August 2, 2012 : Olympic Coverage Special : Whims of the One Percent Collide with the 99



photo : BENOIT TESSIER, REUTERS / August 1, 2012

Notable Quotables :

There ain't no answer. There ain't gonna be any answer. There never has been an answer. That's the answer.
Gertrude Stein

As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests. Gore Vidal

What more, if anything, can be said about transvestite rapper sensation Mykki Bianco - or her new video - Stay tuned to UWS Digital News to find out! M-Bed

The Legal Grind :

Prosecutors have had more success recently in bringing cases against Occupiers. Not as much as Murdoch-funded outlets like the News claim, but at least they have snapped losing streaks. Other authority victories include sneak attacks on civilian dwellings, using flash grenades to gather “anarchist literature.”

Authorities want evidence, any way they can get it, all in the interest of presumed public safety. It's a classic rights vs. security debate. What rights would we give up to ensure complete security, if there is such a thing, and who - if anyone - wants to live that way.

However when Occupy teams with citizens lawyers groups – such as the National Lawyers Guild - they can mount legal counter-attacks of their own. Such as suing over-enthusiastic cops like the notorious Anthony Bologna.

The plaintiffs, Kelly Hanlin, Damien Crisp and Julie Lawler, were pepper sprayed by the now notorious Officer Bologna, who was disciplined for the incident.

The suit claims distress and medical injuries were sustained by the plaintiffs during and after the incident. NY Times Blog

OWS identity struggles - are they really the 99% - continue, evidently. A poet who takes to the stage during a summer rock concert is nearly booed off after dropping a few complimentary lines for OWS and tweaking the NYPD. This results in the unfortunate framing of Occupy vs. New Yorkers, according to Commentary

However recent posts from the hashtag show OWS still supporting traditional 99% constituencies, such as the one percent-feared alliance between occupiers and labor.

On this score, OWS makes its views on the CWA-IBEW Verizon contract negotiations loud and clear, displaying links to contact representatives to urge the company -which turns $23B in profits the last 5 years, while paying its Senior management team upwards of $350M - to stop chiseling its labor force aka the guys and gals who make their network run.

The occupy identity crisis is real and profound. as occupiers adapt to changing circumstances on the ground, from Zuccotti to Anaheim, and in Occupy towns across America.

Two activists with distinct views on the topic are Jen Waller and Tom Hintze, who call for "less Wall and more Street" at

It's not an empty question, as Orange County residents raged against police violence while Occupy protests the “prison industrial complex.”

One inescapable conclusion : White privilege counts for less when you're in the streets with everyone else. Society wants kids to shut up and be grateful for what they have, in this the greatest of countries. Or so the argument goes. It was easier to make when they had more of a economic future. It's a typical cross-generational dispute and the answer is there is no answer (see above).

As readers of this space well know, as we strive to achieve mainstream respectability we offer fair and balanced coverage of the one percent and their concerns, in particular, the international world of yachting!

Therefore, imagine our surprise and joy to discover among the non-NBC marred Olympic events the Weymouth Olympic Regatta, largely ignored by more reserved outlets.

(The Olympic boxing drama that inaugurated the careers of US legends of yore - Ali, Leonard, Foreman, De La Hoya - for example, is practically non-existent. Olympic basketball remains the perennial weak sister of Olympic hockey. You will not find us chanting “USA” for Lebron-Kobe beat downs of autograph-hunting Tunisia. No “Dream Team” can rival the 1980 US Olympic hockey victory, the defining American sports moment of the previous century.)

At such mega-events and spectacles, it is to be expected that the whims of the one percent inevitably collide with the needs of the other 99.

What's on in Cardiff – a hot question, as it turns out.

Here, 124 miles from the heart of the Olympiad, a local shop owner strives to keep the riff-raff away from the games. The merchant, a jeweler and, as it happens, part-time legal scholar - unearths the famous Cardiff law of 1824, which prohibits vagrancy. Occupy Cardiff immediately jumps to support the homeless, organizing a rally on the city hall lawn.

Though jeweler David Hughes-Lewis' one percent credentials may be suspect, he nonetheless voices concerns that those seeking shelter and a bed come to Cardiff and disturb tourist viewing of today's football matches, of which the anticipated womens Japan vs. South Africa match acts a mere teaser for the day's main festivities.

Hughes-Lewis wants authorities to leave nothing to chance on such an important day. “Homeless people come to our city because the pickings are really quite rich, even more so on a match day.”

On the men's side, the crowd is whipped into a lather by Mexico vs. Switzerland, followed by the butterfly-inducing Great Britain face off vs. team Uruguay. After all the arguing over whether or not Team GB should even exist and, if it did, whether Wales internationals should join in this, it is said to be a big day for several Welsh stars. Details and complete schedule at What's On In Cardiff

The Brits have been taking it on the chin in a variety of ways during the games. For one thing they endure a recent non-state visit by Candidate Romney. Secondly they've made fewer trips to the front of the medal stand than Kazakhstan. We won't mention Bob Costas, whose interview of the Fab Five, after their stunning performance, had all the spontaneity of a pre-calc mid-term.

Still Olympic sailing and the high-flying world of international yachts is one area where the Brits appear to have a viable chance to excel and win gold. On the women's side, the Aussies deliver a resounding boot to British hopes. In the final race of the day the Australians defeat the Netherlands with the lead swapping a number of times throughout the race on the Nothe spectator course.

At least Britain has some hardware. Cyprus hasn't so much as sniffed the podium. That could change as Cypriot sailor Pavlos Kontides (above) surges into gold contention in the laser dinghy. Chicago Tribune

File Under : That's exactly what we were saying the other day about replacing the broken global financial system with a more equitable and just world In the Finn class, Hoegh-Christensen of Denmark finishes first and second in a gloomy day of races across the Channel. The Brits fare better in the Finn class as Ben Ainslie strives for a fifth lifetime gold, to become the “greatest sailor in Olympic history.”

The final word belongs to Clearwater, Florida's Zach Railey, a 2008 Silver medalist, who adds, "Sailboat racing, everybody tries to make it so complicated. But all it is is going the right direction" espn

Finally, good-bye and RIP Gore Vidal, masterful literary lampooner who twisted and turned American ambiguity, political and otherwise, into high fashion - and occasionally art. Appreciations abound, especially businessweek, nytimes, cnn

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