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The Atlantic: Why Promising Baltimore Students Don’t Escape Poverty.

This shouldn’t be a surprise. You pull a child out of a bad situation, put her/him in a good one, they’ll thrive. Boarding schools might help solve this - if there were the will to vivify them. America might end up stunned at the excellence unleashed. I saw, via his childhood diary, how my own father (ensconced in an orphanage) went from near-illegible and near-unintelligible to quicksilver, witty and erudite in a few short years after being sponsored to a private prep school (where he had to shovel out the stables, do the most menial chores to stay). Riffing off an earlier post, ‘social elites’ felt he had to ‘prove’ himself by superhuman efforts in order to ‘deserve’ education. Physical labor, excessive hours ... and catching up to grade level? Efforts that social elites could never match, even if they wanted to. And that is what is wrong with having the ‘haves’ legislate aid to the ‘have nots’. They load the dice. The fact that Dad succeeded, is amazing.

04/06/16 • 02:18 PM • ChildhoodEconomicsHome & LivingHuman RightsScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: A Renewable Energy Boom.

A ray of hope.

04/04/16 • 11:34 PM • EconomicsEnvironmentalHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BillMoyers: Why Bernie’s Right About Glass-Steagall.

What we should probably do is go and split up investment banking from banking. Have the banks do something that’s not going to risk the taxpayer dollars, that’s not going to be too big to fail.

04/04/16 • 08:41 PM • EconomicsHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: Low-income Americans can no longer afford rent, food, and transportation.

If Vox just noticed, I give Congress a couple of years before it becomes known in the Beltway.

03/30/16 • 01:22 PM • EconomicsHome & LivingNews • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Boston Globe: High-deductible health plans make Affordable Care Act ‘unaffordable.’

November, 2015. This is *exactly* what ACA touters are missing. I went from a $500 individual deductible to $5,000 to keep my premium the same. The ACA has hurt me by giving me less. Significantly less. And I’m supposed to be happy? Sure, I appreciate the other aspects of the ACA (preexisting conditions, etc.). But this feels like a colossal ripoff. You wonder why Sanders does well in certain states - look no farther. Hillary would do well to propose common-sense repairs.

03/29/16 • 03:36 PM • EconomicsHealthHome & LivingPersonal • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Gallup: U.S. Uninsured Rate 11.9% in Fourth Quarter of 2015.

... the uninsured rate declined 5.2 percentage points since the fourth quarter of 2013, right before the key provision of the health law requiring Americans to carry health insurance took effect in early 2014.” I have previously quoted the number of 3%, prior to this update, as the decline - the new number is officially 5.2%.

03/24/16 • 06:15 PM • EconomicsHealthHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Climate guru James Hansen warns of much worse than expected sea level rise.

I’m always hesitant to ignore the findings and warnings of James Hansen; he has proven to be so very prescient when it comes to his early prediction about global warming.Thanks, E!

03/22/16 • 03:19 PM • EnvironmentalHome & LivingScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Youtube: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Border Wall.

The thing that depresses me most about modern political comedy, is that they have to be the ones who lay out the idiotic realities our news media persist in ignoring. Even the smallest bit of investigative journalism is too big an investment, it seems. We all know a wall is ridiculous, and an argument could be made that any sensible person would know this. But rallies and turnout prove that an explanation - in detail - is *not* ridiculous. Indeed, such explanation is sadly necessary. Where are the in-depth analysis - with modern infographics? The fancy Medium/Exposure style image pages with animations? Where are the stats of how many billion gallons of concrete that would be necessary?

Then again, perhaps noone wants to even hint that the whole project would likely be contracted to the Chinese.

03/21/16 • 01:59 PM • EconomicsHome & LivingHuman RightsMotion GraphicsPolitics • (4) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Register.UK: Amex ‘fesses up: Your credit card data was nicked ...

Hello ... what?!!

03/17/16 • 06:21 PM • ConsumptionHome & LivingLawSecurity • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Macworld: Kasita is a tiny house that comes connected right out of the box.

A floorplan would be helpful, Macworld.

03/15/16 • 05:21 PM • DesignEconomicsHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CEPR/VoxEU: Balance of payments statistics and hidden assets.

Jeebus. Makes me think of the Bing Crosby quote, “Everyone’s got a little larceny in ‘em.”

03/15/16 • 01:52 PM • Home & LivingLawPoliticsSmall Business • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Racked: The Last Lifestyle Magazine.

How Kinfolk created the dominant aesthetic of the decade with perfect lattes and avocado toast.” Never heard of it. But we in Santa Fe are immersed in lifestyle publications. I doubt Kinfolk has many vigas, ristras or green chiles in their photo essays.

03/15/16 • 01:41 PM • ConsumptionDesignGeneralHome & LivingNews • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Return of the Cafe Racers: The Worlds Strongest Denim by Saint.

For riding, but given the import/export featherweight denim being sold these days, you might need a really tough pair of jeans. Comfort? Well, that’s probably secondary ...

03/13/16 • 12:40 AM • ConsumptionDesignHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

FiveThirtyEight: What The Stunning Bernie Sanders Win In Michigan Means.

If, however, pollsters are missing something more fundamental about the electorate, then the Ohio and Illinois primaries could be a lot closer than expected.” I keep telling you folks, factor in ACA Co-op failures. Michigan lost theirs, too. I know the Dems don’t want it mentioned until after the election, but if the black hole in people’s monthly budgets isn’t influencing their vote, nothing is. Time for the media as a whole to stop ignoring the elephant in the room.

Later: Naked Cap has some interesting observations, gathered from pundits.

03/09/16 • 04:07 PM • EconomicsHealthHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

MercerSpace: McMansions threaten Princeton’s unique character.

In which my hometown loses its soul. If you’re going to build something big and ugly, at least have the compassion to obscure it with trees.

03/07/16 • 08:35 PM • HistoryHome & LivingPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: Clinton Would Limit Fracking; Sanders Just Says No.

Well, now. Makes me feel a *little* better about Ol’ Hill. She’s gone on the record, and mentioned “locality”. Just saying “states” puts the choice in too many GOP Governors’ hands.

03/07/16 • 05:38 PM • EnvironmentalHealthHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Stat: Alzheimer’s activists splinter in angry fight over priorities.

Important read, if you have family members suffering - or caregiving. Thanks, E!

03/03/16 • 03:32 PM • HealthHome & LivingPolitics • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Music Business WW: Paramount Pictures puts hundreds of full movies on YouTube for free.

Wow. The channel itself. A lot of old stuff, but old stuff is good stuff.

03/02/16 • 06:39 PM • EntertainmentHome & LivingInternet • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Tuvie: Wash Your Clothes While Riding The Stationary Bike.

Hey, I’d purchase it.

02/26/16 • 06:54 PM • DesignGeneralHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC News: IEA warns consumers of spike in oil prices.

Only in 2017 will we finally see oil supply and demand aligned but the enormous stocks being accumulated will act as a dampener on the pace of recovery in oil prices when the market, having balanced, then starts to draw down those stocks.

02/22/16 • 04:47 PM • EconomicsHistoryHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Re/code: Amazon Free Shipping Minimum Is Now $49, Up From $35.

Yet ‘Prime’ is no longer prime. They don’t promise delivery dates anymore, and hand off deliveries from reliable FedEx to unreliable USPS. Two-day is now three, four day. The value of Prime is dropping. If you need to raise the price, Amazon, you should do it, rather than give us long waittimes on delivery. When I need something, I need something.

02/22/16 • 04:41 PM • ConsumptionGeneralHome & Living • (4) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Medium: To Men I Love, About Men Who Scare Me.

Consider that while you’re just joking around, a woman might actually be doing some quick mental math to see if she’s going to have to hide in a fucking bathroom stall and call someone to come help her, like I did three days ago. Please adjust your mindset and your words accordingly.” So many times I’d like to compliment someone, but there is just no way to do it in our modern day and age without freaking people out. So I stay silent. I’ll think: “Fantastic shoes. Perfect choice for the ensemble.” And I move on.

02/18/16 • 09:50 PM • Home & LivingHuman RightsPsychology • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Economist: A vote for what? [On Bernie Sanders]

Compared with left-wingers there — Jeremy Corbyn in Britain, for instance — Mr Sanders is no socialist. It is freewheeling America which puts Mr Sanders on the far-left.” One of your more-important reads for the day.

02/16/16 • 02:51 PM • EconomicsHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Messy Nessy Chic: Take an Eerie Tour of Greece’s Sinking Ghost Town.

The village is entirely uninhabitable and yet residents are still required to pay property tax on their broken abandoned homes.” Ye gods.

02/11/16 • 05:07 PM • Home & LivingHuman RightsPhotographyPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

GroopSpeak: GOP Congress Breaks With History For First Time In 41 Years To Snub Obama.

Beyond just gridlock. Remember this in November.

02/10/16 • 06:49 PM • EconomicsHome & LivingPolitics • (4) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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