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December 5, 2011
Divided We Stand: Why Inequality Keeps Rising
is the latest report from the OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs. It finds:
In the three decades prior to the recent economic downturn, wage gaps widened and household income inequality increased in a large majority of OECD countries. [...]Launching the report in Paris, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said “The social contract is starting to unravel in many countries. This study dispels the assumptions that the benefits of economic growth will automatically trickle down to the disadvantaged and that greater inequality fosters greater social mobility. Without a comprehensive strategy for inclusive growth, inequality will continue to rise.”
Links to Overview [.pdf]
; press release
; notes [.pdf format] for Australia
, the UK
, the USA
; data link
posted by wilful at 7:33 PM PST - 54 comments
In June 2004, Paul Stephens pulled over to the shoulder on The George Bush Tollway/I-75 overpass in Dallas, TX while arguing with his girlfriend, Lorena Godoy Osorio. As the fight escalated Osorio got our of the car to flee and Stephens threw her off the overpass
onto the Interstate. He then jumped to his own death, 85 feet below.
Dallas indie rock band Sorta
wrote and recorded a song about the incident, "85 Feet" [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 at 7:31 PM PST - 11 comments
The history of Toronto in photos
is 90 some odd posts linked to provide a thematically organized visual overview. The vast majority of the photographs featured derive from the Toronto Archives. Should you be interested in a less visually oriented take on Toronto history, there is also the Nostalgia Tripping series
, which was designed to be a bit more about storytelling than just the photos.
posted by netbros at 4:40 PM PST - 20 comments
On August 31, 2004, a naked, bruised man was discovered
behind a Burger King at the intersection of Interstate 95 and Highway 17 in Richmond Hill, Georgia. He had no memory
of who he was. Fingerprint and DNA searches were unsuccessful
. His identity continues
to remain missing
posted by vidur at 4:33 PM PST - 93 comments
In reflecting on the project, McAllister feels “caught between the intimacy of each individual response, and the pattern of the cumulative replies.” The question remains: Why did they answer? McAllister claims no credit, describing his survey form as “barely literate.” He recalls that in his cover letter (no examples of which exist) he misused the word precocious—he meant presumptuous—and in hindsight he sees that he was both, though few writers seemed to mind. “The conclusion I came to was that nobody had asked them. New Criticism was about the scholars and the text; writers were cut out of the equation. Scholars would talk about symbolism in writing, but no one had asked the writers.” Sixteen year old boy dislikes English homework, goes outside the chain of command.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 4:11 PM PST - 55 comments
Security researchers at North Carolina State University led by Xuxian Jiang (who had previously discovered 12 malicious Android applications
sold through Google's Android Market) have uncovered holes
in how the permissions-based security model is enforced on numerous Android devices. Called "leaks", these vulnerabilities allow new and existing malicious applications to eavesdrop on calls, track the user's location, install applications, send SMS messages, delete data from the device, and more. (via
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 3:56 PM PST - 31 comments
is a Dutch artist whose work often involves isolating unexamined elements of narrative. 745
is a collection of all of the exclamation points from a single copy of the weekly 'Donald Duck' comic book. Part One
is a book of 101 'Part One' pages from English-language books. Thinking in Pictures
is an ongoing project to gather moments in film when a character says 'What do you think?' or 'What are you thinking?'
posted by shakespeherian at 2:02 PM PST - 16 comments
Indian author Pankaj Mishra writes a brutal takedown
of Niall Ferguson's latest book, Civilisation: The West and the Rest
in the London Review of Books
Ferguson responds to the critical book review with a lawsuit
. [more inside]
posted by bodywithoutorgans at 11:08 AM PST - 107 comments
Jacques Delors: Euro would still be strong if it had been built to my plan.
'Former president of the European Commission Jacques Delors
talks to Charles Moore about the fate of the euro.''Jacques Delors is a master of all the technicalities of the argument, and all the Byzantine structures of the institutions, and speaks confidently in their jargon, but his mind seems burdened by deeper thoughts, too. He sees the crisis of the euro as part of something deeper and wider even than the credit crunch itself. He believes that the main social and economic “players” have their doubts about European policies.' [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 10:57 AM PST - 10 comments
The DC-3: The Best Paper Airplane in The World
. "During the summer of 1950, on the outskirts of Harrisburg Pennsylvania U.S.A., my sister's boyfriend 'Skip' was sitting on the glider on the front porch of our house. He said to me - Hey Mike... bring me a sheet of paper.' I answered why? and he responded with his make believe impatience 'Just bring it!' I obeyed and he said that he was going to build the best paper airplane in the world. I was eight years old at the time and my meager knowledge of paper airplanes was the traditional flying wedge that spiraled into tight loops and fell head first to the ground." [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 10:34 AM PST - 35 comments
Shortly after Jared Loughner allegedly opened fire in the parking lot of a Tucson grocery store last January, we saw much hand-wringing about the threat of violence against the government. In fact, violence against government officials is actually pretty rare. But just three days before Loughner's rampage, police in Framingham, Mass., raided the home of 68-year-old Eurie Stamps. Stamps wasn't the target of the drug raid. Police were after the son of Stamps' girlfriend, and actually apprehended him outside the home. They raided the house anyway. Stamps, who was unarmed and broke no laws, was shot and killed by a police officer. By my count, he's at least the 46th innocent person killed in a botched drug raid. Every politician in Washington condemned the Loughner shootings, and rightly so. But nearly every politician in Washington supports the laws and policies that led to the death of Eurie Stamps.
-- Radley Balko
continues his lonely crusade documenting the ongoing militarization of America's police forces.
posted by empath at 9:05 AM PST - 62 comments
"You feel euphoric you know. Because it's one of the best buzzes personally I've had in my life. Better than any drug. And you know it was just that....It was a feeling of standing up straight against an institution that's been historically has always been brutal, wicked and bad mind towards young people especially young black people."
In collaboration with the LSE, the Guardian's Reading the Riots
project has used a mixture of quantitative and qualitative methodologies to explore the causes of England's summer of disorder.
posted by roofus at 3:51 AM PST - 26 comments
It’s not a frequent topic of discussion, but doctors die, too. And they don’t die like the rest of us. What’s unusual about them is not how much treatment they get compared to most Americans, but how little.
How Doctors Die
posted by Foci for Analysis at 2:11 AM PST - 54 comments