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Thursday Evening Owls: ‘How the US selected to change into a rustic of homelessness’

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Within the ensuing months, tens of 1000’s of Individuals have been evicted; in keeping with the Eviction Lab, landlords have filed greater than 162,500 eviction notices within the 27 cities it tracks. However the worst of the disaster has been averted to this point by a patchwork of state moratoriums which have been supplemented, in flip, by a patchwork of federal efforts. In March, Congress handed a short lived eviction moratorium as a part of the CARES Act; after that expired, in September, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) stepped in with its personal non permanent moratorium. Most just lately, as a part of the stimulus package deal handed in late December, Congress supplied $25 billion in rental help to states and localities and prolonged the eviction moratorium to January 31. Renters breathed a sigh of aid.

That aid could also be short-lived, nevertheless. The top date for the federal moratorium looms in a matter of weeks, whereas varied state moratoriums are additionally slated to sundown. And the $25 billion in hire aid supplied by Congress, whereas vital, falls far wanting what advocates imagine is important. However maybe essentially the most intractable drawback is {that a} moratorium is just not the identical as hire forgiveness. Because of this, even when the moratoriums are prolonged once more (after which once more), tenants will sooner or later need to pay their landlords the entire accrued again hire. Already, almost 12 million households owe a median of $5,850 in overdue hire and utilities, in keeping with Moody’s Analytics. That’s $70 billion. How will folks be capable to repay these sums if they continue to be jobless? How will they be capable to repay them even when they do land a job? […]

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“Of all of the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds many of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed.”
          ~~Herman Melville, Billy Budd & Different Tales (1924 )

B)LAST FROM THE PAST

On this date at Each day Kos in 2005—FBI Nonetheless Caught within the Tron Age:

Three years after the assaults of September eleventh, I used to be fairly disturbed to learn this story in immediately’s NYT:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is on the verge of scrapping a $170 million laptop overhaul that’s thought of vital to the marketing campaign in opposition to terrorism however has been riddled with technical and planning issues, F.B.I. officers mentioned on Thursday.

The event is a significant setback for the F.B.I. in a decade-long wrestle to flee a paper-driven tradition and substitute antiquated laptop techniques which have hobbled counterterrorism and legal investigations. Robert S. Mueller III, the bureau’s director, together with members of the Sept. 11 fee and different nationwide safety specialists, have mentioned the success of that effort is vital to home safety. (Emphasis added.)

Are they KIDDING me? Why cannot they get this proper, particularly since these are long-standing issues, issues which the FBI was made conscious of nicely earlier than 9/11 hell, a extremely, actually very long time earlier than 9/11

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