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Let's beat down the vulnerable even more! says Dr. Ben

"U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Wednesday will propose to increase the amount low-income households are expected to pay for rent as well as require those receiving housing subsidies to work, according to the administration’s legislative proposal obtained by The Washington Post.

Currently, tenants generally pay 30 percent of their adjusted income toward rent or a the public housing agency minimum rent not to exceed $50. The administration’s legislative proposal sets the family monthly rent contribution at 35 percent of their gross income or 35 percent of their earnings by working 15 hours a week at the federal minimum wage -- or approximately $150 a month, three times higher than the current minimum."


******** Perhaps they're hoping tripling the rent will let them evict non-compliers? So cruel! Didn't Dr. Carson have the benefit of public housing when he was young? You'd think he'd have more compassion for these vulnerable folks.

Shocking reason behind the Toronto van attack - I found this mind boggling

"The deadly van attack in Toronto is shining a spotlight on the controversial, often misogynistic world of "incels."

The term incel is short for "involuntarily celibate," and the community that uses the label is typically dominated by men voicing frustration online about their lack of sexual relationships, sometimes blaming women for their failures with the opposite sex."

"Toronto police said Tuesday that Alek Minassian, the 25-year-old suspected of driving the van that plowed into pedestrians on a busy stretch of Yonge Street in Toronto's north end Monday, killing 10 people, is alleged to have published "a cryptic post on Facebook minutes before he began driving the rented van."




There just seems to be no end to the hatred of women by some males in our society. It is truly frightening.

Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats

In 2018 the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame introduced a new awards category, inducting six "singles" songs into the Hall that served to shape the course of rock music.

Included in the six new inductees was "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats, recorded in 1951.

From "The Blues Foundation" web site:

Rocket ’88” is one of many blues and R&B singles cited in retrospect as ‘the first rock ‘n’ roll record.’ Producer Sam Phillips recorded it at his Memphis Recording Service, where Elvis Presley would launch his recording career three years later, and historians also cite the accidental distortion from Willie Kizart’s guitar amp — a buzz created after the amp fell off the top of the band’s station wagon on the way to the session. And the band was led by Ike Turner, who of course became an icon in rock and R&B. This was the first session for Turner; Ike sang a couple of laid-back blues at the date and turned the mike over to one of his saxophonists, Jackie Brenston, for the uptempo ‘Rocket ’88’.’ Phillips, who at the time was hustling tapes to various companies, sensed a two-artists-in-one-session opportunity, and presented the results to Chess Records as one single by Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm and another by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats. It was Brenston’s disc that took off, reaching No. 1 on the R&B charts (Chess Records’ first chart-topper), and motivating Brenston to split from Turner and launch his own short-lived career.

The Revolutionary Giant Ocean Cleanup Machine is About to Set Sail

And the 18-year-old who got it going.

"On a Wednesday afternoon in a sprawling lot on a former naval air station in Alameda, California, across the bay from San Francisco, workers are welding a massive black tube together. The tube–roughly the length of a football field–is one piece of a larger system that will set sail for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch this summer, where it will begin collecting some of the 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic trash brought there by ocean currents."

"Six years ago, the technology was only an idea presented at a TEDx talk. Boyan Slat, the 18-year-old presenter, had learned that cleaning up the tiny particles of plastic in the ocean could take nearly 80,000 years. Because of the volume of plastic spread through the water, and because it is constantly moving with currents, trying to chase it with nets would be a losing proposition. Slat instead proposed using that movement as an advantage: With a barrier in the water, he argued, the swirling plastic could be collected much more quickly. Then it could be pulled out of the water and recycled."


Check out this ridiculous slider from Carlos Carrasco

Thrown in last night's game against the Orioles.

That's just SICK!!!!


Boy, 13, shoots and kills 11 year old brother in supposed pre-meditated act

Good God.

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

STREETSBORO, Ohio -- Police say a 13-year-old boy shot and killed his 11-year-old brother Monday night in what investigators are calling a "premeditated act."

"Police say the older boy used a handgun stolen from his grandfather's home. Investigators did not give information on a possible motive."


"Climate Gentrification" in the Florida Keys

"Irma was only the start of their troubles. The Florida Keys building code effectively prohibits replacing or substantially repairing damaged mobile homes because of their vulnerability to hurricanes. That leaves people living in one of the nearly 1,000 trailers and RVs damaged or destroyed by the storm with three options: find sturdier but more expensive accommodation, repair or replace the homes and hope code officials don’t notice, or leave the Keys.

“There’s no place to live,” said Sharon Baron.

Around the country, the government’s response to extreme weather is pushing lower-income people like the Barons away from the coast, often in the name of safety. Housing experts, economists and activists have coined the term “climate gentrification.”


Link Wray - Rumble

Starting in 2018, the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame announced the creation of a new award category -- single records that shaped rock n roll.

One of the recipients of this new category was Link Wray's "Rumble"

Wray, whose music was popular in the late 50s, is known as the inventor of the "power chord", influenced many later artists, including Jimmy Page and Neil Young.

According to Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitartists" ....

When Link Wray released the thrilling, ominous "Rumble" in 1958, it became one of the only instrumentals ever to be banned from radio play – for fear that it might incite gang violence. By stabbing his amplifier's speaker cone with a pencil, Wray created the distorted, overdriven sound that would reverberate through metal, punk and grunge. Wray, who proudly claimed Shawnee Indian ancestry and lost a lung to tuberculosis, was the archetypal leather-clad badass, and his song titles alone – "Slinky," "The Black Widow" – convey the force and menace of his playing. "He was fucking insane," said the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. "I would listen to 'Some Kinda Nut,' over and over. It sounded like he was strangling the guitar – like it was screaming for help." When Wray died in 2005, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen both performed "Rumble" onstage in tribute. "If it hadn't been for Link Wray and 'Rumble,'" said Pete Townshend, "I would have never picked up a guitar."

Are you ready to Rumble???


Here's Jimmy Page listening to "Rumble"-- priceless!

A Democratic Plan to Reduce Child Poverty by Half

The Bennet-Brown Plan, introduced by Sens. Michael Bennet (CO) and Sherrod Brown (OH).


Clawing away at the middle class

"For generations of Americans, working for a state or local government — as a teacher, firefighter, bus driver or nurse — provided a comfortable nook in the middle class. No less than automobile assembly lines and steel plants, the public sector ensured that even workers without a college education could afford a home, a minivan, movie nights and a family vacation.

“I was surprised to realize along the way I was no longer middle class,” said Teresa Moore, who has spent 30 years investigating complaints of abused or neglected children, veterans and seniors in Oklahoma.

She raised two daughters in Alex, a rural dot southwest of the capital, on her salary. But when she applied for a mortgage nine years ago, the loan officer casually described her as “low income.”

At 57, Ms. Moore now earns just over $43,000, which she supplements with a part-time job as a computer technician.

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**********My two cents: We need both federal and state lawmakers who value the hard and unappreciated work these public servants perform and who will support them monetarily with funding so they can adequately support themselves and perform their duties. I am sick and tired of lawmakers, (overwhelmingly Republican) who look upon these folks as overpaid leeches with cake jobs. And I'll bet these folks, teachers, especially, are sick and tired of hearing that they must do "more with less".
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