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  •  It is the commoditization (11+ / 0-)

    of human beings.  Everyone is now expendable.  We are not seen as human beings, but as commodities to be used up and thrown away.  It's a faceless numbers game in which no one in power cares about the human damage that results.

    We have seen it in Washington with the emphasis on bank bailouts along with the parallel push to cut the social safety net.  We have seen the focus upon deficit reduction and the complete and utter lack of any sort of jobs program.

    We are seeing it with our fellow human beings who are peacefully exercising their first amendment rights being treated like cattle and target practice dummies by our militarized police forces.

    The United States is not just losing its capacity to do great things. It's losing its soul.--Bob Herbert. gulfgal98's corollary- We are fighting back to save our soul. Thank you, #OWS for empowering us all.

    by gulfgal98 on Wed Dec 07, 2011 at 10:29:02 AM PST

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    •  It's kind of always been this way (7+ / 0-)
      It's a faceless numbers game in which no one in power cares about the human damage that results.

      But it's never been so obvious, blatant, or right out front as it is today.

      We're resigned to our collective fate because we've been conditioned and brainwashed to believe that this is as good as it gets. It's not.

      by Richard Cranium on Wed Dec 07, 2011 at 10:40:41 AM PST

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      •  I agree (3+ / 0-)
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        to me it was never as bad as it is now.  Remember when they told us all you have to do is get your education and you'll be fine.  Well, now what?  They are out of tricks and are down to calling us names like lazy, blah, blah, and threatening to take away more safety nets if we complain.  Honest to G-d, it makes me sick when I think of the money and time I invested in school, giving up having a social life for years because working and going to school leaves little time for anything else.

        It is almost laughable, if it wasn't so horrifying, that Newt wants to put children to work.  Put the rich kids to work their the ones that don't understand poverty and a good work ethic because everything is handed to them or most their daughters are married to hedge fund managers for financial security.

        I should have just had a good time instead of working so damn hard, it would have been more fun since I'm still as poor as I always was.

        "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

        by zaka1 on Wed Dec 07, 2011 at 01:01:14 PM PST

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        •  I dropped out in 1966 (1+ / 0-)
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          never thought it was the right move before, but I have had a good time, smoked lots of dope, I worked for 43 years, not too hard, saved some money,  and am now retired. I also married a school teacher 12 years my junior, that has made my life easier than I probably deserve.

    •  "Personnel" became "human resources" (4+ / 0-)
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      during my working years. In closed circles, some even say, "We own them."

      Sounds at lot like "commoditization" to me!

      "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

      by cotterperson on Wed Dec 07, 2011 at 12:25:41 PM PST

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    •  Exactly, (3+ / 0-)
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      They want us to remain quiet, they don't want to see us as humans, we are supposed to remain faceless.  And if we show up on the streets and speak out we are pepper sprayed, beaten, arrested.  And if some have their way they will make it legal to disappear people and make sure no one can communicate via Internet.

      All the monitoring, all the cameras on the streets, all the surveillance, all the paranoia is getting overwhelming for the average person.  You can't even apply for a job anymore without your future employer knowing your full medical history.  It is all so crazy.

      "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

      by zaka1 on Wed Dec 07, 2011 at 01:12:01 PM PST

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