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It amazes me that with all we have witnessed these past three years, for that matter these past ten years, there are those who remain perplexed as to why a ragtag coalition of outraged 18-30 something protestors should be targeting Wall Street of all places.

I am further amazed that these protestors stand accused of being socialists, communists and anarchists. Let me remind those who are challenged by these events, that the people who are being cuffed, maced and bullied are not the Wall Street bailout whores who have made a giant clusterfuck of the American economy and turned the country into the hypocritical financial fiasco that has become the laughing stock of rest of the world.

Socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor indeed.

It is too easy to find feeble excuses to arrest these protestors and fling them in the can while mortgage scum like Mozillo are busy sipping daiquiris at the 18th hole, while Dick Fuld pretends he was more than a complete moron when it came to controlling risk at Lehman, while Lloyd Blankfart, for some scientifically inexplicable reason, remains CEO of Goldman, while Jamie Dimon scoffs at financial regulation and fantasizes about a few bad apples and while the entire mortgage securitization, origination and servicing industry stands fairly accused of massive but unpunished civil and criminal fraud.

I find it truly ironic, that this very weekend the Western world is sitting at the edge of yet another financial catastrophe caused by the same financial bailout queens that caused the 2008 episode. Yet again, no one knows what calamity will follow when Asia opens. Nevertheless some see it fit, without any justification, to vilify those who see their future evaporating before their very eyes and those unemployed who would gladly trade their miserable shitty food stamp existence for a decent way to earn a living.

Is it really so difficult to understand why each and everyone of us should be equally outraged?

Finally, it is an absolute disgrace how this is being handled by Bloomberg's army.

Those people are entitled by the Constitution (remember that document?) to assemble and protest. Why should it be so surprising that people who are denied permission to protest at a particular venue (in this case Wall Street), will find a way to move the protest somewhere else? 

Paid morons and Wall Street sponsored hooliganism, that's why.


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dlind's picture

What amazes ME is that after even after the utter evil perpetrated by governments during humanity's last and most bloody century we still demand that government fix things.  To hell with liberty, to hell with freedom to choose with whom to contract, how to contract, what we do with our lives, our bodies, our property, the results of our work.  We want to rely on the entity which we have democratically entrusted with a monopoly on force, on physical coercion, on exercise of violence, to compel the "bad guys" to behave as we want them to.

What's even more amazing is that we continue to expect this organization of violence to be populated by men and women who are inhuman, who are not motivated by what they consider to be in their best interest but rather by what's in the interest of "others."

Liberty is not the problem.  Capitalism is not the problem.  Freedom of economic and intellectual and social marketplaces is not the problem.

These protesters on Wall Street are barking up the wrong tree.  They ought to be mobbing Washington DC.  And demanding the repeal of every single regulation on the books, every single law that favors some at the expense of others, every single function of government that does not expressly defend the life, rights, property and pursuit of happiness of each individual American.


Die Weiße Rose's picture

most people are scared to death of real change -

that's why they always try to force it onto someone else...



title examiner's picture

Again, I may be stupid or something, but you can't beat these folks by cutting them checks or flowing money through their systems, hoping they'll act like fiduciaries or something.  To win, you must circumvent. Hell, set up a cannery, execute supply agreements with farmers or something.  Bring YOUR product to market.  It keeps the farmer going, it keeps you going.  Anticipate supply problems or something.  Pay folks enough money to live--or don't do nothing at all.

Markets are a convenience, nothing more, nothing less.  When they turn to stealing your money, you have to do something else.  Like circumventing their "distribution system" entirely.  That means you have to aggregate and network people together yourself, find or create your own deals....and execute them.  You know, experience "risk," experience responsibility and set your "hedging" to ZERO.

Otherwise, you are always looking at a deal that can have the values manipulated to zero via nekkid short and any number of other tricks.

title examiner's picture

"It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won't go."  Bertrand Russell.

Look, I may be stupid or something, but the time to protest Wall Street was more than ten years ago.  Protesting now can't be doing anything other than playing into some Goldman Sachs-Bernank script.

Die Weiße Rose's picture

ENRON: The Fed is the smartest Guy in the Room

SOLYNDRA: The Fed is Deus ex Machina (better than Enron)

FED = broken left Hand of Deus Printing-Machine Knob


Occupy Wall Street rediscovers the radical imagination

The young people protesting in Wall Street and beyond reject this vain economic order.

They have come to reclaim the future

• Police tactics attacked as officers pepper-spray women

• Occupy Wall Street: the protesters speak


tpberg7's picture


williambanzai7's picture

The IMF is morphing into a giant AIG (bailout black hole). How are they gonna save the world.

Earl of Chiswick's picture

Banzai among the great aspects of your art are the surprises and subtleties

Is that Ms. Quick's likeness perched on the Bull?

williambanzai7's picture

That ballerina on at the bull image is actually from the Occupy Wall Street poster.

blindman's picture

here some very well written and thought
provoking words.
London Banker
Saturday, 24 September 2011
Testimony of Marriner Eccles to the Committee on the Investigation of Economic Problems in 1933
.."Before effective action can be taken to stop the devastating effects of the depression, it must be recognised that the breakdown of our present economic system is due to the failure of our political and financial leadership to intelligently deal with the money problem. In the real world there is no cause nor reason for the unemployment with its resultant destitution and suffering of fully one-third of our entire population. We have all and more of the material wealth which we had at the peak of our prosperity in the year 1929. Our people need and want everything which our abundant facilities and resources are able to provide for them. The problem of production has been solved, and we need no further capital accumulation for the present, which could only be utilized in further increasing our productive facilities or extending further foreign credits. We have a complete economic plant able to supply a superabundance of not only all the necessities of our people, but the comforts and luxuries as well. Our problem, then, becomes one purely of distribution. This can only be brought about by providing purchasing power sufficiently adequate to enable the people to obtain the consumption goods which we, as a nation, are able to produce. The economic system can serve no other purpose and expect to survive." ......

williambanzai7's picture

I saw this earlier. I like the part about the rich trying to save useless junk.

Great read,

Tater Salad's picture

I truly enjoy most of what's offered on ZeroHedge however, it's when I see these one off, thoughtless pieces of rhetorical BS posted, it makes me wonder if it's worth coming at all.

This piece lacks not only content but balance.  It's pointless to say the least and merely hate speech towards the big banks/broker dealers.  Mazillo?  Really, you think he gives a fuck who protests in NY!  Get real!

For one, I'd like to know what the fools that showed up pay collectively in taxes, I'm guessing it wouldn't be too impressive.  I too wonder how many actually worked prior to the housing crisis.  I again, wonder why this article lacks the common sense to move the clock back a few years to look at the real structural problems, the goverment level problems that led to our crisis.  Where's that outrage?

I fear that this is nothing but an excuse for the far left libtards to mobilize and try to advance a VERY social agenda...backed by the usual suspects, SEIU, code pink, etc. etc.  Might as well bring Michal Moore to your party as he's very much on board with your thinking.


Earl of Chiswick's picture

Tater, you suggest this piece is hate speech towards bankers.

How would you describe your rant towards the protersters and those who support them?

To be honest your post would fit much better at HuffPo or DailyKos where the radical left spew their venom towards any with whom they disagree.  Imagine Tater Salad compared to a HuffPo Superuser.

williambanzai7's picture

We have reams of books, reports, transcripts, analysis and commentary that outline the structural problems in vivid detail. Yet the most efficacious and elegant solutions are categorically ignored. Moreover, the pitiful Swiss cheese law that has been enacted in mired in back room lobbying.

I have one simple wish. Reinstate Glass Steagall. It all begins and ends there. I have no faith in the current revolving door regulatory infrastructure. That is why a rule like GS is essential. This was accurately surmised by the people who wrote it 50+ years ago.

Wild tree's picture

True that Bill. Our American default accelerated with the repeal of Glass Steagall after a successful fifty year adherence based on what was learned during our first Depression. Our resurgence, if possible, will depend on it's re-implementation. Otherwise, the rule of law will continue to be ursurped by those who pull the levers.


My voice raised with many others here, keep up the good work. Black humor resonates as it is truth that bites from memory.

williambanzai7's picture

I don't know what planet you come from or what you mean by one off.

Perhaps you should read the 365 plus posts I have produced in the last year before you try to to label me as a Volvo driving sushi eating SEIU pinko commie socialist left wing radical Michael Moore loving anarcho Libtard.

Jumbotron's picture

Tater Salad puked out this load of shit .....I fear that this is nothing but an excuse for the far left libtards to mobilize and try to advance a VERY social agenda...backed by the usual suspects, SEIU, code pink, etc. etc.  Might as well bring Michal Moore to your party as he's very much on board with your thinking.

So big man.....just what the fuck are you doing......sucking down more "tater salad" in your easy chair watching reruns of HEE HAW ?

It's useless pieces of bitching turds like you that give conservatives or libertarians or what ever the fuck you are a bad name.

You rail against Libtards and Michael Moore and all the rest......but you cowadly piece of shit are too busy asking.....let's see.....what were the words you used....oh yeah here they are..... "Where's that outrage?" to get off your ass and show a little bit of your own.

The Founding Fathers and the Founding Patriots are cosmically ashamed of you and your uselessly bitching and moaning ilk.  They had the courage to protest in the street, to protest at Boston Harbor and vandalizing cheap imported tea, and picking up the gun and blowing away the tyrannical forces that had their feet to our necks.

And all you can do is bitch and moan between commercial breaks on Fox News to post some useless shit about people who could have a different political point of view than yours having the balls to get maced, beaten and thrown in jail.

You don't like "Libtards" doing the work you should be doing......welll....I suggest you get off your fat ass and rally your fellow "conservtards" to do the thing your forefathers did......put your money where your pie-hole is and more importantly put your life on the line to oppose tyranny.

Otherwise.....shut the fuck up.

gangland's picture

 @williambanzai7 junk me if u want to BUT he says more in 1 pic than a 100 Tyler durden posts I LUV WB7 Support POLITCAL ART !  #occupywallstreet @FalsePolitics


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Freddie's picture

Most of these 20 somethings with their iGadgets, Red Bull and Facebook pages voted for the islamist who has looted teh treasury with his Wall Street pals.  They voted for this.

williambanzai7's picture

I doubt it, they were too busy on Facebook and the door to the Treasury was already flung open before he got his chance to fuck things up further.

Die Weiße Rose's picture

Everything we'd been told for the last decade turned out to be a lie.

Markets did not run themselves; creators of financial instruments were not infallible geniuses; and debts did not really need to be repaid – in fact, money itself was revealed to be a political instrument, trillions of dollars of which could be whisked in or out of existence overnight if governments or central banks required it. Even the Economist was running headlines like "Capitalism: Was it a Good Idea?"

It seemed the time had come to rethink everything: the very nature of markets, money, debt; to ask what an "economy" is actually for. This lasted perhaps two weeks. Then, in one of the most colossal failures of nerve in history, we all collectively clapped our hands over our ears and tried to put things back as close as possible to the way they'd been before.

Perhaps, it's not surprising. It's becoming increasingly obvious that the real priority of those running the world for the last few decades has not been creating a viable form of capitalism, but rather, convincing us all that the current form of capitalism is the only conceivable economic system, so its flaws are irrelevant.

As a result, we're all sitting around dumbfounded as the whole apparatus falls apart.


Implicit simplicit's picture

I appreciate the efforts of the protestors, and your great work William. I hope they can maintain their persistence. I hope to join them.

Wakanda's picture

Nice to see the Banziai treatment for Bloomy.  I want him to keep his fascist fingers out of the kitchens of NYC.  So what if I like to eat trans fat?

Thanks WB7! 

Best of luck to folks in the trenches downtown getting their fair share of abuse.  Don't let the man get you down.  Each of us is bigger than the fear, doubt, and bullying.


AldousHuxley's picture

those kids should get a big screen TV and show this in Jew York City:



2nd link


people who control banking and media also control their own jews to hate non-jews and see everything through the eyes of anti-semitism. Must see rare documentary....BECAUSE AN ISRAELI JEW FILMED THE DOCUMENTARY BECAUSE HE WAS SICK OF HIS OWN SHIT.

TheAkashicRecord's picture

Esp. to william and cog ... have you watched Metanoia's newer film, Human Resources?


tip e. canoe's picture

TAR, have you seen this one?   awesome short from same director on the use of agent provocateurs during G20 in toronto:


classic line: "This is a special message to the guy right there in the black paramilitary uniform holding a MP-5 submachine gun.   Sir, why have you brought a live firing weapon to a peaceful protest?"

Welcome to the Mindfuck.   time to start thinking 3 steps ahead of the MIB and prove Marx right (in this sense) : "History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce."

otherwise, we'll all be doomed to tragedy once again.

OutLookingIn's picture

The driving force in society is not love, but fear.

Fear based conditioning is the reality.

Behaviorial modification, through social engineering via media control and the collection and disemination of information. Propaganda. Again, I quote Joseph Sobran, "Democracy has proved only that the best way to gain power over people is to assure the people that they are ruling themselves. Once they believe that, they make wonderfully submissive slaves." 

blindman's picture

perhaps the force is always love but the
context of the expression of the force,
the defining limits, are frequently and
commonly modified by fear of loss of the
idea of love/power, not that the idea and the
"thing"/(experience) are the same thing ...

tip e. canoe's picture

"not love, but fear"   will concede that it is the current reality.   but why is this you think?   ignorance?   if so, of what?

Sobran also wrote this : "The attempt to silence a man is the greatest honour you can bestow on him. It means that you recognise his superiority to yourself."

OutLookingIn's picture

When the governance of a society refuses to listen to the calls for justice and reform over a long period of time, when it acts to ignore, co-opt, diffuse, and then suppress the voices of the reformers, when it uses the law as a means of legal plunder, that government and society will eventually answer not to reasoned dissent, but to the rage of the mob.

Pitchman's picture

Nice quote! And now we give credit where it is due:  Jesse's Café Américain

Pitchman's picture

Right on and it is good to ues it.  Also check out his blog(Jesse's Café Américain).  He has some of the best social/economic commentary to be found. 

- Inflection Point


OutLookingIn's picture

Yes. Sorry. I have all these pieces of paper with jottings on them. Must have a better filing system! lol

This quote is particularly poignient, considering what occured in New York. 

TheAkashicRecord's picture

There is no hope left in your kingdom
Your servants have burned all their songs


tip e. canoe's picture

this remix much better than the original, thanx man

andy_pandy's picture

Long live the struggle, (see anythin u like?) , the human condition at its most creative and woe, a psychotic jailkeeper on vacation

Bagbalm's picture

When things get bad enough there will be a protest somewhere and when the police attack they will find out it is not slogan chanting hippies today, but hard core rednecks and they will hand the cops their asses.

AldousHuxley's picture

You forgot:

How Jews really feel about non-Jews. Jewish Girl Pranks calls her parents that she is dating a non-Jew: her father wants to kill the goyim



Madoff wife says "Gentiles Are Responsible For This"



Anti-semitism? What's that mean? Jewish people control the world!

Jewish Grandmother Says: "Jews Are Crooks"



Even Israelis and rabbis hate the zionists (corporate fascists who are using Jews, holocaust, white guilt for $$$$)

optionswriter's picture

We are not a democracy.  We are a representative republic.  There's a big difference.  Democracy is mob rule.  And it failed every time it was tried.  That's why we have a representative form of government and NOT a democracy. 

Vendetta's picture

Is a representative republic one ruled by the money power?  .. which also is mob rule except by the wealthiest

nmewn's picture

If people would stop accepting bribes for their vote it would work out just fine.

Well, everywhere except Chicago ;-)

Jumbotron's picture

optionswriter writes:  We are not a democracy.  We are a representative republic.  There's a big difference.  Democracy is mob rule.  And it failed every time it was tried.  That's why we have a representative form of government and NOT a democracy.


All true.....and all meaningless.  How's that "representative" republic thingy workin' out for ya'?  If our government truly represents us then we are truly screwed because we have seen the enemy and he is us.....the American People. 

No form of government will work.  NONE.  Just because every democracy or for that matter every other form of government has failed in human history should give no one who puts their faith in a representative republic any comfort whatsoever.  For in the end all forms of government come from the minds of men.  They are then put into action by men.  They are operated by men.  They are changed, updated, amended, modified by men.

And after 20,000 years of Homo Sapien history....we still fail at governing ourselves.  Our representative republic will fail.....(is failing as we speak)....like all the rest.

Put your faith in a god...if you are going to put your faith in anything.....not in representative republicanism.  Which is by extension a man-made artifice.

In other words....never put your faith in man.

OutLookingIn's picture

"Democracy has proved only that the best way to gain power over people is to assure the people that they are ruling themselves. Once they believe that, they make wonderfully submissive slaves."

-Joseph Sobran (1946-2010)