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Louis Stettner – Image Gallery

Via: Facie Populi

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Twin Towers, 1979

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See more Stettner photographs, HERE:

http://www.faciepopuli.com/tagged/Louis-Stettner

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Louis Stettner (born 7 November 1922) is an American photographer of the 20th century whose work includes streetscapes, portraits and architectural images of New York and Paris. His work has been highly regarded because of its humanity and capturing the life and reality of the people and streets of both cities. Since 1947, Stettner has photographed the changes in the people, culture, and architecture of both cities. Now in his 90s, he continues to photograph New York and Paris.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Stettner

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May 22, 2014 Posted by | American photoghaphers, U.S. Cities | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

GO HAWKS!

Via: KIROTV

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson as cornerback Richard Sherman, left, and wide receiver Doug Baldwin watch during a ceremony the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, where the president honored the NFL Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks football team. The Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.

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See 54 more photos, HERE:

http://www.kirotv.com/gallery/sports/football/photos-super-bowl-champs-seahawks-visit-white-hous/gCK3x/#5279288

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May 22, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The GOP and Climate Change

 

MORONS!

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May 22, 2014 Posted by | GOP morons | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ted Yoho (R-FL) – ‘GOP Moron of the Day’

 

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Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) has warned that uninformed voting is as dangerous as a “loaded gun,” and that one solution could be allowing ONLY ‘property owners’ to vote,

In a 2012 video of Yoho campaigning at Berean Baptist Church in Ocala, Florida published by Right Wing Watch on Tuesday, a supporter complains that Floridians who cast absentee ballots were “destroying elections.”

The supporter argues that earlier voting is also an “avenue for illegal voting.”

“It really is,” Yoho agrees. “I can’t remember which founding father said it, but he said, the ability to vote, but vote uninformed is as tragic or as dangerous as having a loaded gun and not know how to use it.”

The then-candidate notes that Gov. Rick Scott (R) had already slashed early voting days in half, but he wanted it to see it cut even more.

“It’s a privilege to vote,” he opines. “Yeah, it may be inconvenient. But, you know, it’s like I tell people and I was told growing up: To be successful is inconvenient. If not, everybody would be successful.”

“We used to have a day off to vote, but they took that away from us!” one supporter exclaims. “For Martin Luther King holiday, and who could argue with that. I think it’s a government conspiracy.”

“I’ve had some radical ideas about voting,” Yoho adds. “You used to have to be a property owner to vote.”

He surprisingly didn’t add, “The bigger the house the more votes you get.”

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Q for Rep Yahoo.

You use to have to be ‘white to vote’; would you like to return to ‘those good ole days’?

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http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/05/20/fl-lawmakers-radical-cure-for-uninformed-voting-you-have-to-be-a-property-owner/

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May 21, 2014 Posted by | GOP morons | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

benghazi! – Benghazi!! – BENGHAZI!!!

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It’s pretty pathetic this is ALL they have.

VOTE BLUE in 2014 and 2016!

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May 20, 2014 Posted by | 2014, 2016, GOP morons | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Erotica – Image Gallery

Via: Simply Black and White

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See more images, HERE:

http://simply-black-and-white.tumblr.com/

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May 20, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

The Retirement Apocalypse That ISN’T Coming

Via:Bloomberg

 

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Grandma’s much-anticipated Arctic cruise becomes a slow drift away on an ice floe. Grandpa mortgages his kidneys to pay for a new heart. Social Security is deader than disco and “IRA” only refers to guys named Ira.

That bleak vision is only a slight exaggeration of the catastrophes foretold by many experts, the media and financial firms.

It’s a scare tactic that’s moved the tone of the U.S. savings and retirement conversation from a constructive call to action to an alarmist frenzy. No one argues that building a solid financial future is easy — wages are stagnant, markets have been disappointing and Americans are getting older and living longer. Still, retirement isn’t going the way of the carrier pigeon. Innovative retirement plans and new policies and products point to a future richer than many workers imagine.

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Fear is a poor motivator, as those who advocate exercise and smoking cessation know. Environmentalists have also figured this out. One study found that the more catastrophic the prediction about climate change, the more skeptical listeners became. Dire scenarios often cause people to give up, throwing up their hands in the face of a seemingly insurmountable challenge. It’s something Erik Carter, who travels around the country for financial adviser Financial Finesse, sees all the time. When he speaks with workers about retirement, pessimists far outnumber optimists: “They’re discouraged to take any action, because they just don’t think they’re going to retire.”

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At the heart of their fear is the fate of the financial safety net we subsidize with every paycheck. Just 6 percent of the millennial generation expect to get their full benefits from Social Security, according to the Pew Research Center. Half believe they’ll get nothing at all. The trust fund built up to pay for Baby Boomer retirements does run out in 2033, but even then Social Security should be able to pay 77 percent of benefits. And that’s assuming politicians can’t find extra revenue for what is arguably the government’s most popular and effective program.

Pew finds more than 80 percent of all generations, including millennials, support Social Security and Medicare.

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-19/the-retirement-apocalypse-that-isn-t-coming.html?cmpid=yhoo

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And then, you have ass-holes like Ayn Rand Paul saying Social Security is goin to run out of money in the next ten-years –

Well, NO its NOT!

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May 20, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

(2 of 2) 10-30 MILION attend the ‘Oreation Spring ‘ demostration in D.C.

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To all you doubters:

There are actually +10,000,000 in this photo; however, because of the effectiveness of the ‘camo’, they might be a little hard to spot.

So, there!

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May 18, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

(1 of 2) 10-30 MILLION attend the ‘Operation American Spring’ demostration in D.C.

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O.K., O.K., maybe 10.

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MORONS!

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May 17, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

It’s now the Canadian Dream – Nicholas Kristof

Via: NY Times

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

It was in 1931 that the historian James Truslow Adams coined the phrase “the American dream.”

The American dream is not just a yearning for affluence, Adams said, but also for the chance to overcome barriers and social class, to become the best that we can be. Adams acknowledged that the United States didn’t fully live up to that ideal, but he argued that America came closer than anywhere else.

Adams was right at the time, and for decades. When my father, an eastern European refugee, reached France after World War II, he was determined to continue to the United States because it was less class bound, more meritocratic and offered more opportunity.

Yet today the American dream has derailed, partly because of growing inequality. Or maybe the American dream has just swapped citizenship, for now it is more likely to be found in Canada or Europe — and a central issue in this year’s political campaigns should be how to repatriate it.

A report last month in The Times by David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy noted that the American middle class is no longer the richest in the world, with Canada apparently pulling ahead in median after-tax income. Other countries in Europe are poised to overtake us as well.

In fact, the discrepancy is arguably even greater. Canadians receive essentially free health care, while Americans pay for part of their health care costs with after-tax dollars. Meanwhile, the American worker toils, on average, 4.6 percent more hours than a Canadian worker, 21 percent more hours than a French worker and an astonishing 28 percent more hours than a German worker, according to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Canadians and Europeans also live longer, on average, than Americans do. Their children are less likely to die than ours. American women are twice as likely to die as a result of pregnancy or childbirth as Canadian women. And, while our universities are still the best in the world, children in other industrialized countries, on average, get a better education than ours. Most sobering of all: A recent O.E.C.D. report found that for people aged 16 to 24, Americans ranked last among rich countries in numeracy and technological proficiency.

Economic mobility is tricky to measure, but several studies show that a child born in the bottom 20 percent economically is less likely to rise to the top in America than in Europe. A Danish child is twice as likely to rise as an American child.

When our futures are determined to a significant extent at birth, we’ve reverted to the feudalism that our ancestors fled.

“Equality of opportunity — the ‘American dream’ — has always been a cherished American ideal,” Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel-winning economist at Columbia University, noted in a recent speech. “But data now show that this is a myth: America has become the advanced country not only with the highest level of inequality, but one of those with the least equality of opportunity.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/15/opinion/kristof-its-now-the-canadian-dream.html?smid=fb-nytimes&WT.z_sma=OP_INT_20140515&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1388552400000&bicmet=1420088400000&_r=3

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PHOTO – Toronto Mayor – Rob Ford

O.K., O.K., Canada isn’t perfect, but they do the important stuff right – so good for them.

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May 16, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment