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2011 October 20 — Why Now?
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Today At #OWS

Over at Naked Capitalism they put up this action request – NYC Residents: Please Attend 6:00 PM Meeting Today to Bar Real Estate Board Plan to Block #OccupyWallStreet Protests. [Update: via Steve Bates, Cynthia Kouril blogged it. Looks like an own goal for the Board.]

The problem for the 1% is that the Occupy Wall Street group keeps abiding by the rules and the laws. That’s why the Казаки have to keep attacking them and setting up traps – these DFH keeps ‘coloring within the lines’. So now they are attempting to change the rules to force them out.

An earlier post explains what is going on – David Graeber: On Playing By The Rules – The Strange Success Of #OccupyWallStreet.

Graeber, an anthropologist and one of the earliest members of the OWS movement, discovered that the central cadre of the movement is made up of university educated 20-somethings who have always ‘played by the rules’, and now want to know why they haven’t achieved any success, and can’t find jobs. These aren’t DFH radicals, these are ‘American Dreamers’, i.e. they worked hard and went to school as their parents and guidance counselors advised them to do. Now they are worse off than high school dropouts, because they have huge student loans in addition to being unemployed. You can imagine how they react to politicians talking about ‘job training’ to solve the unemployment problem.

Bryce Covert of New Deal 2.0 looks at The Economics Behind Occupy Wall Street: Shameful Income Inequality. While the 1% are making money hand-over-fist, everyone else is going backwards. We have corporate profits and poverty going up at almost the same rate. The system is broken.

October 20, 2011   5 Comments

Not A Dime

Today we have a prime example about why NPR is not worth supporting.

Ted Rall tells us what NPR did to Lisa Simeone.

It is the same crap as always – a wingnut blogger makes a big deal out of something, and NPR rushes to throw someone under the bus without verifying what the facts are.

A freelance announcer on a classical music program, on their own time, can’t attend an anti-war protest without being fired, but actual news employees can give speeches to corporations and appear on Fox News. That’s NPR’s version of ‘fair and balanced’.

There is no point in supporting NPR, they aren’t interested in a any view to the left of Genghis Khan, because a Republican might complain.

October 20, 2011   5 Comments