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"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." - Frederick Douglass

Saturday, February 13, 2016

BERNIE SANDERS FOR PRESIDENT

The focus of this blog has been the American student debt crisis, the Occupy Movement, and the way this country has been ravaged by the ΓΌber-rich, and the politicians they have purchased.

Fraud in the financial industry has disenfranchised most US citizens and trashed the quality of day-to-day life in America. It has also negatively affected the international community, economy, and the environment- and that is putting it mildly. Bernie Sanders knows this, and knows what to do about it.

The Bernie Sanders campaign is financed by donations from citizens, not Super PACs.

WE ARE AT A CRITICAL POINT IN HUMAN HISTORY AND WE DO NOT NEED ANOTHER POLITICIAN THAT IS BOUGHT AND PAID FOR!

BERNIE SANDERS CARES ABOUT FAIRNESS. BERNIE SANDERS CARES ABOUT STUDENT DEBT. AND BERNIE SANDERS CARES ABOUT YOU!!!


AND PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!





Thursday, March 12, 2015

"BEHIND EVERY GREAT FORTUNE LIES A GREAT CRIME"


The author of the following article really nailed it.

Take a look at his piece in Salon.com called THE BIG "MIDDLE CLASS" RIP-OFF

The concepts he discussed are exactly why the corporate-owned government did not want the Occupy Wall Street movement to hit a a critical mass.

Awareness is part of the solution.




Tuesday, February 10, 2015

STUDENT LOAN DEBT DISCHARGE NOW!

We're onto the scam. There's no other way to describe it. People are sick of the ball-and-chain of their sub-prime student loan debt, and defaults are mounting. Many of the degrees are not worth the paper they are printed on- especially in a country that does not invest in infrastructure, the environment, or the future.




Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Sunday, December 28, 2014

REVULSION AND REVOLUTION

Over six years have passed since the international economy was ravaged by the sociopathic crimes of the US banking industry, and the subprime mortgage crisis it created.

Thanks to the government’s irresponsible deregulation of that industry, and the increasing influence of corporate interests in the American political process, criminally-minded, gluttonous pigs- masquerading as businesspeople- have effectively turned Wall Street into a large-scale casino. The resulting consequences of this are dangerous for everyone.

Not a single criminal has been prosecuted for the heinous, premeditated “white collar crimes” which became universally apparent in 2008, and from which the world is still adversely affected.



Astonishingly, the subsequent government bailouts given to the very creators of this subprime lending fiasco simply allowed these greedy bank$ter thieves to engorge themselves further on taxpayer funds, after having already ransacked the lives of subprime borrowers.


These bailouts were in essence a form of “corporate welfare" for the rich and reckless, which was galling enough, but the conspicuous lack of prosecution of these bank$ter criminals was a real slap in the face to everyone else.

IT ALSO SHOULD HAVE BEEN A HUGE WAKE UP CALL TO ALL CONCERNED CITIZENS!

It has been symbolically said that more people need to start taking "the red pill", in order for things to truly change in our society. The science fiction terms, red and blue pill, refer to general consciousness of reality, or lack thereof, and comes from the 1999 film The Matrix. The following definition from Wikipedia further explains the terms:

"In the movie, the main character Neo, is offered the choice between a red pill and a blue pill. The blue pill would allow him to remain in the fabricated reality of the Matrix, therefore living the "ignorance of illusion", while the red pill would lead to his escape from the Matrix and into the real world, therefore living the "truth of reality" even though it is a harsher, more difficult life."


Time to take the RED PILL

ACTIVISM IN AN INCREASING POLICE STATE

Henry Ford (1863-1947) once said, "It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning."

Maybe lack of understanding and awareness was a factor in his time, but what about now? One does not need to have an advanced degree in economics to know something foul has been going on within the "financial" industry for some time. This blatant criminality was widely exposed by the economic meltdown of 2008.

Why wasn't there a revolution by morning when that happened? There were some protests, but they weren't exactly revolutionary.
Awesome, but not quite a revolution. Some early protests on Wall Street during the fallout of the subprime banking crimes of 2008. This sign encouraged bank$ters to jump to their deaths from their crime house offices.

The fact is, many people were, and still are very angry about the condoned corruption in American investment banking. Others either choose to be in denial about it by ignoring reality, or they themselves are the beneficiaries of the very corruption at issue.

Those who have dared speak out, like Occupy protesters, have to a large extent, been denied their Constitutional rights, and been forcibly restricted from expressing their anger and awareness. This was all done to prevent public consciousness on this issue from growing, and to weaken the movement in general.

Usually protests were "shut down" under the pretense of enforcing some various regulation or another- like a noise or permit violation- as to avoid the glaring truth that freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly- both guaranteed by the US Constitution- were being violated by the state.

Remember this outrageous incident:





Absolutely.

Thing of the past: Because of Occupy, the NYPD has now begun enforcing an old law which prohibits the wearing of masks at protests.
Police take notice: This Occupy protester holds a sign that says, "ARREST CORPORATE CRIMINALS, NOT PEACEFUL PROTESTERS," as two cops stare him down.
Excessive police surveillance at Zuccotti Park at the height of the Occupy protests, but just a few blocks away it was business as usual on Wall Street.


There is a strange, symbolic irony in the fact that New York City itself has become a virtual police state since 9/11, yet the corporate crimes committed on its notorious Wall Street have inexplicably gone unaddressed for years.

The insatiable greed and complete disregard for humanity shown by the hogs that run these corporate crime houses, otherwise known as “investment banks”, is not only unjust and outrageous, but it is also perilous to the global economy and to our national security.

This is what Henry Ford was talking about.
Occupy Wall Street and spin-off activist movements sought to draw attention to the lack of justice concerning this blatant, outright fraud. Progressive politicians like Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, have dared to speak out publicly about this national disgrace. Writers like Chris Hedges and Matt Taibbi, as well as many others, have written extensively on the matter.

Taibbi even dramatically highlighted the case of Alayne Fleischmann, the JP Morgan Chase whistleblower who exposed the “massive criminal securities fraud” within that so-called "bank." Such stories enrage most who learn of them, yet amazingly there still is a reluctance for many people to speak out about that.

One reason for this is that a steady diet of hate and fear-mongering on networks like Fox News, has scared many of the nation's dispossessed into inaction. Many are so strapped for time and money they have little energy to engage in social activism- which is just what the 1% likes to see.

People are afraid of losing their jobs, and their livelihoods, by being associated with anti-establishment protests, or possibly being unfairly arrested for exercising their First Amendment Rights. An arrest can have a very negative impact on an individual's employment, even if their are no eventual charges or convictions. Creating an undue fear around the relationship between political expression and personal survival is clearly a form of social control.

Networks like Fox are also notorious for creatively blaming those who are exploited and victimized by social injustices and corporate crime (the 99%), and defending white collar criminals, etc. Unfortunately, many Americans lack the awareness and critical thinking skills to interpret these propagandist messages properly, and therefore act against their own self interests, and those of a stable society.


There is a conspicuous difference between the overall media coverage of recent police brutality protests, and those that have targeted the corruption of the financial industry. This is not all that surprising, however.

It is no secret that the major media networks are controlled by corporations, and therefore certain news stories are either misrepresented or all-together ignored, in order to protect the interests of these conglomerates. This is true for fascist favorites like FOX, but also the supposedly more centrist, and liberal stations as well.

Occupy Wall Street was a famous example of willful ignorance in the media. The message of Occupy was a threat to the elite (like corporate media networks) and those who unfairly benefit from the system they support.

Occupy highlighted a message that this system is rotten to the core, and the vast majority of the world's wealth and power is concentrated into the hands of just one percent of the population! From that, the saying, We are the 99% was born.

THAT IS DEFINITELY NOT THE MESSAGE THE ELITE WANT THE MASSES TO BE CONTEMPLATING AND RECOGNIZING.

How would they control and manipulate us if more people realized how badly the elite 1% were screwing them? Divide and Conquer tactics have been working to control the population of this country since it's earliest days.

Protests around race-related issues, like police brutality cases, can be easily utilized to perpetuate this strategy, which is why there is so much coverage, in contrast to demonstrations around financial industry and political fraud.

Another theory about why so many people have been reticent to speak up on this important issue involves an interesting sociological identity problem. Recently there has been more discussion about this what really constitutes a "middle class" existence. Many Americans erroneously believe they are "middle class" when they actually part of America's working poor.

Bill Moyers recently discussed a great piece in The New York Times about the distinction between truly being middle class or being part of the working poor.

Regardless of class identification it is important that people tune it and speak up on this. If you are reading this blog, chances are you already have. But when talking to those in your life who lack political awareness, maybe a good place to start is by asking them if they even know what it means to be "middle class" or "working poor."

Clarification on this can really change minds and shift perspectives, which is how true social change is ultimately achieved.

The following quote is from former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and was directed toward the US government. The sentiment expressed applies today on a variety of issues, including the effects of corporate greed and corruption.

"This is a major, major, major deal. And I can't emphasize it enough, man. This is crazy...Now get off your asses and do something!"

But when they don't get off their asses, we have to get off ours...We have to defy. We have to revolt.

 
This 2006 political ad is hysterical. It also can be used as an illustration of the socio-political awareness of many US citizens.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NEW NAME. OLD GAME.

The name and URL for this blog have been changed.

The initial focus of this forum was to join what was then a small movement of activists who were working to illuminate the student lending crisis in this country. That was in 2011. Since then, that particular scam has been well established in mainstream culture.

The government is complicit in allowing banks and "institutions of higher learning" to perpetuate this subprime fraud against its own citizens. Whereas education was once seen as a public good for a healthy, progressive society, it has now become just another commodity for the greedy and corrupt to exploit for their personal gains.

The numbers do not lie. There is over 1 trillion dollars in outstanding student loan debt in the US, and the overpriced degrees which were bought with that borrowed money are not yielding the expected career/salary returns in many cases. Graduates are struggling to repay the loans, and many regret ever buying their degrees in the first place.

This situation is further compounded by the fact there has been little investment in the creation of decent jobs in America. Manipulated job growth numbers spouted by politicians and media do not reflect the reality of America's dwindling job market. An abysmally low federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour skews the salary scale of all jobs, resulting in substandard salaries in many professions.

The student lending scam, however, is just one aspect of a huge systemic failure, which in truth has been building for a long time. We can no longer pretend our politicians are working to solve these issues. We must engage the rights we still have to address exploitative injustices, before even more of our civil liberties are taken from us.

Posts on this blog will continue to involve topics related to the gutting of America by the corporate machine, and the politicians who serve it.

Blame the oppressors, not the oppressed. 

GET INFORMED. GET INVOLVED. TAKE ACTION.










Sunday, July 29, 2012

I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER


Peaceful protesters assaulted by police at University of California, Davis, in November 2011.

"I WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR IN CALLING UPON THE EGYPTIAN AUTHORITIES TO REFRAIN FROM ANY VIOLENCE AGAINST PEACEFUL PROTESTORS. THE PEOPLE OF EGYPT HAVE RIGHTS THAT ARE UNIVERSAL. THAT INCLUDES THE RIGHT TO PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY AND ASSOCIATION, THE RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH, AND THE ABILITY TO DETERMINE THEIR OWN DESTINY. THESE ARE HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE UNITED STATES WILL STAND UP FOR THEM EVERYWHERE."

-BARACK OBAMA. JANUARY 28, 2011


The first post on this blog was last summer, in June of 2011. It was the culmination of research on the student loan debt crisis, and communication with other activists and bloggers.

The forces behind the Occupy Wall Street movement and October 2011 Coalition were also organizing at that time. It was incredible to participate in various actions with both groups while meeting other people concerned with student debt entrapment, and the demise of the planet at the hands of corporate sociopaths, while in the early months of maintaining this blog.

While it is true that we continue to live in very distressing times, it can also be said that a crucial shift in consciousness has begun in some parts of the population. The above organizations can be credited in large part for that.

THIS IS AN UPHILL BATTLE! But it is a just fight, and one that must be continued. 

The very fact that the Occupy movement was so violently opposed by government, and so ignored by corporate-controlled mainstream media, speaks volumes about the truthfulness and accuracy of it's messages. The corporate police state, that many erroneously still believe to be a democracy, was so threatened by the demands of the movement, it was effectively silenced as a result.

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO CONTINUE TO FIGHT THE CORPORATE BEAST!

This video tells a little more about the work of The October 2011 Coalition:


Here's a good article on the crushing of the Occupy movement by the police state. 

And another good article warning potential student loan debtors. 

The following video clarifies some of Occupy's themes, including the student debt crisis: 










KEEP FIGHTING!

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