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Finally some mainstream coverage (and not some hidden blog posts NPR) of the police brutality at the Occupy Wall Street protests.



Animal Crossing was probably the first time I really understood the concept of not just debt, but being crushed by debt.

For the uninitiated, this is how Animal Crossing works: you, as a human, live in this little town that’s populated by anthropomorphic animals. It’s mostly randomly generated so each person’s town is slightly unique. When you first move in to your town, you’re given a house by the local merchant Tom Nook (the raccoon on the right). It isn’t until you’ve already moved in that he reveals to you that you’re indebted to him for 100,000 bells (the game’s currency) and he forces you to work in his store as an indentured servant. After a few days (literal. days.) worth of doing delivery work, you’re freed from your servitude but not from your debt. Thank goodness Tom Nook didn’t charge interest or your in-game circumstances would be that much more dire.

You do a bunch of random gathering to gain up money to pay back your loan and just when you think you’re finally free from the crushing weight of Tom Nook’s thumb… he adds a second story onto your house! And the cycle of debt begins again.

For most of your play-time with the game you’re not making money to do cool stuff like decorate your house or buy NES emulations; you’re just making money to pay off Tom “Fat Cat” Nook. Frankly it’s shocking how closely this goofy game populated by cartoon ducks and cats reflects the stark realities of modern living.


Put differently, if you are born poor in America you are likely to stay poor in America.

Countries where you have a better chance of pulling yourself up by your bootstraps and making it rich:

  • France
  • Germany
  • Sweden
  • Canada
  • Finland
  • Norway
  • Denmark

The American Dream is alive and well… in other countries that aren’t America.


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Big Warning: The video linked above can be a bit disturbing

eugeniedefranval submitted: Peaceful female protesters pepper sprayed for asking police officers why.

Protest organizers estimated that about 85 people had been arrested and that about five were struck with pepper spray. Among those was Chelsea Elliott, 25, who said that she was sprayed after shouting “Why are you doing that?” as an officer arrested a protester at East 12th Street.

"I was on the ground sobbing and couldn’t breathe," she said. The ongoing protests, against a financial system that participants say favors the rich and powerful over ordinary citizens, started last Saturday, and were coordinated by a New York group called the General Assembly.


Wow, that is some terrifying stuff. Someone is going to have to explain for what has gone down out there. Today we’re all left with the same question when faced with this disgusting perversion of justice “Why?”


(I am) old enough to remember what happened in the 1960s when the left-wing took to the streets and somehow the media glorified them and it ended up shaping policy. We can’t allow that to happen

 Rep. Peter King (R-NY) talking about #Occupywallst

Basically saying, “Too many people got too many rights during the 60s, and as rich white men we can’t allow that to happen again”


When a family is struck with tragedy — like the family of Joplin … let’s say if they had $10,000 set aside to do something else with, to buy a new car … and then they were struck with a sick member of the family or something, and needed to take that money to apply it to that, that’s what they would do, because families don’t have unlimited money. And, really, neither does the federal government.

Eric Cantor explaining why Republicans won’t help natural disaster/Joplin victims without more budget cuts.

Also strangely, he’s describing a situation that argues for Health Care Reform since people don’t have unlimited funds they deserve to die when the money runs out.


In the year 2011 how the fuck does "Shut your wife up... with milk!" get through to print?

Do these Milk executives exist in some sort of 1950s time bubble? Are all the women at the company stuck in the typing pool?


Seriously this should have stopped with one person at practically any level of the process going “Can we not? This is really sexist.”