Bakhtiar's America

Photo essay: An Iranian's first U.S. trip, Part 1

by AR Bakhtiar
Most of Abolghassem Bakhtiar's children (17 in all) emigrated to the United States. But the youngest, Abolghassem Rahmat Davar Bakhtiar, has always lived in Iran. Last fall he traveled to America for the first time. These photos are a visual diary of what he found interesting in the far away land he always dreamed to visit. He traveled to several cities including Washington DC, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Albuquerque and San Francisco. More photos will be posted in coming days >>> [PART 1] [PART2] [PART 3] [PART 4]


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The number of Washington residents living in poverty is up sharply since 2001, with increases in every county except Garfield, according to new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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The agency reported this week that 12 percent of the people in the state were living in poverty in 2005, the latest year for which figures are available. In 2001, just 9.9 percent of the state's population was in poverty.

The state had 732,049 people living in poverty in 2005, compared with 586,456 people in 2001, the bureau said. The federal poverty line in 2005 was $19,350 for a family of four, the AP reports.
There are three versions of the federal poverty measure: the poverty thresholds (which are the primary version) and the poverty guidelines. The Census Bureau issues the poverty thresholds, which are generally used for statistical purposes—for example, to estimate the number of people in poverty nationwide each year and classify them by type of residence, race, and other social, economic, and demographic characteristics. The Department of Health and Human Services issues the poverty guidelines for administrative purposes—for instance, to determine whether a person or family is eligible for assistance through various federal programs.

Since the 1960s, the United States Government has defined poverty in absolute terms. When the Johnson administration declared "war on poverty" in 1964, it chose an absolute measure. The "absolute poverty line" is the threshold below which families or individuals are considered to be lacking the resources to meet the basic needs for healthy living; having insufficient income to provide the food, shelter and clothing needed to preserve health.

The "Orshansky Poverty Thresholds" form the basis for the current measure of poverty in the U.S. Mollie Orshansky was an economist working for the Social Security Administration (SSA). Her work appeared at an opportune moment. Orshansky's article was published later in the same year that Johnson declared war on poverty. Since her measure was absolute (i.e., did not depend on other events), it made it possible to objectively answer whether the U.S. government was "winning" this war. The newly formed United States Office of Economic Opportunity adopted the lower of the Orshansky poverty thresholds for statistical, planning, and budgetary purposes in May 1965

Nazy Kaviani

Funny Man

by Nazy Kaviani on

So, O.K. He likes food, tools, warehouses, history, old cars, clutter, and chaos.....but nowhere here could I see how much Davar likes music, jokes, and how funny he is himself! I hope he enjoyed his stay and that what he liked was good enough for him to come back soon. Be safe funny man, Davar.


Yea, I always found the enormous selection in

by Anonymous8 (not verified) on

supermarkets weird and strange as well. Nice collection.