do you know your richest neighbor and invader?

  • The wealthiest American in every state (that 1% we keep hearing about)

    The geography of wealth inequality doesn’t get much attention. But it’s stark. There are about 450 billionaires with American citizenship — and almost 200 of them live in New York and California. The result is this map. In some states, the richest people are well-known names, like Bill Gates or Sheldon Adelson. But how many of you know Leslie Wexler, CEO of the L Brands corporation and, with $5.7 billion, the richest man in Ohio? How about Anne Cox Chambers, who holds a controlling interest in Cox Enterprises and, with an estimated net worth of $15.5 billion, is the richest person in Atlanta?


  • The British have invaded almost every country on earth

    In the book “All The Countries We’ve Ever Invaded“, British historian Stuart Laycock writes that “out of 193 countries that are currently UN member states, [the British] invaded or fought conflicts in the territory of 171. That’s not far off a massive, jaw-dropping 90 percent.” But a lot of those incursions are relatively obscure. For instance, the time British troops took the Ionian islands doesn’t make it into many non-Ionian history books. Laycock’s methodology is broad — he includes British pirates, privateers, and armed explorers whose activities were blessed by the government — and his research goes all the way back to the beginning. In a review, the Telegraph notes that “the earliest invasion launched from these islands was an incursion into Gaul – now France – at the end of the second century. Clodius Albinus led an army, thought to include many Britons, across the Channel in an attempt to seize the imperial throne. The force was defeated in 197 at Lyon.”

    SOURCE  (please go look at all the maps then come back.)


    By Lara/Trace Hentz

    I don’t know about you but I love maps and history and this new VOX map collection above is not to be missed.  I was ranting and raving about these maps for more than a few days! There is plenty we mysteriously (or not so mysteriously) missed in our high school history class, such as England planting its flags just about everywhere (and a new king or queen collecting a tax on those unlucky folks including the early invaders to Turtle Island.)

    Listening to recent radio programs on where we are headed in 2015, some suggest America (not England) has been taking the colonizer role. It seems this “invader mentality” goes in cycles and is bound to repeat itself somewhere else. (Not like we have Russia to worry about… oh wait, Mother Russia just promised China they’d help them prosper the next 30+ years. READ MORE)

    I hate to say it’s American to be taking more land and resources but in reality America has aggressively placed 800 military bases around the globe. (Click on military bases to read: America’s Secret War in 134 Countries.) We have always been worried about Russia, but now its 70% of the world?  … “Since September 11, 2001, U.S. Special Operations forces have grown in every conceivable way, from their numbers to their budget.  Most telling, however, has been the exponential rise in special ops deployments globally.  This presence — now, in nearly 70% of the world’s nations — provides new evidence of the size and scope of a secret war being waged from Latin America to the backlands of Afghanistan, from training missions with African allies to information operations launched in cyberspace….” (Someone is making money, like a military contractor like Halliburton).

    This doesn’t seem new to anyone Indian/Indigenous who has lived on an Indian reservation or on reserves in North American like me.

    Reserve?  Doesn’t that sound like a big game park, where you pay admission to see wild things trapped in captivity. As the reserve managers (the gov’ts of America and Canada), you just throw a few dollars at them and hope they’ll do OK.

    On new years eve and day, I was entranced watching hours of TWILIGHT ZONE.  Genius Rod Sterling had an astronaut captured on another planet, put on display behind bars as a species of human.  It felt oh so familiar.

    I have a few ideas about how I’d change the world and the boundaries, but that list isn’t ready for publication, not just yet.

    Next week, I have a new interview with the poet-author Kim Shuck and a few more surprises. Stay tuned to this blog.

    (and hop on over to THE MIX, a brand new blog about our global mixed ancestry)

    LASTLY:: How much of America is uninhabited? I had no idea! See the MAP!



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