Links 5/10/19

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Links for you. Science:

The Increasing Importance of Training Awards in the Careers of Early-Stage Biomedical Academic Researchers
A Mystery Frequency Disrupted Car Fobs in an Ohio City, and Now Residents Know Why
Is Conference Room Air Making You Dumber?
Lawns are the No. 1 irrigated ‘crop’ in America. They need to die.
Parasites Infect These Beetles. It Might Be a Good Thing.

Other:

Impeachment is the nuclear option. It’s time to push the button.
What Happened After My 13-Year-Old Son Joined the Alt-Right
Why a Geocode Is Not an Address
Bike lanes need physical protection from car traffic, study shows
The Two-Income Trap Stuff Is Clearly Incorrect (I’m a Warren supporter and this is a little disturbing)
Biden Supporters Launch $60 Million Dark Money Group
Black Lives Matter Protests Reduced Whites’ Racial Prejudice and Boosted Democratic Party Vote Share
Krugman on Sanders on Medicare for All
Shade: It’s a civic resource, an index of inequality, and a requirement for public health. Shade should be a mandate for urban designers.
Bernie Sanders Calls for a National Right-to-Repair Law for Farmers: Sanders becomes the third presidential candidate to say that farmers should have the ability to fix their own tractors. (Hickenlooper, Sanders, and Warren)
If the Trump economy is doing so great, how come you feel so poor?
For the Record: The Rice and Fall
Fearful Democrats and the False Allure of Policy Centrism
The Emptiness of Adam Gopnik’s Liberalism
House Democrats demand White House documents on federal response to Puerto Rico disaster (“mass graves”?!?)
Jews and Islamophobia
Bernie Sanders never had this before: A campaign machine that’s crushing it
San Francisco residents use parking spots as makeshift offices

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2 Responses to Links 5/10/19

  1. kaleberg says:

    Did you actually read that hit piece on two income families? In the 1970s, a single income family had 46% of its income as discretionary, but in 2000s, a two income family has 25% of its income as discretionary, and somehow or another, they are much better off because they have had no choice but to buy a house with more square footage and, when their children graduate from college, they will have a much higher disposable income. Who writes this stuff?

    The inflation argument is a red herring. It’s all about the ratios. If we were comparing two companies rather than two families, we’d consider the income analogous to revenues, the fixed expenses analagous to operating costs and the discretionary income analogous to earnings. If one company is earning twice what another company is on the same revenues, which one is in better shape? According to Matt Bruenig, it is the company with lower earnings ratio. Oh, and did we mention that the employee count is twice as high at the company with lower earnings? The author of this piece assumes that no one in the audience has ever read a financial statement.

    I find this piece disturbing because it is a piece of garbage and a lot of people are likely to take it seriously.

  2. sciliz says:

    Yeah, I’m not convinced by Matt Bruenig either. I mean, data. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cost_of_raising_a_child
    9k/year isn’t the *peak* when kids are in expensive daycare years. 9k is the minimum. (and 7 year olds are cheapest)

    I don’t trust someone who A) hasn’t raised kids and B) is unwilling to check wikipedia about how much they cost to develop policy about how to help struggling families.

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