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British inequality growing

“A detailed and startling analysis of how unequal Britain has become offers a snapshot of an increasingly divided nation where the richest 10% of the population are more than 100 times as wealthy as the poorest 10% of society...

“The report, An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in the UK, scrutinises the degree to which the country has become more unequal over the past 30 years …

“The new findings show that the household wealth of the top 10% of the population stands at £853,000 and more — over 100 times higher than the wealth of the poorest 10%, which is £8,800 or below (a sum including cars and other possessions) …

“The report follows research published by Save the Children which revealed that 13% of the UK's children were now living in severe poverty, and that efforts to reduce child poverty had been stalling even before the recession began in 2008.”

— January 17, 2010 Guardian report.

US military world's biggest polluter

“The US military is responsible for the most egregious and widespread pollution of the planet, yet this information and accompanying documentation goes almost entirely unreported …

“The extensive global operations of the US military (wars, interventions, and secret operations on over one thousand bases around the world and six thousand facilities in the United States) are not counted against US greenhouse gas limits.

“Sara Flounders writes, 'By every measure, the Pentagon is the largest institutional user of petroleum products and energy in general. Yet the Pentagon has a blanket exemption in all international climate agreements.'

“Steve Kretzmann, director of Oil Change International, reports, 'The Iraq war was responsible for at least 141 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent from March 2003 through December 2007 ... That war emits more than 60 percent that of all countries.”

— ProjectCensored.org.

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