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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The US Air Force set out to return to Cold War numbers by growing nearly 25% and taking on hundreds more planes to form an additional 74 squadrons, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced on Monday. The US Air Force, which typically acquires aircraft only after long vetting and bidding processes, will attempt the radical change in short order to fulfill President Donald Trump's vision of a bigger military to take on Russia and China. The US Navy has announced similar plans to grow its fleet size by nearly a third and shift tactics to better challenge Russia and China. read more


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) -- A man from Mexico living in the U.S. illegally has confessed to kidnapping college student Mollie Tibbetts while she was running in her small Iowa hometown, killing her and dumping her body in a cornfield, authorities said Tuesday ... Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Tibbetts, whose July 18 disappearance set off a massive search involving state and federal authorities ... Rivera led investigators early Tuesday to a body believed to be Tibbetts in a cornfield about 12 miles (19 kilometers) southeast of Brooklyn, Iowa, where Tibbetts was last seen running, Division of Criminal Investigation special agent Rick Rahn said. read more


Sunday, August 05, 2018

With few accurate roadside tools to detect pot impairment, police today have to rely largely on field sobriety tests developed to fight drunk driving or old-fashioned observation, which can be foiled with Visine or breath mints. That has left police, courts, public health advocates and recreational marijuana users themselves frustrated. Nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana and 30 states and D.C. have legalized medical pot. Now one California company claims it has made a major breakthrough in creating what some thought of as a unicorn: a marijuana breathalyzer. read more


Saturday, August 04, 2018

The right-wing group Patriot Prayer gathered for a rally in downtown Portland Saturday amid a heavy police presence and a large contingent of boisterous counter-protesters in the third such face-off in two months ... The event also unfolded ahead of the one-year anniversary of the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last August that deteriorated into clashes and left one person dead ... Police warned via Twitter that no one carrying a rifle, shotgun or other long-gun would be allowed into Tom McCall park – the site of the rally ... Police also said that any item, such as a flag pole, or a homemade shield, that could be used as a weapon, will be confiscated ... On the eve of the event, Mayor Ted Wheeler said he had 'serious concerns' about possible violence ... The march, planned for months, was organized by Joey Gibson, leader of the Patriot Prayer group, and a long-shot Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in the state. read more


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Yes, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane tricked Neil DeGrasse Tyson into sharing science thoughts for Family Guy, as Neil deGrasse Tyson shared in a fantastic story: So, we have lunch, he asked me 20 questions about the Big Bang. And I go, 'Oh, he's a curious guy and I love it, because he likes science.' Later on I watch an episode of Family Guy and Stewie's time machine goes back to before the Big Bang. But then at the end it says, 'Science consultant: Neil deGrasse Tyson.' So, what I'm saying is, 'I'm there for the artists when they need me.' read more


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#26 HUMTAKE

How hard is this ...

Jobs Aren't A Solution To Poverty

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Since 1973, American productivity has increased by 77 percent, while hourly pay has grown by only 12 percent. If the federal minimum wage tracked productivity, it would be more than $20 an hour, not today's poverty wage of $7.25.

American workers are being shut out of the profits they are helping to generate.

The decline of unions is a big reason. During the 20th century, inequality in America decreased when unionization increased, but economic transformations and political attacks have crippled organized labor, emboldening corporate interests and disempowering the rank and file.

This imbalanced economy explains why America's poverty rate has remained consistent over the past several decades, even as per capita welfare spending has increased.


... to understand?

Kinda runs against the prevailing narrative that the middle class is on the decline ...

POSTED BY MADBOMBER

Wrong

Here you go ...

Jobs Aren't A Solution To Poverty

www.drudge.com

Since 1973, American productivity has increased by 77 percent, while hourly pay has grown by only 12 percent. If the federal minimum wage tracked productivity, it would be more than $20 an hour, not today's poverty wage of $7.25.

American workers are being shut out of the profits they are helping to generate.

The decline of unions is a big reason. During the 20th century, inequality in America decreased when unionization increased, but economic transformations and political attacks have crippled organized labor, emboldening corporate interests and disempowering the rank and file.

This imbalanced economy explains why America's poverty rate has remained consistent over the past several decades, even as per capita welfare spending has increased.


What is and isn't "middle-class" is not the question that needs to be asked ... the question is why are people angry.

And the answer is rooted in why American wages haven't kept up with the overall growth of the economy.

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