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Hope Dawn is doing okay. Thought I would put up an open forum since it is after 8 AM.
Hope you're all doing well, and staying warm. The floor is open...

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Lookout's picture

and I see there are already comments from an earlier posting. Please disregard the following two comments as they are old news.

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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to make the comment thread more coherent.

Thanks for putting this up, lo.

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enhydra lutris's picture

@JtC

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@JtC

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

first thing I did this morning was to check her account. No scheduled essays and no drafts. Not a good sign. I then checked her last comment on 1-5-22 that said:

Hi Q, I have COVID or something

@QMS like it. It's the lung variant.

So it must be Delta.

Thank you for the assist.

Loved the water column from yesterday. And the Look Out mountain river documentary that LO put up.

https://caucus99percent.com/comment/555505#comment-555505

Doesn't sound good.

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@JtC

so like you, I hope she is recovering.

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

@JtC She has vanished. Anyone know anything about her?

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Thanks for the thread.

Here is a tweet on a topic I wrote about a few weeks ago. You don't know what you've got till it's gone.....

The incessant berating of de Blasio for 8 years convinced many New Yorkers that he was a bad mayor.

Russ Barkan has the reality right. There are 1 million rent-stabilized apartments in NYC which means 3 or 4 million tenants living in them.

Bloomberg voted for enormous increases---7.5%, for example, which were intended to push the rents up to a cut-off point and thus cost tenants their homes. The apartments they got pushed out of then reverted to Fair market rents. Which is another way of saying "economic cleansing." Bloomberg wanted---still wants--- the middle-class out of the so-called good neighborhoods. We fought him hard and we are still standing.

de Blasio raised the cap significantly to prevent renters from losing their homes and Froze the rents for 3 out of his 8 years. The raises given were always under the 2% mark. GOAT for the lower and middle class.

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NYCVG

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@NYCVG

She wrote several excellent songs IMO.

My buddy's use this description about their Mayor. "You think it can't get worse, but after the election, we traded down again."

We're in a state of unraveling on many levels.

Take care and be well!

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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Many people in cities live in apartments which started out as public housing in the postwar era (intended for the returning soliders after WWII.) Those apartment buildings leases (master) were usually 50 or 75 years and at the end of that period they were (and are being) ought up in large numbers all around the world by insider investors who realized that the privatization would be permanent and the scarcity of housing would raise rents, making it a fairly sure bet that they would be very profitable and would not revert to public ownership. Saskia Sassen (Columbia Univ. social scientist ) has spoken and written extensively about this global transformation.

New rules since Reagan require that they be rented at market rents. This means that so called "low cost housing" is a misnomer, as its now defined as at or below current market rates by some small margin. Not that they be "affordable" by anybodys definition of same.

Because some small but significant number of people are paying those high rents so that is the new normal.

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a new favorite trivial earworm song. I'd never heard this, until my wife forwarded it to me yesterday. Catchy, great pulse, love the choreo.

Italian singer Adriano Celentano released a song in the 70s (entitled "Prisencólinensináinciúsol", of course) with nonsense lyrics meant to sound like American English, apparently to prove Italians would like any English song. It was a huge hit...

Wish I'd heard this *years* ago- I would have had a lot of fun covering it. The medium is indeed the message!

https://www.reddit.com/r/Damnthatsinteresting/comments/s2myx5/italian_si...

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Twice bitten, permanently shy.

Just didn't have it in me today.
Sorry Dawn is down with whatever sickness.
Should probably say something in French for the record.

What does Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir mean?

Let’s break it down: Voulez-vous is the inverted form of Vous voulez – that is, “Do you want?” This is followed by coucher – “to sleep”, then avec moi – “with me”, and to finish it off, ce soir – “this evening/tonight”.

Thanks bud! BTW, I don't actually want you to sleep with me tonight.

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@QMS

Wink

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enhydra lutris's picture

sensible to add except mountains of good wishes for Dawn (and anybody and everybody else ailing, of course). Anyway, I thought I'd present some information about 13 since it's the 13th, first;

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be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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I check the site and see lookout has posted his Sunday OT and I thought WTF happened to Thursday, Friday and Saturday? How’d I miss 3 days passing..I’m mean I know I have problems with my memory, but I’ve never lost days before. Sheesh spare this old broad's heart would ya?

Hey Dawn, give a shout out if you can so we know how you are going. I hope that you are on the mend.

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It is not until the tide goes out that you discover who has been swimming naked.

Proud election denier

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@snoopydawg

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

to Dawn for a swift return to good health.
If you see this, Dawn, please let us know if you are ok.
Thanks, LO, for stepping in for her.

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"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." ---- William Casey, CIA Director, 1981