The Increasingly Unequal States of America: Income Inequality by State, 1917 to 2011 | Economic Policy Institute

I know that there are some that do not want to hear this….that some of these people are lazy or fraudulent……but the fact is whether anyone wants to hear it or not…….the inequality is growing…..and if you pay attention to history that inequality could lead to much more than we are willing to handle……

The Increasingly Unequal States of America: Income Inequality by State, 1917 to 2011 | Economic Policy Institute.

Half Of The United States Lives In These Counties – Business Insider

If this info is true….why don’t political parties concentrate their efforts and cash in these counties….seems it would be money well spent during a national election……check out the other data that is linked in on the bottom of the article….that is if you are interested in the demographics……….

Half Of The United States Lives In These Counties – Business Insider.

Another Nuke Deal?

We have had to sit through the nuclear age…..we made, we dropped it and then the race was on….the USSR was next….and on came China to join the club…….then India/Pakistan……next would be North Korea….and then along came Iran, who does not have a bomb…yet….but the possibility is there and of course the world went into a deep depression because of Iran and its seeking to join the nuke club.  Much has been said, done and accused because of Iran’s desire…..

All the hoopla about Iran made this story even more bizarre, at least to me……

President Barack Obama has approved an agreement for civilian nuclear cooperation between the US and Vietnam in a sign of deepening ties between the former foes. The US and Vietnamese governments reached agreement in October. Congress now has 90 days to review it. If lawmakers do nothing, the deal will take effect. The “123 agreement,” approved by Obama on Monday, allows US firms into Vietnam’s civilian nuclear power market. Russian and Japanese companies are already planning to build reactors there. Under the US agreement, Vietnam is committing to rely on the international market for its nuclear fuel supply rather than enrich uranium or reprocess plutonium itself. Some lawmakers have expressed concern over the terms of the agreement and over Vietnam’s human rights record.

It all sounds reasonable….but is there anything reasonable in today’s world affairs?

Think about it though…….we will help Vietnam,  a communist country,  get nuke power… I the only one that sees a potential problem?  Think spent fuel and what it could be used for in the future if the desire is there……

Winter Comes And Winter Goes

My hodge-podge day……

For over a month we have been beat about the head and shoulders with the winter weather that has grip some of the states……we have the polar vortex or the Siberian Express or the Alberta Clipper….what ever you want to call these weather patterns…..I mean it is bad enough that we have sunk to given a winter storm a name… is my suggestion when this all first started…….”it does not need a name…it already has one……WINTER!”

But that has not made the media ease up any….we have all sorts of disastrous reports of snow, sleet and ice….you know those issue that occur almost every winter…….but this year it is a disaster…….but did you know this?

This may be hard to believe if you live in the Eastern US, but that was the fourth-warmest January ever for the overall planet, the New York Times reports. The Goddard Institute for Space Studies actually pegs it as the third warmest since 1880, behind only 2002 and 2003, according to AccuWeather, which notes GISS data merges land and ocean surface temps. The perpetually storm-afflicted East Coast was indeed one of Earth’s coldest areas compared with seasonal norms, but things were balmy elsewhere; California and Alaska saw temperatures as much as 15 degrees above normal. Besides, the US makes up just 2% of the surface of the world, so its experience paints a limited picture. It’s been unseasonably warm in most of Europe, Africa, Australia, and China. Of course, unseasonable warmth is getting awfully routine; it was the 347th straight month with temperatures above 20th-century averages.

I will not go into the climate change thingy…there are enough people that want to argue about it from all points…..just saying…./it was not as cold as it could have been.  Take that for what it is worth……and good night.

SCOTUS Strikes Again

For us dweebs that spend our leisure time watching politics and the country around us we have been thrilled or outraged by a lot of SCOTUS and their rulings…….Citizens United comes to mind….their stand on same sex marriage or a whole array of issues…….there has been outrage from both sides of the spectrum……and the court never fails to amuse or surprise……

The latest news coming from the justices…….

In a blow to the NRA, the Supreme Court has opted not to hear a trio of cases challenging federal and state gun laws. Two involved NRA-backed challenges to laws limiting gun rights for people under 21, Reuters reports. One of those was a Texas law banning 18- to 20-year-olds from publicly carrying guns; the other addressed decades-old laws against gun sales to those under 21. A third case involved consumers’ ability to challenge gun-sale laws. The high court didn’t offer comment on its rejection of the cases, the AP notes. In other court news:

  • Justices rejected an alleged drug lord’s appeal against a Virginia retrial for capital murder. Justin Wolfe’s initial conviction was overturned due to prosecutorial misconduct.
  • Nor will justices hear an appeal by a man who was convicted under federal gambling laws. Lawrence DiCristina of New York says the laws cover only games of chance, whereas the game his underground group plays—poker—is about skill.
  • So what is the court hearing? Arguments are taking place today over an Obama administration rule on pollution. The EPA requires companies developing pollution-boosting industrial sites to assess their carbon output. The Chamber of Commerce, which is challenging the measure along with some GOP-run states, says it “may be the costliest, most intrusive regulatory program the nation has yet seen.” Several other states, as well as environmental groups, are backing the White House.

I am sure that there will be a wealth of opinions flying around with these newest decisions on the part of SCOTUS…….anyone care to start that ground swell of opinions?