I think this creates a cognitive disonance for many people. They have been told all their lives that Wall Street was the place to put your faith. That Wall Street was where you put your retirement, your future, even your children's future. It's like religion in that it's impossible for many to conclude they've been lied to and used all their lives. Even when the evidence stares you in the face, you just can not believe the truth. You will not believe the fact that you are being robbed.
That's nice - Taibbi's writing about thinking about maybe looking into it, eh? Geez, the suspense is killing me. Meanwhile, the Guardian's done a nice summary of what they've pieced together about that police official who used his pepper spray - they'd like help fleshing out the story, though; a very clean example of crowdsourcing straight-up journalism.…

That cop's misconduct turned out to be one of the best things to happen yet for Occupy Wall Street, no? In line with Taibbi's joke, if not for the bad actors among the policemen they'd have had a harder time attracting Sarandon and Cornel West, and Taibbi might not be so prominently posting about thinking about starting to learn what all the fuss is about.
And I can't help it - among news analysis from other journalists who've already been looking into it, not waiting for stars like Taibbi to catch up, Nicholas Kulish in the Times tries connecting some dots in his piece today "As Scorn for Vote Grows, Protests Surge Around Globe":
Their complaints range from corruption to lack of affordable housing and joblessness, common grievances the world over. But from South Asia to the heartland of Europe and now even to Wall Street, these protesters share something else: wariness, even contempt, toward traditional politicians and the democratic political process they preside over.
They are taking to the streets, in part, because they have little faith in the ballot box.
“Our parents are grateful because they’re voting,” said Marta Solanas, 27, referring to older Spaniards’ decades spent under the Franco dictatorship. “We’re the first generation to say that voting is worthless.”
Mr. Levi, born on Degania, Israel’s first kibbutz, said the protests were not acts of anger but of reclamation, of a society hijacked by a class known in Hebrew as “hon veshilton,” meaning a nexus of money and politics. The rise of market forces produced a sense of public disengagement, he said, a feeling that the job of a citizen was limited to occasional trips to the polling places to vote.
“The political system has abandoned its citizens,” Mr. Levi said. “We have lost a sense of responsibility for one another.”…
"There is a huge number of Americans who simply don't realize that they've been victimized by Wall Street."

Taibbi, the only consistent and professional American journalist left, makes some excellent points. Very, very few Americans have any awareness of what's taking place today, but then unless they actively read American government documents, pay attention to the foreign press and especially Wikileaks --- which is the only press in American, besides Taibbi's outstanding articles on Wall Street --- until more Ameritards learn their frigging history, that tired of all the murders of the workers by Rockefeller's chain gangas, and drive-by murders in the early 1900s, when workers finally fought back in the '30s and '40s with executives and banksters being blown up in their autos and garages, no real worker progress took place.

And Sharkansky (gloom_pus), SHTFU and get your-never-served-in-the-US military-worthless butt back to Israel.

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