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The Homeless. Do We Even Look? Are You Sure?

This should leave a bit of a lump in your throat. I know it did me.   :(

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If a family member posed as a homeless person, would you recognize him or her?

That’s the question a new campaign — Make Them Visible — is asking. In a video produced by ad agency Silver + Partners and Smuggler for the New York City Rescue Mission, several people come face-to-face with their relatives and significant others dressed as homeless people. However, not a single participant recognizes their mother, brother or wife.

“There’s only one person that didn’t make it into the film — because they couldn’t handle the fact that they walked by their family,” video director Jun Diaz of Smuggler production company told Fast Company. “It happened every time.”

The jarring social experiment, staged in Tribeca and Soho near the mission’s shelter, shows just how invisible homeless people are to pedestrians on the street.

“We don’t look at them. We don’t take a second look,” Michelle Tolson, director of public relations for the New York City Rescue Mission, told The Huffington Post.

Tolson explained that the ad agency and production company hired actors for a documentary video and quietly contacted each person’s family to see if they would be interested in being apart of the social experiment. While the family members were in on the ruse, the participants had no idea they were being set up, and only learned after the fact when they watched themselves walk past their “homeless” family member.

“The experiment is a powerful reminder that the homeless are people, just like us, with one exception,” Craig Mayes, executive director of New York City Rescue Mission, said in a statement provided to HuffPost. “They are in trouble and in pain. And they are someone’s uncle or cousin or wife.”

Watch how each person reacts after the big reveal in Make Them Visible’s video above.

~Steve~

PS, The NYC Rescue Mission is a personal Charity I’ve supported for over 25 yrs. Just happened upon this vid and thought you may like it. Here is a brief bio of the joint and link for more info.   Thanks. Steve

The New York City Rescue Mission, America’s First Rescue Mission, has had the same goal since 1872: to provide hope, food, clothing and shelter to people in crisis in New York City.

Founded by Jerry and Maria McAuley, New York City Rescue Mission has been serving the city since 1872.

 http://nycrescue.org/

h/t Digg

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/23/make-them-visible-homeless-video_n_5200574.html

Gaystapo corporate intimidation at JP Morgan Chase

Gaystapo

Remember my post of 2½ months ago, on Chase Bank, in a company survey, asking its employees to declare their loyalty to LGBT? (LGBT = lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender)

Each year, JP Morgan Chase sends its employees a survey asking questions related to management and other non-controversial issues. The survey this year included, for the first time, a question asking if the employee is “An ally of the LGBT community, but not personally identifying as LGBT.”

That question is understood by some employees to be a veiled threat because the survey is not anonymous.

Here’s a follow-up that chillingly fleshes out what that survey means. Although the account below does not specifically name JP Morgan Chase, the similarities are too striking to be otherwise.

Rod Dreher writes for The American Conservative, Sept. 9, 2014, that he received a long e-mail from a reader “who works in management at a major corporation.” The email detailed “how the bureaucracy in his company is collecting more and more data on its employees at the same time it’s tightening the screws on the internal culture of diversity,” and that “traditional Christians are going deep into the closet there.”

Dreher then quotes from the reader’s email:

If you don’t sign up to be a member of the LGBT “ally” group, they notice—especially if you are (or are potentially going to be) a manager. LGBT employees need to be supported by their manager. The manager is the front line with such questions as “I need to have off next Friday because my partner is having surgery” or “do my partner and I qualify for corporate adoption benefits?” If you’re in a same-sex relationship and you don’t know if your manager is an ally, this is a very scary conversation to have. People want to know it’s safe to confide in their manager without fear of being judged.

The company needs to know which managers can be trusted to this end and which can’t. No matter how openly supportive you may be of LGBT employees, the company wants to track who identifies as an “ally” openly, and who doesn’t. If they don’t count allies and non-allies, they won’t be able to prove things are “improving” nor will they be able to target managers for further inclusion coaching. So, by making it “safer” for some employee demographics to be open about their personal lives, they’re inadvertently closeting others.

[...] The end game is as Big Brotherish [...] People need to be made aware of what’s coming. 

Dreher comments that “It doesn’t take a paranoid to see where this is going. It just takes someone who has worked for a corporation, and who has seen how powerful the phrase ‘hostile work environment’ can be.”

Dreher concludes that he doesn’t think what the “major corporation” (cough, cough, Chase Bank) is doing is “persecution” of Christians, but that “it is something. And it is real.”

The Oxford Dictionary defines “persecution” as:

  1. Hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of race or political or religious beliefs
  2. Persistent annoyance or harassment

I’m not as decorous as Dreher, and I call “PERSECUTION” what this “major corporation” (JP Morgan Chase) is doing to its employees who decline to openly declare their “loyalty” to LGBT.

H/t California Catholic Daily

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~Eowyn

Dictator Obama To Wait Until After Mid-Terms To Release Invading Horde Into America.

I’m thinking maybe we should tell him and our representatives to screw off now, and not wait till then.

Ann Coulter seems to agree. Great column below.

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President Obama now says he will wait until after the November elections to implement an “executive amnesty” for 11 million illegal aliens, so as not to hurt Democrats’ chances this year.Instead of waiting to be enraged in December, voters, could you please be enraged now? Once the holiday season kicks off, you’ll be too busy going to parties and Christmas shopping to notice that you’re suddenly living in Mexico.

Getting Obama to postpone a rancid idea isn’t something to celebrate. Yay! We did it! We forced him to delay doing something the country doesn’t want for SIX WEEKS! Every Republican candidate better be jamming Obama’s threat down the throats of their Democratic opponents.

Obama is claiming to have the powers of a dictator. Amnesty was considered by Congress, but — here’s the important thing: It didn’t pass. It only passed the Senate, with the votes of all Democrats and 14 not-bright Republicans. After that, widespread public revulsion prevented Marco Rubio’s amnesty bill from even being considered in the House.

But according to Obama, the only reason illegals haven’t already been given amnesty is that Congress is not “doing its job.”

What does Obama imagine Congress’ “job” is? Being his errand boys? Their job is to represent their districts. I promise you, House members are doing a better job representing their districts than at least a dozen senators are at representing their states — or than Obama is doing representing the country. It’s called the “People’s House” for a reason.

Noticeably, every Republican senator running for re-election this year claims to oppose amnesty — even the ones who voted for it. (Let’s hope they remember how unpopular mass immigration is when it’s time to vote, not just when they’re running.)

Obama’s base isn’t even looking for representation. We could have a 1929-level stock market crash, Obama could commit a murder on the White House lawn — and they would still support the first minority president!

Oh Please jump in the hole.

Oh Please jump in the hole.

But Obama says he can do whatever he wants on immigration because it’s “a serious issue and Congress chooses to do nothing.”

If bills became law provided only the Senate and president agreed, the Nicaraguan Contras would have been funded out of the U.S. Treasury, Reagan would have gotten his MX missiles in 1982 and the Soviet Union would have fallen five years sooner, school busing would have been eliminated without waiting for the courts to act a decade later, and most of George W. Bush’s tax cuts would have been made permanent. In all those cases, a president wanted to do something — and the Senate agreed! But the House said no, so it never happened.

Obama can’t ignore the House and make amnesty happen either. That’s why he’s talking about an “executive amnesty,” which sounds like the top-tier donation category at one of the 4 million fundraisers Obama has held since becoming president, where the dinner starts at $25,000 per couple and you might bump into Jay-Z in the men’s room. Actually, it just means Obama publicly, openly, officially stops enforcing immigration law.

Except in his own mind, Obama can’t make illegals legal. But he can direct the entire immigration apparatus of the federal government to act as if amnesty has passed. The theory is that once they’ve been treated as if they’re legal for a few years, it’s a fait accompli, and no future president will resume enforcement of the law.

Although consistent with historical practice, it’s not where the country is at all. This election is our first referendum on amnesty.

Not only do we have Obama’s promise that he’ll refuse to execute the law — it’s not as if he took some kind of oath, after all — but there’s good reason to believe him: After this election, he’s got nothing to lose. Democrats will have two years to sign up 30 million illegal immigrants for Social Security benefits, food stamps and voting cards.

There is no more important political issue than this: Republicans must take the Senate this year.

You know how much you’ve been enjoying the courts overturning state referendums prohibiting gay marriage? Get ready for a lot more of your hard-won political victories to be nullified by the courts if Republicans don’t take a Senate majority.

Remember how the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare on a 5-4 vote? Obama could have a shot at replacing another Supreme Court justice in the next two years. As a senator, he voted against both of Bush’s nominees, so he can’t very well complain if Republicans reject his loony-bird nominees.

Have you heard about the federal judge conspiring with Attorney General Eric Holder and the ACLU to bring deported illegal aliens back from Mexico? Yes, he’s bringing them back. That judge, John A. Kronstadt, can’t be impeached unless Republicans take the Senate.

With Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, Congress should just keep passing bills and sending them to the White House — or whatever golf course Obama’s on, busily not executing the law. If Obama vetoes their bills, Republicans can denounce him as a “do-nothing” president.

And keep in mind, this election will determine whether President Ted Cruz or President Mitt Romney will have a Republican Congress in 2017. They won’t — unless Republicans win every possible Senate race this year. The Senate seats up for election two years from now are not nearly as favorable to Republicans as the Senate seats up this year.

Unforced Republican errors in Delaware, Indiana, Missouri, Connecticut and West Virginia in the last few election cycles have already cost Republicans five Senate seats. (See my last book for the heart-breaking details.)

Five! Think of that! Republicans would have 50 seats in the Senate right now — maybe 51, if they could flip Sen. Joe Manchin in West Virginia — but for Republican stupidity, arrogance and narcissism. Instead of desperately hoping to win a bare majority, we would be one “wave election” away from a veto-proof majority.

Surveying the wreckage of a mere two years of a Democratic president with a Democratic Congress, all Americans should be focused like a laser beam on putting the Senate in Republican hands.

Won’t you be angry if our power-mad president grants millions of illegal immigrants “executive amnesty” on the basis of his nonexistent constitutional authority to ignore the law? The surge of needy foreigners across our Southern border, so far, will be nothing compared to what’s coming if Obama does this.

He says he will. He thinks voters are too stupid to notice.

Prove him wrong.

Hollywood job loss increased 19% in 2 years

Hollyweird

Dave McNary reports for Variety, Sept. 10, 2014, that preliminary statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show a steady erosion of jobs in the motion picture and sound industries.

Employment in those two industries has dropped to 298,000 in August — marking the first time in the past decade that the number has dropped below 300,000. To better understand the 298,000 jobs, that figure is:

  • 8% decline from a year ago when total employment in the motion picture and sound industries was 324,600 jobs.
  • 19% decline from 2 years ago when total employment was 366,300 jobs in August 2012.

Hollywood’s declining employment will continue. On Sept. 4, Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara told the studio’s 8,000 employees that layoffs were coming at every level.

The industry has been hit by a sharp decline in domestic box office, with summer business generating the poorest total in eight years. Additionally, production incentives outside the U.S. have continue to lure producers to use international locations.

The BLS stats showed that average hourly earnings of $29.20 in July for all employees and $23.71 for non-supervisory employees.

The Motion Picture Association of America’s (MPAA) statistics for 2012 — the most recent period covered by the industry group — asserted that the industry supports a total of 1.9 million direct and indirect jobs for a total of $111 billion in total wages in 2012, with the direct jobs generating $46 billion in wages, and an average salary 43% higher than the national average. “There were over 293,000 jobs in the core business of producing, marketing, manufacturing, and distributing motion pictures and television shows,” the MPAA said. “These are high quality jobs, with an average salary of $86,500, 76% higher than the average salary nationwide.

The MPAA estimates that there were nearly 360,000 jobs in related businesses that distribute motion pictures and TV shows to consumers. The “indirect” jobs include caterers, dry cleaners, florists, hardware and lumber suppliers, and digital equipment suppliers. This also includes jobs in other fields that do business with consumers, such as DVD and Blu-ray retailers and employees at theme parks and tourist attractions.

I read some of the 259 comments on this article on Variety. The comment below is representative:

Kim says:

I think folks are tired of going to the movies and having liberal agendas shoved down their throats instead of entertainment. Hollywood has alienated a huge segment of America that simply does not agree and the box office reflects that..

Bear in mind that Hollywood employment is plummeting DESPITE the 20% tax cut “the entertainment industry” has enjoyed since the 1950s.

And they want more: A bill in Sacramento will increase California’s “incentives” for Hollywood from the current $100 million to $400 million a year. (See DCG’s post on this, here.)

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~Eowyn

Seattle City Council Member: Free abortions an issue of “racial and economic justice”

Author/city council member Harrell

Author/city council member Harrell

The Stranger: Over 41 years ago, the US Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that every woman has a constitutionally protected right to make her own personal medical decisions about when and if to become a mother. For almost as long—nearly 38 years—the Hyde Amendment has undermined Roe v. Wade by barring public funds from covering abortion care, effectively cutting off access for most women enrolled in public government insurance. Many of those most affected are low-income women, women of color, and immigrant women, who already face significant challenges to accessing safe, respectful, timely health care. This isn’t just a matter of reproductive freedom—it’s an issue of racial and economic justice.

Though the Hyde Amendment frames reproductive healthcare as a political bargaining chip, it is in fact a vital part of women’s health care overall. In a country where 99 percent of women who have had sexual intercourse use or have used birth control, and 1 in 3 will seek abortion care at some point during their lives, safeguarding access to these health care services is crucial to every woman’s safety and well-being, and a requirement for building a society in which all people are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their income.

This is why we are proposing a resolution to the Seattle City Council today, Monday, September 8, calling upon President Obama and Congress to overturn all federal bans on public coverage of abortion, and to improve access to public and private insurance coverage for the full spectrum of reproductive health care options.

If we pass this resolution, Seattle will become the first jurisdiction in the Northwest—and the sixth nationally—to declare its support for overturning the Hyde Amendment and restoring access to reproductive health care for every woman, regardless of her income or what kind of insurance she has.

The timing is critical. There were 205 abortion restrictions passed nationwide from 2011-2013, including state bans on public and even private insurance covering abortion. As women’s reproductive rights are deliberately and strategically eroded in other states, passing the resolution shows that the Hyde Amendment and attacks on women’s health do not reflect Seattle’s values.

As a state that values reproductive justice, we cannot afford to stand still. Passing a resolution against the Hyde Amendment is a reasonable, proactive step we can take as a community to reject laws that come between women and the healthcare they need, and to build momentum until all women across the country can meaningfully exercise their rights. Thirty-eight years is too long to wait for health care.

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DCG

Welfare parasites can buy marijuana with food stamps

Obama smoking pot

Add marijuana to the long and growing list of abuses of welfare, specifically food stamps or EBT cards. (For other abuses, go to the “see also” links at the end of this post.)

S. A. Miller reports for The Washington Times, Sept. 9, 2014, that welfare recipients can use their EBT cards at marijuana “dispensaries” in states such as Colorado that have legalized pot. EBT cards are what used to be called food stamps

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) announced he’s drafting legislation to close the welfare-for-weed loophole after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) confirmed to him that marijuana shops were not off limits to EBT cards or other federal benefits.

Sen. Sessions, a ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, said, “The federal government current spends roughly $750 billion each year on means-tested welfare programs across 80 different accounts. This money is administered by a vast, sprawling bureaucracy with little oversight and no moral vision. Surely we can all agree that the guiding principle ought to be that benefits are reserved for those in real need.”

Sessions pointed out that Congress in 2011 had passed laws that allowed HHS to prohibit Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash benefits from being spent at vice institutions, such as liquor stores, strip clubs and casinos. But the department did not interpret that authority to include marijuana shops. Sessions was surprised to learn that HHS says it “has no authority to prescribe policies and practices … to prohibit the use of TANF benefit cards at marijuana stores.”

The People’s Republic of Berkeley in the San Francisco Bay Area does DHS one better.

In Berkeley, “poor people” don’t even have to use their EBT cards for marijuana — they get it free! Wee!

In July of this year, Berkeley’s City Council unanimously passed a new law whereby the city’s medical marijuana dispensaries must provide 2% of their cannabis free of charge to very low-income residents. The latter are defined as individuals who make under $32,000 or families that earn less than $46,000.

America: What a great country!

Liberty in tears

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~Eowyn

World Bank whistleblower says Michelle Obama is being blackmailed, caught in honey trap

Karen Hudes

Karen Hudes describes herself as a graduate of Yale Law School who had worked in the legal department of the World Bank for more than 20 years before she was fired for blowing the whistle on corruption inside the World Bank. At the time when she was fired, her position was that of Senior Counsel.

There is no Wikipedia entry on Hudes, but her whistleblowing was confirmed by Joel Skousen, the founder and chief editor of World Affairs Brief, a weekly news-analysis service.

The Economic Collapse blog says that according to Hudes, the élite use a very tight core of financial institutions and mega-corporations to dominate the planet. The goal is control. They want all of us enslaved to debt, they want all of our governments enslaved to debt, and they want all of our politicians addicted to the huge financial contributions that they funnel into their campaigns.  Since the élite also own all of the big media companies, the mainstream media never lets us in on the secret that there is something fundamentally wrong with the way that our system works.

In an interview with the Flow of Wisdom online radio, which was uploaded to YouTube on Nov. 20, 2013, Karen Hudes said FLPOS Mooch, aka Michael Obama, is being blackmailed, after having been caught in a honey trap.

In the poor-quality audio below, beginning at the 0:45 mark, you’ll hear Hudes say:

His [Barack Obama's] wife is being blackmailed . . . because she has fallen for some, what they call, ‘honey trap’ . . . in a hotel with two-way mirror. She’s just been compromised. And there are other things involving him [Barack]. His mother was a CIA agent, and he was raised in a way that made him a person who would trap people in hotels. That was his mother’s job in the CIA: she would trap people in hotels. “

Wikipedia defines “honey trapping” as “the private investigative practice of evaluating the fidelity of partners in marital and nonmarital romantic relationships. Investigators are employed by wives, husbands, and other partners usually when an illicit romantic affair is suspected of the ‘target’, or subject of the investigation. Occasionally the term may be used for the practice of creating an affair for the purpose of taking incriminating photos for use in blackmail. A honey trap is primarily used to get evidence.”

The Oxford Dictionary has a simpler definition. Honey trap is “A stratagem in which irresistible bait is used to lure a victim.”

Of course, in Mooch’s case, we don’t know if the “honey trap” refers to her marital infidelity or that she is being blackmailed for, as a viewer of the video on YouTube Ryan Hagel succinctly puts it, “She has a dick!!!!”

It must be pointed out that in another more recent interview with Future Money Trends on conspiracies and the global economy, which was uploaded to YouTube on March 7, 2013, Karen Hudes said there’s another hominid alien species on Earth with huge elongated skulls, who manipulate human beings and who are hiding, among other places, in the Vatican.

As evidence, Hudes referred us to the Pope’s ceremonial dome-shaped mitre hat. Of course, Hudes ignores the fact that popes, including the present Pope Francis, have been seen and photographed bare-headed without the mitre hat, revealing their normal-shaped very human skull. LOL

Hudes’ alien disclosure begins approx. 23:00 into the video.

~Eowyn