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Princess Crystal
07 October 2011 @ 10:39 am
And friend of mine recently asked me to explain the Occupy Wall Street movement to her since she was having difficulty grasping what it was because the media wasn't explaining it very well. Here was my response:

I will try my best to explain the OWS movement on as many sides as I can based on what I have seen, read and heard. The very core of the OWS movement is that these protesters are saying “We have had enough with corporate greed”. They are expressing their discontent for the state of the economy which they feel is the result of corporations and banks getting away with illegal actions without being investigated or audited while making the everyday man, the 99% as they call it, suffers and pays for the crimes these banks and corporations. That is the central core. There are other issues that are also breeding discontent and which are also offshoot issues from this. Things such as lack of insurance coverage, poor public education, unemployment, student debt, censorship and home foreclosures are also issues that are being addressed. However, since most at OWS agree that the banks are ultimately responsible for these social problems, they are being lumped together under this banner of “Occupy Wall Street”. Many media outlets are criticizing the movements lack of demands and goals and as such it may appear to be disorganized. However, OWS is a model microcosm which is an exercise in True Democracy, meaning that everyone in the encampment is viewed as an equal with their voice being just as important and valid as the person next to you. The OWS movement is trying to tell the world “Yes, we know we are disorganized. We do not yet have our list of answer, demands or goals yet because we are here occupying this area to come together and decide collectively what changes we want to see happen and come up with solutions on how to obtain those changes.” It is an organic movement aimed at pinpointing the heart of the issues and finding a way to change the problems. So no, there are no demands or goals yet because they are currently working on defining them together. They do this through the General Assembly. Every night at 7pm, the occupants of the OWS movement gather together for what they call a General Assembly. It is here where various issues are raised and voted on as a group. They determine everything as a group, from where they want to allocate the donation funds, what new committees are needed, to what demands they want to make. They have no leadership because they feel that leaders can be corrupted, targeted and influenced and by staying collectively autonomous for the time being, everyone is a leader and spokesperson for the movement. At this point it is essentially philosophical anarchy.

Outsiders criticism is varied. Some critics of the movement are chastising the OWS movement as communism and thus un-patriotic. And granted, there ARE communists in OWS. Some do feel it is a better system and stand by that. Most argument against communism is that it will not work because the government in charge exerts too much of a totalitarian grip on every outlet of life and it would become impossible to keep the government in check because they would be dolling out everything while taking the most for themselves, keeping everyone but the leaders poor. This is what occurred in the Soviet Union. Personally, I feel that while communism is an idealistic philosophy, it simply doesn’t work in practice as we have seen time and time again because the leaders become corrupt (if they weren’t already) by greed and take all for themselves while giving the people and equal share of nothing. So the concerns that this will turn into a push for communism is a valid concern from critics.

The media is, again, portraying the movement as disorganized and leaderless. Personally, I do not trust the media. I feel the media is a corporate tool to control the masses by feeding them lies and false portrayals. The media shows you what its financial backers want you to see. Thus I do not trust them. I suspect they all have their own motivations and agendas for portraying things the way they do. It’s really important to remember who owns these networks, afterall. So I feel that many of them are really minimizing the issue by trying to portray the occupants of the OWS movement as petulant children who are a disorganized mess that should just go home and get a job. But what they fail to show is that there really are a wide variety of people at OWS. Yes, you have the hippie stoners who are just treating this like another Woodstock, you have the spikey haired anarchists who just want to see the world descend into chaos, yes, you have the teenagers who have just watched V for Vendetta one too many times, but you also have corporate workers who see the corruption first hand and want to take a stand against their bosses, you have the students who are drowning in debt and are at a loss on how they are going to survive, you have homeless vets who came back from the war to find that the government who sent them to war turned their backs on them when they returned, you have professors and philosophers trying to point out the injustice in the system. Yes, it’s disorganized because there are so many voices. But the key thing the voices have in common is that they are angry for a system that has failed them and are now doing something to take a stand to attempt to fix it.

As for the police, I talked to several about it as well as my father who is a conservative retire NYC police officer. For the most part, the police cannot comment about the situation – they are there to do their job which is to uphold the law. So they really aren’t at liberty to speak about it. One cop I spoke with was, while polite to me, dismissive of the movement saying that maybe if they had a clear idea and statement it would be something, but as it was it was just a festival and at the end of the day, his feet hurt. It’s sad that all that’s being shown is the police brutality, because, in general, that’s not what is going on. Talking to the occupants, the majority of them mentioned that the police have been great and many of them support the movement themselves. My father supports the movement too actually. And as he said, and what I concluded myself, is that cops, at the end of the day, have to do their job. They are there to protect the protesters as much as the other civilians. They need to maintain law and order. That is their job. And for the most part they are polite and professional. Yes, there have been issues, but that is by a small few. You will always have bad cops. Cops are people. You have good people and bad people. There are good cops and bad cops. In instances such as the first pepper spray issue, the cop was wrong (or at least my father and I both agree on that). He stepped out of line. The march that happened on the Brooklyn Bridge is a tricky thing because I have heard that they the cops only muttered an unintelligible warning to the protesters which they were unable to hear and/or discern which warned them that if they went any further, they would be arrested and then lead them onto the bridge and arrested them. Some say, the protesters knew what they were doing and knew the risks while others say they didn’t hear the warnings and the police lead them into a trap. I don’t know. I wasn’t there. Now on Wednesday night, I was there. The main march that occurred with the Unions and students joining the occupants had a permit. It was a HUGE boost to the movement. There were about 20,000 people there. The protesters organized an impromptu “march on wall street”, in an attempt to march along wall street itself (the encampment of the occupants is not on Wall Street itself, but rather a local park in the Wall Street area). Due to not having a permit, it was an illegal march. The protesters knew this. They made a choice to march and knew the risks involved. The police had to do their jobs and quell the surge of people. The barricaded the encampment and when protesters attempt to storm the barricades, they were arrested. Pepper spray was used, but in this case it was expected and understandable. However, the main issue was that they began to take out batons and started to beat people. And here is where it crossed the line, because some of the cops started to beat protesters when they were already down on the ground and begging them to stop. So yeah, things got heated. However, the protesters are committed to peaceful protest and remaining nonviolent. Unfortunately, there have been numerous rumors going around that Bloomberg is sending in people from his office to start trouble and either act aggressively or else rile people up to try to goad protesters into violence or else start violent action themselves so as to give the movement negative press and give Bloomberg a reason to shut the protest down. Because if the protest turns violent, they will shut it down and quick. So it is a major concern down there and the true occupants committed to the cause are aware of the risks and committed to remaining peaceful. That said, there will always be rabble rousers who just want a conflict. But any who do are not true supporters of the cause. The heart of OWS is that it is a nonviolent and peaceful protest. Anyone going against that is not a true member of the movement.

I started to follow it last week. At first, I was confused. I was like “WTF is going on? What are these protests about?” because nothing told me what it was. I went to the sites to try to find out. All the information I got seemed to be a jumbled mess. It was leaderless and disorganized. Pffft, this will never work, I thought. But it stayed. It grew. I looked at it again. I started to read info about it, watch the videos and ask questions. It really opened my eyes to the truths I have been trying to escape from. I have honestly been so depressed by what I have seen in the world lately. About thinking of my own future. So I avoid watching the news and reading the paper. So when I started to listen and see what was going on down there, I realized I wasn’t alone. I realized we are all hurting. I realized that this is a problem and it needs to change. I realized I don’t deserve to pay for the crimes of these banks. And I realized that if I want to see a change, that I can’t sit on the sidelines anymore and be a passive spectator. My leaders have failed me and my countrymen. I cannot trust them. If I want change then I need to become informed and take active measures to secure my future and the future of this country. I feel it is time for the people of this country to take back our rights and demand justice. I feel the system is broken and I want it fixed. I don’t have the answers, but I support this movement because FINALLY someone is saying something. Finally we are coming together to stand in solidarity to point out the injustices and beg the rest of the world to wake up and see what is being done to us. I hope that this movement will be the spark we need to take back the country. I really do. But hope is not enough for me. I have sat on the sidelines long enough. So I do what I can to fight back. I try to get the word out about the movement. I go down and visit. I donate resources. I refuse to rely on the banks (I have no credit cards). I’ve started to buy local grown food and American products to keep mom and pop farms alive and jobs here in my country. I can’t camp out there, no, but I do what I can from my own home to support them and occasionally, I go there to stand at their sides and thank them for taking the stand. For being brave enough and strong enough to stand by their beliefs and take the initial stand. For opening my eyes and many others. That is why I support the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Princess Crystal
27 October 2010 @ 08:42 am
If everyone had their own small planet to live on and care for (like in The Little Prince), what would your planet be like?

Princess Crystal
17 September 2010 @ 09:23 am

Your result for The Golden Compass Daemon Test...

Multi-Faceted Soul

In a way, you are a truly balanced person. You have a good sense of self, but you have periods of worry and self doubt. You don't like to be alone a lot, but you don't like being constantly surrounded, either. You can be shy in some situations and bold in others. You can tell people how you feel, but you don't wear your heart on your sleeve. You aren't "TOO" anything: You aren't too shy, you aren't too aggressive, you aren't too extroverted, you aren't too introverted. However at any one time you can be any combination of these things.

You tend to adapt yourself to match the situations in which you find yourself. You may be quiet and sensitive with some people, or joking and loud with others. These are all facets of your personality. People tend to perceive you as they want to perceive you. They may even tend to idealize you a bit. Then, when you do something that doesn't fit their concept of who you are (like have an outburst of anger, or a fit of shyness, or make an insensitive joke)they can be shocked and surprised. Does anyone know the real you?

Your daemon would represent your multi-faceted and ever-changing personality, as well as people's tendency to idealize you. He or she would get angry when you did not, be calm and poised when you felt ruffled and anxious, and always be the voice of emotion and reason in your ear.

Suggested forms:
Swan, Elephant, Koala, Panda, Chameleon, Wolf.

Take The Golden Compass Daemon Test at HelloQuizzy

Princess Crystal
20 November 2009 @ 09:48 am
Your results:
You are Princess Aurora

Princess Aurora
Snow White
Mickey Mouse
Winnie The Pooh
The Sleeping Beauty, with the gift of song and the ability to gracefully dance on clouds.
Click here to take the Disney Personality Test
(This is the top 10 matches out of a possible 63 Disney characters)
Princess Crystal
24 June 2009 @ 02:50 pm

You Scored as HOUSE STARK

Brrr. You hail from House Stark. Your house seat is Winterfell way up North. You are responsible, trustworthy, and know how to be a leader when called upon. You are a workhorse for the realm, and even with all those good things, sometimes you dont come out on top. Your house motto: Winter is Coming. Picture is Copyright © RMB

Princess Crystal
17 February 2009 @ 04:08 pm
Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given!

Subjects selected by Eternitat

1) Dolls - I have collected dolls since I was a little girl. My grandmother, mother and aunt were all very avid doll collectors. My grandmother ran a doll show and my aunt was also a doll maker. So I was really raised in a family of doll lovers. It's also the inspiration behind my LJ username, which is the internet handle I've been using for 14 years. My favorite dolls now are BJDs. I have a Luts Ani name Isola, who I cherish dearly.

2) Psychology - I'm a psych major. I graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a BA in Psych, and I am also a Hunter Grad student in the psych department, although I am on hiatus until after the wedding. Psychology is a big part of my education and it helps me be a better writer. It's honestly not my love in life, but it's a wonderful and diverse field. I'm looking foward to getting into a school guidance counseling program.

3) EGL - I love EGL fashion. I don't own alot of EGL clothes...mostly because I am poor, but I own a few that I love very much. I've always loved dressing very girly in ribbons and lace. Maybe it's my love of dolls. I'm happy that my loved ones understand and accept this accept of me.

4) Weddings - Ah yes, my upcoming wedding. My fairy tale come to life. John truly is my happily ever after prince. He is so wonderful and I am so excited about my upcoming wedding. It's alot of work and planning, but I know its all going to be worth it. The Know(dot)com is a wonderful resource and I have been using it like crazy.

5) Renn Faires - I have started getting out of cosplay, conventions and LARPs and turning more towards Renn Faires. I still get the fun of dressing up and playing make bleieve without the hassel or the drama. It's fun to just hang out with my friends, drink mead, sing, dance and shop. 
Princess Crystal
17 February 2009 @ 02:21 pm
I stopped reading for a while, but now that I'm getting back into my writing, I really need to read more to keep up with the market.
So this weekend I picked up five new books and I'm going to start going through them.

I just finished "The Garden of Eve" by K.L. Going. It is a haunting tale for independant readers age 8-12. I loved it. It is a wonderful, magical story about dealing with grief. I think this story could really be a powerful influence on any child that has lost someone in their lives. It is uplifting and carries a magical spirit. I like how the author does not burden the reader with religion or logic. The story is whimiscal and light while dealing with such an emotional topic, which I think is a quite a challenge.
I love the hopeful message it carries. The sentiments had me teary eyed at the end.

Now, I am starting on "The Princess and The Unicorn" by Carol Huges. Seems very fitting for me.
Let's see how it goes.
Princess Crystal
11 February 2009 @ 12:58 pm
It is such a beautiful day out! I love days like this. Especially working in the lower west side here in Manhattan.
I went for a walk down Grove St. Birds were chirping and there was a gentle breeze n the air. It was so nice to take off the coat, scarf and gloves and just feel the wind and sunlight on my skin. I love to wander around this area on days like these. I love looking at the ivy crawling up the old brownhouses. It makes you step back in time a little bit. You don't feel like you're walking around NYC at all in this area... it feels more like Boston or Europe.

And to further my fuzzy feelings, I finished my final assignment for my writing course and when I get my manuscript back with the final feedback, I will start to send it out to publishers. Also, I went to the Feb. SCBWI lecture and it was very inspiring. I can't even explain how wonderful it feels to have my creative energy back. Lately I've been feeling so alive. So inspired. So motivated. I just feel like reading and writing and nothing else. I think if you attached a light bulb to me it would light up with the amount of energy I am feeling right now.
<3 <3 <3
Princess Crystal
27 January 2009 @ 12:46 pm
The first ten people to respond to this post will get something made by me!

My choice.

For you.

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:

* I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!

* What I create will be just for you.

* It'll be done this calendar year.

* I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

* You have no clue what it's going to be.

The catch: you have to put this in your journal as well. Spread the creativity around!
Princess Crystal
23 January 2009 @ 02:04 pm
Okay after reading some hysterically scathing reviews about Twilight online, I am soooooo friggin happy I never got into that series or watched the movie. It sounds like it was even more ridiculous than I thought. LOL!
Reason # 11 why 15 year old girls should not be allowed to publish books about vampires.