A new study has been published by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center that states that Mitt Romney’s proposed tax policy would shift the tax burden to the poor.

Check it out here.

“The end result is that individuals who make less than $200,000 would actually have to pay $500 more, on average, in taxes — a 1.2% decrease in after-tax income, the study found.

Meanwhile, the after-tax income of individuals who make more than $1 million would increase by 4.1%.”

Something’s not right here, y’all.

From a book I’m reading on culture and language in modern times:

“The wish to live as intensely as possible has subjected humans to the same dilemma as the waterflea, which lives 108 days at 8 degrees Centigrade, but only 26 days at 28 degrees, whit its heartbeat is almost four times faster, though in either case its heart beats 15 million times in all.  Technology has been a rapid heartbeat, compressing housework, travel, entertainment, squeezing more and more into the allotted span.  Nobody expected that it would create the feeling that life moves too fast.”

—Theodore Zeldin

Apparently Sally Ride came out in her obituary.

I like that America has continued to realize that the LGBT community does in fact comprise quite a few celebrity-types, historical figures, and overall above average folk, but I hate that a) Ms. Ride felt she had to keep this a secret for so long, and that b) these outings continue to be so newsworthy.

I hope that American society on the whole will begin to realize that there are a lot of LGBT folks around (some rich and famous, some living in your neighborhood, even some in your acquaintance), and that it’s not a big deal.

Gay Marriage Ban is Projected to Pass in North Carolina

North Carolina is rending my soul right now. In all honesty, I don’t understand how these people can consider themselves decent human beings.
“Supporters of the amendment said that it would ensure the preservation of traditional families.”

Obviously, “traditional” families are the only ones worth preserving. I am legitimately confused at how 58% of the voters in North Carolina can consider unmarried couples, same-sex couples, single parents, and any other arrangement in which there is not a man married to a woman as unhealthy, unsustainable, unloving, and unreasonable. Wake up and look around you, folks. We should be moving into the future with acceptance and open-mindedness, not forcing everyone into an evangelical theocracy. And how is it that Republicans can continually run on the platforms of reducing government interference on business, schools, the economy, etc., etc., but feel the need to restrict who I can call my family??

Pardon my strong language, but go fuck yourselves North Carolina.

So, I confess that I know about as much about economics as I do about the surface of Neptune, but I do pride myself on having at least a little bit of common sense. If one of the most conservative branches of the Federal Reserve is calling for the banks to be broken up because they continue to hobble the American economy, it seems common sense that the idea should at least be considered. I have frequently been flabbergasted by the sheer size of many corporations, and if those corporations are more or less leaning on taxpayers to prevent an economic meltdown (again), then why are they continually allowed to grow and grow and then grow some more, ever intertwining their success with the country’s economy?

I’m going to the library to get an Econ textbook so I can figure out what the hell is going on.

Check this out!

A great infographic on the advantages and reasoning behind bike commuting and/or general bike riding.  Go forth and cycle.

A new perspective on beautiful instruments.