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Meow Wolf’s new Denver development is urban predation in sheep’s clothing.

Terra CottaDENVER, COLO- Alternatively, Santa Fe alt-art venue Meow Wolf is URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN CAT’S CLOTHING. Here’s the scam: Laud an arts collective of “creative types”. Let them pitch an arts space project to city planners for which you’ll supply the ownership investment. Let their non-profit creative-class cred prompt city leaders to provide otherwise unavailable land and the tax incentives and exclusions which come to cultural projects. Let them lead community fundraising to support art etc etc. You buy the land, you own the building, and you give them a 20-year lease. Their rent is subsidized by more community and city support. Cha-ching.

In the end, you’ve got another property, where you mightn’t been able lacking eminent domain. And you’ve roped in long-term tenants whose rent checks are backed by taxpayers. When your cronies lobby the city against that public support and their project is a bust, or when the lease expires, your sky is the limit! How can you lose?

Normally you pull this scam on locals, but art communities have their own MBA grads now. So how to subvert urban artists? Bring your own hicks.

In Denver, developers are using a New Mexico based band of bohemians called Meow Wolf as their shill intermediaries. Meow Wolf is a sort of Cirque du Soleil meets Halloween haunt house, in Santa Fe, who secured their own “permanent” leased space only last year with the backing of Game-of-Thrones creator George RR Martin. It’s the reverse of course, because Meow Wolf attracted the public subsidies for the pulp author turned property developer, who keeps the building.

Now someone has decided Meow Wolf can franchise their black-light immersive fun-houses everywhere that low-brow passes for art.

For 2018, Meow Wolf has rolled Denver for a new construction downtown. Except no, they and their public support get only a LEASE. Flush with praise for their success, the Meow Wolves admit they’re working on simultaneous metropolises across the west, even as they appear so fresh off the boat they hardly know what they’re doing!

They don’t, but their landlords do. Those crazy creatives!

Real estate is not for you

Here’s how real estate works, though not for you or me, or the millions of Americans losing their homes to foreclosure. The Gazette recorded real estate developer Lars Akerberg, reacting to the foreclosure of the Chidlaw Building which he bought in 1993 for $2 million. “It kind of hurts in a way.” Lars is actually defaulting on a 2006 loan for $14 million, only $1 million of it repaid. The article doesn’t mention how much of that went into the building, to whom it was paid, or the property’s current value, so Akerberg can probably say “It’s a little bit emotional, but what can you do?” because he’s losing $2 million but gets to keep an undisclosed part of the $13m. The Gazette article is a lesson in real estate, banking, and how the media obscures the swindles. Akerberg adds the salt, I think talking to you and me: “But that’s the way things are. You can’t help it.”

Now, here’s a surprise…

Our local District Attorney has declared the case closed that the Real Estate industry who own City Hall and the Mayor and the County Commissioners might be using the legislative and enforcement powers of City Hall and their appointed servants in the Police and Courts to rig deals that profit… The Real Estate Cartel. Couldn’t possibly be that Rich People would use their wealth to buy political power and use that power to route Public Money into their already swollen bank accounts.
No, they’re above that sort of behavior.
Or so we’re told, this time by their bought-and-paid (through stolen public money, perhaps?) District Attorney. Because wealth and the attendant Greed would never invite them into corrupt practices. No not never!

Town in Georgia has arsenic that residents didn’t know…

Sounds familiar, yes? but the Georgia in question is the former Soviet Republic. And like our own Poison Hill, “Gold Hill Mesa Estates” McMansions starting at a quarter million here in Colorado Springs, houses built on top of a toxic waste mound, it was about mine waste.
The other part of the story in the opening paragraph which some “capital is god” proponents would find shocking…
Georgia, two and a half decades after the “fall of communisim” has been living under the freest of free market capitalist regimes in the world, has only 60% of the wealth they had under the Soviet Union WHAT?
Wasn’t the Economic Strangulation of Communism replaced with the much better (so we’re told) Capitalism, replete with all the formerly publicly owned mines, gas wells and other industries having been turned over to International Colonialist Corporations didn’t bring them a net profit but instead a net LOSS?
My my my my my my my my… seems a certain set of Capitalist Propagandists have been busy little bees, spreading lies all over the place…

Steve Bach, mayoral candidate…

“anti-establishment” but being heavily funded by the Real Estate thieves who make up the Establishment here in Colorado Springs.
The Real Estate Thieves who were willing accomplices to the Mortgage Scam which broke our local economy, that of Colorado, that of the United States and of the entire world.
The Real Estate Thieves who inherited the land grab, the baton passed from such murderous thieves as Carson, Custer, Palmer, Andrew Jackson even. The owners of the land still occupied it? Easy solution, exterminate them. Mass Murder, attempted GENOCIDE (but you bastards didn’t get ALL of us, now did you?)
Thieves like Zeb Pike who was on a mission to map out, for future conquest, this area which at the time wasn’t under the sovereign rule of the United States, but instead under the King of Spain. Not much of an improvement either way, but even by Great White Father paternalistic dictatorship laws, it was prelude to Grand Theft. These Real Estate establishment are the ones who are backing him, his advertising budget now includes Television Ads and signs all over the city, the “Freedom Corporation” news outlets like the Gag-Zette backing his play, Fox News backing his play…
But he’s “anti-establishment”.
Start your campaign based on a lie, what are you going to build on it? More LIES?

Also backing him are the “Strong Mayor” backers, who want to give even more dictatorial power into the hands of one person. Goons like Doug Bruce and Sallie Clark.

Goons who take Publicly Funded police and use them in their for profit war against not poverty itself, but people who are impoverished, and visible.

Goons like Lisa Czeladtko and Daniel Chacon who have made statements that the Parks and other Public entities, properties and institutions should be the Private Domain of the Very Rich, no “homeless” need apply.
Homeless is an adjective, you would think people who promote English as the ONLY language of America would learn to speak it a little better.

Used as a noun it strips the dignity and even the status of Child of God Human from the persons so afflicted. Many if not most, made into “the poor” or “the homeless” or whatever adjective-cum-noun is imposed on US by the policies of these same “maverick” (an unbranded steer) “rogue” and “renegade” Politicians who claim not to be Politicians.
Set in stone Establishment Lackeys who claim to be Anti-Establishment.
They only use the word “homeless” as an adjective when they refer to homeless PEOPLE as “the homeless PROBLEM”. Further dehumanizing us. I’ve been homeless, ain’t proud of it but there’s not one reason to feel shame about it either. If people who make their money from theft or from enabling the thieves, like Chacon and Czeladtko and Rivera and Palin and Doug Bruce succeed in their goal of privatizing the entire economy of America,bring every last dime into their own bank accounts, they’ll be creating more Homelessness.

All in the name of Progress.

Oh, Maverick, rogue and renegade… They’ve apparently forgotten those phrases’ true origins.
Maverick was a rancher in Texas. Open Range that is. His steers and cows were unbranded, but a steer bears a special mark. It’s a bull which has been castrated. If you saw a steer calf following a cow, in a herd of others of course, more steer calves and adult steers none of them Branded, you know that Somebody has a proprietary interest in them.
In Texas range-talk, Maverick became a synonym for a lazy, cheap son-of-a-bitch and for “his” cattle. (at the time they were WILD cattle)

So which is it, Mavericks? (Sarah Palins running mate calls himself that) Are you castrated and owned by a lazy son-of-a-bitch or are you comparing yourself to the lazy son-of-a-bitch?

Rogue: wink wink, nudge nudge say no more…

Renegade: Somebody who breaks promises.

A fine command of the English Language, yes.
See, when you deal with simple minded folk like the so-called “conservatives” who conserve NOTHING, the Moral Majority who are neither, you don’t have to make up naughty adjectives and nouns to describe them, they do it to themselves, willingly.
Like Steve Bach and his friends accomplices.
Fellow Travelers is a term the Wrong Wing have used for a couple of generations now to describe anybody who votes for any single issue which is also endorsed by the Communist Party. “pinko” instead of Red.
So let’s call the Fellow Travelers of the Far Right Lunatic Fringe exactly what they are, and in their own terms. Castrated Bull. Rogue (say no more). Treaty Breakers. Genocidal Racist thieves. When they say they’ve somehow broken from their herd, see Maverick.

“Clean” Coal on defensive, downplaying REAL Clean power

So they’re spending a few hundred million nationwide promoting their bid for MORE unsupervised unregulated Mountaintop Removal Coal (and other minerals) Extraction, with the accompanying subsidies they’ll get if WHEN the Tame Departments of Interior, Defense and Energy and the even Tamer Congress grant them the Official Clean Energy Okey-Dokey. They downplay wind and solar as not being viable (“the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow“) AND claim that even when they’re used they’ll “need” to Strip Mine and destroy the environment for the metals. Which is bullshit on several levels, there’s far more recyclable metals ready for harvest than can be gotten from any level of mining in the conceivable future. One Industry LIE down the tubes. With Solar and Wind producing their PEAK output at the same times of day that the PEAK demand is, there isn’t actually any need to build MORE coal power plants or start new strip mines. AND the production of Wind and Solar is going up even with a tiny fraction of a percentage of the Public Subsidies that the Coal, Oil and Gas industries have enjoyed for more than a century. Almost a century and a half.

The Railroad Act, the Public Utilities Act, to name a couple. Military and civil grants to develop technologies specifically to use the products they’re first stealing and then selling. To their own Publicly Subsidized utility companies. And having the Military simply TAKE any coal, oil and gas that’s not offered at a price the Oil and Gas and Coal companies demand. The Police State apparatus they use to keep the Workers doing what Workers do and Corporate Leeches DON’T (which is, say it with me class: Actual WORK) by suppressing Unions and other private organizations, and also suppressing any Public Regulation of their own Workplace Safety and Environmental Protection.

The Mountaintop Removal mining which they also claim is safe and doesn’t affect anybody downstream has been proven wrong so many times it’s hardly worth mentioning, but the “Clean” Coal companies keep consistently LYING about it that it has to be mentioned.

The Male small-mouth bass turning into Female small-mouth bass downstream from their “safe and clean” mountaintop removal operations is just one example. The Mining Company TOXIC “gold hill mesa” Waste Dump here in Colorado Springs

Which is in the middle of OUR neighborhood spewing Toxins

and is being sold as a “Traditional Colorado Springs Community” yeah, right, if you count the many times the mining industry has poisoned this area of Colorado and everyplace downstream from it… sure, that’s a “Tradition” that the Mining Corporations and their Real Estate Accomplices have long practiced.
Another prime example of how “safe” their industry is to the people who, unlike the Corporate Executives, don’t make money off them poisoning us.

BUT… the fact that they’re running these ads and the very nature of these ads means they’ve got a chance of LOSING their fat Government Subsidies and they Know It.
That’s another project for the TeaBags, too,

Stop Sucking up to the Energy Corporations and start STANDING up to them. When Don Blankenship, Murderous CEO of Massey, shows up at your TeaBaggings, lynch the bastard. Take bricks with you and stone him onstage. Instead of treating him like some kind of rock-star and cheering every word that spews from his Lying Mouth.
Same with Sarah Palin, the Other Energy Corporate Suck who you treat like a rock star and cheer every word that comes out of HER Lying mouth.

If you can’t recognize who the REAL enemy are, then I’ll help you out, just like right now.
Stop lynching “liberals” in Effigy and use the ropes and torches to get the REAL enemy, who just by a weird coincidence SPONSOR your “grass roots” Astroturf Rallies.

They’re starting to show their True Colors, at the very least drag them out of their Corporate Suck hiding places and expose them fully for what they are. The way WE have been doing for a long time.

Otherwise you’ll be paying your taxes DIRECTLY to their corporate coffers and just skipping the middleman.

By the way, their Commercial Mouthpieces are the same ones who claim that Oil and Gas extraction in the oceans is “safe” and the same ones who LIE to you and say that forcing the Oil and Gas and Coal THIEVES to pay any measurable sum of their stolen money back in taxes is somehow going to harm oh, what was it BP’s Chairman called us, oh yeah “The Small People”.