Occupy Updates: OWS Pushes GOP to Cave on Payroll Tax, Bloomberg Says He Has Own Army, More Scott Olsen

---The normally intransigent GOP made some minimal concessions towards accepting the payroll tax cut extension (an Obama and Democratic platform)--and over at Daily Kos, Markos Moulitsas thinks this is attributable to the presence of OWS. His words are worth reprinting:

In the world where Occupy had never happened, Republicans would've held these tax cuts hostage without suffering any ill repercussions. Why would they? The chattering class and Beltway media would be droning on endlessly about deficits and other things that didn't matter.

In this world, Occupy has thrust income inequality to the forefront of the political debate -- so much so that typically immovable Republicans are afraid to feed that narrative.

In other words, a ragtag bunch of hippies with supposedly no demands have done what Democrats have never been able to do -- get Republicans to cry "uncle".

---Meanwhile, New York's Mayor 1%, Michael Bloomberg, perhaps setting ground for a presidential run, made the not-so-Freudian slip of describing the NYPD as his "army." And he didn't seem to realize that that's the problem.

“I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world. I have my own State Department, much to Foggy Bottom’s annoyance. We have the United Nations in New York, and so we have an entree into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have,” Mayor Bloomberg said.
At first, Mayor Bloomberg sounded he was outlining why three terms as mayor was enough experience in public office for him, but he quickly switched gears and began characterizing City Hall as the perfect preparation for the White House 

Please, spare us.

---Yesterday we reported that Iraq War Veteran Scott Olsen, whose serious injuries last month came at the hands of the Oakland Police Department, had begun to speak out.

Here's his interview with Ed Schultz, below.

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A few more pieces:

---Occupy's next frontier: Foreclosed homes.

---How Will OWS handle the Facebook IPO? Will they really care at all?

--Elon James White responds to shock over police brutality that this is nothing new for black Americans. "Dear OWS: Welcome to Our World."

---Occupy Wall Street Library Releases Writing Prompt.


  • Today, nurses have been rallying in solidarity with British strikers.
  • Tomorrow in New York, a big march of the 99% will take place from Herald Square at 3pm, from Union Square at 6pm,
  • A secret "Occupy Browadway" event is planned for Friday night in the Theater District
  • On Saturday morning at Zuccotti Park (10pm) an re-energizing event will take place at Liberty Plaza to try to pump some inspiration and unity into the movement, post-eviction.


AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at November 30, 2011, 7:06am

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