Today “there was definitely an upswing in law enforcement activity that seemed to fit the pattern of targeting what police might view as political residences,” said Gideon Oliver, the president of the New York Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, which offers legal to support to Occupy Wall Street. “They were asking what are your May Day plans, do you know who the leaders are—these are classic political surveillance questions.”

NYPD Raids Activists’ Homes Before May Day Protests

America’s got this funny style of Fascism going on where so many of the actors (NYPD, FBI) are positively pathetic (in what they choose to focus on, in how they’re unable to see how obviously ridiculous and fucked up they are being), while the underlying ideas and principles (and the slow but certainly steady volume increase on these ideas) are really fucking frightening.

…it’s good to remember that there’s extraction, and there’s extraction; the machinery of profit exports its more sordid forms of violence just as it exports its most exploitative forms of labor; pepper spray is to the cluster bomb as the service sector is to the sweat shop. This is another reason why when folks say that OWS and like minds are naive in their disengagement from electoral politics and their belief that their civilization is irrevocably broken and unrecoverable, I spit on the sidewalk. OWS is insufficiently cynical. America is quite willing and able to destroy whole societies, yet you believe it is somehow morally indefinsible to avoid the ballot box; you think it anti-democratic? Democracy has delivered the greatest military juggernaut in the history of mankind.

WHO IS IOZ (via thenewephemera)

Almost shouted at someone this weekend who suggested that all that matters is that you go out there and vote. Doesn’t matter who you vote for, just be counted. But then instead of arguing the sophomoric point I remembered “Live without dead time” and focused on the movie on the screen (Predators) instead.

This is costing a lot of money, at a time when we are being warned that we may face revenge attacks from al-Qaida because of our recent drone strike.

We’re going to spend hundreds of thousands, maybe even $1 million on this that we don’t have. Because of these protests, we might even wind up shutting down schools and firehouses because this is costing a lot of money.

Perennial shit-heel (one might call him a "legendarily notorious" or, perhaps infamous fuckwad of New York City politicis) Peter Vallone, Jr. tries to drum up all sorts of fear over what these protests may cost the city

This article is just rich. You’ve got fear-mongering over terrorism (and what amounts to a tacit admission that it’s our stupid international violence that drums up terrorism), insistence on austerity (with added implication that it’s the people that are to blame), and not a hint of awareness of the real reasons behind the city’s budget woes (oh the irony?).

There’s also this amazingly Orwellian bit:

Members of the department have told WNYC that larger presence of “white shirts” is customary at large protests because of the sensitivities involved with trying to enforce the law while respecting First Amendment rights, and according to those sources, officers have been instructed not to make arrests unless explicitly authorized by a lieutenant, captain or inspector to do so.

The general thrust of the article, though, is that the protest is costing the NYPD a lot in time, money, and manpower. I suppose the journalist didn’t bother to ask the NYPD why they’re devoting so many resources (including a watch tower!) to a non-violent action that’s seen 0 damage to people or property (that wasn’t done by the NYPD itself)….