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There's hope, America! Smart, successful people are finally talking about what's wrong with our country

The richest 10% of Americans — and especially the richest 1% and 0.1% of Americans — are now capturing <i>all</i> of the income growth in the country, while the rest of America, some 300 million people, are treading water or losing ground.<p>That's obviously not good for the 300 million Americans who are …

Success

Little Known Black History Fact: Jesse Eugene Russell

The world of cellular and wireless technology is constantly evolving as much of our daily activities rely on that infrastructure. Thanks to the …

Oklahoma's Sigma Alpha Epsilon: Black Almunus Says Frat Once Embraced Diversity

The fallout from a racist chant made by members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma has one alumnus comparing the offensive incident to "getting punched in the stomach."<p>That's because Jonathon Davis, who is black, says his time with the fraternity from 1998 to 2002 …

Oklahoma

Amid race talk, FBI struggles to hire black agents

FBI Director James Comey’s pointed critique of law enforcement’s rocky dealings with African-American communities indirectly called attention to an uncomfortable fact: The percentage of black FBI agents has actually fallen over the past two decades.<p>The most recent statistics posted on the website …

Cybercrime

The Supreme Court's New Gay Marriage Case Tests MLK's Dream of True Equality

How fitting that just before Martin Luther King Jr. weekend our Supreme Court justices agreed to decide whether our constitution requires all 50 states to recognize same-sex marriages. As Dr. King said the night before he died, "All we say to America is be true to what you said on paper."<p>On paper, …

CHART: Actually, Most Of The Diversity In Congress Comes From Democrats

The 114th Congress being sworn in on Tuesday is being hailed as the most diverse Congress in history with more women and minorities than ever before. …

Democrats Still Haven’t Made Big Changes On Diversity Contracting

A mid-2014 report found that Democratic party spending was woefully short when it came to minority vendors. Six months later, Democrats are meeting with Hispanic-business owners and have Latino hires in the pipeline, but not much else to show.<p>In September, a parade of executives from companies like …

Democratic Party

Pope Francis Just Sent a Powerful Message to the World's Most Immoral Corporations

Pope Francis gave the world some serious shopping tips to consumers and businesses on Wednesday: Don't buy, produce or distribute products made by …

Corporations Are People But People of Color Are Not

If it wasn’t clear before, it is abundantly clear now. We are in the midst of a deeply sinful and systemically broken system, and the collusion of …

And The Biggest Buyer Of Stocks In 2015 Will Be...

Back in May, when the world was still wondering who would step in and bid up US stocks now that the Fed has, if only for the time being, stepped away …

Investing

New Dragon Ball Movie To See The Return Of Its Most Memorable Villain

Following the recent Dragon Ball movie Battle of Gods released last year, we’ll be getting a follow up this April. Entitled the Revival of “F”, the focus will be on the return of Frieza (shown above right). One of the primary and most memorable villains from the series, with the “F” in the film’s …

Anime

Microsoft Reveals Grim Diversity Numbers

Microsoft quietly revealed its diversity statistics right before the holidays, <i>Puget Sound Business Journal</i> reports.<p>The company’s U.S. diversity numbers are similar to other tech behemoths: Over 75% male and 60% white. Globally, women make up 29% of the company’s workforce. Unfortunately, this isn’t …

Puget Sound

Pittsburgh Police Chief Sides with Radical Protesters - Holds Sign Calling Cops Racist

Pittsburgh Police Chief Sides with Radical Protesters – Holds Sign Calling Cops Racist<p>by Kristinn Taylor January 2, 2015<p>Pittsburgh Police Chief …

Secretive Military Tech Company Announces Augmented Reality Glasses For Consumers

For the past six years, low-key Osterhout Design Group has been building heavy duty smart glasses for the military. But after seeing the kind attention heaped onto gadgets like Google Glass, the small San Francisco-based company is looking towards the consumer market and thinks it has something …

Augmented Reality

Five charts about US minimum wage increases in 2015

In 2015, minimum wage workers in 23 states and Washington, DC. will see bumps to their paychecks, to varying degrees.<p>Twenty of those states, and DC, saw increases on Jan. 1. Some of the increases are staggered, beginning on the first day of the year, with an additional increase over the next 12 …

Demographics

Four Times Federal Judges Kept the Government Honest in 2014

The federal judiciary has allowed government at all levels to devour the Constitution for so long that we are essentially stuck with leftovers. But this year, federal courts of appeal vigilantly guarded those remaining morsels in four important cases. And for this, we at the Institute for Justice's …

Where Will The Dow Be In 2016?

You don’t have to be a grumpy old man to look at the markets and feel that they are high.<p>You can fight the tape as much as you like, but the markets rally furiously every time the grumpy old men (like myself) start to get the correction they are sure is to follow. This tells us something. A …

Whites More Optimistic Than Blacks On Race Relations In The U.S.

In a <i>Morning Edition</i> interview, NPR's Steve Inskeep asked President Obama if he thinks America has become more racially divided during his administration.<p>"No, I actually think that it's probably, in its day-to-day interactions, less racially divided," Obama replied, later saying that this year's …

2014: The Year Silicon Valley Spilled Its Diversity Data

Major technology companies in 2014 publicly released data that shed light on the racial and gender make-up of their employees. These “diversity reports” substantiated criticism that Silicon Valley workforces are predominantly white and male, particularly in the upper ranks.<p>Click the graphic or here …

Minimum wage increases will give raises to 3 million workers

The New Year will start well for over 3 million workers -- they're getting a raise.<p>Employers in 20 states and Washington D.C. will hike their minimum wages on January 1. (See editor's note below.)<p>This has been a huge year for low wage workers. Sparked by a wave of fast food and retail worker …

White supremacy is American policy: The torture report and our long, dark history of civil rights abuse

The Senate’s findings should come as no surprise. At home and abroad, we view people of color as less than human<p>The United States already <b>decided decades ago</b> that no human deserved to be subjected to the treatment after September 11th described in the <b>U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA</b> …

How Racists and Partisans Exploit the Age of Obama - The Atlantic

One of my fondest memories was spending four days in February 1977 as a staffer sitting on the Senate floor, mostly wedged between Gaylord Nelson and Russell Long as the Senate debated a resolution to reform its committee system. They were good friends, lovely people, and great storytellers, and I …

Millennial small biz owners more optimistic than older generations

Young small business owners are far more optimistic than their older counterparts and more convinced that they are tech savvy, according to two …

Millennials Will Make These 15 Companies Tons of Money

The question on every Wall Street trader’s mind these days: “What do millennials like?”<p>Or at least it should be, according to a new report released …

Fed survey shows millennials are optimistic about their job future

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — In the face of a tough job market and mounting student debt, nearly half of millennials nonetheless say they’re optimistic …

Millennials Want to Lead. Are They Ready?

<i>In the near future millennials will occupy every consequential leadership position in the world, be it in business, academia, government, or in the non-profit sector. Will they be ready to lead?</i><p>Contrary to popular belief, millennials (the generation born between the years 1984 and 1996) around the …

Unfilled jobs cost the U.S. economy $160 billion a year

Something weird has happened to the U.S. labor market over the past decade or so. As most hiring managers know all too well, it has split in …

Western Space Agencies Are Tracking What Could Be A Russian Satellite Killer

Governments keep tabs (and so can you) on what's floating in low orbit, which is why NORAD initially labeled the object as space debris.<p>But in May, Russia's government told the United Nations that a launch made last Christmas Day had sent four satellites into orbit, instead of the trio that is …