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Sights and Sounds of New York
Published on October 2, 2011 by Sara Foss

In my column this week at the DG, I write about my recent trip to New York City, and visiting the 9/11 Memorial and Park 51 - the Islamic community center better known as the "ground zero mosque" - as well as my observations of the massive police presence around the Wall Street protestors.

The Wall Street protest has picked up steam since last weekend, and my basic feeling is that the New York City police department's heavy-handed approach to it has only fueled the movement. When I first saw the protestors, I remarked on how easy it was to walk past them without even noticing them, but when you flood the area with over 100 police officers, it's hard not to pay attention. Now I learn that about 700 people were arrested on Saturday while trying to cross the Brooklyn Bridge; the protestors are claiming that the police tricked them, and trapped them on the bridge. Again, I feel like all the police had to do was let the protestors cross the bridge, and this would be a non-story. Instead they arrested hundreds of people, and now it's all over the news. Which leads me to ask: Are the police secretly trying to help the protestors? Because this is a movement that is media savvy, and wants the attention.

Over on Firedoglake, a protestor provides a first-hand account of what happened on the bridge.

Here's an excerpt:

Soon the crowd cross the street towards the Brooklyn Bridge. As they crossed, people began to become confused about whether to walk on the pedestrian walk-way or the street. The group split into two, and kept marching. We chose to take the pedestrian walk-way at first. As we looked down to the street, we saw that the police were seemingly leading the protesters to the street in order to keep them safe (or so we thought). At that point, we opted to go back onto the street rather than continue of the pedestrian path.

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Dad Rock is OK
Published on October 2, 2011 by Sara Foss

Wilco is currently one of the greatest rock bands in the world, but detractors like to describe the band's music as "dad rock." I have no idea what this means, but it sounds bad - uncool, lame, timid. In an interview with Men's Journal, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy defends dad rock (it doesn't really sound like he understands what this term means, either), and also discusses running, Kanye and rehab.

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