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  1. If you can eat 3 meals a day for 3 weeks straight, you are in the top 15% of the richest people in the world.

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  2. Posted by agm on May 24, 2011 at 9:32 am

    60,000 children disappear in India every year, i.e. more than 150 a day. http://bbc.in/jnWLSk.

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  3. Posted by Michael on May 25, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Women perform 66 percent of the world’s work, produce 50 percent of the food, but earn 10 percent of the income and own 1 percent of the property.

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  4. Posted by Diane on May 26, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I just found you this morning via Twitter…I am a documentary filmmaker working on an important anti-war film – “17 Minutz”..

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  5. A woman cannot drive in Saudi Arabia, and that is contradictory to Islamic law.

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  6. Posted by Asma on May 30, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Women in the US military are more likely to be sexually assaulted by fellow soldiers than die in combat.3,158 assaults were reported in 2010

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  7. Posted by Donald Paul on June 1, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Only 57% of African children are enrolled in primary education and one in three of those does not complete school.
    [Source: TAGAfrica.]

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  8. Posted by Sim on June 2, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    In 2001 Afghanistan under the taliban had 30 square miles (78 km2) of land used for growing opium poppies (used to make heroin). In 2002
    after American and British troops had removed the Taliban poppy production increased to 285 square miles (740 km2.

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  9. Posted by Si on June 7, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Obama fought to lower the minimum wage in Haiti.The US minimum daily wage is around $58, in Haiti it is $3 a day.

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  10. SUMMARY OF THE CHAD EVANS AND AMANDA BORTNER CASES rev 8/3/10
    Chad Emery Evans was wrongfully convicted in December, 2001 in New Hampshire of the murder of Kassidy Bortner, the 21-month old daughter of his girlfriend, Amanda Bortner. Chad was initially sentenced to 28 years-to-life, and an additional 15 years subsequently were added to his sentence by the New Hampshire Sentence Review Division, upon appeal by the New Hampshire Attorney General.
    The causes of Kassidy’s death and her injuries are disputed, but Chad was convicted of second degree murder. He was also convicted of related second-degree assault charges against Kassidy, and endangering the welfare of a child and one count of assaulting Amanda Bortner.
    On 2 June 2000, Chad met Amanda Bortner and their love and relationship grew rapidly. By early July, Amanda and Kassidy were living at Chad’s home in Rochester, New Hampshire. Chad’s three-year old son, Kyle, also lived in the home several days a week, through shared custody with Chad’s former wife, Tristan Wentworth Evans.
    On the morning of 9 November 2000, Amanda took Kassidy to the Kittery, Maine home of her sister, Jennifer Bortner, and her sister’s boyfriend, Jefferey Marshall, for babysitting for the day. Kassidy had a new bruise on one eye due to an accident the previous night when Chad was giving Kyle some batting practice with a brown plastic bat in Kyle’s bedroom just before bedtime. While wiffle balls were usually used for such fun, the ball that Kyle hit into Kassidy’s eye was a ball used in “Tee-ball” leagues. During his police interview on 9 November, Chad described the ball as a “hard rubber ball” and a “starter baseball.”
    The resulting bruise to Kassidy’s left eye was the latest of a series of bruises which had been observed by several people during the October/November of 2000. Even in a time of growing sensitivity to child abuse, most of the responsible adults close to Kassidy believed that the bruises and injuries were unfortunate accidents, and that they didn’t require medical care right away. The life-threatening severity of the injuries was not known or suspected by anyone. Tragically, those adults, including Chad Evans, were wrong and/or oblivious, as there was something very wrong with Kassidy.
    Shortly after Noon on the 9th, Jeff Marshall checked on Kassidy and recognized that she was in trouble and seemingly lifeless; and he made several phone calls for help, the last of which was to 911. The EMT’s and Kittery Police arrived quickly, but Kassidy was dead when they arrived.
    As the man living with Kassidy’s mother, Amanda, Chad Evans was one of the four initial suspects, with the others being Amanda, Jeff, and Jennifer. By the time of Chad’s 7:10 p.m. interview with the police, and within about six hours of Kassidy’s death, the police were focused entirely on Chad; and worked thereafter to build the case against him. The case attracted considerable media attention, but Chad’s attorneys advised him to say nothing to reporters. At his December 2001 trial, Chad took his attorneys’ advice not to testify, and his attorneys decided to call only one defense witness. They called the nationally renowned forensic pathologist, Dr. Michael Baden, as they thought his testimony was sufficient to establish the reasonable doubt needed for a not-guilty verdict. However, their assessment was wrong, and the jury found Chad guilty of most of the charges. When Chad was sentenced, he again took his attorneys’ advice not to proclaim his innocence, in order to avoid angering Judge Tina Nadeau.
    In November, 2002, Amanda Bortner was tried and wrongly convicted of child endangerment and sentenced to two years in jail.
    For more information & contact info, see http://www.chadevanswronglyconvicted.org.
    Chad Evans Wrongly Convicted Committee, 71 Sullivan St. Keene, NH 03431

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  11. The United States imprisons a higher percentage of its citizens than Russia under Communism or South Africa under the apartheid regime.

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  12. 22,000 would be legal immigrants hearts were broken after the US Department decided to break its promise. For more info please read the article “Government Promises, Then Voids 22,000 Green Cards” via http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/31/government-voids-green-cards_n_869332.html

    Thank you!

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  13. Posted by Delphine Kewir on June 11, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    1Randomness Revisited
    Posted on May 25, 2011 by admin

    Thank you to all of you, including a Mathematics Ph.D., who have educated me on the randomness issue. My initial reaction that the results were not random was based on the unusual skewing of the results and the possibility that the results were manipulated, warranting further investigation. I now see that while the results were not uniform, they are random.

    Here is my own simplistic 2 step analysis:

    1. Mathematically speaking, these results certainly could have have occurred naturally. As such, the results are random.

    2. Even if the results did not occur naturally because of a “computer glitch”, the results are still random because no one in advance knew how to increase one’s chances. Thus there was a level playing field. Example: Lotto – 6 numbers drawn 1-40. Computer glitch causes a drawing in which the 6 numbers drawn are 1-6. But no one knew about it in advance. It would seem to be a strange result, but it is still random because no one knew about the glitch in advance, thus they were unable to modify behavior accordingly (buy tickets with those 6 numbers).

    In retrospect, one can always see how to have improved one’s chances. In retrospect, a Lottery never seems random; one can always find a pattern. But the determination of randomness is based on equal probability: whether an individual was able to take advantage in advance, thereby increasing his or her chances. Here the answer is undoubtedly no. There is no evidence of anyone knowing in advance that the results would be skewed in such a manner; there is no evidence of people modifying their behavior to gain an advantage.

    There are other reasons that this Lottery was conducted randomly, but as made clear in my May 17th letter to Mr. Donahue, no matter one’s view on the randomness issue, NOTHING could justify destroying the hopes and dreams of 22,000 people who played by the rules, as DOS has done by invalidating these results. NOTHING could justify this decision to break the honored commitment of the US government to these people. NOBODY, not even the non-winners, called for invalidating the 22,000 winning notifications.

    There is an appropriate, fair, and reasonable way of going forward in this matter – and that would be to recognize the 22,000 winners and hold a new selection event in which an additional 78-100,000 individuals are selected. To not take this way going forward is an insult to these 22,000 individuals and flatly contravenes American principles of fairness and justice.

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  14. Posted by Anna on June 12, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    On May 1st, the U.S. Department of State opened a notification period for winners of the Diversity Visa Lottery 2012 (aka Green Card Lottery). The winning notifications urged the people to hurry up and send their paperwork to Kentucky Consular Center for processing. Many of the lucky winners had a chance to become U.S. Permanent Residents already in the Fall 2011 (i.e. the beginning of 2012 fiscal year). People changed their life plans, made important decisions and spent lots of money: declined prospective jobs, quit their apartments, hired attorneys, told all their friends about the big win.
    On May 13, the U.S. Department of State invalidated previously announced results citing computer error that, according to them, made the selection not random. So far, the Department of State has not provided a detailed explanation of what exactly went wrong, neither did they explain why nobody tested the program or checked to make sure it worked before the results were announced. The Department of State also does not seem to mind that it took them almost two weeks to invalidate the results, allowing 22,000 people to invest both emotionally and financially into their immigration process.
    We the notified winners demand that the Department of State proceeds with our green card applications according to the original selection. The government agency cannot take it’s promises and statements lightly, especially when they affect large numbers of people. We demand justice for the 22,000 winners.

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  15. Petition:Human Rights Violations – From Discrimination to Genocide?

    SOS #Maidez:Dear all,Help Me Spread this Petition:HR Violations-From Discrimination to Genocide?

    http://aka-alien.blogspot.com/2011/06/sos-systematic-violations-of-our.html

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  16. According to WorldHunger.org, 925 million which is 13.6 percent of the estimated world population of 6.8 billion undernourished. Nearly all are in developing countries.

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  17. Posted by JR on June 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    The USA spends 1.3 billion per year spying on allied countries.

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  18. Posted by Christopher on September 25, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    In 2010, Americans spent:

    – $60.9 billion on weight-loss products

    – $50 billion on college tuition

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  19. Posted by Christopher on September 25, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Israel has broke 65 U.N resolutions with no consequences , Palestine has broke 0 and is not recognized as a state.

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  20. Posted by Troy Prittie on September 26, 2011 at 2:07 am

    A Doctors Without Borders CEO makes $112000 per year while a BCS bowl game CEO makes over $600000 per year and he is only responsible for one game.

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  21. 7 Countries in Africa account for two thirds of all malaria cases and 85-90% of all deaths. South Sudan , Kenya , Tanzania , Uganda , Ethiopia , Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria. Nigeria alone accounts for 25% of global malaria cases.

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  22. 23 of 29 members of the UK Cabinet are millionaires.

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  23. Posted by dick small on September 26, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    In the past three decades, 255 blacks have been executed for killing whites, while only 17 whites have been put to death for killing blacks, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. via huffington post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-protess/troy-davis-execution_b_981305.html?ref=tw

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  24. Posted by J Singh on September 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    300K Sikhs have been killed by the indian govt since 1984 in fake encounters/mass genocides. 27 yrs the perpetrators include govt ministers still walk free.

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  25. Posted by J Singh on September 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    An average of 30 Sikhs PER DAY have “disappeared” since 1984. India still claims to be world largest democracy, but still doesn’t allow Int Human Rights grp into Punjab.

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  26. Posted by Christopher on September 28, 2011 at 4:50 am

    America is expanding drone flights to eastern Africa (Somalia) instead of sending aid for the famine stricken civilians.

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  27. Posted by Zhan Hong on September 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Governments in many part of the world is ruled under dictatorship under covers of democracy.

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  28. Posted by Cole on September 29, 2011 at 4:50 am

    “If I know who raised more money, without knowing anything else, 94 percent of the time I will pick the winner” -Dylan Ratigan

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  29. Senior officials of the Canadian government are obstructing justice. This includes William Elliott, RCMP Commissioner and Rob Nicholson, federal Minister of Justice. My web pages gives details of my plight. I am currently on a hunger strike for justice.

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  30. Posted by @tpritt on September 29, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    In 1968 gold was $35/oz and minimum wage was $1.60/hr. You could work 22 hours and buy 1oz. of gold.

    Today gold is around $1648/oz and minimum wage would have to be $76/hr in order to buy 1 oz. of gold with 22 hours of work.

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  31. Posted by Chris on September 29, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    UK charities have a total income of £26.3 billion and an operating expenditure of £24.9 billion.

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  32. Posted by Michael Haggard on September 30, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    You are more likely to be executed by the American government than die from a shark attack.

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  33. Indonesian MP said last week that $725,000 in parking tickets for Indonesian diplomats in New York is a small change, http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/minister-blames-unpaid-ny-tickets-on-lack-of-parking/468052

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  34. Posted by Ariel Fornari (@ArielFornari) on October 4, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    The average sweatshop incomes in Dominican Republic are: Btwn U.S. 31.50-52.50/week in free-trade zones and $39.00-65.50/week in private shops for a 49-hr. week.

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  35. Posted by Ariel Fornari (@ArielFornari) on October 4, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    As ridiculously low as are average sweatshop incomes in Dominican Republic, in neghboring Haiti they are even lower.

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  36. Posted by Ariel Fornari (@ArielFornari) on October 4, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Dominican Republic typical national police salaries: Corporal $128.00/month 1st Lt. $283.00/month, small wonder they are among the most corrupt in the region.

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  37. Posted by fuze on October 5, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    From my economics textbook,the richest fifth earn 83% of the total world income while it’s only 1.4% for the poorest fifth.

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  38. Australian Judge Spigelman was the most corrupt judge inthe world. This is a true account of one of his victims… there are so many more

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  39. Posted by Rachel on October 7, 2011 at 10:26 am

    About 14 million of the world’s children die before age 5.

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  40. Posted by Mody on October 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    90% of the Egyptian ruling SCAF, government and governors are above 60 years old, the rest 10% are above 50 years old, including the youth minister.

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  41. Posted by Unique on October 8, 2011 at 5:51 am

    About 50% of ppl in the world live on LESS than $2 a day!

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  42. Posted by droid on October 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

    hatred is the root of all suffering –

    http://ballymurphymassacre.com/massacre.htm

    http://ballymurphymassacre.com/campaign.htm

    silence can only last so long…..

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  43. Posted by Harith Roslan on October 9, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    a conflict diamond you bought from Sierra Leone may cost thousands souls of innocent locals, soldiers, doctors, journalists, and reporters

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  44. There are people on the streets of London, yet every week, the UK Government spends £15,000 on food for its top level staff

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  45. Posted by Rhiannon Henry on October 9, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    72% of US teens surveyed would rather be seperated from their parents for a year than give up McDonalds for the same period.

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  46. Posted by brian johnson on October 9, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Last year healthcare companies spent more on political lobbying than the government spent on funding healthcare.

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  47. Posted by Anon on October 9, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    74% of world leaders have admitted to smoking cannabis in their youth, but all of them maintain drug prohibition in their countries.

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  48. Posted by Charlotte on October 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    In America, more people voted for the 2011 American Idol Finale than in the 2008 Presidential Race.

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