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  •  Occupy ... one of the most important things (10+ / 0-)

    to come out of this movement was the sense that I am not alone. Me. Personally. Not alone.

    I just turned 60. Single. No kids. My retirement savings are kaput, about 30% of what I had 4 years ago. I was feeling ashamed. A bit stupid, which was ridiculous on the face of it but I felt it none the less.

    Last week an acquaintance told me the she and her husband figured that they needed at least $1,000,000 in the bank for retirement and anyone who hadn't managed to stash away that much was stupid and irresponsible if they thought that social security was going to take care of them. I wanted to strangle her.

    Is it reasonable to believe that everyone, EVERYONE should have enough money socked away to live to be 100 without working for 35 years? Was it reasonable to think that everyone can keep working forever? Isn't that the definition of social security? We all contribute and those who happen live to be 100 get to live in dignity?

    RANT>

    Hell yes. They are coming after ME. And it's radicalizing me.

    Still not sure what to do about it but that long list you just made ... surely, surely the most important thing we can do collectively is to stop believing that we're alone and it's all our own fault.

    "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

    by annan on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 06:36:50 PM PST

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    •  That's kind of how I felt when I first heard (7+ / 0-)
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      about OWS.  I felt alone, afraid, weak, etc. every time I read the news for the last ten years.  The birth of this movement is like nothing before it.  I now feel courage, hope, and a will of steel.  I will NOT be moved.  There are more of us than there are of them.
      It is NOT our fault.  We have been manipulated, coerced, lied to, cheated on, and told to tighten our fucking belts long enough.  We the People are awake now.

      #OccupyOMC - "We have a permit, its called The Constitution".

      by Evolutionary on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 06:47:35 PM PST

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      •  There may be more of us but they (2+ / 0-)
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        have better weapons.  Just wait until the NG/Military get called out (which won't happen under Obama, fortunately).  Do you have ANY idea what even a single M-270 MLRS truck can do?

        There is no saving throw against stupid.

        by Throw The Bums Out on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 09:00:23 PM PST

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        •  Believe me, I am fully aware of the capability of (1+ / 0-)
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          the weaponry of both our law enforcement and our military.  If these weapons are used on peaceful protesters, there will be hell to pay.

          #OccupyOMC - "We have a permit, its called The Constitution".

          by Evolutionary on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 07:15:46 AM PST

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