What makes a strike “general” has little to do with surpassing some quantitative threshold of participants. What is implied in the adjective is not strictly about size—how “big” the strike is—but rather designates a political action that is qualitatively different from the typical labor strike.
“I plan to be here until there’s actual change,” Ricky Wood of Malden said. “Until I can go somewhere else and feel comfortable that everything is accomplished here.”
Asked what he meant by “actual change,” Wood replied: “Equality.”
“I’m staying here indefinitely,” he added. “This is my home.”
Mike from Keene, N.H., who hitchhiked to the protest and declined to give his last name, said he would stay at Occupy Boston “until we see results,” although he said it was too soon to say what those might be.
“It’s so hard to answer questions like this,” he said. “I’m sure you never knew you’d be standing here talking to me when you were 15 years old. Maybe you were going to be a professional skateboarder. So to say what exactly the results are going to truly be is a question that, in my opinion, is impossible to fathom.”
Cargo-handling operations at the Port of Oakland returned to normal Thursday morning following a night of disruptions from the Occupy Oakland movement.
The Port of Oakland was fully operational as of 11 a.m. “All entrances to the port are open. There are truck traffic lines at some gates, and terminal operations are processing backlogs from yesterday’s operations,” the port said in a news release.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union dispatch took place on schedule at 7 a.m. for an 8 a.m. start, ILWU spokesman Craig Merrilees said. However, a small group of protesters continued to block access on the main road in the harbor area.
Richard Mead, president of ILWU Local 10, met with the protesters, thanked them for raising important issues and offered to buy them breakfast burritos. The protesters accepted Mead’s offer and traffic began to flow back to the terminals, Merrilees said.
I would much prefer it without the anarchists and anticapitalists and their stupid religous-revival style chanting, who AFAICT are the same kind of people who advocate supporting the Republicans because Obama's such a disappointment to them.
Only I wasn't able to use the ATM I went to because some assholes had decided smear all the machines with hair gel or some other chemical substance. ...Fuck these people. The path of change involves pushing the violent people back out to the lunatic fringe
The path of change involves pushing the violent people back out to the lunatic fringe where they came from and rejecting this idiot revolutionary rhetoric, this childish drum-banging and chanting, and the self-righteous wankers who keep promoting it and recycling their lowest-common-denominator arguments. I want Glass-Steagall reinstated, I want proper single-payer healthcare
Although critics have provided a number of arguments against MERS, the most fundamental relate to MERS’ claim that it acts as mortgagee of record. While the language it uses to register mortgages in the name of MERS in local courthouses says it is both the nominee for the mortgagee and the mortgagee (a legal impossibility), in depositions its executives have repeatedly said that MERS is the mortgagee (see here and here for examples). - naked capitalism
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