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⇧ Indianapolis: First US City to Pass a Homeless Bill of Rights Measure
We fully support this trend.
Growing number of city councils consider legislation as state lawmakers eye proposals to end criminalization of homeless
Indianapolis became the first U.S. city to pass a Homeless Bill of Rights measure this week — the latest success for a national campaign to end criminalization of the homeless.
⇧ The Public Bank Solution to Government Debt and Budget Shortfalls - YouTube
We've been strong supporters of Ellen Brown's efforts for many years now. We think we jumped into it at about her third article on the subject way back when.
We've quibbled over the bail-in aspect a bit over the years; but even though we don't see it as enforceable in the US, that's a non-lawyer opinion on our part and, regardless, doesn't eliminate the risk in any case. We've also quibbled over the semantics of "fractional-reserve banking" in the US; but again, it's not an operative issue in terms of whether or not Ellen is right that public banking is vastly superior to private-only banking. Public banking is exactly as she's represented it. It would be vastly better for the entire nation.
In fact, we've advocated for going much further than Ellen; but our position would come up against more obstacles, as it doesn't cause the local private-only banks to survive as we know them.
To use Ellen's language, it will take a much greater catastrophe before the people will see more light on the subject.
Ellen Brown speech from January 31, 2015 at the Banking on Colorado Conference in Denver, Colorado. She spoke on some of the problems associated with out current banking model and discussed the benefits of a public bank solution.
Ellen Brown is the founder of the Public Banking Institute and the author of a dozen books and hundreds of articles. She developed her research skills as an attorney practicing civil litigation in Los Angeles. In the best-selling Web of Debt, she turned those skills to an analysis of the Federal Reserve and "the money trust." She showed how this private cartel has usurped the power to create money from the people themselves, and how we the people can get it back.
In The Public Bank Solution, the 2013 sequel, she traces the evolution of two banking models that have competed historically, public and private; and explores contemporary public banking systems globally.
Visit (and support if you are able) the Public Banking Institute: https://www.publicbankinginstitute.org/
⇧ Report: Solar Will Dominate World Energy Supply in Just 15 Years | Alternet
This is a rather "charged" article (pun intended) that we'd ordinarily steer clear of (yes, there are electric cars, so it too is a pun), but it is so loaded (we would say flowing but didn't want to overdo it) with info that we felt compelled to include it.
We've referred before to batteries as being the big thing in solar, and so they are. Enjoy:
Deutsche Bank has produced a 175 page report that will have the Koch bros and their bought and paid for minions as well as every oil, coal and natural gas company weeping in their Chevas Regal or Glenfiddich.
The report suggests that solar generated energy will be the dominant source of energy worldwide within the next 15 years. Not only that, but the solar industry will generate $5 trillion in revenue in that time while displacing fossil fuels. Ohhh...I LOVE it!!
We really are in favor of completely phasing out carbon burning for electrical-energy creation and the sooner the better. Even though bleeding-edge nuclear-power plants are vastly safer and generate much less waste, we don't want to go in that direction either if solar can do the job with less risk over all.
We also want to point out that wind will benefit from new battery-storage technology too!
And we haven't even mentioned geothermal, tidal, wave, and other generating methods.
⇧ China prints 3D houses: Districts of luxury villas to appear at push of button? - YouTube
3D printing promises to revolutionize the world we live in, and the technology is moving fast. We've already seen 3D photos, scientific materials, artificial limbs and even food and weapons printed to order. But China, known for its far-reaching ambitions, has taking things to whole new level.
The finish leaves much to be desired, but it's a start.