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Monday, October 24, 2011

How about an "occupy the Labs" movement?

Anonymously contributed:


How about we start an occupy Livermore movement? There is one at Los Almaos now and more people will be joining. You do not have to be on the left or the right you just have to feel that something is deeply wrong in Washington and the United States. The labs have been turned over to private hands and what has been the result other than a few people getting rich and the ability to our mission eroded. What did the American taxpayer gain? Nothing.

Now imagine what happened at the labs but much worse for the rest of the people. The military people cannot get proper equipment to protect themselves yet private contractors get billions with no value added to our military. You are forced to put your money in dodgy stock plans since the interest rates are kept near zero. Businesses and labs lose money and lay off people yet managers are paid way more than they ever had, is this the free market, is this the capitalists way, hell no? We are becoming a nation of pirates and criminals. I know that most of us are better way better off than many others protesting but we should not use this as an excuse to do nothing but rather as a duty. "To whomever much is given, of him will much be required; and to whom much was entrusted, of him more will be asked." Luke 12:48

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

There is one at Los Almaos now and more people will be joining.


There is? By the way, that's Los Alamos not Los Almaos. Have some respect for the "best" Lab. Can anyone provide some details on this "occupation".

Anonymous said...

"You are forced to put your money in dodgy stock plans since the interest rates are kept near zero."

"Kept" by whom?? "Forced" by whom?? No one is "forcing" you to keep your money in stocks. No one smart does that these days, except the "too smart for themselves" day traders. Who do you think determines interest rates? Hint: the interest rates are near zero because the Fed is trying to get people (businesses) to borrow, but the large businesses are sitting on lots of money and aren't about to risk anything unless the government gives up stupid regulations and lowers taxes. The only people who want interest rates higher are fixed-income dividend investors (mostly seniors on Social Security) and banks who have to make their money making short-term loans to small businesses every day to float inventory costs.

Anonymous said...

"Hint: the interest rates are near zero because the Fed is trying to get people (businesses) to borrow, "

This could well be true but what is the Fed? Is this a branch of the government? Just who do they answer to?

Anonymous said...

"To whomever much is given, of him will much be required; and to whom much was entrusted, of him more will be asked." Luke 12:48

You are implying that what I have earned I was "given" by someone. Sorry, no. I worked hard and sacrificed to get a higher education, through years that many spent buying houses and having kids (neither of which they could afford), and therefore amassing debt they cannot pay. None of my subsequent wealth is under any legitimate claim by anyone else. Poor life choices, poor educational choices, and lack of personal restraint and sacrifice, do not make you a candidate for "income redistribution" from MY bank account. Keep in mind that (as even admitted by CBS News tonight, 10/26/11), that among high school graduates that did not go to college, unemployment is 9.1%. Among those with a bachelors degree, it is 4.5%. Get a clue. "To whomever much opportunity is given, much will be expected."

Anonymous said...

"October 26, 2011 8:53 PM"

That was not my implication at all, although I am not sure if it was what Jesus implied. My point is that even though many of us are doing very well compared to many other people in the nation we can still join a protest and we have less to lose. Almost everyone at the labs earned their living by working hard, earning the credentials needed, and
mastering unique expertize required to be in such places. We earn more than most as it should be. However we are also victims of the same issues that drive much of the angst at OWS, namely that greedy and corrupt corporations have negatively affected our lives, the ability for us to do our jobs and carry out our mission. I think we can all agree the beating the labs have taken and the contract change where only about getting more money to private corporate entities who donate money to politicians, nowhere was the will of the American people or the best interest of the nation ever considered. We are just a small example of what is going on everywhere in the United States. I am no socialists but capitalism only works under the rule of law.
If your are more left leaning than why should more money to a corrupt government help? Either way you should be upset by what is going on and join in on a protest.

Anonymous said...

How about Monday mornings at 8 am?

And Fridays at 4:30?

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