Picture of the Day: 11/18/11


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  1. LOVE IT! Hahaha!– RE: OCCUPY WALL STREET MOVEMENT ALIVE AND WELL & GROWING BIGGER: Yesterday OWS was happening in all 50 STATES–it was reported and shown on turner cable MSNBC “The Ed Show” (briefly) and of course it was also reported on Keith Olberman Countdown on Current TV channel 134– YES< ALL 50 states in cities BIG and small there were Occupiers protesting like crazy! YEAH! Thanks Mayor (mental midget) Bloomber…g, you have given MORE POWER TO THE PEOPLE and THROWN more logs on the FIRE! We, the people, are only growing BIGGER, MADDER, more POWERFUL each day, and all OCCUPY TOGETHER everywhere peacefully is right on course, morphing as it goes and learning as it goes, and changing
    the world and hearts and minds of more and more and more people everywhere….YEAH!
    Also, thank you to the UNIONS, for joining us and even being arrested by daring to cross the police line in a defiant act of civil disobedience! Come UNIONS come…we welcome you at all Occupy Movements everywhere…your support is awesome!

    November 18, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    • Kris

      I agree, we definitely need the support of unions.

      The Occupy movement itself is grassroots, not institutional But we are fighting against a very strong and prevasive institution in our culture, so we need institutions that are fighting for what we are fighting for.

      November 22, 2011 at 11:27 AM

  2. Kris

    I had mistakenly thought (by juggled memory and busy brain) that the General Assembly was today, not yesterday. I didn’t know what your (the webmaster) email was, so I hope it’s okay that I put my facts here:

    According to Same Seder of “Majority” radio FM, 25% of children are in poverty (see “Poor Kids Don’t Have Enough Pain” on youtube). In June 2011, unemployment was at 9%. Yet, people in congress are debating how much to cut programs, not whether or not to do so. Why isn’t extinguishing Bush Tax Cuts on the table? Also see, “Hard Times Generation” 60 seconds video clip. $42 billion in cuts overall from Bush Tax Cuts extension. Programs cut: early childhood care, WIC (nutrition for low income families), after school programs (many of which have teachers feeding children after school), community health centers (such as Pulaski’s school based health center), homeless assistance grants, low income energy & heating grants (LIHEAP), Title X Family Planning.

    According to The Guardian’s Maria Santos and Simon Rogers, the richest 1% own 1/3 of net worth. 0.01% own 1/3 of that same third. The United States has 700,000 millionaires and 400 billionaires (which is more than any other country). Of the billionaires: Bill Gates, William Buffett and Lawrence Ellison are the top three, and own $131 billion net worth combined. That is more than the costs of the wars in Iraq and Aphganistan that have been the spawn of several human and civil rights violations (the Patriot Act, Guantanamo Bay torture and waterboarding, an illegal war in a country that does not harbor Al Qaeda terrorists and doesn’t want us there).

    In 1993, the income of the average worker increased 4%, while the income of millionaires increased 10.3%. Once again in 2001, when the average worker income increased 3%, the income of millionaires increased 10.1%. This means: In 1993, 45% of economic growth belonged to the rich, and in 2001, 65% of economic growth belonged to the rich. As of right now, the educated guess is that the rich owned 80% of economic growth in 2008, and now own 95% or more of it. How is that figured? Well…

    In 2010, the average worker earned $26,487 (-$2,000 since 2008). The government defines any household making less than 20,000 as impoverished. That means that more than 10% of households were/are in poverty. Once again, 25% of children are in poverty, and 45% of impoverished households are those lead by single mothers (which leads me to say that everyone should look up “Pink Collar Ghetto”). 57% of impoverished children come from single-parent households.The 24 million least wealthy households in America lost 10% of their income between 2006 and 2010.

    Meanwhile, the 400 wealthiest American households lost only 4% of income. This last statistic is ONLY true if you also adjust for inflation, unlike the previous statistics. When you do not adjust the numbers, the statistic is barely measurable (less than 1%).

    The overall average of income-loss PER HOUSEHOLD is $270.5 million dollars. Consider how heavy a burden that is to bear for the poor who pay a larger percent of their income in taxes AND lost more of their income in the past few years than the rich.

    Before the recent “market crash”, 60% of the population had 65% of their wealth tied-up in the value of the houses they lived in. The housing market fell to pieces, but the richest 400 households had most of their money tied up in stocks and their corporations. While the media babbled on about the market, the greedy rich hoarded their money instead of maintaining their employees and maintaining wages, within a reasonable range, because they didn’t want to have a more than 4% decrease in their own income, even though they make PLENTY.

    The wage gap is incredible. In case the previous statistics didn’t make it clear, here’s this — the ratios of CEO to Average Worker pay (per country):
    Japan – 11 (CEO):1 (AW)
    France- 15:1
    Italy- 20:1
    Canada- 20:1
    South Africa- 21:1
    Britain- 22:1
    Mexico- 47:1
    Venezuela- 50:1
    and USA, a whopping 475:1

    The people of all the other countries are in RIOTS about these wage gaps, especially in South Africa, Mexico, Venezuela, and France. Yet we Americans have been unbelievably complacent.

    Including children and the retired elderly: 1 in 7 Americans live below the poverty line (46.2 million people), 1 in 6 Americans have no health insurance (50 million people), 1 in 17 workers (not including children and retired citizens, obviously) earn below minimum wage($7.25/hr) EVEN THOUGH THAT’S ILLEGAL, 14.5% of households are “food insecure” or can’t feed themselves and need food stamps.

    In the meantime, top executives pay themselves $4.9 million a year.

    According to a Washington Post investigation, median pay for executives is 4x higher than it was in the 1970s – from $1.225 million to $4.9 million. The median pay of “non-supervisory workers” (average workers) dropped 10% – from about $32,000 to $28,000 since the 1970s.

    In 2008, households that earn between $100,000 and $200,000 per year paid up to 25% of their income in taxes (and that’s not even including payroll taxes). The same top 400 richest people in America mentioned before (the billionaires), paid only 18.1% of their income in taxes.

    This is what Occupy Wallstreet is all about.

    So far 26 journalists nationwide have been arrested at Occupy demonstrations, 10 of which were in NYC on November 15th. Zuccotti Park occupancy has been closed down due to intense police brutality and 22 arrests. One journalist said that he covered 9/11 and the Dominique Strauss-Kahn rape allegations(New York vs. Strauss-Kahn trial), and he’s never been arressted before. Countless other journalists nationwide have claimed that they’ve been beaten by the police.

    So now our freedom of speech and press is being further infringed on since the Patriot Act because we are resisting… and because the corporations that control the government are scared of us.

    November 18, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    • philosonista@gmail.com is listed on the About Page as my email. Also, I requested your newly made Facebook page that I say prowling around on the OO Discussion Page. Perhaps I shall make these into a PDF in our Virtual Library.

      November 18, 2011 at 9:13 PM

      • Kris

        That would be great!

        Note the correction in statistics on arrests in Zuccotti Park in another comment, please.

        November 21, 2011 at 8:01 PM

  3. Kris

    Excuse me, I reread this and there was a typing error.

    There were TWO HUNDRED and 22 arrests at Zuccotti Park.

    222, not 22. I didn’t type as many twos as I thought I did. I apologize.

    November 21, 2011 at 8:00 PM

  4. Kris

    Also, Zuccotti park was only temporarily closed down (for a day), when pretty much all the protesters came back fully geared.

    November 21, 2011 at 8:02 PM

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