The Prodigal Altar Boy

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Occupy Baltimore, or as Jimmy Durante would say, “Everybody wants to get into the act!”

2011 last 100 days
72 Days Left
Day: 28
19 October 2011
  • Goal - 1 hour per day doing some work on the movie:

Digitized more footage from 31 October 2008

Time:  1 hour

  • Goal:  30 minutes per day basic music work:

Warm Ups  on the MojoCaster
“So What” – Miles Davis
“Talkin’ Loud and Sayin’ Nothing” – Living Colour Version
Granby Street lyric swap
Total time: 30 minutes
  • Goal:  15 minutes per day (minimum) exercise:

Active Rest 

    • Goal:  15 minutes per day (minimum) scoring work for the movie:

Dies Irae 2X - piece as a whole.  After that, focused on dyad climbing and octaves.
R&B Chord Progression Work
E-B/D#-C#m-A chord progression work
Total time:  15 minutes

As Jimmy Durante would say, “Everybody wants to get into the act!”  The Baltimore Sun continues its coverage of the Occupy Baltimore protests.  It’s not a bad piece.  I had to chuckle when the author  noted the protesters, “aren't saying — and probably don't even know — exactly how long they'll remain on McKeldin Square.”   A dig along the lines of the initial media complaints about the movement, whether it was a lack of clear goals or what it is they want.  Isn’t it just like a bunch of protester troublemakers to make more work for the media?  Wow.  Instead of getting an event-by-event agenda of what the protesters are going to be doing, and how long they are going to be there, the media might just have to, uhh, cover the protests and find out what they’re up to.  Wow, what a concept.   As hard as I try to give the media credit, I just can’t.  (Hey, it’s a tight credit market these days)  I always get the feeling the media’s biggest problem with the occupy movement is the protesters refuse to do the reporter’s work for them.  If you want to know what “they” want, you’re going to have to actually talk to a lot of them.  You’re also going to have to listen and make sense out of what they tell you.  Yes, the answer probably won’t fit inside a nice seven second sound bite, but maybe if the public (your audience, remember?) might actually learn something and have the data needed to make an informed decision.

As always, I continue to implore you to check out the graphics purporting to show the Four Things the Occupy Wall Street protesters Are Angry About.   As much as mainstream media wants to portray the protesters as unfocused, these charts come from The Business Insider, so somebody gets it.  Compare these graphics up with this clip of an Occupy Wall Street protester raising good points about wanting to see more “Jesus stuff like helping the poor.”  No wonder the clip never made it to Fox News! 

Tie all of that in with this letter to the editor in the 13 October Baltimore Sun.  The author, Michelle D. Breau, makes an astute connection between the Occupy Wall Street movement and Pope John Paul II’s  warning the “...all-consuming desire for profit and the thirst for power at any price with the intention of imposing one’s will upon others are opposed to the will of God and the good of neighbor.”

TQ and John Paul II did not see eye to eye on many things, but were in lock step on the dangers of concentrating the world’s resources in the hands of a few.  In the trailer for TQ’s book, “A Reluctant Malachi.”  TQ states many churches have missed this point entirely.  Note TQ’s description of our responsibility dovetails with Occupy Wall Street.