Comments on: Occupy Wall Street and the shallowness of discontent Wed, 07 Oct 2015 17:23:32 +0000 hourly 1 By: paintcan Fri, 28 Oct 2011 18:04:35 +0000 @Stemcollege_ you’re funny! You believe the hype about math and science skills.

I’ve had my share of college math and science and found they were never needed at most employment. But the schools have to put something in your heads for 12 plus years. And they have to have some sales pitch to induce you to go into a school of higher mis-education for another four or more. Otherwise there would be too many young people looking for too few jobs.

In fact so many jobs require reading skills more than anything else and especially the ability to write coherently.

Even computer training classes online at Harvard that claim to deal with programming, are more about manipulating packages of programs and understanding their concepts.

The world is full of stories about people who were overeducated in the very demanding so-called hard fields, and if the economy doesn’t need them, it’s the unemployment lines or any job they can get.

I am convinced that the most difficult subject is music and learning to play a musical instrument. And public schools seem to be cutting back on all their arts programs. Another one is drawing and painting, especially lifelike portraiture and sculpture. Whole periods of art history actually forgot how to do it or never learned.

BTW – it was either everyone in a mortgage or a lot more public housing. Apartments have not been built as frequently as condo’s since the 80s. Come on Mr. Wizard -haven’t you noticed? Being a landlord is a very risky business and no town or city’s taxpayers have ever liked public housing. In my self-employment in the architectural field since the early 80s, I never saw a single client building a new apartment building. Everything was an office park, planned unit development, office building or condominium building. Nobody wanted to rent, except office space.

By: paintcan Fri, 28 Oct 2011 14:53:54 +0000 @I.R.Responsible – U R also deaf and blind. But you’re comment also proves OWS’s apparent point that U (and many others) R pigs at a trough.

You convince me that higher income taxes and taxes on corporate profits are the only way to go. If so many can’t find paid work and should be satisfied that the trough is being “hogged”, than those hogging the trough deserve to pay the most. Otherwise you may find the trough starts to shrink until even U can’t find a place at it.

I’m waiting to see what happens when a whole lot of returning Vets come home and find they can’t find jobs either? It will be very suspicious if they can. It will argue that the government has moved to a self-perpetuating system where vets forever get preferential treatment and rewards to be killers who do their bidding. You admit that the motive is more the spoils of war and a place at the trough. Every job application already asks if the applicant is a Vet.

There is no point in taxing those who can’t pay taxes when they aren’t getting sufficient taxable slops. If it goes on long enough – they start to die off because they can’t reach the line let alone the trough. And U and the “responsible” employed ones will have to pay for all the damaged VETs for the rest of your lives, and not mine or the unemployed.

It will also prove many other arguments I have made on these pages. Thanks for being so responsible.

I’m glad I’m too old to care much now.

By: I_R_Responsible Thu, 20 Oct 2011 08:02:08 +0000 Those who can do; those who can’t OWS!

It’s hard to simultaneously decry the greed of others whilst arguing for a bigger snout in the trough.

Hard working individual don’t have the time to hang around all day doing nothing?

By: STEMcollege Thu, 20 Oct 2011 01:38:54 +0000 There is pain among the ‘non-1 percent’ Class of USA’s population. Erosion of pensions’ values, 401k’s, and the pain of real estate plummeting towards (more reasonable) market equilibrium levels. Wall St. deserves perhaps 25% of the blame….Federal Gov’t deserves the remaining 75% for convincing Congress to vote such that every American family must deserve a “Mortgage opportunity”. Point Result: Free-for-all financial disaster of devastating scale (basis year 2008). No ‘required confirmation’ of credit worthiness…employment history (current or past)…decent human status/not a criminal miscreant. Hundreds of thousands of mortgages were “awarded” to Americans who didn’t even comprehend how financial systems or basic financial transactions function. Some barely could read the papers they signed. Result has been massive foreclosure wave of mortgage loans which had no arguable/reasonable basis to ever exist on a reasonable basis. OK, fast forward to NOW:
Everybody gets to go to college…Right?? Just like the mortgages per above. Right? WRONG answer. No, not the engineering or science or math ‘capable’ fraction of our population…but truly EVERYBODY deserves it. Of Course, for God’s sake. COLD TRUTH: Complete waste of time college majors culminating in a degree include: History, English Lit, Philosophy,…plus the “—fill-in-the-blank Studies”. If you do not comprehend it by now, …that these b-s majors are useless and impractical piles of waste, costing your distraught Parents upwards of 100K in loan debt, then you are just another ‘Pawn’ in the game which was devised and remains RULED by those humans who are sufficiently intelligent to comprehend and utilize science and mathematics in a manner to gain advantage in our real world. NOTICE: This is true Darwinism at it’s most glorious display, portrayed in finest color among these pathetic ‘March on WS demonstrators’…LOOK PLEASE: You demonstrators as a ‘Group’, …You apparently lack the base-level intellectual capacity, and the base-level COURAGE, to achieve a real SOLUTION and put it to PRACTICAL USE. Notice To Protesters: If you don’t actually possess the fortitude, talent, and courage to influence tangible improvement, then shrivel gloriously downward in your self-created pits of loathing and self-pity.

By: CO2-Exhaler Wed, 19 Oct 2011 23:55:26 +0000 I think this article is very polite about these protesters (and I’m not and never have been a banker). I see similarities between them and what I would call the mindless segment of the “internet generation” – people without any real understanding or education about any of the issues they are protesting about, who see an opportunity to “get their views out there” to all and sundry, with little or no cost to themselves. The trouble is that the opinions of the vast majority of them are utterly worthless and incoherent, based on sheer ignorance. We should pay no more attention to them than anyone in authority pays to those ludicrous “spam” petitions that circle the world, the product of oh so many brains with the consistency of curdled yoghurt.

By: ActionDan Wed, 19 Oct 2011 21:33:06 +0000 Perhaps the American people are waking up to the reality that the USA has been run for the benefit of mega-corporations and big banks for too many years. I’m not surprised that there is a lot of discontent, but I guess it’ll take a while to formulate a coherent message, particularly when there are so many different things to be unhappy about.

By: Egladys Wed, 19 Oct 2011 20:55:26 +0000 The comments section is better educated, informed, and thoughtful than the article. This is a breath of fresh air. Finally some notice of the ‘Citizens United’ ruling and some concern about society.

By: teatard Wed, 19 Oct 2011 18:44:30 +0000 “The big news these days is the increasing prosperity and influence of China”

You were probably also waving the USA pompoms minutes before the US’s housing bubble burst…

Macroeconomics, huh? lol.

By: teatard Wed, 19 Oct 2011 18:42:02 +0000 “The global economy is certainly not in bad shape.”


By: marc5477 Wed, 19 Oct 2011 18:31:52 +0000 And oh, as a final note, good luck trying to open your own bank. I tried and even though I have the knowledge I simply have no way to meet their minimum equity requirements prior to actually doing business. It would be easy after you open but impossible for me before I open. Gee I wonder who came up with that regulation?