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13 October 2011 - 11:02pm

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I am wondering what everyone around the world, and in the "good old U.S. of A." is thinking about the new movement, Occupy Wall Street? Myself, I am very excited about the movement, as I believe it has been a long time coming. I have complained, for years now, about how people in the U.S. seem to have given up, seem full of apathy, feel powerless and have given up hope of making a difference. I have observed other countries, where people take to the streets to spur on effective change, demand those changes, and wondered what happened here.

I believe we need a new paradigm, and I have high hopes that this may be the beginning. I really like how there is no specific agenda, but a meeting of the minds, the diversity and respect, and how they are all taking their time to see what comes of this movement, as it slowly comes together with more specific demands, etc. There are now little stations at the OWS in New York. Stations for "media," food, first aid, even a little library. There is a "comfort station" where people can gather clean clothing, even a chair massage for those who are becoming stressed. There are artists, musicians, and more. I wish I was twenty years younger and feeling healthier right now, because I would be down in Minneapolis, MN, speaking my mind, joining the 99%, because that is who I am.

I have to admit that I am excited about this movement, and I am curious as to what others here think about it. I stayed up way too late, because I was watching so many OWS videos last night, lol.

What are your views, friends? Do you think anything will come of this or will the 99% give up, once again?

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13 October 2011 - 11:03pm
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Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.

https://occupywallst.org/

OCCUPY TOGETHER, an unofficial hub for all of the events springing up across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall St. As we have followed the news on facebook, twitter, and the various live feeds across the internet, we felt compelled to build a site that would help spread the word as more protests organize across the country. We hope to provide people with information about events that are organizing, ongoing, and building across the U.S. as we, the 99%, take action against the greed and corruption of the 1%.

http://www.occupytogether.org/

MIDWEST

Occupy Chicago
Occupy Cincinnati
Occupy Cleveland
Occupy Columbus, IN
Occupy Columbus, OH
Occupy Evansville
Occupy Indiana
Occupy Indianapolis
Occupy Joplin, MO
Occupy Kansas City
Occupy Michigan
Occupy Minnesota
Occupy OKC
Occupy Omaha
Occupy OSU (Stillwater)
Occupy St. Louis
Occupy Toledo, OH
Occupy Tulsa
Occupy Wisconsin
Occupy Youngstown

NORTHEAST

Occupy Albany
Occupy Allentown, PA
Occupy Binghamton
Occupy Boston
Occupy D.C.
Occupy Harrisburg, PA
Occupy Hartford, CT
Occupy Huntington, WV
Occupy Maine
Occupy New Haven
Occupy New Jersey
Occupy Norfolk, VA
Occupy Philadelphia
Occupy Pittsburgh
Occupy Providence, RI
Occupy Rochester
Occupy Utica, NY
Occupy Vermont
Occupy Wheeling, WV

SOUTHEAST

Occupy Arkansas
Occupy Asheville
Occupy Atlanta
Occupy Birmingham, AL
Occupy Charlotte
Occupy Clarksville, TN
Occupy Columbia, SC
Occupy Columbus, GA
Occupy Daytona Beach
Occupy Durham
Occupy Florence, SC
Occupy Greensboro
Occupy Jacksonville, FL
Occupy Knoxville
Occupy Lexington, KY
Occupy Louisville
Occupy Memphis
Occupy Mississippi
Occupy Nashville
Occupy New Orleans
Occupy Orlando
Occupy Pensacola
Occupy Raleigh, NC
Occupy Richmond, VA
Occupy Sarasota
Occupy Tallahassee
Occupy Tampa
Occupy Winston Salem

SOUTHWEST

Occupy Albuquerque
Occupy Austin
Occupy Dallas
Occupy El Paso
Occupy Houston
Occupy McAllen, TX
Occupy Phoenix
Occupy San Antonio
Occupy Santa Fe
Occupy Tucson

WEST

Occupy Ashland, OR
Occupy Boise
Occupy Chico, CA
Occupy Colorado Springs
Occupy Denver
Occupy Eugene
Occupy Las Vegas
Occupy Long Beach
Occupy Los Angeles
Occupy Montana
Occupy Napa
Occupy Olympia
Occupy Portland
Occupy Riverside
Occupy Sacramento
Occupy Salem
Occupy Salt Lake City
Occupy San Diego
Occupy San Francisco
Occupy San Jose
Occupy Santa Cruz
Occupy Seattle
Occupy Spokane
Occupy Ventura

INTERNATIONAL

Occupy Adelaide
Occupy Brisbane
Occupy Cologne
Occupy Cork, Ireland
OCCUPY DEN HAAG (NL)
Occupy Finland
Occupy Frankfurt Germany
Occupy Hamburg Germany
Occupy Manchester | March on the Tory Party Conference
Occupy Melbourne Australia
Occupy Montreal
Occupy Norwich, Norfolk, UK
Occupy Nova Scotia
Occupy Perth
Occupy Stockholm
Occupy Sydney
Occupy the London Stock Exchange
Occupy Tijuana
Occupy Toronto Market Exchange
Occupy Vancouver

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13 October 2011 - 11:04pm
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Who are the 1%?

"They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.

They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.

They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.

They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless nonhuman animals, and actively hide these practices.

They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.

They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.

They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.

They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.

They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.

They have sold our privacy as a commodity.

They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.

They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.

They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.

They have donated large sums of money to politicians supposed to be regulating them.

They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.

They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantive profit.

They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.

They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.

They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.

They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.

They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.

They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts."

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14 October 2011 - 3:50am
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I love the principles behind the whole thing and I admire the people giving it a shot! But I have to admit I doubt whether anything substantial will be achieved. There are too many vested interests with too much money and power who simply don't care about anyone else other than themselves and their buddies.

From what I have read the protestors don't have a clearly articulated mission or defined list of things they want achieve. I mean what do they want exactly? Ban short selling, day trading, and speculation? Ban donations to political parties from corporations? Overthrow the government? Or is it just a organised venting session where anyone can turn up and complain about whatever is bothering them? It's one thing to show your righteous anger, disappointment and frustration, its another thing entirely to fix a system that is fundamentally broken. So while I don't think the 99% giving up is the right way to say it, perhaps the 99% of us will continue to be disappointed.

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14 October 2011 - 5:09pm
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Thanks for posting your views, Ed. I am excited about this movement, but I have no idea of how to predict the future of what will happen. I actually like how there are no specific "demands" or goals, as of yet, and how they are taking their time to form each step. So far, I am happy with what I see, but who knows. I will continue to carefully observe what is happening, because I am certainly one of the 99%, and something has to change, esp in this country.

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17 October 2011 - 5:21pm
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Great blog post by The Reformed Broker:

"This is Why They Hate You and Want You to Die"

http://www.thereformedbroker.com/2011/10/09/this-is-why-they-hate-you-an...

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I have my reasons for thinking change needs to come to America and the world, but think these protests are misguided and being corrupted by those who always get their hands on things like this. Really, Al Sharpton? Really? Really, Unions? Really?

I know things are bad, and I applaud anyone for taking a stand for what they believe in, but I think 90% of these people have no defined reason for protesting, and those who do have legitimate concerns are going to have their message lost in the clutter by the 90% who have no reason to be there.

Oh, and if you are protesting to complain about a lack of jobs, maybe you should be out looking for a job. People are hiring, even if you don't want to believe it.

Personally, I think our country has started to feel entitled. People think they are better than the jobs that are out there, and would rather sit unemployed than flip burgers. Just because you went to college does not mean that you cannot do these jobs; it just means that you think you are better than that.

Perhaps you are, but does sitting on your butt at home pay the bills? Take it from someone who went to school for advertising and business management and is currently breaking rocks with a hammer; money is money. Whether you break rock or write copy, it all spends the same.

Get to work (anywhere). Pay your bills. Feed your children. Try to better yourself while looking for additional work. Complaining doesn't pay the bills.

Sorry for the rant! Smile

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18 October 2011 - 7:50am
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I am excited by this movement! It has really been spread all over the world now! The Facebook is flooded with Occupy slogans, I think they'll definitely achieve success!

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All of this economic news coming out of the US reminds me of this classic Calvin and Hobbes comic Joking

If for some reason you cannot see the image, click on the following link: http://slyoyster.hypervocal.com/cheap-thrills/2011/decades-old-calvin-an...

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Look, it seems Bill Clinton agrees with me! lol

He said this on Letterman:

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"Essentially what they are saying is that America - has become too unequal and that some of the people that caused the problem are in good shape today and a lot of them aren't.

"I think that on balance this can be a positive thing, but they're gonna have to kind of transfer their energies at some point to making some specific suggestions or bringing in people who know more to try to put the country back to work," Mr Clinton said.

"They need to be for something specific and not just against something because if you're just against something, somebody else will fill the vacuum you create."

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19 October 2011 - 4:12am
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Solid point, Ed and a spot on opinion by Clinton. These people actually need to focus and come up with something worthwhile before either: A) They burn out. B) The public starts to ignore them and/or gets aggravated with them.

The time for them to actually make a difference is drawing near. They need to state specific goals and inform their protesters as to what they are protesting.

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Yeah I guess the point is it is easy to get angry and point out everything that is going wrong. I can totally understand where a lot of people are coming from on that front. Its a hell of a lot harder to actually come up with solutions and push them through, especially when its this giant decentralised and disorganised collective of people with lots of different agendas.

Saying you're "not going to tolerate the greed of the 1%" is fine and dandy, but how exactly are people going to end this greed and corruption, and ensure that it doesn't happen again? Those things will always exist, we are talking about human nature here.

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LOL I do not suggest you agree with Bill in other of his opinions Smile

"They need to be for something specific and not just against something because if you're just against something, somebody else will fill the vacuum you create." - that is so true. Most of the protesters today are very general in their expressions and think that social media works better than some real-life action!

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