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In 2021, Let’s Ring a Global Alarm—on Inequality—That Everyone Can Hear

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/01/02/2021-lets-ring-global-alarm-inequality-everyone-can-hear

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maybe i live in a progressive bubble … but does the author not think that everyone hears/sees this tragedy?

us capitalism has become a hellscape for the majority of working americans and no relief is in sight from any elected official.

i think everyone hears it but the rulers of this country DO NOT CARE

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From Sam’s earnest conclusion:

“Influencers” worldwide need to be sounding that same alarm. Our task for 2021 could hardly be clearer. We have to prevent our societies from returning to — our deeply unequal — business as usual.

I don’t know about that. It might be better to find a way of life cut loose from influencers such as these. I distrust the better leadership panegyric. Also, Sam seems to be indulging a bit of unseemly hubris, to be already looking past this monster when it’s just getting started, sinking its spike-proteins into USA’s body politic, as 2021 begins.

A brief history of USA COVID-19 cases (latest CDC numbers):

> WEEK    9 WEEKS              CASES
>         ENDING          NEW       TOTAL
> 
>   9.  02/21/2020          15          15
>  18.  04/24/2020     895,443     895,458
>  27.  06/26/2020   1,564,014   2,459,472
>  36.  08/28/2020   3,431,060   5,890,532
>  45.  10/30/2020   3,133,766   9,024,298
>  54.  01/01/2021  11,037,520  20,061,818
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Sam i think ppl see it … Pelosi and Mcconells homes were vandalized

~~https://thehill.com/homenews/news/532369-pelosi-mcconnells-homes-vandalized-as-2k-stimulus-check-bill-fails-to-pass-

The wealthy seem to be DARING us to revolt – hard to explain any other way.

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The United Way charity in December 2020 published a national report showing that in 2019 42% of U.S. households experienced “hardship” and by 2021, January, the percent could be 50%.
The US is very wealthy, over $900,000 in savings per household on average, and the income is around $130,000 per year per household. How could we have half struggling with basic expenses?
Go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and see that wages in 1965 were higher than in 2020 – wage stagnation, wage freeze, corporate greed. See ~https://data.bls (dot) gov/timeseries/CES0500000031 –
Hardship is defined as not affording a list of seven basics: food, housing, utilities, healthcare, childcare, transportation and phone service. ALICE -Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.

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“If you have to ask,” the sales clerk smiles back, “you can’t afford it.” The customer is holding a can of beans.

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There was a story carried about two women arrested for shoplifting. They had their kids with them and what happened is they did not scan a couple items of food. The cop attending the scene realized they were just hungry, they took nothing but food and wanted to give their kids a decent Christmas meal. He decided not to charge them although they were trespassed from that store and then gave them a gift certificate to shop at another store.

Decent hardworking people are being forced to do things they would rather not do. Many then commit these petty crimes and get criminal records which then makes it even harder on them. Gandhi once stated that “poverty is the worst form of violence” and there more truth to that then most people would like to admit.

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Covid is the inequality alarm everyone can hear. Stats pop like jumping-beans at Johns Hopkins – whether from holiday exposure, the new mutation, or a combination of the two. Their daily video, this morning, takes sixty seconds to convey the jaw-dropping magnitude of the “surge on top of a surge” we’re seeing in USA right now. Especially the last two or three frames: hotspots breaking out like a national rash:

~https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/covid-19-daily-video

Every single state is getting markedly worse, it seems: states with good, bad, and mediocre responses – all up and down the scale – are rapidly worsening. For the first time, JH reckoned USA new cases at 300K yesterday, January 2. The national figure for test-positivity is now 13.3% (close to California’s).

STATE COVID-19 OUTBREAKS

Ranking is momentum-based on Johns Hopkins’ test-positivity factored with “per-capita newcases” (daily cases per 100K) & “immediate mortality” (the ratio of death to case tallies, analogous to case-fatality).

>                       JH     per-capita   immed
>                   positivity  newcases  mortality
>                       %          %%         %
>  1. Mississippi      64.8       69.5       1.62
>  2. Alabama          44.9       74.5       0.95
>  3. Tennessee        22.5      102.5       1.05
>  4. Idaho            53.0       63.8       1.25
>  5. Pennsylvania     41.3       67.5       2.07
> --- --------------------- ---------- ----------
>  6. Kansas           36.1       76.5       1.89
>  7. Arkansas         21.3       75.8       1.73
>  8. South Dakota     44.2       59.1       2.70
>  9. California       13.1       93.7       0.68
> 10. Georgia          16.6       64.5       0.63
> 11. Utah             21.0       78.5       0.49
> 12. Arizona          14.8       88.7       1.20
> 13. Iowa             39.7       46.5       2.85
> 14. Oklahoma         18.6       76.2       0.77
> 15. Ohio             17.4       73.5       0.88
> 16. Nevada           16.3       75.2       1.29
> 17. South Carolina   12.8       59.6       1.04
> 18. Kentucky         17.4       61.6       0.83
> 19. Texas            17.6       53.5       1.24
> 20. North Carolina   12.2       58.2       0.82
> --- --------------------- ---------- ----------
> 21. Indiana          12.2       78.2       1.53
> 22. West Virginia    10.1       71.6       1.48
> 23. Florida          11.5       52.4       0.91
> 24. Louisiana        12.1       52.3       1.31
> 25. New Hampshire    11.7       53.2       1.09
> 26. Virginia         12.8       45.4       0.87
> 27. Massachusetts     7.1       69.2       1.19
> 28. Missouri         16.6       50.2       1.60
> 29. Rhode Island      7.8       84.5       1.36
> 30. New York          6.7       58.0       1.07
> 31. Delaware          8.8       71.7       0.72
> 32. New Mexico       11.2       65.3       2.13
> 33. Montana          15.6       48.9       1.56
> 34. New Jersey        8.7       50.8       1.53
> 35. Connecticut       6.6       61.6       1.59
> 36. Michigan         12.5       40.3       2.61
> 37. Maine             7.2       33.0       1.08
> 38. Nebraska          9.8       56.6       1.56
> 39. Wisconsin        10.9       53.3       1.49
> 40. Illinois          8.2       54.8       2.17
> 41. Maryland          6.4       42.7       1.56
> 42. Colorado          8.0       50.5       1.79
> --- --------------------- ---------- ----------
> 43. Wyoming           8.1       51.0       2.17
> 44. D.C.              3.7       35.0       1.42
> 45. Alaska            5.1       57.5       0.64
> 46. Oregon            6.5       28.9       1.31
> 47. Minnesota         6.6       45.8       1.95
> 48. Washington        6.9       27.5       1.20
> 49. North Dakota      4.0       47.3       2.80
> --- --------------------- ---------- ----------
> 50. Vermont           2.4       16.3       2.18
> 51. Hawaii            3.0        8.8       1.02
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our dear leaders do not care

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Hi Suspira,
This reminded me of something that happened many years ago. It was kind of a joke on the waterfront for a while. A young girl was trying to finish college in Berkeley. She lived in a small room over somebody’s garage, had very little income, mostly used for rent of her little room.

She got nicked in a store for shoplifting and in due time appeared before a judge. He said to her, “If you had to steal food, why didn’t you take a can of beans or chili?”

“Your Honor,” she answered, “I live on beans and chili and whatever I can salvage from the dumpsters behind the stores. If I’m so short that I’m going to have to shoplift my food, I’m going to steal a package of Filet Mignon.”

The judge and most of the people in court got a big chuckle out of that. The judge said, “Don’t get caught stealing Fillets again,” banged the gavel and said, “Case dismissed.”
;-})

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News flash , you can’t stop the inequality from getting worse year on year .It will just keep on growing if you don’t look at what is causing it ?

Are we a human family or separate individual beings working for our own survival.

What would love do now ?

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Some further observations on the geographical extent of the current outbreak…

It pops right out at you from CDC’s map of per-capita daily new cases:

~https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#cases_casesper100klast7days

Only two states (ranking 50 & 51 in our digest) get the (0-16.6) palest blue-green tint. But states in the next (18.8-36.4) light-blue form a striking northern band – including “heartland” states, which had it rough since November, plus Michigan, Washington, and Oregon. Every state bordering Canada west of NY (except for that tiny strip of Idaho) is ranking relatively better on their new-case rate, over the past week.

And CDC’s clump of light-blue states corresponds somewhat to the second-best group of states from our digest of composite JH stats, including Wyoming, Oregon, Minnesota, Washington, and North Dakota.

Is it possible this geographic correspondence means something – that more northern states are getting some kind of natural protection somehow, at least relative to states of darker hues on CDC’s map?

Several parameters which might affect the virus’ transmission – not just temperature – correspond with further north, this time of year: shorter days, a lower height of the troposphere, perhaps differences in pressure or humidity, relative to states further south. Also Canada is doing much better than USA – but we know that’s because you can find an occasional Canadian with intact cognitive apparatus (some of them contribute here, proving my point!) whereas almost all US Americans are dumb as rocks. That’s what I’m ringing the global alarm about: USA’s mass-stupidity is a big bird flying across the sky, throwing shadows on our eyes, now we’re helpless helpless helpless helpless. They can hear me now…

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Encouraging an excuse for instituting martial law?

I’ve been wondering about the same things for quite some time now. Just yesterday my brother asked the same questions. Long- and even short-term exposures to high levels of toxins and pollution (and who knows what else) certainly and negatively affect cognitive function. Roundup, anyone? Crop dusting? Food additives?

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P.S.: Also consider the very real ramifications of increasing hurricane and massive flooding events – warm, humid temperatures; combined with highly toxic runoff. The floodwaters are veritable cesspools.

The fact of the matter is that we are living in a very intelligent slavery system. 99% of the world population will work 40-60 hour weeks, 5-7 days a week and do this for the better part of 60+ years of their life. Then they will retire or die, and i is then that they will find that they are still in debt and poor. I have coined this system the U.S.E.S. which stands for the United State of Embraced Slavery because that is precisely what it does; it USES us! And to think, this system is an all volunteer system, no one forces you to work right? What is more amazing is that all races, religions and creeds are invited and all do come to play, hell, some even come running for more (those holding down 2 or 3 jobs). It appears that until we change the carrot dangling out front of us (money) to something more genuine to our hearts, like merit, nothing is likely to change. Imagine a system on merit, where we all do what we are good at and what we love to do? I am not sure of a solution myself, but I imagine it is only a matter of time before this whole thing comes crashing down. Sure makes it feel like the end times are near.

Love, Light and Power,
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