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Americans Continue to Say U.S. Wealth Distribution Is Unfair – Gallup poll

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Americans Continue to Say U.S. Wealth Distribution Is Unfair

by Frank Newport –  ECONOMY -May 4, 2015 – Gallup
  • 63% of Americans say money and wealth distribution is unfair
  • These attitudes are substantially unchanged over past 30 years
  • Slight majority of 52% favor heavy taxes on rich as fix

PRINCETON, N.J. — Despite the growing focus on inequality in recent years, the 63% of Americans who say that money and wealth should be more evenly distributed among a larger percentage of the people is almost the same as the 60% who said this in 1984.    Continue reading

The Souls of Black Folk – by W. E. B. Du Bois + videos

W. E. B. Du Bois

APRIL 24, 2015 – http://worldisafrica.org/2015/04/24/the-souls-of-black-folk-by-w-e-b-du-bois/

The Souls of Black Folk –  by W. E. B. Du Bois

“Herein lie buried many things which, if read with patience, may show the strange meaning of being black here in the dawning of the 20th century. This meaning is not without interest to you, Gentle Reader; for the problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line”.

 This prophecy may have seemed far-fetched when first published in 1903, but it was to prove more and more compelling as the century advanced. Its author was WEB du Bois, the greatest of the early civil-rights leaders, a figure of towering significance in American politics and letters, whose life and work are – alas – little known on this side of the Atlantic.  Continue reading

Behind the Lens: Selma, 50 Years Later- White House photos

 Behind the Lens: Selma, 50 Years Later- White House photos

by Pete Souza, Chief Official White House Photographer

Selma March

Selma – March 7, 1965

March 7, 1965. It became known as “Bloody Sunday.” Six hundred people defied the warnings of authorities and attempted to march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge from Selma, Alabama, to show the desire of black American citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote.

I was a young boy growing up in Massachusetts at the time, and I can’t say that I was aware of what was happening in Selma. I didn’t know the marchers were attacked at the bridge with billy clubs and tear gas. I didn’t know that there was this much hatred in the South between blacks and whites.  Continue reading

Paul Hellyer on UFOs and clean energy economy to solve world problems + videos

Former Canadian defence minister urges governments to come clean on UFOs

ufoCARIBBEAN360  – ONTARIO, Canada, Thursday April 30, 2015 – Against the backdrop of several recently reported UFO sightings worldwide, a former Canadian defence minister Paul Hellyer has accused world leaders of concealing the evidence of UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) and the presence of aliens on earth.

Delivering the keynote speech during the Disclosure Canada Tour at the University of Calgary, Hellyer told a 400-strong crowd that “much of the media won’t touch it.

“So you just have to keep working away and hope that someday you get a critical mass, and they will say, in one way or another, ‘Mr. President or Mr. Prime Minister we want the truth and we want it now because it affects our lives,’” he continued.

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How we’re priming some kids for college… and others for prison – Alice Goffman – TED video

Alice Goffman: How we’re priming some kids for college — and others for prison

Transcript of Talk:   Click here to play TED video

0:12On the path that American children travel to adulthood, two institutions oversee the journey. The first is the one we hear a lot about: college. Some of you may remember the excitement that you felt when you first set off for college. Some of you may be in college right now and you’re feeling this excitement at this very moment.

0:34College has some shortcomings. It’s expensive; it leaves young people in debt. But all in all, it’s a pretty good path. Young people emerge from college with pride and with great friends and with a lot of knowledge about the world. And perhaps most importantly, a better chance in the labor market than they had before they got there.

0:56Today I want to talk about the second institution overseeing the journey from childhood to adulthood in the United States. And that institution is prison.   Continue reading

Video Justice and Blacks in America – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Video Justice and Blacks in America

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

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Six Baltimore police officers charged in Freddie Gray’s death (CNN reports)

What if there were no videos? How would we be able to witness the graphic scenes of brutality committed against blacks? Many analysts argue that there would have been the usual cover-up and exoneration of police officers after ‘extensive investigations.’ As America was trying to cope with the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner it is confronted with the tragedy of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.

The video showed an able-bodied man arrested by the police but what is not seen or known is the manner in which Gray died. Jerry Rodriguez is Baltimore’s Deputy Police Commissioner. He said at a news conference, ‘ when Mr. Gray was put in that van, he could talk, he was upset, and when he was taken out of that van, he could not talk and he could not breathe.’

These incidents make it clear that blacks and whites live in different worlds. This is evident in two areas of life: the role of the police and the manner in which the justice system operates.   Continue reading

Guyanese Online – Most Popular Entries – April 2015

Guyanese Online – Most Popular Entries – April 2015

April: New Entries = 127;  Views = 59,148; Total Views = 3,079,265

Note: Click entry to view it on the Website

  1. GUYANA and CARIBBEAN RECIPES
  2. CHINESE ADVICE TO 50-YEAR OLDS & OLDER
  3. Old Jet Magazines – from 1950 onwards – updated
  4. Fruits of Trinidad and Tobago – and Guyana
  5. Iran nuclear talks: Rouhani vows to abide by deal + video
  6. The Best of 80’s LOVE SONGS [2 hours non stop] [HD AUDIO]
  7. Madeiran Portuguese Migration to Guyana, St. Vincent, Antigua and Trinidad – By Jo-Anne S. Ferreira
  8. “I will Follow Him” – by a Nun’s Choir – conductor Andre Rieu – video
  9. Easter: Kite Flying in Guyana – with pictures by Nigel Durant
  10. They Story Got Melody – by Clyde Duncan        Continue reading

Forcing Black Men Out of Society – Editorial – NY Times

An analysis in The Times — “1.5 Million Missing Black Men” — showed that more than one in every six black men in the 24-to-54 age group has disappeared from civic life, mainly because they died young or are locked away in prison. This means that there are only 83 black men living outside of jail for every 100 black women — in striking contrast to the white population, where men and women are about equal in numbers.

This astounding shortfall in black men translates into lower marriage rates, more out-of-wedlock births, a greater risk of poverty for families and, by extension, less stable communities. The missing men should be a source of concern to political leaders and policy makers everywhere.

While the 1.5 million number is startling, it actually understates the severity of the crisis that has befallen African-American men since the collapse of the manufacturing and industrial centers, which was quickly followed by the “war on drugs” and mass imprisonment, which drove up the national prison population more than sevenfold beginning in the 1970s.  Continue reading

Raising a black son in America + The danger of silence – 2 TED videos by Clint Smith

Clint Smith: How to raise a black son in America

Published on Apr 23, 2015

As kids, we all get advice from parents and teachers that seems strange, even confusing. This was crystallized one night for a young Clint Smith, who was playing with water guns in a dark parking lot with his white friends. In a heartfelt piece, the poet paints the scene of his father’s furious and fearful response.

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Saudi policy in Yemen: Sign of an inferiority complex vs Iran? (+video)

By Scott Peterson, Staff writer CSM – April 23, 2015

Rarely does the slow-burn regional rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran erupt into violence as it has in Yemen, and rarely with such a lack of strategic impact.

After a month of airstrikes against Iranian-allied Houthi rebels that have left nearly 1,000 people dead, Saudi leaders – under pressure from their US and Yemen   allies – abruptly declared victory Tuesday and said the thrust of their ongoing efforts would be political, not military.   Continue reading

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