Report: Richest States In The U.s.

An e-mail to the United States from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Yet last year, the State Department issued visas to more than 20,000 Saudis and 100,000 Russians without repetitive reviews by security committees. Witholding visas for Iraqi and Afghan interpreters does not make sense; our country is discriminating against those who have proven their loyalty and work ethic. The State Departments reputation is hurt by its discrimination. Many of us in the military who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan rarely saw U.S. diplomats out at the district and village level. The task of nation-building was foisted upon the military, which pitched in to aid our diplomats. Our soldiers never leave a comrade behind, but State is leaving the interpreters behind. The result is that generals proffer faint praise for State when testifying before Congress but in the hallways offer searing judgments to staffers. The military helped the State Department, but State is not helping the military. Some lawmakers have not forgotten. The National Defense Authorization Act for 2014 would extend and improve these visa programs in Iraq and Afghanistan, including strict oversight.

Here’s a text that President Assad should feel free to use for maximum effectiveness. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gives a news conference in 2009. (Dieter Nagl/AFP/Getty Images) SUBJECT: REQUEST FOR URGENT INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PROPOSAL Dear United States, Hello I am Pres MR BASHAR ASSAD of Syrian Arab Republic. This is email with excitement opportunity for international communities. I am hold large stockpile deadly chemical for interest of one MR BAN KI MOON of United Nation and MR BARACK OBAMA of U.S. States. These chemicals for rebels/AlQaeda,not for civilians OK? Syrian Arab Republic is seek disposal chemical weapons, contain amount one (1) thousand tonnes (KG). We are require funds in amount U.S.$1BILLION for cost. Please I will advice that you contact me through my direct telefax number with all bank infos for dispose sarins. Sirs, Syrian Arab Republic is nation in difficult time, we have many expense with regards resistance to Western imperialism and for destruction of terrorism and also making instagrams . This transaction should be kept confidential. For your assistance as the account owner we shall deposit chemicals to United Nation, care of Pres MR VLADIMIR PUTIN of Moscow Russia, only on full receipt of funds plus 300 (four hundred) days or until MR BARACK OBAMA lose election.

If those are jobs that pay low wages, even if you’re working full time, that might not be enough to lift you above the poverty line.” To identify the states with the highest and lowest median household income, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed state data on income, poverty, and health insurance from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011 American Community Survey (ACS). Based on Census treatment, median household income for all years is adjusted for inflation. We also reviewed unemployment data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and additional 2011 ACS data on individual cities. Because the cost of living has a direct bearing income, 24/7 Wall St. considered cost of living data for Q4 2011 from the Council for Community and Economic Research. These are America’s richest states. 10. California > Unemployment rate: 11.7% (2nd highest) > Pct. below poverty line: 16.6% (18th highest) California’s economy was hit especially hard by the housing downturn. Between the end of 2006 and the end of 2011, housing prices fell 46.7%, the fourth-largest decline in the country.

Document: United States Came Dangerously Close to Nuclear Bombing Itself

The pilots ejected as the aircraft dumped two nuclear bombs to the ground, one in full attack mode. Of four safety devices that prevent a nuclear detonation in that bomb, three had failed (the second bomb landed in a tree). One simple, dynamo-technology, low voltage switch stood between the United States and a major catastrophe, writes the reports author, Parker F Jones, a nuclear weapons safety supervisor from Sandia national laboratories. He wrote the report in 1969 while scrutinizing an earlier analysis of the Goldsboro caper, as he called it. The Guardian has published the document called Goldsboro Revisited, or How I Learned to Mistrust the H Bomb for the first time. It was uncovered by author Eric Schlosser through a freedom of information request. While what happened at Goldsboro has long been known, the new document reveals just how close it was to disaster. It also appears to refute claims by the US government that a nuclear explosion was unlikely, the Guardian says. Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, used the information for his new book, Command and Control. The way he frames Americas history with A-bombs and H-bombs, that a runaway nuclear device has never accidentally exploded somewhere in the world is akin to miraculous. Schlosser says there were 700 significant events involving 1,250 nuclear weapons from 1950 to 1968, the Guardian reports. Goldsboro couldve have been about the worst, with its four-megaton bombs equal to four million tons of TNT (by comparison, Hiroshimas bomb was about 15,000 tons of TNT).