Thanks for clarifying the Occupy movement. Before the tinhat brigade comes on with the "get a job" comments, thought I would like to express my support for the 99%.
I am a career engineer, who after 27 years returned to school to prepare for the green revolution that was supposed to turn the economy around - three years ago. I work, but have not had a full-time job with benefits yet, even though I have a brand new (2009) degree.
Finally, I found out why I cannot find work, the "filthy fifty" who have been blocking meaningful change to our economy for their own benefit, read: “Outing the Oligarchy:BILLIONAIRES WHO BENEFIT FROM TODAY’S CLIMATE CRISIS”
Giant pickups? Don't get me started.
Or how about the person in the inevitable large SUV or monster truck who has to take two spaces and straddle the line between them?
Years ago, people used to say those of us who drove little sporty cars were just adolescents unsure of our manhood, nowadays it seems the macho crowd needs a bigger truck or SUV than the next guy. And that goes for the gals too.
I hated Lucile Ball as well and that fact would be unremarkable if not for the fact that I meet Lucile Ball’s great-granddaughter Desiree Anzalone and recorded a music video for her. It shows Lucy in a different light and, excusing the poor sound quality, you can see one of her many beautiful descendents who are wonderful musicians and wonderful people. It’s amazing how our views of famous people can change once we meet them (or their descendents).
Check it out at http://www.erossalvatore.com/Completed_Fil…
It’s the second video down, called “ Livin’ and Dyin’ “.
Grandma8 I have 3 jobs because my wife and I choose to have her stay home with my new son. I'm not incensitive I just don't have the patience to complain about the idea that I have to work harder to make the same income I once did. I haven't worked for minimum wage since 1998 because i instead developed employable skill sets and a work ethic that was given to me by my parents. I know very few people who are unemployed because people I associate with do what is necessary to survive even now in this "recovery."
Watch a couple of minutes of Occupy Atlanta, when they refuse to let Congressman John Lewis speak. Very creepy. These call-and-response people make the NY occupier who did you-know-what on a police car, and the other NY occupiers who have lived outside for days and days look almost normal.
For the record, the origin of the 99% (and the 1%) is from an article published last spring in Vanity Fair by Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stitlitz entitiled "Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%". His explanation of the totally distorted distribution of wealth is readily understood and devastatingly pointed. When 1% of the citizens own 40% ot the total wealth and 25% of the total income, the mechanisms that support that are completely gamed against the middle and lower class. Read the article, then act out of knowledge rather than emotion.
Such insensitive and truly ignorant comments saying that "they should occupy jobs and a business." ...and "class envy"?! Do you know the unemployment rate in Tucson? Do you know how many people apply for each available "minimum wage" job? Do you know that many must have more than one job today just to pay their bills and feed their families? How many unemployed people do you personally know? This "class warfare" was started by the wealthiest decades ago; and now the "other 99%" of us are speaking up and speaking out. We are all ages...and will be meeting Sat. in Tucson. occupytogether.org
"They have a strategy that's working. And like me, they now know a lot more about economics and government than they ever wanted to." What they don't know how to do is build wealth. They should occupy jobs until they can occupy better ones. Or they could occupy a business they start until it occupies more sales. Your class envy is irritating to even read. I think I'll stick to reading Danehy because I can guess we couldn't even have a polite conversation if we chatted at a bar.
I QUIT GOING TO MOVIES IN THE START OF THE '70'S WHEN ALL MORALITY WAS DROPPED. POOPY MOUTHS, TOILET HUMOR, AND ALL THINGS IN THE 'BODILY FUNCTION' CATEGORY BECAME STAPLES. THEN TELEVISION TURNED TO TOILET VISION. YOU CAN HAVE IT BUT WHY WOULD YOU WANT IT. I STICK WITH THE 60'S DOWN. RERUNS YES BUT AT LEAST I'M NOT ASSAULTED WITH THE TOXIC MATERIAL THEY CALL ENTERTAINMENT. I KNOW, I KNOW, I'M OUTTA STEP. FOR A FREE COPY OF OUR FAMILY MOVIE WE FILMED GO TO Leesleyfilms.net. YOU SEE IT'S GOTTEN SO BAD WE HAVE TO MAKE OUR OWN CLEAN MOVIES TO WATCH. DEVON LEESLEY, PRODUCER OF YET PRODUCTIONS
BTW- have you ever seen the movie "Matinee"? It takes place during the Cuban missile crisis, and the main character, not the John Goodman character, is a kid exactly my age who was interested in monster movies and magazines, just like I was. I may still be a nerd.
I 999.9% agree with you, Ms. Downing. Except for the one episode that featured George Reeves as Superman.
You mean you didnt care for the episode with lucy working in the chocolate factory? :O
I hope everyone will email this to the radio stations that they know that still use FOX news. There are some country stations that come in where KXCI doesn't that still think that FOX is as good as any American news corp. It is not.
Your faith in insurance gurus is sickeningly misguided, Ms. Downing. If you believe the companies in question wouldn't hesitate to use the information gathered to raise rates or kick someone out of their programs entirely, then you have entirely too much faith in corporatism.
I hope your weight stays within acceptable parameters for the bean-counters. Otherwise, you may well find yourself in the "uninsured" auto with other former acolytes of allowing the corporate camel's nose under the tent for the alleged purpose of good intentions, barreling towards Hades with frightful speed.
The monetary system is a phase. After it's inevitable collapse and countless billions dead, then and only then may we be able to enter the next phase ov our evolution. When respect for all life is understood to be a real part ov who we are and what we are capable ov...wish us luck,
You are so right on! As an old, alone, disabled and low income woman,
I am scared for my medical future. In addition to that, generics do not
work for me. I don't feel that politicians, who could make laws governing
this mess are interested. I have a thought - let's outlaw lobbies.
Renee, Sorry to hear about your aunt but maybe if aunt joyce and uncle jay had signed a living will or advance directive making them DNR/DNI they would not be in the predicament they are in.
How about opening up the competition for insurance? How about Tort reform? How about setting up programs that plan ahead?
Or maybe just watch MSNBC if Fox is the problem.
Ryan's plan is a GO.
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