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Public discussion posts pertaining to the Occupy Wall Street movement
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16 августа, 16:58

ineptitude

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To US Rep. Lamar Smith To US Senator John Cornyn To US Senator Ted Cruz Whether or not President Trump is guilty of treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors, he's proven himself to be an unable by intellect and/or temperament to carry out the duties of the office of President of the United States. Impeachment by section 4 or removal by the authority of the 25th amendment of the US Constitution is indicated. It's time to face the facts. Given more rope Trump will hang not only himself but likely take the Republican Party with him. I certainly won't vote for a Republican while that embarrassment to America and the human race remains in the White House. God may suffer fools but I don't. P.S. Are you certain he's not a Democrat plant designed to sabotage the Republican Party?

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07 августа, 21:55

It's a record!

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The Dow has set records over 20,000 recently. It won't be long now suckers. I hope I won't trip you by switching metaphors. Soon the Wall St. sheep will be sheared again. Those who bought low after 2008, will start the downward spiral by selling high. Then when the followers in the flock catch on the crash will come and the masters can buy low for the next round. Meanwhile most of us will remain in debt to the banksters who will use the opportunity of growing distress to gather more money and property for themselves. If they're also profit takers who sold high and parked their gains in our debts, they'll have doubled down and won again. At some point, of course, we're in so deep that the debts can't be paid. So see, there is an absolute limit to "growth." I guess we can give the masters our firstborns as outright slaves to satisfy the debts we cannot pay as our mere debt peonage demands. That's consistent with the precedent Joseph set 3800-4000 years ago when acting as Pharaoh's business manager/[debt]tax collector. Maybe the ruling cons and neoliberal sellouts will hold a constitutional convention to reign in the objecting [objectionable] "liberal" press that offends them but that the first amendment protects. And they can do away with the fourth to deal with the difficulty of prosecuting resistors and the 14th to put uppity coloreds back in their place. "In this Q1 report, the IIF documented that the total global debt hit a new all-time high of $217 trillion or about 327% of the global economic output, that is, world gross domestic product (GDP). This is an alarming total debt to GDP ratio." http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/07/debts-cannot-paid-will-not.html

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06 августа, 17:20

God is on Monsanto's board

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Corporate greed is the greatest threat to survival the human race has ever faced. It may eliminate us from the planet's gene pool before global warming really heats up. Maybe God is on Monsanto's board and acting to preserve the best of His creation. "... Concerns about the safety of glyphosate and Roundup have been growing for years amid mounting research showing links to cancer or other diseases. But the lawsuits only began to accumulate after the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2015 classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen. The plaintiffs in the lawsuits allege that the combination of glyphosate with certain surfactants used in Monsanto-branded Roundup products is even more toxic than glyphosate alone, and Monsanto has sought to cover up that information. "Monsanto has publicly denied that there are cancer connections to glyphosate or Roundup and said 40 years of research and scrutiny by regulatory agencies around the world confirm its safety. "Monsanto has made billions of dollars a year for decades from its glyphosate-based herbicides, and they are the linchpin to billions of dollars more it makes each year from the genetically engineered glyphosate-tolerant crops it markets. The company is currently moving toward a planned merger with Bayer AG." https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/08/just-released-docs-show-monsanto-executives-colluding-corrupted-epa-officials-manipulate-scientific-data.html

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02 августа, 17:15

sacrifice to a conservative god

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When it's said that it wasn't borrowing and spending on public works but the war that ended the great depression, they're really saying war is the only excuse to borrow and spend in order to jump start a dying economy. That is: they promote human sacrifice as the only legitimate means of appeasing the capitalist god. There's Friedman - Rand - Reagan ie. conservatism for you.

27 июля, 16:42

The Freedom to Enslave: A Right Wing Fundamental

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The potential for freedom in a community dominated by absentee or large scale owners and employers is minimal. When a small percentage of the population own most of the property or hold the mortgages on it, they are the only free citizens. We are free to quit or change jobs but unlikely to succeed at becoming one of the masters. While there's no law against it, what are the odds of success? The answer we've settled for is a reduced definition of freedom. The newspeak answer does not include economic independence. Of course the rich are free to depend on us to work for them. They tell us we are free to choose otherwise and most of us believe them. We are fools! James McGill Buchanan is seen by the enlightened [small] fraction of people as the primary architect of the right wing's (including Trump's) assault on our political freedom in defense of the economic freedom of billionaires that has been growing for at least 70 years. "Buchanan was strongly influenced by both the neoliberalism of Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises, and the property supremacism of John C Calhoun, who argued in the first half of the 19th century that freedom consists of the absolute right to use your property (including your slaves) however you may wish; any institution that impinges on this right is an agent of oppression, exploiting men of property on behalf of the undeserving masses." http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/41348-a-despot-in-disguise-one-man-s-mission-to-rip-up-democracy Also see Nancy MacLean's new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/533763/democracy-in-chains-by-nancy-maclean/9781101980965/

26 июля, 01:00

No Nostalgia - Giorgio Gaber

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“No, no nostalgia. Maybe then as well, many had opened their wings like so many seagulls who were ultimately unable to fly. “And now? Now as well, we feel like two people: on the one hand the conformist who obsequiously navigates the squalor of his own daily survival, and on the other the seagull, no longer with even the intention of flight, because the dream has shriveled away. Two wretchednesses within a single body." “...Vive le roi quand même. French royalists who were frustrated with the fecklessness of Louis XVI would open up about his shortcomings in discreet conversations, and then end by saying 'Long live the king anyway!'” - Outis Philalithopoulos on Giorgio Gaber's “Some people were communists”

19 июля, 21:40

Tories

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Tories are the conservatives of Britain. They have always represented the aristocracy. They were the loyalist traitors to the American Revolution. Their stronghold was New York. By the Treaty of Paris of 1783 that ended the American Revolutionary War, the Tory traitors in our new country were allowed to keep their liberty and property and were not required to leave the federation. Today their [spiritual] heirs are the Wall St oligarchs: billionaires, banksters, CEOs, Giga hedge fund managers and the rest of the FIRE sector parasites that threaten our existence with their greed, like the British royalty did until 1776. In the 1860s tories rebelled and tried to ally with the British as the Confederate States of America. The Civil War should have ended their "states rights" conspiracy to maintain de-juro slavery. It lives on in the corporatocracy that has all but completely eradicated genuine liberty in America today The party of the conservative [Tory traitor] Wall St masters is the Republican. They faithfully represent the 0.001% and their principal ministers. They appeal to their victims for the broad support they need to rule our democratic republic by inciting fear, racism, sexism/misogyny, xenophobia, ignorance of reality and homophobia that are the [almost] honest part of the pitch. Then come the lies about improving the economic outlook, choices and opportunity for the majority coupled with denial of realities* that are inconvenient to the masters agenda. That's what puts them over the top. In other words, since the end of WWII, the only way the cons have won is by cultivating the lowest common denominators of morality, scruples and thoughtfulness. The first two traits they own themselves and in the case of Trump all three. Maybe that's how he outran the rest of the parasites in the most recent race to the bottom. *The true probabilities of success in a world of finite resources and global warming are the first examples of denial that come to mind. Those two are easy to obscure in a mostly, even among the elites, mathematically and scientifically ignorant population that is eager to embrace denial of anything that interferes with individual self interest. Such fools don't care to know the real probability of winning great wealth. Even the few who can do such calculations will not, unless they're gloating over their personal [statistically rare] triumph over the odds. The rest think they were all supposed to be billionaires but have been unfortunate. They are right in a way. But they think that because anyone can do it with luck that it's possible for everyone. That's what I mean by mathematically ignorant. And then there's the truly self destructive global warming deniers. Thom Hartman presents these ideas in his own way: http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/07/21st-century-form-indentured-servitude-already-penetrated-deep-american-heartland.html

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16 июля, 19:14

How did America get here?

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Check out James McGill Buchanan. He's more fascist than Friedman and von Hayek. http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/41206-misinforming-the-majority-a-deliberate-strategy-of-right-wing-libertarians

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11 июля, 03:26

Excess Money

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Everybody knows the rich and their banks and corporations pay lower percentages of taxes than the rest of us. Everybody knows many of them pay no taxes at all. Many of us and our governments borrow money from the rich. We borrow to live a decent life. The governments borrow and do the things like build and repair roads, defense and other things we need in common. Some say we don't have to borrow. Is that really true? Q: Why do the rich have excess money that they can loan to us and our government? A: The rich don't pay taxes. If the governments taxed the excess instead of borrowing it, maybe we could pay lower taxes and have more of our earnings so we wouldn't have to borrow so much either. What do you think?

26 июня, 16:20

health care thralls

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Who's programmed to choose sides that don't differ significantly? "...ideas such as universal healthcare exist, but they’re only allowed a quick 3-minute shout-out by Bernie Sanders before MSNBC plays him off like he’s an Oscar speech that has gone on too long. “I’m sorry! That’s all the time we have for the only rational, moral course for our country to take on healthcare. Coming up next, 4 hours of Obamacare vs. Trumpcare! The battle of the titans!...” http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/06/lee-camp-heres-no-legitimate-healthcare-debate-country.html

22 июня, 01:40

The Dinosaur Threat

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Reactionary dinosaurs may well be as great a threat to us as the planet killing asteroid that took out the earlier cold blooded reptilian monsters. I can't rail enough against the Republicans, now that they're hiding the content of the heath care bill that will take a greed broken system and reduce the number of Americans who can receive even that overpriced low quality big pharma poisoned (and misdirected) service. It's their evil intent to give tax cuts to billionaires and further bloat the Medical Insurance and Management fraud that's impoverishing the rest of us that hyper inflates my usually high pressure outrage. If you disagree with conservatives on health care or anything else that profits their rich owners, they will do whatever it takes - including violence - to shut you up. The Kent State and Jackson State murders in Nixon's 1970 Amerika demonstrated that to me when I was 24 years old. I have never forgiven the Republicans/fascists for those crimes against humanity. I never will. How could I? They've grown more dangerous, even if at times subtle, every year. Trump is the worst yet. I've said it all before. You can't compromise with conservatives. There's no honesty or sincerity in them. And this becomes more apparent as events occur like candidate Trump's thuggish supporters beating protesters with his approval and a congressional candidates body slamming a reporter. And whoa! For the first time I'm aware of in the 21st century, one of the usually meek and passive opponents of growing fascism [stupidly] took up arms against corporatist representatives. What's this world coming to?

16 июня, 16:34

Trust Fund Perfidy

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FICA tax withholding from our paychecks is the source of the social security trust fund. The mostly conservative politicians borrowed and spent the the trust fund on regular government expenses at the same time they gave tax cuts to their wealthy patrons. Now they tell us that social security is broke, because they don't want to tax the rich to get back the money they stole from us. (A loan that one has no intention of repaying is a theft.) They say social security and Medicare are a great part of government expenditure. The reality is they owe that money to us because they already taxed us to get it and spent it on the military industrial complex and other corporate welfare programs and/or tax cuts that also make their handlers richer. Who are they? Paul Ryan is one. http://www.cbpp.org/research/the-ryan-budgets-radical-priorities If you've been paying attention, you know others. If you haven't, you'd better start educating yourself on the 2017 economic realities in America. The attack on social security is only a hint about what's going on in neoliberal times. Eventually people will see that most politicians and especially conservatives serve only the rich masters. Perhaps more frequent mass shootings are a sign of that change, like more frequent storms indicate climatic upheaval. What follows is most of the last paragraph of seven by Gaius Publius: "The Collapsing Social Contract" "... The country is already in a pre-revolutionary state; that's one huge reason people chose Trump over Clinton, and would have chosen Sanders over Trump. The Big Squeeze has to stop, or this will be just the beginning of a long and painful path. We're on a track that nations we have watched - tightly "ordered" states, highly chaotic ones - have trod already. While we look at them in pity, their example stares back at us." Take 30 seconds and read the whole thing: http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/06/gaius-publius-collapsing-social-contract.html