India Ink, the Times’s blog about India, examined class and politics in regards to India’s elite, who have incentives to “masquerade” as the middle class.
If you do one big monthly shop, you can calculate what that would be on a weekly basis. I’ll start: I spend about $55 a week on groceries.
Here is a really heartwarming story about Zach Galifianakis’s friendship with Elizabeth “Mimi” Haist, a laundry worker he met 20 years ago.
Quick, how many plastic bags do you have under your sink or stuffed in a drawer in your home? Probably a lot.
Here’s a very interesting take on the post-boomer economy by Conor Sen, a former hedge fund analyst.
The Times interviewed Billfold pal Helaine Olen, Julie Nelson, the chairwoman of the economics department at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Tahira K. Hira, a professor of personal finance and consumer economics at Iowa State University and a few others about how women know more about money than what the financial services industry claims. It’s on point.
How were your weekends?
“Retirement ‘harmful to health’, study says.” — Headline in BBC News. “What a load of tosh,” say commenters on BBC News story.
We’ve come a long way, as a species. And we’re better at many things than we ever were before – not just slightly better, but unimaginably, ridiculously better. We’re better at transporting people and objects, we’re better a killing, we’re better at preventing infectious diseases, we’re better at industrial production, agricultural and economic output, we’re better at communications and sharing of information.
But in some areas, we haven’t made such dramatic improvements. And one of those areas is parenting. We’re certainly better parents than our own great-great-grandparents, if we measure by outcomes, but the difference is of degree, not kind. Why is that?
Practical Ethics, the ethical news blog by the University of Oxford, is tackling the question: Why aren’t companies selling us products to make us super-parents?
Well, there are some products (visit the “Parenting & Family” section at the bookstore and take a peek)—it’s just that everyone has their own personal beliefs on what it means to be a “super-parent” and raise well-adjusted children. Plus, children do this thing sometimes where they don’t listen to you no matter what you say or do.