Thursday, October 06, 2011

Boycott Bank of America and City Bank: These two gluttonous banks, City Bank and Bank of America have the utter gall after receiving some of the largest taxpayer bailout money and paying themselves bonuses to soon be charging a $5.00 monthly fee for simply using their ATM card IF you do not have $15,000 or more in your account. City Bank will charge a fee for checking accounts. These banks with chutzpah (nerve) say brazenly that they have a "right to make a profit" doncha know. Okay, sure great make your rancid profits. And the consumer has a right and even a duty to boycott them, pull money OUT of their banks and find a bank with no fees. I am counting on American competitive capitalism for some banks to compete with City Bank and Bank of America by offering NO fees for using either a checking account or an ATM for convenience.

I have heard other consumers say if it does not happen that there are any banks which do not have a fee then they will return to the good ole days of paying cash. It seems to me paying cash for something is a wonderful thing. Why? Because if you have the money in your pocket you may be less inclined to spend it so easily. So this way you get them several ways. You get them by NOT using their bank, by not using their cards, by not paying fees and saving money at the same time. Worth a shot I would say.

A Second Declaration of Independence In Our Time: Occupy Wall Street in New York put forth an enumeration of its grievances against the multi-billion dollar corporate takeover of our government and the Citizen United permission slip for its rape of our country obliterating the great middle class of our entire electorate.

This is an IMPORTANT movement. The "Declaration of the Occupation of New York City" is similar to the list of grievances the colonists brought against Charles III of England in 1776 presenting a justification for our revolution and its first Declaration of Independence. Our first Declaration of Independence had as its prime mover its anger against certain corporate strangleholds and the power they and the government in England had against the unrepresented individual in its colonies. In 2011 the Occupy Wall Street Declaration and its rationales have an eerie similarity to the first. It was riveting and brilliant then as is the Second one in our time.

Our Second Declaration grievances are as follows. I quote:

Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.

They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.

They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.

They have profited from the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless nonhuman animals, and actively hide these practices.

They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.

They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.

They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.

They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.

They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.

They have sold our privacy as a commodity.

They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.

They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.

They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.

They have donated large sums of money to politicians supposed to be regulating them.

They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.

They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantive profit.

They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.

They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.

They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.

They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.

They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.

Occupy Wall Street Occupies my Mind: Yesterday I wrote: I am thinking about creating an opinion article on this very very important movement which is spreading across the country. Today, Occupy Wall Street in New York came out with an enumeration of its grievances against Wall Street and its multi billion dollar Citizen United ties to our government and its rape of our country which is effecting the great middle class of our entire electorate and most importantly the 99% of us who have gotten whacked by the onslaught of the 1%.

Make no mistake this is an IMPORTANT movement, it is national in scope and even has international implications. Obviously with what is happening in the Arab Spring and in Europe the US too has its own flavorful revolutionary spirit. Keith Olbermann tonight read from the list of grievances developed by Occupy Wall Street which sounded more like the list of grievances the colonists brought against Charles III of England in 1776 presenting a justification for our revolution and its Declaration of Independence.

This is real, it is strong, it is being joined by many more as the days progress and I HOPE it will last in view of the oncoming winter. I also hope it stays non violent although there have been some attempts to at night occupy Wall Street which has meant a few have faced arrest, clubbing and pepper spray by the NYPD. There is no doubt that there are some in the crowd who are furious enough to even want to throw a brick or two into the CEO's offices of those on Wall Street who have done such EGREGIOUS things to us. I am a totally non violent person and believe in passive resistance and civil disobedience like Martin Luther King and Gandhi did but I will admit to a sympathy with those young who are SO angry, whose lives, whose homes, whose livelihoods and whose youth have been stolen by the worst most disgusting alliance between government and Wall Street titans pay for play tyranny which I submit is and will be WORSE than the Great Depression of 1929. It has taken down our country. These frauds that have been perpetrated on the people by a Wall Street run wild MUST stop and there are many grievance to address. We must start somewhere.

Tomorrow I will illuminate more.