Briefs: US woman with four jobs dies while napping; 80% in US near poverty; Cops taser eight-year-old

US woman with four jobs dies while napping

“A New Jersey woman who worked four jobs, who sometimes 'wouldn’t sleep for five days' according to a co-worker, died Monday while napping between shifts in her car on the side of the road.

Maria Fernandes died in her 2001 Kia Sportage after inhaling carbon monoxide and fumes from an overturned gas container she kept in the car ...

“About 7.5 million Americans are working more than one job, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those jobs often leave people short on income compared to full-time work, said Carl Van Horn, director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University ...

“Following the recession that began in 2008, many Americans were shuffled into part-time employment, working two or three such jobs to make ends meet …

“Workers in the United States are earning an average of 23 percent less than earnings from jobs that were lost during the economic recession that began in 2008, according to a recent report ...”

RT.com, August 29.

United States: Almost 50 million live in poverty

“If you live in the United States, there is a good chance that you are now living in poverty or near poverty. Nearly 50 million Americans, (49.7 Million), are living below the poverty line, with 80% of the entire U.S. population living near poverty or below it.

“That near poverty statistic is perhaps more startling than the 50 million Americans below the poverty line, because it translates to a full 80% of the population struggling with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on government assistance to help make ends meet ...

“Some other findings revealed that food stamps helped 5 million people barely reach above the poverty line. That means that the actual poverty rate is even higher, as without such aid, poverty rate would rise from 16 percent to 17.6 percent."

CounterCurentNews.com, April 22.

US cop tasers eight-year-old, says it was 'justified'

“In October 2013, An 8 year old Rosebud Sioux girl was shot by a stun gun when Pierre Police arrived on scene and were not able to obtain a paring knife the young girl was holding. In the days that followed, the family of the little girl reported she was suffering from trauma, while the Pierre Police Chief Bob Granpre said the actions of the Police were justified ...

“Rose Stenstrom, the grandmother of the little girl and a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribal council, says ... the response to the original situation was not handled with any sort of professionalism.

“'Four police officers responded to this ... To a little girl who stands maybe only 4 feet tall. All you have to do is grab her arm and correct the situation.

“'I feel that these guys must not have been in their right minds ... I find it ridiculous because I just don't see how this could happen.'”

Indian Country Today, August 19.

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