Thursday, October 27, 2011

Occupy Wall Street: Income Inequality Harms Societies

As Richard Wilkinson says, "Something we instinctively know, inequality is divisive and socially corrosive." In this TED talk he takes us through the data, charts and numbers that demonstrate the effect this has on us all:

Monday, October 24, 2011

Why Occupy Wall Street?

I don't think you can view the documentary film "Inside Job," and not be clear on what the Occupy movement is all about. It's about the criminals who have savaged our economic system for greed and their own personal gain. It's about the lives they have ruined and the need for there to be restitution. We need at bare minimum new laws and regulations with teeth. An awful large number of sociopaths need to be fitted for orange jump suits and pay for the millions of lives they have ruined. Watch the film and I defy you to tell me any different.

Untitled from harisgr on Vimeo.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Tom Morello At Occupy Vancouver

Tom Morello happily inspiring those in attendance at Occupy Vancouver:



Pete Seeger doing the same at Columbus Circle in New York:



And if anyone ever asks you why people are angry with Wall Street in the first place, you can always begin with the simple phrase that happily fits into a soundbite, "The Unregulated Actions Of Wall Street Impoverished 64 Million People Worldwide."  This is criminal, Wall Street speculators have in a literal sense speculated people to death.

There needs to be, at minimum, new financial regulations to prevent the kinds of speculation that led to the 2008 financial collapse. At Occupy Montreal, protesters were carrying signs that called for a worldwide Glass-Stegal Act - this is in reference to legislation was repealed in the U.S. back in 1999. This is a damned good idea! It's also a great example of how complex the issues at the heart of the Occupy Wall Street movement are complicated nd rarely fit into easily digestible sound-bites.