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Chan Hol cave remains date Mesoamerican settlement to 13,000 years ago

October 17, 2017 ·  · Topic: BP Settlement  · Relevance: not sure

A prehistoric human skeleton in the Chan Hol cave near Tulúm on the Yucatán peninsula, prior to looting by unknown cave divers.

A prehistoric human skeleton in the Chan Hol cave near Tulúm on the Yucatán peninsula, prior to looting by unknown cave divers. Radioactive dating of skeletal remains unearthed in a Mexican cave indicates the area was settled by humans at least 13,000 years ago.

Research conducted by a team led by Wolfgang Stinnesbeck of Heidelberg University in Germany set out to resolve contradictory previous results obtained using carbon-14 dating by testing the location using a different technique, known as uranium-thorium dating.

This method measures the degree to which naturally occurring uranium-234 – with a half-life of 245,000 years – decays into […]

[Marxism] Review of “The Great Leveller: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the 21st Century”

October 17, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

From: Louis Proyect via Marxism <marxism ( at ) lists ( dot ) csbs ( dot ) utah ( dot ) edu>

Subject: [Marxism] Review of "The Great Leveller: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the 21st Century"

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Exclusive: Ideo’s Plan To Stage An AI Revolution

October 17, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure


Today, the design consultancy Ideo announced that it has acquired Datascope , a Chicago-based data science company. The acquisition is meant to help Ideo, one of the country’s most prominent firms, respond to demand from AI-powered clients and can be read as a harbinger of where the design industry is headed. Tim Brown [Photo: courtesy Ideo] “We have spent the past hundred, or thousand, years designing artifacts,” Ideo CEO Tim Brown says. “The things we designed were relatively dumb and all of the intelligence in the relationship between us and the artifact came from the human being. Algorithms and […]

Eradicate poverty everywhere

October 16, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

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A mother and her son live in a corridor at Carrefour Feuilles in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photo: Andrés Martínez Casares/UNDP As the world commemorates the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, on ‘ Answering the call to end poverty’ , we are reminded that there is still poverty in multiple dimensions everywhere. Eradicating poverty means expanding the richness of human life, rather than simply the richness of the economy in which human beings live. This concept of human development championed by UNDP recognizes that income is only a means. All people, everywhere need more choices and opportunities to live […]

Alarming statistics: how SA’s economy suffers from inequality

October 16, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

Picture: SOWETAN

Picture: SOWETAN Some alarming statistics were presented at the recent Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA) Confronting Inequality conference.

Millions of South Africans cannot afford to buy food or access healthcare, decent sanitation and other essentials of a dignified life. The National Income Dynamics Study shows that 29% of the population are trapped in severe poverty. Over the past few years, 3-million people have joined the ranks of the impoverished.

Four-fifths of the rural population live below the poverty line — almost double the rate of poverty in the metros. However, in urban areas too, many face spatial segregation from productive economic […]

The state’s next governor should endorse New Mexico Development Accounts

October 15, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure


Chronically among the poorest states, New Mexico received the dubious distinction in 2015 of being ranked 51st by the Measure of America, behind Nevada and Mississippi, which is based on 16 indicators related to the economy, education and community. New Mexico’s drop to last place is a signal that the next governor must redouble efforts to increase the prospects for New Mexicans.

New Mexico Development Accounts represent an innovative model for accelerating the upward mobility of New Mexicans. Integrating behavioral economics, asset building and impact investing, NMDAs represent a new social contract between citizens and government.

• The default for an […]

George Soros Funded A Study Of White Working-Class Voters Who Support Trump. Here’s What He Found

October 14, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

George Soros Getty Images/Olivier Morin

George Soros Getty Images/Olivier Morin A recently-released research study sheds light on the values of white working-class voters in the United States and the reasons these voters strongly supported Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

Three researchers from three different universities authored the study, titled “ White Working-Class Views on Belonging, Change, Identity and Immigration .”

Open Society Foundations , a network of political organizations controlled by left-wing billionaire George Soros , funded the study.The trio of researchers conducted the study by visiting four places between August 2016 and March 2017: Birmingham, Alabama; Dayton, Ohio; Tacoma, Washington; Phoenix, Arizona; […]

The impact of caste on economic mobility in India

October 14, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

Caste networks play an unusually important role in shaping economic mobility in the Indian economy. Photo: AFP

Caste networks play an unusually important role in shaping economic mobility in the Indian economy. Photo: AFP The caste system is arguably the most distinctive feature of Indian society. The Indian population is divided into four hierarchical classes, or varnas , with a large sub-population of untouchables excluded entirely from the system. Within each of these classes, and among the untouchables, are thousands of castes, or jatis . The central rule in Hindu society is that individuals must marry within their own caste. Recent genetic evidence indicates that this rule has been followed for over 2,000 years. Spatial segregation […]

Indonesia’s Islamisation: Swipe right for polygamy, left for women’s rights

October 14, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

The AyoPoligami dating app. Photo: Reuters

The AyoPoligami dating app. Photo: Reuters CREEPING ISLAMISATION IN Southeast Asia’s Muslim-majority countries is threatening to undo recent progress in gender equality, say women’s rights advocates who are stepping up campaigns for greater legal protections. They say recent controversies, including the launch of a mobile dating app for polygamists in Indonesia , have highlighted how cultural and religious views are increasingly impeding efforts towards gender equality in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation.

The app, called AyoPoligami, lets men and women scroll through users’ profiles, much like the popular dating app Tinder – in which members swipe right to indicate […]

What Produces Wealth in America: Studies Show Republicans Don’t Understand

October 14, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

A Pew poll published on May 2nd was headlined “Why people are rich and poor: Republicans and Democrats have very different views” , and it reported that, “Most Republicans link a person’s financial standing to their own hard work – or the lack of it. Most Democrats say that whether someone is rich or poor is more attributable to circumstances beyond their control.” The partisan difference on this issue was stark: “By about three-to-one (66% to 21%), Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say hard work, rather than a person’s advantages, has more to do with why someone is rich. By […]