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YouTube - Mario Savio - UC Berkeley Sit-In Speech


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Jelica
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AmericanRhetoricOrig -- 01 April 2009 -- Mario Savio: Sit-in Address on the Steps of Sproul Hall, delivered 2 December 1964, The University of California at Berkeley. Complete transcript, audio, video at: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/



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Jelica R (144)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 4:13 pm
Care2 is acting today. First I could not add tags (politics, rights, activists, civil liberties, student activism, Mario Savio, berkeley, violence, freedoms), and then I had to wait 45 minutes for my post to show on newly submitted. Huh...
 

Jelica R (144)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 4:19 pm
Mario Savio's speech On Freedom and Resistance from Dec 2, 1964, is short and substantial.

"There comes a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part, you can't even passively take part; and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the leaders, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop, And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free the machine will be prevented from working at all."

 

Jelica R (144)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 4:29 pm
Wow, tags are back!
 

Carole S (338)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 4:47 pm

My reaction to this entire situation was well described with those three words: "Sick at heart."

"Unless you're free . . . the machine will be prevented from working at all."

We need that kind of anger before anything purposeful can be accomplished. Instead, we are faced with citizens who have become drones, asking for guidance (from ANYONE -- which is why leeches jump to the call and misguide them).

The mixture of overly-prescribed, over-priced drugs (to make reality more bearable), and glib snake oil salesmen, masquerading as leaders and preachers, in conjunction with profit-hungry, conscienceless mouthpieces, pretending to be "newspeople," have made this reality just an illusion.

To us.

(The rest know exactly what they're doing.)
 

Carole S (338)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 5:03 pm

I have to add that, while it lifted my heart and gave me renewed conviction in my beliefs -- seeing this clearly, adamantly voiced "call to arms and sense," it equally saddened me.

I'm not seeing that today. I saw more of it in the 60's, and today, I convince myself that it was because I was much younger, and courageous then.

But that's my OWN LIE to myself, because that commitment is really not evident in today's youth.
 

Carole S (338)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 5:07 pm

And after MONTHS of making this site continuing to be virtually inoperable in any sense of being an activist forum . . .

I'M SICK TO DEATH OF THE LACK OF ACTION ON BEHALF OF ITS MANAGEMENT.
 

Tierney G (381)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 5:10 pm
Sad. You are right Carol i have not seen that either since the sixties. We have become numbers and way too many numbers. It is like we are walking dead.
Thanks Jelica
 

Carole S (338)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 5:10 pm

Fix it . . . or admit that you cannot be a useful site for true, meaningful causes.

I will NO LONGER cajole and behave like a lap dog to these people who are WELL AWARE of the fact that (according to their inflated numbers) are members here, working to make change -- while knowing that their resources don't work!
 

Jelica R (144)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 5:30 pm
Yes, Carole, kids are different today. It gives me hope that they are using new tools. They are invisible and silent, but a year ago, here in Croatia, they organized simultaneous protests against educational reform in all big cities. They used Facebook, the government knew nothing about it in advance and was caught completely unprepared when students overflowed streets. Another shock for the government was when they realized that rallies didn't have a central organizing body, each was coordinated from local group, and kids only synchronized their actions for bigger impact. You can't fight, bribe or frighten such dispersed and loosely connected (non)organisation. Of course, the government stepped back and promised to re-evaluate the reform proposal.

Lately, students here are joining workers on rallies, claiming that they protect their future jobs. I can see some light here. I hope.

------------
Savio was excellent speaker and motivator. What a powerful words...

 

Carole S (338)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 5:34 pm

I don't see that happening here.
 

Carole S (338)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 5:39 pm

What I'm seeing is extremely troubling . . .

It's all about "me." I don't see any interest in this government, or what it's doing.

There is NO empathy for the millions of people being held in servitude to this government with its taxes, nor any interest in knowing the extreme pain and suffering being paid for through the lives of this nation's offspring being lost, to murder innocents in lands being raped -- to benefit corporations.

In fact, I see the nonchalant faces of irritated boredom (having interrupted them from their cell phones and video games) from these self-indulgent youths. (And it reminds me of unfeeling animals being led to slaughter.)
 

Jelica R (144)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 5:39 pm
care2 is misbehaving. I saw only Carole's first two comments when I added my previous comment.

And look, I was only 4th person who noted MY post! Have you ever seen that a member who posted was not the 1st noter?
 

(0)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 5:39 pm
"In 1999, it was revealed that Savio had been trailed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation from the moment that he had climbed on to the police car that harbored Jack Weinberg. He was followed for more than a decade ‘because he had emerged as the nation’s most prominent student leader."

and

"He did not complete his time at Oxford because of emotional problems."

I guess I would have emotional problems too if the FBI was following around for a decade with no cause.

 

Carole S (338)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 5:41 pm

It's getting harder and harder for me to believe -- after MONTHS of these technical problems -- that this is a coincidence, unavoidable by those in charge.
 

Jelica R (144)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 5:42 pm
Carole, we overlapped our comments again. :-)

 

Jelica R (144)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 5:51 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Margaret because you have done so within the last week.

Savio worked as physics and math teacher (oh, lucky students!) and was engaged in protesting USA actions in South America.

Mario Savio, b. December 8, 1942 - d. November 6, 1996; a man of brilliance, compassion, and humor, came to public notice as a spokesman for the Free Speech Movement at the University of California in 1964.
 

Yvonne White (229)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 6:04 pm
I think the lack of Open Activism from today's youth is (1) there's no Draft to worry about, (2) they're desensitized to "Other people's problems", (3) Bu$h-League intimidation has lingered or increased with Tea Baggers getting all the publicity, (4) they BELIEVE that Politicians Really Don't Care & will NOT do what they were elected to do - so why bother.. and I am beginning to think that way myself. Wars continue, Injustice continues, UnEmployment Grows, Everything We Thought We Fixed in the 70's is being questioned by Congre$$ or over-turned state-by-CONservative state.. pot is still illegal in most states, while prescription drugs & alcohol is Killing people Legally..
 

Carole S (338)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 6:06 pm

Sadly true, Yvonne.

And it's not an accident.
 

Yvonne White (229)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 6:09 pm
It's ironic that "the ME Decade" label has already been used..;)
 

Jelica R (144)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 6:45 pm
Monarchs have learned lessons from '60. They have yet to master new curriculum we provided for them. With daily tests, and persistence, it may work. We did this before, and we can do it again... and again... and again. Monarchs don't like to learn, but when they absolutely must they are very eager students.
 

Carole S (338)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 6:47 pm

I'm not giving up . . . and I welcome ALL who will travel with me.
 

Carole S (338)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 6:49 pm

BTW (by the way) . . .

I have no inclination toward being a leader -- I'd just like to join hands with like-thinkers.
 

Jelica R (144)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 7:20 pm
Neither had Gandhi, and we all know he was.

:-)

 

Jill P (64)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 7:30 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Just because you have done so within the last week.
 

Carole S (338)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 7:33 pm

Jill, I welcome you. (and always have)
 

Carole S (338)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 7:36 pm

This is NOT about outspoken activists. It's about every-day people, who can see what's happening.

I live with "conservatives." THEY see it.

It's about speaking out. It's about NOT reacting to well-paid spokespeople.

It's about returning to the essence.

STOP REACTING. Become pro-active.
 

Carole S (338)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 7:38 pm

Read the Constitution.

Remember what your rights are.

DEFEND them.
 

Carole S (338)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 7:44 pm

Every patriot (citizen) has an OBLIGATION to defend the rights established by his/her country.

It's not a personal decision . . . it's a citizen's responsibility.
 

Tierney G (381)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 7:47 pm
Frustrating it is like push me pull you. We go to far right then we go in the middle and then we go too far right again. How can we ever get ahead without open minded thinkers? This is insane why is it they want to go backwards not forwards I do not understand and I do not understand why the left is so quiet and accepting of the outrageousness of the right and the discrimination is stifleing and for what? People who claim to be following God? How can they get away with this and how can we keeep letting them? This must stop now do or die!
 

Carole S (338)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 7:49 pm

Well, sometimes, it comes to that point, Tierney.

I choose to go down for my beliefs.

(Otherwise, my time here was worthless.)
 

Jill P (64)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 8:00 pm
There was a study a couple of years ago.
"Today's college students are more narcissistic and self-centered than their predecessors, according to a comprehensive new study by five psychologists who worry that the trend could be harmful to personal relationships and American society."
They said that " narcissists tend to lack empathy, react aggressively to criticism and favor self-promotion over helping others."
Study: College students more narcissistic
Does that explain it?
Youth of America...
WAKE UP AND GROW UP! if you are not doing your part in making the world, this country, our society a better place you're not that special.
Caring only about yourself and standing by while others suffer...you're not that special.
it only makes you yet another obstacle.
Us older folks put in our time hours of standing,, marching, shouting, protesting, etc...
So that you have the luxury of being narcissistic. Things will only get worse and no one is going to help you. We are still pluggin away but we won't be able to forever.
so grow up and take responsibility! There are others. you are not the center of the Universe.
That is part of my speech to the youth of America.
I had an better one but Care2 made it go "poof" when I hit submit.
Also, since this is care2 discussion on this topic I know I am preaching to the choir on this thread.
Myabe we should all invade Facebook discussins on gossip and nonsense and start preaching and submitting nes in their faces.
Force them to wake up and grow up. LOL
a bunch of old radicals harrassing the lazy self-centered youth. not the few good ones.
 

Teddy Bear B (62)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 8:18 pm
i often muse about how it could have happened that out of the filth and savagery of (for example) early England, a few men arose to own huge chunks of that country, pay people a pittance to build their enormous and magnificent castles - did this happen with North American (incl Canada) Indian Society? - No (i believe) but it did happen in South America.

Why did it happen in most?

How is it that the people allow this until ultimately survival (it seems) motivates revolution?

At least "revolution" and overthrow of the aristocracy or fleeing from it is not new to those Americans descendant of the huge initial European influx. However, immigration has continued long after this and one can only presume that objectives of achieving affluence - becoming the new Aristocracy - became and still is the primary objective of most Americans today.

Could it be, that from the bottom of middle class (if not much lower) right through to the very top, nobody will do anything which might jeopardize their chances of "making it"?

We know that most people in corporations will "tow the line" if not for this reason, then because the whole "game" has been set up so that to "poke your head up" will put you and your family on the scrap heap - you just NEED both of your jobs to survive.

So for example, any socialist move (i use this word reluctantly as Americans have been conditioned to read it as Communism") like National Health or even the current Health Reform Bill, undermines the whole aristocracy strategy of keeping the majority at a level where they cannot afford to even open their mouths to express what they believe to be true! Criticize the establishment!
My i suggest that you have your own form of "Lese majeste" (which "outlaw" criticism of the rulers)

Finally, while extremely disappointed in Barack Obama, i wonder if he is carefully threading a path through a very dangerous minefield (hardly being able to even move in the crisis situation he inherited) to achieve his stated goals? He would surely need more than 4 years to do so, and would surely have found himself in TOO deep water if he had simply gone on full scale attack.

i promise you, i am not politically motivated but people motivated and would gladly see a republican president of the Dwight Eisenhower ilk leading your country - but then i believe he was very much a people's president.

Obama may be not only the hope of America and the world (as he certainly was on day one) he may be the last hope ...... if he gets reform of Wall and Main Streets (it takes time so be a little patient) and moves on to establish world peace (he has already had harsh words and taken strong positions with Israel ..... any harder he may have been subject of removal), and further social reform, he may just emerge as a great President.

One thing is for sure, he needs to avoid the role model of your most recent great president .... reform at too great a pace, creating too many enemies is no way to achieve reform, no matter how much we would like to see that.

In the meantime, the efforts of people like those (so few!!!???) responding to this pro revolutionary topic, may very well be testimonial to what i have said, fear driven, survival driven, compliance driven as you might expect in any aristocratic greed dominated society.

i commend you all to hanging in there. i do believe that doing the Mario Savio thing, even in moderation will support any president who wants to reform society, to do terrible things like making things more equal for all people, to get out of wars in which the country is embroiled, to expose the truth and change perceptions (such as 58% approval of an attack on Iran!) ..... we need to remember that if the majority of the country want such things, a President is somewhat restricted in what he does or does not choose to do .... whoever the President is today or tomorrow, he needs the help of those who see wrong to change wrong.

In the mean time, he has to work against both the Aristocracy, the self serving pentagon and a heavily pro "whateversuitsthem" media which deliberately withholds information and does everything possible to strengthen the position of all moneyed people - that's where more wealth for them lies - not with rabble (ie majority of the people) just as was the case in Good Old Mother England, when Aristocracy treated commoners with contempt (and still do).
 

Kathleen R (983)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 11:33 pm
I remember this from when it occurred!! It tore me up then & now, yet I understood the (then) kids' complaints!!!
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Thursday April 29, 2010, 4:32 am
"Have you ever seen that a member who posted was not the 1st noter?" -- Yes, Jelica, this happened to me on my last or next to last post.

'Tonkin Gulf Attack' Lie Launched Vietnam War / 'WMD' Lie Launched the Invasion of Iraq:
------------------What has changed ? Where is the DIFFERENCE??---------------------------

No difference, yet a movement of opposition & resistance uch as the one that overtook & overwhelmed the country then has yet to become a tidal wave of anti-war sentiment now.

I wish everyone on this site would see the documentary film I saw last Wednesday night- FANTASTIC !!
It was on our Franco-German TV station, Arte, which systematically brings us great things, such as Marie-Monique Robin's documentary, 'The World According to Monsanto,' or Alex Gibney's fantastic 'Taxi to the Dark Side.'

"The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers" (This is the April 11th announcement from the film site, featuring a video clip; details of the 7 awards won; links to full critics' reviews & to Daniel Ellberg's own site, & the complete list of present & upcoming playdates & live appearances)
-- This film is essential for everyone, esp. people who have forgetten recent history; they would not then be able to claim, with no contradiction, that the Bush doctrine represents a RUPTURE with and a REVERSAL of American foreign policy.

It is clear from established, documented facts -- related once again in this OUTSTANDING documentary --that it was a GOVT-ORCHESTRATED LIE that LAUNCHED the Vietnam War : the LIE was told to Congress, spread by the media -- Congress allowed Johnson to escalate US intervention, begun on a small scale under Kennedy, & wage an all-out war, because of an alleged North Vietnamese Communist attack on two U.S. ships in the Gulf of Tonkin, a story completely cooked up, invented as an excuse to legitimize an ILLEGITIMATE WAR. -- This is frighteningly similar to the GWB-adm 'Weapons of Mass Destruction' lie that was sold to the press, Congress & the whole population, and swallowed --hook, line & sinker-- with very few exceptions, hardly a dissenting voice.

How could anyone about the age of 50 forget how we got bambouzled into Vietnam with LIES ? and how it was revealed when Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers, volumonous TOP SECRET American documents, which exposed it all ?-- only because newspapers DEFIED, over & over again, the Nixon govt's opposition to and repeated injunctions against publication.

The American press really had balls back then (if you'll excuse my French) at the time of the Vietnam War, because they printed the 'Top Secret' Pentagon Papers --over 7,000 pages in 43 volumes, painstakingly photocopied and leaked by Daniel Ellsberg, first to the NYTimes -- the Nixon adm got an injunction to halt NYTimes publication; then to the Washington Post --and Nixon got an injunction against them; then to the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, etc etc. Each newpaper relayed the publication of these docs, each editorial board had the COURAGE & the CONVICTION to defy the government and bring the truth to the American people !! There was no keeping the Pentagon Papers out of the daily headlines, on every reputable Front Page in the country!

No similar momentum has developed against Iraq & Afghanistan: perhaps the difference is that people feel that terrorism attacked us on our territory, in NY; whereas Vietnam was so far away.

Today, everybody freaks out because Wikileaks released the US helicopter murder of 11 people and people will say that it isn't WIKILEAKS who should be deciding what information should be exposed to public scrutiny. But when governments call for support of a war, We the People MUST be informed about the fallacious excuses used to dupe us and lead us into war, and the illegitimate practices used to wage that war, be they torture, extraordinary rendition or brutal attacks on civilians. Our credibility in the world of nations depends on our finding the truth out and then mobilizing, protesting, demonstrating to demand the right policy changes!
 

Teddy Bear B (62)
Thursday April 29, 2010, 5:02 am
Great stuff PDWM - agree totally except i suspect that because BOTH Britain and US (and Australia) were simultaneously believing that there were WMD's it had to be a conspiracy cooked up between Britain and the US or they were both fed the same false evidence by another secret service - a country which would want intervention.

This i believe to be the most likely alternative.

As far as press, how many great men have said that the cornerstone of democracy is a free press? Well, you no longer have a free press, nobody can argue this and Helen Thomas's question of GWB has (to my knowledge) never been answered nor her question to the press gallery, why did you not ask WHY!

Nothing could be clearer - the press is no longer the guard dog of democracy that JFK so eloquently encouraged to make life difficult for him. Unfortunately, they didn't get much of a chance to do that!

One of the best contributions i have read on Care2 PWDM! 15 green stars for you!
 

patricia lasek (317)
Thursday April 29, 2010, 5:44 am
Ron, people DID ask why Helen Thomas' question of GWB was not answered. The White House Press Sec'y ignored the question. GWB's White House was hiding too many crimes to be open with the American people and the World.
 

Rebecca Y (26)
Thursday April 29, 2010, 3:16 pm
Our government has succeeded in becoming deaf to the needs of its people. As we “free” other countries from dictatorship and corrupt elections, our own government has become dictatorial and our elections suspect. We do not believe our elections are fair and that our elected officials, at the highest levels, have been truly elected by the people.
Everyone seems to be afraid to stand up and speak out. Our trusted newsmen have been replaced by “pretty” people who read the prompter screens with excellent diction and clear skin. No one is allowed to criticize the war, the decisions made by Congress, the Senate, the President and the folly they have led our nation into. While they have been chasing their tail in Iraq, Iran has the “weapons of mass destruction” that we destroyed a country for and killed its leader, granted he was a despicable man but what madness has overtaken us that we haven’t stopped our insane leaders? When did we decide not to communicate with other countries we disagree with, plunder and desecrate with no regard for residual damage?
When did we become this nation that we have become? When did we allow fashion and video games to rule our lives instead of standing up for what is right? With California burning, the ice capes melting, the air filled with unbreathable particles and the Republicans still with their heads fully engaged where they can’t be seen professing there is “no global warming,” how can we sit back and vote any Republicans into any government position?
What does it mean to be a Democratic nation? It means there is still a chance to be democratic, to live up to our expectations, to love freely, to have each vote count, to be proud of America, not only for its beauty but for what we stand for. It isn’t, “we, the government,” its “We the people!”
 

Rebecca Y (26)
Thursday April 29, 2010, 3:20 pm
(I wrote this before Obama became President)
What does it mean to be a democratic nation? I’ve been asking myself that question for some time now. It seems to me that we have lost a great deal of what we are supposed to stand for as a nation. The freedoms we held so dear for which our forefathers risked their lives to establish, this new colony of the Americas has somehow turned into something else along the way to here.
We allow our minds to be dictated to and manipulated by sources that are bigoted and self-serving. We hide behind religious piety while carrying the Christian banner yet subjecting all to stipulations regarding Christianity and the limited love that it has become. Christianity in this year means total reversal of the Jesus teachings, total disregard for what Christianity is supposed to be all about.
We also support total crap on television and in the movies for our own amusement even when it is detrimental to humanity at large. The adverse effect violent video games have on the very young seems to be lost on a generation of parents without parental authority who seem to be afraid of their children, afraid to parent, afraid their children won’t “like” them.
We are spurred on by consumerism on every level. We are told how to look and dress; how to purge and puke so that we can be thin, thin, thin. Every holiday has become a boon for sales receipts, another way to make a buck.
The airways are owned by corporations dictating what we should buy by what they allow us to see and hear. Television news is a popularity contest with little real reporting going on. Investigating reporting is a relic of the past. Ridicule and exposes of intimate personal details have bludgeoned the public into believing it is our right to know these details. Sleaze has overtaken the television and tabloid industry wetting the appetites of the perverse. We now laugh at people instead of with them.
 

MmAway M (507)
Thursday April 29, 2010, 3:20 pm
Thank you!!!
 

Teddy Bear B (62)
Thursday April 29, 2010, 7:27 pm
i like what you have written Becky and am frequently bothered by glib and uninformed garbage that IS commercial TV, particularly the way it is totally staged with time slots, underlying streams of information relating to other topics than that being discussed and "up next" flashes, all designed to keep the viewer away from the remote -all to service those who pay for the program, until the commercials become more professional and worthy of analysis (crap though they are).

How does this come about? i must be totally wrong to believe that captivating and audience is about putting on a good show! But (for example) these totally money driven don't care people know that pornography attracts more internet hits than any other genre, sex sells, 14 year old girls will demand whatever they are told they need to be beautiful, to be popular ......... get the kids hooked on fast food etc etc ........ and that they are wasting time trying to influence people like you and me.

There is only one button on the remote that works well, on most it is red!

Now here is something to interest you and anybody concerned with what we do with (for example) corporate exploitation at the risk of the planet. While you are watching, just remember that in quest of the oil that all americans so desperately need (want is the correct term) BP is pouring 200'000 gallons a day into the gulf .... should make for great beach holidays this summer .... i should be grateful i am not a sea bird or other creature in the vicinity!

Our ABC (national and off limits to all who might try to influence it's "position" on anything) has fantastic stuff -
go here and learn a little more to motivate taking back control before it's too late.

http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/antarctica/ .... it's beautiful but disturbing!
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Friday April 30, 2010, 3:30 am
Your whole comment, Ron, is very astute. I'll just quote this one sentence because it seems to be the crux of the matter: "Could it be, that from the bottom of middle class (if not much lower) right through to the very top, nobody will do anything which might jeopardize their chances of "making it"? "

I remember reeping hellfire and brimstone, the WRATH of a few family members, simply because I had mildly remarked that I would rather be living in my rented apartment in the center of a French town (i wasn't yet in Paris) where I was able to walk to work in about ten minutes, than having a house in a US suburb and having to commute for over an hour in rush hour traffic morning & evening. I was ASTOUNDED by the wrath that exploded against me -- unwittingly, I had attacked a cornerstone of American civilization -- being the proud owner of a home in the suburbs. I had come across as condemning THE only way to live! What gives hope to millions, what makes life worth living. Innocently, I'd had no idea that my remark would be perceived as an attack on a fundamental of the American way of life! No wonder they considered me a communist!

It's true that when you see all the pages of US magazines & newspapers devoted to showing the luxury & wealth of the restaurants, hotels, homes, furnishings, clothes, shoes, etc enjoyed & flaunted by a tiny minority of the rich, the Paris Hiltons, the highly successful, the film stars & the recording stars, you realize that this is a form of conditioning that has everybody salivating and nursing secret dreams to be able to live this way.

Attacking this ostentation, supporting anything that smacks of socialism, is attacking the dream that nearly everyone shares. The film stars & the recording stars, & so on get a lot of coverage, and some of them were initially just like you & me, from humble background, so why couldn't I be in their Jimmy Choo shoes some day?

This seems crazy, particularly at a time when so many Americans have lost their homes in the subprime catastrophe, & lost their jobs in the recession. Just saw a special report on unemployed seniors in Florida, some of them homeless, who, at the age of 60, 70 or even older, are desperate for work!
Some have lost their homes; all lost their savings in the Wall St meltdown and no longer have the investments that were meant to support them in retirement, the basic US pension for retired people, Social Security, being too low to live on at all.
 

Sheryl G (360)
Friday April 30, 2010, 4:34 pm
We need more energetic youth but they are too wrapped up in their I-pods, texting, computer games to really be part of the world going on around them. The colleges use to produce the new leaders now after studies I think they hit the video games and attack virtual monsters instead of the real ones that exist around us.
Sorry this is short and sweet, by the time I get on I'm exhausted from the day of packing. Thanks so much for posting this story.
 

Abo r (107)
Saturday May 1, 2010, 2:04 am
Noted.
No descrimination.
 

Jelica R (144)
Wednesday February 23, 2011, 10:20 pm
testing....


 
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