Friday, September 19, 2014

10 Republican Red States That Mooch off Coastal Liberal States

One of the most hilarious talking points coming from far-right Republicans and the Tea Party is that when “red states” like Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana are asked to bail out California or Massachusetts, that’s when they will finally become “fed up with socialism” and secede from the Union once and for all.

The problem with that meme is that it has no basis in reality: the more prosperous and Democrat-leaning areas of the United States are likely to be subsidizing dysfunctional “red states,” many of which are suffering from insufficient tax revenue and an abundance of low-wage workers who don’t have much to tax. Tea Party Republicans like to point out that poor cities like Detroit, Baltimore and Camden, New Jersey are run by Democrats, but they neglect to mention that some of the most affluent parts of the United States—from Manhattan to the Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area to Cambridge, MA to Seattle to Chicago’s North Shore suburbs—are dominated by the Democratic Party. People in those heavily Democratic areas pay a lot of federal income taxes, and quite often, their tax dollars go to red states.

1. Mississippi: Mississippi was receiving $2.47 from the federal government for every dollar it was paying in.

2. Alaska: Alaska receiving $1.93 from Uncle Sam for every dollar paid in.

3. Alabama: Alabama receives 37% of its revenue from the federal government and receives $3.28 for every dollar it pays in federal taxes.

4. Louisiana:Louisiana receives $3.35 from the federal government for every dollar it pays in; 44% of Alabama’s funding, WalletHub says, comes from Washington, DC.

5. Indiana: Indiana receives $2.01 from the federal government for every federal tax dollar it contributes and receives 33% of its funding from Uncle Sam.

6. Montana: Montana’s intake from Uncle Sam was $1.92 for every dollar paid.

7. South Carolina: South Carolina was receiving $1.92 from the federal government for every federal tax dollar it was contributing.

8. West Virginia: West Virginia receives $2.22 for every dollar it pays.

9. Tennessee: Tennessee, according to WalletHub, receives $1.64 from the federal government for every federal tax dollar it contributes—and WalletHub notes that 41% of Tennessee’s funding comes from Uncle Sam.

10. Kentucky: Kentucky receives $2.39 from the federal government for every dollar it pays.

Data shows that these hypocritical GOP-leaning states are likely to be the biggest recipients of federal tax money.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Outbreak of virus affecting children reaches California

Los Angeles Times | September 18, 2014 | 1:18 PM
Four cases of a virus that can cause severe respiratory illness in young children -- especially those with asthma -- have been identified in California, state health officials announced today.

Officials confirmed three cases of enterovirus D68 in San Diego County and one in Ventura County.

The illnesses marked California’s first 2014 cases of a virus known to have infected 153 people in 18 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Home Depot data breach: 56 million payment cards put 'at risk'

me Depot Inc. said an investigation found that a data breach exposed about 56 million payment cards, part of a cyber attack that trumped even Target's massive hack last year.

The home improvement chain said hackers built unique malware to penetrate the company's systems between April and September. In comparison, Target's data breach compromised 40 million credit and debit card accounts over a period of about three weeks.

"The malware had not been seen previously in other attacks," Home Depot said in a Thursday statement. "The hackers' method of entry has been closed off."

The Atlanta company said the malware has been removed, security has been tightened at its U.S. stores and any terminals with malware have been removed.

Friday, September 12, 2014

An Untapped Force in the Fight for Literacy

People disagree, quite strenuously, on the best curriculum for teaching children to read. But all participants in the reading wars agree on some other things: Early reading is crucial — a child who does not read proficiently by third grade will probably fall further and further behind each year. American schools are failing: two out of three fourth graders don’t read at grade level.

OjO....Heat Alert Issued for Valleys, LA Basin

Triple-digit heat is likely through Monday for Southern California valleys

Brown Signs Bill Guaranteeing Paid Sick Leave for California Workers - California Healthline

On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law a bill (AB 1522) that requires a minimum of three paid sick days per year for employees who work 30 or more days in a calendar year, the Sacramento Business Journal reports (Young, Sacramento Business Journal, 9/10).

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lawsuit Claims Sushi Rice Sold To California Restaurants Tainted With Rodent Soiling, Black Mold

Attorney Brian Kabateck discussed flush with CBS2’s Elsa Ramon.

“The rice is adulterated with what’s called flush in this industry,” Kabateck said. “And flush in the industry is anything that is not supposed to be in the rice.”

In the lawsuit, Farmer’s Rice Cooperative is accused of selling the tainted rice to thousands of grocery stores across California.

Particularly, the names New Variety, New Rose and Imperial Rose are associated with the bad rice.
The complaint alleges the company would “allow substances, such as insects, rodents and their soiling, bird remains and black mold to be present in its processed rice.”

Later, the complaint claims that restaurant and store owners were led to believe they were buying U.S. No. 1 Extra Fancy rice.

What they received, however, according to the complaint, was not edible.