Occupy Caturday

Photo by zoestercoaster, taken at an "Occupy Dallas / Occupy Wall Street" demonstration in Dallas, TX, and contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.


  1. I love cats in general and I love my cats almost as much as my humans. Almost.

    This image is going to hurt the protest movement by making them look like fools and be used by universal health care opponents for derision purposes.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if this was organized provocation.

      1. I guess that I take cat/human more seriously than I even thought.

        What I didn’t say is that I was pre-pissed by the image of a cat that’s been genetically tortured to get that flat face so endearing to some “cat lovers”, no matter if the animal pays the price with his/her health.

        But you are right: fuck all that ! /s

    1. At the dances I was one of the most untiring and gayest. One evening a cousin of Sasha, a young boy, took me aside. With a grave face, as if he were about to announce the death of a dear comrade, he whispered to me that it did not behoove an agitator to dance. Certainly not with such reckless abandon, anyway. It was undignified . . . . My frivolity would only hurt the Cause.

      I grew furious at the impudent interference of the boy. I told him to mind his own business. . . .  I did not believe that a Cause which stood for a beautiful ideal, for anarchism, for release and freedom from convention and prejudice, should demand the denial of life and joy. I insisted that our Cause could not expect me to become a nun and that the movement would not be turned into a cloister. If it meant that, I did not want it. I want freedom, the right to self-expression, everybody’s right to beautiful, radiant things.

      –Emma G

    1. No, but a revolution doesn’t actually occur until the blood starts flowing.  This is just a revo-picnic at the moment, awaiting a spark…if the cops would just cooperate and shoot someone, or run them over with a tank a few times, this might turn into something.

      1. I don’t think that’s been proven true in the cases of the successful “Arab Spring” countries. Let the numbers get larger, peacefully. If the numbers get large enough, the movement won’t need violence to create a revolution. I expect the state will respond with violence, they already have, but that doesn’t make it wise to respond with violence ourselves.

  2. Caturday was always a refreshment for me on this site!
    Look what you have done now!
    I’m going to check the old caturdays :-/

  3. Is this cat obese?  He looks stocky to me, but I’m wondering if it’s just the breed.  Either way he’s gorgeous.

  4. The 1% with the billions of dollars are scared. I can tell. This will be a revolution when someone bombs a bank CEO’s house, or the NYSE. Until then, it’s a collection of lolcat pictures and bored college students hanging out.

  5. This is an extremely dangerous trend. 

    The occupy wall street crowd should be focusing on a few specific goals, that EVERY American, left right and center, can agree on.

    1) Investigate and prosecute Wall Street criminals.
    2) Stop state-corporate and state-bank collusion. Abolish the idea of ‘public risk private gain.’
    3) Follow the supreme law of the land, the Constitution; hold politicians criminally accountable for violating it.

    These three points EVERY left liberal, EVERY tea partier, EVERY libertarian, EVERY socialist, EVERY concerned citizen can agree on, at least to some degree.

    This is how you build a coalition to get things done. You focus, and you find common ground.

    Getting sidetracked on each side’s partisan issues, that the others might have good reason to oppose, simply dilutes the voice; creates schisms, and shatters the effectiveness of a movement.  I oppose universal health care, for instance, because I don’t want to have anything to do with western medicine unless i get hit by a bus; the last thing we need is more centralization in health decision making and less individual freedom. I generally support capitalism, depending on how you define it. And yet I strongly support the basic gist of OWS, and think a bunch of these crooked fascist bankers should be hung from the lightpoles.

    If you want to create a national movement, keep it focused on the things a majority of Americans support, keep it focused on the power imbalances of American political life…and make specific, concrete demands.

    Otherwise, the OWS will become the liberal version of the Tea Party – a well intentioned group of people who organized around very real and universal problems, only to see their movement hijacked by partisan hacks and docilely steered off into total irrelevance.

    1. The Tea Party was never a grassroots movement. It was conceived, bought and paid for by plutocrats. You can’t say the bus to Wingnutville was hijacked when it was headed to Wingnutville all along.

  6. Pfft. Occupy Wall Street isn’t so much a catalyst for revolution so much as an impromptu Burning Man. Wait until it starts to rain or the weather gets a bit chilly, then the crowds will disperse.

    I have to admit, though, I still think it’s funny that there’s a terribly violent cop in Manhattan by the name of Tony Baloney. Somebody ought to write a song about that guy.

  7. Let any cat that can’t even breathe without problems die. Much less breeding more of them on purpose. Ladies, your fatal attraction with nursing failed abortions has a price.

  8. Save the money on cat insurance and treatment and use it to buy the humans a little bit more education.

    Like it or not, silly frivolties give your opposition something to bite on and make it a lot easier to not take you serious.  I know that I tend to be a bit overly conservative (behavior-wise, not politically), but I find it a waste of humor to take what was a very serious political question/statement and turn it into just another stupid cat joke.

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