Help Puerto Rico Recovery after Hurricane Maria

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Puerto Rico has suffered a catastrophic event. They desperately need our help. These links below provide information on where to donate. There are several options for those of you who are concerned that your donations go to the right place.

To help victims of the Mexican and Puerto Rican disasters:
Donate to Operation Helping Hands, a partnership between United Way of Miami-Dade, the Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald, Univision 23 and JCS Switchboard. Visit https://unitedwaymiami.org/, call 1-800-226-3320 or send a check payable to Operation Helping Hands, c/o United Way of Miami-Dade, P.O. Box #459007, Miami, FL 33245-9007.

Source: Miami Herald

MEXICO:

UNICEF Mexico

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Domestic violence homicide rate drops with stricter gun law, study finds

When domestic violence offenders are required to relinquish their guns , instead of simply being barred from owning firearms, the risk that those offenders may kill their partners goes down, a new study finds.

Source: Domestic violence homicide rate drops with stricter gun law, study finds

What NYC’s subway can learn from Tokyo, Stockholm, and other cities

The gross negligence which is the MTA has been going on for decades. And there is no excuse. Years of fare increases have yielded better results not less service. The NY transit system (especially the subways) are an embarrassment. But our silence makes it possible. Rarely do NYers demand necessary changes. Additionally, there is no accountability. The State blames the city and vice versa:

That may be the only bright side after years of worsening service and a “summer of hell” for the aging subway system.

Along with delays and derailments—and the constant bickering of Governor Andrew Cuomo and and Mayor Bill de Blasio—only 65 percent of subway trains ran on time during the first five months of 2017, down from 86 percent five years ago, according to MTA figures

The system seems to be physically straining under the weight of its popularity, handling 50 percent more passengers than it did in the ’90s with barely any additions in capacity and new cars.

“The costs of postponing improvements may be even more enormous” than the inconveniences of paying for them. Sadly, that clear-eyed assessment was written in 1981, before the MTA had as much debt (it now owes $40 billion).

China is retaliating against the University of California, San Diego for inviting the Dalai Lama to speak at commencement

Let’s hope U.S. universities are not intimidated by fear of losing Chinese blood-money:

Beijing has a lesson for overseas universities: Don’t invite speakers who oppose the Communist Party to big events.

A branch of the Chinese government has barred Chinese scholars from receiving state funding to study at the University of California, San Diego, according to people at the school. The freeze highlights how Beijing is steadily placing pressure on overseas universities to suppress viewpoints that run counter to Communist Party orthodoxy.

High-Ranking CIA Agent Blows Whistle On The Deep State And Shadow Government

“The shadow government controls the deep state and manipulates our elected government behind the scenes,” Shipp warned in a recent talk at a Geoengineeringwatch.org conference.Shipp had a series of slides explaining how the deep state and shadow government functions as well as the horrific crimes they are committing against U.S. citizens.

Source: High-Ranking CIA Agent Blows Whistle On The Deep State And Shadow Government | Zero Hedge

Minimum Wage in St. Louis Drops From $10 to $7.70 After Missouri Governor Signs New Bill

Big business, and the subservient politicians that pander to them, will not rest until they working people in chains. Time that we hold this governor accountable:

Greitens’s claim that raising the minimum wage would “kill jobs” is not supported by economic research. The National Employment Law Project released an exhaustive report in 2016 looking at every federal minimum wage hike since 1938. The investigators found that year-over-year employment increased 68% of the time after each wage hike. What’s more, the industries most affected by minimum wage more often saw jumps in employment: 73% of the time in retail, and 82% in leisure and hospitality.

“These basic economic indicators show no correlation between federal minimum-wage increases and lower employment levels,” the authors wrote. The only times when minimum wage increases correlated to a decline in employment were during or near recessions. In most other cases, there was a neutral or positive relationship.

When it was first created in 1938, the US federal minimum wage was 25 cents. As a percentage of GDP per capita, that would equate to a wage of about $20 an hour today.

Disability backlog tops 1 million; thousands die on waitlist

More than 1 million Americans await a hearing to see whether they qualify for disability benefits from Social Security, with the average wait nearly two years — longer than some of them will live. All have been denied benefits at …

Source: Disability backlog tops 1 million; thousands die on waitlist