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Melinda Gates: What she's learned - CSMonitor Sep 2019
In her work overseeing one of the world’s most influential philanthropic organizations, Melinda Gates has discovered what she considers a fundamental truth about development work: empowering women is the key to uplifting humanity.
philanthropy  feminism  poverty  women  CSMonitor  people  profile 
september 2019 by pierredv
Isaiah 58 New International Version (NIV) - True Fasting
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Bible  poverty  justice  Isaiah 
september 2019 by pierredv
Hardly Anyone Wants to Admit America Is Beating Poverty - WSJ, Bruce D. Meyer and James X. Sullivan , Aug 2018
"poverty has declined significantly over the past 50 years, but neither side has recognized the major progress that has been made."

"Instead of focusing on reported incomes, our work measures poverty based on consumption: what food, housing, transportation and other goods and services people are able to purchase. This approach, which captures the effect of noncash programs and accounts for the known bias in the CPI-U, demonstrates clearly that there is much less material deprivation than there was decades ago. "
WSJ  opinion  poverty  US 
august 2018 by pierredv
unitedwayalice | Home
ALICE is a United Way acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
poverty  UnitedWay  philanthropy 
may 2018 by pierredv
The Jobs Challenge | Bread for the World 2018 Hunger Report
In the United States, the preferred way of ending hunger is by ensuring that everyone who wants a job can get one and that it pays a sufficient wage. The bare minimum that defines a "decent" job is a sufficient wage, which should provide families with the means to put food on the table. For those who are raising children, a decent job should allow them to balance their responsibilities as an employee and parent.
hunger  poverty  BreadfortheWorld 
april 2018 by pierredv
Rutger Bregman: Poverty isn't a lack of character; it's a lack of cash | TED Talk | TED.com
Now, more than 500 years after Thomas More first wrote about a basic income, and 100 years after George Orwell discovered the true nature of poverty, we all need to change our worldview, because poverty is not a lack of character. Poverty is a lack of cash.
poverty  TED  video 
january 2018 by pierredv
There's No Such Thing as Free Will - The Atlantic - Stephen Cave - June 2016
Survey of research, experiments, philosophy
"The 20th-century nature-nurture debate prepared us to think of ourselves as shaped by influences beyond our control. But it left some room, at least in the popular imagination, for the possibility that we could overcome our circumstances or our genes to become the author of our own destiny. The challenge posed by neuroscience is more radical: It describes the brain as a physical system like any other, and suggests that we no more will it to operate in a particular way than we will our heart to beat. "
"This research and its implications are not new. What is new, though, is the spread of free-will skepticism beyond the laboratories and into the mainstream."
"his development raises uncomfortable—and increasingly nontheoretical—questions: If moral responsibility depends on faith in our own agency, then as belief in determinism spreads, will we become morally irresponsible? And if we increasingly see belief in free will as a delusion, what will happen to all those institutions that are based on it?"
<experiments by Kathleen Vohs and Jonathan Schooler; Roy Baumeister>
<philosophers Saul Smilansky, Bruce Waller>
"Smilansky is convinced that free will does not exist in the traditional sense—and that it would be very bad if most people realized this. . . . And just as undermining blame would remove an obstacle to acting wickedly, so undermining praise would remove an incentive to do good. . . . Smilansky advocates a view he calls illusionism—the belief that free will is indeed an illusion, but one that society must defend. The idea of determinism, and the facts supporting it, must be kept confined within the ivory tower. . . Illusionism is a minority position among academic philosophers, most of whom still hope that the good and the true can be reconciled. But it represents an ancient strand of thought among intellectual elites."
<neuroscientist and writer Sam Harris, author of Free Will (2012)>
"Harris thinks that, in time, “it might be possible to cure something like psychopathy,” but only if we accept that the brain, and not some airy-fairy free will, is the source of the deviancy. Accepting this would also free us from hatred. Holding people responsible for their actions might sound like a keystone of civilized life, but we pay a high price for it: Blaming people makes us angry and vengeful, and that clouds our judgment. . . Whereas the evidence from Kathleen Vohs and her colleagues suggests that social problems may arise from seeing our own actions as determined by forces beyond our control—weakening our morals, our motivation, and our sense of the meaningfulness of life—Harris thinks that social benefits will result from seeing other people’s behavior in the very same light. "
"For Waller, it simply doesn’t matter that these processes are underpinned by a causal chain of firing neurons. In his view, free will and determinism are not the opposites they are often taken to be; they simply describe our behavior at different levels."
"The kind of will that leads to success—seeing positive options for oneself, making good decisions and sticking to them—can be cultivated, and those at the bottom of society are most in need of that cultivation."
free-will  determinism  psychology  philosophy  theAtlantic  morality  poverty 
june 2016 by pierredv
How the Poor Manage their Money - CGAP July 2015
A new CGAP video explains four behaviors that commonly underpin people's money management practices.
CGAP  poverty  finances 
july 2015 by pierredv
Obama speaks at poverty summit at Georgetown - YouTube
May 12, 2015 President Obama addressed the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty hosted at Georgetown University.
Obama  poverty  panel  Georgetown  video  YouTube 
may 2015 by pierredv
The rich get government handouts just like the poor. Here are 10 of them. - The Washington Post
"In case you are still skeptical that many of the non-poor — and, in fact, a lot of the rich — receive benefits from government, too (for which we don't make them pee in a cup or promise not to buy luxuries), we've rounded up some more examples below."
WashingtonPost  politics  welfare  poverty 
april 2015 by pierredv
Poverty shrinks brains from birth
"In the largest study of its kind, published on 30 March in Nature Neuroscience1, a team led by neuroscientists Kimberly Noble from Columbia University in New York City and Elizabeth Sowell from Children's Hospital Los Angeles, California, looked into the biological underpinnings of these effects. They imaged the brains of 1,099 children, adolescents and young adults in several US cities. Because people with lower incomes in the United States are more likely to be from minority ethnic groups, the team mapped each child’s genetic ancestry and then adjusted the calculations so that the effects of poverty would not be skewed by the small differences in brain structure between ethnic groups."
poverty  development  NatureJournal 
april 2015 by pierredv
The Growth and Spread of Concentrated Poverty, 2000 to 2008-2012 | Brookings Institution
"The economically turbulent 2000s have redrawn America’s geography of poverty in more ways than one. After two downturns and subsequent recoveries that failed to reach down the economic ladder, the number of people living below the federal poverty line ($23,492 for a family of four in 2012) remains stubbornly stuck at record levels. Today, more of those residents live in suburbs than in big cities or rural communities, a significant shift compared to 2000, when the urban poor still outnumbered suburban residents living in poverty."
poverty  brookings  geography 
august 2014 by pierredv
This World - America's Poor Kids (Documentary) - YouTube
"n the United States, child poverty has reached record levels, with over 16 million children now affected. Food banks are facing unprecedented demand, and homeless shelters now have long waiting lists, as families who have known a much better life sometimes have to leave their homes with just a few days notice. This World asks three children whose families are struggling to get by to explain what life In modern America really looks like through their eyes. Told from the point of view of the children themselves, this documentary offers a unique perspective on the nation's flagging economy, and the Impact of unemployment, foreclosure, and financial distress as seen through the eyes of the children affected."
poverty  documentary  video 
june 2014 by pierredv
Homelessness declines as new thinking fuels 'giant untold success' - CSMonitor.com May 2014
"Homelessness in America has declined 17 percent since 2005 as states reverse the old prevailing wisdom. Now, moving into a home can be the first step off the streets, not the last." "The shift comes as the prevailing wisdom that homeless individuals need to get a handle on other social problems in their lives before they can receive housing gives way to new thinking. In recent years, many states have started to flip that idea and have adopted what’s known as a “housing first” approach." "However, the housing-first approach only works if there is enough affordable housing to go around."
CSMonitor  homelessness  poverty  trends 
may 2014 by pierredv
Court Fees Drive Many Poor Defendants Underground : NPR May 2014
3rd of 3, All Things Considered "The use of fines and fees charged to criminal defendants has exploded. People who can't afford those charges can go to jail for not paying. Hundreds of thousands are hiding from police and the courts."
justice  poverty  law  NPR 
may 2014 by pierredv
Poverty, A Frustrating Mix Of Bad Choices And Bad Luck www.npr.org May 2014
"Stories about poverty can evoke strong reactions, in part because Americans are conflicted about the topic. Both bad circumstances and bad choices can be the cause."
NPR  poverty  inequality 
may 2014 by pierredv
The Merits Of Income Inequality: What's The Right Amount? : NPR May 2014
"Income inequality is a big problem, many economists agree. But they also say some level of inequality is necessary for capitalism to work."
poverty  inequality  NPR 
may 2014 by pierredv
‘If you’re trying and not succeeding, the welfare system today gives you basically nothing’
"The distinction [between the deserving and undeserving poor] is an old one ... But exactly who we're talking about as deserving of help in America has changed with time. And, as a result, our welfare system now no longer primarily serves the poor who are most in need of aid, research [by Robert Moffitt, an economist at Johns Hopkins University] suggests." "Politicians are fond of saying that welfare spending in America has ballooned over this time. Researchers often counter that the government has in fact grown less generous with the poor. Moffitt finds that, in a sense, both are true: Spending on welfare programs has expanded, but increasingly, it's not the worst-off who are on the receiving end."
economics  politics  welfare  poverty  WashingtonPost 
may 2014 by pierredv
When Thinking about Retirement, Beware the Averages - Real Time Economics - WSJ
"rawing from the growing body of data on retirement savings that he and other economists have assembled, Mr. Poterba said that the circumstances of America’s retirees and near-retirees depend a lot on where they stand on the income ladder. For instance, Social Security Administration data on male workers finds that life expectancy at age 65 for the bottom half of earners has gone from 14.8 years (meaning half the cohort will live beyond 79.8 years) for those born in 1912 to 16.1 years for those born in 1941, an increase of less than two years. For those in the top half, though, life expectancy at age 65 has gone from 15.5 years those born in 1912 to 21.5 years for those born in 1941. Simply put, better-paid men live much longer, on average." "The latest government surveys of Americans 65 years old and older found that those in the bottom quarter of the income distribution (average income of $6,756) get about 85% of their income from Social Security; the rest comes from wages,.."
WSJ  retirement  finances  aging  poverty 
january 2014 by pierredv
Income inequality: Does wider gap between rich and poor threaten capitalism? - CSMonitor.com
Almost two-thirds of Americans say federal policies currently favor the wealthy, and 57 percent say the government should try to reduce the gap between the wealthy and those less well-off, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll in December.
polls  CSMonitor  wealth  poverty  politics 
january 2014 by pierredv
South African whites: Braai, the beloved country | The Economist Nov 2013
"The former ruling class has withered but outside of politics a lot of whites are still doing pretty well" "Perhaps unsurprisingly in the wake of apartheid, the racial climate is still often toxic. White guilt, black anger, plus prejudice and misinformation on all sides, still cloud South African whites’ existence." "Crime may be worse than under apartheid, yet most whites are relatively well protected. They make up 9% of the country’s 52m people but fewer than 2% of murder victims. Racially motivated bloodshed is fairly rare. " "White poverty is growing. Perhaps 10% live below the poverty line. Destitute whites in rags beg on street corners. All-white squatter camps have sprung up, with residents in shacks made of sheet metal. They survive on odd jobs and complain that poor blacks get more help from the government."
TheEconomist  crime  poverty  Afrikaans  race  quotations  South-Africa 
january 2014 by pierredv
Wealth and Poverty in Buddhist Texts = Peggy Morgan
Key Words: Buddhism; the Buddha; Almsmen and Almswomen; Lay Buddhists; Poverty; Right Livelihood; Pali Canon; Contemporary Texts; Social Engagement.
buddhism  poverty  giving  charity 
december 2013 by pierredv
The Greatest Wealth is Contentment: A Buddhist Perspective on Poverty - Upaya Zen Center
"According to this myth, poverty is a root cause of theft, violence, falsehood, etc. The Buddhist solution has nothing to do with accepting our (or others’) “poverty karma.” The problem begins when the king does not give property to the needy — in modern terms, when the state neglects its responsibility to maintain a minimum of what we call distributive justice. Social breakdown cannot be separated from broader questions about the benevolence of the social order. The solution to poverty-induced crime is not to punish severely but to enable people to provide for their basic needs."
poverty  buddhism  government 
december 2013 by pierredv
Penury portrait | The Economist Free exchange column Jul 2013
Emerging consensus: poverty alleviation is both desirable and possible In "a new paper Martin Ravallion, ... charts the evolution of thinking on poverty over the past three centuries. He reckons that this consensus is of remarkably recent vintage. Not that long ago every element of the received wisdom—that poverty is a problem, that public policy should try to reduce the numbers of poor, and that there are good ways to try to do so without hurting the economy—would have been suspect."
development  poverty  TheEconomist 
august 2013 by pierredv
No money, no insurance, no mercy | Seattle Times Newspaper
"Hospitals in Washington are legally required to provide free charity care for patients with incomes below the poverty level. Even middle-income patients, in some cases, are entitled to breaks in their hospital bills. But advocates for patients contend that too often, eligible patients are denied charity care or not told that it's available."
poverty  medical  insurance  ex  Seattle  Times  healthcare 
june 2013 by pierredv
The poor in America: In need of help | The Economist
"America’s poor were little mentioned in Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. They deserve better"

"Time in prison makes a person more likely to earn less, more likely to have trouble holding on to a job and less likely to be married. Roughly three-quarters of high-school dropouts with prison records never make it above the bottom income quintile. The eightfold growth in the prison population from 1970 to 2010 has turned ever more poor decisions into poor lives."
prison  policy  politics  USA  poverty 
december 2012 by pierredv
Bagehot: The nanny state | The Economist Oct 20, 2012
"For Conservatives, the promise of keeping families together trumps traditional concerns about an interfering state. Tories also like the programme’s focus on teaching people how to take responsibility for their own lives, and its promise of saving money in the long term. The party that rails against the nanny state has come to embrace state nannying."
government  opinion  TheEconomist  poverty  UK  politics 
october 2012 by pierredv
Free exchange: The geography of poverty | The Economist Sep 2012
Review of work by Andy Summer, vs. Kharas & Rogerson Summer: Four-fifths of those surviving on less than $2 a day, he found, live in middle-income countries, so foreign aid is less relevant to poverty reduction than better domestic policies in middle-income countries, ensure benefits from public spending equitably distributed to the poorest Kharas & Rogerson: by 2025 most absolute poverty will once again be concentrated in low-income countries; Summer's pattern is a passing phase, so foreign aid continues to be vital, focus on governance, move governments from fragile to stable Origin of differences? = Overlap, almost 200m poor people in middle-income and fragile states = Summer ~ present, K & R ~ forecasting = Summer focuses on income differences betweeen countries, K &R focus on politics, stable vs fragile countries
poverty  foreign-aid  development-assistance  TheEconomist  ** 
september 2012 by pierredv
What have the MDGs achieved? We don’t really know… Heretical thoughts from Matthew Lockwood
on: From Poverty to Power by Duncan Green » Blog Archive » What have the MDGs achieved? We don’t really know… Heretical thoughts from Matthew Lockwood
MDG  oxfam  development-assistance  poverty 
september 2012 by pierredv
Are Low-Income Programs Enlarging the Nation’s Long-Term Fiscal Problem? — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, May 2012
"Several conservative analysts and some journalists lately have cited figures showing substantial growth in recent years in the cost of federal programs for low-income Americans. These figures can create the mistaken impression that growth in low-income programs is a major contributor to the nation’s long-term fiscal problems.
In reality, virtually all of the recent growth in spending for means-tested programs is due to two factors: the economic downturn and rising costs throughout the U.S. health care system, which affect costs for private-sector care as much as for Medicaid and other government health care programs."
poverty  government  subsidies  x:CBP  budget 
june 2012 by pierredv
Teen moms: How poverty and inequality cause teens to have babies, not the other way around. - Slate Magazine
“being on a low economic trajectory in life leads many teenage girls to have children while they are young and unmarried and that poor outcomes seen later in life (relative to teens who do not have children) are simply the continuation of the original low economic trajectory.”
economics  health  poverty  children  *  x:slate 
may 2012 by pierredv
Free exchange: Hope springs a trap | The Economist May 2012
"An absence of optimism plays a large role in keeping people trapped in poverty" Discussion built around Duflo's work, with lots of examples. Theory: an absence of hope kept people trapped in poverty.
poverty  economics  development  TheEconomist 
may 2012 by pierredv
Without Internet, Urban Poor Fear Being Left Behind In Digital Age = HuffPost Feb 2012
"But being disconnected isn’t just a function of being poor. These days, it is also a reason some people stay poor. As the Internet has become an essential platform for job-hunting and furthering education, those without access are finding the basic tools for escaping poverty increasingly out of reach."
poverty  internet  urbanism  via:JohnHorrigan  x:huffpost 
march 2012 by pierredv
How to curb chronic homelessness? First, a home! - CSMonitor.com Jan 2012
"Permanent supportive housing, a movement to supply homeless people with housing first and deal with their other issues second, has made big strides in reducing homelessness this decade."
poverty  usa  homelessness  CSMonitor 
february 2012 by pierredv
2012 Annual Letter From Bill Gates | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
"Given the central role that food plays in human welfare and national stability, it is shocking—not to mention short-sighted and potentially dangerous—how little money is spent on agricultural research. In total, only $3 billion per year is spent on researching the seven most important crops."
"Most of the foundation’s resources go to global health issues, and our guiding principles for those investments are the same as for agriculture: Innovation is the means, and equity is the end goal."
"Vaccines are the only high-technology product that needs to be delivered to every single child."
hunger  poverty  GatesFoundation 
january 2012 by pierredv
Wireless substitution: cell-only households
Peter Haynes comments: Cellphone-only homes aren't techies / early adopters, they're poor: 47% of those living in poverty are cell only
cellular  culture  poverty  via:peterhaynes  statistics  usa 
december 2011 by pierredv
A vicious cycle in the used-car business - Los Angeles Times
"Sign, drive, default, repossess and resell — that's the game at Buy Here Pay Here dealerships."
via:gmsv  poverty  commerce 
november 2011 by pierredv
CGAP>Advancing Savings Services
"Many microfinance funders have long recognized the importance of savings services for poor people. However, a majority of funders still focus on scaling up access to credit, rather than savings. There are three main reasons for this." = historically, credit has been seen as most direct way to increase incomes - the entrepreneurial narrative = easiest way to distribute large piles of cash is to finance loan portfolios = doing savings is harder
development-assistance  x:CGAP  poverty  saving  finance 
october 2011 by pierredv
Ann Marlowe: The Truth About Who Fights for Us - WSJ.com
The US military, particularly the Army, is NOT poor and black "In 2008, using data provided by the Defense Department, the Heritage Foundation found that only 11% of enlisted military recruits in 2007 came from the poorest one-fifth, or quintile, of American neighborhoods (as of the 2000 Census), while 25% came from the wealthiest quintile. Heritage reported that "these trends are even more pronounced in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program, in which 40% of enrollees come from the wealthiest neighborhoods, a number that has increased substantially over the past four years.""
trends  USA  poverty  x:wsj  race  military 
october 2011 by pierredv
No Consensus About Whether Nation Is Divided Into ‘Haves’ and ‘Have-Nots’ | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press
"Despite an extended economic downturn, the public’s impression of whether the nation is economically divided remains relatively stable. While 45% say American society is divided between “haves” and “have-nots,” 52% say it is incorrect to think of the country this way. This is comparable to the balance of opinion a year ago."
USA  recession  poverty  class  x:pew  opinion 
september 2011 by pierredv
Substantial drop in child mortality around the globe, UN figures reveal
"... the number of children under the age of five who perish each year fell from more than 12 million in 1990 to about 7.6 million last year.
That decrease means about 12,000 fewer children are dying each day than they were two decades earlier"
UNICEF  WHO  UN  child  health  poverty 
september 2011 by pierredv
On remote Tibetan plateau, a health-care program that could be a model for China - CSMonitor.com
"The Surmang Foundation’s clinic, set in a Buddhist monastery, is also pioneering a system of rural health care for the ultrapoor that some experts say could be a model for the rest of the country." A model of how buddhism acts against poverty. One sees suffering; one acts to alleviate it through direct action But what about policy change?
buddhism  healthcare  tibet  csmonitor  poverty 
september 2011 by pierredv
CGAP Interview: Tilman Ehrbeck
"In a new interview CGAP CEO Tilman Ehrbeck says that full financial inclusion can be achieved in our lifetime. He argues that there is a body of knowledge coming together around poor clients’ needs as well as how to seed and grow and regulate services that will meet those needs effectively. This could lead to significant progress toward financial inclusion within the next 20 years."
video  microfinance  poverty  x:cgap  interviews 
august 2011 by pierredv
Daily Number: Wealth Gap Grows Between Whites and Minorities - Pew Research Center
"The median wealth of white households is 20 times that of black households and 18 times that of Hispanic households, according to an analysis of newly available government data from 2009. These lopsided wealth ratios are the largest since the government began publishing such data a quarter century ago and roughly twice the size of the ratios that had prevailed between these three groups for the two decades prior to the Great Recession that ended in 2009. "
x:pew  poverty  wealth  USA 
august 2011 by pierredv
Paul Ryan's reality check on budget hysteria: GOP plan bolsters the safety net - CSMonitor.com
"Paul Ryan explains why the GOP's 2012 budget not only prevents a fiscal disaster, it strengthens America's safety net by directing more assistance to those who need it most."
politics  opinion  csmonitor  poverty  budget  * 
may 2011 by pierredv
Poverty: Untying the knot | The Economist April 2011
Review of "Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty. By Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo. PublicAffairs"
poverty  economics  books  reviews  **  TheEconomist 
may 2011 by pierredv
Food Desert Locator
"a spatial overview of low-income neighborhoods with high concentrations of people who are far from a grocery store"
poverty  hunger  visualization 
may 2011 by pierredv
Kids with low self-control are less successful adults - health - 26 January 2011 - New Scientist
"Children who lack self-control are more likely to become adults with poor health and finances." Research by Avshalom Caspi at Duke University in North Carolina, Terrie Moffitt at King's College London and colleagues, who followed the progress of 1000 children born between 1972 and 1973 in New Zealand.
NewScientist  education  cognition  behavior  poverty  health  development  self-control 
march 2011 by pierredv
Vatican scientists urge support for engineered crops - environment - 30 November 2010 - New Scientist
"In a statement condemning opposition to GM crops in rich countries as unjustified, a group of scientists including leading members of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences is demanding a relaxation of "excessive, unscientific regulations" for approving GM crops, saying that these prevent development of crops for the "public good"."
agriculture  religion  science  botany  GMO  NewScientist  poverty 
december 2010 by pierredv
Foreign aid on trial - environment - 15 December 2010 - New Scientist
Case for randomized trials of development projects. Work of Paul Collier (Oxford) and Esther Duflo (MIT) Quote: Development economist William Easterly of New York University argues that throughout the history of development aid, successes and failures have rarely conformed to any simple picture. "After half a century of research," he says, "it's safe to say that economists still don't have any real understanding of why one country has a high rate of growth and another doesn't." The problem is that experiments are bad politics. Quote: Anecdote: African farmers used mosquito nets for fishing.
economics  development-assistance  experiment  poverty  NewScientist  growth 
december 2010 by pierredv
Doors of Perception weblog: Look - or connect?
blog by John Thackera, pointing to role of (photo)journalism
Quote:
Susan Sontag's Regarding The Pain of Others reflected on the role of war photography in shaping how noncombatants respond to its human cost - or not, if they have become numbed.
Sontag questioned the way that fragments of the world were often torn from their context and history, and mixed together in a way that Sontag compared to surrealism. "That kind of promiscuous aestheticizing of experience", she wrote, "makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality, and eventually in one's own."
homelessness  poverty  via:andrewcurry  photography  journalism  SusanSontag 
november 2010 by pierredv
Portfolios of the Poor
"This book shows that many poor people have surprisingly sophisticated financial lives, saving and borrowing with an eye to the future and creating complex "financial portfolios" of formal and informal tools."
Via Roanne Edwards, Oxfam America, 18 Nov 2010
poverty  development  economics  money  book  * 
november 2010 by pierredv
Die young, live fast: The evolution of an underclass - life - 22 July 2010 - New Scientist
"They're often branded as thoughtless and irresponsible, but teenage mothers and deadbeat dads may be making the best of their bad situations "
poverty  psychology  evolution  health  NewScientist 
october 2010 by pierredv
Link found between infectious disease and IQ - health - 30 June 2010 - New Scientist
NewSci tagline: "people in disease-ridden nations with a lower IQ" "Christopher Eppig and colleagues at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, who found that a country's disease burden is strongly linked to the average IQ of its population"
health  poverty  diease  hunger  NewScientist 
july 2010 by pierredv
Food Insecurity and Hunger in the United States: An Assessment of the Measure
Results of 2006 study for FNS
"ERS, in partnership with the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the agency that administers USDA's food assistance programs, asked the National Research Council (a body of the National Academies) to convene an expert panel to examine the concepts and methodology for measuring food insecurity and hunger and the uses of those measures."
hunger  policy  poverty  us 
july 2010 by pierredv
The State of America's Children® 2010 Report
" a compilation of the most recent and reliable national and state-by-state data on poverty, health, child welfare, youth at risk, early childhood development, education, family income and gun violence"
poverty  hunger  statistics 
june 2010 by pierredv
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