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    BlueDragon, gjohnsit, aliasalias, elwior

    for this post-

    the accelerating polarization of wealth has often insidiously and elusively been exacerbated by the globalisation of the finance industry (the first ones on the bus), lack of legislation, our gullibility to consumption (esp consumer electronics), distraction, derision, and tech as applied to money transfers.

    DIARIES like this keep the finger on the pulse of one of several TRUE national and global malaises. And will continue unabated, in my opinion. But, we must try.


    People who say they don't care what people think are usually desperate to have people think they don't care what people think. -George Carlin

    by downtownLALife on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 11:40:30 AM PST

    •  and i am distressed by (7+ / 0-)

      most of the comments not getting to the heart of the matter.

      this is the heart of the matter:


      I have never seen anyone compute these numbers.  We are supposed to be reality based.  

      The reality is: the horror around us in NOT necessary.  Will anyone discuss this with me?

      Donate to Occupy Wall Street here:

      by BlueDragon on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 11:45:00 AM PST

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      •  thank you for the response (5+ / 0-)

        this is from an article i wrote about 5 mos ago for a LA mag-
        thought you might like it.. or think i'm crazy as batshit::

        Let’s talk about what’s really going on, instead of your mouthy hate rhetoric oozing off of Rush Limbaugh’s magic flute.

        We as a species are plugged-in, connected, wired-to-the-board, monitor-able, and in debt.
        ‘They’ have fashioned a Matrix-modeled, individually-cyber-designed, comfort cockpit for all of us, each and every one. But unlike the movie, they don’t need us for energy; they need us for debt. Yep, anyone that can pay fees in servicing their debt load is honored with their own connected cockpit. And the view of the friendly skies out the window is styled for each and everyone of us: Video entertainment, friends, lovers, porn, things to buy based on our individual searches, nonsense news to keep us distracted, divided, stupid. Basically, it comes with everything but a catheter.
        But not to worry, with these new hand-held devices that we call ‘phones’ for some reason, we can pee or do pretty much anything while still being ‘connected.’
        We are now engaged in a tyrannically contrived virtual world, our own stylized façade of comfort and mirrors; a place where the only true reality is our addiction to it and the debt that keeps us there.

        Hmm. Don’t like this politician or that legislation? Just tweet this or click that, and you’ve done your part, made your mark for a better homeland.

        “But wait. Mentioning politics might affect my count of contacts, friends, and followers; they might not agree with my position. Better not mention politics altogether. After all, those that embrace the cyber-me define my entire identity.
        And I really don’t know much about politics anyway.
        Gosh, this is tiring; think I’ll get back to my game.”

        Don’t like Wall Street or ‘that’ bank? Just click here, comment this, post that.
        Wonderful. Now you are one of thousands in agreement; now everyone knows you don’t like Wall Street . . . everyone.  So the next time you apply for a job with a major corporation, regardless of your qualifications and excitement for the position; someone housed in a micro-cubicle will fish-out this obscure ‘click’ about Wall Street, in addition to your credit history and/or sporadic asthma condition-  
        Well, you know the outcome.  After all, humans as a resource are now entirely measured spreadsheet style, based on some Nazi’s warped criteria of you or I as only a micro-byte of asset vs. liability.

        And Wall Street? They can gauge and massage their marketing campaigns, formulate their fees and policies, refine their definition of you- all based on Internet data: Clicks, tweets, likes, cut and pastes, quotes, comments, writings-
        It’s all right there.  Whenever they decide to shine the light on.. on.. you.

        Welcome to the true globalization, the dynamic information age, and all in the name of democracy and free enterprise: An orchestrated spin-scape where mega-mogul masters design what you and I should think, believe, feel, want…. and owe.

        Meanwhile the rich get richer, and the wealth discretely spreads (is hidden) globally: The Small Select Group of the World Ultra Rich Club. …

        People who say they don't care what people think are usually desperate to have people think they don't care what people think. -George Carlin

        by downtownLALife on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 11:53:13 AM PST

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      •  Certainly. We could do education for a billion (4+ / 0-)

        children at a time for about $30 billion a year. That's all of them. If we qualify every child for a job, and for full citizenship, that's most of the obvious problems of poverty dealt with in a generation or so. Then we, and the first billion children through the program, could discuss the hard problems.

        Message me offline if you want to hear more.

        America—We built that!

        by Mokurai on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:00:33 PM PST

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      •  If scarcity doesn't exist (4+ / 0-)

        then it must be created.

           Capitalism only works when there is scarcity. You can't make money from something that people can get for free.
         When scarcity doesn't exist capitalism pollutes it (fresh air, clean water, etc.), thus attempting to create scarcity.

        ¡Cállate o despertarás la izquierda! - protest sign in Spain

        by gjohnsit on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:16:06 PM PST

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        •  bingo (3+ / 0-)
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          and you must also believe that people are inherently lazy to buy any of the ideology.

          people are not inherently lazy.  it is a ridiculous assumption given what the human race has produced over tens of thousands of years.

          we get a lot of satisfaction from creating damn near anything, but especially things of use.

          but honestly, if these numbers hold up we have something important in this report. really important.

          Donate to Occupy Wall Street here:

          by BlueDragon on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:20:09 PM PST

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