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- New definition of retirement = work until you die: Half of Americans have little to no savings for what will likely be a long and drawn out retirement. (My Budget 360) Hat tip to Ian R. Campbell, GEI Discussion Group, LinkedIn. Social Security was never designed to be the primary source of retirement income, yet that is all many Americans have. And it’s likely to only get worse for millennials.
- In 2013 British Police Fired Guns: 3 Times (Public Radio International, Reader Supported News) Hat tip to Rob Carter. In 2012, 409 people were shot and killed by American police in what were termed justifiable shootings. In that same year, British police officers fired their weapons just once. No one was killed. In December, PRI’s The World reported on Icelanders grieving after their police force killed a man – for the first time in the country’s history as a republic.
- Recent articles about Ferguson:
Timeline for a Body: 4 Hours in the Middle of a Ferguson Street (Julie Bosman and Joseph Goldstein, The New York Times)
Latecomers Bring Fresh Outrage To Weary Ferguson (Martin Kaste, NPR)
Schools in Ferguson Area Prepare for an Emotional Opening Day (Motoko Rich and Mosi Secret, The New York Times)
- Articles about wars elsewhere in the world:
Gaza highrises flattened by Israel (Harriet Sherwood, The Guardian)
Bombings kill 42 in Iraq after Sunni mosque attack (Sinan Salaheddin, MSN News)
Republicans urge airstrikes in Syria to defeat ISIS (Leigh Ann Caldwell, CNN)
$1.5 Trillion and Counting: What New Involvement in Iraq Means for Federal Spending (Lindsay Koshgarian and Jasmine Tucker, National Priorities Project)
What Are Obama’s Options for Stomping Out ISIS in Iraq and Syria? (Erik Ortiz, NBC News)
Ukraine: Most of Russian convoy destroyed (CNN Video)
Ukraine Says Army Spending Raised As Merkel Warns on Gas (Daryna Krasnolutska and Tony Czuczka, Bloomberg)
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