The Rise of the Working Poor and the Non-Working Rich

The Rise of the Working Poor and the Non-Working Rich


Originally posted on The Fifth Column:


The Huffington Post ~ Robert Reich

Many believe that poor people deserve to be poor because they’re lazy. As Speaker John Boehner has said, the poor have a notion that “I really don’t have to work. I don’t really want to do this. I think I’d rather just sit around.”

In reality, a large and growing share of the nation’s poor work full time — sometimes sixty or more hours a week — yet still don’t earn enough to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

It’s also commonly believed, especially among Republicans, that the rich deserve their wealth because they work harder than others.

In reality, a large and growing portion of the super-rich have never broken a sweat. Their wealth has been handed to them.

The rise of these two groups — the working poor and non-working rich — is relatively new. Both are challenging…

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“Autism and ill health: how to spot the subtle signs that something is wrong”

“Autism and ill health: how to spot the subtle signs that something is wrong”


Originally posted on ChildreninShadow.wordpress.com:

Autism and ill health: how to spot the subtle signs that something is wrong

People with autism and learning disabilities can die up to 20 years prematurely. So how can we help carers and health workers diagnose illness in non-verbal patients?

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An image from the Books Beyond Words series. Photograph: Lisa Kopper

“Oh, he’s been so brave and good. He’s not made a fuss at all.” That’s what the well-meaning care worker said about my autistic older brother after he broke his nose in an epileptic seizure some years ago. Except that Timothy wasn’t being brave or good – he’s just not able to tell us when something is wrong; he doesn’t have the words for it. Like a third of people on the autistic spectrum, my…

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Amazon tests delivery drones at secret Canada site after US frustrationAmazon warns Congress: US risks being left behind in delivery drone business

Amazon tests delivery drones at secret Canada site after US frustrationAmazon warns Congress: US risks being left behind in delivery drone business


Amazon tests delivery drones at secret Canada site after US frustration

Exclusive: Guardian gains access to unnamed British Columbia site where tech giant’s roboticists and engineers, stymied by American regulation, are now developing their unmanned domestic delivery service

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Amazon employees look to the skies at the company’s secret Canadian drones site somewhere in British Columbia, only 2,000ft from the US border. Photograph: Ed Pilkington/the Guardian

Amazon is testing its drone delivery service at a secret site in Canada, following repeated warnings by the e-commerce giant that it would go outside the US to bypass what it sees as the US federal government’s lethargic approach to the new technology.

The largest internet retailer in the world is keeping the location of its new test site closely guarded. What can be revealed is that the company’s formidable team of roboticists, software engineers, aeronautics experts and pioneers in remote sensing – including a former Nasa astronaut and the designer of the wingtip of the Boeing 787 – are now operating in British Columbia…..http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/30/amazon-tests-drones-secret-site-canada-us-faa?CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

BREAKING: Mumia Abu-Jamal hospitalised; family cannot contact him

BREAKING: Mumia Abu-Jamal hospitalised; family cannot contact him


Originally posted on Moorbey'z Blog:

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Renowned Black revolutionary Mumia Abu-Jamal has been hospitalised, and is being held captive in intensive care at the Schuykill Medical Centre, Pottsville, Pa.

Sources from the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal (ICFFMAJ) report that Mumia is being held in the ICU incommunicado, and that his wife has not been allowed to contact him. He is reportedly on an insulin drip.

Significantly, this abduction coincides with the date set for a trial, in Harrisburg, Pa., to overturn the recent law passed by the state of Pennsylvania muzzling the free speech of the state’s prisoners. Comrades and civil rights activists in Pennsylvania call the new law the “Silence Mumia Law,” as the state and the bourgeois press explicitly used the symbolic opportunity to silence Mumia Abu-Jamal, following his Goddard commencement address, as the rationale behind such a flagrant attack on all 51,000 prisoners in captivity across the state of Pennsylvania.

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Sixteen states have more people in prison cells than college dorms

Sixteen states have more people in prison cells than college dorms


Originally posted on theGrio:

College or prison, which is more important?  In 16 states in the land of the free, the answer is prison.

As was reported in MetricMaps, there are 16 states where there are more bodies filling up the prisons than there are students living in college dormitories.  What is truly fascinating, maybe even disturbing, is that nearly all of these 16 states are located in the South, the bottom portion of the country. You must view the map in order to appreciate the gravity of the situation.

Let than sink in for a minute.  More people behind bars than in the dorms. What could it be about the South that would explain this?  Could it be a tradition of slavery, racial violence and Jim Crow segregation, a legacy of criminalizing and dehumanizing people, and of just not treating folks very well?

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Keep in mind that the United States has…

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Corporation Literally Served Inmates Trash

Corporation Literally Served Inmates Trash


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Originally posted on The Fifth Column:

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This is about a contractor that got caught.  How many other prison contractors around the country use the same despicable practice?

Think Progress

Two weeks ago Progress Michigan uncovered emails revealing that a prison food provider served cakes nibbled on by rats to inmates. They’ve now discovered that employees from this same food vendor, Aramark, served inmates at another facility an equally unsavory meal: garbage.
In an email exchange between the company’s general manager, Sigfried Linder, and the state’s Department of Corrections, Linder admitted that prisoners at Saginaw Correctional Facility were served food that was previously thrown in the trash. “Mr. Chisolm discarded the left-overs from the line before the last half unit was in the chow hall. He then realized that there were more inmates to serve so he rinsed them off, reheated them in the oven and instructed the inmates to serve them,” read one email. “They refused, so he…

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Former deputy minister of education pleads guilty to some child porn charges

Former deputy minister of education pleads guilty to some child porn charges


Originally posted on ChildreninShadow.wordpress.com:

Former deputy minister of education pleads guilty to some child porn charges

WATCH: Marianne Dimain reports that Benjamin Levin has plead guilty to child porn charges.

TORONTO – A man who was once Ontario’s deputy minister of education has pleaded guilty to three child pornography-related charges in a Toronto court. … http://globalnews.ca/news/1860256/toronto-prof-benjamin-levin-expected-to-plead-guilty-to-child-porn-charges/

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