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Oct. 22nd, 2011

11:16 pm - Occupying forces

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Date:October 23rd, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
A few slightly random points from me:

I couldn't comment on its accuracy, but this article may explain a bit about what people are cross about. For more I'd probably recommend going to your newspaper/news site of choice.

If you search for "99 percent" rather than "99%" their blog is top link after a company that's called 99 percent and a Guardian news story.

I think there's an awful lot of different issues getting all caught up together (both in your post and in the protests themselves). The original Occupy Wall Street protest has rather spiralled out into other countries where the details may not apply as well. Other issues and protests jump on the band wagon and the original messages can get diluted or confused. I don't know whether the original Occupy Wall Street site is any more informative.

And I'm carefully not actually talking about any of the actual issues or points of view as I've lost an hour arguing with Karne about it already today and I have cookies to bake.
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Date:October 23rd, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
That BusinessInsider link is useful, thanks, particularly slides #18 and #19 which show that the financial divide is more pronounced in the USA than the UK (or at least it was when those figures were compiled). However, there's not much I can do about America's problems.

My main concern about the "99%" thing is that it sounds like a conspiracy theory: all our problems come from some shadowy elite who control everything. If the cause is different in the UK then the solution may be different as well.

Thanks for the Google tip too. My initial search was for "99% 1%" but that just used Google calculator to say "99 mod (1%) = 0". It's possible that this reveals some deep philosophical truth about the way that the groups depend on each other, but I decided to ignore it :)
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