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Do the laws of supply and demand still apply for things you have to have (housing, since the law in its majesty forbids the rich and poor alike from sleeping rough (apologies to Anatole France)) but can't find, given your means? 
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Thought: trust and faith are bankable, and substitute for gold and silver.

You rely on gold and silver where trust and faith are insufficient.
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“The two cities in the nation with the highest rate of job growth by small businesses are San Francisco and Seattle. Guess which cities have the highest minimum wage? San Francisco and Seattle.” In fact, study after study have found zero - absolutely zero - support for the reflex assertion that higher minimum wages cause job loss. It is another part of never-ever-even-once-right Supply Side voodoo.

The GOP has presented itself as the champion of small business but it has never rung true. This is just more proof of how counterfactual that claim is. The party of big business, of multinational asset stripping, of free trade, of anti-labor policy. But small business and families? Nope.
 
Oh one more snippet: “The two cities in the nation with the highest rate of job growth by small businesses are San Francisco and Seattle. Guess which cities have the highest minimum wage? San Francisco and Seattle.” In fact, study after study have found zero - absolutely zero - support for the reflex assertion that higher minimum wages cause job loss.  It is another part of never-ever-even-once-right Supply Side voodoo.

But then, facts are the declared enemy of the undead thing that has taken over the once proudly adult and reasonable movement of Barry Goldwater.

http://www.paychex.com/jobs-index/index.aspx
The Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index is an indicator of the overall economy, measuring the change in small business employment.
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I'll just leave this here…
"Click bait journalists need to be taught lessons. Far less ethics and more click chasing in press today. I’m for #theil,” tweeted another prominent venture capitalist, Vinod Khosla, on Thursday.

I wonder if the investors in Gawker Media are getting the side eye? Click-driven ad-supported media is how we got here: any self-reflection there on the part of our presumptive masters?

Khosla is fighting his own legal battle over whether the public may access the beach on property he owns in San Mateo County, California.

Never mind. It's their world, we just live on it.

I thought the story was that it was a public beach with access that ran through part of his property. He closed that after buying it (maybe he never read the details on what he was buying?).

Ah, here it is:
In California, unlike in many other states, all beaches are open to the public under the constitution. But private landowners are not always required to allow access to the coastline across their properties.

In the case of Martin's Beach, the previous owner had allowed locals to access the beach for a fee. But Khosla, who owns the land via limited liability corporations, closed off the access road and hired guards to keep people out, infuriating locals.

Modern capitalism: extracting rent for access to your own property.

More here — http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Vinod-Khosla-wants-30-million-for-Martins-Beach-6847689.php
The saga has become a lightning rod for debate about the role of money in the legal system and civic affairs.
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Selling Brazil by the pound Euro, dollar, yuan…?
 
"In Brazil, the interim government has announced plans to abandon the current limits on foreign land ownership, clearing the way for land grabs by multinational corporations. The interim government took power earlier this month after the Legislature voted to suspend President Dilma Rousseff and begin impeachment proceedings—a move that a growing number of residents and Latin American countries are calling a coup. This comes as Brazil’s powerful Landless Workers Movement, known as MST, has promised to launch a new wave of land occupations. Brazil already has vastly unequal land ownership, with 1 percent of the population owning nearly half of all the land."
In Brazil, the interim government has announced plans to abandon the current limits on foreign land ownership, clearing the way for land grabs by multinational corporations. The interim government took power earlier this month after the Legislature voted to suspend President Dilma Rousseff and begin impeachment proceedings—a move that a growing number of residents and Latin American countries are calling a coup. This comes as Brazil’s powerful La...
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+paul beard Monroe Doctrine is only applied against leftist governments.
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It occurred to me the other day that a lot of what I think about — housing, equity in education, income/wealth disparities — might be what someone with a Masters in Public Administration works on. But then I filtered that through my antipathy/mistrust of guilds and am not so sure. We don't do guilds as apprenticeships or temperament sorters anymore: we use degrees as a proxy, without looking into whether someone who wants to be a vet is good with animals or a prospective teacher understands children and families or if someone can work in a profession's working conditions.

Getting an MPA might mean getting access to tools and ideas that address the problems I find most vexing. But it also might mean being expected to work from scripts or acceptable strategies that may not work any longer or that will never be put into practice. After all, we have MPAs in the field now. What are they doing?

So first thoughts and second thoughts are in. Now to listen for third thoughts…

“First Thoughts are the everyday thoughts. Everyone has those. Second Thoughts are the thoughts you think about the way you think. People who enjoy thinking have those. Third Thoughts are thoughts that watch the world and think all by themselves. They’re rare, and often troublesome. Listening to them is part of witchcraft.”https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/618907-first-thoughts-are-the-everyday-thoughts-everyone-has-those-second
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+paul beard​, you're right that the conventional academic route is closed to you. Perhaps there are fellowships for people with unconventional routes to secondary education?
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Chatting with a school bus driver as we returned to base after the last kids were dropped off about his summer options. He will go on unemployment, as there are no summer driving jobs. Unlike school district employees, the drivers are outsourced (saves $$$) so they don't get paid over 12 months for the 10 month school year.

Seems like an ideal basic income situation. No one wants to do that job (seriously, you don't) but it has to be done. And the hours/annual schedule is not like an office job. It's piecework, paid by the run, but managed by someone else.

That or a union organizing campaign: the drivers take what's offered with no recourse but the pavement…

The school calendar could be changed to have more and shorter breaks, though I don't know if that would help this guy. It seems like just another job that makes an ideal second income — not full time, so it affords you time to run a household and pays enough to contribute but not enough to live on. Look to that as the model going forward: fewer hours and less pay, no change in cost of living except the inexorable inflationary creep. 
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+Shannon Roy oh, but we can't ask parents to contribute anything like that, not formally. Supplies (so the teacher doesn't end up out of pocket) and maybe snack items. But not actual cash. 
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Clarity:
The problem with fake holidays like Red Nose Day is that all the hype distracts from the real problem: Child poverty exists because their families and caregivers don’t have enough MONEY. And why don’t people have enough money to feed, clothe, educate and care for their children? A lot of it’s because greedy corporations exploit human and natural resources while refusing to pay their fair share in taxes, and we let them get away with it.

Did we need organized charity events like this in the 50s or 60s? You know, that time when the US could fight a land war in Asia and put a man on the Moon and fight the Cold War (hey, two outta three ain't bad)?

I suppose the Jerry Lewis Telethon and the March of Dimes are the originators of this idea of a crowd-funded happenings that also raise money. But I think the idea has been stretched out of recognition.

Every penny you give one of these charities, for basics like food or housing or medical care for children and families, is a penny saved by some multinational.
 
Not sure about some of his numbers, but his logic is unassailable.
I also question bike rides and "runs".
Instead of hyping Red Nose Day, here's a better way to fight child poverty: Give families money and demand that corporations pay their fair share in taxes.
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+Theodore Minick You made the link to taxation funding the bombing of children. No one has to defend a claim they didn't make.
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Is no one at all skeptical of reports that "Hillary Clinton to be Indicted on Federal Racketeering Charges" are appearing only on websites on the Sunday of a three day weekend? And as of my last search, only on leftie sites, not Fox or the WSJ? You don't think they would mention it?

Jumping on this is exactly the kind of fact-free noise the "MSM" is blasted for everyday. Verify it first, then share it. You can argue that Big News is in the tank for HRC but if you don't think this would be front page, above the fold news, you're nuts.

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it's all old stuff, resurrected from last year.

this is relatively new.. i skimmed it but couldn't bring myself to actual read it to see if it has any merit.. i noticed a few good sources in the mix but it may all be tinfoil hat stuff: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goodman/democrats-rally-sanders-before-clinton-espionage-act-indictments_b_9819600.html
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A false premise. Libertarians don't believe in collective action, so they were probably protesting on their own street, one by one. Or maybe in their homes. But never under coercion or at the behest of a group.
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LIbertarians are just conservatives who think they're anarchists.
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Quote swiped from +Andrew Pam:

Our communities are defined by the worst things that we permit to happen. What we allow tells the world who we are.

A prosperous city spotted with tent encampments, whose answer to people living in cars is to provide garbage collection and portable toilets — not as a transition but as the solution — is saying something to the world. 
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Burn baby burn... http://youtu.be/hE75mFhvd2c
Sending healing vibes your way +John Poteet​. ~~~
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Hey, someone has (re)invented the Teasmade (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teasmade).

A teasmade is a machine for making tea automatically. It was once common in the United Kingdom and some of its former colonies. Teasmades generally include an analogue alarm clock and are designed to be used at the bedside, to ensure tea is ready first thing in the morning. Although crude versions existed in Victorian times, they only became practical with the availability of electric versions in the 1930s. They reached their peak in popularity in the 1960s and 1970s since when their use declined, but they are now enjoying a revival, partly as a retro novelty item. 
A beautifully designed alarm clock in high-end materials, waking you with freshly brewed coffee or tea.
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The contemporary world is not very well built for a large chunk of males. The nature of current service jobs, coddled class time and homework-intensive schooling, a feminized culture allergic to most forms of violence, post-feminist gender relations, and egalitarian semi-cosmopolitanism just don’t sit well with many…what shall I call them? Brutes?
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[P]erhaps men did better in the age of “technological progress without globalization” rather than “globalization without technological progress,” as has been the case as of late.

As I discovered a few years ago, some hold the same idea about school, that it is designed around girls and boys, as a result, do badly. What if the truth is that it's designed around paying attention and following directions, to say nothing of accelerated learning (we expect reading and some arithmetic proficiency earlier than prior generations) but that we don't teach those things? Just as society doesn't explain new tricks to old dogs…
Donald Trump may get the nuclear suitcase, a cranky “park bench” socialist took Hillary Clinton to the wire, many countries are becoming less free, and the neo-Nazi party came very close to assuming power in Austria. I could list more such events. Haven’t you, like I, wondered what is up? What the hell is going …
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Ugh, sorry about the wall of text.
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As Adam Smith (that guy libertarians name but have never read) said, wealth is power. I would expect any self-styled "rational, moral advocate for freedom: to oppose the concentration of power that goes with concentrations of wealth. Arguments in favor of dynastic wealth (opposition to the estate tax), the unregulated purchase of access to and influence over electeds or unlimited political media buys do not support freedom or liberty: they argue for power concentrated in the hands of a few at the expense of the many. 

Wealth is power: if you support the unchecked accumulation of wealth, you are not a supporter of liberty or freedom. The people accumulating the wealth are the ones shaping the government in all the way you argue against but your misidentification of wealth as anything but power prevents you from seeing it. You're buying the rope they'll use to hang you from the same people who will fit it to your neck. 
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