A friend of mine wrote this article about the Occupy Movement. It examines how Occupy General Assemblies have been infiltrated and controlled by a RAND corporation technique called Delphi. General Assemblies are good - manipulation is not.
"Combating the Delphi Technique and Occupy Infiltration"
"....At this point, it appears that Occupy is not being crippled so much by opposition from without, but by paralysis from within. It is well-known that the Occupy Wall Street movement has never been able to articulate or even agree on any set of tangible, political demands. After all, this is one of the issues that psychotic blowhards such as Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity were able to seize upon when attempting to categorize the participants as “dirty hippies” and spoiled children. A movement with no demands will increasingly lend itself to the appearance of being a temper tantrum more than true political resistance. "
You do what you can. Then you can what you do. And see what you can get for it.
You could see yourself in the sidewalks. As the snow melted away from the bare trees and water spread over the concrete - chinook winds came in and turned them into the thinnest ice. It was like walking on glass beneath a sky of tumbling colors. Every breath was like an ellipses in a vain attempt to describe the wonder that went in you - the magic you could feel all around you bursting with every step-expanding with every turn of the flow - every silent pump of the heart seeming to be synchronized with every bend of the bough.
You can only keep up that "the world's going to end anyway" attitude for so long. There are too many little flowers to distract us from our misery.
She was a breath stopper. The kind that could sit and listen to the phone ring for half an hour with her legs curled up on the couch looking out the window at a bird's nest in the maple tree...