wrote of their desire to shut down the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on that date.

They are also trying to blockade transit into and out of New York City on that date, according to a post on their OccupyWallSt.org site:

MAY 1: NEW YORK BLOCKADE ANNOUNCEMENT

NEW YORK – On May 1, 2012, autonomous direct action groups within Occupy Wall Street, as a part of the global mobilizations for general strike and economic non-compliance, will block one or more Manhattan-bound bridges or tunnels to protest the shameful opulence of the 1%. Working and unemployed people across this country have seen no improvement to their lives in spite of all of the chatter about a recovery from the Financial Crisis of 2008. We don’t care what Obama or Romney say because only working people —domestic laborers, rank and file union members, undocumented workers, restaurant, retail and chain-store workers— can solve today’s problems.

Last fall, when Occupy Wall Street blocked the Brooklyn Bridge for several hours, we were acting within a long line of protest in New York City that stretches back to the so-called Fiscal Crisis of 1975, which much like now, was a bank led assault against working people. In the summer of 1975, striking hospital employees, including doctors and nurses, blocked the Brooklyn Bridge. The bridge was even blocked by thousands of laid-off police, the very people who act as the guard dogs of the 1%. More recently, both the Brooklyn Bridge and the Holland Tunnel were shut down during protests of the shooting death of Sean Bell. But this May 1, we will create the biggest shut down the city of New York has ever seen.

We are announcing these blockades now as a fair warning to the rest of the working people of New York and New Jersey who are considering joining the strikes and mobilizations of the day: the city will be shut down, so enjoy the day without the 99%!

Blow the Flows

Let’s do a little translation.

“Be the crisis” – get people into the streets, doesn’t matter how or why, but get them so we can galvanize them for action

“Autnomous direct action groups” – if anything happens we can disavow it as not an “officially approved” OWS action

“economic non compliance” – you haven’t done what we say (whatever that might be).

“protest the shameful opulence of the 1%” – if you’re rich, you’re evil, because it’s not fair.

“only working people —domestic laborers, rank and file union members, undocumented workers, restaurant, retail and chain-store workers— can solve today’s problems”

-the revolution has to proceed from the proletariat.

“guard dogs of the 1%” –  watch those evil guard dogs in action brutally enforcing the dictates of the evil 1% against peaceful OWS protesters:

“the rest of the working people” -we really don’t care if we inconvenience you and any of those other people because what we have to say is much more important than anything you might be concerned with on that day.

So expectant moms trying to get to the hospital, stuff the baby back in and have it on another day. This is our day.

Update: Apparently not quite their day, they’ve allegedly called of the Golden Gate Bridge blockade, because the union isn’t behind the idea(translation: then there wouldn’t be enough people to do it).


Occupy Bats

No really, Occupy Wall Street finds a bat and discusses what to do with it.

Seriously, bats in NY are likely full of disease.