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A Homeless Man Escapes The Streets By Taking Out $37,000 In Student Loans

For a lot of folks, student loans are the bane of their existence.

A Homeless Man Escapes The Streets By Taking Out $37,000 In Student Loans

But for one man, they weren't a huge problem in comparison to the life he led before college. Meet Jeff, a guy who slept in his Jeep before becoming a student and who will likely be saddled with over $37,000 in debt by the time he graduates. Unfortunately, despite his background, his financial situation isn't unique when compared to his classmates.

It just so happens that student loan debt is a $1.2 trillion problem nationally.

Clearly Jeff is not alone. Here's more on his story:


FACT CHECK TIME: Lisa tosses a lot of numbers out there, and most of them are spot on. But here's a few that need a bit more explaining:

7 in 10 students depend on loans to pay for college.

Actually that figure is closer to 60%, per American Student Assistance, but honestly, that's still lots of folks.

An average student has $29,400 instudent loans.

While this number is a 2013 estimate reported by CNN,citing the Institute for College Access & Success, aWashington Post article says that these kinds of numbers are troublesome. The average only took into consideration the debt of students who borrowed money. It doesn't account for students with thick pockets who didn't borrow cash. Based on the Departmentof Education's data, students on average have closer to $10,000 in undergraddebt.

The government made a $41.3 billion profit onstudent loans in 2013.


OK, so thegovernment has acknowledged there's a problem here. Bills are in progress to nip this in the bud (like Elizabeth Warren's student loan refinancing bill) … but what about the colleges and universities themselves? What role dothey play in setting tuition prices? Where's the accountability there?


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As millions of Americans have raced to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, millions of others have held back. Vaccine hesitancy is nothing new, of course, especially with new vaccines, but the information people use to weigh their decisions matters greatly. When choices based on flat-out wrong information can literally kill people, it's vital that we fight disinformation every which way we can.

Researchers at the Center for Countering Digital Hate, a not-for-profit non-governmental organization dedicated to disrupting online hate and misinformation, and the group Anti-Vax Watch performed an analysis of social media posts that included false claims about the COVID-19 vaccines between February 1 and March 16, 2021. Of the disinformation content posted or shared more than 800,000 times, nearly two-thirds could be traced back to just 12 individuals. On Facebook alone, 73% of the false vaccine claims originated from those 12 people.

Dubbed the "Disinformation Dozen," these 12 anti-vaxxers have an outsized influence on social media. According to the CCDH, anti-vaccine accounts have a reach of more than 59 million people. And most of them have been spreading disinformation with impunity.

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The global eradication of smallpox in 1980 is one of international public health's greatest successes. But in 1966, seven years after the World Health Organization announced a plan to rid the world of the disease, smallpox was still widespread. The culprits? A lack of funds, personnel and vaccine supply.

Meanwhile, outbreaks across South America, Africa, and Asia continued, as the highly contagious virus continued to kill three out of every 10 people who caught it, while leaving many survivors disfigured. It took a renewed commitment of resources from wealthy nations to fulfill the promise made in 1959.

Forty-one years later, although we face a different virus, the potential for vast destruction is just as great, and the challenges of funding, personnel and supply are still with us, along with last-mile distribution. Today, while 30% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, with numbers rising every day, there is an overwhelming gap between wealthy countries and the rest of the world. It's becoming evident that the impact on the countries getting left behind will eventually boomerang back to affect us all.

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The international nonprofit CARE recently released a policy paper that lays out the case for U.S. investment in a worldwide vaccination campaign. Founded 75 years ago, CARE works in over 100 countries and reaches more than 90 million people around the world through multiple humanitarian aid programs. Of note is the organization's worldwide reputation for its unshakeable commitment to the dignity of people; they're known for working hand-in-hand with communities and hold themselves to a high standard of accountability.

"As we enter into our second year of living with COVID-19, it has become painfully clear that the safety of any person depends on the global community's ability to protect every person," says Michelle Nunn, CARE USA's president and CEO. "While wealthy nations have begun inoculating their populations, new devastatingly lethal variants of the virus continue to emerge in countries like India, South Africa and Brazil. If vaccinations don't effectively reach lower-income countries now, the long-term impact of COVID-19 will be catastrophic."

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