We spend almost a trillion dollars per year on war and wasteful weapons systems, and the people who work in the army live in slums.Major problems include mold, lead in the water, asbestos, leaking ceilings, roaches, mice and rats
While everyone gushes over “the most diverse Congress in our history”
– 78 year old Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker of the House…again
– She has written a rules package that includes the “Pay Go” rule – meaning that all proposed spending needs to be accompanied by tax increases or spending cuts – assuring no big programs are enacted over the next two years since the Senate will never approve tax increases
– She killed the Green New Deal committee and resurrected the Committee on Climate Crisis – a toothless committee that doesn’t have the power to subpoena or write legislation – assuring there is no major action on climate destruction happens
– She has repeatedly stated that she will not move to impeach Trump until the Mueller investigation is over, despite the fact that the Mueller investigation is a criminal matter and impeachment is a political one. Running a business from the Oval Office, as Trump is, is not illegal but it is unconstitutional and it is impeachable.
Diversity is a good thing. People of different backgrounds bring different perspective and life experience. This should be celebrated.
Having different gendered, ethnic, or religious people who perpetuate the same failed policy and leadership is not a good thing. This is the same old failed neoliberal identity politics that will doom us to another term of trump.
Our society is ill
“The idea that a developed wealthy nation like ours has declining life expectancy just doesn’t seem right,” said Robert Anderson, the chief of mortality statistics at the C.D.C., who helped prepare the reports. “If you look at the other wealthy countries of the world, they’re not seeing the same thing.”
The opioid epidemic has contributed to reductions in American life expectancy over the last three years, a pattern not seen since World War II, new data show.
How much did you wages rise last year?
China’s ultra-wealthy are driving the trend, adding two new billionaires per week last year, and growing at a rate almost double that of the Americas and Europe.
-34 percent of all American workers made less than $20,000 last year.
-48 percent of all American workers made less than $30,000 last year.
-59 percent of all American workers made less than $40,000 last year.
-68 percent of all American workers made less than $50,000 last year.
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Atlanta has received an Air Quality Score of F for three years in a row for ground-level ozone. Small engines are unregulated super-polluters. If we modernized the landscaping industry with trade-in programs for clean electric equipment, we could clean up our air.
Don’t doubt the toxic exhaust from these machines, just read more here: https://www.kcet.org/shows/socal-connected/california-throttles-down-pollution-from-small-engines
And here: https://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/offroad/sm_en_fs.pdf
And here: https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5400950
If you bought shoes or clothes because of the Kapernick ad, you got played.
“In all, Nike has given $424,000 to the GOP compared to $122,000 to Democrats. The findings follow a recent trend showing Nike has donated more to Republicans than Democrats in every election cycle since 2010 with the exception of 2016.”
Nike is well ahead of its competitors when it comes to political contributions on both sides of the aisle.