99% of what?

Hey Occupiers, to be the 99% you must have started with 100% so the question is 100% of what? You use statistics stangely. In some places it seems you are talking about household income, and then instead of talking about housholds you start talking about the entire population. Are you 99% of the households, or 99% of the entire population, or 99% of the adult population, of the voting population, working adults, what?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau,  the resident population of the United States, projected to 10/17/11 at 03:26 UTC (EST+5) is


According to  wearethe99percent.tumblr.com “They are the 1 percent. They are the  banks, the mortgage industry, the insurance industry. They are the  important ones.” … “”We are the 99 percent. We are everyone else.”  As of 6:28 PM Central time on Oct. 17, 2011 there were 6,410 uses of we are the 99% on occupywallst.org.  I’ll assume the most authoritative of these is the one found on the  front page which says “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%. “ Wikipedia says “We are the 99% is a slogan  originating from the Occupy Wall Street series of demonstrations in  2011. It is a reference to the difference in wealth between the top  1% and all the remaining citizens of the United States.” I have repeatedly asked Occupy St.  Louis to define who does the  99% refer to and they have not answered  so I will answer for them. I may be rusty at my math so feel free to  correct me but at least I’m answering the question. If OWS’s 99% represents all the  remaining citizens of the United States and the population of the USA  is 312,436,906 the 99% of that number is 309,312,536. So, OWS is  claiming it represents that group. I think this is just way off. There  might need to be some corrections to the catchy slogan because  clearly OWS does not speak or represent 309,312,536 people.

According to Alexa.com  “Occupywallst.org’s three-month global Alexa traffic rank is 11,882  (that is 11,881 other sites ranked better) with 13 sites linking in  (I know that seems low but I don’t know how they figure this number).  The site has a relatively good traffic rank in the city of New York  (#741). The site has attained a traffic rank of 982 among users in the US, where we estimate that 67% of its audience is located.” If
OWS represented 99% of us I’d expect that number to be higher  (granted they have been on-line for a month and that number is very
impressive it is not where you would expect to see for a site that represented 99% of us. By comparison Google was reported in July of
2011 Hitwise.com to have 66% of the search market and was rated by Alexa.com as #1 with 2,597,386 sites linking in. Before you flame me
here is the point. OWS represents a much smaller number. If it represented the number of people it claims, if it represented them it
would have crowds so large they would not fit anywhere. Unless it means I am not a super rich guy, I’m everybody else. Sort of like,
I’m one of the 99% of people who are not super rich. I got myself banned from the Occupy St. Louis webite for asking this question and not just rolling over and going away when they couldn’t or wouldn’t answer it.

The hypocrisy of this astonishes me. A group that claims to be for free speech ban someone for posting
research? I invite you to join my in my quest to Occupy Nothing,
please visit and like it on facebook.

Occupy Nothing

Join the debate on facebook at


Currently there are exactly 11 of us but
we are the 11. Or, if you like percentages better, the 3.52071083433402e-8%

Hey, we are tiny, but at least you know where you stand with me.

In case you are wondering that is 11/the total population according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the resident population of the United States, projected to 10/17/11 at 03:26 UTC (EST+5).

No inflated numbers here. See Occupy St. Louis, that wasn’t hard.
stand with me!

By thomaspaine2011

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