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Many Low-Wage Jobs Seen as Failing to Meet Basic Needs

A study on economic stability says many jobs today are unlikely to cover fundamentals like housing, utilities and food.

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Motoko Rich, New York Times | NY

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People rely on food banks, like the Community Food and Outreach Center in Orlando, Fla. Todd Anderson for the New York Times

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The Labor Department will release its monthly snapshot of the job market on Friday (April 1) , and economists expect it to show that the nation’s employers added about 190,000 jobs in March. With an unemployment rate that has been stubbornly stuck near 9 percent, those workers could be considered lucky.

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But many of the jobs being added in retail, hospitality and home health care, to name a few categories, are unlikely to pay enough for workers to cover the cost of fundamentals like housing, utilities, food, health care, transportation and, in the case of working parents, child care.

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A separate report being released Friday (April 1)  tries to go beyond traditional measurements like the poverty line and minimum wage to show what people need to earn to achieve a basic standard of living.

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Special Report | Libyan Uprising III

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For decades beginning during the Cold War, US policy in the Islamic world has been aimed at suppressing secular reformist and leftist movements. Beginning with the CIA-engineered coup against a secular democratic reform government in Iran in 1953 (it was about oil), Washington has propped up dictators, coaching these regimes in the black arts of torture and mayhem against secular liberals and the left.

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  • Obama's unconstitutional war
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  • Decentralized global rebellion against neoliberal economic policies
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Glenn McCoy

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Obama's unconstitutional war, Bruce Ramsey, Seattle Times | WA

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  • Seattle Times editorial columnist Bruce Ramsey argues that the Libyan involvement is an unconstitutional war because President Obama never received authorization from Congress.
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  • Kucinich Warns Obama on Libya War
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White House: 'Installing a democratic system' is goal in LibyaCitizens For Legitimate Government

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  • A White House-issued readout of a phone call between Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that installing a democratic system in Libya was a goal of the two leaders.
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  • Gates hints at open-ended war in Libya
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Decentralized global rebellion against neoliberal economic policies, Max Keiser interviews David McGraw, Press TV and Amped Status/Axis of Logic
Keiser and DeGraw discuss: the economic world war – the centrally planned neo-liberal economic aristocracy and the global decentralized rebellion taking shape against it; overcoming divide and conquer strategies; social media as a weapon; Anonymous as a powerful force of vigilante justice and the coming Empire State Rebellion.

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Prepare For Revolution: The Empire State Rebellion Begins on June 14th

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  • Let’s honor this Flag Day by turning it into a celebration of civil disobedience – a day to declare freedom and independence, a day to show the economic central planners that their day of reckoning has come!
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  • The time has come for you to take the lead. For you to stand up.
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  • “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never has, and it never will.” – Frederick Douglass
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  • No Other Way Out
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David DeGraw, AmpedStatus

Contrary to rumors being spread around, I do not know what our friends at Anonymous have planned for Operation Empire State Rebellion (OpESR). However, I wholeheartedly agree with the goals they presented in their “Communication #1” video. They are very similar to reports I have been writing and the movement we have been calling for on our social network.

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The Anonymous OpESR “manifesto” presented in their first video states the following:

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  • “We are a decentralized non-violent resistance movement, which seeks to restore the rule of law and fight back against the organized criminal class.
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  • One-tenth of one percent of the population has consolidated wealth in unprecedented fashion and launched an all-out economic war against 99.9% of the population.
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  • We are not affiliated with either wing of the two-party oligarchy. We seek an end to the corrupted two-party system by ending the campaign finance and lobbying racket.
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No Other Way Out, Chris Hedges, TruthDig

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  • We will not stop the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, we will not end this slaughter of innocents, unless we are willing to rise up as have state workers in Wisconsin and citizens on the streets of Arab capitals. Repeated and sustained acts of civil disobedience are the only weapons that remain to us.
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  • We must be willing to accept personal discomfort, to put our bodies in the way of the machine, if we hope to expose the lies of war and blunt the abuse by corporate profiteers. To do nothing, to refuse to act, to be passive, is to be an agent of injustice and to be complicit in murder.
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  • Never Forget The Power of the Strike
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  • Occupy Washington to End the Wars
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Wars - They don’t come cheap

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  • Let's get one thing straight: Wars cost money. Even the small ones.
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  • And that's just the economics of it. We're not even yet talking about the costs of the spiritual, mental, political, health care, social, legal, psychological, and other collateral damage.
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  • How is the war economy working for you?
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Ezra Klein, Washington Post | DC

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

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Let's get one thing straight: Wars cost money. Even the small ones. Already, the United States has spent hundreds of millions of dollars firing tomahawk missiles into Libya. Analysts say that the total price tag for the operation, if everything goes well and there’s no escalation, could easily exceed a billion dollars. That’s peanuts compared with our $3.8 trillion budget. But it’s not nothing.

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A billion dollars, for instance, is more than 40 times the total NPR subsidies that inspired House Republicans to convene an emergency session of the Rules Committee to speed cuts along to the floor of Congress. That’s not to say saving the lives of Libyans isn’t a better investment than supporting “All Things Considered,” but it’s real money, and because it’s going to tomahawk missiles in Libya, it can’t go to something else.

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How is the war economy working for you?, Veterans for Peace

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  • At the U.S. Social Forum, members of VFP wanted to draw a parellel between the destruction of city infastructure with the massive amount of money invested in our war economy.  To do this, the group made a banner and hung it from one of the many abandoned buildings in Detroit's urban area.  Read more about this action.
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  • Veterans For Peace has been a leading voice in exposing the costs of war - and this banner drop has excited folks to repeat the action in their own areas.
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Tracking Our Downward Spiral: the Ways in Which America Still 'Leads’ the World

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  • We have set our country back more than 100 years — to the 1800′s — when the Robber Barons ruled and our politics were corrupted to the core.
    Be proud, Americans.   Be very proud.
    We’re Number One!

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Richard Clark, Blue Anchor Project

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg

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According to Yes! Magazine, amongst 20 of the world’s wealthiest countries, America now has:
▪    the highest poverty rate, both generally and for children;
▪    the greatest inequality of incomes;
▪    the smallest amount of government spending (as a percentage of GDP) on social programs for the disadvantaged;
▪    the lowest number of paid holidays, annual leave days and maternity leave days;
▪    the lowest score on the UN’s index of material well-being of children;

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We’re Number One! James Gustave Speth, Yes! Magazine
Americans are number one in quite a few areas—but they’re not all accomplishments to be proud of.
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Is this a great country or what?, Jim Fuller

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  • These numbers are bad enough from America's metro areas. But recall that the BLS has deliberately understated unemployment since 1981 when Reagan and his successors decided to game the system. The current U3 is therefore only about 45% of the true unemployment figure. For example, if the stated U3 is 10% for a given region, the true unemployment is 24%.
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  • This is amply confirmed by the BLS itself and is further explained by conservative economist John Williams.
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Special Report | Libyan Uprising II

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For decades beginning during the Cold War, US policy in the Islamic world has been aimed at suppressing secular reformist and leftist movements. Beginning with the CIA-engineered coup against a secular democratic reform government in Iran in 1953 (it was about oil), Washington has propped up dictators, coaching these regimes in the black arts of torture and mayhem against secular liberals and the left.

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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Jim Morin

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Kucinich Warns Obama on Libya War, Robert Dreyfuss, Nation Magazine
“While the action is billed as protecting the civilians of Libya, a no-fly-zone begins with an attack on the air defenses of Libya and Qaddafi forces. It is an act of war. The president made statements which attempt to minimize U.S. action, but U.S. planes may drop U.S. bombs and U.S. missiles may be involved in striking another sovereign nation. War from the air is still war." Dennis Kucinich, D-OH

'US drops uranium bombs on Libya', PressTV
The Stop the War Coalition says the bombs and missiles that the US-led military alliance has dropped on several Libyan cities contain depleted uranium (DU).

Strange Bedfellows Go To War in North Africa, John Grant, In the Mind Field

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  • Is the battle for Libya the clash of a brutal dictator against a democratic opposition or is it fundamentally a tribal civil war? - David Kirkpatrick , The New York Times Cairo bureau chief
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  • “The President does not have the power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to our nation.” - Candidate Barack Obama
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  • Video: Joe Biden believes President Obama should be impeached over Libyan war
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A Mission Wrapped in Confusion, Eugene Robinson, TruthDig

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  • After days of bickering, we heard a grand announcement that NATO will take command of the operation. Don’t believe it. The United States will be functionally in charge, and thus on the hook, until this ends.
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  • Libya and the five-second rule
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Video: Joe Biden believes President Obama should be impeached over Libyan war, Pakalert Press

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  • Of course, the tough-talking Biden was only a Senator when this interview took place and he was speaking of President Bush, but one would hope that his argument remains consistent.
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  • Impeach Barack Obama
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'US drops uranium bombs on Libya'

The Stop the War Coalition says the bombs and missiles that the US-led military alliance has dropped on several Libyan cities contain depleted uranium (DU).

PressTV

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US B-2 bomber

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The report recently published on the Coalition's website said that in the first 24 hours of the war on Libya, dozens of bombs and cruise missiles were launched by US, British, and French forces -- all with depleted uranium warheads.

US B-2 aircraft dropped forty-five 2,000-pound bombs on key Libyan cities, it added.

DU munitions are controversial because they raise long-term health concerns like kidney damage, cancer, skin disorders and genetic defects.

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