Saturday, September 25, 2010

Halloween comes early

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Friday, September 24, 2010


Income, Poverty and Health Insurance in the United States: 2009

The data presented here are from the Current Population Survey (CPS), 2010 Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC), the source of official poverty estimates. The CPS ASEC is a sample survey of approximately 100,000 household nationwide. These data reflect conditions in calendar year 2009.

The official poverty rate in 2009 was 14.3 percent — up from 13.2 percent in 2008. This was the second statistically significant annual increase in the poverty rate since 2004.
In 2009, 43.6 million people were in poverty, up from 39.8 million in 2008 — the third consecutive annual increase in the number of people in poverty.
Between 2008 and 2009, the poverty rate increased for non-Hispanic Whites (from 8.6 percent to 9.4 percent), for Blacks (from 24.7 percent to 25.8 percent), and for Hispanics (from 23.2 percent to 25.3 percent). For Asians, the 2009 poverty rate (12.5 percent) was not statistically different from the 2008 poverty rate.1
The poverty rate in 2009 (14.3 percent) was the highest poverty rate since 1994 but was 8.1 percentage points lower than the poverty rate in 1959, the first year for which poverty estimates are available.
The number of people in poverty in 2009 (43.6 million) is the largest number in the 51 years for which poverty estimates have been published.
Between 2008 and 2009, the poverty rate increased for children under the age of 18 (from 19.0 percent to 20.7 percent) and people aged 18 to 64 (from 11.7 percent to 12.9 percent), but decreased for people aged 65 and older (from 9.7 percent to 8.9 percent). 2

1 The poverty rate for Blacks was not statistically different from that of Hispanics.

2 Since unrelated individuals under 15 are excluded from the poverty universe, there are 460,000 fewer children in the poverty universe than in the total civilian noninstitutionalized population.

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Put the lime in the coconut...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Slick and then some...

The Jefferson Airplane

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Photograph: Bruce Davidson/NPL/Rex Features. Guardian UK

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Science Tarot Cards

Tiny Albino Hedgehog

This tiny albino hedgehog is currently being cared for by the Kuziomski Igliwiak Foundation in Krakow, Poland. The hedgehog centre, which is run by animal lover Andrzej Kuziomski, is the only one of its kind in the country. Dedicated Andrzej mans a 24-hour helpline and ambulance service dedicated to helping injured hedgehogs

Picture: EAST MEWS / REX FEATURES (via Pictures of the day: 21 September 2010 - Telegraph)

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Great is as great does!

America will not regain its preeminent position on the world stage simply by saying that it is "Number 1".  Simply saying that one is great does not make it so... Being great on the other hand is irrefutable.

Great is as great does!  We must be 100% right 100% of the time.

Almost is not good enough.  Make-do-get-by is not good enough.  A country torn asunder is not good enough.

When we clean up our own house.  When we take care of _all_ of our own.  Then we will be great.

America, we have let bipartisan politics polymerize us.  Right now we are a country of Us and Them.

We must become one country of US.  United for the greater good.

Stop allowing derisive and disingenuous factions to split us apart.

America unite!  

One America, complete, healthy and whole. 

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If Facebook made cars

Waaaaay back to 1973...oh my!


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