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We Are The New Barbarians Occupying Our Rome
There is nothing to fear but fear itself. I do everything in my power to steer clear of mainstream media (especially since I once worked for a news station and I sat in meetings where executive big wigs literally created news stories to scare people into submission). With that being said, there’s a lot of misinformation and confusion spreading about #OccupyWallStreet. I’ve seen people making a mockery of the major tenet of #OWS, “We Are The 99%.” It’s really simple – if you make less than $1,137,684 per year, you are one of the 99%. It has nothing to do with your religious or political views. It’s not about which political party you support or disagree with. It has nothing to do with whether you consider yourself conservative or liberal. The concept of “We Are the 99%” is simple: 1% of the population is controlling the other 99%. To break it down in the simplest terms, think about it in terms of a company you might have worked for: You and your fellow worker bees (99%) are doing most of the work in that company while the CEO (1%) reaps the higher paycheck and the spotlight for a job well done. Is that fair? Has it ever been fair? Of course not! We’ve been fed propaganda our whole lives that we must obey “the rules” and keep our mouths shut. Surprisingly, this model has worked for generations. While the vast majority (the 99%) have complained on the sidelines, the 1% (corporate executives, religious officials and politicians) have raped us! They’ve stolen our money, fed us lies and done everything in their power to keep us numb and stupid so that nobody would figure out that WE (the 99%) outnumber THEM (the 1%). Guess what? Those days are over.
Bring Back The Corporate Death Penalty
The #Occupy movement is spreading across the world very rapidly and change IS going to happen. It’s just a question of when. #OccupyWallStreet in Zuchotti Park in Manhattan is a very fascinating place to be. I’ve visited #OWS several times and each time, it’s more interesting and inspiring than the previous visit. Ideas are being exchanged and it’s very clear that a lot of people are sick and tired of this existence we’re living in. We’ve relied on our elected leaders to come through with their promises to make change that will benefit the people, and unfortunately, these changes never come to pass. The changes seem to benefit only the people in power while the rest of us suffer and accept it. The masses are starting to take matters into their own hands and it is looking like a revolution is near. I say these things not to scare you, but more so to prepare you and make you think about and TAKE ACTION for what’s going on. These statements are based on my observations and if you think I am off base and totally crazy, that’s ok by me. But don’t give me that label without seeing for yourself first hand what is happening.
Occupy Wall Street
Each visit to #OWS has been different and I’ve witnessed people sharing ideas, people peacefully trying to spread the word, people putting aside their differences and people coming together as one. Of course, like any movement, human nature persists and I’ve also seen freeloaders trying to jump on the band wagon as well as many opportunists trying to capitalize in a free-for-all situation. A lot of #OccupyWallStreet merchandise including buttons and T-shirts are for sale at Zuchotti Park and you will also see people begging for money (for their personal gain). The weather is starting to get colder and the police that are on standby at #OWS are starting to get restless. Who is going to make the first move? This is surely to be the most interesting reality TV program of all time. Stay tuned!
Opportunists at OccupyWallStreet
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Now We Are Too Big To Fail!
A week ago, I visited #OccupyWallStreet for the first time down at Zuchotti Park in New York. It was one of the most fascinating things I’ve ever seen as you could practically smell frustration and change in the air. A week later, the weather is a bit cooler, but one thing remains – the people have just about had it with corporate greed, being lied to by governments and religions and a lot of rigid rules and regulations that benefit a small group of people, while the majority struggles for meager survival. #OccupyWallStreet is a leaderless organization that has base camps up in major cities across the world (and expanding by the day). I still found myself in awe of the protesters because it appears that change might actually happen, not only in my lifetime – but before the year is up! It’s certainly the strongest form of the people uniting that I’ve ever seen. It’s funny that certain people and media organizations are making #OWS sound like it came out of left field and is not warranted, but even little old me predicted something like this would happen. How could it not? For hundreds of years, the few have controlled the many and have done everything in their power to keep the masses numb so they wouldn’t figure it out. Before #OccupyWallStreet set up camp, I offered up a collaborative project to help rewrite the Constitution and a lot of the things I mentioned are some of the unofficial tenets of #OWS.
Mainstream Media Lies. You Are All Brainwashed Slaves.
When you visit #OccupyWallStreet, you hear and readily engage in conversations with people who want to see change happen. They want to not have to worry about money so they can enjoy their lives. They want corporate greed to cease. They want the masses to wake up and realize that 99% of the world is being controlled by 1% and it’s not going to be that way for much longer. These problems are not going to magically fix themselves, so the protesters are getting the ball rolling. Our government has not implemented the grievances of the masses and now the masses are organizing to set things right. It’s going to be absolutely fascinating to see what happens and as of right now, positive or negative results are totally up for grabs. Of course the area at Zuchotti Park is being heavily policed, but nobody is doing anything to warrant the need for arrests (speaking from the experiences I’ve had down at #OWS). Human nature often finds bad seeds ruining it for the bunch and that’s also a possibility here. What seems most logical to me is that unfortunately, there will be bloodshed and it will lead to massive riots. I am hoping for a peaceful solution, but these protesters are soldiers in this war, and though we let history repeat itself over and over again, generation after generation, we all know what happens in war…
Towards the center of the camp, there are free clothes that protesters can wear and there is also a make-shift supply area with food and water to help feed anyone in need. It’s really heart-warming and inspiring to see so many people working together. Deny it all you want, change is going to happen and there are going to be many bumps in the road ahead. If you haven’t done so already, I urge you to open up dialogues with your friends and loved ones and don’t just talk – take action. Choose a side and get involved. This is much bigger than Republicans vs. Democrats and the Left vs. the Right. This is about having an arachic system of rules in place that all need to be dramatically changed before the world and its people implode. People have been complacent for too long relying on others to care for them. I hate being harsh, but at the end of the day – NOBODY CAN SAVE YOU EXCEPT FOR YOU! People have sat on the sidelines for too long waiting for the right moment for “life to begin” so they can take the wheel. Life began the moment you were born, so you’d better get on with it! This might mean you have to unplug from your electronics, turn off the same television set you complain about that has nothing good to watch on it and TAKE ACTION! The people have the power and are getting ready to squash anything or anyone who gets in our way. Exciting times await. Are the “bad guys” in the 1% going to be arrested or murdered for their crimes? Are the masses going to stay subservient to “the man” forever? Only time will tell. The truth is stranger than fiction. This is going to be the best reality program of them all, according2g. Occupy your city! Pass it on!
How about a maximum wage