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As in the Past, This Disaster Crisis Highlights Our Economic Divisions

Hurricane Sandy—like others before it, in different ways—has cast in relief the economic divides that we may take for granted, even in crisis.

Hurricane Sandy—like others before it, in different ways—has cast in sharp relief the economic divides that we may take for granted, even in crisis. David Rohde writes at Reuters that in New York City in particular, the divide was made clear as those with means hunkered down and those without couldn't afford to:

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Asia's Tallest Mural Is a Emblem of Economic Disparity

Asia's tallest mural, by artist Hendrik Beikrich, is a 230-foot high depiction of economic inequality.

In Busan, South Korea's second largest city, German artist Hendrik Beikrich (aka ECB) has finished painting Asia's tallest mural. The a 230-foot high portrait of a wrinkled, albeit proud, fisherman sits in stark contrast to the gleaming Daniel Libeskind-designed building Haeundae I’Park, in the background.

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Taking the 'Wall Street' Out of Occupy Wall Street

Protestors at Occupy Los Angeles see themselves as part of the broader Occupy Wall Street movement, but only to a point.


The movement that began as Occupy Wall Street three weeks ago has spread to hundreds of cities across the nation and the world, with protesters adopting many of the tactics and demands used at Zuccotti Park. In Los Angeles, hundreds of people are living on the lawn in front of City Hall in a protest directly inspired by the original. But participants say they don’t see their protest as Occupy Wall Street West.

“This has nothing to do with Wall Street for me,” says Steven Releford, 22, while sharing a joint with six others in the tent city outside City Hall. His friends nod in agreement.

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'We Are The 99 Percent' Is the Best Populist Message We've Had in Years

One phrase from Occupy Wall Street puts a much-needed "everyperson" face to the movement.

I doled out some serious criticism last week to the still-evolving movement called Occupy Wall Street—namely, that it didn't leverage the public's power, that it took on too many issues, and that it was co-opting an outdated protest aesthetic that alienates the rest of the country. But there is a slogan and Tumblr blog attached to this movement that could fix some of these problems: We Are The 99 Percent.

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