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Category Archive: Occupy Wall Street

Dec 02 2011

Tax cuts and filibusters

Once the super committee failed the House and Senate were boxed in tight. Usually, legislation has to be passed for tax increases and cuts to kick in. But this deal was set up differently, taxes go up and cuts kick in automatically unless ledge is passed. Those tax increases affect half the population, including the …

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Nov 25 2011

The hard-work lottery and the myth of success

There’s a myth in the US, fanned by agents of the super wealthy, that if you just work hard, keep your nose to the grindstone, you’ll be rewarded with riches. It’s an easy sell all the way around. Regular people want to believe it, and it fluffs the tender feelings of those who are rich. Work …

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Nov 25 2011

Black Friday & pepper spray

I’ve always loved Black Friday. Back in my broker days it was the best day of the year to go to work. An old depression era rule decrees the stock market cannot be closed more than three days in a row, the only time it’s been broken was in the darkest days right after 9-11. So …

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Nov 22 2011

Internet justice strikes UC Davis cop anonymously

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One of the police officers caught on dozens of cameras spraying peaceful protestors with an ugly orange geyser of so-called pepper spray (Ah pepper, sounds so delightfully innocuous doesn’t it) has been outed by the anonymous hactivists:

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Nov 21 2011

What if we threw a super committee and no one came?

The Super Committee, no doubt meeting furiously in their secret lair which may or may not be affiliated with the Legion of Doom, has reached an impasse. (ABC News) — The bipartisan 12-member panel is sputtering to a close after two months of talks in which key members and top congressional leaders never got close …

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Nov 20 2011

Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these …

Social conservatives, the kind of folks who love killing and imprisoning other Americans while saving microscopic blobs of protoplasm in the name of Jesus, don’t have the heft they used to. But there’s enough true-believing fanatics around that the GOP clownshow had to pander to the fascist wing of the god party, sans Mormons and teh …

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Nov 20 2011

UC Berkeley doesn’t need a task force

In this image made from video, a police officer uses pepper spray as he walks down a line of Occupy demonstrators sitting on the ground at the University of California, Davis on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. The video - posted on YouTube - was shot Friday as police moved in on more than a dozen tents erected on campus and arrested 10 people, nine of them students. Photo: Thomas K. Fowler / AP

The image above is one of many showing police officers, once again strapped down like Dawg-the-Bounty Hunter, needlessly macing a handful of peaceful students. Their crime? Protesting income inequality and student debt as part of the Occupy movement by sitting down in an open mall area on campus specifically created for students and faculty to stroll, …

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Nov 19 2011

Server hiccup

Our FTB Overlords had to do some tweaking on the server over the last few hours, in case you didn’t notice. It will probably be a lightish day. In the meantime, here’s some news tidbits.

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Nov 15 2011

The police state rises

We didn’t know we were living in a rising police state, where the political powers we pay and elect are bent like willow branches to the conmen and scumbags that bled our coffers dry and planned not to answer any questions about it. Until now:

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Nov 09 2011

How to win elections: asymmetrical class warfare

It’s not hard to win elections, you do that by doing one thing: vote. Every vote you cast costs the billionaire boyz money. Every vote you cast tanks their investments. Voting is asymmetrical class warfare. Ohio and Mississippi proved that again last night. If you don’t vote, your feelings literally do not count. I’m sure I’ll …

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