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Monopoly money. It uses debit cards.
Still, bear in mind: We can't even get rid of the penny. (Think how many calls there've been to retire the U.S. penny!) Cash has been here for thousands of years. If it goes away, it will be reinvented. It's too handy. For small purchases, at least.
Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty (WaPo). Richest nation on earth? Rich by what standards?
How the United States built a welfare state for the wealthy (WaPo). Terrific interview with Syracuse University political scientist Chris Faricy.
Texas Police Fatally Shoot Naked, Unarmed Teen (theroot.com). Kind of hard to plant a gun on a suspect who's naked.
This Is The World's Best Country for Working Women (bloomberg.com). Scandinavia again.
America's Next Top Polluter (environmentamerica.org). New reality show? No. Just reality.
Facebook Colonialism (boingboing.net). Not welcome in India.
Hillary Clinton finally found her argument against Bernie Sanders (vox.com). As close to a fair and balanced critique of the Democratic candidates as we're likely to see. Food for thought, for both sides (Sanders, Clinton).
Clinton Camp Laboring to Stop Sanders From Siphoning Latino Support (nbcnews.com). Clinton is counting on Latino support in Nevada, but she faces two formidable problems: First, Latino turnout is typically not very high in caucus states, and second, Latino voters tend to be younger than the general population (and Clinton fares horribly with young voters).27% of undecided SC GOP primary voters don't know if they're white supremacists or not. https://t.co/thGDpnxyAv pic.twitter.com/bml2xrRTza— Kashana (@kashanacauley) February 16, 2016
The world can't afford another financial crash – it could destroy capitalism as we know it (telegraph.co.uk). Maybe that's just what we need, though.
Scientists have found that smoking weed does not make you stupid after all (WaPo). See also:
What happens when you get stoned every single day for five years (WaPo). What's humorous is that this particular study was obviously designed (by Very Serious Scientists) to prove that longterm marijuana use renders you cognitively incompetent, and yet it found "you can smoke weed every single day for five years, and not have it impact your problem-solving abilities or your ability to focus at all."
Titanic II set to sail in 2018, says Aussie billionaire (belfasttelegraph.co.uk). Yes, a crazy billionaire is building an exact replica of the Titanic. The maiden voyage will be from Jiangsu, China, to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
The Pragmatic Case for Bernie Sanders (theatlantic.com). "Change is not, as Clinton has claimed, a matter of 'magical' thinking or waving a 'wand'—it is about pushing ideas, building movements, and challenging the status quo. Even before the general election, Clinton is campaigning on a deflating and defeatist politics of half-a-loaf 'pragmatism,' aiming lower on minimum wage, opposing free college, opposing single-payer health care." Clinton cuts off any possibility of change by warning us, in essence, that dramatic change simply isn't practical. Vote for me, I know how to compromise! You get things done by lowering the bar, not raising it!
Stow your dreams. They're impractical. A great lesson for our children. (Not.)
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