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Jay Smooth, founder of New York's longest-running hip-hop radio show – WBAI's Underground Railroad – has just posted a video on #ows that is, without doubt, worth four minutes of your time.

Video posted today, October 19, on illdoctrine, Smooth's hip-hop video blog.

If you would, please do yourself a favor and wait for Smooth's three-card Monte metaphor. It might just make your ears tingle with joy.

Watched the video?

Good. I hope you enjoyed his sharp tongue and brilliant metaphor as much as I did. Now that you've viewed his piece, I offer you an addendum from Jay Smooth – a few brief thoughts on his three-card Monte metaphor:

A few thoughts on Occupy Wall Street..I've been watching it and going down there for a while now but hadn't had a chance to speak on it.

By the way when I say some news media people are "ringers," I don't necessarily mean that they deliberately obfuscate, or get orders from some shadowy figure to do so. I think they'll often just have a personal investment in the system and status quo that's being critiqued/threatened, so they'll naturally--without any need to conspire--have their perception skewed by an instinct to protect the status quo they're invested in. So though it's quite possibly not their intention to play the ringer, it's the function they wind up serving nonetheless.

"Rainbow in the Dark" instrumental provided by Das Racist.

We are the 99 percent.


Follow me on Twitter @David_EHG


Author's Note: to donate to the movement, visit's donation page, which offers links to (among other things) the general fund, the media fund and funds for occupations across the country.

Originally posted to Writing by David Harris Gershon on Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 06:46 PM PDT.

Also republished by Protest Music and DKOMA.

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