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March 30, 2009



Guardian, UK -
Tent cities reminiscent of the "Hoovervilles" of the Great Depression have been springing up in cities across the United States - from Reno in Nevada to Tampa in Florida - as foreclosures and redundancies force middle-class families from their homes. . .

In both the number and types of inhabitants, the new tent cities do not equate to the homelessness of the 1930s. But the symbolism is powerful, and may have significant political consequences. It was not all that far from Sacramento, or from Fresno - home to another Californian tent city - that the celebrated Depression-era photographer Dorothea Lange took her haunting photos of families living in makeshift camps, forced west by the collapsed economy and the Dust Bowl further east.

Obama's stimulus package includes $1.5bn for emergency shelters, and, if passed, his budget should significantly expand funding for affordable housing. Philip Mangano, director of the US Interagency Council on Homelessness, has called the stimulus funds "manna from heaven", saying they would boost his two-pronged strategy of preventing homelessness while rapidly re-housing those who fall victim to it. Last year, the US government reported that homelessness in America had declined by 30% between 2005 and 2007.


Rachel -
Two towns in New Hampshire passed local laws recognizing the rights of nature and specifically restricting the rights of corporations. Nottingham, N.H. passed The Nottingham Water Rights and Local Self - Government Ordinance at a town meeting March 15th. The ordinance establishes strict liability for culpable corporations and government entities that permit and facilitate the privatization and corporatization of water within the town. The ordinance also strips corporations of constitutional protections within the town. . . At Town Meeting on the same day in Barnstead, voters amended their Water Rights Ordinance; which was passed almost unanimously at their Town Meeting two years ago; to include the rights of nature. Barnstead, NH , became the 12th municipality in the nation to recognize the rights of nature. . . . The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (of Chamberburg, Pennsylvania has been spearheading efforts by local communities to assert control over corporations.


Jeremy D Mayer, Politico - As polling expert Nate Silver recently pointed out, only 10% supported legalization in 1969, while at least 40% do so today. The younger you are, the more likely you are to have tried marijuana, and to support its legalization. NORML doesn't have to persuade anyone to win; if they just wait for the anti-pot geezers to die, most Americans will favor legalization within a decade. Or, they could wait for Obama to go back to the position he had when he was an obscure Illinois state legislator, just four years ago.






Anonymous m said...

When people can't go where they want to, seek empolyment and education, marry as they please, seek their own medical care. Decide what medical treatments they will have, read what they please, they are either prisoners or slaves.

It does not matter how brief the imprisonment, it does not matter how brief the slavery. They are one or the other. One slaver proposes 3 months, others two years. But from the back door draft , the so called "Stop Loss Policy" in the military, that period can obviosly be extended with out limit by executive fiat.

Rahm, Obama and Rangel just can't wait bodily enslave the population. Their views don't seem to be in any way congruous with the Constitution. Their views of Americans is that we are not fit to be anything but slaves to them as masters.

Their next big idea will be "Arbeiten Macht Frei."

March 31, 2009 11:46 AM  

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