Vox: Health insurance plans are getting crummier, and these charts prove it.
Deductibles are getting insane for the amount of $ paid. And many don’t allow HSA backup.
The Atlantic: Many Americans Still Aren’t Spending.
“Volatility—especially for month-to-month earnings and consumption — continues to plague American families. Nearly half of respondents reported income swings of more than 30 percent on a month-to-month basis, and more than half of respondents said that their spending shifted by 30 percent or more in an attempt to balance budgets — with earners at opposite ends of the economic ladder seeing the most significant monthly variations.”
WalletHub: 2015’s Best Cities to Start a Business.
PewForum.org: America’s Changing Religious Landscape.
“Moreover, these changes are taking place across the religious landscape, affecting all regions of the country and many demographic groups. While the drop in Christian affiliation is particularly pronounced among young adults, it is occurring among Americans of all ages.”
Collectors Weekly: Did an Addiction to Fads Lead Marie Antoinette to the Guillotine?
NY Times: Drillers Answer Low Oil Prices With Cost-Saving Innovations.
MessyNessyChic: The Lost French Castle that’s taking 25 Years to Re-Build.
Telegraph.UK: The coming digital anarchy.
BBC: The subtle science of selling – a six-step guide.
These techniques are actually much more effective and widespread than this article would have you believe. I’m reading a book right now that’s peeling my eyelids off with revelations about how I’ve been played over the years. I’m only partway into the book now, but I already think it should be on every high school reading list. We have automatic reactions to stimuli that salespeople know, and we don’t. I don’t want to spoil it now; I’ll do a longer post when I’m finished with the tome.
Guardian.UK: Big Coal’s big scam - scar the land for profit, then let others pay to clean up.
Britain, but the strategy is oh-so-familiar.
Angry Bear: Jeff Jacoby on drug prices.
Analyzing a justification for doubling of drug prices: “Jacoby’s analysis is a classic example that if so many bloggers or public pundits knew half as much as they though they knew, they would be geniuses.”
A Continuous Lean.: Living Vicariously Through Other People’s Junk.
Does this mean I’m not actually late with spring cleaning ... ? “I’m being trendy.”
Dissent: A Conservative Case for the Welfare State.
“Today’s conservatives often suggest that the American welfare state is alien to the American experience, imposed on the nation during a particularly vulnerable time in its history by a quasi-dictatorial Franklin D. Roosevelt. Nothing could be further from the truth.”
NJ.com: Landslide along Delaware River forces evacuation of 2 Florence homes.
Some are inaccurately labelling this a ‘sinkhole’ for sensationalist purposes. This article gives you better info.
The Atlantic: The Great Millennial Car Comeback.
“Some media narratives treat this rarified group as synonymous with Millennials, perhaps because it describes the clientele of the bars frequented by the coastal journalists who write those stories. But step outside Brooklyn, D.C., or Oakland, and you’ll find that the broader story is completely different.” I’ve suspected the ‘urban vacuum’ effect. That makes me feel better about Santa Fe’s focus on Instagram + Twitter marketing - a little. Millenials still are not the demographic to be purchasing $100k artworks ... the real demographic we need to keep Santa Fe an art capital.
BBC: Does a US child go missing every 90 seconds?
Of those missing, the ‘truly’ kidnapped are more like ~1:7000 (if I did my math correctly; doubtful after this day). I believe the likelihood of a 20-something dropping dead is 1:2000, last time I looked. We don’t wrap 20-year-olds in bubble wrap and store them in closets. Let kids walk to school, play in playgrounds.
DiscoverMag: Study - why dog owners don’t always clean up their pooch’s poop.
“First, the (terrible, no good, and just plain horrible ... not that we judge) dog owner may decide to pretend to not have seen the dog poop, and just leave it there.” My old man was doing his crossword on the front porch swing, when an individual allowed their canine to crap on our front lawn. My father said “Um ... could you clean that up?” The owner responded, “Excuse me?” and then proceeded to proclaim that their pooch “never does such things.” My father’s response: “Well then, YOU must have done it. And you still need to clean it up.”
NY Times: Why Writers Love to Hate the M.F.A.
“Other realities conspire to make the M.F.A. one of the fastest growing graduate degrees. Among them: the pervasiveness of digital media and celebrity culture, where anyone with a blog feels like a best-selling novelist-in-waiting; the rise of memoirs, a natural extension of the online selfie writing culture; the popularity of magical realism and noir fiction novels, which have turned many 20-somethings on to literature; and changes in generational attitudes, aspirations and culture.”
WhoWhatWear.com: Stop Your Sweater From Shedding in 1 Easy Step.
Bloomberg Business: Saudi Arabia’s Plan to Extend the Age of Oil.
A good overview, worth the time. “How much time Saudi Arabia has to prepare for the eventual decline of the oil era may depend, in part, on how alternatives fare during this period of cheap oil. Will sales of wind turbines and solar panels stay strong? Or will they enter a tailspin like they did during the Great Recession, when project financing dried up? And will sales of electric vehicles continue to climb even as gasoline prices slump?”
Ana White: Build a RyobiNATION Potting Bench.
Nice and easy. I may use this as a basis for making my own ... albeit a bit wider to cover over a gas meter.
The Nation: The Absurdly Rational Logic of Wages for Wives.
“The partnership hinges on mutual consent and balanced rights and responsibilities over the governance of household assets. Meanwhile, the government should take into account women’s contributions to the maintenance of the household, with the census counting her domestic work as a job. It was, after all, the economic pillar that enabled all other forms of industry.”
Alison Turner: Letting Go Of Things.
“Stuff is just stuff and it can be replaced.” I’m getting there.
GlobalPost: The future of religion around the world, in one chart.
Lifehacker: The Salary Required to Be “Middle Class” in Every State.
One more from LH, just because. $43,872 to be ‘middle class’ in NM? Southern NM, perhaps. In Santa Fe gas, food and sundries are *expensive*. Stuff gets re-shipped from Albuquerque [major transport hub]: Extra transport costs. I’d raise that at least another $20k.