Mini-Me: If California Splits Into X States, This Opens X-1 Slots for States to Secede, Leaving 50 Stars Unchanged

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Plan to Split California Into Six States May Make 2016 Ballot

Zeninjor Enwemeka

Boston.com, 15 July 2014

A plan to split California into six separate states? Wait, what? The billionaire venture capitalist behind the idea said he had collected enough signatures to get the proposal on the 2016 ballot, Reuters reports.

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Berto Jongman: Pedophilia Cover-Up by Margaret Thatcher, Broad Loss of Public Trust in Key Institutions, Victims Against MPs Coming Out

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Margaret Thatcher ‘personally covered up’ child abuse allegations against senior ministers

The Tory Prime Minister is said to have held a meeting with a rising star, who was tipped for promotion, and told him: “You have to clean up your sexual act

The extraordinary claims. … go to the very heart of claims that there was an Establishment cover-up to protect politicians , judges and police officers involved in a sick ­paedophile network.

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Mini-Me: Confidence in US Government Plummets

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Poll: Confidence in government plummets

Kendall Breitman

Politico.com, 30 June 2014

Americans are losing confidence in all three branches of government, as confidence in the Supreme Court and Congress has dropped to record lows and the White House has hit a six-year dip, according to a new poll.

In a Gallup poll released Monday, 30 percent of Americans expressed confidence in the Supreme Court, 7 percent in Congress and 29 percent in the presidency.

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SchwartzReport: Joseph Stiglitz – Inequality Not Inevitable

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

The Great Divide

Inequality Is Not Inevitable

By JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ

AN insidious trend has developed over this past third of a century. A country that experienced shared growth after World War II began to tear apart, so much so that when the Great Recession hit in late 2007, one could no longer ignore the fissures that had come to define the American economic landscape. How did this “shining city on a hill” become the advanced country with the greatest level of inequality?

One stream of the extraordinary discussion set in motion by Thomas Piketty’s timely, important book, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” has settled on the idea that violent extremes of wealth and income are inherent to capitalism. In this scheme, we should view the decades after World War II — a period of rapidly falling inequality — as an aberration.

This is actually a superficial reading of Mr. Piketty’s work, which provides an institutional context for understanding the deepening of inequality over time. Unfortunately, that part of his analysis received somewhat less attention than the more fatalistic-seeming aspects.

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