Thursday, November 3, 2011
I'm in Pismo Beach. I used to come here when I was a kid; it was one of the closest beaches, so why not. It was always cold and windy. Frequently foggy. And if I was on the beach with anything the gulls wanted, the gulls would sweep down and hover until I dropped something on the sand for them and they would screech in to get it; one of them would triumph, flying away with whatever it was dangling from its beak.
Never went clamming or watched the grunion run, though.
Enough about me.
It's actually a beautiful day. I'm trying to catch up on news of Oakland, but the internet connection here is slower than dial up, and the only thing I've seen is on CNN, a murky YouTube of tear gas, and a 3 second narration about "refusal to disperse."
From what I was able to learn yesterday, the strike didn't exactly meet hopes -- we won't call them "expectations" -- and the Port was not exactly shut down.
I know next to nothing beyond that.
Meanwhile, NYCGA has (apparently) adopted a significant change in their process and procedures, replacing the 7 day a week General Assemblies with alternating GA's and "Spokes Council" meetings. Additional information aqui.
But accounts differ on whether this measure was actually passed by the General Assembly or not.
If it was, it means there has been a fundamental change in the operations of the NYCGA which will ripple through the whole Occupy Movement, perhaps for the better, perhaps not.
If it hasn't been adopted, then dancing is premature.
From accounts, there was tumult in Seattle last night, too.
Nobody said a Revolution would be easy.
Meanwhile, breakfast awaits in Arroyo Grande.
Video of the march to the Port of Oakland. News media say "7,000," Occupy Oakland says "20,000" -- the higher estimate looks right to me.
Also, evening shift was shut down.
News has been fragmentary at best.