Photos from Occupy Pittsburgh


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Demonstrations inspired by Occupy Wall Street spread worldwide today, with marches across the U.S and Asia. According to Reuters, most large cities in Europe saw protests, with tens of thousands in Rome and London. Here in Pittsburgh, a column of marchers, chanting slogans and songs, snaked through downtown to gather at Market Square; organizers expect 1000-3000 to gather peacefully in the city center this afternoon. Reuters is liveblogging events in other capitals.











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  1. This has been a very confusing few weeks, so allow me to summarize.
    The Attorney General for Chiquita and ExxonMobil, Eric Holder, in a public announcement stated that he’d found the Smoking S**t, the connection between the Underwear Bomber’s Calvin Klein’s and the Iranian Quds Force.
    Meanwhile, Swami Rami of India’s Ta Ta Agency said that all religion is B.S. and demanded that President Obama ship 500,000 more jobs to India.
    President Obama responded, “Jobs, jobs, jobs!”
    His able VP, Joey bin Biden, declared that Julian Assange was the international terrorist behind everything, and that the administration was dispatching Frank Wisner, Jr., to ascertain the demands of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement.
    Rue Paul lodged an official protest:  “Does Calvin Klein still make undies?”
    In breaking news from the crack American Propaganda Network, Fox-CNN-ABC-CBS-NPR-AP, it was reported that Britney Spears admonished the American people to robotically follow their Fearless Leader, George W. Bush.
    When former President Bush was reached for comment, he promptly pooped his pants.
    After meeting with the Occupy Wall Street group, the Obama Administration’s roving rover, Frank Wisner, Jr., announced his agreement with the Occupy Wall Street movement:  that Wall Street should be immediately nuked, and Fifth Avenue should be crop dusted with LSD, just like his daddy did to that French town back in 1951.  (Franky also announced his divorce from French President Sarkozy’s stepmother, and that he would be shacking out with a pretty 18-year-old Wall Street protester he had conferred with.)
    In breaking with the administration, Hillary Clinton declared China to be her private banker, and said they could manipulate their currency anyway they damn well pleased!
    In a bold move, Lloyd Blankfein, Jamie Dimon, Robert Rubin, Alan Greenspan, and Stephen Schwarzman renounced their American citizenship and defected to Dubai.
    The Obama Administration formerly declared they were officially distancing themselves from Frank Wisner, Jr., Eric Holder, Joey bin Biden, Hillary Clinton, Julian Assange and Sponge Bob.
    Meanwhile, Warren Buffett’s company still hasn’t paid the billions owed in back taxes!

    [Pay your damn taxes, Warren, pay your damn taxes, you lying jackhole!]

  2. The reason politicians are generally paid upper middle class-ish salaries is so that people who aren’t independently wealthy can afford to hold office, which presumably prevents one from doing his previous job. Of course, most of them tend to be independently wealthy anyway. But if congressmen were paid minimum wage, you can bet they all would be.

  3. What Moriarty said. So, perhaps national elected officials should be paid minimum wage, all room and board is supplied, as well as transportation costs. And they are not allowed to use any personal funds, except for vacation time

    1. So… who pays their mortgage back in their home district while they are in office? Who pays for their family’s expenses? If the response is that the gov’t would cover it while they were in office, what would prevent a candidate from taking out a one year balloon mortgage on a mansion just before the election?

      If your point is “Exactly! Minimum wage should be higher!” then okay, but it sounded like you’re actually thinking this might be a workable idea.

      However, I’ve found in my life that if you have to keep stacking rules, provisos and caveats on top of your original plan just to keep it working, you probably need a different original plan.

    2. For vacation time, they better have saved some money from their paychecks or they can just sit at home and relax.

      1. Yah, right! I agree with you. I mean, WTF is a ‘vacation’? I don’t even remember… oh, what I would give to go surf in the ocean for just a few days, and lie in some warm sand… :C….

  4. Um… that would just make them even more susceptible to bribery than they are today. As legislators and executives in our government, they control massive amounts of money. Why should they make “minimum wage”? Minimum wage is (if you even think it’s a good idea) what should be paid to people who are really on the low end of the supply/demand curve of the “what you do for work” spectrum.

    There are three ways to (legitimately) make a ton of money:
    1. Get a job in which your compensation is related on a percentage basis to some kind of business with a large volume of transactions (brokers, etc).
    2. Get a job in which your compensation relies on you or a relatively small group of people producing something that is both expensive and consumed by millions of people (movie stars, athletes, etc.)
    3. Get a job in which you are responsible for the direction of vast sums of money or power (politicians, CEOs)

    Any time you can get a combination of those items, you’ll make even more money. You can argue that none of those points are “fair,” but they really make sense from an economic standpoint, and there would be real consequences if we tried to artificially reduce the compensation levels that go along with those positions.

    Also, while a significant portion of Congresspeople are wealthy going in, they are *all* wealthy within a few years of coming out, and it ain’t the salaries that did it.

  5. I heartily agree with the sentiment expressed in the sign. However, since the vast majority of those elected to congress and senate are at the very least well-to-do, if not fairly wealthy or outright “rich,” a better suggestion would be to make all of congress and the house or representatives actually _live_ on minimum wage.

    I have heard arguments through the years that the minimum wage has done more to hurt the job market than to help it, but not being an economist, I can’t say. I’ve either been a slave as an active duty member of the military or been in a salaried job. There is a certain level of income that a family of four needs to survive without the parents going hungry to feed their children. There is a need for medical treatment and medicine and dental care, food and clothing and a place to live. Where the fuck did all of the problem come from? When I grew up, there didn’t seem to be so many people going without medical care or skipping the dentist so they’d have money for food.

    There are an awful lot of things that are fucked up in America today. At least as I see it. I see most of the fucked up problems as having begun right around the time that the Master of Business Administration programs originated in the early sixties. From the death of the steel industry onwards. That mad rush to make a dollar now and to hell with investment in capital equipment and technology and the workers.

    It’s time for a regime change. I might not have a pile of answers for all of the problems, but I sure as hell see that without change, and not that “change we can believe in” horseshit, but real change, there’s going to be violence.

    Sadly enough, I can’t picture myself supporting the government. No more.

  6. I’ve always felt that national-level politicians should be paid the median wage of the people they are representing.  Your congressional district or your state’s median wage would determine the representative’s income.  e smith’s post from above is what I’d like to see implemented, save for his minimum wage idea.

    1. Then you’d have people who really want to join the political class moving into wealthier districts. Or, you start self-filtering in poorer regions. Go sit in Congress for that much? No thanks. I’ll just keep my above-median-wage job. Or even worse in wealthier regions, you have people who want to be in Congress just to get a raise.

      The problem with so many ideas like this is that they feel morally right. However, the universe has never actually functioned in accordance with our notions of equity, nor will it do so at any time in the near future. Attempts to impress our moral will on mathematics will fail.

      1. The problem with so many ideas like this is that they feel morally right. However, the universe has never actually functioned in accordance with our notions of equity, nor will it do so at any time in the near future. Attempts to impress our moral will on mathematics will fail.

        You’re rather missing the point that they way our society works is *for us to decide*. If we want a fair society we can have one. It’s a human construct, not something laid down by some outside agency. 

        1. And when you get your “fair” society it’ll be run by the corrupt and the incompetent.  Politicking is an astoundingly difficult job with massive demands on the human being at the centre of each position.  Just because the results are terrible doesn’t mean the individuals responsible for them aren’t (theoretically at least) attractive candidates.

          1. I’m more aware of the propensity for human failings in politics than I like but none of that alters my point, which is that it is up to us to decide what society should be like and not some rule imposed by an outside agency. There are no gods to set the rules.

            If we want a fair society and chose to work to implement one then it would if necessity require us to devise means to prevent and correct episodes of corruption and incompetence. Yes it’s damn difficult. Yes, there would of course be much argument about what constitutes fair. None of which means it is impossible nor that we shouldn’t try.

  7. I don’t think putting politicians on minimum wage would help. Roman senators were not paid at all, and as a result only the wealthy could run for a position.

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