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The [Monday] Papers

1. "Five Things We Learned: Bears-Vikings.

The most salient being No. 4: The Bears aren't the worst team in the NFC North. They also aren't the best, or the second-best, and only the third-best by default.

But just like the Bears were heading to the Super Bowl after beating Atlanta to open the season and everyone needed to be fired after losses to the Saints, Packers and Lions (as well as barely beating Carolina), the notion that this team has turned it around and Mike Martz is a genius again and the defense rules and the team's problems at offensive line and wide receiver are solved is more ridiculous than Devin Hester.


By the way . . . Devin Hester Is Fundamentally Ridiculous.

2. Sun-Times: "Can 'Occupy' Protests Last Without Leaders?"

The Sun-Times has!


To be fair, it's an AP story. The Sun-Times is just following their, um, lead.


There are more leaders in this movement than in any newsroom in America. Think about it.

3. The Weekend in Occupy Chicago.


One of the beauties of it all is that the cops are part of the 99 percent.

"The Occupy movement has advanced a new math, in which the one percent has ripped everyone off," Bob Somerby writes for his Daily Howler. Most people in that large ripped-off group don't understand how we got here. If we want people to understand better, we will try to establish forums in which recent history gets explained, in simple terms, to people of various tribes.

"(Or do we prefer our favorite pastime - calling average folk names?)"

4. RT's Superior Cable News Coverage Continues With Its 'Occupy Wall Street' Reportage.


"The demonstrators are now circulating their own paper now - the Occupied Wall Street Journal - which details what they are unhappy with and makes it clear that they are not rooting for one particular party. It also warns against 'political machines and their PR slicks taking control of the protest message.'


"Occupy Wall Street More Popular Than Obama."

As well as:

"Tea Party Founder Backs Occupy Wall Street."

And on that point, I refer you again to Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America, which describes the tea party's roots in anger at Wall Street as well as describing the movement as "determinedly 'leaderless.'"

Don't tell the media!

5. Occupants.

Thurston Moore joins Henry Rollins to discuss Rollins' new book from the Chicago Review Press.

6. The Weekend in Chicago Rock.

7. World Food Day 2011.

We live in a world where food is now so abundant that millions torture themselves to stay thin, even as many millions more go hungry. If only the enormous profits of the diet industry could be redirected to the malnourished.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Smothered and covered.


Posted on October 17, 2011

MUSIC - Madonna vs. Moderna.
TV - Sundays With The Military-Industrial Complex.
POLITICS - Private Equity In The ER.
SPORTS - Suspicious Betting Trends In Soccer.

BOOKS - China Holding Swedish Publisher.


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