Something I read:
- New York City raised minimum wage to $15, and its restaurants outperformed the nation
- No, Productivity Does Not Explain Income
- Big Pharma's origin: how the Chicago School and private equity shifted medicine's focus from health to wealth
- Unmasking the elitist interest of UBI
- Ignoring Racial Inequality
- American Bosses in Clover
- We Know Female Genital Mutilation Has Been Happening in the US. How Do We Stop It?
- Should You Add Ranch Seasoning to Cacio e Pepe?
James Bloodworth's Hired sounds like something to read:
This snapshot of modern Britain seen through the eyes of both migrant and British workers implicitly draws threads of commonality between them. We are left in no doubt that they are both screwed. Unlike many left-wing commentators, he does not see the people left behind by deindustrialisation and neoliberalism simply as racists who are looking for a scapegoat. Rather, he points out the very material reasons why there has been a simmering resentment for many years, that culminated so explosively in voters’ decision to leave the EU. He mentions things like the shutdown of mines and steelworks, the lack of infrastructure like transport and social spaces, the emergence of new jobs that had no pride or dignity attached to them. That all this happened at a time when borders were opened to more countries makes it easy to see why the migrant issue was conflated with a more general disenfranchisement.
But, hey: Britain can help you get away with stealing millions: a five-step guide. Hand in glove, hand in glove, I tell you. But amidst the hopelessness, remember that the world already produces more than 1 ½ times enough food to feed everyone on the planet. Because "hunger is not a food production problem. It is an income problem."
Sacred facts is about Hans Rsoling's book that I got the impression we were not supposed to like. I should perhaps give it a second chance?
And, finally: 'Popular' High Schoolers Aren't That Special. I finally feel better.
Minorities have come to be identified, and to identify themselves, in terms of race, ethnicity or “community”. Class categories, these days, are applied primarily to the white population. Class distinctions have become racialised – few now question the use of the term “white working class”. Meanwhile, class divisions within minority groups are often ignored.
Kenan Malik often says valueable stuff about there matters - funnily enough, as he ran with the Spiked-crowd many a moon ago:
In the 1990s a weird Trotskyist cult called the RCP reinvented itself as a network of far-right media provocateurs and corporate lackeys. Today they are called @Spiked and a key figure of theirs, Munira Mirza, is BJ's Director of No. 10. Policy Unit.
It’s one of the most enduring urban myths of all: If you get in trouble, don’t count on anyone nearby to help. Research dating back to the late 1960s documents how the great majority of people who witness crimes or violent behavior refuse to intervene.
The study finds that in nine out of 10 incidents, at least one bystander intervened, with an average of 3.8 interveners. There was also no significant difference across the three countries and cities, even though they differ greatly in levels of crime and violence.
Also, the reactions to the murder of Kitty Genovese was one of the original myths of the effect - and the reporting was deliberately wrong.
In America, the freedom of movement comes with an asterisk: the obligation to drive. This truism has been echoed by the U.S. Supreme Court, which has pronounced car ownership a “virtual necessity.” The Court’s pronouncement is telling. Yes, in a sense, America is car-dependent by choice—but it is also car-dependent by law.
Buddhism, though, continues to flummox us. People are often shocked that it could be central to the violence of Sri Lanka or Myanmar, or the more than a hundred self-immolations that took place in Tibet in the early 2010s—self-inflicted acts of political violence that confounded both the Chinese government and many onlookers in the West. For many, Buddhism is “a religion of peace” and its adaptation for political purposes, even to inspire violence, feels flat-out wrong.
“He was small, strange, chimerical, focused, intense, almost feverish,” a friend, the Polish novelist Witold Gombrowicz, recalled in a diary entry. His fiction, too, was small and strange. Schulz’s surviving output consists of just two collections of short fiction, some letters, a few essays, and a handful of stray stories. His longest work spans about 150 pages.
In Poland, a narrative of history that embraces fragmentation, diversity, and intermingling is unavoidably political, disrupting a long-standing mythology of the country as a homogeneous Catholic nation.
Although both James Joyce and his editor Sylvia Beach included Spain from the first moment in their international promotion strategy for Ulysses, and the book had acquired considerable fame throughout the literary world in the West, Spanish-language readers had to wait 23 years, until 1945, to read Joyce’s magnum opus in their own language.
They had to wait for a humble insurance salesman with an erratic literary career, with practically no background in translation, and with a knowledge of English that was centainly below what could be expected for such a task: José Salas Subirat faced this titanic challenge all alone and out of love for the task itself.
Irish islamaphobe condemns Halal grocery as evidence of creeping islamification, is subsequently forcefully reminded of the global proliferation of Irish pubs. Oh. Meanwhile, the Science behind “Blade Runner”’s Voight-Kampff test has been explained.
Killing the Commons: a reading list. Better start reading now. And also, what happens when Lyme disease becomes an identity?). And a manual that I certainly welcome: How to survive an open office.
The only possible way to reduce carbon emissions produced by capitalism, is to abolish their root cause—capitalism itself. -- a sentiment with which I tend to agree. Meanwhile, your massive surprise hospital bills are making bank for private equity. Oh, Blackstone ... also busy ruining what remains of a rental market wth reaonable prices here in my own city of Copenhagen. By the way: it this not what they tell us is not even remotely possible: A generalized method for re-identifying people in "anonymized" data-sets?
The Pizza Effect - as in "Modern pizza toppings are commonly thought to have originated in Italy, but in fact they were developed by Italian immigrants in the United States and then exported back to Italy." More examples at the link. I believe there is some affinity with invented traditions.
Something very moving: In a World Full of Cruelty and Injustice, Becoming a Mother Anyway.
US Inequality Rises: "The number of billionaires in the United States has more than doubled in the last decade, from 267 in 2008 to 607 last year, according to UBS." and meanwhile "Rents in New York have risen twice as fast as wages, according to StreetEasy data from 2010-2017, squeezing lower-income residents. And the number of homeless people sleeping in the city’s shelters is 70% higher than a decade ago".
New York’s new malls: Hudson Yards, Empire Outlets, and more: "Experts claim retail is dead, but the “vertical centers” and “food halls” in America’s densest city just keep coming." One big shopping mall. At odds with previous.
Neanderthals glued their tools together: “We continue to find evidence that the Neanderthals were not inferior primitives but were quite capable of doing things that have traditionally only been attributed to modern humans,” said co-author Paolo Villa, adjunct curator at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.
Class and optimism: "What I’m describing here is a little different from the tendency for posh people to be more confident than the rest of us, but perhaps connected. My point is that posh folk are more optimistic than others not just about their personal prospects, but about prospects for the economy generally."
A Field Goes to War With Itself: "While medievalists battle, white nationalists try to co-opt the past." Has that tendency not always been there? After all, and at least in Europe, this is the period where territorial state formations start appearing. Fertile ground.
Inside Paraguay’s failed Aryan ‘utopia’: "Deep in the jungle of central Paraguay, a town announces itself with a wire sign suspended between two stone towers that look like freestanding Medieval turrets: “Bienvenidos a Nueva Germania,” it reads. A few thousand people live in “New Germany” today, but if the town’s founders had their way, it would have taken over the entire South American continent."
Private Equity and "Institutional" Investor Owned U.K. Utility Engaged in Massive Fraud, Regulatory Evasions, Worker Coercion, Caused "Catastrophic" Environmental Damage: well, color me surprised. And not about this, either: 'We all suffer': why San Francisco techies hate the city they transformed. And then there is the gig economy, and the fact that Alabamians defend the arrest of woman whose fetus died in shooting. I should stop following the news.