Monday, May 18, 2015

Imrich you must be too

"Let me tell you about the very rich," the novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in the 1920s. "They are different from you and me."
"Yes," his friend and rival Ernest Hemingway replied. "They have more money."
Hemingway's retort may be apocryphal, but the point is indisputable. Then as now, the rich have much more money than you and me, and they have more money in part because they don't give it away. The very wealthy are disproportionately opposed to any policy -- including tax policies -- that would redistribute wealth more equitably.
Imrich you must be too ...

Malchkeon and her small change

How to Save the Middle Class Bloomberg. “… the fallacy that middle-class Americans are falling behind because the 1 percent is enriching itself at their expense.”

How to join the 1% The Economist. Start by choosing the right parents.

The Poor Get Prison [PDF] Institute of Policy Studies

The Secret Corporate Takeover Joseph Stiglitz, Project Syndicate

Panic, depression and stress: The case against meditation New Scientist. Take mindfulness — please! (Normally, I don’t link to the brutally paywalled New Scientist, but the visible paragraphs are worth pondering.)
When you have a valuable product, like bourbon has become, you will find, from time to time, that folks want to make money off it illegally
In bourbon country, a shot of scandal WaPo. I like the steroids in the silver, heart-shaped box part

: The "spider rain" phenomenon explained