Things were really ugly.
Support the protesters.
Will more jobless Americans go to China, India, Vietnam etc etc after this?
These "Occupy Wall Street" shenanigans offer the best premise and premises of protest I can think of. Stick it to those kochsuckers, and don't take any guff from any swine.
The demand list is a bit ridiculous. Although I guess it is that type of thinking that will prevent any of their demands from ever being met. Well no, the fact that their demands are ridiculous is the thing that will prevent them from being met.
But yeah. Uh, occupy Wall Street. I saw a pretty cool...tumblr...I think. I forget what or where it was. Look for "I Am The 99 Percent". Although there was one where she starts off with "I'm 22 with three kids and-"
I was just like...well yeah. There's your problem, lady. Don't blame the government or the corporations for the fact that you treat your vagina like a clown car. Babies are expensive.
Are they "official" because they're hosted on a .org? It's upsetting to see vanguards adopting hierarchical language to lend hollow legitimacy to their arguments.
Fuck what radical sub-group so-and-so has to say. Protests express a collective atavism more concisely than mere words permit. When people take to the streets, the message cannot be any more complex than "WE MAD at (x) because (y). Anything more sophisticated gets lost in the noise.
"but how did a 22-year-old get the three babies?"
By bein' a ir'sponsible lib'rul, that's how!! Why d'ya hate freedom??
No that's the thing though, like half of the entries on there were "I'm such-and-such age and I have *this many* kids" and I'm just like...no pity for you, breeder.
See also the people who have been attracted to the protests for the purposes of partying, meeting chicks/dudes and just clowning around. Not surprised that people aren't really taking them so seriously. Although I'm sure there are plenty of sexy beautiful protestors there so I guess I don't blame them.
But the government/corporations are still totally fucked up and I'm STILL MAD. And that's why I won't go back to the States until I can be assured that I'll be able to find a job or go back to school with relative ease. Beijing is my fallout shelter. I'm just hiding out until the radiation subsides.
I totally am. Wasn't able to start paying back my student loans until almost two full years after I graduated - they are currently in the hands of a debt reclamation company, or whatever those assholes call themselves. Had to fly halfway around the planet to even find a job, and it still took me some time to do that once I got there (here).
However, I've been doing some pre-preliminary job hunting in the States (just trawling the Craigslists of major cities) and it looks like I'm qualified for something decent, if I ever go back? I feel like that's the problem that a lot of these 99-percenters are dealing with - no experience/qualifications, but you have to have a job to get experience/qualifications in the first place, Catch-22, etc.
I mean, I don't know. Everyone warned me while I was still in high school that a BA/BS wouldn't be enough to get a decent job by the time I graduated - hey, they were right. Not saying that there aren't people out there who are waaaay too qualified to be unemployed, there are certainly some folks with master's degrees bagging groceries...but it isn't like the jobs have completely dried up?
Or maybe that's easy for someone to say who has never actually had to look for a Real True Grown-Up Job in the States. I still have plenty of college-educated friends who are rocking the cash register at Urban Outfitters...if they aren't already on unemployment.
Also, reading up on all this shit makes me feel so woefully uneducated about...stuff. Where the hell did lobbying even come from? How did anyone ever think that that was a good idea?
Like oh yeah, we should totally allow these unaccountable, richer-than-God organizations to hang out with and provide funding for politicians who are responsible for creating the policies that will steer our country's future.
GREAT IDEA YOU GUYS.
But how/when did that happen?? This shit is BANANAS. B-a-n-a-n-a-s.
I'm a Five Percenter.
I would be a one percenter but they wouldn't let me in with a scooter.
"Is Zhongnanhai really more laughable than those clowns?"
I'm honestly not sure. That's a discussion I always end up having with my friends back in the States - they ask about corruption and censorship, and I point out that the same damn thing has been happening in the States for years, just not in plain view like it is here.
That might actually make it worse than what's happening in China? At least people here know that they're getting screwed, and they know exactly who is doing the screwing? Ugh.
@Scott, far from me the intention.
I'm happy the protesters are suing NY city. I'm 100% sure that the police and the leaders of any city are supposed to know the constitution. We hope the outcome of the trial brings justice to the protesters who have the right to express themselves freely against the greed of the 1% we talk about.
I'd like to state this: those thinking that China is much more corrupted than the US should get themselves well examined in the head.
The only difference between China and the US is that corruption in the US is more sophisticated.
Haven't we seen more executions of big shots in China? How many guys from Goldman Sachs & Co have been arrested from causing financial Tsunami? How many executions have we seen in the US to those greedy guys? Only those arrested from drugs and small crimes are executed. How many people have died due to this financial crisis? Most of those guys are still free and running big Corporations. Not long ago I read there have been much fraud on Medicaid...
It's just a shame that 99% of the US population have been taken captives and most of them don't understand that they need to fight for their liberation.
Did that. Got denounced as a socialist. Ended up here. Kill me now.
I hope these protests do not end in violence, which is what usually happens when you stand in the way of power and money. I wish I was back home so I could stand in the way with my fellow Americans. Interesting to see how this pans out.
"its the beginning of the end"
You would only call this the "beginning" if you haven't been paying attention for the last few decades.
@Me In Bj, U didn't have time to watch that video to see how indirectly Apple is implicated in blood minerals. I'd suggest you to read the mapping report released by the UN last year.
These device we use got stained with blood on them.
Hermitage would be too selfish an existence for the "European" bodhisattva known as 大鼻子, who anticipates moving to a nice neighborhood like Shunyi where he can enjoy organic produce and demonstrate to the rest of the foreign population that he is the humblest laowai there is, and no one can out-humble him because his humility level is maximum.
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I hope it won't escallate!
"Dando - there used to be a time that people thought we were one"
That was only Pete, @Dabizi, and his brain is a little bit soft. Other people can read.
Medication might do the both of you some good. Ask High Priest about that. I'm sure he's got something to cure what ails you. That donation site looks like blatant phishery to me, BTW, but what would you expect from someone who flunked out of 419 scam school?
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Shaking in our boots here. Oh well. Thanks for giving the mods something to do.
im gonna hack ur account and put a picture of a pink flamingo as ur profile picture!!!11
@Scott, what's up brotha? Is there any crack in the Dando's clique? How can u assimilate HP and Dando? We all know Dando is ur mentor here. HP and Dando__ h e he, We are like Day and Night, they can't meet.
That post on the donation was an ironic one, but too bad u took it seriously.