A journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to America

A journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to America

The UN’s Philip Alston is an expert on deprivation – and he wants to know why 41m Americans are living in poverty. The Guardian joined him on a special two-week mission into the dark heart of the world’s richest nation

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The Silicon Valley paradox: one in four people are at risk of hunger

The Silicon Valley paradox: one in four people are at risk of hunger:

Exclusive: study suggests that 26.8% of the population qualify as ‘food insecure’ based on risk factors such as missing meals or relying on food banks

Karla Peralta is surrounded by food. As a line cook in Facebook’s cafeteria, she spends her days preparing free meals for the tech firm’s staff. She’s worked in kitchens for most of her 30 years in the US, building a life in Silicon Valley as a single mother raising two daughters.

But at home, food is a different story. The region’s soaring rents and high cost-of-living means that even with a full-time job, putting food on the table hasn’t been simple. Over the years she has struggled to afford groceries – at one point feeding her family of three with food stamps that amounted to $75 a week, about half what the government describes as a “thrifty” food budget. “I was thinking, when am I going to get through this?” she said.

In a region famed for its foodie culture, where the well-heeled can dine on gold-flecked steaks, $500 tasting menus and $29 loaves of bread, hunger is alarmingly widespread, according to a new study shared exclusively with the Guardian.

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Fifth of UK population now in poverty amid worst decline for children and pensioners in decades, major report reveals

Fifth of UK population now in poverty amid worst decline for children and pensioners in decades, major report reveals:

Hard-fought progress towards tackling poverty is in peril, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation says as the Government’s entire Social Mobility Commission quits

Britain’s record on tackling poverty has reached a turning point and is at risk of unravelling, following the first sustained rises in child and pensioner poverty for two decades, a major report has warned.

Nearly 400,000 more children and 300,000 more pensioners are now living in poverty than five years ago, during which time there have been continued increases in poverty across both age groups – prompting experts to warn that hard-fought progress towards tackling destitution is “in peril”.

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Child Poverty In Britain Set To Reach New Record High

Child Poverty In Britain Set To Reach New Record High:

Across all regions, relative child poverty is projected to increase markedly…more than reversing all the progress made over the past 20 years.”

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Global Collapse: Children Are Literally Starving To Death In Venezuela And Yemen

Financial/economic collapse, hyperinflation, civil war and hunger will come to the U.S. and Europe.

I would stock up on food for loooonger periods of time.


Global Collapse: Children Are Literally Starving To Death In Venezuela And Yemen:

Venezuela and Yemen were both once very prosperous nations, but now parents are literally watching their children starve to death as the economies of both nations continue to utterly collapse.  Just like so many here in the United States, most of those living in Venezuela and Yemen would have called you completely crazy if you would have warned them that this was going to happen five years ago.  In particular, Venezuela has more proven oil reserves than almost anyone else on the planet, and so to most of their citizens it was unimaginable that things could ever get this bad.  But it has happened, and the collapse that has already begun in parts of South America, Africa and the Middle East will soon spread elsewhere.

When I said that children are literally starving to death in Venezuela, I was not exaggerating one bit.  The following comes from the Wall Street Journal

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It Is Becoming Illegal To Be Homeless In America As Houston, Dallas And Dozens Of Other Cities Pass Draconian Laws

It Is Becoming Illegal To Be Homeless In America As Houston, Dallas And Dozens Of Other Cities Pass Draconian Laws:

Should we make homelessness against the law and simply throw all homeless people into prison so that we don’t have to deal with them?  Incredibly, this is actually starting to happen in dozens of major cities all across the United States.  It may be difficult to believe, but in many large urban areas today, if you are found guilty of “public camping” you can be taken directly to jail.  In some cities, activities such as “blocking a walkway” or creating any sort of “temporary structure for human habitation” are also considered to be serious crimes.  And there are some communities that have even made it illegal to feed the homeless without an official permit.  Unfortunately, as the U.S. economy continues to slow down the number of homeless people will continue to grow, and so this is a crisis that is only going to grow in size and scope.

Of course the goal of many of these laws is to get the homeless to go somewhere else.  But as these laws start to multiply all across the nation, pretty soon there won’t be too many places left where it is actually legal to be homeless.

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40% Of Spanish Children Live In Poverty

40% Of Spanish Children Live In Poverty:

Despite a resurging stock market and stabilized bond risk premia (cough Draghi cough), EurActiv reports the proportion of children living below the poverty line in Spain has increased by 9 percentage points between 2008 and 2014, to reach almost 40%.

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Unhappy Holidays: Houston Police Force Homeless People to Throw Away Food

Unhappy Holidays: Houston Police Force Homeless People to Throw Away Food:

On Thursday, the Houston Police Department targeted a group of homeless advocates who were attempting to hand out hot food and gifts to the homeless.

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Half of southern Italians at risk of poverty

Half of southern Italians at risk of poverty:

One in four Italians is at risk of poverty or social exclusion, a new report from national statistics agency Istat has found. According to the estimates, almost 17.5 million people in the country live in poverty.

Families with children are more at risk of poverty than ever, with those having at least three children at highest risk. Data shows that last year 48.3 percent of them were struggling to make ends meet. That figure was up from 39.4 percent in 2014.

Overall, the poverty rate in Italy has remained stable at 28.7 percent compared with 28.3 percent a year earlier.

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Half Of The Population Of The World Is Dirt Poor – And The Global Elite Want To Keep It That Way

Half Of The Population Of The World Is Dirt Poor – And The Global Elite Want To Keep It That Way:

Could you survive on just $2.50 a day?  According to Compassion International, approximately half of the population of the entire planet currently lives on $2.50 a day or less.  Meanwhile, those hoarding wealth at the very top of the global pyramid are rapidly becoming a lot wealthier.  Don’t get me wrong – I am a very big believer in working hard and contributing something of value to society, and those that work the hardest and contribute the most should be able to reap the rewards.  In this article I am in no way, shape or form criticizing true capitalism, because if true capitalism were actually being practiced all over the planet we would have far, far less poverty today.  Instead, our planet is dominated by a heavily socialized debt-based central banking system that systematically transfers wealth from hard working ordinary citizens to the global elite.  Those at the very top of the pyramid know that they are impoverishing everyone else, and they very much intend to keep it that way.

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90-year-old Florida man arrested for second time in a week after feeding the homeless again

90-year-old Florida man arrested for second time in a week after feeding the homeless again:

Not everything has to be regulated. Not everything has to be codified and signed off on by the red tape gurus. Life CAN happen just fine without such interference. And when the government is stopping a man from feeding the hungry, rest assured something is very wrong with the regulations, the codes, and the local bureaucrats.

(From The NY Daily News)

When 90-year-old Florida resident Arnold Abbott said following his arrest on Sunday that police couldn’t stop him from feeding the homeless, he apparently meant it.

Abbott was charged again on Wednesday night for violating a new city law in Ft. Lauderdale that essentially prevents people from feeding the homeless.

“I expected it” he said in a Sun Sentinel report. “At least this time they let us feed people first.”

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Indian man carries dead wife home from hospital in a final act of love

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Indian man carries dead wife home from hospital in a final act of love:

A grieving man from the eastern Indian state of Odisha carried his dead wife’s body on his shoulders from the hospital to his village for nearly 12km (7 miles), claiming it’s because he couldn’t afford to pay for an ambulance.

https://youtu.be/gjn51WC9Dk4

With his teenage daughter sobbing by his side, Dana Majhi wrapped his wife’s body in old sheets from the hospital bed in Bhawanipatna city early Wednesday because hospital authorities reportedly refused to provide transportation for the family.

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Hillary Clinton made $3 million for ‘speeches’ to 12 ‘bail-out’ banks while ALWAYS CRIMINALLY SILENT on reneged official promises to end poverty

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Ms. Clinton made $3 million for ‘speeches’ to 12 ‘bail-out’ banks while ALWAYS CRIMINALLY SILENT on reneged official promises to end poverty:

hat tip: The Intercept

The big deal about Ms. Clinton is the same for all “leaders” of both US political parties:

Ms. Clinton acted in Orwellian opposition to her Oath-sworn job as US Secretary of State with ongoing violations of the US Constitution through US Wars of Aggression, various US War Crimes, and support of other nations’ Wars of Aggression.

Consider her job to uphold the Department of State’s Mission Statement as she engaged in armed attacks around the world:

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Well-Armed Activists Openly Defy Texas Law to Feed the Homeless – Hundreds Clothed and Fed

Well-Armed Activists Openly Defy Texas Law to Feed the Homeless – Hundreds Clothed and Fed:

In a time of rampant statism, feeding the homeless has become a revolutionary act.

Dallas, TX — When feeding the homeless becomes an act of civil disobedience, Americans have been asleep for far too long.Luckily, however, there are still good people who are willing to defy such arbitrary and ill-conceived laws and ordinances.

The folks over at the aptly named organization Don’t Comply, took to the streets just outside the Austin Street Shelter in Dallas this weekend to perform, what has now become a revolutionary act – feeding the homeless.

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21 Facts About The Explosive Growth Of Poverty In America That Will Blow Your Mind

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21 Facts About The Explosive Growth Of Poverty In America That Will Blow Your Mind:

What you are about to see is more evidence that the growth of poverty in the United States is wildly out of control.  It turns out that there is a tremendous amount of suffering in “the wealthiest nation on the planet”, and it is getting worse with each passing year.  During this election season, politicians of all stripes are running around telling all of us how great we are, but is that really true?  As you will see below, poverty is reaching unprecedented levels in this country, and the middle class is steadily dying.  There aren’t enough good jobs to go around, dependence on the government has never been greater, and it is our children that are being hit the hardest.  If we have this many people living on the edge of despair now, while times are “good”, what are things going to look like when our economy really starts falling apart?

The following are 21 facts about the explosive growth of poverty in America that will blow your mind…

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