America’s Hunger Epidemic: 'A Place at the Table' and 'American Winter' by Michael Shank
50 million Americans live in food-insecure households
1-out-of-2 American children will rely on federal assistance for food during their childhoods
106 million Americans, over 1 in 3, live below twice poverty line (less than $36,000 for a family of three)
Richest 1 percent now possess 40 percent of the nation’s wealth
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This is pretty cool. Scary, mind you. But it gives some academic cover to things We Pretty Much Knew All Along. From today's Chicago Tribune, with some rearrangement of paragraphs for condensation purposes:
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Editor & Publisher has an odd little article up compiling some statistics on the Iraq War on the occasion of the (announcement of the official) 3000th combat death in the conflict. There are some oddities in this list, like this note:
Deaths by hostile fire: 2422 80.9%
Age 18-20: 517 17.2%
Age 21-30: 1813 60.9%
I've raged before about ignoring polls. Basically, I remember when I used to work with telemarketing firms. We lied, made stuff up, and got stoned on the job, a lot. I can't believe that's changed.
But my own experiences aside, I like to think that Billmon's post reinforces another belief of mine: that there are two sets of numbers in our political landscape:
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