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Oprah’s worth $1.5 billion.  Think how many struggling artists that could feed.

Shakina Nayfack, featured in The Daily News complaining about his student debt, made the following comment in response to my post Another Occupy Wall Street poster child who is not:

…. Occupy Wall Street is about targeting the obscenely wealthy, it’s about getting corporate investment out of politics, it’s about making quality health care and higher education a right not a privilege.  The movement to forgive student loan debt is an alternative to bailing out the banks and CEOs who profited from our losses, and instead offer people a chance, students, consumers, working and unemployed, to move forward on a clean slate.  I think it’s a brilliant idea, a sort of amnesty for folks who are crippled by their educational debt, regardless of the life circumstances and decisions that got them there.  I talked to several other people at the protest who agreed with me, and countless others who just flashed me a “thumbs up” or a nod of recognition because of my little hand-scrawled sign.

To which commenters Syn and LukeHandCool responded:

 syn |       October 16, 2011 at 1:51 pm

And one more thing!

If you want your collective living wage for your collective Art why are you not Occupying Hollywood demanding Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin, Barbara Streisand, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Bruce Springsteen, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Maher, Michael Moore, Matt Damon, and the thousands of other ‘rich GREEDY EVIL Hollywood multi-million-billionaire profiteers who are stealing from you’!!

Why are you not Occupying Hollywood demanding they pay your $150,000 student loan so that you can be free to produce the same crappy art they create?

LukeHandCool |       October 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm


Occupy Hollywood!

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And how about an occupymichalemoore?

JournoList 2.0

“Big Journalism has learned that the Occupy Washington DC movement is working with well-known media members to craft its demands and messaging while these media members report on the movement. Someone has made the emails from the Occupy D.C. email distro public and searchable. The names in the list are a veritable who’s who in media.

Journolist 2.0 includes well known names such as MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan, Rolling Stone’s Matt Tiabbi who both are actively participating; involvement from other listers such as Bill Moyers and Glenn Greenwald plus well-known radicals like Noam Chomsky, remains unclear. The list also includes a number of Occupy organizers, such as one of the Occupy Wall Street main organizers Kevin Zeese.”

The New JournoList

“The full searchable Occupy DC list is available here. We’ve only begun to discover the full scope of MSM’s involvement and are still combing through the archives after the list was brought to our attention late last night. (If you find something interesting that we have missed, please leave us a note in the comments.)”

    In other words; Occupy Wallstreet is like Obama Campaign, another Hollywood ‘scripted-reality’ TV show.

    And the Oscar for Best Useful Idiot Actor goes to Shakina Nayfack for his outstanding work as the downtrodden student oppressed by the Evil Fat-Cat Bankers.

    The Life-time Oscar for Best Stage Design is and always forever will be the Outstanding Paper-Mache’d Fake-Greek Columns at Invesco Field.

    All the world is Hollywood’s stage and we free people are mere background players for Useful Idiot Star-mongers.

What a disappointment. I was hoping our visiting “occupado” would have posted and shared the reason they’re not protesting the Hollywood stars who have the big bucks. Wouldn’t you think M.Moore could have funded a few rising artists/actors?

I don’t understand the comparison between the bank bailouts and student loan forgiveness. When we bailed out the banks, rightly or wrongly, we got something in return. Huge assets that while troubled, were certainly still valuable. The latest estimate for that bailout’s cost from the CBO puts it at about $19 billion, primarily from the auto industry portion. All of the investments in banks, except perhaps AIG, have been profitable for the US government.

Forgiving all student loans, besides being a slap in the face to all the students who took scholarships at less desirable schools so as not to have loans, would cost the government over $900 billion, and they’d get nothing in return.

This last summer our daughter won a very competitive internship at a popular TV network you all know. It was unpaid. Long hours and unpaid.

Her best friend at school, and current roomate, got an internship on Wall Street. My daughter said it was well-paid and that her friend loved it.

The girl’s father is a trucker (very nice man whom I met when we were helping the girls move into the apartment … doing his best to give his two daughters a better life).

They are not Jewish … they are not rich … they don’t have connections … if the girl wants it badly enough, she’ll be working there in the future … stop the demagogue madness.

LukeHandCool (who sees his own daughter becoming more and more interested in business and told her last night as he drove her back to school that Wall Street wants people with science backgrounds like hers … number crunchers … and was pleasantly surprised when she didn’t poo-poo his suggestion like she usually does).

Occupy Denver

Symbol in question is a twitter hashtag rotated 45 degrees (or not). I haven’t seen it used outside of Denver. It would be an abbreviation of #OWS, the Occupy Wall Street twitter hashtag.

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Imagine a bunch of Tea Partiers, the Lyndon LaRouche folks, Hare Krishnas, Communists, or radical Muslims setting up in front of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Pentagon, the Russell, Dirksen or Hart Senate Office Buildings, the Longworth, Rayburn or Cannon House Office Buildings, the SCOTUS, the Holocaust museum, the Naval Observatory, Howard Dean’s house, the Cloward–Piven home, the DNC, the White House, or Obama campaign headquarters with “Occupy” banners.

Wonder how Obama would like to be associated with that ?

BannedbytheGuardian | October 17, 2011 at 7:44 pm

IIf I were to attack Hollywood in order to bring it down -i would be looking into some little boy stuff.

Plenty of Mums wanted their boys to be in movies as much as those who wanted theirs to be altar boys.

The ultimate irony of it is that Hollywood is the organization most directly responsible for promoting the image of corporations as being evil, soulless, profit-obsessed, etc., but they’re also some of the few corporations that actually *behave* that way.

No other sector of industry, except for maybe the music business, is so famous for consistently screwing people over, to the point where Hollywood invented “Hollywood accounting.”

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Didn’t the governemnt give these Hollywood trash some kind of loop hole in their taxes? Maybe something to do with art?Take that away and hear them squawck. I’m wondering if the dims are responsible for a lot of loop holes in members of the media’s taxes and this is one of the reasons the media support the dims so avidly. Or maybe the dims are secretly feeding the media funds we don’t know about.

I have wondered if obama, in his usual fashion, will forgive a select few student loans in return for the recipients joining his private army. Witnessing these protests, he would probably find quite a few. There has to be a reason he wanted the government to be in charge of a losing proposition like student loans. What better way than to go about it this way? I’ll bet he is doing the same thing with mortgages. Why else would he tout mortgages like he has? I do not trust this administration at all and will just sit tight until he is out of office.

Man do I feel like a chump. Here I thought the way to pay off my $90k plus of student loans was to live in a place that has a lower cost of living than New York (even though I would love to live there), live in a small home with a mortgage of about $825 a month — well under what I could theoretically afford according to the bank when I bought the house — and work my a$$ off to pay the student loans back within a reasonably short period of time — say five years. Now I’m less than $25k from having them all paid off, and folks who choose to defer their student loans live in an expensive city like New York City now want to use my taxes and the taxes of my children and their grandchildren to go to give them a clean slate today?!? Unbelievable.

Sir, unless someone had a gun to your head when you signed the paperwork on those loan forms, STOP WHINING and start paying them off.