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Until it was destroyed on November 15, Occupy Wall Street in Zucotti Park was three things, a series of unpermitted demonstrations against the financial industry, an ongoing street carnival and a squatters camp, a block long "Obamaville" in the heart of lower Manhattan. Every time it was successful, it was successful because it mobilized the greatest number of people, kept itself outside of limiting political categories like left and right, stayed away from constricting lists of "demands" and the traditional political process. Every time it lost it lost because it alienated potential supporters by allowing small groups of people to monopolize the agenda. Whether it was the panhandlers on the western edge of Zucotti Park, or the union bureaucrats in Foley Square, the result was the same, demoralization and defeat.

By discarding any of the three components that brought it to national attention, Occupy Wall Street risks limiting itself. If Occupy Wall Street becomes mainly a student movement, it loses the group that has been its greatest strength, recent college graduates in their mid 20s struggling in a bad economy. If Occupy Wall Street attaches itself to the Democratic Party or even the far left, funnels its energies into recall campaigns, voter registration drives, or even selling communist newspapers, it risks alienating another of its strengths, the libertarian right, the many, many people who occupied Zucotti Park in the Fall of 2011 who wanted, not to put Obama back into office and get Bernie Sanders a leadership position in the Senate, but to "end the fed." If Occupy Wall Street gives up the physical space of Zucotti Park and holds its general assemblies at the Brecht Forum or in some classroom at Columbia or the New School, it risks handing the process over to the usual suspects, the institutionalized left in New York, who will then, inevitably, funnel the energies of people who attend the general assemblies, if they can even find them, into permitted marches and fund raising.

On the other hand, if Occupy Wall Street plans to retake Zucotti Park, Oscar Grant Plaza and their counterparts in Seattle, Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles in the spring of 2012, it can and inevitably will mobilize numbers of people the police departments in those cities won't be able to face. They won't even want to. Every police officer will be terrified of becoming the next John Pike. Five thousand arrests, 10,000 arrests, 50,000 arrests, at some point, the capacity of even the New York or Los Angeles police will simply be overwhelmed. No city government, even as part of an effort coordinated by Homeland Security will be able to "face the arithmetic." The "1%" have chosen a battlefield they can't hold, a military strategy that depends on the "99%" defeating themselves through fear, the desire to be respectable, or the simple unwillingness to reach out and grab what's rightfully theirs. Call their bluff.
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So, here's how I think I want to play with G+ now:

I've been poking around it, reading, responding, doing a few posts, and frankly, though I've met a few interesting people, it's not yet living up to my expectations. There are a lot of people trying to be professional in some capacity or another and you know, more power to you all, but I'm going to have to block you cause I'm just not interested in that. I don't want to be anyone's fan-girl; I want real, deep communication among people who think deeply and clearly and who are looking for the same. I don't care if you have fans, but just know that if I interact with you, I will be doing so as an equal person, and I won't be playing sycophant, no matter who you are. But I will try to be kind - right up until I can't anymore. If those terms do not suit you and you really want an imbalanced relationship where you are a star and everyone else is a fan and tells you how great you are - cool beans. Block me now, and carry on your merry way. And forgive me for calling attention to the elephant in the room.

Now, I'm not saying that you can't be a professional or a celebrity on whatever level you manage to do so - but those things simply are not important to me - regardless of what you do for a living, or how much success you've had at it, I want to know what makes you tick, what you think about, your dreams, your fears, and I want to see you risk, show confusion, or in other ways share who you really are here. And I'll do the same - first actually, to make a safe place here for that, if I can. So if that's your main use of this space - to gather fans or people to sell to (same thing eh?), I'm likely going to be setting you aside cause that stuff is clogging the more important things I want to explore here. I can get my ads and news elsewhere (though some discussion via a news article is dandy - it's the discussion I'm after). If you know of any people who are using this similarly - please please please give me their profile addresses. I am very interested.

If anyone is reading this and feels the same way, knows what I'm talking about and would like to be put in a special "explorative thinking discussers" category (I really need to rethink that name) then let me know what's on your mind here or just, you know, let me know you're there.

I tend to do experiments, and am a little bit of a prankster, and this should all become a little more apparent as I move from Facebook over this way. I'm not a person who stores a lot of knowledge (though most of my closest friends do) but I am a person who opens doors in discussion and that's what I believe I'm going to be seeking most here. Not to debate - that can be found anywhere, and, in fact, though spirited conversation is more than welcome, if you really love the fight, you probably are not my kind of people so best we figure that out right away. I'm often a good writer, and sometimes not - I am not here to sell myself in any way, so that becomes meaningless. I'm here to facilitate discussion. To poke around and see what truth we can discover together. And occasionally to make people laugh. I'm going to look at this place as a forum for creating friendship.

I'm going to treat my posts and my profile as my "home" and play facilitator and referee and let me just name myself queen of my space right now and get it out of the way. I'll probably purposefully try to get some sort of interesting discussions going and facilitate their exploration but if you're a jerk, I won't hesitate to can your booty. I'm not so diplomatic that I resisted saying that, though I did replace one of the original words in that sentence with another less offensive one - don't count on that always being my way. I swear like a sailor and I'm too old to change. But I care like a mother and I won't back down from that either.

So, hey, welcome to the inside of my brain. Watch out for that dark oozing stuff over there - if you stay to this side of the big open room, you'll find comfy chairs and less scary monsters. If you go exploring, do so at your own risk.
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Good morning Google Plus. #Craftidea for today- if you want creative envelopes, go to #Google Maps, map the route from your letter to the other person's mailbox. Print them up, fold them into 8 by 11 envelopes (or smaller if you are sending #holiday cards).
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I'm finding that I care less and less about politics, technology and gadgets, gossip, novelty, and buying and owning things, and care more and more about building stuff, growing stuff, playing, cooking, moving my body, learning new skills, and time with really good people discussing things that really matter. Hint: what your children did is more important than what the president did. It really is.

Unfortunately, the whole world seems to be going in the opposite direction.

Oh well, at least there's no traffic jam on this road.
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