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Pre-emptive strike

Move your money.
Pre-emptive strike: Move your money.

When the G8 meet in Chicago in May, it will be a major moment of truth for the global economy.

Already there are all sorts of ideas percolating – Robin Hood tax, banning high frequency flash trading, a true cost economy, bio-economics – that will lead to reform of the global financial system.

But in the meantime there is something we can all do to set the stage for #Occupy Chicago, and that is the personal action to move our money away from the big banks.

It’s easier than you think. You find the credit union in your town or city that you like. You make an appointment. You tell them, “I would like to leave my bank and join your credit union.” They say, “you got it, we'll take care of it.” It will be the most pro-active hour of your week.

On February 1st if you haven’t already taken the opportunity, join these Canadian rabble-rousers to move your money.

Move Your Money Day Canada: February 1 / Move Your Money Project

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rimarayd

US Communities Are Printing Their Own Money To Support Small Businesses and Compete With Collapsing Monopoly Dollar!
http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2012/pf/1201/gallery.community-currencies/index.html

Anonymous

PressTV Now Has A Show Called #OWS Week http://bit.ly/y55rLZ #OccupyWallStreet #OccupyWallSt #OccupyBoston #AdBusters #FF #News #NoIranWar - Spread The Word!

Anonymous

National Day Of Action! - PRESS RELEASE 
http://freedividual.com/2012/02/02/press-release-national-day-of-action-on-iran/  - PLEASE REPOST! 

namanaman

Oh please people stop being short sighted as the Wall street firms were and are.

This action is SELF DESTRUCTIVE, its called a bank run (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bank_run)
"occurs when a large number of bank customers withdraw their deposits... As a bank run progresses, it generates its own momentum, in a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy...as more people withdraw their deposits, the likelihood of default increases, and this encourages further withdrawals. This can destabilize the bank to the point where it faces bankruptcy...A banking panic or bank panic is a financial crisis that occurs when many banks suffer runs at the same time. A systemic banking crisis is one where all or almost all of the banking capital in a country is wiped out.[2] The resulting chain of bankruptcies can cause a long economic recession.[3] Much of the GREAT DEPRESSION's economic damage was caused directly by bank runs."

A better alternative is take the incentive of financial institutions away from short term goals based on short term rewards in the form of shares and shares are volatile every second. If you were a CEO and knew if you could lay off a thousand workers, financially you look better on the balance sheet and hence have faked a profit increase which feeds share prices. CEO leaves and sells shares at higher price and the business is weakened. Unfortunately people prefer to invest in businesses that have profits that grows and to keep them there, they have to do it every year. Our desire for never ending growth fuels the objectives of business and investors.

NotSoAnonymousA...

"The United States of Israel"? Are you kidding me with that disaffected Muslim Brotherhood rhetoric?

I would LOVE for you to lay out a world map on your table and just look at the PHYSICAL realities of Israel. Now, they are surrounded on all sides by how many people who hate them?

Oh gee whiz. Looks like an awful lot, eh? "Blame the Jews" Hmm...who's said that before? The Catholic church? Hitler? The Taliban? Al Qeda? Naw, not them.

Israel has logistical realities you wouldn't dare to face in any neighborhood. When was the last time you looked across the street, behind you, beside you, and couldn't find anything but people who hoped for, preached about, and tried to implement your death by any means? Who blamed you for the trash in the neighborhood wether you put it there or not? Who blamed you for ALL of their ills? You wouldn't be even SLIGHTLY paranoid?

We are Israel's allies because globally, America HAS been THE most willing to consider the life of the individual, the family, the neighborhood, hope for the future. Have we done everything right? Not by a long shot. Have we screwed up? Yeah. Haven't you ever screwed up with good intentions before? Would you break the speed limit to get to your mothers bedside before she died, or to save her life? How law abiding are YOU when there are serious issues on the table like the future?

Grow up. One fact of human nature is also this: we work in social groups. Inside of America's borders we have divisions, but attack us and you will find out we are family and we WILL fight TOGETHER to defend our land. You are nieve beyond the edges of the universe if you believe American's are the only ones 'guilty' of this. Groups break down according to all sorts of 'rules', written and not. Your own family does for pete's sakes!! Or, are also your own father? Your own uncle or aunt? Do you respect them or do you over-run them any chance you get? How loyal are you, and does it matter? If someone outside your household were attacking you and your children, would you stand in the kitchen and peel an apple and blithely talk about Utopian ideals of peace and harmony, or would you sacrifice your own life to protect them and give them a chance to flee or live?

What we need as Americans is for a very large portion of our society, those under 40, to GTFU already! Great, you care about YOUR future. Do you care about your kids future? Have you considered that maybe, just maybe, your generations' 'purpose' isn't to waylay your own adulthood for as long as possible but to make the biggest sacrifice of all in realizing that maybe, just maybe, you aren't going to get everything you feel entitled to in your life? That if you can't afford a smartphone, then maybe you simply shouldn't have one? Are you gutted when you think about the abyssmal hours Chinese workers go through so you can buy one cheap? Do you scream about that in the streets? And what of the elderly? Will you choose to let the most vunerable, the most ill, and the most needy wait till you grow up and work within the system or will you just go flit off to grow corn and pigs somewhere to save YOUR happiness? I grew up farming and live in the country. Half of you don't know the first thing about how hard a life it is and how when you sweat in the sun you do it so your kids can go to college and maybe have a better life. A life of ease that gives them the chance to create REAL change by creating new laws and showing that there are many ways to give a damn, but worrying about doing the newest drug, hearing the newest band, and proving how solid you are while doing nothing more than whining or criticizing or the psuedo-intellectual 'literary name dropping' coffee shop intellectuals get into.

Follow your dreams, that's important. But if your dream is the destruction of your own country, your disloyalty to it will reap you one helluva poison harvest that all the sweat and blood of your own bloodline and ancestors combined could never overcome. Be very careful about the whispers of doubt, the subterfuge of external Wormtongues, will try to convince you of.

Like saying absurd things like,"The United States of Israel."

Sir, feel free to suck my dick with that b.s. Not only do you reject human nature, you reject the capacity of others understanding that 'divide and conquer' is an ancient method you are clearly trying to use.

Accepting difference is important and so is 'live and let live'. But here's an example to consider: Take a dozen human beings and force them to live together. IN THAT GROUP there will appear dominate and not dominate personalities, little clashes of motivation, jealousies, and selfish behavior and rationalizations. Why? Because we're human beings. Perfection of Harmony is not in our nature. Birds are sweet, but baby birds will peck their own siblings to death to live. Are they 'bad' for doing that? Or is it in their nature, and you accept it like a grown up? The sociopath kills the baby bird that lives because it didn't live up to an ideal. The psychopath kills the whole family. The wise person says,"They're birds." If an alligator crawls into your basement, do you let it live there simply because you understand you and your humanity creeped in on its environment? Or do you have it removed? Do you wage war on all alligators after that if it ate your cat?

Grow up. Just fucking grow up already. If you are not Muslim, you are not a Muslim. If you're not a Christian, you're not a Christian. If you're not an atheist, you're not an atheist. But be one of these things within the majority of the other OVER TIME, and you will find very quickly you will either 'pass' and live with or you will live like a hermit in one defiant stance of 'rejecting' the group nearby ( and good luck if you live next to the only fresh water source! if they get sick, they'll blame you...). In some ways these are allegories and metaphors being used, but it's just an effort to balance all the 'Defy Everything' doctrine ol'Wormtongue groups just adore seeing you participate in. Oh yes please DO scream against your own flag and government. The enemies of your flag and country will promise you the moon and stars to continue doing so. But once or if they take over.....good fucking luck. You will, at the end of the day, only be percieved by them as a disloyal brat, deserving of slavery, imprisonment, torture, or death. If you can understand that a woman or man who cheats on their husband or wife will probably cheat on those they 'love' on the side, why can't you understand that those who hope for, work towards, pray for, and preach about the destruction of your country won't turn on you as well?

Like it or not, at the end of the day you live on a continent and within defined terratories. Like it or not, you are part of a team. Can you switch? Sure. Must you accept all that that mine? One would hope you would be mature enough to have thought on that long and hard. I hope you get very old and know nothing but safety and happiness. But you are out of your mind if you think that will not come without sacrifice, risk, fear, grief, and a distinct intestinal fortitude. How will you use the freedom afforded you by those who lived and died before you? Forget your fellow citizens, and think just a minute of your own ancestry. If you had to face them and all they struggled through to get you to where you are, and hopes of it even without knowing you, how would you fare when looking into their eyes? Would you have to explain you sided with your own countries enemies and against your countries interests? Would you have to explain why you were willing to abandon their allies in the world? To put your neighbors at risk? Your peers? Part of growing up is thinking about these answers not just as you would answer them now, but when you're 50, 60, or on your deathbed.

Think what you will of Israel, but be informed about it first. Look where they live. Would you tell them to 'get out' if they don't like it? Would you tell a black American that, who felt or feels slighted by our society? If not, why not? How is it different?

Most Muslims do NOT want the destruction of their neighbors, but an awful lot do and many who are not typically fundamentalist will, if choosing between themselves and you, will pick themselves if 'called' by Allah to support their brothers and country. And their tenants of faith are some of the most severe of any religion ever created. That is not criticism, it's simple fact ( pardon me, btw, for have read the Qaran many, many times over and being fairly well versed about Sharia law - you are extremely nieve if you think they do not go hand in hand ). And they, too, have their Wormtongues to contend with. But they are not us, and we are not them ( I do not speak of the U.S. Muslim immigrant or citizen or their descendants here ).

And yes, please DO protest, please DO exercise the rights afforded to you by the men and women who founded our country, including your own kin. But you must also be willing to unify with your citizen brothers and sisters when our collective interests are threatened; when our way of life is threatened; when, yes, even our countries 'corporations' are threatened. If you do NOT feel you are an American, if you do NOT respect your own country, if you do NOT wish to have to contend with being, possibly, this age's 'depression generation', then you really should consider, for your own sanity and happiness, looking for a country you can contribute to and get behind, move there, and become a citizen. There's a reason they will ask you to give up your citizenship here before you swear an oath to their country and flag.

They're human beings, and that's how we work.

kass

What Are you yammering about? Are you one of those shills that the Zionist Entity has hired to post non sequitirs on the web?

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