WONKETTE ON THE STREETS  3:01 pm September 30, 2011

Occupation Dispatch #5: Radiohead Unplugged & Massive Demonstrations

by Riley Waggaman

All Day / All Week / Occupy Wall StreetGreetings from Zuccotti Park, where everything is going apeshit crazy at the moment. We just returned from a march around Wall Street — the largest we’ve witnessed since Sunday. There will be an even larger rally and protest at 5:30 p.m. that will include members of the New York Transit Workers Union, which voted to support the Occupation at a meeting earlier this week. The park dwellers have raised more than $25,000 since September 17, and have received at least 150 packages since Wednesday. We watched some protesters as they gleefully opened their mail this morning — it was like Hanukkah Rosh Hashanah! Video and the latest Radiohead gossip-scoops after the jump!

As for Radiohead playing rock-n-roll songs at 4 p.m.: The group’s manager claims this is not true, but a park dweller spokesman says it is true, it’s just that they don’t want one gazillion people to flash-mob the park and trample all the sleeping bags and cardboard signs and so forth. But Radiohead will be here, this everyone can agree on. (If Radiohead does play, it will have apparently have to be acoustic, since the NYPD insist that megaphones/electronic sound-enhancement equipment is terrorism.) [Or on a flatbed truck a la the Rolling Stones in New York, 1975 -- Ed.]

Do you want to send the park dwellers some hobo beans/love letters? Here is their mailing address:

The UPS Store
Re: Occupy Wall Street
118A Fulton St. #205
New York, NY 10038


Hola wonkerados.

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BklynIlluminati September 30, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Anyone know the flat rate for hipping hobo beans? Gassy Hippies FTW!

DaRooster September 30, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Does beat patchouli though…

Barrelhse September 30, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Pyramid Patchouli- there was only one joker in LA sensitive enough to wear that scent, and I had to find out WHO HE WAS!
-Nick Danger, Third Eye

DaRooster September 30, 2011 at 9:24 pm

If that is patchouli stacked on patchouli… I want not to sniff of it.

tcaalaw September 30, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Radiohead?! The jackboots are now bringing in weapons of acoustic mass destruction to liquidate the protesters wholesale? Haven't these people suffered enough under the truncheons and pepper spray of the NYPD?

DerrickWildcat September 30, 2011 at 3:07 pm

The Radioheads were in NY just a couple of days ago. Can their boat get to D.C. that fast?

GhostBuggy September 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm

You kids and your radioheads.

OC_Surf_Serf September 30, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Recently read how 16 ships create as much pollution. as all the cars in the world

Barrelhse September 30, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Maybe they should mothball those 16 ships.

CrunchyKnee September 30, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Mmmmmm, hobo beans in the park to acoustic Radiohead, sounds like a great date.

DetectiveGrey September 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm

And then later that night we can go get our ears plugged and discuss The Darjeeling Limited while our sleeve tattoos dry.

SorosBot September 30, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Why does the NY Transit Workers Union hate the secretaries, tellers, receptionists, mailroom guys, IT guys, and janitors who work for the banks, according to Mayor Bloomberg?

Extemporanus September 30, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Thank you, Riley.

TanzbodenKoenig September 30, 2011 at 3:24 pm

For reals bro, appreciate it

Tommmcattt September 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm

As much as I loathe being earnest, I must concurr. Keep it up out there, l'il cowboy.

superdave September 30, 2011 at 4:38 pm

And watch out for your cornhole.

Antispandex September 30, 2011 at 3:11 pm

"…since the NYPD insist that megaphones/electronic sound-enhancement equipment is terrorism"

This is just the kind of logic I expect when the elitte of our great finacial institutuions are being threatened….still kind of mildly ironic though that the woking class is protecting them from an imaginary mob of the working class.

Sharkey September 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Yes. Do any of the cars driving by have their radios or CD players going? TERRORISM!!

Actually, Radiohead could (probably?) legally broadcast a low-power FM signal that could be picked up and amplified with nearby car stereos. That would, um, rock.

zappadoo76 September 30, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Let's be clear. Cops are not in the working class. They are traitors to the working class. They "work" for a living, but their job is to serve as running dogs of the ruling class.

Mumbletypeg September 30, 2011 at 3:12 pm

The address Riley posted will take items for donations if you're too broke to send money or be charged for a cashier's check. They're requesting nonperishable foods, socks, sweats and I imagine, given a rain-potential forecast, whatever kinds of hats or raingear you can muster.
My workplace is blocking this link but hopefully it'll take you to a list of other needs as expressed by those doing this on their behalf.

freakishlywrong September 30, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Screw your workplace.

Barrelhse September 30, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Must be a bank.

freakishlywrong September 30, 2011 at 3:16 pm

You know, these little hippie things sometimes turn in to, you know, Things. Like in the sixties.

mrblifil September 30, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I know? When does OccupyWallStreet get their "Kent State" moment? Oh…waitaminnit…

GhostBuggy September 30, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I don't know when it will happen, but can you imagine if Old Man McCain and the Grifta from Wasilla were in the WH? Those kids would all be dead or Gitmo'd already.

Jukesgrrl September 30, 2011 at 4:09 pm

"You kids get off my sidewalk!" yelled Grandpa President, waving a broken airplane part.

NorthStarSpanx September 30, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Kent State. . .shudder.

I know cops don't have to take the Hippocratic Oath, but do they have to first do harm?

"We are gonna hurt some people." Rep. Allen West will drive.

Dr_Zoidberg September 30, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Fight the power!!

DaRooster September 30, 2011 at 3:21 pm

"As for Radiohead playing rock-n-roll songs at 4 p.m…"

Rock N Roll was the furthest thing of my mind when I have heard Radiohead…

Monsieur_Grumpe September 30, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I'll put together a care package for you commies this weekend. What do commies eat anyway?
Stay safe Mr Waggaman.

Sharkey September 30, 2011 at 3:53 pm

One grain of rice per day.

Negropolis October 1, 2011 at 12:22 am

Good vibrations?

chascates September 30, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Wonkette and DemocracyNow are about the only sites even covering this. Although Fox Nation has: Culture Radiohead Playing at Wall Street Protest?
But their leading hede is:
HILARIOUS: Rush Pokes Fun at First Lady's Trip to Target

smokefilleddoommate September 30, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Haha–in culture. How dismissive. Like, "those crazy liberal kids what with their sit-ins and love-ins, it's just part of our culture". Meanwhile, Limballs spews forth something about Flotus shopping at Target– now that's fucking newsworthy!

DerrickWildcat September 30, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Dear Radiohead,
You are my most favoritist band in the world and I fully support your cause against America's general malaise.
I was wondering if you could wait to start playing after Kitchen Nightmares because that is my most favoritist TeeVee show.

Thank you.

Derrick Wildcat
5th Grade
PS 128

SarahsBush September 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm

"If Radiohead does play, it will have apparently have to be acoustic…"

Well, if there's a way to make Radiohead more boring, I guess that's the way to do it.

(Sorry, guys. I'm glad they're doing this, but they just put me to sleep.)

Jukesgrrl September 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Those dirty hippies need soap, and combs, and lice spray.

At least that's what I remember people saying when I was one.

FNMA September 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Radiohead's fine, but you know who should show up and play?
That may attract some attention.

Ken Layne September 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm

What would be better is Springsteen and the Radiohead guys and Patti Smith and every other Big Name in town would simply wander around encouraging people and handing out bottles of water and apples or whatever. And maybe sit on the curb and play a song or two on a guitar. So maybe that will happen!

Radiohead September 30, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Cracker, Wilco (the American Radiohead, btw, but not so mopey), Pearl Jam, Green Day, et.al. have all crossed swords with their labels or my favorite sanctioned monopoly, Ticketmaster. These dudes, as much as anybody, have seen the dark underbelly of our precious capitalistic "system." I'd go to that show, unplugged or otherwise. Wall-a-palooza.

An_Outhouse October 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Steve Earle. And what's up with XM/Sirius. They're right there in NY. Can't they send a correspondent or three?

littlebigdaddy September 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Maybe condoms?

NorthStarSpanx September 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Pizza for Wisconsin and what, portable eye wash stations for Wall Street?

El Pinche September 30, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Meanwhile, Elmer Dinkley Jr. and his Freedom Kazoo will be playing in front of 5 teabaggers at Shoney's in Buttfuck, Iowa. CNN, FOX, MSNBC, NYT will be there in droves.

Ayn Rand Paul Tard September 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm

I broke down in Buttfuck, IA once. Let me tell you, that is no idle promise. Or was that Buttfuck, Missouri?

tessiee September 30, 2011 at 10:14 pm

You told me it was in Shithouse Falls, Nebraska.

ProudLibunatic September 30, 2011 at 6:58 pm

(Laughing hysterically!)
Oh, Pinche, I heart you!!

mrblifil September 30, 2011 at 7:01 pm

How else are they supposed to take the pulse of the heartland? "Some people" are saying things, dammit!

ThundercatHo September 30, 2011 at 4:58 pm

How about a link to send the hippies some cash?

Riley Waggaman September 30, 2011 at 10:15 pm
littlebigdaddy September 30, 2011 at 5:12 pm

If you want to know what's happening at OWS–and now apparently they are marching on an NYPD station–you have to rely on the overseas media. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/30/occup
The Times just had a snarky update about the Radiohead hoax.

mrpuma2u September 30, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Chicago Wonketters get out in the Chicago streets! I was there and was only told to "get a job" by CBOT old potbellied stoagie suckers twice! Three more times and I get a bingo!

fuflans September 30, 2011 at 6:33 pm

until somebody shows up in a tricorne hat i don't know why we should be expected to take this seriously.

ttommyunger September 30, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Radio Head, meet Night-Stick. This will not end well.

Negropolis October 1, 2011 at 12:18 am

If you can get a flatbed truck into Lower Manhatten in this Age of Terror, well, it will have been a miracle.

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