We grew up middle class. We may not have had a lot of *stuff* but we never ever worried about where the next meal was coming from. Here are some inspiring stories from folks who grew up in much worse straits. Yes I am cheap on her childhood. Revanche on generational poverty and how she always wants to stay out of that trap. I definitely identify with that idea, but one generation removed. My father is 5’2″. I think of bananas as luxurious not because they were to me, but because they are to him and to my tiny late bonmama who offered them as the greatest treat available whenever we would visit.
Every day I am grateful for living in this country of plenty and I worry about what permanent damage we will do if, as a nation, we stop feeding and educating our poor children (NYTimes and MicroDrO). And yes, I would not die if my taxes were raised, as Dr. Crazy suggests, I can afford it, especially if it means we pay less for jails down the line.
Speaking of getting all political… even if you don’t understand adverse selection and market failure, this example pretty much encapsulates why there is a need for government intervention in health insurance markets. Read it. (Yes, there are plenty of problems with the new health care law, but completely scrapping it without fixing the problems in the private market is not the way to go. Let’s get some bipartisanship on this problem!)
An incredibly interesting post by historiann about whether or not female academic bloggers should mention their parental status, and what people assume if they do or don’t disclose their status… also should non-parents be allowed to talk about parenting.
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Steampunk challenge: still working … a grant ate my soul this week.
Writing challenge: Did it, but did not enjoy doing it. Perhaps I will enjoy having done it, but I’m not there yet. Still concerned about what on earth I’m going to write today given that I haven’t heard from two coauthors and the project with the third coauthor was scooped completely (as in, same dataset, same questions, same methodology, same answer) and has been canceled. I do need to fix up the midterm…