Ever wonder what specific percent you are as you consider the Occupy Wall Street 99% (er). The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) Blog Real Time Economics has a neat interactive widget that will give you your percent by simply entering your income.
Needless to say, but we know that we are not part of the 1 per cent. Therefore, the exercise is purely one of very temporary entertainment but one that kind of feeds the brain.
First a bit of information from the posted article below. You should note that if you earn under $500,000 per year, you are considered a 99 % (er). WHAT!!!! Well, that is completely surprising. Seems to me that Occupy Wall Street (OWS) should have taken their nominal indicator to some other level becuse we are now lumped in with people I consider high income earners. Now, that deflates my ego as I was proud of my 99% badge. The badge is now shared with ‘wealthy’ people.
Now, just before you use the widget indicator, remember the following.
Ruppert Murdoch owns the WSJ. No matter what your read in that world renowned publication, it must be noted that once you leave the hard News pages (front section of the WSJ), you move into the Murdoch domain of conservative politics. You literally step into his world of Fox News, phone hacking scandals, paying a family 4.7 million dollars after revelations hacking a dead daughter’s phone, and very specifically, the world of Roger Ailes.
So, take the following little activity as a fun moment and the links below as generally not supportive of OWS, and move on into the day in a productive manner. The story by Izzo, reads as an innocent little treatise, replete with information that you might find interesting. I posit that it is possibly loaded with conservative intent and not supportive of a movement that is growing by the day.
By Phil Izzo
The Wall Street Journal ‘What Percent’ Widget Link
The Occupy Wall Street movement seeks to speak for the bottom 99% of the population by income, which includes pretty much everyone who makes less than $500,000 a year.
According to the protesters’ unofficial website, “Occupy Wall Street” is a leaderless movement of people from many different backgrounds. “The one thing we all have in common is that we are the 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%,” the website says. A related site called We Are the 99% records stories from people around the country.
The calculator above shows where your income stands on the wide range of the 99%. An annual salary above $506,000 puts you in the top 1%, while you need to make less than $2,500 a year to be in the bottom 1%. Where do you stand?
While I was unable to find a linked copy, I am reminded of an interview that I saw during the week of the last GOP debate. Both CNN’s (Mr. Conservative) John King and American Morning co-host Carole Costello did what conservative media will always do: “SOFTBALL IT“.” They sat with Mr. Wayne Newton for an interview related to politics. Costello asked Newton a few ‘easy’ questions (Like the questions Sarah Palin never got from media other than Fox News) and allowed Newton to speak about President Obama. Newton said that ‘anything’ is better than Obama. Really Mr. Newton. Did your overuse of plastic surgery, cause scar tissue inside your brain? Is it so hard not to remember George W. Bush? How hard it to imagine John McCain and Sarah Palin in the White House. Can you, sir, actually fathom Sarah Palin presiding over the Senate? Think a bit, Mr. Newton, about Levi Johnston, running free with ‘cha-ching’ accounts following him around for brains ‘dumps’ about Palin and family.
Oh, Mr. Newton as of yesterday John McCain is showing real anger that President Obama is removing all troops from Iraq by years end. How wasteful to leave troops in Iraq while increasing the number of countries in which U.S. Troops just sit and languish with no real purpose?
Really Mr. Newton, “Anything is better than Obama“. That little hug and head kiss you gave to Michelle Bachmann is good for your ticket sales, but do you really think she could serve as a competent leader and Commander-in-Chief?
No, Mr. Newton there are much ‘worse’ prospects than President Obama.
The only thing remarkable about the Costello interview was considering Palin’s possible thoughts, “where was this softball pitcher, when I sat with Gibson, Couric and others? Also, I find it hard to believe that Costello would sit with Newton and allow him to swing wildly at the Administration with only ‘Sean Hannity type’ giggling prods for her interview subject. It was truly refreshing to see and hear Ali Velshi close the segment with an in-studio remark about how untrue was Newton’s closing statement with Costello.
I suppose if one can’t find Elvis for a Las Vegas interview, Wayne Newton, will just have to suffice. CNN, you really should send a real reporter to sit with people who your producers know are anti-administration. How about balancing the interview with a segment with Mike Tyson (another Vegas resident)? I mean if you ‘went there’, why not go all the way to the other extreme; “NOTHINGNESS” from both sides of the Spectrum of The Inane. It may have come across much more credible and you might have avoided the dreaded “Fox News’ model.
What price readership, propaganda and viewer ratings…….