Pew recently polled Americans ( March 2, 2012 ) where they found that 19% agreed with the statement that “success in life is pretty much determined by forces outside of our control”. Additionally, another 40% agreed with the statement that "hard work and determination are no guarantee of success for most people". Both numbers polled the highest since 1994.
These numbers are staggering, and should come as a wake up call to elected politicians, politicians seeking election, political parties, movements, the government , and especially the rich elite - corporatocracy. As the Buddhist saying goes, "Mind is the forerunner of all things".
So here we are, it's May 2012, and while there is much white noise coming from all the various organizations and movements busy doing their own thing, in their own way, much of it will be heard only by the activist crowd all ready engaged in the political process. What is yet to be determined is whether this will be another average year not only for voter turnout, but for voter knowledge, and passion on the great issues before us all this November. In some form everyone of the 99% has skin in the issues and consequences of this election cycle, at the local, state, and federal level.
I’m a big fan of Radiohead, I've always been a music lover from the days of 45’s to present. I tend to personalize the music I listen to, and make it mine. There is a time for every song to be played, and I’m sure my life has a playlist. I hear a song and I know where I was in my life, songs and albums bookmark the days and events of my existence. I use the power of music to energize, relax, reminisce, to fill me with emotion, and to make me cry.
People often seem puzzled how corporate profits have rebounded since the Great Recession, with many corporations making record earnings, Wall Street booming and the Dow Jones, S&P500, and Nasdaq Indexes at or near historical highs.
The Legacy of the Great Recession using Charts