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Occupy San Diego starts today. I am bummed I won't be there for the inaugural march, but I will be there soon.

I continue to be more and more impressed and heartened by this movement. As someone who has done political and activist organizing, I am really interested in the process. I love the nightly General Assemblies, Occupy Wall Street's "Human Microphone," and the overall message--"we are the 99%."

I keep hearing the criticism that there is no cohesive message, and I have to wonder, where do those people live? No, there isn't a single demand (yet?), but the message is that things aren't working. The American Dream is a myth for most people, and that hard work, education, doing everything right, doesn't even guarantee you the basic security of home, food, access to medical care, or work anymore.

I get it. There is a helluva lot wrong, and I'm perfectly ok with letting this movement emerge and coalesce. I hope it is the start of something big.
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I was thinking about those brave souls occupying Wall Street, and this seemed to suit the situation:

"I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do." – Atticus to Jeb, in "To Kill A Mockingbird"
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This is an unfortunate reminder to me that my actual go bag (called a "bug-out bag" in our house) is full of toddler-sized clothes for my seven-year-old, and canned food that might be of interest at an antique store.
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Ha! Yes, I can imagine. We haven't ever been evacuated for any of the fires. Knock on wood.
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swoon is right, +Sarah Skuseth. This captures the wonder I feel about the natural world.
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Fabulous. Sounds like a date night movie for my husband and me. Thai food and a science movie... Perfection. :-)
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You inspired me to post the song I just posted. Don't listen to it with Joey around!!
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Joe Biden. He should just always wear a live mike. That's all I'm going to say. Ok, no, it's not. I think he said more with a look than just about anybody else has said about the recent booing of a gay soldier at a GOP debate. And I still love the "BFD" moment. Live mike the man, I say.
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Some assholes say rejecting God's existence is immoral. Some assholes say accepting God's existence is stupid. Lesson: Assholes are assholes
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I wish the baby Harp seals in Canada would do this to the dang hunters!!!
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