*HOLY CRAP! NEARLY 4 IN 10 AMERICAN WOULD BORROW MONEY TO COVER A $1K EMERGENCY
of us would be in trouble if we had to foot the bill for an unplanned
expense. A new survey reveals that just four in 10 U.S. adults (41
percent) would cover the cost of a $1,000 car repair or emergency room
visit using savings. The findings echo what previous Bankrate studies and others — including the Federal Reserve and the Pew Charitable Trusts
— have found about Americans’ lack of rainy-day savings. The higher
your household income, the more likely you would be to use savings to
pay for unanticipated costs. That’s true for nearly six in 10 (59
percent) households earning $75,000 or more annually.
Men (45 percent) were more likely than women (38 percent) to say they would draw from savings when faced with the unexpected. And when their backs are against the wall, just 36 percent of younger millennials would turn to emergency funds to pay $1,000 (compared with 41 to 44 percent of older folks who would say the same).
- Bankrate reports indicate that the percentage of U.S. adults who would use their savings to cover a $1,000 emergency room visit or car repair has remained within the range of 37 to 41 percent since 2014.
- Nearly four in 10 Americans (37 percent) would borrow money in some capacity if hit with an unexpected bill.
- Among respondents who reported that they or a close relative paid for a major unanticipated expense in the past year (28 percent), the average cost was $3,518.
*GALLUP: AMERICANS’ IDEOLOGY, 37% CONSERVATIVE, 24% LIBERAL. 35% MODERATE
Polling data from 2019 show that America is “center-right” politically, with 37% describing themselves as “conservative,” 35% saying they are “moderate,” and only 24% stating they are “liberal.” Gallup reached its conclusions based on 21 telephone surveys encompassing over 29,000 interviews with U.S. adults. Gallup asked, “How would you describe your political views — very conservative, conservative, moderate, liberal or very liberal?” In response, 37% said conservative, 35% said moderate, and 24% said liberal. “The percentage identifying as conservative in 2019 was up two points from the 35% measured in 2018, while the percentage liberal was down two points from 26%,” said Gallup.
“[C]onservatives and moderates remain closely matched in U.S. ideological preferences, as they have been since 2015,” added the polling firm. Gallup further reported that 73% of Republicans identified as conservative — 21% said they were moderate and 4% said they were liberal Republicans. Among Democrats, the survey showed that 49% identified as liberal and 36% said they were moderate — 14% of Democrats said they were conservative.
*IN LAWLESS STRETCH OF MEXICO, CHILD SOLDIERS AS YOUNG AS 6 ARE BEING DRAFTED TO FIGHT CRIME
In a lawless stretch of western Mexico, children as young as 6 years old are taking up arms against organized crime. On Wednesday, 19 children were inducted into a vigilante group that for years has been battling drug gangs in a restive Guerrero state. Local journalists published photographs and videos of the induction ceremony — in which uniformed, rifle-wielding children performed military-style exercises — that drew outrage across Mexico, with human rights officials condemning it as child abuse.
But the leader of the vigilante group said in a phone interview Thursday that a dramatic spike in violence in the region and an absence of government intervention have left the community no choice but to arm even its children. “They must be prepared,” said Bernardino Sanchez Luna, the founder of the vigilante group known as the CRAC-PF. “If they are afraid, the criminals will kill them like little chickens.” Two of the children who were trained were 6 years old, he said. The oldest members of the group were 15.
*ICE ISSUES LIST OF ‘FUGITIVE’ ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FREED BY NEW YORK CITY’S SANCTUARY CITY POLICIES
Art Spiegelman’s “A Warm Welcome,” 2015. Portrait by Phil Penman
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Friday increased the pressure on New York City’s sanctuary policies — putting out a list of illegal immigrant fugitives who have been released into the city despite requests from ICE to hand them over for deportation. Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence presented the list to reporters at a press conference in New York where he spoke of the dangers of sanctuary cities — in which jurisdictions ignore detainers issued by ICE for arrested illegal immigrants.
Those detainers are requests that ICE be informed of an illegal immigrant’s pending release from custody so they can be transferred to deportation proceedings. While the Trump administration has been warning of the dangers of such policies for months, it’s a fight that has been brought into the spotlight by the murder of a 92-year-old woman, allegedly by an illegal immigrant sprung from custody in November after New York ignored an ICE detainer.
“Make no mistake – it is this city’s sanctuary policies that are the sole reason this criminal was allowed to roam the streets freely and end an innocent woman’s life,” Albence said. The list of fugitives put out by ICE includes suspected illegal immigrants from Nigeria, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guinea, Spain, and El Salvador. Those released have arrests for assault in the first, second and third degrees, attempted robbery, criminal possession of a weapon, gang assaults and other violent offenses.
*TIRED NATION: AMERICANS NOW AVERAGING LESS THAN 6 HOURS OF SLEEP PER NIGHT
the years press forward, sleep is becoming a frustratingly harder
challenge for many Americans. That’s the main finding of a recent survey
consisting of 2,000 adults that asked about sleeping habits,
satisfaction, and frequency. Perhaps the most stunning result of all is
the drop in total average sleep time for Americans. It seems logging six
hours is a struggle for many. Consider this finding: In 2018, the
average respondent reported about six hours and 17 minutes of sleep per
night. By 2019, however, that average shrunk to only five-and-a-half hours each night. If the trend continues, 2020 will be even worse for many in search of some shuteye.
Those numbers are a far cry from the recommended eight full hours of sleep, but apparently these disturbing dips in sleep patterns aren’t for a lack of trying; respondents said they do their best to attain the “perfect night’s sleep” whenever possible. In fact, in 2019 the average respondent said they would pay $316.61 for just one night of perfect sleep. That’s quite an increase over the $290 respondents said they would be willing to pay in 2018. All in all, the survey, which was commissioned by Mattress Firm, found that one in four Americans consistently slept poorly in 2019. Additionally, respondents had an average of 105 “terrible” nights of sleep last year, comparedto 99 in 2018. With these numbers in mind it also makes sense that Americans took more naps last year too, averaging 115 afternoon snoozes in comparison to 93 in 2018. Of course, many naps never actually get started either. Respondents reported roughly 102 failed naps in 2019.
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