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12 signs America is on the decline

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2015 at 7:14 am

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Agreed.

Originally posted on Fortune:

America is declining, in large and important measures, yet policymakers aren’t paying attention. So argues a new academic paper, pulling together previously published data.

Consider this:

  • America’s child poverty levels are worse than in any developed country anywhere, including Greece, devastated by a euro crisis, and eastern European nations such as Poland, Lithuania and Estonia.
  • Median adult wealth in the US ($39,000) is 27th globally, putting it behind Cyprus, Taiwan, and Ireland.
  • Even when “life satisfaction” is measured, America ranks #12, behind Israel, Sweden and Australia.

Overall, America’s per capita wealth, health and education measures are mediocre for a highly industrialized nation. Well-being metrics, perceptions of corruption, quality and cost of basic services, are sliding, too. Healthcare and education spending are funding bloated administrations even while human outcomes sink, the authors say.

“We looked at very broad measures, and at individual measures, too,” said co-author Hershey H. Friedman…

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Rihanna Goes on a Gruesome Revenge Spree in ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ Video

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2015 at 4:28 am

Originally posted on TIME:

When fans first heard Rihanna’s track “Bitch Better Have My Money” earlier this year, they knew to expect that the accompanying video would likely be as combative as the lyrics. The new video does not disappoint.

In the seven-minute clip, Rihanna and two side-kicks embark on a gruesome revenge plot that would make any mafia boss proud. The video bloodbath also features appearances from Mads Mikkelsen and Eric Roberts, who star in Hannibal and The Human Centipede III, respectively, so you know they feel right at home.

With graphic content including — but not limited to — nudity, violence and torture, this video isn’t for the faint of heart. (Or, probably, your work computer.)

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Eff This Guy: Clown Azz Donald Trump Hired Actors To Cheer For Him At Presidential Announcement Event

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2015 at 2:45 pm

dexterhotel:

If nothing else, it sure is entertaining. #2016

Originally posted on Bossip:

Donald Trump hires actors for Presidential announcement

Donald Trump Hires Actors To Attend His Presidential Announcement As Supporters

It’s disgusting that someone’s wealth gives them access to our political system.

Via THR

Donald Trump’s big presidential announcement Tuesday was made a little bigger with help from paid actors — at $50 a pop.

New York-based Extra Mile Casting sent an email last Friday to its client list of background actors, seeking extras to beef up attendance at Trump’s event.

“We are looking to cast people for the event to wear t-shirts and carry signs and help cheer him in support of his announcement,” reads the June 12 email, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. “We understand this is not a traditional ‘background job,’ but we believe acting comes in all forms and this is inclusive of that school of thought.” (Read the full email at the bottom of the post.)

The pay was listed as $50 for less…

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