NEW STUDY ON INEQUALITY: Americans HAVE NO IDEA how large the gap is between the average employee and CEOs — just to give you an example, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell makes more in two weeks than most people make in a lifetime — and he should be FIRED! In addition, the Walmart CEO, Mike Duke, gets paid 1,034 times more than the median Walmart worker, according to a 2013 analysis by PayScale, a salary information website. Duke, who raked in $23.15 million last year, contended in December that the retail giant pays “competitive wages.” Half of Walmart workers made less than $22,400 in 2012, and approximately $8.81 an hour, according to PayScale — so that means HE IS A LIAR. (Just fyi, the $22,400 amount is below poverty level for a family of four.) Executive compensation doesn’t seem to be on the minds of most Americans, BUT IT SHOULD BE — they get the tax breaks, the educational opportunities, the access to better job offers — in other words, MORE SOCIAL and ECONOMIC MOBILITY which LEADS TO A BETTER LIFE. What we should be asking is: do they really deserve it or have they set up the system so well that they are the only ones that benefit?
More Angry Mermaid 4 Climate Justice Pics ! Angry Mermaid for Anti-Fracking Protest outside the Sheraton Hotel for the Clinton Global Initiative.
See article from CBS local here - Bill & Hillary are the first photo, Angry Mermaid angrily waves her fins near the end! http://newyork.cbslocal.com/photo-galleries/2014/09/23/clinton-global-initiative/
ANGRY MERMAID FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE & NEW YORKERS AGAINST FRACKING sez: “YOU CAN’T FRACK AND BE A LEADER AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE.” Here we are outside the Clinton Global Initiative at the Sheraton yesterday, about 60 protesters, to send this message: “Hey politicians, put your efforts into clean, renewable energy. The unholy trinity is coal, oil and natural gas — you can’t say you want climate justice and be in favor of natural gas. Period.” NYAF and other environmental activists are also closely watching Hillary Clinton’s positions on energy and her past support of fracking in the near future, since several of her positions have been troubling. What may help, however, is what Congressman Bernie Sanders says…TAKING IT TO THE STREETS! Agreed.
ANGRY MERMAID @ THE PEOPLE’s CLIMATE MARCH 2014 NYC: I’M GOING TO TAKE MY ROLLERBLADES AND KICK THE KOCH BROTHERS’ IN THE *SS! Superbly successful event with nearly 400,000 people attending — such unity! Angry Mermaid was there, with a message to the Koch Brothers: Stop spreading disinformation about climate change! Take that $67,042,064 you have given to groups denying climate change (since 1997) and stick it where the sun don’t shine! So fantastic to march with the OWS Alternative Banking Group, OccuEvolve, Ale, Sumumba, Thessy, and everyone else. What a blast!
And check out this article: “Bombshell: Koch Funded Study Finds Global Warming is Real on the High End and Essentially All Due to Carbon Pollution”
CORRALLING THE NOT SO FABULOUS F*CK UPS OF THE FINANCIAL CRISIS: Jamie Dimon, Lloyd Blankfein, Timothy Geithner, John Thain, John Mack, Kenneth Lewis, Angelo Mozilo, Robert Rubin and Richard Fuld, just to name a few! Come see me bat my baton and strut my stuff to the tune of Chicago’ Cell Block Tango, “He Had It Comin’!”
OCCUPY WALL STREET’s 3rd Anniversary on Wednesday, just a WARM UP for the PEOPLE’s CLIMATE MARCH this sunday and FLOOD WALL STREET on monday morning. Great story here from the Long Island Press that really illustrates the efforts of organizing this movement…the reporters GOT THIS ONE RIGHT! Here are some major players — Sumumba, Caleb, etc. — that do a lot of great work here! Bravo!
Huffington Post: All’s Not Quiet on the Democratic Front: Why Occupy Wall Street Still Matters Today, by Marni Halasa
and in Daily Kos: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/16/1330254/-Not-Quiet-on-the-Democratic-Front-Why-Occupy-Wall-Street-Still-Matters-Today
GUESS WHO SHOWED UP TO THE ZEPHYR TEACHOUT/TIM WU RALLY IN UNION SQUARE TONIGHT? Why none other than…ANDREW CUOMO. After refusing to debate Zephyr, acknowledge her as a viable candidate and snubbing her in the Labor Day parade, he wanted to make amends…admitting his childish behavior, among other mistakes like: (1) shutting down the Moreland Commission he set up to investigate corruption, (2) allowing donors to get million-dollar contracts if they donated to his campaign and (3) allowing millions to find their way back to Wall Street firms. He says he is sorry, and even took a photo with the primary challenger and yours truly…but that’s just too little too late — I’m voting for the wicked smart law professor with populist ideals and believes in the power of the ordinary citizen — not the super rich — to make policy benefitting us all.
Plastic Cup Portraiture of an Anti-Pollution Princess: An installation of plastic cups amidst the trees at Governor’s Island. The installation intends to show the beauty of recycled art! Go and see this — it is amazing! CDR Studio made this for GI’s City of Dreams Pavilion — art that is made of 30,000 plastic cups that would have otherwise contributed to the city’s waste stream. Bravo!
IT WAS A SEA OF TIARAS! New York Fashion Week presented by Heart A Cause, Glitz Entertainment & Jordana PR — with proceeds benefiting Gigi’s Playhouse with Miss New York, Ms. New York & many Miss US titleholders flying in to support the event! Photography by the Master of Poignant Portraits, Greg Photo, & Ultra Uber Stylist Mikey Dionysus — highlighting the fabulous faces of NYC figure skating: Stephanie Jill, Shannon Leigh Lenihan, Marni Halasa and others. Also in attendance was Business Insider’s own and current Miss New York, Julia Reynolds La Roche! And a huge thank you to my performing partner in crime, Steph Jill of Glitz Entertainment, who organized the event at the Carlton Hotel, and my date and artistically gifted fellow skater and coach, Angela Chiang!
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