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Reopen the House of Blues as a venue for music and creativityUpcoming musicians are now faced with venues with pay to play that is too expensive to perform in more than every three or four months or, alternatively, so small that ten people constitutes a good draw. For the music scene and creative scene ever to flourish again, there needs to be venues that are large enough for crowds to come and do not cost what is frequently a thousand dollars or more to perform in. If several musicians with the means to reopen the Sunset Strip venue bought in on this venue, there would be renewed music scene in Hollywood. (The previous buyers ran out on the deal and the venue is currently asking for 1.2 million dollars for the venue). Creativity and free expression is critical for any nation; creative people (musicians, actors, poets, etc. often are the first to bear both financial and other types of criticism, but later society usually benefits from their creativity)
Sign the Petition: Train Students on Modernized Job Search ToolsThe Answer Is Simple:We can put intense pressure on our education system in general by showing them how essential it is for our grads and students to be armed with the proper job search skills and tools to help them succeed in find employment. Join us in the fight to obtain better job search training for students and grads! We firmly believe that teaching students better job search skills and tools to help them find employment in the modern-day job market is absolutely essential.
Dropbox: Please Bring Back and Open-Source the Mailbox App!Important to note: Mailbox users paid for the application with the anticipation that they would receive continued service and support and were willing to endure through the bugs and issues, as well as the lack of support because it was the best choice available. Sadly, in February of this year, the application’s functionality promptly discontinued and any remaining information and data was completely destroyed. The Answer: If the Mailbox community puts enough pressure on Dropbox, we can hopefully get them to accept our request to restore Mailbox and open-source it. We ask that Dropbox bring this program back and let the Mailbox community handle the application on their own. Together, we can bring back this much-needed cloud-based email application. We support the restoration of this magnificent e-mail management program for iOS and OS X.
Don't let Medicare impose "Competitive Bidding" for wheelchairs in ConnecticutWorking more efficiently will save Medicare by not wasting funds on repeated appointments. The disabled patients that Medicare is supposed to be helping will be supplied with the necessary equipment to live their lives with dignity. Since Medicare is paying for these unnecessary repeat appointments the money spent on them could go to the equipment instead. They have competitive bidders that don't supply the equipment listed which needs immediate attention!
No Constitution Free Zones in the United StatesIf the 2nd Amendment is such a sacred cornerstone of the Constitution, it should be respected everywhere in our country, including in the offices and workplaces of those officials who have sworn to uphold the Constitution. Presently, firearms are banned from these sites. Do we live under the Constitution or not?
End local corrupt land use practicesNot only does this consume valuable agricultural land, and increase commute times, it encourages the very worst kind of development and provides an enormous payday to economic elites. It doesn't matter if that ag land is 20' underwater floodplain surrounded by weak levees. As long as 5,000% - 10,000% (tax free!) profits are available, even the cockroaches will try to do land speculation. Investigative reporter David Cay Johnston reports 75% of George W. Bush's net worth came from a stadium / land deal in Anaheim Texas. This practice is the foundation of several large fortunes. One alternative: In Germany, the developers have to sell the land to local government at the ag land price, then re-purchase it at the development land price. The public retains all the profit called the "unearned increment." Germany has excellent infrastructure, good schools, and many other public benefits (single payer health care!). The arts budget for just the City of Berlin exceeds the National Endowment for the Arts for the U.S. of A. The alternative would make for a more attractive public realm instead of what we have now: Private opulence and public squalor.
Parent Without PunishingWar begins with spanking on moms' knees. The violence learned there you see in school bullying, gangs, and street crime. Home should be a refuge from the world's ugliness. Over 70 years of research has shown the harmful consequences that child punishment does to us parents and taxpayers. Alice Miller's 'For Your Own Good', Murray Straus' Beating The Devil Out Of Them' and Philip Greven's 'Spare The Child' shows us why and how to be a humane parent, and A. S. Neill's 'Summerhill' demonstrates that NO punishment is best.