Poverty leads to stress and increased cortisol which increases obesity

From Science Daily, 23 Feb 2017 People who suffer long-term stress (such as those in poverty, according to epidemiologists Pickett and Wilkison) may also be more prone to obesity, according to research by scientists at UCL which involved examining hair samples for levels of cortisol, a hormone which regulates the body’s response to stress. The paper, published in the journal …

Les Leopold: How runaway inequality elected Trump and can also defeat him

By Les Leopold, Executive Director, The Labor Institute, Originally published on the Huffington Post, 14 Feb 2017 Over the last 37 years, America’s top 10 percent saw their incomes rise by 115 percent and the top 1 percent saw an incredible rise of 198 percent. Meanwhile, the bottom half of all American earners not only failed to see any gain at …

The Injustice of Subsidizing Jobs People Can Only Reach By Driving

By Angie Schmitt Jan 13, 2017 on StreetsBlog Eaton Corporation used Port Authority funds to relocate its headquarters from downtown Cleveland to the nexus of several highways in the east side suburbs. Photo: Eaton Corporation The more far-flung the jobs in a region, the fewer are accessible via transit, biking, and walking — or even a short, inexpensive car commute. And yet, in many …

Why we should all have a basic income

Scott Santens, originally published at WEforum.org Consider for a moment that from this day forward, on the first day of every month, around $1,000 is deposited into your bank account — because you are a citizen. This income is independent of every other source of income and guarantees you a monthly starting salary above the poverty line for the rest of your …

Building new options to the extractivist sharing model

By Nathan Schneider, 21 Dec 2014 Image from OpenSource.com’s post, “Don’t Build a Better Mousetrap. Change the Business Model.“ One chilly morning last winter, I reconnected with an old friend, Joel Dietz, on a video chat. We hadn’t seen each other for years, and we’d each had several starts and stops in our lives since. He began telling me about his latest undertaking, …

More than one-third of schoolchildren are homeless in shadow of Silicon Valley

Tech economy is drawing new inhabitants and businesses but is contributing to dislocation, leaving families, teachers and even principals with housing woes.  Cross-posted from The Guardian, Dec 2016. In most places, the Chavez family would be an exception – but in the school district that includes East Palo Alto, their plight is not uncommon. Photograph: Alastair Gee for the Guardian …

47% of Jobs Will Disappear in the next 25 Years, According to Oxford University

By PHILIP PERRY, 27 Dec 2016, Big Think British Musicians. Ms. Dynamite. Getty Images. The Trump campaign ran on bringing jobs back to American shores, although mechanization has been the biggest reason for manufacturing jobs’ disappearance. Similar losses have led to populist movements in several other countries. But instead of a pro-job growth future, economists across the board predict further losses …

Typical American families worse off than in the 80s

Cross-posted from The Nation, by Michelle Chen, 29 Dec 2016 Trump’s support and popularity reflected a massive sense of loss: real economic loss, perceived cultural loss, and anticipatory loss for their children’s generation. Just how “real” this decline actually has been, however, depends on where you stand, and where you’re falling from. A recent study of stratification and eroding quality of …

Nearly 3,000 US Communities Have Lead Levels Higher Than Flint: Reuters

by Nadia Prupis, December 20, 2016 cross-posted from Common Dreams Advocates hope new investigation will spur action from community leaders, as aid and attention have been slim A Reuters investigation this week uncovered nearly 3,000 different communities across the U.S. with lead levels higher than those found in Flint, Michigan, which has been the center of an ongoing water contamination crisis …

Bike infrastructure increases mobility, health, and well-being in Baltimore

How bike infrastructure can help solve a host of woes in Baltimore. The point is safety.  The point is health.  When I ask people what do they want their neighborhood to feel like, there isn’t a single neighborhood in this city, or a single person I’ve talked to, that hasn’t said things like, well, I wish the cars drove slower. …