17 votes

WSJ - Homeless Lose a Longtime Last Resort: Living in a Car

Found this story linked from another one I just posted on people living in cars.

For months now, Mr. Smith has feared he might lose his current home, which is stationed on a street near a quiet Palo Alto park. An ordinance passed by Palo Alto last year would punish people cited for living in a vehicle with as much as a $1,000 fine or six months in jail.

"You're at risk of losing everything," Mr. Smith said recently. "It's a weird feeling that until you've lived this way, you don't realize what it's like."

For the moment, the city has delayed enforcing the ban while the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considers a challenge to a similar law in Los Angeles. A decision is expected in the next few months and could affect similar laws in cities including nearby San Jose and Santa Clara. At least 70 cities across the nation have laws targeting people who live in their vehicles.

14 votes

The Headlines are astounding.

IRS demands list of Ron Paul donors.
America's top libertarian Judge "fearful" of what comes next.
Corruption in the Senate is widespread.
Confusion about global economics and warfare.
Propaganda is everywhere.
Race divides us.
Economic Class divides.
There is no middle.
There is no effective leadership.
The "government" continues to "investigate" people like ME!
Why does the postal service need ammo?
Do I need ammo? I'm the guy they see every day.

8 votes

An Hour with Senator Wyden

I caught much of an interview of Senator Wyden on Think Out Loud yesterday. I am listening to the rest now.

This isn't just for Oregonians although it is clear that he always does things with Oregon in mind. Senator Ron Wyden has been an Oregon Senator since 1996. He recently became the chair of the Senate Finance Committee. So, it might be worth your while to see what he is up to.

The interview touches on many, many issues. I have to say the NSA and Intelligence part was the most passionate I have ever heard him be. I even heard him use their own words against them saying we have to look at the "patterns" of their behavior. He was evasive when it came to talking about Snowden though.

http://www.opb.org/radio/programs/thinkoutloud/segment/sen-w...

13 votes

Cities to Carpoolers: Sharing Your Car is Illegal, We Will Seize Your Cars

All of the ride-sharing companies operate on the same principle, claiming that their fares are "voluntary" and admittedly fluctuating based on supply and demand. Because they aren't charging rigid rates, they claim they are not subject to local ordinances in various cities that require taxicabs to pay per-cab tolls to city transportation departments/agencies. Cities transportation agencies are pretty upset about not getting their cut of the pie.

13 votes

The U.S. Is Breaking Land Agreements to Make Way For Selling Assets To Raise Cash

Even The US Government Will Abandon The Dollar

EVERY LAST PENNY

It's no wonder why the IRS, Social Security and Treasury are going after hardworking ordinary Americans. The government is flat out broke! They must simply get their hands on as much cash as possible, as quickly as possible, to delay the inevitable - US dollar abandonment and inevitable collapse.

19 votes

Some More Questions on the Bundy Fiasco (Updated w/footnotes)

There's an aspect of this Bundy story that I haven't seen mentioned.

(And please understand - I'm making no accusations here, just asking questions.)

It's been reported elsewhere that the BLM Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone report was the initiative leading to the BLM aggression against Bundy. That report was the outcome of the process used to measure the impact of (and mandate a strategy for) "compensating for the unavoidable (environmental and other) impacts that are expected from the development of the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone".(1)

It seems that the poor desert tortoise, as well as plant species such as the "rosy two-toned penstemon, (also known as pinto beardtongue)", were discovered by BLM to be so threatened by the solar plant, (even after mandated protections would be implemented on the land occupied by the solar plant), that land use restrictions had to be placed on adjacent lands, so as to "mitigate" the environmental destruction caused by the solar plant.

Well if you slog through that report, and especially the accompanying FAQ, you will learn that the "Solar Regional Mitigation Planning" (SRMP) process that resulted in this report is a new process, a pilot process actually, that just coincidentally happened to be tried for the first time on this project. Hmmm. (2)

26 votes

Ron Paul Should Follow the Example of Clive Bundy

I just read the email from Ron Paul regarding the IRS demand on the Campaign for Liberty to produce donor information and pay a fine and I gotta say I was not impressed. In fact I was disappointed and offended that he would suggest that they might not have any choice but to pay the fine and turn over the donor info.

Clive Bundy wouldn't turn it over. He wouldn't worry about court orders. He would force their hand. What are they going to do? Put Ron in jail? Would we let that happen? Of course not.

Is there anyone in our movement who would suggest that C4L turn over the info?

3 votes

Boy 'Still Remembers' Trip to Heaven

Today Video:April 2014
http://xfinity.comcast.net/video/Boy-14-still-remembers-trip...
2011 Video

http://youtu.be/F3xItrGOi6Q

Heaven Is For Real - Official Trailer - In Theaters Easter 2014

9 votes

Audio: Matt Taibbi On Unequal Justice In The Age Of Inequality

Muckraking journalist Matt Taibbi makes us look at what we might want to avoid, ignore. And he does it with a rage that compels us to keep looking. He’s gone after the lords of Wall Street as a “great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity.” This time out, he’s going after a great skewing, he says, of American justice. In an age of great inequality, says Taibbi, our rule of law has been subverted. Divided into two tiers. Free passes for the rich. Criminalization for the poor. This hour On Point: Matt Taibbi on separate and unequal American justice in the age of inequality.

40 votes

SPLC Adds Cliven Bundy's Cows to List of Extremist Groups

Hatewatch alert

4-15-14

The SPLC has issued an action report which identifies Cliven Bundy's cattle as a new breed of extremists and potential domesticated terrorists.

During the BLM roundups, many of these rogue cows have violently resisted law enforcement and some have even bared their large bovine testicles at government workers.

These anti government cows have been eating state grass for years while refusing to pay taxes or even recognize the jurisdiction of BLM officials.

21 votes

Buffalo shreds gun registrations - Safe Act deadline

http://www.wgrz.com/videos/news/local/new-york/2014/04/15/77...

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Despite deadline, protesters ‘will not comply’ with SAFE Act

Chants at the rally included “We will not comply” and “Cuomo’s got to go.” Some of the signs included: “Millions of Gun Owners Hurt No One Yesterday” and “You Won’t Get Gun Control By Disarming Law Abiding Citizens.”

32 votes

Obama Administration Approved BLM Cattle Impounding According to Documents on BLM Website

Go here: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/more/trespa...

Click on the link that says, Federal Register Notice for Temporary Closure on BLM Managed Public Lands

The Department of the Interior is headed by the Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewel.

This scandal appears to be connected to one of President Obama's cabinet members!

9 votes

The Shift (Part III): Warmth

Thank you once again to those of you who have read my past two threads regarding The Shift. Your consideration is greatly appreciated and cherished. The third part of The Shift focuses on the subtle effect that will come from an internal focus which is learned by cognitive and inquisitive internal listening. Let me just say that humanity is not lost. Our human experience is one of many to come and one of many that have come to fruition. Life, rather living is a wonderful opportunity to foster the spiritual being within us all. We have been given the unique gift of being able to foster the spiritual being through the human condition, the human sensory.

It’s not a fad! It’s not a clique! The warmth I speak of in this thread is subtle, yet the most vital part of The Shift. Today is the 70th day of my choice to become Gluten-Free. I have talked about this extensively on the DP, so I will not rehash what has been said. I will however tell you that the warmth that has swollen within me due to the internal focus, the cognitive and inquisitive internal listening, has brought about what I would call, for lack of a better word, a rebirth. The fact that the immense pain I was under has vanished in the last 70 days is enough to admit that I have been reborn into a warm place. I am still a father, a husband, someone who makes mistakes, someone who gets angry, frustrated, falters and needs to shed some tears from time to time, yet I am changed in my perspectives, my beliefs, my vision of how I can be directly involved and engaged in my own loosing of the external shackles all around me. I have become compelled to share these ideas with you all, in order that you all may find the same warmth I have found.

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