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.

  • cricketdiane 12-31-2016

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.

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Artsy New Sci Fi Modern Abstract Tie Designs by CricketDiane

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One of the products I made today on my store at Zazzle from a skateboard extreme design made several years ago. Love it as a tie.

cricketdiane

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