Though I saw it all around
Never thought I could be affected
Thought that we'd be the last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Monday, August 8, 2011

Linkee-poo works the numbers

Regarding the earlier mentioning censorship of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is providing 150 copies of the book to current students of Republic High School (they're asking for donations to cover individual shipping). And that made my Monday morning worth while. (Pointed to by Nathan)

What comes as no surprise to anybody who has had to deal with abuse, scientist now confirm that abused baby Nazca boobies grow up to be abusers themselves. Just like humans. (Grokked from Kelly Swails)

A timeline of recent history regarding the debt and deficit. Just in case you're still laboring under the delusion that conservatives understand the problem or really care. Dear Tea Party, might want to see to that if you want to keep your "fiscal conservative" cred. "2001: CBO shows the United States is on track to pay off the entirety of its national debt within a decade." So, how did that work out? (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Here's an interesting chart from the CBO. It shows the average pre-tax income from 1979 to 2007 (adjusted for inflation to 2007), broken down by quintile. Lowest quintile goes from $16,600 to $18,400 (10.8% increase). Middle quintile goes from $54,100 to $64,500 (19.2% increase). With the highest quintile going from $140,300 to $264,700 (88.6%). The disparity is even greater with the breakdown on the top 10% (115.8%), 5% (145.6%), and 1% (240.5%). Trickle down, my ass.

And because you need a break of funny from digesting all that, the E-Trade baby loses everything. (Pointed to by Dan and Vince)

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