Links 2/20/16

Links for you. Science:

Finally, a licensed dengue vaccine
The Beetles: Eighty-Nine Million Acres of Abrupt Climate Change (must-read; accessible to non-scientists)
Remains at a Swedish fort tell a story of bloody Iron Age warfare
“omg science is totally brokenz!” always, always comes back to the same thing. always.
What Sparked the Cambrian Explosion?


Clintonism and the “Presidential” Democratic Party (I don’t usually do Storifys, but this is a must-read)
Nickel and Dimed in 2016
Suds for Drugs. Tide detergent: Works on tough stains. Can now also be traded for crack. A case study in American ingenuity, legal and otherwise
Hillary, Bill, and Race
Which Women Support Hillary (and Which Women Can’t Afford To): A story of two voting blocs (class, the Identity That Shall Not Be Named)
Dengue could be the surprise culprit making Zika worse, researchers say
When Your Floppies Flop, Make Them Digital At DCPL’s Memory Lab
America’s unlearned lesson: the forgotten truth about why we invaded Iraq (good, but leaves out a whole mess of political cynicism)
Has a rampaging AI algorithm really killed thousands in Pakistan?
As Illinois Becomes Louisiana
Bernie Sanders Leads Hillary Clinton in New Poll of Massachusetts Voters
D.C. residents deserve better than they’re getting from the Bureau of Prisons
The Jonathan Capehart Saga, Or Why Progressives Have Stopped Trusting the Corporate Media
The Problem of Resegregation in Suburbia: A Minnesota law professor says racial integration is the key to stable and prosperous suburbs.
John King, New SecEd, Is The King of Student Suspensions
The establishment looks like this: The real reason why Clintons always push our politics to the right: Hillary and Bernie have two different visions. You can make a case for either — but they’re not the same
The Clinton Team Is Writing ‘Too Big To Fail’ Out Of The Financial Crisis: Why grapple with history when you can just rewrite it?
The Problem With The Bourgeois Feminist Defense Of Hillary Clinton
The Clinton Monster That Won’t Die (when it comes to the Northern Strategy, I’m quite moderate!)
A National Infrastructure Program Is a Smart Idea We Won’t Do Because We Are Dysfunctional

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1 Response to Links 2/20/16

  1. That Nickel & Dimed article wasn’t very well fact checked.

    Quote: “Walmart employees account for 18 percent of all food stamps issued”

    Walmart had stated that it estimated that 18% of all food stamps are SPENT at walmart. Not that 18% of food stamps go to walmart employees as recipients of the program.

    I’m fully aware that walmart is one of the largest employers in the country & a very lot of walmart employees are eligible for, and receive, the snap benefits, but the idea that their employees get a full 18% of all food stamps issued in the country immediately sounds off to me. So I’d say he got that 18% from the report that Walmart estimated that they received about 18% of food stamps spent in the country. I could find nothing else with the 18% cited.

    Quote: “yearly salary would be $18,720. In other words, it would fall well below the Federal Poverty Line of $21,775. That’s food stamp territory.”

    Where does this $21,775 number come from?
    The Federal Poverty Level is based on household size, and in 2016, 1 person 100% FPL = 11,880. 2 person 100% FPL = 16,020. $21,775 would be about 183% FPL for a household of 1.
    I can’t see any household size where 21,775 would be 100% FPL in 2016, 2015, 2014… ?

    Also, food stamp eligibility limits are actually over 100% FPL. IE: above the federal poverty level.
    I looked at the NY state web site for SNAP eligibility limits and it puts the limit for a household of 1 at $15,312 (130% FPL).
    It goes by household size, and then the issuance amount is based on income. So 21,775 could be in food stamp territory for a household of 3. Or a household of 2 with an elderly/disabled member.
    But for a household of 1 that would be 183% FPL, which would put an able bodied person household of 1 over the snap eligibility limits. 18,720 is about 157% FPL.
    If you’re going to cite FPL, especially in terms of food stamp eligibility, you have to include family size… or some context.

    “It seems wrong in a society as wealthy as ours that a person working full-time can’t get above the poverty line.”

    100% FPL for a household of one = 11,880.
    A person working full time, 40 hours per week, at New York minimum wage (9.00 cited in the article, and actually accurately so, according to Google) would make around 17,000 per year.
    A person working full time, 30 hours per week, at NY minimum wage would make over 12,000 per year.
    Now maybe he’s assuming a household of 2 or 3, with one person working full time, only.
    In that case the person working full time at just 30 hours per week in NY state at minimum wage would be under the poverty line. (Working 40 hours per week would put the household of 2 over 100% FPL.)
    Or maybe he’s assuming federal minimum wage… Only the 30 hours per week full timer would be under the 100% FPL as a household of 1. 40 hours would put them over.

    It’s pretty bad. I agree with the premise of the piece. Minimum wage part-time workers have it rough, and needlessly so, and at the expense of the rest of society, one way or another. And even 183% FPL isn’t exactly comfortable income.

    But unfortunately too many numbers in that piece seem to have been pulled willy-nilly.

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