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    Re: A Victory for the 99%: Police Refuse to Evict 103 Year Old Woman

    Quote Originally Posted by nonpareil View Post
    The title says 99%, not OWS, I don't think they are synonymous.
    There is no reason to use the 99% gag without referring to the OWS.
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    Re: A Victory for the 99%: Police Refuse to Evict 103 Year Old Woman

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Communities need to handle this sort of thing better.

    My Dad owned three old "mill houses" (small frame houses built in the 1930's) that he rented out cheap, just down the road a bit. There was a little old lady I called "Aunt Ola" all my life (though she wasn't actually kin) who rented one from him. She was a widow lady with basically no family who lived on Social Security... she was probably pushing seventy when she rented the place, somewhere around 1969.

    As the 1970's went by, he raised the rents on the two houses on either side of her. He kept her rent the same as the day she'd moved in, and really it had been little more than "token rent" even then.

    If I remember rightly, he charged her $30 a month. It wasn't much of a house, but he was getting more like $120 a month from the other two houses when she passed away in 1982. (They'd probably cost you $400 a month now.) We'd go and visit her sometimes just to keep her company; take her some food on Thanksgiving and things like that. They used to send me up the road to collect her rent from when I was probably 10, because she liked children and enjoyed seeing me. When I was 15, I asked my parents how she was related to us and they told me "she isn't, we just told you to call her Aunt Ola when you were little, because she likes to think we're like family." I asked my Dad "why do we take care of her and barely even charge her rent, if she isn't a relative?"

    He said "Because she's a widow woman with no family, and it's the right thing to do."

    Being an inquisitive child, I asked another question: "Why charge her rent at all then? We don't need her thirty dollars a month, do we?"

    My Dad, a wise man, said "Because she likes to feel that she is paying her own way, it helps her to keep her dignity." He went on to explain that he'd told her once that if she was short of money she didn't need to pay him, but she'd insisted on it and said "I pay my bills!"

    It's a pity things can't be more like that these days.
    Nice story. I think everyone should pay something - even income taxes no exception, no exemptions. Anyone with income. It might be a pitance for the poor but if any income, something should be paid so everyone contributes. A minimum no-exemptions certainly for those not poor too.

    I think only the media has convinced us that common decency is vanishing.

    As for some who comment on this thread, the far far right wing and far far left wing sometimes become so lost in platitudes that they become amoral (as opposed to immoral) people. They no longer possess morality, only platitudes and slogans that can lead to indecency - calling it "principle."

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    Re: A Victory for the 99%: Police Refuse to Evict 103 Year Old Woman

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    Nice story. I think everyone should pay something - even income taxes no exception, no exemptions. Anyone with income. It might be a pitance for the poor but if any income, something should be paid so everyone contributes. A minimum no-exemptions certainly for those not poor too.

    I think only the media has convinced us that common decency is vanishing.

    As for some who comment on this thread, the far far right wing and far far left wing sometimes become so lost in platitudes that they become amoral (as opposed to immoral) people. They no longer possess morality, only platitudes and slogans that can lead to indecency - calling it "principle."

    Another way of putting it might be this: Sometimes we put "principle" (or ideology) so high up on a pedestal we forget that real people are involved and lose our humanity towards our neighbors.
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    Re: A Victory for the 99%: Police Refuse to Evict 103 Year Old Woman

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Communities need to handle this sort of thing better.

    My Dad owned three old "mill houses" (small frame houses built in the 1930's) that he rented out cheap, just down the road a bit. There was a little old lady I called "Aunt Ola" all my life (though she wasn't actually kin) who rented one from him. She was a widow lady with basically no family who lived on Social Security... she was probably pushing seventy when she rented the place, somewhere around 1969.

    As the 1970's went by, he raised the rents on the two houses on either side of her. He kept her rent the same as the day she'd moved in, and really it had been little more than "token rent" even then.

    If I remember rightly, he charged her $30 a month. It wasn't much of a house, but he was getting more like $120 a month from the other two houses when she passed away in 1982. (They'd probably cost you $400 a month now.) We'd go and visit her sometimes just to keep her company; take her some food on Thanksgiving and things like that. They used to send me up the road to collect her rent from when I was probably 10, because she liked children and enjoyed seeing me. When I was 15, I asked my parents how she was related to us and they told me "she isn't, we just told you to call her Aunt Ola when you were little, because she likes to think we're like family." I asked my Dad "why do we take care of her and barely even charge her rent, if she isn't a relative?"

    He said "Because she's a widow woman with no family, and it's the right thing to do."

    Being an inquisitive child, I asked another question: "Why charge her rent at all then? We don't need her thirty dollars a month, do we?"

    My Dad, a wise man, said "Because she likes to feel that she is paying her own way, it helps her to keep her dignity." He went on to explain that he'd told her once that if she was short of money she didn't need to pay him, but she'd insisted on it and said "I pay my bills!"

    It's a pity things can't be more like that these days.
    This made me tear up a bit. I have family on my mothers side that lived in some of those mill houses and one uncle still lives in what used to be my grandfathers "mill" house.
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    Re: A Victory for the 99%: Police Refuse to Evict 103 Year Old Woman

    This still doesn't explain how it's a "victory" for the OWS.

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    Re: A Victory for the 99%: Police Refuse to Evict 103 Year Old Woman

    Quote Originally Posted by Proud South Korean View Post
    This is a vicotry for OWS? This is absolutely some of the worst political garbage I've ever seen. Trying to link a normal eviction to OWS is just plain stupidity. There's no proof that they had any influence.
    It's just that the police was kind.
    I didn't make the OWS link, nor is it a victory for them... The thread's title just says it's about the 99%, OWS is a movement representing 99% of the population based on their income. This woman is obviously part of the 99% and not part of the 1%

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    Re: A Victory for the 99%: Police Refuse to Evict 103 Year Old Woman

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    This still doesn't explain how it's a "victory" for the OWS.
    I think you guys are confusing 99% with OWS...

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    Re: A Victory for the 99%: Police Refuse to Evict 103 Year Old Woman

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    There is no reason to use the 99% gag without referring to the OWS.
    That's not a fair assessment, the phrase 99% has been around a lot longer than OWS. People are going to talk about the 99% and the 1% in political circles and debates as always. Let's not try to make mentioning the 99% a taboo.... mmmkay

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    Re: A Victory for the 99%: Police Refuse to Evict 103 Year Old Woman

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    I think you guys are confusing 99% with OWS...
    You are saying the "99%" and the OWS are seperate groups? It would seem people who are against the OWS/99% movement are being deemed a part of it against their wills.

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