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Want to Get Fat on Wall Street? Try Protesting
New York Times ^ | October 11, 2011 | JEFF GORDINIER

Posted on 10/11/2011 3:16:09 PM PDT by reaganaut1

AFTER nearly two weeks of living among the Occupy Wall Street protesters in downtown Manhattan, Ellis Roberts, 25, a Pennsylvania garbage collector laid off last year, looked scruffy and dazed.

He was not, however, hungry.

“I’ve been here for 12 days, and I’ve put on 5 pounds,” he said, sitting on the ground in front of a handmade sign that said “Class War Ahead.” “I’m eating better than I do at home.”

Like the rest of his anti-corporate comrades, Mr. Roberts learned soon after arriving in Zuccotti Park that his meals would be taken care of. All he had to do was amble toward a ramshackle cluster of tables and boxes in the middle of the park and, without paying a cent, grab a slice of pizza or a warm slab of homemade vegan casserole. Last Thursday he had encountered “a bunch of Katz’s Deli sandwiches,” he said. “That was good.”

The makeshift kitchen has fed thousands of protesters each day. Along the way, it has developed a cuisine not unlike the Occupy Wall Street movement itself: free-form, eclectic, improvisatory and contradictory.

Requests for food go out on Twitter and various Web sites sympathetic to the protesters. And somehow, in spontaneous waves, day after day, the food pours in. The donations are received with enthusiasm, even when they are not precisely what the troops might have desired.

Robert Strype, 29, a protester from the Poughkeepsie, N.Y., area who was wearing a T-shirt that expressed his displeasure with Monsanto, said that anger about practices like factory farming and the genetic modification of vegetables was one of the factors that had roused him and some of his fellow occupiers. “Food plays a huge part in this movement,” he said. “Because people are tired of being fed poison.”

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TOPICS: Extended News; Front Page News; US: New York
KEYWORDS: classwarfare; cwii; democrats; fundedbysoros; fundedbyunions; liberals; obama; obamasminions; occupy; occupywallstreet; ows; owsisajoke; progressives; wallstreet
Free food will attract parasites ...
1 posted on 10/11/2011 3:16:11 PM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1
slab of homemade vegan casserole

Hippies...

2 posted on 10/11/2011 3:26:58 PM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: reaganaut1
AFTER nearly two weeks of living among the Occupy Wall Street protesters in downtown Manhattan, Ellis Roberts, 25, a Pennsylvania garbage collector laid off last year,

He's sitting around living off other people when he should be out looking for a job? I say let him rot there. I feel absolutely no pity for this lazy bum.



3 posted on 10/11/2011 3:26:58 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: All

Bum Alert FREE FOOD.


4 posted on 10/11/2011 3:27:43 PM PDT by troy McClure
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To: reaganaut1

And scavengers.

Come to think of it, parasites and scavengers are pretty much what the Dems are all about anyhow, so I guess it’s fitting.


5 posted on 10/11/2011 3:28:45 PM PDT by Ronin (If we were serious about using the death penalty as a deterrent, we would bring back public hangings)
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To: reaganaut1
garbage collector laid off last year,

I'll bet he smells worse now than he did when he was working.

Wall Street Protesters - Pew!!! It's a filth parade (I hear they're giving out prizes to the most vile. Those with lice even get a free Oboma balloon.)

6 posted on 10/11/2011 3:33:40 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: reaganaut1
I've been to Katz's...it's awesome! Great pickle plates with every sandwich.

As for Mr. Strype, anyone who's read "The Omnivore's Dilemma" or seen "Food Inc." knows what he's talking about. I haven't had a fast-food burger in nearly ten years..

7 posted on 10/11/2011 3:36:28 PM PDT by onehipdad (Who is John Galt?)
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To: reaganaut1
Free food will attract parasites ...

And reporters.

8 posted on 10/11/2011 3:37:52 PM PDT by GSWarrior (To activate this tagline please contact the Admin Moderator.)
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To: reaganaut1
Man, don't tell me this is not Astroturfing.
Since the protests began in September, nearby restaurants have experienced a strange uptick in phone calls and online orders, many of them coming from other parts of the world. Telly Liberatos, 29, the owner of Liberatos Pizza on Cedar Street in the Financial District, said he has received orders from places like Germany, France, England, Italy and Greece, as well as every region of the United States.

“It’s been nonstop,” he said. “The phones don’t stop ringing. People from California order the most at one time.” Someone from the West Coast had called in the biggest delivery: he wanted 50 pizzas dispatched to the park. …

Now and then, the park’s kitchen gets lucky. Bob Reich, who once worked for Birdbath Bakery in Manhattan, appeared in the encampment a few minutes before 7 p.m. bearing bags of freshly baked cookies. “The ingredients are as organic as we can get them,” he said. The first few protesters in line for dinner would, it seemed, enjoy an upscale dessert course. Why had Mr. Reich made the effort? “Because I support what people are doing here,” he said. “And who doesn’t love a cookie?”
Upscale dessert course?? Money pouring in from all over the USA (but especially California) and overseas (mostly from EU countries)?
9 posted on 10/11/2011 3:40:13 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: reaganaut1

How ironic! While these idiots are protesting Wall Street greed or whatever, Barak bin laden, oh, I’m sorry, Obama, who support the idiots, collected millions from Wall Street rich-cats at a posh fund raiser. Gives new meaning to the word idiot.


10 posted on 10/11/2011 3:43:38 PM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: Olog-hai
Upscale dessert course?? Money pouring in from all over the USA (but especially California) and overseas (mostly from EU countries)?

It's bad enough these nuts are anti-American Marxists, but their means of support isn't even American.
Well, at least the tax payers get a break. Let someone else feed the scroungers for a change.

11 posted on 10/11/2011 3:45:58 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: reaganaut1

Moochers Motto:

If it's free it's for me!


12 posted on 10/11/2011 3:46:30 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama's secret: "Once you learn to fake sincerity you've got it made")
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To: reaganaut1
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This is a big part of the revolutionary movement to Occupy...from our neighbors up North.

When protest leaders, groups from another country come to the US for anarchist reasons can they be arrested and sent back to whence they came?You won't see protesters from the US going into Iran etc having a good old "fun" time defecating on police cars.

These liberal mayors who welcome the protests and try to get along remind me, as I may have stated earlier; of the French government who rounded up the Jewish families for the Nazi Party [ The National Socialist German Workers' Party] and sent them to their deaths in concentration camps and worse---so the French themselves would be left alone--and it would eventually just all go away.[The Boy in the Striped Pajamas 2008]

13 posted on 10/11/2011 3:47:13 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: Olog-hai
Man, don't tell me this is not Astroturfing.

And this:

"Ms. Ferrara said they had begun looking for a nearby kitchen they could use to prepare all the perishable food coming in; that might reduce the need to rely on takeout.“

“We do have it in our budget to rent a space in the area”


14 posted on 10/11/2011 3:51:01 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama's secret: "Once you learn to fake sincerity you've got it made")
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To: reaganaut1

“being fed ???!!!”

You mean like prisoners and sheep?

Oh, wait ...


15 posted on 10/11/2011 3:51:01 PM PDT by dk88 (Keep your laws off my body)
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To: onehipdad

“As for Mr. Strype, anyone who’s read “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” or seen “Food Inc.” knows what he’s talking about. I haven’t had a fast-food burger in nearly ten years.. “

Totally agree with you here.


16 posted on 10/11/2011 3:51:19 PM PDT by Infralutheran
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To: dk88

is the laid off garbage collector illegally claiming unemployment the last 2 weeks?


17 posted on 10/11/2011 3:58:16 PM PDT by GreaterSwiss
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To: reaganaut1
Because people are tired of being fed poison.

Like the beer commericial says...

"Real men of genius"

18 posted on 10/11/2011 4:02:22 PM PDT by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: reaganaut1

I wonder if this make shift kitchen is subject to the same health standards and inspections as others that feed the public. If not, perhaps Bloomberg should get on that.

After all, they might get too much salt.


19 posted on 10/11/2011 4:04:21 PM PDT by PrincessB (Drill Baby Drill.)
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To: reaganaut1

20 posted on 10/11/2011 4:09:01 PM PDT by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: reaganaut1

Aaah,most of them will be gone soon-—the novelty will wear off.

Let them have their “sixties” fun for a while.


21 posted on 10/11/2011 4:14:10 PM PDT by Mears
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To: reaganaut1

I wonder when the cholera outbreak starts.


22 posted on 10/11/2011 4:20:50 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Sarah, I am so disappointed....)
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To: Olog-hai

Kinda the same places Obama got all those little unidentified campaign contributions from, huh?


23 posted on 10/11/2011 4:23:54 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: reaganaut1

“We don’t know where it comes from. It just appears, and we eat it.”

Hey look - it’s the same as their economic philosophy!


24 posted on 10/11/2011 4:29:45 PM PDT by dk88 (Keep your laws off my body)
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To: reaganaut1

They can feed these freaks, but they cannot feed the homeless ?


25 posted on 10/11/2011 4:34:50 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: reaganaut1

If we don’t stop this madness our country will be inherited by people willing to trade their freedom for a flat screen tv and a sandwich.

Shut off their cell phones and laptops and watch the real revolution begin.


26 posted on 10/11/2011 4:39:38 PM PDT by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: reaganaut1
Free food will attract parasites .

What goes in must go out and I'm sure the area store owners are delighted at the way some of the hippies help themselves to their restrooms.

27 posted on 10/11/2011 4:41:52 PM PDT by fso301
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To: reaganaut1

Do they know the food was spiked with blotter acid ?;o)


28 posted on 10/11/2011 4:42:04 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: reaganaut1
Rush said that a group was paying these protesters $350-650 a week.

That's pretty good pay for holding a sign. (Where do these people charge their cell phones???)

Perhaps FReepers should post ads for these “Jobs”, and flood them with applicants. ;-)

29 posted on 10/11/2011 4:48:38 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: dragonblustar

I’d walk a mile for a slab of homemade vegan casserole....the other way.


30 posted on 10/11/2011 4:49:44 PM PDT by JPG (America is worth saving. All hands on deck!)
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2791378/posts

Occupy Chicago Protestor Is Getting Paid $22/Hour Plus Overtime

I'm rethinking this...

Why don't unemployed FReepers apply?
Go with signs that don't make sense, like the lady today who was complaining that she made $55K a year, and only had $300 a month in discretionary income.

31 posted on 10/11/2011 5:00:15 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: JPG
I’d walk a mile for a slab of homemade vegan casserole....the other way.

I've always thought vegan casseroles were something lesbians ate.

32 posted on 10/11/2011 5:11:53 PM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: justa-hairyape
They can feed these freaks, but they cannot feed the homeless ?

Rich, isn't it? They are living high off the tofu hog and protesting that rich people are taking advantage of poor people.

33 posted on 10/11/2011 5:15:03 PM PDT by arkady_renko (I want to believe.)
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To: nascarnation; Red_Devil 232; afraidfortherepublic; SunkenCiv; Darksheare; Tax-chick; kanawa
This is the part that really ticks me off......

"Because people are tired of being fed poison."

You ungrateful bastards expect to be fed?
By who's backbreaking work, you idiots?

You think the food is poison? Don't eat it! Grow your own damn food! Oh, but that would take effort, and work, and you might get some mud on your nike shoes!

Damn leaches!

34 posted on 10/11/2011 5:43:30 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: fanfan
Where do these people charge their cell phones

Well to be true to the cause, it can only be from solar or wind, right?

35 posted on 10/11/2011 5:59:20 PM PDT by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: fanfan

That’s one of the latest memes from the left.
They point to the listeria outbreaks recently as proof.
But they fail to mention some things about the farms the listeria tainted products are coming from.


36 posted on 10/11/2011 5:59:29 PM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: nascarnation

LOL, as if!


37 posted on 10/11/2011 6:10:50 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: Darksheare
It's poorly managed convenience food. If they don't want to eat that, they shouldn't.

I hate the hypocrisy.

39 posted on 10/11/2011 6:53:47 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: justa-hairyape

They can feed these freaks, but they cannot feed the homeless?
Not only that, the freaks get gourmet cookies. Homeless? Not interested.
40 posted on 10/11/2011 7:00:08 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: dragonblustar

“I’ve always thought vegan casseroles were something lesbians ate.”
///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

I thought I had heard every name for it that could be imagined but that’s a new one on me.


41 posted on 10/11/2011 7:04:28 PM PDT by RipSawyer ("IDIOCRACY" is a documentary of current conditions in America.)
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To: GSWarrior
Free food will attract parasites ... And reporters.

You repeated yourself. Just saying.

42 posted on 10/11/2011 10:00:45 PM PDT by bIlluminati (Don't just hope for change, work for change in 2011-2012.)
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To: reaganaut1

43 posted on 10/12/2011 5:52:28 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (See ya later, debt inflator ! Gone in 4 (2012))
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To: concerned about politics
Ellis Roberts, 25, a Pennsylvania garbage collector laid off last year

Never take a job where your boss will lay you off because he can find a Mexican who will work for less money.

44 posted on 10/12/2011 7:33:08 AM PDT by NRA1995 (Obama's presidency is shovel-ready; let's bury it in 2012!)
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