Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market News and Local Voting Information Links

News from the Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market:

Despite the predicted wet weather AGAIN, the market will be open for business. Your farmers work to grow your food in all kinds of weather, and they appreciate your return of the favor. Thanks, loyal market community!

And we are halfway to our goal of $600 for our Bonus Bucks fundraiser. Raffle ticket sales will continue for the next 3 weeks; prizes are coupon books with a $5 discount from each of our 14 vendors, Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 at the Market Welcome table.

A series of 4 programs for beginning gardeners begins on Thursday November 6 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the William Hall Library on Broad St. in Cranston. URI Master Gardener Bill Baddeley offers this description:
Gardening for Beginners, I. This class will meet four times over the coming year, each preparing for the season ahead. The first class will cover basic gardening and preparation for a garden bed, container, or community garden plot to be planted in Spring. We’ll cover what you need to get started, give you an introduction to the Seed Library and seed saving, and provide a
bibliography and resources for answering questions as they arise.

This is a great opportunity to get ready to start your home or community garden plot in the spring, and keep it producing during the season. The program is free and open to the public.

Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday! Of particular interest to those of us concerned about the environment and the future of farming is Question 7 http://www.voteyeson7.org/ . Cranston residents will be voting on Question 10, which concerns funding to repair the libraries http://www.cranstonlibrary.org/bond-2014. Other statewide bond measures concern the arts (5), education (4), and public transportation (6). Do your research and make your decision, then go and make your voice heard at the polls.

See you at the market.

How Banks Kill the American Dream and Risk Economic Nuclear Meltdown

How do you kill the American dream? One way is to finance people in over their heads, in essence creating debtors out of hard-working people who, in a more sane economy, would be accruing assets. It appears we are ready to go down the path of deregulation again all too quickly. From the New York Times:

“Financial deregulation is similar to relaxing rules on nuclear power plants,” argue Anton Korinek of Johns Hopkins University and Jonathan Kreamer of the University of Maryland in a related working paper for the Bank for International Settlements. It makes it easier and more profitable for the utilities, their shareholders and executives. It might also help ordinary Americans get cheaper electricity. “However, it comes at a heightened risk of nuclear meltdowns that impose massive negative externalities on the rest of society.”

Read more at More Renters, Less Risk for Wall St. – NYTimes.com.

And, for a first-hand account of what it feels like to be ripped off by an unscrupulous bank: http://www.rifuture.org/the-mortgage-debt-crisis-murders-the-american-dream.html

Wells Fargo Is Giving Housing Groups Millions of Dollars. Here’s the Irony in That. – Inside Philanthropy

It’s hard to know how many people lost their homes thanks to this bank’s abusive lending and foreclosure practices, but the answer is probably “a lot.”

Wells Fargo Is Giving Housing Groups Millions of Dollars. Here’s the Irony in That. – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence – Inside Philanthropy.

John Thompson: Why Bill Gates Must Read Anthony Cody’s Book

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

John Thompson reviews Anthony Cody’s néw book THE EDUCATOR AND THE OLIGARCH. The book recapitulates Cody’s five-part debate with the Gates Foundation. Thompson says Cody demolished their spokesmen.

Thompson writes that Cody won the debate, hands down:

“They probably didn’t expect a mere teacher to assemble and concisely present such an overwhelming case against their policies. But, who knows?, perhaps they were completely unaware of the vast body of social science that Cody drew upon, and they blamed the messenger for the education research he brought to the table. The Educator and the Oligarch explains how the failed Gates reforms could create an education dystopia.”

Best of all is Thompson’s summary of Cody’s proposal for how Gates ought to be evaluated.

Example:

“Since Bill Gates, more than any other person, is responsible for the absurd evaluations that are now being imposed on teachers, Cody wonders if Gates’ practice as a…

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Childbuilders: “Prevention is the Heart of the Thing” – Children | Youth | Grants – Inside Philanthropy

One way to help ensure that kids turn into thriving adults is to reduce their exposure to abusive situations. That logic of prevention is why the Houston Endowment has long been investing in a nonprofit called Childbuilders.

Childbuilders: “Prevention is the Heart of the Thing” – Children | Youth | Grants – Inside Philanthropy.