Occupy’s Millionaire Lobbyist Friend

Roanoke branch of activist group protests for Democratic gubernatorial candidate
Terry McAuliffe / AP

The gubernatorial campaign of Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe recruited local “Occupy” demonstrators to protest a campaign event by his Republican opponent on Monday, but only about ten protesters showed up.

Occupy’s Problem: It’s Too Serious, or Something

I'm being super serial, you guys!

I approvingly cited Douglas Rushkoff’s new book Present Shock in yesterday’s post on the breakdown of narrative in the modern sitcom. Today, I would like to disapprovingly cite Rushkoff for the silly seriousness with which he treats Occupy Wall Street and its related rabblerousings.

Rushkoff is not a fan of the Tea Party, which he sees as perfectly suited to the era of soundbites and cable news and general stupidity. The Occupiers, however, were a font of wisdom in these troubled times. “The impatient rush to judgment of the Tea Party movement is only as unnerving as the perpetually patient deliberation of its counterpart present shock movement, Occupy Wall Street,” Rushkoff writes.

Look for the Union Label … at the World Social Forum

AFL-CIO to attend anti-Israel, anti-capitalism forum
World Social Forum

America’s largest labor federation will send employees to a conference in North Africa this month, where they can attend discussions on the evils of the United States, Israel, capitalism, and meat-eating.

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Tens of protesters mark one-year anniversary of Occupy DC
Occupy protesters gathered in McPherson Square

One year to the day after it initiated its occupation of McPherson Square, Occupy D.C. returned in minuscule numbers to the park it left barren and muddy.