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  • Occupy Wall Street Celebrates Hurricane Damage in New York City

    The East River crests the promenade between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. (Photo: ZUMA Press)

    East Coast residents are still reeling from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy. At least 39 people are dead, 8.2 million are without power, the storm inflicted about $20 billion in property damage, and it will likely cause $10 billion to $30 billion in lost business activity.

    But Occupy Wall Street — the waning protest movement based in New York City, which was hammered by the hurricane — has found cause to celebrate in the wake of the devastating storm.

    In a tweet on Tuesday, the group’s official Twitter account extolled the loss of electricity in New York and the halting of the city’s public transportation system (which, strangely, it included in a tweet tagged “#capitalism”).

    Other tweets from the account bemoaned capitalism’s supposed corrosion of social interaction.

    Numerous major political figures — from President Obama to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) — have offered words of praise for Occupy Wall Street. The movement’s supporters often ascribe to it mainstream political concerns such as income inequality or general political dysfunction.

    But the group’s post-Sandy communiques betray a hostility not just to capitalism — though that is certainly evident –but to modernity as well.

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    10 Responses to Occupy Wall Street Celebrates Hurricane Damage in New York City

    1. Jim McHugh says:

      And let us not forget Elizabeth Warren's (US Senate Candidate from MA) comment about Occupy Wall Street: "I created much of the intellectual foundation for what they do," she added, referring to her academic research on consumer debt.
      Please support Scott Brown!

    2. QRS says:

      That isn't their official Twitter account; it's @occupywallstnyc.

    3. Mike Peake says:

      #OWS Launches Sandy Relief! Important Info for Aid Needed & Volunteers #sandy aid http://interoccupy.net/?p=37118 by @InterOcc

    4. Brent says:

      The good thing about losing power, water, and other infrastructure services is that it reminds people of how valuable these things are, and how fragile that infrastructure is.

      It’s far too easy to take the luxuries of the 21st century for granted. That is perilous because it is easy to lose sight of the need for maintenance and ongoing investment.

    5. Anymouse says:

      Still trying to slander Occupy?! Jeez, must have taken something about their message personally… you don't think this headline comes across as a little sensationalist? I bet not.

    6. Tom Forrest says:

      They said that the floods in the subways would flush out all the rats and cockroaches and, sure enough, here they are!!!

    7. Suzanne says:

      If it is occupy, they have done so using capitalist technology.

    8. Jon Hoffman says:

      Are you guys from another planet ? For some weird reason my sense of what occurred is totally different than the "yours". What I have seen and read about starting three days ago has been the Occupy folks have been organizing relief supplies and teams to assist with water, food and medical care. Hey, there isn't anyone getting paid for any of this work. Like I said, quite a different story than your headline.

    9. Trillian says:

      Let's not judge the whole movement by a few comments, shall we? The author of this article is implying that the occupiers as a group are misanthropic and that is clearly a false impression (though it is still possible that some may be). Also, there are deliberate forum plants paid by political entities to make other political entities look bad. As noted, the Twitter account may not be the official one. Let's exercise good judgement here and notice what's not being said explicitly instead of reacting automatically to what is implied.

    10. Robert Sandera says:

      We are all children of God and should honor him by acknowledging the words of the Ultimate Commandment "to Love" Please reach out to our brothers and sisters this is a very cold time of year there to have to deal with water and no power or heat it will take a devastation psychological toll.
      Maybe we should all support FEMA with 5 bucks to help out or something. This is not a time to celebrate anybody's misfortune. You can't possibly understand what disaster is like till it happens to you. May God bring a loving Heart to all the people affected on the east coast as so we may prove to the world this is still and United States. Reach out and care this is OUR community the United States.

      Robert Sandera Independent for President.

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