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    ^ Love how you did a bait and switch as the pics come from your favorite wackjob rightwing blog and the article comes from another source entirely. Very deceptive.

    Anyhow this really is a none issue. The current demographic of the ows is very broad. The one thing they have in common is they are the 99%.

    Here in Seattle the average home goes for $340k and that is after a steady 3 years of decline. The high was back in late 2007 when the average was $440k

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub
    Anyhow this really is a none issue. The current demographic of the ows is very broad. The one thing they have in common is they are the 99%.
    Boon Mee is in the 99% but hasn't figured it out.

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    Why do you think they're 'radicals'?
    That's a label pinned on them by the 'opposition' in an attept to demonize them in the minds of the moronic followers (the likes of you).
    Is anyone who wants to change the staus quo a 'radical'?
    Does anyone have to be poor to want change?
    If they lived in tents would that make you happy? Or would you just post photos of tents and say look where these people live, how can you take them seriously?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo View Post
    Why do you think they're 'radicals'?
    Gee, dunnow.

    Why do you think they may be radicals?



    More evidence here

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    Even if they are 'radicals' are you saying radicals shouldn't live in nice houses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo View Post
    Even if they are 'radicals' are you saying radicals shouldn't live in nice houses?
    What we're talking about here is the hypocrisy of these 'radicals'. Pretending they are skint and going home to comfortable surroundings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo View Post
    Even if they are 'radicals' are you saying radicals shouldn't live in nice houses?
    What we're talking about here is the hypocrisy of these 'radicals'. Pretending they are skint and going home to comfortable surroundings.
    There is no hypocrisy there read my post above you clearly missed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo View Post
    Even if they are 'radicals' are you saying radicals shouldn't live in nice houses?
    What we're talking about here is the hypocrisy of these 'radicals'. Pretending they are skint and going home to comfortable surroundings.
    When did they say they're skint?
    And do ALL of them live in houses like that or just the ones pretending to be skint?
    Or are ALL the 'radicals' pretending to be skint?
    Do you think they occupying wall street because none of them have homes to go to?
    Your simple mindedness is showing BM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee View Post
    After Rapes, Drugs, Violence and Death… Voters Surprisingly View Occupy Movement Negatively- that's really hard to believe!





    also search: "FBI COINTELPRO"

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    "I have a steady job with a regular paycheck, great benefits, and lots of room for promotion. Next year, I will be paid to go to college and graduate with a guaranteed position making a decent salary. I am the 1% of the 99% that decided hard work and sacrifice were more prudent than complaining about how life is too hard and I'm not getting any Free handouts."

    Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do, eh?

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    More Fun Facts On Taxes
    In tax year 2009, the top 1 percent of filers — those “millionaires and billionaires” with adjusted gross annual incomes of more $343,927 whom the Occupy Wall Street rabble is demonizing — paid nearly 37 percent of federal income taxes. * The top 10 percent with incomes over $112,124 (say, a New York City cop and a teacher filing jointly) paid more than 70 percent of income taxes.
    * The top 50 percent (starting with princely incomes over $32,396) paid — wait for it — nearly 98 percent of all federal taxes.
    But "the rich" don't pay their "fair share".

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    Additionally...

    In 2009, the top 1 percent of taxpayers—1,379,822 of them—paid more than the bottom 90% combined. Geographically, this is equivalent to a city the size of San Antonio, TX paying more in income taxes than every person living west of the Mississippi. Likewise, the top 0.1 percent—138,000 taxpayers—paid a greater share than the bottom 75%. In other words, a city the size of Dayton, OH would have paid more than a country the size of Germany.

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    In tax year 2009, the top 1 percent of filers — those “millionaires and billionaires” with adjusted gross annual incomes of more $343,927
    The people we really need to be concerned with are the people who file this amount, but who, if you looked closer, you would find live lifestyles of chauffeur driven limos private Jets, own luxury yachts like below, and spend that amount on staff for their residences.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee View Post


    "I have a steady job with a regular paycheck, great benefits, and lots of room for promotion. Next year, I will be paid to go to college and graduate with a guaranteed position making a decent salary. I am the 1% of the 99% that decided hard work and sacrifice were more prudent than complaining about how life is too hard and I'm not getting any Free handouts."

    Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do, eh?


    His "room for promotion" fighting wars for the .00000000000001% banksters of Rothschild-Zionist Israel:



    Onward Christian Soldiers!

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    Open Letter to that 53% Guy



    Hello,

    I briefly visited the “We are the 53%” website, but I first saw your face on a liberal blog. Your picture is quite popular on liberal blogs. I think it’s because of the expression on your face. I don’t know if you meant to look pugnacious or if we’re just projecting that on you, but I think that’s what gets our attention.



    In the picture, you’re holding up a sheet of paper that says:

    I am a former Marine.
    I work two jobs.
    I don’t have health insurance.
    I worked 60-70 hours a week for 8 years to pay my way through college.
    I haven’t had 4 consecutive days off in over 4 years.
    But I don’t blame Wall Street.
    Suck it up you whiners.
    I am the 53%.
    God bless the USA!

    I wanted to respond to you as a liberal. Because, although I think you’ve made yourself clear and I think I understand you, you don’t seem to understand me at all. I hope you will read this and understand me better, and maybe understand the Occupy Wall Street movement better.

    First, let me say that I think it’s great that you have such a strong work ethic and I agree with you that you have much to be proud of. You seem like a good, hard-working, strong kid. I admire your dedication and determination. I worked my way through college too, mostly working graveyard shifts at hotels as a “night auditor.” For a time I worked at two hotels at once, but I don’t think I ever worked 60 hours in a week, and certainly not 70. I think I maxed out at 56. And that wasn’t something I could sustain for long, not while going to school. The problem was that I never got much sleep, and sleep deprivation would take its toll. I can’t imagine putting in 70 hours in a week while going to college at the same time. That’s impressive.

    I have a nephew in the Marine Corps, so I have some idea of how tough that can be. He almost didn’t make it through basic training, but he stuck it out and insisted on staying even when questions were raised about his medical fitness. He eventually served in Iraq and Afghanistan and has decided to pursue a career in the Marines. We’re all very proud of him. Your picture reminds me of him.

    So, if you think being a liberal means that I don’t value hard work or a strong work ethic, you’re wrong. I think everyone appreciates the industry and dedication a person like you displays. I’m sure you’re a great employee, and if you have entrepreneurial ambitions, I’m sure these qualities will serve you there too. I’ll wish you the best of luck, even though a guy like you will probably need luck less than most.

    I understand your pride in what you’ve accomplished, but I want to ask you something.

    Do you really want the bar set this high? Do you really want to live in a society where just getting by requires a person to hold down two jobs and work 60 to 70 hours a week? Is that your idea of the American Dream?

    Do you really want to spend the rest of your life working two jobs and 60 to 70 hours a week? Do you think you can? Because, let me tell you, kid, that’s not going to be as easy when you’re 50 as it was when you were 20.

    And what happens if you get sick? You say you don’t have health insurance, but since you’re a veteran I assume you have some government-provided health care through the VA system. I know my father, a Vietnam-era veteran of the Air Force, still gets most of his medical needs met through the VA, but I don’t know what your situation is. But even if you have access to health care, it doesn’t mean disease or injury might not interfere with your ability to put in those 60- to 70-hour work weeks.

    Do you plan to get married, have kids? Do you think your wife is going to be happy with you working those long hours year after year without a vacation? Is it going to be fair to her? Is it going to be fair to your kids? Is it going to be fair to you?

    Look, you’re a tough kid. And you have a right to be proud of that. But not everybody is as tough as you, or as strong, or as young. Does pride in what you’ve accomplish mean that you have contempt for anybody who can’t keep up with you? Does it mean that the single mother who can’t work on her feet longer than 50 hours a week doesn’t deserve a good life? Does it mean the older man who struggles with modern technology and can’t seem to keep up with the pace set by younger workers should just go throw himself off a cliff?

    And, believe it or not, there are people out there even tougher than you. Why don’t we let them set the bar, instead of you? Are you ready to work 80 hours a week? 100 hours? Can you hold down four jobs? Can you do it when you’re 40? When you’re 50? When you’re 60? Can you do it with arthritis? Can you do it with one arm? Can you do it when you’re being treated for prostate cancer?

    And is this really your idea of what life should be like in the greatest country on Earth?

    Here’s how a liberal looks at it: a long time ago workers in this country realized that industrialization wasn’t making their lives better, but worse. The captains of industry were making a ton of money and living a merry life far away from the dirty, dangerous factories they owned, and far away from the even dirtier and more dangerous mines that fed raw materials to those factories.

    The workers quickly decided that this arrangement didn’t work for them. If they were going to work as cogs in machines designed to build wealth for the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts and Carnegies, they wanted a cut. They wanted a share of the wealth that they were helping create. And that didn’t mean just more money; it meant a better quality of life. It meant reasonable hours and better working conditions.

    Eventually, somebody came up with the slogan, “8 hours of work, 8 hours of leisure, 8 hours of sleep” to divide the 24-hour day into what was considered a fair allocation of a human’s time. It wasn’t a slogan that was immediately accepted. People had to fight to put this standard in place. People demonstrated, and fought with police, and were killed. They were called communists (in fairness, some of them were), and traitors, and many of them got a lot worse than pepper spray at the hands of police and private security.

    But by the time we got through the Great Depression and WWII, we’d all learned some valuable lessons about working together and sharing the prosperity, and the 8-hour workday became the norm.

    The 8-hour workday and the 40-hour workweek became a standard by which we judged our economic success, and a reality check against which we could verify the American Dream.

    If a family could live a good life with one wage-earner working a 40-hour job, then the American Dream was realized. If the income from that job could pay the bills, buy a car, pay for the kids’ braces, allow the family to save enough money for a down payment on a house and still leave some money for retirement and maybe for a college fund for the kids, then we were living the American Dream. The workers were sharing in the prosperity they helped create, and they still had time to take their kids to a ball game, take their spouses to a movie, and play a little golf on the weekends.

    Ah, the halcyon days of the 1950s! Yeah, ok, it wasn’t quite that perfect. The prosperity wasn’t spread as evenly and ubiquitously as we might want to pretend, but if you were a middle-class white man, things were probably pretty good from an economic perspective. The American middle class was reaching its zenith.

    And the top marginal federal income tax rate was more than 90%. Throughout the whole of the 1950s and into the early 60s.

    Just thought I’d throw that in there.

    Anyway, do you understand what I’m trying to say? We can have a reasonable standard for what level of work qualifies you for the American Dream, and work to build a society that realizes that dream, or we can chew each other to the bone in a nightmare of merciless competition and mutual contempt.

    I’m a liberal, so I probably dream bigger than you. For instance, I want everybody to have healthcare. I want lazy people to have healthcare. I want stupid people to have healthcare. I want drug addicts to have healthcare. I want bums who refuse to work even when given the opportunity to have healthcare. I’m willing to pay for that with my taxes, because I want to live in a society where it doesn’t matter how much of a loser you are, if you need medical care you can get it. And not just by crowding up an emergency room that should be dedicated exclusively to helping people in emergencies.

    You probably don’t agree with that, and that’s fine. That’s an expansion of the American Dream, and would involve new commitments we haven’t made before. But the commitment we’ve made to the working class since the 1940s is something that we should both support and be willing to fight for, whether we are liberal or conservative. We should both be willing to fight for the American Dream. And we should agree that anybody trying to steal that dream from us is to be resisted, not defended.

    And while we’re defending that dream, you know what else we’ll be defending, kid? We’ll be defending you and your awesome work ethic. Because when we defend the American Dream we’re not just defending the idea of modest prosperity for people who put in an honest day’s work, we’re also defending the idea that those who go the extra mile should be rewarded accordingly.

    Look kid, I don’t want you to “get by” working two jobs and 60 to 70 hours a week. If you’re willing to put in that kind of effort, I want you to get rich. I want you to have a comprehensive healthcare plan. I want you vacationing in the Bahamas every couple of years, with your beautiful wife and healthy, happy kids. I want you rewarded for your hard work, and I want your exceptional effort to reap exceptional rewards. I want you to accumulate wealth and invest it in Wall Street. And I want you to make more money from those investments.

    I understand that a prosperous America needs people with money to invest, and I’ve got no problem with that. All other things being equal, I want all the rich people to keep being rich. And clever financiers who find ways to get more money into the hands of promising entrepreneurs should be rewarded for their contributions as well.

    I think Wall Street has an important job to do, I just don’t think they’ve been doing it. And I resent their sense of entitlement – their sense that they are special and deserve to be rewarded extravagantly even when they screw everything up.

    Come on, it was only three years ago, kid. Remember? Those assholes almost destroyed our economy. Do you remember the feeling of panic? John McCain wanted to suspend the presidential campaign so that everybody could focus on the crisis. Hallowed financial institutions like Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch went belly up. The government started intervening with bailouts, not because anybody thought “private profits and socialized losses” was fair, but because we were afraid not to intervene - we were afraid our whole economy might come crashing down around us if we didn’t prop up companies that were “too big to fail.”

    So, even though you and I had nothing to do with the bad decisions, blind greed and incompetence of those guys on Wall Street, we were sure as hell along for the ride, weren’t we? And we’ve all paid a price.

    All the” 99%” wants is for you to remember the role that Wall Street played in creating this mess, and for you to join us in demanding that Wall Street share the pain. They don’t want to share the pain, and they’re spending a lot of money and twisting a lot of arms to foist their share of the pain on the rest of us instead. And they’ve been given unprecedented powers to spend and twist, and they’re not even trying to hide what they’re doing.

    All we want is for everybody to remember what happened, and to see what is happening still. And we want you to see that the only way they can get away without paying their share is to undermine the American Dream for the rest of us.

    And I want you and I to understand each other, and to stand together to prevent them from doing that. You seem like the kind of guy who would be a strong ally, and I’d be proud to stand with you.

    Daily Kos: Open Letter to that 53% Guy

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    ^ That's good.

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    Ahh, 'tis written- and you will also go to Heaven with way more virgins than those damn Mozzies. Plus the Kool Aid is kosher.

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    Occupy Oakland to Discuss Issue of Outside Anarchists Instigating Violence
    10:20 a.m. Tent city to talk about destructive anarchists
    The campers will be discussing at their morning meeting how to keep out the destructive anarchist element.
    "It's not us, it's a bunch of guys who wear black masks," said Michael Porter, 24, who works full-time selling DirectTV and has been camping at the Occupy Oakland site. "It's messing with our movement. They leech off our numbers -- they only show up when there's a rally."
    Porter will be leading a discussion at the meeting starting soon.
    "There's a handful of us trying to confront them but they just gang up on you."
    ^^ in other words, cop/fbi/provocateurs seeking to discredit/marginalize/incite violence, see COINTELPRO


    Occupy Oakland, city regroup after night of confrontation


    Two Oakland Protesters Are Run Down And Police Let The Driver Go


    Veterans March For Occupy Wall Street — And It's Like Nothing You've Ever Seen Before
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    Only 600,000 Americans joined Credit Unions in 2010, but 650,000 joined up in October 2011 alone. With increasing fees from megabanks like Bank of America, growing discontent towards the banking sector in general, and the Occupy Movement's call to transfer funds out of "too big to fail" banks by November 5th, it seems more people are putting their money where their mouths are. -Max Mogren, CollapseNet Staff

    One of the tactics the 99 Percenters are using to take back the country from the 1 percent is to move their money from big banks to credit unions, community banks, and other smaller financial unions that aren’t gambling with our nation’s future.

    Now, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) reports that a whopping 650,000 Americans have joined credit unions since Sept. 29 — the date that Bank of America announced it would start charging a $5 monthly debit fee, a move it backed down on this week.

    To put that in perspective, there were only 600,000 new members for credit unions in all of 2010. “These results indicate that consumers are clearly making a smarter choice by moving to credit unions where, on average, they will save about $70 a year in fewer or no fees, lower rates on loans and higher return on savings,” said CUNA President Bill Cheney.

    This Saturday, 99 Percenters are calling on Americans to move their money from big banks to credit unions and community banks on what is being called “Bank Transfer Day.” If you want to stand with the 99 Percent and take part in this action, use the Move Your Money project’s community bank and credit union finder tool to find out how. (HT: [at]blogdiva)

    By Zaid Jilani | Sourced from Think Progress Posted at November 3, 2011, 2:03 pm
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    So, we got more interest in this bogus 'movement' here on TD we see! Besides the fact these peaceful protesters (Oakland, CA & elsewhere) are pictured as poor and distressed, it turns out just the opposit is true:



    There you have it. Mostly male (61%), mostly white (81.2%), mostly employed full time (47%), mostly college educated (60.7%). Other interesting facts: the protest is largely past school-age, with 76.5% of respondants over age 25, and a third of them (30.1%) make over $50,000 a year. Only 12.3% are unemployed. 70.2% claim to be "independent," but even if they don't claim party affiliation, one may safely presume to know on which end of the ideological spectrum most occupiers fall. Less than half (43%) of respondants have participated in the actual "occupations" of cities around the nation--they simply "participate online," showing support through social media and the like."

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    Heh...operative phrase here is protesters with an advanced case of entitlement syndrome

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    ^^ nice post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee View Post
    So, we got more interest in this bogus 'movement' here on TD we see! Besides the fact these peaceful protesters (Oakland, CA & elsewhere) are pictured as poor and distressed, it turns out just the opposit is true:



    There you have it. Mostly male (61%), mostly white (81.2%), mostly employed full time (47%), mostly college educated (60.7%). Other interesting facts: the protest is largely past school-age, with 76.5% of respondants over age 25, and a third of them (30.1%) make over $50,000 a year. Only 12.3% are unemployed. 70.2% claim to be "independent," but even if they don't claim party affiliation, one may safely presume to know on which end of the ideological spectrum most occupiers fall. Less than half (43%) of respondants have participated in the actual "occupations" of cities around the nation--they simply "participate online," showing support through social media and the like."

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    Heh...operative phrase here is protesters with an advanced case of entitlement syndrome
    Right, so certainly not the uneducated radical hippie criminal anarchists you lot have been making them out to be after all, mostly just everyday people sick of getting shafted by big business.
    Shot yourself in the foot again BM.
    I assume you;re working/middle class BM, so I don't get why you are supporting the Uber wealthy power elite that the Wall street occupiers are protesting against.

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    ^ boontard just deflated all his talking points over the last few weeks. What an imbecile.

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    ^^
    I'm not supporting the uber-wealthy. Just poking fun at these commie wannabees. Now that violence has broken out at most of these protests, it's turned into even more of a bogus 'movement'


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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee View Post
    ^^
    I'm not supporting the uber-wealthy. Just poking fun at these commie wannabees. Now that violence has broken out at most of these protests, it's turned into even more of a bogus 'movement'

    Commie wannabes? Where do you get this shit, oh, and the violence hasn't been instigated by the protestors.
    By the way, that guy in the picture is not representative of the typical protestor (if your own statistics are anything to go by).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee
    Besides the fact these peaceful protesters (Oakland, CA & elsewhere) are pictured as poor and distressed, it turns out just the opposit is true:
    Just who is picturing them as poor and distressed?

    If the photos you posted of the protester's homes are any indication, ordinary millionaires find fault with the current government/Wall Street set-up as well.

    Good graph.

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