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carlzimmer:

Huge manta rays are being killed so quacks can sell their gill rakers. (via Manta Rays Endangered by Sudden Demand from Chinese Medicine | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network)
carlzimmer:

Huge manta rays are being killed so quacks can sell their gill rakers. (via Manta Rays Endangered by Sudden Demand from Chinese Medicine | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network)
wearethe99percent:

I am a high school student.   In the past two years my dad has worked in three different places, not to mention he spent 4 months out of work.  Now, my dad’s gone. He screwed us over.  My mom now has $30000 in debt.  She has two jobs, yet still can’t manage to hold the house now.  We’re at a point where I , the 9th grader, has to look for a job.  We need help.
We are the 99%.

wearethe99percent:

I am a high school student.   In the past two years my dad has worked in three different places, not to mention he spent 4 months out of work.  Now, my dad’s gone. He screwed us over.  My mom now has $30000 in debt.  She has two jobs, yet still can’t manage to hold the house now.  We’re at a point where I , the 9th grader, has to look for a job.  We need help.

We are the 99%.

wearethe99percent:

My mom was diagnosed with kidney disease 2 years ago.  Fortunately she’s able to get dialysis treatment 3 times a week because of my dad’s insurance.  Many other people aren’t as fortunate.  They are the 99%.  I am the 99%.

wearethe99percent:

My mom was diagnosed with kidney disease 2 years ago.  Fortunately she’s able to get dialysis treatment 3 times a week because of my dad’s insurance.  Many other people aren’t as fortunate.  They are the 99%.  I am the 99%.

wearethe99percent:

At the age of 22, the most I’ve made per hour is $9.50.  I have worked on the books since I was fifteen, and babysat before that.  My family was working class down to our roots.  My dad worked two sometimes three jobs to make ends meet…and my mom still had to go to work.  When I left on maternity leave, I was making little more than 8 dollars an hour.  After the baby, I was informed that since I didn’t qualify for FMLA, I was being let go.  I could “reinterview” for my position.  I was on unemployment for about four months, which paid less than 200 dollars a week.  How do you provide for a baby on that??  Then, when I applied for assistance, they told me we made too much money.  I wanted to ask the lady where that extra money was, cause I could sure use it right about now…Thankfully, I got a job now; but we are just barely afloat.  I see no decent cars in our future, nor do I see us able to buy a house.  I shop at discount grocery store, I buy second hand, and the dollar store are my saving grace.  I would like to feel secure from week to week.  I would like to have a savings account, and be able to put away money for my baby to go to school.  I would like to buy a house and have a reliable car that isn’t jimmy rigged together.  I am not afraid of working.  As I said, I’m a working class person…but I would like to get paid a living wage, and have a career instead of fast food.  IS THIS SO MUCH TO ASK?When I was a kid, they told us about the American Dream, and how we could be whatever we wanted.  This isn’t really what I had pictured.  I have a kid, that’s true…but bankruptcy, a small apartment, two beat cars, and a ton of bills just wasn’t what I had hoped for.  I don’t even have the picket fence.We are the 99%. occupywallst.org

wearethe99percent:

At the age of 22, the most I’ve made per hour is $9.50.  I have worked on the books since I was fifteen, and babysat before that.  My family was working class down to our roots.  My dad worked two sometimes three jobs to make ends meet…and my mom still had to go to work. 

When I left on maternity leave, I was making little more than 8 dollars an hour.  After the baby, I was informed that since I didn’t qualify for FMLA, I was being let go.  I could “reinterview” for my position.  I was on unemployment for about four months, which paid less than 200 dollars a week.  How do you provide for a baby on that??  Then, when I applied for assistance, they told me we made too much money.  I wanted to ask the lady where that extra money was, cause I could sure use it right about now…

Thankfully, I got a job now; but we are just barely afloat.  I see no decent cars in our future, nor do I see us able to buy a house.  I shop at discount grocery store, I buy second hand, and the dollar store are my saving grace. 

I would like to feel secure from week to week.  I would like to have a savings account, and be able to put away money for my baby to go to school.  I would like to buy a house and have a reliable car that isn’t jimmy rigged together.  I am not afraid of working.  As I said, I’m a working class person…but I would like to get paid a living wage, and have a career instead of fast food. 

IS THIS SO MUCH TO ASK?

When I was a kid, they told us about the American Dream, and how we could be whatever we wanted.  This isn’t really what I had pictured.  I have a kid, that’s true…but bankruptcy, a small apartment, two beat cars, and a ton of bills just wasn’t what I had hoped for. 

I don’t even have the picket fence.

We are the 99%.
occupywallst.org

wearethe99percent:

I am 24 years-old… and I am one of the very lucky ones. Two years ago, I was diagnosed with skin cancer, and because I was on the truly fortunate ones, I was able to receive medical treatment that I know millions in this country alone cannot afford to have when they’re sick and scared, in pain and in need. On January 4th of this year, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Once again, the fact that I am one of the very luckiest never escapes my mind or my heart. Fortunately, I am still covered under my parents’ health care plan for the next two years. Because of this blessing, I’ve been able to receive treatments, surgeries, and the necessary medications I need to not only survive but to live so that I can fight not only chronic illness but far more nefarious, demoralizing evils like chronic racism, intolerance, greed, corruption, and apathy. 
I am a first-generation Palestinian-American, and I will ALWAYS stand with the 99% fighting tirelessly against injustice on all fronts. I stand with my tireless comrades resisting and galvanizing to bring about REAL change! They are my heroes who instill real hope in me and will ultimately change the world. So keep fighting dear comrades!
I believe in hope…
I believe that the blood, tears, patient suffering, and steadfast struggle of the 99% all over the world will stand the test of time and achieve all that is just and moral. 
Occupy everything and don’t ever remain silent in the face of injustice anywhere it exists! 
I am the 99 percent.
occupywallst.org
“Never doubt that a doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
-          Margaret Mead

wearethe99percent:

I am 24 years-old… and I am one of the very lucky ones. Two years ago, I was diagnosed with skin cancer, and because I was on the truly fortunate ones, I was able to receive medical treatment that I know millions in this country alone cannot afford to have when they’re sick and scared, in pain and in need. On January 4th of this year, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Once again, the fact that I am one of the very luckiest never escapes my mind or my heart. Fortunately, I am still covered under my parents’ health care plan for the next two years. Because of this blessing, I’ve been able to receive treatments, surgeries, and the necessary medications I need to not only survive but to live so that I can fight not only chronic illness but far more nefarious, demoralizing evils like chronic racism, intolerance, greed, corruption, and apathy. 

I am a first-generation Palestinian-American, and I will ALWAYS stand with the 99% fighting tirelessly against injustice on all fronts. I stand with my tireless comrades resisting and galvanizing to bring about REAL change! They are my heroes who instill real hope in me and will ultimately change the world. So keep fighting dear comrades!

I believe in hope…

I believe that the blood, tears, patient suffering, and steadfast struggle of the 99% all over the world will stand the test of time and achieve all that is just and moral. 

Occupy everything and don’t ever remain silent in the face of injustice anywhere it exists! 

I am the 99 percent.

occupywallst.org

“Never doubt that a doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

-          Margaret Mead

wearethe99percent:

At the age of 22, the most I’ve made per hour is $9.50.  I have worked on the books since I was fifteen, and babysat before that.  My family was working class down to our roots.  My dad worked two sometimes three jobs to make ends meet…and my mom still had to go to work.  When I left on maternity leave, I was making little more than 8 dollars an hour.  After the baby, I was informed that since I didn’t qualify for FMLA, I was being let go.  I could “reinterview” for my position.  I was on unemployment for about four months, which paid less than 200 dollars a week.  How do you provide for a baby on that??  Then, when I applied for assistance, they told me we made too much money.  I wanted to ask the lady where that extra money was, cause I could sure use it right about now…Thankfully, I got a job now; but we are just barely afloat.  I see no decent cars in our future, nor do I see us able to buy a house.  I shop at discount grocery store, I buy second hand, and the dollar store are my saving grace.  I would like to feel secure from week to week.  I would like to have a savings account, and be able to put away money for my baby to go to school.  I would like to buy a house and have a reliable car that isn’t jimmy rigged together.  I am not afraid of working.  As I said, I’m a working class person…but I would like to get paid a living wage, and have a career instead of fast food.  IS THIS SO MUCH TO ASK?When I was a kid, they told us about the American Dream, and how we could be whatever we wanted.  This isn’t really what I had pictured.  I have a kid, that’s true…but bankruptcy, a small apartment, two beat cars, and a ton of bills just wasn’t what I had hoped for.  I don’t even have the picket fence.We are the 99%. occupywallst.org

wearethe99percent:

At the age of 22, the most I’ve made per hour is $9.50.  I have worked on the books since I was fifteen, and babysat before that.  My family was working class down to our roots.  My dad worked two sometimes three jobs to make ends meet…and my mom still had to go to work. 

When I left on maternity leave, I was making little more than 8 dollars an hour.  After the baby, I was informed that since I didn’t qualify for FMLA, I was being let go.  I could “reinterview” for my position.  I was on unemployment for about four months, which paid less than 200 dollars a week.  How do you provide for a baby on that??  Then, when I applied for assistance, they told me we made too much money.  I wanted to ask the lady where that extra money was, cause I could sure use it right about now…

Thankfully, I got a job now; but we are just barely afloat.  I see no decent cars in our future, nor do I see us able to buy a house.  I shop at discount grocery store, I buy second hand, and the dollar store are my saving grace. 

I would like to feel secure from week to week.  I would like to have a savings account, and be able to put away money for my baby to go to school.  I would like to buy a house and have a reliable car that isn’t jimmy rigged together.  I am not afraid of working.  As I said, I’m a working class person…but I would like to get paid a living wage, and have a career instead of fast food. 

IS THIS SO MUCH TO ASK?

When I was a kid, they told us about the American Dream, and how we could be whatever we wanted.  This isn’t really what I had pictured.  I have a kid, that’s true…but bankruptcy, a small apartment, two beat cars, and a ton of bills just wasn’t what I had hoped for. 

I don’t even have the picket fence.

We are the 99%.
occupywallst.org

wearethe99percent:

When I was 17, I was ejected from a car.
I suffered 3 brain hemorrhages and a broken spine.
Everyday I have severe mood swings and I feel out of touch.
I can’t find a job in my condition.
I support my family with food stamps,
and all my clothes are old and torn.
Doctors keep blowing me off.
I feel like my whole life is
A WASTE!
I am the 99 percent.
occupywallst.org

wearethe99percent:

When I was 17, I was ejected from a car.

I suffered 3 brain hemorrhages and a broken spine.

Everyday I have severe mood swings and I feel out of touch.

I can’t find a job in my condition.

I support my family with food stamps,

and all my clothes are old and torn.

Doctors keep blowing me off.

I feel like my whole life is

A WASTE!

I am the 99 percent.

occupywallst.org

wearethe99percent:

I am a middle-aged man working three part-time jobs that pay anywhere between $11 and $17 an hour.  I have three different college degrees to my name but full-time work is still an elusive endeavor.  The only reason I have medical insurance is due to my wife. Our medical premiums continue to rise, doubling this past year, as our out of pocket expenses exponentially increase. This while the insurance company cries poor and posts quarter profits in the billions.  
 Still, I consider myself very lucky to have what I have. I am deeply concerned with what has transpired in this country for the last thirty years.  Our country was once known for its commitment of upward mobility and the “American Dream.” That commitment has been called into question as more of us struggle to make ends meet on whatever meager incomes we garner. Many of us are facing a crisis in confidence in many of our personal and professional lives. It has been said that great civilizations die from suicide rather than homicide. What we are experiencing is the hijacking of our political system from the corporate oligarchs that have swayed the judicial and legislative process for decades and have thus created a plutocracy where malfeasance is a common occurrence. Our current economy favors consumption over production; debt over saving; and self-indulgence over altruism. We Americans must insist on complete transparency, clarity and accessibility when it comes to conglomerates dictating policy and procedure. This goes for K-street as well as Wall Street. 
The first step in overhauling the mores and values of Wall Street is setting up a system of checks and balances that would make the framers of our constitution proud.  All corporate entities that were on the receiving end of the bailouts should be subjected to unilateral fiscal and management audits conducted by reputable & independent firms. These audits would not only track every transaction, settlement, and agreement; it would disseminate where money went and to whom. The mantra of “trust but verify” would echo the halls of all federated entities that have parlayed public monies. However, it would be naive to think that pure unadulterated accountability would ever happen in our current capitalistic paradigm where it’s every man for himself; capitalism without a conscience; and profits before the people. As Lord Action once stated: “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.” 
The next step towards reform is to bring government back to “We the People” … Not, We the Directorate. Both political parties have contorted and blended themselves into an amalgam of dishonesty and distrust that depend on the deep pockets of big business.  Lobbyists have taken away the principle of “one person one vote” and have rigged and exploited the political process to the detriment of the Middle Class. In 2009, over 13,700 registered lobbyists spent well over 3.5 billion dollars to control and manipulate the legislative process. That comes out to 6.5 million dollars for each legislative member. I have learned from OWS that change comes from within, that democracy is not a spectator sport and that we all need to get into the game.  I want to believe that we can create a fair and equatable capitalistic environment where everyone can be held to the same standard, no matter how much money they have.  We have always taught our children to work hard, be honest, have integrity and they will succeed in life.  That is no longer true.  The people who succeed lie, cheat, and steal at any cost to advance in life. That’s why I am proud to be part of the 99%. Occupywallstreet.org

wearethe99percent:

I am a middle-aged man working three part-time jobs that pay anywhere between $11 and $17 an hour.  I have three different college degrees to my name but full-time work is still an elusive endeavor.  The only reason I have medical insurance is due to my wife. Our medical premiums continue to rise, doubling this past year, as our out of pocket expenses exponentially increase. This while the insurance company cries poor and posts quarter profits in the billions.  

Still, I consider myself very lucky to have what I have. I am deeply concerned with what has transpired in this country for the last thirty years.  Our country was once known for its commitment of upward mobility and the “American Dream.” That commitment has been called into question as more of us struggle to make ends meet on whatever meager incomes we garner. Many of us are facing a crisis in confidence in many of our personal and professional lives. It has been said that great civilizations die from suicide rather than homicide. What we are experiencing is the hijacking of our political system from the corporate oligarchs that have swayed the judicial and legislative process for decades and have thus created a plutocracy where malfeasance is a common occurrence. Our current economy favors consumption over production; debt over saving; and self-indulgence over altruism. We Americans must insist on complete transparency, clarity and accessibility when it comes to conglomerates dictating policy and procedure. This goes for K-street as well as Wall Street. 

The first step in overhauling the mores and values of Wall Street is setting up a system of checks and balances that would make the framers of our constitution proud.  All corporate entities that were on the receiving end of the bailouts should be subjected to unilateral fiscal and management audits conducted by reputable & independent firms. These audits would not only track every transaction, settlement, and agreement; it would disseminate where money went and to whom. The mantra of “trust but verify” would echo the halls of all federated entities that have parlayed public monies. However, it would be naive to think that pure unadulterated accountability would ever happen in our current capitalistic paradigm where it’s every man for himself; capitalism without a conscience; and profits before the people. As Lord Action once stated: “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.” 

The next step towards reform is to bring government back to “We the People” … Not, We the Directorate. Both political parties have contorted and blended themselves into an amalgam of dishonesty and distrust that depend on the deep pockets of big business.  Lobbyists have taken away the principle of “one person one vote” and have rigged and exploited the political process to the detriment of the Middle Class. In 2009, over 13,700 registered lobbyists spent well over 3.5 billion dollars to control and manipulate the legislative process. That comes out to 6.5 million dollars for each legislative member. I have learned from OWS that change comes from within, that democracy is not a spectator sport and that we all need to get into the game.  I want to believe that we can create a fair and equatable capitalistic environment where everyone can be held to the same standard, no matter how much money they have.  We have always taught our children to work hard, be honest, have integrity and they will succeed in life.  That is no longer true.  The people who succeed lie, cheat, and steal at any cost to advance in life. That’s why I am proud to be part of the 99%. Occupywallstreet.org

wearethe99percent:

I am a middle-aged man working three part-time jobs that pay anywhere between $11 and $17 an hour.  I have three different college degrees to my name but full-time work is still an elusive endeavor.  The only reason I have medical insurance is due to my wife. Our medical premiums continue to rise, doubling this past year, as our out of pocket expenses exponentially increase. This while the insurance company cries poor and posts quarter profits in the billions.  
 Still, I consider myself very lucky to have what I have. I am deeply concerned with what has transpired in this country for the last thirty years.  Our country was once known for its commitment of upward mobility and the “American Dream.” That commitment has been called into question as more of us struggle to make ends meet on whatever meager incomes we garner. Many of us are facing a crisis in confidence in many of our personal and professional lives. It has been said that great civilizations die from suicide rather than homicide. What we are experiencing is the hijacking of our political system from the corporate oligarchs that have swayed the judicial and legislative process for decades and have thus created a plutocracy where malfeasance is a common occurrence. Our current economy favors consumption over production; debt over saving; and self-indulgence over altruism. We Americans must insist on complete transparency, clarity and accessibility when it comes to conglomerates dictating policy and procedure. This goes for K-street as well as Wall Street. 
The first step in overhauling the mores and values of Wall Street is setting up a system of checks and balances that would make the framers of our constitution proud.  All corporate entities that were on the receiving end of the bailouts should be subjected to unilateral fiscal and management audits conducted by reputable & independent firms. These audits would not only track every transaction, settlement, and agreement; it would disseminate where money went and to whom. The mantra of “trust but verify” would echo the halls of all federated entities that have parlayed public monies. However, it would be naive to think that pure unadulterated accountability would ever happen in our current capitalistic paradigm where it’s every man for himself; capitalism without a conscience; and profits before the people. As Lord Action once stated: “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.” 
The next step towards reform is to bring government back to “We the People” … Not, We the Directorate. Both political parties have contorted and blended themselves into an amalgam of dishonesty and distrust that depend on the deep pockets of big business.  Lobbyists have taken away the principle of “one person one vote” and have rigged and exploited the political process to the detriment of the Middle Class. In 2009, over 13,700 registered lobbyists spent well over 3.5 billion dollars to control and manipulate the legislative process. That comes out to 6.5 million dollars for each legislative member. I have learned from OWS that change comes from within, that democracy is not a spectator sport and that we all need to get into the game.  I want to believe that we can create a fair and equatable capitalistic environment where everyone can be held to the same standard, no matter how much money they have.  We have always taught our children to work hard, be honest, have integrity and they will succeed in life.  That is no longer true.  The people who succeed lie, cheat, and steal at any cost to advance in life. That’s why I am proud to be part of the 99%. Occupywallstreet.org

wearethe99percent:

I am a middle-aged man working three part-time jobs that pay anywhere between $11 and $17 an hour.  I have three different college degrees to my name but full-time work is still an elusive endeavor.  The only reason I have medical insurance is due to my wife. Our medical premiums continue to rise, doubling this past year, as our out of pocket expenses exponentially increase. This while the insurance company cries poor and posts quarter profits in the billions.  

Still, I consider myself very lucky to have what I have. I am deeply concerned with what has transpired in this country for the last thirty years.  Our country was once known for its commitment of upward mobility and the “American Dream.” That commitment has been called into question as more of us struggle to make ends meet on whatever meager incomes we garner. Many of us are facing a crisis in confidence in many of our personal and professional lives. It has been said that great civilizations die from suicide rather than homicide. What we are experiencing is the hijacking of our political system from the corporate oligarchs that have swayed the judicial and legislative process for decades and have thus created a plutocracy where malfeasance is a common occurrence. Our current economy favors consumption over production; debt over saving; and self-indulgence over altruism. We Americans must insist on complete transparency, clarity and accessibility when it comes to conglomerates dictating policy and procedure. This goes for K-street as well as Wall Street. 

The first step in overhauling the mores and values of Wall Street is setting up a system of checks and balances that would make the framers of our constitution proud.  All corporate entities that were on the receiving end of the bailouts should be subjected to unilateral fiscal and management audits conducted by reputable & independent firms. These audits would not only track every transaction, settlement, and agreement; it would disseminate where money went and to whom. The mantra of “trust but verify” would echo the halls of all federated entities that have parlayed public monies. However, it would be naive to think that pure unadulterated accountability would ever happen in our current capitalistic paradigm where it’s every man for himself; capitalism without a conscience; and profits before the people. As Lord Action once stated: “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.” 

The next step towards reform is to bring government back to “We the People” … Not, We the Directorate. Both political parties have contorted and blended themselves into an amalgam of dishonesty and distrust that depend on the deep pockets of big business.  Lobbyists have taken away the principle of “one person one vote” and have rigged and exploited the political process to the detriment of the Middle Class. In 2009, over 13,700 registered lobbyists spent well over 3.5 billion dollars to control and manipulate the legislative process. That comes out to 6.5 million dollars for each legislative member. I have learned from OWS that change comes from within, that democracy is not a spectator sport and that we all need to get into the game.  I want to believe that we can create a fair and equatable capitalistic environment where everyone can be held to the same standard, no matter how much money they have.  We have always taught our children to work hard, be honest, have integrity and they will succeed in life.  That is no longer true.  The people who succeed lie, cheat, and steal at any cost to advance in life. That’s why I am proud to be part of the 99%. Occupywallstreet.org