Making Homeowners Homeless via Property Taxes

(Note: the Video Weekends are currently stalled because of my relocation — in the worst case this blog may pause for some weeks while I lack both time and Internet access)

Have you been mulling over a wealth tax? Are you aware of the wrong kind of wealth tax that has long been in place, not to take back from the thieving rich but to ravage people’s shelter from the elements? Listen to this report video and read my comments below:

$600M Property Tax Overcharge Is Eroding Detroit’s Black Homeownership ~ The Real News Network (Jan 16, 2020)

Comments:

While Detroit hit municipal bankruptcy (as other cities will), it is not the only place where property taxes strangle people who oh-so-facetiously claim to need a roof over their heads. It is really terrible how we American people get gouged and mauled from the top (the rich in cahoots with their political puppets). We try hard to escape some of the rentier gouging by getting to own our homes, but the money lords’ banks often demand about twice the homes’ alleged prices in pay when we take a mortgage (because the interests and compound interests can double the price of the loan the banks make possible with money made by them out of thin air). In addition, the banks play games like stock-market-gambling subprime mortgages and also illegitimate foreclosings on people who did make their mortgage payments on time. And communal governments also ravage us even when we finally DO own our homes. Even then we can get evicted and foreclosed, having our home and entire life’s savings taken away in one big swoop “justified” with property taxes that should not be imposed on people’s homes any more than on the air we breathe.

Imagine toiling all your life to own a home so that when you become too old and sick to pay rent you think you will be safe from having paid off your mortgage and escaped bank foreclosure. But then the local town government forecloses on you because you can’t pay its willy-nilly-rated and even inflated property taxes when you cannot earn an income anymore. Honest property tax should be imposed on luxury property only, such as huge private lands, private jets, fleets of giant luxury yachts, and excessive Wall Street stocks. We should get excessive wealth taxed, not people’s shelters from the elements.

And regard the amazing 18% interest rate a town government imposes on tax payment lag at an age where we working people are lucky if we get a mere 1.2% interests on savings (while paying a cash advance interest rate of 36% to a credit card baron). Holy moly! Maybe we need a new inequality term called “money market inequality”, where the money-gambling banksters and other rich creeps and their political puppets can gouge people at 18% interest rates or 36% (or even a lot more*) while people who have to toil for their living can’t even get 2% on any penny-pinching savings if they manage to scrape away some savings at all in this institutionalized inequality system.

* What’s a lot more? Full payment on payday loans is due on the borrower’s next payday, which typically is around two weeks. Payday lenders usually charge interest of $15-$20 for every $100 borrowed (within those 2 weeks!!!). Calculated on an annual percentage rate basis (APR) – the same as is used for credit cards, mortgages, auto loans, etc. – that APR based on late repays then ranges from 391% to more than 521% for payday loans, making desperate poor working people pay the highest loan interests of all — insanely high rates of having to pay back more than five times what you borrowed in some cases! (one info source: https://www.thebalance.com/average-credit-card-interest-rate-4772408 )

We definitely need a proper wealth tax that recovers the accumulated loot of the rich thieves in human society, not home property taxes that steal even more from common people into the pockets of the super rich. Huge systemic inequality is like cancer in human societies. We should all be opposed to it and get rid of it. If any rich person read this, I ask you to look in the mirror while you mull over it.

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Wakeful Video Weekend 2021-04-25 (11 videos + 3 clips)

This week: mostly capitalism, esp. financial capitalism and bad vs healthy culture. Also Medicare for All.

Not coming across numerous good new videos on commonly good channels, I did some hard online searching and thus discovered two new channels (Sustainable Human and JENerational Change). Several neat videos from these channels are shared here today.

Stars & channels: Sustainable Human (Chris Hedges, Jon Stewart, Stephanie Kelton, Jon Jondai, Paul Piff), Democracy At Work (Richard Wolff & Marcelo Vieta), The Jimmy Dore Show, The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow (and Richard Wolff), DiEM25 (Yanis Varoufakis), JENerational Change

Topics:

  1. The Cult Of Crazy Self (by Chris Hedges) ***
  2. Destroying the World and Making Lives Harder and Harder vs Returning to Normal Lives **
  3. How Big Wealth Makes People Bad (by Paul Piff) **
  4. Learning from Argentina How to Rescue Jobs ***
  5. Government Dishonesty Regarding COVID-19
  6. Need to Change Our Economic Mentality
  7. Labor vs Profits, Better Lives vs Richer Lords
  8. Lives Built on Sand (by Jon Stewart) *
  9. Real Wealth vs Debt-Based Money *
  10. Financial Feudalism (by Yanis Varoufakis)
  11. Medicare For All – Pushing Back Against the Private Health Insurances’ Propaganda & Lies

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Wakeful Video Weekend 2021-04-18 (11 videos)

Informative, thoughtful (and shocking!) videos from this week with added written information. Main issues: pandemic, thievish oligarchy, war crimes, people’s party.

Stars & channels: Richard Wolff (Democracy At Work), On Contact (Chris Hedges, William I. Robinson, Richard Wolff), New Economic Thinking (Morris Pearl ), Al Jazeera English, CGTN America, Channel 4 News, BBC News, Ralph Nader Radio Hour, The People’s Party

Topics:

  1. The Global Corporatist Police State **
  2. The Anti-Social Anti-Democratic Setup of Capitalism **
  3. Where the Stimulus/Rescue Money Comes from and Goes To **
  4. A Little Moral Awakening Among a Few Millionaires
  5. World: Political/Economic & Pandemic Chaos in Peru
  6. COVID Spike in India Related to Ignoring Safety Measures
  7. Dying Veteran’s Strong Letter to Bush & Cheney **
  8. People’s Party National Call This Week: You May Apply as Candidate *

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Wakeful Video Weekend 2021-02-28 (14 videos)

Another week’s collection of best videos found. Main issues: the Texas crisis plus the People’s Party, censorship, propaganda, inequity.

Stars & channels: The People’s Party (esp. Nick Brana and Carla Welch), Richard Wolff (Democracy At Work), Democracy Now!, Nick Brana & Lee Camp (Redacted Tonight), redfish, The Jimmy Dore Show, Honest Government Ad (thejuicemedia), The Real News Network, Richard Wolff on The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow, Noam Chomsky on theAnalysis-news, Richard Cordray on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour

Topics:

  1. People’s Party National Call 2021-02-18
  2. Predatory Deregulation in Texas Hitting People With Thousands of Dollars per Day of Electricity
  3. Max Blumenthal on Bill Gates, COVID Vaccines, Privatized Public Healthcare, Mass Media Control
  4. Slavery, Feudalism, and The Capitalism We Have Had Since
  5. People’s Party Update
  6. Fascist Infiltration in the Deep State
  7. Censorship and Brainwashing of the Public
  8. Global Censorship (example: Twitter)
  9. Australian Latest Oligarchy’s Propaganda MSM Boost and Indipendent Media Squeeze
  10. Police Against Accountability and For Profit
  11. Texas Proves that the Private Sector is NOT Better than Government
  12. Doubled Rich, Flat Poor
  13. Interesting Conversation with Noam Chomsky
  14. Ralph Nader Radio Hour on Robbery by Financial Institutions
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Wakeful Video Weekend 2021-02-14 (16 videos)

Summary: Insights on our Economy and Oligarchy and worthwhile data and thoughts about COVID-19.

Stars and channels: Richard Wolff (Democracy At Work), Max Blumenthal on the The Jimmy Dore Show, Eleanor Goldfield interviewed by Chris Hedges (On Contact), Erica Payne (founder of “Patriotic Millionaires”) interviewed on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour, Medlife Crisis, Motivation Madness, Sam Bailey, The Real News Network, Noam Chomsky, The Grayzone, The Laura Flanders Show, and more.

Topics:

  1. Insightful Economic News & Documentary (Richard Wolff)
  2. Comedic Movie Office Space Reviewed Regarding our Workplace Alienation
  3. Why The Money Flood of 2008 and 2020 Did NOT Cause Inflation nor an Economic Boost
  4. Insights: Oligarchy, Calamities, Deflected People, Capitol Storm, U.S. vs China…
  5. Our Corporatist Neo-Feudalism Becoming Ever More Out in the Open
  6. Some Insights on West Virginia
  7. “Patriotic Millionaires” Org Proposing Rich Tax
  8. Rational Middle Ground of COVID Opinions
  9. Rational Thoughts and Insights on COVID
  10. COVID-19 Deaths Possibly Exaggerated? And why Different in Different Countries?
  11. Richard Wolff on The Real Reason Why Lockdowns against Covid-19 are Opposed
  12. Worker Co-Ops Dealing with Pandemic (Saving Businesses and Jobs)
  13. Neoliberal Plague: Noam Chomsky Comparing Corona to Polio…
  14. World: Ecuador – People Standing Up When Squeezed to Much
  15. Growing Social Unrest in the U.S.
  16. Thoughts on an Economy for the Many not Just the Few
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Quick Sharp Analysis of the GameStop vs Hedge Fund Fight

To make it short but precise and easy to read, I split this article into a sequence of short pieces describing how things work and what happened and how the stock market could be repaired to work for all of us rather than constantly rob most of us:

1. Stock Market

Capitalism was accepted as an improvement from feudalism. Big things would no longer depend on stiff lords born at the top society’s hierarchy but could instead be started by anyone, if it could be financed. However, people born rich might not finance it. Big money lenders might neither. Nor governments if they even had money to spend. Stock markets were invented as a kind of crowd funding in a capitalist market, not as free benign donations but potentially profitable investments by which investors could own a share of the business they co-founded. Theoretically making us all profit earning members of the economy if we could all manage to buy shares. In reality, however, only rich and well off people can, while the rest of us must toil and struggle to survive in underpaid labor, with neither time nor money to dive into the stock market which soon became a kind of casino for the upper class, the shares of companies usually called stocks rather than casino chips.

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Wakeful Video Weekend 2021-01-10 (27 videos)

Contents: trouble and need+fight for change, especially centered around #ForceTheVote, Storming the Capitol, and the People’s Party.

Stars and channels: RichardDWolff, The Jimmy Dore Show, Unapologetic, Henry George School of Social Science, Democracy At Work, Chris Hedges (Deep Green Resistance), Ron Placone, The Hill, DW News, ABC News (Australia), The World, Democracy Now!, Second Thought, Ralph Nader, Kim Iversen, Nick Brana (Movement for a People’s Party)

Topics:

  1. TOP Videos: Fight for Change, The Sleeping Giant has Awoken
  2. This Week’s Storming of the Capitol
  3. U.S. Elections
  4. Corrupt Politics: Pelosi Re-Appointed to House Speaker, #ForceTheVote Blocked By Fake-Progressives
  5. The Real Role of the D Party
  6. Economy: Money Game to Increase the Inequality
  7. Free Press: The Julian Assange Case (currently not extradited)
  8. U.S. Prisons are for Profit and have Medieval Style
  9. People’s Party

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Wakeful Video Weekend 2020-10-11 (22 videos)

If you lack time to discover many top level meaningful videos about major events, problems, and solutions, here is a weekly share for you to check and share onward. Major issues this time: corruption of the ‘elite’ and amazing castle-like low cost homes we can build for ourselves.

Stars & channels: FIREBREATHINROB, The Jimmy Dore Show, The World According to Jesse, On Contact with Chris Hedges & Craig Murray, Andrew Yang, GBH Forum Network, Movement for a People’s Party, Exploring Alternatives, STORYHIVE, Seedpod Permaculture, The Upside of Downsizing, packymck, Tyra Arraj

Topics:

  1. Cool Interview of Jerry Perez of the People’s Party (Warning: badly handled video volume)
  2. Serfs vs King Bezos
  3. Lengthy Video Pointing out Fake Green Activism (Green Washing of Oligarchs)
  4. Andrew Yang & Saagar Enjeti Discussing Corporatism and Corrupt Politics and Media
  5. The Shift: Capitalism is Financial Feudalism
  6. CIA Spying on Americans & Attempting Murder of Journalists
  7. Why Only 1/2 Americans Vote!
  8. Bad Biden (on Green New Deal)
  9. Sad Bernie (Microsocopic Audience for a Rally Attempt for Corrupt Biden)
  10. Voter Shaming Well Criticized
  11. Jesse Ventura on Lifelong King-Like Supreme Judges & R. Wolff on Capitalism’s Corona Failure
  12. Saving Soil to Save the Climate
  13. Kangaroo Court on Assange: Decisions made before the Hearings
  14. People’s Party: This Week’s National Call
  15. Cob (Adobe) Low Cost, Durable, and Apparently NOT Only in Deserts
  16. Some more info on Cob (Adobe)
  17. Mixing Cob with a Cement Mixer
  18. Shredding Straw for the “Cob”
  19. The Footing of “Cob” without Machine Help
  20. Resurrecting Proper Human Life by Building Away from the Financial Housing Trap
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Wakeful Video Weekend 2020-09-06 (19 videos)

(incl. the People’s Convention)

If you lack time to discover many top level meaningful videos about major events, problems, and solutions, here is a weekly share for you to check and share onward. Major one: the People’s Convention! (but many other insightful ones, as well)

Stars & channels: Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Chris Hedges, Ron Placone, Niko House, Scott Santens, Jesse Ventura, Jimmy Dore, Tim Black, Medea Benjamin (from Code Pink), Nick Brana, Marianne Williamson, Cornell West, and Nina Turner (and more) during the People’s Convention; plus Shadow Check with Steve Scott, Ralph Nader Radio Hour, Jesse Ventura, The Jimmy Dore Show, The Real News Network, John Pilger, Yanis Varoufakis, Richard Wolff talking with Chris Hedges (Democracy At Work), Harriet Fraad, Movement for a People’s Party, …

Topics:

  1. The People’s Convention
  2. Whatever Happened To The Idea Of The Common Good?
  3. A Different Way to Handle COVID-19
  4. Jesse Ventura on Corruption, Globalism, Present, Future & Nuclear Power
  5. The Purpose of Fascism
  6. Economics: Gold Investment Only Good For Experts
  7. Jimmy Dore Slamming the DNC
  8. Social-Media & Google Protected Ruling Class
  9. Worker-Based (Democratized) Economic System
  10. The Oh-So Deserving Rich Funded by Our Taxes
  11. Problematic Policing (set up to enforce inequality rather than protect people)
  12. Trump Openly Planning Election Invalidity
  13. Some Insights from Britain on Neoliberal Oligarchy (of Psychopaths)
  14. Angrynomics (Mark Blyth addressing the corruption and world-wide fury)
  15. The Julian Assange SHAM Trial and Corrupt R&D-Party Alliance
  16. Financial Capitalism’s Monopolized Oligarchy’s Shackles on Life
  17. Economic Update: Predatory Global Capitalism and America Getting Raided
  18. Mindset: Why do 38% of Americans support Donald Trump? (Part 2)
  19. This Week’s People Party’s National Call (building more hubs)

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1. The People’s Convention

Rise up America against the global oligarchy, against today’s utterly cruel King George served gleefully by both the Republican and “Democratic” Party!

The Peoples Convention 2020 ~ Movement for a People’s Party (Aug 30, 2020)

Presented Albert Einstein quote: The world is a dangerous place not because of those who do evil but because of those who look on and do nothing. (I would add “about it” because of authoritarian slave-minds who think that engaging in politics is “doing nothing” a.k.a. wasting your time. They totally overlook that cases of the government serving its people were ALWAYS achieved through politics pushed by the people. Without that there would be no Social Security, no Unemployment Insurance, and many more often critically needful things. If one refrains from participating in pushing for such things, one does indeed become an accomplice of the evil that ruins so many of our lives.) — Actually, according to brainyquote.com, Einstein really said: “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” (I always considered him intelligent. So, that fits.)

I especially loved the speech by Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap and right after that Chris Hedges’ speech (and then Lauren Ashcraft!

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Wakeful Video Weekend 2019-11-30 (20 videos)

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. This week’s wakeful video collection starts with impressive songs dedicated to Bernie (revealing a grassroots movement) and ends with a song joining the white and brown people otherwise pitted against each other by the ruling top. In between there are amazing system analyzing and tactics exposing videos (covering both the U.S. and Latin America) such as one that exposes the deadly alliance between the oligarchs and religiously mind-warped people at the bottom, these top and bottom groups joined together to exalt themselves at an awfully utter expense to nations’ peoples humanity’s future. Also new insights on recent events and presidential candidates. And, of course, some stuff to read, too.

Stars and channels: musicians, Chris Hedges, Abby Martin (Empire Files), Krystal Ball (The Hill), The Grayzone, Michael Brooks, Kyle Kulinski (Secular Talk), Jamarl Thomas (revealing why many elderly Blacks support Biden), Democracy Now!, The Real News Network, Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK, Inti Illimani and Quilapayun…

Topics:

  1. Bernie Songs ***
  2. The Deadly Alliance ***
  3. Hedge Funds Betting on the Coming Recession, Undermined Unions vs Strikes, … **
  4. Why Some of the Establishment Opposes its Own Member (Trump)
  5. Corruptician Crookery
  6. Candidates (Fake Progressive Warren, Tulsi vs Harris, Biden, Trump)
  7. Murderous Presidents in Power
  8. Mindset **
  9. Bolivian Coup: Visiting Bolivia to Find Out
  10. Brazil Update
  11. When White & Brown Join

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