Posts tagged: Occupy Wall Street
Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna believes that opponents of having for-profit companies deliver online school courses in Idaho have a mentality not unlike protestors in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Luna also said that those worried about for-profit education companies providing online school courses might be anti-capitalist in nature. The superintendent was interviewed last week by IdahoReporter.com. “This undertone that somehow because for-profit companies are going to want to compete for educations dollars is the end of public education as we know it, that is an Occupy Wall Street argument that we see going on all across the country,” Luna said, “where there’s this attack on capitalism and an attack on profits”/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.
Question: Is Luna right in comparing opponents of online education in Idaho to online foes? Or is he simply creating a straw man to marginalize opponents in the referendum campaigns next year?
The The Republican Governor’s Association met in Florida this week and featured pollster Frank Luntz, who offered a coaching session for attendees about how they should communicate to the public. Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody was there, and captured some of Luntz’s comments on Occupy Wall Street. Luntz told attendees that he’s “scared of this anti-Wall Street effort. I’m frightened to death.” The pollster warned that the movement is “having an impact on what the American people think of capitalism.” So the pollster offered some advice for them about how to fight back/Zaid Jelani, ThinkProgress. More here. (AP photo of angry Occupy Raleigh, NC, protestor)
Question: Has the Occupy movement changed your idea about capitalism?
Police officers stand guard next to the Bull as protestors affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement march in the financial district earlier today. Two days after the encampment that sparked the global Occupy protest movement was cleared by authorities, demonstrators marched through New York's financial district and promised a national day of action with mass gatherings in other cities. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Question: Are you bullish or bearish on Occupy Wall Street movement's future?
The Occupy Wall Street movement is not wearing well with voters across the country. Only 33% now say that they are supportive of its goals, compared to 45% who say they oppose them. That represents an 11 point shift in the wrong direction for the movement's support compared to a month ago when 35% of voters said they supported it and 36% were opposed. Most notably independents have gone from supporting Occupy Wall Street's goals 39/34, to opposing them 34/42. Voters don't care for the Tea Party either, with 42% saying they support its goals to 45% opposed. But asked whether they have a higher opinion of the Tea Party or Occupy Wall Street movement the Tea Party wins out 43-37, representing a flip from last month when Occupy Wall Street won out 40-37 on that question/Public Policy Polling. More here. (AP photo: Occupy Wall Street protester is arrested near The New York Stock Exchange in New York today)
Question: Are you surprised that Tea Party is now better liked than Occupy movement?
The Occupy Wall Street spirit is circumnavigating the globe. Demonstrations have popped up like rabbits out of the hat in London, Paris, Rome and the Great Beyond. Off to a quiet start on Sept. 17, the youthful protest has morphed into a Movement with a capital M. The momentum has been building — acquiring the enviable Big MO — and it’s only a guess as to whether it will explode, implode or die a lingering death.My money’s on an explosion. We witnessed the Arab Spring earlier in 2011. I think we’re in the midst of the Occupation Fall/Mary Lou Reed, Inlander. More here.
Question: Do you agree with Mary Lou that Occupy Wall Street struck a note around the world — and it's not going away soon?
Occupy Wall Street has inspired campaigns, spoofs and headlines that have nothing to do with the social protest in Manhattan. Some occupy “movements” live on the Web, like “Occupy Sesame Street” with its digitally altered pictures of Elmo, Grover and the gang being hauled off by New York City police. Others are on social networking sites. Facebook has Occupy Lego Land with little Lego demonstrators. The catchphrase has become so popular that the American Dialect Society is considering it for its “Word of the Year,” chosen every year. It could join the recent winners “app” and “tweet”/Michael Hill, AP. More here.
Question: When it's all said and done, will the most lasting legacy of the Occupy Wall Street movement be the “occupy” catchphrase?
Activist musician Pete Seeger, 92, center, sings before a crowd of nearly a thousand demonstrators sympathetic to the Occupy Wall Street protests at a brief acoustic concert in Columbus Circle Saturday in New York. The demonstrators marched down Broadway singing “This Little Light of Mine” and other folk and gospel songs while ad-libbing lines about corporate greed and social justice. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Question: Who is your favorite folk singer?
Filmmaker Michael Moore is among the thousands of Occupy Wall Street protestors streaming into Times Square the day after they successfully resisted a potential eviction from their camp in Zuccotti Park Saturday in New York. Thousands of demonstrators protesting corporate greed filled Times Square on Saturday night, mixing with gawkers, Broadway showgoers, tourists and police to create a chaotic scene in the midst of Manhattan. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Question: Do you love/hate Michael Moore?
Taking a page from the protests on Wall Street over the last several weeks, a local group of protesters plan to take to the streets of Moscow this afternoon. A Facebook event called Occupy Moscow has at least 38 people scheduled to attend its protest of corporate America with about a half hour before its scheduled noon start. Protesters are anticipating taking over Moscow’s Friendship Square until 7 tonight. Similar protests are planned around the state today, including in Boise, where The Associated Press reports dozens of people will take to the streets of downtown to protest against Wall Street/Brad Gary, via Lewiston Tribune Twitter. More here. (Dan Pelle SR photo: Jessica McPhail, of Occupy Spokane, tearfully tears down signage, ordered by the Spokane Police Department, near the Spokane Club Sept. 30)
Question: Izzit just me, or is this Occupy Wall Street one of the lamest. Protests. Ever?