There’s a very popular conception out there that the bailout was done with a tremendous amount of firepower and focus on saving the largest Wall Street institutions but with very little regard for Main Street. That’s actually a very accurate description of what happened.
That the supporters of same-day voter registration are out-spending their opponents on advertising has me excited.
What has me annoyed are the ballot proposals about the building/expansion of casinos in Maine. Apparently the money going to advertising in support for building casinos is coming from the company that will be doing the casino building, and the advertising money aiming to reject the proposals is coming from the casinos that currently exist in Maine. They have themselves organized as the groups Putting Maine to Work and Mainers Against a Rotten Deal. This is why I am fed up with the system.
The best guarantee for our future and that of our children will, and has always been, educated, active citizens. So, when it comes to “Occupy Main Street,” let us not forget that these are Americans, ourselves in fact, who are exercising their rights and duties as citizens. And by exercising them, they preserve them for everyone.
Every CEO tells the same great white lie. It is at the heart of every communication. It is at the heart of every financial decision. It is, at it’s very base, the reason why you all are in the 99pct and they are in the 1pct. The Lie?
Great CEO White Lie = “We are acting in the best interests of shareholders.”
When a CEO utters this lie, everyone automatically forgives whatever they do. Add 10k jobless to the unemployment rolls? Sorry, we did it in the BEST INTEREST OF SHAREHOLDERS. Merge or buy a company and cut back across the board? We did it in the Best Interest of Shareholders.
The problem is that unless the company is losing money and it is the only way to keep the company alive, in this era of 9.1pct unemployment it NEVER is in the BEST INTEREST OF SHAREHOLDERS.
I wanted to describe this graph of the effect of Herman Cain’s tax plan as hyperbole, but then realized that’s not an appropriate term. That would imply exaggeration, but here the truth is enough.
How can a nonhierarchical society organize itself? Consensus, a short documentary from Meerkat Media Collective, illuminates the complex, slow-moving, but very directly democratic process by which protesters discuss and make decisions.
There are some beautiful things happening here, seriously elegant solutions to massive group interactions from the ground up.
Protestors march through downtown Boise, Idaho, Wednesday October 5, 2011. Activists have been showing solidarity with movement in many cities, including Occupy Boise. More than 100 people withstood an afternoon downpour in Idaho’s capital to protest. (AP Photo, Idaho Statesman/Darin Oswald)
Occupy ALL the streets! See more photos at In Focus
Click through for a collection of images from Occupy Wall Street on theatlantic.com.
Source: The Atlantic