The movement, Rowe said, “stands for everything I believe in. I’m exhausted. I got rained on. I was cold, but I can’t seem to pull myself away.”

Patrick Rowe, 48, a carpenter from New Jersey who joined the movement after stumbling across the activists while in the city on a job 11 days ago.

How do you break through the inertia, fear of embarrassment, isolation and aversion to doing anything different that surrounds most middle-class Americans like a moat?

Gary Kamiya on the needed ad campaign to swell the ranks of Occupy Wall Street, and why the Situationists are the people for the job

We also expect the regulators to do absolutely nothing to prevent this blatant abuse of fiduciary duty which has no other purpose than to hide the true sad state of America’s banking system

-Zero Hedge, describing the way TBTF banks dress up their quarterly reports of Tier 1 capital, in what is known as a Repo 105.

The neohipster is a grotesque perversion of the original. If he fetishizes and hybridizes the cultural costumes of old hip—borrowing from the Beat poet, the jazzman, the rapper, the skater, the punk—it is only as a mockery of authentic anti-authoritarian countercultures. The neohipster is a creature of the advertisers: affluent and status-anxious, which means that he is consumerist and, in the manner of all conspicuous consumers, conforming to the demands of narcissistic chic.

-Christopher Ketcham, in The Reign of the One Percenters: Income inequality and the death of culture in New York City

Fundamental reform requires more than rearranging the seats on the government lifeboat; it requires weakening the economic and political power of the oligarchs and creating a healthier, more competitive economic system.

-Simon Johnson, MIT Professor, former chief economist of the IMF, in his book, 13 Bankers

“I’ll never forget one of the most powerful things [Obama] said to me in my home, second Saturday in April 2008. He said, ‘You know what your problem is?’ I said, ‘What is that?’ He said, ‘You have to tell the truth.'”

-The Rev. Jeremiah Wright remembers the Obama he used to know

“It sounds like [Obama] has a natural affinity for union workers and ordinary people when he makes these speeches. But his policies are crafted by representatives of corporate/financial America, who happen to entirely make up his inner circle.

“I just don’t believe this guy anymore, and it’s become almost painful to listen to him.”

Matt Taibbi

“… a joint appearance designed to revolve around slogans, soundbites and spin, and which demonstrates the sheer contempt in which American political parties and their media collaborators hold the public.”

-Dan Gillmor wants to redefine electoral debates

“Imagine the LAPD politely asking a gang of Crips and their lawyers to issue a report on whether or not a drive-by shooting by the Crips should be brought before a grand jury – that’s basically how the SEC now handles many preliminary investigations against Wall Street targets.”
-Matt Taibbi in his latest Rolling Stone exposé