Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Protesters = Hippies? Many iReporters disagree

 

As the Occupy Wall Street protests have spread to dozens of cities across the country, some iReporters have voiced their opinions about the misleading representation of who the protesters really are.

 

One of the biggest trends we’ve seen on iReport is the diversity of the protesters. They’ve been stereotyped as young and rebellious, according to many iReporters. But, we’ve seen submissions from all walks of life.

 

iReporter Shin Kurokawa, who was observing the protests, commented on the heterogeneity of the Occupy Boston crowd: “Early on, the media reported Occupy Wall Street and other Occupy groups as being a ‘bunch of college-aged hippies’. This is not the case,” he said. “There were people of all ages, colors, faiths, and political affiliations.”

 

 

And at the Zuccotti Park protests in New York City, iReporter Linda DiCosmo said what caught her attention was the diversity she saw through her camera lens. “I saw middle class people, retirees, young people, black, white, Asian, hipsters, folk artists […] and all of a sudden I was photographing America, with all its respect for diversity,” she said.

 

In addition, the reasons for protesting were just as diverse as the protesters themselves. People created signs and shouted their stance on topics ranging from corporate greed, better jobs, and higher wages to ending war and frustrations within Wall Street.

 

Out of the thousands at an Occupy New York protest on October 5, iReporter Adalberto Ortiz noticed that “the protesters […] were students, war veterans, black bloc anarchists, hippies, punks, professionals, feminists…It was a mix representing different subcultures and political groups.” Other iReporters like Lauren Thurmond in Baltimore and Larry Blucher in New York also offered their personal accounts of the diversity at the protests within their iReports.

 

 

If you have attended or participated in an Occupy protest and would like to share your experience, please upload it to our Open Story.

103 Comments
October 12, 2011
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Hippies?  I havn't heard that term in ages. Aren't "hippies" extinct?  I don't see a single person in the photos with hair long enough to call them a "hippie" and I certainly don't see any "flower power". Crazy labels!

October 12, 2011
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Justifiably angry people come in all shapes, sizes, colors and ages.

October 12, 2011
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Nope, they're hippies.  Exhibit A - third picture down the girl holding up the sign has a peace symbol on her arm.  Wow and is that Jack Nicholson standing next to her?  I think we need Eric Cartman to go out there and take care of these hippies.

October 12, 2011
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I was in NYC at the protest last friday.

There were a few 'hippies'.   I've got some fun pictures of them.

But I've got more pictures of 'grandmoms'.    One holding a sign saying 'Pissed off grey hairs say "jail the Wall St bastards"'.

 

Oh...and another thing.   I noticed 3 different people, at 3 different places (in the park), all with brooms, cleaning up the area.  

 

So let's try to understand that this 'hippie' thing is just propaganda from people trying to discredit the protest.

 

 

October 12, 2011
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So these are all the people who have awoken from their trance.  Have any of these people stepped foot in their senator's office to express their opinions?  Best thing these protesters can do is acknowledge that the root of all these problems is an out of control federal government.  That the solution is returning to a Constitutionally limited federal government.  Then they can go back home and attend state representative town hall meetings and local government meetings where they can express their opinion and help shape policy. 

October 12, 2011
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@ElderPliny - at least these Occupy folks don't have the MSM trying to discredit them like they did to the Tea Party people. The MSM is even being mostly supportive.

October 12, 2011
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All these fools need to go find a job.  Get back to school and study and learn a skill.

October 12, 2011
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@rantingloons - the MSM isn't "trying to discredit them like they did to the Tea Party" because - even if the message is muddled - the OWS people are at least angry at the right bad guys.

October 12, 2011
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People forgetting what a hippie is?

October 12, 2011
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These are people from all walks of life who are sick and tired of a government that care more about corporations and the rich than it does for average people. For those people calling for more "austerity", think about who you are asking to suffer even more than they are now. The wealthy that you revere will be eating steak while children starve but I'm sure that's fine with some people who have lost all sense of reason.

October 12, 2011
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Please stop wasting our time covering thyese peole they are nothing

October 12, 2011
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Not hippies, idiots, there is a small difference.

October 12, 2011
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I agree with the Protest and I am 46 years old, am retired from the Air Force, have a BS degree and a years worth of a Master's degree. our annual household income is over $100k.  I am conservative (used to be a Republican for over 20 years until they became mean-spirited and self-righteous).  I am exactly opposite of the slanderous lies people say about them being young and unemployed.  Go Protest! Greed is NEVER good.

October 12, 2011
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This is the Tea Party of the Left,cant find jobs? people with no documents that cant speak English find them, this peple are lazy will not dirty their hands, follow the Left "leaders"that are College Professores, we all professionals know that mediocre ones teach because in the real world they will have to produce, most of their kids go to private schools and do not live in a ghetto.

All this leftist would not have a prayer in a socialist country.

Hippies? I am from that generation, I finished college in 3 years, a foreign student, while all the space cadets

spent their time in a fog,insulting Vietnam Veterans that were fighting with honor.

I became a volunteer Red Cross in Vets Hospitals, I could not believe how selfish they were, and here again like bad weeds are again living of my taxes and loafing.

October 12, 2011
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There is probably more overlap between the tea party and this group than what one might think.  These people are upset about the wall street bailout and so were the tea party. problem is that the very people who caused this economic slide are the people who are trying to commandeer these groups. The Reps of the right and now the Dems on the left.

And the media does not know how to deal with these events unless they can pigeonhole these groups into something they can recognize and they only know how to recognize Dems and Reps and their subsidiaries.

October 12, 2011
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Dreamer10, Did you even read the article? They ARE NOT a single group but a diverse group - not just "College Professors" as you say.  You must be Repupblican because they sling dirt and accusations without any proof.  That is why I left them.  I foriegn student? That is part of America's problem - people who are not born as Americans can't really understand our culture and and probably the cause of the Greed.

October 12, 2011
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It's not all hippies. It's also union thugs, gays, feminists, anarchists, amotivational impoverished, racial minorities, anybody who has a beef and irrationally thinks the problem is caused by anybody but themselves. Ignorance and stupidity know no race or class division.

October 12, 2011
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The only thing small is yankerwank's wanker.

October 12, 2011
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The only hippies are the CEO's on Wallstreet, aged baby boomers, x hippies who did not change the world.

October 12, 2011
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Get a clue people, you bashers on the wrong side of the battle lines.....and will lose.   Power to the People!

October 12, 2011
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Its actually a footwear marketing campaign sponsored by adbusters. doug.

October 12, 2011
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I find many of these comments amusing.  How many of you that are sitting here posting about the character, backgrounds and experiences of the protestors have actually...I don't know... gotten off of your duffs and gone to see them for yourselves? 

 

Answer:  Not a one of you, though I'm sure a few will lie and say "me me me!"

 

You know that your government (with the help of FOX news) is lying to you, but you are so desperate to believe the lies, you're actually trying to help perpetuate them.

 

The reason there's such diversity of purpose among the OWS people is because there is such a diversity of PROBLEMS within our nation.  Problems which are spiraling to epic levels of being out of control.

 

You know this... but you're so desperate to deny it so you don't have to live in a constant state of fear.  You're like the kid standing there with his eyes closed, trying to convince himself that as long as he doesn't look at the monster, it won't eat him.

 

It's ok, we understand... we'll face the monster for you and make it safe again.

October 12, 2011
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This whole thing is so incredibly stupid.  Occupy Wall Street?? Why dont you get off your duff and occupy a job.  Problem solved.  Work harder, get more money. Thats how it works. 

October 12, 2011
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Ocity79, why is it so "incredible stupid"? In America, we have a consitutional right to free speech. To peaceful protest is one of the most American things a person can do. If you had lived back then, you would probably have thought the Boston Tea Party was "incredible stupid" also - and look where that ultimately led? To stand against injustice, greed, oppresion - these are not stupid but incredible courageous! Stupid, to me, is to maintian the status-quo that has utterly failed us and keep saying, "it is good". If you really care about America, you need to pull your head out of the sand and really look and see what is happening.  More of the same will lead to destruction...Look around you and see the fruit that it has produced - division, anger, animosity.  You will know a tree by the fruit it produces - a good tree produces good fruit, a bad tree produces bad fruit: what fruit do you see in society today: love, peace, goodwill or hatred, anger, anamosity? Wake-up, if not for your sake, then for your children's sake.

October 12, 2011
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It amazes me the people that tell these people to "go get a job"... I find it so incredibly stupid..

Thats the issue.. The wall street mess, the bail outs the tax breaks with the promise of jobs.. Only to watch jobs go overseas where the labor is cheap. Or  in reality where there is slave labor..And no regulations.

The rich get richer day by day.. Banking millions.. billions.. And getting tax refunds at the end of the year off Americans..

This is what is happening..

Those sneering at  others to "go get a job".... are sneering at people that always had a job. A good job.. Only to loose it thanks to this greed thats sending corporations over seas to take advantage of the poverty stricken.. Where a few dollars a day are great wages..Then bring those products back into the U. S.  and make huge profits..

The issue now is to get rid of regulations, in the United States..

Get a clue.. China is polluted and glad of this work.. willing to destroy their land, their people for this new found wealth.. Thats what these corporations want here.. NO regulations so they can do as they please.. Destroy our water and our air..

Or guess what? They will keep in in China and other poor countries.. Where they get slave labor..And can pump any kind of crap into, and onto their land, and water and air..

 

October 12, 2011
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Well well well, look at all the ad hominem attacks... "Hippies," "Lazy," etc.

 

Funny that those opposing these protests have nothing to say about the inequity that sparked these protests.

October 12, 2011
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Hmm.  And so, what is wrong with Hippies?  I knew some great people from that movement.  The good ole college days.  When did a bunch of gentle, loving people become a bad thing?

 

Anyhow, it is time for a new generation to carry the torch and cry out against injustice in this country. 

October 12, 2011
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Jesus was a hippy.

October 12, 2011
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Greetings to protesters with a song "I want to know what love is" from MariahC...

October 12, 2011
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"All these fools need to go find a job.  Get back to school and study and learn a skill" Please, they are a shame !!!

October 12, 2011
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Hey timetoread: the reason these teabaggers don't like "hippies" is they have long hair and funny clothes... you know, different from them. When they can't attack the message they attack the messenger. They'll learn... the hard way.

 

March on!

October 12, 2011
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Just a bunch of people that aren't sure what they're angry at or what they want or how to fix the problem that their sure exists but can't quite specify. But they do know they are deserved of whatever people wealthier than them have. Of course, why work for it when you can sit on a street with a piece of cardboard full of meaningless words.

October 12, 2011
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To everyone telling the Wall St. protesters to get a job - I'm pretty sure they'd love to have a job. Too bad the government killed most of them out and continuing to do so.

October 12, 2011
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I am proud of these people for standing up against the injustice and allowing all of the people who created the credit default swaps and derivatives who never went to jail, but instead contributed to both political parties. In addition, I think the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act was the thing that made these banks too big to fail and cause all of this chaos. Politicians better be listening.

October 12, 2011
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saying that the protests here are just hippies would be like saying the tea party protests were all rednecks

 

October 12, 2011
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The only hippies out there nowadays are the "wanna-bees"....if you weren't there at the time, you aren't a hippy...it was what it was, when it was!

October 12, 2011
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I served in the military and worked hard to get my masters degree. then worked even harder to stay employed. The protesters are not hippies nor slackers they represent hard working people like me. By the way, the reason I am still employed is because I am still young and can manage to get by underpaid compared to others who have kids and mortgages. When I reach 50 I can see myself unemployed too.

October 12, 2011
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It's not hard to understand the hippie moniker. After watching countless interviews of protestors, very few can even explain why they are proesting and what change they hope to gain. The fact that many of them are sleeping on the streets for days without a shower, brings back memories of Haight-Ashbury in San Fran in the 60's. By the way...there were grandmas in Golden Gate park during the hippie era as well.

October 12, 2011
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Yes, corporate greed, lobbyism, career politicians, despondent leadership, expensive drug wars, expensive military wars, spiraling economy, extremism, journalism without integrity (sensationalism), technology advancement for profit, wasteful life practices, morally bankrupt role models, excessive excesses (missing moderation), torn family fabric, and the degrading infrastructure of our country ARE only a few of the things we need to address. Why do so many demand we sum up all of the issues into one convenient broken-country-burrito? Each of these issues need to be addressed, as there is no blanket, one size fits all solution. You cannot just throw money at it, and you can't just ignore it. The only solution is to sit down and have serious sincere discourse about each topic, and find a way to include everyone who wants to be a part. These protesters  are merely the boiling water of 40 years of unresolved foundation-cracked-soup. Time for us to prioritize. Is it REALLY time for change, or just steam release then back to business as usual?

October 12, 2011
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There are not many hippies left nowadays, but looking at the pics, it looks like most are hipster doofuses.

October 12, 2011
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The old lady's button says "keep our muslim neighbors safe" Yep, these people are all worthless freaks!

October 12, 2011
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LA occupy leader caught on tape:

At the Occupy Los Angeles camp a few days the leader was caught letting the cat out of the bag: After dismissing nonviolence as a dead end, he admits that for the Occupiers to achieve their goals, violence and bloodshed will be necessary

October 12, 2011
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I love love love that Thomas Jefferson would be proud of these protestors, but that the political parties are either vehemently against or trying to co-opt it.

October 12, 2011
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Obama is ineffectual and the GOP believes in Cain. What a joke.

 

October 12, 2011
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Hippies? Please. Just more ill-informed media types trying to pigeonhole a protest movement just like in the 1960s.

October 12, 2011
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Actually they are Mobs on a witch hunt, haven't seen any around Pelosi, Harry, Michael Moore, or any of the Liberal rich Hollywood stars. Over 800 arrested so far and that's peaceful???? Tea Party arrested 000. Cost to New York so police can watch this so called peaceful protest 1.9 million and counting! Could have paid for at least 2 of Obama's temporary shovel ready jobs

 

October 12, 2011
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Oh, one critique. The problem with hating corporations, is they are only doing what congress has allowed them to do. If the protesters REALLY want to bang for their buck, they'll go camp out in front of their governors mansion, or senators estate. Congress controls the purse strings to our federal budget, as stated in the constitution. Congress sends troops to war, congress decides what loopholes are available to Wall Street and corporations. Congress decides how much we spend on infrastructure and how much we spend on useless and expensive drug wars. Whether we build a giant wall between Mexico and us, or we reform our Social Security program (thanks for dipping into that Lyndon B Johnson).

 

Point being, Congress is at fault for most of our woes, not those who simply took advantage of the loopholes. If we want to blame things on corporations, think more about why we sell so many phones with so many useless features but can't get a car that gets more than 50 MPG, when 27 has been touted as great for years. Why we don't already have power storage technology to capture and store solar, wind, and thermal energy. Why we don't have any research into capturing lightning (as much as we can for storage). Why we don't have cheap food, despite paying farmers to NOT plant crops. Why we don't have a mission to mars when we KNOW we have the technology.

 

Blame congress for dropping bibles and loads of food into underdeveloped regions, rather than helping them build water distillery's and plumbing to irrigate crops, and maybe a few troops to help prevent local warlords from taking it. Give them some genetically engineered tomato's and corn. I don't think they care about how moral it is to eat food that hasn't been through ten years of testing, when they haven't eaten in 3 days. Blame congress for giving out more guns and money to military's , than helping bring health to people who fight over resources.

 

Blame corporations for throwing money at problems to get tax breaks rather than making anything sincerely better. Blame corporations for creating 500 brain cell killing programs and forcing infomercials down our throats at 3:00 A.M. so we can dream about products when we forget to turn the tv off like good little consumers. Blame corporations for not having the testicular fortitude to not be bullied by one fat moron that can't fit into a flimsy wooden chair. Blame the judicial system for allowing said fat moron to gain financial wealth for their own disrespect of the laws of physics.

 

Blame congress for making greed good. Blame corporations for exploiting the meek when they were already winning. Blame congress for setting us up. Blame corporations for knocking us down.

 

Blame those morons that keep telling people to get a job, for us being stuck in partisan world for the last 40 years. Blame them for our complete lack of political and social progress, as they would prefer we shut up about all this protest garbage, and unhappiness, and get back to work. That we take it raw and enjoy it. Blame them for being afraid of change. Blame them for leading us into the 10 hour workday , no vacation and stagnant wages, because they say to desire more is selfish, and shows your desire to take what isn't yours or deserved. Blame them for the decay of the family unit, since mom and dad work a combined 20 hours a day to scrape by. Blame them for being corporate henchmen.

 

Blame ourselves for allowing ourselves to be bullied by what amount to small people. Blame ourselves for falling asleep at the wheel, and allowing just enough to stay the status quo. Blame ourselves for staying quiet, when we know what is happening is wrong and not the direction we want to go. Blame ourselves for being lazy and refusing to vote, but then complaining when the elections don't come out the way we wanted it to. Blame ourselves for forgetting to vote locally, and letting corrupt local politics work it's way up into the big house. And if all of this ends, and all of these protests fade away, and nothing has changed, blame ourselves for the future we get. If we don't finish the job now, we may never. We will most likely simply re-enforce the defunct and broken policy's, and the stance that those in control will always be in control. Then we can ONLY blame ourselves.

 

 

October 12, 2011
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This is not just a liberal movement. We all have different grievances and ideas for solution. We need to work together on the common ground, and not dismiss or push each other away. This is about people coming together, not about the battling of political parties. So don't let loudmouths with different views dissuade you. This is purely and simply about you, because you are the 99%, too. The movement is about calling out government and corporate corruption, and saying we've had enough.

October 12, 2011
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Why does anyone think its ok to "tax the rich?" Those people worked hard to earn their money and no one has any right to take it away from them! Why is it ok to penalize people for hard work and send it to people that don't want to work? I'm sure that old woman doesn't have a job, "is too old" yet not too old to stand around holding signs all day. Taking hard earned money is stealing.

October 12, 2011
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I've noticed liberal reporters are careful about widescreen photos of the protesters. They are very deliberate about what photos they allow in the media. Got to sustain an acceptable image of the protesters just like they did with the dope heads in the 60s.

October 12, 2011
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Reading comprehension isn't a strength of yours, is it vegghead? No one wants what the rich have eared fair and square. They just want their OWN piece of the pie. Taxing the "rich" gets too easily confused here. Corporations  that hide money in offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes on it, is wrong. They need to pay their fair share. Since corporations are people now, rich "people" need to pay their taxes. Anyone who makes billions of dollars then refuses to pay their fair share because a loophole allows them to avoid it is taking advantage of loophole congress has provided. Congress needs to CLOSE the loopholes.

 

Stop feeling sorry for the rich, and quit pretending they are some kind of victim. If they DID have to pay more in taxes, which I'm sure they do, it is because they have more to tax. The present establishment has already been doing this for years. No one is taking their money and giving it to ANYONE but the government, who is in turn giving that money to OTHER rich people, NOT poor people. Understand?

October 12, 2011
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Well, kindlynew, if you read the article you would have noticed this part

 

" iReporter Linda DiCosmo said what caught her attention was the diversity she saw through her camera lens. “I saw middle class people, retirees, young people, black, white, Asian, hipsters, folk artists and all of a sudden I was photographing America, with all its respect for diversity,” she said."

 

Could it be you are seeing who is actually there and not just who you predetermined with your limited imagination to be there? Reality is weird that way. Throwing curve balls and such.

October 12, 2011
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Someone please tell these lazy hippies to go get a job and stop complaining. 

 

"cry cry it's not fair!"

 

Those with money worked hard for it.  You're entitled to nothing.  If you want it, work for it.  Stop complaining.

October 12, 2011
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Nothing to see here regressives - move along.  But do keep you neck clean and shaved.  Brutus the guillotine operator just hates getting his blade messed up.

October 12, 2011
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I understand the anger but to me it is misdirected. Crooked politicians and lobbyist's are the ones to blame. Ask how much your congressman or woman was worth before they became politicians and then ask how much they have made off of Wall street. How politicians avoid being charged with insider trading escapes me. They know the regulations coming out ahead of time and make rules that will effect certain companies. If you are nieave enough to think the politicians aren't using and abusing they system please think again.

October 12, 2011
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corporate834, you are entitled to one reading lesson where ever human beings reside. I'm sure someone who still has a soul would be glad to point out what you simply cannot understand, or read for yourself. You and your 5 single one dollar bills are safe.

October 12, 2011
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For those in the media including our politicians trying to discredit the protesters, by using language and calling them "mobs" its really a shame. Those protesting are Americans, the ones that have made this country great, Some of them are highly educated and at the same time unemployed, and their homes have been foreclosed. Most of us(99’s) standard of living has dropped and have very little voice in our political system. GOP is filled with hatred for the middle class, and they don't represent America. Those "mobs" are the ones that fight those bloody wars, they are the ones that fought and are still fighting in Iraq (the war of choice and corporate and Oil greed), while the war profiteers have made hundreds of  billions of dollars, profiting  from  the middle class blood. In turn they turn around, and buy off our politicians, through 18,000 corporate lobbyists in DC. so they can profit more, and turn the middle class into a  “begging class.” They keep unemployment at 9%, because they know by doing that, they can control the middle class, lower their wages and benefits,and the poor  have no choice but to continue enriching the billionaires and corporations, while they see the “American Dream” fade rapidly. Our soldiers return home, only to find a job (if they’re lucky) that can barely support their own and their families, because our billionaires and corporations care about their own bottom line. How many of those that have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, belong to multi-millionaire and billionaire families? I think none. Why don’t he Koch Brothers,  Blankfein and Murdoch enlist their sons and daughters to go and fight for this country? Their puppet politicians lecture us all the time about "shared sacrifice."  They can share some of their own too, to fight the wars. They benefit from America the most. Or is it that they don’t give a damn about this country, but only care about their billions that they’ve made because of middle class?. You Mr. Cantor, are a disgrace.  Those” mobsters” fight our wars, and  spill their blood just so you, your family and your billionaire friends can enjoy the freedom and increase your blood profits. They spill their blood for the US of America, and you call them mobsters? You S.O.B

October 12, 2011
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Republicans are mostly very low-IQ people, and are famous for stereotyping anyone & everyone as a "hippie", even when doesn't apply to the point of ridiculousness, such as all of the pilots & seniors at OWS.

Whenever I hear the term "hippie" anymore, I always envision the person as probably being a professional of some sort that offends republicans, simply because they accept things like math & science.

October 12, 2011
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I just heard the park has to be cleared for cleaning. The ownwer was concerned for sanitation reasons. I live near Charlotte and the democratic convention is there. I hate it for Charlotte because I'm convinced the city will be trashed by these anti social people. All they have done is made a stinkin mess, interfered with police and cost the taxpayers a ton of money.

I wonder if it's too late for Charlotte to back out?

October 12, 2011
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TO IanA1

 

You wrote, "Republicans are mostly very low-IQ people, and are famous for stereotyping anyone & everyone as a "hippie", even when doesn't apply to the point of ridiculousness..."

 

Even a first grader could see the hypocracy in that statement.

Also, I thought the dems stereotyped the republicans as rich. So which is it? Dumb and rich? Lol. Whatever!

 

I can't believe I was once a democrat but thank you for reminding me on why I switched!

October 12, 2011
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Hey Kaynun, I love our military.

 

They are brave, smart, and republican!

October 12, 2011
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Liberal Math: Bottom 47% that don't pay any taxes = 99%. The next 52% that pay taxes and were tea-partiers and work 60 hr weeks to support the bottom 47% are really the 1% keeping everyone down. The real 1% are the Liberals being bought off by elements of the banksters and zionist globalists, and are part of the ones stirring up the 47%.

October 13, 2011
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"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."

 

 

~Mark Twain

 

I've broken this rule a few times myself.

October 13, 2011
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@scubabike, re: if any of the protesters have set foot in their Congressman's office to voice their opinion....

 

Look in the pictures:  I don't think any of them can afford the price of admission....  Only the big corps can have the $$$ for the privilege to speak to Congress.

October 13, 2011
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Phoneix, you're not being very clear about the "elements". Could you expound? Who are these elements, and how do you know this? Link?

 

Not really sure I understand the "zionist globalists" part either. Zionist suggest that a group of people who want the Jews to return to Israel for the good of, or for control of, the world. Do you mean the Jews? The friends of Jews? They are buying off Liberals?

October 13, 2011
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Corporate America's expansion into China was paid for by the American taxpayer. Bush's “tax cuts for the rich” policy helped to fund this transition. That's why no American jobs were created but a lot of Chinese jobs were. Republican politicians represent the corporate rich, the 'job creators'. When was the last time you saw a job created in the U.S.? The rich don't pay tax in this country and their corporations are physically based in communist China; where, by the way, SOCIALIZED healthcare and SOCIALIZED education are the norm. These former American companies only pay tax in China, supporting a growing communist government and military. Republican politicians sold us (U.S.) out. These guys aren't batting for us (U.S.) anymore.

October 13, 2011
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well, Boater39, I kind of have to agree with "scuba" on that. Local city and state politics, affects who we send to Washington to represent us in Congress.

 

We need to find some local badazzs and send them through the process without campaign funds. You know, the type that have a vision which doesn't involve promoting themselves. Someone who isn't a well-groomed-politico-machine. Someone who works like you and I do. Someone who you may have seen around town, who can run a business and lead another "charity" organization at a high level at the same time. A common man or woman, with common sense, and a soul. Someone who genuinely wants whats best for everyone, and isn't full of racism and or misogyny, or easily corruptable. Lets find 536 of them and put them in congress, and one as POTUS. Partisanship could die, and everyone gets a fair deal. Things get accomplished. The whole world prospers. The crowd goes wild.

 

At least on the other hand, the protest isn't fantasy. Something is better than nothing, I guess.

October 13, 2011
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The protestors are better directed- more put together & more organized than congress- they have a common goal in mind-that of the people- If our Goverment could work that way the way they should we would be in harmony!

 

October 13, 2011
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Instead of the politicians trying to out do one another- you should be more like the protestors united toward a common goal- for that of the people!

 

October 13, 2011
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Those in congress who are not in Harmony with the 99%- the common goal of the people- don't even think of being elected next year-the one thing the American people will not tolerate is a repeat- a repeat of people going against the common good of the people- a repeat of enemies

 

October 13, 2011
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GOD BLESS THE PROTESTORS! IT'S THE VOICE OF GOD ON WALL STREET!

October 13, 2011
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Do not ever under estimate no one!These people are the chosen few- They are the voice of GOD on Wall Street! God can't come down to earth! But his voice is heard Loud & Clear! We are gathered here today to serve a common purpouse a common good!

October 13, 2011
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GO Protestors Go! Lead the people to where they should go- to do what is written- to do what is right- I pray for you every night- may the winds be toward your backs- God Bless!

October 13, 2011
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October 13, 2011
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Sounds like a bunch of hippies to me.

October 13, 2011
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I am a Proud hippie :) Hippies for life :) Yay for love, peace, and atheism :)

October 13, 2011
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chinesefox, I cannot tell if you mean that as a bad thing or not. To some that means a person who is nice, and thinks about existential issues and the plight of mankind. Others think of that college roommate who never showered and smoked weed all the time. These "hippies" seem to be politically driven, but without all the acid and tie dye.

October 13, 2011
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The MSM said the Tea Party was so "angry". All of the sudden anger is a GOOD thing!

 

Double Standard?  Hypocrisy?  Bias?  Choose your term.

 

 

October 13, 2011
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MSM? Anger isn't the issue with the tea party. Intelligence maybe, but anger, noooo.

October 13, 2011
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Workingstill: MSN stands for Main Stream Media. We need to get you caught up.  But you are so "intelligent" I'm sure it will come quick.

October 13, 2011
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Hip Hip Hooray, for the 99er's!!! Keep it Up!!!

October 13, 2011
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I love the 99er's, and I love CNN! Independent all the way!!

October 13, 2011
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"87" and mad as HELL!! I love her!!!!

October 13, 2011
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lol, yes, educate me. I apologize for not recognizing your vague acronym. I realize this is a step up from reading your cheerios, I'm sure someone will pat you on the back later.

 

I defy you to tell me a FACTUAL occurrence of the tea party doing ANYTHING useful or productive in their brief time in the spotlight. I don't mean they saved a kitten, or bought local goods and services during their visit Washington. Something that they did that helped our country. If you can't think of anything I can name a few things they did that HURT America.

 

Does that make them intelligent somehow?

October 13, 2011
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1. The 87 year old is about the right age to have been a "hippie" in the 1960s; 2. the ireporter probably wasn't born yet when hippies roamed the earth and congregated for vague purposes and, therefore, the reporter probably wouldn't know a hippie if he saw one; 3. CNN would be expected to only see and report what would put these protestors in the best light and, therefore, would imply, based on one rally, that there are no hippies in the so-called "occupy" movement anywhere in America, and, therefore these people are exactly the same as (and of equal stature in every respect with) the larger Tea Party, and 4. other news organizations have photographed and reported on "hippie"-like behavior at these rallies such as body paint, drugs and free love in sleeping bags on the sidewalks.

October 13, 2011
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We began calling them hippies when they couldn't put the bong down long enough to tell reporters what the heck they were even protesting. By the way...they are the 1%

October 13, 2011
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These are the real people , the real citizens! Funny how the right can call the 99% slackers, lazy, hippies, and they call the Tea Party group concerned citizens ,,,let the protests continue !!!!!!

October 13, 2011
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Conservative lackeys are spreading that these are bums, hippies etc. These are real people and patriots fighting for our way of life. Indeed it is class warfare as the rich with the help of the Republicans have driven our middle class to poverty. Shame on those like Boehner that keep preaching the same old lie, expire the tax cuts on the rich and lose American jobs. That statement is a blatent lie. Shame shame shame!

October 13, 2011
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yep, eat the rich.  and once you do that you will have to grow your own crops to eat as you won't have anyone to start companies to create jobs.  yes, there are criminals on wall street that should have been put in jail.  shame on those who allowed them to break the law.  but to go after everyone who has worked hard to start a business, provide jobs (i probably had 40 employees over the years)and now has a few dollars is shooting yourself in the foot. 

 

October 13, 2011
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howdydoody23, the rich grow crops?

October 13, 2011
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How ironic that back during the protests of the 60s, the "hippies" were the original ones for less government in our lives etc. and the Right wingers were all against the hippies calling them unpatriotic commie pinkos...

Now "Less government" has become one of their mantras.  

October 13, 2011
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i do actually have a large vegetable garden as a hobby.  more than 50% of Americans pay NO income tax.  When more than 50% of people are net recipients of government benefits over what they pay, democracy becomes mobocracy and the politicians simply get elected by promising them more than they can deliver, which is what has caused this mess.  So hang the politicians first.

 

October 13, 2011
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OWS is not going to engage the corrupt political system. They are aiming for a revolution. It will get bloody. Those in power will not surrender it because their past crimes are so heinous they can not hope for amnesty.

October 13, 2011
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ok, and after the bloody revolution, what has happened throughout the ages?  Which of these OWS people will lead the country and under what kind of political system.  Ask a few of them that and i'd love to hear the answer.

October 13, 2011
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Here we have an old lady holding up a sign which is the SAME SIGN we saw in the hand of old ladies in the Tea Party and CNN is trying to make it look like they're all intelligent , aware, critical thinkers on the right side of a debate. Yet there are COUNTLESS videos of completely stupid people at these protests. Thanks for the filter CNN but you're suffering from TUNNEL VISION and a leftist agenda.

October 13, 2011
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Lord of the Flies.

October 13, 2011
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What? No mention of the unions, the Anti-Semitism, The filthy parks, the attacks on police? The cost to the cities. CNN you are truly pathetic.

October 13, 2011
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My Art Professor told my class that this movement started out as a protest movement with good intentions. But with sex in the street, the drug use, and the not bathing thing, it's become what she called "Woodstock without the Music."

October 13, 2011
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The average low-income Republican/Conservative hates hippies.  Why?  They need to blame someone for their personal failure at capitalism!

October 13, 2011
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Get a job? Seriously? THAT IS ONE OF THE REASONS THEY ARE PROTESTING!

If you have a job, count yourself as one of the lucky ones (for now) and be thankful! But don't go blaming these people for not having a job. Yes, many of the protesters are young, college age students, but they've just come out of college, in debt no doubt, and there are no jobs.

 

Just wait until you get laid off because your company moves jobs overseas, or they have to downsize because Americans are not spending, or your spouse gets laid off, and you lose your home, healthcare, etc. and are out of work for months. What then?

 

A great sign for a protester "I'd rather be working!"

 

 

October 13, 2011
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If you're not angry about whats going on in this country, you're as ignorant and naive (pronounced 'nah-eev'..google it) as the people who caused the multitude of problems this country faces, and you're argument is invalid...to those who say violence isn't the answer, you're right..it is the question, and the answer is yes...

October 13, 2011
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New Anon to Occupy Message..   www.youtube.com/watch?v=0g-VCHJ_jVo&amp

October 17, 2011
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If i could get some attention over here i don't know really how to do all this but i just picked one I need help, there has been some exstream bullying at Richmond Indiana high school and i would love to have everyone come together and put a stop to it i'm sick of hearing all my friends complaine about being harasseed daily. It was over his sexuality. This is the 21st centry accept change because  no mtter what all this is going to keep happening

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