MarketWatch: Americans are 40% poorer than before the recession.
“The net worth of American families — the difference between the values of their assets, including homes and investments, and liabilities — fell to $81,400 in 2013, down slightly from $82,300 in 2010, but a long way off the $135,700 in 2007, according to a new report released on Friday by the nonprofit think-tank Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C.” Ms Warren, your move.
Gothamist: Here’s What’s Coming And Going From Netflix In January.
naked cap: Elizabeth Warren - Remarks on Citigroup and its Bailout Provision in the Cromnibus Bill.
“Think about this kind of power. A financial institution has become so big and so powerful that it can hold the entire country hostage. That alone is a reason enough for us break them up. Enough is enough.”
Ballou Projects: Cinderblock Speakers.
Oy, great idea!
Vox: When men remarry, they go way younger. Women pick someone older.
I suspect, as a friend once said, “I prefer my men broken in. Let some other woman sweat blood civilizing him.”
Popular Mechanics, 1935.
Was looking for something, but figured others might enjoy.
NY Times: Why I’m Giving Up My Passport.
GMO/White Paper: The World’s Dumbest Idea.
Shareholder Value Maximization. Marked for reading tomorrow. Thought others would like a shot first.
Later: Site went down, link went dead. Site’s back up, paper’s at a different URL, here. Read it quick.
Bloomberg: Why Elon Musk’s Batteries Scare the Hell Out of the Electric Company.
“‘The mortal threat that ever cheaper on-site renewables pose’ comes from systems that include storage ... [snip] ... ‘That is an unregulated product you can buy at Home Depot that leaves the old business model with no place to hide.’” (Rubs hands together in glee ...)
naked cap: New Study Says US Fracking Boom Will Fade Quickly After 2020.
Just wait until the cleanup brouhaha starts. It will be epic, and epically expensive.
Youtube: Random Acts of Pasta.
Some nice news, for once.
Diane Ravitch Blog: How to Analyze False Claims about Charter Schools.
“An op-ed by Congressman Danny Davis noted that the Noble Network suspends 51% of its students at least once during a school year. This includes suspending 88% of the African American students who attend its schools. It might be hard to understand why a school would want to suspend so many of its students … until you realize that this encourages students to leave. And it specifically encourages the more challenging students, the ones most likely to bring down test scores and college graduation rates, to depart.” Flagged as an important read. Go. Now.
SciAm: Rooftop Solar Cost Competitive with the Grid in Much of the U.S.
But that’s great news. Should be shouted from the mountaintops.
TODAY! Fitness: How to Make a Slide Board.
Hey! I used to love my old rollup slide board. Great indoor workout, too. I may gear up and build this in the next week. I need a good indoor workout that’s not boring as hell. You can watch tv and do this SO EASILY.
The UpStanding Desk.
Another standing solution. I kind of admire the double-wide.
Modular crock pots.
Daisy chain ‘em. Now, if there were a cure for crock pot flavor/texture. It’s OK for a few days, but then I get the urge for fresh-cooked (rather than 8 hour stew).
Fubiz: Leather Belt Home Covering.
Cool idea. Problem is, once this gets on the ‘net (and meta-linked on Pinterest), I’ll go to the local thrift stores and old belts will jack up in price - or be completely gone.
Home Designing: Breathtaking Stone Mosaics Turn Nature Into Art.
Valet.: Soften Your Sweaters. [Note from DM!: How to De-Itch.]
SciAm: Children’s Attention Deficit Linked to Air Pollution.
The Atlantic: It’s Coming - $65 Oil.
A welcome reprieve. I still maintain most of Clinton’s ‘good economy’ was the result of lower energy prices. Notice the Fed is making noise about ending the stimulus. Interesting timing. I hope this puts the kibosh on new fracking starts - they want to encroach Chaco. That’s a big NO from me.
My cheat is to use a tubular plastic hanger and pin my neckline with clothespins so the shoulder seams don’t end up with nipples.
OilPrice: Low Oil Prices Hurting U.S. Shale Operations.
“Much rides on the decision making of officials in Saudi Arabia. Although exact calculations vary, the world’s only swing producer needs oil prices between $83 and $93 per barrel for its budget to break even. But that may not be as important of a metric as it appears. Saudi Arabia has an enormous stash of foreign exchange, and could run deficits for quite a while without too many problems. With average costs of oil production from wells in the Middle East sitting at only $25 per barrel, the Saudis can clearly wait out U.S. shale if they really want to.” So, OPEC could bankrupt US shale operations? That’s interesting.
SF New Mexican: Santa Fe police recruit FedEx, UPS drivers to help fight crime.
TomDispatch: Laura Gottesdiener, Adrift in Oil Country.
Yep, Farmington, NM knows most of this already. Even before fracking.