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Nine Economic Facts That Will Make Your Head Spin

Nine Economic Facts That Will Make Your Head Spin | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by Lynn ParramoreAlterNet


Half the population of the US has slipped into poverty or is barely making enough to get by.

How much will you need for medical expenses in retirement? What does it cost to keep 2.5 million Americans behind bars? Here are a few facts and figures that might surprise you.

1. Recovery for the rich, recession for the rest.
Economic recovery is in rather limited supply, it seems. Research by economist Emmanuel Saez shows that the top 1 percent has enjoyed income growth of over 11 percent since the official end of the recession. The other 99 percent hasn’t fared so well, seeing a 0.4 percent decline in income.

The top 10 percent of earners hauled in 46.5 percent of all income in 2011, the highest proportion since 1917 – and that doesn’t even include money earned from investments. The wealthy have benefitted from favorable tax status and the rise in stock prices, while the rest have been hit with a continuing unemployment crisis that has kept wages down. Saez believes this trend will continue in 2013.
 

2. Half of us are poor or barely scraping by.

The latest Census Bureau data shows that one in two Americans currently falls into either the “low income” category or is living in poverty. Low-income is defined as those earning between 100 and 199 percent of the poverty level. Adjusted for inflation, the earnings for the bottom 20 percent of families have dropped from $16,788 in 1979 to just under $15,000. Earnings for the next 20 percent have been stuck at $37,000.

States in the South and West had the highest proportion of low-income families, including Arizona, New Mexico and South Carolina, where politicians are eagerly shredding the social safety net. [MORE]


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Here is an outline with a discussion of what the austerity and inequity in our economy are doing to us. A very simple and to the point list that all conscienious citizens should give serious thought to.

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Leaked Trade Deal Chapter Reveals Corporate-Friendly Subversion of Public Health, Food Safety

Leaked Trade Deal Chapter Reveals Corporate-Friendly Subversion of Public Health, Food Safety | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
A leaked chapter of the secret US-EU trade negotiation known as the TTIP was released Thursday by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), along with an accompanying analysis which finds that public health and food safety could be imperiled if the text under negotiation becomes law.
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Rodale Institute and St. Luke’s University Health Network Partner to Provide Organic Produce to to Patients, Staff and Visitors | Rodale Institute

Rodale Institute and St. Luke’s University Health Network Partner to Provide Organic Produce to to Patients, Staff and Visitors | Rodale Institute | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
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Jon Snow Is Back From Gaza And Has Made This Emotional Appeal

Jon Snow Is Back From Gaza And Has Made This Emotional Appeal | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Jon Snow, is back home from a visit to Gaza - an experience that has clearly had an effect on the veteran journalist.

In an emotional appeal, a visibly moved Snow calls for an end to the violence that has caused the deaths and wounding of so many ...
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The tightly packed area of the 8 miles deep and 18 miles long Gaza Strip holds close to 2 million people that are kept behind walls and have to go through Jewish check points to be allowed to leave the area.  Over 50% of those people are under 24. You can't have a war there without killing and injuring children when you have a ratio 1 of every 2 people is a child. That is 50% chance of hitting a young person. The average age of the Gaza Strip is 17. Pro-life shouldn't end at birth.

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Benign neglect? Garden pest control naturally

Benign neglect? Garden pest control naturally | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Gardeners worried about the safety of synthetic pest control products sometimes turn to botanically derived compounds instead. But many of those also contain toxic ingredients, such as nicotine, rotenone and pyrethrins.
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50 Israeli Reservists Refuse To Serve in Gaza War

50 Israeli Reservists Refuse To Serve in Gaza War | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the nation’s reserve force, citing regret over their part in a military they said plays a central role in oppressing Palestinians, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
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Headlines for July 24, 2014

Headlines for July 24, 2014 | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Gaza Neighborhoods Bombarded as Palestinian Toll Tops 730U.N.: 1 Child Killed Every Hour in Gaza; School Shelled for 2nd TimeU.S. Casts Lone No Vote Against U.N. Probe of Israeli War CrimesU.N.
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U.S. Religious Leaders Embrace Cause of Immigrant Children

U.S. Religious Leaders Embrace Cause of Immigrant Children | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Across the theological spectrum, clergy are urging Americans to welcome the child migrants arriving from Central America, and many are providing services for them. (U.S.
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Thousands rally against Gaza strikes in London, Paris, Dublin, Tel Aviv

Thousands rally against Gaza strikes in London, Paris, Dublin, Tel Aviv | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands of demonstrators have marched across London to protest Israel's Operation Protective Edge, carrying signs reading “Gaza: End the siege.” Rallies also took place in France, Ireland and Israel as the Palestinian death toll surpassed 1,000.
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Sick of corporate tax defections

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This week the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance held a hearing entitled “The U.S. Tax Code: Love It, Leave It, or Reform It!” where the focus was on the corporate tax maneuver called inversions.
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Congress Leaves Town Next Week, But Will Anyone Notice?

Congress Leaves Town Next Week, But Will Anyone Notice? | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Next week is Congress's last before summer recess, which is often when a flurry of bills are pushed through Congress. This year, not so much, NPR's Ron Elving tells NPR's Scott Simon.
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How the U.S. Ex-Im Bank Landed on Republicans’ Death Row

How the U.S. Ex-Im Bank Landed on Republicans’ Death Row | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
A day before U.S. House Republicans were to vote on a new majority leader, lawmakers aligned with the limited-government Tea Party movement delivered a message to the leading candidate, Kevin McCarthy of California.
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Central American leaders on solving child migrant crisis: We can't do it alone

Central American leaders on solving child migrant crisis: We can't do it alone | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The presidents of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras meet with President Obama and Vice President Biden on Friday, and two of them discussed the child migrant crisis ahead of time on Thursday.
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Indeed, Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world. It stems, he said, from the “successful” US efforts to help Mexico and Colombia fight the drug lords – who were then pushed to Central America. Today’s child migrants, he said, are coming from the most violent municipalities in Honduras.

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Elderly veteran arrested for asking gov't officials to speak louder

Elderly veteran arrested for asking gov't officials to speak louder | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
A 76-year-old military veteran was arrested for disorderly conduct at a public county board meeting for asking officials to speak up when they refused to use the microphones. The hearing was over a controversial new plant in the area.
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Data Delayed is Democracy Denied

Data Delayed is Democracy Denied | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
This op-ed appeared in The New York Times on Ju...
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St. Luke’s, Rodale team up to grow organic food

St. Luke’s, Rodale team up to grow organic food | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Employees, patients and visitors at St. Luke’s Anderson Campus now have access to organic fruits and vegetables that are grown, literally, just outside their door.
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Mixing the modern and the traditional

Mixing the modern and the traditional | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

s a fasinatelAlmajiri boys RAG-CLAD boys, proffering plastic bowls and calling out for cash, line the streets of most big cities in Nigeria’s Muslim north. But they are not...

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This was a fascinating article to read. The author creates a peak into the global issue of religion VS education VS traditional culture and the treatment and raising of children. The writer gets the reader to ask many reflective questions regarding personal values, traditions, education, family, faith and the changing modernization of the world and that is good. No answers are handed on platters and no judgment is made here. It is always important to zero in on the question if you seek to find an answer. The writer inspires reflective thinking to shared cultural dilemmas. The religions, geography, family and community structures may differ but the question of how and what values are maintained or blend with the new across a change are universal.

 

The trade off that is felt and often feared by the families, communities, and faithful or religious the world over is real. One is changed by the introduction of what they fear and what is new. That is the truth. There is a book called "The Axe Makers Gifts" that speaks about the double edge sword that progress and innovation brings. Usually there are great gifts to mankind.  But these gifts come with a trade off of something you give up or also allow the ability to abuse and misuse the intended blessing. Often, without noticing the changes come slowly, other times the new and amazing is so intriguing we can hardly resist.  We move on in a direction without noticing the changes in the short term.  One day we turn around and ask when did some of our very strong social and spiritual support structure disappear or get so weak or fragmented? When did those we thought we could trust change? When did it happen and how did it happen? Does it matter? If it matters how in the world can we rebuild it or even enhance what we once took for granted? What should we embrace? What should we hold to and what should we try to bind together as old and new and move into new destinies with?

 

In a less than a single generation it is likely we have made more changes in nearly every aspect of our lives and the planet then people before us did over hundreds of years.  Reflective thinking about what is valuable to societies before we race into the future would be very wise. Take time to read the article and  find your own questions to bring to the table and think through together.

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This was a fascinating article to read. The author creates a peak into the global issue of religion VS education VS traditional culture and the treatment and raising of children. The writer gets the reader to ask many reflective questions regarding personal values, traditions, education, family, faith and the changing modernization of the world and that is good. No answers are handed on platters and no judgment is made here. It is always important to zero in on the question if you seek to find an answer. The writer inspires reflective thinking to shared cultural dilemmas. The religions, geography, family and community structures may differ but the question of how and what values are maintained or blend with the new across a change are universal.

 

The trade off that is felt and often feared by the families, communities, and faithful or religious the world over is real. One is changed by the introduction of what they fear and what is new. That is the truth. There is a book called "The Axe Makers Gifts" that speaks about the double edge sword that progress and innovation brings. Usually there are great gifts to mankind.  But these gifts come with a trade off of something you give up or also allow the ability to abuse and misuse the intended blessing. Often, without noticing the changes come slowly, other times the new and amazing is so intriguing we can hardly resist.  We move on in a direction without noticing the changes in the short term.  One day we turn around and ask when did some of our very strong social and spiritual support structure disappear or get so weak or fragmented? When did those we thought we could trust change? When did it happen and how did it happen? Does it matter? If it matters how in the world can we rebuild it or even enhance what we once took for granted? What should we embrace? What should we hold to and what should we try to bind together as old and new and move into new destinies with?

 

In a less than a single generation it is likely we have made more changes in nearly every aspect of our lives and the planet then people before us did over hundreds of years.  Reflective thinking about what is valuable to societies before we race into the future would be very wise. Take time to read the article and  find your own questions to bring to the table and think through together.

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Lawmakers renew push for medical marijuana in Georgia

Lawmakers renew push for medical marijuana in Georgia | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Georgia lawmakers are gearing up to re-introduce legalizing a form of medical cannabis for children next legislative session.
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Tyson’s Knock-Out

Tyson’s Knock-Out | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Tell me, what did Neil DeGrasse Tyson do to be targeted by the wingnuts at National Review?
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Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency

Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The latest version of the DISCLOSE Act, which would force donor disclosure on outside organizations that engage in election politics, is facing now-familiar opposition from Republican lawmakers.
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DC ban on carrying handguns is unconstitutional, federal judge says

DC ban on carrying handguns is unconstitutional, federal judge says | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
In a landmark gun control case, a federal judge in Washington DC has overturned the city’s total ban on carrying handguns outside the home, saying it is unconstitutional.
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Former CIA Officials Denied Chance To Preview 'Torture' Report

Former CIA Officials Denied Chance To Preview 'Torture' Report | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The report, along with a CIA rebuttal, is the most detailed accounting of a set of controversial interrogation, rendition and detention practices the CIA carried out after the Sept. 11 attacks.
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Senator McConnell: Federal ID Requirements Disenfranchise People Who Dislike EPA’s Carbon Pollution Rule

Senator McConnell: Federal ID Requirements Disenfranchise People Who Dislike EPA’s Carbon Pollution Rule | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
by David Arkush
Next week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold field hearings in Denver, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., on the carbon pollution rule it proposed on June 2.
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U.S. evacuates Libyan embassy

U.S. evacuates Libyan embassy | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The State Department says that American embassy staff left Tripoli and traveled to Tunisia.
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A Personal Super PAC Is The Latest Weapon For This Year's Senate Candidate

A Personal Super PAC Is The Latest Weapon For This Year's Senate Candidate | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- This year, for the first time since the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling unleashed the unlimited-money super PAC, the majority of Senate races feature super PACs that focus on just one candidate.

These personalized super P...
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Government agents 'directly involved' in most high-profile US terror plots

Government agents 'directly involved' in most high-profile US terror plots | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Human Rights Watch documents 'sting' operations in report that raises key questions about post-9/11 civil rights
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