“Violence is the last refuse of the incompetent.” Isaac Asimov
Manifesto of Occupying America:
Unresponsive rulers risk possible overthrow of their governments. For example, the vision and struggle of a multiracial South Africa was a guiding principle that put an end to the entrenched white-dominated apartheid system.
The time has come in America where to be free necessarily means to resist status quo and Bankers usurpation and to actively change the course and philosophy being shoved down our throats. There really is no middle ground any more. This is not a matter of politics anymore. This is not a matter of Social Injustice. This is a matter of FREEDOM, as much so as were the matters of 1775 and 1776. It is staring you in the face, daring you to make a move. May we never be guilty of causing, whether by our apathy, indifference, laziness or comfort, this nation to lose the rights and freedoms that our founders attempted to secure with infinite pains and labors. We the people must once again reassert our Sovereignty over the 1% in this country and the States must recognize and act upon their God-ordained role as Freedom protectors and tyranny resisters.
OWS is fighting to strengthen democracy, and to end the domination of big money interests. Fracking is a clear example of how the power of money trumps common sense and controls our democracy. Fracking is incredibly destructive to the environment and human health.
On Thursday, October 20th at five in the afternoon the residents of Liberty Square will march to the FERC hearing on the Spectra Pipeline at P.S. 41, located at 116 West 11th Street (between 6th and 7th avenues).
Shortly before the hearings begin at seven in the evening we will stage a die-in to illustrate the likely results of this disasterous proposal by a disreputable corporation intent on infecting our drinking water with by-products from fracking. After the die-in members of #ows will enter the hearing and respectfully engage in participatory direct action against this catastrophic project.
Do not let the destruction and death that occured due to corporate negligence in San Bruno, California last year happen in the West Village.
Come and speak for #ows, come and speak for yourself. We will see you there.
Submit comments to FERC online or by mail prior to Oct. 31st if you cannot attend the hearing
Parents for Occupy Wall Street Family Sleepover
Posted Oct. 20, 2011, 12:13 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Families Plan Sleepover on Friday, October 21, Growing Support for Occupy Wall Street Community
Liberty Square, NY — A second try.
The parent founded and run group, “Parents for Occupy Wall Street,” will be hosting a Family Sleepover, from 4 PM, Friday, October 21st until 11 AM the following Saturday morning—a second try after being forced to cancel their planned sleepover last weekend because of a threatened eviction. With the Family Sleepover rescheduled for this weekend, parents and families in the greater New York City area are excited to demonstrate their support for this growing movement creating real change for our children’s futures.
Occupy Wall Street is a place for everyone, including families. At the Family Sleepover, families and children will find arts and crafts, a children’s music sing along, a pizza party, and a bed time story. With the help of various teacher and parent groups, such as the “School for the 99%,” and the Occupy Wall Street Outreach team, the Family Sleepover will have a sectioned off Child and Family Only area at Liberty Plaza.
Safety is the first measure on everyone’s mind. Security and strict involvement rules will be taken at the event including a check in and check out system with parent’s ID with a Parents for Occupy Wall Street security person and an hourly headcount. All parents will be required to wear an identifying T-shirt while working shifts around the hour. The police are already aware of the group and will be checked in with hourly on the group’s size and location.
The group’s goal is to raise awareness of the diversity of people supporting the movement. In the press, there is an assumption that the only people supporting the movement are solely homeless or unemployed when that couldn’t be further from the truth. With even a short visit to Liberty Plaza, you will see all walks of life supporting the movement, including middle class working families.
With the Family Sleepover, Parents for Occupy Wall Street are Occupying to speak up for the ones without a voice and make real change, change for their children’s futures.
America Supports #OWS
Posted Oct. 20, 2011, 11:06 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Supplies and Support Pour into Occupy Wall Street from Every Corner of the US
Occupiers Launch Tumblr Website Today: Gallery of Personal Notes of Support from Farmers, Veterans, Grandparents and "Knitters for Occupy Wall St"
Liberty Square, NY — Today we want to spotlight the tens of thousands of people from across the United States and around the world who are supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement by contributing blankets, clothing, food, money, and other needed supplies. The support has truly been overwhelming.
Over one month ago, hundreds, and then thousands, gathered in Liberty Square to protest unprecedented consolidation of wealth and power, plummeting household income, skyrocketing school debt, and a broken political system. In the weeks since, hundreds of thousands have rallied and occupied in cities and towns around the world. And people from every corner of the United States have sent donations of tarps, home baked pies, hand-knit mittens, and pizzas — with personal notes of solidarity and support.
OWS has compiled notes from supporters on a Tumblr site called Occupy Wall St. Care Packages:
This new site features only a tiny fraction of the thousands of packages and letters of support we have received. It includes messages like this one from Elora and Monte, supporters who live on a farm in West Virginia:
"We stand ready to help #OWS in any way we can, from out here 'Just Off the One-Lane Road...' And we are so grateful for all of you involved in this defense of America. We firmly believe this is "it." If we can't grab this democracy this time, we'll sink and it will be a long time before we will have this opportunity again. Thank you for taking time from your busy life to be there and to email us. Whatever we can do, we are pleased to be a part of this incredible Movement."
We know from history that social movements grow when they have a broad base of support. We are thankful that this movement has attained such a dramatic level of support in a short amount of time. We are hopeful that this people's movement will continue to grow.
” ..the media in the United States effectively represents the interests of corporate America, and … the media elite are the watchdogs of what constitutes acceptable ideological messages, the parameters of news and information content, and the general use of media resources:” Peter Phillips, Project Censored, 1998
Let’s use the firing of Keith Olbermann early this year as an example of the power of the media and corporate America ~ MSNBC’s parent company, General Electric, never seemed comfortable with Keith Olbermann’s role as a critic of the Bush administration, nor, for that matter, of the Obama administration or with the sniping between Olbermann and his Fox News rival, O’Reilly ~ so the axe finally fell on Countdown.
Posted Oct. 19, 2011, 2:11 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
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Posted Oct. 16, 2011, 1:08 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
What's the OWS plan for Monday?
The women leave and vow to return without a sign the following day to close their accounts.
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people,
Sharing all the world…
But I’m not the only one
And the world will be as one.
Folk singer Pete Seeger, 92, joins the protesters as over one third of Americans back Occupy Wall Street movementFolk music and 1960s protest legend Pete Seeger has joined in the Occupy Wall Street protest, replacing his instruments with two canes as he marches with throngs of people to Columbus Circle.
The 92-year-old Seeger occasionally sang 'We Shall Not be Moved' and other anthems of protest as about a thousand people walked peacefully Friday and police watched from the sidelines.
Composer David Amran and bluesman Guy Davis were also in the crowd.
Peace activist: Pete Seeger, 92, (centre, in a red cap) started work as a political activist in the 1930s, and his biggest hit was peace anthem 'Turn, Turn, Turn!'
Generations of awareness: Tao Rodriguez Seeger is Pete Seeger's grandson and is also a politically-involved folk singer
Tao Rodriguez Seeger said his activist grandfather was 'all fired up' about the late-night march after their scheduled performance with other musicians earlier at Symphony Space.
The younger Seeger, a New Orleans resident, said music may not change everyone's minds but it can help people get along better.
More than one-third of the country supports the Wall Street protests, and even more - 58 per cent- say they are furious about America's politics.
The number of angry people is growing as deep reservoirs of resentment grip the country, according to the latest Associated Press-GfK poll.
Some 37 per cent of people back the protests that have spread from New York to cities across the country and abroad, one of the first snapshots of how the public views the Occupy Wall Street movement.
A majority of those protest supporters are Democrats, but the anger about politics in general is much more widespread, the poll indicates.
'They've got reasons to be upset, they've got reasons to protest, but they're protesting against the wrong people,' Jan Jarrell, 54, a retired school custodian from Leesville, South Carolina, says of the New York demonstrators.
'They need to go to Washington, to Congress and the White House. They're the ones coming up with all the rules,' she said.
The approval rating comes the same day as the protesters were joined by Verizon Communications workers in a march to denounce corporate greed as the company and 45,000 employees negotiate a new labour contract.
The march by about 500 people to a Verizon store in Lower Manhattan coincided with the top U.S. mobile provider reporting a third-quarter profit of $1.38 billion, more than double its profit for the same quarter last year.
Spiritual support: The New York chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations held Friday prayers at Zuccotti Park in New York
Coming together: Like Friday's prayer group, Zuccotti Park has been visited by many groups supporting different causes and points of concern
Occupy Wall Street has been called the liberal counterpoint to conservative-libertarian tea party, which injected a huge dose of enthusiasm into the Republican Party and helped it win the House and make gains in the Senate last fall.
While the troubled economy is at the root of anger at both government and business leaders, there's a key difference. Tea party activists generally argue that government is the problem, and they advocate for free markets. The Wall Street protesters generally say that government can provide some solutions and the free market has run amok.
Of the Americans who support the Wall Street protests, 64 per cent in the poll are Democrats, while 22 per cent are independents and just 14 per cent are Republicans.
The protest backers are more likely to approve of President Barack Obama and more likely to disapprove of Congress than are people who don't support the demonstrations.
Generally, many more Americans - 58 per cent- say they are furious about the country's politics than did in January, when 49 per cent said they felt that way.What's more, nearly nine in 10 say they are frustrated with politics and nearly the same say they are disappointed, findings that suggest people are deeply resentful of the political bickering over such basic government responsibilities as passing a federal budget and raising the nation's debt limit.
This wrath spreads across political lines, with about six in 10 Democrats, Republicans and independents saying politics makes them angry.
Fewer are hopeful about politics than when the year began, 47 per cent down from 60 per cent. Only 17 per cent of respondents say they feel proud or inspired.
Since January, Congress and the White House have engaged in repeated standoffs over federal spending and the size of government as the economy has struggled to recover from recession.
Breaking down the crowd: 64 per cent in the poll are Democrats, while 22 per cent are independents and just 14 per cent are Republicans.
In the past month, fury over all that has spilled into New York's financial district, and groups of mostly young people have camped out in a park.
The protesters cite the economic crisis as a key reason for their unhappiness.
The unemployment rate hovers around nine per cent nationally.
Many home owners owe more than their homes are worth.
Foreclosures are rampant.
And many young people - the key demographic of the protesters - can't find jobs or live on their own.
Alexandria, Virginia resident Alice Dunlap said she was stunned at a 2009 family reunion to find that more than half of her four children and their spouses were out of work.
'They all have college educations, and some have advanced degrees, and they're unemployed?' says Ms Dunlap, 62, a retired speech language pathologist.
She supports the protests because, she says, anger lingers at those who profited while the nation's economy tanked.
'We all got ripped off by Wall Street, and we continue to be ripped off by Wall Street,' she said. 'You can look at my portfolio, if you like.'
The poll found that most protest supporters do not blame Obama for the economic crisis: 68 per cent say former President George W. Bush deserves 'almost all' or 'a lot but not all' of the blame.
Just 15 per cent say Mr Obama deserves that much blame. Nearly six in 10 protest supporters blame Republicans in Congress for the nation's economic problems, and 21 per cent blame congressional Democrats.
Six in 10 protest supporters trust Democrats more than Republicans to create jobs.
Understanding the masses: A number of polls came out Friday attempting to describe the types of people who are involved in the protest
Most people who support the protests - like most people who don't - actually report good financial situations in their own households.
Still, protest supporters express more intense concern than non-supporters about unemployment at the moment and rising consumer prices in the coming year.
A retiree in Michigan named Patsy Ellerbroek, 65, is among those who have little empathy for the Wall Street protesters.
'Everybody ought to own their own business before they start complaining,' Ms Ellerbroek says.
Eight years ago, she and her husband sold 'The Fun Spot,' a roller rink they owned for three decades.
Now she's a member of neither political party, and she gets frustrated when she sees politicians like the Republican candidates for president being disrespectful. Or Mr Obama 'flying around the county on our taxpayer dollars, politicking.'
'With all the politicians, it's like, the heck with the people who put them there. We need another Mr. Smith goes to Washington,' she said.
Coalition: It’s About Winning America Back
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By Gordon Duff,
“Our families would be killed, we would be killed. Everyone knew it was going on. Former President Bush, was still running it all, his son was never president. Cheney was the ‘inside man’ for ‘Poppy Bush’ who set it all up with the gang from PNAC (Project for a New American Century) and dozens of holdovers from the first Bush administration. The entire war on terror was a fabrication.Some of the people from PNAC tried to stop the 9/11 attack. They were crushed. Nobody could do anything, especially after the Patriot Acts were passed. The Bush White House was like working in an insane asylum.” (Bush official this week)
Another key American ally, former ISI Director, General Hamid Gul, close friend of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, was put on a terror watch list for reporting Bush complicity in 9/11.
The tool to move civilization backward was to be the “Global War on Terror.”
- Occupy and establish a visible presence and present a moral vision.
- Demand the truth, including 9/11 truth, Fed Reserve transparency, full disclosure of Wall Street fraud and derivative indebtedness.
- Strike, revolt and demand real change
- Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq 1,455,590
- Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq: 4,798
- Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan: 2,776
Please Note the wars will cost Americans between $3.2 and $4 trillion, including medical care and disability for current and future war veterans, according to a new report by the Eisenhower Research Project based at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies.
Excerpt: “It seems to me that the OWS movement is moral in nature, that occupiers want the country to change its moral focus. It is easy to find useful policies; hundreds have been suggested. It is harder to find a moral focus and stick to it. If the movement is to frame itself, it should be on the basis of its moral focus, not a particular agenda or list of policy demands. If the moral focus of America changes, new people will be elected and the policies will follow. Without a change of moral focus, the conservative worldview that has brought us to the present disastrous and dangerous moment will continue to prevail…. Remember: The Tea Party sees itself as stressing only individual responsibility. The Occupation Movement is stressing both individual and social responsibility.” See article ~
We want clean and fair government, not government for sale to the highest bidder.
We want an honest and truthful investigation of the treason of 9-11! We want the real perpetrators punished for these crimes against us and our Country.
I take my hat off to these brave men who have the stones to use their Second Amendment rights to protect the First Amendment Rights of the Demonstrators in the Occupy Phoenix Movement.
Please note in this video that the armed U.S. Military Veterans place themselves between the peaceful demonstrators and the potentially violent police. If this model is followed across the country we will observe the police violence quickly stop.
There are several documentaries that tell of the importance of music in social change. The documentary Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony documents the importance of musicians in keeping the spirit up for anti-apartheid activists in South Africa. Get Up Stand Up is a PBS documentary about the popular music has played in the ongoing struggles for peace and equality. Soundtrack For A Revolution documents the freedom songs that were so inspirational to the civil rights activists of the 1960s. Two years ago The White House hosted a celebration of music from the civil rights movement, a highlight being a performance of "The Times They Are A Changing" by Bob Dylan.
Here are a collection of youtube videos of musicians who have contributed their talents to the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Eventually, in one of the larger Cities, the mayor will announce that the demonstration has become a riot and the police will show up in riot gear and mean. Then, tough will happen and if the people persist then they will be arrested in even larger numbers. Heads will be cracked!
If that does not send them home, then the State Militia will be called in larger numbers and mechanized will happen. Eventually, if none of these escalation ploys do the job, bayonets will be fixed, the troops will move forward in line abreast clearing the streets and people will be injured.
Ultimately, shots will be fired. You will never know who fired the first shots but it will be obvious who fires the last shots and who gets killed. Someone will have to die. At the same time City, State and possibly Federal forces will be escalating the pressure in all of the other large cities, until the “riots” have been quelled and the Government will announce that a major “revolution” has just been put down
Taken down: A demonstrator with Occupy Wall Street is arrested during a march near the financial district in New York yesterday Credit Photo: Daily Mail
And, remember, the more people who they have had to kill, the more serious was the threat of “revolution.” There will be quotas.
“Lieutenant, your unit was supposed to kill three hundred and thirty six. You are fifteen short. Now, go out there and get me fifteen more, dammit!”Martial Law will be declared for the Nation, the Constitution and elections will be suspended, the Congress sent home “for the duration,” and a Military Tribunal will be appointed to replace the Cabinet, to manage Government affairs and to “advise and support” the President.”
“Sorry, Colonel, but there aren’t that many left… sir, they’ve all gone home!”
“Well then, go kick in some goddam doors and drag some of them back out into the street and get the job done, dammit… I gotta have fifteen more before I can send this engagement report up to the Governor.”
Many of the State Militia will not fire into the crowd, or will fire wildly into the air or off target… but it will take only a small handful of casualties to do the job and a few hired professional snipers can easily ensure that casualties will actually happen.
General Douglass MacArthur earned and ensured his place in Military History when, as Chief of Staff of the US Army, he led an Infantry and Cavalry attack, supported by tanks and machine guns against an unarmed “WWI Veteran’s Bonus Army of protesters camped on the Mall in Washington, DC in 1932.
Americans have guts when it comes time to parade and protest, but they do not have the guts to stand unarmed and bleeding before a line of armed men, all of whom they believe will shoot to kill when ordered. They will go home.
There will be talk, or threats, of prosecuting some, perhaps notables or celebrities, on charges of plotting or attempting violent overthrow of the Constitution or the government, which are pretty grave offenses.
They will probably not follow through on that, because they will not actually want the entire anti-riot exercise they employed investigated in court under sworn testimony… too many cops and soldiers will testify if asked or “forced” to by law.
But, it will be threatening enough to ensure peace for a few more years, while positions are consolidated, and better barriers are erected for crowd management and control, and the people are further impoverished and starved into compliance and docile acceptance.
All of which overlooks and ignores the fact that, without exception, people who have been impoverished and starved to the point where they have lost all hope and now have nothing to lose, eventually lose all fear and respect for the bayonet and the armed line of riflemen…. and the real revolution begins!
That’s when it really gets messy!
And, it is exactly what the cabal wants!
Aha, today, we read AFL-CIO Calls on Members to Defend Occupy Wall Street Against Mayor Bloomberg’s Planned Attack. Read Full Article.
If he attacks the movement with police, against the counsel of the Unions, he will never see public office in New York again. This might indicate the power of the influence the Cabal holds over him and other politicians.
It may hurt his fat ego to lose his political stature, but it does not hurt the men who tell him to do the necessary thing and commit political hari kari for the “cause,” whatever it is. They have hundreds of men they can run for mayor and ensure a win, without him.
If he complies and does as he is ordered he will be politically dead, but he will have a lifetime retirement plan ensured which will make his days comfortable down in Miami Beach with the rest of the boys.
If he refuses, he will be literally dead, and his widow penniless.
So, the cabal gets two for one. They sacrifice Bloomberg, but not only get the Movement bloodied and sent home, they take some of the stiff out of the Unions as well… becasue it too will not emerge unscathed. Some of it’s men are going to bleed before this is over, and that is not good for the union, either.
Police accused of luring Occupy Wall Street protesters into trap before arresting 700 on Brooklyn Bridge
- Occupy Wall Street enters third week as protests spread to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver and Seattle
- Protesters fuming after 700 of their crowd were arrested in New York this weekend for blocking Brooklyn Bridge
- Demonstrators plan to greet Wall Street workers dressed as corporate zombies and hold police brutality protest
- Film stars such as Mark Ruffalo and Penn Badgley spotted looking around protest camp at Zuccoti Park in Manhattan
Mass movement: 'Occupy' protests started in Seattle, left, and Denver, right, this weekend - a clear sign that the sentiment chimes with residents across America
'We walked away realising what we'd just done': Reports from protesters, activists and witnesses on the ground
'At 5am I return to the 24-hour fast food bathroom. It is as hot as a sauna, and we pack in, taking turns using the hand drier. Some are changing, some cutting each other's hair, some just sitting on the floor to get some warmth into their soaked bones. People tell each other they're beautiful, reunite, hug, and compare horror stories of the rough night we just survived.'
'They're arresting us one by one. I just asked a cop and they said they're going to arrest all of us. There are hundreds of people who dont have room to sit down. We're just crammed in.'
'We walked away realizing what we had just done - spontaneously come together, demand change, and create it, in a movement that we are in solidarity with, but also feel a need for constructive criticism.'
'The three charges I received from today's Occupy Wall Street were: failure to obey order, prohibited use of roadway and blocking traffic.'
Police issued more than 700 summonses on Saturday to demonstrators who, despite multiple warnings, took part in the march on the Brooklyn-bound lanes which snarled traffic in the area until the bridge was reopened hours later. Most of those arrested were issued summonses and released.
‘In an hour or two, we'll be somewhere else protesting,’ said Patrick Bruner, an English major at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, who has been serving a protest spokesman. He added that the group had contingency plans in case the park where they set up a makeshift camp was raided.
The Occupy Wall Street movement, which has garnered the support of celebrities such as filmmaker Michael Moore and actress Susan Sarandon, are protesting against many U.S. issues such as home foreclosures, high unemployment and the 2008 bailouts.
In Los Angeles, more than 100 protesters camped out in front of City Hall overnight on Saturday. Organisers want protests to spread across the country.
Saturday's march in New York began at 3:30pm local time from the protesters' camp in Zuccotti Park, in downtown Manhattan near the World Trade Center site. The fire department said it has been to the camp to check for fire safety issues. Protestors have vowed to stay there through the winter.
‘Our concern is cooking, the use of propane tanks and garbage piling up. All we're concerned about is that everybody is safe,’ an FDNY spokesman said.
The park property is maintained by Brookfield Properties, a publicly traded corporation. In a statement last week the company said it was extremely concerned about the conditions that have been created in the park and was working with city officials to restore the park to its intended purpose.
During Saturday's protest on the bridge, police used orange mesh nets to surround the marchers in what witnesses described as chaotic scenes with protesters being handcuffed and taken off the bridge. Warnings were given by the police to the protesters to stay on the pedestrian walkway.
‘Some complied and took the walkway without being arrested,’ a police spokesman said. ‘Others locked arms and proceeded on the Brooklyn-bound vehicular roadway and were arrested.’
The arrests followed a peaceful march to police headquarters on Friday by more than 1,000 people to protest the arrest of 80 members of the Occupy Wall Street movement the previous week in the Union Square shopping district.
During that march a few women were doused with pepper spray which was captured on video and viewed widely on the Internet. The group has garnered support from some union members including the United Federation of Teachers and the Transport Workers Union Local 100.
Fledgling protests: The movements in Denver, left, and Seattle, right, this weekend are in their infancies and have so far been more peaceful than the New York version
Under clear skies on Sunday afternoon, protesters could help themselves to food that unnamed supporters donated to keep the encampment running. Some ate pizza they said was ordered for them by a man in Egypt who phoned a local shop to have the pies delivered.
'A dozen officers came walking toward us with NYPD video cameras pointed at us'
The campers also have been fuelled by encouraging words from well-known figures, the latest actor Alec Baldwin, who posted videos on his Twitter page that had already been widely circulated.
One appeared to show police using pepper spray on a group of women, another a young man being tackled to the ground by an officer. 'This is unsettling,' Baldwin wrote. 'I think the NYPD has a PR problem.'
In Los Angeles, several hundred protesters marched from Pershing Square to City Hall on Saturday, and said they would remain camped at the site 'indefinitely', like their New York counterparts.
Organised by a group called Occupy LA, the demonstrators echoed the refrain begun by those on the East Coast, saying they hoped to change economic policies that benefit the richest one per cent of Americans.
Crowd members waved signs, including one that read 'The Banks Ate My Baby,' and chanted 'Hey hey, ho ho, corporate welfare's got to go,' the Los Angeles Times reported.
'Their slogans capture emotions but are too often unrelated to solutions': The best U.S. comment on Occupy Wall Street
John Avlon, Daily Beast
Ezra Klein, Washington Post
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times
Laurie Penny, New Statesman
Anjali Mullany, New York Daily News
Actor's admiration for protesters
Day of 'Global Revolution' comes to London as thousands of demonstrators take over the City
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Day of 'Global Revolution' around the world:
Occupy Wall Street Faces Evictions
The Occupy Wall Street movement is facing evictions in multiple cities after two months of demonstrations in city parks and squares. In the past two weeks, police have forcibly removed protesters from their encampments in Denver, Portland, Salt Lake City, Oakland, Zurich, and now New York City. Overnight, New York City police officers moved into Zucotti Park, handing out fliers telling protesters they had to leave or face arrest. (The Mayor's Office claimed it was only temporary, to allow for cleaning.) Currently some 150 protesters are gathered around Zucotti Park, preparing to re-occupy if a judge decides the city has not shown just cause for eviction. Collected here are images from several of the recent evictions, as Occupy Wall Street protesters face a turning point in their movement.
Police move through a makeshift kitchen, known as the Thunderdome, at Occupy Denver, smashing as they walk. The clearing out of Civic Center Park began on November 12, 2011, six Saturdays after Occupy Denver began with hundreds of participants marching through the city's downtown. (AP Photo/Leah Millis - The Denver Post)
An Occupy Denver protester is searched after being tackled and arrested by Denver police, who began arresting people on the 16th Street Mall, on November 12, 2011, in Denver, to end their second march of the day. (AP Photo/Leah Millis - The Denver Post) #
Smoke lingers after police put out a large fire in a grill before moving protesters out of Civic Center Park, on November 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Leah Millis - The Denver Post) #
Police officers hold the line as they remove belongings left behind after they cleared Civic Center Park, on November 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Leah Millis - The Denver Post) #
Riot police are engulfed in a mass of defiant protesters at the Occupy Portland camp, on November 13, 2011, in Portland, Oregon. In spite of an eviction notice for early Sunday morning, Portland police delayed closing two downtown parks early today as thousands of people converged to support the Occupy Portland movement. (Natalie Behring/Getty Images) #
A protester pleads with police during a demonstration near the Occupy Portland encampment, on November 13, 2011, in Portland, Oregon. Portland police have reclaimed the two parks in which occupiers have been camping after a night of brinksmanship with protesting crowds of several thousands. (Natalie Behring/Getty Images) #
Police officers arrests a protester in the Portland encampment, on November 13, 2011, in, Portland, Oregon. In a tense escalation of the Occupy Portland protest, police in riot gear Sunday surrounded demonstrators in a downtown park area after hundreds of people defied the mayor's order to leave the park by midnight. By early afternoon, officers had mostly surrounded the camp where the protesters were holding a "general assembly" meeting to discuss their next moves following the eviction order. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) #
Debris is scattered on the grounds of a park where Occupy Portland demonstrators camped, on November 14, 2011, in, Portland, Oregon. Two downtown Portland parks where Occupy Portland demonstrators camped for weeks are clear Monday and police say crews will be removing debris and assessing damage. Mayor Sam Adams ordered the camps cleared over the weekend because of unhealthy conditions, drug use and other crime. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) #
Police in riot gear are silhouetted against cyclone and barbed wire fencing surrounding Chapmen Square where the Occupy Portland camp used to be in Portland, Oregon, on November 13, 2011. Protesters were allowed back into the camp early Sunday morning but police in riot gear came in later in the day, moved the protesters out and started cleaning up and fencing the park blocks. (AP Photo/Don Ryan) #
Police arrest an Occupy Wall Street protester in Portland, Oregon, early November 13, 2011. (Reuters/Steve Dipaola) #
Protesters at the Occupy Portland camp chant slogans and hold up signs on November 13, 2011, in Portland, Oregon. In spite of an eviction notice for early Sunday morning, Portland police delayed closing two downtown parks early today as thousands of people converged to support the Occupy Portland movement.(Natalie Behring/Getty Images) #
Members of the Occupy Paradeplatz movement look on as Zurich riot police officers stand guard during their removal from the Lindenhof in Zurich, on November 15, 2011. Police began to clear the Lindenhof in downtown Zurich on early Tuesday morning, where protesters from the movement have been camping since October. (Reuters/Christian Hartmann) #
Zurich riot police officers carry a protester as they remove members of the Occupy Paradeplatz movement from the Lindenhof in Zurich, on November 15, 2011. (Reuters/Christian Hartmann) #
Police officers arrest an Occupy Oakland demonstrator inside a tent at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, California, on November 14, 2011. (Reuters/Stephen Lam) #
An Occupy Oakland protester is handcuffed to be detained as police officers take down the Occupy Oakland encampment at the Frank Ogawa Plaza in front of the Oakland City Hall, on November 14, 2011, in Oakland, California. Hundreds of police in riot gear swept into the Occupy Oakland site at dawn on Monday, an officer said, ordering protesters to leave the camp, which has been a weeks-long source of tension for the California city. (Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images) #
Police officers take down tents of the Occupy Oakland encampment to evict Occupy Oakland protesters, who are camping at the Frank Ogawa Plaza in front of the Oakland City Hall, on November 14, 2011, in Oakland, California. (Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images) #
Police break up an encampment for an Occupy Wall Street demonstration in Oakland, California, on November 14, 2011. Police in Oakland began clearing out a weeks-old encampment early Monday after issuing several warnings to Occupy demonstrators. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) #
A view shows the empty Occupy Oakland campsite following an eviction, in Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, California, on November 14, 2011. (Reuters/Beck Diefenbach) #
Workers clear debris from Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, California, on November 14, 2011. (Reuters/Robert Galbraith) #
Demonstrators re-enter the Frank H. Ogawa plaza after authorities moved in and evicted Occupy Oakland's encampment in Oakland, California, on November 14, 2011. Police moved in early on Monday and cleared out anti-Wall Street protesters from Oakland's City Hall plaza, arresting 33 people but avoiding the sort of clashes that marked a previous attempt to shut down the Occupy Oakland camp. (Reuters/Stephen Lam) #
Pat Kanzler, of Eureka, California, stands outside the Humboldt County Courthouse in Eureka, California, Monday morning, November 14, 2011. Earlier Monday, authorities arrested 32 people and cleared out an Occupy encampment. Eureka police Sgt. Stephen Watson told the San Francisco Chronicle that the people arrested will be held until they post bail, and that the Humboldt County district attorney will file unlawful lodging and other charges. (AP Photo/The Times-Standard, Josh Jackson) #
Police officers disperse Occupy Wall Street protesters near the encampment at Zuccotti Park in New York, early Tuesday, November 15, 2011. At about 1 a.m. Tuesday, police handed out notices from the park's owner, Brookfield Office Properties, and the city saying that the park had to be cleared because it had become unsanitary and hazardous. Protesters were told they could return, but without sleeping bags, tarps or tents. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) #
People link arms a few blocks from Zuccotti Park as New York City officials clear the Occupy Wall Street protest from the park in the early morning hours of November 15, 2011, in New York. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images) #
A man confronts a New York Police Department officer a few blocks from Zuccotti Park as New York City officials clear the Occupy Wall Street protest from the park in the early morning hours of November 15, 2011, in New York. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images) #
New York City police officers scuffle with Occupy Wall Street protesters after they were evicted from Zuccotti Park, on November 15, 2011, in New York City. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images) #
A New York City police officer scuffles with Occupy Wall Street protesters after they were evicted from Zuccotti Park, on November 15, 2011, in New York City. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images) #
An Occupy Wall Street protester is arrested by New York City police officers after the protesters were evicted from Zuccotti Park, on November 15, 2011, in New York City. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images) #
An arrested Occupy Wall Street protester screams from a police van, on November 15, 2011, in New York. Police evicted the protesters from Zuccotti Park. Hundreds of police in riot gear dismantled the Occupy Oakland camp Monday, evicting and arresting protesters in the second such US move in as many days as authorities get tough against the two-month-old protest movement. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images) #
A protester affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement pours milk over the eyes of another fellow protester to ease the pain from pepper spray during an unannounced raid by the New York City Police Department outside Zuccotti Park in New York, in the early hours of November 15, 2011. (Reuters/Andrew Burton) #
A woman yells at New York Police Department officers as New York City officials clear the Occupy Wall Street protest from Zuccotti Park in the early morning hours of November 15, 2011, in New York City. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images) #
An Occupy Wall Street protester yells out at police after being ordered to leave Zuccotti Park, the Movement's longtime encampment in New York, early Tuesday, November 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) #
Police officers order Occupy Wall Street protesters to leave Zuccotti Park, the Movement's longtime encampment in New York, early Tuesday, November 15, 2011. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) #
Trash is piled high near Zuccotti Park, Occupy Wall Street's longtime encampment in New York, during the cleanup effort early Tuesday, November 15, 2011. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) #
Lieutenant Hayward of the New York Police Department prepares to strike Brent Schmidt (right) after members of the Occupy Wall Street movement were removed from Zuccotti Park in New York November 15, 2011. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson) #
New York City sanitation workers clear the Occupy Wall Street protest from Zuccotti Park in the early morning hours of November 15, 2011, in New York City. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images) #
A member of the Department of Sanitation removes a drum, among other belongings of the Occupy Wall Street movement, from Zuccotti Park in New York, on November 15, 2011. Authorities declared that the continued occupation of Zuccotti Park -- which had become a sea of tents, tarps and protest signs with hundreds of demonstrators sleeping there -- posed a health and safety threat. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson) #
Workers use pressure washers to clean Zuccotti Park after New York City police in riot gear removed Occupy Wall Street protesters early on November 15, 2011, in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #
A man sits on the back of a New York Police Department squad car as he is surrounded by demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York, on November 15, 2011. Police wearing helmets and carrying shields evicted protesters with the Occupy Wall Street movement early on Tuesday from the park in New York City's financial district where they have camped since September, dismantling their tent city and arresting about 70 people. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson) #
A pedestrian takes a picture of an empty and closed Zuccotti Park in New York, early on November 15, 2011. Police officers evicted Occupy Wall Street protesters from the park overnight. The National Lawyers Guild obtained a court order allowing the protesters to return with their tents to the park, where they have camped for two months. The guild said the injunction prevents the city from enforcing park rules on the protesters. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) #
A statue of a businessman sits behind a police barricade at the edge of a closed Zuccotti Park in New York, on November 15, 2011, after the Occupy Wall Street encampment was cleared form the park in the early morning hours after a nearly two month occupation. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) #
Financial Terrorism in America: Over 1 Million Deaths Annually, 62 Million People With Zero Net Worth, As the Economic Elite Make Off With $46 Trillion
November 18, 2011
Shocking statistics proving the economic elite have launched a deliberate systemic financial terrorist attack against 99.9% of the population.
by Alexander Higgins
Published: Aug. 12, 2011 -Alexander Higgins Blog
An all out campaign of corporate and government propagand has obscured the truth of the blatant reality that economic elite have raped and pillaged a generation of Americans.
The veil of secrecy that keeps us blinded to our oppressors is disguised beneath obfuscated financial data and blatantly manipulated government statistics.
The truth of the matter is every single American feels the stress and pain of increasingly burdensome economic hardships on a daily basis.
While we have been fooled to believe our troubles are isolated the light of truth is revealed from the great dark beyond and the fog that clouds our thoughts begin to clear.
What was once distorted now becomes obvious, thanks to a very lengthy compilation full of some of the most shocking economic statistics every American should be made aware of.
Due to the length of the article, I fear many will shy away from it.
To remedy the problem, I present here an abbreviated version containing the just the meat of the original along with a bit of my own spice here and there.
However, I fully encourage you to read the full meat and potatoes version because while meat helps us build strong lean muscle it is the potatoes that give us the much needed energy to move those muscles.
The article is based on excerpts from the book “The Road Through 2012: Revolution or World War III” written by David DeGraw’s book, the editor and founder of AmpedStatus which will be Released September 28th.
I begin here with the abstract of the book followed by the stripped down version of the shocking statistics used to prove his case that the middle class is the victim of a deliberate systemic financial terrorist attack by the super elite who have raped and pillage a generation of Americans.
The Economic Devastation
Census Bureau data, from 2005 – 2009, average US household wealth declined by 28%. This represents a loss of $27,000 per household.
Currently, at least 62 million Americans, 20% of US households, have zero or negative net worth.
Based on government manipulated census data 43.6 million Americans, 14.3% of the population, lived in poverty in 2009.
Here is how the government manipulates the census data to mask our true economic nightmare.
A more accurate assessment of poverty data by National Academy of Science data shows that 52,765,000 Americans, 17.3% of the population, lived in poverty in 2009.
According to the manipulated government census figures, 20% or 15.5 million American children lived in poverty in 2009, which is 20% of all children in the U.S. The number of children in poverty increased 28% since 2000, and jumped 10% from 2008 to 2009.
The more accurate National Academy of Science data showed 18.8 million American children living in poverty in 2009, which is 24%, or nearly one in four.
“Every day in America 2,573 babies are born into poverty.”
Even with the lower Census numbers, Nine major American cities have a poverty rate over 25%.
Based on many key indicators poverty totals have continued to increase since 2009.
Current deficit reduction plans will cut “anti-poverty” programs that currently assist tens of millions of Americans.
Based on Census data estimates is predicted that the new deficit deal will cut the funding for these programs in half
The “the poverty rate will double without these programs.”
The total number of Americans living in poverty will increase to 80 million using census data estimates.
The total number of Americans living in poverty will increase to 105 million using the National Academy of Science data.
Record Breaking Food Insecurity
In 2005, 25.7 million Americans needed food stamps.
Tent city homeless camps are popping up all over the United States.
Congress has responded the additional need for food stamps by saying fuck you to the public and cutting the funding for the food stamp program.
The cuts come as 22.5 million additional Americans need food stamps
The brings the total number of Americans in need of food assistance to a stunning 68.3 million people.
Our politicians have more important priorities $16 trillion for secret banker bailouts and trillions more to fund the illegal perpetual wars.
Record Breaking Unemployment
“Official” unemployment is at 9%, but only because the government refused to count millions of unemployed as being unemployed. Go figure.
The real number of unemployed is at an all-time record total of 34 million people which puts the unemployment rate is 22.5%.
The labor force participation rate, which measures the percentage of the total population currently working, has fallen to a 27-year low of 63.9%.
Currently, an all-time record 6.3 million people have been unemployed for over six months.
The average time it takes for a person to find a job has also just hit an all-time high of 40.4 weeks.
Private-sector job cuts in July surged 60% to a 16-month high.
From December 2007 to present, we have lost 10.6 million jobs.
Since August 2008, state and local governments have cut 577,000 jobs.
The new deficit deal will lead to an additional 1.8 million job losses.
60% of the jobs created by the $2 trillion stimulus are in low-wage fields.
Since December 2007 2.8 million of the news jobs created have been part-time jobs.
Over 12 months, the National Employment Law Project found that well-paying jobs are rapidly decreasing, while low-paying jobs are helping to mask an increasingly dire employment crisis:
While the cost of living from 1990 – 2010 increased by 67%, worker income has declined.
IRS data showed in 2009 average income fell 6.1%, a loss of $3,516 per worker, that year alone.
Average income has declined 13.7% from 2007 – 2009, representing a $8,588 loss per worker.
Worker income decline is due to the dramatic increase in CEO pay that has consistently increased year-over-year since the mid-1970s.
From 1975 – 2010, worker productivity increased 80%. Over this time frame, CEO pay and the income of the economic top 0.1% (one-tenth of one percent) of the population quadrupled.
The income of the top 0.01% (one-hundredth of one percent) quintupled.
After analyzing 2008 tax data, leading tax reporter David Cay Johnston summed up the situation pointing out that middle class wages should have been 68% higher which equates to a robbery of $406 each week.
As shocking as that is, over the last two years, workers have lost an even higher share of income to CEOs. In the last year alone, CEO pay skyrocketed by 28%. Looking at 2009, according to a recent Dollars & Sense report, workers lost nearly $2 trillion in wages that year alone:
As bad as these numbers are, consider that the attack on American workers has increased significantly since 2009. From 2009 to the fourth-quarter of 2010, 88% of income growth went to corporate profits (i.e. CEOs), while just 1% went to workers.
As the NY Times reported in an article entitled, “Our Banana Republic,” from 1980 – 2005, “more than four-fifths of the total increase in American incomes went to the richest 1 percent.”
It has gotten even worse, as Zero Hedge recently reported, labor’s current “share of national income has fallen to its lowest level in modern history.”
This chart shows how workers’ percentage of income has been rapidly declining:
The bottom line, as statistics clearly demonstrate, these trends are getting worse and the attacks against us, as severe as they have been over the past four years, are dramatically escalating.
Part Two :: The Economic Elite
How Much Wealth Do The Economic Elite Have?
While 68.3 million Americans struggle to get enough food to eat and wages are declining for 90% of the population, US millionaire household wealth has reached an unprecedented level.
US millionaire households now have $38.6 trillion in wealth.
They also have an additional $6.3 trillion hidden in offshore accounts.
In total, US millionaire households have at least $45.9 trillion in wealth
The majority of this wealth is held within the upper one-tenth of one percent of the population.
US millionaire households will see a 225% increase in wealth to $87.1 trillion by 2020.
Accounting for wealth hidden in offshore accounts, they are projected to have over $100 trillion in total within the next decade.
Most people cannot even comprehend how much $1 trillion is, let alone $46 trillion. One trillion is equal to 1000 billion, or $1,000,000,000,000.
To put it in perspective, last year the entire cost of feeding all 40 million Americans on food stamps was $65 billion.
Now consider, according to the latest IRS data, only 0.076% of the population, less than one-tenth of one percent, earned over $1 million in 2009.
The graph below, based on data from the Tax Policy Center, shows how much income is earned by a household at any given percentile in income distribution:
Only 74 Americans are in this elite group are in the highest bracket for annual income is $50 million or more.
The average income within this category was $91.2 million in 2008.
As astonishing as that is, in 2009 they averaged $518.8 million each, or about $10 million per week.
This means, in the depths of the recession, the richest 74 Americans increased their income by more than 5 times within this one year.
These 74 people made more money than 19 million workers combined.
In context, overall, the richest 400 people in the US have as much wealth as 154 million Americans combined, that’s 50% of the entire country.
The top economic 1% of the US population now has a record 40% of all wealth, and have more wealth than 90% of the population combined.
Who Rules America? Revealing The Economic Top 0.1%
Here is an analysis from an investment manager with mega-wealthy clients breaking down the economic top 0.5% of the population, recently published by William Domhoff, sociology professor and author of Who Rules America?:
To get into the top economic 0.01% (one-hundredth of one percent) of the population, you have to have a household income of over $27 million per year.
If you look at some of the central players who caused this economic crisis, you will see that they are among this Economic Elite group.
Former Goldman Sachs CEO and Bush Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson had already amassed at least $700 million prior to moving to the US Treasury in 2006.
Current Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein and a few other top executives at Goldman Sachs just received $111.3 million in bonuses. Blankfein just took home $24.3 million, as part of a $67.9 million bonus he was awarded.
Goldman’s President Gary Cohn took home $24 million, as part of a $66.9 million bonus he was awarded.
Goldman’s CFO David Viniar and former co-president Jon Winkelried both took home over $20 million in bonuses.
Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit just took home $80 million, in what may eventually total more than $200 million in compensation and bonuses.
Coming in at the top of the list is JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, who just took home $90 million.
If you think people in this income level don’t control the US political process, you are not paying attention. After they caused this economic crisis, they got the government to give them trillions of dollars in taxpayer support, and then, after taking our tax dollars, they gave themselves all-time record-breaking bonuses.
2009 was an all-time record-breaking year for Wall Street executives bringing in a total of $145 billion.
In 2010, they broke the all-time record set the year before by pulling in another $149 billion. The audacity of it all is stunning.
Finding people more grotesquely greedy than Wall Street executives would seem to be impossible. However, health insurance CEOs are giving them a run for their money. As the LA Times reported:
Aetna CEO Ron Williams has recovered from his down year in 2009 by making $72 million in 2010.
Given this level of obscene profiteering within the health care industry Americans pay more for medical care than any other nation in the world.
Americans are actually forced to pay twice as much as most nations, and get lower quality care in return.
Health insurances companies openly admit reaping windfall profits because people with health insurance plans still cannot afford to go to the doctors and have stopped going unless it is an absolute emergency.
With well over 50 million people unable to afford health insurance and the skyrocketing costs.
Over 60% of all personal bankruptcies are the result of medical bills.
In fact, 75% of the medical bankruptcies filed are from people who have health insurance.
Within this Economic Elite group, you also have the war profiteering oil companies, which themselves are in large part owned by the big Wall Street banks.
While gas, oil and energy prices skyrocket for the middle class the biggest five oil companies reaped $36 billion in profit last quarter along.
These companies also receive an average of $6 billion per year in government subsidies paid for by none other than the U.S. taxpayer the same poor and middle class they rape.
Tax Breaks For The Rich, Budget Cuts For The Rest Of Us
To further demonstrate how the mega-wealthy have seized control our political process, consider that the richest 400 Americans paid 30% of their income in taxes in 1995.
They now pay only 18%.
In fact, 1,470 Americans earned over $1 million in 2009 and didn’t pay any taxes.
The average tax rate for millionaires was 22.4% in 2009, down from 30.4% in 1995.
The average millionaire saves $136,000 a year due to reduced tax rates.
Corporate tax accounted for 27.3% of federal revenue in 1955.
In 2010, corporate tax accounted for only 8.9% of federal revenue.
Corporate taxes accounted for 4.3% of overall GDP in 1955, in 2010 they accounted for only 1.3%.
Part Three :: The Perfect Storm Overhead:
(Inequality = Debt = Austerity = Civil Unrest = Inflation + Deflation = Stagflation)
The cuts in taxes for the mega-wealthy have led to record wealth inequality and resulted in a record national deficit. Meanwhile, to make up for the deficit that the richest one-tenth of one percent of the population has created, Democrats and Republicans are committed to making draconian budget cuts to vital social services, which target the poor, middle class, elderly and sick, while handing out billions more in corporate welfare annually. (Inequality = Debt = Austerity)
Just as the government has done, to make up for tax revenue lost to the mega-wealthy, Americans have made up for the decline in income by taking on large amounts of debt as well. (Inequality = Debt)
In a severely unequal society, massive debt will always be created, thus forming a vicious cycle of increasing inequality and increasing debt, until the fragmentation of society reaches a breaking point when those in debt cannot afford to pay back their debts without starving to death. We are now reaching that breaking point. (Inequality = Debt = Austerity = Civil Unrest)
The Indentured Servant Has Become The Indebted Citizen
As for statistics on Americans being buried in financial debt, the indentured servant has evolved into the indebted citizen.
As mentioned before, from 1990 – 2010 costs of living have increased 67%, while wages have stagnated and declined.
As the national debt has reached a record $14.6 trillion, total personal debt is now over $16 trillion by official government estimates.
Independent economists put the real national debt at $211 trillion.
Consumer debt is $2.5 trillion.
Credit card debt is $805 billion.
Student debt now exceeds $1 trillion.
Obviously, the more severe your debts are, the more you have to cut back in spending and the less money you have to buy new items. (Debt = Austerity)
Meanwhile, a perfect storm circles overhead as society breaks down and falls into an economic death spiral – health care, food and gas costs are skyrocketing, while income and home values are plummeting. (Inflation + Deflation = Stagflation)
Given these conditions, it is not surprising that over 250 million Americans, another record-breaking number, are currently living paycheck-to-paycheck struggling to make ends meet.
The following charts, from Advisor Perspectives, show the increase in costs of living since 2000:
As you can see, the price of basic necessities are consistently increasing, only clothing (apparel) has declined. The second chart highlights the crucial skyrocketing cost of energy:
The third chart highlights the pernicious skyrocketing cost of education:
The cost of education essentially buries a young person in a debt that they will spend a significant portion of their life attempting to get out of. Given the increasing costs of living, and the decreasing ability to make an expected income from such an expensive level of education, this young demographic will most likely live an entire life locked into spiraling levels of debt that they will never be able to get out of.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has twice, since 1980, revised the method to calculate the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures inflation.
Their methodology now masks the severity of inflation, similar to how they mask the severity of unemployment, by heavily discounting the measurement weight of energy, food and education – three of the most significant costs for most American households.
Tcurrent “official” CPI is at a 3.6% annual rate.
Calculated the way it was before Greenspan altered it in 1980, it would be 11.1%, three times worse than officially stated.
So while the government and the Federal Reserve claim that inflation is low, at 3.6% over the past year inflation for the middle class has skyrocketed.
Food prices increased 39% over the past year.
U.S. gas prices increased 34% over the same time frame.
The increase in gas cost over the past one-year masks the severity of total gas price inflation at the pump.
Gas is currently 125% more expensive since December 2008, increasing from $1.67 per gallon to $3.75.
The Hidden Tax
The Federal Reserve’s strategic policy known as Quantitative Easing (QE) has been a significant factor in the rising cost of basic necessities by deliberately stimulating inflation, while decreasing the value of the dollar.
Because ofQE2 program, the dollar lost 7.5% of its value from January 2010 through March 2010.
From August 2010 through March 2011, the dollar lost 17% of its value.
To understand how this acts as a hidden tax, consider if you had $10,000 in the bank, over this time frame you would have lost $1700 in purchasing power.
$10,000 in August 2010 would be worth $8300 March 2011. At the same time, the cost of gas and food drastically increased.
The Phantom Recovery
By decreasing the value of the dollar, the Federal Reserve is also inflating the stock market by creating the impression that stock prices are rising, which, when measured in dollars, they have.
In real terms the value of the stock market has decreased.
To understand how deceptive this strategy has been in giving the appearance of a rising market, instead of measuring overall stock value in dollars, let’s look at their overall value when measured in terms of gold:
Dow/Gold Chart from January 1, 2003 – August 8, 2011
As investor Michael Krieger explains:
Dollar Vs. Gold
When comparing the value of the dollar to the value of gold, the dollar has lost a stunning 84% of its value since 2000.
In 2000, gold was worth $279 per ounce, as of August 8, 2011, gold is $1,725 per ounce.
In fact, the dollar continues to fall in value while gold continues to rise.
All these factors together create a perfect storm of stagflation.
90% of Americans are experiencing declining incomes.
The value of the dollar continues declines.
Tthe price of necessities continue to rise.
The value of the one major asset many Americans have, a house, continues to decline.
Declining home values have left 28% of US homeowners owing more on their mortgages than their home is currently worth.
10.4 million American families having lost their homes to foreclosure since 2007,
Another 10.8 million homes are at risk of default over the next six years.
This will obviously continue downward pressure on home values.
The Beaten Masses
Confronted With Severe Financial Hardship, Why Do Americans Remain Passive?
With an unprecedented sum of wealth, tens of trillions of dollars, held within the top one-tenth of one percent of the US population, we now have the highest and most severe inequality of wealth in US history.
Not even the Robber Barons of the Gilded Age were as greedy as the modern day Economic Elite.
As famed American philosopher John Dewey once said, “There is no such thing as the liberty or effective power of an individual, group, or class, except in relation to the liberties, the effective powers, of other individuals, groups or classes.”
The elite have strategically withheld wealth from 99% of the US population over the past generation
Since the mid-1970s, worker production and wealth creation has exploded.
The dramatic increase in wealth has been almost entirely absorbed by the economic top one-tenth of one percent of the population, with most of it going to the top one-hundredth of one percent.
People struggling to make ends meet are still not fighting back with overwhelming force and running the mega-wealthy aristocrats out of town because of two significant factors:
Considering the first factor, it is obvious that people have become beaten down psychologically and financially. A report in the Guardian entitled, “Anxiety keeps the super-rich safe from middle-class rage,” suggests that people are so desperate to hold on to what they have that they are too busy looking down to look up: “As psychologists will tell you, fear of loss is more powerful than the prospect of gain. The struggling middle classes look down more anxiously than they look up, particularly in recession and sluggish recovery.”
Considering the second factor, people do not understand how much wealth has been withheld from them. The average person has never personally experienced or seen the excessive wealth and luxury that the mega-rich live in. Wealth inequality has grown so extreme and the wealthy have become so far removed from average society, it is as if the rich exist in some outer stratosphere beyond the comprehension of the average person. As the Guardian report mentioned above also states:
The average American vastly underestimates the severe wealth disparity.
Americans are brainwashed into believing our society is far more equal than it actually is:
The fact of the matter is that the overwhelming majority of US population is unaware of the vast wealth at hand. An entire generation of unprecedented wealth creation has been concealed from 99% of the population for over 35 years. Having never personally experienced or known of this wealth, the average American cannot comprehend what is possible if even a fraction of it was used for the betterment of society as a whole.
In fact, given modern technology and wealth, not a single American citizen should live in poverty. The statistics clearly demonstrate that we now live in a Neo-Feudal society. In comparison to the wealthiest one-tenth of one percent of the population, who are sitting on top of tens of trillions of dollars in wealth, we are modern day serfs, essentially propagandized peasants.
The fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans are struggling to get by, while tens of trillions of dollars are consolidated within a small fraction of the population, is a crime against humanity.
The day the average American fully comprehends how much wealth is consolidated within just the top one-tenth of one percent of the population, there will be a massive uprising and all the paid off politicians will be run out of town.
The next time you are stressed out, struggling to make ends meet and pay off your debts, just think about the trillions of dollars sitting in the obscenely bloated pockets of one-tenth of one percent of the population. The first step in overcoming your peasant status is to understand that you are indeed a peasant. This is a bitter pill to swallow and most will prefer to, as they have been conditioned to do, continue on their path of media-induced delusion, denial, apathy and ignorance.
However, I still cling to the hope that once enough people become aware of this hidden and obscured fact, we can have the non-violent revolution we so urgently need. Until then, the rich get richer as a critical mass with increasingly dire economic prospects desperately struggles to make ends meet.
Fascism in America
Other than driving large segments of the American population into poverty, and pushing the majority into massive debt and a state of financial desperation, there is an ever darker side to what is unfolding today. The Economic Elite have turned America into a modern day fascist state.
Fascism is a very powerful word which evokes many strong feelings. People may think that the term cannot be applied to modern day America. However, as Benito Mussolini once summed it up: “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power.” In the early 1900s, the Italians who invented the term fascism also described it as “estato corporativo,” meaning: the corporate state.
Very few Americans would argue the fact that corporations now control our government and have the dominant role in our society. Through a system of legalized bribery – campaign finance, lobbying and the revolving door between Washington and corporations – the most power global corporations dominant the legislative and political process like never before. Senator Huey Long had it right when he warned: “When fascism comes to America, it will come in the form of democracy.”
As President Franklin D. Roosevelt once described fascism: “The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it comes strong than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.”
The most blatant modern example of this was the bailout of Wall Street, when the “too big to fail” banks got politicians to promptly hand out trillions of tax dollars in support and subsidies to the very people who caused the crisis, without any of them being held accountable.
Modern Day Slavery
Another shocking example of how far we have descended into fascism is the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which is a group of corporate executives who literally write government legislation. They have gone as far as setting up a system that imprisons the poor and then puts them to work, instead of paying living wages to non-imprisoned workers. Make no mistake, this is a modern day system of slavery unfolding before our eyes.
At the leadership of ALEC and various other Economic Elite organizations, poverty has essentially become a crime. To demonstrate these attacks against the poor, there was $17 billion cut from public housing programs, while there was an increase of $19 billion in programs for building prisons, “effectively making the construction of prisons the nation’s main housing program for the poor.” Before laws began to be rewritten in 1980, with direct input from ALEC, we had a prison population of 500,000 citizens. After laws were rewritten to target poor inner city citizens with much more severe penalties, the US prison population skyrocketed to 2.4 million people.
We now have the largest prison population in the world. With only 4% of the world’s population, we have 25% of the world’s prison population. As I reported previously, in a report entitled, “American Gulag: World’s Largest Prison Complex“:
The Death Toll
The dramatic increase in poverty has obviously torn many families apart and caused a devastating psychological toll, but consider the increase in deaths as a result of poverty and severe wealth inequalities. This is a very difficult statistic to accurately measure, but Columbia University’s School of Public Health conducted an intensive examination of mortality and medical data and estimated that “875,000 deaths in the US in 2000 could be attributed to a cluster of social factors bound up with poverty and income inequality.”
As a report by Debra Watson sums up the study, “There is no reason to believe, after a decade that has seen sustained attacks on social programs and consistently high unemployment rates, that the social mortality rate has declined. On the contrary, it has likely risen.” Indeed, poverty and income inequality have skyrocketed since 2000.
Now, let’s consider the fact that, according to the Census Bureau, 31.1 million people lived in poverty in 2000, and according to Columbia’s study 875,000 deaths came as a result. This means that 1 out of every 35.5 people living in poverty die annually as a result of their impoverishment. If you extrapolate this data to the 2009 total of 52.8 million people living in poverty, you get an estimate of 1,486,338 deaths within that year. Even if you use the lower poverty totals from the Census Bureau, 43.6 million people, you get an estimate of 1,228,169 deaths in 2009.
Deliberate Systemic Attacks
The dramatic increase in economic inequality and poverty, along with the unprecedented rise in wealth within the top one-tenth of one percent of the population has not happened by mistake. It is the designed result of deliberate governmental and economic policy. It is the result of the richest people in the world, and the “too big to fail” banks, using the campaign finance and lobbying system to buy off politicians who implement policies designed to exploit 99.9% of the population for their financial gain. To call what is happening a “financial terrorist attack” on the United States, is not using hyperbole, it is the technical term for what is currently occurring.
Compare the million people who die annually as a result of these economic attacks, to the 2,977 that died on 9/11. As someone who lived three blocks from the World Trade Center, as tragic as 9/11 was, these economic attacks are much more severe and damaging to us as a nation, albeit a much slower and unseen death toll. Nonetheless, the result is of genocidal proportions. One can statistically compare the economic attacks on the US to the invasion of Iraq, which some estimate as leading to one million deaths. Once again, many of those deaths came in brutal and spectacular fashion in bombing campaigns known as “shock and awe.” However, the death toll compares to the hidden brutality of a four-year campaign of economic “shock and awe.” Just as Iraq was invaded, the US has been invaded by a global banking cartel.
As shocking as that is to realize, consider that this is happening throughout the world. While the US poverty death rate is probably higher than in most European countries, the Federal Reserve’s economic policies — along with policies from the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and Bank of International Settlements — have caused rioting and uprisings over skyrocketing food prices and costs of living throughout the world. The fact of the matter, and very harsh and unfortunate reality of this crisis, is that the global economic central planners are deliberately carrying out genocidal economic policies.
As Che Guevara, a man who took on the global financial elite, once said, “The amount of poverty and suffering required for the emergence of a Rockefeller, and the amount of depravity that the accumulation of a fortune of such magnitude entails, are left out of the picture, and it is not always possible to make the people in general see this.”
When tens of trillions of dollars deliberately flow to the top economic one-tenth of one percent of the global population, while large percentages live in poverty, you have to conclude, in technical terms, that a Neo-Feudal-Fascist state is upon us. The rich have never been richer, while their paid off politicians make budget cuts for the poor and middle class, and cause the cost of basic necessities to skyrocket.
You can call me extreme, but the reality of this is extreme, these people, the global economic top one-tenth of one percent, are genocidal fascists carrying out a holocaust. Fascism has evolved. There is no need to get blood on your hands while rounding up people and putting them into concentration camps when you can do it through economic policy while sitting in a jacuzzi on a corporate jet, or in a three-piece custom-made Armani, completely detached and insulated from the world in which you plunder.
However, as what happens with all empires, greed and arrogance makes them overreach. The beaten down masses get to a point where they literally can’t live under these conditions. This desperation spreads throughout the population until it reaches a critical mass, then, suddenly, they rise up and the empire begins to collapse… Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Israel, (Northern Africa, the Middle East), Albania, Greece, Spain, Britain (Europe), Wisconsin…
The Economic Elite are overreaching and their empire is collapsing.
The decentralized global rebellion has begun…
Welcome to World War III.
Which side of history do you want to be on?
As a wise old friend once said, “You can’t be neutral on a moving train.”