Remember when Google decided it was going to spread internet to the world using hot air balloons? Well Facebook has just upped the anti. Bring in the internet drones–capable of cruising our atmosphere for 5 years without refueling. And oh yeah, they’ll be flying higher than US FAA jurisdiction. http://techcrunch.com/2014/03/03/facebook-in-talks-to-acquire-drone-maker-titan-aerospace/
“Drugs and alcohol are not my problem — reality is my problem. Drugs and alcohol are my solution. If this seems odd to you, it is because you are not an alcoholic or a drug addict.” –Russell Brand in his http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/8857821/fixing-a-hole/
The political ideology of State of the Union addresses (in 1 graph).
As you may have read on Oxfam, 85 people in the world are worth more than the poorest 3.5 billion people. This and another 9 facts on inequality over at wonkblog.
Darshak Sanghavi and Sarah Bleiberg have a great post discussing Vermont’s universal healthcare plan and what obstacles it faces. It is a great short read on single-payer systems’ advantages and weaknesses for those interested. The chart below illustrates the administrative complexities that will be reduced in Vermont by switching to single payer system.
Mark Thoma has a good summary of economist’s views on the earned income tax credit and minimum wage debates, and concludes: “For this and other reasons, an increase in the minimum wage appears to have more political support than an increase in the EITC. If we want to help low-income households, and if increasing both the EITC …
“The political equality that is required by democracy is always under threat from economic inequality, and the more extreme the economic inequality, the greater the threat to democracy.” –Angus Deaton in The Great Escape Mark Schmitt has an interesting post on the overwhelming amount of different issues captured in the term “income inequality” and suggests …