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Silicon Valley is already diverse.

Do you mean highly paid high-tech job holders? Even those are diverse---unless you mean non-white, non-Asian, non-European non-middle class non-males. Bringing back manufacturing to SV would go a long way to reviving the true middle of the middle class in the Valley. Very likely, SV will continue to suffer from lack of gene pool as families find the greater SF Bay area too expensive and transient, and companies can't attract anyone other than young people willing to pay high rents.
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Service Disable Business Owner wanting to start a solar manufacturing company in Houston, TX

I would like to be put in touch with someone on Mr. Jones staff that could give me some guidance
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Walmart Minimum Wage keeping workers just below the poverty line.

http://www.upworthy.com/the-shocking-truth-about-what-it-would-cost-us-all-if-walmart-paid-living-wage?g=2&c=ufb1 When it's as simple as this, why is it acceptable to keep families on the breadline, just out of reach of financial stability and independence? Almost seems as if there is a purpose to this madness, to keep people on benefits, to prove an irrational point that the people 'need' the government. That the people 'simply cannot make it on their own', because they clearly know what's best.. wouldn't want people doing something crazy like spending their excess income on the things they love. Or perhaps being able to give up that second job and spend more time with their kids, allowing parents the time and energy to fully show their kids the love and support that every child needs. This would also free up jobs, have an indirect, but huge impact on the current US unemployment rate. (claimed 6.7%, Federal Reserve) ((David John Marotta claims this figure is actually closer to 32.7%, based on actual number of people without a job)) I think the government needs to push for big supermarkets like Walmart to raise the minimum wage. They could even entice them with subsidies, using the money saved on food stamps, if they are not so willing to change. Some food for thought, with sauce.. http://rt.com/business/us-unemployment-economy-crisis-assistance-006/ Cheers for reading :)
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The effects of externalities on the ecosystem

Economic externalities are one of the root causes of climate change and no one is talking about them - it's time the conversation begins. Mr. Jones should be at the vanguard of explaining the problems economic externalities have on social and ecosystem systems.
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Mar 25, 2014
(CNN) -- If you took out a loan a few years ago to buy a flashy sports car, you could save buckets of money by refinancing at today's low rates. But if you did the smart thing and took out federal student loans to pay for an education -- sorry, you are out of luck! Federal student loans cannot be refinanced. If that sounds insane to you, you will like the plan Sen. Elizabeth Warren unveiled in a speech recently at the Center for American Progress. Last spring, Congress passed bipartisan legislation to lower student loan interest rates as of July 1, 2013.... ... more
Feb 05, 2014
Now is the time for us to stand against what could turn out to be a major climate and environmental atrocity.With the recent release of the State Department’s final report on the Keystone XL pipeline (KXL), President Obama could be one step closer to approving this toxic project. If approved, KXL would transport more than 800,000 barrels of tar sands oil daily across the U.S. from Canada to the Gulf Coast. And just to be clear - This is not oil. This is pipe-eating, planet-cooking, water-fouling goo that nobody knows what to do with.Today marks the first day of the State Department's new public... ... more
Jan 31, 2014
During Tuesday's State of the Union speech, President Obama promised a "year of action" while addressing important topics, such as raising the minimum wage to $10.10 for new federal contract workers and touting successful diplomacy abroad with Syria and Iran. While these are promising moves toward action, the American people deserve much more. Watch Rebuild the Dream's Van Jones share what issues the President needs to tackle to truly make 2014 a big year: [post via Rebuild The Dream] ... more