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16th
Aug
Tue
  • “ Instead of opposing redistribution because people expect to make it to the top of the economic ladder, the authors of the new paper argue that people don’t like to be at the bottom. One paradoxical consequence of this “last-place aversion” is that some poor people may be vociferously opposed to the kinds of policies that would actually raise their own income a bit but that might also push those who are poorer than them into comparable or higher positions … Poverty may be miserable. But being able to feel a bit better-off than someone else makes it a bit more bearable. ”

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    The Economist: Don’t Look Down

    I am reminded of that brilliant quotation from John Steinbeck: “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”

  • 13th
    Aug
    Sat
  • mothernaturenetwork:

Miracle drug discovered that cures any viral infectionThe drug — a single, broad-spectrum cure for virtually any viral infection — could be the greatest medical discovery since antibiotics.

This is so fucking exciting I can hardly contain myself. Here is another link.

    mothernaturenetwork:

    Miracle drug discovered that cures any viral infection
    The drug — a single, broad-spectrum cure for virtually any viral infection — could be the greatest medical discovery since antibiotics.

    This is so fucking exciting I can hardly contain myself. Here is another link.

  • 12th
    Aug
    Fri
  • “ When analyzing the black women who are 35 and older, the percent who have never been married drops to 25 percent, indicating that a solid majority of black women get married before they turn 35. ”

    Tags: race marriage research society 
    Notes: 55
    Reblogged from npr
  • Accent Red by Neil Talwar