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The Bank Are Regulating Our Pay As Well

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      This seemingly innocuous downgrading of a business because of perceived concerns is a peek into another factor that keep wages where they are, and are not. When a Bank tells a company that they think their business model is paying its employees too much, what are other businesses supposed to take from that? What are people supposed to take from this? We are not numbers, no matter how hard they try to shove us in that box. We do not respond to market trends and prognostications because we are human beings with real needs. Besides, those numbers those Banks have been coming up with for the last 30 years have been anything but accurate and the next time they need a bail out, I hope we remember this kind of action that disproportionately hits the poor again.

      https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/18/chipotle-downgrade...

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      Eminent Education

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          One of my best friends is having his home and property taken from him through Eminent Domain. He is not against the move as it is for a new Elementary School. Yet the District's offer is nowhere enough to even move within the same county let alone anything near what he has now. They have a water source that was tested and the water coming out is 600 years old, before the industrial age. His wife is a naturopath and has native growth and harvestable plants on their property. So I wrote a letter to the Editor of our local paper and they didn't publish it of course. A lot of collusion in this I believe, if not then a whole bunch of muddied politics. The School board is run by a guy that is more developer than educator and it is showing in this Eminent Domain action. I am putting this up here and linking it to rally Support for the five families affected by this that have to be in court tomorrow at 9am, in downtown Everett, WA. This is not the intent of Eminent Domain, the meaning is you pay them enough to move next door if they have to.

          We have all heard the phrase before, “It’s for the children.” In the best intentions much is done with that refrain in mind. We are asked to vote on, and are taxed by, we support their extracurricular activities, and defend their rights to a fair and proper education. We even move when we are in the way of that progress, that “for our children.”

          The Everett School Board has voted 4-0, to use the very powerful and more widely used these days, Eminent Domain Process to drive property owners off of their properties. In the Eminent Domain process, you are supposed to receive fair compensation for your property that the government is condemning in order to obtain it. In the case of the Everett School District, they are using pricing measures that do not even allow these people to move next door, let alone a fair and honest evaluation. The numbers being reached by the ESD, and the property owners are far different than what the market says it should be. So in order to fight the few property owners, Eminent Domain is being used.

          Eminent domain is the exercise of the power of government to acquire private property necessary for a public use on the payment of just compensation and following due process of law. Proceedings to take property under eminent domain are referred to as “condemnation” proceedings. The property that governments may condemn includes fee title as well as lesser interests in real property, such as easements, and also “non-physical” interests such as air rights.

          Under long-standing case law, for a proposed condemnation to be determined by a court to be lawful, the condemning authority must prove that: (1) the use is really public; (2) the public interest requires it; and (3) the property appropriated is necessary for that purpose.

          Private property may not be taken for private uses, except for limited purposes authorized by article 1, section 16 of the state constitution. That section states, in part, that “Private property shall not be taken for private use, except for private ways of necessity, and for drains, flumes, or ditches on or across the lands of others for agricultural, domestic, or sanitary purposes.” Nevertheless, the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. City of New London, 545 U.S. 469 (2005), raised concerns over whether the state constitution allows local governments to exercise the power of eminent domain for economic development purposes. See The Kelo Decision and Condemnation for Economic Development.

          http://mrsc.org/Home/Explore-Topics/Legal/General-Government/Eminent-Domain.aspx

          In the midst of paperwork meant to boggle the average mind, RCW’s that may or may not pertain to your case, and all manner of double speak, they always win. To be served papers on the 7th of a month and expect a 50 plus year family property to be vacated by the 20th of that same month is ridiculous at best and flies into the face of fairness. The Everett School Board and it’s ringleader who happens to be a professional at expanding properties more than education, needs to pay up and play fair and square. Needless to say that the property is already accounted for in a rezoning that will make it worth ten times the amount they have assessed it at. So this is not only a land grab in the most blatant way, but also a money making scheme for the district in the long run. Yes, we want our kids to be taken care of, but at which cost? I think it would serve them to teach right and wrong before they teach how to make money by any means.

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          Economists Think Republicans’ Tax Numbers Are A Joke

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              "On Thursday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stepped up to the plate, promising a revenue boom that could go to deficit reduction: “We think there will be $2 trillion of growth so we think this tax plan will cut down the deficit by a trillion dollars,” he said. “That’s a large number.”

              Unfortunately for Mnuchin, hardly anyone credible believes him. The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget said the Republican tax framework released on Wednesday could add $2.2 trillion in deficit spending by handing out tax cuts “like Halloween candy.'"


              http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/09/econ...

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              EUROPEAN CAR MAKERS CONFRONT REALITY AFTER CHINA ANNOUNCEMENT

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                  CARMAKERS FACE ELECTRIC REALITY AS COMBUSTION ENGINE OUTLOOK DIMS

                  " . . . a Chinese minister said it was a question of when, not if, Beijing bans fossil-fuel cars, tightening the noose around the combustion engine. France and Britain have promised its outright abolition by 2040."

                  FRANKFURT (Reuters) - European car bosses are beginning to address the realities of mass vehicle electrification, and its consequences for jobs and profit, their minds focused by government pledges to outlaw the combustion engine.

                  As the latest such announcement on Monday by China added momentum to a push for zero-emissions motoring, Daimler (DAIGn.DE), Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) and PSA Group (PEUP.PA) gave details about their electric programs that could give policymakers some pause.

                  Planned electric Mercedes models will initially be just half as profitable as conventional alternatives, Daimler warned - forcing the group to find savings by outsourcing more component manufacturing, which may in turn threaten German jobs.

                  “In-house production is almost irrelevant to the consumer,” Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche told reporters on the eve of the Frankfurt auto show, in the midst of a German election campaign in which automotive jobs have loomed large.

                  The company set a target of saving 4 billion euros ($4.8 billion) by 2025 to help fund the cost of its electric cars.

                  “Daimler is the first company to state explicitly how much electric vehicles are going to hurt margins,” said Bernstein analyst Max Warburton. “It was brave to go first - but of course it won’t be the last.”

                  Volkswagen (VW), for its part, said it was seeking new global supplier contracts to source 50 billion euros ($60 billion) of electric car content including batteries, which are not yet manufactured competitively in Europe.

                  Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) is stepping up its shift to electric cars and plans to invest more than 20 billion euros ($24 billion) in zero-emission vehicles by 2030 to challenge pioneer Tesla (TSLA.O) in creating a mass market.

                  The world’s largest automaker by sales said on Monday it would roll out 80 new electric cars across its multi-brand group by 2025, up from a previous goal of 30, and wanted to offer an electric version of each of its 300 group models by 2030.

                  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-autoshow-frankfu..

                  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-autoshow-frankfurt-volkswagen-electri/volkswagen-spends-billions-more-on-electric-cars-in-search-for-mass-market-idUSKCN1BM296?utm_.

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                  Peaches And Climate Change: Warmer Winters Reduces Fruit Blossoms/Fruit.

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                      I read an interesting article in the Sunday edition of the AJC. It told of a historical Georgia Peach Growing family and the devastating loss of this years harvest and how the loss is directly related to Climate change. Though the family blames it on cyclical weather patter and doesn't accept the loss as evidence of Climate change, the evidence that it is related to climate change makes for a compelling read. Simply put, Peach trees, of the variety that has mad Georgia famous (Sweet Georgia Peach), require a certain amount of winter sleep, a dormant period, in order to blossom and produce fruit. Warm winters aren't conducive to trees sleeping the needed amount of hours to produce fruit. The question is, are these warm winters caused by climate change or just normal weather cycles that happen every other generation.

                      It is long, but it is also a good read.

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                      Opinion | When The Rich Said No To Getting Richer

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                          Our choice, in re tax policy reform, is either "soak the rich" or "protect individual freedom," right?


                          Of course not (though I admit to being in the "soak the rich" column if those are the choices). Can you imagine, my fellow leftists/liberals/socialists, holding up as a role model rich guy George Romney (Mitt's dad)? David Leonhardt has some interesting things to say about this--

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                          Plan To Put Bust Of Woman On US Note Now Up In The Air.

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                              Money Matters ~ Dajuan Candle

                              For years and years there has been talk of putting the bust of an American Heroine on the front of a US Bill. It has never been done --not in the modern era, Martha Washington did appear on a $1 dollar silver note in the 1800's. The most recent Treasury Administrator spoke of having a woman's face replace that of Alexander Hamilton, but with the success of the Broadway hit play "Hamilton" the decision was made to replace the image of Andrew Jackson, a non-repentant slave owner on the $20 bill. And it was further decided that the female heroine to replace him would be famed slave abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Now, this new administration has shown signs of taking a step back as to put the project on hold claiming that images on our currency aren't as important as making sure money can't be counterfeited. Well, I always thought that was one of the main reasons the currency has been changing over the last 20 years and that the female heroine change was a part of that. Perhaps I thought wrong.

                              Me thinks it is being put on hold for political reasons, just because the change was proposed while Obama was still President and Trump doesn't want anything that happened on Obama's watch to be followed through on. If so, this is really sad. All of these years talking about putting the face of a woman on just one of our bills and now, just when it is about to happen, some male that looks like all of the other images on our bills has to rethink it.

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