Things that have happened in the past few days:
- We learned that insider trading is legal, if you have a seat in Congress.
- Police raided Occupy Wall Street, in a manner difficult to distinguish from the Baseej.
- In preparation for the raid, they banned media helicopters, kept journalists out (additional sources: a, b, c, d, e), and threatened people who even tried to take photos of cops or arrestees.
- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg claims that the only protesters who were hurt had self-inflicted injuries, and the press were kept away for their protection. [8:45am in this]
- A judge issued a restraining order banning police from keeping protesters out of the park, which was served several hours ago but the police are now openly ignoring, apparently under the Mayor’s orders.
- Oakland Mayor Jean Quan admitted that there has been some degree of coordination between cities cracking down on the protests; it’s not clear how much.
Other than scale, what is the difference between this and the early days of Egypt’s revolution? What things are categorically different?