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Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions
With growing gaps between rich and poor, social scientists are researching the effects on the health of a society.
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Old People Costing Too Much, Jeb Thinks It Best to End Medicare

Old People Costing Too Much, Jeb Thinks It Best to End Medicare | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is shaping up to be a major trainwreck like his brother. Bush wants to “phase out” Medicare, a wildly popular program among America’s elderly.
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NEW YORK FAST FOOD WORKERS ON PASSAGE OF THE $15 WAGE: ‘IT’S A DREAM COME TRUE’

NEW YORK FAST FOOD WORKERS ON PASSAGE OF THE $15 WAGE:  ‘IT’S A DREAM COME TRUE’ | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
by Bryce Covert THINK PROGRESS
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Inside the New York wage board meeting just after the vote
 
On Wednesday, the wage board New York Gov.
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Papantonio: Perfect World For Jeb Bush Is American Saipan

Papantonio: Perfect World For Jeb Bush Is American Saipan | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
GOP presidential nominee and baby brother Jeb Bush recently stated that he wants to “phase out” Medicare, a system that provides insurance for over 50 million seniors in the United States.
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The 1 percent’s twisted games: How they’re distorting reality and diluting democracy

The 1 percent’s twisted games: How they’re distorting reality and diluting democracy | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Research shows that the rich live in an alternate universe from the rest of us, and bend policy to their will
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Indiana University used this one weird trick to cut student debt

Students are graduating with more debt than ever before: about $33,000 for the average four-year college graduate with loans in the class of 2014.
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Bernie Sanders: Racism, Economic Inequality are 'Parallel Problems'

Bernie Sanders: Racism, Economic Inequality are 'Parallel Problems' | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
"We have to address both," he said.
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Michigan River Remains Poisoned By Oil Five Years After Massive Spill

Michigan River Remains Poisoned By Oil Five Years After Massive Spill | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Five years ago, a pipeline carrying crude oil from Canadian tar sands ruptured in Michigan, spilling over 1 million gallons into the Kalamazoo River in what would become the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history. Now, as oil companies attempt to expand pipelines across the upper Midwest, and as the Keystone Pipeline that would carry similar crude waits for approval from the State Department, activists and residents are gathering to remember the historic spill — and add their voices to a groundswell of local pipeline opposition that began five years ago.
“It’s telling that when we have been citing pipelines, even in Minnesota, the Kalamazoo spill is brought up an awful lot,” Andy Pearson, Midwest tar sands coordinator for MN350.org told ThinkProgress. “Kalamazoo is not in the past. It’s still really in the present for the people on the ground there. It’s something that shows how wrong it can go.”
When the pipeline — an aging structure owned by Canadian oil company Enbridge Inc. — first ruptured, it was the middle of the night on July 25, 2010. It took more than 17 hours for Enbridge to cut off the pipeline’s flow, a delayed response compounded by the company’s dismissal of alarms as a malfunction and attempts to fix the problem by pumping more oil into the pipeline. By the time the pipeline had been shut off, more than 1 million gallons of tar sands crude oil had spilled into the Kalamazoo River, impacting nearly 40 miles of the river and 4,435 acres of shoreline.
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Wind energy provides 8% of Europe's electricity

Wind energy provides 8% of Europe's electricity | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
EU’s grid connected cumulative capacity in 2014 reached 129 GW, meeting 8% of European electricity demand, equivalent to the combined annual consumption of Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece and Ireland.
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Robert Reich: Progressives can’t afford “to split into a ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement and an ‘economic justice’ movement”

Robert Reich: Progressives can’t afford “to split into a ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement and an ‘economic justice’ movement” | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Progressives must stay united, according to the former secretary of labor
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Factory farming is killing the planet: Why the meat industry’s future needs to look more like its past

Factory farming is killing the planet: Why the meat industry’s future needs to look more like its past | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Sonia Faruqi visited 60 farms in eight countries. Here's what she learned
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Financial workers feel massively under pressure to compromise ethical ... - City A.M.

Financial workers feel massively under pressure to compromise ethical ... - City A.M. | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
A third of those in the finance sector feel under pressure from their employers to compromise their ethics, a  report by the Chartered Institute of Management

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7 ways living in Switzerland ruined America for me

I was halfway through a job interview when I realized I was wrinkling my nose. I couldn't help myself. A full-time freelance position with a long commute, no benefits, and a quarter of my old pay was the best they could do? I couldn't hide how I felt about that, and the 25-year-old conducting the interview noticed.

"Are you interested in permanent jobs instead?" she asked.

"I could consider a permanent job if it was part-time," I said.

She looked at me like I was speaking a foreign language and went right back to her pitch: long commute, full-time, no benefits. No way, I thought. Who would want to do that? And then it hit me: Either I had become a completely privileged jerk or my own country was not as amazing as I had once thought it to be. This wasn't an unusually bad offer: It was just American Reality.

Now that I'm back, I'm angry that my own country isn't providing more for its people
Before I moved to Switzerland for almost a decade, American Reality was all I knew. I was living in a two-bedroom apartment making $30,000 a year in a job where I worked almost seven days a week with no overtime pay and received 10 days of paid time off a year.
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Feds seek near-total ban on ivory trade to protect elephants

Feds seek near-total ban on ivory trade to protect elephants | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Booming Asian economies fuel huge poaching and wildlife trafficking issues
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FRISCO —Federal wildlife managers hope that a near-total ban on the U.S. ivory trade will help slow the slaughter of elephants poached for their tusks.
By some estimates, as many as 100,000 elephants were killed for their ivory between 2010 and 2012 — about one every 15 minutes. Elephants are threatened in formerly safe areas, and some of Africa’s most famous wildlife parks are littered with carcasses.
Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed new regulations that would prohibit most interstate commerce in African elephant ivory and further restrict commercial exports. The proposed rule builds upon restrictions put in place last year following President Obama’s Executive Order on combating wildlife trafficking.

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CITING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, NATIVE AMERICANS FIGHT TO TAKE BACK SACRED LAND FROM MINING COMPANIES

CITING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, NATIVE AMERICANS FIGHT TO TAKE BACK SACRED LAND FROM MINING COMPANIES | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
by Jack Jenkins THINK PROGRESS
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Advocates for the protection of Oak Flat protest outside the U.S. Capitol on July 22, 2015.
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GLOBAL COAL BOOM ENDS AS CHINA — AND WORLD — WAKE UP TO REALITY OF CARBON POLLUTION

GLOBAL COAL BOOM ENDS AS CHINA — AND WORLD — WAKE UP TO REALITY OF CARBON POLLUTION | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
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“Global coal demand is slowing fast,” is the headline in a June Business Insider Australia story.
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President Obama Lauds Wall Street Reform Accomplishments, Stands Firm Against GOP

President Obama Lauds Wall Street Reform Accomplishments, Stands Firm Against GOP | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
While Republicans launch an all out war over the Wall Street Reform Act, President Obama is standing firm against them.
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Veterans named as Donald Trump supporters say they were not consulted

Veterans named as Donald Trump supporters say they were not consulted | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Several people listed as part of the “Veterans for Trump coalition” formed by Donald Trump following his incendiary comments about John McCain’s war record have denied they are part of the group, the Guardian has learned....
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Wi-Fi at the oasis: Dubai using solar-powered ‘smart palm trees’ to distribute free Internet access

Wi-Fi at the oasis: Dubai using solar-powered ‘smart palm trees’ to distribute free Internet access | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Meet Dubai’s New Smart Palm Trees Dubai’s beaches have smartphone addicts and gadget lovers covered with new state-of-the-art trees that allow visitors to have Wi-Fi access and the capability to charge their smartphones.
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How shrimp farming wreaked havoc on Sri Lanka's coasts

How shrimp farming wreaked havoc on Sri Lanka's coasts | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
The tropical island was one of a number of countries that joined the goldrush of prawn farming in the 1980s and 1990s. New research lays plain the results.

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Doctors Protest Big Pharma's Out of Control Greed Which is Bankrupting Ill Patients

Americans diagnosed with cancer are at risk of losing their life savings because cancer drug costs are escalating almost as fast as the worst forms of the disease, according to a Mayo Clinic medical journal article decrying these costs signed by scores of nationally known oncologists.

“In the United States, the average price of new cancer drugs increased 5- to 10-fold over 15 years, to more than $100,000 per year in 2012,” the article said. “The cost of drugs for each additional year lived  (after adjusting for inflation) has increased from $54,000 in 1995 to $207,000 in 2013. This increase is causing harm to patients with cancer and their families.”

“Cancer is a very scary,” Dr. Ayalew Tefferi, the lead author, told NPR. “Everybody’s shocked. But they don’t know about the second shock coming, and that is the financial destruction that’s coming with it. That comes in the course of treatment. That comes after the patient dies. All of a sudden, they see that their lifelong savings is being given to drug companies.”

Tefferi blamed drug company greed, physicians who are too quick to prescribe new drugs without proven efficacy, health insurers willing to go along with pricing with upwards of $3,000-a-month co-pays, and a lack of federal government oversight adding checks and balances to a Wild West of drug pricing, especially for the federal health plan for seniors, Medicare, which is barred from negotiating drug prices. That prohibition was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2003.

“The prices are fixed by the drug companies,” Tefferi said. “There is no regulation.”

Outsized drug company greed is not new. Medicare, unlike the Department of Veterans Affairs, has been barred by Congress from negotiating for drug price breaks—one of the pharmaceutical industry’s sordid lobbying achievements. But the latest statistics cited in the Mayo Clinic’s article show how this trend has worsened.

To start, cancer will affect one-in-three individuals during their lives. Most health plans require co-pays of 20-to-30 percent of the total drug cost. In 2014, all of the cancer drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration—including promising approaches such as molecular-focused therapies—were “priced above $120,000 per year,” Mayo noted. That figure is double the average annual U.S. househld income of $52,000.
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Climate change may be pushing 'Brain-eating' amoeba to northern lakes

Climate change may be pushing 'Brain-eating' amoeba to northern lakes | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—A deadly "brain-eating" amoeba that lives in freshwater sources may be surviving in more northern areas of the United States thanks to climate change, health experts suggest.
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‘Stopping my lifesaving drug will be my end,’ says woman with rare illness

‘Stopping my lifesaving drug will be my end,’ says woman with rare illness | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Sarah Long, oldest survivor of Morquio syndrome, pleads for NHS to provide expensive drug to treat condition
Every day Sarah Long becomes weaker. She cannot sleep for more than an hour at a time, loses concentration and struggles to speak.
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America is the world leader in treating working mothers like absolute garbage

America is the world leader in treating working mothers like absolute garbage | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
America is exceptional all right, exceptionally bad for working moms.
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Fossil fuel companies have been lying about climate change for more than 30 years

Fossil fuel companies have been lying about climate change for more than 30 years | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
That's longer than many of you dear Grist readers have even been alive.

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The sixth great extinction has begun ....

The sixth great extinction has begun .... | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it

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