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    Global Revolution 1: American Revolution 2: Day 47: Communication 1
    IronBoltBruce's Kleptocracy Chronicles for 2 Nov 2011 (g1a2d0047c1)
    How many examples of greed and corruption must you see before you act?

    With 2010 profits of $2.5 billion, revenues of $106.5 billion and assets of
    $220.0 billion, Verizon Communications ranks as the 16th largest company on
    the Fortune 500 list. "Formed in 2000 when Bell Atlantic bought GTE,
    Verizon is among the nation's top phone companies and is the No. 2 wireless
    provider, after Cingular. One of the "Baby Bells" that control the local
    phone market, Verizon has spent the last several years fighting to allow the
    Bells to enter the long-distance market, where it would expand its
    profitable broadband Internet services. Verizon acquired MCI, formerly
    WorldCom, in 2005, expanding its reach to nearly 49 million access lines in
    28 states and Washington, DC, according to Hoovers. The company also has
    nearly 18 million US long-distance lines... Recent legislation in the House
    would allow national cable franchises to be awarded to telecom companies
    like Verizon."

    After years of asking "Can you hear me now?" Verizon is being heard just
    fine. Especially in Washington DC, where they have spent well over $12
    million this year alone to maintain an army of 116 lobbyists - most of whom
    have BigCorp/BigGov "revolving door" credentials, including 5 former U.S.
    Representatives - marching through the halls of Congress and broadcasting an
    Internet privatization agenda that would ultimately allow Verizon to "Rule
    the Air".

    Since 1999 Verizon's spent more than $109 million wining and dining our
    Washington elite and Beltway bureaucrats, and since 1997 have made more than
    $22 million in political campaign contributions that follow lines of power
    more so than party. The top two recipients of that payola, for example, are
    George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama. For the 2012 election cycle, the top
    three recipients so far are Mitch McConnell (Senate Majority Leader), John
    Boehner (Speaker of the House) and of course Barack H. Obama (POTUS). And
    to make sure these well paid politicos know what is expected in return for
    Verizon's generosity, the company (including its predecessors) has seated
    not less than 42 of its employees on not less than 31 federal "advisory"
    committees since 1991:

    Federal Communications Commission: 16 people on 8 committees
    Department of State: 9 people on 4 committees
    Department of Commerce: 4 people on 6 committees
    Department of Homeland Security: 4 people on 2 committees
    Department of Health and Human Services: 3 people on 3 committees
    National Science Foundation: 3 people on 3 committees
    Department of Transportation: 3 people on 1 committee
    Department of Defense: 2 people on 2 committees
    Department of the Treasury: 2 people on 2 committees
    Department of Energy: 1 person on 1 committee

    And what, exactly, is Verizon mandating from its minions in DC? Their
    lobbying agenda is long and complex, but these five issues alone should give
    every Verizon customer - and every American citizen, for that matter - cause
    for concern:

    1. Broadband Data Caps - Which Verizon exploits:

    2. Employee Rights & Benefits - Which Verizon curtails:

    3. Internet Censorship - Which Verizon practices:

    4. Internet Privacy - Which Verizon violates:

    5. Net Neutrality - Which Verizon opposes:

    Pardon the pun, but we lack the bandwidth to address each of these important
    issues adequately here. So, please follow the links we have provided to
    learn more about Verigreedy's plans to "Rule the Air".

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    Do not listen to the pundits, plants and other posers pronouncing the recent
    nixing of bank debit card fees as some great "victory for democracy" that we
    should all go home and celebrate. The banksters threw us a bone, and that's
    all. They have trillions more dollars stolen, thousands more families
    displaced, and hundreds more lives destroyed - and in some cases taken - to
    be held accountable for.



    Our Kleptocracy-controlled media focuses on America's two-year election
    cycles as if who wins or loses in the swinging of the pendulum was a matter
    of life or death, when in fact even at the Presidential level it makes no
    more difference than the outcomes of Monday Night Football, American Idol,
    Dancing With The Stars, Hillbilly Handfishing or the trial of Michael
    Jackson's doctor. U.S. elections are staged primarily to give Sheeple the
    illusion of control so they will (a) vent their frustrations and expend
    their energy, emotions and resources supporting or attacking the Puppet on
    the Left hand or the Puppet on the Right, and consequently (b) never
    recognize and challenge the common omnipotent Puppetmaster.

    There was no real change in 2008. There was no real change in 2010. There
    WILL be real change in 2012, but it won't be coming from tele-brainwashed
    couch potatoes, manipulated voter lists, rigged voting machines or
    predetermined ballot counts. It will be coming from us...

    The 99 Percent



    I am not just a Consumer. I am a Citizen.

    I will no longer be labeled Left or Right, Liberal or Conservative,
    Demopublican or Republocrat.

    I will no longer follow Puppets labeled Left or Right, Liberal or
    Conservative, Demopublican or Republocrat.

    I am the People. And I am coming for the Puppetmasters.

    I am part of the 99 Percent. And I demand the following:

    1. End the Fed.
    2. Reverse Citizens United.
    3. Repeal PATRIOT Act.
    4. Expose 9/11 Truth.
    5. End Profit Wars.
    6. Refund Taxpayer Trillions.
    7. Imprison the Kleptocrats.
    8. Single Term Limits.

    Or, if these demands are not addressed promptly:

    1. Regime Change.



    "Democrat", "Republican",
    The parties of the system;
    Puppets both, for sale their votes,
    No character or wisdom.

    "Liberal", "Conservative",
    For change or status quo?
    Pick either one, the change is none,
    All charlatans and whores.

    Far "Left" we place the Anarchists,
    Libertarians claim far "Right";
    Yet both decry the government:
    False continuum brought to light.

    For oil, "We" bomb their mud huts,
    Strip them bare, then offer "Aid";
    And fake their retribution as
    Pretext - a false flag raised.

    Unarmed hundred thousands killed
    By weapons of "Defense",
    While rights are lost for "Freedom" sake -
    On profit, all depends.

    With stroke of pen, the "Patriot" Act,
    And patriots' gifts are taken;
    Then "Citizens United" leaves
    Our citizens forsaken.

    We protest loss of liberties,
    Put "World Wide Web" to use;
    Cloudmark Authority censors us
    For "messaging abuse".

    They label us to finger-point,
    With labels, "They" deride us;
    Their labels keep us all at bay,
    For with labels, "They" divide us.



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