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  • Username commented on the diary post Chris Hedges: America Is a Tinderbox by MSPB Watch.

    2013-07-21 19:27:55View | Delete

    I remember that. The DC protest had a lot more hoopla behind it but overall seemed rather run-of-the-mill by the time it arrived. “Big name endorsements. Come out to DC to protest for few hours, then go back home.” I’m pretty sure OWS was intended mainly for Wall Street, hence the name, though solidarity local [...]

  • Username commented on the diary post Chris Hedges: America Is a Tinderbox by MSPB Watch.

    2013-07-21 15:59:26View | Delete

    That’s my point. It was a horizontal protest that grew. There’s no way anyone could predict how long it would last, where it would sprout up in, how many people were involved, etc. To say it was a failure suggests it was designed to be much more when it wasn’t.

  • Username commented on the diary post Chris Hedges: America is a Tinderbox by MSPB Watch.

    2013-07-21 11:46:55View | Delete

    OWS was never intended to be a mass movement. The name, and the protesting tact the name describes, is very limiting. The fact it grew to as large as it did was most likely a surprise to anyone involved in the early stages. The critique should be at the state of the left in the [...]

  • Username commented on the diary post Chris Hedges: America is a Tinderbox by MSPB Watch.

    2013-07-21 11:33:47View | Delete

    Scandinavia is not immune to neoliberal capitalism and US power. Sweden and Denmark have been moving to the right, even Norway (though to a lesser degree), and Sweden has been a major accomplice in US global surveillance. That said, they’re still near the top in terms of quality of life, but that’s in comparison to [...]

  • Username commented on the diary post Chris Hedges: America is a Tinderbox by MSPB Watch.

    2013-07-21 11:26:23View | Delete

    I think what we see playing out now would have happened much sooner had the Soviet Union never existed. Without a credible counter-force anymore, the wealthiest and their puppets in government have little to worry about. China is an ally in neoliberal capitalism and has been for at least the past 30 years so it [...]

  • Wrote this here, but discussion was essentially dead by that time, so I’ll add it to this discussion:

    I don’t think it was an accident Medea Benjamin was allowed in. I think they knew full well the limit of her actions and how, overall, allowing her to do what is expected would be another way to create the illusion we live in a free country and this president believes in that and is a cool, down to earth guy. Even Medea’s comments afterward reflect her believing that same BS.

    “”I must say, I do really appreciate that I live in a country where if you interrupt the president you don’t get beaten and tortured and thrown inside a prison for a year,” she added.”

    Depends on your political beliefs and where the protest is made. A soft liberal who in the end backs Democrats every election, yeah, go for it. A true leftist, well, don’t be surprised if you are arrested and your home raided. Of course, also be careful about being critical of the US or this president if you live where the drones roam the skies.

  • Username commented on the blog post Obama Speech On Terrorism Policies

    2013-05-23 16:20:22View | Delete

    I don’t think it was an accident Medea Benjamin was allowed in. I think they knew full well the limit of her actions and how, overall, allowing her to do what is expected would be another way to create the illusion we live in a free country and this president believes in that and is a cool, down to earth guy. Even Medea’s comments afterward reflect her believing that same BS.

    “”I must say, I do really appreciate that I live in a country where if you interrupt the president you don’t get beaten and tortured and thrown inside a prison for a year,” she added.”

    Depends on your political beliefs and where the protest is made. A soft liberal who in the end backs Democrats every election, yeah, go for it. A true leftist, well, don’t be surprised if you are arrested and your home raided. Of course, also be careful about being critical of the US or this president if you live where the drones roam the skies.

  • The problem with voting the lesser of two evils is it still gives people the illusion things will be all right so long as that lesser evil wins. They forget they still voted for an evil. There is absolutely no way we can expect things to go our way through elections alone. It may help [...]

  • Username commented on the blog post Latest on the Fiscal Cliffage

    2013-01-01 17:13:07View | Delete

    Hey guys, Krugman approves, after disapproving, and Republican nutjobs aren’t happy with it, so it must be a sweet deal. Win!

  • Username commented on the blog post Latest on the Fiscal Cliffage

    2013-01-01 17:07:42View | Delete

    I’ll repeat, the US is f’d. We’re going to have to go through this crap again in 2 months, in which more concessions will be made. There won’t be enough money coming in from these tax changes, so it’s more likely something or several things are going to get cut. #Pissed

  • Username commented on the blog post Obama Caves On Taxes While House Prepares To Vote On Deal

    2013-01-01 11:28:57View | Delete

    Krugman camp = “This seems like a bad deal/idea, but hey, what do I know? Maybe it isn’t that bad if you look at it in this very specific way. Forget what I said before–Obama is all right because the other guys are worse. Ho hum.”

  • Username commented on the blog post Obama Caves On Taxes While House Prepares To Vote On Deal

    2013-01-01 09:41:40View | Delete

    Krugman is a joke when it comes to politics. He always falls behind the president in the end.

  • The US is f’d. If you have the opportunity to move abroad to a country on the rise or that is at worst stagnant but still among the top in the world (northern European countries), go for it. The US has no alternative in the election system and anything outside of that people do to try to make things better brings on the overwhelming force of the state. Just like in the USSR, China, North Korea, people will go along with the way things are rather than risk their future to rebel against a foe who is hell bent on crushing any resistance with all the power it can. In addition to a dysfunctional government that can only agree on helping the wealthy, we have an economy that truly isn’t showing any signs of real recovery (a bunch of new low paying part time jobs doesn’t help), an unemployment rate that makes it easier for companies to exploit workers, unaffordable, but necessary, college, fast rising rental prices across the US, cities dominated by the same few mega-chains, the worst health coverage system among developed countries (and in 2014, even those who can’t afford health coverage now will be forced to pay for it…keep in mind how much profits these companies make and will make, as well as the pharmaceutical companies who get away with their high prices). Happy New Year!

  • Username commented on the diary post Final Pre-election Jobs Reports by dakine01.

    2012-10-06 13:39:27View | Delete

    “I don’t believe in conspiracy theories. But I don’t believe in the Household Survey, either. This notoriously volatile indicator has become even more so in recent months. It showed a 195k slide in July and a 119k decline in August, to only then reveal a massive 873k surge in September. So based on Household employment, [...]

  • Username commented on the diary post Final Pre-election Jobs Reports by dakine01.

    2012-10-06 13:25:13View | Delete

    The economy may be slowly improving, but it’s still dismal. It was dismal before the crash. We don’t have anywhere near enough of the jobs to match the talent and skills we have (that pay the wages that allow us to repay the debts we acquired to get those qualifications). It’s depressing and discouraging to [...]

  • Manhattan is no longer the creative, edgy, exciting city it once was. It’s a giant playground/shopping mall for tourists, the wealthy (as professionals, old money folks, and children of the wealthy), and their servants. Brooklyn maybe still has some of the edge and creativity, it’s just being priced out of there as well.

  • Username commented on the diary post Cockburn’s Death of Occupy Declaration and the Attendant Generational Fissure by mattreichel.

    2012-07-16 08:11:50View | Delete

    We’re post-Occupy, so I think dwelling on the past and pretending it’s still just as strong as ever somehow and/or is going to pop back up at any moment is a waste of time. Just like it would be if I were to do the same about the Iraq war protests during the Bush administration [...]

  • Username commented on the diary post Cockburn’s Death of Occupy Declaration and the Attendant Generational Fissure by mattreichel.

    2012-07-16 07:51:21View | Delete

    Occupy is dead and that’s fine. “Occupy” wasn’t intended to be a social movement, it was just a tactic thrown out by Adbusters and some NYC anarchists. It likely became much bigger and lasted longer than they expected. But it was just a tactic and had limitations. Maintaining the tactic (occupying parks in city centers) [...]

  • Username commented on the blog post Greece Drops Plan to Renegotiate Bailout Terms

    2012-07-07 06:59:22View | Delete

    Germany was struggling before the Euro and got all kinds of outside assistance to redevelop. They want to pretend like they’ve been a self-sufficient leading economy in Europe for decades, which is bullshit. They benefit from the Euro, as stated above, because their exports would be far less competitive if they were on their own currency. So long as enough of EU suffers, the Euro also stays down, and their exports become cheaper, which is good for their economy. Yes, it’s short-sighted (too much economic hardship in the EU affects the global economy which reduces demand for their exports, even if they are cheaper than they would be if other EU countries were doing fine), but it’s been working for them up until recently.

  • Username commented on the blog post Economy Adds 80,000 Jobs, Topline Unemployment Stays at 8.2%

    2012-07-06 06:25:05View | Delete

    I don’t see Romney winning. That really means nothing. You’re a fool if you get excited Obama wins again. You’d be right to feel a bit more worried if Romney wins, though there’s a small chance Republicans would do something unexpected to spur job growth since they know enough Democrats will go along, making their party look good. There’s also a good chance they’ll make things worse, lose the next election, and blame the even worse state of the economy on the Democrat who gains power after them. Back and forth as we spin downward into the pits of hell.

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