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Nearly One Quarter Of U.S. Children Live In Poverty

Nearly one in four children in the United States lives in a family below the federal poverty line, according to figures presented in a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

A total of 16.3 million children live in poverty, and 45 percent of children in the US live in households whose incomes fall below 200 percent of the federal poverty line.

The annual report, tilted the Kids Count Data Book, compiles data on children’s economic well-being, education, health, and family support. It concludes that, “inequities among children remain deep and stubbornly persistent.”

World Socialist Web Site

The jobs situation is one reason why. Lower-paying jobs, single mothers less able to find jobs.

Another reason: cuts to social welfare programs.

It’s a sad testament when a country’s children live in poverty while a privileged few amass incredible wealth, and when the military-industrial complex and war hawks insist we spend trillions of dollars on the military and fighting never-ending wars.

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Segregated Housing: The Poor Must Use The Back Door

In New York, tax credits are given to developers who include low-rent units in their housing developments.

Extell Development did that with its 33-story condo.

It also added a back door for use by the poor people who will be renting the low-rent apartments.

New York magazine

[Capitalism at its finest]

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Solar Powered Water Wheel Cleans Up Baltimore Inner Harbor

No gasoline or diesel required:

BillMoyers.com

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Israel: Right-Wingers There Are Violent Assholes, Too

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George Carlin: Education And The Owners Of America

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This Is What Happens When You Call The Cops

“Justice” and “To Protect and Serve” are not the same for all segments of society.

Justice (or not), Police State Leave a comment

Beware Hotel Computers (Hotel Business Centers)

Many hotels have computer stations, where guests can use a computer.

User beware:

The U.S. Secret Service is advising the hospitality industry to inspect computers made available to guests in hotel business centers, warning that crooks have been compromising hotel business center PCs with keystroke-logging malware in a bid to steal personal and financial data from guests.

Krebs on Security

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Are You Ready For The Revolution?

Richard Wolf, at BillMoyers.com, offers an article recounting the history of capitalism (and alternate economic models), which does an excellent job of tracing how we got to where we are today: Factories and jobs moved to low-wage labor countries, the rich getting richer while the rest of us have seen lost jobs, wage decreases, and a growing disparity between the 1% and the 99%. Based on historical precedent, the logical conclusion is an uprising.

Sounds like a plan to me.

Read the Wolf article

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Freak Hail Storm Hits Russian Beach

Temperatures were high and people flocked to the beach in Novosibirsk, Siberia.

Then they were pelted by a freak hail storm.

Global Post

(This video got 7 million hits in 3 days)

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U.K. Spy Agency Has Been Devoting Itself To Messing With The Internet

Yeah, at’s rite, mate, them blokes ‘as been buggering wit cha.

The Brits’ spy agency GCHQ has been:

- Messing with polls
- Mass emails
- Mass text messages
- Disruption of video-based websites
- Finding private pics of targets on facebook (ugh)
- Targeted denial of services on websites

and more…

It’s enough to really raise yer cockles.

And if the Brits have been doing it, can there be little doubt the Yanks have, too?

Read more at The Intercept

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Google Drops Real Name Requirement For Do-Evil Plus

Google (a.k.a. Do-Evil) required that users of Google Plus use their real names. If they caught you using an assumed name, they would kick your ass out of there.

It angered a lot of people who might have valid reasons to conceal their true identity. For example: whistleblowers.

Several years later, the pimply-faced pukes at google have decided, according to their blog, to allow pseudonyms. Not that anybody should actually use their google plus spyware.

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Coastal Flooding From Global Warming – In Pictures


Miami Beach after a 1 meter rise in sea level

Architecture2030.org has prepared photographs showing what coastal flooding will look like at a number of coastal cities as a result of global warming.

Take a look.

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Gallup Poll Casts Doubt On Consumer Spending Touted By Those Wearing Rose-Colored Glasses

Some say the economy is rebounding, reaching “escape velocity”.

A Gallup poll casts doubt on that rosy assessment of how things are going.

Consumers are “straining against rising prices on daily essentials to afford summer travel, dining out, and discretionary household purchases – the kinds of purchases that ordinarily keep an economy humming.” That’s what Gallup found when it used a new survey to dive deeper into consumer spending.

Read more

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Rideshare Companies

Those sometimes-praised rideshare companies, Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are praised by some as offering a reasonable alternatives to using taxi cabs.

What most don’t know: They’re owned or financed by major companies – Yahoo, Google and Goldman Sachs.

Here an argument is made that these rideshare companies are causing harm to taxi drivers, and it’s a good point. Especially when the profits serve to enrich corporate behemoths.

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The Roberts’ Supreme Court: Right-Wing Extremists

Watch Moyers with Dahlia Lithwick and Linda Greenhouse:

Is the Surpreme Court Out of Order? from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

Web-only portion of the interview:

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