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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

They want a focus, focus on this: Step back. Let the people work this out peacefully

We must not allow the oligarchy to uproot the important Occupy movement.
Tax payers, registered voters paved those streets and built these city halls. This is OUR government. Dianne Feinstein, Councilman Rosendahl, and Mayor V must be put on notice that they work for us. The people are speaking now. 
I understand the oligarchies resistance and confusion because we gave them the keys to the castle a long time ago.  We elected so many corrupt politicians who have skewed the game by changing laws and deregulating or allowing "self-regulation" (what a disappointing joke that turned out to be).  Our representatives favor the corporate power structure.  The temptation was too rich and the opportunities too obvious and it's just the way human nature works sometimes. 
Before we, as a society, become anymore czarist, let the people speak.  Let the people be heard.
It is a long and arduous process to find their message.  They are doing this by consensus and we haven't seen anything done by a genuine honest consensus in a long time.  They don't teach this stuff in business school.  But the Senate and Congress have not worked efficiently to change things for the better any quicker. 
The people who think they are in charge need to sit back down and listen. No matter how long it takes or how creepy it looks or how bad it smells. It's not much different than giving birth, only this is a birth of new thought.  It will be painful and dangerous at times and not everyone will promptly accept the new born-- some will call it a bastard.  It makes it no less of a life.
They want a focus, focus on this:  Step back.  Let the people work this out peacefully. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

The 53% is missing 100% of the point

I am not going to take this 53% thing too seriously (file it right next to the 9-9-9 plan). The guy is doing it just to be contrarian. He has nothing to hold up but his silly ideal of a crappy life.
Erick Erickson started this movement by holding a handwritten sign that says:

I work 3 jobs. I have a house I can’t sell. My family insurance costs are outrageous. But I don’t blame Wall Street. Suck it up you whiners. I am the 53% subsidizing you so you can hang out on Wall Street and complain.

That sucks.  
He works three jobs.  He can't afford a house that he can't sell.  His insurance costs are almost prohibitive (but that's where those three jobs come in handy).  And he "doesn't blame Wall Street."  His advise to the rest of us is to "suck it up." 
He's a bloody fool if he doesn't see the connection between his lousy life and the legal corruption on Wall Street.  
Go and follow him at your own risk.


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Occupy LA

I stopped in on the peaceful protest in downtown LA today.  It is absolutely peaceful.  It is laid-back, LA style.  Very well organized (lots of people walking around with clip boards so they must know what they're doing).  There are port-o-potties (which is something that was missing in NY, which might have caused some problems).  There is a first aid station, food, water, constant talking in small groups (and more people with clip boards taking notes).  
I saw mostly white people, 30-40 yrs old who are actually sleeping there (there are rows and rows of tents.  Really nice tents--like Eddie Bauer and Coleman tents).  They may be taking shifts staying in tents.  I expect there are a few masters degrees in the crowd.
Do not confuse this tent city with the other tent city in downtown where the people who sleep on the streets are not there by choice. 
At this tent city, the message is still a bit broad--but they are clearly in the process of peacefully forming a more focused mission.  Short of having corporate sponsors, I did not get the idea that this was an anti-corporate or anti-wealth group.  This is much more about addressing the inequities in the system and lessening the corporate stranglehold on our democratic process.  A true democracy is built around the people, for the people, by the people.  And these people are taking back the democracy.  
I did not get the feeling that these people had no other place to go or nothing else they could be doing.  I wouldn't be surprised to see a few of them slipping away for a relaxing beer or wine or something like that at the Redwood or the Biltmore.  They are in this to make things change. 

Police are mellow, they have road blocks up.  I'm sure the FBI is up on the surrounding roof tops snapping photos, taking notes.  Here are a few shots I took.  I didn't think to look up at the adjacent rooftops-- I don't really care.  
Enjoy.  Engage.