In Climbing Income Ladder, Location Matters ATLANTA – Stacey Calvin spends almost as much time commuting to her job — on a bus, two trains and another bus — as she does working part-time at a day care center. She knows exactly where to board the train and which stairwells to use at the stations so that she has the best chance of getting to work on time in the morning and making it home to greet her three children after school. “It’s a science you just have to perfect over time,” said Ms. Calvin, 37. Her nearly four-hour round-trip stems largely from the economic geography of Atlanta, which is one of America’s most affluent metropolitan areas yet also one of the most physically divided by income. The low-income neighborhoods here often stretch for miles, with rows of houses and low-slung apartments, interrupted by the occasional strip mall, and lacking much in the way of good-paying jobs.
What ‘Bad Dogs’ Can Teach Humans About Compulsive Behavior Casey was diagnosed with canine compulsive disorder. He’s now on Prozac. (Courtesy) S. LA bans new stand-alone fast food eateries EXPOSITION PARK, Calif. (KABC) -- New stand-alone fast food restaurants have been banned from setting up shop in South Los Angeles, due to rising health concerns by the city council. How many fast food eateries does one area really need? The Los Angeles City Council thinks South Los Angeles and South East Los Angeles need new choices as these regions face an over-concentration of such restaurants. "This is not an attempt to control people as to what they can put into their mouths.
The Benefits of Economic Expansions Are Increasingly Going to the Richest Americans Economic expansions are supposed to be the good times, the periods in which incomes and living standards improve. And that’s still true, at least for some of us. But who benefits from rising incomes in an expansion has changed drastically over the last 60 years. Pavlina R. Tcherneva, an economist at Bard College, created a chart that vividly shows how. Hypnotically induced stare captured on camera By uttering a single word, Sakari Kallio can take the highly hypnotisable test person in and out of a hypnotic state. When the person is under hypnosis their eyes look glazed and their blinking frequency is drastically reduced. This is the so-called “trance stare”, which researchers prefer to call a hypnotically induced stare. Scientists disagree as to whether or not hypnosis is real.
HEAT WAVE: THE NATION; In Chicago, Week of Swelter Leaves an Overflowing Morgue They came like a parade of death: police truck after police truck, delivering the bodies to the Cook County morgue, until finally there was no more room for the dead. Wicked heat is being blamed for hundreds of deaths across the eastern half of the country, and perhaps 300 deaths in Chicago alone, said Edmund Donoghue, the medical examiner for Cook County, where refrigerated trucks are being used to store the overflow from the morgue. "I've never seen anything like this in my life," said Dr. Donoghue. "We're overwhelmed." The temperature hovered near 100 for most of the week in Chicago, peaking at 106 degrees on Thursday, and the humidity was extremely high.
Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong Source: Data from Richard Reeves and Isabel Sawhill Not a day seems to go by where we're not reminded that inequality is growing in America. But it's not just outcomes that matter; it's opportunity. Last month, we looked at startling new research that showed that poor kids who do what they need to do -- go to college -- make just about as much money later in life as wealthy kids who don't even graduate high school.
True Courage Is Knowing You’re Wrong But Refusing To Admit It Courage requires us to remain steadfast in our beliefs. It asks that we stand by the convictions we express and never give an inch, no matter what the cost. However off base, wrongheaded, or patently false a position we’ve staked out may be, courage nonetheless demands that we blindly pound home our stupid fucking point, never letting up. True valor is the moment in a conversation when you realize that what you’re saying is completely and utterly wrong, but you continue to say it over and over again anyway, only louder. Hot Dog Nights JAMAICA PLAIN, Mass. — Some neighbors in Jamaica Plain without a lot in common have found a way to get along. On one side of South Street live white collar professionals; on the other, low income people in a housing project. Bridging the divide are hot dogs.
17 Things We Learned About Income Inequality in 2014 The Atlantic's Business editors break down the year's most divisive economic conversation. Lucas Jackson/Reuters Earnings growth for the richest Americans has been outpacing the income growth of the lower and middle classes since the 1970s, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities's analysis of data from the Congressional Budget Office. That means that income inequality is not a new concept. So why does it suddenly feel like such a big deal? Increasing Solar Activity And Disturbances In Earth's Magnetic Field Affect Our Behavior And Increase Our Health Michael Forrester, Prevent DiseaseWaking Times Climaxing yesterday, the sun will have unleashed three X-class solar flares. These are the strongest flares of the year so far, and they signal a significant increase in solar activity with more to come.
Obama v. Reagan: Fun Comparison I Did To Piss Off Wingnuts on Reagan's B-day Yesterday was Reagan's birthday. I share this post for with those who start dripping with sentimentality forgetting what he did, what his legacy is still doing, and worst of all, (for my conservative friends), that they wouldn't have liked him today anyway: Imagine a world that never knew Ronald Reagan: No Scalia, No Rumsfeld, No Cheney. No Bushes and all of their appointments and disasters. No funding of dictators like Saddam Hussein (Reagan propped him up big time) or psychopaths like Osama Bin Laden (that worked out well). Cannibalism At Jamestown: Scholars Find Evidence That Early Settlers Resorted To Eating Humans WASHINGTON — Scientists revealed Wednesday that they have found the first solid archaeological evidence that some of the earliest American colonists at Jamestown, Va., survived harsh conditions by turning to cannibalism. For years, there have been tales of people in the first permanent English settlement in America eating dogs, cats, rats, mice, snakes and shoe leather to stave off starvation. There were also written accounts of settlers eating their own dead, but archaeologists had been skeptical of those stories. But now, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and archaeologists from Jamestown are announcing the discovery of the bones of a 14-year-old girl that show clear signs that she was cannibalized. Evidence indicates clumsy chops to the body and head of the girl, who appears to have already been dead at the time. The historical record is chilling.
Do you have $2,385,036? No? Then you’re not in the wealthiest 1% Ever wondered how much money (and stock, assets, etc.) you needed to make the cutoff for the wealthiest 1 percent? Or even for the wealthiest 20 percent? A report from the Pew Research Center, working off of data from the Census Bureau, lays it out. In 2011, America's wealthiest 1 percent had at least $2,385,306 to their names. That's $63,236 more than you needed to hit the top percentile in 2009.