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t's good to see people complaining, and it's good to see them trying to hold those at the top of the heap accountable for their fraudulent practices. Personally, I don't like government solutions as there always seems to be unforeseen consequences.


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Edwin M (346)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 7:28 am
People are tired of seeing their representatives bought by corporations through lobbyists. In my opinion I see no difference between lobbying and bribery.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 7:37 am
You are right Edwin Bribery = Lobbying when the deal is against people's interest.
Thanks Michael for this post.

Ben O (135)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 8:40 am
"...Doing the Wall Street shuffle!..."

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 8:40 am
my daughter and i are going to check out the protest here in seattle on friday. i wasnt sure if they were protesting or had any direction. i want to see for myself :)

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 8:44 am
Noted. What the American people do not have is a reasonable alternative to free market capitalism, much less a party that represents that alternative. Americans are rejecting the two party system because both parties advocate and advance the agenda of corporate interests, not the interests of the American people. We need to Occupy Wall Street. We need to Occupy Main Street. We need to Occupy the Workplace. We need to Occupy the System through a National Day of work stoppage. No justice, no work. We can't fix the machine until we have brought it to a halt.

Esther Z (94)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 8:47 am
Noted. The movement clearly represents very diverse agendas and segments of our population; I've seen not only Dems, but also very disillusioned Independents, and even some teabaggers. What's holding this movement together, is vast economic suffering and the realization that our country has become an AUCTION based Democracy (I'm borrowing a coined phrase given by Dylan Ratigan, MSNBC Host.) To the highest bidder goes the spoils! Americans are finally realizing that our Democracy has morphed into a Plutocracy, courtesy of corporate greed and the bought politicians, who for years have instituted policies and regulations that benefit Corporate America, and not the American citizen. This movement is scaring the corporate elite and all their political minions. It's good to see Cantor, Boehner, Repugs talking heads and conservative political strategists bash the movement as "mobs", dirty, and lazy individuals who should be looking for work instead of inciting mayhen. Funny how the same people used to describe the teabaggers as a true "grass movement" of people fed up with taxes and big government, which of course was BS, since most of the movement was bank rolled by Corporate America and those Koch brothers! Mobs, indeed! I haven't seen ANY protester carrying guns, like the teabaggers used to do when they attended political rallies. The Repugs hypocracy and true disdain of the democratic process is now clearly visible, and I hope it hurts them even more, come election time. Their comments show just how scared they are of the awakening of the apathetic American!

Sandra T (126)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 9:34 am
Thanks for sharing dear brother,keep pressing on :)

Lisa Neste (204)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 9:59 am
Noted, thank you Michael.

Richard Smith (81)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 10:00 am
I'm cautious.
Any movement based primarily on REaction ,REvolution, gains its strength by feeding on the spoils of the previous system. American Revolution(claimed ownership of the continent)(Cuban revolution,in attempt to free the people from the ruling wealthy class, victors became dictators)If a system moved by anger and fury its very difficult to control . victors become tyrants. This is a cyclical problem ,when we observe history.

Now is the time for a CALM...deliberate examination of THE BIGGER PICTURE
In CALM, the water is clear and the problems become more seen to be acted upon.
One of the deepest problems is a deep rooted PATRIARCHAL CONQUEST based government system
which encourages "competition over cooperation" "be all you can be" over "lets rise together"

What we need is a whole shift in the infrastructure to allow our government to be more Matriarchal.
This means a society based on community, giving wise women POWER. Women are best at: diplomacy,7th generation thinking, community mindedness.non-conquest based sustainable growth.
This can't happen over night,but must be eased into naturally..without conquest.
When wise women are in power,THEY will give us the instructions to heal our planet.

Men are too busy still trying to do what women are best at !...and this doesn't work.Us men have almost destroyed the planet Men have other areas they are better at...NOT world councils for unity or sustainability.
Men don't make good women, WOMEN,especially seasoned grandmothers will bring us the way of peace.

this is the way of my Wyandot/Wendat Confederacy(Huron) ancestors, it wasn't flawless, but it worked for thousands of years. investigate the Iroquoian Confederacy...see what Ben Franklin missed - the women.

If theres is some sort of REvolution , it will be another failure , replacing one conquest with another.
time we stop this downward spiralllng habit of patriarchalism and think BIG PICTURE.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 10:22 am
Great article, thx for sharing, noted!

Myraida Diaz (136)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 10:29 am
Only peace and good thinking will change this..Thanks Michael.

Carol H (229)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 10:34 am
thanks Michael, noted

Jim Phillips (3247)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 10:47 am
Glad to see that there are protesters doing something to raise an awareness of what is
going on in this country.

Big media has not been doing ots job of reporting the marcxhs, and why the protesters are out there.

Big media is pandering to fruitcakes like cantor saying that it is a mob. Cantor is just another political hack
who does not understand and is out of touch. Hope that Cantor's constituents vote him out of office asap.

TY, Micael.

. (0)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 11:08 am
noted with thanks for the info, Michael....loved the picture of your family, thanks for sharing it!!

Kamila A (141)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 12:32 pm
Richard is right, there is a need for wisdom of the feminine; unfortunately, with things escalating as they are, we are going to be seeing all kinds of scenarios before we actually stop at a good resting place. The ones who have run this country, the heartless masculine energies, are not going to go down easily. Kindness and compassion are still perceived as weakness by them (and all the supporters of the insane policies that these people uphold). They are going to shocked this time when their lies are trampled by the people running toward freedom and justice, but this running has to be led by someone with a mindset that Ghandi and MLKing had.......oh, how about Obama?
He has to come to this sensibility, and NOW! He is the one we voted in 3.5 years ago just for these days.

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 1:55 pm
Now is the time for Politicians to remember We own them, not corporations. The OWS movement is about ALL the inequalities & injustices forced on the NOT rich. We are ALL being bilked, mistreated, & Harmed - some more than others & those unable to defend against it the most. The protesters don't have & don't Need All the Answers, that's what we Elected Representatives For! But if they WON'T DO their JOBS, they don't Need to be there. Both parties have Threatened & Abused us to some degree, and both NEED to see that we've reached our Limit. We WILL Fight back, this Occupation IS the Calm before the Storm. So Politicians should Do the Right Thing NOW, before the Cla$$ Warfare REALLY Begins!

Stelizan L (258)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 2:05 pm
Thanks for sharing, Michael - totally agree with you Richard!!

David C (80)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 2:20 pm to see the spirit, unity, involvement....of course, the cons are also showing their true living in fear colors with some of the comments coming out of DC....
POWER TO THE PEOPLE....all men (and women) are created equal....GOVERNMENT OF, BY, FOR THE PEOPLE....not the corporation.....

Beth M (138)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 2:43 pm
We are still looking for that "government of the people, by the people, for the people", President Lincoln.

Ralph F (70)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 2:46 pm
Let's hope this movement doesn't get co-opted by any of the usual power-factions serving the Elitists. It's great to see average people making themselves aware of the truth and acting on it. The more the politicians and the corporate media complain & attack, the more they look like spoiled children whose toys are being taken away.

Terry King (113)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 3:14 pm
We could use a couple of million like Mother Jones!

Ruth McD (839)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 4:47 pm
Thanks Michael.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 4:57 pm
Thanks for this great article.

Mike S (86)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 5:41 pm
Noted and thanks Michael.

Jerry B (128)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 9:59 pm
Noted thank you Michael.

Michael Carney (217)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 10:16 pm
Noted, Spent all day last Saturday at Occupy Philadelphia, and am going to New York this Saturday, to spend a day on Wall Street...

Elle J (276)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 10:22 pm
Noted! Well done Michael. I am supporting the protesting and will be participating in my city this week.

Lika P (130)
Wednesday October 12, 2011, 12:35 am
People are tired of corporations shipping our jobs away, just to turn around and tell us that it's OUR fault for being unemployed or underemployed. They stuff the pockets of politicians, and rather than listen to us, the voters, they give favors to these same corporations who shipped our jobs to third world countries and stuffed their pockets with the extra amount...

It's good to see people taking our country back.

Ellen m (215)
Wednesday October 12, 2011, 1:27 am
@ Victoria, Seattle's going alright, but the police moved everbody out of Westlake to "clean it".
Unfortunately its official name is "Westlake Park", (even though its a slab of concrete!) so the parks dept. is now trying to flex their muscles, just like when they raid underpasses and the like to get rid of the homeless..although the mayou "offered" for people to come picket in front of city hall! what a joke...I just checked twitter, and everyones back now.
I really thought it would be better recieved by the city government..but if they're not going to help and be part of the solution, I consider them part of the problem! I'll be there friday, maybe we'll finally meet!
Michael, thanks for posting this..the timeline was well explained..a very appreciated post.
The only part you left out was which one in the photo was you?

P A (117)
Wednesday October 12, 2011, 2:14 am
Excellent article and posts - green stars to those I could!

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Wednesday October 12, 2011, 5:33 am
Governments find solutions to profit from it themselves.

Micahel Dewey (1021)
Wednesday October 12, 2011, 5:46 am
''Day will come when this country needs a helping hand, and they want mine, I'll tell him buddy just get in line. When my baby comes back crying cause her lover is no longer around, I'll kick that smart as out the door. Sometimes I don't believe in nothing sometimes I do, that's why it hurts to believe in them.''-Arlo Guthrie from Major Blues written around 1985

I hope that the movement gets focused on Worker Owned Cooperatives, such as Evergreen of Cleveland, which was modeled after Mondragon of the Basque in Spain. Mondragon ven owns its own Bank and a Collage too, which trains its Worker Owners. The CEOs of Mondragon, earn only 4-5 times what the Worker Owners do.

The MONDRAGON Corporation mission is to produce and sell goods and provide services and distribution using democratic methods in its organizational structure and distributing the assets generated for the benefit of its members and the community, as a measure of solidarity. MONDRAGON began its activities in 1956 in the Basque town of Mondragon by a rural village priest with a transformative vision who believed in the values of worker collaboration and working hard to reach for and realize the common good.

Evergreen Cooperative of Cleveland

Calliope S (47)
Wednesday October 12, 2011, 6:05 am
Great article!!!
The human race need freedom, individuality, creativeness and must have a code of ethics to live by so as to flourish. Ethics is the key word missing from world society and it makes all the difference. A mind set that has ethics as its foundation cannot create injustice. The movement has a strong element of spirituality and it is touching many souls all around the globe. This could very well lead to the end of human enslavement.

Rita White (55)
Wednesday October 12, 2011, 7:15 am
thanks for the post

Joycey B (750)
Wednesday October 12, 2011, 12:59 pm
Noted with thanks Michael

Marilyn K (50)
Wednesday October 12, 2011, 1:12 pm
The GOP transformed our government into a Dictatorship that has insulated itself with laws to protect their ill gotten gains. They have no interest in the citizens ourside of brain washing them to get their votes. They have legalized corporate greed and there are those that have jumped on the band wagon to enrich themselves so where does that leave us?

Ruth R (246)
Wednesday October 12, 2011, 2:08 pm

Evelyn Z (300)
Wednesday October 12, 2011, 7:49 pm
Noted. Thanks Michael

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 13, 2011, 2:02 am
Noted. Thanks for this great article.

Elizabeth R (10)
Thursday October 13, 2011, 5:04 am
It is in the Uk Too

Elizabeth R (10)
Thursday October 13, 2011, 5:05 am
The poeple of Britian shall be standing in solidarity on the 15th October

Rita White (55)
Thursday October 13, 2011, 6:02 am

Nancy C (806)
Thursday October 13, 2011, 6:37 am
Feminine wisdom mixed with true democratic spirit...c'mon...Thanx Michael

Maria Cristina A (119)
Thursday October 13, 2011, 6:49 am
Interesting article. I don't share all his opinions, but I think reading this is good for our "little grey cells" :)

Mary T (178)
Thursday October 13, 2011, 12:20 pm
Noted and thanks Michael for sharing, I am so glad to see these people waking up to all the injustice that has been going on in this country.

Mary P (157)
Friday October 14, 2011, 10:52 am
Thank you Michael. Its time to remove the Hand of the Corporations that Controls the American
Government. Its time for the Government to serve its People instead of
Serving the Corporations. Its time to take back your country's wealth sitting
In the bank accounts of the Elite Few. Its time for the Corporations to give back
America to the American People.

Lydia S (155)
Friday October 14, 2011, 7:22 pm
Thanks, I have been following this on the news.

KS Goh (0)
Saturday October 15, 2011, 2:14 am
Thanks for the article.

Christia F (158)
Saturday October 15, 2011, 5:23 pm

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Saturday October 15, 2011, 6:25 pm
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