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Best of the Web: US: Wall Street protest grows as unions swell ranks

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© REUTERS/Mike Segar An Occupy Wall Street protester demonstrates in Foley Square in New York City, October 5, 2011. Protesters, who have staged demonstrations about the power of the financial industry and other issues and who have camped in Zuccotti Park near Wall street for nearly three weeks were joined by hundreds of Union members in a march and demonstration through lower Manhattan.

* Protests in New York number at least 5,000

* Workers, the unemployed bolster protest numbers


Thousands of anti-Wall Street demonstrators converged on New York's financial district on Wednesday, their ranks swelled by nurses, transit workers and other union members joining the protest over economic inequality and the power of U.S. financial institutions.

The Occupy Wall Street march, estimated at about 5,000 people, was mostly orderly and the largest so far, while smaller protests were staged in cities and on college campuses across the country.

A dozen people were arrested in New York, including one who was charged with assault on a police officer who was knocked from his scooter, according to police spokesman Paul Browne. Others who were arrested had tried to break through a police barricade, Browne said.

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US, Philadelphia: Delaware mom accused of selling baby to go to Disney World

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A Delaware mother of three has been charged with selling her infant son for $15,000 because she wanted money to go to Disney World, police said on Wednesday.

Bridget Wismer, 33, of Brookside Park, Delaware, sold her 1-month-old son, Christian, to a Philadelphia man, John Gavaghan, 54, said police in New Castle County, Delaware.

Wismer and Gavaghan, who knew one another through mutual friends, were both charged with conspiracy and dealing in children.

The child was in good condition when he was found in Gavaghan's home, said Corporal John Weglarz Sr.

Christian is the youngest of Wismer's three children.

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The Origins of Occupy Wall Street Explained

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In July Adbusters, a Vancouver-based publication known for its incisive critiques of capitalism, included a poster in that month's magazine that read simply:
#OCCUPYWALLSTREET

September 17th. Bring tent.

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In response to the call, several loose-knit groups of organizers got involved and hundreds of people showed up on Wall Street on Sept. 17. A few weeks later, Occupy Wall Street is now spreading around the country and attracting intense interest from the media.

I spoke to Adbusters co-founder and editor in chief Kalle Lasn about the practical and ideological origins of the movement and about the continuing debate over its demands. The following transcript of our conversation has been edited for length.

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Memo To The Media: It's Not 'Anti-Capitalist' To Protest An Industry That Was Saved By Trillions Of Taxpayer Dollars

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One of the most popular demands at Occupy Wall Street is to get Big Money out of politics.

The occupation of Wall Street has now entered its third week and protests are spreading like wildfire throughout the country.

As the protests continue to grow, the media is increasingly taking notice. Yet many of these media outlets are insisting on referring to the protests as "anti-capitalist." Here are just a few examples:
- The Washington Post: The leading paper wrote today that "New York's budding anti-capitalism protest movement began last month with a vague sense of grievance over the widening gap between the rich and poor in America." [10/3/11]

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US: Herman Cain Tells Wall Street Protesters: It's Your Fault You Don't Have Jobs


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US: Chicago Traders Respond To Protesters With Signs Reading 'We Are The 1%'

The Occupy Wall Street movement spread to Chicago this week, where protesters have gathered outside the Chicago Board of Trade, the world's oldest options and futures trading center. Like the protesters in New York and other cities around the country, the group gathered to protest our nation's growing income inequality, as the top 1 percent of Americans continue to see their incomes rise rapidly and their tax rates fall. The Chicago traders, confronted by the protesters' "We are the 99 percent" message, crafted their own not-so-subtle reply, hanging signs in eighth-floor windows that said, "We are the 1%":

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US: Nancy Grace Sounds Off On Amanda Knox Verdict

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On Monday, an Italian appeals court threw out Amanda Knox's murder conviction and freed the 24-year-old after she spent almost four years in prison, but HLN host and Dancing with the Stars contestant Nancy Grace feels justice was not served.

"I was very disturbed, because I think it is a huge miscarriage of justice," Nancy told Access Hollywood' s Shaun Robinson after Monday's "DWTS" when asked about the high profile trial that also saw her co-defendant, Raffaele Sollecito, cleared of killing 21-year-old Meredith Kercher in 2007.

"I believe that while Amanda Knox did not wield the knife herself, I think that she was there, with her boyfriend, and that he did the deed, and that she egged him on. That's what I think happened," Nancy said, sharing her opinion.

Although the court overturned the conviction primarily based on discredited DNA evidence, Knox says she was not there the night of the murder, the Associated Press reported.

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US: Steve Jobs dies

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© Jeff Chiu, APCEO Steve Jobs holds up the new MacBook Air after giving the keynote address at the Apple MacWorld Conference in San Francisco. Apple on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011 said Jobs has died.

San Francisco - Steve Jobs, the innovative co-founder of Apple who transformed personal use of technology as well as entire industries with products such as the iPod, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh computer and the iTunes music store, has died.

The Apple chairman was 56.

The iconic American CEO, whose impact many have compared to auto magnate Henry Ford and Walt Disney - whom Jobs openly admired - abruptly stepped down from his position as CEO of Apple in August because of health concerns. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer.

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, a former Apple board member, called Jobs the best CEO of the past 50 years - perhaps 100 years.

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Think #OccupyWallStreet is just a phase? Then you don't get it

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This is only the beginning
Like the spokesmen for Arab dictators feigning bewilderment over protesters' demands, mainstream television news reporters finally training their attention on the growing Occupy Wall Street protest movement seem determined to cast it as the random, silly blather of an ungrateful and lazy generation of weirdos. They couldn't be more wrong and, as time will tell, may eventually be forced to accept the inevitability of their own obsolescence.

Consider how CNN anchor Erin Burnett, covered the goings on at Zuccotti Park downtown, where the protesters are encamped, in a segment called "Seriously?!" "What are they protesting?" she asked, "nobody seems to know." Like Jay Leno testing random mall patrons on American History, the main objective seemed to be to prove that the protesters didn't, for example, know that the U.S. government has been reimbursed for the bank bailouts. It was condescending and reductionist.

More predictably perhaps, a Fox News reporter appears flummoxed in this outtake from "On the Record," in which the respondent refuses to explain how he wants the protests to "end." Transcending the shallow partisan politics of the moment, the protester explains "As far as seeing it end, I wouldn't like to see it end. I would like to see the conversation continue."

To be fair, the reason why some mainstream news journalists and many of the audiences they serve see the Occupy Wall Street protests as incoherent is because the press and the public are themselves. It is difficult to comprehend a 21st century movement from the perspective of the 20th century politics, media, and economics in which we are still steeped.

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#OccupyWallStreet Protester: "End the Fed!"

OccupyWallStreet protester 'Chris' with a spot-on and passionate speech regarding ending the Federal Reserve, minimizing the Federal Government, ending the Fractional Reserve Banking System, ending the Monetary Fiasco that is the government-controlled FIAT money system & ending the Wars that were engineered to make the richest 1% even richer. We also need to have an independent audit and inventory of all the gold reserves in the USA. We need to hold the Bankers and Elite responsible for their crimes against humanity... End the Fed, End the Wars & End the Corruption!!