You know the guys in the Chamber of Commerce, right? Some good, some very bad, but most of them out for the basic bottom line of profit, and maximizing their chance at getting as much as possible for as little as possible.
And there have been the scandals, and the offerings of political hatchet jobs, and the lobbying, button-holing, etc. So, there is a hot debate over at Google Headquarters about leaving the good ole Chamber.
Hey, most of us 99% use Google on a daily basis. We're not fully trusting them, but some action that showed us they were on our side too, would be classy. Not to mention news worthy. Think, one of the biggest Dot.Com's decides to opt-out of the Chamber? It will make some buzz, and perhaps some others think too, that the Chamber may be a bit ethically challenged, to say nothing of doing good for the 99%.
So, sign the petition already.
#Occupy #OWS #OccupyWallStreet
#OccupyPGH #OccupyPittsburgh #99
A really great demonstration of the occupiers at University of California at Davis, using their inherent power to resist the police. I'd been rather concerned that the Occupy movement would get a bad name from the very few actions that cause a real safety problem for both the occupiers and the police.
Here, what you have is a clear demonstration that the technique works.
Not only do the occupiers succeed, but given the behavior of the police, it looks like there is a start in co-opting them, and having them actually understand that this is important, and they are a part of it, willing or not.
Also, I'm guessing that this isn't going to be covered by the Main Stream Media, as it really runs counter to the stated purpose of maintaing an orderly state. (Read what you will into my term "Orderly State".)
So, if you find this encouraging, and it seems a real example of what can be accomplished, pass it around.
#OWS #OccupyWallStreet #Occupy
Sheesh, censorship upcoming, now you can't stretch the truth on a dating site, or have an account be anonymous without running afoul of the Federalies?
Time to call stupid is as stupid does.
I get a lot of email from progressive organizations, and occasionally get energized by some of the insanity that passes for a functional democratic representative system.
But this is just FOCKING STUPID
I cannot for the life of me come up with a simple phrase that could be delivered to anyone remotely involved in the PLCB's newest anti-drinking campaign. I could come up with many paragraphs describing how wrong headed, imbecilic, regressionary, insensitive, legally bass-ackwards, paternilistically smug this comes across.
But I won't spend those paragraphs. Click on the link and tell these people yourself.
These folks were wrong, but they get Social Media's speed & reach.
So no brownie points, but respect for a quick and rational response!
Clearly they aren't concerned. So I get this request from the AFL-CIO to petition for just the CURRENT law to be extended.
I'm signing. Heck, I'd like to see them pass more benefits, considering some states are so far in the hole that the've begun to cut back on the amount you can get.
Look, as far as I'm concerned this whole structure is crimnogenic, and rapacious. But if you can spare a moment, we've got damn little to work with outside the Occupy movements for the time being.
So, what can we do today with the structure as it exists?
Tell your friends what is actually happening.
Light a fire under the miserable creatures we call our elected representatives.
I'd still prefer pitchforks and torches for them, but if nothing else, you can sign a petition. See below.
And that is assuming Europe doesn't explode.
I'm guessing that M. Dempsey doesn't consider any kind of insurance an acceptable method of dealing with the various events that can happen to people, or in the case of Japan and Haiti, whole countries. Or is insurance and security just for those that can pay for it.
In which case, I've got some banks for you to discuss that very point with. TBTF is an acronym for banks with so little insurance, on such a massive scale that they got bailed out. And don't tell me that was just a one time thing. It's gonna happen again, and actually already has. It wasn't just 700 billion in bailout, but 7,700 billion that was lent to the banks at zero interest, so that they could loan it back to the US Government.
So, tell me what you would do for the one in five of your neighbors that is under-employed or un-employed. Can they come over to your house?
Some folks will be upset, resentful, or just complain of the unfairness of the government. Some will reject anything that helps the 99%, or more practically, the folks needing the social safety net.
They see the moral hazard at assisting people in need, most especially when to some extent, they had a hand in making decisions that made them more vulnerable, more likely to require help.
Frankly, the 1% seldom think of the risks they take with others. Mostly they figure IBG-YBG. ("I'll be gone, You'll be Gone") So, they'll retreat to wherever, with their cash safety net, their contacts and associations of people in power, and their ability to bend the system to supporting them.
To me, the biggest moral hazard existing today, is allowing people with money and powerful contacts to get away with more than "Joe Average" does.
Society rests on the social contract that a system of laws makes us all equal. When some are more equal than others, that tips the balance. What's worse, it this tipping process, is a positive feedback system. The more it tips one way, the further it will continue to tip.
So, how do you counter a positive feedback loop?
Not easily. You still have to apply an equal and opposing force. Is OWS that force? Probably not. At least in sufficiency. It's one force of a number of ones that will need to be marshalled to counteract the out of balance condition.
What else then?
Actually it's going to take an effort by all of the 99%. Not just the liberals or progressives, but by each and everyone. And no, it doesn't mean you are going to need to spend the winter outdoors. Some will.
What it means is having the limited courage to speak up. If something isn't right, someone has to call attention to it.
Perhaps you start small. You're not crazy about the way your company treats customers. You're seeing something on the MSM that your child asks about. You're having a drink at your local watering hole.
Make a point of taking those very small steps. Think of the easiest thing you can do, that makes your blood boil. Then start where you are.
Make a fuss about something important.
#OWS #OccupyWallStreet #Occupy
So, don't ask yourself to do hard things until it seems necessary. Ask instead to do easy simple things, but many times each day at every opportunity.
Not only will each of us get better each time, but we'll all be strengthening those facilitates we need.
Forward to your circles, if you like it!
You can bet this isn't going to be the last attempt. Likely the firms involved will become more careful, and work in a manner providing a plausible denial.
The proposal was written on the letterhead of the lobbying firm Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford and addressed to one of CLGC’s clients, the American Bankers Association.
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