We’ll Arrest Journalists and We’ll Arrest You Too

I don’t think it’s hard to understand why the authorities are using any little thing as an excuse to shut down the first amendment rights of Occupy movements across the US and why they are arresting journalists now too.

What do you understand by them doing this?  They are showing that they can deny the rights to large groups of people.  They are showing that they can ignore a judge’s orders to reopen the park to OWS.  They are showing that they can close airspace when doing mass arrests.  They are showing you that journalists, who have always been allowed to cover the news because of freedom of the press, can have their rights taken away too.  And taken away in front of the whole world and there is no one who is going to stop them.

They want you to see that and they want you to know what they are showing you.  This way they are hoping that you won’t want to speak out or complain about how things are.  Go back to your life as it is.   You may have lost your job or not have health insurance, but at least you aren’t in jail.  Even more people do have jobs and do have health insurance, but see that things aren’t the way they are supposed to be.  Go back to your life as it is.  At least you aren’t in jail.

The problem for the authorities is that they’ve pushed us too far.  They’ve taken away enough that we can no longer be silent.  We’ll stay non-violent even in the face of their violence.  But we will not hide from their wrong doings.  We’ll keep going back and the more of our rights they take away the more they show themselves as they truly are to the world.

This isn’t the America they taught us about in grade school.

The whole world is watching.


JohnDinca on Taxing the 1%

I recently had the chance to talk to JohnDinca about various issues relating to Occupy Wall Street and the issues raised.  Those of you familiar with his work will know how knowledgable he is in various areas of politics and how this impacts everyday life in the US.  He has been speaking and writing about these ideas for years now.  Finally thanks to the work of OWS we are ready to listen.  I will post the video from that interview in excerpts.  The first one being the effect of taxing the 1% and how this will not impinge on job creation.

Mark Wagner: Occupy Patience

by Mark Wagner

I have to chuckle at the few comments I see coming from the right, the “moderates” (as they like to call themselves) – questioning Occupy Wall Street – variations on “what do they want?” and “who’s in charge?”….

Quarterly business mentality. They want answers “now!”.

Here’s the deal as I see it:

There is huge dissatisfaction in the country. It began manifesting first on the extreme right. Now, with the ineptitude and intransigence in Congress, total government gridlock, greed and inequity – lacking any subtlety whatsoever – absolutely “in our faces” (the 99% of us)… the rest of the country, young and old alike, have begun to stir and stand up. An awakening.

Direction will form, leadership will emerge. It doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a natural event… not a created one, a groundswell… not a quarterly balance sheet to be produced upon a “what do they want” demand. To you asking those questions, be patient on this one, you’ll get your answers… they’re coming.

It’s time to remake America into the great place, with a big heart, that it used to be, when the world loved us and we did what was right, instead of just “profitable”. America, when it was of the people, by the people, and FOR the people… (actual “flesh and blood” people)….

We need to be in for the long haul. Don’t sit and watch. Join.


Closet Occupy Supporters

I find it interesting that many people are more willing to tell me they support the Occupy movement via message, phone call, or in person than they are to say something on Facebook.  Why not like the posts they tell me they support, or better yet why not post about Occupy Wall Street themselves?

When Occupy Wall Street first started I was psyched.  As soon as I heard about it I just knew this was important.  It’s about people standing up for others and wanting everyone to be treated fairly.  What a beautiful thing!  It’s time to stop unfair laws and practices.  For so long now we’ve heard things here and there that are completely wrong ways of running a country, but what could we do?  Now with millions of others backing us we can say what’s wrong and be heard.  This is awesome!   Even if we don’t have any of the problems that many do these days, now is our chance to stand up for those who can’t find jobs, were inappropriately foreclosed on, or are drowning in debt.

So why are so many people who I thought were kind and caring people acting like this isn’t even happening?  I’m trying to not be judgmental about this.  I’m trying to understand.  I know that some people have their reasons.  Some are focused on the spiritual and are addressing it from there.  And that’s valid.  That was me before OWS.  Some work in finance or have a spouse who does and maybe that’s their reason.  But some I can’t imagine why they aren’t supporting this.

I know that some mainstream media outlets are making up crazy stories about OWS, but wouldn’t a person want to verify the information before assuming it’s true?  I know that I do that.  If there is an OWS story that I like, but I haven’t seen it elsewhere when it would have been, I find corroboration first before I post it.

But what I’m really asking about right now is not about people who don’t support OWS, but people who do, but not in public.  They don’t post articles about it, they don’t mention it in their Facebook status, the don’t tweet about it, they don’t go to Occupy locations.  But they call me, message me, and tell me in person how important this is, it’s about time, what’s been going on in the country is wrong, etc.

We’re making history here people.  When this is being talked about in 20 years do you want to be able to say that you were part of it?  Or do you want to have to say that you looked on while everyone else changed the world?

We are the 99.98%: Or The 1% Error

Have you noticed how much catchier “We are the 99%” is than “We are the 99.98%”?

There has been an error in the understanding of the phrase “the 1%”.  Think of it as rounding up.  The level of wealth that causes or participates in the corrupt system of crony capitalism (as opposed to real capitalism which is good) is probably more around “the 0.2%”.  But that’s not much fun to chant in the streets.

Too many people seem to think that OWS is against some random person or small business owner who makes $380k per year.  People making money is not the problem.  I wish them well and hope they do even better next year – along with everyone else.  The problem is a system.  If you want to look at specific people look at politicians, lobbyists, and corporate heads taking away opportunities for others while benefiting themselves.

So much focus has been on how much money you have to make to be officially in the 1% that it has taken attention off of the actual problems of a corrupt system.  The phrase “the 1%” is meant to highlight the disparity between very few people with a lot of political power to influence the government compared to the rest of us.  You can make millions per year and still not be part of the problem.  Tom Hanks, Tiger Woods, and Oprah are not part of the problem.  Tiger has his own problems, but he’s not corrupting the government, and therefore not the problem.

My lovely revolutionaries, let’s make sure when we’re making our signs that it’s understood correctly.  And dear readers who make over $380k per year, understand that this isn’t about you.

The Least You Need to Know

What’s this blog about?  Everything.  What are you going to tell us?  What you need to know.  Why are you writing it now?  Because people are changing, new rules apply and people want to know what it’s all about.

Occupy Wall Street is what is happening now, but it is as they say, the tip of the iceberg.  People are not the same as they were when you were in school (no matter how old you are reading this), and they are not the same as they were in the “days of old” from your parent’s day.  What’s going on?

Various things.  People are wired differently than they were and we are experiencing the world in a vastly different way than before.

One of the most outstanding differences people will have noticed in the past decade is the surge in cases of ADD/ADHD.  Sure it can be drugged out of you, but it’s not actually a problem, it’s a new way of thinking.  It appears to be related to seven different genes.  I’ve read most about the DRD 4 allele, but I’ll leave all that for you to study on your own.  The important thing to realize is that there are more and more people being born who are wired to think differently.  An article in New Scientist has found that time actually passes at a different rate for those with ADD/ADHD.  They think quickly, they’re intelligent, they can’t bring themselves to listen to things that aren’t engaging, they have heightened compassion and they are well known for not following authority they don’t find authentic.

On an outer level, one thing that has changed the world is the internet.  We are connected to everyone, all the time.  We don’t just hear about other people and other countries on the evening news anymore.  We don’t read a story about Egypt, we watch youtube videos, we see their faces, we read their tweets.  We don’t wonder what others in the world think about an issue, they post it as their status on facebook.  We happily experience the whole world on a daily basis, not just our own community.  These are our experiences.  And every experience changes us – we as humans aren’t the same people we were before, and we as individuals aren’t the same people we were before.

I’m not intending to go into all the ways that we are different now than we were.  There are various things more and more kids are being diagnosed with that as they are explored are showing themselves to be not so much problems as intensely new ways of being, and there are more and more ways that we are connecting with the world around us.  And whether we came out different than the rank and file of our parents’ generation when we were born (whatever our age) or have just ended up that way over time, we’re different now.   We’re more intelligent, more compassionate, and less interested in the status quo.

So Occupy Wall Street isn’t surprising now.  It was just time – time for the world to catch up with who we are.

So this blog is about who we are now.  And how to be that in the most freakin awesome way.