Wait a minute something seems to be missing here!

Who is missing at the Occupation?

I spent most of yesterday thinking
about the fight I was getting myself into with the Occupy folks. I
was worried a lot about it, after all if this thing goes bad I’m
going to be the first guy they come get and haul to the re-education
camp. I can’t stop myself, it’s keeping me up at night. Here is what
I’m thinking now. Yes the pictures I took were empty, the Occupy
folks think I took them to mock them. I did not, it is what it is. I
don’t want to spin it that they have no supporters. My conservative
friends will be laughing at those pictures. It’s OK, my conservative
friends are laughing at you any way. Some of them are not ever going
to see things your way Occupy folks. I know that you know that some
of them are closed minded. I’m not one of those type of conservative.
Back when I went to Webster University (for those of you reading this
who are not from St. Louis I need to digress) I was the token
conservative. There were 3 main types of folks, businessman working
on MBA’s, computer science folks like me, and lots of liberals,
mostly wearing lots of black. I had an instructor there by the name
of Linda Holtzman, she wasn’t a conservative. We disagreed on almost
everything, but (here is the important part class) she let me talk.
She let me invite a right to life guy who happened to be a State
Representative in  to speak to our class.  I was an enigma to Linda,
a conservative Union Electrician from Local 1. A conservative who
liked Peruvian folk music. When we were done with the class, Linda (I
just looked she is still at Webster, I’ll have to friend her later)
told me that I had completely changed her mind about conservatives.
That was one of the best complements I have ever been paid.

So, back to those empty pictures.
Conservative friends don’t kid yourselves, they aren’t going away.
You see a picture with no Occupy people and I see picture with 6 very
dedicated people (look hard they are there). You know what else I
see, I see a picture with no conservatives in it. None, zip, nada.
Trust me I was the only conservative down there, except for my son
and he is more of a Libertarian. Here is the point, if you want this
to be a liberal movement just do nothing. If you are like me you read
those crazy proposed demands
and shook your head. News flash, as long as no conservatives get
involved who do you think is going to influence this group?  I may be
completely wrong but I think they may be on to something here. I’d
like for everyone to have a voice not just the left. So, here is my
thought so I can go back to bed. I have a lot of conservative friends
(the auction business is full of them) I’m asking one of them (Rich
I’m talking to you now) to do this. Go ahead and make fun of these
guys and girls at Occupy with me. Let’s keep them real, but at the
same time I’d love for you to go head and make some noise with our
conservative buddies to see if they want to suggest ideas for this
group. They did let me and Rob Lite speak when we went down there.
I’m not pulling punches here, I’m to tired for that. Now I’m going to
try to go back to sleep.

Conservatives, if you really want to
help I have one word for you Coffee, they need coffee, lots of
coffee. If you take your local occupiers coffee you will get a lot of
good will.

By thomaspaine2011

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