Have you ever been so angry, you've... "embellished" a few negatives? Let's say someone spills coffee on your favorite shirt. Later, while venting your frustration to someone, you might exaggerate the price of the shirt, or its availability, or sentimental value. Anything to gain sympathy and to help justify your displeasure -- that's how the human brain works. Is this a flaw? Well, if it does serve to effectively garner support, then perhaps it's a tool. But in most cases, the practice of frustrated embellishment only works to perpetuate a fatalist, self-condemning future.
Remember the 2008 bailout bill? The one that provided gargantuan loans to all the major Wall Street banks that ruined themselves after money-cataracts clouded their otherwise brilliant capitalistic vision?
Way back when the U.S. government decided, "Hey, while we're on the subject of nonstop talk about threats of Socialism, let's socialize our banks!"
And then we were like, "Oh, um... okay! As long as you're sure it'll... trickle down to the rest of us!"
I can't say I'm surprised at the way the LA Times painted the story of Ana Wilson and her foreclosure nightmare. Scott, the Times on-scene business reporter (yeah, they sent a business reporter), spoke with me at length about the complexities of the nation's foreclosure crisis. Complexities, he said, that made it difficult for him to understand the nuances in cases like Ana's. How could so many people feel entitled to get out of an agreement they signed?
Occupy Radio is an unofficial endeavor by two occupiers to right the radio wrongs. It's still in its infancy, so you'd like to be involved, leave a comment below with your contact info.
Dave and Ashley began as a sporatic late-night Livestream feature at the Occupy LA encampment. When it came to an abrupt end, several people asked for its revival. Since then, the Dave and Ashley show has evolved into a half-hour conversational radio show challenging misleading attacks by the likes of popular talk radio hosts, and discussion of the movement and its basis in general.
Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions about the Occupy Movement, as answered by a humble occupier in Los Angeles. Each paragraph will be followed by a tl;dr (too long; didn’t read) for those who prefer abridgment.
Please note that I am in no way a representative, official or unofficial, of the Occupy movement. Please also note that no one is, even if they say they are. We did that on purpose. Those who claim to represent us are often the same people whose personal agendas would never pass consensus at an Occupation General Assembly.
The U.S. is a constitutional republic, wherein the elected representatives of each district are tasked with representing the interests of their constituency. The motivation ehind the Occupy movement is based on the belief that our legislators are no longer representing the interests of their constituency, but rather the interests of whomever funds their campaign most heavily.
As you might already know, Bank Transfer Day is this Saturday, Nov. 5. What you may not know is that on Bank of America's website, their terms & conditions state that the proper action to close your account with their bank is to write a letter and send it to Tampa. Of course, that makes sense. (Not really.)
Regardless, like most banks, B of A closes around 2PM on Saturday, and I have to work. So Bank of America will be getting its letter -- all 6 pages of it.