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Joblessness Tied to Shortened Lifespans for Less-Educated Women -- "Life expectancy among less-educated white women is decreasing while their better-educated peers are gaining longevity, a new study finds. According to the researchers, joblessness is one key factor in the the trend. The other is smoking."

Men lie they had more partners, women lied about fewer -- "Study author Terri Fisher, a professor of psychology at The Ohio State University's Mansfield campus, and colleagues said while people would lie about sex, they wouldn't distort other gender-related behaviors."

Erick Erickson Is Terribly, Embarrassingly Wrong About Women | Study on female breadwinners ignites verbal brawl | He’s sexist, neanderthal, and sadly typical of today’s GOP
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Inequality Today: Worse than a Century Ago? -- Answer: yes.

Mild brain shock may improve math skills -- The key word here is "may". The original sample size was far too limited to make any broad conclusions, the final sample size even more restrictive.

Malaria parasite lures mosquito to human odour
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Today's dollar stores are yesterday's five & dimes.

Because our dollar today is worth about as much.

I can't believe it took me this long to figure that out.
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Arizona shooting: Bill OK'd to create buffer for funerals -- "Gov. Jan Brewer signed the bill Tuesday evening, saying, 'Despicable acts of emotional terrorism will not be tolerated in the state of Arizona.'" One of the few stances by her of which I completely agree.

Palin accuses critics of 'blood libel' for blaming her for Tucson shootings -- I don't think that is called cooling down the rhetoric. Also, you know, it's all about her.

In N.C., a new battle on school integration -- "[A]s the [Raleigh school] board moves toward a system in which students attend neighborhood schools, some members are embracing the provocative idea that concentrating poor children, who are usually minorities, in a few schools could have merits - logic that critics are blasting as a 21st-century case for segregation."

Public strongly opposes debt ceiling increase: Reuters/Ipsos -- "Some 71 percent of those surveyed oppose increasing the borrowing authority, the focus of a brewing political battle over federal spending. Only 18 percent support an increase." These people are fools who obviously don't understand the implications of defaulting on our national obligations. This isn't like an individual declaring bankruptcy.
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Census: 1 in 7 Americans live in poverty -- "The number of Hispanics in poverty increased from 23.2 percent to 25.3 percent; for blacks it increased from 24.7 percent to 25.8 percent. The number of whites in poverty rose from 8.6 percent to 9.4 percent."

(by way of [personal profile] supergee): High Fructose Corn Syrup Manufacturers Petition To Get Name Changed To Corn Sugar | Trade group seeks name change for 'high-fructose corn syrup' -- How could they pass up the option "corn nectar"?

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Mar. 12th, 2010 12:32 pm
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It's my sneaking suspicion that the Great Recession is just that because this time around we actually have Welfare in place to keep people from standing in food lines. Food stamp usage is becoming the norm for a significant minority of the American populace: 10% utilize them (NYT). That's not including WIC (for which my family qualified when I was a child) or unemployment.

Without these "entitlement" programs, our economy would have not just depressed, it would have cratered. At least with these funds, grocery stores stay open, children remain fed, adults do not defenestrate themselves.

adjustment

Nov. 16th, 2009 12:19 pm
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U.S. Inflation Calculator (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] gwendally)

I'm especially happy to have this tool, for now I can measure for myself how much the actual value of an item has risen (or fallen) over the years as opposed to its mere cost.

precious

Sep. 9th, 2009 01:49 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] lameautarch informed me that gold is selling near $1000 per oz. That's an insane price, especially considering that through much of the year the price of gold was falling.

He said it had something to do with the fact that China recently revealed that it has been hoarding gold, as well as the fact that the Fed continues to inflate the money supply even while credit markets are miserly tight.
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Reader's Digest to file for Chapter 11 protection -- As a barometer of the nation's economic health, this indicator is a horrible sign.

Obama disses marriage law as Justice defends it -- "President Barack Obama insisted Monday he still wants to scrap what he calls a discriminatory federal marriage law, even as his administration angered gay rights activists by defending the it [sic] in court." Sounds like Marriott owners sympathizing with a woman raped on its premises and suing the hotel even as its lawyers blame her for her own attack.
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[livejournal.com profile] lameautarch started me watching the first 45 minutes of The Money Masters, available on YouTube & Google Video (Parts 1 & 2). We'd been talking about history (as we are wont to do), and he got me questioning things like why exactly did the U.S. enter the War of 1812?

Much of my knowledge of American history is comprised of what happened after the Civil War, so I didn't really have an answer for him. Even though I have a good footing on what has taken place since Reconstruction, I still have gaps--I'm not as familiar with the early 1900s, for example. I don't know exactly what social forces converged to allow the passage of the Federal Reserve Act, or even why the Amendment mandating income taxes was constitutionalized. A lot of 20th-century history was "old hat" for my educators, as much was in their (or their parents') lived experience.

Since our last conversation, I've had a renewed interest to pursue those breaks in my understanding. I think Money Masters, while obviously biased, provides a hearty skepticism toward an issue that is quite opaque to most citizens. In that regard, it is highly valuable, and I am in [livejournal.com profile] lameautarch's debt for his introduction to the source.

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