The economy has been pretty dodgy these last several years. Some of us are fortunate to not need to know first hand how bad it is, due in part to racial and ethnic disparities in the system which help to buffer the majority from feeling too much of it.
Here's a good story on that subject,
For economists, that number may sound awful, but it’s not surprising. The nation’s overall unemployment rate sits at 8.8 percent and the rate among white Americans is at 7.9 percent...
“Over the course of the recession, the unemployment disparity between college educated blacks and whites actually widened,” says economist Algernon Austin...
It's kinda tough to quote that story, but check out the full link here.
Here's another link following up on Hispanic unemployment if there's anybody out there who likes statistics.
I actually had a pretty kick ass blue color job myself while I was finishing up college that I lost due to the hit that the manufacturing industry took. It bums me out to think that for me, I really didn't care that much about losing that job, but my co-workers (there was a cool German guy, a really nice guy from Somalia that joked with me about his wives, and the factory was just jammed with really cool people who unfortunately for them didn't have a white background) they all got a legitimately raw end of this American deal.
A market's worth of small business owners took a huge hit from this melt down too. And between:
toxic mortgage security fraud, Tax dodging and
misc. financial trickery, and
the SEC destroy all the evidence they can get their grubby little hands on
You yourself may be thinking, you deserve a little more justice than what you're getting.
We took out Bin Ladin. No trial, just a pair of bullets, and that night we had kids dancing in the streets. We're obviously not a society that's too overly shy to punish bad people, but it seems that in the broad scheme of things, no one is punishing the wrong doers on wall street. They hurt millions.
We've seen a ripple effect, the damage has gone global. And what the hell has Goldman Sachs done with Greece!?
And as the banks are committing all of these 'non-crimes', Washington is signing their bonus checks!
In my humble opinion, we need something to make us feel whole again. We need to process and dump the proverbial bodies out at see so we can move on as a society. We need to send a message to would-be wrong doers that, "If you fuck us, you will be fucked back" and we generally haven't sent that message. On the contrary we've sent the message, "If you're a bank, you can do whatever you want --just as long as you pay the politicians."
Enters "Occupy Wall Street"
Now on their 4th day, Occupy Wall Street is a call to action promoted by Adbusters Magazine. It's a general call out to all who feel that "corporate greed" is a problem and something should be done about it. The plan is to occupy Wall Street for 2 months, gathering peacefully in Lower Manhattan, setting up tents and enjoying free food and good company, "until we see movements toward real change in our country and the world." The specifics are not yet known, as that during the 2 months, a consensus will be derived from meetings of 2,000+ people in Lower Manhattan who would like to see change and have the voice to propose a solution.
A forum leader here mentioned that he likes it when you bring up Anonymous when they have anything to do with the story, and I have to agree that it's a pretty interesting group and I know a lot of people enjoy hearing about stories that pertain to these "hero-like" individuals. That standing, I will mention that Anonymous is a big supporter of this initiative as well. Here's some Anonymous footage I dug up from google,
I think Occupy WallStreet is a good idea. I mean, we can't just let this stuff go on forever.
I'm debating whether I should actually go or not. It's ridiculously far for me, but I've never done anything cool like join an organized protest or even visit NY. Plus it will be going on for 2 months. I'd probably end up being that guy who gets permanent nerve damage due to aggressive zip tie restraint, lol. I could only stay a few days too, which is ultimately the most discouraging point. Plane tickets cost money, and you can only disappear from work for so long before your clients drop you.
Do you have any thoughts or opinions on any of these issues? Perhaps there are interesting developments that you'd like to share? Or maybe I've left something out that you'd like to contribute to the discussion?
Before I go, here's a quick vid taken today. At first it looks like it's just fun and games, but then you realize the cops have completely cut off circulation to one guys hands after binding him with zip ties. Those are for binding cat 5e cables to joists, not brutalizing passive resistors! One of his hands starts turning colors, it's kinda gross.
Update: While carefully drafting this post, yahoo has been identified as BLOCKING ALL EMAILS CONTAINING THE DOMAIN "www.OccupyWallSt.org"!!! If it contained that string, you could not send it! At this moment, you might not be able to send it depending on your account class! Creepy!
Yahoo make apology. You smile now and read contextually based advertizing.