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The Next America

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Demographic transformations are dramas in slow motion. America is in the midst of two right now. Our population is becoming majority non-white at the same time a record share is going gray.

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The demographic shifts in the United States are transforming the cultural fabric of the country and this interactive feature from the Pew Research Center explores some of these changes. Interracial marriage, declining fertility rates, migration, economic opportunities and politics are just some of the issues that can be seen in these excellent populations pyramids, charts, videos and graphs.

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"The demographic shifts in the United States are transforming the cultural fabric of the country and this interactive feature from the Pew Research Center explores some of these changes.  Interracial marriage, declining fertility rates, migration, economic opportunities and politics are just some of the issues that can be seen in these excellent populations pyramids, charts, videos and graphs." - Seth Dixon 

Amanda Morgan's comment, September 18, 2014 10:46 AM
The demographic shifts will most definitely have an impact on politics and economic opportunities. With as many 85 year olds as 5 year olds, we will see an increase in the need for health care and general overall care for the elderly. There will be more need for social security and retirement plans. While it is a good thing overall that life expectancy is increasing, it may create other issues.
Amanda Morgan's curator insight, September 18, 2014 10:48 AM

The demographic shifts will most definitely have an impact on politics and economic opportunities. With as many 85 year olds as 5 year olds, we will see an increase in the need for health care and general overall care for the elderly. There will be more need for social security and retirement plans. While it is a good thing overall that life expectancy is increasing, it may create other issues.

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About "The Beacon"

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Truth is, for our democracy to survive, it needs an engaged and informed citizenry applying both creative and critical thinking, to understand and solve the many challenges to our society. .

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Content curation is a new form of digital media. As a content curator, I cherry pick the best from hundreds of Internet media sources,  and share high-value, often under-reported, quality content. My content curation is about  providing a customized, vetted selection on the major themes of democracy, activism, world peace, opposition to militarism, social justice, economic fairness, climate justice, environmental protection, and online freedom.
 
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Truth is, for our democracy to survive, it needs an engaged and informed citizenry applying both creative and critical thinking, to understand and solve the many challenges we face.

Living in a world of media abundance. we hope to nurture informed activism and amplify the voices of numerous grassroots movements, by helping to educate and empower people by sorting and filtering through the vast amount of useful Internet content, presenting it in a meaningful and organized way.

Content curation is a new form of digital media. As a content curator, I cherry pick the best from hundreds of Internet media sources,  and share high-value, often under-reported, quality content. My content curation is about  providing a customized, vetted selection on the major themes of democracy, activism, world peace, opposition to militarism, social justice, economic fairness, climate justice, environmental protection, and online freedom.

 

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Look Who's Buying American Democracy

Look Who's Buying American Democracy | The Beacon | Scoop.it
According to an investigation by the New York Times, half of all the money contributed so far to Democratic and Republican presidential candidates—$176 million—has come from just 158 families, along with the companies they own or control.
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What you can do about the rigged Democratic Party primary system

What you can do about the rigged Democratic Party primary system | The Beacon | Scoop.it
Plutocracy: A country or society governed by the wealthy few. “America, today, is much closer to a plutocracy than a democracy.” Join the revolt against the plutocrats: Pledge to write-in Bernie Sa...
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Signs of a Dying Society

Signs of a Dying Society | The Beacon | Scoop.it
While Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning and John Kiriakou are vilified for revealing vital information about spying and bombing and torture, a man who conspired with Goldman Sachs to make billions of dollars on the planned failure of subprime mortgages was honored by New York University for his "Outstanding Contributions to Society."

This is one example of the distorted thinking leading to the demise of a once-vibrant American society. There are other signs of decay:
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The One Question Reporters Never Ask Candidates

The One Question Reporters Never Ask Candidates | The Beacon | Scoop.it
Candidates for public office, especially at the state and national levels, are never asked this central question of politics: “Since the people are sovereign under our Constitution, how do you specifically propose to restore power to the people in their various roles as voters, taxpayers, workers and consumers?”
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Another good question is: If elected, what are you going to do to end the corruption in Washington?

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Why Can’t the Public Know the Truth about Social Security?

Why Can’t the Public Know the Truth about Social Security? | The Beacon | Scoop.it
During the past three decades the American people have been kept in the dark about the true status of the Social Security program. Politicians, from both political parties, give out false and conflicting information on a regular basis, and nobody knows who to believe. At the Republican presidential debate, held in Boulder, Colorado, on the night of October 28, 2015, New Jersey governor, Chris Christie, shocked a lot of people when he said, “Let me be honest with the people who are watching at home. The government has lied to you and they have stolen from you. They told you that your Social Security money is in a trust fund. All that’s in the trust fund is a pile of IOUs for money they spent on something else a long time ago.”
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Dr. Allen W. Smith is a Professor of Economics, Emeritus, at Eastern Illinois University. He is the author of seven books and has been researching and writing about Social Security financing for the past ten years. His latest book is Raiding the Trust Fund: Using Social Security Money to Fund Tax Cuts for the Rich. Read other articles by Allen, orvisit Allen's website.

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The Big Struggle Is the Financial Elite vs. Everyone Else

The Big Struggle Is the Financial Elite vs. Everyone Else | The Beacon | Scoop.it
The standard explanation for why average working people in advanced nations such as Britain and the United States have failed to gain much ground over the past several decades and are under increasing economic stress is that globalisation and technological change have made most people less competitive. The tasks we used to perform can now be done more cheaply by lower-paid workers abroad or by computer-driven machines.
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The fatal trend among white working class Americans

The fatal trend among white working class Americans | The Beacon | Scoop.it
White working-class voters have been a key building block of the Republican coalition since the rise of the Reagan Democrats 35 years ago. You would think that the party’s presidential candidates would want to respond to the heartbreaking crisis these Americans are facing.
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U.S. imperialism was the real winner of the presidential debate

U.S. imperialism was the real winner of the presidential debate | The Beacon | Scoop.it
Journalists have a peculiar tradition of selecting a “winner” in presidential debates, as if such an adjudication were objective, and not a politically motivated evaluation. Marco Rubio was declared by many to be the “winner” of the fourth GOP presidential debate, on Nov. 10.

The real winner of the debate, however, was not any individual, but rather a system: U.S. imperialism.
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Friction is now between global financial elite and the rest of us

Friction is now between global financial elite and the rest of us | The Beacon | Scoop.it
The anger and frustration felt by hard-working people who have seen their wages and job security steadily diminish is fuelling a populist revolt against the political establishment
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The Empire of Chaos: An Interview With Noam Chomsky

The Empire of Chaos: An Interview With Noam Chomsky | The Beacon | Scoop.it
US foreign policy in the 21st century has little to offer other than massive military power. Indeed, gone are the days when military might was used in order to "recreate the world in America's image." In the post-Cold War era, US military interventions take place in the absence of an overall strategic vision and with ideological justifications lacking force and conviction even among the United States' traditional allies. Little wonder then that military interventions, always illegal and unjustifiable, end up accomplishing nothing more than the creation of black holes, while giving rise in turn to new and ever increasing violent terrorist organizations bent on spreading their own vision of social and political order.
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Finland prepares universal basic income experiment

Finland prepares universal basic income experiment | The Beacon | Scoop.it
Pack a heavy coat, folks, we’re going to Finland. The Finnish Social Insurance Institution, also known as Kela, has begun work on a proposal that would guarantee a basic income to every citizen of the small Nordic nation. This system of a universal state-facilitated payment delivered to every Finnish person would transform the state’s welfare system and potentially provide a blueprint for other countries looking to build a different kind of economy.
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How Unions Fight Inequality and Strengthen Democracy

How Unions Fight Inequality and Strengthen Democracy | The Beacon | Scoop.it
A new study from the International Monetary Fund concludes that unions reduce inequality and foster a healthier economy for everyone, mainly by preventing the wealthiest among us from keeping the fruits of a collaboratively created prosperity for themselves.

The IMF study shows that a reinvigorated labor movement is essential to both a just economy and a well-functioning democracy. It deserves widespread attention – and should inspire concerted action.
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The Middle Class Is No Longer America's Economic Majority

The Middle Class Is No Longer America's Economic Majority | The Beacon | Scoop.it
There are now more low-income and high-income Americans combined than there are people in the middle class, a study released Wednesday found.

According to a Pew Research Center report, there were 120.8 million adults living in middle-income households and 121.3 million in lower- and upper-income households combined in early 2015, marking the first time in the center's four decades of tracking this data that the size of the latter groups has transcended that of the first.
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America Is Too Dumb for TV News

America Is Too Dumb for TV News | The Beacon | Scoop.it
There are people of all political persuasions who insist to this day they saw something like what Trump described, but nobody describes anything like the scale of the story Trump is spinning. To believe there was a mass demonstration of open, gloating defiance right across the river from Manhattan while the Towers smoldered, speaks to a powerfully crazy fantasy both about American impotence and about a brazen, homogenous evil in Muslim-American communities.
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The New Great Game Between China and the US

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The U.S. is transfixed by its multibillion-dollar electoral circus. The European Union is paralyzed by austerity, fear of refugees, and now all-out jihad in the streets of Paris. So the West might be excused if it’s barely caught the echoes of a Chinese version of Roy Orbison’s “All I Have to Do Is Dream.” And that new Chinese dream even comes with a road map.
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Hang On to Your Wallet: Negative Interest, the War on Cash and the $10 Trillion Bail-In

Hang On to Your Wallet: Negative Interest, the War on Cash and the $10 Trillion Bail-In | The Beacon | Scoop.it
In uncertain times, “cash is king,” but central bankers are systematically moving to eliminate that fact. Is it really about stimulating the economy? Or is some deeper, darker threat afoot?
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How Organized Labor's Allegiance to Establishment Democrats is Killing Unions

How Organized Labor's Allegiance to Establishment Democrats is Killing Unions | The Beacon | Scoop.it
Hillary Clinton's latest union endorsement — this time, from the 2.1 million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) — has, once again, been an example of union leadership prioritizing political connections in high places over the best interests of its members.
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The Right's Anti-Minimum Wage Arguments Have Pretty Much Stayed the Same for 80 Years

The Right's Anti-Minimum Wage Arguments Have Pretty Much Stayed the Same for 80 Years | The Beacon | Scoop.it

Over the past year, the campaign to raise the minimum wage has been steadily accumulating prominence, political allies and, most importantly, successes. Not surprisingly, it has also occasioned a pushback from conservative politicians and columnists who view its increase as a misguided, self-defeating folly. 

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We need a new trust-busting movement in America

We need a new trust-busting movement in America | The Beacon | Scoop.it
Like immense amoebas on the prowl, America’s already huge corporations are combining like nobody’s business. In recent months, Walgreens bought Rite Aid, uniting two of the nation’s three largest drugstore chains; in beerland, Molson Coors is buying Miller ; mega-health insurers Aetna and Anthem, respectively, bought mega-health insurers Humana and Cigna ; Heinz bought Kraft, good news for those who take ketchup with their cheese; and American Airlines completed its absorption of US Airways, reducing the number of major U.S. airlines to four, which now control 70 percent of the air travel market. On Wall Street, the five biggest commercial banks hold nearly half of the nation’s bank assets; in 1990, the five biggest held just 10 percent.
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Climate change could push 100 million into extreme poverty, the World Bank has warned

Climate change could push 100 million into extreme poverty, the World Bank has warned | The Beacon | Scoop.it
Climate change could push more than 100 million people into extreme poverty by 2030 by disrupting agriculture and fuelling the spread of malaria and other diseases, the World Bank has said in a report.
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It’s a Scam! - The American Way of War in the Twenty-First Century

It’s a Scam! - The American Way of War in the Twenty-First Century | The Beacon | Scoop.it

Let’s begin with the $12 billion in shrink-wrapped $100 bills, Iraqi oil money held in the U.S.  The Bush administration began flying it into Baghdad on C-130s soon after U.S. troops entered that city in April 2003.  Essentially dumped into the void that had once been the Iraqi state, at least $1.2 to $1.6 billion of it was stolen and ended up years later in a mysterious bunker in Lebanon.  And that’s just what happened as the starting gun went off..

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The Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History

The Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History | The Beacon | Scoop.it
The release Thursday of the 5,544-page text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership—a trade and investment agreement involving 12 countries comprising nearly 40 percent of global output—confirms what even its most apocalyptic critics feared.
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New York is investigating Exxon Mobil for allegedly misleading the public about climate change

New York is investigating Exxon Mobil for allegedly misleading the public about climate change | The Beacon | Scoop.it
The state of New York is investigating whether Exxon Mobil misled the public and investors about the risks of climate change, a move sought by environmentalists that could signal a broader reckoning with the conduct of big energy companies.
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Kentucky Is Obamacare’s Undeniable Success Story. This Man Is Trying To Burn It All Down.

Kentucky Is Obamacare’s Undeniable Success Story. This Man Is Trying To Burn It All Down. | The Beacon | Scoop.it
Though it has been largely ignored by national media and pollsters, Kentucky’s November gubernatorial election could mean striking changes for the Bluegrass State. The nation’s most unlikely Obamacare success story — a state system that has provided more than 500,000 Kentuckians with affordable health insurance — might well be ransacked by a Tea Party candidate named Matt Bevin.
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As a Kentuckian, I am saddened by the Bevin victory, especially since so few determined the fate of so many on crucial life and death issues. The silence of Kentuckians by not voting speaks volumes, earning them little respect and illustrates the failure of our democracy.

 

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Are Resource Wars Our Future?

Are Resource Wars Our Future? | The Beacon | Scoop.it

At the end of November, delegations from nearly 200 countries will convene in Paris for what is billed as the most important climate meeting ever held.  Officially known as the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP-21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (the 1992 treaty that designated that phenomenon a threat to planetary health and human survival), the Paris summit will be focused on the adoption of measures that would limit global warming to less than catastrophic levels. If it fails, world temperatures in the coming decades are likely to exceed 2 degrees Celsius (3.5 degrees Fahrenheit), the maximum amount most scientists believe the Earth can endure without experiencing irreversible climate shocks, including soaring temperatures and a substantial rise in global sea levels.

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