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Targeting the 1%

Movements need distinct targets to galvanize & motivate supporters.

From the beginning, the Occupy Movement has aspired to represent the 99%, therefore the natural targets of the Movement are the members of the 1% & their lifestyles.

We should aim to disrupt & subvert their lives in proportion to the extent that their greed, selfishness & irresponsibility have disrupted & subverted the lives of members of the 99% (i.e. "An eye for en eye" or "You f*ck with…

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Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 27, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Occupy the 1% in 2012

The 1% live in a different world from the rest of us. They inhabit exclusive neighborhoods; travel in private limousines, helicopters, jets, yachts, etc.; shop in exclusive boutiques, delicatessens, galleries, etc.; eat at exclusive restaurants; attend exclusive schools, colleges, benefits, fundraisers, parties, balls, etc.; belong to exclusive clubs, societies, etc.; have access to exclusive & inside investing information & business & employment opportunities; have privileged…

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Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 27, 2012 at 7:15am — No Comments

Class Warfare: Which Side Are You On?

"Over the last thirty years, the United States has been looted. The rich and powerful, the 1-percent, have taken a disproportionate share of the economic gains that we've all worked for. As a consequence America is teetering on the brink of Plutocracy. To remedy this inequity and restore Democracy, fundamental changes must be made.

The first step is recognition that we're in a class war and must take sides."

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Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 18, 2012 at 6:20am — No Comments

1% US banks gamble $5 million per US household; $532 trillion total

"Reuters and wanttoknow.info provide prima facie evidence that the US 1% runs Wall Street as rigged-casino gambling to transfer wealth from the 99% to themselves. The amount of money fraudulently gambled is not millions of dollars, not billions, not even tens of trillions, but over five hundred trillion ($532,000,000,000,000).

Look at Demonocracy’s images to get an idea of this magnitude of money.

Let this sink in: $532 trillion means that the 1% US banksters gamble…

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Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 13, 2012 at 5:12pm — No Comments

It's the Wealth Gap, Stupid: Why the truly alarming economic trend is not income inequality

"In recent years, the fortunes of the Romneys and others in their cohort have continued to grow, notably diverging from the majority of Americans still struggling to deal with a slow economic recovery. The Occupy Wall Street protestors stole the media spotlight this past fall by creatively highlighting these discrepancies. President Obama has taken notice and, as reflected in his State of the Union address, is teeing up inequality as a major a campaign theme for the fall. But it…

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Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 13, 2012 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Producers vs. Moochers, Freeloaders And Losers - The Cruel Pro-Rich Propaganda Of The Right

""Producers" and "parasites." Cruel language justifying extreme greed seems to be mainstream now. Even Presidential candidates feel free to disparage 99% of us! In today's right-wing folklore government by We, the People is an evil thing that takes from "producers" and gives to "moochers," "freeloaders," and "losers." Government and taxes "take money out of the economy." Decision-making by We, the People is "collectivism" and "mob rule." And those of us who think the insanely…

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Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 10, 2012 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Fmr. Labor Sec: Obama Has Handed The Election Over To The Super Rich

"Robert Reich served as the Secretary of Labor under President Clinton. He's now made the point that Occupy Wall Street…

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Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 9, 2012 at 8:43am — No Comments

Act Against ACTA

"ACTA's worse than SOPA and PIPA. Net Neutrality and free expression are threatened. In October 2007, negotiations began…

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Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 9, 2012 at 5:49am — No Comments

Occupying Corporations: How to Cut Corporate Power

"Bringing corporations down to controllable size is a gargantuan task, but an absolute necessity if there is to be any…

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Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 8, 2012 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Awww. Wall Street Has to Tighten Their Belts

"Everyone get ready to cry a big river for Wall Street fat cats, because their lives have just not been the same since…

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Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 8, 2012 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Good Luck Occupiers, But Here’s Why “The Global Square” Won’t Work

"The Global Square is something Occupy and other protesters need. To scale Occupy’s flat organizational structure, it will require a way for geographically dispersed groups to interact without using representatives. I believe in Occupy’s goal of widespread, grassroots institutional change, and The Global Square will help. However, here’s why it might not work as well as planned:

1. The Global Square Will Be An Echo Chamber

2. There’s Already Diaspora

3. Still…

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Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 7, 2012 at 12:20pm — 1 Comment

The Goal is Democratization

"Israel's fear of rising Islamists is hard to swallow, when every sign is that democracy in Israel is leading it towards right-wing religious extremism. It might be useful here to remind ourselves that the parties that took over in most of Europe after World War II were defined by a right-wing Christian ethos, and most of the parties that rose to power after the transformation of Central and Eastern Europe were also religious. All of us need to support these Arab revolutions…

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Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 7, 2012 at 8:17am — No Comments

Right-wingers are less intelligent than left wingers, says study

"Right-wingers tend to be less intelligent than left-wingers, and people with low childhood intelligence tend to grow up to have racist and anti-gay views, says a controversial new study.

Conservative politics work almost as a 'gateway' into prejudice against others, say the Canadian academics.

The paper analysed large UK studies which compared childhood intelligence with political views in adulthood across more than 15,000 people."

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Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 6, 2012 at 5:55pm — No Comments

The Privatization Trap

"From schools to prisons, outsourcing government's works typically ends with cronyism, waste and unaccountability"

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The 1% have  rigged, & continue to rig, the entire global economy to enrich & empower themselves at the expense of the 99%.  It's a ruthless Class War, & unless we fight back hard, & win, we & our descendants…

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Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 6, 2012 at 10:40am — No Comments

Public: we want more banker bashing!

"We’re indulging in too much banker bashing, wailed the Times and Financial Times last week.

Their well paid commentators should pay a bit more attention to public opinion. A YouGov poll for the Sunday Times yesterday found the public had lots of appetite for more banker bashing."

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Bankers STOLE the…

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Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 6, 2012 at 7:57am — No Comments

Occupy Document Translation Help Needed

Quality translations of this Occupy document, into Chinese & Spanish, needed:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/80567169/Occupy-Movement-Resolution-on-Syria-February-5th-2012-English-Text

Can You Help?

Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 5, 2012 at 7:45pm — No Comments

Syria: With the observers gone, the lie industry is back in full swing

"Now that Syria is again the only one in a position to provide another version of events, the lie industry set up for this operation is back in full gear. Once again the sole source recognized by the West and the Gulf is the self-proclaimed Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, based in London and led by the Muslim Brotherhood. No evidence is submitted; a few blurred photos, the juxtaposition of images showing demonstrations and explosions, and some anonymous testimonials will…

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Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 5, 2012 at 12:24pm — No Comments

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Regular Calls are no longer being held.  Below is the schedule that was maintained from the Fall of 2011 through Jan 10, 2013.

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