1. "A developed country is no place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transport."

    "A developed country is no place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transport."

     
  2. 50 Years of Government Spending, In 1 Graph
A few notes:
 
Everything else is everything not listed separately on the graphic.That includes education, science, NASA, energy, natural resources, justice, and agriculture, among other things.
Defense spending has shrunk significantly as a percentage of total government spending. But it remains the largest single category of federal spending. The figures in the graph include veterans’ benefits as well as funding for current operations.
Medicaid, Medicare and other health services are the huge gainers here. Together, they make up a quarter of government spending. Fifty years ago Medicare and Medicaiddidn’t even exist, and federal spending on other health-related services made up a tiny sliver of the whole.
Safety net programs include unemployment compensation, food stamps and housing assistance. Spending on these programs surged during and after the most recent recession, as unemployment rose sharply.
Interest refers to interest the government pays on the national debt. In 1987, the interest rate on 10-year Treasury bonds was around 9 percent, driving up the share of government spending that went to interest. Today, the rate on 10-year Treasuries is roughly 2 percent.
Bonus Numbers! Federal spending has grown roughly as fast as the overall economy over the past 50 years. In 1962, federal spending was $707 billion and accounted for 18 percent of U.S. GDP. In 2011, federal spending was $3.1 trillion and accounted for 24 percent of GDP. (The dollar figures are adjusted for inflation.)

    50 Years of Government Spending, In 1 Graph

    A few notes:

     

    Everything else is everything not listed separately on the graphic.That includes education, science, NASA, energy, natural resources, justice, and agriculture, among other things.

    Defense spending has shrunk significantly as a percentage of total government spending. But it remains the largest single category of federal spending. The figures in the graph include veterans’ benefits as well as funding for current operations.

    Medicaid, Medicare and other health services are the huge gainers here. Together, they make up a quarter of government spending. Fifty years ago Medicare and Medicaiddidn’t even exist, and federal spending on other health-related services made up a tiny sliver of the whole.

    Safety net programs include unemployment compensation, food stamps and housing assistance. Spending on these programs surged during and after the most recent recession, as unemployment rose sharply.

    Interest refers to interest the government pays on the national debt. In 1987, the interest rate on 10-year Treasury bonds was around 9 percent, driving up the share of government spending that went to interest. Today, the rate on 10-year Treasuries is roughly 2 percent.

    Bonus Numbers! Federal spending has grown roughly as fast as the overall economy over the past 50 years. In 1962, federal spending was $707 billion and accounted for 18 percent of U.S. GDP. In 2011, federal spending was $3.1 trillion and accounted for 24 percent of GDP. (The dollar figures are adjusted for inflation.)

     
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"Slashing" Foreign Aid
This was too important to wait to share. The NY Times (who I’m boycotting a bit cause I hate paying for things on the internet), posted this amazing visualization of the U.S. foreign aid budget since 1977.

    "Slashing" Foreign Aid

    This was too important to wait to share. The NY Times (who I’m boycotting a bit cause I hate paying for things on the internet), posted this amazing visualization of the U.S. foreign aid budget since 1977.

     
  5. Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience… our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.
    — Howard Zinn (via ignofrance)
     
  6. Poverty is not just a material problem. Poverty is something wider: it is about powerlessness, about being deprived of basic opportunities and freedom of choice.
    — Johan Norberg (via onegodonemaster)
     
  7. Religious and governmental attempts to restrict sexual behaviors into socially acceptable ‘normative’ categories construct artificial standards that simultaneously shame and provoke.

     
  8. In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.
    — Confucius (via aunahg)
     
  9. Apple now has more cash than the U.S. government

     
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    Mission District, SF

    Mission District, SF

     
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    1) Improve Irrigation in Africa - improve any water source
2) Subsidies for African Farmers
Both Need Better Government Policies (reduced corruption) or International Support
3) Subsidize US farmers to replant trees to reduce farm-size and competition
4) Open borders so Immigrants can work on U.S. Farms legally

    1) Improve Irrigation in Africa - improve any water source

    2) Subsidies for African Farmers

    Both Need Better Government Policies (reduced corruption) or International Support

    3) Subsidize US farmers to replant trees to reduce farm-size and competition

    4) Open borders so Immigrants can work on U.S. Farms legally