#OccupyWallStreet Trending Around World, But Not in North America?

As of this afternoon, the Twitter hashtag #OccupyWallStreet is trending around the world (especially in Asia, Australia, and Europe), according to Trendsmap. But it is not even showing up in North America, let alone the United States. Here is a screenshot of a Trendsmap search that was taken on Sunday September 23, 2011 at 2:30 EST.

UPDATE 3:08 PM EST: A READER noticed that Trendsmap has a glitch and that you have to zoom in on US to get the #OccupyWallStreet tag, Here is a current image in zoom, although it is still weird that the hashtag is not showing up in a global image of the whole world.

UPDATE, 3:27PM EST: One Twitter follower was able to screen shot the global image of the gobal trend. Here is the image:

YouTube NYPD Arrests and Comments on #OccupyWallStreet Lead to Anger, Lies, and Spam

Tensions are beginning to mount after Day 8 of the #OccupyWallStreet movement in lower Manhattan led to 80 arrests and a highly active day on social media, where people on the ground posted videos of some of the arrests.


One of the arrests was that of protester Sam Quinn (who identifies himself in the following video, where here is tackled and arrested by a New York City Police officer).

The video, as suspected, has garnered traffic on YouTube, and several comments criticizing the police. One of those comments was actually from a person who claims to be the arresting officer. This is what user JackLarson9 wrote on Sunday morning around 6:40 am EST:

ATTENTION: My name is Officer Larson of the NYPD and I am the one you see in this video lawfully restraining that dissident, in response to his aggressive posturing.

If any of you have a problem with that, please send me a private message with your address, and I'll go down to your house, and drop-kick you in your dumb, beligerent mouths.

If you have made disparaging remarks about me or my fellow officers, please delete those now or we will use all the resources at our disposal to…

We did contact JackLarson9 via YouTube message to confirm if indeed he was the officer involved in the arrest. As of right now, we have not gotten links for spam and we have yet to hear from him but we did ask JackLarson9 what he meant from those comments. (Links to this profile take people to EBay pages.) Even if it were a fake account, it appears that social media is now the place for unfiltered and threatening debate, but also the place where spam, fake news, and bad links can contaminate an actual authentic movemetn. Right now, it is NOT confirmed that the officer who actually arrested Sam Quinn is indeed posting on YouTube.

In the meantime, another YouTube user offered this response to JackLarson9's comments. We kind of agree:

#1 Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Our government… teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. ~Louis Brandeis

The Colbert Report Covers #OccupyWallStreet This Week

Stephen Colbert gives it up to #OccupyWallStreet this week. All publicity is good publicity.

Here is the clip if you missed it.


MORE EXCLUSIVE PICS of Day 5 #OccupyWallStreet March

We are proud to publish yet another video showcasing the amazing photojournalistic talents of Rebecca Beard from RebeccaBeard.com. These photos were taken during the Day 5 March of #OccupyWallStreet in lower Manhattan on September 21, 2011.

Soundtrack is "No se faltan alas" by the great Silvio Rodríguez. You don't need wings to fly. All you need is love and hard work and respect and compassion and peace.



The Latino Rebels are proud to present exclusive photos of Day 5 of #OccupyWallStreet taken for us by the very talented Rebecca Beard of RebeccaBeard.com.

The music chosen is the great Silvio Rodríguez. "I dream of planes, but who put garbage in my dreams?"

The New York Times Confirms #OccupyWallStreet Arrests Were for Wearing Masks

The New York Times reported the following today about the arrests that were made during the third day of the #OccupyWallStreet protests in New York City


The first three arrests came on Pine Street, when a police lieutenant ordered that two men wearing ski masks be taken into custody. Officers then arrested a woman wearing a plastic mask on the back of her head.

The next arrest came a few minutes later on when a deputy inspector standing on Wall Street ordered a man wearing an orange hat to keep moving. The man, who had turned around in a crowded sidewalk just west of Broad Street, spoke to the inspector for a moment, then lifted his hands and said that he was having difficulty moving.

At that, the inspector reached over a curbside barricade, grabbed the man and tried to haul him from the sidewalk onto the street. As the man backed away, the inspector lunged forward, holding onto the man and toppling the metal barricade. The inspector fell to the sidewalk and a moment later the man in the orange hat was also on the ground, being handcuffed.

The police confirmed that three men and a woman were arrested under provisions that make it illegal for two or more individuals to wear masks.

Another man was arrested, and the police initially said he was charged with jumping a police barrier and resisting arrest. But a reporter and a photographer for The Times who witnessed and documented the episode between the man in the orange hat and the police did not see him attempting to jump a barrier. Late in the afternoon, the police said the man was charged with committing disorderly conduct by impeding pedestrian traffic, not with jumping a barrier.

Another woman was arrested around 11:45 a.m. as she was writing in chalk on the sidewalk on Broadway near Zuccotti Park. “They just came up and grabbed her,” said Jessica Davis, 19, who identified the arrested woman as Andrea Osborne. The police confirmed a sixth arrest, of a woman, on graffiti charges.