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World’s 100 richest earned enough in 2012 to end global poverty 4 times over

The world’s 100 richest people earned a stunning total of $240 billion in 2012 – enough money to end extreme poverty worldwide four times over, Oxfam has revealed, adding that the global economic crisis is further enriching the super-rich.

“The richest 1 percent has increased its income by 60 percent in the last 20 years with the financial crisis accelerating rather than slowing the process,” while the income of the top 0.01 percent has seen even greater growth, a new Oxfam report said.

For example, the luxury goods market has seen double-digit growth every year since the crisis hit, the report stated. And while the world’s 100 richest people earned $240 billion last year, people in “extreme poverty” lived on less than $1.25 a day.

Oxfam is a leading international philanthropy organization. Its new report, ‘The Cost of Inequality: How Wealth and Income Extremes Hurt us All,’ argues that the extreme concentration of wealth actually hinders the world’s ability to reduce poverty.

The report was published before the World Economic Forum in Davos next week, and calls on world leaders to “end extreme wealth by 2025, and reverse the rapid increase in inequality seen in the majority of countries in the last 20 years.”

Oxfam’s report argues that extreme wealth is unethical, economically inefficient, politically corrosive, socially divisive and environmentally destructive.

The report proposes a new global deal to world leaders to curb extreme poverty to 1990s levels by:

– closing tax havens, yielding $189bn in additional tax revenues

– reversing regressive forms of taxation

– introducing a global minimum corporation tax rate

– boosting wages proportional to capital returns

– increasing investment in free public services

The problem is a global one, Oxfam said: “In the UK inequality is rapidly returning to levels not seen since the time of Charles Dickens. In China the top 10 percent now take home nearly 60 percent of the income. Chinese inequality levels are now similar to those in South Africa, which is now the most unequal country on Earth and significantly more [inequality] than at the end of apartheid.”

In the US, the richest 1 percent’s share of income has doubled since 1980 from 10 to 20 percent, according to the report. For the top 0.01 percent, their share of national income quadrupled, reaching levels never seen before.

“We can no longer pretend that the creation of wealth for a few will inevitably benefit the many – too often the reverse is true,” Executive Director of Oxfam International Jeremy Hobbs said.

Hobbs explained that concentration of wealth in the hands of the top few minimizes economic activity, making it harder for others to participate: “From tax havens to weak employment laws, the richest benefit from a global economic system which is rigged in their favor.”

The report highlights that even politics has become controlled by the super-wealthy, which leads to policies “benefitting the richest few and not the poor majority, even in democracies.”

“It is time our leaders reformed the system so that it works in the interests of the whole of humanity rather than a global elite,” the report said.

The four-day World Economic Forum will be held in Davos starting next Wednesday. World financial leaders will gather for an annual meeting that will focus on reviving the global economy, the eurozone crisis and the conflicts in Syria and Mali.

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Mysterious lights in the sky scared the people of China

The night sky over Matsu and Jinmen surprised the locals, many people photographed the sky and clouds, where unusual light spots shone brightly.

In Chinese and Taiwanese social networks, this event became so “viral” that the authorities even had to broadcast a story in which, with reference to meteorologists, this phenomenon was explained by the effect of “light pillars”.

Strange lights in China

True, meteorologists did not bother to clarify how this phenomenon appeared in the subtropics. Indeed, there is such a phenomenon, but these “pillars” look like a vertical luminous strip and, most importantly, this optical effect occurs at sub-zero temperatures.

This is how the phenomenon of “light columns” looks like

Jinmenquandao are islands in the western part of the Taiwan Strait, ruled by the Republic of China. Geographically located close to the coast of Fujian province of the People’s Republic of China, east of Xiamen city and south of Quanzhou city of Fujian province of China.

The Matsu Islands is an archipelago in the northern part of the Taiwan Strait, ruled by the Republic of China, near the coast of Fujian province.

This phenomenon was observed at 1:15 am on August 9, 2020. In the night sky of Dongju, Lianjiang County, a thin cloud floated, and at least 12 to 21 luminous points appeared in it.

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Noah’s Ark or Nazi ship: a mysterious “ship” discovered off the coast of Antarctica

One of the users of Google Earth examined in the images a huge “ice ship”, which lies not far from the coast of Antarctica. The huge ice structure south of New Zealand strikingly resembles a cruise ship with a row of windows and many chimneys.

The “ice ship” was noticed by a video blogger registered on YouTube under the nickname MrMBB333, who describes himself as the guardian of the Earth.

“I follow [on Google Earth] everything from the seabed to space and everything in between,” MrMBB333 says about himself.

In one of his latest videos, the author highlighted the part of the snow-covered Antarctica, in which, in his opinion, he found the ship. According to him, the vessel is about 130 meters long.

If you do not look closely, then we can assume that this is a huge iceberg, but if you examine the find in more detail, then there is absolutely no doubt that this is a real ship that was built on purpose.

Users in the comments under the video, which MrMBB333 posted on his channel on August 7, continue to argue where such a large ship could have come from in Antarctica. One user suggested that the ship was built a few years ago to save rich people in the event of the end of the world. Others leaned towards the shipwreck version. Another part believed that the YouTuber managed to find the mysterious Noah’s Ark. Also, the widespread version was that the ship had some direct relation to a secret Nazi military base.

At the moment there is no information about what kind of ship it actually is. In order to lift it off the ice and transport it for further study, it will take a lot of resources, and it is not possible to do this now.

Earlier in the same video, MrMBB333 shows another piece of ice in Antarctica, which he claims has wall marks and parking spaces. In the comments to the video, users either jokingly or seriously build conspiracy theories about the origin of the ship.

Various versions are being put forward: from a secret Nazi base to traces of an ancient civilization.

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53-year-old looking 25 reveals the secret of “eternal youth”

Edson Brandao from the Netherlands told Unilad how at 53 he manages to look several decades younger.“People are always shocked when they find out that I’m 53 years old. They all think I’m 25,” he admits.

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Brandao claims that he never resorted to the help of plastic surgeons, and his appearance is the result of a healthy lifestyle.

He adheres to a special diet: he does not eat fried and canned food, and also avoids sugar.

The man combines all this with strength training. He prefers mineral water from drinks, drinking about two liters daily.

Brandao also stresses that he has never smoked or used drugs in his life.

“Now I feel no worse than when I was not even 30,” he says. – I feel the same energy as before. To be honest, I’ve never felt so good.” he says.

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