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Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver- tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change. http://www.takepart.com/merchants-of-doubt

Thread: Matt Holck is a dead beat
[-] 2 points by MattHolck0 (2674) 4 hours ago

careful, i suffer from empathy

Thread: Rent **Rape**!
[-] 3 points by mdonelly (53) from Mineola, NY 4 hours ago

I can empathize with both you and elf to some extent. Having been a landlord (not by choice) at my Mom's home, after she moved to FL, and having rented myself, I would not want to do either! It's no fun when your tennant chooses not to pay his rent, but hangs out in bars constantly, or chooses to use his money to support his coke habit. And it sucks when, after you have paid the rent on time and have taken care of the place, that you can't get your deposit back. I know.

The main problem lies in the growing 'corporate control' of the housing market, and a government that is unreponsive to the people.

Thread: Matt Holck is a dead beat
[-] 1 points by MattHolck0 (2674) 4 hours ago

employment is socially restrictive unless you converse with dishes

Thread: Matt Holck is a dead beat
[-] 4 points by lugano (603) 5 hours ago

"'Paid-what-you’re-worth' Is a Dangerous Myth" by Robert Reich - (and it's) ''A fundamentally misleading meritocracy myth.'' http://www.nationofchange.org/paid-what-you-re-worth-myth-1394803915 I think that you'll find that interesting. Extract =

''Fifty years ago, when General Motors was the largest employer in America, the typical GM worker got paid $35 an hour in today’s dollars. Today, America’s largest employer is Walmart, and the typical Walmart workers earns $8.80 an hour.

''The reason Wall Street bankers got fat paychecks plus a total of $26.7 billion in bonuses last year wasn’t because they worked so much harder or were so much more clever or insightful than most other Americans. They cleaned up because they happen to work in institutions — big Wall Street banks — that hold a privileged place in the American political economy.

''And why, exactly, do these institutions continue to have such privileges? Why hasn’t Congress used the antitrust laws to cut them down to size so they’re not too big to fail, or at least taxed away their hidden subsidy (which, after all, results from their taxpayer-financed bailout)?''

Thread: Matt Holck is a dead beat
[-] 3 points by lugano (603) 5 hours ago

M@tty, elf's reply above is for you and us all. I agree with what she says and would add that the simple act of growing things - fruit, vegetables or flowers.... can connect us to what is real, true and beautiful in this world - like no temporary wage-slave contract ever can. You don't have a garden or land? Fk it! Just go seed and plant and tend and nurture publicland and verges and do try to let people see you do it and share the produce and give it away. + fyi: http://www.guerrillagardening.org/ggtips.html Good Luck Matt.

Thread: Rent **Rape**!
[-] 2 points by elf3 (3397) 6 hours ago

What the hell kind of tenants are you renting to? Are they punk rockers or skinheads? Your screening process may need work.

Books on honing intuition could be helpful to you.

The Rich do NOT have indemnity! We who will watch and wait, never wither and await with patience to collect, obliterate and redistribute their essence!! One needs a working conscience in order for it to be "clear" but quite often, the 0.01% are psychopathic parasites! + ''Beyond Neoliberal Miseducation'', by Henry Giroux... http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/22548-henry-giroux-beyond-neoliberal-miseducation .

Yes. Corporations and the rich control what we view, read, and get politically, and they have indemnity and clear conscience of divine right

http://www.nationofchange.org/2015/03/26/the-koch-brothers-campaign-against-epa-climate-safeguards-is-in-your-newspaper/

Thread: Matt Holck is a dead beat
[-] 3 points by elf3 (3397) 6 hours ago

Agree too many people feel like this economy is a reflection on themselves and a failure to thrive. You aren't alone...my husband was depressed and ready to string himself up when he lost his job ...he can't shake that feeling like he is inferior ...he had to settle for back breaking stuff that frankly is just as hopeless...but you are smart and you have skills Matt...and the we're all getting tired of living this way. It is a matter of time before the worm turns...it is gonna get better. Don't lose hope.

Not a matter of if you will be out of work but when. Times have changed and we are all going through it. When the next round of layoffs start...there will be openings for others to get in..." job sharing"

"Rarely have so few imposed such damage on so many. When five conservative members of the Supreme Court handed for-profit corporations the right to secretly flood political campaigns with tidal waves of cash on the eve of an election, they moved America closer to outright plutocracy, where political power derived from wealth is devoted to the protection of wealth. It is now official: Just as they have adorned our athletic stadiums and multiple places of public assembly with their logos, corporations can officially put their brand on the government of the United States as well as the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the fifty states." - from your great link from the ever excellent Bill Moyers.

Also consider http://www.robinhoodtax.org/ + wtf is it with the use of this "rape" word?Just sayin'!

Thread: Rent **Rape**!
[-] 2 points by elf3 (3397) 6 hours ago

You said it yourself the current system is going to sink. It isn't working. So rather than hop on board...we all need to hop off.

Thread: Matt Holck is a dead beat
[-] 3 points by lugano (603) 6 hours ago

Fyi http://antiwar.com/ and we value your Anti-War voice here Matty. Also would volunteering help your job search, skills and opportunities? If you think possibly so and agree that unemployment can be very socially isolating, then fyi... http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/index.jsp?r=msa&l=92199 and also: http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/cob/volunteer.html and http://www.sandiego.gov/volunteer-program/ + http://sandiegofoodbank.org/volunteer/ Spring has sprung. Summer on its way.Good luck& Matt Holck is NOT a "deadbeat", he cares about the world. He loves and is loved. He's a 100% human.

Thread: Matt Holck is a dead beat
[-] 4 points by elf3 (3397) 7 hours ago

Until people have time to fight ...they will be too busy working three jobs to pay rent. This issue relates directly to why people aren't protesting war. Keep the masses busy. That is working for them. I don't think poor people are deadbeats...I was mocking Shule.

Thread: Rent **Rape**!
[-] 3 points by elf3 (3397) 7 hours ago

I also spent years in food retail washing the food off rich people and( sexist pigs who confuse me with a stripper)'s plates and wiping lipstick from their wives' mugs. Working your way to secretary takes years of getting your hands dirty. And then you get your soul dirty by dealing with the sexist attitudes like yours who assume I got by on life with my pretty face and file my nails for a living. Men telling me to smile for them. Feeling like something halfway between a concubine and servant. While assholes in their brand new expensive giant gas guzzling tax write- off trucks who only show up on the roads when their winter unemployment runs out cut me off and tailgait me to work.

I'm a painter and I'm good at it. Our culture is drowning out the artists. Netflix and Disney have become high art now. I'm doing what I can to preserve something meaningful out of this pile of garbage being created. I don't care about having lots of stuff. I'm just trying to survive so I can have time to paint. Time is the commodity furthest out of reach for all of us now. Even with all the sacrifices and living simply almost impossible. We will spend our lives working and enjoying it very little. I think we could do things better. I think we need to stop living the way wall street is forcing us to. I, m breaking the shoelace. The more who join me...the better things will be. Don't sink down to survive in this system ...change the system. Human beings were not made to live this way. Free range humans...as opposed to factory farmed, in cages, with no real choices. Sure a pallet of choices granted by wall street ....we take which one is best out of the options they give us ( called choice blindness) we just don't realize the lack of choice to choose something not given. Real estate brokering being one of their options. No thanks! Inexpensive housing is the key to time and freedom from the grind!

Thread: Matt Holck is a dead beat
[-] 2 points by MattHolck0 (2674) 7 hours ago

By the way you are working the same section 8 as the people you like to insult. You do it and it is fair to take advantage of the offerings...the poor do it and they are deadbeats. Double standard? And it actually gets you permanently off the grind while it traps them on it. The rich are benefiting far more from section 8 than the poor. Fixing supply and creating demand so people are forced on section 8 ..

Thread: Rent **Rape**!
[-] 3 points by elf3 (3397) 7 hours ago

So when the rich practice survival of the fittest they are being smart...when the poor do it you consider them deadbeats. By the way you are working the same section 8 as the people you like to insult. You do it and it is fair to take advantage of the offerings...the poor do it and they are deadbeats. Double standard? And it actually gets you permanently off the grind while it traps them on it. The rich are benefiting far more from section 8 than the poor. Fixing supply and creating demand so people are forced on section 8 ...then somehow convincing government that they should pay you what the market will bare ...except the market is being manipulated by rich investors who are all getting in on this. If they would get out ...prices would fall and section 8 wouldn't be such a dire need. Again forcing reliance on a program from which they benefit from...rich investors drive up price...then get the government to subsidize the inflated rates. It is a landlord bailout. Because somehow...you do people such a great service...like all the " job providers" who monopolize entrepreneurship and lock us all into employeeship by fixing our markets via manipulation and law ( bribing politicians). Actually you are locking people out of homeownership and turning housing into vulture market.

Thread: Matt Holck is a dead beat
[-] 2 points by MattHolck0 (2674) 7 hours ago

Matt got tired of seeing the word rape misused

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Thread: Rent **Rape**!
[-] 2 points by agkaiser (1423) from Fredericksburg, TX 10 hours ago

It costs $50 to $60 thousand/year to jail the "deadbeats." You could disappear them by giving them 1/3 to 1/2 of that.

That would pay for the even greater number of homeless children too. Then we wouldn't have the even greater expense of jailing the kids.

Thread: Rent **Rape**!
[-] -1 points by Shule (2402) 13 hours ago

Deadbeats don't need housing. They need jail time.

Thread: Rent **Rape**!
[-] 1 points by Shule (2402) 13 hours ago

Why do you not try getting into real estate?

Or is it that you don't want to get your pretty office kept hands from getting dirty?

Landlords help the poor by giving them places to live which they cannot otherwise afford. So don't give me that guilt trip rhetoric.

Thread: Rent **Rape**!
[-] 1 points by Shule (2402) 13 hours ago

You're not in reality. Yes one does not pay taxes on real estate improvements, but the principle the landlord still pays for. When a tenant decides to trash a place typical landlord out of pocket fix up cost is usually $20,000 to $30,000. The tenants' measly deposit hardly covers it.

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