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Income Inequality Is Irrelevant: North Dakota Has 6th Highest Threshold For “1%”

Fargo Forum reporter, and Occupy Wall Street enthusiast, Patrick Springer has an article today about income inequality in North Dakota, noting that the state has the 6th highest income threshold for inclusion in 1 percent. The maligned 1 percent, according to Springer: Membership in the much-maligned top 1 percent of income earners in North Dakota would...

Occupied By Wall Street – The Latest TARP Taxpayer Screw-Job Is Revealed

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, The Treasury-created market has benefited a few savvy investors, while saddling taxpayers with a loss. Three private funds, which the report didn’t name, have won almost half the...Show More Summary

140 Characters of Ego: November Edition

Last month we witnessed pretentious poetry, accidental double entendres, and far too many self-serious musicians. But that was before Occupy Wall Street took off.  Now we’ve got plenty of rich [...]

How Wall Street Occupies America: Rising Debt and Runaway Inequality

Increasing debt and runaway inequality are of a piece. That's because debt at compound interest rates is extremely powerful. Borrow a little today and, in time, you could become destitute. To get a feel for its power, imagine that you borrowed just one nickel at 5% interest when Christ was born. Show More Summary

Occupy Wall Street, Distributive Justice, and Tax Scholarship

Patrick Crawford (Crawford Tax Law Group, Los Angeles), Occupy Wall Street, Distributive Justice, and Tax Scholarship: An Ideology Critique of the Consumption Tax Debate, 12 U. N.H. L. Rev. 137 (2014): This Article argues that the pro-consumption tax literature is wrong to claim that no legitimate fairness objections to the...

Occupy may be about to win its first national election — in Greece

Occupy Wall Street petered out here, but the fight against neoliberalism's "tough luck" attitude lives on in Greece

OWS Protesters Score $142,500 Settlement From NYC

Three Occupy Wall Street protesters have netted a sizable settlement from the city after filing a lawsuit saying they were brutalized by police officers. [ more › ]

City, Occupy Wall Street protesters, reach 142K settlement

The city has coughed up $142,500 to settle lawsuits from three Occupy Wall Street protesters who said the NYPD mishandled them.

Yesterday: The Factory Floor Today: The Campus Commons

In case you may not have heard as yet, Occupy Wall Street's "Strike Debt!" (SD!) working group has a modest goal in mind for 2015: to organize America's debt-burdened college and university students into a union strong enough to bring...Show More Summary

"Jon Stewart’s expiration date: Why liberalism needs to outgrow the snark."

Headline of a Salon article that ends: "If liberals want to see more of the kind of direct action that’s characterized the Occupy Wall Street and #blacklivesmatter movements — if they really want to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable — they’re going to have to embrace a political vision that has grown beyond the idiosyncratic limitations of Jon Stewart."

Who’s Afraid of Occupy Wall Street? Apparently, the Red Cross

2 months agoNews : Truthdig

By Justin Elliott and Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica Red Cross responders say there was a ban on working with the widely praised Occupy Sandy relief group because it was seen as politically unpalatable.

How fear Of Occupy Wall Street undermined the Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy relief effort

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

In the days after Superstorm Sandy, relief organizations were overwhelmed by the chaos and enormous need. One group quickly emerged as a bright spot. While victims in New York’s hardest hit neighborhoods were stuck in the cold and dark, volunteers from the spontaneously formed Occupy Sandy...

Open thread for night owls: Fear of Occupy Wall Street hurt Red Cross relief work after hurricane

2 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Justin Elliott and Jesse Eisinger at Pro-Publica write How Fear Of Occupy Wall Street Undermined the Red Cross’ Sandy Relief Effort. An excerpt: In the days after Superstorm Sandy, relief organizations were overwhelmed by the chaos and enormous need. Show More Summary

How Fear Of Occupy Wall Street Undermined The Red Cross' Sandy Relief Effort

by Justin Elliott and Jesse Eisinger ProPublica, Dec. 11, 2014, 1:51 p.m. In the days after Superstorm Sandy, relief organizations were overwhelmed by the chaos and enormous need. One group quickly emerged as a bright spot. While victims...Show More Summary

Occupy Wall Street: What the Heck Is It All About?

Post by Eden M. Kennedy Why, how, what, and who is occupying Wall Street? Funny you should ask. A Twitter search using the #OccupyWallStreet hashtag turns up links to innumerable articles and YouTube videos from a movement with "a million spokespersons." But let's break the story down into bite-sized chunks. Show More Summary

Why Teachers Are Occupying Wall Street: 3 Real Stories

Post by Kim Conte One of the more well-represented groups at the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests -- besides moms, of course -- is teachers. And that's not just because the United Federation of Teachers, along with several other major labor unions, joined forces with the OWS protesters (although that's certainly helped to swell the ranks). Show More Summary

Occupy Wall Street Is Nothing Like the Tea Party

Post by Jenny Erikson The Occupy Wall Street kids are protesting corporate greed on Wall Street – evil bankers and whatnot. They also love President Obama, and think he’s doing a fine job in office. Shhh! No one tell them that Wall Street donated twice as much money to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008 as it did to John McCain’s. Show More Summary

Cecily McMillan Lands Memoir Deal

2 months agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

Cecily McMillan, a former Occupy Wall Street activist, has landed a memoir deal for her book, The Emancipation of Cecily McMillan. Alessandra Bastagli, an editor at Nation Books, negotiated the deal with Roz Foster of the Sandra Dijkstra...Show More Summary

Abbreviated pundit round-up: Rolling Stone's sloppiness hurts fight against rape, systemic violence

2 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Charles M. Blow at The New York Times writes A New Age of Activism: There seems to be a new age of activism rising. From Occupy Wall Street, to the “Stop Watching Us” march against government surveillance, to the Moral Monday protests,...Show More Summary

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