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Sun May 26, 2013, 09:15 PM

 

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails,

and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.

- Frederick Douglass

I think my daughter's eyes are blue. They might be green. She hasn't been around long enough to tell just yet, but they are certainly something. She recognized me for the first time just a few days ago, and smiled up at me in a simple, sweet way that obliterated my heart. She cannot focus on anything more than a few feet from her face, but that, like everything else about her, will change in time. Someday soon, she will be able to see everything, and tragically, this will be the world within her view.

A report released early this year by the organization Oxfam International revealed that the combined income of the richest 100 people in the world is enough to end global poverty four times over, and that the gap between rich and poor has exploded by some 60% in the last 20 years. Rather than hinder this division, the recent global economic crisis has exacerbated it. Money does not disappear, you see, but tends to be translated up the income ladder in times of financial distress.

According to UNICEF, nearly half the world's population lives on less than $2.50 a day. One billion children live in poverty, and 22,000 of them die each day because of it. More than one billion people lack access to adequate drinking water, and 400 million of those are children. Almost a billion people go hungry every day.

The incomes of 100 people out of the seven billion on the planet could fix that, and then fix it again, and then fix it again, and then fix it again. The exact total of the wealth of these individuals is actually something of a mystery, thanks to the tax havens they use to hide their fortunes. There are trillions of dollars squirrelled away in those havens - no one knows quite how much - and the subtraction of that money from the global economy has a direct and debilitating effect on the people not fortunate enough to be part of that elite 100.

More at Link! http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/16593-the-end-of-the-beginning-of-the-end

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Reply Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, (Original post)
BillyRibs May 2013 OP
JaneyVee May 2013 #1
Egalitarian Thug May 2013 #2
marions ghost May 2013 #3
Initech May 2013 #7
marions ghost May 2013 #8
Octafish May 2013 #14
RainDog May 2013 #4
loudsue May 2013 #5
Initech May 2013 #6
BillyRibs May 2013 #17
Shankapotomus May 2013 #9
freshwest May 2013 #10
Eddie Haskell May 2013 #11
Rain Mcloud May 2013 #12
ReRe May 2013 #13
BillyRibs May 2013 #15
GeorgeGist May 2013 #16

Response to BillyRibs (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 09:31 PM

1. K & R! GREAT article by a great writer~

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Response to BillyRibs (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 09:32 PM

2. Thank you for bringing this out here. Another K&R.

 

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Response to BillyRibs (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 09:41 PM

3. Excellent article

"the notorious war profiteer Kellogg Brown & Root primly announced earlier this month that it will take thirteen years and half a billion dollars for them to wind down their operations in Iraq. They consider this money to be part of the $38 billion deal they made with the US Army back in 2001. How much of that money - your tax dollars - do you figure they have hidden in some offshore tax haven?"

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Response to marions ghost (Reply #3)

Sun May 26, 2013, 09:54 PM

7. If corporations are people, KBR should be arrested and tried for treason and grand larceny.

Not to mention misuse of the military.

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Response to Initech (Reply #7)

Sun May 26, 2013, 10:02 PM

8. All of the loot,

none of the consequences.

Hijacking of the military for illegitimate wars.

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Response to marions ghost (Reply #8)

Mon May 27, 2013, 01:43 AM

14. Cost-Plus

A Five Year Plan they really like.

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Response to BillyRibs (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 09:42 PM

4. k&r n/t

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Response to BillyRibs (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 09:48 PM

5. This part makes me feel like crying...

A report released early this year by the organization Oxfam International revealed that the combined income of the richest 100 people in the world is enough to end global poverty four times over... "

I just find that so horribly horribly sad.

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Response to BillyRibs (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 09:52 PM

6. The top 100 are robbing us blind.

And you know what happens when there's such a thing as the rich having too much money? The poor fight back.

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Response to Initech (Reply #6)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:59 PM

17. Pass me a BIG STICK!

 

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Response to BillyRibs (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 10:17 PM

9. Very powerful

Especially this part:

"The incomes of 100 people out of the seven billion on the planet could fix that..."

Thanks for sharing.

K&R

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Response to BillyRibs (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 10:39 PM

10. Two greats, Douglass and Pitt.

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Response to BillyRibs (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 11:58 PM

11. Beautiful

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Response to BillyRibs (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 12:17 AM

12. Welcome to the world that my dad predicted

 

when he heard Reagan and Gingrich championing trickledown and you're with us or against us.
I thought it was friggin hilarious at the time.
It ain't funny now!
I wish i had just one more chance to talk to him but the tearful one at the side of his death bed will have to suffice.
I have some mighty big shoes to fill,he only had Mussolini,Hitler,Chiang-Kai-Shek,Stalin and the Japanese War Ministry to defeat.
We are up against some way more dangerous criminals and they have taken over the world governments.

All it will take to defeat these bastards is one simple thing and it worked like gang busters last time,this per my dad:
Tax the shit out of them!

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Response to BillyRibs (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 01:35 AM

13. The first paragraph above told me who had written the article...

K&R

... I knew it was Will Pitt. Yeah, this stew has been boiling long enough. People all over this world is up in arms. And I don't mean the military kind of arms. I mean ARMS, with hands attached. I agree with him that we have passed the end of the beginning of the end. We're probably in the middle of the beginning of the end or maybe three-quarters past the beginning of the end. Just when we think things can't get worse, they do. Thanks for the OP, BillyRibs. and welcome to DU.

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Response to BillyRibs (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 01:57 AM

15. Next time I'll post Truthout in the title. sorry about that folks.

 

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Response to BillyRibs (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 06:18 AM

16. It's time.

Ditch the rich.

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