Suggestions from the peanut gallery about how the Occupation Movement should proceed are flooding in from every direction. Here's some samples:
"'They should come up with a short term list of no brainer agenda items,' said Collinge, wearing a huge sign in the rain at New York's Zuccotti Park calling for student loan reforms.”
“For all the faults, though, protesters in the Bay Area, especially Occupy San Francisco, have something their East Coast neighbors don't: a realistic plan aimed at the heart of banks. The idea could be expanded nationwide to send a message to a compromised Washington and the financial industry.
“It's called a municipal bank. Simply put, it would transfer the City of San Francisco's bank accounts—about $2 billion now spread between such banks as Bank of America Corp., UnionBanCal Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co..—into a public bank. That bank would use small local banks to lend to the community.”
Huff Post analysis and video:
The direction of the Occupation Movement is, and always has been, determined by the message which continues to be a flawed system that takes from the poor and gives to the rich. The government is structured to accommodate Too Big to Fail institutions, not those who it claims to represent. The evidence of this can be found everywhere; the state of the economy, high unemployment, slow growth and an outlook that is something other than reassuring.
America's pension funds are in distress. Like everyone else, they suffered massive losses from the 2008 debacle (roughly $500 billion), and the losses have not been recouped since. That capital was principal that no longer generates income. Large pension funds are not only underfunded, according to studies they are on a disaster course that won't be corrected until new revenues are realized, not something that seems likely any time soon.
Public employees have been the hardest hit, but anyone with a home, a job, a retirement fund or kids to raise knows about the residual effects of irresponsible financial practices and their leadership. We will discuss these issues in details in future posts, but some classic video has arrived and it must be given priority due to the spectacular effort of citizen journalists like Britten (who I always suspected was crazy enough to do something like this, but couldn't prove it until seeing this video. He's the guy somewhere above the crowd).
The Morning Report will be updated during the day for the near future.
Is there anything to this story?
“But as tensions build between Occupiers and Big Brother, what's also true is that individual officers are increasingly concerned about their role in combating Occupy. Even in cities where the overall police response has been barbaric, there's a growing sense that cops who've been charged with breaking camps are unnerved by such orders.”
Not much went on here to prove the theory either way, but it stands to reason that a percentage of cops are sympathetic to some degree with the Occupation Movement. Its doubtful that number will ever be known.
Here's a video with a message from the Web Team to our friends in the mainstream media.