Posted by Jim Spence on Tuesday, November 8, 2011
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From KOB-TV.com - By: Heather Mills, KOB Eyewitness News 4; Danielle Flores, KOB.com - Albuquerque red light cameras will be gone in 60 days, but the mayor is not ready to give up on the cameras altogether. City councilors voted Monday night to remote all photo enforcement. The end of the red light cameras also means the end of photo enforcement speed vans in school and construction zones. Mayor Richard Berry said there is a difference between the red light cameras and the photo enforcement vans. Berry said he is happy councilors upheld the voters' decision to get rid of the cameras, but said he wants to talk about keeping the vans. KOB Eyewitness News 4 spoke with parents on Tuesday who said they were unaware the red light camera vote included the photo vans. Read more
therepublic.com -The federal government is issuing a loan guarantee to a company that plans to build a $135 million plant in southern New Mexico to produce biofuel from algae. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the guarantee Monday. It has been in the making since December 2009, when the agency first issued a conditional commitment for an 80 percent guarantee on a $54.5 million loan. More News New Mexico
officer.com -Justice investigators also have been inundated with telephone calls and video-taped stories from the families and friends of some of the 20 men Albuquerque Police Department officers have shot since January 2010. Fourteen of them have died. The majority have been Hispanic men in their 20s and 30s. But the Justice Department still hasn't decided whether to launch a full-scale "pattern or practice" investigation into APD, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Hoses told a meeting of community groups at the Don Newton Taylor Ranch Community Center on Monday evening. "I know you want to hear answers, but the decision (whether to investigate) is made by DOJ in Washington," More News New Mexico
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U.S. poverty is best understood when it is put into the context of all living human beings. There are now more than seven billion people living on the planet. In 2009 the federal poverty line for annual income in America was $11,161 for a single individual. Being at the poverty line in America does not suggest “middle class” status. The poverty line is a level considered to just short of “destitution.”
Compare and contrast America’s poverty line with the median income of all 7 billion people on planet earth. To be part of the global middle class one must earn about $7,000 per year. This means a person of average means throughout the world takes in $4,000 less per year than Americans considered to be eligible for all government benefits due to their deeply “impoverished” circumstances.
We can infer, when the status of ALL human beings is taken into account, that the 99% of Americans who are glibly referred to as the “downtrodden,” by the Occupy Wall Street crowd, are far better off than the world’s middle class. And most of America’s 99% actually qualify as the wealthiest 1% of all people living on planet earth.