I think it would be a good idea to set up a national hotline modeled after the suicide hotline for angry and alienated people who are contemplating a mass shooting in the US. I'd like to collect your thoughts. [more inside]
posted by bookman117
on Sep 4, 2012 -
Does anyone remember this book, or the controversial argument at its core? It would have been published in the late 1990's, and argued that blue eyed candidates got the job more often than thier brown eyed peers- a friend mentioned the book, which I vaguely remember, but neither one of us can find a title or author. Help!
posted by biddeford
on Nov 5, 2011 -
Textbooks or readers on social inequality / exclusion - especially with a global perspective? [more inside]
posted by k8t
on Oct 19, 2011 -
Boy brought home this ancient science book from the school library. I mean, so ancient that it was just flat out false. (It was about global warming, and had been written in the 80's and 90's. It was hopelessly out of date.)
When I talked to the librarian about it, she said that they had almost no books newer than 10 years old, and that more than half the collection was over 25 years old. It is one of the oldest library collection in North Texas schools. [more inside]
posted by dejah420
on Sep 15, 2011 -
How can I morally justify spending money on luxuries while others lack necessities? Many reputable charities offer ways to save or vastly improve the lives of people in extreme poverty for small donations. What type of person am I if I spend $10 on a movie ticket, for example, that could be spent on mosquito netting to protect a poor child from malaria or to vaccinate dozens of children against measles? I don't see how giving a fixed percentage of my income, such as tithing, absolves me of further moral responsibility.
posted by espertus
on Feb 22, 2009 -
It ought to be possible (though I know it's going to be inaccurate) to estimate the number of people earning above a certain level using a given country's GDP and Gini Coefficient. Can you help me work through the details? [more inside]
posted by godawful
on Jan 25, 2008 -
Is there any programming language in which "=!" is a (or even the
) correct way of testing for inequality? All the languages I know test for inequality using "!=" or something completely unrelated.
posted by caek
on Nov 13, 2007 -
Are there any statistics on what portion of the US GDP is now and historically (over the past 100 or 200 years) has been spent on luxury goods? I'll refrain from defining that term and hope that any studies referenced will do the work for me. Any international comparisons would be greatly appreciated as well.
posted by shivohum
on Jul 5, 2007 -
Point me toward some interesting statistics, graphics, videos, or other materials about the causes and extent of social inequality in the world or in the US. [more inside]
posted by mariokrat
on Feb 24, 2007 -
My girlfriend and I are in college and we've been together for almost a year. I know that she loves me, and we have a good relationship, but I'm not as attracted to her as she is to me. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van
on Jun 15, 2005 -