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Food Stamps in the U.S.: Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) grew to a record 46.7 million in June Source: United States Department of Agriculture [click on this image for a short video and analysis about how Americans often underestimate the extent of economic inequality]

If U.S. Land were divided like U.S. Wealth [click on this image for a short video and analysis about how Americans often underestimate the extent of economic inequality]

(3 of 3) While American Wages Have Stagnated, The Cost of Food Has Risen The cost of feeding a family of four increased 18% in five years. Meanwhile, the median weekly income for all U.S. workers stayed nearly flat. For women over all, wages increased only 1.2% [Click on this image for a short video and analysis about how Americans often underestimate the extent of economic inequality] Source: U.S.D.A. Family Food Plan

"Did you know the largest recipient of food stamp beneficiaries are white children? Did you know that the overwhelming majority of working-abled food stamp recipients work full or part time? Did you know that the disabled and senior citizens make up a large percentage of food stamp beneficiaries? And that 76% of SNAP benefits go towards households with children? [click on this image to find a short clip and analysis of the wealth disparities in the United States]

(1 of 3) While American Wages Have Stagnated, The Cost of Food Has Risen Median Weekly Income for Hispanic, White, and Black Women [Follow this link for a short video and analysis about how Americans often underestimate the extent of economic inequality: http://www.thesociologicalcinema.com/1/post/2011/10/land-of-the-free-home-of-the-poor.html] Source: Economic Policy Institute

Gini coefficient of national income distribution around the world. This is based on 1989 to 2009 data, estimated by the CIA. Some are pre-tax, others post-tax income. The closer the coefficient is to 1, the greater the inequality. [click on this image to find a short clip and analysis of actual versus perceived inequality in the U.S.]

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What does your state do best?

Just what does your State do best?

This is a map of what Africa might look like without the history of European colonialism. Modern nation-states may have been formed based on African tribes and the states that existed prior to European colonization. (Go here for a larger version: http://developmentdaily.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/alkebu-lan-1260.jpg) [Click on this image to find a short clip and analysis that considers intersections of privilege and colonialism] via Nikolaj Cyon

"The Distribution of Financial Wealth in the United States" and "If U.S. Land Was Divided Like U.S. Wealth"--statistics for 2010. Follow this link for a larger version of this figure: http://randycoffeyillustration.com/wp-content/uploads/the-distribution-of-wealth-in-the-u.s.pdf Artist: Randy Coffey (www.RandyCoffeyIllustration.com) Source: Levy Economics Institute

Check out Marion Nestle's blog post about “food company sponsorship of nutrition research and practice.” http://www.foodpolitics.com/2013/11/more-on-food-company-sponsorship-of-nutrition-research-and-practice/ She advises: "In my opinion, agriculture, food, nutrition, and health professionals should dismiss industry-sponsored research out of hand, and journals should not accept industry-sponsored papers."

American History - The Presidents of the United States, NEW Classroom POSTER by PosterEnvy, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005HVS67G/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_Qslvrb0N0NCKE

The Price of the Wage Gap In the United States it is completely legal to pay disabled workers sub-minimum wages. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) allows employers to decide their employee's wage according to their abilities and have no bottom limit on thier wage. Wages under FLSA are below the minimum wage with most paying half the minimum wage. Many employers pay only ten percent of the minimum or less. Disabled workers who find mainstream jobs are still paid only 64%-86% as much as

"Food stamps cost the average taxpayer $36 per year. Corporate subsidies cost each taxpayer $6,000 per year." Source: Americans Against the Tea Party In 2012, the average American taxpayer making $50,000 per year paid just $36 towards the food stamps program. Read more here: http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/19844-food-stamps-are-affordable-corporate-welfare-is-not

Where the Walking Dead Wait Just two percent of the counties in the U.S. are responsible for most of our country's executions since 1976, and the same tiny number of counties hold most of our current death row population. Prisoners in the U.S. typically spend more than a decade on death row before execution. [click on this image to find a bundle of videos and analyses devoted to the sociological study of crime, law, and deviance] Source: Death Penalty Information Center

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Defence costs

Chart of military spending. Yikes. :-\