Remember the 5th of November…but protest peacefully

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/CBO-study-shows-growing-cnnm-3586638735.html?x=0&sec=topStories&pos=2&asset&ccodeSee
 
“For the top 1% of the population, average inflation-adjusted household income grew by 275%” from 1979 to 2007, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

To repeat: Two Hundred Seventy Five Percent.

* “Middle-class incomes grew by less than 40%” during the same time period, as reported by CNNMoney.

Hello Oligarchy! And that is why a Supreme Court packed with Republican-appointed judges deciding to allow anonymous and unlimited corporate donations for political elections (Citizens United case) is a bad thing. ‘Cause the corporations via the Superwealthy have a lot of sway: commercials, commercials, commercials. Citizens United means more of all that aggravating attack-Ad crap while you’re trying to mellow out in front of the TV next September/October/November.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/30/opinion/sunday/friedman-did-you-hear-the-one-about-the-bankers.html

EXCERPT:

“A lethal article involving Citigroup that deserved more attention because it helps to explain why many average Americans have expressed support for the Occupy Wall Street movement. The news was that Citigroup had to pay a $285 million fine to settle a case in which, with one hand, Citibank sold a package of toxic mortgage-backed securities to unsuspecting customers — securities that it knew were likely to go bust — and, with the other hand, shorted the same securities — that is, bet millions of dollars that they would go bust. It doesn’t get any more immoral than this.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/30/opinion/sunday/wall-street-protesters-hit-the-bulls-eye.html

EXCERPT:

“By 2006, bankers and insurers were making 70 percent more, on average, than workers in the rest of the private sector. Then they set off one of the worst financial crises in living memory, and taxpayers bailed them out.

The protesters’ grievances may be aimed at Wall Street as a metaphor for broader economic forces. But there is nothing metaphorical about who is taking home the wealth. The protesters might even aim a bit higher: the real income growth is happening in the top 0.1 percent. There are lots of bankers there, too.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/24/us-protests-idUSTRE79N61O20111024

EXCERPTS:

“Wall Street protest plans global rally ahead of G20…

Occupy Wall Street is urging protesters to close their bank accounts and transfer their money to credit unions, a move that is due to culminate with a bank transfer day on November 5.”

* November 5 is Guy Fawkes Day.

John Lennon sung about Guy Fawkes Day…

John Lennon also peacefully sung other songs of protest…

Read more:

http://www.britannia.com/history/g-fawkes.html

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2010/1105/Guy-Fawkes-Day-2010-Why-Americans-want-to-remember-remember-the-fifth-of-November

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/17/occupy-movement-global-protest

 http://blog.cytalk.com/2011/10/whos-behind-guy-fawkes-mask/

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1856603,00.html#ixzz1bjX1rBQw

Yes, There Are Some Things Our Government Could Do To Help Housing, But It Won’t, Says Galbraith

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/yes-things-government-could-help-housing-won-t-144757898.html

Bakken Oil Booby Trap for the people of North Dakota…

http://beta.finance.yahoo.com/news/americas-boomtown-locals-big-oil-092700779.html

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http://poetry.poetryx.com/poems/784/

“We are the hollow men. We are the stuffed men…this is the way the world ends, this is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.” – T.S. Eliot

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