Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Bailout angst on Wall Street continues - pictures

Stepping outside for lunch, one is greeted nowadays by signs that seem to exude a labor union type dispute in a factory setting. It was funny to see Main Street collide with robotic pin striped suits strutting around Wall Street...


An intrepid man and woman team from dirtymoney.com managed to climb up a couple of flagpoles behind the iconic bull in Lower Manhattan and plant an American flag with the words FORECLOSED? emblazoned on it. They seem to have climbed the narrow poles using makeshift harnesses and cords. Impressive and dangerous, I must say. The scene below them was fairly chaotic with at least a hundred police officers and emergency workers looking to find some way to coax them down the poles.

It was an interesting scene - a busload of fairly clueless Oriental tourists somehow descended from nowhere and added to the general pandemonium.

Finally, the guy gets off the pole after about a half hour. He was greeted by the waiting arms of the officers who were fairly helpless in dissuading him earlier...

He was promptly read his rights and handcuffed and whisked away. His lady compatriot had scaled down earlier and faced a similar fate.

Meanwhile at a building overlooking the Stock Exchange, an enterprising group of young women decided to don these masks and placards around their necks with the words 'Greed Kills'.

I thought the most interesting part of the afternoon was this old individual casually resting against a trash can with his flute enjoying his dulcet production while the girls were protesting with their death masks above him. He seemed to be out of the whole system - in his own world..

1 comment:

Ashok said...

Great pictures! I like the one where the guy is trying to climb the pole and the cops are trying to get him down. There is a bus in the background that says "BE BETTER"...