Occupy Wall Street Picks Up Steam
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Occupy Wall Street Picks Up Steam

Occupy Wall Street is getting increased attention with arrests in Boston and a move to the Upper East Side. Is it a resurgence of America's Left? Does it have the staying power to make a difference? Also, Slovakia is posed to block an expanded EU bailout package, billions of cell phones produce so much data that scientists think it will help to predict the future -- automatically.

Banner image: A protester arranges placards during anti-corporations demonstration at the Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC, on October 11, 2011. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Making News

Slovakia Posed to Block Expanded EU Bailout Package ()

All of Europe is now focused on Slovakia, a country of 5.5 million people that didn't even exist before 1993.  But Slovakia's parliament, in the capital, Bratislava, holds veto power over efforts to bail out Greece and rescue the Eurozone. Peter Spiegel is Brussels Bureau Chief for the Financial Times.


Main Topic

Does Occupy Wall Street Have a Future? ()

Occupy Wall Street has spread to Boston, where Mayor Thomas Menino ordered arrests early this morning, even though he says he agrees with the protesters' issues. In New York today, the action moved from Lower to Upper Manhattan. Is this what America's dispirited Left has been waiting for? Republicans who've adopted the Tea Party call this "mob protest" and "class warfare." Democrats are split between guarded sympathy and outright support. But both parties have close ties to Wall Street, and this is a movement that's likely to resist being co-opted. With economic grievances roiling the country, polls show that Americans are paying attention. We hear different opinions on what might happen next.


Reporter's Notebook

Mining the Internet's 'Big Data' to Predict the Future ()

The Internet, social media and billions of cell phones are producing what scientists call "big data," information in such huge quantities that it might be useful for predicting political crises, economic instability and disease pandemics. Yesterday's New York Times reported on science fiction being made real, as scientist try to "mine" the resources of the Internet and social media. Political scientist Norman Nie is the founder and CEO of Revolution Analytics, looks at the possible upsides and downsides.


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