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Americans keep getting poorer

Falling home prices and economic disasterThe number of middle class Americans declined in almost every metropolitan area throughout the nation over the past decade and a half.

That’s according to Pew Research Center, which recently reported that the share of middle class Americans dropped in 203 of the 229 metropolitan areas it analyzed. These include places that were once held up as hubs of manufacturing and industry, where an honest day of work was long accepted as the tradeoff for a comfortable American lifestyle.

The middle class has shrunk so rapidly in recent years, Pew reported, that “it may no longer be the economic majority in the U.S.”

But the news isn’t all terrible. Many Americans no longer defined as middle class made their way into higher earning brackets.

Via Pew:

With relatively fewer Americans in the middle-income tier, the economic tiers above and below have grown in significance over time. The share of adults in upper-income households increased in 172 of the 229 metropolitan areas, even as the share of adults in lower-income households rose in 160 metropolitan areas from 2000 to 2014. The shifting economic fortunes of localities were not an either/or proposition: Some 108 metropolitan areas experienced growth in both the lower- and upper-income tiers.

Still, the disappearance of a distinctly American middle class is a symptom of broader economic trouble.

Again from Pew:

Nationwide, the median income of U.S. households in 2014 stood at 8% less than in 1999, a reminder that the economy has yet to fully recover from the effects of the Great Recession of 2007-09. The decline was pervasive, with median incomes falling in 190 of 229 metropolitan areas examined.

Middle class or not, that means government mishandling of the economy is costing all American workers money.


And with central bankers discussing insane monetary meddling like negative interest rates, things aren’t going to improve any time soon.


Source: Will County News

Merck, HuffPo, ‘Vaxxed’: The censorship connection

Merck, HuffPo, ‘Vaxxed’: The censorship connection

vaccineSix steps to HuffPo blackout heaven.

One: Recently, long-time blogger/columnist for the Huffington Post, Lance Simmens, wrote an article in which he made positive comments about the film, “Vaxxed” (trailer).

Simmens didn’t state that the MMR vaccine causes autism. He pointed out that “Vaxxed” is about a CDC whistleblower who admits to giving the MMR a free pass, who admits that he and his colleagues hid data that would have shown a connection between the vaccine and autism.

So Simmens wrote that “Vaxxed” is an important film, and the issue it raises needs to be investigated.

Two: Huffington Post censored Simmens’ article. His account with Huff Po was blocked without explanation. He was shut out from posting more articles. Finally, someone named Stuart at Huff Po wrote him an absurd and irrelevant “explanation”:

Hi Lance, we’re going to have to pass on your latest post because it violates a long-standing policy we have against disseminating conspiracy theories and inaccurate medical information. In the case of your post specifically, it presents as credible a widely known and debunked hoax that vaccines cause autism. Please bear in mind that we reserve the right to remove any content from our site for any reason, and at any time.

Three: The Huffington Post is owned by Verizon.

Four: On the Board of Verizon sits a man named Dr. Karl-Ludwig Kley.

Five: Kley was chairman of the executive board and chief executive officer of Merck KGaA (*) until April 2016(* see End Note below)

Six: Merck (*) manufactures the MMR vaccine, the subject of “Vaxxed.” (* see End Note below)

Got it?

But wait. There’s more.

In 2004, the CDC whistleblower featured in “Vaxxed,” Dr. William Thompson, alerted the head of the CDC, Julie Gerberding, that he had troubling and sensitive data in his hands about the MMR vaccine. Of course, Thompson was referring to the vaccine-autism connection.

Gerberding never replied to Thompson, who was about to make his findings public at a major conference. However, Thompson’s presentation was canceled.

Fast forward to 2009. Gerberding leaves the CDC. Later, she becomes the president of the vaccine division at Merck. Merck manufactures the MMR vaccine.

Nice work if she could get it, and she could.

*(End Note: Here is a more complete explanation of why the CEO of Merck KGaA, who sits on the board of Verizon, which in turns owns the Huffington Post, would be disturbed by a possible MMR vaccine scandal. Merck [U.S.] is a former subsidiary of Merck KGaA [Germany]. Merck — the MMR manufacturer — is an independent company — but how much stock in Merck does Merck KGaA still hold, and what other connections still exist? In fact, there is great sensitivity in both companies about the mutual use of the “Merck” name, and protracted legal battles have been fought to eliminate that overlap. It’s reasonable to assume that neither company is happy about scandals involving “the other Merck,” because of the public perception that the companies are one company. Read this, from FiercePharma: “An illustration of how confusing the names are to the outside world came in 2014 when a group showed up outside of the German company’s headquarters to protest Big Pharma’s lobbying against new generic drug rules in South Africa, designed to get cheap drugs to more patients. But German Merck [KGaA] was not involved in that effort. It was the U.S. company [Merck] that had supported it. But it has gotten trickier to keep the two companies separate as they vie for the Merck name in social media. A couple of years ago, Facebook got the companies confused and posted Merck & Co.’s new Facebook page at the same “Merck” location that had been used for Merck KGaA’s Facebook page. Eventually it was sorted out and now German Merck can be found at Facebook.com/Merck, while Merck & Co. now sits at Facebook.com/MerckBeWell.”)

— Jon Rappoport

Source: Will County News

Sessions: Choice between national self-interest and globalism

trump sessionsAlabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions is warning American voters to carefully consider their options when the presidential general election rolls around. The choice, he believes, has less to do with the candidates than it does the future of civilization in the United States.

Sessions says that members of his party who continue to doubt Trump’s conservative bona fides are missing the candidate’s “cautious approach to mass migration, transnational trade commissions and nation-building.”

The Alabama lawmaker says he believes President Trump will serve as a “forceful advocate” for America and implement policies that consider the best interests of U.S. citizens first.

If Hillary Clinton becomes president, Sessions says, Americans can expect the opposite.

“In Hillary Clinton, we have a committed globalist. Clinton was an ardent supporter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership — which surrenders American sovereignty to an international union of 12 countries — and has clearly left the door wide open to enacting the pact if elected,” the lawmaker writes in a recent op-ed.

Sessions also takes umbrage at Clinton’s immigration platform, which he describes as “the most radical in our history.”

“Clinton’s extremist proposal economically targets our poor African-American and Hispanic communities whose wages and job prospects are being steadily eroded by the huge influx of new foreign workers,” Sessions notes.

What American voters have to decide, the lawmaker concludes, is whether they want to live in a country that “serves our people.” Because, Sessions says, how the nation votes in 2016 will determine “whether we remain a nation-state that serves its own people, or whether we slide irrevocably toward a soulless globalism that treats humans as interchangeable widgets in the world market.”

Source: Will County News