California: 4th Largest Economy Has Nation’s Worst Poverty Level, Quality Of Life

By Onan Coca – Re-Blogged From Freedom Outpost

Have you ever seen those gorgeous California tourism commercials, where the famous people in the ads are having a wonderful time on the beach, on the golf course, and doing various other fun activities?

Well, the latest study from U.S. News and World Report puts those commercials to the lie and unmasks the ugly truth about California.

The latest rankings of best to worst states puts California firmly in the middle of the pack, thanks mostly to being ranked the 4th best economy in the nation, but the reality is that there is a wide gulf between the have’s and the have-not’s in the Golden State. That high economic ranking is misleading because so many of America’s wealthiest happen to live in the state. While California may have a high-powered economy with many wealthy people, the state also has the nation’s WORST poverty rate as well!

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OMG: Do a Million Americans Really Have no Toilet?

By Ryan McMaken – Re-Blogged From

The Drudge Report today features the headline: “BUST: 1.1 million Americans don’t have a toilet…”

Drudge then links to today’s article in The Week where the headline blares “A shocking number of Americans don’t have a toilet.”

I have been accused of being a perma-bear, and I admit I like to click on any link declaring “BUST,” but this is one indicator of our declining standard of living that should be ignored.

Thanks to markets, capitalism, and the massive amounts of wealth that has been generated in the US over the past 200 years, virtually everyone who lives anywhere near a city in the US has easy access to toilets.

Historically, it has not always been so, of course, which is why the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has a measure in its “Better Life Index” called “dwellings without basic facilities.”  Naturally, when it comes to constructing measures of quality of life, having a functioning toilet around is something people figured was worth measuring. So, the OECD measures what percentage of the population has an indoor flushing toilet. (Out houses don’t count.)

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