Went on down to NYC this AM, as do not rely on the sanitized news and rely less on blogs, to seek out what all the brouhaha was about. For those of you who cannot deal with any of this ignore it, as it will go right over your juvenile heads... Some observations.. Got to "Liberty Plaza", which is coincidentally directly across the street from the World Trade Center.. Got there very early and most folks were still sleeping or just waking up, there seems to be a lot of disenfranchised folks... not sure how they smelled, as I did not do a lot of hugging. As time went on, more and more people joined them and there was a more homogenuous mix.. young & old, black, spanish and american indian, along with the majority. Varied folks the young and disenfranchised, the middle aged folks who have economic concerns, some veterans, some hard hats and some mature folks like myself who are concerned about our future. They were scheduled to march on Rupert Murdoch's house, and I wanted not part of that so I left before than nonsense. There was an interesting contrast of the tour busses driving by, and the folks on Liberty Plaza with their signs.. some of which were incendiary. The contrast had to do with the advertisement on the side of the busfor Bloomberg News.. There was a mix of peace activists, anti drone people, some weird causes.. but no free Mumia Abu-Jamal which always creates ambivalence. No mention of gay or lgbt stuff, mostly about economics and peace. There is no central clearing house to decide what direction to take, and naively there is no leadership at all.. not sure how well they will survive without some direction.. need someone who can convey a clear and consistent message. "What a field day for the heat, 1,000 cops in the street".. early on there were also a couple of conflicts, but the cops and the 99%'ers got out of it.. fortunately, but something will step off one of these days it was somewhat tense. The whole square is surrounded with police cars and police vehicles. As the morning there were a bunch of small groups inside the square and some very knowledgeable speakers about how the stock market work and how the rules are skewed for the big traders.. and how our economic system is broken. The conversation and comments tended to be very intelligent. But the message seems to be lost by the directionless activists who garner the most coverage by the press as they make the most noise.. It will rain tommorrow and the weather will get colder soon, so the timing is suspect.. but may get organized and be back in the spring. No obvious dope use, but maybe it was the time of day. No obvious bathroom facilities, I took care of my needs in Grand Central before I ventured down. As free flowing and idealistic as they are, they need to have some type of centralized leadership, common message and focus.. It was really great morning.. and enjoyed my time with these folks, are they real and sustainable???.. probably so. I suspect that they will continue in some shape or form, but they need to clarify their message. If they do they may appeal to a lot of people..