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LOL is so over: Facebook study reveals ‘haha’ is how we laugh online

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Twitter says government requests for your data jumped 52%

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Weddings? Babies? Now college kids are registering for gifts too

College dorm shopping? Make a registry – Jul. 30, 2014 Gift registries aren’t just for weddings and baby showers anymore. Move over brides and expectant moms: Now college-bound kids want to be showered with gifts also. Gift registries have long been popular for lots of big life events, and now we can add college to the list. ‘; var storytext = document.getElementById(‘storytext’); var heightToSkip = 0; function resetValues() { totalHeight = 0; targetChildElement = null; } // Check if story is in the blacklist of articles to remove smartassets // [2017.07.27] Results of a one-off request from r.barbieri if(BLACKLIST[location.pathname] === true) { return } if(storytext ==...

Millennials may not be able to afford retirement essentials

Millennials may not be able to afford retirement essentials – Dec. 4, 2013 by Melanie Hicken   @melhicken December 4, 2013: 12:29 AM ET Find out if you will have enough to retire. Click the image to use our retirement calculator. While many Americans are falling short on savings, millennials are most at risk of being unable to afford essential retirement expenses — such as food, shelter and medical care, according to a Fidelity Investments survey released Wednesday. Fidelity found that about 55% of people surveyed are at risk of being unable to cover these expenses. ‘; var storytext = document.getElementById(‘storytext’); var heightToSkip = 0; function resetValues() { totalHeight = 0; targetChildElement = null; ...

Pensions ask retirees to pay back tens of thousands

by Melanie Hicken   @melhicken October 25, 2013: 2:29 PM ET Carole Grant, 75, has been told she owes almost $61,000 for nearly 20 years of pension overpayments. Some pension plans have overpaid retirees for years — now they’re demanding their money back. For retirees, it can mean owing tens of thousands of dollars. And with little warning, their pension checks are being slashed to cover their debt. ‘; var storytext = document.getElementById(‘storytext’); var heightToSkip = 0; function resetValues() { totalHeight = 0; targetChildElement = null; } // Check if story is in the blacklist of articles to remove smartassets // [2017.07.27] Results of a one-off request from r.barbieri if(BLACKLIS...

Many middle-class Americans plan to work until they die

Many middle-class Americans plan to work until they die – Oct. 23, 2013 by Melanie Hicken   @melhicken October 23, 2013: 2:00 PM ET Many middle-class workers plan to work throughout their old age, according to a recent Wells Fargo survey. A growing percentage of middle-class Americans say they have saved so little for retirement that they expect to work into their 80s or even until they either get too sick or die, according to a recent survey. Nearly half of middle-class workers said they are not confident that they will be able to save enough to retire comfortably, according to a Wells Fargo survey of 1,000 workers between the ages of 25 and 75, with household incomes between $25,000 and $100,000. ‘; var storytext = document.getElementById(‘storytext’); ...

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When will you be a millionaire?

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Moved Over

I’ve been blogging away over at my new blog at Next New Deal, come join me over there!  Here’s the new rss feed. I might post here once in a great while, mostly to draw additional attention to recent non-blog post work I’ve been doing – articles, appearances, etc. – that could use some additional attention. So feel free to keep this in your rss, as I won’t overrun it with materials or double posts.  The portfolio tab above keeps a running track of some of my bigger stuff, and that’ll stay updated for the foreseeable future. Thanks again everyone who has read, commented, tweeted, linked, emailed, and everything else so far.  Big props to those I interacted with early on, and extra thanks to those who reached out when I was still a pseudonymous blogger, and gave me some much appreciated earl...

Article on Mass Incarceration at Jacobin, Plus Some Additional Links

[I’ve moved blogs – check out the Next New Deal Rortybomb blog, here is the new rss feed, and here is this post over at the new site.] The Spring 2012 issue of Jacobin is now online.  It has a lot of great content in it; make sure to check out Megan Erickson’s addition to the “unschooling” debate that goes back and forth in parts of the internet. I have a piece – Against Law, For Order – on ideology, governmentality and “policy” in an era of mass incarceration.  It’s about how criminal laws informs our markets and government policy.  Bits and pieces of it have appeared in this blog, but here it is in one place.  The piece ends up reviewing a lot of recent books on policing, with special attention to Bernard Harcourt’s work on neoliberalism and policing, as well as Jonathan Simon’s work on ...

What Should You Know About the Quebec Student Strikes and Occupations?

[I’m moving blogs – check out the Next New Deal Rortybomb blog, here is the new rss feed, and here is this post over at the new site. I move over entirely Wednesday, and will cross post until then.] One thing to remember about Occupy is that it has much of its current origins, successes and most intense interactions with authority around the spaces of college campuses.  Activism here is particularly innovative when it comes to direct actions, occupations and student strikes, all to combat college tuition increases, privatization and the creation of student debt markets.  Here’s the wikipedia entry on the Puerto Rico student strikes, where they were protesting massive waves of layoffs of government workers, campus faculty and an estimated 100% tuition hike.  Here’s the wikipedia entry on th...

Does Expansionary Monetary Policy Primarily Benefit Finance and Rentiers?

[I’m moving blogs – check out the Next New Deal Rortybomb blog, here is the new rss feed, and here is this post over at the new site. I move over entirely Wednesday, and will cross post until then.] Joe Weisenthal calls it the Biggest Myth in Monetary Policy Today, and recently there’s been a wave of posts about it.  Would another round of expansionary monetary policy at this point – in either a QE3, a conditional higher inflation target or NGDP targeting – primarily benefit the financial sector, rentiers and the wealthy? Here are Daron Acemoglu and Simon Johnson at Economix, making the case in Who Captured the Fed?: Thus was born the idea of independent central bankers, steering the monetary ship purely on the basis of disinterested, objective and scientific analysis. When inflation is to...