all of a sudden, weirdly, i caught sight of geraldo rivera entering the park with an escort of 8(8!) policemen. they, he or somebody must have thought he was at risk, coming from fox news. the "war correspondent" needs is own army to protect him from peaceful campers? since the protesters are not only peaceful but pretty much genial to all, this seemed quite odd. and for a serious reporter...?
i don't have a tv but i wish i could see what geraldo airs- if it shows him walking through the park with police protection it's probably a deliberate attempt to make the gentle quaker style protest seem threatening?
the occupants (occupiers?) don't, as a whole, expect a revolution; and they aren't, as a whole, communist hippies. (let's face it, hippie communism is soooo 20th century... all the cool kids now days are anarchists!) actually, there are all kinds of people occupying, even active duty military. many/most of them would just be happy to be back in a recent past america where they could go to college, get a job, work and thrive.
as an aside, i think some of us who are drawn to this event would like to refute the dogma that lower taxes for the rich lead to job creation. the rich have paid lower taxes for over 10 years and the unemployment rate has only gone up. i just mention it because that kept coming up in conversations with conservatives who were passing. it's cool that some of them stopped to talk.
update boston. purely by accident the first thing i saw when i got in to the north end was a half dozen paddy wagons with blue lights flashing and a little group of protesters being interviewed by a camera crew. they were stragglers from a large march that was headed toward the common after passing over the charlestown bridge. it gave me a little thrill to see how the spirit of peaceful dissent has spread. here in the cradle of the american revolution and the region of the shot heard round the world. something's definitely happening.
more additions to this post later.