Women’s March on Washington, D.C. January 21, 2017

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The Women’s March on Washington aims to send a message to all levels of government, including but not limited to the incoming Presidential administration, that we stand together in solidarity and we expect elected leaders to act to protect the rights of women, their families and their communities.

https://cricketdiane.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/121fa-wmwlocationpressrelease.pdf

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Before showing the article for what to bring – I’m sharing this article that I found about what not to bring and what is banned from the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. – January 21, 2017. Then right below that will be a great article about things to bring and preparing for the Women’s March event – including snacks and really good walking shoes.

The U.S. Secret Service, the Metropolitan Police Department, U.S. Capital Police and other agencies are collaborating on security efforts for the inauguration. The following items have been banned from public events during inauguration week:

  • Aerosols
  • Weapons of any kind, including ammunition, explosives, firearms, mace and pepper spray
  • Animals other than helper/guide dogs
  • Backpacks and bags larger than 18 inches-by-13 inches-by-7 inches.
  • Bicycles
  • Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
  • Balloons
  • Toy guns
  • Coolers and glass, thermal or metal containers
  • Laser pointers
  • Selfie Sticks, and other sticks and poles
  • Packages
  • Structures
  • Any other items determined to be potential safety hazards

Only cardboard, poster board or cloth signs will be permitted, and all signs must be less than 3 feet in width, 20 feet in length and one-quarter inch in thickness. Sticks and poles are prohibited; do not attach them as supports to any signs you bring.

http://www.freep.com/story/news/2017/01/13/packing-for-inauguration-womens-march/96400218/

Due to Security Considerations – D.C. Area Law Enforcement has enacted the Following Policy for the Women’s March on Washington

Please note all bags may be subject to search.

Backpacks are not permitted.

Bags should be no larger than 8”x6”x4”.

Specifically for people who would like to bring meals, each marcher is permitted one additional 12”x12”x6” plastic or gallon bag.

For marchers who have medical needs or for mothers who need baby bags or breast pumps, one clear bag or backpack no larger than 17″x12″x6″ will be permitted and subject to search (colored transparent bags are not permitted).

https://womensmarch-pa.org/2017/01/11/important-information-for-everyone-attending-wmw/

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WOMEN’S MARCH 20177:00 a.m.

The Ultimate Guide to Preparing for the Women’s March

By

http://nymag.com/thecut/2017/01/what-to-bring-to-the-womens-march-plus-how-to-prepare.html

That is an absolutely brilliant article – and definitely worth using to prepare to go to the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. on January 21, 2017.

Also –

If it’s cold, organizers also suggest:

  • Thermal underwear beneath your clothes
  • Winter gear such as a scarf, gloves, balaclava and hat
  •  A coat that is insulated comfortable and waterproof with a hood
  • Waterproof shoes or boots that have been broken in and are suitable for walking long distances.
  • Travel-sized wet wipes and/or tissues
  • Hand sanitizer
  • A paper map of Washington, D.C.

Be sure to charge your cell phone battery and consider bringing a backup battery. Plan to carry essential items, like identification, cash, credit cards and a pre-purchased metro card in a water-resistant pouch, neck wallet or cross-body purse.

from –

http://www.freep.com/story/news/2017/01/13/packing-for-inauguration-womens-march/96400218/

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  • If you are a member of the press, covering the event officially, and have equipment that will not fit into bags of the above dimensions: please contact the National Communications Team to get press credentials in advance in order for your equipment to be allowed into the rally site.

  • If you require disability accommodations or related equipment, that will not fit into the above bags, please enter via the ADA Accessible route: 4th St. SW from C St. to Independence Ave.  For anyone using Metro, please get off at Federal Center SW and use 4th St. to enter the rally area.

  • Canes, walking sticks, walkers, and portable seats are allowed for individuals who require them for mobility and accessibility on a regular basis.

http://www.stylewise-blog.com/2017/01/how-to-prepare-for-womens-march-on.html

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7. Breastfeeding mothers

If you’re breastfeeding or have other medical needs, you are allowed to bring an additional clear bag or backpack no larger than 17 by 12 by 6 inches, but no colored transparent bags are permitted. There will be breastfeeding stations along the root, and the FAQ page will be updated this week with information about where they will be.

8. Children

As to kids, it’s your choice as to whether to bring them, but they are welcome. There is a Facebook page for parents who plan to attend the march with kids, which is a good resource for coordination.

9. Volunteering

If you want to roll up your sleeves and volunteer, head over to this Google Doc to sign up.

http://www.sheknows.com/living/articles/1131198/womens-march-on-washington-cheat-sheet

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From USA Today –

The starting point will be the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street SW, near the U.S. Capitol.

Women’s March on Washington FAQ: What you need to know

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/01/17/womens-march-washington-where-when-logistics/96156298/

Everything You Need to Know for the Women’s March on Washington

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Everything-You-Need-to-Know-for-the-Womens-March-on-Washington-410966765.html

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Start Time for the Women’s March – 10 am.

The main site organizing the event for the Women’s March on DC – says the start time is 10 am. and although it isn’t required to register, nor to have tickets to the event, they are asking people to register to have a better understanding of the numbers of people coming to the Women’s March.

https://www.womensmarch.com/

The page showing the buses and number of buses coming from various states is here –

For NYC, all the buses listed are full but there may be others going not listed including from some churches and organizations throughout the five boroughs.

http://buses.womensmarch.com/

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What’s the Purpose of the March?

March organizers said in a mission statement posted to their website that participants will unite to end violence and promote rights for women, LGBT people, workers, people of color, people with disabilities and immigrants.

“The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us,” the site says.

Source: Everything You Need to Know for the Women’s March on Washington | NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Everything-You-Need-to-Know-for-the-Womens-March-on-Washington-410966765.html#ixzz4W8NDXZex
Follow us: @nbcwashington on Twitter | NBCWashington on Facebook

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Women’s March on Washington Facebook Page – 

https://www.facebook.com/events/2169332969958991/

From their facebook page – to share the info –

Details

WEBSITE: https://www.womensmarch.com/
FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/Womens-March-on-Washington-1338822066131069/
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/womensmarch
INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/womensmarchRSVP on our OFFICIAL EVENTBRITE: bit.ly/womensmarchrsvp (not required, but greatly helpful for planning!)This is an INCLUSIVE march, is FREE to join and EVERYONE who supports women’s rights are welcome.PLEASE SHARE, we need to spread the word everywhere!
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OFFICIAL STATEMENT, National Organizers
On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us–women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all. HEAR OUR VOICE.

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This is an INCLUSIVE march, and EVERYONE who supports women’s rights are welcome.

PLEASE SHARE, we need to spread the word everywhere! And there are groups forming for EVERY STATE, so search for your local group as well!

We especially need HOSTS and ORGANIZERS from marginalized communities for this to be truly inclusive, please DM your state administrator to get involved!

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INDIVIDUAL STATE PAGES
Alabama:https://www.facebook.com/events/1846030275617393/
Alaska:https://www.facebook.com/events/1600783963561939/
Arizona: https://www.facebook.com/Womens-March-on-Washington-Arizona-279310659137657/?__mref=message_bubble
Arkansas: https://www.facebook.com/events/573400352869327/
California: https://www.facebook.com/womensmarchcalifornia/
Colorado: https://www.facebook.com/events/709610529214027
Connecticut: https://www.facebook.com/events/1792149314392756
Delaware: https://www.facebook.com/events/1291561980874839
Florida: https://www.facebook.com/events/692127054269714
Georgia: https://www.facebook.com/events/1217162705008126
Hawaii: https://www.facebook.com/events/211646899272952/
Idaho: https://www.facebook.com/events/322824721434231/
Illinois: https://www.facebook.com/events/1270986692942913/
Southern Illinois: https://www.facebook.com/events/1804138626469985/
Indiana: https://www.facebook.com/events/1204732789602412
Iowa: https://www.facebook.com/events/106027873213830/
Kansas: https://www.facebook.com/events/1801880063418556/
Kentucky: https://www.facebook.com/events/681571528669041/
Louisiana: https://www.facebook.com/events/1826803097594877/
Maine: https://www.facebook.com/events/1790176321230462
Maryland: https://www.facebook.com/events/350578258628372/
Massachusetts:!https://www.facebook.com/events/589686194556600
Michigan: https://www.facebook.com/events/698641643624141
Minnesota: https://www.facebook.com/events/1819878021589303/
Mississipi: https://www.facebook.com/events/323330188047841/
Missouri: https://www.facebook.com/events/102709433546450/
Montana: https://www.facebook.com/events/155258321610587/
Nebraska: https://www.facebook.com/events/770685966402508/
Nevada: https://www.facebook.com/events/353336878361427/
New Hampshire: https://www.facebook.com/events/555924031275302
New Jersey: https://www.facebook.com/events/644071919106389
New Mexico: https://www.facebook.com/events/220341795062534/
North Carolina: https://www.facebook.com/events/1205920736112709
North Dakota: https://www.facebook.com/events/241502762935609/
NYC-Downstate: https://www.facebook.com/events/320865168287826
NYC-Upstate/Hudston Valley: https://www.facebook.com/events/1227357017311119
New York/Western New York: https://www.facebook.com/events/1752801144983963/
Ohio: https://www.facebook.com/events/555657974634929
Oklahoma: https://www.facebook.com/events/1815192752098798/
Oregon: https://www.facebook.com/events/1421931004507822
Pennsylvania: https://www.facebook.com/events/200975297028010/
Rhode Island: https://www.facebook.com/events/1805228079699926
South Carolina: https://www.facebook.com/events/1736705676652541
South Dakota: https://www.facebook.com/events/1867099916909960/
Tennessee: https://www.facebook.com/events/934936929940773
Texas: https://www.facebook.com/events/619997428160922
Utah: https://www.facebook.com/events/1811012359168622
Vermont: https://www.facebook.com/events/1628519267445788
Virginia: https://www.facebook.com/events/236212980124973/
WashingtonState:https://www.facebook.com/events/1775078802708937
Washington, DC: https://www.facebook.com/groups/198007357318321
West Virginia: https://www.facebook.com/events/157132618088797
Wisconsin: https://www.facebook.com/events/208275672945652
Wyoming: Coming soon!
Pureto Rico : https://www.facebook.com/events/1911071355788419/
Canada: https://www.facebook.com/events/1624009594561437/
Mexico: Coming soon!
London: https://www.facebook.com/events/160520691084922/
Zurich:https://www.facebook.com/events/1538988779449541/?notif_t=plan_admin_added&notif_id=1479109336814654
Sydney:https://www.facebook.com/pg/womensmarchsydney/events/?ref=page_internal
São Paulo, Brazil https://www.facebook.com/events/461480024240099/

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Who Is Organizing the March?

After Trump won the presidency, a retired attorney in Hawaii posted to Facebook about marching in Washington, The Washington Post reported. By the time Teresa Shook went to sleep, 40 women said they wanted to march. By the time she woke up, that number had ballooned to 10,000, the Post reported.

The idea for the march took off, and Shook and the initial organizers handed the reins to a group of experienced activists: Bob Bland, a fashion industry entrepreneur; Tamika Mallory, an organizer and gun-control advocate; Carmen Perez, executive director of the Gathering for Justice, a criminal-justice-reform group; and Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York.

Source: Everything You Need to Know for the Women’s March on Washington | NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Everything-You-Need-to-Know-for-the-Womens-March-on-Washington-410966765.html#ixzz4W8NmAndN
Follow us: @nbcwashington on Twitter | NBCWashington on Facebook

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The march, the organizers declared via an ambitious platform released last week, is for gender equality, racial equality, LGBTQIA equality, economic justice and reproductive freedom; for equal pay, paid family leave, labor protections, clean water and air and access to public lands; and for an end to violence against women, police brutality and racial profiling. If that seems like a lot, well, that’s the point.

Sarsour, who serves as executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, tells Rolling Stone that the message the marchers want to send is that “from climate justice to racial justice to immigrant rights, reproductive rights, Native rights, we are united. We are committing to work together.

“We think that that hasn’t happened in a very clear way in a long time – bringing all the movements together and … saying, ‘We are watching you. We are ready. We are fired up. And we’re ready to fight back and protect our communities,'” she says.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/why-hundreds-of-thousands-are-joining-the-womens-march-w461332

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What to do if you encounter counter-protesters at the Women’s March on Washington

Be prepared for trolls of the highest order at the Women’s March this weekend

1. Counter-protesters are not a possibility, but a definite entity

There will be counter-protesters whose goal is to goad you into confrontation and violence. So if you’re marching this weekend, coming across counter-demonstrators is not so much an “if” as a “when.” Be on the lookout.

http://www.sheknows.com/living/articles/1131331/what-to-do-if-you-encounter-counter-protesters-at-the-womens-march-on-washington

GO READ THE REST OF THEIR SUGGESTIONS – REALLY AMAZING and absolutely do-able.

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Will the National team have march etiquette information on the National site?
There will be specific safety information posted on the National site related to children’s areas, medical stations, etc. Resources for safety, march etiquette, and peaceful demonstrations can be found through other sources, such as ACLU or googling peaceful demonstrations, rights at demonstrations, etc.  Most important – stay positive during the March.  We are unified and making sure our voices are heard for the concerns closest to our hearts!

https://mwmde.wordpress.com/safety-information/

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Remember: Only sign up for information through the official site of the Women’s March, and be sure to download the app to have access to the latest information at all times. Familiarize yourself with the FAQ and only give your information via this questionnaire, which was created by march organizers. Remain alert — and stand up for women’s rights everywhere.

Want civil disobedience training in your community? Contact Alexis Danzig at alexis@directactiontraining.org

http://www.sheknows.com/living/articles/1131331/what-to-do-if-you-encounter-counter-protesters-at-the-womens-march-on-washington

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What about cell phone service interruption from so much use in one area?

This is a known issue and risk of a large march.  Suggest to use Firechat app.  This app is fueled by bluetooth technology.  You do not need cell phone service or wifi to use.  The more phones on bluetooth, the strong the signal.  You can use this a form of communication to direct message your group or bus captains.

FireChat is an individual and group texting app that works on your phone yet doesn’t need phone data to function. You only need your wifi (even if it says there’s no wifi, keep it on) and Bluetooth turned on, and it uses that to create a mesh network, not a cellular network. FireChat doesn’t need cell service- full stop. It has been used successfully in disasters and protests around the world. The app has private messages and you can make public chatrooms- think of them like Twitter hashtags. It works on iPhone and Android and is free. You don’t need to use your real name to sign up, people don’t see your phone number when they interact with you- they just see the image you choose and your user name. You can make a private group so all the organizers can communicate privately and quickly.

1. Download the app to your phone or tablet. Add something to your username to emphasize that it’s your official account.
2. Encourage people to sign up.
3. Make a private group message for all your organizers or for your travelling group
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WATCH: Democracy Now! Broadcasts Live from the D.C. Women’s March

SPECIAL BROADCASTJANUARY 21, 2017
On Saturday, January 21, Democracy Now! will bring you a special live broadcast from near the Women’s March main stage area. Tune in from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. ET. This special coverage will include speakers and performers from the stage and interviews with people from around the world who are attending the march and rallies in D.C., as well as reports from other actions around the country.

Use the hashtag #DNlive to join the conversation on Twitter.

How to Watch

Stream this coverage live on this page on Saturday, January 21 starting at 10 a.m. ET.

Or, watch on LinkTV (Dish Network 9410 & DirecTV Ch. 375)

https://www.democracynow.org/live/watch_inauguration_2017_womens_march_live

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Having a write it out moment – read it or not – I don’t care

I’m sitting here in someone else’s house who despises the fact that I’m on the computer, despises me doing art anywhere even though I’ve been doing it away from her home, and despises that I play music / piano / keyboards, and despises the fact that I have online businesses. Apparently, she says I have no right to be doing any of those things since I’m homeless (except I’m paying $150 a month for her living room (not privately and I sleep on the floor) plus $25 a month toward the light bill and required to use all my foodstamps each month for food for the “household” and not for myself exclusively even though they don’t share their food with me – I mean, really. And, the only reason I’m not sitting in my home anyway is because “her community and neighbors” burned our house down including everything we owned and everything I had built towards having my own business but for some reason, she bitches at me every few days that I’m not supposed to be online making designs on Zazzle and spending any time with that until next year or at least until I have my own home somewhere. And according to this woman pitching hell at me even to the point of violence every few days, I’m not supposed to go to the art classes and studio time that has been given me through a scholarship at the ArtLab in Staten Island because I shouldn’t do that until next year or whenever I’ve gotten into a house and then try to do it after that even though it is only available to me right this minute and it is helping me get through this very difficult time as well. But no, she is hateful about it to me, screaming at me again today and strutting about with aggravation and acting as if it is getting on her last nerve that I’m doing these things, even though at the time she was bullying me about it today, I was online looking up apartments on craigslist trying to find somewhere to rent with a section 8 voucher which is the only funding I have available to pay for a place to live and nobody on Staten Island wants a section 8 voucher – not just mine, but any because it is a pain and doesn’t come close to paying the real market value of anything and they have to wait for the money to get started at the beginning and there are ridiculous hoops for the landlords and the renters to jump through before anyone gets any of it to work at all.

Okay, that isn’t all out of my system, but a little better I guess. This piece of nothing I’m writing is so serious that it is a matter of life and death, because for me being at the elbow of someone who holds me in no regard whatsoever and considers nothing I’m doing to be right or appropriate – it has already come to her holding me by the throat and waving kitchen knives in my face once and another time, threatening me with killing me as she ran into the kitchen to get her kitchen knives to cut me up when a roommate stepped in and told her no. Well, and helped her calm down – but it was the same conversation as tonight and the day before yesterday – across many, many of those in the last three months that I’ve been here. I can’t be on the computer without her getting in my face, standing over me and getting within striking range in a menacing way toward me as she demands that I should be walking to the realty offices instead of being on my computer – because she doesn’t understand anything about the internet or that I’m looking up apts there. She often hands me the local paper’s classified ads section, as if anything is ever listed there anymore and doesn’t get what is available online – on the computer. But, when I’ve offered to let her see it – or turned it around where she could see it, she turns nose up to the air and looks away at the wall as if she has no use for it and nobody is going to show her anything about it because it is nothing she needs to know about. And there we are again, with her leering over me as I’m trying to find places on the internet where they will take my section 8 voucher, calling them on my phone and she can’t stand another minute of what she perceives as me sitting doing nothing about anything.

Where she decided that she is qualified to make these kinds of decisions about my life is a bit strange – or where she decided that she must steer me away from using any of my time to do anything but wait to have an apartment while letting my online businesses go to dust after all the efforts I’ve put into them, and losing my mind rather than using the tool of doing art, painting, creating music, writing. Who does she think she is to believe she is so knowledgeable about me and what I should be doing or not? But if my computer is playing a movie or tv show that she can hear playing – well, that’s okay. Or, if I sat in her room on a chair in the corner for several days watching her tv as some of her friends do – that would be okay, but not being on the computer doing things – like business, and twitter and reading articles, learning, reading the news, doing art, making products, selling things and looking for apartments to call (and calling them.)

 

She often wakes me up about 4 am, sometimes at 5 or this morning it was at 6.27 am, and usually, most nights when she wakes me up to tell her about some box of cereal in the kitchen or whatever it is this minute, she wakes me up several times in the same night – rarely only once. And, to think it is not intentional – no, obviously it is very intentional as she slings stuff around the kitchen from pots and pans to opening her door so that her light is hitting me full in the face and then stomping through where I’m sleeping in the living room on the floor – then slinging stuff around the kitchen like a mad 12 year old who was asked to wash the dishes or something and is having a raging fit. But, in this case it isn’t because there are dishes to wash or anything else, she finds something wrong to have a fit over when there isn’t anything, when others have cleaned, when she has cleaned three hours before she went to bed and she seems to be doing most of it when she has company over sitting in her room. Maybe it is a show, to make them feel some particular picture is true when it isn’t – or something. She walks around saying she’s tired then explains aloud the thirty things that are wrong this minute, none of which are actually out of place, or wrong – and then repeats throughout it that she’s tired, as if that is supposed to mean something everyone else must dance to fix, or do, or make up to her somehow. It seems more like it is bad behavior on her part, though she probably is tired considering the extent to which she is dancing, stomping, pitching hell and being genuinely a jackass to others, and especially to me.  But, I’m supposed to be grateful to be in a place where I’m paying to be treated with disregard and contempt constantly, starved from my own limited resources, stolen from (too often to name all of it), talked downs to, threatened, bullied, not being allowed to sleep, and mentally berated almost regularly considering how often every week it has been happening in an all out hell pitching session at cricket.

And, none of this would have happened and put me under this constant threat and extra stress if NYC’s Housing Preservation and Development that was supposed to help me had given me a reasonable accommodation for my disabilities and let me stay in the homeless shelter at the end of the street where my house burned down. They said I had no proof of my disability and would have to get a doctor’s note to be considered disabled despite being on SSI because of my disabilities since 1993 and tested and seen by qualified professionals dozens of times within these years since then – and considered to be disabled from these disabilities by everyone from professionals to my family members and friends. It is only in NYC, that proof from those with disabilities that are not obvious, must be sent through the hoops of getting doctor’s notes, even though the law and the Americans with Disabilities Act says –

The federal Fair Housing Act and the Fair Housing Amendments Act (42 U.S. Code §§ 3601-3619, 3631) forbid discrimination of tenants or prospective tenants because of a disability or the disability of a person associated with them. The law protects the following people:

  • A person with a mental or physical disability that substantially limits a person’s ability to perform one or more major life activities; or
  • A person that has a record of the disability; or
  • A person that is considered by others as having the disability

http://civilrights.findlaw.com/discrimination/rental-housing-rights-for-disabled-tenants.html

I looked it up on the internet – but there are no attorneys that will help me with it and advocacy groups for people with disabilities have not returned my calls nor responded to my emails. Senator Schumer’s office said that it is not something they can do anything about and doesn’t believe it is a federal issue, the Human Rights Commission of NYC said it is not in their jurisdiction and disability rights attorneys not involved in employment issues – have said to make the complaint to that same NYC Human Rights Commission.

It also says this –

Prohibited disability discrimination includes not only intentional prejudice based on disability, but also actions or inactions that operate to deny people with disabilities equal access to the same services, opportunities and benefits that are available to people without disabilities.

https://ag.ny.gov/civil-rights/disability-rights

So, here I sit at a neighbor’s house up the hill from where my house burned down so that I can be in an area where it is familiar to me and I know how to use the buses and go to the store and what my name is and what has happened. There is a house for rent down the street but section 8 will only pay $1650 a month for a two-bedroom and that house on the same street decided they want $2,000. So, there it sits empty and I can’t have it – can’t pay more than the $1650 which is impossibly low for a 2 bedroom anything in Staten Island and in New York City, and the HUD and NYCHA representatives who have called me after my daughter emailed them to tell them what is happening, said they would call back after I spoke to them and they haven’t. There is supposed to be some help with getting a reasonable accommodation and this is reasonable, but there is nothing that works.

 

And after losing everything I had worked to create over the last 32 years, plus all the records of my art and music, my research, everything I and my daughters and grandchildren owned, plus our cat, Batman – and stressing out trying to find a place to live in a time when nobody wants the guaranteed money from a section 8 voucher – I’ve got to put up with someone screaming at me, threatening, waking me up several times nearly every night, and can’t get one thing that would help from the community at large, from NYCHA and HUD – from Housing Preservation and Development that was supposed to help, nor from the HRA if I go over there because they figure I have a section 8 voucher and SSI – so until some apt gets inspected, I can’t even ask for help from them to get it – or to get somewhere else to stay. That woman I’m paying to sleep on her living room floor is tired because of her own damn orneriness and focusing on minute, petty crap all the time from there being drops of water in her kitchen sink that she thinks is the reason there are roaches in her kitchen, to somebody in the house getting an extra few boxes of cereal from the pantry (which wasn’t me but she kept me up asking me about it after waking me up on the occasion earlier this week when I had an early appointment to see an apt the next day.)

I’m tired because this stupid woman has been waking me up most nights several times a night and because this entire situation has been made incredibly harder than it ever had to be and certainly a good deal harder than it should have been – NYCHA has required me to come back to their office five and six times to turn in the same papers – and sent me away five of the six times without taking the papers even on the day I got there at 11.30 am when they told me to be there before 12 noon. They had decided that was enough taking of those kinds of papers / packets that day and cut it off supposedly just before I got there with mine at 11.30 after I had already tried to turn them in three other days before that. It is damn obscene and certainly they know I have disabilities, my house has burned down, I’m coming over two hours to get there to the Brooklyn office from Staten Island and believe it or not – I can’t take subways and the ferry and the buses when they are covered over during rush hour because I can’t process that much information without losing my way and ending up confused because of my head injury and ptsd from years ago that simply still affects me.

I’m beginning to think that a lot of these people in these agencies as well as the lady I’m renting her living room – are doing this stuff with intent and malicious intent at that. And, it does certainly look that way, though I’m not entirely sure why they believe they should be doing it this way.

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8 Really Crappy Things To Know About Being An Entrepreneur / Small Business Owner

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  1. Being an entrepreneur does not have “regular” hours – unless you count all 24 hours as regular, 7 days a week or as most entrepreneurs would say – 30 hours a day, 8 days a week, which isn’t a joke – but a sad reality about how much there is to do in the time available – ALL the time.
  2. When business books say that most businesses do not “break-even” for the first three years, that means for three years or more, over 80 hours a week, you will not only be working for free, but will probably be taking from your pocket and paying into the bills of the business – for you to keep doing that work.
  3. The vast majority of business ventures fail rather than succeed and that is a lot more than half in this case – go look up the exact numbers, it will astound you. That means, despite having everything going for them, many of those businesses fail anyway. There may be reasons, and none may be valid for why it failed. Sometimes, businesses have everything right – timing, pricing, effort, marketing, product, process, people and sales – but fail anyway.
  4. There is more paperwork being broke and poor than to run a business – but not by much. And, there are deadlines for poor people to put in paperwork, keep up with papers, produce them at a minute’s notice too – with fines and jail if you don’t, just like there are for small businesses and in both cases, there isn’t an army of people on staff to help with it like big corporations have.
  5. There is rarely a faster way to go broke than to be in any business – even a business enterprise that has at some point, done well. When it turns bad, being an entrepreneur offers no skill sets to deal with the speed at which things can go to hell in a short period of time. Only the survival skills can help at that point and unfortunately, they are needed right when the mind is least capable of making any good decisions at all because of extreme stress and inordinate complexity of the information at hand which must be dealt with all at once.
  6. In the US, entrepreneurs were at one time heralded and small businesses supported especially, as the backbone of the economy. That hasn’t been really supported for many years although the words are still used and it is talked about being that way despite the fact that it isn’t. And nobody you know wants to know you when the boat starts sinking, let alone throw you a paddle or a bucket to help you out.
  7. Selfishness, greed and penny pinching are not the character traits that most people would brag about, nor wish to consider as their only real personality, but to be an entrepreneur those are the critical personality traits if it is going to work at all. If you don’t mind being that kind of person, and other people knowing you’re that kind of person – entrepreneurship is for you because 99% of the time, day in and day out – over a period of years, those are the traits you will be using if you want it to succeed. And, it still might not succeed regardless.
  8. Last, but not least – no matter what you think about being an entrepreneur, why you’re doing it, what your product or service is and no matter what you think the experience will be like for you – being an entrepreneur will change you. It will change your relationships that you’ve always held dear and not always in positive ways. It will steal from what you already have and what you could’ve had if you’d done something else. It will take from your family and from their time, goodwill and caring. It just does. Whether you want it to or not – being an entrepreneur does that no matter how you go about it.
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Pollutant and Smog Eating Neutralizing Materials and Gadgets

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I saw something yesterday that got me thinking again.

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XXX A new lightweight configuration and material – MIT XXX

http://news.mit.edu/2017/3-d-graphene-strongest-lightest-materials-0106

My note – it is the math and surface area it provides that could be both strength and air cleaning in a massive way for cities.  It inspired me and so I looked up things about the pollution neutralizing paints and materials / concrete / cement – which I’ve added the things that stood out to me down this list.

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So today, I made a search in google for

pollution neutralizing paint

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=pollution+neutralizing+paint

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From those search results –

I chose to read and think about these articles –

2015

http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/23/tech/innovation/the-smog-guzzling-buildings-pollution/

An even grander project, the Palazzo Italia, will use similar materials over 13,000 square meters across six floors when it opens in Milan in 2015. Dutch scientists have also adapted the system to roads, claiming this can reduce pollution by 45%.
The material is not prohibitively expensive — adding as little as 4-5% to construction costs. But the impact of such buildings has been limited to their immediate location, and efforts to develop the concept have led to more novel, personalized solutions.

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2007

http://www.triplepundit.com/2007/11/tio2-paint-at-war-with-pollution/

The paint is formulated on a base of polysiloxane, a polymer consisting of silicon. The active ingredients are tiny spherical nanoparticles made up of calcium carbonate and titanium dioxide (TiO2). This polysiloxane base is porous enough to allow nitrous oxides to diffuse through it and effectively stick to the nanoparticles. In turn, sunlight provides the energy to convert the nitrous oxides into nitric acid which is either disposed of by rain or neutralized by the alkaline properties of calcium carbonate and converted into carbon dioxide, calcium nitrate, and water. These profound chemical transformations are triggered by the ultraviolet radiation absorbed by the nanoparticles.

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Millenium Inorganic Chemicals, a British R&D firm has developed what they intended to appropriately name “Ecopaint.” This paint utilizes the same photo catalytic process of the anti-smog cement developed and under going testing in Italy.

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2013

http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/nasa-designed-airocide-neutralizes-indoor-pollution.html

NASA-designed Airocide neutralizes indoor air pollution

Called Airocide, this technology “clears the air of virtually 100% of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) – the harmful gasses emitted by products you have around your home, like aerosol sprays, cleaning supplies, disinfectants, hobby supplies, dry-cleaned clothing, building materials, paints and paint thinners, strippers, pesticides and even air fresheners. This FDA approved device also completely eliminates all mold, pollen, fungi, viruses and bacteria (all major causes of allergy symptoms) that enter the chamber,” according to the Airocide website.

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Gizmag reports, “Each Airocide unit incorporates a reaction chamber that contains thousands of tiny glass rings coated inside and out with titanium dioxide (TiO2). With the help of a high-intensity light, the TiO2 produces hydroxyls. When airborne organic molecules are drawn in and make contact with those hydroxyls, the carbon bonds in those molecules are broken.”

This process renders any organic compound inert. The hydroxyls cannot escape the chamber and no cleaning is needed, though the chamber does have to be replaced every year. The Airocide is currently priced at $799 and replacement chambers go for $99.

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The technology has actually been used in places we’ve been visiting for quite some time now. Because ethylene gas causes accelerated ripening, supermarkets, florists and food packers have been using the technology since 1998, and in 2003, Airocide was introduced to hospitals, medical offices and daycare centers to prevent the spread of airborne disease.

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Then popped from there over to this one –

2011

http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/pollution-glue-london-roads-could-improve-air-quality.html

Dust suppressants consist of calcium magnesium acetate, which is expected to glue particles to the carriageway to stop them re-circulating in the air. TfL will first sweep and jet wash the roads, then apply the solution using a modified winter gritting machine with a fine sprinkler-like system attached.

 

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Head on over to Business Green for the full scoop on Mayor Boris’ pollution glue plan.

which I haven’t gone to see yet, but that article was from 2011

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Then I made another search on Google using these search terms –

smog eating concrete

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=smog%20eating%20concrete

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These are the search returns that I picked to read –

2013

http://www.core77.com/posts/25281/pollution-killing-material-smog-eating-cement-25281

Smog-eating cement first made headlines back in 2007, when it was introduced in the U.S. by the Italian company Italcementi, whose R&D center is pictured below. The cement is called TX Active and the magic ingredient is titanium oxide. When exposed to sunlight, titanium oxide can neutralize some pollutants—basically the toxins are oxidized when they come into contact with the cement. For instance, nitrogen oxide and sulfur oxide gasses are made harmless when they are turned into nitrates or sulfates. Without the catalyst of titanium oxide, the nitrogen and sulfur oxide break down in the atmosphere creating smog and ground level ozone.

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2014

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/why-isnt-smog-gobbling-concrete-more-popular

 

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http://smogeatingconcrete.weebly.com/

 

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2015

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smog-eating-buildings-battle-air-pollution-180954781/

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2016

http://interestingengineering.com/building-covered-smog-eating-concrete/

The concrete is made up of traditional cement mixed with titanium dioxide. This unique mixture allows air to pass through while simultaneously capturing nitrogen-oxide particles, a main component of smog. Titanium dioxide functions as a catalyst to the chemical reaction which is activated by UV light. Not only does it filter the air, but the collected smog residue washes off with a light rainfall. Don’t worry about the residue, it’s made up of inert salts that have no effect on the surrounding environment.

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In total, it took 2,000 metric tons of the bio dynamic concrete to construct the building and it’s creators at Italcementi claim that it is stronger than the equivalent of regular concrete. This added strength allowed the architects and engineers to create the stunning linear shapes seen on the building’s facade with ease.

CHK this site to see a photo of the building – absolutely stunning and it eats air pollution.

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Chinese activist-artist raises awareness by sucking up smog into bricks

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=Chinese+activist-artist+raises+awareness+by+sucking+up+smog+into+bricks

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2015

http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/08/asia/china-pollution-artist/

Brother Nut’s machine collected over 100 grams of pollutants, much of it made up of small particles some 30 times smaller than a strand of human hair.
He then took the dust, mixed it with clay in a mold, and turned it into an average looking brick.
The art project went viral, to the point that he now gets stopped on the street by pedestrians wanting to take photos.
However, he’s not the first artist to tout a vacuum cleaner as a possible way to clean up the city’s skies.

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In 2013, a Dutch artist and designer Daan Roosegaarde came up with an electro-magnetic device that would pull airborne smog particles to the ground, creating columns of fresh air.

Air pollution can be made of everything from soot to heavy metals like arsenic and lead.

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2015

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/01/chinese-vacuum-cleaner-artist-turning-beijings-smog-into-bricks

As the latest coal-fuelled “airpocalypse” engulfed northern China this week and world leaders gathered in Paris to debate the fight against climate change, Nut Brother hit the streets of Beijing hoping to raise awareness of his country’s deadly smog crisis.

For the last 100 days, the activist, whose real name is Wang Renzheng, has used the industrial appliance to extract dust and other lung-choking pollutants from the city’s atmosphere before transforming them into a dark brown “smog brick”.

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He ordered a vacuum cleaner from a manufacturer in Shanghai and began taking it on four-hour sorties across Beijing’s urban sprawl, gobbling up pollutants as he went. Photographs published in the Chinese media this week showed him pushing his vacuum cleaner past some of Beijing’s most celebrated landmarks.

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“You can’t tell if it is night or day!” Liu Haishan, 38, a taxi driver, complained on Tuesday afternoon as he attempted to navigate through the gloom.

Beijing authorities claimed they had forced vehicles off the roads and shut more than 2,000 polluting companiesin order to tackle the crisis.

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2015

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/gallery/2015/dec/08/beijing-air-pollution-red-alert-smog-before-after-pictures

With pollution reaching 40 times the safe level, China’s capital has issued its first red warning, closing down schools and factories until Thursday. These images show Beijing under a layer of smog – and what it looked like on a clear day

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Seven New Designs and One Mad Engineering Genius Tshirt for Valentine’s Day

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New Designs from Cricket House Studios and CricketDiane made today

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Some of the new designs I made today for my Zazzle store at CricketDiane and Cricket House Studios Art and Design –

This design about love – with Valentine’s Day in mind and the Women’s March on Washington, DC that is happening on January 21, 2017.

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Today, using Facebook Live – I made two videos for the first time ever using Facebook and my phone. Very interesting making them and lots of fun. Not bad for a first attempt and making music as I went along. Great thanks to my friend and roommate who let me borrow the keyboards for the project – as well as letting me play them. Wowsa!

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Also made this pillow with two different designs – different on the front and back with one red dragon on the front with a glowing eye and starry night sky behind him – and two red dragons on the back with glowing eyes and a night sky. The dragon in this design was rendered with pen and ink, watercolors and fiddled with after photographing it, using the Photoshop software to clean the line widths and mottle the dragon’s skin.

The glowing eyes were made in Photoshop then added specifically as a collage element on these pillows. And, the starry night sky is a glittery photograph of glitter that I rendered and changed in Photoshop to use in a different way than the original glitter. Together – these elements make a great design for this fantasy art pillow I made today on Zazzle.

The back of the pillow looks like this –

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Some of the designs I’ve made recently –

 

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I understand people maybe too well and yet not enough

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It is obvious that time is important That seems to me it is a given fact yet many people do not look at it that way. Or, perhaps each of us find a different approach to our use of time and its importance in our lives.

In one sense, I understand people will do certain things in certain ways they find either useful or appropriate from the standpoint of their experience and learned concepts of judgment. That is a fact.

It means in practice, that each person will make many series of choices based on those judgments whether they are truly appropriate or not. And, make those judgments for their choices even where new information may be needed.

That is the part I don’t understand and don’t want to understand anymore either. When people around me choose to use their time as if it is not precious, and as if nothing beyond what they knew sometime long ago about things can be the only way to look at it even now – I just shake my head and try to ignore it.

It is a futile argument to have with them. They are not going to update their files, no matter what I say or show them. But, I don’t understand why they can afford to be that way. I can’t. And, there is nothing comforting to me when I find myself doing it either.

When I’m closed minded and base everything on facts from some past that does not even begin to apply to today, it is a loss and a liability – not an asset for me. But, others around me do not look at it that way for themselves and their own choices.

And, they don’t believe it is important to use their time in ways that will help to understand how things are today and what works, what doesn’t, how it can be done now, and other ways of looking at it (whatever “it” is).

In a quick anecdote, some friends and family members in my world only watch old tv shows from the 70’s, maybe 80’s and before. That is their source of continuing information about what the world is like, what people are like and what attitudes, choices and perspectives are appropriate to use about situations and things – yet, how our daily lives and our world has changed since then.

It isn’t that everything from those tv shows is wrong and they are certainly still entertaining as part of the entertainment we feed ourselves daily, but to have only that for information is dangerous.

Many beliefs from that time have changed, many facts have changed and many attitudes about what is appropriate and what is not, have changed since those shows were made. They are a reflection of a different time and a different society entirely.

So, where that is the only information about what is normal, accepted and appropriate, or commonly believed by “everyone” – as a basis of judgment about situations, people and actions or behaviors in situations today, it can be disastrous and make everything more difficult both for the person and those around them including me.

People in my life who have or who are using these old tv shows on a constant streaming basis as their primary or only source of information, continue to shock me in the level of closed-mindedness they use commonly and overtly in their everyday lives. It is amazing that it has not gotten them killed to be honest.

It certainly makes everything that is different today about our daily lives into a source of aggravation for them, and disdain, and contempt and vicious attacks on others to make it like it “should be”, from a time that doesn’t exist anymore.

A great “for instance” is the social premise that a phone should not be called nor answered at the dinner table where in the picture obvious from old tv sitcoms, the family sits in their entirety around a table with proper plates, and dinner served by Mom.

Yet today, if a text or iPhone isn’t answered at the dinner table which is likely the coffee table in the living room or at some restaurant, a host of difficulties can arise from losing a job, to losing a business opportunity, to losing a friend’s trust, to being shamed and bullied on Facebook because you were too rude and uppity to answer your damn phone or text.

It has changed socially to become rude not to answer because technology has made it possible for that phone to be ever present and everybody knows it. That is not going to be the case in an old tv drama, sitcom or social information from thirty or forty years ago.

The people whose sole information on social conventions, behavior and choices, how to think about things and what is appropriate, comes from those old tv shows will read that phone call during dinnertime as an insult to whoever cooked the food, an infinite insult to the people gathered to eat together, a lack of caring on the part of anyone who takes such a call, and a slap in the face to the family or the friendship in general.

It is a shame to watch actions and choices unfold based on that interpretation when it is so hopelessly out of date and inappropriate to today’s facts in nearly every way possible. But that same person reacting to the situation based upon facts that are out of date, is also the least likely to want to do anything to change the way they look at it.

And, tomorrow and the next day, they will continue to absorb those old tv sitcoms and dramas for agreement with the way they see things and support their own aggravation based on those interpretations of things – based upon how things were at the time when those shows were made and only in the ways it is shown on those tv shows.

The writers of tv shows were not intending to be the voice of knowledge and information when they did their jobs. The views of life and facts given by those shows were never intended to be absolutely accurate in any sense and certainly portray only a fraction of life and thought about social mores at the time.

In the real world, every family’s lifestyle was being played out in a vast array of differences from what the tv world could or would portray for the mainstream audiences. What the appropriate way to consider anything would be in real life and the facts surrounding it, its interpretations and social conventions – would have to be different in many ways to its portrayal for any show whether television, cable, news or movies, simply because of the medium.

So, the part I don’t understand about people around me that use old tv shows as their only information source is why don’t they know it isn’t the same information as what is used and needed in everyday life – even then and certainly, now.

And, how this has anything to do with the importance of time? Think about it – lost in translations of how things should be – from a time period that no longer exists, that was portrayed for a tv show as an entertaining slice of something which didn’t even exist that way in the real world then? And to get aggravated, combative and abusive to everyone, everything and anytime today’s facts and social conventions are viewed through those tv sitcoms as textbooks for judging what is what today?

Hmmm, yes – that is a waste of time that is inherently evil no matter who does it.

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Intolerance Simply Cheats Us All And The Time We Have To Share With One Another

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Intolerance Is Unjustified –

 

I came into a house to stay awhile

Where books are something in the way

And do not have a welcome.

 

Where there is only one way to season a chicken

And NOTHING else will do

Even if it is something only for you.

 

When watching old tele shows all day

Is perfectly okay

But to work on a computer is shameful they say.

 

Where to be on the internet is nothing

More than a toy

Wasting time and doing nothing but acting like a bore.

 

Where anything new or exciting that’s offered

Is met with disdain without any bother

As if they have seen everything there is

And nothing new is worth noting as important even if it is.

 

But where I’ve lived now I can honestly say,

Given intolerance, ignorance plenty of place for its way

That it maims and it stops the most delightful of opportunities

To share and create and to make days more worth living.

 

My new friends are bored so much of the time

But is it any surprise with the chains on their minds?

I had wished for them joy and happiness and peace

But now all I can think of is death and disease.

 

It’s truly a shame in a country so free

That people still settle for their own mediocrity

Then force that same vision on others that see

For lack of acceptance of what it is to be free.

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What damage could Trump and his extreme right wing cabinet do to America? What did the GOP already do?

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The question of what damage could a Trump extreme right-wing cabinet and Presidency do to America is on many people’s minds.

I found this entry on a draft post on my CricketDiane blog from the GOP run America of the years before President Obama and the Democrats took over the ship (at least partially since the GOP continued to run most states) – and righted our economy.

The cost to taxpayers and homeowners plus Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shareholders is known now, eight years later and it obviously hurt our economy in ways that destroyed lives, decimated communities and degraded the opportunities for massive numbers of Americans and their families for several generations yet to come.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency placed Washington-based Fannie and McLean, Virginia-based Freddie in a so-called conservatorship and ousted the chief executive officers. The Treasury agreed to invest as much as $100 billion in each company through preferred stock purchases as needed and put common shareholders on notice that they will rank last in the government’s consideration. [2008]

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I couldn’t remember where this quote came from, so I did a google search with it and these entries came up –

Douglas M. Holmes • View topic – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
www.dmholmeslaw.com/appiesboard/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1236…
Sep 28, 2004 – In a report released Tuesday, OFHEO, Fannie Mae’s chief regulator, found that …. billion in earnings last year, ousted top executives and was fined a record …. based Freddie Mac hold or guarantee half the U.S. mortgage debt and … loans to the two companies and to purchase stock in them if needed for a …

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Postby doug » Tue Sep 28, 2004 1:03 pm

Watch out for the hurricane named Fannie
Regulators are starting to take a hard look at the books of Fannie Mae, and they don’t like what they see. That could spell trouble for the largest source of mortgage capital.
By Bill Fleckenstein

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VietFun For All – Gov’t may soon back Fannie, Freddie

community.vietfun.com/printthread.php?t=571974
Sep 5, 2008 – 17 posts – ‎7 authors

Gov’t may soon take over troubled mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae, … and Freddie and topurchase stock in the two companies if needed. … The Treasury plans to put Fannie andFreddie into a socalled conservatorship and pump … Paulson consulted with Bank of America Chief Executive Officer …

Mudd, the son of TV anchor Roger Mudd, was elevated to Fannie Mae’s top post in December 2004 when chief executive Franklin Raines and chief financial officer Timothy Howard were swept out of office in an accounting scandal. Syron was named Freddie Mac’s CEO in 2003, replacing former chief Gregory Parseghian, who was ousted in after being implicated in accounting irregularities.

He formerly was executive chairman of Thermo Electron Corp., a Waltham, Mass.-based maker of scientific equipment, served head of the American Stock Exchange was president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in the early 1990s.

Fannie Mae was created by the government in 1938, and was turned into a shareholder-owned company 30 years later. Freddie Mac was established in 1970 to provide competition for Fannie.

A government takeover could cost taxpayers up to $25 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

[from – AP 2008 – Gov’t may soon take over troubled mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac] (included in post above)
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Plus these entries – 

Freddie Mac – Wikipedia

The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC), known as Freddie Mac, is a public government-sponsored enterprise (GSE), headquartered in the Tyson’s Corner CDP in unincorporated Fairfax County, Virginia. … On September 7, 2008, Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) director James B. Lockhart III …

[PDF]An Overview of the Fannie and Freddie Conservatorship Litigation

brooklynworks.brooklaw.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1000…

by DJ Reiss – ‎2014 – ‎Cited by 2 – ‎Related articles

The litigation surrounding Fannie and Freddie’s conservatorship raises all … 2 See FEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY (FHFA), ENTERPRISE SHARE OF …. Preferred Stock PurchaseAgreements (PSPAs) with the Treasury. … make unlimited equity and debt investments in the two companies‘ securities through.

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Investors Win Court Round Against …

fortune.com/2016/10/04/fannie-mae-freddie-mac-ruling-government/

Oct 4, 2016 – Kenneth C. Griffin, chief executive officer of Citadel Inves … “and gave the government every benefit of the doubt as she did so, and … Judge Sweeney, in the Court ofFederal Claims in Washington, D.C., and a … placed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac intoconservatorship, with … Sponsored Financial Content.

Fannie Mae’s Last Stand | Vanity Fair

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2009/02/fannie-and-freddie200902-2

But, for decades, Fannie Mae had been under siege from powerful enemies, who … with astock-market value of more than $70 billion and more earnings per … an obscure government agency known as the Federal Housing Finance Agency … in Fannie and Freddie (which was also put into conservatorship that same day), …

[PDF]us treasury department office of public affairs – Judicial Watch

Sep 7, 2008 – Treasury Senior Preferred Stock Purchase Agreement. 2. …. Fannie Mae andFreddie Mac debt and mortgage backed securities outstanding today … indefinite in duration and have a capacity of $100 billion each, … If the Federal Housing Finance Agency determines that a GSE’s liabilities have exceeded its.

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Obviously, there are repercussions from the GOP run years that have even yet to be realized despite all the efforts of the Obama administration to make things right. But, since Donald Trump has been given these shoes to fill as President of the United States and has nominated a host of extreme right wing loyalists in positions of power, it is time to look at the playing fields that will be impacted by their policies and actions.
This quote I found that tops this post, led me to find a few things of help and value as well, which many Americans need to access before everything potentially damaging can be enacted by the GOP backed new administration, GOP run Congress and Senate as well as the predominantly GOP run state legislatures across the country.
As promised by GOP after the 2008 decimation of housing values, as millions of Americans suffered from mortgage values far in excess of market values for their homes, many programs were put in place – nearly all of which performed poorly or not at all to relieve homeowners from these blighted economic difficulties.
However, today I found this program that relieves the principle owed on upside down mortgages and it is a current program. Before it is decimated by the Republicans coming into policy making extremes of the new administration run by Trump, it is worth taking advantage of this program as quickly as possible.
There are areas of the country that are to be mainly served by this program’s opportunities but not necessarily exclusive to those areas of the country and that would be worth finding out if you are a homeowner who is in need of this program’s help and promises.
I found it at the Federal Housing Finance Agency website – and there may be three people in the entire world that actually know it exists and they are probably bankers. Many programs to help homeowners have been issued through other agencies and to get a realistic list of them and their requirements would likely be a Herculean effort. But, start here and find the requirements briefly that I’ve added from their website. The link to the page is below the quoted material.
– cricketdiane, 12-29-2016

PRINCIPAL REDUCTION MODIFICATION

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) undertook an extensive evaluation to determine whether to implement a Principal Reduction Modification program for seriously delinquent, underwater borrowers whose loans are owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac (the Enterprises).  FHFA’s objective was to develop a program that helped targeted borrowers avoid foreclosure while also adhering to FHFA’s mandate to preserve and conserve the assets of the Enterprises.

Am I Eligible?


Your loan must be owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac and meet basic criteria.

  • At least 90 days delinquent as of March 1, 2016
  • Unpaid principal balance of $250,000 or less as of March 1, 2016
  • Owner-occupied
 From The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) website –  https://www.fhfa.gov/PolicyProgramsResearch/Policy/Pages/Principal-Reduction-Modification.aspx
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Why are billions being spent to pay armies of people and not get a home or economic sustainability for any homeless people in the US?

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Why is there never any real help for anyone who is homeless, when there are millions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of employees being paid by agencies, organizations, churches, faith based organizations, NGOs, nonprofits and government resources to provide an end to homelessness, to help the homeless, to prevent homelessness, to provide housing to families and individuals that are homeless and to help people who are homeless to end their own homelessness?

HUD provides bonuses to communities that decrease their count, creating a disincentive for those conducting counts to locate every unsheltered person in their neighborhoods. – from The National Coalition for the Homeless  http://nationalhomeless.org/hud-continues-undercount-homeless/

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A search of the Guidestar Directory of Charities and Nonprofit Organizations

shows

14,778 results found when the word “homelessness” is used. These organizations and non-profits range from shelters to organizations to end homelessness.

When the search term, “poverty” is used it shows

7,342 results found.

For the category, “General Human Services” – Guidestar shows 131,329 entries of organizations offering social services.

The category, “Housing” shows 35,920 nonprofits engaged in housing efforts to end homelessness, provide homeless and family shelters, to assist with finding housing and / or to fight for affordable housing to be available.

These listings are for US charities and nonprofits. The areas above are beyond the youth services which also has another category and there are more charities and nonprofits, faith based organizations and other NGOs involved that would not necessarily be listed with Guidestar or other databases – but would include foundations and branches of international organizations who are in the US as well.

But why are years upon years of funding, financing and efforts across so many agencies from federal and state to local as well as nonprofits and homelessness prevention organizations, faith-based organizations and NGOs not getting anything much accomplished for individuals and families in America that are homeless except to keep them basically and continually homeless?

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In fact, many of these programs have lost funding as a direct result of HUD’s emphasis on chronic homelessness. This loss is compounded by the fact that many private foundations and local and state governments have followed the federally-established priority on chronic homelessness.

HUD’s Point-in-Time counts, which exclude large segments of the homeless population, prop up these misguided federal policies, and encourage redirection of private and local funding.

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Certainly, some communities have seen significant reductions in the counts of chronically homeless people, although HUD’s creative definitions may well have contributed to the reported successes. In addition to the narrowing of the definition of chronic homelesssness mentioned previously, HUD also invented the term “functional zero.”3 This Orwellian term does not mean that there are no more chronically homeless people in the communities that have reached “functional zero.” Instead, it means that the availability of resources in the community exceeds the size of the population needing the resources. Whether homeless people use those resources or are successful with them is not relevant. Under “functional zero,” people remain chronically homeless on the streets even after their communities have “ended” chronic homelessness.

Family homelessness has reached record levels in many major cities, leading some officials to declare ( a state of emergency. – from The Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness  http://www.icphusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Duffield_Creating-Chronic-Homelessness.pdf

 

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Having experienced far too much poverty in my life as an adult in the US – it is obvious that homelessness, housing, social services and ending homelessness has become a business that employs people who were never in danger of being impoverished nor homeless while taking the funds for the poor, disabled, impoverished, disadvantaged, vulnerable and homeless to use for salaries, overhead, posters, media campaigns, nice seminars, nice offices, nice bonuses and employees’ perks, incentives and pensions. It stands to reason, that for less money, homelessness would have been solved had that been the real goal and agenda of these nonprofits and government backed entities including homeless shelters and services to the homeless and the poor.

But, ending homelessness nor finding homes and economic resources to support one’s own home is not their goal apparently. The real goal is obviously and pathetically, to continue making their own living at the expense of the homeless population, the poor and the disadvantaged – not to serve them at all, nor to provide any real access to affordable housing nor the means to pay for it not to be economically self-sustaining so that homelessness is no longer an issue.

  • cricketdiane. 12-26-16

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