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5 countries with the widest wealth gaps

These nations have the largest income inequality between their richest and poorest citizens. And yes, the U.S. makes the list.

Countries of all sizes have large wealth gaps

There’s been a lot of talk of late about the rising gap between the rich and poor in the U.S. But how does that gap stack up against the rest of the world?

Based on Gini index figures of Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, the United States of America — the land of opportunity — does have one of the most uneven income distributions in the developed world. Iceland tops the list as the most egalitarian.

The Gini index measures how much an economy deviates from a state of perfect equality where everyone has the same income. A score of zero indicates perfect equality, and a score of one indicates extreme inequality.

Gini index scores can be measured before and after taxes and transfer payments, which are often designed to limit inequality. But according to Chad Stone, chief economist at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, the economy alone is what really determines income inequality. "It's the whole economy. It's the fact that different people have different skills," Stone said.


No. 5: Israel

No. 4: United States

No. 3: Turkey

No. 2: Mexico

No. 1: Chile
Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Jun 4, 2014, 09:15 AM (2 replies)

Solar Panels Taking Over Northwest Missouri

This article is almost 2 years old, but should be updated. I am currently traveling in NW Missouri and have never seen so many solar panels. They are on roofs, in yards, farms have banks of solar panels, schools, and homes in and out of town.


Solar panels are trending more and more in the area.

Businesses are spreading the word.

The power bill at AB Storage has gone from $350 to $15.

"I won't have to worry about a bill for the rest of my life, probably, mostly, or if not, close to the rest of my life," says Roger Mann, the owner.

With power tools, fans, and a lot of lights, the power bill at Ken Smith Autobody has gone from $1,719 to $1,403.

"I think it's awesome, considering how very hot it's been. This past month, my bill is $319 less instead of more," says Mary Brown, co-owner of Ken Smith Autobody.

The culprit in both of these locations: solar panels.

Many businesses in St. Joseph are starting to harvest energy from the sun.

More companies are hopping on, while paying a fraction of the installation.

"I think because of all the free money that's out there through KCP&L, and through the government and stuff like that," says Mann.

At U.S. Solar in St. Joseph, they say business is booming.
Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Jun 3, 2014, 06:11 PM (1 replies)

First Obama came for your guns, now he is coming for your COAL

Obama is going to take everyone's coal away from them. Oh NO!

Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Jun 2, 2014, 08:06 PM (1 replies)

Why can the right wing blast hate and false information but, if I counter them with facts, I am...

told to shut up and that I shouldn't be discussing politics?

I had 5 right wing idiots engage with me today, assuming that I will agree with their views and lies. But when I don't agree with them and counter their bull shit with truth, I get heat for it.

Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Jun 2, 2014, 05:19 PM (10 replies)

Gun Control

It has already started at Gander Mountain Sporting Goods.

When I was ready to pay for my purchases of gun powder and bullets, the cashier said, "Strip down, facing me."

Making a mental note to complain to the NRA about the gun control wackos running amok, I did just as she had instructed.

When the hysterical shrieking and alarms finally subsided, I found out that she was referring to how I should place my credit card in the card-reader.

I have been asked to shop elsewhere in the future. They need to make their instructions to us seniors a little clearer.

I still don't think I looked that bad.
Posted by liberal N proud | Sun Jun 1, 2014, 09:31 PM (1 replies)

Not 1 but 2 Steaks in less than 1 hour?

Joey Chestnut is the undisputed king of Independence Day, but Memorial Day now belongs to a 5-foot-7, 125-pound mother of four — and destroyer of 72-ounce steaks (and Chestnut's records).

Molly Schuyler demolishes Joey Chestnut's record, completing the 72oz steak challenge in 4:58 AND her second in 9:59! #bigtexan #72ozsteak

2:11 PM - 26 May 2014


Posted by liberal N proud | Tue May 27, 2014, 10:29 AM (12 replies)

Clearwater Beach Shootings: 2 Shot, 8 Arrested

This one went under the radar because the media is dwelling on the killings in California.

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A city spokeswoman says two people have been shot and eight people are in custody and being questioned after a series of three shootings on Clearwater Beach in Florida.

Joelle Castelli says in an email that the shootings Monday arose from fights between groups of people and do not appear to be random. She says the first shots were fired outside the Hyatt Regency. She said at a news conference that someone fired shots from the hotel parking garage.

She says one wounded person has been taken to a nearby Tampa Bay hospital and the other who was shot in the hand left the scene.

She says access to the beach had been cut off for a time but had reopened.


The United States has become one big killing field, and the mentality remains that we need more guns! How many more? Tell me how many more have to suffer so that the fucking gun nuts can continue to use people as target practice and deprive others of their rights?

Yes people, it is about rights, the right to live over the right for "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Where does it say anything about the right to take others right to life, when doing so, isn't that also depriving the right to the second amendment as well?

Posted by liberal N proud | Tue May 27, 2014, 07:03 AM (8 replies)

A Cable Merger Too Far


There are good reasons the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission should block Comcast’s $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. The merger will concentrate too much market power in the hands of one company, creating a telecommunications colossus the likes of which the country has not seen since 1984 when the government forced the breakup of the original AT&T telephone monopoly.

The combined company would provide cable-TV service to nearly 30 percent of American homes and high-speed Internet service to nearly 40 percent. Even without this merger and the proposed AT&T-DirecTV deal, the telecommunications industry has limited competition, especially in the critical market for high-speed Internet service, or broadband, where consumer choice usually means picking between the local cable or phone company.

By buying Time Warner Cable, Comcast would become a gatekeeper over what consumers watch, read and listen to. The company would have more power to compel Internet content companies like Netflix and Google, which owns YouTube, to pay Comcast for better access to its broadband network. Netflix, a dominant player in video streaming, has already signed such an agreement with the company. This could put start-ups and smaller companies without deep pockets at a competitive disadvantage.

There are also worries that a bigger Comcast would have more power to refuse to carry channels that compete with programming owned by NBC Universal, which it owns. Comcast executives say that they would not favor content the company controls at the expense of other media businesses.


Speaking of gatekeepers, Time Warner is cutting 6 more channels from our lineup this week while raising our prices. They are trying to force everyone to "rent" their ugly fucking digital box to sit on top of your entertainment center. CSpan is one of those cut which surprised me, because I thought that was like the religious and shopping channels that they were compelled to carry.

We are getting fucked by TWC, I can't wait to see what kind of screwing a much larger Comcast would give us.

Posted by liberal N proud | Tue May 27, 2014, 06:50 AM (7 replies)

Butt Paste?

Posted by liberal N proud | Fri May 23, 2014, 10:58 AM (18 replies)

Wacky candidates at Idaho GOP debate

These two are hilarious

Posted by liberal N proud | Fri May 23, 2014, 10:29 AM (6 replies)
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