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World Poverty Is Shrinking Rapidly, New Index Reveals

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- 1888 days ago -
UN development report uses nutrition and education as yardsticks as well as income It identifies "star performer" nations such as Rwanda, Nepal and Bangladesh as places where deprivation could disappear within the lifetime of present generations.

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JL A (281)
Monday March 18, 2013, 1:31 pm
Copywritten article at the site

Kit B (276)
Monday March 18, 2013, 2:10 pm

That is a very hope filled report. One can not help but notice that as those countries labeled "third world" (I thought the Earth was the third world) rise up from poverty the US and some other developed nations are sliding downward. It is impossible to have 50 million people in hunger and 150 that live on the edge of desperation every day, and still consider ourselves leaders in anything.

Kit B (276)
Monday March 18, 2013, 2:15 pm

Sorry but it seems I cannot send out any green stars today. I'm having some Care2 issues that include latency. This most certainly deserves to be recognized with a Green Star as have many others I have read today.

My cache is clear, my cookies for Care2 are munching, Java and other programs are very recently updated as is Firefox scans are run and updated daily.... and to make it all just a bit more insulting - I have just paid another $10.00 a month for faster Internet. Too funny!

JL A (281)
Monday March 18, 2013, 2:38 pm
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Christeen A (368)
Monday March 18, 2013, 2:54 pm
I'm a total dis-believer on this one. Thank you.

Tamara Hayes (185)
Monday March 18, 2013, 3:00 pm
I am ashamed to be a citizen of a country that cannot seem to feed their own citizens while the ultra rich can afford to fly in their own chefs and import food to feed their glutenous appetites. Thanks J.L.

JL A (281)
Monday March 18, 2013, 4:20 pm
You are welcome Christeen and Tamara.
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Terry V (30)
Monday March 18, 2013, 5:53 pm
Noted, THANKS.

Kit, I switch over to a 2nd browser for care 2 on the days it SUCKS. Try google chrome ?!? GOOD LUCK!!!

JL A (281)
Monday March 18, 2013, 6:16 pm
You are welcome Terry. Thanks for your tip to Kit (and others)!

Ellen G (325)
Monday March 18, 2013, 6:59 pm
I have to be a skeptic on this.

Süheyla C (234)
Monday March 18, 2013, 7:11 pm

Kit B (276)
Monday March 18, 2013, 7:31 pm

Sorry Terry, some days Care2 does have latency problems, it's probably not your Firefox.

Angelika R (143)
Monday March 18, 2013, 7:42 pm
Thx JL for this news of hope, IF it is true.
"These improvements have not been picked up in the past when poverty has been measured strictly in income terms without taking into account other factors – health, education and living standards."-WHY NOT? It took 2013 to arrive for this insight?
Yes, C2 IS a snail again today, also glitches in inbox as soo often. wonder what their recent maintenance blackout was good for..

JL A (281)
Monday March 18, 2013, 7:49 pm
You are welcome Angelika. Physical moves of hardware and files to different computer servers I was told.

JL A (281)
Monday March 18, 2013, 7:51 pm
You are welcome Suheyla

Ken Y (3)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 2:01 am
what a load of article working on wealth as a yardstick on world poverty..not in my world

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 3:19 am
Good news!

Danuta W (1249)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 3:23 am

Sherri G (128)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 3:26 am
It is always good news to hear people in other parts of the world are doing better. Thank you for letting us know. Corporate Greed in this country has reached epic heights. I just have to do whatever I can to cut the 1% billionaires profit margin to allow American children to not be hungry, provide middle class with jobs and wage increases, and educate our children without a lien on their heads for the rest of their lives. Keep the good news coming it is a light in a sometimes dark world.

Summer M (0)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 3:35 am
Even though BILL AND MALINDA had something to do with this - I do wonder - especially after knowing what is going on in THIS COUNTRY.......

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 4:09 am
Tamara Hayes said Precisely what i would tell about my country.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 4:11 am
C2 runnin S-L-O-W-L-Y today.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 5:25 am
Hard to believe this

Robert B (60)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 6:21 am
I will believe this with a BIG grain of salt. A bit of a shell game. If multinational corporations were to step up and actually pay decent wages and benefits all around the world, Then I might believe this a little more.

Jaime A (52)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 7:18 am
Noted, hard to believe.!!

Al C (7)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 7:53 am
I don't believe poverty is shrinking in any way. My point of view is that living in a city and the 'attractions of modernity' as they sell it is a way of enslaving people. As far as a people has means of producing their own food don't need much more.

JL A (281)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 9:08 am
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Angelika R (143)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 11:08 am
JL A. -Monday March 18, 2013, 7:49 pm
You are welcome Angelika. Physical moves of hardware and files to different computer servers I was told.

Apparently they are STILL MOVING both, hard-and software as today it's even more screwed up than yesterday!

S S (0)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 12:16 pm
Thank you.

Carla van der Meer (648)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 12:56 pm
It sounds great, but maybe i am becoming too cynical, I'm not sure if I believe it.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 1:01 pm
Except in america where the poor population is growing.

Deborah W (6)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 1:15 pm
Wars, dying, starving could be reflective of the numbers left to be counted, ya think?

Thaddeus W (2)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 1:56 pm
Click on the link and the publication is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. That in itself should be reason enough for a person to have the cynacism that many of the readers here have (myself included).

Bill Gates is the ultimate poster child for illegal Corporate greed and disgusting wealth contribution. I have often wondered if people like Gates have made a legal penny in decades. The $Millions his Foundation gives to good causes (with ill-gotten money) is mostly to mask the way got got so rich in the first place and the large donations he gives to leverage the political machine to make his kind of crimes that much easier to commit and get away from.

Last I looked, the U.S. is tied with Guana for the world's most-skewed wealth distribution. Wealth distribution is one of the best measures of a Thrid World Country. The U.S. is now essentially tied for being the Third World of the Third World. Slavery is probably as alive as it ever was in Countries like the U.S. Corporations have been allowed to grow to be larger, stronger, and more powerful than Governments. Dirt cheap oil is only excellerating the inequity and delaying people moving away from it.

While yes, there are areas of improvements around the world, and like most issues when one twists the numbers around correctly they can (on the surface) get a result to fit their agenda(s). So I'm very skeptical. But on a more positive note in the information age, what is happening all around the world is increasingly difficult to keep hidden. So while the ability to do evil has never been easier, in many ways the ability for us to be informed and do good has never been easier either....

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Tuesday March 19, 2013, 2:08 pm

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JL A (281)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 4:40 pm
You are welcome Shanti. Some marvelous comments! Thank you all! You cannot currently send a star to Carla because you have done so within the last day.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 4:53 pm
Thank you, JL, for the encouraging new! One wonders if that is the reason the middle class is disappearing in the US.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 4:56 pm
I use Google as well and have not had any problems, but I would rather use the Care2 bar. Unfortunately, something went wrong with the download process.

Kenneth L (314)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 7:18 pm
Hard to say about this report, such a big picture with a ton of factors to look at, can it be even gauged very accurately? How poor is 'poor'? One of their criteria is 'covered floor'. Know anybody who's poor that lives on a covered floor (not dirt in other words)? That describes most poor people in developed nations.
Wherever it's getting better that's great of course.
You always have to be wary when a new way of determining something suddenly seems to show very different statistics and results. You could almost say---"of course it would!"

Sonny Honrado (5)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 7:27 pm
Thanks. More power to eradicate poverty.

JL A (281)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 9:59 pm
In terms of statistical validity of a new measure of something the convention usually used is to first develop the data for some historical periods to compare against the validated measures and to see whether the measure provides similar results, is more or less sensitive in capturing known historical event impacts, etc. If all of these testing of it hold up, it is generally deemed to have face validity--in this case it is a valid of measure of poverty that can be used to compare changes over time and, perhaps, be somewhat more valid for at least some country to country comparisons.
On the outskirts of cities or in rural areas I've run across many instances of cement floors or even dirt among the poor in the US--especially where there aren't strong renters rights in state law.

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 10:21 pm
you dont actually belive that....the world gets to be more evil as each day goes by...and poverty as such in diverse places is its byproduct...

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 12:51 am
The inability to access clean water, food, shelter, medicine, and education is MY definition of poverty, and I certainly don't believe the article. I would be elated if it was true, and I would feel pride that things are taking a turn for the better, but there is too much evidence to the contrary. The Nepali Civil War ended in 2006 after the Chinese government killed 15,000 people and displaced 100,000-150,000 and did away of the country's monarchy. So the government will end poverty for who's left? I guess a rate of poverty of 45% in Rwanda is a good thing? Around the world, I read about people progressively losing access to the basics needed for a healthy society. I wish for a brighter future, but money is more important to too many people that influence the course of our futures.

Wednesday March 20, 2013, 2:12 am
I'm not sure if I believe it...
noted with hope
Thank you!

Herbert E (10)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 2:45 am
Poverty shrinking, sure enough for the rich, the one percenters and we are 'gladly' helping them.

Charlene Rush (79)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 7:04 pm
This is kind of funny, but not in a ha...ha...kind of way.
I don't get it. The poverty level worldwide is shrinking, while rising in certain parts of the U.S.?
No one on this planet, logically, should be starving. Of course, this isn't what is happening.
However, sending money and food to other countries, while we have families and persons in need, makes no sense, whatsoever.
How did we get so mixed up?

JL A (281)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 7:11 pm
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Sergio Padilla (65)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 10:24 am
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