Thursday, April 27, 2017

Gatlinburg Reality ▶ Social Current See







Nobody buys a home, much less buys into a homeowner's association, with the expectation that the home will one day be destroyed by a natural or man-made disaster. But that reality is real world to thousands in the Smoky Mountain resort of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. ▶SEE STORY.  Perhaps this story is real for you or may become so one day.

What the Gatlinburg story explains well is that homeowners in HOAs may only escape the obligation to pay HOA obligations when they sell the property and transfer title to someone else.




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Terrorist attacks. Data assaults. Natural catastrophes. Disease outbreaks. Recent years have taught us that not only was 9/11 not just a single, horrible occurrence, but that events of many types can—and statistically will—hit organizations of every size, threatening to disrupt and potentially even destroy those that are not fully prepared. This revised edition, filled with up-to-the-minute thinking and the latest legal and technological updates, provides readers with practical tools and ready-to-use instructions for assessing risk; clearly documenting recovery procedures; assembling a disaster team; testing and debugging every step; protecting material resources; and recovering vital records. In addition to a CD packed with forms and checklists, the book contains case studies, interviews, and all the practical guidance needed to create the kind of thorough disaster recovery plan every responsible organization must have in place.





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Friday, April 21, 2017

#Lilium Jet #Social Current See





The Lilium Jet successfully completed its maiden test flight series in the skies above Bavaria. The 2-seater Eagle prototype executed a range of complex maneuvers, including its signature mid-air transition from hover mode to wing-borne forward flight.


According to their April 20, 2017 website: Seeing the Lilium Jet take to the sky and performing sophisticated maneuvers with apparent ease is testament to the skill and perseverance of our amazing team. We have solved some of the toughest engineering challenges in aviation to get to this point. The successful test flight program shows that our ground-breaking technical design works exactly as we envisioned. We can now turn our focus to designing a 5-seater production aircraft.




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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

#Deep State Unmasked▶ #Social Current See





Source Peter Schweizer is the President of Government Accountability Institute and a best-selling author. From 2008 through 2009 he was a consultant to the Office of Presidential Speechwriting in the White House. He has also served as a member of the Ultraterrorism Study Group at the U.S. government’s Sandia National Laboratory and is a former consultant to NBC News.

In the archived video (above), an interview with Schweizer by Fox Business host Lou Dobbs, Schweizer gives credence to the work of by Jennifer Bachner and Benjamin Ginsberg.

Schweizer books have been translated into eleven languages and include several New York Times or Washington Post bestsellers. Peter’s latest book, Clinton Cash-The Untold Story of How Foreign Governments and Businesses made Bill and Hillary Rich became a New York Times best-seller and spurred independent reporting by multiple mainstream media outlets. Peter is the author of the book Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money. Both Extortion and his previous book, Throw Them All Out were New York Times best-sellers and were featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes


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CITED BY AMAZON: Each year unelected federal administrators write thousands of regulations possessing the force of law. What do these civil servants know about the American people whom they ostensibly serve? Not much, according to this enlightening and disturbing study. The authors surveyed federal agency officials, congressional and White House staffers, and employees of various policy-making organizations about their attitudes toward and knowledge of the public. They found a significant chasm between what official Washington assumes they know about average Americans and the actual opinions and attitudes of American citizens. Even in such basic areas as life circumstances (e.g., income levels, employment, racial makeup) the surveys revealed surprising inaccuracies. And when it comes to policy issues--on such crucial issues as defense, crime, social security, welfare, public education, and the environment--officials' perceptions of the public's knowledge and positions are often wide of the mark. Compounding this ignorance is a pervasive attitude of smug dismissiveness toward the citizenry and little sense of accountability. As a result, bureaucrats tend to follow their own preferences without much reference to the opinions of the public. The authors conclude with recommendations to narrow the gap between official perceptions of the American public and the actual facts. These include shorter terms, rotation from the Washington beltway to local offices, compulsory training in the responsibilities of public office, and better civic education for ordinary citizens in the realities of government and politics.




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Monday, April 17, 2017

#Investigators #HOA▶ #Social Current See






Hawaiian Islands investigative reporter and columnist IAN LIND reports: It’s probably going to take years to unravel the legal and financial uncertainty now facing condominium associations and law firms that used nonjudicial foreclosures — private sales without supervision by courts — to collect unpaid maintenance fees or other assessments prior to 2012.






Neighbors at War! tells about the growing crisis in the modern HOA movement and lays out one of the only strategies to stop the coming collapse of the covenant-controlled neighborhood. Your freedom really is at risk! Your personal wealth is at risk. Your Constitutional rights are being secretly shredded! And it’s all legal.



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Saturday, April 15, 2017

#Motherhood▶ #Social Current See






The following archive captured our attention as we contemplate our only granddaughter’s newly-embarked daycare situation at age 3.  What's amazing is that our discovery raises questions now explored by millions of grandparents like us.

Author Komisar
specializes in a thoughtful, individualistic approach to psychotherapy for families and children.



At her Linkedin profile, Komisar explains, My background is traditional, but I have developed a very related approach to working with people. I believe the relationship between a therapist and patient is very individual and has to feel like a good match.

You have endless choices of well-trained therapists in New York City which makes specialities and orientations secondary to the relationship and whether or not you click with your therapist. I treat a variety of issues related to depression, anxiety, and compulsive behaviors.

I work with people in life transitions who are at inflection points who may struggle with relationships, work success, and self-esteem issues and setting personal and professional goals for the future. I also treat individuals who struggle with eating issues and other addictions which hinder their development and interfere with their happiness. I have also developed a series of workshops which help parents raise healthy children through a child guidance model.

By intervening early, you can prevent depression, anxiety, and compulsive behaviors. in adults. I see parents in my office to help them understand and improve their relationship with their children. and help parents to help their children. My office is conveniently located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Please email me at ekomisar@komisar.com.


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In other words, when it comes to connecting with your baby or toddler, more is more. Compassionate and balanced, and focusing on the emotional health of children and moms alike, this book shows parents how to give their little ones the best chance for developing into healthy and loving adults. Based on more than two decades of clinical work, established psychoanalytic theory, and the most current and cutting-edge neurobiological research on caregiving, attachment, and brain development, Being There explains:

 • How to establish emotional connection with a newborn or young child--regardless of whether you're able to pause your career to stay home
 • How to ease transitions and minimize stress for your baby or toddler
 • How to select and train quality childcare if necessary
 • What's true and false about widely held beliefs like "Babies are resilient" and “I’ll make up for it when he’s older”
 • How to recognize and combat feelings of post-partum depression or boredom
 • Why three months of maternity leave is not long enough--and how women and their partners can take control of their choices to provide for their family's emotional needs in the first three years

Being a new mom isn’t easy. But with support, emotional awareness, and coping skills, it can be the most magical—and essential—work we’ll ever do.







Sunday, April 9, 2017

#FEMA▶ #Social Current See



Chances are the hashtag #FEMA is not an internet search you would normally conduct or follow, unless you have a disaster recovery matter to cover.

And, in a related matter, January 17, 1994 seems like a distant searchable date, but the day is memorable around the world and in particular for California as the occurrence of the devastating Northridge Earthquake.  For homeowners around the TRILOGY of neighborhoods in the Temescal Valley, the Northridge Quake may be a distant memory, but it is a harbinger of events that may follow.  Many authorities, including seismologists, are predicting that California is overdue for another Northridge-type quake.  Question is: When and where will this happen across our 163,696 square miles (423,970 km)?

These questions are given some immediacy because, last week, on our Federal Capitol Hill, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) introduced the Disaster Assistance Support for Communities and Homeowners Act of 2017, H.R. 1684. This bill directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide technical assistance to condominiums, homeowners associations, and housing cooperatives regarding the process to become eligible for disaster assistance.  Certainly, a step in the right direction for granting community associations equal access to disaster programs! Another bill that will impact community associations is the Disaster Assistance Equity Act (DAEC) which is slated to be introduced later this year and is discussed in further detail below. The DAEC was first drafted in 2012 and still remains not passed and unsigned.  ▶ LINK

The so-called technical assistance part of this legislation will better need to be defined because it appears to be a bit like the taxpayers task of getting H&R Block or TurboTax to help with tax form preparation.  Those companies don't pay taxes for Americans; but simply assist with completing and filing forms. The story and a copy of H.R. 1684 are embedded in the content below.

Now, the basic challenge of the aforementioned legislation and FEMA culture change is that FEMA has for decades treated homeowners differently who reside in common interest developments (aka homeowner associations or HOAs).  Such communities account for around 350,000 USA neighborhoods, according to CAI statistics, and around 30 million housing units with close to 70 million residents.

Isn't it about time for a change of policy by FEMA to treat common interest developments as residential communities, not business entities?  That policy change evidently requires and act of congress.

Given the importance of this issue for HOA homeowners, we find agreement as HOA blogger and journalist Deborah Goonan who wrote in November 2015: "I have previously written about Community Associations Institute (CAI), an HOA trade group, and its three Federal issues (pet peeves). One of those issues is what CAI calls Disaster Relief Fairness." 





Source:  http://www.timetoast.com/timelines/40303


The following document, although dated January 14, 2010, may provide some insights into emergency management since the document origin is FEMA. Until the two pieces of legislation are passed by Congress, as identified in this post above, don't expect much more real assistance by FEMA if you live in a common interest development and are attempting to manage disaster recovery following any type of major community disaster, especially an earthquake.



The following VIDEO, also produced by FEMA, is dated from September 25, 2015.



   
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If you have a question about how FEMA could possibly have a policy to treat common interest developments (aka HOAs) as business enterprises, just check out the website for the Community Association Institute (CAI):  LINK




Terrorist attacks. Data assaults. Natural catastrophes. Disease outbreaks. Recent years have taught us that not only was 9/11 not just a single, horrible occurrence, but that events of many types can—and statistically will—hit organizations of every size, threatening to disrupt and potentially even destroy those that are not fully prepared. This revised edition, filled with up-to-the-minute thinking and the latest legal and technological updates, provides readers with practical tools and ready-to-use instructions for assessing risk; clearly documenting recovery procedures; assembling a disaster team; testing and debugging every step; protecting material resources; and recovering vital records. In addition to a CD packed with forms and checklists, the book contains case studies, interviews, and all the practical guidance needed to create the kind of thorough disaster recovery plan every responsible organization must have in place.

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