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From the Hampton Institute:    “The dirty truth is that the rich are the great cause of poverty.” – Michael Parenti

There are two vacant investor-owned homes for every homeless person in America.

The difference between the greed of the wealthy and the precariousness of American workers is painfully stark when looking at vacant homes.
2016 figures from ATTOM Data Solutions — which publishes comprehensive housing data — show that wealthy investors are buying up more and more real estate as a moneymaking venture while housing prices and homelessness continue to skyrocket across America.
According to ATTOM, 76 percent of all vacant homes in America are owned by investors — amounting to approximately 1.1 million vacant residential investment properties. Many of these vacant homes are in economically distressed Rust Belt cities with high poverty rates, like Detroit, Michigan, neighboring Flint, and Youngstown, Ohio. The states with the highest investment property vacancy rate also have high poverty rates. Michigan leads the pack with 10.3 percent vacancy, Indiana at 9.8 percent, Alabama at 6.9 percent, and Mississippi at 6.6 percent.

Meanwhile, in December of 2017, the Associated Press reported that homelessness increased in America for the first time since 2010 — the height of the Great Recession. 2017 data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development showed that local counts of homeless Americans reached approximately 554,000 nationwide, which is a 1 percent increase from 2016 (and roughly half of the number of vacant residential investment properties in America today). Approximately one-third of those counted as homeless had no access to nightly shelters and were sleeping on streets, and in vehicles and tents.

2017 was also a record-high year for rent prices, according to housing figures from Zillow. Tenants across America paid landlords an estimated $485.6 billion, with more than $100 billion of that coming from just the New York/New Jersey market, the Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim market, and the Chicago market. Approximately 97,000 of America’s homeless persons are in New York City (63,169 homeless) and Los Angeles (34,000 homeless). Cities like San Jose, California and Denver, Colorado are seeing double-digit rent increases on average each year, according to Forbes.

If current trends continue, affordable housing is expected to become even more scarce. CNBC reported in 2016 that 25 percent of ultra-wealthy Americans surveyed are planning on buying more real estate over the next several years. More scarcity in housing markets will drive up home prices, which will increase rent prices as a result. This could lead to future increases in the number of homeless Americans between now and 2020.

For charts and maps to see how severe this problem really is go to the main story HERE. 

To anyone who thinks that we are off base when we say, No War But Class War this we hope will convince you otherwise.

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Simon Dudley, Local Council Leader Windsor

“Clear beggars from streets of Windsor ahead of royal wedding,” says local council leader

 

Beggars have made a life choice and should be cleared from the streets of Windsor ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, the leader of the local council has said.
Comments by Tory councilor Simon Dudley, from the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, were branded “abhorrent” yesterday ahead of the royal wedding there next May.
Cllr Dudley said beggars could present the town in a “sadly unfavorable light”, and tweeted that some rough sleepers had made a “commercial life choice praying on residents and tourists”.

In a letter to police he complained about “aggressive begging and intimidation” and “bags and detritus” on the streets. His comments were criticized by a local homeless charity manager, who described them as “sickening”.

Murphy James, of Windsor Homeless Project, said: “It’s absolutely abhorrent that anybody has got these views in this day and age, especially a lead councilor of the borough.
“If somebody is sleeping out on the street they are not there by choice, they are there because something has gone wrong.” Mr. James described it as “sickening” that Mr. Dudley cited the royal wedding as a reason for his comments.

It came after Mr. Dudley tweeted that there is “an epidemic of rough sleeping and vagrancy” in the town and demanded police “focus on dealing with this before the #RoyalWedding”. He also wrote a letter to Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley Police, Anthony Stansfeld, dated January 2, calling on officers to take action.

He said police should use their powers under the 1824 Vagrancy Act and the Anti-Social Behavior, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to “protect residents and tourists”.
Mr. Stansfeld said he was “somewhat surprised” the letter was released publicly before being “sent directly to me”, and said he would provide Cllr Dudley with a full response in due course.

from the Telegraph News. Go to the page to watch a video HERE. 

We have an idea. Since the Queen owns so many homes how about giving one up to the homeless of Windsor. Now that would be a nice tradition and a wonderful wedding gift to the people.

A good friend of the blog sent along this article and we thought let’s published a link since we are working in this vein with the J P Morgan essay. The article written by Lucian K. Turscott appears in Salon.

WTF is Wrong With Rich People

The rich are greedy and selfish and off shore schemes make them even richer.

Here are two paragraphs that just about sum it up.

They want us to pay for the roads they drive their Ferraris down, for the schools that educate the people they hire to work in their companies, for the armies that protect their investments here and abroad; and they want your kids to join the Army and fight their wars, so their kids don’t have to, and they want you to pay your taxes, so they don’t have to.

It would be easy to blame the advantages enjoyed by the rich on the capitalist system, but it’s their capitalist system. Rich people built it. It operates by their rules. All of these offshore accounts and limited trusts and pass-through corporate taxes and hedge-funder-carried interest dodges are completely legal because rich people bought and paid for the congress that wrote the laws that created the ways to avoid taxes. What the Paradise Papers show us are the details of the way the system works in this country, and who it works for. It would work for you, too, if you were rich.

There are so many but Jim Ziegler, Alabama’s State Auditor takes the prize.

Here is the big pig now.

We used a rather small picture as that is what this man is. Why is he the Big Jerk of the year. Well here goes.

‘Mary Was a Teenager.’ Alabama Republican Uses Jesus to Defend Roy Moore

“While some Republicans at the national level spoke out against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore on Thursday in the wake of allegations that he initiated sexual contact with a 14-year-old when he was in his 30s, Republicans from his own state seemed to have a different view — with one citing Jesus’ parents to defend Moore’s alleged behavior.

“Take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus,” Alabama state auditor Jim Ziegler told the Washington Examiner on Thursday.
Four women have told the Washington Post that Moore pursued relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was an adult. The women were between the ages of 14 and 18, while Moore was in his 30s at the time, according to the Post.”

For the full story go to MSN HERE.

Hey stupid that bit with Mary and Joseph was up to God. Joseph had nothing to do with it.  Ray Moore is just a nasty pedophile among many other things, is not God nor is he Joseph.

When will we end this nonsense.

PETA Accuses Guggenheim of Catering to the “Twisted Whims” of Animal Abusers
The animal rights organization is calling on the museum to exclude two works from its upcoming survey of Chinese contemporary art.

From Hyperallergic.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is echoing the demands of a petition launched last week and addressed to the Guggenheim Museum, calling on the institution to exclude works that involve animals from its forthcoming exhibition,  Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World.

Today, in a letter addressed to Richard Armstrong, the director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation (which runs New York’s Guggenheim Museum), PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk demanded that two of the three works mentioned in the petition (which has now gathered nearly a half-million signatures) be removed from the show, which is due to open October 6. PETA is calling for the exclusion of Peng Yu and Sun Yuan’s “Dogs Which Cannot Touch Each Other” (2003) and Huang Yong Ping’s “Theater of the World” (1993), but makes no mention of the Xu Bing work also criticized in the petition.

“In this exhibition, you invite visitors to examine a video of dogs trying to fight one another while chained to a nonmotorized treadmill as well as a piece in which live insects and reptiles will devour each other inside a cage,” the letter reads. “These animals experience every emotion that you, I, and our beloved dogs and cats do. They’re emotionally complex and highly intelligent living beings, not props. The animals in these exhibits are not willing participants, and no one should force sentient beings into stressful situations for ‘art’ or ‘sport.’”

Though Armstrong and the Guggenheim have yet to respond to PETA’s letter, the institution released a statement on Thursday defending Peng and Sun’s video (a recording of a 2003 performance involving four pairs of pit bulls running at each other on treadmills) and on Friday explained to Hyperallergic the logistics involved in the execution of “Theater of the World,” a sculptural enclosure that will hold many reptiles and insect for the duration of the three-month exhibition. (Though Hyperallergic obtained an image of “Theater of the World,” the Guggenheim would not provide us with a still from “Dogs Which Cannot Touch Each Other” and a video excerpt on the artists’ website seems to have been disabled.) PETA’s letter cites the College Art Association’s principles for artists incorporating animals into their work, asserting that both Huang’s installation and Peng and Sun’s violate them.
“We have no wish to stifle creativity or talent in art,” the letter concludes, “but we hope you’ll decide to leave real animals and any works that promote cruelty to animals out of your future exhibits.”

Read PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk’s full letter to Richard Armstrong here.

AND HERE IS A STATEMENT FROM THE GUGGENHEIM CONCERNING THE WORKS:  How many think that they just don’t get it? Whom ever made this decision and wrote this statement is a real part of the problem. A problem that we must not allow to continue.  (more…)

and it is time that we as a people put an end to this foul and dirty rotten system.

Chick-fil-A funds anti-LGBT youth home in Georgia

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Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A – which once pledged to treat LGBT people with honor after donating millions to anti-gay groups – is again funneling money to anti-LGBT organizations, including one in Georgia that proclaims homosexuality is evil.

So much for CEO Dan Cathy’s charm offensive and pledge to focus on chicken and not anti-LGBT causes.

The company’s charitable foundation made headlines in 2011 when IRS filings showed it pumped millions into anti-LGBT groups. It didn’t help that soon after Cathy dissed gay marriage and criticized LGBT activists. Cathy later apologized, said the foundation would curtail its donations to anti-LGBT groups and promised to use only his inside voice when condemning LGBT equality.

Nevermind that years later, little has changed with the company’s charitable giving. The foundation’s most recent IRS filings show that it donated more than $1.4 million to anti-LGBT groups in 2015, according to Think Progress.

The donations include more than $200,000 to the Paul Anderson Youth Home, which is in Vidalia. The facility calls homosexuality an evil that is caused by the abuse of children. Via Think Progress: (more…)