#OccupyWallStreet: occupying other cities, prominent voices in support of the demonstrations

Raw Story reports on the coordination efforts of occupying other cities, as well as some prominent voices now publicly supporting the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations:

Another demonstration popped up in Chicago over the weekend. Around 20 “Occupy Chicago” protesters gathered at Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, on Friday and then marched to the Federal Reserve Bank. Some protesters have remained camped out in front of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and the organizers said the “occupation” had grown from 4 people to about 50.

Other “occupation” protests are being planned for Detroit, Denver, Cleveland, Boston, Phoenix, Seattle, Kansas City, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. The site occupytogether.org has been set up in hopes of coordinating the protests.

Although the New York Times described the protest as a “noble but fractured and airy movement of rightly frustrated young people” whose purpose was “virtually impossible to decipher,” the demonstration has attracted some prominent voices in the progressive and liberal community.

Journalist Chris Hedges described the protest as “really where the hope of America lies.”

“The real radicals have seized power,” he asserted, “and they are decimating all impediments to the creation of a neo-feudalistic corporate state, one in which there is a rapacious oligarchic class, a thin managerial elite, and two-thirds of this country live in conditions that increasingly push families to subsistence level.”

MIT professor Noam Chomsky also said he supports the protest. “Anyone with eyes open knows that the gangsterism of Wall Street — financial institutions generally — has caused severe damage to the people of the United States (and the world),” he said. “And should also know that it has been doing so increasingly for over 30 years, as their power in the economy has radically increased, and with it their political power.”

Filmmaker Michael Moore and Current TV host Keith Olbermann both separately lamented the lack of substantial news coverage of the event, questioning why same-sized or smaller tea party protests garnered more attention than “Occupy Wall Street.”

Even Stephen Colbert chimed in, wondering why his reporters couldn’t find the stereotypical “mindless hippie argle-bargle” in the protest.

Interesting that the New York Times said the demonstrations’ purpose was “virtually impossible to decipher,” while The Guardian described it as, “young people [who] have come to reclaim the future.”  It’s all in how you look at it, I guess.

I was deployed to Iraq 4x

5 of my friends are dead
1 of my friends is missing his arm
1 of my friends killed himself
I’ve been blown up 2x by roadside bombs
Hearing fireworks makes me nervous
I don’t sleep at night

All so bankers and war profiteers could get richer

I am the 99%


Source: wearethe99percent

All the retirement-age teabaggers can thank Senator Chuck Schumer

ESPECIALLY THOSE OF YOU who have already obtained your ‘free’ Medicare-paid scooters…

“Breaking news: Sen. Chuck Schumer tells Countdown Medicare, Medicaid OFF the table in Debt Ceiling talks.”Keith Olbermann

Olbermann on Twitter


Keith Olbermann pops in on Twitter tonight

Trending in 45 minutes! You guys are so good, you get a “Hellooooooo!” (it was cold here today) #FOK

Final Countdown: Olbermann’s choice?

Rachel Maddow, Bill Maher React To Olbermann Leaving MSNBC (VIDEO)

“I know very little about it,” Maddow said. “All I know is that it was between Keith and the company, it didn’t involve any of the rest of us, and he was really gracious and nice when he left.”

Maher said that, in his opinion, the show went “downhill” when Olbermann started retooling his “Worst Persons In The World” segment. “Stop organizing life around the people who don’t get the joke,” he said. “Fuck them if they don’t get a joke.”


It was Keith Olbermann’s decision to leave his high-profile perch at MSNBC

The outspoken host abruptly announced his departure on Friday evening, sending shock waves through the cable news world.

But the sudden departure has a history, and the timing does not rule out a preemptive MSNBC move. The gadfly commentator first told the network last April that he wanted to leave and began negotiating his exit then, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation.

Olbermann abandoned the notion of leaving at that time but revived his plans in recent weeks with new representation from the talent agency ICM.

With two years left on his $7 million a year contract, Olbermann was seeking a full exit package but he really has his eye on creating his own media empire in the style of Huffington Post, according to the individual. That way, Olbermann would control his own brand and, in his view, potentially earn far more as an owner.

John Cole:

By the way, it doesn’t have to be as simple as “Comcast In, KO Out.” While we all harbor our suspicions and the feuding with his bosses had been ongoing and public, and the reporting structure in the organization was being changed with the new merger, and all that stuff.

But there is another element that I think is worth thinking about. In basically the last year, he lost his mom and his dad, and he really didn’t even take a break. He’s been doing this for eight years straight, and that kind of thing, in the poisonous work atmosphere that existed with his bosses, it just takes a toll on you. I’d wager that in the end, he just had enough and they agreed to part ways.

Sometimes you’ve just had enough of a situation, and you have to say to hell with it.

That’s exactly what I’d wager too.

FILE - In this May 3, 2007 file photo, Keith Olbermann of MSNBC poses at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif. Keith Olbermann is leaving MSNBC and has announced that Friday's

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Wednesday morning coffee

Bush’s book hit stores yesterday. The Daily Beast has ranked the best-selling books by politicians in the last ten years: [Joe. My. God.]

“If a black Republican president had come in, helped turn around the banking and auto industries (at a small profit!), insured millions through the private sector while cutting Medicare, overseen a sharp decline in illegal immigration, ramped up the war in Afghanistan, reinstituted pay-as-you go in the Congress, set up a debt commission to offer hard choices for future debt reduction, and seen private sector job growth outstrip the public sector’s in a slow but dogged recovery, somehow I don’t think that Republican would be regarded as a socialist.” — Andrew Sullivan

  • Tucker Carlson, founder of the Daily Caller, bought the domain keitholbermann.com and thought it would be really funny to send out fake emails as Olbermann. [See OliverWillis for more]
  • Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), who will seek the Energy and Commerce Committee chairmanship maintains that we do not have to worry about climate change because God promised in the Bible not to destroy the world again after Noah’s flood. [BalloonJuice / Video]
  • North Carolina Rev. Phillip “Flip” Benham… distributed old-West style “Wanted” posters earlier this year that “included the names, addresses and photos of four Charlotte, N.C., doctors who perform abortions.” [Anti-Abortion Pastor Convicted For Stalking]
  • Income / tax cut graphic: If you make under 100k: you want the Democratic plan. If you make over 100k: you want the GOP’s plan. So, how many people in the House and Senate make less than $100,000 a year? [Soup]


Watch Olbermann: I’m sorry I didn’t know about MSNBC’s stupid rule.

Monday morning coffee

Keith back on Tuesday:After several days of deliberation and discussion, I have determined that suspending Keith [Olbermann] through and including Monday night’s program is an appropriate punishment for his violation of our policy. We look forward to having him back on the air Tuesday night.” – MSNBC President Phil Griffin [Los Angeles Times | Brooklyn Mutt]

“We had a whole generation of journalists who sat by and did nothing while, for instance, George Bush led us into an idiotic war on a lie, plus thousands more who spent day after day collecting checks by covering Britney’s hair and Tiger’s text messages and other stupidities while the economy blew up and two bloody wars went on mostly unexamined… and it’s Keith Olbermann who should “pay the price” for being unethical? Because, and let me get this straight, he donated money, privately, to politicians?” [Matt Taibbi]

  • Must read! Our Banana Republic | Nicholas Kristof: The richest 1 percent of Americans now take home almost 24 percent of income, up from almost 9 percent in 1976. As Timothy Noah of Slate noted in an excellent series on inequality, the United States now arguably has a more unequal distribution of wealth than traditional banana republics like Nicaragua, Venezuela and Guyana.
  • No, Really, Rasmussen Polls Are Really Biased Towards Republicans
  • Obama India Trip Cost Just Made Up By Conservatives: This is why its impossible to come to a bipartisan consensus with these people. They are just unrepentant liars: When Media Matters asked about the report, White House spokesman Matt Lehrich responded, “The numbers reported in this article have no basis in reality. Due to security concerns, we are unable to outline details associated with security procedures and costs, but it’s safe to say these numbers are wildly inflated.”

Maher to Stewart & Colbert: restore sanity by siding with the sane and resonable

“With all due respect to my friends, Jon and Stephen, it seems to me that if you truly wanted to come down on the side of restoring sanity and reason, you’d side with the sane and the reasonable, and not try to pretend that the insanity is equally distributed in both parties. Keith Olbermann is right when he says he’s not the equivalent of Glenn Beck: one reports facts, the other one is very close to playing with his poop.

And the big mistake of modern media has been this notion of balance for balance’s sake: that the left is just as violent and cruel as the right; that unions are just as powerful as corporations; that reverse racism is just as damaging as racism. There’s a difference between a mad man, and a madman.”

Bill Maher

kateoplis | Brooklyn Mutt

UPDATE (Video):

Keith Olbermann: Lean forward but not too far forward.

Video: Rachel Maddow’s Statement on Keith Olbermann

via LGF

All I can say is that I hope Olbermann comes back to MSNBC, but I am glad that MSNBC operates completely differently than Fox News. This situation should obviously, clearly, without a doubt illustrate that fact to anyone who ever again defends the GOP bias at Fox News by saying MSNBC is exactly the same for Democrats.

Read / discuss:

  • If you want to call MSNBC and give them feedback, you could call Phil Griffin at 212-664-4444 or email him at: phil.griffin@nbcuni.com
  • “Insiders we’ve talked to say Olbermann won’t be back.” [TVNewser]
  • Another Scarborough political donation: this one made in April of this year for $5,000 to a GOP candidate in Alabama. Combined with his 2006 contribution of $4,400 to a GOP congressional candidate, Scarborough has donated at least $9,400 to Republican candidates as an MSNBC host — more than the amount that led to Keith Olbermann’s suspension. [DailyKos]

Keith Olbermann: Vote backward. Vote Teaparty.

Olbermann’s Special Comment: a discussion of the tea party candidates and what their collective beliefs could mean for America.

If the Tea Party wins next Tuesday, America loses.

Don’t sit home. Vote!


Countdown: The Bush Tax Cuts Explained

The average American worker made LESS in 2008 than in 2000 (adjusted for inflation). In 2000 the average income was over $61,000. In 2008,  after the Bush tax cuts had time to “help” American workers, the average income: $58,000.

liberalsarecool: Tax Expert David Cay Johnston: The Bush Cuts Explained

The two rounds of tax cuts in 2001 and 2003, including tax cuts in capital gains and dividends, slowed the economy so much that Americans made $1 trillion less income with the cuts then if income stayed at Clinton levels in 2000. [And you wonder why we had a housing bubble]

So why the debate? Johnston points out a mega-rich group determined to use Washington, through private meetings and contributions, called the POLITICAL DONOR CLASS. Remember that term. They are willing to distort the truth for personal gain, and pass the expense on to the rest of us.

Fox News devoted less than 10 minutes to troop withdrawal from Iraq

Pretty lame for the self-styled “Support the Troops” Network! Is it always about …  politics?

“[...] Nowhere was the difference between the cable news networks on starker display than in prime-time coverage on the night the last American combat brigade left Iraq following a war that started seven years and five months ago.

MSNBC devoted its entire prime-time footprint to the story, with Richard Engel riding with the troops in a specially equipped vehicle and host Rachel Maddow based in Baghdad. Keith Olbermann anchored the coverage from a New York studio.

nullFox News Channel devoted just under 10 minutes to the story, much of it during Shepard Smith’s 7 p.m. newscast. The network spent 45 minutes discussing the potential construction of an Islamic cultural center near ground zero, while that story wasn’t mentioned on MSNBC at all. CNN, meanwhile, spent an hour on each story.”


Morning reading


DNC TV Ad: ‘Stop Apologizing’


According to John Cole, Keith Olbermann quit DKos because someone criticized him and accused him of planned fauxtrage.


Bob Cesca notes the U.S. Senate, including 21 Democrats, voted to continue paying Big Oil’s $35 billion annual welfare check — in the midst of the biggest environmental disaster in American history but voted down the extension of unemployment benefits for jobless Americans.


Best comment on BP Chairman Tony Hayward will step down from managing daily operations in Gulf:

If his appearance yesterday is any indication, he has no clue what the daily operations are. ~Soup



via Desdemona Despair (it’s definitely worth a few minutes to page down and see the images of the Gulf on this blog):

Burning  oil on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, 17 June 2010. James Duncan  Davidson via flickr

James Duncan Davidson, TED’s conference photographer, is among a crew of five photographers and videographers reporting on the Gulf of Mexico for the TEDxOilSpill Expedition. His photos, taken aboard a plane above the Deepwater Horizon accident site, reveal the staggering extent of the oil slick.

Aerial photos of the oil slick


via Wonkette:

[T]he Washington Post just posted this story with the view from BP’s partner on the Gulf well. Guess what? The partner company says BP was “reckless” and the whole disaster was “preventable.” Good to know!

It was the first time since the blowout in the Gulf of Mexico that Anadarko Petroleum had given its view of the accident, and its chief executive, Jim Hackett, did not mince words. In a statement, Hackett said he was “shocked” by information that has emerged from investigations of the accident. He said it “indicates BP operated unsafely and failed to monitor and react to several critical warning signs during the drilling of the Macondo well.”


Who knew? via TYWKIWDBI:

“Unlike the dog or the horse… the cat walks by moving the front and back legs on one side of its body and then the front and back legs on the other. The only other animals to move that way are the camel and the giraffe.”

– from Life Regarded as a Jigsaw Puzzle of Highly Lustrous Cats, by Michael Bishop, in Nebula Awards 28 (1994).

I don’t see it though



The founder of Wikileaks fears the U.S. will detain him and is currently in hiding. But in an email to supporters, he says he has new video of alleged U.S. ‘massacre’ in Afghanistan that’s more shocking than the first.