According to a Time poll, not quite 99% of Americans view OWS favorably, but more than the Tea Party

Time released a new poll this morning finding that 54 percent view the Wall Street protests favorably, versus only 23 percent who think the opposite. Interestingly, only 23 percent say they don’t have an opinion, suggesting the protests have succeeded in punching through to the mainstream. Also: The most populist positions espoused by Occupy Wall Street — that the gap between rich and poor has grown too large; that taxes should be raised on the rich; that execs responsible for the meltdown should be prosecuted — all have strong support.

Meanwhile, the poll found that only 27 percent have a favorable view of the Tea Party. My handy Plum Line calculator tells me that this amounts to half the number of those who view Occupy Wall Street favorably.

Just one poll, but hey, it's something to tweet about!

The most important thing to me is to make sure that financial "engineers" don't get to associate themselves with the wealth creation of real engineers and other people who are wealthy because they created wealth.

No surprise, then, that people who profited, first from risky and economically worthless activities [2], and next from a massive taxpayer supported bailout, would want to get real close to the founders of tech companies in silicon valley and hope that nobody notices the difference.

I'm not surprised that the movement against "wall street" is incoherent right now. There are so many angles, so many different opinions. You have the anarchists who protest globalization in general, but you also have Tim O'Reilly stating that he thinks wall street bankers got away with a crime [3] (and kept the money too).

As someone in high tech, the most important thing to me is to make sure that financial "engineers" don't get to associate themselves with the wealth creation of real engineers and other people who are wealthy because they created wealth.

Well put.

Panic of the Plutocrats (via @NYTimes)

It remains to be seen whether the Occupy Wall Street protests will change America’s direction. Yet the protests have already elicited a remarkably hysterical reaction from Wall Street, the super-rich in general, and politicians and pundits who reliably serve the interests of the wealthiest hundredth of a percent.

Tiny grants keep ‘awesome’ ideas coming - @HigherAwesome in the Globe!

The relationship with the Knight Foundation is part of a move that appears to be taking the larger Awesome concept from cute toward serious. While there is no hierarchy, Christina Xu, one of the original trustees, has become something of the public face of the organization; she is the point person for the relationship with the Knight Foundation, and spoke at a TEDx conference, where she outlined many of the mistakes made by traditional nonprofits working in Haiti.

“The more I thought about these things and why they frustrated me,’’ she said of the situation in Haiti, “the more I realized maybe the Awesome Foundation was an answer to this.’’

That may be a reach, but it’s indicative of the sort of thought that attracts people to the Awesome Foundation, the simple belief that ordinary people can create positive change outside of the establishment.

The Man Who Inspired Jobs - great @NYTimes piece

Most of all, Land believed in the power of the scientific demonstration. Starting in the 60s, he began to turn Polaroid’s shareholders’ meetings into dramatic showcases for whatever line the company was about to introduce. In a perfectly art-directed setting, sometimes with live music between segments, he would take the stage, slides projected behind him, the new product in hand, and instead of deploying snake-oil salesmanship would draw you into Land’s World. By the end of the afternoon, you probably wanted to stay there.

Three decades later, Jobs would do exactly the same thing, except in a black turtleneck and jeans. His admiration for Land was open and unabashed. In 1985, he told an interviewer, “The man is a national treasure. I don’t understand why people like that can’t be held up as models: This is the most incredible thing to be — not an astronaut, not a football player — but this.”