Food and Class
Corpulence used to signify the prosperity of a few but has now become a marker of poverty. Obesity has risen as the income gap has widened: more than a third of U.S. adults and 17 percent of children are obese, and the problem is acute among the poor. While obesity is a complex problem—genetics, environment, and activity level all play a role—a 2008 study by the USDA found that children and women...
Party voting over time.
Frankly, it’s hard for me to imagine any expert in any subject who wouldn’t feel it an imperative public duty to talk to Gov. Palin if asked. Instead she turns to a journalist with no formal training in economics and no experience in public finance. /via Palin Preps on Europe’s Debt Crisis | FrumForum.
China Completes World’s Longest Bullet Line
As America continues its game of high-speed rail hot potato, China has quietly finished laying the tracks for the longest bullet line in the world. Spanning more than 800 miles, the line will link the Chinese capital of Beijing with Shanghai, an economic hub on the east. Travel between the two cities will drop to four hours—down from 10—when train service begins in 2012. /via China Completes...
Dawkins answers Reddit
At the end he does a dramatic reading of his hatemail, hilarious.
Often these processes are so complex that almost nobody inside the company knows how they work. Excellent enterprise sales reps will guide a company through their own purchasing processes. Without an enterprise sales rep, many companies literally do not know how to buy new technology products. A top notch enterprise sales person not only knows her customer’s process better than the customer, but...
/via Comparing Democratic and Republican tax plans. Well, I’, sure most of the tea party people are millionaires…
The best way for our users to always have the most up to date and secure version of Java will be to get it directly from Oracle. /via Oracle and Apple Announce OpenJDK Project for Mac OS X. Looks like Apple has a new code phrase for “we’re dropping your technology”.
An Exodus Recession?
Using these concepts, there’s some evidence that an exodus from the real to the virtual is not only already underway as I argued in my second book but that’s it’s gotten big enough to affect our sense of a whether the real economy is healthy or not. /via Terra Nova: An Exodus Recession?. Really interesting. I feel like I definitely spend nearly all of my discretionary income that’s not...
This is pretty! /via Engadget
For almost all of modern economic history, policy makers have used those two tools — government spending or Fed interest rate cuts. Thats it. But with this financial crisis, for the first time in U.S. history, those two tools wont work. /via Quantitative Easing, Explained : Planet Money : NPR. Oh no, they probably will work, the Republicans are just too stubborn and short-sighted to let...
Space Suit of the Week
/via Kitsune Noir
The iPhone App Store converted Apple from being a hardware partner to being a platform vendor. Apple doesn’t hook up with software developers to create software that works on the iPhone; it maintains room and board for developers to sell themselves to its clients, whose entire experience is controlled by Apple. Apple’s not the hardware side of a marriage; it’s now a pimp (ahem, “madam”) for...
I really loved Gummi Bears. (previously) /via devour