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Work until you die: Lifelong labor becomes new normal

© NewsFrom 1990 to 2010, the percentage of workers 65 and older staying in the job market rose for both women (from 28.2 percent to 43.8 percent) and men (52.5 percent to 65.3 percent).
For a growing number of Americans, there may never be such a thing as real retirement.

"The market is filled with people who are petrified of the idea of retiring because they might not have the funding to afford retirement,"'s Melissa Doran Rayer, whose company provides financial planning services and created a data chart to show how retirement trends are shifting, told Yahoo News in a recent interview.


Malaysia Airlines search mired in confusion


The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight was descending into confusion and acrimony on Wednesday as Vietnam called off part of its search pending further information from Malaysia.

As families spent a fifth day waiting for news of flight MH370, which vanished on Friday with 239 people on board, disagreements within the international search operation were surfacing and Malaysian officials failed to clarify the aircraft's last known movements.

India announced it had joined the search for the missing jetliner on Malaysia's request, widening the net to an area near the Andaman Sea.

Vietnam said it had halted its air search and scaled back a sea search while it waited for Malaysia to offer more detail.

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Massive explosion, fire in East Harlem, New York City - At least 11 hurt

Police and fire officials are on the scene of an explosion and partial building collapse at 116th Street and Park Avenue in Upper Manhattan Wednesday morning.

At least 11 injuries were reported, and Harlem Hospital has one patient with heavy trauma and is expecting at least one more.

East Harlem residents reported hearing a large explosion in the six-story apartment building around 9:30 a.m.

A fourth-alarm fire was burning, and the structural integrity appeared to be compromised. Witnesses reported seeing what appeared to be at least a partial roof collapse.


Nine fresh witnesses place Malaysia plane near Thailand

Malaysia's acting transport minister Hussein Hishammuddin (centre) has said the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight is now covering 27,000 square nautical miles.
  • Nine new reports of noise and light in sky near Malaysia-Thai border
  • Eyewitnesses in villages reported sightings of plane low over the sea
  • Search now focuses on Strait of Malacca and Andaman Sea
  • Relatives in Beijing shout and throw bottles at Malaysian Airlines staff
  • They demand: 'Why is Malaysian military keeping what they know secret?'
  • Officials now reveal search is covering 27,000 square nautical miles
Malaysian authorities have defended their handling of the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet as they revealed the search is now covering 27,000 square nautical miles.

Officials have admitted they were unsure which direction the plane was headed when it disappeared as the international search mission carries on in its fifth day.

The mystery over the plane's whereabouts has been confounded by confusing and occasionally conflicting statements by Malaysian officials, adding to the anguish of relatives of the 239 people on board the flight - two thirds of them Chinese.

Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein described the multinational search for the missing plane as an unprecedented and complicated effort and defended his country's efforts.

He said two areas, in the Straits of Malacca and the South China Sea, were being searched by a total of 49 ships and 39 planes.
© Daily MailPolice in Malaysia have said they had nine eyewitness reports of aircraft 'noise and lights' being seen in the north-east of the country, near the border with Thailand, after the plane's last recorded sighting on civilian radar systems.


CIA Spying Hypocrisy: The Feinstein Syndrome: "Fourth Amendment for me, but not for thee"‏

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© CSPANSen. Dianne Feinstein speaking on the Senate floor on Tuesday.
Who knows, soon we might see headlines and cable TV shows asking: "Is Dianne Feinstein a whistleblower or a traitor?"

A truthful answer to that question could not possibly be "whistleblower." It may already be a historic fact that Senator Feinstein's speech on March 11, 2014 blew a whistle on CIA surveillance of the Senate intelligence committee, which she chairs. But if that makes her a whistleblower, then Colonel Sanders is a vegetarian evangelist.

In her blockbuster Tuesday speech on the Senate floor, Feinstein charged that the CIA's intrusions on her committee's computers quite possibly "violated the Fourth Amendment." You know, that's the precious amendment that Feinstein - more than any other senator - has powerfully treated like dirt, worthy only of sweeping under the congressional rug.


Missing Malaysian jetliner befuddles online world

The disappearance four days ago of a Malaysian Airline Systems Bhd. (MAS) aircraft with 239 people on board is confounding search teams and a global audience used to around-the-clock connectivity and real-time updates.

The Boeing Co. (BA) 777-200 wide-body, among the world's safest planes, vanished without any distress call or other indication something was amiss. Half a week later, nine nations including the U.S. and Australia have joined a search that while focused on the Gulf of Thailand between Malaysia and Vietnam now extends west to Indonesia and east to the South China Sea.

That the largest civil twin-engine airliner could disappear without a trace and elude a frenzied search that includes satellite surveillance runs counter to the advances in technology that have facilitated both flying and reconnaissance efforts after an incident. While authorities quickly traced two passengers who boarded the 777 with stolen passports, the area being combed has grown so vast that the search may take some time, said Remi Jouty, president of France's BEA air-accident investigation bureau, which was instrumental in finding the Air France (AF) Flight 447 jet that crashed over the Atlantic in 2009.

Comment: This story seems to be befuddling the online world in more ways than one, and seems to be successfully taking away a lot of attention from the still developing crisis in Ukraine (not to mention the Earth Changes!).

Bizarro Earth

San Jose cop accused of taking woman to hotel and raping her during domestic violence call

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A San Jose police officer has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman who he had taken to a hotel following a domestic disturbance with her husband.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, officer Geoffrey Graves and four other officers were called to the woman's home on Sept. 22. The woman was a hotel maid, and told officers that she wanted to spend the night at a nearby hotel.

The woman told police that Graves drove her to the hotel, but then returned about 15 minutes later. The officer partially undressed himself and sexually assault the woman, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office explained at a press conference on Tuesday.

War Whore

Florida's 'most corrupt town' up for elimination

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Hampton has more than its fair share of problems, per a recent audit

The small town of Hampton, Fla., has caught the attention of state lawmakers - who want to see it dissolved. That's because it's wildly corrupt, per a 42-page state audit of its books released last month, which CNN reports "reads like a primer on municipal malfeasance." The town of 477 people about 20 miles north of the Gainesville essentially functioned as a glorified speed trap, with 17 officers (roughly one per every 25 residents) known for sitting on lawn chairs or taking cover behind recycling bins along a 1,260-foot stretch of well-traveled highway US 301 armed with radar guns. That's not illegal - though AAA has gone so far as to put up billboards warning about it - but from there, things have allegedly taken a turn for the criminal.

CNN reports that on Friday, state and Bradford County investigators descended on city hall as part of a criminal investigation, taking the door to the police chief's office off its hinges in the process. This after the audit revealed 31 law violations. Hampton didn't pay bills on time, or withhold employee payroll taxes. It allegedly made thousands in dubious expenditures and kept cash from water customers in a bag intermingled with petty cash. Some of its records were "lost in a swamp," auditors were told, per Time. And it's unclear where all the ticket money - $616,960 between 2010 and 2012, until pressure forced the town to pack up its speed trap - went. The Florida Times-Union reports that the town has about three weeks to prove it's making progress on turning things around; otherwise, the legislature will very likely dissolve Hampton, which would then become part of unincorporated Bradford County. The town's acting mayor thinks its possible to save the town; she took over for the former mayor, who is in jail after allegedly dealing oxycodone. (In other Florida news, this may be the dumbest thing ever said during a DUI stop.)

Light Saber

The 'Shministim' of Israeli Youth: 'We Refuse to Serve in the Occupation Army'

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© Dafna Rothstein LandmanDafna Rothstein Landman told Common Dreams she'll go to jail before she'll serve in the Israeli Army.
Sixty young people sign open letter to Netanyahu announcing their resistance to the draft in biggest wave of refusal since 2008

"If necessary, I will go to jail."

Those are the words of 17-year-old Dafna Rothstein Landman, one of 60 and counting Israeli youth who signed an open letter sent to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the weekend declaring their refusal of compulsory service in the Israeli military - the biggest wave of conscientious objection the country has seen since 2008.

Under the banner of Shministim - Hebrew for 12th graders - the group of conscientious objectors condemns the dehumanization of Palestinians living under occupation. In the Palestinian territories, "human rights are violated, and acts defined under international law as war-crimes are perpetuated on a daily basis," their letter states. "These include assassinations (extrajudicial killings), the construction of settlements on occupied lands, administrative detentions, torture, collective punishment and the unequal allocation of resources such as electricity and water."

Entitled We Refuse to Serve in the Occupation Army, the letter charges that this dehumanization hurts Israelis as well. "The problem with the army does not begin or end with the damage it inflicts on Palestinian society. It infiltrates everyday life in Israeli society too: it shapes the educational system, our workforce opportunities, while fostering racism, violence and ethnic, national and gender-based discrimination."

"We refuse to forsake our principles as a condition to being accepted in our society," reads the joint letter, penned by people aged 16 to 20 who are eligible for compulsory service in the Army. "We have thought about our refusal deeply and we stand by our decisions."

Dafna, who helped write the letter, told Common Dreams she was only 15 years old when she began questioning her military service - a process she says was catalyzed when she reflected on the imprint of Israeli militarism on her own schooling experience. "I realized to what extent the education system is geared towards the Army and not towards further education, the job market, personal interests, etcetera," she said.

Soon after, she began traveling from her home in Tel Aviv to the West Bank, where she participated in Palestinian demonstrations against Israeli occupation. Here, she witnessed the "violence of the Army" first-hand. "I met people from those Palestinian villages," she said. "That meant that instead of names in a newspaper they became people, with faces and personalities."

She added that she became aware of the way "the Army perpetuates an ideal of male violence," within Israeli society.


Why are there so many mean, anonymous commenters online? (Answer: N-S-A)

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Novelist Anne Rice, best known for her books about vampires, has signed onto a petition asking to stop allowing people to post anonymous reviews. In an interview with the Guardian, Rice says the "anti-author gangsters" make her a victim of bullying.

It doesn't take long to find a cruel, anonymous comment on everything from newspaper websites to Yelp and Amazon.

"That's the stupidest book I've ever read," wrote one person while reviewing a novel on Amazon.

Well-known vlogger, ZE Frank, recently taped a YouTube video responding to online critics. In it, he says: "For example, some young gentleman said he wanted to punch me in the face because my voice was so annoying."

A Pew Research study found 25 percent of people admit to posting anonymous comments online. A communications professor at the University of Houston studying the issue found anonymity contributes to less civil discourse. He looked at online comments in newspapers for more than a year and half and found 53 percent of comments were uncivil in papers that allowed anonymity. That percentage dropped to 29 percent when newspapers required names or links to Facebook accounts.

Comment: Trolls just want to have fun?
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