“Occupy the Board Room”: Pick a Pen Pal in the Top 1% and Tell Them How the Other 99% Lives (#OccupyWallStreet)

I’ve been slow to post on a clever initiative, Occupy the Board Room, because there are lots of leftie groups trying to capitalize on Occupy Wall Street when their connection to the Occupy movement is thin at best. But this is a legitimate, well thought out program in the spirit of the great unwashed trying to capture the attention of the largely negligent and complacent elites.

One of the benefits of this approach is that there are people who are sympathetic to Occupy Wall Street but have commitments that limit their ability to participate (read child care) and may be sufficiently stressed financially that they can’t give as much as they’d like. The Occupy the Board Room site provides another outlet.

The New York Observer provided a good overview:

Even if you’re not quite sure where you land on the Occupy Wall Street debate (perhaps you are Warren Buffett-type, who believes in capitalism and the markets and even personally bailed out banks, but also believe in the people’s right to assemble; or perhaps you just couldn’t be bothered to pay attention yet), you still might be interested in OccupytheBoardroom.org, which provides the straightest line from your laptop to the desk of a Citigroup executive.

Launched on Saturday, Occupy the Board Room is a new site that provides those with a valid email account an opportunity to choose a “pen pal” in the top 1%, to whom they can voice their frustrations about America’s economic issues. Created approximately 3 weeks ago, the site originally intended to release the email addresses of almost 200 bank executives to the public. But according to one of the site’s co-founders, Olivia Leirer, research revealed that if the group released that information, they could be prosecuted if their call to action unwittingly crashed the email servers of the nation’s biggest banks…

Instead, OTBR has figured out a way around the process by having people write in their letters to a group blog, which then digests and tags the appropriate representative, who will receive the emails. At least ostensibly that is how the program should work: Ms. Leirer told us that the site’s lead developer dropped out a week ago, leading the members of Occupy the Board Room to reach out the OccupyWallSt.org, where the Internet working group donated some of their “most creative volunteers” to the cause.

Over 4,000 submissions have been received thus far, and Ms. Leirer—the communication director for New York Communities for Change—says that the aim of the site is to provide people an open-ended forum. Taking their cue from the Occupy Wall Street movement, Occupy the Board Room asks that no website that posts about the new program uses any sample messages as a guideline, to avoid a non-organic structural system that OWS has so studiously avoided.

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    1. anon

      The Iraq War Ain’t Over, No Matter What Obama Says
      By Spencer Ackerman

      “President Obama announced on Friday that all 41,000 U.S. troops currently in Iraq will return home by December 31. “That is how America’s military efforts in Iraq will end,” he said. Don’t believe him.

      Now: it’s a big deal that all U.S. troops are coming home. For much of the year, the military, fearful of Iranian influence, has sought a residual presence in Iraq of several thousand troops. But arduous negotiations with the Iraqi government about keeping a residual force stalled over the Iraqis’ reluctance to provide them with legal immunity.

      But the fact is America’s military efforts in Iraq aren’t coming to an end. They are instead entering a new phase. On January 1, 2012, the State Department will command a hired army of about 5,500 security contractors, all to protect the largest U.S. diplomatic presence anywhere overseas.”

      1. Paul Tioxon


        HEY ANON NITWIT, WWII, IT’S STILL ON, 50,000 ARMY IN GERMANY, 50,000 AT RAMSTEIN AIRBASE, PACIFIC FLEET WITH 10,000S ARMY, NAVY, AIR FORCE IN OKINAWA. NOT TO MENTION 20,000 OR SO AT THE KOREAN DMZ. IF WE HAVE PEOPLE STATIONED THERE IT MUST BE WAR. RIGHT? Oh, I get it, you are one of the smart people who spends all of their time getting the truth while I google Kat Demming and Lindsay Lohan. I will have to look deeply into this tricky Obama character, he is certainly fooling the American public by cleverly replacing uniformed US military with private contractors that Iraq has mostly banned. Sucks to be them.

        1. anon

          OK, so I didn’t get that your post was snark. Sorry about that.

          Maybe someone who reads this blog will be find the link to the Ackerman piece worthwhile, anyway.

  1. Austin Guest

    Thanks for the mention Yves. My name is Austin, co-creator of OTBR. Just wanted to clarify that I and my fellow OTBR co-creators, Greg and Olivia, have been working closely with OWS on various working groups from the early days of the protest and were specifically recruited by OWS activists planning the Oct. 15 international day of action to build this site as a way to let people who couldn’t attend participate. The site has since received full promotion from OWS media channels, including all its official Twitter handles, Facebook page, and website. I understand your wariness of outside groups trying to capitalize on OWS’s limelight. In this case, however, that ain’t us! Glad you liked the site! And thanks for the menion. Out of curiosity: have you picked a Pen Pal yet?


    – Austin

    1. julia

      Why are you using Cloudflare? They have highly sophisticated surveillance capabilities that they developed for honeypots. They are going to take the correspondents’ IPs and digital fingerprints, do network analysis on them as partial results to get MIPRs, and pass the raw data to the Feds for ongoing surveillance. Really, Cloudflare? What were you thinking? This smells.

    2. tiger

      Austin, the message about being nice to the pen paland not threatning i think needs to be placed in a more visible place. Like on top on the page before you choose options 1 or 2. And bigger.

    3. jake chase

      One of the things you should understand is that the top 1% are not the problem. That is 3 million people. It is the top 1/10% which is the problem. This tier owns about 40% of everything worth owning in our democratic republic. It sets the agenda and all the political minions dance to its tune. It would not surprise me if $5 million gets one into the top 1% and believe me when I tell you all those people with $5 million have no power whatsoever and only hope that the next stock market glich will not reduce them to greeting Walmart shoppers. Most of them are old, retired and living on an income which Bernanke has reduced to zero.

      1. Richard Kline

        So jake, no and yes.

        Yes, it is literally true that _owenership_ concentration lies with the .1%, as does the bulk of the political power. However, no, the rest of the 1% (and really the next 4-5% as well) are the ‘asset class.’ Theese folks own most of the financial assets, and hence bunch together.

        It is that clusteration of _all_ the assets around the .1% that really gives them power. There are no significant factions amongst the asset class relative to the rest of the citizenry. And the lack of political power of the .9% and even more of the next few percent as well _increases_ their dependency upon the actions and expectations of the top .1%. The .9% have a lot to lose, but little autonomy in how they protect what they have, so they have to play along with ‘the market’ and ‘the parties’ and all the rest to hold onto their stakes. There is an inherent class bias built into owning significant assets, is what I’m saying.

        Are all of the 1% ‘evil’? Are all of the 5% ‘eveil’? Obviously not. But let’s be clear jake: they don’t live the life that the rest of the 99% do. Education? They can afford it for their kids. Medical care, including catastrohic emergencies? They can afford it. Real estate/home? They can afford it (though naturally they run into debt trouble just like the rest). Getting away from it all? They can afford it. Financial disaster where they lose half their assets? They can afford it and STILL be in the 1% (unless they ruined themselves with debt/leverage, but that’s typically a choice in investment priorities, and not a forced choice).

        On the larger point, do you think that most of the individuals in the 1-5% would vote with: a) the 99% of the citizenry, or b) their personal assets. Buddy, jake, I think you and I and everyone we know know damn well that they will vote their assets. And that is the problem, really: the asset class has seceded from the citizenry and become completely bunched around the more genuinely corrupt .1%. It would be a tremendous political development, whether driven by the Occupiers or not, if the .9% actually _split_ with the .1%—but not only am I not expecting that in the least but I would look on that development with tremendous apprehension. Why? The odds on them going pseudo-popular fascist are far, far higher than I like to think. Because that’s who becomes fascists, moderate to middling asset holders terrified of losing their stake and being shoved down into the seething masses whom they, the petit assetois (to fake a phrase), have long sneered at or at least averted their gaze from.

        From the strategic perspective, citizen insurgents have to treat the asset class as a body, however much individual defections from that body should and would be welcome. Yes, that is a class-based activist program—but we didn’t start it: the .1% did, and the other .9% huddled around their feet leaving the rest of the citizenry up to their noses in the cold, cold sewage outside. Just think it through is what I ask . . . .

        1. jake chase


          That is all very interesting. Personally, I believe most people who vote (either Republican or Democratic) are deluded in thinking that their chosen candidates support any agenda other than the corporate agenda which guarantees them a comfy afterlife if they conform to the program (think Bill Clinton and just about every Senator and Congressman) and leaves them out on a limb if they don’t. I also think that unless increasing numbers of people come to understand what the problem actually is, we have no chance of solving it, that unthinking popular action tends to produce demagogery, that either fascism or leftist expropriation remain distinct possibilities when ignorance is in the saddle, that sensible individuals pursue individual solutions so long as these remain possible, because political solutions generally produce worse results than anyone bargained for. What I see on this site (and it is one of the better ones) is an enormous amount of unfocused rage emanating mostly from people who feel their education and intelligence is not properly rewarded by a system that is certainly corrupt, but, let’s face it, no more corrupt on balance than it has been consistently for more than 100 years. Personally, I think a large part of the problem is that people have put unreasoning faith in higher education and forsaken development of skills that would leave them quite competent to survive in the system we have. One of my newest friends is a man in his early thirties who attended a trade high school in Massachusetts. He now pursues a large range of construction trades as an independent contractor, has a family, owns his own home and a swimming pool which he built himself. He is doing just fine, has more work than he can handle, will take on any job at a price which makes me wonder how he can possibly make any money. I think the future belongs to people like this, not overeducated Marxist Lenists who go around organizing proletarians and college students and whining about the lack of jobs. These are the people who got us Obama, and that ought to make even you wonder about the kind of allies you are courting.

          1. Skippy

            Life is defined in terms of success by… home ownership, a pool, a job and this is the bar by which humanity will survive.

            Skippy…your killing me… literally. Btw I have the same ability. Yet I’m not so deluded as to think its the end all be all of going forward. I cant source good wood products any more, diminishing returns ring a bell?

        2. JTFaraday

          “Why? The odds on them going pseudo-popular fascist are far, far higher than I like to think.”

          Speak of the devil.

  2. The 99%

    Dear 1%
    Give back the bailout money, the money sitting in your bank account not helping you or the economy while 30 million people lose their homes and life savings, and another 3 Billion people around the world go hungry because that money is used to gamble up food prices. Give back all of it. Thanks. Nothing else to say to you otherwise, because I think you must lead very dull, sedate, and uninteresting lives (except when the 99% rock your world of course).

    -The 99%

    1. Maximilien

      Great idea! To deepen the pen-pal relationship, promise to continue writing even when he (or she) is in prison.

    2. Barry Odorous

      Please don’t count me among the 99%. I’m not a millionaire but I still admire those 1% a lot more than I admire you. You communists and socialists are 48%, not 99%, and you will see that at election time.

      1. pws4

        “…and you will see that at election time.”

        Let’s see in the election we have a hardcore, fanatical FIRE sector loving capitalist running against another hardcore, fanatical FIRE sector capitalist.

        What is it your expecting us to see? The new president of the United States (or the re-elected old one) is a pathetic stooge of Wall Street.

        We don’t need an election to see that.

      2. Nathanael

        So you admire trust fund babies?


        How about the criminals at Enron, who are on tape deliberately ordering a power shortage so they could steal more money?

        Why do you admire them?

        They are a large part of the 1%. Why do you admire them? Is it because you’re brainwashed?

      3. Rex

        Barry Odorous?? What’s your wife’s name — Shirley? (Shirley, you can’t be serious.)

        Barry Odorous, something smells fishy in your provocative comment.

    1. nobody

      I’d bet that with a bit of googling and a little sleuthery it wouldn’t be hard to find a home address for a bank executive in the top 0.01% to write to.

  3. jaymaster

    I guess you have to draw the line somewhere, but it seems pointless to limit the list to bankers without including their enablers in congress.

  4. Barry Odorous

    Do you guys really think the top 1% earners in the USA will spend time reading your garbage? They are too busy making money so they can be taxed to pay for your welfare and your universal healthcare. At least show some gratitude and thank them.

    1. Yves Smith Post author

      They’ll take notice of messages sent, even if they go unread. The bank board members in particular are freaked out about OWS, they’d probably consider it remiss not to read or at least have their assistants make summaries.

      1. Jesse

        Yeah, such a bizarre claim by him as the US is the only industrialized nation without universal health care. Thought everyone knew that.

    2. Rex

      Barry Odorous says…

      “Give me an f.” … “F!”
      “Give me an i.” … “I!”
      “Give me an s.” … “S!”
      “Give me an h.” … “H!”

      What’s that smell? … “FISH!”
      What’s that smell? … “FISH!”

      (The baby boomers may get it.) Come on all of you big strong men. Uncle Sam’s F’ed it up again.

  5. bongos

    Ah, she’s heard it all before, she’s a class traitor – just like you, except she betrays and undermines the oligarchy whereas you betray undermine the lumpenproletariat.

  6. Peripheral Visionary

    I think a lot of people in “the 1%” are in full-blown denial of that fact.

    I don’t know the full breakdown, but I suspect that “the 1%” breakdown is probably around $250k+ in annual income and/or $1MM+ in savings or accrued pension benefits, which covers most politicians, lawyers, senior government employees, college professors, and no small number of activists who proudly proclaim themselves to be part of “the 99%” but aren’t telling the other 99% about their trust fund.

    It’s not just bankers, and the fact that the exclusive focus has been on the bankers tells you a lot about the worldview of the protesters.

      1. Nathanael

        The top 1/3 of 1% are the real villains. It might be simpler to say, the top 0.1%.

        1/3 of 1% are people raking in a million dollars a year. They sure aren’t earning that. To repeat: that’s enough for one person to live *an entire lifetime* without working, and they’re raking it in each and every year.

        0.1% are raking in $2.7 million dollars a year.

        It’s slightly unfortunate that “1%” has become the number used, because there are a lot of people in the 1% who are basically just highly-paid worker drones. But everyone in the 0.1% is outside the world of actual work. Some are responsible and use their wealth for good causes, but most seem to be kleptocrats, intent on taking more and more and more for no good reason.

      2. Nathanael

        Also, if you really want horrifying numbers, go by net assets (after subtracting debts) rather than by incomes. You get a somewhat different top 1% (who are effectively richer than the top 1% by income) and a practically identical top 0.1%.

        But it becomes clear exactly how obscenely, dangerously wealthy the top 0.1% are.

    1. big cigar

      Yes, it’s reductive albeit catchy. Really, the kleptocrats to be purged are a small fraction of the 1%, and their corrupt retainers often don’t come up to the asset threshold at all. But most of us in the 1% are fed up too, and it isn’t very smart to piss us off.

    2. LucyLulu

      According to Kiplinger, who looked at 2009 IRS figures, the most recent year available, if you declare adjusted gross income of $343,927 or more, that places you in the top 1%. They earn 17% of the nation’s income and pay 37% of the income taxes. You only need to have an AGI of $32,394 to be in the top 50%. The bottom 50% earns 13% of the nation’s income and pay 2.25% of the income tax. Though the Kiplinger article didn’t specify which figure they used, I believe the difference in numbers between these and what was quoted by the other poster (top 1% being $250K) is that the higher number is household income and the lower number is individual.

      The article also provides a calculator where you can enter your AGI and it will tell you where you rank in terms of percentage of income, if you’re interested.


    3. Yves Smith Post author

      This thread suggests “We are the 99%” is still correct.

      1. The people protesting are in the bottom 99%

      2. The big problem is the top 0.1% BUT

      3. Much of the rest of the top 1% won’t stand against them.

  7. andrew hartman

    i think certain large banks in this country and around the world are
    predators and need much more regulation. that said, the OWS thing
    is not the way to it. the people i have heard are ignorant, and their style is straight protest/hippie/street theater. this will never work for the 98.9%
    who haven’t joined them. some of the OWS stuff is really creepy: what’s
    with the speaker speaks/the crowd repeats crap? don’t you know how
    weird that looks and sounds?

    nothing will happen because of OWS. the people to pressure are
    members of congress and the white house. lets get to it.

    1. Nathanael

      The part where the crowd repeats stuff is because the government of New York has banned electronic amplification. So it’s just the only way for people to hear.

      I suppose at some point OWS may decide to defy the ban on electronic amplification, but they prefer to work around things like that rather than confronting such little things directly.

  8. andrew hartman


    thanks for the answer. so there’s a good reason for the i say/you repeat. but
    it still sounds strange. the crowd was using it at atlanta when they dissed
    john lewis. did atlanta ban sound systems too?

    1. bongosd

      They don’t care what you think unless you’re there. Not if you’re congress. Not if you’re the president. They’re talking amongst themselves. Terrifying, isn’t it?

  9. Lloyd C. Bankster

    My pen pal just sent me the following message:

    “I am a 26 year old man, i have a 2 year old son. I have worked for Wells fargo and JP Morgan Chase, both of those jobs were outsourced overseas and i was forced to sign a non disclosure agreement to get a severance package. I now work at a hospital ware, for the past 2 years they haven’t given out raises and as of January 1’st 2012 i will be laid off due to the economy. I have about 9k in debt because i cant choose between food and rent, i have a child to feed. I’ve been filing exempt for over a year just to afford less debt. When my debt to income ratio collide and i can lo longer afford food or rent, I’ll get a third job and see what happens.

    What would life be like to worry about what my sons doing, instead of wondering?…”

    If I ignored this message, it would make me look like a heartless bastard and so I tried to respond with as much sympathy as possible, as follows:

    “Dear 99 percent. I have a net worth estimated at $1.4 billion, and last year I received a bonus of $27.3 million, along with my salary, as well as, stock and options, giving me a total of $53,965,418 compensation for 2010. It must really suck to be you. Cheers.”

  10. aletheia33

    i love this.

    “outsource the white house, congress, and the supreme court”

    that should fix everything.

  11. Ozzie Maland

    Seafoid comments today on OWS:
    -Congress is a whorehouse.
    -The financial sector is out of control
    -The Defense sector has America by the balls
    -The rich are incompetent and there is no end to their greed
    -US foreign policy is a sick joke
    -Ditto US democracy
    – neoliberalism has failed
    -The environment is going to collapse without a change in the way we do things
    These are the main issues IMO
    (Seafoid today at http://mondoweiss.net/2011/10/props-for-the-amazing-political-space-ows-created-but-jews-have-to-talk-about-palestine.html#more-54907

  12. Flying Kiwi

    “But according to one of the site’s co-founders, Olivia Leirer, research revealed that if the group released that information, they could be prosecuted if their call to action unwittingly crashed the email servers of the nation’s biggest banks…”

    So in the US you can be prosecuted for something you did not intend and did unwittingly?

    God help you.

  13. notsofastfriend

    Bankers are above the law (or so they think) and have acted with impunity and psychopathic zeal. Time to really put pressure on the system and become a pen pal.

    Dear Mr. Banker,

    Please stop commiting fraud, stealing and lying.

    Thanks you
    Forever your indebted slave
    The guy next door

  14. diddywa

    If this is going to move, one way or another it has to go this way. Maybe it’s the way it’s already going, one can hope.

    Liberals have to win over our natural allies, those who already mostly agree, but will not listen because our leaders and commenters look down on them.

    This has to stop. Now.

    We don’t own the MSM. We do have leaders though, like here, in the ‘internets.’

    Here’s the point. I cheered the tea party at first. They started by fighting bailouts. Maybe they’ve been taken over, I don’t know. But the ones who started it still feel the same. They are the 99% too.

    I can’t say it so eloquently. Please see: http://dailyhowler.blogspot.com/2011/09/missing-movement-watch-if-we-could-talk.html

    And more of Bob Somersby’s comments, like his Where the Wild Things Are blog thread. And don’t listen any longer to any leaders who tell us:

    It has to be Us vs Them!

  15. LOL

    LOL. I read this post in the afternoon and then see this story on yahoo in the evening about how Obama sends personal checks to the needy. They even use the word ‘penpal’ – (‘
    Obama’s pen pal donations’).


  16. Linus Huber

    SCARE 20.12.2012
    (Stop Corruption And Repression Effective 20.12.2012)

    Banks were given a very important privilege to create money in the form of extending credit. This function requires diligence and careful consideration in regard to individual credit risks as well as to overall credit levels in the system. The financial crisis revealed that the banks were operating at too high a leverage and with too much risk. They were used to be saved by the Central Banks and certain that in times of difficulties the Central Banks were there to save them. They were like trained dogs and their master Greenspan or Bernanke would always be there to rescue them when unforeseen difficulties arose.

    That may be true but that does not absolve them from their obligation to monitor overall debt levels in the system as well as being diligent in evaluating the debtors ability to not only service a debt but to be able to repay it over time. The banks clearly failed in this function that is the core function of banking but focused mainly on their compensation packages. The way these bankers enriched themselves in the process of driving the financial system into a wall was appalling and the average income earner was never able to comprehend their schemes but preferred to simply ignore them. Of course, the bankers explained their outrages income levels with free market principles of supply and demand, where the best simply could be hired with those kinds of benefits only. In hindsight those superior managers seem to have missed their mark considerably. The most interesting aspect of all of this is the fact that, after we have been more than 3 years in this financial crisis, the bankers continue to loot the system as if nothing ever happened.

    True to form the Central Banks “saved” the financial system by saving those great financial institutions without whom the system would have collapsed, as was argued. Hardly were we out of the danger of collapse, the banks immediately went back to their old ways and were certain that this was a problem that would occur just once in a lifetime and now all was clear again. The real problem, however, had not been addressed but had simply been muddied.
    In actuality, the losses produced of extending unsustainable levels of credit by the banks have been transferred to the public. Different ways were chosen to achieve this task in the form of free money for the banks, injection of government funds into some institutions, increase of basic money supply and so on.

    The threat of system collapse would have been labelled blackmail if it would have occurred in another setting. However the bankers were able to influence the media, the legislators and regulators in their favour with all the financial resources available to them. Nobody was made to take any responsibility and no one was taken to account.

    This represents a serious violation of the spirit of the Rule of Law that is the basis of western society. It seems that now the new rule is Might is Right. This changes many parameters in the compass of the social system within the western world. No one can be sure on what level and when one will be subjected to the financial abuse of those elites. Presently, the people in charge are trying to enhance financial repression of which one form is to keep interest rates below the level of inflation which affects mainly those that lived within their means over the past many years; another clear violation of the spirit of the Rule of Law as it transfers losses from bad investments to the innocent and decent part of the population. In addition, the increased level of government debt puts in doubt all those benefits promised by governments the world over.

    It is interesting how the banks were able to confuse the public who was/is unable to grasp the actual situation. But considering the banker’s great financial resources, it seems not that much of a miracle to influence the media and the legislator and having politicians do their bidding. The question is what the heck can WE, THE PEOPLE do about it.

    Usually, we could address such things on a political level as we are a democracy, right? But it seems that the system has been corrupted by all the money sloshing around and it is extremely difficult to find any electable person that will act against those powerful interests. In addition, it will take many years until sufficient numbers of persons with the new thinking and with integrity not to be corrupted by those lobbying efforts will be elected to office that will implement the changes needed. So, what should we do? Start a revolution?

    Well, the blackmail used by the banks may be the only way to address the injustices that have occurred over the past few years. They showed us how to leverage one’s limited resources to achieve one’s goal. Therefore the following proposal to start the movement “SCARE 20.12.2012” should be seen in this context. The idea is that if by that time (20.12.2012) some serious injustices have not been removed from the system, people will start to withdraw their money from all financial institutions driving them into default. And it might work, because those who hesitate to support this threat may be left with no money as the banks will have to close down before all has been paid out.
    Now, what demands are made if that scenario is to be avoided.

    1. Bankers and past Bankers (all those working in the financial industry that earned in excess of $500k plus annually for more than 2 years during the past 15 years and this without any downside risk i.e. risk of financial losses, except the possibility of losing their job) have to be made personally accountable for their past activities and be removed from any such position that might directly or indirectly have influence on the money creation and lending aspects of the economy (this includes regulating agencies and politics) before 20.12.2012.

    2. Present and past regulators have to be made personally accountable for their past activities and be removed from any such position that might directly or indirectly have influence on the money creation and lending aspects of the economy (this includes financial institutions and politics) before 20.12.2012.

    3. Politicians that accept any financial support from institutions that are involved in the money creation and lending aspects of the economy will have to face a jail term of no less than 2 years without the possibility of parole.

    When these 3 points are implemented before 20.12.2012, we the public will not destroy the financial system but support the way to find back to the RULE OF LAW and away from the idea of MIGHT IS RIGHT.

  17. pj

    Insatiable. Some people are insatiable. You know them. They are never satisfied with whatever they have, they need something new, something better, something more. Is it a character flaw? Is it a psychological problem? Were they neglected as a child?

    We idolize those people, rather than get them help. They become the Murdochs’, the Buffets’, the Bushs’, and we slap them on the back and look at them in envy and awe.

    Meanwhile, we lift our noses at the mentally challenged homeless guy, who chose to drop out rather than participate in the real insanity.

    These people can’t help themselves. Shouldn’t we be getting them help, rather than allowing them to destroy themselves – and everyone around them – with their insatiable desires?

  18. JohnB

    THE BLOOD SUCKING RAT-BASTARD BANKING SCUM, Who are trying to turn you into a scrunched-up blood-drained pathetic crippled little cog in the death-machine of the human soul.

    Fight them fuckers, quite being the docile chump consumer sheep.

  19. Susan the other

    Apparently Gaddafi was the world’s richest man and died penniless in a sewer drain.. well he only needed to be finished off by a band of ragtag snaggletoothed revenge-filled former subjects with extremely high-tech weapons. But that band of rebels served the purposes of the global 1%. OWS is certainly not such an organization of frenzied revenge-seekers. So they are actually a negative for the 1% because even the henchmen of the banksters (old cops) have been rebuked. So it is interesting that Citi is offering to set up email accounts (for a fee of course) to learn the politcal position (and possible physical position) of “pen pals” assumed to be sympathetic with OWS. This penpalling accomplishes two things: 1. It serves to begin sidlining OWS, and 2. Citi could make lots of money in email account fees.

  20. JohnB

    Open letter to: Jamie Dimon, Ceo JPMorgan Chase

    Hi Jamie

    Since you and your buddies wrecked the economy and made the rest of us pay for it,
    life must be getting awfully lonely up there at the top 1%.

    But, I must hand it to you, your snake oil, I mean all the worthless derivatives you have been pushing, naked short selling, the paper pm rigging are all smelling pretty bad to the rest of us,
    the 99%.

    NYPD has been behaving pretty nasty lately, harassing, beating and hauling off peaceful, mostly
    young, protesters to jail. You wouldn’t have anything to do with that I hope?

    Oh, by the way is it true you donated $4.6 million to the NYPD recently? Protection money?
    Rent a cop detail units are pulling $37.00 plus an hour from you boys.

    I know money talks and bullshit walks and it’s all legal, not ethical but legal, so you’re safe.
    Let’s face it, you have got Timmy, Ben and the greedy spineless politicians in your pocket.
    You’ve got the money and their blessing while the 99% got shafted.

    Please don’t ask us to bend over again, it’s really hurting, we all are.That’s why we are hitting the streets. Don’t ask us to pay for your gambling obsession-losses of OtherPeoplesMoney.

    Anyway if you feel like (“Capitalism will commit suicide” Karl Marx), think before your exponential impunity catches up with you, come on over to the light, join us the 99% and take your chance to step up to the plate, speak the truth and set yourself free, start living, have fun doing it, kick some ass and let’s make America what it is supposed to be: The best God Damn country in the world for ALL AMERICANS.

    The 99%

    “Just because it’s legal, doesn’t mean it’s ethical”.

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