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The Children of Rich People, “We’re People Too, Just Different.”

I should know, I am one.

It’s not that rich people think their kids are better than your, it’s just… Well, they’re not all that sure they want their kids playing with someone from your neigborhood or tax bracket. I’m sure my dad had that concept, my mom, not so much. Although before Obama she was a RED-Stater all the way. Things DO change.

So today I was walking a block over from my neighborhood and into the way 1% area where Sandra Bullock built her home. Even their neighborhood pool looks snooty. And I was noticing all the fences. Just about everything is fenced in. With codes and locks and gates and … security services.

I’m glad they can’t take a reading of my credit report at the moment, or I’d a been booted from their streets and back into my more variable neigborhood PDQ.

Anyway I was wondering about the ‘normal’ people in the backyards of their gated houses. And they looked just like me. Most of them, okay all of them, were white. And while the cars in the driveways were nicer than mine, I was at least, from the street, a member of their tribe. So here they are, just like me, living in a HUGE frickin house with a beautiful front yard with no one in it. Ever!

So they’re gonna play and keep their kids playing in their backyards. Approved play dates, I guess. And something IS different about this than how I was raised 40+ years ago. The kids in our neighborhoods all played together. And we played in the front of our houses, in huge packs, playing kick the can, werewolf, and capture the flag. It was a neighborhood.

Today there was not a single group of kids anywhere. The gated and protected pool was empty, but school’s still a week or so from being out. I did see two other folks jogging. They looked pretty much like me, too.

So what keeps them so “gated?” Is there something sinister that comes in when you don’t fence and arm your property?

Sure the rich love their children. They just don’t love your children. And unless you’re at the private school, they’re not so sure they want their kids to love your kids either. Maybe that’s it, classism.

A high school friend asked me the other day, “How is it, that we grew up together and yet we came out with such different politics?” It was a friendly question.

The answer came a few hours later. It was my hippy sister. She didn’t care to much for classism. She balked at my father’s discipline and dislikes of her boyfriends. In fact, I’m sure she went the other way just to piss him off.

It must be kinda sad on the other side of that fence. I mean, lonely. Unless you schedule a playdate, how are you going to make friends?

It just goes to show you, that people are people. Biases and prejudices are everywhere. I’m sure I have some of my own. But I AM sure it does not involve providing healthcare for the poor kids as well as mine.

If we all rise we all rise. If only the rich rise, the rest of us fall further behind. That’s what I believe, anyway.


J Mercurial


Dear Wells Fkin Fargo

Dear Wells Fkin Fargo,

I’m gonna pay my damn mortgage today, okay, so quit having a cow. It’s not easy out here in middle-class land. [God save the lower income folks.] But you’ve been so damn crappy since two days after it was due [ya know there's a 12 day grace period, right? I mean, you wrote the fukin documents.]

So you’ve been pounding me with phone calls begging me to call you guys back for about 25 days now. And I really want to say fk it and not pay, but I HAVE NEVER MISSED A PAYMENT. So WTF? Why are you treating me like I’m skipping town when I’m a great fkin customer. With a half-way descent credit score, considering.

So, I just wanted to say, I fkin hate your harassing practices. And as much as I’d like to take my mortgage elsewhere, it would probably be sold right back to you. So fk you. I’m paying today. And I know it’s late. And I know you will start calling me before the weekend for the next payment.

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you, the number you have is my Google Voice number. It doesn’t even ring my phone. I get an email that you called again. I kinda like hearing your minions and robots leaving their angry or desperate messages. But mostly I just clear my Google Voice inbox and ignore the emails I’m getting about your harassment.

I’m paying today, but I fukin HATE YOU.


J Mercurial.

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Fkin STRIP SEARCH? In the USA? WHAT? SRSLY? Now I’m Mad.

Let's Protest Strip Searches by Driving Naked

NSFW - click to view video

STRIP SEARCH!Good idea or police state tactic? Here’s my initial take from a first-hand routine traffic stop:

I had no idea the other day, in my white middle class neighborhood that I could’ve been strip searched when I said, “That’s fucking ridiculous to the cop that was pulling me over.” I’m betting in other areas, with my skin being a bit different and my auto being a bit more run down, I’d have been in for a different experience all together.”We’re cracking heads on the OWS folks all over this country in a way that we would frakin invade other countries for. Regardless of how you feel about OWS, it’s not right.

And now they have the power of the STRIP SEARCH? I think no one, none of us smart ass honkeys, can actually believe it would happen. Not to us, not in our neighborhood. But it that truck of smelly outdoor workers gets stopped in front of our house, heck, they might have been illegals too. They were speaking Spanish.

Disgusted with my country at the moment. That’s why I’m activating with and my own little uprising

Of course stickers won’t solve anything. But they can get us talking to each other. We can spread the dialogue with thinking folks and see if we can tip the balance away from the tea party and the way RIGHT that are trying to get Santorum elected. SRSLY? What kind of nightmare would that be.

I encourage you to get involved somewhere. Make sure your opinion is heard. And if you don’t agree with me, that’s cool, but let’s keep the discussion in the top levels of the hierarchy of a disagreement, okay.Bungle in the Jungle or What’s In a Snipe: Graham’s Hierarchy of Disagreement

But we definately need to raise up our voice on this one. What’s the MEME that we can start online to support or defeat this amazingly retro ruling?

Hey they won’t have to strip us if we’re naked. That’s it. DRIVE NAKED.Thanks RR for the push.


J Mercurial

Video of the new Movement: DRIVE NAKED (NSFW)

Know Your #occupy Twitter Hashtags: #ows vs #occupy vs #99spring

While spending time in a training for trainers of group I was interested in learning which hashtags still had momentum. It’s good to know where the conversations are happening and Twitter is a powerful tool to understand public sentiment.

One of my favorite tools is TwitterVenn. A quick way to compare the volume of tweets.

Occupy Wall Street and the communications war

Here’s a post that has even more ideas for harnessing the information available on Twitter.

How to Get Useful Business Information Out of Twitter: Hashtags for Social Media Research

Get organized and be heard. We are the majority, let’s empower ourselves with action.

The 99Spring Movement Awakens Americans

My 99 Spring DEF: It’s not about parties, it’s not about race or religion, it’s not about DEM vs REP. It’s about empowering your voice, and grouping up for more support and momentum. (That’s why I’m here.)

You don’t have to believe or align yourself with the Occupy Wall Street movement to understand that the 1% (maybe really the top 5% of the 1%) really wield the power in the US. Today I participated in a training session put on by Please check out the site and see if there is something there for you. According to local organizers there are 700+ 99Spring Groups meeting across America.

The training in Austin is at Ventana Del Soul. And you need to learn about them as well. This is a fantastic non-profit facility and restaurant that is training people and helping people with life work, and work skills.

Ventana Del Soul - Non-Profit Training and Restaurant

And one of the exercises we did, was to design our ideal city by drawing a map of what we wanted. Here is my group’s city: “Dignity City.”

Working for equality with 99 Spring Org

Rosa Parks example being used to show us how a simple act of civil disobedience and NON-VIOLENCE can have an affect.

A few of our whiteboards, self-identifying who we are.

99Spring - The Story of Us

99spring - We Work Hard

See for more information about getting organized to tell your story and take action.


Values City Exercise - 99 Spring

Last Circles of the Day

99 spring - training the trainers in Austin, Texas

training trainers at 99 spring

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You Are Probably the 99%, Unless You Made $506k in 2010.

99 percent geek photosAmerican households right at the 99th percentile (that is, the cut-off for the top 1 percent) will earn about $506,553 in cash income this year, according to a Tax Policy Center analysis.

So the next time to enter into a dialogue about the 1% vs the 99%, and someone says, “You probably ARE in the 1%.” (Usually a conservative friend who is scared to death of Obama and the 99% momentum.) You can probably say, “Uh, no, I’m pretty sure neither of us is part of the 1%.”

The article “About that 99%” from the NYTimes, has some even more interesting statistics.

The income curve is very steep at the high end, meaning that people just a few tenths of a percentile point above that make much, much more. A family at the 99.5th percentile, for example, makes $815,868; its neighbor at the 99.9th percentile makes more than double that, at $2,075,574 a year.

The top 1 percent of American earners receive about a fifth of the country’s income, according to Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez, two economists who study inequality.

Empower yourself with the information. And next time someone says, you are part of the 1% kindly remind them, the cutoff income number is 6x – 10x your annual income.

Stick up for your rights, stick up the 99 Voices,

J Mercurial

Stand Together and Affect Change in 2011 (99% – 99 Voices)

99% stickers are free - v2 diecut sticker - share your voiceWhat do we want? Gross profiteering and influence out of government. While Obama has been a disappointment in many ways, he’s capable of leading us in the right direction. YOU have to be heard!

So while you may not believe in #OWS Occupy Wall Street, you can believe in the message that began to rise above the media frenzy. MONEY OUT OF POLITICS!

It hasn’t gotten better, it’s gotten worse. And this is some of our (the 99sticker folks) dissapointment with President Obama. He’s had some big opportunities and he’s caved to the TEA PARTY and GOP demands. Basically he chickened out and forgot who elected him. THE 1% cannot rule the majority. But you have to stand up.

So regardless of what you think about the Occupy protesters or the lack of leadership and message behind the movement, you can still be about putting values before bucks.

We the people, of the United States of America, are being asked to make a stand. If the GOP debates haven’t scared the crap out of you, perhaps you haven’t been listening. And if you have been listening, and probably you have if you are on this site, you can understand that NOW more than EVER the people of the majority have to stand together.

And that’s the message behind 99 Voices. While we have political beliefs, our primary belief is this election is critical. If you want to go back to the Bush era, and the whitewashing that got us into this debt (can you say Iraq and Afganistan) then sit quietly and watch politics return to the rich.

We hope you stand with us and allow your voice to be heard, both with our free sticker, and with your vote in 2012. So essentially it’s going to cost us money to send out the free stickers. And if we’re gonna get a few million out there before the 2011 elections we need your help.

J Mercurial

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