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How 90 Percent of American Households Lost an Average of $17,000 in Wealth to the Plutocrats in 2016

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[Making America Great for Plutocrats! The richest 1 percent and the poorest 50 percent "have basically switched their income shares." *RON*]
By Paul BuchheitAlterNet, 7 March 2017

The Richest 1 Percent Extracted Wealth from Every Other Segment of Society

These multi-millionaires effectively shifted nearly $4 trillion in wealth away from the rest of the nation to themselves in 2016. While there's no need to offer condolences to the rest of the top 10 percent, who still have an average net worth of $1.3 million, nearly half of the wealth transfer ($1.94 trillion) came from the nation's poorest 90 percent—the middle and lower classes, according to Piketty and Saez and Zucman. That's over $17,000 in housing and savings per lower-to-middle-class household lost to the super-rich.

Put another way, the average 1 percent household took an additional $3 million of our national wealth in one year while education and infrastructure went …

LGBT community centers see wave of vandalism across the country

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[Here again, it’s part of the broader wave of hate that has spread across the country since Trump was elected. *RON*]

Zack Ford, Think Progress, 8 March 2017
Over the past two months, various LGBT centers have been targeted with vandalism. Fortunately, the attacks on these important resource spaces and gathering places have not resulted in anyone being hurt, but the damage is real.

The latest pair of incidents took place this week in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. Shortly after midnight Monday morning, a white four-door truck drove past the center and fired multiple shots across the front door and windows of the center. Tulsa police recovered 13 pellets, but fortunately they did not penetrate the reinforced glass.

Bomb threat forces evacuation of Greater Vancouver Jewish Community Centre

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[Part and parcel of the New Trumpism. Vancouver Police conducts extensive search after being alerted of emailed threat. See also: U.S. attorney general condemns latest wave of anti-Semitic vandalism, threatsToronto Jewish community in 'a lot of distress' following spate of threats and attacks, says rabbiDecision to honour Nazi pilot defended by women's aviation organization. Christy's response: "We will only stop hatred by calling it out, condemning it ," i.e., do nothing. *RON*]
Karin Larsen, CBC News, 8 March 2017
A bomb threat forced the evacuation of the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver Tuesday night.

Vancouver Police say they were advised of the emailed threat at 9 p.m. PT and conducted a thorough search of the building at 41st Ave and Oak Street. No explosive devices were located. The building was declared safe and the threat was deemed to be a hoax.
Last night the JCC received a bomb threat - tha…

Conservative senator defends 'well-intentioned' residential school system

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[Holy F**K!! Former head of Truth and Reconciliation Commission 'shocked' by Lynn Beyak’s remarks. See also: At least 6,000 children died in residential schools, TRC chair saysA history of residential schools in CanadaResidential schools findings point to 'cultural genocide'Aboriginal nutritional experiments had Ottawa's approval. *RON*]
John Paul Tasker, CBC News, 8 March 2017
Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak mounted a defence of the residential school system for Aboriginal children in the Red Chamber Tuesday, lamenting that the "good deeds" accomplished by "well-intentioned" religious teachers have been overshadowed by negative reports documented by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

"I speak partly for the record, but mostly in memory of the kindly and well-intentioned men and women and their descendants — perhaps some of us here in this chamber — whose remarkable works, good deeds and his…

CIA Documents Reveal Agency Spying On Us Through Our Computers, Phones and TVs

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[And... not a peep out of these corporations until they were caught out: Apple, Samsung, Microsoft react to claims CIA hacked iPhones, TVs. *RON*]
Posted on March 7, 2017 by WashingtonsBlog

We’ve previously documented that the government is spying on us through our computers, phones, cars, buses, streetlights, at airports and on the street, via mobile scanners and drones, through our credit cards and smart meters, televisions, dolls, and in many other ways.

And that the CIA wants to spy on you through your dishwasher and other “smart” appliances.

Indeed, spying in the U.S. is worse than under Nazi Germany, the Stasi, J. Edgar Hoover … or Orwell’s 1984.

CIA documents leaked today by Wikileaks confirm that the CIA is spying on us through our Windows-based computers, phones and TVs.
#vault7: CIA's hackers brag about having the "dankest trojans" to use against Windows https://t.co/7jObiiCQ4Hpic.twitter.com/DUt7PWJknv — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks…