Another Thanksgiving is upon us and I have a lot to be thankful for. Maybe it’s because I am now in my 40’s, but it sure seems this year has flown by. Unfortunately we have a flock of GOP candidates that do not seem to fly – not up or away. This group of turkeys makes me sometimes feel like an ostrich wanting to bury my head in the sand.
We are both unschoolers, so that was really exciting; most other homeschoolers that you meet follow a set curriculum, and many think you’re weird if you don’t. This mom told me, “What’s the point of homeschooling if you’re just going to do exactly what the schools do at home?” and I was like, “Right on!” She also sort of homesteads, something I am really interested in, and I don’t really know anyone else who does that, either.
We live in a world of escalation and uncertainty. Gasoline and natural gas prices go up and down every month. One minute gas is hovering around $3 and the next it's nearly $4. Do we forget that it was only a few years ago when no on thought gas would ever reach $2. We could get half a tank of gas for $10.
What happened to cause such a giant leap in prices? OPEC happened. Oil prices reached unheard of heights and even after the price per barrel decreased the price of gasoline was forever changed. OPEC is gaining more every year and already hold major superpowers hostage when they threaten to cut oil production.
Back in 2008 when I was laid off from my nonprofit job, I briefly considered bell ringing for the Salvation Army. I really needed to support my family and was searching for anything that would let me stay at home with my daughter—as my previous job had allowed me to do—and work compatible hours with my husband’s schedule. But when I started looking into the Salvation Army, I came across some pretty disturbing information about the organization that not only gave me pause—but also led me to stop supporting them altogether.
Black Tuesday, not to be confused with Black Thursday, though the frenzy and pains could be similar was a key point in the Great Depression. It happened October 29, 1929 and is considered by mainly as the main start of the Great Depression. The Stock Market fell to an unprecedented low. Several people immediately lost their employment, People became fearful and disparate as they strived to keep their homes and to feed their families.
Understanding Cain’s 999 tax platform can be difficult on first glance, however once you really take a look at it, it becomes clear just how easily understandable it is. I’ve broken down each 9 of his 999 to make it completely understandable. Hopefully this will clear up any confusion around Cain’s tax plan.
I briefly talked about this in my previous post called “Crony Capitalism” if you look at the last paragraph. I’d like to talk more about this great deviation of the free market and bring to light some of the billionaire politicians in the developing countries who usually were removed from their position due to a scandal. The interesting thing about this type of government rule is that the rulers will try to raise their personal wealth and the political power of the officials without any act of honest public service.
It really is a form of economic rent. Siphoning off the resources is not that hard due to this as the income does not go do down. Usually, at the beginning some elites who have a special term for them called tenderpreneurs try to get hold of the resources for their personal gain. Anyway, lets look at some examples of rulers that have seriously abused their power. I picked two of these three because it was interesting to see how they also grew up in humble circumstances but amassed fortunes in the billions of dollars at the expense of their country’s population.
Former Indonesian President Suharto: According to Transparency International, an anti-corruption German-based NGO, he is the most self-enriching leader having allegedly stolen anywhere from $15 billion - $35 billion. His parents were of the peasant class and a lot of the attempts to prosecute him were made after his presidency.
Shortly after I moved into this area, a neighbor popped out of her apartment as I was on my way out for the day. When she asked where I was going, I replied I was going to put in some job applications. Acting like she had never heard of such a thing, she asked "Why do you want to work? Can't you get disability?" I, in turn, had never heard of such a thing, and replied that I did not have any disabilities. Stunned by that answer, she went on to ask "You mean you're not on any meds? Not anything?" I thought her questions and viewpoints were very unusual until I boarded a bus and was on the receiving-end of the same from another local person.
I have been in this city for more than nine years. I have not met anyone over age thirty-five who is not carrying at least one dx (diagnosis), usually multiple diagnoses; and many in the younger age groups as well. While I noticed a similar trend in a city where I lived before, I have been in this particular area long enough to see there is something very, very wrong.
Have you ever longed for the benefits of open space yet knew you would never have it, simply due to your own love of city life? I know exactly how you feel. I love the city, the coffee shops, the lights dancing off the lake, I even love the ongoing traffic sounds. In fact I would probably be lost without them. I also love the idea of my own fresh vegies and my own hands digging in fresh soil and now I can have both and so can you.
Political debate comes to Atlanta Georgia, it’ll be available to watch on CNN so make sure that you set aside some time so that you don’t miss the excitement of this debate. This debate is hosted in part by the Georgia Republican party and will be running during the weeks prior to Tuesday march 6, 2012. The Georgia GOP is hoping that this debate can help push candidates into the primaries.
Presently, Ron Paul is presently fourth in the race for the Republican nomination. His Libertarian views have set him apart from mainstream politicians and have found a strong following both within and without the Republican party.
And we just found out now…why?
Parents across America should be outraged. Johnson and Johnson are only now trying to remove toxic chemicals out of their popular “no more tears baby shampoo”. Sorry Johnson and Johnson, I’m afraid I may have a few tears.
Do you remember this shampoo? I believe babies and small children have used their special no more tears formula for decades upon decades. In fact I currently have their baby oil in my bathroom, which will be in my trashcan very shortly.
Mondragon workers handle economic difficulties by taking turns stepping back. Instead of just laying off thousands of workers forever, workers are selected by lottery to step back temporarily, receiving partial pay. If things get better within a year, they return to work with everyone else. If the situation has not improved, they go to back to full-time at the end of the year and another set of workers steps back.
The basic goal of the fair trade movement is to ensure that all workers receive a living wage and are treated with dignity and humanity. What better way to achieve this goal than through giving them ownership of the companies they work for?
Partial ownership is basically symbolic, and will not achieve the core goals of economic justice and sustainability. Companies need to be owned 100% by the people who work for them, and managed through the most democratic and horizontal process possible, such as the General Assembly consensus-based approach.
If you ask any random person about nuclear accidents and disasters, you will probably hear just three place names: Three-Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima. This could easily give the impression that these have been the only nuclear accidents, and I have even seen that used as an argument for the safety and environmental sustainability of nuclear energy, but that is far from being the case.