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What Happens When You "Drive the Occupiers Off the Streets?"



People form committees. They find places to meet. They take time to educate one another about economic, social, philosophical and ideological issues that concern them.

They set up websites, they publish magazines, they produce videos.

They take time to discuss difficult issues and look for consensus and compromise.

They write, post blogs, spread the word, invite others to meetings, share information with Occupiers elsewhere. They identify priorities and create working groups. They recruit friends and develop working relationships with small businesses and neighborhood groups and unions and churches.

They plan direct actions, and mull strategies.

They grow strong.

They grow smart.

They get focused.

Their numbers swell.

They become better-organized across a broader range of issues.

They incubate the future.

Including the future hell for our Beloved Oligarchs.

Good job, clueless Mayors, police brass, and other spineless lackeys of the one percent!

I love the Movement.

Thank you Occupiers.



Many American economists and business groups say the comparison is deeply flawed because of fundamental differences between Denmark and the United States, including Denmark’s high living costs and taxes, a generous social safety net that includes universal health care and a collective bargaining system in which employer associations and unions work together. The fast-food restaurants here are also less profitable than their American counterparts.

“Trying to compare the business and labor practices in Denmark and the U.S. is like comparing apples to autos,” said Steve Caldeira, president of the International Franchise Association, a group based in Washington that promotes franchising and has many fast-food companies as members.

“Denmark is a small country” with a far higher cost of living, Mr. Caldeira said. “Unions dominate, and the employment system revolves around that fact.”

But as Denmark illustrates, companies have managed to adapt in countries that demand a living wage, and economists like Mr. Schmitt see it as a possible model.


The reason why the pay isn't like that in the US because they can easily replace an employee -- (I actually know a Jack-the-Box employee who routinely doesn't show up was fired and rehired a few times -- she has been with them awhile and knows managers here or there but she justifies it by saying "they need me" if that was the case, I'd negotiate for higher wages (I don't know if she still works there but often times she isn't there when I visit her roommate) -- at that wage offer.

Certainly radically different factors come into play.

I'm not sure about traveling abroad...

...or even outside the borders of Crazyland--excuse me, the Untied States of America.

Commie Muppets

Someone sent me this link today. I read it through, alternately sniggering and cringing, and then got to the comments, when it became, essentially, one long cringe. My reply to the emailer who sent me the link was:

"Sometimes it's just so embarrassing to be an American."

I hit send, and then realized that hell, most of the time it's bloody embarrassing to be American anymore. Seriously.

I mean, how embarrassing is it to be known as a citizen of a nation where:

  • A really substantial number of my fellow-citizens actually BELIEVE that the Earth is only six thousand years old or thereabouts.

  • Those same fellow-citizens not only vote, they REGULARLY elect other people who publicly profess to believe that not only is the Earth <7000 years old, but that a DEITY actually TALKS to them and tells them to run for office!

  • Yes! Not only does our society and our educational "system" turn out large numbers of seriously delusional individuals, those individuals are PROUD of their delusion, and demand that it be taken seriously and treated with respect--not just in churches, but in the creation of the public policies that determine how we structure our economy and our government and our entire social organization!

  • In spite of prima-facie evidence, widely publicized, empirically analyzed, and thoroughly tested in nations more advanced than we (and I never thought I'd type THAT phrase outside of fiction, either...) we persist in believing that a national, universal, single-payer, taxpayer-supported system with publicly-operated policy making, cost controls, etc., would produce worse results than we currently experience.

  • While millions lose their homes and continue without jobs, and our best and brightest young people are (essentially) sold into lifetime debt-slavery to become economically competitive, we persist in making issues like "the sanctity of marriage" and the precise extent to which the interests of community safety are considered in interpreting the Second Amendment, and the existence of "illegal" brown people among us, the most critical election fodder.

  • As our once-proud and world-renowned infrastructure crumbles and decays around us, leaving our bridges to collapse, our access to the Internet dependent on a cobbled-together grid of mismatched capabilities and components, our public transport shrunken to virtual nonexistence, and our education "system" an international laughingstock, we continue to debate the desirability of SMALL GOVERNMENT, by the seven Silurian sloth gods!

I swear, I'd be suicidal by this time if it weren't for my beloved esposo, DU, Occupy, Al Franken and a handful of other public servants, and the comforting weirdness of El Norte.

I do actually believe that by the time my grandson is old enough to travel abroad, it will be possible to proudly hand a US Passport or other ID to anyone, anywhere.

In the mean time, I'm keeping my head down and staying home. If I have to travel elsewhere I'm getting a Maple Leaf sweatshirt to wear and training myself to say "eh" a lot.

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