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U.S. Economy Unexpectedly Contracted in Fourth Quarter

U.S. Economy Unexpectedly Contracted in Fourth Quarter | Everything Is Broken. Let's fix it. | Scoop.it
Weaker exports, a drop in military spending and a slower buildup in inventories combined to pull the economy down at the end of the year.
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"Unexpectedly" ?? Don't make me laugh.

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The Consolidation of the Elites over Earth's Remaining Resources. Watching the Tragedy of the Commons in Action.
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How Capitalist Banks are Creating the Next Financial Crisis

How Capitalist Banks are Creating the Next Financial Crisis | Everything Is Broken. Let's fix it. | Scoop.it
"The Fed is on the verge of another major disastrous monetary policy shift and experiment", Jack Rasmus.
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Alcoholism epidemic: More than 1 in 8 Americans are now alcoholics

Alcoholism epidemic: More than 1 in 8 Americans are now alcoholics | Everything Is Broken. Let's fix it. | Scoop.it
Alcoholism has risen 49% in the US in just 11 years, national surveys find.
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Largest Sex Trafficking Ring In Western US Busted — Children Openly Sold “In Plain Sight”

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(Activist Post) Los Angeles, CA – A report of a missing teenager in Tulare County, California, in late 2016 culminated into the uncovering of one
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What Happened to America’s Wealth? The Rich Hid It

What Happened to America’s Wealth? The Rich Hid It | Everything Is Broken. Let's fix it. | Scoop.it
Wealth inequality: A new study reports that households with wealth over $40 million evade 25 to 30 percent of personal income and wealth taxes.
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Naomi Klein: how power profits from disaster

Naomi Klein: how power profits from disaster | Everything Is Broken. Let's fix it. | Scoop.it
The long read: After a crisis, private contractors move in and suck up funding for work done badly, if at all – then those billions get cut from government budgets. Like Grenfell Tower, Hurricane Katrina revealed a disdain for the poor
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Of Two Minds - If We Don't Change the Way Money Is Created, Rising Inequality and Social Disorder Are Inevitable

The weblog, feature articles and books of
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How trucking companies forced drivers into debt, worked them past exhaustion and left them destitute

How trucking companies forced drivers into debt, worked them past exhaustion and left them destitute | Everything Is Broken. Let's fix it. | Scoop.it
Thousands of drivers work up to 20 hours a day, sometimes for pennies. When they get sick or refuse to keep working, trucking companies fire them and take their trucks – along with thousands they have paid toward buying them
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National Counterterrorism Center handbook lists "dissatisfaction with job" as a potential sign of extremism

National Counterterrorism Center handbook lists "dissatisfaction with job" as a potential sign of extremism | Everything Is Broken. Let's fix it. | Scoop.it
Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) initiatives rest on the core assumption that it is possible to detect and stop violent extremists before they carry out attacks, through theories of radicalization which identify behaviors that are thought to be “indicators” or “risk factors.” This logic is the driving force behind the National Counterterrorism Center’s (NCTC) annual handbook for law enforcement agencies, which provides guidance for spotting these indicators - from legitimate calls to violence, to more troubling grey areas, such as “expressing frustration with employment situation."
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Japan's rising right-wing nationalism | Border Dispatch #1

Meet the people trying to make Japan great again. Follow Johnny as he makes the new Vox series, "Borders" https://goo.gl/l0x5cA Subscribe to our channel
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Debt Collector Abuse Is Raging

Read More At: http://www.alternet.org/economy/debt-collector-abuse-raging-trump-era Support The Show On Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/seculartalk Here'
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Climate change specialist predicts human extinction in 10 years

Climate change specialist predicts human extinction in 10 years | Everything Is Broken. Let's fix it. | Scoop.it
Climate change specialist Guy McPherson's been called a "doomsdayer" ahead of his NZ talk.
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LA Water More Dangerous Than Flint

Reuters is reporting that the lead levels in some LA neighborhoods are actually worse than Flint’s. Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, Michael Shure, and Amn
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The World Is Now $217,000,000,000,000 In Debt And The Global Elite Like It That Way

The World Is Now $217,000,000,000,000 In Debt And The Global Elite Like It That Way | Everything Is Broken. Let's fix it. | Scoop.it
The borrower is the servant of the lender, and through the mechanism of government debt virtually the entire planet has become the servants of the global money
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You're not imagining it: the rich really are hoarding economic growth

You're not imagining it: the rich really are hoarding economic growth | Everything Is Broken. Let's fix it. | Scoop.it
Some of the most complete data on inequality ever is here, and it's staggering.
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Our Broken Economy, in One Simple Chart

Our Broken Economy, in One Simple Chart | Everything Is Broken. Let's fix it. | Scoop.it
This chart captures the rise in inequality better than any other chart that I’ve seen.
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South Korea’s dystopian nightmare – Jeremy Bernier – Medium

South Korea’s dystopian nightmare – Jeremy Bernier – Medium | Everything Is Broken. Let's fix it. | Scoop.it
South Korea is one of the most technologically advanced and culturally influential countries in the world, but behind the curtain is an ultra-competitive dystopian “survival of the fittest” job…
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'It's raining needles': Drug crisis creates pollution threat

'It's raining needles': Drug crisis creates pollution threat | Everything Is Broken. Let's fix it. | Scoop.it

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, s
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Silicon Valley's Doomsday: Prepping For An Economic Apocalypse [Divided America, Pt. 1] | AJ+ Docs

As Silicon Valley works toward an automated future, many fear that the resulting unemployment will cause deep unrest, and soon. These survivalists ar
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Global inequality is even worse than we thought - here's why

Global inequality is even worse than we thought - here's why | Everything Is Broken. Let's fix it. | Scoop.it
The gap between rich and poor across the globe is even wider than we currently think, according to a new analysis. Official estimates of inequality only take into account the money that the tax man sees, according to a recent paper by economists, Annette Alstadsæter, Niels Johannesen and Gabriel Zucman. 
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Ending NATO, a Monstrous Institution

Ending NATO, a Monstrous Institution | Everything Is Broken. Let's fix it. | Scoop.it
Their anxiety about the future of NATO, recently on full display again when the American president was in Europe, could not be bettered as a measure of the incapacity of Europe’s top politicians to guide their continent and represent its populations. Through its provocations of Moscow, NATO systematically helps increase the risk of a military […]
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The societal cost of heroin use disorder in the United States

The societal cost of heroin use disorder in the United States | Everything Is Broken. Let's fix it. | Scoop.it
Objective Heroin use in the United States has reached epidemic proportions. The objective of this paper is to estimate the annual societal cost of heroin use disorder in the United States in 2015 US dollars. Methods An analytic model was created that included incarceration and crime; treatment for heroin use disorder; chronic infectious diseases (HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and Tuberculosis) and their treatments; treatment of neonatal abstinence syndrome; lost productivity; and death by heroin overdose. Results Using literature-based estimates to populate the model, the cost of heroin use disorder was estimated to be $51.2 billion in 2015 US dollars ($50,799 per heroin user). One-way sensitivity analyses showed that overall cost estimates were sensitive to the number of heroin users, cost of HCV treatment, and cost of incarcerating heroin users. Conclusion The annual cost of heroin use disorder to society in the United States emphasizes the need for sustained investment in healthcare and non-healthcare related strategies that reduce the likelihood of abuse and provide care and support for users to overcome the disorder.
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Student Loan Interest Rates to Increase by Nearly 20%

As of the new 2017-2018 school year, interest rates for student loans will be increasing—in some instances—by up to 20%, amounting to a price hike to th
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American Airlines gave its workers a raise. Wall Street freaked out.

American Airlines gave its workers a raise. Wall Street freaked out. | Everything Is Broken. Let's fix it. | Scoop.it
This is why we can’t have nice things.
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It’s the end of the world and we know it: Scientists in many disciplines see apocalypse, soon

It’s the end of the world and we know it: Scientists in many disciplines see apocalypse, soon | Everything Is Broken. Let's fix it. | Scoop.it
Stephen Hawking is one of many scientists who see the possible near-term demise of our species. Spend that 401k!
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