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Forum Post: The New Colonization of America - Landlord Nation

Posted 3 months ago on Feb. 23, 2019, 6:59 p.m. EST by elf3 (4062)
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https://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2019/02/19/rents-soar-boston-low-income-tenants-try-stave-off-eviction/QddCq1bLrV3JQhaFTzYnGP/story.html

So what can we as a people do? We can limit the number of landlords in our cities. We can demand rent control. We can charge commercial tax rates on commercial landlords and non-owner occupied dwellings. This isn't rocket science. Get the landlords out - condoize and create ownership and get actual owners back into single family homes instead of flippers, air b&b'ers, and profiteers. Housing is a fundamental need and human right. IT IS THE ECONOMY. When a person's entire income is going to housing there is little left for other needs. On top of stagflated wages that have far from kept up with this new shark housing market it is impossible for average people to live. Even worse landlords claim they provide this wonderful service when in actuality they hoarde housing, drive up rates, and worst of all receive taxpayer subsidies to meet their extortion. Beyond this how many foreign multi-national corps, Saudi businessmen, and wealthy Chinese leaders are in on the game? Coming here and gobbling up everything they can so they can rent it back to our citizens at extreme rates - price setting, creating land scarcity. This is more than unpatriotic it is colonization by the one percent elite. It must stop for our country to get back to the equality opportunity we once enjoyed.

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[-] 2 points by agkaiser (2290) from Fredericksburg, TX 3 months ago

Landlords are a subset of real estate speculators, who are a subset of the FIRE sector. All and more are parasites that afflict the human race and threaten our survival.

The list is very long. Abstract [those that produce no material goods or services] for profit enterprises harm every aspect of life!

Many that do produce real goods and services are parasitic and must be done, if at all, on a non-profit basis, of, by and for the people:

For Profit threats in order of severity:

1) Finance, Insurance and Real Estate. - the banksters and Wall St. parasites are the greatest threat the human race has ever faced.

2) For profit Medicine and pharmaceuticals.

3) For profit Energy

4) For profit communications. Includes the Tower of Babel that the monetized internet has devolved to as well as exaggerated intellectual property monopolizations and extractions.

5) For profit mass transportation

...

[-] 2 points by elf3 (4062) 2 months ago

https://truthout.org/articles/survival-of-the-richest-all-are-equal-except-those-who-arent/

Sometimes I wonder if it is lonely at the top. At first it must be nice, escaping the average person worries, until a new kind of worry sets in; The worry that there are so few of the one percent and so so many broke, fed up, struggling and desperate people. The realization that the list is so short that anyone can find out who these one percent are and how money just makes people do evil things (ha they should know). Ah to be a Walton or Koch, or Bezos, or rich connected toady packing that bunker and their bug-out bags full of emergency food and weapons bullet proof vehicles and it just never ends. You couldn't pay me all the money in the world to be one of the one percent people who have THE ENTIRE WORLD'S MONEY. Just a frightening concept to even imagine it.

The worse this inequality gets, the more at risk the one percent put themselves at from the masses. Personally I'd rather have enough to live a simple life than to decide to horde all the money and hide in a bunker from the people I stole it from. Is it a mansion or actually just a super fancy PRISON? Or decide to take on the whole f-ing WORLD??!!! Seriously, they must actually be insane to believe themselves so insulated from the outrage and rebellion they are stoking. So strange how they seem to be oblivious and think they are so invincible and unaccountable for all this all the suffering created by catering economies to one percent billionaires that they go around waving and smiling like celebutants. The world knows exactly who they are and thanks to unregulated technology - their whereabouts- at all times-yikes!. Foreclose on a person who has nothing left to lose - how many now have there been ? Deny someone's wife cancer treatment or tell them it's pre-existing so that Bezo's money can keep earning interest on Bull Street. Take all dignity away from a person - whoa - do these CEO's still go around waving like they belong on a town homecoming float canoodling for the cameras or do they have body doubles? I sure would, but that just shows their total disconnect: They still think they are admired and worshipped while in reality...they are the embodiment of greed. So many suffering now for so many battles caused by unfettered greed. Would hate to be on the otherside of all that 99 percent last straw anger. Who wants to live that way? Don't sign me up for that kind of life I would much rather keep my simple existence!!!

[-] 1 points by agkaiser (2290) from Fredericksburg, TX 2 months ago

Monetary value is conflated with real [utilitarian] value. Similarly, unearned income has been artificially [forcefully by design] subsumed by real income.

Milton Friedman redefined earnings and wealth starting in the 1980s. He also floated the notion that all transactions should be reflected in GDP, thus inflating what we see as wealth and its creation. Creation of money creates no wealth!

The upshot is: the wealth of America is increasingly imaginary. Friedman was a fraud. Milton [and acolytes Thatcher and Reagan] is dead but, sadly, his long con lives on and pays regular dividends. Finance and interest parasitize wealth. They don't create it. We knew that before Thatcher and her lap dog Reagan worshiped at the feet of the false god Friedman. Wall Street and real estate speculation and price increases dissipate wealth. I think the Chicago School knows that but they spread propaganda to the contrary in support of the con game we call an economy in America.

Wall St is riding high on a flood of imaginary wealth while we drown in debt.

“The bottom 90% are the lucky owners of about three-quarters of the country’s household debt. Mortgages, auto loans, student loans, and credit-card debt are cumulatively at a record-high $13.5 trillion.”

And the money [imaginary wealth production] of the top 1% increases further as their investment vehicles accumulate compound interest on that cash they loan to us to support our lives.

Meanwhile real wealth production shrinks as the tokens of wealth grow. “This won’t end well” is an understatement.

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/176532/

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33714) from Coon Rapids, MN 3 months ago

In the effort to eliminate parasitism in Capitalism:

Those who do not participate with meaningful input = CEO's & Executive officers as well as Board of directors etc = NEED salary caps if not outright elimination. Profits should be capped and excess re-invested either in higher WORKER'S wages or into funding the move into clean energy and affordable housing & health care for ALL and and and and and and and and and and

[-] 2 points by elf3 (4062) 3 months ago

Meanwhile developers swarm in under the guise of servicing the public while cashing in on grants subsidies,and later section 8 subsidies to meet their extravagant rates - you name it as cities roll out the red carpet as if they are providing some sort of philanthropic service. They still don't get it - it's a business and it's a booming one at that. When will our local politicians grow the balls to charge commercial tax rates and stop catering to these blatant housing shark land stealing profiteers? They are all taking a piece of our tax money - the banks getting grants to give money to developers to build private private private extreme profits for which the banks then get interest which then the developers write off, the attorneys and non-profits providing advice to the victims getting paid grants and no-tax status with their inflated administrative salaries. It is all just sickening.

[-] 1 points by agkaiser (2290) from Fredericksburg, TX 3 months ago

for profit enterprises are a threat to survival

And as banks loan more and more money to bid up real estate prices their profits increase apace. It makes perfectly good business sense. That's why for profit enterprises are a threat to our survival.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33714) from Coon Rapids, MN 3 months ago

(edited) Organizing for action - I've been tweeting a lot of this stuff for people to pressure their representation (state & federal) to forward and to remove em from office if they do not support. GOOD GOVERNANCE NEEDS TO BE PILOTED BY THE GENERAL PUBLIC (the general public also needs good direction as to possabilities of how things can be done so much better)

Example:

Further @GovTimWalz (& @mnhouseDFL) & @NatlGovsAssoc ! You want to stimulate t economy & create new jobs & develop clean healthy industry? Then you really should b on-board with legalizing marijuana! Take a look: http://informationdistillery.com/hemp.htm WE DO NOT NEED ANOTHER TAX HIKE! https://twitter.com/DKAtoday/status/1099718018890911747

Example:

Replying to @AOC

To forward a LIVING Wage 4 ALL!

Parasitism in Capitalism MUST B Addressed!

In the effort to eliminate parasitism in Capitalism: http://occupywallst.org/forum/the-new-colonization-of-america-landlord-nation/#comment-1077019

GREED is a Mental Health issue & is at crises levels in t USA as well as elsewhere! https://twitter.com/DKAtoday/status/1099711595079450624

[-] 1 points by agkaiser (2290) from Fredericksburg, TX 2 months ago

WRITE ON!

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33714) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 months ago

(edit) Thanks

Minnesota is tentatively looking at legalizing Marijuana - with so many rock heads in office - I really don't see it happening, unless the Public demands it!

& really it is the least of the things that the Public Needs to demand!

Edit: (new tweet)

Put both legalizing Marijuana & a hike on Gas tax onto a ballot for the general Public to vote on & see which the PUBLIC supports @GovTimWalz (& @mnhouseDFL) & @NatlGovsAssoc !

Then you can stop trying to tell us what we want! https://twitter.com/DKAtoday/status/1099846788192837638

Edit #2: (new tweet)

Also @GovTimWalz (& @mnhouseDFL) & @NatlGovsAssoc !

2 forward a LIVING Wage 4 ALL!

Parasitism in Capitalism MUST B Addressed!

In t effort 2 eliminate parasitism in Capitalism: http://occupywallst.org/forum/the-new-colonization-of-america-landlord-nation/#comment-1077019

That will stimulate t economy!

NOT TAX Hikes on t general public!

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (8213) from Phoenix, AZ 2 months ago

Will you be posting in support of anyone in the Primaries this year?

[-] -1 points by grapes (5232) 3 months ago

A postal bank for everyone who wants an account with it is a good start for helping people to have a financial foundation to build upon. A non-depreciating currency is a way to help people accumulate a security cushion of financial wherewithal to buffer against the vagaries of life. Essentially labor's fruit gets stolen through government-sanctioned theft through persistent inflation. Most rich people gain wealth because they owe far more than what they own outright. Their emphasis is on accumulating conglomerates of cashflow and let the debts be decimated with the help of the government through persistent inflation. The merger and acquisition activities on Wall Street indicate the gobbling done by the rich people at times of easy credit (most often one sees a pale Jewish face in it so it's unsurprising that the Jews have historically been blamed and murdered for these financial shenanigans.)

I am not a Holocaust denier. The Holocaust or Jewish genocide occurred although the number of deaths might be somewhat murky because I probably would have messed up myself counting up to that many. Cadavers needed proper burials or cremations quickly. For me, there being an awful lot of cadavers was absolutely clear and significant numbers of them were indeed Jews. Man's inhumanity to man was on public display alright in Europe but what about in Asia where Imperial Japan had surely committed many evil crimes against humanity? Japan still downplays its past horrid crimes (against the Chinese, Koreans, Russians, Americans, Australians, New Zealanders, British, Malays, Indonesians, Polynesians, Filipinos, Vietnamese, etc.) glossing over them in its history textbooks for their children. I remember the older people who had lived through it were mostly jubilant when they talked of the unexpectedly sudden surrender of Japan upon the U.S. usage of its nuclear bombs.

There's virtually no way for most people to "climb up the economic ladder" when the government helps the financial predator cut off a bottom rung year after year. Laborers are trying to walk up a downward-going escalator. It's our so-called "Land of Opportunity" where the laborers can have the freedom to trip all over themselves on the de-escalator.

[-] 2 points by elf3 (4062) 3 months ago

Air B&B - is used to launder money. Schedule a room, book a stay exchange drugs, sex, whatever, receive money, VOILA - YOU ARE ON THE BOOKS! put it in the bank, write some checks, buy some more property, even make bank interest. (No one really actually stays but no one checks including the IRS). SOOO Why exactly is the IRS or FBI not all over this? Oh because I mean it's housing. I guess they leave all that hotcake profit alone. Best part of all you get to claim capital gains 15 percent bargain rate on it. Enjoy Criminals.

But you know what is sad our HONEST working people must shell out 2 grand a month (don't forget the 6 grand 1st last dep - which landlords like to steal by falsely claiming damages.) because all the housing has disappeared into the pockets of venture capitalist pigs of the worst kind - developers and scam artists.

[-] 1 points by agkaiser (2290) from Fredericksburg, TX 2 months ago

Landlords, billionaires, executives and the government they own. They're a small band: Fascist, Corporatist, Conservative, Neo-liberal. All are in the same narrow low energy part of the political spectrum.

[-] 1 points by elf3 (4062) 3 months ago

Colonization has been the downfall of many third world "shitholes". Unless we stop this now - Welcome to Third World America.

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 3 months ago

Condoization is not the way to fix the high-rent problem. I got my rent tripled by my landlords in two to three years due to the new landlord essentially forcing the renters to buy the living units at exorbitant prices or move out (I suspect that this new landlord's greed might have triggered the murder of an innocent but vulnerable White girl.) I tolerated the high rent for a while but I eventually moved out. There was no way to keep up with the greed of the new landlord.

There always comes a moment for what I call "reaching the escape velocity" since everything is finite except "fake money," "fake news," etc. Much Wall Street "research" report is (mostly free, of course, no different from the worm on a fish hook being free for the fish) "fake news" for manipulating the small investors to lose their money to the big investors with the inside tracks and privileged view of the future market condition by buying "total information awareness" from the Wall Street trading establishment and front-running their trading orders. Take a blunderbuss to go against a machine gun whose operator has bought the option of firing the first shots and plugging the blunderbuss. Why is Warren Buffett clamoring for people to buy U.S. stocks? Doesn't his holding company own a lot of it? Who will buy the fancy papers from him? The small fish which can bleed, of course.

Did you get paid 10%-per-annum-interest-rate convertible bonds for your money shortly after the nearly total meltdown of the global economy in 2008? Warren Buffett did. Goldman Sachs was begging for his billions of dollars of cash to shore up their finances. How did he start building his "wealth?" By discovering the automobile insurance business early. The government forced drivers to buy insurance so Warren Buffett collected their money and gave them the promise of financial protection.

It's legalized and required protection money. It rings a bit like what the Mafia would do.

The Retard-half-assed ACA (the Retards glued it to the rump of the mulatto as Obamacare) was very much in the same vein. It's human-body insurance. If you have a non-dead human body, the government will chase after you to pay the wealthy insurance people so that they give you a promise to ward off the government tax collector. When you need to collect on the promise to pay your medical bills, they deny you so your recourse becomes suing through the legal process which takes even more time and money from what you could pay towards your medical bills.

I remember seeing advertisements for medical coders touting the great demand, great benefits, great hours of work, great pay, etc. I thought to myself, "Wow! Robotic technology has finally penetrated the medical field greatly. What programming language are these medical coders using?"

The programming language called "$".

Remember "the Space Truck" that would have made cargo deliveries to low-Earth orbits cheap and frequent? It neither got cheap nor frequent but it did yield two spectacular so-called "accidents" due to hubris/coverup/negligence. Its sister-in-medicine might as well be called "the mulatto no-public-option pee-pee ACA."

Venezuela is a good model showing what the U.S. (and Red China!) are striving for -- the only significant difference being what's being mined.

Yeah, I would have gone to Venezuela for its scotch whiskey @3:58 to toss my Mom's salted chicken in it. Was it Johnnie-Walker-Black-Label or -Red-Label? It will certainly beat the Budweiser Rheingold beer in both smell and taste. I tried salted (denatured to avoid liquor taxes) vodka from Russia, where vodka is the voda (water in Russian) with a kink stuck in. Vodka conveys Russia's comparative advantage with its ample wheat harvest and abundant natural gas for distilling. Russia seems to have a perennial problem with its greed consorting with the Jews historically and then turning away in violent disgust. Venezuela's troubles originated with the Arab Oil Embargo and the formation of the OPEC oil cartel allowing it too much of a good life without choosing to invest for its longer-term financial stability and comfort. The U.S. supported the so-called "secular democratic" Jewish state of Israel in the [very important festival] Yom Kippur War (which almost triggered a global thermonuclear war between the U.S.S.R. and the U.S.) and was hit terribly by the huge rises in oil products' prices.

My orange juice of the family Sunday brunches was replaced by Tang. Then Tang disappeared. Then no more family Sunday brunches because Dad lost his job. Our home was broken into and ransacked. Mom was griping about the high groceries' prices accompanying high inflation. We so-called "escaped" for the "Law and Order," living with the gun owners, of course.

My Brother and I (who by our ancestral tradition should have taken up arms to defend our family, clan, and nation) by then had got out of our wild, wild West free-range culture of my young childhood due to our having been resettled by the government for getting these modernizing benefits: municipal water and sewer, electricity, cheap rent, close to ¡cinema!, shops, and food markets, the best public library and my elementary school (a good one already but I and my good friend, my academic arch-rival and nemesis "from a different star system," made it even more excellent in reputation) within ten-to-fifteen minutes of my walking from home (I still remember and appreciate my elementary school's principal's kindness because she who didn't know me but for my school uniform, took me in under her umbrella as it started to rain on my way walking to school.)

Intense competition between two good friends doesn't have to ruin the good friendship. It helps to have a good and solid target to better and improve upon.

Our government was so-called "socialist" alright but it likely evaded much potential gang violence and other social ills by its social betterment policy. Although we knew how to make a lot of weapons, we boys didn't graduate to owning guns, when the Arab Oil Embargo in response to the Jews settling in the Promised Land, hit us because our government had already yanked us out of the class of escalating violence. Might the B2B B2-bomber-over-Beijing Manta Ray whooshing-quietly-by incident or the cholera case just across the drainage ditch have caught our government's attention and stiffened its resolve to solve the socioeconomic problems?

I would say that no gang fights, no cholera cases, free school-based vaccinations, no more stinky chamber-pot-emptying trips to the flies-buzzing-around public toilet, no more fetching buckets of municipal water with a yoke on [soon my] shoulder to fill the cistern (my first pets the mosquito larvae lost their abode,) no gun violence, many more books, global awareness through a shortwave vacuum-tube radio and a transistor radio, Mom's having a refrigerator so as to save herself one or two daily trips to buy fresh foods from the food markets, fluorescent-tube and incandescent-heat-bulb lighting (instead of a single dim kerosine lamp that made reading difficult after sundowns,) television, telephone, clothes washer, etc. were great benefits in return for having our old neighborhood and things demolished and old friends, pubescent babysitter, neighborhood preschoolers, and other acquaintances become gone for good except in remembrance.

There were bigger and better things to come and to be done! I wasn't expecting the Yankees coming in a roadshow (I lusted after a chocolates-filled Zero fighter but I liked better the F-4 Phantom jet on the flight deck of the U.S.S. America aircraft carrier) and saying that they would be fetching Moon rocks for all of us within two years and here was their plan of how they would go about doing it while the Brits were singing, "If you wanted the Moon I would try to make a start But I would rather you let me give my heart 'To Sir, With Love'" Team USA was knighted! I always thought that it would be so, ... American not just reaching for the Moon but sweeping you off of your feet, too.

I heard of age-old legend/science fiction (analogous to the French-inspired-and-started American-finished Panama Canal; our libertine Shittoad-in-Chief is still working, pissing from waif-Battery Park at that [French] Lady of Liberty, misreading her as yet another pee-dude buddy in pootinium) from multiple cultures about going to the Moon. Yep, I followed the Moon landing live on television and saw a Moon rock, definitely not green cheese, nor salted egg yolk from a mooncake, largely on schedule "before the decade is out," as promised by the Americans. I was in Greater America so I recognized the monoliths as the multiple homomorphic manifestations of America's calling card (or Oumuamua interstellar trailer like the NASA roadshow about the Apollo-8 mission to the Moon) as they appeared many times in the Zeitraum. Walkabout's girly A.S.S. says:"You've got to go!"

From birthplace, "For the last time Pretend You are mine. My darling Kiss me goodbye." X-ina to it, "I'm leaving on a jet plane Don't know when I'll back again."

火星文 (regarding my Dad's remembrance of WWII's Laconia .. incident): 啙哋噎蒍莂,孤蓬卐裡zんěńɡ。浮紜游孖嬑,落ㄖ故魜情。