Out in the real world news is happening and here are the highlights.

The 1 Percent aren’t actually that rich

It’s typically assumed that we are the 99%, but does anyone really stop to ask themselves how much money you need to have to qualify as a member of the 1%? In some parts of America it’s not actually that much: like in Lamar, Alabama, or Holmes, Mississippi, the threshold sits at a mere $97,000 worth of assets. This is significantly less than the $2.217 million in Teton, Wyoming, the highest threshold in the country – even higher than second-placed New York, where the borderline sits at $1.425 million. This isn’t an obscene amount of money, and plenty of upper middle class people are firmly embedded in the 1%. Maybe we should be railing against the 0.1%? – The New York Times

Russia accused of war crimes

Russia was accused of committing war crimes in Syria at a UN security council meeting, relating to Moscow’s extensive use of bunker-busting and incendiary bombs on the 275,000 civilians living in the rebel-held east of the city. The Russians were predictably having none of it, and even praised the Assad regime for showing “admirable restraint” in the long and bloody civil war. Apparently, the Russian envoy, Vitaly Churkin, managed to keep a straight face as he said this. – The Guardian 

Trump headed for election win, according to incredibly accurate predictor

According to professor Allan Lichtman, a distinguished professor of history at American University that has correctly predicted the outcome of every election since 1984, Donald Trump is heading for a November victory, despite most polls saying otherwise. Lichtman doesn’t use polls, though, instead, he relies on a system of true/false statements related to things like party mandates, personal scandals, long-term and short-term economic growth and several other variables to determine his winner. This may sound impressive at first glance, but is it really? All he did was make eight perfect 50/50 predictions, and in plenty of elections such as 1984, 1996, 2008 and 2012, the winning candidate was always painfully obvious. – Washington Post

The creator of Oculus Rift is a major Trump supporter

Palmer Luckey, the 24-year-old nerd that created the Oculus Rift VR headset and earned himself $700 million when he sold his creation to investors, has been outed as a Trump supporter that has been funding memes and ad campaigns attacking Hillary Clinton. A regular on subreddits popular with racists and the American alt-right, Luckey is a major donor to pro-Trump super-PAC Nimble America and has given us all a perfect reason to never use the Oculus Rift ever. – Mashable

FIFA disbands racism taskforce

It is widely known that Russia, and more specifically Russian football, has a serious racism problem, which is one of the many reasons that people don’t think it should host the 2018 World Cup. To ease global fears, football’s world governing body, FIFA, set up a racism task force to make Russian football less racist, which it has now disbanded as it has “completely fulfilled its temporary mission.” Originally led by Jeffery Webb, a FIFA official nabbed by U.S. investigators on corruption charges, the top position was passed onto Constant Amari, the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s football association, who didn’t hold a single meeting with his task force, according to one insider. Good work, guy. – SB Nation

Words by Aleks Eror
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