3. (2014 November-December) Announcements: Basic Economic Literacy Course

Allen Smith, at the Henry George School of New York, is teaching a basic economic literary course for all concerned citizens who still have hope fore a just society. A $1,000 prize is being offered for any student who can logically and substantially refute any major point in the course text.

The course dates are November 10 to Dec 19, 2014,
Mon-Wed-Fri 3:00pm – 5:30pm (Thanksgiving week off).

http://georgist.com/files3/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/UEflyer10-14.pdf

4. (2014 November-December) Announcements: $33,000 prize for Economic Analysis

Special thanks to Gil Herman for the heads-up about a prize that Georgist researchers are primed to win:

The congregation of Bay Ridge United Methodist Church (BRUMC) in Brooklyn, N.Y., is offering an award of $33,000 to an economist, or group of economists, who identify the factors associated with the stronger economy in the period from 1946 to 1971, and the factors associated with the weaker economy in the period from 1972 to 2012.”

http://brumc.net/econaward/

5. (2014 November-December): Alanna’s Run for Congress

Congratulations to Georgist Alanna Hartzok on a hard fought run for the US Federal Congress, representing Pennsylvania’s 9th district. She was the democratic candidate against republican incumbent Bill Shuster. Although Alanna did not win, she did amazingly well. Alanna was able to win 37% of the popular vote with only $17,000 against Shuster’s $4.5 million.

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/11/hartzok_shuster_us_house_congr.html

6. (2014 November-December) Numbers: Speculative Vacancies Report

The 7th Speculative Vacancies report (Melbourne, Australia) has again generated Georgist news in over a dozen news outlets. The report found 64,386 vacant homes during what conservatives in Australia call a housing supply crisis. This crisis is manufactured as a cover story for the bureaucratic golden pen tick – for land-bankers to have their land re-zoned on the sprawl. This is enabled by a published vacancy rate only including property advertised to rent, or worse by a voluntary survey filled out by real estate agents. With investors now numbering over 50% of housing loans, and capital gains outstripping rents by 3 to 1, there is less incentive to rent property out.

The report was written by property analyst Catherine Cashmore with extensive investigation into the wider housing pressures Australia is facing.