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tabatha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 12:15 AM
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If American Land were Distributed the way American Wealth Is
Posted on 10/27/2011 by Juan
The Congressional Budget Office confirms that the top 1% has tripled its income since 1979, while the upper middle class has increased its wealth much more modestly, and the rest of the country has seen only a small gain.

Just to be clear, the 1% are about 3 million, the 9% are about 27 million, and everyone else crowded into that little torrid strip is about 278 million.

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http://www.juancole.com/2011/10/if-american-land-were-d...
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Arctic Dave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 12:20 AM
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1. Does this mean I can own all of Alaska?
I won't be greedy, someone else can have Hawaii.
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Laluchacontinua Donating Member (277 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 12:24 AM
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2. I think it actually *is* distributed that way, if you take away federal & state lands.
For example, John Malone (media mogul) owns land in the US that put together is about the size of Jordan (the country). Ted Turner owns just slightly less. I'm sure there are others.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2048884/John-Ma...
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 12:28 AM
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3. They should have let 1 smiley face= 1 million people
That would make a stronger visual impression.
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Yupster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 01:33 AM
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4. Actually doesn't the government
own a huge percentage of the land?
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 01:37 AM
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5. Good find Tabatha. nt
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inna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 01:40 AM
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6. wow, a post worth recommending. amazing.
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tabatha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:42 AM
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7. Wow, I have always been on the side of the underdog
since I was a child in South Africa.
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inna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:46 AM
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9. then, like Nelson Mandela, you should be a big friend of the late Colonel!
:o

(oops, sorry, wrong thread!)

:yoiks:
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tabatha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:37 AM
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11. Nope, Gaddafi did not always help the underdog.
He helped ANC. But he also helped Mugabe.

And the people who fought against the ANC in South Africa often committing atrocities, White South African military and police, helped Gaddafi's family escape, helped Gaddafi to smuggle gold out of the country, were helping Gaddafi to escape but botched it, and are currently helping Saif.

Because of the harm that Gaddafi did to Sudan when it interfered in that country (yup, imperialism), Sudan helped the rebels with weapons.

And in Libya, the Libyans were the underdog - Gaddafi was one of the richest men in the world and used Libya's money as his own piggy bank. That is why it is probably going to be easier to track down Libyan money.

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/SA-men-in-Libya-...
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:48 AM
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8. That looks strangely familiar. Here's a tiny map of US federal land holdings...
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ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:00 AM
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10. Dibs on Hawaii.
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