First-Hand Reporting from Occupy Wall Street: “You Are All a Lost Generation”

— Gail Zawacki, in a Wit’s End Repost

After the exhaustion of staying up all night Thursday to deter the threatened eviction of Occupy Wall Street early Friday, which to much teary jubilation, was thwarted, I came home for a nap and then returned again today. My intention was to first join with one of many collaborative demonstrations going on around the city, a protest against mountain top removal coal extraction, which I had been informed was to meet in front of the NYC Library. I arrived early and nobody else was there yet, so I wandered around back to the park, and came across a statue of Gertrude Stein.

Okay!…so I admit, I put my Anonymous mask on her bronze effigy! (I like to think she would have approved.) The rest of this post consists of quotes from her, and my first interview to upload (it takes some time, more will come). This first young lady, who is utterly charming, sincere, and articulate, presents an unsentimental assessment of the prospects for our industrial society and the inhibited actions of the major environmental groups that is amazingly sophisticated. I was impressed, and encouraged.

“Everybody knows if you are too care ful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.”


There ain’t no answer.There ain’t gonna be any answer.There never has been an answer.There’s your answer.

You look ridiculous if you danceYou look ridiculous if you don’t danceSo you might as well dance.

I do want to get rich but I never want to do what there is to get rich.

You have to know what you want to get it.

There is no reason why a king should be rich or a rich man should be a king, no reason at all.

All of the above are quotes from Gertrude.

As I get more video uploaded, I’ll add it…it takes time!

Update: Snippets from Times Square, where the police barricaded the protesters to allow traffic to continue to flow…

— Gail Zawacki publishes a blog with photographs and links to research about the damaging impacts of tropospheric ozone on vegetation, primarily trees, at Wit’s End.