Nevertheless it’s additionally the case that the official poverty numbers alone have by no means absolutely captured the scope of financial pressure on this nation, and that hundreds of thousands of individuals in the US hover simply above the poverty line or regularly drift forwards and backwards throughout it. (The official label for the group that doesn’t fairly make the poverty cutoff is “close to poor,” a distinction that I believe is little consolation to those that may have the ability to pay their utility payments one month however know they received’t the subsequent.) The weekly $600 unemployment complement and no-strings checks equipped by the Cares Act didn’t simply pull again individuals from the brink of catastrophe but in addition demonstrated that there’s little apart from political inertia that retains the federal government from offering each individual with the sources wanted not simply to clear the low bar of the poverty line however to stay an honest and dignified life.

Most of our present measurements of poverty additionally increase the query of low expectation relating to how individuals stay and what they deserve. If the best aspiration of our current coverage regime is to raise individuals out of poverty, because the chorus typically goes, what sort of life does that assure? Shouldn’t we attain for greater than no matter rests simply above abject distress? […]



“Earlier than we invented civilization our ancestors lived primarily within the open out below the sky. Earlier than we devised synthetic lights and atmospheric air pollution and trendy types of nocturnal leisure we watched the celebs. There have been sensible calendar causes in fact however there was extra to it than that. Even right this moment probably the most jaded metropolis dweller will be unexpectedly moved upon encountering a transparent night time sky studded with 1000’s of twinkling stars. When it occurs to me in spite of everything these years it nonetheless takes my breath away.”
Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Imaginative and prescient of the Human Future in House




At Day by day Kos on this date in 2008—Publish-debate ideas:

In Isaac Asimov’s 1955 e book Franchise, a supercomputer chooses a “voter of the yr” to resolve the destiny of the election. Then, that individual solutions a sequence of questions which the pc makes use of to resolve the outcomes of the election.

Joe Sixpack thought he had hit the jackpot, however sadly for him, the fictional “Joe the Plumber” bought the gig.

Or at the very least, that is what I realized from John McCain, in between his offended outbursts and snorting.

On substance, I truly thought McCain had his greatest efficiency so far, when not distracting together with his bizarre facial expressions and snorting. However nonetheless, Obama is on one other stage altogether. Maybe if Romney or Giuliani was the nominee these could be fairer contests, but it surely’s not even shut. And whereas McCain appeared higher ready than within the earlier debates, tonight was additionally the wingnuttiest McCain has appeared all marketing campaign. All of the veneer of being a average was stripped away as he derisively tossed apart the notion of “well being of the mom”. The notion was a insult to his sensibilities!

Not that it issues. There was nothing right here tonight that will change minds. Provided that Obama has already damaged 50 p.c nationally and in the important thing battleground states, and {that a} important proportion of voters have already forged their early votes, McCain wanted to radically rework the form of the race. Which means a home-run efficiency coupled with an Obama collapse. Neither occurred.