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Most of you know that one of my favorite techniques is to visually mash historic events as well as cultural icons. Yesterday, I referred to it as "time unraveling." This morning someone asked me what the point was of the protestors assembling and marching downtown. After all, most of the the financial services industry is no longer situated on Wall Street and they, Occupy Wall Street,  are just inconveniencing Chinese tourists who have no idea what is going on.

That person caught me at precisely the wrong moment. I was thinking all day about how the venues for these protests are literally a treasure trove of American symbolism and cultural heritage. Liberty Square sits smack in the middle of a golden triangle of Americana. Wall Street and the NYSE (although the latter is a shadow of its peak days of glory), the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, even Chinatown, Little Italy and Union Square are all within a stone's throw.

In this symbolic cauldron we have it all. The situs of raw capitalism, the mighty feat of the engineers, the myth of boundless American abundance (go West young man), the dream of the emigrant, the gateway to liberty, etc etc. 

Street democracy is no stranger to this entire vicinage. That is why I find it rather puzzling that so many people do not appreciate the metaphorical power of Occupy Wall Street. I am also amazed at how dumb the media is playing. All the bull shit about the lack of a coherent platform ignores the central theme.

The Republic is is sitting in the emergency room and "Wall Street" is deeply, albeit not exclusively, implicated. Yes, they are being singled out. Jamie Dimon can whine all he wants. You reap what you sow pal.

This is certainly not the first time in history that Wall Street has been singled out for popular outrage. But few would disagree that in this respect, this time...the stakes are very different.

So what about the bridge? I am going to leave it to your left brain lobe to review the evidence and decide for yourself what happened yesterday afternoon. I don't know if the protestors planned to take the bridge or if they were they were channeled there in an elaborate Police "kettling" tactic.

Either way, they all wound up on the bridge. And that bridge is a very rich symbol indeed. First of all, it is a symbol of personal perseverance  and triumph. Look up John and William Roebling. They were publicly ridiculed for suggesting that a bridge could span the East River. Father died in an on-site accident and son saw it through to completion even though paralyzed by the same accident.

Once the bridge was built, it was a marvel of modern engineering. It became the earliest symbol of American industrial might, shortly thereafter to be followed by the railroads.

But perhaps most importantly, and many books have been published on the subject, the Brooklyn Bridge captured the public's imagination at a time when American's thought their country was an invincible beacon of liberty, hope and optimism.

The following is a famous poem by Hart Crane. It is not an easy poem to read. But it is full of all of the imagery that emanates from that bridge.

Truthfully, I never read the poem until today. Read it and then ponder where we were roughly a century ago and where we now find ourselves. It is time well spent.

Personally, I am grateful to all of the people downtown who are publicly expressing the frustrations and emotions that so many Americans of different walks and political persuasions are now feeling. They are doing it without violence, they are doing it with class.

You have heard it so many times before:

We're sick and tired and we're not gonna take it any more.





Hart Crane

How many dawns, chill from his rippling rest
The seagull's wings shall dip and pivot him,
Shedding white rings of tumult, building high
Over the chained bay waters Liberty--

Then, with inviolate curve, forsake our eyes
As apparitional as sails that cross
Some page of figures to be filed away;
--Till elevators drop us from our day . . .

I think of cinemas, panoramic sleights
With multitudes bent toward some flashing scene
Never disclosed, but hastened to again,
Foretold to other eyes on the same screen;

And Thee, across the harbor, silver-paced
As though the sun took step of thee, yet left
Some motion ever unspent in thy stride,--
Implicitly thy freedom staying thee!

Out of some subway scuttle, cell or loft
A bedlamite speeds to thy parapets,
Tilting there momently, shrill shirt ballooning,
A jest falls from the speechless caravan.

Down Wall, from girder into street noon leaks,
A rip-tooth of the sky's acetylene;
All afternoon the cloud-flown derricks turn . . .
Thy cables breathe the North Atlantic still.

And obscure as that heaven of the Jews,
Thy guerdon . . . Accolade thou dost bestow
Of anonymity time cannot raise:
Vibrant reprieve and pardon thou dost show.

O harp and altar, of the fury fused,
(How could mere toil align thy choiring strings!)
Terrific threshold of the prophet's pledge,
Prayer of pariah, and the lover's cry,--

Again the traffic lights that skim thy swift
Unfractioned idiom, immaculate sigh of stars,
Beading thy path--condense eternity:
And we have seen night lifted in thine arms.

Under thy shadow by the piers I waited;
Only in darkness is thy shadow clear.
The City's fiery parcels all undone,
Already snow submerges an iron year . . .

O Sleepless as the river under thee,
Vaulting the sea, the prairies' dreaming sod,
Unto us lowliest sometime sweep, descend
And of the curveship lend a myth to God.


[WB7: If you google the title of the poem, you will see that it has been the subject of a great deal of social and philosophical commentary and critique]










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JPMorgan Chase recently donated an unprecedented $4.6 million to the New York City Police Foundation. The gift was the largest in the history of the foundation and will enable the New York City Police Department to strengthen security in the Big Apple. The money will pay for 1,000 new patrol car laptops, as well as security monitoring software in the NYPD's main data center.

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The Big Ching-aso's picture

The Present State of Obliviousness.............

"My Lord, the peasants are revolting!"

"Yes, how these disgusting serfs do need to take showers."


PaperBear's picture

Occupy Wall Street: A Globalist Op Designed to Destroy Efforts to End the Fed

“It would seem George Soros is connected to the U.S. Day of Rage aka Occupy Wall Street”

“As the filmmaker Michael Moore admitted to We Are Change activist and journalist Luke Rudkowski last week, the goal of the movement funded in large part with globalist lucre is to attack and dismantle capitalism. Moore discounted out of hand any effort to end the Federal Reserve and return the nation to sound and honest money controlled by the American people, not a cartel of bankers and oligarchs from the financial class, including George Soros… will steer popular outrage and political reaction into fireproof channels that can be controlled by globalist forces behind the curtain.”

“The ruling elite, their banks and transnational corporations do not pay taxes, the little people do, as Leona Helmsely arrogantly noted.”


Daily Bell Helps Blow Up Wall Street Protest Via Drudge, Prison Planet and Google

The Big Ching-aso's picture

I haven't seen white people riot since Animal House.    This is like turning into a movie.

holdbuysell's picture

"Spirit of 99%"

Now that's a campaign slogan that 99% of the US can get behind. (hint, hint).

Freddie's picture

Sadly they all seem to still support Obama.  Not one sign critical of Obama.

Bendromeda Strain's picture

Yah - Drudge bold headline links to Alex Jones, calling out the mush head kids for demanding dictatorial powerz for their boyfriend Obama. It's deja vu all over again...

caerus's picture

i'm just trying to find the bridge!

- robert plant

WoodMizer's picture

Here is a quick interview Ratigan gave at Occupy Wall street.


tip e. canoe's picture

DR breaks it down in more detail here:

also, check out the Tea Party cat from Texas at the end.   so much for the whole argument that this is only a bunch of dirty leftist hippies.

thanks dylan.

BlackholeDivestment's picture

Ratigan reads script, just like every dickhead working for GE or Disney. Boy sells well, up to the point where he starts calling the so called Tea Party racists, which he did. That's what he meant by certain factions of this phantom party that Faux'd away Ricky's  CNBC rant turned Tea. The Guy is another dipshit used car salesman working in Hussein's land of Lot. To Hell with the Press. Keep those junkies out, don't be a sucker. You let those morons in, you will find yourself naked and wet. Keep dry boy, keep dry, don't get funky with the media whore.

bill1102inf's picture

To the Bridge!! Bitchezz

??'s picture

this was a surprise from the person who coined the Left.Right paradigm phrase

Despite their honest intentions, many of the Occupy Wall Street protesters are being suckered into a trap and calling for the very “solutions”

nah's picture

the cops are just trying to protect the innocent cars


its a bridge bitchez

williambanzai7's picture

I could be wrong, but it seems not one car has been damaged, let alone torched.

This is an extremely well behaved mob.

nah's picture

ill believe it when the cops join the protest


save America

no2foreclosures's picture

Here is a little gem of a treat for all you inner anarchists or anyone who'd just want to shake things up, with the beautiful Candice Bergen when she was just a babe, a late 20s Harrison Ford, and the ever zany Elliot Gould:

New_Meat's picture

WB7: I respect the hell outta' you. and:

"...That is why I find it rather puzzling that so many people do not appreciate the metaphorical power of Occupy Wall Street...."

, well, I'm'a guessin' that I am on the other side of the 'occupy wall street' thingie. 

Why?  I've seen the results of the anarchy.  What is their end-game????  Please explore this--vital imho.

So: I'm not opposed to the protests, but I'm (I have experience with) aware of the second derivative that follows the "protest".

We've seen it in Egypt, where the "Spring" became the "Egyptian Army" that then involved the "Muslim Brotherhood" (parent organization to ... all y'all gotta get your minds right about their agenda).

- Ned

williambanzai7's picture

If this is your idea of anarchy, you must not have been around in the 60s. Obviously we survived that without "anarchy", which to me is yet another word.

I just don't buy the theory of silence in the face of adversity.

New_Meat's picture

Anyone who claims to remember the '60s wasn't there ;-)

byteshredder's picture

Amen New_Meat. From what I've seen, I'm not impressed with the occupiers. Most are simple minded Marxist automatons. I believe Stalin called them useful idiots. This set of interviews from Adam Kokesh in DC speaks volumes about the mindset of the occupiers:

The organizers of these occupations will not reveal their real intentions (end-game) until their final objective is achieved. For if the country knew who was really behind these occupations, they would loose all support.

PaperBear's picture

Ron Paul is the school master and these protesters need to learn what Ron Paul is all about.

michael___c's picture

the "mindset" of these people (as chosen by this manipulative adam dude posing as a reporter) is that are unemployed, young, intelligent and in debt! what should they be doing, oh wise one?  willing to get educated, willing to work, what more do you want?

what do you propose? anything? are you yourself organizing some alternative action, or are you just mouthing off from a safe distance?


byteshredder's picture

Why do you think the answer to our problems can be solved through organizing some kind of direct action in the streets? I don't! I propose that these occupiers do no less than I did -- PAY THEIR OWN WAY! Get a job. There's a big difference between "willingness" and taking persoanl responsibility for yourself and your future. These people might have to move to get a job, but they are out there if they look hard. They might not be the job they think they deserve, but it's something they can do to better themselves and contribute to their community -- rather than sponge off its generocity and patience. They should be willing to relocate; maybe to North Dakota, or Texas. They have low unemployment. I am proposing something no less than I did myself. I paid my way through college and post-graduate. No mommy and daddy money -- I had 6 sisters who did the same. What student loans I did take out for my education I paid back within 2 years even though I didn't get a "career job" right after college. In fact, after I graduated from college I went back to work at the canning factory (a near minimum wage job) where I worked each summer since I was 16. I finally found a job in my career field in Iowa of all places. Not my first choice of places to live, but I've learned to love the people and the culture/values of the state. I've moved around with my career a lot (Wisconsin, San Fran, Philly, NYC, Florida, and now settled in Chicago) but I'd move back to Iowa in a heart beat.

My 2nd recommendation to these occupiers is to educate themselves more fully on the issues they are involved in. They appear to be on the side of big government, socialist policies and Leninist tactics. I'm guessing they've read Karl Marx, Saul Alinsky and The Coming Insurrection, but they don't seem to be well versed in any of these arguments when put to the test. They don't know of what they speak of! Until they do, I suggest they read Adam Smith, Alexis de Tocqueville and the Federalist Papers. These occupiers don't know their history, nor do they undertand the bloody legacy of socialism -- 94 MILLION PEOPLE EXTERMINATED world wide, all in the name of social justice.

Trust me, I've traveled extensively within Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. I have dear friends and relatives who lived under communism and they see the same tactics and the same lies being employed in these "spring" movements in the Middle East and the "occupations" in America. These occupiers are trying to create a crisis.


"A crisis is the playground of tyrants." - James Madison, 4th President

Freddie's picture

Based on what I have seen - they look like Democrat Underground, Huff Po leftist shills for the party in power.  I was hoping they were not but they are shills for Obama.  He is running 6 wars, looting the treasury, blocking huge job creation in domestic energy for solar/green scams and not ONE PEEP out of these kids about any of it.  Are they that stupid?  FAIL. 

gangland's picture

excerpting suskind's new book here until i cant

wordpress stopped so im here

nice job per usual william

williambanzai7's picture

That's helpful, tnx.

He is being dissed by the clowns as a no nothing. I guess only PhDs understand what happened. What a fucking farce they are.

Zero-risk bias's picture

I think we really need to work on inter-generational discourse. Largely, exagerations of the divisions of age, belief and nationality are played on, to propergate mistrust and isolate us. Playing Ipod apps with in-ear phones 24/7 isn't helping. Maybe the fourth generation need a CGI sci-fact feature-length epic trilogy in 3D? 

More please WB7 ;-)

williambanzai7's picture

My parents are seniors. I Had to convince them not to go down there because it can be physically dangerous. But their hearts are in it and they have done plenty of other putting up with me ;-)

Schmuck Raker's picture

Great as always Mr 7.

But, to that guy with the sign "Money Can Not Be Eaten" - WTF ?!

StychoKiller's picture

Everyone KNOWs that it's gold ya should be snarfing on! :>D

williambanzai7's picture

I think he is an anti money eater.

Nobody For President's picture

Excellence and then some, WB. Thanks!

Pitchman's picture

Your truth is as well expressed in words as it is in digital imagery.  Lady Liberty looking on as the PoPo employ kettling tactics puts an exclimation point on your argument.  We are the 99% is becoming universal.  It above all gives the people confidence that they are joined by their neighbor, their barber, their peers... "We The People"

The treatment you did on the Bull and Ballerina is very cool so I employed in the latest which includes. 

The latest Anonymous communiqué re: OccupyWallStreet and the Bankers - THE BANKERS ARE THE PROBLEM

The first official Statement from OccupyWallStreet

An impressive clip of the participation and the ruckus of the protesters. 

Most supprising is an interview by Max Keiser of Rosanne Barr.  She is keen to realize the FED needs to be put out of business.  And, if we can all come together against this small group of psychopaths we can easily defeat them. 

Aslo, Impassioned statements by Lee Camp

See: OccupyWallStreet: The Kids Are Alright!

To the Kids and all those who are taking part in the OccupyWallStreet action, the Country supports your efforts and admires your dedication!

And to all Americans we ask that you strongly consider the following

"The bane of humanity is we learn nothing from the horrors of past atrocities and history repeats itself. Our/Your passive acceptance of one transgression always makes way for another.  This and the belief that injustice, visited on our neighbor, will not one day come knocking at our door is the banality of evil..." - Inflection Point



Gully Foyle's picture

I see it more like this ( metaphor people metaphor)

The Tay Bridge Disaster

Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv'ry Tay!
Alas! I am very sorry to say
That ninety lives have been taken away
On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember'd for a very long time.

'Twas about seven o'clock at night,
And the wind it blew with all its might,
And the rain came pouring down,
And the dark clouds seem'd to frown,
And the Demon of the air seem'd to say-
"I'll blow down the Bridge of Tay."

When the train left Edinburgh
The passengers' hearts were light and felt no sorrow,
But Boreas blew a terrific gale,
Which made their hearts for to quail,
And many of the passengers with fear did say-
"I hope God will send us safe across the Bridge of Tay."

But when the train came near to Wormit Bay,
Boreas he did loud and angry bray,
And shook the central girders of the Bridge of Tay
On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember'd for a very long time.

So the train sped on with all its might,
And Bonnie Dundee soon hove in sight,
And the passengers' hearts felt light,
Thinking they would enjoy themselves on the New Year,
With their friends at home they lov'd most dear,
And wish them all a happy New Year.

So the train mov'd slowly along the Bridge of Tay,
Until it was about midway,
Then the central girders with a crash gave way,
And down went the train and passengers into the Tay!
The Storm Fiend did loudly bray,
Because ninety lives had been taken away,
On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember'd for a very long time.

As soon as the catastrophe came to be known
The alarm from mouth to mouth was blown,
And the cry rang out all o'er the town,
Good Heavens! the Tay Bridge is blown down,
And a passenger train from Edinburgh,
Which fill'd all the peoples hearts with sorrow,
And made them for to turn pale,
Because none of the passengers were sav'd to tell the tale
How the disaster happen'd on the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember'd for a very long time.

It must have been an awful sight,
To witness in the dusky moonlight,
While the Storm Fiend did laugh, and angry did bray,
Along the Railway Bridge of the Silv'ry Tay,
Oh! ill-fated Bridge of the Silv'ry Tay,
I must now conclude my lay
By telling the world fearlessly without the least dismay,
That your central girders would not have given way,
At least many sensible men do say,
Had they been supported on each side with buttresses,
At least many sensible men confesses,
For the stronger we our houses do build,
The less chance we have of being killed.

thewhitelion's picture

Your artwork is superb as always.  Your writing here is the most moving I can recall.  Whether you've upped your already extraordinary game, or this event/situation just speaks to me, I can't really say.  In any case, BRAVO, and thank you!

williambanzai7's picture

Thanks, there really is enough in all of this to write all day long. But brevity is my style of prose ;-)

Volaille de Bresse's picture

The System is scared of these demonstrations. Want a proof? There's NOT A WORD about this on European mainstream TV. Zero nihil. 

williambanzai7's picture

Europe is the real tinder box and they know it.

Barefooted_Tramp's picture

Swiss TV (national broadcaster) reported tonight...

The story spreads. It cannot be kept under the carpet any longer.

PaperBear's picture

Occupy Wall Street: A Globalist Op Designed to Destroy Efforts to End the Fed

“It would seem George Soros is connected to the U.S. Day of Rage aka Occupy Wall Street”

“As the filmmaker Michael Moore admitted to We Are Change activist and journalist Luke Rudkowski last week, the goal of the movement funded in large part with globalist lucre is to attack and dismantle capitalism. Moore discounted out of hand any effort to end the Federal Reserve and return the nation to sound and honest money controlled by the American people, not a cartel of bankers and oligarchs from the financial class, including George Soros… will steer popular outrage and political reaction into fireproof channels that can be controlled by globalist forces behind the curtain.”

“The ruling elite, their banks and transnational corporations do not pay taxes, the little people do, as Leona Helmsely arrogantly noted.”

Daily Bell Helps Blow Up Wall Street Protest Via Drudge, Prison Planet and Google


CompassionateFascist's picture

Urban cosmics venting. Yaaaaawwwwwnnnnnnn........Meanwhile, out in the Hamptons, George Soros is having lunch w his next-door-neighbor, Katerina van dan Heuvel. Here's News: when Wall St. is finally put down, it won't be from the Left. Too Jewish.

AdahPrice's picture

How about the symbology of that giant GOLDEN CALF on Wall Street.  Of course, that GOLDEN CALF is different from the one made in Sinai.  The Sinai GOLDEN CALF was tiny, because the Egyptians didn't let the emigrants take a lot of gold when they crossed the Red Sea, and the emigrants, being newly ex-slaves, didn't have a lot of gold to take.  But presumably the Sinai GOLDEN CALF was at least gold.  The Wall Streeters didn't even present their god with a properly-gold GOLDEN CALF.  Theirs looks like cast iron with brass-colored paint.  Probably hollow inside, like a chocolate Easter Bunny.  But, of course, big and tough and mean, since they are big and tough and mean. 

Maybe we need to start a CHURCH OF THE GOLDEN CALF OF WALL STREET to help them worship it.  Then, instead of "Occupy Wall Street", we could "Hold The Service Worshipping The GOLDEN CALF", in which hundreds of thousands of us kneel before it, and  the spend the rest of the day parading singing songs to it, as the GOLDEN CALF appreciates.  This must be on Wednesdays, because THE GOLDEN CALF does not want our services to him to be right before or right after our communions days with any other gods.  Now, then, when we are thus worshipping our GOLDEN CALF, and the Wall Streeters pick up their phones and tell the Mayor to send some brown shirts, the brown shirts would be doing something taboo, which is disrupting somebody else's church service, instead of doing something the media loves, which is throwing Christians and other Peaceniks to the lions.