Tagged: Occupy

You Have To Feel Sorry For The Super-Rich…

> It’s a bit early for an April Fool, otherwise I’d have discounted this as a joke…

A billionaire has compared the treatment of the wealthy to that of the Jews during the Holocaust.

Venture capitalist Thomas Perkins wrote an eybrow-raising letter to the editors at the Wall Street Journal, comparing the plight of the rich to the mass murder by the Nazis, called “Progressive Kristallnacht Coming?”… and the WSJ published it.

“I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its ‘one percent,’ namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the ‘rich,'” Perkins writes.

Thomas Perkins, one of the founders of venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, was comparing taxes on the super rich to the slaughter of millions in the Holocaust.

“From the Occupy movement to the demonisation of the rich embedded in virtually every word of our local newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, I perceive a rising tide of hatred of the successful one percent,” Perkins continues.

“There is outraged public reaction to the Google buses carrying technology workers from the city to the peninsula high-tech companies which employ them. We have outrage over the rising real-estate prices which these ‘techno geeks’ can pay.”

Perkins ends his very questionable rant with: “This is a very dangerous drift in our American thinking. Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930; is its descendent ‘progressive’ radicalism unthinkable now?”

Obviously, there has been a rather furious backlash to the letter. “It certainly proves you can get rich without being very thoughtful, perceptive, or intelligent,”  as one perceptive person wrote in reply.

> Loonies to the left of us, loonies to the right…and scariest of all, loonies with lots of money in positions of power… but perhaps there’s some clue to the motivation of certain home-grown loonies, like our own dear Iain Duncan Smith and his unfathomable hatred of “the poor”.

Source- Huffington Post, 26 Jan 2014

She’s not got a ticket to ride – good work strikes on the Tube and beyond?

Now this is an idea I really like… especially as it would allow for a DWP ‘sanction strike’…

Cautiously pessimistic

The RMT, and London Underground staff in particular, have long had a reputation as being among the most militant groups of workers in the UK, so the news that tube workers are taking strike action isn’t hugely surprising in itself. What’s more interesting is the kind of action they’re taking: a revenue strike.

This term isn’t a widely used one, and they explain what it means here:

“…Revenue Control Inspectors

  • Do not issue penalty fares, fares paid, or assist in any duty or activity which involves revenue collection.

Station Supervisors

  • Must open the gates using the SCU – you MUST NOT power them down. Should there be a need to close the gates for crowd control, then you must comply with all relevant safety procedures and legislation.

  • Do not assist customers with ticket purchase at the front of POM/MFM.

  • Close all POMs and TOMs for customer use (to avoid…

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