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Friday, August 10, 2018

Uber and the False Hopes of the Sharing Economy

Uber and the False Hopes of the Sharing Economy:

Not long ago arrived word of a new start-up, Wonderschool, which as its website explains, is a "network of boutique, in-home early childhood programs" — the Airbnb or Rover of preschool. via Pocket

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

What the Mystery of the Tick-Borne Meat Allergy Could Reveal

What the Mystery of the Tick-Borne Meat Allergy Could Reveal:

One spring evening in 2016, Lee Niegelsky's underarm began to itch. An investment manager, he was doing housework around his condo, and he thought he'd been bitten by a chigger. But within 15 minutes, hives had erupted all over his body. via Pocket

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

California Shields Big Soda From Local Taxes

California Shields Big Soda From Local Taxes:

SAN FRANCISCO—State lawmakers banned all local taxes on groceries for 12 years in California on Thursday, a major victory for the soda industry, which used the state's ballot-initiative system to force legislators' hands. The ban was signed into law by Gov. via Pocket

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The trouble with recycling: It's a plastic paradox

The trouble with recycling: It's a plastic paradox:

Americans were not set up for success in recycling plastics. Even before China stopped accepting plastic refuse from abroad, 91 percent of potentially recyclable plastic in the U.S. ended up in landfills — or worse, in the oceans. Europe does a little better, with 70 percent getting tossed. via Pocket

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

The Las Vegas Union That Learned To Beat The House

The Las Vegas Union That Learned To Beat The House:

LAS VEGAS ― Monie Stewart-Cariaga recently decided to leave the townhouse she's renting to buy a new home. For a single cocktail server, she couldn't be in a better position to do it. via Pocket

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Justice reforms take hold, the inmate population plummets, and Philadelphia closes a notorious jail

Justice reforms take hold, the inmate population plummets, and Philadelphia closes a notorious jail:

This article has been updated to correct a statement by the public defender that initial bail hearings are staffed by lawyers at all times. They are not. via Pocket

A Credible and Bold Basic Income

A Credible and Bold Basic Income:

Thomas Piketty: Is our basic income really universal?: After our call « For a credible and bold basic income » launched by a group of ten researchers  (Antoine Bozio, Thomas Breda, Julia Cagé, Lucas Chancel, Elise Huillery, Camille Landais, Dominique Méda, Emmanuel Saez, Tancrède Voituriez) via Pocket

The Rise and Fall of the Word 'Monopoly' in American Life

The Rise and Fall of the Word 'Monopoly' in American Life:

For several decades, the term was a fixture of newspaper headlines and campaign speeches. Then something changed. If "monopoly" sounds like a word from another era, that's because, until recently, it was. via Pocket

How Child Care Enriches Mothers, and Especially the Sons They Raise

How Child Care Enriches Mothers, and Especially the Sons They Raise:

As many American parents know, hiring care for young children during the workday is punishingly expensive, costing the typical family about a third of its income. Helping parents pay for that care would be expensive for society, too. via Pocket

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Paying Taxes Is More Popular Than You Think (Episode 41)

Paying Taxes Is More Popular Than You Think (Episode 41):

Taxes, like death, are inevitable. However, that conception of taxes doesn't reflect how the majority of Americans view their relationship to their local, state, and federal government taxes. via Pocket

The Tortilla Cartel

The Tortilla Cartel:

Several years ago, while researching a story about gourmet tacos, I called Diana Kennedy at her home in Michoacán in Mexico. via Pocket