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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 06:17 AM
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Did you know 10,000 people protested the Banksters in NYC yesterday? (I heard nary a peep on MSM)
AlterNet / By Alexander Zaitchik

Thousands Rally in New York for Showdown with Wall St.
Over 10,000 protesters gathered in New York's financial district to demand financial reform.

April 30, 2010 |


After a year of what seemed like nonstop Tea Party coverage, it's easy to forget that Americans ever protested in anything but solid ethnic blocs, or that Americans ever gathered to express coherent grievances grounded in reality.

Yesterday's AFL-CIO-led protest on Wall Street was an overdue reminder.

More than 5,000 union members and others delivered a crisp message with their march from City Hall to the Bowling Green Bull. In contrast to recent protests on the right, the event was noticeably lacking in loaded and ahistorical symbols like Gadsen flags, and refrained from vilifying individuals in favor of calling out institutions. Of hundreds of signs hoisted, only one was branded with the Obama logo. The signs were non-partisan and dealt with real problems -- namely, this country's rogue, unregulated finance sector. There was only one puppet, a fanged vampire squid meant to symbolize Goldman Sachs. The banners declared "Wall Street: Never Again" and "Less Audis, More Audits." Almost to a one, they echoed the clear policy demands of the day: regulatory reform, new taxes on banks and speculators, and a jobs bill.

The afternoon began with direct action protests in the lobbies of Wells Fargo and J.P. Morgan Chase. Next came a series of speakers -- teachers, students, workers -- that put New York City faces on the nationwide hard times. Representing hundreds of labor, religious and community groups, they demanded Wall Street do its part to fix the mess it created. They railed against budget cuts in city housing, health and education, overseen by the city's billionaire mayor who opposes a financial transaction tax. .........(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.alternet.org/action/146678/thousands_rally_i... .



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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 06:18 AM
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1. Dylan Ratigan broadcast his show from Wall St. yesterday, so
it was covered on m$nbc.
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 06:19 AM
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2. Ratigan is a good egg.
nt
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Wednesdays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 01:52 PM
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35. Kinda unfortunately named, though.


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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 08:27 PM
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52. Agree with your sig --
just want to add that most of us go marching out each day with our ATM/credit cards

to earn a forture for banks/credit card companies every day!!

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a kennedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 07:20 AM
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7. I saw Dylan's show too.......and who was that Chris Metzler???
a Ph. D. from Georgetown University talking about the Arizona law....... Really, really really creepy..... :scared: and out of him mind.
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 07:20 PM
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46. It was impressive.
Ratigan's voice annoys the hell outta me, though. The MSM should have been covering this like they did all those kiddie tea parties, but noooooooooooo.
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bobburgster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 05:56 AM
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65. I agree...msm should have at least squeezed in a mention of it.
My guess is if they were carrying guns or had Sarah speaking it would have been on.
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 06:14 AM
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68. PHOTO Thread Here:
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sasquuatch55 Donating Member (701 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-02-10 01:20 PM
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81. Damn librul meedia
:sarcasm:
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 06:21 AM
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3. There was a solid block of parked tv trucks.
The tv news was there.
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 07:23 AM
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9. Maybe they were just collecting faces
for the corporate data bases.
:tinfoilhat:
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 01:25 PM
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30. I saw at least two interviews in progress.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 09:03 AM
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15. Maybe they were trying to have a little tea party and didn't enjoy the interruption.
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Ichingcarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 06:22 AM
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4. It was reported here in Europe on the BBC & other media
I didn't expect the US media to show it and they didn't .
I'm not surprised
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Loge23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 06:35 AM
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5. Let it continue
There should be regular demonstrations scheduled in an attempt to peaceably
disrupt the area as much as possible.
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Echo In Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 12:06 PM
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20. +1000
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teamster633 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 06:48 AM
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6. I didn't hear anything about it yesterday...
...and I have yet to hear it mentioned today. I wouldn't have even known anything about it if I wasn't on the AFL-CIO mailing list (and a frequent visitor here). Lamestream Media indeed...
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 07:22 AM
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8. The MSM didn't have time..
... they were covering an important tea party rally with 100 people in attendance.
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KurtNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 07:29 AM
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10. "Freedom of the Press" belongs strictly to those that own
the press.

Unfortunately, we know who owns all the MSM in the USA.

But here is footage carried by Time Warner's local news outlet:
http://www.ny1.com/1-all-boroughs-news-content/top_stor...
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TheOther95Percent Donating Member (202 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 07:51 AM
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11. Didn't hear a word.
And I work here.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 08:21 AM
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12. Recommend
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 08:26 AM
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13. Protesters should rally at CNN headquarters
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 09:00 AM
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14. I didn't have the TV on yesterday, but it was covered on this morning's MSNBC, CNN, WP,
Yahoo, NYT, SFgate, StarTribune, and many more sites.
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ellenfl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 11:36 AM
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16. they probably were not bizarre enough. eom
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Overseas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 11:40 AM
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17. K&R. //nt
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tabbycat31 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 11:40 AM
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18. I was one of them
great time. However tehre were some Wall Street people there with a banner that said "Fuck Main Street."

I was walking too fast to get a clear pic of it.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 12:19 PM
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24. Was it theater or was it real?
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tabbycat31 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 06:44 PM
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42. it was real all right
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unpossibles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 01:47 PM
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34. I did not see the banner but I heard about it
I got off work late, so missed it - when I went down there it was mostly cops milling about.

I noticed that MSNBC - you know, that "liberal" station the right hates so much, said about 300 people were there.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36862670/ns/local_news-new_...
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tabbycat31 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 06:44 PM
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41. it was hard for me to guess a crowd size
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 06:18 AM
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70. Photo thread here:
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florida08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 12:05 PM
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19. yes
Edited on Fri Apr-30-10 12:06 PM by florida08
and on in Chicago the day before. Joanne has posted both excellent videos.

chicago
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...


http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

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Greyhound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 12:17 PM
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21. No TeeVee, but it would surprise me if there had been. We've been
living in a corporate kleptocracy for generations now, while desperately clinging to this illusion of freedom.


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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 12:19 PM
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22. Amy had it.
You Got Bailed Out We Got Sold OutThousands Protest on Wall Street

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/4/30/you_got_bailed_ou...
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Echo In Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 12:19 PM
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23. Ya know, it's funny, some of DU's loudest/smuggest voices are almost always absent from such threads
Read into that what you will
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Subdivisions Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 12:21 PM
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25. Yep. n/t
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Blackhatjack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 12:27 PM
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26. Every Wall Street Protest Should Begin & End With A Protest At Studios of MSM Outlets....
Take each of them on .... ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and make sure to raise enough noise to be heard.

Until there is MSM coverage of such protests, the great majority of Americans will not know it happened.
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librechik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 01:17 PM
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28. +1000
do it, DUers!
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Echo In Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 01:30 PM
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32. This was suggested by Nader, just to see if they'd cover themselves
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butterfly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 09:51 PM
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54. I thought that would happen in..
August 2008 and throughout the bush years,Then I thought it would happen during the stimulus debate,then I thought it would happen during the healthcare debate especially when many of us know they lie their asses off and report bullshit all day long...
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olegramps Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-02-10 09:46 AM
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79. Would you suggest that maybe they should deliver them few bricks?
Now I am not advocating violence like the Tea Baggers. Just peaceful delivery. I am not winking, got something in my eye.
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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 01:16 PM
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27. Seems that the US cables have reported on this (not FNC though!) What about PBS, ABC, CBS, NBC?
I'll tune into the PBS Newshour and the Big Three Broadcast Nets later today and see if they'll report on this. Thank you everyone for the heads up re CNN and MSNBC and international news outlets.

Of course, the conservative, pro-business Fox News Channel will just skip over this and maybe report on stuff that's much more important for the American people to know, like less-than-credible findings of Noah's Ark.
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JackInGreen Donating Member (203 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 01:24 PM
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29. I saw
it yesterday in the Seattle Times, watched MSM looking for more, and NADA,ZIP, ZILCH.
Le sigh...wonder if we put on tri-corns and teabags and did it if we'd get any press.
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Greyhound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 01:28 PM
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31. Related clip from MM (local news program)
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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 01:35 PM
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33. I knew. Heard it on Fox.
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JackRiddler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 01:56 PM
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36. Incredibly I didn't either!
I would have been there if I'd known. I can't believe I missed it.

Is this an indicator of failed promotion and an insular approach? As unions they know they can get thousands of feet on the ground, but don't they have the resources to let millions of people in this region know it's coming?
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earth mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 02:09 PM
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37. Why isn't this thread loaded with pictures from the protest?
Edited on Fri Apr-30-10 02:10 PM by earth mom
I remember when a protest like this would have several threads here on DU with oodles of photos.

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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 06:17 AM
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69. DKos has a photo thread:
I have posted some of them HERE.
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Plucketeer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 03:05 PM
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38. I believe it was KO that had the head of AFL-CIO
on his show last night. This protest was what they discussed. Since I'd heard about it a few days before (here at DU!), I was listening to see if and how it was covered. Keith didn't disappoint!
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femrap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 06:12 PM
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39. 3 little tea partiers get
together and its major news.

I'm sick of it.

I hope Murdoch chokes on his caviar.
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scentopine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 06:31 PM
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40. Here is why, I just learned this...
People surf the web at work. They look at CNN and Yahoo and MSM sites and if you work for SEC you are allowed to surf for porn. As long as MSM sites paint a safe, pro-business picture, companies are quietly tolerant of the web surfing. The fire walling and monitoring is worse than surfing in terms of control headaches.

So the deal is, promote a pro-corporate culture on MSM and its like people watching TV at work. So, when you go to "safe" sites like abc, cnn, et al, you are will only ever get nice easily digestible morsels of news, scooby snacks and never anything that will challenge corporate culture. In return, these fake news sites get massive exposure to their advertising, all day and all night.

Teabaggers are inherently pro-corporate, pro-wall street. This is something corporate management can get behind even when they are completely crazy.

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Jefferson23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 07:00 PM
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43. I saw a tv van there but yea, no AC 360 that I'm aware of.
It was GREAT though!
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Jefferson23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 07:04 PM
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44. There have been youtubes posted here on it and this too:
Unions Members March, Demand Bankers Fix The Mess (Update1)
Edited on Thu Apr-29-10 11:38 PM by Jefferson23

* This was well worth taking the time to attend! If you can, do paricipate, check out the AFL CIO website.
Find an event in your area, here: http://www.aflcio.org/issues/jobseconomy/jobs/americane ...








http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 07:17 PM
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45. "I heard nary a peep on MSM"
And you won't. All pretense of a fair media is gone.
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DailyGrind51 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 07:21 PM
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47. "Brought to you by..."
Smith-Barney, Morgan-Stanley, USB, Chase, Bank of America, etc.
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Yeahyeah Donating Member (741 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 07:25 PM
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48. If Sarah Palin wasn't there it didn't happen.
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kittykitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 08:13 PM
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49. I watched to live stream on the MoveOn.org website! Surprised no one got the e-mail
from MoveOn. Other than Dylan Ratigan, it wasn't acknowledged.
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 08:16 PM
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50. I'm so proud! I only wish my Dad had lived to see this. I sure hope he's lookin' on, because I know
he'd be very proud and excited about this renaissance in American Labor!
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 08:25 PM
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51. Did Rachel or Olberman do anything on it?
Weather's been good here so out a lot!

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senseandsensibility Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 08:54 PM
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53. The double standard is jaw dropping
We should keep this kicked.
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Tsiyu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 10:06 PM
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55. Kick in solidarity
:kick:

I remember one of the Corporate hacks - maybe it was Brian "Xanax Eyes" Williams - whining that people were getting their news from HORRORS bloggers. He went on and on about his training and his credentials and his commitment and how we were doomed if people started relying on "just anybody" to report news.

Had I listened to him, i wouldn't know a damn thing.

Corporate News is an endless Infomercial



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whereaminow Donating Member (109 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 10:58 PM
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56. I grab my news from Google
Edited on Fri Apr-30-10 11:07 PM by whereaminow
Not a single word. I had to specifically search for "wall street protest"... Bah! If you want real news, you gotta seek it out yourself. Ain't nobody gonna spoon feed it to you...
EDIT: Anybody who thinks msn is any different from FOX is a fool.

msn -> nbc -> GE... nuf said
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 11:01 PM
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LaPera Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 11:01 PM
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58. Ed Schultz of course had a segent of the protest on his MSNBC television show today.
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The Damned Donating Member (284 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 12:22 AM
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59. The Lamestream Media
For exactly the OPPOSITE reasons that Sarah Youbetcha thinks!
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Shining Jack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 04:48 AM
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60. No I didn't...
Thank you for telling us.
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 05:16 AM
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61. "Move along. Nothing to see here." - Republicon corporate media
eom
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 05:35 AM
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62.  I read it in the Washington Post. Amazing, but true. nt
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B Calm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 05:39 AM
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63. I wonder if the protesters would have strapped on guns if it would have. . .
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Taitertots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 05:45 AM
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64. Of course not, we live in 1984
There could be a million people protesting something and it wouldn't get 1/10 the coverage the tea party gets. That way 99% of the people won't even know millions of people stand beside them.

The tea party movement is a creation of the corporate media.
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Tesha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 06:08 AM
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66. The Boston Globe had a small article...
and the comments were interesting....

READER COMMENTS (4) Sort: Chrono order | Latest first | Most recommended


denliz wrote:
The Globe and the Unions! All a bumch of Socialist. No wonder the Globe is on it's last legs.


TheSageJohnLocke wrote:
Isn't this the same union that Obama gave GM and Chrysler to over the rights of the bondholders, the valid owners in a bankruptcy......
This union has ripped us off more than the banks they're protesting!!


TheGlobeLies wrote:
Q: Can you spot the only people not on the dole (i.e. welfare)?
(Hint: They are holding video cameras)


Fox followers all.
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B Calm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 06:13 AM
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67. Someone forgot to inform that one bastard that GM paid back their loan and
President Obama saved US manufacturing jobs by giving those auto loans. . .
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 05:26 PM
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72. paid it back with government money, don't you mean....
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B Calm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 10:08 PM
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75. No, they paid it back by making profits from selling automobiles.
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 10:39 PM
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77. no, actually, they didn't....
Edited on Sat May-01-10 10:48 PM by Hannah Bell
GM Summary

GM is still Government Motors.
The US Government converted $45.3 billion in loans to a 70% ownership position.
The Canadian Government converted an $8.1 billion stake into 12% ownership.
GM lost $3.4 billion in the 4th quarter of 2009.
GM still has $15 billion in debt.
GM has $27 billion in unfunded pension liabilities.

Until GM IPOs we will not know an approximation of taxpayer losses. Moreover, those losses do not include the pension time bomb.

http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2010/04/gm-r...

http://www.forbes.com/2010/04/23/general-motors-economy...

http://www.propublica.org/ion/bailout/item/gm-announces...
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B Calm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-02-10 09:16 AM
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78. I guess the republicans just can't grasp the fact that he saved US manufacturing jobs
(thousands of them in fact) by using socialist tactics.

If what you posted is true, why all the news last week that GM paid us back with interest?
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senseandsensibility Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 05:19 PM
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71. kick
n/t
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 05:33 PM
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73. proof the media is protecting the wealthy class's interests over everyone else's
Edited on Sat May-01-10 05:34 PM by fascisthunter
also... where were the concerned tea baggers? Exactly...
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 05:56 PM
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74. They needed a catchy name. The MSM goes gaga for'em.
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senseandsensibility Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 10:30 PM
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76. Unions could have the catchiest name ever
and our corporate media would never cover them. Ever.
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certainot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-02-10 12:44 PM
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80. 1% would have got more media if they'd gone to the local limbaugh stations
that were so instrumental selling the deregulation in the first lace and now do the heavy lifting for wall street on obstruction and enabling the GOP and blue dogs to get their compromises.
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