Your Brain On Money


Your Brain On Money

The above link is an article at Salon about research that was done on how the rich behave differently than the middle and lower classes.  A key paragraph:

Paul Piff and his co-authors, who have done extended research on the behaviors of the wealthy, find that lower class individuals are more generous, charitable, trusting and helpful than upper class individuals. In another study, they find individuals with expensive cars were more likely to cut off other drivers and pedestrians. Further, in laboratory experiments, wealthy participants were more likely to take valued goods, cheat, lie and endorse such behavior. These studies have support from other sources. For instance, the wealthy actually donate less to charity as a share of their income than the middle class. Their giving is more dependent on the economic climate than the middle class. It is unsurprising that Christ warned, “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

The reason I post so many Salon articles is quite simple:  I have the app on my phone and many of the articles are interesting.  However, Salon is quickly following Huffington Post in creating a lot of senseless articles with sensational headlines to simply garner more clicks.

As far as my thinking on the above article.  This certainly isn’t scientific, but I have done canvassing, sales, and customer service.  Basically, I have had a lot of jobs where one deals directly with the public.  Especially in canvassing, I feel as if people are ruder in higher income neighborhoods.  There are a lot more doors slammed in your face.  This particular canvassing jobs wasn’t even political in the sense that it did not take sides.  It was simply giving information to the community so that they knew what was going on pertaining to a certain issue.  It was actually a public service and not pestering people to think one way or the other or ask for money. We were trying to inform the community about something that was going to affect them whether they cared or not.  Meanwhile people in the middle and lower income communities were much friendlier and would often spend time talking to you and even going above and beyond by offering water on a hot day.

Income disparity might not just be bad for the country, it might be bad for the soul.

Welcome to the Terrordome

Why Americans are so easily terrorized by ISIS via @Salon

This is actually a really good article.  Do you know how much I sit around worrying about ISIS being a personal threat?  Never.  My vices and the highways I drive on and crossing the street and a billion other things are way more likely to take me out.  If I am wrong, and someday I am the one to be struck by terrorist lightning, well then I won’t be around to worry then either.  As Warren Zevon sang, “Life’ll kill ya.”

I think it is fair to have an honest discussion about ISIS’s role in the Middle East and how the world, and yes the world and not the U.S. alone, should respond.  However, this constant fear mongering that somehow they are a big threat to our daily lives must stop.  I don’t know what the statistics are for dying in a U.S. terrorist attack are, but they are dwarfed by your chances of dying from a million other things.  Don’t let the lizard brain run your life!  

Cornel West On Obama

Cornel West: “The state of Black America in the age of Obama has been one of desperation, confusion and capitulation”

Salon has been pretty terrible lately.  It has slowly been turning into a Huffington Post that seems designed to generate as many clicks as possible through ridiculous headlines.  It might soon be time to delete this app on my phone as well.  But, for the time being, there are still some really great articles there.  I found this criticism of President Obama, by Cornel West, from a leftwing perspective, interesting.  I think criticism of leaders is important, even if you support them over the opposition.  If you understand how politics work, then you know that the people often lead the leaders towards making changes. 

New marijuana PSA mocks Maureen Dowd’s very bad trip

New marijuana PSA mocks Maureen Dowd’s very bad trip via @Salon

I’ve always found Maureen Dowd’s punditry to be a joke.  Her articles seem to be catty high school gossip pieces that are about her trying to show how clever she is every bit as much as they are trying to educate the readers.  Something like this was bound to happen eventually.  You reap what you sow. 

The Herd Mentality of “Experts”

All these effing geniuses: Ezra Klein, expert-driven journalism, and the phony Washington consensus via @Salon

A really interesting article that I think has a lot of truth to it. 

“The Conformist”: An unsettling political masterpiece returns

“The Conformist”: An unsettling political masterpiece returns via @Salon

This article in Salon made me really want to see this movie.  It is also nice to see a long form piece about a work when so many reviews are becoming shorter and shorter. 

David Vitter: The Life of a Douchebag

David Vitter: Cancer prevention, wildlife nonprofits are “bogus propaganda disguised as science” via @Salon

Other than my title what more is there to say?  The above article is about how Vitter is trying to destroy environmental regulations while he has a spot on the Environment and Public Works Committee.