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The New American Homeless

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The New American Homeless
By Brian Goldstone
Posted September 19, 2019

hidden homelessIf the term “working homeless” has not yet entered our national vocabulary, there is reason to expect that it soon will. Hidden within the world of homelessness has always been a subset of individuals, usually single parents, with jobs; what’s different now is the sheer extent of this phenomenon.

For a widening swath of the nearly seven million American workers living below the poverty line, a combination of skyrocketing rents, stagnant wages, and a lack of tenant protections has proved all but insurmountable. Theirs, increasingly, is the face of homelessness in the United States: people whose paychecks are no longer enough to keep a roof over their heads. More…


Offering Choice but Delivering Tyranny: The Corporate Capture of Agriculture

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Offering Choice but Delivering Tyranny: The Corporate Capture of Agriculture
By Colin Todhunter
Posted September 13, 2019

dark forces working against peopleMany lobbyists talk a lot about critics of genetic engineering technology denying choice to farmers. They say that farmers should have access to a range of tools and technologies to maximise choice and options. At the same time, somewhat ironically, they decry organic agriculture and proven agroecological approaches, presumably because these practices have no need for the proprietary inputs of the global agrochemical/agritech corporations they are in bed with. And presumably because agroecology represents liberation from the tyranny of these profiteering, environment-damaging global conglomerates.

Monsanto had a leading role in drafting the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights to create seed monopolies. The global food processing industry wrote the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures. Whether it involves Codex or the US-India Knowledge Initiative on Agriculture aimed at restructuring (destroying) Indian agriculture, the powerful agribusiness/food lobby has secured privileged access to policy makers and sets the policy agenda. More…

The Facts:
Nature has provided humanity with seeds with which to sustainably regenerate its food supply. Now corporations using genetically mutated seeds are effectively placing toll booths in the way of that system that has worked for millenia.

Reflect On:
What will our world look like when the corporations own all of the ability to produce food and no one can grow any food, even a small garden without paying tribute to these giants?

 

Harley Shovelhead Exhaust Leak Solution

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Harley Shovelhead Exhaust Leak Solution
by Rudy Avizius
Posted September 1, 2019

Harley Shovelhead motorcycleAfter decades of enduring what may arguably be one of the weakest links in the design of the Harley Shovelhead engine, I believe that I may have a solution that most Shovelhead riders will appreciate.

I have found a solution to Shovelhead exhaust pipe leaks and I want to share this with the Shovelhead loving community. While I am targeting this article to Shovelheads, it is not limited to this and is a solution that could also be utilized for other motorcycle and automotive applications.

Due to there being only a single bolt to hold the exhaust flange, most Shovelhead riders have experienced the annoying exhaust leaks where the pipes connect to the heads. This results in exhaust blow collecting on pipes, frame, and other places, a muddled exhaust tone. However, the worst part is probably the very annoying popping and backfiring one gets when they let off the throttle. More…

The Key to a Sustainable Economy Is 5,000 Years Old

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The Key to a Sustainable Economy Is 5,000 Years Old
by Ellen Brown
Posted August 30, 2019

ancient Sumerian wisdomWe are again reaching the point in the business cycle known as “peak debt,” when debts have compounded to the point that their cumulative total cannot be paid. Student debt, credit card debt, auto loans, business debt and sovereign debt are all higher than they have ever been. As economist Michael Hudson writes in his provocative 2018 book, “…and forgive them their debts,” debts that can’t be paid won’t be paid. The question, he says, is how they won’t be paid.

Mainstream economic models leave this problem to “the invisible hand of the market,” assuming trends will self-correct over time. But while the market may indeed correct, it does so at the expense of the debtors, who become progressively poorer as the rich become richer. Borrowers go bankrupt and banks foreclose on the collateral, dispossessing the debtors of their homes and their livelihoods. The houses are bought by the rich at distress prices and are rented back at inflated prices to the debtors, who are then forced into wage peonage to survive. More…

The Facts:
Most people are aware that our societies have reached a level of debt that cannot be repaid.

Reflect On:
The system is failing and perhaps it is time to consider following the wisdom of the ancients since what we are doing now is not working. Who would be the people pushing back against using this wisdom and do they have their own agendas?

Governments, Scientists and Doctors Worldwide Call For a Ban on 5G

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Governments, Scientists and Doctors Worldwide Call For a Ban on 5G
By Nikki Harper
Posted August 27, 2019

5G radiation dangerAs the world braces for the 5G rollout, we’re being sold a vision of a wonderful, tech-enabled future. Smart homes, smart business, smart highways, smart cities, smart cars – what’s not to love? Except that governments, scientists and doctors worldwide have been stating the obvious for years now: it’s not very smart to deliberately endanger the health and wellbeing of every citizen on earth, and to endanger life on earth itself. Why are the powers that be not listening?

If you’re reading this, you probably already knew the above. But unless you’ve been following closely, you may be unaware of the scale of the evidence against 5G or indeed the scale of the efforts to stop it. It’s quite breath-taking to see how much has been ignored, ridiculed or sidelined. More…

Georgia’s New Election System Raises Old Computer Security Concerns

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Georgia’s New Election System Raises Old Computer Security Concerns
By Timothy Pratt
Posted August 16, 2019

DEFCON attendees make short work of voting machinesEarlier this year, Georgia’s Secure, Accessible, and Fair Elections Commission held a public meeting at the state capitol to answer a pressing question: What should Georgia do to replace its aging, touchscreen voting machines, as well as other parts of its election system? In the preceding years, security vulnerabilities in the state’s election system had been repeatedly exposed: by Russian operatives, friendly hackers, and even a Georgia voter who, just days ahead of the 2018 midterms, revealed that anyone could go online and gain access to the state’s voter registration database.

Computer scientists and elections experts from around the country had weighed in during the seven months of the commission’s deliberations on the issue. They submitted letters and provided testimony, sharing the latest research and clarifying technical concepts tied to holding safe, reliable elections. More…

How to Make Public Space for People Living Out of RVs

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How to Make Public Space for People Living Out of RVs
by Graham Pruss
Posted August 15, 2019

warnings to move or face impoundingSince 2005, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has asked communities throughout the U.S. to report the number of people who sleep in shelters, transitional housing, or public spaces on odd-numbered years, as part of a national count of the homeless.

However, there is no official method for counting people who live in their vehicles. Some cities’ counters simply look for condensation on windshields early in the morning, while others suggest that “you’ll know it when you see it.”

For many people, living in their vehicles is the best they can do. Here’s how cities can help. More…

The Facts:
The gap between the 1% and the 99% keeps growing wider and wider. One sympton of this is the dramatic rise of homelessness and people living in their vehicles.

Reflect On:
What kind of wisdom is it to impound vehicles that are providing shelter to people who mwould other wise be homeless and forcing them into homelessness on the streets?

5G – The Global Human Experiment without Consent

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5G – The Global Human Experiment without Consent
by Debra Green, PhD
Posted August 14, 2019

5G is a huge threat to the globe and human health5G is the next generation of cell phone infrastructure, yet it is categorically different than its predecessors (4G/LTE, 3G, 2G, etc.). It is not a simple upgrade. It is a major increase – and change – in the type of wireless radiation to which we will all be exposed, without consent, whether we use this service or not.

In a February 2019 U.S. Senate hearing, senior telecom executives admitted they have not done any safety testing on 5G, nor do they plan to do any. The 5G agenda is vast. It includes 200 billion transmitting objects, according to estimates, that will be part of the Internet of Things (IoT) by 2020, with one trillion transmitting objects a few years later.

In the Information Age, data drives the economy. 5G is being touted as the next industrial revolution, when, in fact, it amounts to surveillance capitalism, in which intimate details of our lives are tracked, recorded and sold to the highest bidder, irradiating us all the while. More…

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