Monthly hours of work required for the median worker to earn median rent. 

Monthly hours of work required for the median worker to earn median rent. 

A Venn diagram of the overlap between the Federal government and big business…

A Venn diagram of the overlap between the Federal government and big business…

life:

In the mid-20th century, America experienced a painful and long-overdue  reckoning for the most inhuman societal injustices in its history — the  stark racial inequalities that gave the lie to the nickname “land of  the free.” And LIFE was there, recording the triumphs, frustrations, and  martyrdoms of the civil rights movement’s heroes — and the gloating  hatred that fueled the era’s villains.
Pictured: During a nonviolent march demanding desegregation in public facilities  in Birmingham, Alabama, the city’s infamously racist public-safety  chief, Bull Connor, ordered firefighters to turn high-pressure firehoses  on the peaceful demonstrators.
(see more — LIFE at 75: Best Civil Rights Photos)

life:

In the mid-20th century, America experienced a painful and long-overdue reckoning for the most inhuman societal injustices in its history — the stark racial inequalities that gave the lie to the nickname “land of the free.” And LIFE was there, recording the triumphs, frustrations, and martyrdoms of the civil rights movement’s heroes — and the gloating hatred that fueled the era’s villains.

Pictured: During a nonviolent march demanding desegregation in public facilities in Birmingham, Alabama, the city’s infamously racist public-safety chief, Bull Connor, ordered firefighters to turn high-pressure firehoses on the peaceful demonstrators.

(see more LIFE at 75: Best Civil Rights Photos)

Some of the salient elements of the article:

 Out of 187 North Carolina corrections officers exposed to pepper spray under controlled conditions for training purposes, according to Duke University Medical Center study, eight had symptoms persisting for more than a week, including eye problems, chest problems, headaches and disorientation….More seriously, reports by the Army and in prestigious medical journals have warned of respiratory arrest, pulmonary edema, and acute elevations in blood pressure associated with risk of stroke and heart attack. Military and industrial sources also point to the possibility of cancer, birth defects and DNA damage from these chemical weapons.

Despite widespread use, none of the agents sold for police purposes is monitored, tested or regulated by any government agency for consistency, purity, toxicity or even efficacy. Dr. Howard Hu, a Harvard University epidemiologist, says that the extent of ill effects from these chemicals is unknowable since there have been no rigorous, independent follow-up studies on exposed populations. Little has changed since 1989, when Hu wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association, “There is an ongoing need for investigation into the full toxicological potential of tear gas chemicals and renewed debate on whether their use can be condoned under any circumstances.”
An additional risk in situations such as Seattle—where police admitted spraying crowds with multiple chemicals—is that "there has been no research on the synergistic effects," Downs says. Maryland-based Zarc International charges that “mixing [pepper spray] and other chemical agents such as [tear gas] … can prove to be harmful or even fatal in real-life situations.” The probability of adverse side effects is only exacerbated by the addition of solvents and propellants—some of which are themselves toxic or carcinogenic—to the active ingredients to turn them into effective aerosol weapons.

picturesoftheday:

Riot police officers blocked more than 1,000 protesters—including  small-business owners and veterans of the Soviet war in Afghanistan—as  the demonstrators rallied against austerity measures in front of  Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev

picturesoftheday:

Riot police officers blocked more than 1,000 protesters—including small-business owners and veterans of the Soviet war in Afghanistan—as the demonstrators rallied against austerity measures in front of Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev

animalstalkinginallcaps:

YOU’LL NEVER CATCH ME, PIGS!

animalstalkinginallcaps:

YOU’LL NEVER CATCH ME, PIGS!

Defending yourself from tear gas and pepper spray. 

Defending yourself from tear gas and pepper spray. 

Video that clearly shows police using flashbang grenades on protesters who gathered to assist wounded Iraq war veteran Scott Olsen. At present, he remains in critical condition, with a fractured skull and a swollen brain.

Remember that awesome marine who shamed the NYPD on their conduct during the #OWS protests? Here he is being interviewed on Countdown…

Can you imagine? Also they have kangaroos!!!
wearethe99percent:

I live in Australia…
*My student loans from our government are not subject to interest, they do not increase each year and we can pay these off in manageable amounts
*Our minimum wage is the equivalent of $14 USD and our working week is limited to 38 hours by LAW
*Welfare is available to whoever needs it, we do not have to wait years to qualify
*Every citizen automatically receives health cover for life-threatening illnesses and severe and chronic pain.
- Our government and country is not in recession
- Our corporations still make an insane profit
-We are looked after
IT IS POSSIBLE
We support the 99%
TAKE BACK YOUR COUNTRY

Can you imagine? Also they have kangaroos!!!

wearethe99percent:

I live in Australia…

*My student loans from our government are not subject to interest, they do not increase each year and we can pay these off in manageable amounts

*Our minimum wage is the equivalent of $14 USD and our working week is limited to 38 hours by LAW

*Welfare is available to whoever needs it, we do not have to wait years to qualify

*Every citizen automatically receives health cover for life-threatening illnesses and severe and chronic pain.

- Our government and country is not in recession

- Our corporations still make an insane profit

-We are looked after

IT IS POSSIBLE

We support the 99%

TAKE BACK YOUR COUNTRY

via Reuters:

Anyone who wants to understand the enduring nature of Occupy Wall Street and similar protests across the country need only look at the first official data on 2010 paychecks, which the U.S. government posted on the Internet on Wednesday.

The figures from payroll taxes reported to the Social Security Administration on jobs and pay are, in a word, awful.

These are important and powerful figures. Maybe the reason the government does not announce their release — and so far I am the only journalist who writes about them each year — is the data show how the United States smolders while Washington fiddles.

There were fewer jobs and they paid less last year, except at the very top where, the number of people making more than $1 million increased by 20 percent over 2009.

The median paycheck — half made more, half less — fell again in 2010, down 1.2 percent to $26,364. That works out to $507 a week, the lowest level, after adjusting for inflation, since 1999…

While median pay — the halfway point on the salary ladder declined, average pay rose because of continuing increases at the top. Average pay was $39,959 last year, up $46 — or less than a buck a week — compared with 2009. Average pay peaked in 2007 at $40,764, which is $15 a week more than average weekly wage income in 2010.

The number of workers making $1 million or more rose to almost 94,000 from 78,000 in 2009. However, that was still below some earlier years, including 2007, when more than 110,000 workers made more than $1 million each.

At the very top, the number of workers making more than $50 million rose in 2010 to 81, up from 72 the year before. But average pay in this group declined $4.5 million to $79.6 million.

Having millions who want work go years without a single day on a payroll is more than just a waste of talent and time. It also can change social attitudes about work and not for the better.

The division of wealth in the USA in 2007.

The division of wealth in the USA in 2007.

This is amazing. Who has ladies’ or gentlemen’s business attire to donate to #OWS? Or, who is a hairdresser, stylist, or tailor in NYC who can donate his or her services?

peachfuzz:

I live this idea. Arm the Occupy Wall Street spokespeople with proper, get-taken-seriously business attire.

(via motherjones)

picturesoftheday:

Thousands of Korea Exchange Bank employees protested Thursday in Seoul  over the sale of a controlling stake in their bank to Hana Financial  Group. U.S. private-equity group Lone Star Funds agreed to sell its  51.02% stake in the bank to Hana.

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Thousands of Korea Exchange Bank employees protested Thursday in Seoul over the sale of a controlling stake in their bank to Hana Financial Group. U.S. private-equity group Lone Star Funds agreed to sell its 51.02% stake in the bank to Hana.