The Occupy Wall Street movement protests economic inequities and blatant corruption in our free enterprise system gone amuck. Liberals and Democrats are generally glorifying the Occupy Wall Street movement as an opportunity to push for higher taxes on the wealthy to fund bigger government and reign in corporate profits. Conservatives and Republicans see another threat to free enterprise, more uncertainty and more big government intrusion on the horizon, and suggest that the Occupy Wall Street movement’s anger should instead be directed at the Federal Government where crony capitalism and the heart of the corruption lies.
I suggest that a far more fundamental issue exists which has the potential to capitalize on Occupy Wall Street raw energy and ultimately achieve bipartisan support, which incidentally tallies to 100% of the people and not merely 99%.
A Day in The Life of an Occupy Wall Street Protester
Let’s imagine a typical day in the lives of a protester and a Wall Street executive. They both drink a cup of coffee first thing in the morning laced with plastic residues and phthalates from a coffee maker, although the executive’s is served in a ceramic mug and the protester drank theirs from a Styrofoam cup which enhanced such toxic exposures.
On the way to the protest or to work, they both inhaled hefty whiffs of MTBE, a carcinogenic gasoline additive. They both had a processed food breakfast laced with preservatives, additives, hydrogenated oils and diabetes-causing carbohydrates, and like all non-organic food, the breakfast contained “acceptable” residues of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. The executive’s coffee creamer comes with antibiotics and xenohormones and the protestor’s coffee contains artificial creamer and a raft of unpronounceable chemicals including brain-damaging hydrogenated oils.
We’ve only gotten past breakfast so bear with me as the plot thickens.
Lead and chlorine-laced tap water is consumed by the protestor that morning and here is where the executive may have an advantage – their water is filtered – but alas, it has been sitting in a plastic container for 2 months so they get more phthalates added to their dose in the morning coffee.
The executive eats a delivered lunch from a local, upscale restaurant polluted with aluminum from the cookware and the aluminum container and foil wrapping. The protestor eats more junk food riddled with most of the above, and they get their aluminum hit and more plastics too from the can of their favorite soda. The executive imbibes perhaps the most dangerous pollutant of all, alcohol in the form a few martinis, and the protester takes a few hits of street pot laced with a tad of PCP and 4 other psychotropic drugs intended to increase its potency and street value.
By midafternoon the urban smog has reach its peak and both the protester and the executive absorb hundreds of carcinogens through their lungs and skin, this despite the air purifiers struggling to remove some of the pollutants in the executive’s suite of offices. Despite this, the protester may ultimately have the advantage her by breathing outdoor air which originally was “fresh” whereas the executive has been inhaling rebreathed indoor air which has a higher concentration of carbon dioxide and less oxygen.
Despite the air purifier’s best efforts, the office building (like most) suffers from “sick building syndrome” and mycotoxins (mold toxins) lurking in its nooks and crannies and ducts. The new office rugs in the foyer look inviting, but they are outgassing the worst possible industrial solvents imaginable and will continue to do that for years.
The protestor shares some copped psychotropic meds from grandma’s medicine cabinet with their friends, while the executive closes a big pharmaceutical deal for the latest brain-injurious sedative that grandma may be prescribed soon. The protestor joins the angry mob calling for more government regulations to bring wall street to its knees, and they might be pleased to discover that a recent congressional law which is designed to improve energy efficiency by outlawing the old incandescent lighting in favor of the mercury-laced fluorescent lighting, actually wound up blasting the executive with mercury gas when one of the bulbs broke in his office.
The executive was unaware of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) mandates, quoted below from their website, for dealing with toxic mercury outgassing from government-mandated, fluorescent light bulbs.
Action to Take if Mercury Fluorescent Light Bulbs Break
1) Evacuate the room.
2) Air out the room for 5-10 minutes by opening a window or door to the outdoor environment. (Unfortunately there were no windows to open in the executive’s suites anyway.)
3) Shut off the central forced air heating/air-conditioning system, if you have one.
4) Collect materials needed to clean up the broken bulb:
• stiff paper or cardboard;
• sticky tape;
• damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes (for hard surfaces); and
• a glass jar with a metal lid or a sealable plastic bag.
5) After cleanup, promptly place all bulb debris and cleanup materials outdoors in a trash container or protected area until materials can be disposed of properly. Avoid leaving any bulb fragments or cleanup materials indoors.
6) If practical, continue to air out the room where the bulb was broken and leave the heating/air conditioning system shut off for several hours.
At the prospect of facing an angry mob when the executive leaves the sick building, a previous generation anti-anxiety chemical is taken, which is soon to lose its patent standing, opening the way for the new drug, the subject of the deal closed earlier. This potentiates the opioid pain killer taken earlier which the executive is hooked on for chronic back pain.
The protestor is not sure what drugs they are taking, but they nicely enhance the chilling-out effects of the pot. The Ritalin they take for ADHD caused by lead toxicity from drinking tap water, at least keeps them focused enough to keep up with the angry chants of the mob.
As autism escalates from 1:10,000 births to 1:100, as 1:4 Americans now suffer from a mental disorder, as 100 million Americans are now disabled and getting sicker, as cancer rates steadily climb, and as neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s escalate, isn’t it time for everyone to protest the mass poisoning of humanity for profit and/or power.
I personally applaud the attainment of wealth derived from innovation and hard work, but wealth derived from poisoning and ultimately maiming and killing of human beings, is something which I wholehearted protest.
Jobs are not the issue if people are too sick to work.
The issue is health not wealth.
I wholeheartedly endorse the Occupy Wall Street protests of those chemical, petrochemical, mining, pharmaceutical and other industries which are reaping obscene profits from the poisoning of humanity.
Insecticides, Pesticides, Herbicides, Fungicides, Heavy metals (e.g., mercury fillings), Other toxic metals (e.g., aluminum), Fluorine (e.g., toothpaste), chlorine (e.g., drinking water), Phthalates (plastics), MTBE (gasoline additive), other Petrochemicals, Additives in food (e.g., food colorings), Preservatives in food, Antibiotics and Hormones in food or by prescription, Pharmaceuticals, Junk Food (e.g., processed carbohydrates and fats), Sick Building Syndrome (e.g., chloroform and other chemicals from outgassing of rugs and particle board in walls, fluorescent lighting (mercury outgassing) and from air pollution from machines such as faxes), Industrial solvents in cleaning supplies (e.g., xylene), Paints, Illicit drugs (e.g., marijuana), “Recreational Drugs” (e.g., alcohol, tobacco), “Electro-smog” (e.g., cellphones, microwaves etc.), Air pollution and many other chemicals dumped into the lakes, streams, rivers, oceans, air and landfills, and an endless array of other invisible toxic chemicals, is responsible for making Americans the sickest nation in the history of mankind.