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Your net worth has tanked. Thank a Republican

Their "Get Obama at any cost" tactics have made our economic position far worse—AFL-CIO

Americans know squat about military spending

Americans are consistently misinformed about the amount we spend on the military--and many don't like the truth when they hear it.—Alternet

It's the Inequality, Stupid

Eleven charts that explain what's wrong with America.—Mother Jones

Whistling Past the Wreckage of Civil Liberties

Watchdogs slept through a decade of civil rights roll-backs—FAIR

Americans Don't Realize Just How Badly We're Getting Screwed by the Top 0.1 Percent Hoarding the Country's Wealth

With an unprecedented sum of wealth held within the top one-tenth of one percent of the US population, we now have the most severe inequality of wealth in US history.—Amped Status

The FDA Is Out to Lunch

The Food and Drug Administration, the federal agency charged with protecting our health, is a miserable failure—OnEarth.org

Low wages and high unemployment are paralysing the global economy

The race to become "competitive" by lowering wages is killing us—The Real News

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Good News For California

By Mina Nichols - last updated 2014-02-26

Don't let bad news get you down. No matter how bad things seem, consider that you enjoy the benefit of all the accumulated knowledge and achievement of mankind, not to mention accumulated stuff. If the world should end today, your span of time on this earth will have been some of the best days that ever were.

None of the ancient kings had toilets or toilet paper. None of the pharaohs had ice cream or even refrigeration, and even the great industrialists of the golden age missed out on TV and console games.

You live in an era when more things are possible than ever before. People are living longer, and enjoy more leisure time than any other time in history. Many destructive diseases have been eradicated and new treatments have been discovered for old ailments. Too much food is more common a problem than too little food, and leisure activities like music, theater, travel, education and civic engagement are available to more people than ever before.

Don't worry that armed maniacs are every where, they're really most likely to hurt themselves, or someone like them. But then on the other hand, we don't really want anyone hurt, so all we can do is stay well away from hurtfulness and embrace as much as we can of those things that promote Good.

Don't worry about global warming or catastrophic weather change - if our actions made this weather, then we can find new ways to control the weather and someday make it what we want.

Don't worry that big money lobbyists so shamelessly control candidates through election financing. All that political spending is designed to influence you, the voter. The fact that they spend many millions of dollars on election advertising proves how valuable your vote really is. Think about that.

Don't worry that mankind is basically a blind, bungling, self destructive animal; we've never been any less so and we've gotten this far. At least overall we're moving in the right direction.

The world may seem Godless, but you don't have to believe in God to believe in Good or to be good. The main thing is that you have to practice Goodness, and the more you practice the easier it gets.

The best news is that happiness is within your reach, no matter what else is happening in the news or in your life. There are practical, non-medical steps you can take to improve your overall happiness regardless of your actual circumstances.

The Key to Happiness is the Right Perspective

We can help you find it and keep it. These can be funny times in the best possible way.

Check out our songs to sing. Check out our places to go, things to do, and our civic minded and transit oriented doodads. Check out our cheap, easy, nutritious recipies.

If you must worry about money, here's where to Start and here's a good place to land, Occupy Money.

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