Wall Street

If the small number of protesters this weekend is anything to go by, Monday’s planned first anniversary action around New York’s financial district won’t cause too many banksters to be afraid to…

Impose Magazine‘s Gretchen Robinette has a very thorough photo treatment of yesterday’s May Day activities in lower and mid-Manhattan. Parks and major thoroughfares such as Broadway north of Union Square were filled…

If you work on Wall Street it’s time to take Bill’s Hicks’ advice for advertising and marketers … because this will never happen. Sheila Bair writes in the Washington Post: Are you…

Don’t you love it when pop culture reflects real life? From the Wall Street Journal:

In addition to the morally ambiguous Catwoman and the enhanced strongman Bane, it appears the new Batman movie will tackle income inequality, according to the below trailer.

In the clip, a whispering Anne Hathaway (Catwoman) can be seen telling Bruce Wayne, Batman’s billionaire alter-ego: “There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne… when it hits, you’re all going to wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.”…

With a story about prosecuting Wall Street featured on the most mainstream of TV news shows, CBS’s Sixty Minutes, might there finally be enough momentum for some banking executives go to jail?

In this segment, two high-ranking financial whistleblowers say they tried to warn their superiors about defective and even fraudulent mortgages. Reporter Steve Kroft questions why the companies and their executives haven’t been prosecuted.

Confused about what has unfolded since 2008? The sublime absurdity of bank bailouts and what we have(n’t) gotten in return, laid out in adorable animated form:

Radio host Jay Smooth shares some interesting thoughts on the meaning of Occupy Wall Street — that observing the way different media and political figures have reacted is educational in itself:

Occupy Wall Street is every bit as specific as it needs to be, and every bit as non-specific as it needs to be. It’s just specific enough to capture that basic sentiment that so many people share, and just vague enough to let many different people come to it. And as it keeps growing and coalescing, if certain people keep professing not to get it, those are probably the people who weren’t supposed to get it.

I love this whole spectacle of everyone scrambling and scraping for ways to pretend that something serious isn’t happening. It’s not only fun to watch, it provides a valuable service, because it reveals to us all who the ringers are at Wall Street’s three-card monte table.

The 1979 march on Wall Street offered a smaller, more whimsical glimpse of what would come 30 years later. It’s fitting as a premonitory event, especially if one believes that the economic crises of the 1970s were never truly solved, but merely lay dormant before returning with a vengeance in 2008:

This is a short clip from the film “Early Warnings” that details the sit-in that happened on Wall Street on the 50th Anniversary of the 1929 Stock Market Crash. The protesters were demanding an end to financial support for the nuclear industry and the action was part of the larger occupations at the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. The costumed figures on stilts are from the Bread and Puppet Theatre.

Will Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD manage to evict the #OWS protesters tomorrow? Drew Grant’s report for the New York Observer suggests maybe not:

After being told that they would have to “temporarily” vacate Zuccotti Park for sanitation reasons by Mayor Bloomberg, Occupy Wall Street responded to what one member is calling “an eviction notice.”

According to one of OWS’ Media team, a young man named Luke, there is “no way” that the protesters can comply with all the outlines set in Brookfield’s letter to the city, since OWS has been expressly forbidden from emptying the parks trash receptacles themselves; that the “cleaning” would include the removal of all tarps and sleeping bags, which the residents have been using to spend the night in the parks.