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The cognitive dissonance of the people i know who have or who do live in Williamsburg and are upset over a J Crew opening here is mind boggling.

(I had to write this somewhere. Thank you for reading.)

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We all know that feeling, vending machine

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A new report [PDF] from the CUNY Graduate Center shows the “extraordinary and unmistakable” increase in the gap between the rich and the poor in New York City. In 1990, the upper 20% of all household earners controlled 48% of the total houshold income; by 2010 their share had risen to 54%, higher than the national trend of 50%. During the same period, the lower 20% of earners saw its hold slip from 3.3% to 3%.

The top 1% of earners (The Job Creators, The Beneficent Tax Base, The Doers, The Skin-In-The Gamers etc.) felt their median income increase from $452,415 to $716,625 over that 20-year period. The lowest 10% of earners went from $8,468 to $9,455, well below the inflation rate.

NYC’s Income Inequality Gap: “Extraordinary” And Growing: Gothamist (via kenyatta)

Maybe this is the much-vaunted “data” Bloomberg needs to believe something that was so obviously real to everyone else. Too late. 

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In 1736 I lost one of my sons, a fine boy of four years old, by the small-pox, taken in the common way. I long regretted bitterly, and still regret that I had not given it to him by inoculation. This I mention for the sake of parents who omit that operation, on the supposition that they should never forgive themselves if a child died under it; my example showing that the regret may be the same either way, and that, therefore, the safer should be chosen.
Oh, look, BEN FRANKLIN knew more about vaccination than half of the people on Facebook in 2013. (From "The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin")
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This is a common refrain—Yeah, but they do some good long-form journalism. And it’s true, I’ve read some good reporting out there—but on the other hand, after the Army blows up a village they come back around with a couple of sacks of rice to smooth over the damage. The fact is, you cannot justify quality reporting produced from the spoils of the opposite. Journalism does not provide for such leeway. It’s better for a hundred quality stories to go unposted than to let one knowingly false one see the light of day. At the risk of sounding like the boy who cried click-bait, I’m warning you: One of these days a viral hoax is going to come along that we really should pay attention to, and our guards will be down because we’ve become conditioned to lump all information together into the LOL and #feelings files. And one of these days a fake news story is going to have some serious real world consequences too, something like San Francisco elementary school that was widely attacked by people who’d mistook a satirical article in National Report about a student who was suspended for wishing a Merry Christmas to an atheist teacher.
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