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WTF?: What's the Future and Why It's Up to Us by Tim O'Reilly

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11

OUR SKYNET MOMENT

ON SEPTEMBER 17, 2011, FED UP WITH GOVERNMENT BAILOUTS that had saved the banks despite the fact that they had brought the world to the brink of financial ruin with a toxic stew of complex derivatives based on aggressively marketed home mortgages, fed up that the banks had then foreclosed on the ordinary people who’d bought homes financed with those mortgages, fed up with crushing student loan debt, fed up with the cost of healthcare they couldn’t afford, fed up with wages that weren’t enough to live on, a group of protesters camped out in Zuccotti Park, a few blocks from Wall Street. Their movement, labeled with the Twitter hashtag #OccupyWallStreet or simply #Occupy, spread worldwide. By early October, Occupy protests ...

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