World billionaires double since global crash, a new report shows

Originally posted on Tales from the Conspiratum:

So that’s where the money went. It did not disappear into thin air. It was stolen. Eat the rich anyone? No, don’t do that. Too many GMOs and chemicals. It will make you sick.

World billionaires double since global crash, a new report shows | Daily Mail Online.

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Jeff Farrell for MailOnline

  • Despite recession the richest 85 saw their fortunes up by around £150 billion
  • Elite earners have access to wealth equal to that of half of world’s population
  • Oxfam head said that ‘inequality is one of the defining problems of our age’
  • Called on countries to reign in tax dodging and invest in health, education

The number of dollar billionaires in the world has more than doubled to 1,645 since the financial crisis of 2008, according to a new report which warned that inequality between rich and poor is spiralling out of control.

Despite…

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Think the Midterms Don’t Matter? Tell That to 70,000 Poor, Uninsured People in Maine.

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Think the Midterms Don't Matter? Tell That to 70,000 Poor, Uninsured People in Maine.

2014 Midterms

October 29, 2014

Think the Midterms Don’t Matter? Tell That to 70,000 Poor, Uninsured People in Maine.

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The stakes of the 2014 midterm elections, as many have noted, seem awfully low. Yes, control of the Senate is up for grabs, but there’s only so much Republicans will be able to accomplish in the face of the veto and filibuster. As my own colleagues have pointed out, this is an overly sanguine view of the matter. But the tendency to underplay the election is especially misplaced when it comes to races for governor and state legislature. Consider Maine, where a new development in the race for governor may well have just won some 70,000 people health coverage.

Maine’s current governor is Paul LePage, a Republican elected in the 2010 Tea Party wave whose defining legacyeven more than outrageous comments such as telling the NAACP to “kiss my butt,” saying President Obama “hates white people” and comparing the IRS to the Gestapowill be his profound antipathy to the social safety net that so many people rely on in Maine, New England’s poorest state. As the Wall Street Journal recently summarized, LePage, a former millworker who was the eldest of 18 children in an abusive home and a teenage runaway, “pushed for new laws that required drug testing for certain beneficiaries linked to drug crimes and created stricter income limits on childless workers who collected Medicaid. He also let a food-stamp waiver expire, a move that effectively terminates benefits for able-bodied childless workers after three months. His changes to food stamps, Medicaid and cash-assistance programs helped cut the beneficiary rolls from recent peaks by 11%, 12%, and 56%, respectively.”…

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120041/maines-governors-race-will-decide-fate-medicaid-expansion

 

Video: Quotes from Climate Denial Candidates

Video: Quotes from Climate Denial Candidates

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These quotes will make your jaw drop, but the reality is that climate change denial is slowly going extinct as the majority of voters are understanding the problem.

READ MORE & WATCH VIDEO: http://www.nationofchange.org/2014/10/29/video-quotes-climate-denial-candidates/

Scientists Discover Huge ‘Bathtub Ring’ of Oil on Sea Floor from BP Spill

Originally posted on My Blog OceansSpirit:

Scientists Discover Huge ‘Bathtub Ring’ of Oil on Sea Floor from BP Spill

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Scientists revealed more damage from the BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast. And Kara Lankford, director of Ocean Conservancy’s Gulf Restoration, slammed BP for attempting to downplay the spill’s effects on the area’s ecosystem.

 Published: October 29, 2014 | Authors: Emily Atkin | Climate Progress | News Investigation

http://www.nationofchange.org/2014/10/29/scientists-discover-huge-bathtub-ring-oil-sea-floor-bp-spill/

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Homelessness in the World’s Largest City Just Hit a Record Low

Homelessness in the World’s Largest City Just Hit a Record Low

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Why is there a massive discrepancy in rates of homelessness between New York City and Tokyo, the two most populated cities in the world? Could it be that Japan has a far more robust social safety net for its citizens?

The number of homeless residents in New York City, the largest city in the United States, reached a record high this month at more than 56,000 people. Halfway around the world, another metropolis recently hit a homeless record of its own: just 1,697 people are currently homeless in Tokyo, also its country’s largest city and the most populated city in the world, a record low since surveys began in 2002.

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What’s even more surprising than the discrepancy in homeless populations between the two cities is the fact that Tokyo, at 13.4 million people, is larger than New York City (8.4 million people) and Los Angeles (3.9 million people) combined. While the rate of homelessness in New York is currently 67 for every 10,000 people, in Tokyo there is just one homeless individual for every 10,000 city residents.

Why the massive discrepancy in rates of homelessness between two of the most populous cities in the world?

As with most socioeconomic phenomena, there are a number of contributing factors. First and foremost, income inequality is a massive and growing problem in the United States, while Japan has historically had one of the lowest rates of inequality among developed countries. One principal measure of income inequality is the GINI coefficient, a measure from 0.0 (perfect equality) to 1.0 (perfect inequality). Recent surveys in the two countries found a GINI coefficient in Japan of 0.32, while in the US that rate was 0.41. However, income inequality can’t be the only explanation for Japan’s success combatting homelessness, especially considering that the country’s inequality index has actually worsened over the past few decades.

Where Japan is really surpassing the United States, instead, is in the social safety net it offers its citizens.

It begins with the Japanese Constitution, which unlike the U.S. version guarantees its citizens “the right to maintain the minimum standards of wholesome and cultured living.” As such, the country has a far more robust safety net than the United States.

Tokyo itself has been taking extra steps to fight homelessness. For instance, Hiroki Motoda, a government official in the city, pointed to the city’s temporary housing provision and employment training in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. He also said that the homeless population in Tokyo has been decreasing as it got older because, “Older homeless people tend to have health issues, and so they apply for social welfare. They stop living on the streets.”

Finally, another contributing factor is that Japanese tend to have a stronger support system from their families than in the United States, where individualism is prized. Though it is a difficult to quantify, the tradition of Japanese families remaining tight knit and supportive of each member is undeniable.

Of course, Japan is not superior to the United States in every aspect of homelessness, nor it is a perfectly fair comparison. There is far more cultural and racial diversity in the United States than in Japan, for instance. While homeless people in the United States face some barriers to voting, like obtaining photo identification in states that require it, the barriers are significantly steeper in Japan, where shelters and temporary accommodations cannot be used as an official place of residence when registering to vote. However, this does not change the fact that on a given night, more than 600,000 people are homeless in the United States; in Japan, that number is just 7,500. …

http://www.nationofchange.org/2014/10/28/homelessness-worlds-largest-city-just-hit-record-low/

Living with anxiety: Britain’s silent epidemic

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Yasmin Jade at her home in the MidlandsUp to a third of the population will suffer from an anxiety disorder or panic attacks at some point in their life. But what are we all so afraid of?

by Rachel Cooke

Claire Eastham is 26 years old, and truly blessed: funny, lovely to look at, extremely bright (she has two degrees). She lives with her boyfriend in London and has a job she loves (“my dream job”) at the publisher Penguin where she works in sales. Appearances, though, can be deceptive. Last January, she had to take a month-long leave of absence from work. The panic attacks from which she has suffered since she was a teenager had started to dominate her life. “I thought: I need to do something about this, because panic attacks are the worst. You feel like you’re going mad, like you’re going to die; worrying about everything, feeling out of control, wondering what…

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The Ghosts of Gaza: Israel’s Soldier Suicides

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The Daily Beast

Were Israeli soldiers so haunted by what they saw and did in the last Gaza war that they took their own lives? What role did their zealous commander play?

HAIFA, Israel—More than two months after the end of Israel’s latest offensive in Gaza, Operation Protective Edge, its consequences are still being felt in Israeli society. While the Palestinian territory where the war was waged lies in ruins, for some of the Israelis who fought there the devastation that lingers is in the mind.

In the weeks after Israel and Hamas agreed to an open-ended ceasefire, three Israeli soldiers decided to end their lives with their own weapons. And what was especially striking about their suicides was that all served in the same unit, the Givati Brigade, which had a reputation for its ruthless ferocity, considerable bravery, and the use of Old Testament religiosity to…

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These 5 Countries Execute The Most People BI

These 5 Countries Execute The Most People

In 2013, 22 countries across the globe executed 778 people, according to according to a new report from Amnesty International. Five countries led the way — China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the US, in that order.

Infographic: Which Country Carried Out The Most Executions In 2013? | Statista

China, number one on the list, keeps death penalty information a state secret. That makes knowing precisely how many people the country executes every year impossible. The Amnesty report noted, however, that “available information strongly indicates that China carries out more executions than the rest of the world combined.” The number is likely in the thousands.

Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia took the next three spots, with 369, 169, and 79 executions, respectively. Combined, they’re responsible for 95% of all executions in the Middle East and North Africa. …

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/amnesty-international-death-penalty-report-2014-10#ixzz3HSSjr0xT

“The Rare Psychological Disorder That Only Affects Death Row Inmates”

The Rare Psychological Disorder That Only Affects Death Row Inmates

Imagine being told you are going to die in a month. Then it’s a few hours. Then another month. You may be set free or you may be killed, and it all depends on events that are completely out of your control. How long could you stand it? …

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