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US lawmakers are redistributing income from the poor to the rich, according to massive new study
Back in 1980, the bottom 50 percent of wage-earners in the United States earned about 21 percent of all income in the country — nearly twice as much as the share of income (11 percent) earned by the top 1 percent of Americans.
But today, according to , those numbers have nearly reversed:
The bottom 50 percent take in only 13 percent of the income pie, while the top 1 percent grab over 20 percent of the country's income.
Since 1980, in other words, the U.S. economy has transferred eight points of national income from the bottom 50 percent to the top 1 percent.
That trend is even more remarkable when you set it against comparable numbers for wealthy nations in Western Europe.
There, the bottom 50 percent earn nearly 22 percent of the income in those economies, while the top 1 percent take in just over 12 percent of the money.
The income situation in Western Europe today, in other words, is similar to how things
were in the United States nearly 40 years ago.
CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity
The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation's top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including "fetus" and "transgender" — in any official documents being prepared for next
Policy analysts at the in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden words at a meeting
Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget, according to an analyst who took part in the 90-minute briefing.
The forbidden words are "vulnerable," "entitlement," "diversity," "transgender,"
"fetus," "evidence-based" and "science-based."
In some instances, the analysts were given alternative
Instead of "science-based" or "evidence-based," the suggested phrase is "CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes," the person said. In other cases, no replacement words were immediately offered.
Trump judicial nominee fumbles basic questions about the law
Nomination hearings for U.S. district court judges tend to be dry affairs that offer little mass entertainment — in other words, not typically the stuff of viral videos. But a clip of one of President Trump’s federal judicial nominees rudimentary questions about the law garnered well more than 1 million views in a matter of hours on
Thursday night and stoked speculation that of the president’s nominations might get derailed.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) shared footage of Matthew Petersen,
a nominee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia,
getting quizzed by Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) on basic aspects of trial procedure during his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
Was Delhi gang rape India's #Metoo moment?
First, a recap of the horrific crime - the young woman and her male friend had boarded the bus just after 9pm on
16 December 2012.
She was then gang-raped by the driver and five other men on the bus while her friend was badly beaten up.
Naked and bloodied, the couple were thrown by the roadside to die.
They were taken to hospital after some passers-by found them and called the police. She clung to life for a fortnight before succumbing to her injuries.
Her friend lives, scarred for life. The brutality of the assault stunned India and the press dubbed her Nirbhaya - the fearless one.
But I had met my own Nirbhaya a decade before that, while I was producing a BBC radio feature on rape in India
I met her at a shelter for women run by an NGO in central Delhi.
She was from a poor family in Gujarat, a member of a travelling tribe that has no fixed address.
The woman had come to the capital along with her husband and young child. For a few months the couple had worked as day wage labourers and were returning to Gujarat for a visit.
Top Democratic Candidate Drops Out of Kansas Race After Facing Sexual Harassment Allegations
Ramsey announced she was pulling out of the race Friday, in a lengthy statement denying that she engaged in any harassment or retaliation against a former colleague.
The Kansas City Star , which came after the outlet approached her about a 2005 lawsuit involving a male subordinate.
The case stems from Ramsey’s time as vice president of human resources at the company LabOne, according to the Kansas City Star. She allegedly made sexual advances towards a subordinate and retaliated against him when he rebuffed them.
The man was eventually fired.
He sued the company and included the accusations against Ramsey in the case, which was eventually dismissed.
Ramsey was not party to the lawsuit, so she was not involved in resolving the case. “Had the false allegations been brought against me directly, I would have fought to exonerate my name and my reputation,” Ramsey said. “I would have sued the disgruntled, vindictive employee for defamation.”
Deaths of Canada billionaire Barry Sherman and wife 'suspicious'
The bodies of Barry Sherman and his wife Honey were found in the basement, reports said.
Mr Sherman was the founder and chairman of pharmaceutical giant Apotex, which sells generic medicines around the world.
He was one of Canada's richest men and a prominent philanthropist.
Police gave few details and did not confirm the identities of the deceased. However, they were named locally by friends and by officials who reacted with shock at the news.
"I am beyond words right now," Ontario's Health Minister Eric Hoskins said on Twitter.
"My dear friends Barry and Honey Sherman have been found dead.
Wonderful human beings, incredible philanthropists, great leaders in health care." A police spokesman said emergency services were called to the house just before noon on Friday.
Nine more women say judge subjected them to inappropriate behavior, including four who say he touched or kissed them
Nine more women say that Alex Kozinski — a high-profile judge who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit — subjected them to sexual comments or other conduct, including four who say he touched them inappropriately. Kozinski, known for his libertarian views and colorful written opinions, already had been accused of subjecting several women to a range of inappropriate sexual conduct or comments, and the circuit's chief judge on Thursday The matter was assigned Friday to the 2nd Circuit judicial council. The new allegations — which span decades and include not just those who worked for Kozinski but those who encountered him at events — bring the total number of women accusing the judge of inappropriate behavior to at least 15.
One recent law student at the University of Montana said that Kozinski, at a 2016 reception, pressed his finger into the side of her breast, which was covered by her clothes, and moved it with some "deliberateness" to the center, purporting to be pushing aside her lapel to fully see her name tag. Another lawyer said Kozinski approached her when she was alone in a room at a legal community event around 2008 in downtown Los Angeles and — with no warning — gave her a bear hug and kissed her on the lips. A University of California at Irvine law professor said Kozinski pinched her at a dinner this year, and he also joked that he had just had sex with his wife and she or others at the table would be "happy to know it still works."
Measuring the 'Alabama earthquake': How Doug Jones won
Australia Gripped by Decades of Sexual Abuse of Children, Panel Finds
SYDNEY, Australia — A royal commission investigating the sexual abuse of children in Australia found Friday that the nation was gripped by an epidemic dating back decades, with tens of thousands of children sexually abused in schools, religious organizations and other institutions.
The commission, the highest form of investigation in Australia, urged the government to consider and respond to its conclusions and 189 recommendations, among them the establishment of a new National Office for Child Safety and the adoption of laws to address the failure to protect children.
“Tens of thousands of children have been sexually abused in many Australian institutions,” the commission’s report said. “We will never know the true number. Whatever the number, it is a national tragedy, perpetrated over generations within many of our most trusted institutions.”
Putin's rival or stooge? Daughter of president's mentor runs against him
MOSCOW — Starstruck Russians snap selfies and crowd around reality-TV-star-turned-presidential-candidate Ksenia Sobchak as she walks in Moscow's Red Square. When three teenagers scream her name, Sobchak, a journalist and television personality who is taking on President Vladimir Putin, instructs them to get out and vote when the elections come round in March. "We need real change in this country and together we can achieve this," she told the teens on Wednesday. Sobchak, 36, hopes one big thing will work in her favor: The vast majority of Russians know who she is thanks to years in the public eye.
She has starred in shows such as Russia's equivalent of "Big Brother," and "A Blonde in Chocolate," in which she often swore, appeared drunk and wore revealing clothing.
In the instances where harassment was reported, about 40% of the time no action was taken or the individuals said they were encouraged to drop the issue, according to the study. The anonymous survey that the department gave to its employees in early 2017 found that of those who said they had been harassed, 20.5% of employees believed they experienced age-related harassment, 16.5% believed they were harassed due to their gender and 9.3% said they were harassed because of their race or ethnicity. Other reasons employees listed for being harassed were religion (7.1%) disability (6.1%) or sexual orientation (3.6%).
Women who’ve worked at ESPN say its problems go far beyond Barstool Sports
When ESPN canceled its new program with Barstool Sports this fall after just one episode, the network tried to distance itself from the men’s blog that has stoked criticism for everything from calling Rihanna fat to saying girls wearing skinny jeans deserve to be raped.
But a controversy about the treatment of women was already brewing inside the network.
The Bristol, Conn., juggernaut was under scrutiny for a sexual harassment and retaliation complaint filed this summer with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.
And ESPN’s willingness to partner with Barstool emboldened others to speak out about the entrenched locker room culture, where men have made unwanted sexual propositions to female colleagues, given unsolicited shoulder rubs, and openly rated women on their looks, and, in at least one case, sent shirtless selfies, according to interviews with roughly two dozen current and former employees.
Trump allies say Tillerson has ‘not learned his lesson’ and cannot continue in job for long
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seemed focused this week on rebooting his image as a beleaguered Cabinet member on the outs with his boss and his own employees — holding a rare town hall with employees, promising foreign trips into 2018 and saying he is "learning" to enjoy his job.
But then he went off script by offering another invitation for diplomatic talks with nuclear-armed North Korea, putting him at odds once again with President Trump and senior White House officials, who are increasingly exasperated with the secretary of state and say he cannot remain in his job for the long term.
The episode highlights the deep distrust between the White House and Tillerson and suggests how difficult it will be for the relationship to continue.
While Trump and Tillerson have clashed on several policy issues — including negotiating with North Korea, the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord and planning to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem — much of the distance between them seems personal and probably irreversible, White House officials said.
Video shows officers handcuffing a shrieking 11-year-old at gunpoint
Police were scouring a neighborhood in Grand Rapids, Mich., for a 40-year-old attempted murder suspect. Instead, in a moment that has cast a harsh spotlight on the western Michigan city, an officer ended up pointing his gun at — then handcuffing — a screeching 11-year-old girl.
The 45-second video clip from an officer’s
body camera, made public by the city’s police department this week, was full of outrage-inducing elements: a petrified preteen
who started shrieking when she heard the click of handcuffs; a police use of force with racial overtones; a law enforcement agency already criticized in March after an officer pointed a gun at black youth who had done nothing wrong.
The most recent incident happened Dec. 6 on the northwest side of Grand Rapids, according to Grand Rapids NBC affiliate WOOD.
Officers were searching for a woman named Carrie Manning, who was suspected of stabbing her younger sister.
Instead, at a nearby home, they encountered Honestie Hodges — the suspect’s niece — who was walking out the door on the way to the store with her mom and another aunt. Manning is a 40-year-old white woman, according to the news station. Honestie is an 11-year-old black girl.
Cannabis and vaping more popular than smoking among US teens
Some 15% of high school students said they had used marijuana within the previous 30 days, found the report for the National Institute on Drug Abuse. And 12.1% of students said they had used a vaping device.
But only 5% had smoked cigarettes. One in 10 high school seniors said he or she had vaped marijuana at least once in the past year. "It's much higher than I expected," said Richard Miech, the University of Michigan researcher who led the study, of the cannabis vaping figure.
It’s ‘Painfully Obvious’ Trump Will Be Charged by Mueller, Says President’s Ally Roger Stone
Updated | One of President Donald Trump's longtime allies is foretelling doom for the commander in chief, who is embroiled in multiple controversies that threaten his office. Political strategist Roger Stone said it's only a matter of time before special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe and the Trump sexual misconduct allegations that number well into the double digits catch up to the president. "It’s painfully obvious Mueller will bring charges," Stone told Vanity Fair. "The theory is Mueller will indict him on some process-related matter.... The only people who don’t seem to know it are [Trump lawyers] Ty Cobb, [John] Dowd, and the president."
Also, Stone said it's telling that members of Trump's cabinet, including Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, seem to be turning against him. During a Sunday interview on CBS's Face the Nation, Haley said the 19 women who have accused Trump of sexual harassment or assault "should be heard" and "dealt with." Two unidentified sources later told the Associated Press that the president was angry about her comments—as he should be, Stone told Vanity Fair.
Trump plan to move U.S. embassy to Jerusalem angers Middle East Christians
JERUSALEM — Some of the festive cheer was missing this weekend at a public Christmas tree lighting near the site where Christians believe an angel had proclaimed Christ’s birth to local shepherds. “Our oppressors have decided to deprive us from the joy of Christmas,” Patriarch Michel Sabbah, the former archbishop and Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem told the crowd in the town of Beit Sahour in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. “Mr. Trump told us clearly Jerusalem is not yours.” The Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. Embassy there has provoked widespread opposition among Christians across the Middle East. When Vice President Pence arrives next week on a trip touted as a chance to check on the region’s persecuted Christians, he will be facing an awkward backlash.
The pope of the Egyptian Coptic Church, who leads the largest Christian denomination in the Middle East, has called off a scheduled meeting with Pence in Cairo. The Chaldean Church in Iraq warned this week that the White House move on Jerusalem risks sparking regional violence and extremism and demanded the Trump administration respect U.N. resolutions on the city.
Muslim nations urge recognition of East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital
The leaders of 57 Muslim nations have called on the world to recognise "the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital". An Organisation of Islamic Co-operation communique declares US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise the city as Israel's capital as "null and void". It also says the move has signalled Washington's withdrawal from its role in the Middle East peace process. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas earlier said the UN should take over. In a speech to the OIC summit in Istanbul, Mr Abbas said it would be "unacceptable" for the US to be the mediator "since it is biased in favour of Israel". The Palestinians had engaged with the Trump administration in an attempt to agree "the deal of the century", he noted, but had instead "got the slap of the century".
What is so contentious about Jerusalem's status?
The status of Jerusalem goes to the heart of Israel's conflict with the Palestinians. The city is home to key religious sites sacred to Judaism, Islam and Christianity, especially in East Jerusalem.
Israel occupied the sector, previously occupied by Jordan, in the 1967 Middle East war and regards the entire city as its indivisible capital. The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state, and its final status is meant to be discussed in the latter stages of peace talks.
Judges to hold unprecedented hearing on allegations of racial bias by ATF
By dangling the promise of a big score, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives convinced hundreds of would-be robbers across the country that they were stealing large quantities of narcotics, only
to find out the drugs were a figment of the government's imagination.
But the strategy also has been controversial, sweeping up mostly African-American targets - some with only minor criminal backgrounds -
and sparking allegations across the country of entrapment and racial profiling.
With the way mandatory federal sentencing laws work, the stings have landed many defendants behind bars for decades or even life, even though the drugs never existed.
Kentucky lawmaker facing assault allegations kills himself
and who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, killed himself Wednesday night.
He was 57.
Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell said Johnson shot himself on a bridge in Mount Washington, Kentucky. Tinnell confirmed the death to WDRB-TV
Johnson was elected to the state legislature in 2016, part of a wave of Republican victories
that gave the GOP control of the Kentucky House of Representatives for the first time in nearly 100 years. He won his election despite Republican leaders urging him to drop out of the race after some of his racist Facebook posts came to light.
Music Mogul Russell Simmons Is Accused of Rape by 3 Women
Trump judicial nominee struggles to answer basic legal questions at hearing
A Trump judicial nominee struggled to answer basic legal questions posed to him by a Republican senator on Wednesday, including his lack of experience on trial work, the amount of depositions he'd worked on and more. During his testimony, Matthew Spencer Petersen, who currently serves as a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, was asked a string of questions by GOP Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana about his experience on trials, including how many depositions Petersen had worked on--the answer was less than five -- and the last time he had read the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure -- he said he couldn't remember.
Trump denounced the bureau for its handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, calling it "really disgraceful" and continuing his practice of questioning his country's intelligence and law enforcement institutions like no president before. "It's a shame what's happened with the FBI," the president said. "We're going to rebuild the FBI, it'll be bigger and better than ever, but it is very sad when you look at those documents, and how they've done that is really, really disgraceful and you have a lot of very angry people that are seeing it."
Democrat Doug Jones wins stunning upset victory in Alabama Senate race 12/13/17
Voting can address your problem
withflawed people in " POWER "
Top-ranked Baltimore officer cleared in police van death 11/22/17
Zero Accountability for the
Death of a American Citizen
Analysis: Trump mocks Franken, reticent on Moore, despite his own history 11/19/17
The Good, Bad, and
The Ugly, Exposed by today's Media
Former NJ police chief accused of espousing violence toward African-Americans
Racism..., with Black Americans as the Target...
Cannabis and vaping more popular than smoking among US teens
Now You know Why Weed has been
It has never made since that "Weed" is classified as a
The answer is in the title of this article, in that, when smoking weed, "people smoke less cigarettes, people drink less alcohol, people drink less wine".
Long ago, those in the Cigarette industry recognized the effectiveness of purchasing "elected officials", and they used this effective method to ensure that their competition finds its way "extremely illegal".
Long ago, the alcohol industry figured out the same thing, and both cigarette and alcohol industries understood that weed reduces the desire or cigarettes and alcohol, thus,
Weed has been Black Balled to this day, and the cat is out of the bag now.
Sexual Mis Conduct by Trump in this tweet
"Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!"
This Tweet by Trump "is" "Sexual Harrassment" and "is"
a act of bullying.
If your and individual who is a recipient of such a tweet from an individual that is a representative of "any entity", you would have evidence of the "harrassment" that you have suffered.
This tweet privides the evidence that Trump is capable of being Sexually Abusive, Attacking, and Abusive.
Those of you who don't see this tweet as an inappriate attack are individuals who don't understand your individual rights to be treated with dignity and respect.
Star U.S. Diplomat Quits With Fiery Letter To Rex Tillerson
Your Power is your Refusal to serve with flawed people
You surrender your power each day when you choose to continue to work for, and work beside flawed people, because if you took your talents away from that working environment, you take away skills that the flawed environment "need".
It is your individual talent that makes you the powerful person that you are, and you surrender when you choose to work with and for.
It is your willingness to take the abuses from those who behave in an unacceptable manner, that allows the abuser to continue.
It is you who give the power to those who abuse by not
DEMANDING FAIR AND EQUAL TREATMENT.
This example of a individual expressing her perspective of the flawed decisions, flawed leadership in the Trump Admin that removes the power from those whom she serves under, and returns dignity and strength back to her individualism.
So many of you work for and with abusers each day, afraid to take a stance, afraid to leave, afraid to take your power with you and seek out employment in another environment.
Take back your power by
Netanyahu on Trump's backing but... he gets the hand
Birds of a feather flock together, which is a perfect description of the relationship between Trump and Netanyahu, who are individuals who represent all the flaws in individuals who dream for power and will do anything to get it, just to abuse it.
Trump's action this past week that threw America's support behind Israel and against the Palestinians, can't be over stated, or over exaggerated.
Immediately, Netanyahu got on his broom and he is flying around the world attempting to get the pat on the back by all nations, but, Natty got the hand from several entities that understand exactly the type of treatment that the Palestinians have received from Israel for the past 40 plus years.
A Nation's Human Characteristics are personified by the behavior of it's leaders who sit in the seats of power and carry out actions that labels the nation as "flawed, racist, abusive, or great".
Israel's past 40 plus years have been that of the first 3 traits, even as the Palestinians also have failed to produce quality leadership, it has been Israel's use of it's powerful military to dominate and dictate that has represented the worse of the two.
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