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This evenings music features Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson

Eddie Cleanhead Vinson - Cleanhead Blues & Old Maid Boogie

“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.”

  -- Plutarch

News and Opinion

Fiscal Cliffs and Fiscal Realities

Obama's Ugly 'New Deal' Aims to Gut Social Security

President gives away the store in fiscal negotiations

Reports indicate that Obama has willingly affronted public opinion, sound economics, and his political base of supporters by agreeing to make significant cuts to Social Security, health programs, education, and other programs while at the same time making some of the most odious benefits for the nation's financial elite permanent.

In a new deal—though certainly out of step with "the New Deal"—offered by the White House late Monday, President Obama showed that he'd rather cut health and social service programs for the nation's poor and elderly than allow tax rates for some of the nation's wealthiest individuals to go up.

Long holding that tax rates should go back to previous and modestly higher rates for all individuals making $250,000 or more, Obama has now given that popular promise away by offering to make the Bush tax cuts permanent for all those making $400,000 or less in exchange for a deal with Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner.

To make up for this loss of revenue, Obama has put cuts to Social Security benefits on the table by changing the way cost-of-living adjustments are calculated. The change, known as the "chained CPI" which would alter the way payments are calculated, is a cynical ploy by the White House, say most critics, because politicians likely feel they can get away by calling it an "adjustment" rather than a "cut."

It's sad that our (at least short-term) salvation from a deal that sacrifices the elderly and infirm in order to provide welfare for the military-industrial-congressional complex is more likely to come from the loony tea partiers than from Democrats:
Grover Strangelove

The Second Great Betrayal: Obama and Cameron Decide that Banks are above the Law

The U.S. and U.K. have made noise lately about how they had ended the pernicious doctrine of “too big to fail.”  As I explained in a prior column, this pretense lasted about four hours before both nations’ true preferences were revealed.  The systemically dangerous institutions (SDIs) already had crippling competitive advantages because the government bailed out their general creditors.  Conservative economists agreed that this advantage was so large that it made “free markets” a farce.  The doctrine “too big to prosecute” grants SDIs that are control frauds two additional advantages over their smaller, honest competitors.  First, fraud pays enormously for the controlling officers.  It is a “sure thing.”  (Akerlof & Romer 1993.)  The HSBC compliance officers (the minnows) may lose, but the controlling officers were made very wealthy by HSBC’s manifold frauds.

Second, over time the best people at a control fraud leave in disgust.  The worst people stay or take promotions at other fraudulent firms.  As ethics degrade and the SDI’s fraudulent profits (whether reported or real) surge the controlling officers will use the bank’s seeming respectability and wealth to secure greater political power, favors, and protection (“rent seeking” behavior in economics jargon).  Crony capitalism can produce additional advantages that smaller, honest banks cannot match.  The fraudulent SDIs’ advantages are cumulative.  They have all the massive advantages of honest SDIs plus the far greater competitive advantages that come from control fraud.  Remember that their controlling officers can become wealthy from these advantages even if the bank suffers losses. ...

Prosecuting HSBC’s fraudulent controlling managers would not harm anyone innocent other than their families – and virtually all prosecutions hurt some family members.  Breuer claims that virtually all of HSBC’s senior officers have been removed, so his argument is doubly absurd.  Mostly, however, Breuer ignores all of the innocents harmed by the control frauds.  SDIs that are control frauds are weapons of mass economic destruction that drive global crises and are the greatest enemy of “free” markets.  They are also the greatest threat to democracy, for they create crony capitalism.  We are all innocent victims of these control frauds – and the Obama and Cameron governments are allowing them to commit their frauds with impunity from criminal prosecutions.  The controlling officers get wealthy without fear of prosecution.  The SDIs controlled by fraudulent officers have to purchase an indulgence, but the price of the indulgence is capped by the “too big to prosecute” doctrine at a level that will not cause it any real distress.  Breuer’s and Bailey’s embrace of too big to prosecute should have led to their immediate dismissals.  Obama and Cameron should either fire them or announce that they stand with the criminal enterprises and their fraudulent controlling officers against their citizens.

Counting the Cost - Big banks, big criminals?

Top Fed Official: “The Moment Is Now” to Break Up Big Banks

The nation’s largest banks are “a perversion of capitalism” and “a clear and present danger to the U.S. economy.” The Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation passed in the wake of the crisis “may actually perpetuate an already dangerous trend of increasing banking industry concentration.”

These arguments come not from an Occupy Wall Street activist, not from a Tea Party member, but from a scathing report released last week by one of the nation’s top banking regulators, the Federal Reserve Board of Dallas. In a column for ProPublica and The New York Times, reporter Jesse Eisenger described the report as “a radical indictment of the nation’s financial system.”

FRONTLINE sat down on Saturday with the Dallas Fed CEO and president, former banker Richard W. Fisher, to talk about the report and its core argument about “too big to fail” institutions. According to their calculation, the five biggest commercial banks — JPMorgan, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo and U.S. Bancorp — hold 52 percent of all U.S. deposits, which means the “too big to fail” problem is with us now more than ever.

The Rolling Jubilee Mails its First Debt Forgiveness Letters

When the debt activism group Strike Debt began planning its Rolling Jubilee, the goal was relatively modest: They would raise $50,000, use it to buy distressed medical debt on secondary debt markets, and then, rather than hounding the debtors like the collection agencies that buy most of this sort of debt, they would wipe it out. ...

To date, they've raised nearly half a million dollars -- enough to buy and forgive nearly $10 million of debt.

Most of that money is going to go to purchasing a big hunk of distressed medical debt next month, but as a sort of proof-of-concept, Strike Debt has already spent $5,000 to buy $100,000 of distressed medical debt owed by 44 people in upstate New York.

Yesterday, the activists gathered to send out the notifications to the unsuspecting recipients of this first round of debt forgiveness. Since aggressive collection mailings often drive debtors to ignore envelopes they don't recognize, the forgiveness letters are packaged in a small box wrapped in festive paper.

"We want to make sure they open it," said Yates McKee of Strike Debt. "We also like the idea of it having a holiday feeling to it."

The Price Of “Collective Trauma”: Greece At The Brink of Civil War

Heart-breaking, the plight of the Greeks. There was an old man who’d worked over 40 years, but now his pension had been cut in half, and he couldn’t afford his heart medication any longer. To check into the hospital, he had to bring his own sheets and food. Since the cleaning staff had been let go, doctors and nurses, who hadn’t been paid in months, were cleaning the toilets themselves. The hospital was running short on basic medical supplies, such as latex gloves and catheters. And the suicide rate doubled over the last three years—two-thirds of them, men.

“Collective trauma” is how Pieper described the society whose bottom had been pulled out from under it. “Men are particularly hard hit by the crisis,” Pieper said, as their pay had been decimated, or their jobs eliminated. They’re seething with anger at the utterly corrupt system and a kleptocratic government that have done so much damage to the country; and they’re furious at the international bailout politics whose money only benefits big banks, not the people. ...

“In such a dramatic situation as can be observed in Greece, the human being becomes a sort of predator, only seeing himself and his own survival,” Pieper said. “Sheer necessity pushes him into irrationality, and in the worst case, this irrationality transcends into criminality.” At that stage in society, he said, “solidarity is replaced by selfishness.”

And so he wondered, “how much this society can endure before it explodes.” Greece is on the brink of civil war, he went on, and it seems only a question of time before the collective desperation of the people erupts into violence and spreads across the country. A ricocheting indictment of the euro bailout policies.

In the US, mass child killings are tragedies. In Pakistan, mere bug splats

"Mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts … These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change." Every parent can connect with what President Barack Obama said about the murder of 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut. There can scarcely be a person on earth with access to the media who is untouched by the grief of the people of that town.

It must follow that what applies to the children murdered there by a deranged young man also applies to the children murdered in Pakistan by a sombre American president. These children are just as important, just as real, just as deserving of the world's concern. Yet there are no presidential speeches or presidential tears for them, no pictures on the front pages of the world's newspapers, no interviews with grieving relatives, no minute analysis of what happened and why.

If the victims of Mr Obama's drone strikes are mentioned by the state at all, they are discussed in terms which suggest that they are less than human. The people who operate the drones, Rolling Stone magazine reports, describe their casualties as "bug splats", "since viewing the body through a grainy-green video image gives the sense of an insect being crushed". Or they are reduced to vegetation: justifying the drone war, Obama's counterterrorism adviser Bruce Riedel explained that "you've got to mow the lawn all the time. The minute you stop mowing, the grass is going to grow back".

Obama does not kill children deliberately. But their deaths are an inevitable outcome of the way his drones are deployed. We don't know what emotional effect these deaths might have on him, as neither he nor his officials will discuss the matter: almost everything to do with the CIA's extrajudicial killings in Pakistan is kept secret. But you get the impression that no one in the administration is losing much sleep over it.

Two days before the murders in Newtown, Obama's press secretary was asked about women and children being killed by drones in Yemen and Pakistan. He refused to answer, on the grounds that such matters are "classified".

Drone Warrior 2

Norah O’Donnell confronts Emanuel for telling Holder to STFU about assault weapons

CBS News host Norah O’Donnell on Tuesday called out Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel for telling Attorney General Eric Holder to “shut the fuck up” about reinstating the assault weapons ban when both men worked for President Barack Obama’s administration in 2009.

According to Daniel Klaidman’s book, Kill or Capture, Emmanuel was serving as the White House chief of staff and became enraged after hearing that Holder had given a speech vowing to keep Obama’s campaign promise to ban assault weapons.

“The comments roused the powerful gun lobby and its water carriers on Capitol Hill. ‘Senators to Attorney General: Stay Away from Our Guns’ read a press release issued by Senator Max Baucus of Montana — a Democrat, no less,” Klaidman wrote. “Emanuel was furious. He slammed his desk and cursed the attorney general. Holder was only repeating a position Obama had expressed during the campaign, but that was before the White House needed the backing of pro-gun Democrats from red states for their domestic agenda.”

“The chief of staff sent word to Justice that Holder needed to ‘shut the fuck up’ on guns…”

In his first interview after ABC’s Jake Tapper published an excerpt of the book, Emmanuel told O’Donnell that it the assault weapons ban would have to be on the agenda after an AR-15 assault rifle was used to slaughter 20 children in Connecticut last week.

The Three Speeches

Extensive report details Walmart’s political bribery in Mexico

Retail giant Walmart aggressively bribed Mexican officials to get the necessary permits to open more than a dozen supermarkets across the country, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

The newspaper said its own investigation had identified 19 store sites that were the target of bribery, and detailed one case in which more than $200,000 in bribes was paid to build a supermarket near famed Aztec ruins.

“The Times’ examination reveals that Wal-Mart de Mexico was not the reluctant victim of a corrupt culture that insisted on bribes as the cost of doing business. Nor did it pay bribes merely to speed up routine approvals.

“Rather, Wal-Mart de Mexico was an aggressive and creative corrupter, offering large payoffs to get what the law otherwise prohibited,” it said.

Wal-Mart “used bribes to subvert democratic governance — public votes, open debates, transparent procedures. It used bribes to circumvent regulatory safeguards that protect Mexican citizens from unsafe construction. It used bribes to outflank rivals.”

The Times said Walmart officials themselves did not pay bribes, but arranged for outside lawyers and other middlemen to deliver envelopes of cash that could not be traced back to the company.

Coal use set to surpass oil in a decade

Coal is set to surpass oil as the world’s top fuel within a decade, driven by growth in emerging market giants China and India, with even Europe finding it hard to cut use despite pollution concerns, according to a report published Tuesday.

“Thanks to abundant supplies and insatiable demand for power from emerging markets, coal met nearly half of the rise in global energy demand during the first decade of the 21st century,” said Maria van der Hoeven, head of the International Energy Agency.

Economic growth is expected to push up further coal’s share of the global energy mix, “and if no changes are made to current policies, coal will catch oil within a decade,” she said in a statement.

The latest IEA projections see coal consumption nearly catching oil consumption in four years time, rising to 4.32 billion tonnes of oil equivalent in 2017 against 4.4 billion tonnes for oil.

That has consequences for climate change as coal produces far more carbon emissions responsible for global warming than other fuels.

Thousands Remain Displaced From Sandy Without Heat and Power

Blog Posts of Interest

Here are diaries and selected blog posts of interest on DailyKos and other blogs.
What's Happenin'

This Is Not America’s Deal

Terror, Horror and Human Rights Redux

A Little Night Music

Eddie Cleanhead Vinson - Goodnight Baby Blues

Eddie Vinson - Wait A Minute Baby

Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson & Roomful of Blues - Past sixty blues

Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson & His Orchestra Kidney Stew Blues

Eddie Vinson - I Had a Dream

Eddie Vinson & Cootie Williams' Orchestra - When My Baby Left Me

Eddie Vinson - Farmer's Daughter Blues

Eddie Vinson - Juice Head Baby

Eddie Vinson - Sugar

Eddie Vinson - Hold It Right There

Etta James, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Shuggie Otis - Baby What You Want MeTo Do

Eddie Cleanhead Vinson - Cadillac Blues

Eddie Cleanhead Vinson - Flat Broke Blues

Eddie Vinson - Big chief (Rain In The Face)

Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson - I'm Gonna Wind Your Clock

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Come to where the debate is not constrained by oaths of fealty to persons or parties.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Evening, joe (14+ / 0-)

    Great news line up.

    I'm glad to read the article about the "bug splats" killings in the Middle East and the gut wrenching contrast with the tragedies here.  I've seen people get troll rated for even making the comparison here.  I think that some people are having a hard time facing up to the things that they have enabled and supported over the past four years and rather than face up to it, they attack anyone who forces them to think about it.  That's all understandable, I guess.  I don't care how they come around, but I just hope they do come around.  I understand how hard it will be for some and how it might bring about a painful change in world view.  I just hope they come around because on many issues they do seem to be genuine.  But on others, the stances and the contrasts between different stances, are inexplicable.

    Going off to finish reading that article and to watch the Frontline piece.  I can't remember if I watched that before when it first aired.

    Hope everyone is doing okay. These are tough times.  I hope somebody stops the Democrats from the destruction that they have planned.  Obama needs an intervention.

    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 05:17:53 PM PST

  •  Good evening Joe (10+ / 0-)

    Little grandson decorating a live tree last year

    Good news today, Shell backed off of destroying the area of the headwaters of three great rivers in British Columbia, Canada. Protesting works!

    ❧To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 05:34:10 PM PST

  •  So in other words (8+ / 0-)

    if not for Rahm Emanuel, we might have had another assault weapons ban passed in 2009 or thereabouts?

    He tried to dodge that question.  She did not let him. And I was shocked to see Charlie Rose call it out and say he wished that people would just admit previous errors in judgment instead of dodging.  I'm especially surprised to see him do it because the last time I saw him he was fawning all over the makers of the bin Laden torture apologia movie.  Maybe he hadn't seen the movie yet and did not know what an egregious agenda and lie it was wrapped in.

    Anyway, good for Jake Tapper and Nora O'Donnell for exposing that Rahm bullied Eric Holder out of working on a new assault weapon ban.  Man, what a destructive man he is.  He also thinks he is a political genius, but he's a disaster.  Amazing that the people of Chicago elected him.  Doesn't say much good about them.

    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 05:36:22 PM PST

  •  No one could have predicted. (7+ / 0-)

    Geez, I seem to recall many people saying that austerity measures were coming to town, you better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout I'm telling you why, we told you so years ago and you voted for them anyway.
    WTF is the surprise and anger about, we knew this was going to happen. And not only that, it's been happening for decades, that's why the rich have so much of the fucking money and wealth.  We ain't seen nothing yet.

    "The Global War on Terror is a justification for U.S. Imperialism. It must be stopped."

    by BigAlinWashSt on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 05:38:44 PM PST

  •  "Gun Culture in the US Will Not Change" (9+ / 0-)

    Michael Enright, CBC Radio, Canada

    The thing we must remember about the slaughter of the children on Friday is that it will have little or no impact on the crazed world of American firearms.  The pattern is always the same.

    There will be the traditional prayer vigils and hand-wringing and solemn promises that something must be done to prevent it happening again.

    There will be a slight post-massacre blip in calls for tighter gun controls.

    Those will be overtaken in a month or so by cries for greater access to guns so people can protect themselves.

    In the past five years, there have been 19 mass shootings.

    Hundreds of people have died, including 32 souls at Virginia Tech in 2007.

    The random killings of innocent people have become as integral a part of American life, as late night television.

    In fact the day before the Connecticut murders, a man killed two people in a Portland shopping mall.

    Only two. Hardly worth mentioning.

    There will be hours of media exploration talking about the reasons behind these frequent killings.

    That appalling human being, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has jumped out in front with his explanation.

    It's because God has been kicked out of the school system.

    "We don't have a crime problem, a gun problem or even a violence problem. What we have is a sin problem," he said.

    Connecticut is the birthplace and home of the US firearms industry.

    Colt, Winchester, Remington and Sturm-Ruger have all set up manufacturing plants in what is called "gun valley."

    The gun industry supports about 6,000 jobs in the state and has an overall impact on the economy of about $1.3 billion.

    And in a grisly irony, Newtown is the site of the country's second most powerful gun lobby, the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

    The predominating culture in the United States is not food or music or literature. It is guns.

    There are estimated to be 300 million guns in the country. Everyone has a gun or has access to a gun or knows somebody who owns a gun.

    When I lived in Washington, the young teacher in the apartment next to mine slept with a gun on her night table.

    The worship of guns and gun culture is glorified in every element of American popular entertainment.

    Drive though any state on a weekend and see the number of gun shows. In many states, it is easier to buy a gun than a used car.

    In his teary plea for hugs and prayers on Friday, Barack Obama said he was reacting as a parent, not as a president.

    In fact he should have acted precisely as a president. Instead of crying, he should have cried enough. Finally, for God's sake, enough.

    The gun lobby in the US is impervious to public mourning and public heartbreak.

    The ghouls who preside over the National Rifle Association couldn't care less about the pile of tiny bodies in the Newtown school.

    Or in Columbine. Or in Aurora. Or in Portland. Or anywhere.

    They are in the death business and must protect the franchise.

    ❧To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 05:42:05 PM PST

    •  he might be right... (5+ / 0-)

      as you can see from the 3 speeches video upstairs, we've been through this before.  i see that difi has an assault weapons ban bill ready to be introduced in january.  the bill, like the previous assault weapons ban is reportedly riddled with exceptions (900 weapons excepted) and loopholes.  it sounds like it's not much of a ban.

      hopefully somebody will come up with something with more teeth, but after the attention fades and the energy gets lost in the tedious details of creating legislation, we are likely to see as little change as we've seen after previous tragedies.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 06:08:36 PM PST

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  •  Evening Joe and fella Bluesters. The drone warrior (6+ / 0-)

    clip is good. Angry Arab :

    "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

    by Funkygal on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 05:45:51 PM PST

    •  evening funkygal... (6+ / 0-)

      i thought so.  i'm not sure that the american public can hold too many concepts in its consciousness at once, but it would be nice if there was room there for considering whether brown children are really less worthy of living than pink american children.  while joe klein has notably rejected the idea of equality, i hope there are enough sane and reasonable people out there that, on reflection, might come around.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 06:12:57 PM PST

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      •  Even inside USA, white children getting killed (4+ / 0-)

        invokes more emotions/discussions etc than when Black kids get killed in the ghettos. And there is ongoing genocide of Native Americans. We crow we are a highly charitable nation but underneath the mask we are a very mean-spirited nation.And maybe do charity just to control our demons a little bit.

        As for American public being unable to hold too many concepts in its consciousness, I think the apt word to describe our sick society is "junk". We are a junk nation with junk food, junk education, junk (health) insurance, junk economics, junk news, < add your own>....  

        "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

        by Funkygal on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 06:39:42 PM PST

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      •  Since the shooting, I keep remembering Obama's (5+ / 0-)

        drone joke at the White House Correspondents freak show dinner , Hillary "we came, we saw, he died, hahahaha" Clinton and the dick-waving on Bin Laden's corpse at DNC 2012. Liberals can't be mean as those murderous conservatives right?

        "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

        by Funkygal on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 06:43:21 PM PST

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  •  Good to see some at DK moving beyond denial (8+ / 0-)

    My wife got more involved in politics this year. With a group of women who called themselves the Obama Ladies, they did all manner of campaign stuff.

    When I brought up faults in Obama, she told me to write letters. And the assault on woman's issues really energized the ladies.

    When Glenn Greenwald a couple of years ago pointed out that the parties were in heated agreement on the significant issues, it took a while to sink in.

    Look at the issues that were off the table in the election. That is the area of agreement.

    And when Obama in the debate stated that his position on SS type issues was very close to Romney, he was telling us what he was going to do.

    It should not have been a shock.

    Will it be enough to get people to go beyond Obama worship if he pulls off a deal that would have been beyond the ability of Republicans to do?

    When he does people here at DK will ring their hands and remind us that he did the best he could in the circumstances.

    Hog wash.

    He is in the strongest position right now.

    My thought today is that he doesn't want to go over the fiscal cliff because of mandated budget cuts to the military.

    For some time I have known that Republicans only care about power. The Democrats are gaining in this race.

  •  Here is an optimistic thought (5+ / 0-)

    We still do have online forums to discuss this.

    We know more about what is going on in our wars, via different channels, than we did around ten years ago during the controlled, embedded journalist era.

    Social media has made a big difference.

    There are sources of independent news popping up all the time, all over the place.  And we have a new foundation dedicated to the freedom of the press and in that org are people we know we can trust.  

    As established leading voices are co-opted, new ones pop up.  It's a hydra.

    There is at least one budding movement out there, figuring out how to do independent movements in the 21st century.  

    So for what it's worth, those are the things I am optimistic about. And one more thing -- it's probably true of every generation and I really don't like to stereotype, but I really do sense that the millennials have something extra special about them.  Hopefully there will not be such a lack of trust and such a big generation gap like there was in the 60s that prevented older and younger generations from working together better.  You can see people like Pete Peterson trying to sow that discord between generations. The 1% has to rely on such fabricated differences if they are to survive.  But I just don't see the kind of gap that I saw at the dinner table in the 60s/70s. For instance, back then, I never knew any parent/child combos out on the streets protesting like my youngest son and KBO and  I did with Occupy Wall Street.  I just never saw that growing up in any family that I knew.  I never knew a family where the kids would consider writing for their mother's group's new community news/blog site (or whatever equivalent thing in those times) and that is happening in my family's case.  So I just think there is something a lot different this time around.

    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 06:51:28 PM PST

    •  there are reasons to be optimistic... (4+ / 0-)

      as time moves forward the older generation is making way for a generational mix that is far more liberal (for lack of a better term) than past generations.  we are starting to see one source of social division (the culture wars) melting away.  

      perhaps the "silver lining" of the economic destruction that the 1% are trying to shove down the 99%'s throat is the greater recognition of the common cause of the 99%.  as the greed and corruption of the 1% become more and more apparent, public revulsion at the behavior of the 1% is growing and eventually, being a member of the 1% will become socially uncool.  (which will be reinforced through social media)

      climate change is also heightening the consciousness that kids have that the world that they are inheriting is a "fixer upper," after all of the bad decisions that have been made by previous generations driven by the profit motives of the 1%.

      so, yes, right off the cuff, i can see a lot of reasons for optimism. hopefully, this evolving consciousness can create meaningful change before the damage wreaked by the 1% on the people and the environment becomes too large to reverse.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 07:13:36 PM PST

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