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Does America’s Fortune Ride on Two Numbers? – 9/11 and 99:1

Does America’s Fortune Ride on Two Numbers? – 9/11 and 99:1
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By Andrew Lam,   New America Media

SAN FRANCISCO — Numerologists and The History Channel, known for its occult versions of world events, will have their heyday with two digits that, when arranged in certain sequence, foretold the fortunes of America. They are 9/11, of course, and now, 99:1.

The former entered the American psyche like a bullet a decade ago, sinking so deeply into our collective wound that the evocation of its memories – exploding planes and falling glass towers, a fabled city shrouded in soot and dust, crushed bodies and a hole in the ground — spurred two costly wars overseas. Indeed, some historians propose that 9/11 drove the American empire onto the path of self-destruction; the most powerful country on earth a decade later found itself teetering at the edge of an economic abyss as a direct result.

Nine. One. One. 9/11. Emergency. Crisis. Sorrow. War. Mistakes. Recession. The Lost Decade.

But while its meanings continue to pile up, a new arrangement of the two digits comes along exactly a decade later and with it, a shifting tide – 99:1. Ninety-nine to one. It stands for protest and misery, the slipping of the middle class from their moorings. The former delineates a nation rallying under the flag, of unity against a common enemy. The latter speaks of the opposite, of disparity, disunion and ultimately, disillusionment.

The colon between 99 and 1 has transformed into a drawbridge drawn, with the 1 percent living it up inside the fabled ivory citadel while the rest mill about, looking in. And the moat? A yawning gap between the haves and rising number of have-nots.

The Occupy Wall Street movement began in New York and quickly spread around the country — then, inevitably, in the age of instant information, the world. A month later it continues unabated. In time, 99:1 may endure as a symbol of resistance and, as some youthful elements among the protesters in New York would have it, a symbol not without a sense of romance, “a revolution.”

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1:55PM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Yeah, Bush jumped froggy at the major attack of Bin Laden....whose family employed GW to find them Texas tea. But these de-regulations also happened with Dems in office. Our political system is exposed as the two-faced party system it is, all owned and funded by the wealthy elite. The gov't got bought out, the banks and others got bailed out, and we got sold out.

1:14PM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Ever noticed that the 3 9's are 666 upside down....that is the only number to remember

12:25PM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

The same people who brought us 9/11 brought us 99:1. Sure it's the people who fight back and the fight would not be necessary if it were not for the new aristocracy. We thought we were getting rid of them in all of the revolutions. But they resurfaced. They're back and their barbarism harms billions. Their barbarism inspires Muslim fundamentalists. Their barbarism fuels mercenaries. Their barbarism fuel the economic collapse. It brings us the growing disparity between the wealthy and the poor. It brought us several US started wars. The only answer is to remove them from power once again. Of course not by violence. To be a moral and advanced civilization we have to deny the barbarous path they have chosen.

11:25AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

I disagree that 9/11 would never of happened it may just be it would of been much further is the futrure. Remember David that Al Quida had attacked the World trade Centers when Clinton was President. We are morally and financially bankrupted because we were not asked to saccrafice when we went to war. We went to war unprovoked in Iraq. We over spent on a credit card for ten years under the Bush Administration and a Republican lead Congress. Our demise has been and always will be from Republican policies. Even when we have a democrate President the Republicans push to get their way. Well they have gotten their way and now the blame is at their feet.

10:01AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

We will be defeated only if we allow ourselves to be defeated...99:1
It is not what if...
It is not what could have...
It is only what will
It is only what can I
We are the 99

9:05AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Is it possible for a country to be a feudal "banana republic?" If so, that's what the U.S. is becoming.

4:41AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

If Al Gore had been elected president, 9/11 would never have happened.

4:32AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

If 9/11 hadn't happened, we wouldn't have been mired in a war either. Let's face it. The terrorists won.

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