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  • Why getting rid of grades would help rich students — and hurt poor ones

    05/13/2017 3:48:32 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Catherine Rampell
    Think grade inflation has made grades less meaningful? A consortium of 100 elite prep schools agrees. But rather than impose stricter grading curves, these schools plan to eliminate grades altogether. “People are nonstandard,” says D. Scott Looney, head of Cleveland’s Hawken School and founder and board chair of the new Mastery Transcript Consortium. “They grow and evolve in the world in nonstandard ways. Distilling that down to a simple common number like a GPA shaves off a lot of humanity in that journey.” These are not artsy-fartsy alternative schools; the consortium includes some of the most famous pressure-cooker private institutions...
  • Democrat Rep. Corrine Brown Found GUILTY: 18 Counts of Fraud, Conspiracy and Obstruction

    05/11/2017 1:06:23 PM PDT · by detective · 34 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | May 11, 2017 | Sundance
    Former U.S. Democrat Representative Corrine Brown was found guilty on 18 of 22 charges for fraud and tax evasion during trial verdict Thursday in federal court in Jacksonville. Brown was found guilty of taking tens-of-thousands of dollars from her One Door for Education Foundation, a charity for poor and impoverished children, and putting the money into her personal accounts for use in maintaining an indulgent lifestyle. She was also found guilty of conspiring within the scheme to defraud donors to the foundation, and guilty of attempts to impede/obstruct the investigation.
  • Twisted Eco-Socialism in Sacramento With ‘Free’ Zipcars For the Poor

    05/09/2017 4:55:18 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/09/17 | Katy Grimes
    This is the sickest State-sponsored attempt at Democrat Utopian Socialism The City of Sacramento, under the short reign of former State Sen. Darrell Steinberg (D), now Sacramento Mayor, just approved free electric Zipcars for residents of Sacramento’s public housing projects. Wow! But don’t worry taxpayers – “The program is funded through a $1.3 million grant from the California Air Resources Board using cap-and-trade funds that businesses pay to offset their carbon emissions,” according to the Sacramento Bee. In other words, the money extorted from California businesses for the privilege of being allowed to continue doing business in this state, is...
  • Twisted Eco-Socialism in Sacramento With ‘Free’ Zipcars For the Poor

    05/09/2017 11:43:30 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/09/17 | Katy Grimes
    This is the sickest State-sponsored attempt at Democrat Utopian Socialism The City of Sacramento, under the short reign of former State Sen. Darrell Steinberg (D), now Sacramento Mayor, just approved free electric Zipcars for residents of Sacramento’s public housing projects. Wow! But don’t worry taxpayers – “The program is funded through a $1.3 million grant from the California Air Resources Board using cap-and-trade funds that businesses pay to offset their carbon emissions,” according to the Sacramento Bee. In other words, the money extorted from California businesses for the privilege of being allowed to continue doing business in this state, is...
  • Helpful but Inadequate: Can Religious Charities Take the Place of the Welfare State?

    03/26/2017 6:58:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 03/25/2017 | Emma Green
    President Trump’s initial budget proposal would end aid for poor families to pay their heating bills, defund after-school programs at public schools, and make fewer grants available to college students. Community block grants that provide disaster relief, aid neighborhoods affected by foreclosure, and help rural communities access water, sewer systems, and safe housing would be eliminated. Mick Mulvaney, the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, suggested recently that even small amounts of federal funding for programs like Meals on Wheels, which delivers food to house-bound seniors, may not be justified. With billions of dollars worth of...
  • House prices: Take a tour inside a Sydney micro apartment

    03/21/2017 7:04:25 AM PDT · by Twotone · 35 replies
    ABC Radio Sydney ^ | March 19, 2017 | Lucia Stein & Lawrence Champness
    With housing affordability a huge concern for many Sydney residents, one organisation is offering low- to middle-income earners the opportunity to live more cheaply in smaller spaces. Evolve Housing's initiative has already seen single people and couples making the switch to one-bedroom, one-bathroom places that are close to work but do not hurt the hip pocket. But can people actually live in a tiny apartment? The ABC took a tour inside one to see what it would be like.
  • Whistleblowers: Planned Parenthood Had Dead Baby Quotas

    02/08/2017 5:51:39 PM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 2/8/17 | Bre Payton
    In a new video, former Planned Parenthood employees reveal they were incentivized to pressure women into getting abortions to meet monthly corporate quotas.In the video from Live Action, Sue Thayer, a former Planned Parenthood manager in Storm Lake, Iowa, explained that if her center met its quota for abortion referrals, employees would be rewarded with pizza parties, paid time off, and other rewards.After administering a pregnancy test to a woman, Planned Parenthood employees would tell her how much it cost and ask how much she would be able to pay towards it. If a woman was unable to pay for a...
  • What China’s ‘Highway Robbery’-Style Toll Roads Say About its Economy

    11/20/2016 11:02:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | October 30, 2016 | Cai Shenkun
    Why is China’s huge toll road system running massive losses despite billions of income from toll fees? It’s another strategy devised by the communist regime to siphon wealth from the public, says Cai Shenkun, a well-known Chinese economist and blogger.The Chinese state operates the largest toll road system in the world. Toll roads across the country collect more than 400 billion yuan (US$60 billion) each year. But strangely, this profitable monopoly industry reports huge losses year after year. According to recently released data by China’s Ministry of Transportation, revenue from toll roads was 409.78 billion yuan in 2015 while operating...
  • Ignoring the Poor Is a Damnable Sin – A Homily for the 26th Sunday

    09/25/2016 7:26:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 68 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Ignoring the Poor Is a Damnable Sin – A Homily for the 26th Sunday Msgr. Charles Pope • September 24, 2016 • The Rich Man and the Poor Lazarus by Hendrick ter BrugghenIn the Gospel for today about the rich man and Lazarus the Lord gives us some important teachings on judgment and Hell. We live in times in which many consider the teachings on Hell to be untenable. They struggle to understand how a God described as loving, merciful, and forgiving can assign certain souls to Hell forever. Despite the fact that the Doctrine of Hell is taught...
  • Garment factories to buy into automation [Cambodia]

    08/25/2016 11:01:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 1 replies
    Phnom Penh Post ^ | August 23, 2016 | Hor Kimsay
    Investors in Cambodia’s garment industry are increasingly purchasing modern equipment as they look to produce higher value-added products to compete in the international market and counter rising labour costs, an industry insider said yesterday. Ly Tek Heng, operation manager at the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC), said rising factory worker wages were thinning margins on the production of low-value garments and footwear in the face of fierce global competition.
  • Justice Department Says Poor Can't Be Held When They Can't Afford Bail

    08/20/2016 7:01:19 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 93 replies
    NBC News ^ | 08/19/16 | Pete Williams
    Holding defendants in jail because they can't afford to make bail is unconstitutional, the Justice Department said in a court filing late Thursday — the first time the government has taken such a position before a federal appeals court. It's the latest step by the Obama administration in encouraging state courts to move away from imposing fixed cash bail amounts and jailing those who can't pay.
  • Toll roads in Austin, Texas are discriminatory

    08/17/2016 5:02:55 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 109 replies
    Office conversation | 17 August 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    People at work were talking about getting to work and back home the other day. In the conversation, they mentioned the toll roads in Austin, Texas and the cost thereof. I was in shock. The amount per month spent on toll roads for people ranged from $300-600 per MONTH. Then it hit me! The poor can not afford to pay those charges. So, the regular roads in Austin are in bumper-to-bumper traffic overload. The well-to-do go to and fro with great convenience while the lower classes suffer pretty badly with some having a 2-hour trip EACH WAY from home to...
  • A staggering percentage of Americans are too poor to shop

    07/08/2016 8:29:44 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 211 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7-6-16 | Lisa Fickenscher
    Retailers have blamed the weather, slow job growth and millennials for their poor results this past year, but a new study claims that more than 20 percent of Americans are simply too poor to shop. These 26 million Americans are juggling two to three jobs, earning just around $27,000 a year and supporting two to four children — and exist largely under the radar, according to America’s Research Group, which has been tracking consumer shopping trends since 1979.
  • Collectibles for Christ

    05/16/2016 9:55:41 AM PDT · by pboyington
    Go Fund Me ^ | May 16, 2016 | Colonel Brian Sperling
    This seems like a good cause, a new organization started by a friend of mine, Colonel Brian Sperling. Ever since I took part in my first mission trip, over a decade ago in Zimbabwe, my heart for missions, for the homeless, and for the poor all over the world has grown. My name is Brian Sperling, a career Army officer, and I have reached a time in my life and achieved a conviction where I am taking steps to do something more than I have been. I have moved 14 times in my 27-year career and have seen financial needs,...
  • Poor Poor Pitiful Me

    04/18/2016 11:44:33 PM PDT · by Rabin · 9 replies
    youtube ^ | 1963 | Terri Clark, Linda Ronstat
    Terri Clark, 96. A breakout for daughters of the slotted Vail...
  • DOT pushing highway projects to help revitalize urban areas

    04/15/2016 10:54:14 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 31, 2016 | Melanie Zanona
    Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is calling for infrastructure projects he says can help revitalize urban areas and close gaps in economic inequality. The new Department of Transportation (DOT) push will place a greater emphasis on projects that connect people who live in low-income and minority neighborhoods to “areas of opportunity” and prioritize projects that encourage investment in underserved communities. It's part of a fight against the tendency for highway projects to be routed through low-income and minority neighborhoods. Foxx on Wednesday said that, after the interstate highway system began, bulldozing urban areas to build roads that bypassed the communities they...
  • In US, rich may outlive poor by nearly 15 years: study

    04/11/2016 10:57:32 AM PDT · by PROCON · 31 replies
    AFP ^ | April 11, 2016
    Miami (AFP) - The richest Americans tend to outlive the poorest by almost 15 years, and that gap has grown since 2001, said a major study of income and life expectancy this week. The findings, published Sunday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, were based on more than one billion tax records from 1999 to 2014, as well as government mortality statistics. The gap in life expectancy between the richest one percent and the poorest one percent was 14.6 years for men and 10.1 years for women, said the study led by Raj Chetty, an economics researcher at...
  • Bernie Sanders Doesn't Care About Poor White People in Vermont

    03/07/2016 7:43:21 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 25 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | March 7, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Bernie Sanders Doesn't Care About Poor White People in Vermont March 7, 2016 Daniel Greenfield Bernie Sanders has no idea that poor white people exist. So much for the whole Socialist "fighting for the poor" routine. "When you are white, you don’t know what it’s like to be living in a ghetto, you don’t know what it’s like to be poor," Bernie Sanders said at the Flint debate. While Bernie Sanders may not encounter them in his rallies at college towns, plenty of poor white people exist. And the situation has actually become critical in some parts of the country...
  • Paul Ryan invites Little Sisters of the Poor to State of the Union

    01/12/2016 10:19:38 AM PST · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/12/16 | W. James Antle III
    House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Monday that he has invited two representatives of Little Sisters of the Poor to join him at President Obama's last State of the Union address Tuesday night. Little Sisters of the Poor is an order of Catholic nuns who serve the elderly poor. It's also the group that sought protection from Obamacare's mandate to offer birth control and other drugs in violation of their religious beliefs. Ryan was part of a friend-of-the-court brief filed in support of a case filed with the Supreme Court by the Sisters...
  • Obamacare Is Sucking Up To 10% Of Americans' Incomes

    12/28/2015 8:12:15 AM PST · by Lorianne · 29 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 28 December 2015 | Tyler Durden
    The latest dilemma facing economists is why "unequivocally good" low oil prices haven't sparked excuberant consumer spending across America. We have discussed the simple (though awkward for the establishment) answer many times - soaring costs for 'shelter' and healthcare have hoovered up every penny saved (and more); and now, a new study proves it- exposing the reality that many Obamacare customers pay more than 10 percent of their incomes toward coverage (and some paying considerably more). The shocking findings show that, as CNBC summarizes, One in 10 Obamacare customers who earn between just two and five times the federal poverty...