Sciencey and ethical things that I find. Blog by Rose-Lynn.

 

People who dismiss the unemployed and dependent as ‘parasites’ fail to understand economics and parasitism. A successful parasite is one that is not recognized by its host, one that can make its host work for it without appearing as a burden. Such is the ruling class in a capitalist society.

The evidence linking income and health is clear: The rich are healthier while the poor are sicker. In Alberta, the study estimates that helping the poorest Albertans earn more could save at least $1.2 billion in health-care costs.

Specifically, raising the incomes of the poorest Albertans could result in 132,000 fewer visits to the doc-tor’s office and 46,000 fewer days in hospital, saving a combined total of $50.6 million.

Similarly, the study found that addressing the root causes of poverty could save $560 million tax-payer dollars now spent fighting and punishing people for poverty-related crimes, like shoplifting and free-riding on public transit.

5 Reasons Money Can Buy Happiness

One of the ways rich people make poor people feel better about being poor is to bombard us with songs and movies reminding us that, at the end of the day, money isn’t what’s really important.

These stories seem to feature people who have homes and cars and food, for whom all that extra overtime at work is all about getting a second summer home in the Hamptons. “Dammit, honey, your children are more important than those material things!”



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5 Scientific Reasons Your Idea of Happiness is Wrong

If you’re looking for an answer to “How can I be happy?” then the response from the experts is, “You’re asking the wrong question.” The better question is why our idea of happiness is so screwed up that most of us wouldn’t recognize the real thing if we saw it. Well …

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