1. I want you to root for me. Everybody in Germany roots for Siemens. Everybody in Japan roots for Toshiba. Everybody in China roots for China South Rail. I want you to say, ‘Win, GE.’ I think this notion that it’s the population of the US against the big companies is just wrong.

    — 

    General Electric Chairman Jeffrey Immelt, acting stunned that people might be a titch pissed off at Wall Street and corporations like GE. After hearing his answer, Leslie Stahl is nearly unable to form a complete question. He’s also Chairperson of the White House’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Yeah, I’m sitting here like this:

    And then I realize he truly just doesn’t get why we’d be furious with a company that’s offshoring jobs and paying no taxes.

    I don’t understand how he can’t grasp the anger people feel. Perhaps he does and he’s an excellent actor. Either way, it’s obvious he’s almost offended that we’re not all TEAM GE!! Well, I don’t want you to “win” the class war.

    I want your workers to keep their jobs, and make a good wage. That’s what I’m rooting for - is that cool? I still can’t get over Leslie Stahl. She asks him another question, but her face says what we’re thinking:

    (via cognitivedissonance)

    OMG! HER FACE! LMFAO!!

  2. cognitivedissonance:

    Video of veterans being arrested at #OccupyBoston for surrounding the camp.

    This is America, folks.

  3. aljazeera:

    themonsterpiece:

    “Shouting in the Dark” by Al Jazeera. Please watch this, everyone, for the sake of humanity. 

    Re-posting this for those that missed it…

    (Source: theothersideofexistentialism)

  4. Panic of the Plutocrats →

    cognitivedissonance:

    It remains to be seen whether the Occupy Wall Street protests will change America’s direction. Yet the protests have already elicited a remarkably hysterical reaction from Wall Street, the super-rich in general, and politicians and pundits who reliably serve the interests of the wealthiest hundredth of a percent.

    This is so perfect. The plutocrats should be worried.

    Great article.

  5. Sex Work to Pay Off College Loans? How the College Debt Racket Sucks Young People Dry -- And Led Many to Occupy Wall St. →

    cognitivedissonance:

    The young man standing next to the “Jail Sallie Mae, Cancel All Student Loan Debt” sign in Liberty Plaza last night could very well end up in jail himself – not for protesting economic injustice and marching on Wall Street, but for doing sex work to pay off his student loans. “My loans are $1,300 a month,” he said. “My rent is $1,300 a month. My salary is $2,600 a month. You can see the problem. So I work as a prostitute for food and utilities.”

    Though he works a day job in the tech sector, it’s not enough to get by. “But it could be worse,” he continued. “I could have to do sex work for all of it.” 

    With the Department of Education estimating that outstanding US student loan debt will soon exceed $1 trillion and job growth stalled, students face the very real prospect that there’s no way to ever pay back their debts. As of this May, new graduates are leaving college with an average of $22,900 in debt each, which, according to the Wall Street Journal, makes the class of 2011 the most indebted in history. 

    I don’t even want to think about my student loans and what will have to happen for it all to get paid off. It’s because I don’t know how it’s all going to shake out. I fear that getting a law degree won’t be enough.

  6. motherjones:

With #OccupyWallStreet entering a second month, still wondering what’s behind the outrage? We’ve got you covered (hint: the banks weren’t always too big to fail).

Great links to articles

    motherjones:

    With #OccupyWallStreet entering a second month, still wondering what’s behind the outrage? We’ve got you covered (hint: the banks weren’t always too big to fail).

    Great links to articles

  7. herblondness:

Facts terrify me.

    herblondness:

    Facts terrify me.

  8. wespeakfortheearth:

TrendsMap Proves Scary Twitter Censorship Of #OccupyWallStreet From Trending Topics
A Trends map of trending twitter hashtags shows #OccupyWallStreet tweets surging in nations around the entire world, except in the United States, while Google Trends shows a corporate media blackout.
JP Morgan has invested $400 million dollars into twitter and in return [See image above].
Yet when the Freedom of Information Act Request is submitted to explain this, we will find the Feds ordered it to be censored due to national security, hence covering up Wall Street bankers commanding twitter to censor the hashtag.
Then, shortly after this article received a lot of attention, it comes back on the world map but still not allowed to be shown on the right hand side of trends.

    wespeakfortheearth:

    TrendsMap Proves Scary Twitter Censorship Of #OccupyWallStreet From Trending Topics

    A Trends map of trending twitter hashtags shows #OccupyWallStreet tweets surging in nations around the entire world, except in the United States, while Google Trends shows a corporate media blackout.

    JP Morgan has invested $400 million dollars into twitter and in return [See image above].

    Yet when the Freedom of Information Act Request is submitted to explain this, we will find the Feds ordered it to be censored due to national security, hence covering up Wall Street bankers commanding twitter to censor the hashtag.

    Then, shortly after this article received a lot of attention, it comes back on the world map but still not allowed to be shown on the right hand side of trends.

  9. Oh, Conservatives

    unknowablewoman:

    Why is it easier for you to believe that 150 million people are lazy and stupid than 400 people are greedy and malicious?

  10. When consumers and businesses can’t boost the economy on their own, the responsibility must fall to the purchaser of last resort. As John Maynard Keynes informed us 75 years ago, that purchaser is the government. Government can hire people directly to maintain the nation’s parks and playgrounds and to help in schools and hospitals. It can funnel money to help cash-starved states and local government so they don’t have to continue to slash payrolls and public services. And it can hire indirectly - contracting with companies to build schools, revamp public transportation and rebuild the nation’s crumbling highways, bridges and ports. Not only does this create jobs but also puts money in the hands of all the people who get the jobs, so they can turn around and buy the goods and services they need - generating more jobs. Not exactly rocket science.

    — Robert Reich (via miketodd07)

  11. If asking a millionaire to pay the same tax rate as a plumber or a teacher makes me a class warrior, a warrior for the middle class, I will accept that; I’ll wear that as a badge of honor,” Mr. Obama said. “Because the only class warfare I’ve seen is the battle that’s been waged against the middle class in this country for a decade now.

    — 

    Obama Pushes Jobs Bill in Denver - NYTimes.com

    It’s about damn time. Course, it’s a stump speech. But I suppose I’ll take it.

    (via champagnecandy)

  12. Private Prison Industry's Growth Coincides with Massive Increase in Political Payments →

    harmreduction:

    legalizeheroin:

    An article published yesterday in the Minnesota Independent explores the correlation between the private prison industry’s explosive growth over the past several years and its extensive lobbying efforts at the state and federal levels.  The charts tell the story:

    Despite increased scrutiny, skepticism, and outrage, the article notes that the trend shows no sign of fading:

    Private prison industry efforts to influence policy at the federal level continue. In 2011, CCA has already employed 35 federal lobbyists, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The bills CCA has lobbied on this year include a number of appropriations related to Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detentions, which made up 12 percent of the company’s revenue last year, according to CCA’s 2010 annual report.

    In last month’s quarterly statement, the company announced a quarterly revenue increase of 5.6 percent, which the company largely attributed to new federal contracts.

    Related:
    The Private Prison Industry’s Grip On Congress
    Prison Industry Still Among the Fastest Growing

    Disturbing.

    (Source: michiganmessenger.com)

  13. letterstomycountry:

8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than from a terrorist attack.
If that’s not an indictment of the post-9/11 security state, I don’t know what is.

    letterstomycountry:

    8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than from a terrorist attack.

    If that’s not an indictment of the post-9/11 security state, I don’t know what is.

  14. Washington State will limit Medicaid patients to three non-emergent emergency department visits per year effective Oct. 1. The state says this benefit limit will save $72 million per year in state and federal funds, while opponents say it will endanger some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

    As part of this plan, Washington State’s Health Care Authority (HCA), which administers Medicaid, has created a list of 700 diagnoses that will be treated as non-emergent for Medicaid patients, including chest pain, shortness of breath, miscarriage and abdominal pain.

    — 

    Washington State limits emergency department visits for Medicaid patients | Healthcare Finance News

    So, I guess Medicaid patients need to just hope they don’t have heart attacks, severe asthma attacks, dangerous miscarriages, or appendicitis? This is ridiculous. I’m more and more convinced that conservatives just want poor people dead.

    (via greaterthanlapsed)

    Yup, they want us poor, desperate