Having gained serious momentum since its inception in Zuccotti Park on September 17 in lower Manhattan, the Occupy Wall Street movement (OWS) has spread to cities both large and small, both domestically and globally.
On Tuesday, November 29, 1400 Los Angeles police officers clad in riot gear descended on the Occupy LA encampment at City Hall in order to evict the protesters. I was one of many there reporting on the raid for Occupy LA Media.
Citing the repair of the grounds and the restoration of the park to public use, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa issued an eviction notice for the Occupy encampment at City Hall Park on Friday. With the mayor's deadline of 12:01 tomorrow morning looming, Occupy Los Angeles prepares for a major shift in the movement. It is the last major stronghold to be decamped, but its removal should not be its demise. Call it Occupy 2.0, an inevitable and necessary transition to a more efficient and effective method of mass protest...
Whether driving to work listening to the radio or walking through the aisles of my neighborhood Rite Aid, I have been subjected to non-stop Christmas tunes... and it's not even Thanksgiving! It used to be that both retailers and radio disc jockeys would respect the traditional timeframe-- Turkey Day 'til Christmas Day, but no longer. It's all-out psychological warfare to get people into the buying spirit and to goose some early sales. Many retailers have taken this a step further, and are opening late on Thanksgiving Day, 9 p.m. for Toys "R" Us and 10 p.m.