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Rockntractor
10-22-2011, 10:49 PM
They put on a gritty war face and insist they are more determined now than ever, but the Occupy Wall Street campers now face the slow advance of an unrelenting enemy: the New York winter.

As freezing winds blew Friday over the epicenter of their protests, Zuccotti Park in Manhattan, the demonstrators were already huddling in significantly reduced numbers.

At night, the several hundred people who sleep on site in the financial district bundle up as best they can under plastic tarps, hunkering down in sleeping bags and emergency blankets as tents are forbidden on the plaza.

Many sleep with bonnets and scarves. But the worst has yet to come.

"So far, we have been extremely blessed," said Cynthia Villarreal, who has slept at Zuccotti for 18 days.

Ever since the anti-corporate protest movement began on September 17, OWS has only battled a handful of rainy days. At night, temperatures are still above freezing.

But New York winters often see frigid temperatures that drop below 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 Celsius).

"The cold affects us already," admitted Maria Fehlig, a volunteer nurse at the protesters' makeshift infirmary, a small blue tent marked by a cross that is the only structure so far tolerated by owners of the park ensconced between skyscrapers.

She noted there had been several cases of hypothermia and respiratory problems. An online petition is asking Mayor Michael Bloomberg to allow protesters to erect tents on the plaza, though it has not yet been sent.

It is unlikely to succeed.

"The Constitution doesn't protect tents, it protects speech and assembly," Bloomberg said in a press conference Monday amid growing frustration by some New Yorkers as the protesters continue camping out in the heart of global finance.

Bloomberg has also predicted that the weather would play a role in determining how long the movement will last.

But Fehlig, who has been helping protesters learn basic methods to resist the cold, insisted that they formed "a determined group that plans to stay until it changes."

She tells demonstrators to stay dry, wear hats, layers of clothing and good pairs of socks and gloves.

The protesters' kitchen, which serves at least 2,000 meals a day, according to cook Chris O'Donnell, offers warm food ordered from nearby businesses or cooked by volunteers with the help of donations.
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marv
10-23-2011, 10:24 AM
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AmPat
10-23-2011, 10:50 AM
Both of our Colorado Springs protesters will probably take a hiatus for the winter or perhaps occupy during the day only. A part time occupy if you will.:rolleyes:

Tipsycatlover
10-23-2011, 12:12 PM
This is why this movement will ultimately fail. They cannot sacrifice even for what they consider the greater good. There is no good greater than themselves.

What they need is a history book with the section related to winter at Valley Forge highlighted. They are happy to protest as long as they are having a good time doing it.

bijou
10-23-2011, 12:40 PM
Snow you say? That could all go horribly wrong. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donner_Party)

Rockntractor
10-23-2011, 12:55 PM
Snow you say? That could all go horribly wrong. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donner_Party)

Hmmm, so they will be needing seasonings , meat tenderizer and lots of barbecue sauce.
The vegetarians will have the best flavor and texture!

bijou
10-23-2011, 01:48 PM
Hmmm, so they will be needing seasonings , meat tenderizer and lots of barbecue sauce.
The vegetarians will have the best flavor and texture!

Time to start marketing the Rockntractor 'Other White Meat' Barbecue sauce. :D

Rockntractor
10-23-2011, 02:52 PM
Time to start marketing the Rockntractor 'Other White Meat' Barbecue sauce. :D

Soylent Red Sauce:D

noonwitch
10-24-2011, 01:54 PM
If they do like the more resourceful homeless people of Detroit, they will go to Atlanta for the winter.

Zathras
10-24-2011, 06:49 PM
I hope the OWS protest in New York does a reinactment of the German 6th Army at Stalingrad. All it would take is the NYPD stopping all supplies to the protestors during the winter. Also, protestors would be allowed to leave but, once they go past the police lines, they can't return.

fettpett
10-24-2011, 07:21 PM
on the bright side, the NY'rs will have a few months of no stench as everything freezes :D

Rockntractor
10-24-2011, 08:00 PM
on the bright side, the NY'rs will have a few months of no stench as everything freezes :D

I don't know, have you ever heard the expression " stinks on ice"?:confused:

Zathras
10-24-2011, 08:44 PM
I don't know, have you ever heard the expression " stinks on ice"?:confused:

Yeah....every time the Sharks make the playoffs. :o