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Sunday, July 24, 2016

"The first time I was acutely aware of my Blackness, I was probably 6 or 7 years old. Like, before then obviously I knew I was Black, but I hadn't really had it put in my face like this until I was about 6 or 7. I used to go to daycare back then, and we went on a field trip to a water park one time. One of the other boys from the daycare came up to me and told me he was surprised I was going on the trip because his dad told him all colored people were afraid of the water since we sink to the bottom. He didn't know he was being offensive. He was just curious why someone who would sink to the bottom would want to go to a water park."


"Though increasing through much of the 20th century, we show that intragenerational mobility has been declining since the early 1980s across a variety of rank-based measures," the scholars write. "Mobility has declined for both men and women and among workers of all levels of education, with the largest declines among college-educated workers. In the presence of increasing inequality, falling mobility implies that as the rungs of the ladder have moved father apart, moving between them has become more difficult."

"The paper, published by the Washington Center for Economic Growth, concludes that this decline is particularly pronounced for the so-called middle class."
The findings were followed by a report released earlier this month by the Economic Policy Institute, which found that, in 2015, CEOs in the largest U.S. companies an average of 276 times the annual pay of the average worker."

"One striking feature is the decline in upward mobility among middle-class workers, even those with a college degree," the scholars write. "Across the distribution of educational attainment, the likelihood of moving to the top deciles of the earnings distribution for workers who start their career in the middle of the earnings distribution has declined by approximately 20 percent since the early 1980s."

The report noted, "From 1978 to 2015, inflation-adjusted CEO compensation increased 940.9 percent, 73 percent faster than stock market growth and substantially greater than the painfully slow 10.3 percent growth in a typical worker's annual compensation over the same period." www.alternet.org

I think that better explains why the millennials are so ticked off.

To those who think the 2nd Amendment is the only part of the constitution that matters, having the means to project deadly force is the most important right there is. It overrides public safety. Notice they do not vigorously defend the rest of the Bill of Rights or the other Amendments (e.g., 14th Amendment birthright). They seem to believe it's OK for police to abuse the 4th and 5th Amendments to protect them from the "terrorists", or "thugs", but they believe the 2nd Amendment prevents us from keeping guns out of the hands of the "terrorists" if it inconveniences "law-abiding responsible gun owners" (e.g., universal background checks, or waiting periods). As to why they hold this view, that would be the purview of psychology. It is clear that the rest of the civilized world is managing to avoid tyranny without being awash in guns in private hands. They do not feel "free" without the means to kill the marauders they expect to come to take their food when civilization collapses (which they fully expect to happen in their lifetimes). As for government tyranny, all their guns could not protect them from the Army, Air Force and Marines (not withstanding that there aren't enough people in the armed forces to militarily "occupy" the US). The whole thing is ridiculous. The vast, overwhelming majority of people in this country are not in danger from foreign invasion, wild animals, or "wild Indians". They are far more likely (statistically) to get killed by some nutcase, or family member, with a gun. Far more likely, in fact, than to be killed by a "terrorist".

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