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Growing Number of Americans Can’t Cover Basic Expenses if Job Loss or Other Emergency Strikes

Washington, DC—In the United States, 27 percent of all households are “asset poor,” meaning they lack the savings or other assets to cover basic expenses for just three months if a layoff or other emergency leads to loss of income, according to the 2012 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, released today by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED). Since the release of the 2009-2010 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, the number of asset poor families has increased by 21 percent from one in five families to one in four families. The asset poverty rate is now nearly twice as high as the Census Bureau’s official income poverty rate of 15.1 percent.

For the first time the Assets & Opportunity Scorecard also includes a measure for “liquid asset poverty,” which excludes assets such as a home, business or car that can’t easily be converted to cash, and consequently provides a more realistic picture of the resources families have to meet emergency needs. According to that measure, 43 percent of households nationwide are “liquid asset poor” with little or no savings to fall back on if emergency strikes.

“Growing numbers of families have almost no savings or other assets to see them through if they lose their jobs or face a medical crisis,” said Andrea Levere, president of CFED. “Without savings, few will be able to build a more economically secure future, including buying a home, saving for their children’s college educations or building a retirement nest egg.”
Levere added that the Scorecard findings are “particularly disturbing in the context of precipitous drops in incomes for many Americans and widening of the wealth gap between the richest and poorest households.”

Posted by Seedersandleechers | Tue Jan 31, 2012, 02:43 PM (3 replies)

Pythons Are Wiping Out Mammals in the Everglades

According to a new study, the introduction of non-native snakes into southern Florida swamps has devastated the population of small mammals, almost completely wiping out some vulnerable species. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the number raccoon and possums spotted in the Everglades has dropped more than 98%, bobcat sightings are down 87%, and rabbits and foxes have not been seen at all in years.

Large snakes, like boa constrictors, anacondas, and pythons, are not native to North America, but are popular among reptile collectors and traders who — inadvertently or not — re-introduced them to the Florida swamps about a decade ago. Since that time they caused a huge disruption to the already fragile ecosystem, threatening wildlife and even some humans. They grow fast, breed rapidly, adapt well to their environments, and prey on small animals that don't recognize them as a threat. They're also great at hiding, which makes them both deadly hunters and difficult to catch.

They will also eat just about anything, even birds, deer, and alligators. (The 162-pound Burmese python pictured above had recently swallowed a gator.) That's why the government banned the import of Burmese and other pythons last year, although (thanks to lobbying by the U.S. Association of Reptile Keepers) the reticulated python and the boa constrictor are still allowed to be traded.

Posted by Seedersandleechers | Tue Jan 31, 2012, 11:34 AM (1 replies)

Ind. secretary of state faces voter fraud charge

NOBLESVILLE, IND. -- Indiana's secretary of state is facing voter fraud charges in a case that could decide if he remains as the state's top election official.

Secretary of State Charlie White appeared in good spirits Tuesday morning at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Noblesville, Ind., where a jury was preparing to hear voter fraud, perjury and theft charges against him.

Special prosecutor Dan Sigler Sr. wheeled a cart laden with 11 boxes of evidence into the courtroom before proceedings began.

White is accused of voting in 2010 from an address where he didn't live and of continuing to take his Fishers town councilman's salary after moving from the district.

The Republican has maintained his innocence. If convicted, he could face prison time and be forced to leave office.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/01/31/3401117/ind-secretary-of-state-faces-voter.html#storylink=cpy
Posted by Seedersandleechers | Tue Jan 31, 2012, 11:14 AM (7 replies)

Newt once proposed a law that would put anyone who brought more than 2oz of pot in the US to death.

On Saturday’s edition of “Up With Chris Hayes,” Gary Johnson brought up an old Newt Gingrich idea I hadn’t heard before: Putting individuals who brought more than two ounces of marijuana into the United States to death. That sounded extreme, even for Gingrich. So I looked it up. And sure enough, there it is: “The Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996.” What makes the bill even more amazing is that Gingrich himself is a confessed pot smoker. When he was young, he said, experimenting with drugs “was a sign we were alive and in graduate school in that era.”

Posted by Seedersandleechers | Mon Jan 23, 2012, 02:18 PM (14 replies)

This is what happens when Ford posts a few job openings in Chicago.

Posted by Seedersandleechers | Sun Jan 22, 2012, 10:37 PM (17 replies)

953 Dead People Voted in SC

Already, there has been some question into folks who cast their ballots on Saturday.

South Carolina's Attorney General, Alan Wilson has notified the U.S. Justice Department of potential voter fraud.

Wilson says an analysis found 953 ballots cast by voters were people who are listed as dead.

He has asked the State Law Enforcement Division to investigate.

Posted by Seedersandleechers | Sun Jan 22, 2012, 09:30 PM (47 replies)

Kansas slashes food aid for children of illegal immigrants (Children US Born)

Pedro moved to the Kansas City area about 13 years ago and has held the same job for 11.

Though he sometimes struggles to pay bills, he knows most people think he should receive no public aid. He’s an illegal immigrant. He doesn’t deserve handouts. He understands that.

“I’ve never asked for anything for myself,” said Pedro, who didn’t want his last name used to protect his family. “Never. I just work. Work hard.”

A new debate swirling around Kansas, though, isn’t about Pedro. It’s about two of his three children. They were born here, and one day they will have driver’s licenses and the right to vote, just like any other U.S. citizen.

Posted by Seedersandleechers | Sun Jan 22, 2012, 07:20 PM (7 replies)

Singing legend Etta James dies at 73

(CNN) -- Etta James, whose assertive, earthy voice lit up such hits as "The Wallflower," "Something's Got a Hold on Me" and the wedding favorite "At Last," has died, according to her longtime friend and manager, Lupe De Leon. She was 73.

She died from complications from leukemia with her husband, Artis Mills, and her sons by her side, De Leon said.
She was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, and also suffered from dementia and hepatitis C. James died at a hospital in Riverside, California.

She would have turned 74 Wednesday.

" This is a tremendous loss for the family, her friends and fans around the world," De Leon said. "She was a true original who could sing it all -- her music defied category.

Posted by Seedersandleechers | Fri Jan 20, 2012, 12:34 PM (3 replies)

Santorum Staffer Says Women Shouldn’t Be President Because It’s Against God’s Will

In an article about the reasons Rep. Michele Bachmann’s campaign fizzled, the Des Moines Register points to “sexism among conservatives,” singling out an offensive email written by a staffer to Rick Santorum:

Rival presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s Iowa coalitions director, Jamie Johnson, sent out an email saying that children’s lives would be harmed if the nation had a female president. [...]

“The question then comes, ‘Is it God’s highest desire, that is, his biblically expressed will, … to have a woman rule the institutions of the family, the church, and the state?’ ” Johnson’s email said.

Posted by Seedersandleechers | Tue Jan 17, 2012, 01:53 PM (23 replies)

How they troll election billboards in Canada

Posted by Seedersandleechers | Sun Jan 15, 2012, 12:03 PM (7 replies)
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