Two Protests Aim to ‘Occupy’ Dallas

Groups use similar methods for different purposes

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    Demonstrators with Occupy Chicago protest outside the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank October 3, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The protest is one of many around the country held in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protests currently taking place in New York City. The demonstrators are protesting what they believe is greed and corruption among banking and business leaders. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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    by Bruce Felps

    The “Occupy Dallas” and “Occupy the Fed” protests scheduled for this week might seem to be a case of “to-may-to” and “to-mah-to” at first glance.

    Not so much, evidently, like I’m really an expert on either but when has that stopped me? Once, I think in 1997, when I thought I could change out a light switch to a dimmer and realized mid-shock that wasn’t a good idea. Oh wait, that wasn’t me.

    Anyway, he said, padding the word count, best I can tell is the “Occupy Dallas” protest — scheduled for 9 a.m., Oct. 6, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, takes great umbrage with the financial institution of the United States, namely Wall Street, along with taxation of the super-rich, and, according to Huffington Post, “a mishmash of concerns and causes — from war to income inequality to corporate influence in politics.”

    “Occupy the Fed” — 6 p.m., Oct. 7, at the same place — on the other hand, seems to target the U.S. government and its financial Cerberus, the Federal Reserve Bank, which InfoWars or PrisonPlanet or some-damn-thing leader Alex Jones characterized as “the real source of power for the out-of-control bankster class — the private, unaccountable Federal Reserve bank that creates money out of thin air, issues secret loans to insiders and foreign governments, and systematically institutes debt on the American people through their undue powers.”

    A gentle confluence of ideologies or a clash of ideologues? To some, the former; to others the latter. To me, I say knock yourselves out. These are definitely interesting times, but nothing fundamental likely will change.

    Money and power corrupt, and the government, all governments have plenty of both. Well, all three.

    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. Friday at 6 p.m., he'll probably Occupy the Barstool.

    The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of NBC, NBC 5, NBCDFW.com or its employees.