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L.A. schools falling apart, literally

Years of budget cuts have meant many repairs simply aren’t getting done. There are at least 35,442 unresolved calls for service and repairs, with about 1,100 more coming in each day.

The dilapidated bleachers at Marshall High School in Silver Lake have been in such a sorry state for so long, I stopped noticing until recently, when I saw a grandfather teeter as he stepped over a sinkhole in the floorboards.

That made me really look around, as my daughter played in a city recreation league basketball game. It wasn’t pretty.

I saw jutting metal stumps where seats used to be. Entire rows of seats were missing, traffic cones and yellow caution tape were used to cordon off particularly dangerous sections, and a folding chair was planted over a hole to keep people from tumbling into it.

Why do deplorable conditions like this exist, in one of L.A. Unified’s most highly regarded high schools, for years on end?

Part of the answer can be found in numbers. In the last five years, the district has lost about 500 custodians and plant managers, along with about 650 carpenters, electricians and plumbers, according to chief facilities executive Mark Hovatter….

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0313-lopez-disrepair-20130313,0,7138841.column

Governments Mentality: “Schools are falling apart, lets invest in new Nuclear Weapons”

Newzaholic

 

Wealth distribution in US : Reality vs What People Think

This Video visualizes the actual distribution of wealth in the United States using a collection of infographics. The video highlights that the current top 1% of Americans hold about 38% of all wealth in the United States.

 

Reality is Shocking, isn’t it?

Are you Mad Yet?

Newzaholic

 

Oregon Claims State Ownership Over all Rainwater

Oregon criminalizes permaculture; claims state ownership over all rainwater – ponds and swales restricted – jail time for violators.

There’s nothing more refreshing than standing in a cool, summertime rain shower. Or bathing in the warm sunlight on a crisp spring day. Or inhaling the cool autumn air, fresh with the scent of turning leaves and pine needles. These things — rainwater, sunlight, air — have long been assumed to be not only free, but un-claimable. You can’t claim to own the sunlight that falls on my front yard, for example. A corporation can’t claim intellectual property ownership over the air that you breathe and demand you pay a royalty for inhaling.

But today, Jackson County, Oregon says it owns YOUR rainwater, and the county has sentenced a man to 30 days in jail and fined him over $1500, for the supposed “crime” of collecting rainwater on his own property.

The man’s name is Gary Harrington, and he owns over 170 acres of land in Jackson County. On that land, he has three ponds, and those ponds collect rainwater that falls on his land. Common sense would say Gary has every right to have ponds with water on his 170 acres of land, but common sense has been all but abandoned in the state of Oregon.

Much like California, Oregon is increasingly becoming a collectivist state. You didn’t build that! The government built that! You don’t own that! The government owns that! That rainwater that just fell on your land? That’s the government’s rainwater, and you’re going to jail if you try to steal from the government!…

http://worldtruth.tv/oregon-claims-state-ownership-over-all-rainwater/

Anything that the Creator Drops from the Sky or comes out of Earth, No Government can claim Rights to. Freedom should never be Compromised.

Newzaholic