Mayor Bloomberg On Homeless Girl Featured In The New York Times: ‘That’s Just The Way God Works’ ~~ a reminder

Originally posted on The Fifth Column:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and people in his economic class are so out of touch with real world problems..

Think Progress 

Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I-NY) went on the defensive when asked whether he was moved by the New York Times’ powerful series on a homeless family struggling to survive in New York City. Bloomberg defended his homelessness policies and claimed that 11-year-old Dasani, the star of the piece, ended up in dire straits due to bad luck.

“This kid was dealt a bad hand. I don’t know quite why. That’s just the way God works. Sometimes some of us are lucky and some of us are not,” he told Politicker, calling her plight “a sad situation.”

Bloomberg argued that New York “has done more than any city to help the homeless,” citing the city’s policies of subsidized health care, job training, and shelter counseling. “But if you are poor…

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Marijuana helped this Vet with his PTSD

Petitioning Barack Obama, U.S. Senate

Allow veterans to discuss medical marijuana with VA doctors

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Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times

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Intense Battles
As U.S. officials debate how to counter the gains made by Islamic State fighters in the Iraqi city of Ramadi and the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Sunday defended President Obama’s strategy in the region. Carter emphasized that the U.S. can help fight the militant group, but Iraqis must “develop the will to fight.” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), an administration critic regarding U.S. military strategy, renewed his call for American ground forces to engage the militants, but Carter maintained the responsibility lies with the Iraqis going forward.

A Beautiful Mind
Nobel laureate John Forbes Nash Jr., whose life as a genius and tortured schizophrenic was chronicled in the 2001 film “A Beautiful Mind,” died Saturday along with his wife in a car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. Nash, 86, was considered one of the greatest mathematicians of his time. He won the 1994 Nobel Prize in economics for his work in the far-reaching field of game theory, a discipline used in such diverse applications as arms talks, trade negotiations and elections. Nash eventually recovered from his ravaging illness.

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The Yuck Factor
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Working Women
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