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Lunch Links for Wednesday

cake [1]Let’s start off today’s lunch links with a bit of dessert – specifically birthday cake.


Well, it was 78 years ago today that President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law [2], creating a safety net that has helped millions of seniors pay their bills, buy groceries, and stay out of poverty.

The North Carolina Alliance for Retired Americans [3] marked the occasion earlier today with cake, a large birthday card, and the release of a new report [4] that highlights the impact of Social Security on North Carolinians.

Here are a couple of quick facts about the program and its impact:

• Social Security provided benefits to 1,209,099 North Carolina retired workers in 2012, two-thirds (65 percent) of beneficiaries
• The typical benefit received by a retired worker in North Carolina was $14,795 in 2012.
• Social Security lifted 498,000 North Carolinians aged 65 or older out of poverty in 2011.
• Without Social Security, the elderly poverty rate in North Carolina would have increased from 1 in 10 (10 percent) to half (50.9 percent).

Speaking of North Carolina seniors, Colorlines.com [5] introduces us to Rosanell Eaton, the 92-year-old Franklin County woman who has joined with the NC NAACP to fight the sweeping election law Governor Pat McCrory signed Monday.

In case you missed it, yes, North Carolina is once again on the front page [6] of today’s New York Times.

North Carolina lawmakers weren’t too keen on Tesla Motor [7] earlier this year. But let’s hope they show a little more love to founder Elon Musk this time around. Musk is back in the news this week with his vision of the future – the Hyperloop [8].

Readers over at Think Progress [9] continue to hammer Rep. Paul Stam, following the House Majority leader’s remark that state Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson “stick to her own knitting [10].”stam2 [11] (More than 100 folks have weighed in – here’s one comment on the right.)

Whew! After getting an earful like that one might want to check their hearing!

Thankfully, the good folks at Asap Science [12] just uploaded this cool new video:

Okay, while you ponder whether  it’s time to lower the volume on your ipod, enjoy what’s left of your lunch break. And be sure to check back this afternoon, when Sharon McCloskey will have another great courts and law story [13] for NC Policy Watch.

Can’t wait until then? Okay, check out Sarah Ovaska’s post on some very big raises [14] over at DHHS. Lindsay Wagner also has a good story on our main site about a Robeson County private school-turned-charter [15], which raises some questions about open enrollment.