GaryBaumgarten

GaryBaumgarten
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Award winning journalist Gary Baumgarten hosts the News Talk Online show on Paltalk.com. He asks critical questions, and invites people from all around the world to talk directly to his newsmaker guests using Paltalk's voice over IP technology. Gary came to Paltalk as director of news and programming from CNN where he was the radio bureau chief and correspondent in New York for a decade, where he covered, among other things, the 9/11 attacks in New York and Hurricane Katrina. He was previously reporter and assistant news director at CBS all news radio station WWJ in Detroit. Prior to that he was managing editor at Detroit Radio News Service and a reporter for the Jackson (MI) Citizen-Patriot, the Detroit News and a number of weekly newspapers. Paltalk is the largest multimedia interactive program on the Internet with more than 4 million unique users. News Talk Online is also syndicated by CRN Digital Talk Radio to cable systems serving an additional 12 million households.

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OCTOBER 21, 2011 8:56AM

Occupy Wall Street's a diverse bunch

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By GARY BAUMGARTEN

I hung around Zuccotti Park again on Thursday afternoon trying to get a handle on the direction the Occupy Wall Street movement is going. My conclusion: it’s still, impossible to say.

I met so many people, there for so many different reasons.

Tracy Postert is a 40-something bio-chemist with a PhD from New York City. A former high school teacher and university professor who is well published in peer review journals. Tracy is unemployed. She was busy handing out resumes, hoping that someone might know someone who might be able to give her a job.

Postert is willing to relocate anywhere for that job, by the way. You can reach her at tracyposert@yahoo.com.

I also met a man who is an unemployed banker. He says he was let go because the bank he worked for made cutbacks. Occupy Wall Street is a place where he can vent his frustrations and get a sympathetic ear.

Among the others hoping to get sympathetic ears for their causes was Carl Dix, from the Revolutionary Communist Party. His group is marching on the New York State office building in Harlem Friday and he was busy imploring some of the occupyers to join him.

Dix wasn’t the only representative of  an organized group attracted to the concentration of frustrated Americans in lower Manhattan. Anti-capital punishment organizations, pro-green energy groups and the Black Panthers were there too.

They are welcomed along with anyone else joining the menagerie. But there are those who wonder if their presence will change the tone of the movement which, until now, has been organic and not controlled or unduly influenced by long-established political or advocacy organizations.

The consensus among the Occupy veterans I posed this question to was that the participation of organized groups is expected but doesn’t change the movement’s still-not-clearly-defined focus.

I also met a very articulate, interesting and engaging couple protesting the Federal Reserve, which they blame, at least in part, for the nation’s current economic situation. Their low-key argument is that the Fed’s policy of just printing new money whenever the government or the banks need it is counter-productive. The Fed, they say, should be elminated.

It wasn’t until we were parting company and exchanging email addresses that I learned that these two Brooklynites just recently left New York City’s shelter program for the homeless.

Finally I chatted for some time with Anthony Adams, a recent college graduate from San Fransisco with two Masters degrees, one in city regional planning, the other in transportation engineering. He is – you guessed it – unemployed.

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"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!"
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"One withstands the invasion of armies; one does not withstand the invasion of ideas."
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occupy party reaches critical mass/seismic effect--now what?
I think it is time to leave the streets, and bring home something that was learned from the experience. Let's all prop up America by creating even the smallest opportunities for others but most of all by engendering hope. Shop local, refer friends to others as candidates for programs and jobs. There isn't a living American who doesn't know that we have to do something...why not start with some fresh ideas.
Here's one...you need help..I have time...what can we do for each other?