The empire is ending, this is a fire sale.

Stef says that if you get a mortgage relief for 3 months on the 4th month it all comes due. I imagine this applies if you can get relief for rents and utilities. Many people are getting letters from landlords saying that you must pay your rent when it is due. A few people have said that their rent has been raised because of supply and demand. Huh? If people are going to be kicked out then wouldn't there be lots of apartments and houses available? BTW again BlackRock will be in charge of overseeing a lot of what comes from the bill. You know what they did during Obama's tenure? They bought foreclosed houses for pennies on the dollar and either held them off market causing a housing shortage or they became slumlords while constantly raising rents. You wanna bitch about those broken pipes and cockroaches? No biggie cuz there are plenty of people who need you home.

Many small businesses are going to go under. Who do you think will come in and pick up the slack? Yep. Those who have money to do it. Bezos? You betcha.

ICYMI

David Dayan explains how bad this is

Why Are Progressives Voting For Ultimate Screwing Of /Jimmy and Max Bluementhal

Reposting this. Go beyond what they say about Bernie and AOC and listen to them rage about how bad this is for us.

Recent Rising on Pelosi

They talk about the payroll tax vacation that companies get. Whether they too will have to pay them back in full remains to be seen.

Lots of should haves and could haves.

Last time people were threatening a general strike it only needed the air traffic controllers to say that they wouldn't work and congress caved. Imagine if health care workers, post office employees, delivery drivers and store workers threatened one all at the same time. Would it work. Is Jimmy right? If people did that how would the PTB react? Martial law? We have pretty much been a police state since 9/11 when congress passed the Patriot act under duress. The 2012 NDAA nullified habeas corpus which allowed the president to have the military arrest people for any reason and hold them indefinitely. No access to a lawyer. No trial. Barr is going to ask congress to implement it and does anyone think that they won't? They voted to pass it so why not?

Here is what the ACLU says about it:

Indefinite Detention, Endless Worldwide War and the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act

On December 31, 2011, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), codifying indefinite military detention without charge or trial into law for the first time in American history. The NDAA’s dangerous detention provisions would authorize the president — and all future presidents — to order the military to pick up and indefinitely imprison people captured anywhere in the world, far from any battlefield.

The breadth of the NDAA’s worldwide detention authority violates the Constitution and international law because it is not limited to people captured in an actual armed conflict, as required by the laws of war. Under the Bush administration, similar claims of worldwide detention authority were used to hold even a U.S. citizen captured on U.S. soil in military custody, and many in Congress assert that the NDAA should be used in the same way. The ACLU does not believe that the NDAA authorizes military detention of American citizens or anyone else in the United States. Any president’s claim of domestic military detention authority under the NDAA would be unconstitutional and illegal. Nevertheless, there is substantial public debate around whether the NDAA could be read even to repeal the Posse Comitatus Act and authorize indefinite military detention without charge or trial within the United States.

Although President Obama issued a signing statement saying he had “serious reservations” about the NDAA’s detention provisions, the statement only applies to how his administration would use them, and would not affect how the law is interpreted by subsequent administrations. The provisions – which were negotiated by a small group of members of Congress, in secret, and without proper congressional review – are inconsistent with fundamental American values.

Both Congress and the president need to clean up the mess they have created. No one should live in fear of this or any future president misusing the NDAA’s detention authority. The NDAA’s detention provisions must be repealed.

>More articles on the NDAA here

A trial run was done in 2015 after the Boston bombings when SWAT teams locked down a neighborhood, kicked people out of their homes and then entered them without a warrant or cause except for that one of the bombers might have been hiding inside. Guess how that went?
Even if laws are not in place people are scared of going against authorities and go along to get along. Hey who can blames them? And now with this epidemic boiling along we are seeing cops stopping people from moving across state lines. Rhode Island cops went house to house to look for people from New York.

Right now I think we the people have the power to stop this massive wealth transfer and police state power grab. Do enough people understand what is happening and if they do will they think about stopping it? Dunno. I hope so, but I understand why people might not be aware of it or willing to take the risk. If there is another OWS type protest you can be damn sure that NDAA will be put into play. STAT.

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Health insurance companies are saying because of the epidemic they will have to raise prices next year up to 40%. SMDH. But it is going to get worse. This is not the first story I have seen on this.

Some Intermountain Healthcare doctors, PAs and nurse practitioners to face pay cuts in June

While many health care workers are putting in extra hours to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, some Intermountain Healthcare physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners will face reduced pay starting in June, officials confirm.

Physicians whose workloads have decreased significantly “may have their compensation adjusted in June,” Intermountain Healthcare spokesman Daron Cowley said.

“This is a dynamic and challenging environment that changes each day,” Cowley said. “We are continuously assessing the situation and will revisit our plans regularly.”

Cowley said some employees received a scheduled annual raise in April and no employees have had their pay cut to date.

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Some employees have been reassigned to different roles and will be paid the same. For employees who aren’t able to be reassigned, they will be compensated for work missed because of the novel coronavirus up to four weeks.

Paid time off can also be used after four weeks, Cowley said.

never mind, JtC

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my partner (a health care worker) is being furloughed due to a drop in allowable medicare re-imbursement for the rehab practice. Management is slow to go to tele health so the therapists are setting up their own networking. Zoom and Skype.

The F'ing system is broken. People are fighting for their jobs. Struggling to be in a position to help.
And this strangulation is occurring in a 'non-profit' hospital group.

who wins ?
just axing

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@QMS

who wins?

The call for a general strike is the only way to go. We outnumber them. Come on people!

TAKE OUR POWER BACK!

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"The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." Socrates (469-399 BC)

@Raggedy Ann the historically tried and true method.

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@Battle of Blair Mountain

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There is no justice. There can be no peace.

@QMS be closing. Or purchased. For-profit hospitals are our future, doncha know?

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For Bernie, and I happened to notice one result listed on a county clerk’s web site where a bond issue to expand a local hospital by issuing bonds backed by a property tax increase went down 40-60.

This is what lack of national health policy does to rural areas: they have to foot the bill themselves and they can’t afford it.

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tRump amerika's last president

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I'm fairly sure that the R's have finally figured out
that the D's are no longer necessary

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Bernie has nothing to lose if he goes balls to the wall and holds out for what he wants. Isn't that why he has been working his tush off holding all the rallies he has been? How many more years does he want to serve at his age? Do it Bernie. Leave everything on the table because if you don't this country will not be recognizable after things calm down.

OT but it just shows how dumb the anti Berners are. Bernie and Briahana want people to have better things in life such as not going bankrupt if you get sick and you health insurance leaves you holding the tab. Why is that so damn hard for people to understand?

Fine Harris' mom died from cancer. Did she have adequate health insurance or was the family left paying off her bill? I don't see anything wrong with Bree asking why it's okay for care for the corona virus to be free, but as Jimmy said in his video what if he dies from getting pneumonia from the H1N1 flu? Or cancer or being hit by a car or in a car accident that leaves one with permanent health care issues for life?

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@snoopydawg our votes aren't being counted. The elites have enslaved us.
We can't vote them out.

There's really only one alternative left.

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It has nothing to do with votes being counted correctly. Did you watch the video?

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The cops who will be decimated by the plague? Unlikely, and if they do they will find people fighting for their lives. Who will collect the mortgage payments? That will be especially difficult squeezing blood out of those stones. Maybe the government can deputize all those nazi militias to kick people out of their houses.

A lot of the ownership class believe that after this passes everything will be hunky dory. The peons can pick up another shift at Burger King to catch up on their payments. That ain't gonna happen.

It's one thing for the great majority of our country living on the edge. It's another when everyone falls off the edge.

If this behaves like other viruses it will come back in the fall. But it's not even behaving like other viruses. In the southern hemisphere and in tropical climates the plague marches on.

We are proceeding into chaos. Even if the ruling class suddenly turns en masse into generous born-again Scrooges on Christmas morning things will continue to slide. But they won't do that. They will clutch their deeds and liens right into the grave while others in the grifter class will figure out new ways to screw over the masses.

I have seen the future. It is murder.

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Debt collection agencies lobbied congress to be essential during the global pandemic cuz you know they need to get blood out of the turnips. And as Steph stated in the first Jimmy video anyone who gets mortgage relief for 3 months still has to pay that back when it runs out. How? How will people pay for anything when the don't have more that $1,200 to 2,400 just once?

And to show how much this country is looking even more like a 3rd world one.

Nevada has a homeless population of 10,556. Las Vegas alone has 150,000 hotel rooms, all empty because of the lockdown. Yet they keep people on the streets, my heart hurts.

Literally thousands of empty hotel rooms in Las Vegas right now but officials decided to place homeless people on the ground in a parking lot https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/30/us/coronavirus-las-vegas-homeless-cashman-center-trnd/index.html …

They aren't really doing social distancing. But hey that means they can put more people in those square and of course there are going to be lots of empty parking lots everywhere so if you can afford to buy a tent and camping supplies right now you're set. What's to worry about?

Thanks congress for failing to protect us. &**#$***!!!!!!

This guy said it best.

F**K capitalism. These people are just begging for the guillotine.

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@snoopydawg

they tape rectangles in the empty parking lots
to assign safe spaces between the homeless
while there are 15,000 empty rooms in the hotels
something wrong with that metric

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@QMS in a parking lot, in Las Vegas, in the summer, will ensure that the virus will be cooked, among other things. Did someone say intentional depopulation event.

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They did a one and done and good luck everyone else. I do think we are going to see people protesting against this coup. Millions were left behind after the 2008 TARP where banks were the only ones to get bailed out and millions lost their homes, pensions and jobs. Not this time. You put 30% of the population in the unemployment line for 4 months and then offer nothing more people will become desperate. Here's two articles;

No more spending bills

Uenployment might hit 32%

It was 25% during the great depression and look at what we got from that.

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"Pelosi's Terrible Idea": Critics Denounce Proposal to Give Wealthy a Tax Cut in Next Stimulus Package

Hey guys in Cali Nancy has a million dollar wine estate in the Wine Country just in case you need somewhere to crash. Maybe she will be in one of her other homes and this will be empty and ready for folks to move in.

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"Small group of Congressmen" who crafted the NDAA in secret?

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@Battle of Blair Mountain The usual suspects on the Armed Services and Intel commmittees, no doubt- The Untouchables

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Has a lot of support right now. Service/general strike May 1st. Things are starting to happen I think.

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This shit is bananas.

@Daenerys Thanks for the report.

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knew about the

GENERAL STRIKE

for labor day May First

April Fools Day is a good occasion to melt some shelter issues.
THX for the heads up

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People who get to withhold rent for 3 months also have to pay it in full in June or they will get evicted. This is why congress has to do monthly checks and big enough ones to keep people from having to do this at all. Not all landlords are rich corporations. Many are mom and pop types who also need to have money for their bills. I see only one way for millions of people not to become homeless in June. UBI and longer than 3 months because many businesses won't be hiring people back right away. Good lord I wish I was queen. "Make it so!"

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@snoopydawg they have the same fast track measures on evictions.
Texas only: Say, a renter gets behind 1 month, and on the 1st day of the next month, the landlord sticks a note on the door, you must pay, plus late fees, or quit the premises no later than the first day of June, 2020, or a formal eviction legal proceeding will ensue. You will be sued for arrearages, court costs, and attorney's fees, with pre-and post judgment interest. That eviction will be filed June 2nd. Then, they have to be served, and from memory, I recall the court proceeding occurs no later than 15 days after filing. Then, the judge has discretion, can give them up to 45 or so days to get out. They are instructed to post a bond and appeal, if they so choose. That can drag the process out for another few months. THEN, if they do not leave, the lawyer must prepare a Writ of Possession, and cops haul them off, etc...
Their possessions must be placed in a storage, the landlord must pay for it for 30 days. Afterwards, it can be sold to the general public.
My best guess is that other states honor landlord/tenant contracts that avoid this kind of delay.
Texas reformed these landlord/tenant statutes because of the cruelty shown towards landlords cheating Mexican migrants down on the border.
Can you grasp that Texans used to give a shit about Mexicans?
Bet Ca. fast tracks the whole process.

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@on the cusp several yrs ago, there is not much by way of "fast tracking" tenant evictions in CA, at least in some heavily populated areas. And that is pre-virus. CA generally gives tenants a little more power than elsewhere. Certainly as to the time factor -- in normal times, it could take 5-7 weeks to actually get a tenant out after rent becomes due and the required 3-day notice to pay or quit was delivered. And in the process factor -- landlords must strictly adhere to a very specific set of process rules or else their case will be thrown out or put back to the bottom of the pile.

(some irresponsible tenants familiar with the time-consuming eviction process play the system and know they will always get that one month rent free if they decide to withhold rent for any reason, as most landlords don't bother to go through another court process to actually collect on the unpaid rent.)

Today, the new state law gives tenants a right to withhold rent for up to 2 months (through May 31) if they have been impacted financially (loss job, hours cut back) or medically from the virus. Tenants are still responsible ultimately for paying back rent due.

Evictions for non-virus related issues can still go forward now.

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Good lord I wish I was queen.

Me too. I'd tell the landlords to stop being fuckheads overcharging for shitty little 500-square foot apartments.

How do they think people are suddenly going to have 2-3 months' rent all at once when no one has any income coming in? No, it might be effective with the larger corporate-owned apartment complexes, and that's if ALL the residents band together for the strike; they can't evict everyone. Strikes are the best we have right now. At least it doesn't require going outside and inciting violence.

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Unemployment is predicted to go above 30% and many of them will be suddenly homeless and I'm thinking pissed as hell. I was thinking of OWS today as I was driving around town and imagined what it'd look like with huge crowds in the streets. Multiply that by hundreds of thousands of cities across the 50 states and I'm thinking that the PTB will have their hands full.

OT but Charlie is out auurughing at the sirens. Gawd she is so damn funny. She played fire truck today after some came by. I pulled into the cemetery and she had her head out the window playing siren. The looks we got...she does this every time and I'll be driving to somewhere and she's singing and people just crack up. Dawgs huh?

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@snoopydawg gratification all my life.
Nothing surpasses dogs.
ESPECIALLY hounds, the hound of youth, the hounds of my life.
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I can pop it on my roof and Charlie can be the siren. lol I wonder if any cars would pull to the side if I did that. She puts both back feet on the armrest, front paws on the back seat and leans out the window as far as she can. It's fun to watch her pop up to do it. "Hop up. Zippedy do dah." Rain or snow she has her head out it.

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@snoopydawg I remember when I'd go to visit my grandma when I was little, I would hear dogs howling after the town whistle went off (lunch whistle, quitting time; do places still do that any more?). I wonder is it because the sirens hurt their ears? We had dogs for a little while and they'd bark whenever an emergency vehicle went by on the highway too.

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I think it does hurt her ears. It's even more fun when there are two dawgs playing off each other. Charlie would start with a small whine and then Abby would whine and it went from there. After she is done auurughing she has this high squeaky bark and she has to look me in the eyes doing it. Bundle of joy who always brightens my day.

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Mnuchin says the average American can live on $1200 for 10 weeks.

I'm sure he has his foreclosure robo-signer on standby.

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