Tuesday, October 04, 2011

News that the world is going to hell in a hand basket is better late than never…

Actually, it isn’t better for the news to report on the horrendous inequality of the suffering and loss of future for the young at this late date because some of that is unrecoverable. There are so many students who will never get a decent job, green or otherwise, to repay their ridiculously high loans; so many who are being kicked out of their homes due to corporate greed; so many who worked a life time for pensions and health benefits that were promised them and who won’t get them; so many losing their jobs due to bad budgeting; and, so many things we should be doing to stop Climate Change that will make the future for the young a very warm future indeed.

We are on a world-wide unsustainable economic and environmental future and mainstream media usually sits on the sidelines only noticing the inconveniences to the corporate world.

So, I was amazed and delighted to see that our local media covered the Rochester version of Occupy Wall Street. Usually, the press ignores this sort of things because it makes the corporate world uncomfortable and, of course, the corporate world mostly owns and operates our mainstream media. What is Occupy Wall Street?
“Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.” Occupy Wall Street | NYC Protest for American Revolution
And, the movement has been a major inconvenient for New York City:
NYPD Arrests Over 700 on Brooklyn Bridge in Ongoing Occupy Wall Street Protest Protests against corporate greed and corruption are quickly spreading across the United States inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protest encampment in New York City. On Saturday, New York City police arrested more than 700 demonstrators on the Brooklyn Bridge. Many protesters say they were arrested after believing they had the approval of the police to march on the roadway instead of the pedestrian crossing. Despite the mass arrests, hundreds of activists continue to camp out in a park just blocks from Wall Street. Today is day 17 of the protest. (October 3, 2011) Democracy Now!
And so it’s good that our local media has at least mentioned the protests. Here’s a sampling:
  • Occupy Rochester inspired by Wall Street protests Following in the footsteps of a growing group of New York City protesters known as Occupy Wall Street, concerned citizens in this area have formed Occupy Rochester, a group they hope will encourage discussion and civic engagement. Like the New York City group, which has camped out on Wall Street for weeks, occasionally causing disruptions that lead to arrests, Occupy Rochester's goals vary from person to person and sometimes verge on vagueness. (October 4, 2011) Democrat and Chronicle
  • Anti-Wall Street protests spread nationwide New York — Protests against Wall Street spread across the country Monday as demonstrators marched on Federal Reserve banks and camped out in parks from Los Angeles to Rochester, NY in a show of anger over the wobbly economy and what they see as corporate greed. In Manhattan, hundreds of protesters dressed as corporate zombies in white face paint lurched past the New York Stock Exchange clutching fistfuls of fake money. In Chicago, demonstrators pounded drums in the city's financial district. Others pitched tents or waved protest signs at passing cars in Boston, St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo. (October 4, 2011) - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow
  • Rochester Activists Protest Against Wall Street ROCHESTER, NY - Protests continue in New York City as people rally against the nation's financial system. Those protests are sweeping the nation and on Monday multiple Rochester activists banded together their own protest. The Band of Rebels, Occupy Rochester and other groups said they're all upset with wall street, big banks and politicians. (October 4, 2011) RochesterHomePage
  • Protestors Gather Downtown | Local News About two dozen protested U.S. tax policy and other issues. Protestors gathered near the Liberty Pole in downtown Rochester on Monday to complain about corporate greed and other issues. About two dozen protestors gathered in front of the Bank of America, which they said was symbolic, because they are mostly targeting big corporations and unfair tax laws in the U.S. (October 3, 2011) WHAM-AM - ROCHESTER'S NEWS LEADER NEWSRADIO 1180 WHAM
The public who still listens to the same media that lied us into Bush’s war of choice in Iraq and those crazy non-news networks that promote themselves as news but are merely hate machines jabbering about an ideology that is unsustainable and ends up only being mean must be mystified by this leaderless movement called Occupy Wall Street. If you’re not using the Internet to look around and behind corporate media, it’s very strange to see folks protesting in American about greed. Whatupthat? Greed fuels our economy. What would we do if we didn’t keep wanting things and working for them?

We have so replaced our sense of environmental responsibility and morality with greed that we are bewildered when folks rise up against corporate greed. Some must think that if they work hard enough and that they’ll be one of the one percent who has most of the wealth in this country. But your odds at the lottery are better.

It seems hopeless.

But all the same, you cannot make things work when the majority is disenfranchised and being left out of the decision process. The economy is favoring only a few, while the rest must lead lives of desperation, though increasingly not so quiet. The environment is being cast aside as a major political party struggling for the top seat in our government focuses on corporate sustainability instead of environmental sustainability. And our media sits on the sides lines because they haven’t a clue as to what being Objective means. They believe that Objective news reporting and pandering to corporations are one in the same. They aren’t. Occupy Wall Street is a testament to that.

Why are so many protesting against Wall Street? Well, they have to do something don’t they?

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