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Solar Power, Prizes, Clean Water And Billionaires

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Clean power and clean water are two of the biggest problems that the world faces with the population  expanding over the earth.

If we were able to put a man on the moon, then we collectively can surely figure out a way to produce both innovations.  Since all the $ is at the top (recently created billionaires ) they as a group or individually, can offer monetary prizes to any individual that invents a way to-

process undrinkable water so it is clean

or make solar power a more consistent and inexpensive product.

Now, how can they do this without losing money but, as an added plus,  gain prestige?

Simple as pie!  Take say 1 million out of your multi millions and invest it in a stock that gives a good return – such as a utility, something that will always be needed and used by the public making the company stable longterm,

then take the interest from that 1 million and give it away in prize competitions !

The multi- millionaire retains his principal, his/her personal money invested, and inventors across the globe get a chance for moolah and the notariety of helping the world to become be a better place!

So this is a call out to all you billionaires!! Have some fun and plant some prizes out there and see how they grow into wonderful inventions that will put smiles on the faces of people across the globe.

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Levittown, The Fallingwater Of Bucks County?

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Fallingwater – Below from http://www.wkipedia.org,

Fallingwater stands as one of Wright’s greatest masterpieces both for its dynamism and for its integration with the striking natural surroundings. Wright’s passion for Japanese architecture was strongly reflected in the design of Fallingwater, particularly in the importance of interpenetrating exterior and interior spaces and the strong emphasis placed on harmony between man and nature. Contemporary Japanese architect Tadao Ando has stated: “I think Wright learned the most important aspect of architecture, the treatment of space, from Japanese architecture. When I visited Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, I found that same sensibility of space. But there was the additional sounds of nature that appealed to me.”[20]

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The fireplace hearth in the living room integrates boulders found on the site and upon which the house was built — ledge rock which protrudes up to a foot through the living room floor was left in place to demonstrably link the outside with the inside.

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Now what an original and Levittown house has –

Ceiling to floor windows in the front (kitchen) and  2 sets in the back of the house (living room)

Fireplace! open on 3 side, lights the kitchen and living room at the same time and shoots light down the hall into back bedrooms!

windows on every wall facing the outside light

Trees and greenery on each lot ( different each section ) sample-  mimosa, apple tree, honey suckle vine willow tree, so  when you look out any window you see green beauty

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They are beautiful houses that lend themselves to sitting and chatting while looking outside.

Levittown gets a bad rap sometimes and it was hit hard by the foreclosure “epidemic” but as I walk in the morning I see signs of renewal, like one street where the “new”  people moving in have put up white picket fences, they dot the street and echo the spirit of the old Levittown.

Mr. Levitt and his brothers did an excellent job in creating modest affordable houses with a hint of class and in doing so they also created a sense of community that lies within the bones of how Levittown is laid out.

Another example of this is the green areas which are many and woven into the landscape giving respite to the development.

There is much to be learned from Levittown and its architectural achievements.

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Levittown, Pennsylvania was the second “Levittown” built by William J. Levitt, who is often credited as the creator of the modern American suburb.

Levittown was planned and built by Levitt & Sons. The brothers Bill Levitt and architect Alfred Levitt designed its typical houses.

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See http://www.wikipedia.org

for more info!

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Look Back

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Looking back

you have to look back

to learn

looking back

over the Obama stimulus

guess what? it worked,

looking back ,

over 8 years of Clinton prosperity

then the Banking mess the republicans left

“I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry…..” Prez. C. says

Why did the prosperity end? Trickle down republican policies?

looking back over the Iraq and Afgahnistan wars

Suicide rates up 80 percent for returning soldiers

Too many tours- too much money spent on weapons- not enough on soldiers

we must look back

see the mistakes made

look back and learn.

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www.abcnews.com

The study, an analysis of data from the Army Behavioral Health Integrated Data Environment, shows a striking 80 percent increase in suicides among Army personnel between 2004 and 2008. The rise parallels increasing rates of depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions in soldiers, the study said.

The high number of suicides are “unprecedented in over 30 years of U.S. Army records,” according to the authors of the study, which was published Wednesday in the journal Injury Prevention. Based on the data and the timing of the increase in suicide rates, the authors calculated that about 40 percent of the Army’s suicides in 2008 could be associated with the U.S. military escalation in Iraq.

“This study does not show that U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan cause suicide,” said Dr. Michelle Chervak, one of the study’s authors, a senior epidemiologist at the U.S. Army Public Health Command. “This study does suggest that an Army engaged in prolonged combat operations is a population under stress, and that mental health conditions and suicide can be expected to increase under these circumstances.”

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Money Well Spent?
What Really Happened to the Trillion-dollar Stimulus Plan

by Michael Grabell

Money Well Spent?

 

Book Summary

Traces the evolution of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 while offering insight into its fiercely partisan supporters and detractors, explaining how the money was spent and what will be the most likely outcome.

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FORECLOSURE Aid, The Answer To Reversing The US Economic Downturn (and maybe the world’s downturn as well)

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The problem across the US is lack of revenue. 

Foreclosures are still happening at a unprecented rate. ( families are thrown out, houses sit and decay( I am judging this by my own neighborhood and what I have read), who benefits? short-term,the large investment banks through foreclosure fees)

Foreclosures are at the heart of this financial crisis because HOMES were used by the large investment banks as the key component of the so-called toxic derivatives  (risky) ponzi-like investments that they sold nationwide to investors.

What we are seeing now is the attempted cleanup of those investments  by banks by foreclosing and collecting the foreclosure fees RATHER than readjusting  the sub- prime loans (mortgages)

Why are the banks who offered these credit card loans  ( high interest loans, loaded with fees) not readjusting the loans as President Obama hoped, by lending them money from the government with low-interest rates ?, ( his mistake was not to make the loan of the money dependent on the use of the money i.e. only to readjust mortgages)

because they can make  more money collecting foreclosure fees. ( as one bank official said)

 

SOLUTION!

This is not my idea I heard it on NPR (National Public Radio) long before the general public knew of the crisis but experts saw the impending problem and were offering solutions.

It was an official from the Reagan administration and the Carter administration.  They said- offer a 4% mortgage readjustment across the board, to anyone that has a mortgage, those caught up in the crisis and those who were not.

VIOLA it is the answer, fair play- a democratic solution! banks were helped ( bailout)

now citizens should be helped and the resulting revenue will easily turn the economy around,

why?

because communities would stabilize, citizens would stay in homes and the flow of money from those homes  would be going into every nook and cranny of this great land.

The only party that would take a small hit are the banks that created the crisis, –long-term the banks will prosper as would the communities themselves.

HOW?

All citizens who have been foreclosed upon or are in the process of being foreclosed  or are in the pipeline of subprime loans to be foreclosed upon, need to organize into a lobby

yes, a lobby which is a group that forms to discuss a single issue with congress, and lobby to have all citizens be offered a 4% mortgage rate.

Think of all the jobs that will be created,  paid for by the banks ! One expert early on said there are not millions of these bundled mortgage loans not billions but trillions.

So it can be done, all we need is one person to start this process ?

PEACE and any volunteers?

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A great advocate below from www.wikipedia.org see for more info –

ACA (Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America) is a Boston, Massachusetts (US) based, national, HUD-certified, non-profit, community advocacy organization. NACA’s primary goal is to build healthy neighborhoods nationwide through affordable home ownership. The organization was founded by Bruce Marks, a former Federal Reserve Bank of New York official, in 1988. The non-profit’s two major programs are its Purchase Program, labeled “America’s Best Mortgage”, and its Home Save Program, highlighted by NACA’s wildly popular “Save The Dream” events.

Save the Dream and American Dream Tours

To reach and help a maximum number of suffering homeowners, the telephone and internet based Home Save Program developed its “Save The Dream Tour” concept, taking the Home Save program on the road, effectively setting up mobile servicing centers on its tour stops. The first “Save The Dream Tour” event was held July 19–23, 2008 in Washington, DC at the Capitol Hilton Hotel. More than 20,000 homeowners attended. Each event averages five days and routinely sees 30,000 homeowners seeking mortgage help.[9]

Representatives of the major servicers who have signed agreements with NACA are also on hand at Save The Dream events, providing same-day solutions for many homeowners on-site. Major breakthroughs with government backed investors such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been realized, with their representatives in attendance at Tour events also.

By the end of 2011, NACA had produced 55 “Save The Dream Tour” events, having visited especially hard-hit areas such as Chicago, Washington DC, Atlanta, South Florida and Los Angeles more than once. NACA’s eleven-day “Save The Dream Tour” event in Los Angeles, California January 20–30, 2011 was the largest foreclosure prevention and mortgage modification event in U.S. history.[10] Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa addressed homeowners, volunteers and NACA staff at the event, expressing his astonishment and appreciation for the work NACA is doing and emphatically inviting NACA back for a fourth L.A. Save The Dream Tour event.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaking to homeowners at NACA Save The Dream Event

The event even drew the attention of the Hollywood motion picture community, with an admiring film crew creating a brief documentary of the event, talking with both homeowners and NACA staff members, including CEO Bruce Marks, about their Save The Dream Event experiences.

Save The Dream Los Angeles documentary

NACA began 2012 with its first ever “American Dream Convention” January 10–15 in Atlanta, GA. Every NACA staff member from all 40 offices across the country was in attendance for three days of training, plus a massive combined “Save the Dream” and “Home Purchase” event, with live, face-to-face counseling taking place all six days.[11] The combined event provided to be so successful that the organization renamed their tours “American Dream” events and now bring both the Home Save and Purchase programs to each event. Reportedly, NACA plans to conduct a record 42 “American Dream” events in 2012.

Bruce Marks, NACA Founder and CEO speaking to homeowners at a NACA Save The Dream event.

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Go Ahead, Make Me

I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it.

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Comment to a group of reformers. His point: Until they lead the way, they shouldn’t expect leaders to follow.

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The Third Rail In This Economic Recovery – Foreclosures!

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Money borrowed by banks at 0 percent from Govt

but banks won’t lend unless 29.99 percent

you are a risk

we need to protect ourselves—

we  alone, are allowed to gamble

take risks with depositer’s money ….. bundle dreams and sell them down the river

make money off fees

short-term payoff,

long-term— — —

empty houses

2 per street

people on the street, their homes sitting empty

communities crumbling

no residents

no revenue

banks won’t re-adjust

even if the government says ” It is a must, that’s why we bailed you out gave you money to lend, gave you money at zip interest! “

we’re not interested they say

the fees are our horn of plenty, our horn of plenty

please lend us more money (Mr. Government, at zip percent )

We will remember you at x-mas time! We promise and big banks always remember…..

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My neighborhood once solidly middle class now has on avg. 2 empty houses per street, this in a community where you rarely saw a for sale sign for fifty years. And houses are still falling homeowners are still being thrown out onto the street while their homes are empty and begin to decay. 

This is happening across the United States Of America.

Tomorrow the SOLUTION, it is so easy it makes me cry!

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Below article from www.altnet.com

Investigations  –

Very Bad Things Happen When We Depend on the Same People Who Caused the Foreclosure Crisis to Track Its Destruction

There is not a single federal agency that has tracked foreclosures comprehensively, a massive information gap that prevents the work of journalists, advocates and policymakers alike.
August 5, 2012  |  
 
 
 It’s a simple set of questions: “How many foreclosed properties are there in the country? What zip codes are they in? What factors sent people’s homes underwater?” For policy makers, journalists or anyone trying to size up or address the years-old housing crisis, these questions present the natural place to start. But their answers don’t quite exist.  
In Chicago, for example, the city’s official vacant property count, which relies on the banks’ reporting, hovers just under 5,000. The Chicago Tribune estimates 18,000. Housing activists say there are well over 100,000.   
 
See www.altnet.com for full article

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Fresh Food, The Price Of Vegetables And Bubble up Farmimg

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What is fresh?  Fresh is when you are standing behind a pickup truck and a farmer releases the latch and everyone dives for the biggest corn cobs  as they tumble and slide down onto the back of the truck.  Fresh is tomatoes in a huge basket being dumped on a cool wooden table under the shining sun – no two tomatoes ever looked alike …..What is fresh? When you  bite into a plum you just bought and the juice spurts and falls down your chin onto your crisp white top!

That’s fresh!

That has been my vegetable buying experience until 5 years ago -the combo of genetic engineering for perfectly shaped fruit at the loss of taste and nutrition and factory farming taking over too many small farms has changed all that.

 But last week I found a good stand where yes! they pulled up in a pick up truck as I arrived ! and the peaches are juicy, the corn sweet and tender- as I left the stand 2 workers got their dog ( who just happened to look exactly like my old dog pickle) to bring an ear of corn to me at my car, I looked over and they were leaning against the pickup laughing—that is bubble up farming!

 

We take control farmers and eaters join hands and complete the cycle of life love and eating!!! So search out the farm in your area and buy directly from him or her ,WE can and will keep the prices down that way, and keep the fun of food alive!!!!!!

Support your local Farmers they are so cool!

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Step Two, Reenact Glass-Steagall, Banking Rule And Toughten It As Well.

 

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Reenact the Glass- Steagall Act of 1933 that President Roosevelt put in place during the depression and that was repealed in 1999. ( banking rule )

The article below describes in concise detail the mechanisms the Glass- Steagall act provided, to control  the investment and lending  practices of banks, 

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From, Which Idiot Decided To Repeal Glass-Steagall? www.voices.yahoo.com 

By: selise Sunday February 22, 2009 7:28 pm
 

Note: In a previous diary on OTC Derivatives (Which Idiot Decided Not to Regulate Credit Default Swaps?) we looked at the legislative history of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000. Today’s topic is the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and the repeal of Glass-Steagall—a part of the deregulation story of how our banks got “too big to fail.” For additional details and reference links see my Financial Regulation Timeline.

From Stiglitz’s 2003 book, The Roaring Nineties (typos are mine):

For more than half a century, commercial banking, which takes deposits from households and firm and makes conventional loans, had been separated from investment banking, which helps firms issue new bonds and shares. The same company could not lend money and also sell securities, in other words. The Glass-Steagall Act, which barred this, was one of the reforms put in place by the administration of Franklin Roosevelt, in response to the wave of bank failures that had followed the Great Crash of 1929. But the ideas behind Glass-Steagall went back even further, to Teddy Roosevelt and his efforts to break up the big trusts, the large firms that wielded such economic power. TR and the Progressives of the early twentieth century were alarmed not only about the concentration of economic power but about its impact on the political process. When enterprises become too big, and interconnections too tight, there is a risk that the quality of economic decisions deteriorates, and the “too big to fail” problem rears its ugly head. Expecting to be bailed out of trouble, managers become emboldened to take risks that they might otherwise shun. In the Great Depression, when many banks were on the ropes, it was, in effect, the public that bore the risk, while the bank got the reward. Wen banks failed, the taxpayers paid the price through publicly funded bailouts.

The Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 addressed a very real problem. Investment banks push stocks, and if a company whose stock they have pushed needs cash, it becomes very tempting to make the loan. The U.S. system worked in part because under Glass-Steagall the banks provided a source of independent judgments on the creditworthiness of businesses. When a “full-service” bank makes most of its money by selling equities and bonds or arranging “deals,” issuing loans becomes almost ancillary—a sideline.

With Glass-Steagall, the United States rejected the course followed by other nations, such as Japan and Germany, that did not separate commercial and investment banking—I believe to our evident benefit. But American banks themselves saw Glass-Steagall as reducing their opportunities for making profits and not surprisingly began to insist that the rules separating commercial and investment banking had become passé. In an age of free-floating capital and giant multi-national companies, they argued, banks had to be integrated, to make advantage of what are called “economies of scope”—the benefits that businesses can reap by working in many different areas at once. Global competition was too intense for bank concentration to be a serious worry (though in fact, many borrowers, especially small and medium-siaze firms, have access only to a few potential lenders), and Glass-Steagall supposedly put American banks at a disadvantage.

In the mid-nineties, the banks mounted a concerted campaign to have Glass-Steagall repealed. The conditions were favorable. Prosperity made the notion of bank failure seem very remote (though the S&L crisis of the eighties ought to have been a caution).

Full article at site listed above.

The argument is that the act would not have prevented the recession but it would have slowed it down made recognition of what was happening clearer and provided a structure within which banks could be forced to comply.

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Somewhere In South America,

The plane’s wheels hit the ground with a thud bounced again then skidded to the side and finally rested securely on god’s green earth or should I say mud.

” Nothing like riding the hills and valleys of cloud banks at six in the morning,” Estephan moaned to Kal as he jimmied the small plane’s door.

” At least you didn’t make the mistake of trying to partake of a the free can of tomato juice, ” which now resided discreetly in her lap. ” Grab that bag, I got the backpacks, look…over there Leila’s here already.”

Estephan glanced out the planes window ,coming towards them was a figure walking with such a rhythmic gait she looked as if she were dancing the rumba while she nimbly navigated the runway.

LOTUS BLOSSOM BLUE 

This passage is based on two experiences I had with small planes-  one while hitchhiking to the Bahamas after meeting a pilot in a casino in Florida, the other  while island hopping to Key West, small planes are like riding a 67 mustang in the air!

A typical hitchhiker’s gesture

 

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Foreclosures Are The Number One Economic Drain On The Recovery In US Today

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Blizzards of gizzards

watching

lounge lizards

lounging scrounging

for pieces of leases

on foreclosed homes

a lost tome

left behind

after the merciless grind

into the ground

of a once home sweet home

empty quiet

these houses dot my neighborhood

one was crushed into the mud, by the powers that be

every morning I would see on my walk

a kindly old man

sitting looking out from his porch

as the sun came up

now he is gone

and so is his

home sweet home.

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True story /observation. BHC

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Foreclosure Crisis Rears its Ugly Head Again: Foreclosure Defense Firm Reports Increase in Foreclosure Filings in First Quarter, as Banks Return to Aggressive Tactics

>PRWEB.COM Newswire

 

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 01, 2012

Like a monster in a horror movie that rises from the dead, the foreclosure crisis has returned to inflict even greater financial and emotional anguish upon American homeowners in virtually every state. According to foreclosure defense website StopForeclosureForms.com, there was a substantial increase in new foreclosure filings during the first quarter of 2012. The recent settlement of the rob-signing settlement, in which the banks got off remarkably easy for mishandling tens of thousands of mortgages, suggest that the trend of increased foreclosure filings will continue.

The increase in foreclosure filings is particularly severe in certain states. January foreclosure activity increased by more than 30 percent in several states, including Indiana, New Hampshire and New Jersey. Nationwide, the average increase was approximately 3%. Surprisingly, Ohio, which was one of the states most devastated by the foreclosure crisis, actually reported a decrease.

According to foreclosure defense expert Marc Rapaport, “it is abundantly clear that 2012 is going to be a year in which the banks return to aggressive foreclosure tactics. The robo-signing scandal involve egregiously unlawful and dishonest behavior. Nonetheless, the banks escaped with little more than a slap on the wrist. The result of that settlement is already emerging: more foreclosures.”

Rapaport’s website, StopForeclosureForms.com, is reporting that a record number of Americans are downloading foreclosure defense forms. According to Rapaport, the site is experiencing “a dramatic increase in the number of people downloading nearly every type of legal form to stop foreclosure, including answers to foreclosure complaints and motions to stop foreclosure sales.” According to Rapaport, residents of many hard hit states are now keenly aware that by downloading foreclosure defense forms, they can significantly delay, and sometimes stop, the process of foreclosure. Rapaport states that “people now know that they can download forms to stop foreclosure, and file their papers with their local court, without hiring expensive lawyers. The cat is out of the bag on foreclosure defense: it can be done, even without a lawyer.”

The ability of homeowners to fight back may be one of the few bright lights on the horizon as the foreclosure crisis revs up.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/4/prweb9356720.htm

 
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According to the United States Conference of Mayors,[5] the main cause ( of homeless persons ) is the lack of affordable housing.
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Why are we ( as citizens) allowing this rate of foreclosures to continue?
Contact your representatives with your feelings on this issue!

www.congress.org

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Below from www.newsworks.org

 

Protesters call on Philadelphia sheriff to stop sale of foreclosed properties
 

March 6, 2012

By Tom MacDonald

Housing activists staged a protest Tuesday during the Philadelphia sheriff’s sale of foreclosed properties, calling for a halt of such sales in the city.  

About two dozen protesters came to the sheriff’s sale, saying banks should not be so quick to foreclose on homeowners during these tough economic times. 

Anne Gemmell of the group Fight for Philly admits the protest is merely symbolic.

“What choice do we have, when we have a governor in the State House that passes a budget literally attacking thousands of families, attacking their schools, attacking their medical care, attacking their housing?” she said.

Cheri Honkala of the Poor People’s Economic Campaign says those facing foreclosure should not give up.

“We encourage other families that don’t have a place to live to reach out to us and we will put you into a house that’s just sitting there vacant,” she said.

Undersheriff Joe Vignola says the office is following court orders on foreclosure sales.

“Unless the court orders us otherwise, we are compelled to go forward with this month’s sheriff sale,” Vignola said.

The protesters say they will continue to occupy the foreclosed homes until they are evicted.

 

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POEM – An Inconvenient Truth For The Policymakers At Investment Banks

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Push us out of our houses

push us out of the park

Push

push

push

what you hear is the squishing of

the middle class

by

investment bank policies

re-adjust?

trust us

we will do all we can—

so many on the street

finally more on the street, than  behind closed doors

push

push

now we push back

like,

Adams

Franklin

Jefferson

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

 

And you can’t do that if you have no place to live

Push

push

push

the sound you hear is,

the squishing of the middle class.

Push back.

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Dedicated to all the Occupy Wall Street Protesters

 

 

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Word Cloaks – Poem

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A vagrant was found

he died

in a burned out

foreclosed house

no one knew why-

it was cold that night

in his forties

a vagrant died

in a burned out

foreclosed house

a vagrant was found

trying to keep warm

he died.

Once a man with money and friends

now he is a vagrant

a vagrant

a vagrant

a human bring—minus…money and friends,

a vagrant.

he was once a man—

now he is a vagrant

found dead

in a burned out

foreclosed house.

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Undercover, The Foreclosure Crisis Continues

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F-ree money for investment banks.

O-rderly exit of people from neighborhoods.

R -eadjust? why should we when we are making more money with fees by throwing people out?

E -verything gone, owners cry.

C -lass attacks, go after low income areas.

L -ower the rate of cash lent to investment banks, but who are they lending to?

O -h how could this keep happening?

S -peculators turn away from bundled mortgages to commodities.

U -nderstand the reason is greed.

R -emember investmant banks control the global economy.

E – verything must change.       As President  Theodore Roosevelt might have said long ago ” Time to bust some trusts.”

 

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Below FROM www.answers.yahoo.com –

Theodore Roosevelt was a progressive. He broke the trusts that had accumulatedmassive amounts of cash that they used to gain favors from Congressmen and senators that passed legislation helpful to their trusts and monopolies. His first message to Congress called for regulations of railroads , corporations and banks; the creation of a Department of Commerce; reforms in civil service, and a massive national conservation program. during his first term he sponsored the Newlands Reclamation Act, put strength into the Interstate Commerce Commission.

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From Wikipedia below,

 

 Trust busting

 

Room in the Wilcox Mansion, where Roosevelt was sworn into the Presidency

 

Trusts were increasing the central issue in politics, with public opinion fearing that large corporations could impose monopolistic prices to cheat the consumer and squash small independent companies. By 1904, 318 trusts controlled about two-fifths of the nation’s manufacturing output, not to mention powerful trusts in non-manufacturing sectors such as railroads, local transit, and banking. Roosevelt decided to do something about it.

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F-o-r-e-c-l-o-s-u-r-e  is ruining the fabric of this country.

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From wikipedia below,

Roosevelt coined the phrase “Square Deal” to describe his domestic agenda, emphasizing that the average citizen would get a fair share under his policies.

 

Theodore Roosevelt


26th President of the United States

In office

September 14, 1901 – March 4, 1909

Vice President

Charles W. Fairbanks (1905–1909)

Preceded by

William McKinley

Succeeded by

William Howard Taft


25th Vice President of the United States

In office

March 4, 1901 – September 14, 1901

President

William McKinley

Preceded by

Garret Hobart

Succeeded by

Charles W. Fairbanks


33rd Governor of New York

In office

January 1, 1899 – December 31, 1900

Lieutenant

Timothy L. Woodruff

Preceded by

Frank S. Black

Succeeded by

Benjamin B. Odell, Jr.


Born

October 27, 1858(1858-10-27)

New York, New York

Died

January 6, 1919(1919-01-06) (aged 60)

Oyster Bay, New York

Political party

Republican (1897–1912)

Progressive Party (1912–1916)

Spouse(s)

(1) Alice Hathaway Lee (married 1880, died 1884)

(2) Edith Kermit Carow (married 1886)

Children

Alice, Ted, Kermit, Ethel, Archie, Quentin

Alma mater

Columbia Law School – dropped out; Harvard College

Occupation

Statesman, author, historian, explorer, conservationist, civil servant

Religion

Dutch Reformed

Signature

Cursive signature in ink

Military service

Service/branch

United States Army

Years of service

1898

Rank

US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel

Commands

1st United States Volunteer Cavalry Regiment (Rough Riders)

Battles/wars

Spanish-American War

*Battle of Las Guasimas

*Battle of San Juan Hill

Awards

Nobel Peace Prize (1906), Medal of Honor (posthumously, 2001)

 

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Poem -Trickle down, trickle up, trickle this…

(An angry mermaid can’t take a break!)

 

A vote is taking place in congress today to try and END  Bush Tax cuts to anyone earning over 1 million. ( Most republicans are against this bill, they want to extend tax cuts to the top of our economic scale  )

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They say,

They say…

it will trickle down

over the scorched ground

over 100 million yet-

they still need a break

so say the re-economic -boob-icans, (or if you prefer re-fat-cat-icans)

we watched this before

and all took a snore,

and the house of cards fell

on Aunt Nell-

the cloud of money they want to shower

at the top high above  us

is for the true ELITE-

anyone with over 100 million,

the cash they get from “uncle ” GOP

will top their x-mas tree

never will one red cent

ever put a dent

in the ever blooming

republican deficit.

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FACT: President Bush came in with a Clinton surplus

and left with a trillion-dollar Bush deficit.

 

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FROM www.cnn.com      Today

 

The Senate voted 53 to 36 to end debate on whether to extend tax cuts.

The Senate voted 53 to 36 to end debate on whether to extend tax cuts.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A second procedural tax vote is expected later Saturday morning
  • Democrats knew beforehand that they were unlikely to succeed
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    Washington (CNN) — A Senate vote to end debate on a Democratic measure to extend George W. Bush-era tax cuts for families making under $250,000 failed on Saturday, preventing the measure from moving forward. —

    Despite the realization that neither would get the 60 votes to succeed, many Democrats said before the vote they wanted to get on-the-record in support of extending the lower rates to lower earners. They also want to contrast their ideas with Republican proposals to extend all tax cuts, even those for people who are very wealthy.

    “I think we want to lay it out there,” Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said on Friday. “Who’s for which approach on this? That’s why we’re doing it.”

    “There are no signs that millionaires are suffering in this economy. It’s everybody below that,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California. “You have to stand up for what you believe and you have to vote on what you believe.”

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    Celery Hearts And The Continuing Bush Economic Blight

    ” A Pale Green Mermaid Blog “

     

    I went to the local asian market yesterday and saw celery hearts costing  3 bucks… and I thought this isn’t good, when common vegetables begin to become pricey- a problem is brewing.

     

    This post is a warning – we are heading into a dark economic period for the skinny cats – I know what it is like to have no food for a day, you say to yourself oh well, I’ll diet today …

    there is no disgrace in having no money and so many now literally do not, we who do need to help and protect those who do not…

    It is time to get back on our horses fellow democrats and like-minded people – a confluence of events including the republican gains are working together to create hard times for all but the very wealthy.

    So saddle up… and as my grandfather who lived to be 96 and through the depression said,

     

    ” Barbara the problem is GREED. “

     

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    FACT – President George Bush Came into office with a  (Clinton) surplus in the budget he left with a trillion-dollar deficit.

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    Solar Homes In San Diego, CA Lead The Way

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    Solar-izing your home is the next green trend – it helps to save the resources of the earth and will create millions of new PERMANENT green JOBS!  See article below,

     

    FROM www.getsolar.com

    Annual Tour to Showcase San Diego Solar Homes

    Posted by GetSolar Staff in Saturday, October 2nd 2010   under: Solar Homes, Solar Industry News    Tags: , ,    

    The 15th Annual National Solar Tour, the world’s “largest grassroots solar event,” is set to kickoff today across the country as solar-powered homes and businesses will open their doors to the public. Sponsored by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), the tours showcase how photovoltaic (PV) panels and solar hot water systems can help cut electricity bills and reduce reliance on carbon-based sources of energy.

    One of the nation’s largest solar tours will take place in San Diego, California — one of the nation’s leading cities in solar power deployment. Over 5,000 homes, businesses and schools will be showcased, as the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) and the San Diego Renewable Energy Society (SDRES) have joined forces to bring attention to the solar revolution happening in this southern California municipality.

    If you live in the San Diego area, don’t miss out! Tours last from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Those interested will be able to gain valuable information about how to install a solar energy system and the amount of savings one can expect once the system is in place. Nationally, 5,500 solar-powered buildings will be showcased with the intention of turning more people on to the possibility to installing a system. It has been estimated that, within the next 5 to 6 years, 11 million homes across the United States will be solar-powered.

    FROM www.getsolar.com

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      Go Solar, Go Solar—

     

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