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I saw brain cancer like John McCain’s erase someone I love — and it shows why healthcare coverage is so crucial

July 20, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

John McCain

John McCain. Win McNamee/Getty Images I am so sorry, John McCain; no one deserves a diagnosis like yours. That is the first thing I would like to say to you and your family.

The second: Thank you.

While you had every right to withhold your diagnosis of the brain cancer glioblastoma multiforme, or GBM, you and your family chose to share it, creating an opportunity to speak frankly about a notorious disease and its realities. What I wish I knew before GBM found my family The statistical reality for GBM , which is the most common and deadly form of […]

A Fare Deal: Modern Public Transit for Newark, NJ

July 20, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad


NJTransit bus outside of Penn Station in Newark. In a recent interview with Chris Matthews, gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy was asked about the stalled Hudson River tunnel project. Murphy, smiling broadly and with peppy confidence, remarked: “I believe one of the ways you get New Jersey back on its feet is by taking complete advantage of our God-given location — and there is nothing more important than our connection to New York City.”

Somehow the front-runner for New Jersey’s highest elected office — a governorship almost unrivaled in power for its ability to select a cabinet without legislative approval — […]

UBS: The super-fast next generation cell phone service only makes sense for the wealthy (T, VZ, S, TMUS)

July 20, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad

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Flickr/ JD Hancock 5G is supposed to be the next big thing to hit the cell phone market, but what if it’s just too expensive?

That’s the theory analysts at UBS proposed in a recent note to investors. Richard Dineen, an analyst at UBS, says the range and strength of 5G technology just don’t make financial sense. Here’s Dineen: "We modelled how many 5G sites would be required to cover the NY-NJ-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), an area of ~8,300sq/mi with >20m population (6% of US total). Using FCC tower data, terrain, street and vertical elevation models, our analysis suggests […]

Southeast Asia trading and mobility bloc continues to take shape

July 20, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad

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Short on time? Here are the highlights: Southeast Asia is one of the world’s most-populated regions and also one of its largest economies

In conjunction with the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015, a number of initiatives are now underway to further post collaboration and intra-regional mobility in higher education

Even with that momentum to mobility within the region, ASEAN member states remain among the world’s most promising growth markets for student recruitment Southeast Asia is home to some of the world’s most important emerging economies. With the formal establishment of the ASEAN Economic […]

Bank of America announces $1.3 million in employment, food security grants

July 20, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad


Bank of America Bank of America recently announced more than $1.3 millionin economic mobility grants that will be distributed to nearly 60 Delaware nonprofits. The focus of the grants is on employment and hunger.

The nonprofits receiving funding are connecting youth to first-time jobs, giving young adults alternative pathways to employment and providing second chances to individuals with barriers to help them rebuild careers and lives. This work aligns with our commitment to building a diverse Delaware workforce, that provides skilled workers to organizations and creates economic opportunity.

Additionally, funding will help individuals and families in Delaware chart a path toward […]

Income Inequality, Social Inclusion and Mobility

July 20, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad

Notes • "Created 5/26/2017" –PDF properties <accessed 7/19/2017> Summary "There is significant evidence across countries that lower-income populations tend to suffer more from restricted transport options, have lower quality transport services available to them and travel under worse conditions (safety, security, reliability, comfort). Broad evidence also suggests that the lack of, or poor access to, transport options is central to limitations on access to jobs, educational institutions, health facilities, social networks, etc., which in turn generates a “poverty trap”. The ITF Roundtable Report “Income Inequality, Social Inclusion and Mobility” examines mobility policies with a focus on evaluating their capacity […]

Inequality: are hyper-selective universities making it worse?

July 19, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

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Source: Alamy The great novel about universities and social hierarchy is Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure , as plenty of education researchers have realised. Poor stonemason Jude tries to teach himself Greek and Latin so as to gain admission to Christminster, a fictionalised version of the University of Oxford , but finds the university’s doors closed to him. “Those buildings and their associations and privileges were not for him,” Jude eventually realises. Looking on the spires and quadrangles of Christminster “he saw that his destiny lay not with these, but among the manual toilers”.

What Hardy expressed so well – […]

Is a Public Health Approach to “Toxic Stress” or Poverty At All Helpful?

July 19, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure


“toxic.” Credit: wetribe July 12, 2017; New York Times

A New York Times article from last week describes how severe ongoing stress can affect a child’s brain . The article focuses on the treatment of children for whom the toxic stress of day-to-day survival results in learning disabilities, behavioral abnormalities, and possibly metabolic and immunological impairments. Mounting research on potential biological dangers of toxic stress is prompting a new public health approach to identifying and treating the effects of poverty, neglect, abuse and other adversity. While some in the medical community dispute that research, pediatricians, mental health specialists, educators […]

The 9 worst-run cities in the US

July 19, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

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A commuter exits a closed off station after a subway train derailment, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. AP/Mary Altaffer

From managing public transit to deciding whether to raise taxes, running a city is a huge responsibility.

As more Americans move to metropolitan areas, cities are getting larger. (In 26 metropolitan areas, populations grew by more than 10% from 2010 to 2016.) The job of the city official is to balance the needs of these growing populations against their operating budget.Some cities are doing a better job at this than others, according to a 2017 report […]

The State of the Left in Latin America: Ecuador and Bolivia After the Pink Tide

July 19, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

Bolivian President Evo Morales (left) and Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa (right) meet in Cochabamba in 2013. (flickr / Fernanda LeMarie)

Part 1 in our two-part discussion on the state of the Left in Latin America, originally presented at Left Forum in a panel sponsored by NACLA and Jacobin Magazine in New York City on June 2, 2017. Tweet Bolivian President Evo Morales (left) and Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa (right) meet in Cochabamba in 2013. (flickr / Fernanda LeMarie) As rightwing governments take power in Argentina, Brazil, and elsewhere across the region, Ecuador’s leftwing Alianza País (Country Alliance, AP) and Bolivia’s Movimiento al Socialismo (Movement Towards Socialism, MAS) and Bolivia have managed to hold onto power.

Despite early gains in poverty […]