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Protect and improve the economic security of disadvantaged and at-risk populations

Safeguard the economic security of those dependent, now or in the future, on Social Security

Maintain Social Security as a vehicle of social justice

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Social Security Announces 2.8 Percent Benefit Increase for 2019

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the Social Security Administration announced today.

The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2019. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2018. (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits). The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages. Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $132,900 from $128,400.

Social Security and SSI beneficiaries are normally notified by mail in early December about their new benefit amount. This year, for the first time, most people who receive Social Security payments will be able to view their COLA notice online through their my Social Security account. People may create or access their my Social Security account online at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

Information about Medicare changes for 2019, when announced, will be available at www.medicare.gov. For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2019 are announced. Final 2019 benefit amounts will be communicated to beneficiaries in December through the mailed COLA notice and my Social Security Message Center.

The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated. To read more, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/cola.

NOTE TO CORRESPONDENTS: Attached is a fact sheet showing the effect of the various automatic adjustments.

To get more Social Security news, follow the Press Office on Twitter @SSAPress.


unVetted Internet Posts~~> REICH: Hands off Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid – Chicago Sun-Times – 4 Questions to Ask Yourself as You Plan for Retirement | Social Security Matters

Despite Rightwing Fearmongering, Experts Say Now Is the Time to Expand Social Security – How worried should you be about Medicare and Social Security lasting? – CBS News – Social Security and Medicare trustees confirm: GOP policies have hurt both programs – GOP’s pathetic new pitch to votersCut Social Security and Medicare

The 2018 OASDI Trustees Report

3 Reasons It’s Smart to Take Social Security Benefits at 62Ron Wyden bill would boost Social Security, SSI benefits – KTVZ – The Elder Poverty Relief Act Bill Summary – Conservatives and business leaders worried about the deficit take aim at Social Security and Medicare

It is dishonest to single out entitlements for blame…The primary reason the deficit in coming years will now be higher…[is] last year’s tax cuts… BAILY, ET. AL.

“Tomorrow isn’t promised” – Early or late: One senior says ignore the conventional wisdom of waiting to take Social Security – Take it at 62 – Claiming Social Security at age 62 isn’t always a bad move

Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees A SUMMARY OF THE 2014 ANNUAL REPORTS – Annual The 2014 OASDI Trustees Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Federal Disability Insurance Trust Funds

 



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Retirement

Here Are the Best — and Worst — USA States where to Grow Old

unVetted Internet Posts~~> The American Working Conditions Survey Finds That More Than Half of Retirees Would Return to Work

Forget Retirement – Many Baby Boomers Are Starting Small Businesses Instead (staying relevant during retirement)

Welcome to the age of ‘million-dollar poverty’ – A cool $1 million has long been considered the gold standard of retirement savings, yet these days, it’s only a fraction of what you will really need – Read more…

– Three Smart Strategies to Finance Your Home in Retirement | Want to live abroad? Here are the 5 easiest places to relocate – Read on to see what International Living ranks as this year’s top 5 easiest places to move abroad for retirement or just for a change of pace – Annuities as retirement savings options: The good, the bad and the ugly – Cash-strapped seniors should weigh pros, cons of reverse mortgages

Baby Boomers Index: Take a page from Daffy Duck and his stash of gold | How a quarter-point rise in interest rates can hit your wallet | The mistake that will upend your retirement security | The new retirement is … not to retire | Many Americans are woefully unprepared for a surprise medical expense | Best cities for your ‘anti-retirement’ | Social Security Watch

STRAIGHT TALK FROM THE CNBC MONEY EDITOR


Back in the “good old days,” you worked until you reached 65. You had a party, got a gold watch, said farewell to your fellow employees and never looked back. You had a pension, Social Security benefits and some savings, and could fund a reasonably comfortable retirement. Sadly, those days are gone and they are never coming back.

Pension plans have given way to 401(k) plans, and there are concerns that Social Security will no longer be a sure bet. To make matters more “interesting,” many Americans are retiring with small nest eggs and little income to live on. In fact, 80% of “average American workers” said they “cannot save enough on their own to guarantee a secure retirement,” according to a National Institute on Retirement Security survey. Since knowledge is power and information is liberating, the CNBC personal finance team will continue to supply our audience with high-level, reliable and useful content to help them make smart retirement investment and planning decisions. This will help them generate the income they’ll need in those Golden Years.

For more cool stuff, follow me (Jim Pavia) on Twitter  @jimpavia

 

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Millionaire retirees: Here’s what’s even better than saving $1 million – A couple that saved $1 million to retire at age 43 share the first steps they took | Why investors may need to lower their sights | The Future Way of retirement and work by 2024 – The retirement plan for people who never retire – Boomers Fueling a Boom In Low-Volatility ETFs | 5 Baby Boomer Retirement Trends | Are We In a Baby Boomer Retirement Crisis?

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As I age I find myself being just a little bit more retired each day. Annually during the 4th calendar quarter, just before the winter holidays I take a VERY close look at where I place my energy & focus. As well as I am aging so is society & business. I am beginning to not recognize where things are heading, so usually every year at this time I REDUCE my prior commitments, closing some things off completely, and explore new horizons.  Retirement came to me as an evolution, certainly well planned for in my younger years, but I never had an exact finish line established. I guess the best description I can muster; is that I fell over the finish line and life retired me  —Editor

The following will detail the aforementioned statement as best I can, whereby I view this current state of retirement a decline of my participation in history which somehow must be changed to continue contributing and shared efforts for the future way. HOWEVER, first I want to describe “Connection Behavior,” the details of this topic can be found in its own post @ Connection Behavior.

The number of people living to 90-years or older more than doubled in the U.S. from 720,000 in 1980 to 1.5 million in 2010 and may swell to 9 million by 2050, according to a 2011 report from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. National Institute on Aging.

Most are redefining retirement to fit their own needs and interest. Finding it impossible to predict the future way, many are learning to manage the future. Solid savings, low overhead, conservative investment portfolio, healthy lifestyle all help define a better more robust retirement. Mostly you must be nimble to embrace change and modify your lifestyle to better align with challenges. Some love to travel, others keep busy with part-time work learning, or business. Keeping active with hobbies or joining clubs can be rewarding. Many find the online world a good way to keep the mind active without much travel.

Retirement for me personally has become merely another chapter of life, with perhaps an alteration of the prior chapters of my life, and retiring or reducing those parts which have been somewhat completed or I just don’t have the energy or capacity to perform any longer. It appears that we tend to learn from our personal history, however we do make that history a little bit better as we carry with us into the future. The past to me is somewhat vague, I want to learn from my past, to reroute the not-so-good events and place as much energy as I can going forward on creating new EXCELLENT events for me and others.

One of the best features of retirement for me is to NOT be locked into a day-by-day EXACT routine. Presumably retirement describes at least some sort of releasing the wage-earning and people-rearing requirement of each day. Thus freeing ( FREEDOM ) me from the decades of day-in/day-out reactions to family, friends and work.

The selfishness now of not giving my all moment-by-moment to others, has now become precious to me – my own personal remaining moments of living time are mine to use wisely.

I have chosen to use some of these precious personal remaining moments to mentor my friends & family – FRAMILY. Young or old, either gender, friend or the most personal family member can benefit from mentoring. I learned a lot of what NOT to do from the mentoring of my elders, and that kept me from the pitfalls of many severe disasters. So I will discuss the pitfalls & benefits in the following of mentoring friends & family, obviously the entire human race is out there and a possible candidate for mentoring, but that requires a more robust infrastructure to implement and I will stick to the discussion of friends & family in this particular post.

One big hurdle to jump is the Direct Connection Behavior issue. As you leave the daily workforce, and your children become adults and live their own life sometimes thousands of miles away from you, and your friends are not expecting you at a moments notice to join them for lunch since either you or they (or both) have moved away from each other – you must establish a way to keep a Direct Connection Behavior with only intermittent 1-on-1 personal meetings, telephone call, letter, email or text interactions. Thankfully technology can provide some solutions to keep us all in touch, but the interactions with these people which you had direct minute-by-minute contact with fades and you must do your best to be aware of the communication changes and gaps of understanding or appreciation of the communication. I realize many of my remaining framily members are now much better at providing me feedback, so I can understand whether or not they feel there is a benefit or if they rather be just social or perhaps fade away completely. I have experienced about a 50% reduction in the contact with my heretofore daily interactions, but clearly established going forward a mutual benefit of those that appreciate the mentoring.

My guess is that just a very small behavior change penetrating into the soul of the unsuspecting, from the thoughtful mentoring efforts can change the world.

 



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USA Amendments

 

unVetted Internet Posts~~> What is the 14th Amendment: Read the “birthright” Citizenship Clause Trump wants to end with executive order – CBS News

What You Need to Know About the 25th Amendment – The US Constitution needs a reboot – POLITICO Magazine – Omarosa: #TFA used among WH staffers for 25th Amendment talk – No, Trump Won’t Be Removed From Office With the 25th Amendment

What Does Invoking The 25th Amendment Actually Look Like? | FiveThirtyEight Research

THE TWENTY–FIFTH AMENDMENT [PRESIDENTIAL VACANCY, DISABILITY, AND INABILITY | Cornell Research]

The US Constitution 25th (twenty-fifth) Amendment | TheFutureWay Reasesrch

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Anti-Corruption Movement

South Dakota is a battleground state for the anti-corruption movement – and special interests are trying to mislead voters and stop the South Dakota Anti-Corruption Amendment from passing.

Help pass the Anti-Corruption Amendment in South Dakota!



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Global Peace

Pillars of Positive Peace:

Well-functioning government

 

 

Sound business environment

 

 

Equitable distribution of resources

 

 

Acceptance of the rights of others

 

 

Good relations with neighbours

 

 

Free flow of information

 

 

High levels of human capital

 

 

Low levels of corruption

 

Vision of Humanity – the home of peace…   Vision of Humanity is a guide to global peace and development for people who want to see change take place. We publish intelligent data-based insight, anchored in a broad worldview.



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Home Sweet Home

Aishworya Children’s Home

 

What a busy few months we’ve had! We’ve settled in to our new house – (you can take a quick tour below). The children completed exams and we also held a children’s reunion – both events filled us with pride. Last month also marked 14 years of service to our community – time flies!

We feel privileged to have been able to provide a permanent home to over 100 children, and a temporary home to over 200 children over those 14 years. We couldn’t have done it without you!

In July of 2018, we moved to a new house in Sukedhara of Kathmandu, Nepal. We had to move from our last home because the rent increased. Our new home is equally as nice. It’s a 25 minute walk from where we were. The location is great – the school, medical stores, grocery stores and hospital are all nearby. The children are very comfortable and have already made it a sweet home.

🏠 Home Sweet Home 🏠 

Our new house
A new home for our 50 children
TV Room
The TV Room
Making ourselves at home

 

 

 

Homeless Leadership Coalition

The Central Oregon Homeless Leadership Coalition (HLC) is seeking new Board Members – Please review HLC qualifications and information on the HLC governing board page – Or contact HLC@gmars.com – Deadline to apply is Monday, November 19, 2018 – Become a Partner!

Central Oregon has long recognized the need for a more coordinated and informed response to homelessness and people living in poverty. Since the late 1990’s, The Central Oregon Homeless Leadership Coalition has been tackling this challenging and often dynamic problem.

We are driven by the knowledge that together – “we are stronger, healthier, safer communities where people can thrive when everyone has a safe, stable place to call Home Sweet Home!”

 

THERE ARE ONLY ENOUGH PERMANENT HOUSING PLACEMENTS FOR ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF FAMILIES THAT EXPERIENCE HOMELESSNESS ANNUALLY

 

 

Every great song has some truth we find in our own lives. “Home,” performed by Michael Bublé expresses perhaps a universal feeling about the yearning we have to go home. And each one of us has a place, a time, a person a wish that we call home. And family is often at the heart of what we call home. We hope you enjoy this message. Family… Pass It On.

See our new video called Home featuring the song by Michael Bublé – Pass It On®



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Capital MGMT History

 


unVetted Internet Posts~~> CNBC: An expansive Ford, VW alliance could echo across global auto industry

Stocks Plunge on Growth Concern, Trade Tension: Markets Wrap – One Fed official suggested on Friday delaying a December rate hike – 2019 Bull Market Ending Prediction – U.S. Stocks Battered by Trade, Yield Concerns: Markets Wrap – High net worth Boomers: Settling into retirement | American Funds

Fed warns that a ‘particularly large’ plunge in market prices is possible if risks materialize – Bank of America sees market decline next year: ‘There is now an alternative to stocks – Past Debts Come Due for U.S. Stocks as Credit Stress Swells – Dow closes down nearly 400 points as tech losses batter stock market – The U.S. Is Experiencing A Dangerous Corporate Debt Bubble

Oil downside risk at four-year high on OPEC inaction fears – Crude prices plunge as Saudi Arabia reassures market on supply

Marriott Sees Growth Slowing in 2019 – Stocks bushwhacked as Caterpillar, 3M earnings disappoint

Energy Transfer LP (ET) – Energy Transfer Equity now called Energy Transfer LP and trading under NYSE ticker “ET”

Popular 401(k) Funds Are Packed With Tech Stocks — Fed flags concerns over corporate debt in first-ever financial stability report – Bank Secrecy Act – FDIC Deposit Insurance Fund Reserve Ratio Exceeds Minimum 1.35 Percent – Chinese Police Have Reportedly Uncovered $30 Billion in Illegal Banking Activity | Puerto Rico governor declares emergency at Government Development Bank | Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico | Caught in Economic Storm, Puerto Rico Buys More Time for Bond Repayment | Bad-Loan Deals Surge in Europe as Italian Banks Clean Up Assets | Italian Banks Reel But Monti Has No Regrets for Avoiding Bailout | Barclays pays a further $100m in the US over Libor fraud – 325 years of banking experience Barclays operates in over 50 countries | It is our goal to adequately inform you, as a provider of wholesale funding and/or capital, about the creditworthiness of Rabobank

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Space Escape

launch escape system (LES)

Astronaut recounts harrowing failed space launch – NASA Statement on Soyuz MS-10 Launch Abort

 

Launch escape system



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Angel Island, California

Visit Angel Island, a California state park – The park features plenty of outdoor space where kids can play and parents can relax, plus a fascinating history to explore. And this hidden gem island turned out to be a revelation hiding in plain sight.

 



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