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Just what I needed. Thanks.
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If you want to make your voice heard on SOPA, boycotts are an easy option.
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Well, this should add some Gravitas to the evening.
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Equating OWS to Tahrir Square is pompous and absurd.

As to America, the imbalance that sparked OWS is self-made and would not have happened if more of the 99% had been active and informed voters during the past 30 or so years, as our system got slowly and steadily skewed (or screwed). Without too much resistance, corporations maneuvered within the rules to bend the rules to their advantage. The corporations however are not the problem, the rules are. That said, it could get fixed again if we became informed and active voters.
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Whew! Marquese Scott who goes by the moniker NONSTOP
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The more the merrier. Join the Twitter SOPA protest
Jeff Sayre originally shared:
 
Are You on Twitter? Flag Your Avatar in Protest of SOPA

Over the past week, I've seen more and more people adding the "Stop SOPA" avatar flag to their twitter profile pic. As I hardly spend much time on Twitter anymore, I had not taken the time to join in the protest on Twitter. But since I do post frequently about SOPA and PIPA on G+, I've decided it is time to join the Twitter protest.

It is easy to use the protest flag. You simply authorize the application to modify your avatar. When you want your old avatar image back, just deauthorize the application via the "Settings > Applications" menu and then hit the "Revoke Access" button for the BlackoutSOPA.org application.

Are you on Twitter? You should join in the protest too!

#SOPA #PIPA #FreeInternet #OpenWeb #StopCensorship
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Just spreading awareness. Maybe not immediate as a financial meltdown, but it sure as heck would have implications long term.
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First, to Patrick Bruner and all Americans under 25 years of age, I apologize for the behaviour of my cohort for the role we played in screwing you out of the American Dream. I, by the way, am also a member of the 99%.

*Comparing Tahrir to OWS:
Egypt is/was a one party police state, with no constitutional rights, and the people in Tahrir Square literally risked their lives and freedom. I just don’t think the US is there. Also, the corruption in Egypt was imposed, the corruption in the US evolved with the tacit approval of the population (now don’t scream at me, hear me out).

*To the main topic:
I agree that there is corruption of the political system and the suppression of the middle class. But what is the cause?? Simply blaming Wall street misses the point.

It kind of comes down to this: Is America a democracy? If the answer is no, then grab your musket, it is indeed time for a revolution. But if the answer is yes, as I believe, then we have to take an honest look at the situation.

What are the main points of contention?
- Corporations have too much control in Washington because of lobbying, PACS, etc...
- Big business is unregulated or existing regulations are not enforced.
- Executive pay and employee bonuses too high/not performance based/incentives are wrong.
- Politicians are corrupt.
- Taxes for the wealthy are lower than for the poor and middle class.


- Corporations have too much control in Washington because of lobbying, PACS, etc...

The power of corporate lobbies and PAC’s, and the corrupting influence of money on politics was one of the main topics covered in my introduction to Political Science 101 class when I was in City Collage over 30 years ago (ah, those were the days). So it’s nothing new, or some “behind closed doors” conspiracy.

In the intervening years corruption has been in the media regularly as it's impacts were increasing, and there have been practically annual attempts by some members in Congress to introduce campaign finance reform and term limits, both of which would effectively chop the influence of money off at the knees.

Yet, after numerable elections, the representatives that kill these bills remain in office. So, based on the premise that we have a democracy, the majority of the voters are just fine with that situation. This brings up the crux of the problem, as I see it.

I use the word voter, because there is a distinction between voters and the “99%”. The voter turnout over the last 30 years have averaged under 50%. That concentrates a lot of clout into a small segment of the population, and it looks like a majority of that segment is happy with things just the way they are. I use 30 years because 30 years ago is when the pendulum started swinging toward the situation we have now.


- Big business is unregulated or existing regulations are not enforced.

Yes, and it has resulted in taxpayer bailouts (S&L crisis) and financial loses to citizens (Junk Bonds, Enron, etc...). After each one of these fiascos there has been public outrage, followed by promises from our representatives for reform and oversight. Then public and media attention turns to the next outrage, and Washington returns to the status quo until the next crisis, and the hypocritical representatives get re-elected. That is voter approval.


- Executive pay and employee bonuses too high/not performance based/incentives are wrong.

Frankly, I think compensation is something between the corporation and the shareholders. But, if we were to make it a public issue, I’ll say that prior to 2008 we used to celebrate the executives that have these huge pay packages. They and their lofty incomes were on the cover of Forbes, Fortune, Business Week, Time, Newsweek, etc....and of course in every company’s annual report. We were all fine with it, until we weren’t.


- Politicians are corrupt.

See Mark Twain: topic “politics”.


- Taxes for the wealthy are lower than for the poor and middle class

I think Fareed Zakaria called the complex US tax code “institutionalized corruption”. Like regulations and oversight mentioned above, there have been various attempts to fix it. With the exception of the occasional tinkering, no major reform survives.

The point I’m trying to make is this: there is no hidden conspiracy. The game is played out in the light of day, and all the players are pursuing their own self interest. Unfortunately some of the players on our side haven’t been showing up prepared to play. No one to blame but ourselves. It’s time to change that. It should be an easy game, after all, we out number them 99 to 1.
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Just lost ALL my contacts here on G+. The circles are there, empty, but the people have vanished.

I saw some posts that I'm not the only one. Is there a way to check if this is a logged issue?

Grrrrr
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See Alan, that is what you get for "cleaning up"! ("a creative mess is better than tidy idleness" -- author unknown)
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Let me see if I got this right: global markets plunged today because the Fed announced exactly what the markets expected, and not the surprise they wanted. That’s not Adam Smith, it is however Eric Cartman.
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