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    What’s new in the #OccupyWorld?

    The untold or at least not sufficiently told story here is the role of the Canadian firm AdBusters in organizing these protests.  Your links and info. would help me in pulling that story together.

    I also found quite interesting and distrubing the accounts of Obama as a loner, disconnected,  in the White House relying almost exclusively on Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod.

    The reports are not good, disturbing even. I have heard basically the same  story four times in the last 10 days, and the people doing the talking are in  New York and Washington and are spread across the political spectrum.

    The gist is this: President Obama has become a lone wolf, a stranger to his  own government. He talks mostly, and sometimes only, to friend and adviser  Valerie Jarrett and to David Axelrod, his political strategist.

    Spooky and scary, if you ask me, to have Howard Hughes in the White House.

    Be sure also to check out Stacy McCain’s question to Herman Cain regarding the Lawrence O’Donnell interview (my prior post here), with the now classic question, ‘Mr. Cain, Who Is Lawrence O’Donnell to Tell You How to Be a Black Man?’

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    “While many Democrats have praised the protesters, some officials in the party remain wary of their potential impact — especially if the protests were to turn more disruptive or even violent.

    “That’s the danger with something like this — that you go from peaceful protests to throwing trash cans,” said a senior House Democratic official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    “Sure, there’s been some crazy anarchy stuff, but over all, the Democrats like their message about Wall Street and accountability,” the official said. “It overlaps with our own message.”

    Matt Bennett, vice president for Third Way, a Democratic policy institute in Washington that favors a more centrist approach, said he believes the angry and sometimes radical tone of the protests may turn off moderate swing voters who will be critical in the 2012 elections, just as many moderates are put off by the rhetoric of the Tea Party on the right.

    Embracing the protests may prove a mistake for Democrats, Mr. Bennett said. “There’s not much upside,” he said, “and there’s a lot of downside.”

    Robert Reich, the former labor secretary under President Bill Clinton, wrote in a blog posting Friday that the protesters’ demands on taxes dovetail with Democrats’ themes, but he said the protests should still make the party wary — in part because Democrats rely on Wall Street for significant campaign contributions.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/11/us/politics/wall-street-protests-gain-support-from-leading-democrats.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss&pagewanted=all

    […] are a growing number of reports, [William Jacobson highlights the latest here], that offer the story line that Obama has become increasingly isolated and has cut himself off […]


     
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    beloved2 | October 11, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Spooky and scary, if you ask me, to have Howard Hughes in the White House…”
    Professor, who is Howard Hughes?
    It would be very interesting to poll your readers and find out what generation they are. You seemed to be a baby boomer in light of the many music videos from the 70s posted and the Howard Hughes reference(yes, I googled). However, from your comments’ sections there seem to be a lot of millennialist generation(born after 1985)posting(your students?)
    How about a poll? babyboomer? generation X? or millennialist?


     
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    J Motes | October 12, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    You can find a nice long article discussing Kalle Lasen, founder of AdBusters, and his leading role in the Occupy protests at the following blog post:

    http://teresainfortworth.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/the-brains-behind-airhead-autumn/

    Interesting comments, too, with good info to follow up for the post you are writing. Teresa has also written several other posts that you might like to read since you are collecting reference materials for your own article.


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