OP OccupyWallStreet, OP “InvadeWallStreet”, “The Bankers Are The Problem”, and Disinformation
The Focus and the Locus:
Now that Occupy Wall Street is in full swing and spinning off other occupations the media is finally paying attention. That attention has begun to show just how unfocused this group really is, in fact, I might say “groups” really because I don’t believe there is a central locus to all of this. I really think that this is in part due to the genesis of Occupy Wall Street being created by those who are either a part of Anonymous or like minded. Just as Anonymous seems to lack cohesion much of the time, so too does the (anonymous approved) Occupy Wall Street crowd as well. This is not to say that their list of demands from the Occupy Wall Street site is unclear. In fact, this is the only group that seems to be clear at all, but, when you ask the average protester, you get mixed replies. So, the message seems to be lost here.
Occupy Wall Street’s Demands:
Demand one: Restoration of the living wage. This demand can only be met by ending “Freetrade” by re-imposing trade tariffs on all imported goods entering the American market to level the playing field for domestic family farming and domestic manufacturing as most nations that are dumping cheap products onto the American market have radical wage and environmental regulation advantages. Another policy that must be instituted is raise the minimum wage to twenty dollars an hr.
Demand two: Institute a universal single payer healthcare system. To do this all private insurers must be banned from the healthcare market as their only effect on the health of patients is to take money away from doctors, nurses and hospitals preventing them from doing their jobs and hand that money to wall st. investors.
Demand three: Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment.
Demand four: Free college education.
Demand five: Begin a fast track process to bring the fossil fuel economy to an end while at the same bringing the alternative energy economy up to energy demand.
Demand six: One trillion dollars in infrastructure (Water, Sewer, Rail, Roads and Bridges and Electrical Grid) spending now.
Demand seven: One trillion dollars in ecological restoration planting forests, reestablishing wetlands and the natural flow of river systems and decommissioning of all of America’s nuclear power plants.
Demand eight: Racial and gender equal rights amendment.
Demand nine: Open borders migration. anyone can travel anywhere to work and live.
Demand ten: Bring American elections up to international standards of a paper ballot precinct counted and recounted in front of an independent and party observers system.
Demand eleven: Immediate across the board debt forgiveness for all. Debt forgiveness of sovereign debt, commercial loans, home mortgages, home equity loans, credit card debt, student loans and personal loans now! All debt must be stricken from the “Books.” World Bank Loans to all Nations, Bank to Bank Debt and all Bonds and Margin Call Debt in the stock market including all Derivatives or Credit Default Swaps, all 65 trillion dollars of them must also be stricken from the “Books.” And I don’t mean debt that is in default, I mean all debt on the entire planet period.
Demand twelve: Outlaw all credit reporting agencies.
Demand thirteen: Allow all workers to sign a ballot at any time during a union organizing campaign or at any time that represents their yeah or nay to having a union represent them in collective bargaining or to form a union.
These demands will create so many jobs it will be completely impossible to fill them without an open borders policy.
All of these demands seek to rectify some area of social injustice and on the whole would be nice to see frankly.. This is not to say they will ever happen. So, the media is being rather disingenuous or, shall I say lackadaisical in reporting the whole story here? There are demands, there are people who might be able to recite them or have them on a sign, but, its easier and more news worthy if they report that a mass of whacky nouveau hippies have taken to the streets in Manhattan right?
I am guessing though, that the masses of people that they might gravitate to would just be the “newsworthy” one’s with the crazy eyes to make their segments pop..
So, Occupy Wall Street and Anonymous, I think, if you are behind all of the above demands, then you should set the record straight and often instead of just letting the media portray you all as bags of crazy. This will only lend to the image that the right has of you and serve you no purpose. Focus on the issues here so as to not just get cast aside as a group of malcontent’s alone. Of course, the genie is out of the bottle in many ways Anonymous, you see, in your inability to control the message (due to your very nature of herding cats) has opened the door to others who would seek to derail everything.
Whether they be individuals, corporate entities, or.. Who knows…
Disinformation and Conspiracies:
Back in August I and my partners on the Anonymous panel warned that your message was diffused, uncontrolled, and could be easily hijacked or turned around by those who want to sow trouble. Much as the Lulz came out and caused so much damage, so too now are the conspriacists, and the disinformation (spin doctors) seeking to control the message and the movement (or at least parts of it they can influence) In an earlier post I wrote a bout the psychology that I believed to be prevalent within the Anonymous crowd as well as the median ages. Due to the age groups involved, much of the naivety can be laid upon their youth and the fact that their brains are not fully formed. However, there is a lot more going on here.
Some have been working behind the scenes to stoke the conspiracy fires that have been burning for a while now. Conspiracies that have been streamed online by the Alex Jones’ of the world. It was this kind of dark reality that I think prompted the first Youtube video posted at the top of this article. I have written recently about this vid and have to wonder if this is just a splinter person looking to gain traction on their personal belief or something else. Could this video that purports to be an “Anonymous” person from NYC be just a manipulation to incite the thus far mostly peaceful protests at Wall Street to violence?
This one video really touches on all the key points of conspiracy belief.
- The bankers at the cause of all our troubles
- The bankers fund coup d’etat’s and war on both sides
- The Bankers are the modern Medici’s controlling governments and the message
- The Root of all evil are Bankers and they are the bane of humanity
- Bankers control the media and the education system
- Bankers launder drug money and keep the drugs illegal
- The international Banker is the scum of the earth
- Bankers are the infected blankets and whiskey on the Indian reservations
I guess the real question about this video and its release is whether or not it is convincing enough to cause anyone to really commit violence against bankers or others down on Wall Street. The other effect it likely will have is to re-enforce the belief in conspiracy theories by the Anonymous groups in general. A high number of Anon’s seem to hold to these theories and one has to wonder just where this might lead them.
NLP and Other Means of Manipulation:
One of the problems with this video is that the diatribe presented by the narrator is using a form of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) to make his points. This type of leading language and word choice makes the argument even more potent to a believer of the conspiracy or conspiracies in general. While not actually “NLP” in the strict sense of the term, the narrator does a pretty good job at sounding convinced of his statements and mentally mirroring the self fulfilling prophecies conspriacists espouse.
As you might be able to tell, I am intrigued by this video and its creator. My fascination stems from the programming style of presentation down to the use of music in the background (something along the lines of Dead Can Dance chant) that sets a psychological stage key to its purpose. Was this created by just another guy with some skill? Or was this something that was created by professionals?
Professionals you might say? Has he gone round the conspiracy bend?
Well, take a look at the video.. Not much to see..
Now “listen” to the video. Look away and just listen to it. Then you will tell the difference here. The dialogue is smooth, professional. The choice of the narrator, if one was “chosen” was good in that it is one of those egotistical and self important sounding persons with an English/Aussy accent akin to the voice of “The Voice of Britain” aka Lewis Prothero on V for Vendetta. Remember, oration is a key to convincing people, just ask Hitler and Goebbels, so this choice was deliberate I think. My question is this;
“Was this a pre-canned voice over from something else?”
“Is this the actual author’s voice?”
If this was not a one or two man job, not to sound conspiratorial, then just who and why did they do this? For the lulz? Still, the message is key and the scariest part of it all. Mainly, advocating physical violence against all bankers and the system itself.
Attacking Wall Street Digitally and Its Fallout:
Meanwhile, there is another message (linked above) that was recently released exhorting people to take part of a DD0S of the NYSE website. The actual words used were to “erase” NYSE from the web or some such, but you get the idea. This, to me, is the next step before actual attacks on bankers by people on the street. It’s pretty much the digital pitchfork and torch patrol. If this attack is carried off, and there are other issues that stem from these attacks (say someone actually hacks the site or their systems in some way) it would have a cascade effect on the markets that likely could cause many more problems for the economy.
FUD is a great motivator in the tanking of the markets and an attack on the NYSE itself, or NYNEX, or any of the players here could have ripples later on. Those ripples would come in the form of people selling off their stocks, companies and corporations as well, and the net effect could potentially be large losses in the market. Even the DoS of the site could sow enough FUD in the system so as to cause this to happen.. Just look at what happened in Hong Kong last month. While it did not kill the market, it did cause large losses and a depressed market in HK for a while.
Anonymous, for what its worth claims that they did not put this video out nor the call to DoS Wall Street. Of course with Anonymous, there is no way to really know if it was a sanctioned operation because of Anonymous’ very nature. They are decentralised (sorta) due to the splinter cell nature of it now. Even if they wanted to, Anonymous could no longer control their masses because the “Idea” is hard to stop.. The people acting on it.. Not so much as we can see from the arrests so far. What it really comes down to is that the DDoS of Wall Street is an exceedingly bad idea as is the all out “run” on bankers and no matter what the core of Anonymous says or does, they likely can’t stop its happening in their name.
And this will be their demise… The genie is literally out of the bottle.