That year, according to the city’s measure, about 46 percent of New Yorkers were making less than 150 percent of the poverty threshold, a benchmark used to describe people who are not officially poor but who still struggle to get by. That represents a rise of more than three percentage points since 2009, when the nation’s recession officially ended.
By the city’s definition, a family with two adults and two children could earn $46,416 a year and still fall within 150 percent of the city’ poverty level. Unlike the official but rigid federal poverty level, the city’s measure balances the added value of tax credits, food stamps, rent subsidies and other benefits against expenses like health and day care, housing and commuting that reflect New York’s higher living costs. The city says a two-adult, two-child family is poor if it earns less than $30,949 a year. The federal government sets the level at $22,811.
Though more New Yorkers were working in 2011 than the year before, larger shares of children and working adults were classified as poor in 2011, and the proportions of Asians, noncitizens and Queens residents — overlapping groups — each rose by more than four percentage points since 2008."
Let’s get off at this. I’d advise pretty much anyone to read Powering the Dream if they think this is a utopian dream
All spills in order of occurrence:
March 11 – 21: Gwagwalada Town, Nigera
A week-long leak of Kilometer 407.5 NNPC (Nigeria National Petroleum Corp) pipeline. No official number of barrels spilled released, however the spill saturated a hectare (10,000 sq metres) of marshy ground near a major water source.
Tuesday, March 19: Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories Canada
Enbridge Norman Wells Pipeline leaks 6,290 barrels of crude oil
Monday, March 25: Fort MacKay, Alberta Canada
Suncor tar sands tailings pond leaks 2,200 barrels of toxic waste fluid into the Athabasca River
Wednesday, March 27: Parker Prairie, Minnesota U.S.
CP Rail train derails and spills 952 barrels of tar sands crude oil
Friday, March 29: Mayflower, Arkansas U.S.
Exxon Mobil’s Pegasus Pipeline suffers a 22 foot-long rupture, spilling at least 12,000 barrels of diluted tar sands bitumen
Sunday, March 31: A power plant in Lansing, Michigan U.S.
16 barrels of an oil-based hydraulic fluid spills into the Grand River
Tuesday, April 2: Nembe, Nigeria
After suffering a reported theft of 60,000 barrels of oil per day from its Nembe Creek Trunkline pipeline, Shell Nigeria shuts off the pipe for nine days to repair damage
Wednesday, April 3: 350KM southeast of Newfoundland, Canada
A drilling platform leaks 0.25 barrels of crude oil
Wednesday, April 4: Chalmette, Louisiana U.S.
0.24 barrels (100 lbs) of hydrogen sulfide and 0.04 barrels (10 lbs of benzene) leak at an Exxon refinery
Monday, April 8: Esmeraldas, Ecuador
The OPEC-managed OCP pipeline leaks 5,500 barrels of heavy crude oil, contaminating the Winchele estuary
Tuesday, April 9: 29KM NE of Nuiqsut, Alaska U.S.
Human error during maintenance spills 157 barrels of crude oil at a Repsol E&P USA Inc pipeline pump station
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Days after they were badly hurt in a car accident, Jacinto Cruz and Jose Rodriguez-Saldana lay unconscious in an Iowa hospital while the American health care system weighed what to do with the two immigrants…
I remember hearing about this happening in Chicago a couple years ago. I didn’t realize it was so widespread. Horrifying. Can you imagine waking up after a car accident and realizing you’re in a totally different country?
“According to the World Medical Assembly’s Declaration of Malta, in cases involving people on hunger strikes, the duty of medical personnel to act ethically and the principle of respect for individuals’ autonomy, among other principles, must be respected.
“Under these principles, it is unjustifiable to engage in forced feeding of individuals contrary to their informed and voluntary refusal of such a measure. Moreover, hunger strikers should be protected from all forms of coercion, even more so when this is done through force and in some cases through physical violence.
“Health care personnel may not apply undue pressure of any sort on individuals who have opted for the extreme recourse of a hunger strike. Nor is it acceptable to use threats of forced feeding or other types of physical or psychological coercion against individuals who have voluntarily decided to go on a hunger strike.”"
— United Nations’ Statement on Guantanamo Hunger Strikes
The Political Pragmatic reminds us that the real welfare queens are banks, the oil industry, and much of the rest of corporate America.
For U.S. urban youth who are fans of Beyonce and Jay-Z, the experience of a visit to Cuba would stand in stark contrast to the conditions that are commonplace across urban cities in the U.S.—namely unemployment and lack of adequate health care, housing, and educational opportunities. In Cuba, a job, quality health care, housing and education are all rights that every Cuban enjoys. Universal health care means that Cuban women have full access to contraception and abortions, while in the United States 87 percent of counties nationwide have not one identifiable abortion provider.
While Latin American crime rates continue to soar, Cuban society is known for its safe streets and social peace. In a recent international study Cuba was ranked first among Latin American and Caribbean nations in student performance in math and science. In New York City, only 30 percent of eighth-grade students read at their grade level, while across the U.S over 1 million school-age children are homeless or live in a homeless shelter.
In Beyonce’s home city of Houston, the percentage of Black children in foster homes exceeds the proportion of Black children in the city as a whole, while homelessness in Cuba remains unheard of (especially in the case of children). On average, Black Cubans are expected to live five years longer than a Black American, and top positions in government and industry are held by Blacks in Cuba just as often as they are held by light-skinned Cubans.
According to the U.N., Cuba is the only country in the world to have sustained economic growth while at the same time maintaining environmentally sustainable food and industrial production. A trip to Cuba would allow ordinary Americans to pierce through the U.S propaganda machine and find out just how Cuban democracy works and why so many people in Cuba support their government.
Long before Jay-Z and Beyonce, U.S. citizens have been defying the unjust travel ban and traveling to Cuba anyway. Tens of thousands of U.S. citizens visit Cuba every year, and U.S. Cuban solidarity organizations like the Venceremos Brigade and Pastors for Peace have been taking U.S. citizens to Cuba in defiance of the Treasury Department for almost as long as the U.S. blockade has been in place against the island nation’s socialist government.
Hopefully the new media attention on the Cuban tourist industry and the pictures of Jay-Z puffing a Cuban cigar on the balcony of a Cuban hotel, or the YouTube video of Beyonce dancing salsa at a Cuban nightclub, will spur more people to want to travel to Cuba with or without permission from the U.S. Treasury Department.
Since the Obama administration made it possible to travel to Cuba for cultural, religious or academic reasons in 2011, there is a misconception by many in the United States that the half-century-long blockade has been eased and that the travel ban will soon be lifted altogether. In reality, the blockade has been intensified through increased enforcement of the Helms-Burton Act of 1996 and continued attempts by the United States to undermine the Cuban government.
Washington continues to carry out and intensify its efforts to overthrow the Cuban Revolution. We urge everyone to make it their duty to resist this effort. It can be as easy as taking a vacation just 90 miles from the USA.
Lift the blockade!"
Let’s see how this goes in terms of follow through…..
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Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy.
Leftists are not liberals.
Leftists are not liberals.
Leftists are not liberals.
Leftists are not liberals.
One of the worst things to happen to Islam is the Islamic revolution in Iran.
For all you undecided voters out there...
Take a look at Jill Stein in the Green Party… someone who has truly stood by her...
For the upcoming US elections, think about the way in which the American elites have been able to exclude a large and important amount of people...
Oh, snap.ROMNEY: Let's talk about the other big one --LEHRER (interrupting): No, let's not.