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This blog used to be about politics. Not so much anymore as I have worked through my fascination with that subject. It now seems appropriate that with a new president and the end of the Bush nightmare that I move on to new subjects that are more in line with my current interests. I may still occasionally express an opinion about political matters but for the most part I will be commenting on music, photography and personal observations. Thank you for reading.

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People in the rich parts of the country where housing prices have skyrocketed are having troubles finding people to serve as volunteer firefighters and who will work relatively low wage jobs, like teachers in their communities.

Homes Too Rich for Firefighters Who Save Them - New York Times:
"'All these people have heart attacks, strokes and fires at the same rate as everybody else, but they don't volunteer at the same rate,' said Jay Leon, the mayor of Ardsley."

This amuses me. Because we are having this debate about immigration where right wing yahoos on the radio are advocating murder on the borders and at the same time we're seeing the downsides of white flight. The mega-rich suburbanites who have fled out of the cities to be away from the undesirables are now realizing that they can't get labor to come out to their enclaves without providing them with affordable housing and transportation.

"But, but... then we'll have to live next to 'them'!"

"Waitaminit - Nobody remembered to bring an inexaustible labor force of ROBOTS???"

So, the other day I watched an episode of Oprah (and I swear I don't normally watch her show!) where she was amazed at the levels of poverty located just a few miles outside of a major city like Chicago. She seemed oblivious to the fact that the same rules, the same distorted priorities that were making her obscenely rich were also at play in keeping these people extremely poor. I recognize that she's trying to become more aware, but at the same time I have to wonder if the extremely wealthy, who are making money through the shuffling of paperwork, real estate ponzi schemes and the exploitation of cheap labor here and abroad realize how isolated they have become.


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