An early winter chill and surprising snow accumulation that fell from a cascading Nor'easter on Saturday represented the first significant natural challenge facing the Occupy Wall Street protesters, now in their second month of residency in Downtown Manhattan. The sudden brutal change in weather conditions left an icy slushy mix on the ground throughout New York City, and though it has amassed more than $500,000 in contributions from sympathetic individuals the Occupy Wall Street organization sent a new request to donors through its web site
for winter gear essentials.
"It's been dumping snow here in NYC all day, high winds and 3 inches of slush on the ground. With the NYPD and FDNY confiscating six generators on Friday and this unprecedented October snow, those occupying Liberty Plaza in downtown NYC are in need of emergency supplies crucial for cold weather survival (and occupation)," the OWS statement read. "We've made a lot of headway on getting winter gear here in the last 48 hrs but definitely need more. Please help by purchasing or donating supplies directly. Winter gear and other necessities can be dropped off in person, delivered, or shipped."
The protesters appeared willing to hunker down for the wintry conditions, tucked away in their tents and their blankets.
"We knew this would be tough. We didn't start this as a sort of summer of love, it's the winter of discontent," OWS protester Alan Collinge told Reuters
But heading into the weekend's early winter chill, the colder air did not appear to galvanize the movement's focus, as a humorous string of interviews by radio talk show comedian Howard Stern
aired on SiriusXM satellite radio.
"What do you hope to achieve by this protest," the interviewer began.
"I'm not sure, like, he-he," the protester said. "It's just anything. I don't know."
Stern and his sidekick Robin Quivers
offered their commentary on the interviews, cycling through a litany of lowbrow material that has long become the staple of The Howard Stern Show.
"And why these buildings are so motherf#@$ing tall," one protester asked. "If there was a fire on the sixteenth floor, how is everybody else going to get the f@%k out?"
"Now he's changing the buildings," Quivers concluded. And Stern agreed, noting that there was a revolution going on.