~Are any of the "OCCUPY" venues making any impact?

December 2, 2011

New Hope Arises

t's been quite some time now since the "OCCUPY" movement began.  Many of the venues around the world seem to be still intact, but lately we're hearing and seeing how some have been evicted or otherwise forced to move to new areas.  All the time they've been "occupying" the various places doesn't seem to be making a whole lot of impact on very much, near as I can tell from news reports.  Not that they've been very clear about what it is they're actually looking for, but it seems like the "movement" (if that's what it is) doesn't really have much in the way of demands, requests, or other "agenda items".  

Clearly, the self-proclaimed "ninety-nine percent" must have something they're seeking.  I'm one of that number, so I can somewhat identify with the frustration and the utter disgust with some of the Wall Street and Washington shenanigans...and some of that I've already "said my piece" about (see links in sidebar), but I'm thinking the "Occupy" movement needs to be more clear and concise about what they're actually looking for...in my (humble) opinion.

I think it's pretty clear that our political, judicial, financial, banking, healthcare, pharmaceutical, and myriad other "institutions" we've all come to rely on and trust with our collective safety have pretty much failed the people in lots of ways.  I'm not saying everything has become corrupt, but I don't think we have to look very hard or very far to see just how sorry a state of affairs we're in because of some underhanded and otherwise deceptive practices by some folks in positions of power and authority. 
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If I were leading the "occupy" movement, I think I'd have a list of things that I'd like to see changed.  That list would look something like this:
  1. Regulate and better control all corporate lobbying.
  2. Incentivise corporate behavior toward "doing the right thing" for all.
  3. Require complete transparency and integrity, honesty, truth and "proof of claims" in all forms of advertising.
  4. Regulate media to better control promotion of "evils" like violence, hatred, greed, bullying, and the like.
  5. Ban pharmaceutical "direct-to-consumer" advertising.
  6. Regulate armed-forces recruiting practices to protect young children.
  7. Regulate all forms of mortgage or other lending practices to ensure that families are not forced to give up their homes.
  8. Regulate attorney advertising to minimize frivolous lawsuits.
  9. Regulate industries that provide food, water, and other consumer goods so there are no pollutants or hazards to health.
  10. Force industries that continue to use harmful ingredients/substances in consumer goods to contribute to healthcare funding (see also http://health-care-funding.blogspot.com/)
  11. More to follow..... 
Note:  This content is intended only as a reflection on my personal observations based on public news sources.  Not connected with any official "occupy" or similar venues or affiliations.  Occupy(ers) or others wishing to share their experiences can visit my "Promote World Peace" home page; just click on the Occupy related link given there.

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