Know Your Value, Get $10,000

Mika Brzezinski is an MSNBC news personality with the hair, BMI, and poise of Claire Underwood. Yet she relates to those of us who have struggled a bit with our confidence levels in the professional arena.


Link Roundup! Coming To Terms With Compulsive Shopping, Advice for Job Hoppers, & More

Now we can stop fighting about it! Just kidding, that’s silly, we will fight forever, because some people will always continue to “feel” middle class, no matter what the statistics say.


Got .Milk? New Domain Names Are Here If You Have The $$$

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was a non-profit when Postel was a key figure there. Recently, however, it has decided to try a new strategy and generate huge amounts of revenue by auctioning off new top-level domains.


Controversy With Your Coffee And Other Recent Retail Innovations

At least someone in charge of a company is thinking about something other — and bigger — than the bottom line.


Today, In “Things David Brooks Doesn’t Understand”: Poverty

In an impressive, old-school takedown that doesn’t use the words “mansplaining” or “privilege,” New Republic writer Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig explains why NYT columnist David Brooks — who I think of as white bread with glasses — is mistaken about poverty.

Brooks’ underlying assumption is wrong: The baseline moral values of poor people do not, in fact, differ that much from those of the rich. Poor people feel ashamed of the incarceration of relatives. The poor, too, want to get married at roughly the same rates as the rich, though the rich have an easier time pulling it off. Matrimonial aspirations, then, are decaying no faster among the poor than the well-off; it’s only the ability to maintain a marriage under the stressors of poverty that seems to put poor families on unsteady ground. Lastly, lest anyone suspect the welfare-queen narrative about poor people eschewing hard work and responsibility holds true, Stephen Pimpare observes in his book A People’s History of Poverty in America that the stigma and shame of poverty and welfare are alive and well …

It is so, so easy, criminally easy, to assume people are poor because they’ve done something wrong and so deserve it. “They” make bad choices, “they” have bad values, “they” buy too many lattes or drugs or fancy sneakers or whatever. It is comforting to think this way because it allows the people making these judgments to enjoy the often fleeting illusion of feeling a) superior, and b) safe.


Link Round-up: Financial Therapy; Food Stamps; Getting Fired Over Likeability

Now you can get checked out and helped out by a mental health professional who has a focus on your finances and your feelings.


Whose Faces Do We Want On Our Currency

How do we decide whose faces should appear on our currency? Who do you want to look at every day when you take out your wallet?


Soon Asian Americans Will Be The Richest In All The Land

Asian Americans are doing great, financially. For the last two decades, their median incomes have been greater than those of whites, and soon enough their median wealth will catch up and exceed that of whites as well.

Kent Brockman would say, “I for one welcome our new Asian American overlords.” But Kent Brockman tends to be too quick to overlook the continued effects of discrimination, perhaps especially for people of South Asian descent. It is still hard to be a person of color in this country, even if you have money in the bank. Speaking of which, “Asian American” is such a hugely broad descriptor, covering so many disparate kinds of people, that it seems amazing to me that Research can draw useful conclusions. But drawing conclusions, useful or not, is what Research is all about.

What does Research have to say this time? According to Pew


Pay to Play (In the Comments Section)

If you look in one direction, webmasters are erecting pay walls; if you look in the other, the same kind of folks are scrambling to tear them down.