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OccupyWallStreet: Live Blog

I’m in zuccotti park. I have my lab coat AND goggles on. There is a guy with a neon orange sign sitting behind me. I hate to break it to him that I used to work for one of those corporations he despises. That’s one of the problems with a movement like this. People are so angry they tend to lash out indiscriminately and offend the people who should be their allies.
Oh well, the weather is nice. I’m sitting next to a bunch of chrysanthemums. The park is surprisingly clean when you consider how many people have been living here. It smells better than the subway.
Will try to get a pic of me in my attire for dandy tiger.

This occupation has been somewhat mischaracterized as being composed of “young people”. Well, some of us never grew up but I see a mix of ages here. It is not all students.

Still fiddling with sending myself photos. Stand by…

Ok, clearly, there is going to be a problem sending photos to myself to post up here. Maybe the info desk knows what the deal is with bandwidth.

Lunch break.

OMG, something smells delicious. I’m stuffed from the lunch I brought but I definitely have to check out that smell.

1:55 pm
The good news: I am able to up lead pics to my twitter account. Check that out if you want to see what’s going on.
The bad news: I charged this iPad to 100% before I left home but inexplicably, I have only 47% battery left. Too weird. I didn’t use it in the car, whAt with me driving and all, and I wasnt playing angry birds on the train so this is a mystery wrapped in an enigma.
Direct action training in 30 seconds…

2:15 pm
I wish people would stop crowding the bandwidth 😦
So, there’s some kind of conversation circle in front of me. the participants appear to be cleansing the circle with burning sage. Yep, it’s sage. The first time it formed, there were 15 participants, only 3 female. It reminded me of that scene from life of Brian where the Judean people’s front met at the colliseum to talk and there was only Judith from the XX contingent. And Loretta.

This place is crawling with photographers and cameras but it’s hard to tell if any of them are MSM or if it is a bit like YearlyKos meetings where the participants video each other blogging each other.

There is a woman handing out little signs that say “I owe SallieMae (fill in the blank)”.
The seniors are behind me singing “All we are saying is, give peace a chance”.

Ah, the conversation circle has turned into the “meditation for peace group” consisting mostly of younger people, although with all of the ruckus from the seniors demanding that we give peace a chance, it’s hard to see how they can concentrate on anything. What are the chances that there will be a confrontation between the two groups? I want to see guitars and incense pots flying.

Whooping and high fiving from the seniors. Meditators are keeping their composure. Um, does this meditation for peace thing actually work?

New chorus of “Take a load off, Annie”. Jeez, that even predates my generation.