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Signe Wilkinson for April 15, 2021

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    Concretionist  5 months ago

    Yep. Voting is a very important bit of the infrastructure of our nation. Too bad the GOP hates it so much.

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    cdward  5 months ago

    Not sure what this is trying to say. The proposed infrastructure bill would indeed provide lots of jobs. Good paying jobs. The type of job the last guy promised and failed to deliver. It would absolutely improve schooling — though of course, to improve schooling in this country would require more than that. It would improve housing, but of course, housing bias is not part of infrastructure per se. Nor is “policing.”

    If this cartoon is trying to suggest that these issues are somehow more important than infrastructure, that’s just wrong-headed and/or disingenuous. They are all important, but not every bill addresses every problem. Dealing with infrastructure first, however, would make working on the others easier — and at the very least would not make them harder.

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    admiree2  5 months ago

    Not bad at all, Signe. Good metaphor for what is needed to have a solid societal structure to “bridge” the gaps, i.e. equality and fairness for all.

    When we have that in place the other needs will be easier to attain.

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    superposition  5 months ago

    When GINI is too low, people are unhappy as no matter how hard you work there is no sense of being rewarded for your effort, and likewise when GINI is too high — as it is in the US currently — there is a subconscious feeling of resentment/jealousy because people are unhappy as no matter how hard you work there is no sense of being rewarded for your effort. Analysis indicates that there is a point where people are happy and feel that their efforts are rewarded somewhere in the middle. We need to better understand how to get to this point of equality. Our deep partisanship is dehumanizing us and thwarting the trust and respect needed to be a great nation of people working toward common goals.

    https://www.frontiersin.org/files/Articles/250868/fpsyg-08-02052-HTML-r1/image_m/fpsyg-08-02052-g002.jpg

    https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02052/full

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    Masterskrain Premium Member 5 months ago

    Notice the dates on this latest stupidity from Agolf Twitler… EXACTLY one year apart…

    https://twitter.com/sahilkapur/status/1382384612643631111

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    mourdac Premium Member 5 months ago

    As MLK was saying at the time of his death, economic injustices were at the root of many of the U.S.’ problems (including racism) and these problems wouldn’t be resolved until the injustices were corrected.

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    The Love of Money is . . .  5 months ago

    Having grown up in the county I used to sing “County Roads Take Me Home” as I crossed over the old 1917 rusting steel bridge that got repainted about every 20 years. More of a prayer than a song. It was replaced in 1970 when the new freeway bypassed the town and the local businesses started to fail and die.

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    Michael G.  5 months ago

    If it benefited you-know-who, these things would happen. Plainly, it does not.

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    ferddo  5 months ago

    Republicans in Congress are giving in to the public’s outcry for infrastructure repair – they just don’t want to do much of it, and they want to pay for it by raising taxes on everybody except the rich…

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    @Rad-ish  Premium Member 5 months ago

    Republicans don’t give a crap, they refuse to rebuild the USA.

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    JenSolo02  5 months ago

    Right after my second dose of the Pfizer vaccine yesterday, I dropped off my application to be a poll worker for the upcoming Virginia Gubernatorial primary and election cycle. Like New Jersey, VA votes for Governor and state representatives the year after the presidential election. Now I’m retired from teaching, I can do my civic duty. For years I chatted (briefly) with poll workers who came to my school every election. Schools closed for teaching, but had teacher work days and Parent-Teacher conference days on election days in November. During primary days, they would close the library or the gymnasium for the polling station.

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    Ammosexual Premium Member 5 months ago

    African Americans are the only group of Americans that didn’t come here under free will. Is it any wonder they need help. We really should have done more to make Libera work.

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    briangj2  5 months ago

    The formula for the Gini coefficient can be derived by using the following steps:

    Step 1: Firstly, collect the income information for the entire population and arrange the data set in ascending order of income.

    Step 2: Next, group the population into different segments based on the level of income.

    Step 3: Next, calculate the contribution of each group to the overall income, i.e. total income of the group divided by the income of the entire population, and it is known as the Fraction of Income.

    Step 4: Next, calculate the contribution of each group to the overall population, i.e. the population of the group divided by the entire population, and it is known as the Fraction of Population.

    Step 5: Next, calculate the Fraction of Richer Population for each group which is one minus the cumulative fraction of population (lower income group to higher income group).

    Step 6: Next, the score for each group can be calculated by using a fraction of income, a fraction of population and fraction of richer population as shown below.

    Score = Fraction of Income * (Fraction of Population + 2 * Fraction of Richer Population)

    Step 7: Next, sum up the score of each group to arrive at the aggregate score.

    Step 8: Finally, the formula for the Gini coefficient can be derived 1 minus the aggregate score as shown below.

    Gini Coefficient = 1 – Aggregate Score

    Relevance and Use of Gini Coefficient Formula

    It is quintessential to understand the concept of the Gini coefficient as it is one of the most important economic tool used for analyzing the wealth or income distribution of a country. A lower with a lower Gini coefficient indicates the economic well-being and prosperity is adequately distributed among the population, while a higher value indicates the concentration of wealth to a selected few which is not seen as a sign of national prosperity.

    https://www.educba.com/gini-coefficient-formula/

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    bakana  5 months ago

    The problem is that the GQP doesn’t Want anyone crossing that bridge.

    They have been working tirelessly for over 50 years to Tear Down That Bridge.

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    dogsleder Premium Member 5 months ago

    I don’t see enough people of color on left side of the bridge.

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    Zebrastripes  5 months ago

    Decades, the infrastructure has corroded….does anyone realize especially the GOP, what would happen should the power grids were to be hacked and or break down? No power, no water, no heat, no AC, no nothing! No food! Think about it!

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    MuddyUSA  Premium Member 5 months ago

    @Concretionist – Your assessment of the GOP is false. You probably agree more with the likes of Maxine Waters!

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