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  • The "Real" America: Near Record 20% Struggle To Afford Food, Highest Since Crisis Began

    09/12/2013 9:53:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 63 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 9/12/13 | Tyler Durden
    With US equity markets on a 7-day roll and excited TV anchors proclaiming the worst over and new all-time highs must signal recovery as they 'celebrate' five years on from Lehman, the following two charts of the state of real America should open a few eyes to just how blinded American has become to the truth (unless you live it). A stunning 20.0% of Americans were found to have struggled to afford food in the last year - surging in recent months to its highest since the peak of the crisis in 2008 - as American's ability to consistently afford...
  • High school graduation rate hits 78.2 percent, highest since 1974 (surge in Hispanic rate)

    01/22/2013 6:13:46 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 1/22/13 | James B. Kelleher - Reuters
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Graduation rates at high schools have improved to their highest level in nearly 40 years, driven by a surge in the percentage of Hispanic students earning diplomas, a government study released on Tuesday showed. ... Education Secretary Arne Duncan said .. he was especially encouraged by the improvement among Hispanic students, whose graduation rates surged 10 percent to 71.4 percent between 2006 and 2010, .. ... Across the United States, four-year graduation rates were highest for students of Asian and Pacific-Islander heritage at 93.5 percent, .. white students at 83 percent, and Hispanic students at 71.4 percent,...
  • Chicago tops nation in tax burden for travelers

    09/11/2012 7:36:06 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 18 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | Sep 10, 2012
    Chicago tops nation in tax burden for travelers For an average visit to downtown Chicago, a traveler will pay about $40.31 in combined taxes per day, a study finds. Three Florida cities tied for lowest cost. By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times September 10, 2012 Chicago, the city that brought us deep-dish pizza, Oprah and "da Bears," is also home to the nation's highest tax burden for travelers. The lowest taxes imposed on travelers can be found in the Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers and West Palm Beach. Those are among the findings of new research by the...
  • Highest Gas Price Recorded in March

    03/19/2012 9:04:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    abc ^ | 3/19/12 | By Zunaira Zaki
    The average price of a gallon of regular is now $3.87, the highest recorded price in March. The average price is up nearly 4 cents from a week ago, and over 30 cents from a year ago, according to the Department of Energy, as more drivers face gas prices of $4 a gallon or more across the country. Last week, the average gas price was $3.83 a gallon, the previous record according to data going back to 1990. The West Coast was once again the most expensive region with an average gas price of $4.23, up almost 2 cents from...
  • D.C. Boasts Highest Average Income In U.S.

    10/19/2011 5:02:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Big Government ^ | 10/19/11 | Publius
    Federal employees whose compensation averages more than $126,000 and the nation’s greatest concentration of lawyers helped Washington edge out San Jose as the wealthiest U.S. metropolitan area, government data show. The U.S. capital has swapped top spots with Silicon Valley, according to recent Census Bureau figures, with the typical household in the Washington metro area earning $84,523 last year. The national median income for 2010 was $50,046. The figures demonstrate how the nation’s political and financial classes are prospering as the economy struggles with unemployment above 9 percent and thousands of Americans protest in the streets against income disparity, said...
  • Whatever happened to ‘Dissent is the highest form of patriotism'?

    12/21/2010 9:33:51 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies · 2+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 12/21/10 | Thomas Lifson
    Remember when Democrats opposed to the war in Iraq became furious when it was pointed out that they were encouraging the enemy? Remember when Harry Reid said "This war is lost"? "How dare you challenge my patriotism?" was the cry of outrage heard throughout the land. "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism" went the axiom. With Barack Obama in the Oval Office, suddenly things are different. In today's Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and former editorial page editor Cynthia Ticker blatant calls Republican opponents of the START Treaty unpatriotic:
  • Clown [Tiririca] reaches Brazil's Congress with highest vote

    10/04/2010 10:09:05 AM PDT · by mgstarr · 4 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 10/4/10 | Igor Solar
    The controversial comedian Francisco Everardo Oliveira Silva, also known as "Clown Tiririca”, was elected Sunday to Congress in Brazil with over 1.3 million votes. Detractors complain that the funnyman is illiterate. According to the latest data from the Brazilian Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE), "Tiririca" was elected as Federal Deputy (Member of the Brazilian Parliament) with the first national majority obtaining 6.35% of the votes in the State of Sao Paulo with more than 1.35 million preferences. Second largest majority at the national level was achieved by the former governor of Rio de Janeiro Anthony Garotinho, who received more than 690,000...
  • Cost of insuring Illinois debt now highest in U.S.

    06/18/2010 12:25:17 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 3 replies · 330+ views
    Chicago Business ^ | 6/17/2010 | Greg Hinz
    Cost of insuring Illinois debt now highest in U.S. Posted by Greg H. a t 6/17/2010 5:54 PM CDT on Chicago Business Capping a miserable financial week for the Land of Lincoln, the cost of insuring Illinois' debt late Thursday reached the highest level of any state in the union. It's also now higher than troubled European countries like Portugal, but better than for bankrupt Greece -- at least so far.
  • Immigration to Israel hits 16,244, highest jump in 10 years

    01/03/2010 1:58:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies · 649+ views
    HaAretz ^ | 1/3/09 | Raphael Ahren
    For the first time in 10 years the number of immigrants to Israel has risen this year, according to Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky and Immigration and Absorption Minister Sofa Landver. In 2009, 16,244 people immigrated - a 17 percent jump over last year's 13,859. The number of immigrants from English-speaking countries has also increased by 17 percent this year, from 4,511 to 5,294, said Eli Cohen, the director-general of the agency's aliyah department.
  • Bay State health insurance premiums highest in country (Rein in health costs, Massachusetts urged)

    08/22/2009 7:55:59 AM PDT · by maggief · 14 replies · 825+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 8/22/09 | Kay Lazar
    Massachusetts has the most expensive family health insurance premiums in the country, according to a new analysis that highlights the state’s challenge in trying to rein in medical costs after passage of a landmark 2006 law that mandated coverage for nearly everyone. The report by the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit health care foundation, showed that the average family premium for plans offered by employers in Massachusetts was $13,788 in 2008, 40 percent higher than in 2003. Over the same period, premiums nationwide rose an average of 33 percent.
  • Wounded Warriors Set Out to Conquer North America’s Highest Peak

    06/01/2009 5:16:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 268+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, June 1, 2009 – Today marks the start of a monumental challenge for four wounded veterans, their two mentors and one guide, as they move from the base of North America’s highest peak in Alaska’s Denali National Park to the mountain’s base camp at an elevation of 6,850 feet. Denali, formerly known as Mount McKinley, challenges anyone so bold as to try to conquer its peak, some 20,320 feet into the Alaskan sky. Bob Haines, a firefighter and retired Army sergeant first class, said that regardless of training, Denali demands a lot of anyone. The team has been...
  • World’s Highest Ski Run Melted Away

    05/08/2009 4:46:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 1,334+ views
    ecoWorldly.com ^ | 5/8/09 | Derek Markham
    Bolivia’s Chacaltaya Glacier, once known as the world’s highest ski run at 17,388 feet, has completely melted away, serving as a vivid example of the effects of climate change on the glaciers around the globe. “Chacaltaya has disappeared. It no longer exists.” - Dr. Edson Ramirez, Institute of Hydraulics and Hydrology at the Universidad Mayor de San Andres In 1999, Ramirez, the head of a team of researchers studying the glacier since 1991, believed that the glacier would continue to exist until 2015, but the rate of melting tripled in the last ten years, and the once popular tourist destination...
  • U.S. mass layoffs rise to highest on record

    04/23/2009 8:43:14 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 668+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 4/23/09 | Pedro Nicolaci da Costa
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Large-scale U.S. layoffs rose again in March, according to Labor Department data on Thursday, as the economy struggles with what many expect will be the country's worst post-World War II recession. Last month witnessed 2,933 more mass layoffs, defined as affecting 50 or more workers, than February. This brought the total number of people who lost their jobs in this manner to 299,388, the highest on a record that dates back to 1995. The U.S. job market has been under severe strain as a crisis first evident in housing spread to the rest of the economy,...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, March 8-14, 2009: Where is this (and what makes it unique)?

    03/12/2009 9:54:58 PM PDT · by cogitator · 34 replies · 1,349+ views
    Haven't done this for awhile; and this one might be a toughie (except, possibly, if you've been there and recognize it). One hint: it's an easy hike to the top.
  • Voter turnout expected to be highest in decades

    11/01/2008 2:16:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 63 replies · 1,516+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/1/08 | Seth Borenstein - ap
    WASHINGTON – Voter turnout will be the highest in decades, dwarfing recent presidential elections, experts predict. The only question dividing experts is how huge will it be. Will it be the largest since 1968, largest since 1960 or even, as one expert predicts, the largest in a century? Soaring early voting levels hint at a big turnout, but that could just be the same voters casting ballots earlier instead of more voters hitting the polls. Weather should generally be favorable, according to forecasts. --snip-- Michael McDonald of George Mason University is so optimistic he's predicting the highest level in a...
  • Britain's Highest Birth Rates Among Migrants

    12/08/2007 7:44:44 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 277+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-9-2007 | Ben Leapman
    Britain's highest birth rates among migrants By Ben Leapman, Home Affairs Correspondent Last Updated: 1:11am GMT 09/12/2007 A baby boom among immigrant families is driving the population to a record high, government figures will show this week. The figures, from the Office for National Statistics, will reveal that Britain's highest birth rates are in the Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities, both predominantly Muslim. The birth rate among women born in Pakistan but living in the UK is three times higher than that among British-born women, the figures will show. Separate figures due this month will reveal whether Mohammed has overtaken Jack...
  • West under highest wildfire alert (Level 5)

    07/18/2007 9:24:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 703+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/18/07 | John Miller - ap
    BOISE, Idaho - International wildfire crews could be called to help fight blazes in the bone-dry West as U.S. officials on Wednesday boosted the nation's wildfire alert to its highest level. "It's driven by a couple of things: The number of large fires we have, and also the fires are occurring in several states and in several geographic areas," Randy Eardley, a spokesman for the National Interagency Fire Center here, told The Associated Press. "The resources we have are being stretched thin." The wildfire preparedness level was raised to five as dry lightning blasted and sparked dozens of new blazes...
  • Pentagon Presents Charlie Daniels With Highest Civilian Award

    06/25/2007 4:53:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 27 replies · 705+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 25, 2007 – The Pentagon honored music legend Charlie Daniels here today with the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service, the Defense Department’s top civilian award. Charlie Daniels (left,) country/southern Rock Musician, receives the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for exceptional public service in support of armed troops from Michael L. Dominguez, principal deputy under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, during a visit to the Pentagon June 25, 2007. Dominguez said Daniels has performed for the troops in more than 20 different installations in countries across the globe....
  • Reserve-Component Funding at Historic Highs

    05/18/2007 4:36:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 198+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 18, 2007 – Funding for reserve forces will hit a historic high if Congress approves the component’s full fiscal 2008 $18.1 billion request, a Defense Department official testified this week. The 2008 reserve-component baseline budget increase is 6 percent greater than the overall growth of the department’s budget since fiscal 2001, Jack Dave Patterson, principal deputy undersecretary of defense, comptroller, told the independent Commission on the National Guard and Reserves at a public hearing here May 16. Funding requests for the reserve component are 73 percent greater than fiscal 2001 totals, as opposed to 67 percent for...
  • Inflation 'Highest In Decade' (UK)

    12/12/2006 6:35:53 PM PST · by blam · 199+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-13-2006 | Edmund Conway
    Inflation 'highest in decade' By Edmund Conway, Economics Editor Last Updated: 1:34am GMT 13/12/2006 Inflation has soared to its highest level for over a decade, fuelling fears that the Bank of England will soon raise interest rates to 5.25pc. The CPI has been lifted by petrol and utility costs The Consumer Price Index jumped from 2.4pc to 2.7pc in November, the Office for National Statistics said. It is the highest annual increase in the inflation measure since November 1995, and brings it closer to the 3pc level at which the Bank of England governor, Mervyn King, would have to write...
  • Nicole Kidman Tops List of Highest-Paid Actress( $17 Million per Movie )

    11/30/2006 9:51:26 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 25 replies · 1,025+ views
    Breitbart.com ^ | 11/30/2006
    Kidman Tops List of Highest-Paid Actress Nov 29 7:56 PM US/Eastern Nicole Kidman is the queen of Hollywood when it comes to money. The Oscar winner, who earns as much as $17 million per movie, tops the fifth annual list of highest-paid actresses released Wednesday by The Hollywood Reporter. Kidman, 39, ranked second on last year's list behind four-time top- earner Julia Roberts, who didn't make the list this year. She spent time with her 2-year-old twins. In second place, with $15 million per movie, was Reese Witherspoon, 30, who won the best-actress Oscar this year for her performance in...
  • Israel suffers highest 1-day toll of war (AP Quagmire Alert!)

    08/12/2006 7:47:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 644+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/12/06 | AP
    JERUSALEM - Nineteen Israeli soldiers were killed Saturday during an expanded offensive in Lebanon, the army said, making it the highest one-day toll for the Jewish state since the war against Hezbollah erupted. The deaths, which occurred in several battles in Lebanon throughout the day, brought to more than 100 the number of Israeli troops killed so far. In its statement Sunday, the military also said that a five-member crew of a downed helicopter was missing. The transport helicopter was shot down by Hezbollah guerillas. Only the crew were on board at the time, the army said. On Saturday, more...
  • Flood Alert For The Highest Tide In 20 Years (UK)

    08/06/2006 7:44:27 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 525+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-7-2006 | David Sapsted
    Flood alert for the highest tides in 20 years By David Sapsted (Filed: 07/08/2006) Thousands of people living in coastal areas are being warned to prepare for mass evacuations next month because of floods. Similar conditions in 1953 led to a flood that claimed 300 lives With the highest tides in 20 years predicted during September and October, the Environment Agency is holding road shows to alert people in the most vulnerable, low-lying areas of East Anglia. Householders are being urged to register with the agency to receive direct flood warnings, and a new Precautionary Evacuation Notice (PEN) system, involving...
  • First Rail Line Into Tibet Opens With Environmental Warnings (highest in the world)

    07/08/2006 2:10:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies · 711+ views
    First Rail Line Into Tibet Opens With Environmental Warnings LHASA, Tibet, July 6, 2006 (ENS) - With the opening of the new railway line through the Tibetan Plateau on Saturday, and the increased number of travelers expected to visit the area as a result, WWF and its wildlife trafficking monitoring arm, TRAFFIC, are calling for conservation measures to protect the world's largest and highest plateau. Billed as the highest railway in the world, the final stretch of the Qinghai-Tibet rail line opened Saturday, running over 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) from central China to the Tibetan capital Lhasa. Environmental groups are...
  • Rumsfeld Receives Scouting's Highest Commendation

    05/26/2006 6:45:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 33 replies · 1,184+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, May 26, 2006 – Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld received scouting's highest honor from the Boy Scouts of America here today. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld (right) receives the Silver Buffalo Award from the Boy Scouts of America in Washington, May 26. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley, USN   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. "I'm very honored to accept scouting's Silver Buffalo Award," Rumsfeld said during a breakfast sponsored by the National Eagle Scout Association. "Since its earliest days, the Boy Scouts have cultivated leadership and good citizenship, a service that has been...
  • Senior Kansan leader awarded nation’s fourth highest distinction

    03/02/2006 4:58:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 215+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Mike Escobar
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (March 2, 2006) -- A LaCygne, Kan. native was awarded the nation’s fourth highest distinction given for valor and meritorious service during a ceremony here March 1. Brig. Gen. Joseph J. McMenamin, 2nd Marine Division’s assistant commander, presented the Bronze Star Medal to Sgt. Maj. Ricky D. James, citing James’ superior leadership during his unit’s deployment to Iraq from January through June 2005. The 43-year-old James served as the senior enlisted man for 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment as they conducted six months worth of counterinsurgency operations in and around Fallujah. The unit arrived...
  • Teens see military as highest calling

    01/05/2006 4:07:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 22 replies · 674+ views
    THE NEWS-TIMES ^ | Susan Tuz
    RIDGEFIELD — Gabriel Galanski is disheartened that more students from Ridgefield High School aren't considering a career in the military.
  • India Balloonist Sets Highest Flight Mark

    11/26/2005 8:43:19 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 648+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 11/26/05 | RAMOLA TALWAR BADAM - ap
    BOMBAY, India - An Indian textile millionaire apparently broke the world record Saturday for the highest flight in a hot air balloon. The record by Vijaypat Singhania is subject to verification, but his son Gautam Singhania said the 44-ton balloon climbed nearly 70,000 feet, beating the old mark of just under 65,000 feet. "This goes to show to the world that we are not bullock cart drivers, but we can compete against the best of the world," the balloonist said. One of the balloon's designers said the height will be determined by instruments sealed inside the capsule. Once verified by...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, July 31-August 6, 2005: Mount Cook (and a bonus)

    08/04/2005 11:17:22 AM PDT · by cogitator · 7 replies · 570+ views
    I was just wondering what the name of the highest mountain in New Zealand was, and I looked. In retrospect, I should have been able to guess. I would be unsurprised if Mount Cook is in the background sometime during the "Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy, even though they filmed the snow trek scenes on Ruapehu. And since I discovered through the process another nice outdoor photography site (link in header), below is a picture of a place I saw once, Porcupine Falls in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming (my family was driving to Yellowstone NP).
  • Repeal D.C. gun ban - (Kay Bailey Hutchison & John Cornyn backing more realistic gun law)

    05/21/2005 4:23:56 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 13 replies · 512+ views
    WASHINGTON TIMES.COM ^ | MAY 21, 2005 | Editor
    It is time to repeal the District's gun laws. Just consider a few statistics: Five years before the D.C. Council banned nearly all firearms in 1976, the District's murder rate fell from 37 to 27 per 100,000 people. In the five years after 1976, the murder rate rose to 35 per 100,000 people. Between 1976 and 1991, the D.C. homicide rate rose 200 percent. The national homicide rate during the same 15-year period rose just 12 percent. According to the FBI, the District has the highest violent crime rate in the nation of any city over 500,000 people. Its homicide...
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 728 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • Study Shows Which Men at Highest Heart Risk (What's your "syndrome x" ?))

    07/14/2003 9:47:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 170+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/14/03 | Reuters - Washington
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Researchers in Scotland said on Monday they can tell who has the highest risk of heart disease and diabetes based on three of five measurements of obesity, cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose. In Yahoo! Health Overcoming Depression More from Yahoo! Health: • Check your symptoms • How is it diagnosed? • New treatments They said the tests might offer an easier way to tell which men are most in danger and most in need of drugs, weight loss and exercise. The five measurements are used to define metabolic syndrome, or "syndrome x." They are a measurement of...
  • Shooting victim's grandma decries city violence

    04/22/2003 10:19:48 AM PDT · by JustPiper · 28 replies · 352+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 4-22-03 | FRANK MAIN Crime Reporter
    Seven-year-old Ashlee Poole was enjoying her Easter jelly beans on her front porch with her cousin and her mother when bullets started flying. She scrambled for safety behind her mom, who was holding open a glass door shattered by the gunfire that erupted on South Hermitage Avenue in front of her home. Then Ashlee was struck by a bullet, and her body crumpled in the doorway. "Her cousin fell on top of her trying to get inside," said Ashlee's grandmother, Bessie Long. "Her mother dragged Ashlee inside and was screaming more than the child was. Ashlee said, 'Grandma, I've been...