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"Haiti won its independence from France in 1804, and it was almost immediately made a pariah state by world powers"........"President Thomas Jefferson worked to isolate Haiti diplomatically and strangle it economically, fearing that the success of Haiti would inspire slave revolts back home".........."In 1825, France  sent warships to Haiti and forced the young nation to pay France 150 million francs to secure its independence, or suffer the consequences. Read the full article

"Rather than address stagnant wages for hourly workers and yawning inequality, corporations are blaming a ‘labor shortage’"  Read more

..."The government's definition of working poor refers to the federal poverty line. But MIT's Living Wage Calculator suggests a family needs to earn double or even triple that to afford the very basic necessities of life. The data below are for various household sizes for Rochester, New York, which is about the national average for cost of living. Annual incomes are based on average wages and 2,080 hours of work a year."..... Read the full article on The Conversation

"Owners like Steve Ballmer can take the kinds of deductions on team assets — everything from media deals to player contracts — that industrialists take on factory equipment. That helps them pay lower tax rates than players and even stadium workers"....Read full article

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> Fed explores ‘once in a century’ bid to remake the U.S. dollar || by Victoria Guida : Politico

In Alleged Health Care ‘Money Grab,’ Nation’s Largest Hospital Chain Cashes In on Trauma Centers || by Jay Hancock : KHN 

> The new science of sleep: Everything we know about how it affects your health and brain || by Dr. Matthew Walker : Science Focus

> The ugly truth behind your fancy rewards credit card || by Emily Stewart : VOX

> Can a Subscription Model Fix Primary Care in the US? || by Bernard J. Wolfson : KHN

> Exercising Your ‘Neck Flexors’ Is the Little-Known Secret for Reducing Neck Pain || by Zoe Weiner : Well and Good

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