California’s Homeless Problem in One Video

Angels stadium, Anaheim. along the Santa Ana River

And Cali lawmakers want to help Big Business some more by making it a sanctuary state and bringing in even more cheap labor.

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Blind, epileptic and arthritic woman declared fit for work despite saying she cannot leave her home unaided

from the Independent

A blind, epileptic woman who told the Government she cannot leave her home without help, use a pen or make a cup of tea has been declared fit for work, it has been reported.

Hazel Macrae, 62, who also suffers from osteoarthritis and type 2 diabetes, told assessors looking at her entitlement to Employment Support Allowance (ESA) that she would be unable to move safely in a workplace, according to Chronicle Live.

Now she has been judged to have “limited capability for work”, her payments have been reduced by £15 a fortnight and she must meet with a work coach, the newspaper reported.

Ms Macrae, of Walker in Newcastle upon Tyne, told the Chronicle: “There are no jobs that I can do. They have said that I can use my hands and I’m expected to apply for all jobs going.

“I can’t even make a cup of tea myself because of the boiling water.”

She has been placed in the work-related activity group category of claimants, but has appealed the ruling, the site said.

The Department for Work and Pensions said it planned to look again at Ms Macrae’s case…

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Ady Barkan Discusses #GOPTaxScam

Trump White House preparing sweeping attack on the poor

(I was told today I have emphysema. I’ve known about my COPD for a while now but that was brought about by chronic bronchitis. This is something kind of new to me. A little depressing.)

by Patrick Martin from WSWS

The Trump administration is preparing a frontal assault on social programs for the poorest Americans, according to a report published Monday by the Politico web site. This would involve “the most sweeping changes to federal safety net programs in a generation, using legislation and executive actions to target recipients of food stamps, Medicaid and housing benefits,” the web site said.

“The White House is quietly preparing a sweeping executive order that would mandate a top-to-bottom review of the federal programs on which millions of poor Americans rely,” Politico reported. “And GOP lawmakers are in the early stages of crafting legislation that could make it more difficult to qualify for those programs.”

The executive order could be issued as soon as next month. It amounts to a political conspiracy against the poorest sections of the working class involving the White House, the congressional leadership and dozens of state governments, working together to slash spending on programs for the poor through a combination of direct benefit cuts, tightened eligibility standards and mistreatment of vulnerable families to drive as many as possible out of programs on which they now depend…

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Economic Murder – Study Links 120,000 Deaths in the U.K. Directly to Their Neoliberal Austerity Measures

Govt accused of ‘economic murder’ as study links Tory austerity to 120,000 health & social care deaths https://ind.pn/2mwjReI

But it’s not like there isn’t already a precedent set for this, now it is?

Funny isn’t it how monsters kill the poor with impunity and a sense of self righteous entitlement and our dear liberal class still loves and respects them and even brags about inviting them into their homes for tea and crumpets.

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Hurricane Irma: It’s Already Begun

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by Scott Creighton

The technocrats and disaster capitalism vultures are barely settled down in east Texas when all of a sudden… Irma!

And for those of you who DON’T know, Florida and her neoliberalized government have been pushing the reactionary envelope just as far as they could in the last couple of years… and now… Irma is literally a gift from God for them.Can’t wait for more shitty for-profit schools and those wonder “free trade zones” where billionaires can become richer billionaires and poor displaced workers are slaves. God bless ‘Merika!

As expected and right on cue, the panic and over-reactions have already begun.

Above we see insurance company owners, after enjoying a full 12 years without Florida being hit by a major storm, hitting the bricks before the claims start rolling in.

Like that year we were hit with no less than three major hurricanes, you can expect a good part of those companies to fold and their owners head for non-extradition companies BEFORE Irma makes landfall if she continues on her projected path.

Anyway, you can rest assured my impoverished disabled ass will sit right here and ride it out no matter where it hits or how powerful it is when it does.

Couldn’t do otherwise anyway.

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