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if we want to talk about changing income inequality, a lot of it is about broadening wage growth and better jobs. And that’s a different set of policies than just human capital development
the figures that Yellen presented are still shocking. In 1989, the bottom half of the distribution owned just three per cent of all wealth. By 2013, that figure had fallen to one per cent. No, that’s not a typo: half the country owns one per cent of its wealth.
The fact that Americans throw away some 100 billion plastic grocery bags each year means we are drilling for and importing millions of barrels worth of oil and natural gas for a convenient way to carry home a few groceries.

"Archaeologists digging through an ancient tomb in Amphipolis in northern Greece have uncovered a floor mosaic that covers the whole area of a room"

Getting there.. #halloween


"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall."—F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Beaudry theorizes that it was in 2000 that advances in technology and automation, in trade, especially with China, and in the outsourcing of American jobs abroad came together to produce an inflection point.

The net result, Beaudry said, is that a significantly smaller fraction of the population benefits from growth. Beaudry places the strongest emphasis on rapidly accelerating technological advances that are displacing workers so fast that new job creation can’t catch up.”

"There are less-obvious gains from breaking down service tasks into ever smaller units. By automating, computerising or contracting-out the most mundane or repetitive tasks, service firms free employees to spend more time thinking and meeting customers’ needs. Computers thus "rehumanise", not dehumanise."

The nations of the world have agreed to try to limit the warming to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, which would require that emissions slow down and then largely stop in the next 30 years or so. If they continue on their present course through the century, scientists say, the earth could warm by as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit above the preindustrial level, which would likely be incompatible with human civilization in its current form.