Writing Down the Jones

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WaPo Wants You to Know Just How Hard It Is

News stories like this infuriate me. Not for nearly the same reasons as it seems to bother my social media ecosphere today. America is the land of opportunity, just for some more than others. […] It’s depressing, but not nearly so much as this: Even poor kids who do everything...

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WDtJ Words of the Day: “Logic” & “Mobility”

Yesterday Jesus at Gizmodo shared his thoughts on this post from NPR: 40 Years Of Income Inequality In America, In Graphs. Wow, do things look grim… The graphic above on household income over the last 40 years is particularly striking: After adjusting to inflation, you can see that the lowest incomes...

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Pop Significance

Yesterday I came across two loosely related links. WhoIsU2.com, and HuffPo’s “What Apple’s U2 Stunt Really Says About the Future of Music,” by Kristi York Wooten. The first is a pretty humorous collection of tweets from people who are not only confused about the appearance of new music in their...

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I See Changes

I don’t like national news. That’s a broad brush – I care plenty about the federal government’s activities and if there’s another coming banking crisis or something like that – but considering what makes national headlines, and (more importantly to me) what types of stories take over my Facebook feed, I don’t think...

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I Don’t Sleep In

Holiday weekends are great. No obligations, no concerns, the only thing that can keep my from relaxing is me. I don’t do that very often, but I try not to let my “relaxing” get out of control. This can be boiled down to one concept: I don’t sleep in. I’ve...

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Ice Water In My Veins, Not On My Head

Yesterday I finally got my first invitations to the ice bucket challenge. Here’s my response: not happening. I’m not even sorry. There’s one inexorable reason I’m not going to partake, and it’s quite simple. I don’t want to. My parents and teachers spent a great deal of time convincing me...