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We Are the 99 Percent—And We’re Not Confused

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Posted on Oct 4, 2011
We Are the 99 Percent

The text of the paper reads: “At 21 years old, I am… — One semester from graduating college with a degree no one seems to hire — In massive debt because of that once ‘dream degree’ — About to become a mother to a baby whose illness has gotten us booted off gov’t health insurance … at 9 months pregnant … — Scared for our future — I am the 99%-”

Now that reporters are starting to check out the occupation near Wall Street (it took only three weeks), they have begun echoing the notion that protesters don’t know why they’re there. As Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities huffs in a pro-demonstration article, “Do these news analysts think it’s a coincidence that they’re occupying Wall St. as opposed to Columbus Ave. north of 79th?”

But what do they want? cry reporters and pundits.

They want justice. They want opportunity. They want to pay the rent.

In times like these, it’s best to cut out the middlemen, which is why you should check out “We Are the 99 Percent,” a Tumblr blog collecting the personal stories of people who are hurting and who are fed up. They don’t seem at all confused about what they want.  —PZS

(Hat tip to Glenn Greenwald.)

Anonymous post on We Are the 99 Percent:

This is the last bill i, at 21, can afford. On the front is a water charge for $42.43, i have $47 to my name. I make $7.25 an hour. Minimum wage is $8.00. But lucky for me, i make 10 cents commission per sale which makes my wage legal.

I have $65,000.00 in student loan debt because i was told it’s the only way to get a job. I graduated with a 3.87 GPA. And this is what i make, $180 a week.

Next month, I’ll be homeless despite my best efforts, even while my boss drives a 2010 BMW.

Luckily, I AM THE 99%

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By Shenonymous, October 13, 2011 at 4:09 pm Link to this comment

The following site gives the voting action of the members of the
Senate. 
http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00160

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By Leefeller, October 13, 2011 at 6:57 am Link to this comment

Interesting comments about Congress perks Steve Mahurin, can you cite a source for credibility. Integrity seems to be absent from most of Congress, many groom to become lobbyists or now possibly work for the people too corporations after they leave office, why is this acceptable as it appears an obvious conflict of interests. Charlatans have no shame!  Seems part of what the Occupy Wall Street is all about.

It is apparent Congress is not part of the 99 percent, though some a few may be honest possibly Bernete Sanders and a few others, the tainting of honest people by the Beltway tribal mentality or it seems to be like when in Rome do as the opportunists do? It will be interesting to see how Elizabeth Warren does if she wins?

It would be a chore to cite and sort the honest from the dishonest sleazy politicians, right now the polarizing by the two party system seems to be working just as intended, drama of a Kabuki Theater!

Maybe the life time politicians are the problem, the service of politics should be like Jury duty, where legal citizens with some extra classes in civics takes part and go back to whence they came when done?

The system is broken, that is obvious,  again why Occupy Wall Street is happening.

One person, one dollar, one vote.

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By PatrickHenry, October 13, 2011 at 3:12 am Link to this comment

Steve Mahurin


No one has been able to explain to me why young men…... and women serve in the U.S. Military for 20 years, risking their lives protecting freedom, and only get 50% of their pay.[

To be able to retire at 38 and begin a new profession with a public pension is very generous. Too generous in the austere time we are in and not reflective of what the caveat ‘Defending our Freedoms’ is all about. 

Collecting a pension check in the name of defending freedom sounds a bit mercenary to me.  Enlist, do a couple of tours and get out, better yet join the peace corps and help other nations other than occupying them and killing their inhabitants based on our own warped media reporting.

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By Steve Mahurin, October 12, 2011 at 10:19 pm Link to this comment
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Steve L. Mahurin
                      479 Jimmy Reynolds Drive
                      Jefferson, GA 30549
                      (706)870-8845

To whom it may concern,

No one has been able to explain to me why young men…... and women serve in the U.S. Military for 20 years, risking their lives protecting freedom, and only get 50% of their pay. While Politicians hold their political positions in the safe confines of the capital, protected by these same men and women, and receive full pay retirement after serving one term. It just does not make any sense.

On Fox news they learned that the staffers of Congress family members are exempt from having to pay back student loans. This will get national attention if other news networks will broadcast it. When you add this to the below, just where will all of it stop?

This is an idea that we should address.

For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform… in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop.

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States ..”

Now, what are you going to do about it? Read and delete, or work for reform?

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By Leefeller, October 8, 2011 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment

Well I heard about the Day of Rage several months back, the concept was one person, one dollar one vote, if Billy Bob Airs agrees with me so be it, guess that makes two of us?  Now that I may or may not agree with Airs on many issues means little to me, but seems to mean something to you OM?  The world is not black and white except to those who have little capability or capacity to grasp new ideas!

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By OzarkMichael, October 8, 2011 at 11:02 am Link to this comment

Leefeller said: “Some people like the blinder Conservatives need their daily point and name routine to keep focus.  So they name a person, use a word or grab shit out of their ass, never the facts, thus we we have Billy Airs?  Why not Bullwinkle?”

Maybe because Bullwinkle didnt start a “Days of Rage”? Thats just a blinder conservative guess.

Maybe because Bullwinkle didnt post the “Days of Rage” collective statement on his website this week like Bill Ayers did?

Thats probably just ‘grabbing shit out my ass’, and ‘never the fact’... exceptoh dear… it is easily seen to be a fact.

“Days of Rage”. Look it up, it wont be Bullwinkle’s face there!

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By Shenonymous, October 8, 2011 at 10:23 am Link to this comment

M’thinks you may be onto something Leefeller.  Learning from
mistakes is one virtuous way life progresses to a better level. Isn’t
it the case and shouldn’t we keep in mind that freedom is not the
purpose of life?  It is one of the means to win respect for human
dignity for each human in our society .

Hyman Rickover, wise man that he was, advised that to “doubt one’s
own first principles is the mark of a civilized man,” and added not to
defend past actions; “what is right today may be wrong tomorrow.
Don’t get stuck in trying to be absolutely consistent; consistency is
the refuge of fools.”

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By Leefeller, October 8, 2011 at 8:56 am Link to this comment

‘Bill Airs’ is that a Pseudomonas for ‘Inherit the Wind’?

It don’t take no Billy Airs to tell me when I am getting hosed!

One person, one dollar, one vote!

Get the Money out!

Some people like the blinder Conservatives need their daily point and name routine to keep focus.  So they name a person, use a word or grab shit out of their ass, never the facts, thus we we have Billy Airs?  Why not Bullwinkle?

Hell, I like what Gov. Buddy Roemer has to say and he is a conservative, just not one of those ass hole ones! He is the only presidential candidate running who say get the money out! (I suppose he has some thing I disagree with?).

Lets not get real OM, we must keep the OM consecutive, consistent, ideal conservative delusions alive and well, how else would fantasist reality be known?

Yes it is Billy Airs taking over the world, not Bullwinkle or special interests!

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By PatrickHenry, October 8, 2011 at 7:22 am Link to this comment

gerard,

Peaceful protest will only get so far unless the demonstrations grow 10x the normal size and general strikes are called.

It is hard for Americans who are weaned on the culture of death and destruction to do anything peaceful.

All bets are off for the corporatocracy and present government when these demonstrations turn violent, better stock up.

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By OzarkMichael, October 8, 2011 at 6:02 am Link to this comment

I pointed out that “Days of Rage” is Bill Ayers’ idea. He was a domestic terrorist. I pointed out that the Occupiers yearn for confrontation with the authorities, yearn for violence as long as it looks like the authorities are in the wrong. The Left yearns for such a moment to really spark their protest into a true mass movement.

As usual, my remarks only met with redoubled “Rage” support by Leefeller.

I love now how Leftists like Leefeller eventual realize that their hateful slogan might not work out and so they announce a new slogan. As if that erases the original hate and desire for emotional confrontations with authority that hoped would lead to violence.

I think if “Days of Rage” worked really well(and it still might) there would be no second thoughts about that phrase and Leefeller would continue to cheerlead for it.

Dont change your avatar yet, Leefeller. After looking like a fool for a few months, a few more weeks wont hurt. You just might find the “Days of Rage” is the key to success, so you might as well stay at the front of the pom-pom brigade.

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By El_Pinguino, October 7, 2011 at 10:59 pm Link to this comment

@ cpb

Sigh

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By cpb, October 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm Link to this comment

“...  No one wants violence.”

- El_Pinguino

That is not true, not even close. 

First off, there are those on the street who would like
to see bricks through windows.  The violence vs non-
violence issue is an old debate and not likely to make
much progress in a forum such as this.  Enough said.

Second, as others have pointed out in other threads,
some of those in the bank towers make an incredible
amount of profit from war; from every plane in the air,
boot on the ground or Tomahawk missle fired.  Those
types may vehemently claim to be non-violent, but
hypocrisy is the greatest luxury after all.

Third, of great concern in this case; there are many
politicos and cops and security types who are happy to
embrace violence, if it achieves their aims.  Did you
not see the supervisor cop mace the young women?  Have
you seen the way they line up and equip what they still
refer to as “the riot squad”?  Have you seen what went
on at the last few G20 gatherings in London, Pittsburgh
and Toronto?  Forget what you may have seen on MSM, that
isn’t what is ultimately important. 

Lastly, let’s not forget our good friend, loved by the
state, the Agent Provocateur.  It is not a conspiracy,
it is a tactic.  It is likely in one of the bottom
drawers of their toolbox, but it is there.  They have
used it, they will use it again.

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By El_Pinguino, October 7, 2011 at 8:14 am Link to this comment

The use of the word rage is interesting. No one wants violence.

But do we really think the Wall St bankers (and other power elite) are going to say “yea you are right. we have decided to change our ways.”

The beauty of this movement is that it is NOT predefined. That is a good thing.

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By Leefeller, October 7, 2011 at 6:53 am Link to this comment

Gerard!

Day of Rage incites violence? How about day of pissed off? Day of being pushed so far and so long we can call it ‘day of slightly upset’?

It is interesting I find the use of the word rage a bit over the top too, but it calls attention to the insensitive reality known as selfish opportunism.

In negotiations you demand more than you want to even get one small parcel of what you are aiming for. (except concession Obama in the past) Rage the word is used to wake those up who would otherwise ignore the obvious, maybe a poke in the ass?

The Republicans call the Occupy Wall Street anything but what it is because they are bought and paid for by Wall Street, I do feel rage about this.  99 percent of the People are upset, and should feel some rage! What?...  Is Rage (the word) like the N word in some peoples minds, hurtful, mean spirited, lacks clarity can only mean Conan the Barbarian kind of rage?

After my rant:

rage >noun 1 violent uncontrollable anger.  2 [in combination] violent anger associated with conflict arising from a particular context: air rage.  3 a vehement desire or passion.  4 Austral./NZ informal a lively party. >verb 1 feel or express rage.  2 continue violently or with great force: the argument raged for days.  3 Austral./NZ informal enjoy oneself socially.
-PHRASES all the rage temporarily very popular or fashionable.
-DERIVATIVES rager >noun.
-ORIGIN Old French, from a variant of Latin rabies ‘rabies’.

I concede Rage is not a positive word, (I see the word meaning a passion or great force) so this I will drop my avatar soon as I find another one.

One person, one dollar, one vote!

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By igloo, October 5, 2011 at 7:17 pm Link to this comment
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Irony of ironies! All the cold war efforts to defeat Communism amount to zero and in the end it implodes and disappears due to its repressive methods, corruption and bad economic planning. Now Capitalism is about to implode on account of limitless greed, corruption and inequality.
No system that only looks after the upper crust will survive for a long time. But despair not the powers that be have not yet unleashed their ace: police repression and its political arm: fascism. But their most powerful weapon is a clueless public conditioned by years of Media hype and trivia and brainwashed to the point they can’t tell right from wrong.

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By gerard, October 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm Link to this comment

Patrick Henry:  I thoroughly agree that how we got where we are is far less important than what we do to reverse the errors.  And I am hopeful and supportive of OW democratic, non-violent, horizontal, non-doctrinaire processes. I object to referring to OW as “Days of Rage” and consider that that reference comes from someone who is implying violence sotto voce. The “Days of Rage” comment bears me out, doesn’t it?—venom, insinuation and guilt by association.  McCarthism down pat.

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By PatrickHenry, October 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm Link to this comment

In the most jingoistic way I must say hindsight is 20-20 and we are where we are.

How we got here is not as important as how we get out of it. 

If sweeping changes from Obama don’t happen soon, damn a second term. 

I hope these protestors are registering voters.

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By Leefeller, October 5, 2011 at 2:39 pm Link to this comment

gerard,

It is my understanding we did not slam the door on our own faces, it was the simple usual duping of the people by the same fat cats which manipulated, advertised and lobbied them to close the door, back then as now! Getting people to vote against their own best interests is nothing new!

Fear, is always a handy tool and used with relish by those same folks who are using it today!

Today may be different, I see the media is trying to get the protestors to have an agenda, I say that would be a mistake and an error. Just one more opportunity for the same turds to practice their manipulation, to float to the top, just like what happened to the Tea Party, which was hijacked by special interests. (Fox Koch Brothers, etc)

It is really hard to keep the opportunists from floating to the top, I do not know if ever there has been in the cesspool of society, the keeping out of self promoted fanatics from taking over, just look at Hitler or Stalin and history seems to reek with a large number of the same thing floating to the top!

I can always hope this time will be different and a real change.

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By El_Pinguino, October 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm Link to this comment

@ gerard

And one could say we did not have the benefit of the 1848 Spring of Nations:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolutions_of_1848

“Over 50 countries were affected, but there was no coordination or cooperation among the revolutionaries in different countries. Five factors were involved: the widespread dissatisfaction with the political leadership; the demand for more participation and democracy; the demands of the working classes; the upsurge of nationalism; and finally, the regrouping of the reactionary forces based in the royalty, the aristocracy, the army, and the peasants.”

I am not a historian, but I would guess this was the foundations of socialism and the resulting social democracies in Europe today.

Unfortunately, unfettered capitalism will wipe them out as well.

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By gerard, October 5, 2011 at 12:43 pm Link to this comment

Hello!  We slammed the door on our own faces along about 1929 or so when “socialism” became a dirty word and “capitalism” was adopted as the only economic truth, so help me Hannah.

All the years since, we have been hanging onto the same fears and the same illusions until the vast majority of us are totally brain-washed, scared silly to “think outside the prescibed political-jargon boxes”. The Republicans have gone off the deep end and the Democrats are afraid to get their feet wet.

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By faith, October 5, 2011 at 10:01 am Link to this comment

The Wall Street Movement needs to present itself at the halls of Congress. 
Congressmen and women need to vote into law Campaign Finance Reform and it
needs to happen immediately.  Without reform Wall Street and big Corporation will
continue to manipulate and run this nation.  It is time to get past the republican
name calling - that is that one is a socialist if they support such ideology as
campaign finance reform.  It is time to save our nation and our middle and lower
middle classes and the poor.  High fallutin’ ideology (think capitalism) only works
when there are jobs, sustainable living available for all.  We are in a mess and we
allow congress (both houses) to prevail.

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By glider, October 5, 2011 at 8:46 am Link to this comment

Here is the original call that started OccupyWallStreet.

http://www.adbusters.org/blogs/adbusters-blog/occupywallstreet.html

The stated purpose is to get moneyed interests out of the political process and reform the system into a true democracy.  Basically, force the Corporatocracy out and replace it with true Democracy.

Obama can not harness this movement as his betrayal of the electorate is a direct cause of the movement.  I don’t see Socialist winning the day either.  In my view it is counterproductive for people to urge for an end to Capitalism which would ultimately be extra-ordinarily bloody and an insane throwing out the baby with the bath water.  What this is about is heavily reforming a very productive system such that it will cater to the well being of the 99% instead of the 1%.

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By El_Pinguino, October 5, 2011 at 8:44 am Link to this comment

@ Nyc Labrets…

Sigh

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By Leefeller, October 5, 2011 at 8:38 am Link to this comment

Nyc Labrets,

Your posts would be well served on Huff post, where the pieholes are aplenty,(unbelievable negative pie holes)  especially since Huff saddled up with AOL. We see pieholes everywhere, they know who they are and so do I.

Yes, good point it will take some time to sort out the many years of partisan crap and keeping the chances of Occupy Wall Street being hijacked kept at bay must be a priority.

I find the concept of no specific demands genius,... what the hell does ‘occupy Wall Street’ need,... a cherry on top?

Occupy Wall Street is speaking for the populism and I support them, with my cicada pom poms waving in pie hole faces!

One person, one dollar, one vote!

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, October 5, 2011 at 7:15 am Link to this comment
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The msm is only pretending not to know what the protest is about.  Anybody who isn’t a hermit living in a cave somewhere knows what the protest is about.  The job of the msm is to help to keep the protest from growing.  Their reporters do that by carefully editing their footage of the protest by showing interviews with the least articulate of the protesters.  Only msnbc picked up Michael Moore’s talk to the protesters and none of them went anywhere near Chris Hedges.

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By Jaded Prole, October 5, 2011 at 6:23 am Link to this comment

My story would fit is in with the rest. Real change must come from the streets and this is just the beginning. Capitalism has to be crushed before it crushes the rest of us. Workers and oppressed of the world unite!

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By Nyc Labrets, October 5, 2011 at 5:09 am Link to this comment

For past reference here’s a little History Lesson, for you idiot ignoramus Arm
Chair Professorial Types out there.

The 13 Colonies and Great Britain had been in a State of War for a year before
Thomas Jefferson finished writing the Declaration of Independence.

This is after the disorganized Protest Movement of the Colonies first began, 3
years earlier, at the now infamous Boston Tea Party of 1773.

A Colonial Protest Movement which in its day looks a lot like OWS does now.

Took Thomas Jefferson, and a Committee of highly trained, Classically
educated, Founding Fathers, *months* to come up with a Final Draft of the
Declaration that everybody could agree on to sign.

They even wrote a the goddamned Broadway play and movie, the “1776
musical,” about how elaborate the process was.

http://youtu.be/IDE0Gn8jxJM

It won a Tony for Best Musical.

Then, let’s not forget that it took a full 13 YEARS to go from the Declaration of
Independence being signed in 1776 to the Ratification of the US Constitution in
1789.

So what’s your damned hurry?

Expecting OWS to have its collective shit together on Day One flies in the face of
practical reality.

I don’t recall anyone dogging the Egyptians in Tahrir Square for not knowing
100% what they were about, and what their plans were.

And they got so far as to get Hosni Mubarak into a Steel Cage in a Cairo
Courtroom; where Mubarak is now facing the Death Penalty.

Now then, please tell me, can you think of **anything** in the United States in
the past 40 years that has even come close to growing this big, this fast,
organically?

Let me answer that question for you.

No you can’t.

There is *nothing* at all anything like this that has happened within living
memory.

So, at this point, so fucking what if OWS doesn’t know exactly what it wants?

Yet.

At this point it’s an irrelevant question and a bullshit distraction.

Sometimes in life a shoot from the hip ‘AIM! FIRE! READY!’ approach gets better
results than having all your ducks in a row.

This looks to be one of those times.

See y’all naysayers and detractors on the Barricades, when your own economic
reality finally catches up to you.

Unless, of course, your Corporate Masters can offer you a better deal, which
looks to be the case.

Or else you wouldn’t be flapping your gums so loudly out your filthy little pie
holes in your feeble and bullshit attempt to go out of your way to undermine
this in the way that you are.

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By Nyc Labrets, October 5, 2011 at 5:06 am Link to this comment

Michael Richards, please.

What are you people smoking out there?

Do you *really* want to reveal your ignorance of your very own life and proclaim
to the world that you don’t know what this is about?

Jesus H. Christ, on a well toasted and roasted shingle, are you fucking high?

Are you living under a rock?

Who cares about:

“From what I’ve read, it seems like most of them don’t even know what they’re
protesting about…”

As if that matters in the least.

Or the ridiculous assertion that:

“Few of the world’s ills are caused by nasty cabals full of rich people.”

For Fuck’s Sake, the VAST MAJORITY of the world’s ills can be hung on the
shoulders of a tiny elite of the rich and powerful.

Last I checked, the 5 *billion* people on Earth today, (living on $500 bucks a
year),  aren’t organized enough to wage war on *anybody* at all.

Here’s a rundown for you:

In NYC there are +350,000 unemployed, +400,000 children on Food Stamps, (1
in 4 nationwide, DISGRACEFUL), and +1.5 *MILLION* people living BELOW the
Poverty Line.

That’s only New York City; that’s less than 3% of the USA today.

Heads up, you morons, let me clue you fools in, in case you haven’t picked up a
newspaper or turned on the TV news lately, the rest of the 97% of the United
States ain’t doing so hot either.

Add to all that which is going on in New York City today, the National
Unemployment Rate of near 10%, officially, (unofficially it’s DOUBLE that), +46
million people on Food Stamps, and the +2 million Foreclosures that we’ve seen
since the year 2009, and *you don’t know* why people are FED UP and pissed
off on a National Level?

That’s in the here and now.

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By bpawk, October 5, 2011 at 4:43 am Link to this comment

They have to take these complaints to Washington and sit in front of the White House - Wall Street doesn’t make the rules - it’s the White House that governs - these kids are afraid to criticize Obama because they voted for him and are now disappointed. It’s a hard pill to swallow but WAll Street was enabled by Washington - so go to the source!

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By Robespierre115, October 5, 2011 at 1:40 am Link to this comment

@OzarkMichael, what are you babbling on about? Do you seriously consider any of Obama’s agenda or policies to be in line with what the Weathermen were promoting? Even Fidel Castro called Obama “an idiot” last week. The only thing I would agree on is that Occupy could very well be manipulated into some sort of “Vote For Obama,” “Keep The Hope Alive” abomination or even some “Vote For Ron Paul” loon fest. It hasn’t happened yet, but it could once people start seeking out a more organized platform, agenda etc.

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By streetguy, October 5, 2011 at 12:56 am Link to this comment
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If this is Capitalism…

I’ll take Communism any day,

at least then I’ll have a job
a roof over my head
and food to eat.
not to mention better health care
and education that a poor guy
could ever get in ameriKa.

The only reason Communism “failed” anyway
is not because of some intrinsic weakness but
because it was undermined from the beginning
by the very same vultures at work today
and was never truly allowed to flourish.

In the end, being a virtuous system,
Communism could not compete in the medium term
with the pyramidal scheme of fiat money.

But today the fraud of Capitalism is here
for all to see.

By definition Communism is more efficient
since it excludes the profit motive
which reveals itself in all its glory and wreckage today.

Banksters and other parasites get it all
while the masses get but the shaft.

Were there shortcomings with Communism?

certainly, but it is clearly superior for
the common good than this charade we presently have.

Call me a nut all you want…

but

Karl Marx was right.

How can you say it isn’t so if you never read it?


Actually, this is was the parasitic bankster class
is most afraid of…  ideas… these ideas.

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By OzarkMichael, October 4, 2011 at 9:22 pm Link to this comment

First, the term “Days of Rage” is not new. Its originator is Bill Ayers and i suppose we must also credit Bernadine Dohrn. Yes, they had the first “Days of Rage“ which were some occupations and violent Chicago riots in 1969 by the Weathermen. You know Bill Ayers, the domestic terrorist? Except he is a Leftist so we dont call him that. Instead we give him a job at a university and let him write textbooks for kids. In fact, kids are taught to respect him for his ‘activism’. Did you know that Barack Obama started his political career in Bill Ayer’s home? Just a coincidence, i know.

Anyway, the Organizer of the new “Days of Rage” is not Bill Ayers. He cant go under the radar. It was someone else who went on tour to organize impressionable young Leftists. Best place for that is college. We never would have known about this tour of colleges except someone recorded him in April or May.

Stephan Lerner is the one recorded, so we can call him the Organizer. He is an ex-union leader. SEIU to be exact. Did you know that Obama considers himself the best friend SEIU ever had? and that he listens to SEIU advice? He practically is an SEIU member? Just a coincidence I know.

You can listen to the tape of his meeting here:
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/seius-stephen-lerner-invokes-bill-ayers-days-of-rage-to-take-down-wall-street-this-september/

Here are some excerpts: “Days of Rage in ten cities”

“a week of civil disobedience, direct action all over the city(New York):”

here is a nice excerpt:”...have a week of action in New York with the goal of … I don’t want to go into any details because I don’t know which police agents are in the room”

Wow, what was that about? He got the “Days of Rage” organized but he couldnt tell the college kids what they were going to New York for? Two possibilities: either Lerner felt the ‘Days of Rage’ have an illegal goal, or he just didnt want the Leftist kiddies to know the goal so he merely used the police as a ‘cop-out’ so he could keep the kiddies in the dark.

Either way, isnt manipulation great? Or probably you will close your eyes and deny that Lerner has anything to do with the “Days of Rage”. OK, but arent those Campers on Wall Street so young? College age? Its all just coincidence, probably.

Next time we will find out the goal of the “Days of Rage”, which for some reason the poor Pawns camping out on Wall Street werent told about.

It isnt a secret. People get manipulated all the time without their awareness of it. Thats the Leftist explanation of the Tea Party, and now we apply the same Leftist analysis to the Campers on Wall Street.

One more fun thought: Did you know that Steve Lerner, the Wall Street Occupation Organizer, had meetings with Barack Obama in the White House several times? Just a coincidence, of course.

This is just the beginning. The “Tea Party Koch Brothers” got nothing on the “Days of Rage Liberal Elite”. More next time.

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By Shenonymous, October 4, 2011 at 8:02 pm Link to this comment

This article shows that the 99%ers have respect and compassion
for each other.  The hundreds of millions of American people are
broadly scattered across the country and need to become more
integrated, more unified in a populus protest.  The 21st century
American Rebellion movement has already commenced and it is
inexorable.  It cannot be stopped.  The 1%ers are the wealthy and
corporatocrats whose fellow political Republicans shelter and
safeguard these prosperous privileged through legislative benefits
to do everything in their political power with the financial collaboration
of the obscenely rich to strip the 99%ers of every shred of integrity in
their macabre exertion to destroy Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid,
education, and revoke voting rights of millions of Americans the latest
of which are the military!  A day of reckoning is on its way.

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By Robespierre115, October 4, 2011 at 8:00 pm Link to this comment

The only confusion I guess some people feel is what ideas the movement has to actually implement the change. Forming a party? Applying pressure (good luck with that, ask the Spaniards)? Overthrowing the system? It’s a pretty diverse movement and eventually they will have to choose, simply protesting will only satisfy people for so long. Already the Ron Paultards want to take it over, and the big unions are issuing support, but look at Wisconsin, they simply disappeared back into the fog. But when it comes to the REASONS for the protests then yes, those are very clear and the corporate media is playing dumb.

Good article from Israel’s Haaretz on how the tent protests which also garnered a lot of attention have eventually ended up:

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/as-tent-city-is-cleared-israel-s-midsummer-night-s-dream-is-over-1.387970

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By ethan, October 4, 2011 at 7:52 pm Link to this comment
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it’s exactly these questions by reporters and pundits that adresses the importance and face value of this movement. why does there need to be a mission statement? if it makes you ask why and for what, then you have to answer for yourself and then you have to answer for your country - and the idea behind all this is that these questions reveal a horribly inequal, inhumane, and environmentally insane America that needs seriouse reevaluation. and that’s what we’re doing.

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By gerard, October 4, 2011 at 7:03 pm Link to this comment

This is a beautiful, moving and informative site. I suggest that somebody with money step up and see that it is put on the road to travel Museums of Modern Art across the country.

Reasonable admission charges to be donated to Occupy Wall Streets all over America. (Occupy Wall Street, Inc., Non-profit Organization for the Promotion of
Social Justice)

This is a way to engage a lot of intelligent people who otherwise might not realize at the heart level what is happening to the young peopl we have brought into the world.  We need to step up and take our responsibility for what is happening to them.

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By zonth_zonth, October 4, 2011 at 6:54 pm Link to this comment

The myth of the college degree has suckered individuals into taking on debt.  The Universities have maximized tuition based on what they know the limit a bank would loan.  Seems to be a sort of collusion.

The US need more trade schools.  350 billion bank bailout could have paid for plenty of trades.

In order for that to work, however corporations can no longer send their factories to Honduras

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By El_Pinguino, October 4, 2011 at 4:18 pm Link to this comment

There is a gathering storm…..we are at a point where the questions are about basic humanity. How we treat our fellow human beings.

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By PatrickHenry, October 4, 2011 at 4:10 pm Link to this comment

We need to wrest control of our money from private banking concerns and establish state and federal banks where minimal interest charge is kept separate from principle and interest charged on interest is not permitted. 

Loans and mortgages should be more flexible and adjustable with profit a lessor concern than recovery of operating costs.

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