Aug 29

Ugly? You May Have a Case – NYTimes.com

BEING good-looking is useful in so many ways.

In addition to whatever personal pleasure it gives you, being attractive also helps you earn more money, find a higher-earning spouse (and one who looks better, too!) and get better deals on mortgages. Each of these facts has been demonstrated over the past 20 years by many economists and other researchers. The effects are not small: one study showed that an American worker who was among the bottom one-seventh in looks, as assessed by randomly chosen observers, earned 10 to 15 percent less per year than a similar worker whose looks were assessed in the top one-third — a lifetime difference, in a typical case, of about $230,000.

Beauty is as much an issue for men as for women. While extensive research shows that women’s looks have bigger impacts in the market for mates, another large group of studies demonstrates that men’s looks have bigger impacts on the job.

Why this disparate treatment of looks in so many areas of life? It’s a matter of simple prejudice. Most of us, regardless of our professed attitudes, prefer as customers to buy from better-looking salespeople, as jurors to listen to better-looking attorneys, as voters to be led by better-looking politicians, as students to learn from better-looking professors. This is not a matter of evil employers’ refusing to hire the ugly: in our roles as workers, customers and potential lovers we are all responsible for these effects.

via http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/28/opinion/sunday/ugly-you-may-have-a-case.html?_r=2&hp&

Aug 28

NSA Built a Search Engine to Share 850 Billion Records, The Intercept Reports – Truthdig

http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/nsa_built_a_search_engine_to_share_850_billion_records_reports_the_intercep?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%253A+Truthdig+Truthdig%253A+Drilling+Beneath+the+Headlines

Aug 28

Childhood blues: English kids among world’s unhappiest — RT UK

http://rt.com/uk/183324-children-happy-world-report/

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Aug 28

America’s Corrupt Institutions » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/28/americas-corrupt-institutions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=americas-corrupt-institutions

Aug 28

Activist Post: Mind Control Scientists Turn Off Emotional Link to Memories

http://www.activistpost.com/2014/08/mind-control-scientists-turn-off.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ActivistPost+%28Activist+Post%29

Aug 27

Article: Scottish Independence: Why I Changed From a ‘No’ to a ‘Yes.’

Scottish Independence: Why I Changed From a ‘No’ to a ‘Yes.’

http://disinfo.com/2014/08/scottish-independence-changed-yes/

Aug 27

Sick of this market-driven world? You should be | George Monbiot | Commentisfree | The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/05/neoliberalism-mental-health-rich-poverty-economy

Aug 27

Article: Colonization by Bankruptcy

Colonization by Bankruptcy

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/26/colonization-by-bankruptcy/

Aug 26

Article: Experimental US hypersonic weapon destroyed seconds after launch

Experimental US hypersonic weapon destroyed seconds after launch

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11055420/Experimental-US-hypersonic-weapon-destroyed-seconds-after-launch.html

Aug 26

Big Pharma Wants You High on Pills Not Weed | Interview with Sam Sacks – disinformation

http://disinfo.com/2014/08/big-pharma-wants-high-pills-weed-interview-sam-sacks/

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