tom rogers Yes Ethan, what about me, I too am an engineer, but a lot older than you. I did everything right and retired when I was 37, got bored and went back to work, my wife and I got sick and couldn't work, got healthy and went back to work. I am way more productive today than 15 years ago and my take home pay is less and unless I keep working for the monopoly employer in my town I get no insurance and will have to walk away from an upside down mortgage. I don't worry about me I worry about your future
tom rogers I am so sorry to say as I travel on blue highways in America I see this happening startign in 2008/2009. We already haev the beginnigns of shanty towns please check this out. http://www.news10.net/news/article/158309/2/Revisiting-Sacramentos-depression-era-shantytown
tom rogers Yes I do equate them to a degree, the start of hostilities is always so so subtle. I am trying to get across: authority always responds to a philosophical assault by letting their egos get in the way. Those in charge feel threatened because they can't understand the others point of view. Paradigm misalignment. SO the first response of authority is to ignore the message and attack the messengers in all kinds of peripheral nonsense unrelated to the issue. Watch this next year. Thx
tom rogers Thanks for supporting my point. When terms like "cesspool, "explosive fuel" "filth" "the restraint of the police"(re no hoses) etc......... get used the underlying issue can be ignored. These terms are similar to what media and government said about the civil rights sit-down protesters in the late 50 and early 60's. and then to the anti war movement, eventually the egos of the governing class got the best of them and they will use hoses or worse on them and then things started to really happen.
tom rogers Sure, if you first recognize this is just "street theater" and the actors hope that police look like jack booted thugs and beat the hell out of protesters in the middle of the night, so the rest of the world will consider us to be a third rate banana republic. Abby Hoffman and Jerry Rubin (among others) knew that any time the opposition can be made to look "small" its good for the movement. The government and media are using the same losing playbook they tried in the Civil Rights movement and the anti-war movement of the 1960's, it didn't work then, why do they think it will work now. I support the occupy movement because I understand the difference between "takers" and "makers"
tom rogers "Takers" make my wages smaller by brokering the use of the fruits of my labors, "Makers" provide me with the means to be productive and pay me for my labor. So if you are talking about Steve Jobs, he was maker and deserving, if you are talking about my broker they are "TAKERS" who take too much.