there are communities of color targeted daily in a country that says there is no racism.
there are womyn, lgbtq and non gender identified persons who are treated differently, underpaid, discriminated against, raped and murdered in a country that says we are equal.
there is poverty, a powerlessness over production and lack of resources that is eating the working class alive in a caste system with no mobility and a huge wealth gap, no health care or secure communities unless you can afford it in a country that considers itself the land of opportunity.
there are human rights violations in the ways police and private security interests treat the homeless, unemployed, working class and peaceful protesters-brutalizing and monitoring political dissent in a country that says we are free.
there is criminalization of youth targeted on the streets and in schools, who learn early what to expect of law enforcement and the prison industrial complex in a country that preaches morality and calls itself exceptional.
there is a system of education that treats children like human capital, producing people as good workers to fit into the capitalist system of production at the expense of cooperation, critical thought and liberation in a country that calls for equal opportunity.
there is politics, a seedy corrupt system of networking between lobbyists of private industry and government that produces policy, candidates produced by profit motivated campaigns and corporate funded elections between divisive counterproductive party factions in a country that calls itself a democracy.
SO WHY AREN’T YOU RISING UP TOGETHER YET? CHECK YOUR PRIVILEGE AMERICA, CHECK YOUR EGO, THE ENTIRE WORLD SUFFERS FOR YOUR APATHY. CONSUMERISM = CAPITALISM = IMPERIALISM.
GET INVOLVED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY, TAKE POLITICS BACK INTO YOUR OWN HANDS AND OUT OF THE HANDS OF THE POLITICIANS and GREEDY PARASITIC CAPITALIST CLASS! DEBT IS SLAVERY. -JR
UGH THIS IS SO IMPORTANT
I was thinking about the bi-partisan dictatorship and thought about the government and politicians who make decisions and how they don’t represent me or anyone at all, and I remembered the lyrics to this song. Fuck the rules. Fuck authority. Fuck the system. Don’t listen to the police! Don’t listen to the government. Don’t listen to your parents. Don’t accept representatives. Don’t accept the 1%. Don’t accept capitalism! Live it up. This is a global revolution. This is THE revolution! NO WORK! NO SCHOOL! DON’T BUY ANYTHING! MAY 1st GENERAL STRIKE!
I’m sitting in my room, when my mom and my dad came in. they pulled up a chair and they sat down. They go “Mike, we need to talk to you.” And I go “ok, what’s the matter?” They go “me and your mom, we’ve noticed that lately you’ve been having a lot of problems, and you’ve been going off for no reason, and we’re afraid you’re going to hurt somebody, and we’re afraid you’re going to hurt yourself. So we decided that it would be in your best interest if we put you somewhere where you could get the help that you need.” And I go “wait, what are you talking about, WE decided? MY best interests? How do you know what MY best interest is? How can you say what MY best interest is? What are you trying to say? I’M crazy? When I went to YOUR schools, I went to YOUR churches, I went to YOUR institutional learning facilities? So how can you say I’M crazy?” They say they’re gonna fix my brain. Alleviate my suffering and my pain. But by the time they fix my head, mentally I’ll be dead.
I’m not crazy - INSTITUTIONALIZED!!! You’re the one who’s crazy - INSTITUTIONALIZED!!! You’re driving me crazy - INSTITUTIONALIZED!!!
They stuck me in an institution, said it was the only solution to give me the needed professional help, to protect me from the enemy, myself.
Take the power back!
He put us in Libya. He is now putting us in Africa.”
Michele Bachmann on President Obama and current military operations.
For future reference:
So she’s flunked history time and again but I think this is one of the first times she’s flunked geography.
DEAR MICHELE BACHMANN. STOP IT.
Submitted by: Shane Moore
Okay, I’m sick of people acting like these occupy people are a bunch of heroes. They’re a bunch of lazyass pretend hippies who don’t wanna work.
Can’t get a job? Fine, start mowing lawns, walking dogs, etc. Do SOMETHING other than trying to mooch off my hard earned money. I don’t get health insurance at my job. I don’t expect someone to just hand it to me like they’re greatful I work for them. I should be greatful to THEM for a job. There are jobs. You know how to get money from the rich? WORK FOR THEM.
Go to Georgia. There’s a whole bunch of rotting crops since they got the illegals to leave. Now there’s jobs for AMERICANS who won’t take them up on it because they think they’re too good for farm work. http://forums.hannity.com/showthread.php?t=2270871
I am supposed to feel sorry for people who won’t work, made bad decisions by buying too much house, getting a worthless degree etc.? Sorry, keep your socialism and your change and I’ll keep my money. If you want to live in a socialist country, go try North Korea on for size.
Meg, of Cognitive Dissonance:
Wow, that’s cute and callous. You assume there’s some mythical land with jobs aplenty for the taking. All you have to do is apply. Uh-huh.
Actually, I’m going to do you a favor and not post your email address. I’m just going to factcheck this a little.
First off, here’s the official list of demands from the Occupy Wall Street General Assembly. I see nothing in there about being able to not work ever again while “mooching” money off of Shane Moore or anyone else.
Also, there are about four people actively seeking work to every job that’s available. Some estimate it’s higher than that. Employers are finding difficulty with hiring candidates with the qualifications they’re seeking. As the Business Insider article details in the above link, there’s a gap between finding skilled workers and those looking for work:
Employers say they’re having trouble finding applicants who fit the requirements for open positions. In a recent survey by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 40 percent of the members of the Inc. 500 (a group of the fastest-growing companies in the United States) reported that the biggest impediment to growing their companies was “finding qualified people.”
“That clearly speaks to the skills gap that exists,” says Thom Ruhe, director of entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. “So we’ve got this paradigm of millions that are unemployed, yet there are literally hundreds of thousands of jobs that are available if we had the right skilled labor to put there, so there’s a challenge.”
Note he says “millions unemployed” but “hundreds of thousands of jobs” are available. So even if finding skilled workers wasn’t an issue, there would not be enough jobs to go around.
This leads to underemployment - essentially, people who want to work full time, but cannot find full time work. As Bloomberg explains: “More Americans who would like a full-time job are settling for part-time work instead. They are counted in the underemployment rate, which increased to 16.5 percent, the highest this year, from 16.2 percent. The number of people working part-time for ‘economic reasons’ jumped 444,000 to 9.3 million.”
How do we get skilled workers? Affordable education is crucial. Right now, the class of 2011 will be the most indebted class to graduate college. Wages have not kept up with the cost of education, health care, housing, etc. This is all while corporations are posting record profits. We’re in trouble all around.
It’s not as simple as you think. You can’t just say “GET A JOB ASSHOLE” and that makes it so. Not with the way the economy is now.
The average worker is unemployed for approximately 40 weeks. That’s nearly a year.
As for Georgia, if the crops are already rotting, there’s nothing that can be done. And the law did not just get rid of undocumented workers, jackass. People who are in the country legally also left. You know why? If you live in fear of being hassled or arrested for not having proper documentation on you at ALL times, you might take off too.
And North Korea is not socialist. The -isms aren’t all the same thing. North Korea is, on a good day, a one-man dictatorship ruling a communist state. On a bad day, it’s a murderous, infantile tyrant’s playground. You want socialism? Try Sweden. It sounds horrific:
Sweden has an extensive child-care system that guarantees a place for all young children ages two through six in a public day-care facility. From ages seven to 16, children participate in compulsory education. After completing the ninth grade, 90% attend upper secondary school for either academic or technical education. Swedes benefit from an extensive social welfare system, which provides childcare and maternity and paternity leave, a ceiling on health care costs, old-age pensions, and sick leave, among other benefits. Parents are entitled to a total of 480 days’ paid leave at 80% of a government-determined salary cap between birth and the child’s eighth birthday. The parents may split those days however they wish, but 60 of the days are reserved specifically for the father.
As for the rest of your post, there’s really no point in addressing it. You sound as if you think we should grovel in gratitude for jobs that pay less than a living wage. Instead of wishing we were all at your level and had no benefits, why not wish for health care for all? Countries with socialized medicine spend far less of a proportional amount of GDP on health care than we do. One theory is better access to a doctor leads to more preventive care, which then stops minor issues from becoming major ones.
Like it or not, you are in the 99%. It’s not lazy socialists like you picture. It’s this man. And this woman. And those of us in Casper, Wyoming. I will continue to fight for you to have the right to a decent living wage, a job with benefits, affordable education and health care, and congressmen who represent We the People and not corporations. You can continue ranting on the Hannity forums. We’ll be out there so you don’t have to, Shane.
Nothing to add to this awesomeness.
We’re not hippies, we’re freedom lovers. We talked about this already.