At Language Log, a blog run by the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania, Mark Seidenberg, who studies dyslexia, looks at why Malcolm Gladwell's new book, David and Goliath, is so problematic. The book examines how people who have disadvantages (i.e. those who have a disability, who've faced discrimination, who've suffered a loss of a parent) often use that disadvantage to propel themselves to success.
In the city of Lancaster in California, R. Rex Parris—who apparently isn't an oil tycoon or supervillain with plans for world domination, but the city's mayor—has announced that he's planning on releasing a list of stores where shoplifters should steal from (yeah, totally not a supervillain!).
Annie Lowrey examines "the basic-income movement" in the NYT Magazine's economics column this week, which is essentially a movement to give all citizens a basic income as a way to eradicate poverty. It's an idea that is in part supported by both conservatives and liberals. The problem, of course, is figuring out a way to fund it, but in theory, it would "replace welfare, food stamps, housing vouchers and hundreds of other programs, all at once."
In Sweden, there is a magazine called Situation Stockholm that is sold by the homeless, who get to keep half of the money the get from selling the publication. There was one big problem: the Swedes don't really like carrying cash.