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Mike Momany worked as a contract programmer for years before falling on hard times. Now homeless in Seattle, he has been experimenting with innovative ways to make money ever since.
His main focus at the moment: a “private course in Applied Homelessness,” whereby he offers folks a chance to experience the homeless lifestyle during a three-day tour. Tuition is $2000 of which 25% will be donated back to shelters and pay for expenses, like the purchase of clothes for potential clients.
Although Momany looks at the venture as a business, he’s also hoping to raise awareness of the growing homeless population in Seattle which has increased by 15% since 2007. By offering a real life homeless experience, he’s hoping to inspire new approaches to solving the problem.
According to Momany, students will be dressed in appropriate homeless garb, given new names as well as “a simple life script.” The dense curriculum includes visits to popular homeless hangouts like the Seattle Public Library and students will be given opportunities to converse with other homeless people, pan handle and nap on benches. On one particular night, they will roam the streets at 3 a.m. Each night will be capped off with a stay in a $15-per-night hostel.
Momany’s venture is already stirring up controversy.
MJ Kiser, program director at Compass Housing Alliance in Seattle, said Momany’s tour would use up much-needed resources like housing and food, and that his $2,000 fee “could help a homeless family for two months or provide meals for all  of the folks in Compass shelters one night.”
Michael Stoops, director of community organizing at the National Coalition for the Homeless, said he thinks Momany’s intentions are in the right place, but he doesn’t think it’s right to charge $2,000 or for Momany to pay himself such a big fee. If the experience is really about giving people an inside look at homelessness, then it shouldn’t be about turning a profit, Stoops said.
Stoops says that his nonprofit coalition offers a similar program, called the Homeless Challenge where people can spend 48 hours living on the streets of Washington, D.C., with a guide who is either currently or formerly homeless. The coalition only asks for a $50 nightly donation to local shelters. “It’s not a moneymaker,” Stoops said. “We do it to give [people] the experience and to let them interact with other homeless folks.”
Nobody has signed up for Momany’s course as of yet.
While I certainly wouldn’t pay for the course (I have been housing deficient), I like the way he thinks.
On the heels of his recent appearance pouring cold water on Jim Cramer’s housing recovery exuberance, recent Nobel Prize winner Bob Shiller unloads another round of uncomfortable truthiness (presumably on the basis of his future-proofing tenure guaranteed by the Nobel). “Bubbles look like this,” Shiller tells Der Spiegel, adding that he is, “most worried about the boom in US stock prices.” As Reuters reports, Shiller is concerned since “the world is still very vulnerable to a bubble,” and with stock exchanges around the world at record highs despite an economy that is “still weak,” the Nobel winner proclaimed, “this could end badly.”
After it busts, the moans of “no one could have seen this coming” will be heard in every quarter.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Riot police in Ukraine’s capital have used tear gas, truncheons and flash grenades to push back protesters who tried to storm the presidential administration building. Dozens of people with what appeared to be head injuries were taken away by ambulance. More than 100,000 demonstrators rallied on Independence Square in the biggest show of anger yet over President Viktor Yanukovych’s refusal to sign an agreement with the European Union. During Sunday’s demonstration, several thousand people broke away and attempted to storm the nearby presidential administration building.
Clash between police and protesters:
Barack Obama’s White House has been accused of producing Soviet-style propaganda by press photographers who are furious at being denied access to the US president.
Mr Obama’s aides routinely block independent photographers from capturing him at work, before distributing flattering pictures shot by Pete Souza, his official photographer.
During a tense meeting at the White House, the practice was described by Doug Mills, a veteran photographer for The New York Times, as “just like TASS,” the Soviet Union state news agency.
More than 30 major US media organisations and the leading US press photographers’ union have protested against being barred from covering Mr Obama in an open letter to his press secretary.
“Journalists are routinely being denied the right to photograph or videotape the president while he is performing his official duties,” said the letter, which was delivered to Jay Carney.
“As surely as if they were placing a hand over a journalist’s camera lens, officials in this administration are blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the executive branch of government.”
The public’s approval rating for Congress has finally hit rock bottom: For the first time, America has a higher opinion of car salespeople.
A new Economist/YouGov.com poll put the approval rating of Congress at a historic low of 6 percent. A December 2012 Gallup poll comparing Congress’ approval ratings to other occupations had car salespeople at the bottom at 8 percent and Congress at 10 percent. Now Congress is the cellar dweller.
The nation’s bad opinion of Congress, impacted by inaction, budget fights and the battle over the filibuster, has also spread to Senate leaders. Just 19 percent approve of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell while 54 percent disapprove. Democratic leader Sen. Harry Reid’s ratings are 52 percent unfavorable, 25 percent favorable.
“What Americans are sure about is how they feel about Congress in general. They don’t like it, and haven’t liked it for a while,” said the poll. “But Congress’s approval rating in this week’s Economist/YouGov Poll matches its all-time low. Just 6 percent approve of the way Congress is handling its job. 72 percent disapprove.”
“Only 10 percent of Democrats, 7 percent of Republicans, and 3 percent of independents approve of Congress.”
For nearly 20 years, the secret code to authorize launching U.S. nuclear missiles, and starting World War III, was terrifyingly simple and even noted down on a checklist.
From 1962, when John F Kennedy instituted PAL encoding on nuclear weapons, until 1977, the combination to fire the devastating missiles at the height of the Cold War was just 00000000.
This was chosen by Strategic Air Command in an effort to make the weapons as quick and as easy to launch as possible, as reported by Today I Found Out.
To be fair, the comparison below is a hybrid of comparing apples to tangelos. The major concern in the U.S. is our public debt. The astronomical figures below are Chinese ‘private’ debt. The problem with this is that all Chinese debt is ultimately public debt. The ChiComs know what’s coming. They have been loaning as much as they possibly could to spur growth and allow for the national (privatized) acquisition of resources. When the balloon goes up, China still owns the gold, oil, pig farms, etc…
When it comes to reckless money creation, it turns out that China is the king. Over the past five years, Chinese bank assets have grown from about 9 trillion dollars tomore than 24 trillion dollars. This has been fueled by the greatest private debt binge that the world has ever seen. According to a recent World Bank report, the level of private domestic debt in China has grown from about 9 trillion dollars in 2008 to more than 23 trillion dollars today[...]
Chinese bank assets now absolutely dwarf the assets of the U.S. Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, the Bank of Japan and the Bank of England combined. You can see an amazing chart which shows this right here. A lot of this “hot money” has been flowing out of China and into U.S. companies, U.S. stocks and U.S. real estate. Unfortunately for China (and for the rest of us), there are lots of signs that the gigantic debt bubble in China is about to burst, and when that does happen the entire world is going to feel the pain.
It was Zero Hedge that initially broke this story. Over the past several years, most of the focus has been on the reckless money printing that the Federal Reserve has been doing, but the truth is that China has been far more reckless…
We are facing an existential threat in our profligate ways, as a nation. Add to that the fact that our enemies are doing the same thing, but they’re buying items of long term value. We’re buying emergency room visits, shitty healthcare websites, and groceries for able-bodied individuals who refuse to work. Please conduct yourselves accordingly.
This is the same .gov that is trying every single day to curb your ability to remain anonymous on the intertoobs. The same .gov that has spent 10′s of M’s to stop intellectual property theft (digital piracy). Yeah, that .gov sends billions to Pah-kee-stahn, and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, but is too cheap to pay $224M for troop management software licenses. I hate our .gov – just saying.
The Obama administration has agreed to pay Apptricity US$50 million for pirating the company’s logistics software the US Army used beyond contracted parameters.
While the Obama administration’s has launched efforts against intellectual property theft – including the Joint Strategic Plan run by Vice President Joe Biden that aims to curb copyright infringement – the US Army was concurrently using pirated Apptricity enterprise software that manages troop and supply movements. The company sued the government, accusing the US military of willful copyright infringement.
The Administration settled with the company, it was recently announced, agreeing to pay US$50 million, though Apptricity originally called for over four times that amount to cover unpaid licenses, TorrentFreak reported.
In 2004, Apptricity agreed with the US Army to license the troop-movement software, allowing the government to use it on five servers and 150 standalone devices. Despite the deal, the Army has used the software worldwide.
“The Army has used Apptricity’s integrated transportation logistics and asset management software across the Middle East and other theaters of operation. The Army has also used the software to coordinate emergency management initiatives, including efforts following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti,” the company said.
The improper installation of thousands of unlicensed copies of software was discovered incidentally, when the US Army Program Director said during Strategic Capabilities Planning 2009 that thousands of devices had Apptricity software.
Ultimately, 93 servers and over 9,000 standalone devices of the Army had the unlicensed software. Apptricity figured it was owed US$224 million based on usual fees of US$1.35 million per server and US$5,000 per device.
This essay is a bit of departure from my usually reasonable and logical approach to important issues. That’s not to say that the essay isn’t well-reasoned and is bereft of logical argumentation, but I freely admit that it’s polemical, in nature. Sometimes you’re just pissed, and you need to vent. Here’s my vent…
Lately, I must admit that my hostility towards your political ilk has ramped up, pretty dramatically. No, it’s not because we, at this point in my life, have a half-black president in the White House, and I’m some closet racist who is becoming increasingly frustrated at the prospects of the White Man’s power slipping through my fingers. I know that you’ve accused our side of such nonsense, and the thought keeps you warm at night, but I can assure you that it is a comfortable fiction of which you should probably divest yourself.
Now before I waste too much of your time, let’s establish who I’m talking to. If you believe that we live in an evil, imperialist nation from its founding, and you believe that it should be “fundamentally transformed”, lend me your ears. If you believe that the free market is the source of the vast majority of society’s ills and wish to have more government intervention into it, I’m talking to you. If you believe that health care is a basic human right and that government should provide it to everyone, you’re the guy I’m screaming at. If you think minorities cannot possibly survive in this inherently racist country without handouts and government mandated diversity quotas, you’re my guy. If you believe that rich people are that way because they’ve exploited their workers and acquired wealth on the backs of the poor, keep reading. Pretty much, if you trust government more than your fellow American, this post is for you.
First of all, let me say that we probably agree on more things than you think. Even between Tea Party Patriots and Occupy Wall-Streeters, I’ve observed a common hatred of the insidious alliance between big business and big government. As Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) so correctly noted, government should never be in the business of picking winners and losers in corporate America, and no person, organization, union, or corporation should have their own key to the back door of our government[...]
At this point, you’re probably screaming, “Right on!!”, and who can blame you? What sane person in the world doesn’t want everyone to be gainfully employed, adequately fed, smartly clothed, appropriately sheltered, and properly educated? These are the goals of every moral society on the planet, however we cannot ignore the fundamental question of, “At what cost?”
I’m not sure whether FDR was a shallow thinker or simply a shrewd, Machiavellian politician, but the fact that he framed each of these ideals as a human right should be troubling to every freedom-loving person in America. After all, what does it mean for something to be a human right? Doesn’t it mean that it’s something to which you are entitled simply by virtue of your being human? Let’s think about some of the basic rights that the real Bill of Rights delineates: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to petition the government, freedom to bear arms, freedom from illegal search and seizure, etc.
If you’re moderately intelligent and intellectually honest, you’ll quickly see what separates the rights laid out in the real Bill of Rights from those laid out in FDR’s misguided list — none of the rights listed above require the time, treasure, or talents of another human being. Your right to speak requires nothing from anyone else. Your right to practice your religion requires nothing from any of your fellow citizens. Your right to bear arms means that you are allowed to possess weapons to defend yourself and your family, but it makes no demand that a weapon be provided to you by anyone. A true human right is one that you possess, even if you’re the only person on the entire planet — and it is unconditional.
FDR’s list is no “Bill of Rights”. It’s a list of demands. If I have a right to a job, doesn’t that mean that one must be provided to me? If I have a right to adequate food, clothing, and recreation, doesn’t that mean that I am entitled to those things, and someone should provide them to me? If I have an inherent right to a decent home, once again, doesn’t that mean it should be provided to me, regardless of my ability to afford one or build one for myself?
You might protest that FDR only meant that we have the right to pursue those things, but that’s not what he said, and why would he? If we live in a free society, our right to pursue those things is self-evident, is it not? Besides, if he only believed in our right to pursue those things, he would not have felt the need to implement the New Deal.
The fact is, you can rail against my conservatism all you wish. You can make fun of my Tea Party gatherings, and you can ridicule patriots in tri-corner hats until you wet yourself from mirth, but one thing is for certain: my political philosophy will NEVER be a threat to your freedom. If you feel a burning responsibility to the poor, conservatism will never prevent you from working 80 hours per week and donating all of your income to charity. If you feel a strong sense of pity for a family who cannot afford health insurance, my political philosophy will never prevent you from purchasing health insurance for this family or raising money to do so, if you cannot afford it, personally. If you are moved with compassion for a family who is homeless, a conservative will never use the police power of government to prevent you from taking that family in to your own home or mobilizing your community to build one for them.
However, you cannot say the same for liberalism. If I choose not to give to the poor for whatever reason, you won’t simply try to persuade me on the merits of the idea — you will seek to use the government as an instrument of plunder to force me to give to the poor. If we are walking down the street together and we spot a homeless person, using this logic, you would not simply be content with giving him $20 from your own pocket — you would hold a gun to my head and force me to give him $20, as well.
Everything that modern liberalism accomplishes is accomplished at the barrel of a government rifle. You do not trust in the generosity of the American people to provide, through private charity, things such as clothing, food, shelter, and health care, so you empower the government to take from them and spend the money on wasteful, inefficient, and inadequate government entitlement programs. You do not trust in the personal responsibility of the average American to wield firearms in defense of themselves and their families, so you seek to empower the government to criminalize the use and possession of firearms by private citizens. Everytime you empower the government, you lose more of your personal liberty — it’s an axiomatic truth.
What angers me the most about you is the eagerness with which you allow the incremental enslavement to occur. You are the cliched and proverbial frog in the pot who has actually convinced himself that he’s discovered a big, silver jacuzzi. Somehow, you’re naive enough to believe that one more degree of heat won’t really matter that much.
Servitude can exist in a free society, but freedom cannot exist in a slave nation. In a free country, you have the liberty to join with others of your political ilk and realize whatever collectivist ideals you can dream up. You can start your own little commune where the sign at the front gate says, “From each according to his ability; to each according to his need”, and everyone can work for the mutual benefit of everyone else. In my society, you have the freedom to do that.
In your society, I don’t have the same freedom. If your collectivism offends me, I am not free to start my own free society within its borders. In order for collectivism to work, everyone must be on board, even those who oppose it — why do you think there was a Berlin Wall?
In conclusion, just know that the harder you push to enact your agenda, the more hostile I will become — the harder I will fight you. It’s nothing personal, necessarily. If you want to become a slave to an all-powerful central government, be my guest. But if you are planning to take me and my family down with you, as we say down here in the South, I will stomp a mud-hole in your chest and walk it dry.
People run into issue purchasing guns quite often. It can be for a number of reasons, but most of the time it has to do with that person having previously committing a crime.
One of the last people you’d think might run into trouble purchasing a firearm would be a sheriff. But that’s just what happened to California Sheriff Jon Lopey.
This guy is a Retired Army Colonel, a 33 year veteran of the California Highway Patrol, and now a sheriff. He filled out all the paperwork and got a response from the FBI, saying DENIED, with no reason.
Sherri ff Lopey joined me on the program to talk about this issue…
Our govt is a joke… our society the punchline.
Whether a believer or not, a fan of Duck Dynasty or not, this is good watching. I wish you all the very best. May you always find much to be thankful for.
My friend posted this. He’s SAIC w/CBP out of San Diego. He was one of the guys in green, pepper spraying the illegals. Heh.
He used to lead a team that raided businesses who employed illegals until early 2009. They got word from ‘on high’ to cease & desist…
Another New Mexico law enforcement agency tortures a citizen. You may remember the repeated sodomizing of another citizen recently reported by The Revo, here.
A New Mexico woman claims she suffered for weeks after a Bernalillo County corrections officer strip-searched her and sprayed mace in her vagina.
“It’s tantamount to torture,” Peter Simonson, the Executive Director of ACLU of New Mexico said in an interview with 4 On Your Side.
The ACLU, on behalf of Marlene Tapia, filed a federal lawsuit this week two years after the alleged ordeal occurred — two years after Tapia first contacted the organization.
Simonson said civil rights cases are complicated to build, but that his staff filed the case within the two-year statute of limitations.
According to court records, police arrested Tapia for a probation violation tied to a previous drug case. While at the Metropolitan Detention Center, Tapia said two officers strip searched her and asked her to bend over at the waist. That’s when they noticed a plastic baggie protruding from Tapia’s vagina.
Instead of taking Tapia to a doctor to have the baggie removed, she said one of the officers – Blanca Zapater – sprayed a chemical agent directly on her genitals twice.
Simonson said the chemical agent was mace.
Tapia said she suffered “severe pain that lasted for several weeks including burning, swollen genitals and painful urination,” according to the court records[...]
“It’s just the maliciousness, the wanton disregard, wanton maliciousness that the corrections officer demonstrated,” he said. “This is the kind of chemical that is intended to be sprayed on other parts of the body, to cause pain, but to spray it on the very most sensitive part of a person’s body only doubles the pain.”[...]
Staff at the Metropolitan Detention Center declined to comment on the case, but confirmed that the Zapater is still on staff after she was hired in November 2008.
According to the lawsuit, Zapater was disciplined for the situation involving Tapia.
Simonson said the ACLU is not seeking compensation on the case because the organization never does. Instead, he said his staff wants to make sure our country’s Constitutional freedoms and protections apply to everybody – including the people accused of a crime.
“We do it so we can ensure that these sorts of things don’t happen to another person,” he said.
This guy was disciplined but remains on the job. What the …?
The recent war of words between George Clooney and hedge fund kingpin Daniel Loeb was quite significant. What appears to just be another investor tired of Hollywood political flops, in reality, is a public face on a very private fight. One raging within Hollywood itself.
The future of Hollywood political preach fests is dire, here are the main reasons why:
1. The Avengers (May 2012)
While Hollywood releasing left wing films is nothing new, the fight over them took on another level with the release of this superhero feature. The reason being as follows: to justify the making of big budget liberal box office flops like Green Zone, or even the more recent White House Down, the progressives in Hollywood sought to make a new argument. That argument was: “Well, the budgets on other films is too high anyway. The major box office records won’t be ever broken. The state of Hollywood’s future has to be the political films we want to make. We’ll just do them cheaper. Trust us. We can.”
Much like a campaign trail promise, this went out the window with The Avengers opening. Not only did it shatter box office records (the most impressive being the biggest film opening of all time), it did so by a wide margin. The film also featured a character talking openly about God (Captain America), and featured a budget well over $200 million to produce. According to the progressives in Hollywood trying to shape the industry’s future, this never should have happened.
There’s even a dig at Democrats late in the film. After saving New York City, various news feeds are shown showcasing people’s opinions on the Avengers. One, if you look closely, is a Democratic politician from New York who angrily yells that the Avengers “should have to pay for all damage” caused by the film’s alien invasion. But this was nothing compared to future progressive troubles.
2. The Astounding Christmas Frame of 2012
This one really hurt progressives. Films over the Christmas frame last year (films that open around Christmas and onward) was long circled on many box office analyst charts. The reason being the significant change in direction the industry was trying. The return of the much beloved conservative opus Lord Of The Rings emerged in the form of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. There was also Les Miserables’, a film musical marketed directly to church audiences. Also included was Quentin Tarantino’s western Django Unchained. To top if off was Zero Dark Thirty, a film who’s target audience was the current American conservative base. All were seen as “old fashioned” and “too much a representation of a dying age in Hollywood,” by many in the Hollywood left.
To counter, progressives had Matt Damon’s Promised Land (an anti-fracking movie) and others. The result was not only did Hobbit, Les Miserables’, Django, and Zero Dark Thirtyopen to successful box office. They continued to make a lot of money in the long run. In fact, these films performed so well on the margins (all easily breaking the $95-300 million domestic mark), it shocked the majority of Hollywood talent that such “staying power” was even possible at the multiplex during the Christmas frame (usually only the lucrative Summer frame could see as many films with such strong box office results). The films did so well, they actually dominated all films released the next month entirely.
On the other side of the coin, Promised Land flopped. No other progressive film even made a dent on the box office stage.
Before they were done, Hobbit broke the elusive billion dollar mark worldwide, Les Miserables’, Django Unchained, and Zero Dark Thirty all grabbed Best Picture nominations. Which brings us to our last point.
3. Zero Dark Thirty’s Oscar Campaign
It was bound to happen. After suffering massive embarrassment over the vastly successful (and very anti-progressive) Christmas frame. Progressives took out their frustration onZero Dark Thirty’s Oscar road.
The claim was Zero Dark Thirty’s controversy was over the“enhanced interrogation efforts” in the film which many liberal organizations viewed as “torture.” For many this was true. But don’t be fooled, this was mainly a fight over the direction of the Hollywood film industry. Many in Hollywood grew frustrated they were losing the reigns to the Zeroand Hobbits of the world, and they lashed out accordingly.
The result, sadly, was Zero Dark Thirty (though critically acclaimed and voted high by audiences) never stood a chance to win Best Picture at the very politicized Academy Awards. But the greater victory was easily won on Hollywood’s future.
Which brings us to George Clooney and Daniel’s Loeb’s public feud. What’s it over? What else, frustration over box office flops loaded with liberal talking points (in this case,Elysium and White House Down). Coincidence it falls in with previous frustrations expressed on progressive films this past year? Nope. Just a more public face on the very private fight.
A box office fight, right now, Hollywood progressives know they’re losing.
This story is trending on the Huffington Post. You can find it there (or in the off topic section of this site).
There’s no way to structure this coherently. They are random observations that might help explain the mental processes. But often, I think that we look at the academic problems of poverty and have no idea of the why. We know the what and the how, and we can see systemic problems, but it’s rare to have a poor person actually explain it on their own behalf. So this is me doing that, sort of.
Rest is a luxury for the rich. I get up at 6AM, go to school (I have a full course load, but I only have to go to two in-person classes) then work, then I get the kids, then I pick up my husband, then I have half an hour to change and go to Job 2. I get home from that at around 12:30AM, then I have the rest of my classes and work to tend to. I’m in bed by 3. This isn’t every day, I have two days off a week from each of my obligations. I use that time to clean the house and soothe Mr. Martini and see the kids for longer than an hour and catch up on schoolwork. Those nights I’m in bed by midnight, but if I go to bed too early I won’t be able to stay up the other nights because I’ll fuck my pattern up, and I drive an hour home from Job 2 so I can’t afford to be sleepy. I never get a day off from work unless I am fairly sick. It doesn’t leave you much room to think about what you are doing, only to attend to the next thing and the next. Planning isn’t in the mix[...]
Junk food is a pleasure that we are allowed to have; why would we give that up? We have very few of them[...]
Convenience food is just that. And we are not allowed many conveniences. Especially since the Patriot Act passed, it’s hard to get a bank account. But without one, you spend a lot of time figuring out where to cash a check and get money orders to pay bills. Most motels now have a no-credit-card-no-room policy. I wandered around SF for five hours in the rain once with nearly a thousand dollars on me and could not rent a room even if I gave them a $500 cash deposit and surrendered my cell phone to the desk to hold as surety.
Nobody gives enough thought to depression. You have to understand that we know that we will never not feel tired. We will never feel hopeful. We will never get a vacation. Ever. We know that the very act of being poor guarantees that we will never not be poor. It doesn’t give us much reason to improve ourselves[...]
Cooking attracts roaches. Nobody realizes that. I’ve spent a lot of hours impaling roach bodies and leaving them out on toothpick pikes to discourage others from entering. It doesn’t work, but is amusing.
“Free” only exists for rich people. It’s great that there’s a bowl of condoms at my school, but most poor people will never set foot on a college campus. We don’t belong there. There’s a clinic? Great! There’s still a copay. We’re not going. Besides, all they’ll tell you at the clinic is that you need to see a specialist, which seriously? Might as well be located on Mars for how accessible it is. “Low-cost” and “sliding scale” sounds like “money you have to spend” to me, and they can’t actually help you anyway.
I smoke. It’s expensive. It’s also the best option. You see, I am always, always exhausted. It’s a stimulant. When I am too tired to walk one more step, I can smoke and go for another hour. When I am enraged and beaten down and incapable of accomplishing one more thing, I can smoke and I feel a little better, just for a minute. It is the only relaxation I am allowed. It is not a good decision, but it is the only one that I have access to. It is the only thing I have found that keeps me from collapsing or exploding.
I make a lot of poor financial decisions. None of them matter, in the long term. I will never not be poor, so what does it matter if I don’t pay a thing and a half this week instead of just one thing? It’s not like the sacrifice will result in improved circumstances; the thing holding me back isn’t that I blow five bucks at Wendy’s. It’s that now that I have proven that I am a Poor Person that is all that I am or ever will be. It is not worth it to me to live a bleak life devoid of small pleasures so that one day I can make a single large purchase. I will never have large pleasures to hold on to. There’s a certain pull to live what bits of life you can while there’s money in your pocket, because no matter how responsible you are you will be broke in three days anyway. When you never have enough money it ceases to have meaning. I imagine having a lot of it is the same thing.
Poverty is bleak and cuts off your long-term brain. It’s why you see people with four different babydaddies instead of one. You grab a bit of connection wherever you can to survive. You have no idea how strong the pull to feel worthwhile is. It’s more basic than food. You go to these people who make you feel lovely for an hour that one time, and that’s all you get. You’re probably not compatible with them for anything long-term, but right this minute they can make you feel powerful and valuable. It does not matter what will happen in a month. Whatever happens in a month is probably going to be just about as indifferent as whatever happened today or last week. None of it matters. We don’t plan long-term because if we do we’ll just get our hearts broken. It’s best not to hope. You just take what you can get as you spot it[...]
Here we have a smoker who wastes hundreds of dollars per month on alcohol, tobacco, and fast food. She explains how bleak and hopeless her future is because she has no money and makes shitty decisions. I’m shocked that someone who blows all of their money on useless, unnecessary temporal comforts would end up with no money. She has chosen to be “poor”. She explains, in her own words, the source of her problems. The problem here, is that she is a victim. She sees herself not as a woman who is in a bind and making the right choices to turn it around, but as a victim of poverty. She sees that life as a caste, into which she was born. She’s a whiny, self-gratifying, human being.
She believes that life should be devoid of hardship. In so believing, she has created self-perpetuating cycle of poverty. Worse yet, she will induce these habits into her children, creating another generation of the same (only with a deeper sense of entitlement). She isn’t the only person to grow up poor. She isn’t the only person to have nothing and think it sucks. Warren Buffett had $1000 and a suitcase. He made some tough decisions and came out on top.
If you want to come out of the cycle of poverty, stop seeing yourself a a victim. Stop making shitty decisions that further enslave you to the impoverished status you find yourself in. I’ve been broke and homeless. I have been unemployed on two separate occasions. You know how to deal with those situations? Stop spending unnecessary money! Shut off the cable. Shut off the cell phones. Shut off the internet. Buy staple foods and cook them. Save every penny you have, so that you can improve your station in life. Set goals. Follow up on these goals. Stick to the objective, until the objective is conquered.
Unfortunately, this half-wit, who explains why she is “poor”, but fails to see her own explanation – has set up a gofundme site. She’s getting donations by the thousands. I hope she uses the charity of these good people well, but I’m not holding my breath. She makes shitty decisions, after all.
Yeah, don’t get too excited. It turns out that the nations were extortionist countries, throwing a hissy fit & demanding $100B annually from us.
Poor countries pulled out of the United Nations climate talks during a fight over transferring wealth from richer countries to fight global warming.
The G77 and China bloc led 132 poor countries in a walk out during talks about “loss and damage” compensation for the consequences of global warming that countries cannot adapt to, like Typhoon Haiyan. The countries that left claim to have the support of other coalitions of poor nations, including the Least Developed Countries, the Alliance of Small Island States and the Africa Group.
Poor countries have demanded that the developed world give them $100 billion annually by 2020 to prepare for the impacts of global warming, such as heat waves and droughts. Brazil even put forward a proposal last week that would have made rich countries pay for historical greenhouse gas emissions.
Even as nations that have already gone full-retard are no beginning to pull back – these Marxist wealth-transfer freaks are still going strong.
The black-nationalist Department of Homeland Security employee who was placed on leave almost four months ago for running a website that espouses the mass murder of whites has still not been fired, an agency spokesperson told National Journal.
The Southern Poverty Law Center first exposed Ayo Kimathi in August, prompting a small media firestorm that led DHS to place the procurement officer on administrative leave with pay pending review. DHS deputy press secretary Gillian Christensen confirmed that his status has not changed and that he is still on leave pending review.
Kimathi, using the online nom de guerre “the Irritated Genie,” called for “ethnic cleansing” of “black-skinned Uncle Tom race traitors” on his website, which envisioned a massive race war on the horizon. “In order for Black people to survive the 21st century, we are going to have to kill a lot of whites—more than our Christian hearts can possibly count,” he wrote.
In other postings, he warned that whites and their enablers like President Obama are trying to “homosexualize” black men in order to make them weaker, and suggested that a woman’s primary role in life should be to “keep a strong Black man happy.” He also seemed to hold anti-Semitic views, claiming in a Facebook post that his website was under attack from a conspiracy of “zionist smallhats, the Uncle Tom koons,” and, naturally, “the haters.”
Kimathi, who has been at DHS since 2009, works for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and made $115,731 in 2012. Civil service laws make it difficult for the federal government to fire employees.
Government Executive’s Charles Clark reported in early September that DHS received complaints about Kimathi as long as two years ago. A former supervisor of Kimathi’s told the SPLC that “everybody in the office is afraid of him,” and worried that he would “come in with a gun someday and go postal.”
I’m sure it’s purely a procedural issue… something with the union contracts… I wonder if it would be this hard to fire a white guy who said we should kill millions of black people?
Most of us, by right, don’t care if google shows search results for such vile topics as child porn. I certainly applaud them not providing links to child molesters.
The question I immediately thought of was “Where will google draw the line?”.
How long until they stop showing results for 3D printed firearms? Information about explosives or trigger mechanisms? Information about small unit tactics, ambush strategies, or efforts by protesters to organize via social media? Do you see how quickly this list can be winnowed down?
I’m not making the slippery slope argument. Some issues need to be off-limits. I’m just throwing oout the thought I had. If google (or the govt they collude with) don’t like your topic, or deem it illegal/unsafe/etc – how long until your topic is no longer searchable?
DOW HITS 16,000! Answer me this:
With the economy on life support, and actual unemployment hovering 23%:
…and actual inflation at 9%:
…how does the DOW hit 16,000?
U.S. stocks fluctuated on Monday, with the S&P 500 and Dow industrials at or near record highs, as Wall Street weighed a measure of builder sentiment coming in below expectations against the potential implications for the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy.
Underlying gains that took the Dow above 16,000 for the first time and the S&P 500 above 1,800 is ongoing optimistic about stimulus from the Fed. “The market is very Fed oriented,” said Paul Nolte, managing director at Dearborn Partners.
Benchmark indices initially trimmed their rise after the release of the National Association of Home Builders/Well Fargo Housing Market Index, which found home builder confidence to be flat this month from a downwardly revised level of 54 the prior month.
“Every question gets answered with what does this mean to the Fed? The builders confidence falling below forecasts means the Fed is going to stay in the market,” said Nolte, downplaying the survey’s impact.
In layman’s terms, it’s called asset price inflation. It is the deliberate (stated) intent of the FED’s “QEfinity & Beyond” program to re-inflate asset prices. It is a giant bubble created by printing money out of thin air and using that money to buy shitty assets, so the banks aren’t holding them. It is the most insidious tax in all of human history (inflation). It will have it’s reckoning. Nothing anyone can say or do, will stop the immutable laws of economics. This is but one of the many fronts, of the storm on our horizon. Please, conduct yourself accordingly.
I just finished watching a 1:17:30 video compiling the news reports from around the globe about wars, uprisings, unrest, and the militarization of our civilian government here in the U.S. They used source video from Fox, MSNBC, RT, BBC, both ends of the spectrum. They showed the systematic nature in which our nation has been stripped of it’s protections, afforded in the U.S. Constitution. The video was produced by the subversive group “anonymous”.
My question for the forum is this:
How can we decouple the outrage over the destruction of our liberty, from the overwhelming sense of entitlement by those on the left, so that we could one day join forces in defeating the leviathan?
We are all angry at the intrusion of our government into our private lives. We all see the pen being built around us. How do we reconcile our differences and join forces before the war goes hot?
Venezuela’s Parliament gives up their power. I told you they’d go for it. Too dumb to know any better. Let’s see how he did it:
Strong man demonizes opposition. Then, he asks for temporary special powers. Parliament refuses. He misses it by 1 vote. What’s left to do but create an opening, to be filled by a sycophant, of course. Then, you have all the votes you need:
Venezuela’s national assembly has approved granting President Nicolas Maduro special powers to rule by decree in a 99-to-60 vote.
The legislation, known as the “Ley Habilitante,” or Enabling Act, would allow Maduro to bypass the country’s top legislative body for a limited time – in this case for a twelve-month period. The national assembly is also able to strip the president of such powers should it vote to do so.
In his initial requests for the legislative powers in August, Maduro stated that he would use them to tackle corruption in Venezuela, and what the fiery statesman has called an “economic war” being waged against his administration.
Until this week, Maduro had lacked one vote to achieve the three-fifths majority necessary to pass the Enabling Act. On Tuesday, Maria Aranguren, a member of the opposition, was stripped of her parliamentary immunity due to charges of embezzlement, conspiracy, and money laundering. Aranguren – who is now unable to perform her legislative duties – was replaced by Carlos Flores of the ruling Socialist party, who has backed the law.
Critics say that Venezuela’s government has sought the decree powers in order to clamp down on the opposition ahead of elections in December.
“The only objective of this enacting is to persecute government critical voices in society, the NGOs and the political parties with different views,” opposition member Eduardo Gomez Sigala told EFE news agency.
“There is an institutional coup in Venezuela, there is no separation of powers,” Sigala added.
Australia’s new conservative government introduced legislation that would eliminate the carbon tax and cut funding to green energy in a series of aggressive moves to scale back the country’s environmental laws.
“We have said what we mean, and will do what we say. The carbon tax goes,” Prime Minister Abbott told Australian lawmakers. “Repealing the carbon tax should be the first economic reform of this parliament.”
The Liberal-National Party swept seats in September’s election in large part due to their opposition to the left-wing Labor Party’s imposition of a tax on carbon dioxide emissions. The unpopular tax was blamed for rising power bills and hurting economic growth. Abbott has touted his party’s bill to repeal the carbon tax as “our bill to reduce your bills.”
China, the EU and environmentalists criticized Japan at U.N. climate talks on Friday for slashing its greenhouse gas emissions target after its nuclear power industry was shuttered by the Fukushima disaster.
The Japanese government on Friday decided to target a 3.8 percent emissions cut by 2020 versus 2005 levels. That amounts to a 3 percent rise from a U.N. benchmark year of 1990 and the reversal of the previous target of a 25 percent reduction.
“Given that none of the nuclear reactors is operating, this was unavoidable,” Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara said.
Japan’s 50 nuclear plants were closed on safety concerns after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami wrecked the Fukushima reactors northeast of Tokyo. Nuclear accounted for 26 percent of Japan’s electricity generation and its loss has forced the country to import natural gas and coal, causing its greenhouse gas emissions to skyrocket.
Japan’s new policy was widely criticized in Warsaw, where some 190 nations are meeting from November 11-22 to work on a global climate pact, due to be agreed in 2015.
China’s climate negotiator Su Wei said: “I have no way of describing my dismay” about the revised target.
Really, China? You’re upset that other nations aren’t doing their part for global warming prevention? AYFKM?