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Rachel Dearth
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« on: August 24, 2013, 03:00:40 pm »

NYC Engineer Wants to Help Homeless Man With Software Coding Classes
By JOANNA STERN | Good Morning America – Fri, Aug 23, 2013 2:51 PM EDT

Good Morning America - NYC Engineer Wants to Help Homeless Man With Software Coding Classes (ABC News)
Patrick McConlogue is a lot like the many others working in the New York tech scene. Every morning, he walks to work, passing a few homeless people on the streets, and then spends the rest of his day at a computer, writing software code for a 35-person startup.
But the 23-year-old engineer didn't think those two parts of his day had to stay separate. Earlier this week, he made an offer to one of those homeless men.
"I walk by a homeless guy every day on the way to work and I get this feeling every day that he is a smart guy -- he has books and he writes," McConlogue told ABC News. "I was trying to think of a way to engage him and help him."
McConlogue approached Leo, a 36-year man who lives on the streets of lower Manhattan, on Thursday and gave him two options.
The first was $100 in cash.
"I figured that was enough for a ticket some place or a few meals, if that's what he wanted," McConlogue said.
The second option on the table was a laptop, three JavaScript books and two months of coding instruction from McConlogue.
After hearing the offer, Leo, who McConlogue described as very articulate and gifted, especially in on the topic of environmental issues, decided to take the coding option.
"I want to spread knowledge and information about climate change and global warming," Leo told ABC News in a phone interview facilitated by McConlogue.
Soon, McConlogue will deliver him a Samsung Chromebook with 3G connectivity, three JavaScript books, a solar charger for the laptop and something to conceal the laptop in. He will spend an hour before work every morning teaching him the basics of software coding.
McConlogue began documenting his plans to help Leo on the blogging platform Medium earlier this week and has seen a mix of reactions.
The technology community, in particular, was critical of his first post, which was titled, "Finding the unjustly homeless, and teaching them to code." Many commenters criticized McConlogue for using the word "unjust," which he admitted was a poor word choice.
Still, some writers heavily criticized McConlogue's effort beyond that.
Techcrunch editor-in-chief Alexia Tsotsis said McConlogue was "tone-deaf" and that his plan demonstrated "a profound cluelessness about poverty and the disenfranchised."
Slate's Matthew Yglesias argued that housing, not coding, is the first step in fixing homelessness.
Then, Slate's Will Oremus called him a "naive techie."
But along with the critics, there were those who supported his effort. More than 1,200 people have liked the "Journeyman" Facebook page McConlogue has set up about the project and he said he has even heard from some previously homeless individuals who see the effort as useful.
Leo himself, who is aware of the online chatter, said that he is understanding of the criticism. "It's America, people have the right to have their opinions," he said. "It's the Internet, people have the right to post what they want. I agree to disagree." When asked about housing Leo said that he thought "housing was great for people who want to be put in housing, for people who want and need it."
Ultimately, McConlogue says he is offering what he can right now to help.
"Being able to code will help him do some of the things he wants to do," McConlogue said. "The negative feedback is that you should give him housing and food. My thought is that technology will do a better job connecting him, in the long term, to what he wants."
McConlogue plans to keep blogging about the experience on Medium and Leo himself will write the next post. He said he doesn't have plans to do anything with the larger homeless community at this point, however.
"I've tried to build products for the many before, but I wonder if this new generation is building projects for the power of one," he said. "I am going to do a really good job with this guy. I will learn from him, maybe even more than he learns from me."

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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2013, 03:39:47 pm »

Why don't this genius help get the Constitution Party on the ballot in NYS.

I hate that about nerds, never like to get political.  They are almost as bad as jocks in a way.
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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2013, 03:00:09 pm »

This Patrick McConlogue has the right idea.

We have 100+ million unemployed in this country,  Trillions in QE (oo) money being put into banks and 13 million patents at the US Patent Office.

America needs an invention infusion to re-boot its economy.

Getting the CP on the ballot in NYS wouldn't be all that hard.  Getting people to stop voting Democrat in NYS.  That would be the hard part.
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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2013, 04:32:42 pm »

You know, I would stay away from promises the politicians make to you. They can only do what Congress lets them do. So thinking that things would be any better with the CP party in charge is just wishful thinking.
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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2013, 05:11:18 pm »

The CP would nationalize the FED and go to a debt free monetary system if they ever got the majority.

Seriously how is the debt-slavery system of the FED working out for America ?

Ron Paul: Bernanke Admits Economy Is In Bad Shape

Fed continues the destruction of the dollar with QE3

Kit Daniels
September 19, 2013

This morning, former congressman Dr. Ron Paul explained why Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke’s unexpected decision yesterday to continue pumping $85 billion a month into the economy is bad for the American people.

On today’s edition of MSNBC’s Morning Joe show, anchor Joe Scarborough asked Dr. Paul what he thought about this morning’s front page of the Wall Street Journal: “Fed Stays On Easy-Money Course.”

“I think that it’s a major admission by Bernanke that things aren’t good,” Paul said. “He’s literally saying ‘We’re in bad shape!’”

“Yet the markets didn’t interpret it that way because the markets are reflecting just that ‘easy money’ going into the stocks but it doesn’t help those 99% or at least the large middle class and poor; it won’t help them one bit.”

Paul further stated that it won’t help Americans get jobs, so there’s still a large disconnect between Wall Street and the public.

“I think it was a very, very bad announcement yesterday that the economy is a lot worse off,” he continued. “I think in time that will prove to be the case.”

Other economic indicators back up Dr. Paul’s statements.

This morning, the price of oil rose above $108 a barrel after the Fed decided to keep their inflation-creating policy called quantitative easing unchanged.

In making that decision, officials with the central bank admitted that the growth of the economy hadn’t met their expectations and they even lowered next year’s outlook.

The Fed began this current iteration of quantitative easing, the third one since 2008, back in Sept. 2012.

Initially with QE3, the Fed pumped $40 billion of new currency into the economy per month through an open-ended bond purchasing program.

Last December, the Federal Open Market Committee increased money creation to $85 billion per month, which has continued into the present, contrary to its decision in June to scale it back this month.

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, however, admitted that after five years of quantitative easing, bond purchasing programs have had little effect on the economy.

The chart below shows the U.S. GDP growth in nominal terms (the dark blue line), the performance of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (the black line), and the real GDP growth that accounts for inflation (the light blue line):

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As Predicted, Bernanke Launches QE3 to Help the Big Banks … Which Will Destroy the Economy
Hussman: Bernanke’s Quantitative Easing Is About To Trigger A Collapse In The US Dollar
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