In the United States, we have a labyrinth of tax subsidies and vouchers, and an endless line of private interests looking to cash in on social services. Don’t call that a welfare state — it’s not. And we deserve better.jacobinmag.com
In 1951 the United States government passed a law requiring all men between the ages of 18 to 26 to register for the draft. During the Korean War (1950-1953) 80,000 men attempted to dodge the draft. During the Vietnam War (1955 - 1975) over 570,000 men dodged the draft, 210,000 of them were formally accused, and 3,250 were imprisoned. (Side note, 58,000 US soldiers died in the Vietnam War, over 1 million North Vietnamese and Viet Cong fighters died, and an estimated 2 million civilians...Boing Boing
In many countries you can buy inexpensive eyeglasses and contact lenses without a prescription. That's not the case in the United States. In 2016 the American Optometric Association (AOA) spent $1.8 million lobbying and another $1.4 million in campaign contributions to ensure corrective lenses are expensive for Americans, and therefore highly profitable. Yascha Mounk, a contributing writer at The Atlantic, writes in her article, "The Great American Eye-Exam Scam:" When I last went to an eye exam...Boing Boing
More than 41 million people in the US speak Spanish, but they don't all speak it the same way.www.bbc.co.uk
This is the last face you'll see before being shipped off to Saudi Arabia to "ensure the free flow of resources necessary to support the global economy."www.infowars.com
Factbox on the United States team for the 13th biennial Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne from Dec. 12-15:U.S.
A shooting in Pensacola, Florida, on Friday that left at least four people dead was the second mass killing on a U.S. military installation in three days and followed a spate of deadly gun violence throughout the country this summer.U.S.