Category Archives: Inequality

The Rich Live Longer Everywhere. For the Poor, Geography Matters.

“The top 1 percent in income among American men live 15 years longer than the poorest 1 percent; for women, the gap is 10 years. These rich Americans have gained three years of longevity just in this century. They live longer almost without regard to where they live. Poor Americans had very little gain as a whole, with big differences among different places.” Continue reading

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Elijah Doughty’s death exposes Kalgoorlie’s racial faultline.

“There’s a lot of Aboriginal people in Kalgoorlie and I know a lot of them are good people, but there are some that are just a bunch of criminals… He didn’t die because he was Aboriginal.”

‘This was a story about the justice system, not race, they said. They also believed police were “afraid” to charge Indigenous kids, a belief not borne out by statistics: Indigenous children in Western Australia are 53 times more likely to be in detention than non-Indigenous kids, the highest rate of racialised imprisonment in the western world.’ Continue reading

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Inside The Global “Club” That Helps Executives Escape Their Crimes

“When companies sue, their cases are usually heard in front of a tribunal of three arbitrators, often private attorneys. The business appoints one arbitrator and the country another, then both sides usually decide on the third together.” Continue reading

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What justice reinvestment can do for juvenile offenders 

“Not only is incarcerating children detrimental to their development as contributing and functioning members of society, it costs taxpayers a lot. According to a report prepared for a committee on government expenditure it costs $652 a day to incarcerate a young person.

The United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child says detention should be a last resort but we lock Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children up at a rate that’s 26 times higher than non-Indigenous kids.” Continue reading

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Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person… 

“This is not said to make white people feel guilty about their privilege. It’s not your fault you were born with white skin and experience these privileges. BUT, whether you realize it or not, you DO benefit from it, and it IS your fault if you don’t maintain awareness of that fact.” Continue reading

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How to train white people to stop being racist

“Discussions of racism challenge whites’ conception that they’re good people, and “privilege” challenges the belief that they are hardworking and deserve everything that they have. When someone says “privilege” we hear “you’re undeserving of your blessings,” and when someone mentions “racism” we think we’re being called racists! … It’s the same reason a discussion of sexism lead to the popular “not all men” meme.” Continue reading

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The ideology at the root of our problems

“The rich persuade themselves that they acquired their wealth through merit, ignoring the advantages – such as education, inheritance and class – that may have helped to secure it. The poor begin to blame themselves for their failures, even when they can do little to change their circumstances.”

George Monbiot: How Did We Get into This Mess? Continue reading

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Claims chiropractors can treat ADHD, allergies ‘misleading’ customers

“70 per cent of chiropractic clinics either claimed they could treat conditions without any evidence, or featured health testimonials” Continue reading

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Kim Kardashian: Queen of Celebrity Weight Loss Dumbassery

“you know why Kim Kardashian is famous. One hint: it’s not for her knowledge of pharmacology. This is why I was surprised to see her on 20/20 talking about QuickTrim diet pills, which she and her sisters endorse. “We helped formulate this,” she said.

Really? And that’s a selling point?” Continue reading

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USA gives religions more than $82.5 billion a year

“religious groups own $600 billion in property is also probably low, since it leaves out property besides actual churches, mosques, etc.” Continue reading

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