Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

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How Student Loans For Preschool Make A Bad Problem Worse. Kill it with fire!

* The generation duped and prodded into 401Ks is about to retire without any money.

* Pew polls Americans on radical life extension.

One in Five People Can’t Repay Their Federal Student Loans.

* More scenes from the class struggle at Amazon.com.

* Why People Don’t Care About Avatar.

* Alan Wald reviews Marjorie Heins’s Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge.

* Every cop is a criminal: The New Yorker on civil forfeiture.

Many states, facing fiscal crises, have expanded the reach of their forfeiture statutes, and made it easier for law enforcement to use the revenue however they see fit. In some Texas counties, nearly forty per cent of police budgets comes from forfeiture. (Only one state, North Carolina, bans the practice, requiring a criminal conviction before a person’s property can be seized.) Often, it’s hard for people to fight back. They are too poor; their immigration status is in question; they just can’t sustain the logistical burden of taking on unyielding bureaucracies.

Our most important finding is that family formation negatively affects women’s—but not men’s—academic careers. For men, having children can be a slight career advantage and, for women, it is often a career killer. Women who do advance through the faculty ranks do so at a high personal price: They are far less likely to be married with children than are their male colleagues.

* And your periodic reminder that hoarding kills.

At least $18.5 trillion is hidden by wealthy individuals in tax havens worldwide, representing a loss of more than $156 billion in tax revenue, according to new figures published today by international agency Oxfam.

The missing money is twice that required for every person in the world to be living above the $1.25-a-day “extreme poverty” threshold.

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