Occupy Updates: Chemical Bomb Thrown at Maine Encampment, "We Are the 1%" Parody, Sean Lennon Sings Madonna at OWS, Campers Shore Up on Sleeping Bags

Despite raids and attacks, the Occupy movement is still going strong. Scroll down all the way to the bottom for the best digital media on the protests circulating on the web today!

One particularly alarming attack occurred in Maine, when a chemical bomb was tossed into an encampment:

Occupy Maine protesters say Sunday morning's attack with a chemical explosive has left them with a mixture of anxiety and resolve.

 "We are more motivated to keep doing what we're doing," said Stephanie Wilburn, of Portland, who was sitting near where the chemical mixture in a Gatorade bottle was tossed at 4 a.m. Sunday. "They have heard us and we're making a difference."

Wilburn said she was startled and briefly lost hearing in her left ear when the device exploded beneath a table about 10 feet away. Wilburn's hearing returned and police said no injuries were reported.

Portland police Sgt. Glen McGary said the bomb was thrown into the camp’s kitchen, a tarped area where food is cooked and served. Protest organizers said the explosion lifted a large table about a foot off the ground.

Meanwhile in New York, protesters are gathering supplies for the winter ahead, determined to outlast the cold and the predictions of the 1%.

In addition to attacks like this, the massive raid of Occupy Oakland this morning (and then the lack of a similar raid in Albany) and the hovering threat of the weather are all factors that threaten the physical occupations.

But there's a cultural impact of Occupy Wall Street which continues moving forward almost too rapidly to keep track of.

My favorite parody so far is this video from collegehumor.com, of all places, which shows us what it would be like if the 1% got enraged about such indignities as their "butler's butler having to fire his butler's butler". 

Speaking of irony, the latest musicians to show up at Zuccotti Park are Sean Lennon and Rufus Wainwright (one of my personal favorites). They treated protesters to a rendition of Madonna's "Material Girl" that they said was dedicated to Ben Bernanke. Awesome. Here is the video:


Even David Letterman is on board. He said "I love this! I love people causin' trouble," when Keith Olbermann came on his show to talk about the occupation, and added that the only person being divisive was Rush Limbaugh, not the protesters.

Watch their humorous chat below.


AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at October 25, 2011, 6:48am

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