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Forum Post: hello, my name is john suriaki

Posted 10 months ago on Sept. 19, 2013, 11:14 a.m. EST by johnsuriaki (-12)
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my name is john suriaki. just heard about this site during the second anniversary. already read a few things. i like the site. good job.

i hope to enjoy many discussions here. mostly i help occupy out in the streets but it's good to have a forum to participate in at night.

i am 52. almost retired. have a small shop that sells bonzai trees. i am originally from japan. who are you guys and what do you do with occupy?

cheers, john



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[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34898) from Coon Rapids, MN 10 months ago

what do you do with occupy?

For 1 - point out insanity and greed.

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Are they a contributing part of society? Or just another drain on the public? Hell they don't even build their own stadiums - NO - they have the public pay for them.


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Tax Exempt?

That's just SICK.


[-] 1 points by ZenDog (13494) from South Burlington, VT 10 months ago

Hello John, it is a distinct pleasure to meet you. Ken Watanabe is one of my favorite actors. Did you know? Of course not.

I've tried growing bonsai trees myself - somehow I managed with great skill mind you, to snuff out a thousand lights without even trying. Ah well.

What do we do here? That all depends entirely upon which we you may be referring to. OWS by its very nature and its anarchist principles presents a soft underbelly to those libertarian oriented Machiavellian scum that do infest the political arena of U.S. politics.

Some of us attempt to spear the beating heart of Liberty with a charade of assumptions, assertions, and bald faced lies all of which come amply supported by the likes of faux snooz and other assorted outlets dedicated to nothing more than the proliferation of propaganda - while others here attempt to refute such bullshit and attempt to maintain a focus on reality.

To keep the spot light where it belongs: on issues that matter, like Global Warming, and on organizations of fraud and deception, like ALEC, and on those who support them, Koch suckers all.

But enough about all that, John. What brings you here? Are you a naturalized citizen?

Is your name really John?

Or are you simply one more libertarian shill and shrill liar for hire


[-] 1 points by ZenDog (13494) from South Burlington, VT 10 months ago

john, JOHN . . . . why should it matter?

You do not find inherent value in honesty and integrity? These are not things to be prized for their own sake in your eyes? Surely you would agree that accuracy regarding statements made about identity speak to character - would you not John? You do have character - don't you, John?

But it is true, you do not present yourself in the manner of most Japanese citizens, nor even Japanese Americans . . . you should know John that among both groups honor and integrity are almost identical.

Surely you would not suggest that we take advice or counsel from someone who is so ashamed of who they are that they must lie . . . you would not suggest that, would you John?

but of course John, what am I saying. This entire site is designed to facilitate the propagation of lies . . .

As for myself, John, I have found that in the end, who we are and how we stand are essentially all we really have. I'm right here, John.

Just shoot me.

[-] -2 points by johnsuriaki (-12) 10 months ago

Surely you would not suggest that we take advice or counsel from someone who is so ashamed of who they are that they must lie

Lied? When? I told you my name, my origin, my work, etc...

It's crappy you assumed I'm not a naturalized citizen. Do you assume that of all immigrants? US is a country of immigrants.

Get off your high horse. Stop making assumptions about people you don't know.

[-] 0 points by ZenDog (13494) from South Burlington, VT 10 months ago

John, john . . . surely I have shared a small portion of my appreciation for all things Japanese . . . and you are not among them, John. You are not among them for you are not Japanese

You find the world in a shambles, the banking system itself engaged in a process of exploitation, exploitation based on lies and you think to yourself that somehow more lies must be the answer?

John, John . . . it is not so.

Only the truth may save us, John, only the truth . . . .

  • the truth whispered in the ears of small children . . .

it is a cold and cruel game, John, cold and cruel.

But they must know, they must KNOW John, what each of us has done, what role each of us has played, that they must one day confront a nation without a future, and a future without hope.

They must know, John. They must know . . . who has taken it, and why.



[-] 0 points by ZenDog (13494) from South Burlington, VT 10 months ago

Did I hurt your feelings John? Perhaps it was my reference to faux snooz?

[+] -4 points by johnsuriaki (-12) 10 months ago

no. not at all. i just found your comment rude and uncalled for. not a nice welcome.

[-] 0 points by shooz (17842) 10 months ago
[-] -1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 10 months ago

I'm unemployed

I quit the Navy when bombs started dropping again on Iraq

I have a $35 k outstanding student loan

that indicates a 20 % interest rate

[-] -1 points by RobertHod (1) 10 months ago

I'm here to protect my children's futures John. Welcome!

I try to convince people here, and I have no idea who they are, that a peaceful, lawful revolution is the only one that can happen. Unfortunately the1% knows about that and has used proxys to mislead a generation into socialism with no concept of the existing system, how it works and that if socialism is what is needed, the present system can reasonably accommodate it.

Sadly they want socialism now, and because they do not understand the system, they are going to try and force it which means violent revolution. They lose, because the rest of the people will not go direct to socialism.


[-] -2 points by RobertHod (1) 10 months ago

Converting the existing system will require and end to the secrecy. After that, if the people still want the socialism they can convert the system. First they have to develop an ability to do more than go into the street complaining and demanding.

It could be logically speculated that those promoting socialism and misinforming about the existing legal mechanisms which could be used to convert, are so afraid that of the goverment is made lawful and it stops corporate abuses and illegal war, that people will not want socialism any longer.

Accordingly they do not work to legally convert and promote ineffective protests that are used to escalate oppression of the right to assemble. This movement is headed towards violence not solution.

Yea, it talks about solution but is doing almost nothing to implement it.

[-] 0 points by shooz (17842) 10 months ago
[-] -2 points by johnsuriaki (-12) 10 months ago

Occupy was never about solutions. It's a protest.

[-] -3 points by RobertHod (1) 10 months ago

Is that why ows is not open to solution?

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34898) from Coon Rapids, MN 10 months ago

Not true Occupy endorses Move to Amend and Move to Amend endorses Occupy. It has never been about what OWS endorses - however - it has always been OWS pointing at the wrongs and people who agree getting together to address it. But some will never understand the concept.

[-] -2 points by RobertHod (1) 10 months ago

To "address" is to identify solution in this case.

Supporting an org that is asking congress to make an amendment cutting them of from unlimited funds is not logical, not real solution. It's more like corporate comraderie.

Solution is about unity, ows has divided, not unified the nation. Simply by demanding an end to capitalism rather than a government that follows laws. There is a very good chance that if the capitalistic US had been doing that for the last 100 years, there would be no problems. We don't know and with ows as it is, we'll never find out.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (34898) from Coon Rapids, MN 10 months ago

Such a negative and depressing outlook you have. Needless to say - I think you are wrong. There it is. No I really don't feel like discussing the point further this AM. Perhaps someone else might be interested in picking up on your comment. But not I not this AM anyhow.

[-] -2 points by markyleaveastone (-24) 10 months ago

Hi John. Welcome to the site. How was the second anniversary of Occupy?

[-] -3 points by johnsuriaki (-12) 10 months ago

Pretty good! Thanks! Lots of activities. Really enjoyed it.