For Twitter fans, it’s a hashtag: #OccupyFail
Here’s just a sample of what the BBC doesn’t want you to know about their favorite US political movement.
A Petri Dish of Activism, and Germs
The chorus began quietly at a recent strategy session inside Zuccotti Park, with a single cough from a security team member, a muffled hack between puffs on his cigarette. Then a colleague followed. Then another.
Soon the discussion had devolved into a fit of wheezing, with one protester blowing his nose into the mulch between clusters of tents.
“It’s called Zuccotti lung,” said Willie Carey, 28, a demonstrator from Chapel Hill, N.C. “It’s a real thing.”
Seems to be spreading. No headlice in NYC yet.
Future of Occupy Burlington encampment uncertain after police clear City Hall Park to investigate man’s death
The city closed half of City Hall Park and put a halt to all camping at the Occupy Burlington site Thursday night while police investigate a shooting in a tent that cost a 35-year-old man his life. Meanwhile, the movement’s participants mourned a member of their community and planned the future of the encampment.
Just a day after the joyful spontaneity of a Gogol Bordello performance Wednesday night at City Hall Park, Thursday’s shooting that police believe may have been self-inflicted spiraled into a tense confrontation between Burlington police and some protesters over access to the park.
UPDATE: BBC News Online found a moment to acknowledge this story, plus that of the murder in Oakland. Naturally it’s written in defense of the Occupiers, total sympathy, no effort spared to portray them in the gentlest of lights. Naturally, the BBC continues to describe it as a “protest against corporate greed and income inequality”. This is only partially true, and true mainly of the Union organizers and middle-aged and part-time hangers on, who are just your average Leftoids. As I’ve shown previously, the real organizers and hard-core Occupiers want an end to what they think is Capitalism, and an end to the entire US system of government and rule of law. That the BBC continues to deny this is not surprising, but still pathetic.
Mostly Peaceful Occupy Portland Rape Policy: “Nobody Should Contact the Police”
Video at the link. We keep hearing that the Occupy leadership (when the BBC said this was a leaderless movement, they were misleading you) try to dissuade their fellow campers from going to the police. Much better to do what they’ve done in Zuccotti Park and set up a women-only anti-rape tent, I guess.
Man found dead in Pioneer Park, Occupy SLC ordered to leave both camps
The police were already on hand, as they had to turn up earlier to quell a pre-dawn riot that broke out amongst the little darlings of the BBC.
Elite Berkeley Students Upset They’re in the 1%, Throw Occupy Tantrum:
A clique of privileged U.C. Berkeley students, upset that they’re the top 1% of elite students in the state and thus disqualified from participating in the Occupy movement, could no longer contain their frustration on Wednesday and threw an Occutantrum, attempting to “occupy” a few square yards of the 1,200-acre campus. The police dutifully played their roles in the street theater performance, showing up in riot gear and looking scary so the privileged students could shout at them and feel properly revolutionary, as instructed by their professors. Following the script, the police repeatedly removed the handful of occupation tents so that the students could feel sufficiently wronged by authority figures and thereby earn their “Berkeley protest stripes,” which have been a requirement for graduation since 1964.
Harvard Keeps Occupy Harvard Harvard-Only
The Harvard iteration of the Occupy protests is ironically, appropriately, and unwillingly now the most exclusive Occupy protest in the country. Guards closed and locked the gates to Harvard Yard in the minutes leading up to the inaugural Occupy Harvard general assembly, meaning that the tent city now built in front of the John Harvard statue will be as exclusive as the university itself. Only people flashing Harvard IDs were allowed in the Yard for the 7 p.m. protest, and Harvard police officers stood sentinel into the night to keep the riffraff out.
UPDATE: Apparently they’re so dedicated to the cause they…um…all went home to mater and pater for the weekend.
Occupy Oakland 11_02_11 shut down Burger King
Video at the link.
Occupy DC becoming increasingly violent, police say
Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier on Monday said the Occupy DC protesters have grown violent, and the police department will adjust its tactics to ensure the public’s safety.
SoCal Street Cart Vendors Hurting After ‘Occupy’ Group Splatters Blood, Urine
Coffee cart owner Linda Jenson and hot dog cart operators Letty and Pete Soto said they initially provided free food and drink to demonstrators, but when they stopped, the protesters became violent.
Occupy Thugs Taunt Black Security Guard
In which there’s not so much of what Katty Kay said was the Occupiers’ “love of humanity”, but more calling a black man a “slave” and telling him he’s “no one’s brother”.
Head and Body Lice Outbreak Announced at #Occupy Portland Squatters Camp (Video)
After all this, hands up anyone who thinks the majority of Beeboids still support these people, and would join them if they could. My vote is yes, they still do, which is why Simon Wilson and Matthew Davis don’t think you need to know about this stuff.
During the first week or two of the Occupy activity, the BBC swooped in and did a number of gushing, positive reports. After establishing the Narrative, and satisfying themselves that they’d gotten the word out and made sure the license fee-payers understood the correct version of events, the Beeboids got bored and moved on to more viable pastures. They’ve ramped up their coverage of the US, spent more money and hired more staff, and all you get is an endless series of lightweight video magazine segments (some of which helpfully promote the BBC’s Lonely Planet commercial interest – at your expense), the latest Republican candidate faux pas and declaration that Romney is the “real winner here”, Mark Mardell’s slipshod analysis, Jonny Dymond’s one-dimensional drivel, and assorted celebrity gossip.
Does anyone feel that any of this makes you better informed about what’s going on in the US? Or is that not even the BBC’s goal?