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Brief 10 September 2012

What the Hell Happen to the Democratic Party?

Democrat Obama gave us:
-NDAA.
-He ended Due Process for all American Citizens.
-He extended the Patriot Act when he had an opportunity to end it.
-He added four more wars on top of Afghanistan not to mention all the troops and contractors STILL in Iraq (and Obama didn’t end Iraq, Bush set the withdrawal date).
-The drones oh, the drones, he vastly expanded that war machine and has slaughtered hundreds of innocent women and children in Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia. He’s even invaded sovereign country’s air space with these things, that’s an act of war!
-Now he’s lining troops up on the Syrian border.
-There’s been no investigation for the Bush/Cheney war crimes, he called it moving forward. Forward? Towards what?! He is now guilty of at least 27 of the 35 Acts of Impeachment purposed by Representative Dennis Kucinich.
-And killing OBL… the Saudi Royals gave more money to terrorists organizations and al-qaeda and he didn’t even initiate any investigation.
-Gitmo is still open and he just sunk $40M for an upgrade, not to mention the 15 year old who has been sitting and rotting in Gitmo for 10 years.
-The torture of American Citizen Bradley Manning.
-He’s put more whistle-blowers in jail than all the president in US history.
-He extended the Bush tax cuts.
-He approved the Colombian free trade agreement which destroys US wages.
-He hired Jeffery Immelt of GE as his job czar who outsourced, under his direction as CEO, more American Jobs than any other company.
-He put Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block.
-He continues to allow endless corporate welfare and tax evasion, along with letting crooked banks off the hook for violating mortgage laws through foreclosures with barely a slap on the wrist.
-He’s allowed the trading of Wall Street Banker’s toxic waste, including GM Financial, for pensions and savings.
-BP is still allowed to drill!

the list goes on and on…

and still you support what you perceive as the lesser evil?
how do you even agree with any of the above?
when do you stop supporting that?
when is enough enough?!
how can any progressive, liberal or any thinking empathetic person support Obama?

you’re voting for more of the same.

you are being forced into this situation and both parties know it.

I can’t, and I wont.

THE END GAME STARTS NOW!
YOUR VOTE COUNTS
NO MANDATE!

Green 2012
LET THEM DEBATE!


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Road To WWIII

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Big Coal or Big Coal?

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Joe Rogan & David Seaman: Trapwire, Wikileaks, and the NDAA

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Scahill: Tour of Yemen

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submedia

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google bans political ad


more on the story and update

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“The only way to win a race to the bottom is to refuse to race.”

Bill Black: Even though many on Wall Street understand need for regulation, most want a free-for-all and damn the consequences.



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WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve’s record-low interest rates have shrunk income for savers but cut costs for borrowers. Chairman Ben Bernanke is among the beneficiaries.

Bernanke’s latest financial disclosure form, released Thursday, shows he refinanced his Washington home in 2011. He took out a 30-year mortgage with a fixed 4.25 percent rate, replacing one taken out in 2009 that carried a 5.375 percent rate.

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a fantasy fairy tale from a satirical news outlet, just like the FED

ECONOPOLIS—As part of an effort to consolidate ties with the sovereign fiscal nation, U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke visited the cloud city-state of Econopolis on Friday to participate in ongoing diplomatic talks.

Bernanke, who traveled in a luxury cable car to the opulent capital floating 20,000 feet above the earth’s surface, was greeted upon arrival by President Cash Moneyton III, as well as a delegation of Econopolis representatives from the Ministry of Supply, the Bureau of Demand, the Agency of Goods, the Department of Services, and the Office of Consumption.

“Econopolis is the world leader in the exchange of currency and a shining beacon of commerce,” said Bernanke, admiring the hundreds of glass skyscrapers and the 125-story golden dollar-sign-shaped tower that dominate the skyline of the Ka-Ching financial district. “This great monetary nation is a key strategic partner for the United States and crucial to its fiscal well-being.”

“America treasures this relationship and greatly benefits from its alliance with the world’s No. 1 supplier of commodity, value, and profit,” Bernanke added. read more

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ceci n’est pas une économiste

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Big Brother is WWWatching You

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anonymous go daddy

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Terry Talk

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War Is A Racket Redux

“War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.

I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we’ll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.

I wouldn’t go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.

There isn’t a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has its “finger men” to point out enemies, its “muscle men” to destroy enemies, its “brain men” to plan war preparations, and a “Big Boss” Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism.

It may seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.

I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”

War Is A Racket
you know it too.
“TO HELL WITH WAR!”
Major General Smedley Butler USMC

when you keep poking a wasp nest with a stick what do you expect wasps to do?

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#occupywallstreet – what’s next?

Empowerment is right around the corner – all you got to do is want it.

“The American People can have anything they want, trouble is, they don’t want much of anything” -Eugene Debs

One Option – take a good chunk of the protesters around the country and walk into a state – filibusterer!

Change its government, enact the rule of law, fund small business, create affordable housing, universal health care, barter, fund education and good citizenship, finally stop the banking theft – close the banks, develop a stable currency, create an open source government; transparent.

Become the role model for the nation – you have to build it, and if you build it they will come.

Note: The revolution does not come to you, you must go to the revolution.
“The most heroic word in all languages is revolution.”

Suggestions: Liberals should head to Vermont – Libertarians to New Hampshire

simplicity, simplicity, simplicity
free state project

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Direct Democracy – Sen. Michael Graval about 13:00 in

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become settlers – how do you think the US won the west?
people showed up – become a settler
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“Freedom is participation in power.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero.
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what we have now is dangerous

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who controls your life?

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be an unreasonable person
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BP Twitter

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”

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Raining oil?

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Punk Patriot

ThePunkPatriot
Revoke BP’s Charter

blog punk patriot

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Droppin’ Knowledge Like a Clumsy Librarian

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The Gulf of Tonkin. Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jon and Kate Plus Eight. Citizens of the United States are used to being lied to, right? And who cares, really? As long as Americans can still afford to go to the Mall, they will never take to the streets.

In this collection of rants, raves and essays, Davis Fleetwood’s caustic humor is in full force as he launches rock after rock at the Goliath of the two party duopoly that has a stranglehold on American Politics even as he yanks back the curtain to expose the Corporate Puppet masters that bankroll the whole pageant. That he does this while he makes you laugh is what earned him the moniker of “political action entertainer.”

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The Cure Will Kill Us

Michel Chossudovsky

nuff said

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Lewis Black – Better Than Drugs

Beck’s true inspiration

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Map Light

Mission and Purpose
MAPLight.org, a groundbreaking public database, with offices located in Berkeley, California, illuminates the connection between campaign donations and legislative votes in unprecedented ways. Elected United States officials collect large sums of money to run their campaigns, and they often pay back campaign contributors with special access and favorable laws.

This common practice is contrary to the public interest, yet legal. MAPLight.org makes money/vote connections transparent, to help citizens hold their legislators accountable.
Nonprofit and Nonpartisan

MAPLight.org, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is nonpartisan. Contributions to MAPLight.org are tax-deductible as provided by law.

The Database
MAPLight.org combines three data sets:
* Bill texts and legislative voting records
* Supporting and opposing interests for each bill
* Campaign contribution data from the Center for Responsive Politics and the National Institute on Money in State Politics

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Watching the Wealthy Crooks

Scrutiny of Goldman’s Role in Greek Debt Crisis Intensifies in US
By Kevin Connor

Goldman Sachs appears to be testing the limits of its special talent for avoiding all accountability following revelations of its role in exacerbating the Greek debt crisis.

The bank has come under heavy criticism from European political officials over its role in helping Greece hide its debts, and on Wednesday, Greek labor unions staged a historic strike that shut down the country’s national infrastructure in response to economic policies urged by bankster elites. The European turmoil has forced US officials to take notice, and scrutiny of the bank is now coming from the unlikeliest of quarters, with Ben Bernanke telling Congress on Thursday that the Federal Reserve is looking into Goldman and questions surrounding the bank’s swap transactions with Greece.

Bernanke was vague about what, exactly, the Fed is investigating, and it is possible that the inquiry will go nowhere. But the fact that the Fed chair would make remarks that amplify concerns about Goldman’s role in Europe is a sign that the political winds have shifted significantly since Matt Taibbi’s “vampire squid” metaphor first captured the public imagination last summer. The populist outcry against bankster fraud and collusion finally shows signs of steering the authorities towards a more oppositional, watchdog role.

The truly scandalous story with respect to Goldman Sachs and Greece — that the bank may have been speculating heavily in the Greek debt markets at the same time it was trying to help the country hide its debt — is also starting to gain traction. During his testimony, Bernanke raised concerns about speculative activity in the Greek debt markets and said that the SEC was investigating, and Phil Angelides, chair of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, said that he was particularly concerned about Goldman’s role in betting against securities that it had helped create.

On Thursday the New York Times published a story with the headline “Banks Bet Greece Defaults on Debt They Helped Hide.” The article reported that a company backed by Goldman and other banks set up a new index in September of this year that investors could use to bet on the likelihood that Western European countries like Greece would default on their debt.

This is history repeating itself: the very same company that created this index set up a similar index in early 2006 that allowed investors to bet on the likelihood of defaults in the subprime bond market. That index was a collaboration between Markit and CDS IndexCo, a consortium of 16 banks, including Goldman Sachs, which has since been acquired by MarkIt. The acting chairman of CDS IndexCo was Goldman Sachs managing director Bradford S Levy, suggesting that Goldman has significant power within Markit now.

Guess which investors cleaned up on that index in 2006 and 2007? Goldman Sachs and partner-in-crime John Paulson, the hedge fund manager who made billions betting against the subprime sector.

The sovereign index and its subprime predecessor would be less troubling if there was some transparency around Markit, the pricing mechanisms it uses, its owners (including Goldman Sachs), and so forth, given the critical informational role it plays in markets which threaten global financial stability quite frequently. The Department of Justice opened an investigation of the company for possible anti-trust violations last summer.

If Goldman is, in fact, using swaps to bet heavily on the likelihood of a Greek default at the same time that it is helping the country hide its debts, the parallels to its corrupt, cynical, and incredibly greedy housing bubble investment strategy extend beyond the Markit index. The game plan is fairly simple: stuff some entity full of hidden liabilities by devising securities that mask true levels of exposure, collect enormous fees for doing it, then find ways to make enormously profitable bets against the financial carcass created in the process.

Goldman Sachs and John Paulson did this with AIG, devising complex securities known as “synthetic CDOs” which were composed entirely of bets on a set of mortgage pools. Paulson (not to be confused with former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson) picked the mortgage pools, selecting the ones that were most likely to experience high levels of foreclosure. Goldman then created the securities and sold them to investors like AIG. The bets were essentially designed to fail, with Paulson (and Goldman) on the winning end. The hidden exposure was massive enough to take down AIG, threaten the world financial system, and necessitate a government bailout. These bailout funds were then passed through to Goldman Sachs.

Carolyn Maloney has noted these parallels and is now calling for a Congressional hearing on Goldman’s involvement in the Greek crisis.

Greece is far less likely to implode than AIG, and the liabilities that Goldman tucked into its national accounts are less severe. But now that the country is dealing with the prospect of financial ruin, Paulson and Goldman appear to share the same vulture flight pattern, once again. Paulson & Co is reported to have been speculating heavily in Greek debt markets with a team of 20-30 traders focused on the country. Goldman is also rumored to have been one of these speculators.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Paulson has since exited his large bearish bet on Greek debt. But in a sign that Paulson’s Greek adventures haven’t ended, Goldman recently took representatives of his hedge fund on a “field trip” to Greece:

On Jan. 28 and 29, analysts from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. took a group of investors on a field trip to meet with banks in Greece. The group included representatives from about a dozen different money managers, say attendees, including Chicago hedge-fund giant Citadel Investment Group, the New York hedge fund Eton Park Capital Management, and Paulson, which sent two employees, say people who were there. Eton Park declined to comment.

During meetings with the Greek deputy finance minister and executives from the National Bank of Greece, among other banks, some investors raised tough questions about the state of the country’s economy, according to these people.

Greece appears to have been negotiating for its economic future with Goldman Sachs and its network of hedge fund colluders, many of whom have taken large speculative positions on Greek debt. This amounts to an unofficial diplomatic mission, a negotiation between a sovereign country and the sociopathic financiers who hold sway over its economic fortunes. Is Europe really ok with that?

The Wall Street Journal article goes on to report on a Manhattan dinner party where a group of hedge fund managers discussed their bearish bets on the Euro. The article suggests that the funds are partnering on their trades, and includes a somewhat confusing sentence: “There is nothing improper about hedge funds jumping on the same trade unless it is deemed by regulators to be collusion.” So it isn’t collusion unless regulators have “deemed” it as such? And Madoff wasn’t actually running a Ponzi scheme before the SEC noticed?

The growing turmoil in Europe and Bernanke’s comments may signal that we’ve reached a tipping point — that these financial firms will no longer be able to avoid all substantial inquiries into their business practices, and that they’ll no longer hold sway over economic policies here and abroad. Not that Bernanke himself will follow through. But the need for a significant, public investigation of these individuals and their firms has become so pressing that even the most compromised US officials are paying it lip service.

Whether it happens here or in Europe, Goldman’s day in court is drawing near.
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Kevin Connor - Time 13:22

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Secretary Geithner’s Got Some Explaining to Do

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Sick and Tired in America

Unemployment Union

Tired of the banks ripping you off bulldoze your home.

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Wall Street Banks and Lobbyists in collusion with our Federal Officials are destroying the nation.

Pushed to the brink people are coming up with creative, albeit some dangerous ways, to strike back.

There’s no reason that the richest most modern and prosperous country in the world should be supporting the wealthy elite and leave average Americans homeless, jobless, health careless along with a larger than 50% drop out rate in urban areas, thus turning the clocks back to an uneducated populace.

Greed is the only thing driving these Wall Street elitist who say they are doing God’s work. Power over the masses through indentured-servitude seems to be their goal.

Wall Street’s Bailout Hustle

Some have stood up and said, Enough!

The Debtors Revolt

The Murder Of Democracy

End The Fed

Freedom is Participation in Power

Engineering Poverty

Utter Fraud

US Indentured Slavery

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Sick and Tired… in Oz

how it works

casino capitalism

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Corporation Running For Congress

Until now, corporations only influenced politics with high-paid lobbyists and backroom deals. But today, thanks to an enlightened supreme court, corporations now have all the rights the founding fathers meant for us. That’s why Murray Hill Incorporated is taking democracy’s next step– running for Congress.

Murray Hill Inc For Congress

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CBS – When the Supreme Court decided that free speech meant corporations have the same rights as humans to fund political campaigns, the folks at a little Maryland Company called Murray Hill Incorporated saw an opening.

If corporations have the same rights as humans, they reasoned, why fool around with the middle men in politics – the politicians? Instead of trying to buy off them off, why not just run the company itself for a seat in congress?

“As much as corporate interests gave to politicians, we could never be absolutely sure they would do our bidding. But today, thanks to an enlightened Supreme Court, corporations have all the rights the founding fathers meant for us. It’s our democracy. We bought it. We paid for it. And we’re going to keep it. That’s why Murray Hill, Inc., is taking democracy’s next step: running for Congress.”

Alas, though it may never happen, the Washington Post reports the company has already run afoul of the Constitution which says you must be 25 to serve in Congress, and the little company just isn’t old enough.

That’s too bad. I was looking forward to a spirited debate on when corporate life begins: when it is just a gleam in the eye of the start-up guy? Or is it when …

Well, that’s probably another one for the Supreme Court to decide

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Stop Corporate Personhood

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Hire a Moonlighting CIA Agent

visit: max keiser

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consider nothing

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Blame Us

China’s unrest grows

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JPMorgan Bets On Food Stamps

Engineering Poverty
(Bloomberg has since made this video private)

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JPMorgan makes profits on Food Stamps

Food stamp programs in the US have been outsourced to a JPMorgan operation in India.

They are making a profit off poverty with working people’s money and to make matters worse they outsource jobs that could help American off of food stamps.

All these Banks see are profits, it’s greed run a muck.

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There are three major companies that provide debit cards to food stamp recipients: JP Morgan Chase; eFunds, which is now part of Fidelity National Information Services; and Affiliated Computer Services or ACS.

J.P. Morgan is the leading provider of EBT and debit card solutions with more than 70 million benefit and payment transactions each month, across the U.S. and internationally.

Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert sum up these Financial Terrorist

Max Keiser

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BUY NOTHING DAY!

Stop Shopping!

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if you can’t avoid shopping at the box stores and malls at least use up those unspent gift cards and points and remember don’t buy any more gift cards.
SPREAD IT!

A few ideas…
Stop looking at tomorrow’s ads and spend this time with the kids or loved ones.
Read or watch  something Interesting
Funny
Creative
Weird
Join a Cult
Start a Blog
Write on Your Blog
Vlog!
Cook
Write Congress
Get Involved!

An Alternative
I believe in justice and like to be fair,  since Black Friday gets more than enough free advertising by the news media and so little for Buy Nothing Day, I’d like to add another alternative approach into the mix called, Steal Something Day. Personally, I’m more interested in supporting small local merchants and stealing does have its risks, not to mention allows tax write offs for the big box stores which we, the consuming public, eventually pay for in higher prices, however, the idea behind Steal Something Day certainly gives pause and responds to the injustices supported by large corporations.

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How to make some simple, useful, creative and inexpensive stuff and Buy Local Buy American!
candles
stars
bookmarks
scarf 1 scarfs 2
everything origami
soap
handmade paper
sachets

Send your suggestions, I’ll add them here or link to your site.

From Chris: Patchwork Shirt: buy several shirts at a thrift stores, cut them up, sew them together to make a new shirt.

From Macki: Write a haiku that sums up the person you’re giving it to, use a fancy font type or write it on 120lb water color or handmade paper. some examples

From Dave: Take the label off an Old English 800 40 oz bottle, make a new label artistically drawn and dedicate it to the person you’re giving it to.

From Greg: Pick up one or several mini bread pans or a fancy pan from a craft or kitchen store,  make a variety of sweet breads; cranberry, banana, apple,  pear, etc… wrap them up in wax paper dress them up with a ribbon and give them away as gifts.

From Angela: Give the gift of service; pet care, home cleaning, wash their car, computer services, etc…  If you clean someone’s toilet they will certainly remember that gift! Combine this with Macki’s idea.

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An American Thanksgiving

as long as you’ve got your health
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Estimating the Risk of Food Stamp Use and Impoverishment During Childhood
Between the ages of 1 to 20 years, nearly half (49.2%) of all American children will, at some point, reside in a household that receives food stamps. Households in need of the program use it for relatively short periods but are also likely to return to the program at several points during the childhood years. Race, parental education, and head of household’s marital status exert a strong influence on the proportion of children residing in a food stamp household.

The best way to give thanks is by giving of your time to help another human being.

Happy Thanksgiving

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